MetLife Names John Hele as CFO

MetLife, a global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programmes, has hired John Hele as executive vice president (EVP) and chief financial officer (CFO), effective 4 September. Hele will report to chairman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) Steven Kandarian.

Most recently, Hele was EVP, CFO and treasurer of Arch Capital Group, a public limited liability company that writes insurance and reinsurance globally through operations in Bermuda, the US, Europe and Canada.

Prior to joining Arch Capital in 2009, Hele was CFO and a member of the executive board of ING Group, a global financial services company. As CFO, Hele was based in Amsterdam and had responsibility for a large global financial function in over 60 countries. He was also responsible for financial controls and reporting, as well as capital management and tax reporting. During his six-year tenure at ING, Hele was also deputy CFO, general manager, and chief insurance risk officer, responsible for global insurance risk management. Hele also served as group actuary.

Hele served as CEO of Worldinsure, Bermuda, a technology company that automated life insurance underwriting, from 1999 to 2003. Prior to that, he spent 11 years with Merrill Lynch in investment banking, marketing and finance positions. In addition, Hele held various actuarial, finance and business roles at Crown Life in Toronto.

Hele has been a member of the CFO Forum in Europe, the chair of the Chief Risk Officer Forum, and is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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