MetLife names ex-Johnson & Johnson executive as CHRO


Susan Podlogar, global vice president of human resources, Johnson & Johnson has been named as the executive vice president and chief human resources officer for MetLife, effective July 10

MetLife Inc. has hired Susan Podlogar as executive vice president and chief human resources officer. The New York based company mentioned in an official report that Podlogar will join from July 10 and will be a member of the company’s executive group and report to chairman, president and CEO Steven A Kandarian.

Podlogar comes to MetLife from Johnson & Johnson, where she was global vice president of human resources for the company’s $21 billion medical devices business. In this role, she was responsible for driving the talent agenda to strengthen the company’s go-to-market model and help accelerate the pace of innovation.
Earlier, she was vice president for global total rewards and performance, responsible for managing the development and execution of worldwide compensation, benefits, health resources, performance strategies and organizational analytics.

Before joining J&J in 2003, Podlogar worked in human resources at Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Bristol Myers Squibb. She began her career in 1987 as a consultant with William M Mercer, a global human resource consulting firm.

Speaking on the appointment, Kandarian says, “As a financial services company, our most valuable resource is our people. With her extensive experience in building world-class teams, Susan will ensure that MetLife has the talent we need to execute on our ambitious enterprise strategy.”

Podlogar graduated in Labor relations and Management from University of Wisconsin-Parkside and is an MBA in Finance and Management from University of South Florida.

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