MetLife names Randy Clerihue chief comms officer

Jennifer Gottlieb was appointed head of global employee communications.

NEW YORK: MetLife has named Randy Clerihue as chief communications officer.

The insurance provider also appointed Jennifer Gottlieb as head of global employee communication.

Both Clerihue and Gottlieb will report to Michael Zarcone, EVP and head of corporate affairs. Zarcone is also chief of staff to chairman, president, and CEO Steven Kandarian.

Most recently, Clerihue served as head of corporate communications at the company, overseeing financial, executive, public policy, and corporate responsibility comms. The promotion will add MetLife’s comms teams in the U.S., Asia, Latin America, and EMEA to his responsibilities.

Clerihue’s tenure at MetLife includes stints as deputy chief of staff in the office of the CEO, VP of external comms, and SVP of corporate comms. He has also served as director of executive and corporate comms at NextEra Energy and held several comms roles in the Bush administration.

"World-class communications teams help organizations achieve ambitious goals with key stakeholders," Clerihue said via email. "When we tell MetLife’s story in a compelling way, the advantages for the company are clear: customers who want to buy more products; employees who want to give more discretionary effort; policymakers who want to support our business; investors who want to own more shares; and communities that hold us in high regard."

Jeanmarie McFadden, MetLife’s current top communications executive, said via LinkedIn that she is "very proud to leave MetLife in Randy’s highly capable hands." Her exit date is set for June 30.

Gottlieb will be responsible for all internal comms and employee engagement. She will continue to oversee internal content strategy and channels.

Gottlieb has worked at MetLife for 25 years, serving in executive comms, marketing, and creative services positions.

This story was updated on April 30 with quotes from Clerihue.

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