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Government relations and public policy

Government Relations and Public Policy

Skip Braziel

Government Relations Counsel

May 3, 2013

Presentation objectives

Presentation Objectives

  • Provide an overview of MetLife

  • Explain Government Relations/Public Policy’s role within MetLife

  • Describe organizational structure of Government Relations/Public Policy

  • Discuss the variety of issues and resources (both internal and external)

Metlife highlights

MetLife Highlights

  • This is MetLife.

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Government Relations and Public Policy

The Government Relations and Public Policy Department represents the interests of MetLife before state, federal, and international governments. Through a network of industry and government contacts, as well as active participation in business and trade associations, the staff advocates MetLife's positions on issues and keeps abreast of new legislative and regulatory developments.

Government relations and public policy

Mike Zarcone

Senior Vice President

March 2013

Tim Ring, VP


U.S. Business – State, LatAm

Randy Clerihue, VP

Public Policy

John Amaral

Senior GR Associate

Heather Wingate, VP

U.S. - Federal

U.S. Business - Federal

Susan Greenwell, VP


Julianne Lee


Nancy Davenport, VP

US Business - Life & Health Insurance Products

Eric DuPont, VP

US Business – Annuities,

Auto & Home, Distribution

Peter Pastre, VP

Corporate & Product Taxation

[Open], VP

US-Based Asia




Senior GR Associate

Sheila Kenny, GRC*

Michael Hickey, GRC*

Edgars Karklins


Ann Nicocelli, VP

US-Based Europe

Jim Donnellan, VP

Financial Services

Skip Braziel, GRC*

Joy Chairusmi, GRC*

Greg Redmond

LESS/Solvency II

Janet Howard,Sr. Washington Associate Health & Non-Tax Retirement

Issues, Auto & Home

Diana Keegan, AVP


Robert Lynch, VP

US Business - Financial

John Genovese, AVP

US Business –

Domestic Supervision

Kate Higgins


[Open]Strategy & Planning

Clara Cortes


Mariano Gutierrez, AVP

Latin America

Kasia Hammer


Larry Greenwood

Asia Head

Al Priest

Senior GR Associate

Josh Esterov

Senior GR Associate

Chang You Shim


Malone Ma


Yutaka Chujo





Southeast Asia

* GRC = Government Relations Counsel

Americas us 50 states dc pr

Americas (US50 states/DC/PR)

State government relations the americas

State Government Relations – The Americas

  • State Government Relations lobbies state executive (specifically insurance departments) and legislative branches

  • Each Government Relations Counsel (GRC) has state, client and issue responsibilities.

  • We have a client focused approach versus regional approach.

    • Team is mostly based in Northeast close to lead executives.

    • Work closely with clients to develop policy positions while legislative/regulatory strategy is left to GRC.

State coverage

State Coverage

  • States are divided into “proactive” and “compliance.” The twenty-three “proactive” states are marked in red.

Issue responsibilities

Issue Responsibilities

  • Each GRC has 1 – 2 key issues.

  • Example of issues:

    • Life Insurance

    • Unclaimed Property

    • Corporate Governance

    • Tort Reform

    • Property / Casualty Insurance

Use of outside resources

Use of Outside Resources

  • Members of State and National Trade Associations

    • Life Insurance

    • Property / Casualty Insurance

    • Dental Insurance

    • Securities

  • Retained Counsel

    • Hired at the discretion of the Government Relations Counsel

    • Usually reserved for proactive states

    • Based on annual retainer to engage on variety of issues

    • Occasionally will engage on discreet issues in compliance states

Us federal government relations

US Federal Government Relations

U s federal government relations

U.S. Federal Government Relations

The U.S. Federal Government Relations team based in Washington, D.C. covers federal legislation that impacts MetLife. MetLife works closely with the House and Senate committees that have jurisdiction over issues of importance to the Company. Staff also works with federal agencies as they generally set public policy and more specifically as they draft regulations that would affect the Company.

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Use of Outside Resources

  • Trade Associations

    • American Council of Life Insurers

    • Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

    • US Chamber of Commerce

  • Contract Lobbyists



  • Taxes

  • Financial Regulation

  • Insurance

  • Health Reform

  • Trade

Emea asia and latin america

EMEA / Asia and Latin America

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EMEA/ASIA and Latin America

  • Our non-U.S. government relations team supports the growth of MetLife's international operations by:

    • advocating for favorable legal and regulatory regimes;

    • facilitating the licensing of new international businesses;

    • developing key strategic relationships with government officials, corporate or trade entities, and other influential representatives;

    • providing timely market intelligence to senior management and International on key issues impacting the Company's worldwide business; and

    • strengthening MetLife's "political brand" around the globe.

Outside resources

Outside Resources

  • Mix of business coalitions and trade associations

    • US Chamber of Commerce

    • American Council of Life Insurers

    • US China Business Council

    • US Korea Business Council

    • US India Business Council

  • Consulting Firms advise on global political, economic and regulatory developments

Public policy

Public Policy

Overview of public policy

Overview of Public Policy

  • The new function will “lead the effort to develop and promote policy positions for MetLife on a range of critical issues affecting our business.” The team will “help ensure that MetLife is positioned as the pre-eminent industry thought leader and a respected voice globally on key public policy issues,” and will “maintain a library of global public policy position papers and issue briefs, enabling MetLife executives to engage more effectively in the policy arena.”

  • Example:

    • Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI)

Potential future capabilities

Potential future capabilities

  • Produce research studies and white papers on macro policy issues to influence public discourse (e.g., MetLife’s views on monetary and fiscal policy, the social safety net, strengthening the middle class, foreign direct investment)

  • Disseminate relevant material to policymakers, regulators and the media

  • Sponsor symposia on policy issues of significance to the business in coordination with regional offices, government officials and strategic industry partners

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