William J. Toppeta, age 60, is president, International for MetLife, Inc. He was named to this position in July 2001 and is responsible for all of the company’s insurance and employee benefits businesses outside the United States.
Since Toppeta was named president, International’s revenues have grown from $1.2 billion in 2001 to $4.6 billion in 2006. Since MetLife’s 2005 acquisition of substantially all of Citigroup Inc.’s international insurance businesses, MetLife’s presence outside the U.S. has expanded to now reach over 18 million customers in multiple countries and territories.
Prior to assuming his current role, Toppeta served as MetLife’s president of client services and chief administrative officer from 1999 to 2001. Prior to this position, he oversaw MetLife’s Individual Business segment after having led the U.S. career agency force for three years. In 1995, he was named senior vice president to lead MetLife’s corporate reengineering department.
After being named vice president and deputy general manager of MetLife’s Canadian operations in 1992, he became president and CEO of Metropolitan Life’s Canadian operations in 1993. Toppeta also served as executive assistant to former CEO Richard R. Shinn and was appointed assistant vice president in the office of the president in 1979. He began his career at MetLife in 1973 as an attorney in the law department.
Toppeta is a member of the board of the President’s Council of Fordham University, vice chairman of the International Committee of the American Council of Life Insurers, and serves on the board of directors of the Council of the Americas, U.S.-India Business Council, and Coalition of Services Industries. He also serves as a director of MetLife Foundation, MetLife Investors, MetLife Securities, New England Securities and Walnut Street Securities among others.