Athene Holding Ltd., the insurer tied to Apollo Global Management LLC, named ex-MetLife Inc. executive William Wheeler as president as it prepares to go public.
Wheeler, 54, spent 17 years at MetLife before leaving last month. He takes over at Athene on Sept. 28 2016.
William J. Wheeler was executive vice president and chief financial officer of MetLife, Inc. He was named to this position in December 2003.
As chief financial officer, Wheeler is responsible for overseeing all financial management matters for MetLife. This includes financial reporting, treasury, corporate actuarial, risk management, tax, investor relations and mergers and acquisitions.
Before being promoted to chief financial officer, from 2002 to 2003 Wheeler was the head of product management, marketing and business development activities in the company’s Individual Business segment. Prior to this role and after MetLife’s initial public offering in 2000, Wheeler served as the chief financial officer of the company’s Institutional Business. In this position, he oversaw financial reporting and planning, as well as expense management for that segment.
Wheeler joined the company in 1997 as treasurer and played a key role in preparing MetLife to become a public company. He oversaw certain aspects of the demutualization, the development of investor relations and shareholder services organizations, and management of the initial public offering process and related transactions.
Before joining MetLife, Wheeler was an investment banker for ten years at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ). During his career at DLJ, he managed a variety of transactions, including equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, financial advisory and restructurings in a number of different industries, including the insurance industry.
Wheeler is a member of Wabash College’s board of trustees. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and also received an A.B., magna cum laude, and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa from Wabash College.more » « less