MetLife announced the appointment of Bharat Kannan to the position of Chief Distribution Officer for Asia.

In this newly created role, Kannan will lead all intermediated distribution channels in Asia. The creation of the role marks a significant step to embed customer centricity throughout our selling activities across Asia, delivering a consistently high quality experience.

Kannan will continue to be based in Tokyo and will have Asia-wide responsibility for agency, bancassurance, employee benefits and global relationship management channels. He will partner with in-country distribution leaders to drive value growth through disciplined distribution management.

"Our regional multi-channel distribution platform will advance its value for all our stakeholders as a result of this appointment," commented Chris Townsend, President, MetLife Asia.

Kannan joined MetLife in March 2015 as Head of Employee Benefits Asia, from Aon where he spent over 11 years, in a number of senior management positions in Asia and the US, and is a veteran of the US Air Force having served on active duty from 1992 -1996.

Bharat holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a Master of Science from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois and attended INSEAD’s Management Acceleration Program.

MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world.

Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management.

Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.