MetLife has appointed Ruth Fattori as executive vice president and chief administrative officer, and Maria Morris as executive vice president and head of technology and operations.

Ruth Fattori and Maria Morris will join MetLife’s executive group and report directly to Robert Henrikson, chairman of the board, president and CEO. The appointments are effective January 14, 2008.

Ms Fattori and Ms Morris are taking over functions currently headed by Catherine Rein, senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer, who after a long and distinguished career at MetLife, is retiring on March 1, 2008.

Ms Fattori, who is joining MetLife from Motorola, will oversee MetLife’s internal audit, ethics and compliance, real estate, procurement, security, global brand and marketing, human resources and communications functions. She will also serve as the chair of MetLife Foundation. Before joining MetLife she served as executive vice president of human resources for Motorola. Prior to joining Motorola, she was senior vice president at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Ms Morris, who joined MetLife in 1984, will oversee MetLife’s information technology function as well as the customer response and global operations support centers. Previously, Ms Morris has served as executive vice president, employee benefits sales within MetLife’s Institutional Business segment and oversaw a sales force that generates approximately $14 billion in annual revenues.