CHRO Susan Podlogar at MetLife is a very talented and inspirational woman

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Meet MetLife Executive VP & CHRO Susan Podlogar

Meet MetLife Executive VP & CHRO Susan Podlogar

Susan Podlogar is MetLife’s chief human resources officer, executive vice president and a member of the company’s Executive Group. Susan oversees its global Human Resources strategies and practices with the goal of attracting, developing and retaining a workforce that creates value for MetLife customers and shareholders every day.

An impressive career in HR 

Before joining MetLife, Susan's impressive career pedigree included roles as global vice president of Human Resources for Johnson & Johnson, where she spent 16 years and held a series of sector and corporate leadership roles in Human Resources, ensuring consistent performance and development standards for the company’s 128,000 employees. 

Earlier in her career, Susan worked in HR roles at Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb. She has also been active in the Society for Human Resource Management throughout her career and currently serves on its Certification Commission. Susan is deeply committed to mentoring the next generation of HR professionals and often lectures on HR subjects at universities.

Susan earned an MBA from the University of South Florida, summa cum laude, with concentrations in Finance and Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, also summa cum laude, with a double major in Labor and Industrial Relations and Business Administration.

She has long supported the arts and arts education and served as a trustee of the State Theatre of New Jersey from 2010-2017.

Susan serves as a director on the board of MetLife Foundation. MetLife Foundation has a proud history of supporting a wide range of philanthropic causes globally.

Bringing out the potential in every employee

In an interview with LinkedIn influencer and former journalist Adam Bryant, Susan affirmed her belief that everybody has potential. "We use the term “high potential” for development and career paths, but everyone has potential to contribute. I challenge my team and our leaders with the question: 'How can we best bring out the potential of the organization, and the potential of every individual who comes to work every day?' You have to really understand the strengths of each person, and how you bring out the best in them. That takes a lot more time and care as a leader. It is much harder than sending someone to a program for a high-potential group."

"That comes from a very personal point of view," said Susan. "I’m the ninth child in my family, and my parents didn’t look at their children in terms of 'potential, high potential, no potential.' They didn’t have a grid for us. All the kids had potential. It was about putting us in the right roles and testing different activities in order to bring out the best of the gifts we had been given."

Join talented women like Susan at MetLife

People at MetLife are bursting with passion and innovation, and are encouraged to explore their full potential. Join the talented teams at MetLIfe and explore the range of brilliant career the possibilities for your own career. 


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