MetLife has announced that Mr Kishore Ponnavolu has been named president of the company's Asia region effective September 1 2018. He will become a member of the company's Executive Group, report to chairman, president and CEO Mr Steven A. Kandarian, and be based in Hong Kong.
In addition, MetLife announced that Ms Rebecca Tadikonda has been named head of strategic growth markets, Asia, also effective September 1 2018. She will report to Mr Ponnavolu and be based in Singapore. Mr Ponnavolu will directly oversee Japan, Korea, Australia and LumenLab, MetLife Asia’s innovation hub.
The markets for which Ms Tadikonda will have responsibility are Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Nepal and Vietnam. Mr Ponnavolu is currently head of MetLife’s auto & bome business in the US, and Ms Tadikonda is MetLife’s chief strategy officer.
Prior to serving as head of Auto & Home, Mr Ponnavolu was MetLife’s chief strategy officer from 2011-2013. Before joining MetLife, he held senior positions with American Express, GE Money, McKinsey and Company, and A.T. Kearney Inc. He earned his doctorate in business administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India.
Ms Tadikonda joined MetLife as chief strategy officer in 2014. Previously, she was a partner at Bain & Company and has also held roles in marketing at DHL Worldwide Express and VeriSign. She earned her master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University and her bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth University. In addition to her new duties, Tadikonda will remain as chief strategy officer until a replacement is named.