MetLife, the company announced that Carla Harris was elected to its board. This election will take effect on April 27, 2022.
Harris is a senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, where she serves as co-portfolio manager of the Next Level Fund; works closely with the Multicultural Innovation Lab, which she helped found; hosts the award-winning “Access and Opportunity” podcast; and advises on client matters. Prior, she led Morgan Stanley’s Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries, and was responsible for equity private placements.
Harris’ 35-year Morgan Stanley career has given her extensive industry experience in media, technology, retail, telecommunications and transportation sectors. Harris was a senior member on the equity syndicate desk for more than 10 years and completed initial public offerings for UPS and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Redback, and the General Motors subIPO of Delphi Automotive. Also, the common stock transaction of $3.2 billion for Immunex Corporation.
“I am pleased to welcome Carla to MetLife’s board of directors,” R. Glenn Hubbard, Chairman of MetLife, Inc.. “During her more than three decades of experience, Carla has been a visionary leader. Her vast experience and knowledge across financial services and other industry sectors will serve MetLife exceptionally well.”
Michel Khalaf, President and CEO of MetLife, has been added: “Carla is a great addition to the MetLife board, and I look forward to working with her as we continue to execute on our Next Horizon strategy and to deliver long-term value to all our stakeholders.”
Harris is a board member of Walmart, Cummins, Inc., SEO, Sesame Workshop, Mother Cabrini Foundation, and SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity). She is also on the Harvard University’s board of overseers. She was previously chair of The Executive Leadership Council and Morgan Stanley Foundation. Harris also served as co-chair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s National Social Action Commission.
In August 2013, Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.
Among her many accolades, Harris has been named to Fortune’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America,” American Banker’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” list, Black Enterprise’s “Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business” and “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street” lists, Essence’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World,” and Ebony’s “Power 100” and “15 Corporate Women at the Top” lists.
Harris is the author of several books, including “Strategize to Win”, “Expect to Win”, and the soon-to-be-released “Lead To Win”.
Harris earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Harvard University, and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
MetLife’s board now includes Harris, 13 directors of which 12 are independent.