MetLife has appointed Bharat Kannan as chief distribution officer for Asia. He will lead all intermediated distribution channels in Asia.
The insurer said the creation of the role marks a significant step to embed customer centricity throughout its selling activities across Asia, and deliver 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.

MetLife Asia’s president Chris Townsend said the insurer’s regional multi-channel distribution platform will advance its value for all its stakeholders as a result of Kannan’s appointment.

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.

He is also a veteran of the US Air Force having served on active duty from 1992 -1996.

Kannan 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 programme.