Ricardo A. Anzaldua joined MetLife, Inc. as executive vice president and general counsel in December 2012. He stepped down from his role as general counsel in June 2017 and currently serves as executive vice president and special legal advisor to Chairman, President and CEO Steve Kandarian.
In his role as general counsel, Anzaldua led the company’s global legal operations, and oversaw MetLife's government relations team, corporate secretary's office and corporate ethics and compliance group. He designed and led the execution of the Company’s one-of-a-kind successful legal challenge of its too-big-to-fail designation under the Dodd-Frank Act. He also played a key role in designing and carrying out MetLife’s plan to separate a subtantial portion of its U.S. Retail business, now called Brighthouse Financial.
Anzaldua joined MetLife from The Hartford Financial Services Group, where he was senior vice president and associate general counsel. There, he led legal support for the two largest operating divisions (commercial and consumer markets) after a three-year tenure leading the legal teams supporting the corporate secretarial, securities, corporate governance, tax, mergers & acquisitions, technology, bankruptcy and real estate functions. Prior to joining The Hartford, Anzaldua was a partner with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York. He began his legal career with the firm upon graduation from Harvard Law School in 1990.
Before law school, Anzaldua was the publications director and senior editor of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, a University of California think tank focusing on research relating to Mexico and U.S.-Mexican relations, as well as Latin America more generally.
Anzaldua currently serves on the boards of directors for the New York City Bar, MCCA (formerly known as the Minority Corporate Counsel Association), LatinoJustice/PRLDEF, Breaking Ground (a New York City supportive housing developer and manager), the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation (of which he is president), and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, an international nonprofit focused on economic and community development and empowerment in the developing world (where he now serves as acting Chair).