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Creating An In-House Function of Strategic Leaders

Presentation Summary:

The underlying imperatives for creating a talent philosophy and a thoughtful plan for how to create an in-house legal organization that is populated with strategic advisory capabilities. Ricardo explains how to create a strategically focused and strategically capable organization by integrating a set of strategic advisory skills and an understanding of strategic advisory roles with a thoughtful plan for developing management and leadership capabilities, acquiring the right talent to populate a strategic legal advisory function and a thoughtful plan for developing a diverse leadership pipeline within the organization to deliver valuable, expert strategic advice.


Presenter Bio:

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 retired from MetLife as of December 31, 2017.

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, and carried out a creative restructuring of MetLife’s Legal Affairs organization to fashion it into a diverse, highly competent group of strategic corporate leaders.

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 Chair).

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