Ricardo A. Anzaldua
Ricardo A. Anzaldua is executive vice president and special counsel to the Chief Executive Officer of MetLife, Inc. He has been with MetLife since December 2012 and served as General Counsel until June 30, 2017, in which role he led the company’s global legal operations and oversaw MetLife's corporate secretary's office, corporate ethics and compliance group and government relations functions.
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 as Director of Corporate Law, in which he led the legal teams supporting the corporate secretarial, securities, corporate governance, tax, mergers & acquisitions, technology, bankruptcy and real estate functions. In that role, he led The Harford’s senior management in a series of capital-raising transaction transactions totaling over $10 billion over a period of 18 months, including qualifying the company to receive funds from the US Government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the repayment of those funds more quickly than any other participant in the program.
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.
Since 2015, Anzaldua has been a member of the board of directors for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and LatinoJustice. He also became a member of the board of directors for Breaking Ground, a New York City supportive housing developer and manager, in 2014. Since 2007, Anzaldua has also been a member of the board of directors of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation and currently serves as its president. He is also a trustee and acting chair of the Trustees of International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, an international nonprofit focused on economic and community development and empowerment in the developing world. In July 2017, Anzaldua joined the Board of the City of New York Bar Association. He is also a national leader of efforts to enhance diversity in the legal profession, educational opportunities for underprivileged children in the City of New York and other efforts to strengthen the pipeline of future professionals of color.