Head of International Markets
Bob Zilg is an experienced insurance professional with a strong background in strategy, growth and business development. He brings almost 40 years experience, including over 20 years with MetLife’s international operations where he held a number of key positions focusing on strategy, distribution, marketing, business development and implementing strategic growth initiatives.
Bob has extensive experience in developing, reviewing and implementing strategies in the life insurance sector, including participating in a number of corporate level strategy assessments. Prior to retiring from MetLife, he completed a 3+ year assignment as Head of Strategy & Planning for MetLife’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region where in 2015 he partnered with MetLife’s Enterprise Strategy Group to deploy a new strategic review process based on deep analyses of embedded value, competitors / markets, and customer segmentation.
Prior to undertaking the EMEA role, Bob was Vice-President for Growth Strategies in MetLife International. In this role, he was responsible for new business development, including M&A and large organic growth projects, as well as strategy. Key accomplishments during this assignment include a number of country level distribution and strategy reviews, and involvement in several significant acquisitions. Earlier assignments of note at MetLife include Country Manager at MetLife’s Polish affiliate (2001 through 2003) and Vice-President of International Sales & Marketing where he was responsible for the sales and marketing activities of MetLife’s international subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as assessing market entry opportunities. Prior to joining MetLife in 1985, he worked in the Group operations of MONY Financial Services for 8 years.
Bob received a BA degree from St. Joseph’s College (Maine) and holds Master degrees from Seton Hall University and the New School for Social Research (now New School University). He was awarded the LIMRA Leadership Institute Fellow designation (LLIF) in 2007.