Susan (Hilmer) Podlogar '84
Susan Podlogar is MetLife’s Chief Human Resources Officer. She is an Executive Vice President and a member of the company’s Executive Group. She joined MetLife in July 2017 and oversees its global Human Resources strategies and practices with the goal of attracting, developing and retaining a workforce that creates value for MetLife customers and shareholders.
Before joining MetLife, Susan was Global Vice President of Human Resources for Johnson & Johnson and a member of the Human Resources Executive Committee. During her 16 years with Johnson & Johnson, she introduced HR strategies and practices that helped strengthen the company’s business model, accelerate the pace of innovation and evolve its talent capabilities and culture.
Earlier, she worked in HR roles at Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb. She started her career at William M. Mercer, a global HR consulting firm, as an analyst and consultant. Susan is active in the Society for Human Resource Management and currently serves on its Certification Commission. She is committed to mentoring the next generation of HR professionals and often lectures on HR subjects at universities.
She earned an MBA from the University of South Florida, summa cum laude, with concentrations in Finance and Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, also summa cum laude, with a double major in Labor and Industrial Relations and Business Administration.
Susan has long supported the arts and arts education, and served as a Trustee of the State Theatre of New Jersey from 2010-2017.
She currently serves as a Director on the Board of MetLife Foundation. MetLife Foundation has a proud history of supporting a wide range of philanthropic causes globally.