Steven J. Goulart is executive vice president and chief investment officer of MetLife, Inc. and president of MetLife Investment Management. Named to this position in May 2011, Goulart oversees MetLife’s $629 billion total assets under management1 and more than 900 investment and support professionals around the world.
In 2012, he led the development and launch of MetLife Investment Management (MIM), MetLife’s institutional investment management business, and serves as its President. In August 2017, he oversaw the separation and subsequent transition of Brighthouse Financial, Inc.’s $80 billion investment portfolio management to MIM, and the successful acquisition of Logan Circle Partners in September 2017.
Prior to becoming CIO, Goulart served as senior managing director and head of MIM's portfolio management unit since January 2011. He joined MetLife in 2006 to head the company’s mergers & acquisitions unit, and in 2009 was also named treasurer. In these roles, he was responsible for the strategic management of MetLife’s financial resources, including capital planning and financings, risk-based capital management, liquidity and cash management, international treasury and mergers and acquisitions. In these key finance positions, Goulart oversaw the completion of capital financings exceeding $21 billion and more than fifteen strategic transactions, including MetLife’s successful $16.4 billion acquisition of Alico and the innovative tax-free split-off of MetLife’s majority stake in Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated.
Prior to joining MetLife, Goulart was a senior managing director in Bear Stearns’ financial institutions group. Prior to joining Bear Stearns in 2001, he was managing director in Morgan Stanley’s global insurance group, where he co-led U.S. client coverage of the industry. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1998, he was managing director in the financial institutions group at Merrill Lynch, where he had been since 1984, beginning in the fixed income division. Over the course of his career, Goulart has led or participated in many transactions in the financial services industry, including insurance company demutualizations, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt offerings and initial public offerings.
Goulart received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Pacific, where he was elected to the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame and served as a member of the board of regents for nine years. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves as a member of the board of trustees for Tri-County Scholarship Fund and of the board of directors for the MetLife Foundation.