Brighthouse Financial Names Edward Spehar Chief Financial Officer
CHARLOTTE, NC, July 24, 2019
Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (“Brighthouse Financial” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: BHF) today announced that Edward (Ed) Spehar will join Brighthouse Financial on July 29, 2019 and will assume the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective August 12, 2019.
Spehar will report to Eric Steigerwalt, Brighthouse Financial’s president and chief executive officer, and will be a member of the Brighthouse Financial senior leadership team. Upon assuming the role of executive vice president and chief financial officer, Spehar will succeed Conor Murphy, who was named interim chief financial officer in February 2019. Murphy will continue as the Company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.
As executive vice president and chief financial officer, Spehar will be responsible for the Company’s overall financial strategy, including financial planning and analysis, investor relations, accounting and reporting, treasury, actuarial and expense management.
“We are pleased to welcome Ed to Brighthouse Financial,” said Eric Steigerwalt. “Ed’s decades of experience in the insurance industry and his roles in investor relations, finance and treasury will help us continue to execute our strategy and deliver long-term value to shareholders, partners and customers.”
Spehar joins Brighthouse Financial from MetLife, Inc. (“MetLife”), where he most recently served as treasurer. Prior to his role as treasurer, Spehar was chief financial officer of MetLife’s Europe, Middle East and Africa segment, where he was responsible for all financial management matters for the segment. Previously, he was head of investor relations for MetLife. Spehar joined MetLife from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was a sell-side equity research analyst focused on the insurance industry.
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About Brighthouse Financial, Inc.
Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (Brighthouse Financial) (Nasdaq: BHF) is on a mission to help people achieve financial security. As one of the largest providers of annuities and life insurance in the U.S., we specialize in products designed to help people protect what they’ve earned and ensure it lasts.
Learn more at www.brighthousefinancial.com.