Kandarian's experience is in leading a large international insurer, along with risk management and financial expertise.
Kandarian became president and CEO of MetLife in May 2011. He was elected chairman of the board in January 2012. Before assuming his current role, Kandarian was MetLife's chief investment officer.
He joins the company has ExxonMobil Gas and Power Marketing Company president Rob Franklin has announced his intention to retire. He will be replaced by Peter Clarke.
Franklin has 35 years of service with the company, having joined Mobil North Sea in 1981, gradually moving from technical and exploration positions to head up the European gas marketing business in 1999.
Clarke has been vice president, international gas, ExxonMobil Gas and Power Marketing Company, and lead country manager for ExxonMobil businesses in the UK. He first joined Esso Ireland in 1987 and has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the US.