2023 Leadership Summit Speaker

Ricardo A. Anzaldua

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Everest Insurance

Alma Mater: Brown University, Harvard University

Ricardo A. Anzaldua is currently executive vice president and general counsel of Everest insurance. He served as executive vice president and general counsel of Freddie Mac from 2018 to 2021 and of MetLife, Inc. from 2012 to 2017. In each of these roles, Anzaldua has led the companies’ legal operations, oversaw their corporate secretaries’ offices, and, in the case of MetLife, its government relations and corporate ethics and compliance groups. He designed and led the execution of MetLife’s one-of-a-kind successful legal challenge of its too-big-to-fail designation under the Dodd-Frank Act. At both Freddie Mac and MetLife, Anzaldua advocated for increasing the diversity of staff and especially organizational leadership. To that end, he led the establishment of bias-blind sponsorship programs to help develop leadership skills among the legal organization’s top talent. Other divisions of both companies have either adopted these development programs or are considering doing so.

Anzaldua joined MetLife from The Hartford Financial Services Group, where he was senior vice president and associate general counsel. There, he led legal support for the two largest operating divisions (commercial and consumer markets) after a three-year tenure leading the legal teams supporting the corporate secretarial, securities, corporate governance, tax, mergers and acquisitions, technology, bankruptcy, and real estate functions. Prior to joining The Hartford, Anzaldua was a partner with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York. He began his legal career with the firm upon graduation from Harvard Law School in 1990.

Anzaldua currently serves on the boards of directors of the New York City Bar Fund, the LatinoJustice/PRLDEF and the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation, of which he is past-president. From 2013 to 2022, he also served as a trustee of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, an international nonprofit focused on economic and community development and empowerment in the developing world. He served as chairman of the nonprofit from 2017 to 2022.

Anzaldua’s exceptional leadership and performance have been recognized through numerous awards, including Top 50 General Counsel in the US (National Law Journal, 2016), Distinguished Global General Counsel, (Directors Roundtable, 2017), and the Lifetime Achievement Award (Association of Corporate Counsel, DC Region, 2022).

Anzaldua received his A.B in Latin American studies and development economics from Brown University (1979) and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.