Zia Zaman, joined MetLife in July 2014 as the Chief Innovation Officer for the company’s Asia region and Chief Executive Officer of LumenLab, an industry-first innovation centre based in Singapore. As a member of MetLife’s Asia Leadership Group, he is responsible for steering the company’s innovation agenda across the region, with a focus on addressing the health, aging, and wealth needs of Asia-based consumers.
Zia joined MetLife from SingTel, where he spent 3 years, more recently as the Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President of Emerging Businesses for SingTel’s Group Enterprise. He also co-led the acquisition of US-based Amobee, jumpstarting SingTel’s entry into the mobile advertising market.
Prior to SingTel, he was the Chief Strategy Officer for LG Electronics North America during 2008-2011 and also served as the Chief Marketing Officer at FAST where he successfully positioned FAST as a leader in the enterprise search space which culminated in a US$1.2billion acquisition by Microsoft in 2008. At Gartner, a research and advisory firm known for its “crystal ball”, he ran the North American strategy consulting practice during 2003-2006. In the earlier part of his career, Zia was a member of the M&A team at Sun Microsystems.
He has occupied various board positions at tech startups and was a board member on Viking. He currently sits on the Board of the Energy Market Authority of Singapore. Zia holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB. He also has a bachelor’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in operations research, also from MIT.
Zia is married with two children and lives in Singapore.