Tánaiste attends official ribbon cutting of MetLife facility

Galway Daily Frances fITZGERALD

Today, MetLife officially celebrated the opening of a new Global Technology Campus in Galway, with the company planning to employ approximately 200 skilled IT professionals when at full capacity.

The opening saw MetLife joined by the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD; Michael D’Arcy, Minister of State with Responsibility for Financial Services & Insurance and other dignitaries.

This new Global Technology Campus continues MetLife’s effort to bring employees together in state-of-the-art, collaborative environments, while reducing its geographic footprint.

“Digital innovation continues to reshape our lives and the way we view the future, and it reinforces the reality that every company needs to become a technology company in order to survive,” said Marty Lippert, Executive Vice President and Head of MetLife Global Technology and Operations. 

“Our new Global Technology Campus in Galway will be a dynamic center of change, and it will be at the heart of creating the digital solutions that will transform how our customers interact with us every day around the globe. We look forward to deepening our roots in Galway and Ireland, where we have found a business-friendly environment and a deep talent pool of skilled workers.”

Including its existing office in Dublin, MetLife’s presence in Ireland will grow to more than 500 employees once recruitment at the new Global Technology Campus is complete.

Speaking at the office opening, Michel Khalaf, President of MetLife US and EMEA also noted, “MetLife’s new Global Technology Campus builds on our significant presence in Ireland which is the hub of our European insurance businesses.

“Just as we have done in Dublin, we look forward to growing our workforce here in Galway in the coming years and contributing fully to the local community. Today is confirmation of our strong and successful link with Ireland and represents a vote of confidence in that relationship into the future.”

An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD, said that she was delighted to help launch this “wonderful new Global Technology Campus” in Galway.

“This is an extremely exciting project, and the Irish Government is very pleased that our ongoing work in driving competitiveness and providing quality skills is paying dividends in attracting cutting-edge projects like this.

“This development will see a further 200 people employed in Ireland and we look forward to our continued fruitful relationship with MetLife in both its Galway and Dublin operations, well into the future,” she said.

CEO of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan said: “The opening of this new Global Technology Campus is a significant step for MetLife, represents a substantial investment by the company and demonstrates very clear commitment to Galway and the West Region.

“MetLife announced last year that it was establishing this campus with the creation of 200 jobs and this state-of-the-art permanent premises will allow them to continue to recruit up to that capacity.

“It shows too that Galway has both the required skills for global companies such as MetLife to establish and grow here and the property solutions they need. I wish MetLife all future success in Galway.”