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George P. Jenkins

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George Pollock Jenkins February 24, 1915 – October 14, 2009 was an American business executive who helped broaden the firm's investment portfolio as chief investment officer and later chairman of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, helping major companies expand through the development of the private placement and purchasing New York City bonds during the city's 1970s fiscal crisis

Jenkins was born on February 24, 1915 in Clarksburg, West Virginia and attended Blair Academy, a private boarding high school in Blairstown, New Jersey He attended Princeton University and earned his undergraduate degree in economics as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and earned a graduate degree from Harvard Business School He was named vice chairman in May 1969

He was hired by Metropolitan Life in 1938 and was named as an office of the company in 1951 He was named financial vice president in November 1961 effective at the start of the new year and was named as a director in April 1964 He became chairman in 1973 and stepped down from that post in 1980 when he reached the age of 65 and was succeeded in that position by Richard R Shinn

In his investment role at Metropolitan Life, he helped develop the market for private placements, allowing major companies to sell securities directly to institutional investors, bypassing the securities markets Some of the companies that he helped develop included the expansion of the American Broadcasting Company into a major network and the international expansion of Pan American World Airways He was one of the primary individuals behind the formation of the Municipal Assistance Corporation, which was created by the State of New York in 1975 and allowed the New York City to get access to borrow funds on a short-term basis that it needed during the 1970s financial crisis

Jenkins died at age 94 on October 14, 2009, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey due to heart failure He was survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Marian O'Brien; his sister, Ellen Jenkins Smith; his sons James, Robert and Richard; and seven grandchildren; Millicent, Augustus, Lucas, Annabelle, Emma, Gregory and Charlotte


  1. ^ a b c d e Martin, Douglas "George P Jenkins, a MetLife Chairman, Dies at 94 ", The New York Times, October 16, 2009 Accessed October 22, 2009
  2. ^ Maidenberg, H J "Top Managements Are Changed By Leading Insurance Concerns; INSURERS CHANGE TOP MANAGEMENT", The New York Times, May 29, 1969 Accessed October 22, 2009
  3. ^ Staff "METROPOLITAN LIFE ELEVATES OFFICERS", The New York Times, November 30, 1961 Accessed October 22, 2009
  4. ^ Staff "Metropolitan Elects 2 Directors", The New York Times, April 8, 1964 Accessed October 22, 2009
  5. ^ Staff "BUSINESS PEOPLE; Metropolitan Life Names Chief and Vice Chairman Sales Head Gets Added Role", The New York Times, January 24, 1980 Accessed October 22, 2009

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