Candidate for Board-Member-at-large

Dr. Judit ZOLNAY
MetLife Hungary

Work Address:
1138 Budapest, Budapest, Népfürdő u 22.
Tel.: +36 1 391-1320
E-mail: judit.zolnay (at) metlife.hu

Dr. Judit Zolnay is Chief Executive Officer for MetLife Hungary. Appointed to this position in May 2015.

Judit oversees all business management and operation matters delivering the business strategy and plans within the Hungarian market.

Prior to MetLife Judit was Deputy CEO of Aviva Life Insurance Hungary responsible also for distribution in Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic.

Between 2005 and 2008 Judit was Deputy CEO, head of pension & health business line within AXA Insurance Co. in Hungary.

Prior to her position in AXA, Judit was a Member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Hungary, affiliate of one of the largest global financial services companies. Judit has managed and lead the company’s Pension and Health Business line.

She is Board member at Large of AmCham Hungary and a member of the Hungarian Insurance Association's Board of Directors. She has also a membership at the Womens Business Leaders Committee of HBLF. She is an activist of the Egyenlítő Kör which is a civil initiative to engage and support more women in executive and decision maker position. She holds management class in the Budapest University of Economic Sciences focusing on gender issues. Judit is a certified executive business coach.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in law and political sciences and passed her MBA in 2008.

Judit has 3 children, 21, 15 and 14 years old sons. She spends her free time with sports and with her family.


Why do you think membership in the American Chamber of Commerce is important for businesses operating in Hungary?

The membership is ideal platform to share ideas and best practices in a less formal but efficient way. Events, workshops and professional discussions should have positive impact on the members’ business operations. Through active participation and cooperation with Policy Task Forces, the members maintain a common place for the forward thinking development of how to do prosperous business here in Hungary. AmCham serves as one of the best executive networking platform for either doing business or collaborating in socially important events.

What motivates you to be an AmCham Board Member?

As the local CEO of a US based multinational company, the membership would continuously provide me a unique opportunity to contribute to this organization in a business climate and culture I am familiar with, help the other members, and also learn from this community and improve my knowledge. Competitiveness of our workforce, corporate responsibility and financial awareness as well as the well being of Hungarian citizens is my key concerns. I like to be inspired by other leaders to act and influence the other stakeholders to make further steps and improvement. My target is to engage them to create an environment where the proper education and the health of the citizens means major impacts to our competitiveness. The membership would help me to continuous all the initiatives within the Competitive Workforce PTF what we have already started and also I could continue to develop myself to become a better leader.

Why do you feel you are qualified? What skills do you bring to the position of Board Member?

I have graduated as a lawyer and also did an MBA. I have been spending 19 years in a corporate environment also including 15 years BOD memberships. I have passed already 2 years as Board member at Large of AmCham. I am able to act in a manner that sustains and furthermore improves the trust regarding the Board as well as AmCham’s reputation. I will bring my enthusiasm and passion to the work of the Board and my willingness to make difference how to position the Competitive Workforce as a centre of excellence with professionalism and representation of the members’ human resources.

How have you been active in AmCham over the course of the last two years?

I have contributed to integrate and consolidate two highly interrelated PTFs – Talent and Healthy Nation – by creating the new Competitive Workforce PTF. This new professional group has started to work with the membership in order to widen the labour market supply in Hungary and to promote mental and physical health awareness programs, among others. I was appointed to co-chair of this new PTF. I have met many times with the representatives of the government responsible for education to advocate and share our best practices. More than 200 corporate, governmental and education experts and students gathered at the III. Competitive Education Conference in order to examine labour market’s expectations about education, the areas to be developed, as well as the possible fields of cooperation between the particular participants. Two years ago MetLife has became a Patron member to sinking the contribution. This year I had the honour of moderating the discussion between Chargé d’Affaires David J. Kostelancik from the US Embassy and Dr. László Szabó, appointed Ambassador of Hungary to the USA on the AmCham podium.

What activity or Committee would you like to participate in?

I have willingness and ambition to continue to participate and co-lead the Competitive Workforce PTF. I plan to act and advocate for corporate responsibilities to educate the future workforce and the talents to become more competitive. I will focus on individual responsibility in keeping and improving the workforce’s health, also support awareness programs run by our member companies for their employees. I believe that AmCham’s Competitive Workforce Policy Task Force can be positioned as an opinion leader and create platform and scene with the decision makers to strength the common goals.. At the same time, the importance of financial self-care needs to be emphasized and a system of supplementary health insurances can be discussed with the contribution of the employers and the employees. I am active in supporting women leaders through Womens Network as well participating in diversity& inclusion programs.