A recognized leader in accounting, reporting, tax, and internal controls, Mr. Carlson brings extensive corporate governance and financial strategy experience to MiMedx. He has worked extensively on corporate governance and board interactions, in particular with Audit and Compensation Committees. Most recently, Mr. Carlson was an Executive Vice President at Brighthouse Financial, Inc., and served as Chief Operating Officer where he helped establish the $220 billion U.S. life and annuity insurance company as a separate entity after the August 2017 MetLife, Inc. spin-off.
Prior to Brighthouse Financial, Mr. Carlson was Chief Accounting Officer at MetLife, Inc. where his global responsibilities included accounting, financial planning, tax, and investment finance. He led a transformation effort as head of the Separation Management Office for the Brighthouse Financial spin-off; led accounting, reporting and control teams through due diligence and integration for a $16 billion acquisition of a global insurance subsidiary; and actively advised the Compensation Committee.
Prior to joining MetLife in 2009, Mr. Carlson was Corporate Controller at Wachovia Corporation, responsible for ensuring the integrity of the books and records, the accuracy of external and regulatory reporting, and for oversight of the internal controls over financial reporting. During 2008’s market turmoil, he drove financial strategy, participated in strategic assessments, and effectively advised management during a CFO transition. Earlier in his career, Mr. Carlson was an audit partner at Arthur Andersen LLP, working in multiple industry sectors including financial services, manufacturing, commercial services, distribution and professional sports. He is on the board of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd (WTM) and the Board of Trustees of his alma mater Wake Forest University, serving on the Audit Committees of both organizations. Mr. Carlson earned a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and is a licensed CPA in North Carolina and New York.