Brighthouse's Stock Debut Also a Moment to Boost Biz Culture (Photos)
Brighthouse Financial's debut as a public company this week offered an opportunity for its home office to reinforce key themes of its corporate culture, including its camaraderie and inclusion. That's according to a series of photos that show how the Charlotte, N.C.-based retail life insurer and annuity provider celebrated its opening moments as an independent company that's traded on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol BHF.
Employees at the firm's Charlotte headquarters, in the Ballantyne neighborhood, gathered around a giant flat screen to watch CEO Eric Steigerwalt ring the opening bell of the Nasdaq at 9:30 a.m. EDT. He then traveled back to Charlotte, to be with staff, to ceremoniously close the exchange via live-streaming. (The picture above is the closing bell ceremony in Charlotte) In both cases, Brighthouse employees — all dressed in t-shirts displaying the company’s Nasdaq ticker symbol — had opportunities to stand with their peers in a show of solidarity on the historic day.
But beyond Charlotte, the milestone was honored throughout the country, including Brighthouse's offices in Boston, Tampa, Morris County, N.J., and New York City, where celebrations occurred, a company spokeswoman said. Brighthouse was previously an operating unit of New York-based MetLife.