Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen announced this afternoon that Mark Berven has been named EVP and chief strategy and product management officer. In this new role, Berven will oversee strategy for Nationwide and the product organization for P&C business lines. Berven joined Nationwide in 1994 and has served as a regional VP and most recently as SVP of product and pricing for all P&C operations.

Additionally, Rasmussen announced that the company’s retirement and P&C direct channel executives will be switching roles: Larry Hilsheimer will lead Nationwide Retirement Plans, and Anne Arvia will lead Nationwide Direct, Affinity and Growth Solutions—both will carry the titles of president and COO of their new divisions. 

“My philosophy is that fresh leadership perspective and successful ideas from one area of the company will lead to benefits in another,” Rasmussen said. “We made similar leadership changes back in 2009 that were beneficial for our leaders and the company as a whole.”

The changes are effective immediately. Hilsheimer will report to Kirt Walker, President and COO of Nationwide Financial Services. Arvia will report to Mark Pizzi, President and Chief Operating Officer of Nationwide Insurance. Berven will report to Rasmussen.

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