Nationwide Appoints New Retirement Plans Leader

John Carter has been named leader of Nationwide Retirement Plans.

Carter, previously president of Nationwide Financial’s sales and distribution organization, NFS Distributors Inc., joined the firm in 2005. He has been responsible for the wholesale strategy and distribution of private-sector retirement plans, life insurance, annuities, specialty markets and mutual funds through banks, independent broker/dealers, regional firms and wirehouses.

Carter successfully implemented process improvements and distribution alignments to address unmet customer needs and improve the customer experience. Before coming to Nationwide, he held executive positions with Prudential Financial, UBS and the former Kidder Peabody.

Carter serves on the executive board for the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) and is active in regulatory and industry efforts to help consumers prepare for and live in retirement. He also is a board member of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) and serves on the Marketing Advisory Board of his alma mater, the Robert J. Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri.

“John is a proven leader with nearly 30 years of financial services industry expertise and a track record of success that I know will drive great results for our company, valued private- and public-sector business partners and the millions of America’s workers we are proudly helping prepare for and live in retirement,” said Kirt Walker, Nationwide Financial’s president and chief operating officer.

Carter replaces Larry Hilsheimer, who is leaving Nationwide to pursue other interests. Dave Giertz will assume Carter’s former position leading the firm’s sales and distribution organization. He most recently served as a vice president of sales for Nationwide Financial.