Nationwide Taps Arvia as Retirement Head

Anne Arvia, president of Nationwide Bank, has been drafted to be the new chief of Nationwide’s retirement business, as of November 1, 2009.

A Nationwide announcement said Arvia replaces William S. Jackson, senior vice president for retirement plans, who recently announced his retirement plans after 25 years with Nationwide.

“During her time at Nationwide, I have been impressed by Anne’s leadership, integrity and proven ability to successfully develop and execute business strategies,” said Mark R. Thresher, president and COO of Nationwide Financial. “Her deep knowledge of financial services and experience navigating the challenges of a rapidly changing industry will be instrumental to strengthening our competitive position in the retirement plans market.” 

According to the company, Arvia has successfully spearheaded a strategy at the bank that has resulted in the accumulation of more than $2.7 billion in assets in two years.

Arvia joined Nationwide in 2006 after 15 years with ShoreBank, America’s first lending and community development bank, where she had most recently served as the president and CEO, according to the announcement.