James B. Bachmann has served on Nationwide's board of directors since 2003. Bachmann also serves as a director of other Nationwide companies.
A longtime business and community leader, Bachmann retired as managing partner for Ernst & Young's Columbus location in 2003, where he led the office for 11 years. Prior to that, he served in Ernst & Young's New York office as well as the firm's Cleveland, Toledo and Akron offices.
Bachmann also served in leadership positions at the Columbus Museum of Art, the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce board, the Tocqueville Society of the United Way, the Ohio Business Roundtable board and numerous community fund-raising committees. He serves on the board of The Ohio State University Hospital and is an honorary trustee of the Columbus Museum of Art.
Born in Akron, Ohio, he holds a bachelor's degree from John Carroll University, attended the University of Akron's master of business administration program and served as an officer in the U.S. Army. Bachmann lives in New Albany, Ohio.