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Kristi Rodriguez to lead the Nationwide Retirement Institute

February 14, 2018

Columbus, Ohio - Nationwide announced today Kristi Rodriguez will lead the Nationwide Retirement Institute®. The Retirement Institute provides thought leadership on issues affecting retirement, including long-term care, health care and Social Security to help simplify today’s most complex retirement challenges. 

The Retirement Institute is a recognized resource for providing timely insights and education, client-ready tools and consultative support designed to help advisors help their clients plan for retirement. 

“Nationwide has built a reputation as an expert partner to advisors and plan sponsors,” said John Carter, president of Nationwide’s retirement plans business. “Kristi’s extensive experience in the financial services and health care industries, marketing and consumer research will be assets as we continue to invest in growing our businesses and expanding our thought leadership programs.”

To learn more about the Nationwide Retirement Institute and the company’s continued investment in helping America prepare for and live in retirement, please view this short video.

Rodriguez joined Nationwide in 2015, most recently serving as vice president of retirement plans marketing where she led a team of professionals focused on creating educational content, overseeing participant and plan sponsor communications, and supporting acquisition and retention efforts.

Prior to joining Nationwide, Rodriguez served as a senior marketing director for Aetna. Before working at Aetna, she held several marketing and management roles at UnitedHealth Group. She earned her undergraduate degree in finance from Hampton University and holds a consumer marketing strategy certificate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

She replaces Kevin McGarry, who was named the sales leader for Nationwide Funds in November 2017.

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