Kirt Walker is President and Chief Operating Officer of Nationwide Financial. In this role, he’s responsible for helping America prepare for and live in retirement through a wide range of solutions, including annuities, life insurance, mutual funds and public and private sector retirement plans.
Kirt’s leadership philosophy focuses on the “Four Ps”: People, Planning, Performance and Partnerships. His commitment to driving an engaged culture of associates has contributed to significant growth in sales and profitability since being named leader of Nationwide Financial in 2009.
Kirt initially joined the Nationwide family of companies in 1986. He has served in various leadership positions within the company’s Property and Casualty business, including President and COO of Nationwide Insurance and President of Allied Insurance, Nationwide’s former independent agency channel.
He is a graduate of Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in management. He also holds a Master of Science in management with an emphasis in leadership degree from The American College.
Kirt advocates for the financial security of American families, workers and businesses by serving as a board member for the American Council of Life Insurers, as well as the Association of Ohio Life Insurance Companies. Previously he served as a board member for the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters.
He is passionate about the community in which he works and lives. He serves on the American Red Cross Board of Governors, the Columbus State Community College Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Kirt is also a member of the Board of Directors for White Castle restaurant company. He previously served as a board member of the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus, the New Albany Foundation, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and as a trustee for Grand View College in Des Moines.
Past honors for his community involvement include being named CEO of the Year by Des Moines Business Journal and an Honored Ally by Stonewall Columbus, Central Ohio’s leading LGBTQ organization.