Kirt Walker is President and Chief Operating Officer of Nationwide Financial and CEO-Elect of Nationwide. In his current financial services role, which he assumed in 2009, Kirt is 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 initially joined the Nationwide family of companies in 1986. He served in various leadership positions during his first 23 years 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 subsidiary.
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 during the past 10 years.
Kirt 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 protection and security of American families, workers and businesses by serving as a board member for the American Council of Life Insurers, the Association of Ohio Life Insurance Companies and 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 and the Columbus State Community College Board of Trustees. Kirt previously served as a board member of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, American Red Cross of Greater Columbus, White Castle restaurant company, 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.