Our Leaders

Meet the Nationwide Employee Benefits® Leadership Team

We've combined a team of seasoned benefits industry professionals with Nationwide's insurance and financial services expertise to create Nationwide Employee Benefits.

Syed Rizvi, Vice President

Syed Rizvi (Rizvi) is Vice President/Chief Specialty Insurance Officer for Nationwide, responsible for Nationwide's Innovative Solutions portfolio, including Nationwide Employee Benefits. Rizvi joined Nationwide in 2007 as Vice President, Enterprise Performance Management and Analysis (EPM&A) reporting to the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Nationwide in 2007, Rizvi was Vice President of Finance for Victoria's Secret at Limited Brands and was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company. Rizvi holds a Master of Business Administration from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business and a master's degree in engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Bessie Bui, Associate Vice President

Elizabeth (Bessie) Bui is Associate Vice President, leading Strategy, Sales, Underwriting, Operations, and Product Development for Nationwide Employee Benefits. Bessie joined Nationwide in 2007 and has held various roles in Finance, Strategy and Operations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa Kohls-Orr, Director of Product

Lisa Kohls-Orr manages product development and policy fulfillment for Nationwide Employee Benefits. Lisa joined the Nationwide team in 2008 and has more than 25 years of insurance industry experience. She has held positions in Underwriting and Actuarial with a focus on employer group ancillary products. Prior to joining Nationwide, she worked for Anthem, John Alden and Physician’s Health Plan. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Capital University.

Sarah Penikas, Associate Actuary

Sarah Limbert holds an Associateship in the Society of Actuaries (ASA) and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She is responsible for risk analysis and group insurance pricing for Nationwide Employee Benefits. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining Nationwide, she worked for Mercer, a global consulting firm.

Ali Panella, Director of Business Project Management

Alison (Ali) Panella leads projects and process/system enhancements for Nationwide Employee Benefits. Ali joined Nationwide in 2010 and has held roles in Marketing, Business Development and Project Management. She has received two degrees from St. Joseph’s University, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Psychology.

Sue Reinhard, Director of Underwriting and Operations

Susan (Sue) Reinhard assumed a leadership role with Nationwide Employee Benefits in January 2013 after the acquisition of the Harleysville Insurance Companies. Her career with Harleysville Life Insurance Company spanned more than 25 years where she held positions in operations, sales, business development and underwriting. She holds industry designations of Certified Employee Benefits Specialist, Group Benefits Associate and Retirement Plans Associate – employee benefit programs sponsored by the International Foundation of Employee Benefits.

David Hurley, Director of Sales

David Hurley leads the national sales team for Nationwide Employee Benefits. He has over 25 years of experience in the group insurance industry at Cigna, Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Delta Dental. For the past 10 years he has been a sales leader at Delta Dental of Massachusetts and Delta Dental of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Business Administration from Suffolk University in Boston.

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