Gale King is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Nationwide, a Fortune 66 financial services company with 26,000 associates. In this role, Gale is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the company’s Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Security and Aviation operations.
Under Gale’s leadership, the company has been recognized for its leading Human Resources practices and as an employer of choice for its strong culture, performance orientation, engaging work environment and commitment to diversity and inclusion. The company has received numerous recognitions to include: six consecutive years on the Workforce 100 list for its wholistic and best-in-class approach to HR, Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list (six years), Catalyst Award, 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (17 years), Black Enterprise Best Workplaces for Diversity, Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity, and many others.
King has more than 30 years of broad leadership experience in the financial services industry, including strategic oversight of enterprise staff functions and operational experience in business operations. She is an independent director for AutoZone (AZO) and serves on the compensation committee.
Gale is an education advocate and has established endowment funds at the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College. She is active in the community and serves as a board trustee and Chair for the University of Florida Foundation, board trustee for the Executive Leadership Council and co-Chair for the membership committee. Additionally, she was an inaugural member of the Columbus Women’s Commission. King is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in public administration.