Meek to Step Down from Nationwide Retirement Role

August 24, 2006 ( - Nationwide Financial Services announced that Duane Meek, senior vice president for retirement plans, will retire at year-end after 38 years with the company.

A Nationwide news release said that Bill Jackson, currently vice president for internal sales and service, has been tapped to replace Meek as head of retirement plans, beginning October 1.

Meek and Jackson will work together through year end to ensure a smooth transition, the announcement said.

Meek, 62, has served as senior vice president of retirement plans since 2004 (See Nationwide Taps Riebel for Public Sector Plan Unit ). He began his career at Nationwide in 1968 as a management trainee in the group underwriting department and has held various management positions in several divisions of Nationwide Financial.

Jackson began his Nationwide career as a financial planning analyst in 1984 and became a portfolio account supervisor later that year. In 1997, he was named a director in non-affiliated sales, and was promoted to sales center officer in 1999. Jackson was elected vice president in 2001 and since 2004 has led the internal sales and service organization.