Nationwide Taps Arvia as Retirement Head

September 29, 2009 ( - Anne Arvia, president of Nationwide Bank, has been drafted to be the new chief of Nationwide's retirement business as of November 1, 2009.

A Nationwide announcement said Arvia replaces William S. Jackson, senior vice president for retirement plans, who recently announced his retirement after 25 years with Nationwide.

According to the company, Arvia has successfully spearheaded a strategy at the bank that has resulted in the accumulation of more than $2.7 billion in assets in two years.

“During her time at Nationwide, I have been impressed by Anne’s leadership, integrity and proven ability to successfully develop and execute business strategies,” said Mark R. Thresher, president and COO of Nationwide Financial, in the announcement. “Her deep knowledge of financial services and experience navigating the challenges of a rapidly changing industry will be instrumental to strengthening our competitive position in the retirement plans market.”

Arvia joined Nationwide in 2006 after 15 years with ShoreBank, America’s first lending and community development bank, where she most recently served as the president and CEO, according to the announcement.