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kirt walker Kirt Walker is President and Chief Operating Officer of Nationwide Financial. He was named to this position in October 2009 after having served in various leadership positions for Nationwide Insurance, including President and COO (February 2009); President, Exclusive Operations (November 2008); and President, Eastern Operations (March 2006).

Prior to his work with Nationwide Insurance, Kirt spent several years with Allied Insurance, Nationwide’s independent agency channel. He was named President of Allied Insurance in September 2003, having served in various leadership roles prior.

Kirt initially joined the Nationwide family of companies in 1986 and held various life and property/casualty sales and underwriting positions with Allied. He 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 helps ensure financial security for American families, workers and businesses by serving as a board member for the American Council of Life Insurers, as well as the Association of Ohio Life Insurance Companies.

He also is passionate about the community in which he works and lives. During his time with Allied Insurance in Des Moines, Kirt was named CEO of the Year by Des Moines Business Journal in 2005. He serves on the American Red Cross Board of Governors, the Columbus State Community College Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for White Castle restaurant company. Kirt previously served as a board member of the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus, the New Albany Foundation, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters and as a trustee for Grand View College in Des Moines.