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John Carter

President, Retirement Plans

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John L. Carter brings nearly 30 years of financial services industry experience as president of Nationwide’s Retirement Plans business. The business provides defined contribution plans to small and mid-sized employers in the private sector and is the leading provider of workplace retirement savings programs in the public sector with more than $100 billion in assets under management.

Prior to leading Retirement Plans, John was president of NFS Distributors Inc., where he was responsible for the wholesale strategy and distribution of private sector retirement plans, life insurance, annuities, specialty markets and mutual funds through banks, independent broker dealers, regional firms and wirehouses. Through his leadership, John successfully implemented process improvements and distribution alignments to address unmet customer needs and improve the customer experience.

Prior to joining Nationwide Financial in 2005, John was responsible for wealth management and managed accounts distribution through all channels and oversaw the sales of mutual funds, variable annuities and managed accounts at Prudential Financial. John also held executive positions with UBS and the former Kidder Peabody.

John’s advocacy for the retirement security of America extends to his board work with leading industry organizations. He is a trustee and board member of Employee Benefit Research Institute and previously served as the chair of the executive committee of the Insured Retirement Institute. In 2016 he joined the Board of Directors of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. He frequently travels to DC to lend a voice to regulatory and industry conversations impacting retirement planning.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/finance from the University of Missouri.

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