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Craig Hawley to lead Retirement Solutions Distribution

Hawley brings a proven track record as leader of Nationwide Annuity Distribution and Advisory Solutions.

Nationwide Retirement Solutions kicked off the new year by naming Craig Hawley as leader of Retirement Solutions Distribution.

With a distinguished career spanning more than 20 years, Hawley is an innovator and a tenured financial services industry leader, with demonstrated commitment to creating greater value for advisors and their practice. Hawley most recently led Nationwide’s Annuity Distribution team, evolving the team to optimize territory coverage, drive down acquisition cost and gain market share in every sales territory. His strategic leadership helped drive record sales results for the Nationwide Annuity business in 2021.

“This transition is exciting and incredibly positive for Nationwide,” said Eric Stevenson, President of Nationwide Retirement Solutions. “By adding a proven leader like Craig to our team, we’re in a strong position to build on our strengths as a leading provider of Retirement Solutions, Annuities and now In-Plan Guarantees. Craig is widely known within Nationwide and across the financial services industry as disciplined, innovative and a champion for strategic sales growth for both our company and our distribution partners.”

Prior to leading Annuity Distribution, Craig oversaw Nationwide’s innovative fee-based annuity distribution channel, serving a network of more than 6,000 Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) and fee-based advisors. During his time at Nationwide Advisory Solutions (formerly Jefferson National), he helped shape the company into a recognized innovator of financial products and services for RIAs, fee-based advisors, and the clients they serve.

Outside of work, Craig serves as a director for both Dare to Care and the University of Louisville Real Estate Foundation.