Kathy Bostjancic named new chief economist at Nationwide
Kathy Bostjancic, noted economist and markets expert, was named Nationwide chief economist. She is tasked with leading the team that provides the Fortune 100 company’s economic forecasts and analyses, used to inform and strengthen the organization’s business strategies and operating plans for the diversified insurance and financial services company.
Bostjancic succeeds recently retired, former chief economist David Berson. She is the second person and the first woman to be named chief economist at the company.
“Kathy’s breadth of experience and pragmatic perspective will help us remain a strong and stable company through this period of economic volatility and beyond,” said Tim Frommeyer, Nationwide’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We’re excited to have Kathy join Nationwide, and we are looking forward to the impact that she will deliver for our customers and partners.”
Frequently quoted by national and global business media, Bostjancic joins Nationwide with both domestic and international economics expertise. Prior to joining Nationwide, she served as chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics. There, Bostjancic was responsible for assessing and forecasting the U.S. macroeconomic environment, including Federal Reserve monetary policy and its impact on industries and financial markets.
Bostjancic served in similar capacities at The Conference Board, Merrill Lynch, Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), and Citicorp Investment Bank. In those roles, Bostjancic provided analyses on both U.S. and global macroeconomic topics, including international capital and foreign exchange markets, housing markets, U.S. consumer research, and global inflation and labor markets.
“I am excited to join Nationwide as its new chief economist,” Bostjancic said. “I look forward to working closely with Tim Frommeyer and the entire executive leadership team to provide insights that support the performance of the company, our customers and partners.”
Bostjancic is an active member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and a regular presenter and member of its forecasting committee. She is also a past president of the New York Forecasters Club, a group comprised of about 80 economists who either represent or have represented Wall Street Firms. Bostjancic also led Oxford Economics to be a top forecaster in the Bloomberg economic survey. Bostjancic earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Rutgers University-Rutgers College, and her master’s degree in economics from New York University.
To stay updated with insights from the Nationwide economics team, visit the Nationwide Economic & Market Commentary page.