Nationwide Announces New Chief Diversity Officer
Angela Bretz to lead Inclusion and Diversity Office
Nationwide, a leading insurance and financial services organization, has named Angela Bretz as its next chief diversity officer. Bretz will oversee the Inclusion and Diversity office, which serves as a critical function of Nationwide’s business, partnering with senior leadership to foster an environment that aligns with the strategic impact and importance of the diversity and inclusion work at the company.
“We are committed to diversity and inclusion at Nationwide and believe that inclusion drives engagement, innovation and business results,” said CEO Steve Rasmussen. “Angela’s leadership experience will allow us to continue building our reputation as a career destination and a company that values the perspectives of all.”
A career Nationwider, Bretz has demonstrated strong leadership and has experience in training and development, strategic planning, project management and claims. Prior to her new role, she served as associate vice president for staff administration in property and casualty. Other past positions include associate vice president for the Midwest Claims Zone and associate vice president for claims strategy.
“Diversity, inclusion and opportunity have been at the heart of Nationwide’s cultural values, our purpose and our On Your Side® experience for our associates, partners and members since our founding,” said Chief HR and Administrative Officer Gale King. “Angela’s strong relationships inside and outside of Nationwide will be an asset in this role and will enable us to build further on the strong foundation we have established over many years.”
Bretz’s leadership also extends to the community and the industry. She serves on the steering committee for the United Way of Delaware County-Women’s Leadership Network and the Risk Management and Insurance Board of Advisors at Franklin University. Bretz holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and an MBA from Franklin University.
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.