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Anne Arvia was recently named President and COO of Nationwide Direct, Affinity and Growth Solutions, giving her oversight of the Columbus, Ohio-based company’s direct P&C sales channel, along with responsibility for specialty-insurance affinity partnerships and Veterinary Pet insurance. She joined Nationwide in 2006 as president of Nationwide Bank before becoming leader of Retirement Plans in 2009. Before joining Nationwide, she spent 15 years at ShoreBank in Chicago.

Why move from the financial-services side of the business to property and casualty?

Nationwide is dominated by property and casualty. As a leader in the organization, planning to be here a long time, one of the pieces of background I did not have experience in was property and casualty. This is a terrific way for me to broaden my knowledge in this space and gain more leadership opportunities.

In making this move from the banking and retirement side of Nationwide to P&C insurance, what is the learning curve for you?

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