Dean's Advisory Council: W.G. Jurgensen
W.G. "Jerry" Jurgensen is the former chief executive officer of Nationwide, one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services companies in the world. He was elected to this position in July 2000 and retired in February 2009.
With an emphasis on financial discipline and an improved corporate culture, Jurgensen led Nationwide to high levels of performance. During his tenure, Nationwide’s net income increased from $138 million in 2001 to more than $1 billion in 2004 and 2005.
Jurgensen previously served as executive vice president of Bank One Corporation, where he headed corporate banking and commercial banking products. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of Norwest Corporation.
He is a member of numerous business and civic organizations, including the boards of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Law Enforcement Foundation of Ohio, Ohio State University Hospital and Columbus Children’s Hospital. He also is a member of the Financial Services Roundtable, The Business Roundtable, Ohio Business Roundtable, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and The Columbus Partnership.
Additionally, Jurgensen serves on the boards Newberry Library in Chicago, Achieve, Inc., Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges and Project GRAD. He is a member of the Business Higher Education Forum, and he serves on the board of directors for ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Jurgensen earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA from Creighton University.
Nationwide, with more than $158 billion in assets, provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, homeowners, life, health, and commercial insurance; annuities, mutual funds, retirement plans and administrative services. The Nationwide companies include the country’s sixth-largest property/casualty group. Nationwide Life Insurance Company, the major subsidiary of Nationwide Financial, ranks 11th in assets, according to A.M. Best.