NU Online News Service, Dec. 11, 2003, 11:40 a.m. EST – Nationwide Financial Services Inc., Columbus, Ohio, says Mark Thresher will be succeeding Joseph Gasper as its president and chief operating officer.[@@]

Gasper, 60, will be retiring in May 2004.

Thresher, 46, has been Nationwide’s chief financial officer since November 2002. He began working for the company in 1996 as the treasurer. Before that, he spent 18 years working at KPMG L.L.P.

Gasper started his career as a group underwriter at Nationwide in 1966. He became president of the company in 1996. In 2002, he was chairman of the American Council of Life Insurers, Washington.