Jim Walter of Overland Park, Kan., a veteran of the insurance industry for more than 30 years, has joined Columbia, S.C.-based Companion Life Insurance Co. as director of group marketing for the Midwestern United States.

Walter will specialize in the sale and marketing of Companion Life products through general agents, brokers and specialty distribution systems. His primary responsibilities include developing and maintaining effective working relationships, conducting product training and providing fast and effective service.

Companion Life’s Midwest region includes Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota.

Walter has been in the insurance business since 1977 after graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in political science.

“We are pleased to have someone with Jim’s experience and background leading our team in the Midwest region,” said J.C. Preas, Companion Life’s vice president, field marketing.

For more information, visit www.CompanionLife.com.