Daniel DowningWestern & Southern Financial Group, Cincinnati, has promoted Daniel J. Downing, CFP, to senior vice president of independent agent distribution for W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc., the company’s wholesale distributor of annuity and life insurance products to financial institutions, independent agents and broker-dealers nationwide.

Downing is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the independent agent distribution channel. He also continues to serve as national sales manager for the independent agent channel, headquartered in Goshen, New York. He reports directly to Mark E. Caner, MBA, AEP, ChFC, CLU, CFP, president of W&S Financial Group Distributors.

“Dan has played an integral role in our efforts to deliver National Integrity products through independent agents and financial planners in New York,” said Caner. “Now his energy, insights, proven leadership abilities and more than 27 years of experience will serve him well as he heads all our business development and sales activities through independent agents and independent marketing organizations nationally.”

Downing had served as vice president of the independent agent channel in Goshen, N.Y., since joining Western & Southern in 2000 as part of its acquisition of Integrity Life Insurance Company and National Integrity Life Insurance Company. In addition to his work at National Integrity, Downing’s experience includes positions at Sun America, John Alden Life and TIAA-CREF.

Downing holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Fordham University and a master of business administration degree in finance from Adelphi University. He is a Certified Financial Planner and holds FINRA Series 6, 26 and 63 registrations. He also is licensed in life and health insurance and variable annuities in New York. Downing resides in Warwick, N.Y, with his wife and two children.