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GuideOne Appoints Chris Ward Vice President of Distribution Management

June 5, 2019

WEST DES MOINES, IA (June 5, 2019) – GuideOne Insurance announced that Chris Ward has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Distribution Management, effective May 28, 2019. In this role, Ward is responsible for driving and supporting attainment of GuideOne’s strategic plan through managing its independent agency, wholesaler and alternative distribution relationships. He will create and execute the overall distribution strategy for the organization, soliciting new partnerships, while developing and managing key relationships.

Ward joins GuideOne from CNA Financial Corporation, where he served as Assistant Vice President of Sales & Distribution. In that role, Ward developed and cultivated relationships with the company’s distribution partners, and worked with brokers to develop national level initiatives that incorporated the company’s distribution strategies. He also brings extensive experience in building business units and teams, strategic planning, sales and marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and reinsurance.

“Chris brings to us a great depth of commercial property and casualty insurance and distribution experience, along with proven leadership skills for our organization,” says GuideOne President & Chief Executive Officer, Jessica Clark. “He’ll work closely with our regional vice presidents, sales directors, and our distribution partners to achieve strong business growth, especially in our small commercial segment.”

Ward adds, “It’s an exciting time to be at GuideOne. We have the leadership and vision to do some special things in the industry. Our challenge is to grow our distribution network and bring value to all of partners while driving profitable growth.”

About GuideOne

GuideOne Insurance was founded in 1947 with a commitment to social responsibility. That tradition continues today, as the company proudly protects the people who strengthen our communities. GuideOne serves churches, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, small businesses and senior living communities. We provide commercial property and liability, workers’ compensation, commercial auto, and many other liability needs. 

Rated “A-” (Excellent) by industry analyst A.M. Best, GuideOne does business in all 50 states through a network of thousands of independent agents who serve more than 51,000 members. GuideOne’s corporate headquarters are located in West Des Moines, Iowa.


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