CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - May 10, 2013) - Ohio National Financial Services is pleased to announce the election of a distinguished veteran of the life insurance industry to the Board of Directors of The Ohio National Life Insurance Company and Ohio National Financial Services, Inc.

Gary Wendlandt, FSA, MAAA, the retired Chief Investment Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of New York Life Insurance Company, was elected at today's Ohio National Board of Directors meeting.

During his career with New York Life, Wendlandt held additional corporate-level positions, including Senior Executive Vice President for Finance and Investments, and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of New York Life Investment Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance company. Previous to his service at New York Life, Wendlandt spent nearly three decades of his financial services career at MassMutual Life Insurance Company where he advanced to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer following service as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

"Gary brings a wide array of senior level expertise in many aspects of the financial services industry, including both chief investment and chief financial leadership positions. We are honored to have him join our Board of Directors," said Gary T. "Doc" Huffman, CLU, ChFC, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"Ohio National continues to deliver a complete portfolio of the highest quality products with the benefits and protection our customers need. Our Board of Directors will continue to provide corporate governance, working together with our management team in a culture of mutual respect," Huffman added.

"Ohio National is an acknowledged industry leader and is extremely well-positioned for the future," Wendlandt said. "I am eager to join the Board of Directors of an organization with a mutual heritage, one with a focus on building long-term value for its policyholders." 

A graduate of Washington University, Wendlandt serves as a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and is Past President of the Greater New York Councils. He serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Engineering for Washington University.

Tracing its corporate origins to 1909, Ohio National today markets a variety of insurance and financial products through more than 50,000 representatives in 47 states (all except Alaska, Hawaii and New York), the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and through subsidiary operations in Santiago, Chile. As of Dec. 31, 2012, its affiliated companies have $34.7 billion total assets under management. Products are issued by The Ohio National Life Insurance Company and Ohio National Life Assurance Corporation. Named Cincinnati's "#1 Top Workplace" (large category) by the Enquirer Media (June 2010 and 2012) and "25 Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work for in America" by the Great Place to Work Institute (June 2004), Ohio National has more than 965 associates. Visit for more information.

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