CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - Mar 21, 2014) - Ohio National is pleased to announce that Dennis L. Schoff, an attorney with more than 20 years of executive experience in financial services, is joining the organization as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, effective March 31.

Schoff has been Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Trustmark Companies since 2010, following nearly 20 years of senior level experience at Lincoln Financial Group, including the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel. 

"Dennis has broad and deep experience in the industry," said Gary T. "Doc" Huffman, Ohio National chairman, president and chief executive officer. "His knowledge and passion for this business -- and the policyholders we serve -- make him an outstanding addition to our company."

"Because our business is built on the long-term commitments to our policyholders, it is vital that our company provide for ongoing strength and focused leadership," Huffman added.

Schoff succeeds Michael F. Haverkamp, who will be assisting with the transition prior to his June 1 retirement. Haverkamp joined Ohio National as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in 1996 following a 22-year career with Frost Brown Todd (formerly Frost & Jacobs).

"Ohio National has an outstanding record for disciplined strategy, steady growth and principled leadership," Schoff said. "Ohio National is extremely well positioned in the industry, and I hope to significantly contribute as we continue to grow the organization and make a positive difference in the lives of our policyholders and beneficiaries."

Schoff earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Indiana University and graduated cum laude from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Ind. He began his career as a bank examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Company and later served as a corporate associate at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister before joining Lincoln National.

Active in the industry, Schoff is past president of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel and former chair of the compliance and legal section of American Council of Life Insurers.

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, 2013, its affiliated companies have $38.8 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, 2012 and 2013) 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 1,000 associates. Visit for more information.

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