Mark S. Howard is executive vice president and chief legal officer of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. In this role, he leads the company’s legal, government relations, compliance, corporate citizenship, and corporate governance functions.
Prior to joining Nationwide in April 2016, Mark served as senior vice president and deputy general counsel of USAA. Over his twenty years there, he served in a variety of insurance and financial services legal and compliance functions, as well as four years as the organization’s chief audit executive. Prior to that, he was an attorney with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart in Washington, D.C. (now K&L Gates), as well as on the audit staff of Arthur Andersen in Dallas, Texas.
Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Baylor University, and his juris doctor and master of business administration degrees from Southern Methodist University, where he was managing editor of the Southwestern Law Journal. He is licensed as an attorney and a certified public accountant.
Mark is a member of the Ohio Insurance Institute Board of Directors, the National Association of Corporate Directors General Counsel Steering Committee, and the General Counsel 50. In addition to serving on the United Way U.S.A. Board, Mark also serves several charitable organizations as a member of the operating board of The Buckeye Ranch - an Ohio provider of children’s mental health services, and as a member of the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business Advisory Board.