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W&S Financial Group Distributors Names Regional Vice Presidents

Blasi and Seeger to assist financial professionals in broker dealer and independent agent channels; implementation of expanded wholesaling architecture ongoing

CINCINNATI — June 12, 2012 — W&S Financial Group Distributors, the wholesale distributor of annuities and life insurance from Western & Southern Financial Group (Western & Southern) member companies, has named two regional vice presidents based in Cincinnati:

  • Michael J. Blasi has been named regional vice president for broker dealers and independent agents. Bringing more than seven years industry experience to his role, Blasi provides both variable and fixed annuity strategies, as well as sales and marketing support. Before joining W&S Financial Group Distributors, he worked primarily in the health and human services industry. Blasi received a bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in human resources from Xavier University in Ohio. Blasi holds FINRA Series 6 and 63 registrations and is life and health licensed.
  • Edward P. Seeger has been named regional vice president for broker dealers and independent agents. He provides expertise to financial planners in distribution management, marketing and sales support, and retirement solutions. Seeger’s background includes 12 years’ experience in financial services at Fidelity Investments, Citibank, and other affiliated Western & Southern companies. Seeger earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University. He holds FINRA Series 6 and 63 registrations and life, health, and variable annuity licenses.

“As they assist financial professionals across the country in building their businesses, Michael and Edward advance our mission of helping individuals invest for, live in and manage risk during retirement,” said Daniel J. Downing, senior vice president, broker dealer and independent agent distribution. “They are proven assets in fostering productive, consultative relationships that attract and retain clients.”

About W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc.
W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. (wsfinancialpartners.com) distributes fixed, variable and immediate annuities and life insurance products from Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company and National Integrity Life Insurance Company, all member companies of Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc. Variable products are distributed through Touchstone Securities, Inc.* Marketing through a national network of broker-dealers, financial advisors, independent agents and financial institutions, W&S Financial Group Distributors assists financial professionals in helping individuals invest for, live in and manage risk during retirement.

*A registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC.

About Western & Southern Financial Group
Western & Southern Financial Group (Western & Southern) is a Cincinnati-based Fortune 500 diversified family of financial services companies with assets owned and managed in excess of $55 billion as of March 31, 2012. Western & Southern’s six life insurance companies (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company; Western-Southern Life Assurance Company; Columbus Life Insurance Company; Integrity Life Insurance Company; The Lafayette Life Insurance Company; and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain the following ratings for financial strength: Standard & Poor’s AA+ Very Strong (currently the highest rating held by any life insurance company and making Western & Southern one of the eight highest-rated life insurance groups in the world), A.M. Best A+ Superior, Fitch AA Very Strong and Moody’s¹ Aa3 Excellent. With a heritage dating to 1888, the group’s affiliates also include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.;² IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Touchstone Advisors, Inc.;² Touchstone Securities, Inc.;³ and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. Western & Southern is the title sponsor of the Western & Southern Open (www.wsopen.com) tennis tournament, a premier event in the U.S. Open Series featuring the world’s top-ranked professional male and female players.

¹ Lafayette Life is not rated by Moody’s.
² A registered investment advisor.
³ A registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC.
Ratings are current as of June 1, 2012, and refer to the claims-paying ability of the insurance company and not to the safety, stability or performance of any investment product.