John F. Barrett, Western & Southern Financial Group president, chairman and chief executive officer, was profiled in LEADERS magazine’s first edition of 2019. In the Q&A article, titled “Successful Growth Through a World-Class Culture,” Barrett answered questions posed by the magazine’s editor.
The topics covered included Western & Southern’s culture, the financial services industry and community engagement.
When asked why Western & Southern has been successful, Barrett described Western & Southern’s strong culture. The corporate culture the company has built guides actions and drives the company to meet the growing needs of its policyholders, clients and business partners while ensuring the company’s continued advancement.
Questions about the financial services industry touched on innovation and technology. Barrett described the importance of investing in innovation and how technology helps companies accomplish their goals. However, the human side of relationships with customers should never be overlooked.
Barrett discussed community engagement as it relates to attracting talent and the responsibility of the private sector to lead it. Western & Southern and its associates are actively involved in the community in support of the company’s vision to make its hometown of Cincinnati the best place to live, work and enjoy life.
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About Western & Southern Financial Group
Founded in Cincinnati in 1888 as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, and celebrating 130 years this year, Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc. (Western & Southern), a Fortune 500 company, is now the parent company of a group of diversified financial services businesses. Its assets owned ($48 billion) and managed ($27 billion) totaled $75 billion as of Sept. 30, 2018. Western & Southern is one of the strongest life insurance groups in the world. Its six life insurance subsidiaries (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 very strong financial ratings. Other member companies include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.;1 IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Peppertree Partners LLC;1 Touchstone Advisors, Inc.;1 Touchstone Securities, Inc.;2 W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.;2 and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. Find more information on the Western & Southern family of companies. Western & Southern is the title sponsor of six major community events every year, including the Western & Southern Open, a premier event in the U.S. Open Series played each August by the world’s top-ranked professional male and female tennis players.