Barbara Turner, CEO, Ohio National Financial Services

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Barbara Turner, CRCP, has more than 35 years of leadership experience in the financial services industry. After joining Ohio National in 1997, she steadily rose to a diverse range of executive positions and in November 2018 became Ohio National’s 11th president and chief operating officer and the first woman and person of color to serve in this role. She was elected to Ohio National’s board of directors in December 2019 and on January 1, 2021, she became president and chief executive officer.

She has served as the company’s vice chairman and chief administrative officer as well as the annuities strategic business unit head. Prior to this, she was the president and chief executive officer of The O.N. Equity Sales Company (ONESCO) and O.N. Investment Management Company (ONIMCO) and senior vice president, chief compliance officer of Ohio National.

She began her career in banking and served as the operations, trading and systems manager for Reynolds DeWitt Securities prior to joining Ohio National.

A Cincinnati native, Ms. Turner attended the University of Cincinnati and is a graduate of the SIFMA/Wharton Securities Industry Institute (SII). She was the first female in the United States to complete the FINRA/Wharton Certified Regulatory Compliance Professional (CRCP) program.

Ms. Turner and her husband Daman Turner have three adult children and four grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family, as well as traveling, cooking, reading and attending local arts events. She has a special passion for mentoring at-risk teenage girls and single mothers, and helping individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency and financial security and independence.

Industry, business and civic involvement
Active in the community, Ms. Turner serves on the board of directors of Advocates for Youth Education; The Christ Hospital Health Network; Cincinnati State Technical and Community College; Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce; Cincinnati Women’s Executive Forum; Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation; and serves as vice chair of LL Global, Inc. and as Chair of United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Barbara is also a member of the Cincinnati Business Committee (CBC), Commercial Club, Executive Leadership Council (ELC), and the Queen City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, and Women’s Capital Club (WCC).

Awards and recognition
Ms. Turner has received the following community and industry recognitions: 2020 Cincinnati Business Courier’s C-Suite Award Winner – Chief Operating Officer category; 2020 APD National Philanthropy Honorary Chair; 2020 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Honorary Degree; 2019 Cincinnati Business Courier’s Women Who Mean Business Award; 2019 Make A Wish Inaugural Women Inspiring Strength & Hope (W.I.S.H.) Award; 2019 Linkage Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award; 2019 Venue Magazine Women of Influence Award; 2019 Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Making Black History Award; 2019 Honorary Chair (with her husband, Daman) of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati Gala; 2018 Ohio National Financial Services Paul E. Martin Community Service Award; 2009 Top 50 Women in Wealth Management in the country (Wealth Manager Magazine); 2006 YWCA of Cincinnati Career Women of Achievement; 2003 YWCA of Cincinnati Rising Star and Who’s Who in Black Cincinnati.


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