Nationwide Financial to Present at Sandler ONeill & Partners Insurance Conference

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ — Nationwide Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: NFS), today announced that it will make a presentation at the Sandler O’Neill & Partners Insurance Conference. Joseph J. Gasper, president and chief operating officer, will represent Nationwide Financial and is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m. on September 16, 2003. Gasper’s presentation will be Webcast live at the following Web address:

http://sandler.ninesystems.com/event_registration/ins2003/main.asp

Columbus-based Nationwide Financial is the holding company for the retirement savings operations of Nationwide, which owns 63.0 percent of the outstanding common shares of NFS. The major operating subsidiary of NFS is Nationwide Life Insurance Company, the country’s 10th-largest life insurer based on admitted assets.(1) To obtain investor materials, including the Company’s 2002 annual report, Form 10-K, and other corporate announcements, please visit our web site at www.nationwidefinancial.com .

(1) A.M. Best, 2002

Media Contacts:

Bryan Haviland

Public Relations Officer

614 677-7767

Investor Contacts:

Kevin G. O’Brien

VP – Investor Relations

614 677-5331

SOURCE Nationwide Financial Services, Inc.