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The Principal Financial Group Honored for Support of its Military Employees

Recognized as an “Above and Beyond Award” winner

April 20, 2011 (Des Moines, Iowa) – The Principal Financial Group® was presented the “Above & Beyond Award” by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) at a recent annual employer recognition banquet in Des Moines, Iowa. Captain Alexis Warden nominated The Principal® for the award.

The award recognizes employers at the state and local level that have exceeded the legal requirements for granting leave and providing support for military duty for employees who serve in the Guard & Reserve.

“We are honored that ESGR is recognizing The Principal. We sincerely appreciate our military employees and recognize the importance of their commitment to this country and The Principal,” said Ralph Eucher, senior vice president, Human Resources, The Principal.

The Principal was recognized as a “Patriotic Employer Award” winner in 2009 and was also recognized for the “Above and Beyond Award” in 2010.

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About ESGR

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense volunteer organization. ESGR’s goal is to support America’s employers who share their employees with the nation to ensure our national security. ESGR provides free education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees. ESGR is comprised of volunteers from all areas of the state of Iowa. For more information about ESGR, visit the ESGR website at: http://www.iowaesgr.org.

About the Principal Financial Group

The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal ®)[1] is a leader in offering businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement and investment services, life and health insurance, and banking through its diverse family of financial services companies. A member of the Fortune 500, the Principal Financial Group has $318.8 billion in assets under management[2] and serves some 19.1 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG.

[1]
"The Principal Financial Group" and "The Principal" are registered service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.
[2]
As of Dec. 31, 2010.

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