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The Principal Financial Group named “Best Place to Work” by IDG's Computerworld

Marks a decade of consecutive appearances on the list for The Principal

June 20, 2011 (Des Moines, Iowa) – The Principal Financial Group® has once again been recognized as a “Best Place to Work in Information Technology” honoree by IDG's Computerworld magazine. This marks a decade of consecutive appearances on the list for The Principal®, coming in at 31st in 2011.

“On behalf The Principal and our IT professionals, we are very pleased to again be recognized on Computerworld's prestigious list,” said Gary Scholten, senior vice president and chief information officer of The Principal®. “Our focus on using technology to innovate, create efficiencies and deliver a top notch experience for our customers makes it critical for The Principal to attract and retain world class IT talent to successfully execute our business strategy.”

The Principal was specifically noted for its ability as an organization to provide its IT staff a stimulating environment while providing great benefits flexible work programs, including: compressed workweeks, job-sharing programs and telecommuting. Also noted was the ability to work in a highly collaborative environment with a range of innovative technologies and accessibility to senior leaders at the company.

“To be among the Best Places to Work in IT, it's not enough just to seek out and hire the most talented IT people, offer competitive pay and provide great benefits,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “The organizations that made this year's Best Places to Work list are creating a work environment that both trains and encourages IT personnel to pursue business-driven priorities.”

Since 1994, Computerworld's annual “Best Places to Work in IT” feature has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention.

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About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (, bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ editions) global IT media network. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at

About the Principal Financial Group

The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal®)[1] is a retirement and global asset management leader. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, investment services and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies. A member of the FORTUNE 500®, the Principal Financial Group has $327.4 billion in assets under management[2] and serves some 16.4 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.

“The Principal Financial Group” and “The Principal” are registered service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.
As of March 31, 2011.

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