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IDG's Computerworld Names Principal Financial Group to 2013 List of 100 Best Places to Work in Information Technology

Company recognized for Information Technology for the twelfth consecutive year

June 17, 2013 (Des Moines, Iowa) — IDG's Computerworld has named the Principal Financial Group® as one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in IT. The company ranks 27th on the list of 100 top organizations that provide their IT staff with great benefits and compensation in an environment that inspires growth and development.

"Our ability to attract and retain world class IT talent is critical to the success of The Principal so it is very important to be consistently recognized for providing a great environment for IT professionals," says Gary Scholten, senior vice president and chief information officer for The Principal®. "IT is an integral part of our business. Our collaborative environment helps IT professionals develop at a fast pace. We are committed to offering the flexibility and development opportunities our IT professionals need to perform at a very high level."

The Computerworld award recognizes The Principal® for providing its IT staff with a stimulating environment along with outstanding benefits, including flexible work programs, compressed workweeks, job-sharing programs and telecommuting.

Organizations will be included in coverage in Computerworld along with results from the 20th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey.

"We applaud the organizations on the Best Places to Work in IT list for creating and sustaining dynamic IT work environments," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. "This year, several new names have joined the stalwarts that make the list year after year. It's clear that the best IT workplaces are constantly raising the bar with great benefits, new learning opportunities, access to cutting-edge technologies and challenging business-critical projects."

About the Best Places to Work in IT

The Best Places to Work in Information Technology (IT) list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals by IDG's Computerworld. The list is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld's award-winning website (www.computerworld.com), publication, focused conference series, custom solutions and custom research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT solutions providers to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.8 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, November 2012) and was recognized as the Best Website by ASBPE and TABPI in 2012. 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 www.idgenterprise.com.

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About the Principal Financial Group

The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal ®)[1] is a global investment management leader offering retirement services, insurance solutions and asset management. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies. Founded in 1879 and a member of the FORTUNE 500®, the Principal Financial Group has $456.1 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. For more information, visit www.principal.com.

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"The Principal Financial Group" and "The Principal" are registered service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.
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As of March 31, 2013.

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