Strong Female Leaders Make the Principal Financial Group a Top Company

  Strong Female Leaders Make the Principal Financial Group a Top Company

                This marks 11 consecutive years on NAFE Top 50

Business Wire

DES MOINES, Iowa -- February 5, 2013

A strong commitment to women’s advancement in the workplace has earned the
Principal Financial Group^® a spot on the 2013 National Association for Female
Executives (NAFE) Top 50 Companies for Executive Women. The list recognizes
organizations whose policies and practices encourage the advancement of women.
This is the eleventh consecutive year The Principal^® has been recognized by
NAFE with this achievement.

“We are proud to be recognized by NAFE once again, and we are lucky to have
such strong female talent present throughout the company," said Beth Raymond,
vice president of human resources, The Principal. “Providing development and
leadership opportunities to all of our employees helps us maintain a culture
of diversity and inclusion, and it makes The Principal a great place to work.”

Each year the list recognizes corporations that have created a culture which
identifies, promotes and nurtures successful women. To be considered,
companies must have at least two women on their board of directors.

“The NAFE Top 50 Companies are champions of women’s advancement in the
workplace, and provide the training and support they need to be successful,”
said Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media and CEO of NAFE. “The
Principal is dedicated to helping women succeed and that’s what this is all

Profiles of the NAFE Top 50 Companies are published in the February/March
issue of Working Mother and are also available online.

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About NAFE
The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves
20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen
and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the
annual NAFE Top 50 list. provides up-to-date information, community
for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of
Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation.

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 $403.0 billion in assets under management^2 and
serves some 18.3 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

^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, 2012


The Principal Financial Group
Lauren Mease, 515-247-0651
Andrea Kaplan, 917-836-2741
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