Allstate Recognizes Retiring Directors

                    Allstate Recognizes Retiring Directors

PR Newswire

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 20, 2013

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Allstate Corporation
(NYSE: ALL) announced that Joshua I. Smith, 71, and W. James Farrell, 70, will
not stand for re-election to its board of directors at Allstate's annual
stockholders meeting scheduled for May 21, 2013. Smith is reaching the
retirement age set by Allstate's board policy, and Farrell has decided for
personal reasons not to stand for re-election one year before reaching
retirement age. With their retirements, the Allstate board will have 12

Joshua Smith has served on the Allstate board since 1997, currently as a
member of the compensation and succession and the nominating and governance
committees. With more than a decade of experience leading The Coaching Group,
a management consulting firm, Smith contributed extensive executive leadership
and management experience to the Allstate board. His considerable expertise
with entrepreneurial enterprises, specifically with small, minority- and
women-owned businesses, provided the board with valuable insights on managing
Allstate's relationships with its agencies. In addition, Smith's service on
the boards of Caterpillar, Comprehensive Care Corporation and Federal Express
enhanced the board's insights into corporate governance and executive
compensation practices.

W. James Farrell has been an Allstate director since 1999, currently serves as
chair of the compensation and succession committee and is a member of the
nominating and governance committee, where he also served as chair from 2006
until 2012. In addition, he has been a member of the executive committee since
2010. As chairman of Illinois Tool Works from 1996 until his retirement in
2006, Farrell lent his management expertise and keen understanding of the
interrelationship between long-term and short-term business strategies to his
varied roles on Allstate's board. In addition, Farrell's service on the boards
of 3M, Abbott and United Continental gave him an in-depth understanding of
compensation programs and executive talent that were integral to Allstate
board decisions in these areas.

"Allstate's board is composed of directors possessing strong expertise and
experience in strategic oversight, corporate governance, stockholder advocacy
and leadership," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief
executive officer. "In particular, our directors have taken an active role in
enhancing our company's best practices as we actively solicited and acted upon
investor feedback on compensation and other corporate governance matters.

"We thank Josh and Jim for their many years of outstanding service as Allstate
directors and wish them all the best in their retirements," Wilson said.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held
personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through
its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and
Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products
(auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate
agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial
representatives, as well as via,
and 1-800 Allstate^®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good
Hands With Allstate^®."

SOURCE The Allstate Corporation

Contact: Maryellen Thielen, +1-847-402-5600
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