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Deadline Nears to Enter National Search for Best Companies

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Distinguished judging panel unveiled for <i>The Principal 10 Best Companies--2012</i></b> </p>

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Deadline Nears to Enter National Search for Best Companies13:30 EDT Tuesday, April 10, 2012 DES MOINES, Iowa (Business Wire) -- As confidence in the economy rises, many employers are doing their part to bolster their own employee's financial security. These companies can receive the national recognition they deserve by entering The Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Securityby April 27, 2012. This is the 11th year the Principal Financial Group® will honor growing businesses that excel at helping employees build their financial well-being through strong benefits programs. Each entrant will receive a free customized employee benefits report comparing their benefits to those of The Principal 10 Best winners and other entrants. A renowned panel of experts in employee benefits and human resources will evaluate entrants based on the value of benefits provided and the communication of those benefits to employees. “We are looking for organizations that see the connection between the financial security of their employees and the success of their business,” says Luke Vandermillen, vice president, The Principal®. “We want to showcase these great employers in 2012.” The 2012 judges are: Sheri Fitts, vice president, Retirement Marketing, LPL Financial Lisa G. Kottler, senior vice president, Retirement Services, NFP Insurance Services, Inc. Julia Pilleri, assistant controller/assistant manager of resources, Associates for International Research, Inc. John C. Robak, chief operating officer, Greeley and Hansen Corey Rosen, senior staff member, National Center for Employee Ownership Dallas L. Salisbury, president and chief executive officer, Employee Benefit Research Institute David L. Wray, president, Plan Sponsor Council of America The independent judges panel will work with the market research firm, Matthew Greenwald & Associates, to pick the honorees. Winners will be announced in the fall of 2012. What winners receiveWinners receive national recognition through publicity and often include the recognition in their marketing materials. They also receive a donation to the charity of their choice. About The Principal 10 Best Companies ProgramThe Principal 10 Best Companies gives national recognition to small- and medium-size companies that increase their employees' financial security by providing exceptional benefits. To enter, companies must: Employ at least 5 and up to 1,000 employees Headquarter in the United States Provide a broad range of employee benefits for at least five years Offer traditional employee benefits, such as retirement, health, life or disability There is no entry fee. Companies owned by employees of The Principal are not eligible to enter. For more information, visit www.principal.com/10best. For more news and insights from The Principal, connect with us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ThePrincipal. About the Principal Financial GroupThe Principal Financial Group® (The Principal ®)1 is a global investment management leader including 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 $335 billion in assets under management2 and serves some 18 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. 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, 2011. Principal Financial GroupSonja Sorrel, 515-362-2431sorrel.sonja@principal.comorLauren Mease, 515-247-0651mease.lauren@principal.com