MILWAUKEE, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For the seventh consecutive year, Northwestern Mutual is being recognized as a top workplace for information technology (IT) professionals, according to IDG's Computerworld, the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide.

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In the ranking of 100 companies, Northwestern Mutual ranks 67th overall, 23rd among medium-sized companies (2,500 – 9,999 U.S. employees), and first overall in the state of Wisconsin.

"I'm proud to talk about this accolade because it speaks to the value of our employees and the talent they bring to the enterprise," says Tim Schaefer, senior vice president and chief information officer – Northwestern Mutual. "It's their passion for IT and our company's unique offerings that set us apart as an organization – which is why we're consistently seeking to recruit and develop the best in IT."

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 about company benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention.

About Northwestern Mutual
The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) – the "World's Most Admired" life insurance company in 2011 according to FORTUNE® magazine – has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 150 years. As a mutual company with $1.2 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual seeks to share its gains with policyowners and deliver consistent and dependable value to clients over time. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments.

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