The board of trustees of Northwestern Mutual has elected John N. Balboni to serve on the company's board. Balboni is senior vice president and chief information officer of International Paper Company, the world's largest paper and packaging company, based in Memphis, Tennessee.

"John's expertise in strategic information technology, as well as his strong management, finance and analytical background, makes him a solid addition to the Northwestern Mutual board," said Edward J. Zore, chairman and chief executive officer of Northwestern Mutual. "His career also demonstrates a great deal of flexibility, a skill that is particularly crucial now as all companies find themselves adapting to new environments."

Balboni previously served as chairman of Northwestern Mutual's Policyowners' Examining Committee, an independent group appointed each year to take an impartial and unrestricted look at the company's operations, management and strategic planning.

In addition to his current position at International Paper Company, Balboni has held various roles over a 21-year career with the company. Prior to this, he spent nine years in management roles at Kendall Company, a division of Colgate Palmolive, and United Brands Company, formerly United Fruit Company - Chiquita.

In addition to his seat on Northwestern Mutual's Board of Trustees, Balboni also serves on the boards of Liaison Technologies, a leader in integration and data management, as well as his local chapter of United Way. He received his BA and MBA from Boston College.

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