Northwestern Mutual announced today that IDG's Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," has selected the company as one of the top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals. Computerworld ranked Northwestern Mutual 15th on its list of the top 100 companies, which is part of the weekly IT publication's 13th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, published in the June 19th issue of Computerworld and online at http://computerworld.com/ .

"We are pleased and honored to be ranked highly amongst so many successful organizations," said Gregory C. Oberland, senior vice president and chief information officer at Northwestern Mutual, "and ranking 15th in the survey endorses our efforts to create an interesting and engaging place to work."

In ranking Northwestern Mutual 15th out of 100 companies, Computerworld highlighted a number of programs that make the company one of the "Best Places to Work in IT." Programs highlighted include 31 employee clubs that offer company-subsidized activities; the company's pension and 401(k) retirement plans; and the IT department's five-level career path, in which employees earn promotions by expanding their technology knowledge. More information on positions at Northwestern Mutual is available on the company's website ( http://www.nmfn.com/ .)

"This year's Best Places to Work rankings represent companies across the industry that recognize how a strong commitment to and investment in employees is synonymous with creating a great IT work environment," said Don Tennant, editor in chief of Computerworld. "Once again, we found that IT professionals are looking for rewarding and challenging projects, access to leading-edge technologies, career growth and development and a comfortable work/life balance. Our Best Places companies not only offer these benefits, but do so in a manner that goes well above industry norms."

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 regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, this year Computerworld surveyed more than 20,000 IT workers for the list, and their responses factored heavily in determining the rankings.

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of senior IT management. Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58- edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage." In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management, with a guaranteed rate base of 180,050, a total print audience of 1,138,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS 2004 Business Influencer Study) and an online audience of over 1.1 million unique monthly visitors (DoubleClick).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and events company. A privately held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites, with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide, including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, DEMO® and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com/ .

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual), the nation's largest direct provider of individual life insurance, according to statistics compiled from A. M. Best data, has always received the best possible insurance financial strength ratings from Standard & Poor's, Fitch Ratings, A. M. Best and Moody's.

For 23 years, a FORTUNE magazine survey has named Northwestern Mutual "Most Admired" in its industry. The company has also been recognized as one of the "50 Best Companies to Sell For," by Selling Power magazine (2005).

The company, its subsidiaries and affiliates are also providers of annuities, mutual funds, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance and employee benefit services to the group employee and executive markets. These products and services are distributed through the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and its financial representatives. Among its affiliated companies are those that comprise the Russell Investment Group, which provide investment management and advisory services; Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS), the securities brokerage firm; and Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, a limited purpose federal savings bank and a registered investment adviser. A subsidiary, Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company, offers long-term care insurance. Further information on Northwestern Mutual can be found at: http://www.nmfn.com/ .

SOURCE: Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

CONTACT: Jean Towell of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance,
+1-800-323-7033, mediarelations@northwesternmutual.com

Web site: http://www.nmfn.com/
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