Northwestern Mutual announced today that the company is one of the top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals for the fourth year in a row. IDG's Computerworld, the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, included Northwestern Mutual in its annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, which was published in the June 15 issue of the magazine and on its Web site.

On the list of 100 companies, Northwestern Mutual ranked 50 overall, 14 for medium-sized companies (2,500 - 9,999 U.S. employees), and was the only company ranked in the state of Wisconsin.

"Northwestern Mutual's consistent appearance on the Computerworld ranking is testament to the strength and stability of the company, during both good and difficult times," said Tim Schaefer, chief information officer of Northwestern Mutual. "Year after year, we continue to offer employees the benefits, opportunities and work environment that make Northwestern Mutual one of the best places to work in IT."

Computerworld's annual "Best Places to Work in IT" feature ranks 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 more than 27,000 IT workers were surveyed for the list, and their responses factored heavily in determining the rankings.

"To be among the Best Places to Work in IT, it's not enough just to seek out and hire the most talented IT people, offer them competitive pay and provide great benefits," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. "The organizations that made this year's Best Places to Work list sustain a dynamic work environment in which IT professionals keep their hands on the latest technologies and work on projects that are business critical. In the months and years ahead, IT is going to become a key accelerator of business growth."

About Northwestern Mutual

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company - Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 150 years. As a mutual company with over $1 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 is an industry leader in total individual life insurance and disability insurance dividends paid to participating policyowners. Though dividends are not guaranteed, are reviewed annually and are subject to change, the company has paid life insurance dividends every year since 1872.

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 Investment Group. Further information can be found at http://www.northwesternmutual.com/.

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