The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network has been named by Business Week magazine as one of the top 50 "Best Places to Launch a Career" in the magazine's inaugural ranking of employers across the country in its September 18, 2006 issue.

"We are honored to be featured as one of the best places for people to begin their career," said Edward J. Zore, president and chief executive officer of Northwestern Mutual. "This list is particularly meaningful because, in addition to highlighting our reputation in the industry, it points to the remarkable successes of the people in our organization."

Business Week's list -- based on responses from career services directors, employers and 37,000 undergraduates -- examined information on everything from hiring and pay, to benefits and retention. The ranking also simply asked respondents for whom they would most like to work. Among the top 50 on the "Best Places to Launch a Career" listing are organizations considered leaders in their fields including General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Google, MTV Networks, NASA, and Walt Disney.

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, the marketing name for the sales and distribution arm of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual), provides expert guidance on insurance, investment products and services, retirement and estate analysis, education funding and employee benefits.

The company, its subsidiaries and affiliates provide life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, long-term care insurance and disability income insurance. 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), a wholly-owned company of Northwestern Mutual, broker-dealer and member NASD and SIPC; and Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, a wholly-owned company of Northwestern Mutual, limited purpose federal savings bank and a registered investment adviser which provides financial planning, investment management and trust services. 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 Financial Network

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

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