The board of trustees of Northwestern Mutual has elected Dale E. Jones to serve on the company's board. Jones is a managing partner at Heidrick and Struggles, a leadership consulting and executive search firm. Jones had previously served on 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.

"Dale is an excellent addition to our board. His professional experience advising executives and board members at Fortune 500 companies will be a tremendous asset to us," said Edward J. Zore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Mutual. "For two years, Dale has been an important contributor to our Policyowners' Examining Committee, and we are very pleased he will now serve on our board."

Jones was named to the company's Policyowners' Examining Committee in 2005, and he was selected as chairman of the committee in 2006. More information on the company's Policyowner Examining Committee is available on the company's web site - http://www.nmfn.com/tn/aboutus--nm_policyowners.

Serving as a managing partner at Heidrick and Struggles, Jones' primary responsibility is overseeing the firm's operations in the southeastern United States. He also is the head of the firm's CEO and Board Practice in North and South America. Based in Atlanta, Ga., Jones provides executive search and leadership consulting services to Fortune 500 companies and their boards. He was recently elected by his peers to serve on Heidrick & Struggles' 2006-2007 Global Partnership Council.

In addition to his seat on Northwestern Mutual's Board of Trustees, Jones is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and the CEO Forum. He recently completed tenure as a board director for Hughes Supply, a $4.4 billion NYSE-traded company acquired last year by The Home Depot. Jones continues to serve on several non-profit boards, including the National Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, the Atlanta Resource Foundation and The Yale Center for Faith & Culture's advisory board.

Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College and attended the Atlanta University Graduate School of Business.

For 150 years, The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) has been serving the financial needs of its policyowners and clients. The company, with over $1 trillion of life insurance protection in force, maintains the highest available ratings for insurance financial strength from all four major rating agencies: Standard & Poor's, Fitch Ratings, A. M. Best and Moody's.

For 24 years, a FORTUNE magazine survey has named Northwestern Mutual "America's Most Admired" company in the life/health insurance industry. Further information on Northwestern Mutual, its subsidiaries and affiliates can be found at: http://www.nmfn.com/.

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