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NEWS - The Principal Financial Group Names Daniel Houston President & COO

November 26, 2014 – Des Moines, IA – The Principal Financial Group® today announced the Board of Directors has elected Daniel J. Houston president and chief operating officer effective immediately. Houston will oversee all global businesses including Principal Global Investors, Principal International, Retirement and Investor Services, and U.S. Insurance Solutions. In addition, Houston was elected to the Board of Directors.

Larry D. Zimpleman continues as chairman and chief executive officer. Zimpleman will continue to oversee the company growth strategy, capital management and deployment, and corporate functions.

The Principal has seen strong growth since the financial crisis due to our global investment management strategy, solid execution and great people. Dan has played an integral role in shaping and executing that strategy,” Zimpleman said. “He brings excellent operational expertise and global awareness along with deep talent leadership skills. In Dan’s 30-year career at The Principal, he has been on the ground in the field, managed numerous businesses, and helped lead the transformation of The Principal to a global investment management leader, all which will give him a clear view of where we’ve been and where this organization will go in the future.

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