This excerpt taken from the PFG 8-K filed Feb 26, 2008.
Zimpleman Named CEO
(Des Moines, Iowa) – The Principal Financial Group® announced today the Board of Directors, as part of its planned succession process, has elected Larry D. Zimpleman chief executive officer, effective May 1, 2008. He retains the title of president. J. Barry Griswell will continue as chairman. Zimpleman will assume complete responsibility for company strategy and operations.
“Larry is singularly qualified to lead the Principal Financial Group into the future. His long history with the company combined with deep industry expertise and a keen global perspective have uniquely prepared him for this leadership role,” says Griswell. “A key success factor for The Principal has been our careful leadership succession planning. This is a natural next step for Larry. He knows where we’ve been. He understands the challenges and opportunities facing The Principal today. He has a clear vision for tomorrow. Larry is an unmatched leader who will advance The Principal as a global expert in asset accumulation and asset management. Our mission remains strongly intact -- being the champion of financial wellbeing for small and medium businesses, institutions and people around the world.”
“Barry’s bold, insightful and charismatic leadership has strengthened The Principal’s position in the market as a world-class asset manager and a world-class employer,” says Zimpleman. “I’m excited about what lies ahead and the opportunity to lead this great company and its great people. With the proven talent and experience of our leadership team, I’m confident The Principal will continue on its clear trajectory toward becoming a global leader in helping people achieve financial security.”