The Principal Financial Group Announces Executive Succession At
Principal InternationalNorman R. Sorensen named Chairman, Principal International; Luis
Valdes named President and CEO, Principal International; Roberto Walker
named President, Principal International Latin America
DES MOINES, Iowa, Mar 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
As part of its planned succession process, the Principal Financial Group(R)
announced Norman R. Sorensen, formerly president of Principal
International Inc., has been named chairman of Principal International.
Luis Valdes, formerly president, Principal International Latin America,
succeeds Sorensen as president and CEO of Principal International.
Roberto Walker, who served as chief operating officer, Principal
International Latin America, succeeds Valdes in the role of President,
Principal International Latin America. The promotions are effective
According to Larry D. Zimpleman, chairman, president and CEO of The
Principal(R), "During his tenure here, Norman Sorensen has led
Principal International to achieve tremendous growth and profitability.
These management changes are a natural next step in our ongoing efforts
to extend our retirement and asset accumulation leadership in key
emerging markets," Zimpleman said. "The changes further strengthen
Principal International's proven management team, which will allow us to
continue the rapid growth for Principal International in the years
Since Sorensen joined The Principal in 1998, Principal International has
grown from an aspirational business to contributing $137 million in
operating earnings in 2010, representing 16 percent of total earnings of
The Principal. Principal International assets under management have
grown at a 35 percent compounded annual growth rate since the year 2000
to today's level of $52.7 billion in assets under management (including
Sorensen commented, "Principal International has remarkable growth
opportunities in Asia and Latin America where we already have a 10-year
track record. Luis Valdes is highly qualified to lead our international
business, which leverages strong local partners with outstanding
distribution to allow us to go deeper and broader into key emerging
Prior to joining The Principal, Sorensen held senior international
marketing and management positions at American International Group,
American Express Company and Citigroup. Sorensen is a member of the
Boards of Directors of Principal Asset Management Company and Principal
Insurance Company (Hong Kong), BrasilPrev Seguros & PrevidÍncia
(Brazil), Principal Vida (Chile), Principal-PNB Asset Management Company
(India), Principal International, Inc., (U.S.), Principal AFORE and
Principal Life (Mexico). Sorensen is chairman of the International
Insurance Society; former chairman of the Global & Trade Committee of
the Financial Services Roundtable, former chairman of the Coalition of
Service Industries, former chairman of the International Committee of
the American Council of Life Insurers, and a member of the board of
directors of Sara Lee Corporation. Sorensen is a graduate of the United
States Air Force Academy and Columbia University's Executive Program for
Valdes has been associated with The Principal since 1991 when he was
managing director of BanRenta Compania de Seguros de Vida, which later
was purchased by Principal International to become Principal Vida Chile.
Prior to BanRenta, Valdes was an insurance market consultant for The
World Bank, Intendente de Seguros (Insurance Commissioner) in Chile.
Valdes holds a bachelor's degree in industrial and civil engineering
from Universidad de Chile, and an MBA from Universidad de Navarra (IESE)
in Barcelona, Spain. He is a professor of business politics and business
management at various universities in Chile.
Walker joined the company in 1996. He has served in several roles
including chief investment officer and chief financial officer, Chile,
and country head, Mexico, where he oversaw a number of businesses. Prior
to joining Principal Chile, he was chief investment officer of Citibank
Global Asset Management and managing director of Citibank Asset
Management in Chile. Walker holds a bachelor's degree in business
administration specializing in economics and finance from Universidad de
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About the Principal Financial Group
The Principal Financial
Group(R) (The Principal (R))1 is a leader
in offering businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide
range of financial products and services, including retirement and
investment services, life and health insurance, and banking through its
diverse family of financial services companies. A member of the Fortune
500, the Principal Financial Group has $318.8 billion in assets under
management2 and serves some 19.1 million customers worldwide
from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United
States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock
Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG. For more information, visit www.principal.com.
1 "The Principal Financial Group" and "The Principal" are
registered service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member
of the Principal Financial Group.
2 As of Dec. 31, 2010.
SOURCE: The Principal Financial Group
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