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Farmers Insurance and the University of Farmers Receive Learning Elite Award From Chief Learning Officer Magazine

(April 04, 2012)

MIAMI, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 04/04/12 -- For the second year in a row, Farmers Insurance and the University of Farmers have won the Learning Elite award by Chief Learning Officer magazine.

The award was presented to Farmers Chief Learning Officer Annette Thompson during the magazine's April 1 annual symposium's gala held in Miami Beach, Florida.

This year, the magazine ranked Farmers No. 7 out of more than 200 applicants. Only UPS, McDonald's, Accenture, Defense Acquisition University, AT&T and General Mills came in ahead of Farmers. "This No. 7 ranking also moves us up by four over last year's winners, and had us topping such recognizable brands as Coldwell Banker, Deloitte, Prudential, Qualcomm, IBM and Nationwide Insurance. Moreover, Farmers is the highest-ranked financial services organization in the competition," noted Thompson.

The Chief Learning Officer magazine, which is a leading source of thought leadership in the learning field, selects organizations for its LearningElite award based on benchmarking results that assess significant value from development and learning initiatives. LearningElite recognizes companies for their efforts in five distinct areas: strategy, execution, commitment by leadership, outcomes and performance results.

"We're so honored to be recognized by Chief Learning Officer, especially when you consider the leading brands under review," says Thompson. "The University's goal is to deliver meaningful solutions toward our organizational objectives. This type of industry benchmarking keeps the University of Farmers state-of-the-art in these efforts."

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be. Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Insurance Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at or at

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