In 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama tapped Zimpleman to be a part of a small group of CEOs to lead and serve as model for hiring qualified long-term unemployed individuals.Zimpleman blogs on the company’s intranet site where he covers a variety of topics to spark conversations between employees throughout the world. He also frequently writes on global topics such as citizen diplomacy, for the company’s external blog, The Principal Blog. The Principal has been recognized for the company’s diversity and inclusion core values:
- For the 12 th consecutive year, the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) Top 50 Companies and 10 Nonprofits for Executive Women recognized the policies and practices that encourage women's advancement.
- A 90 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, a tool to rate U.S. businesses on their practices and policies regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees, consumers and investors.
- The Principal as a great place to work in Working Mothers’ 100 Best Companies for progressive and family-friendly cultures; Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT; and Pension & Investment’s recognition of the company as the Best Place to Work in Money Management.
- In addition to being a leader in efforts to promote the hiring of U.S. veterans, the recognition by a group called Employer Support of Guard and Reserve for policies helping those who serve.
Zimpleman serves as chair of the Financial Services Roundtable and is an active member of the Business Roundtable. He is also is a member of the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP) board, appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad. He currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees for Drake University, chair of the Iowa Business Council, and is a member of the Business-Higher Education Forum.About the Principal Financial Group The Principal Financial Group ® (The Principal ®) 1 is a global investment management leader offering retirement services, insurance solutions and asset management. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies. Founded in 1879 and a member of the FORTUNE 500 ®, the Principal Financial Group has $483.2 billion in assets under management 2 and serves some 19.4 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, 2013.