Group Legal Leader ARAG Is Honored for Outstanding Training Programs to Support Business Initiatives, Strategic Planning Goals

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DES MOINES, IA — February 24, 2010 — Group legal insurance leader ARAG® has been selected as a 2009 Workplace Learning and Performance Award winner in the “Training as a Business Strategy” category.

The award was presented by the Central Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development. Selection was based on effective use of training as an organizational strategy to directly support business initiatives and strategic planning goals.

“Aligning ARAG training programs with key business strategies helps our employees to better understand their roles within the organization and how they can contribute to its continued success. Through programs such as ARAG University, employees gain the knowledge and skills to grow professionally and to provide best in class service to ARAG legal plan customers,” says Erin Barfels, Chief Human Resources Officer.

The ASTD award is one of several honors that ARAG has received in recent months. The company was certified as a Center of Excellence by BenchmarkPortal and was named one of the “Best Places to Work in Insurance” by Business Insurance magazine and Best Companies Group. ARAG was a Stevie Award recipient as Customer Service Team of the Year in insurance, banking and financial services from The American Business Awards.

ARAG, a global leader of legal insurance, has an international premium base of almost $2 billion and protects 15.5 million individuals and their families — worldwide. ARAG offers comprehensive legal plans that provide a smart and trusted path for resolving legal issues. This enables people to protect their families, finances and futures.

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