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American General Life Companies Earns Spot on 2012 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America

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[September 12, 2012]

American General Life Companies Earns Spot on 2012 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America

HOUSTON --(Business Wire)--

American General today announced that it made this year's InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of business technology. The annual list was revealed last night at a gala awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference.

American General created two mobile applications designed to empower distribution partners with on-the-go access to fast, customized quotes. The first mobile application, Quick Quote, serves the organization's Structured Settlements division and enables agents to use their Apple (News - Alert) or Android mobile devices to provide quotes to customers anywhere, any time. Quick Quote is the first technology of its kind released by a life insurance company within the Structured Settlements market. In addition to generating immediate quotes, the app provides one-touch calling to the American General Structured Settlements support team. Quick Quote has been very well received since its launch, with sales made in a quicker, more direct, more efficient fashion. Key features of the app include real time access to interest rates, benefit streams, and lower administration burdens on agents.

American General was also recognized for its RapidRater tool, a mobile quoting application for iPhone (News - Alert) and Android smart phone users that allows agents to create quotes for selling a number of life insurance solutions. RapidRater was the first in a series of content-rich, innovative mobile tools offered by American General.

"We are delighted to be included in the 2012 InformationWeek 500," said Rod Rishel, head of product design and developmentfor American General. "We developed our suite of mobile apps to meet the needs of our producers for technology on the move; our producers often close business on the go. We are committed to providing our producers with resources that help them effectively serve their customers any time, anywhere."

"The InformationWeek 500 has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year's innovations were particularly impressive," said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. "What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches-new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT."

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of America's best-known companies. Past overall winners include PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con-Way, and Principal Financial Group. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.

American General Life Companies, www.americangeneral.com, is the marketing name for a group of affiliated domestic life insurers, including American General Life Insurance Company (AGL (News - Alert)) and The United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York (USL).

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