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Farmers Insurance Annette Thompson named Learning Professional of the Year by SkillSoft, a leading SaaS provider of e-learning and performance support solutions

NASHUA, N.H.—(5-11-11)—Annette Thompson, senior vice president and chief learning officer for Farmers Insurance, has been named the Learning Professional of the Year by SkillSoft, a leading SaaS provider of e-learning and performance support solutions. The award was given at SkillSoft’s “Perspectives 2011 Industry Awards” annual user conference being held this week in Orlando, FL.

The Learning Professional of the Year award stated “Annette Thompson was instrumental in transforming the company’s approach to learning. Starting in 2004, she re-engineered the Agency Training unit, creating learning that drove agent behavior change and tangible growth, and ultimately proving that learning was a strategic advantage capable of driving organizational business results. Through her dedication to learning, Thompson has created within Farmers an environment of greater accountability to metrics, consistent learning methodologies, greater shared content, common technology platforms and vendors, and a leadership and reporting structure that attaches learning to business results.”

“I am honored to receive this award,” noted Thompson. “The University of Farmers is a world class organization offering outstanding state-of-the-art classrooms and curriculum for Farmers agents, claims personnel and management. The University of Farmers learning professionals are the best in the industry.”

“Organizations today use e-learning in a variety of ways to address diverse business challenges,” said Jerry Nine, COO of SkillSoft. “We’re proud to recognize this impressive group of organizations and individuals who have harnessed the power of learning technology to deliver innovative results aligned with their business objectives.”

The awards were judged by a panel of industry experts, including: Lori Freifeld of Training Magazine, Cushing Anderson of IDC, Jeanne Meister of, Mollie Lombardi of Aberdeen, Paula Ketter of T&D Magazine, Bill Brandon of Learning Solutions Magazine, John Hollon of, Susan Smith-Nash of eLearning Queen, and Sally Hovis, SkillSoft’s vice president of learning design.

About Farmers
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 Financial Services 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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