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This document is dated April 15, 2013. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.

Lincoln Financial Group Named To The 2013 Black Equal Opportunity Employment Journal's Best Of The Best List Recognition Reinforces Company's Commitment to Diversity

Radnor, PA, April 15, 2013 — Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC) announced today that it has been named to the 2013 Black EOE Journal (BEOEJ) Best of the Best list in the Top Financial Company category. The annual review is an evaluation of the nation's employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions conducted by DiversityComm, Inc. (DCI) and its four publications, including BEOEJ, an African American career and business magazine.

"The organizations we choose as our 'Best of the Best,' including Lincoln Financial Group, know that diversity translates to a competitive advantage and business opportunity," said Mona Lisa Faris, president and publisher of the Black EOE Journal. "An organization's success and competitiveness depends upon its ability to embrace diversity and realize its benefits."

The goal of the annual survey is to not only bring the latest information and guidance to readers, but also encourage active outreach and diversity policies among corporations and government agencies. The lists were compiled from market research, independent research, diversity conference participation and survey responses that were performed by DiversityComm's agents and/or affiliates. This year, more than 250 companies and institutions participated.

"Diversity and Inclusion are key elements of our overall vision and corporate strategy," said Allison Green, senior vice president and chief diversity officer, Lincoln Financial Group. "We're focused on continually developing practices and opportunities where Diversity and Inclusion are not only respected, but leveraged as assets in the workplace, financial markets and in our local communities. Our organization is honored to be recognized as a leader in this space by being named to the Best of the Best list."

For more information on Lincoln Financial's Diversity and Inclusion activities, please visit our Facebook page.

About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $178 billion as of December 31, 2012. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life, disability and dental insurance; employer-sponsored retirement plans; savings plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.lincolnfinancial.com.

About the Black EOE Journal (BEOEJ)
BEOEJ's goal is to connect, educate and promote equal opportunity thus creating a more diverse workplace. Every issue provides the latest, most important diversity news, covering virtually every industry, business and profession. This includes up-to-date statistics on workforce diversity, as well as business-to-business trends. We offer both recruitment and business opportunities, along with accurate, timely conference and event calendars.



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Media Contacts:
Holly Fair
E-mail: Holly.Fair@LFG.com

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Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation and insurance
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