IP, human resource solutions business Aon Hewitt granted Outsourcing Excellence Award for their HR outsourcing partnership serving IP employees

LINCOLNSHIRE, Illinois , May 25, 2012 (press release) – Aon Hewitt, the global human resource solutions business of Aon plc (AON), and International Paper (IP) announced today they were awarded an Outsourcing Excellence Award in recognition of their successful HR outsourcing partnership.

The Outsourcing Excellence Awards are sponsored by the Outsourcing Center, an organization that helps companies gain a greater understanding of how they can create value through outsourcing. They are given annually to outsourcing relationships that demonstrate best practices, create and sustain a competitive advantage, provide business transformation, achieve value and benefit both buyer and service provider over time.

"Aon Hewitt and International Paper are pioneers in the HR outsourcing industry, and our long-standing partnership has enabled us to learn from one another and expand the scope of our services to better serve International Paper's employees," said Jonathan Schembor, president of Aon Hewitt's HR Business Process Outsourcing business. "Together we have created the industry standard for how a successful HR outsourcing model can produce innovative and sustainable results, and we are honored to be recognized with this award."

International Paper has been an Aon Hewitt client for 10 years. Aon Hewitt provides a full range of HR BPO services to International Paper's 40,000 U.S. employees, including payroll, workforce administration, health and welfare administration, recruiting support activities, application support and help desk services.

"Aon Hewitt has been a trusted business partner for more than a decade," said Scott Lacy, manager of HR Operations for International Paper. "We have a mutual commitment to maintaining an honest and frank relationship, which has enabled a strong foundation for growth, evolution and understanding. Working together as a team, we've been able to significantly improve the service and HR experience for our employees, retirees and their families, and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership."

About International Paper

International Paper (IP) is a global paper and packaging company with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging, complemented by xpedx, the company's North American distribution company. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs approximately 70,000 people following the acquisition of Temple-Inland Inc. and is strategically located in more than 24 countries serving customers worldwide. International Paper net sales for 2011 were $26 billion. Temple-Inland Inc., which was acquired in February 2012, had 2011 net sales of $4 billion. For more information about International Paper, its products and stewardship efforts, visit internationalpaper.com.

About Aon Hewitt

Aon Hewitt is the global leader in human resource solutions. The company partners with organizations to solve their most complex benefits, talent and related financial challenges, and improve business performance. Aon Hewitt designs, implements, communicates and administers a wide range of human capital, retirement, investment management, health care, compensation and talent management strategies. With more than 29,000 professionals in 90 countries, Aon Hewitt makes the world a better place to work for clients and their employees. For more information on Aon Hewitt, please visit www.aonhewitt.com.

About Aon

Aon plc (AON) is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 61,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the world's best broker, best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary, captives manager and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple industry sources. Visit www.aon.com for more information on Aon and www.aon.com/manchesterunited to learn about Aon's global partnership and shirt sponsorship with Manchester United.

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