Ms. Blades came to Aflac in 2014, from Flextronics, International, where she served as chief marketing and communications officer; responsible for all marketing, corporate communications, government relations and public affairs activities.
Ms. Blades previously served as vice president of communications and public affairs for Space and Airborne Systems at Raytheon Company and as director of marketing and international communications at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. She also served by gubernatorial appointment as the executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.
A graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Ms. Blades holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications. She is a Loyola University Environmental Communications Fellow and has been named to the National Board of Directors of Operation Homefront, the Arthur W. Page Society and the M50, a prestigious association of communications and marketing professionals. Ms. Blades has been a contributing author for several books, including most recently, The World's Foremost Authorities on Marketing - Top CMOs Share What They Know Best, Superbrands and PR News' Corporate Social Responsibility Guidebook.