COLUMBUS, Ga., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aflac Incorporated
announced today that veteran marketing expert M. Jeffrey Charney has joined
the company's executive team as senior vice president; chief marketing officer
(CMO) for Aflac U.S. The company also announced that Ronald S. Sanders has
been named senior vice president; deputy director of sales, effective November
15, 2008, where he will support Ronald E. Kirkland, senior vice president;
director of sales, who will retire at the end of 2009.
Charney comes to Aflac from QVC, Inc., one of the largest multimedia
retailers in the world, where he served as senior vice president and CMO.
Prior to his career at QVC, he was a founder of Fringe Ventures, LLC, a
creative marketing consulting company in Santa Monica, California, and served
as senior vice president at Washington Mutual, Homestore and KB Home.
Additionally, he has held senior level positions at Rockwell International and
Raytheon Company. Charney earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University
of South Carolina and a master's degree from The Ohio State University. His
professional honors and distinctions include being named one of Advertising
Age magazine's "Marketing 100" Top Marketers of the Year.
Sanders began his career with Aflac in 1983 as a sales associate in Texas.
Since that time, he has risen through the Aflac sales management ranks,
succeeding in his subsequent roles as district and regional sales coordinator
in Texas and state sales coordinator for Arizona, New Mexico and Texas-El
Paso. During his tenure with Aflac, he has also worked as a marketing
coordinator and as director of Field Force Development. Prior to his
promotion to senior vice president; deputy director of U.S. sales, Sanders
served Aflac U.S. as vice president; Southwest Territory director. He holds a
degree in Environmental Science from Lamar University in Texas.
Kirkland joined Aflac in 1975 as a sales associate in Georgia. Since that
time, he has held various positions within Aflac's sales force, including
district sales coordinator, regional sales coordinator, state sales
coordinator, and vice president; West Territory director. During his time as
state sales coordinator for Missouri, new sales more than doubled over a
three-year period, and Missouri was one of Aflac's fastest-growing state
operations. He has served as senior vice president; director of Aflac U.S.
Sales since 2005.
Commenting on these management announcements, Aflac President and COO Paul
S. Amos II stated: "Jeff Charney is a proven leader with cutting-edge
experience in brand development, creative consumer and product marketing and
strategic business development. As we continue to promote the understanding of
Aflac products and services to employers and consumers, I am confident that
Jeff will be a significant asset in fortifying our position as the market
leader of supplemental insurance in the United States.
"I am also confident that with Ron Kirkland's steady guidance, Ron Sanders
will continue Aflac's tradition of effectively leading what I believe is the
best sales force in the U.S. insurance industry. Over the next 12 months, he
will be closely working with Ron Sanders to ensure a smooth transition of
sales management before retiring in December 2009. Like so many who have had
the opportunity to work with Ron Kirkland, I am grateful for his leadership
and dedication to Aflac, especially over these last few years as our director
Commenting on the upcoming transition, Senior Vice President; Director of
Sales Ron Kirkland said, "I am looking forward to working with Ron Sanders
over the next year to make this transition smooth, seamless and successful.
It was my intention to serve as senior vice president; director of sales for
five years before retiring, and it's amazing how quickly the time has passed.
I know I am passing the torch on to an incredibly capable and determined
For more than 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the
opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting
medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of
guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one
insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan.
Our insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people
worldwide. Aflac has been included in Fortune magazine's list of America's
Most Admired Companies for seven years and in Fortune magazine's list of the
100 Best Companies to Work For in America for ten consecutive years. Aflac has
been recognized three times by both Fortune magazine's list of the Top 50
Employers for Minorities and Working Mother magazine's list of the 100 Best
Companies for Working Mothers and has also been included in Ethisphere
magazine's list of the World's Most Ethical Companies for two consecutive
years. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York
Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit
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