Holder of Company's All Time Sales Record Accepts Leadership Position at Aflac
COLUMBUS, Ga., May 6, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Aflac Incorporated announced today that Thomas R. Giddens has been named senior vice president, co-director of sales. Giddens will work in tandem with Ronald S. Sanders, senior vice president, director of sales, to strengthen Aflac's position as the market leader of supplemental insurance.
"As the voluntary benefits industry continues to evolve and become more complex, it became clear that there is a need for a co-director to assist in managing the many sales initiatives at Aflac," said Ronald S. Sanders, senior vice president, director of sales. "I'm pleased that Tom accepted the position and look forward to working closely with him to manage the growth and performance of our team."
Giddens joined Aflac in 1983 as assistant vice president before serving in the field for more than 20 years. He was a regional sales coordinator in Atlanta where he consistently exceeded goals, resulting in his promotion to state sales coordinator of Georgia-North. As state sales coordinator, Giddens was recognized as the company's top salesperson for three consecutive years, earning the company's all-time sales record. In 2007, Giddens' numerous achievements and contributions were recognized when he became the youngest member of the Aflac Sales Hall of Fame. Giddens was subsequently named Southeast territory director in 2009 where his team leads in sales.
"Tom is a phenomenal team-builder, sales leader and business-minded professional whose companywide records still stand today," said Paul S. Amos II, president and COO of Aflac. "The depth of his practical experience, leadership style and remarkable success at the company will inspire our field force and help drive sales."
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For 55 years, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force. Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for four consecutive years, and Forbes magazine has named Aflac as America's Best-Managed Company in the Insurance category. In 2010, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the twelfth consecutive year and also included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the ninth time. 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 aflac.com.
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SOURCE: Aflac Incorporated