Aflac's Jim Lester Named to List of Top 25 Chief Technology Officers
COLUMBUS, Ga. – April 15, 2005 – Aflac Senior Vice President and CIO Jim Lester has been named one of the top 25 chief technology officers for 2005 by InfoWorld Media Group, publishers of InfoWorld magazine.
Each year, InfoWorld honors IT executives who have shown leadership both inside and outside their companies. The organization lauded Lester's direction of a multi-year project to re-engineer Aflac's legacy code systems with "a strategy that saved millions of dollars that would have otherwise been spent on buying new systems."
"Technology leadership requires technology vision and expertise," said Steve Fox, InfoWorld editor in chief. "Jim Lester exemplifies our choices for this year's CTO 25 award winners, who continue to utilize cutting-edge technologies to improve their businesses."
Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and Japan. Aflac's insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide and pay cash benefits to policyholders unless they choose otherwise. Aflac's products are primarily sold at worksites in the United States. In Japan, Aflac is the largest life insurer in terms of individual insurance policies in force. In January 2005, Aflac was included in Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For in America" for the seventh consecutive year. Aflac has also been included in Forbes magazine's "Platinum 400 List of Best Big Companies in America" for five consecutive years and in Fortune magazine's list of "America's Most Admired Companies" for five 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 aflac.com.