Columbus, Ga. – Aug. 23, 2005 – CIO magazine has named Aflac to its 17th annual CIO 100 List recognizing the Columbus-based insurer for exhibiting high standards of competence, leadership and accomplishment in the information technology field.
“This is a great honor for Aflac and especially for our IT department. The CIO 100 award recognizes our IT department's dedication and commitment to providing the highest quality of service,” said Jim Lester, senior vice president and global technology strategist for Aflac's IT department.
The recipients of this year's CIO 100 award were selected through a comprehensive process in which teams of CIO magazine editors and writers reviewed numerous candidates, searching for unique practices and substantial results. Following a daylong deliberation where the merits of each nominee were debated, the magazine's editorial staff voted on the final 100.
Honorees are listed in a special CIO 100 issue of the magazine out on newsstands this month. Companies making the list were recognized at a black-tie awards dinner at the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony held recently at the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, Calif. Aflac received an original glass sculpture and a plaque commemorating its accomplishment.
"The Bold 100 are innovators, leaders and precise executors," says Abbie Lundberg, editor in chief, CIO magazine. "They took on risk in a risk-averse climate because they could envision and calculate the reward. On behalf of CIO magazine, I offer my warmest congratulations to the 2005 CIO 100 honorees."
In June, Computerworld magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Information Technology for IT professionals. Aflac has been included on the annual list since 1999.
In addition to Aflac, other Georgia-based companies recognized by CIO magazine are CompuCredit, Fulton County Georgia Government, ING Insurance, Americas, Southern Company and UPS.
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For 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. Aflac's insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. 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 both Forbes magazine's Platinum 400 List of America's Best Big Companies and in Fortune magazine's listing 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.
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