CIO magazine cites company for its innovation for a second consecutive year
COLUMBUS, Ga. – June 19, 2006 – IDG's CIO magazine today announced Aflac as a recipient of the 2006 CIO 100 award. The annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).
"Year after year, the CIO 100 award recipients serve as industry role models for business and IT excellence. This year's winners are particularly remarkable for their ability to translate IT innovation into business value and solid ROI," said Abbie Lundberg, editor in chief of CIO magazine.
This is the second consecutive year that Aflac has been selected among the CIO 100. In addition, Aflac has been named by ComputerWorld as one of its Best Places to Work in IT since 1999. Aflac has also earned a place on the Information Week 500 list, a distinction recognizing companies that demonstrate a pattern of technological and organizational innovation.
“We are deeply honored by our inclusion in the CIO 100,” said Gerald Shields, Aflac senior vice president and chief information officer. “An acknowledgment like this is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff.”
The recipients of this year's CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative practices in both business and IT. Next, teams of CIO magazine editors and writers reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, the teams met for a day-long meeting to debate the merits of each nominee and vote on the final 100. Once the top 100 honorees were selected, several honorees were chosen to receive an additional special award.
The 2006 CIO 100 awards will be presented at Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, on Aug. 22 during the eighth annual CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony.
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. Aflac's insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. Aflac has been included in Fortune magazine's listing of America's Most Admired Companies for six consecutive years and Forbes magazine's Platinum 400 List of America's Best Big Companies for five consecutive years. In January 2006, Aflac was included in Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the eighth consecutive year. Aflac was also included in Fortune magazine's list of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities in August 2005, and in September 2005, Aflac Japan was named the Life Insurance Company of the Year at the Asia Insurance Industry Awards, sponsored by the Asia Insurance Review. 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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