Columbus-based Aflac's CEO named to top executives list

Columbus-based Aflac's CEO named to top executives list

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The leader of a major corporation, which has its headquarters in Columbus, is named one of the world's best-performing executives.

Aflac's longtime chairman and CEO Dan Amos made Harvard Business Review's list of best-performing CEOs in the world. He is one of only 2 people from Georgia that made this prestigious list, ranking 69th out of 100 CEOs, just ahead of the CEOs of Capital One, FedEx and Mastercard.

Amos began his tenure back in 1990 as CEO of Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at workplaces in the United States.

This is the first time Harvard Business Review's list includes CEOs who started prior to 1995. The group also updated its methodology, so instead of just ranking executives based on stock performance along, the latest list reflects CEOs who led companies that excel in financial performance in addition to environmental, social and governance performance. Harvard Business Review said the goal was to truly evaluate long-term performance.

The other CEO from Georgia to make the list is Richard Anderson of Delta Air Lines Inc., landing at 97th.

Under Amos, Aflac began its fight against childhood cancer by branding and funding the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Last year, Aflac reached a milestone of $100 million in contributions to the facility.

Aflac's brand recognition has moved from single digits in 1999 to over 95% today, thanks in part to that duck. Amos was the key architect of Aflac's award winning marketing campaign featuring the Aflac Duck in both the U.S. and Japan.

During Amos's tenure, Aflac has been featured on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For 17 times. Since Amos became CEO, Aflac's annual revenues have risen from $2.7 billion to nearly $23 billion. In 2015, Fortune magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 14th time, ranking the company No. 1 in innovation for the insurance, life and health category.

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