COLUMBUS, Ga., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac Incorporated announced today that it has hired Lori M. Evangel to the newly created position of managing director; global chief risk officer in Aflac's Global Investment Division. Evangel, who joins Aflac today, is based in the Aflac Global Investments office in New York and reports to Executive Vice President; Global Chief Investment Officer Eric M. Kirsch, and will be a member of his global executive management team. In her new position, she is responsible for leading Aflac Global Investments' risk management function, encompassing both assets and liabilities for Aflac's global investment portfolio. In this role, Evangel will build out a world-class risk management function to meet the dual goals of risk mitigation and prudent risk-taking through market cycles. In addition, she will work closely with our global investment teams to identify and assess investment risks while developing strategies to address those risks.
Evangel brings more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector to Aflac, with much of her focus on financial risk management. She most recently served as senior vice president and enterprise risk officer at MetLife where she was responsible for developing and leading the global Enterprise Risk Management unit. Prior to that, Evangel held progressively responsible positions at MBIA Insurance Corporation, including managing director; head of the Portfolio Management and Market Risk Group and managing director of MBIA's Financial Solutions Group. She received a bachelor's degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and a master of business administration (MBA) degree in Finance from the State University of New York at Albany.
Executive Vice President and Global Chief Investment Officer Eric M. Kirsch commented, "We are extremely pleased Lori has joined Aflac's Global Investment Division. I believe her extensive and impressive background demonstrates Lori has the expertise to grow and enhance our investment risk management function to world-class standards."
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