COLUMBUS, Ga., March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the leader of voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States, announced today that veteran legal, strategic and policy advisor Bradley Knox, vice president of Federal Relations, has been tapped to replace retiring Senior Vice President of Federal Relations David Pringle, effective April 1, 2016. Knox, who has been with the company since 2006, has served as the division's lead counsel and key strategist to corporate leadership on matters related to federal legislation and regulations impacting the company.
"Brad's knowledge and experience, as well as his familiarity with key decision-makers in Washington, will enable him to represent our company with integrity and excellence," Aflac Executive Vice President and General Counsel Audrey Boone Tillman said. "He is prepared for this new position, and we are confident that he will undertake this role with the same commitment he has displayed throughout his career at Aflac."
Prior to joining Aflac in May 2006, Knox was chief counsel to the Committee on Small Business for the U.S. House of Representatives. In this role, he was actively engaged in supporting international business development efforts for domestic small- and medium-sized businesses. He has made presentations regarding U.S. small business and innovation policy to senior government and industry executives in countries around the world – including France, Japan, Lithuania and Slovakia. For 10 years, Knox served as an Air Force judge advocate general (JAG). During this time, he was chief of civil litigation, a faculty member at the Air Force JAG School and a reservist assigned to the Joint Task Force on Global Network Operations in Washington, D.C. Brad began his professional career with Shell Oil in Houston, Texas, as a computer programmer and analyst.
For nearly 40 years, David Pringle worked at Aflac in a variety of positions, including sales and training. In 1990, he was asked to head up Aflac's Federal Relations division in Washington, where he has been ever since. During his time as head of Federal Relations, David was instrumental in providing key counsel to legislators and regulators on matters related to the current HIPAA law, the ACA and many other challenges.
"David has been a stalwart at Aflac for nearly four decades. His institutional knowledge of our company and our industry has made him an invaluable resource for us and for representatives on the Hill. He will be sorely missed as he embarks on another stage of his life. The entire Aflac family wishes him well and congratulates him for a stellar career," Tillman said.
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the leader of voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States. Through its trailblazing One Day PaySM initiative, Aflac U.S. can receive, process, approve and disburse payment for eligible claims in one business day. In Japan, Aflac is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance and insures 1 in 4 households. Aflac individual and group insurance products help provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For 10 consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2016, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 18th consecutive year and included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 15th time, ranking the company No. 1 in innovation for the insurance, life and health category for the second consecutive year. In 2015, Aflac's contact centers were recognized by J.D. Power by providing "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience" for the Live Phone Channel. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac and One Day PaySM, visit aflac.com or espanol.aflac.com.
Media contact – Jon Sullivan, 706.763.4813 or email@example.com
Analyst and investor contact – Robin Y. Wilkey, 706.596.3264 or 800.235.2667, FAX: 706.324.6330, or firstname.lastname@example.org