Aflac Incorporated Hires Issei Sasaki as Senior Vice President; Chief Investment Officer of Aflac Japan

Aug 07, 2012, 08:41 ET from Aflac Incorporated

COLUMBUS, Ga., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac Incorporated announced today that it has hired Issei Sasaki to the newly created position of senior vice president; chief investment officer of Aflac Japan. In this capacity, Sasaki will report to Aflac Japan President; Chief Operating Officer Tohru Tonoike and globally to Executive Vice President; Global Chief Investment Officer Eric M. Kirsch. Based out of the Tokyo office, Sasaki will join Aflac on August 20, 2012, and become a member of Aflac Japan's executive committee.

Sasaki brings nearly three decades of experience to Aflac Japan building investment teams, formulating investment strategy, hiring external managers, and developing portfolio and risk management systems/ operations to manage both insurance company general account assets and third-party investor funds. Most recently, he served as senior vice president; chief investment officer of MassMutual Life Insurance Company, Ltd. in the company's Tokyo office. There, he was responsible for setting investment objectives, asset allocation and ALM for an investment portfolio of 1.5 trillion yen while managing a staff of 35 investment professionals in the Investment Strategy, Credit Investments, and Investment Operations Departments. Prior to joining MassMutual, Sasaki served as chief portfolio manager at Nissay Asset Management Company's Tokyo office, where he managed credit investments for both mutual and pension funds, coordinated relationships with pension fund clients, and developed the first collateralized debt obligation (CDO) fund for the company. Prior to this, he held positions in Nippon Life Insurance Company's Treasury & Capital Markets Department, as well as important roles at Tokai International Securities Company, Ltd., Merrill Lynch Japan, Inc., and Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation. Sasaki received his bachelor of arts degree from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Aflac Japan President; Chief Operating Officer Tohru Tonoike commented, "I am pleased to welcome someone with Sasaki-san's well-established and versatile investment skill set to our organization. I expect his international experience to enhance Aflac Japan's investment management activities and our ability to drive value and protect policyholders."

Executive Vice President; Global Chief Investment Officer Eric M. Kirsch added, "We are delighted to have Sasaki-san join Aflac as a key member of our investment senior management team. I have no doubt that his experience and investment acumen will enhance the depth of our investment team and that he will be instrumental in helping to make Aflac a world-class investment operation. I look forward to his contributions to Aflac's global investment function."


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