COLUMBUS, Ga., June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) announced today that it has hired Timothy "Chip" Stevens to the newly created position of managing director; global head of trading in Aflac's Investment Division, reporting to First Senior Vice President; Global Chief Investment Officer Eric M. Kirsch. Stevens will join Aflac on June 12, 2012, and will be based in the recently opened Aflac Global Investments office in New York. In his new position, Stevens will lead Aflac's global trading activities, including fixed-income instruments, currency investments and other asset classes. In his role, he will be working closely with portfolio managers and credit analysts that oversee Aflac's global investment portfolio. Additionally, he will be responsible for building out Aflac's trading systems and infrastructure, coordinating and strengthening Aflac's counterparty relationships, and establishing centralized trading activity to ensure the best execution across all platforms.
Stevens has two decades of experience in both U.S. and global investments. He most recently served as managing director; head of fixed income trading for the Americas for BlackRock Investment Management. Prior to joining BlackRock, he was managing director; head of U.S. fixed income trading for Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco. Additionally, Stevens held progressively responsible positions with Deutsche Bank AG, including senior trading and trading management positions of investment grade and high-yield cash, CDS, loan and index trading. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Cornell University and a master's degree in business administration from Duke University.
First Senior Vice President and Global Chief Investment Officer Eric M. Kirsch commented, "We are pleased to have Chip join Aflac as a senior member of Aflac's Investment Division. Chip has extensive global experience with sell-side and buy-side institutions. He has also been both the architect and manager of large, complex trading platforms servicing a broad scope of investment processes, asset classes and geographies. We believe his results-driven expertise will benefit Aflac's Investment Division in capturing the best market insights, achieving the best execution, and globally scaling our purchasing power with broker dealers. I look forward to Chip's contributions in working with Aflac's Investment team as we build a world-class investment operation."
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