COLUMBUS, Ga., Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) announced today that Stephanie L. Shields has been named senior vice president of Aflac U.S. Broker Sales, reporting to Richard L. Williams Jr., executive vice president and chief distribution officer. In her new role, Shields is responsible for executing Aflac's broker strategy through leading a talented team of broker sales professionals and leveraging Aflac's strong relationships with national and regional insurance brokers.
Shields joined Aflac in 2014 as vice president of Strategy, Product and Marketing. In this capacity, her responsibilities included oversight and execution of the business strategy for the Aflac Group Insurance division; development of roadmaps for differentiated product solutions; and leadership of broker, product and enrollment marketing efforts. Most recently, as vice president of Aflac's Premier Broker and Product Solutions, she led distribution growth and national relationship oversight for Aflac's Premier Broker and Technology firm partnerships. Prior to joining Aflac, Shields held positions of increasing responsibility with CIGNA, including the role of vice president, Cigna Voluntary Segment Leader. Prior to that, she worked for Willis Towers Watson in Philadelphia, Pa. Shields holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biobehavioral Health from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Drexel University.
Commenting on the announcement, Richard L. Williams Jr. said, "I'm excited about Aflac broker sales growth with Stephanie leading the team. She has consistently delivered strong results, innovative solutions and strategies, and I am confident this will continue in her new role."
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The company cautions readers that the following factors, in addition to other factors mentioned from time to time, could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements: difficult conditions in global capital markets and the economy; exposure to significant interest rate risk; concentration of business in Japan; foreign currency fluctuations in the yen/dollar exchange rate; operation of the former Japan branch to a legal subsidiary; limited availability of acceptable yen-denominated investments; deviations in actual experience from pricing and reserving assumptions; ability to continue to develop and implement improvements in information technology systems; governmental actions for the purpose of stabilizing the financial markets; interruption in telecommunication, information technology and other operational systems, or a failure to maintain the security, confidentiality or privacy of sensitive data residing on such systems; ongoing changes in the Company's industry; failure to comply with restrictions on patient privacy and information security; extensive regulation and changes in law or regulation by governmental authorities; changes in tax rates applicable to the company; defaults and credit downgrades of investments; ability to attract and retain qualified sales associates, brokers, employees, and distribution partners; decline in creditworthiness of other financial institutions; subsidiaries' ability to pay dividends to Aflac Incorporated; decreases in the Company's financial strength or debt ratings; inherent limitations to risk management policies and procedures; concentration of the Company's investments in any particular single-issuer or sector; differing judgments applied to investment valuations; ability to effectively manage key executive succession; significant valuation judgments in determination of amount of impairments taken on the Company's investments; catastrophic events including, but not necessarily limited to, epidemics, pandemics, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, war or other military action, terrorism or other acts of violence, and damage incidental to such events; changes in U.S. and/or Japanese accounting standards; loss of consumer trust resulting from events external to the Company's operations; increased expenses and reduced profitability resulting from changes in assumptions for pension and other postretirement benefit plans; level and outcome of litigation; and failure of internal controls or corporate governance policies and procedures.
The estimated impact of tax reform, which is included in GAAP net income and equity, but excluded from adjusted earnings as defined, is a preliminary estimate and may be adjusted for the current and future periods, possibly materially, due to, among other things, further refinement of the company's calculations, changes in interpretations and assumptions the company has made, tax guidance that may be issued and actions the company may take as a result of tax reform.
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