ExecRank Names Aflac's June Howard a Top Chief Accounting Officer for 2012

Jan 24, 2013, 08:00 ET from Aflac

COLUMBUS, Ga., Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the number one provider of supplemental insurance in the United States and Japan, serving more than 50 million people worldwide, announced today that Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, June Howard, was selected as a "Top Chief Accounting Officer" for 2012.  The rankings, conducted by the ranking committee of ExecRank, are the result of two years of research and feedback from evaluation committees and top Chief Accounting Officers that yielded an algorithm for how to rank CAOs based on their performance in 24 key areas.

According to ExecRank, there are over 30,000 Chief Accounting Officers and Controllers in the United States. Only the very best are awarded the distinction of being a part of ExecRank's Top Chief Accounting Rankings for 2012. The number one area of focus for Top CAOs in 2012 was maintaining financial controls and adherence to increasingly difficult reporting compliance.  Ms. Howard has landed a coveted spot in the top 100 of the national rankings.

"We are very pleased that ExecRank has acknowledged June Howard as a top level Chief Accounting Officer for 2012," Aflac Incorporated President and Chief Financial Officer, Kriss Cloninger said. "There is no one who works harder and deserves this recognition more than June, and Aflac is indeed fortunate to have her on our team."

ExecRank also weighed heavily the recommendations provided by the CFOs and CEOs of the finalists, as the accounting process is crucial to analyzing the company's past and future performance. In addition, we saw a significant increase in the number of CAOs that served on boards of directors and displayed a skill set that is applicable to multiple industries. The CAOs that made this list represent the best of the best in their field.

About Aflac
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For more than 58 years, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one life insurance company in terms of individual policies in force. Aflac individual and group insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For six consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2013, FORTUNE magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 15th consecutive year. Also, FORTUNE magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 11th time in 2012. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com or espanol.aflac.com.

About ExecRank
ExecRank is the definitive ranking service of leading executives who have achieved the highest level of professional achievement and peer recognition. ExecRank was founded by Jonathan Aspatore, one of the most authoritative figures in business publishing. As former CEO of one of the 5 largest business book publishing houses (Aspatore Books), and current CEO of three other business media companies. Jonathan has published over 5,000 of the world's top business and legal executives, including C-Level executives (CEO, CFO, CTO, CMO, COO) from 74% of the Fortune 500 and senior level partners from 100% of the AmLaw 200 largest law firms. As the creator of the patent-pending, proprietary algorithm that took 2 years to develop for ExecRank, Jonathan is uniquely qualified to have created a system that ranks leading executives. ExecRank rankings reach over 6 million readers a year in the United States alone given our partnerships with leading publishers, web sites, trade shows and more.

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