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Martin Durant Promoted to Executive Vice President and Deputy CFO; Sue Blanck Promoted to First Senior Vice President of Aflac Japan

COLUMBUS, Ga., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aflac Incorporated announced today that Martin A. Durant III has been promoted to executive vice president and deputy chief financial officer. Susan R. Blanck has been promoted to first senior vice president of Aflac Japan. Both promotions are effective June 1, 2008.

Durant first joined Aflac in 1990 as vice president and comptroller of Aflac Incorporated. He was with Aflac for 10 years, eventually serving as senior vice president of Corporate Services. In 1999, he accepted a position with Carmike Cinemas, Inc. as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Following his retirement from Carmike, Durant rejoined Aflac in July 2006 as senior vice president of Corporate Finance. In his new position of deputy CFO, he will continue to work closely with Aflac Incorporated president and chief financial officer, Kriss Cloninger III, on capital management, risk management and other financial matters.

Blanck joined Aflac's Actuarial Department in 1993 in the U.S. pricing area. She was named senior vice president and deputy corporate actuary in March 2004 and was promoted to corporate actuary in January 2006. She will continue in her capacity as senior vice president and corporate actuary, reporting to Martin Durant. In her new position as first senior vice president of Aflac Japan, she will report to Tohru Tonoike, president of Aflac Japan, and she will continue her work in Aflac Japan's product development area as well as other strategic marketing initiatives.

Commenting on the announcement, Aflac Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Daniel P. Amos said: "I'm very pleased to announce the promotions of these two deserving individuals and valuable members of our management team. Martin has certainly earned this recognition and is a tremendous asset to Aflac. In addition to Sue's responsibility of leading our global actuarial staff, she has spent an increasing amount of time on Aflac Japan marketing initiatives in recent years. Her promotion to first senior vice president of Aflac Japan formalizes her role and recognizes her important contributions to our Japanese insurance operations."

Aflac Incorporated President and Chief Financial Officer Kriss Cloninger added: "Martin has extensive accounting and financial expertise and a thorough understanding of Aflac's operations both in the United States and Japan. He is a well-respected leader throughout our organization and brings great enthusiasm to Aflac each day. Since his return to Aflac in 2006, Martin has made significant contributions to our business, and I look forward to continuing our close working relationship on important financial issues. Sue's promotion recognizes the increasingly important role she has played in Aflac Japan's marketing strategy and product development initiatives in recent years. She will continue to be a key member of Aflac Incorporated's financial team in addition to her role in Aflac Japan."

For more than 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Our insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. Aflac has been included in Fortune magazine's listing of America's Most Admired Companies for seven years and in Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for ten consecutive years. Aflac has also been recognized three times by both Fortune magazine's listing of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities and Working Mother magazine's listing of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers. 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

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