COLUMBUS, Ga., July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) today announced that Michael J. Tomlinson has been named senior vice president and assistant director of Aflac U.S. sales, reporting to Thomas R. Giddens, executive vice president and director of Aflac U.S. sales. In his new role, Tomlinson will be responsible for providing leadership and vision as well as driving strategies to advance Aflac's sales throughout the U.S. Tomlinson will focus on the day-to-day operations of the sales force, developing programs and initiatives to support the U.S. sales strategy. Giddens will redirect his efforts to two key areas of focus; recruiting and growing accounts in businesses with less than 100 employees. Tomlinson joined Aflac in 1980 as a sales associate in Minnesota, where he earned Aflac's first-ever Triple Crown Award which recognizes new associates' outstanding sales results. Following numerous additional accolades and awards that exemplify his leadership and results-oriented approach, Tomlinson progressed through the Aflac ranks of district and regional sales coordinator in Minnesota. In 1989, he assumed the role of state sales coordinator for the organization that includes both North Dakota and South Dakota, Aflac's leading state organization for sales and in force premium per capita. He was promoted to vice president; territory director for the Central Territory in 2008. Throughout his career, Tomlinson has consistently met and exceeded his sales goals. Under his leadership, Tomlinson has developed numerous other executives who have gone on to lead other Aflac sales organizations. Commenting on Tomlinson's promotion to this new position, Thomas R. Giddens, executive vice president and director of Aflac U.S. sales, said, "In alignment with our strategy for growing sales in the U.S., we are making this key personnel appointment. Throughout his entire career, Mike has proven to be an intensely focused leader with great leadership skills. I look forward to working side-by-side with Mike, and to the great things that he will help our sales force accomplish. Backed by his 34 years of proven success with Aflac, I believe Mike's new role positions us for unparalleled growth." About Aflac When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For nearly six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the worksite. In Japan, Aflac is the number one life insurance company in terms of individual policies in force. Aflac individual and group insurance products help provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For eight consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2014, FORTUNE magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 16th consecutive year. Also, in 2014, FORTUNE magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 13th time, ranking the company number one in the life and health insurance category. 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. Forward-looking InformationThe Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" to encourage companies to provide prospective information, so long as those informational statements are identified as forward-looking and are accompanied by meaningful cautionary statements identifying important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements. We desire to take advantage of these provisions. This document contains cautionary statements identifying important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected herein, and in any other statements made by company officials in communications with the financial community and contained in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Forward-looking statements are not based on historical information and relate to future operations, strategies, financial results or other developments. Furthermore, forward-looking information is subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties. In particular, statements containing words such as "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "goal," "objective," "may," "should," "estimate," "intends," "projects," "will," "assumes," "potential," "target" or similar words as well as specific projections of future results,generally qualify as forward-looking. Aflac undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements. We caution 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; governmental actions for the purpose of stabilizing the financial markets; defaults and credit downgrades of securities in our investment portfolio; impairment of financial institutions; credit and other risks associated with Aflac's investment in perpetual securities; differing judgments applied to investment valuations; significant valuation judgments in determination of amount of impairments taken on our investments; limited availability of acceptable yen-denominated investments; concentration of our investments in any particular single-issuer or sector; concentration of business in Japan; increased derivative activities; ongoing changes in our industry; exposure to significant financial and capital markets risk; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; significant changes in investment yield rates; deviations in actual experience from pricing and reserving assumptions; subsidiaries' ability to pay dividends to Aflac Incorporated; changes in law or regulation by governmental authorities; ability to attract and retain qualified sales associates and employees; decreases in our financial strength or debt ratings; ability to continue to develop and implement improvements in information technology systems; interruption in telecommunications, information technology, and other operational systems, or a failure to maintain the security, confidentiality or privacy of sensitive data residing on such systems; changes in U.S. and/or Japanese accounting standards; failure to comply with restrictions on patient privacy and information security; level and outcome of litigation; ability to effectively manage key executive succession; catastrophic events including, but not necessarily limited to, epidemics, pandemics, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, acts of terrorism and damage incidental to such events; and failure of internal controls or corporate governance policies and procedures.