Aflac Chairman and CEO Praises Company Directors Named Among 300 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors


Dr. Melvin Stith and Robert “Ben” Johnson Honored by Savoy Magazine

Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the worksite in the United States, announced today that two members of the company’s board of directors were honored by Savoy Magazine, having been named to the magazine’s list of Most Influential Black Corporate Directors. The list, appearing in the July 2016 issue of Savoy, named 300 corporate directors who have distinguished themselves as board members.

“We are proud and pleased that Mel and Ben are being recognized as being among the elite directors in corporate America,” Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. “Their experience and integrity have been invaluable to the success of Aflac as a profitable, ethical and diverse company. This recognition is well-earned for both of these incredible men.”

Dr. Melvin Stith is dean emeritus of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University and served as dean from 2005 until July 2013. Prior to taking this position in 2005, Dr. Stith was the dean emeritus and Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration at Florida State University for 13 years. He has been a professor of marketing and business since 1977 after having served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Command and achieving the rank of captain. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State College and a Master of Business Administration and Ph.D. in marketing from Syracuse University. Dr. Stith’s leadership skills in consensus-building, risk management and executive management and his financial acumen add an important dimension to Aflac’s board composition.

Robert “Ben” Johnson retired from Porter Novelli in October 2014, where he had been a senior advisor since 2003. Until 2008, he served as chairman and CEO of the OneAmerica Foundation, an organization that promotes dialogue and solidarity among Americans of all races and provides education, grants and technical equipment to disadvantaged youth of all ethnic backgrounds. Prior to this, he served in President Clinton’s White House as an assistant to the president and director of the president’s initiative for OneAmerica. He served two years in the Carter administration and was one of the 30 staff members to serve the entire eight years in the Clinton White House, achieving the distinction of being one of the longest-serving African-Americans in White House history. Promotion of diversity is important to Aflac and one of many areas in which Mr. Johnson provides extensive experience to the board. Additionally, Mr. Johnson’s significant public relations experience provides the board with valuable expertise in conducting the company’s public outreach.

About Aflac
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For 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. Through its trailblazing One Day PaySM initiative, Aflac U.S. can receive, process, approve and disburse payment for eligible claims in one business day. In Japan, Aflac is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance and insures 1 in 4 households. Aflac individual and group insurance products help provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For 10 consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. In 2016, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 18th consecutive year and included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 15th time, ranking the company No. 1 in innovation for the insurance, life and health category for the second consecutive year. In 2015, Aflac’s contact centers were recognized by J.D. Power by providing “An Outstanding Customer Service Experience” for the Live Phone Channel. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac and One Day PaySM, visit or

About Savoy
From entertainment to sports, business to politics, design to style, Savoy is a cultural catalyst for the African-American community – a magazine that showcases and drives positive dialogue on and about black culture. With its unique mix of stunning photography from major events, in-depth reporting and social commentary, Savoy accelerates ideas and images to center stage. Each issue, Savoy is an unrivaled media event that reaches the progressive, modern and sophisticated African-American consumer who demands the best in news coverage and that their voice is heard.

Aflac herein means American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus and American Family Life Assurance Company of New York.

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