Aflac Names Michael J. Tomlinson As Senior VP, Assistant Director Of U.S. Sales
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."
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