Dan Amos is chairman and chief executive officer of Aflac Incorporated. He is one of the longest-serving CEOs in the FORTUNE 200, and his innovative leadership style has led to annual revenue growth from $2.7 billion in 1990 to $19.5 billion in 2022. Today, Aflac is a FORTUNE 500 company, helping provide protection to our millions of policyholders through our subsidiaries in Japan and the U.S. by paying cash fast when policyholders get sick or injured. For more than 68 years, insurance policies of Aflac Incorporated's subsidiaries have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In Japan, Aflac is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance. In the U.S., Aflac is the number one provider of supplemental health insurance products.
In January 2000, Dan launched the popular Aflac Duck advertising campaign, transforming Aflac from a successful supplemental insurance company to a top international brand recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies for 22 years. His commitment to ethical business practices has led the Ethisphere Institute to recognize Aflac Incorporated as a World's Most Ethical Company for 17 consecutive years, making Aflac the only insurance company in the world to appear on this list every year since the inception of the award in 2007. Dan has also appeared five times on Institutional Investor magazine’s lists of America’s Best CEOs for the insurance category, and he has been recognized as one of the 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World by the Harvard Business Review five times. Under Dan’s leadership, in 2021, Aflac Incorporated became a signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Aflac Incorporated was included in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the fourth consecutive year and in the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the 10th time.
In 1995, Dan and Kathelen Amos were inspired to spearhead Aflac’s decades-long commitment to supporting children diagnosed with cancer, along with their families. Since then, the company, its employees and independent sales associates have contributed more than $171 million to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which has become nationally renowned as one of the leading childhood cancer, hematology, and blood and marrow transplant programs in the United States. U.S. News and World Report has recognized the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center as one of the top pediatric cancer programs in the United States, also treating other rare blood disorders, including sickle cell disease.
Taking this commitment to the next level, Dan has been a driving force behind the introduction of My Special Aflac Duck®, the company’s social robot that uses medical play, lifelike movement and emotions to engage and help comfort kids during their cancer care and most recently, sickle cell disease treatment. My Special Aflac Duck received TIME magazine’s recognition as one of 2018’s “Best Inventions;” the Consumer Electronics Show’s award as “Best in Show;” and SXSW’s People’s Choice award in the “Robotics and Hardware” category. The company has provided more than 26,000 of these robotic companions, free of charge, to children three and older in the U.S., Japan and Northern Ireland, at a cost to the company of approximately $200 per duck. In Japan, Dan also spearheaded the establishment of the Aflac Parents House, with two locations in Tokyo and one in Osaka that have helped more than 149,000 children and their families who are facing cancer and other diseases.
In 2013, Dan proudly accepted the Salute to Greatness Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta, joining a distinguished list of past recipients, including Ambassador Andrew J. Young, U.S. Poet Laureate Maya Angelou, Ervin "Magic" Johnson, and musicians Bono and Stevie Wonder. He has also received the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty Award. In 2023, Dan was inducted by the Georgia Historical Society and the Office of Governor as a Georgia Trustee for exemplifying the highest standard of “Not for Self, but for Others“ in his life and career. He is a former member of the board of trustees of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, is chairman emeritus of the board of the Japan-America Society of Georgia and chairman emeritus of the University of Georgia Foundation.
Dan joined Aflac in his teens, working summers. After graduating from college with a degree in insurance and risk management, he joined the sales area, working for commissions. Under Dan’s leadership, his sales territory, Alabama/West Florida, was the number-one-producing area in 1981 and 1982. In 1983, he was named president of Aflac and was later promoted to chief operating officer in 1987. Dan became chief executive officer of Aflac Incorporated in 1990 and chairman of the board of directors in 2001. He holds a bachelor's degree in insurance and risk management from the University of Georgia.