Aflac Japan names new president and COO, vice chairman

As 41-year veteran moves to the vice-chairmanship, while deputy president to succeed as president and COO

Aflac Japan names new president and COO, vice chairman

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

Aflac Japan has promoted Masatoshi Koide, who currently serves as its deputy president, to president and chief operating officer. He will replace Hiroshi Yamauchi, who will assume the post of Aflac Japan’s vice chairman. Both changes are effective July 01, 2017.

Koide worked at Aflac from 1998 to 2006, when he was hired by Nikko Asset Management. He re-joined Aflac in 2008 as a vice president, being promoted several times until reaching deputy president in 2016. Koide earned his bachelor’s degree from Tokyo University and law degree from Cornell Law School. He is also a member of the New York State Bar.

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Meanwhile, Yamauchi has been with Aflac since 1976, working up the ranks. He was appointed executive vice president in 2012, with oversight responsibilities for planning, government affairs & research, legal, corporate communications, human resources and IT. He was then promoted to president and chief operating officer of Aflac Japan in 2015.

Commenting on the promotions, Aflac chairman and chief executive officer Daniel Amos said: “In his 41 years with Aflac, Yamauchi-san has contributed greatly to our company in so many ways, including his leadership and dedication to enhancing our framework for creating products and the customer-driven service we provide. He has enhanced vital aspects of our company with his results-oriented approach, enabling us to deliver on our promises to our policyholders. We will appreciate his support of Aflac Japan from a broader perspective.

“At the same time, I know Koide-san will continue to do an exceptional job in his new role. He has demonstrated dedicated and effective leadership. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work even more closely with him as we advance Aflac’s ability to reach more and more Japanese citizens,” Amos added.

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