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Virgil Miller. (Photo: Aflac)

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Aflac Picks Marine Corps Veteran to Lead U.S. Operations: Executive Changes

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What You Need to Know

  • Security Benefits has hired someone to help it build relationships with financial institution.
  • The Stancorp brought in an executive to help lead actuarial transformation.
  • Sammons made a change to its government relations team.

Aflac has picked Virgil Miller to succeed Teresa White as president of its Aflac U.S. unit in January 2023.

White plans to retire in March.

Miller has been the deputy president at Aflac U.S. since earlier this year. Before that, he held titles such as chief administrative officer and chief operating officer for Aflac U.S.


Aflac is a Columbus, Georgia-based insurer best known in the United States for the Aflac Duck, and for individual life, health and disability products sold at the worksite.

The company also has large cancer and medical insurance operations in Japan.

Virgil Miller

Miller has been working for Aflac since 2004. On his way up through the ranks, he served as president of the Aflac individual benefits division. He also has been vice president of client services.

Miller has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgia College, a master’s degree in business from Wesleyan College and a doctorate from Gammon Theological Seminary.

He served as a U.S. Marine and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

He serves on the board of America’s Health Insurance Plans. He was named one of Columbia Business Monthly’s 50 Most Influential Individuals for 2019 and to Savoy’s list of 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America.

Security Benefit

Security Benefit — a Topeka, Kansas-based insurer — has hired Michael Dolaher to be director, financial institutions.

Dolaher will work to distribute fixed, non-variable indexed and variable annuity products through banks and other financial institutions.

He previously was a strategic relationship manager at Simon Markets.

He has worked in sales and relationship management roles at The New England Life Insurance Company, Fidelity Investments, Sun Life U.S., Genworth and Pacific Life. He also spent a year working as a national accounts manager at Security Benefit.

He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in business from Suffolk University.

The Standard

Standard Insurance has hired Winston Hall to be second vice president for engagement and strategy, actuarial transformation.

Hall previously was a finance actuary at Legal & General Retirement America. He also has worked in actuarial roles and other roles at MassMutual, GE Capital, Voya Financial and ING.

He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, actuarial science and applied mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.


Sammons Financial Group — a West Des Moines, Iowa-based annuity issuer — has promoted Tyler Brown to director, government affairs, from his previous role as associate director.

Brown began to work for Sammons in June 2021, after spending six years as an economic policy advisor in the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.


TIAA has selected Eileen Finnegan to lead its consultant task force.

Finnegan has been the company’s managing director of consultant relations since January 2020.

She worked for Van Kampen Investments and Morgan Stanley before joining TIAA as a regional marketing manager in 2005.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago.


Equisoft — a Montreal-based insurance technology company — has hired David Shively to succeed retiring chief operating officer Steeve Michaud.

Shively previously was a vice president at EXL, a technology company in Tampa, Florida. He has also worked for Oracle and other technology companies.

He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Ohio State University.

Pictured: Virgil Miller. (Photo: Aflac)


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