Audrey Boone Tillman, executive vice president and general counsel of Aflac Incorporated, directs Aflac’s legal division and functions related to Corporate Communications, Federal Relations, Global Cybersecurity, Human Resources, the office of the Corporate Secretary and State Government Relations. Audrey’s responsibilities also include oversight of the General Counsel and Compliance offices at Aflac Japan, where the company earns more than 70 percent of its revenues.
Audrey joined Aflac in 1996 as a member of the Legal Department and was promoted to second vice president in 1997 and vice president in 2000, where she concentrated on employment law. Her work as legal counsel to the Human Resources division led to her promotion to senior vice president of Human Resources in August 2001 and then to executive vice president of Corporate Services in 2008. She was promoted to her current position in May 2014.
During her tenure, the company has received multiple honors, including Training Magazine’s Top 125, Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in America (20 consecutive years) and Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Places for Working Mothers. Aflac has been recognized by Black Enterprise magazine as one of its 40 Best Companies for Diversity 11 times and has appeared 18 times on LATINA Style magazine’s annual list of the 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the United States.
Audrey has received numerous awards and accolades during her tenure at Aflac. In 2015, she was the first woman to receive the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award. She also received the Columbus, Georgia, Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award and was named to the 2016 National Law Journal’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel. In 2016, she received the Diamond Award, the highest honor given by the Corporate Counsel Women of Color Association. Audrey was named to Ethisphere’s 2017 list of Attorneys Who Matter, an annual listing of corporate attorneys who “raise the bar for ethical behavior in their industries, for two consecutive years.” In 2017, Audrey was also an honoree of New York Moves’ Power Women Awards, a recipient of the Distinguished Service Scroll from the University of Georgia School of Law alumni association and the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award. She was recognized by Atlanta Tribune Magazine as a 2017 Superwoman and named on Black Enterprise magazine’s 2017 lists of the Most Powerful Women in Business and Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America. She also received the 2017 Transformative Leadership Award in two categories: General Counsel of the Year and Insurance Company of the Year.
Prior to joining Aflac, Audrey served as an associate professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law. Prior to this, she was an associate with the Smith, Helms, Mulliss and Moore law firm in Greensboro, North Carolina, and also served as a federal judicial law clerk to Judge Richard C. Erwin, U.S. District Court for North Carolina.
Audrey received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law. She is a member of the state bars of Georgia, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.