Audrey Boone Tillman, executive vice president and general counsel of Aflac Incorporated, directs Aflac’s Legal division and functions related to Human Resources, Compliance, Government Relations, Federal Relations, State Government Relations, Global Cybersecurity and the office of the Corporate Secretary. In addition to her role at Aflac U.S., her responsibilities include oversight functions of the General Counsel and Compliance offices at Aflac Japan, where the company earns more than 75 percent of its revenues.
Tillman previously served as executive vice president of Corporate Services for Aflac, where she was responsible for driving strategy within the company’s corporate functions that serve employees, external customers, vendors and the board of directors. Her oversight also encompassed the operations of the Facilities and Strategic Sourcing and Procurement division; Communicorp, Aflac’s for-profit printing company; and the Travel and Meetings division.
Tillman joined Aflac in January 1996 as a member of the Legal department and was promoted to second vice president in 1997 and vice president and senior associate counsel in 2000. Her work as legal counsel to the Human Resources division led to her promotion to senior vice president of Human Resources in 2001, and her subsequent promotion as executive vice president of the Corporate Services division in 2008. She was appointed to her current position in May 2014.
During Tillman’s tenure at Aflac, the company has received multiple honors, including Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For (20 consecutive years) and World’s Most Admired Companies (17 times) lists; Black Enterprise magazine’s 50 Best Companies for Diversity (11 times); LATINA Style magazine’s 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work (18 times) in the U.S. and Ethisphere Institute’s list of World’s Most Ethical Companies (12 consecutive years).
She has also received numerous recognitions such as the 2016 Diamond Award, the highest honor given by the Corporate Counsel Women of Color Association, and was named to The National Law Journal’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel list. She also was honored on Ethisphere’s 2016 and 2017 lists of Attorneys Who Matter, an annual listing of corporate attorneys who “raise the bar for ethical behavior in their industries.” In 2017, she was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Scroll from the University of Georgia School of Law Alumni Association; the Rosa Parks Women of Courage Award; New York Moves magazine’s Power Woman list; and Atlanta Tribune Magazine’s Superwoman Award. She was named to Black Enterprise magazine’s 2017 lists of the Most Powerful Women in Business and Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America. She also received Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2017 Corporate Counsel Award and Inside Counsel’s Transformative Leadership Awards in the General Counsel of the Year and Insurance categories. Most recently, she was recognized with the 2018 Global Transformation Lifetime Achievement award and was named to Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2018 Women Worth Watching list.
Prior to joining Aflac, Tillman served as an associate professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law. From 1990 to 1993, 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 the Middle District of North Carolina.
She’s Vice Chair of the Columbus 2025 campaign; board member of Emanuel Preparatory School of Math and Science; President of the Columbus Chapter Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; and member of the Columbus Chapter The Links, Inc. and the Columbus Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
She’s also a member of the state bars of Georgia, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia and is a past chair of the corporate law section of the National Bar Association.
Tillman holds 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 married with three children.