Aflac's Dan Amos named one of America's top CEOs

Dan Amos, Aflac Inc. chairman and chief executive officer, has made Institutional Investor magazine’s list of the best CEOs in America.

The local leader was named 2009’s Best CEO for the insurance/life category. This is the fourth time Amos has appeared on the trade magazine’s list.

“Reflecting Dan’s vision and leadership, Aflac has produced an enviable track record of growth during his lengthy tenure as the company’s CEO,” Ken Janke, senior vice president of investor relations, said in a a statement. “At the same time, he has managed Aflac with an unwavering commitment to transparency and responsiveness to the company’s owners.”

In May 2008, Amos allowed Aflac shareholders to vote on his compensation, making Aflac the first public firm to conduct such a vote. In recent months, Amos, known for his pay-for-performance management philosophy, also gave up his $2.8 million bonus and “golden parachute” components in his employment contract.

To compile the list, Institutional Investor surveyed analysts, portfolio managers and other investment professionals. Top-scoring CEOs from several sectors were then named to the list.