Catherine Hernandez-Blades

Aflac: Senior Vice President; Chief ESG and Communications Officer

Catherine Hernandez-Blades is the senior vice president, chief ESG and Communications Officer at Fortune 150 insurance powerhouse Aflac.  She is a Communications, Marketing, Public and Government Affairs, and Crisis Management executive with more than 25 years of professional experience, including almost a decade in the C-suite of Fortune 500 companies.  She is a PR News Hall of Famer, Forbes Top 50 Most Influential Global CMO, two-time Cannes Lion winner and ExecRank Top 30 CMO.  She is a 2017 inductee into the PR Week Hall of Femme and in the same year became the first American to win the Relations 4 the Future Medal at the Communications 4 the Future awards at Davos. Just recently named the 2019 Latina Style Corporate Executive of the Year, and to The Holmes Report’s 100, she is also the 2018 Innovation SABRE recipient for Most Innovative Marketing/Communications Professional – Brand, as well as the 2018 Outstanding In-house Professional of the Year as named by PR Week, one of 25 Power Woman as ranked by New York Moves magazine, a four-time Top Woman in PR, and a four-time Bulldog Star of PR. Hernandez-Blades is a recognized leader in corporate social responsibility (a Global SABRE award winner), crisis communications and measurement, and the co-author or contributor to four books; and is profiled as an industry expert in Diana Booher’s “What More Can I Say?” and the PR Museum’s "Diverse Voices, Profiles in Leadership."