Dan Amos and Donna Hyland Named
2023 Georgia Trustees

Dan Amos and Donna Hyland

Atlanta, GA, October 5, 2022 – The Georgia Historical Society announced today that Dan Amos, CEO and Chairman of Aflac Incorporated, and Donna Hyland, President and CEO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, will be inducted by the Georgia Historical Society and the Office of Governor as the newest Georgia Trustees on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at the Trustees Gala. It is the highest honor the State of Georgia can confer.

“Dan Amos and Donna Hyland are the living embodiment of the Georgia Trustees’ motto ‘Not for Self, but for Others,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “The impact of their remarkable leadership is felt daily here in Georgia and throughout the world, making them worthy of this high honor. We look forward to recognizing their many accomplishments and celebrating the ideal they represent at their induction ceremony on April 22, 2023.”

In conjunction with the Governor’s Office, the Georgia Historical Society reestablished the Georgia Trustees in 2008 as a way of recognizing Georgians whose accomplishments and community service reflect the highest ideals of the founding body of Trustees. The original Georgia Trustees were a governing body chartered and appointed by His Majesty King George II of England in 1732 to establish a new colony in North America. They founded Georgia upon the principle of Non Sibi, Sed Aliis, “Not for Self, but for Others.” The Governor annually appoints new Trustees whose history-making accomplishments and service reflect the original Trustees’ ideals.

Daniel P. Amos
Dan Amos became chief executive officer of Aflac Incorporated in 1990 and is one of the longest-serving CEOs in the Fortune 200. In January 2000, Dan launched the popular Aflac Duck advertising campaign, transforming Aflac from a successful supplemental insurance company to a top international brand recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies for 21 years. His commitment to ethical business practices has led the Ethisphere Institute to recognize Aflac Incorporated as a World’s Most Ethical Company for sixteen consecutive years, making Aflac the only insurance company in the world to appear on this list every year since the inception of the award in 2007. Amos has also appeared five times on Institutional Investor magazine’s lists of America’s Best CEOs for the insurance category, and he has been recognized as one of the 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World by the Harvard Business Review five times. His innovative leadership style has led to astounding annual revenue growth from $2.7 billion in 1990 to $22.1 billion in 2021.

A past member of the board of trustees of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Dan serves on the board of the House of Mercy of Columbus in Georgia. He is former chairman of the board of the Japan America Society of Georgia and the University of Georgia Foundation.

Donna W. Hyland
For 32 years, Donna Hyland has helped shape the delivery of healthcare to children in Georgia and beyond. First as Chief Financial Officer, then Chief Operating Officer and now as President and Chief Executive Officer, Hyland has overseen monumental growth and achievement at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She was instrumental during the merger of Egleston Children’s Health Care System and Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center, as well as the addition of Hughes Spalding and Marcus Autism Center, which led to the formation of what is now one of the largest pediatric healthcare systems in the country. Today, Children’s is consistently ranked as a top pediatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report and one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

Hyland’s dedication to pediatric healthcare has resulted in recognition as one of Atlanta’s and Georgia’s most influential leaders.

Her dedication to the community extends outside of Children’s, where she serves on the boards of Atlanta Committee for Progress Inc., Cousins Properties Incorporated, Genuine Parts Company, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, Truist Atlanta Advisory Board, Stone Mountain Industrial Park, Inc., and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

Previous Georgia Trustees
Previous inductees are Dan Cathy, Shirley Franklin, David Abney, Juanita Baranco, Robert L. Brown, Jr., Robert S. Jepson, Jr., Frank Blake, John Schuerholz, Edward H. Bastian, W. Paul Bowers, F. Duane Ackerman, A.D. “Pete” Correll, James H. Blanchard, Muhtar Kent, Alana Smith Shepherd, Paula S. Wallace, Arthur M. Blank, William Porter “Billy” Payne, Truett Cathy, Herman Russell, Tom Cousins, Andrew Young, Vincent J. Dooley, The Honorable Sam Nunn, Henry Aaron, Robert Edward “Ted” Turner, Bernard Marcus, and Marguerite Neel Williams.

For more information about the 2023 Georgia Trustees, please contact Keith Strigaro, Director of Communications, at kstrigaro@georgiahistory.com or by phone at 912.651.2125, ext. 153.

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