Aflac Inc. has hired Eric M. Kirsch to lead its global investment management function as a member of its executive management team. Kirsch will join Aflac November 1 as first senior VP and global CIO and will be responsible for the management of Aflac's $93 billion investment portfolio and more than 50 investment professionals.

Aflac says Kirsch will coordinate the company's investment efforts through a newly established Manhattan-based office. However, the company will continue to maintain the vast majority of its investment resources in Columbus, Ga., and Tokyo, Japan. Current CIO W. Jerem Jeffery will serve as senior VP, fixed income investments.

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