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2017 Candidate Questionnaire - Sue Blanck, FSA 1998, MAAA

Sue Blanck

Sue Blanck, FSA 1998, MAAA

Fort Mill, SC

Brief Description of the type of work you currently do:

While I am currently retired, I spent more than twenty years as an Actuary with Aflac, Inc. I joined Aflac in 1993 as an Actuarial student and left the company in 2015 having achieved the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary. My career focused on life and health insurance sold in the United States and Japan. In addition, I spent significant time working on regulations on the state, national and international level. For the majority of my career, I worked closely with the Japan branch of Aflac.  

Primary Area of Practice:

Life Insurance, Health Insurance

Other Areas of Practice/Interests:

Capital Management, Financial Reporting, Long Term Care, Insurance Product Pricing/Development, Regulatory, Reinsurance

Why do you want to be on the Board?

I believe actuaries provide value to any industry through our ability to identify and analyze risk and our skill in identifying practical solutions to problems. I would like to serve on the SOA board to help strengthen our profession and further the reach of actuaries into new industries and locales. In addition, I would like to increase awareness of the actuarial career for high school and college students positioning them to take classwork allowing them entry into an actuarial career. I believe my ability to listen to diverse opinions and find solutions will be valuable to the SOA board.

Ethics and Transparency

Ethics and transparency are essential to professional practice and service on the board. How have you demonstrated ethics and transparency in the past? How will your own ethics and views on transparency influence your decisions and actions as a member of the SOA board?

Team Player

Collaborative working relationships are essential to the governance function of the SOA Board of Directors, especially as board members work with each other, volunteers, and staff to achieve the strategic goals and mission of SOA. Describe a situation from either your professional or volunteer experiences that demonstrated you are a team player.

Intellectual Engagement

Board members need to exhibit curiosity and a desire to learn about areas that may potentially impact the SOA and the profession. How do you stay informed about what is going on nationally and internationally, and how do you apply that knowledge into your work with SOA and the profession.


Respectful and prudent use of resources is an important function of all board members. Explain how you have demonstrated this characteristic in either your work or volunteer experiences and how it will carry over to your role on the SOA Board.

Professional Background

Provide a brief description of your professional background and the type of work you currently do and explain how these experiences have prepared you for the Elected Board Member role.

Volunteer and Governance Experience

Describe how your previous volunteer, personal and governance experiences would strengthen your contributions to the SOA Board and organization.