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Aflac Northern Ireland managing director, Keith Farley, briefing Aflac executive vice-president, Virgil Miller

Aflac Northern Ireland managing director, Keith Farley, briefing Aflac executive vice-president, Virgil Miller

Aflac Northern Ireland managing director, Keith Farley, briefing Aflac executive vice-president, Virgil Miller

A US tech firm says it’s ahead of its target to grow its Belfast workforce to 150 over the next three years.

Marking a year in Northern Ireland, Aflac has now expanded to 65 staff here. It specialises in supplemental insurance and works primarily across the US and Japan.

The firm, which had been based at River House in the city centre, has now signed a 10-year lease for City Quays 2 at Belfast Harbour.

“We’re pleased with the exceptional progress and success so far in Belfast and delighted with how well our teams are working on a global basis, delivering exceptional technical solutions that directly benefit our growing customer base,” Aflac executive vice-president, Virgil Miller, said.

“Our people and our culture are important to us, and with the local team we have on board in Belfast, we are confident that we made the right decision to invest in Northern Ireland.”

Aflac employs around 4,700 staff in the US and 11,000 globally.

“Belfast has quickly become a part of the Aflac story, and we hope to play a part in Belfast’s story in return, “Aflac NI managing director, Keith Farley, said. “We’re proud of our achievements in our first year – and we’re only getting started.”

Economy Minister, Diane Dodds, said: “As the Minister responsible for the development and growth of Northern Ireland’s digital sector, I’m delighted to be directly involved in Aflac NI’s global celebration and to personally congratulate the experienced team here in Belfast for their contribution in delivering exceptional work, and their achievements in supporting Aflac’s growth.

“Despite these extraordinary global economic challenges, Aflac NI have made considerable achievements in a short space of time.

"These achievements, along with their recruitment ambitions and the talent they have already employed through the Assured Skills Academies, demonstrate just how attractive Belfast and Northern Ireland is as a highly-competitive destination for investment.”

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