Aflac Northern Ireland (Aflac NI), a subsidiary of Aflac Incorporated, a leading Fortune 500 company, has officially marked its first year in Northern Ireland. The company has opened a new state-of-the-art hub at Belfast’s City Quays 2 and confirmed that with 65 employees now on board, it is well ahead of its three-year target to recruit 150 local tech staff by 2023.

A leading provider of supplemental insurance helping protect more than 50 million people in the United States and Japan, Aflac established its Northern Ireland footprint in October 2019 with the support of Invest NI, opening its first global technology innovation centre. The new office helps power the company’s international business, delivering world-class technical expertise and innovative, emerging solutions to increase information security and support the needs of customers.

Officially marking a full year since establishing an initial temporary office at River House in Belfast, Aflac NI has signed a 10-year lease with Belfast Harbour for more than 11,000 square feet of premium office space at Belfast’s City Quays to establish a Global IT and Cybersecurity Innovation Centre.

Aflac NI marked its achievements and its latest milestones as part of a global high-tech virtual celebration, incorporating executives, staff and stakeholders from Northern Ireland and the United States. Northern Ireland Economy Minister Diane Dodds also joined the celebration.

Aflac NI is continuing to recruit ambitious, talented staff at a variety of levels to support its growth and remains focused on developing a highly creative and dynamic workplace culture. When fully operational, the premium jobs created at Aflac NI in areas including mobile and cloud development and intelligent surveillance technology will contribute around £7 million in salaries to the local economy.

Established in 1955, Aflac currently employs around 4,700 employees in the U.S. and 11,000 globally. In addition to being recognised as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for 20 consecutive years, last year, Fortune also included Aflac on its list of the World’s Most Admired Companies for the 19th time.