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After learning early Tuesday that he was selected for the gig, Mr. McKeague says he’s known for doing silly voices.

“Whenever that ad would come on, I would imitate the duck, and the kids loved it,” says Mr. McKeague, whose children are 5, 8 and 11.

Executives listened to the three finalists and chose Mr. McKeague for his range and his ability to embody the duck.

“We thought he was the best by far. I can’t explain to you why. It just was. Maybe it is part of the mystique of the Aflac duck,” says Dan Amos, chairman and CEO of Aflac.

Mr. McKeague gets a one-year contract in the low six figures that the company says likely will be renewed for several years.

Compiled from Web and wire reports.