American International Group (AIG) announced two new senior members of its Corporate Communications team. Jim Wells is joining the company as Global Head of Digital and Social Media, and Daniel O’Donnell is joining as Head of Corporate Communications. Both roles report to Cindy Leggett-Flynn, AIG’s Chief Communications Officer.
“I’ve known and worked with both Jim and Daniel for some time and am so happy to welcome them to our talented team at AIG at this exciting, dynamic time,” said Leggett-Flynn. “They each bring deep expertise and experience to their respective roles, and they will play a critical part in effectively telling our story and supporting our leadership team in realizing their vision for AIG’s next chapter.”
Wells has been appointed Global Head of Digital and Social Media. In this role, he will help the company effectively leverage digital and social channels and provide best-in-class strategic support to AIG’s global communications network. He previously served as a Director at Brunswick Group in New York, where he was a senior leader on the digital team, with a strong track record of advising clients on how to use content to influence media coverage, build and defend reputation and drive business results. Prior to joining Brunswick, Jim served as a Senior Vice President at Weber Shandwick, where he counseled companies on their digital programs. He also helped to develop Mediaco, Weber Shandwick’s brand publishing offer, which earned a place on AdAge’s A-List two years in a row. Earlier in his career, Jim advised pharmaceutical brands on how to operate in social media while controlling for all legal and regulatory risks. He started his career in New Jersey state politics, handling media relations and drafting policy proposals.
O’Donnell has been appointed Head of Corporate Communications. His responsibilities will include corporate reputation, public affairs and financial communications. Daniel also joins from Brunswick Group, where for nearly a decade he advised clients on communications strategies for business-critical legal and financial situations, along with corporate positioning efforts. His clients included leading global companies across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific regions, and his work spanned some of the highest profile crisis and litigation matters and M&A transactions in recent years. Earlier in his career, Daniel worked with several financial institutions and trade organizations to address financial regulatory reforms. Daniel also serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Alabama’s Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations.