American International Group has appointed Rhodri Williams to the newly created role of Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) effective January 1, 2015.
He will be based in London and will report to Christina Pretto, Senior VP, Corporate Communications, and will also have a matrix reporting line to Seraina Maag, CEO, EMEA. She noted Williams’ “deep knowledge of international issues;” indicating that it is ” invaluable for our business, and we look forward to continuing working with him” in his expanded role.
Williams joined AIG in June 2013 as Strategic Adviser to the CEO of AIG’s EMEA region and later became the region’s Head of Public Affairs. He will continue to act as the main strategic communications adviser to the regional leadership team, led by Ms. Maag, and he will be responsible for leading the development and execution of the communications and public affairs strategies for the region.
Pretto said Williams’ “wealth of experience as a strategic policy adviser and international diplomat make him uniquely suited to help deepen AIG’s relationships with our stakeholders and the trust they place in us.”
Before joining AIG, Williams was a British diplomat whose 23-year career included foreign postings in Austria and Jordan and a wide range of senior UK-based policy roles covering the EMEA region. He is a graduate of the UK government’s Top Management Program and in 2011 was FCO Fellow at the London School of Economics IDEAS.
He earned a first class Bachelor of Arts degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford University, where he taught British and European history before becoming a diplomat. He was educated at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales.
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