American International Group hires Dana Ripley as vice president, global head of media & external communications, a newly created role. Ripley joins AIG from 12A Consulting, where he was founder and chief communications officer. He was previously chief communications officer at U.S. Bank; senior vice president, corporate communications at Voya Financial; and director of media relations at Jackson National Life Distributors. In his new post, Ripley will be focused on articulating and communicating AIG’s strategy and value proposition to its external stakeholders. “Dana is a seasoned professional with significant industry experience and communications expertise. He will play a critical role in all aspects of our strategic communications efforts,” said AIG executive vice president, general counsel & global head of communications and government affairs Lucy Fato.
Pierpont Communications promotes Elysa Nelson to senior vice president and Dave Stump to senior vice president, business development. Nelson joined Pierpont in Houston in 2015 and has helped build the agency’s San Antonio presence. Before coming to Pierpont, she was manager, corporate services communications at Fidelity Investments. Stump joined the agency in 2014 as vice president, business development. He was previously executive vice president, sales at information tech company Content Active and held senior marketing positions at 4 Guys Interactive and NGC.
Regions Bank names Abbas Merchant chief marketing officer. Merchant joins Regions from M&T Bank, where he was group vice president of consumer and business marketing and customer analytics and sciences. He previously led analytics and other marketing operations at U.S. Bancorp and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Merchant succeeds Michele Elrod, who is retiring. “We are focused on providing personalized experiences and solutions for our customers, and the experience and insights Abbas brings to Regions will help us advance this priority,” said Regions Financial Corp. president and CEO John Turner.