Soni Basi
Soni Basi

Soni Basi, who was global head of talent at insurance giant AIG, will join Edelman as global chief people officer on May 9.

She succeeds Marie-Claire Barker, who left in December for a slot at WPP’s GroupM unit.

Reporting to Edelman president/COO Matthew Harrington, Basi will handle recruitment, retention and talent development duties.

At AIG, which has about 40,000 employees, she was in charge of a more than 100-member team, focused on talent acquisition, management and learning & development.

Earlier, Basi was VP-global talent at Allergan Pharmaceuticals and VP-global learning & talent development at Estee Lauder Cos.

Harrington said Edelman will benefit from Basi’s expertise as it transitions to a hybrid work culture, invests in its culture and looks for ways to deliver on ever-changing employee expectations.