Xylem comms chief Angela Buonocore to depart company next month

Angela Buonocore, who took over communications for Xylem when it split off from ITT Corporation, will exit the company next month.

RYE BROOK, NY: Xylem SVP and CCO Angela Buonocore will depart the top comms role at the global water technology company next month.

Buonocore, who reports to Xylem’s newly minted president and CEO Patrick Decker, said she will not be replaced at the company.

Decker is moving global public affairs and corporate citizenship under the CMO, Joseph Vesey. Xylem’s employee engagement communications will be transferred under human resources.

In the new set up, Kelly McAndrew, Xylem’s VP of global public affairs, will report to the CMO. In addition, Michael Fields, who runs the Xylem Watermark corporate citizenship program, will report to McAndrew. Shani Reich, head of employee engagement communications, will move to the HR function, Buonocore explained.

Buonocore will work with both teams over the next several weeks during the transition.

Buonocore has held the CCO role at Xylem since 2011, when ITT Corporation spun off its defense business, ITT Exelis, and Xylem. Previously, she was CCO at ITT, which she joined in 2007. Buonocore also led the communications team for ITT during the spinoff process. At the time of the separation, David Albritton became VP and CCO of Exelis and Jennifer Schiavone was named CCO of ITT.

"As part of the founding Xylem executive team, it has been my honor to lead a strong communications team, who branded the new company and did an exemplary job with the foundational work on the new company’s image and reputation," Buonocore told PRWeek via email.

She added that "the Xylem Watermark program, which we launched during the time I led communications for ITT, has been successfully folded into the culture and the fabric of Xylem’s business."

She declined to comment on her next move.

A representative from Xylem was not immediately available to comment on Buonocore’s departure.

Buonocore’s 35-year career in communications has included comms roles at GE, IBM, and Pepsi.

Reps from ITT Corporation and ITT Exelis were not immediately available to comment on changes to their own comms departments.

"[Buonocore] leaves a proud legacy on which our strong communications team will continue to build," Decker told PRWeek via email. "We wish her the very best and thank her for her many contributions and her strong partnership."

Representatives from both ITT Corporation and ITT Exelis said there will be no changes to their own comms departments at this time.

This story was updated on November 3 with quotes from Decker.

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