NEW YORK: Former JPMorgan Chase communications executive Patrick Linehan has joined Travelers as VP of corporate communications.
Linehan has replaced former VP of communications and branding Shane Boyd, who left Travelers last November. Reporting to EVP of marketing and communications Lisa Caputo, Linehan is overseeing external, internal, and executive communications and serving as Travelers' chief spokesperson. He has also joined the insurance company's operating committee and marketing leadership team.
Linehan was previously SVP of communications at JPMorgan Chase, where he led media relations for the consumer, business, and commercial banking businesses and oversaw the department's social media strategy. He also launched the first Twitter handle for Chase.
Prior to that, Linehan was a principal at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery (now RLM Finsbury), counseling clients on crisis, executive transitions, litigation, and financial transactions. He has also served as a VP at the Abernathy MacGregor Group, where he designed and implemented communications programs for issues such as mergers and acquisitions, crisis, litigation, investor relations, and corporate positioning.
“[Linehan's] wide array of experience in communications and deep knowledge of the financial services industry make him an ideal fit for this role,” Caputo said in a statement.
Boyd, who worked at Travelers for more than nine years, exited the company last year to become VP of corporate communications at Devon Energy in Oklahoma City.
Linehan was not immediately available for comment.