American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG) today announced the appointment of Damian Coory to the newly created role of Vice President for Corporate Marketing and Communications for Asia Pacific. Mr. Coory will report to Christina Pretto, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, and will also have a matrix reporting line to Jose Hernandez, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific. He will be based in Hong Kong, the new base of the regional communications operation.
In his new position, Mr. Coory will be responsible for leading AIG’s corporate communications operations and team across the Asia Pacific region, including Japan, with regional responsibility for media relations, executive communications, corporate brand, internal communications, and corporate social responsibility and sponsorship initiatives. The communications teams in the 15 countries where AIG has operations in the Asia Pacific region will report to Mr. Coory.
“We are pleased to welcome Damian to AIG at this critically important time for the Asia Pacific region,” said Mr. Hernandez. “The businesses within the Asia Pacific are among the fastest growing within AIG, and we are confident that Damian, a corporate communications professional, business leader, and strategist, is the best person to lead our Asia Pacific communications team under this new structure,” concluded Mr. Hernandez.
Prior to joining AIG, Mr. Coory was the Managing Director of Coory & Associates, which he founded in 2004. From 2004 to 2008, while at Coory & Associates, he also served as an in-sourced training partner to Edelman Public relations in Hong Kong and Singapore. Before Edelman, he served as a Director at Hill & Knowlton Public Relations from 1999-2002. Mr. Coory began his career working in radio journalism, and held a number of broadcast and news reporting positions from 1986-2000.
Mr. Coory is a lecturer at HK Baptist University in the Master of Arts (Communications) program. Mr. Coory received his MBA from the AGSM in Sydney, Australia, and holds a Certificate in Crisis Management from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.