Travelers Has A New VP Of Communications

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The Travelers Cos. announced Wednesday it has a new top spokesman.

Patrick Linehan, 38, was hired and started in late December as vice president of corporate communications. Linehan will be on the property-casualty insurer’s operating commitee and marketing leadership team. He reports to Lisa Caputo, executive vice president of marketing and communications. Linehan will split his time between New York and Hartford.

He comes to Travelers from JPMorgan Chase, where he headed media relations for the company’s Consumer Banking, Business Banking and Commercial Banking businesses. He oversaw the company’s social media strategy.

Before working at JPMorgan Chase, Linehan worked in communications at the firm Robinson Lerer & Montgomery, which is now RLM Finsbury. He also has been a vice president at The Abernathy MacGregor Group.

Linehan fills a position vacated by Shane Boyd who left Travelers in late October for a position as vice president of corporate communications at Devon Energy.

Linehan holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Arizona.

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