American Airlines names new VP of communications

American Airlines Group Inc. said it has announced Ron DeFeo will join the company as vice president — global communications.

In this role, DeFeo will oversee media relations, social media, employee communications, creative services, employee engagement and community relations. DeFeo´s appointment fills the role vacated earlier this year due to a retirement.

DeFeo most recently served as Senior Vice President of Communications for Darden Restaurants where he oversaw internal and external communications. He holds a bachelor´s degree in communication from DePauw University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Georgia.

American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with regional partners, operating as American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.