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American appoints new VP of communications

American Airlines announced on Tuesday that Ron DeFeo will become the airline’s new vice president of global communications.

DeFeo will be assuming the position previously held by John McDonald, a former US Airways executive, who retired in December. He will be overseeing media relations, social media, employee communications and community relations at the Fort Worth-based airline.

“Ron possesses an in-depth, demonstrated understanding of servant leadership, and is the perfect leader to further our mission to equip frontline employees with the knowledge and information they need to succeed, as well as facilitate effective two-way communication among all of our key stakeholders,” said American executive vice president Elise Eberwein.

DeFeo was the senior vice president of communications at Darden Restaurants, which operates restaurant chains such as Olive Garden and The Capital Grille.