Head of Global Media Relations


Head of Global Media Relations

As part of an industry-leading global communications team, you will help our firm share stories with external stakeholders and grow awareness and understanding of how Aon shapes decisions for the better – to protect and enrich the lives of people around the world.

Aon is in the business of better decisions

At Aon, we shape decisions for the better to protect and enrich the lives of people around the world.

As an organization, we are united through trust as one inclusive, diverse team, and we are passionate about helping our colleagues and clients succeed.


Position Details

Head of Global Media Relations
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

What the day will look like

Communications plays a critical role in shaping perceptions within Aon and outside our firm about how we help clients make better decisions and deliver positive outcomes for colleagues, clients and shareholders. We’re a team that works hard, supports each other and has fun while making an impact, and we’re looking to further build on the senior talent within our global communications team.

Aon’s global head of media relations will be responsible for day-to-day media engagement – maintaining strong relationships with tier one, business and trade reporters – serve as a key storyteller and spokesperson for the firm, lead Aon’s social media strategy and execution, and lead and mentor a proactive, strategic, resourceful media relations team. This Aon leader will also lead a global Center of Excellence for media relations and external positioning to further develop and align standard methodologies across the firm.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop journalist relationships, pitch and secure media coverage and respond to media queries to advance commercial objectives and influence positive perceptions of Aon's reputation, thought leadership and social impact. 
  • Build Aon’s share of voice across four key mega trends shaping client need across our Risk Capital and Human Capital capabilities. 
  • Implement distribution of corporate press releases, media advisories and updates shared via Aon’s newsroom. 
  • Partner with multiple team members developing integrated, aligned messaging plans and content articulating our firm’s growth strategy, brand strategy, progress with key initiatives and thought-leadership perspectives.
  • Lead a global Center of Excellence for media engagement to drive an aligned and coordinated approach to proactive and reactive media relations and issues management throughout the firm, including Aon’s Marketing & Communications organization and agency relationships. 
  • Lead Center of Excellence media monitoring and reporting platforms allowing Communications teams throughout Marketing & Communications to generate consistent reports on coverage (trends, share of voice, sentiment, etc.), social media conversation and other indicators that enable us to articulate the impact we drive and find opportunities for refining our approach. 
  • Develop and lead a program preparing key leaders and others throughout the firm to participate in media interviews and public speaking opportunities.

Skills and experience that will lead to success Experience/Credentials:

  • 10+ years in communications and a proven track record of producing and leading the creation of compelling, sophisticated communications in support of global business objectives. 
  • A bachelor's degree. 
  • Experience with developing and leading national and local media relationships for a publicly traded and global brand, preferably in the professional/financial services, consulting, or technology industry. 
  • Ability to lead sophisticated, sensitive communication initiatives, carefully navigating each situation to balance individual and organizational agendas.
  • Proven track record of advising and building trusted relationships with senior leaders, including C-suite-level executives, to support media relations and external positioning strategies and achieve corporate objectives. 
  • Crisis and issues management experience preferred.


  • Creative problem solver with a desire and ability to seek opportunities for continuous improvement. 
  • Ability and willingness to perform both strategic and tactical elements of the role with a steadfast commitment to quality and detail. 
  • A principled commitment to quality and detail. 
  • Self-motivated, goal-oriented self-starter with a sense of urgency and strong desire to work entrepreneurially. 
  • Team-oriented with a strong sense of commitment to colleagues and internal clients, projecting a positive attitude and excelling at encouraging and coaching team members. 
  • A leader who projects a positive demeanor and excels at encouraging and coaching team members. 
  • Experience and comfort level leading through influence and helping leaders arrive at consensus.


  • Exceptional writing and editing skills with proven expertise using different styles and “voice” to reflect the nature of the individual, audience and message. 
  • Ability to communicate sophisticated concepts simply and visually. 
  • Equally comfortable telling the story in “words” and “numbers.” 
  • Exceptional organizational skills, including an ability to run multiple priorities and projects. 
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to complete programs with speed, accuracy and efficiency. 
  • Experience using traditional owned and earned channels, including multi-media and social media.

How we support our colleagues

In addition to our comprehensive benefits package, we encourage a diverse workforce. Plus, our agile, inclusive environment allows you to manage your wellbeing and work/life balance, ensuring you can be your best self at Aon. Furthermore, all colleagues enjoy two “Global Wellbeing Days” each year, encouraging you to take time to focus on yourself. We offer a variety of working style solutions, but we also recognize that flexibility goes beyond just the place of work... and we are all for it. We call this Smart Working!

Our continuous learning culture inspires and equips you to learn, share and grow, helping you achieve your fullest potential. As a result, at Aon, you are more connected, more relevant, and more valued.

Aon values an innovative, diverse workplace where all colleagues feel empowered to be their authentic selves.

Aon is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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