LOUISVILLE, KY—Brown-Forman has named James O’Malley as the company’s director of corporate affair. In a newly created position, O’Malley will be responsible for overseeing the global external activities of the company, including those related to social, community, economic, government, and environmental responsibility, with particular emphasis on the company’s responsibilities and rights as a beverage alcohol producer.
He will also lead the company’s global communication efforts, including public relations and internal communication. He will report to the Brown-Forman vice chairman Jim Welch.
O'Malley comes to Brown-Forman from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, where he was senior vice president of public affairs. Overseeing the AICPA’s Washington, D.C. office, he directed the organization's activities in the areas of congressional and political affairs, regulatory affairs, relations with state CPA societies, international services and media relations and communications.
His previous experiences include serving as chairman of the creative and advertising practice of Burson-Marsteller, as well as holding senior posts in governmental affairs and communications at several organizations.