NU Online News Service, Feb.2, 3:55 p.m. EST

American International Group Inc. announced it has named six new corporate officers to a variety of positions, including those involved with corporate legal compliance, auditing and human relations.

Thomas Russo, a senior counsel at Patton Boggs law firm, was named AIG executive vice president, legal, compliance, regulatory affairs and government affairs and general counsel.

Prior to working at the Boggs firm, he was a vice chairman of Lehman Brothers Inc. and chief legal officer of Lehman Brothers Holdings.

AIG said he has significant experience in Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement and broker-dealer operations, and worked for the SEC from 1969 to 1971. He will report to AIG President and Chief Executive Officer Robert H. Benmosche.

Paulette Mullings Bradnock was named AIG senior vice president and director of Internal Audit, reporting to Mr. Benmosche and to Christopher S. Lynch, an AIG board member and chairman of the Audit Committee. Since 2005 Ms. Mullings Bradnock has served as deputy director and chief of staff for the AIG Internal Audit Division.

Jeffrey J. Hurd was named AIG senior vice president, human resources and communications, reporting to Mr. Benmosche. Mr. Hurd previously held numerous senior positions within AIG, most recently as AIG’s chief administrative officer. He has also served as head of Asset Management Restructuring and interim president of AIG Global Real Estate.

Sandra P. Kapell was named AIG vice president and global head of talent strategy and performance systems, reporting to Mr. Hurd. In this new position, Ms. Kapell will oversee talent management, development and training, including recruiting, succession planning and performance management. Ms. Kapell was most recently a senior vice president at MetLife, leading the Practice Development Group.

Michael R. Cowan was named AIG senior vice president and chief administrative officer, succeeding Mr. Hurd. Mr. Cowan will report to Mr. Benmosche and have oversight responsibilities for AIG’s operations and systems, corporate administration, and the separation office. He joined AIG from Merrill Lynch, where he had served as senior vice president, global corporate services, since 1998.

Christina Pretto was named AIG senior vice president, communications, reporting to Mr. Hurd. Ms. Pretto joined AIG in 2009 as AIG vice president, corporate media relations, from Citigroup. Prior to joining Citigroup, Ms. Pretto was director of communications for Standard & Poor’s, and before that, she worked as a journalist, covering debt capital markets.

Mr. Benmosche said a key to “AIG’s success over its 90-year history–and even more so, to its reemergence as a strong, independent company–is our ability to attract and keep strong talent.”

The appointments, he said, “will add another dimension of experience and energy to AIG’s talented group of leaders, who continue to do an incredible job facing enormous challenges.”