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An executive who has developed and applied communications strategies and on-target messaging to contribute to positive business results. Currently unemployed and seeking next opportunity. Strategic solutions-oriented thinker with senior management experience in all aspects of corporate communications management. Experience on four continents. Successful team leader; a shrewd and cost- effective judge of external communications services.

Work experience

May 2005May 2009

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Applying experience, insights, and knowledge acquired in 25+ years in corporate communications to develop and implement a marketing communications program for an emerging, fast-growing reinsurance brokerage- Developed company marketing communications strategies; managed marketing activities- Developed new corporate brand identity- Effectively managed employees, external consultants and agencies- Trained executives for news media interviews; spokesperson to news media- Supervised advertising campaigns- Entirely re-developed company web site

Sep 1986Jan 2004

Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

The St. Paul Companies

Working in every aspect of corporate communications, applied talents and expertise as strategic communications executive to help achieve business objectives.- Counseled management of global corporation on communications strategies- Developed communications plans, providing goals and accountabilities that supported company results- Managed successful international communications program for $1 billion company operation, building company reputation in United States, China, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Singapore and Japan- Built international communications public capabilities for a U.S.-based Fortune 500 company, providing for coordination of communicators in Europe, Asia, Australia and United States.- Developed strong and beneficial media relationships on behalf of the corporation, securing placements in The Economist, Financial Times and other publications- Strong track record in all aspects of financial communications and investor relations

- Award-winning achievements in international business-to-business communications

- Major contributions in speech writing, employee communications

Sep 1980Sep 1986

Information Officer

State of Minnesota - Waste Management Board
First opportunity to lead a communications program for a public organization • Managed overall public relations program for state agency, serving as media spokesperson and advisor to leadership; led statewide and local citizen participation programs
Sep 1976Sep 1979


Minnesota State Senate

Wrote speeches, news releases and other communications for Minnesota state senators




University of Minnesota-Twin Cities


St. John's University


Accredited in Public Relations

Public Relations Society of America


David Monfried

“Pat has two remarkable characteristics that set him apart from the rest of the PR pack: his thougthfulness and his passion. His colleagues always know that his advice comes from an experienced thinker, a pro who can see an issue from all sides and think it through in terms of all consituencies. As compared to so many in our business who are genuinely expert with one audience - the media, employees, or regulators - Pat does see the whole picture. As for his passion, I don't know of many who attack tough issues more energetically than Pat and, despite what I've said above, that's especially so when it comes to working with reporters and editors. Pat's media relations gift is his ability to build and maintain wonderful relationships with all sorts of reporters and editors - they just flat-out love him. No exceptions. Universally.”  --endorsement by David Monfried, Patrick Hirigoyen's superior at The St. Paul Companies, on LinkedIn

Patrick Denzer

Chief Executive Officer of Collins, where Patrick Hirigoyen served as vice president, marketing and communications from 2005 until acquisition of the company by Guy Carpenter and Co.

James Duffy

Chief executive of $1 billion global reinsurance operation, for which Patrick Hirigoyen developed and  led an integrated communications program, incorporating media relations, advertising, marketing communications, employee communications, event marketing.