O'Connell

Gayle O’Connell


Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer: Arbella Insurance Group

Gayle O’Connell joined the Arbella Insurance Group in 2004 as Vice President of Human Resources. Under her leadership, the company has built a world class human resources organization which has been named a Best Places to Work Company for fourteen consecutive years. After leading the company’s rebranding initiative in 2006, Gayle’s role was expanded to Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. In addition to setting marketing, advertising, and communications strategy for the company, Gayle oversees the company’s agent-facing Marketing Department, while continuing her oversight of Human Resources. Most recently, Gayle, alongside Arbella’s CEO John Donohue, has been the co-executive sponsor of Arbella’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative. In 2020, she partnered with a D&I consultant and formed Arbella’s inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Council. The council has launched a very successful company-wide D&I blog, website, and newsletter called, “The Voice”. That same year, Gayle introduced mandatory training and education for all leaders providing the opportunity for them to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion. In 2021, that training was offered to all employees and more than 70% voluntarily participated. Gayle is passionate about her D&I journey and believes that it is always the right time to do the right thing.