Transition of Position

Brooke M. Thomson will succeed John R. Regan as President and CEO

Leadership Transition at AIM

President and CEO John Regan will step down at year-end and be succeeded by the organization’s Chief Government Affairs Executive, Brooke Thomson. To support a smooth transition, Regan will remain in the CEO role through the end of the year and Thomson will begin as President effective immediately.

Before joining AIM’s leadership team more than four years ago, Thomson was a member of the AIM board. In her current role, she has been responsible for designing and advancing AIM’s policy agenda and strengthening relationships with elected officials and business leaders on Beacon Hill and throughout the commonwealth – all the while ensuring that employer needs were represented at every level of the public policy-making process.

She has been successful on all counts and is committed to expanding the progress AIM has made in diversifying its membership, reflecting the statewide business community needs, and advancing policies that support both economic competitiveness and economic opportunity for the people of Massachusetts. Thomson previously served as vice president of Government Affairs for AT&T and is a former senior official with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office.

“Thank you to John Regan for your tremendous leadership and mentorship, and thank you to our Board of Directors and the more than 3,400 AIM members for allowing me to lead such an esteemed organization.  I look forward to this new challenge,” – Brooke M. Thomson, Incoming President & CEO

During his tenure, Regan has bolstered AIM’s position as the state’s pre-eminent business advocacy and service organization representing the full spectrum of businesses across the Commonwealth. In tandem with an outstanding leadership team and strong board, he has guided AIM’s public-policy work, served as a voice for the employer community, expanded the award-winning AIM HR Solutions business, and built a comprehensive team with the skills necessary to support AIM’s 3,400 member organizations.  More specifically, his accomplishments include

  • Leading AIM and its 3,400 member companies through the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • Improving the overall financial and operational strength of AIM,
  • Strengthening and sharing the AIM HR Solutions offering to hundreds of businesses across the state.
  • Committing AIM to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion,
  • Leading the creation of the AIM Business Connect platform that links businesses owned and operated by people of color with fellow AIM members.

“It is one of the singular honors of my career to lead this great organization. The work AIM does on behalf of Massachusetts employers is critical to the economic well-being of the Commonwealth. I am so grateful to the members of AIM, the Board of Directors, and our amazing employees for supporting me and AIM.” John R. Regan, Outgoing President & CEO