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John Hatfield

Wellstar Health System appoints external affairs chief
May 13, 2024
John Hatfield
Marietta, Ga. (May 1, 2024) – Wellstar Health System has selected John Hatfield as Executive Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer. He will lead the nonprofit community health system’s Marketing, Communications, Government Relations, Community Development and Foundation teams in a new integrated group called External Affairs.

“We serve Georgia communities in a challenging, rapidly changing environment for healthcare. It is increasingly vital that we engage effectively with our stakeholders, including policymakers, civic and community leaders, and the media. I am confident we found the right individual to lead this new group,” said Candice L. Saunders, President and CEO of Wellstar.

Through a 30-year career in public affairs, John has held senior executive positions with large corporations, public relations agencies, political campaigns and elected officials. Most recently, John served as Vice President of Corporate Communications at Norfolk Southern Corporation, where he was responsible for brand strategy, reputation management, strategic communications, community affairs and corporate giving, including the Norfolk Southern Foundation. He previously worked in the electric utility industry, where he built strong advocacy and local community engagement programs.

John and his teams will work collaboratively with donors, patients, families, media, legislators and community partners to raise awareness and build support for Wellstar’s vision and efforts to transform healthcare.

Before beginning his professional career, John received his bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University. He lives in Buckhead with his wife and daughter.

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