Vice President, Stakeholder Communications
John Santoro is Vice President, Stakeholder Communications at Pfizer Inc, the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company. He is the communications lead for Pfizer's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, and is also responsible for Pfizer's annual review, its annual meeting of shareholders, and its annual global communications meeting, as well as for a variety of reputation and policy communications initiatives. He is a member of Pfizer's Senior Management Team.
He began his career in 1975 with the communications consulting firm Brecker & Merryman, where his clients included Merck, Honeywell, Chevron, Ford, Caltex Pacific Indonesia, and the New York City Police Department. In 1990, he joined Warner-Lambert as head of HR communications, then became principal speechwriter for two CEOs there. In 2000, he joined Pfizer with that company's acquisition of Warner-Lambert, and served as chief speechwriter for Pfizer's Chairman and CEO. In 2005, he also took on leadership of Pfizer's colleague communications efforts, and in 2007, was promoted to his current position.
Santoro is a speaker and writer on corporate communications issues, and editor of the 2005 book, A Call to Action: Taking Back Healthcare for Future Generations. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University's graduate program in Strategic Communications Leadership.
He holds a BA in Political Science from Dickinson College and a master's degree in Corporate and Public Communications from Seton Hall. He is past-president of the Council of Communications Management and past-president and on the Board of Directors of The Compassionate Friends, a national organization serving the families of children gone too soon.