Johnny Smith Jr. MA is the Vice President of Communications for Roche Diagnostics Corporation. In his role, Johnny oversees the PR, media relations, internal communications, community engagement, creative services and digital communications functions. He is accountable for the overall communications strategy and execution, inclusive of growing the Roche Diagnostics brand in the United States.
Previously, Johnny was Vice President of Marketing Services for Encompass Health, a national leader in post-acute care that operates more than 150 rehabilitation hospitals. In that role, he led a team of marketing, PR, communications, customer research, creative services, digital marketing and print service professionals.
Before Encompass Health, he was national senior director of marketing and communications for Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the United States. Prior to his national Ascension role, Johnny was system director of corporate communications for St. Vincent, a 22-hospital system and one of the largest employers in Indiana. He began his career at Indiana University Health.
Johnny earned a Master of Arts in communication from Johns Hopkins University. He also earned his Bachelor of Science in public relations from Ball State University. Johnny serves on the American Lung Association National Board.