David Jarrard

David Jarrard

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jarrard Inc. President and CEO David Jarrard has earned a national reputation in helping healthcare systems and health services companies use their public and political strengths to succeed in high-stakes moments.

Under his guidance, the firm has become the nation’s leading strategic communications consultancy dedicated to work that spans healthcare clients’ most challenging communications issues: organizational restructurings; mergers, sales and acquisitions; issue and crisis navigation; and strategic positioning opportunities.

Jarrard is a sought after thought leader. He is the principal author of “Healthcare Mergers, Acquisitions, and Partnerships: An Insider’s Guide to Communication,” written in partnership with Geisinger Health System. A regular speaker at national and state healthcare industry conferences, he is on the teaching faculty of the American Hospital Association’s professional group for hospital strategic planners and communicators. He serves on board of the PR Council (the public relations industry’s agency trade association), the editorial advisory board for Healthcare Insight Magazine and the board of professional advisors of the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University.

Within the Nashville community, he serves in advisory positions to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Nashville Institute for Faith + Work.

For more than 20 years, Jarrard has led strategic communications campaigns for hospitals and healthcare companies throughout the United States. Prior to being a founding partner of our firm, he was CEO of the political consulting firm The Ingram Group and headed Jarrard Ingram Public Relations. He was also a communications executive in a national media company and began his career as a reporter for Nashville’s daily newspaper, The Tennessean.

Worth Knowing:

  • Grew up in the Atomic City near the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains
  • Loves Shark Tank and the business of business
  • A geek before it was cool
  • Likes to cage bunnies