ATLANTA (November 14, 2016) – The Metro Atlanta Chamber announced today that Deisha Barnett will join the organization as senior vice president of marketing and communications. Part of MAC’s senior management committee, Barnett will lead MAC’s executive communications, marketing, branding and media relations efforts, effective November 29.
“As the Metro Atlanta Chamber launches an updated marketing and communications strategy focused on Atlanta being a global knowledge capital, we are pleased to welcome such an accomplished professional like Deisha to our team,” said Hala Moddelmog, MAC’s president and CEO. “With her proven track record of generating compelling integrated marketing campaigns and driving effective communications strategies, Deisha will be an asset as MAC continues our work to position metro Atlanta as a top tier global competitor.”
Barnett will support the Chamber’s work to be a job creation engine, enable sustained economic growth, and attract and retain talent. Working in tandem with Barnett will be Kate Atwood, executive director of ChooseATL. Atwood and her team will continue to support MAC’s comprehensive marketing strategy with a specific focus on recruiting and growing business investments in the region by delivering innovative and engaging marketing strategies to attract and retain top millennial talent.
With over 17 years of experience promoting and protecting brands, Barnett has experience ranging from public relations and marketing to digital and internal communications. She joins the Chamber after nine years with Walmart, Inc., where she rose through the ranks to senior director of corporate communications. Before her stint with Walmart, Barnett worked with EarthLink, Inc., an internet service provider, and Ketchum, one of the nation’s largest public relations agencies, both in the Atlanta area.
“Atlanta has been good to me, and I’m looking forward to being more involved in the metro’s business community,” said Barnett. “MAC is already doing outstanding work, so I was very attracted to the idea of uniting my skills with such a capable team working under Hala’s leadership. I’m excited to lead work that spreads a positive message about our region and how great it is for individuals on a variety of career paths as well as businesses seeking a prime location for growth.”
Barnett has been profiled by Ad Age and PR Week and is considered top talent in the marketing and communications industry. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass media arts and public relations.