University Profiles

John Santoro

John Santoro

Adjunct Professor, Strategic Communications Leadership

College of Communication and the Arts


My full time job is as VP, Executive Communications, with Pfizer Inc.

After graduating from Seton Hall with a master's degree in corporate and public communication in 1998, I began as an adjunct professor that same year and now teach through SetonWorldwide, in the Master's in Strategic Communication Leadership Program. My specialties include HR communication, speechwriting, crisis communications and leadership communications.

I am currently VP, Executive Communications, with Pfizer's Policy, External Affairs and Communications Group, based in New York City. I specifically work with executives in the scientific and medical arenas. Prior to Pfizer, I worked as the Chief Speechwriter for Warner-Lambert, and previous to that, as Creative Director for the communications consulting firm of Brecker & Merryman.

I serve on the national board of directors for The Compassionate Friends, the nation's largest self-help group for families who have suffered the death of a child from any cause and at any age. I am also the co-founder of the Paula Rosina Santoro Foundation.


  • MA, Seton Hall University, 1998
  • BA, Dickinson College (Penna.), 1975

Academic Distinctions

  •  Cicero Award Winner for Speechwriting, 2011

Office Phone
(212) 733-7100



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