Henry named Grady CEO Featured

5:33am EDT December 27, 2005

John Henry has been named CEO of Grady Health System following the resignation of Dr. Andy Agwunobi.

He had worked with Agwunobi to streamline Grady’s operation, elevate awareness of the role the health system plays in the medical eco-culture of the region and assisted in building partnerships for Grady’s future.

Henry brings to the job more than 40 years of experience in health care and previously served as COO of Grady. Prior to that, he had retired as CEO of Emory Hospitals and Wesley Woods Center.

Henry is the past chairman of the board of the Georgia Hospital Association and past regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has also served on the regional policy board of the American Hospital Association and the boards of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Henry has received a tribute from the Woodruff Health Science Center, the Phoenix Award from Mayor Shirley Franklin and a commendation from Gov. Sonny Perdue. He also received the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from a local magazine and the 2003 Chairman’s Award from the Georgia Hospital Association.

Henry oversaw the $270 million renovation and expansion of Emory Crawford Long Hospital and received an Urban Land Institute award for his work.

Gay Haynes was appointed director of sales and marketing for the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center.

Haynes previously worked for the Hilton Atlanta Airport. She has also worked for Inverness Hotel & Golf Club in Englewood, Colo., and for the Wynfrey hotels and other Hilton brand properties.

Also at Crestline Hotels, Andrea Richey was appointed director of sales and marketing for the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place.

Richey joins Crestline from John Wieland & Neighborhoods, where she was a real estate sales manager. Before her real estate career, she worked for the Hilton Atlanta Northeast, Hyatt Regency Suites and the Davidson Hotel Co.

Fidelity Southern Corp. hired Georgett Dickinson as senior vice president and general counsel of Fidelity Bank.

Dickinson has more than 18 years of legal experience in the banking industry. She previously served as first vice president, assistant corporate secretary and regulatory counsel for SunTrust Banks Inc. Prior to joining the in-house legal department at SunTrust in 1986, Dickinson practiced with law firm Elrod & Thompson.

Dickinson earned her bachelor of arts degree from Auburn University and her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.

The Women’s Transportation Seminar Atlanta Chapter honored Yvonne Durrett Williams as the 2005 Woman of the Year.

Williams is president of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts. She received the award in recognition as a “role model who has contributed to the advancement of women and minorities in transportation in the Atlanta community.”

Laurence P. Colton
joined Powell Goldstein LLP as a partner.

Colton has practiced intellectual property law in Atlanta for more than 18 years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University and his J.D. from the Emory University School of Law.

Stuart C. Johnson and David L. Watson also joined Powell Goldstein LLP as partners.

Johnson brings experience in middle-market transactions, the private equity and venture capital markets. He is president of the Atlanta chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

Thomas brings experience in employment litigation, arbitration, mediation, class actions and jury trials.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his J.D. from the Georgia State University College of Law.

Also at Powell Goldstein LLP, David L. Watson was hired in the tax department.

He has experience practicing taxation, estate planning, probate, trusts, and business planning and succession.

Brian E. Szabo
was named manager of SunTrust Banks Inc.’s corporate strategies unit.

Szabo has worked as SunTrust’s general auditor since 1999. He joined SunTrust’s predecessor, Crestar Financial Corp., in 1990 and worked in a variety of positions until 1997, when he was named chief audit executive for Crestar. Crestar merged with SunTrust in 1998.

Also at SunTrust, David G. Bilko was promoted to general auditor.

Bilko has more than 24 years of banking industry experience. He graduated from the University of Virginia and earned an MBA from George Mason University. He has also completed the Graduate School for Bank Administration Audit Management Program and is a certified employee benefits specialist.

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