Joanne ThorntonJoanne Thornton

ReviveHealth has appointed president and co-founder Joanne Thornton to the role of chief executive officer.

Thornton succeeds Brandon Edwards, who has served as the Nashville-based healthcare communications agency’s chief executive since its founding in 2009. Edwards will move into the role of executive chairman and will focus on new business, strategic planning, thought leadership and internal mentorship.

Thornton co-founded ReviveHealth along with Edwards in 2009 and initially served as chief accounts officer. She was named president in 2016. Earlier in her career, Thornton was previously healthcare practice leader at Davies Public Affairs and also served in the corporate communications department at Tenet Healthcare.

One of the largest independent healthcare PR and marketing communications agencies in the country, ReviveHealth counts Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Flatiron Health, Henry Ford Health System, Lumeris, Penn State Health and Teladoc as clients. The agency was acquired by Weber Shandwick in early 2016.

Thornton reports to Weber president Susan Howe.