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Former Medtronic Communications Leader Joins Ford Hutman Media as Executive Vice President

Julia Fuller to Join Agency to Help Lead Communications Company into Next Phase of Growth

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#PR--Ford Hutman Media (FHM), an industry-leading, life science-focused strategic communications firm, has named Julia Fuller as Executive Vice President, effective immediately.

In this new role, Fuller will serve as a senior counselor and strategic account lead for FHM’s growing client roster. She will also work in close partnership with FHM leadership on business development and recruitment efforts, as well as helping to expand the agency’s capabilities in social media and internal communications. She will report directly to Rachel Ford Hutman, chief executive officer and founder of FHM.

“There has never been a more important time to be in healthcare and FHM’s life sciences clients need the very best in strategic communications counsel,” said Rachel Ford Hutman, CEO at FHM. “Julia’s in-house expertise and agency experience is a perfect fit for our growing client roster. She has been in our client’s shoes and overcome the same challenges – I couldn’t be more excited to have her join us.”

Julia comes to FHM from Medtronic, plc, a leading global healthcare company, where she led internal and external communications for the Cardiovascular Diagnostics & Services Operating Unit. In this role, she also served on the Operating Unit leadership staff. Earlier in her career at Medtronic, she led public relations and social media for the former Aortic, Peripheral, and Venous division within the company, which included supporting three separate business units.

Prior to her role at Medtronic, Julia served as Senior Account Director with W2O Group (renamed Real Chemistry) in San Francisco where she managed daily client account activities and broader communications strategies for a wide variety of biotechnology, medical device and digital health companies. Her specific areas of focus included product and corporate communications, as well as media relations.

“Under Rachel’s leadership, FHM has expanded from a savvy consultancy to a sophisticated, full-service agency with an impressive client roster,” said Fuller. “I am thrilled to join the team at FHM and to put my in-house and agency expertise to work with some of the most exciting and innovative companies in healthcare.”

In addition to her experience at Medtronic and W2O Group, Julia has previously held various roles in product marketing, marketing communications and public/media relations both in house and in an agency setting.

Julia received her Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English from Loyola Marymount University.

About Ford Hutman Media

Ford Hutman Media (FHM) was created to provide industry-leading communications strategies, media relations and thought leadership to elite biotech, digital health, diagnostics and medical technology companies. FHM clients range from venture-backed startups to large cap public companies in the U.S. and Europe. Led by senior communications professionals who have spent their careers both in-house at industry-leading companies and some of the most reputable healthcare public relations agencies, FHM excels at developing unique and tailored communications approaches for our clients based on their business objectives. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @FordHutmanMedia.


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Last Updated: 01-Nov-2021