Terry Cerisoles

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

Terry Cerisoles, senior vice president of corporate communications, leads the Global Headquarters corporate communications department to develop and implement all communications strategies, channels, and programs for the American Cancer Society. She sits on the executive senior leadership team where she serves as a strategic advisor.

Under her leadership, the corporate communications department was honored with the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill award, the most prestigious of communication awards. The team was also recognized with four Golden Flame awards from the Atlanta chapter of IABC. These awards recognize thoughtful execution of strategic communication plans, data driven decisions, and high-caliber communicators.

Terry joined the Society in 2015 as vice president of internal communications. In that role, she led the internal communications team in engaging over 5000 staff and more than two million volunteers in their work to deliver on our mission. She also provided overarching direction for all Society communications channels including Society Talk, Society TV, Society Source, Society eNews, Yammer, and live and virtual broadcast events.

Prior to her work at the American Cancer Society, Terry served as vice president, strategic technology communications for Turner Broadcasting System, and prior to that as vice president, marketing and communications, where she was responsible for strategic communication for Turner’s 16 technology divisions. She served as advisor to the senior leadership team for all employee initiatives and led the integrated communications strategy for all marketing, internal, and external communications.

Terry is a leader in the premier communications association, IABC, having served on the Board of Directors, two terms as Secretary/Treasurer, and chair of the global certification program. Her work has earned multiple awards including Gold Quill, Silver Quill and the Golden Flames. She was the recipient of the 2017 Rae Hamlin Award. She holds the prestigious Strategic Communications Management Professional (SCMP) certification.

Terry graduated cum laude from the University of Memphis and conducted postgraduate work in media at The New School, New York University.