Chief Economic Development Officer
Metro Atlanta Chamber
David Hartnett is the chief economic development officer for Metro Atlanta Chamber. David is responsible for leading a team focused on the retention, recruitment, and expansion of companies within key clusters e.g. Bioscience, Health IT, Mobility, IoT, Cybersecurity, Fin Tech, Supply Chain and Digital Media/entertainment.
Before joining the Chamber, Hartnett served as the president and CEO of Maco Pharma (formerly United Pharma) a privately held medical device/pharmaceutical company based in Duluth, Georgia, headquartered in Lille France. Prior to Maco Pharma, Hartnett was president and CEO of SteriFx Corporation, a specialty chemical company, contracted by U.S. Department of Defense (DARPA). Prior to SteriFx, he was the executive vice president of the North American headquarters of Given Imaging, Inc. with corporate headquarters in Yokneam, Israel. Under his leadership, the company commercialized the “PillCam” video capsule, a disposable capsule that captures video after it is ingested by the patient. Hartnett helped to raise more than $30 million in a private placement for corporate infrastructure development and product commercialization prior to the company going public in 2001 (GIVN-NASDAQ). Hartnett served as vice president of marketing at ERBE Electro-surgery, the largest manufacturer of electrosurgical systems in the world, where he was responsible for commercial marketing throughout North America.
He has also served in a variety of other senior sales and marketing roles for the following companies: Karl Storz Lithotripsy, Genzyme (formerly Deknatel), STERIS (formerly AMSCO) and the XEROX Corporation.
He holds a B.A. in speech communication from San Diego State University with a master’s equivalent in marketing through post-graduate studies.
He is currently serves on the following boards:
-Chairman, Atlanta Science Festival
-Vice Chairman, Innovation Crescent Regional Partnership
-President Emeritus, Southeastern Medical Device Association
-Director/Co-Founder, Venture Atlanta Coalition
-Director, Georgia Bio
-Director/Co-Founder, Health IT Leadership Summit
-Director/Co-Founder, Institute for Healthcare Information Technology
-Director, Georgia HIMSS
-Quick Start, Board of Advisor
Hartnett is married with four sons, was raised on Coronado Island, California and is an active member of the Atlanta business community.