JOHN W. STEPHENSON
Director Strategic Partnerships
Born and raised in Atlanta, John Stephenson, Jr. was named Director, Strategic Partnerships and Special Projects for Chick-fil-A, Inc. in November of 2015. Stephenson works closely with Chick-fil-A’s Executive Committee, Board Members, the Cathy Family Office and the Chick-fil-A Foundation on a variety of issues and initiatives. Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Stephenson was President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta Hall Management, Inc. In that role, he was responsible for guiding Atlanta’s efforts to relocate the National College Football Hall of Fame to downtown Atlanta from South Bend Indiana, leading the project through, design, funding, development, and construction of a state-of-the-art, 95,000 square foot attraction, as well as the first full year of operations. Prior to taking the CEO seat, John was outside legal counsel to the project from its inception and conceptual phase.
Until joining the Hall of Fame project in 2012, Stephenson was corporate attorney and shareholder at the law firm of Troutman Sanders. His practice focused on mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, public securities, private equity, joint ventures and licensing, including served as counsel to a number of clients in the hospitality, sports and entertainment industry.
Stephenson holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia.