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James L. Abernathy
James L. Abernathy is the founder and chief executive officer of The Abernathy MacGregor Group. Prior to establishing the firm in 1984, he spent a decade at American Broadcasting Companies, the last three years as vice president of corporate affairs, with responsibility for all of ABC’s corporate public relations. Mr. Abernathy, who began his career as an editor of several broadcasting trade publications, had previously spent two years as vice president for public and investor relations of Warner Communications Inc., and six years as a public relations and investor relations executive at CBS Inc.
He is past president of the Investor Relations Association, and while at ABC, was chosen by Institutional Investor as one of America’s ten best investor relations executives. He is former chairman of The Caron Foundation of New York City, current trustee emeritus of Hackley School and current director of The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. He attended Hackley and studied history at Brown University. Mr. Abernathy served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1959 until 1965.
James T. MacGregor
James MacGregor is vice chairman of Abernathy MacGregor. A co-founder of the firm, he has previously been its managing partner and its president. He works closely with clients on corporate and communications strategies that relate to crisis management, investor relations, corporate governance and best practices in communication. He leads the firm’s effort to generate new concepts and new content in its practice areas. He writes and speaks frequently on trends and issues in communications.
Earlier in his career, Mr. MacGregor was a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal and an executive at CBS Inc. and American Broadcasting Cos. He studied economics at Princeton University and business administration at Case Western Reserve School of Management. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He is a board member (and present or past chairman) of nonprofits devoted to environmental citizenship, college journalism and experimental arts, and has authored two published books of non-fiction. He lives in New York.
Chuck Burgess advises senior executives and Board of Directors on strategic communications, investor relations, media relations and M&A communications in a broad range of industries, including transportation, technology, healthcare, real estate, consumer products and manufacturing. He has managed communications for more than 150 friendly and hostile transactions totaling more than $250 billion and has led a number of the firm’s largest special situations, including bankruptcies and restructurings, shareholder activism, proxy fights and crisis assignments.
Before joining Abernathy MacGregor in 1994, Mr. Burgess focused on media and investor relations at Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart and served in the press office of Senator John Warner. He received a B.A. in English with honors from Georgetown University and attended the Executive Education program at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute as well as Chair of the Board of Directors of VIP Community Services.
Tom Johnson is president of Abernathy MacGregor and head of its Mergers and Acquisitions practice. His experience covers the full range of high-profile takeovers, cross-border acquisitions, contested merger situations, proxy contests, crisis communications, defense against activist investors and initial public offerings. He is also an expert in media strategy.
Mr. Johnson’s recent M&A advisory work includes Sprint (merger with Softbank), UPS (acquisition of TNT Express), Joh A. Benckiser on (acquisition of Peet’s Coffee & Tea), Quest Software (merger with Dell) and Sanofi-Aventis (acquisition of Genzyme). Other transaction clients include Hewlett Packard, Alcatel SA, Carlyle Group, Medco, Starwood Capital Group, Mittal Steel and Bank of New York. His proxy contest and activist defense experience includes advising CVR Energy, Hewlett Packard, Sovereign Bancorp, Yahoo!, Quality Systems, and Blockbuster.
Prior to Abernathy MacGregor, Mr. Johnson was editor-in-charge of Investment Banking and Finance for Reuters, where he also ran the M&A and IPO desks. Earlier, he worked at CNN Financial News and at The Daily Record newspaper in Baltimore. He serves on the Board of Volunteers of America’s Greater New York chapter.
Ian D. Campbell
Ian Campbell founded The Abernathy MacGregor Group’s offices in the West. He focuses on crisis communications, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, financial PR, and issues management across a broad range of industries. He has directed or advised communications teams in over one hundred M&A assignments.
Mr. Campbell has advised on numerous control contests, and crisis and regulatory assignments that include SEC investigations, multi-state attorneys general investigations, anti-trust matters, cases under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and issues involving the FTC, FERC, CPUC, NTSB and every national banking regulator.
Mr. Campbell began his career as a journalist and served 12 years as senior vice president of Great Western Financial Corporation. Previously a senior appointee of two California Governors, Mr. Campbell is currently a trustee of the California Historical Society, among other involvements. He holds a Masters degree from Occidental College and was graduated Magna Cum Laude in government from Pomona College.
Jeffrey R. Maloney
Jeffrey R. Maloney directs the financial management operations of The Abernathy MacGregor Group and in that capacity oversees the financial reporting, real estate, and purchasing functions.
Prior to joining AMG in June 1997, he worked at Gavin Anderson & Company, where in four years he rose to Vice President and Director of Finance responsible for financial reporting, client accounting, and cash management. He also implemented and supervised a $7.5 million USAID privatization program in Kiev, Ukraine, from 1996 through 1997. Mr. Maloney has also served in various senior financial positions at the November Company, Bozell, and Young & Rubicam.
Mr. Maloney graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics from St. Michael’s College, Vermont, and earned a M.B.A. degree in Financial Management from Pace University in New York City. He is currently a member of the New York chapter of Financial Executives International.
Carina Davidson is Chief Operating Officer of Abernathy MacGregor and co-manages AMG’s initial public offering (IPO) practice. She oversees public relations and investor relations programs for clients across a wide range of industries, including energy, investment banking, insurance, alternative asset management, and engineering and construction.
Her clients include Aspen, Assurant, Booz Allen Hamilton, Carlyle Group, Cerberus Capital Management, Ensco, Evercore Partners, Madison Dearborn Partners, MSCI, New Mountain Capital and Weston Presidio, to whom she provides message development, media relations, crisis communications, earnings preparation, presentation training and transaction communications.
Ms. Davidson assists pre-public and newly public companies with media relations, IPO messaging/positioning, investor relations, infrastructure build-out and executive recruitment , listing day coordination, and post-offering IR and PR support. Her work for private equity firms and their portfolio companies includes profile-raising initiatives, fund close announcements, investment positioning, issues management, transaction announcements and IPO activities.
Prior to joining AMG in 1996, Ms. Davidson specialized in crisis management and public affairs at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. Ms. Davidson, a citizen of the Netherlands, holds a B.A. degree from Skidmore College.
Lex Suvanto provides strategic counsel on corporate communications, financial public relations and investor relations. He has particular expertise in the design and implementation of complex communications programs, including corporate repositionings, M&A, IPOs, litigation, restructuring and major product launches.
Mr. Suvanto helps companies refine and strengthen their investor relations and financial communications programs. He has worked with companies such as Sprint, Walmart, PepsiCo, Comcast, Viacom, Nielsen, Discovery and IAC to assess the effectiveness of existing communications strategies and develop new approaches that improve a company’s profile. Mr. Suvanto has significant experience running long-term profile building campaigns for companies in the U.S. and internationally.
Mr. Suvanto also serves as Chief Marketing Officer of the firm. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the firm’s internal and external marketing initiatives.
Prior to joining AMG, Mr. Suvanto served in various communications positions within Havas in the U.K., France and the U.S. Mr. Suvanto has an honors degree in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Rhonda Barnat is one of the country’s leading crisis management advisers. As co-head of the firm’s crisis management practice, she has been involved in helping corporations and non-profits through some of their most defining moments and some of the most visible issues of our time. She is a frequent speaker on crisis communications and crisis management throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, she also works with clients in complex mergers and acquisition situations, including proxy contests. Other clients look to her for specialized media and presentation training as part of an overall strategic program. Many national and international insurance companies have selected her and the firm for crisis communications and management in complex situations on behalf of their policyholders.
She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan.
Chuck Dohrenwend manages many of the firm’s initial public offering (IPO) engagements and private equity client relationships. He helps companies with direct interaction with investors, employees and customers, and with communication through the financial media. His work often involves strategic investments, divestitures, IPOs, and other times of change.
He assists companies pursuing IPOs by augmenting public company-readiness, managing media relations, and developing after-market investor relations and corporate communications programs. He works with public companies on quarterly earnings, financial community relationships, and dealings with the financial media. Representative clients include Booz Allen Hamilton, International Securities Exchange, Spirit Realty Capital, and Ternium.
Mr. Dohrenwend has extensive experience representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies on communications matters, including fundraising, investments and exits, executive transitions, and reputational initiatives. His private equity clients include Advent International, BC Partners, Cressey & Company, JMI Equity, Madison Dearborn Partners, Versa Capital, and Weston Presidio.
Prior to joining AMG, Mr. Dohrenwend held communications posts at Broadgate Consultants, Knight Capital Group and Edelman Public Relations. He holds a B.A. in History from the College of the Holy Cross, and has studied at the London School of Economics and Universidad de Sevilla.
John Franklin is a Managing Director in the San Francisco office of Abernathy MacGregor. He advises clients on building and managing strategic communications programs in a wide variety of industries including technology, manufacturing, financial services, health care, media, fashion and aerospace. He specializes in integrating PR, marketing strategy and digital communications –and helped initiate the firm’s Enterprise Communications & Marketing practice. He also has deep experience in crisis and litigation support for global brands. His clients include PepsiCo, Credit Suisse, Toyota, Trulia and HP.
Previously, during eight years at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery, Mr. Franklin advised crisis clients including Northwest Airlines, Commerce Bank, Morgan Stanley, United Healthcare, AC Nielsen, Diageo, Union Pacific Resources, Pfizer, Sumitomo and Becton-Dickinson.
Earlier, as Chief Marketing Officer for Catalyst Group Design, Mr. Franklin focused on online communications strategies relating to user-interface design, blogging and search-engine optimization for clients including Boeing, Hearst and JP Morgan Chase. He has advised GM, Nike, Unicef, Dell, Microsoft, Yahoo! and MySpace.
Mr. Franklin has a B.A. from Princeton University, where he studied Medieval English and French Literature and received two prizes for his independent academic work.
Mary Beth Grover
Mary Beth Grover provides strategic counsel to clients in the areas of public relations, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, and crisis communications. She specializes in asset management firms, including hedge funds, mutual funds, institutional funds, and private equity firms. Ms. Grover has provided counsel in several significant hedge fund transactions, including York Capital Management in its sale of a minority stake to Credit Suisse. Her clients include many of the leading hedge funds in the industry.
Ms. Grover brings a unique journalistic perspective to her clients, having spent more than a decade as a journalist at The New York Times and Forbes. While at Forbes, Ms. Grover covered the asset management industry extensively, writing several cover stories about asset management firms and personal finance. Ms. Grover is a cum laude graduate of SUNY at Buffalo and holds an MBA degree from Baruch College.
James Lucas provides investor relations and corporate PR services to clients that include technology, energy and financial-services companies. He has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, securities offerings, corporate crises, proxy contests and shareholder activism.
Representative client engagements have included: Advising Adobe on protection of a key brand and on two acquisitions; advised America West Bank on communications strategies that enabled the bank’s recapitalization through a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Court proceeding; advised Baker Hughes on its acquisition of BJ Services and provided communications support for litigation and regulatory matters; advised CA Technologies on refining its investor-relations strategies; advised Quest Software on communications during a proposed going-private transaction and related process that led to the company’s sale to Dell; advised Schnitzer Steel Industries on management changes, strategic transactions, litigation and investor relations issues; advised VeriSign on management transition and sale of a business unit.
Before joining Abernathy MacGregor, Mr. Lucas led communications functions at Health Net and Maxicare Health Plans, and operated his own IR agency. He served three terms as president of the National Investor Relations Institute’s Los Angeles chapter. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and Duke University.
Mike Pascale provides strategic communications advice to senior corporate management and boards of directors in the areas of merger and acquisition transactions, crises, proxy contests, corporate and financial public relations and investor relations. He leads the firm’s financial institutions practice and is co-head of its crisis practice. His clients include a wide range of financial institutions, healthcare, industrial and manufacturing companies as well as not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions.
Mr. Pascale has advised on some of the largest merger and acquisitions transactions in the banking industry. He has counseled clients of all sizes in multiple high-profile, complex crisis situations, which include regulatory actions, criminal charges, fraud, product liability, and class action litigation.
Prior to joining Abernathy MacGregor, he was director of public and investor relations at The Bank of New York and director of investor relations at Irving Bank.
Mr. Pascale has a B.S. degree from Fordham University and an M.B.A. from New York University.
Shawn H. Pattison
Shawn H. Pattison provides strategic counsel to hedge funds, private equity firms, asset management firms, commercial and investment banks, and not-for-profit organizations. He specializes in corporate and financial public relations, investor relations, and crisis communications.
During the 1990s, Mr. Pattison served as one of the first internal public relations specialists at a hedge fund group, Soros Fund Management LLC. There he served as press secretary and spokesman for its chairman, Mr. George Soros, and directed the communications activities for the then $22 billion fund group and its chief investment strategist, Mr. Stanley Druckenmiller.
Mr. Pattison also managed the communications activities of The Robin Hood Foundation. There he developed a crisis communications program to counter the controversy surrounding the Foundation’s Relief Fund, established just days after the attacks of September 11th.
Mr. Pattison is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California and holds a Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
As head of our San Francisco office, David Schneiderman advises clients in corporate and financial communications, crises, complex litigation, antitrust and other regulatory matters, labor relations and environmental issues. He has developed and implemented broad-based reputation management programs for companies in technology, energy, media and financial services. His present and past clients include Yahoo!, PG&E, Ubiquiti Networks, Sanofi, Adobe and Real Networks.
Mr. Schneiderman was formerly CEO at Village Voice Media. Previously, Mr. Schneiderman served as the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Village Voice, which under his leadership, won its first Pulitzer Prize. Prior to that, he was at The New York Times, where he helped launch the Op-Ed page, the first of its kind in the country.
Mr. Schneiderman holds a B.A. degree in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. degree from The Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.
Daniel C. Hilley
Mr. Hilley, based in Los Angeles, handles ongoing public and investor relations, transaction communications and crisis communications. Mr. Hilley serves clients in the financial services and alternative investment, energy, health care, real estate and technology industries.
He has advised clients on more than ninety transactions, including most recently the sale of Quest software to Dell, Cost Plus World Market’s sale to Bed, Bath & Beyond, the sale of Nationwide Healthcare Properties to Ventas, and the merger of equals of ProLogis and AMB.
Mr. Hilley’s financial services clients include banks, mortgage companies, and asset management firms. In addition, he has advised a number of clients on reorganization and restructuring, including most recently Mile High Banks, AmericanWest Bank and Orleans Homes.
Mr. Hilley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from UCLA.
Elizabeth Micci provides corporate and financial public relations, crisis management and transaction communications counsel to clients in a variety of industries. Past and present clients include Dunkin’ Brands, HP, Levi Strauss & Co., Ralph Lauren, The Estée Lauder Companies, and The Nielsen Company.
Ms. Micci has advised clients on a number of high-profile transactions, corporate restructurings, executive transitions and other special situations – recently including UPS’ acquisition of TNT Express, sanofi-aventis’ acquisition of Genzyme, PepsiCo’s acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann, and HP’s acquisition of 3PAR. She has also developed long-term reputation management and corporate communications programs, including media and investor relations, community and public affairs, and executive and employee communications.
Prior to joining AMG, Ms. Micci was a senior vice president at the communications firm, Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery, where she advised companies such as BlackRock, United Airlines and UnitedHealth Group.
Ms. Micci holds a B.A. from Hamilton College.
Amy Feng joined The Abernathy MacGregor Group in 2008 after nearly a decade on Wall Street as a sell-side analyst. She published research for Lehman Brothers and JMP Securities.
Prior to Wall Street, Ms. Feng specialized in business development and strategic planning for Barnes International, a leading machinery and filtrating company, and worked as a chemist in the Aerospace and Engineered Materials sectors of AlliedSignal, now a part of Honeywell.
At Abernathy MacGregor, Ms. Feng advises clients on financial communications, investor relations and mergers & acquisitions. Her diverse clientele includes Adobe, Yahoo!, Tessera, Semtech, Xilinx, Gilead, ISIS Pharmaceuticals, Walmart, Lender Processing Services and City National Bank.
Ms. Feng received an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley; and a B.A. with distinction in Chemistry from Cornell University.
Ms. Isaacs provides counsel to clients in strategic and financial public relations, crisis communications, transactional communications and investor relations, serving a wide range of industries.
She has helped several companies announce and position transformative or complex M&A transactions, including Baker Hughes’ acquisition of BJ Services. She has also closely supported the successful bankruptcy reorganizations of more than a dozen companies.
Ms. Isaacs regularly counsels companies as they work through difficult circumstances including regulatory investigations (including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), litigation, proxy fights, data losses, unexpected management transitions, poor financial results, responses to activist shareholders, physical disasters and other crises. She currently advises a major utility following a fatal gas pipeline explosion, as the company addresses regulatory and legal proceedings and implements substantial operational and organizational changes.
Sydney Isaacs previously worked in the Los Angeles office and now is based in Houston. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Claremont McKenna College.
Kelly Sims is a senior vice president in the San Francisco office of The Abernathy MacGregor Group. She advises clients on corporate communications and reputation strategy development, executive and financial communications, with a particular focus on the Internet and technology sectors. Past and present clients include Credit Suisse, HP, Tessera, Toyota, Trulia and Zynga.
Ms. Sims joined Abernathy MacGregor after nearly a decade of agency and in-house experience with technology giant IBM, leading global communications for several of the company’s most strategic initiatives, including the establishment of IBM’s cloud computing business. Ms. Sims also managed the communications team that launched Watson, the computing system that beat Jeopardy’s two most successful contestants, and ignited new public interest in IBM.
Ms. Sims holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from The University of Iowa.
Allyson Vento provides public relations, investor relations, transaction and crisis communications counsel and services to clients in a range of industries including financial services and insurance, technology, retail and healthcare.
Ms. Vento has extensive experience in advising clients on transaction communications including: mergers and acquisitions – both hostile and friendly, proxy contests and shareholder activism.
Ms. Vento also has expertise in advising clients in all phases of crisis preparedness and response. Her crisis management experience spans a broad range of issues including: regulatory matters, complex litigation issues, product failures or recalls, facilities disasters, unexpected management changes and other special crisis situations.
Ms. Vento joined Abernathy MacGregor in 2004 after graduating with honors from the University of Richmond.
Rosemary Wilson provides communications counsel to clients in a wide range of industries.
Ms. Wilson has advised a number of the firm’s clients on a variety of media relations, executive positioning and public relations assignments. She has on-the-ground crisis experience including work on a major pipeline explosion, a public shooting, and several highly public corporate disputes. She has also provided transaction communications support for Union Bank’s acquisition of Pacific Capital Bancorp, HP’s acquisition of 3PAR, Yahoo!’s divestiture of HotJobs, and Adobe’s acquisition of Omniture.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Wilson worked at Citigate Cunningham, where her work on technology PR was recognized by the SABRE Awards, PR News Platinum PR Awards, and Magellan Awards.
Previously, Ms. Wilson worked at Mervyns where she developed and executed public relations campaigns and special events.
Ms. Wilson graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.
Luke Barrett provides transactional, financial, corporate and crisis communications counsel to clients across a broad range of industries, with a focus on the retail and consumer goods sectors. Past and present clients include PepsiCo, Walmart, Sprint, HP, Estée Lauder, Cemex, SABMiller and Polo Ralph Lauren.
Though a generalist, he has particularly deep experience in building and managing strategic communications programs for major global companies, primarily PepsiCo and Walmart. Mr. Barrett has counseled clients on a range of critical communications matters including earnings, restructurings, litigation, public affairs, management changes, message development and complex financial situations.
Mr. Barrett has assisted in several transactions and unique situations including:
- PepsiCo’s acquisition of Russian dairy company Wimm-Bill-Dan
- Sprint’s opposition campaign to the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger
- Hewlett-Packard’s acquisitions of Palm and 3PAR
- Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal from General Electric
- Walmart’s acquisition of South African retailer Massmart
- Tracinda Corporation’s investment in The Ford Motor Company
Mr. Barrett graduated with honors from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Patrick Clifford provides financial communications counsel to private investment management firms and public companies. He has significant expertise advising leading hedge fund and private equity firms on media relations, investor communications and crisis management.
In addition, he provides strategic communications counsel to companies in a variety of special situations, including mergers, acquisitions, complex litigation, regulatory matters, and initial public offerings.
Mr. Clifford joined Abernathy MacGregor in 2007. He holds a B.A. degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Economics and Accounting.
Dana Gorman provides financial public relations, investor relations, transactional and crisis communications counsel to clients in a broad range of industries.
Mr. Gorman, whose clients include financial services and energy companies, has worked with companies on a broad range of critical communications matters. His work for clients includes media relations, message development, investor communications, executive transitions, crisis communications and media and presentation training.
He has also advised on a number of transactions, including:
- Sanofi – in its acquisitions of both Genzyme and Chattem
- GETCO – in its acquisition of Knight Capital Group
- FX Alliance – in its sale to Thomson Reuters
- Ensco – in its acquisition of Pride International
- KPMG – in its acquisition of EquaTerra
He has assisted with the communications efforts surrounding initial public offerings, including creating an investor relations infrastructure, coordinating listing day activities and providing investor relations and public relations support in the after-market.
Mr. Gorman graduated from The University of Richmond with a degree in Journalism and Spanish.
Joe Hixson assists clients in developing and executing communications strategies in times of change. He has supported businesses ranging in size from local nonprofits to multibillion dollar international corporations in industries spanning the spectrum from entertainment to healthcare.
Since joining Abernathy MacGregor at the height of the 2008 financial crisis, Mr. Hixson has advised on more than a dozen mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $40 billion. In addition to his work in public and investor relations, he has assisted clients in managing high profile crises as well as in developing crisis preparation plans. He has provided media relations support to law firms and their clients in support of issues including intellectual property litigation, regulatory investigations and high-profile settlements.
Mr. Hixson joined the Los Angeles office of The Abernathy MacGregor Group after graduating from Pomona College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics.
Beth Overlan provides corporate public relations, financial communications, social media, and crisis communications counsel to clients in a wide range of industries including energy, technology, retail, and financial services.
Since joining the firm, Ms. Overlan has advised several of the firm’s clients – including Pacific Gas & Electric, Yahoo!, PepsiCo, Levi Strauss & Co., and Avery Dennison – on a variety of internal and external communications assignments. She specializes in interactive communications and social media and often consults with clients to help them better align their online presence with business objectives.
Prior to joining the Abernathy MacGregor Group, Ms. Overlan worked at Fortune 500 company, Textron Inc., where she designed and implemented brand development projects related to online presence, identity system development, annual report planning, internal brand management, and the rebranding efforts of the corporate entity.
Ms. Overlan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing Communications and was selected as the Marketing Department’s Outstanding Student of her graduating class.
Andrew Johnson provides financial public relations, transactional and crisis communications counsel and support to clients in a broad range of industries with a focus on the technology, telecommunications and consumer goods sectors. Clients he has advised include Hewlett Packard, Sprint, UPS, PepsiCo, Yahoo!, SABMiller and CEMEX.
Mr. Johnson’s experience also includes working with clients in matters related to media engagement, litigation issues, management changes, restructuring matters, corporate positioning and M&A activity. Projects he has worked on include:
- HP’s acquisitions of 3PAR, Palm and Vertica
- Sprint’s opposition campaign to the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger
- Scientific Games acquisition of WMS Industries
- Comcast in its acquisition of NBC Universal from General Electric
- PepsiCo’s acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dan
Mr. Johnson graduated from Miami University (OH) with a degree in History and Business Legal Studies.
Neil Maitland provides corporate and financial public relations, investor relations and transaction communications counsel to clients across an array of industries. Mr. Maitland has particular expertise in understanding company valuation and investor perceptions of publicly held companies.
Mr. Maitland moved to the Abernathy MacGregor Group from Lloyds Banking Group in London. At Lloyds Mr. Maitland worked in the European restructuring team and covered a variety of sectors including retail, publishing and construction materials. He contributed to a number of restructurings and covenant resets for companies including Dinosol Supermercados, Terreal, Wheelabrator Allevard, SGD Group, Grupo Cortefiel and EurotaxGlass’s. Prior to this, Mr. Maitland worked in the Lloyds UK leverage finance portfolio team and transaction team, where he worked on the public to private buyout of Abbot Group and the management buyout of M&H Plastics.
Mr. Maitland graduated from Edinburgh University, reading Economics and Economic History and is also a CFA Charterholder.
Trevor R. Martin
Trevor R. Martin provides strategic public relations counsel across a broad range of specialties including reputation management, corporate social responsibility, brand management, crisis preparedness, and regulatory and public affairs.
Mr. Martin manages communications programs for brand, category, and product positioning, executive and internal communications, investor communications, stakeholder engagement, and media relations. He also has provided communications support for several transactions including PepsiCo’s acquisition of Russian dairy company Wimm-Bill-Dann, and joint venture with Theo Muller Group; and for IPOs including Zynga’s and Trulia’s.
Prior to joining AMG in 2010, Mr. Martin led a public affairs practice at RF Binder, part of the Ruder Finn Group, and previously, he directed state issue management at UST Inc.
Mr. Martin graduated with honors in Public Policy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Patrick Tucker advises clients in financial public relations, investor relations, as well as transactional and crisis communications across a broad range of industries including the automotive, consumer goods, energy, financial services, legal, media and entertainment and technology sectors.
He has worked on a number of transactions, activist shareholder situations and high-profile litigation including, GETCO’s acquisition of Knight Capital Group, Random House’s combination with Penguin, Coty’s unsolicited bid for Avon Products, Zuffa’s lawsuit against the State of New York and CVR Energy’s fight with Carl Icahn.
He has experience in developing and implementing corporate positioning programs for a range of organizations including Ameriprise Financial, NYU Stern School of Business, Nielsen, PepsiCo. and Starwood Capital Group.
Prior to joining Abernathy MacGregor, Patrick was with RF|Binder Partners where he was a member of the agency’s media relations group.
Patrick graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Ct. where he received a degree in English Literature.
Rivian Bell is recognized nationally as a communications specialist for companies in transition or crisis. She is the firm’s leading strategist in corporate reorganizations. She also applies her expertise in corporate transitions to senior management changes, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and litigation.
A former journalist, Ms. Bell worked in the entertainment industry on projects ranging from network movies to management films and IMAX specials. She served as Public Relations Director for Wickes Companies, Inc. where she first entered the corporate reorganization arena and developed strategic communications programs for divestitures, closings, and acquisitions.
In addition, Ms. Bell has managed corporate visibility and rebranding programs for companies in varied industries. She applies her television and film experience to develop client videos and online programs.
Ms. Bell holds a B.A. in Comparative Politics from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.A. in Radio and Television from California State University at San Francisco. She has co-authored five non-fiction books for children.
John P. Kehoe
Since 2000, Jack Kehoe has counseled his own and AMG clients on communications issues associated with corporate strategy implementation and matters affecting capital market valuations – M&A proxy driven and restructuring financial transactions, public and private debt and equity offerings, management change, and issues requiring crisis management.
Mr. Kehoe spent 10 years on Wall Street in syndicate, research, investment policy, banking, and portfolio management roles as a partner of a member firm and an Allied Member of the New York Stock Exchange. A pioneer in investor relations, he co-founded Kehoe, White, Savage & Company, and chaired that IR firm for 30 years.
After service in the US Marine Corps, Mr. Kehoe received undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors from Fordham University and Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He served as a Trustee of the Securities Industry Association NY Economic Education Foundation. He is a Trustee of Fordham University and acts as co-chair of its current Capital Campaign. He was a founding member of the National Investor Relations Institute.
Alan Maltun, a communications professional for more than twenty-five years, provides counsel to Abernathy MacGregor Group clients in industries ranging from financial services and health care to manufacturing, transportation, and real estate development. A specialist in media relations and crisis communications, he has extensive experience in media training and strategic message development.
Mr. Maltun has counseled such firms as SCAN Health Plan and Ameriquest Mortgage Company during complex legal and regulatory crises and has advised numerous companies on sensitive policy and management succession issues. Other clients Mr. Maltun has worked with include Avery Dennison Corporation, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., City National Bank and First American Corporation.
A former vice president with an international public relations company, he spent more than a decade as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek, among other publications. Mr. Maltun holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communications.
David Olson was most recently senior vice president, Corporate Communications and an executive officer of Health Net, Inc., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded managed health care companies. Mr. Olson has broad experience ranging from investors relations to crisis and financial communications with an especially deep expertise in the health care sector.
At Health Net, Mr. Olson was responsible for the company’s investor relations, internal and external communications and government relations. Prior to joining Health Net in 1994, he was vice president, Corporate Communications for National Medical Enterprises, Inc. a leading hospital company.
Previously he was a vice president with a leading investor relations firm. He began his career in New York with the J. Walter Thompson Company and Burson Marsteller.
Mr. Olson is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Senior Roundtable and has served on the NIRI Board of Directors. Mr. Olson holds a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University.