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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 $500 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 corporate communications, investor relations, high-profile takeovers, contested merger situations, crisis communications, defense against activist investors and initial public offerings. He is also an expert in media strategy, having spent more than a decade as a financial journalist prior to joining Abernathy.
Mr. Johnson’s recent M&A advisory work includes working with Comcast on its acquisition of Time Warner, TIAA-CREF on its acquisition of Nuveen Investments, Vodafone on the sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon, Sprint on its merger with Softbank and acquisition of Clearwire, Molex on its merger with Koch Industries and Joh A. Benckiser in its acquisitions of Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and D.E. Master Blenders. Other transaction clients include Sanofi, Hewlett Packard, C&J Energy Services, Carlyle Group, Blackstone Group, Starwood Capital Group and Geosouthern. His proxy contest and activist defense experience includes advising QEP Resources, CVR Energy, Office Depot, Hewlett Packard, Sovereign Bancorp, Yahoo! and Quality Systems.
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 Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Abernathy MacGregor.
Ms. Davidson provides strategic communications, investor relations counsel and crisis management for companies across a variety of sectors, including beauty, financial services, technology, energy and real estate.
She has significant expertise helping clients build, advance and protect their reputations. Ms. Davidson assists companies in developing and evolving their corporate narrative, ensuring that the strategic positioning is understood and appreciated by influential constituencies, particularly in times of transition or change. She also advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies on profile-raising initiatives, fund close announcements, investment positioning, issues management, M&A transaction announcements and IPO activities.
Prior to joining AMG in 1996, Ms. Davidson specialized in issues management and public affairs at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. Ms. Davidson, a citizen of the Netherlands, holds a B.A. degree from Skidmore College.
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 private equity relationships and advises companies across a wide range of industries during times of change, such as initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.
He has extensive experience representing alternative investment firms and their portfolio companies on communications matters, including fundraising, investments and exits, executive transitions, and other initiatives. His representative clients include Advent International, JMI Equity, Madison Dearborn Partners and Strattam Capital. He also assists publicly traded companies, including Booz Allen Hamilton and Ternium, with their investor communications. Additionally, he assisted with the restructuring of the City of Detroit.
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
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.
Jeremy R. Jacobs
Jeremy Jacobs provides financial and strategic communications counsel to leading companies facing mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests, shareholder activism, financial crises and other special situations. He also helps clients plan and implement ongoing communications strategies. He has extensive experience working across many industries and borders, having worked on many high-profile, contentious and ground-breaking transactions.
Jacobs joined Abernathy MacGregor in 2015 from FleishmanHillard, where he served for five years as a senior vice president, supporting M&A, corporate governance and financial communications for that firm’s worldwide network across a wide range of clients and industries.
Jacobs previously spent 10 years at Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher, most recently as a managing director. Before beginning his career in financial communications, Jacobs taught English literature and writing at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his M.A. in English literature. He received his B.A. in English literature from Duke University. He has authored several articles that have been published in outlets such as International Financial Law Review and International Mergers & Acquisitions Review.
James Lucas’s clients include technology, energy and financial-services companies. He provides corporate PR and investor-relations services, and has deep experience with corporate transformations including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and securities offerings, as well as corporate crises, proxy contests and responses to activist investors.
He’s helped lead multiple engagements on behalf of clients such as Safeway, Adobe, McAfee, Schnitzer Steel, Verisign and Websense. He has worked with many of the firm’s recurring clients in the West, including Cadence Design Systems, Avery Dennison, PG&E, City National and Baker Hughes.
Before joining Abernathy MacGregor in 2000, Mr. Lucas operated his own IR agency and led communications functions at major HMO companies. He served three terms as president of the National Investor Relations Institute’s Los Angeles chapter. He began his career as a daily newspaper reporter and is a graduate of Kenyon College and Duke University.
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.
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.
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 with particular expertise in the oil and gas sector.
She has helped several companies announce and position transformative or complex M&A transactions, including Baker Hughes’ proposed combination with Halliburton. She has also closely supported the successful bankruptcy reorganizations of more than two 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, proxy fights, 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 is based in Houston, where she serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and as Vice President of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA). She is a Cum Laude graduate of Claremont McKenna College.
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, Newsweek, among other publications. Mr. Maltun holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communications.
Glen L. Orr
Glen has counseled clients on corporate communications, media relations, internal communications and crisis preparedness and response, and handled a number of merger and acquisition, restructuring, and labor campaign issues. He has served a broad range of business-to-business clients including energy, manufacturing and industrial brands.
A veteran of the Texas offices of several international communications agencies, Glen most recently worked for Brunswick. He has advised CEOs, Boards of Directors and communications teams on crises related to organized labor activities, chemical spills, food contamination and company-related deaths. He also regularly helps companies to enhance their crisis preparedness, including conducting crisis and media training. He has advised clients on transaction and restructuring communications with a focus on internal communications. His past clients include Texas Instruments, Dow, TXU, Gulfside Gas, Yukos, Purina, R.H. Donnelley, The Home Depot, Hawker Beechcraft and Gerdau Ameristeel.
Mr. Orr is a native of South Texas and joined Abernathy MacGregor in its Houston operation and the firm’s oil and gas practice. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University and is a board member of the National Investor Relations Institute.
Alan Oshiki helps clients engage their investors, customers, employees, and other important audiences to attract capital and deal flow, generate revenue, and build loyalty and support. He works with some of the world’s largest corporations, as well as middle-market companies, start-ups, private equity sponsors, professional services firms, and industry associations.
Mr. Oshiki advises on event-driven stakeholder engagement for IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, crises, litigation, bankruptcy, financial distress, and restructuring, as well as innovative, high-impact approaches to “routine” communications with business audiences.
Industries in which he has direct experience include mining, energy/utilities/oil & gas, manufacturing and logistics, financial services, alternative asset management, business services, real estate, and telecommunications.
Prior to joining AMG, Mr. Oshiki held senior executive positions at Taylor Rafferty, Broadgate Consultants, Frontier Communications, Christensen & Associates, Unisource Energy and BHP/Magma Copper Company. He has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Idaho, and is currently Chairman of the New York section of the Society of Mining Engineers.
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.
Heather has counseled clients on crisis management and preparedness, media and social media strategy, financial communications and transactions, litigation, product recalls and government investigations. She has served as senior corporate strategist for a number of major brands and multinational corporations from a variety of industries, including technology, consumer products and retail, and pharma/biotech. She also serves as a media and crisis trainer.
Prior to joining the firm, Heather worked for Weber Shandwick where she led crisis and issues management both on the West Coast and out of Chicago. She was instrumental in crafting the agency’s digital crisis management protocol and training program. Her background includes leading litigation communications and providing issues counsel for several Silicon Valley companies, as well as major food and consumer products manufacturers. In addition, she has handled communications around major disasters and airline crashes.
Heather was previously a journalist and as a reporter she won a 2004 Los Angeles Press Club Award and was nominated for an Online News Association award. She began her career as a congressional aide on Capitol Hill and worked for Skadden Arps and O’Melveny & Myers as an M&A paralegal before transitioning to journalism.
Heather graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a degree in political science and received her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication.
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 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.
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 has advised clients on a number of special situations including transactions, proxy contests, crises and CEO transitions. He also has experience developing long-term corporate positioning, reputation management and investor relations programs. Client experience includes Credit Suisse, Walmart, and Toyota.
Mr. Maitland moved to AMG from Lloyds Banking Group in London. At Lloyds, Mr. Maitland worked in both the European restructuring and leverage finance teams. Mr. Maitland graduated from Edinburgh University, reading Economics and Economic History, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Trevor R. Martin
Trevor R. Martin provides strategic public relations counsel across practices including reputation management and corporate responsibility, transaction communications, regulatory affairs, and crisis preparedness.
Mr. Martin manages programs for brand positioning, stakeholder engagement, investor relations, and executive and internal communications. He has significant experience advising clients in the CPG, automotive, and utilities industries, and has managed communications for several transactions including PepsiCo’s acquisition of Russian dairy company Wimm-Bill-Dann, and joint venture with Theo Muller Group. Other past and present clients include Henkel, PG&E, and Toyota. Mr. Martin also works with emerging technology companies, and has provided communications support for IPOs including Zynga and Trulia.
Prior to joining AMG in 2010, Mr. Martin led a public affairs practice at RF Binder, part of the Ruder Finn Group. 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 strategic communications and investor relations related to transactions, shareholder activism, litigation, executive transition and crisis management, among other issues. He has worked across a broad range of industries including the automotive, biotech, consumer goods, energy, financial services, healthcare, legal, media and entertainment and technology sectors.
Representative engagements Mr. Tucker has worked on include: Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Mylan’s acquisition of assets from Abbott, WH Group’s acquisition of Smithfield Foods, QEP’s fight with JANA, Zuffa’s lawsuit against the State of New York and Royalty Pharma’s unsolicited bid for Elan.
He has experience in developing and implementing strategic communications programs for organizations including Ameriprise Financial, Advent International, Johnson & Johnson, Marsh, NYU Stern School of Business, Nielsen, PepsiCo, Starwood Capital Group and the Structured Finance Industry 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.
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.
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 from entertainment to healthcare.
Since joining Abernathy MacGregor at the height of the 2008 financial crisis, Mr. Hixson has advised on more than two dozen mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $40 billion. In addition to his work in ongoing public and investor relations, he has assisted clients in managing high profile crises as well as in developing crisis preparation plans. He also provides 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 Hoang 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. Hoang 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. Hoang 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. Hoang 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.
Julia Kosygina is a member of the firm’s asset management practice. She provides strategic counsel to clients in the areas of financial public relations, media relations, transaction communications and crisis communications. Julia specializes in asset management firms, including hedge funds, mutual funds, institutional funds and private equity firms.
Prior to joining Abernathy MacGregor, Ms. Kosygina worked at Ketchum, a global communications consultancy, where she provided communications and media relations counsel to a diverse range of asset management and healthcare industry clients, including Abbott Laboratories. Her work included executive visibility support, securing speaking opportunities at major industry conferences and providing ongoing media relations counsel.
Ms. Kosygina holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She speaks several languages including Russian, French and Chinese.
Kate Schneiderman provides strategic communications, financial public relations and investor relations counsel to clients in a broad range of industries.
Starting her career at Abernathy MacGregor, Ms. Schneiderman has worked on communications efforts surrounding initial public offerings, transaction communications and corporate reputation building.
She also has deep experience managing public affairs, specializing in local, regional, state and federal outreach and relationship building while managing communications in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. Additionally, she most recently spent several years managing communications, marketing and fundraising to support high-growth start-ups in New Orleans.
Kate graduated from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a degree in Political Science.
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.
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.