June 2, 2016
Charles Sipkins Joins Finsbury as Partner to Help Drive West Coast Expansion
Industry Veteran Brings Nearly 20 Years of Corporate, Crisis and Financial Communications Experience
New York – June 2, 2016 – Charles Sipkins is joining Finsbury in Los Angeles as a Partner as the firm formally opens a Los Angeles office and enhances its California presence. Finsbury has developed a strong communications practice in the Los Angeles area with a roster of clients in the media, tech and automotive industries, and Mr. Sipkins’ arrival is an important step in taking that work to the next level.
“Charlie brings deep experience managing communications in high-stakes situations, and he’s a great addition to our team,” said Finsbury CEO Michael Gross. “I am delighted to welcome Charlie to Finsbury and look forward to working with him to expand our business on the West Coast.”
Mr. Sipkins has extensive experience in both agency and in-house communications and a stellar reputation built on handling financial, special situation and litigation support communications and crisis management for boards of directors and senior management. Mr. Sipkins served as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., where he oversaw corporate communications as well as communications for its business units. Previously, Mr. Sipkins launched the Los Angeles office of Sard Verbinnen, where as a Managing Director he advised clients across a range of industries including technology, media, transportation, energy and financial services.
Mr. Sipkins added: “I’m looking forward to working with my partner Jeff McAndrews in Los Angeles and other colleagues across the firm as we expand Finsbury’s offering in California and throughout the western United States. With our strong U.S. and global presence, we are unmatched in our ability to help organizations addressing corporate communications challenges, financial transactions and other special situations.”
Mr. Sipkins also has held positions at The Abernathy MacGregor Group, Fleishman-Hillard and Hill & Knowlton. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University.
Finsbury is a global leader in strategic communications and a trusted adviser to many of the world’s most successful companies. The company has managed some of the most complex, high-profile communications challenges and crises of the last three decades, including some of the largest international M&A transactions, IPOs and other capital raisings, proxy fights, corporate restructurings, and public affairs policy campaigns, as well as major litigation and government investigations. With offices in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Finsbury provides expert counsel and support to clients around the world on interactions with the media, financial markets, employees, customers, governments, and other vital stakeholders. Finsbury has a strategic partnership with Hering Schuppener Consulting, the market leader in Germany. This partnership is one of the very few global platforms for integrated strategic communications advice, bringing together two companies that have advised on nearly 1,500 transactions with a total value of more than $2 trillion in the last 10 years alone.