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Senior Associate, Beijing
“Communications is all about making sure the right content is delivered at the right time to the right people.”
“I work with clients to decide what they want to be known for, and then help them communicate that to the outside world.”
“Send a lot of emails, read replies, make a few calls, go to meetings, then send more email.”
Managing Director, New York
“Anticipate my clients’ problems and opportunities. Develop strategies to help accomplish their goals. Then get it done.”
BiographyEd Adler is a Partner at Finsbury, where he represents clients in traditional and digital media, marketing, financial and professional services, entertainment, and tech. Ed has expertise in all aspects of corporate communications including reputation management, brand building, and crisis, internal, and financial communications. A highly respected communications professional, he managed global corporate communications at Time Warner Inc. before going on to build a successful strategic communications practice. Ed was EVP, Corporate Communications for Time Warner Inc. from 2004 to 2010. In a decades-long career at the company, Adler reported to three consecutive CEOs and supervised communications between the individual operating divisions advising on mergers, acquisitions and management shifts. He also provided expert solutions to corporate public crises and worked side-by-side with investor relations and public policy teams. Prior to that, he held several high-profile communications positions for the company and worked as a programming executive for HBO and as a reporter for Time magazine. A native New Yorker, he holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a M.A. in Journalism from NYU. He is on the board of the City Parks Foundation, the Vassar College President’s Advisory Committee and an honorary board member of New York Cares. He is listed in Who’s Who In America.
BiographySamar has over 10 years experience working as a consultant on some of the largest projects in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Before joining Finsbury, Samar worked as a Director at Aboab & Co. where she served as an advisor for key projects such as Saudi Arabia’s National Budget announcement for 2017, 2018 & 2019 supporting the Ministry of Economy & Planning’s for Vision 2030, NTP 2020, subsidy reforms and private sector engagement programs. Samar has also provided financial advisory to government and private sector across the Middle East region.
BiographyRob is a member of the TMT team and has six years of strategic communications experience with Finsbury. He currently works across a diverse range of clients, including Paddy Power Betfair, Rio Tinto and ITV. Transactional experience includes Worldpay’s IPO and subsequent $11bn deal with Vantiv; Sky’s £30bn sale to Comcast; and AB InBev’s $100bn acquisition of SABMiller, one of the largest transactions of all-time. He also works closely with the crisis practice group and has led projects for Nando’s and Hays. Prior to his role at Finsbury, Rob interned with the Irish Times and Citigroup, both in Dublin. He graduated with a Masters degree in Financial Journalism from City University London in 2013, and also holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management – with specialism in accountancy – from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).
BiographyJenny joined the Consumer team in 2015 and works with luxury retail and consumer brands including the Prada Group, La Perla and Visa. Her transaction experience at Finsbury includes the Watches of Switzerland IPO, working with Prada to define and communicate its transformation strategy, and the Yoox Net-a -Porter Group’s acquisition by Richemont. Jenny holds a BA Honours degree in English Literature from Newcastle University.
BiographyRichard has been based in Asia since 2000, advising a broad range of domestic and international organisations from across the industrial spectrum on their communications needs, ranging from market entry and reputation management to public affairs, crises, litigation support and financial transactions. He has advised on numerous complex financial situations across the region including IPOs, M&A transactions, proxy battles and debt restructurings totaling over US$300 billion. Richard joins Finsbury after more than seven years at Newgate Communications, which he founded and led in Hong Kong. He previously ran Gavin Anderson & Company in Asia ex-Japan and started his career in investment banking in London. Richard has a BA (Hons) in Politics & Economics from Durham University, UK.
BiographyJoe Berg provides strategic and financial communications counsel to companies on a wide range of critical business issues and special situations, including complex transactions, crisis/issues management, litigation and shareholder activism. He has significant experience developing and executing robust communications and investor relations programs to support clients’ strategic growth objectives and long-term corporate positioning. Prior to joining Finsbury, Joe oversaw strategic and corporate communications for two Los Angeles-based technology companies: Jam City, a mobile gaming studio, and Whisper, a social networking, and media platform. Prior to joining Whisper, Joe spent eight years in the New York office of the strategic communications firm Joele Frank. Joe received an MBA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Philosophy from Boston College.
BiographyFaeth joined Finsbury soon after its formation. In her twenty years in communications and investor relations she has advised major corporates and high profile individuals on their business communications and managing their reputation. Faeth has particularly strong expertise in mergers and acquisition communications and has led a number of international contested transactions, capital raisings and reputation issues for Finsbury. Her current clients include Rio Tinto, SABMiller and Taylor Wimpey as well working with London's Air Ambulance to raise awareness of their work. Faeth is an honours graduate from St Andrews University.
BiographyLuciana joined Finsbury bringing with her over 14 years' experience in digital strategy, integrated marcomms and brand positioning. She has worked across the energy, tourism and media sectors in the UK, France and the UAE. Luciana was the youngest member of the executive start-up team that launched The National, Abu Dhabi’s first English language newspaper, in 2008. She led digital strategy, set up and edited the newspaper’s website. She went on to launch Visit Abu Dhabi’s award-winning portal and social media in 2012, managing digital comms across its channels. Luciana started up ADNOC Distribution’s online and social media presence, developed the company’s IR digital products, and led a brand strengthening campaign in the run up to the company’s IPO in 2017 - the Middle East’s largest and most successful in a decade, which raised $851 million.
BiographyStephanie Blank has worked with clients in health care, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, financial services and non-profit sectors. Her expertise includes thought leadership and media relations, executive positioning and reputation building programs that reach various constituencies, including the media, policymakers, and other key stakeholders. Prior to joining Finsbury in 2006, Ms. Blank was a Vice President Adam Friedman Associates, a boutique corporate and investor relations firm, where she focused on clients in a diverse set of industries such as automotive, financial services, construction, and the technology sector. Before that, she worked at Ruder Finn and Porter Novelli representing various health care clients. Ms. Blank lives in New York City and holds an M.A. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida and a B.A. from the University of South Florida.
BiographyDan is an expert in strategic communications, media relations and content development for both international and Japanese companies. He has worked with senior executives across multiple markets and brings an extensive track record of advising and training corporate leaders and executives.
Prior to Finsbury, Dan’s 30-year media career culminated in senior editorial roles at the Financial Times in Asia and Europe (Asia News Editor, Head of the Lex Column and Managing Editor of the Financial Times ) and senior commercial roles managing a range of subsidiaries of the Financial Times and Nikkei. During his career, he has worked in London, New York, Hong Kong and Frankfurt, before moving to Tokyo in 2016.
Originally from Germany, Dan attended secondary school in the UK and graduated with First Class Honours in Modern History from Oxford University.
BiographyJames has over two decades experience advising major international companies on a wide range of communication issues impacting reputation with the capital markets and other stakeholders. He joined Finsbury in 2011 after four years with Tulchan, and was previously at Brunswick for 20 years, including five years as the firm’s first Managing Partner. He has advised over 30 of the FTSE 100 including Shell, Unilever and InterContinental as well as international companies such as Vale, Linde and France Telecom.
BiographyDorothy joined Finsbury in 2008 and is currently Head of the Natural Resources team out of London, which serves our energy, utilities and mining clients. She has expertise across a variety of sectors including financial services, airlines, automotive and capital goods. She has worked on several M&A and IPO transactions including the IPOs of Glencore and Infinis, acquisition of Invensys by Schneider Electric and the Cadbury defense against Kraft. Prior to joining the company, she spent 6 years at Goldman Sachs working in the Investment Banking Division in both London and New York as well as the Firmwide Strategy Group where she focused on proprietary M&A transactions, new business development and Board communications. Dorothy holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in business from Florida A&M University and is a dual British and American citizen.
BiographyAshley Carlton specializes in strategic communication and reputation-building programs for clients in the entertainment, finance, automotive, education and technology fields. In this capacity, she works to advance clients’ business goals through the implementation of proactive communications strategies targeting various constituencies, including the media, policymakers, employees and other stakeholders. Prior to joining Finsbury, Ashley worked at Washington Partners, a government and public relations firm. In her role there, Ashley represented both non-profit and for-profit clients, serving as a liaison between them and members of Congress and their staff, the Administration, and other stakeholders. She also specialized in education policy, grassroots advocacy, and event planning.
BiographyJames joined Finsbury following a ten year career in UK politics and international relations in the Middle East. After five years as an aid to a former UK minister of state, James arrived in the Middle East in 2012 to work as a diplomat with the United Nations. He has developed and implemented numerous engagement strategies with governments across the world to address some of the world's most politically sensitive conflicts.
BiographyCrystal joined Finsbury in 2015 and provides all-rounded accounts advisory and support to international and regional financial institutions and corporates. At Finsbury, Crystal’s past and current clients include the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, AlixPartners, Ninety One (previously Investec Asset Management), Barings, Union Bancaire Privée, The Executive Centre, Galaxy Entertainment Group, ING Bank, OCBC Wing Hang Bank, Sun Hung Kai Properties, Global Switch and Moody’s Investor Services. Crystal specializes in strategic corporate positioning, reputation management and financial product communications. In 2019 she was seconded to the New York office where she was trained in M&A advisory. Prior to joining Finsbury, Crystal was an assistant company secretary at Hong Kong-listed IWS Group Holdings. Crystal holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from The University of Hong Kong, majoring in sociology and media studies. She also spent a year abroad at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, majoring in international studies.
BiographyScott heads Finsbury’s UK public affairs team, and has advised some of the world’s biggest companies on political strategy. He joined the firm in 2009, having previously been Head of Group Public Affairs at BAA Airports. Scott started his career as an advisor to a shadow minister, before working as a campaigns specialist at Conservative HQ advising three consecutive party leaders, as well as current Prime Minister Boris Johnson when he was a parliamentary candidate. Before joining BAA, he was a senior consultant at a global communications firm and served a four-year term as a representative on Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. Scott is an award-winning author of books on political strategy, including How to Survive a Select Committee, and has been a commentator on politics across print, broadcast and radio. Scott is also the Campaign Director for Legacy10 which promotes greater charitable giving, and he helped the former Secretary of State for Health to achieve his target of creating a million Dementia Friends. Scott has a Master’s Degree from the University of Manchester.
BiographyOlu is a multi-disciplinary Creative Director and design specialist with over a decade of cross-cultural strategic brand development, visual communication design as well as, user interface design, experience design and development-built experience. His professional creative experience spans a variety of industries and sees him advising and assisting clients on executing brand development and communications programs in a visual communications capacity. Prior to joining Finsbury, his professional involvements saw him work on the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank - ADCB, Dubai Airports rebrands and strategic communications overhauls. He has also worked with The UAE Government, The UAE Ministry of Education, United Nations Data Forum, Abu Dhabi Media Council, World Economic Forum and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in various creative and design capacities. Most recently he worked with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation - where he led the design team responsible for the brand development, visual communications and experiential design for the upcoming APEC CEO Summit in Chile.
BiographyJenny joined Finsbury in 2011 from the Sunday Times, where she was City editor. Jenny heads the Consumer team at Finsbury and her current clients include J Sainsbury and Darty plc. Her other clients include RBS, Experian and Quintain. During four years at the Sunday Times she built up detailed knowledge of the consumer sector, covering retail and private equity alongside commercial property. Prior to the Sunday Times, Jenny spent five years at The Times newspaper covering banking and property. She started her career at Property Week magazine. Jenny graduated from the University of Oxford, where she read English.
BiographyMike Dolan specializes in providing strategic communications counsel on crisis management, litigation and legal issues, government investigations and regulatory matters, and executive transitions for clients in the automotive, energy, healthcare, media, and financial services industries. Since joining Finsbury in 2008, he has helped develop and execute multiple high-profile communications campaigns involving significant business, financial and reputational issues. Previously, Mike served in various communications and development roles at several domestic and internationally-focused non-profit organizations, including the Children’s Defense Fund. Mike received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University.
BiographyWill Edgar specializes in strategic communications and crisis management, helping clients navigate complex and sensitive issues including litigation communications, executive transitions, public policy and regulatory matters, government investigations, investor relations and transaction communications. He is also experienced in developing and implementing large-scale, proactive corporate reputation initiatives and stakeholder engagement programs. Current and former clients include a broad range of organizations, such as financial services, automotive, energy, and other companies, as well as academic and non-profit institutions. Prior to joining Finsbury, Mr. Edgar served in a variety of government and political communications roles, including as an aide to then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign, with responsibilities that included crisis communications messaging, strategy, and response. He also served as Press Secretary to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as a communications aide to former President Bill Clinton at the William J. Clinton Foundation, and in various capacities on other national, state and local campaigns. Mr. Edgar is a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Art.
BiographySara Evans has more than 10 years extensive experience providing communications strategies and support for some of the world’s leading companies in the U.S., UK and key international markets. Sara joined Finsbury in 2011. She led the financial services team in London for two years before moving to New York, developing and implementing communications strategies with a particular focus on business media and investor relations for high profile financial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, and operational and financial restructurings, management transitions, corporate governance matters and legal and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Finsbury, she was at Lloyds Banking Group for more than six years. While in the Group's media relations team, she worked on a range of issues through the financial crisis and managed communications activity surrounding the bank's recapitalization following Lloyds TSB's acquisition of Halifax Bank of Scotland.
BiographyStuart Fischer, who joined the firm in 1994, provides communications advice to senior executives regarding crisis and issues management, media relations, major transactions and business developments, executive transitions, employee communications, labor and employment issues, and strategic positioning. His experience spans many industries: media and entertainment, professional services, health care, retail (including mobile payments and electronic retail), education, and not-for-profits. Previously, Stuart was at Geto & de Milly, a New York communications and government relations firm. He has held communications positions with CBS News; the City of New York; and U.S. Rep. Peter A. Peyser (R/D-NY). Stuart serves on the Board of Trustees of NYSCI (The New York Hall of Science) and was Chairman of the Board of Metropolitan Montessori School in Manhattan for eight years. Stuart is a graduate of Colgate University (B.A., philosophy). He lives in Manhattan with his lovely bride, Jeanette. He is an avid outdoorsman. Recently published by Stuart Fischer: • The Man Who Saved Museums – Scientific American (with Ned Potter) • Thoughts on Storytelling – Huffington Post
BiographyHugo is an Principal in Finsbury’s Political & Regulatory team, having joined the company in 2003. He advises clients on a range of UK and EU policy and regulatory issues, specialising in the transport, media and financial services sectors. His broad experience includes advising BAA, Bombardier, FirstGroup, DMGT, Experian, and Universal Music. Projects at Finsbury have included developing and implementing a new public affairs strategy at a FTSE 50 international company, the award-winning Campaign for Crossrail, helping to secure the Government’s new measures against music piracy and advising on the public affairs aspects of cross-border M&A transactions. Previously he worked in the UK Houses of Parliament as a Researcher for current Northern Ireland Minister, Rt Hon Andrew Robathan MP. He is a politics graduate from Newcastle University.
BiographyPatrick joined the company in 1996 and is Chief Financial Officer. Prior to 1996, he was Treasurer and Vice President of the non-profit Paley Center for Media and previously served as Financial Secretary to William S. Paley, the founder of CBS. Patrick started his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co in New York City. Patrick is a director of the William S. Paley Foundation, The Greenpark Foundation, and Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. He holds a B.A. in Accounting from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
BiographyBarney Gimbel draws from his experience in investment banking, journalism and government to advise clients on communications strategies in a wide range of financial, corporate and crisis situations. Before joining Finsbury, Barney was a director with Hannam & Partners, the London-based merchant bank, where he founded the firm’s sovereign advisory practice and advised clients on transactions in the natural resources and transportation sectors. Prior to investment banking, Barney worked for the U.S. Department of Defense as special assistant to Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Paul A. Brinkley, who led the Pentagon’s economic stabilization efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Barney traveled extensively to Iraq and Afghanistan to help run the program’s foreign direct investment initiatives, coordinate intra-government relations and manage the team’s media relations program. After government service, he returned to Iraq to help set up a Pritzker Organization investment fund that built businesses in that country’s oilfield and transportation sectors. Barney began his professional life as a journalist, first with Newsweek and then with Fortune. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University.
BiographyHerma Gjinko is a Director at Finsbury where she specializes in strategic communications counsel on crisis management, litigation and legal issues, government investigations and regulatory matters. She has helped develop and execute multiple high-profile communications campaigns involving significant business, financial and reputational issues and has helped implement large-scale, proactive corporate reputation initiatives and stakeholder engagement programs. Herma has provided communication support for clients in a range of industries, including automotive, financial services, energy, technology and education.
Prior to joining Finsbury, Herma was a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin, Germany. She graduated magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Political Science and European Integration.
BiographyMatthew Glasser is a Director at Finsbury, where he represents clients in the financial services, energy and non-profit sectors, among others. Since joining Finsbury in 2012, Matthew has advised clients in strategic communication matters that include crisis management, regulatory issues, litigation support, M&A transactions, IR support, executive transitions and general brand positioning. Prior to joining Finsbury, Matthew spent more than three years as a corporate paralegal at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a leading global law firm. There he supported transactions for the firm’s M&A, Banking and Finance, and Capital Markets teams. Matthew graduated from Columbia University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature.
BiographyKal Goldberg is a Partner at Finsbury, and leads the firm’s U.S. Capital Markets and Transactions Practice. He advises managements and boards on communications strategies across a wide variety of domestic and cross-border M&A, IPO, restructuring, shareholder activism, litigation and crisis situations. Recent representations include Tribune Media Company in its acquisition by Sinclair Broadcasting Group; Praxair, Inc. in its merger with Linde AG; SABMiller in its merger with AB InBev; Ball Corporation in its merger with Rexam plc and Alliance Boots in its “Step Two” merger with Walgreens. Other engagements include advising American Suzuki Motor Corporation in its U.S. restructuring and NYMEX, FXall and RiskMetrics on their IPOs. Transactions led by Kal have received wide industry recognition, including “Deal of the Year” from M&A Advisor and “IPO of the Year” from IR Magazine. Kal was previously a Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s strategic communications segment. Prior to FTI, Kal was an investment banker with Avalon Group and was previously a senior member of Hill & Knowlton’s corporate and financial practice. Kal holds an MBA in finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Kerry Golds is a Managing Director at Finsbury, with ten years of experience providing financial and strategic communications counsel to public and private companies, financial sponsors and nonprofit organizations.
She specializes in special situations and cross-border assignments, with a focus on M&A and integrations, restructurings, crisis and issues management, executive transitions, regulatory matters and litigation. Her clients have spanned a wide range of sectors, including financial services, media, technology, retail/consumer, transportation and energy.
While based in New York, she has provided extensive on-the-ground support to clients in Europe and the Middle East, including an extended assignment in Finsbury’s Dubai office.
Kerry graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory and a minor in Hispanic Studies.
BiographyAnastasia joined Finsbury in 2010. She has 15 years of experience in financial communications, working across a broad range of sectors and supporting some of the biggest capital markets transactions. Anastasia is co-Head of Finsbury’s Natural Resources team, she advises a range of public and private European companies and has strong expertise in reputation management. Before moving to financial PR, Anastasia had a career in broadcast journalism. She was a presenter and editor of business and current affairs programmes at the Russian Service BBC in London, prior to which she worked as a presenter and correspondent for Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty in Moscow. Anastasia is a graduate of Lomonosov Moscow State University and the University of Westminster (UK).
BiographyJohn joined Finsbury’s Political and Regulatory Practice in 2006. Prior to this he worked for six years as senior aide to a Labour MP in the House of Commons. John specialises in advising clients operating in the financial services, energy, mining and leisure sectors, and on the public affairs aspects of competition policy where he has advised on a range of high-profile M&A transactions, including the £8.7bn merger between Thomson Corporation and Reuters Group and the £80bn approach for Rio Tinto by BHP Billiton. Along with his background in UK and EU politics, John has also worked on election campaigns for the Democrats in the US at both Presidential and Congressional level. In 2009, he received the Consultant of the Year award, chosen from across Finsbury’s global public affairs network, FIPRA. Educated at the University of Leeds, John holds a degree in History and a Masters degree in International Political Economy.
BiographyMax Gross is a Director at Finsbury based in New York. He advises a wide range of organizations and institutions on communications strategies to effectively manage crisis situations, complex legal and regulatory issues and other sensitive reputational matters. He also has significant experience developing and executing proactive media campaigns for non-profit organizations, corporate executives and high-net-worth individuals. An experienced writer and project manager, Max joined Finsbury in 2015 after serving as the Deputy Director of Research for New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, where his work supported various capital market, technology and civil rights investigations. Max holds a Bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University and Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
BiographyMichael J. Gross, Vice Chairman of Finsbury, has extensive experience in managing corporate, financial, and crisis communications programs for a broad range of corporate and institutional clients. Michael has developed and implemented communications strategies for a number of complex financial transactions, as well as crises including environmental problems, anti-trust and patent litigation, government investigations, regulatory issues, labor disputes, and product recalls. His experience also extends to CEO positioning, advocacy advertising, and strategic philanthropy. Prior to joining RLM in 1989, he was a Managing Director of Adams & Rinehart, a strategic communications firm; worked for several years at Mobil Corporation in public relations and finance; and was an advertising account executive with Doyle Dane Bernbach. Michael has a B.A. in philosophy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, an M.A. in creative writing from City College of New York, and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University.
BiographyAmy Gross is a Principal at Finsbury, where she specializes in developing and implementing public relations campaigns and communications programs for clients in a variety of industries including financial services, health care, nonprofit, technology and media. She has been a member of the firm since 1999. Amy counsels clients on a range of communications strategies incorporating digital and traditional media relations, executive visibility strategies and thought leadership programs. Amy also provides media and presentation training to help senior executives and spokespersons improve their ability to convey key messages in a variety of situations. Prior to joining Finsbury, Amy worked for the Penguin Group where she coordinated national book tours and media campaigns for hardcover and paperback titles from the Viking and Penguin imprints. Prior to that, she worked at Putnam Berkley Inc. where she managed special sales and event logistics for in-store author signings. Amy holds a B.A. in English from Haverford College.
BiographyIn her 35-year career in communications, Julie Hamp has strengthened top global brands while cultivating talent and key relationships across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Her focus is on corporate reputation management, with extensive experience at the head of large global and regional teams in media relations; brand building and consumer engagement; executive communications; consumer relations; global talent development; sustainability communications; and crisis communications and issues management. As the chief communications officer and a managing officer for Toyota Motor Corporation, Julie led Toyota’s global communications efforts, a role she took on after serving as chief communications officer for Toyota Motor North America, Inc. Prior to joining Toyota, Julie was chief communications officer and senior vice president, communications and consumer relations for PepsiCo, reporting to the CEO. She was also vice president, communications for General Motors’ European region in Zurich and a member of both the GME and GM corporate communications strategy boards. Her prior positions within GM include general director of communications for Latin America, Africa and the Middle East; general director for sales, service and marketing communications in North America; and vice president of communications for the Saturn brand. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, and her post-graduate studies include participation in the GM-Harvard Business School’s Executive Development Program with an emphasis on Asian studies. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Arthur W. Page Society.
BiographyA highly experienced expert in strategic communications with over twenty years of experience, Minako has a proven track record in M&A and PMI communications, crisis communications, strategic messaging, reputation management, profile raising, media relations, and employee communications. She also leads the Finsbury media training practice bringing an extensive track record of training for corporate leaders and executives in Japan. Before joining Finsbury in 2019, Minako served as Head of Marketing & Communications at J.P. Morgan in Japan where she managed overall communications activities for both internal and external stakeholders in the areas of media relations, issues management, thought leadership, employee engagement in CSR, diversity & inclusion and talent acquisition. She was previously a partner at Kreab Gavin Anderson where she led the financial communications practice and advised on numerous M&A and capital markets deals. She also managed a number of corporate reputation and issues management situations. Minako previously worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, initially in equity research, later moving to investment banking where she covered general industry as well as investor communications. This followed earlier positions at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo (assistant to the Counselor for Industrial and Scientific Affairs), Morgan Stanley (equity research), and Jardine Fleming (equity research). She translated the book “The Bursting of the Yen Bubble” in 1995 and passed the US CPA exam in 1999. She graduated from Tsuda University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Currently, she is an adviser to “Social Investment Partners” which manages Japan’s first venture philanthropy fund and “Music Dialogue” which develops young musicians and educates audiences through chamber music.
BiographyDeborah brings over 30 years’ experience in financial and corporate communications to Finsbury and is a widely recognized expert on communications issues in Japan and Asia. She joined Finsbury in 2019 from Edelman Japan, where she was responsible for Financial, M&A and Capital Markets Communications. She played a significant role in evolving Edelman’s capabilities in Financial Communications in Japan and the Asia Region, working on cross-border transactions, investor relations, corporate profile-raising and crisis management assignments. Prior to joining Edelman, Deborah was Managing Partner at Kreab Gavin Anderson, a firm she was associated with since 1988. Deborah is a vice-chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s Alternative Investment and Women in Business Committees, she is a senior advisor to the New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Beachhead Committee which advises companies on Japan market entry, and she serves as a community leader in her local community in Tokyo. Hayden and her clients have received several awards for excellence in PR and public affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in economics from the University of Otago in New Zealand and has diplomas from Osaka University and Osaka University of Foreign Studies.
BiographyRollo joined Finsbury in 2000 and has over twenty-one years of agency financial and corporate communications experience, gained in both London and New York. He has worked across a wide range of clients, sectors and geographies. Rollo has significant corporate reputation, transactional and crisis communications experience. Rollo started his career at Lehman Brothers International where he obtained the relevant UK and US securities qualifications and is a graduate of Edinburgh University.
BiographyAmanda joined Finsbury in 2012 and advises on corporate, financial and crisis communications for FTSE 350 and Fortune 500 companies, particularly across the TMT and consumer sectors. She has a range of capital markets experience including the 21st Century Fox and Comcast offers for Sky, SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM Holdings, SABMiller’s takeover defence against AB InBev and the Walgreens-Alliance Boots merger. Her pro bono work includes the Equality FC campaign for gender pay equality. Amanda holds a Masters degree from Oxford University and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
BiographyBefore joining in 2012, David worked for four years in 10 Downing Street. Specialising in economics, finance and foreign policy, David’s role included preparing Gordon Brown and then David Cameron every week for Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons. He coordinated advice for European Councils and acted as David Cameron’s Private Secretary during his first budget. David spent two earlier years in HM Treasury, first as the Principal Private Secretary in the Office of Government Commerce and then as Head of EU Competition, Regulation & Enterprise. Prior to that, David was a Special Adviser to Ministers in Australia on economics, education and the environment. He was the President of Australia’s National Union of Students and he graduated from Melbourne University, combining degrees in Arts (with an additional honours research year in politics) and Commerce (economics & finance). David is a Vice Chair of Business for New Europe.
BiographyAlastair joined Finsbury in 2011, to establish the firm’s Asia business. As a specialist in advising on high profile M&A, IPO and crisis situations, he has rapidly built an exceptional team with deep local expertise and a strong track record. In 2012, its first full year of operation in the region, Finsbury was named FT/Mergermarket Asia-Pacific M&A Awards - PR Firm of the Year. Alastair’s past and present clients in Asia include: Air China, AIA, Allianz, BNY Mellon, Blackrock, China Gas, China Unicom, Coca-Cola, Galaxy Entertainment Group, Khazanah, The Korea Exchange, Lotte Shopping, MAN, New World, OCBC, Singapore Exchange, SinoChem, Sinosteel, Sung Hung Kai Properties and Volkswagen Group. Prior to Finsbury, Alastair spent more than a decade at Financial Dynamics in London, Greece and Hong Kong, ultimately running the firm’s Asia business. Alastair is a permanent resident of Hong Kong.
BiographyTheo has over a decade of communications experience advising corporate, government and non-profit organisations. He joined Finsbury in November 2009, helping to grow its Middle East and Africa operations, advising on financial, investor and corporate communications for clients including Mubadala, The Abraaj Group and Morgan Stanley. During his time in the region, he has worked across a wide range of industries including financial services, real estate, automotive and hospitality, as well as advising on cross-border M&A transactions, IPOs and financial restructurings. Prior to joining Finsbury, he held communication roles in London for Citi and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
BiographyJohn is a Partner of Finsbury, based in Dubai. He established the region’s first dedicated financial and corporate PR business in 2003. He has advised on capital market transactions, corporate profile raising and crisis management in all Gulf states and throughout the Middle East in markets such as Lebanon, Iraq and Syria. John is a renowned adviser in special situations. He advised Dubai World on its $26bn restructuring, the largest such project in the Middle East and he supported Arcapita, the first Gulf based institution to apply for, and come through, Chapter 11 proceedings. He is a two time recipient of the PR Week award for financial communications: for the Acquisition of Safeway by Morrisons in 2003 and the 2014 listing of Asiacell in Baghdad
BiographyPaul Holmes, CEO, North America, advises clients in areas including strategic and crisis communications, litigation support, public policy, regulatory issues and governance matters. He joined Finsbury in 2007 and has represented several of the world’s largest companies in the financial services, media, retail, transportation, insurance and health care sectors, among others. Before joining the firm, Paul had a long and successful career in international journalism. He has worked in more than 50 countries, covering conflict, politics and business. He was the Political and General News Editor at Reuters for five years. Paul is a co-author of four books on international affairs and an Ethics Fellow of the Poynter Institute of Journalism Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. He speaks fluent French, German and Italian and holds a Bachelor’s degree in modern languages from the University of Exeter in the UK.
BiographyCraig Horowitz is a Partner at Finsbury where he has represented clients in the health care, media, technology, transportation, and real estate sectors. His areas of expertise include crisis management, public policy and regulatory matters, executive transitions, community relations, employee communications, litigation support, and labor campaigns. Craig joined Finsbury in 2009, after a long career as an award-winning journalist with New York Magazine, where he was one of the city's best-known reporters, covering politics, public policy, crime, and health care. He also has reported extensively from the Middle East and served as a senior writer at People magazine. Craig has been a guest lecturer at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and NYU's Graduate School of Journalism, as well as a regular commentator on television and radio. His writing has been included in many anthologies, most recently in The Best American Crime Writing 2005 (HarperCollins).
BiographyRebecca Houck provides strategic counsel to clients on crisis communications and reputation-building campaigns. She works closely with Fortune 500 companies and academic institutions, among others, to advance their goals both internally and externally by engaging stakeholders, building thought leadership positions and conducting media outreach. She is also an attorney with significant experience navigating litigation and policy issues. Prior to joining Finsbury, Rebecca worked as a litigator at two prominent New York law firms, where she represented both corporate and individual clients on diverse matters including securities litigation, trademark disputes, employment litigation, real estate disputes and corporate governance. Rebecca earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, and her B.A., cum laude, from Dartmouth College. Rebecca is licensed to practice law in New York.
BiographyRowley Hudson joined Finsbury in 2010 and is Team Leader for the Industrials Team. His current clients include Statoil, Compass Group, Enel and Carillion. Rowley’s transactional experience includes the merger of Glencore and Xstrata and the listing of Coca-Cola HBC on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to joining Finsbury, he worked at the Financial Times for two years and at RCS Mediagroup in Milan for eighteen months. Rowley holds a BA Honours degree in Modern European Languages and Literature from the University of Durham and speaks French and Italian.
BiographyAndrew Johnson is a Director at Finsbury. He has experience advising clients on a broad range of financial communications issues including M&A, restructuring, shareholder activism, litigation and crisis situations. Previously he was a Vice President at the Glover Park Group, a strategic communications firm and Finsbury partner, where he helped lead the firm’s capital markets practice. Prior to that, he was the Director of Public Relations for Kirkland & Ellis, the international law firm, and a Vice President with The Abernathy MacGregor Group, a financial communications agency. Some of Andrew’s current and former clients include: ABB in the divestment of its power grids business to Hitachi; Cerberus Capital in various transactions including its acquisition of Avon and Staples’s European assets; USAA in the sale of its asset management business to Victory Capital; Sprint on various engagements including its sale to Softbank, hostile defense against DISH Networks and its opposition campaign to the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Mr. Johnson graduated from Miami University (OH) with a degree in History and Business Legal Studies.
BiographyAjay Junnarkar is the Chief Financial Officer at Finsbury. He joined the company from Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc. where he was Chief Financial & Administrative Officer from its inception until 2019. He has previously served as a senior finance team member at Marsh & McLennan Companies, where he held roles including VP & Assistant Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of its global reinsurance brokerage subsidiary, Guy Carpenter & Company. Ajay has also previously worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. and Kroll Associates. Ajay holds a BMath and an MA from the University of Waterloo in Canada, an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a Chartered Accountant in Canada.
BiographyMegan Kennedy joined Finsbury in 2011, and supports clients on financial communications initiatives, including major transactions and restructurings. She has also provided support during crises and litigation, and has extensive experience leading proactive profile-building and reputation management campaigns. Megan has represented clients across a number of different industries – including media and entertainment, technology, advertising, health care, financial services, and others — as well as nonprofit clients. Megan joined the firm after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations, and minors in American History and Spanish.
BiographyAngharad is a Director in the Financial Services team, advising clients across their financial, corporate and crisis communications. She helps multinational businesses across sectors – such as AstraZeneca, Deutsche Bank, Man Group, easyJet and EY – use strategic communications to achieve their business objectives and build their reputations across markets. She also has significant capital markets experience including supporting SABMiller through its $100bn acquisition by AB InBev, Deutsche Bank with the demerger and IPO of its asset management unit, Noble Group with its $3.5bn debt restructuring and recently listed Network International. Angharad joined Finsbury in 2015 from a corporate PR agency and has also previously worked in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. She read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Jesus College, University of Oxford.
BiographyClaudia Kosser is a Director in Hong Kong and advises clients from various sectors in corporate communications and strategic positioning, as well as in M&A-transactions and crisis situations. Having worked with HERING SCHUPPENER from Frankfurt for six years prior to joining Finsbury in 2017, she is an expert on communications in both regions, Europe and Asia. In this position, she led the China Desk of the firm and co-authored a survey on best-practice communication of German companies in China. Her experience in various cross-border M&A- and capital market transactions and crisis situations covers various sectors, e.g. industrials as well as the tech, real estate and financial industry and various regions, such as Asia, Europe and the United States. Claudia holds a Master in Communication Management from Leipzig University (GER) and a Bachelor degree in European Studies from the University of Maastricht (NL) and the Science Politiques Rennes (F). Claudia is fluent in English and German and has conversational knowledge of French and Dutch.
BiographyGuy works with clients across a wide range of industries. Prior to joining Finsbury Guy spent 15 years as an equity analyst at a number of banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Cazenove. Guy has a degree in PPE from Oxford and qualified as an accountant at Arthur Andersen.
BiographyFrancis Lee joined Finsbury in July 2014. She is a member of the financial services advisory team supporting a variety of regional and international financial institutions. Past and current clients include asset managers (Aberdeen Asset Management, Allianz Global Investors, Blackrock), banks (HSBC, ICBC Asia, ING Bank, OCBC Bank, OCBC Wing Hang), pension fund (Canada Pension Plan Investment Board/CPPIB), private banks (Bank of Singapore), payments solutions and tech players (Visa, WeLab). She has also facilitated media trainings for senior asset managers and bankers. Prior to joining Finsbury, Francis was a financial journalist. She wrote for a number of leading local newspapers including Hong Kong Economic Times, Apple Daily and Oriental Daily News for nearly ten years, covering local and international banking, asset management and offshore Yuan business development in Hong Kong. She has solid business and finance knowledge and is well connected in the media industry. Francis holds a BA (Hons) in Language and Communications from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
BiographyWinnie Lerner is the Managing Partner for Finsbury’s North American operations. Most recently, she was head of the New York office and Capital Markets practice for Glover Park Group (GPG), the leading communications and public affairs agency in Washington, DC, and Finsbury’s strategic partner. Previously, she was head of global communications for Ralph Lauren, and prior to Ralph Lauren, she worked for 16 years at The Abernathy MacGregor Group (AMG), a leading boutique corporate consultancy, where she was most recently Co-President of the firm. During her agency tenure, she helped guide numerous Fortune 100 companies, smaller public companies and portfolio companies through complex situations, including changes to leadership, sensitive litigation, control contests, shareholder activism and governance, SEC investigations and regulatory issues. Ms. Lerner also worked as a Legislative Assistant on the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance.
BiographyChristine Levesque is a veteran communication and marketing consultant with more than 20 years of experience. As a partner at Finsbury, she provides communication, reputation management, public affairs, media relations, marketing and brand strategy counsel to a wide variety of clients from non-profits and start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. Serving as a strategic counselor to senior executives, especially in special and crisis situations, she has experience across a diverse range of industries, including media/entertainment, automotive, energy, technology, financial services and health care. Prior to joining Finsbury, Chris spent more than a decade in the entertainment industry with AMC Networks and News Corp’s Gemstar-TV Guide, where she was responsible for building the respective companies’ reputations and raising the profiles of their consumer product portfolios. Chris's political experience includes serving as a member of the Clinton/Gore press advance team and on Dianne Feinstein’s first U.S. Senate campaign. She began her career in the newsroom of The Christian Science Monitor. Chris graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was a Chancellor's Scholar. She is an alumnus of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program and a recipient of several industry awards including Promax, BDA and Emmy awards.
BiographyJames has over 20 years extensive experience in providing strategic positioning, crisis management, executive changes, financial communications and litigation support for some of the world’s leading companies across a wide range of industries in the UK and key international markets. He also has developed and implemented communications strategies for a number of high profile financial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, bankruptcies and IPOs. Prior to joining Finsbury in 1998, James worked at Ludgate Communications where he spent two years working in its New York office advising international clients on the US market. He is trained as a securities representative in the UK.
BiographyNidaa joined Finsbury in 2012. She works across a range of sectors, including mining, engineering and pharmaceuticals. As well as experience advising clients on media relations, Nidaa specialises in investor communications, advising a wide spectrum of clients on best practice communication with the capital markets. Nidaa also recently advised AstraZeneca on the defence of a £69bn takeover approach from Pfizer. Before moving to financial PR, Nidaa had a career in investment banking. She worked in the Corporate Finance division of KPMG in London, and more recently in the M&A team of European Investment Bank Altium Capital, where she focused on the small to mid cap sector and had a number of AIM listed clients including Empresaria, Mulberry and James Halstead. Nidaa graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Economics. She also holds a certificate in Corporate Finance.
BiographyJeff McAndrews has been with Finsbury since 2000 and currently leads the firm’s Crisis and Issues Management practice in the U.S. He has nearly 20 years of experience developing and executing targeted communications campaigns designed to advance his clients’ business and brand objectives. He specializes in crisis management, corporate reputation, litigation support, media relations, CEO and employee communications, and financial communications. A founding partner of Finsbury’s Los Angeles office, he has provided communications counsel to global corporations as well as small to mid-sized clients across the media, automotive, technology, entertainment, financial services, consumer goods and healthcare industries, among others. Previously, Jeff was Director of Communications and Development for the American Council on Germany, a leading foreign policy organization dealing with European-American political and economic relations. Prior to this, he was an instructor of business English in Japan. Jeff holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
BiographyKirsti McCabe specializes in crisis and reputation management, mergers and acquisitions, financial communications and strategic media outreach. She has experience helping companies work through complex corporate issues, including financial and regulatory issues, corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions and litigation support. She also has experience developing proactive communications strategies, including strategic positioning, employee communications and thought leadership campaigns. Prior to joining Finsbury, Kirsti spent a dozen years working as a journalist at The Wall Street Journal, WSJ.com and Dow Jones Newswires, including eight years as a foreign correspondent in Shanghai and Hong Kong. She also has lived and worked in Paris, Brussels and Taipei. Kirsti holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University. She speaks fluent French and conversational Mandarin Chinese.
BiographyConor returned to Finsbury in 2019 and splits his time between London and Dublin. Conor spent three years working for Ireland’s leading executive search and leadership advisory firm MERC Partners, a Spencer Stuart company. He worked with many domestic and multinational clients and successfully completed numerous senior executive and non-executive search assignments. Prior to this, Conor worked in London for fourteen years, most recently as a Partner with Finsbury. He advised Boards, CEOs and senior executives on a range of strategic areas, including media relations, financial communications and investor relations, employee engagement, executive transition and organisational change, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and reputation management. Conor graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin and a Master of Science from The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.
BiographyLiz Micci is a Partner in Finsbury’s New York office. She has 20 years of experience providing corporate and financial communications counsel to clients ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies during complex moments and times of transition. She has advised senior executives on a wide range of transactions, crises, litigation, and other special situations, as well as profile-raising, media relations, and reputation management campaigns. She has worked across a variety of industries including consumer/retail, financial services, healthcare, media, technology, and transportation.
Prior to joining Finsbury, Liz was a Managing Director and Head of the New York Office at the Glover Park Group, a Finsbury strategic partner. Previously, she was a Managing Director at Abernathy MacGregor, where she was a core member of the M& A team advising clients on cross-border transactions, unsolicited bids, activist defense, take-private transactions, and other high-profile situations. She began her career at Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery, Finsbury’s predecessor firm in the United States, where she worked for a decade. Liz holds a B.A. from Hamilton College.
BiographyMichael Mittelman specializes in creating effective strategic communications campaigns and resolving crisis communications incidents. Prior to joining Finsbury in 2015, he served as the Director of Public Affairs and Associate General Counsel for the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York where he successfully guided the organization through a series of sensitive issues. He was previously with the Berman Group, where he developed creative communications campaigns for clients in the commercial real estate and construction industries. He also worked with the Obama Administration and Obama for America campaign as a national advance associate, organizing official presidential visits around the world. Michael began his professional career in publicity at Miramax Films and later worked as an attorney at both Cahill Gordon & Reindel and Weil, Gotshal and Manges. Michael serves on the Board of Directors of the Westchester Jewish Council. Michael has a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. with Honors in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan. He is licensed to practice law in New York.
BiographyLouisa has over 18 years of experience in employee engagement, communication and change helping businesses effect successful transformation, transactions and strategy launches as well as business as usual, by involving and engaging their people. From defining a vision and narrative, to designing engaging implementation programmes, Louisa brings together the rational and the emotional. She has worked across most sectors including pharmaceutical, engineering, natural resources, retail and manufacturing and Government Departments and agencies. Louisa joined Finsbury in 2019 having spent a year working independently supporting leadership teams through change. Prior to that, Louisa headed Instinctif's Engagement Consultancy team for 2 years, built and ran the Employee Practice for MSLGroup in the UK for 5 years and also spent several years in the COI working across Government on employee communication and change. She started her career in Omnicom on the prestigious Accelerate scheme and spent many years in the Group, focusing on employee engagement in different agencies. Louisa has a 1st class honours degree from Edinburgh University and speaks French and Italian.
BiographySarah has 6 years’ investor relations experience working in in-house roles at Total and Barclays. Her IR experience includes financial and market analysis, strategic messaging, investor targeting, shareholder analysis and project management of financial publications. Prior to this Sarah began her career as an auditor at KPMG working with Property sector and Business Services clients. She has an MA Honours degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Edinburgh and has studied in Beijing.
BiographySimon has over 20 years of communications experience spanning both public and private sectors with postings in UK, Russia, Asia and the Middle East. He started his career in the UK Finance Ministry focused on financial regulation and international policy. Upon joining Finsbury he led the financial services practice and led the firm’s work in Russia. He left the UK in 2009 to establish Finsbury’s Middle East operations, now overseeing offices in Riyadh, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Most recently Simon has been a senior advisor on a number of Saudi Arabia’s economic reform programs.
BiographyJames joined Finsbury as a partner in 1996 and is currently Managing Partner of its London office. He has more than 20 years’ experience in financial communications and has handled a number of contested transactions, flotations and other high profile communications issues. James advises a range of clients, including Reed Elsevier, RBS, Compass and Paddy Power and his recent projects include the merger of Alliance Boots with Walgreens and Suntory’s acquisition of Beam. James started his career as an investment banker at Dean Witter, where he qualified as a registered securities representative in both the UK and US. He has a degree in economics and politics.
BiographyChuck Nathan is a Senior Advisor with Finsbury and advises global clients on M&A, financial transactions, governance, Board issues and shareholder matters. Prior to joining Finsbury, Nathan was partner at Latham & Watkins, where he was co-head of the global M&A practice as well as co-head of the firm’s Corporate Governance Task Force. Nathan represented companies and financial advisors in many significant, high-profile mergers and acquisitions, including Roche’s acquisition of the public’s minority stake in Genentech, InBev’s acquisition of Anheuser-Busch, and LiveNation’s merger with Ticketmaster Entertainment. Nathan also previously served as a Partner with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and was a Managing Director and head of the Financial Institutions Mergers & Acquisitions practice at Smith Barney Inc. Nathan has been named by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the 100 most influential corporate governance professionals for two consecutive years. He is the renowned author of many articles on M&A and corporate governance topics, is a frequent panelist at M&A and corporate governance seminars and programs, teaches M&A at Yale Law School, and has chaired a number of bar association committees. Nathan received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he graduated summa cum laude. Read articles and blog posts regarding Chuck Nathan: • Communications Challenges at the New Frontiers of Corporate Governance Activism • What to Do When an Activist Comes Knocking • The Jamie Dimon Vote: Corporate Governance at the Crossroads • Debunking Myths About Activist Investors • Conference Board, Myths and Realities of Say on Pay Engagement • "Nathan the sensible" by Hoffer Kaback, Directors and Boards • A 12-Step Program to Truly Good Corporate Governance • Corporate Governance Activism: Here To Stay? • “Say on Pay 2011: Proxy Advisors on Course for Hegemony” • Future of Institutional Share Voting Revisited: A Fourth Paradigm • Proxy Advisory Business: Apotheosis or Apogee? • The Future of Institutional Share Voting: Three Paradigms • The Parallel Universes of Institutional Investing and Institutional Voting
BiographySydney Ann Neuhaus has more than 25 years’ experience in developing and managing strategic communications and reputation management programs. She works directly with CEOs, senior administrators, Board members and subject matter experts for Fortune 500 companies, professional associations, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. She is experienced in helping clients manage sensitive or high-stakes situations, offering strategic counsel and support in communicating with key stakeholder audiences and the media. Prior to Finsbury, Sydney worked at FleishmanHillard, receiving the John D. Graham Award for Excellence, given to individuals who best exemplify leadership and the firm’s values. Previously, Sydney headed the PR division of Harrison & Star and worked at Edelman Public Relations, where she was a member of a Silver Anvil-winning team. Ms. Neuhaus received a B.A. in English from Cornell University, graduating with Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. She sits on the Y of Greater New York’s Strong Kids Leadership Council.
BiographyMarco was London Bureau Chief of the Italian leading financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore from 1993 to 2008. From 1987 to 1992 he was Editor at Large of International Corporate Finance. Before, he covered South Asia and the Far East and the first Gulf War in 1991. He still writes a blog for Il Sole. He has written four books: two on international finance (in 1988 on merger & acquisitions and in 1992 on privatisations), one in 2008 on the London boom during New Labour (La Nuova Londra) and an essay in 2010 on the acceleration of time in the internet era (Il Tempo Breve). He is Chairman of Arghosha Faraway Schools, an organisation that since 2004 funds the construction of schools in remote areas of Afghanistan. He has a degree in International Relations from HEI, the Graduate Institute of International Relations in Geneva, Switzerland.
BiographyCharles joined Finsbury in September 2011. He advises domestic and international clients across a range of areas including financial communications and reputation management. His current clients include Starbucks, BAE Systems, Alcoa, Salini Impregilo and Asia Resource Minerals. Prior to joining Finsbury, he worked with Merlin PR and then Buchanan, focussing on the mining and industrials sectors in particular. Charles’ recent special situations experience includes extensive crisis communications work with both Starbucks and Bumi, representing the London Metal Exchange in its sale to HKEx and working with Coca-Cola HBC through its move to the FTSE 100. Prior to this, he qualified as an ACA chartered accountant with KPMG before going on to work in the Sydney and London offices of ABN AMRO. Charles graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin and a Master of Accounting from The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. He is a fluent French speaker.
BiographyJeremy Pelofsky is a Senior Vice President for Finsbury, based in Washington, DC. Most recently, Jeremy served as Vice President of Media Strategy at Ketchum, a global public relations and marketing agency that specializes in corporate and product positioning. At Ketchum, he provided counsel and support, including messaging, media strategy, engagement and media training to a range of Fortune 100 and other clients. Previously, Jeremy was a veteran journalist who spent 15 years covering all facets of news in Washington for two of the world’s largest wire services. His reporting expertise runs the gamut of government, politics and business, including the White House, Congress and national campaigns, as well as corporate news, national security, legal matters and regulations. At Reuters, Jeremy served as the legal and national security correspondent, a White House and political correspondent, U.S. media and telecommunications policy correspondent, and deputy editor for the Washington team covering company-related issues and government agencies. Before joining Reuters, Jeremy reported for Bloomberg News covering international financial institutions. He graduated from Bates College in 1997 with a B.A. in US History.
BiographyElliott joined Finsbury in 2016 and is a Director in the Political and Regulatory team. He was previously an adviser to a number of senior Labour Party politicians, including Angela Eagle MP during her time as the Shadow Business Secretary, where he provided policy and communications advice. Elliott has also worked for a number of other MPs, supporting them with their frontbench roles and with select committee work, including Rachel Reeves MP who now chairs the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee. He started his career working for the Government Chief Whip at the National Assembly for Wales. Educated at Cardiff University, he holds a degree in economics.
BiographyGeorgia has eight years of experience in financial and corporate communications. She works with clients across a number of sectors, with a particular focus on retail and consumer industries, helping them to implement their financial calendar and corporate communications programmes. She has extensive experience in strategic consultancy, corporate reputation and crisis management and media relations. She most recently worked at Maitland where she focused on developing and executing corporate campaigns for clients such as Domino’s and SEAT. Prior to that, she worked for Bell Pottinger Middle East advising clients in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. She previously spent five years providing strategic corporate and financial communications advice to a range of UK listed, privately held and international companies in the UK.
BiographyKatharine Pitt is a Director at Finsbury, representing public and private sector clients across the EMEA region. She transferred to the Middle East in 2018 from Finsbury New York, where she spent four years primarily focused on advising companies and organizations in the financial services, media, energy and non-profit sectors. She has particular expertise in crisis management and communications, company transformations and executive transitions, capital markets transactions and pro bono advocacy, and has advised companies and governmental organizations across the United States, United Kingdom and GCC Katharine graduated from the Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth and holds a bachelor’s degree in History & Politics from New College, Oxford.
BiographyBen Richardson is responsible for running Finsbury’s operations in Asia and has extensive experience working across the region. His clients include BlackRock, Aviva, ABB, CPPIB, Allianz Global Investors, Global Switch and UBP. Before moving to Hong Kong, Ben worked out of Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Mumbai. He has advised on corporate profile raising and stakeholder engagement plans in China, cross-border acquisitions in Asia, Europe and the US, bond defaults, litigation and arbitration preparation, the redevelopment of Malaysia’s national stadium, management change, investor outreach, and share-price recovery plans. A former BBC bureau chief in Singapore, Ben ran the BBC’s flagship business TV programme in Asia and has extensive experience as a digital journalist having worked for the BBC’s website and at Bloomberg News. Ben has also created and delivered bespoke media and crisis training programmes for CEOs and top management, as well as press teams, in-house comms divisions and international news organisations. Ben graduated from Durham University (U.K.).
BiographySarah joined Finsbury in 2012, and is a member of the financial services team. Sarah advises clients, including a number of FTSE100 businesses, on a range of issues including financial calendar communications, crises and issues management and M&A. Her large retained clients include Experian, HSBC, 3i and Zurich. Sarah is currently working on the £15bn Sainsbury/Asda merger. She is also providing issues management support on a number of crisis projects for clients in the music industry and food production sector. Prior to joining Finsbury, she worked in Sydney, Australia for the not-for-profit organisation Habitat for Humanity. Sarah holds a first class M.A. Honours degree in Psychology from the University of St Andrews.
BiographyRoland Rudd is the Founder and Chairman of Finsbury. He holds a number of board positions including Chairman of Open Britain, Founding Chairman of Legacy10 – which aims to increase legacy gifts to charities – Trustee for the Speakers for Schools programme, Trustee of the Garden Bridge, Trust Chair of the Governors at Millfield School and Member of the Centre for European Reform’s Advisory Board. Before founding Finsbury, Roland was a financial journalist at the Financial Times, the Sunday Correspondent and the Times. He is a former policy coordinator for Lord Owen. At Oxford University he read philosophy and theology, as well serving as President of the Union. He is now a visiting Fellow at the University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation and an honorary Fellow at Oxford’s Regent’s College.
BiographyArnaud Salla has more than 20 years’ experience in equity capital markets, investor relations and strategic communications. He has advised a range of French and international senior executives and financial businesses across a host of complex capital markets issues. He has handled a number of contested transactions, flotations and other high profile communications issues. Over the last few years, he has assisted French groups in building investor relations programmes, following bond and high yield issuances) for non-listed companies. Arnaud is graduated from the Political Sciences Institute and holds a Master of Business from ESCP Europe. He is a French citizen.
BiographySheena Shah is a Director in Hong Kong and has over a decade of experience in advising private and listed companies across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She specialises in corporate reputation, financial communications, restructuring and cross border transactions, and has worked across a range of sectors and projects. These include advising on the acquisition of Sky News by 21st Century Fox, the merger of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank, the bid by Pfizer for AstraZeneca, the debt restructuring for Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank, the acquisition of the LME by the HKEx and advising The Jardine Matheson Group on the transfer of its subsidiaries to a standard listing on the LSE. Sheena has previously worked for Brunswick in the UK and Abu Dhabi, and in-house at Jefferies Investment Bank. She began her career in banking at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Asset Management.
BiographyChris joined Finsbury towards the end of 2019 and works within the Financial Services team. Joining from Tesco Bank where he was Head of Communications and a member of the Tesco Group communications leadership team. He has led a number of projects challenging reputation including corporate transactions, organisational change, leadership development, national media and political campaigns, and has significant crisis management experience. Prior to Tesco Bank Chris was a founding member of the strategic communications consultancy, Charlotte Street Partners, where he supported clients across a range of industries including banking, broadcasting, food and drink, telecommunications and private equity. Beginning his career at the House of Commons working as a researcher for Angus Robertson MP, the SNP Westminster Leader. Chris graduated in history from the University of Glasgow, where he served as president of the university union.
BiographyEdward provides board level counsel to some of Europe’s leading corporates on preparing for financial calendar events, communicating strategy and managing media and investor relations as well as on issues arising such as corporate governance, handling crises, the arrival of a new chief executive or dealing with a campaign by activist shareholders. He has experience of supporting litigation and international asset recovery processes, working closely with legal teams and principals to ensure their needs are met in way that is compatible with their wider corporate communications objectives. Edward joined Finsbury in 2006 from the Business desk of the Sunday Telegraph where he was the Companies Editor. He has worked on numerous high-profile international transactions including the IPOs of Aer Lingus, TDC, Vallar and Vallares, the acquisitions of Bumi and Genel, the take private of Essar Energy, the sale of Alliance Boots and the merger of Banca Intesa with Sanpaolo IMI in Italy. A native English speaker, Edward studied philosophy at the University of Liverpool and speaks Italian. He has post graduate qualifications in both Finance and Journalism.
BiographyGordon Simpson leads Finsbury’s industrial and real estate teams. Gordon advises a range of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and private companies including British Land, Great Portland Estates, AEG, NewRiver, Assura, Greystar and Cairn Homes. His extensive communication experience includes developing and implementing clients’ strategic goals and objectives, as well as advising on a number of contested acquisitions, capital raisings and flotations. Gordon is a BSc Honours graduate from Newcastle University and a Registered Securities Representative in the UK.
BiographyCharlie Sipkins, a founding partner in Finsbury’s Los Angeles office, is a trusted advisor to executives and boards of Fortune 500 companies facing high-stakes, complex special situations, financial transactions, litigation and other strategic communications challenges. As a fierce advocate on his clients’ behalf, Charlie understands that communications can profoundly and positively impact an organization’s strategic business objectives. Some of Charlie’s current and former clients include: Adobe, USC, Lionsgate, Ring, Volkswagen, Caruso, Aecom, PIMCO, DFJ and 21st Century Fox/Newscorp. Prior to joining Finsbury, Charlie served as EVP and Chief Communications Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment. He launched the Los Angeles office of Sard Verbinnen and has held positions at the Abernathy MacGregor Group and other communications firms. Charlie began his career as a legislative assistant for Representative Martin Olav Sabo on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. He earned a B.A. in political science from Syracuse University.
BiographyKristin Smith is a Senior Vice President at Finsbury, specializing in strategic communications, reputation building and public affairs for clients in automotive, education, healthcare and financial services. Prior to joining Finsbury in 2012, she worked for the New York City Comptroller’s Office serving as Special Assistant and Chief of Staff to both the Comptroller and First Deputy Comptroller. She focused on project and relationship management of the City’s five pension funds, contract administration and audit organizations as well as cross-functional projects and budget administration. Prior to the Comptroller’s Office, Kristin worked at Citigroup in Global Community Relations serving as Chief Administrative Officer, responsible for strategic planning, budget and reputation management. She has extensive experience in project management, community relations, government affairs and organizational development. Kristin holds a Master’s of Human Resources and Industrial Relations degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Louis University.
BiographyNathalie joined Finsbury in September 2017 following two and a half years working in Government across several departments, including the Cabinet Office, 10 Downing Street, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Department for Communities and Local Government. Previously Nathalie was Political Director and finally Deputy Director of the Conservative Friends of Israel, where she oversaw the political strategy of the organisation, along with co-ordinating campaigns and political engagement in Whitehall and Westminster. Earlier in her career she worked in the House of Commons for a Conservative Member of Parliament. Educated at the University of Warwick, Nathalie holds a degree in Politics and International Studies.
BiographyGladys Tang joined Finsbury in 2013 with extensive experience advising corporate on reputation, M&A and crisis management. She has a decade of experience in financial journalism focused on banking, asset management and energy news. Her past and current clients include global asset managers/PE (BlackRock, Investec Asset Management, Aberdeen, Legal & General Investment Management, Europa Capital, Investec Wealth & Investment), banks (Bank of Singapore, UBP/Coutts, ICBC(Asia)) governmental bodies (Qatar Investment Authority, HM Revenue & Customs, Mayor of Moscow), listed-companies (Quintain Estates and Development, Sun Hung Kai Properties, SmarTone), medical firms (Boehringer Ingelheim, Virtus Medical) and professional bodies (Institution of Engineering and Technology, Law Society) and which stretch from the UK through Russia to East Asia. She advised in Qatar Investment Authority’s acquisition of Lifestyle International, OCBC’s acquisition of Wing Hang Bank and post communications of Union Bancaire Privée’s purchase of Coutts as well as Bank of Singapore’s acquisition of Barclays’ wealth and management business in HK/Singapore. She is also a media and reputation trainer. Previously she was a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford for which she received a Chevening Scholarship, Gladys holds an MSc in Regulation (Distinction) with a focus on financial and environmental regulations from the London School of Economics. She is currently a committee member of Finsbury Academy, which develops training within the organisation. She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
BiographyNabih has been a communications and marketing consultant for over 14 years advising government entities and global corporates across the Gulf region. Nabih's communications experience includes advising the Dubai government on articulating its debt story to international investors; taking Majid Al Futtaim from a mall developer in UAE to a regional hospitality, real estate and retail conglomerate; and developing McDonald's biggest ever transparency platform. Nabih is also a media integration expert, aligning communications with long-term SEO objectives and driving messaging across online, offline and social media. A Lebanese national, Nabih is fluent in English and Arabic. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University
BiographyDisa joined Finsbury in August 2018. She is a corporate communication strategy and media relations expert with over eight years of experience. Disa specializes in advising public and private sector clients in Saudi Arabia and the UAE on how to engage global audiences and build long-term brand equity with their stakeholder groups. Since joining Finsbury, Disa has provided strategic counsel and executed communication campaigns for the Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden); the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP) and the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA). Prior to joining Finsbury, Disa was embedded as an advisor with the Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) in Riyadh, where she developed and executed all press office and stakeholder engagement activities for the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) from April 2017 to July 2018. Disa is a Swedish national who holds a BA in Rhetoric.
BiographyJames joined Finsbury in 2013 from The Independent and Evening Standard, where he was the retail and leisure reporter. He works in the consumer team in London and his current clients include Home Retail Group and Alliance Boots. James has a deep understanding of consumer companies, having written extensively about the challenges and opportunities they face for more than five years. Before he joined The Independent in 2008, he was news editor at the trade paper Retail Week, where he spent nearly three years. James started his career in journalism at the London bureau of the Asahi Shimbun, a leading Japanese newspaper, in 1997. He graduated from Warwick University.
BiographyMichael has a decade of experience in financial and corporate communications, advising clients operating predominantly in the financial services sector. His current clients include Alliance Trust, BA Pensions, Intesa Sanpaolo and KKR. Outside the financials sector, Michael works with FTSE 100 businesses J Sainsbury and Experian Plc and was also a part of the team that advised on Verizon Communications’ $130bn acquisition of Vodafone’s stake in Verizon Wireless. Prior to joining Finsbury in 2012, Michael was a Director at global communications agency, Kreab Gavin Anderson, where he advised businesses including CME Group, BGC Partners and Investor AB. Michael has an Honours degree in history from the LSE and a First Class Master’s Degree in management from the University of London.
BiographyAnjali joined Finsbury in 2008. She co-leads the Consumer team and specialises in advising clients in the delivery of strategic financial communications strategies, crisis & reputation management and brand building and positioning. Her current clients include Sky, Walgreens Boots Alliance, M&S, Agent Provocateur, Taylor Wimpey and Activision Blizzard. Crisis and transactional experience includes the merger of Alliance Boots with Walgreens, reputation management and promotion of the Boots brand in the UK, the defence of Sky from News Corporation's proposed £12 billion approach, and the defence of Cadbury from Kraft Foods' hostile bid and subsequent recommended offer. Prior to joining Finsbury, Anjali was a Senior Associate at Deloitte and worked on the audits of clients including Carphone Warehouse and Tomkins. Anjali is a part-qualified Chartered Accountant and holds an Honours degree in Management Studies from the University of Nottingham.
BiographyHumza has been with Finsbury since 2010 - joining in London, then moving to Singapore in 2014 to develop the firm’s business in Southeast Asia, and returning to London in October 2016. He has experience advising on high profile transactions, corporate reputational issues and shareholder activism in London and Southeast Asia. His transactional experience includes Glencore’s IPO and subsequent merger with Xstrata, Infinis’ IPO and Schneider Electric’s £3.4bn takeover of Invensys. In terms of working on high profile reputational issues, he has also advised Thailand’s Wind Energy Holding, Royal Bank of Scotland, Starbucks around its corporation tax issues, and Centrica in the context of potential government regulation. His clients have also included Singapore Exchange (SGX), Aviva, Abraaj, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Foxconn, Terra Firma, Experian, Alliance Trust, Activision and Air Liquide. Humza graduated with Honours from the University of Nottingham, where he studied Business Management.
BiographyEric Wachter, a Director in Finsbury’s Washington, DC office, provides strategic counsel and develops sound communications solutions in crisis and issues management, litigation, government investigations, and public policy and regulatory matters. Previously, Eric worked as an attorney at King & Spalding LLP, where he specialized in strategies to solve complex problems and tell clients’ stories in litigation and government affairs. His litigation practice focused on high-exposure consumer fraud, product liability, toxic tort, commercial, and administrative cases, including class actions and attorney general actions. He also worked in government advocacy and public policy, helping to guide clients through Congressional and other governmental investigations; appellate practice; and crisis management. Additionally, he served as Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Washington, DC regional office, where his portfolio included communications and media relations, government advocacy, and operations in three states and the District of Columbia. Eric received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is a member of the Bars of Georgia and the District of Columbia.
BiographyPhilip is the team leader of the Industrials Team. His varied transactional experience includes the acquisition of ABN Amro by RBS, the bid defence against BHP Billiton by Rio Tinto, the IPOs of African Barrick Gold, John Laing Infrastructure Fund and Vallar, as well as its subsequent acquisition of Bumi, and rights issues by British Land, Great Portland Estates and Pendragon. His recent crisis experience comprises the profit warnings and administration of Connaught. Other clients include AstraZeneca, Beam Global, Senior and Terra Firma. Philip joined Finsbury in 2007 from the House of Commons, where he was the Parliamentary Researcher to Humfrey Malins CBE MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration. He is a graduate from University College, Durham.
BiographyRichard joined Finsbury in 2013. He advises UK and international clients from the financial services, natural resources and industrials sectors on a range of areas including financial communications strategy, corporate transactions and reputation management. His current clients include Old Mutual, BAE Systems, Saipem, BT Pension Scheme and Mediobanca. Prior to joining Finsbury, he worked for the London Stock Exchange where he was responsible for attracting companies to float in London from North America, Africa, India and the Middle East, as well as managing relationships with existing listed companies. He previously worked in the media relations team of the London Stock Exchange where he led UK and international communications for the Primary Markets division and the AIM market, in addition to working on financial communications for the wider London Stock Exchange Group. Richard has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Durham.
Ginny Wilmerding is a Partner in Finsbury’s Hong Kong office, working across Greater China and Asia. Ginny counsels senior executives and boards in Asia and the U.S. on critical issues and complex financial situations, including IPOs and M&A, governance and activism, geopolitical challenges, reputation management, ESG and investor engagement.
Before joining Finsbury, Ginny was a partner with Brunswick Group, and during nearly 11 years with the firm helped to grow the Asian business and team more than five-fold. She was Brunswick’s TMT sector lead for the Asia region and advised on marqueetransactions for Alibaba and Ant Group, as well as for other e-commerce, AI, fintech, hardware and media clients. She led a global team that designed and launched Brunswick’s governance and ESG practice. Ginny has also advised leading SOEs, PE firms and family businesses such as CITIC, Bain Capital and Swire.Ginny regularly publishes articles on current affairs and published a business advice book for women in 2006 (Wiley). She is a founding steering committee member of the 30% Club Hong Kong and has been a Board Trustee of Princeton in Asia since 1997, now chairing the Asia Advisory Council and serving on PiA’s executive, nominating and development committees. Other corporate experience includes business development roles for Hutchison Whampoa and AT&T in Hong Kong and Shanghai and heading corporate affairs for US private equity-backed Internet services companies in Boston. Ginny holds a BA in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and speaks and reads Chinese.