Michael Abrahams
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Michael Abrahams works with C-suite executives and board members at companies across a range of industries on complicated reputation, litigation, financial and workplace issues. He has deep experience with major corporate crises, litigation and labor issues in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia as well as high-profile special situations, including mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies, union campaigns, collective bargaining and CEO transitions. Michael also works extensively on multi-national merger integration efforts and internal communications during transformational moments of crisis, scrutiny or change. He has been featured recently in the Financial Times and PR Week and on the BBC. Michael also has extensive, on the ground experience leading diverse assignments for clients in the U.S and overseas. This has included embedded, interim communications leadership roles with digital technology pioneer ABB in Switzerland, helping to drive the company’s global strategy, content, crisis and internal communications functions on an interim basis. It has also included serving in the Netherlands as the interim head of Global Communications for Royal Ahold N.V., one of the world’s largest food and online retailers. In this role, Michael oversaw external, internal and executive communications and public affairs activities in the U.S. and Europe and managed communications for the company's successful, $29 billion, cross-border merger with Brussels-based Delhaize Group. Other assignments have included:
  • The recall crisis, litigation, brand recovery and union organizing matters at Toyota;
  • Multi-union pressure campaigns and corporate positioning for CVS;
  • The introduction of a new leadership team and business strategy at Nielsen;
  • Restructuring, merger and high-profile labor issues at United Airlines;
  • Operational integration and union matters at Walgreens;
  • Cross-border M&A for ABB, Axel Springer, Post Holdings and Pfizer among others;
  • High-profile litigation and other issues at BNY Mellon and BlackRock; and
  • Collective bargaining and union organizing issues at multiple educational institutions.
Michael previously worked in Washington, DC, overseeing communications for National Public Radio (NPR). He began his career in politics, working in Washington as part of NPR’s government relations team and with a national trade association. He also has served with several political campaigns at the national and state levels. Michael holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. in Politics and Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.
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