Adam provides strategic counsel and communications support to Boards of Directors and management teams facing complex, high-profile corporate events, including mergers or acquisitions, proxy contests, executive leadership changes, and crisis situations:
- Mergers & Acquisitions: Recent assignments include International Flavors & Fragrances in its pending acquisition of Frutarom; Dynegy in its merger with Vistra Energy; Rackspace on its go-private transaction with Apollo Global Management; CenturyLink’s merger with Level 3; Agrium and PotashCorp in their merger of equals; Joy Global on its acquisition by Komatsu; American Science & Engineering on its acquisition by OSI Systems; Anbang Insurance Group on its unsolicited offer for Starwood Hotels; Norfolk Southern on its successful defense against Canadian Pacific; ACE in its acquisition of Chubb; Depomed on its successful defense against Horizon Pharma; Dentsply on its merger with Sirona; Entegris on its acquisition of ATMI; ShoreTel on its successful defense of Mitel Networks; Time Warner on its successful defense of 21st Century Fox; Verizon Communications on its agreement to acquire Vodafone’s interest in Verizon Wireless; US Airways on its successful merger with American Airlines; Zimmer Holdings on its merger with Biomet; and Human Genome Sciences on its defense against and sale to GlaxoSmithKline.
- Shareholder Activism: Recent assignments include Procter & Gamble on its defense against Trian; DuPont on its successful defense against Trian, AOL on its successful proxy contest against Starboard; Avon (Barington); Buffalo Wild Wings (Marcato); Clearwater Paper (SAC); Darden (Starboard and Barington); Danone (Trian); Depomed (Starboard); Emulex (Starboard and Elliott); Herbalife (Pershing Square); Hertz (Carl Icahn); Lowe’s (DE Shaw); Newell Brands (Carl Icahn and Starboard); Sony (Third Point); and Williams Companies (Corvex and Soroban).
- Crisis Preparedness and Communications: His assignments include defense against short sellers, data breaches, financial restructurings, bankruptcies, changes in strategic direction, facility closures and workforce reductions, litigation, regulatory inquiries and unplanned leadership changes.
- Investor Relations and Public Relations: He works closely with senior management and outside financial and legal advisors to develop and enhance clients’ IR and PR programs, including quarterly earnings preparation, investor days, and outreach programs to strengthen relationships with key Wall Street opinion makers.
Adam joined Joele Frank in 2011. Previously he worked at KCSA Strategic Communications. He received a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.