Sharon provides strategic communications counsel to Boards of Directors and executive leadership of companies and helps her clients put in place long-term corporate positioning and investor relations programs. She has worked with small- mid- and large-cap companies across sectors with a focus on healthcare, homebuilding, industrial and retail. Areas of expertise include:
- Investor Relations and Corporate Governance: She applies best practices in investor relations and corporate governance to help ensure that a company’s corporate story is communicated clearly and consistently across stakeholder groups. She regularly advises on matters including quarterly financial reporting, guidance considerations, shareholder and sell-side engagement and investor day activities.
- Capital Market Transactions: She helps companies navigate the going public process. This includes advising on pre-filing activities such as profile-raising, investor/analyst education, roadshow development, presentation training and message development. Experience includes advising on the separations and public listings of Arconic/Alcoa, Oneok/OneGas, and BWXT/B&W, and Delphi in its listing following-financial reorganization.
- Litigation and Crisis Communications: She has experience advising companies in connection with unplanned leadership changes, product recalls, FDA 483 and Warning letters, RIFs, accounting irregularities, and FCPA violations. In any litigation or crisis, she works closely with a client’s legal team to ensure that the communications strategy supports the litigation objectives.
- M&A and Shareholder Activism: M&A experience includes: in Healthcare, Zimmer in its acquisitions of orthopedic company Biomet and following that, LDR; Centene in its acquisition of HealthNet; and St. Jude Medical in numerous transactions; in Retail, Sears Holding in the formation of Seritage Growth Properties; Coldwater Creek in its financial reorganization and sale to Sycamore Partners; Nordstrom in its acquisition of HauteLook; The Jones Group in numerous transactions including its sale to Sycamore Partners; and Adidas and Reebok in their merger; in Real Estate Investment Trusts and Homebuilding, Pinnacle in the sale of its real estate assets to GLPI and BMC in its merger with Stock Building Supply. Shareholder Activism defense assignments include advising Triumph Group (Atlantic Investment), LSB (Starboard, Engine Capital), Perry Ellis (Legion Partners), Nuance (Carl Icahn) and Abraxas Petroleum (Clinton Group).
Sharon joined Joele Frank shortly after the firm’s inception in 2000. She is a recipient of The M&A Advisor “Emerging Leaders” award. She provided pro bono public relations counsel to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School in connection with the launch of the New York City school. She previously served as External Affairs Officer at the World Bank. She is a member of the Financial Women’s Association.
Sharon received a BA in international affairs, cum laude, from The George Washington University.