Darcie provides strategic counsel and communications advice and support to companies across a wide range of complex special situations, including corporate crises, mergers and acquisitions and shareholder activism. Additionally, she empowers companies to connect with and influence their key stakeholders through ongoing investor and public relations support. Her key areas of expertise include:
She has helped companies navigate a wide variety of issues requiring tailored, highly strategic communications, including discrimination and sexual harassment issues, workplace violence, product recalls, data breaches, unplanned leadership changes, workforce reductions, patent disputes, regulatory actions and earnings surprises and restatements.
Mergers and Acquisitions
She has advised companies on friendly and contested transactions, including GrubHub in its sale to Just Eat Takeaway; Johnson & Johnson in its acquisition of Actelion; Gannett in its sale to New Media; MEDNAX in its sales of its American Anesthesiology and MedData businesses; Alder in its sale to Lundbeck; Parker Hannifin in its acquisition of LORD Corporation; Sealed Air in its acquisition of Automated Packaging Systems; Carmike in its sale to AMC.
She has worked to defend companies in numerous private and public activist situations, opposite many notable activist investors including Carl Icahn, Elliott Management, Engaged Capital, Land & Buildings, Scopia Capital, Starboard Value, and Vintage Capital, among others.
Investor Relations & Public Relations
She advises companies in how to enhance their overall communications strategy, working closely with management teams to help tell their companies’ stories in a compelling way and ensure messaging is tailored to key internal and external audiences. Her work in this area includes corporate positioning, employee communications, quarterly earnings preparation, succession planning and thought leadership activities.
Darcie joined Joele Frank in 2015. She received a BA in Government from Wesleyan University.