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Sharon Stern


Sharon Stern


Sharon provides strategic communications counsel to Boards of Directors and c-suite executives involved in transactions, reorganizations and other special situations. She also works with small-mid- and large-cap companies across sectors to help them put in place long-term corporate positioning and investor relations programs. Her areas of expertise include:

Investor Relations and Corporate Governance

She applies best practices in investor and public relations, and corporate governance to help ensure that a company’s corporate story is communicated clearly and consistently across stakeholder groups. She advises on matters including shareholder and sell-side engagement, financial reporting, guidance, and investor day activities.

Litigation and Crisis Communications

She has experience advising companies in connection with unplanned executive leadership changes, product recalls, FDA 483 and Warning letters and FCPA violations. In any litigation, she works closely with a client’s legal team to ensure that the communications strategy supports the litigation objectives.


Recent transaction experience includes advising Bemis in its pending combination with Amcor; and Fiserv in its pending combination with First Data. Other transaction work includes (Healthcare): Zimmer Biomet in its acquisitions of Biomet and LDR; Centene in its  acquisitions of Fidelis Care and HealthNet; Liva Nova in the sale of its CRM Business to MicroPort Scientific; and St. Jude Medical in numerous transactions. (Industrials): Faimount Santrol in its sale to Unimin; Triumph Group in numerous transactions; Cytec in its sale to Umeco. (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.

Shareholder Activism

Her public activism and proxy contest experience include Acorda (Scopia), Triumph Group (Atlantic Investment), Boingo (Ides Capital), LSB (Starboard, Engine Capital), Nuance (Carl Icahn) and Abraxas Petroleum (Clinton Group).


She advises companies on separations, including navigating the going public process following a spin-off. This includes advising on pre-filing activities such as profile-raising, investor/analyst education, roadshow development, presentation training and message development. Experience includes Pentair/nVent, Arconic/Alcoa, Oneok/OneGas, and BWXT/B&W; and Delphi in its listing following-financial reorganization.

Sharon joined Joele Frank 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 laudefrom The George Washington University.