We are pleased to announce that Carina Davidson, a member of the firm for more than 20 years and most recently Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed the firm’s President effective May 7, 2018. Carina provides strategic communications and investor relations counsel for companies in the financial services, consumer goods, healthcare, energy, real estate, business services and technology sectors, among others. She has significant expertise helping clients manage their corporate reputations, crafting and delivering corporate messages to Wall Street and assisting companies in preparing for shareholder activism defense scenarios. Carina manages many of the firm’s IPO mandates and also oversees communications for some of the leading private equity firms and their portfolio companies.
Tom Johnson, the firm’s Chief Executive Officer, says, “Carina is the embodiment of Abernathy MacGregor’s culture — smart, collaborative and committed to her clients. In her roles up until now, she has helped drive growth across the business by advising clients through a multitude of challenging and transformative situations, and making our operations more productive and efficient as COO. She embodies our philosophy of providing sophisticated counsel to clients that produces business results, and we look forward to Carina taking on an even more visible role for our firm moving forward.”
Carina succeeds Chuck Burgess, who after 24 years at Abernathy MacGregor, the last eight as its President, is moving full-time to Europe. Mr. Burgess will continue to be affiliated with the firm in a consulting role, and will continue to advise certain clients through Abernathy MacGregor and its international network AMO.
Two of the firm’s senior leaders will assume additional responsibilities. Chuck Dohrenwend has been named the firm’s Managing Director, Head of Operations, with oversight over IT, research and marketing. Kate Murray will become Managing Director, Head of Talent Strategy and Senior Level Recruiting, in which capacity she will help ensure that the firm continues to recruit and develop experienced professionals.
To learn more about Carina and this transition, please read the full press release.