Who We Are
Sarah Knakmuhs provides strategic communications counsel to senior executives on a variety of disciplines including investor relations, public policy, transaction communications, crisis communication, and litigation. She is an accomplished corporate executive with a strong financial and business background that includes extensive government affairs experience, leading an investor relations team during a major M&A transaction, and managing the launch of a new product/brand. She has over 20 years of leadership experience working for a regulated Fortune 200 company in the consumer-packaged goods sector. Sarah has a track record of quickly and successfully developing innovative, strategic solutions in challenging situations. She regularly works with a diverse group of stakeholders including, elected officials, the investment community, international partners, regulatory officials and the media. Sarah has extensive background speaking to a large variety of audiences ranging from corporate boards to advisory committees of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Sarah joined Abernathy MacGregor after spending fourteen years at Altria where she held numerous senior roles including Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy; Vice President, Brand; and Vice President, Investor Relations. Her public affairs responsibilities included, developing policy, running issue campaigns, and managing third party relationships. While leading the investor relations team, Sarah was charged with planning investor days, preparing senior executives, executing annual meetings, organizing roadshows, and communicating to investors and key stakeholders around a wide range of issues including litigation, M&A, and regulatory issues.
She also served as Tax Counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and worked at KPMG’s Washington National Tax Practice. She was a guest lecturer at the University of Richmond School of Business. Sarah received a B.S. in Accountancy from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago.
- University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Executive Program for Prospective CFOs
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
- Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), B.S. Accountancy
Memberships and Affiliations
- Member of the Illinois and D.C. Bar
News, Publications and Achievements
- Named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women
- Recognized as one of the Most Power Women in Corporate America by Diversity Woman Magazine