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Tom Johnson Chief Executive Officer

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Tom Johnson is Chief Executive Officer of Abernathy MacGregor (AMG), where he is shaping a growth strategy that builds upon AMG’s powerful heritage as a trusted partner to leading organizations in times of change. Tom counsels CEOs, executive teams and Boards of Directors on all strategic communications matters, with a particular focus on special situations such as transactions, activist investors, crises, management changes and governance matters.      ​

In line with the firm’s tradition of long-lasting client relationships, Tom has advised leading global public and private companies through a number of critical situations including; CBS Corp., Comcast, Carlyle Group, GCM Grosvenor, Hershey’s, JAB Holdings, Keurig, Mylan, T-Mobile, TPG, Sanofi, SunTrust, Starwood Capital and Vodafone. He also has a particular expertise in M&A and activist defense situations, having advised companies on a wide variety of complex and high-profile transactions and activist situations over the past several years. ​

As a recognized leader in communications, he is frequently asked to speak at events and has been a guest speaker at the Tulane Corporate Law Institute, the Garrett Corporate and Securities Law Institute, the Equilar Board Leadership Forum and 13D Monitor’s Activism conference, among others. ​

He serves as Vice Chairman of Board for the Volunteers of America’s Greater New York Chapter.  Prior to Abernathy MacGregor, Tom was editor-in-charge of Investment Banking and Finance for Reuters, where he also ran the M&A and IPO desks. Earlier, he worked at CNN Financial News and at The Daily Record newspaper in Baltimore.

Representative Experience

Tom has advised:

  • Mylan on its acquisitions of Meda and Abbott’s branded specialty business, its defense against a hostile bid for Teva and its takeover offer for Perrigo
  • The Wounded Warrior Project Board of Directors through a management change, an investigation of allegations raised about spending at the organization and the appointment of a new executive team
  • JAB Holdings on its acquisitions of Peet’s Coffee, D.E. Master Blenders, Keurig Green Mountain, Krispy Kreme and Caribou Coffee
  • Office Depot on its merger with OfficeMax, multiple interactions with activist investors and its merger announcement with Staples
  • KKR, TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs on the bankruptcy filing of Energy Future Holdings
  • Vodafone plc on the sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless
  • Companies ranging from Carlyle Group to Coty to Dunkin Brands on their initial public offerings
  • Closely held companies including Meredith Corp., Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Guardian Industries and MWH through transformative transactions and events
  • CSX Corp. on the unsolicited approach from Canadian Pacific and other corporate matters
  • Columbia Pipeline Group on its merger with TransCanada
  • EXOR on its successful hostile takeover offer for PartnerRe


  • Towson State University, Mass Communications (magna cum laude)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Volunteers of America, Greater New York Chapter, Vice Chairman of the Board

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