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Tom Johnson Chief Executive Officer

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Tom Johnson was named Chief Executive Officer of Abernathy MacGregor in 2016 by firm founder James Abernathy. Tom is shaping a growth strategy building upon AMG’s powerful heritage as a trusted partner to senior executives and leading organizations in a fast-moving communications environment where corporate reputations and trust can be damaged quickly. Tom counsels CEOs, executive teams and board members on all strategic communications matters, with a particular focus on special situations such as M&A, activist investors, crises, management changes and restructurings.

Tom has advised leading global companies through high-profile and complex situations ranging from cross-border friendly and hostile M&A, intensive regulatory investigation and approval processes, public and private activist defense situations, and highly visible crises that attract national and local media scrutiny. He advises some of the world’s largest publicly traded and private investment companies on a wide variety of matters, and has developed a particular expertise in closely held businesses.

As a recognized leader in communications, he is frequently asked to speak at industry events, including the Tulane Corporate Law Institute, the Garrett Corporate and Securities Law Institute and 13D Monitor’s Activism conference.

Prior to joining Abernathy MacGregor in 2005, Tom spent 11 years as a financial journalist, most recently as editor-in-charge of Investment Banking and Finance for Reuters.

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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