I bring to my consulting engagements more than 20 years of experience in in-house roles and high-stakes consulting engagements helping clients develop their brands, manage reputational risk and respond to crises.
Before I returned to consulting in 2013, I served as Managing Director and global head of marketing and communications for GMI Ratings, a sustainability and corporate governance research firm acquired by MSCI. I joined the firm soon after the merger of three predecessor companies, and I played a key role in data integration and product development that resulted in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ratings of more than 19,000 public companies worldwide. I also led three successful product launches and editorial coverage of company-specific news and systemic trends in corporate governance and accounting practices, securing extensive on-message coverage in top-tier and industry publications.
Before I joined GMI Ratings, I served as Vice President and head of the financial communications practice at Waggener Edstrom (now WE Communications), where my clients included Microsoft, BMC Software, Ener1 and New Stream Capital. In this position, I led communications for high-profile transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and capital raises, and crisis communications assignments stemming from regulatory inquiries, enforcement actions, activist and short seller campaigns. I also developed a new service portfolio for asset managers and spearheaded the firm’s “Investors in Innovation” survey series focusing on institutional investors’ perceptions of sustainability and alternative energy trends.
I have also held executive leadership positions at global communications consultancies (e.g., Ruder Finn, RF|Binder, Ogilvy) and served as a senior advisor to mid-sized agencies specializing in transportation, life sciences, technology, legal services and real estate. I have a broad track record of thought leadership on dominant issues in corporate communications, including the impact of regulatory changes (e.g., RegFD), the evolution of sustainability accounting standards, and the mainstream adoption of responsible investing principles.
In the late 1990s, I worked on several dotcom IPOs and served as head of Investor Relations for Juno Online Services, one of the largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) at the time. In this position, I managed communications for two capital raises and three acquisitions, and played a key role in the company’s merger with its competitor, NetZero.
I hold a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from Yeshiva University. In 2003, I completed coursework in Organizational Psychology and Behavioral Finance at Columbia University.