IN THE NEWS
Joele Frank Named Financial Agency of the Year
Joele Frank was named the 2016 Financial Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report at its 16th annual SABRE Awards in May. The award recognizes superior achievement in the field of financial communications in North America, with the winner selected following an exhaustive process involving more than 150 submissions and 50 face-to-face meetings with the best PR firms across the U.S. and Canada. Joele Frank was also named by The Holmes Report as Financial Agency of the Year in 2012 and Crisis Firm of the Year in 2009.
Ed Trissel Rejoins Firm As Partner
We are pleased to announce that Ed Trissel has rejoined Joele Frank as a Partner. Ed has more than 20 years of experience providing strategic communications counsel to U.S. and international companies and private equity firms involved in transactions, special situations, reorganizations, and long-term corporate positioning and investor relations programs. Ed most recently served as the chief communications officer of Warburg Pincus, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. In this role, which he held since 2011, Ed led the firm’s global communications strategy and team as well as the firm’s service offering to its portfolio companies in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Prior to Warburg Pincus, Ed was a Managing Director and then a Partner at Joele Frank from 2007 to 2011. Earlier in his career, he founded and served as principal of a corporate and financial communications advisory firm, Vistance Group, and held senior roles at Hill & Knowlton and Ketchum. He is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society.
Sharon Stern Receives M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Award
Sharon Stern, a Partner at Joele Frank, was recently named as a recipient of The M&A Advisor’s 7th annual “Emerging Leaders Awards.” This award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of young M&A, Financing and Turnaround professionals who have reached a significant level of success and made a notable contribution to their industry and community. The 2016 Award Winners were chosen by an independent judging panel from a pool of prominent nominees in the U.S. and U.K. Joele Frank partners Tim Lynch, Jed Repko, Matthew Sherman and Andrew Siegel are past recipients of this award.
Governance Expert Sarah Teslik Joins Firm
We are pleased to announce that Sarah Teslik has joined Joele Frank as “Of Counsel,” a newly created position. Sarah has unmatched experience in corporate governance and shareholder relations and is one of the preeminent thought leaders in these areas. Sarah spent the last 10 years at Apache Corporation, most recently serving as SVP, Communications, Public Affairs and Governance. Prior to Apache she was CEO of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards from 2004 to 2006, and executive director of the Council of Institutional Investors from 1988 to 2004. Given the increasing importance of corporate governance in our client work, we look forward to benefitting from her expertise.
Joele Frank Ranked First in M&A League Tables For Third Straight Year
In 2015, for the third consecutive year, Joele Frank was ranked #1 in the M&A league tables among PR Firms in number of deals by Corporate Control Alert. In addition to the CCA league tables, in 2015 Joele Frank also ranked first among M&A communications advisors in the U.S. according to data produced by Mergermarket.
Joele Frank Again Ranked in Top 10 on The Observer’s “2015 PR Power 50”
For the second straight year, The Observer has named Joele Frank as one of the top 10 most influential PR firms in New York. The Observer’s PR Power 50 list recognizes firms that are “transforming public relations into the most powerful engine in the great media-communications complex.”
Joele Frank Inducted to PRWeek Hall of Fame
Joele Frank, a founder and managing partner of our firm, has been inducted to the PRWeek Hall of Fame. PRWeek established the Hall of Fame in 2013 to recognize individuals for their outstanding contribution to the development of the communications industry, significant impact on the PR field, mentorship of a generation of communications professionals and exceptional thought leadership that shaped and redefined the field. Joele is being honored for her 25 years of counseling executive teams and boards of directors through some of the most complex and delicate situations in their companies’ history, having played a major role in more than 1,000 special situations. She is a member of the third group of inductees, and was recognized at a celebratory dinner in New York City in December 2015.
Jed Repko Receives 40 Under 40 Award
Jed Repko, a Partner in the San Francisco office of Joele Frank, was recently named as a recipient of The M&A Advisor’s 6th annual 40 Under 40 Awards in the service provider category. This award recognizes and celebrates emerging industry leaders in M&A, Financing and Turnaround industries. The 2015 Award Winners were chosen by an independent judging panel from a pool of prominent nominees for their notable accomplishments in business and in service to the community. Joele Frank partners Andrew Siegel, Matthew Sherman and Tim Lynch are past recipients of this award.
Joele Frank Named PR and Communications Firm of the Year
In February 2015, Joele Frank was named PR and Communications Firm of the Year at the 9th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards in Palm Beach, Florida. This followed the firm's recognition as Marketing/PR Firm of the Year at the 7th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards in 2013 and at the 11th Annual M&A Advisor Awards in New York in December 2012. Since 1998, The M&A Advisor has recognized the achievement of the world’s leading mergers and acquisitions, financing and turnaround professionals.
Joele Frank Featured on PR Power List
The New York Observer recently featured Joele Frank as one of the most influential PR firms in New York. Here are excerpts from the article:

Pages