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Adam Pollack

Managing Director

Adam Pollack

Managing Director

Adam provides strategic counsel and communications support to Boards of Directors and management teams facing complex, high-profile corporate events, including mergers or acquisitions, proxy contests, executive leadership changes, and crisis situations:

Mergers & Acquisitions

Assignments include At Home in its pending go-private transaction with H&F; Costar in its proposed acquisition of CoreLogic; Teladoc Health in its acquisition of Livongo; Bristol Myers Squibb in its acquisition of Celgene; WESCO International with its acquisition of Anixter International; Bemis in its combination with Amcor; International Flavors & Fragrances in its acquisition of Frutarom; Dynegy in its merger with Vistra Energy; Rackspace on its go-private transaction with Apollo Global Management; CenturyLink’s merger with Level 3; Agrium and PotashCorp in their merger of equals; Anbang Insurance Group on its unsolicited offer for Starwood Hotels; Norfolk Southern on its successful defense against Canadian Pacific; ACE in its acquisition of Chubb; Depomed on its successful defense against Horizon Pharma;  Time Warner on its successful defense of 21st Century Fox; Verizon Communications on its agreement to acquire Vodafone’s interest in Verizon Wireless; and US Airways on its successful merger with American Airlines.

Shareholder Activism

Recent public assignments include Crown Castle (Elliott); Pernod Ricard (Elliott); Bed Bath & Beyond (Legion, Macellum, Ancora); Procter & Gamble (Trian); DuPont on its successful defense against Trian, AOL on its successful proxy contest against Starboard; Avon (Barington); Buffalo Wild Wings (Marcato); Clearwater Paper (SAC); Darden (Starboard and Barington); Danone (Trian); Depomed (Starboard); Emulex (Starboard and Elliott); Herbalife (Pershing Square); Hertz (Carl Icahn); Lowe’s (DE Shaw); Newell Brands (Carl Icahn and Starboard); Sony (Third Point); and Williams Companies (Corvex and Soroban).

Crisis Preparedness and Communications

His assignments include defense against short sellers, data breaches, financial restructurings, bankruptcies, changes in strategic direction, facility closures and workforce reductions, litigation, regulatory inquiries and unplanned leadership changes.

Investor Relations and Public Relations

He works closely with senior management and outside financial and legal advisors to develop and enhance clients’ IR and PR programs, including quarterly earnings preparation, investor days, and outreach programs to strengthen relationships with key Wall Street opinion makers.

In 2018, Adam received a “Rising PR Star” award from PR News, which recognizes the top professionals in the public relations field for their contributions to the industry and accomplishments in helping organizations achieve their communications goals. Adam joined Joele Frank in 2011. Previously he worked at KCSA Strategic Communications. He received a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.