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Sharon Stern


Sharon Stern


Sharon provides strategic communications counsel to Boards of Directors and c-suite executives involved in transactions, corporate reorganizations and other special situations. She works with small-mid- and large-cap companies across sectors by helping them elevate their communications and message delivery. Her areas of expertise include:

Investor Relations and Change Management Communications

She helps companies express important information accurately, clearly and consistently across external and internal audiences. She has advised clients implementing organizational changes, including Alcoa, Bemis, Tenneco and Triumph Group. She has also advised many companies on their integration programs post M&A, including Centene/WellCare; Centene/Fidelis Care; Bristol-Myers Squibb / Celgene; Fiserv / First Data; NexTier (previously C&J and Keane)

Litigation and Crisis Communications

She has advised companies in connection with sensitive and highly nuanced matters, including executive leadership changes, product recalls, FTC/SEC/DOJ interrogations, FDA 483 and Warning letters and FCPA violations. In any litigation, she works closely with a client’s legal team to ensure that the communications strategy supports the litigation objectives, and preserves credibility.


Recent transaction experience includes Fiserv in its acquisition of First Data. Other transaction work includes (Healthcare): Centene in numerous acquisitions, including WellCare, Fidelis Care and HealthNet; Zimmer Biomet in its acquisitions of Biomet and LDR; Liva Nova in the sale of its CRM Business to MicroPort Scientific; and St. Jude Medical in numerous transactions. (Industrials / A&D): Bemis in its sale to Amcor; CSRA in its response to CACI’s unsolicited proposal; Faimount Santrol in its sale to Unimin; Triumph Group in numerous transactions; Cytec in its sale to Umeco. (Retail): Sears Holding in the formation of Seritage Growth Properties; Coldwater Creek in its financial reorganization and sale to Sycamore Partners; Nordstrom in its acquisition of HauteLook; The Jones Group in numerous transactions and Adidas and Reebok in their merger.

Shareholder Activism

Her public activism and proxy contest experience include Bemis (Starboard); Acorda (Scopia), Triumph Group (Atlantic Investment), Boingo (Ides Capital), LSB (Starboard, Engine Capital), Nuance (Carl Icahn) and Abraxas Petroleum (Clinton Group).


She advises companies on separations, including navigating the going public process following a spin-off. This includes advising on pre-filing activities such as profile-raising, investor/analyst education, roadshow development, presentation training and message development. Experience includes Pentair/nVent, Arconic/Alcoa, Oneok/OneGas, and BWXT/B&W; and Delphi in its listing following-financial reorganization.

Sharon joined Joele Frank in 2000. She is a recipient of The M&A Advisor “Emerging Leaders” award. She provided pro bono public relations counsel to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School in connection with the launch of the New York City school. She previously served as External Affairs Officer at the World Bank. She is a member of the Financial Women’s Association.

Sharon received a BA in international affairs, cum laudefrom The George Washington University.