Abernathy grabs Sard utilities vet

NEW YORK: Abernathy McGregor has attempted to restore its presence in the utilities sector by hiring Andrew Merrill away from rival Sard Verbinnen. Merrill fills the shoes of Joele Frank, who left Abernathy in January to set up her own agency.

NEW YORK: Abernathy McGregor has attempted to restore its presence in the utilities sector by hiring Andrew Merrill away from rival Sard Verbinnen. Merrill fills the shoes of Joele Frank, who left Abernathy in January to set up her own agency.

NEW YORK: Abernathy McGregor has attempted to restore its presence

in the utilities sector by hiring Andrew Merrill away from rival Sard

Verbinnen. Merrill fills the shoes of Joele Frank, who left Abernathy in

January to set up her own agency.



Merrill arrives with big plans to build a new division. ’I didn’t want a

fully staffed group,’ he said. ’This is an opportunity to build a

business within a business.’



As a VP at Sard, Merrill worked on a complicated international three-way

merger of aluminum firms and on the Next Level Communications IPO.



Before joining Sard in March of 1999, Merrill spent 11 years at Bank of

New York as its senior-most IR executive.



Since his low-profile arrival at Abernathy a few weeks ago, Merrill has

advised utility firm Entergy and counseled Southern on its Southern

Energy spin-off.



Abernathy, itself an acquisition target of communication giants seeking

IR expertise, is counseling Young & Rubicam on its likely sale to

Publicis.



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