Abernathy MacGregor promotes Tom Johnson to CEO

Former chief executive and co-founder James Abernathy has been named executive chairman.

Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson

NEW YORK: Strategic communications consultancy Abernathy MacGregor has named Tom Johnson as CEO, effective at the start of the year.

He was most recently the firm’s co-president and head of mergers and acquisitions. Johnson replaced James Abernathy, who had been the firm’s sole CEO since 1984, when he founded the agency with James MacGregor. Johnson will continue to manage the M&A division.

President Chuck Burgess and COO Carina Davidson are continuing in their positions, the firm said in a statement, as are vice chairmen MacGregor and Ian Campbell. Abernathy is moving to the role of executive chairman.

The firm said in a statement that Burges will oversee special projects, while Davidson will serve as a senior adviser to clients and manage operations and programs for the agency. Abernathy will be involved in client work and advise on agency-related matters, it added, and he will also serve as chairman of global consultancy partnership AMO.

Johnson joined Abernathy MacGregor in 2005 after working at Reuters, where he was editor-in-charge of the North American investment banking and finance desk, and previously ran the M&A and IPO desks. He also worked at CNN Financial News and The Daily Record in Baltimore.

Before founding the agency, Abernathy worked at ABC for a decade, including three years overseeing all communications as VP of corporate affairs. He was previously VP of public and investor relations at Warner Communications and also worked at CBS.

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