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Abernathy MacGregor announces promotions

Abernathy MacGregor said Sept. that Patrick Clifford, Dana Gorman, Kate Murray and Pat Tucker were promoted to managing director. Abernathy is a strategic communications advisory firm.


New York, September 13, 2017 – Abernathy MacGregor, a leading strategic communications advisory firm to global companies, investment firms and other organizations, today announced a number of senior executive appointments, including the promotions of Patrick Clifford, Dana Gorman, Kate Murray and Pat Tucker to Managing Director.

“Patrick, Dana, Kate and Pat embody what sets Abernathy MacGregor apart – trusted counsel, the highest quality work and a powerful entrepreneurial spirit,” said Tom Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Abernathy MacGregor. “They have demonstrated each of these qualities as they have grown at the firm and collectively earned the distinction of becoming our largest class of Managing Director appointments in many years. They have shown a particular aptitude for providing strategic advice during critical moments where we are increasingly being called on by clients for guidance, including transformative events such as mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism, litigation and crises. My colleagues and I have had the privilege to see each of our newly minted Managing Directors develop into leaders within Abernathy MacGregor and our industry. We look forward to their continued contributions as we build on our momentum and market share gains.”

Patrick Clifford, who joined Abernathy MacGregor in 2007, provides strategic communications counsel to leading global investors, including hedge funds, private equity firms and institutional investors. He advises many of the world’s largest and highest-profile investors and their portfolio companies on media relations and reputation management. Patrick graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Economics and Accounting. Dana Gorman, who has been at the firm for more than 11 years, has led a number of high-profile projects stretching across mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganizations. He has extensive experience advising public and private companies, as well as private equity firms, on reputation initiatives, strategic profile raising efforts, transaction communications and crisis preparation and management. Dana graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish. Kate Murray started her career at Abernathy MacGregor in 2005. After Hurricane Katrina, she moved to New Orleans to help manage the recovery efforts, starting as Communications Director for the New Orleans City Council and ascending to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Council President. Kate returned to Abernathy MacGregor in 2014 and currently advises companies on public and investor relations, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, crises, initial public offerings and complex corporate reorganizations. Kate graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science. Abernathy MacGregor Expands Senior Leadership Team Patrick Clifford, Dana Gorman, Kate Murray and Pat Tucker Named Managing Directors ABERNATHY MACGREGOR NEW YORK | LOS ANGELES | SAN FRANCISCO | HOUSTON Pat Tucker has brought in and led a number of important projects and ongoing account work for the firm over the past six years. Pat has worked on some of the most notable contested situations in recent years, including crossborder hostile transactions, mergers challenged by elected officials and antitrust authorities and proxy fights against established and first-time activist funds. He also routinely advises clients in pivotal moments, including changes to corporate strategy, securing approval for public projects and a broad range of crises and other issues. Pat graduated from Trinity College with a B.A. in English Literature. He is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute and Society for Corporate Governance. Abernathy MacGregor also has recognized talent at other levels of the firm, including elevating Kendell Moore to the position of Senior Vice President, recognizing her superior work and contributions to the firm’s crisis management practice as well as its shareholder activism and transaction communications work. The firm also announced the recent promotions of four Senior Account Executives and four Account Executives. Additionally, Abernathy MacGregor recently announced the addition of communication veterans Erica Abrams and Carl Folta as Senior Counselors. About Abernathy MacGregor Abernathy MacGregor ( is a leading strategic communications firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston. We provide strategic communications counsel and services to companies large and small, public and private, typically in times of transition. Since 1984 we have brought to every engagement superior, customized communications planning, 24/7 hands-on implementation and an intensely collaborative and highenergy commitment to our clients. Abernathy MacGregor is a founding member of AMO (, the leading global partnership of corporate and financial communications consultancies. ##