With more than 30 years of experience, she has led high-profile engagements in the areas of strategic and financial communications; shareholder activism and corporate governance; financial restructuring and chapter 11 filings; friendly, hostile, and cross-border M&A activity; and crisis communications and litigation support.
Ruth counsels senior executives and boards on complex communications issues, often in connection with a corporate inflection point. With more than 30 years of experience, she has led high-profile engagements in the areas of strategic and financial communications; shareholder activism and corporate governance; financial restructuring and chapter 11 filings; friendly, hostile, and cross-border M&A activity; and crisis communications and litigation support.
Strategic messaging, complex financial disclosure/investor relations, and media relations are cornerstones of her practice. Her work often involves sensitive communications challenges and opportunities in the areas of corporate governance and leadership transitions, capital markets and shareholder-focused initiatives, litigation support and regulatory oversight, and workforce/human relations matters.
Ruth holds a BA in English, magna cum laude, from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in English with an Emphasis in Expository Writing from the University of Iowa. She joined Kekst CNC in 1987. Ruth is currently Board Chair of the Union Settlement Association of East Harlem, a member of the Board of New York Youth Symphony, and the former Chair of the Wesleyan University Annual Fund.
Recent and Notable Relevant Experience
Shareholder Activism and Corporate Governance
- While many situations are resolved privately, notable public engagements have included Extended Stay America, Toshiba, Olympus, RPM, The Advisory Board Company, Yum! Brands, PulteGroup, Compuware, Cracker Barrel, Dell, one of the nation’s largest banks, and a major transportation company.
Corporate Restructuring and Chapter 11
- Represented major consumer brands such as RadioShack, Kodak, rue21, and Nine West; industrial companies such as Intelsat, Jack Cooper, SunEdison, Walter Energy, Lear, and Aleris; and financial services firms such as Capmark and SquareTwo Financial.
- Numerous cross-border situations are highlighted by: Fuji Xerox’s planned combination with Xerox (and the related litigation with Carl Icahn); Baxalta’s acquisition by Shire; Meiji Yasuda’s acquisition by Stancorp Financial; Infineon’s acquisition of International Rectifier; Aleris’s ultimately unsuccessful acquisition by China Zhongwang; Publicis’ acquisition of Sapient; and Daimler’s combination with Chrysler.
- Other representative M&A activity has included: Nuance Communications’ acquisition by Microsoft; ODP Corporation’s plan to separate into two publicly traded companies; CVS Health’s acquisition of Aetna; Third Point Re’s acquisition of Sirius Group; WABCO’s acquisition by ZF Friedrichshafen; Corning Incorporated in the strategic realignment of its ownership interest in Dow Corning Corporation; Endurance Specialty Holding’s unsolicited bid for Aspen Holdings.
- Represented private equity firm KKR for more than 20 years, handling high-profile and complex transaction announcements and serving as its chief media spokesperson.
- Work to address communications implications of whistleblower suits and other employee-related litigation and concerns.
- Help with communications plans in the face of various federal and state inquiries from the SEC, DOJ, and State Attorneys General.
- Advise companies faced with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, leading to a variety of disclosure, business practice, and oversight challenges.