Tom Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

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Tom Johnson is Chief Executive Officer of H/Advisors Abernathy, where he is leading a growth strategy rooted in the firm’s powerful heritage as a trusted partner to leading organizations and executives in their most critical moments.

Tom counsels CEOs, executive leaders and Boards on all strategic communications matters, with a particular focus on special situations such as transactions, activist investors, crises, management changes and governance matters. He has overseen a significant expansion of Abernathy’s business over the last eight years, including the launch of several new practice areas rooted in the firm’s stakeholder-oriented approach. Tom also serves as the co-Chief Executive Officer of the H/Advisors global network, which offers clients leading local market expertise and a seamless cross-border offering in all of the world’s key financial and government centers.
Prior to joining Abernathy, Tom served as Editor-in-Charge of Investment Banking and Finance for Reuters North America, where he also ran the M&A and IPO desks. Earlier, he worked at CNN Financial News as a financial markets and M&A reporter.


Representative Experience

• Cerner Corporation on its $28.3 billion merger with Oracle

• Medline Industries on its majority stake sale to Blackstone, Carlyle, and Hellman & Friedman for approximately $30 billion

• JAB on all North American communications​

• The National Women’s Soccer League on its joint investigation into alleged misconduct

• First Horizon Bank on the termination of its merger agreement with TD Bank

• Leadership transitions at Hershey’s, JAB, DXC Technology, Keurig Dr Pepper and Panera

• Claure Group on the launch of its investment firm

• Comcast on Trian Fund Management’s investment in the company



• Towson State University, B.A. in Mass Communications


Memberships and Affiliations

• Volunteers of America Greater New York, Board Member​

• The LAGRANT Foundation, Board Member