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VIRTUAL SALON: ‘Embracing the Relationship with Activists’

July 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

Activist investors are on the rise – and they hold more influence than ever. From demanding changes in leadership to divestitures, activist investors have become an increasingly common influence in the boardroom. However, rather than avoiding the activist community, there is another approach to dealing with this level of shareholder activism: embracing it.

In this virtual salon hosted by Deborah Ellinger, learn how to proactively engage and embrace the activist investor. You’ll learn about what may trigger their interest, how to stay involved, and best practices for engaging and mitigating risk.

About Deborah Ellinger

Deborah G. Ellinger has 15 years of experience as a director, and has been on both sides of the table during activist engagements. She joined the Interpublic board in 2015 as a result of an activist engagement, and was Lead Director of iRobot during their activist engagement in 2016. She is currently a director of iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT), maker of the Roomba vacuum cleaner,  and a director of Covetrus (NASDAQ:CVET), a $4 billion tech-enabled veterinarian services company). She is also a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group, a board advisor for several tech startups, and serves on the board of The Commonwealth Institute, a woman’s leadership organization. She is a former director of Interpublic Group, The Princeton Review, Sealy Corporation, National Life Group, and several other companies.

Deborah was the President/CEO of four private-equity backed companies over 15 years: CEO of Ideal Image, a chain of 130 medical spas; CEO of The Princeton Review, a global test prep company; President of Restoration Hardware, a home goods retailer; and CEO of Wellness Pet Food, a natural pet-food company. She was previously an EVP at CVS Pharmacy, an SVP at Staples, and a partner at The Boston Consulting Group, having begun her career with Mellon Financial Corporation.

This salon is offered exclusively to members of Athena Alliance.