Mary Beth Kissane is a veteran communications executive with deep experience in reputation and issues management, corporate communications and investor and media relations and corporate disclosure issues.
Kissane attended law school as an evening student while working at Georgeson and Company, a Wall Street proxy solicitation firm that specialized in investor relations, market surveillance and corporate takeovers. In addition to developing scores of IR, corporate disclosure and financial media relations programs for public corporations and traditional and alternative asset management firms, she worked on takeovers such as the Vodafone takeover of Mannesmann, still the largest in history, and on crises such as Enron. Her work on key message development and integration has been critical not only in ongoing communications programs, but also in engagements involving activism and takeovers, corporate spin offs such as the spin out of MF Global from Man Group, IPOs and corporate turnarounds and bankruptcies. In addition to Georgeson, she has worked at Bliss PR, The Abernathy MacGregor Group and Hill and Knowlton.
She sits on the board of Lawyers Without Borders, is a former national board member of the National Investor Relations Institute and chaired NIRI's advocacy committee during her tenure. She was awarded the 2013 Investor Relations Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award. She has taught classes on IR and corporate communications at New York University, Marymount and Iona Colleges and Singapore University.
Her interests include travel, cooking and gardening. Her pro bono work has included The Robin Hood Foundation, the Jacob Perlow hospice at Beth Israel, and Lawyers Without Borders.