Steven Lipin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Steve Lipin is chairman and chief executive officer of Gladstone Place Partners and a trusted advisor in the field of strategic, financial and corporate governance communications. Steve has spent over 30 years at the intersection of the corporate world, Wall Street and the media as a leading financial journalist and top communications strategist to C-Suites, boards of directors and chief communications officers. Steve started Gladstone Place Partners in 2017 after 16 years at Brunswick Group, where he was U.S. Senior Partner. Steve was instrumental in incorporating digital and social media into financial communications such as M&A and activist defense campaigns.
At Gladstone Place Partners, Steve has worked on assignments such as The Walt Disney Company’s proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets, corporate restructurings at GE, Andeavor’s sale to Marathon Petroleum, as well as other transactions and assignments. Steve has worked on many landmark M&A deals such as InBev’s acquisition of Anheuser-Busch, AB InBev’s acquisitions of Grupo Modelo and of SAB Miller, Pfizer’s acquisition of Wyeth, the combination of Kraft and Heinz, Air Liquide’s purchase of Airgas, Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood, Burger King’s combination with Tim Horton’s, American Airlines’ sale to US Airways and many others. He has also advised many companies on shareholder activist defense, including Heinz, PepsiCo, eBay, Yahoo!, Macy’s, AIG, Freeport McMoRan and Arconic, among others. He has worked on many crises situations, executive leadership changes and cyber breaches.
Before Brunswick, Steve was Finance Editor for The Wall Street Journal, supervising the paper’s coverage of mergers, commercial banking, private equity and corporate finance. He also launched the Deals and Dealmakers column, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won an Overseas Press Club award. He joined the Journal in 1991 after cutting his teeth at Institutional Investor and American Banker.
Steve has written on the need for clarity in financial communications and occasionally tweets about his Mets and Jets (@StevenLipin). He also enjoys speaking at colleges, universities, M&A and governance conferences.
Born in New York City, Steve graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is a board member of Student Sponsor Partners, the Knight Bagehot Fellowship In Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, the Columbia Journalism Review and of Youth Inc. He is married with three children and lives in New York City.