Steven Lipin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Steve Lipin is chairman and chief executive officer of Gladstone Place Partners. He is a trusted advisor in the field of strategic, financial and corporate governance communications. Steve has spent more than 30 years at the intersection of the corporate world, Wall Street and the media as a leading financial journalist at The Wall Street Journal 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. Steve was ranked #16 on the New York Observer’s list of the 50 most powerful public relations executives in 2016 and has been included on PR Week’s Power List.
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.
Steve joined Brunswick in 2001 from The Wall Street Journal, where he was the Finance Editor, supervising the paper’s coverage of mergers, commercial banking, private equity and corporate finance. From 1995 to 2000, Steve covered mergers and acquisitions for the Journal, redefining the M&A beat and launching the Deals and Dealmakers column during his tenure.
Steve was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Journal and was a member of a team that won an Overseas Press Club award. He joined the Journal in 1991 to cover banking after working at financial publications such as 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, a member of the Board of Advisors of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship In Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review, and a board member of Youth-Inc. He is married with three children and lives in New York City.