Drawing on more than 40 years of corporate and consulting experience in the United States and overseas, Keith Mabee advises senior management teams and boards on high-stakes situations in a wide range of industries, including handling complex shareholder activism, divestiture, IPO, and merger-and-acquisition actions; dealing with crisis communications from national product recalls to major plant closures; launching change management programs to support strategic initiatives; and conceiving and implementing strategic communications underpinning corporate restructuring, global branding, business development, enterprise risk management, legislative and regulatory initiatives, takeover defenses, proxy solicitations, debt and equity offerings, management reorganizations, and product and service launches.
Representative clients include: Parker-Hannifin, Lincoln Electric, Northwest Airlines, Timken, Roadway, STERIS, Lubrizol, BJ’s, Agilysys, NACCO, Scott Technologies, Penton Media, Myers Industries, Ferro, A. Schulman, Nordson and Jo-Ann Stores.
Prior to joining Falls Communications in 2014, Keith was president and COO and vice chairman for 16 years at a Midwest-based strategic communications and investor relations consulting firm.
Earlier in his career, Keith served as vice president – corporate relations for Figgie International, Inc., where he was responsible for human resources and administration, corporate communications, government affairs and investor relations. Before joining Figgie International in 1993, he served as vice president – communications at Industrial Indemnity, a $1 billion San Francisco-based Xerox Financial Services Company. Previously, he was senior vice president, corporate communications, government affairs and investor relations with AMFAC, Inc., a former San Francisco Fortune 50 diversified services company. Keith has also served as a communications specialist with International Paper Company in New York, and as a public affairs officer for NATO and the U.S. Army in Europe and the Pacific. He was a senior lecturer in the Queensland University of Technology’s College of Management in Australia and served as an organizational effectiveness consultant in Australasia.
Keith received a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University, a master’s degree in sociology from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University. He is a former president of the San Francisco chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute, and previously served as an officer and director of NIRI’s national board and as chairman of NIRI’s Senior Roundtable. He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and served on PRSA’s Board of Ethics and Professional Standards. He currently serves on NYCB’s Ohio Savings Bank Advisory Board of Directors. Keith also served as a trustee and lecturer for the San Francisco Academy, a postgraduate executive development program in communications, and as a trustee and board vice chair for the $6 billion Ohio Tuition Trust Authority. He is a Fellow of the Governance & Accountability Institute and a frequent national speaker on shareholder activism, strategic communications, investor relations, reputation management and corporate governance.