PHILADELPHIA—Cable operator Comcast Corporation, in the process of taking over NBC Universal, has hired mergers and acquisition specialist—and current president of Abernathy MacGregor Group—Adam Miller as senior adviser.
According to Comcast chief operating officer Steve Burke, who will become chief executive of NBC Universal, "Adam is among the most trusted strategic advisers to senior managements of large corporations, particularly in the media and entertainment industry. He is also a strong leader and has a proven track record of building businesses."
Miller has spent most of his career with the Abernathy MacGregor Group, a specialist in corporate and financial communications and one of the leading public relations advisors on mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. He joined AMG in 1994, was named chief operating officer in 2000 and president in 2006. He has advised clients including CBS, Sony and Viacom.
Miller’s departure has triggered a round of changes at Abernathy MacGregor. Chuck Burgess and Winnie Lerner—both 15-year veterans of the firm—have been named co-presidents and will assume all responsibilities previously held by Miller. Lex Suvanto has been named chief operating officer, with responsibility for the firm’s day-to-day operations, staff development and marketing.
Ian Campbell has been named vice chairman, alongside Jim MacGregor, and will continue to serve as head of AMG’s West Coast operations. Tom Johnson has been appointed head of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice, and Carina Davidson has been given responsibility to manage AMG’s involvement in AMO, the global network of strategic and financial communications firms, which includes Maitland in the U.K., C&O in France, and Hering Schuppener in Germany.