CLEVELAND—Edward Howard & Co. has hired Juris Pagrabs, formerly a corporate vice president with Woolworth, as a senior counselor. Pagrabs will work with public companies in a variety of industries, positioning them for initial public offerings, secondary offerings, recapitalizations, merger and acquisition transactions, and assisting them with ongoing disclosure and investor communications issues under Sarbanes-Oxley.
Prior to joining Edward Howard & Co., Pagrabs was executive vice president and chief financial officer for eMerge Interactive, a NASDAQ-listed food-safety technology company, where he oversaw the accounting, treasury, financial planning, investor relations, human resources and administration functions.
“The addition of Juris gives additional depth to our investor relations and corporate merger and acquisition communications practices,” said Kathy Obert, chairman and chief executive officer. “His significant background in corporate communications in the retail sector, his in-depth experience as a chief financial officer and his knowledge of the investment community will be a major benefit to our clients.”
Pagrabs was a corporate vice president at Woolworth Corp., the $8 billion NYSE-listed specialty and general merchandise retailer, from 1997 to 2000, managing the company’s relationship with both its debt and equity investors. Earlier, he was a vice president at OfficeMax.
Additionally, the firm has hired Amit Pandya as a senior account executive, Debbie Orth as art director, Lisa Mendelow as senior designer, and Harnett Chidede as designer, all in the Cleveland office. In Columbus, it has added Carol Greentree as a vice president from Ten United Public Relations, and Brock Schmaltz as senior account executive.