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 GPP after 16 years at Brunswick Group, where he was U.S. Senior Partner and grew the firm into a premier advisory. Steve has worked on landmark M&A deals such as InBev’s acquisition of Anheuser-Busch, Pfizer’s acquisition of Wyeth, the combination of Kraft and Heinz and many others. He has advised companies on shareholder activist defense and has worked on crisis 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, and launched the Deals and Dealmakers column. Steve 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.
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 Board of Advisors of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review and of Youth-Inc. He is married with three children and lives in New York City.