Mark Harnett

Founding Partner Sard Verbinnen & Co. Strategic Governance Group

Photograph of Mark Harnett  Mark Harnett is a Managing Director at Strategic Governance Advisors (“SGA”). SGA helps clients leverage the strategic aspects of their corporate governance and shareholder dynamic, drawing on the diverse experience and often unique expertise of SGA’s principals to create an efficient and effective, one-stop-shop platform. SGA’s principal areas of practice include Shareholder Engagement and Messaging, Governance Profile and Practices, Activism and Contentious M&A, and Executive Compensation. Formerly Managing Director of Sard Verbinnen & Co., Before joining SVC in 2015, Harnett  was co-founder and President of leading proxy solicitor MacKenzie Partners, where he amassed over 25 years of experience providing counsel on hundreds of proxy contests, tender offers and mergers. He has deep expertise as the lead strategist on the timing and content of proxy campaigns; consulting and briefing corporate boards and CEOs; creating messaging for proxy campaigns; advising clients on the influence of ISS and Glass Lewis and forecasting vote outcomes; scheduling and accompanying clients on road shows to ISS and to all leading institutional, index and arbitrageur shareholders; and counseling company executives, boards and their attorneys on annual and special meeting scenarios.