Ex-PR executive who became M&A veteran dies


Sad to report.

Richard E. Cheney, a former Hill & Knowlton chairman who was among the first public relations executives to advise on mergers and acquisitions before resigning to practice psychoanalysis, has died. He was 94.

Bloomberg News reports that he died on September 2 at his home in New York City after a long illness. His death was announced Sunday in an online notice.

Cheney, who was Hill & Knowlton chairman from 1987 to 1991, specialized in advising companies involved in M&A during a 33-year career at the public relations firm.

Shortly after joining the company in 1960, he was assigned to guide the Dallas-based brothers John and Clint Murchison in a successful proxy fight for Alleghany Corp., which controlled the New York Central Railroad and a group of investment funds. Cheney said his bosses tapped him for the deal because he had prior experience in financial public relations.

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Richard E. Cheney, Hill & Knowlton’s M&A Advice Guru, Dies at 94

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