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Charles  Penner

Charles Penner

JANA Partners LLC
Partner & Chief Legal Officer
New York, NY, USA


Charles Penner is a Partner and Chief Legal Officer at JANA Partners LLC, where he is responsible for legal and communications strategy for activist investments. Prior to joining JANA in 2005, Mr. Penner was a senior associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel focusing on M&A and contests for corporate control including proxy contests. Before that he was an M&A Associate in the business development group at General Electric. Before GE, he was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore focusing on transactions in media, telecom and entertainment. Prior to law school, Mr. Penner worked as Deputy Communications Director for U.S. Senator Max Baucus, a Communications Aide for U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, and as a White House intern (pre-Monica). Mr. Penner received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Order of the Coif) where he was a member of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a BA from Miami University. Mr. Penner is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Children's Aid Society.
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