Carl Icahn, Bill Ackman, Nelson Peltz Paul Singer are just a few of the many activists former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Family Dollar (FDO) Jim Snyder has dealt with. In an interview with The Deal, Snyder gives his recommendations to other boards on how to best handle activist activity. 'Every activist is different and they're all going to want different things,' Snyder said. 'The first thing I would say (to a board or a CEO) is to listen, hear what they have to say.'