Inaugural Investor Relations Charter℠ Testing to Commence March 5, 2016
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Sunday, March 6th 2016 [ME NewsWire]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- On the eve of launching the historic inaugural examination for its first-ever professional credential, the Investor Relations Charter (IRC℠), the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) wishes to recognize the many dedicated investor relations subject-matter expert volunteers that created the IRC Program.
The new IRC Program not only establishes a common framework to define the profession of investor relations (IR), it likewise provides IR professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise, and commitment to the profession by answering to its highest standard. Even as the first examination commences, candidates may now apply to sit for the second IRC examination, which will take place in September 2016. Program information and applications are available on the NIRI website: www.niri.org/certification.
“The IRC Program represents a major step forward for NIRI and for the profession of IR,” said Felise Kissell, NIRI Board Chair, and Vice President, Investor Relations, HSN, Inc. “On behalf of the Board, the membership, and the IR profession at large, I wish to acknowledge the time, energy, and commitment these volunteers demonstrated as they gave back in a substantial way to our great profession. The decision to create an IR certification was many years in the making, but it simply would never have occurred without the engagement and expertise of our base of volunteers. We look forward to watching the IRC Program grow and it becoming a meaningful standard within investor relations.”
NIRI President and CEO Jim Cudahy commented, “The long list of volunteers who participated in the many processes leading up to the first exam should feel a large measure of pride that tomorrow NIRI will begin administering the IRC exam with nearly 70 applicants sitting for the exam in locations throughout the United States and around the world. As I have traveled the country and the world talking about the IRC Program, I have emphasized that the demand for this program came from the profession itself and it has been led and overseen in all phases by IR practitioners. This includes the development of the Body of Knowledge on which the program is based to the job analysis that was conducted to create that Body of Knowledge and then to the creation of the exam itself and the various processes involved with the development and maintenance. It is a remarkable achievement that only has been possible with significant and selfless contribution of time and energy of volunteers throughout NIRI.”
IRC Subject-Matter Expert Volunteers
Truitt Allcott, Director, Investor & Media Relations, Owens & Minor
Don Allen, Partner, The Allen Group
Remy Bernarda, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Galena Biopharma
Eric Brielmann, Partner, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Bob Burton, Managing Director, Financial Communication Practice, Lambert, Edwards & Associates
Geoffrey Buscher, Director, Investor Relations, Expeditors International
Sally Curley, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Cardinal Health
Alexandra Deignan, Vice President, Investor Relations, Schnitzer Steel Industries
Matthew Dennis, CFA, Senior Managing Director, Clear Perspective Group
Mark Donohue, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Impax Laboratories
David Dragics, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, CACI International Inc
Friederike Edelmann, Senior Manager, Investor Relations, Criteo
David K. Erickson, Vice President, Investor Relations, Edwards Lifesciences
Steven Esterly, CFA, Director, Ipreo
Mickey Foster, Vice President, Investor Relations, FedEx Corporation
Sachin Garg, Assistant Vice President, TAKE Solutions Ltd.
Barbara Gasper, Group Executive/Executive Vice President of Investor Relations, MasterCard
Gerry Gould, Vice President, Investor Relations, Haemonetics Corp.
James Grant, Vice President, Investor Relations, Signet Jewelers
Anne Guimard, Chief Executive Officer, FINEO Investor Relations Advisors
Natalie Hairston, Senior Vice President, Dennard - Lascar Associates
Debbie Hancock, Vice President, Investor Relations, Hasbro
Joe Hassett, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, Gregory FCA
Elizabeth Higashi, President, Higashi Advisors
Matthew Hodges, Vice President, Public & Investor Relations, GameStop
Chris Hodges, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Alpha IR Group
Tony Hung, Head of Capital Markets and Special Projects, iTutorGroup / vipabc
Gar Jackson, Founder, Global IR Group
Marisa Jacobs, Vice President, Investor Relations, Express, Inc.
Chris Jakubik, Vice President, Investor Relations, Kraft Foods
Deborah Kelly, Partner, Genesis, Inc.
Bernard J. Kilkelly, Managing Director, Darrow Associates
Jenny Kobin, Partner, IR Advisory Solutions
Heather Kos, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Ingredion
Andy Kramer, Vice President, Investor Relations, NetScout Systems
Gregg Lampf, Vice President, Investor Relations, Ciena
Miranda Lane, Partner, FinanceTalking
Sam Levenson, Chief Executive Officer, Arbor Advisory Group
Keith Mabee, Group President, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, Falls Communications
Jane McCahon, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Corporate Secretary, TDS
Jeff Misakian, Vice President, Investor Relations, Wesco Aircraft
Theresa Molloy, Vice President, Governance & Shareholder Services, Prudential Financial
Darin Norman, Senior Investor Relations Analyst, Xcel Energy
John F. Nunziati, Senior Director, Investor Relations, Avaya
Allison O’Rourke, Executive Vice President, Financial Institution Banking and Investor Relations Officer, Berkshire Hills Bancorp
Kristen Papke, Senior Vice President, Financial Profiles, Inc.
Roger Pondel, Chief Executive Officer, PondelWilkinson Inc.
William R. (Bill) Powell, Adjunct Professor - Strategic Communication, Marketing, and Media Management Programs, New York University
Michelle Roth, President, Roth Investor Relations
Juna Rowland, Experienced Financial Marketing & Communications Professional
Nicole Russell, Vice President, Investor Relations, Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.
Maria Sceppaguercio, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications, Pinnacle Foods
Kate Scolnick, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasury, Seagate Technology
Julie Sherwood, Vice President, Market Operations, American Electric Power
Jerry Sisitsky, Vice President, Investor Relations, Constant Contact
Jeff Smith, Director, Investor Relations, FedEx Corporation
Shawn Southard, Principal, 19 Squared Investor Relations
Angela Steinway, Head of Investor Relations and Financial Strategy, Integra LifeSciences
Tripp Sullivan, President, SCR Partners
Cherryl Valenzuela, Senior Manager, Investor Relations, Twitter
Edward Vallejo, Vice President, Financial Strategy, Planning and Decision Support, American Water
William Walkowiak, Retired Investor Relations Professional
Douglas Wilburne, Vice President, Investor Relations, Textron
Wendy Wilson, Senior Director Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Vishay Precision Group
Maureen Wolff, President & Partner, Sharon Merrill Associates
Rich Yerganian, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Xcerra Corporation
Tabitha Zane, Vice President, Investor Relations, TopBuild
Steven Zenker, Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications, Central Garden and Pet Company
About the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)
Founded in 1969, NIRI (www.NIRI.org) is the professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communication among corporate management, shareholders, securities analysts and other financial community constituents. NIRI is the largest professional investor relations association in the world with more than 3,300 members representing over 1,600 publicly held companies and $9 trillion in stock market capitalization.
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