The Strategic IRO: Providing Value to the Board

January 10, 2019 07:30 AM
Domain 7:
Strategic Counsel & Collaboration
Domain 10:
Corporate Governance

7:30am - Registration & Breakfast
8:00am - 9:00am - Program
9:00am - 9:30 - Networking

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IROs who “have a seat at the table” got there by proactively building a solid relationship with their board. Today’s increasingly professional and diverse directors rely on IR to provide feedback from the Street, stay ahead of investor concerns and clearly articulate a sustainable investment case.

At this breakfast program, held in conjunction with the Society for Corporate Governance, you’ll hear from two seasoned directors on these key topics:

  • What are current best practices for interaction between the board of directors, management and IROs to assess the perspectives of shareholders on business and governance issues?
  • What proactive work can and should be done by management, the board and IR before an activist, takeover threat or crisis emerges?
  • How can the IR team contribute to board discussions so that if and when issues and opportunities arise, the company is fully informed and well prepared to make strategic decisions?
  • What keeps your board up at night? How can you help them to evaluate risks and opportunities for the company by incorporating shareholders’ perspectives?

Our program is intended to help you:

  • Act as a strategic advisor to the core decision-makers in your organization, identifying material issues for consideration and delivering thoughtful, proactive advice
  • Take a prominent role alongside the corporate secretary on governance and proxy matters, working to ensure that the organization provides consistent messaging and fosters long-term relationships with key shareholders
  • Leverage your external relationships and insights to be seen as a powerful voice in the boardroom


  • George Bickerstaff, Former CFO of Novartis Pharma AG (Switzerland) and IMS Health (IMS), and currently serves on four public company boards: Axovant Sciences Ltd. (NASDAQ:AXON), Cardax, Inc. (OTCPK:CDXI), Innoviva, Inc. (NASDAQ:INVA) and Care DX, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNA)
  • Nina Henderson, Former VP Bestfoods and President of Bestfoods Grocery (acquired by Unilever) and currently sits on the boards of three public companies: CNO Financial (NYSE:CNO), IWG (LSE:IWG, formerly Regus) and Hikma Pharmaceuticals (LSE:HIK)


  • Laura Kiernan, IRC, CPA, SVP IR Ubiquiti Networks and CEO & Founder of High Touch Investor Relations

This event is complimentary for all attendees. Advance registration is required.

Cohosted by the New York Chapter of the Society for Corporate Governance

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