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NIRI New York Chapter Celebrates 2016-2017 Season Achievements at Annual Meeting

July 17, 2017

Elects Board for 2017-2018 Program Season
NIRI NY Chapter Honored at 2017 NIRI Annual Conference

New York, NY, July 17, 2017 – The New York Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI NY) held its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 20, at which it announced the newly elected Chapter Officers and Directors for the 2017-2018 term and recapped the highlights of a successful 2016-2017 season.

“It has been a privilege to serve as President of NIRI-NY during the past two years.  This season we hosted insightful programs covering emerging issues, which attracted over 900 professionals, and established the NIRI New York NextGen initiative as a valuable resource to those new to the field of investor relations,” said Theresa Molloy, outgoing President of NIRI-NY and Vice President, Prudential Financial, Inc.  “I am excited that Rebecca “Becky” Updegraph will assume the role as chapter president this season to further strengthen our foundation, innovate our programs and develop our membership alongside the evolving role of investor relations.   During Becky’s tenure on the board, she has been instrumental in the development and execution of the chapter’s programs and goals.”

Newly elected NIRI-NY Board President, Rebecca Updegraph, commented, “The NIRI-NY Board is looking forward to another successful year in providing educational programming and networking opportunities to advance the investor relations profession as well as our members’ professional development.  We would also like to thank outgoing board member Pat Tracey for his nine years of service on the board and significant contributions to the chapter over the past 15 years.”

Incoming members of the 2017-2018 NIRI-NY board of directors are:

Darin Arita, Senior Vice President, Voya Financial – Executive Vice President, Programs

David C. Collins, Managing Director, Catalyst IR –Vice President, Programs

Alexandra Deignan, Vice President, Investor Relations, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. – Executive Vice President, Communications

Lauren Gojkovich, Principal, CamberView Partners – Vice President, Membership

Alan Katz, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, Conduent Inc. – Executive Vice President, Partnerships

Corey Kinger, Associate Managing Director, Brainerd Communicators, Inc. – Vice President, Secretary

Theresa Molloy, Vice President, Prudential Financial, Inc. – Vice President, Membership

Katie Royce, Senior Director of Investor Relations, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Inc. –Vice President, Communications

Suzanne Shepherd, Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations, Assurant, Inc. – Executive Vice President, Membership

Neil Stewart, Vice President IR Advisory, Citi – Vice President, Programs

Rebecca Updegraph, Senior Executive Interviewer, Rivel Research – President

Matt Van Tassel, Manager, Global Disclosure Services, Business Wire – Vice President, Treasurer

Felicia Vonella, Executive Director Investor Relations, Acorda Therapeutics – Vice President, Partnerships

Deb Wasser, Executive Vice President, Edelman Financial Communications –Vice President, NIRI NextGen

The NIRI New York Chapter recently received the NIRI Chair’s Award of Excellence at the NIRI Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in Orlando during the 2017 NIRI National Conference.  NIRI-NY members MaryKate McGilley and Allison Monat were 2017 NIRI Individual Leadership Award winners and NIRI Chapter Team Award winners included Mark Eckstein, Sherif el-Azzazi, Tanya Kamatu, MaryKate McGilley, and Allison Monat. New this year, the NIRI Chapter Team Award was established to recognize the exceptional work of chapter leaders who worked as a successful team with demonstrable results in program planning, membership initiatives, or other worthy endeavors that benefit chapter members.  

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NIRI New York is the largest chapter in the NIRI network. Our unique position at the cross roads of the world’s largest financial center and proximity to a large number of Fortune 500 companies, enables us to deliver cutting edge programs featuring our industry’s most respected leaders, unparalleled peer-to-peer networking opportunities and access to thought leadership across multiple channels. No other local investor relations organization offers the breadth and depth of our outstanding membership benefits.

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Twitter: @niri_ny

Contact Information:
Alexandra Deignan
EVP, Communications – NIRI NY

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