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NIRI New York Chapter Elects New Board Leadership for 2018-2019 Season at Annual Meeting

June 22, 2018

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The New York Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI NY) held its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 19, at which it announced the newly elected Chapter Officers and Directors for the 2018-2019 term and recapped the highlights of a successful 2017-2018 season.

“It has been a privilege to serve as President of NIRI-NY during the past year. This season we hosted a range of programs with marquee speakers, including Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, and Brighthouse President and CEO, Eric Steigerwalt,” said Rebecca “Becky” Updegraph, outgoing President of NIRI-NY and Senior Executive Interviewer, Rivel Research. “I am excited that Katie Royce will assume the role as chapter president this season to further build on our foundation, innovate our programs and develop our membership alongside the evolving role of investor relations. During Katie’s tenure on the board, she has been instrumental in the development and execution of the chapter’s strategy and goals through her contributions on the Membership, Programs and Communications committees.”

Newly elected NIRI-NY Board President, Katie Royce, commented, “The NIRI-NY Board is looking forward to bringing value to our members through another year of strong educational programming and a variety of networking opportunities to advance the investor relations profession as well as our members’ professional development. We would also like to thank outgoing board members David Collins, Corey Kinger, and Theresa Molloy for their years of service on the board and significant contributions to the chapter.”

Incoming members of the 2018-2019 NIRI-NY board of directors are:

Darin Arita, Senior Vice President, Head of Investor Relations, Prudential Financial – Vice President, Membership

Deborah Belevan, Vice President, Investor Relations, Hudson Group – Vice President, Partnerships

Alexandra Deignan, Director, Head of Investor Relations, Lazard, – Executive Vice President, Programs

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

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

Laura Kiernan, Senior Vice President Investor Relations, Ubiquiti Networks – Vice President, Programs

MaryKate McGilley, Vice President, Corporate Access & Client Services, Baird – Vice President, Membership

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

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

Neil Stewart, Vice President IR Advisory, Citi – Executive Vice President, Communications

Rebecca Updegraph, Senior Executive Interviewer, Rivel Research – Vice President, NIRI NY NextGen

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

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

Deb Wasser, Vice President, Investor Relations, Etsy – Vice President, Programs

Details regarding New York Chapter membership and benefits are available in the ‘Join’ section of

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NIRI New York is the largest chapter in the NIRI network. Our unique position at the crossroads of the world’s largest financial center and a broad base of Fortune 500 and other leading companies, enables us to attract a dynamic membership base, 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. Visit to join NIRI NY today.

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