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NIRI New York Chapter Elects New Board Leadership for 2019-2020 Season

June 20, 2019

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The New York chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI NY) held its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 19, at which it announced the newly elected chapter officers and directors for the 2019-2020 term and shared the highlights of a successful 2018-2019 season.

“It has been an honor to serve as president of NIRI NY this year. Over the course of the season, we hosted over 900 attendees at a variety of programs including our Strategic IRO series to develop a framework for our members to address strategy, governance, social, environmental and other advancing agendas throughout the investment community,” said Katie Royce, outgoing president of NIRI NY and global head of investor relations, Cognizant. “We believe our innovative programming and unique networking opportunities helped support our nearly 95 percent membership retention, an achievement recently recognized by NIRI. I am proud to pass the baton to Alexandra Deignan, who will assume the role as chapter president this season to build on our strong foundation. During Alexandra’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 programs and communications committees.”

Newly elected NIRI NY Board President Alexandra Deignan commented, “I’m excited and privileged to lead the NIRI NY board in its mission to provide valuable, dynamic programs for our members. This year’s board is comprised of highly skilled IR professionals with diverse areas of expertise and fresh thinking to advance the professional development and networking opportunities offered to our New York chapter. I look forward to serving alongside this team throughout the 2019–2020 season. We would also like to thank outgoing board members Becky Updegraph and Darin Arita for their many years of service, leadership and significant contributions to the chapter.”

Incoming 2019-2020 NIRI NY board of directors includes:

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

Cindi Buckwalter, Head of Investor Relations, Minerals Technologies Inc. – Vice President, Programs

Alexandra Deignan, Head of Investor Relations, Lazard Ltd. – President

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

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

Laura Kiernan, CEO, Founder, High Touch Investor Relations – Vice President, Sponsorship

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

Katie Royce, Global Head of Investor Relations, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Inc. – Vice President, Membership

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

Allison Sobel, Senior Account Executive, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher – Vice President, Communications

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

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


NIRI Announces 2018-2019 Chapter Leadership Awards

In addition, NIRI recently announced its 2018-2019 Chapter Leadership Awards, including two key contributors from the New York chapter: Katie Royce, vice president, membership (previously chapter president) and Becky Updegraph, former New York chapter board member, who in addition to serving on the New York chapter for the 2018-2019 season also led the NIRI Virtual chapter. The New York chapter was also recognized for the Chair Award for Excellence in Membership Retention for maintaining the highest retention rate of all NIRI chapters with more than 95 percent of the membership base renewing over the past year. We thank NIRI for these acknowledgements.

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

About NIRI New York (

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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Suzanne Shepherd
EVP, Communications 



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