NIRI-Chicago Congratulates Chapter Members Who Have Earned Investor Relations Charter (IRC) Credentials

This is NIRI’s Inaugural Class of IRC Recipients

CHICAGO--()--The Chicago Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI-Chicago) congratulates its chapter members who passed a rigorous examination in March to earn the new Investor Relations Charter (IRC™) credential from the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI):

  • Matthew C. Abenante, Vice President, Porter, LeVay & Rose
  • James W. Duies, CFA, Manager, Investor Relations, Archer Daniels Midland
  • Heather A. Kos, Vice President, IR and Corporate Communications, Ingredion
  • Julie D. Mathews, Director, Investor Relations, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
  • Jennifer D. Rice, Vice President, Investor Relations, ACCO Brands Corporation
  • Michael A. Steele, Vice President, Investor Relations, Zebra Technologies Corp.
  • Joan L. Walter, Senior Director, Investor Relations, DeVry Education Group
  • Heather J. Wietzel, Manager, Investor Relations, Corning Inc.

“NIRI-Chicago members represent 13 percent of the inaugural class of IRC credential holders – one of the largest groups of IRC holders in any NIRI chapter,” said Victoria Sivrais, NIRI-Chicago president. “This is a testament to the caliber of investor relations talent in our chapter. These individuals have distinguished themselves with the highest standards of IR knowledge, expertise and professionalism.”

In addition, NIRI-Chicago recognizes the following chapter members who were among the IR professionals who developed the exam and/or the investor relations Body of Knowledge reference book and job analysis on which the IRC program is based:

  • Elizabeth M. Higashi, CFA, President, Higashi Advisors
  • Chris A. Hodges, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Alpha IR Group
  • Heather A. Kos, Vice President, IR and Corporate Communications, Ingredion
  • Jane W. McCahon, Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations and Corporate Secretary, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.

The new IRC program establishes a common framework to define the profession of investor relations and provides IR professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and commitment to the profession. The IRC is NIRI’s first professional credential. To earn and maintain the IRC credential, a candidate must meet educational and professional experience requirements – including a minimum of three years in IR – adhere to the IRC Code of Conduct and to NIRI’s Code of Ethics, pass the IRC exam and participate in ongoing professional development activities. The inaugural IRC recipients will be honored in June during the 2016 NIRI Annual Conference.

The Chicago chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI-Chicago) provides professional development and networking opportunities to practitioners of investor relations, a strategic management responsibility that integrates finance, communication, marketing and securities law compliance. For more information, visit www.niri-chicago.org.

Contacts

NIRI-Chicago Chapter
Maryellen Thielen
(773) 677-0646
mtthielen@gmail.com

Release Summary

The Chicago Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI-Chicago) congratulates its chapter members who have earned the new Investor Relations Charter (IRC) designation from NIRI.

Contacts

NIRI-Chicago Chapter
Maryellen Thielen
(773) 677-0646
mtthielen@gmail.com