NIRI-NY Wins Multiple Chapter Leadership Awards at NIRI National Conference

Announces New Board for 2011-2012 Program Season

NIRI 2011 Annual Conference

NEW YORK--()--The New York Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI-NY) announced that the chapter was honored with three awards at NIRI’s annual Chapter Leadership Awards event held in Orlando on June 11th:

  • Best Overall Large Chapter: NIRI-NY was honored with this premier award for its continued success in providing value to its members in the form of networking opportunities, professional development, and highly relevant, timely programming, all while leveraging partnerships to minimize costs for the chapter.
  • Best Special Event: The chapter was recognized for its Special Summer Program on Dodd-Frank and its Impact on IROs, which was free to members and took place just 21 days after President Obama signed Dodd-Frank into law.
  • Individual Chapter Leadership Award: Outgoing chapter president Michael Becker was honored for his leadership during this extremely successful program season.

Michael Becker, outgoing President of NIRI-NY and Senior Vice President, Financial Product Strategy of Business Wire, said, "The NIRI National awards that our chapter won are the culmination of many years of hard work by our volunteers, board members and chapter presidents. I am deeply honored to have led the New York chapter this year and to have been surrounded by so many dedicated individuals."

NIRI-NY held its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 21st, at which it announced the newly elected Chapter Officers and Directors for the 2011-2012 term.

Bernard Kilkelly, incoming president of NIRI-NY and Vice President, Investor Relations of Delphi Financial Group, said, “The chapter board is looking forward to another great year of informative, timely programs that will continue to elevate the investor relations profession in the tri-state area. We also want to recognize two long-serving NIRI-NY board members who have stepped down from the board, Debra Berliner and Hank Boerner, and thank them for their many valuable contributions to the chapter.”

The NIRI-NY board of directors for 2011-2012 is:


President Bernard J. Kilkelly
Vice President, Investor Relations
Delphi Financial Group, Inc.
EVP, Programs Cheryl Gedvila, CFA
Hanley & Associates, LLC
VP, Programs Eleanor Powell
Executive Director, Investor Relations
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
VP, Membership Kate McKay
MD, Global Marketing and Communications
VP, Secretary Friederike Edelmann
Director, Investor Relations
VP, Treasurer Michelle Savage
Vice President, Communications
VP, Professional Development Patrick A. Tracey
Senior Vice President
VP, Sponsorship Rebecca F. Updegraph
Deutsche Bank ADR Group
VP, Communications Theresa Molloy
Vice President
NYSE Euronext, Inc.


Michael Becker Senior Vice President, Financial Product Strategy
Business Wire
(Past NIRI-NY President 2010-2011)
Hulus Alpay Director, Investor Relations
Medidata Solutions Worldwide
(Past NIRI-NY President 2007-2008)
Felise Glantz Kissell Vice President, Investor Relations
HSN, Inc.
(Past NIRI-NY President 2009-2010)
Nils Paellmann Vice President, Investor Relations
Deutsche Telekom
(Past NIRI-NY President 2008-2009)
Philip Talamo Director, Investor Relations


NIRI-NY, the founding chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), is also the largest chapter with over 450 members in the tri-state area. Founded in 1969, NIRI is a professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communication among corporate management, the investing public and the financial community. NIRI members represent the majority of the largest publicly held corporations in the U.S. as well as many small and mid-sized companies. With over 4,300 members in 35 chapters around the country, NIRI sets the highest standards in education to advance the practice of investor relations and meet the growing professional development needs of those engaged in the field. For more information, visit


Theresa Molloy
VP - Communications, NIRI-NY Chapter
Vice President, NYSE Euronext, Inc.


Theresa Molloy
VP - Communications, NIRI-NY Chapter
Vice President, NYSE Euronext, Inc.