The Chicago Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute
(NIRI-Chicago) has elected 14 officers and directors to its board for
the 2014-2015 term. At its annual meeting yesterday, the chapter also
recognized two retiring board members.
"Our new board is already hard at work on a comprehensive program of
informational and networking programs, starting with our annual golf
outing on Aug. 27 and full-day IR Workshop on Sept. 19," said Lisa Micou
Meers, incoming chapter president. "Our goal is to help members cope
with investors' growing expectations for disclosure and to foster best
practices in investor relations, a strategic management responsibility
that integrates finance, communications, marketing and securities law
The NIRI-Chicago Chapter board for 2014-2015:
President: Lisa Micou Meers, CFA, vice president, investor
relations for Anixter International (NYSE:AXE). Meers was previously
executive vice president and programs co-chair for the chapter. In
addition, she has led NIRI-Chicago's sponsorship program and served on
the IR Workshop committee.
Executive Vice President:Victoria Sivrais, managing
director, FTI Consulting. Sivrais previously was programs co-chair,
treasurer, co-chair of the 2012 IR Workshop committee and chair of the
2011 IR Workshop committee.
Vice President, Programs: David Smith, managing director, capital
markets and investor relations, Aviv REIT (NYSE:AVIV). Smith earlier
was vice president of membership and a member of the 2013 IR Workshop
Vice President, Communications: Maryellen T. Thielen, senior
manager, financial communications, Allstate (NYSE:ALL). Thielen
previously was chairman, president, executive vice president, vice
president of communications and IR Workshop committee member. The
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has named her
an accredited business communicator.
Vice President, Membership: Elizabeth Allen, CFA, manager,
investor relations, FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX). This is Allen's second year
on the NIRI-Chicago board. She previously was a featured speaker at
chapter meetings and served as a member of the NIRI Annual Conference
Committee for 2013 and 2014.
Vice President, Treasurer: Ruth E. Venning, director, investor
relations, Hospira, Inc. (NYSE:HSP). During Venning's tenure on the
NIRI-Chicago board, she has served as chairman, president, executive
vice president, vice president of programs, vice president of
communications and vice president of membership. She also has chaired
five NIRI-Chicago IR Workshops and served as a member of the NIRI Annual
Conference committee for two years.
Vice President, Sponsorship: Christine J. Hanneman, principal,
Professional Communications Specialists. This is Hanneman's third year
leading NIRI-Chicago's sponsorship program. Earlier, she served as vice
president-treasurer for six years.
Chairman: Elizabeth M. Higashi, CFA, president, Higashi Advisors.
Higashi has served as NIRI-Chicago president, executive vice president,
vice president of programs and IR Workshop committee member. She also
serves on the NIRI Subject Matter Expert Committee and is a member of
the NIRI Senior Roundtable.
Director: Lisa I. Ciota, director, investor and corporate
relations, SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE:SXC). Ciota has served as
NIRI-Chicago chairman, president, executive vice president and vice
president of programs. She earlier led the chapter's sponsorship program
and co-chaired the IR Workshop committee.
Director: Shep Dunlap, vice president of investor relations for
Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI). This is Dunlap's first year on the
NIRI-Chicago board. He has been a featured speaker at chapter meetings
and is a past and current member of the IR Workshop committee.
Director: Dee Johnson, vice president, investor relations,
Rubicon Technology (NASDAQ:RBCN). While this will be Johnson's second
year on the NIRI-Chicago board, she earlier served as president and in
other leadership roles with NIRI St. Louis. She also is a member of the
2014 and 2013 IR Workshop committees.
Director: Larry Larsen, corporate communications and investor
relations consultant. This will be Larsen's third year on the
NIRI-Chicago board. He chaired the 2013 IR Workshop committee.
Director: Terri Anne Powers, director of North American investor
relations for Paris-based Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE;
NYSE:VE). This is Powers' first year on the NIRI-Chicago board. She is
co-chair of the 2014 IR Workshop committee and also served on the
committee in 2013.
Director: Janine Warell, corporate and investor communications
consultant. Warell previously served as NIRI-Chicago programs co-chair
and vice president of communications.
RETIRED BOARD MEMBERS
The chapter also wishes to extend its gratitude to directors who are
departing the board and will now serve on the NIRI-Chicago Advisory
Kevin P. Kelly, managing director, Morrow & Co., LLC. Kelly
served on the chapter's sponsorship committee for the past two years.
Earlier, he was chapter chairman, president, executive vice president
and vice president-programs and chaired the IR Workshop for three years.
Patricia M. (Patty) Paul, principal, ButtonWood Associates. Paul
has served as NIRI-Chicago chairman, president, executive vice president
and vice president-programs. She has repeatedly co-chaired the chapter's
IR Workshop committee, including the 2014 committee. She also chaired a
NIRI national conference and served on the board of NIRI's New York
Kelly and Paul join the NIRI-Chicago Advisory Board, which consists of:
- Steven D. Carr, managing director, Dresner Corporate Services,
- William D. Chapman, senior director of investor relations, W.W.
- Thomas J. Laughran, senior vice president, partner, and
co-chair of the financial communications/investor relations practice
group, Fleishman-Hilliard, Inc.;
- William H. Parke, senior director, corporate marketing and
financial communications, CME Group, Inc.; and
- David A. Prichard, vice president, investor relations and
corporate communications, Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.
The Chicago chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute
(NIRI-Chicago) works to advance the practice of investor relations and
meet the professional development needs of those engaged in the field.
The members of NIRI-Chicago include corporate officers, consultants,
service providers, academics and others involved in the practice of
investor relations a strategic management responsibility that integrates
finance, communication, marketing and securities law compliance.
NIRI-Chicago is one of the largest NIRI chapters in the United States
and has received several NIRI awards for large chapters over the years,
including Best Overall Large Chapter in 2012. More information is
available at www.niri-chicago.org.