Monica Girardi, Enel
Investor Relations

Intro to an IRO: Monica Girardi, Enel

Nasdaq IR Intelligence highlights the Investor Relations Officers who perform beyond the traditional role of the IRO. This week we highlight Monica Girardi of Enel.

Monica Girardi

Monica is the Head of Group Investor Relations of Enel. She holds a cum laude degree in Business Administration, major in Finance, from Bocconi University. She started her career in 2001 as an equity sales person in Unicredit Group and JPMorgan. In 2005, she joined Lehman Brothers equity research team as an analyst to cover European Utilities and Infrastructure moving in 2009 to Barclays as senior research analyst responsible for Italian and Iberian Utilities. She participated to a number of IPOs and advisory projects working closely to the US Utilities team and Investment Banking Division. She joined Enel in March 2018 to lead Investor Relation activities.

As an investor relations officer, what are your top priorities and biggest challenges?

My top priority as an IR officer is to take care of our customers, primarily our investors and analysts. Taking care of them means understanding their needs, which are often tackled by a transparent and fair representation of the business model and results. In terms of challenges, my biggest challenge is bringing the market perception into the company by harmonizing languages. We are the connection between the inside and the outside.

Being Climate Week, has there been an important "green" initiative that you've championed or experience that you've had as an Investor Relations professional?

Since a few years back, the strategy of Enel is intrinsically based on the concept of sustainability, including commitments to tackle climate change. We decided about a year ago to launch our first sustainable Capital Market Day: a totally paper-free day. We also have completely offset CO2 emissions produced by IR activities over the last year by planting trees around the world in countries where Enel manages some of its operations.

What skills do you think can make an Investor Relation professional successful?

[It's important to have] knowledge of the business and market dynamics, flexibility, curiosity, strong relationship attitude, and the ability to understand that behind an asset manager, there is a person. You always have to put yourself in other people's shoes!

How do you stay updated on the capital market?

I stay current by interacting with the investment community. Investors and analysts might have different opinions; they might engage, or they might not. At Enel, we are proactively and constantly keeping in contact with the financial community as every conversation with an investor or an analyst is food for the brain! We tend to keep different channels of communication open according to external clients' needs, always respecting fair conduct rules.

What advice do you have for the next generation of IR officers?

Be creative. Go over what you think might be the limits. Be proactive and hyperactive. Aim at excellence as 'good is not good enough if you aim at being great'… This is a sentence that a former colleague told me, and it is my motto now.

As a Nasdaq IR intelligence client, what are some benefits in using our platform?

CRM platforms are essential for an IR professional, as you can have all the information related to a "client," the view of the market on your company and your peers all in a single place. Furthermore, thanks to Nasdaq IR Intelligence, we can automatize some process saving time employing it to better serve our customers.

Monica Girardi, Enel

 


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