Careers Archive

Dec 10, 2019
Virtu Financial appoints new IR lead
Virtu Financial has appointed Deborah Belevan as its new senior vice president of investor relations and communications.  Belevan takes the reins from Andrew Smith, who has run the IR function since the company’s IPO in 2015. Smith will now focus on product development for the company.  The move sees Belevan, who joined Virtu Financial on November 25, reconnect with Alex Ioffe, who was hired as the company’s chief financial officer in September this yea...
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Dec 10, 2019
Sell-side veteran takes over IR at Canopy Growth
Canopy Growth, the world’s largest cannabis company by market capitalization, has announced the appointment of sell-side veteran Judy Hong as vice president of investor relations.  Hong most recently worked as managing director of the global investment research division at Goldman Sachs, where she covered the beverage and tobacco sectors. While Canopy is headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Hong is based in New York and reports directly to CFO Mike Lee. She w...
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Dec 05, 2019
The 2010s in review: How IROs became ‘corporate athletes’
The investor relations profession has emerged at the nexus of corporate investment theses worldwide, with the past decade of competitive business influences being instrumental in elevating the IRO to a pivotal role in positioning public companies with the investment community. During the past decade, the IR profession has been one of the most rapidly evolving executive roles across management ranks around the globe. As corporate management teams have recognized the ...
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Dec 03, 2019
Highlights from the latest Women in IR event
IR professionals gathered in London in mid-November for the latest IR Magazine Forum – Women in IR. The morning event saw a panel discuss how female IROs can bridge the gap in pay and seniority with their male counterparts.  IR Magazine has run Women in IR events for the last three years. They were launched after research found that, despite men and women making up roughly equal numbers in the IR profession, men held two thirds of senior roles.  ...
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Nov 26, 2019
Six-month review with head of IR at TRATON GROUP
Has the job lived up to your expectations so far? Yes – I think it’s fair to describe it as interesting, intense and challenging. We had our capital markets day on January 29, the IPO was postponed on March 13, restarted on May 13 and the listing happened on June 28. This was all possible because there is a great team spirit within TRATON. As you can imagine, restarting an IPO process and going public within more or less six weeks is a huge chal...
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Nov 21, 2019
How Boston Scientific structures its IR program
How long have you been in IR? Seven and a half years – since early 2012. What did you do before IR? I spent the first 20 years of my career in the brokerage industry at JPMorgan, Cowen & Co and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a variety of roles. I then moved into IR, first at Abiomed in early 2012 and then on to Boston Scientific in late 2013.   What are your qualifications? I h...
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Nov 19, 2019
Should IROs be seeking higher pay?
An IRO has to be reactive to market pressures and trends, and two big trends that are having a dramatic impact on IR workloads today are Mifid II and ESG. But should these responsibilities command a higher salary, or is it simply part of an IRO’s job to respond to changes in investor and analyst behavior? Mifid II has had a major impact on the economics of the sell side, its research coverage for small and mid-caps and, consequently, how the buy side seeks to enga...
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Nov 15, 2019
ESR Cayman poaches CapitaLand IRO
ESR Cayman, the Hong Kong-based real estate platform, has appointed Rui Hua Chang as its group managing director of capital markets and investor relations. In Chang’s new role, she oversees the company IR program and capital markets activities, reporting directly to the company’s co-founders and co-CEOs, Jeffrey Shen and Stuart Gibson, as well as the group CFO Cho Wee Peng. Chang joined the company in September. ESR Cayman listed on the Stock Exchange of ...
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Nov 14, 2019
IR teams in Australia and New Zealand boost hiring but remain stretched for resources
IR teams in Australia and New Zealand boosted recruitment over the last year but continue to feel light on resources, according to new research. The number of IR professionals who report hiring into their departments during 2019 stands at 38 percent, a rise from 29 percent in 2018, finds the study by the Australasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA).  The hiring boost has been accompanied by a rise in team size, suggests the research. The number of resp...
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Nov 12, 2019
Elior Group appoints Kimberly Stewart as head of investor relations
Elior Group, the global catering firm based in France, has announced the appointment of Kimberly Stewart as head of investor relations.  It is the latest in a string of IR head roles for Stewart, who has previously run the IR function at Solvay, Technip – where she spent almost nine years – and Faurecia. Prior to IR, Stewart worked as a sell-side analyst. She began her career with PaineWebber in New York, before moving to Credit Suisse and later Crédit ...
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