Careers Archive

May 01, 1996
A cluttered office overlooking San Diego's majestic harbour may seem an unlikely base for a near nuclear battle over shareholders' ability to sue. But when this issue was fought out before California's voters in March, Bill Lerach's executive suite became, at least symbolically, the epicentre for a counter-revolution that will impact thousands of investor relations officers across the US and beyond. Some may want to take cover now. The revolution itself was th...
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May 01, 1996
Pat McGurn, program director at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) until April, has joined rival governance advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services. McGurn, the first professional to move between these two firms since Howard Sherman followed the same path back in 1988, described ISS as 'the most talented corporate governance team in the business.' For the past five years McGurn has had day-to-day responsibility for IRRC's corporate gov...
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May 01, 1996
What is Coke? A bit of sugar, a pinch of flavouring, a splash of water, a fizz of carbon dioxide and a heap of marketing. That formula has produced one of the biggest companies in the world with a breathtaking 35-to-one price/earnings ratio. That enviable p/e ratio reflects Coke's screeching 52 per cent return on equity - but only in part. It also reflects the priority that Coke puts on investor relations. Coke's commitment to IR is widely recognised, a fact ...
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May 01, 1996
Pat McGurn, program director at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) until April, has joined rival governance advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services. McGurn, the first professional to move between these two firms since Howard Sherman followed the same path back in 1988, described ISS as 'the most talented corporate governance team in the business.' For the past five years McGurn has had day-to-day responsibility for IRRC's corporate gov...
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Apr 01, 1996
Corporate raiders have changed in many ways since the 1980s but one of the key differences is their growing use of the shareholder activism banner. Take Bennett LeBow and Carl Icahn, who have laid down corporate governance as one plank in their battle to break up RJR Nabisco. LeBow and Icahn are backing this strategy with one of America's foremost activists: should their bid to spin off the Nabisco food business succeed, Dale Hanson will be chief corporate governance...
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Apr 01, 1996
It is my firm conviction, to paraphrase the Great Bard of Stratford on Avon, that some are born to investor relations, some achieve investor relations, and some have investor relations thrust upon them. Personally, I know I fall into the first of these categories. It's not only what I do, it's what I do best. No matter how bad a day I've had, I will always find time to see an investor to talk about Schering-Plough, and I always enjoy it. I consider it a huge an...
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Apr 01, 1996
Randall Oliver has joined Red Lion Hotels Inc in Vancouver, Washington. (For those that always thought Vancouver was in BC, Canada, in this case it turns out to be effectively a suburb of Portland, Oregon. That clear?) For Oliver, 37, joining Red Lion has involved a significant move north and west - as well as down, in terms of scale - since he was previously supervisor of investor relations at Houston Industries Inc. Before that he was at American General Cor...
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Mar 01, 1996
This man knows how to keep himself busy. Most people would find being head of UK institutional management at JP Morgan Investment Management in London enough of a demand on their energy. Not Geoff Lindey. This softly spoken Scotsman has had numerous other roles over the years, many of them resulting from his active involvement with the National Association of Pension Funds. For the last two years he has been chairman of the NAPF's investment committee, a mantle...
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Mar 01, 1996
Nancy Bobrowitz has been appointed vice president, investor relations, for Reuters America Holdings Inc. After two years as IR director, Bobrowitz succeeds Michael Reilly, senior vice president, external relations, who is setting up an investor relations and management consultancy practice. Reilly will act as a consultant for Reuters and others. Established in London by Paul Julius Reuter in 1851, Reuters first used carrier pigeons, gallopers on horseback and ...
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Mar 01, 1996
Capital Cities/ABC's investor relations VP Joseph Fitzgerald left the broadcaster a few days before it was formally acquired by Walt Disney Co. He will now lead the enhanced investor relations function at Joseph E Seagram & Sons Inc, the New York-based US subsidiary of the Seagram Company. Fitzgerald had been at CapCities in a range of IR positions since 1980. Since Seagram acquired control of MCA Inc last year, its investment audience has extended beyond ...
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