Careers Monthly archive

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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Nov 06, 2019
BioSig brings in experienced sell-sider to lead investor relations
BioSig Technologies has announced the appointment of Andrew Ballou, an experienced equity salesperson, as its new vice president of investor relations. Ballou joins from Janney Montgomery Scott where he served as head of institutional equity sales. Prior to that, he worked as a director in institutional sales at RBC Capital Markets, where he managed accounts including Millennium Partners, Soros Fund Management and Two Sigma Investments. Earlier in his career,...
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Nov 04, 2019
Award-winning IRO Laurie Gaborit joins Monarch Gold as board director
Laurie Gaborit has joined Monarch Gold, the Canadian junior mining company, as a director. Prior to joining Monarch, Gaborit spent 13 years working at Detour Gold as vice president of IR, joining just before the company’s 2007 IPO. Earlier in her career, Gaborit worked as vice president of IR and corporate secretary at High River Gold Mines, and IR manager at Rio Narcea Gold Mines. In addition to her board duties, she will continue to work as a consultant providin...
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Nov 04, 2019
How investor relations has changed – and where it’s going
The IR profession has witnessed significant change over the last 10 years, according to Smooch Reprovich Reynolds, managing partner of the global IR and communications practice group at ZRG Partners. ‘I think it’s gone quite rapidly in the last decade from being an entry-level, task-orientated role to being a leadership role in most companies,’ she said, speaking at the IR Magazine Global Forum 2019 in Paris.  Technology is set to change the professi...
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