Cowen appoints new IR head

Mar 19, 2019
James Farley to help improve firm’s transparency and connectivity with the Street

New York-based Cowen, a diversified financial services firm, has named James Farley as managing director and head of investor relations.

Farley joins the firm from Investment Technology Group, an agency broker and technology provider, where he was managing director of IR and corporate communications. He spent 10 years at the company.

Previous positions include Bank of America in equity research sales and CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. He has also held senior producer and editorial jobs at CNBC Asia, based in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Farley’s new role at Cowen involves building and maintaining relationships with the investment community, while ensuring the company’s strategy and investment opportunity are communicated with consistency and clarity, according to a statement. He reports to Jeffrey Solomon, Cowen’s chief executive officer.

Solomon says the firm is working toward improving its transparency and connectivity with the Street and is establishing a dedicated in-house investor relations program with Farley’s help.

‘[JT] is a seasoned IR professional with a deep understanding of our industry and businesses, as well as an ability to communicate clearly and effectively,’ Solomon says.

‘He has also demonstrated a commitment to building relationships within the investment community based on honesty and trust, which are vital to a successful investor relations program.’

Farley adds that he is excited to join Cowen’s investor relations program ‘at this important juncture in the company’s evolution. I look forward to working with the investment community to help it understand Cowen’s growth and potential, and how the company is well positioned to deliver long-term shareholder value.’

The Georgetown University graduate has a bachelor’s degree in foreign services, an MA in Asian politics from the University of Hong Kong and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. He also serves on the editorial advisory committee and is a senior roundtable member of NIRI. 

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