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Jun 13, 2024

People moves: Julie Dewey takes over at Orthofix and CIRI names new fellows

Canadian professional association recognizes contribution of four leading IROs

Award-winning IRO Julie Dewey has taken up a new role as chief investor relations and communications officer at Orthofix Medical, a Texas-based healthcare company that specializes in spine and orthopedic treatment.

An experienced IR professional, Dewey previously served as chief communications and investor relations officer at Treace Medical Concepts, prior to which she was the long-serving senior vice president and chief communications officer at medical device firm Wright Medical Group, which was acquired by Stryker in 2020.

At Wright Medical, Dewey won the IR Magazine Award for best IRO at a small-cap company five years in a row between 2014 and 2018, and was selected as one of IR Magazine’s 30 stars in 30 years, an initiative that celebrated leading IR professionals from the previous three decades.

Throughout her career she has also been heavily involved with NIRI, the US IR association. She sat on the board of directors between 2016 and 2019 and was among the first cohort that earned the association’s Investor Relations Charter four years ago.

In her new position at Orthofix, Dewey reports to president and CEO Massimo Calafiore, who hails Dewey’s ‘vast knowledge of our markets, technologies and growth strategies’ as he welcomes her to the company.

‘I am thrilled to join Orthofix in this new leadership role at such a transformational time in its growth trajectory,’ says Dewey of her appointment. ‘I look forward to working with Massimo and the rest of the Orthofix team to execute on the company’s growth strategy and deliver a best-in-class experience for the investment community and key stakeholders.’

Elsewhere, Angela Catlin, head of investor relations at UK financial group The Co-operative Bank, is adding new responsibilities to her current role.

Previously serving as head of IR and ratings agencies, Catlin will now be head of investor relations, corporate affairs and brand. Writing on LinkedIn, she says the new role will see her ‘leading a multidisciplinary team for the effective management and enhancement of The Co-operative Bank’s brand and corporate image through strategic development, delivery and governance of the bank’s corporate affairs, external communications, brand and partnership activity, as well as leading the bank’s debt investor relations program.’

In Canada, New Destiny Mining has announced the appointment of Lubica Parilakova as its new investor relations lead. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based mining company says Parilakova’s ‘multifaceted skills in finance, investments, geology and mining, paired with her creative approach to investor relations’, make her a perfect fit for the new role.

An experienced IR professional, Parilakova has been working in the mining sector since 2011, including IR positions at Global Minerals, Eros Resources and Southern Empire Resources.

‘We are excited to welcome Lubica to our team,’ says Barry Brown, director at New Destiny Mining. ‘Her extensive experience and proven success in the mining industry will be invaluable as we continue to grow and strengthen our relationships with the investment community. We look forward to her contributions to enhancing our corporate communications and expanding our investor base.’

In Toronto, CIRI has named four new fellows following its annual conference in Calgary earlier this month. The program recognizes leaders in the IR profession who ‘bring distinction to the profession and serve as role models for others’, with many of its inductees winning multiple IR Magazine Awards in Canada.

This year’s new fellows are Janet Craig, vice president of investor relations at Maple Leaf Foods; Brian Ector, senior vice president of capital markets and investor relations at Baytex Energy; Siren Fisekci, vice president of investor relations and corporate communications at Pan American Silver; and Yvette Lokker, former president and CEO of CIRI.

‘CIRI is pleased to recognize Janet, Brian, Siren and Yvette with this distinct honor,’ says Nathalie Megann, president and CEO of CIRI.  ‘Their dedication and commitment to the investor relations profession have left an indelible mark and set a high bar for all in the profession. They join an elite group of individuals who have earned CIRI’s highest level of recognition.’

CIRI also re-elected much of its board of directors and added three new members: Bruno Di Genova, vice president of sales at Digicast; Mahsa Rejali, vice president of corporate development and IR at Cineplex; and Ann Wilkinson, vice president of IR at Mineros.

Laurie Havelock

Laurie has been part of the IR Magazine team for more than a decade, starting out as a reporter and research editor before becoming editor in 2023. He was previously acting business editor at the i newspaper and deputy business editor at The Daily...