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Nov 30, 2023

People moves: TSG and Atlas Air Worldwide tap new IR leaders

Monica Chase, Artem Gonopolskiy and Quentin Weber placed in new roles

This week has seen private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners appoint Monica Chase as managing director and head of investor relations.

In her new role, Chase takes ownership of the firm’s IR initiatives globally and engagement with current and prospective investors. She brings more than 15 years of IR and fund-raising experience and joins the private equity firm from Permira, a global investment management company, where she held the role of head of investor relations for North America.

‘[Monica] is a highly regarded and seasoned investor relations professional with proven leadership ability and a deep network of relationships,’ says Jamie O’Hara, president of TSG. ‘We look forward to her leveraging that experience to help TSG further enhance our relationships and positioning with current and prospective investors.’

Commenting on her new position, Chase says she has admired TSG for its ability to build category-leading consumer brands and deliver ‘exceptional results’ for its investors. ‘I look forward to supporting and building upon TSG’s success and helping further strengthen the firm’s investor partnerships,’ she says.

Integrity and commitment

Elsewhere, global airline Atlas Air Worldwide has named Artem Gonopolskiy as its executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO).

Gonopolskiy, who has been with the company for more than 18 years, has served as interim CFO since June. In his role he leads all financial functions, including IR, strategic financial planning, accounting, reporting, internal audit, tax and treasury. He reports to CEO Michael Steen.

‘I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to continue leading Atlas’ finance organization,’ Gonopolskiy says. ‘Our teams at Atlas are driven by the utmost integrity and commitment to our customers and our company, and I am proud to serve alongside my colleagues as we progress on our transformation journey.’

The first hurdle

Meanwhile, Quentin Weber has been promoted to director of investor relations at environmental consulting company WSP Global. The firm won four awards at this year’s IR Magazine Awards – Canada. The company was recognized for best overall investor relations (large cap), best IR by a senior management team (large cap), best investor event (large cap) and best IR in the industrials sector.

Commenting on the best investor event nomination before the awards ceremony, Weber noted three key points for IROs to prioritize ahead of an investor day.

‘An investor day is one of the most challenging events for an IRO,’ he said. ‘The first hurdle is logistics and making sure you have a clear plan, to-do list, expectations and timeline.

‘The second is aligned to IR in general [and it’s about] being proactive, anticipating questions shareholders may ask and thinking about answers. Finally, it’s about being able to adapt and manage stress levels. Those three are some of the keys to a successful investor event.’