IR Magazine has a long history of honoring those men, women and companies around the world that excel at investor relations. In celebration of 30 years of IR Magazine, we selected 30 IR stars that have shone particularly brightly over the past three decades and will be posting one profile each day for 30 days, giving you the gift of an IR advent calendar.
‘I love the profession, I always have,’ says Greg Secord, vice president of IR at OpenText. But Secord, who won the lifetime achievement award at this year’s IR Magazine Awards – Canada, says the role of IR has changed dramatically in the 20 years he’s been working in the industry. ‘We’ve moved beyond being seen as a disclosure gatekeeper to a proactive, strategic role,’ he says. ‘The best IR departments are the ones that have a strategic approach to their decision-making, their planning and their messaging.’
Secord emphasizes the importance the IR community has played in his evolution. As a former CIRI board director, current NIRI board director and regular participant at IR Magazine events, Secord encourages young IR professionals to make the most of the network available to them through professional associations and industry events.
Stay tuned for more IR stars this week and pick up a copy of the winter issue of IR Magazine to see the full list.
A version of this article was published in the winter 2018 issue of IR Magazine – the 30th anniversary issue of the industry’s premier publication.