IR Magazine Webinar – Understanding how your investor base has changed – Speaker biographies

Moderator: Ben Ashwell, editor, IR Magazine

Ben Ashwell is the editor at IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary, covering investor relations, governance, risk and compliance. Prior to this, he was the founder and editor of Executive Talent, the global quarterly magazine from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. Before moving to the US, Ben was the vice president and editor at Executive Grapevine, overseeing a daily news website, ten annual supplements and HR Grapevine, the UK’s leading HR and talent management magazine. In his spare time, Ben writes fiction, poetry and arts and culture reviews. Eyewear Publishing recently named him in their list of the Best New British and Irish Poets.

Mike Coffey, vice president of strategy, Q4

Mike Coffey is an experienced capital markets intelligence professional with over 20 years of service in the industry. In his current role as Vice President, Strategy Mike is instrumental in product innovation and growing Q4’s highly-respected market intelligence business. Prior to joining Q4 in 2015, Mike held senior roles in the investor relations space including Managing Partner and EVP of Oxford Intelligence Partners, Managing Director of NASDAQ’s Global Corporate Services Group and VP of Thomson Reuters’ Corporate Client Group.

Billy Eckert, head of surveillance and intelligence, Q4

Billy Eckert is the head of the surveillance & intelligence division at Q4 and has been involved in surveillance and investor relations consulting for seven years, serving clients ranging in market caps from $100M to $90B. Billy has advised across a number of sectors including: industrials, transportation, materials, energy, consumer goods, financials, communication services, consumer services, technology, and utilities. Over his career, Billy has provided critical and actionable intelligence to investor relations officers and C-level executives on equity and options trading, shareholder intelligence, shareholder targeting and best practices in the field of investor relations, partnering with some of the world's most renowed publicly traded companies. 

Alicia Swift, senior vice president, financial planning & analysis, and investor relations, Realogy Holdings Corp

Alicia Swift serves as senior vice president for financial planning and investor relations at Realogy, a role she has held since 2009. She oversees the financial planning and analysis process for Realogy and its business units, which include the Realogy Franchise Group, NRT, Cartus and Title Resource Group. Swift also manages the Company’s investor relations function, serving as the key relationship manager with Wall Street analysts and Realogy shareholders. During this period, Realogy went from private ownership to publicly traded with an initial public offering in October 2012.

Swift previously served as Realogy’s vice president of financial planning after its spin-off from Cendant in August 2006. During that time, she was responsible for annual budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis and strategic planning for the company’s businesses. Swift was a member of the finance team at Cendant from 2004 to 2006.

Swift received her bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and her MBA in finance from Seton Hall University.

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