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Managing change as an investor relations professional – Speaker biographies

Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
Laurie Havelock is a journalist, writer and podcaster who has worked with IR Magazine for more than a decade. He was previously assistant business editor at the Daily Telegraph and acting business and money editor at the i newspaper. In his spare time, he is a keen boardgamer and hosts a podcast about them called Idle Fantasy. He lives in London with his husky, Mischa. 

Debbie Hancock, former senior vice president, investor relations, Hasbro
Debbie has more than 25 years of experience in investor relations at consumer and technology companies.  During her career, she has been a key contributor to corporate and business messaging and a trusted advisor to senior management for strategic communications, corporate events, M&A, and crises. 

She has been a member of NIRI, the Association for Investor Relations, since the mid-90s.  She is a NIRI Fellow and served on the NIRI National Board of Directors. She has also served as a subject matter expert on the IRC Question Writing Committee for the inaugural IRC exam and subsequently on the NIRI Certification Council. She is currently on the NIRI Senior Round Table Steering Committee and has been a speaker at NIRI and IR-focused conferences.  Debbie has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and a Certificate in Investor Relations from Bentley College.   

Debbie and her companies’ IR programs have been recognized over the years by IR Magazine and Institutional Investor Magazine.

Shivani Kak, head of investor relations, Moody's
Shivani Kak heads the Investor Relations Team and is responsible for managing effective communications with the analytical community, as well as existing and potential shareholders. She’s also on the Operating Committee and is a Board member of Moody’s Indian affiliate, ICRA.

She joined Moody's in 2008 as a European RMBS analyst in the Structured Finance team. She moved to the Commercial department in 2011, to focus on Structured Finance business development, including secondments to both the Hong Kong and New York offices. She also spent time in the Product Management Group with global responsibility for product related requests and initiatives linked to Structured Finance and investor requested products. Prior to joining Moody's, she was a Director at Lehman Brothers, specializing in Structured Finance origination and structuring. Shivani holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Russian and European Studies from the University of Surrey and speaks fluent Russian

Jamie Stanton, director of investor relations, Q4
Jamie Stanton previously advised both large and small companies in the consumer sector at IHS Markit. At Q4 he acts as an advisor and extension of his clients’ IR teams, helping them build out and streamline their IR programs while leveraging Q4's suite of technologies.