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Webinar – Best practices for engaging with activist investors – Speaker biographies

James Beech, editor-in-chief, IR Magazine
James Beech joined IR Media Group as Editor-in-Chief in January 2022. He was a multimedia journalist, editor, client relationship manager, awards host and public speaker at Campden Wealth, for and about the global ultra-wealthy multigenerational family business and office community, in 2016-21.

The Englishman reported and photographed news and features for daily and weekly regional newspapers and websites, in New Zealand and Australia, including the Otago Daily Times and Canterbury-Bankstown Express, in 2006-15.

He wrote and edited market-leading consumer magazines and websites in Bournemouth then worked in public relations and media communications in London, in 1999-2006.

He graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) in Multimedia Journalism in 1999.

Mike Coffey, vice president, head of global partnerships & alliances, Q4
Mike Coffey is the Vice President, Head of Global Partnerships & Alliances at Q4, and has over 25 years of experience in the FinTech industry, including 4 very successful startups. Prior to joining Q4 Inc. in 2015, Mike held a number of senior roles in the investor relations consulting space including Managing Partner and Executive Vice President of Oxford Intelligence Partners, Managing Director, NASDAQ Global Corporate Services Group and Vice President, Thomson Reuters’ Corporate Client Group. Mike started his career at Northern Trust Bank as a Sr. Portfolio Accounting Analyst & Asset Analysis Team leader.

Edward Greene, managing director, Georgeson
Edward Greene is a proxy and corporate governance expert with over a decade of experience guiding issuers through complex proxy solicitation campaigns and supporting clients with the shareholder data, trends and analytics that allow them to deploy smarter and more informed proxy strategies.

Edward has been involved in hundreds of proxy solicitation campaigns and has led clients to successful outcomes in various matters relating to executive compensation, corporate governance and shareholder activism. He provides year-round corporate governance advisory services to help numerous Russell 3000 and Fortune 500 companies make smarter governance decisions.
He is a member of Georgeson’s Activism and M&A teams and regularly contributes to Georgeson content development. He has also been a featured speaker for IR Magazine and the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) webinars.
Prior to joining Georgeson, Edward oversaw the Kingsdale U.S. research team as vice president of research. He also served as vice president of governance at AST Phoenix Advisors and vice president at Laurel Hill Advisory Group.
Edward is an active member of the Society for Corporate Governance and the NIRI.

Jim Rossman, co-head of capital markets advisory, Lazard
Jim Rossman is Co-Head of Capital Markets Advisory at Lazard, a global group advising clients on shareholder activism, strategic investor relations, ESG, capital raising and corporate governance. Jim joined Lazard in 2003 and has over 30 years of experience as both a lawyer and investment banker.
Jim serves on the Advisory Committee for the Center for Brooklyn History at the Brooklyn Public Library; the Landscape & Environment and Investment Committees of Green-Wood Cemetery and the Green-Wood Historic Fund; the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania; and the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance at New York University.
Jim earned a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.A. from The University of Virginia, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.