ALEXANDRIA, VA (April 16, 2020) -- The National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) today announced its 2020 class of 10 new NIRI Fellows. 
The NIRI Fellows Program recognizes distinguished professionals who demonstrate leadership, integrity, involvement, and IR knowledge while advancing or supporting the investor relations profession.  NIRI Fellows are called to continued service as leaders, mentors, content distributors, and ambassadors of NIRI and investor relations. 
"On behalf of the 2020 Fellows Selection Committee, I am pleased to announce these 10 Fellows and honor them for their ongoing service to NIRI and the IR profession," said NIRI President & CEO Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE.  "During these difficult times, it's reassuring to know that these outstanding professionals are continuing to serve as leaders and role models in the capital markets." 
NIRI 2020 Fellows
Lee Ahlstrom, IRC, Senior VP & CFO, RigNet, Inc.
Nils Paellmann, PhD, award-winning IR professional and former Head of Investor Relations, T-Mobile US
Julie Dewey, IRC, Senior VP & Chief Communications Officer, Wright Medical Group N.V.
Elizabeth Higashi, CFA, VP, Investor Relations, Herc Holdings Inc.
Mark Donohue, IRC, VP, Investor Relations, Clarivate Analytics
Ian Richman, President, IR Magazine
Hala Elsherbini, Senior VP & COO, Halliburton Investor Relations
Nicole Russell, Senior VP, Investor Relations, Primerica, Inc.
Valerie Haertel, IRC, Senior VP of Investor Relations, CVS Health Corporation
Tabitha Zane, VP, Investor Relations, TopBuild

In September 2019, NIRI's Board of Directors voted to strengthen the Fellows program to recognize exceptional mid-career Regular and Associate members for their ongoing contributions to NIRI and the IR community, and create a powerful resource for the IR community. As many as 10 Fellows may be honored by NIRI each year. NIRI plans to recognize and celebrate the 2020 Class of Fellows during its re-scheduled Annual Conference in December. Later this year, NIRI will announce a new Founders' Circle awards program, which would be NIRI's highest honor, to recognize one or two IR professionals each year for extraordinary achievements and service over their full careers. 

More information about the NIRI Fellows Recognition Program can be found at

About the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)
Founded in 1969, NIRI is the professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communication among corporate management, shareholders, securities analysts and other financial community constituents. The largest professional investor relations association in the world, NIRI's more than 3,000 members represent over 1,600 publicly held companies and $9 trillion in stock market capitalization. Through its collaborative community, NIRI advances engagement in the capital markets and drives best practices in corporate disclosures, governance, and informed investing. 


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