National Investor Relations Institute President and CEO James M. Cudahy Steps Down Following Successful Launch of IR Certification Program

 Board of Directors to Form Search Committee for New CEO; Retains Executive Search Firm 
 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) today announced that James M. Cudahy has resigned his position as President and CEO to pursue other professional interests following the successful launch of the Investor Relations Charter (IRC) certification program. 
NIRI Chair Felise Kissell, Vice President, Investor Relations, HSN, Inc., said, “Under Jim’s leadership, NIRI took a significant leap forward in advancing our profession as we launched the first global certification program for investor relations. The first 61 IRC recipients were honored at NIRI’s annual conference in San Diego earlier this month. On behalf of the board and the membership, we thank Jim for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.
“We now begin a global search for a new chief executive to lead NIRI during this exciting time for both our profession and our association. Our OneNIRI strategy provides the framework for the new leader to continue advancing NIRI’s role as a global beacon of excellence for the investor relations profession. They will lead the organization’s advocacy, certification, professional development, membership, and chapter services efforts, and serve as an ambassador of the profession in an ever-changing regulatory, governance and financial market environment. The board and I look forward to working with the next CEO to advance our profession well into the future.”

The NIRI board of directors is in the process of forming a search committee to identify and evaluate candidates and has retained executive search firm Korn Ferry.  

NIRI Vice Presidents Matt Brusch and Mike McGough will serve as interim co-leads for the organization, as they did during the previous CEO transition, reporting directly to the board of directors until the new CEO is selected and onboarded. 
More information regarding the CEO position will be available on the NIRI website,, in the coming weeks. 

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. NIRI is the largest professional investor relations association in the world with more than 3,300 members representing over 1,600 publicly held companies and $9 trillion in stock market capitalization.

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