NIRI Announces 11 Professionals Passed the Investor Relations Charter Exam, Earning Right to Use IRC Credential
New IRC class to be honored at the NIRI 2017 Annual Conference
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eleven investor relations (IR) professionals have earned the Investor Relations Charter™ (IRC) credential awarded by the Certification Council of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). 
Representing the third class of IRC credential holders, there are now a total of 106 IRC holders worldwide. These IR professionals successfully completed the IRC examination offered in March, and they will be honored during the NIRI 2017 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 4-7. The pass rate for this exam was 69 percent. A complete list of the March 2017 IRC class is at the end of this news release.
NIRI has added a third testing window in 2017 to accommodate candidates unable to sit for the March or September exam cycles. This new testing window will be held immediately following the NIRI Annual Conference from June 10-17, 2017.
The IRC Program defines the profession of investor relations through the IR Competency Framework, and provides IR professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise, and commitment to the profession. The IRC is NIRI’s first professional credential, and the program is dedicated to advancing the practice of investor relations and the professional competency and stature of IR professionals.
NIRI President and CEO Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, said, “Congratulations to these outstanding investor relations professionals for earning the IRC, the first IR credential from NIRI, the world’s largest professional IR association. They have truly evidenced their commitment to achieving the highest level of professional competency in investor relations, and they have demonstrated their leadership within the profession. Well done!”
Eligibility for the IRC Program includes a minimum of three years’ experience working in investor relations. To earn and maintain the IRC credential, candidates must meet educational and professional experience requirements, adhere to the IRC Code of Conduct and to NIRI’s Code of Ethics, pass the IRC exam, and participate in ongoing professional development activities.
NIRI is now accepting applications to sit for the September 9-16, 2017 testing window. Program information and applications are available on the NIRI website:
March 2017 IRC Class
Jennifer R. Almquist, IRC
Deborah L. Belevan, CPA, IRC
Barron S. Beneski, IRC
Brian G. Campbell, IRC
Jacqueline R. Cossmon, IRC
Rebecca A. Herrick, IRC
Laura P. Kiernan, IRC
Richard J. Lund, IRC
Sara E. Pellegrino, IRC
Paul Surdez, IRC
Lisa D. Wilson, IRC

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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