ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Twelve 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 fourth class of IRC credential holders, there are now a total of 118 IRC holders worldwide. These IR professionals successfully completed the IRC examination offered in early June. The pass rate for this exam was 92 percent. NIRI added the June testing window to accommodate candidates unable to sit for the March or September exam cycles. A complete list of the June 2017 IRC class is at the end of this news release.

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.
“Congratulations to this fourth group of outstanding investor relations professionals who have earned the IRC, the first IR credential from NIRI, the world’s largest professional IR association,” said NIRI President and CEO Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE. “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!”
To be eligible 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: The final deadline for the September testing window is July 28. 
June 2017 IRC Class
  • Shawn C. Alcaraz, IRC
  • Cody C. Burke, IRC
  • Joanne M. Freiberger, IRC
  • Perry D. Grueber, IRC
  • Kelly P. Hernandez, IRC
  • Graham O. Mattison, IRC
  • Shannon J. McClure, IRC
  • Binit B. Sanghvi, IRC
  • Jeffrey K. Smith, IRC
  • John P. Sweeney, IRC
  • Alexander S. Whitelam, IRC
  • Jeffrey R. Zilka, 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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