ALEXANDRIA, VA, March, 18 - NIRI: The Association for Investor Relations today announced that NIRI’s Chief Operating Officer, Matt Brusch, CAE, has been appointed Interim President and CEO of NIRI, effective April 1, 2022. The appointment follows the resignation of current President and CEO, Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, who has accepted the CEO role at another association.

The NIRI Board of Directors has activated its succession plan and will be meeting on March 31st to discuss next steps and further advance its plans for a seamless transition. LaBranche will stay on as Special Advisor to the Interim President and CEO of NIRI through May 31, 2022.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to thank Gary for his outstanding leadership over the last five years. During his tenure, he has made great strides in strengthening the organization, while at the same time further advancing our profession and navigating through the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. We wish him well in his future endeavors,” commented Victoria Sivrais, NIRI Board Chair and Founder of Clermont Partners. “We are thrilled to appoint Matt as Interim President and CEO. Over the last 15 years, he has supported NIRI in various leadership roles, most recently as COO. We believe his deep understanding of the profession, coupled with his institutional knowledge of NIRI will be critical during this transition period.”
LaBranche became NIRI President and CEO in March 2017. During his tenure as CEO, NIRI launched the Issuer and Investor Invitational Forum, Capstone Honors Program, Rising Leaders Under 40 recognition program, Compass Mentor Program, an annual Congressional fly-in event for NIRI Chapter Leaders, the Think Tank program, the Developing Leaders Roundtable, a DE&I initiative, and the IR Competency Suite of online courses. Under his leadership, NIRI also achieved several significant regulatory victories. He guided the Institute through the COVID19 pandemic, move to remote working and the launch of NIRI’s first virtual conferences.

“I leave NIRI with gratefulness of heart. I have been exceptionally fortunate to have worked alongside tremendous volunteer leaders and amazing staff colleagues,” said LaBranche. “Together we overcame extraordinary challenges, strengthened NIRI and advanced the investor relations profession. Serving NIRI and its members has been a great privilege.”

About NIRI: The Association for Investor Relations
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 2,800 members represent over 1,350 publicly held companies with more than $7 trillion in stock market capitalization.

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