ALEXANDRIA, VA – Nine 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 seventh class of IRC credential holders, there are now a total of 152 IRC holders worldwide. These IR professionals successfully completed the IRC examination offered in mid-June. A complete list of this new IRC class is at the end of this news release.

“I congratulate this latest group of investor relations professionals who have obtained the IRC,” said NIRI President and CEO Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE. “The IRC credential continues to grow in recognition and is becoming an important advantage for IR professionals as they seek promotions or new job opportunities.”  

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 the only U.S. professional IR credential, and the program is dedicated to advancing the practice of investor relations and the professional competency and stature of IR professionals.

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 November 13-20, 2018, testing window. Program information and applications are available on the NIRI website: The application deadline for the November exam is September 25. 

June 2018 IRC Class
Dawn C. Benchelt, IRC
Elisabeth L. Eisleben, IRC
Steven S. Hufford, IRC
Douglas A. Kris, IRC
James A. Miln, IRC
Suzanne L. Ogle, IRC
Michael V. Piccinino, Jr., IRC
Joshua D. Wannarka, IRC
David D. Zeng, 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.

Contact: Ted Allen, 703-562-7681,