NIRI Announces Staff Promotions
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) today announced that Matthew D. Brusch, CAE, has been named Chief Programs Officer, Michael C. McGough, CAE, was appointed Chief Membership Officer, and Ted Allen was promoted to Vice President, Strategic Communications.
NIRI President and CEO, Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, said: “One of my first priorities as NIRI’s new CEO has been to carefully assess our internal staffing, and I’m delighted today to announce the promotion of these three veteran staff members. They are assets both to NIRI and the investor relations profession, and I look forward to their continued leadership and contributions to our community.”
Matt Brusch joined NIRI as vice president of communications in 2007 to direct the organization’s communications strategy and associated operations. In his new role, he will lead professional development and other programming. Highlights of his tenure include creating NIRI’s research program, and working with volunteers and staff, launching the first professional investor relations certification program in the U.S. His previous experience includes leading investor relations and corporate communications for several public companies, as well as regulatory and marketing roles with the NASDAQ Stock Market. Mr. Brusch began his career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy, and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for superior performance. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University, and he is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).
NIRI’s vice president of membership since 2005, Mike McGough directs the Institute’s membership programs and leads the development of its marketing strategies. During his tenure there, Mr. McGough has overseen a number of key initiatives, including the centralization of NIRI’s marketing functions. Before joining NIRI, Mr. McGough worked at Marketing General Inc. (MGI), one of the Washington, D.C. area’s largest marketing agencies, producing marketing strategies for a wide range of associations. He also worked in the marketing department of GEICO (NYSE: BRK.A), where he developed advertising strategies for association markets. He holds an M.B.A. from Marymount University and a B.A. from Roanoke College. A member of the American Society of Association Executives, Mr. McGough is a Certified Association Executive. 
Ted Allen joined the National Investor Relations Institute in May 2012. In his most recent role as director of regulatory affairs and practice resources, he has overseen NIRI’s advocacy efforts, IR Update and IR Weekly publications, and the Standards of Practice for Investor Relations. He is NIRI’s primary contact for inquiries on disclosure and corporate governance issues. From 2004 to 2012, Mr. Allen served as governance counsel and director of publications at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), where he also was the proxy advisory firm’s primary contact for North American press inquiries. Before ISS, he practiced law as an associate with Proskauer Rose and Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, and worked as a journalist for Bloomberg News, The, Legal Times, and newspapers in Florida and North Carolina. He is a member of the bar in the state of Maryland. Mr. Allen received his B.A. degree from Duke University, a J.D. from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.  
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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