NIRI Board of Directors Elects Felise Kissell as New Board Chair
Alexandria, VA – The National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) today announced the election of Felise Kissell as the 2016 Chair of the NIRI Board of Directors. Beyond her voluntary service on the NIRI Board, Ms. Kissell serves as Vice President of Investor Relations for HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSNI). She will succeed Mark Donohue, Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Impax Laboratories, Inc., at the NIRI Annual Meeting of members, December 2, in New Orleans.
Ms. Kissell will preside over the organization at an exciting time as NIRI is on the cusp of administering its first-ever certification program, the Investor Relations Charter Exam, in March of 2016.
“NIRI is extremely fortunate to have someone of Felise’s caliber and industry standing as its next Board Chair,” said Mr. Donohue. “NIRI is undertaking a number of critically important steps associated with our OneNIRI Strategic Vision, and it gives me great comfort knowing that Felise and the other highly qualified members of the NIRI Board will be guiding our organization as it executes on these key initiatives.”
New NIRI President and CEO Jim Cudahy echoed Donohue’s perspective on Ms. Kissell. “NIRI thrives on and depends upon a spirit of volunteer service,” said Mr. Cudahy, “and in the short time I have come to know Felise, it is clear that she embodies that spirit.”
The election of Ms. Kissell to serve as Chair by her peers therefore is as much a testament to that spirit of volunteer service as it is to the success she has enjoyed as an IR practitioner. “I am truly honored to have been elected Chair of this organization that has had such an important role not just in advancing the professional competence and stature of so many investor relations officers, but more broadly, in developing the profession of investor relations,” said Ms. Kissell. “This is an exciting and important time for NIRI as we continue to execute on our OneNIRI 2015-2018 Strategy. I look forward to working with the NIRI Board, staff, and the many volunteers throughout the entire NIRI organization to meet the education, information, networking and advocacy needs of all NIRI members.”
“I would also like to thank outgoing Board Chair Mark Donohue, and fellow Board members Bob Burton, Deb Pawlowski and Chuck Triano for their many years of extraordinary contributions while serving on the NIRI Board,” Ms. Kissell continued.
Ms. Kissell has over 20 years of investor relations and capital markets expertise. At HSN, Inc., she is responsible for developing and managing the company's investor relations function which includes all communication with the Wall Street community. HSN, Inc. has received numerous awards and acknowledgements from Wall Street on its investor relations practices. Before joining HSN, Inc. in 2008, Ms. Kissell was Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Development for Maidenform Brands, Inc. from 2005 to 2008. Among her responsibilities was the development and execution of the company's Wall Street communications, in addition to assisting the company in identifying and prioritizing specific sales growth opportunities. Ms. Kissell worked with the Maidenform executive team in evaluating, recommending and executing strategic growth initiatives.
From 2002 to 2005, Ms. Kissell was Vice President, Investor Relations and Finance for AFC Enterprises, a company that owned and franchised a number of well-known restaurant brands at the time that she joined, including Popeyes, Church’s Chicken, Cinnabon and Seattle’s Best Coffee. In 2002, Ms. Kissell also helped develop a course on capital markets and influences on investor relations at New York University’s Management Institute of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Previously, Ms. Kissell spent two years with Thomson Financial where she served as a Senior Advisor in their Strategic Investor Relations Global Consulting practice. Ms. Kissell began her career with The Carson Group, a capital markets services firm for which she served as Managing Director and Partner.
Ms. Kissell received her bachelor's degree from Colby College in 1991 which included a special grant to study at the Gustav Mahler Society in Vienna, Austria. She also received her Executive MBA from Fordham University in 2001. Ms. Kissell is a former Chapter President for the New York Chapter of NIRI, in addition to having served on that Board for six years. Ms. Kissell is a member of NIRI’s Central Florida Chapter. She also serves on the MIR Advisory Council for Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business.

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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