ALEXANDRIA, VA – Fifteen 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 eighth class of IRC credential holders, there are now a total of 167 IRC holders worldwide, who include IR professionals from Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. The latest class of successful candidates completed the IRC examination offered in November. A complete list of this new IRC class is at the end of this news release.
“I congratulate the 15 investor relations professionals who recently passed the IRC exam,” said NIRI President and CEO Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE. “IRC holders now represent six countries, and it’s gratifying to see the IRC become an important credential for IR professionals around the world.” 
The IRC program provides IR professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise, and commitment to the profession. The IRC 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 March 2-9, 2019, testing window. Program information and applications are available on the NIRI website: January 5 is the application deadline for the March exam. 
November 2018 IRC Class
Annette N. Arribas, IRC
Christopher W. Brandon, IRC
Katherine H. Chen, IRC
Matthew D. Eichmann, IRC
Vernon P. Essi, Jr., IRC
Jennifer A. Gaumond, IRC
James C. Landers, IRC
Scott A. McLaughlin, IRC
J. Colin Murray, IRC
John C. Moten, IRC
Guilherme L. Nahuz, IRC
Alina Plaia, IRC
Sean C. Silva, IRC
Erik K. Wright, IRC
Maximillian Zimmermann Canovas, IRC

About the National Investor Relations Institute
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. Through its collaborative community, NIRI advances engagement in the capital markets and drives best practices in corporate disclosures, governance, and informed investing.
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