MIAMI BEACH, FL – The National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) announced at its annual meeting on Wednesday that NIRI members elected four new directors to four-year terms: David Banks, IRC; Deborah Hancock; Victoria Sivrais; and Deb Wasser, IRC. 

NIRI President and CEO Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, said, “I am pleased to welcome these outstanding IR professionals to the NIRI Board of Directors. They will play an important role in helping the Board ensure the long-term health of our organization and the IR profession.”

“I also would like to thank the Board members who are stepping down after their dedicated service to NIRI: Mark Warren, Sid Jones, Liz Bauer, and Immediate Past Chair Valerie Haertel, IRC,” LaBranche added. “We are grateful for their service to the IR profession.” 

NIRI members also approved the election of Melissa Plaisance, Group Vice President, Treasury & IR, Albertsons Cos., to serve as Chair-Elect. She will succeed Ronald Parham, Vice President, Investor Relations, Cura Cannabis Solutions, who has assumed the role of Board Chair. The outgoing Chair, Lee Ahlstrom, IRC, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer,, Inc., will remain on the Board for another year as Immediate Past Chair.  

Welcoming Our New Board Members
David Banks, IRC, Vice President, Investor Relations, SendGrid in Denver, CO. He is a long-time communications practitioner, with more than 25 years in a combination of investor relations and corporate communications roles, including serving as IRO at four publicly traded companies. David is a member of the NIRI Rocky Mountain chapter and NIRI Senior Roundtable.

Deborah Hancock, Vice President, Investor Relations, Hasbro, Inc. in Pawtucket, RI. With more than 20 years of experience in investor relations and communications, she has served as a trusted advisor to senior management for strategic communications, corporate events, and crises. She is a member of the NIRI Boston chapter and NIRI Senior Roundtable.

Victoria Sivrais, Founding Partner, Clermont Partners, LLC, in Chicago, IL. Prior to establishing Clermont, she was a managing director and deputy lead of the capital markets practice at FTI Consulting and held several leadership positions at Ashton Partners. Victoria is a member of the NIRI Chicago chapter and NIRI Senior Roundtable.

Deb Wasser, IRC, Vice President, Investor Relations, Etsy, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to joining Etsy, she led Edelman’s U.S. investor relations practice for more than three years, and she served more than 15 years as senior vice president, IR & corporate communications, at Veeco Instruments. Deb is a member of the Board of the NIRI New York chapter and the NIRI Senior Roundtable. 

About NIRI
Founded in 1969, the National Investor Relations Institute ( 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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