Derek Cole

President Investor Relations Advisory Solutions

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Derek has provided financial communications counsel to C-level executives and boards of directors.  He has managed and contributed to a broad spectrum of corporate financings including venture capital investments, multiple initial public offerings (IPOs), secondary offerings and institutional private placements, that combined raised over $850 million.  Derek has established initial investor relations functions at multiple companies and contributed to the research, planning and execution of five M&A transactions.  He has developed and executed multiple award winning strategic communications programs and corporate investor materials.


Derek is a recognized leader in the investor relations profession.  He was elected 2012 Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), the association for the investor relations profession, representing more than 3,300 members and $9 trillion in stock market capitalization.  Derek served on the NIRI National Board of Directors 2008-2012.  He also served as Chairman of the Working Group on Financial Disclosure for NIRI's Standards of Practice for Investor Relations.


 Derek has taught "IPOs and Investor Relations" at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.