Garden Court Hotel, Palo Alto, CA
The IR Magazine Think Tank – West Coast II 2018 is an invitation-only event exclusively for senior corporate, in-house IR professionals. It is free to attend and our unique format enables participants to network extensively, discuss, debate and dissect topical issues affecting today’s IROs.
What makes our format so unique?
It is far removed from the traditional conference set-up as the event consists of a series of panel sessions followed by roundtable discussions on select IR issues. These interactive sessions are broken up by short, snappy best practice briefings from top-rated IROs. All discussions are confidential and none of the participants’ comments are attributed. This allows attendees to talk freely and have frank, open discussions.
How do our roundtable discussions work?
Senior people – industry experts, top-rated IROs and those from the financial community – set the agenda on a panel discussion by sharing their thoughts on session topics.
Small roundtable groups of IROs discuss these issues face to face.
Each table gives feedback from its own discussion and shares ideas with the group as a whole.
Registration and refreshments
Welcome to the think tank: What’s next for the US public company?
Ben Ashwell, digital editor, IR Magazine
What’s next for technology in capital markets?
Discover how technological trends in capital markets are unfolding, the impact these trends will have on how your stock is traded and learn how companies can better navigate the capital markets of the future.
• Learn how markets are being influenced by the drive to big data, machine learning and growing speed and scale of processing
• With real-time pricing and trading what do you need to know? When and how should you act to reduce volatility
• As technology changes, what will the impact on IR be, and how can you better manage your share repurchases?
Ari Rubenstein, co-founder and chief executive officer, GTS Capital Markets
The value of IR: How IR can better influence investment interest?
Experts share their thoughts on the results of the value of IR a report based on 420+ responses from portfolio managers and analysts on how influential quality IR can effect share price valuation and what IROs need to do to increase that influence.
• Access research data on how much of a premium does good IR add to the share price and market capitalization
• Learn about the individual qualities and experiences that IROs need to develop to better influence investment decisions
• Hear from senior management about the qualities they look for in an IRO
Smooch Repovich Reynolds, managing director of global investor relations and chief communications officer practice group, ZRG Partners
Morning coffee and refreshments
The Exchange: A series of best practice roundtable discussions (click to see topics)
Exchange information, ideas and inspiration in this fully interactive session.
How the exchange works:
• Choose three of the following topics – the power is in your hands!
• Join the relevant roundtable and discuss with your peers
• When the bell rings, move on to your next table and repeat!
• At the end of the session, hear a roundup from all the roundtable leaders allowing you to apply these when you return to the office
Choose your three preferred round-table discussions:
• How to approach and manage activities with ETFs
• Investor engagement and education: New approaches to site visits, roadshows and NDRs
• The need for standardization in ESG reporting
• What increased thresholds for shareholder proposals mean for investor relations
Ben Ashwell, digital editor, IR Magazine
Victoria Hyde-Dunn, senior director of investor relations, 8×8
Dan Romito, global head of investor analytics, Nasdaq
Regulatory roundtables: Your chance to debate the impact of regulations facing IR
• The impact of the Financial Choice Act on capital markets, IR, and governance
• The SEC’s access-fee pilot impact on issuers and the action that the IR community can take
• The move away from quarterly guidance and focus on long-term performance: Next Steps
Ben Ashwell, digital editor, IR Magazine
What do capital markets now expect of public companies? [Q&A with the buy side and sell side]
Hear fund managers and analysts share their views on the latest trends and regulations impacting business and expectations of IR teams.
• Mifid II: How is it changing the game for listed companies?
• With a reduction of teams covering companies, what is now expected of the IR department?
• What does increased investor interest in ESG mean for public companies?
• How can IR improve transparency and disclosures?
• What are the big investment trends for 2019 and beyond? What should be covered in investor presentations?
Megan Capay, corporate relations, Surveyor capital
Mary Turnbull, senior vice president of corporate access, Raymond James & Associates
Check out all of our panel briefing speakers and discussion leaders who will set the scene before the interactive roundtables
Co-founder and chief executive officer
GTS Capital Markets
Ari Rubenstein is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of GTS, an industry leading trading and technology firm.
Mr. Rubenstein began his career in the mid-1990s as a runner on the floor of the commodities exchange in New York City. In this position, he experienced firsthand the modernization of financial markets, and the power of innovation in making markets better for all participants.
In the mid-2000s, he teamed with like-minded business partners to develop the innovative trading technology that laid the groundwork for the founding of GTS in 2006.
In his leadership role at GTS, Mr. Rubenstein heads up dayto-day management of the firm. He develops and deploys new trading businesses, while working alongside GTS’ other partners to oversee operations and strategic initiatives.
Mr. Rubenstein is a vocal supporter of the efficiency and democratization of modern markets and an outspoken advocate for thoughtful, intelligent, and datadriven regulation. He has appeared before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, testifying on key market structure issues, including the importance of publicly listed companies in driving job creation, capital raising and economic growth. He frequently collaborates with regulators – as a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s market surveillance advisory board – and his industry peers on efforts to ensure pragmatic, investor-first oversight of our financial markets.
Mr. Rubenstein has also penned numerous Op-Eds on these topics in prominent publications including The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider and CNBC.com.
In 2013, Mr. Rubenstein cofounded the Modern Markets Initiative (MMI), an education and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing secure savings and investment through innovation in the markets.
Mr. Rubenstein is a graduate of the University of Vermont. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three daughters.
Senior director of investor relations
Victoria Hyde-Dunn is the senior director of investor relations at 8×8 having previously worked as director of investor relations at Visa for 10 years, as part of the team that took Visa public in 2008. She recently shared the best IRO (large cap) award at the IR Magazine Awards – US 2017.
Victoria also has IR experience at McAfee and Providian Financial and currently sits on the board for the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) San Francisco Chapter, having previously served on the NIRI Silicon Valley Chapter board.
Global head of investor analytics
As Global Head of Investor Analytics, Dan Romito’s responsibilities include overseeing Nasdaq’s Strategic Capital Intelligence team, Insight360 Analytics Platform, ESG/Index consulting and managing a global roster of advisory clients. His advisory work focuses on consulting management teams across the globe on optimizing capital allocation strategies, mitigating risk within their shareholder base and identifying opportunistic investors. Dan also created the “Activist Diagnostic,” a quant model that gauges the vulnerability of a corporate client based on their respective fundamental and ESG profile.
His expertise centers on executing an array of capital deployment analyses along with overseeing Nasdaq Advisory’s Event Analytics capabilities. Dan’s research on the effects of Index Ownership, Shareholder Activism and ESG-focused investing has been presented to a variety of NIRI and Finance panels across North America, Europe & APAC and has been implemented into the analyses his Strategic Capital Intelligence team provides to global clients.
His recommendations have also been adopted by a variety of Boards, including Nasdaq’s. Dan is a recipient of Nasdaq’s CEO Platinum and Silver Award for his work modeling out internal capital structure strategies and commercializing a suite of new targeting deliverables, most notably, Nasdaq’s Biotech & Small Cap Investor Analytics services. His Thought Leadership pieces on Activism, ESG and Index Investing has also been featured in a variety of periodicals, including Harvard Business Review, CNBC, Global Investor Magazine and IR Magazine. He received a BA from the University of Chicago, an MBA in Finance from DePaul University, is a Level 3 CFA Candidate, an adjunct professor at Carthage College, is responsible for teaching financial strategy to Non-Finance Executives for the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Applied Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Smooch Repovich Reynolds
Managing director of global investor relations and chief communications officer practice group
Smooch Repovich Reynolds joined ZRG Partners at the end of 2017, bringing with her a career that spans more than 25 years of executive search consulting, specifically focused in the Global Investor Relations Officer and Chief Communications Officer functional areas. Smooch pioneered IR executive search as a direct result of her affinity for the capital markets, and has partnered with CEOs and CFOs to address corporate valuation issues and financial market expectations throughout her career. As the profession and financial markets have evolved dramatically the last two decades, she has served as a key influencer of the direction of the Investor Relations profession through her stewardship with client management teams.
In addition, her thought leadership in the Corporate Communications functional niche has been framed by her tenure as a former Chief Communications Officer and her broad participation in the global communications community. Smooch has leveraged this first-hand experience to partner with leadership teams providing guidance by framing corporate communications functions, and by serving as a gateway to exceptional talent whose corporate brand innovation experience has elevated her client companies to new heights of success.
She is considered a leading authority on the intangible leadership traits that define talent who are recognized as part of the top 10% of Investor Relations and Chief Communications Officers globally. Her executive search experience has spanned partnerships with management teams and Boards at organizations ranging in size from pre-IPO entities to global, multinational Fortune 500 market leaders, across all industry sectors.
Having completed approximately 300 Investor Relations Officer searches, one consideration to note about Smooch’s work is the increase in her clients’ share valuation during her tenure as a recruitment management team advisor – nearly $500B in increased valuation that she has contributed to as a direct result of her commitment to clients on the topic of recruiting the right talent.
Smooch has authored numerous thought leadership articles about the CEO-CFO-IRO triumvirate and the impact of their interlocked relationship as it relates to the investment community and valuation. She has been the featured expert on IRO and CCO careers across traditional media and social/digital media, and is called upon by numerous professional groups to speak on wide ranging talent and leadership topics. Smooch has her own website: www.smoochunplugged.com, where she regularly shares her insights about corporate talent initiatives and the competitive advantages of smart, strategic recruitment partnerships. Smooch is also book author.
Prior to joining ZRG Partners, Smooch served at two multinational executive search firms as the Managing Director of each firm’s respective Global Investor Relations and Communications Officer practice groups. In addition, she served as the Chief Communications Officer for The Irvine Company, a recognized national privately-held real estate development company. And, prior to that she was the Founder and CEO of The Repovich-Reynolds Group, a North American focused executive search firm specializing in IRO and CCO search assignments which she led for nearly 20 years. Smooch has served as a Chief of Staff to the CEO of a global public relations agency and started her career in politics as a Press Deputy.
She is a long-time member of the National Investor Relations Institute and a Lifetime member of the International Association of Business Communicators. Smooch has served on several non-profit boards, including serving as Board Chair for two of those entities: American Cancer Society of Los Angeles and Westridge School in Pasadena, CA.
Senior vice president of corporate access
Raymond James & Associates
Mary is a Senior Vice President in Corporate Access at Raymond James and introduces Raymond James’ corporate clients to a targeted group of institutional investors. Mary has spent the majority of her career on the sell side where she has held research, sales and management roles at several investment banks, including Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank and Salomon Smith Barney.
An active NIRI member, she is currently on the Annual Conference Committee and the Board of the Florida chapter. She is founder and co-chair of The Women in Capital Markets Symposium (WICM), an annual event devoted to advancing the professional development of women in the capital markets business at Raymond James.
Mary received a BA in economics from Mount Holyoke College, and an MBA in finance from Fordham University
Ben Ashwell is the digital editor at IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary, covering investor relations, governance, risk and compliance. Prior to this, he was the founder and editor of Executive Talent, the global quarterly magazine from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. Before moving to the US, Ben was the vice president and editor at Executive Grapevine, overseeing a daily news website, ten annual supplements and HR Grapevine, the UK’s leading HR and talent management magazine. In his spare time, Ben writes fiction, poetry and arts and culture reviews. Eyewear Publishing recently named him in their list of the Best New British and Irish Poets.
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Attendees are leading IR practitioners, many of whom have been highlighted in our IR Magazine Awards research over the years. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company. Some of our past attendees include:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|Vice president of investor relations||Affymetrix||Manager, External reporting||Plantronics|
|Investor relations manager||AIXTRON||Managing director of investor relations||Maxim Integrated|
|Associate director, investor & public relations||Cerus Corporation||Mergers and acquisition||JP Morgan|
|Associate, External Planning||Plantronics||Partner||WSGR|
|Corporate development and IR manager||Netgear||Portfolio Manager, Research Analyst||Jackson Square Partners|
|Director of global investor relations||Visa||Senior analyst||Citadel|
|Director of investor relations||Calix||Senior director of investor relations||Avaya|
|Director of investor relations||ebay||Senior director of investor relations||Yahoo|
|Director of investor relations||Flex||Senior director of IR & corporate communications||XenoPort|
|Director of Investor Relations||Granite Construction||Senior financial analyst||Maxim Integrated|
|Director of investor relations||Intel||Senior group director of investor relations||Cadence Design Systems|
|Director of investor relations||Molina Healthcare||Senior investor relations officer||Cisco|
|Director of investor relations||Paypal||Senior manager – investor relations||Paypal|
|Director of investor relations||ShoreTel||Senior manager of investor relations||Atmel|
|Director of investor relations||Verifone||Senior manager of investor relations||Cisco|
|Director of investor relations||MDA||Senior manager of investor relations||Flextronics|
|Director of IR & communications||Align Technology||Senior manager of investor relations||Oracle|
|Director of marketing communications||MicroVision||Senior vice president & chief communications officer||Wright Medical Group|
|Financial analyst||Banc of California||Senior vice president of investor relations||Banc of California|
|Global equities||Citadel||SVP, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications||Galena Biopharma|
|Head of investor relations||Alphatec Spine||SVP, investor relations and treasury||Seagate Technology|
|Head of investor relations||Infinera||Vice president||CA Technologies|
|Investor relations||Paypal||Vice president of investor relations||Applied Materials|
|Investor relations||Symantec||Vice president of investor relations||Electronic Arts|
|Investor relations analyst||Cisco||Vice president of investor relations||Flextronics|
|Investor relations analyst||Flextronics||Vice president of investor relations||Marketo|
|Investor relations analyst||The Cooper Companies||Vice president of investor relations||OpenText|
|Investor relations manager||Electronic Arts||Vice president, investor relations||BOX|
|Investor relations manager||Nimble Storage||Vice president, treasurer & investor relations||Keysight Technologies|
|IR analyst||Banc of California||VP, investor relations||Yahoo|
|IR Professional||Seagate Technology||VP, investor relations and corporate communications||Jack in the Box|
|Manager of investor relations||ebay||VP of IR/Treasurer||MobileIron|
GTS is an industry-leading trading and technology firm that is committed to a simple mission: Making markets better.
We successfully navigate a dynamic industry landscape by adhering to our principles of innovation, responsibility and leadership.
Our electronic market-making business uses proprietary technology and sophisticated modeling to offer highly efficient prices in cash equities, foreign exchange, interest rate products, commodities, and listed derivatives.
For more information, please visit www.gtsx.com
Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher is a leading independently owned financial public relations and investor relations firm based in New York City. Joele Frank provides its clients with strategic counsel and tactical support across communications disciplines, from ongoing public relations and investor relations needs to high-profile – and high-stakes – special situations. Since its founding in 2000, Joele Frank has consistently ranked as one of the top corporate communications firms in M&A, shareholder activism and restructurings/bankruptcies.
For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.joelefrank.com.
Raymond James’ corporate access team uses its global distribution network to facilitate meetings between company management and institutional investors. We host more than 600 corporate access events each year, with an emphasis on personalized service from start to finish, including investor targeting, seamless logistics and post-meeting feedback.
To learn more, please visit Raymond James corporate access.
ZRG Partners’ mission is to bring talented candidates to leading companies. We adhere to a set of core values that allows us to fulfill our clients’ needs on an optimal scale. We take pride and care to ensure that the core values we instill in our staff help our clients acquire strong leadership within their company.
For more information, please visit our website.
We are pleased to announce that this year’s think tank will be held at:
Garden Court Hotel
520 Cowper St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Grove Ballroom, 2nd floor
As a courtesy to attendees of the IR Magazine Think Tank – West Coast II, the Garden Court Hotel is pleased to offer the following discounts:
Sunday, September 16, 2018: 15% off the best available rate
Monday, September 17, 2018: 15% off the best available rate
*Rates are based upon availability; guests must call the hotel directly at 650.322.2914 and mention the IR Magazine Think Tank to confirm room availability.
The hotel will continue to accept reservations into the contracted block after August 17, 2018 at the best available public rate (discounts may not apply).
A new social network for IR professionals! Connect with your peers via private messaging and groups, share ideas and know-how in the community forum, read all the latest IR news and download IR resources from the extensive, free knowledge base. Site features include:
Networking: Network with your peers by searching based on their sector, market cap, location and role, or look for individuals by their name or company. Connect with other members via private messaging and open or private groups.
Share knowledge and ideas: IRspace’s professionally moderated community forum will allow members to post queries and discussion topics and receive answers from a community of global IROs. This provides an opportunity for members to compare best practices and promote their own blog posts and thought leadership. Members can post queries anonymously or as themselves.
Knowledge base: The site contains an extensive, free and searchable knowledge base, granting IROs access to white papers, strategy and planning guides, research reports, investor perception studies and webinar recordings, as well as all the latest news and articles in the world of IR.
This event is exclusively for senior corporate IROs and other senior-level executives with IR responsibility. To register for this year’s event, please fill in the form below and if you are eligible, we will send you a confirmation along with detailed event information.
If you have any questions or require any assistance with registering for the think tank, please contact Lauren Brown at [email protected] or on +44 020 8004 5829.