Wednesday, January 17, 2018
7:30am - 9:00am EST
Maggiano's, King of Prussia




Dear NIRI Colleagues!
Please join us at our (FY) opening meeting next Friday, September 9 at 7:30am (Maggiano's Little Italy, King of Prussia). We are focusing the first meeting this year on the most important thing to all of us - our jobs!
We have three truly excellent panelists, and I urge you to read the bios below for confirmation. Doug Wilburne (IR, Textron), Peter McDermott (Principal, Corporate Affairs, Korn Ferry), and Michele Heid (Senior Partner, Heidrick & Struggles and former Finance leader at Raytheon and Cummins) are all some of the best in our field and will have plenty to share as we focus on career development for IR professionals. This is a meeting not to be missed, and we look forward to seeing you then! As a modest teaser, Peter's team at Korn Ferry has just completed its annual survey on IR trends, and will have up to date information on IR compensation, hiring profiles and other trends to share.
Douglas Wilburne, CFA, is VP of IR at Textron (NYSE: TXT), the $11 B market cap aircraft, parts and automotive supplier based in Providence, RI, since 2000. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team and Finance Council at Textron. Previously, he was an IRO at Rite Aid, Director of IR at Tyco Electronics, and held similar roles at Bell Atlantic and Verizon. Doug holds an MBA from Drexel University and a BS in electrical engineering from Penn State University. He has also been an active leader with NIRI for many years.
Peter McDermott is a Principal in the Corporate Affairs Center of Expertise for Korn Ferry, based in the Firm's New York office. A seasoned communications recruiter with both US and European experience, Peter has an impressive international track record placing senior level corporate communications and investor relations talent, across a wide spectrum of clients.
Peter joined Korn/Ferry from a boutique firm specialized in the corporate communications function, where he was based in London and New York. For the past year, Peter has been based in London, and spent time in the APAC region doing both candidate and business development. Previously, Peter was an associate at a global executive search firm, where he supported multiple financial services practices through research, candidate identification and outreach. He began his career as an intern with Bloomberg LP.
Peter is active in several of the professional organizations that are connected with the top functional leaders such as the Institute for Public Relations, as well as Arthur W. Page Society, and he has served as co-chair of multiple Page Learning Community Events in New York. Peter is a graduate of the University of Richmond with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric and Communications Studies and American Studies, coupled with a concentration in Ethnic Studies and a minor in History.
Michele Heid is a Senior Partner with the Philadelphia office of Heidrick & Struggles International. She is a core member of the CEO, Board of Directors and Financial Officers Practice.  Michele led the North American Financial Officers Practice for eight years and the Global Financial Officers Practice for three years.  Some of Michele's client companies include Cisco, Dell, Merck, Whirlpool, CIGNA, Stryker and Harsco. Prior to her search career, Michele served as the Corporate Controller for Raytheon Company, a $25 billion multi-national electronics manufacturer based in Lexington, Massachusetts.  Prior to Raytheon, Michele spent 20 years with Cummins Engine Company in a variety of financial and operations positions ranging from Vice President of Investor Relations & Strategic Planning to the CFO of a $600 million manufacturing operation.  Michele has extensive experience with the Investment Community and has participated in debt and equity offerings in the United States, Europe and Asia. 
Michele holds a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance & Investments from Indiana University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant.  Her interests include civic and professional associations including past positions with the Board of Advisors for Indiana University, the Vanderbilt Roundtable and the Indiana Council for the Arts.  She previously co-chaired the Philadelphia Chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCD).  Michele and her spouse reside in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.
Program Details
Friday, September 9, 2016
7:30 am - Registration and breakfast
8:15 am - 9:30 am - Program and discussion
Maggiano's Little Italy
205 Mall Blvd.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
There will be no fee for this 2016 inaugural event, so please join us!

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