Maureen is an accomplished visionary in the fields of investor relations and corporate communications with more than 30 years of success counseling C-level executives and directors to raise the level of their communications, build credibility and maximize shareholder value. As a nationally recognized expert in the complex and ever-changing landscape of corporate governance and investor relations, Maureen is regularly called upon to bridge the intersection between the two fields. She has earned a reputation for providing clients with stellar advice on implementing best-in-class Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategies; navigating through proxy contests and activism campaigns; elevating proxy communications; raising capital and developing crisis communication strategies.
Maureen has helped to chart the vision for the future of the IR profession in several industry leadership roles including serving as a programming committee member for the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), where she is responsible for provoking dialogue among board members in the areas of shareholder activism, proxy contests, ESG, diversity in the boardroom and crisis communications.
Maureen has a longstanding track record of leadership within the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) including serving as chairman and a board member, and spearheading the development of NIRI’s standards of practice. She also served as chairman of the NIRI IR Certification Council and helped develop the inaugural Investor Relations Certification (IRC) exam, a first-of-its-kind qualification that is regarded as a valuable benchmark for the IRO. She also has co-chaired NIRI’s annual conference and served as president of NIRI’s Boston Chapter, where she is currently an honorary director.
As an internationally recognized expert in Regulation Fair Disclosure, Maureen has led the disclosure rules training at NIRI’s annual ‘Fundamentals of IR’ conference. She also has lobbied on behalf of the profession in front of the SEC on various disclosure issues.
Her expertise has brought her to the podium as a featured speaker at industry forums including events hosted by the NACD, NIRI, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Association for Corporate Growth and at leading academic institutions including Bentley College, Boston University, Emerson College and Harvard University.
She also has been recognized as a NIRI Fellow and with a seat at the NIRI Senior Roundtable. In these roles, Maureen provides ongoing mentorship and thought leadership on leading trends and issues impacting the investor relations profession.
Maureen’s work also has been recognized with awards from several high-profile industry organizations including the Public Relations Society of America, Publicity Club of New England, the Stevie Awards and Women’s Business magazine. She has appeared on CNBC and has been featured in national newspapers and magazines including BusinessWeek, Investor’s Business Daily, IR Magazine, Management Review, The Boston Globe and The Financial Times.
Prior to joining Sharon Merrill Associates in 1985, Maureen held positions in the investor relations and corporate communications departments at Lotus Development Corporation. She received a B.S. degree in Communications from Montclair State University. Her specialized training includes completion of prescribed studies in “Financials and IR” at the Simmons College Graduate Program in Communications.
Maureen’s recent engagements include:
- Shareholder engagement and activism strategy for a board of directors.
- Sustainability report and ESG strategy for a large cap company.
- Board-level strategic counsel in preparation for an unplanned CEO transition.
- Strategic messaging counsel to management and board in preparation for a global medical equipment company IPO.
Fast Fact: Maureen enjoys traveling to the Cape and Islands, ocean living, and is committed to whole health and wellness (notwithstanding the occasional indulgence in her favorite treat, Swedish Fish).
Email Maureen at firstname.lastname@example.org.