Sharon F. Merrill Sharon Merrill Associates

Sharon F. Merrill is Chairman Emerita and founder of Sharon Merrill Associates. As a high-energy executive who embraces innovation in investor relations, Sharon is an ambassador for the firm to financial and professional organizations across New England.

Sharon’s four-decade career has been marked by accomplishment and recognition in every facet of investor relations practice. She started the firm in 1985 after establishing and managing the investor relations function at Lotus Development Corporation. Prior to that, Sharon served as vice president and managed the investor relations practice at what was then New England’s largest full-service public relations agency. Earlier in her career, she was a securities analyst with The Boston Company, Inc. and held positions with State Street Research & Management Co. Sharon is the recipient of numerous national awards in investor relations and corporate communications and was twice named a finalist in the New England Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

Sharon holds an MBA from the Simmons College Graduate School of Management and an AS degree from Colby Sawyer College. She is a past president and director of the Boston Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and a past member of the national steering committee of NIRI’s Senior IR Roundtable. Sharon is a past director of the Boston Chapter of Financial Executives International and the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She also is a member of the Treasurers’ Club of Boston. Earlier in her career, she created a graduate level course, “Investor and Financial Communications,” one of the only courses of this type in the country, at Simmons College in Boston.

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