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Uncertain or Under Fire? Ask the Experts

October 8, 2009 3:00 PM CT

You can't ask your CFO or your auditors . . . but you can ask the IR experts on this webcast. Anonymously, ahead-of-time or real-time, online or on the phone: Pose any scenario and listen to how the experts would (or did) handle it. Our experts will discuss "IR under fire" – activist shareholders, say on pay, board issues and crisis communications – before we open the call to questions. Other topics may include IR best practices, IR strategy, corporate governance and social responsibility investing.

Bradley Allen
Chair, NIRI Ethics Council
Brad Allen is the founder and executive editor of RiskRewardNews.com©, a new online publication examining changes in the capital markets and how companies communicate their risk/reward profile in this new environment. In addition to chairing the NIRI Ethics Council, Allen has served on the boards of the Boston and Twin Cities chapters as well as on the NIRI National board, where he was the 1996-1997 national chairman. Allen established the IR and corporate communications functions at Imation Corp. after its spin-off from 3M Company in 1996, and led the IR function at Cray Research and at Digital Equipment Corp. where he started his IR career. He received his bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and master's degree in finance from Boston College Graduate School of Management.

Sally Curley
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
Cardinal Health, Inc.
In addition to managing IR for Cardinal Health, a Fortune 18 healthcare services company, Curley is a member of the company's political action committee board and Finance Council. On September 1, Cardinal Health executed one of the largest recent healthcare launches by spinning off a $4 billion medical technologies division as CareFusion Corp. Previously, Curley was vice president of investor relations for Genzyme Corp. The vast majority of Curley's 23 years of corporate and consulting experience has been in healthcare, although she has held IR and corporate communications positions for companies in a variety of industries. Curley serves on the NIRI board of directors and is a past president of NIRI's Boston Chapter. She received a bachelor's degree from Colby College and an MBA from Northeastern University, Boston.

Bradley Wilks
Managing Director and Chicago Office CEO
Sard Verbinnen
The 2010 chairman of the NIRI board of directors, Brad Wilks has more than 20 years of agency and corporate experience – including mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests, litigation and crisis communications, product recalls and senior executive changes. He joined Sard Verbinnen in 2005 after holding senior positions at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and Fleishman-Hillard. Earlier, Wilks was head of investor relations for Ball Corporation, where he was named one of America's best IR officers by Institutional Investor. Wilks earned his bachelor's degree from Indiana University and master's degree from Ball State University, where he was the John W. Hill Fellow.

Lisa Ciota
Director, Investor Relations, McDonald's Corp.
Lisa Ciota joined McDonald's in 1992 as manager, investor services, eventually directing all of McDonald's retail investor communications and outreach efforts. Currently, she is responsible for financial communications and programs targeted to institutional investors. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Northern Illinois University, and is a NIRI-Chicago director.

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