New Chairman Takes the Reins

By The Investor Relations Society, PRNE
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

LONDON, June 22, 2011 -


At last night’s IR Society AGM, new chairman John Dawson,
Director of Investor Relations at National Grid, made his maiden
speech to IR Society members stating:

“As a Society I believe we have to continually promote IR as a
distinct and essential part of the corporate landscape. We need to
be recognised as the voice of issuers and we need to help our
members develop the gravitas and skills which will make them an
integral part of the top management team.”

Dawson praised outgoing chairman, Richard Davies, Managing
Director of RD:IR, by saying:

“I would like to thank Richard Davies for guiding the Society
through two very challenging years and for handing over the Society
in a very strong position.”

He also welcomed new deputy chairman, Karen Keyes, Head of
Investor Relations at Logica before expressing his priority “to
continue to develop and strengthen the Society… lets work together
to make the IR Society and our profession even more successful in
the future.”

Members also voted on to the Board, Gillian Karran-Cumberlege,
Managing Partner of Fidelio Partners and Sue Scholes, Director of
Communications at AMEC plc.

All other resolutions were passed by the members and full
details of the results will be available on the Society’s web

Notes for editors:

John Dawson

John was formerly Director, Investor Relations for Cadbury,
until its take over by Kraft Foods in 2010. John has been an active
investor relations practitioner since 1997.

John graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1989 with an
honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering and completed a Masters
in Manufacturing Engineering and Management in 1990. Sponsored by
TI Group through university, John joined TI’s John Crane division
in 1990, qualified as a Management Accountant in 1992 and, over the
next eight years, worked in Malta, Italy and the UK.  In 2000
John joined Exel plc as their Director of Investor Relations and
subsequently as Director of Corporate Affairs. At Exel he was
responsible for the development of Exel’s corporate reputation,
including investor relations, media relations and marketing, as
well as internal communications. In 2004, John joined ICI, running
the entire Group communications activities for the next four years
until the Group was bought by Akzo Nobel in 2008.

Karen Keyes

Karen joined Logica in 2006 as Head of Investor Relations. While
at Logica, Karen has been involved in the acquisition of WM-data
and the divestment of the telecoms products business. Her previous
role was Vice President, Investor Relations at Marconi Corporation
Plc, where she worked on Marconi’s disposal of its
telecommunications equipment business to Ericsson. Prior to that,
she spent seven years at Nortel Networks where her roles included
business development and government relations. Karen has Masters
degrees in Finance (London Business School) and International
Political Economy (Carleton University) and a BA from McGill

The Investor Relations Society

The Investor Relations Society represents members working for
public companies and consultancies to assist them in the
development of effective communication with financial markets and
to create a level playing field for all investors. It has nearly
600 corporate and individual members drawn both from the UK and
overseas, including the majority of the FTSE 100 and much of the
FTSE 250.

For further information contact:

The Investor Relations Society
John Dawson - Chairman            
Michael Mitchell - General
Manager    +44(0)20-7379-1763


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