NIRI Capital Area Hosts CFO Insights - Effective IR: Lessons from the Trenches
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Public companies are engaging with shareholders in dramatically different ways these days, and demands from stakeholders are high. Meanwhile, regulatory scrutiny has intensified, as has shareholder activism. Against that backdrop, investor relations (IR) departments must continually strive to serve the interests of their organizations, as well as shareholders.


But what does it take to have a truly effective IR team, and how can IR provide value to CFOs and management, as well as investors?


To answer those questions, we've asked Lee Ahlstrom to share his view of the challenges and options available to help the IRO develop a world-class targeting program.



Lee M. Ahlstrom

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

RigNet, Inc.


Prior to this, Mr. Ahlstrom was named Chief Financial Officer of Paragon Offshore in August 2017. He also served as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Strategy and Planning of Paragon since its founding in 2014. He served as Senior Vice President - Strategic Development of Noble Corporation since May 2011 and in this capacity, Ahlstrom was responsible for evaluating and developing strategic alternatives and initiatives for the Company. He joined the company in May 2006 and served as Vice President of Investor Relations and Planning.

Prior to joining Noble, Mr. Ahlstrom served as the Director of Investor Relations at Burlington Resources, Inc. which was acquired by ConocoPhillips Company in March, 2006. Before joining Burlington, Mr. Ahlstrom worked for Unocal Corporation in a variety of roles including the Manager of Strategy and Planning for the Deepwater, U.S.A. business unit, Manager of Investor Relations, and Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Ahlstrom led the effort to integrate Unocal's North American assets and people into Chevron's upstream business when those businesses were merged in 2005.

From 1998 to 2002, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, the premier management consulting firm, serving clients in the petroleum, services, and venture capital industries. Mr. Ahlstrom began his career with Exxon where he held a variety of engineering positions. He holds both a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware.  Mr. Ahlstrom serves on the board of directors for the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and holds NIRI's Investor Relations Charter (IRC™) credential.


Program Details:


Wednesday, January 16, 2019


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Registration, Networking, and Reception

                                    (The Reception includes, dinner, beer, wine, and soft drinks)

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Program


Seasons 52 Tysons Corner Center

7863 Tysons Corner Center

(Lower level near Barnes & Noble)

McLean, VA


Located on the Lower level near Barnes & Noble


Capital Area Chapter Members:  $35
Non Capital Area Chapter Members & Guests:  $45





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