Directors & Officers

Board Position Descriptions


Officers

President

Nicole Noutsios

Nicole Noutsios
NMN Advisors
nicole@nmnadvisors.com

What I love about in IR is that no day is ever the same - it’s very challenging and rewarding.  I am always working on interesting projects, solving hard problems, and working with smart and driven people.

Nicole has been running her own consultancy, NMN Advisors, for more than 15 years. During her 20 years in investor relations, she has provided over 100 pre-IPO and public companies investor relations and strategic communications counsel and has worked with companies in virtually every facet of investor relations, including IPOs, shareholder activism, M&A communications, global investor targeting and crisis communications.

Prior to consulting, she was the Director of IR for meVC / Draper Fisher Jurvetson's (DFJ) public venture capital fund where she managed the public relations and investor relations departments. While at meVC/DFJ Fund, she assisted with the company's $330M IPO on the NYSE. Before working for the meVC/DFJ Fund, Nicole held IR and Finance positions at Infoseek and Imatron.

For 9 years, Nicole volunteered as both an Officer and Director with the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) San Francisco and Silicon Valley chapters and is currently a member of the senior roundtable. She has been a public speaker on the topic of disclosure, ethics, and investor relations strategic issues at the Annual NIRI National conference, PRSA San Francisco Chapter, and NIRI Silicon Valley Chapter. Nicole is also a contributor to IR Update, a magazine specializing in investor relations. Nicole holds a B.S., Political Science and B.A., History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and completed additional studies at the University of Grenoble, France and University of Hull, England.

IR Update Publications:

  • November 2015 - When Investors Ask to Speak to Directors
  • November 2015 - A Year-Round Strategy For Proxy Season
  • January 2012 - Expanding Your Stock's Global Ownership
  • February 2006 - The New World: Expensing Stock Options
  • October 2004 - Gaining Visibility for Small Cap Companies
  • May 2002 - Integrating Financial Messaging into Employee Communications

Memberships:

  • NIRI National Senior Roundtable Membership
  • For 9 years, Nicole has volunteered as both an Officer and Director with the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) San Francisco and Silicon Valley chapter (chapter won numerous national awards).
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Membership Outreach

cherryl valenzuela

Cherryl Valenzuela
Twitter
cvalenzuela@twitter.com

Cherryl is Director, Investor Relations for Twitter. Prior to joining Twitter and Informatica, Cherryl spent over five years as an investor relations officer at JDSU. Before joining JDSU, Cherryl spent over 10 years in the equity and fixed income capital markets and management consulting, working at Goldman Sachs, Gartner, McKinsey and Merrill Lynch. Cherryl is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified FP&A Professional.

Education: Bachelor of Science degree from Ateneo de Manila University and a Certificate in International Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

NIRI San Francisco Chapter Board since: 2014

Likes most about IR: Fast-paced environment, no day is ever the same.

Most recent vacation: Turkey

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Treasurer

Gabrielle Rabinovitch

Gabrielle Rabinovitch
PayPal
gsrabinovitch@gmail.com

Gabrielle is Senior Director of Investor Relations at PayPal. Previously, Gabrielle was Vice President, Investor Relations for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Prior to joining Williams-Sonoma, Inc. in 2012, Gabrielle was a Vice President in AlixPartners' Financial Advisory Services practice. Before joining AlixPartners, Gabrielle spent more than seven years in investment banking, most recently as an Associate in the Los Angeles office of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Gabrielle is a Member of the State Bar of California.

Education: JD from UCLA School of Law; MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management; B.S. from New York University

NIRI San Francisco Chapter Board since: 2014

Favorite aspect of IR: Constantly evolving and engaging

Favorite vacation spot: Going home to New York

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Co-Communications

Stacey Finerman

Stacey Finerman
Square
staceyf@squareup.com

Stacey is a member of the Investor Relations Team at Square. Prior to joining Square, she led Investor Relations for Zayo Group in Boulder, Colorado. Before her work on the corporate side Stacey was a buy-side high-yield analyst for ING International. She also spent 12 years in high-yield Telecom, Media and Technology research on the sell-side at Goldman Sachs, Royal Bank of Scotland and Citigroup.

Education: Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

NIRI San Francisco Chapter Board since: 2016

Likes most about IR: Sharing our story with investors and getting them excited about their investment in Square.

Most recent vacation: Hawaii - where she competed in the Ironman World Championships.

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Membership Development

Grace Warrick

Grace Warrick
Charles Schwab
Grace.Warrick@schwab.com

Grace is a Manager of Investor Relations at Charles Schwab. Prior to joining investor relations, she served Schwab retail clients and prospects at a San Francisco flagship branch. Before joining Schwab, Grace participated in a global management training program, opening Uniqlo’s first retail store on the American west coast. Grace holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Economics from George Washington Universit

NIRI San Francisco Chapter Board since: 2016

Likes most about IR: Thinking strategically about communications, having a good story to tell.

Most recent vacation: Indonesia

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Co-Communications

Lisa Hartman

Lisa Hartman
Juniper Networks
lmh0475@gmail.com

Lisa is the Senior Director of IR at Juniper Networks. Lisa has over 18 years of technology industry experience including 12 years in award winning investor relations programs, 2 years in channel programs, and 6 years in accounting and finance.  Lisa’s IR experience includes shareholder activism, debt offerings, M&A and hosting investor events around the globe.  Prior to joining Juniper in 2007, Lisa held roles in IR and finance at Lam Research.  Lisa served on the NIRI SV Chapter Board from 2006 – 2012.

Education: MBA from Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; B.S., Business Administration, Accounting from San Jose State University

Favorite aspect of IR: Interaction with the world’s top thought leaders and influencers.

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with golf, great food and cocktails. Not necessarily in that order.

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Co-Programs

moriah shilton

Moriah Shilton
Investor Relations Consultant
moriahshilton@gmail.com

Moriah Shilton has over 15 years business and legal experience, including over 10 years in investor relations.  She is Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Relations at Meetyl, a San Francisco based technology company that enables direct engagement between investors and issuers. Prior to Meetyl, she was Senior Director, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations at Tessera Technologies, Inc. and Vice President at LHA, one of the nation’s leading independent investor relations firm, where she managed multiple investor relations programs for small cap technology companies.

Education: B.A. from Dartmouth College

NIRI San Francisco Chapter Board since: 2015

Favorite aspect of IR: Never really a dull day in this multidisciplinary role

Favorite vacation spot: Uruguay

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Co-Programs

Eric Brielmann

Eric Brielmann
Joele Frank
ebrielmann@joelefrank.com

Eric Brielmann is a Partner at Joele Frank. A member of the firm since 2001, Eric opened Joele Frank's San Francisco office in 2014. He provides strategic communications counsel to clients involved in special situations, including M&A transactions, shareholder activism, complex litigation, management changes, regulatory investigations, earnings restatements and other crisis events. His areas of expertise include:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions:  He advises clients on the communications challenges involved in both friendly and unsolicited M&A transactions. Notable assignments include Symantec in its acquisition of Blue Coat Systems, Thermo Fisher Scientific in its acquisition of Affymetrix, Symantec in its sale of Veritas to The Carlyle Group, Altera in its sale to Intel, Aruba Networks in its sale to HP, Informatica in its sale to Permira, The J.M. Smucker Company in its acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands, Amgen in its acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Life Technologies in their merger, Merck in its merger with Schering-Plough, Ralcorp in its sale to ConAgra Foods, Microsoft in its unsolicited acquisition proposal for Yahoo!, Electronic Arts in its unsolicited acquisition proposal for Take-Two, PeopleSoft in its defense against Oracle's hostile takeover and Express Scripts in its unsolicited offer to acquire Caremark. Spin-off experience includes Symantec (Veritas), JDS Uniphase (Lumentum) and Ralcorp (Post Foods).
  • Shareholder Activism & Short Attacks:  Assignments include Citrix (Elliott), Shutterfly (Marathon), Informatica (Elliott), JDSU (Sandell), Electronic Arts (Relational), lululemon (Chip Wilson), Jamba Juice (Engaged), Ralcorp (Corvex), Clearwater Paper (SAC), Astex Pharmaceuticals (Sarissa), Spectra Energy (Sandell), Comverge (Raging), Ceridian (Pershing Square), Cyberonics (Metropolitan), Houston Exploration (JANA), Nu Skin (short sellers) and Questcor (short sellers).
  • Crisis Communications:  He advises companies facing a variety of crisis situations, including data breaches, litigation, restructurings, fraud and accounting irregularities, government investigations, regulatory actions, internal/board investigations, product recalls, workforce reductions and facility closures, and sudden management changes.
  • Public Relations and Investor Relations:  He develops and implements corporate communications and IR programs to help clients achieve their business objectives. He also provides communications support to private equity firms, including L Catterton and TowerThree Partners, at both the firm and portfolio company level. He has also advised boards and management teams on matters of governance and succession, including advising the co-founder and Chairman of NIKE with respect to his ownership and leadership of NIKE and his ultimate transition as Chairman.

In 2014 Eric was named one of PR Week's 40 Under 40. Prior to joining Joele Frank, Eric worked for Vice President Al Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign. During that time, he worked on the Democratic National Convention and participated in the Florida election recount. He provided pro bono public relations counsel to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, when HMI was preparing to launch its new, publicly-funded New York City high school. Eric received a BA from the University at Albany and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

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Sponsorship

Victoria Hyde-Dunn

Victoria Hyde-Dunn
Visa
vhydedun@visa.com

Victoria Hyde-Dunn is Director of Investor Relations for Visa Inc. Victoria joined Visa in December 2007 and participated in Visa’s IPO in March 2008. Prior to Visa, Victoria was Senior Manager of Investor Relations at McAfee and held Treasury and Investor Relations roles at Providian Financial (acquired by Washington Mutual). Earlier in her career, Victoria held marketing and analyst roles for privately held institutions. Victoria is a San Francisco Bay Area native and holds a BA in Finance and an MBA in Marketing and eCommerce from the University of San Francisco. Victoria served four years on the Board of Directors of the NIRI Silicon Valley chapter with responsibilities for Seminars, Membership and Volunteer programs. Victoria is a repeat Institutional Investor Magazine ‘All-America Executive Team’ recipient and has been recognized by NIRI National for her board service and individual contributions to the Silicon Valley chapter.

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Advocacy

John Nunziati

John Nunziati
Former Vice President,
Investor Relations,
Nimble Storage

John_Nunziati@yahoo.com

John led the investor relations function for Nimble Storage from November, 2016 until their recent acquisition by HPE.  Before joining Nimble, John spent three years at Avaya leading the company’s debt and equity investor outreach efforts.  He previously worked at Juniper Networks, where he spent two years on their investor relations team.  Prior to Juniper, John was with Applied Materials for almost thirteen years.  At Applied, John spent over eight years in investor relations, most recently leading their buy side outreach program.  He also held various business unit and corporate finance roles while at Applied.  Before joining Applied, John worked in both finance and non-finance roles at Raychem corporation.  John started his career at Intel, in traditional corporate finance roles.   He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA, both from Santa Clara University.    John has been active in NIRI since 1999.  He contributed to the IR Certification Body of Knowledge Committee and served as Treasurer on the board of the Silicon Valley chapter from 2001 to 2003.  He enjoys spending free time with his family, plays recreational softball, and tries to find additional time to improve his golf swing.

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnfnunziati/

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Directors

Hunter Landers

Hunter Landers
Grapeshoot
hunter@grapeshoot.com

Hunter Landers is the President and Founder of Grapeshoot, a full service brand marketing and development agency. In addition to overseeing the company's operations, he manages client projects and relations and assists in brand strategy and message development. Hunter has more than 20 years of experience working for agencies in the marketing communications fields. As a project manager and consultant he has worked with clients ranging from IPO start-ups, to the Fortune 500, in a wide variety of sectors and industries. Hunter has extensive experience coordinating projects and campaigns spanning brand development, digital marketing, corporate reporting, and social media. He has held VP level and executive management positions with organizations big and small and was responsible for the establishment of West Coast offices and divisions for both. In 2005, he founded a small wine making business as a hobby, and has since expanded it to retail sales via web and select wine bars and restaurants. He previously served on the NIRI Silicon Valley Board for more than 6 years. Hunter began his career by founding, and managing a computer hardware reselling business in the greater Philadelphia area. He has degrees in both Political Science and Logistics Management from Syracuse University.

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Maria Lukens

Maria Lukens
Digital Realty
mlukens@digitalrealty.com

Maria is Vice President of Investor Relations for Digital Realty, a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions.  Prior to joining Digital Realty in 2011, Maria was the Director of Investor Relations for AMB Property (now Prologis).  Before entering corporate investor relations, Maria was part of a top-ranked institutional investor sell-side equity research team at Citigroup covering cable, satellite, media and entertainment.  She has a background in finance, private equity, and accounting having spent over 8 year in various roles at MacFarlane Partners, GE Capital, The Walt Disney Company, Tickets.com and Ernst & Young.  Maria received an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BS in Accounting from California State University of Fullerton.

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