As part of the 2019 MEIRA Practitioners Report produced in conjunction with Carter Murray, several interviews with leading Investor Relations leaders were conducted. Ian Matheson - Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Investor Relations Association.
What constitutes good IR?
In a nutshell…good IR is about telling the company’s story in a balanced way to ensure its securities are fairly valued.
What skills are required?
Responsibilities only keep getting added to the IR role, they never reduce. So, the skills keep evolving, both hard and soft skills. However, two of the most important skills to have in IR are, an ability to build relationships at all levels, both inside and outside the company, as well as an ability to communicate the strategy and drivers of a company’s business.
What does “best practice” mean to you?
There are lots of best practices in IR, as it is an art not a science. It is important therefore, to keep on top of the local statutory disclosure requirements but then to learn and keep abreast of what your peers in the industry are doing, both locally and internationally. The local IR societies are a great place to start that journey.
To read the full interview download the 2019 MERIA Practitioners Report.