How important is finance knowledge to a successful IR career?



Investor relations may have started out as a financial communications role, but in 2018 it is clear that successful IROs have a balanced communications and finance background. But only 22 percent of IR heads and 44 percent of IROs have a corporate finance background, according to IR Magazine’s Salary and Careers report, released last month.

In the latest in IR Magazine’s video series with Smooch Reynolds, managing partner of the investor relations and corporate communications practice at ZRG Partners, she drives home the importance of financial knowledge. ‘The management teams that we work with and the investment community both tell us it’s a really important piece of knowledge for the top notch IROs to have,’ she says.

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