75 percent of top investor relations officers have no communications background

How do you become the best at shareholder communications? According to new research, you start by working in finance, accounting, or as an analyst—not in corporate communications.

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A survey of the top IROs in the U.S. found that roughly 75 percent of them worked in the finance, accounting, or analyst fields before moving into their current positions. Only 10 percent hit the top spot from the corporate communications field.

And the roots are deeper.

Approximately two thirds of IROs claim a background in finance or accounting, compared to only 14 percent for corporate communications or sales and marketing. Even in school, 65 percent of IROs wanted to work in finance.

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