Gary LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, is the President & CEO of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), a position he has held since March 2017. NIRI serves 3,000 members from 1600 public companies with a combined valuation of $9 trillion.
Gary LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, is the President & CEO of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), a position he has held since March 2017. NIRI serves 3,000 members from 1600 public companies with a combined valuation of $9 trillion. As CEO, LaBranche provides strategic executive leadership to advance the NIRI’s mission and goals and represents NIRI to the SEC, Congress, the media and other audiences. During his tenure as CEO, NIRI launched the Issuer and Investor Invitational Forum, the 40 Under 40 Award, an annual Congressional fly-in, the Think Tank program, the Developing Leaders Roundtable and the IR Competency Suite of online courses. He led NIRI's adoption of its first policy statement on ESG as guidance for investor relations professionals. LaBranche has been an association professional for 39 years and has served as CEO for three other organizations and as a senior executive at several others. The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) named him the 2007 Key Award winner, the highest award in the association management profession. He was also the 2012 National Association Executive of the Year. In 2019, the Association Forum honored him with the Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Chief Executive Achievement. LaBranche has served on ASAE’s 4 governing boards and chaired its for-profit subsidiary. He is the author of 300+ articles, podcasts and columns on association issues, including “The Association CEO Succession Toolkit” published by ASAE in 2018. He authored the chapter, “Managing the Complex Association Enterprise” in ASAE’s Handbook on Professional Practices in Association Management, 3rd edition. He has consulted/presented to 300+ associations.