NIRI Silicon Valley Elects Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 Program Season

August 10, 2021

Silicon Valley, Calif., August 10, 2021 -- The Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI SV) today announced its Board of Directors for the 2021 – 2022 program season. A local chapter of the larger NIRI organization, NIRI SV is comprised of Investor Relations professionals, counselors, and vendors. NIRI SV is committed to advancing the practice of Investor Relations and the professional competency and stature of its members through education, mentoring, and networking with the broad professional community.

“NIRI Silicon Valley is dedicated to providing its members and the larger investor relations community with IR educational, networking, and professional development events and activities to help advance the IR profession,” said Kevin Kessel, President of NIRI Silicon Valley. “This past season forced everyone to adapt to new challenges. Our Board embraced the virtual environment and focused on curating, collaborating, and communicating in new and different ways than in the past for the benefit of our chapter members. In the upcoming season, we hope to take the best of what we learned in the virtual environment and combine it with in-person networking and membership activities to continue to strengthen our chapter’s value. The Board would like to thank former President and outgoing Board member Meghan O’Leary who contributed significantly to the chapter and board during her seven year tenure. We also extend our thanks to outgoing Board member Tesh Dahya.”

The following executives have been elected to lead the NIRI Silicon Valley 2021-2022 Board of Directors:

Kevin Kessel, CFA – Vice President, Investor Relations and Market Analytics, KLA —  Chapter President
Vernon Essi – Former Senior Director of IR and Corporate Development, Inphi —  Chapter President-Elect
Kim Watkins, CFA – Vice President of Investor Relations, Intuit – Chapter Treasurer
Susanna Chau – Director, Investor Relations, Atara Biotherapeutics
Katherine Chen – Head of Investor Relations, Eventbrite Bill Choi, CFA – SVP of IR and Strategic Finance at Zscaler
Sheila Ennis – Senior Vice President, Abernathy MacGregor
Chris Faralli – Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates
Elaine Gaudioso – Senior Manager of Investor Relations at Box
Mary Lai – Vice President of Investor Relations, NortonLifeLock
Ben Lu, CFA – Chief Financial Officer, Archer
Alex Porter – Managing Director, Corporate Platforms, Nasdaq
Kate Scolnick – Chief Financial Officer, Owlet
Traci Tsuchiguchi – Vice President, IR & Corporate Sustainability, Citrix
Mary Turnbull – Managing Director and Head of Corporate Access, Raymond James
Jennifer Zibuda – Director, Investor Relations & Communications, Prothena

Details regarding NIRI SV Chapter membership and benefits are available in the ‘Membership” section of

About NIRI Silicon Valley

NIRI Silicon Valley is one of the nation's largest NIRI chapters and was formed to advance the practice of Investor Relations within the local business environment. In keeping with this mission, our goal is to further the skills of our members, to expand their business opportunities, to increase Chapter membership, and to foster an environment that promotes Investor Relations learning for all. More information about NIRI Silicon Valley is available at

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