Matthew Stroud is a senior investor relations practitioner with 25 years of corporate finance experience including 20 years in corporate investor relations. For nearly 15 years he led the investor relations program at Darden Restaurants, where he gained experience with M&A, divestitures, crisis communications, leadership transitions, proxy contests and activist investors. While there, Mr. Stroud earned five nominations to Institutional Investor magazine’s “All-America Executive Team for Best Investor Relations Officer” in the restaurant sector, winning twice, and was twice a finalist in IR Magazine’s annual award for best “Investor Relations Officers in a Mid-Cap company.”
Mr. Stroud served a four-year term on the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Board of Directors including a one-year term as Chairman of the organization. In 2014, he was named a NIRI Fellow, an honor bestowed upon a select few investor relations practitioners who “epitomize the leadership, integrity, involvement, and contributions of investor relations professionals.”
He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and holds BA and MBA degrees from Brigham Young University.