Global IR Group Launches Latin America Division - Appoints Francisco Chevez Managing Director

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jan. 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global IR Group, a global investor relations consultancy, has appointed Francisco Chevez, CFA as Managing Director for the newly formed Latin America Division. Francisco brings a depth of knowledge and experience to Global IR Group that includes investment banking, sell-side equity research and market analysis focused on Latin America. Emerging market investors and companies alike respect Francisco's experience and knowledge of the region. His background makes him familiar with the type and quality of communications that sell-side analysts and portfolio managers demand of public companies. Francisco will be heading up the New York operations of Global IR Group with an emphasis on growing the firm's presence throughout Latin America.

"There continues to be significant interest in Mexico and other Latin American countries for investment opportunities," said Francisco Chevez, Managing Director Latin America Division. "At Global IR Group, we are bringing our proprietary U.S. investor relations tactics and practices to companies in Latin America. Our strategy to drive enhanced shareholder value starts with clear and consistent messaging. Our services include targeting additional analyst coverage, securing invitations to investment conferences and connecting our clients with the most appropriate institutional investors."

"I am excited to welcome Francisco to the Global IR Group team," said Gar Jackson, Founder of Global IR Group. "Francisco has extensive knowledge of the Latin American markets from both the investment banking and equity research perspective. His experience and network of contacts will be a significant benefit to our clients. We are excited about building out this division and establishing a presence in the New York area."

Prior to joining Global IR Group, Francisco held senior positions with HSBC, Bear Stearns and Citigroup where he was responsible for covering the consumer and retail industries in Latin America and other emerging markets. Francisco covered most segments of these industries including restaurants, mass merchandisers, apparel companies and pawn shop operators.

In addition to his equity research and investment banking experience, Francisco has been a successful small business owner, launching a private company valuation practice in New York. Francisco holds a BSc in Economics from ITAM in Mexico and an MBA from Queen's University in Canada. Francisco is fluent in English and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. He is a CFA charter holder.

About Global IR Group

The Global IR Group focuses on increasing shareholder value by developing, improving and enhancing shareholder communications. Our senior level practitioners have extensive experience working with many of the world's largest investment funds, research firms, investment banks, newspapers and key media outlets. We pride ourselves on having an in-house perspective on the investor relations function. The firm's strategic investor relations services include targeting analysts and institutional investors; strategic repositioning; crisis management; developing press releases and call scripts; investor presentations; conference and non-deal roadshow preparation and regulatory training. Additional information about the Global IR Group can be found at www.globalirgroup.com.

CONTACT: Investor Relations Gar Jackson Founder and President (949) 873-2789 gar@globalirgroup.com Public Relations Marco Torresi Managing Director Public Relations (415) 513-5862 marco@globalirgroup.comSource:Global IR Group