NIRI San Diego Presents: 'An Active Investor's Perspective on Unlocking Shareholder Value'

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The San Diego chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI San Diego) will welcome Kathleen M. Carney, Senior Legal Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Relational Investors on Thursday, November 18th at 5:30 p.m. at San Diego's Websense, Inc.

in a program entitled "An Active Investor's Perspective on Unlocking Shareholder Value." Relational ranks as one of the country's highest profile and most successful activist investors. The program will include information of interest to IR professionals, CEOs, CFOs, and corporate legal counsels.

Ms. Carney will help attendees determine if their respective companies are potential targets for activist investors and will share critical information about what to expect and how they should engage if a company is targeted. This is the second program of NIRI San Diego's well-received two-part series on the rise of activist investing.

Ms. Carney will also discuss Relational's approach to: investment strategy and process forms of engagement - working with the board of directors, management and other shareholders investor relations and corporate communications A networking reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the presentation from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Websense, 10240 Sorrento Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92121.

The cost is $50 for NIRI members and $65 for non-members. Please register by email at The cost on-site for walk-ins is $55 for members and $70 for non-members.

About Kathleen Carney Ms. Carney joined Relational in July 2009 as Senior Legal Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. In addition to coordinating general legal matters and compliance, Ms. Carney assists the investment staff in analyzing governance issues and developing engagement strategies at Relational's portfolio companies.

She also helps maintain and enhance the firm's involvement in public policy impacting its strategy and corporate governance reform initiatives.

About Relational Investors Relational Investors is a San Diego-based activist investor with $6 billion in assets under management and large institutional clients from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The firm pioneered relational investing in 1996 by using a constructive, long-term oriented, activist approach. Relational invests in publicly traded, underperforming companies that it believes are undervalued in the marketplace. The firm seeks to unlock a company's potential value by engaging the managements and boards of directors of its portfolio companies in areas of business strategy, capital structure, capital allocation, governance, compensation, and communications.

About NIRI Founded in 1969, the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) is a professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communication among corporate management, the investing public and the financial community. Professionals from related fields such as finance, corporate law, corporate communications, and public relations are invited to attend NIRI San Diego meetings and to join the chapter as members. Information about upcoming programs can be found on the chapter's website at

For additional information, please contact any of the NIRI San Diego Chapter Board Members:

John Stoepler, President and Director-

Marcy Graham, Vice President and Director-

Cindy McGee, Secretary and Director-

Kendra Berger, Treasurer and Director-

Karen Fisher, Past President-

Kate Patterson, Membership Co-Chair & Director-

Gwen Rosenberg, Communications Co-Chair & Director-

Sharon Johnson, Communications Co-Chair, Director & Website-

Jane Booth, Program Co- Chair & Director-

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