IR Magazine’s Featured Richard Torrenzano At Their Annual Conference
As always with IR magazine's conferences, you count on no tedious PowerPoint or long speeches. Take the Socratic panel, for example, which will be chaired by Richard Torrenzano of the US-based Torrenzano Group. The session will deal with a hypothetical crisis based around a fictitious UK company, and the panel will consist of people who would be involved in a real-life corporate crisis, including a CEO, CFO, non-executive director, PR officer, IRO, legal counsel, journalist and an institutional investor.
As the scenario develops, the panelists will be asked how they will act in response to the crisis, and will seek to involve the audience as key constituencies. Their individual actions will have a domino-effect on each other and, as the situation unfolds, Torrenzano will change the conditions to ensure the pressure stays on.
The session will conclude with the audience's judgment on how the panelists could have made more effective decisions. For all involved, the exercise will illuminate the interaction, communication and IR involvement in a modern global company.
'The object is for the audience to see the different kinds of roles people play,' says Torrenzano. 'Most people never get to peek inside all the different functions. They want to know what's happening inside the IR department, what's happening inside the CEO's office, what type of advice the lawyer is giving and what the media is looking to cover. With this Socratic panel, everyone will get to see a crisis unfold from a whole number of vantage points – both inside and outside the corporation.'
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