September 22, 2014 | News / Updates

Alpha IR Expands Leadership Team

Alpha IR Group Expands its Leadership with the Appointment of Michael Cummings as EVP and General Manager of its Boston Group

Reunites Former Ashton Partners Leadership; Also Welcomes Sam Gibbons as Newest Associate

Alpha IR Group, a Chicago based investor relations consulting firm specializing in developing SMART IR programs for America’s leading public companies, announced today that Michael Cummings has joined the firm’s leadership as an Executive Vice President and General Manager of its Boston Group.

Mr. Cummings joins Alpha IR after seven years serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager in the Strategic Communications practice of FTI Consulting, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager. Previously, Cummings was a Vice President at Ashton Partners and was one of the initial leaders that helped develop the firm’s Boston office. Ashton Partners was one of the premier IR Consultancies in the nation before being acquired by FTI Consulting in late 2007. Mike has spent much of his career establishing best practice communications programs for multi-national corporations across a variety of industry verticals. His most recent client experience has focused on crisis communications, managerial transitions, and strategic transaction advisories. Prior to his role at FTI Consulting and Ashton Partners, Cummings held senior roles at John Hancock Funds and The Hartford Financial Services Group, serving in various strategic development, financial analysis, and investor relations capacities.

The firm simultaneously announced the addition of Sam Gibbons to help oversee the day-to-day operations of its Chicago office and further strengthen the Company’s growing Midwest presence. Gibbons also joins Alpha IR from FTI Consulting and is an experienced investor relations practitioner. He began his career as part of ICR’s Industrials practice in 2010 and has spent the past four years providing strategic counsel, market intelligence and research insights to private and public company clients in both large- and small-agency settings. Sam’s hire brings Alpha IR Group to 10 full-time staff members, making it Chicago’s largest independent investor relations consultancy.

Chris Hodges, the founder of the Alpha IR Group and the former co-founder of Ashton Partners said, “I’m truly excited to welcome Mike and Sam to the Alpha team. Alpha IR is just over two years old, and has been built in the image and with the same values that we had at Ashton Partners. With a growing list of clients across the country, it was necessary to expand our team with the addition of high quality leaders. Both Mike and Sam bring extensive experience and depth that will help guide us into 2015.”

Mike Cummings added, “I’m eager to help grow the Alpha IR brand and establish the firm’s Boston presence. In two short years, Chris and his team at Alpha IR have established themselves as true thought leaders in the IR consulting space. Alpha IR brings big agency experience and combines it with high-touch, senior level consultation more typical of a smaller agency, which is exactly what our clients need and deserve.”

Alpha IR’s Boston office is located at 225 Franklin Street and reachable by dialing 617-982-0475.

Renee Blakesley
Associate, Head of Marketing

About Alpha IR Group

The Alpha IR Group is a holistic investor relations (IR) consulting firm specializing in developing SMART IR programs for America’s leading public companies. Alpha IR’s small-cap and mid-cap partnership programs, as well as the firm’s all-cap research/project services, are designed to protect and enhance its clients’ reputations, credibility, and ultimately, their valuation. Alpha IR’s leaders have worked both on Wall Street and in corporate America and have supported clients across every industry niche over their nearly two decades of IR consulting experience.