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Nicole McIntosh-Russell

Vice President, Investor Relations
Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.

Biography

Nicole Russell is Vice President of Investor Relations at Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., one of the oldest asset management companies in the United States. Ms. Russell is responsible for all aspects of the company's investor relations program.

With nearly 25 years of business and financial experience, Ms. Russell joined the Investor Relations department in 1999, where she established the company's first formal investor relations program. Prior to accepting her position in the investor relations department, Ms. Russell held a business analyst position in Waddell & Reed's Corporate Reporting and Analysis department. Her knowledge of the company's financial reporting and corporate structure has proven invaluable to both internal and external audiences. Prior to joining Waddell & Reed, Ms. Russell served as a staff accountant for six years at a major oil company in Eastern Canada.

Ms. Russell is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and has served on its Board of Directors from 2008 - 2012. In 2000, she co-founded the NIRI/Kansas City Chapter and served as its President from 2006 - 2008. In 2007, she was awarded the University of Michigan Theory and Practice of Investor Relations Scholarship. In 2009, she served as co-chairman for the NIRI Annual Conference. In 2014, she served as Chairman for NIRI's Senior Roundtable.

Ms. Russell earned a Business and Accounting degree in Canada, a B.A. in Management with Magna Cum Laude honors from the University of Ottawa, and an MBA from Webster University. She is a native of Québec, Canada and is fluent in French.

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