|John Shave III|
John Shave III
Vice President, Business Development & Corporate Communications
Data Driven Targeting
At Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE), a diversified financial services holding company based in the Philadelphia suburbs that provides growth capital to life sciences and technology businesses, John is responsible for business development strategies and fundraising activities, as well as planning, executing and managing all investor, public relations and marketing communications initiatives.
Throughout his 18-year career, John has achieved exceptional results. Specifically at Safeguard, John has played a critical role in the turnaround of the company since the economic malaise of the dot-come era. Since John joined the company in 2006, Safeguard's stock price increased from an average of $11.47 per share, to a 52-week high of $17.08 per share in 2011 (adjusted for the 1:6 reverse split that took effect in August 2009). In addition, Safeguard now has six sell-side analysts who follow the company (up from one), who have issued near-term price targets ranging from $21 to $25 per share. Safeguard's average daily dollar volume has increased sixfold, and its market capitalization has increased approximately 170% and now hovers around $400 million.
Prior to joining Safeguard, he was Vice President of Investor Relations at The Reynolds and Reynolds Company, a $3 billion software and services corporation. During his tenure, he led communications campaigns for 11 mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $2.8 billion in aggregate. As the company's business model transformed, John developed and implemented investor targeting programs and communications strategies that increased sell-side coverage, boosted trading volume, increased institutional ownership and shifted shareholder orientation from Value to GARP and Growth Investors, ultimately driving valuation.
Previously, John was Co-Founder and Managing Partner of U.S. operations for National Public Relations, Inc., Canada's largest full-service investor and public relations consultancy. He had full P&L, business development and client services responsibilities. Before National Public Relations, John was an investor relations and corporate communications account executive for Thomson Financial / Georgeson & Company, and Robert Marston Corporate Communications, both based in New York City, where his clients included Apache Energy, Merrill Lynch and MasterCard International.
John has been a keynote speaker at numerous investor relations conferences in the U.S. and Canada. He has spoken on topics including initial public offerings and led the lecture series $The Evolving Role of IR Practitioners in Corporate America$ at Susquehanna and Seton Hall universities. John has also been interviewed by numerous industry and regional publications, including IR Magazine and the Philadelphia Business Journal. He earned a B.A. degree from Susquehanna University where he was named the Department of Communications Most Outstanding Student for 1992 - 1993.
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