Lionsgate March 22 named Wall Street analyst Nilay Shah to the position of EVP and head of investor relations. Shah, who has 15 years’ experience at Citadel, Ivory Capital and Franklin Templeton, among other financial institutions, is based at the company’s Santa Monica, Calif.-based headquarters and reports to CFO Jimmy Barge. He will also serve on Lionsgate’s executive management committee.
As head of investor relations, Shah is tasked with crafting the the studio’s investor-relations strategies across its portfolio of businesses, manage its profile at investor conferences, orchestrate quarterly earnings calls with shareholders, spearhead investor marketing initiatives and direct daily communications with the financial community.
Shah previously served for over two years at Citadel Global Equities as a technology, media, and telecom analyst. Prior to that, he was a portfolio manager and equity analyst at Ivory Capital and a portfolio manager at UBS O’Connor. He began his investing career at Franklin Templeton.
“Nilay is a world-class addition to our management team who brings a deep understanding of the company and the telecom/media space as well as a unique buy-sider’s perspective to our investor outreach,” Barge said in a statement. “As we continue to invest in our content pipelines, accelerate the convergence of our studio and platform businesses and grow Starz, he has the right skill set to communicate our value creation story to analysts and current and prospective shareholders alike.”
Shah received his M.B.A. degree in finance and strategic management from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in 2008. He is a 2003 graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. degree in economics and international studies.
Lionsgate has reported four consecutive strong quarters, driven by record library revenue of $765 million for the trailing 12 months, strong domestic and international streaming subscriber growth at Starz and global demand for its film & television content pipelines.