Lisa M. Defrancesco
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
An accomplished senior executive, Lisa has demonstrated talent for devising and implementing investor relations and financial communications strategies to support Boards and senior management in optimally positioning businesses to create shareholder value. Her unique combination of Investor Relations (IR), Corporate Finance, Sell-Side Equity Research and Communications experience have contributed to exceptional analytical, relationship building and communications competencies, along with the development of a strong and influential investment community reputation with both sell-side and buy-side. Complementing this is her scope of industry experience crossing pharmaceuticals, managed care, telecommunications, financial services, travel, real estate and hospitality.
Most recently, from 2009 to 2017, Lisa rose through increasingly higher levels of responsibility at Allergan, most recently as VP, Investor Relations. As one of three executives retained through a period of tremendous change/corporate iterations, Lisa adeptly led the IR function as the business went from $4B to $100B+ market capitalization expansion; share price rise from $32 to $350 per share; 12 total acquisitions, four multi-billion transformational acquisitions including Allergan for $67B and Forest Labs valued at $24B. A member of the operations leadership team, Lisa was instrumental in defining strategies to transition shareholder base from Value to Growth/GARP while maintaining majority key top shareholders.
Prior to joining Allergan, Lisa worked in various Investor Relations and Finance roles across multiple industries for Virgin Mobile USA, playing an integral role in establishing this newly created public company as an attractive investment during the dynamic era of the telecommunications industry; Realogy, a publicly-owned company created in 2005 as a spin-off from the Cendant Corporation; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ with responsibility for building an IR function to help launch company into a for-profit, publicly-traded entity; and Ladenburg Thalmann & Co Inc., as an Equity Research Associate.
Lisa holds a BS in Business Administration from the Seton Hall University W. Paul Stillman School of Business and is a Member of the National Investors Relations Institute. She is the recipient of numerous Institutional Investor Awards received from 2013-2015, as well as two IR Magazine Awards received in 2012 and 2013. Lisa and her family currently reside in new jersey.