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Jennifer DiGrazia

Senior Vice President, Head of Institutional Client and Investor Relations

Jennifer's Expertise

Jenn serves as head of Ariel’s Institutional Client and Investor Relations group, which handles all aspects of client communications, reporting and onboarding, as well as board reports and marketing materials. In addition to serving as a client liaison for the firm’s institutional portfolios, Jenn is a member of Ariel’s investment committee and works closely with portfolio managers on client relationships.

Jenn rejoined Ariel in 2019, after serving as Head of Investor Relations for DreamWorks Animation and subsequently MGM Studios. In these roles, Jenn was responsible for articulating the companies’ strategic priorities while fostering confidence and credibility among the investment community, as well as managing expectations to reduce stock price volatility and drive performance of shares. Jenn developed relationships with key stakeholders in the investment community, including institutional investors, portfolio managers, credit analysts, rating agencies and investment research analysts. She was accountable for presenting recommendations to Management and the Board of Directors for operating and financial performance guidance, corporate governance best practices and transparent disclosure. She also oversaw the production of annual reports, SEC filings, proxy statements and the organization of the annual shareholder meeting.

Before DreamWorks, Jenn held several senior positions at DIRECTV. As principal strategist, she was responsible for leading the pricing and packaging strategy to ensure consumers exceptional choice and value while simultaneously delivering on enterprise subscriber, revenue and margin goals. As an Investor Relations representative and spokesperson for DIRECTV, Jenn educated the investment community on company strategy, operations, performance and the financial outlook for the U.S. and Latin American businesses. Jenn also held various roles in Corporate Finance and Strategic Planning at Time Warner Cable and MTV Networks.

Beyond Ariel, Jenn serves on the Board of Directors for The Alliance at College Ready Public Schools Foundation; The Buckley Investment Committee; and the Los Angeles chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute. She graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.