VIENNA, VA: The National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) elected Brad Wilks, MD with Sard Verbinnen & Co., as 2010 chairman of the NIRI board of directors. Wilks will succeed Bina Thompson, VP of IR of the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Wilks' experience includes M&As, proxy contests, litigation and crisis communications, and senior executive changes. Prior to joining Sard Verbinnen, Wilks was MD at Ogilvy PR Worldwide, also serving as head of the Chicago office. He has also served as SVP at Fleishman-Hillard, leading the firm's financial communications and technology practices in Chicago.