The Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has named Fairfield resident Margot Newkirchen a 2010 MS Corporate Achiever -- one of only eight business leaders to be named in Fairfield County.

Newkirchen is the director of client solutions at Information Resources Inc., where she has been for 15 years. The owner and manager of Fairfield County Moms Panel for five years, she is also an independent associate for Viridian Energy.

Newkirchen attended Miami University in Miami, Fla., where she received her bachelor's in business and the University of Hartford, where she received her master's in international business administration.

"I have been an active supporter of the National MS Society since my younger brother was diagnosed with MS," Newkirchen said. "I want to do all I can to help move research forward toward a cure."

Established in 2000, MS Corporate Achievers is a recognition program honoring some of Connecticut's most influential leaders, while at the same time raising critically needed funds to ensure ongoing scientific research and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents diagnosed with MS. Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by an advisory council for outstanding contributions to business, civic and cultural enrichment.

Through participation, honorees join an elite leadership network sharing a commitment to making Connecticut a better place to live. Since 2000, honorees have raised more than $700,000 to help end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis (MS).

In addition to her support of the National MS Society, Newkirchen has been involved with many local organizations, including the Welcome Club of Fairfield/Easton, Operation Hope, Save the Sound and the Junior League of Stamford/Norwalk.

"Ms. Newkirchen is truly an effective leader within her community," said Lisa Gerrol, Connecticut Chapter president. "She is committed to raising funds in the fight against MS and devoted to ensuring quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis and other disabilities."

For more information on the MS Corporate Achievers program or to nominate a candidate for MS Corporate Achievers, call 860-913-2550. To learn more about MS, its effects and the many ways the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter assists those living with MS, visit www.ctfightsMS.org