The IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2018 will take place on Thursday, June 28 to honour excellence in the investor relations profession. The awards, now in its 28th year, will host the IR community from across Europe at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London.
In 2018, we will once again be presenting two types of award categories – researched and nominated – both celebrating the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in IR across Europe.
For our researched categories, companies do not submit nominations. Instead, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies do the best IR in Canada.
In our nominated categories, companies have the opportunity to nominate themselves or other publicly listed companies, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories.
Details of the 2018 categories will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
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Research is now under way for the IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2018. IR Magazine has sent out emails inviting the investment community to take part in its Europe awards survey, which will decide the winners of next year’s event. The online survey will be open until December 15th.
Please encourage the portfolio managers and analysts you deal with to take part and if they have not received a survey invite please ask them to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide them with their own unique link to the survey.
The winning companies and individuals from this research will be announced at the IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2018 in London on June 28th.
Further details about the research for 2018 will be announced shortly*. In the meantime you can view the list of 2017 winners here. Don't forget to scroll down to view details about the awards by nomination categories.
*Please note that category names below are based on 2017 and are subject to change for 2018.
The first thing to explain is that our researched awards are different from most others and from our self-nomination awards: for our researched awards, companies do not submit nominations. The winners are identified by in-depth research and any publicly traded company is eligible to be considered. This survey is the only one of its kind to go directly to the investment community, via a combination of an electronic survey and one-to-one telephone interviews, canvassing the opinions of the people who matter to you most.
November – December: Online survey
IR Magazine has been building investment community databases over the past 20 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock. A preliminary electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers is then conducted.
December – February: Telephone survey
The responses from the electronic survey then go to Mary Maude Research for initial analysis. The research firm determines what will constitute a representative sample, weighted for Europe’s industry sectors and geographical regions. It then conducts in-depth interviews with 500 portfolio managers and analysts across Europe. As the research progresses, the sample is adjusted to ensure appropriate weightings are maintained.
March – April: Results analysis & short list announced
Once the survey stage of the research is completed, the final analysis is undertaken. The companies with the highest scores make the short lists for the awards categories, and the points are further analyzed to identify the best exponents of IR by sector and by country.
The independence of our research is crucial to the integrity of the whole awards program, so IR Magazine sees the results only once the research is complete. This ensures a transparent, independent set of results that IROs can trust as a valuable benchmarking tool.
IR Magazine receives the results in March and contacts the short-listed companies to give them the good news. The short list is then published to the entire IR community the month before the event.
June: Winners announced
This year’s winners will be announced live on stage at a black-tie gala dinner event in London on June 28, attended by the leading lights of European investor relations.
July: Report published
After the event the Award Winning IR – Europe 2018 report will be made available to professional subscribers to IR Magazine. This report will profile the top ranked companies and reveal information on how they conduct their IR activities and why investors voted for them.
For further information on this year’s investor survey, please contact Janet Dignan at +44 20 8004 6322.
Best corporate governance & disclosure
Best investor relations officer (large cap)
Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)
Best overall investor relations (large cap)
Best overall investor relations (small & mid-cap)
Best in sector: consumer discretionary
Best in sector: consumer staples
Best in sector: energy
Best in sector: financials
Best in sector: healthcare
Best in sector: industrials
Best in sector: information technology
Best in sector: materials
Best in sector: real estate
Best in sector: telecommunication services
Best in sector: utilities
Best in region: Central & Eastern Europe
Best in region: Germany
Best in region: UK & Ireland
Best in region: Western Europe
The IR Magazine Investor Perception Study – Europe 2017 has now been published, containing:
In our awards by nomination categories, we offer individuals and companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. Click on the names below to find out more.
Further details about these categories for 2018 will be announced shortly*. In the meantime you can view the list of 2017 winners here.
*Please note that category names below are based on 2017 and are subject to change for 2018.
The self-nomination categories differ from our traditional researched categories, as individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial members.
The judging process is made up of two simple phases:
PHASE 1: After the entry deadline, judges are sent all written entries and supporting documents, and are asked to score the submissions based on the category criteria. The scores are combined and averaged to form the short list and winner(s) in each category
PHASE 2: Should there be any discrepancies in the final scores or no clear overall winner, we will invite the jury to take part in a second phase of judging, where they join a conference call to debate the final short list and winner(s)
Best annual report (large cap)
Best annual report (small & mid-cap)
Best crisis management
Best ESG communications
Best investor event
Best IR during a corporate transaction
Best IR website
Best use of multimedia for IR
Over 250 attendees joined us in 2017, with the majority being heads of IR from across Europe who are being recognised for their fantastic contribution to IR. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company. The 2017 attendees included:
|Attendee Title||Attendee Company||Attendee Title||Attendee Company|
|Account Director||Redleaf PR||Head of Investor Relations||Unilever|
|Account Executive||Business Wire||Head of Investor Relations||ZPG|
|Assistant Company Secretary||Elementis||Head of Investor Relations||Land Securities|
|Assistant Investor Relations||F Hoffmann-La Roche||Head of Investor Relations – Equity||Santander|
|Assistant IR Manager||Adidas||Head of IR and Corporate Communications||Eurofins Scientific|
|Associate||ELITE Connect||Head of Investor Relations and Financial Media||Saga|
|Associate Partner||Instictif||Head of Investor Relations, EMEA||Citi|
|Associate, EME Corporate||ReedSmith||Head of IR||Adidas|
|Business Development Director||WorldTelevision||Head of IR||DSM|
|Business Development Executive||Luminous||Head of IR||EDP|
|Business Development Manager||EQS Group||Head of IR||Genmab|
|Business Development Representative||Q4||Head of IR||Repsol|
|CEO||CMi2i||Head of IR||Travis Perkins|
|CEO||Edison Group||Head of IR||Umicore|
|CEO||Eurloand IR||Head of Marketing||Design Portfolio|
|CEO||Zebra||Head of Marketing & Membership||The IR Society|
|CEO + Founder||Q4||Head of Marketing and Sales||Argus Vickers|
|CEO, EMEA||Orient Capital||Head of Operations, EMEA||Orient Capital|
|Chairperson||ABIRD||Head of Responsible Investment Engagement||Aviva Investors|
|Chief Executive Officer||Georgeson||Head of Sales, EMEA||Orient Capital|
|Chief Operating Officer||Georgeson||Investor Engagement Manager||PwC|
|Client Manager||RD:IR||Investor Relations||Amadeus IT Group|
|Client Relationship Director||Jones and Palmer||Investor Relations||Erste Group|
|Client relationship manager||JP Morgan||Investor relations||JP Morgan|
|Client Services Director||Luminous||Investor Relations||Serco|
|Client services manager||JP Morgan||Investor Relations||SAP|
|Co- Head Investment Banking Spain||Deutsche Bank||Investor relations – corporate finance||JP Morgan|
|Co-Founder||RMS Partners||Investor Relations – Social Media||Continental|
|Co-founder||RMS Partners||Investor Relations – sustainability||Continental|
|Company Secretary and Legal Counsel||N Brown Group||Investor relations advisory, depositary receipts||JP Morgan|
|Corporate Access Coordinator||Berenberg||Investor Relations Analyst||Hammerson|
|Corporate access manager||Credit Suisse||Investor Relations Analyst||Unilever|
|Corporate Broking Executive||Davy||Investor Relations Analyst||Whitbread|
|Corporate communication sales manager||WorldTelevision||Investor Relations Associate||Royal Mail Group|
|Corporate Secretary||Polymetal||Investor relations director||BAE Systems|
|Corporate Services Team Administrator||FirstGroup||Investor relations director||PKN Orlen|
|Creative Director||Design Portfolio||Investor relations director||SAREB|
|Crommenacker||EM Advisors||Investor Relations Director||Unilever|
|Depositary receipts analyst||JP Morgan||Investor Relations Executive||Hays|
|Depositary Receipts Services||Citi||Investor Relations Executive||Land Securities|
|Deputy Head of Client Relations||Orient Capital||Investor relations manager||Derwent|
|Deputy head of investor relations||OMV||Investor Relations Manager||easyJet|
|Deputy Head of Investor Relations||BASF||Investor Relations manager||National Grid|
|Director||Aeri||Investor Relations Manager||Novo Nordisk|
|Director||Citi||Investor Relations Manager||Novo Nordisk|
|Director||Deutsche Bank||Investor relations manager||OMV|
|Director||EM Advisors||Investor Relations manager||Royal Philips|
|Director||Ipreo||Investor Relations Manager||Sound Energy|
|Director||Morrow Sodali||Investor Relations Manager||Rathbone Brothers|
|Director||Morrow Sodali||Investor Relations officer||Credit Suisse|
|Director – Investor Relations||WestJet||Investor Relations Officer||F Hoffmann-La Roche|
|Director Investor Relations||AkzoNobel||Investor Relations Officer||GALP Energia|
|Director Investor relations – Europe||ASML||Investor Relations Officer||innogy|
|Director of Corporate Messaging/IR||Jones and Palmer||Investor Relations officer||MOL GROUP|
|Director of Investor Relations||Air Liquide||Investor Relations Officer||Origin Enterprises|
|Director of investor relations||Debenhams||Investor relations officer||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Director of Investor Relations||N Brown Group||Investor Relations Programme Manager||Unilever|
|Director of Investor Relations||Telefónica UK (O2)||IR Reporting and Corporate Governance||Enel|
|Director of Investor Relations||William Hill||Investor Relations Specialist||Arcelormittal|
|Director of Marketing||Perfect Channel||Investor relations, financial information officer||Total|
|Director, Analytical Services||Ipreo||IR||National Grid|
|Director, Client Management||Deutsche Bank||IR||Polymetal|
|Director, Client Management||Deutsche Bank||IR||Umicore|
|Director, Corporate Broking||Davy||IR Analyst & Coordinator||Endeavour Mining|
|Director, Corporate Broking||Davy||IR Manager||Adidas Group|
|Director, Corporate Broking||UBS Investment Bank||IR Manager||Erste Group|
|Director, Credit Research||HSBC||IR Manager||Sainsbury’s|
|Director, Head of DR IR Advisory Group||Deutsche Bank||IRD||Bioiasis|
|Director, Head of IR||Heineken||Manager, Investor Relations||Garanti|
|Director, Investor Relations||AstraZeneca||Manager, Investor Relations||RBS|
|Director, Investor Relations||AstraZeneca||Managing Director||Citi|
|Director, Investor Relations||GSK||Managing Director||Deutsche Bank|
|Director, Investor Relations||GSK||Managing Director||EQS Group|
|Director, Investor Relations||TAV Airports Holding||Managing Director||EQS Group|
|Director, Investor Relations||Valmet Oyj||Managing Director||Horizon CF|
|Director, Investor Relationship Management Solutions||Euronext Corporate Services||Managing Director||Invicomm Limited|
|Edison IR Team||Edison Group||Managing Director||Ipreo|
|EMEA Sales director||Citi||Managing Director||BNY Mellon|
|Environmental manager||GALP Energia||Managing Director, Corporate Broking||UBS Investment Bank|
|European Corporate Access Manager||Berenberg||Managing director, head of UK & Ireland||BNY Mellon|
|European Corporate Access & Origination||Berenberg||Market Intelligence, Strategy, and Planning Manager||Repsol|
|Events and Project Co-ordinator, IR Team||AstraZeneca||MD||Goldman Sachs|
|EVP, Corporate Services||OTC Markets Group||MD, Head of Europe DRs||Deutsche Bank|
|Executive director||JP Morgan||Owner/Director||Fox Insights|
|Executive Director, Corporate Broking||UBS Investment Bank||Pre-sales Technical Director||World Television|
|Executive, Investor relations||IHG Group||Research Analyst||Davy|
|Finance Director||Travis Perkins||Roadshow Coordinator||Berenberg|
|General Manager||MEIRA||Roadshow Coordinator||Berenberg|
|General Manager||The IR Society||Sales and Marketing Manager||ELITE Connect|
|General Manager Investor Relations||Arcelormittal||Sales Manager||Q4|
|Head of Europe HUB||Intesa Sanpaolo||Senior Account Manager||Georgeson|
|Global Head of Corporate Access||Berenberg||Senior analyst, global responsible investment||Aviva Investors|
|Global Head of Corporate Access||Lockheed Martin Corp||Senior associate – depositary receipts||BNY Mellon|
|Global Head of Sales||ELITE Connect||Senior Business Development Representative||Q4|
|Group commerical director||WorldTelevision||Senior Client Manager||RD:IR|
|Group Financial Controller||McBride||Senior Director – International Advisory||Q4|
|Group Financial Controller||McBride||Senior Director, Corporate Sales||Q4|
|Group investor relations director||Tesco||Senior director, Investor relations||AstraZeneca|
|Head of Communications||ZPG||Senior investor relations manager||Iberdrola|
|Head of corporate communications and IR||Micro Focus||Senior Investor Relations Officer||innogy|
|Head of Corporate Finance||Domino’s Pizza Group||Senior IR Manager||Adidas Group|
|Head of external communications||Worldpay||Senior Manager, Investor relations||RBS|
|Head of financial reporting and IR||Great Portland Estates||Senior Managing Director, Director of Sales Europe||Q4|
|Head of Group Corporate Development & IR||Hays||Senior VP||Garanti|
|Head of Group Finance & Investor Relations||DCC||Strategic Corporate Access||Jefferies|
|Head of International Listings||NYSE||Supervisor, Investor relations||Garanti|
|Head of investor relations||Aeroflot||SVP European Corporate Sales||Ipreo|
|Head of investor relations||AstraZeneca||SVP Investor relations||Reckitt Benckiser|
|Head of Investor Relations||GSK||SVP, Corporate Services||OTC Markets Group|
|Head of Investor Relations||Hammerson||UK Manager||CtrlPrint|
|Head of Investor Relations||Hugo Boss||Vice Chairman of Equities, Managing Director||Baird|
|Head of investor relations||Iberdrola||Vice President||Deutsche Telekom|
|Head of Investor Relations||Kerry Group||Vice President||Rivel Perception Studies|
|Head of Investor Relations||Lanxess||Vice President, Depositary Receipts||BNY Mellon|
|Head of Investor Relations||Lloyds Banking Group||Vice President, Investor Relations||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Head of Investor Relations||Metro Bank||Vice President, Strategic Partners & Investors||Sberbank|
|Head of Investor Relations||National Express||VP||BNY Mellon|
|Head of Investor Relations||PSI||VP||Deutsche Bank|
|Head of Investor Relations||Royal Philips||VP||Goldman Sachs|
|Head of investor relations||RWE||VP||Goldman Sachs|
|Head of Investor Relations||Sainsbury’s||VP Investor Relations||ASML|
|Head of investor relations||Santander||VP, Client Management||Deutsche Bank|
|Head of Investor Relations||Severn Trent||VP, Depositary receipts||JP Morgan|
Our awards provides a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in Europe. As a sponsor, you will gain an extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of print and digital marketing materials, both pre and post event, as well as on the day itself. Additionally, you can use the event to align yourself with IR excellence and network with key decision makers from across the region.
Sponsoring the event will provide:
To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring and the various packages available, email Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.
Berenberg was established in 1590 and today is one of Europe’s leading privately owned banks. The investment banking division employs 90 research analysts who currently cover more than 500 companies, promoted by a sales force of 50 based in London, New York, Frankfurt, Zurich, Paris, Boston and Hamburg, covering all major European and North American investment centers. Berenberg’s corporate access program consists of more than 500 non-deal roadshows, three flagship conferences, 15 thematic conferences and more than 100 client trips per year.
For more information, please visit www.berenberg.com.
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