IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards ‒ Europe
Celebrating IR excellence

Thursday, June 28, 2018

8 Northumberland Avenue, London

About the awards

The IR Magazine Awards – Europe 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 awards-by-research 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 Europe.

In our awards-by-nomination categories, companies have the opportunity to nominate themselves or other publicly listed companies, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our awards by research. We are now accepting entries for 2018 – submit your entry here.

Join the conversation @IRMagazine and include #irawards in your tweets.

On the night

Awards by Research Categories

Further details about the awards-by-research categories 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.

Best corporate governance & disclosure

Best corporate governance & disclosure

This category is for companies whose governance policies and practice best reflect the priorities of the investment community, especially in terms of board composition, executive compensation, disclosure and general accountability to shareholders

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

This category is for individual IROs whose knowledge of their company and sector and whose ability to build relationships with members of the investment community and to be transparent, accessible and responsive, sets them apart.

Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

This category is for individual IROs whose knowledge of their company and sector and whose ability to build relationships with members of the investment community and to be transparent, accessible and responsive, sets them apart

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

This category covers companies in the FTSEurofirst 300 Index with a market cap of €7.5 bn and over (and other firms of equivalent size) that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program  

Best overall investor relations (small & mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (small & mid-cap)

This category covers companies in the FTSE Developed Europe Small Cap Index with a market cap below €1 bn that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program  

Best in sector awards

Best in sector awards

  • Consumer discretionary
  • Consumer staples
  • Energy
  • Financials
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Information technology
  • Materials
  • Real estate
  • Telecommunication services
  • Utilities

Best in region awards

Best in region awards

  • Central & Eastern Europe
  • Western Europe
  • Germany
  • UK & Ireland

The first thing to explain is that our awards by research are different from most others and from our awards by nomination: for our awards by research, 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.

 

  • Intesa Sanpaolo

    Best corporate governance & disclosure

  • Rolf Woller, Continental

    Best investor relations officer (large cap)

  • Dennis Weber, Hugo Boss

    Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

  • Iberdrola

    Best overall investor relations (large cap)

  • Lanxess

    Best overall investor relations (small & mid-cap)

  • adidas

    Best in sector: consumer discretionary

  • Unilever

    Best in sector: consumer staples

  • Total

    Best in sector: energy

  • Intesa Sanpaolo

    Best in sector: financials

  • AstraZeneca

    Best in sector: healthcare

  • Deutsche Post DHL

    Best in sector: industrials

  • Amadeus

    Best in sector: information technology

  • BASF

    Best in sector: materials

  • Segro

    Best in sector: real estate

  • Deutsche Telekom

    Best in sector: telecommunication services

  • Iberdrola

    Best in sector: utilities

  • PKN Orlen

    Best in region: Central & Eastern Europe

  • adidas

    Best in region: Germany

  • AstraZeneca

    Best in region: UK & Ireland

  • Iberdrola

    Best in region: Western Europe

Awards by Nomination Categories

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 awards by research categories. Click on the names below to find out more and view the criteria.

The entry form is now closed and the judging is in process. We will inform successful nominees from mid-April.  

Best crisis management

Best crisis management

Have you recently dealt with an unexpected event threatening your company's business or reputation? Tell us about your ‘crisis ready’ plan, the strategy you implemented when the storm hit, and how the IR team’s actions successfully protected or restored shareholder value.  

Best ESG communications

Best ESG communications

With investors increasingly integrating ESG criteria into their investment decisions, your firm has successfully ramped up its communications strategy about non-financial performance. Judges will be looking at how you tackle integrated thinking and reporting on the issues material to your business.

Best financial reporting

Best financial reporting

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Give us your vision of good reporting practice. Judges will be looking for a well-articulated equity story, ease of flow or navigation, state-of-the-art design and consistency/complementarity between different reports. Please note that the deadline for entries in this category only is Wednesday, March 28.

Best investor event

Best investor event

Did you hold a capital markets day, site visit or other investor event that made your company stand out from the crowd? Tell us how you came up with an original initiative, the way you managed its organization, and how your audience’s expectations were met; audience feedback is also welcome.

Best IR during a corporate transaction

Best IR during a corporate transaction

How did your IR team go above and beyond to support a recent corporate transaction? Let us know the details. We’ll be looking at the IR team’s involvement in crafting/releasing the messaging for the financial markets and how it organized outreach and dialogue to gain approval from key shareholders.

Best IR website

Best IR website

The IR website is the first point of contact for an IRO’s audience. We want to hear from companies that have developed a best-in-class website displaying top-notch customer experience, engaging content that meets analysts’ and investors’ needs, and multiplatform access.

Best use of multimedia for IR

Best use of multimedia for IR

Are you a tech-savvy IRO always looking out for cutting-edge technological solutions for IR? Describe the innovative ways you have incorporated video, audio, infographics or webcasts into your IR program. Judges will be looking for evidence of heightened investor and analyst engagement via these channels.

Rising star

Rising star

This award seeks to honor individuals who bring fresh thinking and a unique approach to the profession. Tell us why you (or someone else) have what it takes to be the next Magdalena Moll or Cole Lannum! This category is open to anyone who has been working in IR for less than 10 years.  

The awards by nomination differ from our traditional awards by research, 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: Judges are sent all submissions for review. They are asked to score the entries for each category based on the criteria. The judges scores will then be collated and averaged, which will form the initial short lists.

Phase 2: For the second phase, judges come together to discuss, with renewed scrutiny, those entries that have made it through to the shortlist. This final stage will determine the winners and runners up, where applicable, in each category.

The judges scores will not be shared with nominees, however, comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. The judges are not required to make comments against every submission.

  • Royal Philips

    Best annual report (large cap)

  • McBride

    Best annual report (small & mid-cap)

  • TAV Airports Holding

    Best crisis management

  • PKN Orlen

    Best ESG communications

  • AstraZeneca

    Best investor event

  • Unilever

    Best IR during a corporate transaction

  • Hays

    Best IR website

  • Valmet

    Best use of multimedia for IR

  • Duncan Browne, Saga

    Rising star

Meet the Judges


Who attends?

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

Sponsorship opportunities

Our awards provides a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the European IR community. 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:

  • A chance to network with qualified, senior decision-makers in the IR community
  • Increased awareness and credibility through association with the region’s leading awards
  • New business opportunities through higher-brand presence among current and potential clients
  • The chance to entertain clients at the most respected event of the year
  • Exposure as the market leader in your chosen area by sponsoring the awards that best reflect your area of expertise

To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring and the various packages available, email Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.

Awards Sponsors

Venue

Venue
8 Northumberland Avenue
London
WC2N 5BY

Dress code
Black tie

Accommodation
Guests of the IR Magazine Awards – Europe can book accommodation at the Club Quarters Hotel, which is next to the awards venue.

View rates at Club Quarters Hotel >

IR Magazine has also partnered with St Martins Lane London, a boutique hotel in the heart of London’s West End, to bring our attendees discounted accommodation rates. The hotel is just a 7 minute walk from the awards venue. Book before May 29 to obtain the discount. Terms and conditions apply and can be viewed here.

View rates at St Martins Lane London >

Alternatively, you can view the best rates at other hotels located a short distance away from the awards venue by clicking here.

Join our Think Tank in the morning

Taking place on the morning of the awards ceremony, the IR Magazine Think Tank – Europe is an invitation-only event exclusively for senior IROs.

It is free to attend and our unique format enables participants to network extensively, discuss, debate and dissect topical issues affecting European IR. We have over 100 senior IR professionals attending.

It is far removed from the traditional conference set-up as the event consists of a series of panel sessions followed by roundtable discussions on select IR issues.

Visit our think tank website to request an invite.

Book your seats

Sign up for the complete experience below. You will have full access to the welcome drinks reception, the glamorous dinner, the prestigious awards ceremony and the fun-filled after party!

The ‘corporate attendee’ rate is reserved for corporate IR professionals at publicly listed companies only. All others will have to book under the ‘non-corporate’ rate. The prices advertised below are our early bird rates and will expire on Friday April 20th, 2018, any bookings made after this date will be charged at the standard rate.

If you have any questions or need any assistance with booking, please contact Lauren Brown on +44 20 8004 5829 or at lauren.brown@irmagazine.com.

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