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 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.
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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.for 2018.
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.
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
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.
We are now accepting entries and the deadline to submit is Friday, March 2.
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.
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
Further judges will be announced shortly.
Candice de Monts-Petit
Candice de Monts-Petit joined IR Magazine as a senior editor in 2012. Prior to this, she worked in investor relations, first as an IRO for oil and gas firms in Paris and Moscow and subsequently as an IR consultant in London. She graduated in business management and political science from Université Paris-Dauphine and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, respectively, and holds an additional degree in Chinese studies.
Co-CIO for European and German mid/small cap
Allianz Global Investors
Heinrich Ey has worked at Allianz Global Investors since April 2006. Besides managing an analyst team of six regional telecom and media analysts, he covers 30 telecom stocks with his own modelling and formal recommendations. he is also the lead portfolio manager for the Allianz telemedia funds, which have won several awards from Lipper and Euro Finanzen in the last couple of years. His focus in the last two years has been on digital disruption trends and their impact on traditional business models within his industries, and he was part of the jury for the German Stevie Awards in 2016.
Before taking on his current role, Ey worked for four years as an analyst at AGI. Prior to that, between 2000 and 2002, he managed European and global equity funds for institutional and retail clients and was a member of the TMT sector team at Allianz Asset Management. He started his career in asset management in 1995 as a buy-side trader for equity, fixed income and derivatives at Allianz.
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.
Citi Depositary Receipt Services is a leader in bringing quality issuers to the global capital markets and in promoting DRs as an effective capital markets tool. Citi Depositary Receipt Services provides clients with access to a comprehensive suite of value-added resources to support the success of their DR program, including a combination of global and local capital markets intelligence, a significant global equity distribution network of high-quality investors and customized investor relations strategic advisory.
For more information, please visit www.citi.com/dr.
EQS Group is a leading international technology provider for digital investor relations. More than 8,000 companies worldwide trust EQS’ products and services to securely, efficiently and simultaneously fulfill complex national and international information obligations to the global investment community.
The COCKPIT, an Saas digitally maps the work processes of IR managers, communicates with the company website and distributes company releases via one of the most important financial newswires. With further products like websites, IR tools and online company reports, EQS Group is a digital single-source provider.
EQS Group was founded in Munich, Germany in 2000 and has developed from a start-up to an international group with offices in the world’s key financial markets, employing 200 professionals.
For more information, please visit www.eqs.com.
Orient Capital is a global leader in share ownership analysis, equity market intelligence, investor communication, shareholder management technology, global bondholder analysis, institutional targeting & investor perception work.
We are the largest analyser of share registers globally and the dominant provider of equity and debt ownership analytics in multiple markets. We help listed companies identify and track their shareholders, as well as their behaviour, using either local ownership disclosure provisions or our own proprietary methodologies. Our London team supports the investor relations programs and corporate transactions for listed companies in over 15 countries across EMEA. Our products enable companies to maximise the opportunity of public ownership and to reap the benefits of good investor relations.
miraqle, our unique web-based platform, is the desktop investor relations solution of choice for over 1,600 listed companies in Australasia, Asia, UK, Europe and Africa. miraqle empowers companies to most efficiently manage their interaction with the capital markets and the functions that arise as a consequence of being listed. It is the indispensable investor relations tool.
D.F. King is one of the world’s oldest firms in the field of proxy solicitation, governance advisory, M&A and transactional services involving equity and debt.
Founded in 1942, we have been playing a leading role in M&A and proxy solicitation in Europe for over twenty years. With European offices in London, Paris and Berlin, we have worked on numerous high profile, sophisticated domestic and cross border campaigns for issuers across the EMEA region securing stakeholder support.
Our services include AGM/EGM solicitation, corporate governance advisory, defence solicitation, M&A tender solicitation, tender and exchange offers, consent solicitations, bondholder meetings and complex debt restructurings. Our long and rich experience is valued by companies looking to engage with stakeholders and ensure that they possess a clear understanding of the ultimate outcome of a transaction well ahead of its close.
Using the strengths and expertise of both companies, we work on sophisticated projects, providing our clients with combined solutions that constantly deliver successful results.
Orient Capital and D.F. King Ltd are part of Link Group | Corporate Markets
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) operates the OTCQX® Best Market, the OTCQB® Venture Market, and the Pink® Open Market for 10,000 U.S. and global securities. Through OTC Link® ATS, we connect a diverse network of broker-dealers that provide liquidity and execution services. We enable investors to easily trade through the broker of their choice and empower companies to improve the quality of information available for investors.
To learn more about how we create better informed and more efficient markets, visit www.otcmarkets.com.
OTC Link ATS is operated by OTC Link LLC, member FINRA/SIPC and SEC regulated ATS.
Q4 is the fastest growing cloud-based investor relations and capital market solutions to the IR Industry with over 1,200 clients. Public companies the world over (many of which are Fortune 1000 brands) look to our leading web and intelligence solutions to power successful (and award winning) IR programs — and to better connect with their investors, make more effective decisions, and understand the capital markets.
Learn more at http://www.q4inc.com.
Association of Bulgarian Investor Relations Directors /ABIRD/
Since 12 years now the Association of Bulgarian Investor Relations Directors /ABIRD/ has been actively working to unite the interests and improve the qualification of local Investor Relations Directors – members of the organization, to improve the investment climate in Bulgaria and introduce high standards for presentation of the Bulgarian public companies to investors in the country and abroad.
We unite more than 110 Investor Relations Directors of public companies and other issuers of securities, and in 2016 we opened the doors of ABIRD for all colleagues who disclose information in accordance with the Bulgarian and European legislation, and communicate with institutions such as the Financial Supervision Commission, BSE – Sofia and the Central Depository.
ABIRD is an active participant in the Bulgarian capital market, a basic corrective in terms of amendments to the regulation and implementation of the European legislation. Our activities are focused on enhancing the professional qualification of Investor Relations Directors and all of the other officials engaged with investor communication and communication with the institutions on the capital market with the purpose to improve the best disclosure and transparency practices in the activities of public companies and other issuers of securities. We actively cooperate with all institutions and participants in the Bulgarian capital market.
The Association of Bulgarian Investor Relations Directors is a collective member the National Corporate Governance Commission, the Capital Market Development Council in Bulgaria, the Corporate Social Responsibility Council to the Minister of Labor and Social Policy, the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association. Together with our national partners we strive to make Bulgaria a more attractive place for investments.
Contacts: +359 2 9882413 and email@example.com
The Danish Investor Relations Society (DIRF) was established by investor relations officers, financial and communications executives in a few Danish companies in 1988. The objective was and still is to promote communication between listed companies and their investors thereby increasing investor interest in Danish shares and company bonds.
DIRF represents some 270 members from approximately 100 companies. Members are primarily listed companies, and the member base represents about 95 per cent of the Danish market cap. However, also not-listed companies, organisations, service providers and consultants working with financial communications are represented, cf. DIRF members list.
The DIRF network seeks to meet its objectives by arranging members’ meetings and conferences dealing with current IR-topics, sessions with academics researching in IR-related areas, trends and new ways of performing the IR-profession, new media developments, new evaluation methods, and once a year the Copenhagen Stock Exchange hosts a network meeting etc. Members’ meetings normally take place 5-6 times a year.
For more information, please visit www.dirf.dk.
IR Club is a well-established investor relations community that allows IR professionals to network with peers from all over the world.
IR Club was formed in 2011, to address the need for an online investor relations community. Since then, IR Club has become an overwhelming success and has more than 1,200 members!
The main objectives of IR Club include the promotion of networking, communication, exchange and transfer of knowledge among investor relations professionals – we are particularly interested in the use of social media in investor relations.
IR Club is open to anyone interested in investor relations such as scientists, students and those wishing to make a career change. For the opportunity to mingle with practising IROs at all levels, as well consultants and service providers. Colleagues from the areas of private equity, open-end and closed-end funds, unlisted companies and of course all those who deal with the communication with lenders (creditor relations / fixed income) are welcome, too – we are all one ecosystem.
It takes no time to register as a member and it’s free of charge!
Tel.: +49 177 232 0001
Sign up for the complete experience below. You will have full access to the welcome drinks reception that celebrates the Euro Top 100, 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 6th, 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 6214 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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