IR Magazine

IR Magazine Think Tank

Thursday, June 20, 2019


What makes our think tank unique?

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.

What makes our format so unique?
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. These interactive sessions are broken up by short, snappy briefings from top-rated IROs. All discussions are confidential and none of the participants’ comments are attributed. This allows attendees to talk freely and have frank, open discussions.

How do our roundtable discussions work?
 Senior people – industry experts, top-rated IROs and those from the financial community and the professions – set the agenda on a panel discussion by sharing their thoughts on session topics.
 Small roundtable groups of IROs discuss these issues face to face.
 Each table gives feedback from its own discussion and shares ideas with the group as a whole.

What was discussed in 2018

At the last think tank, short, concise panel briefings set the scene for in-depth round table discussions with senior IROs from across Europe. Attendees were able to network directly with their peer group and discussed Key themes and topics including:

  • The link between geopolitical events and the flow of investment dollars: And how that changes your marketing strategy
  • Making the most of managements time: Getting the internal role of IR right
  • Q&A with the buy side and sell side: Examples of ‘good’ IR in ‘bad’ times
  • Q&A with the buy side: What was top of mind for investors in 2018
  • Truly understanding how the relationships between the buy side and sell side work – and what Mifid II means for you
  • Digitalization of communications: The differences between IR, PR and crisis management in the modern era
  • Shareholder ID, targeting and engagement strategies in an increasingly index-based world
  • The increased responsibility of IR – your ESG risks and opportunities
  • The transparency agenda: Managing consensus and register analysis: what is to come

Stay tuned for the 2019 agenda and if you have any topics you think we should discuss, please send your suggestions through to: [email protected]

Who attends?

Attendees are leading IR practitioners from across Europe, many of whom have been highlighted in our IR Magazine Awards research over the years. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company. Past attendees include:

Job title Company name Job title Company name
Assistant director of IR Rolls-Royce Head of Investor Relations Maire Tecnimont Spa
AVP, Investor Relations Credit Suisse Head of Investor Relations OMV
Corp. development and IR Director Balta Head of Investor Relations RWE AG
Deputy Head of IR BASF Head of Investor Relations SAZKA Group
Deputy Head of IR OMV Head of Investor Relations Sound Energy
Director of Investor Relations ASM International Head of Investor Relations Triglav Group
Director of Investor Relations GSK Head of Investor Relations Acacia Mining
Director of Investor Relations AstraZeneca Head of Investor Relations Credit Suisse
Director of Investor Relations Metro Bank International Investor Relations Cisco
Director of Investor Relations Orange Polska SA Investor Relations Nostrum Oil & Gas
Director of Investor Relations Telefonica UK (O2) Investor relations analyst JLT Group
Director of Investor Relations N Brown Investor Relations Assistant Graphite Capital
Director of Investor Relations TAV Airports Holding Investor Relations Unilever
Director of Investor Relations Credit Suisse IR & Strategic Planning Director Moncler
Director of Investor Relations DCC IR Director Aggreko
Director of Investor Relations Antofagasta IR Director Danone
Economist and director of research Garanti Securities IR Director Sareb
Group Investor Relations Director Tesco IR Manager Arix Bioscience
Head of Communications Genel Energy IR Manager Coca-Cola Hellenic
Head of corporate affairs Spectris IR Manager MONBAT
Head of Corporate Finance PJSC ALROSA IR Manager Lomsko Pivo AD
Head of Corporate Strategy and IR PUMA IRO DBA Group
Head of fund and asset management Courtiers Asset Management IRO Origin Enterprises
Head of Investor Relations CRH IRO Santander
Head of Investor Relations Eutelsat IRO, London Representative Recruit Holdings
Head of Investor Relations Garanti Bank Manager, Investor Relations Garanti Bank
Head of Investor Relations Hays Manager, Strategy & Business Development Garanti Bank
Head of investor relations Lanxess Portfolio manager for global equities Legal and General
Head of Investor Relations Legal and General Private Equity Investor Relations CD Capital Asset Management
Head of Investor Relations National Express Group Senior Director of IR AstraZeneca
Head of Investor Relations NEX Group Senior financial analyst, IR KAZ Minerals
Head of Investor Relations Rathbone Brothers Senior Investor Relations Officer NN Group
Head of Investor Relations Dialog Semiconductor Senior Manager IR Fresenius Medical Care
Head of Investor Relations Dogus Otomotiv AS Senior portfolio manager and ESG chair Royal Bank of Canada
Head of Investor Relations Ferrovial Sustainable Development Senior Expert MOL Group
Head of Investor Relations IG Group VP, Investor Relations Burberry
Head of Investor Relations J Sainsbury Plc VP, Investor Relations Danone
Head of Investor Relations Kerry Group VP, Investor Relations Lundin Petroleum

Venue and location

Venue to be announced shortly. 


This event is exclusively for senior corporate IROs and other senior-level executives with IR responsibility. To register for this year’s event, please fill in the form below and if you are eligible, we will send you a confirmation along with detailed event information.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with registering for the think tank, please contact Alice Kenning at [email protected] or on +44 020 8004 6214.

Sponsorship opportunities

Our events provide 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 this leading event
  • New business opportunities through higher-brand presence among current and potential clients

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


Join our celebration in the evening

For the past 29 years, the IR Magazine Awards have honored excellence in investor relations around the world. On Thursday, June 20, 2019, we will once again host the annual IR Magazine Awards ‒ Europe in London, an internationally renowned event that looks at the very best the IR community has to offer across the whole of Europe.

Join us for a glamorous evening after the think tank and celebrate the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in the IR community in 2019!

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