IR Magazine

IR Magazine Think Tank

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Crowne Plaza London - The City

What makes our think tank unique?

wttThe 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. Listen to a summary of discussions from 2017 here.

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.

Key themes and topics for 2018

At the think tank, short, concise panel briefings set the scene for in-depth roundtable discussions with senior IROs from across Europe who are experiencing, firsthand, the challenges the IR community faces in 2018. This format provides detailed insights into the leading topic areas and allows attendees to network directly with their peer group.

The key themes and topics we’ll be discussing this year include:

  • The link between geopolitical events and the flow of investment dollars: What does this mean for targeting?
  • Managing your management: 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 and sell side: What are the major investment themes for 2018?
  • Truly understanding how the relationships between the buy side and sell side work – and what it 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 in the current climate

Full agenda and speakers to be announced shortly.

Our attendees say

"The think tank was useful and interesting. It is both generous and productive to have colleagues from our sector sharing their best practices. Working together to improve IR in the world is good for everybody. The think tank was an extraordinary platform to reach this goal. There should be more of these events!!"

Begoña Morenes, Ferrovial

"I like the intimate nature of the event as well as the interactive agenda"

Michael Ioanilli, National Grid

"Great event for networking and sharing views about latest developments"

Martin Liedemit, BASF

"It's critically important today to be tuned to the global IR wisdom as technological and regulatory disruptions are unfolding. No doubt, IR Magazine remains an unrivalled aggregator of best IR ideas and professionals. Looking forward to seeing my fellow colleagues later in the year"

Vladimir Zaluzhsky, Severstal

"Always a really good event to attend. It's a good mix of subjects. Particularly liked the addition of the best practice case studies - it's always really valuable to hear the first hand experiences of others and some hints and tips of what works well and what doesn't"

Jo Brewin, Imperial Brands

"Very interactive, I liked the opportunities to discuss in the groups"

Kate Gibbon, S&N

"Fabulous opportunity to talk about topical issues relevant to IR professionals across sectors and to share ideas and experiences"

Jo Roberts, Metro Bank

"Great to spend some time with people at different ends of the IR experience spectrum, looking at how they approach challenges in the role"

Garrett Quinn, Smurfit Kappa

"Excellent event to hear best practices on European level"

Hanna-Maria Heikkinen, Valmet

"Extremely useful event!"

Guido Pickert, AIXTRON

Who attended?

The majority of the attendees were heads of IR from more than 13 countries in Europe. Some of them have been highlighted in our IR Magazine Awards research over the years. Each participant was someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company. Some of our attendees included:

Job title Company Job title Company name
CFO Auto Trader Head of IR Unilever
CFO Keywords Head of IR CTT – Correios de Portugal
Deputy Head of Investor Relations BASF Head of IR IHG
Director Investor Relations eDreams ODIGEO Head of IR Kerry Group
Director Investor Relations ASM International Head of IR Dormakaba
Director of Corporate Affairs Aggreko Head of IR TAV Airports Holding
Director of IR TBC Bank Group Head of IR UK, Ireland and Americas TUI Group
Director of Investor Relations Metro Bank Investor Relations Sberbank
Director of Investor Relations AstraZeneca Investor Relations Director Sareb
Director of Investor Relations AIR LIQUIDE Investor Relations Director Dogan Holding
Director of IR Debenhams Investor Relations Director Orange Polska
Director of IR and Corporate Comms TalkTalk Investor Relations Director Kennedy Wilson
Director of Treasury & IR Public Power Corporation Investor Relations Manager Sound Energy
Director, Corporate Finance and IR Polymetal International plc Investor Relations Manager Rathbone Brothers
Director, head of investor relations Heineken Investor Relations Manager Petrofac Services Limited
Director, London Office Antofagasta plc Investor Relations Manager Greene King
EMEA head of IR Toyota Investor Relations Officer MOL Group
Executive Director Sberbank IR analyst Paysafe
General manager investor relations Arcelormittal IR Director William Hill
Group Corporate Affairs Director Mitie IR Manager Smith & Nephew
Group Financial Controller McBride IR Manager Cisco
Group head of investor relations OneSavings Bank IR Manager William Hill
Group Investor Relations Director Lloyds banking group IR Manager Huhtamaki
Group Investor Relations Director Tesco IR Manager TUI Group
Group IR Director Kingfisher IRO Origin Enterprises
Head of Corporate Finance and IR Domino’s Pizza Group plc IRO Galp Engergia
Head of Investor Relations HeidelbergCement AG IRO Polymetal International plc
Head of Investor Relations Serco Group IRO CIV
Head of Investor Relations Legal & General IRO Shell
Head of Investor Relations Dixons Carphone Manager, IR Strategy & Business Development Garanti Bank
Head of Investor Relations Severn Trent Senior IR Manager Scor
Head of Investor Relations CRH Senior IR Specialist Grupa LOTOS
Head of Investor Relations RWE Senior Manager, Investor Relations Lloyds banking group
Head of Investor Relations Saga Senior Vice President, IR Garanti Bank
Head of Investor Relations Marie Tecnimont Supervisor, Investor Relations Garanti Bank
Head of Investor Relations NEX Group Vice President IR, Europe Shell
Head of Investor Relations Monbat AD Vice President, Corporate & Investor Relations BTG
Head of IR and Corporate Comms PSI AG Vice President, Strategic Partners & Investors Sberbank
Head of IR Pfleiderer Group VP, Investor Relations Burberry
Head of IR Ferrovial


Venue and location

Crowne Plaza London – The City
19 New Bridge Street

Nearest underground station
Blackfriars station, Circle and District line

IR Magazine have arranged for discounted rates at nearby hotels located a short distance away from the venue. Click here to view the hotels and rates.

Join the celebration in the evening

For the past 25 years, the IR Magazine Awards have honored excellence in investor relations around the world. On Thursday, June 28, 2018, London will once again host the annual IR Magazine Awards ‒ Europe, an internationally renowned event that looks at the very best the IR community has to offer across the whole of Europe.

Join us after the think tank and celebrate the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in the IR community in 2018.

View our website for more information>

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Register for the think tank

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 Lauren Brown at or on +44 020 8004 5829.


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