The IR Magazine Awards – Europe honors excellence in the investor relations profession.
Since the event first launched in 1990, tens of thousands of analysts and investors have voted in the surveys behind the awards. The result: vital benchmarking information on which companies do the best IR. Over the last two decades the awards program has expanded to recognize more aspects of an IRO’s role as we add new categories to the list.
By popular demand, we will once again present 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 provide the best IR service. For 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.
Further details about the 2021 awards ceremony will follow in due course, including confirmation of location and timings.
Our awards-by-research nominees are determined by the input of hundreds of analysts and portfolio managers, who give their opinions on which companies provide them with the best IR service in Europe. We invite any publicly listed company to submit their list of buy and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers, so that they have the opportunity to vote via our survey.
Further information about the awards-by-research process will be available shortly.
Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final votes received. Some categories may be split by market cap size.
The first thing to explain is that our awards by research are different 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.
The research process includes us inviting your buy and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers to take part in the survey and the timeline is outlined below:
November – December: Online survey
IR Magazine has been building investment community databases over the past 30 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
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.
April: Short lists
IR Magazine receives the research results and contacts 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 17, 2021: Winners announced
And finally… the winners are announced during our awards ceremony!
June: Report published
After the event the Investor Perception Study – Europe 2021 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 or [email protected].
"Very well organized, focused and glamourous. Again, broadcasting the importance of the IR function in corporate governance, communication and reputation management. Further celebrating the winner companies/executives as it should. Congratulations!"
"Very interesting event and pointing to the ever raising importance of the IR function. Congratulations!"
"Excellent event under the circumstances and amazing how you got all the videos’ shot for the winners, made it feel very real and personal which was great."
"The show and the entire process was fantastic. Your team does a great job bringing the IR community together to celebrate accomplishments and learn from each other, despite the unusual circumstances!"
"It was fast paced and the platform interface seemed to flow seamlessly from presenter to presenter. I look forward to next year's event!"
"Flawless! fun, great pace and all the hosts were amazing!!"
"Great execution, clear planning, and wonderful networking!"
"Perfect: venue; speaker: mood; food"
"Very well organised. Paul Sinha was an excellent host, who injected good amounts of energy into the evening. Food was excellent too!"
"Excellent evening in the heart of London!"
For our awards-by-nomination categories, 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.
Further details about the awards-by-nomination process will be announced shortly.
Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final number of submissions received. Some categories may be split by market cap size.
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 the following stages:
Stage 1: Judges are allocated to categories and sent the entry packs, which contain a longlist of submissions to review and score.
Stage 2: Judges are asked to score each submission based on how well the entrant has addressed the category criteria and entry form requirements for each section. These scores are collated and averaged by the IR Magazine awards team and the top scoring entries will form our shortlist of nominees per category.
Stage 3: Once the shortlists are determined, judges come together with renewed scrutiny to discuss and debate the winning entry. This final stage will determine the winners and high commendations (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.
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Why partner with us?
Our awards provides a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the European IR community. As a partner, 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 – the ones pushing the profession forward through innovation.
Partnering with the event will provide:
All our partnerships are created using a mix of branding, thought leadership, lead generation and meetings with your target audience. You tell us your objectives and we will work with you to create you a package that’s makes sense for your company and will help you achieve those objectives.
To find out more about how we can help, contact Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.
Attendees are leading IR practitioners from across Europe. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company. We had over 300 IR professionals attend in 2020 including:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|CVP IRO||Grifols||Head of investor relations||O2 Czech Republic|
|Deputy head of IR||OMV||Head of investor relations||Rovi Laboratories|
|Director investor relations||Borregaard||Head of investor relations||SEGRO|
|Director investor relations||eDreams ODIGEO||Head of investor relations||Vista Alegre|
|Director IR||Telefonica Deutschland||Head of investor relations||Zalando|
|Director of corporate communications and investor relations||Jones and Palmer||Head of investor relations and corporate communications||PSI Software|
|Director of financial reporting and investor relations||Great Portland Estates||Head of investor relations and external communications||Caverion Corporation|
|Director of investor relations||AstraZeneca||Head of investor relations and M&A||Douglas|
|Director of investor relations||Britvic||Head of IR||Ascential|
|Director of investor relations||Cellnex||Head of IR||CompuGroup Medical|
|Director of investor relations||Unilever||Head of IR||EDP|
|Director of IR & corporate communication||IBERDROLA||Head of IR||Go-Ahead|
|Director of IR & shareholders||FLUIDRA||Head of IR||Jeronimo Martins|
|Director, investor relations||REPSOL||Head of IR||McCarthy and Stone|
|Director, investor relations||Credit Suisse Group||Head of IR||Royal Philips|
|Director, investor relations North America||Novo Nordisk||Head of IR||Unibail Rodamco Westfield|
|Director, IR||Valmet||Head of IR||Vonovia|
|Finance and IR director||AENA||Head of IR & strategy||UDG Healthcare|
|Global head of investor relations||HSBC Holdings||Head of IR and ESG||MOL|
|Group communications & IR director||Akka||Head of IR and sustainability||Severn Trent|
|Group investor relations director||Tesco||IR director||Schneider Electric|
|Group IR director||Prysmian||IR director||UNIMOT S.A.|
|Head corporate communications||Implenia||IR, director||Galp|
|Head IR||Sacyr||Managing director||Ford Sinclair|
|Head of group IR||Enel||Senior vice president investor relations||BASF|
|Head of investor & credit relations||Ströer||Senior vice president, head of investor relations & sustainability||Fresenius|
|Head of investor relations||adidas||Vice president investor relations, communications and corporate responsibility||NORMA Group|
|Head of investor relations||Banca Sistema||VP global head, investor relations||Alcon|
|Head of investor relations||Covestro||VP investor relations||Barco NV|
|Head of investor relations||Deutsche Post DHL Group||VP investor relations||Shell International|
|Head of investor relations||International Airlines Group||VP IR||Endeavour Mining|
|Head of investor relations||LANXESS||VP, investor relations||Farfetch Limited|
|Head of investor relations||Mediclinic International||VP, investor relations and financial communications||Fortum|
|Head of investor relations||Merck|