The IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2020 will once again honor excellence in the investor relations profession. The prestigious ceremony will host the best of the IR community from across Europe.
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 once again presented 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. To be the first to know about the 2020 nomination process register your interest here.
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. For inquiries about the research process and timeline, please contact [email protected].
Please note that the categories below are subject to change depending on the research results.
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 survey for the 2020 awards will be open soon. We will invite your buy and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers to take part in the survey. If you would like to send us the list ahead of time, please send an excel file with their names, firm, their direct telephone number and their email address to [email protected].
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 lists
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 awards ceremony in London on June 18, attended by the leading lights of European investor relations.
July: Report published
After the event the Investor Perception Study – Europe 2020 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].
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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.
We are now accepting entries for 2020! Please click here to access the entry form. The deadline for submissions is 5 pm GMT on Friday, March 13.
If you have any questions that are not answered in the FAQ section on the entry form, please contact [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 8004 5339.
Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final number of entries received. Some categories may be split by 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.
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 2019. They included:
|Job title||Company name||Job title||Company name|
|Assistant company secretary||Henry Boot||Head of investor relations||Lloyds Banking Group|
|Assistant company secretary||AstraZeneca||Head of investor relations||Phoenix Group Holdings|
|Assistant director||IFC Group||Head of investor relations||REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais|
|Business development consultant||Design Portfolio||Head of investor relations||RWE|
|Business development manager||EQS Group||Head of investor relations||SEGRO|
|Capital markets & IR manager||Neinor Homes||Head of investor relations||Tesco|
|CEO||CMi2i||Head of investor relations||Umicore|
|CEO, EMEA||Orient Capital||Head of investor relations||William Hill|
|Chairperson||ABIRD||Head of investor relations||TUI Group|
|Chief commodity trading strategy||En+ Metals||Head of investor relations||TUI Group|
|Client director||EQS Group||Head of investor relations and comms||Euronav|
|Client relationship director||Jones and Palmer||Head of investor relations and comms||Orange|
|Client relationship director||Jones and Palmer||Head of IR services||RD:IR|
|Co-Head of client relations, EMEA||Orient Capital||Head of marketing||Trifast|
|Co-Head of client relations, EMEA||Orient Capital||Head of PR, brand and corporate comms||EMIS Group|
|Co-head of investment trusts||Blackrock||Head of research||Zeus Capital|
|Company secretary||Henry Boot||Head of sales and marketing, EMEA||Orient Capital|
|Company Secretary||Polymetal International||Investor relations||IHG Group|
|Consultant||Jones and Palmer||Investor relations director||McCarthy and Stone|
|Consultant||Jones and Palmer||Investor relations manager||Erste Group Bank|
|Corporate access||AstraZeneca||Investor relations manager||Ferrovial|
|Corporate accountant & company secretary||Trifast||Investor relations manager||GlaxoSmithKline|
|Creative lead||Jones and Palmer||Investor relations manager||GlaxoSmithKline|
|Creative lead||Jones and Palmer||Investor relations manager||Hays|
|Digital director||Design Portfolio||Investor relations manager||HSBC Holdings|
|Director||CMi2i||Investor relations manager||Kerry Group|
|Director||EcoAct||Investor relations manager||Lomsko Pivo|
|Director capital markets & strategic initiatives||En+ Consult||Investor relations manager||Novo Nordisk|
|Director of communications||McCarthy and Stone||Investor relations manager||Phoenix Group Holdings|
|Director of corporate messaging, IR||Jones and Palmer||Investor relations manager||Umicore|
|Director of financial communications||LVMH||Investor relations manager||Virgin Atlantic|
|Director of investor relations||AstraZeneca||IR||IHG Group|
|Director of investor relations||AstraZeneca||IR director||MTS|
|Director of investor relations||AstraZeneca||IR manager – AGA||Apax Partners|
|Director of investor relations||AstraZeneca||IR officer||Orange|
|Director of investor relations||Credit Suisse||IR services researcher||RD:IR|
|Director of investor relations||Merlin Properties||IRO||MOL|
|Director of investor relations||Merlin Properties||Junior IR manager||TUI Group|
|Director of investor relations||Valmet||Managing director||EQS Group|
|Director of strategy, M&A and IR||TUI Group||Managing director||Leaders Arena|
|DR team||JP Morgan||Managing director||RD:IR|
|DR team||JP Morgan||Managing director||Rothschild & Co|
|DR team||JP Morgan||Managing director, EMEA||D.F. King|
|DR team||JP Morgan||Marketing & business development executive||RD:IR|
|EVP, corporate services||OTC Markets Group||Marketing, comms and events manager||MEIRA|
|Finance director||Inland Homes||Media and external affairs manager||Umicore|
|Financial risk manager||Novo Nordisk||PA, corporate development and IR||AstraZeneca|
|Global head of IR||GlaxoSmithKline||Project manager||Jones and Palmer|
|Group communications & brand coordinator||Henry Boot||Regional manager UK & Ireland||Business Wire|
|Group director of investor relations||Unibail Rodamco Westfield||Senior consultant||EcoAct|
|Group finance director||Henry Boot||Senior consultant||Fairvue Partners|
|Group financial accountant||Northgate||Senior director of investor relations||AstraZeneca|
|Group financial controller||Arix Bioscience||Senior investor relations manager||K+S|
|Group financial controller||Northgate||Senior investor relations manager||Schneider Electric|
|Head of audit, enabling units & IT||AstraZeneca||Senior investor relations manager||Sika|
|Head of business development||CMi2i||Senior investor relations manager||Tesco|
|Head of EMEA issuer services||RD:IR||Senior investor relations manager||HSBC Holdings|
|Head of global banking||VTB Capital||Senior investor relations officer||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Head of HR||Henry Boot||Senior IR manager – UK, Ireland & Americas||TUI Group|
|Head of international listings||NYSE||Senior IR officer||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Head of investor relations||Anglo Pacific Group||Senior vice president, investor relations||BASF|
|Head of investor relations||Arix Bioscience||Strategic financial PR and IR adviser||Montfort|
|Head of investor relations||AstraZeneca||Trainee shareholder analyst||RD:IR|
|Head of investor relations||BT Group||Vice president||BNY Mellon|
|Head of investor relations||BT Group||Vice president – depositary receipts||BNY Mellon|
|Head of investor relations||En+ Consult||Vice president, investor relations||Cargotec|
|Head of investor relations||Equinor||Vice president, investor relations||Kemira|
|Head of investor relations||Garanti Bank||Vice president, investor relations||Kone|
|Head of investor relations||Gruppo Banca Sistema||VP IR Europe||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Head of investor relations||K+S||VP, corporate services||OTC Markets Group|
|Head of investor relations||Kerry Group||VP, senior business development manager||BNY Mellon|
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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.
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Association of Bulgarian Investor Relations Directors /ABIRD/
For 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 protected]
Since 1991, AERI has been bringing together the most relevant IR professionals and other stakeholders in Spain, focusing on the development of best practices, but also on providing the best possible options for networking. AERI Members are well known for their top performance in the capital markets, always developing the highest standards in the Investor Relations world.
For more information, please visit www.aeri.es
ARIR is non-profit organization that was set-up to provide current and potential issuers a platform for the development of Investor Relations professionals and contribute to the implementation of best practices in investor communication and corporate governance.
Our mission to raise awareness about IR best practices translated into concrete projects bringing a turnaround in how IR is perceived in Romania and putting it first. In only 1 year, ARIR became a reference point to its members and to the capital markets community for events, solutions and proposals to meet day-to-day priorities, as well as long-term regulatory challenges.
For more information, please visit www.ir-romania.ro
Supporting the Investors Relations in Belgium. We are a community that actively exchanges experiences and ideas around investor relations. We help people grow active in investor relations by networking, knowledge exchange & meetings.
For more information, please visit www.belgian-ir.be
Created in 1987, the Cliff is the French association of financial communication professionals and is a recognized voice for the profession in France. With an active programme fostering the sharing of experiences, of expertise and of evolving topics, a successful education training programme in partnership with a renowned French University (Paris-Dauphine) and its contribution to the annual publication of the “Financial Communications: Framework and Practices” together with the OCF, the Cliff helps promote the status of Investor Relations professionals.
For more information, please visit www.cliff.asso.fr/en/
The IR club Schweiz was founded 1992 to promote the interests of the IR profession among Switzerland’s publicly-quoted companies. It is an interactive forum for the exchange of ideas, the discussion of current IR issues and the development of practical solutions.
For more information, please visit www.irclub.ch
Turkish Investor Relations Society – TUYID, founded in 2009, is designed to foster collaborative ties among investor relations professionals and the constituencies which they serve such as management, shareholders, bondholders, private investors, analysts, employees, government, corporate customers and media, at both the corporate and personal levels, with a view to develop professional know-how, to be a reference center and to elevate Turkish investor relations applications on a par with global standards.
Our mission is to contribute to the promotion of the Turkish markets, provide assistance for Turkish companies to achieve fair market value for their capital market instruments and to support Turkish capital markets to gain depth and resilience.
For more information, please visit www.tuyid.org/en
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.
Being a partner will provide:
To find out more about the benefits of partnering the 2020 awards and the various packages available, email Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.
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 each year.
It is far removed from the traditional conference set-up as the event consists of a series of panel sessions followed by roundtables on select IR issues. All discussions are confidential so you can have a free and open chat with your peers.
Visit our think tank website to view the list of topics we will discuss and request an invite.
Sign up for the complete experience below. You will have full access to the welcome drinks reception, a three-course dinner, the prestigious awards ceremony and the fun-filled after party! Please note that these are our early-bird rates which will expire on May 1, 2020. Any bookings made after this date, will be charged at the standard rate.
The ‘corporate attendee’ rate is reserved for corporate IR professionals at publicly listed companies only. All others should book under the ‘non-corporate’ rate.
If you have any questions or need any assistance with booking, please contact Priscilla Lim on +44 20 8004 4989 or at [email protected].
Please note that the IR Magazine Awards may contain flashing lights or sudden loud sound effects.