IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards ‒ Europe
Celebrating IR excellence

Thursday, October 1, 2020

This event will be held virtually and will start at 4.00 pm CET

About the awards

The IR Magazine Awards – Europe honors excellence in the investor relations profession. For 2020 we will be bringing the awards ceremony to you virtually. Stay tuned for further announcements about how to attend this year’s event.

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.

 

Event timings

Timings shown are Central European Time (CET)

  • 16:00 PM
    Virtual platform opens and networking begins

    Be matched at random with another attendee and you have a few minutes before you move onto the next attendee

  • 16:30 PM
    Awards ceremony begins

    Join us in recognizing excellence in IR teams across 29 categories:

    Best in sector: communications
    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: materials
    Best in sector: real estate
    Best in sector: technology
    Best in sector: utilities
    Best annual report (small cap)
    Best annual report (mid-cap)
    Best annual report (large cap)
    Best ESG materiality reporting (small to mid-cap)
    Best ESG materiality reporting (large cap)
    Best investor event (small to mid-cap)
    Best investor event (large cap)
    Best IR during a corporate transaction
    Best IR website (small cap)
    Best IR website (mid-cap)
    Best IR website (large cap)
    Best use of multimedia for IR
    Rising star
    Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)
    Best investor relations officer (large cap)
    Best overall investor relations (small cap)
    Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)
    Best overall investor relations (large cap)

  • 18:00 PM
    Award for best dressed attendee announced

    It’s your time to shine. Send us a photo in your finest and get in the running to win a prize and an award!

  • 18:05 PM
    Post-event networking

    We’ll be joining all winners and nominees to celebrate their nomination and wins

  • 18:30 PM
    Award ceremony ends

Awards by Research

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.

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED!

Congratulations to the 2020 nominees. View the entire list here or click on the categories below to view each short list.

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program.  

Nominees

  • adidas

    Germany

  • Allianz

    Germany

  • AstraZeneca

    UK

  • BASF

    Germany

  • Enel

    Italy

  • Iberdrola

    Spain


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Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Covestro

    Germany

  • Erste Bank

    Austria

  • Garanti Bank

    Turkey

  • International Airlines Group

    UK

  • Lanxess

    Germany

  • UDG Healthcare

    Ireland


Sponsored by

Best overall investor relations (small cap)

Best overall investor relations (small cap)


Nominees

  • Borregaard

    Norway

  • eDreams ODIGEO

    Spain

  • MONETA Money Bank

    Czech Republic

  • Sacyr

    Spain

  • SpareBank 1 SR-Bank

    Norway


Sponsored by

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

This category is for individual IROs whose knowledge of their company and sector and whose ability to build relationships with members of the investment community and to be transparent, accessible and responsive, sets them apart.

Nominees

  • Adrian Rott, adidas

    Germany

  • Oliver Schmidt, Allianz

    Germany

  • Thomas Kudsk Larsen, AstraZeneca

    UK

  • Stefanie Wettberg, BASF

    Germany

  • Monica Girardi, Enel

    Italy

  • Chris Griffith, Tesco

    UK


Sponsored by

Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Ana Negrais de Matos, Corticeira Amorim

    Portugal

  • Ronald Köhler, Covestro

    Germany

  • Antonio Velázquez-Gaztelu, Enagás

    Spain

  • Thomas Sommerauer, Erste Bank

    Austria

  • Keith Byrne, UDG Healthcare

    Ireland


Sponsored by

Best in sector: Communications

Best in sector: Communications

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Nominees

  • Cellnex Telecom

    Spain

  • Deutsche Telekom

    Germany

  • Euskaltel

    Spain

  • O2 Czech Republic

    Czech Republic

  • Vodafone Group

    UK

  • Yandex

    Russia


Sponsored by

Best in sector: Consumer discretionary

Best in sector: Consumer discretionary

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Nominees

  • adidas

    Germany

  • International Airlines Group

    UK

  • LVMH

    France

  • Moncler

    Italy

  • Volkswagen

    Germany

  • Zalando

    Germany


Sponsored by

Best in sector: Consumer staples

Best in sector: Consumer staples

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Nominees

  • Carlsberg

    Denmark

  • Heineken

    Netherlands

  • Jerónimo Martins

    Portugal

  • Nestlé

    Switzerland

  • Tesco

    UK

  • Unilever

    UK

Best in sector: Energy

Best in sector: Energy

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Nominees

  • DCC

    Ireland

  • Galp Energia

    Portugal

  • MOL Group

    Hungary

  • Neste Corporation

    Finland

  • Royal Dutch Shell

    UK

  • Total

    France

Best in sector: Financials

Best in sector: Financials

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Nominees

  • Allianz

    Germany

  • AXA

    France

  • Erste Bank

    Austria

  • Garanti Bank

    Turkey

  • Munich Re

    Germany

  • Swiss Re

    Switzerland

  • UniCredit

    Italy

Best in sector: Healthcare

Best in sector: Healthcare

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Nominees

  • AstraZeneca

    UK

  • Fresenius

    Germany

  • Novartis

    Switzerland

  • Novo Nordisk

    Denmark

  • Roche Holdings

    Switzerland

  • UDG Healthcare

    Ireland

Best in sector: Industrials

Best in sector: Industrials

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Nominees

  • ABB

    Switzerland

  • Deutsche Post DHL

    Germany

  • Michelin

    France

  • MTU Aero Engines Holding

    Germany

  • Schneider Electric

    France

  • Umicore

    Belgium

Best in sector: Materials

Best in sector: Materials

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Nominees

  • Air Liquide

    France

  • BASF

    Germany

  • Corticeira Amorim

    Portugal

  • Covestro

    Germany

  • DSM

    Netherlands

  • Lanxess

    Germany

Best in sector: Real estate

Best in sector: Real estate

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Nominees

  • British Land Company

    UK

  • Great Portland Estates

    UK

  • MERLIN Properties

    Spain

  • SEGRO

    UK

  • Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

    France

  • Vonovia

    Germany

Best in sector: Technology

Best in sector: Technology

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Nominees

  • Amadeus

    Spain

  • ASML

    Netherlands

  • Barco

    Belgium

  • CD PROJEKT

    Poland

  • SAP

    Germany

  • STMicroelectronics

    France

Best in sector: Utilities

Best in sector: Utilities

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Nominees

  • EDP – Energias de Portugal

    Portugal

  • Enel

    Italy

  • Fortum

    Finland

  • Iberdrola

    Spain

  • RWE

    Germany

  • Veolia Environnement

    France

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 is now closed. 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.

June: 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.

October: Winners announced
And finally… the winners are announced. Usually hosted as a black tie gala in London, this year the awards turned virtual and winners will be revealed during the virtual awards ceremony.

October: 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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Awards by Nomination

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.

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED!

Congratulations to the 2020 nominees. View the entire list here or click on the categories below to view each short list.

Best annual report (large cap)

Best annual report (large cap)

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Give us your vision of good reporting practice. Judges will be looking for a well-articulated equity story, ease of flow or navigation, state-of-the-art design and consistency/complementary between different reports.

Nominees

  • adidas

    Germany

  • AstraZeneca

    UK

  • BASF

    Germany

  • LeasePlan

    Netherlands

  • OMV

    Austria

  • Royal Dutch Shell

    UK

Best annual report (mid-cap)

Best annual report (mid-cap)

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Give us your vision of good reporting practice. Judges will be looking for a well-articulated equity story, ease of flow or navigation, state-of-the-art design and consistency/complementary between different reports.

Nominees

  • Admiral Group

    UK

  • Barratt Developments

    UK

  • Dechra Pharmaceuticals

    UK

  • Great Portland Estates

    UK

  • Polymetal International

    UK

  • United Utilities

    UK

Best annual report (small cap)

Best annual report (small cap)

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Give us your vision of good reporting practice. Judges will be looking for a well-articulated equity story, ease of flow or navigation, state-of-the-art design and consistency/complementary between different reports.

Nominees

  • GCP Student Living

    UK

  • Implenia

    Switzerland

  • Kenmare Resources

    Ireland

  • Luceco

    UK

  • McBride

    UK

  • Watkin Jones

    UK

Best ESG materiality reporting (large cap)

Best ESG materiality reporting (large cap)

Investors are increasingly looking to determine the material ESG risks and opportunities for companies. But the range of data and inconsistency of reporting can make it difficult to get a full picture. This award recognizes the achievement of companies that produce clear investor-facing communications about ESG issues that are material to their business.

Nominees

  • ArcelorMittal

    Luxembourg

  • Banco Santander

    Spain

  • EDP – Energias de Portugal

    Portugal

  • Enel

    Italy

  • Repsol

    Spain

  • Schneider Electric

    France

Best ESG materiality reporting (small to mid-cap)

Best ESG materiality reporting (small to mid-cap)

Investors are increasingly looking to determine the material ESG risks and opportunities for companies. But the range of data and inconsistency of reporting can make it difficult to get a full picture. This award recognizes the achievement of companies that produce clear investor-facing communications about ESG issues that are material to their business.

Nominees

  • Barratt Developments

    UK

  • Britvic

    UK

  • EN+ Group

    Russia

  • Lar España Real Estate

    Spain

  • MOL Group

    Hungary

  • Polymetal International

    UK

Best investor event (large cap)

Best investor event (large cap)

Did you hold a capital markets day, site visit or other investor event that made your company stand out from the crowd? Tell us how you came up with an original initiative, the way you managed its organization, and how your audience’s expectations were met; audience feedback is also welcome.

Nominees

  • Enel

    Italy

  • Repsol

    Spain

  • Royal Dutch Shell

    UK

  • Schneider Electric

    France

  • Siemens Healthineers

    Germany

  • Unilever

    UK

Best investor event (small to mid-cap)

Best investor event (small to mid-cap)

Did you hold a capital markets day, site visit or other investor event that made your company stand out from the crowd? Tell us how you came up with an original initiative, the way you managed its organization, and how your audience’s expectations were met; audience feedback is also welcome.

Nominees

  • Britvic

    UK

  • Caverion Corporation

    Finland

  • Greencore Group

    Ireland

  • Phoenix Group Holdings

    UK

  • Polymetal International

    UK

  • Severn Trent Water

    UK

Best IR during a corporate transaction

Best IR during a corporate transaction

How did your IR team go above and beyond to support a recent corporate transaction? Let us know the details. We’ll be looking at the IR team’s involvement in crafting/releasing the messaging for the financial markets and how it organized outreach and dialogue to gain approval from key shareholders.

Nominees

  • Alcon

    Switzerland

  • Cellnex Telecom

    Spain

  • Enel

    Italy

  • Genmab

    Denmark

  • Merck

    Germany

  • Serco Group

    UK

Best IR website (large cap)

Best IR website (large cap)

The IR website is the first point of contact for an IRO’s audience. We want to hear from companies that have developed a best-in-class website displaying top-notch customer experience, engaging content that meets analysts’ and investors’ needs, and multiplatform access.

Nominees

  • Alcon

    Switzerland

  • AstraZeneca

    UK

  • Banco Santander

    Spain

  • BASF

    Germany

  • Coca-Cola European Partners

    UK

  • Royal Philips

    Netherlands


Sponsored by

Best IR website (mid-cap)

Best IR website (mid-cap)

The IR website is the first point of contact for an IRO’s audience. We want to hear from companies that have developed a best-in-class website displaying top-notch customer experience, engaging content that meets analysts’ and investors’ needs, and multiplatform access.

Nominees

  • HUGO BOSS

    Germany

  • Konecranes

    Finland

  • Laboratorios Farmacéuticos ROVI

    Spain

  • Polymetal International

    UK

  • The Go-Ahead Group

    UK

  • Valmet

    Finland


Sponsored by

Best IR website (small cap)

Best IR website (small cap)

The IR website is the first point of contact for an IRO’s audience. We want to hear from companies that have developed a best-in-class website displaying top-notch customer experience, engaging content that meets analysts’ and investors’ needs, and multiplatform access.

Nominees

  • Grenergy Renovables

    Spain

  • Halfords Group

    UK

  • Hamburger Hafen und Logistik

    Germany

  • Inland Homes

    UK

  • NORMA Group

    Germany

  • YouGov

    UK


Sponsored by

Best use of multimedia for IR

Best use of multimedia for IR

Are you a tech-savvy IRO always looking out for cutting-edge technological solutions for IR? Describe the innovative ways you have incorporated video, audio, infographics or webcasts into your IR program. Judges will be looking for evidence of heightened investor and analyst engagement via these channels.

Nominees

  • Banco Santander

    Spain

  • Enel

    Italy

  • Lar España Real Estate

    Spain

  • Repsol

    Spain

  • Schneider Electric

    France

  • Valmet

    Finland

Rising star

Rising star

This award seeks to honor individuals who bring fresh thinking and a unique approach to the profession. Tell us why you (or someone else) have what it takes to be the next Magdalena Moll! This category is open to anyone who has been working in IR for less than five years.  

Nominees

  • Sergey Takhiev, ALROSA

    Russia

  • Daniel Lozano Herrera, Grenergy Renovables

    Spain

  • Claire Hawkins, Phoenix Group Holdings

    UK

  • Lawrence Kay, Tinexta

    Italy

  • Pekka Rouhiainen, Valmet

    Finland

  • Romas Viesulas, Vista Alegre Atlantis SGPS

    Portugal


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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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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 last year. This years attendees include:

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Job title Company Job title Company
Corporate affairs and investor relations director Phoenix Group Head of investor relations and external communications Caverion Corporation
Director for capital markets and strategic initiatives En Plus Group Head of investor relations and M&A Douglas
Director investor relations Borregaard Head of IR Anglo Pacific
Director investor relations eDreams ODIGEO Head of IR Ascential
Director IR adidas Head of IR Bizim Toptan
Director of corporate and financial communication Tinexta Head of IR CCC
Director of corporate communications and investor relations Jones and Palmer Head of IR EDP
Director of investor relations Britvic Head of IR EOH
Director of investor relations Cellnex Head of IR KOC HOLDING
Director of IR & corporate communication IBERDROLA Head of IR McCarthy and Stone
Director, investor relations REPSOL Head of IR NLMK
Director, IR Valmet Head of IR OMV
Group communications & IR director Akka Head of IR Royal Philips
Group investor relations director Tesco Head of IR Yandex
Haed of investor relations Banco Santander Head of IR & strategy UDG Healthcare
Head IR Sacyr Head of IR and ESG MOL
Head of global IR Arcelormittal Head of IR and sustainability Severn Trent
Head of group IR Erste Group Bank Head of PR and IR Severstal
Head of investor relations 1&1 Drillisch Investor relations director Garanti BBVA
Head of investor relations AstraZeneca IR director Schneider Electric
Head of investor relations Deutsche Telekom IR director Standard Life Aberdeen
Head of investor relations International General Insurance (IGI) Senior vice president investor relations BASF
Head of investor relations LANXESS AG Senior VP, investor relations ABB
Head of investor relations Merck KGaA Strategic planning, intelligence and investor relations director Moncler
Head of investor relations O2 Czech Republic Vice president of investor relations Unilever
Head of investor relations PATRIZIA AG VP head of investor relations Nexans
Head of investor relations Pets at Home Group VP investor relations Barco NV
Head of investor relations Vista Alegre VP, head of IR AerCap
Head of investor relations Zalando VP, investor relations and financial communications Fortum
Head of investor relations and corporate communications Lar España

 

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