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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.
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. The 2020 research is now closed. 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 no longer accepting entries for the 2020 awards. We will be in touch with successful entrants in due course.
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.
Head of research
Mike is an experienced analyst, having worked at UBS Global Asset Management and Numis Securities, before becoming a founding director in the Panmure Gordon Liverpool office. In his current role, Mike is Head of Research at Zeus and has been instrumental in attracting a number of key corporate clients, and has also played a role in some of the company’s largest deals. During his career, Mike has been rated as a top three analyst in the business services sector in the Extel Survey and has also won numerous awards with Starmine and The Wall Street Journal.
Artemis Investment Management
Rosanna manages the Artemis Global Select Fund and Mid Wynd International Investment Trust with Simon Edelsten and Alex Illingworth. After graduating in economics from Bocconi University in 1996, she joined Paribas Asset Management as a junior fund manager. In 2000, she moved to M&G as a fund manager and director responsible for pan-European equity portfolios. As a senior European portfolio manager at Shell Pension Management Service from 2004, she controlled £710m of assets. Then, in 2006, Rosanna became a partner and pan-European fund manager for FrontPoint Management (UK). She came to Artemis in 2011 and is an Ambassador of the Diversity Project.
Co-CIO for European small caps
Allianz Global Investors
Heinrich Ey has worked at Allianz Global Investors since April 2006.
He is Co-CIO for European Small caps since 2016 and manages in his function retail and institutional money together with a team of 5 members. Before taking on his current role, he was managing an analyst team of six regional telecom and media analysts and covering 30 telecom stocks with his own modelling and formal recommendations. He was also the lead portfolio manager for the Allianz Telemedia funds, which has won several awards from Lipper and Euro Finanzen in the last couple of years. His focus had been also on digital disruption trends and their impact on traditional business models within his industries, and he is part of the jury for the German Stevie Awards since 2016.
Before taking on this role, Ey worked for four years as an analyst at AGI. Prior to that, between 2000 and 2002, he managed European and global equity funds for institutional and retail clients and was a member of the TMT sector team at Allianz Asset Management. He started his career in asset management in 1995 as a buy-side trader for equity, fixed income and derivatives at Allianz.
Corporate reporting & IFRS controller
Howden Joinery Group
Simon is responsible for the Howdens Annual Report and Sustainability Report, both of which have won various awards in recent years.
He’s a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Literature degree, so he recognises that audited and consistent data is the essential starting point, but that the best companies build on that and find engaging ways to tell their own individual stories.
Simon has a keen interest in developing best practice in reporting and is a member of the Advisory Group on the FRC’s Future of Corporate Reporting project. He is a member of the IR Society, and holds their Certificate in Investor Relations.
Head of investor relations
Gunhild started her career in the European Natural Resources Corporate Finance team at Deutsche Bank in 2002. She originated and executed M&A, equity and debt capital market transactions in the utilities, oil & gas and mining sector. In 2008, Gunhild joined German utility RWE where she headed the London IR office, looking after the IR programme for the UK and US as well as taking care of the company’s shareholder register, targeting and investor perception studies. In the recent company restructuring, Gunhild was a key member of the project team preparing the IPO of RWE’s subsidiary innogy, being responsible for the equity story and offer structure. Since October 2016, she has been Head of Investor Relations at RWE. In April 2020, Gunhild will become Head of Financial Planning and Risk Management.
She sits on the Supervisory Boards of RWE Generation and RWE Supply & Trading. Gunhild co-established EIFFEL, a company-led investor conference for utilities. She studied International Business Administration at Vienna University and holds a MScie in Business management from ESCP-EAP.
Chief of staff to the CEO
Head of investor relations
Karl Mahler, Head of Investor Relations, joined Roche in 2002.
Karl started his professional career at Ciba Geigy Switzerland as Head of Investment & Strategic Planning worldwide in 1987, and founded a cancer research hospital in Germany – the Tumor Biology Center Freiburg in 1991/2.
In 1994/5, he accepted a position as General Manager for Pharma with Ciba Geigy in Shanghai, where he ran one of the first joint ventures in China. This was followed by leadership roles in China where he continued his work as General Manager in Beijing. Before he joined Roche, he was Deputy Investor Relations Head for Aventis in Paris and Strasbourg.
Karl studied economics and sociology, and did his Ph.D. at the institute of Mathematical Economics at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Karl is based in Basel.
Head of investor relations
Robert joined MOL, a leading Central European oil&gas company, as Head of Investor Relations in 2015 and he has also been heading ESG at MOL since last year.
Previously, he had been on the sells-side, working 15+ years as an equity analyst covering Emerging European oil&gas companies. He spent 11 years with Unicredit in Budapest before he moved to Prague in 2011 to head the Energy research product at the leading CEE investment services provider Wood & Co and also to become Head of Equity Research, managing the award-winning research team of around 20 analysts. Between 2007 and 2015 he was consistently ranked as a Top3 research analyst for the CEE region and for the oil & gas sector by Extel and Institutional Investor.
Robert holds a Masters degree in Finance from the Corvinus University of Budapest and also studied at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He has been a CFA charterholder since 2003.
Head of investor relations
Madeleine Szeluch is Head of Investor Relations at the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). She has 14 years of experience across Low Carbon Energy, Financial Services and Climate Change.
In her role, Madeleine is responsible for global investor, regulatory and banking relationships across a range of asset classes, with a focus to shift of financial capital towards low-carbon energy and climate-change solutions. Madeleine advises on the UK’s low-carbon Energy Transition and emerging policy and regulation to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Madeleine also leads on independent thought-leadership research for the Department, evaluating risks and opportunities of emerging market trends and regulatory developments for Investors, Industry and Government.
Head of investor relations
Harry joined SEGRO plc as Head of Investor Relations at SEGRO plc in 2013, having previously been Head of the European Real Estate Equity Research teams at UBS, Evolution Securities and Citigroup in a sell-side career dating back to 2002. In 2018, he became Commercial Finance Director at SEGRO, where he is now responsible for the Treasury and IR teams and the FP&A team.
Head of equities
Premier Miton Investors
Gervais Williams is Head of Equities at Premier Miton Investors and manages a number of funds and trusts that aggregate to over £1.5bn, he joined the group in 2011. His fund management career extends over 30 years including 17 years at Gartmore Group Ltd, where he was Head of UK Small Companies investing in UK smaller companies and Irish equities. Gervais is a member of the AIM Advisory Council, and a board member of the Quoted Companies Alliance. He was a member of the Patient Capital Review panel with the Chancellor of the Exchequer two years ago where the recommendations were put into legislation in the subsequent budget. Gervais Williams has published three books, ‘Slow Finance’ in the autumn of 2011 (Bloomsbury), ‘The Future is Small’ published in November 2014 (Harriman House) and ‘The Retreat of Globalisation’ published in December 2016 (Harriman House).
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) operates the OTCQX Best Market, the OTCQB Venture Market, and the Pink Open Market for 10,000 U.S. and global securities. Through OTC Link ATS, we connect a diverse network of broker-dealers that provide liquidity and execution services. We enable investors to easily trade through the broker of their choice and empower companies to improve the quality of information available for investors.
To learn more about how we create better informed and more efficient markets, visit www.otcmarkets.com.
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.
Learn more at www.q4inc.com.
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 Danish Investor Relations Society (DIRF) was established by investor relations officers, financial and communications executives in a few Danish companies in 1988. The objective was and still is to promote communication between listed companies and their investors thereby increasing investor interest in Danish shares and company bonds.
DIRF represents some 270 members from approximately 100 companies. Members are primarily listed companies, and the member base represents about 95 per cent of the Danish market cap. However, also not-listed companies, organisations, service providers and consultants working with financial communications are represented, cf. DIRF members list.
The DIRF network seeks to meet its objectives by arranging members’ meetings and conferences dealing with current IR-topics, sessions with academics researching in IR-related areas, trends and new ways of performing the IR-profession, new media developments, new evaluation methods, and once a year the Copenhagen Stock Exchange hosts a network meeting etc. Members’ meetings normally take place 5-6 times a year.
For more information, please visit www.dirf.dk.
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.
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 director||IFC Group||Head of investor relations||K+S|
|CEO||CMi2i||Head of investor relations||Kerry Group|
|CEO, EMEA||Orient Capital||Head of investor relations||Lloyds Banking Group|
|Chairperson||ABIRD||Head of investor relations||Phoenix Group Holdings|
|Chief commodity trading strategy||En+ Metals||Head of investor relations||REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais|
|Co-head of investment trusts||Blackrock||Head of investor relations||RWE|
|Digital director||Design Portfolio||Head of investor relations||SEGRO|
|Director||EcoAct||Head of investor relations||Tesco|
|Director capital markets & strategic initiatives||En+ Consult||Head of investor relations||Umicore|
|Director of corporate messaging, IR||Jones and Palmer||Head of investor relations||William Hill|
|Director of financial communications||LVMH||Head of investor relations and comms||Euronav|
|Director of investor relations||Credit Suisse||Head of investor relations and comms||Orange|
|Director of investor relations||Merlin Properties||Head of marketing||Trifast|
|Director of investor relations||Valmet||Head of PR, brand and corporate comms||EMIS Group|
|Director of strategy, M&A and IR||TUI Group||Head of research||Zeus Capital|
|DR team||JP Morgan||Investor relations director||McCarthy and Stone|
|EVP, corporate services||OTC Markets Group||IR director||MTS|
|Finance director||Inland Homes||Managing director||EQS Group|
|Financial risk manager||Novo Nordisk||Managing director||Leaders Arena|
|Global head of IR||GlaxoSmithKline||Managing director||RD:IR|
|Group director of investor relations||Unibail Rodamco Westfield||Managing director||Rothschild & Co|
|Group finance director||Henry Boot||Managing director, EMEA||D.F. King|
|Head of global banking||VTB Capital||Senior director of investor relations||AstraZeneca|
|Head of international listings||NYSE||Senior vice president, investor relations||BASF|
|Head of investor relations||Anglo Pacific Group||Vice president – depositary receipts||BNY Mellon|
|Head of investor relations||Arix Bioscience||Vice president, investor relations||Cargotec|
|Head of investor relations||BT Group||Vice president, investor relations||Kemira|
|Head of investor relations||Equinor||Vice president, investor relations||Kone|
|Head of investor relations||Garanti Bank||VP IR Europe||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Head of investor relations||Gruppo Banca Sistema|
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.
We are monitoring the situation surrounding the Covid-19 virus on a daily basis. Based on the current advice provided by the World Health Organization, we will be going ahead with hosting the events as planned. The well being of our attendees is paramount and we plan to take a number of precautions onsite to ensure a hygienic environment. If you have any further questions, please contact Priscilla Lim for more information.