The IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2022 took place on Thursday, June 23.
We were delighted to announce that the IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2022 took place in-person on Thursday, June 23 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London. This very special event honored excellence in the investor relations profession across Europe and we were excited to welcome everyone back for an evening of fine food and lots of celebrating!
Since the annual 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. In recent years, the awards program has expanded to recognize more aspects of an IRO’s role as we add new categories to the list and give IR teams the opportunity to nominate themselves.
By popular demand, we 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 researched 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. In our nominated categories, companies submit written entries to articulate their success and achievements from the past year, giving any publicly listed company the opportunity to be considered for an award.
View the highlights from the 2022 awards ceremony
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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 team members.
To view the full list of 2022 nominees and winners click here.
United Utilities Group
Hollywood Bowl Group
Foresight Group Holdings
EDAG Engineering Group
ABOUT YOU Holding
ABOUT YOU Holding, Julia Stoetzel
Endeavour Mining, Jack Garman
Galp, João Gonçalves Pereira
Novozymes, Carl Ahlgren
Ocado Group, Chandler Benet
Technip Energies, Phillip Lindsay
The awards-by-nomination categories differ from our traditional researched awards, 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 team members.
The judging process consists of three simple phases:
Phase one: Once the entry deadline has passed, the IR Magazine editorial team reviews all submissions and produces the short list
Phase two: The short-listed entries are shared with an independent judging panel made up of industry experts. The judges review each short-listed entry and select their top two picks per category
Phase three: The judges come together to discuss, debate and select the final list of winners who will go on to win an award
The judges’ votes are not made public, but their comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. Judges are not required to make comments against every submission.
We are delighted to announce our judging panel for the 2022 awards! Click on each photo below to find out more.
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.
Director, Co-CIO German and European mid/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 technical controller
Howden Joinery Group
Simon’s current role combines best practice corporate and ESG reporting with IFRS technical accounting and reporting. He leads the interpretation and implementation of new IFRSs across the group and makes sure that the Group stays ahead of new developments in corporate and ESG reporting.
Simon has a specialism in ESG reporting, strategy, business model and culture reporting. He leads the process and development of the Howden Joinery Group Annual Report & Accounts and the Group’s Sustainability Report, which have won several awards in recent years. He was a member of the Advisory Group for the UK Financial Reporting Council’s recent project on The Future of Corporate Reporting and is a current member of the FRC Advisory Panel.
Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, where he worked with a variety of consumer and industrial companies in London and Oman. He is a member of the Investor Relations Society and holds their Certificate in Investor Relations.
Investor relations ESG director
Madeleine Szeluch is the Investor Relations ESG Director at Novartis, where she specialises in advisory and communications on ESG topics. Previously, Madeleine was Head of Investor Relations at the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (2015 – 2020). She led global engagement with foreign governments, industry and investors, addressing regulatory and business themes, with a focus on low-carbon energy, climate change and sustainability themes. Within the UK government, Madeleine advised ministers across departments on emerging global policy, market risk and public-private partnerships and developed thought-leadership research on market trends and policy impact for government, industry and investors.
Prior to joining the UK Government in 2015, Madeleine was Senior Manager at GLG, the largest global insights consulting firm, where she advised corporates and investors on primary research, compliance and business and regulatory risk. Madeleine grew the company’s Emerging Markets business and established the Sub-Saharan Africa practice. Madeleine has worked in Europe and North America, she has degrees in Commercial Law and International Relations, and is a Member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
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).
Editor in chief
James Beech joined IR Media Group as Editor in Chief in January 2022. He was a multimedia journalist, editor, client relationship manager, awards host and public speaker at Campden Wealth, for and about the global ultra-wealthy multigenerational family business and office community, in 2016-21.
The Englishman reported and photographed news and features for daily and weekly regional newspapers and websites, in New Zealand and Australia, including the Otago Daily Times and Canterbury-Bankstown Express, in 2006-15.
He wrote and edited market-leading consumer magazines and websites in Bournemouth then worked in public relations and media communications in London, in 1999-2006.
He graduated Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) in Multimedia Journalism in 1999.
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. Every year 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.
CTT – Correios de Portugal
TAV Airports Holding
Allianz, Oliver Schmidt
Banco Santander, Carlos Berastain & Begoña Morenés
Intesa Sanpaolo, Marco Delfrate & Andrea Tamagnini
Novo Nordisk, Daniel Bohsen & team
Vonovia, Rene Hoffmann
Barco, Carl Vanden Bussche
Eregli Demir, Idil Onay Ergin
Indra, Ezequiel Nieto
J Sainsbury, James Collins
Koç Holding, Sinem Baykalöz & Nursel Ilgen
Meliá Hotels International, Stephane Baos
Telekom Austria Group
Deutsche Post DHL
Great Portland Estates
Land Securities Group
EDP – Energias de Portugal
The first thing to explain is that our awards are different from most others: 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.
November – December 2021: Sample selection
IR Magazine has been building investment community databases for more than 30 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock.
January – February 2022: Electronic survey
IR Magazine then conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers. The electronic survey typically receives 300 individual responses from the investment community. These responses 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.
December 2021 – February 2022: Telephone survey
The telephone survey then gets under way. The researchers conduct in-depth interviews with 300 portfolio managers and analysts across Europe. Many of them participate in the study year after year, but there is always a healthy proportion of new respondents each year as well. As the research progresses, the sample is adjusted to ensure appropriate weightings are maintained.
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. 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 bench-marking tool.
April 2022: Short list compiled
IR Magazine receives the results 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 23, 2022: Winners announced
And finally… the winners are announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, June 23, 2022!
June 2022: Report published
Shortly after the awards, the Investor Perception Study – Europe 2022 report is published and made available to IR Magazine subscribers.
Attendees at this event 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.
Below is a sample of some of 2021’s attendees:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|Assistant director||Atrato||Head of investor relations||AstraZeneca|
|CEO||Nexans||Head of investor relations||Cyfrowy Polsat|
|CVP||Novo Nordisk||Head of investor relations||Deutsche EuroShop|
|Director||Makinson Cowell||Head of investor relations||Polymetal International|
|Director of financial reporting and IR||Great Portland Estates||Head of PR & IR||Severstal|
|Director of investor relations||Avantium||Head of research||Zeus Captial|
|Director of investor relations||Britvic||Investor relations director||InterContinental Hotels|
|Director of investor relations and FP&A||Flutter Entertainment||Investor relations director||Össur|
|Director of IR and corporate communication||Iberdrola||Investor relations director||Unilever|
|Director of public relations, US||En+ Group||Investor relations director||MERLIN Properties|
|EVP finance, treasury & investor relations||Infineon Technologies||Investor relations director||Valmet|
|Executive director, North America investor relations||BBVA||Investor relations director||Vodafone|
|Group communications director||Greencore||IR ESG director||Novartis|
|Group director, IR||Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield||IR principal||Turkcell|
|Head of IR & sustainability||Cembra||President – corporate development||Synthomer|
|Head of communications||ArcelorMittal||Senior analyst, investor relations||Wolters Kluwer|
|Head of corporate communications||National Express Group||Senior investor relations officer||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Head of digital engagement||Ocado Group||Senior vice president investor relations||BASF|
|Head of ESG||British American Tobacco||SVP finance & investor relations||Ocean Yield|
|Head of integrated thinking and reporting||Garanti||VP, corporate analysis||Odfjell|
|Head of investor relations||Aegon||VP, corporate and financial comms||Pearson|
|Head of investor relations||SAP||VP, investor relations||TechnipFMC|
|Head of investor relations||Schneider Electric||VP, investor relations||Technip Energies|
|Head of investor relations||Subsea 7||VP, IR & corporate strategy||Coca-Cola Partners|
|Head of investor relations||Vonovia||VP, investor relations||Akbank|
|Head of investor relations and planning||Roche||VP, IR & corporate communications||Aixtron|
|Head of investor relations||BMW Group||VP, IR & corporate communications||Hyloris Pharmaceuticals|
"Well done to everyone at IR Magazine for another very well organised and enjoyable event. It was a real treat to be mingling and spending time again with so many industry experts and seeing many new and familiar faces! "
"The evening went very smoothly with the transition between dinner and awards, and the pacing of the awards was great so it didn't feel like it dragged at all. The venue was also lovely."
"Well organised, good venue and separate areas for networking. Nice sponsor touches with balloons. Good food, good service. Nice intro from James (editor). Good to hear from winners briefly.
Good event despite challenges - well done!"
"I liked meeting with other corporate attendees, networking and the venue. Organisation was good."
"Fantastic opportunity to see people in person again, and enjoy a "pre-covid" style event again"
"It was all very elegant and beautifully laid out. The stage was very nicely decorated and the award ceremony was not too long."
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Deutsche Bank provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific.
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Gather London is an award-winning strategic communications consultancy based in London. We specialise in brand, digital, corporate reporting, sustainability and employee engagement, supporting businesses across sectors, predominately in the FTSE350.
We join up insight and creativity to develop and deliver ideas people gather around, encouraging every client to embrace their difference.
Gather has helped organisations for 30+ years, bolstering brands, building relationships, growing reputations and increasing market share by digging for insights and driving them through multiple channels.
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Notified is the world’s only communications cloud for events, public relations, and investor relations to drive meaningful insights and outcomes. Notified IR Cloud lets you manage stakeholder communications and regulatory requirements to maximize shareholder value. Tell your investment story with high-impact, multi-channel solutions – earnings announcements, press releases, webcasting, virtual events, and IR websites. Visit Notified.com to learn more.
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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
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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.
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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
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.
IR Club is a well-established investor relations community that allows IR professionals to network with peers from all over the world.
IR Club was formed in 2011, to address the need for an online investor relations community. Since then, it has become an overwhelming success and has around 1,400 members!
The main objectives of IR Club include the promotion of networking, communication, exchange and transfer of knowledge among investor relations professionals – we are particularly interested in the use of social media in investor relations.
IR Club is open to anyone interested in investor relations such as scientists, students and those wishing to make a career change. For the opportunity to mingle with practising IROs at all levels, as well consultants and service providers. Colleagues from the areas of private equity, open-end and closed-end funds, unlisted companies and of course all those who deal with the communication with lenders (creditor relations / fixed income) are welcome, too – we are all one ecosystem.
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Tel.: +49 177 232 0001
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
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The IR Magazine Awards – Europe brings together some of the most influential people in the IR community.
Partnering with us is the perfect way to raise your organization’s profile and cement your position in the IR community.
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We’d love to have a chat with you about how you can get in front of a truly engaged and motivated audience through the IR Magazine Awards – Europe. Get in touch with Ross Ingram or call on +44 78 2653 8072.
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