The IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2020 will once again honor excellence in the investor relations profession. The prestigious ceremony, now in its 30th year, 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.
Register your details here to be notified when nominations open for 2020.
Please note that the categories below are subject to change.
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|
|Finance director||Inland Homes||Marketing, comms and events manager||MEIRA|
|Financial risk manager||Novo Nordisk||Media and external affairs manager||Umicore|
|Global head of IR||GlaxoSmithKline||PA, corporate development and IR||AstraZeneca|
|Group communications & brand coordinator||Henry Boot||Project manager||Jones and Palmer|
|Group director of investor relations||Unibail Rodamco Westfield||Regional manager UK & Ireland||Business Wire|
|Group finance director||Henry Boot||Senior consultant||EcoAct|
|Group financial accountant||Northgate||Senior consultant||Fairvue Partners|
|Group financial controller||Arix Bioscience||Senior director of investor relations||AstraZeneca|
|Group financial controller||Northgate||Senior investor relations manager||K+S|
|Head of audit, enabling units & IT||AstraZeneca||Senior investor relations manager||Schneider Electric|
|Head of business development||CMi2i||Senior investor relations manager||Sika|
|Head of EMEA issuer services||RD:IR||Senior investor relations manager||Tesco|
|Head of global banking||VTB Capital||Senior investor relations manager||HSBC Holdings|
|Head of HR||Henry Boot||Senior investor relations officer||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Head of international listings||NYSE||Senior IR manager – UK, Ireland & Americas||TUI Group|
|Head of investor relations||Anglo Pacific Group||Senior IR officer||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Head of investor relations||Arix Bioscience||Senior vice president, investor relations||BASF|
|Head of investor relations||AstraZeneca||Strategic financial PR and IR adviser||Montfort|
|Head of investor relations||BT Group||Trainee shareholder analyst||RD:IR|
|Head of investor relations||BT Group||Vice president||BNY Mellon|
|Head of investor relations||En+ Consult||Vice president – depositary receipts||BNY Mellon|
|Head of investor relations||Equinor||Vice president, investor relations||Cargotec|
|Head of investor relations||Garanti Bank||Vice president, investor relations||Kemira|
|Head of investor relations||Gruppo Banca Sistema||Vice president, investor relations||Kone|
|Head of investor relations||K+S||VP IR Europe||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Head of investor relations||Kerry Group||VP, senior business development manager||BNY Mellon|
Our awards provides a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the European IR community. As a sponsor, 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.
Sponsoring the event will provide:
To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring the 2020 awards and the various packages available, email Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.
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.
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.