IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards – US
Celebrating IR Excellence

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

This event will be held virtually and will start at 4.30 pm Eastern Time

About the awards

The IR Magazine Awards – US honors excellence in the investor relations profession. For 2020 we will be bringing the awards ceremony to you virtually. Click here to register your place for free.

Since the annual event first launched in 1996, 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 investor relations, particularly the contributions of senior management, as well as to identify the best IR by sector. In addition, the research now covers the perspective of winning companies in addition to the views of analysts and investors.

We 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 the US. 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 do the best IR in the US.

In our nominated categories, companies have the opportunity to nominate themselves or other publicly listed companies, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. More information on the categories and how winners are chosen can be found below.

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 the US.

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

View the entire list of 2020 nominees here

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

Best overall investor relations (large cap)


Nominees

  • Boston Scientific

  • ConocoPhillips

  • Danaher

  • General Electric

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co

  • Microsoft


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Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Covanta

  • Domino's Pizza

  • Hasbro

  • Kansas City Southern

  • Matador Resources Company

  • Varian Medical Systems


Sponsored by

Best overall investor relations (small cap)

Best overall investor relations (small cap)


Nominees

  • Casella Waste Systems

  • Talos Energy

  • Stoneridge

  • Suncrest Bank

  • Sixth Street Specialty Lending (formerly TPG Specialty Lending)

  • Virtus Investment Partners


Sponsored by

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

Best investor relations officer (large cap)


Nominees

  • Boston Scientific, Susan Lisa

  • Danaher, Kelly Brame & Matthew Gugino

  • General Electric, Steve Winoker

  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Jill Slattery

  • Zimmer Biomet, Coleman Lannum


Sponsored by

Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Camden Property Trust, Kimberly Callahan

  • Clean Harbors, Jim Buckley

  • Darden Restaurants, Kevin Kalicak

  • LendingTree, Trent Ziegler

  • Wyndham Destinations, Christopher Agnew


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Best IR by a senior management team (large cap)

Best IR by a senior management team (large cap)


Nominees

  • General Electric, Lawrence Culp, CEO & Jamie Miller*, CFO

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co, Jamie Dimon, CEO & Jennifer Piepszak, CFO

  • Microsoft, Amy Hood, CFO & Satya Nadella, CEO

  • The Home Depot, Craig Menear, CEO & Carol Tomé**, CFO


Sponsored by

Best IR by a senior management team (small to mid-cap)

Best IR by a senior management team (small to mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Casella Waste Systems, John W. Casella, CEO & Ned Coletta, CFO

  • Domino's Pizza, Richard Allison, CEO & Jeffrey Lawrence, CFO

  • Essex Property Trust, Angela Kleiman, CFO & Michael Schall, CEO


Sponsored by

Best financial reporting

Best financial reporting


Nominees

  • Cisco Systems

  • Comcast

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co

  • Microsoft

  • The Allstate Corporation

  • The Hartford Financial Services Group

  • Union Pacific Corporation


Sponsored by

Best use of technology for IR

Best use of technology for IR


Nominees

  • Apple

  • Becton Dickinson & Company

  • Best Buy

  • Microsoft


Sponsored by

Best IR by a non-US company in the US market

Best IR by a non-US company in the US market


Nominees

  • Deutsche Telekom

  • L'Oréal

  • Nestlé

  • The Adecco Group


Sponsored by

Best in sector: communications

Best in sector: communications


Nominees

  • Discovery

  • Grubhub

  • RingCentral

  • T-Mobile US


Sponsored by

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer discretionary


Nominees

  • Best Buy

  • Comcast

  • Domino's Pizza

  • Hasbro

  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings

  • The Home Depot


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Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: consumer staples


Nominees

  • CVS Health Corp

  • Procter & Gamble

  • Target

  • The Coca-Cola Company


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Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: energy


Nominees

  • ConocoPhillips

  • Enterprise Products Partners

  • ExxonMobil

  • Magellan Midstream Partners

  • Matador Resources Company

  • WPX Energy

Best in sector: financials

Best in sector: financials


Nominees

  • American International Group

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co

  • LendingTree

  • Mastercard

  • MetLife

  • The Allstate Corporation

  • Zions Bancorporation


Sponsored by

Best in sector: healthcare

Best in sector: healthcare


Nominees

  • Agilent Technologies

  • Boston Scientific

  • Danaher

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific

  • Varian Medical Systems

  • Zimmer Biomet


Sponsored by

Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: industrials


Nominees

  • Covanta

  • General Electric

  • Honeywell

  • Kansas City Southern

  • Republic Services

  • Waste Management


Sponsored by

Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: materials


Nominees

  • Codexis

  • FMC Corporation

  • Newmont Mining Corporation


Sponsored by

Best in sector: real estate

Best in sector: real estate


Nominees

  • Boston Properties

  • Brixmor Property Group

  • Camden Property Trust

  • Equinix

  • Essex Property Trust

  • Simon Property Group


Sponsored by

Best in sector: technology

Best in sector: technology


Nominees

  • Apple

  • Applied Materials

  • Cisco Systems

  • Microsoft

  • Salesforce.com

  • Texas Instruments


Sponsored by

Best in sector: utilities

Best in sector: utilities


Nominees

  • American Electric Power

  • CMS Energy

  • Dominion Energy

  • Duke Energy

  • NextEra Energy

  • NiSource


Sponsored by

 Click here to view 2019 winners and nominees!

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.

July 2019: Sample selection

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. These details are combined with Ipreo’s list of US investment community contacts to produce a total of around 50,000 investors and analysts.

September 2019: Electronic survey

IR Magazine then conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers. The electronic survey typically receives 200 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 industry sector.

September – November 2019: Telephone survey

The telephone survey then gets under way. The researchers conduct in-depth interviews with an additional 250 portfolio managers and analysts across the US. 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.

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. 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.

December 2019: Short list compiled

IR Magazine receives the results in December 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.

 September 16, 2020: Winners announced

And finally… on the night of the awards, the winners are announced and receive their trophies at a black-tie gala dinner in New York.

Coming soon: Report published

Shortly after the awards, the Investor Perception Study – US 2020 report is published and made available to IR Magazine subscribers.

 

What attendees say

"Beautiful Venue"

The AES Corporation

"Always excellent format and venue. LOVED the elementary school drum line!"

DFIN

"Great networking with the best of the best"

Blackbaud

"Amazing award show. Organized and executed very professionally and a lot of fun to attend."

Ally Financial

"IR Magazine always puts on an excellent event. I look forward to attending each year. I really appreciated the opportunity to submit a self nomination and liked the addition of a judging panel. I believe there are a lot of companies doing great IR that don't get named in the other categories. You do a great job. Keep it up!"

Zillow Group, Inc.

"Overall it is a great evening and very well organized."

Chubb Limited

"Charming and quick - especially given the number of awards, IR Magazine are doing great!"

GBIR

"This is a great networking event that's also a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it."

Ubiquiti Networks

"Great opportunity for networking in an amazing place and with an unexpected very entertaining gala."

Enel

"IR Magazine pulled off a great event, as every year"

JP Morgan Chase

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

View the entire list of 2020 nominees here

Best ESG reporting

Best ESG reporting

Companies face growing demands to inform investors about the risk and opportunities - they face from a range of ESG issues. Describe how your company was able to meet the demands of shareholders looking for substance in ESG reporting?

Nominees

  • AT&T

  • Etsy

  • Hersha Hospitality Trust

  • Intel Corporation

  • Xylem


Sponsored by

Best investor event

Best investor event

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

  • Etsy

  • Intel Corporation

  • Mastercard

  • Medtronic

  • Tractor Supply Company


Sponsored by

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

  • Envestnet

  • Mastercard

  • Prudential Financial

  • US Steel

  • Univar Solutions

Best IR website

Best IR website

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

  • Baxter International

  • MSA Safety

  • PVH Corp

  • Wendy’s

  • Wix.com


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Rising star

Rising star

This award seeks to honor individuals who bring fresh thinking and a unique approach to the profession. This category is open to anyone who has been working in IR for less than five years.

Nominees

  • Etsy, Gabriel Ratcliff

  • Fifth Third Bank, Chris Doll

  • Kadmon Pharmaceuticals, Ellen Cavaleri

  • Visteon Corporation, Kris Doyle

  • Xylem, Matt Latino


Sponsored by

Lifetime Achievement

Lifetime Achievement


Sponsored by

Click here to view 2019 winners!

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 members.

The judging process is made up of three simple phases:

Phase one: The IR Magazine editorial team reviews the entries and produces the shortlist.

Phase two: The shortlisted entries are shared with an independent judging panel of industry experts. The judges review each shortlisted entry and select their top two picks.

Phase three: The judges come together for a discussion to select the winners.

The judges’ votes are not made public, but their comments may be published in articles or reports after the event

MEET THE JUDGES


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The US Awards brings together some of the most influential people in the IR community. Our audience recognize the sudden change of pace cannot be navigated alone and are constantly looking for partners to help shape their shareholder engagement strategy and execute it. This event provides partners an opportunity to position yourself as a critical partner to the community.

The unique buzz we create at our virtual events – which is a far cry from a traditional webinar – afford our partners exceptional opportunities to entertain visitors and show-case their expertise.
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Who Attends?

Attendees at this event are leading IR practitioners from across the US. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company.

Attendees in 2019 included:

Job title Company Job title Company
AVP, investor relations Cognizant Vice president & head of investor relations Coinbase
Chief executive officer Equiniti Vice president, executive communications & public affair Honeywell
Chief investor relations and corporate communications officer Jack in the Box Vice president, corporate strategy & investments The AES Corporation
Corporate VP of investor relations Tech Data Vice president, investor relations Boston Scientific
Executive vice president, head of sales EQ by Equiniti Vice president, investor relations Honeywell
Executive vice president, relationship management EQ by Equiniti Vice president, investor relations Huntsman
Founder and chief executive officer Curley Global IR Vice president, investor relations Mastercard
Global VP, investor relations Anheuser-Busch InBev Vice president, investor relations Sealed Air
Group vice president treasury & investor relations Albertsons Companies Vice president, investor relations Teradata Corporation
Senior vice president Laurel Hill Advisory Group Vice president, investor relations & corporate communications U.S. Silica
Senior vice president & chief financial officer DSW Vice president, investor relations & treasurer LendingTree
Senior vice president stakeholder engagement & chief marketing officer Weatherford Vice president, investor relations Dynex Capital
Senior vice president, corporate access Raymond James Vice president, investor relations Mastercard
Senior vice president, financial planning & analysis Comcast Vice president, media & investor relations FactSet
Senior vice president, general counsel & corporate secretary The AES Corporation Vice president, new business development EQ by Equiniti
Senior vice president, investor relations ConocoPhillips Vice president, strategic initiatives & communications Equilar
Senior vice President, investor relations Hasbro Vice president, treasurer and investor relations CMS Energy
Senior vice president, investor relations Salesforce.com VP investor relations Illumina
Senior vice president, investor relations & marketing iStar VP, corporate access RW Baird
Vice president Eversource Energy VP, investor relations Coca Cola FEMSA
Vice president MZ VP, investor relations Etsy
Vice president – regional head of network management Americas Credit Suisse VP, investor relations Open Text Corporation

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