IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards – US
Celebration of IR Excellence

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Cipriani 25 Broadway, New York, NY

About the awards

Over 350 people will be in attendance at the IR Magazine Awards – US on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in New York. This very special event honors excellence in the investor relations profession, and will be held at Cipriani, 25 Broadway.

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 will 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.

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.

View the entire list of 2019 winners and nominees here

Best overall investor relations

Best overall investor relations

Best investor relations officer

Best investor relations officer

Best IR by a senior management team

Best IR by a senior management team

Best financial reporting

Best financial reporting

Best investor meetings

Best investor meetings

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

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

Best in sector: communications

Best in sector: communications

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: financials (including real estate)

Best in sector: financials (including real estate)

Best in sector: healthcare

Best in sector: healthcare

Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: technology

Best in sector: technology

Best in sector: utilities

Best in sector: utilities

 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.

 March 25, 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.

ENTRIES ARE OPEN

We are now open for entries and you can submit a nomination via the submission form here. The deadline to submit entries is Friday, December 13.
Please note that the categories below are subject to change.

View the entire list of 2019 winners and nominees here

Best crisis management

Best crisis management

Have you recently dealt with an unexpected event threatening your company's business or reputation? Tell us about your ‘crisis ready’ plan, the strategy you implemented when the storm hit, and how the IR team’s actions successfully protected or restored shareholder value. Describe how you successfully dealt with an unexpected event threatening your company's business or reputation.  

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?

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.

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.

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.

Best use of technology & social media for IR

Best use of technology & social media 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.

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.

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

Who Attends?

Attendees at this year’s 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 Attending company Job title Attending company
Account director Argyle Manager, investor relations LendingTree
Account executive Business Wire Manager, investor relations NTT Docomo
Account executive, corp governance services DFIN Manager, investor relations Schlumberger
Account manager Investis Digital Manager, investor relations The Coca – Cola Company
Analyst Steadfast Financial Manager, investor relations T-Mobile US
Analyst Steadfast Financial Manager, IR & External Communications The AES Corporation
Analyst, corporate access Mizuho Americas Managing director Argyle
Anchor & correspondent Bloomberg Managing director DFIN
Assistant general council Honeywell Managing director ICR
Assistant vice president Alliance Advisors Managing director Northwest Strategic Communications
Assistant vice president, investor relations Cognizant Managing director NYSE
Associate director, strategic growth Investis Digital Managing director Okapi Partners
Business development Investis Digital Managing director Okapi Partners
Capital markets analyst Corbin Advisors Managing director Okapi Partners
Capital markets analyst Corbin Advisors Managing director Rose & Company
Capital markets analyst Corbin Advisors Managing director Rose & Company
Chief executive officer Equiniti Managing director Rose & Company
Chief executive officer High Touch IR Managing director & business manager SVB Leerink
Chief executive officer Q4 Managing Director and senior research analyst SVB Leerink
Chief executive officer Rose & Company Managing director, head of corporate access Mizuho Americas
Chief executive officer WeConvene Managing director, head of US sales Mizuho Americas
Chief executive officer, depositary receipts BNY Mellon Managing director, sales Q4
Chief IR & corporate communications officer Jack in the Box Managing director, sales Q4
Chief operating officer Business Wire Managing partner MessageBank
Chief operating officer WeConvene Managing partner MessageBank
Chief programs officer NIRI Managing partner The Nuvo Group
Client success lead Q4 Managing partner The Nuvo Group
Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director Okapi Partners Marketing analyst DFIN
Corporate communications manager Xylem Mentor Merryck & Co. Americas
Corporate vice president, investor relations Tech Data Partner Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney
Designer Wix.com Partner MerchantCantos
Director The AES Corporation President Rose & Company
Director WeConvene President & chief executive officer Kadmon Holdings
Director, advisory & design operations Argyle President & chief executive officer NIRI
Director, bank relations CMS Energy Regional director Business Wire
Director, business development Corbin Advisors Sales representative EQS Group
Director, business development EQS Group Sales representative EQS Group
Director, client services MerchantCantos Senior account executive Joele Frank
Director, corporate access Mizuho Americas Senior account manager Business Wire
Director, corporate access Mizuho Americas Senior analyst finance The AES Corporation
Director, corporate finance CMS Energy Senior analyst, investor relations Honeywell
Director, corporate governance services DFIN Senior analyst, investor relations Honeywell
Director, foundation The AES Corporation Senior business development manager EQS Group
Director, global risk management The AES Corporation Senior capital markets analyst Corbin Advisors
Director, investor relations Blackbaud Senior director, finance Honeywell
Director, investor relations CMS Energy Senior director, marketing Nasdaq
Director, investor relations Enterprise Products Senior executive interviewer Rivel
Director, investor relations Hannon Armstrong Senior investor relations officer Blue Apron
Director, investor relations Kadmon Holdings Senior manager, financial planning & analysis The AES Corporation
Director, investor relations Wix.com Senior managing director Okapi Partners
Director, investor relations Zillow Group Senior managing director Okapi Partners
Director, investor relations Tech Data Senior supervisor, investor relations BASF
Director, investor relations Voya Financial Senior vice president Alliance Advisors
Director, IR & corporate communications Valmont Industries Senior vice president Alliance Advisors
Director, IR & corporate relations Ferro Corporation Senior vice president, business development Corbin Advisors
Director, regional sales QuoteMedia Senior vice president, Director of IR Corbin Advisors
Director, sales DFIN Senior vice president, head of investor relations Voya Financial
Director, sales EQS Group Senior vice president, investor relations Hasbro
Director, sales Q4 Senior, investor relations analyst Xcel Energy
Director, sales & business development Manhattan Digital Direct Senior VP, corporate digital marketing practice Investis Digital
Executive assistant Corbin Advisors Senior VP, general counsel & CS The AES Corporation
Executive assistant, investor relations Schlumberger Senior VP stakeholder engagement & CMO Weatherford
Executive coach & business consultant Equanimity Specialist, investor relations T-Mobile US
Executive director, investor relations Acorda Therapeutics Vice president BNY Mellon
Executive vice president Business Wire Vice president BNY Mellon
Executive Vice President, Head of Sales EQ by Equiniti Vice president BNY Mellon
Executive VP, relationship management EQ by Equiniti Vice president Corbin Advisors
Founder & chief executive officer Corbin Advisors Vice president Corbin Advisors
Founder & chief executive officer Curley Global IR Vice president Okapi Partners
General manager, US Wix.com Vice president Okapi Partners
Global director, investor relations Anheuser-Busch InBev Vice President & director of IR Corbin Advisors
Global vice president, investor relations Anheuser-Busch InBev Vice president & director of research Corbin Advisors
Group vice president Business Wire Vice president & director of IR Corbin Advisors
Group VP treasury & investor relations Albertsons Companies Vice President & head of investor relations Coinbase
Head of agency partnerships, US Wix.com VP, executive comms & public affairs Honeywell
Head of corporate access SVB Leerink Vice president, business development MessageBank
Head of corporate action product EQ by Equiniti Vice president, client partner Investis Digital
Head of design playground Wix.com Vice president, corporate access RW Baird
Head of investor relations 8×8 Vice president, corporate governance services DFIN
Head of investor relations Ally Financial VP, corporate strategy & investments The AES Corporation
Head of investor relations AstraZeneca Vice president, investor relations Coca Cola FEMSA
Head of investor relations Cohu Vice president, investor relations Etsy
Head of investor relations JPMorgan Chase & Co. Vice president, investor relations Foundation Building Materials
Head of investor relations Lazard Vice president, investor relations Honeywell
Head of investor relations TCF Financial Corporation Vice president, investor relations Hudson Group
Head of marketing & communications SVB Leerink Vice president, investor relations Huntsman
Head of public relations & communications Wix.com Vice president, investor relations Illumina
Head of strategy, IR & interim CFO MSCI Vice president, investor relations Open Text Corporation
Investor communications strategist Red Hat Vice president, investor relations Sealed Air
Investor relations AstraZeneca Vice president, investor relations Teradata Corporation
Investor relations CMS Energy Vice president, investor relations W.W. Grainger
Investor relations CMS Energy Vice president, IR & corporate comms U.S. Silica
Investor relations JPMorgan Chase & Co. Vice president, investor relations & treasurer LendingTree
Investor relations JPMorgan Chase & Co. Vice president, ir advisory Citibank
Investor relations JPMorgan Chase & Co. Vice president, marketing Q4
Investor relations JPMorgan Chase & Co. Vice president, marketing & operations High Touch IR
Investor relations JPMorgan Chase & Co. Vice president, media & investor relations FactSet
Investor relations JPMorgan Chase & Co. Vice president, new business development EQ by Equiniti
Investor relations JPMorgan Chase & Co. Vice president, sponsor and partner relations NIRI
Investor relations JPMorgan Chase & Co. VP strategic initiatives & communications Equilar
Investor relations JPMorgan Chase & Co. Vice President, treasurer and investor relations CMS Energy
Investor relations & marketing iStar VP, regional head of network management Credit Suisse
Investor relations partner Q4 Manager, global disclosure services Business Wire
Investor relations specialist Red Hat Manager, global sustainability Xylem
Listing relations IEX Manager, investor relations The Coca – Cola Company
Listing relations IEX Manager, investor relations Conduent
Manager, communications Q4 Manager, investor relations Etsy
Manager, investor relations Hasbro

On the night

Venue and accommodation

Venue:
We were pleased to be host our awards ceremony at:

Cipriani 25
25 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

Dress code:
Black tie

Accommodation:
Looking for the perfect place to stay before or after the event?
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WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR THE 2020 AWARDS?

Our awards provides a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in North-America. As a sponsor, you will gain an extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of 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.

Sponsoring the event will provide:

  • A chance to network with qualified, senior decision-makers in the IR community
  • Increased awareness and credibility through association with the region’s leading awards
  • New business opportunities through higher-brand presence among current and potential clients
  • The chance to entertain clients at the most respected event of the year
  • Exposure as the market leader in your chosen area by sponsoring the awards that best reflect your area of expertise

To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring and the various packages available, email Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.

 

 

Our Sponsors

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Sign up for the complete experience below. You will have full access to the welcome drinks reception, the glamorous dinner, the prestigious awards ceremony and the fun-filled after party!

Please note that these are our early-bird prices and any bookings made after January 17, 2020 will be charged at the standard rate. If you have any questions regarding booking seats and tables for the awards, please contact Janeshia Neeley at [email protected] or +1 212 430 6895.

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