IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards – US
Celebrating IR Excellence

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Virtual

About the awards

For 2020, we brought the US Awards to the IR community in what was our first ever virtual awards ceremony. The show was packed with live chats, real time competitions, exciting reveals and not least, an energetic virtual audience! A huge congratulations goes to all of our nominees and winners – you can find out who scooped up the coveted trophies by clicking here.

Best Practice Guide: We’re delighted to release our exclusive best practice guide for the IR community; it includes in-depth interviews with our award winners, outlining what sets them apart, as well as advice from our partners on what constitutes best practice in the current climate. Click here to access this free, exclusive guide with replays from the event!


View the highlights from our first ever virtual awards ceremony!


The IR Magazine Awards – US honors excellence in the investor relations profession across the Americas.

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 bench marking 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.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

A huge congratulations to all of our winners!

View the entire list of 2020 winners here

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

Best overall investor relations (large cap)


Nominees

  • Boston Scientific

  • ConocoPhillips

  • Danaher

  • General Electric

    WINNER

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co

  • Microsoft


Sponsored by

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Covanta

  • Domino's Pizza

  • Hasbro

  • Kansas City Southern

    WINNER

  • 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

    WINNER

  • 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

    WINNER

  • 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

    WINNER

  • Wyndham Destinations, Christopher Agnew


Sponsored by

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

    WINNER

  • 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 Casella, CEO & Ned Coletta, CFO

    WINNER

  • 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

    WINNER

  • 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

    WINNER


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

    WINNER


Sponsored by

Best in sector: communications

Best in sector: communications


Nominees

  • Discovery

  • Grubhub

  • RingCentral

  • T-Mobile US

    WINNER


Sponsored by

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer discretionary


Nominees

  • Best Buy

    WINNER

  • Comcast

  • Domino's Pizza

  • Hasbro

  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings

  • The Home Depot


Sponsored by

Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: consumer staples


Nominees

  • CVS Health Corp

  • Procter & Gamble

    WINNER

  • Target

  • The Coca-Cola Company


Sponsored by

Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: energy


Nominees

  • ConocoPhillips

    WINNER

  • 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

    WINNER

  • LendingTree

  • Mastercard

  • MetLife

  • The Allstate Corporation

  • Zions Bancorporation


Sponsored by

Best in sector: healthcare

Best in sector: healthcare


Nominees

  • Agilent Technologies

  • Boston Scientific

  • Danaher

    WINNER

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific

  • Varian Medical Systems

  • Zimmer Biomet


Sponsored by

Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: industrials


Nominees

  • Covanta

  • General Electric

    WINNER

  • 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

    WINNER


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

    WINNER

  • Simon Property Group


Sponsored by

Best in sector: technology

Best in sector: technology


Nominees

  • Apple

  • Applied Materials

  • Cisco Systems

  • Microsoft

    WINNER

  • Salesforce.com

  • Texas Instruments


Sponsored by

Best in sector: utilities

Best in sector: utilities


Nominees

  • American Electric Power

  • CMS Energy

    WINNER

  • 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… the winners are announced.

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

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Cambium Networks

"The technology and the industry diversity of the companies were great"

Anonymous

"You did a great job in a tough situation making it fun and engaging. Really wonderful work and congrats to you all."

Etsy

"It was a great evening for our team to come together in celebration! Thank you!"

Procter & Gamble

"So wonderful to see an event done, virtually, and so well in this crazy year. "

BCW

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.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

A huge congratulations to all of our 2020 winners!

View the entire list of 2020 winners 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

    WINNER

  • 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

    WINNER

  • 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

    JOINT WINNER

  • Univar Solutions

  • US Steel

    JOINT WINNER


Sponsored by

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

    WINNER

  • PVH Corp

  • Wendy’s

  • Wix.com


Sponsored by

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

    WINNER

  • Fifth Third Bank, Chris Doll

  • Kadmon Pharmaceuticals, Ellen Cavaleri

  • Visteon Corporation, Kris Doyle

  • Xylem, Matt Latino


Sponsored by

Lifetime Achievement

Lifetime Achievement


Nominees

  • Carol DiRaimo

    WINNER


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

Lifetime Achievement Award

We are pleased to announce that this year’s lifetime achievement award winner is Carol DiRaimo. 

Credibility is a word Carol DiRaimo, former chief investor relations and communications officer at Jack in the Box, uses a lot when describing what makes a good IR program. Building and maintaining credibility with investors and company management requires a commitment to transparency, openness and high-quality disclosure. But also, she adds, ‘a natural curiosity about your industry beyond just your company. Sometimes people can get very insular, but understanding the outside world is important and makes you a more well-rounded person whom the Street respects.’

DiRaimo has consistently been praised by the investment community in IR Magazine’s research for her responsiveness and accuracy, even when earnings are softer than expected. One analyst in 2017 said she is ‘as good as a CFO’.

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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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All our partnerships are created using a mix of branding, thought leadership, lead generation and meetings with your target audience. You tell us your objectives and we will work with you to create you a package that’s makes sense for your company and will help you achieve those objectives.

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Who Attended?

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.

This years attendees included:

Job title Company Job title Company
Director Hersha SVP, investor and public relations Tractor Supply Company
Director – global CSR reporting & insights AT&T SVP, investor relations CVS Heathcare
Director finance Casella Waste Systems SVP, IR Salesforce
Director of investor relations Boston Private Financial Holdings US chief representative officer Samsung Life Insurance
Director of investor relations Fifth Third Bank Vice president Edelman
Director of IR Caterpillar Vice president JP Morgan
Director, corporate communications and investor relations Reata Pharmaceuticals Vice president W2O Group
Director, corporate responsibility Intel Corporation Vice president – investor relations Honeywell
Director, head of investor relations Lazard Vice president investor relations Marriott Vacations Worldwide
Director, investor relations Callon Petroleum Vice president, corporate access & client services Baird
Director, investor relations The Home Depot Vice president, finance Stripes Group
Director, investor relations and corporate development Stoneridge Vice president, head of investor relations Medtronic
Director, investor relations and FP&A Visteon Vice president, investor communications General Electric Company
Managing director Haller Financial Magazine Vice president, investor relations Best Buy
Managing director of market research Envestnet Vice president, investor relations Etsy
MD RD:IR VP investor relations Hilton
President In Touch US VP marketing & IR DistributionNOW
President & CEO Kansas City Southern VP treasurer & IR CMS Energy
President & chief executive officer Codexis VP, investor relations Discovery
Sr. director, investor relations Xylem VP, investor relations Newmont
Sr. investor relations analyst Xcel Energy VP-IR & treasurer LendingTree
Sr. investor relations specialist Central Garden & Pet

 

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Best Practice Guide

We’re delighted to release our exclusive best practice guide for the IR community; it includes in-depth interviews with our award winners, outlining what sets them apart, as well as advice from our partners on what constitutes best practice in the current climate. Click on the button below to access this free, exclusive guide with replays from the event!

 

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