Corporate access Archive

Feb 01, 2004
You may believe that enough space in this magazine is devoted to awards already. But may I venture to suggest that IR magazine has finally - after ten years - initiated a truly meaningful standard of excellence? Yes, it's MM's 'Best of Everything' list, prepared for you, the traveling executive, from my personal notes, with an eye to making your road trips more pleasurable. Don't expect sponsorships or speeches; save the tuxes and toasts. Just savor these tidb...
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Feb 01, 2004
Remember in the 1980s and 1990s when the size of your shoulder pads was a clear measure of your wealth and status? When investor roadshows conjured up images of big production numbers where it was OK for investors to be distracted by the glitz and glamour of the visuals? How times have changed. This decade is all about sobriety, and investors now want a company's story told simply, straight and face-to-face. As a result, roadshows remain one of the best opport...
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Sep 01, 2003
The day I figured out how to get e-mail while on the road was one of the most liberating days of my life. The day before, however, was not. Two hours after I hooked up my computer to the 'in-room port' in my hotel room, the hotel IT guy announced I had to use 'conventional dial-up' with my laptop, not an ISDN connection. 'So that means what?' I asked. 'It means no e-mail for you,' he said, looking at me like I was a total idiot. I no longer stay a...
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Jul 01, 2003
My column usually extols the virtues of travel. It is an opportunity to expand horizons, increase cultural awareness, practice language skills and regenerate. This month, however, I find it my unfortunate duty - as the unchallenged authority on IR business travel - to report on the health hazards of flying. Beyond the psychological indignities of scheduling, packing, check-in, securing items in cramped overhead bins and so on, airplanes can overwhelm the healthiest o...
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Jun 01, 2003
In a previous article – before the war, before Sars – I suggested business travelers use jetting opportunities to heighten cultural awareness. I wrote that gaps between business meetings could be filled with side trips to local museums and architectural sites, city walks, even shiatsu massages. A little research, a convo with a hip concierge, a good map and a little imagination and presto, you're an executive culture vulture with fresh material for the national c...
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Apr 01, 2003
Check in, 5 am, Mövenpick Hotel, Frankfurt. We have 95 minutes before our next round of meetings. The room’s less for sleep than for freshening up after an eight-hour flight. My CEO and CFO slipped off to sleep once airborne, but I, the IRO, fitfully tossed and turned. Now it’s either catch some shuteye, feed my jet-lagged metal-mouth or work out. Yes, my own internal fitness coach is wide awake, and if you travel a lot, I highly recommend you develop th...
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Apr 01, 2003
The UK Investor Relations Society is gearing up for its 2003 conference and web site awards in London on April 10. The event at the Royal Lancaster Hotel is titled 'Raising the game – better practice for a wider audience'. The annual IRS conference dates back to 1995, but this year the organizers are planning something new and improved. 'We've changed the structure of the event quite dramatically,' says Rebecca Smith, events manager for the IRS. 'After last...
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Mar 01, 2003
It's 2 pm in Midtown. The hot new portfolio manager at Alliance Capital ditched your meeting. So it's just you, your CEO, a cell phone and a very heavy bag. Crosstown traffic is at a standstill, and you've got a 3.30 a couple of blocks away, so it's senseless to go back to the hotel. What do you do? Duck into a Starbucks and set up office for an hour? Bah! All work and no play make Jane a dull IRO. Have a spontaneous moment. Seize the opportunity to bond. Sho...
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Mar 01, 2003
This year is the 126th anniversary of GE, but another commemoration may be more memorable for our readers. It is also the 50th anniversary of GE's investor relations program, which makes 2003 the golden jubilee of investor relations as a profession. The company that made America's bulbs light up was the one that had the flash of inspiration to invent 'investor relations'. Founded by inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Alva Edison, GE is the only surviving compan...
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Feb 01, 2003
It all depends on who you talk to. Some would fervently defend the advantages of the American Depositary Receipts, while others say the good times are over and ordinary shares make more sense. The figures seem to support the latter assertion: out of the $1.6 bn Americans invested in foreign equities last year, 40 percent was in ADRs with the remainder in ordinary shares, according to Citibank. Spanish utilities company Endesa confirms the trend, with 80 percen...
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