Covidien, L Brands and Wright Medical Group scoop top prizes at IR Magazine Awards – US

Mar 28, 2014
<p>IR professionals converge on New York City for 19th annual awards</p>

Covidien has made it another year to remember after winning the grand prix for best overall IR by a large-cap company for the fourth year in a row at the IR Magazine Awards – US 2014.

The medical equipment maker’s head of IR, Cole Lannum, also picked up his fourth consecutive award for best IRO at a large cap. For the full list of all winners, please click here.

The IR Magazine Awards took place at the Cipriani Wall Street
The IR Magazine Awards – US 2014 took place at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York

Tech giant Intel also did well, coming away from the evening with two titles to its name, including the award for the best use of technology for IR. Fellow large-cap competitor Honeywell picked up three awards from its three short lists, with the firm’s David Anderson holding onto his title for best IR by a CFO at a large-cap company.

Retail group L Brands cemented its place in the US Top 100 this year, along with scooping the mid-cap grand prix for the best overall investor relations program, with CFO Stuart Burgdoerfer receiving praise for his role in the company’s IR program.

Meanwhile, small-cap company Wright Medical Group climbed more than 100 places in the US Top 100 to also rank among the top 10 companies in the country for IR. The medical device firm’s head of IR, Julie Tracy, was named the best IRO at a small-cap company while also steering her firm to the small-cap grand prix for best overall IR program.

Wright Medical wins best IR by small cap at IR Magazine Awards
Julie Tracy of Wright Medical Group receives the grand prix for best overall IR by a small cap from NIRI's Jeff Morgan

The awards ceremony, now in its 19th year, was hosted by David Brancaccio, host and senior editor of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report, and saw more than 400 members of the US IR community gather at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street.

This event was sponsored by American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Blender Media, Bloomberg, BNY Mellon, Business Wire, Computershare Georgeson, Corbin Perception, Cowen and Company, DG3, Dix & Eaton, EY, Eisenman Associates, Global IR Forum, Innisfree, Ipreo, Issuer Advisory Group, MacKenzie Partners, Marketwired, MBS Value Partners, Mizuho Securities, NASDAQ OMX, Q4 Web Systems, RR Donnelly, TD Bank, theIRapp, UBS and Wells Fargo.

The winners of the IR Magazine Awards – US 2014 were determined by an independent survey of more than 800 analysts and investors based throughout the US. Each was asked to vote for the company they think provides the best IR service in each awards category.

Quotes from and views of analysts and investors about the award-winning companies and their IR programs, along with the full results and methodology for determining the rankings, can be found in the IR Magazine Investor Perception Study – US 2014, which has now been published. The study also profiles each award-winning company in the region and lists the other ranked firms mentioned in IR Magazine’s survey.

To order a copy of the IR Magazine Investor Perception Study – US 2014, please click here or contact Andrea Pion at [email protected].

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