Short list revealed for the IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2013
The cream of the European IR community is set to battle it out at the annual IR Magazine Awards – Europe in London next month, in what looks set to be another exciting event, dominated by German firms.
This year German companies have 19 nominations across 17 awards – far more than their nearest rivals the UK, with 13, or Spain with 8. And once again, German company BASF takes the short list lead with six nominations, while last year’s mis-cap grand prix winner Lanxess is nominated for four new awards.
Highlights from last year's Europe Awards
As well as these two German IR award veterans, the short list for the 2013 grand prix for best overall investor relations in the large-cap category includes Amadeus IT Holdings from Spain, which has a total of five nominations this year, and Denmark’s Novo Nordisk, short-listed for three awards.
This year also sees a new addition to the pan-European awards, with a gong for best crisis management, bringing the total number of awards to 17 outside of the best in country and best in sector categories.
Four firms are short-listed for the new crisis management award: AkzoNobel, based in the Netherlands, for how it managed a prolonged leave of absence by its CEO, Ton Büchner, from September last year; UK company Anglo American, for its handling of a shooting incident at its Rustenburg mine in South Africa in February this year; Spanish oil giant Repsol, which had to deal with the Argentinian government expropriating YPF Repsol in April last year; and Norwegian energy company Statoil, following January’s terrorist attack on one of its gas production plants in Algeria.
In addition to the 17 main awards, there are 21 best in country awards with a total of 96 companies from across the continent vying to be named the best in their nation. There are also 24 best in sector awards, although both nominees and winners will be announced only on the night.
While the majority of awards go to company IR teams, six individual awards are on the table: best investor relations by a CFO, best investor relations by a CEO and best investor relations officer, all split into two market cap categories (large and small & mid-cap).
Patrick Kiss from Deutsche EuroShop in Germany, Juha Rouhiainen from Metso Corporation and Rita Uotila from Outotec – both based in Finland – and Lyndsay Wright from the UK’s William Hill are all in the running for the best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap) award.
The prestigious event – with sponsors including Arkadin, Barclays, Bloomberg, BNY Mellon, Business Wire, CitySavvy, Davy, Espirito Santo Investment Bank, the IR Society, IRSoft, NASDAQ OMX and OTCQX – will be held at the Brewery in London, on the evening of Thursday, June 20 and hosted by British comedian Jon Culshaw.