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Oct 14, 2021
Storytel names new head of IR
Storytel, one of the world’s largest audiobook and e-book streaming services for subscribers with more than 700,000 titles available, has named Andreas Lindblom as its new head of financial planning and analysis and IR. As well as his new role in financial control, Lindblom will develop the company’s investor relations function. ‘I am really excited to join Storytel’s amazing global journey in the growing audio market,’ he says in a statement announcing hi...
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Oct 13, 2021
Opinion: Corporate social responsibility is dead
SEC commissioner Allison Herren Lee recently spoke about a paradigm shift with respect to ESG. In a June 2021 address at the Society for Corporate Governance national conference, she explained that ESG issues had traditionally been referred to as ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) issues, and treated as if they were separate from the business of generating revenue and earning profits....
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Oct 12, 2021
Directors need to be held accountable for corporate purpose commitments, report says
Board directors should be held accountable for determining and implementing the purposes of their companies, according to a British Academy report. Corporate purpose has been an evolving topic in recent years. In August 2019, the Business Roundtable released its Statement on Corporate Purpose, which outlined a modern standard for corporate responsibility. Shortly after that, in 2020, the World Economic Forum launched a new Davos Manifesto with the objective o...
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Oct 12, 2021
Activism is back in the UK as campaigns double
The number of activist shareholder campaigns targeting UK companies has almost doubled in the past 12 months, according to research from Squarewell Partners, which shows that 42 companies were targeted – up from 24 companies in the previous year. ‘The rise was most pronounced in FTSE 250 and AIM companies,’ says Squarewell in its new report. ‘In the FTSE 250, there were campaigns by Goph...
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Oct 11, 2021
Customer relations is most commonly discussed stakeholder issue, shows new study
Customer relations is the stakeholder issue IROs are most likely to have had discussions with investors about, according to new research from IR Magazine. More than six in 10 (62 percent) of companies say they have had questions from or discussions with investors about customer relations in the last 12 months. This is followed by 59 percent who have been asked to talk about government and regulatory engagement and 53 percent who say their investors have wan...
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Oct 11, 2021
Last word: Applying some back-to-school thinking to your office return
As the last glimpses of summer weather start to fade away, and the sounds of barbecues, sprinklers and soccer chants disappear to be replaced by the crunch of fallen leaves, a familiar feeling is creeping back into our lives. It’s not the Great Hallowe’en Countdown, nor is it the ever-earlier onslaught of pumpkin-spiced lattes. No, it is that dreaded back-to-school sensation felt by children and parents (and now workers) alike. As academic institutions pr...
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Oct 09, 2021
The week in investor relations: Private equity pays top dollar, Engine No 1 invests in GM and UK companies make progress on board diversity
– Private equity firms are paying premiums for public companies not seen for two decades, according to the Financial Times (paywall). The paper reported that the average premium paid for European companies is 45 percent in 2021, the highest level since data firm Refinitiv began keeping records in 1980. The average premium for US companies this year is 42 percent, the highest for 22 yea...
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Oct 08, 2021
NexTier hires vice president of IR and business development
NexTier Oilfield Solutions, an oilfield services company, has appointed Michael Sabella as vice president of investor relations and business development. Sabella will collaborate with the company’s executive management team to further strengthen the firm’s investor relations and shareholder communications, including responsibility for communicating the company’s strategy and financial and operational performance to the financial community and general investmen...
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Oct 08, 2021
ACON Investments hires new head of IR
ACON Investments, an international private equity investment firm, has appointed Meena Thever as partner, head of capital formation and investor relations, effective September 27. Thever is responsible for leading ACON's capital raising and building and maintaining investor relationships, as well as new product strategy and development. She joins from Bridge Investment Group, where she served as partner in the client solutions group.  Prior to joining...
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Oct 07, 2021
Problem solver: Which ESG data requests should you respond to?
In this regular article, we ask IR professionals how they would respond to a specific operational issue. In this article, we asked how IR and sustainability teams determine which requests for ESG data to respond to, and how to ensure investors are receiving the ESG information they need. Abbigael Foster, senior analyst in sustainability at Equinix, says: Investors today want readily available, decision-useful ESG information on companies in w...
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