Careers Archive

Sep 01, 1998
Europe’s IR recruitment market continues to hot up. Thoughts that it might have dropped off during the summer months appear to have been misplaced and those in the know are predicting a mad scramble to hire high quality IR officers over the coming months. Salaries are rising accordingly as demand outstrips supply. Indeed, rumors of a Swiss company searching for an IRO for around £200,000 have been floating around the UK market for several months. What’s c...
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Sep 01, 1998
It’s now just over two years since Banco Santander restructured its IR and communications department to provide a more focused approach to the various audiences we deal with. We separated the functions into four distinct areas which would work separately to provide the focus we believe our audiences require, while also co-operating closely with each other to provide a uniform approach. The thinking behind this change was led by Francisco Luzón, the former chairma...
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Aug 01, 1998
June 25 was a night to remember for the 620 who packed into the London Hilton ballroom for the eighth Investor Relations Magazine UK Awards. The party went on into the small hours. One group of late night revellers with plenty of reason to celebrate was the investor relations team from Cadbury Schweppes, winner of awards for best board communications, best results meetings and analyst briefings – as well as the Grand Prix for best overall investor relations. Among their ...
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Jul 01, 1998
This is the eighth year that Investor Relations magazine has polled London's financial community to select the cream of the crop in UK investor relations. And, my, what a change in the function over that period. Here's one comment from an analyst interviewed in our research to find the winners, the sort of comment you would have been hard-pressed to get anyone to make back in 1990 when we started the awards: 'It's usually a source of comfort when we find an IR funct...
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Jul 01, 1998
The only time in his life Ira Millstein remembers not working was during a visit to the icy wastes of the south pole. If Antarctica had an industrial economy, though, it would probably be yet another continent flying the flag of corporate governance planted by this New York attorney. The rest are taken care of. As chairman of the OECD's business sector advisory group on corporate governance, Millstein this spring unveiled a globe-spanning reportá hailed by Bob Mon...
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Jul 01, 1998
Monday, April 20 I'm in at work early at our offices in Baker Street feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after a good weekend. The week ahead will see me dashing in and out of the office but all of it is based in London, which will hopefully give me a chance to get to grips with some of the planning work so necessary to the smooth running of the IR function. In the morning I start by drafting the quarterly business report that will go out with the c...
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Jun 01, 1998
April 1997: At 2.00 am in MCI headquarters - 7.00 am in London and 8.00 am in Madrid - we synchronized watches for a simultaneous release, alerting wire services around the world. MCI and BT had orchestrated their first global coup: forging an alliance with the largest communications company in the Spanish speaking world, Telefonica de Espana, winning it away from another global alliance. We had choreographed the logistics for weeks. IR managers had been dispa...
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May 01, 1998
As more and more foreign companies come to list their stock in the US, the need to recognize excellence in investor relations among non-US companies has become a significant feature of the Investor Relations magazine US awards program. This year there were three awards up for grabs for companies in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Winning by an overwhelming margin in the Best Asia-Pacific Company Investor Relations category was Sony, with twice as many points as runn...
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May 01, 1998
The sun decided to shine on America's IR community on the day of the third US Investor Relations Magazine Awards. Following five inches of snow the weekend before, temperatures reached 85_F in Central Park the day after the event. Working up a sweat in the city's Grand Hyatt hotel were nearly 700 representatives of companies and their service providers hoping to gain recognition for their IR efforts from the investment community. 'It was an honor to see our name up ...
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