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May 30, 2019

HUGO BOSS leads Europe Awards nominations

Fashion house up for six trophies

German luxury fashion house HUGO BOSS is leading the way in nominations for the IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2019 with the Metzingen-headquartered firm up for six trophies on the night.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on June 20 in London. Click here for more information or to book your place

Among the categories HUGO BOSS is nominated for are the coveted awards for best overall investor relations and best investor relations officer (both in the small to mid-cap categories) for head of IR Christian Stöhr. It’s also in the running for best IR in the consumer discretionary sector and three more categories from the awards-by-nomination section: best investor event (small to mid-cap), best IR website (mid-cap) and best annual report (mid-cap).

The popular awards by nomination – which this year received more than 150 entries across a range of categories – are also where the next two most-nominated companies have received the greatest number of nods. 

BASF, another German giant, is in the running for four awards on the night: three awards by nomination plus best in sector for materials. Finnish paper and pulp company Valmet – also up for four awards on the night – is short-listed exclusively in awards-by-nomination categories. 

The winners of these awards are chosen by a panel of judges, this year comprising: Mike Allen, head of research at Zeus Capital; Claire Berthier, fund manager at Trusteam finance; Heinrich Ey, co-CIO for European and German mid/small cap at Allianz Global Investors; Caroline Shaw, head of fund and asset management at Courtiers; Francesca Suarez, sustainability analyst at Mirova; Edouard Vecchioli, co-founder of Parus Finance; Gervais Williams, senior executive director at Miton Group; and IR Magazine senior reporter Garnet Roach.

After HUGO BOSS, BASF and Valmet, a host of companies are nominated for three trophies each, with many firms up for the two most coveted awards of the night: best overall investor relations and best investor relations officer.

The winners of these trophies are determined through extensive research with the investment community and a total of 13 firms are nominated across the two categories for best overall IR (large cap and small to mid-cap). Across the two cap sizes for best IRO, 12 companies have been nominated, with several companies short-listed for both prizes on the night.

The short lists for these categories are:

Best overall investor relations (large cap)



Deutsche Post DHL

EDP – Energias de Portugal 


Novo Nordisk



Best overall investor relations (small to mid-cap)


EDP Renováveis



REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais



Best investor relations officer (large cap)

Allianz: Christian Lamprecht & Oliver Schmidt 

AstraZeneca: Thomas Kudsk Larsen

Banco Santander: Sergio Gámez

EDP – Energias de Portugal: Miguel Viana

Iberdrola: Ignacio Cuenca & Diego Morón 

RWE: Gunhild Grieve & Martin Vahlbrock


Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)

EDP Renováveis: Rui Antunes

Enagás: César García & Antonio Velázquez-Gaztelu 

HUGO BOSS: Christian Stöhr

Kemira: Olli Turunen

Lanxess: Oliver Stratmann 

SEGRO: Harry Stokes


Click here for the full short lists and for more information about the awards or the IR Magazine Think Tank – Europe, taking place on the same day as the awards.

Garnet Roach

An award-winning journalist, Garnet Roach joined IR Magazine in October 2012, working on both the editorial and research sides of the publication. Prior to entering the world of investor relations, her freelance career covered a broad range of...