Royal Dutch Shell and Ahold triumph at Dutch IR awards
Royal Dutch Shell and Ahold’s head of IR Henk Jan ten Brinke walked away with the main prizes at the Dutch IR awards last week.
The energy giant picked up best IR for an AEX company at the event, held by the Netherlands Association for Investor Relations. Ten Brinke, meanwhile, was named best IR professional within the blue-chip index.
Left to right: Henk Jan ten Brinke (Ahold), Bart Koops (Beter Bed), Bisera Grubesic (TomTom), Jaap Jan Fit (Wereldhave), Frank Sonnemans (Kendrion) and Peter van Driel (Royal Dutch Shell)
Wereldhave and TomTom’s Bisera Grubesic received prizes in the AMX section, which covers companies in the Netherlands’ mid-cap index. Beter Bed and Frank Sonnemans of Kendrion won in the small-cap category.
The nominations for the awards are based on a European survey of investors and analysts, with follow-up research by Citigate First Financial. The winners are then selected by an independent jury of investment professionals.
The judges released a statement saying they felt the standard of IR in the Netherlands has improved considerably in recent years. ‘We hope these awards will be an incentive for companies to continue to increase their level of investor relations,’ they added.