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Sep 20, 2018

Short list revealed for Global Forum people’s choice award

Five companies fight it out to be named the people’s choice

This year IR Magazine is heading to Amsterdam for the annual Global Forum & Awards, bringing with it – for the second time – the people’s choice award.

Last year four companies were short-listed, with Paris-based nanomedicine company Nanobiotix taking home the award. This year, five companies have made the cut, hailing from the US, Singapore, China and Germany (which has an impressive two nominees). Now it’s down to the global IR community to make its choice. Click here to cast your vote.

The nominee companies are:

Akamai Technologies (US): For its handling of a large-scale activism campaign by Elliott Management and its creative and informative messaging on challenges in the business and articulation of the future direction of the company. Stock is now trading at a 17-year high and the program has been recognized as best in class for analyst days, website and overall reaction times to queries.  

China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corporation (Singapore): For its multi-pronged approach to investor relations adopted over a four-year period, including a holistic approach to IR, a proactive IR outreach program and a retail and institutional IR strategy that saw the chief administrative officer present at nine SGX retail investor forums. Also received more than 400 investor engagements via its self-organized corporate access day and annual general meetings.

EDAG Engineering Group (Germany): For successfully managing turbulent times involving profit warnings and management changes after its IPO at the end of 2015 and building up transparent communications with market participants. Has received positive feedback from both buy-side and sell-side analysts for its communications over the past 24 months.

H&H International Holdings (China): For rebuilding its IR platform over the past two years to have a much clearer structure, leading the company’s IR function to evolve from a contact point for investors to a more strategic role facilitating effective communications between the company and the financial community.  

Linde (Germany): For using a combination of IR, PR, analytics and psychology to navigate complex German takeover rules that resulted in Linde’s IR function achieving an extraordinarily high level of success in one of the largest deals (more than $80 bn) in German M&A history. 

Voting will remain open until the end of the first day of the Global Forum & Awards event, which kicks off on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel. The winner will be revealed during the awards ceremony that traditionally closes the first day of the event.

The two-day event features more than 30 speakers from around the world, tackling everything from how to expand your investor base – and the innovative new targeting tools that help you do just that – to the latest on ESG, how to engage with proxy advisory firms, and more. Click here for more information or to book your place at this year’s IR Magazine Global Forum & Awards.

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