ASML, SBM Offshore and Basic-Fit were among the winners at Nevir’s 12th annual IR Awards, held on January 10 at Transformatorhuis in Amsterdam.
In a lively evening, well compered by Dutch Big Brother winner Joost Hoebink, around 200 attendees from the Netherlands investor relations community gathered to network and recognize and celebrate the success of their peers.
Dies Donker, head of investor relations at ABN AMRO, Bert-Jaap Dijkstra, group corporate financial and IR director at SBM Offshore, and Caroline Vogelzang, director of investor relations and communications at ForFarmers, won the coveted best IR professional awards in the AEX, AMX and AScX/other categories, respectively.
The independent jury, comprising five highly respected members of the Dutch investment community, praised all three winners for their accessibility, helpfulness and transparency. As the judges placed emphasis on the degree of disclosure and detail, as well as the openness of conversations, they were keen to recognize that all nominees performed very well in this regard.
For the company awards, the winners were ASML in the AEX category, BE Semiconductor Industries in AMX and Basic-Fit in the AScX/other category. Again, for all three winners, the jury was pleased to point out the high level and consistency of the winners’ IR programs, particularly over the previous 12 months.
The short lists for the awards were based on research by Extel, with additional work undertaken by CFF Communications. The winners were then chosen by the independent jury, which this year comprised:
- Jan-Jaap Bongers, fund manager, Teslin Capital Management
- Willem Burgers, fund manager and partner, Add Value Fund
- Michiel van Dijk, senior portfolio manager, Kempen Capital Management
- Corné van Zeijl, analyst, ACTIAM
- Maarten Verbeek, founder and equities analyst, the IDEA!