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Apr 20, 2021
Wirtualna Polska Holding names former analyst as IR lead
Warsaw-headquartered Wirtualna Polska Holding, a Polish online media and e-commerce group, has named Małgorzata Żelazko as director of investor relations and financial analysis. Żelazko joins the company after almost eight years at PKO BP bank where she served as an equity analyst covering the TMT sector. During her time on the sell side, Żelazko was recognized for her efforts: in both 2020 and 2021, she was voted as the number one analyst in the TMT sector by P...
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Apr 20, 2021
VEON names Alex Bolis as group head of corporate strategy, communications and IR
VEON, the Amsterdam-based telecommunications company, has appointed Alex Bolis as group head of corporate strategy, communications and investor relations.  He joined on April 1 and reports to group CEO Kaan Terzioğlu, according to a company announcement.  Most recently, Bolis was a partner in management and shareholder services at FB Group. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years with Gruppo TIM, Italy’s largest telecommunications provider, whe...
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Apr 20, 2021
European Super League: Amid widespread outcry, investors cheer
The announcement of a new European Super League (ESL) by 12 soccer clubs has been greeted with widespread opposition.  A range of players, coaches, national football associations and even world leaders have voiced opposition, with many complaints saying the plans go against the spirit of open competition and are motivated by greed.  But one group appears to be cheering in support: investors. Two of the founding clubs are quoted on the stock market, and thei...
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Apr 19, 2021
New IR society launches in Poland
‘I think we were the first IR society to launch virtually,’ says Michael Chojnacki, director at corporate access firm Closir and one of the founding members of the new Polish Investor Relations Society. ‘Unfortunately, that means we haven’t had the drinks reception yet.’ The new society conducted a snap poll ahead of its launch, with Polish IR respondents saying they wanted to hear more about ...
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Apr 15, 2021
Wärtsilä names Hanna-Maria Heikkinen as vice president of investor relations
Wärtsilä, the Finish technology company, has appointed Hanna-Maria Heikkinen as its new vice president of investor relations, effective July 1. She will report to CFO Arjen Berends and succeeds Natalia Valtasaari, who is taking on a new role outside the company.  Heikkinen will join from Cargotec, where she currently holds the position of vice president of IR, media relations and external communications.  ‘I’m excited to join Wärtsilä and its...
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Apr 15, 2021
Lifting the lid on the trading behind index rebalances
Index rebalances can have a significant impact on your trading and ownership, but ETF owners are working behind the scenes to prevent their trades from moving the market, explained speakers at the IR Magazine Forum – Canada 2021.  In a session titled ‘ETFs and the evolution of passive investment’, experts lifted the lid on how different investors approach index changes and discussed ways IR teams can pr...
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Apr 14, 2021
US financial services firms lead UK in alternative data integration, study finds
Nearly eight out of 10 financial services firms in the US (77 percent) find it easy to integrate alternative data into their decision-making processes, compared with 49 percent of UK-based firms, according to research from Bright Data. Around three quarters (74 percent) of hedge funds have integrated alternative data into their processes, compared with 72 percent of insurance companies and 57 percent of banks, the study finds. Of the firms that use alternativ...
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