SOURCE: IR magazine

IR Magazine

March 04, 2009 08:00 ET

Financial Service Companies Top Nominations for This Year's IR Magazine US Awards

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - Financial services companies have topped nominations at this year's IR Magazine US Awards. Investors nominated JPMorgan and Wells Fargo most frequently, in six categories each. The shortlist features companies from over 17 sectors, and nearly a quarter of nominations went to companies in the financial services sector -- surprising and promising, considering the current troubles in the sector.

An independent survey of investors selects the best practitioners of investor relations in categories such as best crisis communications, best IR by a chairman/CEO and best IR by an Asia-Pacific company in the US market. Erdos & Morgan used databases from Thomson Reuters and Ipreo to invite the full universe of US investment professionals to participate in an online survey between November 2008 and January 2009.

For best communications with the retail market, Barron's Online subscribers and BetterInvesting members completed a separate online survey. In all, 1,392 portfolio managers and analysts and 1,346 retail investors voted. The complete results of the survey will be published in IR magazine's forthcoming Investor Perception Study, US 2009.

The winners will be announced at an elegant dinner and ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, March 26, 2009. This year, 5 percent of the cost of attendee places will be given to the Coalition for the Homeless. Founded in 1981, the Coalition for the Homeless is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping homeless men, women and children, and working to end mass homelessness in New York City.

The event will be hosted in association with Barron's and is co-sponsored by American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, the Bank of New York Mellon, Business Wire, Chorus Call, Deutsche Bank ADR Group, Financial Times, GE, Georgeson, GlobeNewswire, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, Institutional Investor, Ipreo, Laurel Hill Advisory Group, MacKenzie Partners, Marketwire, NASDAQ OMX, NIRI, NYSE Euronext, PR Newswire, Shareholder.com and Verizon Business.

A full list of this year's nominees is available below, or on our website at www.irmagazineus.com.

The IR magazine investor perception studies together make up the world's largest survey of this kind, canvassing over 5,000 analysts and investors in more than 10 countries and regions. Survey respondents nominate companies in specific categories and offer their opinions on IR-related topics and trends. For more information on the study, please contact Kate Giblin at the number listed at the bottom of this release.

About Cross Border Ltd and IR magazine

Cross Border Ltd is the publisher in New York and London of IR magazine, the only global publication focused on the interface between companies and their investors. IR magazine hosts annual awards ceremonies in the US, Europe, Canada, the Nordic region, Asia, Brazil and Ireland, with a combined annual attendance of around 8,000 investor relations professionals. Visit www.thecrossbordergroup.com for more details.

Full list of nominees

Grand prix for best overall investor relations

Mega-cap*
JPMorgan Chase & Co
McDonald's Corporation
The Walt Disney Company
Wells Fargo

Large cap*
Aflac
Danaher Corporation
Staples
Texas Instruments

Mid-cap*
Covance
Humana
Marriott International
Northeast Utilities

Small cap*
Arkansas Best Corporation
Continental Airlines
First Horizon National Corporation
WMS Industries

Best investor relations officer

Mega-cap*
Jim Burns, Hewlett-Packard
Louise Mehrotra, Johnson & Johnson
Julia Bates, JPMorgan Chase & Co
Lowell Singer, the Walt Disney Company
Bob Strickland, Wells Fargo

Large cap*
Ken Janke & Robin Wilkey, Aflac
John Brooklier, Illinois Tool Works
Laurel Lefebvre, Staples
Dave Pahl & Ron Slaymaker, Texas Instruments

Mid-cap*
Paul Surdez, Covance
Regina Nethery, Humana
Laura Paugh, Marriott International
Jeffrey Kotkin, Northeast Utilities

Small cap*
David Humphrey, Arkansas Best Corporation
David Miller, First Horizon National Corporation
Carol DiRaimo, Jack in the Box
Ken Cooper, Life Time Fitness
Robert Brunn, Ryder System

*Market-cap ranges are divided as follows for the grand prix for best
overall investor relations and the best investor relations officer awards:
Mega-cap - over $30 bn
Large cap - $10 bn-$30 bn
Mid-cap - $2.5 bn-$9.9 bn
Small cap - under $2.5 bn

Best investor relations by a chairman or CEO
G Steven Farris, Apache Corporation
Kirk Hachigian, Cooper Industries
David Farr, Emerson
Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil
Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase & Co

Best corporate governance
Berkshire Hathaway
Johnson & Johnson
The Walt Disney Company
Wells Fargo

Best annual report
JPMorgan Chase & Co
McDonald's Corporation
Microsoft Corp
United Technologies
The Walt Disney Company

Best investor relations website
Aflac
IntercontinentalExchange (ICE)
JPMorgan Chase & Co
Yum! Brands

Best crisis communications
Bank of America
Goldman Sachs & Co
JPMorgan Chase & Co
Wells Fargo

Most progress in investor relations
Special award for small to mid-cap companies (under $5 bn)
Advanced Micro Devices
HealthSouth
Jack in the Box
SVB Financial Group

Best use of conferencing
Special award for small to mid-cap companies (under $5 bn)
Continental Airlines
Genoptix
Terex Corporation

Best corporate advertising
Accenture
ExxonMobil
Charles Schwab
United Technology
Verizon Communications

Best communications with the retail market
Berkshire Hathaway
Johnson & Johnson
The Procter & Gamble Company
Wells Fargo

Best investor relations by a continental European company in the US market
ArcelorMittal
Deutsche Telekom
Nokia
Novartis
SAP

Best investor relations by an Asia-Pacific company in the US market
Intech Machines
Sony Corporation
Toyota Motor Corporation
TSMC
Wipro

Best M&A investor relations
Altria Group and UST
National City Corporation and the PNC Financial Services Group
Wells Fargo and Wachovia

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Kate Giblin
    Webcomms manager
    Email: Email Contact
    Tel (direct): +44 20 7251 7520