SOURCE: IR magazine

March 11, 2008 12:04 ET

GE and Cisco Systems Up for Four IR Magazine Awards 2008

Darden Restaurants Tops Mid-Cap List With Three Nominations

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - Nominees have been announced for the IR Magazine US Awards 2008, highlighting the best of the best in US investor relations. GE and Cisco Systems topped the list of IR Magazine US Awards nominees with four nominations each, including the grand prix for best overall investor relations by a mega-cap company. Darden Restaurants, in the mid-cap category, also garnered three nominations -- the most in that group.

The winners will be announced at the annual black-tie awards ceremony, to be held this year for the first time at Cipriani Wall Street.

A full list of this year's nominees is available below or on our website at

The awards will be hosted in association with Barron's and the Wall Street Journal, and will be co-sponsored by ACT Conferencing, The Bank of New York Mellon, Business Wire, Chorus Call, Deutsche Bank ADR Group, Edelman, Financial Times, GE, Georgeson, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, Institutional Investor, Ipreo, Laurel Hill Advisory Group, MacKenzie Partners, Marketwire, NASDAQ, NIRI, NYSE Euronext, PrimeNewswire, PR Newswire, Sage Holdings,, SNL IR Solutions, Thomson Financial and Verizon Business. The event is also supported by the Partnership for New York City.

The awards are based on the results of an independent survey of more than 2,600 buy-side analysts, sell-side analysts and portfolio managers from both the US and abroad. The complete results of the survey will be published in IR magazine's Investor Perception Study, US 2008.

The IR magazine investor perception studies together make up the world's largest survey of this kind, canvassing more than 5,000 analysts and investors in more than 14 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, the UK, continental Europe, Canada, the Nordic region, Asia, Brazil and Ireland, with a combined annual attendance of nearly 8,000 investor relations professionals. Visit for more information.

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

Full list of nominated companies

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - mega-cap company
 Cisco Systems
 Texas Instruments

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - large-cap company
 Danaher Corporation
 Marriott International

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - mid-cap company
 Darden Restaurants
 Limited Brands
 Southwestern Energy Company

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - small-cap company
 Life Time Fitness
 MGIC Investment
 Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation

Best investor relations officer - mega-cap company
 Ken Janke and Robin Mullins - Aflac
 Dave Pahl and Ron Slaymaker - Texas Instruments
 Alice Lehman and Ellen Taylor - Wachovia

Best investor relations officer - large-cap company
 Laura Paugh - Marriott International
 Melissa Marsden - ProLogis
 Laurel Lefebvre - Staples

Best investor relations officer - mid-cap company
 Paul Surdez - Covance
 Matthew Stroud - Darden Restaurants
 Gene Truett - Harsco Corporation
 Tom Katzenmeyer and Amie Preston - Limited Brands

Best investor relations officer - small-cap company
 Tabitha Zane - Highwoods Properties
 Ken Cooper - Life Time Fitness
 Mike Zimmerman - MGIC Investment

Best investor relations by a chairman or CEO
 Aubrey McClendon - Chesapeake Energy
 Larry Culp - Danaher Corporation
 Michael McShane - Grant Prideco
 Jamie Dimon - JPMorgan Chase & Co
 Marijn Dekkers - Thermo Fisher Scientific

Best investor relations by a CFO
 Diana Reardon - Amphenol
 John Mahoney - Staples

Best corporate governance
 Cisco Systems
 Goldman Sachs
 Wells Fargo & Company

Best use of conferencing
 Cisco Systems

Most progress in investor relations
 To be announced

Best investor relations for an IPO
 Concho Resources
 Interactive Brokers
 MF Global

Best M&A investor relations
 CommScope (acquisition of Andrew)
 Transocean and GlobalSantaFe (merger)
 Veritas DGC (merger with Compagnie Générale de Géophysique)

Best corporate advertising
 Cisco Systems
 Verizon Communications

Best communications with the retail market
 Berkshire Hathaway
 Procter & Gamble

Best crisis communications - small to large-cap company
 JetBlue Airways

Best annual report - small to mid-cap company
 Brown Shoe
 Darden Restaurants
 Northeast Utilities
 Pinnacle Entertainment
 Ryder System

Best investor relations website - small to mid-cap company
 The Cheesecake Factory
 PF Chang's China Bistro
 Wyndham Worldwide

Best investor relations by an Asia-Pacific company in the US market
 Infosys Technologies
 Sony Corporation

Best investor relations by a continental European company in the US market

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Kate Giblin
    Webcomms manager
    Email: Email Contact
    Tel (direct): +44 20 7251 7520