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IR Magazine

February 24, 2011 12:44 ET

IR magazine Announces US Investor Relations Awards Nominees

Analysts and Investors Identify the Leading IR Teams in the US

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 24, 2011) - IR magazine is excited to announce the finalists in the IR Magazine US Awards 2011, in association with Bloomberg L.P. On March 24, 2011, 21 US companies will be announced as leading the investor relations community in categories ranging from best investor relations officer through best earnings calls and best crisis management as chosen by investors and analysts. This annual awards event, which began in 1996, recognizes the US investor relations teams that set the standard for communicating with shareholders across the country.

Working in conjunction with XbInsight, IR magazine's research arm, the winners are determined through the use of our investor perception studies. This research series involves surveys and interviews with analysts and investors to ascertain the relative strengths and weaknesses of their IR teams, as well as the most important issues affecting IR in the region.

The IR Magazine US Awards is the only event in the IR industry that uses rigorous and disciplined research to determine the best practices and top performers in the country. The decisions are made based on insights and perceptions from IR professionals' core constituency: the analysts and investors with whom they communicate every day.

IR magazine offers its warmest congratulations to the nominees, who have set the standard for shareholder communications in the US. We look forward to revealing the winners at the IR Magazine US Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on March 24, 2011.

Since 1991, IR magazine has taken its renowned investor perception study around the world to markets as diverse as Brazil, China, Singapore, the Nordic region, South Africa, Canada, the UK, continental Europe and the US.

Janet Dignan, CEO, Cross Border Ltd
"The US has always been a world leader in investor relations, and this year's nominees have demonstrated why this continues to be true. They have navigated difficult and volatile marketing conditions, showing the impact an effective IR team can have on company perception and market value. IR professionals around the world can be very proud of this year's nominees -- and learn a lot from them. I look forward to celebrating with the winners on March 24, 2011!"

Below, please find the full list of nominees, in alphabetical order within each category:

Best financial reporting
Abbott Laboratories
IBM
Johnson & Johnson
JPMorgan Chase

Best investor relations website
Apple
Covidien
Google
Microsoft

Best earnings calls
Covidien
JPMorgan Chase
MetLife
Microsoft
Qualcomm

Best corporate governance
Berkshire Hathaway
IBM
McDonald's
PepsiCo
United Technologies

Most progress in investor relations
Apple
Applied Materials
Atmel
General Electric
Google
Oracle

Best M&A investor relations
Coca Cola Company (The)
Covidien
Intel
MetLife
Oracle

Best crisis communications
Anadarko
Bank of America
JPMorgan Chase
Massey Energy

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - large cap
Aflac
Covidien
Qualcomm
United Technologies

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - mid-cap
Aéropostale
AMETEK
F5 Networks
WMS Industries

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - small cap
Children's Place Retail Stores
Hain Celestial Group
Jack in the Box
United Online

Best investor relations by a CFO - large cap
Charles Dockendorff, Covidien
Dan Comas, Danaher
David Anderson, Honeywell Intl
William Wheeler, MetLife

Best investor relations by a CFO - mid-cap
Earl Fry, Informatica
Steve Filton, Universal Health Services
John Steele, Werner Enterprises
Sharon McCollam, Williams-Sonoma

Best investor relations by a CFO- small cap
Richard Poulton, AAR Corp
Mark Mumford, PF Chang's China Bistro
Victoria Reich, United Stationers

Best investor relations by a CEO - large cap
John Chambers, Cisco Systems
Lawrence Culp, Danaher Corp
James Dimon, JPMorgan Chase & Co
Marc Cenioss, Salesforce.com

Best investor relations by a CEO - mid-cap
Frank Hermance, AMETEK
Michael Mussallem, Edwards Lifesciences
John Greisch, Hill-Rom Holdings
Terry Hildestad, MDU Resources
Emanuel Chirico, Phillips-Van Heusen

Best investor relations by a CEO - small cap
Dustan McCoy, Brunswick Corp
Jane Elfers, Children's Place Retail Stores
Clarence Smith, Haverty Furniture
Richard McCullough, Petroleum Development Corp
Gerard Hart, Texas Roadhouse
Richard Gochnauer, United Stationers

Best investor relations officer - large cap
Cole Lannum, Covidien
Warren Kneeshaw and team, Qualcomm
Akhil Johri, United Technologies
Tim Jerzyk, Yum! Brands

Best investor relations officer - mid-cap
Kenneth Ohashi, Aéropostale
John Eldridge, F5 Networks
Blair Rieth, Hill-Rom Holdings
William Galligan, Kansas City Southern
Terrance Mangan, Webster Financial

Best investor relations officer - small cap
Bruce Byots, Brunswick
Carol DiRaimo, Jack in the Box
Julie MacMedan, THQ
Erik Randerson, United Online

Best investor relations by a European company in the US market
Novartis
Roche
Shire
Siemens

Best investor relations by an Asia-Pacific company in the US market
BHP Billiton
Chinacast
Li & Fung
Samsung
Sony

Lifetime achievement in investor relations
Winner will be announced on 24th March

Best investor relations by sector
No shortlist, winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 24th March

Sponsors
The IR Magazine US Awards are held in association with Bloomberg L.P. Our other sponsors are:

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Barclays Capital
BNY Mellon Depositary Receipts
Business Wire
Computershare and Georgeson
Deutsche Bank ADR Group
General Electric Company
Innisfree M&A Incorporated
Ipreo
Laurel Hill Advisory Group
MacKenzie Partners
Marketwire
MessageBank
NASDAQ OMX
National Investor Relations Institute
NYSE Euronext
Okapi Partners
OnDemandIR
PR Newswire
UBS
Wells Fargo

About XbInsight
XbInsight is IR magazine's research brand, building on the publication's established global research efforts. Since 1991, IR magazine has taken its renowned investor perception study around the world, to markets as diverse as Brazil, China, Singapore, the Nordic region, South Africa, Canada, the UK and the US. In every market, the process is the same: each year thousands of buy-side analysts, sell-side analysts and portfolio managers are asked which companies have the best investor relations. XbInsight is building on that expertise for its new series of studies examining successful investor relations practice and the key drivers of investor sentiment. To generate customized reports on your global peer group, please visit our website: www.insideinvestorrelations.com/research.

About IR magazine
IR magazine is the only global publication focused on the interface between companies and their investors. IR magazine hosts events in the US, the UK, Europe, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Brazil. Inside Investor Relations (www.insideinvestorrelations.com) is the magazine's companion website, which includes daily news updates that are highly relevant to investor relations professionals. Visit www.insideinvestorrelations.com for more details.

About Cross Border Ltd
Cross Border Ltd publishes IR magazine and Corporate Secretary. Based in New York and London, the company reaches highly targeted audiences in the investor relations and corporate governance communities through the two magazines and accompanying newsletters, events and websites. With roots in the Economist Group, we are renowned for providing quality insight and a global perspective. Our flagship publications, IR magazine and Corporate Secretary, are essential reading for executives around the world. Our awards are a key part of the calendar in leading financial centers including New York, London and Hong Kong. With an expanding portfolio of digital properties and more than 20 conferences and events each year, we are well positioned for growth.

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