Covidien and Intel top short lists as IR Magazine Awards - US 2014 approach

Other companies in the running include LinkedIn, McDonald's, FedEx, CBS and Nike

Mar 11, 2014, 10:29 ET from IR Magazine

NEW YORK, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- After appearing on eight short lists apiece, Covidien and Intel are not only the most nominated companies for the IR Magazine Awards – US 2014 but also have achieved this feat for the second consecutive year after equaling their short list tallies from the 2013 awards. To view all short-listed companies and categories, please see below.

The IR Magazine Awards ‒ US, now in their 19th year, are among the industry's most well-respected and sought-after honors for leading companies and individuals working in investor relations. The awards presentation will take place on the evening of Thursday, March 27, as part of a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony at Ciprani Wall Street in New York City.

Following in Covidien and Intel's footsteps is Honeywell, with the New Jersey firm picking up five nominations. These three companies – along with Danaher, which is short-listed four times – will compete for the grand prix for best overall IR program at a large-cap company, defined as a firm with a market cap of at least $20 bn. The four companies will contest this award for the third year in a row, after Covidien won the category in 2012 and 2013.

Two medical firms are also in the running for four awards each – MedAssets and Wright Medical – including for the best overall IR program at a small-cap (sub-$2 bn) company, along with WisdomTree Investments and Jack in the Box. For mid-cap firms – those with a total capitalization of between $2 bn and $20 bn – the grand prix will be awarded to one of the following: Kansas City Southern, Edison International, Ryder System or L Brands (formerly Limited Brands).

The IR Magazine Awards – US 2014 are determined by a body of research that identifies the country's top corporate IR teams and sheds light on the opinions of their investment communities. This survey is the only one of its kind that contacts respondents through a combination of electronic surveys and one-to-one telephone interviews conducted over the course of five months in 2013, canvassing the opinions of more than 800 investors, analysts and portfolio managers across the US. 

This event is sponsored by American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Blender, Bloomberg, BNY Mellon, Business Wire, Computershare Georgeson, Corbin Perception, Cowen and Company, DG3, Global IR Forum, Innisfree, Ipreo, Issuer Advisory Group, MacKenzie Partners, Marketwired, MBS Value Partners, the Mizuho Financial Group, NASDAQ OMX, Q4 Web Systems, RR Donnelly, TD Bank, TheIRapp, UBS and Wells Fargo.

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Award categories and nominees, listed alphabetically

Grand prix for best overall investor relations program ‒ large cap

Grand prix for best overall investor relations program ‒ mid-cap
Edison International
Kansas City Southern
L Brands
Ryder System

Grand prix for best overall investor relations program ‒ small cap
Jack in the Box
WisdomTree Investments
Wright Medical Technology

Best investor relations officer ‒ large cap
American Express ‒ Rick Petrino
Covidien ‒ Coleman Lannum
Discover Financial Services ‒ William Franklin
Intel ‒ Mark Henninger

Best investor relations officer ‒ mid-cap
CIT Group ‒ Ken Brause & Barbara Callahan
CR Bard ‒ Todd Garner
Edison International ‒ Scott Cunningham
Kansas City Southern ‒ William Galligan

Best investor relations officer ‒ small cap
Jack in the Box ‒ Carol DiRaimo
MedAssets ‒ Robert Borchert
WisdomTree Investments ‒ Stuart Bell
Wright Medical technology ‒ Julie Tracy

Best IR by a CEO or chairman ‒ large cap
CBS ‒ Leslie Moonves
Covidien ‒ Jose Almeida
Danaher ‒ Lawrence Culp
Honeywell ‒ David Cote

Best IR by a CEO or chairman ‒ mid-cap
Actavis ‒ Paul Bisaro
Ares Capital ‒ Michael Arougheti
Ocwen Financial Corporation ‒ William Erbey
PVH Corporation ‒ Emanuel Chirico

Best IR by a CEO or chairman ‒ small cap
Hercules Offshore ‒ John Rynd
MedAssets ‒ John Bardis
Monro Muffler Brake ‒ John Van Heel
Wright Medical Technology ‒ Robert Palmisano

Best IR by a CFO ‒ large cap
Covidien ‒ Charles Dockendorff
Honeywell ‒ David Anderson
NextEra Energy ‒ Moray Dewhurst
Visa ‒ Byron Pollitt

Best IR by a CFO ‒ mid-cap
Cerner ‒ Marc Naughton
JB Hunt Transport Services ‒ David Mee
L Brands ‒ Stuart Burgdoerfer
Omnicom Group ‒ Randall Weisenburger

Best IR by a CFO ‒ small cap
MedAssets ‒ Charles Garner
Werner Enterprises ‒ John Steele
WisdomTree Investments ‒ Amit Muni
Wright Medical Technology ‒ Lance Berry

Best financial reporting

Best use of technology for IR
NextEra Energy

Best use of social media
Quanta Services

Best investment community meetings
Delta Air Lines
L Brands

Best corporate governance
Johnson & Johnson
Time Warner

Most progress in IR
Sealed Air
Sirona Dental Systems

Best sustainability practice
NextEra Energy
United Parcel Service

Best IR during a corporate transaction
21st Century Fox
PVH Corporation

Best crisis management
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

Best IR for an IPO
Antero Resources
Foundation Medicine
NRG Yield

Best investor relations by an Asia-Pacific company in the US market
Baidu (China)
Samsung (Korea)
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (Taiwan)
Tencent (China)

Best investor relations by a European company in the US market
ASML (Netherlands)
Novo Nordisk (Denmark)
NXP Semiconductor (Netherlands)
Prudential (UK)
Roche Holding (Switzerland)

Best investor relations by a Latin American company in the US market
MercadoLibre (Argentina)
Petrobras (Brazil)
Telecom Argentina (Argentina)
Televisa (Mexico)
TIM Participacoes (Brazil)

Best in sector
(No short lists; the winners of the following sectors to be announced on March 27)

Consumer goods
Consumer services & business services
Diversified industrials
Finance & insurance
Leisure, media & restaurants
Metals & mining
Oil & gas
Pharmaceuticals & biotech
Real estate

SOURCE IR Magazine