Institutional Investor ranked the continent’s best CEOs, CFOs, and investor relations professionals across 31 industries for its 15th annual All-Europe Executive Team ranking of 2019.
The magazine and research firm compiled votes from 1,900 money managers and research analysts from more than 700 companies for its list of the top executives of Europe-based companies.
Eight companies swept their sectors, earning the No. 1 slot in each of the four categories: CEO, CFO, Investor Relations professional, and Investor Relations company.
“Identify up to four companies that excel in up to seven investor relations attributes including: senior executives are accessible; IR team is well informed and empowered to speak authoritatively on the company’s behalf; timely and appropriate level of financial disclosure; responds quickly and thoroughly to requests; most constructive conference calls; quality of meetings through road shows/reversed road shows/conferences; and quality of corporate documents and investor kit materials. Responses to these questions are aggregated to produce an overall rank for each company.”
Here is the list:
British American Tobacco
Nicandro Durante has been CEO of BAT, the maker of Pall Mall and Lucky Strike brands and the world’s largest tobacco company by sales, since 2011.
The London-based company announced last year that he will retire in April, to be succeeded by Jack Bowles, currently chief operating officer of BAT’s international business.
Ben Stevens has been the firm’s finance director since 2008.
The board of Bonn, Germany-based Deutsche Telekom just extended CEO Timotheus Höttges’s contract for another five years, while CFO Thomas Dannenfeldt will leave by the end of the year, citing private reasons.
Christian Illek will become the new CFO in 2019.
Tesco CEO David Lewis has led the helm since 2014. Before joining Tesco, he was president of global personal care at Unilever. Alan Stewart is CFO. The grocer’s headquarters are about 25 miles north of London, in Welwyn Garden City.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Bernard Arnault has been CEO of the world’s largest luxury-goods company since 1989. Jean-Jacques Guiony became the Paris-based firm’s chief financial officer in 2004.
Ulf Mark Schneider has been CEO of the Switzerland-based maker of Purina pet food, Kit Kat bars and Nescafé coffee since January 2017.
Before that, he was CEO of the pharmaceutical company Fresenius.François-Xavier Roger, who also has a background in pharma, was appointed to the CFO role in 2015.
Joe Kaeser has been CEO of Munich-based Siemens since 2013. The company appointed Ralf P. Thomas as its CFO in September.
Brian Cassin has been CEO of the Dublin-based consumer credit reporting agency since July 2014. Lloyd Pitchford is the firm’s CFO.
Tom Enders has led Airbus, based in Leiden, Netherlands, since May 2012. He is due to be succeeded in April by CEO Designate Guillaume Faury. Harald Wilhelm has been CFO of Airbus since June 2012.
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