Getting out of the office (or in this freelance journalist’s case, my flat) and actually meeting IROs face to face is not something I do enough of. That happened last Friday at the IR Magazine Think Tank at the City Presentation Centre in London. Due to deadlines, I could make only the two morning sessions. But it was fascinating to be among 30-plus IROs all in the same room speaking freely - and off the record! - about their roles and concerns.
A senior IRO from a well-known German car company gave an amusing, wry account of the firm's sudden (albeit temporary) escalation to the World’s Most Valuable Company following its raid by a certain corporate last week.
Another IRO from a FTSE 100 listed travel company had the room rocking with laughter about package holiday woes and the bizarre complaints a tiny minority of its customers can make. Others revealed candidly their own worries and concerns. At times it felt more like group therapy than a think tank, but all the more valuable for that, given the current environment.
I came away reinvigorated and energized about the professionals I write about. If you were there I hope you felt the day was worth the effort. If you weren’t, make sure you get to the next one. They’re free, too.
Freelancer, IR magazine