Computershare Congratulates Clients On 2014 Global Equity Organization Award
MIAMI, May 13, 2014
MIAMI, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Computershare Limited (ASX: CPU), a
leading financial services provider for the global securities industry, is
proud to announce seven of its clients have been awarded a prestigious Global
Equity Organization (GEO) Award at a ceremony held at the Eden Roc Miami Beach
during GEO's 15 ^th annual conference.
The GEO Awards celebrate excellence by recognizing companies from around the
globe who demonstrate their leadership and dedication to employee stock plans.
Award honors were presented in ten categories, each designed to highlight
excellence in areas of the share plan industry such as communications,
technology, innovative or creative plan design, plan effectiveness and
A record number of entries were received this year from a wide array of public
and private companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries
headquartered in ten different countries, employing as few as 1,000 employees
to more than 300,000 employees and offering equity in as many as 190
countries. An independent panel of judges carefully reviewed each submission
and selected those that deserve to receive a prestigious GEO Award.
Computershare is a sponsor of the global conference and spoke at three panel
presentations on employee plans, global experience with corporate actions and
multi-layered communications. The full agenda for the panel presentations can
be found here .
Computershare client successes included:
*Amadeus IT Holding S.A won the award for Best Plan Effectiveness
*Kofax won the award for Most Creative Solution
*Merlin Entertainments plc and Nokia received the award for the Best Use of
an Employer Share Plan in a Corporate Action
*Rio Tinto took home two awards for Best Plan Communication and Best Use of
*Royal Dutch Shell plc won the award for Most Innovative and Creative Plan
*Siemens AG won the award for Best Plan Communication
Winners represent both large multinationals as well as smaller companies from
various industries and countries.
For further information, category descriptions and a full list of winners and
finalists for the 2014 GEO Awards please visit:
Editors Note : Quotes below from award winning companies:
Amadeus IT Holding S.A won the award for Best Plan Effectiveness. Ana
Gonzalez, Group Reward Manager at Amadeus was delighted with the recognition:
"We've worked hard to ensure the success of our plan and are absolutely
thrilled to have been recognised for this through this GEO award."
Kofax won the award for Most Creative Solution. Reynolds C. Bish, CEO of
Kofax, said, "We won the award for Most Creative Solution by achieving a
Nasdaq listing in addition to our a pre existing London listing in a manner
that defied all the skeptical experts who said it would never work, and
realized a significant step up in value, a much higher trading volume and
liquidity and a rapid transition of shareholder ownership from the UK to the
US. This included using Computershare as our global registrar, who took our
shareholder records and stock plan administration to the next level by
providing a cohesive experience to our global shareholder and employee base.
Employees can now receive equity compensation in their local currency,
allowing us to better serve our valued employees."
Merlin Entertainments plc received the award for the Best Use of an Employer
Share Plan in a Corporate Action. Fiona Rose, Deputy Group Secretary for
Merlin Entertainments said: "We are thrilled that our efforts for our All
Employee Sharesave Plan have been recognised with this GEO Award and that
Merlin's hard work and commitment to our most important asset (our employees)
has been acknowledged. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank
the Computershare event delivery team for their support in delivering this
well received plan."
Nokia received the award for the Best Use of an Employer Share Plan in a
Corporate Action. James Roberton, Global Head of Equity Programs, Nokia said:
"We are so pleased to be recognised for our share plan communications program
by GEO. We work hard to ensure that our share plans operate at the best level
they can and appreciate the industry's support and acknowledgement."
Rio Tinto scooped two awards in the Best Plan Communication and Best Use of
Video Communications categories. John Beadle, Vice President, Performance and
Reward, Rio Tinto said: "In the past, we have had many local plans that just
reinforced our differences. We now have some 16,000 employees shareholders all
investing in the success of the company through the same plan. This will help
us attract and retain key talent and will encourage staff to act as owners."
Royal Dutch Shell plc took the award for most Innovative and Creative Plan
Design. Pam Roffe, share plan manager of Shell said, "Our work over the years
to ensure our share plans are simple, globally aligned and successful can be
attributed to the link and use of the Vested Share Account product as part of
the shareholder experience. I am very happy that GEO has acknowledged the VSA,
we are proud and this award is gratefully received."
Siemens AG won the award for Best Plan Communication. Bettina Gohm, Vice
President at Siemens AG said: "We are delighted that our efforts with our
innovative culture enhancement communication strategy and empirical study have
been recognised with this GEO Award. We are very proud to see that we have
been able to contribute to global knowledge for the share plan industry."
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About Computershare Limited (CPU) Computershare (ASX:CPU) is a global market
leader in transfer agency and share registration, employee equity plans, proxy
solicitation and stakeholder communications. We also specialise in corporate
trust, mortgage, bankruptcy, class action, utility and tax voucher
administration, and a range of other diversified financial and governance
Founded in 1978, Computershare is renowned for its expertise in high integrity
data management, high volume transaction processing and reconciliations,
payments and stakeholder engagement. Many of the world's leading organisations
use us to streamline and maximise the value of relationships with their
investors, employees, creditors and customers.
Computershare is represented in all major financial markets and has over
14,000 employees worldwide.
For more information, visit www.computershare.com
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