Company: Informatica Corporation, Redwood City, CA U.S.A.
Company Description: Informatica Corporation is the leading independent provider of enterprise data integration software and services. With Informatica, organizations can gain greater business value by integrating all their information assets from across the enterprise. Companies worldwide rely on Informatica to reduce the cost and expedite the time to address data integration needs of varying complexity and scale.
Nomination Category: Corporate Communications, Investor Relations, & Public Relations Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Communications, Investor Relations or PR Executive of the Year
Nomination Title: Stephanie Wakefield, Vice President, Investor Relations
Tell the story about what this nominee achieved (up to 500 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Be sure to mention obstacles overcome, innovations or discoveries made, and outcomes:
Outperforming a market in an uneven year like 2010 is one thing; seriously outperforming it is another thing altogether. With the help of Stephanie’s efforts in improving the quality of Informatica’s shareholder base, expanding sell-side analyst coverage, and driving transparency for investors and analysts, Informatica’s 70% stock rise significantly outperformed the NASDAQ average’s 17% rise again in 2010. In addition to helping increase shareholder value, she has been a key driver in Informatica maintaining its high corporate governance ratings as well as retaining and motivating its professional workforce.
During the pivotal 2010 year, Stephanie has been instrumental in building and maintaining Informatica’s premium valuation in its peer group. Through the quality of her efforts and programs:
• Informatica was named to the NASDAQ Q-50 Index in 2010, a significant “promotion,” following on Informatica’s addition to the S&P Mid Cap 400 in 2009.
• The quality of the shareholder base improved to where ~75% of investors are low or medium turnover.
• Informatica’s market cap increased from $2.3 billion to $4.2 billion ($5.5 billon today), following on an increase from $1.2 billion to $2.3 billion in 2009.
• Informatica’s per-share price increased 70% y-o-y (and has risen further in 2011).
A key driver of such results is company visibility, and Stephanie’s efforts here paid off handsomely. During 2010, Informatica presented at 14 sell-side conferences, managed 8 “non-deal roadshows” worldwide, and held the most successful analyst day in its history. Stephanie’s team now manages relations with 16 sell-side analysts, two of which initiated coverage in 2010. Stephanie also spearheaded efforts to raise visibility with international investors and by the end of 2010, 7% of shareholders were outside of the US.
In the area of transparency, Stephanie successfully deepened Informatica’s bench of management presenters to provide investors with better access and to demonstrate the executive team’s consistency. She herself has been a forthright and effective shareholder interface and proxy for management, with the Informatica IR Team named #2 IR Team in Software, and Stephanie individually named the #2 IR professional in Software for 2010 by Institutional Investor Magazine in an unprompted survey of sell-side analysts. This is second time in three years that Informatica IR has been so recognized by Institutional Investor.
Stephanie’s activities also resonate inside Informatica. She was key in ensuring investor feedback and approval of Informatica’s 2009 stock option plan, and in 2010 crafted the top-up to that plan, critical to motivating and retaining employees. She and her team also drove creation of vital corporate social media guidelines and monitor its use and compliance. And she contributes greatly to maintaining Informatica’s high corporate governance ratings –garnering a score of 8 versus an index average of 7.2 by GMI International.
Stephanie has achieved all this while successfully helping create and communicate messaging around two acquisitions in 2010 and a total of five acquisitions since 1/09 – an accomplishment credited with further cementing Informatica’s premium valuation.
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Stephanie Wakefield leads Informatica’s global Investor Relations effort. With a banking and marketing background, Stephanie took on the Investor Relations function in late 2003 after three years as senior product marketing manager.
Prior to Informatica, she was in charge of Industry Solutions Marketing for Financial Services at MicroStrategy. Stephanie started her career focusing on Eurobond issuance on the Debt Capital Markets desk at Deutsche Bank Securities.
Stephanie graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Economics and in Asian Studies (Chinese). She holds an MSc in Development Finance from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies.