The annual report 2006 of Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG wasdecorated with a Gold Award at the 2006 Vision Awards of the SanDiego-based League of American Communication Professionals (LACP). Thecommittee, consisting of international Public Relations-professionals,granted 95 of 100 possible points to the annual report designed as acookbook. In addition to the Gold Award, Raiffeisen International wonthe second place in the category"Financials - Diversified Services".
Altogether the committee evaluated more than 2,500 annual reports,submitted from 21 countries, based on categories like first impression,front page design, status report, financial data and creativity.
"The winners demonstrated an outstanding focus on shareholders, theirinterests and their needs, of understanding strategic and tacticaldecisions of their companies", Christine Kennedy, Competition Directorof the LACP, commented on the committee''s decision.
"The award from LACP approves that we, through our annual report,provide our shareholders and potential investors with the information,which is important to evaluate the company. At the same time it is aninducement for the involved employees– we missed the overall winner by just four points", Martin Grull, CFO of Raiffeisen International,evaluated the received award. The design concept of the annual reportwas developed by Raiffeisen International and Raiffeisen ZentralbankOsterreich AG (RZB) in collaboration with advertising agencygantnerundenzi.
Raiffeisen International operates the largest banking network in CEE. 18markets are covered by subsidiary banks, finance leasing companies andtwo representative offices. Approximately 12.5 million customers areattended to through more than 2,900 business outlets. RaiffeisenInternational is a fully consolidated subsidiary of RaiffeisenZentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB), which owns 70 per cent of the commonstock. The remaining 30 per cent is free float, the shares are traded onthe Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB is a leading corporate and investmentbank in Austria and the central institution of the Austrian RaiffeisenBanking Group, the country''s largest banking group.
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