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Say-on-Pay and Increased Shareholder Engagement Dominate the 2013 Proxy Season
NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgeson, a Computershare company, and the world's foremost provider of strategic shareholder consulting services to corporations and shareholder groups, announced today the release of the 26th Annual Corporate Governance Review, a comprehensive analysis of annual meetings, shareholder initiatives and proxy contests for US public companies. In the 2013 Review, Georgeson recognizes the significant growth in the level of engagement between public companies and institutional investors.
The Review analyzes and provides strategic takeaways for issues such as advisory votes on executive compensation ("say-on-pay"), proxy access, majority voting in uncontested director elections and shareholder activism. The Review includes a complete set of proxy voting data, including year-over-year summary trends and detailed company vote results.
"This year, high profile issues such as say-on-pay prompted many discussions between companies and their investors," said William Jackson, CEO of Georgeson US. "More and more companies are recognizing that it is imperative to understand investors' voting criteria and communicate management's perspective to them. The scope and importance of these efforts this year indicate that we have entered into a new 'Era of Engagement.' "
Key issues discussed in the Review include:
Georgeson has collected and published statistics on corporate governance proposals since 1987, the year institutional investors first sponsored shareholder proposals.
To view the complete 2013 Annual Corporate Governance Review, including the proposals and contests covered and Georgeson's analysis of the outcomes, visit www.georgeson.com/acgr.
Georgeson is the world's foremost provider of strategic shareholder services to corporations and shareholder groups working to influence corporate strategy. We offer unsurpassed advice and representation for annual meetings, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and other extraordinary transactions. Our core proxy expertise is enhanced with and complemented by our strategic consulting services, including solicitation strategy, shareholder identification, corporate governance analysis, vote projections and insight into investor ownership and voting profiles. Our local presence and global footprint allow us to analyze and mitigate operational risk associated with various corporate actions worldwide. For more information, visit www.georgeson.com.
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