Moody's Shareowners Vote to Split Chair/CEO

At the annual meeting of rating agency Moody’s Investors Service, a resolution calling for an independent Chairman of the Board was supported by 56% of shareowners. The resolution was co-filed by Hermes Equity Ownership Services (EOS) and the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA).”

Citing both the Corporate Core Principles and Guidelines of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance, the resolution stated,

We believe that the recent economic crisis demonstrates that no matter how many independent directors there are on the Board, the Board is less able to provide independent oversight of the officers if the Chairman of that Board is also the CEO of the Company.

via Institutional Shareowner.

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