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Electronic Arts 2020

Electronic Arts 2020: Vote FOR Written Consent

Electronic Arts 2020 annual meeting is 8/6/2020 at 2PM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Coleman, Hong, Huber, Ubinas, Simonson, Probst, Ueberroth, Pay and  Auditor. Vote FOR Written Consent. See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. (more…)

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Giant Shadow of Corporate Gadflies

The Giant Shadow of Corporate Gadflies

The Giant Shadow of Corporate Gadflies, by Yaron Nili and Kobi Kastiel, (download at SSRN) is one of the more objective reviews of the recent influence of “gadflies” on corporate governance in America. It might have been even better if the authors had discussed their work with the subjects of their study – the gadflies. (Disclosure: […]

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Pegasystems 2020

Pegasystems 2020: Simple Majority Vote

Pegasystems 2020 annual meeting is 6/23/2020 at 7AM Pacific virtually. They are using Computershare, so shareholders holding in street name have to get a legal proxy and submit it by June 18th. Since my broker sends those by snail mail, I would have had to initiate the process by about June 8. Pegasystems says that will […]

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Assembly Bio 2020

Assembly Bio 2020: Special Meetings

Assembly Bio 2020 annual meeting is 6/11/2020 at 8AM Pacific (update) virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Holubiak, Mahony and Ringo, Pay, Stock Plan, token Special Meeting 25%. Vote FOR real Special Meeting Right of 15%.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained […]

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Salesforce 2020

Salesforce 2020

Salesforce 2020 annual meeting is 6/11/2020 at 2PM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Benioff, Conway, Hassenfeld, Kroes, Robertson, Roos, and Webb, Equity Incentive Plan, Auditor, Executive Pay. Vote FOR Employee Stock Purchase Plan and Written Consent. See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. […]

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Activision Blizzard 2020

Activision Blizzard 2020

Activision Blizzard 2020 (ATVI) annual meeting is 6/11/2020 at 9AM Pacific virtually. (which looks very difficult, since my web browsers tell me going there involves security risk). Vote online by 6/10. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Bowers, Corti, Kelly, Kotick and Morgado, Auditor, Pay. Vote FOR Political Disclosure.  See list of all virtual-only meetings […]

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Caterpillar 2020

Caterpillar 2020: Written Consent

Caterpillar 2020 annual meeting is 6/10/2020 at 6AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value: Vote AGAINST Dickinson, Rust, Osborn, White, Reed-Klages, Wilkins, Schwab, Auditor, Pay. Vote FOR Report Lobbying, Independent Board Chair and Written Consent.  See list of all virtual-only meetings […]

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Zillow Group 2020

Zillow Group 2020: Proxy Scorecard

Zillow Group 2020 annual meeting is 6/9/2020 at 2PM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s control number found on the proxy card. Meeting password: ZG2020. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Maffei, Hoag, and Incentive Plan. Vote FOR Elect Directors by Majority Vote. I would advise voting online by 6/8, since I have often […]

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Netflix 2020 Proxy Scorecard

Netflix 2020 Proxy Scorecard

Netflix 2020 annual meeting is 6/4/2020 at 3PM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST all Directors, Auditor, Pay, Stock Plan, EEO Ideology Risk Report. Vote FOR Political Disclosure, Simple Majority Vote.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. Vote by […]

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Predatory Value Extraction

Predatory Value Extraction

Predatory Value Extraction: How the Looting of the Business Corporation Became the US Norm and How Sustainable Prosperity Can Be Restored (Kindle/Hardcover), by William Lazonick and Jang-Sup Shin, chronicles how agency theory and ‘maximizing shareholder value’ (MSV) led to looting of publicly traded companies. As many of us sit home waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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Kokkinis and Sergaki

Kokkinis and Sergakis: Employee Participation in UK Companies – Lessons for US

Kokkinis and Sergakis – A Flexible Model for Efficient Employee Participation in UK Companies by Andreas Kokkinis & Konstantinos Sergakis, 17 Feb 2020 (download), provides several insights that may be helpful in guiding US efforts as well. As mentioned in my coverage of the recent SHARE Summit, #SHARE2020, I am investing in public companies with employee ownership. […]

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File No. S7-22-19 SEC Release

File No. S7-22-19: My Deadline Comments

File No. S7-22-19, SEC proposed rules based on input from entrenched corporate managers and boards, would cripple proxy advisory services. File No. S7-22-19 would not protect investors, as is the mission of the SEC. Proxy advisors survey their customers each year asking them how they stand on various issues. Then they research thousands of proxies on […]

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File No. S7-23-19: By the Numbers - Source ISS

File No. S7-23-19 by the Questions

File No. S7-23-19 would set draconian requirements to submit and to resubmit shareholder proposals based on the desire of entrenched managements and boards to thwart accountability and to create democratic-free zones around corporate governance.

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Larcker and Tayan

Larcker and Tayan Re-Discover the Governance Wheel

Stanford’s David F. Larcker and Brian Tayan have a new paper called Loosey-Goosey Governance: Four Misunderstood Terms in Corporate Governance in which they appear to think they’ve discovered what everyone has understood forever — that there are limits to structural solutions and that checklists of best practices are not especially helpful. We were very clear […]

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Gadfly Importance Key - McRitchie

Gadfly Importance Key to Democratic CorpGov

Gadfly importance to democratic corporate governance is often underrated. We are currently under attack by the Business Roundtable (BRT) and others seeking to substantially raise the ownership threshold for submitting and resubmitting proposals. BRT, for example, contends proposals from small shareholder divert “significant time and resources to issues that, at best, have an attenuated connection to the […]

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Facebook CalSTRS Court Clash

Facebook CalSTRS Court Clash

Facebook CalSTRS court clash seeks to reform governance practices. The California Teachers’ Retirement (CalSTRS) Board recently announced it will make a motion to be added as a plaintiff to a pending derivative case against Facebook’s leadership, including CEO/Chairman Mark Zuckerberg in line with the fund’s Corporate Governance Program and Portfolio Policy. (more…)

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Investment Advisers Allison Lee

Investment Advisers SEC Clarification: Allison Lee

Investment Advisers: Allison Lee Statement Re SEC Guidance Investment advisers, proxy services. – It is not often that I simply reprint a post from another source, in this case the SEC. However, I have filed this one under history of corporate governance. I may want to reference it as I an example of where the SEC formally misstepped. […]

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ISG

ISG First Conference with Weinberg Center – Sept. 13, 2019

ISG (Investor Stewardship Group), an investor-led initiative comprised of more than 60 of the largest U.S.-based institutional investors and global asset managers representing in excess of US$31 trillion AUM, joins with the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance to hold what promises to be an informative and exciting conference. Register now. (more…)

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Legg Mason 2019

Legg Mason 2019

Legg Mason 2019 annual meeting is July 30th. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST directors Angelica, Murphy, Peltz and Quirk, Pay, & Auditor. Vote FOR Eliminate Supermajority Voting Requirements. (more…)

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Petmed Express 2019 poor performance

Petmed Express 2019 Proxy Guide

PetMed Express 2019 annual meeting is July 26th. To enhance long-term value. Vote AGAINST Campbell, Formica, Fulgoni, Korn and Schweitzer, Pay, & Auditor. Vote FOR Amend Bylaws and Eliminate Supermajority Provisions. (more…)

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CalSTRS Corporate Governance Investment Officer II

CalSTRS Corporate Governance Career Opportunity

CalSTRS Corporate Governance Division Seeks Investment Officer II The CalSTRS Investments Branch seeks a motivated individual to work as an Investment Officer II in the Corporate Governance Division.  Qualified readers should apply to this opportunity of a lifetime. Many decades ago, I helped persuade CalPERS to form a corporate governance unit. They chose one of […]

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Netflix 2019

Netflix 2019: Ignore Shareholders Again?

Netflix 2019 annual meeting June 6. Netflix has adopted the paternalistic culture of Mad Men, ignoring shareholders. To enhance long-term value, WITHHOLD vote from ALL directors. Vote AGAINST Pay & Auditor. Vote FOR Disclose Political Contributions & Adopt Simple Majority Vote.  (more…)

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Alarm 2019

Alarm 2019 Proxy Guide

Alarm 2019 annual meeting is June 5th. To enhance long-term value. Vote AGAINST Auditor. Vote FOR all other items, including shareholder proposal to eliminate supermajority requirements. (more…)

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