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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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Alarm 2020

Alarm.com 2020 Declassify Board

Alarm.com 2020 annual meeting is 6/3/2020 at 6AM Pacific virtually. To enhance long-term value: Vote FOR both directors, Pay, Elect Each Director Annually, End Supermajority Requirements.  Vote AGAINST Auditor. See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. Be sure to vote by 6/2 to have your vote count. Voting at the meeting or even asking questions […]

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Axon Enterprise 2020

Axon Enterprise 2020 Annual Director Election

Axon Enterprise 2020 annual meeting is 5/29/2020 at 10AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Kroll, Smith, Pay, Auditor. Vote FOR 4A&B Amendments, and Annual Election of Directors.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. Vote by 5/28 online or […]

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Netgear 2020

Netgear 2020 Written Consent

Netgear 2020 annual meeting is 5/28/2020 at 10AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Lo, Graham, Roberts, Rossmann, Scherer, Auditor, Exec Comp, Equity Incentive Plan; FOR Written Consent.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. Vote by 5/27 to be […]

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Facebook 2020

Facebook 2020 Shareholders Request Equal Votes

Facebook 2020 annual meeting is 5/27/2020 at 10AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Andreessen, Thiel, Zuckerberg, Auditor, Director Compensation. Vote FOR all shareholder proposals, especially Change in Shareholder Voting.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. Vote by 5/26 […]

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Illumina 2020 Political Disclosures

Illumina 2020 Political Disclosures

Illumina 2020 annual meeting is 5/27/2020 at 10AM Pacific, a virtual-only meeting. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Dorsa and Epstin, Auditor and Executive Pay. Vote FOR Political Disclosures.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. To have your vote count, vote by 5/26 or at the meeting on 5/27. (more…)

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NextEra Energy 2020 Political Contributions

NextEra Energy 2020 Political Contributions & Written Consent

NextEra Energy 2020 annual meeting is 5/21/2020 at 6AM Pacific,  the in-person meeting will be webcast.  I am not sure if shareholders will be able to vote online during the meeting. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST  Camaren, Dunn, Robo, Schupp, Swanson, Executive Pay. Vote FOR Political Contributions Report, Written Consent. See list of all […]

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american tower 2020

American Tower 2020 Political Contributions & Spcial Meetings

American Tower 2020 virtual annual meeting is 5/18/2020 at 9AM Pacific.  I am not sure if shareholders will be able to vote online during the meeting. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Dolan, Sharbutt, Auditor and Executive Pay. Vote FOR Political Contributions Report, Special Meetings. See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. (more…)

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Kansas City Southern 2020

Kansas City Southern 2020 Written Consent

Kansas City Southern 2020 annual meeting is 5/21/2020 at 7AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Druten and McDonnell. Vote FOR Auditor, Pay, and Written Consent.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. (more…)

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BlackRock 2020 Corporate Purpose

BlackRock 2020: Corporate Purpose

BlackRock 2020 annual meeting is 5/14/2020 at 5AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Einhorn, Ford, Gerber, Johnson, Mills, Nixon, Slim Domit, Auditor, & Pay. Vote FOR Report Corporate Purpose.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. (more…)

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Chipotle 2020 Shareholder & Worker Rights

Chipotle 2020: Shareholder & Worker Rights

Chipotle 2020 annual meeting is 5/19/2020 at 8AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Baldocchi, Niccol and Flanzraich, Auditor, Pay. Vote FOR Retention of Shares, Independent Chair, Report on Arbitration and Written Consent.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. (more…)

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Union Pacific 2020 Chair & Climate

Union Pacific 2020 Chair & Climate

Union Pacific 2020 annual meeting is 5/14/2020 at 6AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Card, Fritz, McCarthy and McLarty, Auditor, Pay. Vote FOR Independent Board Chair and Climate Report.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. (more…)

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Bristol-Myers Squibb 2020

Bristol-Myers Squibb 2020

Bristol-Myers Squibb 2020 annual virtual meeting portal opens at 6:50AM Pacific time on May 5, 2020. To vote or ask questions, you will need your 16-digit control number. To enhance long-term value at BMY: Vote AGAINST Arduini, Emmens, Paliwal, Storch, Vousden, Pay, Auditor. Vote FOR Independent Chair, Shareholder Right to Act by Written Consent. VOTE! List of […]

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GPW Blowback

GPW Highlights SEC Blowback

GPW (Global Proxy Watch) discussed selected comments from investors to the SEC concerning two proposed rules in an article entitled Blowback, reproduced below with permission. GPW normally runs two pages, summarzing weekly developments on governance and stewardship from Stephen Davis and Aaron Bernstein. Blowback took almost a page. (more…)

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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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SEC Release S7-23-19 Comments Due Today

SEC Release Comments Due Today

SEC Release File No. S7-23-19 comments are due today. This Release and that of File No. S7-22-19 are the most dangerous I have seen during my twenty-five years of blogging. Both would make corporations less accountable to their owners and the public. Both would help turn corporate governance into a more democratic-free zone. Thousands of comments opposing […]

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Defending Retail Shareholder Advocates

Defending Retail Shareholder Advocates

Defending Retail Shareholder Advocates: Another Day – Another Comment Letter to the SEC Help protect shareholder rights. See SEC Rulemaking Comment Tips. Read any good comment letters on SEC File No. S7-22-19 or S7-22-19? Please let me know in comment form below or by email. Defending retail shareholder advocates will require lot more than the […]

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SEC Rulemaking Comment Tips

SEC Rulemaking Comment Tips

SEC Rulemaking Comment Tips: Action Needed SEC rulemaking comment tips repeated here are primarily based on advice from the Council of Institutional Investors. However, I am also including tips from the Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing, conference I attended in Colorado Springs in November. (Search #SRI30 for other Conference tidbits at CorpGov.net and on Twitter.) […]

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Shareholders Target Fund Voting

Shareholders Target Fund Voting For Sunlight

Shareholders target fund voting at BlackRock Inc., Vanguard, JPMorgan Chase, T. Rowe Price, and Northern Trust. (BlackRock, Vanguard Face Shareholder Rebuke Over Climate Votes, Bloomberg, 12/13/2019) With their rights under attack by the SEC, shareholders are beginning to realize how their investments are too often voted in corporate elections to concentrate power in self-serving corporate […]

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CSPI adopts

CSPI Adopts Director Majority Vote Standard

CSPI adopts director majority vote standard in response to shareholder proposal filed by shareholder James McRitchie (the publisher of CorpGov.net). The SEC proposes supposed Modernization of Shareholder Proposal Rules to gag small shareholders. At least for now, we continue to file to make corporate governance more democratic. CSPI is one more example of success and meaningful […]

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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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McRitchie 2019 Proxy Season

McRitchie 2019 Proxy Season Win for Market Beta

McRitchie 2019 proxy season results are not something I normally report. It feels too much like bragging. I do my work to drive better, more accountable corporate governance. However, the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance is “considering recommending that the Commission propose rule amendments regarding the thresholds for shareholder proposals under Rule 14a-8.” It is […]

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