Tag Archives | Lewis Gilbert

Small Shareholders

Small Shareholders Critical to Democracy

Some corporations and lobbying organizations claim small shareholders (Chevedden, McRitchie/Young, and the Steiners) submit 40% of proposals, most fail and we are forcing companies to waste money. Actually, small shareholders are critical to democracy.  This is an old complaint. A 1947 hearing on proxy rules before a House Committee charged shareholder proposal rules would provide a […]

Continue Reading ·
William Steiner and son Kenneth Steiner

William Steiner, Shareholder Activist

William Steiner recently became the most experienced shareholder activist alive to win majority votes for shareholder proposals at public companies. A few months ago, he celebrated 40 years of shareholder activism with an overwhelming victory at Haemonetics Corporation (HAE). The following is based on an interview with Mr. Steiner by his son, Kenneth Steiner, who […]

Continue Reading ·
Sonoco

Sonoco Fails to Limit Democracy to the 2%

Sonoco Products ($SON) recently sought no-action relief from the SEC to omit a proxy access shareholder proposal by William Steiner. The Division of Corporation Finance denied their request. The 1% now owns as much worldwide as the 99%, so why should Sonoco limit shareholder proposals and presenters to the 2%? I was happy to play […]

Continue Reading ·
Shareholders holding up companies

Announcing Proxy Votes Improves Corporate Governance

Yesterday, I posted a recent letter to the editor of Pensions & Investments praising their editorial, Winning Over Proxy Voters, which argues that institutional investors have a fiduciary duty to announce their proxy votes in advance of annual meetings, if doing so is likely to influence voters. If institutional investors heed their call, it will speed […]

Continue Reading ·

Proxy Access at Bank of America May 8th

Re opposition to John Harrington’s proxy access proposal at Bank of America ($BAC), based on language that I helped develop.  For background, see Bank of America (BAC) Faces Proxy Access on May 8th. I hope opponents will reconsider. From one analysis recommending a vote against: While this amount ($660 million) is significant in absolute terms, shareholders may have […]

Continue Reading ·

Apache to Shareowners: Give Us Your Money and Shut Up

John Chevedden forwarded a report he received from on Apache’s annual meeting. No one spoke on the vote [ballot] items.  I saw no press.  The meeting length was 1.5 hours and well presented.  There was a power point presentation by all three execs.  Estimated attendance is 400 persons.  I think mostly employees.  Farris spoke the […]

Continue Reading ·

Lewis Gilbert's Dividends and Democracy Still Timely

If you know anything about Lewis D. Gilbert, you probably know that when he attended his first shareowner’s meeting, at New York City’s Consolidated Gas Company in 1932, he was ignored by the chairman when trying to ask a question. Gilbert felt he had been “publicly humiliated by one of my own employees.” He quit […]

Continue Reading ·

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes