CEO Succession Practices, which The Conference Board updates annually, documents CEO turnover events at S&P 500 companies. The 2014 edition contains a historical comparison of 2013 CEO successions with data dating back to 2000. In addition to analyzing the correlation between CEO succession and company performance, the report discusses age, tenure, and the professional qualifications of incoming and departing CEOs. It also describes succession planning practices (including the adoption rate of mandatory CEO retirement policies and the frequency of performance evaluations), based on findings from a survey of general counsel and corporate secretaries at more than 150 U.S. public companies.
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While the number of shareholder proposals filed at U.S. public companies continued to increase this year, management has been less successful at obtaining permission from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to exclude from the voting ballot new types of investor demands.
The finding is discussed in the latest Proxy Voting Analytics (2009-2013), recently released by The Conference Board in collaboration with FactSet Research. The study examines data from more than 2,400 annual general meetings (AGMs) held at Russell 3000 and S&P 500 companies between January 1 and June 30, 2013. Historical comparisons with findings from the last four proxy seasons are also made.
Data analyzed in the report includes:
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The effects of say on pay on shareholder engagement, the introduction of proxy access proposals, and the resurgence of board declassification resolutions were the principal themes of the last proxy season and are expected to continue to take center stage in 2013, according to a report issued today by The Conference Board in collaboration with FactSet Research Systems Inc.
Proxy Voting Analytics (2008-2012) analyzes data on voting by shareholders of U.S. companies that held their annual general meetings (AGMs) in the January 1-June 30 period during the last five years. Aggregate data on shareholder proposals, management proposals, and proxy contests is examined and segmented based on market index (whether the Russell 3000 or the S&P 500) and 20 business industry groups.
The report is supplemented with an appendix offering detailed recommendations from Conference Board experts for companies facing situations of shareholder activism.
Data analyzed in the report includes:
As say-on-pay (SOP) resolutions were being voted on during the 2012 proxy season, management nominees to boards of directors of U.S. public companies faced less opposition by investors. This and other data from nearly 2,500 annual general meetings (AGMs) held between January 1 and June 30 at Russell 3000 companies are discussed in the new edition of Proxy Voting Fact Sheet — the periodic report issued by The Conference Board in collaboration with FactSet Research. Data discussed in the report is compared with the S&P 500 and analyzed across 20 business sectors.
The report reviews the most recent statistics on:
- Voted, omitted, and withdrawn shareholder proposals.
- Proposal sponsors.
- Average voting results, by topics.
- Say-on-pay management proposals.
The declassification of the board of directors is emerging as one of the key highlights of the 2012 proxy season, as shareholder proposals on the subject continue to receive overwhelming support. This and other data from nearly 500 annual general meetings (AGMs) held at Russell 3000 companies in the January 1-April 30 period are discussed in the new edition of Proxy Voting Fact Sheet—the periodic report issued by The Conference Board in collaboration with FactSet Research.
In classified boards, members are divided into classes with directors in each class serving staggered terms (typically three years) so that only one class stands for election each year. Classification is used as a defensive measure to prevent hostile takeovers: when a board is staggered, hostile bidders must win more than one proxy contest at successive shareholder meetings to exercise control of the target. Proposals on declassification seek to discontinue this board structure in favor of a system of annual election for all members. The Fact Sheet reports that across the 17 proposals on declassification that went to a vote in the first four months of the year, the average support level was 75.9 percent of votes cast. The most notable examples included the 85.2 percent approval at Johnson Control, a 78.7 percent vote at F5 Networks, and the 77.2 percent vote at Emerson Electric.
In our paper, which was recently made publicly available on SSRN, we examine shareholder proposals submitted to business corporations registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that held their annual general shareholder meetings (AGMs) between January 1, 2011 and August 3, 2011 and, at the time of their AGM, were in the Russell 3000 Index. The total sample includes 2,511 companies.
Data reviewed includes proposal volume, topics, and sponsorship. The discussion of voting results is integrated with information on non-voted shareholder proposals—due to their withdrawal by sponsors, the decision by management to omit them from the voting ballot or other, undisclosed reasons.
Aggregate data on shareholder proposals is examined and segmented based on business industry and company size (as measured in terms of market capitalization). For the purpose of the industry analysis, the study aggregates companies within 20 industry groups, using the applicable Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes. In addition, to highlight differences between small and large companies, findings in the Russell 3000 sample are compared with those regarding companies that, at the time of their AGMs, were in the S&P 500.