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Proxy Scorecard: Peace Pipes in 2005

Next season, look for stock-option expensing, poison pills, and majority-election promises to top shareholder agendas.

1Jan

It looks like corporate-governance proponents checked their boxing gloves at the door during the 2005 proxy season. With fewer proxy contests, fewer shareholder proposals, and a management push to declassify boards, companies were doing more listening, and investors made progress in their quest for majority voting rights. Now all eyes are on the SEC's new chairman, Christopher Cox, to see if he'll de-emphasize William Donaldson's regulatory push — and possibly raise the ire of shareholders anew. Either way, next season look for stock-option expensing, poison pills, and majority-election promises to top shareholder agendas.


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