With annual shareholder meetings being conducted in virtual environments, boards need to be better aware of issues for the 2020 proxy season.
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Boards are under scrutiny for certain relations with proxy advisory firms due to potential conflicts of interest and inaccurate information.
Proxy voting guidelines can be drastically different between investment firms & as an investor & director it is imperative to know the rules
To better engage with proxy advisors, avoid their busy season and connect at least annually in person or a call to talk through company issues
Board directors will need to take note of the 2019 proxy reviews to better understand what shareholder issues they should pay attention to.