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Apple's 2012 shareholder meeting set for February 23

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Apple on Monday filed notice with the Securities Exchange Commission that its annual shareholder meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Pacific on Feb. 23 and will include four shareholder proposals.

Apple Senior Vice President and General Counsel Bruce Sewell has issued a letter to the company's shareholders inviting them to the meeting, which will be held at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Only shareholders of record as of Dec. 27, 2011 will be eligible to attend and vote at the meeting.

The agenda for the annual meeting includes: the election of Apple's board of directors, ratification of Ernst & Young as its independent registered public accounting firm for the year, an advisory vote on executive compensation and consideration of four shareholder proposals.

Last year's meeting was also held on Feb. 23.

The company's board of directors underwent several changes last year after co-founder Steve Jobs died in October. Jobs had been named chairman following his resignation as Apple's chief executive last August. At that time, newly-minted Chief Executive Tim Cook was also named to the board.

In November, Arthur Levinson was named chairman in Jobs' stead and Disney CEO Robert Iger was appointed to the board. The remaining board members include William Campbell, Millard Drexler, Al Gore, Andrea Jung and Ronald Sugar.

Apple's filing with the SEC noted that the one million restricted shares granted to Cook to ensure his long-term tenure at the company were valued at a total $376.18 million. Half of the award will vest in 2016 and the remaining half will vest in 2021.




Shareholder proposals

The first shareholder proposal listed under Apple's filing is the request for a "Conflict of Interest Report" submitted by The National Center for Public Policy research. The proposal requests that Apple's board complete a request by November 2012 disclosing any investments of board members that would represent a financial conflict of interest, describing the role board members play in the development of the company's policies and the process by which Apple determines if board member participation violates its business conduct policy, and disclosing policies that could financially benefit board members.

In a supporting statement, the shareholder voiced concerns that Apple's policy on greenhouse gas regulations benefited Gore, who is an "outspoken advocate for regulation of greenhouse gases."

Apple's board recommends a vote against the proposal.

The second proposal is entitled "Shareholder Say on Director Pay." Shareholder James McRitchie has submitted a proposal that would expand the advisory vote on executive compensation already on the ballot to include a shareholder vote on board of director compensation.

The Board opposes the proposal on the grounds that the company has "exceptionally qualified directors from diverse business backgrounds" that are reasonably and appropriately compensated.

Carey Lovelace has submitted the third shareholder proposal, entitled "Report on Political Contributions and Expenditures," that would require Apple to submit a semi-annual report disclosing its policies and procedures for political contributions and expenditures made with corporate funds. Any monetary and non-monetary contributions and expenditures used to participate or intervene in any political campaign would also need to be disclosed.

The board also recommends a vote against the political contribution proposal. Apple maintains that it already "substantially implements" the measures sought in the proposal and goes even further in its own Political Contributions and Expenditures Policy, which can be found on its website.

The final shareholder proposal is entitled "Adopt a Majority Voting Standard for Director Elections." Brought by the California Public Employees' Retirement System, it closely resembles a similar proposal from last year's meeting. According to the proposal, director nominees would require a majority vote even when running unopposed.

The Board recommends voting against the proposal, arguing that it is not in Apple's best interest. According to the company, a majority vote requirement could result in director turnover simply because too few shareholders cast votes.
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I for one accept the boards recommendations.
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Is Jonathan Ive not listed as an Executive Officer by choice or for some other reason?
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As a shareholder: No. No. No. And, No.
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Is Jonathan Ive not listed as an Executive Officer by choice or for some other reason?

Executive officer positions are not honorary degrees. Ive is a designer, not an executive.
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Executive officer positions are not honorary degrees. Ive is a designer, not an executive.

I'm not sure I follow. Ive is a SVP reporting directly to the CEO and is listed on Apple's website as one of it's executives. He has a degree in design from Northumbria university in the UK. There's nothing 'honorary' about it.
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In related news:

IPhone breathing down neck of Android in*U.S.

How in the world did that happen? Android has always had a larger share (well, since it started existing. Obviously iPhone OS had a larger share in the year and a half before Android's retooling to be like it), and everything I've heard has said that the gap is only increasing

"Where'd you hear these things?"

Well, mainly from the Android trolls here, but they've always been right

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone exists], it doesn’t deserve to.
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Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone exists], it doesn’t deserve to.
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post #9 of 21
Check out he top 3 in that list

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Check out he top 3 in that list

A three year old, painfully slow phone sells better than a brand new, seemingly fast one

Now I have the proof of what I've already been saying. The iPhone 3GS STILL remains better than anything anyone else can come up with.

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone exists], it doesn’t deserve to.
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Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone exists], it doesn’t deserve to.
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A three year old, painfully slow phone sells better than a brand new, seemingly fast one

Now I have the proof of what I've already been saying. The iPhone 3GS STILL remains better than anything anyone else can come up with.

It's all about the magic pixie dust that comes hidden deep inside in every Apple product.

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GOA

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GOA

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The 2+ years of Android dominance was virtually wiped out in a single quarter.

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post #13 of 21
Finally. I've been checking checking my mailbox for two weeks now. I can start to plan my trip.
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how about a vote on giving us a dividend??
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I for one accept the boards recommendations.

If even one of those proposals gets the slightest chance to be accepted, I would be completely shocked an speechless. What a waste of time.
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Why does Al Gore get all the benefits from the reduction of carbon emissions? That damn sneaky bastard - I KNEW he was up to something. How about some reduction of carbon emissions for the rest of us, huh?

I am still trying to figure out how Gore plans to turn reduced carbon emissions into world domination.. what is his plan? Maybe, if we all work together and start now, we can stop him from controlling all the carbon in the world. Just think of the industries that would be impacted - coal, pencils, diamonds, carbon-fibre, dry ice, non-tubes, Bucky Balls, the list of products that contain carbon goes on and on - it is the fourth most abundant element in the universe after all.

Gore must be stopped!

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Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post

I'm not sure I follow. Ive is a SVP reporting directly to the CEO and is listed on Apple's website as one of it's executives. He has a degree in design from Northumbria university in the UK. There's nothing 'honorary' about it.

Being on the Board of Directors and being an executive are two different things. The board is made up of people who (usually) don't work at the actual company, but are outstanding in some way and have some supposed positive to bring to the company. A lot of retired politicians end up being directors.
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how about a vote on giving us a dividend??

I'd rather they split the stock, then in six months I can sell a couple shares for my dividend.
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Originally Posted by lilgto64 View Post

Why does Al Gore get all the benefits from the reduction of carbon emissions? That damn sneaky bastard - I KNEW he was up to something. How about some reduction of carbon emissions for the rest of us, huh?

I am still trying to figure out how Gore plans to turn reduced carbon emissions into world domination.. what is his plan? Maybe, if we all work together and start now, we can stop him from controlling all the carbon in the world. Just think of the industries that would be impacted - coal, pencils, diamonds, carbon-fibre, dry ice, non-tubes, Bucky Balls, the list of products that contain carbon goes on and on - it is the fourth most abundant element in the universe after all.

Gore must be stopped!


Good one. He has seemingly (perhaps unintentionally) uncovered the fact that about half of the US population don't have a clue about or refuse to believe any science though. That might be considered political rhetoric here in the US however, I adamantly say it isn't or should be political ... science is science.
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post #20 of 21
DED wasn't allowed in last year (or 2 years ago - whatever) since Apple told him 'no' because he's a blogger. Will he be allowed in this time? I'd like to read a positive story from him without bashing MS.
post #21 of 21
The proposal that targets Al Gore for his environmental activity as a conflict of interest is really a stretch.
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