Tuesday, May 15, 2012

WSJ Live Blogging J.P. Morgan’s Annual Meeting


J.P. Morgan’s annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. lasted less than an hour and included little of the drama that some might have expected days after the company took a surprise $2.3 billion trading loss.

As chairman and CEO, Jamie Dimon ran the show, and while he faced a couple questions about his handling of the company’s Chief Investment Office and its $2.3 billion in trading losses, the meeting was generally docile.

Dimon, not one to shy away from questions, actually remained silent while shareholders took to their soap boxes, and responded only when directly addressed. And even then the responses were short.

The most interesting debate was on Proposal No. 5 to elect an independent director as chairman. The proposal, put forward by union giant Afscme Employees Pension Plan, which holds 38,800 shares of J.P. Morgan, says the board should split the roles of chairman and CEO.

It is a proposal that Afscme has put to several companies this year and in the past. It also gets support from corporate governance experts, and proxy advisers. Since the trading losses were revealed, Afscme has reiterated its positions and shareholders may be willing to show more support for this.

The company has said its policy isn’t to combine the roles but that Dimon is the most qualified.

While some shareholders asked about the proposal, Dimon sidestepped the debate, and the shareholders voted it down.

Here is the recap from Deal Journal’s live blogging of the event.

And here is the results of the shareholders' votes:

o    8:21 am

o    Voting results
o    by David Benoit

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Voting polls are closed and Cutler reads votes:

86% at least for all directors

91.5% for say on pay

41% for independent chairman

52.4% for the shareholder action by written consent

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