Stobart Group, Iain Ferguson

24 August, 2018

Stobart appoints first female executive in board overhaul

Plans to overhaul Stobart Group’s board have come to fruition, with its first female executive appointed. Ginny Pulbrook, a partner at Camarco and co-f...
Barclays bank

19 July, 2018

Board moves at Speedy Hire; Barclays; and BTG

Speedy Hire Tools and equipment business Speedy Hire has named David Shearer as its new chairman. Shearer will succeed Jan Åstrand from 1 October 2018. Shearer has served as a non-execut...
Stobart Group, Iain Ferguson

12 July, 2018

Stobart chairman wins pyrrhic AGM vote as board overhaul looms

A major boardroom overhaul looms at support services group Stobart, despite fending off attempts by investors to oust chairman Iain Ferguson (pictured). Its AGM saw Ferguson receive 51.2% of votes ...
Persimmon

26 April, 2018

Persimmon AGM vote sees investors slam executive mega-payouts

The level of shareholder frustration and anger at Persimmon’s huge executive bonus payouts was made clear at its AGM, with the majority either voting against or abstaining from signing off its remun...
activist investors, investor activism, shareholders

7 February, 2018

Activist investors: the corporate world’s new fixture

They can strike fear into the hearts of boards. They can force an about-turn in strategy, break up a company, or even clear out long-standing and respected members of a boardroom; activist investors m...
Dutch Parliament, The Hague, Netherlands

5 February, 2018

Dutch corporate governance committee calls for more shareholder activism

Shareholders should have a more active role to ensure better long-term value creation in organisations, according to the Dutch government’s monitoring committee. In its report on the implementati...
City of London

18 September, 2017

UK companies face higher risk of activist action

UK companies are 32% more likely to be targeted by activist investors than European counterparts, according to the latest research from professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M). Th...
Sports Direct, Keith Hellawell

7 September, 2017

Hellawell narrowly retains Sports Direct chair after shareholder vote

Sports Direct’s chairman has narrowly survived a vote by independent shareholders to remain in the role. Keith Hellawell received 53.24% of votes at the sports retailer’s 2017 AGM,
Sterling, pound

18 August, 2017

‘Shareholder spring’ dents FTSE100 remuneration rise

A reprise of the "shareholder spring" last year has seen more modest remuneration for the UK’s top company directors, according to research from the Investment Association. However, dissent among th...
Burberry London

10 July, 2017

Burberry faces remuneration opposition from shareholders

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