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Koninklijke KPN is an integrated information and communications technology service provider. Co. provides its consumer customers data broadband services, IPTV services, mobile (voice, data and SMS) and fixed line telephony. Co. provides its business customers broadband services, mobile, fixed line and data services. Co. operates in the following segments: Consumer Mobile, which provides mobile services and products; Consumer Residential, which provides services in and around the house; Business, which provides fixed and mobile telephony services; NetCo, which includes fixed wholesale services; Belgium, which provides mobile telephony; and iBasis, which provides wholesale network services.
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In general, Koninklijke KPN ("KPN") is in compliance with the Dutch regulations relating to the organisation and procedures of the Annual General Meeting. Under ITEM 4, the supervisory board seeks approval to amend the Company's remuneration policy. Although ECGS has no (major) concerns over the proposed amendments, the maximum variable salary, corresponding to 405% of annual base salary, exceeds the threshold of 300% of annual base salary under ECGS' guidelines. Accordingly, ECGS recommends to vote OPPOSE. There are no further peculiarities.
KPN is the incumbent telecom operator in the Netherlands and is starting to show signs of growth. In 2014, the firm sold its E-Plus division in Germany to Telefonica and in February 2016, it completed the sale of Base--its Belgian operation--to Liberty Global for EUR 1.325 billion. These deals strengthened the balance sheet even after paying out some of the proceeds in special dividends.Increased competition and changes in customer behavior have pressured KPN's sales in the Netherlands. Its traditional consumer fixed-line business has been shrinking rapidly for years, as cable competition has ...
In general, Essity is in compliance with the Swedish regulations relating to the organisation and procedures of the AGM. Under ITEMS 12.1-12.9, the (re-)election of the board of directors is proposed.In light of concerns over aggregate time commitments, ECGS recommends to vote OPPOSE to the (re-)election of: Mr. Pär Boman (ITEM 12.2) and Ms. Annemarie Gardshol (ITEM 12.4). Under ITEM 13, the nomination committee proposes to re-appoint Mr. Pär Boman as Chairman of the board of directors. As already mentioned above, ECGS has various concerns over his re-appointment and therefore does not suppo...
In general, Elisa Corporation ("Elisa") is in compliance with the Finnish regulations relating to the organisation and procedures of the Annual General Meeting. Under ITEM 13, approval is sought for the remuneration of the auditor. As non-audit fees paid are greater than 50% of the audit fee on a three-year aggregate basis, ECGS recommends to vote OPPPOSE. Under ITEM 14, the board of directors proposes to re-appoint KPMG as the Company's statutory auditor. ECGS notes that the current auditor has been in office for 15 years and there is no disclosure to suggest that the current mandate has be...
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