Stephen Kelly stepped down as a Director and CEO on 31 August 2018. Steve Hare was appointed CEO on 2 November 2018. No information regarding the succession process has been provided.
Item 13: Approve the Remuneration Report
This relates to Stephen Kelly, the former CEO. The structure of remuneration is generally satisfactory, though maximum total variable remuneration slightly exceeds guidelines. As no bonus was paid, the concerns over the overlap of performance conditions is slightly mitigated. The severance payment does not appear excessive, though this depends partially on the nature of his current employment given that he continues to receive benefits such as a company car and pension contributions, which are not considered appropriate
Sage Group is a technology provider that assists to manage businesses of all sizes. Co. provides a suite of cloud business management solutions and services including accounting, financials, enterprise management, people, payroll, payments and banking, as well as marketplace apps that can be provisioned to match the exact needs of any business. Co. has three reportable segments in which it operates, being Northern Europe (the U.K. and Ireland), Central and Southern Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France and Portugal) and NorthAmerica (the U.S., Canada and North America Intacct).
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The general evaluation of THE SAGE GROUP PLC. (GB), a company active in the Software industry, has been upgraded by the independent financial analyst theScreener with the addition of a star. Its fundamental valuation now shows 4 out of 4 possible stars while its market behaviour can be considered as moderately risky. theScreener believes that the additional star(s) merits the upgrade of its general evaluation to Slightly Positive. As of the analysis date February 22, 2019, the closing price was GBp 663.80 and its potential was estimated at GBp 710.11.
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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...
In general, Hexagon is in compliance with the Swedish regulations relating to the organisation and procedures of the Annual General Meeting. Under ITEM 12, approval is sought for the (re-)election of the board of directors and the statutory auditor. Since ECGS does not approve of the (proposed) composition of the board of directors as well as the current term in office of the statutory auditor it recommends to vote OPPOSE. Under ITEM 13, it is proposed to establish a(n) (external) nomination committee. Like several institutional investors, ECGS has concerns over the bundled form under which...
In general, Husqvarna is in compliance with the Swedish regulations relating to the organisation and procedures of the Annual General Meeting. Under ITEM 10, the nomination committee proposes to increase the remuneration of the board of directors by around 6%. In ECGS' view the current fees are already at the upper level of Swedish market practice for a company with the size and complexity of Husqvarna and it therefore does not approve of any increases without adequate justification. Since the proposal is not adequately justified, ECGS recommends to vote OPPOSE. Under ITEMS 11a(1)-11a(8), th...
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