AbbVie Inc (ABBV)
Voluntary submission by John Chevedden, POB 2673, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.
Vote for Management Proposal # 5:
Management Proposal to Eliminate Supermajority Voting
Management failed to mention that a rule 14a-8 shareholder proposal was submitted for the 2021 shareholder meeting on the same topic as this management proposal.
The 2021 shareholder proposal was necessary because management failed to obtain an 80% vote from all the shares outstanding for its own proposal on the same topic in 2019. And it failed by a relatively small margin. The 2021 shareholder proposal was superseded by the 2021 management proposal # 5 on the same topic.
Management does not seem to have much enthusiasm for its own proposal so it makes it necessary for me, a small shareholder, to urge a yes-vote for the management proposal. It is especially important to get a high shareholder voting turnout for this proposal because it needs an 80% vote from all shares outstanding. If a shareholder sits out this election it is the same as a vote against vote this management proposal.
And failure to get an 80%-vote for this proposal has a cascading bad outcome. It prevents us shareholders from voting on each director every year. This could have a further cascading bad outcome because if the chair of the ABBV management pay committee is lavish with CEO pay it could take shareholders 3-years to have an opportunity to vote against that lavish director. Meanwhile AbbVie CEO Richard Gonzalez scored $24 million in 2020 pay – up 11%.
Urging shareholders to vote for this proposal should be the job of Mr. Edward Rapp, the chair of the ABBV Governance Committee. Instead this job seems to default to me.
Perhaps Mr. Rapp could share some of his ABBV $360,000 paycheck with me. And Mr. Rapp would seem to have enough time to work on getting shareholders to cast ballots since Mr. Rapp does not seem to have had a day job since age 58. Shareholders can check the “Against All” box regarding the election of 4 directors to send a message that the 5th vote on proposal 5 will finally go over the 80% threshold needed.
ABBV has failed 4-times since 2017 to obtain an 80% vote needed for management proposals for a long overdue improvements in ABBV’s outdated governance rules.
Perhaps Mr. Rapp can learn from the management of another company which likewise needed to obtain a high percentage vote from all shares outstanding. This company said:
• We intend to undertake an aggressive outreach program to all elements of our shareholder base to encourage them to vote for management’s supermajority vote proposal.
• This will be done through direct solicitation of institutional and hedge fund investors as well as a campaign to maximize favorable voting by retail holders to the greatest extent feasible through frequent reminder mailings with proxy cards and a telephone calling campaign.
• We also will be engaging with proxy advisors and expect that they will recommend for management’s proposal.
Please vote for Management Proposal 5 which would remove the existing 80% supermajority vote requirements. This would pave the way for annual election of each director.
Written materials are submitted pursuant to Rule 14a-6(g)(1) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.*
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