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Note:  C. William Jones and Cornish F. Hitchcock, respectively the president of the retiree association that presented the shareholder proposal addressed in the article below and the attorney representing the association in relation to the proposal, are members of the Forum's Advisory Panel.

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Financial Times, May 4, 2007 article


'Verizon shareholders claim executive pay victory

By Paul Taylor in New York
Published: May 4 2007 03:00 | Last updated: May 4 2007 03:00


Shareholder and union activists claimed victory yesterday when Verizon Communications, the US telecommunications giant, acknowledged that a shareholder vote on a non-binding proposal that would give investors a say on executive compensation was too close to call.

Verizon said a preliminary count of the vote on the proposal - one of a series tabled at the annual meeting yesterday - "approached 50 per cent" in favour of the proposal and added that a final result would be announced in the next few weeks.

But officials of the AFL-CIO, the US trade union confederation which had backed the proposal, said last night that they believed it had passed with 49 per cent of the vote in favour, 49 per cent against and 2 per cent abstaining.

The proposal, put forward by C. William Jones and the Association of BellTel Retirees, called for shareholders to be consulted over the pay packages of senior executives, including Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon's chairman and chief executive.

Some shareholders have complained about the size of his $21.3m 2006 compensation package, even though, as Verizon has pointed out, it was less than counterparts at similar sized companies.

Mr Jones described the vote, regardless of the final outcome, as "a major moral victory for shareowners and the retirees of this company".





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