NYSE Euronext Announces 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders Vote Results

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

At the NYSE Euronext (NYX) annual stockholders’ meeting held on April 25, 2013:

  • 16 director nominees received a majority of votes cast, with an average approval rate of 96.35% of votes cast,
  • Stockholders ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2013,
  • Stockholders approved on an advisory, non-binding basis, the Company’s executive compensation,
  • Stockholders approved a Company proposal amending and restating the Company’s Omnibus Incentive Plan,
  • Stockholders reapproved the performance goals under the Company’s Omnibus Incentive Plan,
  • Stockholders did not approve a Company proposal amending certain provisions in the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (Charter) to allow stockholders to call special meetings (Special Meeting Proposal), and
  • Stockholders did not approve a Company proposal amending certain provisions in the Company’s Charter to allow stockholders to act by written consent (Written Consent Proposal).

To be approved, the Special Meeting Proposal and the Written Consent Proposal each required the affirmative vote of not less than 80% of the shares of our outstanding stock entitled to be voted at the annual meeting. The Special Meeting Proposal received the support of 99.39% of the shares of our outstanding stock actually voted at the meeting, but only 63.78% of the shares of our outstanding stock entitled to be voted, and therefore the proposal was not approved. The Written Consent Proposal received the support of 97.84% of the shares of our outstanding stock actually voted at the meeting, but only 62.79% of the shares of our outstanding stock entitled to be voted, and therefore the proposal was not approved.

The Company’s Inspector of Elections, MacKenzie Partners, Inc., informed the Company of the following stockholder vote results:

  • The stockholders elected the following persons to the Board of Directors:
      Director       For     Against       Abstain    
Jan-Michiel Hessels (Chairman) 151,172,140 3,750,378 827,937
Marshall N. Carter (Deputy Chairman) 151,738,256 3,252,684 759,515
Duncan L. Niederauer (Chief Executive Officer) 151,518,813 3,486,768 744,874
Dominique Cerutti (President & Deputy Chief Executive Officer) 151,286,397 3,707,703 756,355
André Bergen 151,908,173 3,028,523 813,759
Ellyn L. Brown 151,884,213 3,110,006 756,236
Sir George Cox 151,259,322 3,725,870 765,263
Sylvain Hefes 149,642,552 5,347,815 760,088
Lawrence E. Leibowitz (Chief Operating Officer) 153,411,657 1,582,570 756,228
Duncan M. McFarland 145,940,728 9,033,568 776,159
James J. McNulty 145,968,544 9,023,732 758,179
Luís Maria Viana Palha da Silva 153,082,621 1,906,126 761,708
Robert G. Scott 151,771,293 3,219,892 759,270
Jackson P. Tai 143,957,388 10,991,026 802,041
Rijnhard van Tets 150,928,097 4,038,469 783,889
Sir Brian Williamson 145,459,865 9,535,202 755,388
  • The following table lists the vote results for the remaining proposals:
Proposal     For     Against     Abstain      

Ratification of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2013

194,443,422 1,070,746 297,486
Non-binding advisory vote on a Company proposal to approve executive compensation 141,841,906 12,486,024 1,422,525
Company proposal to approve the Amended and Restated NYSE Euronext Omnibus Incentive Plan 151,841,021 3,534,609 374,825
Company proposal to reapprove the performance goals under the NYSE Euronext Omnibus Incentive Plan 152,538,130 2,848,366 363,959
Company Special Meeting Proposal 154,797,834 616,557 336,064
Company Written Consent Proposal 152,383,069 3,043,960 323,426
 

In addition to the figures provided above, there were 40,061,199 broker non-votes for each of the proposals with the exception of the ratification of auditors, which had zero broker non-votes.

About NYSE Euronext

NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets — the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE MKT, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca — represent one-third of the world's equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index. For more information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com.

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