Glenview Endorses Both of Brookdale's Director Nominees, Victoria Freed and Guy Sansone, for Election at 2019 Annual Meeting
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (BKD) ("Brookdale" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a support agreement with Glenview Capital Management ("Glenview"), the Company's largest stockholder. Glenview owned approximately 9.9% of the Company's outstanding common stock as of the close of business on September 9, 2019, the record date for the upcoming 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
Pursuant to the agreement, Glenview will vote all of its shares in favor of both the Company's Class II director nominees, Victoria Freed and Guy Sansone, and with the Board's recommendations on the other proposals at the 2019 Annual Meeting. If elected, Ms. Freed and Mr. Sansone will succeed the retiring Class II directors, Jackie Clegg and James Seward.
In connection with the agreement, Brookdale also announced today that if both Ms. Freed and Mr. Sansone are elected to the Board, Mr. Sansone will be appointed Non-Executive Chairman, effective January 1, 2020. Lee Wielansky, the Company's current Non-Executive Chairman, will remain an independent director of the Board and will work with Mr. Sansone to ensure a smooth transition of the Chairmanship.
Current Non-Executive Chairman, Lee Wielansky, said, "We appreciate that Glenview, our largest stockholder, supports the Board's nominees. The Board believes that Victoria and Guy bring a broad range of necessary expertise that will strengthen our ongoing efforts to deliver long-term value for our stockholders."
Larry Robbins, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Glenview Capital Management, said, "We appreciate the shareholder outreach undertaken by Cindy Baier and the team at Brookdale over the past several months and we are proud to commit our votes to add Victoria Freed to the Board and Guy Sansone as the next Board Chair. While we have great respect for the nominees, suggestions and analysis of long-term holder Land & Buildings, we feel that the proposal put forward by the Brookdale Board and management team provides the best combination of fresh perspectives and the likelihood of Board cohesion. We look forward to the Board, management and shareholders working cooperatively to elevate the customer experience, operating efficiently and responsibly and driving shareholder value."
Lucinda ("Cindy") Baier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookdale, said, "Lee has been an instrumental part of Brookdale's turnaround plan and recent progress and we are delighted he will continue to provide his invaluable advice as an independent director of the Board. I look forward to working closely with the Board and management team as we continue executing our strategic plan and positioning Brookdale for long-term success."
As previously announced, Brookdale's 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will take place on October 29, 2019. The Brookdale Board recommends that stockholders vote today on the WHITE proxy card "FOR" Ms. Freed and Mr. Sansone, Brookdale's new, independent and highly qualified Class II director nominees.
About Our Nominees
- Victoria Freed currently serves as Royal Caribbean International's Senior Vice President of Sales, Trade Support and Service, where she oversees the largest sales team in the cruise line industry. She has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience in the hospitality industry in the areas of sales, customer service and marketing.
- Guy Sansone currently serves as a Managing Director and Chairman of the Healthcare Industry Group at Alvarez & Marsal, a global professional services firm specializing in performance improvement for large, high-profile businesses. He has more than 25 years of experience working as a senior advisor and executive leading efforts to optimize the performance of companies, primarily in the healthcare and senior housing industries.
The full agreement with Glenview will be filed in a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is serving as financial advisor to Brookdale and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as Brookdale's legal advisor.
Sidley Austin LLP is acting as Glenview's legal advisor.
About Brookdale Senior Living
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the leading operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The Company is committed to providing senior living solutions primarily within properties that are designed, purpose-built, and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care, and living accommodations for residents. Brookdale operates and manages independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities, with 809 communities in 45 states and the ability to serve approximately 77,000 residents as of June 30, 2019. The Company also offers a range of home health, hospice, and outpatient therapy services to over 20,000 patients as of that date. Brookdale's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BKD.
About Glenview Capital Management
Glenview Capital Management, founded in 2000 by Larry Robbins, is a privately held investment management firm. Headquartered in New York with 75 employees, Glenview manages $6B across its investment products.
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