Assembly Bio. Bd. Members be Elected by Majority

Board of Directors amend  Company’s policies, articles of incorporation and/or bylaws to provide that director nominees be elected by the affirmative vote of the majority of votes cast, with a plurality vote standard retained for contested director elections, that is, when the number of director nominees exceeds the number of board seats. This proposal includes that a director who receives less than a majority vote be removed as soon as a replacement director can be qualified on an expedited basis. If such a removed director has key experience, they can transition to a consultant or director emeritus.

We need to provide shareholders a meaningful role in director elections, Company’s current director election standard should transition from a plurality vote standard to a majority vote standard with only board nominated candidates are on the ballot.

Under Company’s current voting system, a director can be elected if all shareholders oppose the director but one shareholder votes FOR, even by mistake. More than 90% of the companies in the S&P 500 have adopted majority voting for uncontested elections.