Hudson Global Announces Plan to Propose Governance Changes at 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders
November 13, 2014 at 8:30 AM EST
Proposals Enhance Corporate Governance and Strengthen Stockholder Rights
NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hudson Global, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSON), a leading global talent solutions company, today announced that it plans to propose governance changes at its 2015 annual meeting of stockholders, which is expected to be held in April or May of 2015.
The proposed governance changes, which were approved by the company's Board of Directors on October 28, 2014 and remain subject to stockholder approval, are as follows:
Accelerate the declassification of the Board of Directors so that all director positions will be up for annual election beginning at the 2016 annual meeting of stockholders
Eliminate all supermajority voting requirements and change the vote level required for approval to a simple majority
Allow holders of at least 30% of the company's outstanding stock to call special meetings of stockholders
Allow stockholders to take action on any matter without a meeting or a vote, as long as there is written consent by holders of the minimum level of shares required for that action
"As part of its regular review of the company's governance practices, Hudson's Board has determined that there are certain changes we want to make to ensure that our governance is consistent with current best practices in the United States," commented Manolo Marquez, chairman and CEO of Hudson. "We believe that the changes we are proposing today are in the best interests of our stockholders and good governance principles."
Hudson intends to propose these governance changes in its proxy materials in connection with its 2015 annual meeting of stockholders.
Hudson is a global talent solutions company with expertise in leadership and specialized recruitment, recruitment process outsourcing, talent management and contracting solutions. We help our clients and candidates succeed by leveraging our expertise, deep industry and market knowledge, and proprietary assessment tools and techniques. Operating in nearly 20 countries through relationships with millions of specialized professionals, we bring an unparalleled ability to match talent with opportunities by assessing, recruiting, developing and engaging the best and brightest people for our clients. We combine broad geographic presence, world-class talent solutions and a tailored, consultative approach to help businesses and professionals achieve higher performance and outstanding results. More information is available at Hudson.com.
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