​New York, November 17, 2015 – Georgeson, a Computershare company, and the world's foremost provider of strategic shareholder consulting services to corporations and shareholder groups, announced today the release of the 28th Annual Corporate Governance Review, a comprehensive analysis of annual meetings, shareholder initiatives and proxy contests for US public companies.

“The rise of proxy access and growing influence of activists created new challenges for public companies during the 2015 proxy season, and these challenges will likely persist in the 2016 proxy season,” said Rajeev Kumar, CFA, Senior Managing Director of Georgeson US and author of the Review.

The Review includes a complete set of proxy voting data, including year-over-year summary trends and detailed company vote results. The Review also provides critical takeaways for issues such as: 

  • The rise of proxy access 
  • Trends in shareholder engagement
  • Increasing focus on board composition in director elections
  • Say on pay and pay-for-performance disconnect
  • Shareholder activism and contested solicitations

Georgeson has collected and published statistics on corporate governance proposals since 1987, the year institutional investors first sponsored shareholder proposals. 

To view the complete 2015 Annual Corporate Governance Review, including the proposals and contests covered and Georgeson’s analysis of the outcomes, visit www.georgeson.com/acgr. 

About Georgeson 
Georgeson is the world's foremost provider of strategic shareholder services to corporations and shareholder groups working to influence corporate strategy. We offer unsurpassed advice and representation for annual meetings, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and other extraordinary transactions. Our core proxy expertise is enhanced with and complemented by our strategic consulting services, including solicitation strategy, shareholder identification, corporate governance analysis, vote projections and insight into investor ownership and voting profiles. Our local presence and global footprint allow us to analyze and mitigate operational risk associated with various corporate actions worldwide. For more information, visit www.georgeson.com.