AUSTIN, Texas & ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M Chairman, President and CEO Inge G. Thulin today highlighted 3M’s solid 2015 performance while focusing on the company’s execution of the 3M Playbook to deliver efficient growth. Thulin addressed 3M’s 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Austin, Texas.
“We continue to execute well and invest in our businesses to create even greater value for our customers and our shareholders,” Thulin said. “I continue to be pleased with our team’s ability to effectively serve our customers and manage those things within our control. Our focus on operational excellence is enabling us to deliver premium returns even in a low-growth economic environment.”
Thulin told shareholders how three key levers of the 3M Playbook – portfolio management, investing in innovation, and business transformation – are strengthening the enterprise.
In 2015, 3M enhanced its portfolio with acquisitions including Capital Safety, a global leader in fall protection, and Membrana, a technology leader which bolsters 3M’s filtration business platform. 3M invested $1.8 billion in R&D in 2015, while opening six new customer technical centers globally as well as a new state-of-the art laboratory in the U.S. The company continued to implement business transformation initiatives to enable it to serve customers with even greater efficiency and agility around the world.
Preliminary Shareholder Voting Results
3M shareholders today elected the 12 nominees to the company’s Board of Directors for a one-year term that expires at the 2017 Annual Meeting by the vote of the majority of votes cast:
• Sondra L. Barbour, executive vice president, Information Systems & Global Solutions, Lockheed Martin Corporation
• Thomas “Tony” K. Brown, retired group vice president, Global Purchasing, Ford Motor Company
• Vance D. Coffman, retired chairman of the board and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation
• David B. Dillon, retired chairman and chief executive officer of The Kroger Co.
• Michael L. Eskew, retired chairman of the board and CEO, United Parcel Service Inc.
• Herbert L. Henkel, retired chairman of the board and CEO, Ingersoll-Rand plc
• Muhtar Kent, chairman of the board and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
• Edward M. Liddy, retired chairman of the board and CEO, The Allstate Corporation
• Gregory R. Page, retired chairman of the board and CEO, Cargill Incorporated
• Inge G. Thulin, chairman of the board, president and CEO, 3M Company
• Robert J. Ulrich, retired chairman of the board and CEO, Target Corporation
• Patricia A. Woertz, retired chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
Shareholders ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as 3M’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2016.
Shareholders approved, on an advisory basis, executive compensation as described in the proxy statement.
Shareholders approved the 2016 long-term incentive plan.
Shareholders rejected the shareholder proposal on special meetings.
Shareholders rejected the shareholder proposal on share repurchase program and executive compensation.
3M will disclose the final voting results on each item of business properly presented at the Annual Meeting on Form 8-K to be filed with the SEC.
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