INDIANAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Executive Chairman Inge G. Thulin addressed shareholders for the last time highlighting 3M’s 2018 performance at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Indianapolis, Ind. CEO Mike Roman takes over the role of chairman of the board effective today. Thulin retires on Jun. 1, 2019, as previously announced.
3M’s 2018 results were marked by organic growth of more than three percent with growth across all business groups and geographies. Other highlights include the investment of $3.4 billion in the combination of research and development and cap-ex; $3.2 billion paid in dividends; and a $4.9 billion repurchase of 3M shares.
In a brief recap of 2019, Thulin noted softness in a few key end markets contributing to organic growth decreasing companywide and the actions 3M is taking, including an organizational realignment with the objective to improve competitiveness.
“Going forward, I remain confident in our ability to manage through the challenges we face while continuing to position 3M for the future,” Thulin said. “It has been my honor to serve 3M in different capacities across this incredible company for almost 40 years.”
3M shareholders voted on four items of business including the election of nominees for the company’s Board of Directors. Following the business portion of the meeting, Roman joined Thulin for the Q&A session.
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 2020 Annual Meeting by the vote of the majority of votes cast:
- Thomas “Tony” K. Brown, retired group vice president, Global Purchasing, Ford Motor Company
- Pamela J. Craig, retired chief financial officer, Accenture plc
- David B. Dillon, retired chairman of the board and CEO 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
- Amy E. Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Microsoft Corporation
- Muhtar Kent, retired chairman of the board and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
- Edward M. Liddy, retired chairman of the board and CEO, The Allstate Corporation
- Dambisa F. Moyo, founder and CEO, Mildstorm LLC
- Gregory R. Page, retired chairman of the board and CEO, Cargill, Incorporated
- Michael F. Roman, chief executive officer, 3M Company
- Patricia A. Woertz, retired chairman of the board and CEO, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
Shareholders ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as 3M's independent registered public accounting firm for 2019.
Shareholders approved, on an advisory basis, executives’ compensation as described in the proxy statement.
Shareholders did not approve the shareholder proposal to set target amounts for CEO 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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