NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The D. E. Shaw group, which has been an investor in Emerson Electric Co. (the “Company”, “Emerson Electric,” or “Emerson”) (NYSE: EMR) for over four years, expressed its support for the changes announced today by the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”). Following discussions with the D. E. Shaw group, Emerson Electric announced the appointment of Mark A. Blinn to its Board and commitments to improve its corporate governance policies.
Edwin Jager, Managing Director of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P., said, “Mark Blinn is an accomplished operating executive whom we identified and believe will be a valuable addition to the Emerson Electric Board. As long-term shareholders, we appreciate Mark’s willingness to serve as a director, and appreciate the Board’s responsiveness to our concerns and engagement efforts.”
Emerson Electric has also agreed to review its executive compensation program with the help of outside advisors in an effort to add a returns-focused metric to the Company's long-term incentive plan. The Board has also committed to amending its Charter to provide for one-year director terms, subject to requisite shareholder approval at the upcoming annual meeting of Emerson shareholders. Emerson will hire a leading proxy solicitation firm to assist with this effort.
“We welcome these constructive actions from the Company and believe they will enhance the Board’s composition, its accountability to shareholders and the alignment of management incentives with shareholder returns. We look forward to ongoing close engagement with Emerson as the Board undergoes its strategy and operations review,” added Michael O’Mary, Managing Director, D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P.
The D. E. Shaw group intends to vote to elect the Board’s nominees at the upcoming shareholders meeting.
About the D. E. Shaw Group
The D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm with more than $50 billion in investment and committed capital as of July 1, 2019, and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Since our founding in 1988, our firm has earned an international reputation for successful investing based on innovation, careful risk management, and the quality and depth of our staff. We have a significant presence in the world's capital markets, investing in a wide range of companies and financial instruments in both developed and developing economies.
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