DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Flowserve Corp. (NYSE: FLS), a leading provider of flow control products and services for the global infrastructure markets, held its 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders today virtually in order to protect the health and safety of its shareholders, employees, directors and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joe Harlan and Rick Mills concluded their service as members of the Board of Directors effective after the annual meeting. "I want to thank both Joe and Rick for their many years of service to Flowserve and our shareholders," said Scott Rowe, Flowserve President and Chief Executive Officer. "We have transformed the organization during their time on the board and both have leveraged their leadership and operational experience to support our efforts."
Concerning the official business of the meeting, the company announced that its shareholders re-elected, Roger L. Fix, Sujeet Chand, Ruby R. Chandy, Gayla J. Delly, John R. Friedery, John L. Garrison, Michael C. McMurray, David E. Roberts and Scott Rowe to the company's Board of Directors, each to serve an annual term expiring at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
Biographies for all members of the Board of Directors can be found in the company's 2020 Proxy Statement or on www.flowserve.com.
Voting results indicate that shareholders approved an advisory vote on executive compensation, voting approximately 95 percent in favor of the proposal.
Additionally, shareholders ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the company's independent registered public accounting firm for 2020 and approved amendments to the Company's Certificate of Incorporation to allow shareholder action by less than unanimous written consent.
In addition, shareholders rejected a shareholder proposal requesting that the Company amend its By-Laws to permit an advisory vote for amendments to the Company’s organizational documents.
Final voting results on all agenda items will be available in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by the company following certification by the company's inspector of elections.
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