CAYMAN ISLANDS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MKT Capital Ltd. (together with its affiliates, “MKT Capital” or “we”), a significant shareholder of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: AUPH) (“Aurinia” or the “Company”) with beneficial ownership of approximately 4.2% of Aurinia’s outstanding shares, today announced that Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”), a leading independent proxy advisory firm, has recommended shareholders vote AGAINST the ratification of the Company’s named executive officers’ (“NEOs”) compensation at the upcoming 2023 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) scheduled to be held on May 17, 2023.
Antoine Khalife, founder of MKT Capital, commented:
“Ahead of this year’s Annual Meeting, ISS has recommended shareholders vote AGAINST Aurinia’s proposal to ratify its NEOs’ compensation due to ‘unmitigated pay-for-performance misalignment.’ For years, Compensation Committee Chair Joseph Hagan has pushed through rich compensation packages to the detriment of shareholders, so we are pleased that an independent proxy advisory firm has recognized this misalignment and issued a voting recommendation accordingly. Aurinia’s NEOs are slated to receive pure time-vesting equity awards despite the fact that the Company has dramatically underperformed peers and indices across relevant time horizons. This type of misalignment is illustrative of a leadership team that does not believe it should be held accountable to its true owners, which is why MKT Capital is recommending shareholders WITHHOLD support for Chairman Dr. George Milne, CEO Peter Greenleaf and Compensation Committee Chair Joseph Hagan at the upcoming Annual Meeting. This will send a clear message to the Board that the status quo cannot persist, and swift action must be taken to reverse the destruction of shareholder value.”
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