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In Blow To Disney, Leading Proxy Advisory Firm Backs Nelson Peltz

ISS, the most influential proxy advisory service, has recommended shareholders vote to put Trian’s Nelson Peltz on Disney’s board, saying the activist investor, “with his considerable experience on other boards and fiduciary duties owed to a large shareholding group, appears best positioned to bring a shareholder perspective to the board.”

ISS advises shareholders how to vote at annual meetings. Disney’s is coming up April 3. It did not recommend a vote for Trian’s other nominee, former Disney executive Jay Rasulo.

Its report today differs from that of Glass Lewis, another advisory firm that last week recommended shareholders support only Disney board nominees.

To get Peltz on the board, ISS recommends shareholders withhold votes for current director Maria Elena Lagomasino, one of the two directors Peltz was also targeting.

“Dissident nominee Peltz, as a significant shareholder, could be additive to the succession process, providing assurance to other investors that the board is properly engaged this time around. He could also help evaluate future capital allocation decisions. Moreover, multi-year concerns surrounding Lagomasino’s role as a compensation committee member strengthen the case that Peltz’s addition, on balance, would appear a net positive.”


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