ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Mike Roman addressed shareholders at 3M’s 2020 Annual Meeting. Roman delivered brief remarks highlighting the company’s leadership in responding to COVID-19 – including its rapid acceleration of respirator production to protect healthcare workers and first responders, along with aggressive efforts to fight fraud, price-gouging and other unethical activity. Roman also discussed the strength of the 3M business model and hosted a Q&A session.
“We are attacking the pandemic from all angles, and going forward we’ll continue to do all we can to protect our people, protect our enterprise and help the world get through this crisis,” said Roman. “The fundamentals of 3M are strong, and our four priorities – portfolio, transformation, innovation, and people and culture – have positioned us to lead through this fast-moving situation and deliver for all of our stakeholders.”
The meeting was held virtually to prioritize the health and well-being of participants. For pertinent shareholder questions that could not be answered during the meeting due to time constraints, the company will either reply directly or will post answers to a representative set of these questions at https://investors.3M.com.
3M shareholders voted on four items of business, including the election of nominees for the company’s Board of Directors. Edward M. Liddy, who has served as a director since 2000, is no longer eligible to stand for re-election as he has reached the mandatory retirement age for members of the company’s Board.
“Ed’s leadership, guidance and counsel have been invaluable throughout his 20 years as a 3M director,” Roman continued. “I thank him for his many contributions to our Board and the company, and I wish him and his family a happy and healthy future.”
Preliminary Shareholder Voting Results
3M shareholders today elected 11 directors for one-year terms that expire at the company’s 2021 Annual Meeting:
- 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, 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
- Dambisa F. Moyo, founder and CEO, Mildstorm LLC
- Gregory R. Page, retired chairman of the board and CEO, Cargill
- Michael F. Roman, chairman of the board and CEO, 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 2020.
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 a Form 8-K to be filed with the SEC.
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