2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders
Amgen held its 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 21, 2019, in Westlake Village, California. At this meeting, stockholders were asked to vote on various items as included in the Notice of 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement. Approximately 89 percent of outstanding shares were represented at the meeting.
The director nominees Wanda M. Austin, Robert A. Bradway, Brian J. Druker, Robert A. Eckert, Greg C. Garland, Fred Hassan, Rebecca M. Henderson, Charles M. Holley, Jr., Tyler Jacks, Ellen J. Kullman, Ronald D. Sugar, and R. Sanders Williams were each elected to Amgen's Board of Directors. Each director received approximately 96 percent or more of the votes cast “For.” Also at the meeting, retiring director Frank C. Herringer was recognized for his contributions while on the Board of Directors. With the re-election of all of the director nominees and Mr. Herringer’s retirement, Amgen currently has 12 directors.
Stockholders approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers, commonly known as “Say on Pay.” The non-binding proposal gives stockholders the opportunity to endorse or not endorse Amgen’s executive pay programs and policies. Say on Pay received approximately 93 percent of the votes cast “For” the proposal.
With approximately 96 percent of the votes cast “For,” stockholders ratified Ernst & Young LLP as Amgen's independent registered public accountants for the year ending December 31, 2019.
Counting of Votes
All votes have been tabulated by the inspector of election appointed for the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The inspector of election separately tabulated affirmative and negative votes and abstentions and broker “non-votes.” A broker non-vote occurs when a nominee holding shares for a beneficial owner has not received instructions from the beneficial owner and does not have discretionary authority to vote the shares.
With respect to the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders:
- Subject to Amgen’s Amended and Restated Bylaws, the election of directors required a majority of the votes cast. Abstentions and broker non-votes had no effect in determining the election of directors.
- The approval of the advisory vote on our executive compensation required the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares present or represented by proxy at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and entitled to vote on the matter. Abstentions had the same effect as votes against the proposal and broker non-votes had no effect on the proposal.
- The ratification of the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent public accountants for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019 required the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares present or represented by proxy at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and entitled to vote on the matter. Abstentions had the same effect as votes against the ratification. There were no broker non-votes in connection with the ratification.
2018 Annual Report to Stockholders
2019 Proxy Statement