Caesars Will Implement a Majority Vote Standard for Director Elections in July 2022
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UNITE HERE and Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:CZR) have reached an agreement whereby Caesars has committed to implement a majority vote standard for uncontested director elections at its Board of Directors meeting in July 2022. The agreement came after UNITE HERE provided notice to Caesars of its intention to independently solicit proxies for a majority vote shareholder proposal at the Company’s upcoming annual meeting, asking shareholders to vote on the issue for a second time. Seventy percent of shareholders previously voted in favor of the majority vote standard at the Company’s annual meeting in 2019 (when the Company was known as Eldorado Resorts, Inc., prior to its acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corporation).
“We appreciate Caesars Entertainment’s decision to move to a majority vote standard for uncontested director elections. This reform will create a more meaningful voice for shareholders in selecting directors. As a relatively new S&P 500 company and as a leader in the gaming industry, Caesars Entertainment should be responsive to its shareholders and a role model for best corporate governance practices,” said UNITE HERE Senior Research Analyst L. Tchernyshyov.
In 2019, UNITE HERE made five non-binding proposals at Eldorado Resorts, the company which acquired Caesars Entertainment in 2020.1 The proposals included a recommendation to adopt a majority vote standard, which was approved by 70% of shareholders.2 After the Company failed to take any action to implement a majority voting standard for over two years, UNITE HERE informed Caesars of its intention to re-run the shareholder proposal at the 2022 annual meeting. In response, Caesars committed to implementing a majority voting standard, and UNITE HERE agreed it would not independently solicit proxies at the upcoming annual meeting.
UNITE HERE engages with companies in support of corporate governance improvements. “We believe that board responsiveness is critical to upholding shareholder rights and maximizing long-term shareholder value,” Tchernyshyov added.