Jul 3, 2019

JD Sports to review governance and remuneration policies

JD Sports has pledged to review its corporate governance and remuneration policies after investors delivered a big rebuke at its annual meeting. The retailer, whose shares were promoted to the FTSE 100 at the most recent review, said that although all the annual meeting resolutions were passed with the requisition majority, "The board acknowledges the votes against resolution two and resolutions six to eight". Just over 30 per cent of shareholders voted against the remuneration report, while 10 per cent voted against the reappointment of Peter Cowgill as executive chairman and 17 per cent against Andrew Leslie, who chairs the remuneration committee. Excluding the votes of Pentland, which owns 57 per cent of JD Sports, the reappointment of Mr Leslie was opposed by almost half of shareholders who voted. A proposed bonus of £6m in cash for Mr Cowgill, which required separate approval, was opposed by almost 20 per cent of all shareholders.

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