At the 130th Annual General Meeting dated 20th May 2020, the shareholders of Orell Füssli Holding AG adopted all the proposals of the Board of Directors and approved the Annual Report, the Annual Financial Statements as well as the Consolidated Annual Financial Statements for the year 2019. They also approved various amendments to the articles of association and the renaming of the company to Orell Füssli AG. The shareholders also ratified the actions of the members of the Board of Directors for the year 2019 and approved the proposal to pay a dividend of CHF 6.00 per registered share. The dividend will be paid free of charge from the 27th May 2020. The last trading day entitling the shareholder to receipt of the dividend is 22th May 2020. The shares will be traded ex-dividend from 25th May 2020.
Dr. Anton Bleikolm, President of the Board of Directors since 2017, as well as the directors Dieter Widmer and Dr. Thomas Moser were re-elected for a further one-year term. Mirjana Blume, Dr. Martin Folini and Dr. Luka Müller were newly elected to the Board of Directors. Dr. Thomas Moser and Dr. Martin Folini were elected as members of the Compensation Committee. PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Zurich was re-elected as auditors and the law firm of Keller KLG, Zurich as independent proxies, both for a further one-year term.
In an advisory vote, the shareholders approved the 2019 Compensation Report. The Annual General Meeting approved the maximum compensation for the members of the Board of Directors up to the 2021 Annual General Meeting and the maximum compensation for the members of the Executive Board for the 2021 financial year.
As a result of the extraordinary situation in connection with the corona virus pandemic, the Annual General Meeting was held without the attendance of the shareholders in person. The shareholders were able to exercise their rights via the independent proxy or via the online platform. A total of 65.89% of the share capital in the sum of CHF 1‘960‘000 was represented at the Annual General Meeting.