Press release from Business Wire
Western Union Announces Plan to Declassify Board of Directors
Monday, February 13, 2012
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (Business Wire) -- The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) announced today that it intends to include in its proxy statement for its 2012 annual meeting of stockholders a management proposal recommending that the Company's stockholders approve the elimination of the Company's classified board structure.
If the proposal is approved by the stockholders, declassification of the board will be implemented on a phase-out basis such that directors would start to be elected to a one-year term beginning with the directors elected at the Company's 2013 annual meeting of stockholders. The full text of the proposal will be included in the Company's proxy statement to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission later this year.
In light of the Company's plan to declassify its board and its ongoing assessment of whether “proxy access” should be included in the Company's corporate governance structure, the Company also announced that it no longer intends to submit for stockholder vote at its 2012 annual meeting a management proposal to implement a form of proxy access.
About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of December 31, 2011, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of 485,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2011, The Western Union Company completed 226 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $81 billion of principal between consumers, and 425 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.
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