Fun facts: How the annual meeting will be run

No surprise! Chairman and CEO Craig Dubow (left) has total control over today’s shareholders meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Corporate headquarters in McLean, Va. The event is open to stockholders (or their designated representatives) and anyone else who requested tickets, according to the “rules of procedure,” which I requested in advance.

Once recognized by Dubow, stockholders may address the meeting for up to three minutes. But, watch out, because Dubow will rule as out of order any discussions that are, among other things:

  • Irrelevant to the business of the company, the meeting, or the issue at hand.
  • Proposals related to the conduct of the company’s ordinary business operations.
  • Disorderly.
  • Generally repetitious statements already made by other persons.
  • In furtherance of the speaker’s personal or business interests, rather than stockholder matters.
And, of course, there will be no live-blogging because, well, the clicking sound of a laptop keyboard is so distracting!

14 Responses to “Fun facts: How the annual meeting will be run”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Jim – afterwards, can you stop out at the former softball field for a moment of silence… for all of us who just never will have a chance to play? Sniff. Thanks….

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Any way we can get a transcript of what happens? I’d like to hear what the tone of the meeting was.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Hmmmm, let’s see: Even as a shareholder, you can’t address his absurd bonus for “non-performance” at the shareholders meeting, because it’s related to the conduct of the company’s ordinary business operations. You can’t address the bonus through any other venue, either, because there is none.

    Damn, I hope that my kids get jobs like this when they grow up. God knows, I haven’t been able to find one!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    If they want to save money and I mean money, they should take a look at all the dead wood they have at there Phoenix plant.
    In the mail room alone they have over twenty salary people alone.
    One shift there are only six people who work on it but they have two salary people on it….come on !!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    So let me get this straight. A company that expounds freedom of everything, creates a controlled Russia-like scenario when it comes to free expression at its own annual meeting. That’s why I left this company that’s filled with bottom-line hyprocrites who USE the first amendment strictly for monetary gain. Hope they choke on their caviar and sushi today.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    You didn’t say a word. Didn’t have your blog to hide behind did ya.

  7. Jim Hopkins Says:

    Uh, actually: No. If I wanted to hide, why would I bother to fly 3,000 miles to McLean, Va. (More on all this in a few.)

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Where’s the gray hair on this guy? Too many lunches with the CFO. And no visits with the local operating newspapers to hear the real world. Get your head out of your arse.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    You still didn’t answer why you flew all the way out to corporate if you didn’t have the guts to get up and speak. You had the best opportunity you’ll ever get to talk to the CEO and possibly get some answers. You wasted a lot of time and money. You seem to be all talk and no action.

  10. Jim Hopkins Says:

    To Anon@12:19 p.m. Perhaps you missed this post:

  11. Anonymous Says:

    I smell bullshit. So you went all that way so you could chase down DS like a breathless teen and find out if she reads the blog. No challenges at the session, the speech stayed in your pocket and you never asked the object of your scorn a question. You can rationalize it all you want but instead of exercising your alledged jounalistic courage you wimped out. It is easy to create some dumb ass
    t-shirt but when the guy is standing there eye to eye you pissed your pants. At least the guy in the leisure suit had the balls to get up and ask his question. Back where I come from they refer to dudes like you as “All Hat No Cattle.”

    Can’t wait to see your courageous comments when you get back in your living room.

    And just for the record I am a guy who likes the blog, at least I did before you crapped your pants.

  12. Jim Hopkins Says:

    To Anon@5:52 p.m.: First, I seriously doubt I would have published your exceptionally coarse comment if it had been directed at anyone other than me. In the interest of fairness, however, I believe I’ve never rejected any comments that were personally critical of me; that would be unfair.

    Once again, I came to McLean (although with considerable reluctance) for one reason — to advance my blog in the eyes of the board of directors. And that’s what I did.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    First of all you have published much worse when it comes to to pooping on the floor, attacks on Gracia M, etc. The attack on you is deserved because you have positioned yourself as this white night who is going to defend the defenseless. You had the object of your Blog in your sites and you did NOTHING. You did not go relutantly. You bragged to everyone reading what you were going to do. You lost your nerve. Admit it and move on.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    If you came to McLean just to advance your blog in the eyes of the board of directors, then I think you misled a lot of people. If your only blog-enlightening was with Donna Shalala, I would hardly call that an accomplishment. She really puts nothing forth on this board — nor do any of the other members. You write all this stuff about the company, of which I have no doubt most is true, but don’t make any effort to get answers once you have the best opportunity. Harry Korba has been coming to these meetings for years and while he may not really say anything when he does speak, at least he has the guts to get up there. Shame on you for presenting yourself as someone who would stand up for the Gannetteers. Next time just stay in San Francisco and hide behind your computer.

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