SOUTHFIELD, Mich.--Superior Industries International, Inc. (NYSE:SUP), the largest manufacturer of aluminum wheels for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles in North America, today reported that, based on a preliminary vote count provided by Superior’s proxy solicitor, all eight of Superior’s director nominees— Michael R. Bruynesteyn, Margaret S. Dano, Jack A. Hockema, Paul J. Humphries, James S. McElya, Timothy C. McQuay, Donald J. Stebbins and Francisco S. Uranga—were re-elected to Superior’s Board of Directors at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders held earlier today. Final certified voting results are expected to be made publicly available later this week.
Superior issued the following statement commenting on the 2016 Annual Meeting’s results:
“We greatly appreciate the continued support of our stockholders and look forward to being able to return our full attention to our continuing efforts to transform Superior into an even stronger, more efficient global competitor.”
At a meeting where 90% of Superior’s approximately 25.2 million outstanding shares were represented, all of Superior’s director nominees received overwhelming support from stockholders. The final tabulation of results will be completed by the independent tabulation and voting certification firm IVS Associates, Inc., which served as the Independent Inspector of Elections.
In other business conducted at the meeting, stockholders:
- Approved, in a non-binding advisory vote, executive compensation;
- Approved the material terms of the performance goals under the Company’s Annual Incentive Performance Plan;
- Approved the consideration of a proposal regarding proxy access; and
- Ratified the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 25, 2016
Further details regarding the results of the 2016 Annual Meeting will be contained in a Current Report on Form 8-K that Superior will be filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This filing will be available at no charge at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. Copies will also be available at no charge at the Investor Relations section of our corporate website at www.supind.com.
Superior was advised in connection with the proxy contest by Winston & Strawn, LLP. Okapi Partners, Inc. served as Superior’s proxy solicitor.
About Superior Industries
Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, Superior is the largest manufacturer of aluminum wheels for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles in North America. From its plants in the U.S. and Mexico, the company supplies aluminum wheels to the original equipment market. Major customers include BMW, FCA, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota and Volkswagen. For more information, visit www.supind.com.
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