Lonza Announces Results of the 2022 Annual General Meeting – All Motions Proposed by Board of Directors Accepted
- Shareholders re-elected all existing members of the Board of Directors who stood for re-election and elected Marion Helmes and Roger Nitsch as new members of the Board of Directors
- Albert M. Baehny was re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for another year
- A dividend of CHF 3.00 per share will be paid out starting from 11 May 2022
- 33,179,173 shareholders delegated their votes to the independent proxy, representing 45% of the share capital
- Board of Directors to initiate audit tender in Q2 2022 for services starting from the financial year 2024
Basel, Switzerland, 5 May 2022 – Today, Lonza Group Ltd hosted its Annual General Meeting (AGM), led by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Albert M. Baehny. To ensure the continuing health and safety of Lonza’s shareholders and employees, the 2022 AGM was conducted without the presence of shareholders. Lonza had previously recommended that shareholders delegate their votes to the independent proxy on 24 March 2022. The independent proxy represented 100% of the 33,179,173 votes represented at the AGM.
The Board members standing for re-election (Albert M. Baehny, Angelica Kohlmann, Christoph Mäder, Barbara Richmond, Jürgen Steinemann and Olivier Verscheure) were all elected for a further term in office of one year. Werner Bauer and Dorothée Deuring did not stand for re-election.
The Annual General Meeting re-elected Albert M. Baehny as Chairman of the Board of Directors for a term in office of one year. The shareholders also elected Marion Helmes and Roger Nitsch as new members of the Board, and confirmed Angelica Kohlmann, Christoph Mäder and Jürgen Steinemann as the three members of the Nomination and Compensation Committee for a further term in office of one year.
The shareholders supported all other motions proposed by the Board of Directors, including among others the acceptance of the remuneration report and the binding votes on the compensation for the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
A dividend of CHF 3.00 per share, as proposed by the Board of Directors and accepted by the shareholders, will be paid out starting from 11 May 2022. Fifty percent of this dividend will be paid out of the capital contribution reserve and will be free from Swiss withholding tax.
For further information please see the short-form minutes of the 2022 Lonza Annual General Meeting under the following link.
In addition, the Board of Directors of the Lonza Group has decided to initiate in Q2 2022 a tender for the audit and related services of the Group and its subsidiaries starting from the financial year 2024.
The overall objective of the audit tender is to select the best auditor in terms of quality within a competitive price range through a non-discriminatory, transparent and robust selection process. Potential participant firms should have sufficient expertise, experience, IT capabilities and geographical footprint to audit a listed company with a global scale and high complexity of operations. The tender is open to any audit firm meeting the above requirements. Please contact Lonza_audit_tender_2022@lonza.com by May 15, 2022 in case your firm would like to participate.