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October 17, 2018

The annual proxy for this provider of human resources software and services had the following proposals: 

  1. Proforma votes on directors, appointment of auditors, and “say-on-pay” advisory vote 
  2. Board proposal to adopt 2018 Omnibus Award Plan 

Magni voted as follows: 

  1. Magni voted for all proforma proposals.
    -Directors – The board has a majority of independent directors and some have CEO/CFO experience with other companies. The compensation of directors is disclosed with a meaningful portion in equity where the equity has restrictions to align director incentives with long-term value creation. The compensation levels are set using a benchmarking process.
    -Auditors – There appear to be no controversies with the financial statements of the company.
    -“Say-on-pay” The proxy materials demonstrated that the board has more than considered shareholder feedback on executive compensation. In addition, the proxy materials disclosed the benchmarking done on executive compensation, including listing the peer group used in the benchmarking.

  2. Magni voted for board proposal. The 2018 Omnibus Award Plan is an updated compensation plan. The proxy identified the best practices used in constructing the plan. Given the high Magni score for ADP’s governance, Magni was comfortable voting for the plan.