/// RIM Superstructure Needs Major Overhaul, Says Proxy Firm
Research In Motion’s upcoming shareholder meeting is shaping up to be quite the spectacle. With the company’s shares deep in the mud and investor confidence waning, Glass Lewis today added its voice to calls to split up the company’s chairman and CEO roles. The proxy advisory service on Friday formally recommended shareholders vote in favor of a motion that would separate those roles which are currently held jointly by Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis. “We are concerned that the current co-chair/co-CEO structure provides inadequate independent checks on executives and management, particularly since the co-CEOs founded the company and are its largest shareholders,” Glass Lewis said in a report on the matter , adding that an independent chairman would be better able to oversee company executives. RIM vehemently opposes the motion, which was originally proposed by Northwest & Ethical Investments, but it will be put to a vote at RIM’s annual shareholder meeting on July 12. And that should be interesting given the level of investor frustration with the company.
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RIM Superstructure Needs Major Overhaul, Says Proxy Firm