2018 Proxy Season Preview
Publication Date: April 6, 2018

Highlights of the upcoming proxy season, including governance and compensation issues, are discussed in this 2018 proxy review by Shirley Westcott, Senior Vice President at Alliance Advisors LLC. Westcott expects the upcoming proxy season to reflect shifting investor priorities with social and environmental issues at the forefront of engagement discussions and shareholder resolutions. The article identifies two issues from 2017—board diversity and change risk— that are likely to gain more traction in 2018. The article also describes new and revived proposals that are expected for the 2018 annual meetings, updates from proxy advisory firms, and trends that will help plan for 2019.