Shareholders of Wolters Kluwer approved all resolutions at today’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). In addition to adopting the financial statements for 2016, shareholders approved a total dividend of €0.79 per ordinary share, resulting in a final dividend of €0.60 per share. Mr. Frans Cremers and Ms. Ann Zieglerwere appointed as new members of the Supervisory Board.
Supervisory Board changes and composition
Mr. Peter Wakkie, having completed the maximum of three four-year terms, retired as chairman and member of the Supervisory Board at the conclusion of today’s AGM. He is succeeded as chairman by Mr. Frans Cremers, whose appointment to the Supervisory Board was approved today. Mr. Len Forman also retired today, having come to the end of his third four-year term.
Following the appointment of Ann Ziegler announced today, women now represent 43% (three out of seven) of our Supervisory Board members, bringing the gender balance in line with Dutch governance standards and our preferred profile for the Supervisory Board. The composition of the Supervisory Board is also in line with the preferred profile as it relates to expertise, nationality, and age. Five nationalities are represented on the Supervisory Board, bringing diverse expertise and experience.