For many issuers, annual shareholder meetings followed a relatively consistent in-person format for years. Then along came 2020 and its accompanying wave of changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly, plans for another in-person annual meeting became impractical, and issuers scrambled to shift their meetings to a virtual format.
Most people responsible for executing such a significant transition probably would have preferred it to occur by choice rather than necessity – and surely with a longer preparation lead time. Despite the trial by fire, the abrupt annual meeting transition gave issuers firsthand insight into the unique challenges of adopting a virtual format and, for some, resulted in a few surprising, positive results.
So, what can be learned from this year’s experience, and what does the future hold? Explore what the move to virtual annual shareholder meetings may mean for 2021 as SSA presents the Virtual Annual Meetings: Lessons from 2020’s Trial by Fire webinar.
Join panelists Loren Hanson from OtterTail Corporation, Josh McGraw from ALLETE and Joe Wolfe from Norfolk Southern and moderator Andrew Wilcox from Shareholder Service Solutions on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. EDT for an insightful SSA webinar exploring the benefits and challenges of virtual annual meetings.