The Morning Brief: Elliott and Arconic Settle Ahead of Annual Meeting

Elliott will be able to engage with Arconic’s CEO search committee and meet with candidates during the selection process.

Elliott Management Corp. and Arconic reached a truce in their contentious battle that began after the company’s spinoff from Alcoa. Under the deal, Elliott, which owns a 13.2 percent stake in Arconic, will nominate three people to its board of directors: Christopher Ayers, Elmer Doty, and Patrice Merrin. Arconic will also nominate two individuals.

“We are pleased to have reached a constructive agreement with Elliott, our largest shareholder, and look forward to working collaboratively with Elliott to enable Arconic to realize the full potential of its great businesses,” the company’s board said in a statement. The company is currently looking to hire a new chief executive officer and a permanent chairman. One of the directors Elliott will nominate will join the CEO search committee. In addition, Elliott will be able to engage with the CEO search committee and meet with candidates during the selection process.

“Elliott greatly appreciates the support received from other Arconic shareholders throughout this contest, and we would like to express our profound gratitude to those shareholders,” said Dave Miller, senior portfolio manager at Elliott, in the joint statement. “We believe the governance improvements and substantial infusion of new perspectives and talent into the Board announced today … will successfully position Arconic to realize its immense potential.” In the future, the company plans to hold annual elections for directors and no longer have a provision requiring a supermajority shareholder vote. Arconic’s annual meeting is planned for this Thursday, May 25.


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