28 Apr 2020

Lonza Announces Results of the 2020 Annual General Meeting – All Motions Proposed by Board of Directors Accepted

  • 44,965,404 shareholders delegated their votes to the independent proxy, representing 60.38% of the share capital
  • Shareholders re-elected all existing members of the Board of Directors who stood for re-election and elected Dorothée Deuring and Moncef Slaoui as new members of the Board of Directors 
  • Albert M. Baehny was re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for another year
  • A dividend of CHF 2.75 per share will be paid out starting from 5 May 2020

Basel, Switzerland, 28 April 2020 – Today, Lonza Group Ltd hosted its Annual General Meeting, led by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Albert M. Baehny. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no shareholders were admitted to attend the Annual General Meeting in person. Lonza had previously recommended that shareholders delegate their votes to the independent proxy on 20 March 2020. The independent proxy represented 100% of the 44,965,404 votes represented at the Annual General Meeting.

The Board members standing for re-election (Albert M. Baehny, Werner Bauer, Angelica Kohlmann, Christoph Mäder, Barbara Richmond, Jürgen Steinemann and Olivier Verscheure) were all elected for a further term in office of one year. Patrick Aebischer and Margot Scheltema did not stand for re-election.

The Annual General Meeting re-elected Albert M. Baehny as Chairman of the Board of Directors for a term in office of one year. The shareholders also elected Dorothée Deuring and Moncef Slaoui as new members of the Board; and Angelica Kohlmann, Christoph Mäder and Jürgen Steinemann as the three acting members of the Nomination and Compensation Committee.

The shareholders supported all other motions proposed by the Board of Directors, including among others the acceptance of the remuneration report and the binding votes on the compensation for the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.

A dividend of CHF 2.75 per share, as proposed by the Board of Directors and accepted by the shareholders, will be paid out starting from 5 May 2020. Fifty percent of this dividend will be paid out as repayment from reserves from capital contributions, without deduction of Swiss withholding tax, in accordance with Article 5, paragraph 1 bis of the Federal Law on Withholding Tax.

For further information please see the short-form minutes of the Lonza Annual General Meeting under the following link.