Elliott Statement on Hess Announcement Regarding Separation of Chairman and CEO Positions
Urges Shareholders to Vote Green Proxy Card for Independent Board Nominees
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Elliott Management Corporation ("Elliott"), one of the largest shareholders of Hess Corporation (NYS: HES) , today issued the following statement on the Hess announcement regarding separation of the chairman and chief executive officer roles:
"A resolution to split the Chairman & CEO roles at Hess is on this year's proxy. Hess's announcement today is not a concession or step on the part of the Company, rather it is a reaction to the shareholder vote currently underway. It is significant to note that Hess's Board recommended against this split only a few weeks ago.
We are excited about the tremendous and continuing support the Shareholder Nominees are receiving. They will be a great benefit to the Hess Board. We look forward to a new era of accountability at Hess.
As ISS said in its report last week when it recommended for the entire slate of shareholder director nominees, "the question is never whether an incumbent board, having presided over a long destruction of value, has suddenly awakened to the need for change: it is whether, when the heightened scrutiny of the proxy contest ends, the same board is likely to remain as reinvigorated as it now professes to be."
Cast Your Vote for Highly-Qualified Independent Shareholder Nominees
By voting the GREEN proxy card, Hess shareholders can elect five new, outstanding directors who will evaluate all options for unlocking the substantial value that is trapped inside the company.
Rodney Chase (Former Deputy Group CEO, BP): Managed every major business at BP.
Harvey Golub (Former CEO, AmEx): Led turnaround resulting in 750% share appreciation.
Karl Kurz (Former COO, Anadarko): Helped lead a successful transformation of Anadarko.
David McManus (Former EVP, Pioneer): Executed "a text book repositioning of a portfolio."
Mark Smith (Senior VP/CFO, Ultra): Manages lowest-cost operator in resource play environment.
Please vote for these world-class directors by signing and returning the GREEN proxy card, voting by phone, or voting online today.
For more information, please visit www.reassesshess.com.
Elliott Associates, L.P. and Elliott International, L.P. ("Elliott") filed a definitive proxy statement and an accompanying proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on April 3, 2013. Stockholders are advised to read the definitive proxy statement, and other materials filed with the SEC, because they contain important information concerning Elliott's solicitation of proxies for the 2013 Hess Annual Meeting of Stockholders, including information concerning the participants in that solicitation. These materials are available for no charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov or by directing a request to Elliott's proxy solicitor, Okapi Partners, at its toll-free number (877) 796-5274 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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