May 2, 2018 / 9:44 AM / 2 years ago

Hermes urges VW investors to oppose board nominees

FILE PHOTO: The Volkswagen logo is seen on a vehicle at the New York Auto Show in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

BERLIN (Reuters) - Investment advisory firm Hermes EOS on Wednesday called on Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) investors to vote against the election of supervisory board members at the annual shareholder meeting on Thursday.

The proposed re-election of board member Wolfgang Porsche and the election of Marianne Heiss would contradict a move towards more independent representation on the 20-member controlling panel and undermine corporate governance principles, Hermes, which represents large institutional investors, said in a written statement.

Heiss has been nominated by Volkswagen (VW) to replace Annika Falkengren, a Swedish banker who has switched jobs, while Porsche, chairman of VW’s majority stakeholder Porsche SE (PSHG_p.DE), is seeking a new term on the VW board.

Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Tom Sims

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