Woodside Petroleum Limited | ASX | Meeting Date: 2013/04/24
Woodside’s major shareholder, Shell Energy Holdings Australia Limited, has a substantial ongoing transaction with the Company, involving purchase and sale of goods and services aggregating US$410 million in financial year 2012. While Woodside has a Directors’ Conflict of Interest Guidelines, which governs transactions and excludes interested directors from board material and discussion on relevant issues, shareholders should insist on better disclosure than the vague “both at normal market prices and on normal commercial terms” of how Woodside’s interest is protected in those transactions. Therefore, it will befit Woodside to disclose clear principles and procedures by which those transactions are both governed and monitored in the interest of Woodside and which should be meaningfully reported upon annually to shareholders in the annual report by a committee of independent directors charged with that monitoring process.

Barrick Gold Corporation | TSX | Meeting Date: 2013/04/24
Shareholders have a lot to ponder at Barrick Gold Corp’s AGM this year following some notable changes in leadership, including the replacement of CEO Aaron Regent after less than three years on the job and the appointment of former banker and China finance and international relations expert, John Thornton, as co-chairman. While some shareholders may welcome some change following a disappointing year, the $11.9 million price tag used to lure Mr. Thornton is sure to draw scrutiny, particularly in light of his apparent lack of mining experience. On top of his generous golden handshake, the salary that both Mr. Thornton and chairman Peter Munk now receive places them comfortably at the top of Canadian executives. And, following this week’s collapse in gold prices, shareholders may rightfully question whether such generous pay packages were prudent in light of such uncertainty.


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