A second proxy advisory service has lent support to Presidential Life Insurance Company efforts to block a former CEO’s bid to replace the company’s board.
Proxy Governance Inc., Vienna, Va., has recommended that stockholders of Presidential Life, Nyack, N.Y., reject former CEO Herbert Kurz’s proposal to replace the company’s current directors with his own hand-picked slate. Kurz, 89, also is seeking to reinstate himself as Presidential Life’s CEO, pushing aside the current president and CEO, Donald Barnes. Barnes assumed the position in May after the company adopted a succession plan that met with Kurz’s approval.
In its Dec. 29 report, Proxy Governance calls Kurz’s plan “unimpressive,” states that his core allegation against Presidential Life “has some substantial credibility challenges,” and calls some of his explanations “Kafkaesque.”
In contrast, Proxy Governance says that the strategic plan currently being implemented by Presidential Life’s board and management team is “a more compelling growth strategy than the one proposed by the dissidents.”