SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 25, 2019
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Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
At the Company’s Annual Meeting held on June 25, 2019, stockholders voted on the election of Directors to the Board, an advisory vote to approve the compensation of named executive officers and the ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the 2019 fiscal year. The holders of 25,090,548 shares of Class A common stock, or approximately 84.80% of the eligible voting shares, were represented at the meeting in person or by proxy.
All nominees for election to the Board were elected for a term that will continue until the next annual meeting of stockholders or until the director’s successor has been duly elected and qualified (or the director’s earlier resignation, death or removal). The Company’s independent inspector of election reported the final vote of the stockholders as follows:
Katherine E. Dietze
Lawrence E. Leibowitz
Jerome S. Markowitz
Jack H. Nusbaum
Margaret L. Poster
Douglas A. Rediker
Jeffrey M. Solomon
Broker non-votes for each director totaled 5,014,199.
The stockholders’ cast an advisory vote to approve the compensation of the named executive officers. The Company’s independent inspector of election reported the final vote of the stockholders as follows:
Advisory Vote to Approve the Compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers
Broker non-votes for this proposal totaled 5,014,199.
The stockholders’ vote ratified the appointment of the independent auditor. The Company’s independent inspector of election reported the final vote of the stockholders as follows:
Ratification of KPMG LLP as the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for the Year Ending December 31, 2019
Item 8.01. Other Events.
On June 25, 2019, Cowen Inc. (the “Company”) announced that following the Company’s 2019 annual meeting, Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey M. Solomon has been named Chairman of its Board of Directors. Outgoing Chairman Jerome S. Markowitz is now serving as Lead Independent Director. The Company’s related press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
The following exhibits are being filed with this Current Report on Form 8-K:
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated: June 25, 2019
/s/ Owen S. Littman
Name: Owen S. Littman
Title: General Counsel
COWEN NAMES JEFFREY M. SOLOMON AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
JEROME S. MARKOWITZ ASSUMES ROLE OF LEAD INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
NEW YORK – June 25, 2019 - Cowen Inc. (NASDAQ:COWN) (“Cowen” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that, following the Company’s 2019 annual meeting, Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey M. Solomon has been named Chairman of its Board of Directors. Outgoing Chairman Jerome S. Markowitz is now serving as Lead Independent Director.
‘Since becoming CEO in December 2017, Jeff has demonstrated the leadership to take Cowen to higher levels,” said Mr. Markowitz. “As an organization dedicated to enabling clients to outperform, Jeff’s drive, innovative thinking and vision make him the right person for the chairmanship. The Board looks forward to working with him in his newly expanded leadership role.”
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Solomon said, “I am honored to take on this important role and am grateful for the Board’s confidence in me. My fellow directors and I thank Jerry for his stewardship as Chairman over the past year, and I am especially grateful for his mentorship and guidance. I look forward to working with the Board and our talented colleagues to position Cowen for our next phase of growth.”
About Cowen Inc.
Cowen Inc. (“Cowen” or the “Company”) is a diversified financial services firm offering investment banking services, equity and credit research, sales and trading, prime brokerage, global clearing, commission management services and actively managed alternative investment products. Cowen Inc. focuses on delivering value-added capabilities to our clients in order to help them outperform. Founded in 1918, the firm is headquartered in New York and has offices worldwide. Learn more at Cowen.com