The two largest proxy advisors in the U.S. have lined up against key leadership at JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM ) . The ensuing proxy fight is shaping up to be the year's most exciting, as Institutional Shareholders Services and Glass, Lewis recommend that investors vote down six key directors in the wake of various scandals, including the London Whale debacle.
Not surprisingly, JPMorgan thinks those directors are doing a good job. JPMorgan counterpunched, "The members of the board's risk committee have a diversity and breadth of experiences that have served the company well," and that mistakes leading to its $6 billion London Whale losses "were not attributable to the risk committee."
Gimme a break.
At some point, I believe shareholders should stop accepting excuses and start holding leadership accountable. And the company's upcoming annual meeting provides them with a good opportunity to cause a major shakeup at the top-most levels of the company.
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