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The Hartford Amends Bylaws Allowing Shareholders Proxy Access

Quarterly Dividend Of $0.21 Per Share Of Common Stock Declared

July 21, 2016
"Our board proactively adopted proxy access today, consistent with our long-standing commitment to strong corporate governance and responsiveness to shareholders."

HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hartford’s board of directors today approved an amendment to the company’s bylaws, enabling eligible shareholders to nominate their own director candidates in the company’s proxy statement. The Hartford’s Board has been diligently monitoring the proxy access debate and proactively took this action to enhance the company’s governance practices.

“The Hartford is a recognized leader in corporate governance, and we regularly engage with and value the input of our shareholders,” said The Hartford’s Presiding Director Thomas Renyi. “Our board proactively adopted proxy access today, consistent with our long-standing commitment to strong corporate governance and responsiveness to shareholders.”

As a result, the amended bylaws include the following:

  • A shareholder, or group of up to 20 shareholders, may nominate a director and have the nominee included in the company’s proxy statement;
  • The shareholder, or group collectively, must have held at least 3 percent of the company’s common stock for three years in order to make a nomination; and
  • The shareholder, or group, may nominate as many as two directors, or a number of directors equal to 20 percent of the board, whichever is greater.

Proxy access rights will first be available to shareholders in connection with The Hartford’s 2017 annual shareholders meeting. The board also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.21 per share of common stock today. The quarterly dividend is payable on Oct. 3, 2016, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 1, 2016.

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