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H&E Equipment Services (HEES)

Employees
Data from SEC filings
Employee count
CEO pay ratio
CEO Salary
Median Employee Salary
ESG framework mentions
In last year of SEC filings
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
No mentions
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
No mentions
Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
No mentions
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No mentions
Shareholder alignment
Proxy contests and exempt solicitations in last 3 years

No recent proxy contest or exempt solicitation filings from shareholders.

Vote support at last AGM
The 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company (the “Annual Meeting”) was held on May 12, 2022. Matters submitted to the stockholders and voted upon at the meeting, which are more fully described in the Company’s Proxy Statement, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 1, 2022, were (1) the election of nine directors; (2) the ratification of the appointment of BDO USA, LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2022; and (3) an advisory vote on Named Executive Officer compensation as disclosed in the Proxy Statement.
Each of the director nominees set forth below was elected to hold office until his or her respective successor is duly elected and qualified or until his or her death, resignation or removal. Stockholders ratified the appointment of BDO USA, LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2022. Stockholders, in a non-binding advisory vote, approved the compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers as disclosed in the Company’s Proxy Statement.
The table below shows the votes cast for, against or withheld, as well as the number of abstentions and broker non-votes, as to each proposal, including a separate tabulation with respect to each nominee for director. There were no broker non-votes for the proposal regarding the ratification of the accounting firm.
(1)Election of directors.
For Withheld Broker Non-Votes
John M. Engquist 26,330,088 2,732,515 4,320,468
Bradley W. Barber 28,725,816 336,787 4,320,468
Paul N. Arnold 28,463,695 598,908 4,320,468
Gary W. Bagley 28,675,530 387,073 4,320,468
Bruce C. Bruckmann 25,183,750 3,878,853 4,320,468
Patrick L. Edsell 28,605,960 456,643 4,320,468
Thomas J. Galligan III 28,604,093 458,510 4,320,468
Lawrence C. Karlson 11,856,893 17,205,710 4,320,468
Mary P. Thompson 27,661,673 1,400,930 4,320,468
(2)Ratification of Appointment of BDO USA, LLP as independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2022.
For Against Abstain
33,053,370 125,331 204,370
(3)Advisory vote on Named Executive Officer compensation as disclosed in the Proxy Statement.
For Against Abstain Broker Non-Votes
27,558,564 1,194,041 309,998 4,320,468
Although each of the above nominees was reelected as a director of the Company, Mr. Karlson received a greater number of “withheld” votes from his election than votes “for” his election. In accordance with the Majority Vote Policy, Mr. Karlson tendered his conditional resignation to the Company on May 16, 2022. ISS Proxy Advisory Services recommended that shareholders of the Company withhold votes from Mr. Karlson’s reelection as a director of the Company for failing to establish racial or ethnic diversity on the Board, given Mr. Karlson’s service as the chair of the Company’s nominating and governance committee (the “Committee”). On May 12, 2022, in connection with the Board’s annual review and appointment of the members and Chairpersons of the various committees of the Board, Mr. Karlson stepped down as the Chair of the Committee, and the Board appointed Mary P. Thompson to replace him as the Chair of the Committee. Mr. Karlson continues to serve as a member of the Committee.


The Board, in consultation with the Committee, will consider Mr. Karlson’s conditional resignation and determine whether to accept or reject Mr. Karlson’s resignation. In considering whether to accept or reject Mr. Karlson’s conditional resignation, the Board, in consultation with the Committee, expects to consider all factors believed relevant, including without limitation: (i) the underlying reasons for Mr. Karlson not receiving a majority of votes cast in favor of his reelection as director; (ii) the tenure and qualifications of Mr. Karlson; (iii) Mr. Karlson’s past and expected future contributions to the Board; (iv) the overall composition of the Board; and (v) whether accepting the tendered resignation would cause the Company to fail to meet any applicable rule or regulation, including under the Nasdaq listing requirements and federal securities laws. The Board expects to act within ninety (90) days of the date of the Annual Meeting, and such determination will be promptly disclosed, together with the reasons for such determination on a Form 8-K.
Mr. Karlson will not participate in Committee or Board deliberations regarding his conditional resignation, but his services on the Board will otherwise continue pending the outcome of those deliberations.