The Walt Disney Company Comments on ISS Recommendation

ISS recommends Disney shareholders vote “FOR” 11 of Disney’s director nominees, recognizing “positive changes” to the Board and the “relevant experiences and business insights” of Disney’s directors

ISS recommendation fails to acknowledge the diverse set of skills and experience on Disney’s Board, including significant value added by Maria Elena Lagomasino 

Disney urges shareholders to protect the value of their investment and vote FOR all 12 of Disney’s Director Nominees – including Maria Elena Lagomasino – on the WHITE proxy card

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today commented on a report published by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) in connection with the election of the company’s director nominees at the Company’s Annual Meeting on April 3, 2024:

“While we’re heartened to see support for Michael Froman and ISS’s recommendation to withhold on dissident directors Jay Rasulo and the Blackwells’ nominees, we strongly believe that ISS reached the wrong conclusion in its recent report when it comes to adding Nelson Peltz to the board,” said Mark Parker, Chairman of The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors. “In contrast to Glass Lewis, ISS fails to acknowledge the breadth of perspective and expertise Ms. Lagomasino adds to the Board. The strong recent performance and results overseen by the Disney Board demonstrate our focus on long-term shareholder value creation and succession planning and our commitment to good governance practices.”

The Walt Disney Company disagrees with ISS’s recommendation to support Trian nominee Nelson Peltz and believes Disney’s 12 Board nominees are best qualified to provide diligent oversight of management and create sustainable shareholder value. Nelson Peltz does not bring additive skills to the board, nor does he have a meaningful plan to deliver superior shareholder value in an evolving and increasingly complex global landscape, in stark contrast to the director Trian seeks to replace – Maria Elena Lagomasino. Furthermore, ISS suggests that the Board “comprises well-qualified and accomplished directors” and “does not lack a key skill set.”

Additionally, it’s worth noting that Trian’s silent partner, former Disney employee Ike Perlmutter, owns almost 79% of Trian’s Disney shares. In its report, ISS agrees that Perlmutter’s involvement is “an unfortunate distraction.” This dynamic is relevant to assessing the Trian Group’s nominees, as Mr. Perlmutter has a fraught history and longstanding personal agenda against Disney’s CEO, Robert A. Iger, which would likely inhibit Nelson Peltz from working constructively with Disney’s Board, threatening the company’s continued turnaround.

Ms. Lagomasino is a seasoned financial leader with an extensive capital markets career that has been centered on fiduciary responsibility, honing an investor perspective, and deep expertise in corporate governance. She is a governance expert who brings a strong shareholder perspective to the Board as a founder of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, a think tank committed to promoting the vital importance of the fiduciary standard in investment and financial advice. She has, among other roles, served as the President and CEO of JPMorgan Private Bank, a Trustee of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Chair of its Investment Committee overseeing $4b, and the CEO of WE Family Offices managing $14b for clients. She also serves as the Lead Independent Director of The Coca-Cola Company.

The Board strongly believes that replacing any of Disney’s nominees with any of the Trian Group or Blackwells nominees would deprive the company of skills and expertise required to help drive value for shareholders, a belief Glass Lewis’ report on March 18 also supports. Disney recommends that shareholders vote FOR only its 12 nominees and withhold votes for the Trian Group and Blackwells nominees using the WHITE proxy card.

Shareholders with questions about how to vote their shares may call the Company’s proxy solicitor, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, at (877) 456-3463 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada) or +1 (412) 232-3651 (from other countries)

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