Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (date of earliest event reported): May 22, 2018




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




England and Wales   001-35042   98-1225347

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation or organization)



file number)


(I.R.S. employer

identification number)

85 Broad Street

New York, New York 10004

+1 (646) 654-5000


Nielsen House

John Smith Drive

Oxfordshire, OX4 2WB

United Kingdom

+1 (646) 654-5000

(Address of principal executive offices) (Registrant’s telephone numbers, including area codes)


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)



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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

Nielsen Holdings plc (the “Company”) held its annual general meeting of shareholders on May 22, 2018 (the “Annual Meeting”). The Company’s shareholders considered seven proposals, each of which is described in more detail in the Company’s definitive proxy statement for the Annual Meeting (the “Proxy Statement”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on April 9, 2018. A total of 311,011,008 shares were represented at the Annual Meeting in person or by proxy, or 87% of the total shares entitled to vote. The final voting results for each matter submitted to a vote of shareholders at the Annual Meeting are as follows:


     For      Against      Abstain      Broker

Proposal 1. To elect the Directors listed below:


James A. Attwood, Jr.

     297,178,511        3,373,826        36,720        10,421,951  

Mitch Barns

     299,959,679        593,983        35,395        10,421,951  

Guerrino De Luca

     298,262,766        2,287,253        39,038        10,421,951  

Karen M. Hoguet

     300,300,831        252,802        35,424        10,421,951  

Harish Manwani

     290,373,027        10,157,063        58,967        10,421,951  

Robert C. Pozen

     297,963,451        2,588,730        36,876        10,421,951  

David Rawlinson

     300,303,551        246,956        38,550        10,421,951  

Javier G. Teruel

     300,283,440        268,277        37,340        10,421,951  

Lauren Zalaznick

     297,286,187        3,246,039        56,831        10,421,951  

Proposal 2. To ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2018

     307,475,306        3,471,439        64,263        —    

Proposal 3. To reappoint Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s UK statutory auditor to audit the Company’s UK statutory annual accounts for the year ending December 31, 2018

     307,474,107        3,470,894        66,007        —    

Proposal 4. To authorize the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors to determine the compensation of the Company’s UK statutory auditor

     308,929,924        2,025,598        55,486        —    

Proposal 5. To approve on a non-binding, advisory basis the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers as disclosed in the Proxy Statement

     247,645,944        47,855,730        5,087,383        10,421,951  

Proposal 6. To approve on a non-binding, advisory basis the Directors’ Compensation Report for the year ended December 31, 2017, which was included as Annex A in the Proxy Statement

     252,057,276        43,448,928        5,082,853        10,421,951  

Proposal 7. To approve the Directors’ Compensation Policy, which was included as Annex B in the Proxy Statement

     260,439,789        40,044,229        105,039        10,421,951  


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: May 25, 2018


By:   /s/ Emily Epstein
Name:    Emily Epstein
Title:   Secretary