April 9, 2019
Dear EchoStar Corporation Shareowner:
Support Shareowner Proposal #3 Requesting Majority Vote
We urge shareowners to support proposal #3 at the company’s April 30, 2019 Annual General Meeting. As of record date March 4, 2019, CalPERS owned approximately
129,000 shares of EchoStar Corp. common stock. As a long-term shareowner of the company we ask that you support our non-binding shareowner proposal requesting the Board of Directors amend the company’s governing documents to allow for a majority
voting standard in director elections, while retaining a plurality vote standard for contested director elections.
Majority Vote for Director Elections is Becoming Widely Accepted
Plurality voting is rapidly being replaced with majority voting in uncontested director elections as a growing number of large companies have adopted it as a corporate
governance best practice. Approximately 92% of the companies in the S&P 500 and 47% of the companies in the Russell 3000 have adopted some form of majority voting – an indication of the current direction of good corporate governance.
A Plurality Vote Standard Disenfranchises Shareowners
CalPERS believes that a plurality voting standard effectively disenfranchises shareowners when directors run unopposed. Under the existing plurality standard,
uncontested director nominees can be elected with a single “For" vote, leaving votes “Withheld” with no legal effect whatsoever. While under the CalPERS majority vote request, director nominees would need to be elected by the affirmative vote of
a majority of shares represented and voting at a duly held meeting. Majority voting would give shareholders a meaningful voice in determining who will represent them on the board.
Governance Concerns at EchoStar Corporation
In addition to our request for majority vote for directors, we would like to highlight the
following governance concerns at the company:
Non-responsiveness to CalPERS’ requests to engage the company regarding improving its board diversity. CalPERS’ multiple requests to engage the company starting in July 2017 and
throughout 2018 have been unanswered
Dual Class Share Structure
Based on the governance deficiencies and issues noted above, CalPERS will also be withholding vote from director nominees Michael Dugan, Charles Ergen, Anthony
Federico, C. Michael Schroeder, and William Wade at the April 30, 2019 Annual General Meeting.
PLEASE NOTE: The cost of this solicitation is being borne entirely by CalPERS and is being done through the use of the mail and telephone communication. CalPERS is not asking
for your proxy card. Please do not send us your proxy card.
Support Proposal #3 requesting Majority Vote for Director Elections
We believe a majority vote standard is essential to a sustainable system of governance that fosters director accountability and long-term value creation. Fully
accountable governance structures through the adoption of majority vote should be in place to offer shareowners a meaningful voice in the director election process. Please vote “FOR” shareowner proposal #3.
Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Todd Mattley, CalPERS Associate Investment Manager at INVO_GE_Corporate_Governance_Engagements@calpers.ca.gov or 916-795-0565.
Thank you for your support.
Investment Director, Global Equity
CalPERS Investment Office