As Premier Investments’ Chairman Solomon Lew’s campaign to roll the board of Myer goes ahead, Jeremy has questioned Myer’s corporate governance structure and in particular, the independence of Myer’s chairman and director. Myer has seen its performance move from $12m profit in 2017 to a $486m loss one year later.
Jeremy told The Australian: “I think it’s often forgotten that independent directors are primarily meant to be independent from a company’s management. The board’s job is to keep management in check and to be asking the right questions of the management at the right time. How can the chairman carry out this role effectively when he is an executive of the company on a Monday and suddenly independent on a Tuesday?
“The board of Myer seems to have directors who are obsessed with being independent of their shareholders instead of supporting and keeping management accountable,” he said.
“The board’s job is to keep management in check and to be asking the right questions of the management at the right time.”
“There is a serious level of hypocrisy here. While claiming to be ‘conflict free’, the Myer board is allowing their directors to change their independence depending on the day of the week. It creates a mockery of the ASX corporate governance principles.”
Arnold Bloch Leibler continues to work with Solomon Lew on this campaign. Myer is due to hold its annual meeting in Melbourne on November 30.