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Wausau Paper (NYSE:WPP) today announced it has reached an agreement with Starboard Value LP and its affiliates regarding the composition of the Company’s Board of Directors. Under the terms of the agreement, Wausau has agreed to nominate two new directors recommended by Starboard, Mr. Michael Burandt and Mr. Charles Hodges, neither of whom is employed by or affiliated with Wausau or Starboard. The nominations will be included in the Company’s 2012 proxy statement and submitted for stockholder approval at the Company's 2012 Annual Meeting. In addition, the company has also agreed to form a newly-created committee of the Board. The committee will be made up of four individuals including Mr. Burandt and Mr. Hodges. The committee will advise the Board with respect to operations of, and investments and capital spending in, the Company’s business.
In connection with the nominations, Starboard, which beneficially owns approximately 9.7% of the outstanding shares of Wausau’s common stock, has agreed to vote all of its shares in favor of each of the Board's nominees at the 2012 Annual Meeting. A total of four director nominees will stand for election at the 2012 Annual Meeting, including the two Starboard recommended candidates. If all nominees are elected, the Wausau Board will be expanded to eight directors, comprised of six independent directors, Thomas J. Howatt, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board and Henry C. Newell, Wausau’s President and Chief Executive Officer. The Board is presently comprised of six members.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Starboard, one of our largest shareholders,” said Hank Newell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wausau Paper. “We are delighted to nominate and support Michael Burandt and Charles Hodges for election to Wausau’s Board. We are confident that their significant industry experience will be an asset to Wausau, and we look forward to working productively with the new members of the Board with a shared commitment to enhancing stockholder value.”