KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DST) today announced that the DST Board of Directors has appointed Brent L. Law, 47, Chief Investment Officer at Arnel & Affiliates, to the Company's Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mr. Law succeeds Robert T. Jackson, Lead Independent Director, who has stepped down from the Board. Lawrence M. Higby, a member of the Board since May 2011, has been appointed as Lead Independent Director.
Mr. Law will join current directors, Stephen C. Hooley, Chief Executive Officer, and A. Edward Allinson, on the Board nominated slate of candidates for election to the 2016 class of directors at the Company's 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. If the Board's nominated directors are elected, DST's Board will be comprised of eight directors, seven of whom are independent.
Mr. Higby said, "On behalf of the Board and the Company, I am pleased that Brent Law is joining the DST Board as a new independent director, and I am confident his expertise in finance and investment management will make him a valuable addition to DST. In addition, I thank Bob for his more than six years of service to DST and his valuable contributions as former Chairman of our Audit Committee and Lead Director, and wish him all the best."
George Argyros, DST's largest shareholder and a current director, and his affiliates have expressed their support for the Board's nominated directors by agreeing to vote all of their shares, representing approximately 22% of the Company's outstanding common shares, in favor of Messrs. Allinson, Hooley and Law at the 2013 Annual Meeting.Mr. Argyros said, "DST is a great company with significant prospects for growth and value creation. We have a solid management team in place, led by CEO Steve Hooley, which has the full support of the Board. The Board and management team are committed to continuing to work closely and cooperatively to enhance value for all DST shareholders. Together, we are making great progress executing the Company's strategic priorities and positioning DST for its next phase of success." An agreement regarding these matters will be included as an exhibit to the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.