At The Hillshire Brands Company’s (NYSE: HSH) annual meeting of stockholders, held today in Bloomingdale, Ill. management reviewed fiscal year 2012 business developments and discussed ongoing initiatives to strengthen its core brands, drive innovation, and reduce costs. Also, the board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.125 per share on the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on December 31, 2012 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 3, 2012. Finally, the company announced the preliminary results of voting, in which the stockholders:
- Elected all eight incumbent directors and two new directors, Craig P. Omtvedt and James D. White, to serve one-year terms on the Hillshire Brands’ board of directors
- Ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as Hillshire Brands’ independent auditor for fiscal 2013
- Approved an advisory stockholder vote on executive compensation
- Approved the new 2012 Long-Term Incentive Stock Plan
They join Todd Becker, Christopher Begley, Ellen Brothers, Virgis Colbert, Sean Connolly, Laurette Koellner, Sir Ian Prosser, and Jonathan Ward as members of the Hillshire Brands’ board of directors.About Hillshire Brands Company Hillshire Brands Company (NYSE: HSH) is a leader in meat-centric food solutions for the retail and foodservice markets. The company generates approximately $4 billion in annual sales and has approximately 9,500 employees. Hillshire Brands’ portfolio includes iconic brands such as Jimmy Dean, Ball Park, Hillshire Farm, State Fair, Sara Lee frozen bakery and Chef Pierre pies, as well as artisanal brands Aidells and Gallo Salame. The company, formerly known as Sara Lee Corporation, began trading under the “HSH” ticker symbol on June 29, 2012, following the successful spinoff of its international coffee and tea business. For more information on the company, please visit www.hillshirebrands.com.