Discussions with shareholders for over an hour
This year, the Annual General Meeting was focused on “Inventors of the future”. With a focus on innovation, Benoît Potier, alongside the Board Directors, presented the Group's strategic progress and outlook. Following his speech, he discussed for over an hour with the audience. For the first time ever, a digital device introduced the major themes selected by shareholders, deeply addressed by Benoît Potier during the Q&A session.
Discovering the Group’s activities
With the aim of helping shareholders discover its businesses, as well as its latest innovations, the Group held a large exhibition before starting the meeting. This was a special moment for shareholders who could then easily discuss with Air Liquide experts about the “Climate objectives” announced by the Group in November 2018. Shareholder Services advisors were also available to answer shareholders’ questions.
Diversity at the heart of the Board of Directors
The shareholders decided to renew, for a period of four years, the terms of office of Ms. Siân Herbert-Jones and Ms. Geneviève Berger as Directors. The Board of Directors is now composed of 12 members, including five women, and six members who are not French nationals. The current composition of the Board offers a complementary mix of experience, nationalities and cultures, and reflects the diversity policy applied by the Group.
Profitable growth for shareholders
Lastly, the proposed dividend, with an ex-date on May 20 and a payment date on May 22, was approved: it will be €2.65 per share (and €2.91 per share for shareholders who are eligible for the loyalty bonus).