CALGARY, July 21, 2015 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) issued the following statement in response to questions from investors and to address inaccurate speculation concerning the recent board resignations and the health of CEO E. Hunter Harrison:
On July 3, 2015, CP director Stephen Tobias notified CP Board Chairman Gary Colter that he was prepared to resign from the board at a date of the board's choosing.
In consultation with Krystyna Hoeg, the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, Mr. Colter caused the company to issue a press release stating that Mr. Tobias had resigned from the board as of June 29, 2015. The company has subsequently corrected this error.
Mr. Colter caused this press release to be issued without consulting with the board and without seeking board action to accept Mr. Tobias' offer to resign.
Because Mr. Tobias was a continuing director of the company through June 30, a majority of CP's directors were U.S. citizens, and thus CP is no longer eligible for the SEC's Foreign Private Issuer Exemption and will become a U.S. Issuer beginning in 2016.
The CP board is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance, and strives to be exemplary in this respect. Consistent with this philosophy, Mr. Colter and Ms. Hoeg offered to resign in light of how this issue was handled. The board unanimously accepted their resignations.
Concerning Mr. Harrison's health, Mr. Harrison recently had stents implanted in order to improve circulation and reduce cramping in his legs. In addition, Mr. Harrison is recovering from a mild bout of pneumonia which has restricted his travel. His full recovery is expected in the coming weeks. He remains actively engaged in the company's business, but elected not to travel to Calgary to participate in this morning's earnings call.
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