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Declining profits, Tata Motors shareholders reject pay proposals of three executives

Shareholders of Tata Motors have rejected proposals to pay higher salaries to three of the auto major's top executives including late Karl Slym. The proposals that entailed doling out higher pay packets — beyond the permissible limit — were put for shareholders' approval and were rejected ‘due to inadequacy of profits in company for FY14’. Salary proposals for Tata Motors' executive directors — Ravindra Pisharody (Commercial Vehicles) and Satish Borwankar (Quality) — and Slym (late managing director) have been rejected by the shareholders through postal ballot.
Announcing the results of the postal ballot on Thursday, Tata Motors said the three proposals were not passed with requisite majority by the shareholders.

‘These three resolutions on senior executive remuneration secured 70 per cent approval of voting shareholders, marginally below the approval threshold of 75 per cent. The company takes due note of the postal ballot results,’ a Tata Motors spokesperson said. Noting that it has taken cognisance of the shareholders' views, Tata Motors said that at the same time, it is necessary to balance this with recruiting and retaining an industry- proven management team through the long-term.
‘This involves ensuring that the company's leadership and talent base is appropriately remunerated, notwithstanding cyclical phases. This is particularly important when the company has ongoing significant turnaround and growth strategies under execution,’ the spokesperson said. Results of the postal ballot, held on 22 May, were disclosed by the company in a filing to the BSE. ‘These resolutions require shareholder approval as per the Companies' Act due to the inadequacy of profits in the company for FY 2013-14,’ the spokesperson said. According to Tata Motors, structure of the remuneration proposals were first cleared by the company in the 2012-13 fiscal, but needed to be approved by shareholders.
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