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EX-3.1 - AMENDED AND RESTATED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF CENTURYLINK, INC. - CENTURYLINK, INCd361059dex31.htm

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 23, 2012

 

 

 

LOGO

CenturyLink, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Louisiana   1-7784   72-0651161
(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission   (IRS Employer
of incorporation)   File Number)   Identification No.)

 

100 CenturyLink Drive  
Monroe, Louisiana   71203
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(318) 388-9000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligations of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

 

 


Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

At our 2012 annual meeting of shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) held on May 23, 2012, shareholders present in person or represented by proxy voted on the matters described below. There were 621,244,882 shares entitled to be voted at the Annual Meeting, of which 549,446,506 shares were present or represented for purposes of constituting a quorum. At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s shareholders (1) approved the charter amendment to declassify our board of directors, (2) approved the charter amendment to increase our authorized shares of common stock from 800,000,000 to 1,600,000,000, (3) elected the four persons listed below to serve as our directors for one-year terms, (4) ratified the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2012, (5) approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers, (6) did not approve a shareholder proposal regarding bonus deferrals, (7) did not approve a shareholder proposal regarding performance-based restricted stock and (8) did not approve a shareholder proposal regarding political contributions reports. You can find additional information about each of these matters in our Proxy Statement dated April 10, 2012.

Our independent judge of election reported the vote of shareholders as follows:

1(a). Approve charter amendments to declassify our board of directors

 

For

     418,348,477   

Against

     4,703,664   

Abstain

     1,291,437   

Broker non-votes

     125,102,928   

1(b). Approve charter amendment to increase our authorized shares

 

For

     497,291,172   

Against

     50,080,656   

Abstain

     2,074,678   

Broker non-votes

     N/A   

2. Elect four directors to serve until 2013

 

Nominees

   For      Withheld      Broker Non-Votes  

Fred R. Nichols

     418,990,586         5,352,992         125,102,928   

Harvey P. Perry

     417,331,559         7,012,019         125,102,928   

Laurie A. Siegel

     419,447,462         4,896,116         125,102,928   

Joseph R. Zimmel

     416,573,791         7,769,787         125,102,928   

The other directors whose terms continued after the meeting are: Virginia Boulet; Peter C. Brown; Richard A. Gephardt; W. Bruce Hanks; Gregory J. McCray; C. G. Melville, Jr.; William A. Owens; Glen F. Post, III; and Michael J. Roberts.

3. Ratify the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent auditor for 2012

 

For

     510,068,686   

Against

     38,028,877   

Abstain

     1,348,943   

Broker non-votes

     N/A   

4. Approve, on a non-binding and advisory basis, the overall compensation of our named executive officers

 

For

     409,915,713   

Against

     12,433,205   

Abstain

     1,994,660   

Broker non-votes

     125,102,928   


5(a). Shareholder proposal regarding bonus deferrals

 

For

     122,404,825   

Against

     297,819,409   

Abstain

     4,119,344   

Broker non-votes

     125,102,928   

5(b). Shareholder proposal regarding performance-based restricted stock

 

For

     115,256,910   

Against

     305,009,484   

Abstain

     4,077,184   

Broker non-votes

     125,102,928   

5(c). Shareholder proposal regarding disclosure of political contributions

 

For

     160,187,225   

Against

     229,750,084   

Abstain

     34,406,269   

Broker non-votes

     125,102,928   

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

The exhibit to this current report on Form 8-K is listed in the Exhibit Index, which appears at the end of this report and is incorporated by reference herein.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this current report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

    CenturyLink, Inc.
    By:   /s/ Stacey W. Goff
    Stacey W. Goff
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Dated: May 30, 2012


Exhibit Index

 

Exhibit

No.

  

Description

3.1*    Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of CenturyLink, Inc., dated as of May 23, 2012.

 

* Filed herewith.