Washington, D.C. 20549



Form 8-K




Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 15, 2018




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   1-09761   36-2151613

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

2850 W. Golf Road, Rolling Meadows, Illinois   60008-4050
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (630) 773-3800

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 5.03. Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.

On May 15, 2018, the Board of Directors of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (the “Company”) approved amendments to the Company’s By-Laws, effective immediately, to include a new Section 2.9, which requires all director nominees to provide certain information relating to compensation and voting arrangements and compliance with the Company’s policies. The By-Law amendments also include a number of changes and clarifications to the provisions regarding (i) the conduct of stockholder meetings, to explicitly provide that the chairman of the meeting has authority to convene, adjourn and/or recess stockholder meetings (Sections 2.4 and 2.11), (ii) providing a list of stockholders, to align with updates to the Delaware statute that permits companies to use a third party to prepare a stock ledger (Section 2.5), (iii) advance notice requirements, largely to accommodate the new Section 2.9 (Section 2.10), (iv) the quorum for stockholder meetings, to explicitly cover the possibility of a recess (Section 2.11), (v) calling special meetings of the Board, to require a majority of the Board of Directors to request a special meeting (Section 3.7), (vi) rules and regulations governing Committee meetings (Section 3.11), (vii) officer elections, to provide timing flexibility (Section 5.2), (viii) stock certificates, to permit any two authorized officers to sign them (Section 6.1), (ix) the forum for adjudication of disputes, to clarify certain provisions (Article X), and (x) certain other minor technical and conforming changes throughout the By-Laws.

The foregoing description of the amendments to the By-Laws is qualified in its entirety by reference to the By-Laws, as amended and restated, which are filed as Exhibit 3.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.


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

The Company held its Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 15, 2018 (the “Annual Meeting”). At the Annual Meeting, three items were submitted to the Company’s stockholders. The items are described in more detail in the Company’s definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 23, 2018 (the “Proxy Statement”).

At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders (i) elected all ten director nominees, whose names appear below, to serve until the Company’s 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, (ii) approved ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018 (“Auditor Ratification”), and (iii) approved the Company’s named executive officers’ compensation (“Say on Pay”). The final voting results are set forth below:


Election of Directors

   For      Against      Abstain      *Broker

Sherry S. Barrat

     141,777,541        992,906        87,296        18,356,911  

William L. Bax

     135,342,654        7,422,033        93,056        18,356,911  

D. John Coldman

     142,291,013        475,189        91,541        18,356,911  

Frank E. English, Jr.

     141,246,554        1,521,286        89,903        18,356,911  

J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr.

     133,907,431        8,912,383        37,929        18,356,911  

Elbert O. Hand

     129,848,117        12,907,156        102,470        18,356,911  

David S. Johnson

     133,838,996        8,928,072        90,675        18,356,911  

Kay W. McCurdy

     137,464,547        5,307,768        85,428        18,356,911  

Ralph J. Nicoletti

     141,301,327        1,455,560        100,856        18,356,911  

Norman L. Rosenthal

     137,639,185        5,116,608        101,950        18,356,911  

Auditor Ratification

     150,922,112        10,212,015        80,527        —    

Say on Pay

     139,148,296        3,447,630        261,817        18,356,911  


* Broker non-votes represent shares held by broker nominees for beneficial owners that were not voted with respect to a non-routine proposal because the broker nominee did not receive voting instructions from the beneficial owner and lacked discretionary authority to vote the shares. If a broker does not receive voting instructions from the beneficial owner, a broker may vote on routine matters, such as the ratification of the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, but may not vote on non-routine matters. Broker non-votes are counted for the purpose of determining the presence of a quorum but are not counted for the purpose of determining the number of shares entitled to vote on non-routine matters such as the election of directors and the advisory say-on-pay vote.

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

The slides containing information presented at the Annual Meeting are furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report. This exhibit may also be accessed at the Company’s website (www.ajg.com) under the heading Investor Relations.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits


  3.1    Amended and Restated By-Laws of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
99.1    Slides presented at the Annual Meeting.


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


      Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Date: May 15, 2018      



Walter D. Bay

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary