Management Turnover as Change Agent

Monday, October 26, 2009

CEO Watch List - S. Sundaresh, Adaptec

Adaptec’s ADPT (NASDAQ) CEO, S. Sundaresh, has come under increasing pressure. Adaptec creates hardware and software to manage, protect and store digital data. Last week on October 22, RiskMetrics Group and Proxy Governance Inc. pressed for the removal of Sundaresh as Adaptec’s CEO. The pressure ratcheded up today when Steel Partners, the activist hedge fund and large shareholder in the company, continued its push to get Adaptec shareholders to follow suit by signing what is known as the White consent card. Steel Partners put out a press release today over Business Wire that was included in a Reuters link. Adaptec continues to fight back toOne year Stock Performance of Adaptec try and stop the Steel Partners push. Back on October 6, Adaptec put out its own release to counter the arguments being made by Steel Partners.

Keep a close eye on how this all plays out. Activist investors are beginning to raise their heads again.

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