Target shareholders reject Ackman board slate

Times and Democrat – Activist shareholder William Ackman sought for months to replace four incumbents on the Minneapolis-based retailer’s board of directors with five of his own picks, including himself.

The head of Pershing Square Capital Management, which has a 7.8 percent stake in Target, has argued that the cheap chic discount retailer, which has stumbled as shoppers focus on basics, needed new perspective. He said it especially needed to beef up its board in the areas of retail and real estate to better compete with its chief rival, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark.

Shareholders rejected those arguments at their meeting outside Milwaukee Thursday. They also sided with the company in approving a measure that sets the board’s size at the current 12 members, instead of the 13 that Ackman had wanted.

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