Hedge funds get 4 of 5 candidates on CSX board

Bizjournals.com- CSX Corp’s board is in for a bumpy ride despite assurances from the railroad and two rival hedge funds they will work together to maximize profitability, a railroad analyst said.

"Everyone is human and the proxy fight between them has gotten ugly at times," said Lee Klaskow, a Longbow Research senior analyst.

Four out of five of the nominees put forth by The Children’s Investment Fund Management LLP and 3G Capital Partners Ltd. have been voted in by shareholders, according to the independent inspector of the election’s preliminary report. As reported, the vote is a sound defeat for CSX CEO Michael Ward and his managment group, which fought hard to convince shareholders to avoid the candidiates backed by the hedge funds.

Klaskow said the board changes won’t change day-to-day operations, but they may affect long-term ones, as the hedge-fund-nominated members will likely make more aggressive proposals.

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