Annual Meeting Held After June 18 Latest in a String of Governance Failures by Zendesk Board
Urges All Zendesk Shareholders to Hold the Board Accountable by Voting for JANA’s Four Highly Qualified, Independent Director Nominees
Absent Board Change to Restore Zendesk Credibility, Company Must be Sold
JANA Partners LLC (“JANA”) today commented on Zendesk Inc.’s (NYSE: ZEN) (“Zendesk” or the “Company”) continued failure to set its annual meeting date. During its first quarter 2022 earnings call held April 28, Mikkel Svane, Zendesk’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors (the “Board”), stated that Zendesk plans to hold its 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) on an unspecified date in the third quarter. This delay is the latest example of the Board’s governance failures, running afoul of Delaware law and opening the Company to potential litigation under Delaware General Corporation Law Section 211, which gives shareholders a right of action if a company fails to hold an annual meeting within 13 months of the prior year’s meeting. Zendesk held its 2021 Annual Meeting on May 18, 2021.
Barry Rosenstein, Managing Partner of JANA, said, “The continued failure of Zendesk’s Board to set an annual meeting date is unacceptable, especially in the aftermath of the ill-conceived Momentive acquisition that Zendesk’s shareholders rejected by a historic margin. The current directors must be held to account by shareholders for shirking their most basic fiduciary duty of holding a timely annual meeting where shareholders voices can be heard. By continuing to delay – and cavalierly revealing its intent to flout Delaware law in the process – the Board has proven again that substantial change is sorely needed. Absent the significant boardroom change we have proposed to restore Zendesk’s credibility, we believe the Company must be sold.”
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JANA Partners LLC, JANA Special Situations Management, LP, Barry Rosenstein (“collectively JANA”), Quincy Allen, Felicia Alvaro, Jeff Fox and Scott Ostfeld (collectively and together with JANA, the “Participants”) intend to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a definitive proxy statement and accompanying form of WHITE proxy to be used in connection with the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Zendesk, Inc. (“Zendesk” or the “Company”) in connection with the Company’s 2022 annual meeting of stockholders (the “2022 Annual Meeting”). All stockholders of the Company are advised to read the definitive proxy statement and other documents related to the solicitation of proxies, each in connection with the 2022 Annual Meeting, by the Participants when they become available, as they will contain important information, including additional information related to the Participants. The definitive proxy statement and an accompanying WHITE proxy card will be furnished to some or all of the Company’s stockholders and will be, along with other relevant documents, available at no charge on the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov/.
Information about the Participants and a description of their direct or indirect interests by security holdings is contained in the preliminary proxy statement filed by the Participants with the SEC on March 17, 2022. This document is available free of charge from the source indicated above.
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