This excerpt taken from the DO DEF 14A filed Mar 31, 2009.
To Be Held On May 19, 2009
To our Stockholders:
The 2009 annual meeting of stockholders of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. will be held at The Regency Hotel, 540 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10021 on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. local time for the following purposes:
(1) To elect nine directors to serve until our 2010 annual meeting of stockholders;
(2) To ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent auditors for fiscal year 2009; and
(3) To transact other business that may properly come before the annual meeting or any adjournment of the annual meeting.
Our stockholders of record at the close of business on March 23, 2009 are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the annual meeting and any adjournments of the annual meeting. Stockholders who execute proxies solicited by our Board of Directors retain the right to revoke them at any time. Unless you revoke your proxy, your shares of common stock represented by your proxy will be voted at the annual meeting in accordance with the directions given in your proxy. If you do not specify a choice on your proxy, the proxy will be voted FOR the nominees for director named in the attached proxy statement and FOR the ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent auditors. The list of our stockholders may be examined at our executive offices at 15415 Katy Freeway, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77094.
Additional information regarding the annual meeting is included in the attached proxy statement.
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT. YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING. HOWEVER, WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING IN PERSON, PLEASE COMPLETE, DATE, SIGN AND MAIL PROMPTLY THE ENCLOSED PROXY IN THE ENCLOSED POSTPAID ENVELOPE OR, IF YOU PREFER, VOTE BY TELEPHONE OR VIA THE INTERNET. THE PROXY IS REVOCABLE AND WILL NOT BE USED IF YOU ARE PRESENT AT THE ANNUAL MEETING AND PREFER TO VOTE YOUR SHARES IN PERSON.
By Order of the Board of Directors
William C. Long
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
March 31, 2009