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General Dynamics 8-K 2012

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Form 8-K







Washington, D.C. 20549



Form 8-K






Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) May 3, 2012 (May 2, 2012)




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)




Delaware   1-3671   13-1673581

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

2941 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 100, Falls Church, Virginia   22042-4513
( Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

(703) 876-3000

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, If Changed Since Last Report.)



Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)


¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)


¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d- 2(b))


¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))




Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

(b) (c) (e) As previously announced, on May 2, 2012, Phebe N. Novakovic was appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer of General Dynamics Corporation. In connection with the appointment and effective upon taking the position, Ms. Novakovic will receive an annual salary of $1,100,000. Ms. Novakovic also received an award of 39,500 stock options, 3,740 shares of restricted stock and 3,740 performance restricted stock units in connection with the appointment.

(e) At the Annual Meeting of shareholders held on May 2, 2012, the shareholders of the company approved the General Dynamics 2012 Equity Compensation Plan (the “Plan”). The Plan had been previously approved by the Board of Directors on March 7, 2012. No awards have been granted under the Plan. The named executive officers of the company, along with other eligible employees and directors, are eligible to participate in the Plan. A description of the Plan is set forth under “Approval of the General Dynamics 2012 Equity Compensation Plan (Proposal 4)” in the company’s definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on March 16, 2012, and is incorporated herein by reference. A copy of the Plan is attached as Exhibit 4.1 to the company’s Form S-8 registration statement filed with the Commission on May 3, 2012.


Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

The voting results for matters submitted to the company’s shareholders for consideration at the Annual Meeting held on May 2, 2012, are set forth below.

In an uncontested election, each of the following nominees was elected to the Board of Directors according to the following votes:


     For      Against      Abstain      Broker

Mary T. Barra

     291,086,897         7,116,275         250,007         24,037,628   

Nicholas D. Chabraja

     294,583,339         3,657,827         212,014         24,037,628   

James S. Crown

     271,415,060         26,787,352         250,768         24,037,628   

William P. Fricks

     276,766,182         21,434,343         252,655         24,037,628   

Jay L. Johnson

     292,246,492         4,887,229         1,319,459         24,037,628   

James L. Jones

     294,762,588         2,482,851         1,207,741         24,037,628   

Paul G. Kaminski

     275,385,215         22,812,631         255,334         24,037,628   

John M. Keane

     296,882,836         1,298,441         271,903         24,037,628   



Lester L. Lyles

     296,944,219         1,254,528         254,433         24,037,628   

Phebe N. Novakovic

     294,534,855         3,664,544         253,781         24,037,628   

William A. Osborn

     290,395,979         7,769,841         287,360         24,037,628   

Robert Walmsley

     296,864,670         1,318,737         269,773         24,037,628   

The results of voting on Proposals 2 through 6 (as numbered in the company’s 2012 Proxy Statement) were as follows:

Proposal 2. Shareholders approved the selection of KPMG LLP as the company’s independent auditors for 2012.


     For      Against      Abstain      Broker

Approval of KPMG as Independent Auditors

     319,750,161         2,510,627         230,019         —     

Proposal 3. Shareholders approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation paid to the company’s named executive officers, as disclosed pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K and contained in the 2012 Proxy Statement, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, compensation tables and narrative discussion.


     For      Against      Abstain      Broker

Advisory Vote to approve on Executive Compensation

     230,061,855         64,941,981         3,449,344         24,037,628   

Proposal 4. Shareholders approved the General Dynamics 2012 Equity Compensation Plan.


     For      Against      Abstain      Broker

Approval of General Dynamics 2012 Equity Compensation Plan

     246,439,847         51,582,953         430,380         24,037,628   



Proposal 5. Shareholders rejected a shareholder proposal requesting management review policies related to human rights and to report its findings by December 2012.


     For      Against      Abstain      Broker

Shareholder Proposal with regard to Human Rights Policy

     55,905,963         205,016,656         37,530,561         24,037,628   

Proposal 6. Shareholders rejected a shareholder proposal requesting that the board adopt a policy that the chairman of the board be an independent director who has not previously served as an executive officer of the company.


     For      Against      Abstain      Broker

Shareholder Proposal with regard to an Independent Board Chairman

     82,775,235         215,214,004         463,940         24,037,628   




Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



/s/ Kimberly A. Kuryea


Kimberly A. Kuryea

Vice President and Controller

(Authorized Officer and Chief Accounting Officer)

Dated: May 3, 2012



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