This excerpt taken from the HPQ DEF 14A filed Feb 11, 2005.
HP's headquarters are located at 3000 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, California 94304-1112, and the telephone number is (650) 857-1501. HP's regional headquarters are as follows: (1) Americas20555 SH 249, Houston, Texas 77070, telephone number (281) 370-0670; (2) Europe, Middle East, AfricaRoute du Nant-d'Avril 150, CH-1217 Meyrin 2, Geneva, Switzerland, telephone number (41) 22 780-8111; and (3) Asia Pacific450 Alexandra Road, Singapore 119960, telephone number (65) 6275-3888.
The following table provides information on HP's compensation and reimbursement practices for non-employee directors, as well as the range of compensation paid to non-employee directors who served during fiscal 2004. Director compensation increased to the amounts shown below on March 17, 2004, upon the election of directors at the HP 2004 annual meeting of stockholders. Prior to March 17, 2004, directors received an annual retainer of $100,000 and the Chair of each committee received an additional retainer of $5,000. Ms. Fiorina did not receive any separate compensation for her Board activities, and Mr. Wayman will not receive any separate compensation for his Board activities.
Under HP's stock ownership guidelines for directors during fiscal 2004, all directors were required to accumulate over time shares of HP stock equal in value to at least twice the value of the annual retainer. In November 2004, the guidelines were changed to require directors to accumulate over time shares of HP stock equal in value to at least three times the value of the annual retainer.
There are nine nominees for election to our Board this year. All of the nominees except Thomas J. Perkins and Robert P. Wayman have served as directors since the last annual meeting. Mr. Perkins and Mr. Wayman were re-elected by the Board to serve as directors on February 7, 2005 and February 8, 2005, respectively. Information regarding the business experience of each nominee is provided below. Each director is elected annually to serve until the next annual meeting or until his or her successor is elected. There are no family relationships among our executive officers and directors.
If you sign your proxy or voting instruction card but do not give instructions with respect to voting for directors, your shares will be voted for the nine persons recommended by the Board. If you wish to give specific instructions with respect to voting for directors, you may do so by indicating your instructions on your proxy or voting instruction card.
You may cumulate your votes in favor of one or more directors. If you wish to cumulate your votes, you will need to indicate explicitly your intent to cumulate your votes among the nine persons who will be voted upon at the annual meeting. See "Questions and Answers About the Proxy Materials and the Annual MeetingIs cumulative voting permitted for the election of directors?" on page 5 for further information about how to cumulate your votes. Patricia C. Dunn, Robert P. Wayman and Ann O. Baskins, as proxy holders, reserve the right to cumulate votes and cast such votes in favor of the election of some or all of the applicable nominees in their sole discretion, except that a stockholder's votes will not be cast for a nominee as to which such stockholder instructs that such votes be withheld.
All of the nominees have indicated to HP that they will be available to serve as directors. In the event that any nominee should become unavailable, however, the proxy holders, Ms. Dunn, Mr. Wayman and Ms. Baskins, will vote for a nominee or nominees designated by the Board, unless the Board chooses to reduce the number of directors serving on the Board.