International Business Machines 8-K 2008
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report: November 14, 2008
(Date of earliest event reported)
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(Registrants telephone number)
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Item 5.03 Amendments to Bylaws:
IBMs By-laws were amended effective November 14, 2008. The amended By-laws are attached hereto as Exhibit 3.2.
· Article II, Section 3 was amended to provide that holders with the power to vote and dispose of at least 25% of the outstanding shares of the company may call a special meeting of stockholders.
· Article II, Section 7 was amended to clarify that the items of business for meetings of stockholders include the election of directors proposed by the companys Board, as set forth in the companys proxy statement.
· Article III, Section 2 was amended to provide that the vote required for election of a director at a stockholders meeting, except in a contested election, is a majority of the votes cast.
· Article III, Section 10(b) was added to include the director resignation policy that was previously located in the companys Corporate Governance Guidelines, modified to reflect the amendments to Article III, Section 2 regarding election of directors.
The foregoing summary of these amendments is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of IBMs By-laws, as amended through November 14, 2008.
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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.