This excerpt taken from the NTRS DEF 14A filed Mar 14, 2005.
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Stockholders will be asked to elect 12 directors at this years annual meeting. Set forth below is detailed information with respect to the 12 nominees, 11 of whom are currently serving as directors of the Corporation and of its principal subsidiary, The Northern Trust Company (the Bank). Robert S. Hamada, a director of the Corporation since 1988, has decided not to stand for re-election as a director at the annual meeting. Charles A. Tribbett III, a new director nominee who was initially recommended to the Corporate Governance Committee by William A. Osborn, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation and the Bank, will stand for election to Mr. Hamadas vacated seat. Each of the 12 director nominees has consented to serve as a director if elected at this years annual meeting.
Each nominee elected as a director will serve until the next annual meeting and until his or her successor has been elected and qualified. If any nominee is unable to serve as a director at the time of the annual meeting, your proxy may be voted for the election of another nominee proposed by the board or the board may reduce the number of directors to be elected at the annual meeting.
The enclosed proxy card provides instructions on how to vote for all nominees or to withhold authority to vote for all or one or more nominees. You have cumulative voting rights in the election of directors, meaning that your total number of votes equals the number of your shares of common stock multiplied by 12, the number of directors to be elected. You may allocate these cumulative votes equally among the nominees or otherwise as you specify on the enclosed proxy card. Unless you choose a different allocation and so mark on your proxy card, it is expected that the proxy holders will allocate cumulative votes equally among all nominees for whom authority to vote has not been withheld. However, the proxy holders will have the discretion to allocate cumulative votes differently among those for whom authority to vote has not been withheld, so as to elect all or as many nominees as possible depending on the circumstances at the annual meeting. If you wish to exercise your right to cumulative voting, you must provide us with written instructions on the enclosed proxy card; you may not exercise this right by voting by telephone or through the Internet.