BERLIN, April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Annual Meeting of Daimler AG in Berlin on Wednesday, the company's shareholders approved the payout of a dividend of euro 1.85 for the year 2010 (2009: euro 0.00). The total dividend distribution amounts to approximately euro 2 billion.
The Annual Shareholders' Meeting also elected the existing Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Dr. Manfred Bischoff, as a member of that board for an additional five years. Furthermore, Petraea Heynike was elected to the Supervisory Board as successor to Dr. Manfred Schneider for a period of five years, and Lynton R. Wilson was elected to the Supervisory Board for an additional two years. In the Supervisory Board meeting following the Annual Shareholders' Meeting, Dr. Bischoff was once again elected as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG.
The actions of the members of the Board of Management were ratified with a majority of 99.71% and the actions of the members of the Supervisory Board were ratified with a majority of 99.67%.
The Annual Meeting approved the system of remuneration for the members of the Board of Management and decided on an adjustment of Supervisory Board remuneration.
This year's Annual Meeting at the Berlin Messe exhibition center was attended by approximately 5,100 shareholders (2010: 4,700). 43.26% of the shareholders' voting rights were represented.
The dividend will be paid out on April 14, 2011 to all shareholders who held Daimler shares on April 13, 2011.
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The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. 125 years later, in anniversary year 2011, Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides its customers with a full range of automotive financial services including financing, leasing, insurance and fleet management. As an automotive pioneer, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility. The Group applies innovative and green technologies to produce safe and superior vehicles which fascinate and delight its customers. With the development of alternative drive systems, Daimler is the only vehicle producer investing in all three technologies of hybrid drive, electric motors and fuel cells, with the goal of achieving emission-free mobility in the long term. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. In addition to Mercedes-Benz, the world's most valuable automotive brand, Daimler's brand portfolio includes smart, Maybach, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra, Orion and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In the year 2010, the Daimler Group sold 1.9 million vehicles and employed a workforce of more than 260,000 people; revenue totaled euro 97.8 billion and EBIT amounted to euro 7.3 billion.