Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 25, 2013




(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)




Ohio   0-1402   34-1860551

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

22801 St. Clair Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44117

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(216) 481-8100

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not applicable

(Former name and former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

The 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) was held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Marriott Cleveland East, 26300 Harvard Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio.

The final results of voting on each of the matters submitted for a vote of security holders at the 2013 Annual Meeting are as follows:

1. Shareholders elected four directors, each to hold office until the 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualified, as set forth below.


     Votes      Votes             Broker  


   For      Withheld      Abstentions      Non-Votes  

Stephen G. Hanks

     66,647,605         531,322         0         7,994,100   

Kathryn Jo Lincoln

     66,686,010         492,917         0         7,994,100   

William E. MacDonald, III

     66,852,030         326,897         0         7,994,100   

George H. Walls, Jr.

     66,816,394         362,533         0         7,994,100   

2. Shareholders ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent auditors for the year ending December 31, 2013, as set forth below.


Votes For

  Votes Against     Abstentions     Broker Non-Votes  
74,733,417     379,120        60,490        0             

3. Shareholders approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers as set forth below.


Votes For

  Votes Against     Abstentions     Broker Non-Votes  
65,719,613     896,366        562,948        7,994,100   


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.


Date: April 29, 2013     By:  

/s/ Frederick G. Stueber

      Frederick G. Stueber
      Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary