Form 8-K





Washington, DC 20549



Form 8-K



Current Report

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): April 19, 2018




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)




(Commission File Number)


Ohio   34-1860551

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

22801 St. Clair Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio


(Address of Principal Executive Offices, with Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (216) 481-8100



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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


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

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Company was held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Lincoln Electric’s Welding Technology & Training Center, 22800 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. At the 2018 Annual Meeting, 56,632,636 shares, of the 65,618,884 shares that were outstanding and entitled to vote (86.3%), were represented in person or by proxy, constituting a quorum.

The final results of voting on each of the matters submitted for a vote of security holders at the 2018 Annual Meeting are as follows:

Proposal 1 - Shareholders elected ten directors, each to hold office until the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualified, as set forth below.



   Votes For      Votes

Curtis E. Espeland

     46,491,280        148,828        9,992,528  

Stephen G. Hanks

     46,329,316        310,792        9,992,528  

Michael F. Hilton

     43,509,484        3,130,624        9,992,528  

G. Russell Lincoln

     45,891,192        748,916        9,992,528  

Kathryn Jo Lincoln

     46,104,433        535,675        9,992,528  

William E. MacDonald, III

     46,276,405        363,703        9,992,528  

Christopher L. Mapes

     45,619,982        1,020,126        9,992,528  

Phillip J. Mason

     46,518,637        121,471        9,992,528  

Ben P. Patel

     46,517,330        122,778        9,992,528  

Hellene S. Runtagh

     46,281,710        358,398        9,992,528  

Proposal 2 - Shareholders ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent auditors for the year ending December 31, 2018, as set forth below.


Votes For

   Votes Against    Abstentions    Broker Non-Votes


   455,963    99,927    0

Proposal 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


   912,381    1,847,209    9,992,528


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 23, 2018     By:  

/s/ Jennifer Ansberry

      Jennifer Ansberry
      Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary