SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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, 2018
W.W. GRAINGER, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
100 Grainger Parkway, Lake Forest, Illinois
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (847) 535-1000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
An annual meeting of shareholders of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (the “Company”) was held on April 25, 2018.
(b) The number of shares issued, outstanding and eligible to vote at the meeting as of its record date of March 5, 2018 was 56,057,105.
At the meeting:
Management’s nominees were elected as directors of the Company for the ensuing year. Of the 50,450,814 shares present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting, the number of shares voted for, the number of shares withheld/against (or abstained), and the number of broker non-votes were as follows with respect to each of the nominees:
Shares Voted for Election
Shares Withheld/Against (or Abstained)
R. C. Adkins
B. P. Anderson
V. A. Hailey
S. L. Levenick
D. G. Macpherson
N. S. Novich
B. R. Perez
M. J. Roberts
E. S. Santi
J. D. Slavik
L. E. Watson
A proposal to ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as independent auditor of the Company for the year ending December 31, 2018 was approved. Of the 50,450,814 shares present or represented by proxy at the meeting, 49,832,969 shares were voted for the proposal, 583,024 shares were voted against the proposal and 34,821 shares abstained from voting with respect to the proposal.
A non-binding advisory proposal to approve the compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers was approved. Of the 50,450,814 shares present or represented by proxy at the meeting, 44,245,162 shares were voted for the proposal, 887,961 shares were voted against the proposal and 180,034 shares abstained from voting with respect to the proposal. There were 5,137,657 broker non‑votes.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated: April 26, 2018
W.W. GRAINGER, INC.
/s/ Hugo Dubovoy, Jr.
Name: Hugo Dubovoy, Jr.
Title: Vice President, Corporate Secretary