The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ING Groep N.V. adopted the 2015 Annual Accounts today and declared a total dividend for 2015 of EUR 0.65 per (depositary receipt for an) ordinary share. Taking into account the interim dividend of EUR 0.24 paid in August 2015, the final dividend amounts to EUR 0.41 per share, to be paid fully in cash. ING's shares will be quoted ex-dividend on Euronext Amsterdam as of 27 April 2016 and the final dividend will be made payable on 4 May 2016. For holders of American Depositary Receipts (ADR), the final dividend will be made payable on 11 May.
The AGM also adopted the amendment of ING's Articles of Association to reflect proposed changes to ING's corporate governance, including the abolishment of the depositary receipt structure via Stichting ING Aandelen (ING Trust Office) as announced on 10 March 2016 . In the coming months, ING and the ING Trust Office will take the necessary steps to arrange this exchange. Holders of Depositary Receipts will automatically (and without any cost) be provided with one ordinary share for each depositary receipt. Practical details on the exchange process will be made available on www.ing.com . For the avoidance of doubt, ING's American Depositary Receipts (ADR's) which are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, will stay in place and will automatically link to the underlying ordinary shares. The AGM also adopted the amendment of ING's Articles of Association related to the European Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive.
The AGM reappointed Wilfred Nagel as CRO to the Executive Board of ING. In addition, the AGM appointed Ann Sherry as member of the Supervisory Board of ING. As announced on 10 March 2016, Joost Kuiper decided to resign from the Supervisory Board of ING for health reasons.
After the AGM, the Supervisory Board of ING consists of:
|Jeroen van der Veer, Chairman||Hermann-Josef Lamberti|
|Eric Boyer de la Giroday||Isabel Martín Castellá|
|Henk Breukink||Robert Reibestein|
|Mariana Gheorghe||Ann Sherry|
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