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Green Bay Packers will hold virtual shareholders meeting in July because of coronavirus pandemic

Richard Ryman
Green Bay Press-Gazette

GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers' annual shareholders meeting this year will be virtual only, as has been the case with many corporate events in a COVID-19 world.

The team announced Thursday it would forgo the annual public gathering at Lambeau Field in favor of a streamed event. The Packers have streamed annual meetings for several years, so the process isn't new.

Attendance at the meetings traditionally was between 7,000 and 12,000 most years, but last year it drew only 4,200 shareholders and guests. It's possible even fewer would attend this year, given the concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, but even that might be too many, too soon, the team said.

“As there still is uncertainty with respect to being able to hold gatherings of more than 50 people, and although we are hopeful that will change as we move into July, for planning purposes, our board of directors and I have decided to hold this year’s meeting virtually,” Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said in a letter sent to shareholders this week.  

"As you may know, thousands of you have viewed the meeting online the past five years. This year’s meeting will expand on that capability."

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst talks during the team's annual meeting in 2018. The meeting was chased indoors by thunderstorms. Gutekunst's third annual meeting in July will be similar. The Packers have decided to have a virtual meeting in response to coronavirus precautions.

The meeting will be streamed live at 11 a.m. July 23. Information about the meeting was included in the mailing to the teams 360,000 shareholders, but also can be found at packers.com/community/shareholders or packersowner.com.

The Packers have some experience with conducting a virtual meeting. The July 25, 2018 meeting at Lambeau Field was chased indoors by thunderstorms. Packers executives and board members conducted the meeting from the media auditorium while fans watched online and on televisions throughout Lambeau Field.

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It was General Manager Brian Gutekunst's first shareholders meeting. Reports by team President and CEO Mark Murphy and the general manager come at the top of the meeting and are the most anticipated by shareholders. It is not unusual for people to begin leaving when financial and committee reports are given.

Two members will leave the team's board of directors this year. Terry Fulwiler, who joined the board in 2004, and Michael McClone, a member since 1998, reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

New members nominated for the board include Jan Allman, CEO, Marinette Marine Corp., a Fincantieri company; Wilson Jones, president/CEO, Oshkosh Corp.; Mark Kasper, owner/CEO, Amerhart Ltd.; John Schmidt, president/CEO, U.S. Venture Inc.; and Bobbi Webster, public relations director, Oneida Nation. 

Webster would be the first Oneida member elected to the Packers board.

If all are elected, that will bring board membership to 46. 

Shareholders who have not received communications from the organization in the last 12 months can contact Shareholder Services to update their address, including street and email addresses. Shareholder Services can be reached by phone at (855) 846-7225 or by email at shareholderservices@packers.com.  

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