Yahoo, Plus Exercise Shareholder Rights to Oust Askul CEO

Economy

Tokyo, July 25 (Jiji Press)--Yahoo Japan Corp. <4689> and Plus Corp. said Wednesday they have exercised their shareholder rights to oust four board members of stationery seller Askul Corp. <2678>, including President and Chief Executive Officer Shoichiro Iwata.

Askul shareholders are scheduled to meet on Aug. 2. The moves by Yahoo and Plus, a stationery firm, increase the pressure on Iwata as they together hold a majority stake in Askul. Yahoo is the top shareholder of Askul and Plus is the second-largest shareholder.

Yahoo said Askul needs drastic reform to achieve an early earnings recovery, rejuvenate management, improve medium- and long-term corporate value and maximize shareholder value.

Three independent directors also need to leave Askul's board to take responsibility for naming Iwata as president and CEO, Yahoo said.

Plus cited Iwata's responsibility for Askul's weak earnings, among others, as reasons for its opposition to his reappointment.

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