Shareholders of health care giant Johnson & Johnson have narrowly rejected a proposal to give themselves a "say on pay" of top executives.
The close vote — 52 percent against it and 48 percent for — was on a proposal to give stockholders an advisory vote on executive compensation. It comes at a packed annual meeting in the company's headquarters town, New Brunswick, N.J.
J&J Chief Executive William Weldon says because the preliminary vote is so close, it is possible that the final tally, including votes cast at the meeting, could change. A final result will be reported next week.
Shareholders also rejected a proposal to reduce the percentage of shares needed to call a special meeting, on a vote of 63 percent against and 37 percent for the plan.