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Gadfly

A nickname for a "professional" securityholder who owns stock in various companies, attends annual meetings and asks senior management hard and often embarrassing questions.

Gadfly

A slightly derogatory term for a shareholder who attends annual meetings of shareholders and asks the executives difficult questions. That is, the gadfly may question executive pay, ask why a dividend was not larger when it could have been, and may also generally point out issues about which other shareholders may not be aware. Obviously, many executives do not like the presence of gadflies, though shareholders may find them useful.
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A gadfly would take on frivolous topics," he maintains, adding that he's been part of the movement for everything from executive pay to shareholder proxy access.
14) I think Hart knew that, which makes From a Gadfly to a Hornet essential reading for our times.
Even the occasional gadfly is, we may hypothesize, better than the pseudo-ones or those who come with a set of formulistic and standardized objections, accusations, issues, and questions.
Kennedy's comments first appeared in a blog run by gadfly activist Arianna Huffington called the "Huffington Post," then were widely published elsewhere.
THIS column is delighted to report that Andrew Appleby, professional horse box driver; political gadfly, and perennial thorn in the flesh of long-serving Stable LadsO Association general secretary Bill Adams, has now received a reply to his complaint to the Certification Office that Adams has not submitted himself for re-election in the required manner.
Philip Randolph, the gadfly who met his perfect cause through rabble rousing and rhetoric during the pilgrimage to Harlem that all our heroes were required to take, does not ring true.
business,' said Jack O'Dwyer, a public relations gadfly in New York who heads a research firm and publishes a newsletter bearing his name.
But everyone kept telling him he should be satisfied and stop being an irritant and a gadfly.
Because,as is well-known, the gadfly is a notorious bloodsucke r, and the UKIP managed to drain some of the lifeblood out of the three main parties, who seem to regard anyone who stands in their way as trespassers and upstarts merely playing at politics.
Trade Rep; Representative John Conyers for Attorney General; economist and New York Times op-ed page gadfly Paul Krugman for the Council of Economic Advisors; Independent Senator Jim Jeffords for EPA; and for Secretary of Defense, former Reagan Administration Assistant Defense Secretary Larry Korb, who has advocated reducing Pentagon spending and is a critic of missile defense.
The Gadfly," a 1955 Soviet film that was dubbed into Chinese, was based on the novel of the same name by the English author Ethel Lilian Voynich, published in 1897.
Even Devlin, a longtime gay rights foe and Philadelphia political gadfly, conceded that even though Scalia's appearance violated no ethical guidelines, it created the appearance of a conflict.