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Packers annual meeting to be held July 22

Alexander - Jartz
Alexander – Jartz

Training camp practice set to start same day

For the Press Times

GREEN BAY – This year, the Green Bay Packers will host their annual meeting and opening practice of training camp on the same day — July 22.

“With the early beginning to training camp due to the team kicking off the season in Brazil on Friday, Sept. 6, shareholders can enjoy practice at Ray Nitschke Field at 10:30 a.m. and then plan to attend the meeting in Lambeau Field at 3 p.m. As the Atrium will be open to the public throughout the day, instructions regarding parking and entry for the meeting will be shared with shareholders as those details are finalized,” a Green Bay Packers release stated.

“The Packers will present two candidates for shareholder vote at the annual meeting to join the Packers Board of Directors: Michael Alexander and Bill Jartz. The candidate information will be included in proxy information being sent this month to more than 539,000 shareholders in advance of the annual meeting. The two candidates were presented to the organization’s board of directors at its recent meeting.”

Alexander is the current UW-Green Bay chancellor — a role he has held since 2020.

Jartz is a television news anchor for WBAY-TV, having started in the business more than 40 years ago, and the public address announcer at Lambeau Field during Packers home games.

“We’re excited to present two nominees for a vote of our shareholders,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “Michael’s leadership at UW-Green Bay has enhanced the university’s role as a community resource and his perspective will be a valuable addition to the board. Bill has shared his talents with our community for decades as a newscaster and on game days at Lambeau Field and we are looking forward to having his voice on our board, as well. Bill’s experience playing football at Northwestern University will also be helpful to us.”

The shareholders meeting also will see three members take on emeritus status — Tom Cardella (elected in 2010), Susan Finco (2000) and Johnnie Gray (2009).

“We are especially grateful for Susan’s incredible impact on our organization as Lead Director. Her talent and leadership has helped us be successful both on and off the field,” Murphy said. “We appreciate Tom’s leadership on the Foundation committee and Johnnie’s many valuable contributions during their time on the Board. They have provided key viewpoints from their experiences and we thank them for all they’ve done for the Packers.”

“Proposed to succeed Finco as vice president and lead director is Mike Simmer, retired CEO of BMO Harris Bank Green Bay, who has been a member of the board since 2005 and executive committee since 2017. He has served as Treasurer since 2018. Proposed to become Treasurer is Karl Schmidt, president and CEO of Belmark Inc., who has been a member of the board since 2017 and executive committee since 2021. Proposed to become a member at large on the executive committee is Michael Barber, retired chief diversity officer for General Electric, who has been a member of the board since 2021,” the release added.

Shareholders will be provided four annual meeting tickets for each shareholder account, including accounts that have a joint or custodial registration.

Information about the annual meeting, which will be updated as the date approaches, can be found online at packers.com/community/shareholders or packersowner.com.

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