INDIANAPOLIS, March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Steak n Shake Company (NYSE: SNS - News) today announced that seven of the Company''s nine incumbent directors have been re-elected to the Steak n Shake Company''s Board of Directors. They include J. Fred Risk, Steven M. Schmidt, Edward W. Wilhelm, Geoff Ballotti, Wayne L. Kelley, and Drs. Ruth Person and John Ryan. In addition, the Lion Fund''s two nominees, Sardar Biglari and Phillip Cooley have been elected to fill the board seats formerly held by Alan B. Gilman and James Williamson, Jr. The vote totals, in descending order, are:
Nominee Votes For Votes Withheld J. Fred Risk 17,943,588 4,737,912 Steven M. Schmidt 17,718,071 4,963,429 Edward W. Wilhelm 17,716,429 4,965,071 Geoff Ballotti 17,712,099 4,969,401 Wayne L. Kelley 17,641,427 5,040,073 Ruth J. Person 17,606,229 5,075,271 John W. Ryan 17,601,111 5,080,389 Sardar Biglari 15,645,868 42,360 Philip L. Cooley 15,645,574 42,654 James Williamson, Jr. 5,452,242 1,541,030 Alan B. Gilman 5,447,374 1,545,898
"We welcome the new members to our board and look forward to working together constructively to execute on our current promising initiatives to improve operational performance," said Wayne Kelley, a member of the Board of Directors. "We are encouraged by the shareholders'' strong support for the existing Board members, and also appreciate their desire to add additional perspective to the Board as we move forward. This is a pivotal time for the Company, and we are confident in the future of this great brand as we proceed with our efforts to enhance shareholder value."
The Company also announced that the shareholders approved the Board''s proposed 2008 Equity Incentive Plan by a wide margin. The Company''s shareholders voted 13,766,344 shares in favor of the equity plan and 8,813,976 against it, with 101,179 abstaining.
Finally, the shareholders ratified the selection by the Company''s Audit Committee of Deloitte & Touche as its independent auditors for fiscal year 2008. This proposal received 22,289,291 votes in favor and 102,552 against, with 289,656 abstaining.
About Steak n Shake
Steak n Shake is a full-service, casual dining restaurant serving a core menu of its famous STEAKBURGER(TM) sandwiches, thin ''n crispy french fries, old fashioned hand-dipped milk shakes, chili, home style soups, fresh salads, a variety of desserts and breakfast. All of the food is prepared to the guest''s order and served by friendly, well-trained associates. Steak n Shake restaurants feature full-service dining areas, counter service and drive-thru windows and most are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Source: The Steak n Shake Company