Activist investor Nelson Peltz launches Disney proxy fight, seeks multiple board seats

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Nelson Peltz, founder and chief executive officer of Trian Fund Management, during the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute Priority Summit in Miami, Florida, US, on Thursday, March 30, 2023.
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Activist investor Nelson Peltz and his firm, Trian Partners, are seeking two seats on Disney’s board, CNBC reported Thursday, setting the stage for a proxy fight.

The news came the morning after Disney added Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman and former Sky TV boss Jeremy Darroch to its board, a move widely seen as a bid to fend off a potential challenge from Peltz.

The activist investor had been waiting to see what happened with Disney’s earnings report earlier this month to decide whether to make a move, CNBC previously reported. Trian oversees more than $2 billion in Disney shares that belong to former Disney executive Ike Perlmutter, a critic of Disney chief Bob Iger.

Disney shares are up about 6% this year, far underperforming the S&P 500.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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