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Splunk Wins 2015 Corporate Governance Award for Best Proxy Statement

Corporate Governance Award 2015 representativesEarlier this month I was fortunate enough to represent Splunk at the 2015 Corporate Secretary Corporate Governance Awards gala event at Gotham Hall in NYC, alongside my colleagues Weilyn Wood and Ellen Swarthout. We were shortlisted for Best Proxy Statement in the small to mid cap public company category and were thrilled to win the award in front of hundreds of governance and legal professionals.
Corporate Governance Award 2015 Splunk
This award recognizes Splunk’s leadership in transparent and useful investor disclosure. The judges examined a number of general factors, including effectiveness of communication elements, readability, visual design and overall layout, as well as specific elements such as compensation discussion and analysis and director profiles. The awards are open to all corporate secretaries, general counsel, governance and compliance officers at U.S. public companies.

This year, nearly 100 nominations were received for the 14 award categories. This was Splunk’s first time being nominated for the award. NPR Marketplace host, David Brancaccio, hosted the gala, and as he pointed out in his opening remarks, these awards are the Oscars of the governance world. In other words, it does not get much better for a disclosure team!

It was a fantastic night celebrating with some of the best in the governance world. We continually hear from our investors that governance, disclosure and the actions we take speak to who we are as a company. I believe that this award is a reflection of all of the good things that are happening at Splunk and is yet another public demonstration of our core values.

A big thanks to Corporate Secretary, the award judges and the team of supporters.

Scott Morgan
VP, Associate General Counsel
Splunk Inc.

Corporate Governance Award acceptance

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Scott Morgan is Splunk’s Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Global Affairs & Secretary, and has responsibility for Splunk’s legal, government affairs and Splunk for Good functions. Scott has more than 20 years of experience practicing at the intersection of law, technology and leadership. Scott believes that transparency, informed debate and acting with the highest ethics are particularly relevant to his work at Splunk, the Data-to-Everything company. He believes that establishing and maintaining trust is paramount, and promotes this within Splunk and the industry. Scott joined Splunk as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary in 2012 before working up to his current role. Prior to Splunk he was legal counsel at Autodesk, Inc. and Tellabs, Inc. Before transitioning to in-house legal counsel, Scott worked at Morrison and Foerster LLP and Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean LLP, where he specialized in corporate finance, acquisitions, intellectual property and technology licensing. Scott earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of the occasionally competitive Cal Ski Team. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.  Outside of work, Scott is passionate about his family, friends, community and the health of our planet.

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