Texada Software Inc. announced that at its annual general meeting held on June 28, 2012, the company's shareholders approved a change of the company's corporate name to "Noble Iron Inc." The company's name change, as well as a change of the company's ticker symbol, is expected to be enacted at a future date following formal approval by the board. The company's software division is expected to continue operating under the brand name "Texada Software."
The following board members were elected at the company's AGM: Malcolm Hunter, Harry Jaako, Nabil Kassam, Samir Manji, Aly G. Mawji, William Swisher and Ron Schwarz. Nabil Kassam was reappointed by the board as executive chairman of the company. Hunter and Schwarz are new appointees to the company's board.
Malcolm Hunter is an owner and is president & chief operating officer of Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and branded products and services. Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is the single largest customer of Harley-Davidson Inc. globally, and has earned the designation of 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada for 15 consecutive years. Hunter also sits on a number of committees with the Harley-Davidson Motor company.
Ron Schwarz is an independent investor with more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive in equity research, wholesale banking and asset management. Schwarz has held the positions of executive director of UBS Global Asset Management Canada, and CIBC's managing director and head of Canadian Cash Equities.
"Malcolm's work of over 35 years has helped establish one of the world's most renowned brands, Harley-Davidson. Ron has amassed an impressive breadth of capital markets and investment experience over his career," said Kassam, executive chairman. "As we expand our technology, equipment rental and dealership platforms, representing established and emerging equipment manufacturers such as Terex and LiuGong, Malcolm's and Ron's contribution on the board will strengthen our ability to build a resilient brand and a remarkable company."
In connection with their appointment as directors, Hunter and Schwarz were granted 100,000 stock options each, at an exercise price of $0.29 per share and exercisable for a period of 10 years from the date of grant, subject to all required regulatory and stock exchange approvals.
Previous directors, James Lolley, Jim McInnis and Brian Spilak did not stand for re-election to the board. "We thank our exiting directors for their past service to the company," said Kassam.
Texada also announced that at the AGM, the company's shareholders approved among other matters, related party participation in the company's recently announced private placement and the authority for the board to complete a five-for-one share consolidation of the company's common shares, as well as a share bonus plan for employees of the company. The private placement is expected to close on June 29, 2012. The share consolidation is expected to be enacted at a future date, following formal approval by the board.