Proxymity launches Vote Connect in the North American market, bringing a breakthrough in digital proxy voting  

Proxymity launches Vote Connect in the North American market, bringing a breakthrough in digital proxy voting

Vote Connect brings new choice and freedom to intermediaries for their North American proxy voting requirements and introduces new levels of transparency, speed, and accuracy to the process. 

Delivered by Proxymity, in collaboration with Mediant Communications, a BetaNXT business Vote Connect provides new and unique benefits to the US investor communications process combining Proxymity expertise and award-winning platform technology with the backing of Mediant’s technology and North American expertise. 

New York, September 14, 2023, Proxymity, the leading digital investor communications platform, in collaboration with Mediant, a BetaNXT business and a leading provider of investor communications technology, today announced the launch of its Vote Connect Total solution to the North American market

Proxymity, leveraging Mediant’s investor communications technology and distribution platform and its own award-winning, internationally proven software solution, is now able to offer transparent and accurate reporting and real-time processing to the North American proxy voting ecosystem for custody banks, financial intermediaries, and their customers. Vote Connect offers real-time holdings reconciliation and allows intermediaries to track every ballot generated on their positions via Proxymity’s online, easy-to-use platform. The digital platform highlights exceptions, enabling both rapid reporting and correction. Vote Connect eliminates both overvoting or under-voting with Proxymity’s unique ability to decipher the digital pathway between any connected issuer and shareholder. 

This collaboration unlocks a fully integrated global and US digital proxy voting solution for custody banks and other financial intermediaries, bringing choice to a sector with limited alternatives. Traditional options continued to rely on anachronistic batch processing fraught with errors, which regularly led to overvoting or under-voting of shares. The lack of digital tracking and limited transparency left both intermediaries and shareholders in the dark about whether their vote was counted. Vote Connect ensures all connected parties in the chain of custody can track ballot distributions and voting instructions throughout the voting window. 

Proxymity Vote Connect is accessible to all financial intermediaries via Proxymity’s proprietary API which allows for the economic and efficient transmission of data, ensuring maximum privacy and security of shareholder information. The solution supports a full suite of communication channels, via Proxymity and Mediant’s proprietary software, and enables global coverage for proxy vote processing. 

Sherry Moreland, President, Mediant, commented, “Our decision to invest in Proxymity in 2022 and power its Vote Connect Total solution in our local markets showcases the best mix of financial innovation and service delivery excellence. We’re leveraging the strengths of both organizations to radically improve the experience for custodians, other financial intermediaries, and shareholders.” 

Jonathan Smalley, COO and Co-founder, Proxymity, added, “The launch of Vote Connect Total in the North American market introduces a step-change for the global financial ecosystem and realizes Proxymity’s long-held ambition to deliver unique value and choice to our customers in both the US and Canada. We’re grateful for our collaboration with Mediant whose 20-year experience will help to accelerate the pace with which we can deliver the Proxymity experience across all general meetings in North America to our custodian and institutional customers.” 

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