Perry Ellis Men's RTW Spring 2016

Company says chief executive officer-designee Oscar Feldenkreis and other nominees received 'extremely wide margins' beyond votes required.

Perry Ellis International Inc. said Friday that Bruce Klatsky and Michael Rayden had both been elected to its board with “overwhelming support from shareholders.”

Klatsky is the former chief executive officer of PVH Corp., then Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., and Rayden the former ceo of the Justice unit of Ascena Retail Group Inc. The vote took place at the company’s annual meeting Friday. Final results of the vote will be made available next week.

Oscar Feldenkreis, who will succeed George Feldenkreis, his father, as ceo of Perry Ellis in January, was reelected to the board.

Perry Ellis nominated Klatsky and Rayden to the board in May, as a proxy fight between the company and two investors, Legion Partners Holdings LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, appeared to be looming.

The proxy battle was avoided when Perry Ellis nominated Klatsky and Rayden and also agreed that the roles of chairman and ceo would be separated, with George Feldenkreis relinquishing the role of ceo next year and retaining the role of chairman while his son moves up from vice chairman, president and chief operating officer.

Legion and CalSTRS’ push for an independent chairman was withdrawn at that time. The board is currently working on a leadership succession plan in advance of the younger Feldenkreis’ promotion to ceo.

The addition of Klatsky and Rayden brings to five the number of independent directors added Perry Ellis’ board since the beginning of 2014.

In addition to Klatsky and Rayden, the three independent directors of the company are Jane DeFlorio, lead independent director; former Macy’s executive David Scheiner, and Gilt Groupe founder Alexandra Wilson.

The dissident shareholders had proposed placing Robert Mettler, Darrell Ross and Joshua Schechter on Perry Ellis’ board.

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