Less than six months after blowing the whistle, Carl Clark has been given the boot.
In January, Clark filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging that an employee at ISS, the largest shareholder advisory firm, had been selling clients’ confidential voting data to his co-workers at Georgeson Inc. in exchange for cash and gifts.
Yesterday, Clark, who has worked for seven years at Georgeson, a proxy solicitation firm that tracks shareholder votes, got a call from Chairman Bill Crane around noon telling him that he was being terminated.
According to a spokesman for Georgeson’s parent company, Computershare, Clark was fired because of “performance issues and breaks with policy” the company uncovered while probing “the ISS matter.”
But Clark, who wasn’t informed of the specific violations, believes he was fired for blowing the whistle.