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Score another victory for Carl Icahn.
The concessions he won from the world's largest offshore rig contractor include a boost to Transocean's dividend from $2.24 to $3 a share, subject to approval at next year's annual general meeting.
Transocean management also agreed to support Icahn-backed director Samuel Merksamer's re-election to the board, as well as the election of another Icahn pick, Vincent Intrieri, at next year's meeting.
Paired with the proposed reduction of the total number of board members from 14 to 11, the changes would give Icahn even more influence over Transocean's top management.
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David Zeiler, Associate Editor for Money Morning at Money Map Press, has been a journalist for more than 35 years, including 18 spent at The Baltimore Sun. He has worked as a writer, editor, and page designer at different times in his career. He's interviewed a number of well-known personalities - ranging from punk rock icon Joey Ramone to Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Over the course of his journalistic career, Dave has covered many diverse subjects. Since arriving at Money Morning in 2011, he has focused primarily on technology. He's an expert on both Apple and cryptocurrencies. He started writing about Apple for The Sun in the mid-1990s, and had an Apple blog on The Sun's web site from 2007-2009. Dave's been writing about Bitcoin since 2011 - long before most people had even heard of it. He even mined it for a short time.
Dave has a BA in English and Mass Communications from Loyola University Maryland.