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Dana Adds to Board, Reaches Agreement with Icahn Capital

The board will temporarily expand to 12 directors, until Raymond E. Mabus Jr.’s retirement, at the 2022 Annual Meeting.



Dana Inc. has entered into an agreement with Icahn Capital, whereby Brett Icahn and Gary Hu, both of whom are portfolio managers at Icahn Capital, will join the Dana board of directors, effective immediately, and will stand for election at the company’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

“Dana has made significant advancements as a forward-thinking mobility company, and we appreciate Icahn Capital’s support and constructive engagement as we continue to execute our strategic plan,” said James Kamsickas, Dana chairman and CEO. “Our ongoing board refreshment reflects a commitment to best-in-class corporate governance, and this agreement brings a direct shareholder perspective to the boardroom to support our long-term goal of sustainable value creation. We look forward to working with Brett and Gary to advance our efforts.”


Carl Icahn added, “Since our initial investment in Dana over a year ago, we have had productive conversations with Jim and recognize the progress the company has made, even in the face of the current operating challenges.  We believe Dana’s management has positioned the company to capture significant market opportunities ahead, especially with respect to electrification in mobility.”

With these appointments and the previously announced addition of Ernesto M. Hernández, the board will temporarily expand to 12 directors. Following the retirement of Raymond E. Mabus, Jr., at the 2022 Annual Meeting, consistent with the company’s director retirement policy, the board will be composed of 11 directors, 10 of whom are independent.


In connection with this announcement, Icahn Capital and its affiliates, which collectively own approximately 9.9 percent of Dana’s outstanding stock, have agreed to support the company’s slate of director nominees, which will include Hu and Icahn, at Dana’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholder.  Icahn Capital has also agreed to other customary standstill provisions.

Gary Hu

Hu is a Portfolio Manager for Icahn Capital LP, a subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises L.P., a diversified holding company engaged in a variety of businesses.  Prior to joining Icahn Capital LP, he held investment management roles at Silver Point Capital LP, a credit-focused investment firm, and Stockbridge Investors, the public securities affiliate of Berkshire Partners LLC. Hu also serves on the board of Occidental Petroleum Corporation and was previously on the board of Cloudera Inc. Hu graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. Econ in Finance and Accounting from The Wharton School and a B.A.S. in Computer Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.


Brett Icahn

Icahn is a Portfolio Manager for Icahn Capital LP, a subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises L.P., a diversified holding company engaged in a variety of businesses. Icahn has held a variety of investment advisory roles at Icahn Enterprises L.P. since 2002 and has served on its board since October 2020. He is also currently a director of Newell Brands Inc. and Bausch Health Companies Inc. and was previously a director of Nuance Communications, Inc., American Railcar Industries, Inc., Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Cadus Corporation and Voltari Corporation.

Ernesto Hernández 

Hernández is a veteran mobility-industry executive with extensive knowledge of product engineering, manufacturing, planning, program management, sales, marketing, and the aftermarket. He recently retired from General Motors after a 40-year career culminating in the role of president and managing director of General Motors, Mexico. Hernández also serves on the boards of BRP Inc., the recreational products business previously owned by Bombardier Inc.; and Constellation Brands, Inc., a producer of beers, wines, and distilled spirits.



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