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The 10 Most Controversial Companies Of 2018 (So Far)

Businesses sometimes find themselves in the news for the wrong reasons. Here are 10 companies that have made headlines this year – but not in a good way.

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10. Qualys

Stockholders at Qualys took the extremely rare step in June of publicly objecting to the compensation given to the company's top five executives in 2017.

At the security technology company's annual meeting, only 35.5 percent of shares voted in favor of the cloud security vendor's executive compensation plan with 55.9 percent of shares voting in opposition to the plan. (The balance of the shares were broker non-votes or abstentions.)

The results of the vote were non-binding. Nevertheless, it's unusual for shareholders to issue such a public rebuke to a company's management.

The compensation plan granted more than $36 million in stock awards to Qualys' top five executives last year, with more than $22 million going to Chairman, President and CEO Philippe Courtot.

 
 
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