Definition : Abstention - Director

The act by a director to not participate in a vote, voting neither for nor against during a meeting of the board of directors.

 WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW! When there is a conflict between his personal interest and his duties, the director must, except in case of necessity, abstain from the discussion and from voting on the question. This rule does not apply, however, to matters concerning the remuneration or conditions of employment of the director.

 WARNING! The notion of abstention should not be confused with the notion of dissent.

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