A total of about 37,5 percent of Siemens AG's capital stock was represented at this year's meeting. More than 16,000 shareholders had ordered tickets for the event, and over 46,000 had authorized a proxy to exercise their voting rights. Many opted for the convenient alternative of following the Annual Shareholders' Meeting or transferred their voting rights via PC.
In the foyer of the Olympiahalle, 14 themed areas with special exhibitions were ready for an onslaught of shareholders. The range of topics spanned the company – from a presentation on the One Siemens strategy to themed areas on education, a child's world, health, sustainable urban development and energy technologies, the redesign of company headquarters and the memoirs of Werner von Siemens. Showcasing the topic of electric mobility were prototypes of the first sports airplane with a serial hybrid electric drive and a car with electric wheel hub motors. The pilot models highlight how such electric motors are already cutting energy consumption, harmful emissions, noise pollution and costs. Large numbers of shareholders took advantage of this opportunity to gather information and talk with experts at the themed areas.
A tantalizing array of culinary treats awaited shareholders in the Olympiahalle. About 40,000 sweet and savory snacks and pastries were available as light refreshments, while roughly 1.8 tons of meat patties, original Munich Leberkäse and sausages provided more substantial fare. Rounding off the offerings were some 6,500 pieces of fruit and 8,000 servings of ice cream. More than 10,000 liters of soft drinks were available to quench shareholders' thirst. A staff of nearly 1,000 ensured that the event proceeded smoothly in every respect.