LONDON Jan 5 Sports Direct chairman
Keith Hellawell was re-elected on Thursday after majority
shareholder and chief executive Mike Ashley backed him, defying
a majority of independent shareholders who once again wanted him
A resolution to re-appoint Hellawell was backed by 81
percent of the votes cast, the company said, although once
Ashley's votes were excluded, Hellawell received the support of
46 percent of the votes of independent investors, while 54
percent were opposed.
Ashley said: "Keith has my full backing and will be
continuing in his role on the basis that he has the unanimous
support of the board."
(Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Sarah Young)