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Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the

Shareholder Meeting to Be Held on April 30, 2012.



Meeting Information            




        Meeting Type:     Annual Meeting    
           For holders as of:     March 1, 2012    


Date:    April 30, 2012



      Time:     9:00 AM EDT



Location:   Company’s Headquarters


  200 Vesey Street


  New York, NY 10285






You are receiving this communication because you hold shares in the above named company.



This is not a ballot. You cannot use this notice to vote these shares. This communication presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet. You may view the proxy materials online at, scan the QR code on the reverse side, or easily request a paper copy (see reverse side).



We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting.


This notice also constitutes Notice of the 2012 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.



See the reverse side of this notice to obtain proxy materials and voting instructions.


Before You Vote


      How to Access the Proxy Materials





Proxy Materials Available to VIEW or RECEIVE:




How to View Online:

Have the information that is printed in the box marked by the arrow  è  LOGO  (located on the following page) and visit:, or scan the QR code below.


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How To Vote

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Vote In Person: All shareholders of record at March 1, 2012 (or holders in street name who have obtained a valid proxy) may vote in person at the meeting. Directions to the meeting are under Location of Annual Meeting in the proxy statement.


Vote By Internet: Go to or from a smart phone, scan the QR Barcode above. Have the information that is printed in the box marked by the arrow  è  LOGO   available and follow the instructions.


Vote By Mail: You can vote by mail by requesting a paper copy of the materials, which will include a proxy card.


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Voting Items                   


The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the following:


1.     Election of Directors

    The Board of Directors recommends you vote AGAINST the following proposals:       
  Nominees:       5.  

Shareholder proposal relating to cumulative voting for directors.



02)    U.M. BURNS

03)    K.I. CHENAULT

04)    P. CHERNIN

05)    T.J. LEONSIS

06)    J. LESCHLY


07)    R.C. LEVIN

08)    R.A. MCGINN

09)    E.D. MILLER


11)    R.D. WALTER

12)    R.A. WILLIAMS


Shareholder proposal relating to separation of chairman and CEO roles.



The proxies are authorized to vote in their discretion upon any other matter that may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment(s) or postponement(s) thereof.

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the following proposals:    

NOTE: You cannot vote by returning this Notice. To vote the shares, you must vote online or request a paper copy of the proxy materials to receive a proxy card. You also may attend and vote at the meeting.


Ratification of appointment of Pricewaterhouse-Coopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2012.


Advisory resolution to approve executive compensation.


Approval of performance goals and award limits under 2007 Incentive Compensation Plan.