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*** Exercise Your Right to Vote ***

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the

Shareholder Meeting to Be Held on May 2, 2011.





Meeting Information            


           Meeting Type:     Annual Meeting    
        For holders as of:     March 4, 2011    


Date:  May 2, 2011



  Time: 9:00 AM EDT



Location:   Company’s Headquarters


 200 Vesey Street


 New York, NY 10285





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 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 2011 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:    




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How To Vote  



Please Choose One of the Following Voting Methods



Vote In Person: All shareholders of record at March 4, 2011 (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 the 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in the proxy statement.


Vote By Internet: To vote now by Internet, go to Have the information that is printed in the box marked by the arrow 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.




Voting Items      
The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the following:     

The Board of Directors recommends you vote 1 YEAR on the following proposal:



1.      Election of Directors



4.       Advisory vote on frequency of advisory executive compensation vote.




01)   D.F. AKERSON

       08)    R.C. LEVIN        


       09)    R.A. MCGINN        

03)   U.M. BURNS

       10)    E.D. MILLER     

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



       11)    S.S REINEMUND        

05)   P. CHERNIN

       12)    R.D. WALTER     


5.       Shareholder proposal relating to cumulative voting for directors.


06)   T.J. LEONSIS

       13)    R.A. WILLIAMS        

07)   J. LESCHLY



6.       Shareholder proposal relating to the calling of special shareholder meetings.

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

2.       Ratification of appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2011.


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.



3.       Advisory vote on executive compensation.


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.