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  1. 1. Prudential Financial, Inc. 751 Broad Street, Newark NJ 07102 April 20, 2004 Dear Fellow Shareholder: On behalf of your Board of Directors, you are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting of shareholders of Prudential Financial, Inc. Your Company’s Annual Meeting will be held on June 8, 2004 at Prudential’s Corporate Headquarters, 751 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102 at 2:00 p.m. The location is accessible to handicapped persons, and, upon request, we will provide wireless headsets for hearing amplification. The Notice of Meeting and proxy statement describe the matters to be voted on at the meeting. Your vote is important. We urge you to participate in Prudential Financial’s Annual Meeting, whether or not you plan to attend, by signing, dating and promptly mailing the enclosed proxy card. You may also vote by telephone or the Internet should you prefer. Regardless of the size of your investment, your vote is important, so please act at your earliest convenience. Finally, if you do plan to attend the meeting, you will need an admission ticket. Please refer to the instructions set forth in the Notice of Meeting, which follows this letter, or those attached to the proxy card. We appreciate your participation, support and interest in the Company. Sincerely, Arthur F. Ryan Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  2. 2. Prudential Financial, Inc. 751 Broad Street, Newark NJ 07102 Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Prudential Financial, Inc. Date: June 8, 2004 Time: 2:00 p.m. Place: Prudential’s Corporate Headquarters 751 Broad Street Newark, NJ 07102 At the 2004 Annual Meeting, shareholders will act upon the following matters: 1. Election of four Class III Directors, each to serve for a term of three years, and one Class I Director to serve for a term of one year; 2. Ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as independent auditors for the year ending December 31, 2004; 3. A shareholder proposal regarding charitable contributions; 4. A shareholder proposal regarding the annual election of Directors; and 5. Transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Information about the matters to be acted upon at the Annual Meeting is contained in the accompanying proxy statement. Shareholders of record at the close of business on April 12, 2004 will be entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting and at any adjournments or postponements thereof. Shareholders will need an admission ticket to attend the Annual Meeting. If you are a Holder of Record, an admission ticket is attached to the enclosed proxy card. If you received shares of Common Stock in our demutualization and such shares are held through EquiServe (or if subsequently you have been issued a certificate for your shares), you are a Holder of Record of those shares. If your shares are not registered in your own name, you need to bring proof of your share ownership to the meeting to receive an admission ticket. Please bring either a copy of your account statement or a letter from your broker, bank or other institution reflecting your share ownership as of April 12, 2004. Please note that no cameras or recording devices will be permitted at the meeting. For your safety, we reserve the right to inspect all personal items prior to admission to the Annual Meeting. By Order of the Board of Directors, 4APR200321350973 Kathleen M. Gibson Vice President, Secretary and Corporate Governance Officer April 12, 2004 Your vote is important! Please take a moment to complete, sign, date and mail the proxy card in the accompanying envelope. If you prefer, you may also vote by telephone or the Internet. Please see the instructions attached to the proxy card. Your prompt cooperation will save your Company additional solicitation costs.
  3. 3. PR U D E N T I A L FI N A N C I A L , IN C . General Information ................................................................................................................. 1 Voting Instructions and Information.......................................................................................... 1 Item 1: Election of Directors .................................................................................................... 3 Item 2: Ratification of the Appointment of Independent Auditors............................................. 6 Item 3: Shareholder Proposal Regarding Charitable Contributions ............................................ 7 Item 4: Shareholder Proposal Regarding the Annual Election of Directors ............................... 8 Corporate Governance .............................................................................................................. 9 Committees of the Board of Directors ...................................................................................... 11 Compensation of Directors ....................................................................................................... 13 Certain Relationships and Related Transactions ........................................................................ 13 Report of the Audit Committee ................................................................................................ 13 Compensation Committee Report on Executive Compensation.................................................. 14 Compensation of Executive Officers ......................................................................................... 18 Summary Compensation Table ................................................................................................. 18 Retirement Plans ...................................................................................................................... 19 Prudential Severance and Senior Executive Severance Plan; Change of Control Program ......... 21 Long-Term Compensation Table ............................................................................................... 23 Option Grant Table................................................................................................................... 23 Performance Graph................................................................................................................... 24 Voting Securities and Principal Holders Thereof....................................................................... 25 Compliance with Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act................................................................ 26 Shareholder Proposals .............................................................................................................. 26 ‘‘Householding’’ of Proxy Materials and Elimination of Duplicates.......................................... 27 Annual Report on Form 10-K................................................................................................... 27 Incorporation by Reference....................................................................................................... 27 Other Matters ........................................................................................................................... 27
  4. 4. 2004 PR O X Y S T A T E M E N T How Do I Vote? GENERAL INFORMATION Your vote is important. We encourage you to vote The Board of Directors of Prudential promptly. You may vote in one of the following Financial, Inc. (‘‘Prudential Financial’’ or the ways: ‘‘Company’’) is furnishing this proxy statement and soliciting the accompanying form of proxy in Holders of Record connection with the Annual Meeting of • By Telephone. You can vote your shares by shareholders to be held on June 8, 2004 (the telephone, by calling 1-800-690-6903. This ‘‘Annual Meeting’’) at 2:00 p.m. at Prudential’s toll-free number is also on the enclosed proxy Corporate Headquarters, 751 Broad Street, card. Telephone voting is available 24 hours a Newark, New Jersey 07102, and at any day. If you vote by telephone, you do not adjournment or postponement thereof. The Notice need to return the proxy card. Your vote by of Meeting, this proxy statement, the enclosed telephone must be received by 11:59 p.m. proxy card and the enclosed Annual Report for EDT, June 7, 2004. 2003 were first sent to shareholders on or about April 20, 2004. • By Internet. You can also vote on the Internet. The website address for Internet voting is and can also be found on VOTING INSTRUCTIONS AND the enclosed proxy card. Internet voting is INFORMATION available 24 hours a day. If you vote by Internet, you do not need to return the proxy Who Can Vote? card. Your vote by Internet must be received You are entitled to vote or direct the voting of by 11:59 p.m. EDT, June 7, 2004. your Prudential Financial Common Stock if you • By Mail. If you choose to vote by mail, mark were a shareholder on April 12, 2004, the record the proxy card, date and sign it, and return it in date for the Annual Meeting. Shareholders of our the postage-paid envelope provided. Your vote Class B Stock, as of April 12, 2004, are also by mail must be received by the close of voting entitled to vote their shares. On that date, at the Annual Meeting on June 8, 2004. approximately 527,830,000 shares of Common Stock and 2,000,000 shares of Class B Stock were • By Attending the Annual Meeting. If you outstanding and entitled to notice of and to vote at attend the Annual Meeting, you can vote your the Annual Meeting. Each share of Prudential shares in person. You will need to have an Financial Common Stock and Class B Stock is admission ticket or other proof of ownership entitled to one vote, and the Common Stock and with you at the Annual Meeting. Please refer Class B Stock vote together as a single class on to the instructions attached to the enclosed the matters submitted for a vote at this Annual proxy card. Meeting. Who Is the Holder of Record? Stock Held by Brokers, Banks and Nominees You may own Common Stock either (1) directly in • If your Common Stock is held by a broker, your name as the shareholder of record, which bank or other nominee, you will receive includes shares acquired as part of demutualization instructions from them that you must follow and through other demutualization related in order to have your shares voted. programs, in which case you are the Holder of Record, or (2) indirectly through a broker, bank or • If you plan to attend the Annual Meeting and other nominee. vote in person, you will need to contact the broker, bank or other nominee to obtain a If your shares are registered directly in your ‘‘legal proxy’’ to permit you to vote by name, you are the Holder of Record of these written ballot at the Annual Meeting. shares, and we are sending these proxy materials directly to you. Page 1
  5. 5. PR U D E N T I A L FI N A N C I A L , IN C . How Many Votes Are Required? abstention or a broker non-vote will not be A quorum is required to transact business at the counted as voting for or against a particular Annual Meeting. We will have a quorum and be matter. Accordingly, abstentions and broker able to conduct the business of the Annual non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of a Meeting if the holders of 40 percent of the shares vote. entitled to vote are present at the meeting, either How Can I Revoke My Proxy or Change My Vote? in person or by proxy. You can revoke your proxy at any time before it If a quorum is present, a plurality of votes cast is is voted at the 2004 Annual Meeting by: required to elect Directors. Thus, a Director may be elected even if the Director receives less than a Holders of Record majority of the shares represented at the meeting. To ratify the selection of independent auditors, • Sending written notice of revocation to the approve the shareholder proposal regarding Secretary of Prudential Financial; charitable contributions and approve the • Submitting another timely and later dated proxy shareholder proposal regarding the annual election by telephone, Internet or mail; or of Directors, an affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast is required. • Attending the 2004 Annual Meeting and voting in person by written ballot. How Are Votes Counted? All shares that have been properly voted, and not Stock Held by Brokers, Banks and Nominees revoked, will be voted at the Annual Meeting in • Please contact the broker, bank or other nominee accordance with your instructions. If you sign and to obtain instructions to revoke your proxy, or to return the proxy card but do not specify how you obtain a ‘‘legal proxy’’ that will permit you to wish your shares to be voted, your shares attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person represented by that proxy will be voted as by written ballot. recommended by the Board of Directors: ‘‘for’’ all the nominees for Director; ‘‘for’’ ratification of Who Will Count the Vote? the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP The Board of Directors has appointed IVS as our independent auditors for 2004; ‘‘against’’ Associates, Inc. to act as the Inspector of Election the shareholder proposal regarding charitable at the 2004 Annual Meeting. contributions and ‘‘against’’ the shareholder proposal regarding the annual election of directors. Who Is the Proxy Solicitor? Proxies that are counted as abstentions and any D.F. King & Co., Inc. has been retained by proxies returned by brokers as ‘‘non-votes’’ on Prudential Financial to assist with the Annual behalf of shares held in street names because Meeting, including the distribution of proxy beneficial owners’ discretion has been withheld or materials and solicitation of votes, for a fee of brokers are not permitted to vote on the beneficial $25,000 plus reimbursement of expenses to be owners’ behalf as to one or more matters to be paid by the Company. In addition, our Directors, acted upon at the Annual Meeting, will be treated officers or employees may solicit proxies for us in as present for purposes of determining whether a person or by telephone, facsimile, Internet or other quorum is present at the Annual Meeting. electronic means. However, any shares not voted as a result of an Page 2
  6. 6. 2004 PR O X Y S T A T E M E N T Nominees for Class III Directors ITEM 1 — ELECTION OF DIRECTORS for Terms to Expire in 2007 Prudential Financial’s Board of Directors is divided into three classes. Arthur F. Ryan is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and At the Annual Meeting, four Class III Directors President of Prudential Financial. He are to be elected to hold office until the Annual joined Prudential Insurance as the Meeting of shareholders to be held in the year Chairman of the Board, Chief 2007 and one Class I Director is to be elected to 16MAR200408225809 Executive Officer and President and hold office until the Annual Meeting of as a Director in December 1994. In December shareholders to be held in the year 2005, and in 1999, at the time of the Company’s incorporation, each case until their successors are duly elected or he was named Director of Prudential Financial; in appointed. In accordance with the Company’s January 2000 he was named to its first slate of Certificate of Incorporation, Ms. Schmertz was officers as President and Chief Executive Officer; moved from Class III to Class I in order to keep in December 2000 he took his current title. the size of the classes as nearly equal as possible. Prudential Financial became a public company in Each of the nominees is currently serving as a December 2001. From 1972 until he joined Director except for director nominee, Gaston Prudential Insurance, Mr. Ryan was with Chase Caperton. The remaining Directors of Prudential Manhattan Bank, serving in various executive Financial will continue to serve in accordance positions including President and Chief Operating with their previous election. Officer from 1990 to 1994. Other Directorships Unless authority is withheld by the shareholder, it include Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Age 61. is the intention of persons named by Prudential Financial as proxies on its proxy card to vote for Gaston Caperton was nominated for the nominees listed and, in the event that any election as a Director of Prudential nominees are unable or decline to serve (an event Financial in March 2004. He has not now anticipated), to vote for the balance of served as the President of the College the nominees and for any substitutes selected by Board (nonprofit membership 31MAR200414130977 association of schools, colleges, the Board of Directors. The name, age, principal occupation and other information concerning each universities and other educational organizations) Director is set forth below. Allan D. Gilmour, who since 1999. He was the founder and executive served as a Director of Prudential Financial since director of Columbia University’s Institute on 2001 and of its subsidiary The Prudential Education & Government at Teachers College Insurance Company of America (‘‘Prudential from 1997 to 1999 and a fellow at Harvard Insurance’’) since 1995, resigned as a Director University’s John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics effective December 31, 2003 due to scheduling from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Caperton served as the conflicts with his responsibilities as Vice Governor of West Virginia from 1988 to 1996. Chairman of Ford Motor Company. Prior to his governorship, Mr. Caperton was an entrepreneur in the insurance business and was Franklin E. Agnew, Richard M. Thomson and one of the principal owners of a privately held Stanley C. Van Ness, who have served as insurance brokerage firm. Mr. Caperton’s areas of Directors of Prudential Financial since expertise include insurance, public policy and January 2001 and of Prudential Insurance since education. Other directorships include: United 1994, 1976 and 1990, respectively, will retire Bankshares, Inc. and Owens Corning. Age 64. following the Annual Meeting in accordance with the Board of Directors’ retirement policy. As a result, the Board of Directors will, subsequent to the Annual Meeting, be reduced from 14 to 12 members. The Board of Directors recommends that shareholders vote ‘‘for’’ all of the nominees. Page 3
  7. 7. PR U D E N T I A L FI N A N C I A L , IN C . Vice President, Corporate Affairs. Ms. Schmertz’s Gilbert F. Casellas was elected as a areas of expertise include international investments, Director of Prudential Financial in marketing and public policy. Ms. Schmertz is January 2001 and has been a Director scheduled to retire following the Annual Meeting of of Prudential Insurance since April shareholders in 2005 in accordance with the Board of 1998. He is President of Casellas & Directors’ retirement policy. Age 69. Associates, LLC, a consulting firm. During 2001, he served as President and Chief Continuing Class I Directors Whose Terms Executive Officer of Q-linx, Inc. (software Expire in 2005 development). He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of The Swarthmore James G. Cullen was elected as a Group, Inc. (investment company) from January Director of Prudential Financial in 1999 to December 2000. Mr. Casellas was a January 2001 and was appointed by partner in the law firm of McConnell Valdes LLP the Chief Justice of the New Jersey from 1998 to 1999; Chairman, U.S. Equal Supreme Court as a Director of Employment Opportunity Commission from 1994 Prudential Insurance in April 1994. to 1998; and General Counsel, U.S. Department of He served as the President and Chief Operating the Air Force from 1993 to 1994. Mr. Casellas’ Officer of Bell Atlantic Corporation (global areas of expertise include law, public policy, telecommunications) from December 1998 until investments and education. Age 51. his retirement in June 2000. Mr. Cullen was the President and Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Karl J. Krapek was elected as a Group, Bell Atlantic Corporation from 1997 to Director of Prudential Financial 1998 and served as Vice Chairman of Bell effective January 1, 2004. He served Atlantic Corporation from 1995 to 1997. as the President and Chief Operating Mr. Cullen’s areas of expertise include business Officer of United Technologies 20FEB200419083372 Corporation (global technology) operations and sales and marketing. Other Directorships include: Johnson & Johnson and from 1999 until his retirement in January 2002. Agilent Technologies, Inc. Age 61. Prior to that time, Mr. Krapek held other management positions at United Technologies Glen H. Hiner was elected as a Corporation, which he joined in 1982. Director of Prudential Financial in Mr. Krapek’s areas of expertise include domestic January 2001 and has been a Director and international business operations. Other of Prudential Insurance since April directorships include: Lucent Technologies, Inc. 1997. He was appointed as Chairman and Visteon Corporation. Age 55. of Dana Corporation (automotive industry) in September 2003. He served as the Nominee for Class I Director for a Term to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Owens Expire in 2005 Corning (advanced glass and building material systems) from 1992 until his retirement in April Ida F.S. Schmertz was elected as a 2002. Owens Corning filed for protection under Director of Prudential Financial in the federal bankruptcy code on October 5, 2000. January 2001 and was appointed by Prior to joining Owens Corning, Mr. Hiner the Chief Justice of the New Jersey worked at General Electric Company starting in Supreme Court as a Director of 1957. He served as Senior Vice President and Prudential Insurance in April 1997. Group Executive, Plastics Group from 1983 to She has been a Principal of Microleasing LLC since 1991. Mr. Hiner’s areas of expertise include 2001 and Chairman of the Volkhov International domestic and international business operations and Business Incubator since 1995. Ms. Schmertz was a business ethics. Other Directorships include Dana Principal of Investment Strategies International Corporation. Age 69. (investment consultant) from 1994 to 2000 and was with American Express Company from 1979 to 1994, holding several management positions including Senior Page 4
  8. 8. 2004 PR O X Y S T A T E M E N T Inc., Electronic Data Systems Corporation, James A. Unruh was elected as a Rockwell International Corporation, JP Morgan Director of Prudential Financial in Chase & Co., Dell Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Visteon January 2001 and has been a Director Corporation. Mr. Gray will not stand for of Prudential Insurance since April re-election as a director of Electronic 1996. He became a founding member Data Systems and Viacom Inc. Age 62. of Alerion Capital Group, LLC (private equity investment group) in 1998. Mr. Jon F. Hanson was elected as a Unruh was with Unisys Corporation (information Director of Prudential Financial in technology services, hardware and software) from January 2001 and was appointed by 1987 to 1997, serving as its Chairman and Chief the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Executive Officer from 1990 to 1997. He also Supreme Court as a Director of held executive positions with financial Prudential Insurance in April 1991. management responsibility, including serving as He has served as Chairman of The Hampshire Senior Vice President, Finance, Burroughs Companies (real estate investment and property Corporation, from 1982 to 1987. Mr. Unruh’s management) since 1976. Mr. Hanson served as areas of expertise include finance, business the Chairman and Commissioner of the New operations, technology and investments. Age 63. Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority from 1982 to 1994. Mr. Hanson’s areas of expertise include Continuing Class II Directors Whose Terms real estate, investments, government and business Expire in 2006 operations. Other Directorships include: CD&L, Inc., HealthSouth Corporation (since September Frederic K. Becker was elected as a 2002) and Pascack Community Bank. Age 67. Director of Prudential Financial in January 2001 and was appointed by Constance J. Horner was elected as a the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Director of Prudential Financial in Supreme Court as a Director of January 2001 and has been a Director Prudential Insurance in June 1994. of Prudential Insurance since April He has served as President of the law firm of 1994. She has been a Guest Scholar Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. since 1989 and 3APR200318353357 at The Brookings Institution has practiced law with the firm since 1960. (non-partisan research institute) since 1993, after Mr. Becker’s primary expertise is in the area of serving as Assistant to the President of the United law. Age 68. States and Director, Presidential Personnel from 1991 to 1993; Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department William H. Gray III was elected as a of Health and Human Services from 1989 to Director of Prudential Financial in 1991; and Director, U.S. Office of Personnel January 2001 and has been a Director Management from 1985 to 1989. Mrs. Horner was of Prudential Insurance since a Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil September 1991. He has served as Rights from 1993 to 1998. She taught at Princeton President and Chief Executive University in 1994 and at Johns Hopkins Officer of The College Fund/UNCF University in 1995. Ms. Horner’s areas (philanthropic foundation) since 1991. Mr. Gray of expertise include public policy and education. was a member of the U.S. House of Other Directorships include: Ingersoll-Rand Representatives from 1979 to 1991. Mr. Gray’s Company Ltd. and Pfizer Inc. Age 62. areas of expertise include public policy and education. Other Directorships include: Viacom Page 5
  9. 9. PR U D E N T I A L FI N A N C I A L , IN C . preparation fees total $1,736,000 and tax advisory fees total ITEM 2 — RATIFICATION OF THE $1,870,000. APPOINTMENT OF (D) The aggregate fees for all other services rendered by INDEPENDENT AUDITORS PricewaterhouseCoopers, including provision of workpapers to third parties, software license fees and assessment of a The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors proposed outsourcing transaction. Fees for 2002 included has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP non-recurring services in support of Gibraltar’s implementation of an Oracle general ledger. (‘‘PricewaterhouseCoopers’’) as the Company’s independent auditors for 2004. We are not The Audit Committee has advised the Board of required to have the shareholders ratify the Directors that in its opinion the non-audit services selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers as our rendered by PricewaterhouseCoopers during the independent auditors. We nonetheless are doing so most recent fiscal year are compatible with because we believe it is a matter of good maintaining their independence. corporate practice. If the shareholders do not The Audit Committee has established a policy ratify the selection, the Audit Committee will requiring its pre-approval of all audit and reconsider whether or not to retain permissible non-audit services provided by the PricewaterhouseCoopers, but may retain such independent auditor. The policy identifies the independent auditors. Even if the selection is guiding principles that must be considered by the ratified, the Audit Committee, in its discretion, Audit Committee in approving services to ensure may change the appointment at any time during that the independent auditor’s independence is not the year if it determines that such a change would impaired; describes the Audit, Audit Related, Tax be in the best interests of Prudential Financial and and All Other services that may be provided and its shareholders. Representatives of the non-audit services that may not be performed; PricewaterhouseCoopers are expected to be and sets forth the pre-approval requirements for present at the Annual Meeting with an opportunity all permitted services. The policy provides for the to make a statement if they desire to do so and to general pre-approval of specific types of Audit, be available to respond to appropriate questions. Audit Related and Tax services and a limited fee The following is a summary and description of estimate range for such services on an annual fees for services provided by basis. The policy requires specific pre-approval of PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2003 and 2002. all other permitted services. The independent auditors are required to report periodically to the Worldwide Fees full Audit Committee regarding the extent of Service 2003 2002 services provided in accordance with this pre-approval and the fees for the services Audit (A) ................................ $30,476,000 $25,781,000 Audit Related (B) ................... $ 6,577,000 $ 4,248,000 performed to date. The Audit Committee’s policy Tax (C) ................................... $ 3,606,000 $ 5,923,000 delegates to its Chairman the authority to address All Other (D).......................... $ 131,000 $ 5,715,000 requests for pre-approval of services with fees up Total ........................................ $40,790,000 $41,667,000 to a maximum of $100,000 between Audit Committee meetings, and the Chairman must (A) The aggregate fees for professional services rendered for report any pre-approval decisions to the Audit the audits of the consolidated financial statements of Prudential Financial and, as required, of various domestic and Committee at its next scheduled meeting. The international subsidiaries, the issuance of comfort letters, policy prohibits the Audit Committee from agreed-upon procedures required by regulation, consents and delegating to management the Audit Committee’s assistance with review of documents filed with the Securities responsibility to pre-approve permitted services of and Exchange Commission. (B) The aggregate fees for assurance and related services the independent auditor. including internal control reports, agreed-upon procedures not All Audit, Audit Related, Tax and All Other fees required by regulation, benefit plan audits and accounting consultation on acquisitions. described above were approved by the Audit (C) The aggregate fees for services rendered by Committee before services were rendered. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ tax department for tax return preparation, tax advice related to mergers and acquisitions The Board of Directors recommends that and other international, federal and state projects, employee shareholders vote ‘‘for’’ ratification of the benefit plans, compliance services for expatriate employees appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers as the and requests for rulings. In 2003, tax compliance and Company’s independent auditors for 2004. Page 6
  10. 10. 2004 PR O X Y S T A T E M E N T ITEM 3 — SHAREHOLDER PROPOSAL Prudential Financial is proud of its commitment to the community and its long history of charitable REGARDING CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS giving. By being good citizens in the community Mr. Raymond B. Ruddy, 26 Rolling Lane, Dover, and enhancing the lives of our community MA 02030, holder of 133 shares of Common partners, we believe we are strengthening our Stock, has advised us that he intends to introduce business franchise and thereby adding shareholder the following resolution: value. Resolved, that the shareholders request that The Company contributes to the communities in Prudential Financial cease making charitable which it operates principally in three ways--- contributions. grants to The Prudential Foundation (the ‘‘Foundation’’) to enable it to make grants in Supporting Statement accordance with its funding guidelines, employee Thomas Jefferson once wrote, ‘‘To compel a man involvement programs from Local Initiatives, and to furnish contributions of money for propagation capital and loan investments from Social of opinions which he believes is sinful and Investments. The Company and its subsidiaries tyrannical.’’ Choice is a popular word in our also make direct contributions to non-profit culture. Nobel Prize winning economist and long entities. This structure provides flexibility in time critic of corporate charitable contributions, crafting workable solutions and attracting Milton Friedman, writes about the importance of additional resources to charitable programs. choice in his book, Free to Choose. By making The following are just a few of the community charitable contributions at the corporate level we efforts sponsored by the Company or the have usurped the right and duty of individuals to Foundation in recent years: support the charities of their choice. We may also be forcing thousands of people to support causes • Sesame Street Beginnings: Talk, Read, Write! they may disagree with on a most profound level. The Foundation has provided funding to the For example, abortion rights advocates often use Sesame Street Workshop to produce Talk, Read, the word choice, without mentioning what choice Write! kits to educate parents about basic is all about, i.e., abortion. Today there are a language development in children from birth to number of prominent charities advocating for age 3. Kits are also being provided to day care abortion and, in at least one case, Planned centers and family literacy programs. Parenthood, actually performing abortions. Other • YouthBuild, U.S.A. The Foundation provided charities, often times involved in research for funding to YouthBuild, U.S.A. to teach cures of disease, may advocate the destruction of construction skills and provide GED classes to human embryos for research purposes. These may high school dropouts. Trainees rehabilitate or be more controversial examples, but they illustrate build housing for low-income residents in their the point today, many charities are involved in communities. activities that are divisive and not universally supported. Prudential Financial employees and • Success By 6. For over five years, this program shareholders represent a broad range of interests. in Newark, New Jersey has benefited from It is impossible to be sensitive to the moral, funding from the Foundation to better fulfill the religious and cultural sensitivities to so many health and human services needs of children and people. Rather than compel our stakeholders to their families. support potentially controversial charitable groups • Global Volunteer Day. In 2003, Prudential we should refrain from giving their money away Financial employees, families and friends to them. Let each person choose. The importance organized over 900 community service projects of individual choice and the importance of each in 17 countries, including all 50 states. individual cannot be underestimated. The Board of Directors recommends that shareholders vote ‘‘against’’ this proposal for the following reasons. Page 7
  11. 11. PR U D E N T I A L FI N A N C I A L , IN C . The Board of Directors believes that, far from averaging 62% in 2003, revealing strong investor damaging the Company’s reputation with any of support for this reform. Numerous companies have its employees and shareholders, our tradition of demonstrated leadership by changing this practice corporate charitable contributions strengthens the including Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Dow Company’s image as a good citizen and a good Jones. neighbor. Prudential Financial firmly believes that We do not believe this reform would affect the the goodwill and economic prosperity created by continuity of Director service since our Directors, community initiatives are important to the like those at an overwhelming majority of Company’s success. Being a good corporate companies, are routinely elected with strong citizen is about good business, as well as about shareholder approval. taking a responsible approach toward society. Pfizer recently changed its staggered board by The Board of Directors recommends that taking a shareholder vote, which passed with 84%. shareholders vote ‘‘against’’ this proposal. The Pfizer 2003 proxy statement stated: ‘‘The Board of Directors examined the ITEM 4 — SHAREHOLDER PROPOSAL arguments for and against continuation of the REGARDING THE ANNUAL ELECTION OF classified board, in light of the size and DIRECTORS financial strength of the company, listened to The UNITE Staff Retirement Plan, 275 Seventh the views of a number of its shareholders, Avenue, New York, NY 10001, holder of 14,000 and determined that the classified board shares of Common Stock, has advised us that they should be eliminated. The Board believes that plan to submit the following proposal: all Directors should be equally accountable at all times for the company’s performance and Resolved: That the stockholders request that that the will of the majority of shareholders the Board of Directors take the steps necessary should not be impeded by a classified board. to declassify the election of Directors by The proposed amendment will allow ensuring that in future Board elections shareholders to review and express their directors are elected annually and not by opinions on the performance of all Directors classes as is now provided. The declassification each year. Because there is no limit to the shall be phased in so that it does not effect the number of terms an individual may serve, the unexpired terms of Directors previously elected. continuity and stability of the Board’s membership and our policies and long-term Supporting Statement strategic planning should not be affected.’’ This resolution requests that the Board end the We believe the Compensation, Nominating, and present staggered board system with Audit Committees, as well as the full Board need approximately one-third of Directors elected each to be fully and annually accountable to year and instead ensure that all Directors are shareowners—another key reason for annually elected annually. We believe shareholders should electing directors. have the opportunity to vote on the performance of the entire board each year. We urge you to vote FOR this reform. Increasingly, institutional investors are calling for The Board of Directors recommends that the end of this system. California’s Public shareholders vote ‘‘against’’ this proposal for the Employees Retirement System, New York City following reasons: pension funds, New York State pension funds and many others including the Council of Institutional After thorough deliberation, the Board has decided Investors, and Institutional Shareholder Services, to oppose this proposal. Prior to Prudential one of the most influential proxy evaluation Financial’s initial public offering in 2001, the services, support this position. Board determined that a classified board structure was appropriate for the Company. This structure is Shareholder resolutions to end this staggered part of the Company’s Amended and Restated system of voting have received large votes, Certificate of Incorporation (‘‘Certificate of Page 8
  12. 12. 2004 PR O X Y S T A T E M E N T CORPORATE GOVERNANCE Incorporation’’), which was approved by policyholders of Prudential Insurance as part of The Board of Directors reviews Prudential the demutualization process in 2001. The Board Financial’s policies and business strategies and continues to believe that a classified board is in advises and counsels the Chairman and Chief the best interests of the Company’s shareholders Executive Officer and the other executive officers and finds no compelling reason to change a board who manage Prudential Financial’s businesses. structure that was implemented and approved less The Board currently consists of 14 Directors, than three years ago. including the Chairman, 13 of whom the Board has determined are ‘‘independent’’ as that term is Directors have the same fiduciary duties to defined in the listing standards of the New York shareholders regardless of the length of their Stock Exchange (‘‘NYSE’’) and in Prudential terms. A classified board system, however, may Financial’s Corporate Governance Principles and enhance shareholder value in the event of a hostile Practices (‘‘Corporate Governance Principles’’). change in control attempt by providing the The full text of the Corporate Governance independent board members with the time and Principles, as well as the charters of the Corporate leverage necessary to consider an offer, explore Governance, Compensation and Audit Committees alternatives and, if appropriate, negotiate the best can be found at price without the threat of imminent replacement of the entire board in a single election. The Board does not view the classified board as a vehicle to Director Independence prevent a change in control or to insulate the The definition of independence adopted by the Board from shareholder opinion. All of Board is set forth below: Prudential’s non-employee Directors are The Prudential Board believes that a significant independent under the Board’s definition of majority of the board should be independent independence described below. directors. For this purpose, a director shall be The Board also adopted a Shareholder Rights Plan considered to be ‘‘independent’’ only if the Board in 2001. The Board has a policy under which the affirmatively determines that the director does not independent directors will review the Shareholder have any direct or indirect material relationship Rights Plan at least every three years to determine with Prudential that may impair, or appear to whether it remains in the best interests of impair, the director’s ability to make independent shareholders. The Board is scheduled to review judgments. With respect to each director, the the Shareholder Rights Plan later this year. At that Board’s assessment and determination of such time, the Board will also review the final voting director’s independence shall be made by the results with respect to the Shareholder Proposal remaining members of the Board. In each case, set forth above and determine what actions to take the Board shall broadly consider all relevant facts in response, subject to its fiduciary duties. and circumstances and shall apply the following standards: The shareholder proposal is cast as a recommendation. If the Board were to decide to An independent director is one who within the eliminate the classified board system, shareholder preceding three years: approval would be required to amend the • has not been a member of management; Certificate of Incorporation. Such an amendment would require that at least 50% of the shares • has had no close family or similar relationship entitled to vote must vote on the proposal and that with a member of key management; 80% of the votes cast must support the proposal. • has not been a lawyer, advisor or consultant to The Board of Directors recommends that the corporation or its subsidiaries and has not shareholders vote ‘‘against’’ this proposal. had any personal service contracts with the corporation or its subsidiaries; • has not (nor has a member of his or her immediate family) been employed by or Page 9
  13. 13. PR U D E N T I A L FI N A N C I A L , IN C . affiliated with the corporation’s independent and Prudential during the preceding three years auditor in a professional capacity; and will make a determination of such director’s independence, and Prudential will disclose the • has not had any other relationship with the Board’s determinations in the proxy statement. corporation or its subsidiaries, either personally or through his employer, which, in the opinion Because Prudential is a major financial institution, of the board, would adversely affect the directors or the companies with which they are director’s ability to exercise his or her affiliated will sometimes be borrowers from independent judgment as a director. Prudential or one of its subsidiaries or otherwise have a business relationship (e.g., investment The following relationships will not be considered management services, group insurance) with to be relationships that would impair, or appear to Prudential or its subsidiaries. Directors and the impair, a director’s ability to make independent companies with which they are affiliated will not judgments: be given special treatment in these relationships, and borrowings by institutions affiliated with a • The director or an immediate family member of director must be specifically approved by the a director is an executive officer of a company Investment Committee. that does business with Prudential and the other company’s annual sales to, or purchases from, To help maintain the independence of the Board, Prudential are less than two percent of the all directors are required to deal at arm’s length annual revenues of Prudential and less than two with Prudential and its subsidiaries and to disclose percent of the annual revenues of such other circumstances material to the director that might company; be perceived as a conflict of interest. • The director is an executive officer of a Presiding Director company that is indebted to Prudential or is an The Board has designated the Chairman of the executive officer of a company to which Executive Committee to chair meetings of the Prudential is indebted and, in either case, the independent Directors, unless the subject matter of aggregate amount of such debt is less than two the discussion makes it more appropriate for the percent of the total consolidated assets of chairperson of a specific Board committee to chair Prudential and less than two percent of the total the session. The independent Directors typically consolidated assets of such other company; meet in executive session at least four times per • The director or an immediate family member of year. a director serves as an officer of a non-profit entity to which Prudential or the Prudential Communication with Directors Foundation makes discretionary contributions Interested parties, including shareholders, may (i.e., excluding matching gifts) or other communicate with any of the independent payments and all such discretionary Directors, including Committee Chairs, by writing contributions or other payments to such entity to Prudential Financial, Inc., P.O. Box 949, Newark, NJ 07101-0949. The Secretary serves as are less than two percent of that entity’s total the agent for the independent Directors with annual charitable receipts and other revenues; respect to communication from shareholders. • The director serves as a director or trustee of a Communication from shareholders that pertains to non-financial matters will be forwarded to the non-profit entity to which Prudential or The Directors as soon as practicable. Communication Prudential Foundation makes discretionary received from interested parties regarding contributions (i.e., excluding matching gifts) or accounting or auditing matters will be forwarded other payments and all such discretionary to the appropriate Board members in accordance contributions or other payments to such entity with the time frames established by the Audit are less than $50,000 or two percent of that Committee for the receipt of complaints dealing entity’s total annual charitable receipts and other with these matters. In addition, communication revenues, whichever is greater. that involves customer service matters will be forwarded to the Directors in accordance with The Board will review annually all commercial internal procedures for responding to such matters. and non-profit relationships between each director Page 10
  14. 14. 2004 PR O X Y S T A T E M E N T Criteria for Director Selection Board’s current view is that the optimal size is The Prudential Board and the Corporate between 10 and 15 members. In anticipation of a Governance Committee believe that Prudential number of retirements over the next two years, the directors should be individuals with substantial Committee is actively seeking one or more accomplishments, who have been associated with candidates who meet the criteria described above. institutions noted for excellence and who have The Committee is being assisted with its broad experience and the ability to exercise sound recruitment efforts by an independent search firm. business judgment. Each director is expected to The firm is under retainer to recommend serve the best interests of all shareholders. In candidates that satisfy the Board’s criteria. They selecting directors the Board generally seeks a also provide research and other pertinent combination of active or former CEOs or information regarding candidates, as requested. Presidents of major complex businesses (from different industry sectors and having varied New Directors for 2004 experience in areas such as manufacturing, Karl J. Krapek was elected to the Board of finance, marketing and technology), leading Directors of Prudential Financial effective academics, and individuals with substantial January 1, 2004 to hold office until the next records of government service or other leadership annual meeting of shareholders. Mr. Krapek was roles in the not-for-profit sector, with a sensitivity recommended to the Committee by an to diversity. In light of the increasing complexity independent search firm. In March 2004, the of the duties of Audit Committee members, Board, upon the recommendation of its Corporate recruiting directors with financial acumen is also a Governance Committee, nominated Gaston focus. Information regarding the areas of expertise Caperton as a candidate to be submitted to of our non-employee Directors is included on shareholders for election to the Board of pages 3-5. Directors. He was recommended to the Committee by one of the independent, non-employee The Board believes that a significant majority of Directors. See pages 3-4 for biographical its members should be independent directors. The information regarding Messrs. Krapek and Board’s definition of independence is set forth on Caperton. page 9. Director Attendance Process for Selecting Directors During 2003, the Board of Directors held 13 The Board believes that directors should be meetings. All of the incumbent Directors of the recommended for board approval by the Corporate Board attended 75% or more of the combined Governance Committee, which consists entirely of total meetings of the Board and the committees on independent directors. While the Board considers which they served in 2003. The average the views of the Chairman and CEO in making attendance of all Directors in 2003 was 94%. appointments, it is the Corporate Governance Directors are expected to attend the Annual Committee’s responsibility to make director Meeting of Shareholders. In 2003, 13 of 14 recommendations to the Board for submission to Directors attended the Annual Meeting. the shareholders each year in connection with Prudential’s annual meeting. The Corporate Governance Committee will COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD OF consider nominations submitted by shareholders in DIRECTORS accordance with the procedures set forth in our by-laws, as discussed in ‘‘Shareholder Proposals’’ The Board of Directors has established various on page 26. Such nominations will be evaluated committees to assist in discharging its duties, with reference to the criteria for director selection including standing Audit, Compensation and described above. Nominations should be sent to Corporate Governance committees. The primary the attention of the Secretary of Prudential responsibilities of each of the standing committees Financial, Inc. at 751 Broad Street, Newark, NJ of Prudential Financial’s Board of Directors are 07102. set forth below, together with their membership in 2003. The Corporate Governance Committee regularly reviews the composition and size of the board and Audit Committee the skill sets and experience of its members. The Members: Directors Becker (Chair), Cullen, Company’s By-laws provide that the size of the Schmertz, Unruh and Van Ness. board may range from 10 to 24 members. The Page 11
  15. 15. PR U D E N T I A L FI N A N C I A L , IN C . Number of Meetings in 2003: 12 The primary responsibilities of the Corporate Governance Committee are: The primary purpose of the Audit Committee, • Making recommendations to the Board of which consists solely of independent Directors as Directors regarding corporate governance issues defined by the rules of the NYSE and the and practices, nominations for elections of Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’), is Directors, the composition of standing to assist the Board of Directors in its oversight of: committees, the appointment of chairpersons for the Company’s accounting and financial reporting any committee of the Board of Directors and processes; the adequacy of the systems of internal Director compensation. control established by management; and the Company’s financial statements and the independent audit thereof. Among other things the Executive Committee Audit Committee: Members: Directors Thomson (Chair), Becker, Gray, Hanson, Van Ness and Ryan. • Appoints the independent auditors and evaluates their independence and performance; Number of Meetings in 2003: 0 • Reviews the audit plans for and results of the The primary responsibility of the Executive independent audit and internal audits; and Committee is: • Between meetings of the Board of Directors, to • Reviews reports related to processes established exercise the corporate powers of the corporation by management to provide compliance with except for those powers reserved to the Board of legal and regulatory requirements. Directors by the By-laws or otherwise. Business Ethics Committee Finance Committee Members: Directors Van Ness (Chair), Casellas, Members: Directors Hanson (Chair), Agnew, Gray and Hiner. Casellas and Hiner. Number of Meetings in 2003: 3 Number of Meetings in 2003: 5 The primary responsibility of the Business Ethics The primary responsibilities of the Finance Committee is: Committee are: • Overseeing the Company’s ethics policies and • Overseeing and taking actions with respect to conflicts of interest procedures. the capital structure of Prudential Financial, including borrowing levels, subsidiary structure, Compensation Committee major capital expenditures and funding of the Members: Directors Thomson (Chair), Cullen, pension plan. Hiner and Horner. Investment Committee Number of Meetings in 2003: 7 Members: Directors Hanson (Chair), Agnew, The primary responsibilities of the Compensation Casellas and Hiner. Committee are: Number of Meetings in 2003: 7 • Overseeing and taking actions with respect to The primary responsibilities of the Investment the promotion and compensation of senior Committee are: management and the human resources policies of Prudential Financial, including its salary and • Periodically receiving reports from management benefits policies; and relating to and overseeing the acquisition, management and disposition of invested assets; • Overseeing executive succession planning. • Reviewing the investment performance of the pension plan and funded employee benefit plans; Corporate Governance Committee and Members: Directors Gray (Chair), Becker, Horner and Unruh. • Periodically receiving reports from management on investment risks and exposures, as well as Number of Meetings in 2003: 7 the investment performance of products and accounts managed on behalf of third parties. Page 12
  16. 16. 2004 PR O X Y S T A T E M E N T COMPENSATION OF DIRECTORS and $30,000. The Pension Plan was amended in September 2002 to provide current and recently Each Director, who is not an officer or employee retired Directors the option of forfeiting their of Prudential Financial, receives an annual retainer benefits under the Pension Plan in exchange for a of $77,500 in cash, which may be deferred, at the one-time grant of stock units having a value on Director’s option, in the Deferred Compensation January 3, 2003 of $225,000 payable up to ten Plan summarized below. He or she also receives years following termination of service on the $77,500 in the form of stock units of Prudential Board of Directors. Directors who join the Board Financial that are deferred until termination of of Directors after January 1, 2003 are not eligible service on the Board of Directors. The chairperson to participate in the Pension Plan. of each committee receives an additional annual retainer fee of $10,000. During 2003, four Directors received $3,750 each for attending CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND meetings of Prudential Financial’s Community RELATED TRANSACTIONS Resources Committee, a committee composed of members of management and the Board of In the ordinary course of business, we may from Directors. Except for the Community Resources time to time engage in transactions with other Committee that meets on a day separate from corporations or financial institutions whose Board meetings, Directors receive no fees for officers or directors are also Directors of attending meetings of the Board or its Prudential Financial. In all cases, these Committees. Directors are reimbursed for transactions are conducted on an arm’s length expenses incurred in connection with their service basis. In addition, from time to time executive on the Board. officers and Directors of Prudential Financial may engage in transactions in the ordinary course of Each Director who joins the Board of Directors business involving services we offer, such as after January 1, 2003 will receive a one-time grant insurance and investment services, on terms with a value of $100,000 in the form of Prudential similar to those extended to employees of Financial stock units that will be deferred until Prudential Financial and its subsidiaries and termination of service on the Board of Directors. affiliates generally. This one-time grant was established in connection with the prospective termination of the Pension Plan for Non-Employee Directors as described below. REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE In accordance with its written charter, which was Directors’ Deferred Compensation and Pension approved in its current form by the Board of Plans Directors on March 9, 2004, the Audit Committee The Deferred Compensation Plan was ratified by assists the Board of Directors in its oversight of shareholders in 2003 and is designed to align the accounting, auditing and financial reporting Director and shareholder interests. As noted practices of Prudential Financial. The Audit above, $77,500 per year is automatically deferred Committee Charter (‘‘Charter’’) is located on our in a notional account that replicates an investment website at in the Prudential Financial Common Stock Fund under the Prudential Employee Savings Plan The Audit Committee consists of five members (‘‘PESP’’). In addition, a Director may elect to who, in the business judgment of the Board of invest his or her Cash Based Fees in notional Directors, are independent within the meaning of accounts that replicate investments in either the the rules of both the NYSE and the SEC and Prudential Financial Common Stock Fund or the financially literate as defined by the rules of the Fixed Rate Fund, which accrues interest, from NYSE. In addition, the Board of Directors has time to time, in the same manner as funds determined that one member of the Audit invested in the Fixed Rate Fund offered under the Committee, Mr. Unruh, satisfies the financial PESP. expertise requirements of the NYSE and has the requisite experience to be designated an audit Prior to Prudential Financial becoming a public committee financial expert as that term is defined company, Prudential Insurance established a by rules of the SEC. Specifically, Mr. Unruh has Pension Plan for Non-Employee Directors. The accounting and financial management expertise, Pension Plan provides an annual benefit for the which he gained through his experience as Senior life of the Director equal to the lower of the basic Vice President, Finance, of a NYSE listed annual retainer fee as of the date a Director retires Page 13
  17. 17. PR U D E N T I A L FI N A N C I A L , IN C . company, as well as experience in financial The Audit Committee reviewed key initiatives and management positions in other organizations and programs aimed at strengthening the effectiveness other similar positions. of the Company’s internal and disclosure control structure. In addition, the Audit Committee Management is responsible for the preparation, reviewed and amended its policy for independent presentation and integrity of the financial auditor fee pre-approval; reviewed and amended statements of Prudential Financial and for its Charter; and adopted a policy for the receipt, maintaining appropriate accounting and financial retention and treatment of financial reporting reporting policies and practices and internal concerns received from external and internal controls and procedures designed to assure sources. compliance with accounting standards and applicable laws and regulations. Based on the reports and discussions described in PricewaterhouseCoopers is responsible for auditing this report and subject to the limitations on the the financial statements of Prudential Financial roles and responsibilities of the Audit Committee and expressing an opinion as to their conformity referred to above and in its Charter, the Audit with generally accepted accounting principles. Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited consolidated financial In performing its oversight function, the Audit statements of Prudential Financial be included in Committee reviewed and discussed the audited the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal consolidated financial statements of Prudential year ended December 31, 2003 for filing with the Financial as of and for the year ended SEC. December 31, 2003 with management and Prudential Financial’s independent auditors. The THE AUDIT COMMITTEE Audit Committee also discussed with Prudential Frederic K. Becker (Chairman) Financial’s independent auditors the matters James G. Cullen required to be discussed in Statement on Auditing Ida F.S. Schmertz Standards No. 61, ‘‘Communications with Audit James A. Unruh Committees,’’ as currently in effect. Stanley C. Van Ness The Audit Committee received from the independent auditors a formal written statement as COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT ON required by Independence Standards Board EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION Standard No. 1, ‘‘Independence Discussions with Audit Committees,’’ as currently in effect. The The Compensation Committee of our Board of Audit Committee also considered whether the Directors is composed solely of Directors who are provision to Prudential Financial of non-audit considered to be independent under all applicable services by PricewaterhouseCoopers is compatible legal and regulatory standards. We are directly with maintaining the independence of responsible to the Board of Directors, and through PricewaterhouseCoopers. it to our shareholders, for developing and administering the compensation program for the The Audit Committee has discussed with Company’s officers and key employees of senior Prudential Financial’s Chief Auditor and with the management and the human resources policies of independent auditors the overall scope and plans Prudential Financial, including its salary and for their audits of Prudential Financial. The Audit benefits policies. We are supported in our work by Committee meets with the Chief Auditor and the the head of the Human Resources Department and independent auditors, with and without her staff. The Compensation Committee also uses management present, to discuss the results of their an independent executive compensation consulting respective examinations. In determining whether to firm for advice on matters of senior executive reappoint PricewaterhouseCoopers as Prudential compensation, including Chief Executive Officer Financial’s independent auditors, the Audit compensation. Committee took into consideration a number of factors, including their proposed audit scope and plan, the quality of the Audit Committee’s Compensation Philosophy and Strategy ongoing discussions with PricewaterhouseCoopers The philosophy behind Prudential Financial’s and an assessment of the professional compensation program is to provide an attractive, qualifications and past performance of the Lead flexible and market-based total compensation Audit Partner and PricewaterhouseCoopers. program tied to performance and aligned with shareholder interests. Our goal is for Prudential Page 14