1. If a corporation has an even number of directors who are equally divided and cannot agree as to the management of its affairs, so that its business can no longer be conducted to advantage or so that there is danger that its property and business will be impaired and lost, the circuit court of the county where the principal office of the corporation is located may, notwithstanding any provisions of the articles or bylaws of the corporation and whether or not an action is pending for an involuntary winding up or dissolution of the corporation, appoint a provisional director pursuant to this section. Action for the appointment may be filed by one-half of the directors or by the holders of not less than thirty-three and one-third percent of the outstanding shares.

2. The provisional director shall be an impartial person, who is neither a shareholder nor a creditor of the corporation, nor related by consanguinity or affinity within the third degree to any of the other directors or officers of the corporation, or to any judge of the court by which he is appointed. The provisional director shall have all the rights and powers of a director, and shall be entitled to notice of the meetings of the board of directors and to vote at such meetings, until the deadlock in the board of directors is broken or until he is removed by order of the court or by vote or written consent of the holders of a majority of the voting shares. He shall be entitled to receive such compensation as may be agreed upon between him and the corporation, and in the absence of such agreement he shall be entitled to such compensation as shall be fixed by the court. The court shall remove such provisional director upon the request of one-half of the other directors or by the holders of not less than thirty-three and one-third percent of the outstanding shares if such provisional director has served for three or more years and the deadlock in the board of directors has not been broken.

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 351.323

  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Person: includes , without limitation, an individual, a foreign or domestic corporation whether not for profit or for profit, a partnership, a limited liability company, an unincorporated society or association, two or more persons having a joint or common interest, or any other entity. See Missouri Laws 351.015
  • Property: includes real and personal property. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Shareholder: means one who is a holder of record of shares in a corporation. See Missouri Laws 351.015

3. The shareholders or directors of a corporation, and such corporation, shall be considered to be deadlocked within the meaning of section 351.494 and any and all other provisions of this chapter, notwithstanding the appointment of a provisional director pursuant to this section, if such shareholders, directors or corporation would otherwise be deadlocked but for the appointment of such director.