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Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the
Annual Stockholder Meeting to be Held on May 6, 2014
Under Securities and Exchange Commission rules, you are receiving this notice that the proxy materials for the annual stockholders’ meeting are available on the Internet. Follow the instructions below to view the materials and vote online or request a copy. The items to be voted on and location of the annual meeting are on the reverse side. Your vote is important!
This communication presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet. We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting. The proxy statement and annual report to stockholders are available at:
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Stockholder Meeting Notice
Dear Stockholder:
The 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (the “Company”) will be held at the offices of the Company located at 2655 Seely Avenue, Building 10, San Jose, California 95134, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time.
Proposals to be considered at the Annual Meeting:
(1) To elect the eight directors named in the proxy statement to serve until the 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until their successors are elected and qualified, or until the directors’ earlier death, resignation or removal.
(2) To approve the Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan, which consolidates the Amended and Restated 2000 Equity Incentive Plan into the Amended and Restated 1987 Stock Incentive Plan.
(3) Advisory resolution to approve executive compensation.
(4) To ratify the selection of KPMG LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of Cadence for its fiscal year ending January 3, 2015.
(5) To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.
The Board of Directors of the Company recommends a vote “FOR” each of the eight director nominees for election and a vote “FOR” proposals 2, 3 and 4.
The Board of Directors of the Company has fixed the close of business on March 10, 2014 as the record date (the “Record Date”) for the determination of stockholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and any adjournment or postponement thereof.
PLEASE NOTE – YOU CANNOT VOTE BY RETURNING THIS NOTICE. To vote your shares you must vote by internet or telephone or request a paper copy of the proxy materials to receive a proxy card. If you wish to attend and vote at the meeting, please bring this notice with you.
Directions to the 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Directions to the 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. are available at Cadence’s corporate website at
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