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UPDATE 1-EssilorLuxottica rejects plans for two extra independent board directors

Matthias Blamont

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PARIS, May 16 (Reuters) - EssilorLuxottica's shareholders rejected on Thursday resolutions aimed at appointing two new independent directors at the board of the Franco-Italian eyewear group.

Investors including management firms Phitrust and Comgest had hoped to see two new directors, Wendy Lane and Jesper Brandgaard, join the board and help solve governance issues that have hampered the integration of the recently-formed company.

However, those resolutions were rejected.

The resolution to appoint Wendy Lane was rejected with a majority of 56.2%, while the one to appoint Jesper Brandgaard was rejected with a majority of 65.74%.

The board had already advised shareholders to reject the proposals ahead of the annual shareholders meeting.

The Franco-Italian company was formed by last year's 54 billion euro ($60.5 billion) merger between Ray-Ban maker Luxottica and lenses specialist Essilor.

The Essilor and Luxottica parties are supposed to have equal weight in the combined group's leadership until 2021, but the French and Italian sides have increasingly accused each other of trying to dominate in recent months.

Earlier this week, EssilorLuxottica attempted to ease tensions with the appointment of two key executives to speed up the merger and ensure planned synergies are delivered on time.

EssilorLuxottica declared an end to the feud between its French and Italian partners on Monday, saying it would drop all legal proceedings and focus on integrating the eyewear group formed by last year's mega-merger deal.

"EssilorLuxottica has perhaps not shown the best of itself, but this week's agreement marks a new beginning," said Laurent Vacherot, chief executive of Essilor, at Thursday's meeting.

($1 = 0.8925 euros) (Reporting by Matthias Blamont; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)