The 2013 proxy season will bring some new twists, with a fresh crop of companies putting executive compensation to a shareholder vote and a group of activists bent on gaining proxy access at several companies. 

Companies are increasingly reaching out to large investors and working to get a better idea of how shareholders are likely to vote on several issues. Say-on-pay will remain among the biggest concerns, especially since, come January, the regulations will apply to companies with market capitalizations of less than $75 million.

Other proposals that are set to appear on the proxies of several companies include those ...