Chapter 1040: Finally Made It
There was still a minute to go until the board meeting commenced.
The shareholders’ frustration turned into anger as they began smacking the table in the conference room while raging uncontrollably. They were all discussing about Wen Xinya.
Wen Haowen’s agenda was unclear. Despite the chaos going on in the conference room, he still insisted that they wait until 10 o’clock sharp.
The longer the delay, the more annoyed and displeased the shareholders would be towards Wen Xinya.
As the Wen Corporation’s successor, it was only a matter of time before Wen Xinya joined the management team. Hence, he felt that he should make things difficult for her now and make the shareholders get angry at her. Hence, even if she joined the board in the future, she wouldn’t be able to do anything much.
Wen Haowen tolerated their scoldings and reprimanding because he knew that it would be difficult for Wen Xinya to have a say in the Wen Corporation without the approval of the shareholders.
He had pulled a smart move.
One of the shareholders smacked the table forcefully before springing up from the chair. Glowering at Wen Haowen, he said, “I think we can forgo this board meeting.”
Another few shareholders stood up and exclaimed agitatedly, “Exactly! Just tell us if it’s going to commence or not. We don’t have that much time to waste waiting.”
Wen Haowen knew that he could not stall any more time. He frantically tried to placate them. “Dear shareholders, please take a seat. I hereby announce…”
At this moment, the door of the conference room was pushed open.
The sounds of the ruckus came to a halt as everyone fell silent.
Even Wen Haowen could not help but look at the door.
Secretary Cao entered the conference room followed by Wen Xinya. She then looked at Wen Haowen uneasily and said, “Father, I’m sorry. I was almost late for the meeting.”
She stressed on the word “almost” in an accurate accent to emphasize the fact that she was not late.
Greatly taken aback, Wen Haowen began to look a little unnatural. He said sternly, “It’s alright, you’re not late.” However, he felt indignant and decided to continue with an austere expression on his face. “But, as a junior, you shouldn’t have made all your elders and the shareholders wait so long for you. Others might just think that you’re putting on airs because you’re the Wen Family’s successor.”
Wen Haowen sounded like he was trying to sow discord.
Wen Xinya noticed the anger on the faces of the shareholders and hurriedly bowed to them. “Hello, everyone. I’m sorry to have made you guys wait.”
Her sincerity made the shareholders look at each other in shock. They were all riled up and felt an urge to berate her.
At this moment, Qian Jianhui smiled benevolently and said, “Lass, there are still 30 seconds to go before the board meeting is supposed to commence. You didn’t waste our time and you weren’t late either. We were just early.”
Qian Jianhui was extremely smart and quick-witted. When he saw Secretary Cao entering together with Wen Xinya, he knew that Wen Xinya was representing Old Mr. Wen in the board meeting. The shareholders may be authoritative, but they still ranked second compared to the chairman, Old Mr. Wen.
Although he liked watching Wen Haowen and Wen Xinya go against each other, it did not mean that he would be willing to watch the shameless Wen Haowen getting his wishes fulfilled.
Besides, he had previously communicated with Wen Xinya before and even received some brilliant medical recipes from her. Hence, he felt that he ought to give her a hand.
As expected, the other shareholders began speaking up for Wen Xinya after Qian Jianhui took the lead. “It’s normal for you to be a little unconscious of time since it’s your first time joining the board meeting. Fortunately, you showed up on time.”
“Don’t mention that. We old fogies are already old in our years. We’ve already lived for decades. Why would we hold it against a young lass like you? You’re Old Wen’s granddaughter. We’re closely related and you ought to address me as ‘Grandpa’ too.”
Everyone looked at the shareholders who spoke up for Wen Xinya, all of whom had a significant status and authority in the Wen Corporation. Despite being angry, there was nothing they could say.”
Wen Xinya’s eyes turned red and she thanked them gratefully. “Thank you for not holding it against me for almost being late.”
Wen Xinya knew that Old Mr. Wen must have arranged for those shareholders to speak up for her. She did not have to intentionally express anything. So long as her attitude was sincere and she was well-mannered, someone would give her an out.
After all, she was not actually late and, regardless of how fussy they were, they wouldn’t nitpick too much on Old Mr. Wen’s account. Besides, she had yet to officially join the management of the Wen Corporation and was actually just a shareholder.
Of course, if she were to actually be late, it would be a different case.
Wen Haowen would be an idiot if he did not know what was going on.
Old Mr. Wen had clearly made arrangements beforehand.
Anger was written all over his face.
He had to suffer the harsh criticism of the shareholders for more than a decade. Yet, Wen Xinya was taken care of right after she just joined the board. It was obvious that Old Mr. Wen was biased.
Wen Xinya greeted the shareholders and put on her best behavior. She also showed her superb mannerisms, gaining the approval of many with her performance.
Wen Xinya explained the situation that she was stuck in earlier on. “I was surrounded by the reporters and had a hard time shirking them off. I then boarded the elevator to the 19th floor where someone knocked into me, causing me to almost sprain my ankle.”
She sounded extremely victimized and innocent. However, Qian Jianhui knew exactly what happened, especially after thinking about Wen Haowen’s attitude earlier on. As the successor of the Wen Corporation, the employees would all have to make way for her. He felt that it was more than a coincidence that she had met with those troubles.
Wen Haowen sensed the tension in the air. Feeling a little guilty, he said, “It’s time for the meeting to begin.”
The shareholders quietened down and Wen Xinya heaved a sigh of relief. She sat on the first seat that Wen Haowen had arranged for her to sit on. Apart from the chairman, Old Mr. Wen and the CEO, Wen Haowen, she and Qian Jianhui were the next biggest shareholders. Hence, it was understandable for this arrangement.