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Duties and Responsibilities of the Lead Independent Director

The Board has determined that, at least annually, the Board shall elect a lead independent director by and from the independent Board members to serve for a minimum of one year with responsibilities to include:

  • Presiding at meetings of the Board at which the Chairman is not present, including executive sessions of the independent directors;
  • Serving as a liaison between the Chairman and the independent directors;
  • Previewing the information to be provided to the Board;
  • Approving meeting agendas for the Board;
  • Assuring that there is sufficient time for discussion of all meeting agenda items;
  • Organizing and leading the Board's evaluation of the CEO;
  • Being responsible for leading the Board's annual self-assessment;
  • Having the authority to call meetings of the independent directors; and
  • If requested by major stockholders, ensuring that he/she is available for consultation and direct communication.