Compensation and Management Development Committee
Compensation and Management Development Committee Members
Robert A. Eckert, Chair
Greg C. Garland
Compensation and Management Development Committee Charter
As amended October 16, 2013
The Compensation and Management Development Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) assists the Board in fulfilling its fiduciary responsibilities with respect to the oversight of the Company’s affairs in the areas of compensation plans, policies and programs of the Company, especially those regarding executive compensation, employee benefits, and producing an annual report for inclusion in the Company’s proxy materials in accordance with applicable rules and regulations and assists the Board in oversight of Executive Talent Management. The Committee shall ensure that compensation programs are designed to encourage high performance, promote accountability and adherence to Company values and the code of conduct, assure that employee interests are aligned with the interests of the Company’s stockholders, serve the long-term best interests of the Company and that the Executive Management Development processes are designed to attract, develop and retain talented leadership to serve the long-term best interests of the Company.
The Committee shall have the authority to undertake the specific duties and responsibilities described below and the authority to undertake such other duties as are assigned by law, the Company’s certificate of incorporation or bylaws or by the Board.
The Committee shall be composed of at least three (3) members of the Board, one of whom shall be designated by the Board as the Chair.
Each member of the Committee shall (1) qualify as independent under the Nasdaq listing requirements, (2) be a “non-employee director” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), (3) be an “outside director” under the regulations promulgated under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and (4) be otherwise free from any relationship that, in the judgment of the Board, would interfere with his or her exercise of business judgment as a Committee member.
Meetings and Procedures
The Committee shall hold at least four (4) regularly scheduled meetings each year.
In discharging its responsibilities, the Committee shall have sole authority to, as it deems appropriate, select, retain, replace and/or obtain the advice of compensation and benefits consultants, legal counsel and other outside advisers (“Compensation Advisers”). The Committee shall be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the work of any Compensation Advisers retained by the Committee. Subject to any exceptions under the Nasdaq listing requirements, the Committee shall undertake an analysis of the independence of each Compensation Adviser under the independence factors specified in the applicable requirements of the Exchange Act and Nasdaq listing requirements, with such analysis to occur prior to the selection of such Compensation Adviser and as appropriate thereafter. The Company will provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee, for payment of reasonable compensation to Compensation Advisers retained by the Committee. In addition, the Committee shall have free access to Company staff personnel to provide data and advice in connection with the Committee’s review of management compensation practices and policies and leadership development processes and practices.
The Committee shall maintain written minutes or other records of its meetings and activities. Minutes of each meeting of the Committee shall be distributed to each member of the Committee. The Secretary of the Company shall retain the original signed minutes for filing with the corporate records of the Company.
The Chair of the Committee shall report to the Board following meetings of the Committee and as otherwise requested by the Chairman of the Board.
The Committee shall be responsible for:
- Overseeing succession planning for senior management of the Company, including consulting on an ongoing basis with the Chief Executive Officer and the Board to remain abreast of management development activities, including a review of the performance and advancement potential of current and future senior management and succession plans for each and reviewing the retention of high-level, high potential succession candidates.
- Assessing the overall compensation structure of the Company and adopting a written statement of compensation philosophy and strategy, selecting an appropriate peer group, and periodically reviewing executive compensation in relation to this peer group.
- Reviewing and approving corporate goals and objectives relating to the compensation of the Chief Executive Officer, evaluating the performance of the Chief Executive Officer in light of the goals and objectives, and making appropriate recommendations for improving performance. The Committee shall establish the compensation of the Chief Executive Officer based on such evaluation. The Chief Executive Officer will not be present during voting or deliberations on his or her compensation. In performing the foregoing functions, the Chair of the Committee shall solicit comments from the other members of the Board and shall lead the Board in an overall review of the Chief Executive Officer’s performance in an executive session of non-employee Board members. Final determinations regarding the performance and compensation of the Chief Executive Officer will be conducted in an executive session of the Committee and be reported by the Chair of the Committee to the entire Board during an independent session of the Board.
- Reviewing and approving all compensation for all other officers of the Company; evaluating the responsibilities and performance of other officers and making appropriate recommendations for improving performance.
- Recommending policies to the Board regarding minimum retention and ownership levels of Company common stock by officers.
- Administering and reviewing all officer compensation programs and all equity-based plans of the Company. The Committee shall have and shall exercise all the authority of the Board with respect to administering such plans, including approving amendments thereto.
- Making recommendations to the Board with respect to incentive compensation plans and equity based plans.
- Approving, amending and terminating ERISA-governed employee benefit plans.
- Reviewing the Company’s Compensation Discussion and Analysis to be included in the Company’s annual proxy statement and preparing and approving the Report of the Compensation Committee to be included as part of the Company’s annual proxy statement.
- Overseeing the Board’s relationship with stockholders on executive compensation matters, including stockholder proposals, advisory votes, communications with proxy advisory firms and related matters.
- Conducting an annual evaluation of the effectiveness of the Committee.
- The Committee shall have the authority to delegate its functions to a subcommittee comprised of one or more members of the Board and/or one or more officers, except as prohibited by law.
- The Committee shall be entitled to delegate its responsibilities with respect to incentive compensation, equity compensation, deferred compensation, and employee pension and welfare benefit plans to the Company’s officers and employees, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, who may also utilize the services of third-party administrators, record keepers, consultants, and other service providers.
- For purposes of this Charter, “compensation” shall include, but not be limited to, cash or deferred payments, incentive and equity compensation, benefits and perquisites, employment, retention and/or termination/severance agreements and any other programs which pursuant to the regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission or Internal Revenue Service (or successor organizations, if applicable), would be considered to be compensation. In addition, “officer” shall be as defined in Section 16 of the Exchange Act, and Rule 16a-1 thereunder.
- The Committee shall review and reassess the Committee’s charter on a periodic basis and submit any recommended changes to the Board for its consideration.
The Committee shall perform such other functions and have such other powers as may be necessary or convenient in the efficient discharge of the foregoing.