JOHNSON & JOHNSON

 

 

 

 

BY‑LAWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

EFFECTIVE

July 1, 1980

 

AMENDED

February 16, 1987

April 26, 1989

April 26, 1990

October 20, 1997

April 23, 1999

June 11, 2001

January 14, 2008

February 9, 2009

April 17, 2012

January 26, 2016

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

ARTICLE I

MEETINGS OF SHAREHOLDERS

 

Section 1. Annual Meeting

  

A meeting of the shareholders of the Corporation shall be held annually on such business day and at such time and at such place within or without the State of New Jersey as may be designated by the Board of Directors and stated in the notice of the meeting, for the purpose of electing directors and for the transaction of all other business that is properly brought before the meeting in accordance with these By-Laws.

 

Section 2. Special Meetings

 

(A)    General.

 

A special meeting of the shareholders may be called at any time by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, by a Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, by the Chairman of the Executive Committee, by a Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee, by the President, by a majority of the Board of Directors, or as otherwise provided by the New Jersey Business Corporation Act, as amended, and shall be held on such business day and at such time and at such place within or without the State of New Jersey as is stated in the notice of the meeting. Subject to subsection (B) of this Section 2, a special meeting of shareholders may be called, upon written request to the Secretary, by record holders of at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the outstanding shares of the Corporation entitled to vote.

 

(B)    Special Meetings Requested by Shareholders.

 

(1)    The written request to the Secretary for a special meeting of shareholders by record holders of at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the outstanding shares of the Corporation entitled to vote shall be signed by each shareholder, or duly authorized agent, requesting the special meeting and shall set forth: (i) the name and address of each shareholder, (ii) the number of shares held of record and beneficially by each shareholder, (iii) the name in which all such shares are registered on the share transfer books of the Corporation, (iv) a brief description of the business desired to be brought before the meeting and the reasons therefor, (v) any personal or other material interest of any such shareholder in the business to be submitted and (vi) all other information relating to the proposed business which may be required to be disclosed under applicable law. In addition, a shareholder seeking to submit such business at a special meeting shall promptly provide any other information reasonably requested by the Corporation. A shareholder may revoke the request for a special meeting at any time by written revocation delivered to the Secretary, and if, following such revocation, there are un-revoked requests from shareholders holding in the aggregate less than the requisite number of shares entitling the shareholders to request the calling of a special meeting, the Board of Directors, in its discretion, may cancel the special meeting.

 

(2)    Except as provided in the next sentence, a special meeting requested by shareholders shall be held on such business day and at such time and at such place within or without the State of New Jersey as is stated in the notice of the meeting; provided, however, that the date of any such special meeting shall be not more than ninety (90) days after the request to call the special meeting is received by the Secretary. A special meeting requested by shareholders shall not be held if the Board of Directors has called or calls for an annual meeting of shareholders to be held within ninety (90) days after the Secretary receives the request for the special meeting and the Board of Directors determines in good faith that the business to be conducted at such annual meeting includes (among any other business properly brought before the meeting) the business specified in the written request or business substantially similar thereto.

 

(3)    Business transacted at a special meeting requested by shareholders shall be limited to the subject matter stated in the written request for such special meeting, provided, however, that such subject matter shall be a matter which is a proper subject matter for shareholder action at such meeting; and further provided, that nothing herein shall prohibit the Board of Directors from submitting additional matters to shareholders at any such special meeting.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Section 3. Adjournment of Meetings

 

Any meeting of the shareholders of the Corporation may be adjourned from time to time by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the issued and outstanding shares entitled to vote at such meeting present in person or represented by proxy, for a period not exceeding one month at any one time and upon such notice, if any, as may be determined by the vote. At any adjourned meeting at which a quorum shall be present any business may be transacted which might have been transacted at the meeting as originally called.

 

Section 4. Notices of Meetings

 

(A)     Notices.

 

At least ten (10) but not more than sixty (60) days before the date designated for the holding of any meeting of the shareholders, except as otherwise provided herein for adjourned meetings, written or printed notice of the time, place and purpose or purposes of such meeting shall be served by mail or electronic transmission upon each shareholder of record entitled to vote at such meeting.

 

(B)      Service of Notice.

 

A notice of meeting shall be deemed duly served when (i) deposited in the United States Mail with postage fully paid and plainly addressed to the shareholder at his or her latest address appearing in the share records of the Corporation, or (ii) given by a form of electronic transmission consented to by the shareholder to whom notice is given.

 

Section 5. Quorum

 

At any meeting of the shareholders, the holders of a majority of the issued and outstanding shares entitled to vote at such meeting shall be present in person or represented by proxy in order to constitute a quorum.

 

Section 6. Voting

 

(A)     Vote Necessary.

 

(1)    At any meeting of the shareholders, all questions, except as otherwise expressly provided by statute, the Certificate of Incorporation, or these By‑Laws, shall be determined by vote of the holders of a majority of the issued and outstanding shares present in person or represented by proxy at such meeting and entitled to vote.

 

(2)    Except as otherwise required by law, a nominee for election as a director shall be elected to the Board of Directors at a meeting at which a quorum is present if the number of votes cast, in person or by proxy, by the holders of shares entitled to vote thereon, “for” such nominee’s election exceeds the number of votes cast “against” such nominee’s election; provided that if the number of director nominees exceeds the number of directors to be elected, each nominee shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast, in person or by proxy, by the holders of shares entitled to vote thereon, at the meeting at which a quorum is present. In the event that a director nominee fails to receive an affirmative majority of the votes cast in an election where the number of nominees is less than or equal to the number of directors to be elected, the Board of Directors, within its powers, may decrease the number of directors, fill the vacancy, or take other appropriate action.

 

(B)     Inspectors.

 

At any meeting of the shareholders, if the chairman of the meeting so directs or if before the voting begins, any shareholder present so requests, the polls shall be opened and closed, the proxies and ballots shall be received and taken in charge, and all questions with respect to the qualifications of voters, the validity of proxies, and the acceptance or rejection of votes, shall be decided by three (3) inspectors to be appointed by the chairman of the meeting.

 

(C)     Eligibility to Vote.

 

Each shareholder shall have one vote for each share entitled to vote as provided in the Certificate of Incorporation or otherwise by law and registered in his or her name in the share records of the Corporation as of the record date.

 

 


 

 

 

(D)     Methods of Voting.

 

At any meeting of the shareholders each shareholder shall be entitled to vote either in person or by proxy appointed either by instrument in writing subscribed by such shareholder, or by his or her duly authorized attorney or agent, or by mail, telephone or electronic transmission, and delivered to the Secretary or to the inspectors at or before the meeting.

 

(E)     Record Date.

 

The Board of Directors may fix in advance, a date, not less than ten (10) but not more than sixty (60) days preceding the date of any meeting as the record date for determining the shareholders entitled to notice of or to vote at any meeting of shareholders or any adjournment thereof, notwithstanding any transfer of any shares in the share records of the Corporation after any such record date designated as aforesaid.

 

(F)     List of Shareholders.

 

The Board of Directors shall cause the officer or agent, who has charge of the share transfer books of the Corporation, to make a complete list of all the shareholders entitled to vote at a shareholders' meeting or any adjournment thereof, arranged in alphabetical order, together with the latest address of each shareholder appearing upon the share records of the Corporation and the number of shares held by each.

 

The Board of Directors shall cause such list of shareholders to be produced (or available by means of a visual display) at the time and place of every meeting of shareholders and shall be open to examination by any shareholder listed therein for reasonable periods during the meeting.

 

 

Section 7. Transaction of Shareholder Business and Nominations

 

(A)    Annual Meeting.

 

(1)    At any annual meeting of the shareholders, only such business (including, but not limited to, nominations for director) shall be conducted as shall have been properly brought before the meeting. To be properly brought before an annual meeting, business must be (i) specified in the notice of meeting (or supplements thereto) given by or at the direction of the Board of Directors (including shareholder proposals included in the Corporation's proxy materials pursuant to applicable rules and regulations), (ii) otherwise properly brought before the meeting by or at the direction of the Board of Directors, (iii) otherwise properly brought before the meeting by a shareholder who is a shareholder of record at the time the notice provided for in this Section 7 is delivered to the Secretary of the Corporation, who is entitled to vote at the meeting and who complies with the notice procedures set forth in this Section 7, or (iv) otherwise properly brought before the meeting by any Eligible Shareholder (as defined in Article I, Section 8(A)(2) below) whose Shareholder Nominee (as defined in Article I, Section 8(A)(1) below) is included in the Corporation’s proxy materials for the relevant annual meeting. For the avoidance of doubt, the foregoing clauses (iii) and (iv) shall be the exclusive means for a shareholder to make director nominations, and the foregoing clause (iii) shall be the exclusive means for a shareholder to propose other business (other than shareholder proposals included in the Corporation's proxy materials pursuant to applicable rules and regulations), at any annual meeting of shareholders.

 

(2)    For business (including, but not limited to, any nominations for director) to be properly brought before an annual meeting by a shareholder pursuant to clause (iii) of the foregoing paragraph: (x) the shareholder must have given timely notice thereof in writing to the Secretary of the Corporation and (y) the subject matter thereof must be a matter which is a proper subject matter for shareholder action at such meeting. To be considered timely notice, a shareholder's notice must be received by the Secretary at the principal office of the Corporation not later than the Close of Business (as defined in Article I, Section 7(B)(2) below) on the 120th calendar day nor earlier than the Close of Business on the 150th calendar day before the date of the Corporation’s proxy statement’s release to shareholders in connection with the prior year’s annual meeting. However, if no annual meeting was held in the prior year, or if the date of the applicable annual meeting has been changed by more than 30 calendar days from the date contemplated at the time of the prior year’s proxy statement, then a shareholder’s notice, in order to be considered timely, must be received by the Secretary not earlier than the Close of Business on the 90th calendar day before the date the Corporation commences mailing of its proxy materials in connection with the applicable

 

 


 

 

annual meeting and not later than the Close of Business on the later of the 60th calendar day before the date the Corporation commences mailing of its proxy materials in connection with the applicable annual meeting or the 10th calendar day following the day on which Public Announcement (as defined in Article I, Section 7(B)(2) below) of the date of such meeting is first made by the Corporation. In no event shall an adjournment or recess of an annual meeting, or a postponement of an annual meeting for which notice has been given or with respect to which there has been a Public Announcement of the date of the meeting, commence a new time period (or extend any time period) for the giving of a shareholder’s notice as described above.

 

Such shareholder's notice to the Secretary to submit business (including, but not limited to, nominations for director) to an annual meeting must set forth:

 

i.

as to each person whom the shareholder proposes to nominate for election or re-election as a director: (a) all information relating to such person that is required to be disclosed in solicitations of proxies for election of directors in an election contest, or is otherwise required, in each case pursuant to and in accordance with Regulation 14A under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and (b) such person’s written consent to serving as a director if elected; provided, however, that, in addition to the information required in the shareholder’s notice pursuant to this Section 7(A)(2)(i), the Corporation may require each such person to furnish such other information as may reasonably be required by the Corporation to determine the eligibility of such person to serve as a director of the Corporation, including information relevant to a determination whether such person can be considered an independent director;

 

ii.

as to any other business that the shareholder proposes to bring before the meeting: (a) a brief description of the business desired to be brought before the meeting and the reasons therefor, (b) any personal or other material interest of the shareholder in the business to be submitted and (c) all other information relating to the proposed business which may be required to be disclosed under applicable law;

 

iii.

as to the shareholder giving the notice and the beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the nomination is made or the other business is proposed:

 

(a)

the name and address of the shareholder, as they appear on the share transfer books of the Corporation, and the name and address of such beneficial owner,

 

(b)

the class and number of shares of stock of the Corporation held of record by such shareholder and such beneficial owner as of the date of the notice, and a representation that the shareholder will notify the Corporation in writing within five (5) business days after the record date for such meeting of the class and number of shares of stock of the Corporation held of record by the shareholder and such beneficial owner as of the record date for the meeting, and

 

(c)

a representation that the shareholder intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting to make such nomination or propose such business;

 

iv.

as to the shareholder giving the notice or, if the notice is given on behalf of a beneficial owner on whose behalf the nomination is made or the other business is proposed, as to such beneficial owner, and if such shareholder or beneficial owner is an entity, as to each director, executive, managing member or control person of such entity (any such individual or control person, a “Control Person”):

 

(a)

the class and number of shares of stock of the Corporation which are beneficially owned by such shareholder or beneficial owner and by any Control Person as of the date of the notice, and a representation that the shareholder will notify the Corporation in writing within five (5) business days after the record date for such meeting of the class and number of shares of stock of the Corporation beneficially owned by such shareholder or beneficial owner and by any Control Person as of the record date for the meeting,

 

(b)

a description of any agreement, arrangement or understanding with respect to the nomination or other business between or among such shareholder, beneficial owner or Control Person and any other person, including without limitation any agreements that would be required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 5 or Item 6 of Exchange Act Schedule 13D (regardless of whether the requirement to file a Schedule 13D is applicable) and a representation that the shareholder will notify the Corporation in writing within five (5) business days after the record date for such

 

 


 

 

meeting of any such agreement, arrangement or understanding in effect as of the record date for the meeting, and

 

(c)

a description of any agreement, arrangement or understanding (including without limitation any derivative or short positions, profit interests, options, hedging transactions, and borrowed or loaned shares) that has been entered into as of the date of the shareholder’s notice by, or on behalf of, such shareholder, beneficial owner or Control Person, the effect or intent of which is to mitigate loss, manage risk or benefit from changes in the share price of any class or series of the Corporation’s stock, or maintain, increase or decrease the voting power of the shareholder, beneficial owner or Control Person with respect to securities of the Corporation, and a representation that the shareholder will notify the Corporation in writing within five (5) business days after the record date for such meeting of any such agreement, arrangement or understanding in effect as of the record date for the meeting.

 

In addition, a shareholder seeking to submit such business at an annual meeting shall promptly provide any other information reasonably requested by the Corporation.

 

(3)    Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section 7(A), a shareholder who seeks to have any proposal included in the Corporation's proxy materials must provide notice as required by and otherwise comply with the applicable requirements of the rules and regulations under the Exchange Act.

 

(B)    General.

 

(1)    The chairman of an annual or special meeting of shareholders shall have the power to determine all matters relating to the conduct of the meeting. Except as otherwise required by law or these By-Laws, each of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors or the chairman of the meeting shall have the power to determine whether a nomination or any other item of business has been properly brought before the meeting in accordance with these By-Laws. If any proposed nomination or other business is not in compliance with these By-Laws, including this Section 7, then, except as otherwise required by law, the chairman shall have the power to declare that such proposed nomination or any other item of business has not been properly brought before the meeting, and that such nomination shall be disregarded or that such other business shall not be transacted at such meeting. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section 7, unless otherwise required by law, or otherwise determined by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors or the chairman of the meeting, if the shareholder does not provide the information required under clauses (A)(2)(iii)(b) and (A)(2)(iv)(a)-(c) of this Section 7 to the Corporation within the time frames specified herein, or if the shareholder (or a Qualified Representative (as defined in Article I, Section 7(B)(2) below) of the shareholder) does not appear at the annual or special meeting of shareholders of the Corporation to present a nomination or other business, such nomination shall be disregarded and such other business shall not be transacted, notwithstanding that proxies in respect of such vote may have been received by the Corporation.

 

(2)    For purposes of this Section 7 and Article I, Section 8, to be considered a “Qualified Representative” of a shareholder, a person must be a duly authorized officer, manager or partner of such shareholder or authorized by a writing executed by such shareholder (or a reliable reproduction or electronic transmission of the writing) delivered to the Corporation no later than the Close of Business on the third business day prior to the making of such nomination or proposal at such meeting by such shareholder stating that such person is authorized to act for such shareholder as proxy at the meeting of shareholders. For purposes of this Section 7 and Article I, Section 8 below, the “Close of Business” shall mean 5:00 p.m. local time at the principal office of the Corporation on any calendar day, whether or not the day is a business day, and a “Public Announcement” shall mean disclosure in a press release reported by the Dow Jones News Service, Associated Press or a comparable national news service or in a document publicly filed by the Corporation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) pursuant to Sections 13, 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act.

 

Section 8. Proxy Access for Director Nominations

 

(A)    Proxy Access.

 

(1)    Subject to the terms and conditions of these By-Laws, in connection with an annual meeting of shareholders at which directors are to be elected, the Corporation will include in its proxy statement and on its form

 

 


 

 

of proxy the name of a nominee for election to the Board of Directors submitted pursuant to this Section 8 (a “Shareholder Nominee”), and will include in its proxy statement the “Required Information” (as defined below), if:

 

i.

the Shareholder Nominee satisfies the eligibility requirements in this Section 8,

 

ii.

the Shareholder Nominee is identified in a timely notice (the “Shareholder Notice”) that satisfies this Section 8 and is delivered by a shareholder that qualifies as, or is acting on behalf of, an Eligible Shareholder (as defined below),

 

iii.

the Eligible Shareholder expressly elects at the time of the delivery of the Shareholder Notice to have the Shareholder Nominee included in the Corporation’s proxy materials, and

 

iv.

the additional requirements of these By-Laws are met.

 

(2)     To qualify as an “Eligible Shareholder,” a shareholder or a group as described in this Section 8(A)(2) must:

 

i.

Own and have Owned (as defined below), continuously for at least three (3) years as of the date of the Shareholder Notice, a number of shares (as adjusted to account for any stock dividend, stock split, subdivision, combination, reclassification or recapitalization) that represents at least three percent (3%) of the outstanding shares of the Corporation that are entitled to vote for the election of all directors as of the date of the Shareholder Notice (the “Required Shares”) and

 

ii.

thereafter continue to Own the Required Shares through such annual meeting of shareholders.

 

For purposes of satisfying the ownership requirements of this Section 8(A)(2), a group of no more than twenty (20) shareholders and/or beneficial owners may aggregate the number of shares of stock of the Corporation that each group member has Owned continuously for at least three (3) years as of the date of the Shareholder Notice. No shares may be attributed to more than one Eligible Shareholder, and no shareholder or beneficial owner, alone or together with any of its affiliates, may individually or as a member of a group qualify as or constitute more than one Eligible Shareholder under this Section 8. A group of any two (2) or more funds that are (a) under common management and investment control, (b) under common management and funded primarily by the same employer or (c) a “group of investment companies,” as such term is defined in Section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, shall be treated as one shareholder or beneficial owner. Whenever an Eligible Shareholder consists of a group of shareholders and/or beneficial owners, any and all requirements and obligations for an Eligible Shareholder set forth in this Section 8 must be satisfied by and as to each such shareholder or beneficial owner, except that shares may be aggregated as specified in this Section 8(A)(2) and except as otherwise provided in this Section 8. For purposes of this Section 8, the term “affiliate” or “affiliates” shall have the meanings ascribed thereto under the rules and regulations promulgated under the Exchange Act.

 

(3)     For purposes of this Section 8:

 

i.

A shareholder or beneficial owner shall be deemed to “Own” only those outstanding shares of stock of the Corporation that are entitled to vote for the election of all directors and as to which such person possesses both (a) the full voting and investment rights pertaining to the shares and (b) the full economic interest in (including the opportunity for profit and risk of loss on) such shares; provided that the number of shares calculated in accordance with clauses (a) and (b) shall not include any shares (A) sold by such person or any of its affiliates in any transaction that has not been settled or closed, (B) borrowed by such person or any of its affiliates for any purposes or purchased by such person or any of its affiliates pursuant to an agreement to resell or (C) subject to any option, warrant, forward contract, swap, contract of sale, or other derivative or similar agreement entered into by such person or any of its affiliates, whether any such instrument or agreement is to be settled with shares or with cash based on the notional amount or value of outstanding shares of stock of the Corporation, in any such case which instrument or agreement has, or is intended to have, or if exercised would have, the purpose or effect of (x) reducing in any manner, to any extent or at any time in the future, such person’s or its affiliates’ full right to vote or direct the voting of any such shares, and/or (y) hedging, offsetting, or altering to any degree any gain or loss arising from the full economic ownership of such shares by such person or its affiliate. The terms “Owned,” “Owning” and other variations of the word “Own,” when used with respect to a shareholder or beneficial owner, shall have correlative meanings.

 

 

 


 

 

ii.

A shareholder or beneficial owner shall “Own” shares held in the name of a nominee or other intermediary so long as the person retains the right to instruct how the shares are voted with respect to the election of directors and the right to direct the disposition thereof and possesses the full economic interest in the shares. The person’s Ownership of shares shall be deemed to continue during any period in which the person has delegated any voting power by means of a proxy, power of attorney, or other instrument or arrangement that is revocable at any time by the shareholder.

 

iii.

A shareholder or beneficial owner’s Ownership of shares shall be deemed to continue during any period in which the person has loaned such shares provided that the person has the power to recall such loaned shares on five (5) business days’ notice.

 

(4)     For purposes of this Section 8, the “Required Information” that the Corporation will include in its proxy statement is:

 

i.

the information set forth in the Schedule 14N provided with the Shareholder Notice concerning each Shareholder Nominee and the Eligible Shareholder that is required to be disclosed in the Corporation’s proxy statement by the applicable requirements of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations thereunder, and

 

ii.

if the Eligible Shareholder so elects, a written statement of the Eligible Shareholder (or, in the case of a group, a written statement of the group), not to exceed five hundred (500) words, in support of such Shareholder Nominee(s), which must be provided at the same time as the Shareholder Notice for inclusion in the Corporation’s proxy statement for the annual meeting (the “Statement”).

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Section 8, the Corporation may omit from its proxy materials any information or Statement that it, in good faith, believes is untrue in any material respect (or omits a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading) or would violate any applicable law, rule, regulation or listing standard. Nothing in this Section 8 shall limit the Corporation’s ability to solicit against and include in its proxy materials its own statements relating to any Eligible Shareholder or Shareholder Nominee.

 

(5)     The Shareholder Notice shall set forth all information, representations and agreements required under Article I, Section 7(A) above (and for such purposes, references in Article I, Section 7(A) to the “beneficial owner” on whose behalf the nomination is made shall be deemed to refer to “Eligible Shareholder”), and in addition such Shareholder Notice shall include:

 

i.

a copy of the Schedule 14N that has been or concurrently is filed with the SEC under the Exchange Act,

 

ii.

a statement of the Eligible Shareholder (and in the case of a group, the written agreement of each shareholder or beneficial owner whose shares are aggregated for purposes of constituting an Eligible Shareholder), which statement(s) shall also be included in the Schedule 14N filed with the SEC: (a) setting forth and certifying to the number of shares of stock of the Corporation the Eligible Shareholder Owns and has Owned (as defined in Article I, Section 8(A)(3) of these By-Laws) continuously for at least three (3) years as of the date of the Shareholder Notice and (b) agreeing to continue to Own such shares through the annual meeting,

 

iii.

the written agreement of the Eligible Shareholder (and in the case of a group, the written agreement of each shareholder or beneficial owner whose shares are aggregated for purposes of constituting an Eligible Shareholder) addressed to the Corporation, setting forth the following additional agreements, representations, and warranties:

 

(a)

it will provide (A) within five (5) business days of the record date for the annual meeting, both the information required under Article I, Section 7(A)(2)(iii)-(iv) and notification in writing verifying the Eligible Shareholder’s continuous Ownership of the Required Shares, in each case, as of the record date and (B) immediate notice to the Corporation if the Eligible Shareholder ceases to own any of the Required Shares prior to the annual meeting of shareholders,

 

(b)

it (A) acquired the Required Shares in the ordinary course of business and not with the intent to change or influence control at the Corporation, and does not presently have any such intent, (B)

 

 


 

 

has not nominated and will not nominate for election to the Board of Directors at the annual meeting any person other than the Shareholder Nominee(s) being nominated pursuant to this Section 8, (C) has not engaged and will not engage in, and has not been and will not be a participant (as defined in Item 4 of Exchange Act Schedule 14A) in, a solicitation within the meaning of Exchange Act Rule 14a-1(l) in support of the election of any individual as a director at the annual meeting other than its Shareholder Nominee or a nominee of the Board, and (D) will not distribute to any shareholder any form of proxy for the annual meeting other than the form distributed by the Corporation, and

 

(c)

it will (A) assume all liability stemming from any legal or regulatory violation arising out of the Eligible Shareholder’s communications with the shareholders of the Corporation or out of the information that the Eligible Shareholder provided to the Corporation, (B) indemnify and hold harmless the Corporation and each of its directors, officers and employees individually against any liability, loss or damages in connection with any threatened or pending action, suit or proceeding, whether legal, administrative or investigative, against the Corporation or any of its directors, officers or employees arising out of any nomination submitted by the Eligible Shareholder pursuant to this Section 8, (C) comply with all laws, rules, regulations and listing standards applicable to any solicitation in connection with the annual meeting, (D) file all materials described below in Article I, Section 8(A)(7)(iii) with the SEC, regardless of whether any such filing is required under Exchange Act Regulation 14A, or whether any exemption from filing is available for such materials under Exchange Act Regulation 14A, and (E) at the request of the Corporation, promptly, but in any event within five (5) business days after such request, provide to the Corporation prior to the day of the annual meeting such additional information as reasonably requested by the Corporation, and

 

iv.

in the case of a nomination by a group, the designation by all group members of one group member that is authorized to act on behalf of all members of the group with respect to the nomination and matters related thereto, including withdrawal of the nomination.

 

(6)     To be timely under this Section 8, the Shareholder Notice must be delivered by a shareholder to the Secretary of the Corporation at the principal office of the Corporation not later than the Close of Business (as defined in Article I, Section 7(B)(2) above) on the 120th calendar day nor earlier than the Close of Business on the 150th calendar day before the date of the Corporation’s proxy statement’s release to shareholders in connection with the prior year’s annual meeting. However, if no annual meeting was held in the prior year, or if the date of the applicable annual meeting has been changed by more than 30 calendar days from the date contemplated at the time of the prior year’s proxy statement, to be timely, the Shareholder Notice must be received by the Secretary not earlier than the Close of Business on the 90th calendar day before the date the Corporation commences mailing of its proxy materials in connection with the applicable annual meeting and not later than the Close of Business on the later of the 60th calendar day before the date the Corporation commences mailing of its proxy materials in connection with the applicable annual meeting or the 10th calendar day following the day on which Public Announcement (as defined in Article I, Section 7(B)(2) above) of the date of such meeting is first made by the Corporation. In no event shall an adjournment or recess of an annual meeting, or a postponement of an annual meeting for which notice has been given or with respect to which there has been a Public Announcement of the date of the meeting, commence a new time period (or extend any time period) for the giving of the Shareholder Notice as described above.

 

(7)     An Eligible Shareholder must:

 

i.

within five (5) business days after the date of the Shareholder Notice, provide to the Corporation one or more written statements from the record holder(s) of the Required Shares and from each intermediary through which the Required Shares are or have been held, in each case during the requisite three-year holding period, specifying the number of shares that the Eligible Shareholder Owns, and has Owned continuously in compliance with this Section 8,

 

ii.

include in the Schedule 14N filed with the SEC a statement by the Eligible Shareholder (and in the case of a group, by each shareholder or beneficial owner whose shares are aggregated for purposes of constituting an Eligible Shareholder) certifying (a) the number of shares of stock of the Corporation that it Owns and has Owned continuously for at least three (3) years as of the date of the Shareholder Notice, and (b) that it Owns and has Owned such shares within the meaning of Article I, Section 8(A)(3),

 

 

 


 

 

iii.

file with the SEC any solicitation or other communication by or on behalf of the Eligible Shareholder relating to the Corporation’s annual meeting of shareholders, one or more of the Corporation’s directors or director nominees or any Shareholder Nominee, regardless of whether any such filing is required under Exchange Act Regulation 14A or whether any exemption from filing is available for such solicitation or other communication under Exchange Act Regulation 14A, and

 

iv.

in the case of any group, within five (5) business days after the date of the Shareholder Notice, provide to the Corporation documentation reasonably satisfactory to the Corporation demonstrating that the number of shareholders and/or beneficial owners within such group does not exceed twenty (20), including whether a group of funds qualifies as one shareholder or beneficial owner within the meaning of Article I, Section 8(A)(2).

 

The information provided pursuant to this Section 8(A)(7) shall be deemed part of the Shareholder Notice for purposes of this Section 8.

 

(8)     Within the time period for delivery of the Shareholder Notice, a written representation and agreement of each Shareholder Nominee shall be delivered to the Secretary of the Corporation at the principal office of the Corporation, which shall be signed by each Shareholder Nominee representing, agreeing and consenting to (i) the representations, requirements and agreements set forth in Article II, Section 10 of these By-Laws and (ii) being named in the Corporation's proxy statement and form of proxy as a nominee and serving as a director if elected. At the request of the Corporation, the Shareholder Nominee must promptly, but in any event within ten (10) business days after such request, submit all completed and signed questionnaires required of the Corporation’s directors and provide to the Corporation such other information as it may reasonably request. The Corporation may request such additional information as necessary to permit the Board of Directors to determine if each Shareholder Nominee satisfies the requirements of this Section 8.

 

(9)     In the event that any information or communications provided by the Eligible Shareholder or any Shareholder Nominees to the Corporation or its shareholders is not, when provided, or thereafter ceases to be, true, correct and complete in all material respects (including omitting a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading), such Eligible Shareholder or Shareholder Nominee, as the case may be, shall promptly notify the Secretary and provide the information that is required to make such information or communication true, correct, complete and not misleading; it being understood that providing any such notification shall not be deemed to cure any defect or limit the Corporation’s right to omit a Shareholder Nominee from its proxy materials as provided in this Section 8.

 

(10)     Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Section 8, the Corporation may omit from its proxy materials any Shareholder Nominee, and such nomination shall be disregarded and no vote on such Shareholder Nominee will occur, notwithstanding that proxies in respect of such vote may have been received by the Corporation, if:

 

i.

the Eligible Shareholder or Shareholder Nominee breaches any of its respective agreements, representations, or warranties set forth in the Shareholder Notice (or otherwise submitted pursuant to this Section 8), any of the information in the Shareholder Notice (or otherwise submitted pursuant to this Section 8) was not, when provided, true, correct and complete, or the requirements of this Section 8 have otherwise not been met,

 

ii.

the Shareholder Nominee (a) is not independent under any applicable listing standards, any applicable rules of the SEC, and any publicly disclosed standards used by the Board of Directors in determining and disclosing the independence of the Corporation’s directors, (b) is or has been, within the past three (3) years, an officer or director of a competitor, as defined in Section 8 of the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914, as amended, (c) is a named subject of a pending criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations and other minor offenses) or has been convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations and other minor offenses) within the past ten (10) years or (d) is subject to any order of the type specified in Rule 506(d) of Regulation D promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended,

 

iii.

the Corporation has received a notice (whether or not subsequently withdrawn) that a shareholder intends to nominate any candidate for election to the Board of Directors pursuant to the advance notice requirements for shareholder nominees for director set forth in Article I, Section 7 of these By-Laws,

 

 

 


 

 

iv.

the election of the Shareholder Nominee to the Board of Directors would cause the Corporation to violate the Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation, these By-Laws, or any applicable law, rule, regulation or listing standard, or

 

v.

the Eligible Shareholder or applicable Shareholder Nominee fails to comply with its obligations pursuant to these By-Laws, including, but not limited to, its obligations under this Section 8.

 

(11)     The maximum number of Shareholder Nominees submitted by all Eligible Shareholders that may be included in the Corporation’s proxy materials pursuant to this Section 8 shall not exceed twenty percent (20%) of the number of directors in office as of the last day on which a Shareholder Notice may be delivered pursuant to this Section 8 with respect to the annual meeting, or if such amount is not a whole number, the closest whole number (rounding down) below twenty percent (20%) (such resulting number, the “Permitted Number”); provided, however, that the Permitted Number shall be at least two (2) if the size of the Board is less than ten (10) directors as of the last day on which a Shareholder Notice may be delivered pursuant to this Section 8 with respect to the annual meeting; and provided further that the Permitted Number shall be reduced by (i) any Shareholder Nominee whose name was submitted for inclusion in the Corporation’s proxy materials pursuant to this Section 8 but whom the Board of Directors decides to nominate as a Board nominee and (ii) any nominees who were previously elected to the Board of Directors as Shareholder Nominees at any of the preceding two (2) annual meetings and who are nominated for election at such annual meeting by the Board of Directors as a Board nominee. In the event that one or more vacancies for any reason occurs after the date of the Shareholder Notice but before the annual meeting and the Board of Directors resolves to reduce the size of the Board in connection therewith, the Permitted Number shall be calculated based on the number of directors in office as so reduced. In the event that the number of Shareholder Nominees submitted by Eligible Shareholders pursuant to this Section 8 exceeds the Permitted Number, the Corporation shall determine which Shareholder Nominees shall be included in the Corporation’s proxy materials in accordance with the following provisions: each Eligible Shareholder will select one Shareholder Nominee for inclusion in the Corporation’s proxy materials until the Permitted Number is reached, going in order of the amount (largest to smallest) of shares of the Corporation each Eligible Shareholder disclosed as Owned in its respective Shareholder Notice submitted to the Corporation. If the Permitted Number is not reached after each Eligible Shareholder has selected one Shareholder Nominee, this selection process will continue as many times as necessary, following the same order each time, until the Permitted Number is reached. Following such determination, if any Shareholder Nominee who satisfies the eligibility requirements in this Section 8 thereafter is nominated by the Board, thereafter is not included in the Corporation’s proxy materials or thereafter is not submitted for director election for any reason (including the Eligible Shareholder’s or Shareholder Nominee’s failure to comply with this Section 8), no other nominee or nominees shall be included in the Corporation’s proxy materials or otherwise submitted for election as a director at the applicable annual meeting in substitution for such Shareholder Nominee.

 

(12)    Any (i) Shareholder Nominee who is included in the Corporation’s proxy materials for a particular annual meeting of shareholders but withdraws from or becomes ineligible or unavailable for election at the annual meeting for any reason, including for the failure to comply with any provision of these By-Laws (provided that in no event shall any such withdrawal, ineligibility or unavailability commence a new time period (or extend any time period) for the giving of a Shareholder Notice) or (ii) Shareholder Nominee who is included in the Corporation’s proxy materials for two (2) consecutive annual meetings of shareholders and at the second such meeting does not receive a number of votes cast in favor of his or her election at least equal to twenty percent (20%) of the shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote for the election of all directors, will be ineligible to be a Shareholder Nominee pursuant to this Section 8 for the next two (2) annual meetings.

 

(B)     General.

 

The Board of Directors (and any other person or body authorized by the Board) shall have the power and authority to interpret this Section 8 and to make any and all determinations necessary or advisable to apply this Section 8 to any persons, facts or circumstances, in each case, acting in good faith. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section 8, unless otherwise required by law or otherwise determined by the chairman of the meeting or the Board, if the shareholder (or a Qualified Representative of the shareholder) does not appear at the annual meeting of shareholders of the Corporation to present its Shareholder Nominee or Shareholder Nominees, such nomination or nominations shall be disregarded, notwithstanding that proxies in respect of the election of the Shareholder Nominee or Shareholder Nominees may have been received by the Corporation. This Section 8 shall be the exclusive method for shareholders to include nominees for director election in the Corporation’s proxy materials.

 

 


 

 

 

 

ARTICLE II

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Section l. Number of Members and Qualification

 

The number of directors of the Corporation shall be not less than nine (9) nor more than eighteen (18) as determined by the Board of Directors from time to time.

 

Section 2. Term of Office

 

Each director shall hold office for one (1) year and until his or her successor, if any, is duly elected and qualified, provided, however, that any director may be removed from office, with cause, at any time by a majority vote of the shareholders entitled to vote.

 

Section 3. Annual Meeting

 

The Board of Directors shall hold an annual meeting for the purpose of electing officers and transacting all other business properly brought before it.

 

 

Section 4. Regular Meetings

 

Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at such places, either within or without the State of New Jersey, and on such business days and at such times as the Board may from time to time determine.

 

Section 5. Special Meetings

 

Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be held at any time and place whenever called by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, by a Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, by the Chairman of the Executive Committee, by a Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee, by the President, by a Vice President, by the Secretary, or by a majority of the directors.

 

Section 6. Notices of Meetings

 

(A)     Notice Required.

 

If so determined by a majority of the Board of Directors, no advance notice need be given; in the absence of such determination then, at least two (2) days prior to the date designated for the holding of any regular or special meeting of the Board, notice of the time, and place, and purpose of such meeting shall be served in person, by mail or other notice in writing, or by telephone or electronic transmission, upon each member of the Board.

 

(B)     Waiver of Notice.

 

Notice of the time, place, and purpose of any meeting of the Board of Directors may be waived, before or after any meeting, by instrument in writing or by electronic transmission.

 

 

Section 7. Quorum and Participation

 

(A)     Quorum.

 

A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for all purposes and at all meetings.

 

 

(B) Participation.

 

 

 


 

 

Any or all directors may participate in a meeting of the Board of Directors by means of conference telephone or any means of communications by which all persons participating in the meeting are able to hear each other.

 

Section 8. Manner of Acting

 

The act of a majority of the directors present at any meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors.

 

Section 9. Action without a Meeting

 

Any action required or permitted to be taken pursuant to authorization voted at a meeting of the Board of Directors may be taken without a meeting if, prior to or subsequent to such action, all members of the Board of Directors consent thereto in writing and such written consents are filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors.

 

Section 10. Certain Requirements

 

Unless otherwise required by law, (A) no director nominee (including, without limitation, a Shareholder Nominee (as defined in Article I, Section 8(A)(1) above)) or director (including, without limitation, a Shareholder Nominee, if elected) is or shall become a party to any agreement, arrangement, or understanding with, and has not given any commitment or assurance to, any person or entity as to how he or she will act or vote on any issue or question, (B)(1) no director nominee (including, without limitation, a Shareholder Nominee) is or shall become a party to any agreement, arrangement, or understanding with any person or entity with respect to any direct or indirect compensation, reimbursement, or indemnification in connection with service or action as a director nominee (including, without limitation, a Shareholder Nominee) that has not been disclosed to the Corporation, and (2) no director (including, without limitation, a Shareholder Nominee, if elected) is or shall become a party to any agreement, arrangement, or understanding with any person other than the Corporation with respect to any direct or indirect compensation, reimbursement, or indemnification in connection with service or action as a director, and (C) each director (including, without limitation, a Shareholder Nominee, if elected) (1) shall comply with all of the Corporation’s corporate governance, conflict of interest, confidentiality, stock ownership and trading policies and guidelines, and any other Corporation’s policies and guidelines applicable to directors, and (2) unless otherwise required by law or consented to by the Company in writing, (i) shall keep strictly confidential to his or her person all Board materials, business and information, to which he or she might become privy by virtue of his or her membership or service on the Board of Directors, at all times and (ii) is prohibited from sharing any such Board materials, business or information with any and all third parties, including his or her staff, assistants, attorneys, counsel, consultants, or other advisors or agents.

 

 

ARTICLE III

POWERS OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Section l. General Powers

 

The business, property, and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by or under the direction of the Board of Directors. In the management and control of the property, business, and affairs of the Corporation, the Board is hereby vested with all powers possessed by the Corporation itself insofar as this delegation of authority is not inconsistent with or repugnant to the laws of the State of New Jersey, the Corporation's Certificate of Incorporation, or these By‑Laws or any amendments of them. The Board shall have discretionary power to determine what constitutes net earnings, profits, and surplus, what amount shall be reserved for working capital and for any other purposes, and what amount shall be declared as dividends. Such determinations by the Board shall be final and conclusive.

 

 

Section 2. Specific Powers

 

(A)     Power to Make and Amend By‑Laws.

 

Subject to the limitations contained in Article XI hereof, the Board of Directors shall have power to make, alter, amend, and repeal any By‑Law, including a By‑Law designating the number of directors, provided that the Board

 

 


 

 

shall not make, alter, amend, or repeal any By‑Law designating the qualification or term of office of any member or members of the then existing Board.

 

(B)     Power to Elect Officers.

 

The Board of Directors shall elect all officers of the Corporation.

 

(C)     Power to Remove Officers.

 

Any officer or divisional officer, any agent of the Board of Directors, or any member of any committee or of any Management Board may be removed by the Board of Directors with or without cause, whenever in its sole judgment the interests of the Corporation will be served by such removal.

 

(D)     Power to Fill Vacancies.

 

Vacancies in the Board of Directors, however created, shall be filled by appointment made by a majority of the remaining directors. The Board shall have power to fill any vacancy in any office.

 

(E)     Power to Fix Record Date.

 

The Board of Directors may fix in advance a date as the record date for determining the Corporation's shareholders with regard to any corporate action or event and, in particular, for determining the shareholders entitled to receive payment of any dividend or allotment of any right. The record date may in no case be more than sixty (60) days prior to the corporate action or event to which it relates.

 

 

Section 3. Committees and Delegation of Powers

 

(A)    Committees of the Board.

 

The Board of Directors may appoint, from among its members, from time to time one or more committees, each committee to have such name or names and to have such powers and duties as may be determined from time to time by the Board. All committees shall report to the Board. The Board shall have the power to fill vacancies in, to change the membership of, or to dissolve any committee. Each committee may hold meetings and make rules for the conduct of its business and appoint such sub‑committees and assistants as it shall from time to time deem necessary. A majority of the members of a committee shall constitute a quorum for all purposes and at all meetings.

 

(B)     Finance Committee.

 

The Finance Committee, if one shall be appointed, shall consist of two (2) or more of the directors of the Corporation and shall have and may exercise all of the powers of the Board insofar as may be permitted by law, the Corporation's Certificate of Incorporation or these By‑Laws, or any amendments of them, in the management of the business, affairs and property of the Corporation during the intervals between the meetings of the Board. The Finance Committee, however, shall not have the power to make, alter or repeal any By‑Law of the Corporation; elect or appoint any director, or remove any officer or director; change the membership of, or fill vacancies in, the Finance Committee; submit to shareholders any action that requires shareholders' approval; nor amend or repeal any resolution theretofore adopted by the Board which by its terms is amendable or repealable only by the Board.

 

 

(C)     Emergency Management Committee.

 

If, as a result of a physical disaster, war, nuclear attack, or other emergency conditions, a quorum of the Board of Directors cannot be convened to act, an Emergency Management Committee, consisting of all readily available members of the Board of Directors, shall automatically be formed. In such case, two (2) members shall constitute a quorum. If, as a result of such circumstances, a quorum of the Board of Directors cannot readily be convened to act, but a quorum of the Finance Committee can be so convened, the Finance Committee shall automatically become the Emergency Management Committee. All of the powers and duties vested in the Board of Directors, except the power to fill vacancies in the Board of Directors, shall vest automatically in the Emergency Management Committee. Other provisions of these By‑Laws notwithstanding, the Emergency Management Committee (1) shall

 

 


 

 

call a meeting of the Board of Directors as soon as circumstances permit for the purpose of filling vacancies on the Board of Directors and its committees and to take such other action as may be appropriate, and (2) if the Emergency Management Committee determines that less than a majority of the members of the Board of Directors are available for service, the Committee shall issue a call for a special meeting of shareholders to be held at the earliest date practicable for the election of directors.

 

 

 

 

(D)     Delegation of Duties.

 

The Board of Directors may delegate from time to time to an officer or a committee of officers and/or directors any duties that are authorized or required to be executed during the intervals between meetings of the Board, and such officer or committee shall report to the Board when and as required by the Board. Each committee so established by the Board may hold meetings and make rules for the conduct of its business and appoint such sub‑committees and assistants as it shall from time to time deem necessary. A majority of the members of such a committee shall constitute a quorum for all purposes and at all meetings.

 

(E)     Executive Committee.

 

The Executive Committee, if one shall be appointed, shall be the management committee of the Corporation. Its members shall be elected by the Board of Directors and thereby become officers of the Corporation. The Executive Committee shall not be a committee of the Board. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the operation of the business of the Corporation on a day‑to‑day basis and for establishing and executing operating practices and policies of the Corporation. It shall also perform such other duties as the Board shall designate from time to time.

 

Section 4. Designation of Depositories

 

The Board of Directors shall designate or shall delegate to the Treasurer, or such other officer as it deems advisable, the responsibility to designate the trust company or trust companies, or the bank or banks, in which shall be deposited the moneys and securities of the Corporation.

 

 

Section 5. Power to Establish Divisions

 

The Board of Directors may establish administrative or operating divisions of the Corporation. Each such division may have a Management Board, the Chairman of which shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Chairman of the Management Board of a division shall appoint the other members of its Management Board and that Board may in turn appoint a President, one or more Vice Presidents, a Treasurer and such other division officers as it may determine to be necessary or desirable. The Management Board and the officers of the division shall perform the same duties and, except for the power to designate depositories, shall have the same powers as to their division as pertain, respectively, to a board of directors and officers of a corporation. The powers granted in the preceding sentence include, without limitation, the power to execute and deliver on behalf of the Corporation contracts, conveyances and other instruments. Such power and any other power granted in this Section shall at all times be subject to the right of the Board of Directors to act or direct action in the premises.

 

 

 

ARTICLE IV

OFFICERS

 

Section l. Enumeration of Officers.

 

The officers of the Corporation shall be a Chairman of the Board of Directors, a Chairman of the Executive Committee, a President, a Treasurer, and a Secretary. The officers of the Corporation may include one or more Vice Chairmen of the Board of Directors, one or more Vice Chairmen of the Executive Committee, one or more Executive Committee members, one or more Vice Presidents, one or more Assistant Treasurers, one or more

 

 


 

 

Assistant Secretaries, and such other officers as from time to time shall be designated and elected by the Board of Directors.

 

Section 2. Election and Removal of Officers

 

All officers of the Corporation shall be elected at the first meeting of the Board of Directors after the annual election of directors, and shall hold office for one (1) year and until their respective successors, if any, shall have been duly elected and qualified, provided, however, that all officers, agents, and employees of the Corporation shall be subject to removal at any time, with or without cause, by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Board. At its discretion, the Board may leave unfilled, for such period as it may deem proper, any office except that of President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Failure to elect any such officer shall be considered an exercise of this discretionary power.

 

Section 3. Eligibility of Officers

 

The Chairman of the Board, the Vice Chairmen of the Board and the President shall be chosen from the members of the Board of Directors. No other person need be a director or a shareholder in order to qualify for office. The same person may hold, at the same time, one or more offices.

 

Section 4. Duties of Officers

 

(A)     Chairman of the Board of Directors.

 

The Chairman of the Board of Directors shall preside at all meetings of shareholders and directors. When presiding at such meetings of shareholders and directors, the Chairman of the Board shall establish and apply such rules of order as may be advisable in his or her discretion. Except where by law the signature of the President is required, the Chairman of the Board shall possess the same power as the President to sign all certificates, contracts and other instruments of the Corporation authorized by the Board of Directors. He or she shall have all powers and shall perform all duties commonly incident to and vested in the office of Chairman of the Board of a corporation. He or she shall also perform such other duties as the Board shall designate from time to time.

 

(B)      Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.

 

A Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors shall perform the duties and have the powers of the Chairman during the absence or disability of the Chairman, and shall also perform such other duties as the Board shall designate from time to time.

 

(C)     Chairman of the Executive Committee.

 

The Chairman of the Executive Committee shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation and shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee. During the absence or disability of the Chairman of the Board and the Vice Chairman of the Board, he or she shall perform the duties and have the powers of the Chairman of the Board, and shall also perform such other duties as the Board shall designate from time to time.

 

 

(D)      Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee.

 

A Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee shall perform the duties and have the powers of the Chairman of the Executive Committee during the absence or disability of the Chairman of the Executive Committee, and shall also perform such other duties as the Board shall designate from time to time.

 

(E)     Executive Committee Member.

 

In addition to the powers and duties incident to his or her membership on the Executive Committee, an Executive Committee Member, in his or her individual capacity, shall have all powers and shall perform all duties commonly incident to and vested in an executive officer of a corporation. He or she shall also perform such other duties as the Board shall designate from time to time.

 

(F)     President.

 

 

 


 

 

The President shall have general charge and supervision of the operations of the Corporation itself, and shall have all powers and shall perform all duties commonly incident to and vested in the office of President of a corporation. He or she shall also perform such other duties as the Board shall designate from time to time.

 

(G)     Vice President.

 

A Vice President shall perform such duties and have such powers as the Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Board, a Vice Chairman of the Board, or the President shall designate from time to time.

 

(H)     Treasurer.

 

The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of the funds of the Corporation, and shall have and exercise, under the supervision of the Board of Directors, all powers and duties commonly incident to the office of Treasurer. He or she shall deposit all funds of the Corporation in such trust company or trust companies, or bank or banks, as the Board, the Treasurer, or any other officer to whom the Board shall have delegated the authority, shall designate from time to time. He or she shall endorse for deposit or collection all checks, notes, and drafts payable to the Corporation or to its order, and make drafts on behalf of the Corporation. He or she shall keep accurate books of accounts of the Corporation's transactions, which books shall be the property of the Corporation, and, together with all its property in his or her possession, shall be subject at all times to the inspection and control of the Board. He or she shall have all powers and shall perform all duties commonly incident to and vested in the office of Treasurer of a corporation. He or she shall also have such other duties as the Board may designate from time to time.

 

(I)     Assistant Treasurer.

 

An Assistant Treasurer shall perform the duties and have the powers of the Treasurer during the absence or disability of the Treasurer, and shall perform such other duties and have such other powers as the Board of Directors or Treasurer shall designate from time to time.

 

 

(J)     Secretary.

 

The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the shareholders, and of the Board of Directors, and shall keep and preserve in books of the Corporation true minutes of the proceedings of all such meetings. He or she shall have the custody of all valuable papers and documents of the Corporation, and shall keep the Corporation's share books, share ledgers, and share transfer books, and shall prepare, issue, record, transfer, and cancel certificates of shares as required by the proper transactions of the Corporation and its shareholders unless these functions be performed by a duly appointed and authorized transfer agent or registrar other than this Corporation. He or she shall keep in his or her custody the seal of the Corporation, and shall have authority to affix same to all instruments where its use is required. He or she shall give all notices required by statute, by the Certificate of Incorporation, or by the By‑Laws. He or she shall have all powers and shall perform all duties commonly incident to and vested in the office of Secretary of a corporation. He or she shall also perform such other duties as the Board shall designate from time to time.

 

(K)     Assistant Secretary.

 

An Assistant Secretary shall perform the duties and have the powers of the Secretary during the absence or disability of the Secretary, and shall perform such other duties and have such other powers as the Board of Directors or Secretary shall designate from time to time.

 

 

ARTICLE V

INDEMNIFICATION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

 

To the full extent permitted by the laws of the State of New Jersey, as they exist on the date hereof or as they may hereafter be amended, the Corporation shall indemnify any person (an "Indemnitee") who was or is involved in any manner (including, without limitation, as a party or witness) in any threatened, pending or completed investigation, claim, action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, arbitrative, legislative or investigative (including, without limitation, any action, suit or proceeding by or in the right of the Corporation to procure a judgement in its favor) (a "Proceeding"), or who is threatened with being so involved, by reason of the fact that he or

 

 


 

 

she is or was a director or officer of the Corporation or, while serving as a director or officer of the Corporation, is or was at the request of the Corporation also serving as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise (including, without limitation, any employee benefit plan), against all expenses (including attorneys' fees), judgements, fines, penalties, excise taxes and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by the Indemnitee in connection with such Proceeding, provided that, there shall be no indemnification hereunder with respect to any settlement or other nonadjudicated disposition of any threatened or pending Proceeding unless the Corporation has given its prior consent to such settlement or disposition. The right of indemnification created by this Article shall be a contract right enforceable by an Indemnitee against the Corporation, and it shall not be exclusive of any other rights to which an Indemnitee may otherwise be entitled. The provisions of this Article shall inure to the benefit of the heirs and legal representatives of an Indemnitee and shall be applicable to Proceedings commenced or continuing after the adoption of this Article, whether arising from acts or omissions occurring before or after such adoption. No amendment, alteration, change, addition or repeal of or to these By‑Laws shall deprive any Indemnitee of any rights under this Article with respect to any act or omission of such Indemnitee occurring prior to such amendment, alteration, change, addition or repeal.

 

 

ARTICLE VI

SHARES

 

Section l. Share Ownership

 

The shares of the Corporation shall be either represented by certificates or uncertificated. Each holder of shares of the Corporation shall, upon request to the Corporation, be provided with a share certificate signed by the President or a Vice President, and also by the Treasurer or an Assistant Treasurer, or by the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary. Any or all signatures upon a certificate may be facsimiles. The certificates of shares shall be in such form as shall be prescribed by the Board of Directors.

 

Section 2. Loss of Share Certificate

 

In the case of loss, mutilation, or destruction of an issued and outstanding certificate of shares, a duplicate certificate may be issued upon such terms as the Board of Directors may prescribe.

 

 

Section 3. Transfer of Shares

 

Shares of the Corporation shall be transferred on the books of the Corporation only (1) upon presentation and surrender of the appropriate certificate by the registered holder of such shares in person or by his or her duly authorized attorney or by a person presenting proper evidence of succession, assignment or authority to transfer such shares and, in any of such cases, cancellation of a certificate or of certificates for an equivalent number of shares or (2) in the case of uncertificated shares upon receipt of proper transfer instructions from the registered holder of such shares or from a duly authorized attorney or upon presentation of proper evidence of succession, assignment or authority to transfer such shares.

 

 

ARTICLE VII

EXECUTION OF INSTRUMENTS

 

Section l. Checks and Drafts

 

All checks, drafts, and orders for payment of moneys shall be signed in the name of the Corporation or one of its divisions, and in its behalf, by such officers or agents as the Board of Directors shall designate from time to time.

 

Section 2. Contracts and Conveyances

 

Any contract, conveyance, or other instrument may be executed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, a Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, any member of the Executive Committee, the President, a Vice President, the Treasurer, an Assistant Treasurer, the Secretary, or an Assistant Secretary in the name and on behalf of the Corporation, and the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary may affix the Corporate Seal thereto.

 

 


 

 

 

Section 3. In General

 

The Board of Directors shall have power to designate officers and agents who shall have authority to execute any instrument on behalf of the Corporation.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII

VOTING UPON SHARES HELD BY THE CORPORATION

 

Unless otherwise ordered by the Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, a Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Executive Committee, a Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee, any member of the Executive Committee, the President, any Vice President, or the Treasurer shall have full power and authority on behalf of the Corporation to attend, to act at, and to vote at any meeting of shareholders of any corporation in which this Corporation may hold shares, and at any such meeting shall possess, and may exercise all rights and powers incident to the ownership of such shares which any owner thereof might possess and exercise if present. Such officers may also, on behalf of the Corporation, appoint attorneys and agents as the Corporation's proxy to exercise any of the foregoing powers. The Board, by resolution, from time to time, may confer like powers upon any other person or persons.

 

 

ARTICLE IX

SEAL OF THE CORPORATION

 

The seal of the Corporation shall consist of a flat‑faced circular die bearing the words and figures "Johnson & Johnson, Seal 1887".

 

 

ARTICLE X

FISCAL YEAR

 

The fiscal year of the Corporation shall end on the Sunday closest to the end of the calendar month of December and shall begin on the Monday following that Sunday.

 

 

 

ARTICLE XI

AMENDMENT OF BY‑LAWS

 

These By‑Laws may be amended, altered, changed, added to, or repealed at any annual meeting of the shareholders, or at any special meeting of the shareholders, or by the Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting of the Board, if notice of the proposed amendment, alteration, change, addition, or repeal be contained in the notice of such meeting, provided, however, that action taken by the shareholders intended to supersede action taken by the Board in making, amending, altering, changing, adding to, or repealing any By‑Laws, shall supersede prior action of the Board and shall deprive the Board of further jurisdiction in the premises to the extent indicated in the statement, if any, of the shareholders accompanying such action of the shareholders.

 

 

 

 

 

[As Filed: 01-26-2016]