Compensation and Development Committee Charter – Section 3.15 of Corporation Bylaws
3.15 Compensation and Development Committee. There shall be a Compensation and Development Committee of the Board of Directors. The purposes of the Committee are to: (1) discharge the Board of Directors’ responsibilities relating to compensation of the corporation’s executives; (2) prepare any report of the Committee on executive compensation required by the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission to be included in the corporation’s annual proxy statement; and (3) perform the duties and responsibilities set forth below. The provisions of this Section 3.15 shall constitute the Charter of the Compensation and Development Committee.
(a) The Committee shall be composed of at least three (3) members, each of whom shall be appointed by the Board of Directors on the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, which shall recommend for Committee membership such directors as it believes are qualified. Members of the Committee shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors and for such term or terms as the Board of Directors may determine.
(b) Each member of the Committee shall meet the independence requirements of the New York Stock Exchange and be both a “nonemployee director” (within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 of the Securities and Exchange Act) and an “outside director” (within the meaning of Section 162(m)(4)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code).
Structure and Operations
(c) One of the members of the Committee will be designated by the Board of Directors to serve as the Committee chairperson. The affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Committee is necessary for the adoption of any resolution. The Committee may create one or more subcommittees and may delegate, in its discretion, all or a portion of its duties and responsibilities to such subcommittees.
(d) The Committee shall have at least two regularly scheduled meetings per year, at such times and places determined by the Committee chairperson, and may have such additional meetings as the Committee chairperson or any two (2) of the Committee’s members deem necessary or desirable. The Committee may invite such members of management to its meetings as it may deem desirable or appropriate, consistent with the maintenance of the confidentiality of compensation discussions.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Committee’s duties and responsibilities shall include all of the responsibilities of a qualified compensation committee under New York Stock Exchange rules, including, but not limited to the following items, and such other matters as may from time to time be delegated to the Committee by the Board of Directors:
(e) The Committee shall review and approve all compensation plans and programs (philosophy and guidelines) of the corporation and, in consultation with senior management, oversee the development and implementation of the corporation’s compensation program, including salary structure, base salary, short and long-term incentive compensation plans, including stock options and nonqualified benefit plans and programs, including fringe benefit plans programs.
(f) The Committee shall, at least annually, review and approve all compensation arrangements and changes in the compensation of the Chief Executive Officer and the other officers appointed by the Board of Directors, including, without limitation (i) base salary, (ii) short and long-term incentive awards and opportunities; (iii) employment agreements, severance arrangements and change-in-control agreements/provisions, in each case as, when and if appropriate; and (iv) any special or supplemental benefits.
(g) The Committee shall, at least annually, review and approve corporate goals and objectives relevant to compensation of the Chief Executive Officer, evaluate the performance of the Chief Executive Officer in light of those goals and objectives, report the results of such evaluation to the Board of Directors and set the Chief Executive Officer’s compensation level based on this evaluation.
(h) The Committee shall review and approve all awards under the corporation’s Stock Option Plans.
(i) The Committee shall review and make recommendations to the Board of Directors with respect to incentive-compensation plans and equity-based plans, oversee the administration of these plans and discharge any responsibilities imposed on the Committee by any of these plans.
(j) The Committee shall consider and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the selection and retention of all elected officers of the corporation (as defined in Section 4.1) and shall annually recommend to the Board of Directors the appointment of such officers of the corporation at the time of the Annual Meeting of shareholders.
(k) The Committee shall approve all executive employment contracts.
(l) The Committee shall prepare such reports as are required to be included in the corporation’s proxy statement, including an annual report regarding executive compensation for inclusion in the corporation’s annual proxy statement in accordance with applicable Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations.
(m) The Committee shall undertake and review with the Board of Directors an annual performance evaluation of the Committee, which shall compare the performance of the Committee with the requirements of the corporation’s By-laws and the Committee’s charter and set forth the goals and objectives of the Committee for the upcoming year. The Committee shall conduct such performance evaluation in such manner as the Committee deems appropriate, and may report the results of its performance evaluation through an oral report by the chairperson of the Committee or any other member of the Committee designated by the Committee to make this report.
(n) The Committee shall annually review and approve the Chief Executive Officer’s succession plans for the corporation.
(o) The Committee shall oversee the corporation’s regulatory compliance with respect to compensation matters, including the corporation’s policies on structuring compensation programs to preserve tax deductibility, and, as and when required, establishing performance goals and certifying that performance goals have been obtained for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(p) The Committee shall report to the Board of Directors periodically on all matters for which the Committee has responsibility and at such times as the Board of Directors may otherwise request.
(q) The Committee shall annually review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter and recommend to the Board of Directors for approval such changes as the Committee believes are appropriate.
(r) The Committee shall exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and responsibilities as are incidental to the purposes, duties and responsibilities specified herein and as may from time to time be delegated to the Committee by the Board of Directors.
Authority and Resources
The Committee shall have the sole authority, without further approval by the Board of Directors, to select, retain and terminate a compensation consultant to assist in the evaluation of Chief Executive Officer or senior executive compensation and to approve any compensation payable by the corporation to such consultant, including the fees, terms and other conditions for the performance of such services. In addition, the Committee may, without further approval by the Board of Directors, obtain such advice and assistance from outside accounting, legal or other advisors as the Committee determines to be necessary or advisable in connection with the discharge of its duties and responsibilities hereunder. Any accounting, legal or other advisor retained by the Committee may, but need not, be in the case of an outside accountant, the same accounting firm employed by the corporation for the purpose of rendering or issuing an audit report on the corporation’s annual financial statements, or in the case of outside counsel or other advisor, otherwise engaged by the corporation for any other purpose.
The corporation shall pay to any compensation consultant or outside accounting, legal or other advisor retained by the Committee pursuant to the preceding paragraph such compensation, including, without limitation, usual and customary expenses and charges, as shall be determined by the Committee.