Compensation Committee Charter
The primary purpose of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors is: (i) to assist the Board in discharging its responsibilities with respect to compensation of the Company’s executive officers; (ii) to produce a report on executive compensation for inclusion in the Company’s annual proxy statement; (iii) to provide recommendations regarding management successors; and (iv) to administer the Company’s stock option and other incentive plans (in the absence of a separate Stock Option Committee).
The Compensation Committee shall consist of three or more directors, each of whom shall satisfy the applicable independence requirements of The Nasdaq Stock Market and any other regulatory requirements. The Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees when appropriate.
Committee members shall be elected by resolution the Board and shall serve until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified. The Committee’s chairperson shall be designated by the full Board if it elects to do so. Alternatively, if the Board does not designate a chairperson, the Committee members shall elect a chairperson by vote of a majority of the full Committee.
The Committee’s chairperson shall (i) chair all meetings of the Committee; (ii) coordinate the evaluation of the performance of the Chief Executive Officer; and (iii) perform other activities requested by the other directors or as circumstances dictate.
The chairperson of the Compensation Committee will preside at each Committee meeting and, in consultation with the other Committee members, shall set the frequency of meetings and the agenda for each meeting. The chairperson will ensure that the agenda for each meeting is circulated in advance of the applicable meeting.
The Committee shall inform the Board of the actions taken or issues discussed at its meetings at the next meeting of the full Board following a committee meeting.
The Compensation Committee shall have the power and authority of the Board to oversee and ensure the performance of the following duties and responsibilities:
The Compensation Committee shall conduct and present to the Board an annual performance evaluation of itself.
The Compensation Committee shall have the authority to obtain advice and seek assistance from internal and external legal, accounting, consulting and other advisors. The Committee shall determine the extent of funding necessary for the payment of fees to any consultant retained to advise the Committee.
The Committee shall have sole authority to retain and terminate any compensation consultant used to assist in the development and/or analysis of the Company’s compensation philosophy, or the evaluation of a director, the Chief Executive Officer or other senior executive and shall have sole authority to approve such firm’s fees and other retention terms.
This Charter will be made available on the Company’s website.