Finance Committee Charter

As adopted on September 15, 2004

I. Purpose. The Finance Committee’s (“Committee”) purpose is to oversee all areas of corporate finance of the Company. The Committee shall exercise the power and authority of the Board and assist the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities in connection with the financial affairs of the Company.

II. Composition. The Committee shall be comprised of three or more directors as determined by the Board. Committee members, including the chairman of the Committee, shall be appointed by the Board on an annual basis upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee and may be removed by the Board. The members of the Committee shall meet the independence requirements of the New York Stock Exchange.

III. Meetings. The Committee shall meet at least four times per year and at such times and places and by such means as the Chairman shall determine. The Committee shall report regularly about its activities to the Board. A majority of the members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. The Committee shall have the authority to delegate to subcommittees in its sole discretion.

IV. Duties and Responsibilities. Among its duties and responsibilities, the Committee shall:

A. Approve and recommend to the Board, individual non-budgeted commitments of the Company over $50 million, and approve, if the Board has given general approval, any resolutions for other commitments.

B. Oversee the Company's financial strategies, plans, and policies and generally to pre-approve matters involving the Company's finances that are brought to the Board of Directors for approval pursuant to the Company's policies.


Any action duly and validly taken by the Committee pursuant to the power and authority conferred under this Charter shall for all purposes constitute an action duly and validly taken by the Board and may be certified as such by the Secretary or other authorized officer of the Company. The Board shall be informed of any such action.

V. Outside Advisors. The Committee shall have the authority to engage independent counsel and other advisers, as the Committee determines necessary to carry out its duties and shall receive appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee, from the Company for payment of compensation to any such advisors.