NOMINATING AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE CHARTER

 

Purpose

 

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is appointed by the Board (1) to assist the Board by identifying individuals qualified to become Board members, and by recommending to the Board the director nominees for the next annual meeting of stockholders; (2) to develop and recommend to the Board a set of corporate governance principles applicable to the Company; (3) to lead the Board in its annual review of the Board’s performance; and (4) to recommend to the Board director nominees for each Board committee.

 

Committee Membership

 

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall consist of no fewer than three members of the Board all of whom shall meet the independence requirements of the New York Stock Exchange and applicable rules and regulations.

 

The members of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall be appointed by the Board. Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee members may be removed and replaced by the Board.

 

Committee Powers, Authority, Duties and Responsibilities

 

1. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall have the sole authority to retain and terminate any search firm to be used to identify director candidates, including the sole authority to approve the search firm’s fees and other retention terms. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall also have the authority to obtain advice and assistance from internal or outside legal, accounting or other advisors.

 

2. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall establish criteria for the selection of new directors, evaluate the qualifications of potential candidates for director, including any nominees submitted by stockholders under and in accordance with the provisions of the Company’s Bylaws, and recommend to the Board the nominees for election at the next annual meeting or any special meeting of stockholders and any person to be considered to fill a Board vacancy or a newly created directorship resulting from any increase in the authorized number of directors.

 

3. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall oversee the orientation and training of newly elected directors and continuing education for all Board members.

 

4. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall annually recommend to the Board director nominees for each Board committee, taking into account the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange and applicable laws, rules and regulations, including, with respect to the Compensation Committee, whether Compensation Committee members meet the definitions of (a) a “non-employee director” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and (b) an “outside director” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall also advise the Board on removal of any Board committee members.

 

5. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall receive comments from all directors and report annually to the Board on an assessment of the Board’s performance, to be discussed with the Board following the end of each fiscal year. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee together with the Compensation Committee shall also establish and oversee an annual performance evaluation of management.

 

6. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of the corporate governance principles of the Company annually and recommend any proposed changes to the

 

 

Board for approval, including any changes in director fees and qualifications, the size of the Board, director responsibilities for preparation for and attendance at Board meetings and management succession planning.

 

7. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall be responsible for ensuring that executive sessions of the Board are held regularly.

 

8. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees if determined to be necessary or advisable.

 

9. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall make reports to the Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting following the meeting of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee accompanied by any recommendation to the Board.

 

10. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter annually and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.

 

11. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall annually review its own performance.

 

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall have such other authority and responsibilities as may be assigned to it from time to time by the Board.