2004 Committee Charter : ALL

I. Purpose

The primary purposes of the Nominating and Governance Committee are (i) to identify individuals who are qualified to become members of the Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer; (ii) to make recommendations to the Board regarding director nominees for the next annual meeting of stockholders; (iii) to develop and recommend to the Board a set of corporate governance principles for the Company; and (iv) to advise and make recommendations to the Board with respect to issues of corporate governance. In carrying out these purposes, the Nominating and Governance Committee has the powers and responsibilities provided in this Charter.

II. Membership

The size of the Nominating and Governance Committee is set from time to time by the Board of Directors, but will always consist of at least two directors. The members of the Committee are appointed by the Board upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Each member of the Committee must be "independent" in accordance with the requirements of the New York Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission. For purposes of membership on the Nominating and Governance Committee, a director will not be considered "independent" if disqualified by the provisions of the Director Independence Standards adopted by the Board.

Based on recommendations of the Nominating and Governance Committee itself, the Board designates the chair of the Committee. The Board may remove the chair or any other member.

III. Meetings and Operations

The Nominating and Governance Committee is usually scheduled to meet four times a year. The Committee Chair may call additional meetings as needed. The Committee Chair develops the meeting agendas and reports regularly to the Board on the Committee's actions and recommendations.

IV. Powers and Responsibilities

The Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for reporting to the Board of Directors its recommendations with respect to the following matters. These are the common recurring activities of the Committee in carrying out its oversight responsibilities. They are set forth as a guide and may be varied from time to time as appropriate under the circumstances:


  • The appropriate size and composition of the Board of Directors.

  • The criteria used to select nominees for election to the Board of Directors.

  • The nominees for election to the Board of Directors for whom the Company should solicit proxies.

  • The nominees for election as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

  • The nominees for election to all committees of the Board of Directors, including the review and assessment of the independence, experience and financial literacy of nominees for the Audit Committee, and the recommendation of Audit Committee Financial Experts, in accordance with regulatory requirements.

  • The plans for the annual meeting of stockholders.

  • The policies and practices on stockholder voting.

  • The nominees to serve as proxies in connection with the annual stockholders' meetings.

  • The Company's proxy statement and form of proxy for its annual meeting of stockholders.

  • The consideration of issues of corporate governance.

  • The establishment and periodic review of guidelines on corporate governance.

  • The review and assessment of any relationship a Director has with the Company, including charitable affiliations, for the purpose of determining whether that relationship will interfere with the Director's exercise of independent judgment.

  • The periodic review of the performance of the Chief Executive Officer in light of approved corporate goals and objectives relevant to CEO compensation and of the succession planning for the Chief Executive Officer.

  • The determination of criteria for assessment of the performance of the Board of Directors and oversight of the assessment.

  • The administration of all compensation and other benefits, including equity benefits, to be paid to directors of the Company who are not officers or employees of the Company or any of its affiliates.
    In connection with the annual nomination process, the Nominating and Governance Committee reviews incumbent directors and may recommend that the Board take appropriate action if, in the opinion of the Committee after discussion with the Chairman of the Board, any director is not making an adequate and constructive contribution to the work of the Board.

    Annually, the Nominating and Governance Committee conducts a self-evaluation of its performance and reports the results to the Board. The Committee also reviews and assesses the adequacy of this Charter on an annual basis and recommends any proposed changes to the Board.

    The Nominating and Governance Committee is structured so as to be able to fulfill its responsibilities as a committee; however, the Committee has the authority to form and delegate to any subcommittee in order to assist it in carrying out its responsibilities and purposes, as appropriate.

    The Committee also has sole authority to retain and terminate any relationship with a search firm used to identify director candidates, including sole authority to approve the search firm's fees and other retention terms. The Company shall provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee, for the payment of compensation to any search firm retained by the Committee.