ASPEN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
NOMINATING AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE CHARTER

A. Purpose

The purpose of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is to:

  • identify individuals qualified to become Board members;
  • recommend to the Board the persons to be nominated by the Board for election as directors at the annual meeting of stockholders;
  • develop and recommend to the Board a set of corporate governance principles applicable to the Company; and
  • oversee the evaluation of the Board and management.

B. Structure and Membership

1.       Number. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall consist of such number of directors as the Board shall from time to time determine.

2.       Independence. Except as otherwise permitted by the applicable rules of Nasdaq, each member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall be “independent” as defined by such rules.

3.       Chair. Unless the Board elects a Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Committee shall elect a Chair by majority vote.

4.       Compensation. The compensation of Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee members shall be as determined by the Board.

5.       Selection and Removal. Members of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall be appointed by the Board, upon the recommendation of the Committee. The Board may remove members of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee from such Committee, with or without cause

C. Authority and Responsibilities

Board and Committee Membership

1.       Selection of Director Nominees. Except where the Company is legally required by contract or otherwise to provide third parties with the ability to nominate directors, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall be responsible for (i) identifying individuals qualified to become Board members and (ii) recommending to the Board the persons to be nominated by the Board for election as directors at the annual meeting of stockholders and the persons to be elected by the Board to fill any vacancies on the Board.

2.       Criteria for Selecting Directors. In nominating candidates, the Committee shall take into consideration such factors as it deems appropriate. These factors may include judgment, skill, diversity, character, experience with businesses and other organizations of comparable size, the interplay of the candidate’s experience with the experience of other Board members, and the extent to which the candidate would be a desirable addition to the Board and any committees of the Board. The Committee may consider candidates proposed by management, but is not required to do so. The Committee shall be responsible for reviewing with the Board, on an annual basis, the requisite skills and criteria for new Board members as well as the composition of the Board as a whole.

3.       Search Firms. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall have the sole authority to retain and terminate any search firm to be used to identify director nominees, including sole authority to approve the search firm’s fees and other retention terms. The Committee is empowered, without further action by the Board, to cause the Company to pay the compensation of any search firm engaged by the Committee.

4.       Selection of Committee Members. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall be responsible for recommending to the Board the directors to be appointed to each committee of the Board.
Evaluation of the Board and Management; Succession Planning

5.       Evaluation of the Board. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall be responsible for overseeing an annual self-evaluation of the Board to determine whether it and its committees are functioning effectively. The Committee shall determine the nature of the evaluation, supervise the conduct of the evaluation and prepare an assessment of the Board’s performance, to be discussed with the Board.

6.       Evaluation of Senior Executives. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the evaluation of the Company’s senior executives. In conjunction with the Board’s Compensation Committee and, in the case of the evaluation of the senior financial management, the Board’s Audit Committee, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall determine the nature and frequency of the evaluation and the persons subject to the evaluation, supervise the conduct of the evaluation and prepare assessments of the performance of the Company’s senior executives, to be discussed with the Board periodically.

7.       Succession of Senior Executives. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall present an annual report to the Board on succession planning, which shall include transitional Board leadership in the event of an unplanned vacancy.

D. Procedures and Administration

1.       Meetings. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall meet as often as it deems necessary in order to be perform its responsibilities. The Committee shall keep such records of its meetings as it shall deem appropriate.

2.       Subcommittees. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee may form and delegate authority to one or more subcommittees (including a subcommittee consisting of a single member), as it deems appropriate from time to time under the circumstances.

3.       Reports to the Board. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall report regularly to the Board.

4.       Charter. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall, from time to time as it deems appropriate, review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.

5.       Independent Advisors. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall have the authority to engage such independent legal and other advisors as it deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its responsibilities. Such independent advisors may be the regular advisors to the Company. The Committee is empowered, without further action by the Board, to cause the Company to pay the compensation of such advisors as established by the Committee.

6.       Investigations. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall have the authority to conduct or authorize investigations into any matters within the scope of its responsibilities as it shall deem appropriate, including the authority to request any officer, employee or advisor of the Company to meet with the Committee or any advisors engaged by the Committee.

7.       Annual Self-Evaluation. At least annually, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall evaluate its own performance.