CHARTER OF THE
NOMINATING AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF AMERIGROUP CORPORATION
I. PURPOSE OF THE COMMITTEE
The purposes of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the "Committee") of the Board of Directors (the "Board") of AMERIGROUP Corporation (the "Company") shall be to recommend to the Board individuals qualified to serve as directors of the Company and on committees of the Board; to advise the Board with respect to the Board composition, procedures and committees; to develop and recommend to the Board a set of corporate governance principles applicable to the Company; and to oversee the evaluation of the Board and the Company's management.
II. COMPOSITION OF THE COMMITTEE
The Committee shall be comprised of three or more directors who qualify as independent directors ("Independent Directors") under the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE").
The members of the Committee shall be elected annually to one-year terms by majority vote of the Board at the first meeting of the Board following the annual meeting of stockholders. Vacancies on the Committee shall be filled by majority vote of the Board at the next meeting of the Board following the occurrence of the vacancy. No member of the Committee shall be removed except by majority vote of the Independent Directors then in office.
III. MEETINGS AND PROCEDURES OF THE COMMITTEE
The Committee shall fix its own rules of procedure, which shall be consistent with the Bylaws of the Company and this Charter. The Committee shall meet as provided by its rules, which shall be at least three times annually or more frequently as circumstances require. The Board shall designate one member of the Committee as its Chairperson. The Chairperson of the Committee or a majority of the members of the Committee may also call a special meeting of the Committee. A majority of the members of the Committee present in person or by means of a conference telephone or other communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other shall constitute a quorum.
The Committee may form subcommittees for any purpose that the Committee deems appropriate and may delegate to such subcommittees such power and authority that is delegated to the Committee herein or as otherwise by the Board as the Committee deems appropriate; provided, however, that no subcommittee shall consist of fewer than two members; and provided further that the Committee shall not delegate to a subcommittee any power or authority required by any law, regulation or listing standard to be exercised by the Committee as a whole.
The Committee may request that any directors, officers or employees of the Company, or other persons whose advice and counsel are sought by the Committee, attend any meeting of the Committee to provide such pertinent information as the Committee requests.
Following each of its meetings, the Committee shall deliver a report on the meeting to the Board, including a description of all actions taken by the Committee at the meeting. The Committee shall keep written minutes of its meetings, which minutes shall be maintained with the books and records of the Company.
IV. DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE
A. Board Candidates and Nominees
The Committee shall have the following goals and responsibilities with respect to Board candidates and nominees:
(a) To establish procedures for evaluating the suitability of potential director nominees proposed by management or shareholders.
(b) To establish criteria necessary for membership on the Board. Such criteria shall include, but not be limited to, the possession of such knowledge, experience, skills, expertise and diversity so as to enhance the Board's ability to manage and direct the affairs and business of the Company, including, when applicable, to enhance the ability of committees of the Board to fulfill their duties and/or to satisfy any independence requirements imposed by law, regulation or NYSE listing requirement.
(c) To consider all nominees presented to the Committee to determine their eligibility based upon the established selection criteria.
(d) To recommend to the Board the director nominees for election by the stockholders or appointment by the Board, as the case may be, pursuant to the Bylaws of the Company, which recommendations shall be consistent with the Board's criteria for selecting new directors.
(e) To review the suitability for continued service as a director of each Board member when his or her term expires and when he or she has a significant change in status, including but not limited to an employment change, and to recommend whether or not the director should be re-nominated.
B. Board Composition and Procedures
The Committee shall have the following goals and responsibilities with respect to the composition and procedures of the Board as a whole:
(a) To review annually with the Board the composition of the Board as a whole and to recommend, if necessary, measures to be taken so that the Board reflects the appropriate balance of knowledge, experience, skills, expertise and diversity required for the
Board as a whole and contains at least the minimum number of Independent Directors required by the NYSE.
(b) To review periodically the size of the Board and to recommend to the Board any appropriate changes.
(c) To make recommendations on the frequency and structure of Board meetings.
(d) To make recommendations concerning any other aspect of the procedures of the Board that the Committee considers warranted, including but not limited to procedures with respect to the waiver by the Board of any Company rule, guideline, procedure or corporate governance principle.
C. Board Committees
The following shall be the goals and responsibilities of the Committee with respect to the committee structure of the Board:
(a) To make recommendations to the Board regarding the size and composition of each standing committee of the Board of Directors, including the identification of individuals qualified to serve as members of a committee, including the Committee, and to recommend individual directors to fill any vacancy that might occur on a committee, including the Committee.
(b) To monitor the functioning of the committees of the Board and to make recommendations for any changes, including the creation and elimination of committees.
(c) To review annually committee assignments and the policy with respect to the rotation of committee memberships and/or chairpersonships, and to report any recommendations to the Board.
(d) To recommend that the Board establish such special committees as may be desirable or necessary from time to time in order to address ethical, legal or other matters that may arise. The Committee's power to make such a recommendation under this Charter shall be without prejudice to the right of any other committee of the Board, or any individual director, to make such a recommendation at any time.
D. Corporate Governance
The following shall be the goals and responsibilities of the Committee with respect to corporate governance:
(a) To develop and recommend to the Board a set of corporate governance principles for the Company, which shall be consistent with any applicable laws, regulations and listing standards. At a minimum, the corporate governance principles developed and recommended by the Committee shall address the following:
i. Director qualification standards. The qualification standards established by the Committee must reflect at a minimum the independence requirements of the NYSE. The Committee shall also develop policies regarding director tenure, retirement, removal and succession, and shall consider whether it is in the best interest of the Company to limit the number of corporate boards on which a director may serve.
ii. Director responsibilities.
iii. Director access to management and, as necessary and appropriate, independent advisors.
iv. Director compensation, including principles for determining the form and amount of director compensation, and for reviewing those principles, as appropriate.
v. Director orientation and continuing education.
vi. Management succession, including policies and principles for the selection and performance review of the Chief Executive Officer, as well as policies regarding succession in the event of an emergency or the retirement of the chief executive officer.
(b) To review periodically, and at least annually, the corporate governance principles adopted by the Board to assure that they are appropriate for the Company, and to recommend any desirable changes to the Board.
(c) To provide oversight of the Company’s policies with respect to trading in Company securities, including the authority to amend or modify such policies.
(d) To provide oversight of the Company’s Corporate Compliance Program, including the authority to amend or modify such Program.
(e) To consider any other corporate governance issues that arises from time to time, and to develop appropriate recommendations for the Board.
E. Evaluation of the Board and Management
The Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the evaluation of the Board as a whole and the management of the Company, including the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. The Committee shall establish procedures to allow it to exercise this oversight function.
V. EVALUATION OF THE COMMITTEE
The Committee shall, on an annual basis, evaluate its performance under this Charter. In conducting this review, the Committee shall evaluate whether this Charter