Process for the Selection of New Directors: The Board is responsible for filling Board vacancies that may occur between annual meetings of stockholders and for proposing new nominees for election by stockholders. The Board has delegated to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee the duty of selecting and recommending candidates to the Board for approval. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider candidates for Board membership recommended by Board members, executive management, and stockholders. The Committee may also retain an independent executive search firm to identify candidates for consideration and to gather additional information about candidate's background, experience and reputation.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, in consultation with the Board, will determine the specific criteria for a new Director candidate. After the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee identifies a candidate, the Committee will determine the appropriate method to evaluate the candidate. The preliminary determination regarding a candidate is based on the likelihood that the candidate will meet the Board membership criteria listed in Section I below. The Committee will determine, after discussion with the Chairman of the Board and other Board members, whether a candidate should continue to be considered. If a candidate warrants additional consideration, the Committee will interview the candidate. One or more members of the Committee and others, as appropriate, will perform candidate interviews. Once the evaluation and interviews are completed, the Committee will recommend to the Board whether the candidate should be appointed to the Board or proposed for election by stockholders and the Board will act on such recommendation.
A stockholder who wishes to recommend a candidate should notify the Company's Corporate Secretary, as described in the Company's annual proxy statement. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider persons nominated by a stockholder owning at least 1% of the issued and outstanding voting stock of the Company pursuant to the Company's By-laws relating to stockholder nominations. For each individual nominated in accordance with the Company's By-laws, the Corporate Secretary will (i) obtain from the nominee any additional relevant information the nominee wishes to provide in consideration of his or her nomination, (ii) report on the nominee to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and (iii) facilitate a meeting between the nominee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee as the Committee deems appropriate.
The Board will evaluate nominees annually for election and reelection, and as necessary to fill vacancies, to ensure they meet the above criteria. The findings of the reviews and assessments conducted in accordance with Sections J and K below will be taken into consideration by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Board in connection with that evaluation.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will review each evaluation and, if appropriate, discuss the evaluation with the applicable non-management Director.