Nominating Committee Charter
There shall be a committee of the Board of Directors of LRAD Corporation (the “Company”) to be known as the Nominating and Governance Committee (the “Committee”). The Board of Directors shall appoint the members of the Committee, which will be composed of at least three directors. The Committee shall be composed entirely of directors that are independent, as defined by the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Nasdaq, and are free of any relationship that, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, would interfere with their exercise of independent judgment. Unless the Board elects a Chair of the Committee, the Committee shall elect a Chair by majority vote.
Statement of Policy
The primary purposes of the Committee are to:
- Identify individuals qualified to become Board members.
- Recommend the persons to be nominated by the Board for election as directors at the annual meeting of stockholders.
- Regularly review and advise the Board with respect to corporate governance principles and policies applicable to the Company.
- Oversee the annual evaluation of the Board’s effectiveness. Except as otherwise required by applicable law, regulations or listing standards, all major decisions are considered by the Board of Directors as a whole.
The Committee shall have the following responsibilities:
- The Committee shall, with the assistance of legal counsel, review and assess the adequacy of this charter annually, and present a report to the Board at the Board’s annual organizational meeting of the results of its assessment, including any recommendations for changes to this charter.
- The Committee shall regularly address the issues of appointment and removal of members of the Committee, qualification of Committee members, and Committee structure and operation, and shall make recommendations to the Board concerning any proposed changes to Committee membership, structure, or authority.
- Except where the Company is legally required by contract or otherwise to provide third parties with the ability to nominate directors, the Committee shall have sole responsibility and authority for selecting the persons to be nominated by the Board for election as directors at the annual meeting of stockholders, and the sole responsibility for recommending the persons to be nominated by the Board to fill any vacancies on the Board that the Board has authority to fill.
- The Committee shall use the criteria and the principles set forth in the Company’s Board Guidelines on Significant Corporate Governance Issues (the “Governance Guidelines”) to guide its director selection process. The Committee shall, from time to time as it deems appropriate, review and reassess the adequacy of the Governance Guidelines, with assistance of legal counsel, and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.
- The Committee shall conduct background checks on all director nominees and 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.
- The Committee shall establish and oversee a policy for considering shareholder nominees for directors, and shall develop the procedures that must be followed by shareholders in submitting recommendations.
- The Committee shall evaluate director candidates recommended by the shareholders using the criteria and the principles for director selection set forth in the Governance Guidelines.
- The Committee shall be responsible for recommending to the Board the directors to be appointed to each committee. The Committee shall also monitor and recommend the functions of various committees.
- The Committee shall establish and oversee a procedure for shareholders to communicate with the Board.
- The Committee shall be responsible for overseeing an annual self-evaluation of the Board to determine whether it is 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.
- The Committee shall also evaluate its own performance as a committee on an annual basis and report same to the Board.
- 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.
- The Committee shall consider questions of conflict of interest of board members and senior management, and, to the extent a conflict constitutes a related party transaction (as that term is defined in SEC Regulation S-K, Item 404), refer the approval of such matter to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
- The Committee shall oversee director orientation and continuing education programs, and shall also oversee director retirement policies and resignation of directors from the Board.
Meetings and Voting
- The Nominating and Governance Committee shall meet as often as necessary, but at least once annually. The affirmative vote of a majority of the members present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall constitute action of the Committee.
Authority to Engage Independent Counsel and Advisors
The Committee shall have the right to engage and determine funding for independent counsel and other advisors at the expense of the Company. Compensation Members of the Committee shall receive compensation for attending Committee meetings as defined and approved by the Board of Directors.