The Committee shall be comprised of two (2) or more directors, each of whom must be determined by the Board to be "independent" under the rules of the Nasdaq Stock Market, provided that one director who does not meet the independence criteria of Nasdaq may, subject to the approval of the Board, serve on the Committee pursuant to, and subject to the limitation under, the "exceptional and limited circumstances" exception as provided under the rules of Nasdaq.
The members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Board and shall serve until their successors are duly elected and qualified or until their earlier resignation, removal or death. Any member of the Committee may be removed or replaced by the Board. Unless a Committee Chair is elected by the full Board, the members of the Committee may designate a Chair by majority vote of the full Committee. The Chair shall preside at all regular meetings of the Committee and set the agenda for each Committee meeting.
The Committee may, from time to time, delegate duties or responsibilities to one or more subcommittees or to one member of the Committee.
The Committee shall meet as often as it deems necessary or appropriate to fulfill its responsibilities hereunder, and at least once during each fiscal year. The Committee may meet with management or individual directors at such time as it deems appropriate to discuss any matters before the Committee.
A majority of the members shall represent a quorum of the Committee and, if a quorum is present, any action approved by at least a majority of the members present (in person or by telephone conference call) shall represent the valid action of the Committee. The Committee may also take action by unanimous written consent without a meeting. Any actions taken by the Committee during any period in which one or more of the members fail for any reason to meet the membership requirements set forth above shall still constitute duly authorized actions of the Committee for all corporate purposes. The Committee shall maintain written minutes of its meetings, which minutes will be filed with the minutes of the meetings of the Board.
The Committee shall have the authority to obtain advice or assistance from consultants, legal counsel, or other advisors as appropriate to perform its duties hereunder. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Committee shall have the sole authority to retain or terminate any search firm to be used to identify director candidates and to determine and approve the terms, costs and fees for such engagements. The fees and costs of any consultant or advisor engaged by the Committee to assist the Committee in performing its duties hereunder shall be borne by the Company.
To fulfill its responsibilities and duties hereunder, the Committee shall:
A. Nominating Functions
1. Determine criteria for selecting new directors, including desired board skills, experience and attributes, and identify and actively seek individuals qualified to become directors.
2. Evaluate and select, or recommend to the Board, nominees for each election of directors, except that if the Company is at any time legally required by contract or otherwise to provide any third party with the ability to nominate a director, the Committee need not evaluate or propose such nomination, unless required by contract or requested by the Board.
3. Consider any nominations of director candidates validly made by the Company's stockholders.
4. Review and make recommendations to the Board concerning qualifications, appointment and removal of committee members.
B. Corporate Governance Functions
1. Develop, recommend for Board approval, and review on an ongoing basis the adequacy of, the corporate governance principles applicable to the Company. Such principles shall include director qualification standards, director responsibilities, committee responsibilities, director access to management and independent advisors, director compensation, director orientation and continuing education, management succession and annual performance evaluation of the Board and committees.
2. Review, at least annually, the Company's compliance with the Nasdaq corporate governance listing requirements, and report to the Board regarding the same.
3. Assist the Board in developing criteria for the evaluation of Board and committee performance.
4. If requested by the Board, assist the Board in its evaluation of the performance of the Board and each committee of the Board.
5. Make reports to the Board regarding the foregoing as appropriate.
6. Review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter as appropriate and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.
7. Perform any other activities consistent with this Charter, the Company's Bylaws and governing law, as the Committee or the Board deems necessary or appropriate.