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1.1 PRINCIPAL OFFICE.
The board of directors shall fix the location of the principal executive office of the corporation at any place within or outside the State of California. If the principal executive office is located outside such state, and the corporation has one or more business offices in such state, the board of directors shall fix and designate a principal business office in the State of California.
1.2 OTHER OFFICES.
The board of directors may at any time establish branch or subordinate offices at any place or places where the corporation is qualified to do business.
MEETINGS OF SHAREHOLDERS
2.1 PLACE OF MEETINGS.
Meetings of shareholders shall be held at any place within or outside the State of California designated by the board of directors. In the absence of any such destination, shareholders’ meetings shall be held at the principal executive office of the corporation.
2.2 ANNUAL MEETING.
The annual meetings of shareholders shall be held on the second Friday in May of each year at 10:00 a.m., or such other date or such other time as may be fixed by the board of directors; provided, however, that should said day fall upon a legal holiday, then any such annual meeting of shareholders shall be held at the same time and place on the next date thereafter ensuing which is not a legal holiday; provided, further, that if the board of directors wishes to set an annual meeting date by resolution, then such resolution must be passed by the board of directors not less than eighty (80) days prior to the date adopted in the resolution. At such meetings, directors shall be elected, reports of the affairs of the corporation shall be considered, and any other business may be transacted which is within the powers of the shareholders.
At an annual meeting of the shareholders, only such business shall be conducted as shall have been properly brought before the meeting. To be properly brought before an annual meeting business must be (a) specified in the notice of meeting (or any supplement thereto) given by or at the direction of the board of directors, or (b) or otherwise properly brought before the meeting by or at the direction of the board of directors, or (c) otherwise properly brought before the meeting by a shareholder. For business to be properly brought before an annual meeting by a shareholder, the shareholder must have given timely notice thereof in writing to the Secretary of the corporation. To be timely, a shareholder’s notice must be delivered or mailed and received at the principal executive offices of the corporation, not less than 40 days nor more than 60 days prior to the meeting; provided, however, that in the event that less than 50 days’ notice or prior public disclosure of the date of the meeting is given or made to shareholders, notice by the shareholder to be timely must be so received not later than the close of business of the 10th day following the day on which such notice of the date of the annual meeting was mailed or such public disclosure was made. A shareholder’s notice to the Secretary shall set forth as to each matter the shareholder proposes to bring before the annual meeting (a) a brief description of the business desired to be brought before the annual meeting and the reasons for conducting such business at the annual meeting, (b) the name and address, as they appear on the corporation’s books, of the shareholder proposing such business, (c) the class and number of the shares of the corporation which are beneficially owned by the shareholder, and (d) any material interest of the shareholder in such business. Notwithstanding anything in the by-laws to the contrary, no business shall be conducted at any annual meeting except in accordance with the procedures set forth in this Article 2.2. The Chairman of the annual meeting shall, if the facts warrant, determine and declare to the meeting that business was not properly brought before the meeting in accordance with the provisions of this Article 2.2, and if he should so determine, he shall so declare to the meeting and any such business not properly brought before the meeting shall not be transacted.
2.3 SPECIAL MEETING.
A special meeting of the shareholders may be called at any time by the board of directors, or by the chairman of the board, or by the president, or by one or more shareholders holding shares in the aggregate entitled to cast not less than ten percent (10%) of the votes at that meeting.
If a special meeting is called by any person or persons other than the board of directors, the request shall be in writing, specifying the time of such meeting and the general nature of the business proposed to be transacted, and shall be delivered personally or sent by registered mail or by telegraphic or other facsimile transmission to the chairman of the board, the president, any vice president or the secretary of the corporation. The officer receiving the request shall cause notice to be promptly given to the shareholders entitled to vote, in accordance with the provisions of Sections 2.4 and 2.5 of these by-laws, that a meeting will be held at the time requested by the person or persons calling the meeting, not less than thirty-five (35) nor more than sixty (60) days after the receipt of the request. If the notice is not given within twenty (20) days after receipt of the request, the person or persons requesting the meeting may give the notice. Nothing contained in this paragraph of this Section 2.3 shall be construed as limiting, fixing or affecting the time when a meeting of shareholders called by action of the board of directors may be held.
2.4 NOTICE OF SHAREHOLDERS’ MEETINGS.
All notices of meetings of shareholders shall be sent, or otherwise given in accordance with Section 2.5 of these by-laws, not less than ten (10) nor more than sixty (60) days before the date of the meeting to each shareholder entitled to vote thereat. The notice shall specify the place, date, and hour of the meeting.
In the case of a special meeting the notice shall specify the general nature of the business to be transacted and no other business may be transacted at said meeting.
In the case of the annual meeting the notice shall specify those matters which the board of directors, at the time of the mailing of the notice, intends to present for action by the shareholders, but any proper matter may be presented at the meeting. The notice shall also state the general nature of the business or proposal to be considered or acted upon at such meeting before action may be taken at such meeting for approval of (i) any transaction governed by Section 310 of the California Corporations Code including a proposal to enter into a contract or other transaction between the corporation and one or more of its directors, or between the corporation and any corporation, firm, or association in which one or more of the corporation’s directors has a material financial interest or in which one or more of its directors are directors; or (ii) a proposal to amend the articles of incorporation in any manner other than may be accomplished by the board of directors alone as permitted by subsections (b) through (d) of Section 902 of that Code; or (iii) a proposal to reorganize the corporation under Section 1201 of that Code; or (iv) a proposal to wind up and dissolve the corporation under Section 1900 of that Code; or (v) if the corporation is in the process of winding up and has both preferred and common shares outstanding, a proposal for a plan of distribution of the shares, obligations, or security of any other corporation, domestic or foreign, or assets other than money which is not in accordance with the liquidation rights of the preferred shares as specified in the articles of incorporation of this corporation.
The notice of any meeting at which directors are to be elected shall include the name of any candidates intended at the time of the notice to be presented by the board of directors for election. Shareholders who intend to present their own slate of candidates must give notice to the board of directors of the name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of such candidate(s) not less than seventy (70) days prior to the meeting date as set forth in these by-laws or by resolution of the board. Only nominees approved by the board of directors will be included on the proxy statement and proxy solicited by the board of directors. Notice shall be deemed submitted to the board if it is delivered to the Secretary of the corporation personally or by first-class mail, by telegraph, facsimile, or other form of written communication, charges prepaid, addressed to the corporation’s principal executive office. Notice shall be deemed to have been given at the time delivered personally, deposited in the mail, delivered to a common carrier for transmission to the recipient, or actually transmitted by facsimile or electronic means to the recipient by the person giving the notice.
2.5 MANNER OF GIVING NOTICE; AFFIDAVIT OF NOTICE.
Notice of any meeting of shareholders shall be given either personally or by first-class mail or telegraphic or other written communication, charges prepaid, addressed to the shareholder at the address of that shareholder appearing on the books of the corporation or given by the shareholder to the corporation for the purpose of notice. If no such address appears on the corporation’s books or is given, notice shall be deemed to have been given if sent to that shareholder by first-class mail or telegraphic or other written communication to the corporation’s principal executive office, or if published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where that office is located. Notice shall be deemed to have been given at the time when delivered personally or deposited in the mail or sent by telegram or other means of written communication.
If any notice addressed to a shareholder at the address of that shareholder appearing on the books of the corporation is returned to the corporation by the United States Postal Service marked to indicate that the United States Postal Service is unable to deliver the notice to the shareholder at that address, all future notices or reports shall be deemed to have been duly given without further mailing if the same shall be available to the shareholder on written demand of the shareholder at the principal executive office of the corporation for a period of one (1) year from the date of the giving of the notice.
An affidavit of the mailing or other means of giving any notice of any shareholders’ meeting, executed by the secretary, assistant secretary or any transfer agent of the corporation giving the notice, shall be PRIMA FACIE evidence of the giving of such notice.
The presence in person or by proxy of the holders of a majority of the shares entitled to vote there at constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business at all meetings of shareholders. The shareholders present at a duly called or held meeting at which a quorum is present may continue to do business until adjournment, notwithstanding the withdrawal of enough shareholders to leave less than a quorum, if any action taken (other than adjournment) is approved by at least a majority of the shares required to constitute a quorum.
2.7 ADJOURNED MEETING; NOTICE.
Any shareholders’ meeting, annual or special, whether or not a quorum is present, may be adjourned from time to time by the vote of the majority of the shares represented at that meeting, either in person or by proxy, but in the absence of a quorum, no other business may be transacted at that meeting, except as provided in Section 2.6 of these by-laws.
When any meeting of shareholders, either annual or special, is adjourned to another time or place, notice need not be given of the adjourned meeting if the time and place are announced at the meeting at which the adjournment is taken, unless a new record date for the adjourned meeting is fixed, or unless the adjournment is for more than forty-five (45) days from the date set for the original meeting, in which case notice of the adjourned meeting shall be given. Notice of any such adjourned meeting shall be given to each shareholder of record entitled to vote at the adjourned meeting in accordance with the provisions of Sections 2.4 and 2.5 of these by-laws. At any adjourned meeting the corporation may transact any business which might have been transacted at the original meeting.
The shareholders entitled to vote at any meeting of shareholders shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.11 of these by-laws, subject to the provisions of Sections 702 to 704, inclusive, of the Code (relating to voting shares held by a fiduciary, in the name of a corporation or in joint ownership).
The shareholders’ vote may be by voice vote or by ballot; provided, however, that any election for directors must be by ballot if demanded by any shareholder before the voting has begun.
On any matter other than the election of directors, any shareholder may vote part of the shares in favor of the proposal and refrain from voting the remaining shares or vote them against the proposal, but, if the shareholder fails to specify the number of shares which the shareholder is voting affirmatively, it will be conclusively presumed that the shareholder’s approving vote is with respect to all shares which the shareholder is entitled to vote.
If a quorum is present, the affirmative vote of the majority of the shares represented and voting at a duly-held meeting (which shares voting affirmatively also constitute at least a majority of the required quorum) shall be the act of the shareholders, unless the vote of a greater number, or voting by classes, is required by the Code or by the articles of incorporation.
At a shareholders’ meeting at which directors are to be elected, no shareholder shall be entitled to cumulate votes (i.e. cast for any candidate a number of votes greater than the number of votes which such shareholder normally is entitled to cast) unless the candidates’ names have been placed in nomination prior to commencement of the voting and a shareholder has given notice prior to commencement of the voting of the shareholder’s intention to cumulate votes. If any shareholder has given such a notice, then every shareholder entitled to vote may cumulate votes for candidates placed in nomination and give one candidate a number of votes equal to the number of directors to be elected multiplied by the number of votes to which that shareholder’s shares are entitled, or distribute the shareholder’s votes on the same principle among any or all of the candidates, as the shareholder thinks fit. The candidates receiving the highest number of votes, up to the number of directors to be elected, shall be elected.
2.9 VALIDATION OF MEETINGS: WAIVER OF NOTICE; CONSENT.
The transactions of any meeting of shareholders, either annual or special, however called and noticed, and wherever held, shall be as valid as though had at a meeting duly held after regular call and notice, if a quorum be present either in person or by proxy, and if, either before or after the meeting, each person entitled to vote, who was not present in person or by proxy, signs a written waiver of notice or a consent to the holding of the meeting or an approval of the minutes thereof. The waiver of notice or consent need not specify either the business to be transacted or the purpose of any annual or special meeting of shareholders, except that if action is taken or proposed to be taken for approval of any of those matters specified in Section 2.4 of these by-laws, the waiver of notice or consent shall state the general nature of the proposal. All such waivers, consents and approvals shall be filed with the corporate records or made a part of the minutes of the meeting.
Attendance by a person at a meeting shall also constitute a waiver of notice of that meeting, except when the person objects, at the beginning of the meeting, to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened, and except that attendance at a meeting is not a waiver of any right to object to the consideration of a matter not included in the notice of the meeting, if that objection is expressly made at the meeting.
2.10 SHAREHOLDER ACTION BY WRITTEN CONSENT WITHOUT A MEETING.
Any action which may be taken at any annual or special meeting of shareholders may be taken without a meeting and without prior notice, if a consent in writing, setting forth the action so taken, is signed by the holders of outstanding shares having not less than the minimum number of votes that would be necessary to authorize or take that action at a meeting at which all shares entitled to vote on that action were present and voted.
In the case of election of directors, such a consent shall be effective only if signed by the holders of all outstanding shares entitled to vote for the election of directors.
All such consents shall be maintained in the corporate records. Any shareholder giving a written consent, or the shareholder’s proxy holders, or a transferee of the shares, or a personal representative of the shareholder, or their respective proxy holders, may revoke the consent by a writing received by the secretary of the corporation before written consents of the number of shares required to authorize the proposed action have been filed with the secretary.
If the consents of all shareholders entitled to vote have not been solicited in writing, and if the unanimous written consent of all such shareholders shall not have been received, the secretary shall give prompt notice of the corporate action approved by the shareholders without a meeting. Such notice shall be given in the manner specified in Section 2.5 of these by-laws. In the case of approval of (i) a contract or transaction in which a director has a direct or indirect financial interest, pursuant to Section 310 of the Code, (ii) indemnification of a corporate “agent”, pursuant to Section 317 of the Code, (iii) a reorganization of the corporation, pursuant to Section 1201 of the Code, and (iv) a distribution in dissolution other than in accordance with the rights of outstanding preferred shares, pursuant to Section 2007 of the Code, the notice shall be given at least ten (10) days before the consummation of any action authorized by that approval.
2.11 RECORD DATE FOR SHAREHOLDER NOTICE, VOTING AND GIVING CONSENTS.
For purposes of determining the shareholders entitled to notice of any meeting or to vote thereat or entitled to give consent to corporate action without a meeting, the board of directors may fix, in advance, a record date, which shall not be more than sixty (60) days nor less than ten (10) days before the date of any such meeting nor more than sixty (60) days before any such action without a meeting, and in such event only shareholders of record on the date so fixed are entitled to notice and to vote or to give consents, as the case may be, notwithstanding any transfer of any shares on the books of the corporation after the record date, except as otherwise provided in the Code.
If the board of directors does not so fix a record date:
- the record date for determining shareholders entitled to notice of or to vote at a meeting of shareholders shall be at the close of business on the business day next preceding the day on which notice is given or, if notice is waived, at the close of business on the business day next preceding the day on which the meeting is held; and
- the record date for determining shareholders entitled to give consent to corporate action in writing without a meeting, (i) when no prior action by the board has been taken, shall be the day on which the first written consent is given or (ii) when prior action by the board has been taken, shall be the day on which the board adopts the resolution relating to that action, or the sixtieth (60th) day before the date of such other action, whichever is later.
The record date for any other purpose shall be as provided in Article VIII of these by-laws.
Every person entitled to vote for directors, or on any other matter, shall have the right to do so either in person or by one or more agents authorized by a written proxy signed by the person and filed with the secretary of the corporation. A proxy shall be deemed signed if the shareholder’s name is placed on the proxy whether by manual signature, typewriting, telegraphic transmission or otherwise) by the shareholder or the shareholder’s attorney-in-fact. A validly executed proxy which does not state that it is irrevocable shall continue in full force and effect unless (i) revoked by the person executing it, before the vote pursuant to that proxy, by a writing delivered to the corporation stating that the proxy is revoked, or by a subsequent proxy executed by the person executing the prior proxy and presented to the meeting, or as to any meeting by attendance at such meeting and voting in person by the person executing the proxy or (ii) written notice of the death or incapacity of the maker of that proxy is received by the corporation before the vote pursuant to that proxy is counted; provided, however, that no proxy shall be valid after the expiration of eleven (11) months from the date of the proxy, unless otherwise provided in the proxy. The revocability of a proxy that states on its face that it is irrevocable shall be governed by the provisions of Sections 705(e) and 705(f) of the Code.
2.13 INSPECTORS OF ELECTION.
Before any meeting of shareholders, the board of directors may appoint an inspector or inspectors of election to act at the meeting or its adjournment. If no inspector of election is so appointed, the chairman of the meeting may, and on the request of any shareholder or a shareholder’s proxy shall, appoint an inspector or inspectors of election to act at the meeting. The number of inspectors shall be either one (1) or three (3). If inspectors are appointed at a meeting pursuant to the request of one (1) or more shareholders or proxies, the holders of a majority of shares or their proxies present at the meeting shall determine whether one (1) or three (3) inspectors are to be appointed. If any person appointed as inspector fails to appear or fails or refuses to act, the chairman of the meeting may, and upon the request of any shareholder or a shareholder’s proxy, shall, appoint a person to fill that vacancy.
Such inspectors shall:
- Determine the number of shares outstanding and the voting power of each of the number of shares represented at the meeting, the existence of a quorum, and the authenticity, validity and effect of proxies;
- Receive votes, ballots or consents;
- Hear and determine all challenges and questions in any way arising relating to the right to vote;
- Count and tabulate all votes or consents;
- Determine when the polls shall close;
- Determine the result; and
- Do any other acts that may be proper to conduct the election or vote with fairness to all shareholders.
Subject to the provisions of the Code and any limitations in the articles of incorporation and these by-laws relating to action required to be approved by the shareholders or by the outstanding shares, the business and affairs of the corporation shall be managed and all corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the direction of the board of directors.
Any director may resign effective on giving written notice to the chairman of the board, the president, the secretary or the board of directors, unless the notice specifies a later time for that resignation to become effective. If the resignation of a director is effective at a future time, the board of directors may elect a successor to take office when the resignation becomes effective.
No reduction of the authorized number of directors shall have the effect of removing any director before that director’s term of office expires.
3.2 NUMBER AND QUALIFICATION OF DIRECTORS.
The authorized number of directors shall be not less than five (5) not more than nine (9) with the exact number of directors to be fixed, within the limited specified, by approval of the board or the shareholders in the manner provided in the by-laws and section 204(a) of the California Corporations Code.
3.3 ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICE OF DIRECTORS.
Directors shall be elected at each annual meeting of shareholders to hold office until the next such annual meeting. Each director, including a director elected to fill a vacancy, shall hold office until the expiration of the term for which elected and until a successor has been elected and qualified.
Vacancies in the board of directors may be filled by a majority of the remaining directors, though less than a quorum, or by a sole remaining director, except that a vacancy created by the removal of a director by the vote or written consent of the shareholders or by court order may be filled only by the vote of a majority of the outstanding shares entitled to vote thereon represented at a duly held meeting at which a quorum is present, or by the unanimous written consent of all shares entitled to vote thereon. Each director so elected shall hold office until the next annual meeting of the shareholders and until a successor has been elected and qualified.
A vacancy or vacancies in the board of directors shall be deemed to exist in the event of the death, resignation or removal of any director, or if the board of directors by resolution declares vacant the office of a director who has been declared of unsound mind by an order of court or convicted of a felony, or if the authorized number of directors is increased, or if the shareholders fail, at any meeting of shareholders at which any director or directors are elected, to elect the number of directors to be elected at that meeting.
The shareholders may elect a director or directors at any time to fill any vacancy or vacancies not filled by the directors, but any such election other than to fill a vacancy created by removal, if by written consent, shall require the consent of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares entitled to vote thereon.
3.5 PLACE OF MEETINGS; MEETINGS BY TELEPHONE.
Regular meetings of the board of directors may be held at any place within or outside the State of California that has been designated from time to time by resolution of the board. In the absence of such a designation, regular meetings shall be held at the principal executive office of the corporation. Special meetings of the board may be held at any place within or outside the State of California that has been designated in the notice of the meeting or, if not stated in the notice or if there is no notice, at the principal executive office of the corporation.
Any meeting, regular or special, may be held by conference telephone or similar communication equipment, so long as all directors participating in the meeting can hear one another; and all such directors shall be deemed to be present in person at the meeting.
3.6 REGULAR MEETINGS.
Regular meetings of the board of directors may be held without notice if the times of such meetings are fixed by the board of directors.
3.7 SPECIAL MEETINGS.
Special meetings of the board of directors for any purpose or purposes may be called at any time by the chairman of the board, the president, any vice president, the secretary or any two directors.
Notice of the time and place of special meetings shall be delivered personally or by telephone to each director or sent by first-class mail or telegram, charges prepaid, addressed to each director at that director’s address as it is shown on the records of the corporation. If the notice is mailed, it shall be deposited in the United States mail at least four (4) days before the time of the holding of the meeting. If the notice is delivered personally, or by telephone, including a system or technology designed to record and communicate messages, telegraph, facsimile, electronic mail, or other electronic means, it shall be delivered personally or by telephone, including a system or technology designed to record and communicate messages, facsimile, electronic mail, or other electronic means or to the telegraph company at least forty-eight (48) hours before the time of the holding of the meeting. Any oral notice given personally or by telephone may be communicated either to the director or to a person at the office of the director who the person giving the notice has reason to believe will promptly communicate it to the director. The notice need not specify the purpose or the place of the meeting, if the meeting is to be held at the principal executive office of the corporation.
A majority of the authorized number of directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, except to adjourn as provided in Section 3.10 of these by-laws. Every act or decision done or made by a majority of the directors present at a duly held meeting at which a quorums present shall be regarded as the act of the board of directors, subject to the provisions of Section 310 of the Code (as to approval of contracts or transactions in which a director has a direct or indirect material financial interest), Section 311 of the Code (as to appointment of committees) and Section 317(e) of the Code (as to indemnification of directors).
A meeting at which a quorum is initially present may continue to transact business notwithstanding the withdrawal of directors, if any action taken is approved by at least a majority of the required quorum for that meeting.
3.9 WAIVER OF NOTICE.
The transactions of any meeting of the board of directors, however called and noticed or wherever held, shall be as valid as though had at a meeting duly held after regular call and notice if a quorum is present and if, either before or after the meeting, each of the directors not present signs a written waiver of notice, a consent to holding the meeting or an approval of the minutes thereof. The waiver of notice or consent need not specify the purpose of the meeting. All such waivers, consents and approvals shall be filed with the corporate records or made a part of the minutes of the meeting. Notice of a meeting shall also be deemed given to any director who attends the meeting without protesting, before or at its commencement, the lack of notice to that director.
A majority of the directors present, whether or not constituting a quorum, may adjourn any meeting to another time and place.
3.11 NOTICE OF ADJOURNMENT.
Notice of the time and place of holding an adjourned meeting need not be given, unless the meeting is adjourned for more than twenty-four (24) hours, in which case notice of the time and place shall be given before the time of the adjourned meeting, in the manner specified in Section 3.7 of these by-laws, to the directors who were not present at the time of the adjournment.
3.12 ACTION WITHOUT MEETING.
Any action required or permitted to be taken by the board of directors may be taken without a meeting, if all members of the board shall individually or collectively consent in writing to that action. Such action by written consent shall have the same force and effect as a unanimous vote of the board of directors. Such written consent and any counterparts thereof shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the board.
3.13 FEES AND COMPENSATION OF DIRECT0RS.
Directors and members of committees may receive such compensation, if any, for their services, and such reimbursement of expenses, as may be fixed or determined by resolution of the board of directors. This Section 3.13 shall not be construed to preclude any director from serving the corporation in any other capacity as an officer, agent, employee or otherwise and receiving compensation for those services.
4.1 COMMITTEES OF DIRECTORS.
The board of directors may, by resolution adopted by a majority of the authorized number of directors, designate one (1) or more committees, each consisting of two or more directors, to serve at the pleasure of the board. The board may designate one (1) or more directors as alternate members of any committee, who may replace any absent member at any meeting of the committee. The appointment of members or alternate members of a committee requires the vote of a majority of the authorized number of directors. Any committee, to the extent provided in the resolution of the board, shall have all the authority of the board, except with respect to:
- the approval of any action which, under the Code, also requires shareholders’ approval or approval of the outstanding shares;
- the filling of vacancies in the board of directors or in any committee;
- the fixing of compensation of the directors for serving on the board or any committee;
- the amendment or repeal of these by-laws or the adoption of new by-laws;
- the amendment or repeal of any resolution of the board of directors which by its express terms is not so amendable or repealable;
- a distribution to the shareholders of the corporation, except at a rate or in a periodic amount or within a price range determined by the board of directors; or
- the appointment of any other committees of the board of directors or the members of such committees.
4.2 MEETINGS AND ACTION OF COMMITTEES.
Meetings and actions of committees shall be governed by, and held and taken in accordance with, the provisions of Article III of these by-laws, Section 3.5 (place of meetings), Section 3.6 (regular meetings), Section 3.7 (special meetings and notice), Section 3.8 (quorum), Section 3.9 (waiver of notice), Section 3.10 (adjournment), Section 3.11 (notice of adjournment) and Section 3.12 (action without meeting), with such changes in the context of those by-laws as are necessary to substitute the committee and its members for the board of directors and its members, except that the time of regular meetings of committees may be determined either by resolution of the board of directors or by resolution of the committee; special meetings of committees may also be called by resolution of the board of directors; and notice of special meetings of committees shall also be given to all alternate members, who shall have the right to attend all meetings of the committee. The board of directors may adopt rules for the government of any committee not inconsistent with the provisions of these by-laws.
The officers of the corporation shall be a president, a secretary, and a chief financial officer. The corporation may also have, at the discretion of the board of directors, a chairman of the board, one or more vice presidents, one or more assistant secretaries, one or more assistant treasurers, and such other officers as may be appointed in accordance with the provisions of Section 5.3 of these by-laws. Any number of offices may be held by the same person.
5.2 ELECTION OF OFFICERS.
The officers of the corporation, except such officers as may be appointed in accordance with the provisions of Section 5.3 or Section 5.5 of these by-laws, shall be chosen by the board, subject to the rights, if any, of an officer under any contract of employment.
5.3 SUBORDINATE OFFICERS.
The board of directors may appoint, or may empower the president to appoint, such other officers as the business of the corporation may require, each of whom shall hold office for such period, have such authority and perform such duties as are provided in these by-laws or as the board of directors may from time to time determine.
5.4 REMOVAL AND RESIGNATION OF OFFICERS.
Subject to the rights, if any, of an officer under any contract of employment, any officer may be removed, either with or without cause, by the board of directors at any regular or special meeting of the board or, except in case of an officer chosen by the board of directors, by any officer upon whom such power of removal may be conferred by the board of directors.
Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the corporation. Any resignation shall take effect at the date of the receipt of that notice or at any later time specified in that notice; and, unless otherwise specified in that notice, the acceptance of the resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective. Any resignation is without prejudice to the rights, if any, of the corporation under any contact to which the officer is a party.
5.5 VACANCIES IN OFFICES.
A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification or any other cause shall be filled in the manner prescribed in these by-laws for regular appointments to that office.
5.6 CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD.
The chairman of the board, if such an officer be elected, shall, if present, preside at meetings of the board of directors and exercise and perform such other powers and duties as may be from time to time assigned to him by the board of directors or prescribed by these by-laws. If there is no president, the chairman of the board shall also be the chief executive officer of the corporation and shall have the powers and duties prescribed in Section 5.7 of these by-laws.
Subject to such supervisory powers, if any, as may be given by the board of directors to the chairman of the board, if there be such an officer, the president shall be the chief executive officer of the corporation and shall, subject to the control of the board of directors, have general supervision, direction and control of the business and the officers of the corporation. He shall preside at all meetings of the shareholders and, in the absence of the chairman of the board, or if there be none, at all meetings of the board of directors. He shall have the general powers and duties of management usually vested in the office of president of a corporation, and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the board of directors or these by-laws.
5.8 VICE PRESIDENTS.
In the absence or disability of the president, the vice presidents, if any, in order of their rank as fixed by the board of directors or, if not ranked, a vice president designated by the board of directors, shall perform all the duties of the president and when so acting shall have all the powers of, and be subject to all the restrictions upon, the president. The vice presidents shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed for them respectively by the board of directors, these by-laws, the president or the chairman of the board.
The secretary shall keep or cause to be kept, at the principal executive office of the corporation, or such other place as the board of directors may direct, a book of minutes of all meetings and actions of directors, committees of directors, and shareholders, with the time and place of holding, whether regular or special (and, if special, how authorized and the notice given), the names of those present at directors’ meetings or committee meetings, the number of shares present or represented at shareholders’ meetings, and the proceedings thereof.
The secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, at the principal executive office of the corporation or at the office of the corporation’s transfer agent or registrar, as determined by resolution of the board of directors, a share register, or a duplicate share register, showing the names of all shareholders and their addresses, the number and classes of shares held by each, the number and date of certificates evidencing such shares, and the number and date of cancellation of every certificate surrendered for cancellation.
The secretary shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the shareholders and of the board of directors required by these by-laws or by law to be given, and he shall keep the seal of the corporation, if one be adopted, in safe custody and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the board of directors or by these by-laws.
5.10 CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER.
The chief financial officer shall keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained, adequate and correct books and records of accounts of the properties and business transactions of the corporation, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, losses, capital, retained earnings, and shares. The books of account shall at all reasonable times be open to inspection by any director.
The chief financial officer shall deposit all money and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the corporation with such depositaries as may be designated by the board of directors. He shall disburse the funds of the corporation as may be ordered by the board of directors, shall render to the president and directors, whenever they request it, an account of all of his transactions as chief financial officer and of the financial condition of the corporation, and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the board of directors or these by-laws.
INDEMNIFICATION OF DIRECTORS, AND OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES AND OTHER AGENTS
The corporation shall, to the maximum extent and in the manner permitted by the Code, indemnify each of its agents against expenses, judgments, fines, settlements and other amounts actually and reasonably incurred in connection with any proceeding arising by reason of the fact any such person is or was an agent of the corporation. For purposes of this Article VI, an “agent” of the corporation includes any person who is or was a director, officer, employee or other agent of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, or was a director, officer, employee or agent of a corporation which was a predecessor corporation of the corporation or of another enterprise at the request of such predecessor corporation.
RECORDS AND REPORTS
7.1 MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF SHARE REGISTER.
The corporation shall keep at its principal executive office, or at the office of its transfer agent or registrar, if either be appointed and as determined by resolution of the board of directors, a record of its shareholders, giving the names and addresses of all shareholders and the number and class of shares held by each shareholder.
A shareholder or shareholders of the corporation holding at least five percent (5%) in the aggregate of the outstanding voting shares of the corporation or who holds at least one percent (1%) of such voting shares and has filed a Schedule 14B with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the election of directors, may (i) inspect and copy the records of shareholders’ names and addresses and shareholdings during usual business hours on five (5) days’ prior written demand on the corporation, (ii) obtain from the transfer agent of the corporation, on written demand and on the tender of such transfer agent’s usual charges for such list, a list of the names and addresses of the shareholders who are entitled to vote for the election of directors, and their shareholdings, as of the most recent record date for which that list has been compiled or as of a date specified by the shareholder after the date of demand. Such list shall be made available to any such shareholder by the transfer agent on or before the later of five (5) days after the demand is received or five (5) days after the date specified in the demand as the date as of which the list is to be compiled.
The record of shareholders shall also be open to inspection on the written demand of any shareholder or holder of a voting trust certificate, at any time during usual business hours, for a purpose reasonably related to the holder’s interests as a shareholder or as the holder of a voting trust certificate.
Any inspection and copying under this Section 7.1 may be made in person or by an agent or attorney of the shareholder or holder of a voting trust certificate making the demand.
7.2 MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF BY-LAWS.
The corporation shall keep at its principal executive office, or if its principal executive office is not in the State of California, at its principal business office in such state, the original or a copy of these by-laws as amended to date, which by-laws shall be open to inspection by the shareholders at all reasonable times during office hours. If the principal executive office of the corporation is outside the State of California and the corporation has no principal business office in such state, the secretary shall, upon the written request of any shareholder, furnish to that shareholder a copy of these by-laws as amended to date.
7.3 MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF OTHER CORPORATE RECORDS.
The accounting books and records, and the minutes of proceedings of the shareholders and the board of directors and any committee or committees of the board of directors, shall be kept at such place or places designated by the board of directors or, in absence of such designation, at the principal executive office of the corporation. The minutes shall be kept in written form and the accounting books and records shall be kept either in written form or in any other form capable of being converted into written form.
The minutes and accounting books and records shall be open to inspection upon the written demand of any shareholder or holder of a voting trust certificate, at any reasonable time during usual business hours, for a purpose reasonably related to the holder’s interests as a shareholder or as the holder of a voting trust certificate. The inspection may be made in person or by an agent or attorney, and shall include the right to copy and make extracts. Such rights of inspection shall extend to the records of each subsidiary corporation of the corporation.
7.4 INSPECTION BY DIRECTORS.
Every director shall have the absolute right at any reasonable time to inspect all books, records and documents of every kind and the physical properties of the corporation and each of its subsidiary corporations. Such inspection by a director may be made in person or by an agent or attorney, and the right of inspection includes the right to copy and make extracts of documents.
7.5 ANNUAL REPORT TO SHAREHOLDERS; WAIVER.
The board of directors shall cause an annual report to be sent to the shareholders not later than one hundred twenty (120) days after the close of the fiscal year adopted by the corporation. Such report shall be sent at least fifteen (15) days before the annual meeting of shareholders to be held during the next fiscal year and in the manner specified in Section 2.5 of these by-laws for giving notice to shareholders of the corporation.
The annual report shall contain a balance sheet as of the end of the fiscal year and an income statement and statement of changes in financial position for the fiscal year, accompanied by any report of independent accountants or, if there is no such report, the certificate of an authorized officer of the corporation that the statements were prepared without audit from the books and records of the corporation.
The foregoing requirement of an annual report shall be waived so long as the shares of the corporation are held by less than one hundred (100) holders of record.
7.6 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.
A copy of any annual financial statement and any income statement of the corporation for each quarterly period of each fiscal year, and any accompanying balance sheet of the corporation as of the end of each such period, that has been prepared by the corporation shall be kept on file in the principal executive office of the corporation for twelve (12) months; and each such statement shall be exhibited at all reasonable times to any shareholder demanding an examination of any such statement or a copy shall be mailed to any such shareholder.
If a shareholder or shareholders holding at least five percent (5%) of the outstanding shares of any class of stock of the corporation makes a written request to the corporation for an income statement of the corporation for the three-month, six-month or nine-month period of the then current fiscal year ended more than thirty (30) days before the date of the request, and for a balance sheet of the corporation as of the end of that period, the chief financial officer shall cause that statement to be prepared, if not already prepared, and shall deliver personally or mail that statement or statements to the person making the request within thirty (30) days after the receipt of the request. If the corporation has not sent to the shareholders its annual report for the last fiscal year, such report shall likewise be delivered or mailed to the shareholder or shareholders within thirty (30) days after the request.
The corporation shall also, on the written request of any shareholder, mail to the shareholder a copy of the last annual, semi-annual or quarterly income statement which it has prepared, and a balance sheet as of the end of that period.
The quarterly income statements and balance sheets referred to in this section shall be accompanied by the report, if any, of any independent accountants engaged by the corporation or the certificate of an authorized officer of the corporation that the financial statements were prepared without audit from the books and records of the corporation.
8.1 RECORD DATE FOR PURPOSES OTHER THAN NOTICE AND VOTING.
For purposes of determining the shareholders entitled to receive payment of any dividend or other distribution or allotment of any rights or entitled to exercise any rights in respect of any other lawful action (other than action by shareholders by written consent without a meeting), the board of directors may fix, in advance, a record date, which shall not be more than sixty (60) days before any such action, and in that case only shareholders of record at the close of business on the date so fixed are entitled to receive the dividend, distribution or allotment of rights, or to exercise such rights, as the case may be, notwithstanding any transfer of any shares on the books of the corporation after the record date so fixed, except as otherwise provided in the Code.
If the board of directors does not so fix a record date, the record date for determining shareholders for any such purpose shall be at the close of business on the day on which the board adopts the applicable resolution or the sixtieth (60th) day before the date of that action, whichever is later.
8.2 CHECKS, DRAFTS, EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS.
All checks, drafts, or other orders for payment of money, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness, issued in the name of or payable to the corporation, shall be signed or endorsed by such person or persons and in such manner as, from time to time, shall be determined by resolution of the board of directors.
8.3 CORPORATE CONTRACTS AND INSTRUMENTS: HOW EXECUTED.
The board of directors, except as otherwise provided in these by-laws, may authorize any officer or officers, or agent or agents, to enter into any contract or execute any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the corporation, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances; and, unless so authorized or ratified by the board of directors or within the agency power of an officer, no officer, agent or employee shall have any power or authority to bind the corporation by any contract or engagement or to pledge its credit or to render it liable for any purpose or for any amount.
8.4 CERTIFICATES FOR SHARES.
A certificate or certificates for shares of the corporation shall be issued to each shareholder when any of such shares are fully paid, and the board of directors may authorize the issuance of certificates or shares as partly paid provided that these certificates shall state the amount of the consideration to be paid for them and the amount paid. All certificates shall be signed in the name of the corporation by the chairman of the board or vice chairman of the board or the president or a vice president and by the chief financial officer or an assistant treasurer or the secretary or an assistant secretary, certifying the number of shares and the class or series of shares owned by the shareholder. Any or all of the signatures on the certificate may be by facsimile.
In case any officer, transfer agent or registrar who has signed or whose facsimile signature has been placed on a certificate shall have ceased to be that officer, transfer agent or registrar before that certificate is issued, it may be issued by the corporation with the same effect as if that person were an officer, transfer agent or registrar at the date of issue.
8.5 LOST CERTIFICATES.
Except as provided in this Section 8.5, no new certificates for shares shall be issued to replace a previously issued certificate unless the latter is surrendered to the corporation and cancelled at the same time. The board of directors may, in case any share certificate or certificate for any other security is lost, stolen or destroyed, authorize the issuance of replacement certificates on such terms and conditions as the board may require, including provision for indemnification of the corporation secured by a bond or other adequate security sufficient to protect the corporation against any claim that may be made against it, including any expense or liability, on account of the alleged loss, theft or destruction of the certificate or the issuance of the replacement certificate.
8.6 CONSTRUCTION AND DEFINITIONS.
Unless the context requires otherwise, the general provisions, rules of construction and definitions in the Code shall govern the construction of these by-laws. Without limiting the generality of this provision, the singular number includes the plural, the plural number includes the singular, and the term “person” includes both a corporation and a natural person.
9.1 AMENDMENT BY SHAREHOLDERS.
New by-laws may be adopted or these by-laws may be amended or repealed by the vote or written consent of holders of a majority of the outstanding shares entitled to vote; provided, however, that if the articles of incorporation of the corporation set forth the number of authorized directors of the corporation, the authorized number of directors may be changed only by an amendment as required by applicable law.
9.2 AMENDMENT BY DIRECTORS.
Subject to the rights of the shareholders as provided in Section 9.1 of these by-laws, by-laws, other than a by-law or an amendment of a by-law changing the authorized number of directors (except to fix the authorized number of directors pursuant to a by-law providing for a variable number of directors), may be adopted, amended, or repealed by the board of directors.
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CODE OF ETHICS
DPW Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), strives to apply high ethical, moral and legal principles in every aspect of its business conduct. This Code of Business Conduct and Ethics is a guide for all Company personnel consisting of officers, employees and directors.
This Code applies to all Company personnel, and is addressed to each employee and director individually. It sets forth broad ethical principles that the Company has established for the conduct of its business, and outlines certain key legal requirements of which all Company personnel must be aware and with which all Company personnel must comply. This Code is not intended to cover every issue that may arise, and in the course of performing their duties and responsibilities for the Company, all personnel should act with these principles in mind and should use good judgment and common sense at all times.
This Code is designed to deter wrongdoing and promote the following:
- Honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest;
- Avoidance of conflicts of interest, including disclosure to an appropriate Company representative of any material transaction or relationship that reasonably could be expected to give rise to such a conflict;
- Full, fair, accurate, timely, and understandable disclosure in reports and documents that the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and in other public communications made by the Company;
- Compliance with applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations;
- protection of Company assets, including corporate opportunities and confidential information;
- Prompt internal reporting of violations of this Code to an appropriate person; and
- Accountability for adherence to this Code.
Each director, officer and employee must act with integrity and observe the highest ethical standards of business conduct in his or her dealings with the Company’s customers, suppliers, partners, service providers, competitors, employees and anyone else with whom he or she has contact in the course of performing his or her job.
Company personnel who violate the standards contained in this Code will be subject to disciplinary action, possibly including termination of employment.
1. DEFINITION OF TERMS USED
- “Business Associate” means any supplier of services or materials, customer, consultant, professional advisor, lessor of space or goods, tenant, licensor, licensee or partner of the Company.
- “Company” includes DPW Holdings, Inc. and each of its subsidiaries and affiliated business entities.
- “Insider” means any officer, director or employee of the Company.
- “Family Members” means as to a specific Insider, his or her Immediate Family Members and any company, partnership, limited liability company, trust or other entity that is directly or indirectly controlled by that Insider or by any Immediate Family Member of that Insider.
- “Immediate Family Member” includes the spouse (or life partner) and children of an Insider and any relative (by blood or marriage) of that Insider or spouse (or life partner) residing in the same household as such Insider.
- “Compliance Officer” shall mean the Chief Financial Officer of the Company.
2. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
A “conflict of interest” exists when an individual’s private interest (or the interest of a member of his or her family) interferes with or appears to interfere with the interests of the Company. A conflict of interest can arise when the individual (or a member of his or her family) acts or has interests that may make it difficult for him or her to objectively and effectively perform his or her work for the Company. Conflicts of interest also can arise when the individual, or a member of his or her family, receives improper personal benefits because of his or her position in the Company.
Unless approved by the Board, neither you nor any member of your immediate family can acquire a financial interest in, or accept employment with, an entity doing business with the Company if the interest or employment could conflict with your duties to the Company and the performance of such duties. For example, it is usually a conflict of interest for Company personnel to work simultaneously for a competitor, customer or supplier. Also, you cannot work for a competitor as an employee, consultant or board member.
Loans by the Company to, or guarantees by the Company of obligations of, employees or their family members are of special concern and could constitute improper personal benefits to the recipients of such loans or guarantees, depending on the facts and circumstances. Loans by the Company to, or guarantees by the Company of obligations of, any director or executive officer or their family members are expressly prohibited.
In addition, you and your immediate family members cannot accept material gifts or favors that could create the appearance that your business judgment could be affected by the receipt of such gifts or favors. You and members of your immediate family, however, can accept gifts of nominal value from existing sources, prospective sources or persons, firms or companies with whom the Company does or might do business.
The purpose of business entertainment and gifts in a commercial setting is to create good will and sound working relationships, not to gain unfair advantage with customers. You cannot offer gifts or favors to any employee, or a member of the employee’s immediate family, of a competitor, supplier or customer if the gifts or favors might place the recipient under any obligation to you or to the Company.
Conflicts of interest are prohibited as a matter of Company policy. You are required to bring any conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest to the attention of your immediate supervisor, the Compliance Officer or other appropriate person as described in Section 17. Conflicts of interest may not always be apparent, so if you have a question regarding whether a particular situation is a conflict of interest, you should consult with your immediate supervisor or contact the Compliance Officer. Executive officers or members of the Board should consult with the Chair or another member of the Audit Committee of the Board, which consists entirely of outside, independent directors.
3. CORPORATE OPPORTUNITIES
All directors, officers and employees owe a duty to the Company to advance its interests when the opportunity arises. Directors, officers and employees are prohibited from taking for themselves personally (or for the benefit of friends or family members) opportunities that are discovered through the use of Company assets, property, information or position. Directors, officers and employees may not use Company assets, property, information or position for personal gain (including gain of friends or family members). In addition, no director, officer or employee may compete with the Company.
4. NON-DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
- No Insider or Family Member shall discuss with, or inform others about, any actual or contemplated business transaction by a Business Associate or the Company except in the performance of the Insider’s employment duties or in an official capacity and then only for the benefit of the Business Associate or the Company, as appropriate, and in no event for personal gain or for the benefit of any other third party.
- No Insider or Family Member shall give any information to any third party about any business transaction of the Company or its Business Associates that are proposed or in process unless expressly authorized to do so by the Compliance Officer.
- No Insider or Family Member other than the Company’s Chief Executive Officer or the Chief Financial Officer may discuss with any member of the press or media the Company or its Business Associates except with the prior authorization of the Compliance Officer. Insiders and Family Members shall refer all press inquiries to the Chief Executive Officer.
5. FAIR DEALING
The Company seeks to outperform its competition fairly and honestly through superior performance and not through unethical or illegal business practices. Company personnel must deal fairly with the Company’s customers, suppliers, partners, service providers, competitors, employees and anyone else with whom he or she has contact in the course of performing his or her job. Company personnel cannot steal proprietary information, possess trade secret information obtained without the owner’s consent, or induce such disclosures by past or present employees of other companies. You may not take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, abuse of confidential information, misrepresentation of material facts or any other intentional unfair practice. The knowing or deliberate falsification of any documents or data in connection with service to the Company will be the basis for immediate discharge and may subject the violator to civil and/or criminal penalties.
6. PROTECTION AND PROPER USE OF COMPANY ASSETS
Company personnel must endeavor to protect the Company’s assets and property and ensure their efficient use. Theft, carelessness, and waste have a direct adverse impact on the Company’s profitability and are prohibited. All payments with Company funds require approval by an authorized officer who has knowledge of the purpose of the payment, adequate substantiation of the identity of the payee and written contracts establishing the payment obligation. Company personnel must report any suspected incident of fraud or theft immediately for investigation. Moreover, Company personnel must use all assets and property of the Company only for legitimate business purposes.
The obligation of Company personnel to protect the Company’s assets extends to the Company’s intellectual property. Intellectual property includes trade secrets, patents, patent applications, trademarks, and copyrights, as well as business, marketing and service plans, clinical studies, regulatory dossiers, formulations, designs, databases, records, salary information and any non-public financial data and reports. Unauthorized use or distribution of this information violates Company policy and may subject the violator to civil and/or criminal penalties.
7. COMPLIANCE AND LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS
Employees, officers and directors should comply, both in letter and spirit, with all applicable laws, rules and regulations in the cities, states and countries in which the Company operates. Although not all employees, officers and directors are expected to know the details of all applicable laws, rules and regulations, it is important to know enough to determine when to seek advice from appropriate personnel. Company personnel should contact the Compliance Officer with any questions as to the applicability of any law, rule or regulation or the appropriate manner of compliance therewith. The Compliance Officer will be responsible for conferring with legal counsel and resolving the issue.
8. INSIDER TRADING
Securities laws and regulations prohibit the misuse of material non-public (“inside”) information when purchasing, selling or recommending securities.
Inside information obtained by any Insider from any source must be kept strictly confidential. All inside information should be kept secure and access to files and computer files containing such information should be restricted. Insiders shall not use, act upon, or disclose to any third party including, without limitation, any Family Member, any material inside information, except as may be necessary for the Company’s legitimate business purposes to the extent approved, in advance, by the Compliance Officer. Questions and requests for assistance regarding inside information should be promptly directed to the Compliance Officer.
Information is generally considered “material” if (a) there is a substantial likelihood that a reasonable investor would find the information important in determining whether to trade in a security, or (b) the information, if made public, would likely affect the market price of a company’s securities. Inside information typically includes, but is not limited to, knowledge of pending Company business transactions, corporate finance activity, mergers or acquisitions, unannounced earnings and financial results and other significant developments affecting the Company.
Insiders and Family Members are prohibited from insider trading (buying or selling securities when in possession of material, nonpublic information) or tipping (passing such information on to someone who may buy or sell securities).
This prohibition on insider trading applies to Company securities and also to the securities of Business Associates if such person learns material, nonpublic information about them as a result of his or her position with the Company.
Information is generally considered “nonpublic” unless it has been adequately disclosed to the public, which means that the information must be publicly disclosed and adequate time must have passed for the securities markets to absorb the information. A delay of two business days is usually considered a sufficient period for routine information to be absorbed by the market. A longer period may be necessary for particularly significant or complex matters.
If an Insider leaves the Company, he or she must maintain the confidentiality of all inside information until it has been adequately disclosed to the public. If there is any question as to whether information regarding the Company or any Business Associate is material or has been adequately disclosed to the public, the Compliance Officer must be contacted.
The Company’s periodic reports and other documents filed with the SEC, including all financial statements and other financial information, must comply with applicable federal securities laws and SEC rules. Each director, officer and employee who contributes in any way to the preparation or verification of the Company’s financial statements and other financial information must ensure that the Company’s books, records and accounts are accurately maintained. Each director, officer and employee must cooperate fully with the Company’s accounting and internal audit departments, as well as the Company’s independent public accountants and counsel.
Each Insider who is involved in the Company’s disclosure process must:
- be familiar with and comply with the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures and its internal control over financial reporting; and
- take all necessary steps to ensure that all filings with the SEC and all other public communications about the financial and business condition of the Company provide full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure.
10. COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNAL CONTROLS AND DISCLOSURE CONTROLS
- The Company has adopted a system of internal controls that must be strictly adhered to by all Insiders in providing financial and business transaction information to and within the Company. The internal controls are the backbone of the integrity of the Company’s financial records and financial statements.
Each Insider shall promptly report to the Compliance Officer any actual or suspected breaches or violations of the Company’s internal controls that come to the attention of the Insider.
Each Insider shall promptly report to the Compliance Officer any actual or suspect fraudulent or questionable transactions or occurrences that come to the attention of the Insider. Potentially fraudulent transactions include, without limitation, embezzlement, forgery or alteration of checks and other documents, theft, misappropriation or conversion to personal use of Company assets, and falsification of records.
Each Insider is encouraged to bring to the attention of the Compliance Officer any changes that the Insider believes may improve the Company’s system of internal controls.
- The Company has adopted a system of disclosure controls and procedures to assure that all important information regarding the business and prospects of the Company is brought to the attention of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Company. The accuracy and timeliness of compliance with those disclosure controls and procedures is critical to this system of disclosure controls is critical to enabling those officers to provide the financial statement and periodic report certifications required by Federal law.
Each Insider shall strictly adhere to the system of disclosure controls, including the internal reporting responsibilities assigned to him or her by the Company.
Each Insider shall promptly report in accordance with Company policy any significant event or occurrence (whether positive or negative) that arises in the course of the Insider’s duties and responsibilities. Events or occurrences include those that affect or may affect the Company or its Business Associates, competitors or industry. General economic conditions need not be reported.
- Each Insider shall be candid in discussing matters concerning internal controls and business disclosures with the Company’s management, internal auditors, outside auditors, outside counsel and directors. Factual information is important. Opinions and observations are strongly encouraged.
11. DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
The Company requires strict adherence to its policies and applicable laws regarding equal employment opportunities and discrimination in the workplace. The Company will not tolerate illegal discrimination or harassment. Relationship with colleagues and business relationships with competitors, suppliers and customers always must be conducted free of any discrimination, including based on race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual preference, national origin, marital status, veteran status, handicap or disability.
12. HEALTH AND SAFETY
The Company strives to provide all Company personnel with a safe and healthful work environment. You share responsibility for maintaining a safe and healthy workplace by following safety and health rules and practices and reporting accidents, injuries and unsafe equipment, practices or condition.
The Company will not tolerate violence or threatening behavior in the workplace. In addition, Company personnel are required to report to work in condition to perform their duties, free from the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. The Company will not tolerate the use of illegal drugs in the workplace.
The Company requires honest and accurate recording and reporting of information in order to make responsible business decisions. You must document and record accurately all of your business expenses. If you are unsure whether a particular expense is legitimate, you should ask the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. Executive officers or members of the Board should confer with a member of the Audit Committee. Rules and guidelines regarding business expenses are available from the Company’s account department.
All of the Company’s books, records, accounts and financial statements must be maintained in reasonable detail, must appropriately reflect the Company’s transactions and must conform both to applicable legal requirements and to the Company’s system of internal controls. Unrecorded or “off the books” funds or assets cannot be maintained unless permitted by applicable laws or regulations.
If the existence of a subpoena or impending government investigation becomes known to an Insider, he or she must immediately contact the Compliance Officer. Insiders must retain all records and documents that may be responsive to a subpoena or pertain to an investigation. Any questions regarding whether a record or document pertains to an investigation or may be responsive to a subpoena should be directed to the Compliance Officer before the record or document is disposed of. Insiders shall strictly adhere to the directions of the Compliance Officer in handling such records or documents.
Company personnel must avoid exaggeration, derogatory remarks, guesswork or inappropriate characterizations of people and companies in business records and communications. This prohibition applies equally to e-mail, internal memos and formal reports.
14. PAYMENTS TO GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL OR CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE
The United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prohibits giving anything of value, directly or indirectly, to officials of foreign governments or foreign political parties or candidates to obtain or retain business. Making payments to government officials of any country is illegal.
Kickbacks, bribes, rebates or other illegal consideration are prohibited, and must never be given or accepted by any Company personnel. All Company personnel dealing with government agencies must be aware of, and comply with, any agency rules limiting or prohibiting gifts or other favors.
The Company cannot contribute, directly or indirectly, to any political campaign or party. Company personnel cannot use expense accounts to pay for any personal political contributions or seek any other form of reimbursement from the Company for such contributions. Of course, you are free to engage in political activity with your own resources on your own time.
15. WAIVERS OF THE CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT AND ETHICS
Any waiver of this Code for executive officers or directors requires the approval of the Board and must be disclosed promptly as required by applicable law, rules or regulations, including the SEC and the NYSE American, LLC.
16. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT OR SERVICE
All Insiders shall conduct themselves at all times in the best interests of the Company. Compliance with this Code shall be a condition of employment and of continued employment with the Company, and conduct not in accordance with this Code shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action, including termination of employment.
This Code is not an employment contract nor is it intended to be an all exclusive policy statement on the part of the Company. The Company reserves the right to provide the final interpretation of the policies it contains and to revise those policies as deemed necessary or appropriate.
17. COMPLIANCE, REPORTING AND ENFORCEMENT
If you are concerned about a possible ethical or illegal situation or any violation of this Code or are not sure whether specific conduct meets applicable Company standards, you should discuss the situation with your immediate supervisor or contact the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. Executive officers or members of the Company’s board of directors should discuss the situation with a member of the Audit Committee.
Company personnel must report violations of laws, rules, and regulations of this Code to immediate supervisors, the Company’s chief financial officer, or the chairman of the Audit Committee. Executive officers or members of the Board must report such matters to a member of the Audit Committee.
After receiving a report of an alleged prohibited action, the Audit Committee or the Chief Financial Officer must promptly take all appropriate actions necessary to investigate. All directors, officers and employees are expected to cooperate in any internal investigation of misconduct.
The Company prohibits retaliation for reports of ethical misconduct made by Company personnel in good faith. If a situation requires that the identity of the person reporting any such misconduct not be disclosed, the Company will protect his or his anonymity, to the extent legally possible.
This Code may only be amended by the Board. The Company must report promptly any amendments pertaining to executive officers or senior financial officers as required by applicable laws, rules or regulations.
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INSIDER TRADING POLICY
THE NEED FOR A POLICY STATEMENT
The purchase or sale of securities while possessing material nonpublic (“insider”) information or the selective disclosure of such information to others who may trade is prohibited by United States. As an essential part of your work, many of you have access to material nonpublic information about DPW Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary (collectively the “Company”) or about the Company’s business (including information about other companies with which the Company does or may do business). federal and state laws.
The Company has adopted this Policy Statement to avoid even the appearance of improper conduct on the part of any Company employee (not just so-called insiders). All Company employees have worked hard over the years to establish a reputation for integrity and ethical conduct. This Policy Statement is designed to further the reputation of the Company and each employee for integrity and good corporate citizenship.
No director, officer, employee or relative of such person who has material nonpublic information relating to the Company, may buy or sell securities of the Company, directly or indirectly, or engage in any other action to take personal advantage of that information, or pass on such information to others. This policy also applies to information relating to any other company, including customers or suppliers, obtained in the course of employment.
Transactions that may be necessary or justifiable for independent reasons (such as the need to raise money for an emergency expenditure) are no exception. Even the appearance of an improper transaction must be avoided to preserve the Company’s reputation for adhering to the highest standards of conduct.
LIABILITY OF SUPERVISORY PERSONS
The Company, as well as a director, officer or other Company manager, is subject to liability under the federal securities laws if the Company or such person knew or recklessly disregarded the fact that a person directly or indirectly under the Company’s or such person’s control was likely to engage in insider trading and failed to take appropriate steps to prevent such an act before it occurred. The penalties for such inaction can be significant.
If material nonpublic information is inadvertently disclosed, no matter what the circumstances, by any Company director, officer, employee, or their relatives, the person making or discovering that disclosure should immediately report the facts to the President of the Company or the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
DEFINITION OF MATERIAL NONPUBLIC INFORMATION
“Material” information is any information that a reasonable investor would likely consider important in a decision to buy, hold, or sell stock. In short, any information which could reasonably affect the price of the stock.
“Nonpublic” information is any information which has not been disclosed generally to the marketplace. Information about the Company that is not yet in general circulation should be considered nonpublic. Similarly, information received about another company in circumstances indicating that it is not yet in general circulation should be considered nonpublic. All information that you learn about the Company or its business plans in connection with your employment is potentially “insider” information until publicly disclosed or made available by the Company. You should treat all such information as confidential and proprietary to the Company. You may not disclose it to others, such as family, relatives, business or social acquaintances, who do not need to know it for legitimate business reasons. If this nonpublic information is also “material” you are required by law and this Company policy to refrain from trading and from passing the information on to others who may trade.
Common examples of information that will frequently be regarded as material, assuming the same has not been publicly disclosed by the Company, are projections of future earnings or losses, or financial liquidity problems; major marketing changes; news of a pending or proposed joint venture, merger, acquisition or tender offer; news of a significant sale of assets or the disposition of a subsidiary; changes in dividend policies or the declaration of a stock split or the offering of additional securities; changes in management; major personnel changes; significant new products or discoveries; significant litigation or government investigations; or the gain or loss of a substantial customer or supplier.
Remember, if your securities transactions become the subject of scrutiny, they will be viewed after-the-fact with the benefit of hindsight. As a result, before engaging in any transaction you should carefully consider how regulators and others might view your transaction in hindsight.
TRANSACTIONS BY FAMILY MEMBERS
The very same restrictions apply to your family members and others living in your household. Employees are expected to be responsible for the compliance of their immediate family and personal households.
TIPPING INFORMATION TO OTHERS
Whether the information is proprietary information about the Company or information that could have an impact on the price of the Company’s securities, you must not pass the information on to others, including family members and others living in your household or friends and casual acquaintances. Employees are expected to be responsible for the compliance of their immediate family and others living in the households. The above penalties apply whether or not you derive any benefit from another’s actions.
Accordingly, employees should not respond to inquiries from outsiders and should refer all such inquiries to the corporate officer designated in writing to respond to such inquiries.
It would be improper for an employee to enter a trade immediately after the Company has made a public announcement of material information, including earnings releases. Because the Company’s shareholders and the investing public should be afforded the time to receive the information and act upon it, as a general rule, you should not engage in any transactions until at least on full business day after material information has been released.
TRADING DURING WINDOW PERIODS
Investment by Company employees in the Company’s securities is encouraged. The most appropriate periods to buy or sell the Company’s securities is the period beginning on the third business day and ending on the twelfth business day following the release of quarterly or annual financial results (so-called “window periods”). In general, this is the period when there should be the least amount of inside information about the Company that is unavailable to the investing public. It is permissible to trade at other times. However, you may not buy or sell the Company’s securities even during window periods if you are in possession of material nonpublic information.
Any person who has any questions about specific transactions may obtain additional guidance from Bartel Eng & Schroder, counsel for the Company. Remember, however, the ultimate responsibility for adhering to the Policy Statement and avoiding improper transactions rests with you. It is imperative that you use your best judgment.
PRE-CLEARANCE OF TRADES BY DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, AND CERTAIN OTHER PERSONNEL
To provide assistance in preventing inadvertent violations to insure compliance with timely reporting, and to avoid even the appearance of an improper transaction (which could result, for example, where an officer engages in a trade while unaware of a pending major development), the procedure set forth below must be followed by the directors, officers, all persons reporting directly to the officers, and by other employees who may have access to material nonpublic information.
All transactions in securities of the Company (acquisitions, dispositions, transfers, etc.) by any member of the above-mentioned groups must be pre-cleared by the Company’s Chief Financial Officer or President.
If you contemplate a transaction, you should contact the Company’s Chief Financial Officer in advance. This requirement does not apply to stock option exercises or other periodic or regular savings plan or deferred compensation plan purchases. However, it would cover market sales of option stock following the exercise of the options (“cashless exercise” or “same day sales”).
The reasons for this requirement are several. In addition to better prevent trading on material non-public information, pre-clearance of all trades by reporting individuals (i.e. directors, executive officers, and 10% beneficial owners) will help to assure timely filing by such individuals of Form 4’s under Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”). Under Section 16(b), a Form 4 must be filed before the end of the second business day following the day on which the transaction was executed, for each non-exempt acquisition or disposition of the Company’s equity securities by a reporting person. Because of the relatively short filing period, failure to timely file can occur and then the delinquent filing must be reported by the Company (naming the individual) in its annual report and proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Pre-clearance of all trades will also better enable the Company’s officers, directors, and 10% stockholders to avoid violations of the short-swing profit provisions of Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act. Under this rule, insiders can be required to disgorge any profits realized from the purchase and sale (or sale and purchase) of any non-exempt equity security of the Company within a six month period. Section 16(b) imposes strict liability; there is no requirement of intent to violate the section, nor are unintentional or inadvertent violations excused. Further, violation of Section 16(b) does not depend on the use or possession of inside information. Advising counsel in advance of any proposed transaction in the Company’s equity securities will allow for a review of previously filed Form 4’s so as to avoid any potential Section 16(b) liability.
If you believe that you may be in possession of material nonpublic information, do not disclose that information without first discussing the same with the Company’s President.
The Company recognizes the potential need of employees and allows employees to enter into 10b5-1 plan arrangements with brokerage and investment firms to facilitate the trading of Company securities. These arrangements should be pre-cleared by the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and the President prior to execution to insure full compliance with Rule 10b5-1.
Employees will be required to certify their understanding of and intent to comply with this Policy Statement. Officers and directors and other key employees may be required to certify compliance on an annual basis.
Nomination and Governance CommitteeBACK TO TOP
NOMINATION AND GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE
The Nomination and Governance Committee (the “Committee”) is responsible for identifying individuals qualified to become directors, and recommending to the board of directors (the “Board”) of DPW Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) nominees for the next annual meeting of stockholders. The Committee leads the Board in its annual review of the Board’s performance and recommends to the Board director candidates for each committee for appointment by the Board. The Committee takes a leadership role in shaping corporate governance policies and practices, including recommending to the Board the corporate governance guidelines applicable to the Company and monitoring Company compliance with policies and guidelines.
The Committee will be composed entirely of directors who satisfy the definition of “independent” under the listing standards of NYSE. The Committee members shall be appointed by the Board and may be removed by the Board, at its discretion.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Committee shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
Review and assess the adequacy of the Company’s policies and practices in corporate governance, including the corporate governance guidelines of the Company, and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.
Review and assess the adequacy of the Company’s Code of Ethics for selected executives and other internal policies and guidelines, and monitor that the principles described therein are being incorporated into the Company’s culture and business practices.
Review the appropriateness of the size of the Board relative to its various responsibilities. Review the overall composition of the Board, taking into consideration such factors as business experience and specific areas of expertise of each Board member, and make recommendations to the Board as necessary.
Recommend to the Board the number, identity, and responsibilities of Board committees, and the Chair and members of each committee. This shall include advising the Board on committee appointments and removal from committees or from the board, rotation of committee members, and Chairs and committee structure and operations.
Consider criteria for identifying and selecting individuals who may be nominated for election to the Board, which shall reflect at a minimum all applicable laws, rules, regulations, and listing standards, including a potential candidate’s experience, areas of expertise and other factors relative to the overall composition of the Board.
Identify to the Board the proposed slate of nominees for election at the Company’s annual meeting of stockholders.
As the need arises, to fill vacancies, actively seek individuals qualified to become Board members for recommendation to the Board.
Consider unsolicited nominations for Board membership in accordance with guidelines developed by the Committee.
Conduct an annual review of the Committee’s performance, periodically assess the adequacy of its charter, and recommend changes to the board as needed.
Regularly report to the Board on the Committee’s activities.
Obtain advice and assistance, as needed, from internal or external legal, accounting, search firms, or other advisors, including the retention, termination, and negotiation of terms and conditions of the assignment.
Audit CommitteeBACK TO TOP
The primary responsibility of the Audit Committee (the “Committee”) is to assist the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of DPW Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) in overseeing management’s conduct of the Company’s financial reporting process. The Committee performs this role by reviewing the financial reports and other financial information released by the Company, the annual independent audit of the Company’s financial statements by the Company’s independent auditors (the “Auditors”), and the Company’s legal compliance and ethics programs.
The Committee has sole responsibility for the retention, compensation, and oversight of the Auditors. The Auditors report directly to the Committee. The Committee also serves as an independent monitor of the Company’s financial reporting process and internal control over financial reporting. The Committee shall adopt procedures to allow the free flow of information to the Committee regarding the Company’s internal control over financial reporting and any concerns by officers or employees of the Company or the Auditors regarding accounting and auditing matters. In discharging its oversight role, the Committee is empowered to investigate any matters brought to its attention. In such investigations, the Committee shall have full access to all books, records, facilities, and personnel of the Company, and the power to retain outside counsel, auditors, or other experts. The Committee shall receive the funding reasonably necessary to retain the Auditors to perform its audit, and to retain any other experts required by the Committee to carry out its responsibilities.
The Committee shall be comprised of not less than two members of the Board, each of whom shall be an independent director in accordance with the rules of SEC and applicable law. Accordingly, no member shall have a relationship with the Company that interferes with the exercise of his or her independence from the Company and its management. Each member shall be able to read and understand fundamental financial statements, including a company’s balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement, and at least one member of the Committee shall be a financial expert, in that he or she has past employment experience in finance or accounting, requisite professional certification in accounting, or any other comparable experience or background which results in the individual’s financial sophistication, as determined by the Board in accordance with the rules of the rules and regulations of the SEC and any other applicable law. Committee members shall be appointed by the Board.
The Committee shall meet at least quarterly. In addition, the Committee shall meet at least once annually with the Auditors, and with the chief financial officer (and other management as appropriate) in separate sessions to discuss any matters that the Committee or these other individuals believe should be discussed privately, and to resolve any disputes that may arise between management and the Auditors. The Committee shall also meet at least quarterly with management to discuss the Company’s system of internal control over financial reporting and management’s evaluation of the effectiveness of these controls.
A majority of Committee members shall constitute a quorum, but members of the Committee should endeavor to be present, in person or by telephone, at all meetings. The Chairperson of the Board may request that members of management and representatives of the Auditors be present at Committee meetings.
MINUTES OF MEETINGS
Minutes of each meeting shall be prepared and provided to Committee members and made available to the directors who are not members of the Committee.
The Committee’s job is one of oversight. While the Committee has the responsibilities and powers set forth in this Charter, it is not the duty of the Committee to plan or conduct audits or to determine that the Company’s financial statements are complete and accurate and are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This is the responsibility of management and the Auditors.
The following is a list of the regular functions of the Committee. These functions are set forth as a guide, with the understanding that the Committee may diverge from this guide as appropriate:
1. The Committee shall have the sole authority to appoint the Auditors to be retained by the Company and approve the compensation of the Auditors. The Committee shall evaluate and have the sole authority to discharge or replace the Auditors (subject, if deemed appropriate, to shareholder ratification).
2. The Committee shall ensure the receipt from the Auditors of a formal written statement delineating all relationships between the Auditors and the company, and the Committee shall actively engage in a dialogue with the Auditors with respect to any disclosed relationships or services that may impact the objectivity and independence of the Auditors, and for taking, or recommending that the full Board take appropriate action to oversee the independence of the Auditors audit. The Company shall provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee, for payment of compensation to the Auditors retained by the Company for the purpose of rendering or issuing an audit report.
3. The Committee shall review the appointment and replacement of the lead independent audit partner to ensure rotation in accordance with applicable law. The Committee shall request and review reports of the Auditors on all material written communications between the Auditors and management.
4. At least once each fiscal quarter, the Committee shall discuss with management and the Auditors: (i) all significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the Company’s ability to record, process, summarize, and report financial information; (ii) any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting, (iii) the resolution of any identified weaknesses, and (iv) the assessments of such internal control over financial reporting, and any significant changes in the internal control over financial reporting, required to be disclosed in the Company’s filings with the SEC or other publicly available documents.
5. The Committee shall review the scope of the audit and plan for the annual audit prior to its implementation.
6. The Committee shall adopt procedures for the receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints received by the Company, and for the confidential, anonymous submission of concerns to the Committee by the Company’s employees, relating to accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters.
7. The Committee shall review and approve any related-party transactions involving the Company to the extent required by NYSE.
8. The Committee shall review the adequacy of this Charter on an annual basis. In addition, the Committee shall perform such other functions as necessary and appropriate under law, the rules of NYSE MKT LLC, the Company’s certificate of incorporation or bylaws, and the resolutions and other directives of the Board.
Compensation CommitteeBACK TO TOP
The Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) is a committee of the Board of Directors (the “Board”). The Committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending executive compensation policies and practices to the Board, reviewing and recommending to the Board salaries, bonuses and other benefits paid to Company officers, and administering Company stock option plans and other benefit plans.
The Committee shall consist of three or more directors, all of whom satisfy the definition of “independent” under the listing standards of NYSE American. The Committee members shall be appointed by the Board and may be removed by the Board, at its discretion. In addition, a person may serve on the Compensation Committee only if the Board of Directors determines that he or she (i) is a “Non-employee Director” for purposes of Rule 16b-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and (ii) satisfies the requirements of an “outside director” for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Committee is comprised of at least three members, the Board, under exceptional and limited circumstances, may appoint one director who is not “independent” under NYSE American rules provided that (a) the Board determines that the director’s membership on the Committee is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders; (b) the director may not be an officer or employee of the Company or an immediate family member of an officer or employee; and (c) the director may not serve on the Committee for more than two years. The Company shall disclose in the proxy statement for the next annual meeting the nature of the relationship and the reasons for the Board’s determination.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Committee’s duties and responsibilities include:
* reviewing and recommending to the Board the Company’s compensation philosophy and overseeing the administration of related compensation and benefit programs, policies and practices;
* recommending to the Board the compensation of the President & CEO;
* establishing performance goals and objectives for the President & CEO and measuring the President and CEO’s performance against those goals and objectives pursuant to any corporate performance-based plans, including those approved by shareholders;
* recommending to the Board employment agreements and offers of employment provided to the President & CEO;
* recommending to the Board the Company’s submissions to shareholders on executive compensation matters, including advisory votes on executive compensation and the frequency of such votes;
* reviewing and certifying in writing awards to the Company President & CEO under corporate performance-based plans, including those approved by shareholders;
* recommending to the Board the terms of any awards or option grants under any stock option or other equity-based plans;
* reviewing and recommending to the Board the compensation of members of the Board of Directors including, without limitation, annual member fees and any equity grants;
* performing such other duties and carrying out such other responsibilities as are consistent with this Charter; and
* recommending to the Board the compensation of any other officers of the Company (to the extent required by applicable listing standards).
RESOURCES AND AUTHORITY OF THE COMMITTEE
The Committee may, in its sole discretion, retain or obtain the advice of a compensation consultant, independent legal counsel or other adviser (the “Consultant”). The Committee shall be directly responsible for the appointment, termination, compensation and oversight of the work of any Consultant retained by the Committee. The Company must provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee, for payment of reasonable compensation to a Consultant retained by the Committee.
The Committee shall meet at least one (1) time each year and at such other times as it deems necessary to fulfill its responsibilities. The Committee shall report regularly to the Board with respect to its activities and make recommendations to the Board of Directors as appropriate.