The purpose of the Compensation Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in the discharge of its responsibilities relating to compensation of the Company's executive officers.
The Compensation Committee shall establish and periodically review the Company's compensation philosophy and the adequacy of compensation plans and programs for executive officers and other Company employees.
This charter governs the operations of the Compensation Committee.
- Number. The Compensation Committee shall consist of such number of directors as the Board shall from time to time determine.
- Independence. Except as otherwise permitted by applicable NASDAQ rules, each member of the Compensation Committee shall be an "independent director" as defined by the applicable NASDAQ Stock Market Rule 4200 (a) (15). In addition, for purposes of meeting the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), or any successor Code section, the Compensation Committee, or a sub-committee (each of which shall consist of at least two directors) approving the performance goals to which certain of the executive compensation is tied in making such performance-based awards, shall consist solely of "outside" directors, as defined in Treasury Regulation 1.162-27(e)(3) promulgated under the Code. Moreover, for the purpose of Rule 16b-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), the Compensation Committee, or a subcommittee (each of which shall consist of at least two directors) approving grants and awards of Company securities (each of which shall be deemed to include, for purposes of this sentence, "phantom" securities), shall consist solely of "non-employee directors," as defined in Rule 16b-3(b)(3)(i) under the Exchange Act.
- Chair. Unless the Board elects a Chair of the Compensation Committee, the Compensation Committee shall elect a Chair by majority vote.
- Compensation. The compensation of Compensation Committee members shall be as determined by the Board.
- Term. The members of the Compensation Committee shall serve for one-year terms or until their successors are duly appointed, subject to their earlier resignation, retirement or removal by the Board.
- Selection and Removal. Members of the Compensation Committee shall be appointed by the Board, upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. The Board may remove members of the Compensation Committee from such Committee, with or without cause.
The Compensation Committee shall discharge its responsibilities, and shall assess the information provided by the Company's management, in accordance with its business judgment.
- Executive Officer Compensation. The Compensation Committee, or a majority of the independent directors serving on the Board, shall review and approve, or recommend for approval by the Board, the compensation of the Company's Chief Executive Officer (the "CEO") and the Company's other executive officers, including salary, bonus and incentive compensation levels; deferred compensation; executive perquisites; equity compensation (including awards to induce employment); severance arrangements; change-in-control benefits and other forms of executive officer compensation. The Compensation Committee or the independent directors, as the case may be, shall meet without the presence of the CEO or other executive officers when approving or deliberating on CEO compensation but may, in its or their discretion, invite the CEO to be present during the approval of, or deliberations with respect to, other executive officer compensation.
- Evaluation of Senior Executives. The Compensation Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the evaluation of the Company's senior executives. In conjunction with the Audit Committee in the case of the Chief Financial Officer, the Compensation Committee shall determine the nature and frequency of the evaluation and the persons subject to the evaluation, supervise the conduct of the evaluation and prepare assessments of the performance of the Company's senior executives, to be discussed periodically with the Board.
- Plan Recommendations and Approvals. The Compensation Committee shall periodically review and make recommendations to the Board with respect to incentive-compensation and equity-based plans that are subject to approval by the Board. In addition, in the case of any tax-qualified, non-discriminatory employee benefit plans (and any parallel nonqualified plans) for which stockholder approval is not sought and pursuant to which options or stock may be acquired by officers, directors, employees or consultants of the Company, the Compensation Committee, or a majority of the independent directors serving on the Board, shall approve such plans.
- Administration of Plans. The Compensation Committee shall exercise all rights, authority and functions of the Board under all of the Company's stock option, stock incentive, employee stock purchase and other equity-based plans, including without limitation, the authority to interpret the terms thereof, to grant options thereunder and to make stock awards thereunder; provided, however, that, except as otherwise expressly authorized to do so by this charter or a plan or resolution of the Board, the Compensation Committee shall not be authorized to amend any such plan. To the extent permitted by applicable law and the provisions of a given equity-based plan, and consistent with the requirements of applicable law and such equity-based plan, the Compensation Committee may delegate to one or more executive officers of the Company the power to grant options or other stock awards pursuant to such equity-based plan to employees of the Company or any subsidiary of the Company who are not directors or executive officers of the Company. The Compensation Committee, or a majority of the independent directors serving on the Board, shall approve any inducement awards granted in reliance on the exemption from shareholder approval contained in NASDAQ Rule 4350(i)(1)(A)(iv).
- Director Compensation. The Compensation Committee shall periodically (but at least annually) review and make recommendations to the Board with respect to director compensation.
- Succession of Senior Executives. The Compensation Committee shall oversee an annual review by the Board on succession planning, which shall include transitional leadership in the event of an unplanned vacancy.
- Compensation Committee Report on Executive Compensation. The Compensation Committee shall prepare for inclusion where necessary in a proxy or information statement of the Company relating to an annual meeting of security holders at which directors are to be elected (or special meeting or written consents in lieu of such meeting), the report described in Item 402(k) of Regulation S-K.
- Compensation Committee Report on Repricing of Options/SARs. If during the last fiscal year of the Company (while the Company was a reporting company pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations thereunder) any adjustment or amendment was made to the exercise price of any stock option or stock appreciation right previously awarded to a "named executive officer" (as such term is defined from time to time in Item 402(a)(3) of Regulation S-K), the Compensation Committee shall furnish the report required by Item 402(i) of Regulation S-K.
- Additional Powers. The Compensation Committee shall have such other duties as may be delegated from time to time by the Board.
- Meetings. The Compensation Committee shall meet as often as it deems necessary in order to perform its responsibilities. The Compensation Committee may also act by unanimous written consent in lieu of a meeting. The Compensation Committee shall keep such records of its meetings as it shall deem appropriate. Any member of the Compensation Committee may call a meeting of such Committee.
- Subcommittees. The Compensation Committee may form and delegate authority to one or more subcommittees as it deems appropriate from time to time under the circumstances (including (a) a subcommittee consisting of a single member and (b) a subcommittee consisting of at least two members, each of whom qualifies as a "non-employee director," as such term is defined from time to time in Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act, and an "outside director," as such term is defined from time to time in Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder).
- Reports to Board. The Compensation Committee shall report regularly to the Board.
- Charter. The Compensation Committee shall from time to time as it deems appropriate review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.
- Consulting Arrangements. The Compensation Committee shall have the authority to retain and terminate any compensation consultant to be used to assist in the evaluation of executive officer compensation and shall have authority to approve the consultant's fees and other retention terms. The Compensation Committee shall also have authority to commission compensation surveys or studies as the need arises. The Compensation Committee is empowered, without further action by the Board, to cause the Company to pay the compensation of such consultants as established by the Compensation Committee.
- Independent Advisors. The Compensation Committee shall have the authority to engage such independent accounting, legal and other advisors as it deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its responsibilities. Such independent advisors may be the regular advisors to the Company. The Compensation Committee is empowered, without further action by the Board, to cause the Company to pay the compensation of such advisors as established by the Compensation Committee.
- Investigations. The Compensation Committee shall have the authority to conduct or authorize investigations into any matters within the scope of its responsibilities as it shall deem appropriate.
- Funding. The Compensation Committee is empowered, without further action by the Board, to cause the Company to pay the ordinary administrative expenses of the Compensation Committee that are necessary or appropriate in carrying out its duties.
- Rules of Procedure. The Compensation Committee shall fix its own rules of procedure, which shall be consistent with the Amended and Restated By-laws of the Company and this charter.
- Counsel of Directors, Officer or Employees. In connection with any investigation described above, the Compensation Committee may request that any directors, officers or employees of the Company, or other persons whose advice and counsel are sought by the Compensation Committee, attend any meeting to provide such information as the Compensation Committee requests.
- Annual Self-Evaluation. At least annually, the Compensation Committee shall evaluate its own performance.
Craig W. Moore, age 66, has served as a director of NxStage since 2002 and currently serves as chair of our Compensation Committee and a member of our Audit Committee. Mr. Moore is also a member of Board of Directors of ThermoGenesis and serves on their Audit and Compensation Committees. Previously, Mr. Moore served on the board of Biologic System Corp. from 1992 to 2006. From 1986 to 2001, Mr. Moore was Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer at Everest Healthcare Services Corporation, a provider of dialysis to patients with renal failure. Since 2001, Mr. Moore has acted as a consultant to various companies in the healthcare services industry. From 1986 through 2001, Mr. Moore was President of Continental Health Care, Ltd., an extracorporeal services and supply company, and from 1990 through 2004, he was President of New York Dialysis Management, a dialysis management business. Mr. Moore also serves as a director on several private company boards. Mr. Moore brings leadership, corporate and dialysis services industry experience to our Board.
Robert G. Funari, age 65, joined NxStage as a director in January, 2013. Mr. Funari served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Healthcare, a Walgreens Company providing integrated pharmacy and nursing solutions in alternate site settings from 2004 to 2012. Prior to joining Crescent, Mr. Funari was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (1993-1996) at Syncor International Corporation, a publicly-traded radiopharmacy services company, where he also served as President and Chief Executive Officer (1996- 2003). Mr. Funari was Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Drug Company for McKesson, Inc. and spent more than 18 years in a broad range of leadership positions at Baxter International.
Mr. Funari served as a director of Beckman Coulter, Inc., a diagnostics and life sciences company, where he was a member of the Compensation Committee from 2005 to 2011, as well as director of Pope and Talbot, Inc. where he was on the Governance and Compensation Committees from 2001 to 2008. He also served as director of First Consulting Group from 2004 to 2008 and director of Bay Cities National Bank from 1994 to 2011 where he also served as chairman from 2007 to 2011. He currently sits on the board of directors of a number of non-profit and private companies and is a member of the RAND Healthcare Board of Advisors.
Mr. Funari holds a B.S. from Cornell University and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Funari received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 Award in the Turnaround category in Orange County/Desert cities.
Mr. Funari’s executive leadership, particularly in the healthcare industry, and a proven track record of strategic planning and implementation, uniquely qualifies him to serve on our Board.
Ms. Mixer is a Director on the Board of the Cambridge Trust Company and a member of the Executive Committee since 2006 and Chair of the Compensation Committee since 2010. She is also the Chair of the HR board committee for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. Formerly, she served on the Business Round Table Committee on National Health Care Reform.
Ms. Mixer holds a Master's Degree in Management from the Kellogg School of Management and a BS with honors from Boston College.
Ms. Mixer brings 25 years of public company experience including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, finance, leadership, and governance to our board.