The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the "Committee") is a standing committee of the Board of Directors of lululemon athletica inc. (the "Company"). The purposes of the Committee are:
Membership on the Committee shall be determined annually by the Board of Directors. Committee members shall serve until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified. Unless a chairperson of the Committee is elected by the Board of Directors, the members of the Committee may designate a chairperson of the Committee by majority vote of the full Committee membership. The Board of Directors may remove a member of the Committee at any time with or without cause and may appoint an independent director to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term.
All members of the Committee shall meet the independence requirements of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations governing director independence, as determined by the Board of Directors.
The Committee shall consider and recruit candidates to fill positions on the Board of Directors, including as a result of the removal, resignation or retirement of any director, an increase in the size of the Board of Directors or otherwise. The Committee shall be responsible for conducting, subject to applicable law, any and all inquiries into the background and qualifications of any candidate for the Board of Directors and such candidate's compliance with the independence and other qualification requirements established by the Committee. The Committee shall also have the sole authority to retain and to terminate any search firm to be used to assist it in identifying candidates to serve as directors of the corporation, including sole authority to approve the fees payable to such search firm and any other terms of retention.
Reconsideration of Directors for Re-Election
In connection with its annual recommendation of a slate of nominees, the Committee shall assess the contributions of those directors selected for re-election, and shall at that time review its criteria for director candidates in the context of the Board of Directors' evaluation process and other perceived needs of the Board of Directors.
The Committee shall recommend candidates to fill positions on committees of the Board of Directors, including as a result of the removal, resignation or retirement of any director on any committee of the Board of Directors, or otherwise.
Director Selection Criteria
The Committee shall establish criteria for selecting new directors, which shall reflect at a minimum any requirements of applicable law or listing standards and which shall be in compliance with any applicable existing contractual obligations or criteria set forth in the Company's constituent documents. In establishing this criteria and recommending candidates for election to the Board of Directors or appointment to any committee of the Board of Directors, the Committee shall consider such factors at it deems appropriate, including, without limitation, the following:
If the Company is subject to a binding obligation that requires a director nomination structure inconsistent with the Committee's selection criteria, then the nomination or appointment of directors shall be governed by such requirements.
Stockholder Director Nominations
The Committee shall develop and recommend to the Board of Directors a policy regarding the consideration of director candidates recommended by the Company's stockholders and procedures for submission by stockholders of director nominee recommendations.
Removal of Directors
In appropriate circumstances, the Committee, in its discretion, shall consider and may recommend the removal of a director for cause, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Company's certificate of incorporation and bylaws. If the Company is subject to a binding obligation that requires a director removal structure inconsistent with the foregoing, then the removal of a director shall be governed by such instrument.
Orientation of Directors
The Committee shall be responsible for informing each director of his or her expectations for performance, including the director's duties to attend meetings of the Board of Directors and review in advance meeting materials.
Board and Committee Review
The Committee shall oversee the Board of Directors in the Board of Directors' annual evaluation of its performance (including its composition and organization) and of the performance of each committee of the Board and will make appropriate recommendations to improve performance.
Continuity, Succession Planning and Leadership Development
The Board views executive succession planning, as well as supporting leadership development programs, as two of its key responsibilities. These activities are integral to the Company's overall success. With support from the Committee and Management, the Board annually reviews a detailed report on succession planning and leadership development that covers: (1) our leadership competencies; (2) the programs that support the growth and development of our current and future generation of leaders; and (3) our bench strength including identification of potential successors for each executive role, as well as other pivotal roles that are critical to the Company's success.
The Committee shall periodically review the adequacy of the certificate of incorporation and by-laws of the Company and recommend to the Board of Directors, as conditions dictate, that it proposes amendments to the certificate of incorporation and by-laws for consideration by the stockholders. The Committee shall keep abreast of developments with regard to corporate governance to enable the Committee to make recommendations to the Board of Directors in light of such developments as may be appropriate. The Committee shall review policies relating to meetings of the Board of Directors. This may include meeting schedules and locations, meeting agendas and procedures for delivery of materials in advance of meetings. The Committee shall periodically review the Company’s compliance with the Nasdaq corporate governance listing requirements and report to the Board of Directors regarding the same.
The Committee shall review and make recommendations to the Board of Directors with respect to management’s recommendations with respect to any stockholder proposals for the Company’s proxy materials.
The Committee shall conduct an annual review and evaluation of its own performance. The Committee shall prepare, and report to the Board of Directors the results of, such annual performance evaluation, which shall compare the performance of the Committee with the requirements of this Charter.
The Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter on an annual basis and recommend any proposed changes to the Board of Directors for approval.
Investigation of Other Matters
In discharging its oversight role, the Committee is empowered to investigate any matter brought to its attention.
In addition to the powers and responsibilities expressly delegated to the Committee in this Charter, the Committee may exercise any other powers and carry out any other responsibilities that may be delegated to the Committee by the Board of Directors from time to time, consistent with the Company's bylaws and applicable laws.
The Committee will have the resources and authority necessary to discharge its duties and responsibilities. In carrying out its duties and responsibilities, the Committee shall have full access to any relevant records of the Company and may retain experts and outside consultants to advise the Committee. The Committee shall also have authority to obtain advice and assistance from any search firm to be used to identify director candidates, and any internal or external legal counsel or other advisors. The Committee shall have sole authority to engage, terminate and determine the compensation and terms of engagement of any experts, outside consultants, search firms, legal counsel and other advisors. The Committee may also request that any officer or other employee of the Company, the Company’s outside counsel or any other person meet with any members of, or consultants to, the Committee. The fees, expenses or compensation owed any person retained by the Committee and any ordinary administrative expenses of the Committee incurred in carrying out its duties and responsibilities shall be borne by the Company.
Any communications between the Committee and legal counsel in the course of obtaining legal advice will be considered privileged communications of the Company and the Committee will take all necessary steps to preserve the privileged nature of those communications.
The Committee shall be entitled to delegate any or all of its duties or responsibilities to a subcommittee of the Committee, to the extent consistent with the Company's certificate of incorporation, bylaws, and applicable law and rules of markets in which the Company's securities then trade.
Adopted May 30, 2007
Revised through March 2016
Robert Bensoussan has been a member of our Board since January 2013. Since 2008, Mr. Bensoussan has been a Director and the majority owner of Sirius Equity LLP, a UK company that invests in retail and brands based in the UK and Europe. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Bensoussan served as Executive Chairman and CEO of LK Bennett, a UK fashion retailer, and has acted as non-Executive Chairman since 2012. He has also acted as the Non-Executive Chairman of Jeckerson Spa (Italy) since May 2008 and of feelunique.com (UK) since December 2012. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Bensoussan was CEO of Jimmy Choo Ltd , a privately held UK luxury shoe wholesaler and retailer and was also a member of the Board of Jimmy Choo Ltd from 2001 to 2011. Mr. Bensoussan is a Board member of Interparfums Inc. (Nasdaq: IPAR). He is also a member of three private Boards, including Men’s retailer Celio International (Belgium), Zen Cars (Belgium), an electric car rental company, and Eagle Moss (UK) a part-works publisher.
Jon McNeill has been a member of our board of directors since April 2016. Mr. McNeill has served as President, Global Sales, Delivery and Service of Tesla Motors, Inc., overseeing customer-facing operations, since September 2015. Prior to joining Tesla Motors, Inc., he was the CEO of Enservio, Inc., a software company, from 2006 until 2015, and founder of multiple technology and retail companies including TruMotion, Sterling, First Notice Systems, and Trek Bicycle Stores, Inc. Mr. McNeill began his career at Bain & Company. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Mr. Mussafer has been a member of our board of directors since September 2014. Mr. Mussafer joined Advent International in 1990 and is the co-chairman of Advent’s Executive Committee and serves on its North American, European and Latin American Investment Advisory Committees. Prior to Advent, Mr. Mussafer worked at Chemical Bank and Adler & Shaykin in New York. Mr. Mussafer has led or co-led more than 20 buyout deals across a range of industries, with a particular focus on the financial services, healthcare services and specialty retail sectors. Mr. Mussafer’s current directorships also include Charlotte Russe, Holding Inc., and Serta Simmons Holdings LLC. Mr. Mussafer holds a BSM, cum laude, from Tulane University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.