purposes of the Nominating and Governance Committee ("Committee") of the Board
of Directors (the "Board") of Vonage Holdings Corp. (collectively referred to with its subsidiaries as the "Company ") shall
be to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by (i)
developing the criteria for membership on the Board and identifying and
recommending for nomination qualified individuals for election or re-election
to the Board, (ii) determining the composition of the Board's committees, (iii) determining compensation for non-executive Board members, (iv) establishing a process to assess Board effectiveness and reviewing the results of the assessment, and (v) developing and
implementing the Company's Governance Principles.
II. Membership and Qualifications
Committee shall consist of no fewer than three members, the exact number of
which shall be determined from time to time by the Board. The Board will appoint the members and the
Chair of the Committee. Each Committee
member shall serve at the pleasure of the Board for such term or terms as the
Board may determine or until such Committee member is no longer a member of the
member shall meet the independence criteria of the New York Stock Exchange and
the Company's Governance Principles.
The Committee shall hold such regular meetings as may be desirable, and such special meetings as may be called by the Chair of the Committee. The Chair of the Committee shall set the Committee's agenda for each meeting. The Committee shall meet without management in separate executive sessions. Although the Committee may consult with management about individuals being considered for nomination for election or re-election to the Board, final decisions on which individuals to recommend for nomination shall be made by the Committee in executive session. The Committee may form and delegate such of its authority as it deems appropriate to a subcommittee(s) so long as such subcommittee is solely comprised of one or more members of the Committee and such delegation is not otherwise inconsistent with law and applicable rules and regulations of the SEC and the New York Stock Exchange.
Committee shall have the authority, to the extent it
deems necessary or appropriate, and subject to Board approval (except as may be
inconsistent with rules of the New York Stock Exchange), to retain legal, compensation, accounting or other consultants or advisors to advise the Committee, and to conduct or authorize
investigations into any matters within the scope of its responsibilities as it
shall deem appropriate. Such advisors may be the regular advisors to the
Company. The Committee may request any officer
or employee of the Company or the Company's outside counsel or outside auditor
to attend a meeting of the Committee or to meet with any members of, or
consultants to, the Committee.
Committee shall have sole authority (i) to retain and
terminate search firms engaged to perform director searches, legal counsel or
other advisors, (ii) to review and approve such search firm, legal counsel or
advisor's fees and other retention terms, and (iii) without further action by the Board, to cause
the Company to pay the compensation of such advisors as established by the
At each of the Board's regular meetings, the Committee
(i) shall report to the Board all actions the Committee has taken since the
Board's most recent prior meeting and (ii) shall make recommendations to the
Board regarding all items considered by the Committee since the Board's most
recent prior meeting that require Board approval. The Committee shall annually review its own
performance and this Charter and recommend any changes to the Board for
approval. The Chair of the Committee
shall report periodically to the Board in executive session on the Committee's
activities, including an annual review of the Committee's performance in
relation to its Charter.
procedures for the Committee with respect to meetings,
notice of meetings, quorums and records shall be the same as stipulated for the
Board in the Company's By-laws.
IV. Committee Authority and Responsibilities
the Company is legally required by contract, bylaw or otherwise to provide
third parties with the ability to nominate directors, the Committee shall identify and recommend to the Board nominees for
election or re-election to the Board at the annual meeting of stockholders of
the Company, or for appointment to fill any Board vacancy or newly created
directorship, in accordance with the criteria developed by the Committee and
approved by the Board, and the policies and principles set forth in the
Company's Governance Principles and this Charter and including, among other things, high standards of personal and professional integrity. The Committee shall
report to the Board periodically on the status of these efforts. The Committee shall review
candidates for the Board recommended by stockholders and shall apply the same
criteria, and shall follow substantially the same process in considering them,
as it does in considering other candidates. After Board approval of a candidate recommended by the Committee, the invitation to join the Board shall be (subject, where
applicable, to stockholder approval) extended by the Chairman of the Board
and/or the Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
Committee shall develop for approval by the Board the appropriate criteria
(including experience, qualifications, skills, attributes or diversity in light
of the Company's current business and structure) required of Board members and shall review with the Board, on
an annual basis, the current composition of the Board in light of such criteria
and anticipated needs.
Committee shall review Company disclosures regarding the specific experience,
qualifications, attributes or skills that led to the conclusion that each
director and nominee should serve as a director.
Committee shall review periodically the size of the Board and recommend to the
Board any appropriate changes.
Committee shall recommend to the Board directors to serve
as members of each committee established by the Board (including the Committee), both annually and as needed to fill committee vacancies. In addition, the
Committee shall recommend to the Board a member of each of the committees
to serve as Chair of such committee.
In the absence of an independent Chairman of the Board or as otherwise
determined by the Board in the best interests of the Company, the Committee
shall nominate a Lead Independent Director who shall be approved by a majority
of the independent directors.
Committee shall develop and recommend to the Board a set of
Governance Principles. The Committee shall, from time to time as it deems
appropriate, but no less
frequently than annually, review and reassess the adequacy of such
Governance Principles and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.
Committee shall review all executive officer requests to serve on the boards of entities (private or public) unaffiliated with
the Company, and recommend to the Board whether or not to approve such requests. The Committee shall also review a director's proposed
acceptance of a directorship on another public company board or an appointment to an audit committee of another public company board.
The Committee shall develop the self-evaluation
methodology to be used by the Board and its committees,
initiate and oversee annually a
self-evaluation by the Board and its committees of their performance and effectiveness, and report the findings of such evaluation back to the Board.
Committee shall (i) review the Board's leadership structure in light of the
specific characteristics and circumstances of the Company and recommend any
changes to the Board for approval, and (ii) review Company disclosures relating
to Board leadership structure.
Committee shall review the appropriateness of continued
service on the Board of a member whose term is expiring, who has reached
retirement age, or whose circumstances, including business or professional
affiliations or responsibilities, have changed.
Committee shall develop and oversee the orientation
process for newly elected members of the Board and assist the Board in its
Committee shall regularly assess the adequacy of and
need for additional continuing director education programs. The Company shall pay expenses relating to
continuing director education in accordance with guidelines established by the
Committee shall evaluate and recommend the processes and
practices through which the Board shall conduct its business, including (i) the
structure, charter, leadership and membership of committees of the Board, and
(ii) committee member qualifications, appointment and removal.
Committee shall advise the Board periodically with
respect to significant developments in the law and practice of corporate
governance as well as the Company's compliance with the Company's Governance Principles and applicable laws and regulations, and make such
recommendations to the Board on all matters of corporate governance and on any
corrective action to be taken, in each case as the Committee may
Committee shall annually review and make recommendations to the Board with
respect to the compensation of the Company's non-executive Board members,
including equity-based compensation.
to any compensation consultant who has been engaged by the Committee to provide
advice on the amount or form of non-executive director compensation, (i) review
and pre-approve any other engagement of such consultant by the Company, (ii)
review at least annually the nature of any other services provided by such
consultant to the Company or management, as well as all related remuneration,
and (iii) evaluate at least annually whether the work of any such consultant has
raised any conflict of interest in accordance with Item 407(e)(3)(iv) of
Regulation S-K, and review any related disclosure required to be provided in
the Company's annual proxy statement.
receiving advice and then no less frequently than annually, assess the
independence of compensation consultants engaged by the Committee, taking into
consideration all relevant factors the Committee deems appropriate to such
consultant's independence, including factors specified in the listing standards
of the New York Stock Exchange.
Committee shall monitor compliance of directors with the Company's program of
required stock ownership.
Committee shall perform any other duties or responsibilities delegated to the
Committee by the Board from time to time.
V. Nominating and Governance Committee Funding
determined by the Committee, and without further action by the Board, the
Company shall provide for appropriate funding for payment of compensation to
outside legal counsel or any other advisors employed by the Committee and ordinary administrative expenses of the Committee that are necessary or appropriate in carrying out its