Compensation Committee Charter
Vector Group Ltd.
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE CHARTER
(as Amended and Restated May 8, 2013)
Purpose of Committee
The purpose of the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Vector Group Ltd. (the “Company”) is to discharge the Board’s responsibilities relating to compensation of the Company’s executives and directors and to produce an annual report on executive compensation for inclusion in the Company’s proxy statement, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
The Committee shall consist solely of two or more members of the Board, each of whom the Board has determined has no material relationship with the Company and each of whom is otherwise “independent” under the rules and listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange.
Members shall be appointed by the Board, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Board and for such term or terms as the Board may determine.
Committee Structure and Operations
The Board shall designate one member of the Committee as its Chair. The Committee shall meet in person or telephonically at least twice a year at a time and place determined by the Committee Chair, with further meetings to occur, or actions to be taken by unanimous written consent, when deemed necessary or desirable by the Committee or its Chair.
The Committee may invite such members of management to its meetings as it may deem desirable or appropriate, consistent with the maintenance of the confidentiality of compensation discussions. The Company’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) should not attend any meeting where the CEO’s performance or compensation are discussed, unless specifically invited by the Committee.
The Committee shall have direct responsibility to:
1. In consultation with senior management, establish the Company’s general compensation philosophy, and oversee the development and implementation of compensation programs.
2. Review and approve corporate goals and objectives relevant to the compensation of the CEO, evaluate the performance of the CEO in light of those goals and objectives, and determine and approve the CEO’s compensation level based on this evaluation. In determining the long-term incentive component of CEO compensation, the Committee should consider, among other factors, the Company’s performance and relative shareholder return, the value of similar incentive awards to CEOs at comparable companies, the awards given to the CEO in past years and such other factors as the Committee may deem relevant.
3. Review and approve compensation programs applicable to the executive officers of the Company, and oversee regulatory compliance with respect to compensation matters.
4. Review and make recommendations to the Board with respect to the compensation of all directors, including participation in equity compensation plans.
5. Administer the Company’s 1998 Long-Term Incentive Plan, the Amended and Restated 1999 Long-Term Incentive Plan and the Senior Executive Incentive Compensation Plan and approve such awards thereunder as the Committee deems appropriate.
6. Approve any new equity compensation plan or any material change to an existing plan where shareholder approval has not been obtained, make recommendations to the Board with respect to the Company’s non-CEO compensation plans, incentive compensation plans and equity-based plans, oversee the activities of the individuals and committees responsible for administering these plans, and discharge any responsibilities imposed on the Committee by any of these plans.
7. Review and approve any severance or similar termination payments proposed to be made to any current or former executive officer of the Company.
8. Prepare and issue the evaluations and reports required under “Committee Reports” below.
9. Perform any other responsibilities expressly delegated to the Committee by the Board from time to time relating to the Company’s compensation programs.
Delegation to Subcommittee
The Committee may, in its discretion, delegate all or a portion of its responsibilities to a subcommittee of the Committee. In particular, the Committee may delegate the approval of certain transactions to a subcommittee consisting solely of members of the Committee who are (i) “Non-Employee Directors” for the purposes of Rule 16b-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as in effect from time to time, and (ii) “outside directors” for the purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code, as in effect from time to time.
The Committee shall prepare the following reports and provide them to the Board.
1. An annual Report of the Compensation Committee on Executive Compensation for inclusion in the Company’s annual proxy statement in accordance with applicable SEC rules and regulations.
2. An annual performance evaluation of the Committee, which evaluation shall compare the performance of the Committee with the requirements of this charter. The performance evaluation should also recommend to the Board any improvements to the Committee’s charter deemed necessary or desirable by the Committee. The performance evaluation by the Committee shall be conducted in such manner as the Committee deems appropriate. The report to the Board may take the form of an oral report by the Chair of the Committee or any other member of the Committee designated by the Committee to make this report.
3. A summary of the actions taken at each Committee meeting, which shall be presented to the Board at the next Board meeting.
Resources and Authority of the Committee
The Committee shall have the resources and authority appropriate to discharge its responsibilities, including the authority to select, retain, terminate, and approve the fees and other retention terms of special counsel or other experts or consultants, as it deems appropriate, without seeking approval of the Board or management. The Committee may, in its sole discretion, retain or obtain the advice of any compensation consultant, independent legal counsel or other adviser (each, a “Compensation Adviser”) as it deems necessary to assist in the evaluation of CEO, executive officer or director compensation and shall be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the work of any such Compensation Adviser. Before selecting a Compensation Adviser, and annually thereafter, the Committee shall consider such factors as may be required by the New York Stock Exchange listing standards or applicable rules of the SEC with respect to the independence of any Compensation Adviser. The Company will provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee, for the payment of reasonable compensation to any Compensation Adviser retained by the Committee.