Director Independence

Director Independence

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The Board has determined that all of the Company's current Directors, with the exception of Messrs. Douglas L. Peterson (the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer) and Robert P. McGraw (the brother of Harold McGraw III, the Company's former President and Chief Executive Officer), have met the independence requirements of the New York Stock Exchange based upon the application of objective categorical standards adopted by the Board. To be considered independent, a Director must have no material relationship (other than as a Director) with the Company, or any of its subsidiaries, either directly or as a partner, shareholder or officer of an organization that has a material relationship with the Company or any of its subsidiaries. In making independence determinations, the Board broadly considers all relevant facts and circumstances. In accordance with the Company's Corporate Governance Guidelines, a Director will not be an independent Director of the Company if:

  1. such Director is, or has been within the last three years, an employee of the Company, or any of its subsidiaries, or has an immediate family member who is, or has been within the last three years, an executive officer of the Company, or any of its subsidiaries;
  2. such Director has received, or has an immediate family member who has received, during any 12-month period within the last three years, more than $120,000 in direct compensation from the Company, or any of its subsidiaries, other than Director and Committee fees and pension or other forms of deferred compensation for prior service (provided such compensation is not contingent in any way on continued service);
  3. (A) such Director is a current partner or employee of a firm that is the Company's, or any of its subsidiaries', internal or external auditor; (B) such Director has an immediate family member who is a current partner of such a firm; (C) such Director has an immediate family member who is a current employee of such a firm and personally works on the Company's, or any of its subsidiaries', audit; or (D) such Director or an immediate family member was within the last three years a partner or employee of such a firm and personally worked on the Company's, or any of its subsidiaries', audit within that time;
  4. such Director or an immediate family member is, or has been within the last three years, employed as an executive officer of another company where any present executive officer of the Company, or any of its subsidiaries, at the same time serves or served on the compensation committee of such other company; or
  5. such Director is a current employee, or an immediate family member is a current executive officer, of another company that has made payments to, or received payments (exclusive of contributions to tax exempt organizations) from, the Company, or any of its subsidiaries, for property or services in an amount which, in any of the last three fiscal years, exceeds the greater of $1 million, or 2% of the consolidated gross revenues of such other company.

For purposes of sub-paragraphs (i) through (v) above, an "immediate family member" includes a person's spouse, parents, children, siblings, mothers and fathers-in-law, sons and daughters-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law and anyone (other than domestic employees) who shares such person's home. Individuals who are no longer immediate family members as a result of legal separation or divorce, or those who have died or become incapacitated are not taken into consideration with respect to the determination of a Director's independence.

In addition, members of the Audit Committee must also satisfy a separate SEC and NYSE independence requirement, which provides that they may not be affiliates and may not accept directly or indirectly any consulting, advisory or other compensatory fee from the Company or any of its subsidiaries, other than their directors' compensation. The Board evaluated each member of the Compensation Committee under the additional NYSE compensation committee member standards and also determined that these members qualify as "non-employee directors" (as defined under Rule 16b-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) and as "outside directors" (as defined in Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code).

Source: Proxy Statement, filed March 14, 2016

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