The purpose of this Charter is to delegate authority to and specify the composition, duties, and responsibilities of the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Danaos Corporation (the “Company”).
I. Committee Purpose and Authorization
The Committee is appointed by the Board to assist the Board in compensation matters. The Committee’s primary duties and responsibilities are to:
• Develop and make recommendations to the Board with respect to the Company’s compensation policies.
• Determine the compensation to be paid to the Company’s executive officers.
• Administer the Company’s compensation and benefits programs for employees, non-employee directors and other service providers.
The Committee is authorized to retain, at the Company’s expense, compensation consultants, special legal counsel, accounting professionals, or other consultants or experts it deems necessary in the performance of its duties. If the Committee uses a compensation consultant to assist in the evaluation of compensation for executive officers or non-employee directors, the Committee shall have sole authority to retain and terminate the consulting firm and to approve the firm’s retention terms and fees. The Committee has the authority to conduct any investigation appropriate to fulfilling its responsibilities, and it has direct access to anyone in the organization.
II. Committee Composition
The Committee shall be comprised of such number of directors of the Company, as the Board determines from time to time. At least a majority of the members of the Committee shall be “independent” directors, as defined under Section 303A(2) of the Listed Company Manual of the New York Stock Exchange and in the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines. Each member of the Committee shall have sufficient knowledge and familiarity in the area of compensation practices and policies to discharge the duties and responsibilities as a member of the Committee. The foregoing notwithstanding, no action of the Committee shall be void or deemed to be without authority solely because of a failure of any member to meet the requirements of this Part II.
Members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Board and may be removed by the Board. Members shall serve until their successors are duly appointed (except in the case of removal), which appointments shall be made each year following the Annual Meeting of Stockholders. If the Board does not designate a Chair of the Committee, the Chair shall be selected by the members of the Committee.
III. Meetings and Organization
The Committee shall meet as often as it may deem necessary and appropriate in its judgment, but in no event less than once per year. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum, and decisions shall be made by act of a majority of the members present at a meeting. The Chair of the committee may call special meetings as circumstances require. Participation in meetings by telephone or other interactive means shall be permitted. The executive officers of the Company, employees, and professional persons may attend meetings, but all or part of at least one meeting per year will be conducted with no officers (other than an officer who is a member of the Committee) or employees present. The Committee shall keep regular minutes of its proceedings, which shall be available to the Board, and shall make reports to the Board as requested by the Board.
The Committee may delegate its authority to one or more subcommittees, which shall be comprised of at least two members of the Committee. In addition, a member of the Committee may recuse himself or herself with respect to any matter before the Committee. Such delegation or recusal may take place in order to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory obligations, to ensure timely decision making or for other purposes. Any such delegation or recusals shall meet applicable requirements of Section 303A.05 of the New York Stock Exchange Listed Company Manual, and any subcommittee shall remain subject to the terms of this Charter. Authority with respect to ministerial duties of the Committee, including day-to-day administration of compensation and benefit plans and payment of fees for professional services provided to the Committee, may be performed by officers and employees of the Company in accordance with the terms of plans, Committee resolutions, retention and fee terms approved in advance by the Committee, and other directions given by the Committee.
IV. Committee Responsibilities and Duties
A. Duties and Responsibilities In Setting Compensation
The Committee shall perform the duties and responsibilities identified below, without limiting the scope of authority granted under this Charter but subject to the provisions under Section IV.B below.
• Determine the compensation of the Company’s executive officers, based on the Committee’s evaluation of the performance of the Company and individual business units and departments, and the performance of the executive officer in light of pre-set Company, business unit, departmental or individual goals and objectives, information regarding competitive compensation, and such other factors and circumstances as the Committee may deem relevant.
• Recommend to the Board the compensation of Board members, including Board and committee retainer fees, equity-based compensation, and other similar items as appropriate.
• Establish, revise and administer equity-based compensation plans.
• Establish, revise and administer all other compensation and benefit plans, policies, programs, contracts and arrangements for employees, other service providers, and non-employee directors. This includes authority to negotiate or implement employment agreements and consulting contracts, severance and termination agreements, change-in-control agreements, health and welfare benefits, insurance protections, and other benefits of any type, including perquisites and expense account policies.
• Establish, revise and administer all other policies reasonably related to compensation and employment, including guidelines mandating ownership of Company stock by executive officers and directors and restrictions on competition by former employees.
B. Approval Requirements
The Board intends that the Committee coordinate closely with the Board in implementing compensation decisions, while retaining authority to act independently in appropriate cases. The Committee, in carrying out its duties and responsibilities, shall be subject to the following:
• Significant decisions of the Committee relating to compensation of executive officers should be presented as recommendations to the Board of Directors, with the Board to act on such recommendations.
• The Committee, however, shall have authority to act directly on any matter relating to the CEO or other executive officers, in the interest of timely decision-making, in order to comply with any applicable regulatory scheme, in furtherance of prior directions of the Board, due to the relative insignificance of the matter, or if the Committee otherwise determines it is in the best interests of the Company to act independently, always taking into consideration that the Company may be a “controlled company” within the meaning of the New York Stock Exchange corporate governance standards.
• Committee actions that have a material
effect on the amount or timing of compensation
to nonemployee directors shall in all
cases be subject to the approval or ratification
of the Board, unless
specific authority for the Committee
to take such action has been delegated by the
Compensatory plans or arrangements shall also be
subject to approval of the Company’s
stockholders, to the extent required
by law or the rules of the
New York Stock Exchange.
C. Other Committee Responsibilities
The Committee shall perform the following
• If requested by the Board, annually prepare a report on executive compensation as required for publication in the Company’s proxy statement for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
• Review succession planning and management
development for senior management, including the
chief executive officer, on at least an annual basis.
planning should include developing
policies and principles for the succession of the
on both a planned basis (e.g., upon
retirement) and in the event of an emergency. Review
the adequacy of this Charter at least
annually. Submit proposed revisions to the Charter
to the Board for
approval and have the document published
by the Company in accordance with applicable regulations
V. Annual Performance Review
Annually, the performance of the Committee shall be subject to review and evaluation by the Nominating and Governance Committee (this may be in conjunction with the evaluation of the Board). This will include a review of the compliance by the Committee with this Charter. The results of the evaluation shall be reported to the Board.
This Compensation Committee Charter was adopted on
the 18th day of September, 2006.