Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee Charter
Approved by the Board of Directors on December 7, 2015
- To oversee the annual evaluation of the Board and the committees of the Board
- To keep the Board and Company management apprised of corporate governance matters that affect the Company,
- To identify individuals qualified to become Board members, and
- To select, or recommend that the Board select, the director nominees for the next annual meeting of stockholders.
The Committee shall meet as often as may be deemed necessary or appropriate. The Committee may ask members of management or other persons to attend meetings or to provide relevant information. The Committee may determine its own rules of procedure and may meet where and as provided by such rules or by resolution of the Committee.
- Review and report to the Board as necessary or appropriate with regard to matters of corporate governance (which is defined for this purpose as the relationship of the Board, the stockholders and management in determining the direction and performance of the Company).
- Develop and periodically review and assess the effectiveness of the Board’s Corporate Governance Guidelines and Committee charters, and recommend to the Board proposed revisions to these Guidelines and charters.
Identify and screen individuals qualified to become members of the Board consistent with criteria approved by the Board.
Select and recommend to the Board for approval director nominees to be presented for stockholder approval at the annual meeting.
Select and recommend to the Board for approval director nominees to fill vacancies on the Board as necessary.
Make recommendations to the Board regarding the size and composition of the Board and develop and recommend to the Board criteria (such as, independence, experience relevant to the needs of the Company, leadership qualities, diversity and ability to represent all stockholders) for the selection of individuals to be considered as candidates for election to the Board.
Oversee the annual evaluation of the Board and the committees of the Board.
The Committee will conduct an evaluation of the Committee’s performance at least annually and review this Charter periodically, and will report to the Board any recommended changes to this Charter.
This Charter will be made available on the Company’s website.
DAVID A. OWEN has been a director of the Company since February 2010. Mr. Owen has been a partner in the law firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC since January 2015. Prior to that date, Mr. Owen was a partner in the law firm of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and its predecessor entity, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC, for more than the last five years, where he served in firm management as Deputy Chairman, a member of the Compensation Committee and various other management positions. He represents businesses in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. Mr. Owen's litigation practice includes environmental, agribusiness, anti-trust, securities and environmental enforcement matters. Mr. Owen received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University and his J.D. from Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
DR. GARY L. ALLEE has been a director of the Company since May 1998. For more than twenty years, Dr. Allee was Professor of Swine Nutrition at the University of Missouri, a position from which he retired in 2010. Dr. Allee has also served as President and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Section of the American Society of Animal Science. Dr. Allee has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Husbandry and Swine Nutrition from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois.
STEPHEN C. BRYAN has been a director of the Company since June 2014. Mr. Bryan currently manages his personal investments. Mr. Bryan served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Delavau, LLC, a vitamin and mineral supplement and technology-based food ingredient manufacturer, from 2003 to March 2013 and was responsible for directing all aspects of Delavau's business with a focus on sales, operations and product development. Prior thereto, Mr. Bryan was President of the Great Lakes Division of TCI/AT&T Broadband, a cable, telecommunications and internet service company, and President of Entenmann's Bakery Company, a fresh baked goods manufacturing company. Mr. Bryan also has more than twenty years of general management and marketing experience with Kraft Foods, General Foods, and Frito-Lay. Mr. Bryan also served as a pilot for the U.S. Navy.
Michael N. Christodolou has been a director of the Company since June 2016. He has over thirty years of investment and corporate governance experience with publicly-traded companies. Mr. Christodolou serves as the Manager of Inwood Capital Management LLC, a private investment firm he founded in 2000. From 1988 to 1999 Mr. Christodolou was employed by Bass Brothers/Taylor & Company, the public equity investment group for certain members of the Bass family of Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Christodolou has also served as the Chairman of Lindsay Corporation from January 2003 to January 2015 and has been a Director of the company since January 1999. Previously he served as a Director of XTRA Corporation from 1998 to September 2001, a Director of Quest Capital Group LLC from March 2011 to June 2015 and a Director of Farmland Partners Inc. from November 2015 to February 2016. Mr. Christodolou received a B.S. in Economics and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.