This Charter of the Compensation Committee (the "Committee") of the Board of Directors (the "Board") of SunPower Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), was adopted by the Board on October 26, 2005 and revised November 15, 2011,November 28, 2012, October 22, 2013, October 22, 2014, and April 22, 2015.
The Committee shall assist the Board in discharging its duties with respect to:
A. The formulation, implementation, review and modification of the compensation of the Company’s directors and Executive Officers (as defined below);
B. The review and preparation of an annual report on executive compensation for inclusion in the Company’s annual proxy statement and annual report on Form 10-K, in accordance with applicable rules and regulations of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC ("NASDAQ"), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and other regulatory bodies;
C. The review with management of the Compensation Discussion and Analysis (“CD&A”) section of the Company’s annual proxy statement or annual report on Form 10-K;
D. Oversight of the Company’s compensation philosophy, which may be performance-based, to reward and retain employees based on achievement of goals; and
E. The administration of the Company’s equity incentive plans.
The compensation programs for the Company's Executive Officers shall be designed to attract, motivate and retain talented executives responsible for the success of the Company and shall be determined within a competitive framework and based on the achievement of the Company's overall financial results and individual contributions.
In addition, the Committee will undertake those specific duties and responsibilities listed below and such other duties as the Board may from time to time prescribe.
A. Composition and Qualifications
During any period in which the Company does not qualify for the “Controlled Company” exemptions provided in Rule 5615(c) of the NASDAQ Listing Rules (the “NASDAQ Rules”), the Committee shall be composed of two (2) or more members of the Board, each of whom is determined by the Board to be independent and who meet the independence requirements under the NASDAQ Rules.
During any period in which the Company qualifies for the “Controlled Company” exemptions provided by the NASDAQ Rules and is party to that certain Affiliation Agreement, dated as of April 28, 2011 and as amended from time to time (the “Affiliation Agreement”), between the Company and Total Energies Nouvelles Activités USA (“Total”), pursuant to the terms of Affiliation Agreement the Committee shall be composed of four (4) members of the Board: two (2) directors each determined by the Board to be independent and who meet the independence requirements of the NASDAQ Rules and two (2) directors each designated by Total.
The Board may determine that the Committee, or a sub-committee thereof, should consist of at least two directors, each of which (i) is a "Non-Employee Director" for purposes of Rule 16b-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and (ii) satisfies the requirements of an "outside director" for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code.
B. Appointment and Removal
The members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Board, based upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and shall serve until such member's successor is duly elected and qualified or until such member's earlier resignation or removal. The members of the Committee serve at the discretion of the Board and may be removed, with or without cause, by a majority vote of the Board.
C. Committee Chair
Unless a Committee Chair is elected by the full Board, the members of the Committee shall designate a Chair by majority vote of the full Committee membership. The Chair will chair all regular sessions of the Committee and set the agendas (after consultation with management, if appropriate) for Committee meetings.
D. Delegation to Subcommittees
In fulfilling its responsibilities, the Committee shall be entitled to delegate any or all of its responsibilities to a subcommittee of the Committee, which may be composed of one or more Committee members.
E. Use of Consultants
The Committee shall have the specific responsibilities and authority necessary to comply with Rule 10C-1(b)(2), (3) and (4)(i)-(vi) under the Exchange Act relating to the: (a) authority to retain or obtain the advice of compensation consultants, independent legal counsel and other compensation advisers; (b) authority to fund such advisers; and (c) responsibility to consider certain independence factors before selecting such advisers, other than in-house legal counsel. In addition, the Committee may, at the Company’s expense, retain and terminate the retention of any counsel, experts, consultants and other advisors as the Committee may deem appropriate, and the Committee shall have the sole authority to approve any such advisor's fees and other retention terms. The Committee shall also have the sole authority to retain and terminate the retention of any search firm to be used to identify candidates for the position of Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), including sole authority to approve the search firm's fees and other retention terms.
The Committee shall be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the work of any compensation consultant, legal counsel and other adviser retained by the Committee. The Company must provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee, for payment of reasonable compensation to a compensation consultant, legal counsel or any other adviser retained by the Committee. The Committee may select, or receive advice from, a compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser to the Committee other than in-house legal counsel, only after taking into consideration the following factors:
(i) the provision of other services to the Company by the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser;
(ii) the amount of fees received from the Company by the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser, as a percentage of the total revenue of the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser;
(iii) the policies and procedures of the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser that are designed to prevent conflicts of interest;
(iv) any business or personal relationship of the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser with a member of the Committee;
(v) any stock of the Company owned by the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser; and
(vi) any business or personal relationship of the compensation consultant, legal counsel, other adviser or the person employing the adviser with an officer.
The Committee is not required to conduct an independence assessment for a compensation adviser that acts in a role limited to the following activities for which no disclosure is required under Item 407(e)(3)(iii) of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended: (a) consulting on any broad-based plan that does not discriminate in scope, terms, operation or in favor of officers or Board members of the Company, and that is available generally to all salaried employees; or (b) providing information that either is not customized for a particular issuer or that is customized based on parameters that are not developed by the adviser, and about which the adviser does not provide advice.
Members and the Chair of the Committee shall receive such fees, if any, for their service as Committee members and Chair as may be determined by the Board, based upon the recommendation of the Compensation Committee.
A. Frequency and Notice
C. Books and Records
D. Quorum and Voting
E. Reports and Minutes
Outlined below are certain continuing responsibilities that the Committee is expected to fulfill in effecting its purpose as stated in Section I of this Charter. This list of responsibilities is presented for illustrative purposes and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Committee may conduct additional activities as appropriate in light of changing business, legislative, regulatory, legal or other conditions. The Committee shall also fulfill other responsibilities delegated to it from time to time by the Board.
A. Setting Compensation for Directors and Executive Officers
The Committee shall:
1. Review and approve annually (or more frequently, as appropriate) corporate and individual goals and objectives relevant to the compensation of the CEO and, with the CEO's input, of other Executive Officers and of other officers of the Committee’s choosing.
2. Review annually (or more frequently, as appropriate) the performance of the CEO in light of the CEO’s goals and objectives and recommend to the independent directors of the Company for their approval the compensation of the CEO taking into account such factors as this performance review, the prior experience and breadth of knowledge of the CEO, the CEO’s commitment to ethics and compliance, and competitive pay practices. Although the CEO shall not be present during these deliberations or during the voting on making or acting upon the recommendation for his or her compensation by the Committee or by the independent directors, any director who is not an employee of the Company may attend the Committee meeting(s) at which the performance review is conducted and compensation recommendation is made but may not attend the meeting of the independent directors at which such recommendation is acted upon.
3. Taking into account the input of the CEO, review annually (or more frequently, as appropriate) the performance of other Executive Officers and other officers of the Committee’s choosing in light of their individual goals and objectives as well as their commitment to ethics and compliance, compare their compensation against a peer group and approve their compensation.
4. Review annually (or more frequently, as appropriate) and recommend to the full Board the compensation (including equity-based compensation) of directors as well as Board committee chairs and members.
5. For the foregoing and following purposes, (a) compensation means total compensation including base salary, bonus plan, long-term incentive and equity compensation, and all other compensation and (b) Executive Officer means any person considered an executive officer under the applicable rules of the SEC and NASDAQ.
6. Review and approve the principal terms of any employment, change of control, severance or other like agreement between the Company and an Executive Officer or any other officer of its choosing, taking into account input of the CEO as to proposed agreements not involving him or her.
7. At least once every three years, the Committee shall retain an independent consultant to (i) conduct a comparative study of the Company’s executive compensation policies relative to comparable public companies and (ii) propose any improvements to these policies. The Committee shall review and consider the study and any proposed changes at a regularly scheduled Committee meeting.
B. Monitoring and Administering Incentive and Equity-Based Compensation Plans
The Committee shall:
1. Review and make recommendations to the Board with respect to the Company’s compensation plans and benefits policies generally (subject, if applicable, to stockholder approval) including any incentive compensation and equity-based plans of the Company that are subject to Board approval. In reviewing such compensation and benefits policies, the Committee may consider the recruitment, development, promotion, retention and compensation of Executive Officers and other employees of the Company and any other factors that it deems appropriate.
2. Review and approve the adoption and amendment of all equity compensation plans of the Company that are not otherwise subject to the approval of the Company's shareholders.
3. Establish the compensation philosophy for, and review the administration of or provide for the administration of, the Company's equity-based, long-term compensation, and cash bonus plans that provide for the Board to appoint an administering committee. The Committee may delegate such authority as provided in such plans.
4. Establish a Company compensation philosophy, which may be performance-based, to reward and retain employees based on achievement of goals.
5. Review annually (or more frequently, as appropriate) awards made under the Company’s equity-based plans to ensure the awards comply with the limitations and restrictions contained in such plans.
C. Review for Forfeiture of Bonuses and Profits in the Event of a Restatement
In the event that the Company restates its financial statements filed with the SEC, the Committee shall consider whether it is appropriate for the Company to demand, and if appropriate shall formally recommend that the Board cause the Company to demand, reimbursement, in whole or in part, of any annual incentive payment or long-term incentive payment to a current or former Executive Officer where: (i) the payment was predicated upon achieving certain financial results that were subsequently the subject of the restatement; (ii) the Committee determines the Executive Officer engaged in intentional or reckless misconduct that caused the need for the restatement; and (iii) a lower payment would have been made to the Executive Officer based upon the restated financial results.
D. Disclosure and Reports
The Committee shall prepare an annual report on executive compensation for inclusion in the Company’s proxy statement and annual report on Form 10-K and review and discuss the Company’s CD&A and provide a recommendation to the Company’s Board regarding the inclusion of the CD&A within the Company’s proxy statement and annual report on Form 10-K in accordance with applicable rules and regulations of the SEC, NASDAQ and other applicable regulatory bodies.
E. Succession Planning
The Committee shall, in consultation with the CEO, periodically review the Company’s management succession planning for the CEO and Executive Officers. The Committee shall periodically review with the CEO the Company’s management employee development programs.
The Committee shall perform a review and evaluation, at least annually, of the performance of the Committee and its members, including by reviewing the compliance of the Committee with this Charter. In addition, the Committee shall review and reassess, at least annually, the adequacy of this Charter and recommend to the Board any improvements to this Charter that the Committee considers necessary or valuable. The Committee shall conduct such evaluations and reviews in such manner, as it deems appropriate.
Mr. Pat Wood III has served as a Principal of Wood3 Resources, an energy infrastructure developer, since July 2005. He is active in the development of electric power and natural gas infrastructure assets in North America. From 2001 to 2005 Mr. Wood served as the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. From 1995 to 2001, he chaired the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Mr. Wood has also been an attorney with Baker & Botts, a global law firm, and an associate project engineer with Arco Indonesia, an oil and gas company, in Jakarta. He currently serves as Chairman of Dynegy, Inc., and is a director of Quanta Services, Inc. and of Memorial Resource Development Corp. He is a strategic advisor to Hunt Transmission Services/ InfraREIT Capital Partners. Mr. Wood is a past director of the American Council on Renewable Energy and is a member of the National Petroleum Council.
Ms. Helle Kristoffersen is Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Affairs for the Gas, Renewables and Power segment for Total S.A. She was appointed to this position in September 2016 after serving as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Intelligence for the Total Group from January 2012. She joined Total S.A. in January 2011 as Deputy Vice President. Ms. Kristoffersen spent 16 years at Alcatel, subsequently Alcatel-Lucent, where she served as Vice President, Corporate Strategy. She currently serves as a director of Orange and of PSA Group (Peugeot). Ms. Kristoffersen served as a director of Valeo from 2007 to 2013. She is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure and the Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance (ENSAE). She holds a master's degree in econometrics from Université Paris 1.
Mr. Thomas R. McDaniel was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Edison International, a generator and distributor of electric power and investor in infrastructure and energy assets, before retiring in July 2008 after 37 years of service. Before January 2005, Mr. McDaniel was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Edison Mission Energy, a power generation business specializing in the development, acquisition, construction, management and operation of power production facilities. Mr. McDaniel was also Chief Executive Officer and a director of Edison Capital, a provider of capital and financial services supporting the growth of energy and infrastructure projects, products and services, both domestically and internationally. Mr. McDaniel has served on our Board since February 2009. He is Chairman of the Board of Tendril, a smart-grid, software-as-a-service company. Mr. McDaniel is a director of SemGroup, L.P., a midstream energy services company, and a Director of Aquion Energy, a manufacturer of energy storage systems. He is also on the advisory board of Cypress Envirosystems, which develops and markets energy efficiency products. Mr. McDaniel also serves on the Advisory Board of On Ramp Wireless, a communications company serving electrical, gas and water utilities. Mr. McDaniel formerly served on the board of directors of the Senior Care Action Network (SCAN) from 2000-2013. Through the McDaniel Family Foundation, he is also actively involved in a variety of charitable activities such as the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Beach, Heifer International and the Free Wheelchair Mission.
Mr. Julien Pouget has served as Senior Vice-President of the Renewables division of Total S.A. since January 1, 2017. From 2014 to 2016, he served as a senior advisor to the French President, initially responsible for Industry, then Industry and Digital, and finally for the Economy. His responsibilities during this time included the restructuring of the French nuclear industry. Prior to his service to the President, Mr. Pouget spent six years in various positions at Alstom Power, including as Vice-President of the heat exchangers product line for France, Switzerland and China, as Vice-President and General Manager of Asian activities and as project leader and as head of engineering for the heat exchangers on the Flamanville 3 EPR nuclear plant in France. From 2001 to 2008 Mr. Pouget held various positions in the French Ministry of Industry, and at the state shareholding agency at the French Ministry for Finance and Economy. Mr. Pouget is a chief engineer of the prestigious French Corps de Mines and a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique.