This excerpt taken from the AKS DEF 14A filed Apr 17, 2008.
Specific Compensation Policies
Shareholder Approval of Severance Agreements with Senior Executives
The Board has a policy concerning shareholder approval of certain severance agreements with the Companys senior executives. That policy provides that the Board should seek shareholder approval or ratification of severance agreements with the Companys senior executives entered into on or after May 13, 2003 if such agreements require payment of benefits attributable to severance in an amount exceeding 2.99 times the sum of the senior executives annual base salary plus annual and long term incentive bonuses payable for the then-current calendar year. For purposes of this policy, the term severance agreement means an employment agreement, retirement agreement or change-in-control agreement which contains a provision for payment of benefits upon severance of employment with the Company, as well as renewals, modifications or extensions of such agreements. The term senior executive means the Chief Executive Officer, President, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer and any elected Vice President of the Company. The term benefits means lump-sum cash payments (including cash payments in lieu of medical benefits and excluding gross up payments to cover excise taxes) and the estimated present value of future periodic cash payments to be paid to a senior executive in excess of what he or she otherwise would be entitled to receive under the terms of any qualified or non-qualified company pension or employee benefit plan.
Stock Ownership Guidelines for Executive Officers
The Board also has a policy concerning stock ownership guidelines for Executive Officers. The principal objective of the policy is to enhance the linkage between the interests of shareholders and executive management through a minimum level of stock ownership. In addition, the policys guidelines are intended to provide Executive Officers with direction as to when they may sell shares. The policy establishes a target ownership guideline for the Companys common stock for each Executive Officer. The guideline typically is expressed as a number of shares equal in market value to a multiple of the Executive Officers annual base salary. The target ownership guideline set for each Executive Officer varies in amount based upon that persons relative level of seniority and responsibility. Among the NEOs, the target ownership guideline for Mr. Wainscott is a number of shares equal in market value to three times his annual base salary at the time the guidelines were established. The ratio for Messrs. Horn and Kaloski is one-and-one-half times their then-annual base salary. For Messrs. Ferrara
and Gant, the ratio is one times their then-annual base salary. Once established, an Executive Officers target ownership guideline does not re-adjust automatically as a result of changes in his or her base salary or changes in the price of the Companys stock. However, the Committee may, from time to time, reevaluate and revise a particular Executive Officers target ownership guideline in light of such changes. For purposes of the policy, ownership includes (i) shares of Company stock held directly by an Executive Officer, (ii) shares of Company stock held by an Executive Officers family member living in the same household, and (iii) shares of Company restricted stock held directly by an Executive Officer, whether or not yet vested. Ownership does not include options, whether vested or unvested, to purchase stock. Executive Officers are expected to attain the minimum level of target ownership within a period of three years from the effective date of the policy or from the date he or she is first elected as an Executive Officer, whichever is later. Currently, each of the Executive Officers is in compliance with the stock ownership guidelines.