This excerpt taken from the AKS DEF 14A filed Apr 22, 2005.
Summary of the Stock Plan
The following is a summary of the material features of the Stock Plan, as restated to reflect the amendments discussed above. The summary does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the amended and restated Stock Plan, a copy of which is appended to this Proxy Statement as Annex A.
Administration. The Stock Plan will continue to be administered by the Compensation Committee of the Board (the Committee), all of the members of which must be (i) non-employee directors within the meaning of and to the extent required by Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act, (ii) independent directors under the rules and regulations of The New York Stock Exchange, and (iii) outside directors within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code. Among other functions, the Committee has authority to determine the allocation of the shares subject to the Stock Plan among options, restricted stock and Performance Share awards, the type of awards (options, restricted stock and/or Performance Share awards), the number of shares subject to an award (except for awards to directors, the size and type of which are specified in the Stock Plan itself and are subject to certain conditions) and to determine the terms and conditions of awards. The Committee also has the authority to construe and interpret the Stock Plan, establish, amend or waive rules and regulations for its administration, and amend the terms and conditions of any outstanding award (subject to the conditions provided in the Stock Plan).
Eligibility. All outside directors (currently 8), executive officers (currently 8) and key management employees (approximately 29) are eligible to participate in the Stock Plan.
Number of Shares. Awards under the Stock Plan may be made with respect to an aggregate of 16,000,000 shares. No person may be granted awards under the Stock Plan with respect to more than 600,000 shares in any calendar year. The number of shares covered by the Stock Plan, including shares subject to outstanding options under the Stock Plan, will adjust automatically for any stock dividend or split, recapitalization, reclassification, merger, consolidation, combination or exchange of shares, or similar corporate change.