This excerpt taken from the EYE DEF 14A filed Apr 20, 2006.
Role of the Board of Directors
1. The Board of Directors, which is elected by the stockholders, is the ultimate decision-making body of the Company, except with respect to those matters reserved to the stockholders. It appoints the senior management team, which is charged with the conduct of the Companys business. Having appointed the senior management team, the Boards role is to oversee management. The Board also acts as an advisor and counselor to senior management and ultimately monitors its performance. The Board has complete access to the Companys management. The Board also has access, as necessary and appropriate, to independent legal, financial and accounting advisors to assist in their duties to the Company and its stockholders.
2. The Board of Directors shall support a corporate environment of internal controls, fiscal accountability, ethical standards and compliance with applicable governance policies, laws and regulations. Under Delaware law, each director owes duties of loyalty and care to the Company and is expected to act in the best interests of the Companys stockholders as a whole. The Company has adopted a Code of Ethics that is applicable to each of its directors, officers and employees.
3. It is the general policy of the Company that all major decisions be considered by the Board as a whole. The Board has delegated certain basic responsibilities to three committees: Audit and Finance; Organization, Compensation and Corporate Governance (OCCG); and Science and Technology. The responsibilities of these committees are set forth in their respective written charters, which shall be publicly available at all times.
4. The OCCG is responsible for setting annual and long-term performance goals for the CEO and for evaluating his or her performance against those goals on an annual basis. The evaluation is submitted for consideration by the outside directors of the Board in an executive session. The evaluation is then used in the consideration of the CEOs compensation.
5. The OCCG is also responsible for undertaking an annual assessment of the Boards performance. This report will be discussed with the full Board. The assessment will focus on the Boards contribution as a whole and areas in which the Board or management believes a better contribution could be made.
6. The Board plans for succession to the position of Chief Executive Officer as well as certain other senior management positions. To assist the Board, the Chief Executive Officer annually provides the Board with an assessment of senior managers and of their potential to succeed him or her. The Board or the OCCG should also receive at that time an assessment of persons considered potential successors to certain senior management positions and the Companys management development plans.
7. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for establishing effective communications with the Companys stakeholders. It is the policy of the Company that designated management speaks for the Company. Stockholders may communicate directly with the Board of Directors or with any of the non-management directors in writing, mailed or delivered to such person or group in care of the Secretary at the Companys headquarters.