This excerpt taken from the ALL DEF 14A filed Apr 2, 2007.
Compensation and Succession Committee Charter
The primary purposes of the Compensation and Succession Committee are (i) to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the compensation of the Chief Executive Officer and the selection and compensation of the other executive officers; (ii) to administer the Corporation's executive compensation plans; (iii) to review and discuss with management the Compensation Discussion and Analysis ("CD&A") for inclusion in the Corporation's annual proxy statement and determine whether to recommend to the Board that the CD&A be included in the proxy statement; and (iv) to prepare the Compensation Committee Report for inclusion in the Corporation's annual proxy statement in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In carrying out these purposes, the Compensation and Succession Committee has the powers and responsibilities provided in this Charter.
The size of the Compensation and Succession Committee is set from time to time by the Board of Directors, but will always consist of at least two directors. The Chair and other members of the Committee are appointed by the Board upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee in accordance with the independence requirements of the New York Stock Exchange, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the provisions of the Director Independence Standards adopted by the Board. The Chair and other members of the Committee may be removed by the Board.
III. Meetings and Operations
The Compensation and Succession Committee meets at least four times a year. The Committee Chair may call additional meetings as needed. The Committee Chair develops the meeting agendas and reports regularly to the Board on the Committee's actions and recommendations.
IV. Powers and Responsibilities
The Compensation and Succession Committee is responsible for reporting to the Board of Directors its recommendations with respect to the following matters:
The Compensation and Succession Committee also is responsible for:
the Chief Executive Officer regarding the persons he or she considers qualified to fill any vacancy that may occur in such offices.
The Compensation and Succession Committee has the authority to form, and delegate any of its responsibilities to, any subcommittee consisting of one or more members of the Committee as the Committee may deem appropriate in its sole discretion.
The Committee also has sole authority to retain and terminate compensation consultants to the Committee, including sole authority to approve the consultants' fees and other retention terms for such services provided to the Committee. The Committee also has the authority to consult with additional outside advisors, as necessary and appropriate, to assist in its duties to the Corporation. The Corporation shall provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee, for the payment of compensation to any consultant or other advisor retained by the Committee for the services provided to the Committee.
The Compensation and Succession Committee shall at least annually 1) evaluate its own performance and report to the Board on such evaluation and 2) review and assess the adequacy of its Committee Charter and recommend any proposed changes to the Board.