This excerpt taken from the BAX DEF 14A filed Mar 21, 2005.
Process for Identifying and Evaluating Director Nominees
The Corporate Governance Committee has retained a search firm to help identify and evaluate potential director nominees. Director nominees are identified through recommendations from members of the Board, management and the companys search firm. As described above, the Corporate Governance Committee will also consider candidates recommended by stockholders.
The Corporate Governance Committee regularly undertakes a review of the composition of the Board for succession planning purposes, as well as to ensure that the skills and expertise deemed necessary are well represented on the companys Board. The Committee takes into consideration a number of factors, including the election cycle of directors, mandatory retirement ages, any changed circumstances of the individual directors and results from the Board and committee self-assessment questionnaires. The Committee reviews the expertise and background of current Board and committee members against the criteria described above, seeks to identify any gaps in the composition of the Board and its committees, and uses this analysis to inform its search for and selection of director nominees. In evaluating individual director candidates, the Corporate Governance Committee applies the membership criteria described above while taking into account the current make-up of the Board and the business direction of the company.
Once a candidate has been identified, the Corporate Governance Committee may collect and review publicly available information regarding the individual to assess whether he or she should be considered further. If the Corporate Governance Committee or its chairman determines that the candidate warrants further consideration, the Corporate Governance Committee and the external search firm retained by the Committee will engage in a process that includes a thorough investigation of the candidate, an examination of his or her business background and education, research on the individuals accomplishments and qualifications, an in-person interview and extensive reference checking. If this process generates a positive indication, the lead director, the members of the Committee and the Chairman of the Board will meet separately with the candidate and then confer with each other regarding their respective impressions of the candidate. If the individual was positively received, and if the individual possesses the skills, talent and/or level and degree of expertise being sought by the Board at that time, the Committee will then recommend the individual to the full Board for election. If the full Board agrees, the Chairman of the Board is then authorized to extend an offer to the individual. This process is dependent upon the receipt of positive feedback and responses at each step, and includes frequent reports to the Corporate Governance Committee and the full Board. The Committees evaluation process does not vary based on whether or not a candidate is recommended by a stockholder.
Board of Directors (continued)