This excerpt taken from the EBAY DEF 14A filed Mar 19, 2009.
http://investor.ebay.com/governance. The ownership levels of our executive officers as of March 3, 2009 are set forth in the section entitled Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management above. We also have an insider trading policy that, among other things, prohibits employees from trading any instrument that relates to the future price of our stock.
This excerpt taken from the EBAY DEF 14A filed Apr 28, 2008.
http://investor.ebay.com/governance. Information contained on our website is not part of this proxy statement. The Board regularly reviews corporate governance developments and modifies these policies as warranted. Any changes in these governance documents will be reflected in the same location on our website.
This excerpt taken from the EBAY DEF 14A filed Apr 26, 2006.
http://investor.ebay.com/governance and are summarized below.
Committee Responsibilities. Board committees help the Board run effectively and efficiently, but do not replace the oversight of the Board as a whole. There are currently three principal committees: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Each committee meets regularly and has a written charter that has been approved by the Board. In addition, at each regularly scheduled Board meeting, a member of each committee reports on any significant matters addressed by the committee. Each committee performs an annual self-assessment to evaluate its effectiveness in fulfilling its obligations.
Independence. Nasdaq rules require listed companies to have a board of directors with at least a majority of independent directors. Our Board has determined that nine of our eleven directors are independent under the listing standards of the Nasdaq Stock Market. The Board limits membership on the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee to independent non-employee directors. In addition, the Board has a designated lead independent director who chairs and can call formal closed sessions of outside directors, leads Board meetings in the absence of the Chairman, and leads the annual Board self-assessment. Mr. Tierney is currently the lead independent director, and was recently reappointed to the position for a second two-year term. He will serve as lead independent director until the Board meeting following our 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
Stockholder Communication. Stockholders may communicate with the Board of Directors or individual directors care of the Corporate Secretary, eBay Inc., 2145 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, California 95125. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee has delegated responsibility for initial review of stockholder communications to our Corporate Secretary. In accordance with the committees instructions, our Corporate Secretary will summarize all correspondence and make it available to each member of the Board. In addition, the Corporate Secretary will forward copies of all stockholder correspondence to each member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, except for communications that are (a) advertisements or promotional communications, (b) solely related to complaints by users with respect to ordinary course of business customer service and satisfaction issues, or (c) clearly unrelated to our business, industry, management, or Board or committee matters.
Attendance at Annual Meetings. Absent exigent circumstances, all directors are expected to attend the companys annual meeting of stockholders. Nine of the ten directors who were then on the Board attended our 2005 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
Formal Closed Sessions. At the conclusion of each regularly scheduled Board meeting, the outside directors have the opportunity to meet without our management or the other directors. The lead independent director leads the discussions.
Board Compensation. Board compensation is determined by the Compensation Committee. Prior to 2003, Board compensation was 100% equity based. After a review, in December 2002, Board compensation was substantially revised by the Board, with equity compensation reduced and cash compensation added. Board compensation has subsequently been reviewed annually by the Compensation Committee, which has not changed cash compensation and has effectively reduced equity compensation by holding the number of options granted annually to the same absolute number notwithstanding two subsequent stock splits. Current Board compensation is described under the heading Executive Compensation Compensation of Directors below.
Stock Ownership Guidelines. In September 2004, our Board adopted stock ownership guidelines to better align the interests of our directors and executives with the interests of stockholders and further promote our commitment to sound corporate governance. Under the guidelines, our executive officers are required to achieve ownership of eBay common stock valued at three times their annual base salary (five times in the case of our Chief Executive Officer). Until an executive achieves the required level of ownership, he or she is required to retain 25% of the net shares received as the result of the exercise of eBay stock options. Directors are required to achieve ownership of eBay common stock valued at three times the amount of the annual retainer paid to directors within three years of joining the Board, or in the case of directors serving at the time the guidelines were adopted, within three years of the date of adoption of the guidelines. A more detailed summary of our stock ownership guidelines can be found on our website at http://investor.ebay.com/governance. The ownership levels of our executives and directors as of April 1, 2006 are set forth in the section entitled Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management below.
Outside Advisors. The Board and each of its committees may retain outside advisors and consultants of their choosing at the companys expense. The Board need not obtain managements consent to retain outside advisors.
Conflicts of Interest. eBay expects its directors, executives, and employees to conduct themselves with the highest degree of integrity, ethics, and honesty. eBays credibility and reputation depend upon the good judgment, ethical standards and personal integrity of each director, executive, and employee. In order to better protect eBay and its stockholders, eBay regularly reviews its Code of Conduct to ensure that it provides clear guidance to its employees and directors. The Code of Conduct was most recently updated in October 2005.
Transparency. eBay believes it is important that stockholders understand the governance practices of eBay. In order to help ensure transparency of our practices, we have posted information regarding our corporate governance procedures on our website at http://investor.ebay.com/governance.
Board Effectiveness and Director Performance Reviews. It is important to eBay that the Board and its committees are performing effectively and in the best interest of the company and its stockholders. The Board performs an annual self-assessment, led by the lead independent director, to evaluate its effectiveness in fulfilling its obligations. As part of this annual self-assessment, directors are asked to provide feedback on the performance of other directors. The lead independent director then follows up on this feedback and takes such further action with directors receiving comments and other directors as he deems appropriate.
Succession Planning. The Board recognizes the importance of effective executive leadership to eBays success, and meets to discuss executive succession planning at least annually. As part of this process, the Board reviews the capabilities of the companys senior leadership as set out in written succession planning documents and identifies and discusses potential successors for members of the companys executive staff, including the Chief Executive Officer.
Auditor Independence. eBay has taken a number of steps to ensure continued independence of our outside auditors. Our independent auditors report directly to the Audit Committee, and we limit the use of our auditors for non-audit services. The fees for services provided by our auditors in 2005 and 2004 and our policy on pre-approval of non-audit services are described under Proposal 3 below.