Mondelez International, Inc. DEF 14A 2007
Documents found in this filing:
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
SCHEDULE 14A INFORMATION
Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Amendment No. )
KRAFT FOODS INC.
Dear Fellow Stockholder:
You are invited to attend the 2007 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Kraft Foods Inc. We will hold the Annual Meeting at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at the Kraft Foods Inc. Robert M. Schaeberle Technology Center, 188 River Road, East Hanover, New Jersey. The map and driving instructions to the Robert M. Schaeberle Technology Center are printed on the back of the attached Proxy Statement.
At the Annual Meeting, stockholders will elect directors and vote on the ratification of the selection of independent auditors. We will also report on the Companys business. Stockholders will have an opportunity to ask relevant questions.
Only stockholders of record at the close of business on February 28, 2007 are entitled to notice of, to attend, and to vote at the Annual Meeting.
If you would like to attend the Annual Meeting you MUST submit your request by sending an e-mail to email@example.com, by faxing your request to the Corporate Secretary at 847-646-2753, or by sending a letter to the Corporate Secretary, Kraft Foods Inc., Three Lakes Drive, Northfield, Illinois 60093. If your shares are not registered in your name, you must also send evidence of your stock ownership on February 28, 2007 with your request. You can obtain this evidence from your bank or brokerage firm. In addition, if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please bring government-issued photographic identification.
The meeting facilities will open at 7:30 a.m. EDT. The Annual Meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. EDT. Please arrive early to facilitate your registration and security clearance. If you will need special assistance at the Annual Meeting, please include this information in your admission request to the Corporate Secretary.
For your comfort and security, we will not allow any packages, briefcases, large pocketbooks or bags into the Annual Meeting. We also do not allow cellular and digital phones, audio tape recorders, laptops, video and still cameras, pagers, and pets, other than assistance animals for the disabled.
Attached you will find a Notice of Meeting and Proxy Statement that contains additional information about the Annual Meeting, including the methods that you can use to vote your Proxy.
Your vote is important to us. I encourage you to sign and return your proxy card, or use telephone or Internet voting prior to the Annual Meeting, so that your shares of common stock will be represented and voted at the Annual Meeting even if you cannot attend.
NOTICE OF 2007 ANNUAL MEETING
March 13, 2007
The 2007 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Kraft Foods Inc. will be held on April 24, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, at the Kraft Foods Inc. Robert M. Schaeberle Technology Center, 188 River Road, East Hanover, New Jersey.
The Board is soliciting your proxy for use at the 2007 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Kraft Foods Inc. or at any adjournment or postponements of the Annual Meeting. The Board is providing these proxy solicitation materials to give you information for use in determining how to vote in connection with the Annual Meeting.
The Company began mailing the proxy solicitation materials on or around March 22, 2007 to all stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.
Two proposals are scheduled for vote at the Annual Meeting:
Item 1. Election of Directors: THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS (THE BOARD) UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE FOR ITS NOMINEES: AJAY BANGA, JAN BENNINK, LOUIS C. CAMILLERI, MARK D. KETCHUM, RICHARD A. LERNER, M.D., JOHN C. POPE, IRENE B. ROSENFELD, MARY L. SCHAPIRO, AND DEBORAH C. WRIGHT, FOR TERMS EXPIRING APRIL 2008.
Item 2. Ratification of Appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP: THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE FOR THIS PROPOSAL TO RATIFY THE APPOINTMENT OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP AS INDEPENDENT AUDITOR FOR THE YEAR 2007.
You can find information about the Companys relationship with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP beginning on page 18.
We do not know of any other matters that will come before the stockholders at the Annual Meeting. The Chairman of the Annual Meeting may refuse to allow presentation of a proposal or a nomination for the Board from the floor of the Annual Meeting if the proposal or nomination was not properly submitted. The requirements for properly submitting proposals and nominations from the floor of the Annual Meeting for this years meeting were described in the Companys 2006 Proxy Statement and are similar to those described on page 65 for next years meeting.
It is your legal designation of another person to vote the stock you own. That other person is called a proxy. If you designate someone as your proxy in a written document, that written document also is called a proxy or, alternatively, a proxy card.
If you deliver a properly executed written proxy, or submit a properly completed proxy by telephone or over the Internet, that proxy will be voted at the Annual Meeting in accordance with the directions given in the proxy, unless you revoke the proxy before the Annual Meeting. The proxies also may be voted at any adjournments or postponements of the Annual Meeting.
The Company will bear the cost of this solicitation of proxies. In addition to the use of the mail, some of the officers and regular employees of the Company may solicit proxies by telephone and will request brokerage houses, banks, and other custodians, nominees, and fiduciaries to forward soliciting material to the beneficial owners of Class A Common Stock held of record by such persons. The Company will reimburse such persons for expenses incurred in forwarding such soliciting material. Additional solicitation of proxies may be made in the same manner under the engagement and direction of D.F. King & Co., Inc., 48 Wall Street, New York, New York 10005, at an anticipated cost of $7,000, plus reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses.
Only stockholders of record of shares of the Companys common stock at the close of business on February 28, 2007 (the record date) are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting, or at adjournments or postponements of the Annual Meeting.
Each stockholder of record of Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock on the record date is entitled to vote on all matters to come before the Annual Meeting. Holders of Class A Common Stock will be entitled to one vote for each share held. Holders of Class B Common Stock will be entitled to ten votes for each share held.
On February 28, 2007, 459,617,005 shares of Class A Common Stock were outstanding, of which Altria Group, Inc. (Altria Group) held 276,449,240. On February 28, 2007, Altria Group held all of the 1,180,000,000 shares of Class B Common Stock that were outstanding.
As required by Virginia law and the Companys By-Laws, our Board of Directors (the Board) established February 28, 2007 as the record date for the 2006 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Stockholders of record (registered stockholders and street name holders) at the close of business on the record date are entitled to:
(a) Receive notice of the Annual Meeting; and
(b) Attend and vote at the Annual Meeting and any adjournments or postponements of the Annual Meeting.
There are four ways to vote:
Over the Internet: If you are a registered stockholder, you can vote over the Internet, at www.investorvote.com/kraft. The Internet voting procedures, including the use of control numbers, are designed to authenticate stockholders identities, to allow stockholders to vote their shares, and to confirm that their instructions have been properly recorded. The Internet voting system is available 24 hours a day until 11:59 p.m. (EDT), April 23, 2007. Your vote by the Internet must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EDT), April 23, 2007. If you are a street name holder, you may vote over the Internet if your bank or broker makes
that method available to you by enclosing instructions with the proxy statement that your bank or broker sends to you.
By Telephone: If you are a registered stockholder, you can vote by touchtone telephone from the United States and Canada, using the toll-free telephone number 1-800-652-8683. The telephone voting procedures, including the use of control numbers, are designed to authenticate stockholders identities, to allow stockholders to vote their shares, and to confirm that their instructions have been properly recorded. The telephone voting system is available 24 hours a day until 11:59 p.m. (EDT), April 23, 2007. Your vote by telephone must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EDT), April 23, 2007. If you are a street name holder, you may vote by telephone if your bank or broker makes that method available to you by enclosing instructions with the proxy statement that your bank or broker sends to you.
In Writing: You can vote by mailing your completed proxy card (if you are a registered stockholder) or your completed vote instruction form (if you are a street name holder). Your vote by mail must be received before the close of voting at the Annual Meeting on April 24, 2007.
In Person: All registered stockholders may vote in person at the Annual Meeting. If your shares are held in street name, you must request a legal proxy from your bank, broker or other nominee that holds your shares and present that proxy in order to vote at the Annual Meeting.
You can revoke a proxy before the close of voting at the Annual Meeting by:
1. Entering new instructions on either the Internet or telephone voting systems before 11:59 p.m. (EDT), April 23, 2007;
2. Submitting a new proxy card bearing a date later than your last proxy card. We must receive your new proxy card before the close of voting at the Annual Meeting on April 24, 2007;
3. Giving written notice to the Corporate Secretary of the Company. Send that notice to Carol J. Ward, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Kraft Foods Inc., Three Lakes Drive, Northfield, Illinois 60093. Your letter should contain the name in which your shares are registered, the date of the proxy you want to revoke or change, your new voting instructions, if applicable, and your signature. She must receive your letter before the close of voting at the Annual Meeting on April 24, 2007; or
4. Attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person (or by personal representative with an appropriate proxy).
11. WHAT IF I DO NOT SPECIFY A CHOICE FOR A MATTER WHEN RETURNING A PROXY?
You should specify your choice for each matter on the enclosed proxy card. However, if you give no specific instructions, but sign and return the proxy card, your shares will be voted FOR the election of all director nominees, and FOR the proposal to ratify the selection of independent auditors.
It means that you have multiple accounts with brokers, banks, and/or our transfer agent. Please vote all of these shares. We recommend that you contact your broker, bank, and/or our transfer agent to consolidate as many accounts as possible under one name and address. Our transfer agent is Computershare Trust Company, N.A., P.O. Box 43069, Providence, RI 02940. You can reach Computershare Trust Company at 1-866-655-7238 (from within the United States and Canada) or 1-781-575-3500 (from outside the United States and Canada).
13. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REGISTERED STOCKHOLDER AND A STOCKHOLDER WHO HOLDS STOCK IN STREET NAME?
If your shares of stock are registered in your name on the books and records of our transfer agent, you are a registered stockholder. If your shares of stock are held for you in the name of your broker or bank, your shares are held in street name.
If your shares are held in street name, your shares may be voted even if you do not provide the brokerage firm with voting instructions. Under New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) rules, your broker may vote shares held in street name on certain routine matters.
NYSE rules consider the election of directors and the ratification of the selection of independent auditors to be routine matters. As a result, your broker is permitted to vote your shares at its discretion without instructions from you. When a proposal is not a routine matter and the beneficial owner of shares has not provided voting instructions to the brokerage firm with respect to that proposal, the brokerage firm cannot vote the shares on that proposal. This is called a broker non-vote. At this time, we do not have any other proposals to be voted on at the Annual Meeting.
If you and other residents at your mailing address own shares of the Companys common stock in street names, your broker or bank may have notified you that your household will receive only one annual report and proxy statement for each company in which you hold stock through that broker or bank. In this practice known as householding, you were deemed to have consented to the process. Your broker or bank will send one copy of our annual report and proxy statement to your address. Each stockholder will continue to receive a separate proxy card or voting instruction card. Householding benefits both you and the Company because it reduces the volume of duplicate information received at your household and helps the Company to reduce expenses.
16. WHAT DO I DO IF IM A CURRENT OR FORMER EMPLOYEE AND HAVE MONEY IN THE KRAFT STOCK FUND OF THE KRAFT 401(k) PLAN?
If you have money invested in the Kraft Stock Fund of the Kraft 401(k) Plan (the Plan), you do not actually own shares of Kraft stock. The Plan Trustees do. Under the Plan, however, you have pass-through voting rights based on your interestthe amount of money you have investedin the Kraft Stock Fund. You may exercise pass-through voting rights in almost the same way that stockholders may vote their shares, but you have an earlier deadline. If your voting instructions are received by April 20, 2007, the Plan Trustees will submit a proxy that reflects your instructions.
If you have money invested in the Kraft Stock Fund of the Kraft 401(k) Plan and you do not give voting instructions (or give them late), the Plan Trustees will vote your interest in the Kraft Stock Fund in the same proportion as those plan shares for which instructions have been received.
You may send your instructions to Computershare Trust Company by using the mail (proxy card/voting instruction form), telephone or Internet methods described on the proxy card/voting instruction form. Your voting instructions will be kept confidential under the terms of the Plan. You may not vote in person at the Annual Meeting.
17. HOW DO I VOTE IF MY SHARES ARE HELD BY COMPUTERSHARE IN MY EMPLOYEE STOCK ACCOUNT?
Employee stock accounts maintained by Computershare Trust Company hold restricted stock that has not yet vested, previously restricted stock that has vested, and shares acquired through an option exercise. If you have these kinds of shares, you should follow the instructions in Question 9 for voting shares held as a record holder. Your proxy card reflects all shares held by Computershare Trust Company in your employee stock account. You may vote your shares through the Internet, by telephone, by mail or in person.
The proxy card you received includes your dividend reinvestment plan shares. You may vote your shares through the Internet, by telephone or by mail, all as described on the enclosed proxy card/voting instruction card.
19. WHAT ARE THE VOTING CHOICES WHEN VOTING ON ITEM 1, THE ELECTION OF DIRECTORS?
(a) Vote FOR (in favor) of all nominees;
(b) WITHHOLD votes from all nominees; or
(c) WITHHOLD votes from specific nominees.
Directors will be elected by a plurality of the FOR votes cast, which means that the nine director nominees with the most votes will be elected. As a result, if you WITHHOLD authority to vote for a nominee, your vote will not be counted in determining the outcome of the election of directors.
21. WHAT ARE THE VOTING CHOICES WHEN VOTING ON ITEM 2, THE RATIFICATION OF THE SELECTION OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP AS INDEPENDENT AUDITORS?
(a) Vote FOR the ratification;
(b) Vote AGAINST the ratification; or
(c) ABSTAIN from voting on the ratification.
22. WHAT VOTE IS NEEDED TO RATIFY THE SELECTION OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP AS INDEPENDENT AUDITORS?
The selection of the independent auditors will be ratified if the votes cast FOR exceed the votes cast AGAINST. In most cases abstentions are not included in vote totals, so usually it does not affect the outcome of the vote. The ratification of the selection of the independent auditors is an exception: if you ABSTAIN, your shares will be counted as present at the Annual Meeting for purposes of determining the presence or absence of the quorum and your abstention will have the same effect as AGAINST votes on the ratification of appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as independent auditors.
If any other matters are properly presented for a vote, the people named as proxies will vote in accordance with the recommendations of the Board of Directors.
In order to conduct the Annual Meeting, a majority of our outstanding shares of common stock as of February 28, 2007, must be present in person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting. This is referred to as a quorum. Abstentions and shares of record held by a broker or its nominee (Broker Shares) that are voted on any matter are included in determining the number of votes present. Broker Shares that are not voted on any matter will not be included in determining whether a quorum is present.
To obtain admission to the Annual Meeting, you must be included in the attendees list. Because seating is limited, you may bring only one guest. In addition, all meeting attendees must present government-issued photographic identification at the Annual Meeting. Please submit your request to be included in the attendees list by April 17, 2007 by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, by faxing your request to the Corporate Secretary at 847-646-2950, or by sending a letter to the Corporate Secretary, Kraft Foods Inc., Three Lakes Drive, Northfield, Illinois 60093. Please include the following information:
(a) Your name, e-mail and mailing address;
(b) Whether you need special assistance at the Annual Meeting;
(c) The name of your guest, if any; and
(d) If your shares are not registered in your name, evidence of your stock ownership as of February 28, 2007 MUST be attached to your e-mail, fax or letter. You can obtain this evidence from your bank, broker or Computershare Trust Company.
A map and directions are provided on the back of this Proxy Statement.
Yes. During the Annual Meeting, stockholders may ask questions or make remarks directly related to the matters being voted on. In order to ensure an orderly meeting, we ask that stockholders direct questions and comments to the Chairman. In order to provide the opportunity to every stockholder who wishes to speak, each stockholders remarks will be limited to two minutes. Stockholders may speak a second time only after all other stockholders who wish to speak have had their turn. In addition, the Chairman will answer stockholders questions of more general interest at the Stockholder Forum immediately following the adjournment of the Annual Meeting.
28. DOES THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ALTRIA GROUP, INC. WILL SPIN-OFF ALL OF IT KRAFT FOODS INC. SHARES IMPACT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS?
It should not. Unless for unforeseeable circumstances, the business of the Annual Meeting should be carried on as usual. As described in Question 7, on the record date Altria Group owned 276,449,240 of Kraft Foods Inc. Class A Common Stock and 1,180,000,000 shares of Class B Common Stock. Altria Group is entitled to vote its shares as of the record date.
We will continue our long-standing practice of holding the votes of each stockholder in confidence from directors, officers and employees except: (a) as necessary to meet applicable legal requirements and to assert or defend claims for or against the Company, (b) in case of a contested proxy solicitation, (c) if a stockholder makes a written comment on the proxy card or otherwise communicates his or her vote to management, or (d) to allow the independent inspectors of election to certify the results of the vote.
We retain an independent tabulator to receive and tabulate the proxies and an independent inspector of election to certify the results. Computershare Trust Company, N.A. has been appointed Inspector of Election for the Annual Meeting. The Inspector of Election will determine the number of shares outstanding and voting power of each, the shares represented at the Annual Meeting, the existence of a quorum, the validity of proxies and ballots, and will count all votes and ballots.
Preliminary voting results will be announced at the Annual Meeting and also via a press release issued immediately after the Annual Meeting. The final voting results will be published in the Companys second quarter 2006 quarterly report on Form 10-Q and will also be available on www.kraft.com (the Companys website) by early July or August 2007.
The primary responsibility of the Board of Directors (the Board) is to foster the long-term success of the Company, consistent with its fiduciary duty to the stockholders. The Board has the responsibility for establishing broad corporate policies, setting strategic direction, and overseeing management, which is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Company. In fulfilling this role, each director must exercise his or her good faith business judgment of the best interests of the Company.
The Board has adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Guidelines are attached as Exhibit A to this Proxy Statement. In addition, the Company has adopted the Kraft Foods Code of Conduct for compliance and integrity, a code of ethics as defined in Item 406 of Regulation S-K. The code applies to all of its employees, including its principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, and persons performing similar functions. In addition, the Company has adopted a separate Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that applies to the directors. The Directors Code is also a code of ethics as defined in Item 406 of Regulation S-K. All of these materials are available on the Companys website, www.kraft.com, and will be provided free of charge to any stockholder requesting a copy by writing to the Companys Corporate Secretary, Kraft Foods Inc., Three Lakes Drive, Northfield, Illinois 60093. The information on the Companys website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a part of this Proxy Statement or incorporated into any other filings the Company makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Board has determined that each of the following nominees for director is independent in that such nominee has no material relationship with the Company: Ajay Banga, Jan Bennink, Mark D. Ketchum, Richard A. Lerner, M.D., John C. Pope, Mary L. Schapiro, and Deborah C. Wright. To assist it in making these determinations, the Board has adopted categorical standards of director independence that are set forth in Annex A to the Corporate Governance Guidelines. Each of the above-named nominees qualifies as independent under these categorical standards.
In addition, with respect to Mr. Bangas independence, the Board also considered that he is Chairman and CEO, Global Consumer Group, International of Citigroup Inc., a corporation from which the Company purchases banking services in the ordinary course of business, and also that his brother is an executive officer at Unilever, a corporation that pays royalties to the Company and from which the Company buys ingredients, all in the ordinary course of business. With respect to Mr. Popes independence, the Board also considered that he serves on the board of directors of Con-Way, Inc., a corporation from which the Company purchases transportation services in the ordinary course of business, and the board of directors of Waste Management, Inc., a corporation from which the Company purchases waste disposal services in the ordinary course of business. With respect to Ms. Schapiros independence, the Board considered that she serves on the board of directors of Duke Energy Corporation, a corporation from which the Company purchases energy in the ordinary course of business. With respect to Ms. Wrights independence, the Board considered that she serves on the board of directors of Time Warner Inc., a corporation from which the Company purchases media through its advertising agencies in the ordinary course of business. Because no relevant transactions occurred, the Board did not consider any such transactions in making its determination of Messrs. Bennink, Ketchum, and Lerners independence. The Board concluded that Mr. Banga, Mr. Bennink, Mr. Ketchum, Mr. Lerner, Mr. Pope, Ms. Schapiro, and Ms. Wright are independent within the meaning of independence under the listing standards of the NYSE.
There were no other related party transactions, relationships or arrangements involving the Companys independent directors. In addition, there are no family relationships between any nominees for director, executive officer or person nominated or chosen by the Company to become a director or executive officer.
The Board has established three Committees to assist it with the performance of its responsibilities: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee. The Board designates the members of these Committees and the Committee chairs annually at its organizational meeting following the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, based on the recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee. The chair of each Committee, with input from management and the other members of that Committee, develops the agenda for that Committee and determines the frequency and length of Committee meetings. The members of the Committees are identified in the table below:
*Mr. Camilleri is Chairman of the Board.
The Board has adopted written charters for each of these Committees. Each charter is attached as an exhibit to this Proxy Statement and is also available on the Companys website at www.kraft.com. All of these charters will be provided free of charge to any stockholder requesting a copy by writing to the Companys Corporate Secretary, Kraft Foods Inc., Three Lakes Drive, Northfield Illinois, 60093.
Audit Committee. The Audit Committee consists entirely of non-management directors. The Board has determined that all Audit Committee members are independent within the meaning of independence under the listing standards of the NYSE and Rule 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act). Its responsibilities, which include the approval of material transactions with Altria Group, are set forth in the Audit Committee Charter. The Audit Committees report appears on page 17 this Proxy Statement. The Audit Committee met thirteen times in 2006.
All members of the Audit Committee are financially literate and Mr. Pope is an audit committee financial expert within the meaning of the regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Because Mr. Pope serves on the audit committees of more than three public companies, pursuant to the listing standards of the NYSE, and after reviewing meeting attendance records and other matters it deemed relevant, the Board has determined that such simultaneous service on such audit committees does not impair Mr. Popes ability to serve effectively on the Companys Audit Committee. No member of the Audit Committee received any payments in 2006 from the Company or its subsidiaries other than compensation received as a director of the Company.
Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee consists entirely of non-management directors. The Board has determined that all the Compensation Committee members are independent within the meaning of independence under the listing standards of the NYSE. Its responsibilities are set forth in the Compensation Committee Charter, which was recently amended as a result of the Compensation Committees annual review of its charter. The Compensation Committees report appears on pages 21 of this Proxy Statement. The Compensation Committee met eleven times in 2006.
Nominating and Governance Committee. The Nominating and Governance Committee consists entirely of non-management directors. The Board has determined that all Nominating and Governance Committee members are independent within the meaning of independence under the listing standards of the NYSE. Its responsibilities are
set forth in the Nominating and Governance Committee Charter, which was recently amended as a result of the Nominating and Governance Committees annual review of its charter. The Nominating and Governance Committee met five times in 2006.
The Board typically holds seven regular meetings and special meetings when necessary. The Boards organizational meeting follows immediately after each Annual Meeting of Stockholders. At one of its regular meetings, the Board devotes several days to reviewing the Companys strategic plan. The Board held 10 meetings in 2006 and acted by unanimous consent once. The Company expects directors to attend Board meetings, the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, and meetings of the Committees on which the directors serve, with the understanding that occasionally a director may be unable to attend a meeting. All nominees for director who were serving as directors at the time of the 2006 Annual Meeting of Stockholders attended that meeting, except for Mr. Jan Bennink because of a business schedule conflict. All nominees for director who served as directors in 2006 attended at least 80% of the aggregate number of meetings of the Board and all Committees of the Board on which they served. Mr. Camilleri, Mr. Devitre, Mr. Lerner, Mr. Pope, Ms. Rosenfeld, and Ms. Schapiro attended 100% of the of meetings of the Board and Committees of the Board on which they served.
Non-management directors meet in regularly scheduled sessions following each Board meeting without any members of management being present. At least once each year, the Board will hold an executive session at which only those directors who meet the independence standards of the New York Stock Exchange are present. In lieu of a regularly presiding director, the Chairman of the Board presides over the executive sessions of the non-management directors and the Chairman of the Audit Committee presides over the executive sessions of the independent directors.
Stockholders and other interested parties who wish to communicate with the Board may do so by writing to Non-Management Directors, Board of Directors, Kraft Foods Inc., Three Lakes Drive, Northfield, IL 60093 or to Kraft-Board@kraft.com. The non-management directors have established procedures for the handling of communications from stockholders and other interested parties and directed the Corporate Secretary to act as their agent in processing any communications received. The Corporate Secretary forwards all communications that relate to matters that are within the scope of the responsibilities of the Board and its Committees to the non-management directors and communications that relate to matters that are within the responsibility of one of the Board Committees to the chair of the appropriate Committee. The Corporate Secretary forwards communications that relate to ordinary business matters that are not within the scope of the Boards responsibilities, such as consumer complaints, to the appropriate employee. The Corporate Secretary does not forward solicitations, junk mail and obviously frivolous or inappropriate communications but makes these communications available to any non-management director who wishes to review them.
The Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for identifying and evaluating nominees for director, other than the nominees designated by Altria Group (see Director Nominations Controlled by Altria Group), and for recommending to the Board a slate of nominees for election at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
In evaluating the suitability of individuals for Board membership, the Nominating and Governance Committee takes into account many factors, including whether the individual meets requirements for independence, the individuals understanding of the Companys global businesses and markets, the individuals professional expertise and educational background and other factors that promote diversity of views and experience. The Nominating and Governance Committee also evaluates each individual in the context of the Board as a whole, with the objective of recommending a group of directors that can best perpetuate the success of the business and represent stockholder interests. In determining whether to recommend a director for re-election, the Nominating and Governance Committee also considers the directors past attendance at meetings and participation in, and contributions to, the activities of the Board. The Nominating and Governance Committee has not established any specific minimum qualification standards for nominees to the Board, although from time to time the Nominating and Governance Committee may identify certain skills or attributes (e.g. financial experience, global business experience) as being particularly desirable to help meet specific Board needs that have arisen.
In identifying potential candidates for Board membership, the Nominating and Governance Committee relies on suggestions and recommendations from the Board, stockholders, management and others. A stockholder wishing to suggest one or more candidates to the Nominating and Governance Committee for consideration as a director must submit a written notice to the Companys Corporate Secretary. The Nominating and Governance Committee will consider any nominee properly presented by a stockholder, then make a recommendation to the Board. After full consideration by the Board, the Company will notify the stockholder presenting the nomination of the Boards conclusion. From time to time, the Nominating and Governance Committee also retains search firms to assist it in identifying and evaluating potential candidates for directors who best match Krafts Board membership criteria and would be best able to carry out the responsibilities of the Companys Directors. The Committee has retained MWM Consulting and Heidrick & Struggles for this purpose. Stockholders wishing to suggest candidates to the Nominating and Governance Committee for consideration as directors must submit a written notice to the Corporate Secretary, who will provide it to the Nominating and Governance Committee. The Nominating and Governance Committee does not distinguish between nominees recommended by stockholders and other nominees. The Companys By-Laws set forth the procedures a stockholder must follow to nominate directors. These procedures are summarized in this Proxy Statement under the caption 2008 Annual Meeting.
In line with the procedures described above, Mr. Bangas nomination to the Board was recommended by Mr. Dinyar Devitre, a Board member at that time. Mr. Ketchum was identified as a prospective director by Heidrick & Struggles.
Under the terms of a corporate agreement entered into between the Company and Altria Group, so long as Altria Group owns shares representing 50% or more of the voting power of the Companys outstanding common stock, Altria Group has the right to designate for nomination three members of the Board, including the Chairman of the Board. Altria Group also has the right to fill any vacancy resulting from an Altria Group designees ceasing to serve on the Board. Altria Groups designees in 2006 were Mr. Camilleri, Mr. Dinyar S. Devitre, and Mr. Charles R. Wall.
On January 31, 2007, Altria Groups Board of Directors approved a tax-free distribution to its stockholders of all of its interest in the Company (the Distribution). Following the Distribution, Altria Group will no longer own shares representing 50% or more of the voting power of the Companys outstanding common stock and
therefore will no longer be able to direct the election of all members of the Board. In connection with the Distribution, Mr. Wall and Mr. Devitre will either resign on the date of the Distribution or not stand for re-election at the Companys 2007 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, whichever is earlier. As a result, Mr. Wall and Mr. Devitre will not be standing for re-election at the Annual Meeting. The Board requested and Mr. Camilleri agreed to continue serving on the Companys Board after the Distribution and to be renominated for election at the 2007 Annual Meeting. On the date of the Distribution, Mr. Camilleri will resign the Chairmanship.
It is proposed that nine directors be elected to hold office until the next Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until their successors have been elected. The Nominating and Governance Committee has recommended to the Board, and the Board has approved, the persons named, and, unless otherwise marked, proxies will be voted for such persons. All of the nominees currently serve as a director, except for Mr. Ketchum. Stockholders elected all of the directors, except for Mr. Banga, Mr. Ketchum and Ms. Rosenfeld, at the 2006 Annual Meeting.
As discussed above in the section Corporate GovernanceDirector Independence, the Board has determined that each of the following nominees for director is independent in that such nominee has no material relationship with the Company: Ajay Banga, Jan Bennink, Mark D. Ketchum, Richard A. Lerner, M.D., John C. Pope, Mary L. Schapiro, and Deborah C. Wright. To assist it in making these determinations, the Board has adopted categorical standards of director independence that are set forth in Annex A to the Corporate Governance Guidelines included as Exhibit A to this Proxy Statement. Each of the above-named nominees qualifies as independent under these standards.
Although the Company does not anticipate that any of the persons named below will be unable or unwilling to stand for election, proxies, in the event of such an occurrence, may be voted for a substitute designated by the Board. However, instead of designating a substitute, the Board may amend the Companys By-Laws to reduce the number of directors.
The Board will continue to recruit prospects during the time between the filing of this Proxy Statement and the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, but does not expect to add any new directors during that interval.
As explained in the section Director Nominations Controlled by Altria Group above, Mr. Wall and Mr. Devitre will not stand for re-election. The Company acknowledges with gratitude their service on the Board.
The Board recommends a vote FOR the election of each of the nominees. Proxies received by the Board will be so voted unless stockholders specify a contrary choice in their proxies.
Directors who are full-time employees of the Company or Altria Group receive no additional compensation for services as a director. Therefore, Messrs. Camilleri, Devitre and Wall, and Ms. Rosenfeld receive no additional compensation for their position as a director of the Company. With respect to all other directors (non-employee directors), the Companys philosophy is to provide competitive compensation and benefits necessary to attract and retain high-quality non-employee directors and to encourage ownership of Company stock to further align their interests with those of our stockholders.
On February 26, 2006 the Board approved several changes to Non-Employee Director compensation, effective March 1, 2006. The annual retainer increased from $35,000 to $40,000 and the annual retainer to Committee Chairs increased from $5,000 to $10,000. Board and Committee fees were left unchanged at $2,000 each meeting attended. Non-employee directors are also reimbursed for actual expenses in connection with attendance at Board and Committee meetings.
In 2006, pursuant to the 2006 Stock Compensation Plan for Non-Employee Directors, each non-employee director received a restricted stock (or deferred stock) award scheduled to vest one year from the date of grant and equal to that number of shares of Class A Common Stock having an aggregate fair market value of $115,000 on the date of grant. Accordingly, Mr. Pope, Ms. Schapiro, Ms. Wright, and Dr. Lerner each received 3,689 restricted shares of Class A Common Stock with a fair market value of $31.18 per share. Also, Mr. Bennink received an award of 3,689 deferred shares with a fair market value of $31.18 per share.
The following table presents the compensation paid by the Company to the non-employee directors for fiscal year 2006.
(1) Includes life insurance premiums paid on behalf of the directors.
(2) Mr. Farrell did not stand for reelection at the April 26, 2006 Annual Stockholders Meeting.
(3) All meeting and retainer fees were deferred over the course of the year.
(4) The 2005 stock grant (3,211 shares) and 2006 stock grant (3,689 shares) have been deferred.
(5) Includes deferred retainer fees of $37,931 that otherwise would have been paid in 2006.
A non-employee director may elect to defer the award of restricted shares of Class A Common Stock, meeting fees and all or part of the annual retainer. Deferred fee amounts are credited to an unfunded account and may be invested in nine investment choices, including a Kraft Foods Class A Common Stock equivalent account. These investment choices parallel the investment options offered to employees under the Companys 401(k) plan and determine the amounts credited for bookkeeping purposes to a directors account. Subject to certain restrictions, a non-employee director is permitted to take cash distributions, in whole or in part, from his or her account either prior to or following termination of service.
Non-employee directors also are covered by group life insurance, and business travel and accident insurance that the Company maintains for their benefit when they travel on Company business.
To Our Stockholders:
Management has the primary responsibility for the financial statements and the reporting process, including the systems of internal control over financial reporting. The Audit Committee monitors the Companys financial reporting processes and systems of internal control over financial reporting, the independence and performance of the independent auditors, and the performance of the internal auditors.
Management has represented to the Audit Committee that the Companys consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, and the Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the consolidated financial statements with management and the independent auditors. Management has also represented that they have assessed the effectiveness of the Companys internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2006 and have determined that, as of that date, the Company maintained effective internal control over financial reporting. The Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed with management and the independent auditors this assessment of internal control over financial reporting. The Audit Committee has also discussed with the independent auditors their evaluation of the accounting principles, practices and judgments applied by management, and the Audit Committee has discussed any items required to be communicated to it by the independent auditors in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Independence Standards Board.
The Audit Committee has received from the independent auditors a letter describing any relationships with the Company that may bear on their independence and has discussed with the independent auditors the auditors independence from the Company and its management. The Audit Committee has reviewed and approved the audit fees of the independent auditors. It has also reviewed non-audit services and fees to assure compliance with regulations prohibiting the independent auditors from performing specified services that might impair their independence, as well as compliance with the Companys and the Audit Committees policies.
The Audit Committee discussed with the Companys internal auditors and independent auditors the overall scope of and plans for their respective audits. The Audit Committee has met with the internal auditors and with the independent auditors, separately, with and without management present, to discuss the Companys financial reporting processes and internal accounting controls. The Audit Committee has reviewed significant audit findings prepared by the independent auditors and those prepared by the internal auditors, together with managements responses.
In reliance on the reviews and discussions referred to above, and without other independent verification, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board the inclusion of the audited consolidated financial statements in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006.
The information contained in the report above shall not be deemed to be soliciting material or to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, nor shall such information be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates it by reference in such filing.
The Audit Committees policy is to pre-approve all audit and permissible non-audit services provided by the independent auditors. These services may include audit services, audit-related services, tax services and other services. Pre-approval is detailed as to the particular service or category of service and is subject to a specific engagement authorization by management within the pre-approved category spending limits. The Audit Committee requires the independent auditors and management to report on the actual fees charged for each category of service at Audit Committee meetings throughout the year.
During the year, circumstances may arise when it may become necessary to engage the independent auditors for additional services not contemplated in the original pre-approval. In those instances, the Audit Committee requires specific pre-approval before engaging the independent auditors. The Audit Committee has delegated pre-approval authority to the Chair of the Audit Committee for those instances when pre-approval is needed prior to a scheduled Audit Committee meeting. The Chair of the Audit Committee must report on such approvals at the next scheduled Audit Committee meeting.
All fiscal year 2006 audit and non-audit services provided by the independent auditors were pre-approved.
Aggregate fees for professional services rendered by PricewaterhouseCoopers for 2005 and 2006 were as follows:
· Audit Fees include (i) the integrated audit of the Companys consolidated financial statements, including statutory audits of the financial statements of the Companys affiliates, and of its internal control over financial reporting, and (ii) the reviews of the Companys unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements (quarterly financial statements).
· Audit-Related Fees include professional services in connection with due diligence related to divestitures and an acquisition, employee benefit plan audits, and procedures relating to various other audit and special reports.
· Tax Fees include professional services in connection with tax compliance and advice and preparation of employee expatriate tax returns. Effective in late 2004, the Company appointed a new service provider for the preparation of expatriate tax returns. Other than transitional work, the Company no longer uses PricewaterhouseCoopers for the preparation of expatriate tax returns.
· All fees above include out-of-pocket expenses.
The Audit Committee has selected PricewaterhouseCoopers as the Companys independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2007 and has further directed that management submit the selection of independent auditors for ratification by the stockholders at the Annual Meeting. PricewaterhouseCoopers was the independent registered public accountants (independent auditor) for the Company for the 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2001 fiscal years.
Stockholder ratification of the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers as the Companys independent auditors is not required by the Companys Amended and Restated By-Laws or otherwise. The Company is submitting the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers to stockholders for ratification as a matter of good corporate practice. If the stockholders fail to ratify the selection, the Audit Committee will reconsider whether to retain PricewaterhouseCoopers. Even if the selection is ratified, the Audit Committee, in its discretion, may direct the appointment of a different independent audit firm at any time during the year if it determines that such a change would be in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders.
Representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers are expected to be present at the Annual Meeting, will be given an opportunity to make a statement if they so desire and will be available to respond to appropriate questions.
The Board recommends a vote FOR the ratification of the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The Compensation Committees responsibilities, which are discussed in detail in its charter (Exhibit C), include, among other duties, the responsibility to:
· establish the Companys executive compensation philosophy;
· assess the appropriateness and competitiveness of the Companys executive compensation programs, including among other elements, severance programs and executive retirement income design;
· review and approve goals and objectives of the Chief Executive Officer, evaluate the performance of the Chief Executive Officer in light of these goals and objectives and, based upon its evaluation, determine both the elements and amounts of the Chief Executive Officers compensation, as well as perquisites;
· review Managements recommendations for, and approve the compensation of, the Chief Executive Officers executive direct reports;
· determine annual incentive compensation, equity awards and other long-term incentive awards granted under the Companys equity and long-term incentive plans to eligible participants;
· oversee the management development and succession planning process (including succession planning for emergencies) for the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Executive Officers executive direct reports and, as appropriate, evaluate potential candidates;
· periodically assess the appropriateness of and advise the Board regarding the compensation of independent Directors for service on the Board and its Committees; and
· review and discuss with management the Companys Compensation Discussion and Analysis; produce and approve the Committees annual report for inclusion in the Companys annual proxy statement.
Any of the Compensation Committees responsibilities designated in the Compensation Committees charter may be delegated by the Compensation Committee to its Chair or another member of the Compensation Committee, unless prohibited by law, regulation or any NYSE listing standard.
The Compensation Committees primary processes for establishing and overseeing executive compensation can also be found in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis. Additional processes and procedures include:
· Meetings. The Compensation Committee meets several times each year (11 times in 2006). The Chair of the Compensation Committee, with input from management and the other members of the Compensation Committee, develops the agenda and determines the frequency and length of Committee meetings.
· Role of Independent Consultant. The Compensation Committee has retained Hewitt Associates as its independent compensation consultant to assist the Compensation Committee in evaluating executive compensation programs and in recommending the amount and form of executive and director compensation. The use of an independent consultant provides additional assurance that the Companys executive compensation programs are reasonable and consistent with Company objectives. The independent consultant is engaged directly by the Compensation Committee. The independent consultant regularly participates in committee meetings and advises the Compensation Committee with respect to compensation trends and best practices, plan design, and the reasonableness of individual compensation awards. In addition, with respect to the chief executive officer, the consultant prepares the specific compensation recommendations for the Compensation Committees consideration; the CEO does not participate in the development of the recommendations and has no knowledge of the recommendations when they are presented to the Compensation Committee. The independent consultant will play a similar role in recommending the amount or form of director compensation.
· Role of Executive Officers and Management. Each year, the Chief Executive Officer presents to the Compensation Committee her compensation recommendations for each of the named executive officers (excluding the Chief Executive Officer), her remaining direct reports and other executive officers. The Compensation Committee reviews and discusses these recommendations with the Chief Executive Officer and has full discretion over all recommended compensation actions. Executive officers do not play a role in determining or recommending the amount or form of director compensation.
None of the Compensation Committee members:
· has ever been an officer or employee of the Company;
· is or was a participant in a related person transaction in 2006 (see page 63 for a description of our policy on related person transactions); or
· is an executive officer of another entity, at which one of our executive officers serves on the board of directors of such entity.
The Compensation Committee oversees the Companys compensation program on behalf of the Board. In fulfilling its oversight responsibilities, the Compensation Committee reviewed and discussed with management the Compensation Discussion and Analysis set forth in this Proxy Statement.
In reliance on the review and discussion referred to above, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in the Companys Proxy Statement to be filed in connection with the Companys 2007 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and incorporated by reference to the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, each of which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The information contained in the report above shall not be deemed to be soliciting material or to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, nor shall such information be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates it by reference in such filing.
The purpose of the Compensation Discussion and Analysis is to provide our stockholders with:
· material information about the objectives of the Companys executive compensation program and policies;
· context and perspective to the tabular and narrative disclosures which follow; and
· a description of the Companys compensation program design and an explanation of how executive compensation decisions reflect both the Companys performance and stated compensation objectives for the Companys named executive officers.
The four primary goals of the Companys compensation program are to:
1. attract, retain, and motivate talented employees and develop world-class leaders;
2. support business strategies that promote growth, societal alignment and integrity of conduct within the Company and appropriately balance short and long-term objectives;
3. align pay and performance by placing a significant portion of an executive officers compensation at risk and subject to the achievement of financial goals and other critical strategic and individual objectives; and
4. align the interests of executives and stockholders through stock ownership guidelines, equity-based incentive awards and long-term cash incentive awards that link executive compensation to sustained and superior stockholder return.
The Company uses each element of compensation to satisfy one or more of its stated compensation objectives. To ensure appropriate linkage to these objectives, the Company periodically reviews the goals and levels of each element of compensation. The executive compensation program is designed to achieve the Companys objectives by:
· Benchmarking. Through an annual review of target and actual data of our peers, the Company benchmarks its compensation levels and pay mix with a peer group of companies referred to as the Compensation Survey Group. The Company uses this comparison to ensure that compensation and benefits levels as a whole are competitive with the Compensation Survey Group (please see page 23 for a further discussion on the Compensation Survey Group). In addition, the Company compares its financial performance against a separate performance peer group. The Company uses this comparison to ensure that its incentive programs are in support of delivering both superior financial results relative to industry peers and superior stockholder returns to investors (see the Performance Graph in the consolidated financial statements contained in the Companys Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006).
· Providing Fixed and Variable Compensation. The Company provides a mix of fixed and variable compensation designed to attract, retain, and motivate top-performing executives as well as appropriately link compensation levels with the achievement of relevant financial and strategic goals (please see page 24 for specific pay mix information);
· Providing Equity and Cash Incentives. The Company provides a mix between equity and cash incentives to focus executives on delivering on performance measures that drive long-term sustainable stockholder returns (please see page 24 for specific pay mix information);
· Assessing Individual Performance. Actual awards are differentiated between participants based upon individual performance and their potential for advancement within the Company, while ensuring fairness and discipline in our performance ratings (please see page 25 for a further discussion); and
· Requiring Stock Ownership. Stock ownership by executives is required to further align interests of executives with the interests of our stockholders (please see page 25 for a further discussion).
2006 Compensation Survey Group
Composition of the 2006 Compensation Survey Group
The Company performs an annual comparison of its compensation levels with that of similar positions at companies comprising the Compensation Survey Group. This annual review is designed to ensure that the Companys compensation programs and target compensation levels are in line with market practice. This ensures the Companys ability to attract and retain the level of talent it needs to drive sustainable top-tier stockholder returns. In determining appropriate compensation levels for the named executive officers, including Ms. Rosenfeld, the Committee reviews compensation levels delivered by companies comprising the Compensation Survey Group for comparable positions.
To ensure that the most appropriate companies are selected for the Compensation Survey Group, the Committee considers companies which meet the following criteria:
· are of similar revenue size;
· have a global focus;
· are recognized for their industry leadership and brand recognition;
· have executive positions similar in breadth, complexity and scope of responsibility; and
· compete with the Company for executive talent.
Based on the above criteria, the companies comprising the 2006 Compensation Survey Group were as follows: Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Campbell Soup Company, The Clorox Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, ConAgra Foods, Inc., General Mills, Inc., H.J. Heinz Company, Hershey Foods Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, PepsiCo, Inc., The Procter & Gamble Company, and Sara Lee Corporation.
Competitive positioning in 2006
The Companys compensation practices and pay levels relative to those companies within the 2006 Compensation Survey Group are described below. The median revenue size of the 2006 Compensation Survey Group at $11.6 billion is approximately one-third the size of the Company. Due to the Companys revenue size relative to the median of the 2006 Compensation Survey Group, the Committee determined that based on the companies included in the 2006 Compensation Survey Group, it was appropriate to design programs and set target level compensation that delivered total compensation for executives between the 50th and the 75th percentiles of the 2006 Compensation Survey Group, upon attainment of targeted financial and strategic goals. Actual total compensation can exceed the 75th percentile when business objectives and individual performance significantly exceed targeted goals, and upon achievement of superior performance relative to the 2006 Compensation Survey Group. This positioning ensures that executives are paid competitively when considering the relative size and complexity of the companies that comprise the 2006 Compensation Survey Group.
Competitive Review Completed in November 2006
Composition of the 2007 Compensation Survey Group
During 2006, in consultation with Hewitt Associates in their role as the Committees independent consultant, the Committee reviewed the companies included in the 2006 Compensation Survey Group. After careful review, the Committee determined that the following companies meet the stated criteria and will comprise the 2007 Compensation Survey Group for purposes of 2007 compensation comparisons and analysis: Abbott Laboratories, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, ConAgra Foods, Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, General Mills, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, McDonalds Corporation, Merck & Co., Inc., Nestle, PepsiCo, Inc., Pfizer Inc., The Procter & Gamble Company, Sara Lee Corporation, Unilever, The Walt Disney Company, and Wyeth. The companies comprising the 2007 Compensation Survey Group provide a better
representative group of companies based on size, complexity and their reflection as a globally diverse set of consumer products companies known for their industry leadership. The median revenue size of the new Compensation Survey Group is $20.5 billion compared to the former group at $11.6 billion, based on the most recent available data. Based on revenue size, the 2007 Compensation Survey Group provides a better comparison based on the Companys revenue of $34.4 billion in 2006.
Competitive positioning in 2007
The Committee approved a change in the Companys compensation philosophy to target compensation at the median of the 2007 Compensation Survey Group. The Companys compensation programs are positioned to deliver pay above the median of the 2007 Compensation Survey Group when both superior business and individual performance is achieved.
Pay Mix in 2006
The Company uses each of its elements of compensation to satisfy one or more of its stated compensation objectives. To ensure appropriate linkage to these objectives, the Company periodically reviews its pay mix of these elements. In determining the appropriate mix, the Company considered the practices and levels of its peers in the 2006 Compensation Survey Group to help ensure the Companys continued ability to attract and retain its executives. The Company places a significant portion of compensation at-risk. The rationale for this is to ensure that an executives compensation is linked to financial and individual performance goals that drive sustainable growth in total stockholder return. Also, the Company bases a significant amount of its variable compensation on the achievement of long-term results (as represented by the restricted stock and cash-based long-term incentive compensation elements). This is to focus executives on managing the business in a manner that will generate long-term sustainable growth in total stockholder return.
The Company has no specific pre-established policies or targets for the allocation between either cash and non-cash or short-term and long-term compensation. However, by design, and as shown in the chart below, a significant portion of compensation is variable or performance-based with a majority skewed to long-term compensation. This is to ensure that compensation delivered to the named executive officers is aligned with the interests of stockholders and drives sustained superior stockholder return. The Committee also reviews competitive information provided by Hewitt Associates to compare the Companys pay mix to the Compensation Survey Group to ensure that significant differences do not exist that would negatively impact the Companys ability to attract and retain world-class executives.
The chart below provides a comparison of the Companys total compensation and benefits mix, on average, for the named executive officers, based on target awards in 2006 against the median of the 2006 Compensation Survey Group.
(1) Reflects the median of the Compensation Survey Group based on information provided by Hewitt Associates.
Assessing Individual Performance
Each year, the Chief Executive Officer presents to the Committee her compensation recommendations for each of the named executive officers (excluding the Chief Executive Officer), her remaining direct reports and other officers. The Committee reviews and discusses these recommendations with the Chief Executive Officer, taking into account the various factors noted below, and has full discretion over all recommended compensation actions. Specifically, in assessing individual performance in the context of making executive compensation decisions, the Committee considers the following:
· an executives contributions to the Companys overall performance;
· a qualitative review of individual performance relative to pre-established goals discussed at the beginning of the performance cycle;
· an executives leadership capabilities; and
· the executives potential for future advancement or ability to assume roles of greater responsibility.
Stock ownership guidelines were introduced in 2003 to further align the interests of approximately 180 executives, including the named executive officers, with those of the Companys stockholders. Under the guidelines, executives are expected to hold common stock in an amount equal to a multiple of their base salary as determined by their position in the Company by a specified deadline. An executives multiple can be satisfied by meeting the lesser of the specified number of shares or dollar value. Guidelines are determined using either (i) the base salary rate at the time an individual becomes an executive, or (ii) the base salary rate as of the date an executive is promoted to a higher level in the organization. The guidelines range from two to twelve times base salary. For the named executive officers, the guidelines, as a multiple of base salary, are as follows:
Executives are expected to attain their ownership levels within five years of becoming an executive or within three years of being promoted to a higher level within the executive ranks. The Company monitors stock ownership levels to ensure that executives are on track to meet or exceed their stock ownership levels within the specified timeframe. Stock ownership is defined as direct ownership of Company common stock, including sole ownership, dividend reinvestment plan shares, restricted shares, and accounts over which the executive has direct or indirect ownership or control. This definition does not include unexercised Company stock options. If an executive does not meet the guideline level in the required timeline, the Chairman has the flexibility to take any further action as deemed appropriate depending on the particular circumstances of the executives situation. As of December 31, 2006, all named executive officers maintain a stock ownership level at or above their respective ownership guidelines, with the exception of Ms. Rosenfeld. Ms. Rosenfeld will have five years from her appointment as Chief Executive Officer to attain her stock ownership levels.
The Companys executive compensation program consists of:
· base salary,
· annual cash incentives,
· long-term cash and equity incentives,
· retirement, health and welfare benefits, and
A description of each of the compensation program elements follows.
Base salary is the fixed element of executive compensation aimed at attracting, retaining, and motivating talented employees and used to compensate named executive officers for services rendered during the fiscal year. The Committee considers a number of factors when reviewing and setting base salaries: Company performance, the executives individual performance and performance rating, level of responsibility, tenure, prior experience, and a comparison of base salaries paid for comparable positions at companies in the 2006 Compensation Survey Group. The Committee does not assign a particular weight to any factor.
Salaries are reviewed on an annual basis and merit increases are considered for all executives and are generally effective April 1.
At the beginning of 2006, the Committee decided not to award merit increases for the named executive officers and other senior executives. This decision reflected the Companys 2005 financial performance which trailed expectations and a decline in stockholder return.
The Committee retains the discretion to provide base salary increases to certain named executive officers in the event that a named executive officer was appointed to a position of increased responsibility. As such, in 2006, Mr. Searer received a base salary increase in recognition of his promotion to his current position.
Annual Cash Incentives
The annual cash incentive award program is designed to motivate and reward participants, including the named executive officers, for achieving the Companys annual financial and strategic goals. At the beginning of each year, each participant in the plan is assigned a pre-communicated target award as a percentage of base salary reflecting his or her role and responsibilities within the Company (please see the individual target award percentages for the named executive officers on page 27). The target award percentage may be adjusted during the year if the role or responsibilities are changed. As further described below, this individual target award is adjusted at the end of the year to reflect the Companys and the individuals actual performance.
At the beginning of each year, the Committee and management set financial and strategic objectives for the Company. At the conclusion of each year, the Committee assesses the Companys performance. This assessment is a quantitative and qualitative review of the financial and strategic achievements versus the goals set by the Company at the beginning of the year. This assessment takes into account financial results relative to the business plan in addition to the manner in which results were achieved. The Committee also assesses the Companys total stockholder return (TSR) relative to a performance peer group and other major indices, such as the Standard & Poors 500 index. The performance peer group consists of companies considered market competitors of the Company, or that have been selected on the basis of industry, level of management complexity, global focus or industry leadership. While there is substantial overlap between the performance peer group companies and the companies in the Compensation Survey Group, the major difference between the two groups is that the performance peer group companies are more heavily focused on the food and beverage industry and are included regardless of revenue size. A list of the performance peer group companies is disclosed in the footnote to the Performance Graph in the consolidated financial statements contained in the Companys Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006.
Based on this assessment, business unit ratings are assigned to the Kraft North America Commercial and Kraft International Commercial business segments and the Company as a whole and are used to determine the size of the annual incentive pool. These business unit ratings also serve to adjust up or down the individual target award percentage for each participant. For context, if the Company financial and strategic goals are satisfied in a given year for the Company as a whole, the Committee is likely to assign a 100% rating to the Company. If results exceed objectives, the rating assigned to the Company will likely be higher than 100%, and likewise, if results are below expectations, the rating assigned to the Company will likely be below 100%.
Once this pool is created, individual awards are then allocated based on individual contributions by each of the participants. Actual awards are then based on individual performance and can range from 0% to approximately 200% of the adjusted target award.
For the named executive officers whose compensation is subject to the tax deductibility limitations of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (covered employees), maximum annual incentive award levels are based upon the level of achievement of adjusted net earnings derived from a compensation formula set by the Committee (please see details of this calculation under the Policy With Respect To Qualifying Compensation for Tax Deductibility section on page 34). Actual annual incentive awards earned by named executive officers in 2006 were tax deductible and are presented in the Summary Compensation Table on page 37.
2006 Annual Cash Incentive Plan Design
In 2006, the Committee considered a number of financial measures including the following: net revenue, volume, operating companies income, operating companies income margin, discretionary cash flow, total stockholder return, and earnings per share. Each financial measure, with the exception of total stockholder return, in 2006 was measured against actual prior year results and the Companys 2006 business plan.
The Committee also evaluated the Companys performance against other strategic measures such as market share, portfolio management, societal alignment, diversity and leadership development. No specific weight was assigned to the factors considered.
The Committee believes that focusing on these measures will lead to sustainable growth in total stockholder return.
Target awards levels, as a percentage of base salary, for the named executive officers as of December 31, 2006 were as follows:
The Committee retains complete discretion in evaluating the Companys results relative to the financial and strategic goals.
Actual 2006 Performance Relative to Objectives. Based on its quantitative and qualitative review of the results in 2006, the Committee assigned the following ratings to the Company and its business units as follows:
These ratings reflect the Committees assessment of the Companys progress relative to the financial and strategic goals set at the beginning of the year. These ratings will have an impact of adjusting an individuals target awards by the applicable rating, depending on which business unit the individual is aligned to during the performance period. An overview of these results follows.
The Company delivered mixed financial results in 2006. Many business fundamentals were improved and several key businesses responded well. However, the turnaround was not broad-based enough and the foundation for sustained top-tier performance is not yet in place.
The Company continued to focus on building top-line momentum, with organic revenue improving versus historical performance. Improved top line performance also translated into an overall increase in U.S. market share. Brand value investments also significantly improved pricing ability in certain segments.
However, there were areas of the business where results fell short of expectations. The Company experienced share declines in several key categories. Manufacturing cost challenges drove higher than expected cost increases despite solid productivity gains. Tassimo fell significantly short of plan expectations, resulting in a significant pre-tax asset write-down of $245 million.
The Companys TSR improved in 2006. TSR measures the Companys annual share price growth including reinvested dividends and provides the Company with the clearest link to the creation and growth of stockholder value. The Companys TSR of 30.5% outperformed the performance peer group median TSR of 23.0% and the S&P 500 index of 15.8%.
The results, including the TSR performance, all contributed to the overall assessment and subsequent ratings of the business units. As stated earlier, no specific weight was assigned to any of the financial or strategic measures.
Upon her appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Rosenfeld was guaranteed a minimum annual incentive award of $1,950,000. This guarantee recognized the amount she would have otherwise been paid had she remained with her previous employer. The actual award of $2,500,000 she received recognized her contributions to the performance of the Company in 2006.
The other named executive officers actual awards were based on an assessment of business and individual performance in the manner described above.
Actual award amounts are presented in the Summary Compensation Table on page 37.
To focus its executives on operational performance that leads to increased long-term stockholder returns, and to address stockholder dilution concerns, long-term incentive awards are delivered to executives through a combination of cash-based long-term performance incentive awards (approximately 40% of the total long-term value) and restricted stock (approximately 60% of the total long-term value). In the past, the Committee has
granted stock options to executives; however, as further discussed below, the Committee has not granted new stock options to any executive since 2001.
Cash-Based Long-Term Incentive Plan Awards
Long-Term Incentive Plan awards reward executives for the achievement of long-term financial and strategic goals during the applicable performance cycle and are primarily designed to reward participants for the achievement of top-tier stockholder return.
The primary measure considered by the Committee for this incentive program is TSR performance relative to the performance peer group and major indices, such as the S&P 500 during the period. At the beginning of the performance cycle, and in addition to the TSR measure, the Committee considers secondary financial measures including revenue, volume, operating companies income, net earnings, diluted earnings per share, and discretionary cash flow. In addition, the Committee considers secondary strategic measures such as portfolio management, societal alignment, diversity and leadership development. These measures are established and approved by the Committee at the beginning of the three-year long-term performance cycle. No specific weight is assigned to any of these secondary financial or strategic measures.
Each participant in the plan is assigned a pre-communicated target award as a percentage of cumulative year-end base salaries over the three-year performance cycle reflecting his or her role and responsibilities within the Company. Participants who become eligible to participate in this incentive plan during the performance cycle are eligible to receive a pro-rated award from the initial date of participation through the end of the performance cycle.
At the conclusion of each performance cycle, the Committee completes a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the Companys performance during the performance cycle. Based on this review, the Committee assigns a rating to the Company which is used to determine the size of the long-term incentive pool. This performance rating provides a method to adjust individual target percentages up or down for each participant. For context, if TSR is at the median of the performance peer group and the Companys financial and strategic goals are satisfied in a given performance cycle, the Committee is likely to assign a 100% rating to the Company. If TSR is above the median of the performance peer group or other major indices and other financial and strategic achievements exceed objectives, the Companys assigned rating will likely be above 100%, and likewise, if results are below expectations, the rating assigned will likely be below 100%.
Once this pool is created, individual awards may be allocated based on individual contributions by each of the participants. Actual awards are then based on individual performance and typically range from approximately 90% to 110% of the adjusted target award.
The Committee retains full discretion and assesses actual results against prescribed performance measures to decide award levels.
20042006 Long-Term Incentive Plan Design
Participants in the 20042006 performance cycle included approximately 180 executives. This long-term performance cycle was a three-year, end-to-end cycle, which began on January 1, 2004 and concluded on December 31, 2006. Awards were paid to participants in cash.
Target awards levels, as a percentage of cumulative year-end base salaries, for the named executive officers as of December 31, 2006 were as follows:
Actual 20042006 Performance Relative to Objectives. Based on its quantitative and qualitative assessment of the 20042006 performance cycle, the Committee assigned the Company a rating of 70%.
During the 20042006 performance cycle, the Companys TSR was 20.2%. Although positive, the Companys TSR ranked in the bottom quartile of the performance peer group. This return also lagged the S&P 500 index return of 34.7% during the period. Financial performance during the performance cycle, including operating income and earnings per share growth, also fell short of objectives. The financial shortfalls were due to below plan volume performance; significantly higher than expected commodity costs; investments in quality/packaging and new product initiatives; higher pension and benefit costs; and investment in price gap management.
Despite disappointing financial performance during the three-year period, a number of strategic initiatives were implemented to position the Company for future growth. Specifically, during the performance cycle the Company initiated a major restructuring program that is expected to result in savings of $1 billion per year following completion in 2008; increased new product revenues; and accelerated growth in developing markets. In addition, during the performance period, the Company divested a number of slower growing and/or lower margin businesses. The Company also completed a few acquisitions, such as a U.S.-based beverage business and the United Biscuit business in Iberia.
Ms. Rosenfelds award under this three-year cycle was set at a target based on her full year 2006 salary, in accordance with her offer letter. Her actual $3,250,000 award recognized amounts she would have otherwise been paid had she remained with her previous employer.
For the other named executive officers, actual awards for individuals were equal to 70% of their respective target award without any adjustment for individual performance.
Actual award amounts are presented in the Summary Compensation Table on page 37.
The Committee uses equity as an element of compensation to align the interests of our executives with those of our stockholders. Since 2003, the Committee has granted equity to the named executive officers in the form of restricted stock.
Restricted Stock. The Committee has determined that restricted stock is an appropriate form of equity compensation because it:
· directly builds executive stock ownership and aligns the interests of management with those of stockholders;
· enhances executive retention and commitment;
· efficiently uses shares resulting in lower share utilization; and
· establishes a transparent cost basis.
For 2006, the Committee awarded grants of restricted stock (or deferred stock for participants in countries outside of the U.S.) to eligible employees. Restricted stock awards are granted annually at the Committees regularly scheduled January meeting. Annual awards are granted on the date of the meeting and are based on the fair market value of the Companys stock on such date. The fair market value is defined as the average of the high and low traded stock prices on the New York Stock Exchange on the date of grant. The award levels are based on an analysis of competitive market practice, a qualitative review of an executives performance during the previous year and an evaluation of each executives potential to advance within the organization.
Annual restricted stock awards vest entirely on the third anniversary of the date of the award. The three-year cliff vesting provides a strong retention element. Recipients of restricted stock receive cash dividends on the shares of restricted stock granted to them at the same time and in the same amounts as the Companys stockholders. Dividends paid are considered ordinary income for individual tax purposes.
Target awards levels, expressed in grant value terms (which is calculated by multiplying the number of shares at grant to the fair market value of the Companys Common Stock on the date of the grant), for the named executive officers as of January 24, 2006 were as follows:
(1) Ms. Rosenfeld was not employed by the Company on the date of the 2006 annual grant.
Actual awards can generally range from 0150% of target. Actual award amounts in 2006 are presented in the Grants of Plan-Based Awards table on page 40.
The Company may from time to time grant off-cycle restricted stock awards to newly-hired executives. The Committee has delegated limited authority to the Chairman to grant off-cycle stock grants to newly-hired executives, subject to certain guidelines approved by the Committee. The Company is then required to report any such grants to the Committee at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
This delegation authority is limited by a maximum number of shares that can be granted to any individual. The limitations include the aggregate amount of shares permitted to be granted in a single year; the number of new employees to whom such stock awards may be granted in a single year; and that only apply to newly-hired employees that are not subject to Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. The purpose for this delegation of authority to the Chairman is to provide management with flexibility in making competitive offers to potential candidates in a timely manner, within a reasonable set of guidelines.
In 2006, the Committee granted Ms. Rosenfeld a sign-on restricted stock award of 387,230 shares with a grant value of $12 million, primarily to offset compensation awards granted by her previous employer that were subsequently forfeited as a result of her resignation, and to provide an inducement for Ms. Rosenfeld to join the Company. The terms and conditions substantially similar to grants made to other executives with the following exceptions:
i. 161,346 shares will vest July 1, 2009 and the remaining 225,884 shares will vest on July 1, 2011, provided that if, prior to full vesting of the shares granted, Ms. Rosenfelds employment with the Company ends due to involuntary termination for reasons other than cause, the total number of unvested shares will continue to vest on the vesting dates stated above;
ii. The total number of shares will also vest if (1) she fails to be named Chairman of the Companys Board of Directors on or before January 1, 2008 or (2) anyone other than Mr. Camilleri or Ms. Rosenfeld is appointed Chairman of the Companys Board of Directors.
Also, in 2006, the Committee granted Mr. Searer an off-cycle restricted stock award of $2 million in recognition of his promotion to President, Kraft North America Commercial. This restricted stock award will vest entirely on the fourth anniversary of the date of the award.
Stock Options. Consistent with the Committees decision to make equity awards in shares of restricted stock, the Committee did not make any stock option grants during 2006. The Committee has not granted new stock options to named executive officers since the initial public offering in June 2001. Stock options granted to named executive officers prior to the Companys initial public offering in June 2001 were options to acquire Altria Group, Inc. Common Stock. All outstanding stock options have 10-year expiration periods and many executives continue to hold options on both Company Common Stock and on Altria Group, Inc. Common Stock.
Stock options on both Altria Group, Inc. and Company stock that were granted prior to 2003 to a limited number of the Companys most senior executives have an Executive Ownership Stock Option (EOSO) feature. The EOSO feature was implemented to promote the earlier exercise of stock options and the retention of Company shares to build share ownership among the Companys senior executives. None of the named executive officers received EOSOs in 2006 in connection with an exercise of previously granted stock options. All outstanding stock options with an EOSO feature will expire no later than 2011.
The Companys named executive officers receive various perquisites provided by the Company. These perquisites include a car allowance, a financial counseling allowance and, for the Chief Executive Officer only, personal use of the corporate aircraft. For reasons of security and personal safety, the Company requires Ms. Rosenfeld to use Company aircraft for both business and personal travel. Taxes on these perquisites are imputed as income to the executive and taxed accordingly.
Since these perquisites are similar to those provided to named executive officers at many companies within the Compensation Survey Group, the Committee believes that they are therefore necessary for retention and recruitment purposes.
The Committee reviews the perquisites on a periodic basis, to ensure that they are appropriate in light of the Companys total compensation program and market practice.
Specific executive perquisites are listed in the table on page 38. Other than these perquisites, executives have the same benefits that are generally provided to other employees.
Post-termination compensation consists of both separation pay and retirement benefits.
Severance Agreements and Change-in-Control Agreements. The Company does not have specific severance or change-in-control agreements with any of its actively-employed named executive officers. Based on the Companys ownership structure as of December 31, 2006, the Committee believed that change-in-control arrangements were not required.
The Company maintains a severance plan in the U.S. that provides for certain severance payments in the event of job elimination or a workforce reduction. Similar plans are generally available in other countries where the Company has employees. The plans are implemented for recruitment and retention purposes, as all or nearly all of the companies with which we compete for executive talent offer similar benefits to their executives.
The Company does from time to time, as a practice and in its own discretion, make payments to executives in the event of an executives termination without cause for reasons that may or may not otherwise qualify for severance payments under one of the Companys severance plans. No benefits are available or have accrued prior to the executives employment separation, and at no time does the executive have rights to severance payments. These benefits may be in line with the benefits offered under a severance plan or they may be in excess of benefits offered under a plan. Separation arrangements made with certain executives upon termination without cause are an important aspect in protecting the Company, since these payments are typically made in consideration of a general release of future claims against the Company, non-compete, non-solicitation, non-disparagement and confidentiality agreements by the executives.
In 2006, the Company entered into separation agreements with Messrs. Deromedi and Johnson. The Company entered into these agreements with Messrs. Deromedi and Johnson for several reasons, including limiting their ability to directly compete or solicit employees for a certain period of time. In addition, the provisions of the agreements also provide that both employees release all claims against the Company and will keep all material information confidential. The amounts paid under each of the agreements reflected both the competitive practice for such separations as well as the value of the restrictive covenants provided for in the agreements. Specific details of these agreements are presented on pages 53 to 55.
Additional information regarding payments typically made upon termination, including a definition of key terms and a quantification of benefits that would be received by the Companys named executive officers had termination occurred on December 31, 2006, is found under the heading Potential Payments upon Termination or Change-in-Control on pages 53 to 58.
Retirement Benefits. The purpose of offering retirement benefits to executives is to provide income protection in the years following an executives career with the Company. Retirement benefits offered to executives are designed to reward an executives tenure with the Company.
Both tax-qualified and supplemental defined benefit retirement plans are generally offered to executives, including the named executive officers, and vary by country. The Committee believes that the retirement benefits offered to executives are important retention and recruitment elements, as many of the companies that the Company competes with for talent offer similar programs. Accrued amounts and additional details of each of the retirement benefit programs offered to the named executive officers are presented in the Pension Benefits table and the accompanying narrative to the table beginning on page 47.
In connection with her letter of employment, Ms. Rosenfeld received an enhanced pension benefit. The enhanced pension benefit provides for a service bridge for the period of time that Ms. Rosenfeld was not employed by the Company between 2004 and 2006. This enhanced pension benefit recognized that Ms. Rosenfeld would not be eligible for a pension benefit under her previous employers plan following her separation from her previous employer. This pension enhancement provides a continuation of pension benefits as if Ms. Rosenfeld had not left the Company for any period of time. Additional details of this enhanced pension benefit are presented in the Pension Benefits table and the accompanying narrative to the table beginning on page 47.
Mr. Deromedi also received an enhanced pension benefit. In recognition of Mr. Deromedis promotion to Chief Executive Officer of the Company in 2004, and in connection with his previous pension benefit earned at General Foods Corporation, the Company will use his final average earnings at retirement (or earlier separation) for purposes of calculating his pension benefit. Additional details are presented in the Pension Benefits table and the accompanying narrative to the table beginning on page 47.
Mr. Vogelsang participates in the Kraft Foods Switzerland Pension Fund. The Kraft Foods Switzerland Pension Fund is a contributory plan providing benefits related to the participants years of accredited service and final covered compensation. Mr. Vogelsang participates in the Kraft Foods Switzerland Pension Fund as a Swiss-based employee currently on an international assignment in the U.S. This is the same plan that is generally available to all eligible employees in Switzerland. Accrued amounts and additional details of Mr. Vogelsangs retirement benefit programs are presented in the Pension Benefits table and the accompanying narrative to the table beginning on page 47.
The Committee believes that both the U.S. tax-qualified and Supplemental Defined Contribution plans are integral parts of the overall compensation program. The Supplemental Defined Contribution Plan is important in that it encourages executives, including named executive officers, to save for retirement. The Committee believes that the Companys named executive officers should be allowed to defer the same percentage of their compensation, and receive the corresponding Company match, as all other employees, without regard to the compensation limit established by the Internal Revenue Code with respect to tax-qualified plan contributions. Accrued amounts and additional details of each of the non-qualified deferred compensation programs offered to named executive officers are presented in the Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation table and the accompanying narrative to the table beginning on page 51.
Trust Payments. Prior to 2005, the Company made payments to individual trusts on behalf of certain executives, including some of the named executive officers. The funding in these individual trusts served to offset the benefits payable under the Supplemental Defined Benefit and Supplemental Defined Contribution plans. The Committee evaluated the cost of these trust payments and determined it was in the Companys best interest to pay those amounts. The Committees reason for deciding to pay amounts to individual trusts was that it believed that for recruitment, retention and other reasons, the retirement income promised for all employees, whether or not payable within the limits applicable to tax-qualified plans, should be provided in a manner ensuring retirement security.
In 2005, the Committee decided, due to changes in the U.S. tax laws that it was no longer in the Companys best interest to pay these amounts into individual trusts and discontinued paying amounts into individual trusts for any employees. Therefore, supplemental benefits earned by executives after 2004 will accrue as unfunded liabilities.
As a general matter, the Company does not utilize employment agreements. The Company did provide for certain benefits, greater than those generally made available to other employees, to Ms. Rosenfeld as a condition of her employment. These additional benefits, including the sign-on Restricted stock grant of 387,230 shares with a grant value of $12 million discussed above were primarily granted to offset compensation awards granted by her previous employer that were subsequently forfeited as a result of her resignation and to provide an inducement for Ms. Rosenfeld to join the Company. Ms. Rosenfeld was also offered the cost of temporary living accommodations for a one-year period. This benefit was provided to allow Ms. Rosenfeld adequate time to relocate from Texas to Illinois. Specific details of these additional benefits are presented on page 41.
The Companys ability to deduct compensation paid to covered employees, including several named executive officers, for tax purposes is generally limited by Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code to $1.0 million annually. Covered employees include the principal executive officer and the four highest paid executive officers in the Company. This limitation does not apply to performance-based compensation, provided certain conditions are satisfied with the exception of awards paid to Ms. Rosenfeld, the annual and long-term performance incentives the Committee awarded to named executive officers in 2006 were subject to, and made in accordance with, performance-based compensation arrangements previously implemented by the Company.
The Committee has taken appropriate actions, to the extent it believes feasible, to preserve the tax deductibility of annual cash incentive and long-term performance awards. However, notwithstanding this general policy, the Committee has authorized, and will continue to retain the discretion to authorize, payments that may not be tax deductible, if it believes that such payments are in the best interest of stockholders. The Committee determined that it was appropriate to pay Ms. Rosenfeld an annual base salary in excess of $1.0 million. This determination will cause a portion of her base salary to exceed the $1.0 million tax deductibility limit in the future. In addition, payments and stock grants made in connection with Ms. Rosenfelds employment offer, including her $12 million restricted stock award, her Annual Cash Incentive and Long-Term Incentive Awards were not tax deductible.
In addition, named executive officers income may exceed the $1.0 million tax deductibility limit because of other elements of their annual compensation, such as perquisites, vesting in and dividends on restricted stock, payments related to the funding of retirement benefits, tax reimbursements, and income resulting from payments made pursuant to plans that do not discriminate in favor of executive officers.
Annual Incentive Formula
A formula is established under the annual cash incentive plan which determines the maximum amount that can be paid to those named executive officers whose compensation is subject to the tax deductibility limitations of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. Maximum annual incentive award levels are based upon the achievement of adjusted net earnings derived from a compensation formula set by the Committee. Under the formula used to establish the award pool, the maximum amount that can be paid to the covered employees as a group is 0.40% of adjusted net earnings. The maximum award for Ms. Rosenfeld is one-third of this pool. The remaining two-thirds of the pool is divided equally among the remaining covered employees. In addition, individual award amounts are limited to the stockholder-approved maximum of $10 million as provided in the 2005 Performance Incentive Plan. Under the annual incentive compensation plan, the Committee has the discretion to reduce the amount of an award otherwise payable to a named executive officer. This discretion is commonly referred to as negative discretion, since awards may only be reduced. The annual incentive
compensation plan has been structured so that the exercise of negative discretion does not adversely impact the tax deductibility of reduced awards paid to the named executive officers.
Cash-Based Long-Term Incentive Plan
Similar to the annual incentive plan, for those named executive officers whose compensation is subject to the tax deductibility limitations of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code, cash-based long-term incentive plan awards are also contingent upon the achievement of cumulative adjusted net earnings derived from a compensation formula set by the Committee at the beginning of the performance cycle. Under the compensation formula used to establish the award pool, the maximum amount that can be paid to covered employees as a group is 0.40% of cumulative adjusted net earnings during the performance period. The maximum award for Ms. Rosenfeld is equal to one-third of this pool. The remaining two-thirds of the pool is divided equally among the remaining covered employees. In addition, individual award amounts are limited to the stockholder-approved maximum of $8 million per each year of the performance period as provided in the 2005 Performance Incentive Plan. Under the cash-based long-term incentive plan, the Committee has the discretion to apply negative discretion. The cash-based long-term incentive plan has been structured so that the exercise of negative discretion does not adversely impact the tax deductibility of reduced awards paid to the covered employees.
Coincident with the Companys adoption of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123R in March 2006, the Committee approved the use of a stock performance pool from which restricted stock may be granted, in amounts up to individually specified proportions of the pool, to those named executive officers whose compensation is subject to the tax deductibility limitation of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. The January 2007 restricted stock awards were made from this performance pool, thus allowing the Company to secure the maximum allowable tax deduction with respect to restricted stock awards to be made in 2007. In addition, individual award amounts are limited to the stockholder-approved maximum of 1.0 million shares, as provided in the 2005 Performance Incentive Plan. Similar to the Annual Incentive and Long-Term Incentive Plans, under the restricted stock plan, the Committee has the discretion to apply negative discretion. The restricted stock plan has been structured so that the exercise of negative discretion does not adversely impact the tax deductibility of reduced awards paid to covered employees. Restricted stock awards granted prior to January 2007 will be limited by Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code to $1.0 million annually as the awards vest.
If the Board of Directors or an appropriate Committee of the Board determines that, as a result of a restatement of the Companys financial statements, an executive received more compensation than the executive would have received absent the incorrect financial statements, then the Board or Committee, in its discretion, may take such actions as it deems necessary or appropriate to address the events that gave rise to the restatement and to prevent its recurrence. Such actions may include, to the extent permitted by applicable law:
· Requiring partial or full repayment of any bonus or other incentive compensation paid to the executive;
· Requiring repayment of any gains realized on the exercise of stock options or on the open-market sale of vested shares;
· Causing the partial or full cancellation of restricted stock or deferred stock awards and outstanding stock options;
· Adjusting the future compensation of such executive; and
· Dismissing or initiating legal action against the executive, as the Board or Committee determines to be in the best interests of the Company.
The Companys current policy imposes limits on the timing and types of transactions in Kraft securities permitted by Section 16 officers (officers). Among other restrictions, the policy:
· Allows officers to trade Company securities only during window periods (following earnings releases) and only after they have pre-cleared transactions;
· Prohibits short selling of Company stock or selling against the box (failing to deliver sold securities);
· Prohibits officers (and any member of the officers family sharing the household) from transactions in puts, calls or other derivative Company securities on an exchange or in any other organized market, as well as any other derivative or hedging transactions on Company securities.
All data in US Dollars
(1) The amounts shown in this column include the value of Restricted Stock awards based on the FAS 123R valuation methodology that is used to value Restricted Stock awards to all participants. Assumptions made in the valuation methodology are disclosed in Note 11 to the consolidated financial statements contained in the Companys Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, with the exception that the valuation shown in the Summary Compensation Table assumes no forfeitures for active named executive officers. Grants awarded in 2006 are presented in the Grants of Plan Based Awards table on page 40.
(2) Amounts shown in this column represent the remaining amortized compensation cost of stock options granted at the time of the initial public offering in June 2001. The fair market value at grant date was $9.13 per stock option using a modified Black-Scholes valuation methodology. The assumptions used in the valuation methodology are as follows: risk-free rate of 4.81%; weighted average expected life of five years; expected volatility of 29.70%; and an expected dividend yield of 1.68%.
(3) Amounts shown in the first column include awards paid under the 2006 Annual Cash Management Incentive Plan and the amounts in the second column include awards paid under the 20042006 Cash Based Long-Term Incentive Plan.
(4) The amounts shown in this column include the aggregate increase in actuarial values of each named executive officers benefits under a Company defined benefit program. For U.S. plan participants, these amounts include the aggregate increase in actuarial values under the U.S. Tax-Qualified Pension Plan and the U.S. Supplemental Defined Benefit Pension Plan. For Mr. Vogelsang, the amounts include the aggregate increase in actuarial values of benefits earned under the Switzerland Pension Fund and the Kraft Foods Germany Pension Plan.
(5) The amounts shown in this column for each of the named executive officers include perquisites, the employer match on defined contribution plan, event related gifts, and tax reimbursements. Also included are relocation expenses for Ms. Rosenfeld and severance payments associated with Mr. Deromedis and Mr. Johnsons separation agreements.
(a) For reasons of security and personal safety, the Company requires Ms. Rosenfeld to use the Company aircraft for all travel. For the same reasons, the Company required that Mr. Deromedi also use the Company aircraft for all travel prior to his departure. The incremental cost of personal use of Company aircraft includes the cost of trip-related crew hotels and meals, in-flight food and beverages, landing and ground handling fees, hourly maintenance contract costs, hangar or aircraft parking costs, fuel costs based on the average annual cost of fuel per hour flown, and other smaller variable costs. Fixed costs that would be incurred in any event to operate Company aircraft (e.g., aircraft purchase costs, maintenance not related to personal trips, and flight crew salaries) are not included. Ms. Rosenfeld is responsible for taxes on these amounts and is not reimbursed for such taxes, with the exception of those amounts associated with her travels to and from her home during the transition phase detailed in her offer letter. Mr. Deromedi is responsible for all taxes on these amounts and is not reimbursed for such taxes.
(b) Includes the value of the named executives officers use of the Company-provided leased vehicle for personal reasons and the incremental cost of the Company drivers or Company-paid limousine service for personal reasons.
(c) These trust assets offset amounts, otherwise payable by the Company, for vested benefits under non-qualified supplemental retirement plans and are not intended to increase total promised benefits.
(d) Includes amounts include reimbursable for taxes associated with Ms. Rosenfelds relocation to Illinois. The amounts include reimbursements on temporary housing costs, use of the Company aircraft for the sole purpose of traveling to and from her home, and costs of ground transportation.
(e) Includes tax equalization payments or reimbursements in connection with a current international assignment for Mr. Vogelsang. These payments or reimbursements are made pursuant to a policy that is designed to facilitate the assignment of employees to positions in other countries by covering taxes over and above those that employees accepting international assignments would have incurred had they remained in their home countries. Differences in tax periods used by taxing jurisdictions, time lags
in tax determinations or in the availability of tax credits or refunds, or other factors in some instances create circumstances in which tax equalization payments are recovered by the Company in a different year.
(f) Includes amounts reimbursable for taxes associated with the event-related gifts given to Mr. Johnson and Mr. Searer at the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship golf tournament.
(6) Ms. Rosenfeld was appointed Chief Executive Officer on June 26, 2006.
(7) Per Ms. Rosenfelds offer letter, she received a Annual Cash Incentive Plan award reflective a full year at no less than her annual target amount of $1,950,000. The actual amount awarded to her was $2,500,000. In addition, Ms. Rosenfelds offer letter provides a payment under the 20042006 Cash-Based Long-Term Incentive Plan equal to her target award for one full year ($3,250,000).
(8) Mr. Deromedi signed a separation agreement with the Company effective August 31, 2006. The severance amount consists of the payouts under the Annual Cash Incentive Plan ($855,000), the Cash-Based Long-Term Incentive Plan ($5,075,000) and salary continuation through December 31, 2006 ($369,231). These amounts and any future amounts payable under his separation agreement are contingent upon the satisfaction of restrictive covenant provisions, including satisfaction of a one-year non-compete provision. Full terms of his separation agreement are provided on page 54.
(9) In connection with Mr. Deromedis separation agreement, 380,813 shares of unvested Restricted Stock were canceled on August 31, 2006.
(10) Mr. Johnson signed a separation agreement with the Company effective October 31, 2006. The severance amount consists of the payouts under the Annual Cash Incentive Plan ($391,400), the Cash-Based Long-term Incentive Plan ($1,543,400) and a lump sum payout paid upon signature of his separation agreement ($1,877,000). These amounts and any future amounts payable under his separation agreement are contingent upon the satisfaction of restrictive covenant provisions, including satisfaction of a one-year non-compete provision. Full terms of his separation agreement are provided on page 55.
(11) In connection with Mr. Johnsons separation agreement, 155,000 shares of unvested Restricted Stock were canceled on October 31, 2006. The amount shown includes the forfeiture of restricted stock grants previously accrued based on the FAS 123R valuation methodology that is used to value Restricted Stock awards to all participants. Assumptions made in the valuation methodology are disclosed in Note 11 to the consolidated financial statements contained in the Companys Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006.
(12) For consistency and where applicable, amounts have been converted to U.S. dollars based on the December 29, 2006 currency translation rates of 1 Swiss Franc to $0.8173 and 1 Euro to $1.3139.
(13) The positive value of the year-over-year change in the actuarial value of benefits earned under the Switzerland Pension Fund of $187,162 is offset by the negative value of year-over-year change in actuarial value of benefits earned under Kraft Foods Germany Pension Plan of $192,643, resulting in a negative sum. A zero value is provided for the change in pension value. The reason for the negative actuarial value under the Kraft Foods Germany Pension Plan is a change in the discount rate used to value the plan.