This excerpt taken from the LLTC DEF 14A filed Sep 26, 2007.
Policy for Director Recommendations and Nominations
The Nominating Committee considers candidates for Board membership suggested by the Board of Directors, management and the Company's stockholders. It is the policy of the Nominating Committee to consider recommendations for candidates to the Board from stockholders holding at least 5% of the total outstanding shares of the Company. Stockholders must have held these shares continuously for at least twelve months prior to the date of the submission of the recommendation. The Nominating Committee will consider a nominee recommended by the Company's stockholders in the same manner as a nominee recommended by members of the Board of Directors or management.
A stockholder who desires to recommend a candidate for election to the Board of Directors should direct the recommendation in writing to the Company, attention of:
The notice must include:
In addition, a stockholder may nominate a person for election to the Board of Directors directly at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, provided the stockholder has met the requirements set forth in the Company's Bylaws and the rules and regulations of the SEC related to stockholder nominees and proposals. The process for properly submitting a stockholder proposal, including a proposal to nominate a person for election to the Board of Directors at an Annual Meeting, is described above in the section entitled "Deadline for Receipt of Stockholder Proposals."
Where the Nominating Committee either identifies a prospective nominee or determines that an additional or replacement director is required, the Nominating Committee may take such measures as it considers appropriate in connection with evaluating the director candidate, including candidate interviews, inquiry of the person or persons making the recommendation or nomination, engagement of an outside search firm to gather additional information, or reliance on the knowledge of the members of the committee, the Board of Directors or management. In its evaluation of director candidates, including the members of the Board of Directors eligible for re-election, the committee considers a number of factors, including the following:
The Nominating Committee has also specified the following minimum qualifications that it believes must be met by a nominee for a position on the Board:
In connection with its evaluation, the Nominating Committee determines whether it will interview potential nominees. After completing the evaluation and interview, the Nominating Committee makes a recommendation to the full Board of Directors as to the persons who should be nominated for election to the Board, and the Board of Directors determines the actual nominees after considering the recommendation and report of the Nominating Committee.
Stockholder Communications to Directors
Stockholders may communicate directly with the members of the Company's Board of Directors by sending a written communication to the Board of Directors (or any individual director) at the following address: c/o Chief Financial Officer, Linear Technology Corporation, 720 Sycamore Drive, Milpitas, California 95035. All communications will be compiled by the Company's Chief Financial Officer and submitted to the Board or an individual director, as appropriate, on a periodic basis.
The Company strongly recommends and expects all incumbent directors and nominees for election to attend the Annual Meeting, absent extenuating circumstances.
In July 2007, the Board of Directors undertook a review of the independence of its directors and director nominees and considered whether any such person had a material relationship with the Company or its management that could compromise his ability to exercise independent judgment in carrying out his responsibilities. As a result of this review, the Board of Directors affirmatively determined that all of the directors of the Company, with the exception of Mr. Swanson, the Company's Executive Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer, and Mr. Maier, the Company's current Chief Executive Officer, are independent of the Company and its management under the corporate governance standards of Nasdaq. In addition, the Board determined that each of the members of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee satisfies the definition of independent director as established in the Nasdaq listing standards.
As part of each regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors, the independent directors meet separately from management and the non-independent directors.