This excerpt taken from the NKE DEF 14A filed Aug 9, 2006.
Director Compensation and Retirement Plan
Messrs. Knight and Parker do not receive additional compensation for their services as directors. Directors are reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in attending Board meetings. Pursuant to elections made in fiscal 2000, Mr. Thompson and Dr. Conway receive an annual fee of $22,000 per year, plus $2,000 for each Board meeting attended, $1,000 for each committee meeting attended, an annual grant of an option to purchase 4,000 shares of stock at the market price at grant, medical insurance, and $500,000 of life insurance coverage. Messrs. Connors, Cook, DeNunzio, Graf, Houser, Smith, and Ms. Jackson, and all directors first elected after fiscal 2000, receive a fee of $40,000 per year, plus $2,000 for each Board meeting attended, $1,000 for each committee meeting attended, and an annual grant of an option to purchase 4,000 shares of stock at the market price at grant. However, they receive no medical or life insurance benefits. In exchange for electing the new compensation method in fiscal 2000, Messrs. DeNunzio and Houser also receive an annual grant of an option to purchase 1,000 shares of stock at the market price on the date of grant. Directors serving as chair to a Board committee, except the Executive Committee, also receive an annual fee of $5,000 for each committee chaired.
From 1989 to 1999, the Company provided certain retirement benefits to non-employee directors who retired after serving for five years or more. The plan provided that after ten years of service by a director, the Company would provide such director for the remainder of his or her life with $500,000 of life insurance and medical insurance at the levels provided by the Company to all of its employees at the time
the director retires. The plan also provided that a director who had served for at least five years would receive an annual retirement cash payment for life, commencing on the later of age 65 or the date the director retires or ceases to be a member of the Board. The annual retirement cash payment ranged from $9,000 for five years of service up to a maximum of $18,000 for 10 or more years of service.
In fiscal 2000, in an effort to reduce future retirement obligations, the Board of Directors approved a new retirement plan that allowed directors to make a one-time election to waive their future rights to annual retirement cash payments in exchange for a credit to a stock account under the Companys Deferred Compensation Plan equal to the lump sum present value of the payments based on the actuarial life expectancy of each director. The number of shares of Class B Stock credited to each stock account was based on the market price of the stock on September 1, 1999. All current directors who were directors at that time elected the new plan. The number of shares of Class B Stock credited to the stock accounts of each director was: Dr. Conway, 4,165; Mr. DeNunzio, 3,852; Mr. Houser, 4,243; and Mr. Thompson, 3,271. Any non-employee directors first elected after fiscal 2000 do not receive retirement benefits.
Directors first elected after the 1993 fiscal year must retire at age 72.