Owens-Illinois DEF 14A 2014
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Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of
NOTICE AND PROXY STATEMENT
The Annual Meeting of Share Owners
To Be Held
Thursday, May 15, 2014
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT
Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting,
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHARE OWNERS
Dear Owens-Illinois Share Owner:
You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the share owners of Owens-Illinois, Inc. (the "Company") to be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Plaza 2, at the O-I World Headquarters, Perrysburg, Ohio for the purpose of considering and voting upon the following matters:
Enclosed is a Proxy Statement which provides information concerning the Company and nominees of the Board of Directors (the "Board") for election as directors, the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm, the advisory vote to approve named executive officer compensation and information concerning a proposed amendment to the Company's 2005 Incentive Award Plan. The Company intends to commence distribution of this notice and the accompanying Proxy Statement and proxy card on or about April 4, 2014.
The Board fixed the close of business on March 20, 2014 as the record date for the determination of share owners owning the Company's Common Stock, par value $.01 per share, entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting.
Enclosed is a proxy card that provides you with a convenient means of voting on the matters to be considered at the meeting, whether or not you attend the meeting in person. All you need do is mark the proxy card to indicate your vote, sign and date the card, then return it in the enclosed envelope as soon as conveniently possible. If the shares are held of record in more than one name, all holders of record should sign the proxy card. If you are a share owner of record and you submit a proxy, but you do not provide voting instructions, your shares will be voted:
If you wish to have your shares voted for all of the Board nominees, for the ratification of the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for 2014, for the advisory vote to approve named executive officer compensation and for the approval of the second amendment and restatement of the Company's 2005 Incentive Award Plan, you need not mark your votes on the proxy card, but need only sign and date it and return it in the enclosed envelope. As an alternative to returning the proxy card, you may choose to make use of the Internet or telephone to submit your proxy as described in the enclosed Proxy Statement and on the proxy card.
We sincerely appreciate your interest in and support of Owens-Illinois, and we hope to see you at the Annual Meeting.
The Annual Meeting of the share owners of Owens-Illinois, Inc. (the "Company") will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Plaza 2, at the O-I World Headquarters, Perrysburg, Ohio. At the Annual Meeting, share owners will: (1) vote to elect ten directors, each to serve a term of one year; (2) consider the ratification of the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for 2014; (3) participate in an advisory vote to approve named executive officer compensation; and (4) consider the approval of the second amendment and restatement of the Company's 2005 Incentive Award Plan that, among other things, increases the number of shares available under the plan by 6,000,000, extends the term of the plan until March 2024 and continues to allow grants under the plan to qualify as performance based for purposes of Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m).
This Proxy Statement has been prepared in connection with the solicitation by the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board") of proxies for the Annual Meeting and provides information concerning the persons nominated by the Board for election as directors, and other information relevant to the Annual Meeting. The Company intends to commence distribution of this Proxy Statement and the accompanying proxy card on or about April 4, 2014.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted a "Notice and Access" rule that allows companies to deliver a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials ("Notice of Internet Availability") to share owners in lieu of a paper copy of the proxy statement and related materials and the Company's 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K. The Notice of Internet Availability provides instructions as to how share owners can access the proxy materials online, contains a listing of matters to be considered at the meeting, and sets forth instructions as to how shares can be voted. Shares must be voted either by telephone, on the Internet or by completing and returning a proxy card. Shares cannot be voted by marking, writing on and/or returning the Notice of Internet Availability. Any Notices of Internet Availability that are returned will not be counted as votes. Instructions for requesting a paper copy of the proxy materials are set forth on the Notice of Internet Availability.
The Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement, the Company's 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Stakeholder Letter are available at www.proxyvote.com. You will need your assigned control number to vote your shares. Your control number can be found on your proxy card.
You will be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting if you are a share owner of record as of the close of business on March 20, 2014 (the "record date"). At the close of business on the record date, 165,059,440 shares of the Company's common stock, par value $.01 per share ("Common Stock"), were
outstanding. Each share of Common Stock entitles the holder of record to one vote on all matters to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting. Shares of Common Stock held by the trustee under the Company's 401(k) plans must be voted by the trustee in accordance with written instructions from participants in such plan or, as to those shares for which no instructions are received, in a uniform manner as a single block in accordance with the instructions received with respect to the majority of shares for which instructions were received from participants. No other securities are entitled to be voted at the Annual Meeting.
Shares of Common Stock can be voted at the Annual Meeting only if the share owner is present in person or represented by proxy. If shares are owned of record in the share owner's name, the share owner may cause its shares to be voted at the Annual Meeting in one of four ways:
A share owner can choose to submit a proxy over the Internet at www.proxyvote.com. The deadline for submitting a proxy over the Internet is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 14, 2014. In order to vote by Internet, the share owner should make sure it has the control number found on the proxy card, follow the voting instructions with respect to its shares and confirm that the instructions have been accurately recorded. If a proxy is submitted over the Internet, the share owner does not need to return the proxy card.
A share owner can also submit its proxy by telephone by calling the toll-free number (for residents of the U.S. and Canada) listed on the proxy card. The deadline for submitting a proxy by telephone is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 14, 2014. To submit its proxy, the share owner must enter the control number listed on the proxy card and follow the recorded instructions. If a proxy is submitted by telephone, the share owner does not need to return the proxy card.
If the share owner chooses to submit its proxy by mail, the share owner is required to complete, date and sign the accompanying proxy card and return it promptly in the enclosed envelope or return it to Vote Processing, c/o Broadridge, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, NY 11717. The deadline for Broadridge to receive and count a proxy by mail is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 14, 2014.
A share owner can choose to vote in person at the Annual Meeting by ballot. At the meeting, the share owner will need to request a ballot to vote these shares.
The telephonic and Internet voting procedures are designed to authenticate votes cast by use of a personal identification number. These procedures, that the Company believes comply with Delaware law, allow share owners to appoint a proxy to vote their shares and to confirm that their instructions have been properly recorded.
Share owners who hold their shares beneficially in street name through a nominee (such as a bank or broker) may be able to submit their proxy by telephone or the Internet as well as by mail. The share owner should follow the instructions received from the nominee to vote these shares.
The proxy card lists each person nominated by the Board for election as a director. Proxies duly executed and received in time for the meeting will be voted in accordance with share owners' instructions. If no instructions are given, proxies will be voted (a) to elect the ten nominated directors of the Company for a term of one year to expire at the Annual Meeting in 2015; (b) to ratify the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for 2014; (c) to approve the compensation of the Company's named executive officers; (d) to approve the second amendment and restatement of the Company's 2005 Incentive Award Plan; and (e) in the discretion of the proxy holders as to any other business that may properly come before the meeting.
Any proxy solicited hereby may be revoked by the person or persons giving it at any time before it has been exercised at the Annual Meeting by (a) giving notice of revocation to the Company in writing or at the 2014 Annual Meeting; (b) submitting a later dated proxy; or (c) attending the meeting in person and voting at the meeting.
There must be a quorum for the transaction of business at the meeting. A quorum is the presence at the meeting of a number of shares, that are either present or represented by proxy, constituting a majority of the outstanding shares entitled to vote at the meeting. If you submit a properly executed proxy card or a telephonic or Internet proxy, or you are present at the meeting in person, even if you abstain from voting, your shares will be considered part of the quorum. Broker non-votes (shares held by a broker or nominee that are represented at the meeting, but with respect to which the broker or nominee is not empowered to vote on a proposal) are included in determining the presence of a quorum.
Proposal One. Each director to be elected by the share owners of the Company shall be elected by the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast with respect to such director by the shares represented and entitled to vote therefor at a meeting of the share owners for the election of directors at which a quorum is present (an "Election Meeting"); provided, however, that if the Board determines that the number of nominees exceeds the number of directors to be elected at such meeting (a "Contested Election"), whether or not the election becomes an uncontested election after such determination, each of the directors to be elected at the Election Meeting shall be elected by the affirmative vote of a plurality of the votes cast by the shares represented and entitled to vote at such meeting with respect to the election of such director. For purposes of electing directors, a "majority of the votes cast" means that the number of votes cast "for" a candidate for director exceeds the number of votes cast "against" that director (with "abstentions" and "broker non-votes" not counted as votes cast as either "for" or "against" such director's election). In an election other than a Contested Election, share owners will be given the choice to cast votes "for" or "against" the election of directors or to "abstain" from such vote and shall not have the ability to cast any other vote with respect to such election of directors. In a Contested Election, share owners will be given the choice to cast "for" or "withhold" votes for the election of directors and shall not have the ability to cast any other vote with respect to such election of directors. In the event an Election Meeting involves the election of directors by separate votes by class or classes or series, the determination as to whether an election constitutes a Contested Election shall be made on a class by class or series by series basis, as
applicable. The Board has established procedures under which any director who is not elected shall offer to tender his or her resignation to the Board.
Proposal Two. The affirmative vote of a majority of the shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote thereon is required to ratify the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for 2014. Abstentions will have the same effect as votes "against" this proposal and "broker non-votes" will not be counted in determining whether this proposal has been approved.
Proposal Three. The affirmative vote of a majority of the shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote thereon is required for the advisory vote to approve named executive officer compensation. Abstentions will have the same effect as votes "against" this proposal and "broker non-votes" will not be counted in determining whether this proposal has been approved.
Proposal Four. The affirmative vote of a majority of the shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote thereon is required for the approval of the second amendment and restatement of the Company's 2005 Incentive Award Plan. Abstentions will have the same effect as votes "against" this proposal and "broker non-votes" will not be counted in determining whether this proposal has been approved.
Management of the Company does not know of any matter that will be presented for action at the 2014 Annual Meeting other than as described in this Proxy Statement. However, if any other matter should properly be brought to a vote at the meeting, or any adjournment or postponement thereof, all shares covered by proxies solicited hereby will be voted with respect to such matter in accordance with the proxy holders' discretion.
The Company's Third Restated Certificate of Incorporation provides for the declassification of the Board of Directors over a three-year period that began at the 2013 Annual Meeting and will conclude at the 2015 Annual Meeting. The Board currently consists of twelve members, ten of whom are Class I directors whose terms expire at this year's Annual Meeting and two of whom are Class II directors whose terms expire at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Two of the directors listed herein began their service as directors since the last Annual Meeting: Mr. Hari N. Nair began his service on August 2, 2013, and Ms. Carol A. Williams began her service on February 20, 2014. Mr. Corbin A. McNeill, Jr. resigned as a director effective July 31, 2013. From and after the election of directors at the 2015 Annual Meeting, the Board will cease to be classified, and the directors elected at the 2015 Annual Meeting (and each meeting thereafter) will be elected for a term expiring at the next Annual Meeting.
The Board, on the recommendation of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, has nominated ten persons for election as Class I directors to serve for a one-year term expiring at the 2015 Annual Meeting of share owners and until their successors have been elected and qualified. The ten
nominees of the Board are Jay L. Geldmacher, Peter S. Hellman, Anastasia D. Kelly, John J. McMackin, Jr., Hari N. Nair, Hugh H. Roberts, Albert P. L. Stroucken, Carol A. Williams, Dennis K. Williams and Thomas L. Young, each of whom is currently serving as a director of the Company. Each nominee has consented to being named in this Proxy Statement and has agreed to serve if elected. If for any reason any nominee should be unavailable to serve, proxies solicited hereby may be voted for a substitute as well as for the other Board nominees. The Board, however, expects all of its nominees to be available to serve.
Following is information on the persons nominated for election to the Board at the 2014 Annual Meeting and the continuing directors:
Mr. Geldmacher was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Artesyn Embedded Technologies in November 2013. Artesyn Embedded Technologies is a joint venture between Platinum Equity and Emerson Electric Company, a publicly traded diversified global manufacturing and technology company. Artesyn is a spin-out of the Embedded Computing and Power Group from Emerson. Mr. Geldmacher previously served as an executive of Emerson Electric Company, from 1996 to November 2013. In 2007, Mr. Geldmacher was appointed the Executive Vice President and President, Network Power and Embedded Computing and Power Group. In that position, Mr. Geldmacher had full profit and loss responsibility for a group of Emerson's subsidiaries with a global presence. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Geldmacher served as Group Vice President and President, Network Power Embedded Computing and Power Group. Prior to that Mr. Geldmacher was President, Astec Power Solutions (1998-2006), and President, Astec Standard Power Worldwide (1996-1998). Mr. Geldmacher received a bachelor of science in marketing from the University of Arizona and an executive master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago. He has served on the board of the University of Arizona Business School since 2002 and Seagate Technology since 2012. Mr. Geldmacher's executive management experience, experience with a public company specializing in manufacturing, familiarity with global distribution strategies and knowledge of accounting issues and financial reporting qualify him to serve on the Company's Board.
Mr. Hellman retired in 2008 after a long career with large, multinational companies in both financial and operating executive positions. Mr. Hellman has over 38 years of financial analysis experience and has been involved with investor relations for over 30 years. He was an executive with Nordson Corporation from 2000 to 2008, where he served as President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer from 2004 to 2008 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Hellman also served as a director of Nordson from 2001 to 2008. Nordson is a global leader in providing capital equipment to the packaging industry. Prior thereto, Mr. Hellman was with TRW Inc. for 10 years and held various positions, the most recent of which was President and Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure as a financial executive, Mr. Hellman obtained significant reporting expertise and valuable expertise in corporate transactions. Mr. Hellman has extensive experience as a director of both public and private companies, and has been serving on public company boards for over 16 years. He is currently a director of Baxter International, Inc. (since 2005) and The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (since 2010). Mr. Hellman also serves on the board of the Holden Arboretum and LifeBanc. Through his significant board and management experience, Mr. Hellman has obtained extensive training in executive compensation matters and corporate governance practices. Mr. Hellman received a bachelor of
arts degree from Hobart College and a master of business administration in finance from Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Hellman's long career and financial and operating experience, business leadership skills, extensive board experience and knowledge of executive compensation and corporate governance matters qualify him to serve on the Company's Board.
Ms. Kelly is Co-Managing Partner (Americas) in the law firm of DLA Piper (Partner since 2010 and Co-Managing Partner since 2013). From 2006 to 2010, she was the Vice ChairmanLegal, Human Resources, Corporate Communication and Corporate Affairs of American International Group, Inc. ("AIG"), and through that senior management position she obtained experience handling corporate issues across the enterprise. Prior to joining AIG, Ms. Kelly was an executive and general counsel of several large, publicly traded companies, including MCI, where she was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel from 2003 to 2006, Sears, Roebuck and Co., where she was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel from 1999 to 2003, and Fannie Mae, where she was the Senior Vice President from 1996 to 1999 and General Counsel and Secretary from 1995 to 1999. Ms. Kelly was a director of Saxon Capital from 2004 to 2008, is currently a director of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (since 2011) and sits on the board of numerous philanthropic organizations. Ms. Kelly received a bachelor of arts, cum laude, from Trinity University and a juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from George Washington Law School. Ms. Kelly's broad legal expertise and knowledge, extensive understanding of regulatory, compliance and securities issues involving public companies and financial institutions, significant experience in corporate governance issues and substantial business management skills qualify her to serve on the Company's Board.
Mr. McMackin is a principal of Williams & Jensen, PLLC, one of the nation's leading, independently owned government affairs law firms. During his long legal career spanning over 30 years, Mr. McMackin has had varied experience in many areas of corporate law, financial regulation, complex litigation and other areas of law and regulation. He has been a director of the Judicial Evaluation Institute since 1990. Mr. McMackin received a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and juris doctorate from Yale Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Mr. McMackin's legal expertise, knowledge of government and regulation and long experience in the glass container industry qualify him to serve on the Company's Board.
Mr. Nair is the Chief Operating Officer ("COO") for Tenneco Inc., a Fortune 500 company with revenues of $8.0 billion, since 2010. Mr. Nair has also served as a member of the Tenneco Board of Directors since 2009. Prior to his assignment as COO, Mr. Nair served as President, International Group, where he was responsible for managing Tenneco's business operations and capitalizing on growth opportunities in Europe, South America and Asia-Pacific. Mr. Nair has been with Tenneco since 1987 in positions of increasing responsibility across various functions of strategic planning, business development, quality and operations. Before joining Tenneco, Mr. Nair was a senior financial analyst at General Motors Corporation and a plant manager for American Water Company. Mr. Nair received a bachelor of science in engineering from Bradley University, a master of business administration from the University of Notre Dame and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Nair's extensive manufacturing experience leading large business operations, global business experience, strategic planning, executive leadership skills and financial reporting expertise qualify him to serve on the Company's Board.
Mr. Roberts retired in 2007 after working over 30 years with Kraft Foods, Inc. where he obtained profit and loss management and analysis experience and global experiences in sales, marketing and strategic planning. He was the President of Kraft Foods International Commercial from 2004 to 2007, President, Kraft Foods International Asia Pacific from 2001 to 2003 and, prior thereto, President, KFI Central & Eastern Europe Middle East & Africa Region from 1996 to 2001. While with Kraft, Mr. Roberts completed numerous training programs for executives and obtained substantial training in marketing, strategic analysis, corporate governance and executive compensation. Mr. Roberts received a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and a master of business administration from Harvard Business School. Mr. Robert's extensive business leadership skills, his management experience overseas in emerging markets and his substantial education in management and corporate governance issues qualify him to serve on the Company's Board.
Mr. Stroucken has been the President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Owens-Illinois since December 2006, having become a member of the Board in August 2005. Prior to joining Owens-Illinois, Mr. Stroucken was with H.B. Fuller Company, a $1.5 billion manufacturer of adhesives, sealants, coatings, paints and other specialty chemical products. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of H.B. Fuller from 1998 to 2006, and Chairman of the Board from 1999 to 2006. Prior to his work at H.B. Fuller, Mr. Stroucken worked for Bayer Corporation as General Manager, Inorganics Division of Bayer AG from 1997 to 1998 and Executive Vice President and President of the Industrial Chemicals Division of Bayer Corporation from 1992 to 1997. Mr. Stroucken has held directorships at publicly traded companies for over 10 years and is currently a director of Baxter International, Inc. (since 2004). Through his extensive board and management service, Mr. Stroucken has obtained substantial business and financial expertise leading and operating large, complex corporations. Mr. Stroucken's long experience in manufacturing, his executive and board experience, his executive compensation and corporate governance training, and his leadership of Owens-Illinois over the past seven years qualify him to serve on the Company's Board.
Ms. Williams is currently a special advisor to the Chief Executive Officer at Dow Chemical Company, a diversified chemical company with revenues in 2013 of $57.1 billion. Prior to her current role that began on January 1, 2014, she served as Dow's Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering, Supply Chain and Environmental, Health & Safety Operations. During Ms. Williams' 34 year history at Dow, she assumed increasingly more significant management positions in R&D before becoming operations leader and then Vice President for the North American chlor-alkali assets business. She was named Senior Vice President of Basic Chemicals in 2009 and President of Chemicals & Energy in 2010 before assuming her most recent role. Ms. Williams is also a board member for Atlanta based Zep, Inc., a leading producer of maintenance and cleaning chemical solutions. She received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Williams' extensive management expertise from manufacturing to purchasing to supply chain as well as her substantial experience in research and development qualify her to serve on the Company's Board.
Mr. Williams retired in 2006 after long and extensive service as an executive. Before retiring, Mr. Williams was with IDEX Corporation, a publicly traded corporation that manufactures and markets proprietary engineered industrial products, as the Chairman of the Board from 2000 to 2006 and as President and
Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2005. During his tenure with IDEX, Mr. Williams significantly upgraded the company's business processes and increased shareholder value, resulting in the value of the stock tripling in six years. Prior to joining IDEX, Mr. Williams had over ten years of executive experience with GE and its subsidiaries. During his time with GE, Mr. Williams held multiple executive leadership positions with subsidiaries in Italy, Canada and the United States. His last position with GE was as the President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Power Systems Industrial Products from 1998 to 2000, and in that role Mr. Williams was responsible for a $4 billion global manufacturing and service business based in Florence, Italy. In addition, Mr. Williams has held directorships at publicly traded companies for over nine years and has been a director of AMETEK, Inc. (since 2006) and Actuant Corporation (since 2006). From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Williams was also a director of the Washington Group International, where he obtained valuable knowledge regarding restructuring and capital markets transactions by helping to guide Washington's emergence from bankruptcy and subsequent sale. Through his board membership and various executive positions, Mr. Williams has acquired substantial training in corporate governance and developed valuable financial reporting expertise. Mr. Williams received a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. Mr. Williams' extensive experience in leading businesses in international markets, executive leadership skills, significant public company board experience, financial reporting expertise and corporate governance training qualify him to serve on the Company's Board.
Mr. Young is currently the President of Titus Holdings Ltd., a private investment company that he joined in 2005. Prior to 2005, Mr. Young held various executive positions at Owens-Illinois, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (20032004), Co-Chief Executive Officer (2004) and Executive Vice President, Administration and General Counsel (19982004). Mr. Young has obtained significant financial reporting expertise through his experience in corporate finance. Mr. Young also has extensive experience as a director on the boards of both private and public companies. Currently, Mr. Young is a director of Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (since 2005), HCR ManorCare Inc. (since 2008), SealPak Innovations, Inc. (since 2005) and The Windmill Trust and its affiliate Robeco General Partners Fund III Program LLC (since 2009). Previously, he has been a director of ManorCare, Inc. (19912007), Coherix, Inc. (20052008) and InvestLinc Group, LLC (20062007). Mr. Young has substantial training in corporate governance through his board memberships and received a Certificate of Director Education from the National Association of Corporate Directors. In addition, he has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Public Company Director Education and Certification Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Mr. Young received a bachelor of arts degree from St. John's College and a juris doctorate with honors from Notre Dame Law School. He is also a member of the Ohio Bar. Mr. Young's business leadership skills, financial reporting expertise, executive and director experience, knowledge of corporate and securities laws and his extensive training, background and experience in board and corporate governance matters qualify him to serve on the Company's Board.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE "FOR" THE TEN NOMINEES IDENTIFIED ABOVE.
Mr. Colter has been the President of CRS Inc., a corporate restructuring and strategy management consulting company, since 2002. Prior thereto, Mr. Colter had over 34 years of executive experience (27 years as a partner) at KPMG Canada, during which he developed valuable financial and accounting expertise while overseeing Canadian and global financial advisory services practices of KPMG. He served as the Vice Chair of KPMG Canada from 2000 to 2002, the Global Managing Partner, Financial Advisory Services, of KPMG International from 1998 to 2000 and the Vice Chairman of KPMG Canada from 1989 to 1998. During his long career in advisory services, Mr. Colter has led the restructurings of many major North American companies. In addition, Mr. Colter has extensive experience as a director on the boards of both private and public companies, regularly attends external continuing education offerings and has substantial training and experience in corporate governance. He is a director of CIBC (since 2003), Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. (since 2004) and Revera Inc. (since 2005) and currently serves on the corporate governance committees of each of those boards. He also serves on the board of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (since 2012). Previously, he was a director of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool (20032006). Mr. Colter received a bachelor of arts in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant. Mr. Colter's extensive business, financial and accounting experience and education, experience with a broad range of North America markets, financial reporting expertise, extensive director experience and corporate governance training qualify him to serve on the Company's Board.
Mr. Wehmeier is now retired, but served as an executive with Bayer Corporation for almost 20 years. He served as the Vice-Chairman of Bayer from 2002 to 2004, and, prior thereto, President and Chief Executive Officer from 1991 to 2002. While with Bayer, Mr. Wehmeier obtained substantial merger and acquisition transactional and operation experience, as he oversaw the merger of three large companies in various industries into a single operating company. In addition, during his tenure Mr. Wehmeier maximized long-term value of Bayer and led the company to grow revenues from $5.5 billion to $11 billion. Prior to joining Bayer, Mr. Wehmeier was a member of the board of management of AGFA-Gevaert from 1987 to 1991 where he obtained experience running a worldwide business in a highly competitive consumer related business. Mr. Wehmeier has extensive experience as a director, and has served on the board of public companies since 1992. He is currently a director of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (since 1992) and was a member of the board of Terex Corporation (20022010). Through his board membership and executive experience, Mr. Wehmeier has acquired substantial training in corporate governance. Mr. Wehmeier was educated in Europe and is an alumnus of IMEDE Business School (Lausanne, Switzerland) and INSEAD Business School (Fontainebleau, France). Mr. Wehmeier's extensive experience as an executive of a public company, knowledge of and familiarity with international business markets, expertise in mergers and acquisitions, history of board membership and corporate governance training qualify him to serve on the Company's Board.
The Company has no fixed policy on whether the roles of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer should be separate or combined. Currently, these roles are combined with Mr. Stroucken serving as both the Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Stroucken possesses the detailed knowledge of the issues, opportunities and challenges facing the Company that makes him the Board's choice to be the Chief Executive Officer and to lead the day-to-day operation of the Company. The Board also believes that Mr. Stroucken is best positioned to be Chairman of the Board and to ensure that the Board's time and attention are focused on the most critical matters and to assist the Board in its role to oversee the execution of the Company's strategic plan.
The Company's Corporate Governance Guidelines (the "Guidelines") provide that an independent member of the Board serve as Lead Director. Pursuant to the Guidelines, the Lead Director:
The Chair of the Audit Committee, Mr. Peter S. Hellman, was appointed Interim Lead Director effective August 2, 2013 after Mr. Corbin A. McNeill, Jr. resigned his position as Lead Director for personal reasons.
The Company's non-management directors meet in regularly scheduled executive sessions, both with the CEO and also without any members of management present. The purpose of these executive sessions is to promote open and candid discussion between the Board and the CEO and separately among the non-management directors of the Board. The Board believes this approach effectively complements the Company's Board leadership structure. The non-management directors met eight times in executive session in 2013 without management present. In addition, the independent directors met once in executive session in 2013. As provided by the Guidelines, the Lead Director or his designee presides at these executive sessions.
The Board recognizes that an important part of its responsibilities is to evaluate the Company's exposure to risk and to monitor the steps management has taken to assess and control risk. The Board primarily oversees risks through committees of the Board, particularly through the Risk Oversight Committee and the Audit Committee, as discussed in the descriptions of the committees below. The committees report to the Board and matters of particular importance or concern, including any significant areas of risk faced by the Company, are discussed by the entire Board. In addition, the Board meets with the Company's regional presidents on a rotating basis to review risk exposure with respect to the Company's strategic plans and objectives in order to improve long-term organizational performance.
The Board has the ultimate authority for overseeing the management of the Company's business. The Board also identifies and evaluates candidates for, and ultimately appoints the Company's officers, delegates responsibilities for the conduct of the Company's operations to those officers, and monitors their and the Company's performance. Certain important functions of the Board are performed by committees comprised of members of the Board, as provided below.
The vast majority of the members of the Board are "independent" in accordance with the New York Stock Exchange listing standards. The Board has affirmatively determined that each of the following directors is an independent director of the Company under the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange: Gary F. Colter, Jay L. Geldmacher, Peter S. Hellman, Anastasia D. Kelly, Hari N. Nair, Hugh H. Roberts, Helge H. Wehmeier, Carol A. Williams, Dennis K. Williams and Thomas L. Young. In making this determination, the Board has determined that none of these directors has any material relationships with the Company other than their roles as directors.
The Board has established stock ownership guidelines for its members. Each member of the Board is required to own shares of the Company's Common Stock having a value equal to five times the director's annual cash retainer. New directors have four years from the date of joining the Board to attain the required stock ownership. Until the stock ownership guidelines are met, directors are required to retain 100% of the "net profit shares" acquired from grants of restricted stock or exercises of stock options. Net profit shares are those shares remaining after payment of tax obligations.
The Board currently consists of 12 members. Under the Company's Third Restated Certificate of Incorporation, the maximum size of the Board is 12 members.
In 2013, the full Board met nine times. Each member of the Board attended 84% or more of the aggregate number of meetings of the Board and of committees of the Board of which such director was a member. Attendance at Board and committee meetings during 2013 averaged over 96% for directors as a group.
The Company does not have a policy with regard to Board members' attendance at Annual Meetings, although members of the Board are encouraged to attend. Ten of the eleven members of the then current Board attended the 2013 Annual Meeting.
A copy of the Company's Corporate Governance Guidelines is available on the "Investors" section of the Company's website (www.o-i.com). A copy is also available in print to share owners upon request, addressed to the "Secretary" at Owens-Illinois, Inc., One Michael Owens Way, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551-2999. The address of the Company's website provided above or elsewhere in the Proxy
Statement is not intended to function as a hyperlink, and the contents of the Company's website are neither a part of this Proxy Statement nor incorporated by reference.
The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee (the "Committee") is responsible for identifying individuals qualified to become members of the Board and recommending that the Board select the candidates for all directorships to be filled by the Board or by the share owners. The Committee is governed in this regard by its Policies and Procedures Regarding the Identification and Evaluation of Candidates for Director (the "Policies and Procedures"), copies of which are available on the "Investors" section of the Company's website (www.o-i.com) and in print, free of charge, to share owners upon request to the "Secretary" at Owens-Illinois, Inc., One Michael Owens Way, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551-2999.
Pursuant to the Policies and Procedures, candidates for the Board must demonstrate strong leadership in their particular field, and have broad business experience and the ability to exercise sound business judgment. In addition, candidates must possess the highest personal and professional ethics, integrity and values, and be committed to representing the long-term interests of the share owners. Candidates must also be willing to devote sufficient time to carrying out their duties and responsibilities effectively, and be committed to serve on the Board for an extended period of time.
The Committee will consider potential candidates for director who have been recommended by the Company's directors, the CEO, other members of senior management and share owners. Outside consultants may also be employed to help identify potential candidates. Pursuant to its Policies and Procedures, the Committee conducts all necessary and appropriate inquiries into the backgrounds and qualifications of possible candidates and considers questions of independence and possible conflicts of interest. Members of the Committee discuss and evaluate possible candidates in detail, and determine which individuals to consider in more depth. Once a candidate is identified whom the Committee wants to move toward nomination, one or more members of the Committee will enter into discussions with the candidate. The procedures for the nomination of director candidates by share owners are described under the heading "2015 Annual Meeting of Share Owners."
The performance of incumbent members of the Board is evaluated annually by the Committee. Incumbent directors who continue to satisfy the Committee's criteria for Board membership and whom the Committee believes continue to make important contributions to the Board generally will be renominated by the Board at the end of their term. In that case, the Committee does not consider a vacancy to exist.
The Company has a Global Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the "Code") that is applicable to all directors, officers and employees of the Company, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. The Code is available on the "Investors" section of the Company's website (www.o-i.com) and in print, free of charge, to share owners upon request, addressed to the "Secretary" at Owens-Illinois, Inc., One Michael Owens Way, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551-2999.
Share owners and other interested parties may contact any member (or all members) of the Board (including, without limitation, the non-management directors as a group), the Lead Director, any Board committee or any chair of any such committee. To communicate with the Board, the Lead Director, any individual directors or any group or committee of directors, correspondence should be addressed to the "Board of Directors" or any such individual directors or group or committee of directors by either name or title. All such correspondence should be addressed to the "Secretary" at Owens-Illinois, Inc., One Michael Owens Way, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551-2999. All communications so received will be opened by the Secretary for the sole purpose of determining whether the contents represent a message to the directors. Any contents that are not in the nature of advertising, promotions of a product or service or patently offensive material will be forwarded promptly to the addressee. In the case of communications to the Board or any group or committee of directors, the Secretary will distribute the contents to each director who is a member of the group or committee to which the contents are addressed.
There are four standing committees of the Board: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee and the Risk Oversight Committee. Subject to applicable provisions of the Company's By-Laws and Corporate Governance Guidelines, the Board appoints the members of each committee and rotates members periodically consistent with the experience and expertise of individual directors.
Directors currently serving on committees of the Board and the number of meetings held in 2013 by the committees are identified below.
The Audit Committee was established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). The Audit Committee represents and assists the Board with the oversight of: (a) the integrity of the Company's financial statements and internal controls; (b) the Company's compliance with legal and regulatory requirements; (c) the independent registered public accounting firm's qualifications and independence; and (d) the performance of the Company's internal audit function and of the independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the Board that sets forth the specific responsibilities of the
Audit Committee. A copy of the Audit Committee Charter is available on the "Investors" section of the Company's website (www.o-i.com) and in print, free of charge, to any share owner upon request addressed to the "Secretary" at Owens-Illinois, Inc., One Michael Owens Way, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551-2999.
All members of the Audit Committee meet the audit committee independence requirements of the New York Stock Exchange and also satisfy the independence standards applicable to audit committees pursuant to Rule 10A-3(b)(i) under the Exchange Act. The Board has determined that Mr. Hellman, the chair of the Audit Committee, and Mr. Young are each qualified as an "audit committee financial expert" within the meaning of Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") regulations and that all of the Audit Committee members meet the financial literacy requirements of the New York Stock Exchange. No member of the Audit Committee serves on the audit committee of more than three public companies.
The Compensation Committee assists the Board with respect to compensation of the Company's executive officers and directors. In carrying out such responsibilities, the Compensation Committee administers the Amended and Restated 1997 Equity Participation Plan, the Amended and Restated 2005 Incentive Award Plan, the Company's annual bonus plans and certain other benefit plans of the Company and makes recommendations to the Board with respect to the compensation to be paid and benefits to be provided to directors, officers and employees of the Company.
The Compensation Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the Board that sets forth the specific responsibilities of the Compensation Committee. A copy of the Compensation Committee Charter is available on the "Investors" section of the Company's website (www.o-i.com) and in print, free of charge, to any share owner upon request addressed to the "Secretary" at Owens-Illinois, Inc., One Michael Owens Way, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551-2999.
Each member of the Compensation Committee is an "independent director" under the New York Stock Exchange listing standards.
The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee assists the Board by (a) identifying and evaluating individuals qualified to become directors and recommending that the Board select the candidates for all directorships to be filled by share owners or the Board; (b) developing and recommending to the Board a set of corporate governance principles contained in the Company's Corporate Governance Guidelines and Global Code of Business Conduct and Ethics; (c) overseeing the evaluation of the Board and management of the Company; (d) taking a leadership role in shaping the corporate governance of the Company; (e) overseeing management succession planning and development; and (f) overseeing the Company's Ethics and Compliance function, in conjunction with other committees requested to address issues arising in this area.
The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the Board that sets forth the specific responsibilities of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee. A copy of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee Charter is available on the "Investors" section of the Company's website (www.o-i.com) and in print, free of charge, to share owners upon request, addressed to the "Secretary" at Owens-Illinois, Inc., One Michael Owens Way, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551-2999.
Each member of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee is an "independent director" under the New York Stock Exchange listing standards.
The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee will accept recommendations from share owners for nominees for the Board. The procedures for submitting share owner recommendations are described under the heading "2015 Annual Meeting of Share Owners."
The Risk Oversight Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the Company's risk management processes. The Risk Oversight Committee: (a) provides oversight of management's policies and activities relating to the identification, evaluation, management and monitoring of the Company's critical enterprise risks, including the major strategic, operational, regulatory, compliance, reporting, reputational, governance and human resources and labor risks inherent in the business of the Company (the "Enterprise Risks"); (b) oversees compliance with legal and regulatory requirements with respect to the conduct of the Company's business; and (c) reports to the Board regarding the Enterprise Risks that have the potential to significantly impact the Company's ability to execute its strategic priorities and achieve its performance goals.
The Risk Oversight Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the Board that sets forth the specific responsibilities of the Risk Oversight Committee. A copy of the Risk Oversight Committee Charter is available on the "Investors" section of the Company's website (www.o-i.com) and in print, free of charge, to share owners upon request to the "Secretary" at Owens-Illinois, Inc., One Michael Owens Way, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551-2999.
Under the terms of the Risk Oversight Committee Charter, the Risk Oversight Committee (a) reviews and submits for Board approval the Company's Risk Management Philosophy, Risk Management Policy and Statement of Risk Appetite, as developed by management; (b) reviews management's processes designed to identify, assess, manage, monitor and report the Company's significant Enterprise Risks; (c) reviews, monitors and discusses with management the Company's significant Enterprise Risks and opportunities, including steps management is taking to assess and manage such risks and opportunities; (d) reviews the Company's disclosure of Enterprise Risks in all filings with the SEC (including the Annual Report on Form 10-K); and (e) together with the Audit Committee, reviews, assesses and discusses with the general counsel, the Chief Financial Officer and the independent registered public accounting firm (i) any significant risks or exposures; (ii) the steps management has taken to minimize such risks or exposures; and (iii) the Company's underlying policies with respect to risk assessment and risk management.
Prior to 2014, each non-management director of the Company received an annual retainer of $60,000, payable quarterly. Effective January 1, 2014, the amount of the annual retainer each non-management director of the Company receives was increased to $67,500. Each non-management director also receives $2,000 for each Board meeting in which such director participates. The Chair of the Audit Committee receives an additional annual retainer of $20,000, the Chair of the Compensation Committee receives an additional annual retainer of $15,000, and each non-management director who serves as a chair of any other committee receives an additional annual retainer of $10,000. The Lead Director receives an annual retainer of $20,000 in addition to the annual retainer for service as chair of a committee. Each non-management director who serves as a member of a committee of the Board (including as chair) receives $2,000 for each committee meeting in which such director participates.
Prior to 2014, each non-management director also received each year on the date immediately following the date of the Annual Meeting of share owners, a grant of restricted stock units ("RSUs") under the 2004 Equity Incentive Plan for Directors of Owens-Illinois, Inc. with respect to a number of shares of Common Stock having a fair market value on the date of grant equal to $85,000, rounded up or down to nearest whole share of Common Stock. Effective January 1, 2014, the fair market value of RSUs granted to each non-management director was increased to $92,500. RSUs will be 100% vested on the first anniversary of date of grant ("Normal Vesting Date"), or earlier upon a director's termination of membership by reason of the director's death, disability or retirement. In addition, upon a director's termination of membership for any reason other than death, disability, retirement or for cause, RSUs will vest pro rata on a daily basis based on number of days of service in the 12-month period from date of grant to normal vesting date. Any unvested RSUs are forfeited at termination of membership on the Board. Upon a director's termination of membership for cause all RSUs are immediately forfeited. Vested RSUs will be paid in shares of Common Stock, on a one for one basis, within 30 days after normal vesting date, or if earlier, within 30 days after termination of membership which constitutes a separation from service under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. Each director is reimbursed for expenses associated with meetings of the Board or its committees.
The 2014 annual retainer and RSU adjustments were the first increases in Board compensation since 2008 and position total direct compensation for the Company's directors at or near the peer group median.
In the event a new non-management director joins the Board on any date other than the date of the Annual Meeting of share owners, in addition to the RSU grant described in the previous paragraph such new non-management director would also receive on the date immediately following the first Annual Meeting of share owners during such director's tenure on the Board an additional grant of RSUs with respect to a number of shares of Common Stock having a fair market value on the date of such grant equal to a pro rata allocation of the dollar amount of the prior year's RSU grant based on the number of days of service in the 12-month period from the commencement of such director's service on the Board to the date of such grant, rounded up or down to the nearest whole share of Common Stock.
The Deferred Compensation Plan for Directors of Owens-Illinois, Inc. provides an opportunity for non-management directors to defer payment of their directors' fees. Under the plan, a non-management director may defer receipt of all or any portion of the cash portion of the compensation described above. Deferrals may be credited into a cash account or into a Company stock unit account. Funds held in a cash
account accrue interest at a rate equal from time to time to the average annual yield on domestic corporate bonds of Moody's A-rated companies, plus one percent. Distributions from the plan are made in cash.
The total compensation paid to non-management directors in 2013 is reflected in the following table.
The Company reviews relationships and transactions in which the Company and its directors and executive officers, or their immediate family members, are participants. The Board has delegated initial review of such transactions to the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee. The Company's Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee will review and recommend to the full Board the approval or ratification of related party transactions. In conducting its review, the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee takes into account the following factors, provided in writing in the Corporate Governance Guidelines: the related person's connection to the Company and interest in the transaction, the approximate dollar value of the transaction, the importance of the transaction to the Company, whether the transaction would impair the judgment of the director or executive officer to act in the best interests of the Company, and any other appropriate information.
During 2013, the law firm of Williams & Jensen, PLLC, of which Mr. McMackin is a principal, billed the Company approximately $500,000 for legal services in connection with various matters. Williams & Jensen, PLLC is an independently owned, Washington, D.C. law firm with particular expertise in the area of government affairs. Upon the review and recommendation of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, the Board reviewed and approved the Company's 2013 engagement of Williams & Jensen, PLLC at the billing levels indicated above.
During 2013, the following directors served on the Compensation Committee of the Board: Gary F. Colter, Peter S. Hellman, Anastasia D. Kelly, Corbin A. McNeill, Jr., Hari N. Nair, Hugh H. Roberts (Chair) and Dennis K. Williams. No member of the Compensation Committee has any relationship with the Company requiring disclosure under Item 404 or Item 407(e)(4)(iii) of SEC Regulation S-K. No executive officer of the Company served on any board of directors or compensation committee of any other board for which any of the Company's directors served as an executive officer at any time during 2013.
At investor day in February 2013, the Company unveiled its three year strategic roadmap to deliver share owner value. As the global leader in glass packaging, the Company stands to benefit from consumers' preference for glass and from long-term socio-economic trends, especially in emerging geographies that favor the use of glass packaging. The Company is focusing on:
The Company is targeting rising free cash flow ("FCF")1 (at least $400 million in 2015) and adjusted net earnings per share2 (greater than $3.50 in 2015). The following graphs show progress made toward increasing FCF and reducing outstanding debt over the past four years.
The year 2013 was instrumental in demonstrating that the Company is on track to achieve its 2015 financial targets. Major highlights for 2013 included:
During 2013, the Compensation Committee of the Board (the "Committee") continued to support the Company's commitment to paying for performance and creating share owner value while mitigating the Company's level of risk exposure with its compensation practices and processes by:
The Committee approves executive compensation programs that are designed to align executive pay with share owner interests and the annual and longer-term performance of the Company. The Company believes that its executive compensation program strikes the appropriate balance between using responsible, measured pay practices and providing rewards that effectively attract and retain executives while motivating them to create value for the share owners. Key elements of this pay strategy include:
In their 2013 "Say on Pay" vote, the Company's share owners approved its executive compensation program with a 96% approval rating. The Committee believes that the results of this vote affirmed share owner support of the Company's executive compensation philosophy, policies, and practices, and therefore the Company did not make significant changes to its approach in 2013. The Committee continues to believe that, overall, the Company's compensation programs are well aligned with both share owner interests and the competitive market, and are designed to reward overall Company and individual performance. The Committee regularly reviews compensation programs to ensure such alignment continues.
At the 2014 Annual Meeting of Share Owners, the Company will again hold an annual advisory vote to approve executive compensation. The Compensation Committee will continue to consider the results from this year's and future advisory votes on executive compensation.
The Company's executive compensation programs are designed to reflect appropriate governance practices aligned with the needs of the business. Below is a summary of compensation practices the Company has adopted to drive performance and to align with share owner interests, followed by a list of practices the Company does not subscribe to because the Company does not believe they would serve their share owner's long-term interests.
What the Company Does/Has
Pay for Performance: It is the Company's philosophy that a significant portion of the target compensation opportunity provided to the NEOs be "at risk"that is, linked to the Company performance and/or the price of the Company's stock. For 2013, the CEO had 87% of his target total direct compensation "at risk." In addition, the Company's mix of long-term incentive ("LTI") vehicles (50% performance share units, 25% stock options, and 25% restricted stock units) further emphasizes a strong pay-for-performance link.
Compensation Recovery (Clawback) Policy: The Company adopted a Compensation Recovery Policy in January 2014 to allow the Company to recoup cash and equity incentive compensation that was earned based on inaccurate financial performance resulting in a restatement of results, regardless of fault.
Stock Ownership and Retention Guidelines: The Company's Stock Ownership Guidelines require executives to own Company stock valued at a multiple of base salary, ranging from 1.5 times salary for designated key leaders to 5 times salary for the CEO, within five years of the time the individual becomes subject to the guidelines. In addition, the Company has share retention guidelines that require covered employees to retain 75% of the "net profit shares" acquired from option exercises and shares that vest until the ownership guidelines are met.
Limitations on Hedging and Pledging: Under the Company's Addendum to Insider Trading Policy, the Company's directors, executive officers and other designated individuals are prohibited from hedging the ownership of Company stock, including trading in publicly-traded options, puts, calls, or other derivative instruments related to Company stock or debt and may not pledge of otherwise engage in transactions involving the Company's securities without approval from the Company's General Counsel.
Mitigation of Risk in Compensation Programs: The Company's compensation plans have provisions to mitigate undue risk, including caps on the maximum level of payouts, extended vesting provisions, varied performance measurement periods, multiple performance metrics, and processes to identify risk. The Company does not believe any of its compensation programs create risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse impact on the Company.
Annual Risk Assessment of Compensation Programs: The Committee retains its executive compensation consultant to conduct an annual risk assessment of the Company's executive compensation practices.
Annual Review of Independence of Committee's Advisors: The Committee performs an independence analysis of its compensation consultants, outside legal counsel, and other advisors prior to selection of or receiving advice from such compensation advisors.
What the Company Does Not Do/Have:
Tax Gross-ups for Perquisites: See "Other Benefits" for details.
Excise Tax Gross-Ups upon Change in Control
Current Payment of Dividend Equivalents on Unvested Long-Term Incentives
Repricing of Underwater Stock Options
This Compensation Discussion and Analysis describes the material elements of the compensation of the Company's NEOs, the objectives and principles underlying executive compensation programs, the Company's recent compensation decisions, and the factors considered in making those decisions. The Company's NEOs for 2013 were:
To assess the alignment of pay and company performance, the Committee annually compares the Company's performance and the NEOs' pay to pay and performance at the comparator companies. Pay, calculated as actual and estimated payouts, and performance are evaluated for historical one-year and three-year periods.
For this purpose, one-year total cash compensation included base salary and annual incentive payouts for 2012. Three-year realizable pay included all base salary, annual incentive payouts, and the estimated realizable value (i.e., award level multiplied by the closing price of the Company stock on December 31, 2012) of all LTI awards made to the NEOs during fiscal years 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Historical Company performance was evaluated on the key financial metrics that are included in the Company's SMIP and LTI programs, including: net sales, EBIT margin, FCF, earnings per share growth, and return on invested capital.
For the 2013 assessment, the Company's performance relative to the comparator companies was near the 44th percentile for 2012 and at the 19th percentile for the three-year period 2010-2012. The Committee's conclusion was that the compensation realizable by the CEO and the other NEOs was generally aligned with the performance of the Company, in both the one-year and three-year periods, as illustrated below.
In addition, total share owner return performance was evaluated to assess pay alignment with share owner outcomes. This evaluation also showed that compensation realizable by the CEO and the other NEOs was generally aligned with the performance of the Company. The performance metrics reflected in this analysis strike a balance between growth and return measures, offer an external investor perspective (i.e., total shareholder return "TSR"), and describe the Company's bottom-line business performance and capital efficiency.
In determining total compensation levels for the NEOs, the Committee reviews competitive market remuneration data. For comparisons of compensation opportunities with the market, the Committee used proxy data from a group of comparator companies and data from published surveys. Data on base pay, annual incentives and long-term incentives are viewed individually and in the aggregate when reviewing total compensation levels. Compensation packages for Messrs. Stroucken, Bramlage, and Baehren are compared to market data for the United States. Compensation packages for Messrs. Bouts and de Weert are compared to market data for Switzerland. Mr. de Weert is on an expatriate assignment in the United States from Switzerland.
The group of comparator companies is selected primarily from companies in the packaging and manufacturing sectors that resemble the Company in size, business profile, global presence, asset intensity, and other relevant factors.
No changes were made to the comparator group in 2013.
The Committee considers data published in executive compensation surveys from companies of similar size to the Company with a focus on the durable goods manufacturing sector. All survey data have been adjusted to reflect total company or applicable business unit revenues.
In 2013, the following survey sources were used:
Total direct compensation is the combination of base pay, annual incentive and long-term incentives. The Company's compensation strategy is to position target total compensation levels at or near the 50th percentile of the market. An NEO's total direct compensation opportunity may be higher or lower than the market 50th percentile based on individual performance, experience, past leadership roles, potential, and Company performance. In making compensation decisions, the Committee considers each of these factors and the NEO's total direct compensation to ensure overall alignment with the Company's compensation philosophy and principles.
It is the Company's philosophy that a significant portion of the target compensation opportunity provided to the NEOs be "at risk"that is, linked to the Company performance and/or the price of the Company's stock. For 2013, the CEO had approximately 87% of his target total direct compensation "at risk" and the other NEOs had approximately 64% of their target total direct compensation "at risk."
The Committee strives to achieve alignment between executive pay and performance by establishing and adhering to a fair and performance-oriented rewards philosophy/strategy, setting appropriate performance objectives, and regularly testing the relationship between pay and performance.
The base pay program is designed to ensure the Company's ability to attract and retain key executives. The Committee reviews NEO salaries and pay positioning at least once per year, and may adjust salaries according to current market conditions, Company performance, individual performance, previous experience, future potential, and the results of benchmarking against market data.
Merit pay budgets are set annually based on external labor market trends, business performance, inflation and other pertinent factors. In 2013, the merit budget was 3.0% for the United States and 1.5% for Switzerland. For 2013, the Committee approved a base pay increase consistent with the merit budget
increase for Mr. Baehren, but increased Messrs. Bramlage and Bouts by 10% and 7.6% in order to reflect the market median for their positions. The Committee did not increase Messrs. Stroucken or de Weert's base salaries, as they were already market competitive.
The annual incentive is designed to promote the achievement of short-term financial results and motivate individual performance.
The Committee reviews and approves the measures for the Senior Management Incentive Plan ("SMIP") each year. For 2013, the Committee decided to continue to use net sales, EBIT margin, and FCF (Segment Cash for the regions) as it did in 2011 and 2012, as the Committee believes these measures reflect the needs of the business as well as the drivers of share owner value. FCF was assigned the highest weight when determining the payout, as, according to a survey of the investment community, growth in FCF is the Company's key driver for generating share owner value. The Committee modified the FCF measure used in 2012 for 2013 to no longer add back the additional capital spending in China that the Company made to replace capacity lost due to Chinese government requirements to return land to the government in certain urban areas. In addition, beginning in 2013, the Committee determined that FCF performance would be adjusted to exclude payments made beyond the Company's annual statutory requirements for pensions that were not included in the Company's budget, so as to not penalize participants for such incremental discretionary payments that would otherwise reduce the generated FCF.
The measures used in the 2013 SMIP are shown on the following table:
The impact of acquisitions is excluded in calculating the results against each performance measure. The Committee believes the plan measures align with the Company's strategic objectives and share owner value creation based on discussions with its investors and supported by analyses of short- and long-term value creation. If the Company performs well on these measures, the Committee expects that share owners will have the opportunity to benefit from the value created.
The Company must exceed performance thresholds against established targets for net sales, EBIT margin, and FCF in order to fund an annual incentive pool. Each measure stands alone and may result in incentive pool funding.
Once the pool is funded, 80% of each participant's award is determined based on financial results, while the Committee can adjust the remaining 20% based on the achievement of personal objectives.
The awards for Messrs. Stroucken, Bramlage, and Baehren were determined by the financial results of the Company as a whole. In order to provide an incentive for regional performance in addition to the performance of the Company as a whole, the awards for Messrs. de Weert and Bouts were based 50% on the financial results of the region and 50% on the financial results of the Company as a whole.
Performance Targets and Results
The Committee reviews and approves the financial targets set for each plan year after considering the overall Company budget (as approved by the Board of Directors), the state of the industry and other external economic factors.
For 2013, the performance targets, actual results, and payouts for the Company as a whole, the North America business unit, and the Europe business unit were as follows (dollars in millions):
North America Business Unit
Europe Business Unit
Individual Target Opportunities and Payouts
Target awards for each NEO are expressed as a percentage of base pay based on the market competitiveness and considering the Company's overall median pay philosophy. Achievement of threshold financial performance would imply funding of 0% of the target opportunity, while maximum performance would yield a payout of 200% of the target. For 2013, the individual target opportunities and payouts based on the 2013 performance were as follows:
Long-term incentive compensation ("LTI") is delivered solely in the form of equity, which serves to further align NEOs' interests with share owner interests. This component of the executive compensation package rewards each NEO's current contributions to the Company and provides motivation to achieve the Company goals, drives share owner value over time and is an important retention tool.
NEOs receive a combination of performance share units, stock options and restricted stock units. Beginning in 2012, the Committee elected to increase the portion of the award delivered in the form of performance share units to 50% in order to further focus executives on achieving long-term financial goals.
The remainder of the targeted LTI value is balanced between stock options and restricted stock units and is intended to balance incentive opportunities with share owner alignment and retention considerations. The Committee believes that delivering the award value via three forms of equity provides a balanced incentive program that also limits compensation plan risk. The allocation among the three forms of equity incentives is as follows:
Performance share units and stock options have a strong pay for performance orientation. They are a large enough portion of overall potential compensation to have a meaningful impact on the NEO's total realized compensation depending on Company performance and total share owner return. Restricted stock units are intended to foster long-term retention of the Company's NEOs, while still providing alignment of compensation with share owners. The use and overall weighting of performance share units focuses executives on fundamental long-term financial goals in addition to stock price performance. This combination of long-term incentive awards, along with the Company stock ownership guidelines (described below), promotes alignment with share owner interests.
Individual Award Opportunities
Each year, the Committee determines an overall equity award, expressed as a dollar amount, based on median market data for each NEO. Individual awards may vary based on performance, leadership, potential and other relevant factors. When making grant decisions, the Committee focuses on the dollar value of the award for each NEO, and also considers the overall dilutive impact of shares granted to the entire employee population.
The Committee's 2012 review of market practices indicated that targeted LTI awards were below market-levels, resulting in target total direct compensation at or below the market median. Based on that review, the Committee increased the 2012 LTI awards to begin bringing them closer to market levels, though still below the market median. The Committee continued this practice for 2013, and based on the market data, individual and Company performance (including relative share owner return and other
relevant metrics), and executive retention concerns, the Committee approved the NEOs receiving equity grants with the following fair market values, which took the target LTI awards closer to market levels:
The amount ultimately earned under this plan for stock options and restricted stock units will be a result of the performance of the Company's stock. The amount earned for performance share units will be a result of the performance of the Company's stock as well as the Company's performance against pre-established three-year financial goals.
Performance Share Units
Performance share units are meant to reward financial performance of the Company over a three-year cycle. Grants made in 2011 had a performance cycle of January 1, 2011December 31, 2013; 2012 grants have a performance cycle of January 1, 2012December 31, 2014; 2013 grants have a performance cycle of January 1, 2013December 31, 2015.
Aside from certain exceptions, performance share units do not vest until the end of the related performance period, subject to achievement of the pre-established goals. The performance criteria for each three-year performance cycle are approved by the Committee at the grant date. The performance share units granted in 2011, 2012 and 2013 measure the Company's performance over three-year periods based on the measures shown in the following table.
The basic rationale for the Committee's decision to "lock down" AOCI for the ROIC calculation was to choose an LTI design that provides reward opportunities based on factors participants can control and to eliminate significant effects of factors outside their control.
The ROIC and EPS measures are equally weighted. The threshold, target and maximum values for the performance criteria are determined considering the Company's true cost of capital and market expectations for earnings growth. No award is earned if performance against both targets is below the threshold level relative to the targets established by the Committee for the three-year period. If performance against either or both of the targets meets or exceeds the threshold level, NEOs can earn from 0% to 200% of the award granted. The Committee reviews audited financial results prior to determining the amount of any award earned under this plan, and there is no discretion applied to individual payout amounts.
To determine the number of performance share units to grant, 50% of the total LTI award value is divided by the Common Stock price on the date of grant. For example, assuming an overall LTI award with a value of $100,000 and Common Stock price of $30.00, the number of performance share units granted would be calculated as follows:
$100,000 X 50% = $50,000 / $30.00 = 1,667 performance share units
If the performance goals are met at the end of the performance period, performance share units are paid out in an equivalent number of shares of Common Stock.
For the 2011-2013 performance cycle, performance was below the minimum payout threshold for EPS but between threshold and target for ROIC. Total LTI payout was therefore 27.6%.
Since the Company's PSU's are truly performance based, the target levels established at the beginning of each performance period represent goals that are challenging to achieve and that incorporate growth over prior years; threshold performance is set at prior period's actual performance level, so no awards are paid unless performance improves. Over the past five years, PSU payouts have ranged from 0% to 75% of target, based on the performance levels achieved.
To determine the number of stock options awarded, 25% of the total LTI award value is divided by the Black-Scholes value of the option on the date of the grant. For example, assuming an overall LTI award of $100,000, Common Stock price of $30.00, and Black-Scholes value of the option of $14.00, the number of options granted would be calculated as follows:
$100,000 X 25% = $25,000 / $14.00 = 1,786 options
Stock options granted under the LTI program vest 25% on each of the four anniversaries following the grant date. The options expire after a term of seven years.
Restricted Stock Units
To determine the number of restricted stock units awarded, 25% of the total LTI award value is divided by the Common Stock price on the date of grant. For example, assuming an overall total LTI award of $100,000 and Common Stock price of $30.00, the number of restricted stock units granted would be calculated as follows:
$100,000 X 25% = $25,000 / $30.00 = 833 restricted stock units
Restricted stock units vest 25% on each of the four anniversaries following the grant date.
After considering the Company's superior performance and key contributions of the NEOs in 2013, the Committee decided to provide the NEOs with a grant of restricted stock units, on March 7, 2014, in addition to the regular annual equity awards. In particular, the Committee considered the generation of a
record level of FCF ($339 million, up 17% from prior year) and significant achievement of challenging cost-cutting goals that drove share owner value creation. The number of restricted stock units granted was determined based on a value of approximately one-third of each NEO's short term incentive target. This value was selected because it provided a meaningful award to the executives without undermining the cash flow growth and cost cutting achieved. The restricted stock units vest in 50% increments over two years to provide additional retention.
The Committee has established a formal process to govern equity grants. The same process is used for all employees receiving equity grants, including the NEOs. Each December, the Committee is asked to determine the overall amount (dollar value) of equity available for awards during the upcoming year's grant cycle. In making a proposal to the Committee, the Company reviews prior year grants, current competitive market data, run rate and total potential dilution data, and each executive officer's overall compensation package in relation to the market. Once the overall amount of equity available is determined, the CEO makes individual award recommendations for each senior executive. These recommendations are presented to the Committee for review and approval. The Committee works with the executive compensation consultant to determine the grant value for the CEO using the same general criteria. The option strike price is determined on the date the awards are approved by the Committee and is set at the closing price of the Common Stock on the date of approval (or the last business day prior to the grant date if the grant date falls on a non-business day).
The Committee has adopted March 7 of each year as the approval date and the date of grant for annual equity awards. This date falls outside of the quarterly blackout periods prescribed under the Addendum to Insider Trading Policy applicable to all NEOs.
The Company has stock ownership guidelines for all of the NEOs. The guidelines are as follows:
The guidelines state that the targeted level of ownership must be achieved within five (5) years of the time the individual becomes subject to the guidelines. Under these guidelines, shares owned outright, outstanding restricted stock/units, performance share awards (at target), and 401(k) holdings all count as shares owned. In addition, the Committee has share retention guidelines. These guidelines state that until the stock ownership guidelines are met, NEOs are required to retain 75% of the "net profit shares" acquired from option exercises, or vested restricted stock units or performance share units. Net profit shares are those shares remaining after payment of tax obligations and, if applicable, option exercise costs.
The Committee reviews ownership levels for executive officers on an annual basis. Failure to comply with the stock ownership and retention guidelines may result in delays of promotions and / or future compensation increases.
Ownership achievement against guidelines is measured at June 30 each calendar year, based on a 200-day moving average of the stock price. For 2013, all of the NEOs exceeded or were on track to meet their current ownership guidelines, noting that Messrs. De Weert and Bouts are relatively new to the organization, as shown below:
For 2013, the Company amended the Addendum to Insider Trading Policy to further tighten controls by prohibiting the Company's directors, executive officers and other covered personnel from hedging their ownership of Company stock, including trading in publicly-traded options, puts, calls, or other derivative instruments related to Company stock or debt or from pledging the Company's securities without first obtaining approval from the Company's General Counsel.
In January 2014, the Company adopted a Compensation Recovery Policy to allow the Company to recoup cash and equity incentive compensation that was granted, received, vested or accrued during the prior three year period and based on inaccurate financial performance resulting in a restatement of results, regardless of fault. This policy applies to any current or former officer of the Company or any of its subsidiaries who reports or reported to the CEO.
In 2013, the Committee engaged Mercer (US) Inc. ("Mercer") to conduct a risk assessment of the Company's executive compensation practices and the relationship between its executive compensation program design and organizational risk. This risk assessment concluded that the Company employed no executive compensation practices in relation to organizational risk that would cause significant share owner concern. In light of this study, the Company also conducted an enterprise risk assessment of its compensation programs and policies from legal, human resources, auditing and risk management perspectives and reviewed and discussed this assessment with the Committee. Based on both of these assessments, the Company concluded that its compensation programs and practices are not reasonably likely to have a future material adverse effect on the Company.
In reaching this conclusion, the Company took into account that several items mitigate the Company's level of risk exposure, such as:
Under U.S. Federal income tax law, the Company cannot take a tax deduction for certain compensation paid in excess of $1,000,000 to certain NEOs based in the U.S. However, performance-based compensation, as defined in the tax law, is fully deductible if the programs are approved by share owners and meet other requirements. The Company intends to qualify its incentive compensation programs for full corporate deductibility, to the extent feasible and consistent with its overall compensation goals. The Company believes its annual incentives, as well as stock options and performance share unit awards under its equity plan, will qualify for full deductibility as performance-based compensation. However, the Company may make payments that are not fully deductible if, in its judgment, such payments are necessary to achieve the Company's compensation objectives and to protect share owner interests.
The Company entered into an employment agreement with the CEO with an effective date of December 4, 2006, the terms of which were disclosed on Form 8-K/A dated November 28, 2006. This agreement was amended and restated with an effective date of January 1, 2012, the terms of which were disclosed on Form 8-K dated October 26, 2011. The Company has entered into severance agreements with certain officers, including the other NEOs listed in the Summary Compensation Table. These agreements entitle the participants to receive their base salaries and to participate in designated benefit plans of the Company in the event of a not-for-cause termination of the participant. The agreements provide for
termination of employment at any time, with or without cause, and further provide that the benefit plans designated therein and each employee's rights to receive salary and bonuses pursuant thereto are subject to modification by the Company in its sole discretion.
The Company maintains a comprehensive health and welfare benefits plan for all its U.S.-based employees. The benefits offered to U.S. executive officers under this plan are essentially the same as those offered to all U.S.-based salaried employees of the Company.
The Company also maintains life insurance benefits for its NEOs who were officers prior to 2006. Six months and one day after retirement, the paid-up policy is distributed to the NEO. The retiring NEO also receives a tax reimbursement for the value of the policy. In 2006, the Company closed this plan to new entrants. NEOs hired in the U.S. after December 31, 2005 are covered by a term life policy. The term life policy may be converted, at the participant's expense, to an individual policy upon termination or retirement, subject to the terms and conditions of the insurance company.
The Owens-Illinois Salary Retirement Plan (a defined benefit pension plan), was closed to new entrants after December 31, 2004. Also effective December 31, 2004, the Company changed the way that benefits can be paid. Benefits accrued at December 31, 2004 are eligible to be paid in a lump sum upon retirement at the option of the participant. Benefits accrued post-December 31, 2004, however, are eligible to be paid only on an annuity basis. As a qualified plan, benefits are limited by IRS regulations. For those U.S. employees who earn compensation in excess of IRS limits, the Company maintains an unfunded Supplemental Retirement Benefit Plan ("SRBP"). This plan allows for benefits in excess of the IRS limits to be accrued and paid to participants upon retirement. As a non-qualified plan, all payments are made in a lump sum out of the general assets of the Company. Mr. Stroucken accrues a benefit under this plan pursuant to the terms of his employment agreement.
The Stock Purchase and Savings Program ("SPASP") is a defined contribution plan, provided under Section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the plan are subject to annual limits established by the IRS. While employees may direct their own contributions into a number of provided investments, the Company match is made in Common Stock. The match is immediately vested, and participants can move the match out of Common Stock, and into any of the other investments, at any time, subject to blackout periods and other trading window restrictions. For participants hired after December 31, 2004 who are not eligible to participate in the Owens-Illinois Salary Retirement Plan, the Company also makes a base contribution to the SPASP each payroll period, which is invested in the same investment options selected by the participants for their own contributions.
For those U.S. employees who are limited in the amount that they may defer to the qualified SPASP due to the IRS limits and who meet certain base pay requirements, the Company maintains an unfunded Executive Deferred Savings Plan ("EDSP"). This plan allows for deferrals on a pre-tax basis. The investment funds available are the same as those in the SPASP, with the exception of grandfathered deferrals into the cash account (for Mr. Baehren).
The Company provides limited perquisites to the NEOs that the Committee has determined to be competitive with the practices of the comparator group companies. These perquisites include an automobile allowance (for Messrs. Stroucken and Baehren only), leased vehicle (for Mr. Bouts only),
executive physicals, financial planning and tax preparation, and restricted personal use of the Company aircraft. Under Board policy, for security reasons, the Company's chief executive officer generally uses the Company aircraft for both business and personal travel. Per the terms of his employment agreement, Mr. Stroucken's personal use of the Company aircraft is limited to 50 hours per year, and he has agreed to reimburse the Company for any personal use of the Company's aircraft in excess of the 50 hours per year limit. Personal use of the Company aircraft by any other NEO requires the approval of the CEO.
The following tables show the benefits and perquisites provided to each NEO:
Due to existing contractual arrangements, gross-ups on payments made for executive life insurance and secular trust benefits have been continued only for those participants already covered by such benefits. Mr. Baehren is eligible for gross-ups on the annual economic value of an executive life insurance benefit and for gross-ups on payments made into his secular trust arrangement. These benefits are not available to new entrants. The Committee had previously reviewed the existing arrangements and determined that it was not in the share owners' best interest to incur the costs to eliminate these contractually based benefits for those who were eligible.
The Company previously eliminated all tax gross-ups on personal use of Company aircraft, financial planning and tax preparation.
There are many inputs to the executive compensation process, as well as the appropriate governance and compliance mechanisms. In general, the Committee has primary responsibility for discharging the Board's responsibilities relating to compensation of the Company's executive officers. See description of the Committee above under the heading "Board Committees."
To assist the Committee in carrying out its duties and responsibilities, the Committee engages the services of an executive compensation consultant. For 2013 the Committee engaged Mercer as its executive compensation consultant. Mercer provides the Committee with competitive market compensation data for senior executives and information on current issues and trends on executive compensation program design and governance; advises the Committee on the overall design and implementation of the Company's executive compensation programs including various analyses related to incentive plan structure and award levels; assists with proxy disclosure requirements; and provides ongoing advice to the Committee on regulatory and other technical developments that may affect the Company's executive compensation programs.
During 2013 specifically, Mercer supported the Committee by: (i) providing competitive market data on compensation for executives; (ii) conducting the study on historical pay and performance versus the Company's comparator group; (iii) providing advice with respect to executive compensation matters, including annual and long-term incentive programs, share utilization and pay mix; (iv) risk assessment of the Company's compensation practices, as discussed previously; and (v) advising the Committee about regulatory and legislative updates. The fees paid to Mercer for providing such consulting services to the Committee in 2013 were $286,556.
In its capacity as the executive compensation consultant to the Committee, Mercer reports directly to the Committee and the Committee retains sole authority to retain and terminate the consulting relationship. In carrying out its responsibilities, the executive compensation consultant will typically collaborate with management to obtain data, provide background on program history and operation, and clarify pertinent information. Working under the Committee's direction, both the Committee and management will review and discuss key issues and alternatives during the development of recommendations, and prior to presentation for final approval.
With the full knowledge of the Committee, the Company has engaged Mercer to provide other consulting services to the Company from time to time. Accordingly, the Committee and Mercer have agreed upon certain specific protocols, including reporting relationships, sharing of information and recommendations with management, and the role and responsibilities of the lead executive compensation consultant, to avoid the potential for conflicts of interest. Management does not use Mercer for executive compensation advice. The Committee annually receives information relating to all services that Mercer provides to the Company and fees that Mercer receives for such services. The aggregate fees for Mercer's consulting services to the Company (other than those for executive compensation consulting services to the Compensation Committee) for 2013 were $489,319. The aggregate fees for services provided by MMCo (Mercer's parent company) affiliate, Marsh, for 2013 were $471,952.
The Committee also reviewed the nature of and extent of the relationship between the Committee, the Company and Mercer and the individuals at Mercer providing advice to the Committee and the Company with respect to any potential conflicts of interest. The Committee considered the following six factors in its evaluation:
Based on that review, the Committee believes that there are no conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest that would unduly influence Mercer's provision to the Committee of candid, direct and objective advice that is independent of management, and that the advice received by the Committee is not influenced by any other economic relationship that Mercer, or any of the individuals at Mercer responsible
for providing compensation advice to the Committee, has with the Company. To ensure ongoing independence and objectivity of advice, the executive compensation consultant:
The Company's CEO attends Committee meetings and is responsible for providing relevant input on the compensation elements of the executive officers, including individual performance input, and making specific recommendations on base salaries, annual and long-term incentives, and promotions.
The CEO is also responsible for discussing the key business drivers behind the executive compensation results, including the establishment of the plan metrics, and periodically discussing the results achieved against those metrics. The CEO is excluded from executive sessions and from discussions involving his compensation.
The senior vice president and chief administrative officer ("SVP CAO") is responsible for coordinating Committee activities including: proposing meeting agendas based on the Committee's planning calendar and decision-making responsibility; arranging for meetings outside of the normal meeting cycle as appropriate; assisting with the coordination of the work done by the Committee's executive compensation consultant; and preparing appropriate materials for review by the Committee. The SVP CAO follows up on meeting action items and other assignments from the Committee and is available for consultation with the Committee as needed.
In this role, the SVP CAO normally consults with the chief executive officer, chief financial officer, general counsel and the corporate secretary. Each may be asked to prepare information for Committee review, attend Committee meetings as appropriate, and provide relevant background information for inclusion in Committee materials.
The Company's chief financial officer prepares and provides all financial results to the Committee as necessary to determine achievement against goals in the various incentive compensation plans. At the Committee's request, the chief financial officer provides commentary, discusses overall results providing appropriate information relative to achievement (or under or over achievement as may be the case), and
plays an active role in development of the goals presented for approval in incentive compensation plan design.
The general counsel participates in Committee meetings and is responsible for providing relevant legal advice to the Committee on its executive compensation plans, and ensuring compliance with all appropriate regulations, including SEC and IRS regulations, that impact executive compensation.
The corporate secretary also participates in Committee meetings, taking appropriate minutes to preserve a record of discussion and actions.
The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis required by Item 402(b) of Regulation S-K with management. Based on such review and discussions, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement and incorporated by reference into the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.
H. Roberts, Chair
GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS IN 2013
OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR END 2013
OPTION EXERCISES AND STOCK VESTED IN 2013
Benefits are deferred to the earliest unreduced retirement age, which is the later of the executive's age or age 65.
Actual 2013 pensionable earnings used (Pensionable Earnings = Base salary earned in 2013 + actual SMIP earned for 2013 + discretionary 2012 bonus paid in 2013).
Salaried benefits accrued prior to December 31, 2004 and all SRBP benefits are assumed to be taken as a lump sum. Benefits accrued after December 31, 2004 are assumed to be taken as an annuity.
Actual 2013 pensionable earnings used (Pensionable Earnings = Base salary earned in 2013).
The following tables show the amount of compensation that may be paid to each named executive officer upon voluntary termination, early retirement, normal retirement, involuntary termination not for cause, change in control, for cause termination, disability, or death. The amounts shown assume a termination date effective December 31, 2013, the last business day of the year. For payments made pursuant to stock options, restricted stock, or performance shares, the amount earned by each named executive officer upon retirement differs whether they are eligible for early or normal retirement. As a result, the table reflects only that amount they were eligible for at December 31, 2013.
Unless specifically noted, each of the payments described below are the same for any salaried employee of the Company.
Payments made upon termination for any reason include:
In addition to the above, payments made upon retirement include:
In addition to that noted under Payments Made Upon Termination, each named executive officer is eligible for the following:
salary and (2) a pension equal to 26% of the pensionable salary until CHF 126,000 plus 40% of the pensionable salary above CHF 126,000 payable on the life of the eligible spouse.
The following tables represent potential payments to the NEOs under the various termination scenarios. The values assume termination on December 31, 2013.
No pre-retirement mortality is assumed. After retirement, for the portion of the benefit assumed to be received as an annuity, mortality is RP 2000 projected to 2020 for 2012, and RP 2000 projected to 2021 for 2013. For the portion of the benefit assumed to be received as a lump sum, the applicable IRS lump-sum mortality table is used.
SRBP benefits are assumed to be taken as a lump sum. The interest rate used for lump sums is 4.78%.
As Mr. Stroucken did not have ten years of service as of December 31, 2013, he would only have been eligible for payments of equity awards under involuntary termination not-for-cause, change in control termination, and disability and death scenarios.
Normal retirement benefits represent the value of the pension benefits as if the participant retires on December 31, 2013 and commences payment as soon as possible. Since Mr. Stroucken is currently eligible to retire, this value represents commencement at December 31, 2013.
Disability benefits represent the value of benefits as if the participant becomes disabled on December 31, 2013. Pension benefits reflect accrued benefits payable at age 65.
Death benefits represent the value of benefits as if the participant became deceased on December 31, 2013. Pension benefits reflect an immediate lump sum payable to the spouse equal to the greater of the
lump-sum value of the participant's immediate retirement benefit, or the lump sum value of 25% of the participant's earnings. Health and welfare benefits represent retiree medical benefits for the spouse if the participant became deceased on December 31, 2013.
Because Mr. Bramlage was not retirement-eligible as of December 31, 2013, he would only have been eligible for payments of equity awards under involuntary termination not-for-cause, change in control, and disability and death scenarios.
Mr. Bramlage is not eligible for the Salary Retirement Plan.
No pre-retirement mortality is assumed. After retirement, for the portion of the benefit assumed to be received as an annuity, mortality is RP 2000 projected to 2020 for 2012, and RP 2000 projected to 2021 for 2013. For the portion of the benefit assumed to be received as a lump sum, the applicable IRS lump sum mortality table is used.
Salaried benefits accrued prior to 2005 and all SRBP benefits are assumed to be taken as a lump sum. Salaried Plan benefits accrued after 2004 are assumed to be taken as an annuity. The interest rate used for lump sums and annuities in the Salary Plan is 4.82% and the interest rate used for lump sums in the SRBP is 4.78%.
Because Mr. Baehren was retirement-eligible as of December 31, 2013, he would have also been eligible for payments of equity awards under each of the termination scenarios.
Termination benefits represent the value of the pension benefits as if the participant terminates on December 31, 2013 and commences payment at normal retirement date. There are no provisions in the pension plans that are contingent on the type of termination. Since retiree health and welfare benefits must be elected immediately or forfeited, no retiree health and welfare benefits are shown.
Early retirement benefits represent the value of the pension benefits as if the participant retires on December 31, 2013 and commences payment as soon as possible. Since Mr. Baehren is currently eligible to retire, this value represents commencement at December 31, 2013. The health and welfare benefits represent the value of the postretirement medical and executive retiree life insurance benefits as if the participant retires as of December 31, 2013 and immediately elects coverage.
Disability benefits represent the value of benefits as if the participant becomes disabled on December 31, 2013. Pension benefits reflect accrued benefits payable at age 65. Health and welfare benefits represent retiree medical and life insurance benefits commencing at age 65.
Death benefits represent the value of benefits as if the participant became deceased on December 31, 2013. Pension benefits reflect an immediate lump sum payable to the spouse equal to the greater of the lump-sum value of the participant's immediate retirement benefit, or the lump sum value of 25% of the participant's earnings. Health and welfare benefits represent retiree medical benefits for the spouse if the participant became deceased December 31, 2013.
No pre-retirement mortality is assumed. After retirement, mortality is BVG 2010 Generational (using 2014 rates).
Because Mr. Bouts was not retirement-eligible as of December 31, 2013, he would only have been eligible for payments of equity awards under involuntary termination not-for-cause, change in control, and disability and death scenarios.
Disability benefits represent the value of benefits under the pension plan equal to 40% of Mr. Bouts' pensionable salary until CHF 126,000 plus 65% of the pensionable salary above CHF 126,000 payable as a pension until 65.
Death benefits represents the value the legal heirs would be entitled to, which include (1) a lump sum payment equal to at least 200% of the annual pensionable salary and (2) a pension equal to 26% of the pensionable salary until CHF 126,000 plus 40% of the pensionable salary above CHF 126,000 payable on the life of the eligible spouse.