This excerpt taken from the PNC DEF 14A filed Mar 19, 2009.
Our Board has a standing Nominating and Governance Committee with a charter approved by our Board. The primary purpose of our Nominating and Governance Committee is to assist our Board in promoting the best interests of PNC and its shareholders through the implementation of sound corporate governance principles and practices. The committee also assists the Board by identifying individuals qualified to become Board members. The committee recommends to the Board the director nominees for each annual meeting, and may also recommend the appointment of qualified individuals as directors between annual meetings.
The Nominating and Governance Committee identifies individuals qualified to become Board members consistent with criteria approved by our Board of Directors. These criteria include:
The Nominating and Governance Committee has identified the following specific qualities or skills as being necessary for one or more of our directors to possess:
When the Nominating and Governance Committee evaluates our current directors for possible nomination for reelection at our annual meeting, it considers all of the factors listed above. In addition, the committee considers:
The Nominating and Governance Committee has not decided to adopt specific, minimum qualifications for a director nominee. It may do so in the future.
The committee currently identifies potential directors through a variety of sources. The committee considers recommendations made by current or former directors or members of executive
management. When appropriate, the committee may retain search firms to identify director candidates. Potential candidates also may be identified through contacts in the business, civic, academic, legal and non-profit communities. Potential candidates may be informally approached by Mr. Rohr, as the Chairman of the Board, or Mr. Usher, as the Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Each potential director nominee is initially evaluated during a meeting of the Nominating and Governance Committee. The committee considers available relevant information, in light of the Boards criteria for qualified director candidates. The committee also considers the Boards current and anticipated needs in terms of diversity, specific qualities or skills, experience or background.
If the committee decides not to recommend a candidate for nomination or appointment, or for more evaluation, no further action is taken. The committee will later report this decision to the full Board. If a shareholder had recommended the candidate, the committees secretary will inform the shareholder of the decision and the date of the meeting.
If the committee decides to recommend a candidate to our Board as a nominee for election at an annual meeting of shareholders or for appointment by our Board, the committee chairman will report that decision to the full Board at its next meeting. Before that meeting, each of the other directors will receive the same biographical and other background information about the candidate that the committee considered.
After discussion and questions, the entire Board votes on whether to nominate the candidate for election or appoint the candidate to the Board. The Board may postpone this vote if it needs more information or deliberation.
As stated in our corporate governance guidelines, invitations to join the Board should come from the Chairman of the Board or the Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee, jointly acting on behalf of our entire Board.
We post the Nominating and Governance Committees current charter, which is annually reviewed and reassessed by the committee, at www.pnc.com/corporategovernance. Any shareholder may also request a free print copy by writing to our Corporate Secretary at the address given on page 7.
The Nominating and Governance Committee consists entirely of independent directors. When our Board holds its organization meeting on April 28, 2009, only independent directors will be appointed to the committee. The current members are Messrs. Usher (Chairman), Bunch, Clay, Massaro and Wehmeier.