This excerpt taken from the PBI 10-K filed Mar 13, 2006.
Executive and Administrative Committees; Duties. The Executive Committee shall administer this Plan and shall be the named fiduciary of this Plan. A majority of the members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. All resolutions or other action taken by the Executive Committee shall be by a vote of a majority of its members present at any meeting or, without a meeting, by an instrument in writing signed by all its members. Members of the Executive Committee may participate in a meeting of such committee by means of a conference telephone or similar communications equipment that enables all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other, and such participation in a meeting shall constitute presence in person at the meeting.
The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the administration of this Plan and shall have all powers necessary to administer this Plan, including discretionary authority to determine eligibility for benefits and to decide claims under the terms of this Plan, except to the extent that any such powers are vested in any other fiduciary of this Plan by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may from time to time establish rules for the administration of this Plan, and it shall have the exclusive right to interpret this Plan and to decide any matters arising in connection with the administration and operation of this Plan. All rules, interpretations and decisions of the Executive Committee shall be conclusive and binding on the Company, Participants and Beneficiaries.
The Executive Committee has delegated to the Administrative Committee responsibility for performing certain administrative and ministerial functions under this Plan. The Administrative Committee shall be responsible for determining in the first instance issues related to eligibility, deemed investment choices, determination and distribution of Account balances, crediting of hypothetical earnings and debiting of hypothetical losses, in-service withdrawals, deferral elections and any other duties concerning the day-to-day operation of the Plan. The Executive Committee shall have discretion to delegate to the Administrative Committee such additional duties as it may determine. The Administrative Committee may designate one of its members as a chairperson and may retain and supervise outside providers and professionals (including in-house professionals) to perform any or all of the duties delegated to it hereunder.
Neither the Executive Committee nor a member of the Board nor any member of the Administrative Committee shall be liable for any act or action hereunder, whether of omission or commission, by any other member or employee or by any agent to whom duties in connection with the administration of this Plan have been delegated or for anything done or omitted to be done in connection with this Plan. The Executive Committee and the Administrative Committee shall keep records of all of their respective proceedings and the Administrative Committee shall keep records of all payments made to Participants or Beneficiaries and payments made for expenses or otherwise.
The Company shall, to the fullest extent permitted by law, indemnify each director, officer or employee of the Company (including the heirs, executors, administrators and other personal representatives of such person) and each member of the Executive Committee and the Administrative Committee against expenses (including attorneys fees), judgments, fines, amounts paid in settlement, actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection with any threatened, pending or actual suit, action or proceeding (whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative in nature or otherwise) in which such person may be involved by reason of the fact that he or she is or was serving this Plan in any capacity at the request of the Company.
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Any expense incurred by the Company, the Executive Committee or the Administrative Committee relative to the administration of this Plan shall be paid by the Company.