This excerpt taken from the PBI DEF 14A filed Mar 26, 2009.
In May 2008, the board of directors appointed James H. Keyes, one of the independent directors, to serve as the boards Lead Director for an initial term of two years. The Lead Director serves as the chair of the periodic executive sessions of the board during which neither the employee directors nor other members of management are present, and is responsible for briefing the chief executive officer, as needed, following the executive sessions.
The Lead Director also reviews and responds, as appropriate, to communications from stockholders and other interested parties in accordance with guidelines established by the board of directors. A complete description of the Lead Director function, including selection process and terms and term limits, can be found in Section 9 of the Governance Principles of the Board of Directors of Pitney Bowes Inc., which are available on the companys website at www.pb.com under the caption Our Company-Leadership & Governance.
This excerpt taken from the PBI DEF 14A filed Mar 27, 2008.
9. Lead Director. The Board of Directors shall appoint a Lead Director who shall be an independent member of the Board of Directors and who shall have the following responsibilities:
Characteristics The Lead Director must exhibit the following characteristics and skills: diplomacy, sound judgment, the ability to work collaboratively, to communicate effectively, with clarity and candor, and to recognize and act in accordance with an appropriate balance between (i) active mentor to the Chief Executive Officer and communications aide to the Board, and (ii) maintaining an oversight (rather than management) perspective as a member of the Board of Directors.
The Lead Director should be a member of the Governance Committee. In cases where the Board appoints a Lead Director who is not a member of the Governance Committee, the Lead Director will be appointed as an additional member of the Governance Committee, to serve during his or her term(s) as Lead Director.
Selection Process The Lead Director will be appointed by the Board of Directors after consideration of the recommendation of the Governance Committee. Prior to selecting a nominee for the Boards consideration, the Governance Committee members will consult individually with the other Board members to obtain their perspectives concerning appropriate Lead Director candidates.
Terms and Term Limits The Lead Director will be appointed to serve an initial term of two years. He or she may be appointed by the Board, upon the recommendation of the Governance Committee, to serve for up to two additional successive one-year terms. It is expected that a Lead Director will be appointed to serve for an initial two-year term followed by a second appointment for a term of one year. A fourth successive year as Lead Director for any one Director would be recommended only under unusual circumstances.
Communications with Lead Director by Interested Parties The name of the Lead Director is disclosed in the Companys proxy statement each year, and is available on the Companys website, together with information to permit interested parties to contact him or her.
This excerpt taken from the PBI DEF 14A filed Apr 3, 2007.
9. Lead Director The Board of Directors shall appoint a Lead Director who shall be an independent member of the Board of Directors and who shall have the following responsibilities: