This excerpt taken from the PBI DEF 14A filed Mar 26, 2009.
The board of directors has conducted its annual review of the independence of each director under the New York Stock Exchange listing standards and the standards of independence, which are listed in Annex 1 of this proxy statement, and set forth in the Governance Principles of the Board of Directors which are available on the companys Corporate Governance website at www.pb.com under the caption Our Company-Leadership & Governance.
Based upon its review, the board has concluded in its business judgment that the following directors are independent: Rodney C. Adkins, Linda G. Alvarado, Anne M. Busquet, Anne Sutherland Fuchs, Ernie Green, James H. Keyes, John S. McFarlane, Eduardo R. Menascé, Michael I. Roth, David L. Shedlarz, David B. Snow, Jr. and Robert E. Weissman.
In making this determination, the board considered that in the ordinary course of business, transactions may occur between Pitney Bowes and its subsidiaries and companies or other entities at which some of our directors are executive officers. Under the companys independence standards, business transactions meeting the following criteria are not considered to be material transactions that would impair a directors independence:
The director is an employee or executive officer of another company that does business with Pitney Bowes and our annual payments to or from that company in each of the last three fiscal years are in an amount less than the greater of $1 million or two percent of the annual consolidated gross revenues of the company by which the director is employed.
During 2008, Messrs. Adkins, Roth, and Snow were employed at corporations with which Pitney Bowes engages in ordinary course of business transactions. We reviewed all transactions with each of these entities and determined these transactions were made in the ordinary course of business and were below the threshold set forth in our director independence standards.
Effective January 1, 2009, Murray D. Martin became the companys Chairman replacing Michael J. Critelli, the companys former Executive Chairman who retired from the board of directors on December 31, 2008.