Purpose of the Committee
The purpose of the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of SkyWest, Inc. (the “Company”) is to oversee the Company’s compensation programs and review and approve executive compensation as required by law.
The Committee shall consist of three or more independent directors of the Board, which directors shall also meet all other eligibility requirements of applicable law. For purposes of this Charter, the “independent director” means a director who meets the NASDAQ Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) definition of “independent director” as determined by the Board.
Members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Board based on nominations recommended by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board and shall serve at the pleasure of the Board and for such terms as the Board may determine.
Committee Structure and Operations
The Board shall designate one member of the Committee as its Chairperson. In the event of a tie vote on any issue, the Chairperson’s vote shall decide the issue. The Committee shall meet in person or telephonically at least two times a year at a time and place determined by the Chairperson, with further meetings to occur, or actions to be taken by written consent, when deemed necessary or desirable by the Committee or its Chairperson.
The Committee may invite such members of management to its meetings as it may deem desirable or appropriate, consistent with the maintenance of the confidentiality of compensation discussions. The Company’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) should not attend any meeting where the CEO’s performance or compensation is discussed, unless specifically invited by the Committee; provided that the CEO may not be present during any deliberations or voting in respect of his or her own compensation.
The Committee may, in its sole discretion, retain or obtain advice from compensation consultants, legal counsel or other advisers (independent or otherwise), provided that, preceding any such retention or advice, the Committee must take into consideration the applicable factors under Nasdaq rules. The Committee will be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of any adviser it retains. The Company must provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee, for payment of reasonable compensation to any adviser retained by the Committee.
Committee Duties and Responsibilities
The following are the duties and responsibilities of the Committee:
- In consultation with senior management, establish the Company’s general compensation philosophy and oversee the development and implementation of compensation programs.
- Review and approve corporate goals and objectives relevant to the compensation of the CEO, evaluate the performance of the CEO in light of those goals and objectives, and recommend to the Board the CEO’s compensation based on this evaluation. In determining the long-term incentive component of CEO compensation, the Committee may consider, among other factors, the Company’s performance and relative shareholder return, the value of similar incentive awards to chief executive officers at comparable companies, the awards given to the CEO in past years, and other factors considered relevant by the Committee.
- Review and approve compensation programs applicable to all officers of the Company (defined as the Section 16 officers of the Company).
- Review and approve the Company’s incentive compensation plans, stock-based compensation plans and profit-sharing/retirement plans and oversee the activities of the individuals and committees responsible for administering these plans (provided that the Committee’s general oversight shall not include service as the plan administrator or involve the general administration of any plan subject to the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA)).
- In consultation with senior management, oversee regulatory compliance with respect to compensation matters, including overseeing the Company’s policies on structuring compensation programs to preserve tax deductibility, and, as and when required, establishing performance goals and certifying that performance goals have been attained for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Review and approve any severance or similar termination payments proposed to be made to any current or former Section 16 officers of the Company.
- To the extent that the Company is required to include a Compensation Discussion and Analysis (“CD&A”) in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K or annual proxy statement, the Committee will review and discuss with management the Company’s CD&A and will consider whether it will recommend to the Board that the Company’s CD&A be included in the appropriate filing.
- Prepare and issue the report of the Committee required by the rules of the SEC to be included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K or annual proxy statement.
- Annually review the performance of the Committee and recommend to the Board any proposed changes to this Charter or to the Committee.
- Perform any other duties or responsibilities expressly delegated to the Committee by the Board from time to time relating to the Company's compensation programs.
The Committee shall have the authority, in its sole discretion, to select, retain and obtain the advice of a compensation consultant as necessary to assist with the execution of its duties and responsibilities as set forth in this Charter. The Committee shall set the compensation, and oversee the work, of the compensation consultant. The Committee shall have the authority, in its sole discretion, to retain and obtain the advice and assistance of outside legal counsel and such other advisors as it deems necessary to fulfill its duties and responsibilities under this Charter. The Committee shall set the compensation, and oversee the work, of its outside legal counsel and other advisors. The Committee shall receive appropriate funding from the Company, as determined by the Committee in its capacity as a committee of the Board, for the payment of compensation to its compensation consultants, outside legal counsel and any other advisors. However, the Committee shall not be required to implement or act consistently with the advice or recommendations of its compensation consultant, legal counsel or other advisor to the compensation committee, and the authority granted in this Charter shall not affect the ability or obligation of the Committee to exercise its own judgment in fulfillment of its duties under this Charter.
The compensation consultant(s), outside counsel and any other advisors retained by, or providing advice to, the Committee (other than the Company's in-house counsel) shall be independent as determined in the discretion of the Committee after considering the factors specified in the Rules of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. In retaining or seeking advice from compensation consultants, outside counsel and other advisors (other than the Company's in-house counsel), the Committee must take into consideration the factors specified in rule 5605(d)(3). The Committee may retain, or receive advice from, any compensation advisor they prefer, including ones that are not independent, after considering the specified factors. The Approved: May 23, 2014 Committee is not required to assess the independence of any compensation consultant or other advisor that acts in a role limited to consulting on any broad-based plan that does not discriminate in scope, terms or operation in favor of executive officers or directors and that is generally available to all salaried employees or providing information that is not customized for a particular company or that is customized based on parameters that are not developed by the consultant or advisor, and about which the consultant or advisor does not provide advice.
The Committee shall evaluate whether any compensation consultant retained or to be retained by it has any conflict of interest in accordance with Item 407(e)(3)(iv) of Regulation S-K. Any compensation consultant retained by the Committee to assist with its responsibilities relating to executive compensation shall not be retained by the Company for any compensation or other human resource matters.