The purpose of the Audit Committee established by this charter will be to make such examinations as are necessary to monitor the corporate financial reporting and the internal and external audits of the Company, to provide to the Board of Directors the results of its examinations and recommendations derived therefrom, to outline to the Board improvements made, or to be made, in internal accounting controls, to nominate independent auditors, and to provide to the Board such additional information and materials as it may deem necessary to make the Board aware of significant financial matters which require Board attention.
In addition, the Audit Committee will undertake those specific duties and responsibilities listed below and other duties as the Board of Directors prescribes from time to time.
The Audit Committee will consist of at least three members of the Board. The members of the Audit Committee will be appointed by and will serve at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
The members of the Audit Committee will be outside directors, financially literate, and considered independent. The Board of Directors may chose to appoint one non-independent (under Nasdaq rules) member to the Audit Committee, provided that such member meets the SEC's independence requirements. The Board will disclose the reasons for the appointment of a non-independent member in the Company's annual proxy. The Audit Committee will have at least one member who is considered a financial expert, or will disclose the reasons a financial expert is not on the committee.
The responsibilities of the Audit Committee shall include:
Reviewing the compliance calendar on an annual basis.
Nominating, hiring, and/or approving the retention of the independent auditors.
Reviewing and approving the plan for the audit and related services and fees.
Approving non-audit related services.
In accordance with PCAOB - AU380, Communication with Audit Committee: (1) reviewing audit results and financial statements; all critical accounting policies and alternative treatments of financial information within GAAP including ramifications and methods preferred by the auditors, and (2) reviewing all material communication between the auditor and management, including management letters and schedules of unadjusted differences.
Reviewing accounting and corporate governance developments with an objective perspective of their impact to the Company and the Committee.
Obtaining a formal written statement of independence from the independent auditors, as well as a statement that the auditors are in compliance with the rules of and are in good standing with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
Engaging in a dialog with the auditors with respect to any relationships that may impact the objectivity or independence of the auditors, as well as ensuring the rotation of the signing audit partner every five years.
Reviewing and approving the Company's quarterly earnings press release.
Reviewing and approving the Company's 10Qs and 10K.
Discussing guidelines and policies governing the process by which senior management of the Company and relevant departments of the Company, assess and manage the Company's financial risk exposure and the steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures including:
Overseeing the adequacy of the Company's system of internal accounting controls, including obtaining from the independent auditor's management letters or summaries on such internal accounting controls.
Overseeing the effectiveness of the Compliance Department.
Reviewing with management their assessment of the effectiveness of internal controls.
Assessing the adequacy of the CEO and CFO certification process.
Overseeing compliance with anti-corruption laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Overseeing compliance with SEC proxy requirements for disclosure of auditor's services and Audit Committee members and activities.
Reviewing and responding to all complaints received from employees on accounting and auditing matters.
Engaging and compensating independent counsel, consultants, accountants, and other advisors as the audit committee deems necessary to comply with the responsibilities of this charter.
In addition to the above responsibilities, the Audit Committee shall review and assess the adequacy of its charter on at least an annual basis, especially in light of the then currently applicable rules for continued listing on the Nasdaq national market and undertake any other duties as the Board of Directors delegates to it, and will report, at least annually, to the Board regarding the Committee's examinations and recommendations.
The Audit Committee will meet at least four times each year. The Audit Committee may establish its own schedule, which it will provide in advance to the Board of Directors.
The Audit Committee will meet separately with the Company's director of compliance and separately with the chief financial officer of the Company at least annually to review the financial affairs of the corporation. The Audit Committee will meet with the independent auditors of the Company, at such times as it deems appropriate, to review the independent auditor's examination and management report.
Written minutes of its meetings, including a list of compliance calendar items, will be maintained and the minutes will be provided to all members of the Audit Committee and filed in the corporate minute book.
Mark S. Peek was appointed to the Board of Directors on March 9, 2010. Mr. Peek is the co-president of Workday, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for human resources, financial management and analytics. He has held this position since June 2015. Mr. Peek joined Workday in June 2012 as chief financial officer and served in that capacity until April 2016. From December 2011 to June 2012, Mr. Peek also served on the board of directors of Workday. Prior to joining Workday, Mr. Peek was president, business operations and chief financial officer of VMware, Inc., a provider of business infrastructure virtualization solutions. From April 2007 to January 2011, Mr. Peek served as chief financial officer of VMware, Inc. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Peek was senior vice president and chief accounting officer at Amazon.com. Prior to joining Amazon.com, Mr. Peek spent 19 years at Deloitte, the last ten years as a partner. Mr. Peek received a B.S. in accounting and international finance from Minnesota State University.
Ulf J. Johansson was appointed chairman of the board in 2007, and has served as a director of the Company since December 1999. Dr. Johansson is a Swedish national with a distinguished career in communications technology. Dr. Johansson currently serves on the board of directors of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson ("Ericsson"), a telecommunications company, and as chairman of Acando AB, a management and IT consultancy company. From 2012 until 2016, he was a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, an EU entity funding advanced technology development in Europe. From 1990 to 2005, Dr. Johansson served as chairman of Europolitan Vodafone AB, a GSM mobile telephone operator in Sweden. From 1998 to 2005, Dr. Johansson served on the board of directors of Novo Nordisk A/S, a Danish pharmaceutical/life science company, and from 2005 until 2013, he served as chairman of its majority owners, the Novo Nordisk Foundation and Novo A/S. Dr. Johansson also currently serves on the boards of directors of several privately held companies. During 1998 to 2003 Dr. Johansson served as chairman of the University Board of Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and formerly also served as president and chief executive officer of Spectra-Physics AB, and executive vice president at Ericsson Radio Systems AB. Dr. Johansson received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Doctor of Technology (Communication Theory) from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.
Nickolas W. Vande Steeg was appointed vice chairman in 2007, and has served as a director of the Company since 2003. Mr. Vande Steeg served as president and chief operating officer of Parker Hannifin Corporation until March 2007, where he began his career in 1971. Mr. Vande Steeg currently is on the board of University College of Azusa Pacific University and serves on the board of directors of Wabtec Corporation, a supplier of products and services to the rail transportation industry. In 2013 Mr. Vande Steeg joined the board of directors of Gardner Denver, Inc. and in 2015 Mr. Vande Steeg joined the board of directors of Pacific Design Technologies, a private company, of which he is also an equity holder. Mr. Vande Steeg began his career at Deere & Company serving as an industrial engineer and industrial relations manager from 1965 to 1970. Mr. Vande Steeg received his B.S. in Industrial Technology from the University of California, Long Beach in 1968 and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California in 1985.