Compensation Committee Charter
There will be a committee of the Board of Directors (the "Board") of Ascent Capital Group,Inc (the "Corporation") which will be called the Compensation Committee.
Statement of Purpose
The purposes of the Compensation Committee are (1) to assist the Board in discharging its responsibilities relating to compensation of the Corporation's executive officers and directors and (2) to produce an annual report on executive compensation for inclusion in the Corporation's proxy statement in accordance with applicable rules and regulations.
The Compensation Committee will have at least two members. It will be composed of directors who satisfy the independence requirements set forth in the Corporate Governance Rules of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. and all other applicable legal and regulatory requirements. In determining wheather a director is eligible to serve on the Compensation Committee, the Board shall consider the director's affiliationswith the Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates to determine whether such affiliations would impair the director's judgement as a member of the Compensation Committee. Members of the Compensation Committee may not accept, either directly or indirectly, any consulting, advisory or other compensatory fee from the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries, which shall not include fees for serving as a member of the Compensation Committee, the Board or any other Board committee, and the receipt of fixed compensation amounts under a retirement plan for prior service with the Corporation.
Members of the Compensation Committee will be appointed, and may from time to time be removed, by the Board.
Functions and Responsibilities
The Compensation Committee will perform its functions and responsibilities, including those specifically set forth in this Charter, in furtherance of the purposes set forth in this Charter. In doing so, it will have all the powers of the Board necessary or desirable to perform those functions and responsibilities, in each case to the full extent that those powers may be delegated to a committee of the Board under Delaware law. Notwithstanding the enumeration of specific functions and responsibilities in this Charter, the Compensation Committee believes that its policies and procedures should remain flexible to facilitate its ability to respond to changing circumstances and conditions in fulfilling its responsibilities to the Corporation and its shareholders. The Compensation Committee may by resolution establish its own rules and regulations, including notice and quorum requirements for all meetings. In the absence of such action by the Committee, the provisions of the Corporation's bylaws generally applicable to committees of the Board will apply to the Compensation Committee.
The Compensation Committee will review and approve corporate goals and objectives relevant to the compensation of the chief executive officer of the Corporation ("CEO") and, to the extent provided below, other officers of the Corporation.
The Compensation Committee will evaluate the CEO's performance in light of those goals and objectives and will set the CEO's compensation level based on that evaluation, as well as the short-term and long-term performance of the Corporation. In determining the long-term incentive component of CEO compensation, the Compensation Committee will consider the Corporation's performance and relative shareholder return, the value of incentive award packages to chief executive officers at comparable companies, the awards granted to the CEO in past years and any other factors that the Compensation Committee may deem appropriate. The CEO may not be present during the voting or deliberations on CEO compensation.
The Compensation Committee will review and approve the compensation of all other officers of the Corporation at the level of Senior Vice President or above, based on such factors as the Compensation Committee may deem relevant. Those factors may include, for example, (i) the short-term and long-term performance of the Corporation, (ii) the performance of each of those officers in light of relevant goals and objectives approved by the Compensation Committee, (iii) executive compensation levels at comparable companies and (iv) the recommendations of the CEO.
The Compensation Committee may make recommendations to the Board with respect to incentive-compensation plans and equity-based plans, and will administer such plans, with authority to make and modify grants under, and to approve or disapprove participation in, such plans. The Compensation Committee will have authority to make or recommend such changes to any incentive-compensation plan and equity-based plan of the Corporation as the Compensation Committee deems appropriate, subject to any necessary shareholder approval. The Compensation Committee will also review and make recommendations regarding bonus and stock compensation arrangements for all employees of the Corporation.
The Compensation Committee may, in its sole discretion, retain or obtain the advice of a compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser to assist in carrying out its functions and responsibilities. The Compensation Committee shall be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the work of any such compensation consultant, legal counsel and other adviser retained by the Compensation Committee. The Corporation shall provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Compensation Committee, for payment of reasonable compensation to a compensation consultant, legal counsel or any other adviser retained by the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee may select, or receive advice from, a compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser to the Compensation Committee, other than in-house legal counsel, only after taking into consideration the following factors (except as described below):
(i) the provision of other services to the Corporation by the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser;
(ii) the amount of fees received from the Corporation by the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser, as a percentage of the total revenue of the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser;
(iii) the policies and procedures of the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser that are designed to prevent conflicts of interest;
(iv) any business or personal relationship of the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser with any member of the Compensation Committee;
(v) any stock of the Corporation owned by the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser; and
(vi) any business or personal relationship of the compensation consultant, legal counsel, other adviser or the person employing the adviser, with any executive officer (as such term is defined in the Nasdaq Rules) of the Corporation.
After taking into consideration the foregoing factors, the Compensation Committee may still select, or receive advice from, any compensation adviser they prefer, even if such adviser is not considered to be independent based on such factors. In addition, the foregoing independence assessment need not be conducted with respect to any compensation adviser that (a) consults on any broad-based plan that does not discriminate in scope, terms, or operation, in favor of executive officers (as defined in the Nasdaq Rules) or directors of the Corporation, and that is available generally to all salaried employees, and/or (b) provides information that either is not customized for a particular issuer of securities or that is customized based on parameters that are not developed by the adviser, and about which the adviser does not provide advice.
The Compensation Committee will review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter on an annual basis and submit any proposed changes to the Board for review.
The Compensation Committee may form and delegate authority to one or more subcommittees when appropriate.
ADOPTED, by the Corporation's Board of Directors the 25th day of February 2013.
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