The Board of Vislink Technologies, Inc. recognizes the importance of sound corporate governance and has committed to adopting policies and procedures which reflect such of the principles of the Corporate Governance Guidelines for AIM Companies published by the Quoted Companies Alliance. To this end, our board of directors has established an audit committee, a compensation committee and a governance and nominations committee. Each of the board committees has the composition and responsibilities described below.
We have a separately-designated standing Audit Committee established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act”). The members of our Audit Committee are Sue Swenson, Ray Sidney and James Conway. Each of these Committee members is “independent” within the meaning of Rule 10A-3 under the Exchange Act and the NASDAQ Stock Market Rules. Our board has determined that Sue Swenson shall serve as the “audit committee financial expert”, as such term is defined in Item 407(d)(5) of Regulation S-K. Sue Swenson will serve as Chairman of our Audit Committee.
The Audit Committee oversees our accounting and financial reporting processes and oversees the audit of our financial statements and the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting. The specific functions of this Committee include:
- selecting and recommending to our board of directors the appointment of an independent registered public accounting firm and overseeing the engagement of such firm;
- approving the fees to be paid to the independent registered public accounting firm;
- helping to ensure the independence of our independent registered public accounting firm;
- overseeing the integrity of our financial statements;
- preparing an audit committee report as required by the SEC to be included in our annual proxy statement;
- reviewing major changes to our auditing and accounting principles and practices as suggested by our company’s independent registered public accounting firm, internal auditors (if any) or management;
- reviewing and approving all related party transactions; and
- overseeing our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
The members of our Compensation Committee are Sue Swenson, Ray Sidney and James Conway. Each such member is “independent” within the meaning of the NASDAQ Stock Market Rules. In addition, each member of our Compensation Committee qualifies as a “non-employee director” under Rule 16b-3 of the Exchange Act. Our Compensation Committee assists the board of directors in the discharge of its responsibilities relating to the compensation of the board of directors and our executive officers. James Conway serves as Chairman of our Compensation Committee.
The Committee’s compensation-related responsibilities include:
- assisting our board of directors in developing and evaluating potential candidates for executive positions and overseeing the development of executive succession plans;
- reviewing and approving on an annual basis the corporate goals and objectives with respect to compensation for our chief executive officer;
- reviewing, approving and recommending to our board of directors on an annual basis the evaluation process and compensation structure for our other executive officers;
- providing oversight of management’s decisions concerning the performance and compensation of other company officers, employees, consultants and advisors;
- reviewing our incentive compensation and other stock-based plans and recommending changes in such plans to our board of directors as needed, and exercising all the authority of our board of directors with respect to the administration of such plans;
- reviewing and recommending to our board of directors the compensation of independent directors, including incentive and equity-based compensation; and
- selecting, retaining and terminating such compensation consultants, outside counsel and other advisors as it deems necessary or appropriate.
Governance and Nominations Committee
The members of our Governance and Nominations Committee are Sue Swenson, Ray Sidney and James Conway. Each such member is “independent” within the meaning of the NASDAQ Stock Market Rules. The purpose of the Governance and Nominations Committee is to recommend to the board nominees for election as directors and persons to be elected to fill any vacancies on the board, develop and recommend a set of corporate governance principles and oversee the performance of the board. Sue Swenson serves as chairman of our Governance and Nominations Committee.
The Committee’s responsibilities include:
- Selecting director nominees. The governance and nominations committee recommends to the board of directors nominees for election as directors at any meeting of stockholders and nominees to fill vacancies on the board. The governance and nominations committee would consider candidates proposed by stockholders and will apply the same criteria and follow substantially the same process in considering such candidates as it does when considering other candidates. The governance and nominations committee may adopt, in its discretion, separate procedures regarding director candidates proposed by our stockholders. Director recommendations by stockholders must be in writing, include a resume of the candidate’s business and personal background and include a signed consent that the candidate would be willing to be considered as a nominee to the board and, if elected, would serve. Such recommendation must be sent to the Company’s Secretary at the Company’s executive offices. When it seeks nominees for directors, our governance and nominations committee takes into account a variety of factors including (a) ensuring that the board, as a whole, is diverse and consists of individuals with various and relevant career experience, relevant technical skills, industry knowledge and experience, financial expertise (including expertise that could qualify a director as a “financial expert”, as that term is defined by the rules of the SEC), local or community ties and (b) minimum individual qualifications, including strength of character, mature judgment, familiarity with the Company’s business and industry, independence of thought and an ability to work collegially. The Company is of the view that the continuing service of qualified incumbents promotes stability and continuity in the board room, contributing to the ability of the board of directors to work as a collective body, while giving the Company the benefit of the familiarity and insight into the Company’s affairs that its directors have accumulated during their tenure. Accordingly, the process of the governance and nominations committee for identifying nominees reflects the Company’s practice of re-nominating incumbent directors who continue to satisfy the committee’s criteria for membership on the board of directors, whom the committee believes continue to make important contributions to the board of directors and who consent to continue their service on the board of directors. The board has not adopted a formal policy with respect to its consideration of diversity and does not follow any ratio or formula to determine the appropriate mix; rather, it uses its judgment to identify nominees whose backgrounds, attributes and experiences, taken as a whole, will contribute to the high standards of board service. The governance and nominations committee may adopt, and periodically review and revise as it deems appropriate, procedures regarding director candidates proposed by stockholders;
- Reviewing requisite skills and criteria for new board members and board composition. The governance and nominations committee reviews with the entire board of directors, on an annual basis, the requisite skills and criteria for board candidates and the composition of the board as a whole;
- Hiring of search firms to identify director nominees. The governance and nominations committee has the authority to retain search firms to assist in identifying board candidates, approve the terms of the search firm’s engagement, and cause the Company to pay the engaged search firm’s engagement fee;
- Selection of committee members. The governance and nominations committee recommends to the board of directors on an annual basis the directors to be appointed to each committee of the board of directors;
- Evaluation of the board of directors. The governance and nominations committee will oversee an annual self-evaluation of the board of directors and its committees to determine whether it and its committees are functioning effectively;
- Evaluation of the board of directors. The governance and nominations committee will oversee an annual self-evaluation of the board of directors and its committees to determine whether it and its committees are functioning effectively; and
- Development of Corporate Governance Guidelines. The governance and nominations committee will develop and recommend to the board a set of corporate governance guidelines applicable to the Company.
The governance and nominations committee may delegate any of its responsibilities to subcommittees as it deems appropriate. The governance and nominations committee is authorized to retain independent legal and other advisors, and conduct or authorize investigations into any matter within the scope of its duties.
The Company is a US Corporation incorporated in the State of Delaware, USA under the Delaware General Corporation Law. Notwithstanding that shareholders have passed certain resolutions amending the Company’s certificate of incorporation and Bylaws so as to replicate UK standard corporate governance practice in a number of respects, the rights of shareholders of the Company may be different from the rights of shareholders in a UK incorporated company.