The purpose of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the "Board") of Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the "Company") is to oversee the discharge of the responsibilities of the Board relating to compensation of the Company's executive officers.
STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP
Number. The Compensation Committee shall consist of at least three members of the Board.
Independence. Except as otherwise permitted by the applicable NASDAQ rules, each member of the Compensation Committee shall be an "independent director" as defined by the NASDAQ rules and shall satisfy any more rigorous independence standards applicable to members of the Compensation Committee under applicable NASDAQ rules.
Chair. Unless the Board elects a Chair of the Compensation Committee, the Compensation Committee shall elect a Chair by majority vote.
Compensation. The compensation of Compensation Committee members shall be as determined by the Board.
Selection and Removal. Members of the Compensation Committee shall be appointed by the Board, upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. The Board may remove members of the Compensation Committee from such committee, with or without cause.
AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Compensation Committee shall discharge its responsibilities, and shall assess the information provided by the Company's management, in accordance with its business judgment.
Executive Officer Compensation. The Compensation Committee shall review and approve, or recommend for approval by the Board, the compensation of the Company's Chief Executive Officer (the "CEO") and the Company's other executive officers, including salary, bonus and incentive compensation levels; deferred compensation; executive perquisites; equity compensation (including awards to induce employment); severance arrangements; change-in-control benefits and other forms of executive officer compensation. The Compensation Committee shall meet without the presence of executive officers when approving or deliberating on CEO compensation but may, in its discretion, invite the CEO to be present during the approval of, or deliberations with respect to, other executive officer compensation.
Evaluation of Senior Executives. The Compensation Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the evaluation of the Company's senior executives. In conjunction with the Audit Committee in the case of the evaluation of the senior financial management, the Compensation Committee shall determine the nature and frequency of the evaluation and the persons subject to the evaluation, supervise the conduct of the evaluation and prepare assessments of the performance of the Company's senior executives, to be discussed periodically with the Board.
Plan Recommendations and Approvals. The Compensation Committee shall review and make recommendations periodically to the Board with respect to incentive-compensation and equity-based plans that are subject to approval by the Board. In addition, in the case of any tax-qualified, non-discriminatory employee benefit plans (and any parallel nonqualified plans) for which stockholder approval is not sought and pursuant to which options or stock may be acquired by officers, directors, employees or consultants of the Company, the Compensation Committee shall approve, or recommend for approval by the Board, such plans.
Administration of Plans. The Compensation Committee shall exercise all rights, authority and functions of the Board under all of the Company's stock option, stock incentive, employee stock purchase and other equity-based plans, including without limitation, the authority to interpret the terms thereof, to grant options thereunder and to make stock awards thereunder; provided, however, that, except as otherwise expressly authorized to do so by this charter or a plan or resolution of the Board, the Compensation Committee shall not be authorized to amend any such plan. To the extent permitted by applicable law and the provisions of a given equity-based plan, and consistent with the requirements of applicable law and such equity-based plan, the Compensation Committee may delegate to one or more executive officers of the Company the power to grant options or other stock awards pursuant to such equity-based plan to employees of the Company or any subsidiary of the Company who are not directors or executive officers of the Company. The Compensation Committee shall approve, or recommend for approval by the Board, any inducement awards granted in reliance on the exemption from shareholder approval contained in NASDAQ Rule 5635(c)(4).
Director Compensation. The Compensation Committee shall periodically review and make recommendations to the Board with respect to director compensation.
Review and Discussion of Compensation Discussion and Analysis; Recommendation to Board. The Compensation Committee shall review and discuss annually with management the Company's "Compensation Discussion and Analysis" required by Item 402(b) of Regulation S-K (the "CD&A"). The Compensation Committee shall consider annually whether it will recommend to the Board that the CD&A be included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, proxy statement on Schedule 14A or information statement on Schedule 14C.
Compensation Committee Report. The Compensation Committee shall prepare the annual Compensation Committee Report required by Item 407(e)(5) of Regulation S-K.
Additional Powers. The Compensation Committee shall have such other duties as may be delegated from time to time by the Board.
PROCEDURES AND ADMINISTRATION
Meetings. The Compensation Committee shall meet as often as it deems necessary in order to perform its responsibilities. The Compensation Committee may also act by unanimous written consent in lieu of a meeting. The Compensation Committee shall keep such records of its meetings as it shall deem appropriate.
Subcommittees. The Compensation Committee may form and delegate authority to one or more subcommittees as it deems appropriate from time to time under the circumstances (including (a) a subcommittee consisting of a single member and (b) a subcommittee consisting of at least two members, each of whom qualifies as a "non-employee director," as such term is defined from time to time in Rule 16b- 3 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and the rules and regulations thereunder, and an "outside director," as such term is defined from time to time in Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder).
Reports to Board. The Compensation Committee shall report regularly to the Board.
Charter. The Compensation Committee will annually review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.
Advisors. Consistent with any applicable requirements of the Exchange Act and any applicable NASDAQ rules, the Compensation Committee shall (i)_have the authority, in its sole discretion, to retain or obtain the advice of a compensation consultant legal counsel or other advisor, (ii) be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the work of any compensation consultant, legal counsel and other advisor retained by the Compensation Committee; and (iii) select, or receive advice from, a compensation consultant, legal counsel or other advisor, other than in-house legal counsel, only after taking into consideration the factors required by any applicable requirements of the Exchange Act and any applicable NASDAQ rules. The Company 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 advisor retained by the Compensation Committee.
Investigations. The Compensation Committee shall have the authority to conduct or authorize investigations into any matters within the scope of its responsibilities as it shall deem appropriate, including the authority to request any officer, employee or advisor of the Company to meet with the Compensation Committee or any advisors engaged by the Compensation Committee.
Annual Self-Evaluation. At least annually, the Compensation Committee shall evaluate its own performance and report to the Board on that self-evaluation.
Say on Pay and Risk Considerations. The Compensation Committee shall, in fulfilling its duties and responsibilities, consider the results of the most recent stockholder advisory vote on executive compensation required by Section 14A of the Exchange Act and consider the relationship between risk management policies or practices and compensation.
Bruce Downey has been a director since June 2009. Mr. Downey has served as a Partner at NewSpring Capital, a venture capital firm, since April 2009. Previously, Mr. Downey was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global specialty pharmaceutical company that operated in more than 30 countries worldwide and was acquired by Teva Pharmaceuticals in 2008. Mr. Downey joined Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 1993 and was appointed Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in 1994. Mr. Downey is a member of the board of directors of Cardinal Health, Inc. as well as privately held companies. Mr. Downey graduated with honors from Miami University in 1969 and received his law degree cum laude from Ohio State. Mr. Downey's qualifications to sit on the board include his significant experience serving as a chief executive officer of a global generic pharmaceutical company that also had a substantial brand business and an active biologics research and development program, his years serving as a lawyer in private practice and his experience serving on other boards of directors in the biopharmaceutical industry.
Thomas P. Koestler has been a director since January 2011. Since February 2010, Dr. Koestler has served as Executive Director-Healthcare at Vatera Healthcare Partners, a venture capital company. Prior to joining Vatera Healthcare Partners, Dr. Koestler was Executive Vice President of Schering-Plough Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, and President of Schering-Plough Research Institute, the pharmaceutical research and development arm of Schering-Plough Corporation, which he joined in 2003. Dr. Koestler has also held senior positions at Pharmacia Corporation, Novartis AG, Ortho-McNeil and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Dr. Koestler is also a member of the board of directors of Novo Nordisk A/S and a number of privately-held companies. Dr. Koestler holds a BS degree in biology and genetics from Daemen College and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York, where he studied medicine and pathology. Dr. Koestler's qualifications to sit on the board include his years of senior executive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including his involvement with over 80 product approvals during his career, including 30 related to new molecular entities.