This charter shall be reviewed, updated and approved annually by the Board of Directors.
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibility for oversight of the quality and integrity of the accounting, auditing and reporting practices of the Company and other such duties as directed by the Board.
The Audit Committee members are not professional accountants or auditors and their functions are not intended to duplicate or to certify the activities of management and the independent auditor, nor can the Committee certify that the independent auditor is "independent" under applicable rules. The Audit Committee serves a board level oversight role where it oversees the relationship with the independent auditor, as set forth in this charter, and provides advice, counsel and general direction, as it deems appropriate, to management and the auditors on the basis of the information it receives, discussions with the auditor, and the experience of the Committee's members in business, financial and accounting matters.
The membership of the Committee shall consist of at least three directors determined by the Board of Directors to meet the independence and financial literacy requirements of the NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. and applicable federal law. The Board of Directors shall appoint one member of the Audit Committee as chairperson. He or she shall be responsible for leadership of the Committee, including preparing the agenda, presiding over the meetings, making Committee assignments and reporting to the Board of Directors. The chairperson will also maintain regular liaison with the CEO, CFO, the lead independent audit partner and the director of internal audit.
Appointment to the Committee and the designation of any Committee members as "audit committee financial experts" shall be made on an annual basis by the full Board upon the joint recommendation of the Audit Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.
The Audit Committee shall meet as often as may be deemed necessary or appropriate in its judgment, generally [four] times each year, either in person or telephonically. The Committee is expected to maintain free and open communication (including private executive sessions at least annually) with the independent accountants, the internal auditors and the management of the Company. The Audit Committee may create subcommittees who shall report to the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee shall report to the full Board of Directors with respect to its meetings. The majority of the members of the Audit Committee shall constitute a quorum. The Audit Committee will engage in an annual selfassessment with the goal of continuing improvement, and will annually review and reassess the adequacy of its charter, and recommends any changes to the full Board.
The Audit Committee believes that it will best carry out its responsibilities to the directors and shareholders if its policies and procedures remain flexible so that it may adjust and react to changing events and conditions.
The Audit Committee shall have the authority to retain such outside counsel, experts, and other advisors as it determines appropriate to assist in the full performance of its functions. The Audit Committee shall have sole authority to approve related fees and retention terms.
Dated as of May 24, 2012