The Board oversees the Company’s risk management including understanding the risks the Company faces and what steps management is taking to manage those risks, as well as understanding what level of risk is appropriate for the Company. The Board’s role in the Company’s risk oversight process includes receiving regular updates from members of senior management on areas of material risk to the Company, including operational, financial, legal and regulatory, human resources, employment, and strategic risks.
The Company’s leadership structure consists of the combined role of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer and a separate Lead Independent Director. Mr. Brown currently serves as our Lead Independent Director. The Lead Independent Director’s responsibilities include presiding at all meetings of the Board at which the Chairman is not present, including executive sessions of the independent directors, serving as a liaison between the Chairman and the independent directors, reviewing information sent to the Board, consulting with the Nominating Committee with regard to the membership and performance evaluations of the Board and Board committee members, calling meetings of and setting agendas for the independent directors, and serving as liaison for communications with stockholders. The Board believes that the existence of a lead director supports strong corporate governance principles while deriving the benefit of having the Company’s Chief Executive Officer also serve as Chairman of the Board. The Board believes that this leadership structure enhances the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer’s ability to provide insight and direction on the Company’s strategic direction to both management and independent directors, and at the same time, with the support and oversight of a lead director, ensures that the appropriate level of independent oversight is applied to all management decisions. The Board believes that this structure ensures that the independent directors continue to effectively oversee management and provide effective oversight of key issues relating to strategy, risk and integrity without the need to split the roles of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
The Board intends to meet at least quarterly and the independent directors serving on the Board intend to meet in executive session (i.e., without the presence of any non-independent directors and management) at least twice a year immediately following regularly scheduled Board meetings. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 (the “Last Fiscal Year”), the Board held six (6) meetings and the Board members acted seven (7) times by unanimous written consent in lieu of holding a meeting. Each current member of the Board, who was then serving, attended at least 75% of the total number of meetings of the Board and of the committees of the Board on which they served in the Last Fiscal Year. No individual may be nominated for election to the Board after his or her 73rd birthday. Messrs. Brown, Clevenger, Finlay and O’Connor and Ms. Sims are considered “independent” under the rules of the SEC and the Nasdaq Global Market (“Nasdaq”).
he Board currently does not provide a formal process for stockholders to send communications to the Board. In the opinion of the Board, it is appropriate for the Company not to have such a process in place because the Board believes there is currently not a need for a formal policy due to, among other things, the limited number of stockholders of the Company. While the Board will, from time to time, review the need for a formal policy, at the present time, stockholders who wish to contact the Board may do so by submitting any communications to the Company’s Secretary, Mr. Loffredo, 902 Broadway, 9th Floor, New York, New York 10010, with an instruction to forward the communication to a particular director or the Board as a whole. Mr. Loffredo will receive the correspondence and forward it to any individual director or directors to whom the communication is directed.
The Company does not currently have a policy in place regarding attendance by Board members at the Company’s annual meetings. However, each of the current directors, who was then serving, attended the 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, and each director who is standing for re-election currently intends to attend this Annual Meeting.
The Board has three standing committees, consisting of an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee and a Nominating Committee.