Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
DSP GROUP, INC.
Charter of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
The Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee (the “Committee”) of DSP Group, Inc. (the “Corporation”) is appointed by the Corporation’s Board of Directors (the “Board”). The Committee shall assist the Board in all matters relating to the establishment, implementation and monitoring of policies and processes regarding the recruitment and nomination of candidates to the Board and committees of the Board; the review and making of recommendations to the Board regarding the composition and structure of the Board and committees of the Board; the development, evaluation and monitoring of the Corporation’s corporate governance processes and principles. The Committee also is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring compliance of the Corporation’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “Code”) and making recommendations to the Board of revisions to the Code from time to time as appropriate. Further, the Committee is responsible for the administration of the Board’s annual self-evaluation process and the sharing of the results thereof with the Board for discussion and deliberation. The Committee shall undertake those specific duties and responsibilities listed below and such other duties as the Board shall from time to time prescribe. The Committee’s policies and procedures should remain flexible in order to best react to changing conditions and to ensure to the Board and the Corporation’s stockholders that the composition, practices and operation of the Board and the corporate governance practices of the Corporation are in accordance with all requirements and are of the highest integrity. All powers of the Committee are subject to the restrictions designated in the Corporation’s Bylaws (the “Bylaws”) and by applicable law.
The Committee members (each, a “Member” and collectively, the “Members”) shall be appointed by the Board and will serve at the discretion of the Board. The Committee will consist of no fewer than three members of the Board. Each Member shall meet the independence requirements promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission specifically relating to the Members, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (the “FINRA”) (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.) or any successor entity, Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) relating to Nasdaq-listed issuers and any governmental or regulatory body exercising authority over the Corporation (the “Regulatory Body”). Each Member also shall be free from any relationship that, in the opinion of the Board, would interfere with the exercise of his or her independent judgment as a Member. Unless otherwise directed by the Board, each Member shall serve until such Member ceases to serve as a member of the Board, or until his or her successor has been duly appointed by the Board. Members may be removed at any time by vote of the Board.
The Committee shall have the authority to delegate any of its responsibilities to subcommittees as the Committee may deem appropriate; provided the subcommittees, if any, are composed entirely of independent directors as defined by the Regulatory Body.
The Committee shall conduct its business in accordance with this Charter, the Bylaws and any direction by the Board. The Committee chairperson shall be designated by the Board, or, if it does not do so, the Members shall elect a chairperson by a vote of the majority of the full Committee.
The Committee shall meet at least once annually and more frequently as circumstances dictate at a time and place determined by the Committee chairperson. Committee actions also may be taken by unanimous written consent when deemed necessary or desirable by the Committee or its chairperson. Members may participate in a meeting of the Committee by means of conference call or similar communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other, and such participation shall constitute presence in person at such meeting.
The Committee chairperson will preside at each meeting and, in consultation with the other Members, will set the frequency and length of each meeting and the agenda of items to be addressed at each meeting. The chairperson of the Committee shall ensure that the agenda for each meeting is circulated to each Member in advance of the meeting. The chairperson of the Committee (or other member designated by the chairperson or the Committee in the Chairperson’s absence) shall regularly report to the full Board on its proceedings and any actions that the Committee takes. The Committee will maintain written minutes of its meetings, which minutes will be maintained with the books and records of the Corporation.
As necessary or desirable, the Chairperson of the Committee may invite any director, officer or employee of the Corporation, or other persons whose advice and counsel are sought by the Committee, to be present at meetings of the Committee.
The duties of the Committee shall include, without limitation, the following:
The Committee shall have the authority, to the extent it deems necessary or appropriate, to retain a search firm to be used to identify director candidates. The Committee shall have sole authority to retain and terminate any such search firm, including sole authority to approve the firm’s fees and other retention terms. The Committee shall also have authority, to the extent it deems necessary or appropriate, to retain other advisors, including outside legal counsel. The Corporation will provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee, for payment of compensation to any search firm or other advisors employed by the Committee.
The Committee shall perform an annual evaluation of its own performance, which shall compare the performance of the Committee with the requirements of this Charter. The report to the Board may take the form of an oral report by the chairperson of the Committee or any other member of the Committee designated by the Committee to make this report.
This Charter will be made available on the Corporation’s Web site.
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