Compensation Committee


(as amended on 9/23/16)

The purpose of the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Chimerix, Inc. (the “Company”) is to act on behalf of the Board in fulfilling the Board’s responsibilities to oversee the Company’s compensation policies, plans and programs, and to review and approve (or, if it deems appropriate, make recommendations to the Board regarding) the compensation to be paid to the Company’s executive officers and directors, and to the extent applicable, to review, discuss with management and approve the Company’s disclosures contained under the caption “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” (“CD&A”) for use in any of the Company’s annual reports on Form 10-K, registration statements, proxy statements or information statements and prepare and review the Committee report on executive compensation included in the Company’s annual proxy statement in accordance with applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), as in effect from time to time. For purposes of this charter, the term “compensation” shall include salary, long-term incentives, bonuses, performance based cash incentive plans, perquisites, equity incentives, severance arrangements, change of control related arrangements, retirement benefits, tax gross up provisions and other related benefits and benefit plans.

The policy of the Committee shall be as follows:

  • Compensation Structure. The Committee shall seek to maintain an overall compensation structure designed to attract, retain and motivate management and other employees by providing appropriate levels of risk and reward, assessed on a relative basis at all levels within the Company and in proportion to individual contribution and performance, and
  • Long-Term Focus. The Committee shall seek to establish appropriate incentives for management to further the Company’s long-term strategic plan and avoid undue emphasis on short-term market value.

The Committee shall consist of at least two members of the Board. All members of the Committee shall satisfy the independence requirements of The Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) applicable to compensation committee members, as in effect from time to time, including any exceptions permitted by these requirements. At least two of the members of the Committee shall satisfy the “non-employee director” standard within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time (the “Exchange Act”) and the “outside director” standard within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time (the “Code”). The members of the Committee and the Committee chairperson shall be appointed by and serve at the discretion of the Board.

Vacancies occurring on the Committee shall be filled by the Board. The Committee’s chairperson shall be designated by the Board or, if it does not do so, the Committee members shall elect a chairperson by vote of a majority of the full Committee. The Chair (or in his or her absence, a member designated by the Chair) shall preside at all meetings of the Committee.

The Committee shall hold such regular or special meetings as its members deem necessary or appropriate. The Chairman of the Committee shall report to the Board from time to time, whenever so requested by the Board.

The Committee shall have full access to all books, records, facilities and personnel of the Company as deemed necessary or appropriate by any member of the Committee to discharge the responsibilities hereunder, including human resources, legal counsel or other personnel assisting in the preparation of the Company’s filings with the SEC. The Committee shall have the authority, in its sole discretion, to obtain, at the expense of the Company, advice and assistance from, and shall have sole authority to retain and terminate, any external legal, accounting or other advisors and consultants, including any compensation consultant to assist in the evaluation of director, chief executive officer or senior executive compensation (each an “Advisor”). The Committee shall have direct responsibility for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the work of any such Advisor, and such Advisor shall report directly, and be accountable, to the Committee.

Other reasonable expenditures for external resources that the Committee deems necessary or appropriate in the performance of its duties are permitted and shall be incurred at the Company’s expense. The Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees as appropriate, including, but not limited to, a subcommittee composed of one or more members of the Board to grant stock awards under the Company’s equity incentive plans to persons who are not (a) “Covered Employees” under Section 162(m) of the Code; (b) individuals with respect to whom the Company wishes to comply with  Section 162(m) of the Code or (c) then subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act. The operation of the Committee shall be subject to the Bylaws of the Company as in effect from time to time and Section 141 of the Delaware General Corporation Law. The approval of this charter shall be construed as a delegation of authority to the Committee with respect to the responsibilities set forth herein.

 

To implement the Committee’s purpose and policies, the Committee shall be charged with the following duties and responsibilities, with the understanding, however, that the Committee may supplement and, except as otherwise required by applicable law or the requirements of Nasdaq, deviate from these activities as appropriate under the circumstances:

1.            Overall Compensation Strategy and Policies. The Committee shall be responsible for reviewing, modifying (as needed) and approving (or, if it deems appropriate, making recommendations to the Board regarding) the overall compensation strategy and policies for the Company, including:

  • reviewing and approving (or, if it deems appropriate, making recommendations to the Board regarding) corporate performance goals and objectives, which shall support and reinforce the Company’s long-term strategic goals, relevant to the Company’s compensation plans and programs;
  • evaluating and approving (or, if it deems appropriate, making recommendations to the Board regarding) the compensation plans and programs advisable for the Company, as well as the modification or termination of existing plans and programs;
  • evaluating (including, if it deems appropriate, with the input of some or all of the other members of the Board) risks associated with and potential consequences of the Company’s compensation policies and practices, as applicable to all employees of the Company, and assessing whether risks and consequences arising from the Company’s compensation policies and practices for its employees, as may be mitigated by any other compensation policies and practices, are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company;
  • establishing policies with respect to equity compensation arrangements, with the objective of appropriately balancing the perceived value of equity compensation and the dilutive and other costs of that compensation to the Company;
  • establishing policies for allocating between long-term and currently paid out compensation, between cash and non-cash compensation and the factors used in deciding between the various forms of compensation;
  • establishing elements of corporate performance for purposes of increasing or decreasing compensation;
  • establishing policies on the timing and pricing of equity awards for newly hired employees, promotions and annual grants for executives and non-executive employees and directors;
  • establishing policies with respect to votes by the Company’s stockholders to approve executive compensation to the extent required by Section 14A of the Exchange Act, and to the extent applicable, determining the Company’s recommendations regarding the frequency of advisory votes on executive compensation;
  • reviewing regional and industry-wide compensation practices and trends to assess the propriety, adequacy and competitiveness of the Company’s executive compensation programs among comparable companies in the Company’s industry; however, the Committee shall exercise independent judgment in determining the appropriate levels and types of compensation to be paid;
  • periodically reviewing and approving (or, if it deems appropriate, making recommendations to the Board regarding) the Company’s director compensation practices and policies;
  • reviewing and approving (or, if it deems appropriate, making recommendations to the Board regarding) the terms of any employment agreements, severance arrangements, change-of-control protections and any other compensatory arrangements (including, without limitation, any material perquisites and any other form of compensation) for the Company’s executive officers, including reviewing and approving (or, if it deems appropriate, making recommendations to the Board regarding) any payments, compensation or other awards under such agreements and arrangements;
  • reviewing and approving (or, if it deems appropriate, making recommendations to the Board regarding) any compensation arrangement for any executive officer involving any subsidiary, special purpose or similar entity;
  • considering and approving (or, if appropriate, making recommendations to the Board regarding) the establishment of a policy designed to encourage executive officers and directors to acquire and hold a meaningful equity interest in the Company; and
  • evaluating the efficacy of the Company’s compensation policy and strategy in achieving expected benefits to the Company and otherwise furthering the Committee’s policies.

2.            Compensation of Chief Executive Officer.  The Committee shall review and approve (or, if it deems appropriate, make recommendations to the Board regarding) the compensation and other terms of employment of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and shall evaluate the Chief Executive Officer’s performance in light of relevant performance goals and objectives, taking into account, among other things, the policies of the Committee and the Chief Executive Officer’s performance in:

  • fostering a corporate culture that promotes the highest levels of integrity and the highest ethical standards;
  • developing and executing the Company’s long-term strategic plan and conducting the business of the Company in a manner appropriate to enhance long-term stockholder value;
  • achieving any other corporate performance goals and objectives deemed relevant to the Chief Executive Officer as established by the Board; and
  • achieving the Chief Executive Officer’s individual performance goals and objectives established by the Committee.

In determining the long-term incentive component of the Chief Executive Officer’s compensation, the Committee shall take into consideration the Company’s performance and relative stockholder return, the value of similar incentive awards given to chief executive officers of comparable companies, the awards given to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in past years, other elements of the Chief Executive Officer’s compensation including total compensation and such other criteria as the Committee deems advisable. The Company’s Chief Executive Officer may not be present during the voting or deliberations regarding his or her compensation.

3.            Compensation of Other Executive Officers.  The Committee shall review and approve (or, if it deems appropriate, make recommendations to the Board regarding) the individual and corporate performance goals and objectives of the Company’s other executive officers (as that term is defined in Section 16 of the Exchange Act and Rule 16a-1 thereunder) that are periodically established. The Committee shall review and approve (or, if it deems appropriate, make recommendations to the Board regarding) the compensation and other terms of employment of each such executive officer, taking into consideration the executive officer’s success in achieving his or her individual performance goals and objectives and the corporate performance goals and objectives deemed relevant to the executive officer as established by the Committee.

4.            Compensation of Non-Employee Directors.  The Committee shall review and approve (or, if it deems appropriate, make recommendations to the Board regarding) the type and amount of compensation to be paid or awarded to non-employee members of the Board, including consulting, retainer, Board meeting, committee and committee chair fees, equity incentives, and any deferred compensation arrangements or similar programs.

5.            Administration of Benefit Plans.      The Committee shall review and approve (or, if it deems appropriate, make recommendations to the Board regarding) the adoption, amendment and termination of the Company’s stock option plans, stock appreciation rights plans, pension and profit sharing plans, incentive plans, stock bonus plans, stock purchase plans, bonus plans, deferred compensation plans and similar programs. The Committee shall have full power and authority to administer these plans, establish guidelines, interpret plan documents, select participants and approve grants and awards, and exercise such other power and authority as may be permitted or required under such plans.

6.            Compensation Discussion and Analysis.  To the extent applicable, the Committee shall review and discuss with management the Company’s disclosures contained under the caption “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” for use in any of the Company’s annual reports on Form 10-K, registration statements, proxy statements or information statements and make recommendations to the Board regarding the inclusions of such disclosures in the Company’s annual reports on Form 10-K, registration statements, proxy statements or information statements.

7.            Selection and Independence of Advisors.  Prior to selecting any compensation consultant, legal counsel or other Advisor with respect to compensation matters, the Committee shall review, discuss and consider the independence of such compensation consultant, legal counsel or other Advisor as required by the SEC rules and regulations promulgated under Section 10C of the Exchange Act, as well as the factors specified in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5605(d)(3) or any successor provision. [1]However, nothing in this provision requires that any Advisors be independent. The Committee need not conduct this independence assessment with respect to: (a) in-house legal counsel; or (b) any Advisor whose role is limited to (i) consulting on any broad-based plan that does not discriminate in scope, terms, or operation in favor of executive officers or directors of the Company and that is available generally to all salaried employees; or (ii) providing information that either is not customized for a particular company or that is customized based on parameters that are not developed by the Advisor and about which the Advisor does not provide advice.

8.            Annual Evaluation and Charter Review.  The Committee shall review, discuss and assess its own performance at least annually. The Committee shall also review and assess the adequacy of this charter at least annually, and shall recommend any proposed changes to the Board for its consideration and approval.

9.               Conflict–of-Interest Disclosure.  The Committee shall review and discuss with management, if appropriate, any conflicts of interest raised by the work of any compensation consultant that had any role in determining or recommending the amount or form of executive or director compensation (except as set forth in clause (a) and (b) of Section 8 above)  or was retained by the Committee or management and how such conflict is being addressed for disclosure in the Company’s annual proxy statement in accordance with applicable SEC rules and regulations.

 

[1] The NASDAQ Listed Company Guide provides:

“The compensation committee may select, or receive advice from, a compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser to the compensation committee, other than in-house legal counsel, only after taking into consideration the following factors:

  1. the provision of other services to the Company by the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser;
  2. the amount of fees received from the Company by the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser, as a percentage of the total revenue of the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser;
  3. the policies and procedures of the person that employs the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser that are designed to prevent conflicts of interest;
  4. any business or personal relationship of the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser with a member of the compensation committee;
  5. any stock of the Company owned by the compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser; and
  6. any business or personal relationship of the compensation consultant, legal counsel, other adviser or the person employing the adviser with an Executive Officer of the Company.”

Committee Members

Lisa Ricciardi
Lisa Ricciardi

Lisa Ricciardi joined the Board of Chimerix on April 1, 2014.  She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Drug Healthcare Group, PLC in Dublin, Ireland, and was previously a member of the Board of Directors at Sepracor.  Ms. Ricciardi serves as a consultant to Davita RX, a full-service pharmacy specializing in renal care.  She has previously served as Senior Vice President of Business Development at Medco Health Solutions, Inc., and was a Venture Partner at Essex Woodlands Health Ventures.  She also held several senior management positions at Pfizer, including Senior Vice President in the Licensing and Development Division, closing more than 25 transactions with multi-national firms and biotechnology companies, as well as managing several key product launches in the global pharmaceuticals division.  Ms. Ricciardi has a broad range of experience in global and specialty pharmaceutical commercial operations, pharmacy benefits, management, and healthcare services.  She has successfully collaborated with an extensive network of industry leaders in the United States, Europe and Japan, and she has played a key role at the board and executive levels on strategic transactions and product launches.  Ms. Ricciardi earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

James M. Daly
James M. Daly

James M. Daly currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Incyte Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, a position he has held since October 2012. Prior to joining Incyte, Mr. Daly served as Senior Vice President of North America Commercial Operations and Global Marketing/Commercial Development at Amgen Inc., a global pharmaceutical company, where he was employed from January 2002 to December 2011. Prior to his employment with Amgen, Mr. Daly was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Respiratory/Anti-infective business unit at GlaxoSmithKline, where he was employed from June 1985 to December 2001. Mr. Daly is a pharmacist and received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Buffalo, The State University of New York.

John M. Leonard, MD
John M. Leonard, MD

John M. Leonard, MD served as the Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Research and Development at AbbVie Inc., a global pharmaceutical company, from its spin-out from Abbott Laboratories in January 2013 until retiring from those positions at the end of 2013. Prior to the formation of AbbVie, Dr. Leonard served as Senior Vice President of Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development at Abbott from 2008 to 2012. He has over 30 years of combined experience in medicine, research and management, serving in various roles at Abbott beginning in 1992. Dr. Leonard earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Doctorate in Medicine from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Leonard completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University Hospital followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Virology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.