INFORMATION REGARDING MEETINGS AND COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD OF
The Board of Directors believes the combined role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors,
together with independent Directors having the duties described above, is in the best interests of stockholders because it strikes an appropriate balance for the Company. With the Chief Executive Officer also serving as Chairman of the Board of
Directors, there is unified leadership and a focus on strategic development and execution, while the independent Directors help assure independent oversight of management.
Role in Risk Oversight
Risk is inherent in any business and the Companys management is responsible for
the day-to-day management of risks that the Company faces. The Board of Directors, on the other hand, has responsibility for the oversight of risk management. In its
risk oversight role, the Board of Directors has the responsibility to evaluate the risk management process to ensure its adequacy and that it is implemented properly by management.
The Board of Directors believes that full and open communication between management and the Board of Directors is essential for effective risk management and oversight. Senior management, which includes the Chief
Compliance Officer, attends quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors, as well as certain committee meetings, in order to address any questions or concerns raised by the Board of Directors on risk management and any other matters. Each quarter,
the Board of Directors receives presentations from senior management on business operations, financial results, and strategic issues. In addition, senior management holds an annual strategic planning retreat attended by members of the Board of
Directors, as well as periodic strategic planning sessions, to discuss strategies, key challenges, and risks and opportunities for the Company. Senior management then reviews the results of each strategic planning session with the Board of
Directors. Finally, each year senior management reviews with the Board of Directors an assessment of the key risks the Company faces and then prioritizes them in a consolidated enterprise risk map.
The Board Committees assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities in certain areas of risk. The Audit Committee assists the Board of
Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to risk management in the areas of financial reporting, internal controls, and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Risk assessment reports are regularly provided by
management and the Companys internal auditors to the Audit Committee. The Compensation Committee assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the
management of risks arising from the Companys compensation policies and programs, including overseeing the Companys compensation-related risk assessment described further below in
this Proxy Statement. The Governance and Nominating Committee assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the management of risks associated with the organization of the Board of Directors and its
membership and structure, succession planning for Directors and executive officers, and corporate governance, including the annual monitoring of corporate governance issues, administering regular self-evaluations of the Board and its committees, and
reviewing potential conflicts of interest.
All of these Board Committees report back to the full Board of Directors at meetings of the Board of
Directors as to the Board Committees activities and matters discussed and reviewed at the Board Committees meetings. In addition, the Board of Directors is encouraged to participate in external Director education courses to keep apprised
of current issues, including areas of risk.
The Company actively engages in succession planning in order to assure that it has sufficient depth and breadth of executive talent. While effective succession planning is a fluid process, there are certain annual
processes in which the Company engages to determine appropriate candidates and leadership potential. Information is gathered and analyzed to assess the staffing of the Companys key positions to identify and develop employees for such
positions. To further this process, an offsite leadership development program is conducted each year for purposes of recognizing the Companys emerging leaders and uniting them in a three-day formal
program with peers and representatives from the Board of Directors. In addition, after completing this leadership development program, certain employees are selected to work with a top-ranked global provider
of executive education to enhance senior level personal leadership development and leadership team strategy development.
Communications with the
Board of Directors
Stockholders and other persons may communicate with the non-management Directors as a
group or any chair of a Board Committee. Such communications may be confidential or anonymous, if so designated, and may be submitted in writing to Board of Directors Communications c/o General Counsel, RPM International Inc., P.O. Box 777, Medina,
Ohio 44258 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Unless specifically directed to one of the Committee chairs, communications will be forwarded to the Lead Director for the next scheduled meeting of independent Directors.
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