|MEDTRONIC PLC filed this Form DEFR14A on 10/11/2017|
Our Board of Directors has twelve members, all of whom serve for a term of one year. All nominees are currently Medtronic directors who were elected by shareholders at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. In order to be elected as a director, each nominee must be appointed by an ordinary resolution and each must receive the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by the holders of ordinary shares represented at the Annual General Meeting in person or by proxy. If a nominee becomes unable or declines to serve, the individuals named as proxies in the enclosed proxy form will have the authority to vote for any substitute who may be nominated in accordance with Medtronic’s Articles of Association. We have no reason to believe this will occur.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers candidates for Board membership, including those suggested by shareholders, applying the same criteria to all candidates. Any shareholder who wishes to recommend a prospective nominee for the Board for consideration by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee must notify the Company Secretary in writing at Medtronic’s registered office at 20 on Hatch, Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Any such recommendations should provide whatever supporting material the shareholder considers appropriate, but should at a minimum include such background and biographical material as will enable the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee to make an initial determination as to whether the nominee satisfies the criteria for directors set out in the Governance Principles.
If the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee identifies a need to replace a current member of the Board, to fill a vacancy on the Board, or to expand the size of the Board, it considers candidates from a variety of sources, including third-party search firms that assist with identifying, evaluating and conducting due diligence on potential director candidates. The process followed to identify and evaluate candidates includes meetings to review biographical information and background material relating to candidates, and interviews of selected candidates by members of the Board. Recommendations of candidates for inclusion in the Board slate of director nominees are based upon the criteria set forth in the Governance Principles. These criteria include business experience and skills, judgment, honesty and integrity, the ability to commit sufficient time and attention to Board activities and the absence of potential conflicts with Medtronic’s interests. While the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee does not have a formal diversity policy for Board membership, we seek directors who represent a mix of backgrounds and experiences that will enhance the quality of the Board’s deliberations and decisions. When evaluating candidates for Board membership, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers, among other factors, diversity with respect to viewpoint, skills, experience, and community involvement, and input from other members of the Board.
After completing the evaluation process, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee makes a recommendation to the full Board as to individuals who should be nominated by the Board. The Board determines the nominees after considering the recommendations and report of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and such other nominees and evaluations as it deems appropriate.
Shareholders who intend to appear at the Annual General Meeting to nominate a candidate for election by the shareholders at the meeting (in cases where the Board does not intend to nominate the candidate or where the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee was not requested to consider the candidacy) must comply with the procedures in Medtronic’s Articles of Association, which are described under “Other Information — Shareholder Proposals and Director Nominations” on page 80 of this proxy statement.
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