|MEDTRONIC PLC filed this Form DEFR14A on 10/11/2017|
The Audit Committee represents and assists the Board of Directors in its oversight of the integrity of Medtronic’s financial reporting and compliance programs. In particular, the Audit Committee reviews the independence, qualifications and performance of Medtronic’s independent registered public accounting firm and the performance of its internal auditors. The Audit Committee also has responsibility for oversight of Medtronic’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. In this role, the Audit Committee, among other things, oversees Medtronic’s policies and programs reasonably designed to ensure that Medtronic’s relationships with, and payments to, health care providers are appropriate and lawful, and receives reports of Company and third-party reviews of such matters. As of the date of this report, the Audit Committee consisted of the five members listed below, each of whom is an independent director in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and New York Stock Exchange requirements, meets additional independence standards applicable to audit committee members and qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” within the meaning of that term as defined by the SEC pursuant to Section 407 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Medtronic’s management is responsible for preparing Medtronic’s financial statements and the overall reporting process, including Medtronic’s system of internal controls. The Audit Committee is directly responsible for the compensation, appointment and oversight of Medtronic’s independent registered public accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PricewaterhouseCoopers”). That firm reports directly to the Audit Committee. The independent registered public accounting firm is responsible for auditing the financial statements and expressing an opinion on the conformity of the audited financial statements with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”) and auditing the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. The Audit Committee also meets privately in separate executive sessions periodically with management, internal audit, compliance and representatives from Medtronic’s independent registered public accounting firm.
In this context, the Audit Committee has held discussions with management and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Management represented to the Audit Committee that Medtronic’s consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and the Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements with management and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has informed the Audit Committee that, in its opinion, the consolidated balance sheets and the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows that accompany Medtronic’s 2017 Annual Report present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Medtronic and its subsidiaries at April 28, 2017, and April 29, 2016, and the results of Medtronic’s operations and cash flows for each of the three fiscal years in the period ended April 28, 2017, are in conformity with U.S. GAAP.
The Audit Committee also has discussed with PricewaterhouseCoopers the matters required to be discussed by Auditing Standard No. 1301 (Communications With Audit Committees), as amended, and requested any other relevant input from PricewaterhouseCoopers. PricewaterhouseCoopers provided to the Audit Committee, and the Audit Committee received, the written disclosures and letter required by applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding PricewaterhouseCoopers’ communications with the audit committee concerning independence, and the Audit Committee discussed with PricewaterhouseCoopers their independence.
Based on the considerations above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors, and the Board has approved, the inclusion of the audited financial statements in Medtronic’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for Fiscal Year 2017 for filing with the SEC. The Audit Committee has recommended PricewaterhouseCoopers as Medtronic’s independent registered public accounting firm for Fiscal Year 2018 and recommended that the Board of Directors submit this appointment to the Company’s shareholders for ratification at the Annual General Meeting. Audit and any permitted non-audit services provided to Medtronic by PricewaterhouseCoopers are pre-approved by the Audit Committee.
AUDIT COMMITTEE (as of June 22, 2017):
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