McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) today announced that its Board of Directors has implemented the first phase of a number of changes to the Company’s governance guidelines and compensation policies for fiscal 2014. The Board will continue to review McKesson’s corporate governance and compensation practices in response to shareholder input and evaluate additional changes that increasingly align the interests of the corporation and its investors.
“The views of our shareholders are extremely important to us and we continually evaluate the feedback we receive,” said Edward A. Mueller, Lead Independent Director. “As a result of our ongoing review of our governance and compensation practices, and feedback we received from our largest institutional investors, labor union funds, pension funds and our proxy advisors in connection with the Company’s 2013 annual meeting of shareholders, the Board of Directors is implementing the first of several changes to address shareholder concerns.”
The Board diligently exercises its oversight responsibilities with respect to the Company’s business and affairs. Each year, the Board and its committees review the Company’s current corporate governance practices, the corporate governance environment and current trends, and update as appropriate their written charters and guidelines to ensure the Company remains current with best practices. McKesson today announced the following changes to its Corporate Governance Guidelines and the composition of its standing committees.
The Board approved additional duties and powers of the Board’s Lead Independent Director to include a number of important new responsibilities and authorities. Among other responsibilities, the Lead Independent Director’s duties and powers now include the following:
- Lead the Board’s annual evaluation of directors and the chief executive officer (“CEO”);
- Lead the Board’s annual evaluation of the CEO succession process, carry out the responsibilities of the Lead Independent Director specified in the Company’s CEO Absence Event Management Process, and upon the occurrence of a temporary or permanent incapacity or disability or other similar temporary or permanent absence of the Chairman of the Board (the “Chairman”), assume the day-to-day duties and authorities of the Chairman on an interim basis;
- Recommend to the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance membership of various Board committees, as well as selection of committee chairs;
- Retain, or recommend retention of, independent legal, accounting, consulting and other advisors; and
- Assist in assuring compliance with, and implementation of, the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines.
The Board also adjusted the composition of the Board’s standing committees to bring new perspectives while preserving expertise that has guided the Company’s outstanding financial performance over the past decade. The new committee assignments are as follows: