The Audit Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Directors. The primary purposes of the Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibility relating to (1) the integrity of our financial statements and financial reporting process and our systems of internal accounting and financial controls; (2) the performance of the internal audit services function; (3) the annual independent audit of our financial statements, the engagement of the independent auditors and the evaluation of the independent auditors’ qualifications, independence and performance; and (4) the compliance by us with legal and regulatory requirements, including our disclosure controls and procedures. The Committee also reviews our critical accounting policies, our annual and quarterly reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, and our earnings releases before they are published. The Committee has sole authority to engage, evaluate and replace the independent auditor. The Committee also has the authority to retain special legal, accounting and other consultants it deems necessary in the performance of its duties. The Committee meets regularly with our management, independent auditors and internal auditors to discuss our internal controls and financial reporting process and also meets regularly with the independent auditors and internal auditors in private.
The current members of the Audit Committee are Fournier, Gallagher, Twitchell (chairman), and Williamson.
**All members of the Audit Committee are financial experts and defined by applicable rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
**All members of the Audit Committee are independent under NYSE listing standards and applicable rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Financial Expert
- Independent Director