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APOLLO EDUCATION GROUP INC filed this Form DEF 14C on 12/27/2013
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At Apollo Education Group, we believe that strong and effective corporate governance procedures and practices are an extremely important part of our corporate culture. In that spirit, we have summarized several of our corporate governance practices below.
Monitoring Board Effectiveness
It is important that our Board of Directors is performing effectively and in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. The Board of Directors annually assesses its effectiveness in fulfilling its obligations. In addition, our Nominating and Governance Committee is charged with annually reviewing the Board of Directors and its membership.
Independent Directors
The independent directors meet regularly in executive sessions without Apollo Education Group management or any non-independent directors.
Hiring Outside Advisors
The Board and each of its Committees may retain outside advisors and consultants of their choosing at the Company’s expense, without management’s consent.
Code of Business Ethics
Apollo Education Group expects its directors, executives and employees to conduct themselves with the highest degree of integrity, ethics and honesty. Apollo Education Group’s credibility and reputation depend upon the good judgment, ethical standards and personal integrity of each director, executive and employee. In order to provide assurances to Apollo Education Group and its shareholders, Apollo Education Group has adopted a Code of Business Ethics which provides clear conflict of interest guidelines to its employees, as well as an explanation of reporting and investigatory procedures. The Code of Business Ethics is available on our website at http://www.apollo.edu/sites/default/files/files/Apollo-Group-Code-of-Business-Ethics.pdf.
The Code of Business Ethics applies to all employees, including our directors, executive officers, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer and various other departments throughout the Apollo Education Group. If the Company makes any amendment to, or grants any waiver from, a provision of the Code of Business Ethics that applies to our principal executive officers, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, and certain other senior officers and requires disclosure under applicable SEC rules, we intend to disclose such amendment or waiver and the reasons for the amendment or waiver on our website, http://www.apollo.edu.
Providing Transparency
Apollo Education Group believes it is important that shareholders understand our governance practices. In order to help ensure transparency of our practices, we have posted information regarding our corporate governance procedures on our website at: http://www.apollo.edu/investor-relations/governance.
Communications with the Board of Directors
Although Apollo Education Group does not have a formal policy regarding communications with the Board of Directors, shareholders may communicate with the Board of Directors by writing to the Company at Apollo Education Group, Inc., Attention: Investor Relations, 4025 South Riverpoint Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona, 85040. Shareholders who would like their submission directed to a specific member of the Board may so specify, and the communication will be forwarded, as appropriate.
Controlled Company
We are a “Controlled Company” as defined in Rule 5615(c)(1) of the NASDAQ Listing Rules, because more than 50% of the voting power of our outstanding voting common stock is owned by a revocable grantor trust, of which Dr. Sperling is the sole trustee. As a consequence, under NASDAQ Listing Rule 5615(c)(2), we are exempt from certain requirements of NASDAQ Listing Rule 5605, including that (a) our Board be composed of a majority of independent directors (as defined in NASDAQ Listing Rule 5605(a)(2)), (b) we have a compensation committee composed solely of independent directors and (c) nominations to the Board of Directors be made by a majority of the independent directors or a nominations committee composed solely of independent directors. However, NASDAQ Listing Rule 5605(b)(2) does require that our independent directors have regularly scheduled meetings at which only independent directors are present (“executive sessions”) and Code Section 162(m) does require a compensation committee of outside directors (within the meaning of Code Section 162(m)) to approve stock option grants to executive officers in order for us to be able to deduct the stock option grants as an expense for federal tax purposes. Notwithstanding the foregoing exemptions, we do have a majority of independent directors on our Board of Directors and each of our standing committees, including the Compensation Committee, Audit Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee, is composed solely of independent directors.