Stock Ownership Guidelines for Non-Employee Directors
Our Board adopted stock ownership guidelines for independent directors to align the interests of our directors with the interests of our shareholders and to promote our commitment to best practices in corporate governance. Within five years of beginning their service, independent directors are required to hold QEP shares with a value equal to five times the amount of each such director's annual cash compensation. Shares that count toward satisfaction of the guidelines include common stock owned by the director and phantom stock attributable to deferred compensation. Each of the independent directors who has served for five years or longer holds a sufficient number of shares to satisfy these guidelines. The Board reviewed these guidelines again in 2017 and determined these guidelines were appropriate.
Limits on Board Service
Our directors may not serve on the board of directors of more than five public companies at any given time. Our CEO may not serve on more than two boards in addition to our Board at any given time. A member of our Audit Committee may not simultaneously serve on the audit committee of more than two other public companies at any given time unless the Board determines that such simultaneous service would not impair the director's ability to serve effectively on our Audit Committee.
Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
The members of the Compensation Committee during 2017 were Dr. Heinemann, Dr. Scoggins, Mr. Trice, Mr. Thacker and Mr. Minarovic (since May 2017). No member of our Compensation Committee was at any time prior to or during 2017, or the first three months of 2018, an officer or employee of our Company. Additionally, no member of the Compensation Committee had any relationship with our Company requiring disclosure as a related-person transaction. During 2017, no executive officer of our Company served on the compensation committee of any other entity that had one or more of its executive officers serving as a member of our Compensation Committee. Furthermore, no executive officer of our Company served on the Compensation Committee of another company that had one of its executive officers serve as a member of our Board.
Communications with Directors
Interested parties may communicate with the full Board, non-management directors as a group or individual directors, by sending a letter in care of the Corporate Secretary at QEP Resources, Inc., 1050 17th Street, Suite 800, Denver, Colorado 80265. Our Corporate Secretary has the authority to discard any solicitations, advertisements or other inappropriate communications, but will forward any other mail to the named director or group of directors.
Attendance at Meetings
The QEP Board and committees of the Board held the following number of meetings in 2017:
Number of Meetings
Each director attended at least 75% of the aggregate of (1) the number of Board meetings held while he or she was a director; and (2) the number of meetings of all committees of the Board held while he or she served as a member of his or her respective committee. Our directors are expected to attend the Annual Meeting. All of the directors attended the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
No director or executive officer is related to any other director or executive officer.