Executive Officer Annual Incentive Plan - Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.
POLO RALPH LAUREN CORPORATION
EXECUTIVE OFFICER ANNUAL INCENTIVE PLAN
The purposes of the Plan are to promote the success of the Company; to
provide designated Executive Officers with an opportunity to receive incentive
compensation dependent upon that success; to attract, retain and motivate such
individuals; and to provide Awards that are "qualified performance-based
compensation" under Section 162(m) of the Code.
"Award" means an incentive award made pursuant to the Plan.
"Award Formula" means one or more objective formulas or standards
established by the Committee for purposes of determining an Award based on the
level of performance with respect to one or more Performance Goals. Award
Formulas may vary from Performance Period to Performance Period and from
Participant to Participant and may be established on a stand-alone basis, in
tandem or in the alternative.
"Award Schedule" means the Award Schedule established pursuant to Section
"Beneficiary" mean the person(s) designated by the Participant, in writing
on a form provided by the Committee, to receive payments under the Plan in the
event of his death while a Participant or, in the absence of such designation,
the Participant's estate.
"Board of Directors" means the Board of Directors of the Company.
"Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
"Committee" means a committee or subcommittee of the Board of Directors
designated by the Board of Directors to administer the Plan and composed of not
less than two directors, each of whom is intended to be an "outside director"
(within the meaning of Code Section 162(m)).
"Company" means Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation and its successors.
"Covered Employee" means a covered employee within the meaning of Code
"Determination Period" means, with respect to a Performance Period
to any Award under the Plan, the period commencing with the first day of such
Performance Period and ending on the earlier to occur of (i) 90 days after the
commencement of the Performance Period and (ii) the date upon which twenty-five
percent (25%) of the Performance Period shall have elapsed.
"Executive Officer" means a person who is an executive officer of the
Company for purposes of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
"Participant" means an Executive Officer selected from time to time by the
Committee to participate in the Plan.
"Performance Goal" means the level of performance established by the
Committee as the Performance Goal with respect to a Performance Measure.
Performance Goals may vary from Performance Period to Performance Period and
from Participant to Participant and may be established on a stand-alone basis,
in tandem or in the alternative.
"Performance Measure" means one or more of the following selected by the
Committee to measure Company and/or business unit performance for a Performance
Period: basic or diluted earnings per share; net revenues; gross profit; income
before income taxes; income before income taxes less a charge for capital;
return on capital and return on equity; each as determined in accordance with
generally accepted accounting principles as consistently applied by the Company
and, if so determined by the Committee prior to the expiration of the
Determination Period, adjusted, to the extent permitted under Section 162(m) of
the Code, to omit the effects of extraordinary items, gain or loss on the
disposal of a business segment, unusual or infrequently occurring events and
transactions and cumulative effects of changes in accounting principles.
Performance Measures may vary from Performance Period to Performance Period and
from Participant to Participant and may be established on a stand-alone basis,
in tandem or in the alternative.
"Performance Period" means one or more periods of time, as the Committee
may designate, over which the attainment of one or more Performance Goals will
be measured for the purpose of determining a Participant's right to payment in
respect of an Award.
"Plan" means the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation Executive Officer Annual
"Plan Year" means the Company's fiscal year.
3.1 Participants shall be selected by the Committee from among the
Executive Officers. The selection of an Executive Officer as a Participant for a
Performance Period shall not entitle such individual to be selected as a
Participant with respect to any other Performance Period.
4.1 Award Schedules. With respect to each Performance Period with
respect to which an Award may be earned by a Participant under the Plan, prior
to the expiration of the Determination Period the Committee shall establish in
writing for such Performance Period an Award Schedule for each Participant. The
Award Schedule shall set forth the applicable Performance Period, Performance
Measure(s), Performance Goal(s), and Award Formula(s) and such other information
as the Committee may determine. Once established for a Plan Year, such items
shall not be amended or otherwise modified to the extent such amendment or
modification would cause the compensation payable pursuant to the Award to fail
to constitute qualified performance based compensation under Code Section
162(m). Award Schedules may vary from Performance Period to Performance Period
and from Participant to Participant.
4.2 Determination of Awards. A Participant shall be eligible to receive
payment in respect of an Award only to the extent that the Performance Goal(s)
for such Award are achieved and the Award Formula as applied against such
Performance Goal(s) determines that all of some portion of such Participant's
Award has been earned for the Performance Period. As soon as practicable after
the close of each Performance Period, the Committee shall meet to review and
certify in writing whether, and to what extent, the Performance Goals for the
Performance Period have been achieved and, if so, to calculate and certify in
writing that amount of the Award earned by each Participant for such Performance
Period based upon such Participant's Award Formula. The Committee shall then
determine the actual amount of the Award to be paid to each Participant and, in
so doing, may use negative discretion to decrease, but not increase, the amount
of the Award otherwise payable to the Participant based upon such performance.
Anything in this Plan to the contrary notwithstanding, the maximum Award payable
to any Participant with respect to each Plan Year (or portion thereof) contained
within a Performance Period shall be $10,000,000.
4.3 Payment of Awards. Awards shall be paid in a lump sum cash payment as
soon as practicable after the amount thereof has been determined and certified
in accordance with Section 4.2. The Committee may, subject to such terms and
conditions and within such limits as it may from time to time establish, permit
one or more Participants to defer the receipt of amounts due under the Plan in a
manner consistent with the requirements of Code Section 162(m) so that any
increase in the amount of an Award that is deferred shall be based either on a
reasonable rate of interest or the performance of a predetermined investment in
accordance with Treasury Regulation 1.162-27(e)(2)(iii)(B). If any Award which
is earned pursuant to this Section 4 is paid prior to the time determined when
the Award was initially granted, the amount of such Award shall be reduced by an
appropriate discount factor determined by the Committee.
5. Termination of Employment.
5.1 Termination of Employment Prior to the Last Day of the Performance
Period. Except as otherwise determined by the Committee, no Award with respect
to a Performance Period will be payable to any Participant who is not an
employee of the Company on the last day of such Performance Period.
6.1 In General. The Committee shall have full and complete authority, in
its sole and absolute discretion, (i) to exercise all of the powers granted to
it under the Plan, (ii) to construe, interpret and implement the Plan and any
related document, (iii) to prescribe, amend and rescind rules relating to the
Plan, (iv) to make all determinations necessary or advisable in administering
the Plan, and (v) to correct any defect, supply any omission and reconcile any
inconsistency in the Plan.
6.2 Determinations. The actions and determinations of the Committee or
others to whom authority is delegated under the Plan on all matters relating to
the Plan and any Awards shall be final and conclusive. Such determinations need
not be uniform and may be made selectively among persons who receive, or are
eligible to receive, Awards under the Plan, whether or not such persons are
6.3 Appointment of Experts. The Committee may appoint such accountants,
counsel, and other experts as it deems necessary or desirable in connection with
the administration of the Plan.
6.4 Delegation. The Committee may delegate to others the authority to
execute and deliver such instruments and documents, to do all such acts and
things, and to take all such other steps deemed necessary, advisable or
convenient for the effective administration of the Plan in accordance with its
terms and purposes, except that the Committee shall not delegate any authority
with respect to decisions regarding Plan eligibility or the amount, timing or
other material terms of Awards.
6.5 Books and Records. The Committee and others to whom the Committee has
delegated such duties shall keep a record of all their proceedings and actions
and shall maintain all such books of account, records and other data as shall be
necessary for the proper administration of the Plan.
6.6 Payment of Expenses. The Company shall pay all reasonable expenses of
administering the Plan, including, but not limited to, the payment of
professional and expert fees.
6.7 Code Section 162(m). It is the intent of the Company that this Plan and
Awards satisfy the applicable requirements of Code Section 162(m) so that the
Company's tax deduction for remuneration in respect of this Plan for services
performed by Participants who are or may be Covered Employees is not disallowed
in whole or in part by the operation of such Code Section. If any provision of
this Plan or if any Award would otherwise frustrate or conflict with such
intent, that provision to the extent possible shall be interpreted and deemed
amended so as to avoid such conflict, and, to the extent of any remaining
irreconcilable conflict with such intent, that provision shall be deemed void as
applicable to such Covered Employees.
7.1 Nonassignability. No Award shall be assignable or transferable
(including pursuant to a pledge or security interest) other than by will or by
laws of descent and distribution.
7.2 Withholding Taxes. Whenever payments under the Plan are to be made or
deferred, the Company will withhold therefrom, or from any other amounts payable
to or in respect of the Participant, an amount sufficient to satisfy any
applicable governmental withholding tax requirements related thereto.
7.3 Amendment or Termination of the Plan. The Plan may be amended or
terminated by the Board of Directors in any respect except that (i) no amendment
may be made after the date on which an Executive Officer is selected as a
Participant for a Performance Period that would adversely affect the rights of
such Participant with respect to such Performance Period without the consent of
the affected Participant and (ii) no amendment shall be effective without the
approval of the stockholders of the Company to increase the maximum Award
payable under the Plan or if, in the opinion of counsel to the Company, such
approval is necessary to satisfy the intent set forth in Section 6.7.
7.4 Other Payments or Awards. Nothing contained in the Plan will be deemed
in any way to limit or restrict the Company from making any award or payment to
any person under any other plan, arrangement or understanding, whether now
existing or hereafter in effect.
7.5 Payments to Other Persons. If payments are legally required to be made
to any person other than the person to whom any amount is payable under the
Plan, such payments will be made accordingly. Any such payment will be a
complete discharge of the liability of the Company under the Plan.
7.6 Unfunded Plan. Nothing in this Plan will require the Company to
purchase assets or place assets in a trust or other entity to which
contributions are made or otherwise to segregate any assets for the purpose of
satisfying any obligations under the Plan. Participants will have no rights
under the Plan other than as unsecured general creditors of the Company.
7.7 Limits of Liability. Neither the Company nor any other person
participating in any determination of any question under the Plan, or in the
interpretation, administration or application of the Plan, will have any
liability to any party for any action taken or not taken in good faith under the
7.8 No Right of Employment. Nothing in this Plan will be construed as
creating any contract of employment or conferring upon any Participant any right
to continue in the employ or other service of the Company or limit in any way
the right of the Company to change such person's compensation or other benefits
or to terminate the employment or other service of such person with or without
7.9 Section Headings. The section headings contained herein are for
convenience only, and in the event of any conflict, the text of the Plan, rather
section headings, will control.
7.10 Invalidity. If any term or provision contained herein is to any extent
invalid or unenforceable, such term or provision will be reformed so that it is
valid, and such invalidity or unenforceability will not affect any other
provision or part hereof.
7.11 Applicable Law. The Plan will be governed by the laws of the State of
New York, as determined without regard to the conflict of law principles
7.12 Effective Date/Term. The Plan shall be effective only upon the
approval by the shareholders of the Company in a manner consistent with the
shareholder approval requirements of Code Section 162(m), and shall be effective
for the Plan Year in which such approval occurs and each of the next four
succeeding Plan Years unless sooner terminated by the Board of Directors in
accordance with Section 7.3. For the fifth succeeding Plan Year, the Plan shall
remain in effect in accordance with its terms unless amended or terminated by
the Board of Directors, and the Committee shall make the determinations required
by Section 4 for such Plan Year, but the Plan shall be submitted for re-approval
by the shareholders of the Company at the annual meeting of shareholders held
during such fifth Plan Year, and payment of all Awards under the Plan for such
Plan Year and any future Plan Years shall be contingent upon such approval.