The remuneration system for the Management Board and key management of Zumtobel Group AG is based on performance. Accordingly, above-average performance has a positive and below-average performance a negative effect on the amount of remuneration. The remuneration system is also linked to sustainable actions with a long-term orientation.
The remuneration of the Management Board comprises a fixed and a variable component. The fixed component is based on the responsibilities of the individual board member and, in accordance with customary procedures in Austria, is paid in 14 instalments at the end of the month. The basis for the variable component (target remuneration) is defined separately for each board member before the beginning of the respective financial year. This remuneration is paid out if a performance evaluation confirms the achievement of the defined targets. The amount of the remuneration for the performance year is increased or decreased in line with the over- or under-achievement of the targets.
The variable remuneration consists of a short-term component (Short-Term Incentive; STI) and a long-term component (Long-Term Incentive; LTI). The STI is paid out in cash during the respective performance year. The cash distribution from the LTI is spread over the five following years, whereby the amount of the individual payments is based on a performance evaluation at the time of distribution. The valuation of the individual LTI segments ensures that not only the short-term effects of management decisions, but also their long-term impact on the development of the company are reflected in remuneration.
The performance evaluation assesses the achievements of the Management Board based on a relative performance indicator at the time the variable remuneration is distributed and at the time the LTI segments are paid. The relative performance indicator has been based on the total shareholder return of Zumtobel Group AG since the 2014/15 financial year, which is compared with the total shareholder return of selected, comparable companies (peer group). This peer group has a broad distribution, both from a geographical and industrial perspective. The composition of the peer group was changed slightly from 2015/16 to 2016/17. One company was removed from the peer group because it is no longer listed, and the weighting of the remaining companies was adjusted accordingly. In addition, the geographic allocation of the peer group companies was adjusted from 2015/16 to 2016/17 to exactly reflect the country distribution in the sales regions. The proportional adjustment of the weighting for the remaining companies in the peer group and the allocation of one company to another industrial sector (divestment) led to a change in the percentage distribution of the industrial sectors in 2016/17.
The variable remuneration for the members of the Management Board is generally determined solely on the basis of goal attainment in relation to the relative performance indicator. However, variable remuneration determined on the basis of this goal attainment can vary by up to 20% above or below the respective target in justified cases. This discretionary component can also be based on non-financial criteria. Therefore, all components of the remuneration scheme used by Zumtobel Group AG meet the requirements of the Austrian Corporate Governance Code, above all Rule C27.
Each year the compensation committee reviews and approves the composition of the peer group, the targets and their attainment in relation to the relative performance indicator as well as the individual bonus/reduction of up to 20% in the variable remuneration based on the development of business. This committee is responsible for decisions on the remuneration system and includes representatives from the Management Board, Supervisory Board and human resources department. The compensation committee is supported by an independent consulting firm.
Mr. Felder was appointed to the Management Board as COO on 1 April 2016. During the transition phase up to 31 October 2016, he was also responsible for the operating business of the Tridonic components subsidiary together with the Tridonic management team. The contracts for Mr. Schumacher und Ms. Sonnenmoser were extended prematurely at the end of 2016/17, and their target remuneration was adjusted beginning with the 2017/18 financial year.
Zumtobel Group AG has no special pension fund for the members of the Management Board. The Management Board contracts include a change of control clause. If the company is taken over by a new majority shareholder, the members of the Management Board are entitled to terminate their contracts unilaterally. In this case, the member(s) of the Management Board would be entitled to receive the previously agreed fixed and variable remuneration up to the end of the originally agreed contract term, with a minimum payment covering a period of 12 months.
With the exception of this change of control clause, the members of the Management Board have no special claims or entitlements at the end of their function.
The Zumtobel Group website (www.zumtobelgroup.com) provides up-to-date information on the purchase and sale of the company’s shares by its directors in accordance with the Austrian Stock Exchange Act. This disclosure exceeds the requirements of Rule 73 in that the information remains on the website for at least six months.
Supervisory Board remuneration scheme
The Supervisory Board remuneration and attendance fees are approved by the annual general meeting and were last amended on 24 July 2015. The fixed remuneration equals EUR 120,000 per financial year for the chairman of the Supervisory Board and EUR 60,000 per financial year for each elected member. No additional attendance fees are paid for Supervisory Board meetings or for the annual general meeting. In addition, the elected members of the Supervisory Board committees receive variable remuneration. Each committee chairman receives remuneration of EUR 15,000 for each meeting up to a maximum of EUR 30,000 per financial year for the activities as committee chairman. Every other committee member receives EUR 5,000 per meeting up to a maximum of EUR 10,000 per financial year and committee. The employee representatives receive no Supervisory Board remuneration. The fixed remuneration is paid out in equal monthly instalments, while the variable remuneration is paid one week after the respective meeting to the members who were personally present.