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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
SCHEDULE 14A
Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Amendment No.    )
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March 28, 2024

Dear Fellow Stockholders:

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 8:00 a.m., local time, at our offices located at 1055 LPL Way, Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715. Holders of record of our common stock as of March 11, 2024 are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting. The Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders and the proxy statement that follow describe the business to be conducted at the meeting.

Consistent with our focus on sustainability, we are pleased to take advantage of the Securities and Exchange Commission rule allowing companies to furnish proxy materials to their stockholders through the internet. We believe this approach allows us to reduce the environmental impact of the Annual Meeting while expediting your receipt of these materials and lowering our costs of delivery. If you would like us to send you printed copies of our proxy statement and accompanying materials, we will be happy to do so upon your request at no charge. For more information, please refer to the Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials that we mailed to holders of record on or about March 28, 2024.

YOUR VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PROXY OR VOTING INSTRUCTIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING.

You are welcome to attend the Annual Meeting. However, even if you plan to attend, please vote your shares promptly to ensure they are represented at the meeting in the event you later decide not to attend in person. You may submit your proxy through the internet or by telephone, as described in the following materials, or if you request printed copies of these materials, by completing and signing the proxy card and returning it in the envelope provided. If you decide to attend the Annual Meeting and wish to change your proxy, you may do so automatically by voting at the meeting.

We ask you to RSVP if you intend to attend the annual meeting. Please refer to page 2 of the accompanying proxy statement for further information concerning attendance.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you for your continued support of LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

 

Sincerely,

 

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James S. Putnam

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Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders

 

Time and Date   

8:00 a.m., local time, on Thursday, May 9, 2024

Items of Business   

(1) Elect the ten nominees named in the proxy statement to the Board of Directors of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (the “Company”);

 

(2) Ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP by the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board of Directors as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024;

 

(3) Approve, in an advisory vote, the compensation paid to the Company’s named executive officers; and

 

(4) Consider and act upon any other business properly coming before the 2024 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) and at any adjournment or postponement thereof.

Location   

LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

1055 LPL Way

Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715

Record Date   

Stockholders of record as of 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on March 11, 2024 (the “Record Date”) will be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting and any postponements or adjournments thereof.

Information relating to the matters to be considered and voted on at the Annual Meeting is set forth in the proxy statement accompanying this Notice.

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT. WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE MEETING, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PROXY BY FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS. YOU MAY VOTE YOUR SHARES AND SUBMIT A PROXY THROUGH THE INTERNET OR BY TELEPHONE AS DESCRIBED HEREIN OR, IF YOU REQUESTED PRINTED COPIES OF THESE MATERIALS, BY SIGNING AND RETURNING A PROXY CARD.

 

By Order of the Board of Directors,

 

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Gregory M. Woods

Secretary

Fort Mill, South Carolina

March 28, 2024

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON MAY 9, 2024: THE PROXY STATEMENT, THE PROXY CARD AND LPL FINANCIAL HOLDINGS INC.’S 2023 ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K ARE AVAILABLE AT WWW.LPL.COM. ADDITIONALLY, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION RULES, YOU MAY ACCESS THESE MATERIALS ON THE WEBSITE INDICATED IN THE NOTICE OF INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS.


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Proxy Statement Summary

This summary highlights information contained elsewhere in this proxy statement. This summary does not contain all of the information that you should consider, and you should read the entire proxy statement carefully before voting.

2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

 

   
Time and Date   

8:00 a.m., local time, on Thursday, May 9, 2024

Location   

LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

1055 LPL Way

Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715

Record Date   

5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on March 11, 2024

Voting   

Stockholders as of the Record Date are entitled to one vote per share on each matter to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting.

Entry   

We invite all stockholders to attend the Annual Meeting. If you attend the Annual Meeting, you will be required to present valid picture identification, such as a driver’s license or passport. If your shares are held in “street name,” you will also need to bring a brokerage account statement or letter from your broker, bank or other intermediary reflecting stock ownership as of the Record Date in order to be admitted to the Annual Meeting.

 

 

Voting Proposals

 

Proposal    Board
Recommendation
   Page
Reference

Proposal 1:  Election of Directors

   FOR all
nominees
   6

Proposal 2:  Ratification of the Appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP by the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board of Directors as Our Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

   FOR    72

Proposal 3:  Approval, in an Advisory Vote, of the Compensation Paid to Our Named Executive Officers

   FOR    75

 


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General Information

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General Information About Corporate Governance and the Board of Directors

     5  

Proposal 1: Election of Directors

     6  

Information Regarding Board and Committee Structure

     17  

Board of Directors Compensation

     29  

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

     32  

Report of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee of the Board of Directors

     50  

Compensation of Named Executive Officers

     51  

Pay Versus Performance Disclosure

     65  

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

     69  

Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions

     71  

Proposal 2: Ratification of the Appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP by the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board of Directors as Our Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

     72  

Report of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board of Directors

     74  

Proposal 3: Approval, in an Advisory Vote, of the Compensation Paid to Our Named Executive Officers

     75  

Stockholder Proposals and Other Matters

     77  

Delinquent Section 16(a) Reports

     79  

Other Information

     80  

Appendix A: Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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LPL FINANCIAL HOLDINGS INC.

Proxy Statement

2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

General Information

Introduction

 

This proxy statement and the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders are being furnished to the holders of common stock, $0.001 par value per share (the “Common Stock”), of LPL Financial Holdings Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company,” “we” or “our”), in connection with the Company’s 2024 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”).

As a stockholder of the Company as of 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 11, 2024 (the “Record Date”), you are entitled and requested to vote on the items of business described in this proxy statement.

The Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at the offices of the Company, 1055 LPL Way, Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715, at 8:00 a.m., local time.

 

 

 

 

We invite all stockholders to attend the Annual Meeting. Please see “Attending the Annual Meeting” below for instructions if you plan to attend.

 

Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Statement and Annual Report

As permitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), we are making this proxy statement, the accompanying proxy card and our 2023 annual report on Form 10-K (the “Annual Report”) available to our stockholders electronically through the internet in lieu of mailing printed copies to each record holder of Common Stock as of the Record Date. You will not receive a printed copy of our proxy materials unless you request one, which we will deliver free of charge. On or about March 28, 2024, a Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) was mailed to stockholders of record as of the Record Date. The Notice instructs you as to how to access and review through the internet all of the important information contained in these proxy materials or request a printed copy. The Notice also instructs you as to how you may vote your proxy.

The Notice, this proxy statement, the Annual Report and the proxy card are also available through the internet at www.proxyvote.com. You will need your 16-digit control number located on the Notice or your proxy card in order to access the materials. The website does not use “cookies” to track or identify visitors to the website.

Record Date, Shares Outstanding and Quorum

Stockholders of record as of the Record Date will be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. On the Record Date, there were 74,700,729 outstanding shares of Common Stock.

You may contact our corporate secretary at LPL Financial Holdings Inc., 1055 LPL Way, Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715, to make arrangements to review a copy of the stockholder list at our offices, for any purpose germane to the Annual Meeting, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., local time, on any business day from April 29, 2024 up to the time of the Annual Meeting.

A quorum at the Annual Meeting will consist of the presence, in person or by proxy, of a majority of shares of Common Stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Both abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted as present in determining the presence of a quorum. A “broker non-vote” is a proxy from a broker or other nominee indicating that such person has not received instructions from the beneficial owner on a particular matter with respect to which the broker or other nominee does not have discretionary voting power. Brokers have the discretion to vote their clients’ proxies only on routine matters. At the Annual Meeting, only the ratification of our auditors is a routine matter. Each share of Common Stock is entitled to one vote.

 

 

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Attending the Annual Meeting

We invite all stockholders as of the Record Date to attend the Annual Meeting. If you are a record holder of our Common Stock, which means that your shares are represented by ledger entries in your own name directly registered with our transfer agent, Computershare Shareowner Services, please bring valid picture identification with you to the Annual Meeting to allow us to verify your ownership. If your Common Stock is held in “street name,” which means that the shares are held for your benefit in the name of a broker, bank or other intermediary, please also bring a brokerage account statement or letter from your broker, bank or other intermediary reflecting stock ownership in order to be admitted to the Annual Meeting. Please note that if you hold your Common Stock in street name, you may not vote your shares in person unless you obtain a legal proxy from your

broker giving you the right to vote the shares at the Annual Meeting.

 

 

 

If you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please be sure to RSVP via email to annualmeeting@lplfinancial.com. Please include your name and phone number in your email. A confirmation, including driving directions and additional meeting information, will be emailed to registered participants.

 

 

 

 

 

Items of Business to be Voted upon at the Annual Meeting

 
 

  To elect each of the ten nominees named in this proxy statement to the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board of Directors” or the “Board”) for a term to end at our annual meeting of stockholders in 2025;

 
 

  To ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP by the audit and risk committee of the Board of Directors (the “Audit and Risk Committee”) as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024;

 
 

  To approve, in an advisory vote, the compensation paid to the Company’s named executive officers; and

 
 

  To consider and act upon any other business properly coming before the Annual Meeting and at any adjournment or postponement thereof.

 

 

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Manner of Voting

If you are a holder of record of our Common Stock as of the Record Date, you may vote in one of the following ways:

 

 

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By Internet: by following the internet voting instructions included in the proxy card and Notice at any time up until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 8, 2024.

 

 

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By Telephone: by following the telephone voting instructions included in the proxy card and Notice at any time up until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 8, 2024.

 

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By Mail: by marking, dating and signing your printed proxy card (if received by mail) in accordance with the instructions on it and returning it by mail in the pre-addressed reply envelope provided with the proxy materials for receipt prior to the Annual Meeting.

 

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In Person: by voting your shares in person at the Annual Meeting (if you satisfy the admission requirements, as described above). Even if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we encourage you to vote in advance by internet, telephone or mail so that your vote will be counted in the event you later decide not to attend the Annual Meeting.

 

 

If your shares are held in street name through a broker, bank or other intermediary, your broker, bank or other intermediary should give you instructions for voting your shares. In these cases, you may vote by internet, telephone or mail as instructed by your broker, bank or other intermediary.

 

 

 

 

Shares of Common Stock represented by properly executed proxy cards received by the Company in time for the meeting will be voted in accordance with the instructions specified in the proxies. If you submit a proxy but do not indicate any voting instructions, your shares will be voted “FOR” the election of each director nominee named in this proxy statement; “FOR” the ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm; and “FOR” the approval, in an advisory vote, of the compensation paid to the Company’s named executive officers.

Our management and Board of Directors know of no other matters to be brought before the Annual Meeting. If other matters are properly presented to the stockholders for action at the Annual Meeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof, it is the intention of the proxy holders named in the proxy card to vote in their discretion on all matters on which the shares of Common Stock represented by such proxy are entitled to vote.

 

 

Voting Requirements

 

Proposal One — Election of Directors

 

 

Our bylaws provide that a nominee for director will be elected if the number of votes properly cast “for” such nominee’s election exceeds the number of votes properly cast “against” such nominee’s election; however, if the number of persons properly nominated for election to the Board of Directors exceeds the number of directors to be elected, the directors will be elected by the plurality of the votes properly cast. A vote to abstain or a broker non-vote will have no direct effect on the outcome of the election of directors.

 

 

 

 

Proposal Two — Ratification of Appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP

 

 

The proposal to ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP will be determined by a majority of the votes cast on the matter affirmatively or negatively in person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting. A vote to abstain or a broker non-vote will have no direct effect on the outcome of the proposal.

 

 

 

 

Proposal Three — Approval, in an Advisory Vote, of the Compensation Paid to the Company’s Named Executive Officers

 

 

Because the proposal to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation awarded to named executive officers for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023 is a non-binding, advisory vote, there is no required vote that would constitute approval. Although the vote is advisory and non-binding in nature, the compensation and human resources committee (the “Compensation Committee”) will consider the outcome of the vote when considering future named executive officer compensation arrangements. A vote to abstain or a broker non-vote will have no direct effect on the outcome of the proposal.

 

 

 

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Revocation of Proxies

If you submit a proxy, you are entitled to revoke your proxy at any time before it is exercised in one of the following ways:

 

 

by attending and voting during the Annual Meeting;

 

 

by submitting a duly executed proxy bearing a later date; or

 

 

by sending written notice of revocation to our corporate secretary at LPL Financial Holdings Inc., 1055 LPL Way, Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715.

A stockholder of record as of the Record Date who voted through the internet or by telephone may also change his or her vote with a timely and valid later internet or telephone vote, as the case may be. Any stockholder of record as of the Record Date attending the Annual Meeting may vote during the meeting whether or not a proxy has previously been given, but a stockholder’s attendance at the Annual Meeting (without further action) will not constitute revocation of a previously given proxy. If you hold your shares in street name and would like to change your voting instructions, please follow the instructions provided to you by your broker, bank or other intermediary.

Solicitation of Proxies

The Board of Directors of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. is soliciting proxies. Copies of proxy materials and the Annual Report will be supplied to brokers, dealers, banks and voting trustees, or their nominees, for the purpose of soliciting proxies from beneficial owners, and we will reimburse such record holders for their reasonable expenses. Stockholders who elect to vote through the internet or by telephone may incur costs such as telecommunication and internet access charges for which the stockholder is solely responsible. The Company will otherwise pay the expenses of solicitation of proxies. The telephone and internet voting facilities for stockholders of record will close at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 8, 2024.

Householding

Only one copy of the Notice is being delivered to multiple stockholders sharing an address, unless we have received contrary instructions from one or more of the stockholders. We will undertake to deliver promptly, upon written or oral request, a separate copy of the Notice, or copies of the proxy statement and/or Annual Report, to a stockholder at a shared address to which a single copy of the Notice was delivered. You may make a written or oral request by sending a written notification to our corporate secretary at LPL Financial Holdings Inc., 1055 LPL Way, Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715, or by calling our offices at (704) 733-3300, and providing your name, your shared address and the address to which we should direct the copies of the proxy statement and Annual Report. Multiple stockholders sharing an address who have received one copy of the Notice and would prefer us to mail each stockholder a separate copy of future mailings should contact us at the address or telephone number above. Additionally, if current stockholders with a shared address received multiple copies of the Notice and would prefer us to mail one copy of future mailings to stockholders at the shared address, please notify us at the address or telephone number above.

 

 

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General Information About Corporate
Governance and the Board of Directors

 

 

 

General Information About Corporate Governance and the Board of Directors

We believe that good corporate governance is important to ensure that we are managed for the long-term benefit of our stakeholders. In support of that philosophy, we have adopted many leading corporate governance practices, including those summarized below and elsewhere in this proxy statement.

 

    BOARD PRACTICES    
  Independence   

A majority of our directors must be independent. All of our director nominees other than our chief executive officer are independent, and all of the Board committees are composed exclusively of independent directors.

 
  Non-executive Chair   

We currently separate the offices of chair of the Board and chief executive officer of the Company. The current chair of our Board, James S. Putnam, is an independent director.

 
  Director Diversity   

Our goal is a balanced and diverse Board, with members who bring a diversity of skills, expertise, experiences, perspectives, tenures and personal characteristics, including with respect to age, race, gender and ethnicity.

 
  Board Refreshment   

Our Board’s composition represents a balanced approach to director tenure, allowing the Board to benefit from the experience of longer-serving directors as well as fresh perspectives from newer directors. The nominating and governance committee of the Board (the “Nominating and Governance Committee”) has developed a skills matrix to inform director searches and succession planning.

 
  Director Overboarding   

Any director who is not serving as chief executive officer of a public company is expected to serve on no more than four public company boards (including our Board), and any director serving as chief executive officer of a public company is expected to serve on no more than two public company boards (including our Board and, as applicable, the board of his or her own company).

 
  Committee Membership   

The Board appoints members of its committees on an annual basis, with the Nominating and Governance Committee reviewing and recommending committee membership based, in part, on plans to ensure appropriate succession for each committee chair.

 
  Board Self-evaluations   

The Board conducts an annual evaluation of its and its committees’ performance, operations, size and composition, with the Nominating and Governance Committee overseeing the evaluation process.

 
  Strategy Oversight   

In addition to discussing at least one strategic topic in each quarterly meeting, the Board holds an annual two-day session focused on the Company’s long-term strategy, which informs the Board’s oversight and work plan for the following year.

 
  Executive Succession Planning   

The Compensation Committee conducts regular reviews of executive talent, development and succession planning, and our Board reviews the succession plans for the chief executive officer position annually.

 
    STOCKHOLDER RIGHTS    
  Annual Election of Directors   

All directors are elected annually, which reinforces our Board’s accountability to our stockholders.

 
  Majority Voting Standard for Director Elections   

Our bylaws require that directors be elected under a “majority voting” standard in uncontested elections. Any director who does not receive more votes “for” his or her election than votes “against” must tender his or her resignation and, if our Board accepts the resignation, step down from our Board.

 
  Single Voting Class   

Our Common Stock is the only class of voting shares outstanding.

 
  Proxy Access   

Our bylaws permit a stockholder, or a group of up to 20 stockholders, that has owned at least three percent of our Common Stock continuously for three years to nominate and include in the Company’s annual meeting proxy materials the greater of two directors or 20 percent of the Board, provided that the stockholders and nominees satisfy the requirements specified in the bylaws.

 
  COMPENSATION PRACTICES  
  Follow Leading Practices   

See “Compensation Discussion and Analysis—Compensation Governance.

 

 

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Proposal 1: Election of Directors

 

 

 

Proposal 1: Election of Directors

 

As of March 28, 2024, our Board of Directors consisted of ten directors: nine independent directors and our chief executive officer, Dan H. Arnold. Each of our current directors is standing for reelection at the Annual Meeting, and each has been nominated by our Board based on the recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Each director nominee would hold office until our annual meeting of stockholders in 2025 and until his or her respective successor has been elected.

As described below, each of our nominees has considerable professional and business expertise. Our Board of Directors recommends a vote “FOR” each nominee based on its carefully considered judgment that the experience, qualifications, attributes and skills of each nominee qualify him or her to serve on our Board of Directors.

Board Membership Criteria

The Nominating and Governance Committee reviews annually the appropriate skills and characteristics required of directors in the context of the current composition of the Board. As reflected in the corporate governance guidelines adopted by the Board (the “Corporate Governance Guidelines”), it is the policy of the Board that all directors should:

 

 

possess unimpeachable integrity and a personal reputation for transparency, honesty and ethical behavior;

 

 

have considerable personal accomplishment and professional expertise;

 

 

demonstrate strong business acumen, financial literacy and strategic agility;

 

 

contribute to boardroom dialogue through critical thinking and independent judgment, and candid and constructive communication;

 

 

be passionate about the vision of the Company and enthusiastic about the commitments entailed in serving as a director; and

 

 

understand their role as stewards in representing the long-term interests of our stakeholders.

Director Diversity

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines reflect our commitment to director diversity. Our goal is a balanced and diverse Board, with members who bring

a diversity of skills, expertise, experiences, perspectives, tenures and personal characteristics, including with regard to age, race, gender and ethnicity. When conducting director searches, the Board is committed to actively seeking highly qualified women and individuals from minority groups to include in the pool from which Board nominees are selected. In recent years, our Nominating and Governance Committee has focused on the refreshment and continued diversity of the Board. Since 2019, we have added three new independent directors: Edward C. Bernard, Albert J. Ko and Corey E. Thomas. Through the addition of these directors, the Board of Directors has gained seasoned leaders, as well as particularly relevant experience related to our industry, strategic planning, oversight and execution, business innovation, technology and digital transformation, cybersecurity, consumer insights and institutional risk management. The addition of these directors also reflects our commitment to diversity in the context of considering directors and a balanced approach to director tenure, allowing the Board to benefit from the experience of longer-serving directors as well as fresh perspectives from newer directors.

The average age of our independent director nominees is 63, and the average tenure of our independent director nominees is nine years.

 

Age

 

 

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Tenure

 

 

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The charts below reflect the diversity of our Board based on the self-identified characteristics of our director nominees, including Mr. Arnold. We have also included diversity statistics required by applicable securities exchange listing rules. These rules require all companies listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market’s U.S. exchange to publicly disclose consistent, transparent diversity statistics regarding their board of directors through a uniform disclosure matrix, subject to applicable compliance periods.

 

Gender Diversity   Racial and Ethnic Diversity

 

 

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The following diversity statistics are reported in the standardized disclosure matrix provided by the rules of the Nasdaq Stock Market:

 

 

Board Diversity Matrix (as of March 28, 2024)

 

 

 

Board Size:

             

Total Number of Directors

   10  

Part I: Gender Identity

   Male    Female    Non-Binary     
Did Not Disclose
Gender
 
 

Directors

   7    3      

Part II: Demographic Background

        

African American or Black

   1             

Alaskan Native or American Indian

               

Asian

   1             

Hispanic or Latinx

               

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

               

White

   5    3        

Two or More Races or Ethnicities

               

LGBTQ+

               

Did Not Disclose Demographic Background

               

 

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Proposal 1: Election of Directors

 

 

 

Recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee

 

In recommending that the Board nominate each of our current directors to stand for election at the Annual Meeting, the Nominating and Governance Committee evaluated those directors according to the principles set forth in the Corporate Governance Guidelines and considered the pertinent qualifications and experience of each nominee, as further set forth below.

If any of our nominees is unable or unwilling to serve on our Board of Directors, the shares represented by your proxy will be voted for the election of such other person as may be nominated by our Board of Directors. In addition, in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations, we

will file an amended proxy statement and proxy card that, as applicable:

 

 

identifies the alternate nominee(s);

 

 

discloses that any such nominee has consented to being named in the revised proxy statement and to serve if elected; and

 

 

includes the disclosure required by Item 7 of Schedule 14A with respect to any such nominee.

We know of no reason why any nominee would be unable or unwilling to serve. All nominees have consented to be named in this proxy statement and to serve if elected.

 

Director Qualifications and Experience

The Board believes that the director nominees possess experience, skills and qualifications that are complementary and, together, cover the spectrum of areas that impact the Company’s current and evolving business circumstances. The Board believes that the combination of backgrounds, skills and experiences will result in a Board that continues to be well-equipped to exercise oversight responsibilities on behalf of the Company’s stakeholders.

The table below provides a summary of the skills and qualifications of each director nominee:

 

    Dan 
Arnold 
  Edward 
Bernard 
  Paulett 
Eberhart 
  William 
Glavin Jr. 
  Albert 
Ko 
  Allison 
Mnookin 
  Anne 
Mulcahy 
  James 
Putnam 
  Richard 
Schifter 
  Corey 
Thomas 

CEO Experience

  LOGO       LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO       LOGO

Brokerage/Advisory Experience

  LOGO   LOGO       LOGO               LOGO        

Cybersecurity and Digital Technology Experience

  LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO           LOGO

Mergers and Acquisitions

  LOGO       LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO

Corporate Governance

  LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO

Financial Literacy

  LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO

Law/Regulatory

  LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO       LOGO   LOGO   LOGO    

Sales and Marketing

  LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO       LOGO   LOGO   LOGO       LOGO

Human Resources

  LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO           LOGO

Risk Management

  LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO   LOGO

Entrepreneurial Experience

  LOGO       LOGO           LOGO       LOGO       LOGO

 

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Board of Director Nominees

The name, age and a description of the business experience, principal occupation, and past employment and public-company directorships of each of the nominees during at least the last five years are set forth below. In addition, we have summarized the particular experience, qualifications, attributes and skills that led the Board of Directors, including our Nominating and Governance Committee, to determine that each nominee should serve as a director.

 

          
 

Dan H. Arnold

 

BACKGROUND

 

      

 

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Age 59

 

Director Since 2017

 

Mr. Arnold has served as our chief executive officer and a director since January 2017. Mr. Arnold has served as our president since March 2015, with responsibility for our primary client-facing functions and long-term strategy for growth. Mr. Arnold served as our chief financial officer from June 2012 to March 2015 and was responsible for formulating financial policy, leading our capital management efforts, and ensuring the effectiveness of the organization’s financial functions. Prior to 2012, he was managing director, head of strategy, with responsibility for long-term strategic planning for the firm, product and platform development, and strategic investments, including acquisitions. He has also served as divisional president of our Institution Services. Mr. Arnold joined the Company in January 2007 following our acquisition of UVEST Financial Services Group, Inc. (“UVEST”), a broker-dealer and investment adviser that provided services to banks, credit unions and other financial institutions. Prior to joining us, Mr. Arnold worked at UVEST for 13 years, serving most recently as president and chief operating officer. Mr. Arnold earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Auburn University and holds an M.B.A. in finance from Georgia State University.

 

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

      
   

Mr. Arnold’s pertinent qualifications include his unique perspective and insights into our operations as our current president and chief executive officer, including knowledge of our business relationships, competitive and financial positioning, senior leadership, and strategic opportunities and challenges; operating, business and management experience as the chief financial officer, president, and now chief executive officer of a public company; and expertise in the financial industry and in particular brokerage and investment advisory services, including service as a director of the American Securities Association since April 2019 and past service as a director of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association from April 2015 to July 2018.

 

   
   

OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS

      
       

Current

None

  

Past 5 Years

None

       
          

 

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  Edward C. Bernard  

BACKGROUND

          

 

 

LOGO

 

Age 68

 

Director Since 2020

 

Independent

 

Committees:

 

Audit and Risk Committee

 

Compensation Committee

 

Mr. Bernard served as the vice chair of the board of directors of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (“TRP”), a global investment management firm, from 2007 to April 2019. Mr. Bernard served as a vice president of TRP from 1989 to December 2018 and as a member of the management committee of TRP from 2000 to December 2018. He oversaw TRP’s marketing, distribution, client service, information technology, legal and communications activities from 2006 until December 2018. He also served as chair of the board of all sponsored TRP mutual funds and trusts during that period and as president and/or chair of T. Rowe Price Investment Services, a registered broker/dealer, from 1996 to 2018. Mr. Bernard served as a director of TRP from 1999 to April 2019. He currently serves as Chair of the Financial Accounting Foundation. He previously served as chair of the board of governors, and as a member of the executive committee, of the Investment Company Institute, the national trade association for the mutual fund industry, and as a director of UTI Asset Management Company. Mr. Bernard received his B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from New York University.

 

   
 

QUALIFICATIONS

      
 

 

Mr. Bernard’s pertinent qualifications include expertise in the wealth management industry, gained through his over 30 years of experience in investment management and leadership roles as a member of the board of governors at the Investment Company Institute; his high level of operating, management and strategic planning experience, gained through his executive positions and roles as vice chair of the board of directors of TRP and chair of all sponsored TRP mutual funds and trusts; and his deep understanding of financial product distribution, compliance requirements and the perspectives of advisors and their retail clients, including with respect to the use of technology, product and analytics as a competitive differentiator.

 

   
   

OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS

      
       

Current

None

  

Past 5 Years

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

UTI Asset Management Company
(India)

       
          

 

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  H. Paulett Eberhart  

BACKGROUND

      
 

LOGO

 

Age 70

 

Director Since 2014

 

Independent

 

Committees:

 

Audit and Risk

Committee (Chair)

 

Compensation Committee

 

Ms. Eberhart currently serves as chair and chief executive officer of HMS Ventures, a privately-held business involved with technology services and the acquisition and management of real estate. From 2011 through 2014, she served as president and chief executive officer of CDI Corp. (“CDI”), a provider of engineering and information technology outsourcing and professional staffing services that was then a public company. Ms. Eberhart also served as chair and chief executive officer of HMS Ventures from January 2009 until January 2011. She served as president and chief executive officer of Invensys Process Systems, Inc. (“Invensys”), a process automation company, from January 2007 to January 2009. From 1978 to 2004, she was an employee of Electronic Data Systems Corporation (“EDS”), an information technology and business process outsourcing company that was subsequently acquired by the Hewlett-Packard Company, and held roles of increasing responsibility over time, including senior level financial and operating roles as president of Americas of EDS from 2003 until March 2004 and senior vice president of EDS and president of Solutions Consulting from 2002 to 2003. She is a Certified Public Accountant and received her B.S. from Bowling Green State University.

 

   

 

QUALIFICATIONS

      
 

 

Ms. Eberhart’s pertinent qualifications include her wealth of managerial and executive experience gained through her leadership as the chief executive officer of CDI, formerly an NYSE-listed public company, and Invensys, as well as her numerous years of service as an executive officer of EDS, including president of Americas; financial and accounting expertise gained through various other operating and financial positions during her 26 years at EDS; strong knowledge of the intersection of technology, data and finance industries; and knowledge and experience gained through her leadership and service on the boards of other public companies, including prior service as lead director of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and risk oversight experience in chairing the governance and risk committee of its board of directors.

 

   
   

OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS

      
       

 

Current

Valero Corporation

Fluor Corporation

KORE Wireless

  

 

Past 5 Years

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Vine Energy

       
          

 

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Proposal 1: Election of Directors

 

 

 

       
  William F. Glavin Jr.  

BACKGROUND

      
 

LOGO

 

Age 65

 

Director Since 2017

 

Independent

 

Committees:

 

Audit and Risk

Committee

 

Nominating and

Governance Committee

 

Mr. Glavin served as chair of OppenheimerFunds, Inc., a global asset management firm (“OppenheimerFunds”), from 2009 until 2015, as chief executive officer from 2009 until 2014, and as president from 2009 until 2013. OppenheimerFunds was a majority owned subsidiary of MassMutual Financial Group (“MassMutual”), a mutual life insurance company, at which Mr. Glavin held several senior executive positions prior to joining OppenheimerFunds. He served as co-chief operating officer of MassMutual from 2007 to 2008, executive vice president, U.S. Insurance Group of MassMutual from 2006 to 2008, president and chief executive officer of Babson Capital Management LLC (“Babson”), an asset management firm and subsidiary of MassMutual, from 2005 until 2006 and chief operating officer of Babson from 2003 to 2005. Prior to joining MassMutual, Mr. Glavin was president and chief operating officer of Scudder Investments, an asset management firm, from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Glavin received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross.

   
 

QUALIFICATIONS

      
 

 

Mr. Glavin’s pertinent qualifications include his experience over the course of a 25-year career in the financial services industry, including as a chief executive officer and chief operating officer; extensive experience in strategic planning and talent management, in part based on his success in leading OppenheimerFunds through a period of significant market turbulence; a deep understanding of financial product distribution, compliance and operations, including technology demands in the financial services industry; and experience overseeing broker-dealers, including MassMutual’s broker-dealer MML Investor Services, LLC.

 

   
   

OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS

      
   

Current

Invesco Ltd.

  

Past 5 Years

None

   
          

 

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Proposal 1: Election of Directors

 

 

 

       
  Albert J. Ko  

BACKGROUND

      
 

LOGO

 

Age 49

 

Director Since 2023

 

Independent

 

Committees:

 

Audit and Risk

Committee

 

Mr. Ko serves as the chief executive officer of Auctane, a global delivery experience company that operates brands such as ShipStation, Stamps.com, ShippingEasy, Ship Engine, Metapack and Packlink. Previously Mr. Ko served as chief executive officer of Early Warning Services, LLC, a bank-owned financial technology company that operates the Zelle Network®, a digital payments network connecting financial institutions, enabling real-time money transfers and person-to-person payments. He held this position from May 2019 until June 2023. From February 2006 to May 2019, Mr. Ko held senior executive roles at Intuit Inc., a business software company that specializes in financial software, including chief transformation officer, general manager of Mint, which is a personal financial management app, and head of product for Intuit’s Small Business Group. Prior to joining Intuit, Mr. Ko was a management consultant at both the Boston Consulting Group, Inc. and McKinsey & Company, where he advised technology and industrial clients. He also currently serves on the board of directors of Elation Health, Inc., a privately held healthcare technology company. Mr. Ko received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

   
 

QUALIFICATIONS

      
 

 

Mr. Ko’s pertinent qualifications include: his 20-year career experience leading at scale businesses and developing innovative product experiences in financial technology, payments, delivery and consumer and small business management; consumer insights and entrepreneurial mindset developed in overseeing transformational change initiatives at Intuit focused on best serving its customers; expertise in strategic planning and organizational effectiveness gained from his experience as a management consultant; and a deep understanding of the financial services industry, including institutional risk management, from serving as chief executive officer of a fintech company owned by seven of the country’s leading banks.

 

   
 

OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS

      
 

Current

None

  

Past 5 Years

None

   
          

 

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Proposal 1: Election of Directors

 

 

 

       
 

Allison H. Mnookin

 

BACKGROUND

      
 

LOGO

 

Age 53

 

Director Since 2018

 

Independent

 

Committees:

 

Compensation Committee (Chair)

 

Nominating and

Governance Committee

 

Ms. Mnookin has served since July 2017 as a senior lecturer of business administration in the technology and operations management unit at the Harvard Business School. From April 2016 to November 2016, Ms. Mnookin served as the chief executive officer of QuickBase, Inc. (“QuickBase”), a provider of online application software which was spun-off by Intuit, Inc., a business software company that specializes in financial software, in 2016. Ms. Mnookin was an employee of Intuit from 1998 to 2016 and held roles of increasing responsibility over time, including vice president and general manager of Intuit’s QuickBase business from July 2010 to March 2016. She previously served as a director of Quartz Holding Company, the holding company of QuickBase, from November 2016 until its sale in April 2019. In addition, she currently serves on the board of directors of Bill Holdings, Inc. Prior to joining Intuit, she held several sales and product marketing positions with Oracle Corporation Ms. Mnookin received her A.B. with honors from Harvard College and her M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

 

   
 

QUALIFICATIONS

      
 

 

Ms. Mnookin’s pertinent qualifications include her 20-year career in the technology industry, including executive leadership of high-growth cloud and business software companies, as well as service as a director of Bill Holdings, Inc., a public company that provides cloud-based software to simplify and automate back-office financial transactions for small- and mid-sized businesses. These experiences, including general management in Intuit’s small business division where she was responsible for leading a portfolio of Intuit’s business products, shaped her understanding of how businesses have transformed their technologies to increase strategic advantage.

 

   
 

OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS

 

      
   

Current

Bill Holdings, Inc.

  

Past 5 Years

None

   
          

 

       
 

Anne M. Mulcahy

 

BACKGROUND

      
 

LOGO

 

Age 71

 

Director Since 2013

 

Independent

 

Committees:

 

Compensation
Committee

 

Nominating and

Governance
Committee (Chair)

 

Ms. Mulcahy served as chair of the board of trustees of Save The Children Federation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to creating lasting change in the lives of children throughout the world, from March 2010 to February 2017. She continues to serve as a trustee of Save The Children Federation, Inc. She previously served as chair of the board of Xerox Corporation (“Xerox”), a global business services and document technology provider, from January 2002 to May 2010, and chief executive officer of Xerox from August 2001 to July 2009. Prior to serving as a chief executive officer, Ms. Mulcahy was president and chief operating officer of Xerox. Ms. Mulcahy received a B.A. from Marymount College of Fordham University.

 

   
 

QUALIFICATIONS

      
 

 

Ms. Mulcahy’s pertinent qualifications include her extensive experience in all areas of business management and strategic execution as she led Xerox through a transformational turnaround; valuable insights into organizational and operational management issues, including business innovation, financial management and talent development; and leadership roles in business trade associations, public policy activities and other public companies, including as lead independent director of Johnson & Johnson, which provide the Board with additional expertise in the area of organizational effectiveness.

 

   
 

OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS

   
 

Current

Graham Holdings Company

Johnson & Johnson

  

Past 5 Years

Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

   
          

 

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Proposal 1: Election of Directors

 

 

 

          
  James S. Putnam  

BACKGROUND

      
 

LOGO

 

Age 69

 

Director Since 2005

 

Independent

 

Chair of the Board

 

Committee:

 

Compensation
Committee

 

Mr. Putnam has served as chair of the Board of Directors since March 2017, and he served as our lead director from June 2016 until March 2017. He was employed by LPL Financial from 1983 to 2005 and served as its managing director of national sales from 1987 to 2005. In that role, he was responsible for the recruitment, retention and management of LPL Financial advisors, as well as branch development, marketing and all product sales. Mr. Putnam also previously served as the chief executive officer of Global Portfolio Advisors (“GPA”), formerly a global brokerage clearing services provider that sold substantially all of its operations in 2014. GPA was under common ownership with LPL Financial until 2005, and Mr. Putnam served as chief executive officer of GPA from 2004 until 2014. He began his securities career as a retail representative with Dean Witter Reynolds in 1979. Mr. Putnam received a B.A. from Western Illinois University.

 

   

 

QUALIFICATIONS

      
 

Mr. Putnam’s pertinent qualifications include his unique historical perspective and insights into our operations as our former managing director of national sales; operating, business and management experience as the chief executive officer at GPA; and expertise in the financial industry and deep familiarity with our advisors.

 

   
 

OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS

      
       

Current

None

  

Past 5 Years

None

       
          

 

          
 

Richard P. Schifter

 

BACKGROUND

      
 

 

 

LOGO

 

 

Age 71

 

Director Since 2005

 

Independent

 

Committee:

 

Audit and Risk Committee

 

 

 

Mr. Schifter is a senior advisor of TPG, a leading global private investment firm. He was a partner at TPG from 1994 through 2013. Prior to joining TPG, Mr. Schifter was a partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. where he specialized in bankruptcy law and corporate restructuring. He joined Arnold & Porter in 1979 and was a partner from 1986 through 1994. Mr. Schifter currently serves on the advisory board of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received a B.A. with distinction from George Washington University and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

   

 

QUALIFICATIONS

      
 

Mr. Schifter’s pertinent qualifications include his high level of financial literacy gained through his investment experience as a TPG partner; experience on other company boards and board committees; and nearly 15 years of experience as a corporate attorney with an internationally-recognized law firm.

 

   
 

OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS

      
 

Current

None

  

Past 5 Years

Avianca Holdings SA

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

EnLink Midstream, LLC

ProSight Global, Inc.

       
          

 

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Corey E. Thomas

 

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Age 47

 

Director Since 2019

 

Independent

 

Committees:

 

Audit and Risk Committee

 

Nominating and

Governance
Committee

 

Mr. Thomas serves as the chair of the board and chief executive officer of Rapid7, Inc. (“Rapid7”), a public company that provides analytics for security and information technology operations. Mr. Thomas has been chief executive officer and a director since October 2012. From November 2008 to September 2012, Mr. Thomas held various other roles at Rapid7, including serving as chief operating officer. He also currently serves on the board of directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, a nonprofit private health insurance company, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Mr. Thomas received a B.E. from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

 

   

 

QUALIFICATIONS

      
 

Mr. Thomas’s pertinent qualifications include his general management experience, including his top-level perspective on strategy and organization management as the chief executive officer of a public company; strategic insights with regard to information technology, cybersecurity and global sales and marketing gained through his career in the technology industry; an entrepreneurial mindset focused on solving the needs of clients ranging widely in size and industry; and experience leading operations involving multiple product delivery models, including his past role as a chief operating officer.

 

   
 

OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS

      
 

Current

Rapid7, Inc.

  

Past 5 Years

Catalyst Partners Acquisition Corp.

       
          

In the vote on the election of the director nominees, stockholders may:

 

 

Vote FOR any of the nominees;

 

 

Vote AGAINST any of the nominees; or

 

 

ABSTAIN from voting as to any of the nominees.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE ELECTION OF EACH OF THE ABOVE-NAMED NOMINEES AS A DIRECTOR.

 

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Information Regarding Board and Committee Structure

 

Since January 2023, the Board of Directors has consisted of ten directors. In 2023, the Board held seven meetings. Each of our directors attended at least 75% of the aggregate of:

 

 

the total number of meetings of the Board of Directors during 2023; and

 

 

the total number of meetings held by all committees of the Board on which the director served during 2023.

Seven of our ten directors in 2023 attended 100% of such aggregate number of meetings.

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that each director who is nominated for election is expected to attend the Annual Meeting. Each of the ten nominees for election at the 2023 annual meeting of stockholders attended such meeting, with one director attending by telephonic conference.

Corporate Governance Guidelines, Committee Charters and Code of Conduct

We believe that good corporate governance is important to ensure that we are managed for the long-term benefit of our stakeholders.

Our Board of Directors has adopted our Corporate Governance Guidelines to set clear parameters for the operation of our Board. Our Board of Directors

has also adopted charters for the Audit and Risk Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee, and Compensation Committee, as well as a code of conduct for our non-employee directors. We have also adopted a code of conduct that applies to, among others, our principal executive officer, principal financial officer and principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions.

Copies of our Annual Report, committee charters, Corporate Governance Guidelines and codes of conduct are available, free of charge, by writing to us at the following address:

LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

1055 LPL Way

Fort Mill, SC 29715

Attn: Investor Relations

Our Annual Report, committee charters, Corporate Governance Guidelines and codes of conduct are also available on our website at www.lpl.com under the “Investor Relations” section. If we make substantive amendments to, or grant waivers from, the code of conduct for certain of our executive officers, we will disclose the nature of such amendment or waiver on our website or in a current report on Form 8-K.

 

 

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  Corporate Governance Highlights  
 

We have implemented several important measures that are designed to promote long-term stakeholder value:

 
 

 Our Board consists of a single class of directors elected on an annual basis who may be removed with or without cause. Accordingly, our stockholders are able to register their views on the performance of all directors on an annual basis, enhancing the accountability of our Board to our stockholders.

 
 

 We currently separate the offices of the chair of the Board and chief executive officer of the Company, although the Board maintains the flexibility to select the chair of the Board and its leadership structure based on the criteria that it deems to be in the best interests of the Company and its stakeholders.

 
 

 Our bylaws provide for a majority voting standard in uncontested director elections. We also have adopted a director resignation policy in our Corporate Governance Guidelines pursuant to which a director who does not receive support from holders of a majority of shares voted in an uncontested election must tender his or her resignation and, if our Board accepts the resignation, step down from our Board. This makes director elections more meaningful for our stockholders and promotes accountability.

 
 

 Our bylaws provide for proxy access by permitting a stockholder, or a group of up to 20 stockholders, that has owned at least three percent of our Common Stock continuously for three years to nominate and include in the Company’s annual meeting proxy materials the greater of two directors or 20 percent of the Board, provided that the stockholders and nominees satisfy the requirements specified in the bylaws.

 
 

 To facilitate Board refreshment, we have adopted a director retirement policy in our Corporate Governance Guidelines pursuant to which any director who reaches the age of 75 while serving as a director will retire from the Board effective as of the end of his or her then-current term.

 
 

 We seek an advisory vote on the compensation of our named executive officers annually, which underscores the careful consideration we give to our stockholders’ views on our compensation practices.

 
 

 We have established a compensation clawback policy that, subject to limited exceptions, requires the Company to recoup cash and equity incentive-based compensation from executive officers in the event of certain financial restatements.

 
 

 Our executive officers are subject to equity ownership guidelines that set minimum ownership requirements based on a multiple of annual base salary, which aligns the interests of senior management with the interests of our stockholders.

 
 

 We have also adopted equity ownership guidelines for directors, which set minimum ownership requirements based on a multiple of the cash portion of the annual base retainer then in effect.

 
 

 Our Insider Trading Policy prohibits our executives and directors from pledging and hedging our Common Stock, in order to preserve the alignment with the interests of stockholders that our equity awards are designed to create.

 

 

Director Independence

The listing standards of the Nasdaq Global Select Market (“Nasdaq”) require that, subject to specified exceptions, each member of a listed company’s audit, nominating and governance, and compensation committees be independent. Nasdaq listing rules further provide that a director will only qualify as an “independent director” if, in the opinion of that company’s board of directors, that person does not have a relationship that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director. Audit committee members must also satisfy the independence criteria set forth in Rule 10A-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and compensation committee members are also subject to heightened independence criteria under Nasdaq rules.

After its evaluation of director independence, the Board of Directors has affirmatively determined that Messrs. Bernard, Glavin, Ko, Putnam, Schifter and Thomas, and Mses. Eberhart, Mnookin and Mulcahy are independent directors under applicable Nasdaq rules.

Board Composition and Leadership Structure of the Board of Directors

Our business and affairs are managed under the direction of the Board of Directors. As of March 28, 2024, our Board of Directors was composed of ten directors. Under our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, the number of directors may not be fewer than three or more than 15. The authorized number of directors may be changed only by resolution of the Board of Directors.

 

 

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The Board does not have a fixed policy regarding the separation of the offices of chair of the Board and chief executive officer of the Company. Rather, the Board believes that it should maintain the flexibility to select the chair of the Board and its Board leadership structure from time to time, based on the criteria that it deems to be in the best interests of the Company and its stakeholders. At this time, the Company believes that having a separate chief executive officer and chair allows Mr. Arnold to focus on his role as president and chief executive officer and increases the Board’s independence from management, promoting effective monitoring and oversight. As non-executive chair, Mr. Putnam serves as a key channel of communication between the independent directors and our chief executive officer, coordinates the agenda for each meeting of the Board and establishes the agenda for and leads meetings of the independent directors.

Board Oversight

Strategic Planning

Oversight of the Company’s business strategy and strategic planning is a key responsibility of our Board. At the beginning of the year, the chair of the Board and our chief executive officer prepare an annual Board work plan that is tied to our strategic execution framework. As a result, elements of our strategy and operating plans are embedded in the agenda for every quarterly meeting of the Board. In addition, we included a strategic topic as a discrete agenda item in our quarterly meetings of the Board throughout 2023. All members of our management committee, as well as other senior leaders, regularly attend Board and committee meetings and discuss the Company’s strategy, plans and operating results with the Board and its committees. In addition to these quarterly discussions of strategy topics, the Board dedicates a multi-day session each year to focus on the refinement of the Company’s long-term strategy and related planning. This session, which is led by our Corporate Strategy team and includes senior management, enables a deep discussion between directors and management regarding the Company’s operating environment, near- and longer-term strategic opportunities, current and emerging risks, changing client needs and preferences, and financial outcomes associated with execution of our strategic plan.

The Board also dedicates significant attention to reviewing our capital allocation strategy, which is

focused on disciplined capital management to drive long-term stockholder value. Key elements of our current strategy are:

 

 

maintaining a strong and flexible balance sheet;

 

 

prioritizing investments to support and drive organic growth;

 

 

positioning the Company to take advantage of attractive merger and acquisition opportunities; and

 

 

as appropriate, returning excess capital to stockholders through share repurchases and dividends.

Human Capital Management

Effective human capital management is an important driver of the Company’s continued success. We believe our employees are key to creating long-term value for our stockholders, and that our corporate culture is a critical foundation of the success of our business strategy. We are committed to being a great place to work for our employees and fostering a culture that enables us to build and grow a diverse and inclusive team. We also recognize that attracting, retaining and developing employee talent helps deliver value to our clients and ensure the sustainability of our business.

The Compensation Committee generally oversees our human capital management practices, which include our pay equity process. Our Board also provides oversight for certain human capital strategies, programs and practices, including our diversity, equity and inclusion (“DEI”) and belonging programs for employees. The Board also reviews progress with respect to increasing the diversity of the financial advisors we serve. The Compensation Committee and our Board engage with our leadership team on a regular basis on the following human capital management topics:

 

 

employee compensation and benefits programs encompassing salary, equity awards and other programs that are competitive in the market;

 

 

performance management and succession planning for our chief executive officer and each of our other executive officers;

 

 

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executive talent acquisition and development, including forward-looking talent assessments based on our evolving business and strategy;

 

 

employee engagement, including the results of our annual confidential company-wide surveys;

 

 

employee health and well-being, including maintaining a respectful workplace; and

 

 

corporate culture.

We are committed to fostering a respectful, rewarding workplace in which all of our employees are positioned to succeed in delivering on our mission of taking care of our advisors so they can take care of their clients. As part of that commitment, in 2023 our Board and the Compensation Committee focused in particular on:

 

 

supporting our employees’ physical, emotional and financial wellness;

 

 

the focus, transparency and progress of our DEI and belonging initiatives, including action plans for increasing representation of women and people of color in our leadership ranks; and

 

 

continued progress in the cultural transformation that the Company began in 2018 to instill a client-centric mindset and mission-driven alignment throughout the Company.

These areas of focus, among others, are described in more detail in the Company’s 2024 sustainability report, which we expect to issue prior to the Annual Meeting.

We are also committed to promoting DEI among our advisor population. Our advisor initiatives are developed and implemented by our Advisor Diversity & Inclusion team, along with strategic partnership and oversight from our management team and our Advisor Inclusion Council, which is a group of advisors, program managers and home office leaders that provides insights into and develops strategies for attracting and retaining diverse advisors. The momentum of the Advisor Diversity & Inclusion program is tracked through annual net promoter scores; recruitment and retention of underrepresented advisor groups (including women, LGBTQ and advisors of color); attendance at our hosted events; and the results from our engagement and satisfaction surveys. Using these metrics, our

Advisor Diversity & Inclusion team, in coordination with the Advisor Inclusion Council, develops strategies to improve our program effectiveness. Such initiatives are subject to the oversight of the Compensation Committee.

Our chief human capital officer and our chief legal officer provide a report to the Board of Directors on an annual basis on the Company’s workplace and culture, including historical workplace conduct claims, investigations and trends.

Environmental, Social and Governance Program

Our mission is to take care of our advisors so they can take care of their clients. We enable our advisors to provide personalized financial guidance to millions of American families as they work toward their life’s aspirations. Our advisors are a diverse community of entrepreneurial financial services professionals, and we are committed to supporting their vital work by operating responsibly and ethically, and strengthening trust with our mutual stakeholders. In short, we believe our work makes a positive difference, and that the Company’s sustainability depends not only on the business we conduct but also on how we conduct it.

Our Board supports the Company’s efforts to serve its stakeholders’ interests, including stockholders, employees, advisors and their clients, and local communities. The Nominating and Governance Committee oversees our environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) program, which is reflected in its committee charter.

Our ESG program continues to be an area of significant focus for the Nominating and Governance Committee. As the program continued to mature, the Nominating and Governance Committee oversaw the implementation of our sustainability initiatives in the areas that are most significant to our business, our advisors, our regulators and our stakeholders. In particular, the Company made progress throughout 2023 by:

 

 

reviewing ESG-related opportunities and risks with the Nominating and Governance Committee and senior management;

 

 

publishing the Company’s first climate report aligned with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and beginning to develop a roadmap to implement carbon reduction strategies over the long term;

 

 

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progressing our sustainability goals in advance of their target achievement dates; and

 

 

applying a sustainability lens to operations, planning and decision-making as we look to grow responsibly and continue to serve our clients.

The implementation of various components of our sustainability strategy — from DEI to energy efficiency — is led by relevant functional and program leaders, who, in turn, report key performance indicators and initiatives to our ESG steering committee, which comprises senior leaders from across the Company, and strategizes, implements and monitors ESG-related initiatives and policies throughout the Company. The Nominating and Governance Committee is updated regularly on our progress and future roadmap.

The Company’s goal is a sustainability strategy that drives long-term value through strong alignment with the Company’s strategy and culture. Our significant ESG topics are keyed to a framework that focuses on four strategic focus areas: responsible business, people and culture, societal impact and environmental stewardship. Within these focus areas, we pursue a variety of programs and initiatives designed to create value for our stakeholders.

To learn more, please see the “Social Responsibility” and “Environmental Sustainability” sections of our website at www.lpl.com, through which our 2023 sustainability and climate reports are also available. Our 2024 sustainability report, which we expect to issue prior to the Annual Meeting, and our 2024 climate report, which we expect to issue after the Annual Meeting, will describe our progress and milestones over the last year in more detail, and will also be available on our website.

Cybersecurity

The Audit and Risk Committee and the Board are each involved in overseeing the Company’s information security program (the “Program”), which addresses cybersecurity risks to our business, operations and assets. We believe that cybersecurity protection is critical to maintaining our proprietary information and the trust of our advisors and their clients, particularly in the context of the evolving threat landscape and the rapid pace of technological change and digital innovation. As part of the Program, the Company maintains policies, procedures and standards that outline our expectations, guidelines and structured approach to managing cybersecurity

risks. We leverage established security frameworks, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework, as guides to organize, assess and improve the Program. We also operate a security operation center to ingest threat intelligence, monitor for cybersecurity threats and coordinate incident response resources.

The Board has delegated oversight of the Program to the Audit and Risk Committee, including oversight of the Company’s cyber- and technology-related risks and the steps management has taken to identify, assess, monitor and manage those risks. In addition, the Board has established a reporting structure and cadence related to oversight of the Program, which includes respective oversight responsibilities for the Board, the Audit and Risk Committee and various management risk committees. Each of the Board and the Audit and Risk Committee receives staggered periodic reports on the progress and effectiveness of the Program on at least an annual basis. For additional information about the Program, please see “Item 1C. Cybersecurity” in the Annual Report.

In 2023, the Program was an area of oversight focus for the Board and the Audit and Risk Committee. Management provided updates to both the Board and the Audit and Risk Committee on cybersecurity matters, including the threat landscape, third-party risks, projects to strengthen controls and defenses, the Company’s incident response plans and cybersecurity insurance coverage. The Audit and Risk Committee also received a presentation from an external expert on leading oversight practices and reviewed results of internal and external assessments of the Program, internal reporting related to the Program and evolving regulatory rules and expectations.

 

 

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Our ESG Focus

Our intention is to focus on the ESG topics most relevant to our business, communities and stakeholders. Below are the ESG topics that we believe are significant to our stakeholders and to our ability to create long-term value, which we have evaluated according to both their impact on our stakeholders and their importance to the success of our business. For more information about our assessment and methodology, please refer to our 2024 sustainability report, which we expect to issue prior to the Annual Meeting.

 

 

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Stakeholder Engagement

We interact with our stockholders in a variety of ways and value the input that we receive from them. We provide our Board with regular updates on our investor relations program, including engagements with stockholders and analysts, and related sentiment and feedback themes. In addition, we periodically arrange for our directors to hear directly from analysts, outside the presence of senior management, about how they evaluate the Company’s management, performance and prospects. Our goal is to ensure that our Board understands stockholders’ and analysts’ observations and topics of interest, including with regard to the Company’s performance, strategy, corporate governance and ESG initiatives.

Our directors also engage directly with our financial advisor clients. In addition to engagement opportunities through our advisor conferences, our

directors meet annually with clients in order to hear first-hand feedback on areas of importance to them. These sessions are structured to present directors with a diverse range of client practices, programs and experiences, and are intended to ensure that our Board understands our clients’ current and future needs, particularly in the context of an evolving competitive environment, and that we are delivering what advisors need in order to deliver sustained value to their clients.

Annual Board Evaluation

Our Board recognizes that a robust and constructive self-evaluation process is an important aspect of good corporate governance and board effectiveness. The Nominating and Governance Committee conducts an annual evaluation of our Board, each of its standing committees and individual directors following the end of each year. The goal is to provide a meaningful assessment of whether the Board’s and its

 

 

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committees’ performance, operations, size and composition are effective for the Company, both in the short-and longer-term.

Following discussion by the Nominating and Governance Committee, the 2024 annual evaluation included the following elements:

 

 

a written questionnaire soliciting feedback on the Board completed by each director;

 

 

a written questionnaire soliciting feedback on each Board committee completed by each committee member;

 

 

individual director interviews conducted by the chair of the Board and our chief legal officer (who separately solicited confidential feedback about the chair from directors outside the presence of the chair); and

 

 

a written questionnaire soliciting feedback on the Board completed by our executive officers.

The director and executive officer questionnaires provided feedback on an unattributed basis and informed the individual director interviews, which provided further opportunity for candid discussion.

The primary topics of the 2024 annual evaluation were:

 

 

Board composition, diversity and size, including desired director skills and attributes;

 

 

the quality of materials and information provided to the Board;

 

 

structure and conduct of Board meetings, including the effectiveness of virtual meetings;

 

 

Board leadership and decision-making processes;

 

 

Board committee structure and performance;

 

Board culture and dynamics;

 

 

Board and director interactions with management;

 

 

management’s assessment of the value the Board provides;

 

 

the efficacy of the annual evaluation process; and

 

 

the effectiveness of Board oversight, including attention to issues and opportunities that affect long-term stockholder value.

As part of the 2024 annual evaluation, directors and management had the opportunity to provide feedback on individual directors, in order to help improve performance and contributions to the Board.

Our Board discussed the results of the 2024 annual evaluation in a closed session led by the chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee.

Board Committees

The Board of Directors has established three standing committees: the Audit and Risk Committee, the Nominating and Governance Committee, and the Compensation Committee, each with the composition and responsibilities described below. The members of each committee were appointed by the Board of Directors and will serve until their successors are elected and qualified, unless they are removed earlier or resign. In addition, from time to time, special committees may be established under the direction of the Board of Directors when necessary to address specific issues. Each of the standing committees of our Board is composed solely of independent directors.

 

 

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The table below reflects the composition of the Board’s three standing committees as of March 28, 2024:

 

        

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Nominating and Governance Committee

 

 

Compensation Committee

 

         

 

 Edward Bernard

 

      

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 H. Paulett Eberhart

 

      

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Our Nominating and Governance Committee will reassess the composition and leadership of the standing committees of the Board in the context of the election of directors at the Annual Meeting. This assessment will consider:

 

 

current committee performance and tenure mix;

 

 

individual competencies, desires and commitments; and

 

 

the need to ensure a future succession plan for each committee chair.

Following its assessment after the 2023 annual meeting of stockholders, the Nominating and Governance Committee recommended that the composition and leadership of the Board’s committees remain unchanged.

Audit and Risk Committee

Our Audit and Risk Committee is composed of the following members: Edward C. Bernard, H. Paulett Eberhart, William F. Glavin, Jr., Albert J. Ko, Richard P. Schifter and Corey E. Thomas. Ms. Eberhart serves as the chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Each of the Audit and Risk Committee members is independent under the listing standards of Nasdaq, including under Rule 10A-3 of the Exchange Act.

None of the Audit and Risk Committee members is an employee of ours or any of our subsidiaries, nor simultaneously serves on the audit committees of more than three public companies, including ours. All of the Audit and Risk Committee members meet the requirements for financial literacy and are able to read and understand fundamental financial statements, including the Company’s balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Our Board has affirmatively determined that each of Ms. Eberhart and Messrs. Bernard and Schifter qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under the applicable rules and regulations of the SEC.

The Audit and Risk Committee oversees the integrity of the Company’s financial statements, including reviewing and discussing our annual and quarterly financial statements, our disclosures in the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” section in our annual and quarterly reports filed with the SEC, and our earnings announcements, in each case prior to their release. The Audit and Risk Committee also oversees the qualifications, performance and independence of Deloitte & Touche LLP, our independent registered public accounting firm (“Deloitte”), as well as the fee negotiations related to their retention.

 

 

 

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Our Audit and Risk Committee is responsible for, among other things, the appointment, compensation, oversight and replacement, if necessary, of the Company’s independent auditor or any other registered public accounting firm, and assisting the Board in overseeing and monitoring:

 
 

§   the integrity of the Company’s financial statements and other financial information provided by the Company to its stockholders;

 
 

§   the integrity of the accounting and financial reporting processes of the Company, and the audit of the Company’s financial statements;

 
 

§   the Company’s compliance with legal, regulatory and public disclosure requirements;

 
 

§   enterprise risk management (except for risks assigned to other committees or retained by the Board) and major risk exposures;

 
 

§   the Company’s independent auditor, including its qualifications, performance and independence;

 
 

§   the performance of the Company’s internal audit function; and

 
 

§   the Company’s cybersecurity program.

 

The Audit and Risk Committee reviews matters related to the Company’s related party transaction policy, the operations of the Company’s Technology department and the Company’s whistle-blower and integrity program. It also reviews and discusses our policies with respect to risk assessment and risk management, as well as our major regulatory, litigation, cybersecurity, information security, data privacy and financial risk exposures. For additional information on the Audit and Risk Committee’s role in our enterprise risk management framework, please see “Risk Management and Compensation Policies and Practices.”

The Audit and Risk Committee has authority under its charter to obtain advice and assistance from outside legal counsel, accounting or other outside advisors as deemed appropriate to perform its duties and responsibilities.

The Audit and Risk Committee met nine times during 2023.

Nominating and Governance Committee

Our Nominating and Governance Committee is composed of the following members: William F. Glavin, Jr., Allison H. Mnookin, Anne M. Mulcahy and Corey E. Thomas. Ms. Mulcahy serves as the chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee.

Each member of the Nominating and Governance Committee is independent under the listing standards of Nasdaq.

 

 

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for:

 

 
 

§   developing a profile of attributes that a potential director should possess in order to contribute effectively to the Board, taking into account the overall diversity and composition of the Board;

 
 

§   identifying, evaluating and recruiting qualified persons to serve on our Board of Directors;

 
 

§   selecting, or recommending to the Board for selection, nominees for election as directors;

 
 

§   reviewing and recommending the composition of the Board’s standing committees;

 
 

§   reviewing and assessing the Company’s corporate governance guidelines;

 
 

§   overseeing our ESG program; and

 
 

§   annually evaluating the performance, operations, size and composition of our Board of Directors.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee was particularly focused in 2023 on the evolution of the Board, including long-term Board and committee succession planning, and overseeing the maturation of the Company’s ESG program. In addition, the Nominating and Governance Committee actively monitored corporate governance trends and best practices and oversaw the Company’s government relations program.

The Nominating and Governance Committee met three times during 2023.

Compensation and Human Resources Committee

The Compensation Committee is composed of the following members: Edward C. Bernard, H. Paulett Eberhart, Allison H. Mnookin, Anne M. Mulcahy and James S. Putnam. Ms. Mnookin serves as the chair of the Compensation Committee. Each member of the Compensation Committee is independent under the listing standards of Nasdaq, including the heightened standards that apply to compensation committee members. The Compensation Committee is composed entirely of “non-employee directors” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act.

 

 

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The Compensation Committee is responsible for:

 

 
 

§   reviewing and approving goals and objectives relevant to executive officer compensation and evaluating the performance of executive officers in light of those goals and objectives;

 
 

§   reviewing and approving the chief executive officer’s compensation based upon the Compensation Committee’s evaluation of the chief executive officer’s performance;

 
 

§   reviewing and approving executive officer compensation;

 
 

§   reviewing the performance, development and leadership capabilities of senior management and succession planning strategies for such senior management;

 
 

§   making recommendations to the Board regarding the adoption of new incentive compensation and equity-based plans, and administering our existing incentive compensation and equity-based plans;

 
 

§   making recommendations to the Board regarding compensation of our directors and applicable stock ownership and holding guidelines;

 
 

§   reviewing and approving the general design and terms of any significant non-executive compensation and benefits plans;

 
 

§   reviewing our DEI policies, programs and initiatives;

 
 

§   reviewing our significant policies, practices and procedures concerning human resource-related matters;

 
 

§   establishing and monitoring compliance with stock ownership and holding guidelines applicable to executive officers; and

 
   

§   reviewing an annual compensation risk assessment.

   

In 2023, the Compensation Committee devoted particular attention to new requirements related to clawback policies as a result of final SEC rulemaking under the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as human capital matters, including succession planning, executive talent development and the progress of our employee DEI programs.

In addition, the Compensation Committee continued to focus on robust performance management, and ongoing development and coaching for future leadership positions, through:

 

 

annual succession planning for all managing director roles to ensure we are identifying and investing in key talent for critical positions; and

 

talent reviews of individual leaders to provide the Compensation Committee with insight into our talent pipeline, as well as the opportunity to provide development feedback to those leaders.

The Compensation Committee has authority under its charter to access such internal and external resources, including retaining legal, financial or other advisors, as the Compensation Committee deems necessary or appropriate to fulfill its responsibilities. The Compensation Committee engaged Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. as an independent compensation consultant (the “Compensation Consultant”) to advise in 2023 on compensation matters and provide experiential guidance on what is considered fair and competitive practice in our industry, primarily with respect to the compensation of our executive officers, and also with regard to director compensation.

The Compensation Committee has the authority to delegate to subcommittees of the Compensation Committee any responsibilities of the full committee. The Compensation Committee may also delegate to a committee of one or more directors, or one or more of our executive officers, subject to certain restrictions, the power to grant restricted stock units, performance stock units or other equity awards, and amend the terms of such awards, pursuant to our equity plans. References to the Compensation Committee in this proxy statement also refer to its subcommittees and its delegates, where applicable.

The Compensation Committee met five times during 2023.

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

No member of the Compensation Committee is or was during 2023 an officer or employee of ours or any of our subsidiaries. Mr. Putnam, a member of the Compensation Committee, served as an officer of LPL Financial prior to 2006. None of our executive officers serves or has served as a member of the board of directors, compensation committee or other board committee performing equivalent functions of any entity that has one or more executive officers serving as one of our directors or on our Compensation Committee.

Risk Management and Compensation Policies and Practices

We employ an enterprise risk management (“ERM”) framework that is designed to facilitate the

 

 

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incorporation of risk assessment into decision-making processes across the Company, enable us to execute our business strategy and protect our Company and its franchise. Our framework is designed to promote clear lines of risk management ownership and accountability while providing a structured escalation process for key risk information and events. Additionally, risk is managed and monitored within business units by embedded risk groups providing guidance on governance, controls, policies and other risk management activities. In addition to the ERM framework, we have written policies and procedures that govern the conduct of business by our employees and independent financial advisors, and the terms and conditions of our relationships with financial product sponsors.

Our risk management governance approach is discussed in our Annual Report under “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations — Risk Management.” This approach includes the Board of Directors, the Audit and Risk Committee and the Compensation Committee, as well as the Company’s Risk Oversight Committee (the “ROC”) and its subcommittees, the Company’s Internal Audit department, the Company’s Finance and Business Operations department, the Company’s Legal department and business line management.

Role of the Audit and Risk Committee

In addition to its other responsibilities, the Audit and Risk Committee oversees and monitors the Company’s ERM (except for risks assigned to other committees of the Board or retained by the Board) and is responsible for reviewing and assessing the Company’s processes to manage and control risk. In this capacity, the Audit and Risk Committee reviews our major regulatory, litigation, cybersecurity, information security, data privacy and financial risk exposures and the steps management has undertaken to monitor and control them. The Audit and Risk Committee generally provides reports to the Board at each of the Board’s regularly scheduled quarterly meetings.

The Audit and Risk Committee has mandated that the ROC oversee our risk management activities, including those of our subsidiaries. The Company’s chief legal officer or chief risk officer provides updates on pertinent ROC discussions to the Audit and Risk Committee on a regular basis and, if necessary or requested, to the Board. In addition, our Internal Audit department provides independent and objective

assurance of the effectiveness of the Company’s governance, risk management and internal controls by conducting risk assessments and audits designed to identify and cover important risk categories. Our chief audit executive reports functionally to the Audit and Risk Committee, which oversees the Internal Audit department’s activities and approves its annual plan, and reports administratively to our chief financial officer. Our Internal Audit department provides regular reports to the ROC and reports to the Audit and Risk Committee at least quarterly.

Role of the Compensation Committee

In addition to its other responsibilities, the Compensation Committee assesses whether our compensation arrangements encourage inappropriate risk-taking, and whether risks arising from our compensation arrangements are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company.

The Compensation Committee has reviewed and evaluated the development and implementation of our compensation practices across our Company. It is our belief, and the belief of the Compensation Committee, that our compensation practices do not encourage inappropriate actions by our executive officers or other employees and are not reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. Specifically, we believe that our compensation practices avoid:

 

 

a compensation mix overly weighted toward annual bonus awards;

 

 

an excessive focus on short-term equity incentive awards that could cause behavior to drive short-term stock price gains at the expense of long-term value creation; and

 

 

unreasonable financial goals or thresholds that could encourage efforts to generate near-term revenue with an adverse impact on long-term success.

We believe that the following practices that we have implemented serve to mitigate the potential for adverse risk that may be caused by the actions of our executive officers or other key employees:

 

 

defined processes for developing strategic and annual operating plans, and approving capital investments;

 

 

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annual review of peer group practices and compensation surveys to develop compensation arrangements and practices;

 

 

annual bonus awards based on a review by the Compensation Committee of a variety of metrics, including both financial performance and strategic achievements, reducing the potential to concentrate on one metric as the basis of an annual incentive award;

 

 

mix of fixed and performance-based, annual and long-term, and cash and equity compensation, encouraging decisions and actions that are in our long-term best interests;

 

 

specified discretionary authority is maintained by the Compensation Committee to adjust annual bonus funding and payments, which reduces business risk associated with our cash bonus program;

 

 

long-term equity incentive awards, including performance-based awards, vest over a period of time, and as a result of the longer time horizon to receive the value of an equity award, the prospect of short-term or risky behavior is mitigated;

 

use of more than one long-term equity incentive vehicle mitigates the risk of any one vehicle creating undue incentive to take on excessive risk; and

 

 

stock ownership requirements for all executive officers, and “clawback” and anti-hedging policies, which help to mitigate the possibility of short-term risk-taking at the expense of long-term value creation.

 

 

Communicating with the

Board of Directors

 
 

Any stockholder who wishes to contact a member of our Board of Directors may do so by writing to the following address:

 

 
 

Board of Directors

c/o Secretary

LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

1055 LPL Way

Fort Mill, SC 29715

 

 
   

Communications will be distributed to the chair of the Board or the other members of the Board as appropriate depending on the facts and circumstances outlined in the communication received.

   
 

 

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Director Compensation Policy

Our director compensation policy provides that each of our non-employee directors receives an annual service retainer of $255,000. Of this amount, $100,000 is paid in a lump sum in cash (or, at the director’s election, in the form of shares of our Common Stock as described below) and $155,000 is paid in the form of restricted shares of our Common Stock granted under our 2021 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan (the “2021 Plan”). Directors could elect to defer receipt of the equity portion, or both the equity and cash portions, of their 2023 service retainers, as described under “Deferred Compensation Plan” below.

The following table sets forth the additional annual service retainers under our director compensation policy that members of our standing committees received for their additional duties during 2023:

 

     

Chair

 

    

Each Other 
Member 

 

 

Audit and Risk Committee

     $  30,000        $   15,000   

Compensation Committee

     $  25,000        $   12,500   

Nominating and Governance Committee

     $  20,000        $   10,000   

Our director compensation policy also provides that the chair of the Board receives an additional annual service retainer of $140,000 in connection with his or her additional duties. The retainers for committee and chair service are paid in cash in installments following the end of each quarter of service. Our directors are also reimbursed for expenses incurred in connection with their attendance at Board and committee meetings. Mr. Arnold does not receive additional compensation for his service as a director.

As noted above, each of our non-employee directors elected at our 2023 annual meeting of stockholders was granted an annual award of restricted stock or, as described below under “Deferred Compensation Plan,” deferred stock units, having a grant date value of $155,000 (based on the average of the closing price of our Common Stock for the trailing thirty consecutive trading days including the grant date). In each case, these awards vest in full on May 8, 2024, which is the day prior to the Annual Meeting, generally subject to the director’s continued service through that date. In addition, Mr. Ko, who was elected to our Board in January 2023, was granted a prorated annual award of restricted stock upon his election having a grant date value of $38,750 (based on the average of the closing price of our Common

Stock for the trailing thirty consecutive trading days including the grant date) under the terms of our director compensation policy. This award vested in full on May 10, 2023, which was the day prior to the 2023 annual meeting of stockholders. We believe these equity grants serve to further align our directors’ interests with the interests of our stockholders.

Our director compensation policy permits non-employee directors to make an election to be issued, in lieu of the cash portion of their annual service retainer, fully vested shares of our Common Stock. In 2023, the number of fully vested shares was determined by dividing $100,000 by the average of the closing price of our Common Stock for the trailing thirty consecutive trading days including the date such shares were granted.

The Compensation Committee reviews the director compensation practices of our compensation peer group annually, as described under “Benchmarking” in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, with the assistance of the Compensation Consultant. The Compensation Committee did not recommend any changes to our director compensation policy in 2023, as a result of the 2023 benchmarking analysis or otherwise.

Deferred Compensation Plan

Under the LPL Financial Holdings Inc. Non-Employee Director Deferred Compensation Plan (the “Deferred Plan”), non-employee directors were eligible to make an election to defer receipt of the equity portion, or both the equity and cash portions, of their 2023 service retainer for Board service. For directors who made such a deferral election, a book-entry account was established and credited with a number of deferred stock units granted under our 2021 Plan equal in value to the shares and, if so elected by the director, the cash, that would otherwise have been granted or paid absent such deferral election, with each deferred stock unit representing the right to receive a share of our Common Stock. Upon the declaration of a dividend on our Common Stock, dividend equivalent rights were credited to a director’s book-entry account, in the form of additional stock units, on both vested and unvested deferred stock units, in an amount equal to the dividend that would have been paid on the shares underlying the deferred stock units had they been outstanding on the dividend record date, rounded down to the nearest whole share. The value of such dividend equivalent rights was determined based on the closing price per share

 

 

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of our Common Stock on the dividend payment date. Shares underlying the deferred stock units in each director’s book-entry account will be issued only upon the director’s separation from service or a change in control, as defined in the Deferred Plan.

Equity Ownership Guidelines

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines include equity ownership guidelines for non-employee directors. Within five years of the date of his or her election to the Board, each non-employee director must maintain ownership of shares of Common Stock equal to five

times the cash portion of the annual service retainer for Board service then in effect, not including any retainers for committee or chair service. All shares owned outright and beneficially owned by a non-employee director, including all shares of unvested restricted stock and all shares issuable pursuant to vested and unvested deferred stock units, are counted in determining compliance with such minimum ownership requirement. As of March 11, 2024, each of our non-employee directors except for Mr. Ko, who was elected to the Board in January 2023, satisfied this minimum ownership requirement.

 

The following table sets forth the compensation received by each non-employee director for service on the Board and its committees for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023. In addition to the payments disclosed in the table below, our directors were reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with their attendance at Board and committee meetings.

 

Name

  

Fees Earned

or Paid in Cash

($)

  

Stock

Awards

($)(1)(2)

    

Total

($)

 

 Edward C. Bernard

     122,593     (3)      147,337       (4)        269,930   

 H. Paulett Eberhart

     142,500    

 

     147,337       (4)        289,837   

 William F. Glavin, Jr.

     120,093     (3)      147,337       (4)        267,430   

 Albert J. Ko

     137,500    

 

     188,087       (5)        325,587   

 Allison H. Mnookin

     135,000    

 

     147,337       (4)        282,337   

 Anne M. Mulcahy

     127,593     (3)      147,337    

 

 

 

     274,930   

 James S. Putnam

     247,593     (3)      147,337       (4)        394,930   

 Richard P. Schifter

     110,093     (3)      147,337       (4)        257,430   

 Corey E. Thomas

     120,093     (3)      147,337       (4)        267,430   

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The amounts shown in this column represent the aggregate grant date fair value of restricted stock awards or, in the case of non-employee directors who elected to defer receipt of the equity portion of the annual service retainer, deferred stock units granted to our non-employee directors in 2023 in connection with the equity portion of the annual service retainer. The aggregate grant date fair value of the restricted stock awards and deferred stock units, as determined under Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 718, was determined by multiplying the number of shares underlying the award by $187.93, which was the closing price per share of our Common Stock on the grant date. For information regarding the number of shares of restricted stock and unvested deferred stock units held by each non-employee director as of December 31, 2023, see the table in footnote 2 below. The amounts shown in this column do not include the value of any fully vested shares of Common Stock or deferred stock units that certain of our non-employee directors elected to receive in lieu of the cash portion of the annual service retainer. In accordance with SEC rules, such amounts are shown in the column “Fees Earned or Paid in Cash.” Restricted stock carries the same voting and other dividend rights as shares outstanding. Deferred stock units are credited with dividend equivalents as and when dividends are paid, subject to any applicable vesting requirements associated with the award.

 

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(2)

The following table shows the aggregate number of shares of restricted stock and unvested and vested deferred stock units held by each of our non-employee directors as of December 31, 2023. All restricted stock awards and unvested deferred stock units reported in the table below will vest in full on May 8, 2024.

 

 Name

 

  

Restricted
Stock Awards

(#)

 

  

Unvested
Deferred
Stock Units

(#)

 

  

Vested
Deferred
Stock Units

(#)

 

 

 Edward C. Bernard

      787      7,763  

 H. Paulett Eberhart

      787      7,313  

 William F. Glavin, Jr.

      787      20,443  

 Albert J. Ko

   784          

 Allison H. Mnookin

      787      4,726  

 Anne M. Mulcahy

   784          

 James S. Putnam

      787      13,016  

 Richard P. Schifter

      787      26,065  

 Corey E. Thomas

      787      11,013  

 

(3)

This amount includes the value of fully vested shares of Common Stock or, as described below, deferred stock units that the director elected to receive in lieu of the cash portion of the director’s annual service retainer. The aggregate grant date fair value of these shares and deferred stock units, as determined under FASB ASC Topic 718, was determined by multiplying the number of shares underlying the award by $187.93, which represents the closing price per share of our Common Stock on the grant date. Each of Messrs. Bernard, Glavin, Schifter and Thomas delivered a written deferral election under the Deferred Plan pursuant to which the director elected to defer receipt of the cash portion of the annual service retainer and instead receive deferred stock units of equivalent value.

(4)

Each of Messrs. Bernard, Glavin, Putnam, Schifter and Thomas and Mses. Eberhart and Mnookin delivered a written deferral election under the Deferred Plan pursuant to which the director elected to defer receipt of the equity portion of his or her annual service retainer and instead receive deferred stock units of equivalent value.

(5)

The amount shown in this column includes the prorated annual award of restricted stock granted to Mr. Ko on February 1, 2023. The aggregate grant date fair value of these shares, as determined under FASB ASC Topic 718, was determined by multiplying the number of shares underlying the award by $235.55, which represents the closing price per share of our Common Stock on the grant date.

 

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Executive Summary

This Compensation Discussion and Analysis (“CD&A”) describes the actions taken by the Compensation Committee with respect to 2023 compensation for our executive officers, including our named executive officers (“NEOs”). Under SEC rules, our NEOs for 2023 were:

 

 Executive

 

  

Title

 

 Dan H. Arnold

   President and Chief Executive Officer

 Matthew J. Audette

   Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Operations

 Matthew Enyedi

   Managing Director, Client Success

 Greg Gates

   Managing Director, Chief Technology and Information Officer

 Richard Steinmeier

   Managing Director, Divisional President, Business Strategy and Growth

Summary of 2023 Corporate Performance

The following information is intended to provide additional context for the Compensation Committee’s assessment of the Company’s overall performance in 2023 for compensation-related purposes.

As discussed below, the Compensation Committee established a bonus pool funding framework in February 2023 that assigned equal weighting to achievement of the Company’s 2023 financial performance targets and 2023 business goals (together, the “2023 Corporate Goals”). The Compensation Committee retained a limited amount of discretion to adjust bonus pool funding based on its assessment of key drivers of the Company’s performance.

The Company delivered solid business and financial results in 2023. The Company’s total advisory and brokerage assets increased 22% year-over-year to reach a new high of $1.4 trillion as of December 31, 2023. The increase was driven by continued organic growth, complemented by higher equity markets. Total organic net new assets of $100.4 billion in 2023 translated to a 9% growth rate. Organic growth was driven by strength in both our traditional and new markets, as the Company made progress in enhancing its value proposition for advisors. Organic growth, combined with a favorable interest rate environment and expense discipline, led to solid financial performance.

The Company’s gross profit increased 26% year-over-year to $4.0 billion for 2023. Core general and administrative expense (“Core G&A”) increased 15% from the prior year to $1.4 billion, which was within the Company’s target range for 2023. The gross profit and Core G&A results contributed to EBITDA of $2.0 billion and Adjusted EBITDA of $2.2 billion, which reflected year-over-year increases of 30% and 35%, respectively. Gross profit, Core G&A, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures that are described under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in Appendix A. The Company’s share price appreciated 6% over the twelve-month period. For additional discussion and analysis of the Company’s 2023 financial performance, please refer to the Annual Report.

 

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As discussed below, the Compensation Committee determined that the Company’s performance for 2023 met or exceeded each of the 2023 Corporate Goals, other than relative total shareholder return (“TSR”) results. As a result, the 2023 bonus pool was funded above the target level and the annual cash bonus awards to our employees were generally paid at target level, or above target level for high performing employees, including our NEOs. This approach is consistent with the Compensation Committee’s philosophy and past practice.

 

 

Total advisory and brokerage assets, which reflect net new assets in addition to market movement, were $1.4 trillion as of December 31, 2023, a 22% increase from the prior year balance of $1.1 trillion. Total net new assets in 2023 were $104.1 billion.

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Gross profit increased to $4.0 billion in 2023, up 26% from the prior year, primarily driven by an increase in client cash revenue as a result of higher interest rates.

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The increase in the Company’s gross profit during 2023 outpaced the increase in Core G&A, leading to Adjusted EBITDA of $2.2 billion. This result was up 35% year-over-year and above our 2023 performance target.

 

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  Compensation Philosophy  
 

Under the oversight of the Compensation Committee, our executive compensation program rewards sustained positive financial and operating performance. Our executive compensation program is designed to align our executives’ compensation to the performance of the Company while avoiding practices that may create unwarranted risk.

 
 

The design and operation of our executive compensation program reflect the following basic objectives:

 
 

 aligning the interests of our executive officers with the interests of our Company and its stakeholders;

 

 linking our executive officers’ compensation to the achievement of both short-term and long-term strategic and operational goals; and

 

 attracting, motivating and retaining highly qualified executive officers who are passionate about the mission of our Company.

 

We seek to achieve these objectives through the following guiding compensation principles: 

 

 paying compensation that is competitive with that offered for similar positions within companies in our peer group;

 

 striking an appropriate balance between short-term and long-term compensation, as well as cash- and equity-based compensation;

 

 linking short-term and long-term total compensation largely to objective and quantifiable performance measures;

 

 rewarding Company and business unit performance, as well as individual performance and potential; and

 

 using equity-based compensation for a significant portion of total compensation.

 

 

 

Compensation Governance

 

In order to implement our compensation philosophy, and to promote strong governance and alignment with stakeholder interests, we do the following:

 
 

maintain a pay mix that emphasizes variable, performance-based compensation over fixed compensation;

 
 

maintain stock ownership guidelines for executives;

 
 

maintain a compensation clawback policy that, subject to limited exceptions, requires the Company to recoup cash and equity incentive-based compensation from executive officers in the event of certain financial restatements;

 
 

retain an independent compensation consultant engaged by, and reporting directly to, the Compensation Committee;

 
 

benchmark executive compensation against peers with which we compete for talent;

 
 

conduct annual risk assessments of our executive compensation policies and practices;

 
 

hold an annual stockholder “say-on-pay” vote; and

 
 

hold Compensation Committee executive sessions without management present.

 

 

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 In addition, we do not do the following:

 
 

re-price stock options without stockholder approval;

 
 

permit hedging transactions or short sales by executives;

 
 

permit pledging or holding company stock in a margin account by executives;

 
 

enter into individual employment agreements;

 
 

provide excise tax gross-ups to executives; or

 
 

grant “spring-loaded” equity awards, which take advantage of material non-public information to enhance the value awarded to recipients.

 

We have designed our compensation practices to align with competitive market practices, strengthen the alignment between compensation paid and Company performance, and provide transparency for our employees and investors. These practices are discussed below.

 

Components of Compensation

The core components of our executive compensation program are:

 

 

base salary;

 

 

annual cash bonus awards;

 

 

long-term equity incentive (“LTI”) awards; and

 

 

severance and change-in-control benefits.

The Compensation Committee retains flexibility to determine the appropriate level and mix of the various compensation components consistent with our business needs. The mix of compensation components is intended to provide our NEOs with a competitive total compensation package that both rewards short-term results and drives long-term corporate performance.

Our variable compensation components consist of: (1) annual cash bonus awards that incentivize our NEOs to achieve pre-determined annual Company goals and individual performance with respect to such Company goals and (2) LTI awards that incentivize our NEOs to increase stockholder value over a sustained period of time and to achieve pre-determined long-term Company performance goals, which align the interests of our NEOs with the interests of our stockholders.

The charts below show that variable compensation comprised 93% of Mr. Arnold’s 2023 total target compensation mix and 81% of our other NEOs’ 2023 average total target compensation mix. Total target compensation consists of base salary, target annual cash bonus and the target annual LTI awards, with performance stock units (“PSUs”) valued at target.

 

 

 

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Base Salary

We pay our NEOs base salaries to provide a level of competitive and stable income. The base salaries of our NEOs are set based on the responsibilities of the individual, taking into account the individual’s skills, experience and prior compensation levels, as well as market compensation levels of our peer group and other survey data, as described below. The Compensation Committee reviews base salaries for our NEOs at least annually, although salary changes may occur on a less or more frequent basis in the Compensation Committee’s discretion.

Generally, the Compensation Committee will increase an NEO’s base salary when individual performance, job scope or market compensation data indicate that an increase is warranted.

With regard to our NEOs’ base salaries for 2023:

 

 

Mr. Arnold’s base salary increased from $925,000 to $950,000;

 

 

Mr. Audette’s base salary increased from $600,000 to $630,000;

 

 

Mr. Enyedi’s base salary increased from $450,000 to $500,000;

 

 

Mr. Gates’s base salary increased from $450,000 to $500,000, and subsequently increased from $500,000 to $550,000; and

 

 

Mr. Steinmeier’s base salary increased from $550,000 to $600,000.

In increasing our NEOs’ base salaries, the Compensation Committee considered the competitiveness and mix of each executive’s total compensation opportunity based on benchmarking data prepared by the Compensation Consultant. This benchmarking data included compensation data for comparable roles at relevant peer companies and other survey data, as described further in the “Benchmarking” section (“Benchmarking Data”). In each case, the Compensation Committee’s determination to increase the NEO’s base salary and its determination of the magnitude of such increase were made to more closely align such salary level with market levels on the basis of the Benchmarking Data and in consultation with the Compensation Consultant. In increasing Mr. Gates’s salary a second time in 2023, the Compensation Committee considered his responsibilities, tenure, performance and hire-away risk to better align with the Benchmarking Data.

The 2023 salary compensation for all of our NEOs appears in the Summary Compensation Table that follows this CD&A.

Annual Cash Bonus Awards

We provide annual cash bonus awards in order to tie a significant portion of the overall cash compensation of our senior executives, including our NEOs, to the achievement of annually established, key short-term corporate objectives and financial goals of the Company. See “Bonus Pool Funding Framework” and “2023 Business Goals Performance Evaluation” below for a description of these objectives and goals and our 2023 performance against them. The Compensation Committee believes that our NEOs, as key members of the Company’s leadership team, share responsibility for supporting the corporate and financial goals and performance of the Company.

At the beginning of 2023, the Compensation Committee established:

 

 

target award amounts for each NEO; and

 

 

a bonus pool funding framework that provided a potential range of bonus pool funding based on the level of achievement of the Company’s 2023 Corporate Goals, which were approved by the Board and consisted of both financial and business goals.

Target Award Amounts

The Compensation Committee sets each executive officer’s, including our NEOs, individual target award amount by taking into account the Benchmarking Data, the nature of their role and their potential contribution to the execution of the Company’s overall performance goals, rather than focusing only on their individual business unit or function.

Bonus Pool Funding Framework

In establishing the 2023 bonus pool funding framework at the beginning of 2023, the Compensation Committee maintained the same general approach to assessing corporate performance that it has used since 2018. In this approach, bonus pool funding is determined by the Compensation Committee based on the Company’s achievement of pre-established financial and business goals, with the Compensation Committee reserving limited discretion to adjust funding based on its assessments of key drivers of the Company’s performance.

 

 

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Consistent with its historical practice, the Compensation Committee selected Adjusted EBITDA as the primary metric to evaluate the Company’s financial performance in 2023. In addition, the Compensation Committee again selected relative TSR as a secondary metric to evaluate the Company’s financial performance in 2023, and determined that the Company’s TSR for 2023 would be evaluated according to its percentile rank among a comparator group consisting of companies in the (1) Asset Management & Custody Banks and (2) Investment Banking & Brokerage Sub-Industry classifications of the Standard & Poor’s 1500 Capital Markets Industry classification (the “Comparator Group”), the same comparator group used in 2022. In setting these financial performance metrics, the Compensation Committee believed that Adjusted EBITDA continued to serve as a useful metric in assessing the Company’s earnings from operations because it excludes certain items that are not representative of the performance of the Company’s core business, such as share-based compensation and the net impact of certain acquisitions. The Compensation Committee introduced relative TSR as a secondary metric in 2021 because it believed it is useful for assessing the Company’s financial performance relative to companies facing a similar level of macroeconomic sensitivity.

In addition to financial performance, the Compensation Committee assessed the following four 2023 business goals (the “2023 Business Goals”) under the bonus pool funding framework, which were approved by the Board of Directors at the beginning of the year along with underlying initiatives and quantitative key results:

 

 

Empower advisors to create the practice that best fits their aspirations and client needs, and be the destination and strategic partner of choice for enterprises delivering wealth management (the “Advisor & Enterprise Offering Goal”);

 

 

Provide an industry-leading integrated service and technology platform, and deliver expanded capabilities and products for an enhanced client and investor experience (the “Core Foundation & Value Expansion Goal”);

 

 

Deepen participation with clients through services that help them run thriving businesses and deliver enhanced advice (the “Business & Advice Services Goal”); and

 

 

Empower the Company to innovate, collaborate and thrive as we deliver on the promises we make to our clients (the “Play Enablement Goal”).

To determine the bonus pool funding for 2023, the Compensation Committee assigned the following baseline weightings, which reflected equal weighting of the achievement of the Company’s 2023 financial performance goals, on the one hand, and 2023 Business Goals, on the other:

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Financial Performance Goals (40% baseline weighting). The Compensation Committee established the following baseline weights for the Company’s two financial performance goals:

 

Goal

 

  

Baseline Weight

 

Adjusted EBITDA Goal

   30%

Relative TSR Goal

   10%

Total Financial Performance

   40%

For both financial performance goals, the range of potential bonus pool funding was scaled such that performance above target would yield a payout proportionately greater than the baseline and performance below target would yield a payout proportionately below the baseline. This approach was intended to ensure that the Company’s 2023 financial performance was a primary driver in the bonus pool funding framework. 

 

 

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The range of potential bonus pool funding for the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA goal is illustrated in the table below:

 

Percentage of Target

  

Percent Payout

120%

   150%

100%

   100%

80%

   50%

The Company generated Adjusted EBITDA of $2,170 million in 2023, which was 101% of the performance target of $2,153 million. The results were primarily driven by increases in gross profit resulting from continued organic growth and a favorable interest rate environment over the year. This level of achievement resulted in a funding level above target for this component of the bonus pool funding framework at a 102% payout.

In comparison, the Company generated Adjusted EBITDA of $1,611 million in 2022, compared to a performance target of $1,102 million.

The range of potential bonus funding for the Company’s relative TSR goal is illustrated in the table below.

 

Relative TSR Percentile

Rank (based on

Comparator Group)

  

Percent Payout

80th

   150%

50th

   100%

25th

   50%

The Company attained a relative TSR in the 35th percentile of the Comparator Group. The results were affected by our share price performance during the fourth quarter of 2023, which we believe was negatively impacted by market expectations for a less favorable interest rate environment in 2024. This level of achievement correlated to a 70% payout, which was below target for this component of the bonus pool funding framework.

The collective level of achievement of the Adjusted EBITDA goal and relative TSR goal resulted in a funding level of 38% for the financial performance component of the 2023 bonus pool funding framework, which was two percentage points below its baseline weighting of 40%.

2023 Business Goals (40% baseline weighting). The Compensation Committee established the following weightings for the 2023 Business Goals:

 

Goal

  

Baseline Weight

Advisor & Enterprise Offering Goal

   12%

Core Foundation & Value Expansion Goal

   12%

Business & Advice Services Goal

   8%

Play Enablement Goal

   8%

Total 2023 Business Goals

   40%

The Compensation Committee assigned these weightings to the 2023 Business Goals based on its consideration of the priority elements of the Company’s longer-term strategy. In particular, the Compensation Committee assigned a higher relative weighting to the goals related to organic growth results and improved client experience.

The Compensation Committee also established a range of bonus funding per goal using the performance rating scale below, with the payout for performance ratings between the levels listed below equal to the average of the payouts between such levels.

 

Performance Rating

  

Percent Payout

Exceeds

   150%

Meets

   100%

Partially meets

   75%

As further described under “2023 Business Goals Performance Evaluation,” the Compensation Committee rated:

 

 

each of the Advisor & Enterprise Offering Goal and the Core Foundation & Value Expansion Goal as “exceeds/meets;” and

 

 

each of the Business & Advice Services Goal and the Play Enablement Goal as “meets.”

The collective level of achievement of the 2023 Business Goals resulted in a funding level of 46% for the 2023 Business Goals component of the 2023 bonus pool funding framework, which was six percentage points above its baseline weighting of 40%.

Committee Discretion (20% baseline weighting). In establishing the bonus pool funding framework in February 2023, the Compensation Committee

 

 

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discussed the appropriate level of discretion, if any, to be retained by the Compensation Committee to adjust bonus pool funding up or down based on its assessments of key drivers of performance and other considerations not reflected in the 2023 Corporate Goals. Consistent with practice in prior years, the 2023 bonus pool funding framework enabled the Committee to take into account the following considerations in assessing the achievement of the Company’s financial performance and its business goals:

 

 

macroeconomic environment;

 

 

regulatory impacts;

 

 

quality of financial results;

 

 

competitive intensity;

 

 

degree of difficulty in goal achievement;

 

 

strategic expansion; and

 

 

development of new capabilities.

For 2023, the collective level of achievement of the Company’s financial and business goals yielded a total bonus pool funding of approximately $116 million. The Compensation Committee declined to exercise its discretion to increase or decrease the level of 2023 bonus pool funding. This $116 million bonus pool funding was 5.3% of Adjusted EBITDA in 2023, compared to bonus pool funding that was 6.1% of Adjusted EBITDA in 2022. Bonuses to our NEOs, other executive officers and other employees of the Company were paid from this pool.

 

2023 Business Goals Performance Evaluation

At the beginning of 2023, our Board determined, with the input of the Company’s chief executive officer, the 2023 Business Goals described above. As further discussed below, the Compensation Committee determined that the collective level of achievement of the 2023 Business Goals exceeded target.

 

2023 Business Goals    2023 Performance Commentary
Advisor & Enterprise Offering Goal: Empower advisors to create the practice that best fits their aspirations and investors, and be the destination and strategic partner of choice for enterprises delivering wealth management   

Exceeds / Meets Target. Outperformance in new store sales and record-low annual attrition resulted in an above-target organic growth rate of 9%. Recruited assets of $80 billion met target, as outperformance in core advisor and new model recruiting results offset below-target results for large institutions.

Core Foundation & Value Expansion Goal: Provide an industry-leading integrated service and technology platform and deliver expanded capabilities and products for an enhanced client and investor experience   

Exceeds / Meets Target. Improvements in service levels resulted in increases in year-over-year net promoter scores and average service level metrics, which exceeded the respective targets. Technology stability also exceeded target. Service and technology outperformance more than offset the below-target same store sales growth rate.

Business & Advice Services Goal: Deepen participation with clients through services that help them run thriving businesses and deliver enhanced advice   

Meets Target. Adoption of LPL Services accelerated throughout 2023, and the number of active customers at December 31, 2023 met the year-end target of 3,800. Net promoter scores and run-rate revenue each exceeded target, and the Company introduced three new services during the year.

Play Enablement Goal: Empower the organization to innovate, collaborate and thrive as we deliver on the promises we make to our clients   

Meets Target. Employee engagement improved year-over-year in the Company’s annual employee survey, meeting its 2023 target. The DEI program continued to make progress in improving diverse representation among our assistant vice president and above population.

As we look forward to 2024, the Board has committed our management team to business goal categories that are based on the Company’s strategy and related to the Company’s horizontal expansion and vertical integration objectives.

 

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Individual Cash Bonus Award Determinations

The Compensation Committee evaluates each NEO’s contribution to the Company’s overall performance, as well as the NEO’s individual performance with respect to Company goals under the bonus program. In determining whether and to what extent bonuses are paid, the Compensation Committee takes into account discussions with management and the Compensation Consultant. The Compensation Committee also reviews management’s proposed framework for distribution of the annual bonus pool by job level, which is designed to scale bonus payouts for senior executives up or down based on Company performance to a greater extent than other employees’ bonuses are scaled up or down. As a result, bonus payout percentage in 2023 for job levels of managing director and above, which includes our NEOs, was designed to be higher than our bonus pool funding percentage overall. For additional information, including the assessment process for our chief executive officer, please see “How Compensation Decisions Were Made in the CD&A.

The Compensation Committee has discretion to pay bonuses above or below the established targets based upon its assessment of each NEO’s contributions, performance and potential, and other considerations such as internal pay equity.

Our chief financial officer provided updates on the Company’s actual performance compared to the 2023 Corporate Goals at each quarterly meeting of the Compensation Committee, and he also presented updates at a meeting of the Compensation Committee in January 2024. In February 2024, the Compensation Committee reviewed the individual performance in 2023 of each of our NEOs, including their respective contributions to the Company’s overall performance against the 2023 Corporate Goals. The Compensation Consultant participated in each of the meetings.

Based primarily on these assessments, the Compensation Committee exercised its discretion to award annual cash bonuses to Messrs. Arnold, Audette, Enyedi, Gates and Steinmeier above their respective target award amounts for 2023. In making its individual determinations, the Compensation Committee considered the collective level of achievement of the Company’s financial and business goals and each such NEO’s individual performance, including against applicable 2023 Corporate Goals:

 

 

Mr. Arnold’s leadership of the Company in delivering solid core business results, an enhanced operating model and new business capabilities aligned to the Company’s long-term strategic vision and cultural evolution;

 

 

Mr. Audette’s success as chief financial officer in addressing opportunities and challenges in the market to drive strong financial results, as well as progress in improving the efficacy and efficiency of the Company’s operations, risk and compliance functions following his appointment in 2023 as head of business operations;

 

 

Mr. Enyedi’s leadership in implementing our client success operating model, which consolidated several business functions to provide a more integrated and consistent client experience, as reflected in increased net promoter scores and record-low advisor attrition;

 

 

Mr. Gates’s leadership in advancing the competitive differentiation of our technology platform, including progress during 2023 with regard to platform availability, resiliency and scalability, which contributed to an enhanced client and investor experience in 2023; and

 

 

Mr. Steinmeier’s contributions to the development and execution of the Company’s strategy, including his leadership in delivering our organic growth results, horizontal expansion of our affiliation models and development of our large financial institution channel, including entry into a strategic relationship agreement with Prudential Financial, Inc. in 2023.

 

 

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The table and chart below show the target annual cash bonus award opportunity established for Messrs. Arnold, Audette and Enyedi at the beginning of 2023, and for Messrs. Steinmeier and Gates in March and April 2023, respectively, following the Compensation Committee’s consideration of their responsibilities, tenure, performance and hire-away risk in light of, and to better align with, the Benchmarking Data, as well as the actual cash bonus awarded to each of our NEOs for 2023 (paid on March 8, 2024), as determined by the Compensation Committee.

 

NEO

 

  

Target

Award

 

         

Target Award

as a

Percentage of
Base Salary

 

 

Cash

Bonus

 

    

Cash Bonus
Awarded as a
Percentage of
Base Salary

 

 

Cash Bonus
Awarded as a
Percentage of
Target Award

 

Dan H. Arnold

   $ 3,325,000        350%   $ 4,000,000      421%   120%

Matthew J. Audette

   $ 1,165,500        185%   $ 1,375,000      218%   118%

Matthew Enyedi

   $ 650,000        130%   $ 785,000      157%   121%

Greg Gates

   $ 1,164,189        212%   $ 1,375,000      250%   118%

Richard Steinmeier

   $ 1,350,000          225%   $ 1,675,000      279%   124%

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Long-Term Equity Incentive Awards

The purposes of our LTI program are to promote the achievement of corporate goals that drive long-term stockholder value, to align the interests of our executive officers and other key employees with those of our stakeholders and to retain key executives. Our LTI program is critical to our efforts to hire and retain the best talent in the financial services industry.

At the beginning of each year, the Compensation Committee establishes annual LTI award targets for executive officers, including our NEOs, after reviewing the recommendations of our chief executive officer (other than for himself) and additional information, including Benchmarking Data. Annual target award amounts are based on each executive’s position, including job responsibilities, and base salary, after consideration of Benchmarking Data and prior awards to the executive.

After the conclusion of the year, the Compensation Committee determines the actual amounts of the LTI award to be granted to each of our NEOs. Because

the value of the LTI awards depends on the Company’s longer-term performance, LTI awards are an element of our executive retention strategy. In determining the LTI award amounts, the Compensation Committee takes into account discussions with management and the Compensation Consultant, and an NEO’s actual LTI award may vary from the target amount previously established for that executive by the Compensation Committee.

In accordance with SEC rules, the equity awards shown in our Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table reflect LTI awards that were granted during the 2023 calendar year. Accordingly, the awards shown in such tables include the LTI awards granted in February 2023 to each of our NEOs, as well as an additional award to Mr. Gates in June 2023, which we describe below, but do not include the LTI awards granted in February 2024, which we also describe below.

 

 

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LTI Awards in 2023

In February 2023, the Compensation Committee approved annual equity grants to our NEOs. These awards were based on each NEO’s 2022 LTI award target, as well as their individual performance during 2022 and over time, leadership responsibilities and potential, as well as retention considerations.

The annual equity grant to Mr. Arnold consisted of 70% PSUs and 30% time-based restricted stock units (“RSUs”), and annual equity grants to Messrs. Audette, Enyedi, Gates and Steinmeier consisted of 60% PSUs and 40% RSUs (such percentages in each case determined based on grant date value, assuming target performance for PSUs). We believe that this blended approach provides appropriate incentives for long-term stockholder value creation while also serving as a retention tool for the Company. We also believe that the use of PSUs aligns with our pay-for-performance principles and puts appropriate focus on long-term alignment and pay relative both to market peers and stockholder returns.

In addition, Mr. Gates received an LTI award in June 2023, which consisted of 100% RSUs (the “Gates One-Time RSU Award”). The Compensation Committee determined that it was appropriate to grant this award to Mr. Gates in light of the Benchmarking Data, the highly competitive market in which we operate, his hire-away risk and the importance of Mr. Gates’s role and responsibilities within, and the importance of his remaining with, the Company. In determining the size of the award, the Compensation Committee sought advice from the Compensation Consultant.

2023 Performance Stock Unit Awards. The PSUs granted in 2023 are eligible to become earned PSUs based on the Company’s TSR relative to the Comparator Group over a three-year performance period ending on February 14, 2026 (the “Performance Period”). The number of earned PSUs is based on the percentile ranking of the Company’s TSR within the Comparator Group’s TSR results. For the PSUs granted in 2023, the Compensation Committee continued to use the Comparator Group described above under “Bonus Pool Funding Framework.

Based on the Company’s relative performance, the number of earned PSUs can range between 0% (below threshold) and 200% (maximum) of the target award as shown below:

Performance Level    3-Year Relative TSR
Percentile Rank
(based on
Comparator
Group)
  Common
Shares
Earned (as a
% of Target)

Maximum

   80th   200%

Target

   50th   100%

Threshold

   25th   50%

Below Threshold

   Below 25th   0%

If the TSR Percentile Rank is greater than the 25th but less than the 80th percentile, the number of earned PSUs will be interpolated on a straight-line basis between performance levels. The beginning and ending share price for TSR calculations will be based on the average closing price of our Common Stock for the trailing 30 consecutive trading days including each of the beginning and end dates of the Performance Period. Earned PSUs become vested on the later of the third anniversary of the grant date and the date on which the Compensation Committee certifies achievement of the performance criteria associated with the award. The number of earned PSUs is capped at 100% of the target award if the Company’s TSR is negative over the Performance Period.

In granting PSUs in 2023, the Compensation Committee calculated the number of shares underlying each award using a price per share equal to the average closing price of our Common Stock for the trailing 30 consecutive trading days including the grant date. This approach was intended to mitigate the effect of stock price volatility.

2023 Restricted Stock Unit Awards. Each RSU granted in 2023 entitles the grantee to receive one share of our Common Stock upon vesting. RSUs granted to our NEOs vest over time in three equal annual installments. In granting RSUs in 2023, the Compensation Committee calculated the number of shares underlying each award using a price per share equal to the average closing price of our Common Stock for the trailing 30 consecutive trading days including the grant date, consistent with the approach for PSUs.

LTI Awards in 2024

In February 2023, the Compensation Committee established annual LTI award targets for each of our NEOs that ranged from 190% (for Mr. Enyedi) to 1000% (for Mr. Arnold) of base salary. In setting each NEO’s LTI award target, the Compensation Committee took into account their position,

 

 

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responsibilities and base salary; the Benchmarking Data; the recommendations of the chief executive officer (other than for himself) and the Compensation Consultant; and their potential contributions to the execution of the Company’s overall performance goals. In March 2023, the Compensation Committee approved an increase in the LTI award target for 2023 for Mr. Steinmeier (from 235% to 260% of base salary), and in April 2023, the Compensation Committee approved an increase in the LTI award target for 2023 for Mr. Gates (from 200% to 260% of base salary). In both cases, the Compensation Committee approved the changes based on its consideration of the executives’ responsibilities, tenure, performance and hire-away risk in light of, and to better align with, the Benchmarking Data.

In February 2024, our chief executive officer and chief human capital officer met with the Compensation Committee and discussed the LTI target award previously set by the Compensation Committee for

each NEO, as well as each NEO’s individual performance both during 2023 and over time, leadership responsibilities and potential, and retention considerations (with the chief executive officer and the chief human capital officer absent during discussions affecting them personally). The Compensation Consultant participated in the meeting.

Based on these considerations, as well as those listed under “Individual Cash Bonus Award Determinations,” for 2023 the Compensation Committee exercised its discretion to award LTI above the target award amount for Messrs. Arnold, Audette, Enyedi and Steinmeier and at the target award amount for Mr. Gates.

 

 

The table and chart below show the target LTI award established for each of our NEOs for 2023, as well as the actual LTI award granted to our NEOs in February 2024 for 2023 performance, in each case as determined by the Compensation Committee:

 

Executive    2023 Annual
Base Salary
     LTI Target %
of Base
Salary
  LTI Target $     

LTI $

Granted(1)

   

LTI as %

of Target

 

Dan H. Arnold

   $ 950,000      1,000%   $ 9,500,000      $ 10,450,000       110

Matthew J. Audette

   $ 630,000      225%   $ 1,417,500      $ 1,450,000       102

Matthew Enyedi

   $ 500,000      190%   $ 950,000      $ 1,100,000       116

Greg Gates

   $ 550,000      260%   $ 1,430,000      $ 1,430,000 (2)      100

Richard Steinmeier

   $ 600,000      260%   $ 1,560,000      $ 1,600,000       103

 

(1)

These LTI awards were granted on February 25, 2024 for services provided during fiscal year 2023. The number of shares underlying each award was calculated using a price per share equal to the average closing price of our Common Stock for the trailing 30 consecutive trading days including the grant date. Mr. Arnold received 70% of his LTI award as PSUs and 30% as RSUs. The other NEOs received 60% of their awards as PSUs and 40% as RSUs. PSUs are eligible to become earned and vested based on the achievement of performance criteria over a three-year period, as described above. RSUs are scheduled to vest in equal annual installments over a three-year period.

 

(2)

This amount does not include the Gates One-Time RSU Award described on page 42.

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For the PSUs granted in 2024, the Comparator Group, payout range and performance period length remained the same as the PSUs granted in 2023. Beginning with PSUs granted in 2022, the start of the three-year performance period shifted from January 1 to February 15. The rationale for this shift was to more closely align the start date of the performance period with the grant date of the awards, in order to reduce potential variance between the award value approved by the Compensation Committee and the grant date fair value, which is the value assigned to the PSUs for purposes of the Summary Compensation Table. The performance period for the PSUs granted in 2024 will end on February 14, 2027.

Because the NEO LTI awards described in the table above were granted in 2024, they are not reflected in our Summary Compensation Table or Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table.

Payout of 2021 PSUs

In February 2021, the Compensation Committee granted PSUs with terms substantially similar to the 2024 PSUs described above. Each of Messrs. Arnold, Audette, Enyedi, Gates and Steinmeier received an award of PSUs in 2021, the Performance Period for which ended on December 31, 2023. The Company’s TSR during this Performance Period ranked in the 100th percentile of the Comparator Group, which resulted in a number of earned PSUs of 200% of the target award for each of Messrs. Arnold, Audette, Enyedi, Gates and Steinmeier. The earned PSUs vested on February 25, 2024.

Effect of Termination of Employment and Retirement on Equity Awards

Unvested stock options, RSUs and PSUs generally are forfeited if an NEO voluntarily leaves the Company other than upon retirement. In the event of retirement, stock options and RSUs granted before 2023 will become fully vested, and RSUs granted in 2023 or after will remain outstanding and continue to vest according to their original vesting schedule, subject to the terms of the underlying award agreement and compliance with applicable non-competition and other restrictive covenants. Stock options will generally remain exercisable for a period of two years following retirement and, except in the case of a Designated Retirement (as defined below), PSUs will generally remain outstanding and eligible to become earned PSUs based on relative TSR performance at the end of the performance period but credited on a pro rata basis (based on the

number of days that have elapsed between the start of the applicable performance period associated with such award and the retirement date). “Retirement” means the termination of employment other than for cause following either:

 

 

attainment of age 65 and completion of five years of continuous service with the Company; or

 

 

attainment of age 55 and completion of ten years of continuous service with the Company.

In the event of a Designated Retirement (defined below), PSUs granted in 2024 or after will generally remain outstanding and eligible to become earned PSUs based on the PSU relative TSR performance at the end of the performance period but will not be subject to the proration described above. “Designated Retirement” means the termination of employment other than for cause following the attainment of age 60 and completion of ten years of continuous service with the Company.

Mr. Arnold has attained the age of 55 and completed more than ten years of continuous service with the Company and, therefore, is retirement eligible. However, Mr. Arnold has not attained the age of 60 and therefore does not qualify for Designated Retirement. No other NEO was retirement-eligible or qualified for Designated Retirement as of December 31, 2023.

Additional Compensation Elements

Severance and Change-in-Control Benefits

Our Executive Severance Plan enables us to offer protection to our NEOs in the event their employment with us is involuntarily terminated by the Company or is terminated for good reason by the executive (each, a “qualifying termination”). We believe that providing these benefits helps us compete for executive talent and may help us retain current key employees. All of our NEOs are eligible for severance benefits under the Executive Severance Plan. For more information please refer to the discussion under “Potential Payments upon Termination or Change-in-Control for the Year Ended December 31, 2023.”

Executive Perquisites

Executive perquisites are not a core component of our executive compensation program. However, we offer an executive health and wellness program as well as an executive financial services policy, pursuant to which our NEOs are eligible to receive

 

 

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annual reimbursement of up to $15,000 for qualifying personal financial planning services. We also provide for reimbursement of relocation expenses in connection with an executive’s work-related relocation.

Other Compensation Components

401(k) Plan. We maintain a retirement savings plan (the “401(k) Plan”), for the benefit of all eligible employees, including our NEOs. Under the terms of the 401(k) Plan, employees may elect to make pre-tax 401(k) and Roth 401(k) contributions up to the statutorily prescribed limit. We provide a match in an amount equal to 75% of an employee’s elective deferral up to 8% of his or her eligible compensation on a pay period basis after six months of service. Employees may also elect to make after-tax contributions of up to $20,000 per year. After-tax contributions are not matched. We provide this benefit to all of our eligible employees, and it is provided to our NEOs on the same basis as all other eligible employees.

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation. In 2023, Messrs. Arnold, Audette and Enyedi were participants in our Executive Nonqualified Excess Plan (the “Deferred Compensation Plan”). The Deferred Compensation Plan allows a select group of highly compensated or management employees to defer up to 100% of their current compensation, which

includes for this purpose base salary, service bonus, performance-based compensation and commissions. Distributions of deferred amounts may be made only upon a qualifying distribution event, and at the time an election is made to defer compensation under the Deferred Compensation Plan, participants may choose, with respect to each potential qualifying distribution event, to receive amounts in either a lump sum or in equal annual installments over a number of years (but not to exceed five years for fixed date elections or ten years for separation from service elections). Deferred amounts are credited with an investment return determined as if the amounts were invested in one or more investment funds made available by the Deferred Compensation Plan and selected by a participant. The amounts of compensation Messrs. Audette and Enyedi elected to defer under the Deferred Compensation Plan in 2023 are described in the table titled “Nonqualified Deferred Compensation for the Year Ended December 31, 2023.

The chart below shows the total 2023 compensation paid or granted to our NEOs, by component, including the value of each NEO’s LTI award that was granted in February 2024 in respect of services performed in 2023 as described above under LTI Awards in 2024,” but excluding the value of the NEO’s LTI award that was granted in February 2023 in respect of services performed in 2022.

 

 

 

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Role of Compensation Committee

The Compensation Committee is composed entirely of directors who meet the Nasdaq standards for independence, including the heightened standards applicable to compensation committee members. The Compensation Committee is responsible for establishing our human resources policies, including our compensation philosophy and principles, and overseeing our executive compensation policies and program. The Compensation Committee reviews and gives final approval of the total compensation payable to each of our NEOs, as well as the structure and implementation of the Company’s overall compensation programs. In establishing total target compensation levels for our NEOs, the Compensation Committee, with input from the Compensation Consultant, determines the ranges of market compensation that it believes will enable us to effectively compete for and retain high-performing, qualified executives. The Compensation Committee’s charter sets forth its responsibilities.

CEO Assessment Process

At the beginning of each year, our chief executive officer sets and reviews with the Board his priorities for the year based on the corporate goals approved by our Board and additional feedback from our non-employee directors. For 2023, Mr. Arnold’s priorities related to the Company’s strategic direction, cultural transformation and accountability for executing plans to deliver value to its stakeholders, as well as personal development goals related to his position as chief executive officer.

At the end of each year, the Compensation Committee requests that our chief executive officer prepare a written self-evaluation of performance against the year’s corporate goals and CEO priorities. The chair of the Compensation Committee distributes the completed self-evaluation to each non-employee director, who completes an assessment of the chief executive officer’s performance relative to these priorities.

Our chief human capital officer provides a summary of the results of the assessments to each of the non-employee directors, including the members of the Compensation Committee, who consider the chief executive officer’s self-evaluation and the results of the non-employee directors’ assessments in evaluating the chief executive officer’s performance

for the year. The materials are also discussed by the Board in an executive session led by the chair of the Compensation Committee and, after such discussion, feedback and compensation decisions are provided to the chief executive officer by the chair of the Compensation Committee and the chair of the Board.

Role of Executive Officers

Prior to the beginning of each year, our executive officers develop the corporate goals that they believe should be achieved for the Company to be successful, which are approved by the Board and used by the Compensation Committee for the purpose of establishing how executive performance will be assessed for compensation-setting purposes. These corporate goals are derived largely from the Company’s annual financial and strategic planning sessions, and are prioritized and aligned with the Company’s long-term strategic plan. The corporate goals include both quantitative financial and operating metrics and operational deliverables and goals. The chief financial officer provides quarterly reports to the Compensation Committee assessing the Company’s performance against the annual corporate goals.

Our chief executive officer annually reviews the individual performance of each of his direct reports, including the NEOs (but excluding himself), and provides the Compensation Committee with evaluations of each such direct report as well as recommendations regarding such person’s base salary level, annual cash bonus and annual LTI award. Our chief human capital officer also attends Compensation Committee meetings and assists the Compensation Committee and the chief executive officer in recommending the final compensation levels for our NEOs and other executive officers (other than herself). Both the chief executive officer and the chief human capital officer leave the meetings during discussions of compensation actions affecting them personally.

Role of Compensation Consultant

The Compensation Committee has the authority to engage its own advisors to assist it in carrying out its responsibilities. The Compensation Committee engaged the Compensation Consultant to advise it on compensation matters and provide experiential guidance on what is considered fair and competitive practice in our industry, primarily with respect to the compensation of our executive officers, and also with respect to director compensation.

 

 

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In 2023, the Compensation Consultant worked directly with the Compensation Committee to develop recommendations for compensation levels for our executive officers and non-employee directors. In addition, the Compensation Consultant provided data and other information regarding competitive compensation programs and policies, as well as information concerning compensation plan design and regulatory developments. Finally, the Compensation Consultant conducted a risk assessment of the Company’s executive compensation policies and practices.

The Compensation Committee has assessed the independence of the Compensation Consultant pursuant to SEC rules and has determined that the work provided by the Compensation Consultant did not raise a conflict of interest.

Benchmarking

We believe that a competitive pay package is a critical tool in our efforts to attract and retain qualified executives. The Compensation Committee’s goal is to ensure that we continue to measure our compensation practices against organizations that compete with us for key executives, that are considered important benchmarks in our industry and that are comparable in size and scope to our business.

During 2023, the Compensation Committee engaged the Compensation Consultant to prepare analyses to benchmark and assess our overall compensation program and practices against marketplace standards. The Compensation Committee’s purpose in requesting these analyses was to be provided with general market perspective on executive officer and director pay levels and compensation design practices, and to ensure that the Company’s practices are competitive with our peers. Although the Compensation Committee believes the analyses provide a representative view of the market in which the Company competes for talent, the analyses are among several considerations used by the Compensation Committee in assessing executive and director compensation.

Working with the Compensation Consultant, the Compensation Committee reviewed 2023 total target compensation for Messrs. Arnold and Audette against the compensation levels of chief executive officers and chief financial officers of companies within our peer group, respectively, and for Messrs. Enyedi,

Gates and Steinmeier against the compensation levels from Equilar’s Executive Compensation survey covering financial services and investment services companies. In the case of Messrs. Gates and Steinmeier, the Compensation Committee also considered as supplemental data compensation levels of named executive officers other than chief executive officers and chief financial officers of companies within our peer group. The companies within our peer group used in the review of 2022 year-end compensation decision-making and in setting 2023 total target compensation consisted of:

 

   Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (AMP)      Northern Trust Corp. (NTRS)
   Bread Financial Holdings, Inc. (BFH)      Raymond James Financial, Inc. (RJF)
   Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (BR)      SEI Investments Company (SEIC)
   Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN)      SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. (SSNC)
   Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (IBKR)      Stifel Financial Corp. (SF)
   Invesco Ltd. (IVZ)      The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW)
   Nasdaq, Inc. (NDAQ)      The Western Union Company (WU)

The chart below compares the 2022 revenues for and market capitalizations as of December 31, 2022 of the Company and the median of the peer group described immediately above (in billions):

 

      Revenue      Market
Capitalization
 

Peer Group (Median)

   $ 5.9      $ 13.2  

LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

   $ 8.6      $ 17.1  

In late 2023, with the assistance of the Compensation Consultant, the Compensation Committee conducted a focused review of the size and composition of the Company’s peer group in order to assist with 2023 year-end compensation decision-making and the review of 2024 total target compensation. In particular, the Compensation Committee considered the continued appropriateness of the peer companies and additional candidates for potential inclusion in the peer group, particularly in light of the Company’s talent acquisition strategies, which continuously evolve in response to market dynamics. Following this assessment, the Compensation Committee determined that no changes were needed to the Company’s peer group.

 

 

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As a result, the companies within our peer group used for 2023 year-end compensation decision-making and in the review of 2024 total target compensation consisted of the same peer group, listed in the chart above, that was used for 2022 year-end compensation decision-making and in the review of 2023 total target compensation.

The chart below compares the 2023 revenues for and market capitalization as of December 31, 2023 of the Company and the median of the peer group described immediately above (in billions):

 

      Revenue      Market
Capitalization
 

Peer Group (Median)

   $ 5.9      $ 14.9  

LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

   $ 10.1      $ 17.2  

Compensation Policies and Practices

No Employment Agreements

We do not have individual employment agreements with any of our executive officers, including our NEOs, although we have a practice of entering into offer letters with new executive officers that generally lay out the expected terms and conditions of their employment. Our executives serve at the will of the Board, and their rights to severance benefits following a termination of employment, if any, are determined under our Executive Severance Plan, which applies uniformly to executives at the managing director level and above.

Executive Severance Plan

Under our Executive Severance Plan, participants who experience a qualifying termination of employment are eligible to receive continued payment of base salary for one year, an amount equal to the most recent annual bonus paid or payable to the executive and a subsidy of COBRA continuation benefits for one year.

Additional benefits, including possible accelerated vesting of equity-based awards, are described elsewhere in this proxy statement under “Potential Payments upon Termination or Change-in-Control for the Year Ended December 31, 2023.”

Equity Ownership Guidelines

We have adopted equity ownership guidelines to support the alignment of the interests of our executive officers with the interests of our stockholders. Each

executive at the managing director level and above (which includes our NEOs) is required to achieve and maintain ownership of our Common Stock at a threshold equal to three times his or her base salary, while our chief executive officer is required to achieve and maintain a threshold equal to six times his base salary. Generally, executive officers have five years from the time they become an executive officer to meet the minimum ownership requirements. In 2022, with the assistance of the Compensation Consultant, the Compensation Committee reviewed and amended the equity ownership guidelines to better align with market practice and proxy advisor policy amendments. Following the amendments, the after-tax value of all unvested RSUs, as well as all outstanding shares, held by the executive count as shares for purposes of satisfying the minimum ownership requirement. Stock options and unvested PSUs do not count. Our equity ownership guidelines may be found on our website at www.lpl.com.

Each of our NEOs satisfied the minimum ownership requirement as of March 11, 2024. Under the equity ownership guidelines, an NEO is not required to purchase additional shares to satisfy the ownership requirement in the event of a decline in the Company’s stock price, but the NEO is generally prohibited from selling or transferring shares (with limited exceptions) until the minimum ownership requirement has been achieved, except as otherwise determined by the Compensation Committee.

Anti-Hedging and Anti-Pledging Policy

We believe that hedging transactions may permit executives to own Company securities obtained through our executive compensation program or otherwise without the full risks and rewards of ownership. When that occurs, an executive may no longer have the same interests as the Company’s other stockholders. As a result, we have adopted a policy, included within our Insider Trading Policy and applicable to all employees, officers, directors and consultants of the Company, which prohibits short sales, hedging or engaging in monetization transactions, including through the use of put and call options, collars, exchange funds, prepaid variable forwards and equity swaps. The policy also prohibits holding Company securities in a margin account or pledging Company securities as collateral for a loan, because a margin or foreclosure sale may occur when an executive is aware of material nonpublic information or otherwise not permitted to trade in Common Stock.

 

 

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Rule 10b5-1 Plan Policy

The Company has adopted a policy (the “10b5-1 Policy”) for all executive officers and directors of the Company who adopt Rule 10b5-1 plans for trading in Company securities. The 10b5-1 Policy is designed to prevent inadvertent violations of the federal securities laws when implementing Rule 10b5-1 plans and was amended in 2023 to align with amended rules issued by the SEC in December 2022.

Clawback Policy

We have adopted a clawback policy aligned with the SEC’s rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). The policy requires current and former executive officers of the Company to return erroneously awarded incentive-based compensation in the event the Company is required to restate its financial statements due to material noncompliance with financial reporting requirements under federal securities laws. Under the policy, incentive-based compensation includes any cash or equity compensation based on the attainment of a financial reporting measure, including stock price and total shareholder return. If the amount of the incentive-based compensation received by a covered executive during the three completed fiscal years preceding the date the Company is required to restate its financial statements would have been lower based on the restated financial results, the Compensation Committee will seek recovery from the covered executive of the excess amount in accordance with the policy.

Annual Compensation Risk Assessment

The Compensation Committee annually reviews our executive compensation policies and practices to ensure that they do not encourage unnecessary and excessive risks. The Compensation Consultant provided a report in connection with the 2023 review, the results of which are discussed elsewhere in this proxy statement under “Information Regarding Board and Committee Structure—Risk Management and Compensation Policies and Practices.”

Say-on-Pay Feedback from Stockholders

In 2023, we held an advisory vote on the frequency with which our NEO compensation program would be submitted to our stockholders for an advisory vote, commonly referred to as a “say-on-pay” vote. Our stockholders recommended that say-on-pay votes occur every year. Each year, the Compensation Committee considers the results of the prior year’s advisory vote as it reviews and determines the total compensation packages for our NEOs in the current year. We received strong support for our NEO compensation program at our 2023 annual meeting of stockholders, as more than 97% of the total votes cast on the advisory vote on say-on-pay voted to approve the proposal.

Impact of Tax Treatment on Compensation

In light of the repeal of the performance-based compensation exemption under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code, the Compensation Committee authorizes compensation that is not fully deductible if the Compensation Committee determines it to be appropriate and in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders.

 

 

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Committee of the Board of Directors

 

 

 

Report of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee of the Board of Directors

The following independent directors, who constitute the Compensation Committee, have reviewed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis with our management and recommended that it be included in this proxy statement.

Allison H. Mnookin, Chair

Edward C. Bernard

H. Paulett Eberhart

Anne M. Mulcahy

James S. Putnam

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Compensation of Named Executive Officers

Except where otherwise noted, the equity awards shown in the Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table for the fiscal year 2023 were granted in February 2023 in respect of services performed in 2022. Please refer to the Compensation Discussion and Analysis included in last year’s proxy statement for a discussion of these awards. Equity awards in respect of services performed in 2023 that were granted in 2024 do not appear in the Summary Compensation Table or Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table in accordance with SEC rules. Please refer to the Compensation Discussion and Analysis in this proxy statement for a discussion of these awards.

The tables in the following sections of this proxy statement provide information required by the SEC regarding compensation paid to or earned by our NEOs. The footnotes to these tables provide important information to explain the values presented in the tables and are an important part of our disclosures.

Summary Compensation Table

The following table sets forth information for our NEOs concerning the total compensation for the years ended December 31, 2023, 2022 and 2021, as applicable to such NEO (or such shorter period of the NEO’s service):

 

Name and

Principal Position

  Year    

Salary

($)

        

Stock

Awards

($)(1)

        

Non-Equity

Incentive Plan

Compensation

($)(2)

   

All Other

Compensation

($)(3)

          

Total

($)

 

Dan H. Arnold

President and Chief Executive Officer

    2023       946,154     (4)     11,901,699         4,000,000       89,937         16,937,790  
    2022       920,096     (5)     8,906,441         3,885,000       38,853         13,750,390  
    2021       892,308     (6)     8,569,310         3,375,000       39,250         12,875,868  

Matthew J. Audette

Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Operations

    2023       625,385     (7)     1,319,013         1,375,000       77,280         3,396,678  
    2022       600,000         1,315,344         1,500,000       30,375         3,445,719  
    2021       600,000         1,582,270         1,365,000       37,122         3,584,392  

Matthew Enyedi

Managing Director, Client Success

    2023       492,308     (8)     1,102,237         785,000       75,510         2,455,055  

Greg Gates

Managing Director, Chief Technology and Information Officer

    2023       524,039     (9)     1,435,139     (12)     1,375,000       55,984         3,390,162  

Richard Steinmeier

Managing Director, Divisional President, Business Strategy and Growth

    2023       592,308     (10)     1,381,540         1,675,000       80,518         3,729,366  
    2022       540,192     (11)     1,440,671         1,300,000       32,751         3,313,614  
    2021       500,000           1,788,720           1,280,000       28,384               3,597,104  

 

(1)

Represents the aggregate grant date fair value of PSUs and RSUs, in each case computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718 and, in the case of PSUs, based on the probable outcome of the performance conditions associated with such awards on the grant date. The aggregate grant date fair value of RSUs was determined based on the closing price of our Common Stock on the grant date (or, if the grant date was not a trading day, the closing price on the trading day that immediately precedes the grant date), discounted to reflect the absence of dividend rights in connection with such awards. The aggregate grant date fair value of PSUs is estimated using a Monte-Carlo simulation model as of the date of grant. Please see the heading “Share-Based Compensation” in Note 2 — Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, to our consolidated financial statements filed with our annual reports on Form 10-K for the years ended December 31, 2023, 2022 and 2021. Pursuant to SEC rules, the amounts shown exclude the impact of estimated forfeitures related to service-based vesting conditions. The table below shows the grant date fair value of PSU awards granted in 2023, 2022 and 2021 assuming target and maximum levels of performance are achieved (amounts under the “Stock Awards” column represent the aggregate grant date fair value of PSUs based on the probable outcome of performance conditions, which for each of 2023, 2022 and 2021 assumed target level of performance was achieved).

 

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     2023      2022      2021  
Name    Target ($)      Maximum ($)      Target ($)      Maximum ($)      Target ($)      Maximum ($)  

Dan H. Arnold

     9,051,931        18,103,862        6,783,740        13,567,481        6,656,056        13,312,112  

Matthew J. Audette

     885,406        1,770,812        884,664        1,769,328        1,093,412        2,186,824  

Matthew Enyedi

     739,837        1,479,674              

Greg Gates

     763,488        1,526,976              

Richard Steinmeier

     927,378        1,854,756        969,000        1,938,000        1,236,014        2,472,028  

 

(2)

Represents the dollar value of annual cash bonus awards earned by each NEO for the relevant year.

 

(3)

See “All Other Compensation” table below for additional information.

 

(4)

Mr. Arnold received an increase in base salary from $925,000 to $950,000 effective on February 13, 2023.

 

(5)

Mr. Arnold received an increase in base salary from $900,000 to $925,000 effective on March 1, 2022.

 

(6)

Mr. Arnold received an increase in base salary from $850,000 to $900,000 effective on February 14, 2021.

 

(7)

Mr. Audette received an increase in base salary from $600,000 to $630,000 effective on February 13, 2023.

 

(8)

Mr. Enyedi received an increase in base salary from $450,000 to $500,000 effective on February 13, 2023.

 

(9)

Mr. Gates received an increase in base salary from $450,000 to $500,000 effective on February 13, 2023 and from $500,000 to $550,000 effective on May 1, 2023.

 

(10)

Mr. Steinmeier received an increase in base salary from $550,000 to $600,000 effective on February 13, 2023.

 

(11)

Mr. Steinmeier received an increase in base salary from $500,000 to $550,000 effective on March 1, 2022.

 

(12)

Includes a one-time grant of 1,532 RSUs on June 12, 2023, which is further described on page 42 as the Gates One-Time RSU Award.

All Other Compensation

The following table sets forth information for our NEOs concerning All Other Compensation in the table above for the years ended December 31, 2023, 2022 and 2021, as applicable to such NEO:

 

Name    Year     

Taxable
Travel
and
Related
Expenses

($)(1)

     Reimbursement
for Financial
Planning
Services($)(2)
    

Executive
Health
and
Wellness
Program

($)(3)

    

401(k)
Employer
Match

($)

     Other
($)(4)
    

Total

($)

 

Dan H. Arnold

     2023        48,592           15,000        5,553        19,800        992        89,937  
     2022               15,000        5,553        18,300               38,853  
     2021               15,000        5,553        17,400        1,297        39,250  

Matthew J. Audette

     2023        46,483        5,800        6,942        16,875        1,180        77,280  
     2022               15,000               15,375               30,375  
     2021               15,000        5,553        14,625        1,944        37,122  

Matthew Enyedi

     2023         39,165        10,000         5,553        19,800        992        75,510  

Greg Gates

     2023        38,186                      16,875        923        55,984  

Richard Steinmeier

     2023        43,137        11,938        4,463        19,800         1,180        80,518  
     2022               13,013        4,363        15,375                32,751  
       2021               7,965        4,363        14,625        1,431        28,384  

 

(1)

Consists of hotel, air travel and other expenses related to the attendance of each NEO’s spouse at a client conference hosted by the Company outside of the United States, as well as related tax gross-up payments for each NEO and spouse. Although the expenses related to each NEO’s attendance at such conference were incurred solely for business purposes, the value of the travel to such conference was imputed as taxable compensation to the NEO under applicable tax requirements. The tax gross-up payments to Messrs. Arnold, Audette, Enyedi, Gates and Steinmeier were $34,262, $31,523, $26,672, $25,896 and $29,298, respectively.

 

(2)

Consists of taxable reimbursements received under the Company’s Executive Financial Services Policy.

 

(3)

Includes membership expenses for a health and wellness program, as well as related tax gross-up payments that in 2023 totaled $2,753 for each of Messrs. Arnold and Enyedi, $3,442 for Mr. Audette and $2,213 for Mr. Steinmeier, that in 2022 totaled $2,753 for Mr. Arnold and $2,163 for Mr. Steinmeier, and that in 2021 totaled $2,753 for each of Messrs. Arnold and Audette and $2,163 for Mr. Steinmeier.

 

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Consists of the value of year-end gifts received by the NEO at the Company’s expense, as well as related tax gross-up payments in 2023 in the amount of $492 for each of Messrs. Arnold and Enyedi, $585 for each of Messrs. Audette and Steinmeier and $423 for Mr. Gates, and in 2021 in the amount of $497 for Mr. Arnold, $964 for Mr. Audette and $631 for Mr. Steinmeier.

2023 Grants of Plan-Based Awards

The following table provides additional information about non-equity and equity-based awards granted to our NEOs during the year ended December 31, 2023:

 

Name  

Approval
Date

    Grant
Date
   

 

Estimated Future Payouts Under
Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards(1)

   

 

Estimated Future Payouts Under
Equity Incentive Plan Awards(2)

    All
Other
Stock
Awards:
Shares
of Stock
or Units
(#)(3)
    Grant Date
Fair Value of
Stock
($)(4)
 
 

Threshold

($)

   

Target

($)

   

Maximum

($)

   

Threshold

(#)

   

Target

(#)

   

Maximum

(#)

 

Dan H. Arnold

          3,325,000              
    2/6/23       2/25/2023                   11,646       2,849,768  
    2/6/23       2/25/2023             13,587       27,174       54,348         9,051,931  

Matthew J. Audette

          1,165,500              
    2/6/23       2/25/2023                   1,772       433,607  
    2/6/23       2/25/2023             1,329       2,658       5,316         885,406  

Matthew Enyedi

          650,000              
    2/6/23       2/25/2023                   1,481       362,400  
    2/6/23       2/25/2023             1,110       2,221       4,442         739,837  

Greg Gates

          1,164,189              
    2/6/23       2/25/2023                   1,528       373,901  
    2/6/23       2/25/2023             1,146       2,292       4,584         763,488  
    6/7/23       6/12/2023                   1,532       297,750  

Richard Steinmeier

          1,350,000              
    2/6/23       2/25/2023                   1,856       454,162  
    2/6/23       2/25/2023                               1,392       2,784       5,568               927,378  

 

(1)

Represents the target annual cash bonus award opportunity established for each NEO in 2023. For information about the cash bonuses actually awarded to each NEO for 2023 (paid on March 8, 2024), please see “Individual Cash Bonus Award Determinations” in the CD&A and footnote 2 to the Summary Compensation Table above.

 

(2)

Represents the number of threshold, target and maximum potential future payouts under the PSUs awarded under our 2021 Plan. PSUs are eligible to become earned PSUs based on the Company’s TSR relative to the TSR of the Comparator Group (as defined above) over the Performance Period (as defined above). The number of PSUs that is earned is determined based on the Company’s relative ranking between the 25th and the 80th percentiles of the Comparator Group’s TSR results. Amounts in the threshold column (50% of the target award) reflect the number of PSUs that would be earned if threshold performance were achieved (a TSR percentile rank at 25%); amounts in the target column (100% of the target award) reflect the number of PSUs that would be earned if target performance were achieved (a TSR percentile rank at 50%); and amounts in the maximum column (200% of the target award) reflect the number of PSUs that would be earned if maximum performance were achieved (a TSR percentile rank at or above 80%). The number of PSUs earned between threshold, target and maximum performance levels is interpolated on a straight-line basis between performance levels. No PSUs will be earned if performance is below the threshold level. The number of earned PSUs is capped at 100% of the target award if the Company’s TSR is negative during the Performance Period. Earned PSUs become vested on the later of the third anniversary of the grant date and the date on which the Compensation Committee determines the level of achievement of the performance criteria associated with the award and the number of PSUs that have become earned under the award agreement.

 

(3)

Represents the number of RSUs awarded under our 2021 Plan. RSUs are scheduled to vest over a three-year period in equal tranches, with the first tranche scheduled to vest on the first anniversary of the grant date.

 

(4)

Represents the grant date fair value of PSUs and RSUs, in each case computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, and in the case of PSUs, based on the probable outcome of the performance conditions associated with such awards on the grant date. The aggregate grant date fair value of RSUs was determined based on the closing price of our Common Stock on the grant date (or, if the grant date was not a trading day, the closing price on the trading day that immediately precedes the grant date), discounted to reflect the absence of dividend rights in connection with such awards. See footnote 1 to the Summary Compensation Table above.

 

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We do not have individual employment agreements with any of our executive officers, including our NEOs, although we have a practice of entering into offer letters with new executive officers that generally lay out the expected terms and conditions of their employment, including potential levels of compensation. Please refer to the Compensation Discussion and Analysis in this proxy statement for a discussion of our cash bonus awards and long-term equity incentive awards.

Outstanding Equity Awards at December 31, 2023

The following table sets forth information with respect to unexercised stock option awards, unvested RSUs and unvested or unearned PSUs, as applicable, as of December 31, 2023:

 

Option Awards

           Stock Awards  
Name   

Number of
Securities

Underlying

Unexercised

Options

(#)

Exercisable

   

Number of
Securities

Underlying
Unexercised

Options

(#)

Unexercisable

  

Option

Exercise

Price

($)

   

Option

Expiration

Date

           

Number of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested

(#)

  

Market Value
of Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested

($)(1)

     Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights That
Have Not
Vested (#)
     Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Market or
Payout
Value of
Unearned
Shares That
Have Not
Vested ($)(2)
 

Dan H. Arnold

     77,603           (3)      39.48       3/13/2027                                    
     77,606           (4)      65.50       2/23/2028                                    
     68,820           (5)      77.53       2/25/2029                                    
                               4,915     (7)      1,118,752                  
                               7,837     (8)      1,783,858                  
                               11,646     (9)      2,650,863                  
                               68,800     (10)      15,660,256                  
                                               54,858       (11      12,486,778