Compensation Committee

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ChairpersonNorman Creighton

MemberCathy Hendrickson

MemberDavid Minella

Compensation Committee Charter



The purpose of the Compensation Committee of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) shall be to discharge the Board of Directors’ responsibilities relating to compensation of the Company’s directors and executive officers. The Compensation Committee has overall responsibility for evaluating and approving the Company’s compensation plans, policies and programs. The Compensation Committee shall undertake the specific responsibilities and duties set forth in this Charter and such other duties as the Board of Directors may from time to time prescribe.


The Compensation Committee shall be comprised of three or more members of the Board of Directors, each of whom shall be “disinterested persons” as that term is used by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and each of whom the Board of Directors determines to be “independent” and otherwise eligible under applicable SEC rules and the listing standards of the securities exchange the Company’s common stock is listed on. Additionally, no director may serve on the Compensation Committee unless the director (i) is a “Non-employee Director” for purposes of Rule 16b-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and (ii) satisfies the requirements of an “outside director” for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Board of Directors shall appoint the members and designate one of the Compensation Committee members to be the chairman of the Compensation Committee. The members of the Compensation Committee shall serve until such member’s successor is duly elected and qualified or until such member’s earlier resignation or removal. The members of the Compensation Committee may be removed, with or without cause, by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.


The Compensation Committee shall meet at least annually, and more often as it deems appropriate to fulfill the responsibilities set forth in this Charter. The Compensation Committee may establish its own schedule, which it shall provide to the Board of Directors in advance.


Outlined below are certain continuing responsibilities that the Compensation Committee is expected to fulfill in effecting its purpose as stated in this Charter. This list of responsibilities is presented for illustrative purposes and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Compensation Committee may conduct additional activities as appropriate in light of changing business, legislative, regulatory, legal or other conditions. The Compensation Committee shall also fulfill other responsibilities delegated to it from time to time by the Board of Directors.

  1. Review and approve corporate goals and objectives relevant to the Chief Executive Officer’s and other executive officer’s compensation.
  2. Evaluate the performance of the Chief Executive Officer and other executive officers of the Company and, based on such evaluation, review and approve the annual salary, bonus, stock options and other benefits, direct and indirect, of the Chief Executive Officer and other executive officers.
  3. Consistent with the applicable requirements of the Exchange Act and NYSE listing standards, the Compensation Committee: (i) may, in its sole discretion, retain or obtain the advice of, and terminate, a compensation consultant, legal counsel or other adviser (“compensation advisers”); (ii) shall be directly responsible for the appointment, determination of compensation and oversight of the work of any compensation advisers retained by the Compensation Committee; (iii) subject to any exceptions under NYSE listing standards, undertake an analysis of the independence of each compensation adviser to the Compensation Committee, taking into consideration all factors relevant to that person’s independence from management, including the independence factors specified in the applicable requirements of the Exchange Act and NYSE listing standards, with such analysis to occur prior to selection of such compensation advisor and as appropriate thereafter; and (iv) have such additional authority and responsibility as may be required from time to time under the rules and guidelines of the Exchange Act and NYSE listing standards. The Company shall provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Compensation Committee, for payment of compensation to a compensation adviser retained by the Compensation Committee.
  4. Review and recommend to the full Board of Directors compensation of directors, as well as director’s and officer’s indemnification and insurance matters.
  5. Review and make recommendations to the Board of Directors with respect to the Company’s incentive-compensation plans and equity-based plans, and oversee the activities of the individuals responsible for administering those plans.
  6. Review and approve all equity compensation plans of the Company that are not otherwise subject to the approval of the Company’s stockholders.
  7. Cause to be prepared, and then review and approve, the annual report on executive compensation for inclusion in the Company’s proxy statement, pursuant to and in accordance with applicable rules and regulations of the SEC and the applicable securities exchange.
  8. Oversee and advise the Board of Directors on management proposals to shareholders on executive compensation matters, including advisory votes on executive compensation and frequency of such votes, and proposals received from shareholders on executive compensation matters and oversee management’s engagement with shareholders and proxy advisory firms on executive compensation matters. The Compensation Committee shall review the results of such votes and consider any implications in connection with the Compensation Committee’s ongoing determinations and recommendations regarding the Company’s executive compensation policies and practices.
  9. Approve the creation or revision of any “clawback” policy allowing the Company to recoup compensation paid to employees.
  10. Review annually and discuss with management the Company’s compensation policies and practices as applied to employees generally to assess whether any risks arising from such policies and practices are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company.
  11. Report regularly to the Board of Directors including with respect to:
    (a) such other matters as are relevant to the Compensation Committee’s discharge of its responsibilities; and
    (b) such recommendations as the Compensation Committee may deem appropriate.
  12. Maintain minutes or other records of meetings and activities of the Compensation Committee.
  13. Review annually the Charter, structures and membership of the Compensation Committee.
  14. Evaluate annually the Compensation Committee’s performance, including its compliance with this Charter, and provide any written material with respect to such evaluation to the Board of Directors, including any recommendations for changes in procedures or polices governing the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee shall conduct such evaluation and review in such manner as it deems appropriate.
  15. To form and delegate responsibilities to subcommittees, if necessary or advisable.