UNITED STATES
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HILLENBRAND, INC.

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

 

To Be Held February 10, 2022

 

The Annual Meeting of shareholders of Hillenbrand, Inc., an Indiana corporation (the “Company”), will be held at the Company’s headquarters at One Batesville Boulevard, Batesville, Indiana 47006, on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, for the following purposes:

 


(1) to elect six members to the Board of Directors;

 


(2) to approve, by a non-binding advisory vote, the compensation paid by the Company to its Named Executive Officers;

 


(3) to ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2022; and

 


(4) to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting and any postponement or adjournment of the meeting.

 

We intend to hold the Annual Meeting in person. But given public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge you to consider voting in advance of the meeting via one of the remote methods described in the proxy statement in lieu of attending the meeting in person. In addition, we continue to actively monitor developments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the spread of variant strains of the virus, and we regularly review and consider the related requirements, recommendations, and protocols that are issued and that may be issued by public health authorities and governments, including in relation to masking, testing, and vaccinations. The health and well-being of our employees and shareholders is a high priority, and we are sensitive to the public health and travel concerns our shareholders may have. Accordingly, if we determine that it is not possible or advisable to hold the Annual Meeting in person, we will announce alternative arrangements for the meeting, which may include a change in venue or holding the meeting solely by means of remote communication. We will announce any such change and the details on how to participate by press release, on our web site at https://ir.hillenbrand.com, and in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If you are planning to attend the Annual Meeting in person, please check our web site prior to the meeting date. In addition, for your safety and ours, we require you to register your planned in-person attendance with us at least ten (10) business days prior to the meeting, by writing to the Investor Relations Department, Hillenbrand, Inc., One Batesville Boulevard, Batesville, Indiana 47006 or by email at investors@hillenbrand.com. Pre-registration and an admission ticket, as well as matching photo identification, are necessary to gain entrance to the secure area of our headquarters building where the meeting will be held, and we expect that enhanced health and safety protocols will be in place. Similar to last year and subject to public health circumstances at the time of the Annual Meeting, we may again limit food or beverage service and other opportunities for social interaction. Even if unable this year, we hope to resume the social elements of our Annual Meeting in the future, as we truly value the opportunity to have more personal engagement with our shareholders.

 

 

 

  By Order of the Board of Directors,
   
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  Nicholas R. Farrell
  Secretary

  

Your vote is very important. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we encourage you to read the proxy statement and submit your proxy and voting instructions as soon as possible. Important notice regarding the availability of proxy materials for the Annual Meeting of shareholders to be held on February 10, 2022: This proxy statement, the accompanying proxy card, and our 2021 Annual Report to Shareholders are available on the Internet at www.hillenbrand.com.

 

December 30, 2021

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Page

Proxy Statement Summary   1
         
Questions and Answers About the Annual Meeting and Voting   7
         
PROPOSAL NO. 1 – Election of Directors   15
         
The Board of Directors and Committees   24
         
Security Ownership of Directors and Management   38
         
Delinquent Section 16(a) Reports   42
         
Security Ownership of Beneficial Owners of More Than 5 Percent of the Company’s Common Stock   43
         
Executive Compensation   44
         
  Part I: Compensation Discussion and Analysis   45
         
  Part II: Compensation Committee Report   77
         
  Part III: Executive Compensation Tables   78
         
  Part IV: Compensation Consultant Matters   94
         
  Part V: Compensation-Related Risk Assessment   96
         
  Part VI: CEO Pay Ratio   97
         
  Part VII: Anti-Hedging and Anti-Pledging   98
         
PROPOSAL NO. 2 – Non-Binding Advisory Vote to Approve Compensation of Named Executive Officers   99
         
Compensation of Directors   100
         
Equity Compensation Plan Information   104
         
Audit Committee Report   105
         
PROPOSAL NO. 3 – Ratification of Appointment of the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm   106
         
Other Matters   108
         
Appendix A – Incentive Plan Definitions   A-1

 

 

 

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HILLENBRAND, INC.

PROXY STATEMENT SUMMARY

 

To assist you in reviewing the proposals to be acted upon at the 2022 Annual Meeting of shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Hillenbrand, Inc., an Indiana corporation (“Hillenbrand” or the “Company”), we call your attention to the following information about the proposals and the Board’s voting recommendations, along with highlights of the Company’s corporate governance and executive compensation practices. The following description is only a summary. For more complete information about these topics, please review the proxy statement in its entirety.

 

Annual Meeting Information

 

Time and Date: February 10, 2022 @ 10:00 a.m. EST
Location: Hillenbrand headquarters
Record Date: December 13, 2021
Admission: Pre-registration by email to investors@hillenbrand.com, together with ticket attached to the proxy card (available to beneficial owners upon request as described in the proxy statement) and photo identification

 

See “Questions and Answers about the Annual Meeting and Voting” in the proxy statement for additional information.

 

Proposals and Voting Recommendations

 

Proposal Board’s Voting
Recommendation
Page References
No. 1 Election of Directors FOR 15
No. 2 Non-Binding Advisory Vote to Approve Compensation of Named Executive Officers, or “Say on Pay” FOR 99
No. 3 Ratification of Appointment of the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm FOR 106

 

Incentive Compensation Plans and Results

 

Short-term: The Compensation and Management Development Committee of our Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee”) has determined to use net revenue, order intake (used by our Coperion subsidiary in lieu of net revenue as further described in the proxy statement), adjusted income before taxes (“IBT”), and cash conversion cycle as the metrics for the Company’s short-term incentive compensation (“STIC”) plan in evaluating the Company’s operational performance, efficiency, and sustainable improvements, as shown in the charts below. We believe that these metrics align the interests of our management with those of our shareholders. For fiscal 2021 STIC, the Compensation Committee approved use of two six-month measurement periods rather than the traditional one twelve-month period and also modified the payout curves, as described in the proxy statement, given the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, for the second six-month measurement period, the Compensation Committee added the creation of specific plans to increase workforce diversity as part of the Named Executive Officers’ collective performance goal relating to diverse talent pools. As described in the proxy statement, an individual officer’s Individual Performance Factor for STIC purposes is based upon his or her execution of collective performance goals, among other factors. In fiscal 2022, the Compensation Committee has resumed the historical practice of a single twelve-month performance period, as further described in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of the proxy statement.

 

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The following charts show actual performance for these metrics for the past three years, reflected as the achievement percentage of target:1

 

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Long-term: For the Company’s long-term incentive compensation (“LTIC”) plan for our Named Executive Officers, the Compensation Committee determined for fiscal 2021 that one-third of the grant value would be awarded in time-based restricted stock units and the remaining two-thirds would be awarded in performance-based restricted stock units. The performance-based awards are based on shareholder value creation and relative total shareholder return metrics over a three-year measurement period, which we believe closely aligns the interests of our management with those of our shareholders.2

 

 

1 The charts present the achievement percentages for these metrics at the consolidated Company level for the Named Executive Officers. As part of the annual compensation setting process, the Compensation Committee establishes payout curves for these achievement percentages to determine payout levels. These charts do not reflect achievement of these metrics at an underlying business unit level, nor achievement of the order intake metric used by our Coperion subsidiary, which apply to certain of our Named Executive Officers as further explained in the proxy statement. Fiscal 2021 information is presented as the sum of the two underlying six-month performance periods (or, in the case of cash conversion cycle, the average of the two periods). In addition, beginning with awards made in fiscal 2021, the Company modified its historical “STIC IBT” measure by using an externally reported financial metric as the starting point for calculation. This new “Adjusted IBT” measure is further explained in the proxy statement. The chart shows STIC IBT achievement for fiscal years 2019 and 2020, and Adjusted IBT achievement for fiscal 2021.

2 As further explained in the proxy statement, the Compensation Committee modified elements of the calculation of shareholder value delivered for performance-based LTIC awards made beginning in fiscal 2021 to more closely align with measures used in the Company’s external financial reporting.

 

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The following charts show actual performance for these metrics for the past three measurement periods, reflected as the achievement percentage of target:

 

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Governance and Executive Compensation Highlights

 

The following highlights key components of our governance and executive compensation practices.

 

Here’s What We Do . . .
(GRAPHIC)   Pay for performance
(GRAPHIC)   Benchmark Named Executive Officer target core compensation3 to the 50th percentile of peer group compensation
(GRAPHIC)   Maintain stock ownership guidelines based on shares of Company common stock and time-based restricted stock units beneficially owned: for directors, five times annual cash compensation; for the CEO, five times base salary; for Senior Vice Presidents, two times base salary; for certain other senior officers designated by the CEO, one times base salary
(GRAPHIC)   Seek to ensure that at least 75 percent of the CEO’s target core compensation is at risk4
(GRAPHIC)   Require an independent Chairperson of the Board and that at least 80 percent of directors be independent
(GRAPHIC)   Require that directors receive at least a majority of the votes cast in an uncontested election to be elected

 

 

3 We define our Named Executive Officers’ annual “core compensation” as annual base salary and the target values for STIC and LTIC.

4 A portion of the CEO’s target core compensation consists of time-based restricted stock units, which the Compensation Committee considers to be “at risk” since the value fluctuates based on stock price performance and vesting of all tranches is contingent upon continued service. This portion does not exceed one-third of target annual LTIC awards made to the CEO and, together with the portion represented by performance-based LTIC awards and STIC, comprises the “at risk” compensation.

 

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(GRAPHIC)   Require that the Compensation Committee be composed entirely of outside, independent directors
(GRAPHIC)   Engage an independent compensation consultant, hired by and reporting directly to the Compensation Committee
(GRAPHIC)   Operate with multiple performance metrics that drive our incentive compensation plans, including a relative metric that measures our performance against an appropriate peer group of companies, currently the Standard & Poor’s 400 Mid Cap Industrials index
(GRAPHIC)   Maintain a clawback policy covering cash and equity incentive compensation plans that applies in the event of a restatement of our financial statements
(GRAPHIC)   Impose a limit of $600,000 on total annual base compensation5 for non-employee directors
(GRAPHIC)   Encourage Board refreshment in a variety of ways, including by requiring, without exemptions or conditions, our directors to retire no later than the first Annual Meeting of shareholders following the date on which that director turns 73 years of age
(GRAPHIC)   Maintain a Board diversity policy that provides that Board members will be diverse in terms of gender and of race and ethnicity, and in terms of other characteristics, including background, perspective, knowledge, skills, and experience

 

Here’s What We Don’t Do . . .
  Permit re-pricing, exchanging, or cashing out of “underwater” stock options without shareholder approval
  Permit spring-loading, back-dating, or similar practices that “time” the grant of our equity awards
  Permit granting of stock options below fair market value
  Permit “recycling” (into the equity plan pool) of Company shares that are (i) used to pay an award exercise price or withholding taxes, or (ii) repurchased on the open market with the proceeds of a stock option exercise price
  Permit transferability of stock options for consideration

 

 

5 As defined in the proxy statement.

 

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  Permit single-trigger change in control agreements for Named Executive Officers and certain other executives
  Permit change in control tax gross-ups for executives
  Permit a liberal change in control definition in our equity plan
  Permit pledging, short sales or hedging of Company securities by directors, officers, or other employees
  Permit directors, officers, or other employees to hold Company securities in margin accounts or otherwise to pledge Company securities as collateral for loans

Recent Developments

 

This past year, we have augmented our governance and executive compensation practices in the following ways:

 

(GRAPHIC)   Added two new independent members of the Board:  Dennis W. Pullin, who is a member of our Compensation Committee and our Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, and Inderpreet Sawhney, who is a member of our Audit Committee and our Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee
(GRAPHIC)   Completed our CEO transition, with Joe A. Raver retiring and Kimberly K. Ryan being elected President and Chief Executive Officer and appointed a member of the Board
(GRAPHIC)   Published our second annual sustainability report, or Communication on Progress, under the United Nations Global Compact, including core elements of the GRI Standards from the Global Reporting Initiative
(GRAPHIC)   Adopted the Company’s Third Amended and Restated Short-Term Incentive Compensation Plan to, among other things, expand the list of potential performance goals to include additional financial and operational metrics, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics, and to make other changes in accordance with prevailing market practices
(GRAPHIC)   Measured performance for STIC purposes based on two six-month performance periods and also modified the payout curves, given the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and added the creation of specific plans to increase workforce diversity as part of the Named Executive Officers’ collective performance goal relating to diverse talent pools

 

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(GRAPHIC)   Engaged a new independent compensation committee consultant, Pay Governance LLC, following a robust proposal and interview process
(GRAPHIC)   Adopted our Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan, approved by our shareholders, including a new limit on total annual base compensation for non-employee directors

 

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HILLENBRAND, INC.

PROXY STATEMENT

 

This proxy statement relates to the solicitation by the Board of Directors of Hillenbrand, Inc. (the “Company” or “Hillenbrand”) of proxies for use at the Annual Meeting of the Company’s shareholders to be held at the Company’s headquarters at One Batesville Boulevard, Batesville, Indiana 47006, telephone (812) 934-7500, on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, and at any postponements or adjournments of the meeting. This proxy statement was first mailed to shareholders on or about December 30, 2021.

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING AND VOTING

 

The following questions and answers will explain the purpose of this proxy statement and what you need to know to vote your shares. Throughout these questions and answers and the proxy statement, we sometimes refer to Hillenbrand and the Company in terms of “we,” “us,” or “our.”

 


Q: What is the purpose of this proxy statement?

 


A: The Board of Directors of Hillenbrand (the “Board”) is soliciting your proxy to vote at the 2022 Annual Meeting of shareholders of Hillenbrand because you were a shareholder at the close of business on December 13, 2021, the record date for the 2022 Annual Meeting, and are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. The record date for the 2022 Annual Meeting was established by the Board in accordance with our Amended and Restated Code of By-laws (the “By-laws”) and Indiana law.

 

This proxy statement contains the matters that must be set out in a proxy statement according to the rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the New York Stock Exchange and provides the information you need to know to vote at the Annual Meeting. You do not need to attend the Annual Meeting to vote your shares.

 

 

 


Q: What is the difference between holding shares as a “shareholder of record” and as a “beneficial owner”?

 


A: If your shares are registered directly in your name with Hillenbrand’s transfer agent, Computershare Investor Services, LLC, you are the “shareholder of record” with respect to those shares, and you tell us directly how your shares are to be voted.

 

If your shares are held in a stock brokerage account or by a bank or other nominee, then your nominee is the shareholder of record for your shares and you are considered the “beneficial owner” of shares held in street name. As the beneficial owner, you direct your broker, bank, or nominee how to vote your shares.

 

 

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Q : What am I being asked to vote on?

 

A: Election of six directors for the terms set forth under Proposal No. 1 – Election of Directors: Gary L. Collar, F. Joseph Loughrey, Joy M. Greenway, Dennis W. Pullin, Kimberly K. Ryan, and Inderpreet Sawhney;

 


Approval, by a non-binding advisory vote, of the compensation paid to the Company’s Named Executive Officers, as disclosed pursuant to SEC compensation disclosure rules in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” and “Executive Compensation Tables” sections of this proxy statement and in any related material herein (the “Say on Pay Vote”); and

 


Ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP (“EY’) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2022.

 

The Board recommends a vote FOR each of the director nominees; FOR approval of the compensation paid to the Named Executive Officers of the Company pursuant to the Say on Pay Vote; and FOR the ratification of the appointment of EY as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2022.

 

Our Named Executive Officers are those officers specified by Item 402(a)(3) of Regulation S-K. See the introductory discussion in Part I under “Executive Compensation” for more information regarding Named Executive Officers.

 

 

 

Q: What are the voting requirements to elect the directors and to approve the other proposals being voted on?

 

A: The Restated and Amended Articles of Incorporation of Hillenbrand (as amended to date, the “Articles of Incorporation”) provide that in an uncontested election, the directors are elected by a majority of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting. This means that to be elected, the number of votes cast “for” a director nominee must exceed the number of votes “withheld” from that nominee.

 

The adoption of each of the proposals (a) to approve, by a non-binding advisory vote, the compensation paid to the Named Executive Officers, and (b) to ratify the appointment of EY as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2022 requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast for or against approval.

 

If you are present or represented by proxy at the Annual Meeting and you affirmatively elect to abstain, your abstention, as well as any broker non-votes, will not be counted as votes cast on any matter to which they relate. See “How will my shares be voted?” below for more information about broker non-votes.

 

 

 

Q: How many votes do I have?

 

A: You are entitled to one vote for each share of Hillenbrand common stock that you held as of the record date.

 

 

 

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Q: How do I vote?

 

A: The different ways that you (if you are a shareholder of record) or your nominee (if you are a beneficial owner) can vote your shares depend on how you received your proxy statement this year.

 

For shareholders of record, many of you were not mailed a paper copy of proxy materials, including this proxy statement, a proxy card, and our 2021 Annual Report to Shareholders. Instead, commencing on or about December 30, 2021, we sent you a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (“Notice”) telling you that proxy materials are available at the web site indicated in that Notice, www.proxyvote.com, and giving you instructions for voting your shares at that web site. We also told you in that Notice (and on the web site) how you can request us to mail proxy materials to you. If you subsequently do receive proxy materials by mail, you can vote in any of the ways described below. If not, you must vote via the Internet (and we encourage you to do so) at www.proxyvote.com, by telephone, or in person at the Annual Meeting as explained below.

 

With respect to shareholders of record who received proxy materials by mail, we commenced mailing on or about December 30, 2021. You can vote using any of the following methods:

 

     

(GRAPHIC) Proxy card or voting instruction card. Be sure to complete, sign, and date the card and return it in the prepaid envelope.
     
  (GRAPHIC) By telephone or the Internet. The telephone and Internet voting procedures established by Hillenbrand for shareholders of record are explained in detail on your proxy card and in the Notice many shareholders receive. These procedures are designed to authenticate your identity, to allow you to give your voting instructions, and to confirm that these instructions have been properly recorded.
     
  (GRAPHIC) In person at the Annual Meeting. You may vote in person at the Annual Meeting. You may also be represented by another person at the meeting by executing a proper proxy designating that person. If you are not the record holder of your shares and want to attend the meeting and vote in person, you must obtain a legal proxy from your broker, bank, or nominee and present it to the inspectors of election with your ballot when you vote at the meeting.
     

 

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With respect to the beneficial owners of shares held by nominees, the methods by which you can access proxy materials and give voting instructions to your nominee may vary, depending on the nominee. Accordingly, if you are such a beneficial owner, you should follow the instructions provided by your nominee.

 

 

 

Q: I share an address with another shareholder and we received only one Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or one paper copy of the proxy materials, as applicable. How may I obtain an additional copy?

 

A: The Company has adopted a procedure approved by the SEC called “householding.” Under this procedure, the Company is delivering a single copy of either the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or a paper copy of the proxy materials, as applicable, to multiple shareholders who share the same address, unless the Company has received contrary instructions from one or more of the shareholders. This procedure reduces the Company’s printing costs, mailing costs, and fees. Shareholders who participate in householding will continue to be able to access and receive separate proxy cards. Upon written or oral request, a separate copy of the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or a paper copy of the proxy materials or the annual report, as applicable, will be promptly delivered to any shareholder at a shared address to which the Company delivered a single copy. To receive a separate copy, or a separate copy of future materials, shareholders may write or call the Company’s Investor Relations Department at One Batesville Boulevard, Batesville, Indiana 47006, telephone (812) 931-6000, and facsimile (812) 931-5209. Shareholders who hold shares in street name may contact their broker, bank, or other nominee to request information about householding.

 

 

 

Q: How will my shares be voted?

 

A: For shareholders of record, all shares represented by the proxies mailed to shareholders will be voted at the Annual Meeting in accordance with instructions given by the shareholder. Where proxies are returned without instructions, the shares will be voted: (1) FOR election of each of the six nominees named above as directors of the Company; (2) FOR approval, by a non-binding advisory vote, of the compensation paid to the Named Executive Officers pursuant to the Say on Pay Vote; (3) FOR ratification of the appointment of EY as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company for fiscal year 2022; and (4) in the discretion of the proxy holders, upon such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting (we are not currently aware of any other matter that may come before the meeting). Where a proxy is not returned, your shares will not be voted unless you attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person (including by means of remote communication, if applicable).

 

For beneficial owners, the brokers, banks, or nominees holding shares for the beneficial owner must vote those shares as instructed. If the broker, bank, or nominee has not received instructions from the beneficial owner, the broker, bank, or nominee generally has discretionary voting power only with respect to matters that are considered routine matters. Under applicable New York Stock Exchange rules, Proposal No. 1 relating to election of directors and Proposal No. 2 relating to a non-binding advisory vote to approve Named Executive Officer compensation, are deemed to be non-routine matters with respect to which brokers and nominees may not exercise their voting discretion without receiving instructions from the beneficial owners of the shares (this is referred to as a “broker non-vote”). Proposal No. 3 relating to ratification of the appointment of EY as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company for fiscal year 2022 is a matter on which brokers holding stock for the accounts of their clients who have not been given specific voting instructions are allowed to vote client shares. To avoid a broker non-vote of your shares on Proposals No. 1 and 2, you must send voting instructions to your bank, broker, or nominee or obtain a legal proxy and vote your shares in person at the Annual Meeting.

 

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Q: What can I do if I change my mind after I vote my shares prior to the Annual Meeting?

 

A: If you are a shareholder of record, you may revoke your proxy at any time before it is voted at the Annual Meeting by:

 


sending written notice of revocation to the Secretary of Hillenbrand at One Batesville Boulevard, Batesville, Indiana 47006;

 


submitting a revised proxy by telephone, Internet, or paper ballot after the date of the revoked proxy; or

 


attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person.

 

If you are a beneficial owner of shares, you may submit new voting instructions by contacting your broker, bank, or nominee. You may also vote in person at the Annual Meeting if you obtain a legal proxy as described under “How do I vote?” above.

 

 

 

Q: Who will count the votes?

 

A: Representatives of Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. (“Broadridge”) will tabulate the votes and act as inspectors of election.

 

 

 

Q: What constitutes a quorum at the Annual Meeting?

 

A: As of the record date, 72,484,250 shares of Hillenbrand common stock were outstanding. A majority of the outstanding shares must be present or represented by proxy at the Annual Meeting to constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting business at the Annual Meeting. Your shares will be considered part of the quorum if you submit a properly executed proxy or attend the Annual Meeting.

 

 

 

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Q: Who can attend the Annual Meeting in person?

 

A: We intend to hold the Annual Meeting in person. But given public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge you to consider voting in advance of the meeting via one of the remote methods described above in lieu of attending the meeting in person. Even so, all shareholders as of the record date may attend the Annual Meeting in person but must have an admission ticket, bring photo identification, and register their planned in-person attendance with the Company at least ten (10) business days prior to the Annual Meeting, by writing to the Investor Relations Department, Hillenbrand, Inc., One Batesville Boulevard, Batesville, Indiana 47006 or by email at investors@hillenbrand.com. In addition, we expect that enhanced health and safety protocols will be in place. If you are a shareholder of record, the ticket attached to the proxy card or a copy of your Notice (whichever you receive), together with photo identification, will admit you. If you are a beneficial owner, you may request a ticket by writing to the Secretary of Hillenbrand at One Batesville Boulevard, Batesville, Indiana 47006, or by faxing your request to (812) 931-5185 or emailing it to investors@hillenbrand.com. You must provide evidence of your ownership of shares with your ticket request, which you can obtain from your broker, bank, or nominee. We encourage you or your broker to fax or email your ticket request and proof of ownership as soon as possible to avoid any mail delays. As described in the cover letter to this proxy statement, we continue to monitor developments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and if we determine that it is not possible or advisable to hold the Annual Meeting in person, we will announce alternative arrangements for the meeting.

 

 

 

Q: When are shareholder proposals due for the 2023 Annual Meeting?

 

A: For a shareholder proposal to be presented at the Company’s 2023 Annual Meeting of shareholders and to be considered for possible inclusion in the Company’s proxy statement and form of proxy relating to that meeting, it must be submitted to and received by the Secretary of Hillenbrand at its principal offices at One Batesville Boulevard, Batesville, Indiana 47006, not later than September 1, 2022. Our By-laws describe certain information required to be submitted with such a proposal.

 

In addition, without regard to whether a proposal is or is not submitted in time for possible inclusion in our proxy statement for the 2023 Annual Meeting, our By-laws provide that for business to be brought before the Annual Meeting by a shareholder, or for director nominations to be made by a shareholder for consideration at the Annual Meeting, written notice thereof must be received by the Secretary of Hillenbrand at its principal offices not later than 100 days prior to the anniversary of the immediately preceding Annual Meeting, or not later than November 2, 2022, for the 2023 Annual Meeting of shareholders. This notice must also provide certain information as set forth in our By-laws. See the discussion below under “Committees of the Board of Directors” under “The Board of Directors and Committees” for additional details regarding shareholder nominees for director.

 

 

 

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Q: What happens if a nominee for director is unable to serve as a director?

 


A: If any of the nominees becomes unavailable for election, which we do not expect to happen, votes will be cast for such substitute nominee or nominees as may be designated by the Board, unless the Board reduces the number of directors.

 

 

 


Q: Can I view the shareholder list? If so, how?

 


A: A complete list of the shareholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting will be available to view during the Annual Meeting. The list will also be available to view at the Company’s principal offices during regular business hours during the five business days preceding the Annual Meeting.

 

 

 


Q: Who pays for the proxy solicitation related to the Annual Meeting?

 


A: The Company pays for the proxy solicitation related to the Annual Meeting. In addition to sending you these materials, some of our directors and officers, as well as management and non-management employees, may contact you by telephone, mail, email, or in person. You may also be solicited by means of press releases issued by Hillenbrand and postings on our web site, www.hillenbrand.com. None of our officers or employees will receive any additional compensation for soliciting your proxy. We have retained Broadridge to assist us with proxy solicitation and related services for an estimated fee of $12,000, plus reasonable out of pocket expenses. Such fees will be incurred after the mailing of the proxy materials. Broadridge will ask brokers, banks, and other custodians and nominees whether they hold shares for which other persons are beneficial owners. If so, we will supply them with additional copies of the proxy materials for distribution to the beneficial owners. We will also reimburse banks, nominees, fiduciaries, brokers, and other custodians for their costs of sending proxy materials to the beneficial owners of Hillenbrand common stock.

 

 

 


Q: How can I obtain a copy of the Annual Report on Form 10-K?

 


A: A copy of Hillenbrand’s 2021 Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, are available on the Internet at the Company’s web site, www.hillenbrand.com. The 2021 Annual Report on Form 10-K may also be obtained free of charge by writing or calling the Investor Relations Department of Hillenbrand at its principal offices at One Batesville Boulevard, Batesville, Indiana 47006, telephone (812) 931-6000, and facsimile (812) 931-5209.

 

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Q: How can I obtain the Company’s corporate governance information?

 


A: The documents listed below are available on the Internet at the Company’s web site, www.hillenbrand.com. You may also go directly to https://ir.hillenbrand.com/corporate-governance/governance-documents for those documents. Printed copies are also available to any shareholder who requests them through our Investor Relations Department at One Batesville Boulevard, Batesville, Indiana 47006, telephone (812) 931-6000, and facsimile (812) 931-5209. The available documents are:

 


Hillenbrand, Inc. Corporate Governance Standards

Hillenbrand, Inc. Committee Charters – Audit Committee, Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, Compensation and Management Development Committee, and Mergers and Acquisitions Committee

Position Descriptions for Chairperson of the Board, Members of the Board, and Committee Chairpersons

Restated and Amended Articles of Incorporation of Hillenbrand, Inc.

Amended and Restated Code of By-laws of Hillenbrand, Inc.

Hillenbrand, Inc. Code of Ethical Business Conduct

Hillenbrand, Inc. Global Anti-Corruption Policy

Supply Chain Transparency Policy – Hillenbrand, Inc. and its subsidiaries

Human Rights Policy – Hillenbrand, Inc. and its subsidiaries

Global Environmental Policy – Hillenbrand, Inc. and its subsidiaries

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 1 – ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

This section of the proxy statement introduces the current directors, including the four directors in Class II who have been nominated to serve additional three-year terms and the two directors in Class III who have been nominated to serve additional one-year terms, consistent with their Class.

 

The Articles of Incorporation and the By-laws of Hillenbrand provide that directors of the Board are classified with respect to the terms that they serve by dividing them into three equal (or near-equal) Classes. Each director is elected to serve a three-year term (or the term applicable to his or her Class) and until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified, or until his or her earlier death, resignation, lawful removal, or failure to be re-elected in accordance with the Company’s By-laws.

 

The Board of Directors currently consists of eleven directors, with four directors in each of Class II and Class III and three directors in Class I.

 

The terms of the directors expire as follows:

 

Class Term Expires at
Class I 2024 Annual Meeting
Class II 2022 Annual Meeting
Class III 2023 Annual Meeting

 

The four directors in Class II who are nominated for election to the Board at the 2022 Annual Meeting, each of whom has agreed to serve as a director if elected, are Gary L. Collar, F. Joseph Loughrey, Joy M. Greenway, and Dennis W. Pullin. Dennis W. Pullin was elected by the Board as a director effective May 7, 2021, to serve for an interim term ending at the 2022 Annual Meeting. Each of these directors has been nominated to serve a three-year term as required by our By-laws, but pursuant to the Company’s Board retirement policy, Mr. Loughrey will retire as a member of the Board not later than the 2023 Annual Meeting of shareholders.

 

Additionally, two directors in Class III are nominated for election to the Board at the 2022 Annual Meeting, each of whom has agreed to serve as a director if elected: Kimberly K. Ryan and Inderpreet Sawhney. Kimberly K. Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer, was elected by the Board as a director effective December 30, 2021, to serve for an interim term ending at the 2022 Annual Meeting and to fill the Class III vacancy created upon the retirement of Joe A. Raver from the Board. Inderpreet Sawhney was elected by the Board as a director effective June 23, 2021, to serve for an interim term ending at the 2022 Annual Meeting and to fill the vacancy created upon the expansion of the size of the Board from ten to eleven directors in June 2021.

 

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The Board of Directors recommends that the shareholders vote FOR Proposal No. 1 to elect each of the six nominees to the Board of Directors.

 

The Articles of Incorporation of Hillenbrand provide that in an uncontested election, directors are elected by a majority of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting. This means that to be elected, the number of votes cast “for” a director nominee must exceed the number of votes “withheld” from that nominee. If you own shares through a bank, broker, or other holder of record, you must instruct your bank, broker, or other holder of record how to vote your shares in order for your vote to be counted on this Proposal. At the Annual Meeting, the proxies being solicited will be voted for no more than four nominees as Class II directors and two nominees as Class III directors.

 

Set forth below is information about all of our current directors, including the six nominees for election at the 2022 Annual Meeting of shareholders. The biographical information provided for each person includes all directorships held by and other relevant business experience of such person at any time during the past five years and, in some cases, directorships held prior to such five-year lookback.

 

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Class II Nominees for Election as Directors with Terms Expiring in 2025

 

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  Gary L. Collar
   Director since 2015
 

Age 65

 

Mr. Collar has served as a director of the Company since May 2015. From January 2012 until his retirement in October 2021, he served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Asia Pacific and Africa (APA) region for AGCO Corporation (“AGCO”), a world leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of agricultural machinery and solutions. In connection with this role, he also served on the Board of Directors of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, an Indian tractor manufacturer and an investment of AGCO (from 2012–2021), and on the Global Board of Directors of AGCO Finance, Incorporated, a joint venture between AGCO and De Lage Landen Financial Services, which provides retail and wholesale financing services to AGCO customers globally (from 2016–2021). Previously he served as AGCO’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand from 2004 to December 2011. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Collar was Vice President of Market Development, Worldwide for the Challenger Division, after joining AGCO in 2002.

 

Mr. Collar previously held various senior management positions within several divisions at ZF Friedrichshaven A.G. between 1994 and 2002. These assignments included President and CEO of the company’s joint venture producing steering systems for the North American automotive market, and Vice President, Business Development for the automotive group. Prior to this, he was employed by Caterpillar Incorporated.

 

The Board of Directors concluded that Mr. Collar should continue to serve as a director based on his deep international experience, particularly in Asia, as an executive of several multinational companies, and his significant experience in financial analysis and controls.

 


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  Joy M. Greenway  Director since 2013
 

Age 61

 

Ms. Greenway has served as a director of the Company since February 2013. She is the former Executive Director of Global Business Solutions at General Motors (automobiles), a position she held from September 2018 until March 2020. Ms. Greenway joined General Motors in June 2014 as Chief Financial Officer of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, and in May 2017, she was named the Executive Director, Transformation, Global Business Services of General Motors. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President for Visteon Corporation (a Tier 1 automotive systems supplier), where she held a variety of positions from 2000 until 2013. Prior to joining Visteon, Ms. Greenway was employed as the Director, Manufacturing for United Technologies Corporation, a diversified aerospace and building company. Before United Technologies Corporation, Ms. Greenway was employed by GE Industrial Power Systems as a Materials Manager and served in various management positions at GE Aerospace/Martin Marietta. In October 2020, Ms. Greenway joined the Board of Directors of Electricfil Corporation, a privately owned company with headquarters in France, specializing in the design and manufacture of sensors and actuators for powertrain and transmissions, and served as senior advisor to the CEO from October 2020 until October 2021.

 

The Company’s Board of Directors concluded that Ms. Greenway should serve as a director based on her deep operations and global leadership experience, particularly in the manufacturing industry, and her experience as a senior executive of a Fortune 500 public company.

 

 

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  F. Joseph Loughrey Director since 2009
 

Age 72

 

Mr. Loughrey has served as a director of the Company since February 2009, and has been Chairperson of the Board since February 2013. In April 2009, he retired from Cummins Inc. (engines and related technology) after serving in a variety of roles for 35 years, most recently as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Loughrey served on the Board of Directors of Cummins from July 2005 until May 2009. Mr. Loughrey currently serves on a number of boards, including: Vanguard Group (an investment management company), where he serves on the Audit Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Compensation Committee; Saint Anselm College, where he serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees; and the V Foundation for Cancer Research. He is past Chair and a current member of the Advisory Council to the College of Arts & Letters at The University of Notre Dame, where he also served as Chair of the Advisory Board to the Kellogg Institute for International Studies for six years.

 

Pursuant to the Company’s Board retirement policy, Mr. Loughrey will retire as a member of the Board as of a date not later than the 2023 Annual Meeting of shareholders.  For more information on the Company’s Board retirement policy, please see the Company’s Corporate Governance Standards available on the Company’s web site at www.hillenbrand.com.

 

The Company’s Board of Directors concluded that Mr. Loughrey should serve as a director based on his service as President and Chief Operating Officer of a major public corporation and his continuing service on several public company and educational and nonprofit boards of directors.

 


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Director since 2021
 

                                                                                                                                     Age 62

 

Mr. Pullin has served as a director of the Company since May 2021. Mr. Pullin is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Virtua Health, a not-for-profit integrated health system in New Jersey. Prior to joining Virtua Health, Mr. Pullin served from 2009 to 2017 as President of MedStar Harbor Hospital and Senior Vice President of MedStar Health. Prior to leading MedStar Harbor, Mr. Pullin was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. from 2006 to 2009. Prior to this role, Mr. Pullin held other leadership positions in hospitals, academic medical centers, physician group practices, and private industry.

 

Mr. Pullin is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on the New Jersey Hospital Association Board of Trustees since 2019 and the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey Board of Directors since 2018.

 

The Company’s Board of Directors concluded that Mr. Pullin should serve as a director based on his deep leadership experience, including in mergers and acquisitions and digital transformation; his long tenure as a senior executive and chief executive officer of complex organizations; and his insights into and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

 

 

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Class III Nominees for Election as Directors with Terms Expiring in 2023

 

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  Kimberly K. Ryan

Director since 2021

 

                                                                                                                                   Age 55

 

Ms. Ryan has served as a director and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since December 2021. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Ryan was the Company’s Executive Vice President, beginning in June 2021. Prior to that role, she served as President of the Company’s Coperion business beginning in September 2015, also overseeing Hillenbrand’s Rotex business during part of that period.  She previously served as President of Batesville beginning in April 2011, at which time she was also named a Senior Vice President of Hillenbrand.  Ms. Ryan began her career with Batesville in 1989, holding positions of increasing responsibility within Batesville and the Company’s former parent in finance, strategy, operations, logistics, and information technology.

 

Since 2014, Ms. Ryan has also served on the Board of Directors of Kimball International, Inc., a public manufacturing company, including as a member of the Audit Committee. She also served as Board Chair from November 2018 to October 2021. She served on the Board of Directors of Conexus Indiana from December 2018 to July 2021.  

 

The Company’s Board of Directors concluded that Ms. Ryan should serve as a director because of her position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, in addition to her years of experience as an executive of the Company’s Coperion and Batesville operating companies and her in-depth knowledge of the death care and process solutions industries.

 


 (GRAPHIC)   Inderpreet Sawhney Director since 2021
 

Age 57

 

Ms. Sawhney has served as a director of the Company since June 2021. Ms. Sawhney has been Group General Counsel and the Chief Compliance Officer of Infosys Ltd., a global leader in next-generation digital services since July 2017. Prior to joining Infosys, she worked from October 2011 to June 2017 as General Counsel of Wipro Limited, a large IT service company, and at The Chugh Firm, a private law firm, beginning in 1997 until October 2011, with her last position being as Managing Partner of the Silicon Valley office.

 

Ms. Sawhney also sits on the National Advisory Council of SABANA (South Asian Bar Association of North America), an organization of which she was President from 2008-2009.

 

The Company’s Board of Directors concluded that Ms. Sawhney should serve as a director based on her experience as a senior executive at large information technology firms and her in-depth knowledge of and exposure to technology, legal, compliance, and cyber matters.

 

 

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Class I Directors with Terms Expiring in 2024

 

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  Helen W. Cornell  Director since 2011
 

Age 63

 

Ms. Cornell has served as a director of the Company since August 2011. She is currently President and CEO (since December 2015) of the privately-owned Owensboro Grain Company (grain and soybean products), where she also serves as Chair of the Board and Chair of the Executive Committee. She is also a director of the privately-owned Dot Family Holdings, LLC (formerly Dot Foods, Inc.) (a food distributor), where she is a member of the Compensation Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee. In October 2018, Ms. Cornell joined the Board of Trustees of Brescia University, where she is a member of the Finance Committee. In November 2010, Ms. Cornell retired as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gardner Denver, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of compressors, blowers, pumps, loading arms, and fuel systems for various industrial, medical, environmental, transportation, and process applications. During her 22-year tenure with Gardner Denver, Inc., Ms. Cornell served in various operating and financial roles, including Vice President and General Manager of the Fluid Transfer Division and Vice President of Strategic Planning. Until December 2016, Ms. Cornell served on the Board of Directors of Alamo Group, Inc. (agriculture and other equipment), where she was Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee.

 

The Company’s Board of Directors concluded that Ms. Cornell should serve as a director based on her long tenure in operations and finance and her experience interfacing with investors, including as Chief Financial Officer of a major public company and most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Owensboro Grain Company, and her experience as a member of the board of both a public and private company.

 


 (GRAPHIC)   Jennifer W. Rumsey  Director since 2020
 

Age 48

 

Ms. Rumsey has served as a director of the Company since August 2020. Ms. Rumsey is currently President and Chief Operating Officer of Cummins, Inc. (“Cummins”), which designs, manufactures, and sells a portfolio of innovative products, including components, engines, power generation, and digital solutions. Prior to Ms. Rumsey’s election to this role in March 2021, she served as Vice President and President, Components Business Segment from October 2019 until March 2021. Prior to that, Ms. Rumsey served as Vice President, Chief Technical Officer of Cummins, from October 2015 until October 2019. Since November 2000, Ms. Rumsey has held various technical roles in research, technology, and product development and other positions of increasing responsibility at Cummins.

 

Ms. Rumsey currently serves as a member of the Purdue College of Engineering Advisory Council (since October 2016). She previously served as a member of the United States Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Advisory Council (November 2019 until January 2021). Ms. Rumsey holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is Six Sigma certified.

 

The Company’s Board of Directors concluded that Ms. Rumsey should serve as a director based on her deep operations and technological experience, particularly given her tenure as a senior executive of a Fortune 500 public industrial company.

 

 

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  Stuart A. Taylor, II  Director since 2008
 

Age 61

 

Mr. Taylor has served as a director of the Company since September 2008. Since 2001, Mr. Taylor has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Taylor Group LLC, a private equity firm focused on creating and acquiring businesses. He has previously held positions as Senior Managing Director at Bear, Stearns & Co. and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets and head of its Global Automotive Group and Capital Goods Group. He also served as Managing Director of the Automotive Industry Group at Bankers Trust following a ten-year position in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Taylor has been a member of the Board of Directors of Ball Corporation (a diversified manufacturer) since 1999, where he currently serves as lead independent director (since April 2019) and Chair of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Wabash National Corporation, a provider of engineered solutions for the transportation, logistics and distribution industries, since August 2019, and serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. In addition, in October 2020, Mr. Taylor was appointed to the board of directors of Solenis LLC, a global producer of specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries, where he serves on the Compensation Committee. Mr. Taylor was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Essendant Inc. formerly known as United Stationers Inc., a wholesale distributor of business products, from 2011 until its sale to Staples Inc. in January 2019.

 

The Company’s Board of Directors concluded that Mr. Taylor should serve as a director based on his experience with several leading investment firms, his ongoing experience as a member of public company and other boards, and his broad merger and acquisition experience.

 

 

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Class III Directors with Terms Expiring in 2023

 

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  Daniel C. Hillenbrand  Director since 2018
 

Age 55

 

Mr. Hillenbrand has served as a director of the Company since May 2018. Mr. Hillenbrand is the Founder and Managing Partner of Clear Water Capital Partners, LLC, a private venture capital firm, a position he has held since 2010. Since 2002, he has also been the Managing Partner of Generations, L.P., an investment management company, as well as the Managing Partner of Legacy Company, a real estate investment company. Mr. Hillenbrand previously served as Chair of the Board (2004-2019) and President and Chief Executive Officer (2005-2007) of Nambé, LLC, a leading international high-end consumer products company, as well as Vice Chair of the Board of Pri Pak, Inc., a provider of name-brand and private label contract beverage manufacturing services, from 2009-2017. He also previously held various leadership roles at Able Manufacturing and Assembly, LLC, a manufacturing company with platforms in metal fabrication, fiberglass composites, and plastic thermoform manufacturing, including as Chair of the Board (2002-2021), President (2013-2014), and Chief Executive Officer (2002-2007 and 2013-2019).

 

Prior to that, Mr. Hillenbrand served in various roles with increasing leadership responsibility at Wealthsense, Inc., Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (the Company’s former parent), Abbott Laboratories, and Batesville Casket Company, Inc.

 

The Company’s Board of Directors concluded that Mr. Hillenbrand should serve as a director based on his long tenure as a managing partner of investment firms and his deep Board and executive experience in private manufacturing companies.

 


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  Neil S. Novich  Director since 2010
 

Age 67

 

Mr. Novich has served as a director of the Company since February 2010. He is the former Chair and President and Chief Executive Officer of Ryerson, Inc., a global metals distributor and fabricator. Mr. Novich joined Ryerson in 1994 as Chief Operating Officer and was named President and CEO in 1995. He served on the Board of Ryerson from 1994 until 2007, adding Chair to his title in 1999. He remained Chair and CEO until 2007, when the company was sold. Prior to his time at Ryerson, Mr. Novich spent 13 years with Bain & Company, an international management consulting firm, where he spent several years as a partner. He currently serves on the Boards of Beacon Roofing Supply (a distributor of residential and non-residential roofing materials), where he chairs the Compensation Committee; and W.W. Grainger, Inc. (an industrial supply company), where he is a member of the Audit Committee and Board Affairs and Nominating Committee. He is also a member of the Cyber Security Ad Hoc Committee. Mr. Novich is also a trustee of the Field Museum of National History and life trustee of Children’s Home & Aid in Chicago and is a member of the Executive Council of American Securities, a private equity fund. Mr. Novich previously served on the Board of Directors of Analog Devices, Inc. from 2008 until 2020, where he was the Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

 

The Company’s Board of Directors concluded that Mr. Novich should serve as a director based on his service as President and CEO of a major public corporation and his several years of experience as a partner with a major consulting firm, together with his extensive and continuing service on the boards of several public companies and non-profit organizations.

 

 

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Skills and Experience Matrix. The graph below summarizes the Skills and Experience Matrix that our Board uses to align its composition with the Company’s strategic priorities and to identify key skills and experiences most relevant to decisions about Board composition. The graph presents the areas for which the Board relies on individual directors, given their relatively deep background in the area, and the number of directors with such background in each area. This presentation does not mean that some directors lack certain skills or experiences, but rather that other directors have relatively deeper expertise. Each director and director nominee biography above describes each person’s qualifications and relevant experience in more detail.

 

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THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEES

 

The Company’s business is managed under the direction of its Board of Directors. In this section of the proxy statement, we describe the general and certain specific responsibilities of the Board of Directors and its committees, our governance practices, and how you can communicate with the Board or with individual directors.

 

Board’s Responsibilities

 

The Board of Directors is the ultimate decision-making body of the Company, except with respect to those matters reserved to the shareholders. The Board acts as an advisor and counselor to senior management and oversees and monitors management’s performance. The Board also oversees the Company’s management of risk involved or potentially involved in the Company’s business.

 

Board Leadership Structure and Role in Risk Oversight

 

The Corporate Governance Standards for our Board of Directors provide that the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) cannot also serve as the Chairperson of the Board. At all times since the Company’s formation, the positions of CEO and Chairperson of the Board have been held by separate individuals. Our Board believes that the separation of these two positions is the most appropriate leadership structure for the Company at this time because it enables us to benefit from the expertise, experience, and strengths of both of the individuals holding those key leadership positions in the Company.

 

Our CEO, Kimberly K. Ryan, began serving as a director beginning in December 2021, in connection with becoming the Company’s President and CEO. Before becoming CEO, she served as the Company’s Executive Vice President beginning in June 2021. Prior to that role, she served as President of the Company’s Coperion business beginning in September 2015, also overseeing Hillenbrand’s Rotex business during part of that period. She served as President of Batesville for four years before that and was named a Senior Vice President of Hillenbrand in 2011. Before these executive roles, she also held a variety of leadership positions at the Company’s former parent company. The Chairperson of the Board, F. Joseph Loughrey, has extensive executive management and board of director experience, as further described in his biographical information set forth under the heading “Proposal No. 1 – Election of Directors” above.

 

The Board of Directors has direct responsibility for overseeing the Company’s exposure to risk. As a part of its responsibility, the Board satisfies itself that the risk management processes implemented by management are aligned with the Company’s overall strategy and are functioning as directed, and that an appropriate culture of risk-adjusted decision-making exists throughout the organization. At each meeting of the Board of Directors, the Board evaluates any new material risks to the Company in discussions with management. No less than once each year, management makes a formal presentation to the entire Board of Directors that describes all significant risks of the Company to apprise the Board of the overall risk profile of the Company and to help ensure that such risks are being properly mitigated and managed. The Board also receives annual updates on the Company’s cybersecurity program.

 

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In addition, the Compensation and Management Development Committee (the “Compensation Committee”) analyzes and manages risks related to our compensation policies and practices, and the Audit Committee performs the same role with respect to financial- and cyber-related risks facing the Company. The Compensation Committee’s risk management efforts are discussed under Part V of the “Executive Compensation” section of this proxy statement.

 

The Audit Committee, in accordance with its Charter, fulfills its risk management oversight responsibilities by discussing with senior management “the Company’s guidelines and policies that govern the process by which the Company assesses and manages the Company’s exposure to risks… and the steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures.” Additional details on the Audit Committee’s risk management duties can be found in its Charter, available on the Company’s web site at www.hillenbrand.com or in print to any shareholder who requests copies through the Company’s Investor Relations Department.

 

Meetings of the Board and Committees

 

A proposed agenda for each regularly scheduled Board meeting is developed by the Chairperson of the Board and the Company’s CEO, together with the members of management that the Chairperson or CEO may select. The proposed agenda is circulated to each director for review and comment before it is finalized. Proposed agenda items that fall within the scope of responsibilities of a Board committee are initially developed by the chairperson of that committee with management assistance, as appropriate. Each committee’s chairperson also develops, with the assistance of management, a proposed agenda for each regularly scheduled meeting of that committee. Board and committee materials related to agenda items are provided to Board and committee members sufficiently in advance of meetings (typically one week) to allow the directors to prepare for discussion of the items at the meetings.

 

At the invitation of the Board and its committees, members of senior management and outside advisors attend Board and committee meetings or portions thereof for the purpose of reporting on specific agenda items and participating in discussions. Generally, discussions of matters to be considered by the Board and its committees are facilitated by the manager responsible for that function or area of the Company’s operations. In addition, directors have free access to all other members of management and employees of the Company. As necessary and appropriate in their discretion, the Board and its committees consult with independent legal, financial, human resource, compensation, and accounting advisors to assist in their duties to the Company and its shareholders.

 

The chairpersons of the committees of the Board preside over the portions of Board meetings in which the principal items to be considered are within the scope of the authority of their respective committees.

 

Executive sessions, which are meetings of non-employee directors without management present, are held after each Board meeting, and after each committee meeting as scheduled by the chairpersons of the respective committees. The Chairperson of the Board generally presides at executive sessions of the Board, while the chairpersons of the committees preside at executive sessions of their committees or at Board executive sessions in which the principal items to be considered are within the scope of the authority of their respective committees.

 

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Governance Matters

 

Corporate Governance. Both the Board of Directors and management of the Company are firmly committed to good and accountable corporate governance and believe that an attentive, performing Board is a tangible competitive advantage. To that end, the Board of Directors has taken measures aimed at continued high standards for corporate governance. Specifically, the Board has adopted:

 


1. Position specifications, including performance criteria, for its members, the Chairperson of the Board, and the chairpersons of the standing Board committees. These position specifications are discussed in more detail under the heading “Board Composition, Experience, and Skills” below.

 


2. Corporate Governance Standards for the Board that, among other important directives, require that at least 80 percent of the directors be independent and describe the Board’s diversity policy, which is discussed in more detail under the heading “Board Composition, Experience, and Skills” below. The Corporate Governance Standards also require each non-employee director to hold shares of the Company’s common stock in an amount equal to five times the director’s annual cash compensation by the fifth anniversary of his or her election to the Board. The Board regularly discusses and reviews the Corporate Governance Standards and also general principles of corporate governance to evaluate whether it can improve upon the practices and procedures of the Company.

 


3. A Code of Ethical Business Conduct that is applicable to the Board and all employees of the Company and its subsidiaries, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Accounting Officer. No waivers of the requirements of our Code of Ethical Business Conduct were granted during fiscal 2021. The Company plans to disclose amendments or waivers, if any, of the Code of Ethical Business Conduct on its web site at www.hillenbrand.com.

 


4. An Insider Trading and Disclosure Policy, which applies to all employees and directors. This policy promotes sound corporate citizenship and includes, among other provisions, anti-hedging and anti-pledging provisions with respect to the Company’s securities. Additional discussion of the Company’s anti-hedging and anti-pledging policies follows under the heading “Part VII – Anti-Hedging and Anti-Pledging” below.

 


5. A limit on the total annual base compensation for non-employee directors of $600,000, approved by the Company’s shareholders as part of the Amended and Restated Hillenbrand, Inc. Stock Incentive Plan (the “Stock Plan”). See the discussion under the heading “Compensation of Directors” below for additional details.

 

The Company’s Corporate Governance Standards and Code of Ethical Business Conduct are available in print to any shareholder who requests copies through the Company’s Investor Relations Department and, along with the position specifications, are available on the Company’s web site at www.hillenbrand.com.

 

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As part of our commitment to good corporate governance, we annually reach out to key shareholders to discuss a variety of sustainability, corporate governance, and executive compensation topics. This annual outreach program also provides an opportunity for our management to understand and examine the issues that matter most to our shareholders. In prior years, this outreach has covered topics such as Company strategy; the value of a shareholder right to amend the By-laws; executive compensation matters; and the progress of our sustainability program. Our management and directors consider the feedback from these meetings, along with market best practices, policies at peer companies, and our specific circumstances, in making decisions and recommendations regarding our overall governance profile.

 

Board Composition, Experience, and Skills. The members of our Board have been selected with an emphasis on independence and the mix of characteristics, experiences, and diverse perspectives and skills most appropriate for the Company, as illustrated by the Skills and Experience Matrix described under the heading “Skills and Experience Matrix” above. The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee (the “NCG Committee”) uses this Skills and Experience Matrix as a guide when evaluating the breadth and depth of the Board’s skills and experience relative to the Company’s business strategy and when considering director nominees. Understanding the importance of Board composition and refreshment for effective oversight, the NCG Committee strives to maintain an appropriate balance of diversity, skills, and experience on the Board.

 

Position Specifications. As mentioned above, the Board has adopted position specifications applicable to individual directors, and nominees to the Board recommended by the NCG Committee must meet the qualifications set forth in those position specifications. The specifications provide that a candidate for director should never have (i) been the subject of an SEC enforcement action in which he or she consented to the entry of injunctive relief, a cease and desist order, or a suspension or other limitation on the ability to serve as a corporate officer or supervisor; (ii) had any license suspended or revoked due to misconduct of any type; or (iii) violated any fiduciary duty to the Company or any provision of the Code of Ethical Business Conduct. Additionally, each director and nominee should exhibit the following characteristics:

 


Have a reputation for industry, integrity, honesty, candor, fairness, and discretion;

 


Be an acknowledged expert in his or her chosen field(s) of endeavor, which area of expertise should have some relevance to the Company’s businesses or operations;

 


Be knowledgeable, or be willing and able to quickly become knowledgeable, in the critical aspects of the Company’s businesses and operations;

 


Be experienced and skillful in serving as a competent overseer of, and trusted advisor to, senior management of a substantial publicly held corporation; and

 


For non-employee directors, meet the New York Stock Exchange independence standards then in effect.

 

As discussed further below under the heading “Board Refreshment and Diversity,” in identifying director nominees, the NCG Committee also seeks talented people with diverse backgrounds who can work together to lead the Company to long-term success.

 

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Board Evaluations. The NCG Committee oversees the annual evaluation of the Board, which, depending on the focus of the evaluation in a particular year, can include a formal evaluation of the whole Board, its various committees, and/or individual directors. The evaluation is typically conducted as a self-assessment, with an opportunity to also provide feedback on Board performance and diversity, committee effectiveness, and individual director performance, and to raise any concerns that an individual director may have. In addition, the Board evaluation also incorporates peer feedback to individual directors, typically in alternating years. Recent Board evaluations have focused on the Board’s effectiveness in relation to topics such as Board composition and skills; Board meetings and materials; strategic direction and implementation, including Company culture; shareholder communications; Board leadership succession and evaluation processes; risk management; and regulatory and other compliance. Based upon the assessment results, the Board agrees on improvement goals for the coming year and tracks its progress against those goals over the course of the year. The Board also may engage and pay fees to a third-party consultant to assist in performing the Board evaluation and also in identifying and evaluating potential director nominees. Generally, a third-party consultant assists with the Board evaluation at least once every three years. The NCG Committee strives to embed honest feedback into the Board’s culture and to set a tone of open and transparent dialogue throughout the assessment process.

 

In addition, evaluation results are integrated into the Board succession planning processes described under the heading “Board Refreshment and Diversity” below. As an example, if the evaluation process were to suggest that the Board is underrepresented with respect to a particular background, skill, experience, or diverse characteristic, then selection of a nominee to fill a future vacancy would be informed by that suggestion. The Board’s Skills and Experience Matrix is one of the key tools used in this process, and the Board, with the assistance of the NCG Committee, continues to refine and update its Skills and Experience Matrix on a regular basis.

 

Board Refreshment and Diversity. The Board from time to time has added new, and replaced retiring, directors, consistently valuing diversity as well as skills and experience that align with the Company’s strategic priorities in selecting candidates. In identifying director nominees, the NCG Committee seeks talented people with diverse backgrounds who can work together to lead the Company to long-term success and recommends such candidates to the Board for election. In 2021, the Board added two new independent directors: Dennis Pullin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Virtua Health, who joined the NCG and Compensation Committees, and Inderpreet Sawhney, Group General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Infosys Ltd., who joined the NCG and Audit Committees. In addition, in connection with the CEO transition, upon Joe A. Raver’s retirement, Kimberly K. Ryan, the Corporation’s new President and CEO, was appointed to the Board. The Board believes that all three of these new directors’ backgrounds complement our Board’s skill set, expertise, and diversity in support of Hillenbrand’s strategy.

 

The Board believes that diversity is good for business. The Board has adopted a diversity policy as part of the Company’s Corporate Governance Standards, which provides that directors will be diverse in terms of gender and of race and ethnicity, and in terms of other characteristics, including background, perspective, knowledge, skills, and experience. The Board will take steps necessary to implement this policy and to help ensure an inclusive environment within the Board and at the Company. The current diversity and independence profile of our Board appears below, and we are committed to continued progress in Board diversity as part of ongoing recruitment and refreshment:

 

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Diversity

 

(GRAPHIC) 

 

5 of 11 directors are female

 

(GRAPHIC) 

 

3 of 11 directors are ethnically diverse (two Black or African-American, one Asian)

 

Independence

 

(GRAPHIC) 

 

10 of 11 directors are independent

 

In order to encourage refreshment, the Board has implemented a retirement policy requiring that each director must retire at, or no later than, the first Annual Meeting of shareholders following his or her seventy-third birthday. This retirement policy has no exemptions or conditions. As a result, Company directors vary in age and tenure, with an average age of 61, with ages ranging from 48 to 72, and average tenure of 5 years, with tenure ranging from less than one to 13 years. The Board believes that the varying tenures of its members provides a constructive blend of institutional knowledge and fresh external viewpoints.

 

The Board will continue to focus on refreshment by reviewing, among other things, its composition against the Skills and Experience Matrix described above; the diversity, age, and tenure of Company directors; the results of annual evaluations described above; and overall Board and Committee succession planning. These items remain key aspects of the Board’s refreshment strategy, and the Board will continue to look for ways to improve. Additional details on the Board’s refreshment strategy are contained in the NCG Committee Charter and our Corporate Governance Standards, both of which are available on the Company’s web site at www.hillenbrand.com.

 

Director Education. We maintain an orientation and continuing education process for directors that we view as a vital component of the Company’s policy requiring the Board as a whole to participate in significant decisions. This process includes furnishing of educational and industry-specific materials, meetings with key management, and attendance at Company and industry events. The Board attempts to hold at least one meeting per year at a Company facility outside of its headquarters in Batesville, Indiana; in 2021, the Board observed this practice by arranging for meetings at one of the Company’s primary Canadian facilities and involving local management and their teams. These meetings, like all other Board and Committee meetings during the fiscal year, were held virtually in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The directors’ education includes, among other things, regular dedicated sessions regarding the Company’s businesses and operations, Audit Committee-sponsored financial literacy and legal and regulatory compliance training, and regular management and corporate governance presentations at NCG and Compensation Committee meetings. Throughout their terms, directors are expected to continue to deepen their experience in the industries and markets served by the Company and to remain generally apprised of trends and developments in corporate governance.

 

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Sustainability and ESG. At Hillenbrand, we strive to provide superior return for our shareholders, exceptional value for our customers, great professional opportunities for our employees, and to be responsible to our communities through deployment of the Hillenbrand Operating Model (“HOM”). With the support and oversight of our Board of Directors, we are committed to being a company where the positive impacts of our people, products, and partnerships help better the environments in which we operate. Our employees are encouraged to volunteer their time and talents in multiple service and impact programs that we sponsor throughout the Company, including our annual global community engagement initiative that we call the One Campaign.

 

In addition, we require compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, and our Code of Ethical Business Conduct encourages our employees to be proactive and look for ways we can reduce waste and use energy and natural resources more efficiently.  We believe that strategic investment in our communities will enhance our ability to engage, innovate, inspire, and drive quality experiences and success for our communities, employees, and the Company.

 

Board Role. The NCG Committee oversees the Company’s objectives, progress, practices, and strategy relating to sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) topics. The leaders responsible for these efforts make regular presentations to the NCG Committee regarding the Company’s execution on strategy in these areas. In 2021, the NCG Committee met four times, with sustainability topics addressed in each of these meetings.

 

Sustainability Reporting. In 2019, the Company signed on as a participant to the United Nations Global Compact (“UNGC”), a voluntary pledge to develop and exercise corporate responsibility programs and to increase disclosure of the Company’s sustainable business practices. The UNGC requirements include annual publication of a Communication on Progress documenting steps taken to advance the principles of the UNGC in the areas of Human Rights, Labor, Environment, and Anti-Corruption. In fiscal 2021, we published our second annual sustainability report as part of our commitment to the UNGC. This sustainability report included information aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and core elements of the GRI Standards from the Global Reporting Initiative. We continue to believe that the Company’s participation in the UNGC is the appropriate framework for understanding the Company’s commitment to and efforts in advancing its sustainability strategy and ESG efforts as we evaluate additional frameworks for disclosure. The Company continues to explore appropriate key performance indicators and to consider long-term goals that can make the most of the Company’s sustainability opportunities. Additional details about our sustainability efforts, including a copy of our latest sustainability report, are available at our web site at www.hillenbrand.com/sustainability.

 

In addition to our sustainability report, we also have Global Environmental and Human Rights Policies and Supply Chain Standards that are available at www.hillenbrand.com/sustainability.

 

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Determinations with respect to Independence of Directors

 

The Corporate Governance Standards adopted by the Board of Directors, in accordance with New York Stock Exchange listing standards, require the Board to make an annual determination regarding the independence of each of the Company’s directors and provide criteria for making those determinations. The Board made those determinations for each director in December 2021 based on an annual evaluation performed by, and recommendations made by, the NCG Committee.

 

To assist in the Board’s determinations, each director completed materials designed to identify any relationships that could affect the director’s independence under the applicable New York Stock Exchange and SEC rules and under the criteria set forth in the Corporate Governance Standards. This year, in making determinations regarding director independence, the NCG Committee evaluated, and the Board considered, certain transactions between the Company and the employers of two of its directors: Cummins, Inc. (“Cummins”), a leading industrial company at which Jennifer W. Rumsey is an executive officer, and Infosys Ltd. (“Infosys”), a global leader in next-generation digital services at which Inderpreet Sawhney is an executive officer.

 

In regard to Cummins, the applicable transactions took place between the Company’s Milacron Injection Molding and Extrusion business, part of the Company’s Molding Technology Solutions reportable operating segment (“MTS”), and various business units of Cummins. In these transactions during fiscal 2021, Cummins purchased capital equipment and aftermarket parts and service from MTS in the total amount of approximately $975,000. In regard to Infosys, the applicable transactions took place between Infosys, the Company, and various of their respective subsidiaries in support of a variety of information technology and other technical matters. In these transactions during fiscal 2021, the Company purchased business process outsourcing services, tech support, and other IT and technical services from Infosys in the total amount of approximately $4,610,000. None of the current services provided by Infosys to the Company constitutes consulting services nor does any relate to legal, financial, or accounting matters.

 

The NCG Committee recommended, and the Board ultimately determined, that Ms. Rumsey and Ms. Sawhney, respectively, did not have a material interest in the applicable transactions and, therefore, notwithstanding these transactions, neither director had any material relationship with the Company that would preclude her ability to be independent, and, therefore, that each is independent under the applicable New York Stock Exchange and SEC rules and under the criteria set forth in the Corporate Governance Standards.

 

In reaching these determinations with regard to Ms. Rumsey, the following factors were considered, among others:

 


the customer relationship with Cummins had already been in place with the MTS businesses for years prior to Ms. Rumsey’s election to the Board;

 


Ms. Rumsey’s employment at a customer of the Company was not a consideration in her election as a director;

 


Ms. Rumsey’s compensation at Cummins is not directly impacted by the Company having made these purchases from the MTS businesses; and

 

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the amounts involved in these transactions, particularly in comparison to the fiscal 2021 net revenue of the Company and Cummins, are immaterial.

 

In reaching these determinations with regard to Ms. Sawhney, the following factors were considered, among others:

 


the vendor relationship with Infosys had already been in place with the Company for more than two years prior to Ms. Sawhney’s election to the Board;

 


Ms. Sawhney is not specifically involved in sales, marketing, or other customer acquisition efforts of Infosys and does not have any part of the sales or service delivery organizations reporting to her;

 


The services provided by Infosys for the Company are not consulting services and are supplied by a variety of employees and service providers who are supervised generally in their work by the Company’s employees;

 


Ms. Sawhney’s employment at a supplier of the Company was not a consideration in her election as a director;

 


Ms. Sawhney’s compensation at Infosys is not directly impacted by the purchases by the Company; and

 


the amounts involved in these transactions, particularly in comparison to the fiscal 2021 net revenue of the Company and Infosys, are immaterial.

 

On the basis of these considerations and the materials and the standards described above, the Board determined that each of Gary L. Collar, Helen W. Cornell, Joy M. Greenway, Daniel C. Hillenbrand, F. Joseph Loughrey, Neil S. Novich, Dennis W. Pullin, Jennifer W. Rumsey, Inderpreet Sawhney, and Stuart A. Taylor, II is independent, including for all purposes with respect to their Committee memberships. The Board determined that Kimberly K. Ryan does not meet the director independence standards because of her current service as President and CEO of the Company. Accordingly, Ms. Ryan does not serve on the Audit, Compensation, or NCG Committees of the Board of Directors.

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Committees of the Board of Directors

 

It is the general policy of the Company that significant decisions be considered by the Board as a whole. As a consequence, the standing committee structure of the Board is limited to those committees considered to be basic to, or required for, the operation of a publicly held company. Currently those committees are the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, NCG Committee, and Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, each of which has a written charter adopted by the Board of Directors. The NCG Committee recommends the members and chairpersons of those committees to the Board. The Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and NCG Committee are made up only of independent directors. Membership on these committees as of December 30, 2021, is shown in the following chart:

 

 

Audit Compensation and Management Development Mergers and Acquisitions Nominating/Corporate Governance
       

Joy M. Greenway

Daniel C. Hillenbrand

Neil S. Novich ♦

Inderpreet Sawhney

 

 

 

  

♦ Committee Chairperson 

Gary L. Collar

Helen W. Cornell ♦

F. Joseph Loughrey

Dennis W. Pullin

Jennifer W. Rumsey

Stuart A. Taylor, II

 

Helen W. Cornell

Neil S. Novich

Stuart A. Taylor, II ♦

 

Gary L. Collar

Helen W. Cornell

Joy M. Greenway

Daniel C. Hillenbrand

F. Joseph Loughrey ♦

Neil S. Novich

Dennis W. Pullin

Jennifer W. Rumsey

Inderpreet Sawhney

Stuart A. Taylor, II 

 

The current charter for each of the Board’s standing committees is available on the Company’s web site at www.hillenbrand.com and is available in print to any shareholder who requests it through the Company’s Investor Relations Department.

 

Audit Committee. The Audit Committee has general oversight responsibilities with respect to the Company’s financial reporting and financial controls, as well as all financial- and cyber-related risks facing the Company, the ethics and compliance function, and information technology and cybersecurity matters. The Audit Committee annually reviews the Company’s financial reporting process, its system of internal controls regarding accounting, legal, and regulatory compliance that management or the Board has established, the organizational structure of the Company’s ethics and compliance function, information technology and cybersecurity practices, and the internal and external audit processes of the Company. Each current member of the Audit Committee is independent under SEC Rule 10A-3 and New York Stock Exchange listing standards.

 

Each member of the Audit Committee meets the financial literacy guidelines established by the Board in the Audit Committee Charter. The Board interprets “financial literacy” to mean the ability to read and understand audited and unaudited consolidated financial statements (including the related notes) and monthly operating statements of the sort released or prepared by the Company, as the case may be, in the normal course of its business. In addition, the Board of Directors has determined that Messrs. Novich and Hillenbrand and Ms. Greenway are each an “audit committee financial expert” as that term is defined in Item 407(d) of SEC Regulation S-K.

 

Compensation and Management Development Committee. The Compensation Committee assists the Board in ensuring that the officers and key management of the Company are effectively compensated in terms of salaries, incentive compensation, and other benefits that are internally equitable and externally competitive. As described in more detail in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section, the Compensation Committee is guided by its compensation philosophy – that executives should be fairly compensated for creating appropriate long-term returns for shareholders. As noted above, the Compensation Committee also analyzes and determines the risks, if any, created by our compensation policies and practices. In addition, the Compensation Committee is responsible for reviewing and assessing the talent development and succession strategies concerning the non-CEO officers and key employees of the Company. Each current member of the Compensation Committee is independent as defined by New York Stock Exchange listing standards and SEC rules.

 

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Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee. The Charter for the NCG Committee provides that the primary functions of this Committee are to assist the Board of Directors in (i) ensuring that the Company is operated in accordance with prudent and practical corporate governance standards; (ii) ensuring that the Board consists of an appropriate number of independent directors, sufficient to satisfy the threshold requirements established by the Company’s Corporate Governance Standards, New York Stock Exchange listing standards and other regulations; and (iii) identifying potential candidates for the Board. Each current member of the NCG Committee is independent as defined by New York Stock Exchange listing standards and SEC rules. The NCG Committee’s functions relating to CEO succession planning and director nominations and compensation are described in more detail below. Many of the NCG Committee’s other responsibilities and activities are described above under the headings “Sustainability – Board Role,” “Board Composition,” and “Determinations with respect to Independence of Directors.”

 

CEO Succession Planning. The Board considers CEO succession planning to be at the core of its ability to reach sound decisions that drive shareholder value. Consequently, the NCG Committee, on which all of our independent directors serve, is responsible for ensuring there is an effective succession plan for the Company’s CEO. Our succession plan addresses both a short-term or unexpected loss of our CEO, as well as long-term succession. The recent appointment of Kimberly K. Ryan as Chief Executive Officer was the culmination of a multi-year leadership development and succession planning process. The NCG Committee led this process with the help of an independent external management consultant, and the Board elected Ms. Ryan as Executive Vice President of Hillenbrand in June 2021. In this role, Ms. Ryan had responsibility for the Company’s businesses, including Mold-Masters, Milacron Injection Molding & Extrusion, Coperion, and Batesville, with their leaders and then other executives reporting directly to her during her transition to the CEO role, which she assumed on December 30, 2021. Given this recent development, the NCG Committee is updating its long-term succession plan, as well as applicable short-term plans.

 

Director Nominations. The NCG Committee’s policy is to consider director candidates recommended by shareholders. Any such recommendations should be communicated to the Chairperson of the NCG Committee in the manner described below under the heading “How You Can Communicate with Directors” and should be accompanied by the information required under the Company’s By-laws for shareholder nominees.

 

The Company’s By-laws provide that nominations of persons for election to the Board of Directors may be made for any meeting of shareholders at which directors are to be elected by or at the direction of the Board or by any shareholder entitled to vote for the election of directors at the meeting. For nominations to be made by a shareholder, the shareholder must have given timely notice thereof in writing to the Secretary of the Company, and any nominee must satisfy the qualifications established by the Board from time to time as contained in the Company’s proxy statement for the immediately preceding Annual Meeting of shareholders or posted on the Company’s web site at www.hillenbrand.com.

 

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To be timely, a shareholder’s nomination must be delivered to or mailed and received by the Secretary at the Company’s principal offices not later than (i) in the case of the Annual Meeting, 100 days prior to the anniversary of the date of the immediately preceding Annual Meeting that was specified in the initial formal notice of such meeting (but if the date of the forthcoming Annual Meeting is more than 30 days after such anniversary date, such written notice will also be timely if received by the Secretary by the later of (a) 100 days prior to the forthcoming meeting date, and (b) the close of business on the tenth day following the date on which the Company first makes public disclosure of the meeting date ) ; and (ii) in the case of a special meeting, the close of business on the tenth day following the date on which the Company first makes public disclosure of the meeting date. The notice given by the shareholder must set forth: (A) the name and address of the shareholder who intends to make the nomination and of the person or the persons to be nominated; (B) a representation that the shareholder is a holder of record, setting forth the shares so held, and intends to appear in person or by proxy as a holder of record at the meeting to nominate the person or persons specified in the notice; (C) a description of any agreement, arrangement or understanding (including, without limitation, any derivative or short positions, profit interests, options, hedging transactions, and borrowed or loaned shares) that has been entered into as of the date of the shareholder’s notice by, or on behalf of, the shareholder or any of its affiliates or associates, the effect or intent of which is to mitigate loss to, manage risk or benefit of share price changes for, or increase or decrease the voting power of the shareholder or any of its affiliates or associates with respect to common stock of the Company; (D) a description of all arrangements or understandings between such shareholder and each nominee proposed by the shareholder and any other person or persons (identifying such person or persons) pursuant to which the nomination or nominations are to be made by the shareholders; (E) such other information regarding each nominee proposed by such shareholder as would be required to be included in a proxy statement filed pursuant to the proxy rules of the SEC; (F) the consent in writing of each nominee to serve as a director of the Company if so elected; (G) a description of the qualifications of such nominee to serve as a director of the Company; and (H) an undertaking by the shareholder to notify the Company in writing of any change in the information called for by clauses (B), (C), and (D) as of the record date for such meeting, by notice received by the Secretary not later than the 10th day following such record date, and thereafter by notice so given and received within two business days of any change in such information, and, in any event, as of the close of business of the day preceding the meeting date.

 

Director Compensation. The NCG Committee also oversees director compensation. The NCG Committee assesses the Company’s director compensation package periodically, but no less frequently than once every three years, to ensure that it reflects competitive market conditions and sound corporate governance practices. In addition, the NCG Committee annually considers and approves non-employee director compensation for that fiscal year, and any changes in director compensation must be approved by the Board. The NCG Committee last engaged a compensation consultant to conduct a director compensation study in 2019, resulting in a recommended increase in director compensation. But as part of the Company’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board voluntarily waived any changes for 2020, including its scheduled cash compensation increase, until 2021. These changes were then implemented and are described under the heading “Compensation of Directors” below.

 

Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. Given the importance of mergers and acquisitions in the Company’s overall strategy, a designated committee of the Board has been formed to focus solely on this area. The Mergers and Acquisitions Committee (the “M&A Committee”) (a) reviews with management and the Board the role of mergers and acquisitions within the Company’s overall growth strategy, (b) provides advice and counsel to management regarding the Company’s various strategic alternatives, with a primary focus on the composition and growth of the Company’s portfolio of businesses, and (c) reviews material mergers, acquisitions, dispositions or other potential transactions, and provides guidance to management as it prepares to present its conclusions and recommendations to the Board as appropriate. While the M&A Committee reviews significant transactions with management, the authority to approve such transactions rests with the Board as a whole.

 

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Certain Relationships and Related Person Transactions

 

The Corporate Governance Standards for the Board require that all transactions between the Company or its subsidiaries and any “related person” (as such term is defined in applicable securities regulation) must be reviewed and pre-approved pursuant to the terms of the Company’s Related Person Transaction Policy. The Related Person Transaction Policy requires approval of such transactions by the NCG Committee, in the case of material or disclosable transactions, or by the Chairperson of that Committee, in the case of immaterial and non-disclosable transactions. The Related Person Transaction Policy requires that the NCG Committee or its Chairperson, as applicable, consider all relevant facts and circumstances of the transaction, including the commercial reasonableness of the terms, the benefit and perceived benefit to the Company, the availability of alternative transactions, the materiality and character of the related person’s interest, and the actual or apparent conflict of interest of the related person. If the related person is an independent director (or an immediate family member of an independent director), then the impact on the director’s independence must also be considered.

 

The NCG Committee reviews potential related person transactions in connection with independence determinations for individual directors. In fiscal 2021, the NCG Committee identified no transactions in which any related person had a material interest that would require disclosure.

 

How You Can Communicate with Directors

 

Shareholders of the Company and other interested persons may communicate with the Chairperson of the Board, the chairpersons of the Board’s committees, or the non-management directors of the Company as a group, by sending an email to our Investor Relations Department at investors@hillenbrand.com. The email should specify which of the foregoing is the intended recipient so that it can be forwarded accordingly.

 

Attendance at Meetings

 

The upcoming Annual Meeting will be the fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Company’s shareholders. Directors are expected to attend each Annual Meeting. The Chairperson of the Board generally presides at the Annual Meetings of shareholders, and the Board holds one of its regular meetings in conjunction with each Annual Meeting. All of the then-serving directors attended the Company’s 2021 Annual Meeting.

 

The Board held a total of eight meetings during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021. During the same fiscal year, the Compensation Committee held eight meetings, the NCG Committee held four meetings, the Audit Committee met seven times, and the M&A Committee met five times. Each director attended at least 75 percent of the aggregate number of meetings of the full Board of Directors and the number of meetings of the committees on which he or she served during his or her tenure in fiscal year 2021.

 

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Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

The Compensation Committee had no interlocks or insider participation during fiscal 2021. Specifically, during fiscal 2021, directors Collar, Cornell, Loughrey, Pullin, Rumsey, and Taylor served on the Compensation Committee of the Company, and none of them:

 


Is or has at any time been an officer or employee of the Company or any of its subsidiaries; or

 


Has or has had at any time any direct or indirect material interest in an existing or proposed transaction involving more than $120,000 in which the Company is, was, or was proposed to be a participant, or that is otherwise required to be disclosed by us under the proxy disclosure rules.

 

Also in that regard, during fiscal 2021, none of our executive officers served as a member of the board of directors or on the compensation committee of any other company that had an executive officer who served on our Board of Directors or our Compensation Committee.

 

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF DIRECTORS AND MANAGEMENT

 

In furtherance of our stated goal of creating shareholder value over the long term, we believe it is important for our directors and executive officers to own stock in the Company. In that regard, each non-employee director is required, within five years after becoming a director, to own and maintain ownership of a minimum number of shares of our common stock equal in value to five times his or her annual cash compensation. In addition, non-employee directors are required to hold any vested shares of stock awarded as part of their annual equity compensation until after the director ceases to serve on the Board,6 a change in control of the Company, or the director’s death or permanent and total disability. Similar ownership requirements for our Named Executive Officers and other executive officers are further described in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this proxy statement. In all cases, such ownership may, for purposes of the holding requirements, include shares of restricted stock and time-based restricted stock units but not shares that underlie unexercised stock options nor, beginning in 2021, performance-based restricted stock units.

 

The table below shows shares beneficially owned by all directors and executive officers as of December 13, 2021.

 

Security Ownership of Directors:

 

Name  

Shares (1)

Beneficially Owned As Of

December 13, 2021

 

Percent Of

 Total Shares

Outstanding 

         
F. Joseph Loughrey – Chairperson   103,256 (2)   *
         
Gary L. Collar   21,073 (3)   *
         
Helen W. Cornell   39,283 (4)   *
         
Joy M. Greenway   29,418 (5)   *
         
Daniel C. Hillenbrand   258,608 (6)   *
         
Neil S. Novich   49,540 (7)   *
         
Dennis W. Pullin   1,096 (8)   *
         
Joe A. Raver   641,785 (9)   *
         
Jennifer W. Rumsey   3,389 (10)   *
         
Inderpreet Sawhney   795 (11)   *
         
Stuart A. Taylor, II   67,510 (12)   *

 

 

6 For awards granted prior to May 2014, directors must hold the underlying shares of common stock of the Company through the end of six months after they cease serving as a director; for awards granted in May 2014 or later, directors must hold the underlying shares of common stock of the Company through one day after the director ceases serving.

 

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Security Ownership of Named Executive Officers:

 

Name  

Shares (1)

Beneficially Owned As Of

December 13, 2021 

 

Percent Of

Total Shares

Outstanding 

         
Kristina A. Cerniglia   215,958 (13)   *
         
Kimberly K. Ryan   262,682 (14)   *
         
Christopher H. Trainor   145,223 (15)   *
         
J. Michael Whitted   161,013 (16)   *
         
All directors and executive officers of the Company as a group, consisting of 24 persons   2,229,527 (17)   3.08%

 

 

* Ownership is less than one percent of the total shares outstanding.

 


(1) The Company’s only class of equity securities outstanding is common stock without par value. Except as otherwise indicated in these footnotes, the persons named have sole voting and investment power with respect to all shares shown as beneficially owned by them. None of the shares beneficially owned by directors or executive officers is pledged as security. Information regarding shares beneficially owned by Mr. Raver, our President and CEO at the end of the 2021 fiscal year, is included in the “Security Ownership of Directors” table above.

 


(2) Includes 30,000 shares directly owned by Mr. Loughrey and 73,256 restricted stock units held on the books and records of the Company.

 


(3) Includes 21,073 restricted stock units held on the books and records of the Company.

 


(4) Includes 1,500 shares held by a trust of which Ms. Cornell is trustee, and 37,783 restricted stock units held on the books and records of the Company.

 


(5) Includes 29,418 restricted stock units held on the books and records of the Company.

 


(6) Includes (i) 1,000 shares directly owned by Mr. Hillenbrand; (ii) 10,501 restricted stock units held on the books and records of the Company; and (iii) 247,107 shares indirectly beneficially owned by Mr. Hillenbrand, consisting of (a) 135,863 shares owned by Clear Water Capital Partners, LP, (b) 8,631 shares owned by John and Joan GC TR FBO (John, Rose and Olivia), with respect to which Mr. Hillenbrand is a co-trustee, (c) 5,754 shares owned by John and Joan GC TR FBO (Eleanor and Sarah), with respect to which Mr. Hillenbrand is a co-trustee, with respect to which Mr. Hillenbrand disclaims beneficial ownership, (d) 48,611 shares owned by Hillenbrand II TR FBO (John, Rose and Olivia), with respect to which Mr. Hillenbrand is a co-trustee, (e) 28,248 shares owned by John and Joan CRT IMA, with respect to which Mr. Hillenbrand is a co-trustee, and (f) 20,000 shares owned by Anne Hillenbrand Singleton Trust, with respect to which Mr. Hillenbrand disclaims beneficial ownership.

 

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(7) Includes 46,291 restricted stock units held on the books and records of the Company and 3,249 shares acquired with deferred director fees and held on the books and records of the Company under the Board’s deferred compensation plan.

 


(8) Includes 1,096 restricted stock units held on the books and records of the Company.

 


(9) Includes 212,606 shares directly owned by Mr. Raver, as well as 420,716 shares that may be purchased pursuant to stock options that are exercisable within 60 days of December 13, 2021, considering his retirement on December 30, 2021, and 8,463 restricted stock units that vest upon his retirement on December 30, 2021. Does not include 15,176 restricted stock units that would otherwise vest in future years pursuant to terms described under the table “Grants of Plan-Based Awards for Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021” in Part III under “Executive Compensation.”

 


(10) Includes 3,389 restricted stock units held on the books and records of the Company.

 


(11) Includes 795 restricted stock units held on the books and records of the Company.

 


(12) Includes 55,652 restricted stock units held on the books and records of the Company and 11,858 shares acquired with deferred director fees and held on the books and records of the Company under the Board’s deferred compensation plan.

 


(13) Includes 62,105 shares directly owned by Ms. Cerniglia, as well as (a) 150,848 shares that may be purchased pursuant to stock options that are exercisable within, and (b) 3,005 restricted stock units that could vest within, 60 days of December 13, 2021. Does not include 45,275 restricted stock units that vest in future years pursuant to terms described under the table “Grants of Plan-Based Awards for Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021” in Part III under “Executive Compensation.”

 


(14) Includes 82,193 shares directly owned by Ms. Ryan, as well as (a) 176,850 shares that may be purchased pursuant to stock options that are exercisable within, and (b) 3,639 restricted stock units that could vest within, 60 days of December 13, 2021. Does not include 23,630 restricted stock units that vest in future years pursuant to terms described under the table “Grants of Plan-Based Awards for Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021” in Part III under “Executive Compensation.”

 


(15) Includes 46,237 shares directly owned by Mr. Trainor, as well as 98,986 shares that may be purchased pursuant to stock options that are exercisable within 60 days of December 13, 2021. Does not include 70,498 restricted stock units that vest in future years pursuant to terms described under the table “Grants of Plan-Based Awards for Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021” in Part III under “Executive Compensation.”

 


(16) Includes 10,802 shares directly owned by Mr. Whitted, as well as 150,211 shares that may be purchased pursuant to stock options that are exercisable within 60 days of December 13, 2021. Does not include 60,303 restricted stock units that vest in future years pursuant to terms described under the table “Grants of Plan-Based Awards for Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021” in Part III under “Executive Compensation.”

 

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(17) Includes 505,069 shares directly owned by the applicable director or executive officer, 1,147,542 shares that may be purchased pursuant to stock options that are exercisable within 60 days of December 13, 2021, 313,292 restricted stock units held on the books and records of the Company (including any restricted stock units that could vest within 60 days of December 13, 2021), 86,990 shares held by trusts, 135,863 shares owned by limited partnerships, 25,754 shares with respect to which the director disclaims beneficial ownership, and 15,107 shares acquired with deferred director fees and held on the books and records of the Company under the Board’s deferred compensation plan. Does not include 278,763 restricted stock units awarded to executive officers that vest in future years pursuant to their terms including, if applicable, as described under the table “Grants of Plan-Based Awards for Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021” in Part III under “Executive Compensation.”

 

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DELINQUENT SECTION 16(a) REPORTS

 

Under Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Section 16(a)”), the Company’s directors, certain of its officers, and any person holding more than 10 percent of the Company’s common stock are required to file with the SEC initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of common stock of the Company. The Company is required to report in this proxy statement any failure to file on a timely basis any reports required by Section 16(a) during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021 or prior fiscal years. Based solely on a review of filings made electronically with the SEC, the Company believes that these filing requirements were satisfied by its directors, officers, and 10 percent beneficial owners, except that, as a result of administrative errors, Ling An-Heid, Senior Vice President and President of the Company’s Mold-Masters business, filed one late report in fiscal 2021 with respect to the sale of 21,248 shares.

 

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF BENEFICIAL OWNERS OF MORE THAN 5 PERCENT OF THE COMPANY’S COMMON STOCK

 

The following table provides information regarding all persons or entities known to us that, as of the date indicated, were beneficial owners of more than 5 percent of the Company’s common stock.

 

Name  

Shares

Beneficially Owned As Of

December 13, 2021

 

Percent Of

Total Shares

Outstanding

         

BlackRock Inc.

55 East 52nd Street

New York, NY 10055

  11,887,568 (1)   16.40%
         

The Vanguard Group

P.O. Box 2600, V26

Valley Forge, PA 19482

  7,605,607 (2)   10.49%
         

Clarkston Capital Partners, LLC

91 West Long Lake Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

  5,703,462 (3)   7.87%

 

 

(1) This information is based on a Form 13G filed by BlackRock Inc. with the SEC on January 25, 2021; reflects sole dispositive power with respect to all shares and sole voting power with respect to 11,746,746 shares, thus indicating no voting power with respect to 140,822 shares.

 


(2) This information is based on a Form 13G/A filed by The Vanguard Group with the SEC on March 10, 2021; reflects sole dispositive voting power with respect to 7,469,336 shares, and shared dispositive power with respect to 136,271 shares; and shared voting power with respect to 75,257 shares, thus indicating no voting power with respect to 7,530,350 shares.

 


(3) This information is based on a Form 13G filed by Clarkston Capital Partners, LLC with the SEC on February 16, 2021. Clarkston Capital Partners, LLC, an investment advisor, reports shared dispositive power and shared voting power with Clarkston Companies, Inc., Modell Capital LLC, Jeffrey A. Hakala, Gerald W. Hakala, and Jeremy J. Modell with respect to all shares.

 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

Introduction

 

This “Executive Compensation” section encompasses several parts. Part I, our Compensation Discussion and Analysis, provides detailed information about our executive compensation philosophy, policies, actions, decisions (and the bases for such decisions), and procedures as they relate to our executive officers who are included in the compensation disclosures in this proxy statement pursuant to SEC rules – persons who are identified as our Named Executive Officers. This part is organized as follows:

 


Our Executive Compensation Philosophy and Focus on Performance-Based Compensation

Unique Circumstances in Fiscal Year 2021

Factors Considered in Setting Compensation

Compensation of Our Named Executive Officers for Fiscal 2021

Retirement and Savings Plans

Employment Agreements and Termination Benefits

Other Personal Benefits

Compensation-Related Policies

 

The remaining parts of this “Executive Compensation” section are as follows:

 


Part II is a report from the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors.

Part III presents numerous tables that report in detail the compensation of, and the potential amounts payable by the Company under certain contractual agreements with, the Named Executive Officers.

Part IV provides information regarding the engagement of Deloitte Consulting, LLP (“Deloitte Consulting”), the Compensation Committee’s independent compensation consultant through June 2021, as well as Pay Governance LLC (“Pay Governance”), the replacement independent compensation consultant for the balance of fiscal 2021.

Part V provides information relating to the compensation-related risk assessment and management strategies employed by the Company.

Part VI discloses our CEO pay ratio information pursuant to Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K.

Part VII describes our anti-hedging and anti-pledging policies.

 

We encourage you to keep two basic thoughts in mind as you read the Executive Compensation section of the proxy:

 


First, the compensation of our Named Executive Officers is set by our Compensation Committee, which is a committee of independent directors.

 


Second, a significant portion of each Named Executive Officer’s compensation is variable based on the performance of the Company or its applicable business unit(s), as well as individual performance. This structure is designed to align compensation with the interests of the shareholders of the Company.

 

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PART I: COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

 

This Compensation Discussion and Analysis describes our compensation program and how it operates for our Named Executive Officers. It also discusses the principles underlying our compensation policies and decisions, along with the impacts of the second year of the continuing integration of Milacron Holdings Corp. (“Milacron”), the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and our CEO transition to executive compensation in fiscal 2021. Our Named Executive Officers for 2021, with titles held at the end of the fiscal year, are:

 

Joe A. Raver President and Chief Executive Officer
Kristina A. Cerniglia Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Kimberly K. Ryan Executive Vice President
Christopher H. Trainor Senior Vice President and President of Batesville
J. Michael Whitted Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

 

Mr. Raver retired after the end of the fiscal year, on December 30, 2021, at which time Ms. Ryan became President and Chief Executive Officer.

 

Our Executive Compensation Philosophy and Focus on Performance-Based Compensation

 

We believe that Hillenbrand’s executives should be fairly compensated for creating appropriate long-term returns for shareholders. Our Compensation Committee has adopted the following Executive Compensation Philosophy, which describes the principles of our executive compensation program.

 

The executive compensation program is designed to effectively compensate officers and key management personnel with base salary and appropriately balanced short-term and long-term incentive compensation, and other benefits that attract, motivate and retain superior leadership talent while advancing the long-term interests of Hillenbrand’s shareholders.

 

The compensation program is based on the following principles:

 

●      Reinforcing the absolute requirement for ethical behavior in all practices;

 

●      Structuring short-term targets that lead to long-term growth and value creation for shareholders;

 

●      Motivating management to achieve superior results by linking compensation and performance (actual compensation will vary above or below targeted values depending on company and individual performance);

 

●      Implementing payout differentiation among executives based on both business unit and individual performance during the year;

 

●      Offering and maintaining compensation programs which are competitive against relevant industry peer group median and market practice benchmarks obtained through proxy materials and published survey information and that serve as the framework to inform the competitive landscape;

 

●      Having a significant portion of at-risk compensation, that, in combination with appropriate stock ownership requirements for our top executives, focuses the attention of our executives on driving and increasing shareholder value;

 

●      Maintaining high standards of governance and discouraging unnecessary and excessive risk taking that may have material adverse impact on the Company or that lead to behaviors inconsistent with the Company’s values; and

 

●      Reflecting the Company’s commitment to environmental, social, and governance initiatives, including diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

 

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Compensation Program Features and Best Practices. Our compensation philosophy and the principles described above serve as the foundation for our executive compensation program. Building on this foundation, our Compensation Committee and the full Board continually seek improvement and alignment with best practices – both in our compensation program itself and in our corporate governance practices that support it – by soliciting feedback from shareholders and consulting the Company’s independent compensation consultant and other advisors. The result is a compensation program characterized by certain distinct features highlighted below that strengthen the performance orientation of our executive compensation program and reflect our ongoing commitment to align executive pay with long-term shareholder value.

 

Our Focus on Performance-Based Compensation. The central theme of the compensation philosophy of Hillenbrand and our Compensation Committee is that a significant portion of each Named Executive Officer’s compensation will be “performance-based” and, therefore, at risk. This theme is highlighted in the table below. We use a thorough process for determining Named Executive Officer compensation, including a review of peer group compensation data and pay practices.

 

Key Components Of 2021 Compensation Program   Description And Purpose
 
Base Salary   Fixed compensation intended to provide a base level of income regardless of performance and aid in the attraction and retention of talent in a competitive market.
Short-Term Incentive Compensation (“STIC”)   Performance-based annual cash bonus designed to motivate and reward executives based on achieving individual performance goals and the executive’s individual contributions to the Company’s performance for a given fiscal year.  Also aids in the attraction and retention of talent in a competitive market.

 

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Key Components Of 2021 Compensation Program   Description And Purpose
  Long-Term Incentive Compensation (“LTIC”)  

Two-thirds consist of performance-based annual equity awards with a three-year vesting period and one-third consists of restricted stock units that vest ratably over three years and share some of the same characteristics of performance-based awards, together designed to reward executives for creating long-term shareholder value, as well as to motivate future contributions and decisions aimed at increasing shareholder value. Also aids in the attraction and retention of talent in a competitive market.

 

The Compensation Committee considers time-based restricted stock units to be “at risk,” even though not performance based, since the value fluctuates based on stock price performance and vesting of the full award is contingent upon continued service.

 

  Retirement and Other Benefits   Fixed component of compensation intended to protect against catastrophic expenses (healthcare, disability, and life insurance) and provide opportunity to save for retirement (401(k)).
  Post-Termination Compensation (Severance and Change in Control)   Severance program designed to allow executives to focus on acting in the best interests of shareholders regardless of the impact on their own employment.

 

Target Core Compensation Mix. The Company’s approach to core compensation described above has generally produced a core compensation mix of approximately 20 percent base salary, 20 percent STIC, and 60 percent LTIC for our President and CEO. As shown in the chart below, in fiscal 2021, approximately 85 percent of the target core compensation of the Company’s President and CEO for the year was considered at risk7 by our Compensation Committee, while 15 percent was fixed. In addition, the majority of the CEO’s compensation was explicitly performance-based. Given the role of the CEO in ultimately driving results throughout the organization, the Compensation Committee believes the resulting emphasis on performance-based, at-risk compensation – and in particular, long-term incentives – is appropriate and in the best interests of shareholders. The Company has generally maintained this approach with our new President and CEO.

 

 

7 This includes time-based restricted stock units, which the Compensation Committee considers to be “at risk” since the value fluctuates based on stock price performance and vesting of all tranches is contingent upon continued service.

 

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The approach used for compensation of our other Named Executive Officers is similar to that of our President and CEO, although the other executives generally have a higher percentage of base salary, and a correspondingly lower percentage of STIC and LTIC.

 

Unique Circumstances in Fiscal 2021

 

Against the backdrop of the Company’s compensation philosophy and focus on performance-based compensation, fiscal 2021 brought unique circumstances that provided additional context for many of the Compensation Committee’s decisions. Throughout the year, the second year of the continuing Milacron integration and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s results remained near the forefront of discussions about executive compensation, along with our CEO transition.

 

The Milacron Integration. The acquisition of Milacron, completed in fiscal 2020, provides the Company with increased scale and meaningful product diversification, enhancing its ability to serve customers with expanded capabilities across the plastics value chain. The Company has since been engaged in a comprehensive integration project, which proceeded largely as planned during its second year, including the achievement of approximately $30 million in incremental synergies, despite limitations on some integration activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 continued into fiscal 2021. Most states and municipalities within the U.S. that enacted temporary closures of businesses began to roll those back during 2021, but quarantine orders and other restrictive measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continued to have an impact from time to time in various locations. We also experienced disruptions from similar measures taken by other countries, and we continued taking proactive measures based on local impacts of the pandemic, including in China and India. These disruptions were at times severe and impactful, but in light of the signs of improvement in the market and public health environment generally, management recommended, and the Compensation Committee agreed, to end the compensation-related actions taken as part of the Company’s broader strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020. Those actions included a voluntary salary reduction for our CEO and voluntary waiver of a scheduled Board cash compensation increase, as well as suspension of merit-based salary increases for our salaried U.S. and Canada-based employees.

 

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The Company achieved record levels for order intake, revenue, and cash flow in fiscal 2021, despite a challenging macroeconomic environment due to cost inflation and pandemic-related disruptions across the supply chain. The Advanced Process Solutions and Molding Technology Solutions reportable operating segments saw a solid recovery in demand across all core end markets, resulting in a strong backlog heading into fiscal 2022. Batesville delivered strong top- and bottom-line results, primarily driven by higher burial casket sales resulting from an estimated increase in deaths associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. On the relative strength of this performance, the Company expects to continue cautiously resuming many pre-pandemic pay levels and activities. The Company continues to monitor the global situation to be prepared for any further proactive measures that may be prudent.

 

The CEO Transition. As previously announced, Joe A. Raver, the Company’s prior President and Chief Executive Officer, retired at the end of calendar year 2021 and was succeeded by Kimberly K. Ryan, formerly President of the Company’s Coperion business, who at the time of the announcement in June 2021 was named the Company’s Executive Vice President. Effective upon her election, Ms. Ryan gained responsibility for the Company’s businesses, including Mold-Masters, Milacron Injection Molding & Extrusion, Coperion, and Batesville. The leaders of these businesses reported directly to Ms. Ryan during her service as Executive Vice President, and now that she is President and Chief Executive Officer, they continue to report directly to her. In connection with the CEO transition, Ms. Ryan led the development and execution of their strategies and business plans. In addition, the Senior Vice President, Operations Center of Excellence and HOM and the Vice President, Global Supply Management and Chief Procurement Officer began reporting to Ms. Ryan in fiscal 2022, and the remaining members of the Company’s Executive Management Team began to report to Ms. Ryan upon Mr. Raver’s retirement.

 

The Compensation Committee made some adjustments to Ms. Ryan’s compensation in connection with her election as Executive Vice President, including a nine percent increase to her base salary (approximately 28 percent annualized) and to increase the multiplier for her STIC award to 90 percent (up from 75 percent) for the period of her broader responsibilities following her election as Executive Vice President. No changes were made to her LTIC awards in connection with her election as Executive Vice President.

 

After the end of the fiscal year, the Board of Directors approved a new employment agreement and change in control agreement with Ms. Ryan, on substantially similar terms as the Company’s prior such agreement with Mr. Raver. Ms. Ryan’s compensation as President and CEO includes an annual base salary of $825,000 and an annual bonus target at 110 percent of base salary. Ms. Ryan also remains eligible to participate in the Company’s annual equity-based awards under our LTIC program.

 

Factors Considered in Setting Compensation

 

As fiscal 2021 began to show signs of recovery, the Compensation Committee continued to diligently and flexibly apply the principles of our Executive Compensation Philosophy in setting compensation for our Named Executive Officers. Indeed, the Compensation Committee considers and analyzes a number of factors when establishing and adjusting the elements of our executive compensation program and the compensation packages for the Named Executive Officers. The Compensation Committee strives to establish compensation packages that enable the Company to attract, retain, and motivate the executive talent needed to operate the Company in a manner that is in the best interests of the shareholders.

 

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The primary factors that the Compensation Committee considers are discussed below. They are not discussed in any order of priority, and no one factor standing alone determines the outcome or is necessarily more important than the others.

 

Peer Group Data. The Compensation Committee compares the components and levels of our compensation program to those of a selected peer group of companies. Our Compensation Committee believes that we have to remain competitive in comparison to our industry peers in order to attract, retain, and motivate our executive talent.

 

Our Compensation Committee benchmarks the target compensation of our Named Executive Officers to the 50th percentile of the compensation paid by our peer group, although actual compensation paid in any given year may be above or below the benchmark, as a result of the performance-based nature of our executive compensation program and a variety of other factors that the Compensation Committee considers in setting compensation, including: level and breadth of experience and responsibility of the officer; the complexity of the position; individual performance and growth potential; the difficulty of replacement; the individual’s tenure in his/her role; and internal equity.

 

The Compensation Committee reviews the composition of the Company’s peer group at least annually and, as appropriate, updates the group to reflect changes among peer companies, industry consolidation, and the Company’s own evolution as a global diversified industrial company. In considering our peer group, our Compensation Committee, aided by its independent compensation consultant, reviews various business attributes and financial metrics to assess whether additions or deletions to the current peer group are appropriate. Qualitative factors considered in developing the peer group include the complexity of a company’s product line, extent of its global operations, and number of business units. Quantitative factors include revenues, EBITDA, market capitalization, enterprise value, and number of employees, among others. In addition, various members of management provide input to the Compensation Committee relative to understanding the Company’s key financial metrics, key competitors for talent, key competitors in the markets we serve, the Company’s business plan, and other factors. Notwithstanding the above, decisions regarding the composition of the peer group ultimately rest with the Compensation Committee.

 

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In fiscal 2021, the Compensation Committee conducted a detailed review of, but made no changes to, the peer group, which was last changed in 2020. Therefore, the peer group (excluding the Company) for fiscal 2021 consisted of the following 20 companies:

 

Acuity Brands, Inc.

Colfax Corporation

Crane Co.

Donaldson Company, Inc.

Dover Corporation

Flowserve Corporation

Fortive Corporation

Herman Miller, Inc.

HNI Corporation

IDEX Corporation

Itron, Inc.

Nordson Corporation

Rexnord Corporation

Steelcase Inc.

Tempur Sealy International, Inc.

The Middleby Corporation

The Timken Company

Waters Corporation

Woodward, Inc.

Xylem Inc.

 

Independent Compensation Consultant Expertise. The Compensation Committee engages an independent compensation consultant to provide various items of relevant information and to perform various services in connection with the establishment of the elements of our executive compensation program. The Compensation Committee seeks and considers the expert advice and recommendations of the independent compensation consultant in connection with the design of our compensation program and the establishment of appropriate compensation components and levels with respect to our Named Executive Officers. Deloitte Consulting was the Compensation Committee’s independent compensation consultant from May 2018 through June 2021. Beginning in July 2021, the Compensation Committee retained Pay Governance as its independent compensation consultant.

 

The independent compensation consultant advises the Compensation Committee on an ongoing basis with regard to the general competitive landscape and trends in compensation matters, including (i) incentive plan design, (ii) peer group selection and competitive market analyses, (iii) compensation risk management, and (iv) developments in emerging trends and practices. The consultant attends meetings of the Compensation Committee and at the request of the Chairperson participates in its executive sessions.

 

See “Compensation Consultant Matters” in Part IV of “Executive Compensation” below for additional information regarding the Compensation Committee’s engagement of Deloitte Consulting and Pay Governance as its compensation consultants in fiscal 2021, as well as amounts paid to Deloitte Consulting and its affiliates during fiscal 2021 for executive compensation consulting and other services.

 

Survey Data. In addition to peer group data, the Compensation Committee considers published compensation survey data provided by its independent compensation consultant, focusing on compensation data for companies in the manufacturing industry with revenues within a comparable range of the Company’s revenue. The survey data provides additional compensation data targeted to the specific job responsibilities of our senior executives.

 

External Market Conditions. When establishing the total compensation of each Named Executive Officer, the Compensation Committee also considers external market conditions, which include competitive pressures for the executive’s particular position within the industry, economic developments, and the condition of the labor markets.

 

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Performance. Individual performance of our Named Executive Officers is evaluated in large part based upon the achievement of collective and personal goals that are evaluated and established by management and approved by the Compensation Committee each year. These goals for fiscal 2021 are described below.

 

2021 Collective Performance Goals. Management identified and the Compensation Committee approved six common objectives for all of our Named Executive Officers for fiscal 2021. They were as follows:

 


Ensure successful operating company performance – provide oversight and resources needed to generate profitable organic and acquisition growth, strong cash flows, and improved return on invested capital. This will be accomplished through the establishment of clear goals and objectives, appropriate oversight to ensure goal achievement, a transparent resource allocation process, and a commitment to the HOM.

 


Actively manage the Company’s portfolio to align with its strategy to build scalable platforms – identify prudent acquisition opportunities that meet our strategic criteria, provide attractive long-term returns for shareholders, generate profitable revenue and earnings per share growth, and leverage the HOM. Ensure acquisition success by planning, preparing for, and executing due diligence and integration with excellence, focusing on the critical few key areas of greatest value generation. Identify, plan, prepare for, and execute divestitures and other strategic alternatives as appropriate.

 


Implement and expand the HOM – drive the foundation of the HOM across the enterprise, leveraging the framework to produce sustainable and predictable results. Enhance and teach the organization the fundamentals and management practices at the core of the HOM. Expand the HOM to include additional practices and tools aimed at expanding enterprise value. Implement the HOM in newly acquired companies.

 


Develop world class corporate capabilities to support the Company’s strategy and projected growth – make certain that resources, processes, procedures, technology, and controls are aligned with the Company’s transformation strategy.

 


Maintain a strong, deep, and diverse talent pool – ensure the experiences and skill sets necessary to achieve the corporate strategy are present in the organization. This will be accomplished by creating an environment so compelling that we can attract, further develop, and retain top talent individuals.8

 


Execute on year 2 of the Milacron integration with excellence – drive the execution of the integration plan across all work streams with a focus on synergy achievement and long-term shareholder value.

 

 

8 For the second six-month measurement period of fiscal 2021, the Compensation Committee added the creation of specific plans to increase workforce diversity as part of this collective performance goal. As described below, an individual officer’s Individual Performance Factor for STIC purposes is based upon his or her execution of collective performance goals, among other factors.

 

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2021 Individual Performance Goals. The following unique personal objectives were identified for each of the Named Executive Officers for fiscal 2021:

 


For Mr. Raver – Develop and execute the Company’s strategy and business plan and achieve the Company’s financial and operational objectives; allocate capital to create shareholder value; lead the Company’s growth initiatives; oversee the Company’s acquisition and divestiture activities; oversee efforts designed to strengthen the talent pool, capabilities, and competencies of the Company; and ensure that the Company engages in appropriate, meaningful, and transparent conversations with key stakeholders.

 


For Ms. Cerniglia – Provide financial and information technology leadership with excellence to the Company and, where necessary, its subsidiaries; ensure that appropriate processes and procedures for the corporate financial and enterprise information systems (EIS) functions are in place; ensure that appropriate internal controls to safeguard financial assets and proprietary information are developed and maintained and there is adherence to accounting rules, including those recently adopted; employ Lean throughout the finance and EIS functions to increase efficiency and effectiveness; manage financial and information technology due diligence and integration efforts in the Companys acquisition activities; ensure there is a high performing corporate finance and EIS team with the appropriate experiences and skill sets; and lead all aspects of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) process in alignment with the strategy management process with focuses on cybersecurity and early identification and mitigating action for significant risks to the business. Lead the overall Milacron integration effort, including oversight of the Integration Management Office, developing and approving synergy targets and related action plans to achieve, and ensuring a clear link to the Company’s financial statements. Develop and execute the strategic and operating plans of the Company’s DME business; grow revenue, income before taxes (“IBT”) and cash flow organically by penetrating growing end markets, accelerating geographic expansion and driving improved operational performance; use HOM to realize the full value of the DME organization and to deliver sustainable and predictable results.

 


For Ms. Ryan – Develop and execute the strategy and operating plans of Coperion and Rotex; grow revenue, IBT, and cash flow organically by penetrating growing end markets, accelerating geographic expansion, and driving improved operational performance; use HOM to realize the full value of the Coperion and Rotex organizations and to deliver sustainable and predictable results; and identify, execute, and integrate future strategic acquisitions in line with the Coperion and Rotex strategies. Work with Strategy and Corporate Development on identifying, planning, preparing for, and executing the divestiture of the ABEL business.9, 10

 

 

9 The Company completed the divestiture of its ABEL business in March 2021. In addition, in connection with her election as Executive Vice President, Ms. Ryan took over supervisory responsibility for the Company’s businesses, including Mold-Masters, Milacron Injection Molding & Extrusion, Coperion, and Batesville, after the Company’s annual process for identifying individual performance goals. Thus, Ms. Ryan was also given the following goal with respect to the Company’s businesses in connection with her election: development and execution of their strategies and business plans to drive profitable growth.

 

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For Mr. Trainor – Develop and execute the strategic and operating plan of Batesville; use HOM to realize the full value of the Batesville organization and to deliver sustainable and predictable results; maintain the strong cash flow generation capabilities of Batesville; ensure the organization is sized appropriately to demand; continue to gain efficiencies and maintain margin through Lean; and provide talent to the rest of the organization.10 Work with Strategy and Corporate Development on identifying, planning, preparing for, and executing the divestiture of the TerraSource Global business.

 


For Mr. Whitted – Lead the execution of Hillenbrand’s growth strategy; oversee the work of multi-disciplinary teams involved in the Company’s acquisition and divestiture efforts, particularly in opportunity identification and analysis, due diligence, and integration; foster global M&A relationships; and assist with integration of acquired companies in coordination with the CEO/CFO, the M&A Committee and OpCo leadership teams. Successfully lead the planning, preparation, and execution of the divestitures of the ABEL, TerraSource Global, and Red Valve business units.

 

Aggregate Compensation. The Compensation Committee considers the aggregate value of the Named Executive Officers’ core compensation components of base salary and STIC and LTIC at target levels. The Compensation Committee compares the aggregate amount of these elements for our Named Executive Officers to the aggregate amount of the same elements of executive officer compensation at other companies using peer group and survey data. The Compensation Committee generally targets total direct compensation levels at the median, including for new hires or promotions, but total pay opportunity levels may vary above or below depending on experience level and other factors. For example, a newly hired executive with substantial experience may be provided with above median compensation whereas a newly promoted executive from within the Company may be targeted below the median due to their newness to the position.

 

Additionally, the Compensation Committee reviews “tally sheets” reflecting all compensation paid to our Named Executive Officers, including retirement and other benefits, perquisites, and amounts potentially payable to them upon a “change in control” of the Company. The Compensation Committee also considers projections as to the potential future value of long-term equity awards made to the Named Executive Officers.

 

Shareholder Say on Pay Vote. At each Annual Meeting of the Company’s shareholders since 2011, the Company has held a “Say on Pay Vote,” which is a non-binding advisory resolution stating that shareholders approve the compensation paid to the Company’s Named Executive Officers. The Compensation Committee carefully considers the results of this vote each year. Company shareholders have approved the Say on Pay Vote with over 94 percent support each year for the past eight years. The Compensation Committee believes that the historical level of support for these votes reflects favorably on the Company’s executive compensation program and the actions taken by our Compensation Committee.

 

 

10 In connection with Ms. Ryan’s election as Executive Vice President, Mr. Trainor took over secondary supervisory responsibilities of the Company’s Rotex business, after the Company’s annual process for identifying individual performance goals. Thus, in addition to the personal objectives identified above, in connection with Ms. Ryan’s election as Executive Vice President, Mr. Trainor was also given the following goals for Rotex for the latter part of 2021: develop and execute the strategic and operating plan of Rotex; grow revenue, IBT, and cash flow organically by penetrating growing end markets, accelerating geographic expansion, and driving improved operational performance; use HOM to realize the full value of the Rotex organization and to deliver sustainable and predictable results; and identify, execute, and integrate future strategic acquisitions in line with the Rotex strategy.

 

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Compensation of Our Named Executive Officers for Fiscal 2021

 

Compensation-Setting Process. Prior to or shortly after the start of each fiscal year, our Compensation Committee and its consultant, as well as our President and CEO, take steps to establish that year’s compensation program and performance for the preceding fiscal year as detailed below. This process was generally followed in fiscal 2021 with some modifications to the historical program determined to be advisable in light of the ongoing uncertainty in global markets relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most significant in this regard, the Compensation Committee approved use of two consecutive six-month measurement periods for STIC rather than the traditional one twelve-month period and modified the payout curves, as described below. In addition, for the second six-month STIC measurement period, the Compensation Committee added the creation of specific plans to increase workforce diversity as part of the Named Executive Officers’ collective performance goal relating to diverse talent pools. The Compensation Committee approved this approach for STIC after discussing and considering various factors, including the uncertainty in global markets relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although measured in two periods, STIC was only paid once, after the end of the fiscal year, consistent with past practice.

 

Compensation Consultant Compensation Committee
Develop Executive Compensation Market Analysis (“ECMA”) that reports competitive compensation data using disclosures from the Company’s compensation peer group and supplemented with data from various published compensation surveys Discusses the recommendations, reviews individual performance, and considers Company performance data and competitive benchmark information
Solicits feedback from each director regarding the CEO’s performance during the prior year, with feedback based on CEO’s self-review and each director’s own independent evaluation
  Meets in executive session with full Board present without the CEO present to determine the CEO’s performance-based compensation11
President and CEO Approves base salaries and target STIC and LTIC awards for all Named Executive Officers for the new fiscal year
Develops recommendation for Named Executive Officer compensation (other than his own) based on ECMA Determines the performance objectives of and the formula to calculate the STIC and LTIC awards for the new fiscal year, along with the LTIC award mix12
Develops self-review for his individual performance in the prior year With support from the Company’s internal audit team, certifies performance and confirms the computation of the actual STIC awards to be paid to the Named Executive Officers with respect to the prior fiscal year13

 

 

11 A summary of these discussions is provided to the CEO and is also used to set the CEO’s compensation and leadership goals for the following year.

12 As described above, in fiscal 2021, target-setting was conducted twice for STIC, once in each consecutive six-month performance period although no change was made to the formula.

13 The Compensation Committee reviewed results of the first six-month performance period in connection with setting targets for the second six-month performance period, but as described above, this certification and confirmation process and the ensuing payouts took place only once, after the end of the fiscal year.

 

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The individual components of our Named Executive Officers’ 2021 compensation packages are described in further detail below.

 

Base Salaries. Base salary for our Named Executive Officers other than Mr. Raver remained flat for the first fiscal quarter, as their regularly scheduled merit-based salary increases were cancelled in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Merit increases resumed in January 2021. Our Named Executive Officers were paid the following base salaries14 during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021:

 

Name Base Salary
Joe A. Raver $865,327
Kristina A. Cerniglia $561,609
Kimberly K. Ryan $565,545
Christopher H. Trainor $474,370
J. Michael Whitted $435,870

 

The Compensation Committee believes these salaries are not only appropriate in light of available comparative data and the total mix of compensation for each of these officers, but also necessary in order to provide a guaranteed level of income to aid in the attraction and retention of talent in a competitive market.

 

Annual Cash Incentive Awards. The payment of annual cash STIC to our Named Executive Officers for fiscal 2021 was formula-based and governed by our Second Amended and Restated Short-Term Incentive Compensation Plan for Key Executives (“STIC Plan”). The STIC Plan is designed to motivate our Named Executive Officers to perform and to meet both collective and individual objectives. It is consistent with our philosophy that employees should share in the Company’s success when our short-term financial objectives are achieved, as we believe such achievement ultimately results in creating value for our shareholders. The potential to be paid short-term cash incentive awards plays an important role in the attraction and retention of our Named Executive Officers.

 

Effective in fiscal 2022, the Company adopted the Third Amended and Restated Short-Term Incentive Compensation Plan for Key Executives (the “Restated STIC Plan”) to replace the STIC Plan, as previously reported. While generally following the STIC Plan’s historical approaches to incentive compensation, the Restated STIC Plan expands the list of potential performance goals to include additional financial and operational metrics, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics. It also contains provisions that specifically contemplate awards based on performance periods that may differ from our fiscal year; permits the use of discretionary bonuses; and continues to provide authority to adjust performance goals or related achievement levels to reflect changes in business operations, corporate transactions, or similar events.

 

 

14 The salary amounts shown in this table vary slightly from those shown in the “Summary Compensation Table” in Part III below because this table reflects salary actually paid during the fiscal year, while the “Summary Compensation Table” is presented based on salary earned during the fiscal year. The salary paid shown in this table is the basis used for the annual cash incentive calculation described below.

 

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At the beginning of each fiscal year, the Compensation Committee approves each Named Executive Officer’s target STIC award. As explained above, in fiscal 2021, this approval was predicated on the use of two six-month performance periods, with targets for the second performance period approved after completion of the first. The target STIC award opportunities, expressed as a percentage of annual base salary, remained unchanged from 2020 levels for those Named Executive Officers employed by us in fiscal 2020, other than an increase in Mr. Raver’s target STIC award opportunity to incentivize continued high performance and in Ms. Ryan’s target STIC award opportunity to reflect her promotion to Executive Vice President.

 

Name

2021 Target STIC Opportunity
(as a % of base salary)
Joe A. Raver 120%
Kristina A. Cerniglia  75%
Kimberly K. Ryan       80% 15
Christopher H. Trainor 75%
J. Michael Whitted 75%

 

Our formula for calculating the STIC awards payable to our Named Executive Officers for fiscal 2021 was as follows, with the first three steps repeated for each performance period:


 

For 2021, the Company Performance Factor was based on our achievement of designated levels of “Adjusted IBT,” “Net Revenue” (or, solely for the Company’s Coperion business, “Order Intake”), and “Cash Conversion Cycle” (or CCC), each of which is further described in Appendix A. The Company Performance Factor calculation was performed with respect to each of the fiscal 2021 six-month performance periods, which are referred to as “H1” and “H2” in certain instances in the following discussion,16 and applied to the base salary in the relevant performance period. These performance metrics translate to operational and financial performance, efficiency, and sustainable improvement. The metrics generally track the performance of Hillenbrand, Inc. on a consolidated basis, but for a Named Executive Officer who has direct responsibility to a business unit other than Hillenbrand, Inc., 75 percent of the Company Performance Factor is allocated to the performance of the relevant business unit(s), as set forth in the following chart:

 

 

15 This percentage reflects a blended rate of 75 percent for eight months of the fiscal year until her election as Executive Vice President and 90 percent for the four months of the fiscal year thereafter.

16 The H1 and H2 Company Performance Factors are used in completing the STIC calculation for each performance period in fiscal 2021, which are then multiplied against a single Individual Performance Factor with the two resulting payouts added together to determine each Named Executive Officer’s overall payout.

 

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  Percentage Of Company Performance Factor Allocated To….

Name

Hillenbrand

Batesville

Coperion
Joe A. Raver 100%
Kristina A. Cerniglia 100%
Kimberly K. Ryan17   25% 75%
  100%
Christopher H. Trainor   25% 75%
J. Michael Whitted 100%

 

The 2021 financial performance targets under the STIC for each of Hillenbrand and the operating divisions, along with the actual results and payout levels,18 were as follows:

 


Hillenbrand


Weight


Threshold

Target

Maximum
Actual Results

Payout

Level

H1 Adjusted IBT19 50% $64.5 $129.0 $193.4 $201.7 200.0%
H2 Adjusted IBT19 $94.2 $188.3 $282.5 $206.8 119.7%
H1 Net Revenue 25% $637.2 $1,274.5 $1,911.7 $1,561.8 145.1%
H2 Net Revenue $760.4 $1,520.9 $2,281.3 $1,663.6 118.8%
H1 CCC 25% 93.4 days 77.8 days 62.3 days 68.0 days 163.5%
H2 CCC 69.8 days 58.2 days 46.6 days 47.5 days 192.4%
Company Performance Factor for Hillenbrand (Consolidated)

H1 177.2%

H2 137.6%

 

 

17 The percentages in the first row reflect Ms. Ryan’s Company Performance Factor allocation of 25 percent Hillenbrand, 75 percent Coperion for the first eight months of the fiscal year until her election as Executive Vice President, from which point the allocation changed to 100 percent Hillenbrand, as shown in the second row.

18 As part of the annual compensation setting process, the Compensation Committee translates percentage achievement of each STIC component into the payout levels used to arrive at the overall Company Performance Factor. Adjusted IBT, Net Revenue, and Order Intake are shown in millions.

19 Adjusted IBT at the Hillenbrand level reflects the impact of the full amount of corporate overhead costs for the enterprise.

 

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Batesville


Weight


Threshold

Target

Maximum20
Actual Results Payout Level
H1 Adjusted IBT 50% $28.3 $56.5 $84.8 $92.8 200.0%
H2 Adjusted IBT $23.2 $46.4 $69.6 $59.1 155.0%
H1 Net Revenue 25% $135.7 $271.4 $407.2 $330.0 143.1%
H2 Net Revenue $131.8 $263.5 $395.3 $292.4 122.0%
H1 CCC 25% 45.1 days 37.6 days 30.1 days 31.4 days 183.0%
H2 CCC 40.8 days 34.0 days 27.2 days 26.6 days 200.0%
Company Performance Factor for Batesville

H1 181.5%

H2 158.0%

 


Coperion


Weight


Threshold

Target

Maximum
Actual Results Payout Level
H1 Adjusted IBT 50% $37.8 $75.6 $113.4 $78.8 108.5%
H2 Adjusted IBT $54.9 $109.9 $164.8 $111.0 102.0%
H1 Order Intake 25% $242.1 $484.3 $726.4 $650.6 168.7%
H2 Order Intake $333.3 $666.5 $999.8 $770.8 131.3%
H1 CCC 25% 44.3 days 36.9 days 29.5 days 32.6 days 157.9%
H2 CCC 34.8 days 29.0 days 23.2 days 7.1 days 200.0%
Company Performance Factor for Coperion

H1 135.9%

H2 133.8%

 

The Compensation Committee set the payout curve for fiscal 2021 to account for the significant uncertainty in the global markets at the time related to the COVID-19 pandemic, by widening and flattening the curve and potential payout percentages relating to Adjusted STIC, Revenue, and Order Intake:

 

 

20 In light of Batesville’s anticipated performance during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Compensation Committee determined to align the maximum payout for Batesville with that of other operating companies for fiscal 2021. In recent years, the maximum has been 175 percent.

 

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  Threshold Target Maximum
Adjusted IBT 0% 100% 200%
Revenue 0% 100% 200%
Order Intake 0% 100% 200%
CCC 50% 100% 200%

 

The Compensation Committee determined to keep the curve for fiscal 2021 CCC consistent with the Company’s recent historical practice. The Compensation Committee believes that the changes to the Adjusted IBT, Revenue, and Order Intake curves for fiscal 2021, along with use of two six-month performance periods, decreased the likelihood of not only an inappropriately low payout, which could have created retention risk for our workforce, but also an inappropriately high payout, which could have undermined the Company’s compensation philosophy. In light of continued uncertainty in the global markets, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and global supply chain disruptions, among other factors, the Compensation Committee determined to maintain the fiscal 2021 payout curves for fiscal 2022.

 

The definitions for each of the STIC performance metrics are set forth in Appendix A. Each of these performance metrics is also adjusted for the effects of certain unusual or infrequent items, which are generally determined in advance by the Compensation Committee during or as close as possible to the first quarter of each performance period and may include, among other things:

 


acquisitions made during the fiscal year (plan targets are adjusted accordingly);

 


divestitures made during the fiscal year (plan targets are adjusted accordingly); and

 


the foreign exchange translation of income statements at exchange rates that differ from those assumed in the STIC Plan.

 

The final results for these performance metrics are used to calculate the Company Performance Factor at the end of the applicable performance period. After the end of the fiscal year, the Board or Compensation Committee assigns an Individual Performance Factor to each Named Executive Officer based on its review of the CEO’s assessment of the officer’s performance during the performance period, including performance relative to his or her individual and collective objectives described above under the heading “Factors Considered in Setting Compensation.” For fiscal 2021, this review was conducted once, at the end of the fiscal year. The Individual Performance Factor can range from 1.0x at target performance, to 1.2x for superior performance, and to below 1.0x if target levels have not been achieved.

 

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For fiscal 2021, STIC awards for our Named Executive Officers were calculated as described above, and the Compensation Committee certified performance and confirmed the following calculation:

 


Name
Target STIC Award21 x

Applicable Company

Performance

Factor

x Individual Performance Factor =

Total STIC

Award

Paid22

Joe A. Raver H1 $513,392   H1 177.2%   105%   $1,713,700
  H2 $525,000   H2 137.6%    
               
Kristina A. Cerniglia H1 $207,396   H1 177.2%   105%   $694,800
  H2 $213,810   H2 137.6%    
               
Kimberly K. Ryan H1 $192,140   H1 146.2%   105%   $672,400
  H2 $262,954   H2 136.7%    
               
Christopher H. Trainor H1 $173,222   H1 180.4%   105%   $621,200
  H2 $182,555   H2 152.9%    
               
J. Michael Whitted H1 $161,950   H1 177.2%   105%   $539,600
  H2 $164,953   H2 137.6%    

 

Cash-Based Retention Award in Fiscal 2021. As described above, the Company’s annual STIC program is designed to motivate our Named Executive Officers to perform and is the primary vehicle for performance-based cash compensation. But when advisable under the circumstances, the Compensation Committee may consider additional compensation for certain key executives. In a time of CEO transition and broader market uncertainty related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Compensation Committee determined in fiscal 2021 that senior executive departures could have a significant negative impact on business results and concluded that consideration of additional retention awards was warranted.

 

Thus, given the essential role of the finance function in connection with the CEO transition and in order to support her retention and business continuity during this period, in fiscal 2021 the Compensation Committee approved a one-time cash retention award for Kristina A. Cerniglia, the Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. The Compensation Committee also considered Ms. Cerniglia’s skills and experience, sustained high performance, and long tenure at the Company in making this award. The cash award, which is in addition to an equity award described below, has a total grant date value of $1,000,000, to be paid in three installments within 10 days after the applicable vesting date: $650,000 on December 31, 2021; $250,000 on March 31, 2022; and $100,000 on July 1, 2022, subject in each case to Ms. Cerniglia’s continued employment on each such date. Each cash award will vest in full if Ms. Cerniglia’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause prior to the applicable vesting date and each award will be forfeited if Ms. Cerniglia’s employment is terminated for any other reason prior to such vesting date.

 

 

21 The target STIC award is calculated as base salary times the individual’s target bonus percentage; the calculation uses salary amounts that vary slightly from those shown in the “Summary Compensation Table” in Part III below because that table is presented based on salary earned during the fiscal year, while fiscal 2021 STIC awards are calculated based on salary actually paid during the applicable six-month performance period.

22 The Compensation Committee approved STIC award payments rounded to the nearest hundred dollars.

 

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Long-Term Incentive Compensation

 

Overview. We provide LTIC to our Named Executive Officers and other employees by awarding them a combination of time-based restricted stock units (“RSUs”) and performance-based RSUs. Historically, our Named Executive Officers received their annual LTIC award as one-third stock options and two-thirds performance-based RSUs. Beginning with fiscal 2021, the Compensation Committee determined that the proportion of LTIC awards that historically consisted of stock options would, for fiscal 2021 and future awards, consist of time-based RSUs. The Compensation Committee made this change in an effort to enhance the effectiveness of equity compensation in attracting and retaining talent in a competitive market. In particular, the Compensation Committee believes that this step brings the Company’s compensation practices more in line with the general market.23

 

In setting the amount of each annual LTIC award granted to our Named Executive Officers, the Compensation Committee bases its decision on comparative data from the Company’s compensation peer group, benchmarked at the 50th percentile, as well as aiming to encourage high performance. This process resulted in increased LTIC opportunities for most of our Named Executive Officers in fiscal 2021, as shown below.

 

Name

2020 LTIC Opportunity 2021 LTIC Opportunity
Joe A. Raver $3,600,000 $4,000,000
Kristina A. Cerniglia $950,000 $1,050,000
Kimberly K. Ryan $850,000 $950,000
Christopher H. Trainor $600,000 $700,000
J. Michael Whitted $700,000 $700,000

 

 

23 Also during fiscal 2021, as previously reported, our Stock Plan was amended and restated and approved by our shareholders in order to reflect market practice and make certain other updates, including to increase the number of shares of Company common stock reserved for issuance thereunder.

 

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The Compensation Committee then allocated the 2021 LTIC award opportunity to performance-based and time-based RSUs as follows:

 

Award Type

Allocation Of LTIC Award Value

Brief Description
Of Award Type

Performance-Based RSUs 2/3

Performance measured over a three-year period commencing October 1, 2020

 

Split equally between:

 

●      awards that vest based on our shareholder value formula (“Shareholder Value RSUs”), and

 

●      awards that vest based on our relative total shareholder return (“TSR”) formula (“Relative TSR RSUs”)

 

     
Time-Based RSUs 1/3 Number of RSUs set based on fair market value on date of award; vest over a three-year period

 

We believe that by linking a significant portion of the pay of our Named Executive Officers to the achievement of targets over three years, our LTIC program shapes investment strategies that improve the Company’s value over the long term. Historically, actual achievement levels have resulted in actual payouts of our various performance-based equity awards that cover almost the full range of performance, between no payout (zero percent) to close to maximum payout (175 percent). Looking at our two performance-based RSU award types over the past several years, however, payouts have generally ranged from approximately 40 percent to approximately 120 percent of the targeted amount, with only few years exceeding that level. As a result, we believe the current award mix demonstrates the Company’s establishment of stretch goals for each business cycle.

 

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Compared to the average of our compensation peer group’s mix of long-term incentive compensation awards, our annual LTIC grants to Named Executive Officers in fiscal 2021 reflect general alignment but a heavier emphasis on performance-based awards, as shown in the charts below.

 

Peer Group Average in Fiscal 2021*

  Hillenbrand, Inc. in Fiscal 2021
     
     

 

 

* Source: Proxy filings

 

The allocation of the annual LTIC award opportunity (excluding retention awards) in fiscal 2021 among time-based RSUs, Shareholder Value RSUs, and Relative TSR RSUs resulted in the following targeted award levels (excluding accrued dividends):

 

    Performance-Based RSUs At Target
Name24 Time-Based RSUs Shareholder Value Relative TSR
Joe A. Raver 34,767 34,767 34,767
Kristina A. Cerniglia 9,126 9,126 9,126
Kimberly K. Ryan 8,257 8,257 8,257
Christopher H. Trainor 6,084 6,084 6,084
J. Michael Whitted 6,084 6,084 6,084

 

Time-Based RSUs. The time-based RSUs awarded in fiscal 2021 vest ratably on the first, second, and third anniversaries of the grant date (1/3 on each grant date anniversary). The Compensation Committee has determined that dividend equivalent amounts are accrued on unvested time-based RSUs during the vesting period as dividends are declared on the Company’s common stock. Dividends paid on the Company common stock are accrued with regard to these RSUs, deemed to be reinvested in Company common stock at the market value on the date of such dividend, and paid in additional shares on the vesting date of the underlying award in proportion to the number of shares that vest.

 

Shareholder Value RSUs. The Shareholder Value RSUs are earned based on the actual shareholder value created during the three-year period commencing October 1, 2020 (referred to as “Shareholder Value Delivered”) above or below what was expected during that same period (referred to as “Shareholder Value Expected”), as further described in Appendix A. For the award granted in fiscal 2021, the amount of Shareholder Value Expected as of the end of the three-year measurement period is $4,169.5 million, reflecting the targeted amount of economic value at the end of the three years ending on September 30, 2023, subject to certain adjustments as described below and in Appendix A.

 

 

24 The LTIC award value allocated to the time-based RSUs, Shareholder Value RSUs, and Relative TSR RSUs was converted to a number of shares at target based on the average of high and low stock price on the date of grant.

 

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At the end of the three-year measurement period the Shareholder Value RSUs will vest in an amount equal to the product of (i) the target number of shares, times (ii) a multiplier based on the ratio, expressed as a percentage, of Shareholder Value Delivered to Shareholder Value Expected as follows:

 

Shareholder Value Delivered

As Percentage Of

Shareholder Value Expected

  Multiplier
Less than 70%   zero (no units earned)
At least 70% but less than 130%   0.25 plus an additional 0.025 for each full percentage point achieved above minimum for range
At least 130%   1.75 (maximum number of units earned)

 

The achievement levels and corresponding multipliers set forth above are expressed in further detail in the payout curve set forth below:

 

 

 

The Compensation Committee has determined that dividend equivalent amounts are accrued on Shareholder Value RSUs during the measurement period as dividends are declared on the Company’s common stock. These equivalent amounts are deemed to be reinvested in additional shares of Company common stock and then ultimately paid in the form of additional shares when the underlying award vests, using the same multiplier as the underlying award.

 

Our formula for calculating the shareholder value components of these awards is a discounted cash flow model that is designed to reflect the true economic return to investors. The key inputs into the model are:

 


the Company’s net operating profit after tax, which is calculated by taking net income and adding back certain unusual and/or infrequent non-cash items (“NOPAT”);

 


free cash flow; and

 

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the established “hurdle rate,” which is a reflection of the Company’s enterprise-wide weighted average cost of capital and targeted capital structure (the “Hurdle Rate”).

 

It is contemplated that the Hurdle Rate will typically equal or exceed the Company’s weighted average cost of capital. In general, the Shareholder Value RSUs are designed to pay on the basis of the growth in economic value to an investor over three years, and the Company must earn a return that meets the applicable Hurdle Rate in order for a Named Executive Officer to earn the targeted award. The return must exceed the Hurdle Rate to exceed the targeted award. We believe that linking the pay of our Named Executive Officers with the growth in the economic value of the Company in this way aligns the interests of the executive management team with those of the Company’s shareholders.

 

Calculation of Shareholder Value Expected. The amount of Shareholder Value Expected (defined in Appendix A) as of the end of a measurement period is generally calculated as (i) the Company’s Adjusted NOPAT (defined in Appendix A) for the prior fiscal year, (ii) divided by the Hurdle Rate, and (iii) multiplied by the cube of (1 + Hurdle Rate), with certain limited exceptions set forth in Appendix A:



 

The Compensation Committee makes adjustments for divestitures during the course of the performance period of these awards. During the performance period ending with fiscal 2021, the Company divested three businesses (Cimcool, Red Valve, and ABEL). For these divestitures, the Compensation Committee adjusted the applicable targets to align with the respective partial ownership periods. The Company divested its TerraSource Global business in early fiscal 2022, and the Compensation Committee is similarly adjusting any awards with a performance period that would have included TerraSource Global in the Shareholder Value Expected calculation. Similarly, the Compensation Committee has also historically adjusted award calculations to include newly-acquired businesses. But in order to simplify calculations of such targets and reduce the likelihood of dilutive effects on compensation, the Compensation Committee determined, beginning with awards made in fiscal 2021, not to adjust such awards for the impact of any acquisitions.

 

The foregoing adjustments, along with any described in the definitions set forth in Appendix A, are not intended to be comprehensive, and the Compensation Committee retains discretion to make additional adjustments consistent with the terms of the Stock Plan and awards thereunder.

 

Calculation of Shareholder Value Delivered. The amount of Shareholder Value Delivered as of the end of a measurement period is calculated by adding two components: the Ending NOPAT Component and the Ending Cash Flow Component. See Appendix A for applicable definitions.

 

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Relative TSR RSUs. The Relative TSR RSUs granted in fiscal 2021 are earned based on the change in the market price of the Company’s common stock during the three-year period commencing October 1, 2020, compared to the change in market price of the stock of the members of the Standard & Poor’s 400 Mid Cap Industrials index (referred to herein as the “Index Companies”) during that same period, taking dividends into account as further described below. Although consistent with last year, this is a change from earlier years, when we used our then-applicable compensation peer group to measure relative TSR. As described below, the Relative TSR RSUs that were granted in fiscal 2019 and vested in fiscal 2021 were measured in comparison to the compensation peer group, rather than the Index Companies. In either case, by linking the pay of our Named Executive Officers with the relative return earned by our shareholders compared to our peers, the Relative TSR RSUs create an incentive for our executive management team to produce above market returns for our shareholders.

 

In general for awards granted in fiscal 2019, the target award was earned if the Company’s relative TSR during the measurement period ranked between the 45th and 55th percentiles of the compensation peer group, and the award paid out proportionately higher or lower if relative TSR was above or below that range, as illustrated in more detail below. At the end of the three-year measurement period in fiscal 2021 the Relative TSR RSUs granted in fiscal 2019 vested in an amount equal to the product of (i) the target number of shares times (ii) a multiplier based on the ranking, expressed as a percentile, of the Company’s TSR within the companies in its compensation peer group as follows:

 

Relative Percentile Rank Of

Company TSR

  Multiplier
Equal to or less than 24.99%25   zero (no RSUs earned)
At least 25% up to 29.99%   0.40
At least 30% up to 34.99%   0.55
At least 35% up to 39.99%   0.70
At least 40% up to 44.99%   0.85
At least 45% up to 54.99%   1.00
At least 55% up to 59.99%   1.15
At least 60% up to 64.99%   1.30
At least 65% up to 69.99%   1.45
At least 70% up to 74.99%   1.60
At least 75%   1.75

 

Whereas dividends accrue during the measurement period with respect to shares underlying the Shareholder Value RSUs as described above, the Compensation Committee has determined that dividends do not accrue during the measurement period with respect to shares underlying Relative TSR RSUs, as the determination of the grant date value of the Relative TSR RSUs assumes no dividends are paid on these shares.

 

Beginning with awards made in fiscal 2020 and vesting in fiscal 2022, the Compensation Committee modified the payout formula described above for Relative TSR RSUs to provide a 25 percent minimum payout at 25 percent achievement, 100 percent payout at 50 percent achievement, and 175 percent payout at 75 percent achievement and above. The formula uses linear interpolation for payouts between these markers, rather than the “banded” approach we have historically used. Thus, the Company’s relative TSR must be achieved at median to receive the target payout going forward.

 

 

25 Actual vesting level for Relative TSR RSUs awarded in fiscal 2019.

 

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The key inputs and award calculation formula for these Relative TSR RSU awards are the Beginning Average Price and Ending Average Price of the stock of the Company and the Company’s compensation peer group companies or Index Companies, as applicable; the Dividend Reinvestment Multiplier applicable to each such company; and the TSR of each such company during the measurement period. Definitions of these terms are set forth in Appendix A. The TSR of the Company and each of its compensation peer group companies or the Index Companies during the measurement period is calculated by subtracting one from the quotient of (i) the Ending Average Price for that company, divided by (ii) the Beginning Average Price for that company as shown below:


 

Vesting of Fiscal 2019 LTIC Awards. On September 30, 2021, the three-year measurement period for the Company’s LTIC awards that were granted in fiscal 2019 closed. Those awards vested in accordance with our two LTIC award formulas described above. During the three-year measurement period (fiscal years 2019-2021), the Company achieved an actual shareholder value increase equal to 129 percent of the target for that measurement period, resulting in a vested award amount equal to 173 percent of the targeted number of shares (i.e., the number of shares that would be earned upon achievement in full of the target shareholder value increase).

 

Under the relative TSR formula, at the end of the three-year measurement period, the Company ranked 15 out of the 18 companies in the Company’s compensation peer group constituted as of the date of the award (as described above, the percentile calculation includes the 17 peer group companies plus the Company), resulting in a percentile figure of 17.6 percent, and, therefore, no payout.

 

Additional details regarding the LTIC awards granted in fiscal 2019 are set forth under the heading “Long-Term Incentive Compensation” in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of our proxy statement for our 2020 Annual Meeting of shareholders that was filed with the SEC on January 2, 2020. See the “Option Exercises and Stock Vested for Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021” table in Part III below for additional detail regarding the vesting of the LTIC awards granted in fiscal 2019.

 

Non-recurring Time-Based RSU Awards in Fiscal 2021. In fiscal 2021, consistent with its historical use of time-based RSU awards as a retention tool for certain key executives, the Compensation Committee approved the granting of certain non-recurring time-based RSU retention awards. The first of these was made to J. Michael Whitted, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development of the Company, who was instrumental in the Company’s acquisition of Milacron and recent strategic divestitures and whose organization supports one of our key strategic pillars, that is, growth through acquisitions. In making this award, the Compensation Committee determined that in a time of broader market uncertainty related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in fiscal 2021, senior executive departures could have a significantly negative impact on business results. The Compensation Committee also considered Mr. Whitted’s skills and experience, sustained high performance, and long tenure at the Company in making this award, as well as his overall compensation package relative to the extremely competitive market.

 

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The Compensation Committee considered similar factors in connection with the CEO transition and potential impact on the Company’s operations, where senior executive departures could have a similarly negative impact. As a result, the Compensation Committee also approved non-recurring time-based RSU awards to Christopher H. Trainor, Senior Vice President and President of Batesville, and to Kristina A. Cerniglia, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, as part of their retention and likewise recognizing their skills and experience, sustained high performance, and long tenures at the Company, with the aim of facilitating a successful transition for our new CEO.

 

Consequently, Mr. Whitted received an award of 50,859 time-based RSUs, with a total grant date value of approximately $2,100,000, vesting one-third on each of June 18, 2022, June 18, 2023, and June 18, 2024, subject in each case to his continued employment. Mr. Trainor’s award of 60,644 time-based RSUs, with a total grant date value of approximately $2,625,000, vests 20 percent on each of July 6, 2023, July 6, 2024, and July 6, 2025, and 40 percent on July 6, 2026, subject in each case to his continued employment and to acceleration in full in the event of his termination by the Company without cause. Ms. Cerniglia’s award consisted of 33,775 time-based RSUs, with a total grant date value of approximately $1,400,000, vesting 50 percent each on July 1, 2023 and July 1, 2024, subject in each case to her continued employment. See the “Outstanding Equity Awards at September 30, 2021” table in Part III below for additional detail regarding these executives’ LTIC awards granted in fiscal 2021.

 

Retirement and Savings Plans

 

Savings Plan. We maintain a tax-qualified defined contribution savings plan (the “Savings Plan”) in which most of our U.S.-domiciled employees, including all of the Named Executive Officers, are eligible to participate. The employees participating in the Savings Plan may contribute a percentage of their compensation thereto on a pre-tax or Roth after-tax basis, subject to applicable limits.  For the Savings Plan, the Company matches contributions for all eligible employees not accruing legacy pension benefits, which includes all of the Named Executive Officers.  Additionally, whether or not employees eligible to contribute to the Savings Plan did so, the Company provided an automatic contribution per pay period to the Savings Plan. All contributions by employees and the automatic Company contribution are fully vested immediately, but the Company matching contributions have not historically vested until after three years of credited service, at which point further Company matching contributions vest immediately when made. In addition, actual annual cash bonus amount was historically excluded as compensation from the contribution formula under the plan. Beginning in 2021, all contributions, including Company matching contributions, vested immediately when made, and actual annual cash bonus amount began to be included as compensation (in addition to base salary) for calculating contributions.

 

For information regarding compensation paid to our Named Executive Officers under the Savings Plan, see footnote 5 to the “Summary Compensation Table” in Part III below.

 

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Supplemental Retirement Plan. We maintain a Supplemental Retirement Plan administered by Fidelity Management Trust Company (the “SRP”) that provides a defined contribution benefit to plan participants. All of the Named Executive Officers participate in the SRP. The SRP is designed to supplement the amount of retirement benefits that participants are entitled to receive from our Savings Plan. 

 

The Internal Revenue Code establishes certain limits with respect to tax-qualified retirement plans like our Savings Plan, including a limit on the maximum amount of compensation that can be counted as earnings of the participant for purposes of calculating benefits. The application of these tax law limits can reduce the amount that would otherwise be payable to a participant under the terms of a tax-qualified retirement plan. Additionally, historically our Savings Plan excluded any cash bonus amounts from the definition of compensation for plan purposes, focusing the contribution formula only on base salary. Beginning in 2021, the contribution formula also took cash bonus amounts into account.

 

In general, the SRP is designed to “make whole” a participant by paying benefits otherwise lost under the Savings Plan due to the application of tax law limits and the historical exclusion of the annual cash bonus from the plan’s contribution formula. The SRP annually accrued future benefits for the participants equal to the difference between (i) the benefit amount that is actually contributed for a participant under the Savings Plan, and (ii) the amount that would have been contributed if (a) the tax law limits were not applied, and (b) the participant’s actual annual cash bonus amount were included as compensation (in addition to base salary) in the historical contribution formula under the plan. Beginning in 2021, the SRP now annually accrues future benefits equal to the difference between the benefit amount actually contributed to the Savings Plan and the amount that would have been contributed if the tax law limits were not applied.

 

Once benefits under the SRP have vested, they are generally payable following retirement or termination of employment. However, if a participant’s employment is terminated for “cause” (as such term is defined in the SRP), contributions under the SRP may be forfeited.

 

Under the SRP, participants are permitted to direct the investment of their accrued accounts (on a hypothetical basis because this is non-cash “shadow” deferred compensation) into various Fidelity mutual funds and/or Company common stock.  The Company then actually makes those designated investments for the Company’s own account with funds contributed by the Company under a “Rabbi Trust” arrangement so that the Company can actually fund the earnings or losses experienced by each participant in his or her hypothetical investments when distributions are made. The SRP also permits a participant, when permitted by Section 409A of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, to elect to defer all or a portion of his or her annual cash bonus for payment at a later time and to invest the deferred amounts in Fidelity mutual funds and/or Company common stock on a hypothetical basis. This deferral was not made available during 2020 or 2021 due to the Milacron acquisition in 2020 and to the use of two six-month performance periods in 2021, each of which impacted the timing of the Company’s target-setting process.

 

For information concerning benefits payable to our Named Executive Officers under the SRP, see the table entitled “Nonqualified Deferred Compensation for Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021” in Part III below.

 

None of our Named Executive Officers participates in or has account balances in any non-qualified defined benefit plan sponsored by us.

 

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Employment Agreements and Termination Benefits

 

Employment Agreements. We have entered into employment agreements with each of our Named Executive Officers. We believe that it is appropriate for our senior executives to have employment agreements because they provide the Company certain contractual protections that we might not otherwise have, including provisions relating to not competing with us, not soliciting our employees, and maintaining the confidentiality of our proprietary information. The employment agreements we have with our Named Executive Officers contain non-competition and non-solicitation agreements that generally continue in effect for a period of one to two years after the termination of the Named Executive Officer’s employment. Additionally, we believe that employment agreements are a useful tool in the recruiting and retention of senior-level executives. The employment agreements are substantially similar among our Named Executive Officers.

 

Termination Benefits Under Employment Agreements with Named Executive Officers. The employment agreements with our Named Executive Officers provide for employment “at will.” They are terminable by the Named Executive Officer without “cause” or without “good reason” on 60 days’ written notice, by the Company at any time without “cause,” and also by the Company at any time (subject to certain cure rights) for “cause,” as such term is defined in each employment agreement. These Named Executive Officers are also entitled to terminate their employment agreements for “good reason,” as such term is defined in their agreements. If we terminate the employment of a Named Executive Officer without “cause,” or if his or her employment is terminated with “good reason,” then we are obligated to provide severance compensation in connection with such termination. No severance compensation is payable under our employment agreements with our Named Executive Officers if we terminate with “cause,” if the executive terminates without “good reason,” or if the employment relationship is terminated on account of death or disability. As previously reported, Ms. Ryan entered into a new employment agreement effective upon becoming President and CEO. Thus, although the terms of her employment agreement during the fiscal year were consistent with those of other Named Executive Officers, her current employment agreement contains terms described as applying to the CEO.

 

If the employment of a Named Executive Officer is terminated by us without cause or is terminated by the executive officer upon the occurrence, without the executive officer’s consent, of a good reason event, we are required under the officer’s employment agreement to provide severance compensation to such Named Executive Officer as follows:

 


continuation of the officer’s base salary for 12 months (24 months for the CEO), subject to required tax withholdings, which payments may need to be delayed for six months under certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code;

 


continued health coverage and, in some cases, group life insurance, until the continuation of base salary period described above is complete; and

 


limited out-placement counseling.

 

Post-Termination Payments of STIC and LTIC. A Named Executive Officer whose employment terminates may or may not be entitled to the post-termination payment of all or a pro rata portion of the STIC or LTIC award that would have been payable to the Named Executive Officer if his or her employment had continued through the end of the applicable measurement period. The amount payable, if any, depends on the performance of the Company or its applicable business unit throughout the measurement period in question and the circumstances under which employment terminates.

 

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STIC. Post-termination STIC is payable to a Named Executive Officer after the performance period in question has ended and only if it is determined under the applicable performance formula that an amount would have been payable to the former officer had his or her employment continued through the end of the performance period. The amount, if any, that is payable depends upon the circumstances of the termination.

 

If employment terminates due to death, disability, retirement (after age 55 and five years of service), involuntary termination without “cause,” or voluntary termination for “good reason,” then the former officer is entitled to a pro-rata payment of his or her STIC award based on the portion of the fiscal year during which he or she remained employed, subject to a reduction of up to one-third of that amount at the discretion of the Compensation Committee.26 No pro-rata STIC is payable to officers upon an involuntary termination with cause or a voluntary termination without good reason.

 

LTIC. Following termination, the performance-based portion of an LTIC award is payable to a Named Executive Officer only after the measurement period in question has ended and only if it is determined under the applicable performance formula that an amount would have been payable to the former officer had his or her employment continued through the end of the measurement period. Once the amount that would have been paid had employment continued (the “Full Period Award”) is determined, if employment terminates due to death, disability, or retirement (after age 55 and five years of service), involuntarily without cause, or voluntarily for “good reason,” the Named Executive Officer is entitled to a pro-rata amount of the Full Period Award based on the portion of the measurement period during which he or she remained employed, and in any other circumstance, all outstanding performance-based RSUs are forfeited upon termination of employment.

 

Following termination, any unvested portion of a Named Executive Officer’s annual time-based RSUs are forfeited except as follows:

 


if employment terminates due to death or disability after one year and one day following the grant date, all unvested shares shall become vested shares; and

 


if employment terminates due to retirement (as defined above), voluntarily by the executive for “good reason” pursuant to an employment agreement, or, beginning in fiscal 2022, involuntarily by the Company without cause, the Named Executive Officer will receive prorated vesting.

 

In any other circumstance, all unvested shares of time-based RSUs are forfeited upon termination of employment. Any difference in treatment of one-off and retention awards is governed by the applicable award agreement.

 

 

26 Beginning in fiscal 2022, the Restated STIC Plan no longer limits the Compensation Committee’s discretion for such reductions to one-third.

 

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For both performance- and time-based RSUs, vesting upon a change in control is governed by the terms of the Stock Plan and any applicable change in control agreement, as discussed further below.

 

For more information regarding the severance benefits payable to our Named Executive Officers under their employment agreements and our STIC and LTIC compensation programs, see the tables under the heading “Potential Payments Upon Termination” in Part III below.

 

Change in Control Agreements. We believe it is important that management be in a position to provide an objective assessment and advice to the Company’s Board of Directors regarding any proposed business transaction without being unduly distracted by the uncertainties and risks that a proposed change in control of the Company creates with respect to management. Accordingly, in fiscal 2021 in connection with shareholder approval of our Stock Plan, and to reflect market practice in this area, we entered into updated change in control agreements with each of our Named Executive Officers and other key executives that provide compensation to the executive if his or her employment is terminated in connection with a change in the control of the Company. The compensation provided under these agreements is similar to the prior change in control agreements and is paid only upon an executive’s termination of employment. Such compensation is in lieu of severance compensation provided under that executive’s employment agreement. The Board of Directors considered input from the Compensation Committee’s independent compensation consultant and ultimately approved the updated change in control agreements to bring them into closer alignment with market practice. Such updates included the elimination of retirement contributions that would have been made during the severance period, the addition of the STIC-related payments described below, and the acceleration of LTIC awards based on the greater of actual or target performance.

 

These change in control agreements provide for payment of benefits only upon a termination of employment in anticipation of or within two years after the occurrence of a change in control (a “double trigger”), but excluding terminations on account of death or disability or for “cause” or by the executive for good reason (a “Qualified Termination”). These change in control agreements expressly supersede the Company’s Stock Plan, which provides for single-trigger vesting of equity awards.

 

Under the change in control agreements, the benefits to be provided upon a Qualified Termination include:

 


a lump sum payment in cash equal to two times the executive’s annual base salary and two times target short-term incentive compensation (“STIC”) (three times for the CEO);

 


continued health insurance for the executive and his or her dependents for 24 months (36 months for the CEO), with the right to purchase continued medical insurance (at COBRA rates) from the end of this period until the executive reaches Social Security retirement age;

 


a lump sum payment equal to his or her respective pro rata current year STIC award, assuming the greater of target or actual achievement in that year of the relevant performance targets under the STIC Plan, prorated through the date of termination of employment; and

 

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immediate vesting of all outstanding stock options and equity awards, assuming (where applicable) (1) the greater of target or actual achievement of the relevant performance goals for such awards made after February 11, 2021, and (2) target achievement of the relevant performance goals for such awards made prior to February 11, 2021.

 

As with the employment agreements, items above described as applying to the CEO now apply to Ms. Ryan under her new change in control agreement entered into in connection with her becoming CEO, but did not apply during the fiscal year. These rights and benefits are subject to certain customary non-competition obligations and are contingent upon the execution of a release. In addition, the rights and benefits provided in the change in control agreements are not subject to tax gross-ups. If an executive is entitled to receive payments upon a change in control that may be subject to the excise tax, he or she will either be paid the full amount (and remain personally liable for the excise tax) or be paid a reduced amount that does not give rise to the excise tax, whichever is greater on an after-tax basis.

 

Under the change in control agreements, a “change in control” is defined in conformance with the Stock Plan as: (i) the acquisition of beneficial ownership of 35 percent or more of the voting power of all of the Company’s voting securities by a person or group; (ii) the consummation of certain mergers or consolidations; (iii) a change in the composition of a majority of the members of the Company’s Board of Directors; (iv) the consummation of a sale of substantially all of the Company’s assets (i.e., 50 percent or more of the assets) in one or a series of transactions within any period of 12 consecutive months; or (v) the approval by the Company’s shareholders of a plan of complete liquidation of the Company.

 

The amounts potentially payable to our Named Executive Officers in connection with a change in control are set forth in the tables under the headings “Potential Payments Upon Termination” and “Change in Control Benefits” in Part III below.

 

Other Personal Benefits

 

In addition to the compensation components discussed above, we also provide our Named Executive Officers, as well as certain other employees and officers, with other benefits as described below. We generally disfavor providing extensive perquisites but do provide modest benefits intended to enhance the effectiveness of our Named Executive Officers and complement the highly variable, performance-oriented compensation components we utilize. We also provide these benefits in order to remain competitive with the market and believe that these benefits help us to attract and retain qualified executives.

 

Executive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, and Tax Preparation Service Program. Our Named Executive Officers and certain other officers are eligible for limited reimbursement of (i) financial and estate planning services and (ii) income tax preparation services. Reimbursement is approved for up to $5,000 per calendar year.

 

Executive Physical. We provide our Named Executive Officers and certain other officers with annual physicals. We cover 100 percent of the cost of this program for officers who see the Company’s selected provider or reimburse an equivalent amount for any officer who selects his or her own provider. This program was developed to promote the physical well-being and health of our senior-level managers. We believe that this program is in the best long-term interests of our shareholders.

 

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Other Benefits. Our Named Executive Officers also participate in other benefit plans that we fully or partially subsidize. Their participation is generally on the same terms as other employees. Some of the more significant of these benefits include medical, dental, life, disability, and vision insurance, as well as relocation reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, and holiday and vacation benefits. Many employees, including all of our Named Executive Officers, participate in our group term life insurance program, which provides death benefit coverage of up to two times base salary or $500,000, whichever is less. In addition, our Named Executive Officers and certain other employees are eligible to participate in our optional supplemental group term life insurance program, in which participants may purchase additional term life insurance at their own expense in amounts up to the lesser of five times base annual salary or $600,000. Furthermore, in certain cases, our Named Executive Officers may receive supplemental long-term disability premiums paid by the Company and other modest personal benefits as set forth in the footnotes to the Summary Compensation Table below.

 

Compensation-Related Policies

 

In connection with the Company’s compensation program, we have established certain policies that relate to executive compensation. The most significant of these policies are described below.

 

Stock Ownership Requirement. All of our Named Executive Officers, as well as certain other officers, are required to own a significant number of shares of Company common stock. Specifically, the officers identified below, from and after the fifth anniversary of the date on which such individual first became such an officer, or, in the case of a promotion, from and after the third anniversary of becoming subject to a higher Required Ownership Level, are required to hold shares of our common stock or equivalents (as further described below) with a minimum aggregate value at the following levels (“Required Ownership Level”):

 

Position   Required Ownership Level
Chief Executive Officer of the Company   5 x Base Annual Salary
Senior Vice Presidents of the Company   2 x Base Annual Salary
Certain senior officers of the Company and its subsidiaries as designated by the Company Chief Executive Officer   1 x Base Annual Salary

 

Each of our Named Executive Officers currently holds shares of our common stock or stock equivalents at levels greater than or equal to the Required Ownership Level or, in the case of Ms. Ryan, is under the applicable three-year grace period. Shares owned outright and shares represented by RSUs or restricted stock awards, whether vested or unvested, excluding performance-based shares, count as share equivalents toward the Required Ownership Level. Unexercised stock options do not count toward the Required Ownership Level. Historically, the Company excluded unexercised stock options from the Required Ownership Level and, beginning in 2021, now also excludes performance-based RSUs.

 

Failure to achieve or maintain the Required Ownership Level may result in (i) the applicable individual being required to hold all after-tax vested stock award shares and after-tax shares acquired upon exercise of stock options, or (ii) suspension of future equity awards, until the Required Ownership Level is achieved. The Compensation Committee (or its designee) may make exceptions, in its sole discretion, in the event of disability or great financial hardship.

 

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Anti-Hedging Policy. For a discussion of the Company’s anti-hedging policy, see Part VII of this proxy statement.

 

Clawback. For STIC and LTIC awards, the Company has adopted a “clawback” policy applicable to executive officers. Specifically, if the Company is required, because of fraud or negligence, to restate financial results for any period (the “Restatement Period”) in a manner that would have adversely affected the amount of the payout of any STIC or LTIC awards, the Compensation Committee has the right during the three-year period following the Restatement Period to review the matter and determine what, if any, repayment executives will be required to submit.

 

Tax Deduction Management. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was enacted on December 22, 2017, included several significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code, such as the repeal of the performance-based compensation exemption and the expansion of the individuals subject to the provision (for example, by including the Chief Financial Officer and certain former Named Executive Officers). Because of these changes, except as otherwise provided in the transition relief provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, compensation paid to any of our Named Executive Officers generally will not be deductible to the extent that it exceeds $1.0 million. Compensation from certain stock options awarded prior to the effectiveness of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may still be deductible.

 

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PART II: COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

 

Each member of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Hillenbrand, Inc. is “independent,” as that term is defined under (i) the New York Stock Exchange listing standards, (ii) the non-employee director standards of Rule 16b-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, (iii) the outside director requirements of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code, and (iv) the Company’s Corporate Governance Standards. The Compensation Committee currently consists of Gary L. Collar, Helen W. Cornell, F. Joseph Loughrey, Dennis W. Pullin, Jennifer W. Rumsey, and Stuart A. Taylor, II.

 

As a committee, one of our obligations is to ensure Hillenbrand’s executive compensation program is performance-based, in order to align management interests with the short-term and long-term interests of shareholders, and is competitive, in order to enable the Company to attract and retain superior executive personnel. We engage an independent executive compensation consulting firm to assist us in our review of the Company’s executive compensation programs to ensure these programs are competitive and consistent with our stated objectives. The executive compensation consultant is retained by and directly accountable to us, and we generally approve all related fees paid to the executive compensation consultant. We have no interlocks or insider participation, and we engage in annual self-evaluations to determine our effectiveness as a committee. We have adopted a Charter, which may be found on Hillenbrand’s web site at www.hillenbrand.com.

 

The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis contained in this proxy statement with management and, based upon this review and discussion, recommended to the Board of Directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement and in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021.

 

  Respectfully submitted,
   
  Helen W. Cornell (Chairperson)
  Gary L. Collar 
  F. Joseph Loughrey
  Dennis W. Pullin
  Jennifer W. Rumsey
  Stuart A. Taylor, II

 

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PART III: EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES

 

Tabular Compensation Information

 

In the following pages we present numerous tables that set out various elements of compensation for our Named Executive Officers. No one table alone presents the “total picture”; instead, you should review all the information carefully to understand the amounts and manner in which our Named Executive Officers have been paid. To understand all the numbers in the tables below, you need to carefully read the footnotes, which explain various assumptions and calculations that give rise to the dollar amounts in the tables.

 

Compensation of Named Executive Officers

 

Summary Compensation Table

 

The following table summarizes the total compensation paid to or earned by each of the Named Executive Officers for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2021, 2020, and 2019, except where otherwise noted. We have entered into employment agreements with each of the Named Executive Officers, which are described in detail in the “Employment Agreements and Termination Benefits” section of Part I above.

 

(a)   (b)     (c)     (d)     (e)     (f)     (g)     (h)     (i)     (j)  
                                        Change In              
                                        Pension Value              
                                        And              
                                        Nonqualified              
                                  Non-Equity     Deferred              
                      Stock     Option     Incentive Plan     Compensation     All Other        
Name And Principal         Salary     Bonus     Awards     Awards     Compensation     Earnings     Compensation     Total  
Position                                                      
(As Of September 30, 2021)   Year     $(1)     $     $(2)     $(3)     $(4)     $     $(5)     $  
                                                                       
Joe A. Raver   2021     $ 868,425     $     $ 3,999,942     $     $ 1,713,700     $     $ 115,396     $ 6,697,463  
President and Chief                                                                      
Executive Officer (6)   2020     $ 723,197     $     $ 2,417,254     $ 1,199,999     $ 663,800     $     $ 47,779     $ 5,052,029  
                                                                       
    2019     $ 844,178     $     $ 2,233,248     $ 1,116,640     $ 1,250,897     $     $ 17,765     $ 5,462,728  
                                                                       
Kristina A. Cerniglia   2021     $ 561,806     $     $ 2,449,920     $     $ 694,800     $     $ 59,968     $ 3,766,494  
Senior Vice President                                                                      
and Chief Financial   2020     $ 538,395     $     $ 637,867     $ 316,663     $ 370,000     $     $ 64,275     $ 1,927,200  
Officer                                                                      
    2019     $ 535,346     $     $ 549,946     $ 274,991     $ 567,904     $     $ 78,065     $ 2,006,252  
                                                                       
Kimberly K. Ryan   2021     $ 566,913     $     $ 949,968     $     $ 672,400     $     $ 343,945     $ 2,533,226  
Executive Vice                                                                      
President (6)   2020     $ 501,496     $     $ 570,696     $ 283,329     $ 368,600     $     $ 465,540     $ 2,189,661  
                                                                       
    2019     $ 498,644     $     $ 466,613     $ 233,327     $ 550,569     $     $ 2,023,261     $ 3,772,414  
                                                                       
Christopher H. Trainor   2021     $ 474,792     $     $ 3,324,939     $     $ 621,200     $     $ 47,341     $ 4,468,272  
Senior Vice President                                                                      
and President of   2020     $ 450,895     $     $ 402,833     $ 199,998     $ 539,400     $     $ 58,186     $ 1,651,312  
Batesville                                                                      
    2019     $ 447,834     $     $ 399,972     $ 199,991     $ 252,975     $     $ 58,665     $ 1,359,437  
                                                                       
J. Michael Whitted   2021     $ 435,963     $     $ 2,799,931     $     $ 539,600     $     $ 53,623     $ 3,829,117  
Senior Vice President                                                                      
Strategy and   2020     $ 425,000     $     $ 470,004     $ 233,332     $ 265,500     $     $ 53,586     $ 1,447,422  
Corporate                                                                      
Development   2019     $ 425,000     $     $ 466,613     $ 233,327     $ 450,824     $     $ 57,653     $ 1,633,417  

 

 

(1) The amounts indicated represent the dollar value of base salary earned during fiscal years 2021, 2020, and 2019, as applicable.

 

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(2) The amounts indicated represent the grant date fair value related to awards of restricted stock units granted during fiscal years 2021, 2020, and 2019, computed in accordance with stock-based accounting rules (FASB ASC Topic 718). The determination of this value is based on the methodology set forth in Note 10 to our audited financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on November 17, 2021. Awards that are performance-based are valued for purposes of this table above based on the targeted 100 percent performance achievement level. The maximum award amounts when the grants were made, at the highest possible performance achievement level, were 175 percent of the values shown in the table.

 


(3) The amounts indicated represent the grant date fair value related to stock option awards granted during fiscal years 2020 and 2019, computed in accordance with stock-based accounting rules (FASB ASC Topic 718). The determination of this value is based on the methodology set forth in Note 10 to our audited financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on November 17, 2021.

 


(4) The amounts indicated represent cash awards earned for fiscal years 2021, 2020, and 2019, and paid in the first quarter of fiscal 2022, 2021, and 2020, respectively, under our STIC Plan. See the “Annual Cash Incentive Awards” section of Part I above.

 


(5) Includes, where applicable for fiscal 2021 as set forth in the table below this note, (a) Company contributions to the Savings Plan and the SRP, (b) tax gross-ups and reimbursements received, and (c) other personal benefits (which are itemized and further described in the table below this note).

 

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Other Compensation – Additional Detail (Fiscal Year 2021)

 

    Company Contribution        
Name   401(K)   Supp 401(K)   Tax Reimbursements And Gross-Ups   Additional Personal Benefits Aggregating $10,000 Or More
                                 
Joe A. Raver   $ 17,400     $ 87,979     $ 10,017 *   $  
Kristina A. Cerniglia   $ 17,400     $ 42,568     $     $  
Kimberly K. Ryan   $ 17,198     $ 42,794     $ 272,794 *   $ 11,159 **
Christopher H. Trainor   $ 14,726     $ 32,615     $     $  
J. Michael Whitted   $ 13,459     $ 29,669     $     $ 10,495 ***

 


* Under the Company’s expatriation policies, the Company paid certain of Mr. Raver’s and Ms. Ryan’s foreign taxes. For Mr. Raver, the amount reported in this column reflects reimbursements made by the Company to Mr. Raver for correction of a foreign tax gross-up paid by the Company on Mr. Raver’s behalf during fiscal 2017 and relates to his work conducted on behalf of the Company while residing in Switzerland. Mr. Raver completed this work and returned to the United States in 2013. For Ms. Ryan, the amount reported in this column reflects foreign tax payments made by the Company during fiscal 2021 on Ms. Ryan’s behalf that relate to her work conducted on behalf of the Company while residing in Germany.

 


** The personal benefits amount reported for Ms. Ryan in the table above is attributed to payments made by the Company in fiscal 2021 for calendar year 2021 financial planning and tax preparation ($5,000), calendar year 2020 financial planning and tax preparation ($1,851), and long-term disability insurance premiums ($4,308).

 


*** The personal benefits amount reported for Mr. Whitted in the table above is attributed to payments made by the Company in fiscal 2021 for calendar year 2021 financial planning and tax preparation ($1,834), calendar year 2020 financial planning and tax preparation ($5,000), and long-term disability insurance premiums ($3,661).

 


(6) This Summary Compensation Table shows titles as of September 30, 2021. As announced, at the end of calendar year 2021, Joe A. Raver, the Company’s prior President and Chief Executive Officer, retired and was succeeded by Kimberly K. Ryan, Executive Vice President, who prior to the announcement of the CEO transition plan in June 2021 had been President of the Company’s Coperion business.

 

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Grants of Plan-Based Awards for Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021

 

The following table summarizes the grants of plan-based awards to each of the Named Executive Officers for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021.

 

(a)   (b)   (c)   (d)   (e)   (f)   (g)   (h)   (i)   (j)   (k)   (l)
                                                 
                                                 
                                    All Other            
                                All Other   Option           Grant
        Estimated Future Payouts Under   Estimated Future Shares Earned Under   Stock   Awards:   Exercise   Grant   Date Fair
        Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards (1)   Equity Incentive Plan Awards (2)   Awards:   Number Of   Or   Date   Value Of
                                Number   Securities   Base Price   Closing   Stock And
    Grant   Threshold   Target   Maximum   Threshold   Target   Maximum   Of Shares
Or Units
  Underlying
Options
  Of Option
Awards
  Market
Price
  Option
Awards
Name   Date   $   $   $   #   #   #   #   #   $/Sh   $/Sh   $(3)
                                                                                         
Joe A. Raver       $ 1     $ 1,038,392     $ 2,492,141                                                              
    12/3/2020 (4)                             8,691       34,767       60,842                                 $ 1,333,314  
    12/3/2020 (5)                             8,691       34,767       60,842                                 $ 1,333,314  
    12/3/2020 (6)                                                     34,767                         $ 1,333,314  
                                                                                         
Kristina A. Cerniglia       $ 1     $ 421,206     $ 1,010,895                                                              
    12/3/2020 (4)                             2,281       9,126       15,970                                 $ 349,982  
    12/3/2020 (5)                             2,281       9,126       15,970                                 $ 349,982  
    12/3/2020 (6)                                                     9,126                         $ 349,982  
    9/17/2021 (7)                                                     33,775                         $ 1,399,974  
                                                                                         
Kimberly K. Ryan       $ 1     $ 458,446     $ 1,100,270                                                              
    12/3/2020 (4)                             2,064       8,257       14,449                                 $ 316,656  
    12/3/2020 (5)                             2,064       8,257       14,449                                 $ 316,656  
    12/3/2020 (6)                                                     8,257                         $ 316,656  
                                                                                         
Christopher H. Trainor       $ 1     $ 355,777     $ 853,866                                                              
    12/3/2020 (4)                             1,521       6,084       10,647                                 $ 233,321  
    12/3/2020 (5)                             1,521       6,084       10,647                                 $ 233,321  
    12/3/2020 (6)                                                     6,084                         $ 233,321  
    7/1/2021 (8)                                                     60,644                         $ 2,624,976  
                                                                                         
J. Michael Whitted       $ 1     $ 326,903     $ 784,566                                                              
    12/3/2020 (4)                             1,521       6,084       10,647                                 $ 233,321  
    12/3/2020 (5)                             1,521       6,084       10,647                                 $ 233,321  
    12/3/2020 (6)                                                     6,084                         $ 233,321  
    6/18/2021 (9)                                                     50,859                         $ 2,099,968  

 

 

(1) The amounts indicated represent potential cash awards that could have been paid – at the threshold, target (100 percent), and maximum levels – under the STIC Plan. See the “Annual Cash Incentive Awards” section of Part I above for a discussion of this plan. See the Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation column of the “Summary Compensation Table” above in this Part III for the actual amounts earned, which were paid in December 2021. The amounts in the table represent the annualized levels of the threshold, target, and maximum levels for two six-month measurement periods used during the fiscal year, which were implemented by the Compensation Committee given the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


(2) The number of shares indicated represents a grant of performance-based restricted stock units subject to vesting conditions based on the financial performance of the Company during the three-fiscal-year measurement period 2021-2023. During that period, shares represented by the restricted stock units that are issued based on the shareholder value formula (see footnote 4 below) accrue dividend equivalent amounts as dividends are declared on the Company’s common stock. These equivalent amounts are deemed to be reinvested in additional shares of Company common stock and then ultimately paid in the form of additional shares on the distribution date of the underlying award, in proportion to the number of shares that vest and are distributed in accordance with the award formula. Dividends do not accrue during the measurement period with respect to shares represented by the restricted stock units that are issued based on the relative TSR formula (see footnote 5 below). The amounts in the table represent the number of shares that could be earned under the awards at the threshold, target (100 percent), and maximum achievement of the applicable performance targets. The vesting schedules for stock awards granted during fiscal 2021 are disclosed by individual Named Executive Officer in the footnotes to the “Outstanding Equity Awards at September 30, 2021” table below.

 

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(3) The valuations of performance-based restricted stock units are grant date fair values computed in accordance with stock-based accounting rules (FASB ASC Topic 718) and are based on the methodology set forth in Note 10 to our financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on November 17, 2021. The amounts used in column (l) for performance-based equity awards are based on an assumed 100 percent achievement of the applicable performance targets.

 


(4) The number of shares indicated represents a grant of performance-based restricted stock units subject to vesting conditions based on the increase in shareholder value of the Company during the three-fiscal-year measurement period 2021-2023. See the discussion in the “Long-Term Incentive Compensation” section of Part I above under the heading “Shareholder Value RSUs.”

 


(5) The number of shares indicated represents a grant of performance-based restricted stock units subject to vesting conditions based on the percentile ranking of the Company’s TSR compared to the Index Companies during the three-fiscal-year measurement period 2021-2023. See the discussion in the “Long-Term Incentive Compensation” section of Part I above under the heading “Relative TSR RSUs.”

 


(6) The number of shares indicated represents a grant of time-based restricted stock units that vest 33-1/3 percent per year over a three-year period.

 


(7) See footnote 10 to the table below entitled “Outstanding Equity Awards at September 30, 2021.”

 


(8) See footnote 14 to the table below entitled “Outstanding Equity Awards at September 30, 2021.”

 


(9) See footnote 16 to the table below entitled “Outstanding Equity Awards at September 30, 2021.”

 

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Outstanding Equity Awards at September 30, 2021

 

The following table summarizes the number and terms of awards of stock options and restricted stock units outstanding for each of the Named Executive Officers as of September 30, 2021.

 

    Option Awards   Stock Awards (1)  
                                                                 
(a)   (b)     (c)     (d)     (e)   (f)   (g)   (h)     (i)     (j)  
                                                                 
Name  

Number Of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options

#

Exercisable

   

Number Of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options

#

Unexercisable

   

Equity Incentive

Plan Awards: Number Of Securities Underlying Unexercised Unearned Options

#

   

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

$ (2)

   

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, Units Or Other Rights That Have Not Vested

$ (2)

 
                                                                 
Joe A. Raver     81,154                     $ 31.11     12/2/2025                            
      95,556                     $ 36.08     12/7/2026                            
      90,090                     $ 45.78     12/7/2027                            
      73,293        36,645 (3)             $ 41.32     12/6/2028                  74,798 (5)(7)     $ 3,190,135  
      60,323        120,645 (4)             $ 31.94     12/6/2029   35,459 (8)   $ 1,512,326        72,337 (6)(7)     $ 3,085,173  
                                                                 
Kristina A. Cerniglia     25,627                     $ 31.11     12/2/2025                            
      27,870                     $ 36.08     12/7/2026                            
      22,522                     $ 45.78     12/7/2027                            
      18,050        9,024 (3)             $ 41.32     12/6/2028                  19,685 (5)(9)     $ 839,565  
      15,919        31,836 (4)             $ 31.94     12/6/2029   43,081 (10)   $ 1,837,405        19,040 (6)(9)     $ 812,056  
                                                                 
Kimberly K. Ryan     22,202                     $ 28.155     12/3/2023                            
      18,428                     $ 32.655     12/3/2024                            
      26,396                     $ 31.11     12/2/2025                            
      24,605                     $ 36.08     12/7/2026                            
      19,519                     $ 45.78     12/7/2027                            
      15,315        7,657 (3)             $ 41.32     12/6/2028                  17,705 (5)(11)     $ 755,118  
      14,243        28,485 (4)             $ 31.94     12/6/2029   8,420 (12)   $ 359,113        17,127 (6)(11)     $ 730,467  
                                                                 
Christopher H. Trainor     7,454                     $ 32.655     12/3/2024                            
      12,813                     $ 31.11     12/2/2025                            
      20,903                     $ 36.08     12/7/2026                            
      18,018                     $ 45.78     12/7/2027                            
      13,127        6,563 (3)             $ 41.32     12/6/2028                  12,755 (5)(13)     $ 544,001  
      10,054        20,107 (4)             $ 31.94     12/6/2029   67,152 (14)   $ 2,864,033        12,345 (6)(13)     $ 526,514  
                                                                 
J. Michael Whitted     127,239                     $ 46.38     6/18/2028                            
      15,315        7,657 (3)             $ 41.32     12/6/2028                  13,848 (5)(15)     $ 590,617  
      11,730        23,458 (4)             $ 31.94     12/6/2029   57,318 (16)   $ 2,444,613        13,389 (6)(15)     $ 571,041  

 

 

(1) Figures below include accrued dividends where applicable.

 


(2) Value is based on the closing price of Hillenbrand common stock of $42.65 on September 30, 2021, as reported on the New York Stock Exchange.

 


(3) The options were granted on December 6, 2018. The options fully vested on December 6, 2021.

 


(4) The options were granted on December 5, 2019. One-third of the options vested on each of December 5, 2020 and December 5, 2021. The remaining one-third will vest on December 5, 2022.

 


(5) Such performance-based RSU awards are subject to vesting conditions based on the increase in shareholder value of the Company during a three-fiscal-year measurement period. For additional detail regarding these awards, including information regarding how dividends accrue, see the discussion in the “Long-Term Incentive Compensation” section of Part I above under the heading “Shareholder Value RSUs.” The amounts in the table represent the award amounts at 100 percent achievement of the targeted increase in shareholder value associated with the award, plus accrued dividends where applicable. Generally, award vesting is contingent upon continued employment. See the section titled “Employment Agreements and Termination Benefits” in Part I above for additional information regarding vesting.
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(6) Such performance-based RSU awards are subject to vesting conditions based on the percentile ranking of the Company’s TSR compared to its peers (either the Company’s compensation peer group or the Index Companies, as applicable) during a three-fiscal-year measurement period. Whereas dividends accrue during the measurement period with respect to shares underlying RSU awards based on the increase in shareholder value (see footnote 5 above), dividends do not accrue during the measurement period with respect to shares underlying RSU awards based on relative TSR. For additional detail regarding these awards, see the discussion in the “Long-Term Incentive Compensation” section of Part I above under the heading “Relative TSR RSUs.” The amounts in the table represent the award amounts at the targeted percentile ranking of the Company’s relative TSR. Generally, award vesting is contingent upon continued employment. See the section titled “Employment Agreements and Termination Benefits” in Part I above for additional information regarding vesting.

 


(7) Mr. Raver was awarded the following performance-based RSUs (excluding accrued dividends):

 

Award Date  

Restricted Stock

Units Awarded

  Vesting Schedule
December 5, 2019   37,570   Award scheduled to vest on September 30, 2022, assuming 100% achievement of the targeted percentile ranking of the Company’s relative TSR; will be prorated for Mr. Raver’s retirement.
February 12, 2020   37,570   Award scheduled to vest on September 30, 2022, assuming 100% achievement of the targeted shareholder value metric; will be prorated for Mr. Raver’s retirement.
December 3, 2020   34,767   Award scheduled to vest on September 30, 2023, assuming 100% achievement of the targeted shareholder value metric; will be prorated for Mr. Raver’s retirement.
December 3, 2020   34,767   Award scheduled to vest on September 30, 2023, assuming 100% achievement of the targeted percentile ranking of the Company’s relative TSR; will be prorated for Mr. Raver’s retirement.

 


(8) Mr. Raver was awarded the following time-based RSUs (excluding accrued dividends):

 

Award Date  

Restricted Stock

Units Awarded

  Vesting Schedule
December 3, 2020   34,767   Award vested one-third on December 2, 2021.  The remaining units are scheduled to vest one-third on December 3, 2022, and one-third on December 3, 2023, but will be prorated for Mr. Raver’s retirement.
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(9) Ms. Cerniglia was awarded the following performance-based RSUs (excluding accrued dividends):

 

Award Date  

Restricted Stock

Units Awarded

  Vesting Schedule
December 5, 2019   9,914   Award will vest on September 30, 2022, assuming 100% achievement of the targeted percentile ranking of the Company’s relative TSR.
February 12, 2020   9,914   Award will vest on September 30, 2022, assuming 100% achievement of the targeted shareholder value metric.
December 3, 2020   9,126   Award will vest on September 30, 2023, assuming 100% achievement of the targeted shareholder value metric.
December 3, 2020   9,126   Award will vest on September 30, 2023, assuming 100% achievement of the targeted percentile ranking of the Company’s relative TSR.