These criteria are included in the Corporate Governance Guidelines which are posted on our website. Although our Board does not have a formal diversity policy, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, when assessing the qualifications of prospective nominees to our Board, takes into account our Board’s desire to have an appropriate mix of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. Each nominee’s personal and professional integrity, experience, skills, ability and willingness to devote the time and effort necessary to be an effective board member, and commitment to acting in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders, are also factors.
The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee believes that each of the nominees for director has attributes that are important to an effective board, including integrity and demonstrated high ethical standards, sound judgment, analytical skills, the ability to engage management and each other in a constructive and collaborative fashion and the commitment to devote significant time and energy to service on our Board and its committees. In addition, when considering each of the nominees for director, the committee reviewed their overall level of expertise and experience in their respective professions, and contribution to and tenure on our Board, which are described in the director biographies herein. Information concerning the collective skills and experience of our nine director nominees, as well as age and tenure data, are outlined below:
Pursuant to its charter, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee is responsible for overseeing the succession plan process for each of the Company’s senior executive officers, the Board and the Chairman of the Board. Furthermore, the Corporate Governance Guidelines mandate that the Company’s chief executive officer develop and maintain a process for advising the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and our Board annually on succession planning for the chief executive officer and the other senior executive officers. Similarly, the Chairman of the Board is required to review his succession plan annually with the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, which is ultimately responsible for the process by which the Chairman will be selected or replaced.
During fiscal year 2017, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee participated in a robust Board refreshment planning process intended to ensure that the skills and experiences of our Board align with the Company’s strategy and with the changing requirements of the Company in the short and long term. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee believed that it was critical to begin this multi-year refreshment process given that, at such time, within the following four years approximately one third of our then-current Board members would have reached the mandatory retirement age of seventy-five years of age set forth in our bylaws and Corporate Government Guidelines. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee engaged Egon Zehnder as its independent advisor to assist with the refreshment planning process. During fiscal year 2018, our Board has proceeded with implementing the Board refreshment process based upon Egon Zehnder’s recommendations, including with the appointment of Mr. Banister to our Board effective October 1, 2017.
The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee proposes nominees for director and acts pursuant to its charter, which is posted on our website, www.bristowgroup.com, under the “Governance” caption. It is the policy of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee to consider director candidates recommended by our employees, directors, stockholders, and others, including
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