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Reynolds Consumer Products Inc.

1900 W. Field Court

Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

NOTICE OF 2022 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

Notice is hereby given that the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Reynolds Consumer Products Inc. will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time.

The Annual Meeting will be completely virtual. You may attend the meeting, submit questions, and vote your shares electronically during the meeting via live webcast by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/REYN2022 and entering the 16-digit control number included on your proxy card or on the instructions that accompanied your proxy materials. Instructions on how to attend and participate in the Annual Meeting via the webcast are posted on this site as well.

The purposes of the meeting are the following:

 

1.

to elect two directors to serve until the 2025 Annual Meeting of Stockholders;

 

2.

to ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2022;

 

3.

to approve, on an advisory basis, the 2021 compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in the accompanying proxy statement;

 

4.

to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or at any and all adjournments or postponements thereof.

Only stockholders of record at the close of business on February 28, 2022 will be entitled to vote at the meeting and any adjournment or postponement thereof.

 

Your vote is important. To ensure that your vote is recorded promptly, please vote as soon as possible by submitting your proxy via the internet at the address listed on the Notice or proxy card, by telephone using the toll-free number listed on the proxy card or by signing, dating and returning the proxy card.

 

 

 

 

By Order of the Board of Directors,

 

 

Lake Forest, Illinois

March 15, 2022

/s/ David Watson

David Watson

General Counsel and Secretary

 

 

 

 


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PROXY STATEMENT SUMMARY

1

Voting Matters and Board Recommendation

1

Director Nominees and Continuing Directors

2

Corporate Governance Highlights

2

Executive Compensation Best Practices

3

PROPOSAL 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

4

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

9

Director Independence

9

Board Leadership Structure

9

Stockholder Communications

9

Procedures for Selecting and Nominating Director Candidates

9

Board Meetings and Committees

10

Audit Committee

11

Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

11

Risk Oversight

12

Board Evaluations

12

Environmental, Social & Governance Matters

12

DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

13

2021 Director Compensation Table

14

PROPOSAL 2: RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

15

Auditor Fees

15

Pre-Approval Policy

15

Audit Committee Report

16

Proposal 3: advisory vote to approve the compensation of the named executive officers

17

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

18

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

20

Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Report 

30

Summary Compensation Table

31

2021 Grants of Plan-Based Awards

33

Outstanding Equity Awards at 2021 Fiscal Year-End

34

Option Exercises and Stock Vested

35

2021 Pension Benefits

35

2021 Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

35

Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control

36

CEO Pay Ratio

40

Equity Compensation Plan Information

41

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

42

CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PERSON TRANSACTIONS

44

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING

46

Availability of Form 10-K

49

Incorporation by Reference

49

APPENDIX A - RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The statements included in this proxy statement regarding future performance and results, expectations, plans, strategies, priorities, commitments and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are based upon current beliefs, expectations and assumptions and are subject to significant risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. A detailed discussion of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from such forward-looking statements is included in the section titled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021. Readers of this proxy statement are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, since there can be no assurance that these forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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PROXY STATEMENT SUMMARY

Our Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors” or “Board”) has made this Proxy Statement and related materials available to you on the internet, or at your request has delivered printed versions to you by mail, in connection with the Board of Directors’ solicitation of proxies for our 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”), to be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time, in a virtual meeting format only, and any adjournment of the Annual Meeting. If you requested printed versions of these materials by mail, they will also include a proxy card for the Annual Meeting.

Pursuant to rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), we are providing access to our proxy materials over the internet. Accordingly, we are sending a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) to our stockholders of record and beneficial owners as of the record date identified below. The mailing of the Notice to our stockholders is scheduled to begin on or about March 15, 2022.

This summary highlights information contained elsewhere in this proxy statement. It does not contain all of the information you should consider, and we urge you to read the entire proxy statement, as well as our 2021 Annual Report, before voting.

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE ANNUAL STOCKHOLDERS MEETING TO BE HELD ON APRIL 27, 2022: This Proxy Statement and our 2021 Annual Report to Stockholders are available at www.proxyvote.com.

VOTING MATTERS AND BOARD RECOMMENDATION

 

Voting Matter

Board Recommendation

Proposal 1: Election of two directors

FOR each nominee

 

 

Proposal 2: To ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2022

FOR

 

 

Proposal 3: To approve, on an advisory basis, the 2021 compensation of our named executive officers

FOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIRECTOR NOMINEES AND CONTINUING DIRECTORS

Director

 

Age

 

 

Director Since

 

Principal Occupation

 

Independent

 

Audit Committee

 

CNG Committee

Greg Cole

 

 

59

 

 

2019

 

Senior Executive, Rank

 

 

 

 

 

Chair

Helen Golding

 

 

59

 

 

2019

 

Group Legal Counsel, Rank

 

 

 

 

 

Marla Gottschalk

 

 

61

 

 

2020

 

Former Chief Executive Officer, The Pampered Chef

 

 

Chair

 

 

Allen Hugli

 

 

59

 

 

2021

 

Chief Financial Officer, Rank

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lance Mitchell

 

 

62

 

 

2019

 

Chief Executive Officer, Reynolds Consumer Products

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Noll (1)

 

 

64

 

 

2020

 

Former Chief Executive Officer, Hanesbrands Inc.

 

 

 

Ann Ziegler

 

 

63

 

 

2020

 

Former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, CDW Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Chairman of the Board

 

Board Diversity Matrix (as of March 15, 2022)

The following table summarizes certain self-identified characteristics of our directors, utilizing the categories and terms set forth in applicable Nasdaq rules and related guidance.

 

Total Number of Directors

 

7

 

 

Female

 

Male

 

Part I: Gender Identity

 

 

 

 

 

Directors

 

3

 

4

 

Part II: Demographic Background

 

 

 

 

 

White

 

3

 

4

 

 

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

Independent Chairman of the Board

 

Diverse Board with effective mix of skills, experiences and perspectives

 

3 of 7 Board members are female

 

Independent directors hold executive sessions without management present

 

Single class voting structure (one share, one vote)

 

Code of business conduct applicable to all employees, officers and directors

 

Extensive Board oversight of cybersecurity and other risk management matters

 

Board oversight of environmental, social and governance matters

 

Board oversight of health and safety matters

 

Extensive management engagement with potential and existing shareholders

 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION BEST PRACTICES

We annually evaluate all elements of executive officers’ pay to ensure alignment with performance objectives, market best practices and stockholder interests. The following summarizes our current practices.

 

What We Do

 

Pay for performance by providing the majority of senior executive compensation in the form of variable cash incentives and equity awards tied to meeting performance goals and increasing our share price

 

Establish challenging performance goals in incentive plans

 

Require non-competition agreement for equity award eligibility

 

Provide limited executive perquisites

 

Discourage excessive risk-taking and encourage long-term decision-making with our compensation programs, in alignment with the interests of our shareholders

 

Review executive compensation levels and practices relative to our peer group and relevant survey data

 

Use an outside independent compensation consultant engaged directly by the CNG Committee to advise on executive compensation matters

 

Subject executives’ cash and equity-based incentive compensation to clawback

 

What We Don’t Do

X

 

Provide automatic salary increases for our executives in their employment agreements

X

 

Maintain supplemental executive retirement plans for our executives

X

 

Pay dividends on unearned or unvested performance-based equity awards

X

 

Provide excise tax gross-ups

X

 

Allow hedging or pledging of company securities

X

 

Reprice or exchange underwater stock options without shareholder approval

 

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Proposal 1: election of directors

 

Our Board of Directors is presently comprised of seven directors, divided into three classes serving staggered three-year terms. The term of the Class I directors expires at our 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the term of the Class II directors expires at our 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, and the term of the Class III directors expires at our 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The current members of each class of directors is as follows:

 

Class I directors: Helen Golding and Allen Hugli

 

Class II directors: Gregory Cole and Ann Ziegler

 

Class III directors: Marla Gottschalk, Lance Mitchell and Richard Noll

We have entered into a Stockholders Agreement (the “Stockholders Agreement”) with Packaging Finance Limited (“PFL”) which, among other things, provides that PFL has the right to nominate all of our directors so long as the Hart Entities (as defined in the Stockholders Agreement) beneficially own at least 50% of the outstanding shares of our common stock; a majority of our directors so long as they own at least 40% of our stock; and at least one director so long as they own at least 10% of our stock.  Currently, PFL has the right to nominate all of our directors, and all of our directors were nominated by, and may be removed by, PFL. Based on the recommendation of the Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the “CNG Committee”) and designated by PFL, the Board has nominated Gregory Cole and Ann Ziegler for election as directors at the 2022 Annual Meeting, to serve until the 2025 annual meeting of stockholders.

Proxies cannot be voted for a greater number of persons than two, the number of nominees named in this proxy statement. We expect each nominee for election as a director will be able to serve if elected. If any nominee is not able to serve, proxies will be voted in favor of the remainder of those nominated and may be voted for substitute nominees.

Set forth below is biographical information as of February 28, 2022, for the nominees and each person whose term of office as a director will continue after the Annual Meeting. There are no family relationships among our executive officers or directors.

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Gregory Cole

 

 

Age: 59

Director Since: October 2019

Class II

Committees:

    Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (Chair)

Mr. Cole been a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since October 2019 and is the Chair of the CNG Committee.  Mr. Cole was a member of the Audit Committee from January 2020 to January 2021 and currently serves as a senior executive and a director of Rank Group Limited (“Rank”) and a director of other entities owned by Mr. Hart. He has been a senior executive of Rank since 2004. He is a director of our controlling shareholder, PFL. From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Cole was a partner with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, which he joined in 1986.  Mr. Cole received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland.

Mr. Cole brings to the Board valuable perspective and insight with respect to the Company’s business, industry, challenges, and opportunities as a result of his years serving in a variety of senior executive positions for Rank.

 

 

 

Helen Golding

 

Age: 59

Director Since: October 2019

Class I

Committees:

    Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

 

Ms. Golding has been a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since October 2019 and is a member of the CNG Committee.  She is a director of our controlling shareholder, PFL, and currently serves as Group Legal Counsel and a director of Rank and a director of other entities owned by Mr. Hart. She has been a senior executive of Rank since 2006.  Ms. Golding joined Rank from Burns, Philp & Company Pty Limited where she served as Company Secretary and Group Legal Counsel from 1998 to 2006.  Prior to that, she was a private practitioner in a Sydney-based law firm.  Ms. Golding received a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.

Ms. Golding brings to the Board valuable perspective and insight with respect to the Company’s business, industry, challenges, and opportunities as a result of her years serving as Group Legal Counsel for Rank.

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Marla Gottschalk

 

 

Age: 61

Director Since: January 2020

Class III

Committees:

    Audit Committee (Chair)

 

Ms. Gottschalk has been a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since January 2020 and is the Chair of the Audit Committee. Ms. Gottschalk previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Pampered Chef Ltd. from 2006 to 2013 and as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2006.  Ms. Gottschalk joined Pampered Chef from Kraft Foods, Inc., where she worked for 14 years in various management positions, including as Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Investor Relations for Kraft, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Post Cereal Division and Vice President of Marketing and Strategy of the Kraft Cheese Division.  Ms. Gottschalk is currently a member of the board of directors of Potbelly Corporation and Big Lots, Inc., where she serves as the chair of their audit committees and as a member of their compensation committees.  She also serves as a member of the board of directors of UL Inc.  Ms. Gottschalk received a B.S. in Business from Indiana University and a Masters in Management Studies from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Ms. Gottschalk brings to the Board qualifications that include her extensive experience with global companies, her expertise in the consumer products industry and her years of experience in operations and strategic management.

Allen Hugli

 

 

Age: 59

Director Since: March 2021

Class I

Committees: None

 

Mr. Hugli has served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since March 2021. He is a director of our controlling shareholder, PFL, and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and a director of Rank, a director of Pactiv Evergreen Inc. (“PEI”) where he also served as the Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2020, and a director of other entities owned by Mr. Hart. He has been a senior executive of Rank since 1993. Mr. Hugli previously held positions in financial management and audit practices in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Mr. Hugli received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University at Kingston. Mr. Hugli holds a CPA CA designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

 

Mr. Hugli brings to the Board valuable perspective and insight with respect to the Company’s business, industry, challenges, and opportunities as a result of his years serving as Chief Financial Officer and a director of Rank.

 

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Lance Mitchell

 

 

Age: 62

Director Since: October 2019

Class III

Committees: None

 

Mr. Mitchell has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2011 and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since October 2019. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Mitchell served as President of Closure Systems International (part of PEI and its subsidiaries (“PEI Group”) from 2008 to 2019). Mr. Mitchell commenced his career in sales and marketing at Owens Corning, progressed to General Management positions at Avery Dennison and Goodrich followed by executive management positions at PolyOne and Alcoa before joining PEI Group in 2008. Mr. Mitchell received a B.S. in Business from Bowling Green State University.

 

Mr. Mitchell brings to the Board valuable perspective and insight with respect to the business, industry, challenges, and opportunities as a result of his years serving as the senior executive officer of the Company. Mr. Mitchell also represents management’s perspective on important matters to the Board.

 

 

 

Richard Noll

 

 

Age: 64

Director Since: January 2020

Non-Executive Chairman of the Board Since: January 2020

Class III

Committees:

    Audit Committee

    Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

 

Mr. Noll has served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since January 2020 and is a member of the Audit Committee and the CNG Committee. Mr. Noll served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hanesbrands Inc. from 2009 to 2019 and Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2016.  Mr. Noll joined Hanesbrands Inc. from Sara Lee Corporation where he worked for 14 years in various management positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer of Branded Apparel and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Sara Lee Bakery Group, and led the turnarounds of several Sara Lee Corporation bakery and apparel businesses.  Within the past five years, Mr. Noll served as a member of the board of directors of Carter’s Inc., where he served as a member of its compensation committee from 2019 to 2021. Mr. Noll serves as a  member of the board of directors of Jack Creek Investment Corp., where he serves as chair of its audit committee, and serves as a member of the board of directors of Neighbor Inc. Mr. Noll previously served as a director of Fresh Market Inc. from 2011 to 2016.  Mr. Noll received a B.A. in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mr. Noll brings to the Board broad experience with business issues applicable to the success of a publicly-traded company, including a controlled company, and the consumer packaged goods industry after his experience and holding senior leadership positions at Hanesbrands Inc.

 

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Ann Ziegler

 

 

Age: 63

Director Since: September 2020

Class II

Committees:

    Audit Committee

 

Ms. Ziegler has served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since September 2020 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Ms. Ziegler served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CDW Corporation, a technology solutions provider, from 2008 to 2017. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Ziegler served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Administration of Sara Lee Food & Beverage, a division of Sara Lee Corporation, a global consumer goods company. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Ziegler served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Administration of Sara Lee Bakery Group. From 1993 to 2003, Ms. Ziegler served in various corporate development and legal positions at Sara Lee. Prior to joining Sara Lee, Ms. Ziegler was a corporate attorney at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Ms. Ziegler is currently a member of the board of directors of Hanesbrands Inc., where she serves as chair of its compensation committee, a member of the board of directors of US Foods Holding Corp, where she serves as chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee, and a member of the board of directors of Wolters Kluwer, where she serves as a vice chair and member of the selection and remuneration committee. During the past five years, Ms. Ziegler also served on the board of directors of Groupon, Inc. Ms. Ziegler received a B.A. in Economics and Government from The College of William and Mary and a J.D. from University of Chicago Law School.

Ms. Ziegler brings to the Board experience in senior leadership positions with companies in the consumer products industry, including with corporate risk management issues, and preparing or overseeing the preparation of financial statements.  She has experience in corporate governance through service as a director of other public companies.

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Directors’ Recommendation

The proposal for the election of directors relates solely to the election of the directors nominated by the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote FOR the election of
the two director nominees, Gregory Cole and Ann Ziegler.

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

Director Independence

We are a “controlled company” under the rules of the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”).  As a result, we qualify for exemptions from, and have elected not to comply with, certain corporate governance requirements under the rules, including the requirements that within one year of the closing of our initial public offering (“IPO”) we have a Board that is composed of a majority of “independent directors,” as defined under the Nasdaq rules, and a compensation and nominating committee that is composed entirely of independent directors.  

Even though we are a controlled company, we are required to comply with the rules of the SEC and Nasdaq relating to the membership, qualifications and operations of the Audit Committee.  As a newly-public company, we were able to, and did, rely on an exemption from the requirement that all members of the Audit Committee be independent directors for a period of one year after our IPO, and Mr. Cole, a non-independent director, served on the Audit Committee from the date of our IPO until January 27, 2021. Currently, all members of the Audit Committee are independent directors.

Our Board of Directors has determined that Ms. Gottschalk, Mr. Noll and Ms. Ziegler are independent directors under Nasdaq rules.  In making such independence determination, the Board of Directors considered the relationships that each such non-employee director has with our Company and all other facts and circumstances that the Board of Directors deemed relevant in determining their independence.

Board Leadership Structure

The positions of our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer are presently separated. Separating these positions allows our Chief Executive Officer to focus on our day-to-day business, while allowing the Chairman of the Board to lead the Board of Directors in its fundamental role of providing advice to, and oversight of, management. Our Board of Directors recognizes the time, effort and energy that the Chief Executive Officer must devote to his position in the current business environment, as well as the commitment required to serve as our Chairman, particularly as the Board of Directors’ oversight responsibilities continue to grow. Our Board of Directors also believes that this structure ensures a greater role for the non-management directors in the oversight of our Company and active participation of the independent directors in setting agendas and establishing priorities and procedures for the work of our Board of Directors. Although our Bylaws and Corporate Governance Guidelines do not require our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer positions to be separate, our Board of Directors believes that having separate positions is the appropriate leadership structure for the Company at this time.

 

Stockholder Communications

A shareholder or other interested party may submit a written communication to the Board of Directors by sending it to the Board in care of Corporate Secretary at Reynolds Consumer Products, 1900 West Field Court, Lake Forest, IL 60045 Attention: Corporate Secretary. The Corporate Secretary will send copies of all communications to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and, when appropriate, to all Board members.  

 

Procedures for Selecting and Nominating Director Candidates

The CNG Committee Charter provides:

 

The CNG Committee shall oversee searches for and identify qualified individuals for membership on the Board.

 

The CNG Committee shall recommend to the Board criteria for Board and Board committee membership and shall recommend individuals for membership on the Board and its committees. In making its recommendations for Board and committee membership, the Committee shall:

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o

review candidates’ qualifications for membership on the Board or a committee of the Board (including making a specific determination as to the independence of each candidate) based on the criteria approved by the Board (and taking into account the enhanced independence, financial literacy and financial expertise standards that may be required under law or Nasdaq rules for Audit Committee or other committee membership purposes);

 

o

in evaluating current directors for re-nomination to the Board or re-appointment to any Board committees, assess the performance of such directors;

 

o

periodically review the composition of the Board and its committees in light of the current challenges and needs of the Board, the Company and each committee, and determine whether it may be appropriate to add or remove individuals after considering issues of judgment, diversity, age, skills, background and experience;

 

o

periodically review, as appropriate, the service of all directors on the boards of other public companies with consideration to the substantial time commitment required of directors and make such recommendations to the Board as it may deem advisable;

 

o

consider rotation of committee members and committee chairs, as appropriate; and

 

o

consider any other factors that are set forth in the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines or are deemed appropriate by the CNG Committee or the Board.

 

Pursuant to the Stockholders Agreement between the Company and PFL, PFL has the right to nominate all of our directors so long as the Hart Entities (as defined in the Stockholders Agreement) beneficially own at least 50% of the outstanding shares of our common stock; a majority of our directors so long as they own at least 40% of our stock; and at least one director so long as they own at least 10% of our stock.  Currently, PFL has the right to nominate all of our directors, and all of our directors were nominated by, and may be removed by, PFL.

 

The Company’s Bylaws include provisions for nomination and election of directors at the annual meeting of stockholders and requirements for director nominees.  

 

The CNG Committee will consider director candidates recommended by stockholders in the same manner that it considers all director candidates. Stockholders who wish to suggest qualified candidates should write to Reynolds Consumer Products, 1900 West Field Court, Lake Forest, IL 60045 Attention: Corporate Secretary. Any such recommendation should include a description of the candidate’s qualifications for board service; the candidate’s written consent to be considered for nomination and to serve if nominated and elected; and addresses and telephone numbers for contacting the stockholder and the candidate for more information.

 

Board Meetings and Committees

Our Board of Directors held seven meetings during 2021. The independent directors regularly hold executive sessions at meetings of the Board of Directors. During 2021, each of the directors then in office attended at least 75% of the aggregate of all meetings of the Board of Directors and all meetings of the committees of the Board of Directors on which such director then served. Directors are encouraged to attend the annual meetings of stockholders of the Company, as provided in our Corporate Governance Guidelines. All of our directors attended the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders.

During 2021, our Board of Directors had two standing committees: the Audit Committee and the CNG Committee. The following sets forth the membership of each of our committees as of March 15, 2022:

 

 

 

Audit Committee

    

Compensation, Nominating and

Corporate Governance Committee

Marla Gottschalk (Chair)

 

Gregory Cole (Chair)

Richard Noll

 

Helen Golding

Ann Ziegler

    

Richard Noll

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Audit Committee

The members of our Audit Committee are Ms. Gottschalk (Chair), Mr. Noll and Ms. Ziegler. The composition of our Audit Committee meets the requirements for independence under the current Nasdaq listing standards and SEC rules and regulations. Each member of our Audit Committee is financially literate. In addition, our board of directors has determined that Ms. Gottschalk is an “Audit Committee financial expert” as defined in Item 407(d)(5)(ii) of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). This designation does not impose any duties, obligations or liabilities that are greater than are generally imposed on members of our Audit Committee and our board of directors. Our Audit Committee is directly responsible for, among other things:

 

selecting a firm to serve as the independent registered public accounting firm to audit our financial statements;

 

ensuring the independence of the independent registered public accounting firm;

 

approving the planned scope and timing, and discussing the findings, of the audit with the independent registered public accounting firm, and reviewing, with management and that firm, our interim and year-end operating results;

 

establishing procedures for employees to anonymously submit concerns about questionable accounting or auditing matters;

 

considering the adequacy of our internal controls and internal audit function;

 

reviewing and approving related person transactions and those that require disclosure; and

 

approving or, as permitted, pre-approving all audit and non-audit services to be provided by the independent registered public accounting firm.

The Audit Committee held four meetings during 2021. The Audit Committee operates under a written charter approved by the Board, a copy of which is available in the “Investors—Corporate Governance—Documents and Charters” section of our website at www.reynoldsconsumerproducts.com.

Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

The members of our CNG Committee are Mr. Cole (Chair), Ms. Golding and Mr. Noll.  Our CNG Committee is responsible for, among other things:

 

recommending to our board of directors for determination, the compensation of our executive officers;

 

reviewing and approving the compensation of our directors;

 

administering our stock and equity incentive plans;

 

reviewing and evaluating, or making recommendations to our board of directors with respect to, incentive compensation and equity plans;

 

reviewing management succession plans;

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reviewing our overall compensation philosophy;

 

identifying and recommending candidates for membership on our board of directors;

 

reviewing and recommending our corporate governance guidelines and policies;

 

reviewing and considering proposed waivers of the code of conduct for directors and executive officers and making recommendations to our board of directors;

 

overseeing the process of evaluating the performance of our board of directors; and

 

assisting our board of directors on corporate governance matters.

The CNG Committee held four meetings during 2021. The CNG Committee operates under a written charter approved by the Board, a copy of which is available in the “Investors—Corporate Governance—Documents and Charters” section of our website at www.reynoldsconsumerproducts.com.

Risk Oversight

Our Board of Directors oversees the management of risks inherent in the operation of our business and the implementation of our business strategies. Our Board of Directors performs this oversight role by using several different levels of review. In connection with its reviews of the operations and corporate functions of our Company, our Board of Directors addresses the primary risks associated with those operations and corporate functions. In addition, our Board of Directors reviews the risks associated with our Company’s business strategies periodically throughout the year as part of its consideration of undertaking any such business strategies.

Each of our Board committees also coordinates oversight of the management of our risk that falls within the committee’s areas of responsibility. In performing this function, each committee has full access to management, as well as the ability to engage advisors. Our Chief Financial Officer is responsible for identifying, evaluating and implementing risk management controls and methodologies to address any identified risks. In connection with its risk management role, our Audit Committee meets privately with representatives from our independent registered public accounting firm, and privately with our Chief Financial Officer. In addition, the CNG Committee reviews the Company’s compensation program and risk elements to the Company in connection with the structure of the compensation plan.

Board Evaluations

The Company implemented a Board of Directors evaluation process in 2021. Per the Board’s direction, the Corporate Secretary prepared self-evaluation questionnaires for each of the Board, the Audit Committee and the CNG Committee.  All Board and Committee members completed the evaluations.  The Corporate Secretary then compiled the results of the evaluations and provided the compilations to the respective Chairs.  During the executive session of their regularly scheduled October 2021 meetings, each Chair reviewed the results of the evaluations and the members discussed. 

Environmental, Social & Governance Matters

Management recognizes the importance of Environmental, Social & Governance matters to all stakeholders and has reviewed and discussed with the Board the Company’s development of its Environmental, Social & Governance framework.  Management will continue to provide regular updates to the Board while also providing regular updates to Company stakeholders.  Additional information about the Company’s Environmental, Social & Governance actions, goals and initiatives is included in our 2021 Annual Report to Stockholders, which is being provided as part of the proxy materials and is available on our corporate website at www.reynoldsconsumerproducts.com.

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DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

During 2021, our directors who are not employees of our company or of Rank Group (the “non-affiliated directors”) received annual retainers and annual equity compensation grants pursuant to the following program:

 

Board member: $230,000, of which $100,000 is an annual cash retainer and $130,000 is in the form of an annual grant of restricted stock units (“RSUs”).

 

Chairman of the Board: $115,000, of which $50,000 is an annual cash retainer and $65,000 is in the form of an annual grant of RSUs, in addition to the $230,000 in board member payments and grants described above.

 

Chairs of our Audit Committee and our CNG Committee: $20,000, as an annual cash retainer.

 

Members of our Audit Committee and our CNG Committee: $10,000, as an annual cash retainer.

RSUs are granted pursuant to the Reynolds Consumer Products Inc. Equity Incentive Plan (the “Equity Incentive Plan”) and the number of RSUs granted is calculated by dividing the applicable dollar value by the closing sale price per share of our common stock on the date of grant. The RSUs granted in 2021 to our non-affiliated directors were granted to Ms. Gottschalk, Mr. Noll, Ms. Ziegler and Mr. Degnan on April 1, 2021 and vest in full on the first anniversary thereof, other than the RSUs granted to Mr. Degnan which were forfeited upon his retirement from the Board of Directors on October 31, 2021.

For 2021, as a transition year, the cash retainer amounts (adjusted to reflect standardizing payment dates, moving Mr. Degnan and Ms. Ziegler from January to April and Ms. Gottschalk and Mr. Noll from February to April) were paid to non-affiliated directors (Mr. Degnan, Mr. Noll, Ms. Gottschalk and Ms. Ziegler) on April 1, 2021.

Beginning in 2022, we plan to grant RSUs and make the annual cash retainer payments to non-affiliated directors on the date of the annual meeting of stockholders in each year.  

Directors who are also full-time officers or employees of the Company receive no additional compensation for serving as directors. An individual who is a non-employee director may not receive awards, in cash or otherwise, for any calendar year that total more than $750,000 in the aggregate.

We also reimburse all of our directors for their reasonable expenses incurred in attending meetings of our Board of Directors or committees, and have entered into Indemnification Agreements with our directors.

The following table presents the compensation for each person who served as a member of our Board of Directors during 2021, other than Mr. Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell, who is also our Chief Executive Officer, receives no compensation for his service as a director. The compensation received by Mr. Mitchell as our Chief Executive Officer during 2021 is presented in the Summary Compensation Table. Mr. Cole, Ms. Golding and Mr. Hugli did not receive any compensation for his or her service as a director of ours in 2021, due to the fact that they were serving as officers of Rank Group at the time of payment or grant.

 

 

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2021 Director Compensation Table

 

 

 

Fees Earned

or Paid in Cash

 

 

Stock Awards

 

 

All Other Compensation

 

 

Total

 

Name

 

($)(1)

 

 

($)(2)

 

 

($)(3)

 

 

($)

 

Gregory Cole

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

Thomas Degnan(4)

 

 

280,000

 

 

 

129,990

 

 

 

 

 

 

409,990

 

Helen Golding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marla Gottschalk

 

 

140,000

 

 

 

129,990

 

 

 

3,555

 

 

 

273,545

 

Allen Hugli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Noll(5)

 

 

218,333

 

 

 

195,000

 

 

 

5,332

 

 

 

418,665

 

Ann Ziegler

 

 

137,500

 

 

 

129,990

 

 

 

1,239

 

 

 

268,729

 

 

(1)

In 2021, all Board of Director cash retainer amounts were prorated to transition to a standardized payment date.

(2)

The number of unvested RSUs held by each director at December 31, 2021 was: Mr. Cole: zero; Ms. Golding: zero; Ms. Gottschalk: 4,333; Mr. Hugli: zero; Mr. Noll: 6,500; and Ms. Ziegler: 4,333.

(3)

The amounts in this column represent the dollar value of dividend equivalents paid in 2021 related to RSUs held by the director.

(4)

Mr. Degnan retired from the Board on October 31, 2021. In connection with his retirement, all of Mr. Degnan’s unvested RSUs were forfeited.  In consideration of Mr. Degnan’s service on the Board in 2021 and such forfeiture, the CNG Committee recommended and the Board of Directors approved a cash payment to Mr. Degnan of $130,000 following his retirement.  The amount in the “Fees Earned or Paid in Cash” column for Mr. Degnan includes $150,000, the prorated annual cash retainer amount paid in 2021 plus the additional $130,000.

(5)

Mr. Noll’s cash payment amount includes $20,000 for committee service in 2020 but paid in 2021.

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PROPOSAL 2: RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

The Audit Committee has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2022. Our Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote for ratification of this appointment. If this proposal is not approved at the Annual Meeting, the Audit Committee will reconsider its appointment, but may decide not to direct the appointment of a different independent registered public accounting firm. Even if the appointment is ratified, the Audit Committee may, in its discretion, direct the appointment of a different independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the year if the Audit Committee determines that such a change would be in our stockholders’ best interests.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has audited our financial statements for each year since 2015. We expect representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to be present at the Annual Meeting and available to respond to appropriate questions. They will have the opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so.

Board of Directors’ Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote FOR ratification of the appointment of
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2022.

AUDITOR FEES

The following table presents fees for professional audit services rendered by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Audit Fees(1)

 

$

2,800

 

 

$

2,300

 

Audit-Related Fees

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax Fees

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Other Fees(2)

 

 

10

 

 

 

360

 

Total

 

$

2,810

 

 

$

2,660

 

 

(1)

Audit Fees for 2021 and 2020 were for professional services rendered for the audits of the Company’s annual consolidated financial statements and quarterly consolidated financial statements.

(2)

All Other Fees for 2021 were for licensing fees and for 2020 were for an internal control design assessment project.

 

All services rendered by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 2021 and 2020 were approved by the Audit Committee, which considered whether the provision of all services was compatible with maintaining PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s independence.

PRE-APPROVAL POLICY

The Audit Committee has adopted a policy with respect to pre-approval of certain types of audit and non-audit related services specifically described by the Audit Committee on an annual basis.  In general, the Audit Committee has pre-approved the provision of certain audit services and audit-related services, in each case up to an annual amount which varies by the type of services.  Individual engagements anticipated to exceed such pre-established thresholds must be separately approved.  This policy also sets forth certain services that the Company’s independent public accountant is

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prohibited from providing to the Company.  The policy authorizes the Audit Committee to delegate to one or more of its members pre-approval authority with respect to permitted services.  

All services provided and fees charged by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to us were pre-approved in accordance with the policy described above.

AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

The Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed with management and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP the audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021. The Audit Committee has discussed with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP the matters that are required to be discussed by the applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and the SEC. The Audit Committee has received the written disclosures and the letter from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP required by applicable requirements of the PCAOB regarding PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and the Audit Committee has discussed with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP that firm’s independence. The Audit Committee has concluded that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s provision of audit and non-audit services to the company and its affiliates is compatible with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s independence.

Based on the reviews and discussions described above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited consolidated financial statements be included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 for filing with the SEC.

Audit Committee

 

Marla Gottschalk, Chair

Richard Noll

Ann Ziegler

 

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Proposal 3: advisory vote to approve the compensation of the named executive officers

We are providing our stockholders the opportunity to cast an advisory (non-binding) vote to approve the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in this Proxy Statement. Consistent with the preference expressed by our stockholders at the 2021 annual meetings of stockholders, we are conducting say-on-pay votes on an annual basis.

As described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis (“CD&A”), we have designed the compensation arrangements for our named executive officers to provide compensation in overall amounts and in forms that attract and retain talented and experienced individuals and motivate our executive officers to achieve the goals that are important to our growth. Our Board and CNG Committee believe that our executive compensation program is tied to performance, aligns with shareholder interests and merits stockholder support. Accordingly, the Board recommends that stockholders vote in favor of the following resolution:

“RESOLVED, that the stockholders approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers, as disclosed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the compensation tables, and the narrative discussion contained in this proxy statement.”

Because your vote is advisory, it will not be binding on the Board of Directors or the CNG Committee. However, the Board of Directors and the CNG Committee will carefully review the voting results. To the extent there is any significant negative vote on this proposal, we may consult directly with stockholders to better understand the concerns that influenced the vote.

Board of Directors’ Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote FOR the approval of the compensation of our named executive officers.

 

 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

The following provides information about our executive officers, as of March 15, 2022.

 

Name

 

Age

 

 

Position

Lance Mitchell

 

 

62

 

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Graham

 

 

60

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

Rachel Bishop

 

 

48

 

 

President, Hefty Tableware

Judith Buckner

 

 

53

 

 

President, Presto Products

Craig Cappel

 

 

51

 

 

President, Reynolds Cooking & Baking

Lisa Smith

 

 

53

 

 

President, Hefty Waste and Storage

Stephan Pace

 

 

59

 

 

President, Sales and Chief Customer Officer

Chris Mayrhofer

 

 

47

 

 

Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller

Steve Estes

 

 

48

 

 

Chief Administrative Officer

Rita Fisher

 

 

52

 

 

Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President, Supply Chain

Michael McMahon

 

 

58

 

 

Senior Vice President, Key Accounts Sales

Valerie Miller

 

 

49

 

 

Executive Vice President of Human Resources

David Watson

 

 

63

 

 

Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Lance Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2011 and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since October 2019.  From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Mitchell served as President of Closure Systems International (part of PEI Group from 2008 to 2019). Mr. Mitchell commenced his career in sales and marketing at Owens Corning, progressed to General Management positions at Avery Dennison and Goodrich followed by executive management positions at PolyOne and Alcoa before joining PEI Group in 2008. Mr. Mitchell received a B.S. in Business from Bowling Green State University.

Michael Graham

Mr. Graham has served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since 2016.  Mr. Graham joined the Company after serving as the CFO of Graham Packaging (part of PEI Group) from 2011 to 2016.  Prior to joining Graham Packaging, Mr. Graham led and managed several merger and integration activities for PEI and served as CFO of Reynolds Packaging from 2008 to 2010, collaboratively leading the integration of Reynolds Packaging into PEI Group. Mr. Graham served as Group Controller and CFO of Alcoa’s Flat Rolled & Extruded Aluminum Group from 2004 to 2007.  From 1986 to 2003, Mr. Graham served in a variety of management positions at Honeywell International Inc. and AlliedSignal, Avaya Communications and General Mills, Inc.  Mr. Graham received a B.A. in Finance from Howard University.

Rachel Bishop

Ms. Bishop has served as the Company’s President of Hefty Tableware since 2019.  Prior to joining the Company, she served as Chief Strategy Officer from 2014 to 2017 and President, Snacks from 2017 to 2019 at TreeHouse Foods, Inc. Ms. Bishop was at The Walgreen Company from 2009 to 2014 where she most recently served as Group Vice President of Retail Strategy.  From 2001 to 2009, Ms. Bishop was at McKinsey & Company, where she worked with consumer businesses on a broad range of sales, marketing, and operational topics with a focus on growth strategy development and implementation.  Ms. Bishop earned B.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering and in Geophysics from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Technology Management from Northwestern University.

Judith Buckner

Ms. Buckner has served as the Company’s President of Presto Products since 2019. She previously served as Senior Vice President, Business Transformation of the Company from 2017 to 2019.  Ms. Buckner first joined the Company

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in 2000 as an Engineering Manager and has held various other leadership roles including Director of Manufacturing, Plant Manager, Director of Engineering and New Product Development and Vice President of Operations and Engineering.  Her prior experience includes various engineering and leadership roles in product development and operations at Hoechst-Celanese/Invista from 1991 to 2000.  Ms. Buckner earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.

Craig Cappel

Mr. Cappel has served as the Company’s President of Reynolds Cooking & Baking since 2018.  From 2015 to 2018, he served as President of Hefty Tableware.  From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Cappel served as the Chief Procurement and Technology Officer for PEI Group, leading global sourcing and technology across multiple businesses.  From 1997 to 2013, Mr. Cappel was with Pactiv as Vice President of Business Development and Innovation and various other leadership roles across innovation, engineering technology, new business development and business management.  From 1994 to 1997, he served as an engineer at TE Connectivity, Ltd. (formerly Amp Incorporated). Mr. Cappel received a B.S. from the College of Engineering Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Product Design and Development Management from Northwestern University.

Lisa Smith

Ms. Smith has served as the Company’s President of the Hefty Waste & Storage business since 2020.  She previously served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Reynolds Cooking & Baking business since 2018, and prior to that was Vice President of Marketing for the Hefty Waste & Storage business from 2015 to 2018.  Ms. Smith first joined the Company in 2009. Her prior experience includes holding marketing, sales and category management roles at CPG organizations including Mars, Sara Lee and Sunstar/GUM.  Ms. Smith earned a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Stephan Pace

Mr. Pace has served as the Company’s President, Sales and Chief Customer Officer since 2020. Prior to this role, he served as the Company’s President of Walmart/Sam’s and eCommerce since 2015 and the Company’s Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President of Sales beginning in 2010. He served as Vice President of Sales for Pactiv’s Consumer Products Division prior to PEI’s acquisition of Pactiv in 2010.  Mr. Pace joined Pactiv in 2001 and held several senior management positions.  Prior to joining Pactiv, he served in a variety of sales and marketing roles at Unilever plc and Procter & Gamble Company.  Mr. Pace received a B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University. 

Chris Mayrhofer

Mr. Mayrhofer has served as the Company’s Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller since January 1, 2021 and as the Principal Accounting Officer since April 22, 2020. He previously served as Vice President and Controller for the Company from July 15, 2019 to January 1, 2021. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Mayrhofer served as Vice President and Corporate Controller of Evergreen Packaging from 2017 to July 2019, Vice President and Corporate Controller of Graham Packaging from 2012 to 2017 and, prior to that, held various financial positons with PEI Group from 2009 to 2012, Performance Food Group Company from 2005 to 2009 and Ernst & Young LLP. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Richmond and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Steve Estes

Mr. Estes joined the Company in January 2021 as its first Chief Administrative Officer, leading Business Transformation, EHS, HR, Legal, and Procurement. He has 20 years of experience with Rank-owned companies, including his most recent role from 2015 as Chief Human Resources Officer, Rank Group. He previously served as Vice President Human Resources, Rank Group, promoted from his role as, Vice President of HR, Evergreen Packaging. He also served in HR and safety roles at International Paper, Mattel Inc., and Bruce Hardwood Floors. Mr. Estes earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in HR Management from Freed-Hardeman University and an MBA from Georgia Southern University.

 

 

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Rita Fisher

Ms. Fisher has served as the Company’s Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President, Supply Chain since August 2017. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Fisher served as Vice President and Head of Global Business Services for Kraft Heinz.  During her 22 years in Kraft Heinz, she held many global and regional roles in Information Technology and Supply Chain, including Head of Global IT and Senior Director Supply Chain Transformation.  She started her career at People’s Gas Company as a Senior Business Analyst. Ms. Fisher earned her BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from DePaul University.

Michael McMahon

Mr. McMahon has served as Senior Vice President, Key Accounts Sales since April 2015. Prior to that he served as VP of the Non Foods/Club Channel from November 2012 to March 2015.  He joined Pactiv in 2006 as Director Category Management, and moved to the Company following PEI Group’s 2010 acquisition of Pactiv.  Prior to that he had twenty years of sales experience at Kraft Foods, in roles including Senior Director of Category Planning.  Mr. McMahon earned a B.A. in Marketing and Management from Olivet College, Michigan.  

Valerie Miller

Ms. Miller has served as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources since January 2021 and as Vice President of Human Resources since October 2019.  Prior to that, she served as the Senior Director of Human Resources from April 2017 to September 2019, and in various other HR roles with the Company since 2012.  Before that, she held various Human Resource leadership positions with Graham Packaging.  Ms. Miller earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Carthage College and an MBA from University Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

David Watson

Mr. Watson has served as Legal Counsel of the Company since February 2015, and as Corporate Secretary since January 31, 2020.  Prior to that, he served as General Counsel and in various other legal roles with the Company since July 2009.  Prior to that, he held chief legal officer positions with several public and private companies.  Mr. Watson earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law.

 

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

Introduction

This CD&A describes our compensation approach and programs for our named executive officers (“NEOs”), which include our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and our three other most highly compensated executive officers for the year ended December 31, 2021.  Except as otherwise indicated, the information in this section relates to the compensation of our NEOs, and the principles underlying our executive compensation policies, during and for 2021.  Our NEOs for 2021 were:

 

Lance Mitchell, President and Chief Executive Officer

 

Michael Graham, Chief Financial Officer

 

Stephan Pace, President, Sales and Chief Customer Officer

 

Craig Cappel, President, Reynolds Cooking & Baking

 

Steve Estes, Chief Administrative Officer

The following discussion relates to the compensation of our NEOs whose compensation is disclosed below, as well as the overall principles underlying our executive compensation policies.  

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Our Compensation Objectives and Philosophy

Our compensation objectives include attracting and retaining top talent, motivating and rewarding the performance of senior executives in support of achievement of strategic, financial and operating performance objectives and ensuring that our total compensation packages are competitive in comparison to those offered by our peers.  Our NEOs, as well as our employees generally, participate in compensation and benefits plans and programs that are intended to align our compensation programs with our business objectives, promote good corporate governance and seek to achieve our compensation objectives.

To ensure that management’s interests are aligned with those of our stockholders and to motivate and reward individual initiative and effort, our executive compensation program emphasizes a pay-for-performance compensation philosophy so that attainment of enterprise-wide, business unit and individual performance goals are rewarded.  Through the use of performance-based plans that emphasize attainment of enterprise-wide and/or business unit goals, we seek to foster teamwork and commitment to performance.  Further, the use of components such as equity ownership and long-term equity-based incentive compensation programs is important to ensure that the efforts of management are consistent with the objectives of our stockholders.

The CNG Committee also values the opinions of our stockholders, and it reviews and considers the outcome of our annual vote on executive compensation, also known as the “say-on-pay” vote, along with other relevant factors, in evaluating the compensation program for the NEOs. At our 2021 annual meeting, stockholders showed strong support for our executive compensation program, with approximately 99% of votes cast approving our advisory say-on-pay proposal. The CNG Committee considered the strong level of stockholder support and made no material changes in our executive compensation program as a result of the 2021 say-on-pay vote.

Risk Assessment of Compensation Programs

Our CNG Committee, based on an evaluation by its independent compensation consultant, does not believe that our compensation arrangements, including financial performance measures used to determine short-term and long-term incentive payout amounts, provide our employees with an incentive to engage in business activities or other behavior that would expose us or our stockholders to risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on our company.

Executive Compensation Process

Role of the Independent Compensation Consultant

The CNG Committee has responsibility for determining our compensation philosophy, structuring our compensation and benefits programs and determining appropriate payments and awards to our executive officers, including our NEOs.  The CNG Committee is also responsible for implementing, monitoring and evaluating our executive compensation philosophy and objectives and overseeing the compensation program for senior executives.  The CNG Committee’s responsibilities and authority are described fully in its Charter.  Our CNG Committee has engaged Pearl Meyer & Partners, LLC (“Pearl Meyer”), an independent compensation consultant, to advise on compensation matters.

In addition, Pearl Meyer provided an analysis of base salary, annual incentive program (“AIP”) compensation and long-term incentive (“LTI”) compensation for senior executives, comparing them to executives at companies in our peer group (the “Benchmark Comparison Group”) and using compensation survey data for similarly sized organizations in our industry.

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Peer Group

The Benchmark Comparison Group utilized as a benchmark for executive compensation matters for 2021 included:

 

  •     AptarGroup, Inc.

 

  •     Central Garden & Pet Company

 

  •     Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

 

  •     Edgewell Personal Care Company

 

  •     Energizer Holdings, Inc.

 

  •     Greif, Inc.

 

  •     Hasbro, Inc.

 

  •     Helen of Troy Limited

 

  •     Medifast, Inc.

 •    Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.

 

 •    O-I Glass, Inc.

 

 •    Sealed Air Corporation

 

 •    Silgan Holdings Inc.

 

 •    Snap-on Incorporated

 

 •    Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.

 

 •    The Clorox Company

 

 •    The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

 

 •    Tupperware Brands Corporation

 

The criteria considered in selecting peer companies for the Benchmark Comparison Group include the following:

 

size, as measured by revenue, market capitalization and enterprise value;

 

industry category, including consumer household and personal products, household appliances, containers and packaging; and

 

competition for sources of talent.

Role of Management

Our CEO, in collaboration with Pearl Meyer and with input from the CNG Committee, makes recommendations to the CNG Committee for base salary, AIP, LTI and any other elements of our compensation program for each NEO (other than the CEO, whose compensation is determined solely by the CNG Committee).  Our CEO also provides recommendations to the CNG Committee on other elements of our compensation program for senior executives, including, for example, the design and metrics under our AIP and LTI programs.  While the CNG Committee will consider the CEO’s recommendations with respect to the compensation of the NEOs, the CNG Committee independently evaluates the recommendations and makes all final compensation decisions relating to the NEOs.

In the case of compensation for employees below the most senior level, the CNG Committee has delegated certain authority to our management to make determinations in accordance with guidelines established by the CNG Committee.

Total Direct Compensation

The CNG Committee, advised by its independent compensation consultant Pearl Meyer, is responsible for overseeing and approving the executive compensation program for the Company’s executive officers, including our named executive officers. To establish the appropriate target total direct compensation for each position, Pearl Meyer provides and the Committee reviews the median total direct compensation based upon our Benchmark Comparison Group.  The Committee then considers the median base salary compensation, median target annual cash incentive compensation and median equity compensation, also based upon our Benchmark Comparison Group, in determining the elements of total direct compensation for each position.

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Elements of Compensation

The components of executive compensation for our NEOs, and the primary objectives of each, are summarized in the chart below:

 

Compensation Element

 

Description

 

Form

 

Objective

Base Salary

 

Fixed based on level of responsibility, experience, tenure and qualifications

 

Cash

 

•    Support talent attraction and retention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Incentive Program

 

Variable based on the achievement of annual financial metrics

 

Cash

 

•    Link pay and performance

 

•    Drive the achievement of short-term business objectives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LTI Compensation

 

Variable based on the achievement of longer-term goals and stockholder value creation

 

50% time-based RSUs and 50% performance share units (“PSUs”)

 

•    Support talent attraction and retention

 

•    Link pay and performance

 

•    Drive the achievement of longer-term goals

 

•    Align with shareholder interests and focus on creating value over long-term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Compensation and Benefits Programs

 

Employee health, welfare and retirement benefits

 

Group medical benefits

 

Life and disability insurance

 

401(k) plan participation

 

Nonqualified deferred compensation plan

 

•    Support talent attraction and retention

 

Because of the ability of our NEOs to directly influence our overall performance, and consistent with our philosophy of linking pay to performance, the compensation programs allocate a significant portion of compensation paid to our NEOs to both short-term and long-term performance-based incentive programs.  In addition, as an employee’s responsibility and ability to affect our financial results increases, base salary becomes a relatively smaller component of total compensation while long-term and at-risk incentive compensation becomes a larger component of total compensation.

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Base Salary

Base salaries are set at competitive levels necessary to attract and retain top-performing senior executives, including our NEOs, and are intended to compensate senior executives for their job responsibilities and level of experience. The CNG Committee has a goal to set each of the elements of total compensation at or around the 50th percentile of the Benchmark Comparison Group (and, for our presidents of our four business units, the overall general industry), adjusted to reflect each executive’s individual performance and contributions.  However, as there were certain elements of compensation not available to us when we were wholly-owned by PEI, such as equity-based compensation, the CNG Committee recognizes that it will take time before all of the individual elements of total compensation can reach the 50th percentile goal.  In certain cases, including when an executive is recruited from another company or where it is otherwise appropriate to retain or incentivize an executive, the base salary may exceed the levels indicated in order to attract, and ultimately retain, the executive.

Mr. Mitchell did not receive a base salary adjustment in 2021. Messrs. Graham, Pace and Cappel received a base salary adjustment in 2020 that was effective on June 1, 2020 and through 2021. When Mr. Estes joined the Company in January 2021, the CNG Committee decided to maintain his base salary at the same amount as it had been when he was part of Rank.

Annual Incentive Compensation

2021 Annual Incentive Program

Our 2021 annual incentive program (“2021 AIP”) was designed to provide an opportunity for our senior executives, including our NEOs, to earn an annual incentive, paid in cash, based on the achievement of certain financial targets and strategic priorities.  An executive’s incentive target is a percentage of his or her base salary.

The 2021 AIP was designed to motivate our senior executives to achieve annual financial and other business goals based on our strategic, financial, and operating performance objectives. For our senior executives, including our NEOs, 80% of the payout under the 2021 AIP would be determined by 2021 Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of 2020 Adjusted EBITDA (“Adjusted EBITDA Change”). The remaining 20% would be determined by the 2021 increase in total net revenues relative to 2020 total net revenues (“Revenue Change”). The targets and threshold levels for these performance metrics were set by the CNG Committee in the first quarter of 2021. Based on the combined Adjusted EBITDA Change and Revenue Change results, a participant could earn up to 200% of the target value.

In the first quarter of 2021, the CNG Committee established the following payout levels that would be associated with the degree to which each of Adjusted EBITDA Change and Revenue Change was attained for 2021:

 

Adjusted EBITDA Change

 

Threshold

 

 

Target

 

 

Maximum

 

FY 2021 ($m)

 

 

645

 

 

 

724

 

 

 

774

 

% of FY 2020

 

 

90

%

 

 

101

%

 

 

108

%

Percentage Payout Level

 

 

25

%

 

 

100

%

 

 

200

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue Change

 

Threshold

 

 

Target

 

 

Maximum

 

FY 2021 ($m)

 

 

3,263

 

 

 

3,345

 

 

 

3,426

 

% of FY 2020

 

 

100

%

 

 

102.5

%

 

 

105

%

Percentage Payout Level

 

 

25

%

 

 

100

%

 

 

200

%

The CNG Committee provided that payout levels would be interpolated for results between the threshold and maximum levels.

 

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In the first quarter of 2021, the CNG Committee also established the target amounts to which the resulting percentage payout level would be applied. The target percentage of base salary, and resulting dollar amount, for each NEO was:

 

Name

 

Target % of

Base Salary

 

 

Target Dollar

Amount

 

Lance Mitchell

 

 

115

%

 

$

1,782,500

 

Michael Graham

 

 

60

%

 

 

493,606

 

Stephan Pace

 

 

65

%

 

 

301,412

 

Craig Cappel

 

 

65

%

 

 

310,313

 

Steve Estes(1)

 

 

50

%

 

 

270,000

 

 

 

(1)

Mr. Estes’ target bonus was calculated using his annualized base salary amount of $540,000, which differs from the amount paid by the Company in 2021, due to the timing of his transition from the Rank Group.

In February 2022, the CNG Committee determined the degree to which the Adjusted EBITDA Change and Revenue Change goals were attained, and the resulting payout level relative to the target amount for each metric. Based on Adjusted EBITDA Change being below the threshold level, the payout for such metric was zero; and based on the achievement level of the Revenue Change target, the payout for such metric was 200%. After applying the applicable weightings of these metrics, the payout level was 40% of target, as shown below:

 

Metric

 

Actual ($m / %)

 

Payout

Attainment

(%)

 

 

Weight

(%)

 

 

Final

Payout

(%)

 

Adjusted EBITDA Change (FY 2021 result / % of FY 2020)(1)

 

$ 601 / 84%

 

 

0

%

 

 

80

%

 

 

0

%

Revenue Change (FY 2021 result / % of FY 2020)

 

$ 3,556 / 109%

 

 

200

%

 

 

20

%

 

 

40

%

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40

%

 

 

(1)

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to Appendix A to this Proxy Statement for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the corresponding GAAP measure.

Based on the results as applied to the 2021 AIP as described above, the CNG Committee’s approval resulted in the payment of the following amounts to our NEOs under the 2021 AIP:

 

Name

 

2021 AIP

Payout

 

Lance Mitchell

 

$

713,000

 

Michael Graham

 

$

197,443

 

Stephan Pace

 

$

120,564

 

Craig Cappel

 

$

124,125

 

Steve Estes(1)

 

$

108,000

 

 

 

(1)

Mr. Estes’ AIP payout was calculated based on his annualized base salary amount, as described above.

The amounts paid to our NEOs pursuant to the 2021 AIP are set forth in the “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” column of our Summary Compensation Table, because the outcomes with respect to the relevant targets under the objectives were substantially uncertain at the time the targets were established by the CNG Committee and communicated to the NEOs.

 

 

 

 

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Long-Term Incentive Compensation

Equity Awards Granted in 2021

The LTI program for 2021 consisted of RSU and PSU awards. The CNG Committee believes that this mix emphasizes performance, further aligning with our stockholders’ interests, and promotes retention. The RSUs vest over a three-year period, with 1/3 vesting each year, beginning on the first anniversary of the date of grant. The PSUs will be earned based on the extent to which specified performance metrics established at the date of the grant are achieved, which for the PSUs granted in 2021 included earnings per share growth over the 2021 period. Participants had the ability to earn 50% of the target number of PSUs for achieving threshold performance and 200% of the target number of PSUs for achieving maximum performance. The number of PSUs earned, if any, would vest on the third anniversary of the date of grant.

The number of RSUs and the target number of PSUs granted to our NEOs in 2021 were as follows:

Name

 

LTI

RSUs (#)

 

 

LTI

PSUs (#)

 

Lance Mitchell

 

 

57,702

 

 

 

57,702

 

Michael Graham

 

 

17,015

 

 

 

17,014

 

Stephan Pace

 

 

9,591

 

 

 

9,590

 

Craig Cappel

 

 

9,874

 

 

 

9,873

 

Steve Estes

 

 

6,701

 

 

 

6,701

 

 

In January 2022, the CNG Committee reviewed the performance metric of earnings per share in 2021 and determined that the minimum performance condition of the 2021 PSUs was not satisfied and therefore all such PSUs were forfeited.

 

PEI LTIP

Prior to the IPO, a small number of key executives, including our NEOs, participated in a cash-based long-term incentive program (“PEI LTIP”) established by PEI and designed to provide the participants an opportunity to earn incentive awards tied to sustained Adjusted EBITDA growth over a three-year term.  Pursuant to the PEI LTIP, participants received a grant at the beginning of a three-year performance period that could be earned over such period in annual installments based upon the attainment of certain Adjusted EBITDA growth metrics set at the beginning of the period.  Each grant provided for a “Target Opportunity Award” (based on a percentage of base salary) that could be achieved over the three-year period. The performance results achieved in the first year of the three-year period established the total amount of the award (which was expressed as a percentage of the Target Opportunity Award) that could be payable over the specified three-year period. If actual performance did not meet the performance threshold level in the first year, the participant was no longer eligible to earn any amount over the three-year period.  If actual performance did meet the threshold in the first year, the participant would receive the first payment, but the second and third payments depended on performance results in the second and third years.

No new grants have been or will be made under the PEI LTIP after our IPO.  However, 2021 was the third year in the three-year period covered by the 2019 grant under the PEI LTIP.  Adjusted EBITDA growth in 2019 resulted in a payout equal to 101% of the target value, and therefore a participant could earn one-third of their Target Opportunity Award multiplied by 101% in each year of the three-year performance period. For 2021, the third and final year of the performance period under the 2019 grant, no amount was earned as the performance level was not met. Since the outcomes with respect to the relevant targets under the objectives were substantially uncertain at the time the targets were established, the amounts paid to our NEOs in prior years pursuant to the PEI LTIP are set forth in the “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” column of our Summary Compensation Table.

Other Compensation—Retirement and Welfare Benefits

Retirement and welfare benefit programs are a necessary element of the total compensation package to ensure a competitive position in attracting and retaining a committed workforce.  Participation in these programs is not tied to performance.

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Our specific contribution levels to these programs are adjusted annually to maintain a competitive position while considering costs.

 

Employee Savings Plan. All non-union employees in the United States, including our NEOs, are eligible to participate in a tax-qualified retirement savings plan under Section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). We make a 2% non-elective contribution and matching contributions of 100% of the first 6% of an employee’s elective deferral contribution.

 

Welfare Plans. Our executives are also eligible to participate in our broad-based health and welfare plans (including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and disability plans) upon the same terms and conditions as other employees.

 

Pactiv Evergreen Pension Plan (formerly known as Reynolds Group Pension Plan). Certain employees, including Messrs. Pace and Cappel, have frozen benefits under the Pactiv Evergreen Pension Plan.

Employees who are at a designated salary grade or above, including all NEOs, may defer a portion of their salary and bonus each year into a nonqualified deferred compensation plan, which is a tax-deferred plan. We also make contributions to this plan mirroring percentage contributions made to the 401(k) plan. This program is intended to promote retention by providing a long-term savings opportunity on a tax-efficient basis.  The amounts deferred are our unsecured obligations, receive no preferential standing, and are subject to the same risks as any of our other unsecured obligations.

We provide the NEOs with limited perquisites and other personal benefits, including reimbursement of relocation costs. Additionally, we purchase tickets to various cultural, charitable, civic, entertainment and sporting events for business development and relationship building purposes, and to maintain involvement in communities in which we operate and our employees live.  Occasionally, our employees, including the NEOs, make personal use of tickets that would not otherwise be used for business purposes.  The CNG Committee periodically reviews the levels of perquisites and other personal benefits provided to our NEOs. The CNG Committee intends to maintain only those perquisites and other benefits that it determines to be necessary components of total compensation and that are not inconsistent with stockholder interests.

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Employment Agreements

We have entered into employment agreements with each of our NEOs.  The employment agreements provide for an initial base salary and an annual cash target incentive percentage, which may be adjusted from time to time by the CNG Committee.  Other key elements of these agreements are outlined below.

 

Employee

 

 

Severance(1)

 

Restrictive

Covenants(2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lance Mitchell

 

 

•    12 months base salary plus a prorated target annual incentive

•    24 months base salary plus a prorated target annual incentive if following a Sale of Business(3)

•    12 months COBRA premium assistance

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Graham

 

 

•    12 months base salary

•    24 months base salary plus a prorated target annual incentive if following a Sale of Business(3)

•    12 months COBRA premium assistance

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephan Pace

 

 

•    12 months base salary

•    24 months base salary plus a prorated target annual incentive if following a Sale of Business(3)

•    12 months COBRA premium assistance

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Cappel

 

 

•    12 months base salary

•    24 months base salary plus a prorated target annual incentive if following a Sale of Business(3)

•    12 months COBRA premium assistance

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Estes

 

 

•    12 months base salary

•    24 months base salary plus a prorated target annual incentive if following a Sale of Business(3)

•    12 months COBRA premium assistance

 

Yes

 

(1)

Upon termination of employment, equity awards will be treated based on individual equity agreements. See the “Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control – Equity Awards” section below for further discussion.

(2)

Restrictive covenants include non-competition and non-solicitation covenants during employment and for one year following termination of employment for any reason.

(3)

Increased severance provided if within 12 months following a Sale of Business, the employee is terminated without cause or resigns following a material reduction in his or her remuneration or scope of duties.

 

Equity Incentive Plan

The purpose of the Equity Incentive Plan is to motivate and reward our employees, directors, consultants and advisors to perform at the highest level and to further our best interests and those of our shareholders.  

Administration

Our CNG Committee administers the Equity Incentive Plan. To the extent not inconsistent with applicable law, our CNG Committee may delegate to one or more of our officers some or all of the authority under the Equity Incentive Plan, including the authority to grant all types of awards authorized under the Equity Incentive Plan, except for grants to executive officers.

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Eligibility

Generally, all employees, directors, consultants or other advisors of the Company or any of its affiliates are eligible to receive awards.

No Repricing

Except as provided in the adjustment provision of the Equity Incentive Plan, no action will directly or indirectly, through cancellation and regrant or any other method, reduce, or have the effect of reducing, the exercise price of any option or an SAR established at the time of grant thereof without approval of our shareholders.

Director Pay Cap

Subject to the adjustment provision of the Equity Incentive Plan, an individual who is a non-employee director may not receive awards, in cash or otherwise, for any calendar year that total more than $750,000 in the aggregate.

Anti-Hedging and Anti-Pledging Policy

Our employees and directors are prohibited from (i) engaging in any hedging transactions (including transactions involving options, puts, calls, prepaid variable forward contracts, equity swaps, collars and exchange funds or other derivatives) that are designed to hedge or speculate on any change in the market value of the Company’s equity securities, and (ii) pledging Company securities in any circumstance, including by purchasing Company securities on margin or holding Company securities in a margin account.

Clawback Policy

We have a Compensation Recoupment Policy that permits us to recover from our executive officers incentive-based compensation received by him or her during any of the three years completed before any financial restatement trigger date. In the event of a financial restatement, if the amount of incentive compensation actually paid to an executive officer exceeds the amount of such compensation that would have been paid as calculated based on the financial restatement, the CNG Committee may seek to recover from such executive for the benefit of the Company an amount equal to the excess of the awarded compensation over the adjusted compensation.

Tax and Accounting Considerations

Tax Considerations of Our Executive Compensation

Section 162(m) of the Code generally limits the tax deductibility of annual compensation paid by public companies for certain executive officers to $1 million. Although our CNG Committee is mindful of the benefits of tax deductibility when determining executive compensation, the CNG Committee may approve compensation that will not be fully-deductible in order to ensure competitive levels of total compensation for its executive officers.

Accounting for Our Stock-Based Compensation

We account for stock-based payments, including grants under each of our equity compensation plans, in accordance with the requirements of Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 718.

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COMPENSATION, NOMINATING AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE REPORT

The Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee has reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis with management. Based upon this review and discussion, the Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this Proxy Statement and incorporated by reference in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021.

 

THE COMPENSATION, NOMINATING AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

 

Gregory Cole, Chair

Helen Golding

Richard Noll

 

 

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SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

The following table sets forth information concerning the compensation paid to our NEOs during our fiscal years ended December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019.

 

Name and Principal Position

 

Year

 

Salary

($)

 

 

Bonus(2)

($)

 

 

Stock Awards(3)

($)

 

 

Non-Equity

Incentive Plan

Compensation(4)

($)

 

 

Change in

Pension

Value and

Nonqualified

Deferred

Compensation

Earnings(5)

($)

 

 

All Other

Compensation(6)

($)

 

 

Total

($)

 

Lance Mitchell

 

2021

 

 

1,550,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,487,508

 

 

 

713,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

189,869

 

 

 

5,940,377

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

2020

 

 

1,550,000

 

 

 

1,782,500

 

 

 

3,488,004

 

 

 

4,421,153

 

 

 

 

 

 

168,564

 

 

 

11,410,221

 

 

 

2019

 

 

1,550,000

 

 

 

1,550,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,429,903

 

 

 

 

 

 

168,564

 

 

 

6,698,467

 

Michael Graham

 

2021

 

 

822,678

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,028,356

 

 

 

197,443

 

 

 

 

 

 

128,572

 

 

 

2,177,049

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

2020

 

 

812,694

 

 

 

798,716

 

 

 

998,380

 

 

 

1,305,874

 

 

 

 

 

 

97,350

 

 

 

4,013,014

 

 

 

2019

 

 

789,023

 

 

 

798,716

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,076,503

 

 

 

 

 

 

95,634

 

 

 

2,759,876

 

Stephan Pace

 

2021

 

 

463,710

 

 

 

 

 

 

579,650

 

 

 

120,564

 

 

 

 

 

 

81,869

 

 

 

1,245,793

 

President, Sales and Chief Customer Officer

 

2020

 

 

458,082

 

 

 

450,204

 

 

 

563,096

 

 

 

736,066

 

 

 

58,600

 

 

 

64,340

 

 

 

2,330,388

 

 

 

2019

 

 

444,740

 

 

 

225,102

 

 

 

 

 

 

606,781

 

 

 

75,365

 

 

 

62,947

 

 

 

1,414,935

 

Craig Cappel

 

2021

 

 

477,405

 

 

 

 

 

 

596,754

 

 

 

124,125

 

 

 

 

 

 

82,439

 

 

 

1,280,723

 

President, Reynolds Cooking & Baking

 

2020

 

 

471,611

 

 

 

463,500

 

 

 

579,742

 

 

 

748,286

 

 

 

55,125

 

 

 

64,564

 

 

 

2,382,828

 

 

 

2019

 

 

457,875

 

 

 

463,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

602,882

 

 

 

64,849

 

 

 

55,009

 

 

 

1,644,115

 

Steve Estes(1)

 

2021

 

 

470,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

405,008

 

 

 

108,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

236,249

 

 

 

1,219,257

 

Chief Administrative Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Mr. Estes joined the Company in January of 2021.

 

(2)

Represents (a) for 2020, amounts awarded pursuant to IPO success transition bonuses, and (b) for 2019, one time retention bonuses.

 

(3)

Represents the aggregate grant date fair value of RSU and PSU awards granted during 2021 and 2020, computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, which for RSUs was equal to the number of RSUs in the grant, multiplied by the price to the public in the case of the RSUs granted in connection with the IPO in 2019, and the closing price of a share of our common stock on the date of grant in the case of the annual RSUs, and for PSUs was equal to the closing price of a share of our common stock on the date of grant, multiplied by the number of shares that would be earned based on the probable outcome of the applicable performance conditions.

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The following tables present the grant date fair value of the RSUs included in the stock awards column above, as well as the grant date fair value of the PSUs and the grant date fair value of the PSUs assuming that the highest level of performance conditions would be achieved:

 

 

 

2021 Annual PSUs

 

 

2021

Annual RSUs

 

 

 

Grant Date Fair

Value (Based on

Probable Outcome)

 

 

Grant Date Fair

Value (Based on

Maximum Performance)

 

 

Grant Date

Fair Value

 

Name

 

($)

 

 

($)

 

 

($)

 

Lance Mitchell

 

 

1,743,754

 

 

 

3,487,508

 

 

 

1,743,754

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Graham

 

 

514,163

 

 

 

1,028,326

 

 

 

514,193

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephan Pace

 

 

289,810

 

 

 

579,620

 

 

 

289,840

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Cappel

 

 

298,362

 

 

 

596,724

 

 

 

298,392

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Estes

 

 

202,504

 

 

 

405,008

 

 

 

202,504

 

 

 

 

2020

IPO RSUs

 

 

2020 Annual PSUs

 

 

2020

Annual RSUs

 

 

 

Grant Date

Fair Value

 

 

Grant Date Fair

Value (Based on

Probable Outcome)

 

 

Grant Date Fair

Value (Based on

Maximum Performance)

 

 

Grant Date

Fair Value

 

Name

 

($)

 

 

($)

 

 

($)

 

 

($)

 

Lance Mitchell

 

 

1,549,990

 

 

 

969,007

 

 

 

1,938,014

 

 

 

969,007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Graham

 

 

399,360

 

 

 

299,510

 

 

 

599,020

 

 

 

299,510

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephan Pace

 

 

225,108

 

 

 

168,994

 

 

 

337,988

 

 

 

168,994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Cappel

 

 

231,738

 

 

 

174,002

 

 

 

348,004

 

 

 

174,002

 

 

(4)

Represents the NEO’s payouts under (a) for 2021, the 2021 AIP, (b) for 2020, the 2020 AIP and the PEI LTIP, and (c) for 2019, the 2019 AIP and the PEI LTIP.

 

(5)   Represents the aggregate change in the actuarial present value of the accumulated benefit under the legacy entitlements under the Pactiv Evergreen Pension Plan for each of Mr. Pace and Mr. Cappel (the only two NEOs who are participants in such plan), from December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2020 for the 2020 amounts and from December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2019 for the 2019 amounts. In 2021, there was a decrease in the value of plan benefits for Mr. Pace and Mr. Cappel ($12,764 and $18,164, respectively), so these values are reported as $0.  

 

(6)

The amounts reported in this column for 2021 include employer contributions to the 401(k) Retirement Plan and the Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan, the amount of dividend equivalents paid on unvested RSUs, expenses related to relocation and tax gross-ups related thereto, group term life insurance, and wellness credits as follows:

 

Name

 

Company Contributions

To 401(k)

Plan ($)

 

 

Company Contributions To

Nonqualified

Deferred

Compensation

Plan ($)

 

 

Dividend Equivalents ($)

 

 

Relocation Expenses ($)

 

 

Group Term Life Insurance ($)

 

 

Wellness Credits ($)

 

 

Total All Other Compensation  ($)

 

Lance Mitchell

 

 

23,200

 

 

 

141,800

 

 

 

20,555

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,564

 

 

 

750

 

 

 

189,869

 

Michael Graham

 

 

17,832

 

 

 

99,675

 

 

 

5,751

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,564