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GRAHAM HOLDINGS CO filed this Form DEF 14A on 03/23/2017
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The Committee may request that any officer or employee of the Company, or any of its affiliates, or the Company’s outside counsel or an independent auditor, attend meetings of the Committee or meet with any members of, or consultants to, the Committee. The Committee has authority to retain or terminate any compensation consultant used to assist in the evaluation of Director, President and Chief Executive Officer or senior management compensation and has sole authority to approve the consultant’s fees and other retention terms. The Committee also has authority to obtain advice and assistance from internal or external legal, accounting or other advisors. In 2016, the Committee retained Semler Brossy to review the compensation package of Mr. O’Shaughnessy and Laura O’Shaughnessy. The Committee reviews the performance, independence and conflict of interests of its compensation consultant in accordance with applicable standards, and no independence or conflict of interest issues were identified with Semler Brossy. Additionally, Ann L. McDaniel has provided consulting services to the Committee and the Company since her retirement as Senior Vice President on April 3, 2015, and was engaged directly by the Committee to provide ongoing advice with respect to the compensation of the named executive officers. Ms. McDaniel received $127,499 in fees for her services as a compensation consultant to the Committee in 2016. Pursuant to the consulting agreement between Ms. McDaniel and the Company, dated as of July 16, 2014, Ms. McDaniel also provided consulting services to the Company, including consultation with officers of the Company on general compensation, benefits and other human resources related issues, as well as on the Company’s public relations and media communications. Ms. McDaniel received $84,999 in fees for such additional services to the Company in 2016.

During 2016, the Committee met six times. A copy of the Company’s Compensation Committee Charter is available under the “Investor Relations” tab at

Role of Executive Officers in Compensation Decisions

Mr. O’Shaughnessy, President and Chief Executive Officer; Ms. Denise Demeter, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer and secretary of the Committee; and Ms. McDaniel, consultant to the Committee in 2016, attended all six Committee meetings during 2016.

Mr. O’Shaughnessy and Ms. Demeter recommend to the Committee the size of each component of compensation for each of the named executive officers (other than their own) and for all employees earning annual salaries of $400,000 or more and bonuses of $250,000 or more. Recommendations are based on a discussion with the head of the division where the employee works, a review of his or her performance and a comparison of available compensation survey data for that job and geographic area. The Committee examines each of the suggested compensation actions and, in its sole discretion, modifies the awards when appropriate to better reflect the goals of the Company. The Committee makes all compensation decisions for the named executive officers of the Company and relevant employees, except with respect to any perquisites under $200,000 per named executive officer that may be approved by Mr. O’Shaughnessy.

Mr. O’Shaughnessy was not present at Committee meetings when his compensation or that of his wife (Laura O’Shaughnessy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Social Code LLC, a subsidiary of the Company) was discussed by the Committee.

Setting Executive Compensation

To meet the Committee’s objectives, at its request, the President and Chief Executive Officer and the secretary of the Committee draft annual and long-term incentive-based cash and non-cash executive compensation plans. The Committee discusses, reviews and, in its sole discretion, modifies the formula and goals established for various awards under the plans before the plans take effect, which is typically no later than the end of the first quarter of the first year covered by the plan.