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Who Appoints the Members of a Board Committee?

Logo for Quora, where Dana Shultz answered a question about appointing members of a corporate board committeeThis post addresses a generalized version of a question that I answered on Quora concerning committees of corporate boards of directors. Q. Who appoints the members of a board committee?

A. Appointment of board committee members is governed by the corporation’s bylaws, or by applicable statutes if there are no bylaws. In my experience, bylaws (or statutes) state that a board committee is appointed by a majority of the board members. Committees are not appointed by the CEO or the Chair of the Board.

For example:

  • Delaware General Corporation Law Section 141(c)(2) states that “The board of directors may designate 1 or more committees, each committee to consist of 1 or more of the directors of the corporation.”
  • Similarly, California Corporations Code Section 311 states that “The board may, by resolution adopted by a majority of the authorized number of directors, designate one or more committees, each consisting of two or more directors, to serve at the pleasure of the board.”

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