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CARNIVAL CORP filed this Form DEF 14A on 03/07/2019
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set out in the Guidelines. The Boards have a formal schedule of matters specifically reserved to them for decision, which includes the approval of:



annual, interim and quarterly results and financial statements;




significant changes in accounting policy;


material acquisitions and disposals;


material agreements;


major capital expenditures;


annual operating plans;


strategic plans;


treasury policy;


risk management policy;


material changes to employee incentive plans as well as approval of share awards or other share-related benefits; and


health, environmental, safety, security and sustainability policies.

Details of the Committees of the Boards are set out in the section below. In addition, any matters reserved for the Boards that arise between formal Board meetings that need to be resolved are delegated to an Executive Committee, comprising two Executive Directors and a Non-Executive Director.

The strategic management and direction of, and significant commercial decisions in relation to, global operations of Carnival Corporation & plc, except to the extent reserved to the full Boards under their schedule of reserved matters, is delegated by the Boards to the Boards of subsidiary companies within the group and to management committees of the Boards, which in turn delegate to local management as appropriate.

Committees of the Boards

The following Committees have operated throughout the year. Each Committee has a written charter, copies of which can be found on Carnival Corporation & plc’s website at or

Audit Committees

During fiscal 2018, the Audit Committees of the Boards were comprised of the following five independent Non-Executive Directors: Richard J. Glasier (Chair), Jason Glen Cahilly, Stuart Subotnick, Laura Weil and Randall J. Weisenburger. On January 14, 2019, Katie Lahey joined the Audit Committees. As a result, the Audit Committees are currently comprised of six independent Non-Executive Directors. The Board of Carnival plc has determined that each member of the Audit Committees has “recent and relevant financial experience” for the purposes of the Corporate Governance Code and that the Audit Committees as a whole have competence relevant to the sector in which Carnival Corporation & plc operate. The qualifications of each member of the Audit Committees are contained in the Proxy Statement.

During the year, 10 meetings of the Carnival plc Audit Committee were held, which were attended by all incumbent members, except for Stuart Subotnick, who attended nine of 10 meetings, having missed one due to illness. The Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer, the General Counsel and the Chief Audit Officer, who is responsible for the internal audit function and enterprise risk management facilitation within Carnival Corporation & plc, and representatives from the external auditors normally attend meetings at the invitation of the Audit Committees.


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