disclosures concerning director and nominee’s experience, qualifications, attributes or skills that led to the decision that each director or nominee should serve as a director; (v) evaluates and makes a recommendation to the Board whether directors qualify as independent; (vi) reviews periodically the committee structure and leadership and recommends any changes to the Board; (vii) reviews the design of new director orientation and continuing education for all directors in conjunction with Company management; and (viii) develops the methodology for annual self-evaluations of the Board, its committees and management.
In recommending director candidates, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers whether the candidates possess the required skill sets and fulfill the qualification requirements of directors approved by the Board, including independence, sound judgment, business specialization, technical skills, diversity and other desired qualities.
Stockholders may submit recommendations for consideration to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, which will be evaluated using substantially the same criteria as applied to recommendations of directors and members of management, by providing the person’s name and appropriate background and biographical information by writing to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc., Attn: The Board of Directors, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, 6295 Allentown Blvd., Suite 1, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17112. No potential director nominees were recommended by stockholders in 2019.
To assist it in performing its duties, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee has the authority to engage outside consulting firms.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee was established on April 25, 2019 and met two (2) times in fiscal 2019.
Our Director nominees up for election at this Annual Meeting are recommended to our Board for election by our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and nominated for election by the Board.
As noted above, our Board will also consider director candidates recommended for nomination by our stockholders during such times as they are seeking proposed nominees to stand for election at the next annual meeting of stockholders (or, if applicable, a special meeting of stockholders). In general, in identifying and evaluating nominees for director, our Board considers whether the candidates possess the required skill sets and fulfill the qualification requirements of directors approved by the Board, including independence, sound judgment, business specialization, technical skills, diversity and other desired qualities.
Our Board believes that a diversity of viewpoints, background, experience, industry knowledge and geography, as well as more traditional characteristics of diversity, such as race and gender are meaningful for Board function. Accordingly, although the Company does not have a separate policy specifically governing diversity, our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is focused on identifying highly qualified diverse candidates and will consider, among other factors, the extent to which a candidate would result in increased diversity of the Board. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Board intends to continue to search for candidates who would enable the Board to become more diverse in terms of gender and ethnicity, and any director candidate so identified who also possesses the required skill sets and fulfills the Board’s established qualification requirements will be presented to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee for consideration.
Board Role in Risk Oversight
Our Board and management continually monitor the material risks facing our Company, including, but not limited to financial risk, strategic risk, operational risk, and legal and compliance risk, as well as risks the Company is facing related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Management regularly reports to the Board on its activities in monitoring and mitigating such risks. Overall responsibility for risk oversight rests with our Board. In addition, the Board may delegate risk oversight responsibility to a particular committee in situations in which risk falls within the committee’s area of focus or expertise. Our Board believes that for certain areas of risk, our Company is better served by having the initial risk evaluation and risk monitoring undertaken by a subset of the entire Board that is more focused on the issues pertaining to the particular risk. For instance, our Compensation Committee assists the Board in evaluating risks relating to our compensation policies and