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Criteria of "Independent Director"

Qualifications of Independent Directors
Independent directors must have all the qualifications required by the Capital Market Supervisory Board which are:
1
Holding shares not exceeding 0.5% of the total number of shares with voting rights of the Company, its parent company, subsidiary companies, associated companies, major shareholder or controlling person of the Company, which shall be inclusive of the shares held by related persons of such independent director;
2
Neither being nor used to being a director who takes part in the management, employee, staff member, advisor who receives a regular salary, or controlling person of the Company, its parent company, subsidiary companies, associated companies, same-level subsidiary companies, major shareholder or of the controlling person of the Company, unless the foregoing status has ended not less than two years. However, such prohibited characteristic shall not include the case where the independent director used to be a government official or advisor of a government unit which is a major shareholder or controlling person of the Company;
3
Not being a person related by blood or by legal registration as father, mother, spouse, sibling, and child, including spouse of child, of the executive, major shareholder, controlling person, or person to be nominated as executive or controlling person of the Company or its subsidiary companies;
4
Neither having nor used to having a business relationship with the Company, its parent company, subsidiary companies, associated companies, major shareholder or controlling person of the Company, in the manner which may interfere with his independent judgement, and neither being nor used to being a significant shareholder or controlling person of any person having a business relationship with the Company, its parent company, subsidiary companies, associate companies, major shareholder or controlling person of the Company, unless the foregoing relationship has ended not less than two years.

The term “business relationship” under the first paragraph shall include any normal business transaction, rental or lease of immovable property, transaction relating to assets or services or granting or receipt of financial assistance through receiving or extending loans, guarantee, providing assets as collateral, and any other similar actions, which result in the Company or its counterpart being subject to indebtedness payable to the other party in the amount of three percent or more of the net tangible assets of the Company or twenty million Baht or more, whichever is lower. The amount of such indebtedness shall be calculated according to the method for calculation of value of connected transactions under the Notification of the Capital Market Supervisory Board governing rules on connected transactions mutatis mutandis. The consideration of such indebtedness shall include indebtedness occurred during the period of one year prior to the date on which the business relationship with the person commences;
5
Neither being nor used to being an auditor of the Company, its parent company, subsidiary companies, associated companies, major shareholder or controlling person of the Company, and not being a significant shareholder, controlling person, or partner of the audit firm which employs auditors of the Company, its parent company, subsidiary companies, associated companies, major shareholder or controlling person, unless the foregoing relationship has ended not less than two years;
6
Neither being nor used to being any professional service provider including a legal counselor or financial advisor who receives service fee of exceeding two million Baht per year from the Company, its parent company, subsidiary companies, associated companies, major shareholder or controlling person of the Company, and not being a significant shareholder, controlling person or partner of the aforementioned professional service provider, unless the foregoing relationship has ended not less than two years;
7
Not being a director appointed as representative of directors of the Company, major shareholder or shareholder who is related to major shareholder;
8
Not undertaking any business of the same nature as and competing with that of the Company or its subsidiary companies or not being a significant partner in a partnership or being a director who takes part in the management, employee, staff member, advisor who receives regular salary or holding shares exceeding one percent of the total number of shares with voting rights of other companies which undertake businesses of the same nature as and competing with that of the Company or its subsidiary companies;
9
Not having any other characteristics which cause the inability to render independent opinions with regard to the Company’s business operations.
10
The Company’s independent directors shall serve not more than 9 consecutive years. (Director’s term shall be counted as of 2017 Annual General Shareholders Meeting onwards)


Independent Director with qualifications described in 1 - 10 above may be empowered by the Board of Directors to make decision for the business operation of the Company, its parent company, subsidiary companies, associated companies, the same-level subsidiary companies, major shareholder or the controlling person of the Company in the form of collective decision.

In case the person appointed by the Company as the Independent Director is person having or used to having business relationship or providing professional service with value of exceeding those prescribed in item 4 or item 6, the Board of Directors may consider waiving this disqualification if the Board opines that the appointment of the said person does not affect his duty performance and his rendering of independent opinion and the Company has disclosed the following information in the notice calling for the shareholders’ meeting on agenda regarding the appointment of the said Independent Director:

  • (a) Manner of business relationship or professional service causing the said person not being qualified under the prescribed criteria;
  • (b) Reason and necessity to maintain or to appoint the said person as the independent director;
  • (c) Opinion of the Company’s Board of Directors to nominate the said person as the independent director.
To encourage the independent directors and non-executive directors to independently hold meetings to discuss, recommend, and define guidelines to develop the quality of corporate governance, the Company ensures that there is a meeting of the independent directors at least once a year and the meeting of directors without the management at least once a year.
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