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Rights of Members & Annual Meeting


WHAT IS "LIBERTY MUTUAL HOLDING COMPANY INC." AND WHO ARE ITS MEMBERS?


WHAT IS "LIBERTY MUTUAL HOLDING COMPANY INC."?

Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. is a Massachusetts mutual holding company that operates primarily through two businesses:  (1) Global Risk Solutions; and,  (2) Global Retail Markets. These businesses utilize various "Liberty Mutual" trade names and trademarks including, without limitation, "Liberty Mutual Insurance", "Liberty Mutual Insurance Group", "Liberty Mutual Personal Markets"; "Liberty Mutual Surety"; "A Liberty Mutual Insurance Company"; "Liberty International"; "Safeco Insurance"; "Ironshore"; and similar types of names as may be adopted from time to time. Each of these businesses market and underwrite insurance policies issued by the numerous insurance entities owned or controlled by Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc., including (1) stock insurance companies, (2) stock insurance companies that were formerly mutual insurance companies and (3) other affiliated insurance entities (collectively "LMHC Insurance Companies"). The rights and privileges associated with insurance policies and other obligations issued by the LMHC Insurance Companies vary in certain ways described below.

WHO IS A "MEMBER" OF LIBERTY MUTUAL HOLDING COMPANY INC.?

Members are persons appearing as the named insured on an in-force policy, or as principal in the case of a surety bond, issued by "Member Companies." Our Member Companies include only the following stock insurance companies (1) Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, (2) Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company, (3) Employers Insurance of Wausau, and (4) Liberty Mutual Personal Insurance Company. These Member Companies were formerly mutual insurance companies whose policyholders elected to form a mutual holding company. These formations were reviewed and approved by the governing state insurance regulatory authorities.

Policyholders or holders of surety bonds or other insurance obligations issued by LMHC Insurance Companies that are not Member Companies ARE NOT members of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. and are, therefore, not entitled to any such rights of members.

WHAT ARE RIGHTS OF MEMBERS?

Members of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. have uncertificated rights conferred by law, including the rights to: (1) vote for the election of directors at annual meetings of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. as well as other matters requiring a membership vote; (2) share in any distribution of, or receive consideration based upon, the value of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. in liquidation, demutualization, dissolution or otherwise under its articles of organization and bylaws, or otherwise as provided by law; and (3) receive member dividends as, if and when declared and paid by the Board of Directors.

WHEN IS THE MEMBERS ANNUAL MEETING OF LIBERTY MUTUAL HOLDING COMPANY INC.?

It is held on the second Wednesday of April at its headquarters located at 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, Massachusetts. FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING THE 2020 ANNUAL MEETING PLEASE SEE: https://libertymutualgroup.com/proxy 


Massachusetts Compensation Disclosure Law


Named Executive Officer and Director Compensation Disclosures for 2020

The following tables and related footnotes provide information to the members of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. (the “Company”) regarding the compensation provided in fiscal year 2020 to the Company’s chief executive officer, principal financial officer, its three other most highly compensated executive officers or other former executive officers (collectively “named executive officers”), and its directors, all as required by Section 19X of Chapter 175 of the Massachusetts General Laws (the “Disclosure Statute”). 

The Disclosure Statute is also applicable to Liberty Mutual Mid-Atlantic Insurance Company and Montgomery Mutual Insurance Company. Both of these entities are mutual insurance companies domiciled in Massachusetts and controlled by the Company (collectively the “Liberty MA Mutual Companies”). The Company notes that none of the executive officers or directors of the Liberty MA Mutual Companies received any compensation from their respective companies in 2020.

The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors retains an independent consulting firm to advise in determining executive officer compensation. For 2020 the following companies were used to benchmark the Company’s executive compensation: Chubb Limited, Progressive Corp., Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp., Prudential Financial Inc., American International Group Inc., The Hartford Financial Service Group, Manulife Financial Corporation, Prudential plc, The Allstate Corporation, MetLife Inc., and The Travelers Companies Inc. 

For purposes of determining the 3 most highly compensated executive officers beyond the chief executive officer and chief financial officer for a fiscal year at issue as required by the Disclosure Statute, the Company takes into account base salary, bonus and all other compensation paid as well as the target value of AUs and RUs granted during the fiscal year at issue, but excludes the impact of redemptions by executives in the fiscal year at issue of AUs and RUs granted in prior fiscal years. Once such next 3 most highly compensated executives are identified, however, the Company then further discloses the value of their respective prior year redemptions during the fiscal year at issue as well as the prior year redemptions of the CEO and CFO.

Compensation Paid to Named Executive Officers 2018 - 2020
 

Name and Principal Position

Year

Salary

Bonus (1)

All Other Compensation (2)

Total

Long, David; President and Chief Executive Officer

2020

$1,435,185

$4,550,000

$337,113

$6,322,298

 

2019

$1,373,077

$6,843,045

$431,087

$8,647,209

 

2018

$1,286,538

$5,127,179

$272,650

$6,686,368

Peirce, Chris; EVP and Chief Financial Officer

2020

$867,593

$2,039,150

$113,460

$3,020,202

 

2019

$836,539

$2,298,628

$86,742

$3,221,908

 

2018

$786,538

$2,009,347

$28,991

$2,824,876

Sweeney, Timothy; EVP and President, Global Consumer Markets

2020

$1,124,630

$2,893,440

$165,031

$4,183,101

Bhalla Johnson, Neeti; EVP and Chief Investment Officer

2019

$886,538

$3,430,366

$198,769

$4,515,674

 

2018

$823,077

$3,125,643

$153,961

$4,102,681

Bhalla Johnson, Neeti; EVP and Chief Investment Officer

2020

$921,201

$2,919,960

$220,285

$4,061,446

Sweeney, Timothy; EVP and President, Global Consumer Markets

2019

$1,086,538

$2,985,911

$105,922

$4,178,371

 

2018

$1,036,539

$1,608,244

$50,108

$2,694,891

Langwell, Dennis; EVP and President, Global Risk Solutions

2020

$996,111

$2,001,870

$118,914

$3,116,895

 

2019

$961,538

$2,403,507

$124,650

$3,489,696

 

2018

$884,615

$1,586,458

$73,718

$2,544,791

 

AUs and RUs Awarded 2018 – 2020
 

Name and Principal Position

Year

Target Value of
Appreciation Units Awarded (3)

Target Value of
Restricted Units Awarded (4)

Long, David; President and Chief Executive Officer

2020

$9,240,502

$2,310,303

 

2019

$8,579,926

$2,144,891

 

2018

$8,249,936

$2,062,499

Peirce, Chris; EVP and Chief Financial Officer

2020

$2,552,303

$638,132

 

2019

$2,400,025

$600,080

 

2018

$2,100,077

$524,830

Sweeney, Timothy; EVP and President, Global Consumer Markets

2020

$3,301,128

$825,334

Bhalla Johnson, Neeti; EVP and Chief Investment Officer

2019

$2,113,863

$528,584

 

2018

$2,057,538

$514,388

Bhalla Johnson, Neeti; EVP and Chief Investment Officer

2020

$2,701,613

$675,446

Sweeney, Timothy; EVP and President, Global Consumer Markets

2019

$3,149,988

$787,682

 

2018

$2,999,992

$750,149

Langwell, Dennis; EVP and President, Global Risk Solutions

2020

$2,926,810

$731,733

 

2019

$2,774,915

$693,576


AUs and RUs Redeemed 2018 – 2020
 

Name and Principal Position

Year

Value Realized on AUs Exercised (2)

Value Realized on RUs Redeemed (2)

Long, David; President and Chief Executive Officer

2020

$1,024,718

$1,497,618

 

2019

$825,000

$1,505,090

 

2018

$1,044,879

$1,218,375

Peirce, Chris; EVP and Chief Financial Officer

2020

$1,041,404

$495,201

 

2019

$184,114

$114,249

 

2018

$0

$339,628

Sweeney, Timothy; EVP and President, Global Consumer Markets

2020

$1,024,718

$431,957

Bhalla Johnson, Neeti; EVP and Chief Investment Officer

2019

$0

$78,829

 

2018

$0

$419,895

Bhalla Johnson, Neeti; EVP and Chief Investment Officer

2020

$0

$84,747

Sweeney, Timothy; EVP and President, Global Consumer Markets

2019

$825,000

$407,590

 

2018

$113,682

$391,836

Langwell, Dennis; EVP and President, Global Risk Solutions

2020

$4,783,875

$724,540

 

2019

$289,133

$0

 

2018

$568,410

$0

 

Compensation Paid for Director Services 2018 – 2020
 

Name and Principal Position

Year

Totals (6)

Francis Doyle; Director

2020

$318,318

 

2019

$318,292

 

2018

$335,792

Joseph Hooley; Director

2020

$318,318

 

2019

$254,542

David H. Long; Chairman and Director

2019

$0

 

2018

$0

 

2017

$0

John P. Manning; Director

2020

$310,818

 

2019

$310,792

 

2018

$306,082

Thomas May; Director

2019

$318,318

 

2019

$318,292

 

2018

$315,792

Myrtle Potter; Director

2020

$325,912

 

2019

$325,020

 

2018

$309,485

Nancy Quan; Director

2020

$285,229

 

2019

$288,718

 

2018

$280,895

Ellen Rudnick; Director

2020

$458,012

 

2019

$302,020

 

2018

$314,649

Angel Ruiz; Director

2020

$303,676

 

2019

$303,650

 

2018

$277,228

Martin Slark; Director

2020

$314,049

 

2019

$314,023

 

2018

$322,253

Eric Spiegel; Director

2020

$323,987

 

2019

$323,419

 

2018

$307,567

William Van Faasen; Director

2020

$517,310

 

2019

$362,020

 

2018

$362,030

Annette Verschuren; Director

2020

$300,046

 

2019

$303,638

 

2018

$325,030

Footnotes to Compensation Disclosures:

1. “Bonus” includes short-term and long-term incentive awards earned for the performance year (i.e. – 2019 fiscal year) or plan cycle immediately prior to payment. Effective December 31, 2016, the Company terminated its long-term incentive compensation plan for senior executives (LTIP). The amounts reported under “Bonus” for 2018 include prorated runoff payments to LTIP participants.
 

2. “All Other Compensation” includes matching contributions under the Company’s retirement savings plans (e.g. – 401(k) plan), and the taxable portion, if applicable, of benefits related to personal financial planning and tax preparation services, life insurance premiums, parking, security, business travel or the personal use of corporate aircraft.

Pension plans provide income for periods of retirement and are structured to reward and retain employees for long service.  The Company sponsors a defined benefit pension plan covering substantially all of the Company’s employees (the “LM Retirement Plan”). If the benefit for an eligible individual exceeds the tax-qualified limits, the excess is provided from an un-funded, non-qualified plan (the “Non-Qualified Plan”). Given their level of compensation, the named executive officers are all participants in the Non-Qualified Plan. The formula for determining an employee’s as well as a named executive officer’s annual pension benefit at normal retirement under the Liberty Mutual retirement plans changed effective January 1, 2014 and is now a function of the sum of two distinct formulas. 

Any benefit due for service through December 31, 2013 is determined under a final average pay formula. The final average pay formula benefit is equal to the sum of a named individual’s 35-year service benefit and an excess service benefit earned for credited service greater than 35 years, where:

  • 35 Year Service Benefit — The formula for the first 35 years of credited service results in a benefit at normal retirement for a named individual based on final average pay. The percentage of final average pay used to determine the benefit for credited service through December 31, 2010 is 54% minus 50% of the Social Security benefit, and for credited service beginning on or after January 1, 2011, 35% minus 35% of the Social Security benefit. The benefit of a participant with less than 35 years of credited service will be reduced on a pro rata basis for each year of credited service less than 35; and
  • Excess Service Benefit — For the first 5 years of credited service in excess of 35 years, an annual accrual equal to 0.5% of final average pay.

Final average pay under the Liberty Mutual retirement plans is equal to the average of a named individual’s eligible compensation for the highest five consecutive calendar years during the last ten calendar years of employment. Pay increases or decreases after December 31, 2013 and before December 31, 2020 are taken into account in determining the final average pay benefit. Only base salary and short-term incentive compensation are considered eligible compensation for purposes of the final average pay formula. No additional service credit accrues under the final average pay formula after December 31, 2013.

Effective as of January 1, 2014, a cash balance benefit formula also applies. Under this formula, each participant in the retirement plans will have a notional cash balance account which will be credited with pay credits equal to 5.0 percent per annum of eligible compensation and interest credits based on the 30-Year US Treasury rate for the August immediately preceding a plan year. Compensation taken into account under the final average pay and cash balance formula is the same.  The total benefit due under the retirement plans is the sum of the amount due under the final average pay formula and the cash balance formula. 

The Company also sponsors a Section 401(k) plan covering substantially all of the Company’s employees (the “LM 401(k) Plan”) that allows them to set aside eligible pay, subject to a Company match, on a tax advantaged basis. The Non-Qualified Plan also allows participants to elect to set aside eligible pay that is not otherwise allowed for under the Company’s 401(k) Plan due to tax law limits for payment at a fixed future date or beginning at retirement. Certain amounts set aside for savings under the Non-Qualified Plan are also matched by the Company under the same match formula that applies to employees generally under the LM 401(k) Plan. Under both the LM 401(k) Plan and the Non-Qualified Plan, amounts set aside by a participant and the matching contributions, are invested in one or more investment options elected by the participant and account balances are adjusted accordingly for respective investment gains or losses.

3. The named executive officers were awarded certain amounts of appreciation units (“AUs”) under the Liberty Mutual Executive Partnership Plan (“EPP”) in 2018 and 2019. Each AU is a bookkeeping entry that entitles the holder to a payment of cash at a later time. An AU has no immediate cash value. Instead, the named executive officer may only become entitled to a later cash payment to the extent that there is an increase in the unit value after the grant date. The increase or decrease in unit value after the grant date is measured based on the change in the Company’s book value. The reported amounts reflect the target AU compensation at the grant date. The target AU compensation is determined based upon reference to market data for executives with similar responsibilities and with companies of similar size and complexity to the Company provided by an independent consultant engaged by the compensation committee of the board. There can be no assurance that the target AU compensation will actually be delivered as the actual amount realized will vary based upon the performance of the Company and the time period the AUs are held prior to exercise. AUs granted under EPP generally vest over a 4-year period in annual increments of 25%. Effective January 1, 2020, EPP was frozen for new grants and the Company adopted the Liberty Mutual Long-term Value Plan (“LVP”) for future grants of AUs. The named executive officers were awarded certain amounts of AUs under LVP in 2020. AUs granted under LVP generally have the same terms and conditions as AUs under EPP but generally vest over a 3-year period in annual increments of 25%, 25% and 50%. See footnote (5) for additional information concerning AUs.

4. The named executive officers were awarded certain amounts of restricted units (“RUs”) under the Liberty Mutual Executive Partnership Deferred Compensation Plan (“EPDCP”) in 2018 and 2019. Each RU is a bookkeeping entry that entitles the holder to a payment of cash at a later time. The value of each RUs is based on the Company’s book value.  The reported amounts reflect the target RU compensation at the grant date. The target RU compensation is determined based upon reference to market data for executives with similar responsibilities and with companies of similar size and complexity to the Company provided by an independent consultant engaged by the compensation committee of the board.  There can be no assurance that the target RU compensation will actually be delivered as the actual amount realized will vary based upon the performance of the Company and the time period the RUs are held prior to redemption. RUs generally vest over a 4-year period in annual increments of 25%. Effective January 1, 2020, EPDCP was frozen for new grants and the Company adopted the Liberty Mutual Long-term Value Plan (“LVP”) for future grants of restricted units. The named executive officers were awarded certain amounts of restricted units under the LVP in 2020. RUs granted under LVP generally vest over a 3-year period in annual increments of 25%, 25% and 50%. See footnote (5) for additional information concerning RUs granted under EPDCP and RUs granted under LVP.

5. See table entitled “Previously Vested AUs Exercised and RUs Redeemed at Discretion of the Named Executive Officers” for additional compensation paid to the named executive officers. This table sets forth the amount of cash proceeds received by the named executive officers from AUs exercised and RUs redeemed from grants previously awarded and vested. AUs are granted with a 10-year term. AUs can be exercised when vested at the personal discretion and timing of the named executive officer, but within a redemption window, which is in the second quarter of the calendar year.  For RUs granted under EPDCP (prior to December 31, 2019), decisions concerning the timing of redemption of RUs were also at the personal discretion of the named executive officer and must be made prior to the grant and redemption is deferred to either (a) a fixed date beyond the vesting period or (b) upon retirement.  For RUs granted under LVP (i.e., after January 1, 2020), the timing of payment is not subject to individual deferral elections and generally will be automatically redeemed following the third anniversary after the grant date. See footnotes (3) and (4) for additional information concerning AUs and RUs.

6. Non-executive directors receive an annual retainer, payable on a quarterly basis. Non-executive directors also receive annual retainers, payable on a quarterly basis, if applicable, (a) for serving as a member of separate committees of the board, (b) for serving as a chairman of such committees, or (c) for serving as lead director. Non-executive directors receive additional items, the economic value of which is included in the above disclosure table, including (a) certain business travel benefits, and (b) subject to satisfaction of specific terms and conditions, deferred compensation in the form of RUs limited in time and scope pursuant to the Liberty Mutual Director Long-term Value Plan (“Director LVP”).  RUs that were granted to non-employee directors prior to 2020 were fully vested at grant and are redeemable only subsequent to termination of their board service. Effective January 1, 2019, RUs granted under Director LVP vest on the first anniversary of the grant date and non-executive directors who meet predetermined ownership guidelines can elect prior to the grant to redeem vested RUs either (a) following the 1-year or the 5-year anniversary of the vesting period or (b) upon termination of board service. Mr. Long, as an executive officer of the Company, does not receive any additional compensation for serving as chairman and a director.  Only non-executive directors receive compensation for their director services.