With extensive experience in leadership positions and a proven record of success, our Board is qualified to oversee the Company's strategy and management. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Board's leadership structure as evidenced by the nomination of Dr. Ellen Ochoa for election to the Board in 2015.
Each Director brings a particular range of skills and expertise to the deliberations of the SCI Board, which facilitates constructive and challenging debate around the boardroom table (see page 13 for overview).
The calendar of Board and Committee meetings is established to support the Board's focus on strategic and long-term matters, while ensuring the discharge of its monitoring and oversight role effectively through high quality discussions and briefings.
The average age of our Board is 69. We believe this gives our Board a unique perspective and understanding of SCI's consumer base. SCI's average age of preneed cemetery consumers is the early sixties. The average age of preneed funeral consumers is the early seventies.
Importantly, our Directors bring innate personal qualities to the SCI boardroom that enable our Board to function effectively. Personal qualities exhibited in the boardroom include self-awareness, respect, integrity, independence, and the capacity to function effectively in challenging situations.