eligible to make pre-tax, and “Roth” after-tax, 401(k) contributions to the SunEdison 401(k) plan and receive a percentage of individual contributions plus a defined contribution from SunEdison, subject to certain limitations. For fiscal 2016, Ms. Cranna received a contribution of $12,936. For fiscal 2016, Mr. Deschler received a contribution of $16,430.
As discussed under Letter Agreements Regarding Compensation and Severance above, the Company has agreed to reimburse Mr. Deschler for his two daughters’ school fees in an amount up to $20,000 per year for each daughter. The Company will gross-up any such reimbursement amount for taxes withheld on such reimbursements. No reimbursements were made during 2016, as part of the relevant fees had been covered in 2015, and the remainder was covered in 2017. Because no reimbursements were paid or received during 2016, the 2016 Summary Compensation Table does not reflect any such reimbursements. A similar reimbursement arrangement was originally provided by SunEdison and the Company determined that it was an appropriate perquisite to continue to include in Mr. Deschler’s overall 2016 compensation in light of Mr. Deschler’s total compensation and the allocation of Mr. Deschler’s total compensation between equity and non-equity based payments.
Ms. Cranna and Mr. Deschler also participate in our medical and dental program and receive life insurance and long-term disability insurance coverage. In general, these programs are consistent with programs made available to all of our employees.
Our named executive officers also receive certain other perquisites which have little or no incremental cost to us.
In November 2016, the Company issued offers of employment with the Company to Ms. Cranna and Mr. Deschler. Ms. Cranna and Mr. Deschler became direct employees of the Company effective December 18, 2016. Pursuant to the terms of the Letter Agreements, if either Ms. Cranna or Mr. Deschler is terminated without cause, resigns for good reason or dies, they are eligible to receive a lump-sum cash severance of one year of base salary and a payment equal to 12 months of COBRA health premiums.
Other Factors Affecting Compensation
Generally, Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code prevents a company from receiving a federal income tax deduction for compensation paid to the chief executive officer and the next three most highly compensated officers (other than the chief financial officer) in excess of $1 million for any year, unless that compensation is performance-based. Taxable compensation paid by the Company to the chief executive officer and the next three highly compensated officers (other than the chief financial officer) was not in excess of $1 million in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. If deemed necessary or appropriate in the future, the Company will endeavor to structure its compensation policies to qualify as performance-based under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. Nonetheless, from time to time certain nondeductible compensation may be paid and the Board and the Compensation Committee reserve the authority to award nondeductible compensation to executive officers in appropriate circumstances.
Stockholder Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation
The Company has not previously been required to hold a nonbinding say on pay vote in which stockholders can approve the compensation of our named executive officers. The Company has also not previously been required to hold a stockholder advisory vote on the frequency of holding the say on pay vote. The Company expects that both the nonbinding, advisory say on pay vote and the nonbinding, advisory, vote on the frequency of the say on pay vote will be held at the Company’s next annual meeting of stockholders.
REPORT OF THE CONFLICTS COMMITTEE
Our Board has determined that our Conflicts Committee may be treated as the Company’s ‘compensation committee’ for disclosure purposes with respect to the year ended December 31, 2016. Our Compensation Committee was created after the end of the 2016 fiscal year and was not responsible for, and did not participate in, the determination of compensation for our named executive officers in 2016.