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Notice of 2019 Annual Meeting
of Stockholders
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Time and Date
8:00 a.m., Pacific Time, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Place
Juniper Networks, Inc.
1133 Innovation Way
Building A, Aristotle Conference Room
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders
Items of Business
(1)
To elect eight directors to hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their respective successors have been elected and qualified;
(2)
To ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP, as Juniper Networks, Inc.’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019;
(3)
To hold a non-binding advisory vote on executive compensation;
(4)
To approve the amendment and restatement of the Juniper Networks, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan to, among other things, (i) increase the number of shares of common stock reserved for issuance thereunder by 4,500,000, (ii) remove the “fungible share ratio,” and (iii) increase the annual value of equity awards automatically granted to our non-employee directors from $225,000 to $245,000; and
(5)
To consider such other business as may properly come before the annual meeting.
Postponements and Adjournments
Any action on the items of business described above may be considered at the annual meeting at the time and on the date specified above or at any time and date to which the annual meeting may be properly postponed or adjourned.
Record Date
You are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the annual meeting only if you were a Juniper Networks stockholder as of the close of business on March 19, 2019.
Meeting Admission
You are invited to attend the annual meeting if you were a Juniper Networks stockholder as of the close of business on the record date. You should be prepared to present valid government-issued photo identification for admittance. In addition, if you are a stockholder of record, your ownership will be verified against the list of stockholders of record on the record date prior to being admitted to the meeting. If you are not a stockholder of record but hold shares through a broker or nominee (i.e., in street name), you should provide proof of beneficial ownership as of the record date, such as your account statement as of the record date, a copy of any voting instruction card provided by your broker, trustee or nominee, or other similar evidence of ownership. If you do not provide photo identification or comply with the other procedures outlined above upon request, you may not be admitted to the annual meeting.
The annual meeting will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m., Pacific Time. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., Pacific Time, and you should allow ample time for the check-in procedures.
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The Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials is being mailed, and the attached proxy statement is being made available, to our stockholders on or about April 1, 2019.
Voting
Your vote is very important. Whether or not you plan to attend the annual meeting, we encourage you to read this proxy statement and vote your shares as soon as possible.
If you received notice of how to access the proxy materials over the Internet, you may vote by telephone or over the Internet. If you received a proxy card or voting instruction card and other proxy materials by mail, you may submit your proxy card or voting instruction card for the annual meeting by completing, signing, dating and returning your proxy card or voting instruction card in the pre-addressed envelope provided, or by using the telephone or the Internet. For specific instructions on how to vote your shares, please refer to the section entitled “General Information” of this proxy statement and the instructions on the proxy card or voting instruction card or that are provided by email or over the Internet.
By Order of the Board of Directors,
Brian Michael Martin
Senior Vice President,
General Counsel and Secretary

April 1, 2019
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Stockholder Meeting to Be Held on May 14, 2019
The proxy statement, form of proxy and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 are available at www.proxyvote.com
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Proxy Statement Summary
This summary highlights information contained elsewhere in this proxy statement. This summary does not contain all of the information that you should consider, and you should read the entire proxy statement carefully before voting.
Information about our 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders
Date and time:
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Location:
Juniper Networks, Inc.
1133 Innovation Way
Building A, Aristotle Conf. Room
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Record Date:
March 19, 2019
Voting Matters
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Information
Board
Recommendation
Reasons for Recommendation
Proposal 1
To elect eight directors to hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their respective successors have been elected and qualified.
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FOR
each nominee
The Board and its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee believe the Board nominees possess the skills, experience and diversity to effectively monitor performance, provide oversight and advise management on our long-term strategy.
Proposal 2
To ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as Juniper Networks, Inc.’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.
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FOR
Based on the Audit Committee’s assessment of Ernst & Young LLP’s qualifications and performance, it believes their retention for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019 is in our stockholder’s best interests.
Proposal 3
To hold a non-binding advisory vote regarding executive compensation.
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FOR
Our executive compensation programs demonstrate the evolution of our pay for performance philosophy and reflect the input of stockholders from our outreach efforts.
Proposal 4
To approve the amendment and restatement of the Juniper Networks, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan to, among other things, (i) increase the number of shares of common stock reserved for issuance thereunder by 4,500,000, (ii) remove the “fungible share ratio,” and (iii) increase the annual value of equity awards automatically granted to our non-employee directors from $225,000 to $245,000.
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FOR
We believe our success is due to our highly talented employee base. Our ability to grant equity awards is a necessary and powerful recruiting and retention tool for us to obtain the quality personnel that we need to move our business forward. In addition, we aim to compensate our directors at the median market level as compared to our peers, including through equity awards.
We will also consider any other matters that may properly be brought before the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders (and any postponements or adjournments thereof). As of the date of this proxy statement, we have not received notice of any such matters.
 
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Corporate Governance Highlights
We are committed to having sound corporate governance principles that we believe serve the best interest of all our stockholders. Some highlights of our corporate governance practices are listed below:
Annual election of all directors
Commitment to Board refreshment (including the appointment of a new director in 2019)
✓​
Majority voting and director resignation policy for directors in uncontested elections
Annual Board, committee and director evaluations
✓​
Proxy access right for stockholders
Regular focus on management succession planning
✓​
7 independent directors out of 8 director nominees
Regular focus on director succession planning
✓​
Separate chairman, lead independent director and CEO
Regular executive sessions of independent directors
✓​
Chairman is an independent director
Risk oversight by full Board and committees
✓​
Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee are 100% independent
Stockholder outreach/engagement program
✓​
33% of our current independent directors are diverse
Robust stock ownership requirements for directors and named executive officers
✓​
Each director attended at least 75% of Board and committee meetings
Prohibition against director and officer hedging and pledging of Juniper Networks stock and “claw-back” policy for any overpayment of incentive compensation awards
✓​
No “over-boarding”
Our Compensation Committee uses an independent compensation consultant
✓​
2 of the 3 current members of our Audit Committee are “audit committee financial experts” under SEC rules
Annual publication of a corporate diversity update
✓​
Directors and Director Nominees
The names of our directors and director nominees and their ages, positions, and brief biographical description are as of the date this proxy statement was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Name
Age
Director
since
Professional Background
Committee Memberships
Other
Public
Company
Boards
Audit
Comp
Nom
Robert M. Calderoni
59
2003
Executive Chairman of Citrix Systems, Inc.
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Gary Daichendt
67
2014
Managing member of Theory R Properties LLC
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0
Anne DelSanto
55
2019
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Platform at Salesforce.com, Inc.
0
Kevin DeNuccio
59
2014
Executive Chairman of SevOne, Inc.
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James Dolce
56
2015
Chief Executive Officer of Lookout, Inc.
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Mercedes Johnson
65
2011
Former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Avago Technologies Limited (now Broadcom Limited)
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Scott Kriens
61
1996
Former Chief Executive Officer of Juniper Networks, Inc.
1
Rahul Merchant
62
2015
Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Client Services & Technology of TIAA-CREF
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0
Rami Rahim
48
2014
Chief Executive Officer of Juniper Networks, Inc.
0
William R. Stensrud
68
1996
Partner of SwitchCase Group; Chairman of InstantEncore.com; Chairman and Principal of Interactive Fitness Holdings
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Audit: Audit Committee
Comp: Compensation Committee
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Active Stockholder Engagement
Since our 2018 annual meeting of stockholders, we proactively sought meetings with stockholders who in the aggregate hold over 70% of our shares outstanding, which resulted in Juniper Networks meeting with stockholders who in the aggregate hold approximately 40% of our shares outstanding. For more information on our stockholder engagement efforts, please see the “Stockholder Engagement” section of this proxy statement.
Executive Compensation Highlights
Our executive compensation program is designed to hold our executives accountable for results over the long-term and reward them for consistent strong performance. Our Compensation Committee strives to design a fair and balanced approach to our executive compensation programs by providing for short and long-term focused programs that emphasize a pay-for-performance philosophy.
Demonstrating our continued commitment to align compensation to overall corporate performance, in 2018, 55% of our Chief Executive Officer’s target total direct compensation was performance-based and 88% of his total target direct compensation was “variable” compensation (in the form of annual cash bonus incentive target opportunity and equity awards). Further, our CEO’s target direct compensation compared to his realizable pay outcome demonstrates the strong “pay-for-performance” philosophy instituted by our Compensation Committee.
As a result of the Compensation Committee’s evaluation of the results of the “Say-on-Pay” advisory vote at our 2018 annual meeting of stockholders, the feedback received from our stockholder engagement and the advice from the Committee’s independent compensation consultant, the Committee continued to further evolve the design of the Company’s executive compensation and equity programs for 2018 by adding performance share awards based upon Relative Total Shareholder Return, and enhancing the Stock Ownership Guidelines for our executive officers. We also continue to focus on prudently managing our equity burn-rate. We encourage you to also review the full “Executive Compensation” section of this proxy statement, including the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis,” for additional details.
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Corporate Governance Principles
and Board Matters
Juniper Networks, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Juniper Networks,” “Juniper”, the “Company,” “we” or “our”), is committed to having sound corporate governance principles. Having such principles is essential to running our business efficiently and maintaining our integrity in the marketplace. Our Corporate Governance Standards and Worldwide Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, which are applicable to all Juniper Networks employees, officers and directors, are available at http://investor.juniper.net/investor-relations/corporate-governance/default.aspx. Our Worldwide Code of Business Conduct and Ethics complies with the rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”). You may obtain free copies of these documents by contacting the Investor Relations Department at our corporate offices by calling 1-408-745-2000 or by sending an e-mail message to investor-relations@juniper.net. We intend to satisfy the disclosure requirement under Item 5.05 of Form 8-K regarding any amendment to, or waiver from, a provision of our code of ethics by posting such information on our website, at the address and location specified above.
Juniper Networks has adopted procedures for raising concerns related to accounting and auditing matters in compliance with the listing standards of the NYSE. The Company has established a Corporate Compliance Committee which is comprised of the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Head of Human Resources, Chief Customer Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and the Head of Internal Audit. Concerns relating to accounting, legal, internal controls or auditing matters may be brought to the attention of either the Corporate Compliance Committee, its members individually, the Audit Committee directly, or an anonymous reporting channel maintained by the Company. Concerns are handled in accordance with procedures established with respect to such matters under our Reporting Ethics Concerns Policy. For information on how to contact the Audit Committee directly, please see the section entitled “Communications with the Board” of this proxy statement.
Board Independence
Our Board is independent:

7 of 8 director nominees are independent

We have both an independent Chairman of the Board and a Lead Independent Director

Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee are 100% independent
The NYSE’s listing standards and our Corporate Governance Standards provide that a majority of our Board of Directors (the “Board”) must be “independent.” Under the NYSE’s listing standards, no director will be considered independent unless our Board affirmatively determines that such director has no material relationship with the Company (either directly or as a partner, stockholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with the Company). Our Board reviews the independence of its members annually. Our Board has determined that, except for Rami Rahim who is an employee of the Company, (i) none of the current directors have a material relationship with Juniper Networks, and (ii) that each of the current directors is independent within the meaning of the NYSE director independence standards.
The Board has determined that each of the members of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board has no material relationship with Juniper Networks and is “independent” within the meaning of the NYSE director independence standards, including in the case of the members of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee, which are subject to the heightened “independence” standard required for such committee members set forth in the applicable Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and NYSE rules. The members of the Compensation Committee are also non-employee directors as defined in Rule 16b-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).
In making the determination of the independence of our directors, the Board considered certain transactions between Juniper Networks and entities associated with our directors or members of their immediate families, including transactions involving Juniper Networks, investments in companies in which our directors or their affiliated entities are stockholders and payments made to or from companies and entities in the ordinary course of business where our
 
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directors or members of their immediate families serve as partners, directors or as a member of the executive management of the other party to the transaction, and determined that none of these relationships constitute material relationships that would impair the independence of our directors. We have described these relationships and transactions in more detail in this proxy statement under “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions.”
Board Structure and Committee Composition
Annual Election and Majority Voting Standard
Each director serves for a term expiring at the next annual meeting of stockholders and until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified or until his or her earlier death, resignation or removal.
Our bylaws provide that each director nominee must receive the majority of the votes cast with respect to his or her election (i.e., the number of shares voted “FOR” a director nominee must exceed the number of votes cast “AGAINST” that director nominee). However, in the event that a stockholder has properly nominated a person or persons for election to the board and such nomination is not timely withdrawn prior to the first mailing of our notice of a meeting where directors are to be elected, then each director nominee shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast.
If a director nominee who is currently serving as a director is not re-elected at the annual meeting, under Delaware law, the director will continue to serve on the Board as a “holdover director.” However, pursuant to our Corporate Governance Standards, as a condition to re-nomination, each incumbent director is required to submit a conditional resignation from the Board in writing to the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. If the director nominee fails to receive the requisite vote contemplated by our bylaws, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will make a recommendation to the Board as to whether to accept or reject the resignation, or whether other action should be taken. The Board will act on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee’s recommendation and publicly disclose its decision and the rationale behind it within 90 days from the date of the certification of the election results. Thus, the resignation will become effective only if the director nominee fails to receive a majority of votes cast for re-election, and the Board accepts the resignation.
Robert M. Calderoni and Mercedes Johnson’s service on our Board will end at the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders. Mr. Calderoni and Ms. Johnson have been valuable members of the Board since 2003 and 2011, respectively, and our Board and Juniper Networks wish them the best in their future endeavors. Juniper Networks and their fellow directors sincerely appreciate their thoughtful leadership and insight, in particular in the areas of audit and corporate governance.
Proxy Access
The Company’s bylaws provide that under certain circumstances, a stockholder, or group of up to 20 stockholders, who have maintained continuous ownership of at least three percent (3%) of our common stock for at least three years prior to such nomination may nominate and include a specified number of director nominees in our annual meeting proxy statement. The number of stockholder nominated candidates appearing in our proxy statement cannot exceed the greater of two or twenty percent (20%) of the aggregate number of directors then serving on the Board (rounding down). For a description of the process for nominating directors, see the information under the “General Information — Stockholder Proposals and Nominations” section of this proxy statement.
Board Committees
The Board has a standing Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. The membership and principal function of each of these committees are described below. Each of these committees operates under a written charter adopted by the Board. The charters of these committees are available on Juniper Networks’ website at http://investor.juniper.net/investor-relations/corporate-governance/default.aspx. The Board may add new committees as it deems advisable for purposes of fulfilling its primary responsibilities.
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The following table shows all persons who served on the Board and the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and the number of meetings for the Board and such committees during 2018:
Name of Director
Board​
Audit Committee​
Compensation Committee​
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee​
Non-Employee Directors:
Robert M. Calderoni(1)
X
CHAIR
Gary Daichendt
X
CHAIR
Anne DelSanto(2)
X
Kevin DeNuncio
X
X
James Dolce
X
X
Mercedes Johnson(1)
X
X
X
Scott Kriens
CHAIR
Rahul Merchant
X
X
William R. Stensrud
X
CHAIR
Employee Director:
Rami Rahim
X
Number of Meetings in Fiscal 2018
10
11
7
4
(1)
The Board has determined that Mr. Calderoni and Ms. Johnson is each an “audit committee financial expert” within the meaning of the rules promulgated by the SEC.
(2)
Ms. DelSanto joined the Board on March 13, 2019.
Audit Committee
The Audit Committee, among other duties, assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities for general oversight of the integrity of Juniper Networks’ financial statements, Juniper Networks’ compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, the independent registered public accounting firm’s qualifications, independence and performance, the performance of Juniper Networks’ internal audit function, Juniper Networks’ internal accounting and financial controls, the independent counsel investigating possible violations by the Company of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, and risk management policies. The Audit Committee works closely with management as well as our independent registered public accounting firm to fulfill its obligations. In addition, to further strengthen the Audit Committee’s oversight responsibilities, each of the Vice President of Internal Audit and the Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer report directly to the Audit Committee, and the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer meets in executive sessions with the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee has the authority to obtain advice and assistance from, and receive appropriate funding from Juniper Networks for outside legal, accounting or other advisors as the Audit Committee deems necessary to carry out its duties.
No member of the Audit Committee may serve on the audit committee of more than three public companies, including Juniper Networks, unless the Board determines that such simultaneous service would not impair the ability of such member to effectively serve on the Audit Committee, and discloses such determination in accordance with NYSE requirements.
The report of the Audit Committee is included in this proxy statement on page 23.
Compensation Committee
The Compensation Committee discharges the Board’s responsibilities relating to the compensation of our executive officers and Board members, including conducting an evaluation of the Chief Executive Officer with the entire Board; reviewing the Compensation Discussion and Analysis and preparing an annual report on executive compensation for inclusion in Juniper Networks’ proxy statement; approving and evaluating executive officer compensation plans, policies and programs; and annually conducting a compensation risk assessment to consider whether the Company’s incentive compensation policies and programs contain incentives for executive officers to take risks in performing their duties that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. The Compensation Committee also has responsibility for reviewing the overall equity award practices of the Company. The Compensation Committee has the
 
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authority to obtain advice and assistance from, and receive appropriate funding from Juniper Networks for outside legal, compensation consultants or other advisors as the Compensation Committee deems necessary to carry out its duties.
The report of the Compensation Committee is included in this proxy statement on page 55.
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee seeks and recommends the nomination of individuals qualified to become Board members, consistent with criteria approved by the Board; oversees the governance of the Board, including establishing and overseeing compliance with our Corporate Governance Standards; and identifies best practices and recommends corporate governance principles, including giving proper attention to and effectively responding to stockholder concerns regarding corporate governance.
Board Leadership Structure and Role of the Lead Independent Director
The Board’s leadership structure is comprised of an independent Chairman of the Board and a Lead Independent Director who is appointed, and at least annually reaffirmed, by at least a majority of Juniper Networks’ independent directors. Mr. Kriens has served as Chairman of the Board since 1996 and served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company from 1996 to 2008. Since March 2015, Mr. Daichendt has served as the Lead Independent Director.
The duties of the Chairman of the Board, Lead Independent Director and Chief Executive Officer are set forth in the table below:
Chairman of the Board
Lead Independent Director
CEO

Sets the agenda of Board meetings

Presides over meetings of the full Board

Contributes to Board governance and Board processes

Communicates with all directors on key issues and concerns outside of Board meetings

Presides over meetings of stockholders

Provides the Chairman with input regarding Board meetings scheduling and agendas

Makes recommendations to the Chairman regarding the retention of Board consultants

Presides over executive sessions of the Board if and when the Chairman is not independent under applicable standards

Acts as a liaison between the independent directors and the Chairman and CEO on sensitive issues

Sets strategic direction for the Company

Creates and implements the Company’s vision and mission

Leads the affairs of the Company, subject to the overall direction and supervision of the Board and its committees and subject to such powers as reserved by the Board and its committees
The Board believes that this overall structure of a separate Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, combined with a Lead Independent Director, results in an effective balancing of responsibilities, experience and independent perspectives that meets the current corporate governance needs and oversight responsibilities of the Board. The Board also believes that this structure benefits the Company by enabling the Chief Executive Officer to focus on strategic matters while the Chairman of the Board focuses on Board process and governance matters, and allows the Company to benefit from Mr. Kriens’ experience as a former Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
The independent directors of the Company meet at least quarterly in executive sessions. Executive sessions of the independent directors are chaired by the Lead Independent Director (if and when the Chairman is not “independent” under applicable standards). The executive sessions include discussions and recommendations regarding guidance to be provided to the Chief Executive Officer and such other topics as the independent directors may determine.
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Identification and Evaluation of Nominees for Director
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee’s criteria and process for evaluating and identifying the candidates that it recommends to the full Board for selection as director nominees are as follows:

The committee regularly, and at least annually, reviews the composition and size of the Board, and whether any vacancies on the Board are expected due to retirement or otherwise.

The committee reviews the qualifications of any candidates who have been properly recommended or nominated by a stockholder other than through our proxy access bylaw, as well as those candidates who have been identified by management, individual members of the Board or, if the committee determines, a search firm. Such review may, in the committee’s discretion, include a review solely of information provided to the committee or may also include discussions with persons familiar with the candidate, an interview with the candidate or other actions that the committee deems proper. Please see the information under the “General Meeting — Stockholder Proposals and Nominations” section of this proxy statement for more information on stockholder recommendations and nominations of director candidates.

The committee conducts an annual evaluation of the performance of individual directors, the Board as a whole, and each of the Board’s standing committees, including an evaluation of the qualifications of individual members of the Board and its committees. The evaluation is conducted via oral interviews by a third party legal advisor selected by the committee, which uses as a basis for discussion a list of questions that are provided to each director in advance. The results of the evaluation and any recommendations for improvement are provided orally to the committee by the third party legal advisor, and to the Board and the other standing committees of the Board either by the chair of the committee or the third party legal advisor.

The committee considers the suitability of each director candidate, including the current members of the Board, in light of the current size and composition of the Board. Although the committee does not have a specific policy on diversity, in evaluating the qualifications of the candidates, the committee considers many factors, including issues of character, judgment, independence, age, education, expertise, diversity of experience, length of service, other commitments and ability to serve on committees of the Board, as well as other individual qualities and attributes that contribute to board heterogeneity, including characteristics such as race, gender, cultural background and national origin. The committee believes that diversity is important as a variety of points of view can help contribute to a more effective decision-making process. When recommending candidates, the committee strives to select candidates that have diverse perspectives, experiences and expertise such that the skillset of each candidate compliments those of other directors and nominees to create a balanced Board with diverse viewpoints and expertise, which together will contribute to the Board’s effectiveness as a whole. The committee evaluates the factors discussed above, among others, and does not assign any particular weighting or priority to any of these factors. The committee considers each individual candidate in the context of the current perceived needs of the Board as a whole. While the committee has not established specific minimum qualifications for director candidates, the committee believes that candidates and director nominees must reflect a Board that is comprised of directors who (i) are predominantly independent, (ii) possess high personal and professional ethics and integrity, (iii) have qualifications that will increase overall Board effectiveness, (iv) meet requirements of applicable rules and regulations, such as financial literacy or financial expertise with respect to Audit Committee members, and (v) have a willingness to represent the best interests of all stockholders of the Company.

The committee also considers the interests and plans of individual directors and their interest in continuing as members of the Board.

In evaluating and identifying candidates, the committee has the authority to retain and terminate any third-party search firm that is used to identify director candidates, and has the authority to approve the fees and retention terms of any search firm.

After such review and consideration, the committee recommends to the Board director candidates to be nominated by the Board for election to the Board. The Board reviews the committee’s recommendations and approves final nominations.
In addition to the foregoing process, the committee and the Board also takes into consideration the perspectives of major stockholders regarding Board composition and corporate governance matters and incorporates those perspectives into its overall identification and selection process.
 
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In March 2019, Anne DelSanto was appointed to the Board. She was initially identified and recommended by an independent third-party search firm. She was then considered by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, which recommended her appointment to the full Board for approval.
Management Succession Planning
Our Board believes that the directors and the Chief Executive Officer should collaborate on management succession planning and that the entire Board should be involved in the critical aspects of the succession planning process for our Chief Executive Officer, including establishing selection criteria that reflect our business strategies, identifying and evaluating potential internal candidates, and making key management succession decisions. Management succession is regularly discussed by the directors in Board meetings and in executive sessions of the Board.
In addition, our Board annually conducts a detailed review of the Company’s leadership pipeline, talent strategies and succession plans for key executive positions. Directors become familiar with potential successors for key management positions through various means, including the comprehensive annual talent review, Board dinners and presentations and informal meetings.
Board’s Role in Risk Oversight
The Board recognizes that risk is inherent in the Company’s pursuit and achievement of our strategic and operating objectives. The Board has oversight responsibility for the Company’s risk management framework, which is designed to: (i) identify, assess, prioritize, manage and communicate risks to which the Company is exposed in our business, and (ii) foster a corporate culture of integrity. Consistent with this approach, the Board regularly reviews, consults and discusses with management on strategic direction, challenges and risks faced by the Company, and annual and quarterly financial results and forecasts. The Board is also ultimately responsible for overseeing the Company’s cybersecurity and enterprise risk management programs.
In addition, the Board has tasked designated committees of the Board with oversight of certain categories of risk management. The Audit Committee oversees management of financial risks and reviews and provides oversight of the Company’s risk management program and compliance and financial risks. The Audit Committee also reviews the Company’s processes and procedures around managing cybersecurity risks and incidents. The Compensation Committee is responsible for overseeing the management of risks relating to and arising from the Company’s executive compensation plans and arrangements. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the management of risks associated with Board organization, membership and structure, succession planning for our directors and executive officers, and corporate governance. These committees provide regular reports on the Company’s risk management efforts to the full Board.
Management is responsible for the direct management and oversight of strategic, operational, legal/compliance, cybersecurity and financial risks, and the Company’s formal program to continually and proactively identify, assess, prioritize and mitigate enterprise risk. Critical risks are managed through cross-functional participation in senior level corporate compliance and risk management committees. The corporate compliance committee focuses on legal and regulatory compliance risks, and the risk management committee focuses on operational and strategic risks.
Annually, management reviews with the Board a comprehensive assessment of risks for the Company based upon the COSO Enterprise Risk Management — Integrated Framework methodology. In addition, throughout the year, the Chief Executive Officer and other members of senior management, including our Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel, regularly review with the Board key strategic and operational issues, opportunities, and risks. The General Counsel provides regular reports of legal risks to the Audit Committee and the Board. The Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and the Vice President of Internal Audit provide regular reports to the Audit Committee concerning compliance, financial, tax and audit related risks. In addition, the Chief Information Officer provides regular updates on cybersecurity risks to the Audit Committee. Further, both the Board and the Audit Committee receive reports and presentations from management on the Company’s risk mitigation programs and efforts, cybersecurity programs, compliance programs and efforts, investment policy and practices and the results of various internal audit projects. Management and the Compensation Committee’s compensation consultant provide analysis of risks related to the Company’s compensation programs and practices to the Compensation Committee.
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Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability
Our Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability (“CCS”) strategy at a glance:

Positively impact and contribute to our global community of customers, partners, and employees, as well as emerging markets and areas in need

Focus on delivering sustainable value

Foster a more inclusive and diverse community for Juniper employees

Conduct business ethically, with integrity and good corporate governance

Meet or exceed international standards for product design, production, and waste reduction
Juniper Networks believes in building more than a network. We are focused on improving the quality of life for the next generation by strengthening the communities where we live and work. We are committed to being responsible corporate citizens and encouraging responsible practices in our operations and throughout our worldwide supply chain — ensuring that working conditions are safe, workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that processes and products are environmentally responsible. We believe in conducting business ethically, with integrity and good corporate governance, wherever we do business. We also strive to positively affect and contribute to the global community of customers, partners, employees, emerging markets, and areas in need.
Our CCS strategy focuses on those areas where we believe we can have a meaningful impact — Product Sustainability, Supply Chain, Operational Excellence, and People and Communities — and include those issues that are most relevant to our business operations and stakeholders. Our commitments to and expectations of our employees and business partners are articulated through both our Worldwide Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, and our Business Partner Code of Conduct.
Responsible Choices for an Inclusive and Diverse Workplace
We are creating change at Juniper Networks by building a more inclusive and diverse community. As a company committed to innovation and representing diversity in a myriad of ways — including race, ethnicity, age, background, perspectives, tenure, work style, and sexual orientation — diversity is a competitive asset for us. We believe our differences drive our success. The true potential of the network can only be realized by connecting people of all backgrounds, life experiences and approaches to problem solving.
Creating a highly diverse and inclusive workplace, where everyone is empowered to do their best work, starts with transparency and accountability. Our commitment to this work starts with our Board and carries through to our Chief Executive Officer, our executive officers, and throughout our Company.
We have established a new, rigorous governance model that includes important dashboard data that we track quarterly and annually to enable us to monitor and progress against our stated strategy. In 2018 we shared our first Annual Diversity Update, which is available at https://www.juniper.net/us/en/company/inclusion-diversity/.
Responsible Choices in Our Operations
As part of our corporate citizenship and sustainability strategy, our environmental policy outlines our commitment to conducting business in an environmentally responsible way. We are committed to:

Complying with applicable environmental regulations and requirements to meet customer and community needs and expectations.

Fostering pollution prevention and sustainable use of the earth’s resources as it relates to our products, services, and activities, and to those of our suppliers and customers.

Promoting employee involvement at every level of the organization to execute on our CCS strategy and to protect and conserve the environment.
 
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Monitoring and being accountable for performance and continually improving to deliver excellence.

Providing the appropriate resources to honor our commitment.
Responsible Choices for the Global Community
We strive to enrich lives across the globe. Our charitable efforts are closely aligned with our mission. Juniper Networks is a company built on innovation, and we believe in supporting innovative philanthropic programs that create a network of opportunities for future generations. Our giving is focused on the Juniper Networks Foundation Fund, employee volunteer programs, matching gifts, and disaster relief.
The Juniper Networks Foundation Fund inspires the next generation of engineers, critical thinkers, and technical thought leaders. Through it, we support K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, targeted especially at girls, the underprivileged, and underrepresented students.
Responsible Choices for the Environment
Our greatest impact on the environment is through our products, so we’re focused on designing products that are environmentally responsible in all phases of their life cycles, a complex challenge that demonstrates our commitment to protecting the environment. We believe our products meet some of the strictest environmental standards in the industry. We continue to innovate and look at new technology and processes that can improve energy efficiency and recyclability and support a circular economy model.
We strive to work with governments, industry partners, and consortia, to harmonize regulations with innovation. We collaborate with governments, industry vendors, and customers, to develop and implement energy metrics that measure the efficiency of networks. In addition, Juniper Networks voluntarily participates in CDP climate and water disclosures and is a member of the Responsible Business Alliance, Responsible Minerals Initiatives, and CDP Supply Chain.
2018 CCS Progress and Achievements
We are pleased to share the strides we have made in our CCS priorities in our Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Report, which is available at https://www.juniper.net/us/en/company/corporate-responsibility. Our Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Report has been prepared using guidance from the Global Reporting Initiative G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines ‘Core’ option. We are proud to be recognized as one of Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies in 2019, on Forbes JUST 100 2019, list of America’s Best Corporate Citizens, and to be awarded a position on the 2019 CDP Supplier Engagement leader board.
Stockholder Engagement
The perspectives, insights and feedback of our stockholders are important to our Board and management, which is why we proactively engage on a regular basis with our stockholders throughout the year. Throughout 2018, members of our management team, and in certain instances our Lead Independent Director and Chair of the Compensation Committee, met with a significant number of our stockholders to discuss matters that are top of mind for our stockholders, such as our strategic direction, financial and operating performance, capital allocation, executive compensation and corporate social responsibility programs, human capital management, and corporate governance practices, including director refreshment and risk oversight.
In November 2018, we hosted our investor day, during which our management team interacted directly with our stockholders regarding Juniper Network’s short and long-term growth strategies and financial model.
Since our 2018 annual meeting of stockholders, we proactively sought meetings with stockholders who in the aggregate hold over 70% of our shares outstanding, which resulted in Juniper Networks meeting with stockholders who in the aggregate hold approximately 40% of our shares outstanding.
Our engagement efforts have provided valuable feedback that help to inform our decisions and our corporate practices. For example, as a result of our collaboration:

We published our first annual diversity update. At Juniper Networks, we are committed to innovation and representing diversity in a myriad of ways — including race, ethnicity, gender, age, background, perspectives, tenure, work style, and sexual orientation.
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We fundamentally believe that diversity is a competitive asset that we want to amplify because we believe our differences will drive our success.

We have revised our equity grant practices to limit the impact on stockholder dilution while still being able to grant equity awards to our employees at levels reasonably necessary to attract, retain and motivate talent.
The Board and various committees of the Board are also regularly presented with summaries of the feedback received from our stockholders for their review and consideration. We view our stockholder outreach program as an important aspect of maintaining an open and continuous dialogue with our stockholders, and we anticipate continuing our stockholder engagement efforts to help further our understanding of their perspectives and to incorporate their feedback, as appropriate.
Communications with the Board
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board has approved a process by which stockholders or other interested parties may communicate with the Board or members of the Board. Stockholders of Juniper Networks and other parties interested in communicating with the Board or any member of our Board may write to them c/o Juniper Networks, Inc., 1133 Innovation Way, Sunnyvale, California 94089. Under the process approved by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the General Counsel receives and logs communications directed to the Board or any member of the Board, and, unless marked “confidential,” reviews all such correspondence and regularly (not less than quarterly) delivers to the Board, the Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the Board or the independent directors of the Board, as applicable, copies of such correspondence. Communications marked “confidential” will be logged as received by the General Counsel and then will be delivered unopened to the addressee(s).
Board Meetings and Attendance
During 2018, each director who was on the Board that year attended at least 75% of all Board and applicable committee meetings. As set forth in our Corporate Governance Standards, absent extraordinary circumstances, each member of the Board is strongly encouraged to attend each annual stockholder meeting in person. Except for Kevin DeNuccio, all of our then-serving directors attended the 2018 annual meeting of stockholders.
 
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Director Compensation
Non-Employee Director Compensation Highlights

Annual review and assessment of director compensation by the Compensation Committee.

Emphasis on equity in the overall compensation mix to support stockholder alignment.

Annual restricted stock unit grants under a fixed stockholder approved annual grant formula.

Stockholder approved limit on cash and equity compensation to non-employee directors.

A robust stock ownership guideline set at five times the annual cash retainer to support stockholder alignment.

Fees for committee service based on workload.
Non-Employee Director Retainer and Meeting Fee Information
Our director compensation programs are designed to provide an appropriate incentive to attract and retain qualified non-employee directors and to align their interests with the long-term interests of our stockholders. We compensate non-employee directors for their service on the Board through a combination of cash and equity awards, the amounts of which are commensurate with their role and involvement and with peer company practices. In setting director compensation, we consider the significant amount of time our directors will expend in fulfilling their duties as well as the skill level required for members of our Board. Directors who also serve as employees of the Company do not receive additional compensation for services as directors.
The Compensation Committee, which is comprised solely of independent directors, has the primary responsibility for reviewing and making recommendations to the Board regarding all matters pertaining to compensation paid to non-employee directors for Board, committee and committee chair services. Under the Compensation Committee’s charter, the committee is authorized to engage consultants or advisors in connection with its review and analysis of director compensation.
Each year, the Compensation Committee evaluates the appropriate level and form of compensation for non-employee directors and recommends changes, if any, to the Board. In making non-employee director compensation recommendations, the Compensation Committee takes various factors into consideration, including, but not limited to, the responsibilities of directors generally, as well as committee chairs, and the forms of compensation paid to directors by peer companies, and considers advice from its independent compensation advisor who provides analysis on non-employee director compensation trends and data from companies in our executive compensation peer group. The Board reviews the recommendations of the Compensation Committee and determines the form and amount of director compensation.
Limits on Director Compensation: Our non-employee directors currently receive compensation in the form of restricted stock unit (“RSU”) grants and cash fees. At our 2017 annual meeting of stockholders, our stockholders approved the amendment and restatement of our 2015 Equity Incentive Plan, which provides for (i) an annual fixed dollar value of RSUs in an amount equal to $225,000 (based on the average daily closing price of the Company’s common stock over the six month period ending on the last day of the fiscal year preceding the date of grant) to be granted to non-employee directors and (ii) a limit of  $1,000,000 on the total amount of annual equity compensation and cash fees that may be awarded to any non-employee director in a single fiscal year to provide for sufficient flexibility to adjust non-employee director compensation in the future if such changes are necessary to remain competitive with our peers.
In Proposal No. 4, we are asking our stockholders to approve an amendment and restatement of our 2015 Equity Incentive Plan, or the 2015 Plan, which will, among other things, increase the annual fixed dollar value of RSUs granted to our non-employee directors from $225,000 to $245,000. If approved, this change will be effective beginning from the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders and for awards granted on that date. The proposed increase was determined in consultation with our independent compensation consultant, and is being proposed to better align the compensation
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of our directors with the market median of director compensation among our peers while continuing to emphasize equity in the overall compensation mix to support stockholder alignment.
The following table provides information on Juniper Networks’ compensation and reimbursement practices for non-employee directors during fiscal 2018:
Annual retainer for all non-employee directors (payable quarterly) $ 60,000
Additional annual retainer for Audit Committee members (payable quarterly) $ 20,000
Additional annual retainer for Compensation Committee members (payable quarterly) $ 15,000
Additional annual retainer for Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee members (payable quarterly) $ 10,000
Additional annual retainer for Audit Committee Chair (payable quarterly) $ 25,000
Additional annual retainer for Compensation Committee Chair (payable quarterly) $ 20,000
Additional annual retainer for Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair (payable quarterly) $ 10,000
Additional annual retainer for the Chairman of the Board (payable quarterly) $ 75,000
Additional annual retainer for the Lead Independent Director (payable quarterly) $ 30,000
Restricted Stock Units granted annually(1) $ 225,000
Reimbursement for expenses attendant to Board membership Yes
Payment for each additional committee meeting attended after total committee meeting attendance exceeds eighteen (18) in a calendar year $ 1,250
(1)
Non-employee directors receive non-discretionary annual grants of RSUs, to further align their interests with stockholders. Pursuant to the 2015 Plan, on the date of each of the Company’s annual stockholder meetings, each non-employee director who is elected at (or whose term continues after) such meeting will automatically be granted RSUs for a number of shares equal to the Annual Value (as defined below), rounded down to the nearest whole share. For the grants made in 2018, the “Annual Value” was the number of RSUs equal to $225,000 divided by the average daily closing price of the Company’s common stock over the six month period ending on the last day of the fiscal year preceding the date of grant.
Director Compensation Table for Fiscal 2018
The following table shows compensation information for our non-employee directors for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 (“fiscal 2018”). Mr. Rahim, our Chief Executive Officer, did not receive any compensation for serving as a director. Compensation information for Mr. Rahim is included in the “Summary Compensation Table” set forth in this proxy statement.
Director Compensation for Fiscal 2018
Name(1)
Fees Earned
or Paid in Cash​
Stock
Awards(2)
All Other
Compensation​
Total​
Robert M. Calderoni $ 105,000 $ 215,052 $ $ 320,052
Gary Daichendt $ 125,000 $ 215,052 $ $ 340,052
Kevin DeNuccio $ 75,000 $ 215,052 $ $ 290,052
James Dolce $ 75,000 $ 215,052 $ $ 290,052
Mercedes Johnson $ 90,000 $ 215,052 $ $ 305,052
Scott Kriens $ 135,000 $ 215,052 $ $ 350,052
Rahul Merchant $ 80,000 $ 215,052 $ $ 295,052
William R. Stensrud $ 80,000 $ 215,052 $ $ 295,052
(1)
As of December 31, 2018, each of our non-employee directors listed in the table above held 8,180 RSUs. The table above does not include Ms. DelSanto who was appointed to the Board in March 2019.
(2)
Amounts shown do not reflect compensation actually received by the director, and there can be no assurance that these amounts will ever be realized by the non-employee directors. Instead, the amount shown is the grant date fair value of the RSU awards granted in fiscal 2018 computed in accordance with ASC Topic 718 — Compensation — Stock Compensation (“ASC Topic 718”), disregarding forfeiture assumptions.
 
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Proposals to be Voted On
Proposal No. 1
Election of Directors
There are eight nominees for election as directors at this year’s annual meeting — Gary Daichendt, Anne DelSanto, Kevin DeNuccio, James Dolce, Scott Kriens, Rahul Merchant, Rami Rahim and William R. Stensrud. A discussion of the primary experience, qualifications, attributes and skills of each director nominee that led our Board and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee to the conclusion that he or she should serve or continue to serve as a director is included below in each of the director biographies. Each director nominee will be elected to serve for a term expiring at the Company’s annual meeting of stockholders in 2020 and until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified or until his or her earlier death, resignation or removal. There are no family relationships among any of our executive officers and directors.
If you sign your proxy card or voting instruction card or vote by telephone or over the Internet but do not give instructions with respect to the election of directors, your shares will be voted for the eight director nominees recommended by the Board. If you do not give voting instructions to your broker, your broker will not be able to vote your shares and your shares will not be voted on this matter.
Recommendation
Our Board recommends a vote “FOR” the election to the Board of Gary Daichendt, Anne DelSanto, Kevin DeNuccio, James Dolce, Scott Kriens, Rahul Merchant, Rami Rahim and William R. Stensrud.
Vote Required
Provided a quorum is present, directors will be elected by a majority of the votes cast with respect to the director nominee at the annual meeting (i.e., the number of shares voted “FOR” a director nominee must exceed the number of votes cast “AGAINST” that director nominee).
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The names of our directors and director nominees and their ages, positions, and brief biographical description as of the date this proxy statement was filed with the SEC are set forth below.
Nominees for Election
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Gary Daichendt
Age 67
Director since 2014
Lead Independent Director
Board Committees: Compensation (Chair)
Other Current Public Company Boards: None
Mr. Daichendt has been principally occupied as a private investor since June 2005 and has been a managing member of Theory R Properties LLC, a commercial real estate firm, since October 2002. Mr. Daichendt served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Nortel Networks Corporation, a supplier of communication equipment, from March 2005 to June 2005. Prior to joining Nortel Networks, Mr. Daichendt served in a number of senior executive positions at Cisco Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of communications and information technology networking products, for six years, including as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations from August 1998 to December 2000, and as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations from September 1996 to August 1998. Mr. Daichendt previously served as a director of NCR Corporation from April 2006 to April 2018, ShoreTel, Inc., from April 2007 to February 2015, Emulex Corporation from February 2014 to May 2015 and Polycom, Inc. from August 2015 to September 2016.
Qualifications
Mr. Daichendt’s experience as an officer of various networking industry companies has provided him with expertise in management, sales, marketing, channel management and operations and an extensive understanding of the networking industry. Mr. Daichendt also brings public company governance experience as a member of boards of directors and board committees of other public technology companies.
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Anne DelSanto
Age 55
Director since March, 2019
Board Committees: None
Other Current Public Company Boards: None
Ms. DelSanto currently serves as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Platform at Salesforce.com, Inc. (“Salesforce”), a customer relationship management company, a position she has held since February 2018. Prior to her current role, she served in various executive-level roles at Salesforce since October 2012, including as the Executive Vice President, Americas Solution Engineering & Cloud Sales from February 2016 to February 2018; Executive Vice President, Global Solution Engineering and Cloud Specialist Sales from February 2015 to February 2016; and Senior Vice President, Global Solutions Engineering from October 2012 to February 2015. Prior to joining Salesforce, Ms. DelSanto also served in various roles of increasing responsibility in pre-sales from 1999 to 2012 at Oracle Corporation (“Oracle”), an information technology and services company, including most recently as Group Vice President, Sales Engineering from February 2012 to September 2012; and Vice President of Sales Engineering from 2007 to February 2012. She began her career in 1985 as an account systems engineer at IBM, an information technology and services company.
Qualifications:
Ms. DelSanto’s extensive experience as a senior sales executive at several technology companies, including Salesforce and Oracle, has provided her with senior leadership and executive experience and management. In addition, her experience as a senior leader in companies that leverage the cloud for their business model’s success, has given her broad industry knowledge, background and expertise with cloud-businesses, software-as-a-service business models and the requirements of enterprise customers.
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Kevin DeNuccio
Age 59
Director since 2014
Board Committees: Compensation
Other Current Public Company Boards: Calix, Inc.
Mr. DeNuccio has served as Executive Chairman of SevOne, Inc., a digital infrastructure management software company, since May 2017. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Violin Memory, a flash-based storage array solutions company, from February 2014 to April 2017. In December 2016, Violin Memory filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Prior to joining Violin Memory, Mr. DeNuccio served as a co-founder of Wild West Capital, LLC, a venture and technology consulting firm he co-founded in July 2012. Prior to that, Mr. DeNuccio served as Chief Executive Officer of Metaswitch Networks, a provider of carrier systems and software solutions that enable communication networks to migrate to open, packet-based architectures, from February 2010 to July 2012. Mr. DeNuccio was President and Chief Executive Officer of Redback Networks Inc., a provider of advanced communications networking equipment, from August 2001 to January 2008, during which time it was acquired by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, or Ericsson, in January 2007 and operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ericsson. Mr. DeNuccio held various positions at Cisco Systems, Inc. from 1995 to 2001, including Senior Vice President of Worldwide Service Provider Operations. Previously, Mr. DeNuccio was the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Atlantic Network Integration Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell Atlantic (now Verizon Communications). Mr. DeNuccio has served as a director of Calix, Inc. since September 2012. Mr. DeNuccio previously served as a director of Sandisk Corporation from August 2009 to February 2014, Metaswitch Networks from December 2008 to February 2014 and Violin Memory from February 2014 to April 2017.
Qualifications
Mr. DeNuccio’s experience as a senior executive at many companies in the technology and networking industry, including as chief executive officer at two networking companies, has provided him with senior leadership and executive experience and management, operational and technological expertise. Mr. DeNuccio also brings public company governance experience as a member of boards of directors and board committees of other technology companies.
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James Dolce
Age 56
Director since 2015
Board Committees: Compensation Other
Current Public Company Boards: None
Mr. Dolce has served as the Chief Executive Officer and a director at Lookout, Inc., a mobile security company, since March 2014. Prior to joining Lookout, Mr. Dolce was the Vice President of carrier market development at Akamai Technologies, Inc., a content delivery network and cloud services provider, from December 2012 until February 2014, and prior to that, he was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Verivue, Inc., a provider of digital content delivery solutions, which was acquired by Akamai, from 2006 until December 2012. Prior to Verivue, Mr. Dolce served as Executive Vice President of worldwide field operations at Juniper Networks from 2002 to 2006, where he led Juniper Networks’ global sales, marketing and customer service efforts. Mr. Dolce joined Juniper Networks through its acquisition of Unisphere Networks, Inc., where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2002. Mr. Dolce served on the board of directors of Infinera Corporation from May 2014 until January 2016.
Qualifications
Mr. Dolce’s experience as a senior executive at many companies in the technology and networking industry, including as chief executive officer at Lookout, Verivue and Unisphere, has provided him with senior leadership and executive experience and management, operational and technological expertise. In addition, his prior experience at Juniper Networks provides him with a detailed knowledge of Juniper Networks’ customers and industry. Mr. Dolce also brings public company governance experience based on his prior service as a director on the boards of directors and board committees of other technology companies.
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Scott Kriens
Age 61
Director since 1996
Board Committees: Chairman
of the Board
Other Current Public Company Boards: Equinix, Inc.
Mr. Kriens has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Juniper Networks since October 1996, Chief Executive Officer of Juniper Networks from October 1996 to September 2008 and an employee of Juniper Networks through April 2011. From April 1986 to January 1996, Mr. Kriens served as Vice President of Sales and Vice President of Operations at StrataCom, Inc., a telecommunications equipment company, which he co-founded in 1986. Mr. Kriens has served on the board of directors of Equinix, Inc. since July 2000.
Qualifications
As a result of Mr. Kriens’ prior service as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, he developed an extensive understanding of the Company’s business and the networking industry and can contribute to the Board a highly informed perspective on the business independent from that of the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kriens’ experience with the Company from its early stages also offers the Board insight into the evolution of the Company, including from execution, cultural, operational, competitive and industry points of view. In addition, his experience as a director of other technology companies provides him with an understanding of the operation of other boards of directors that he can contribute in his role as Chairman.
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Rahul Merchant
Age 62
Director since 2015
Board Committees: Audit
Other Current Public Company Boards: None
Mr. Merchant has served as Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Client Services & Technology of TIAA-CREF, a leading financial services provider, since March 2017. Previously, Mr. Merchant served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of TIAA-CREF from January 2017 to March 2017 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of TIAA-CREF from April 2015 to January 2017. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, he was the Chief Information and Innovation Officer for the City of New York from April 2012 to February 2014. From 2009 to April 2012, Mr. Merchant was a partner at Exigen Capital, a private equity firm based in New York City. From 2006 until 2008, Mr. Merchant was Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Member of the Executive Committee at Fannie Mae. He also served as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer at Merrill Lynch & Co. from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Merchant has also held senior leadership positions at Cooper Neff and Associates, Lehman Brothers, Sanwa Financial Products and Dresdner Bank. Mr. Merchant previously was a member of the board of directors of Emulex Corporation, Level 3 Communications, Inc., Sun Microsystems, Inc., and Fair Isaac Corporation.
Qualifications
Mr. Merchant’s experience as a senior technology executive at many companies in the financial industry and in the public sector has provided him with senior leadership and executive experience and management, operational and technological expertise, as well as a detailed knowledge of Juniper Networks’ customers and industry. As a Chief Information Officer, Mr. Merchant provides the Company with meaningful insight and experience related to information technology, cybersecurity best practices and the relationship between information security programs and broader business goals and objectives. Mr. Merchant also brings public company governance experience based on his prior service as a director on the boards of directors and board committees of a number of other technology companies.
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Rami Rahim
Age 48
Director since 2014
Board Committees: Stock (Chair)
Other Current Public Company Boards: None
Mr. Rahim joined Juniper Networks in January 1997 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Company in November 2014. Previously, Mr. Rahim served as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Juniper Development and Innovation, responsible for driving innovation across the Company through the oversight of all research and development programs, strategy, development, and business growth across the portfolio of routing, switching, and security. He has also overseen the ongoing evolution of silicon technology and the Junos operating system. In addition, Mr. Rahim has served at Juniper Networks in a number of roles, including Executive Vice President, Platform Systems Division, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Edge and Aggregation Business Unit, and Vice President, Product Management for the Edge and Aggregation Business Unit. Prior to that, Mr. Rahim spent the majority of his time at the Company in the development organization where he helped with the architecture, design and implementation of many Juniper Networks’ core, edge, and carrier Ethernet products.
Qualifications
Mr. Rahim’s day-to-day involvement in the Company’s business has provided him with extensive knowledge and understanding of the Company and its industry. As Chief Executive Officer, he is able to provide the Board with insight and information related to the Company’s strategy, financial condition, operations, competitive position and business. His prior experience in a number of management roles at Juniper Networks provided him with in-depth industry and business experience in building and operating complex networks and a detailed knowledge of Juniper Networks’ customers and industry. In addition, his experience with Juniper Networks from its early stages also offers the Board insight into the evolution of the Company, including from execution, cultural, operational, competitive and industry points of view.
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William R. Stensrud
Age 68
Director since 1996
Board Committees: Nominating and Corporate Governance (Chair)
Other Current Public Company Boards: None
Mr. Stensrud has served as a Partner of the SwitchCase Group, a consulting company, the Chairman of InstantEncore.com, a provider of web and mobile technology to the performing arts, and Chairman and Principal at Interactive Fitness Holdings, a designer and manufacturer of virtual stationary bicycles. From January 2007 to March 2007, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Muze, Inc., a provider of business-to-business digital commerce solutions and descriptive entertainment media information. Mr. Stensrud was a general partner with the venture capital firm of Enterprise Partners from January 1997 to December 2006. Mr. Stensrud was an independent investor and turn-around executive from March 1996 to January 1997. During this period, Mr. Stensrud served as President of Paradyne Corporation and as a director of Paradyne Corporation, Paradyne Partners LLP and GlobeSpan Corporation, Inc. (acquired by Conexant, Inc.), all data networking companies. From January 1992 to July 1995, Mr. Stensrud served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Primary Access Corporation, a data networking company acquired by 3Com Corporation. From 1986 to 1992, Mr. Stensrud served as the Marketing Vice President of StrataCom, which he co-founded.
Qualifications
Mr. Stensrud’s years of experience in venture capital and in the management of a wide variety of technology companies have exposed him to a broad range of issues affecting businesses, including a number of businesses in the technology industry. Mr. Stensrud’s experience as an operating executive in the telecommunications and data communications industry provides the Board and management with knowledge and perspective on the Company’s daily operating challenges. His work has included analyzing and focusing on improving various aspects of businesses, including operations, strategies and financial performance.
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Proposal No. 2
Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered
Public Accounting Firm
The Audit Committee is directly responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention and oversight of our independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee has appointed Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019. Ernst and Young LLP has served as our independent registered public accounting firm since 1996, and Ernst & Young LLP’s current lead audit partner was selected in 2018. The Audit Committee periodically considers whether there should be a rotation of independent registered public accounting firms because the Audit Committee believes it is important for our independent registered public accounting firm to maintain independence and objectivity.
The members of the Audit Committee and the Board believe that the continued retention of Ernst & Young LLP to serve as our independent registered public accounting firm is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders.
During fiscal 2018, Ernst & Young LLP provided certain tax and audit related services. See the “Principal Accountant Fees and Services” section of this proxy statement. Pursuant to its charter, the Audit Committee is responsible for pre-approving all audit and permissible non-audit services provided by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee pre-approved all services performed by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm in 2018 and 2017.
Representatives of Ernst & Young LLP are expected to attend the annual meeting, where they are expected to be available to respond to appropriate questions and, if they desire, to make a statement.
Although stockholder ratification of the appointment of our independent registered public accounting firm is not required by our bylaws or otherwise, the Board is submitting the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP to our stockholders for ratification because we value our stockholders’ views on the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm and as a matter of good corporate governance. If the appointment is not ratified, the Audit Committee will consider whether it should select another independent registered public accounting firm. Even if the appointment is ratified, the Audit Committee, in its discretion, may appoint a different independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the year if the Audit Committee determines that such a change would be in the Company’s and its stockholders’ best interests.
Recommendation
Our Board unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” the ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as Juniper Networks’ independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.
If you sign your proxy card or voting instruction card or vote by telephone or over the Internet but do not give instructions with respect to this proposal, your shares will be voted “FOR” the proposal, as recommended by the Board. Even if you do not give voting instructions to your broker, your broker may vote your shares on this matter.
Vote Required
Provided a quorum is present, ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019 requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote at the annual meeting.
 
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Principal Accountant Fees and Services
The Audit Committee has appointed Ernst & Young LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, to serve as Juniper Networks’ auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.
Fees Incurred by Juniper Networks for Ernst & Young LLP
Fees for professional services billed or to be billed by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm in each of the last two years were approximately:
2018​
2017​
Audit Fees $ 6,008,700 $ 5,892,800
Audit-Related Fees $ 965,000 $ 1,147,000
Tax Fees $ 463,851 $ 278,716
All Other Fees $ 0 $ 0
Total $ 7,437,551 $ 7,318,516
Audit fees include professional services fees in connection with the audit of the Company’s annual financial statements and the review of its quarterly financial statements, and audit services provided in connection with other statutory or regulatory filings.
Audit-related fees consist of fees billed for assurance and related services that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of the Company’s consolidated financial statements, and are not reported under “Audit Fees”. These services include accounting consultations in connection with transactions, attest services that are required by statute or regulation, and consultations concerning financial accounting and reporting standards.
Tax fees are for professional services rendered for tax compliance, tax advice or tax planning.
All other fees for products and services for Ernst & Young LLP rendered to Juniper Networks, other than the services described above under “Audit Fees,” “Audit-Related Fees,” and “Tax Fees,” for the years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2018, were zero.
Audit Committee’s Pre-Approval Policy and Procedures
Pursuant to its charter, the Audit Committee is responsible for pre-approving all audit and permissible non-audit services provided by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee’s charter gives the Audit Committee the power to delegate to one or more members of the Audit Committee the authority to pre-approve permissible non-audit services. The Audit Committee pre-approved all services performed by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm in 2018 and 2017.
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Report of the Audit Committee of
the Board of Directors
The following Audit Committee Report shall not be deemed to be “soliciting material” and should not be deemed “filed” and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference in future filings with the SEC, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates it by reference into a document filed under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
The Audit Committee is composed entirely of non-management directors. The members of the Audit Committee meet the independence and financial literacy requirements of the NYSE and additional, heightened independence criteria applicable to members of the Audit Committee under SEC and NYSE rules. The Audit Committee operates under a written charter, which contains a description of the scope of the Audit Committee’s responsibilities and how they will be carried out, which may be found on the Company’s website at http://investor.juniper.net/investor-relations/​corporate-governance/default.aspx.
The Audit Committee oversees the Company’s financial reporting process on behalf of the Board of Directors. Management has the primary responsibility for the financial statements and the reporting process, including establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over the Company’s financial reporting. The independent registered public accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP, or E&Y, reports to the Audit Committee, and E&Y is responsible for performing an independent audit of the Company’s consolidated financial statements and internal control over financial reporting in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards in the United States. The Audit Committee discussed with E&Y the overall scope and plans for the audit. The Audit Committee meets regularly with E&Y, with and without management present, to discuss the results of E&Y’s examinations, evaluations of the Company’s internal controls, and the overall quality of the Company’s financial reporting. The Audit Committee held 11 meetings during fiscal 2018.
In this context, the Audit Committee hereby reports as follows:
1.
The Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the Company’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 with the Company’s management.
2.
The Audit Committee has discussed with the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm the matters required to be discussed by the standards adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, including Auditing Standard No. 1301: Communications with Audit Committees.
3.
The Audit Committee has received the written disclosures and the letter from the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm required by the applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independent registered public accounting firm’s communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and has discussed with the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm its independence.
4.
Based on the review and discussion referred to in paragraphs (1) through (3) above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board that the Company’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 be included in Juniper Networks’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, for filing with the SEC.
MEMBERS OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
Robert M. Calderoni (Chair)
Mercedes Johnson
Rahul Merchant
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Proposal No. 3
Non-Binding Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation
This proposal provides our stockholders with the opportunity to cast a vote, on an advisory basis, on the compensation of the executive officers named in the “Summary Compensation Table” below, who we refer to as our “named executive officers” or “NEOs,” pursuant to Section 14A of the Exchange Act. For more detail on the compensation of our NEOs, please see the section entitled “Executive Compensation,” including the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” and the compensation tables included in this proxy statement. This proposal, commonly known as a “Say-on-Pay” proposal, gives you, as a stockholder, the opportunity to express your views on our executive compensation program and policies and the compensation paid to our NEOs.
The Company’s current policy is to hold a Say-on-Pay vote each year, and we expect to hold another advisory vote with respect to executive compensation at the 2020 annual meeting of stockholders.
As described in detail in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this proxy statement, we design our executive compensation program to implement our core objectives of  (i) providing competitive pay, (ii) paying for performance, and (iii) aligning management’s interests with the interests of our long-term stockholders. We believe that our Chief Executive Officer’s compensation, and that of our other NEOs, in 2018 is well aligned with the Company’s performance and the interests of our stockholders and reflects our objective to link pay with performance for our NEOs.
Recommendation
Our Board believes that the Company’s executive compensation program uses appropriate structures and sound pay practices that are effective in achieving our core objectives. Accordingly, the Board of Directors recommends that you vote “FOR” the following resolution:
“RESOLVED, that Juniper Networks, Inc. stockholders approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers as disclosed pursuant to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s compensation disclosure rules, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis and Executive Compensation sections of this proxy statement.”
If you sign your proxy card or voting instruction card or vote by telephone or over the Internet but do not give instructions with respect to this proposal, your shares will be voted “FOR” the proposal, as recommended by the Board. If you do not give voting instructions to your broker, your broker will not be able to vote your shares and your shares will not be voted on this matter.
Vote Required
Provided a quorum is present, the advisory approval of our executive compensation requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to be voted at the annual meeting.
As this is an advisory vote, the result will not be binding; however, the Compensation Committee, which is responsible for designing and administering the Company’s executive compensation program, values the opinions expressed by our stockholders and will take the outcome of the vote under advisement in evaluating our executive compensation principles, design and practices.
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Proposal No. 4
Approval of the Amendment and Restatement of the Juniper Networks, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan
Background
Our 2015 Plan allows us to grant equity awards to our employees, consultants, officers and directors.
We believe our success is due to our highly talented employee base and our future success depends on our continued ability to attract and retain high caliber personnel. One of our primary centers for innovation is in Silicon Valley where we compete with many companies for a limited pool of talented people. We believe that the ability to grant equity awards is a necessary and powerful recruiting and retention tool for us to obtain the quality personnel that we need to move our business forward.
Our 2015 Plan replaced our previously existing equity incentive plan and adopted many features designed to address stockholder concerns related to equity incentive plans. Current features of our 2015 Plan include:

No Repricing. Prohibits stock option and stock appreciation right repricing without stockholder consent.

No Discounted Options and Stock Appreciation Rights. Requires stock options and stock appreciation rights to be granted with an exercise price equal to at least the fair market value of our common stock on the date of the award is granted.

Minimum Vesting Period. Requires awards to have a minimum vesting of at least one year from the date of grant, subject to certain limited exceptions.

No Evergreen Provision. Eliminates “evergreen” share reserve increases and instead requires stockholder approval to increase the share reserve.

No Liberal Share Counting. Prohibits the reuse of shares withheld or delivered to satisfy the exercise price of an option or stock appreciation right or to satisfy tax withholding requirements.

Enhanced Award Flexibility. Enhances flexibility through the ability to use restricted stock, RSUs, performance shares or deferred stock units in lieu of stock options to reduce the total number of our shares necessary to grant competitive equity awards.

No Buyout of Underwater Options or Stock Appreciation Rights. Prohibits the Company from paying cash or issuing new equity awards in exchange for the surrender and cancellation of any, or all, stock options or stock appreciation rights with an exercise price that is less than the current fair market value, unless stockholder approval is obtained.

Awards Subject to Clawback. Awards under the 2015 Plan may be subject to recoupment under certain circumstances.
Summary of the Proposal
Our Board approved the amendment and restatement of the 2015 Plan, which we refer to as the Amended 2015 Plan, on February 13, 2019 subject to approval by our stockholders. We are seeking stockholder approval of the Amended 2015 Plan to, among other things: (i) increase the number of shares of common stock reserved for issuance under the 2015 Plan by 4,500,000 shares, (ii) remove the “fungible share ratio,” and (iii) increase the annual value of equity awards automatically granted to our non-employee directors from $225,000 to $245,000.
Why the Proposed Increase in Shares and Removal of the “Fungible Share Ratio”?
As of March 19, 2019, an aggregate of 11,053,490 shares of our common stock remained available for future grants under our 2015 Plan. The Board and the Compensation Committee believe that the current share reserve amount is insufficient to meet the future needs of the Company to attract and retain talented employees as well as to provide incentives for our employees to exert maximum efforts for our success and ultimately increase shareholder value.
 
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We believe that increasing the shares reserved for issuance under the 2015 Plan is necessary for us to continue to offer a competitive equity incentive program. Based upon recent equity award requirements, we believe that the addition of 4,500,000 shares to the shares reserved for issuance under the 2015 Plan will provide us with enough shares to continue to offer competitive equity compensation through 2021. This calculation is based on the average rate at which time-based and performance-based awards were granted and cancelled over the past two fiscal years and assumes that future awards under the Amended 2015 Plan would be granted at a similar rate without taking into account the “fungible ratio”, as further described below. Of the shares subject to the proposed increase, we intend to allocate a substantial majority to performance share awards and RSUs. The number of shares required for future grants is not currently known and is dependent upon several factors that cannot be predicted, including but not limited to the price of the Company’s common stock on future grant dates and the extent to which grants vest or are cancelled.
We are also requesting that shareholders vote to amend and restate the 2015 Plan to eliminate the fungible share ratio. The 2015 Plan currently utilizes a “fungible share ratio” under which options and stock appreciation rights reduce the share reserve on a one-for-one basis, but full value awards, such as RSUs and performance share awards, reduce the share reserve on a 2.1-for-one basis. Given our commitment to limiting annual potential incremental dilution attributable to equity incentive awards, coupled with the fact that we have never issued options or stock appreciation rights and have only issued, and currently intend to issue, RSUs and performance share awards (i.e., full value awards) under the 2015 Plan, we do not believe that continuing to include a “fungible share ratio” is necessary. We have been focused on prudently managing our annual equity usage as a percentage of our common stock outstanding and we have made steady progress in recent years to reduce the number of shares underlying the equity awards we grant. Please see “Section 1 — Executive Summary” of the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this proxy statement, which provides further detail on the progress that we have made in recent years in reducing our equity usage.
If our stockholders do not approve the proposed share increase, we believe we will not be able to continue to offer competitive equity packages to retain our current employees and hire new employees, and that we may not be competitive with other companies that offer equity, in 2020 and future years. We believe that this could significantly impede our plans for growth and adversely affect our ability to operate our business. In addition, if we are unable to grant competitive equity awards, we may be required to offer additional cash-based incentives to replace equity as a means of competing for talent, which we believe could have a significant adverse effect upon our quarterly results of operations and balance sheet.
Why the Proposed Increase in the Annual Value of Equity Awarded to Non-Employee Directors
As described in the “Director Compensation” section of this proxy statement, our non-employee directors currently receive compensation in the form of RSU grants and cash fees. Our 2015 Plan currently provides that the annual value of the RSU grants is the number equal to $225,000 divided by the average daily closing price over the six-month period ending on the last day of the fiscal year preceding the date of grant. We are proposing an increase in the annual value from $225,000 to $245,000 to better align our director compensation with the market median of our peers, based on the recommendation of the Compensation Committee’s independent compensation consultant. If approved, this increase will be effective as of the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders and for awards granted on that date.
Description of the Amended 2015 Plan
The material features of the Amended 2015 Plan are summarized below. This summary does not purport to be a complete description of all the provisions of Amended 2015 Plan, and this summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of the Amended 2015 Plan.
A complete copy of the proposed Amended 2015 Plan is attached to this proxy statement as Annex A.
ELIGIBILITY; LIMITATIONS. Options, stock appreciation rights, performance shares, performance units, restricted stock, RSUs, deferred stock units and dividend equivalents may be granted under the Amended 2015 Plan. Options granted under the Amended 2015 Plan may be either “incentive stock options,” as defined in Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”), or nonstatutory stock options. Incentive stock options may be granted only to employees of the Company or any subsidiary of the Company. Other awards may be granted under the Amended 2015 Plan to any employee, consultant or non-employee director of the Company, any parent or subsidiary of the Company or other entity under common control with the Company. Non-employee directors, however, may only be granted RSUs under the Amended 2015 Plan, and these are made pursuant to an automatic, non-discretionary formula. Otherwise, the
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Amended 2015 Plan administrator, in its discretion, selects the person(s) to whom awards may be granted, and except for dividend equivalents, the number of shares subject to each such grant. For this reason, it is not possible to determine the benefits or amounts that will be received by any particular individual or individuals in the future. The Amended 2015 Plan provides that no person(s) may be granted, in any fiscal year of the Company: (i) options or stock appreciation rights to purchase more than four million (4,000,000) shares of the Company’s common stock in such person’s first fiscal year of service with the Company and more than two million (2,000,000) shares of the Company’s common stock in any other fiscal year of service; (ii) performance shares, RSUs, restricted stock or deferred stock units to more than two million (2,000,000) shares of the Company’s common stock in such person’s first fiscal year of service with the Company and more than one million (1,000,000) shares of the Company’s common stock in any other fiscal year of service; and (iii) performance units having an initial value more than four million dollars ($4,000,000) in such person’s first fiscal year of service with the Company and more than two million dollars ($2,000,000) in any other fiscal year of service. As of March 19, 2019, the Company had 9 non-employee directors, approximately 9,219 employees, which included 6 executive officers, and no consultants who may be eligible for awards under the Amended 2015 Plan.
SHARES AVAILABLE FOR ISSUANCE. Currently, under the 2015 Plan, a maximum of 61,000,000 shares of common stock are reserved for issuance. In addition, any shares subject to outstanding awards under the 2006 Equity Incentive Plan or the 1996 Amended and Restated Stock Plan that expire, are cancelled or otherwise terminate at any time after May 19, 2015 are available for award grant purposes under the 2015 Plan, up to a maximum of 29,000,000 shares (any such shares, “Returning Shares”). Subject to approval by our stockholders, we are requesting that the maximum number of shares reserved for issuance under the Amended 2015 Plan be increased by 4,500,000 shares, thereby increasing the maximum number of shares reserved for issuance under the 2015 Plan shares plus any Returning Shares.
Currently, the 2015 Plan includes a “fungible share ratio” concept which provides that any shares subject to options or stock appreciation rights shall be counted against the shares available for issuance as one share for every share subject thereto. Any restricted stock, RSUs, performance shares or deferred stock units with a per share purchase price lower than 100% of fair market value on the date of grant is currently counted against the shares available for issuance as two and one-tenth (2.1) shares for every one share subject thereto. The Amended 2015 Plan does not include the “fungible share ratio.” Any share that returns to the Amended 2015 Plan share reserve, which was previously subject to an award that reduced the share reserve of the 2015 Plan by two and one-tenth shares, will result in the share reserve being credited with two and one-tenth shares.
If an award granted under the Amended 2015 Plan expires or becomes unexercisable without having been exercised in full, or, with respect to restricted stock, performance shares, RSUs or deferred stock units, is forfeited to or repurchased by the Company due to its failure to vest, the unpurchased shares (or for awards other than options and stock appreciation rights, the forfeited or repurchased shares) which were subject thereto shall become available for future grant or sale under the Amended 2015 Plan. With respect to stock appreciation rights, when a stock-settled stock appreciation right is exercised, the shares subject to a stock appreciation right grant agreement shall be counted against the shares available for issuance under the Amended 2015 Plan as one share for every share subject thereto, regardless of the number of shares used to settle the stock appreciation right upon exercise. Shares that have actually been issued under the Amended 2015 Plan under any award shall not be returned to the Amended 2015 Plan and shall not become available for future distribution under the Amended 2015 Plan; provided, however, that if shares of restricted stock, performance shares, RSUs or deferred stock units are repurchased by the Company at their original purchase price or are forfeited to the Company due to their failure to vest, such shares shall become available for future grant under the Amended 2015 Plan as described above. Shares used to pay the exercise price of a stock option shall not become available for future grant or sale under the Amended 2015 Plan. Shares used to satisfy tax withholding obligations shall not become available for future grant or sale under the Amended 2015 Plan. To the extent an Amended 2015 Plan award is paid out in cash rather than stock, such cash payment shall not reduce the number of shares available for issuance under the Amended 2015 Plan. Any payout of dividend equivalents or performance units that are paid in cash shall not reduce the number of shares available for issuance under the Amended 2015 Plan. Conversely, any forfeiture of dividend equivalents that are paid in cash or performance units shall not increase the number of shares available for issuance under the Amended 2015 Plan.
 
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ADMINISTRATION. The Amended 2015 Plan may generally be administered by the Board or a committee appointed by the Board (as applicable, the “Administrator”). The Board has authorized the Compensation Committee of the Board to approve awards and grants to Section 16 reporting executive officers. The Compensation Committee is composed entirely of independent non-employee directors. The Board has authorized the Stock Committee to approve awards and grants to employees and consultants, other than the senior leaders who report directly to our Chief Executive Officer or any other Section 16 reporting executive officers, subject to certain limitations. The Stock Committee is composed of the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer.
MINIMUM VESTING OF AWARDS. Subject to certain exceptions, awards will not vest earlier (except if accelerated pursuant to a change of control or similar transaction, due to death or due to disability) than the one (1) year anniversary of the grant date.
OPTION TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Each option is evidenced by a stock option agreement between the Company and the optionee, and is subject to the following additional terms and conditions:

EXERCISE PRICE. The Administrator determines the exercise price of options at the time the options are granted. The exercise price of an option may not be less than 100% of the fair market value of our common stock on the date such option is granted; provided, however, the exercise price of an incentive stock option granted to a 10% stockholder may not be less than 110% of the fair market value of our common stock on the date such option is granted. The fair market value of our common stock is determined with reference to the closing sale price for our common stock (or the closing bid if no sales were reported) on the date the option is granted.

EXERCISE OF OPTION; FORM OF CONSIDERATION. The Administrator determines when options become exercisable, and may in its discretion, accelerate the vesting of any outstanding option. The Amended 2015 Plan permits payment to be made by cash, check, other shares of our common stock, cashless exercises, or any other form of consideration permitted by applicable law, or any combination thereof.

TERM OF OPTION. Options granted under the Amended 2015 Plan will expire seven (7) years from the date of grant. However, the Amended 2015 Plan allows an option to be granted with a shorter term determined by the Administrator and in the case of an incentive stock option granted to a 10% stockholder, the term of the option may be no more than five (5) years from the date of grant. No option may be exercised after the expiration of its term.

EXPIRATION. Options will expire upon the date determined by the Administrator. Generally, if the optionee’s employment or status as a service provider terminates for any reason other than death or permanent total disability, then options may be exercised no later than ninety (90) days after such termination and may be exercised only to the extent the option was exercisable on the termination date. If an optionee’s employment or status as a service provider terminates as a result of his or her death or permanent total disability, then all options held by such optionee under the Amended 2015 Plan may be exercised within twelve (12) months or as may be provided in the option agreement, but only to the extent the options would have been exercisable at the date of death or permanent total disability.

OTHER PROVISIONS. The stock option agreement may contain other terms, provisions and conditions not inconsistent with the Amended 2015 Plan as may be determined by the Administrator.
STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS. Stock appreciation rights are exercisable in whole or in part at such times as the Administrator specifies in the grant or agreement. However, the term of a stock appreciation right may be no more than seven (7) years from the date of grant. The Company’s obligations arising upon the exercise of a stock appreciation right may be paid in cash or our common stock, or any combination of the same, as the Administrator may determine. We expect, however, that most stock appreciation rights that we grant will provide that they may only be settled in shares of our common stock. Shares issued upon the exercise of a stock appreciation right are valued at their fair market value as of the date of exercise.
RESTRICTED STOCK. Subject to the terms and conditions of the Amended 2015 Plan, restricted stock may be granted to participants at any time and from time to time at the discretion of the Administrator. Subject to the annual share limit and vesting limitations set forth above, the Administrator shall have complete discretion to determine (i) the number of shares subject to a restricted stock award granted to any participant, and (ii) the conditions for grant or for vesting that must be satisfied, which typically will be based principally or solely on continued provision of services but may include a performance-based component. Each restricted stock grant shall be evidenced by an agreement that shall specify the purchase price (if any) and such other terms and conditions as the Administrator shall determine. Any dividend awarded with respect to restricted shares will vest only if, when and to the extent such share. Dividends payable with respect to shares that do not vest will be forfeited.
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RESTRICTED STOCK UNITS. RSUs are awards that obligate the Company to deliver shares of our common stock to the participant as specified on each vesting date. Subject to the annual share limit and vesting limitations set forth above, the Administrator has complete discretion to determine (i) the number of shares subject to a RSU award granted to any participant, and (ii) the conditions for grant or for vesting that must be satisfied, which typically will be based principally or solely on continued provision of services but may include a performance-based component. Until shares are issued, a RSU holder is not entitled to vote or receive dividends, although the Administrator has discretion under the Amended 2015 Plan to award dividend equivalent rights.
PERFORMANCE SHARES. Performance shares are also awards that obligate the Company to deliver shares of our common stock to the participant as specified on each vesting date. Performance shares may be granted to employees and consultants at any time and from time to time as determined at the discretion of the Administrator. Subject to the annual share limit and vesting limitations set forth above, the Administrator has complete discretion to determine (i) the number of shares of common stock subject to a performance share award granted to any service provider and (ii) the conditions that must be satisfied for grant or for vesting, which typically will be based principally or solely on achievement of performance milestones but may include a service-based component.
PERFORMANCE UNITS. Performance units are similar to performance shares, except that they are settled in cash that is equivalent to the fair market value of the underlying shares, determined as of the vesting date. Subject to the terms and conditions of the Amended 2015 Plan, performance units may be granted to participants at any time and from time to time as shall be determined by the Administrator, in its sole discretion. The Administrator shall have complete discretion to determine the conditions that must be satisfied, which typically will be based principally or solely on achievement of performance milestones but may include a service-based component, upon which is conditioned the grant or vesting of performance units. Performance units shall be granted in the form of units to acquire shares. Each such unit shall be the cash equivalent of one share of our common stock. No right to vote or receive dividends or any other rights as a stockholder shall exist with respect to performance units or the cash payable under such units.
DEFERRED STOCK UNITS. Deferred stock units consist of restricted stock, RSUs, performance shares or performance unit awards that the Administrator, in its sole discretion permits to be paid out in installments or on a deferred basis, in accordance with rules and procedures established by the Administrator and applicable law, including Section 409A of the Code. Deferred Stock Units shall remain subject to the claims of the Company’s general creditors until distributed to the participant.
DIVIDEND EQUIVALENTS. A dividend equivalent is a credit, payable in cash or shares, awarded at the discretion of the Administrator, to the account of a participant in an amount equal to the cash dividends paid on one share for each share represented by an award. Any dividend equivalents awarded with respect to a share or a unit will vest only if, when and to the extent such share or unit vests. Dividend equivalents payable with respect to shares or units that do not vest will be forfeited.
CODE SECTION 162(m) PERFORMANCE GOALS. The Amended 2015 Plan is designed to permit the Company to issue awards that qualify as performance-based under Section 162(m) of the Code to the extent applicable. Thus, the Administrator may make performance goals applicable to a participant with respect to an award. At the Administrator’s discretion, one or more of the following performance goals may apply: (i) cash flow (including operating cash flow or free cash flow), (ii) cash position, (iii) revenue (on an absolute basis or adjusted for currency effects), (iv) revenue growth, (v) contribution margin, (vi) gross margin, (vii) operating margin (viii) operating expenses or operating expenses as a percentage of revenue, (ix) earnings (which may include earnings before interest and taxes, earnings before taxes and net earnings), (x) earnings per share, (xi) operating income, (xii) net income, (xiii) stock price, (xiv) return on equity, (xv) total stockholder return, (xvi) growth in stockholder value relative to a specified publicly reported index (such as the S&P 500 Index), (xvii) return on capital, (xviii) return on assets or net assets, (xix) return on investment, (xx) economic value added, (xxi) operating profit or net operating profit, (xxii) operating margin, (xxiii) market share, (xxiv) contract awards or backlog, (xxv) overhead or other expense reduction, (xxvi) credit rating, (xxvii) objective customer indicators, (xxviii) new product invention or innovation, (xxix) attainment of research and development milestones, (xxx) improvements in productivity, (xxxi) attainment of objective operating goals, and (xxxii) objective employee metrics. The performance measures listed above may apply to either the Company as a whole or, except with respect to stockholder return metrics, a region, business unit, affiliate or business segment, and measured either on an absolute basis or relative to a pre-established target, to a previous period’s results or to a designated comparison group, and, with respect to financial metrics, which may be determined in accordance with GAAP, in accordance with IASB Principles or which may be adjusted when established to exclude or include any items otherwise includable or
 
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excludable under GAAP or under IASB Principles or any other objectively determinable items including, without limitation, (a) any extraordinary non-recurring items, (b) the effect of any merger, acquisition, or other business combination or divestiture, or (c) the effect of any changes in accounting principles affecting the Company’s or a business unit’s, region’s, affiliate’s or business segment’s reported results.
NO REPRICING. The Amended 2015 Plan prohibits (i) option or stock appreciation right repricings (including by way of exchange for another award) and (ii) the Company from paying cash or issuing new equity awards in exchange for the surrender and cancellation of any, or all, stock options or stock appreciation rights with an exercise price that is less than the current fair market value, in each case, unless stockholder approval is obtained.
NONTRANSFERABILITY OF AWARDS. Unless determined otherwise by the Administrator, an award granted under the Amended 2015 Plan is not transferable other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution, and may be exercised during the participant’s lifetime only by the participant.
AUTOMATIC GRANTS TO OUTSIDE DIRECTORS. The Amended 2015 Plan provides that (i) at each of the Company’s annual stockholder meetings each non-employee director (an “Outside Director”) who is elected at (or whose term continues after) such meeting shall be automatically granted RSUs for a number of shares equal to the Annual Value (as defined below), rounded down to the nearest whole share, and (ii) each person who first becomes an Outside Director on a date other than the annual meeting of stockholders (including a director who has transitioned from an employee director to an Outside Director) shall automatically be granted on the date such person becomes an Outside Director, RSUs for a number of shares equal to a number determined by multiplying the Annual Value used for calculating the number of RSUs granted to Outside Directors at the annual stockholder meeting immediately preceding the date of such award by a fraction, the numerator of which is 365 minus the number of days between the last annual meeting date and the date the person first becomes an Outside Director, and the denominator of which is 365, rounded down to the nearest whole Share. The “Annual Value” means the number equal to $245,000 divided by the average daily closing price over the six month period ending on the last day of the fiscal year preceding the date of grant.
Each award granted to Outside Directors will vest in full on the earlier of  (A) the one year anniversary of the grant date, and (B) the day prior to the date of the Company’s next annual stockholder meeting, subject in either case to the participant continuously remaining a director through the vest date.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the maximum value of  (i) the grant date fair value of equity awards granted and (ii) cash fees paid to any Outside Director for their service as a director in a fiscal year, shall not exceed $1,000,000 in total value.
ADJUSTMENTS UPON CHANGES IN CAPITALIZATION. In the event that the stock of the Company changes by reason of any stock split, reverse stock split, stock dividend, combination, reclassification or other similar change in the capital structure of the Company effected without the receipt of consideration, appropriate adjustments shall be made in the number and class of shares of stock subject to the Amended 2015 Plan, the number and class of shares of award outstanding under the Amended 2015 Plan, the fiscal year limits on the number of awards that any person may receive, the number of shares subject to automatic option grants to Outside Directors and the exercise price of any outstanding option or stock appreciation right.
In the event of a liquidation or dissolution, the Administrator shall notify each participant prior to the effective date. The Administrator may, in its discretion, provide that each participant shall have the right to exercise all of their options and stock appreciation rights, as to all of the shares covered by the option or stock appreciation right, including as to those shares not otherwise exercisable. In addition, the Administrator may provide that any Company repurchase option or forfeiture rights applicable to any award shall lapse 100%, and that any award vesting shall accelerate 100%, provided the proposed dissolution or liquidation takes place at the time and in the manner contemplated.
MERGER OR CHANGE IN CONTROL. In the event of a merger of the Company with or into another corporation, or a Change in Control of the Company (as defined in the Amended 2015 Plan), each outstanding option and stock appreciation right shall be assumed, or an equivalent option or stock appreciation right will be granted in substitution by the successor corporation or a parent or subsidiary of the successor corporation. In the event that the successor corporation refuses to assume or substitute for the option or stock appreciation right, the participant shall fully vest in and have the right to exercise the option or stock appreciation right as to all of the common stock covered by such award including shares as to which he or she would not otherwise be vested or exercisable. If an option or stock appreciation right becomes fully vested and exercisable in lieu of assumption or substitution in such event, the
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Administrator will notify the participant that the option or stock appreciation right will become fully vested and exercisable for a period determined by the Administrator, and the option or stock appreciation right will terminate upon the expiration of such period.
In the event of a merger of the Company with or into another corporation, or a Change in Control of the Company, each outstanding restricted stock, RSU, performance share, performance unit, and deferred stock unit award (and any related dividend equivalent) shall be assumed or an equivalent award substituted by the successor corporation or a parent or subsidiary of the successor corporation. In the event that the successor corporation refuses to assume or substitute for the award, the participant shall fully vest in the award, including as to shares (or with respect to dividend equivalents and performance units, the cash equivalent thereof) which would not otherwise be vested.
TAX WITHHOLDING. Participants may satisfy the statutory tax withholding requirements arising in connection with the exercise, vesting or delivery of their awards pursuant to such methods as designated by the Administrator.
AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION OF THE AMENDED 2015 PLAN. The Board may amend, alter, suspend or terminate the Amended 2015 Plan, or any part thereof, at any time and for any reason. No such amendment by the Board or stockholders may negatively alter or impair any award previously granted under the Amended 2015 Plan without the written consent of the participant.
TERM OF THE AMENDED 2015 PLAN. The Amended 2015 Plan will continue in effect until March 27, 2025.
Federal Income Tax Consequences
INCENTIVE STOCK OPTIONS. An optionee who is granted an incentive stock option does not recognize taxable income at the time the option is granted or upon its exercise, although the exercise may subject the optionee to the alternative minimum tax. Upon an optionee’s sale of the shares (assuming that the sale occurs at least two years after grant of the option and at least one year after exercise of the option), any gain will be taxed to the optionee as long-term capital gain. If the optionee disposes of the shares prior to the expiration of the above holding periods, then the optionee will recognize ordinary income in an amount generally measured as the difference between the exercise price and the lower of the fair market value of the shares at the exercise date or the sale price of the shares. Any gain or loss recognized on such premature sale of the shares in excess of the amount treated as ordinary income will be characterized as capital gain or loss.
NONSTATUTORY STOCK OPTIONS. An optionee does not recognize any taxable income at the time he or she is granted a nonstatutory stock option. Upon exercise, the optionee recognizes taxable income generally measured by the excess of the then fair market value of the shares over the exercise price. Upon a disposition of such shares by the optionee, any difference between the sale price and the optionee’s exercise price, to the extent not recognized as taxable income as provided above, is treated as long-term or short-term capital gain or loss, depending on the holding period.
RESTRICTED STOCK. If at the time of purchase, restricted stock is subject to a “substantial risk of forfeiture” within the meaning of Section 83 of the Code, the purchaser will not recognize ordinary income at the time of purchase. Instead, the purchaser will recognize ordinary income on the dates when a stock ceases to be subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. At such times, the purchaser will recognize ordinary income measured as the difference between the purchase price and the fair market value of the stock on the date the stock is no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture.
The purchaser may accelerate to the date of purchase his or her recognition of ordinary income, if any, and the beginning of any capital gain holding period by timely filing an election pursuant to Section 83(b) of the Code. In such event, the ordinary income recognized, if any, is measured as the difference between the purchase price and the fair market value of the stock on the date of purchase, and the capital gain holding period commences on such date. The ordinary income recognized by a purchaser who is an employee will be subject to tax withholding by the Company.
STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS. No income will be recognized by a recipient in connection with the grant of a stock appreciation right. When the stock appreciation right is exercised, the recipient will generally be required to include as taxable ordinary income in the year of exercise an amount equal to the sum of the amount of cash received and the fair market value of any common stock received upon the exercise.
RESTRICTED STOCK UNITS AND PERFORMANCE SHARES. A participant will not have taxable income upon grant (unless, with respect to restricted stock, he or she elects to be taxed at that time). Instead, he or she will recognize
 
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ordinary income at the time of vesting equal to the fair market value (on the vesting date) of the vested shares or cash received minus any amount paid for the shares.
DIVIDEND EQUIVALENTS. A participant will recognize taxable income upon the payout of a dividend equivalent.
DEFERRED STOCK UNITS. Typically, a participant will recognize employment taxes upon the vesting of a deferred stock unit and income upon its delivery. The participant may be subject to additional taxation, interest and penalties if the deferred stock unit does not comply with Section 409A of the Code.
COMPANY TAX DEDUCTION. The Company generally will be entitled to a tax deduction in connection with an award under the Amended 2015 Plan in an amount equal to the ordinary income realized by a participant and at the time the participant recognizes such income (for example, the exercise of a nonqualified stock option). Special rules limit the deductibility of compensation paid to certain executive officers. Under Section 162(m) of the Code, the annual compensation paid to any of these specified executives will be deductible only to the extent that it does not exceed $1,000,000. However, the Company can preserve the deductibility of certain compensation in excess of  $1,000,000 for performance-based cash and equity incentive awards if such awards (i) were granted pursuant to “written binding contracts” in effect as of November 2, 2017 that are not later modified in any material respect and (ii) meet the conditions of Section 162(m) of the Code. These conditions include, among other things, stockholder approval of the performance goals under the Amended 2015 Plan, setting individual annual limits on each type of award, and for awards other than stock options and stock appreciation rights, establishing performance criteria that must be met before the award actually will vest or be paid. The Amended 2015 Plan was designed to permit the Administrator to grant certain awards in its discretion that qualified as performance-based for purposes of satisfying the conditions of Section 162(m) of the Code, thereby permitting the Company to receive a federal income tax deduction in connection with such awards. However, because of the fact-based nature of the performance-based compensation exception under Section 162(m) of the Code and the limited availability of binding guidance thereunder, we cannot guarantee that the awards under the Amended 2015 Plan or any other arrangement we maintain will qualify for exemption under Section 162(m) of the Code.
SECTION 409A. Section 409A of the Code, or Section 409A, provides certain requirements for non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements with respect to an individual’s deferral and distribution elections and permissible distribution events. Awards granted under the Amended 2015 Plan with a deferral feature will be subject to the requirements of Section 409A. If an award is subject to and fails to satisfy the requirements of Section 409A, the recipient of that award may recognize ordinary income on the amounts deferred under the award, to the extent vested, which may be prior to when the compensation is actually or constructively received. Also, if an award that is subject to Section 409A fails to comply with Section 409A’s provisions, Section 409A imposes an additional 20% federal income tax on compensation recognized as ordinary income, as well as interest on such deferred compensation.
THE FOREGOING IS ONLY A SUMMARY OF THE EFFECT OF FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION UPON PARTICIPANTS AND THE COMPANY UNDER THE AMENDED 2015 PLAN. IT DOES NOT PURPORT TO BE COMPLETE, AND DOES NOT DISCUSS THE TAX CONSEQUENCES OF THE EMPLOYEE’S DEATH OR THE PROVISIONS OF THE INCOME TAX LAWS OF ANY MUNICIPALITY, STATE OR FOREIGN COUNTRY IN WHICH THE EMPLOYEE MAY RESIDE.
Current Share Reserve
The following table sets forth information regarding outstanding grants as of March 19, 2019 under the Company’s equity compensation plans, which include the following: (i) our 2015 Plan and (ii) assumed or substituted equity awards in connection with an acquisition. We do not have any grants outstanding under either our 2006 Equity Incentive Plan or our 1996 Stock Incentive Plan. The closing price per share of our common stock as reported on the NYSE as of March 19, 2019 was $26.20.
Equity Plan
Stock
Options
(# of shares)​
Weighted-
Average
Exercise
Price Per
Share ($)​
Weighted-
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Term (In Yrs)​
Full Value
Awards
(# of shares)(1)
Shares
Available
for Future
Grant
(# of shares)​
2015 Plan 0 N/A N/A 14,935,363 11,053,490
Assumed Awards(2) 15,222 6.05 6.34 1,967,841 0
Total 15,222 6.05 6.34 16,903,204 11,053,490
(1)
RSUs and Performance Share Awards are referred to as “Full Value Awards.” The maximum number of shares issuable pursuant to certain Performance Share Awards equals 200% of target. The number of Performance Share Awards included in the above table assumes performance at target.
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(2)
“Assumed Awards” refers to equity awards assumed or substituted for Juniper Networks equity awards in connection with an acquisition. “Full Value Awards” also includes 235,875 of restricted stock awards assumed or substituted in connection with prior acquisitions.
New Plan Benefits
Our named executive officers and directors have an interest in this proposal because they are eligible to participate in the Amended 2015 Plan. The Company cannot currently determine the benefits or number of shares subject to awards that may be granted in the future to executive officers and employees (including employee directors) under the Amended 2015 Plan because the Company’s equity award grants are discretionary in nature. The Amended 2015 Plan does not provide for set benefits or amounts of awards, except with respect to non-employee directors. Pursuant to the term of the Amended 2015 Plan, each non-employee director will receive RSUs in an amount equal to the Annual Value (as described above under the heading “Description of the Amended 2015 Plan”), or a fraction thereof with respect to individuals who become non-employee directors after an annual stockholders meeting. However, other than with respect to the grant to be made in 2019 pursuant to which each non-employee director that is elected at the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders will receive an award for 8,713 RSUs, the Company cannot currently determine the aggregate benefit or number of shares subject to awards that may be granted in the future to non-employee directors under the Amended 2015 Plan because the aggregate benefit and number of shares depends on the aggregate number of non-employee directors, when individuals join the Board and the Annual Value depends on the future stock price of our common stock. There are no awards to executive officers or employees that are conditioned on stockholder approval of the Amended 2015 Plan.
The table below shows, as to the listed individuals and specified groups, (i) the number of shares of common stock subject to an equity award grant under the 2015 Plan during fiscal 2018 to persons other than our non-employee directors, (ii) the RSU grants that our current non-employee director nominees as a group will receive if they are re-elected as directors on the date of the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders and (iii) the aggregate dollar value of such shares based on $26.91 per share, the closing stock price per share of our common stock as of December 31, 2018.
Name and Position
Dollar Value ($)​
Number of
Shares
Underlying RSU
and PSA grants​
Rami Rahim(1)
Chief Executive Officer and Director
$ 9,144,018 339,800
Kenneth Miller(1)
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
$ 2,587,935 96,170
Manoj Leelanivas
Executive Vice President, Chief Product Officer
$ 5,382,000 200,000
Anand Athreya(1)
Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer
$ 2,635,458 97,936
Pierre-Paul Allard(2)
Former Executive Vice President, Chief Customer Officer
$ 6,458,400 240,000
Executive Officer Group (8 persons) $ 31,258,602 1,161,598
Non-Executive Director Nominee Group (7 persons)(3) $ 1,641,268 60,991
Non-Executive Officer Employee Group(1) $ 182,113,425 6,767,500
(1)
Includes RSUs and performance share awards. The number of performance share awards included in the above tables assumes performance at target. The maximum number of shares issuable pursuant to certain performance share awards equals 200% of target
(2)
Mr. Allard departed from the Company in January 2019.
(3)
Assuming each of the seven (7) non-employee director nominees are elected at the 2019 annual stockholder meeting, under the terms of the Amended 2015 Plan, each such director will automatically be granted 8,713 RSUs on May 14, 2019 (or, in the aggregate, 60,991 RSUs). In addition, in 2018, 8,180 RSUs were granted to each of our 8 non-employee directors in connection with the 2018 annual meeting (or, in the aggregate, 65,440 RSUs), and in March 2019, 1,613 RSUs were granted to Ms. DelSanto in connection with her appointment to the Board.
 
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History of Grants under 2015 Plan
The table below shows, as to the listed individuals and specified groups, the number of shares of common stock subject to an equity award grant (even if not currently outstanding) under the 2015 Plan from the inception of the 2015 Plan through December 31, 2018.
Name and Position
Number of
Shares
Underlying RSU
and PSA grants(3)
Rami Rahim(1)
Chief Executive Officer and Director
960,589
Kenneth Miller(1)
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
281,337
Manoj Leelanivas
Executive Vice President, Chief Product Officer
200,000
Anand Athreya(1)
Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer
270,356
Pierre-Paul Allard
Former Executive Vice President, Chief Customer Officer
240,000
Robert M. Calderoni, Director 35,428
Gary Daichendt, Director 35,428
Anne DelSanto, Director(2) 0
Kevin DeNuccio, Director 35,428
James Dolce, Director 35,428
Mercedes Johnson, Director 35,428
Scott Kriens, Director 35,428
Rahul Merchant, Director 35,428
William R. Stensrud, Director 35,428
Executive Officer Group (8 persons)(1) 2,909,807
Non-Executive Director Group (9 persons)(2) 283,424
Non-Executive Officer Employee Group(1) 24,511,434
(1)
Includes RSUs and performance share awards. The number of performance share awards included in the above tables assumes achievement at target. The maximum number of shares issuable pursuant to certain performance share awards equals 200% of target.
(2)
Ms. DelSanto was appointed to the Board in March 2019, and in connection with her appointment, she was granted 1,613 RSUs in March 2019.
(3)
A total of 283,424 RSUs were automatically granted to non-employee directors under the 2015 Plan since its inception through December 31, 2018. In addition, assuming the seven (7) non-employee director nominees are elected at the 2019 annual stockholder meeting, under the terms of the Amended 2015 Plan, each such director will automatically be granted 8,713 RSUs on May 14, 2019 (or, in the aggregate, 60,991 RSUs).
(4)
There are no nominees for election as a director who are not covered by the above. No awards have been granted under the 2015 Plan to any associate of any of our executive officers or directors, and no person received 5% or more of the total awards granted under the 2015 Plan since its inception.
Recommendation
Our Board unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” approval of the foregoing amendment and restatement of the Juniper Networks, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan.
If you sign your proxy or voting instruction card or vote by telephone or over the Internet but do not give instructions with respect to this proposal, your shares will be voted for approval of the foregoing Amended 2015 Plan, as recommended by the Board. If you do not give voting instructions to your broker, your broker will not be able to vote your shares and your shares will not be voted on this matter.
Vote Required
Provided a quorum is present, approval of the foregoing amendment and restatement of the Juniper Networks, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote at the annual meeting.
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Executive Compensation
Compensation Discussion and Analysis
Our Compensation Discussion and Analysis provides an overview of  (1) our executive compensation framework and philosophy, (2) the compensation decisions the Compensation Committee has made under those programs, and (3) an analysis of the 2018 compensation program for the Named Executive Officers (“NEOs”) of the Company, who are listed below.
Named Executive Officers
Rami Rahim Chief Executive Officer (our “CEO”)
Anand Athreya Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer
Kenneth Miller Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Manoj Leelanivas(1) Executive Vice President, Chief Product Officer
Pierre-Paul Allard(2) Former Executive Vice President, Chief Customer Officer
(1)
In March 2018, Mr. Leelanivas joined the Company in the role of EVP, Chief Product Officer.
(2)
In August 2018, Mr. Allard joined the Company in the role of EVP, Chief Customer Officer. In January 2019, Mr. Allard left the Company.
We refer to the Compensation Committee in this “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of the proxy statement as the “Committee.”
Our Compensation Discussion and Analysis is organized into four sections.

Section 1 — Executive Summary

Section 2 — Setting Executive Compensation

Section 3 — Elements of Executive Compensation

Section 4 — Other Compensation Policies and Information
Section 1 — Executive Summary
Juniper Networks Overview and 2018 Performance
Juniper Networks designs, develops, and sells products and services for high-performance networks, to enable customers to build scalable, reliable, secure, and cost-effective networks for their businesses, while achieving agility, efficiency, and value through automation. In 2018, we continued to execute on our strategy to diversify our business and capture share in the cloud and cloud-enabled segments of our market.
Although 2018 was a challenging year, management continued to focus on cash flow, earnings per share (“EPS”), total shareholder return (“TSR”) while delivering on strategic goals. Net revenues decreased in 2018 compared to 2017 due to lower routing product revenues from our Cloud and Service Provider verticals in the Americas. We experienced ongoing networking architectural transitions and a slower than expected pace of deployments for certain large Cloud customers as well as a decline in our Service Provider business due to the timing of deployments. However, the year-over-year decline in product net revenues was partially offset by broad-based revenue growth in our Enterprise vertical.
 
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The following tables highlight certain year-over-year key performance and financial indicators.
Certain Key Performance Indicators: 2018 vs. 2017
Results (in millions, except per share amounts and percentages)
Fiscal 2017​
Fiscal 2018​
Year-over-Year
% Change​
Revenue $ 5,027.2 $ 4,647.5
-7.6%​
Cash Flow from Operations $ 1,259.3 $ 861.1
-31.6%​
Stock Price at Fiscal Year End $ 28.50 $ 26.91
-5.6%​
Dividends per Share $ 0.40 $ 0.72
80.0%​
Stock Buyback $ 719.7 $ 750.0
4.2%​
2018 Pay Outcomes
Our fiscal year financial results and stock price performance resulted in executive compensation program outcomes that were consistent with below-target performance and demonstrate alignment with our pay-for-performance philosophy:

The Executive Annual Incentive Plan (“AIP”) resulted in a 45% cash payout for our NEOs. In addition, the performance conditions for the Bonus PSUs (as described in greater detail below) were not achieved, resulting in no vesting of the Bonus PSUs for our NEOs.

The 2018 tranche for our three-year performance share awards (“PSAs”) did not “bank” any shares for our NEOs. This includes tranches that are a part of three-year PSAs awarded in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Based on performance during the three-year period covering fiscal years 2016, 2017 and 2018, our 2016 PSAs were earned and settled at 16.8% of target.

Based on stock price performance in 2018, no price-vested RSUs, which were issued in prior years, vested in 2018.
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CEO Compensation for 2016-2018
Consistent with the Committee’s “pay-for-performance” philosophy, the majority of our CEO’s target pay is at risk. As a result, we believe that the value that will ultimately be received aligns with the Company’s financial results and stock price performance. We believe that realizable compensation perspectives also provide valuable data points to evaluate the alignment between pay-and-performance for our CEO.
Target versus Realizable Pay: 2016-2018
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The above chart illustrates the value of target pay granted to Mr. Rahim from fiscal years 2016-2018 compared to his realizable pay over the same time frame.
“Target Pay” reflects (1) the sum of the following components reported in our “Summary Compensation Table” for the applicable year: Salary, Stock Awards, and All Other Compensation, and (2) the target opportunity reflected in our “Grants of Plan-Based Awards” table for the applicable year with respect to Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards.
“Realizable Pay” is calculated in the same manner as “Target Pay,” except (i) the amounts shown in the Bonus column in our “Summary Compensation Table” for the applicable year are included, (ii) the Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation reflects the actual value disclosed for the applicable year in our “Summary Compensation Table,” and (iii) long-term equity incentive vehicles are valued based on the closing price per share of our common stock at each fiscal year end, and further adjusted as follows:

PSA awards are adjusted to reflect the actual number of  “banked” shares for the relevant fiscal year in the case where performance tranches for PSA awards have been completed, and the target number of shares in the case where performance tranches for PSAs will be determined in the future; and

Bonus PSUs for the applicable year are included only if the performance conditions were achieved.
 
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Stockholder Engagement and Significant Changes for 2018 and 2019
Following our 2018 annual “Say-on-Pay” advisory vote, Juniper Networks continued its practice of meeting with stockholders to solicit feedback on our executive compensation program. As described above in the section entitled “Stockholder Engagement” of this proxy statement, our engagement efforts, as well as ongoing conversations between management and stockholders on a variety of matters, reflect our commitment to strong corporate governance and our goal of seeking input directly from our stockholders, which we believe allows us to better understand our stockholders’ perspectives.
The Committee considers the outcome of the annual “Say-on-Pay” advisory vote when making decisions regarding the executive compensation program. At the Company’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, approximately 95% of the votes cast on the fiscal year 2017 Say-on-Pay advisory vote were cast in favor of approving the compensation of our NEOs. The Committee viewed the outcome of the Say-on-Pay advisory vote as indicative that a significant majority of the Company’s stockholders view the Committee’s approach to executive compensation favorably. The Company’s management continues to engage in dialogue with many of the Company’s largest stockholders, and the Committee will continue to consider stockholder feedback and the results of the Company’s Say-on-Pay votes when making future compensation decisions for the Company’s NEOs.
As a result of the Committee’s evaluation of the results of the “Say-on-Pay” advisory vote, the feedback received from stockholders and the advice from the Committee’s independent compensation consultant, the Committee continued to further evolve the design of the Company’s executive compensation and equity programs as follows:

Provided Performance Share Awards Based Upon Relative Total Shareholder Return. The Company provided NEOs with a new class of performance share awards based upon relative TSR performance over three years (RTSR PSAs). The Committee believes that RTSR PSAs help to further align our NEOs’ interests with shareholder interests as payout is predicated on the Company’s long-term performance relative to the S&P 500 Index over a sustained period. Shares are not banked annually and cliff-vest, if earned, at the conclusion of the three-year performance period, ensuring that NEOs are incentivized to remain at the Company to develop and execute on long-term strategic goals. RTSR PSAs will be used instead of the Price-Vested RSUs granted in previous years.

Enhanced Stock Ownership Guidelines. The Committee increased the holding requirement for the CEO from 3x to 6x and the other NEOs from 1.5x to 3x of their respective base salaries. Additionally, all NEOs are required to hold at least 50% of their “net shares” received from an equity award (i.e., the shares remaining after taxes are withheld) until the applicable ownership requirement is obtained. This holding requirement is increased to 12 months for all net shares for the CEO.

Continued Focus on Reducing Equity Burn Rate. The Company intends to continue focusing on keeping its equity burn-rate in-line with its peer companies. For 2018, the Committee continued its commitment to an equity burn-rate of 2.30% of basic weighted-average common shares outstanding (“CSO”) notwithstanding the sustained decrease in CSO over the last five years, counting each RSU and performance share as one share based on the target number of shares issuable under the award. We believe this commitment helps to mitigate stockholder dilution while still allowing us to be competitive to attract and retain talent. The following chart shows how we have managed our equity burn rate over the past five years.
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Total Shares Granted (Burn Rate): 2014-2018(1)
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(1)
Shares granted, as well as burn rate, counts each RSU as one share and counts each performance share as one share based on the target number of shares issuable under the award.
Strong Executive Compensation Practices
The Committee takes seriously its duty to maintain a comprehensive governance framework that is aligned with market leading practice and standards. Therefore, the Committee has adopted a strong corporate governance framework for executive compensation that includes the components described below.
What We Do
Pay-for-performance A significant percentage of total target direct compensation is performance-based and aligned with the Company’s financial performance and stockholder return. Our annual and long-term plans provide a balance of incentives and include different measures of performance.
Annual “Say-on-Pay” Advisory Vote We conduct an annual “Say-on-Pay” advisory vote.
Stock ownership guidelines We have established stock ownership guidelines for members of our Board and NEOs to align the interests of our leadership with those of our stockholders. In 2018, we enhanced these guidelines to align with industry and peer company best practices.
“Claw-back” policy We adopted a “claw-back” policy under which all of our executive officers are required, in certain instances, to repay overpayments of incentive compensation awards.
“Double-trigger” change-in-control arrangements
An executive’s cash severance rights will trigger and unvested equity awards will vest upon a change in control only if the executive also experiences a qualifying termination of employment.
Retain an independent compensation consultant
The Committee engaged an independent compensation consultant, Compensia, to provide analysis, advice and guidance on executive compensation matters.
Annual Assessment of Executive Compensation
The Committee reviews an annual executive compensation assessment prepared by Compensia.
Avoid excessive risk taking The Committee reviews an annual executive compensation program risk assessment conducted by its independent compensation consultant.
What We Don’t Do
No stock option or stock appreciation right repricing The Company’s 2015 Equity Incentive Plan does not permit us to reprice or repurchase “underwater” stock options or stock appreciation rights without stockholder approval or to grant stock options or stock appreciation rights with an exercise price below fair market value.
No tax gross-ups The Company has no executive officer contracts providing for an excise tax gross-up following a change in control.
No hedging or pledging of Company stock and no use of margin accounts The Company has adopted a policy that prohibits members of our Board and all employees, including Section 16 Officers, from pledging their Company stock or engaging in short sales of Company stock and other similar transactions that could be used to hedge the risk of Company stock ownership.
No “evergreen” or fixed-term employment agreements We do not provide “evergreen” positions in any employment agreements with executive officers. Employment of our executive officers is “at will” and may be terminated by either the Company or the employee at any time.
No dividend equivalents on unvested equity awards We do not and our stock plan does not permit us to pay dividends or dividend equivalents on unearned shares or units.
No excessive perks We offer only certain limited benefits as required to remain competitive and to attract and retain highly talented executives.
No single trigger change-in-control or excessive severance benefits We do not provide single trigger change-in-control benefits or severance cash payments exceeding 3x base salary and bonus.
No Executive Pension or SERPs We do not provide for any executive pension plans or SERPs.
 
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Section 2 — Setting Executive Compensation
Roles
The Company’s executive compensation program is established and overseen by the Committee with support provided by their independent compensation consultant, Compensia, and the Chief Executive Officer and management. Each of their roles is described below.
Role of the Compensation Committee
The Committee is comprised entirely of independent directors and has the responsibility of establishing compensation for our officers who are designated as reporting officers under Section 16 of the Exchange Act. The Committee has overall responsibility for establishing and evaluating executive officer compensation plans, policies, and programs, including the evaluation of the Chief Executive Officer. The Committee also has responsibility for reviewing the overall equity award practices of the Company. The Committee has the authority to obtain advice and assistance from, and receive appropriate funding from Juniper Networks for, outside legal counsel, compensation consultants, or other advisors, as the Committee deems necessary to carry out its duties. In addition, the Committee is free to replace its independent compensation consultants or retain additional advisors at any time.
The Committee independently decides the salary, incentive target and equity awards for the Chief Executive Officer with input from its independent compensation consultant. Based on the information presented from the independent compensation consultant, the Committee discusses the Chief Executive Officer’s contribution and performance, Company performance, the competitive market, and the other factors discussed below, and independently makes compensation decisions in an executive session, without members of management present.
Role of the Independent Compensation Consultant
The Committee engaged Semler Brossy Consulting Group, LLC (“Semler Brossy”) to serve as its independent advisor through August 2018. In August 2018, the Committee engaged Compensia, Inc. (“Compensia”) as its new advisor after a formal search process. For the periods of their respective engagements, Compensia and Semler Brossy advised the Committee with respect to trends in executive compensation, review of market information, and assessment of compensation actions required under its charter. Based on the consideration of the various factors as set forth in the rules of the SEC and the New York Stock Exchange, the Committee has determined that its relationship with Compensia and Semler Brossy is that of an independent compensation advisor under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange and there are no conflicts of interest. In 2018, neither Compensia nor Semler Brossy provided the Company with any other services nor received compensation from us other than with respect to the services described above.
The compensation consultant attends most Committee meetings either in person or by phone and provides its advice and guidance, as well as relevant market data on executive pay levels, practices and design, to the Committee. For additional details on the engagement and services provided by Compensia, please refer to the “Compensation Consultant Disclosure” section of this proxy statement.
Role of the Chief Executive Officer and Management
The Chief Executive Officer makes recommendations to the Committee regarding the salary, incentive target and equity awards for the executive officers other than himself. These recommendations are based on analysis and guidance provided by the compensation consultant on behalf of the Committee and the Chief Executive Officer’s assessment of individual specific factors, such as the individual’s role and contribution to Company performance and the other factors discussed below. The CEO is also assisted by the Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer in making these recommendations.
Executive Compensation Philosophy and Objectives
For 2018 executive officer compensation decisions, the Committee continued the compensation philosophy of determining compensation on a case-by-case basis, taking into account, among other things, peer market data regarding the market median, individual performance, tenure, criticality of role, and ability to impact business results. The Committee believes this change better aligns executive officer compensation levels with stockholder interests while
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continuing to reward executives for achieving financial and strategic results that drive stockholder value over the long-term, including rewarding above-target performance with above-target pay.
Our NEOs’ pay mix emphasizes “at risk” pay opportunities and is largely performance-based. In 2018, with respect to our CEO’s annual target compensation package, “performance-based” compensation in the form of annual cash bonus incentive and performance-based equity comprised 55% of his target total direct compensation, and “variable” compensation in the form of annual cash bonus incentive and equity (i.e., RSUs and performance shares) comprised 88% of his target total direct compensation. In addition, performance-based compensation comprised 50% and variable compensation comprised 81%, on average, of our other NEOs’ (excluding Messrs. Leelanivas and Allard, who were both hired in 2018) target total direct compensation.
2018 Target Pay Mix: CEO and Other NEOs
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(1)
Target Total Direct Compensation reflects (i) salary disclosed in the “Summary Compensation Table” and (ii) target opportunity for non-equity incentive plan awards and grant date fair value of all stock awards as disclosed in the “Grants of Plan-Based Awards For Fiscal 2018” table.
(2)
Target Total Direct Compensation reflects an average of the following components for our continuing-NEOs (other than the CEO): (i) salary as disclosed in the “Summary Compensation Table,” and (ii) target opportunity for non-equity incentive plan awards and grant date fair value of all stock awards as disclosed in the “Grants of Plan-Based Awards For Fiscal 2018” table. NEOs that were hired in 2018 are excluded in this calculation.
The Committee has established guiding principles with respect to our executive compensation program, and has maintained them for 2018, as detailed below. The Committee believes that these guiding principles drive desirable behaviors, accountability, and alignment with stockholder interests.
Principle
Strategy
Enhance Accountability Executive compensation linked to a clear set of business objectives
Manage to Balanced Results Compensation strategy that drives balanced results between the following:
   • Short- and long-term objectives
   • Individual and team performance
   • Financial and non-financial objectives
   • Customer satisfaction and growth
Reward High Performance Upside potential in the incentive plans for superior performance with downside risk for underperformance
Attract & Retain Talent
Market-competitive programs with flexibility to be aggressive for mission-critical talent retention and acquisition
Align with Stockholder Interests Programs that are transparent, easily understood and aligned with long-term stockholder interests
Encourage Health and Financial Well-Being Market-competitive benefit programs that encourage wellness and financial savings
 
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Competitive Compensation Data
The Committee reviews competitive compensation data to establish market reference points, including data from the Peer Group and published compensation surveys, as described below.
2018 Peer Group
In August 2017, the Committee, with input from the compensation consultant, established a peer group of publicly traded networking equipment and other high technology companies set forth in the table below (the “Peer Group”) for use in 2018. In deciding whether a company should be included in the Peer Group, the Committee generally considered the following screening criteria:

Revenue;

Market value;

Historical revenue growth;

Business model;

Scope of operations;

Industry relevance; and

Whether the Company is likely to compete with the company in the Peer Group for executive talent.
The Peer Group is regularly reviewed and updated by the Committee with the assistance of its compensation consultant to take into account changes in both the Company’s business and the businesses of the companies in the Peer Group. The data on the compensation practices of the Peer Group is gathered through publicly available information.
For assessing the market competitiveness of compensation purposes, the positions and compensation levels of our NEOs were compared to similar positions in the Peer Group. For compensation decisions made in 2018, the Peer Group consisted of the 15 companies set forth below.
Company Name
Adobe Systems, Inc. Intuit, Inc.
ARRIS Intl. Plc. Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Autodesk, Inc. NetApp, Inc.
Brocade Communication Systems, Inc. NVIDIA Corp.
CA, Inc. Symantec Corp.
Ciena Corp. VMware, Inc.
Citrix Systems, Inc. Xilinx, Inc.
Corning, Inc.
Published Surveys
The compensation consultant additionally reviewed broader technology company data to provide market context for the Committee’s compensation decisions. For the 2018 annual compensation review conducted in November 2017, pay data was drawn from the Radford 2017 Global Technology Survey for a broader list of technology companies of over $3.0 billion in annual revenue.
General Approach for Decision-Making
After reviewing the Peer Group and survey compensation data, the Committee takes into consideration other factors, such as internal equity, individual performance, criticality and scope of role, tenure, leadership skills, and ability to impact business performance. In addition, while recruiting key executive talent, the compensation decisions may be determined based on negotiations with such individuals and can reflect such factors as the amount of compensation that the individual would forego by joining the Company or relocation costs. The Committee also takes into consideration the aggregate amount of equity awards and other compensation values including realizable pay outcomes, and potential payments upon termination or change of control for each executive officer. The Committee also takes into consideration the results from the “Say-on-Pay” advisory vote and feedback we receive when we conduct ongoing stockholder outreach in the evaluation of our executive compensation program and policies.
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Section 3 — Elements of Executive Compensation
The following table lists the elements of target direct compensation for our 2018 executive compensation program.
Fixed
Variable Short-Term
Variable Long-Term
Other
Base Salary
Executive AIP Cash
Bonus PSU
Financial PSA
RTSR PSA
RSU
Benefits
Primary Purpose
Attract and retain
Retain
Attract and retain
Encourage wellness and financial savings
Provide focus on annual financial and non-financial goals, motivate performance
Reward achievement of financial and strategic
results that drive long-term stockholder value
Create ownership and align employee efforts with stockholder interests
Performance Measures
  Revenue
  Non-GAAP EPS
  Strategic goals
  Revenue
  Revenue
  Non-GAAP EPS
 Share price
Total Performance/​
Vest Period
Ongoing
1-year
1-year performance
2-year vest (ratable)
1-year performance in each of 3 years
3-year vest (cliff)
3-year performance & vest (cliff)
3-year (ratable)
Ongoing
The program uses a mix of fixed and variable compensation elements and is designed to drive corporate performance using measures that correlate to stockholder value and align with our financial and strategic Company goals. Decisions regarding compensation opportunity for executive officers are made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account individual performance, tenure, criticality of role, pre-existing equity and compensation arrangements and ability to impact business results.
Base Salary
In 2018, the Committee independently decided not to provide base salary increases to the NEOs, including the CEO, as it determined that their salary for 2018 was competitive compared to executives at the peer companies. The Committee considered Mr. Rahim’s recommendations, based upon analysis and guidance from the compensation consultant, including competitive data from our Peer Group and Mr. Rahim’s assessment of individual-specific factors. The Committee determined that Messrs. Athreya and Miller’s salaries were aligned with comparable positions in our Peer Group and other executive officers at the Company. The Committee determined in connection with Mr. Leelanivas’ and Mr. Allard’s hiring in March 2018 and August 2018, respectively, to provide a salary commensurate with their responsibilities as EVP, Chief Product Officer and EVP, Chief Customer Officer, respectively.
Executive
2017 Base
Salary​
2018 Base
Salary​
%
Salary
Increase​
Rami Rahim $ 1,000,000 $ 1,000,000
–%​
Kenneth Miller $ 575,000 $ 575,000
–%​
Manoj Leelanivas(1)
$ 550,000
n/a​
Anand Athreya $ 460,000 $ 460,000
–%​
Pierre-Paul Allard(2)
$ 600,000
n/a​
(1)
Mr. Leelanivas joined the Company in March 2018.
(2)
Mr. Allard joined the Company in August 2018 and left in January 2019.
Executive Annual Incentive Plan and Cash Bonus
Consistent with the Committee’s objective to link a significant portion of our NEOs’ compensation to performance, the Committee established a target annual performance-based incentive opportunity for each NEO, expressed as a percentage of base salary. In setting the amount of the target incentive opportunity, the Committee, with input from the compensation consultant, takes into account competitive market data, the individual’s role and contribution to performance, and internal equity. The actual payout may be higher or lower than this target incentive amount, based on Company and/or individual performance factors.
 
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For 2018, the target incentive opportunities (expressed as a percentage of base salary) for all NEOs remained consistent with 2017 levels. With respect to the 2018 AIP, a portion of each NEO’s target opportunity under the AIP was awarded in performance shares (“Bonus PSUs”) at the beginning of the AIP performance period, as discussed in further detail below. Messrs. Leelanivas and Allard did not receive Bonus PSUs as they did not join the Company until March 2018 and August 2018, respectively. The target incentive opportunities for our NEOs and potential payout ranges for 2018 are presented below (without giving effect to the Bonus PSUs).
Executive
Annual
Salary as of
12/31/2018​
Adjusted Base
Salary(1)
Target AIP
as % of Base
Salary(2)
Potential Payout
Range (of Target)(3)
Rami Rahim $ 1,000,000 $ 1,000,000 175%
0 – 200%​
Kenneth Miller $ 575,000 $ 575,000 100%
0 – 200%​
Manoj Leelanivas $ 550,000 $ 422,917 100%
0 – 200%​
Anand Athreya $ 460,000 $ 460,000 100%
0 – 200%​
Pierre-Paul Allard(3) $ 600,000 $ 250,000 100%
100 – 200%​
(1)
Reflects actual salaries earned in 2018, which is the basis for the AIP target values. This takes into account pro-ration for Messrs. Allard and Leelanivas.
(2)
A portion of the target incentive opportunity value was awarded in Bonus PSUs (as discussed below). The percentages disclosed in this column reflect the target incentive opportunity value as a percentage of base salary prior to adjusting for Bonus PSUs.
(3)
Mr. Allard joined the Company in August 2018 and pursuant to the terms of his offer letter was guaranteed a minimum payout of at least 100% of his target AIP.
Performance Goals under the Executive Annual Incentive Plan
Under the 2018 AIP, our NEOs could earn annual cash incentive payments based on an achievement of pre-established financial and strategic performance components for the year.
For purposes of the 2018 AIP:

The financial component, weighted at 70% of the AIP target payout, was comprised of corporate revenue and non-GAAP EPS targets. The Committee believes that both revenue growth and non-GAAP EPS attainments are critical to stockholder value creation.

The strategic component, weighted at 30% of the AIP target payout, was focused on a number of key corporate objectives that the Committee believes would contribute to longer-term operational and financial results. The Committee evaluates the achievement of each strategic metric on a quantitative scale. The strategic metrics are weighted equally.
The 2018 AIP design is illustrated below.
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*
The components of non-GAAP EPS, along with a reconciliation to EPS, for fiscal year 2018 is provided in our press release furnished with the SEC on January 29, 2019, which reports our preliminary fiscal year 2018 financial results.
The actual amounts payable to individual NEOs under the 2018 AIP depended on the actual level of achievement measured against the pre-established objectives for the financial and strategic components. Our NEOs can earn anywhere between 0%-200% of their respective target AIP opportunities based on the Company’s actual performance, less the portion of the 2018 AIP used to calculate Bonus PSUs, as described below. For 2018, the Committee established target financial performance goals based on revenue and non-GAAP EPS, per the table below, for the AIP.
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2018 Financial Performance Targets and Achievements
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(1)
No payout for the financial component if revenue is less than the threshold revenue amount. The actual payout percentage scales linearly between threshold and target and between target and maximum. Given that revenue payout was 0%, attainment of non-GAAP EPS was not applicable.
(2)
Non-GAAP EPS attainment greater than target reduces the decelerator on a sliding scale from 0.9x down to 0.75x at maximum revenue attainment. The decelerator is 0.9x for revenue at target attainment or less.
Bonus PSUs Granted Pursuant to the Executive Annual Incentive Plan
In order to enhance long-term retention of our NEOs and further align the interests of our NEOs with the long-term success of the Company, the Committee (i) awarded approximately 50% of each NEO’s (other than Messrs. Allard and Leelanivas) target opportunity under the 2018 AIP in Bonus PSUs at the beginning of the AIP performance period and (ii) established a cash offset to the 2018 AIP for each NEO who was granted Bonus PSUs. The Bonus PSUs vest over a two-year period (subject to achievement of performance conditions), which is approximately one year longer than the period required to earn the cash portion of the AIP. In connection with the longer vesting period for the Bonus PSUs, the Committee awarded Bonus PSUs in an amount equal to 1.5 times the approximately 50% target AIP opportunity for each applicable NEO. The Bonus PSUs vest only if the threshold revenue goal under the 2018 AIP is achieved. Subject to achievement of the performance criteria and each individual’s continued service, the Bonus PSUs vest in two equal tranches in February 2019 and 2020. The Bonus PSUs are not eligible for performance multipliers.
As described above, the Financial component for the 2018 AIP was not achieved despite the Company attaining approximately 99% of the threshold revenue under the 2018 AIP. As a result, the performance goal for the Bonus PSUs was not achieved and all NEOs that received Bonus PSUs had their Bonus PSUs cancelled.
Our NEOs received the following Bonus PSUs with respect to the 2018 performance period:
Executive
Portion of
2018 AIP Used
to Calculate
Bonus PSUs(1)
Value
Multiplier
for Two-Year
Vest(2)
Number of
Bonus PSUs
Granted​
Bonus PSUs
Vested​
Rami Rahim
   Chief Executive Officer
$ 875,000 1.5x 49,212 0
Kenneth Miller
   EVP, Chief Financial Officer
$ 287,500 1.5x 16,170 0
Manoj Leelanivas(3)
   EVP, Chief Product Officer
n/a n/a n/a n/a
Anand Athreya
   EVP, Chief Development Officer
$ 230,000 1.5x 12,936 0
Pierre-Paul Allard(4)
   Former EVP, Chief Customer Officer
n/a n/a n/a n/a
(1)
Reflects the target annual incentive opportunity value for the Bonus PSU prior to the 1.5x multiplier.
(2)
In connection with the longer vesting period for the Bonus PSUs, the Committee awarded Bonus PSUs in the amount equal to 1.5 times the approximately 50% target AIP opportunity for each applicable NEO.
(3)
Mr. Leelanivas joined the Company in March 2019 and did not receive Bonus PSUs for 2018.
(4)
Mr. Allard joined the Company in August 2018 and did not receive Bonus PSUs for 2018.
 
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Executive Annual Incentive Plan Outcomes
Upon completion of the performance period for 2018, the Committee reviewed the performance of the Company to verify and approve the calculations of the amounts to be paid to the NEOs. Actual cash payouts to the NEOs consisted of 45% of the NEO’s target incentive opportunity for 2018. This was calculated based upon achievement of 150% of the Strategic component, which is weighted at 30% of cash funding (i.e., 150% achievement, multiplied by 30% weighting, resulted in 45% funding).
The Strategic component of the 2018 AIP is intended to reward performance towards achievement of longer-term initiatives not directly correlated with near-term, in-year financial performance. Success metrics associated with these longer-term initiatives are “stretch” goals and it is expected that not all will be fully achieved within the applicable year. In 2018, the Company had three categories associated with the strategic component of the 2018 AIP, which related to quality (including priorities associated with our customers’ experience and our product quality), innovation across our silicon, software and product solutions, and business agility. The elements associated with the strategic component of the 2018 AIP scored well above expectations against their stretch targets, leading to a payout of 150% against a maximum possible payout of 200%.
However, as described above, the Financial component for the 2018 AIP, which accounted for the remaining 70% of cash funding under the 2018 AIP, was not achieved and did not result in any payout despite the Company attaining approximately 99% of the threshold revenue under the AIP.
With respect to Messrs. Rahim, Miller and Athreya, the Committee determined that it was appropriate and aligned with the Company’s pay-for-performance philosophy to exercise discretion regarding the cash offset associated with the Bonus PSUs, since no shares associated with the Bonus PSU vested.
The table below summarizes the payments for the NEOs. Payments are expressed as a percentage of their 2018 target incentive (without giving effect to the Bonus PSUs).
Executive
Target AIP
$ Value​
Cash Payout
as % of Total
Target​
AIP Cash
Payout(1)
Rami Rahim $ 1,750,000 45% $ 787,500
Kenneth Miller $ 575,000 45% $ 258,750
Manoj Leelanivas(2) $ 422,917 45% $ 190,313
Anand Athreya $ 460,000 45% $ 207,000
Pierre-Paul Allard(3) $ 250,000 n/a n/a
(1)
Reflects “Target AIP $Value” multiplied by “Cash Payout as% of Total Target.” The amounts reflected in the “AIP Cash Payout” column are reflected under the “Bonus” column of the “Summary Compensation Table” for Messrs. Rahim, Miller and Athreya.
(2)
Mr. Leelanivas joined the Company in March 2018. He received a pro-rated cash bonus for the 2018 performance year.
(3)
Mr. Allard joined the Company in August 2018 and left in January 2019.
Sign-on and Retention Cash Bonuses
In conjunction with Mr. Leelanivas’ hire, the Committee approved a hire-on cash bonus of  $500,000, payable in two equal installments upon the commencement of Mr. Leelanivas’ employment with Juniper Networks and upon his one year anniversary date, subject to continued employment through the anniversary date. This hire-on cash bonus was primarily intended to induce Mr. Leelanivas to join Juniper Networks. Such an award is consistent with Juniper Networks’ philosophy of providing competitive compensation to attract high performing executives.
In connection with Mr. Allard’s hire, the Committee approved a hire-on cash bonus of  $500,000, payable in two equal installments upon the commencement of Mr. Allard’s employment with Juniper Networks and upon his one year anniversary date, subject to continued employment through the anniversary date. As Mr. Allard left the Company in January 2019, the second payment of  $250,000 will not be made.
In connection with Mr. Athreya’s promotion to Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer in August 2017, the Committee approved a special cash bonus award of  $530,000 to be paid on November 30, 2018, subject to continued employment through the anniversary date. This cash bonus was intended to help retain Mr. Athreya and recognize his valuable contributions, critical role in the overall performance of the Company and expanded responsibilities.
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Long-Term Equity Incentive Compensation
The Company and the Committee remain focused on aligning the Company’s long-term equity compensation program with stockholder interests. For 2018, the Committee reviewed the target equity pay mix and adjusted the proportion of performance-contingent agents and service-vested awards compared to 2017. The Committee sought to allocate the number of long-term equity awards (which does not include the Bonus PSUs described above) granted to our NEOs as follows:

Approximately 40% based on achievement of target awarded in the form of PSAs with financial performance goals;

Approximately 20% based on achievement of target awarded in the form of RTSR PSAs; and

Approximately 40% awarded in the form of service-vested RSUs.
The Committee believes this equity mix aligns the executive officers’ compensation opportunities directly with stockholder interests by motivating ongoing share price appreciation and incentivizes the NEOs to continue to drive performance in key top and bottom-line financial metrics that support our innovation agenda which the Committee believes will positively impact stockholder value (revenue and non-GAAP EPS).
In determining the amount of long-term equity incentives to award our NEOs, the Committee reviewed grant values provided to comparable executives of companies in the Peer Group and the survey data, and considered the executive’s respective role, grade level, and individual performance.
Financial Performance Share Awards
Our ability to successfully offer our products and services in a rapidly evolving market requires us to effectively scale and adjust our business to fluctuating market opportunities and conditions on an annual basis, while also remaining focused on long-term success and retention. In this regard, the Committee believes that, by using three concurrent one-year tranches that cliff-vest over a three-year period, the Committee can best align the financial objectives for our NEOs with long-term stockholder value creation and the business plans and goals approved by our Board.
One-third of the total target PSAs are subject to annual performance targets established by the Committee and the amount of PSAs “banked” for a particular year is based on the achievement of annual performance targets established for that year. With respect to each year’s performance, participants can “bank” between 0% and 200% of the target number of PSAs for that year (i.e., one-third of the total PSAs awarded to a participant) based on the level of achievement against the performance targets for that year. Vesting for the “banked” shares under a PSA occurs only after the Committee certifies the level of achievement for the third tranche, and any “banked” but unvested shares under a PSA are forfeited if the participant leaves the Company before the vest date.
Given the significant strategic importance to focus on top-line growth in a sustained and reasonable manner in the current market, the Committee determined that a significant focus on revenue and non-GAAP EPS was appropriate. Accordingly, the Committee, in consultation with the compensation consultant, approved the use of financial performance goals for the 2018 performance period under the PSAs similar to those used in the AIP. The performance targets for 2018 are illustrated below.
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(1)
The components of non-GAAP EPS, along with a reconciliation to EPS, for fiscal year 2018 is provided in our press release furnished with the SEC on January 29, 2019, which reports our preliminary fiscal year 2018 financial results.
(2)
For fiscal year 2018, revenue for the PSAs is based on the Company’s GAAP revenue.
For 2018, the Committee set target performance goals under the PSA at levels, which it believed at the time to be challenging but achievable, and set maximum performance goals at a level which it believed to be very difficult to achieve.
 
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The following tables provide the target levels for revenue and non-GAAP EPS, our actual achievement, and the number of shares “banked” for the 2018 performance measurement year.
Details on individual grants can be found in the “Grants of Plan-Based Awards For Fiscal 2018” table in this proxy statement.
2018 Revenue and Non-GAAP EPS Achievement
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(1)
No payout for the financial component if revenue is less than the threshold revenue amount. The actual payout percentage scales linearly between threshold and target and between target and maximum.
(2)
Non-GAAP EPS attainment greater than target reduces the decelerator on a sliding scale from 0.9x down to 0.75x at maximum revenue attainment. The decelerator is 0.9x for revenue at target attainment or less. Given that revenue payout was 0%, the decelerator based on attainment of non-GAAP EPS was not applicable.
For 2018, the revenue threshold required for attainment under our PSAs was at least $4,705 million. Our 2018 revenue of  $4,648 million did not exceed the revenue threshold; therefore, with respect to PSA tranches that “bank” based upon 2018 financial measures (including PSAs awarded in 2016, 2017 and 2018), no share amounts were “banked.”
Shares Earned for 2018 Financial PSA Goal Achievement
Executive(1)
Award Year​
Total PSA
Target(2)
2018 PSA
Target(2)
2018
Performance
Achievement
(% of Target)​
2018 Total
PSAs
Banked​
2016 PSAs
to Vest in
2018(3)
Rami Rahim
   Chief Executive Officer
2018 116,235 38,745 0%
2017 91,772 30,591 0%
2016 80,828 26,943 0% 13,551
Total 288,835 96,279 0% 13,551
Kenneth Miller
   Executive Vice President,
   Chief Financial Officer
2018 32,000 10,667 0%
2017 26,400 8,800 0%
2016 21,183 7,061 0% 3,551
Total 79,583 26,528 0% 3,551
Manoj Leelanivas
   Executive Vice President,
   Chief Product Officer
2018
2017
2016
Total
Anand Athreya
   Executive Vice President,
   Chief Development Officer
2018 34,000 11,333 0%
2017
2016
Total 34,000 11,333 0%
Pierre-Paul Allard
   Former Executive Vice President,
   Chief Customer Officer
2018
2017
2016
Total
(1)
Mr. Athreya did not receive any PSA awards prior to fiscal 2018 and Messrs. Allard and Leelanivas did not receive any PSA awards.
(2)
The number of shares that can be earned (“banked”) under the PSAs range from 0-200% of target.
(3)
PSAs vested include shares “banked” for the following years: 2018, 2017, and 2016. Shares will vest only to the extent the recipient of the PSA remains employed with the Company through the applicable vesting date in the first quarter of 2019.
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Relative Total Shareholder Return Performance Share Awards
To further align our NEOs’ compensation with our shareholders, the Committee provided approximately one-fifth of the 2018 target long-term incentive opportunity in the form of RTSR PSAs. The RTSR PSAs take the place of the price-vested RSUs, which were granted in previous years. The Committee believes that the RTSR PSAs promote stockholder alignment and create an unambiguous link between compensation of our NEOs to long-term value creation since the payout is directly linked to the Company’s long-term total shareholder appreciation relative to the S&P 500 Index. Further, the RTSR PSAs cliff-vest upon the conclusion of a three-year performance period, and there is no annual banking of these awards.
The following graphic illustrates the payout for the RTSR PSAs. Participants can earn between 0% and 200% of the target number of RTSR PSAs. In the event that the Company’s relative TSR over the three-year performance period is less than the 25th percentile of the S&P 500 Index, no RTSR PSAs will be earned or vest.
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The number of shares that vest based on attainment of the 2018 RTSR PSAs will be determined in the first quarter of 2021, following the conclusion of the three-year performance period on December 31, 2020.
Restricted Stock Units
The Committee grants RSU awards for retention purposes as they provide payout opportunity to the NEOs only if they remain employed through the applicable vesting dates. The payout opportunity is directly linked with stockholder value and executive efforts over a multi-year timeframe. In 2018, the Committee granted RSU awards on an annual basis, representing approximately 34% of the long-term equity awarded to our NEOs, except for Messrs. Leelanivas and Allard who received 100% of their new hire equity award in the form of RSUs. RSU grants vest with respect to 34% on the first anniversary of the grant date and with respect to an additional 33% on each of the second and third anniversaries of the grant date, assuming continued service to the Company through each vesting date.
Section 4 — Other Compensation Policies and Information
Benefits and Perquisites
The NEOs are provided the same health and welfare benefits that are available to employees broadly. The Committee believes that the benefits programs are reasonable and consistent with its overall compensation program to better enable the Company to attract and retain talent.
In addition to receiving Company wide-benefits, NEOs are eligible to participate in the Deferred Compensation Plan and Executive Wellness Program described below.
Deferred Compensation Plan
In June 2008, the Company adopted and implemented a deferred compensation plan for U.S. employees and intended for senior management. All NEOs are eligible to participate in the deferred compensation plan. The Company implemented this plan in order to offer benefits that are competitive with companies with which we compete for talent.
 
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We believe that this is a standard benefit plan also offered by many companies within our Peer Group. This plan allows participants to elect to defer a certain amount of compensation and related taxation on such amounts into one or more investment choices.
Participants are not taxed on the compensation deferred into these investments until distribution of invested funds to the participant at a future date, which may be upon termination of employment with the Company or a designated “in-service” date elected by the participant. The deferred compensation plan is intended to comply with Section 409A of the Code. In 2018, Messrs. Allard and Athreya participated in this plan.
Executive Wellness Program
Under the Executive Wellness Program, eligible executives receive additional benefits focused on health care screening and wellness. The maximum value of this benefit is limited to $10,000 per year for each eligible executive.
The Committee believes that promoting the health and wellness of its executives results in a number of benefits to the Company, including increased productivity, lower absentee rate and increased organizational stability, among others.
Severance Benefits
In addition to compensation designed to reward employees for service and performance, the Committee, in consultation with our compensation consultant, approved severance and change of control benefits for certain employees, including the NEOs, as described further below. Our severance and change of control arrangements are designed to be consistent with the pay practices of our Peer Group. The Committee, with input from its independent compensation advisor, annually reviews the terms and conditions of our severance and change of control arrangements for our executive officers and will make adjustments when and to the extent it deems appropriate.
Basic Severance
In order to recruit executives to the Company and encourage retention of employees, the Committee believes it is appropriate and necessary to provide assurance of certain severance payments if the Company terminates the individual’s employment without “cause” or if the individual terminates their employment for “good reason,” each as described in their respective agreements. The Committee approved severance benefits for several members of senior management, including the NEOs. Under severance agreements with Messrs. Rahim, Miller, Koley, Athreya, and Allard, in the event the employee is terminated involuntarily by Juniper Networks without cause or the employee resigns for good reason, and, in either case, provided the employee executes a full release of claims, the employee will be entitled to receive the following severance benefits:

an amount equal to 12 months of base salary, or 16.5 months of base salary with respect to Mr. Rahim, in each case as in effect immediately prior to the termination;

in lieu of continuation of benefits (whether or not the individual elects COBRA), an amount equal to 12 times the monthly premium cost for coverage under COBRA based on the employee’s benefit plan elections in place as of the date of termination; and

(a) if such employee terminates after the end of a performance period for an annual bonus, but prior to the date of payment, an amount equal to the annual bonus based on actual performance for the performance period and (b) if such employee terminates during a performance period for an annual bonus after the performance metrics have been established, a pro-rated annual bonus for such fiscal year equal to the annual bonus the employee would have received based on actual performance for such fiscal year if the employee had remained employed for the entire fiscal year but pro-rated based on the number of days employed in such year.
All current severance agreements with our NEOs will expire per their term in January 2021.
The following table describes the potential payments that would have been provided to each of the NEOs in the event that such NEO is involuntarily terminated by Juniper Networks without cause or resigns for good reason outside of a change of control context on December 31, 2018.
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Potential Severance Payments Upon Termination
Executive
Base Salary
Component​
Incentive
Component(1)
Value of
Accelerated
Equity Awards​
Value of
Benefits​
Total​
Rami Rahim $ 1,375,000 $ 0 N/A $ 29,764 $ 1,404,764
Kenneth Miller $ 575,000 $ 0 N/A $ 29,764 $ 604,764
Manoj Leelanivas $ 550,000 $ 190,313 N/A $ 29,764 $ 770,077
Anand Athreya $ 460,000 $ 0 N/A $ 29,764 $ 489,764
Pierre-Paul Allard $ 600,000 $ 250,000 N/A $ 29,764 $ 879,764
(1)
The amount of the annual bonus for fiscal 2018 was determined by the Committee in 2019 following the completion of the performance period, and with respect to Messrs. Rahim, Miller, and Athreya reflects the fact that each NEO would not have earned any non-equity incentive compensation for fiscal 2018 based on 2018 results due to the issuance of their Bonus PSUs. Mr. Allard joined the Company in August 2018 and pursuant to the terms of his offer letter was guaranteed a minimum payout of at least 100% of his target AIP if he experienced a qualifying termination on December 31, 2018.
Change of Control Severance
The Committee considers maintaining a stable and effective management team to be essential to protecting and enhancing the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. To that end, the Committee recognizes that the possibility of a change of control may exist from time to time, and that this possibility, and the uncertainty and questions it may raise among management, may result in the departure or distraction of management to the detriment of the Company and its stockholders. Accordingly, the Committee decided to take appropriate steps to encourage the continued attention, dedication and continuity of members of the Company’s management to their assigned duties without the distraction that may arise from the possibility of a change of control. As a result, following consultation with the Committee’s consultant, the Committee approved certain severance benefits for each of our NEOs, as well as for several members of senior management, in the event of certain employment terminations following a change of control. In approving these benefits the Committee, with input from its compensation consultant, considered a number of factors, including the prevalence of similar benefits adopted by other publicly traded companies.
All current change of control agreements with our NEOs will expire per their terms in January 2021. The Committee takes into account an executive’s current role and the impact of a transaction on the role before renewing the agreements. Although Mr. Allard had entered into a change of control severance agreement with the Company, such agreement terminated upon his resignation in January, 2019 and he received no benefits thereunder.
Provided the executive signs a release of claims and complies with certain post termination non-solicitation and non-competition obligations, all NEOs will receive change of control severance benefits if within 12-months following a change of control the executive is terminated without cause or the executive terminates his or her employment with the Company (or any parent or subsidiary of the Company) for good reason (both cause and good reason are defined in the agreement). These change of control severance benefits consist of:

a cash payment equal to 150% (or 200% in the case of Mr. Rahim) of the executive’s annual base salary and target bonus for the fiscal year in which the change of control or the executive’s termination occurs, whichever is greater,

acceleration of vesting of all of the executive’s then unvested outstanding stock options, stock appreciation rights, performance shares, RSUs and other Company equity compensation awards that vest based on time, and with respect to equity compensation awards that vest wholly or in part based on factors other than time, such as performance (whether individual or based on external measures such as Company performance, market share, stock price, or otherwise): (i) any portion for which the measurement or performance period or performance measures have been completed and the resulting quantities have been determined or calculated, shall immediately vest and, if applicable, become exercisable (and any rights of repurchase by the Company or restriction on sale shall lapse), and (ii) the remaining portions shall immediately vest and, if applicable, become exercisable (and any rights of repurchase by the Company or restriction on sale shall lapse) in an amount equal to the number that would be calculated if the performance measures were achieved at the target level (provided that if there is no “target” level, then such amount shall equal 100% of the equity compensation awards that could vest with respect to that measurement period); and

in lieu of continuation of benefits (whether or not the individual elects COBRA), an amount equal to 12 times the monthly premium cost for coverage under COBRA based on the employee’s benefit plan elections in place as of the date of termination.
 
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Potential Payments Upon Termination in Connection with a Change of Control
The following table describes the potential payments that would have been provided for each of the NEOs upon termination of employment in connection with a change of control of Juniper Networks, as described above, assuming such termination had occurred on December 31, 2018, and the equity awards for such NEO had been assumed or substituted by the acquiror.
Name(1)
Base Salary
Severance
Component​
Incentive
Compensation
Severance
Component​
Benefits
Severance
Component​
Value of
Accelerated
Equity Awards(2)
280G
Gross-Up​
Total​
Rami Rahim $ 2,000,000 $ 3,500,000 $ 29,764 $ 14,768,084 N/A $ 20,297,848
Kenneth Miller $ 862,500 $ 862,500 $ 29,764 $ 4,304,120 N/A $ 6,058,884
Manoj Leelanivas $ 825,000 $ 825,000 $ 29,764 $ 5,382,000 N/A $ 7,061,764
Anand Athreya $ 690,000 $ 690,000 $ 29,764 $ 4,214,590 N/A $ 5,624,354
Pierre-Paul Allard $ 900,000 $ 900,000 $ 29,764 $ 6,458,400 N/A $ 8,288,164
(1)
All NEOs are subject to a better-after-tax provision whereby Juniper Networks would either pay the NEO (i) the full amount of the NEO’s severance benefits or, alternatively (ii) an amount of certain severance benefits otherwise payable to the NEO such that the severance benefits will not be subject to the tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, whichever produces the better after-tax result for the NEO.
(2)
The value of accelerated unvested options, RSUs, Bonus PSUs and PSAs are based on a per share price of  $26.91, which was the closing price as reported on December 31, 2018.
With respect to the value shown in the column “Value of Accelerated Equity Awards”, (a) for PSAs (or portions thereof) that are earned based on the achievement of annual financial performance during a three-year performance period, the equity value is calculated based on the sum of  (i) earned, but unvested shares and (ii) target unearned and unvested shares, (b) for price vested RSUs, such awards are included in the table only if  $26.91 is equal to or exceeds the average stock price value at which such award would vest pursuant to its terms, and (c) for PSAs (or portions thereof) that are earned based on the Company’s TSR relative to the S&P 500 Index, the equity value is calculated based on relative TSR attainment as of December 31, 2018.
In the event that the equity awards for the NEOs were not assumed or substituted by the acquiror in connection with a change of control of Juniper Networks, the value of accelerated equity awards for the NEOs, assuming such termination occurred on December 31, 2018, would be: $23,113,349 (Mr. Rahim), $5,455,410 (Mr. Miller), $5,382,000 (Mr. Leelanivas), $4,077,349 (Mr. Athreya) and $6,458,400 (Mr. Allard). For PSAs (or portions thereof) that are earned based on the achievement of annual financial performance during a three-year performance period, the equity value is calculated based on the sum of