Compensation Committee Charter

CHARTER OF THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC

I. PURPOSE:

The Compensation Committee (the "Committee") shall provide assistance to the Board of Directors (the "Board") of Seagate Technology plc (the "Company") by fulfilling the Committee's responsibilities and duties outlined in Section IV.

II. STRUCTURE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Composition

  1. The Committee shall be comprised of three (3) or more members of the Board, each of whom shall meet the independence standards set forth in the Nasdaq Marketplace Rules and the provisions of Rule 10C-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). The Board shall determine the members of the Committee after considering (i) the source of compensation of each member, including any consulting, advisory or other compensatory fee paid by the Company to such member and (ii) whether such member is affiliated with the Company (or any subsidiary or affiliate thereof), to determine whether such compensation or affiliation may impair such member's judgement.
  2. At least two (2) members the Committee shall satisfy the requirements for a “non-employee director” for purposes of Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the US Exchange Act of ”) and for an “outside director” for purposes of Section 162(m) of the US Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended and the regulations promulgated thereunder (Section “162(m)”).

 Appointment and Removal

Each member of the Committee shall be appointed by the Board to serve until such member’s successor is duly elected and qualified or until such member’s earlier resignation or removal. The members of the Committee may be removed, with or without cause, by a majority vote of the Board.

Chairperson

Unless a Chairperson of the Committee is appointed by the Board, the members of the Committee shall designate a Chairperson by the majority vote of the full Committee. The Chairperson will chair all regular sessions of the Committee and is responsible for setting the agendas for Committee meetings. In the absence of the Chairperson, the Committee shall select another member to preside.

Delegation to Subcommittees

The Committee may form subcommittees composed of two or more of its members for any purpose that the Committee deems appropriate and may delegate to these subcommittees such power and authority as the Committee deems appropriate.

The Committee may delegate to one or more officers of the Company the authority to make grants and awards of cash or equity securities to any non-Section 16 officer of the Company under the Company’s incentive-compensation or other equity-based plans,provided that such delegation is in compliance with the plan, the Company’s Articles of Association and applicable law.

III. MEETINGS

  1. The Committee shall meet at least four (4) times each year and at such other times as it deems necessary. The Committee Chairperson or any member of the Committee may call meetings of the Committee. Attendance may be in person or by telephone or other form of electronic communication by which each member may communicate with each other member in attendance. The Committee may also act by written consent.
  2. As part of its review and establishment of the performance criteria and compensation of designated key executives, the Committee should meet separately at least on an annual basis with the CEO, the Company’s principal human resources executive and any other corporate officers, as it deems appropriate. However, the Committee should also meet regularly without such officers present. The CEO may not be present during voting or deliberations with respect to determination of his or her compensation.
  3. A majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum and the act of a majority of those present at any meeting at which there is a quorum shall be the act of the Committee.

IV. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

A. Recurring Activities of the Committee

The following functions shall be the common recurring activities of the Committee. The Committee may assume additional duties and responsibilities as required or appropriate due to business, legislative, regulatory, legal or other conditions or changes, or as directed by the Board.

  1. Setting Compensation for Executive Officers and Directors

    1.1 Establish and review the overall compensation philosophy of the Company.

    All Executive Officers

    1.2 In connection with executive compensation programs (including cash, equity, benefits and perquisites):

    a) review and approve, or recommend to the Board, new executive compensation programs;

    b) periodically review the effectiveness of executive compensation programs to determine whether they support their intended purpose(s); and

    c) establish and periodically review policies for the administration of executive compensation programs.

    1.3 Discuss the results of the shareholder advisory vote on “say-when-on-pay” and “say-on-pay,” if any, with regard to the named executive officers.

    1.4 Review and approve, or recommend to the Board, any employment contracts or other transactions with current or former executive officers of the Company, including severance or termination arrangements.

    1.5 Oversee the Company’s share ownership guidelines for senior executives, annually measure progress against the guidelines and consider this progress in determining future equity grants.

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

    1.6 Review and approve corporate goals and objectives relevant to the compensation of the CEO, including annual performance objectives, if any, either as a committee or together with the other independent directors if directed by the Board.

    1.7 Evaluate the performance of the CEO in light of such goals and objectives and, either as a committee or together with the other independent directors if directed by the Board, determine and approve the annual salary, bonus, equity-based incentive and other benefits, direct and indirect, of the CEO, including any changes to such arrangements.

    1.8 With respect to any actions taken by the independent directors pursuant to paragraphs 6 and 7 of this Section IV(A), the approval of a majority of the independent directors of the Board, adjusted as described below, shall be required to approve the following compensation, plans and equity grants:

    a) With respect to any element of the CEO’s compensation that is intended to qualify as performance-based compensation under Section 162(m), only those independent directors who qualify as “outside directors” (within the meaning of Section 162(m)) shall be entitled to approve such compensation; and the approval of a majority of those independent directors shall be required.

    b) With respect to any element of the CEO’s compensation involving a grant of the Company’s securities, only those independent directors who qualify as “non-employee directors” (as defined in Rule 16b-3) shall be entitled to approve such grant and the approval of a majority of those independent directors shall be required.

    Executive Officers (excluding the CEO)

    1.9 Review and approve corporate goals and objectives relevant to executive officer compensation, including annual performance objectives, if any.

    1.10 With the CEO, review and approve, or make recommendations to the Board, with respect to the annual salary, bonus, equity and equity-based incentives and other benefits, direct and indirect, of the executive officers, including any changes to such arrangements.

    Non-Employee Directors

    1.11 Review and recommend to the Board the compensation for non-employee directors as well as directors and officers indemnification and insurance matters.

  2. Setting Compensation for Executive Officers and Directors

    2.1 Oversee the design and administration of the Company’s compensation policies, practices and benefit programs for employees generally (including executive officers), including the activities of the individuals responsible for administering such programs, with regard to material business risk associated with the operation of these programs and determine at least annually whether risks arising from any of such policies, practices or programs are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company.

    2.2 Review and approve, or recommend to the Board, the Company’s incentive compensation plans, equity-based plans, and equity-based awards.

    2.3 Serve as the Plan Committee or administrator designated in the various short-term and long-term cash incentive plans of the Company or appoint and oversee an employee or group of employees to serve as the Plan Committee or administrator.

    2.4 Appoint and remove plan administrators for the Company’s retirement plans for the Company’s employees and perform other duties that the Board may have with respect to the Company’s retirement plans.

    2.5 Review and make recommendations to the Board with respect to shareholder proposals related to compensation matters.

B. Recurring Activities of the Committee

The Committee is empowered to study or investigate any matter within the Committee’s oversight role, or as it deems appropriate. The Committee may, in its sole discretion, retain, obtain advice from, terminate, determine terms of service, and approve the fees of any advisers to the Committee, including legal counsel and consultants (each of whom is hereafter referred to as an “Advisor”) to assist the Committee in evaluating director, CEO or executive officer compensation, or other matters as the Committee may direct. The Committee shall be directly responsible for the oversight of the work of any such Advisor. The Company will provide for funding for payment of reasonable compensation to any such Advisor.

The Committee must consider the following factors and any additional factors required the Nasdaq Stock Market before selecting or receiving advice from an Advisor (other than in house legal counsel):

  1. the provision of other services to the Company by the person that employs the Advisor;
  2. the amount of fees received from the Company by the person who employs the Advisor, as a percentage of the total revenue of the person who employs such Advisor;
  3. the policies and procedures of the person who employs the Advisor which are designed to prevent conflicts of interest;
  4. any business or personal relationship of the Advisor with a member of the Committee;
  5. any shares of the Company owned by the Advisor; and
  6. any business or personal relationship of the Advisor or the person employing the Advisor with an executive officer of the Company.

The Committee may select, or receive advice from, any Advisor, including an Advisor who is not found to be independent, so long as that the Committee has first considered the foregoing factors in its selection process for all Advisors other than in-house legal counsel.

On at least an annual basis, the Committee shall consider whether any Advisor has a conflict of interest in accordance with Item 407(e)(3)(iv) of Regulation S-K, including consideration of the six factors affecting independence listed above.

The Committee shall establish policies and procedures for the pre-approval of compensation-related or other services to be provided by the independent compensation consultant retained by the Committee, and approve in advance any compensation or non-compensation engagement or relationship between the Company and such independent compensation consultant.

C. Reports

  1. Prepare the compensation committee report on executive officer compensation as required by the SEC to be included in the Company’s annual proxy statement or annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC.
  2. Oversee the preparation of a “Compensation Discussion and Analysis (CD&A)” for inclusion in the Company’s annual proxy statement or annual report on Form 10-K, in accordance with the rules of the SEC. The Committee shall review and discuss the CD&A with management each year and, based on such review, determine whether or not to recommend to the Board that the CD&A be included in the Company’s annual proxy statement or annual report on Form 10-K, as applicable.
  3. Report regularly to the Board including:
  4. a) following all meetings of the Committee; and

    b) with respect to such other matters as are relevant to the Committee’s (or its delegatee’s) discharge of its responsibilities.

    The Committee shall provide such recommendations to the Board as the Committee may deem appropriate. The report to the Board may take the form of an oral report by the Chairperson or any other member of the Committee designated by the Committee to make such report.

  5. Maintain minutes or other records of meetings and activities of the Committee.

V. ANNUAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

  1. Committee shall periodically perform a review and evaluation of the performance and its members, including by reviewing the compliance of the Committee with this Charter.
  2. The Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter and recommend to the Board any improvements to this Charter that it considers necessary or appropriate at least annually.
  3. The Committee shall conduct such evaluations and reviews in such manner as it deems appropriate.

As amended and restated by the Board of Directors on April effective date of 22 April 2014.