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Term of Office of Governors

Sec. 5.  From and after the Transitional Period:

The Chief Executive Officer shall serve as a Governor until a successor is elected, or until death, resignation, or removal.
Public Governors and the Floor Member Governor, the Independent Dealer/Insurance Affiliate Governor and the Investment Company Affiliate Governor (the "Appointed Governors") shall be appointed by the Board from candidates recommended to the Board by the Nominating Committee.
As of the first annual meeting of members following the Transitional Period, the Appointed Governors shall be divided by the Board into three classes, as equal in number as possible, with the first class holding office until the first succeeding annual meeting of members, the second class holding office until the second succeeding annual meeting of members and the third class holding office until the third succeeding annual meeting of members, or until a successor is duly appointed and qualified, or until death, resignation, disqualification, or removal. Each class shall initially contain as equivalent a number as possible of Appointed Governors who were members of the NYSE Group Committee during the Transitional Period or are successors to such Governor positions, on the one hand, and Appointed Governors who were members of the NASD Group Committee during the Transitional Period or are successors to such Governor positions, on the other hand, to the extent the Board determines such persons are to remain Governors after the Transitional Period. No Appointed Governor may serve more than two consecutive terms. If a Governor is appointed to fill a vacancy of such a Governor position for a term of less than one year, the Governor may serve up to two consecutive terms following the expiration of the Governor's initial term. At each annual election following the first annual meeting of members following the Transitional Period, Appointed Governors shall be appointed by the Board for a term of three years to replace those whose terms expire.
As of the first annual meeting of members following the Transitional Period, the Large Firm Governors, the Mid-Size Firm Governor and the Small Firm Governors shall be divided into three classes, as equal in number as possible, with the first class, being comprised of one Large Firm Governor and one Small Firm Governor, holding office until the first succeeding annual meeting of members, the second class, being comprised of one Large Firm Governor, one Mid-Size Firm Governor and one Small Firm Governor, holding office until the second succeeding annual meeting of members and the third class, being comprised of one Large Firm Governor and one Small Firm Governor, holding office until the third succeeding annual meeting of members, or until a successor is duly elected and qualified, or until death, resignation, disqualification, or removal. A Governor elected by the members may not serve more than two consecutive terms. If a Governor is elected to fill a vacancy of such a Governor position for a term of less than one year, the Governor may serve up to two consecutive terms following the expiration of the Governor's initial term. At each annual election following the first annual meeting of members following the Transitional Period, Large Firm Governors, Small Firm Governors and the Mid-Size Firm Governor shall be elected for a term of three years to replace those whose terms expire.
In the event of any vacancy among the Large Firm Governors, the Mid-Size Firm Governor or the Small Firm Governors, such vacancy shall only be filled by the Large Firm Governor Committee in the case of a Large Firm Governor vacancy, the Board in the case of a Mid-Size Firm Governor vacancy or the Small Firm Governor Committee in the case of a Small Firm Governor vacancy; provided, however, that in the event the remaining term of office of any Large Firm, Mid-Size Firm or Small Firm Governor position that becomes vacant is for more than 12 months, such vacancy shall be filled by the members entitled to vote thereon at a meeting thereof convened to vote thereon.
Amended by SR-NASD-2007-023 eff. July 30, 2007.
Amended by SR-NASD-2004-110 eff. Dec. 31, 2004.
Amended by SR-NASD-2001-06 eff. May. 8, 2001.
Amended by SR-NASD-98-56 eff. Oct. 30, 1998.
Amended by SR-NASD-97-71 eff. Jan. 15, 1998.
Amended by SR-NASD-96-20 eff. July 11, 1996.
Amended eff. Sept. 4, 1990.

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