Dr. Henry Samueli and David A. Dull Take Leaves of Absence as Executive Officers of Broadcom
Dr. Samueli also Resigns from the Broadcom Board of Directors
IRVINE, Calif., May 14, 2008 -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM) announced today that Chairman of the Board and Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Henry Samueli, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel, David A. Dull, have each taken leaves of absence as executive officers of Broadcom pending resolution of a civil complaint filed against them today by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to its previously- disclosed investigation of Broadcom's historical stock option granting practices.
Also pending resolution of the civil action, Dr. Samueli has resigned as a member of the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company. The Board has named John E. Major, an independent director of the company since January 2003, to serve as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Major made the following statement:
"While we will not be commenting on the allegations made in the SEC's complaint against Henry and David, or against other former Broadcom employees, it is important to note that the government's charges pertain to events that occurred half a decade to nearly a decade ago."
"In mid-2003 the company significantly strengthened its equity award practices, putting into place rigorous processes for equity awards. We believe that the company's current practices are among the best anywhere. In early 2007, our Audit Committee, comprised entirely of independent directors, engaged independent counsel to determine that Broadcom's current equity granting processes are appropriate and sound and have been consistently adhered to since June 2003."
"The Board is also confident that the company has built strong teams under the office of the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and within the Legal Department that will discharge the daily business of the company and carry forward our strategic initiatives without missing a beat."
While Dr. Samueli and Mr. Dull are on leaves of absences from their elected officer posts (CTO and Senior Vice President and General Counsel, respectively), they will continue to serve as non-officer employees of the company, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer, Scott A. McGregor, in their areas of expertise - Dr. Samueli in technology and Mr. Dull in strategic initiatives and litigation matters. They will not be involved in matters dealing with corporate governance, the company's financial reporting or public disclosures, and will no longer have the power to bind the Company under agreements. Dr. Samueli will not be standing for re-election to the Board of Directors at the company's 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
Last month, Broadcom entered into a settlement with the SEC relating to the SEC's investigation of Broadcom's historical stock option granting practices. Without admitting or denying the SEC's allegations, Broadcom agreed to pay a civil penalty of $12 million. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California approved the settlement at the end of April 2008, thus concluding the SEC's investigation of this matter with respect to Broadcom.
Note to Editors
Broadcom's President and Chief Executive Officer, Scott A. McGregor, joined the company in January 2005. Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Eric K. Brandt joined Broadcom in March 2007.
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