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Compensation Committee Charter


The purpose of the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the board of directors (the “Board”) of Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (the “Company”) is to assist the Board in the discharge of its responsibilities relating to compensation, and to oversee incentive, equity-based and other compensatory plans in which executive officers and key employees of the Company participate.


The Committee shall be composed of two or more directors, as determined by the Board, each of whom shall: (i) satisfy the requirements of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”), (ii) qualify as a “non-employee director” for purposes of Rule 16b-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and (iii) qualify as an “outside director” for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.


The Committee is charged by the Board with the responsibility to:

  1. Develop and periodically review compensation policies and practices applicable to executive officers, including the criteria upon which executive compensation is based, the specific relationship of corporate performance to executive compensation and the composition in terms of base salary, deferred compensation and incentive or equity-based compensation and other benefits.
  2. Review and approve corporate goals and objectives relevant to Chief Executive Officer compensation, evaluate the CEO’s performance in light of these goals and objectives, and recommend for approval by the Board the CEO’s compensation based on this evaluation.
  3. Determine bases for and recommend for approval by the Board the compensation for other executive officers.
  4. Oversee and evaluate incentive, equity-based and other compensatory plans of the Company in which executive officers and key employees participate, including approving guidelines and size of grants and awards, making grants and awards, interpreting and promulgating rules relating to the plans, modifying or canceling grants or awards, designating employees eligible to participate and imposing limitations and conditions on grants or awards.
  5. Review and approve, subject to stockholder or Board approval as required, the creation or amendment of any incentive, equity-based and other compensatory plans of the Company (other than amendments to tax-qualified employee benefit plans and trusts, and any supplemental plans thereunder, that do not substantially alter the costs of such plans to the Company or are simply to conform such plans to applicable laws or regulations).
  6. Review and approve any employment agreements, severance arrangements, change-in-control arrangements or special or supplemental employee benefits, and any material amendments to any of the foregoing, applicable to executive officers.
  7. Review periodically the compensation and benefits offered to nonemployee directors and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate.
  8. Produce an annual report on executive compensation for inclusion in the Company’s proxy statement.
  9. Provide minutes of Committee meetings to the Board, and report to the Board on any significant matters arising from the Committee’s work.
  10. Perform such other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned to the Committee by the Board or as designated in plan documents.


By adopting this Charter, the Board delegates to the Committee full authority in its discretion to:

  1. Perform each of the responsibilities of the Compensation Committee described above; provided, however, that the Board retains the authority to authorize one or more officers of the Company to designate officers and employees to be recipients of rights or options created by the Company or to determine the number of such rights or options to be received by such officers or employees.
  2. Delegate such of its authority and responsibilities as the Committee deems proper to members of the Committee or a subcommittee.
  3. Appoint a chair of the Committee, unless a chair is designated by the Board.
  4. Consistent with any applicable requirements of the Exchange Act and any applicable Nasdaq rules, the Compensation Committee shall (i) have the authority, in its sole discretion, to retain or obtain the advice of any compensation consultant, legal counsel, or other advisors; (ii) be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the work of any compensation consultant, legal counsel and other advisor retained by the Compensation Committee; and (iii) subject to any exceptions permitted under Nasdaq rules, select, or receive advice from, a compensation consultant, legal counsel or other advisor, other than in-house legal counsel, only after taking into consideration the factors required by any applicable requirements of the Exchange Act and Nasdaq rules. The Company shall provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Compensation Committee, for payment of reasonable compensation to a compensation consultant, legal counsel or any other advisor retained by the Compensation Committee.
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