PRE 14A
Table of Contents

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

SCHEDULE 14A

proxy statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

 

Filed by the Registrant  ☒                                Filed by a Party other than the Registrant  ☐

Check the appropriate box:

 

   Preliminary proxy statement

   Confidential, for Use of the Commission Only (as permitted by Rule 14a-6(e)(2))

   Definitive proxy statement

   Definitive Additional Materials

   Soliciting Material Pursuant to Rule 14a-11(c) or Rule 14a-12

DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc.

 

(Name of Registrant as Specified In Its Charter)

 

      

 

(Name of Person(s) Filing proxy statement, if other than the Registrant)

Payment of Filing Fee (Check the appropriate box):

 

  No fee required.

  Fee computed on table below per Exchange Act Rules 14a-6(i)(1) and 0-11.
  (1)   

Title of each class of securities to which transaction applies:

 

     

  (2)   

Aggregate number of securities to which transaction applies:

 

     

  (3)   

Per unit price or other underlying value of transaction computed pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 0-11 (set forth the amount on which the filing fee is calculated and state how it was determined):

 

     

  (4)   

Proposed maximum aggregate value of transaction:

 

     

  (5)   

Total fee paid:

 

     

  Fee paid previously with preliminary materials.

  Check box if any part of the fee is offset as provided by Exchange Act Rule 0-11(a)(2) and identify the filing for which the offsetting fee was paid previously. Identify the previous filing by registration statement number, or the Form or Schedule and the date of its filing.
  (1)   

Amount Previously Paid:

 

     

  (2)   

Form, Schedule or Registration Statement No.:

 

     

  (3)   

Filing Party:

 

     

  (4)   

Date Filed:

 

     

 

 

 


Table of Contents

 

LOGO


Table of Contents

LOGO

 

LOGO

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

The 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company” or “Dentsply Sirona”), will be held:

 

Date:

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Time:

 

8:00 a.m. Eastern Time

Virtual

Meeting

Location:

 

http://www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/XRAY2022

Record

Date:

 

March 28, 2022

 

 

Items of Business

 

  1.

to elect the ten (10) director nominees named in the Company’s proxy statement to serve until the next Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until their respective successors are elected and qualified;

 

  2.

to ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for 2022;

 

  3.

to approve, by non-binding vote, the Company’s executive compensation;

 

  4.

to approve the Amendment to the Fifth Amended and Restated By-Laws to designate the exclusive forum for the adjudication of certain legal matters; and

 

  5.

to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

 

Dear Stockholder:

You are cordially invited to attend the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company” or “Dentsply Sirona”), which will be held at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. This year’s meeting will be held virtually via live webcast. You will be able to attend and listen to the 2022 Annual Meeting online and submit your questions during the meeting by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/XRAY2022. You will also be able to cast your vote electronically at the Annual Meeting. For more information on how to attend and vote your shares at our virtual meeting, please see the section entitled “ABOUT THE MEETING” in the accompanying Proxy Statement.

We successfully held our Annual Meeting virtually for the first time in 2020 and we have made the decision to hold the Annual Meeting virtually again in 2022. We believe that continuing to hold the Annual Meeting virtually allows us to improve stockholder accessibility, increase communications, reduce costs and protect the health and safety of our stockholders and employees.

Only stockholders of record at the close of business on March 28, 2022 (the “Record Date”) are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the meeting. At least ten days prior to the meeting, a complete list of stockholders entitled to vote will be available for inspection by any stockholder for any purpose germane to the meeting, during ordinary business hours, at the office of the Secretary of the Company at 13320 Ballantyne Corporate Place Charlotte, NC 28277.

On or about April 15, 2022, a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Notice”) is first being mailed to our stockholders of record as of the Record Date and our proxy materials are first being posted on the website referenced in the Notice (www.proxyvote.com).

Regardless of whether you expect to attend the meeting virtually, please vote in advance of the meeting by using one of the methods described in the Company’s proxy statement (the “Proxy Statement”). As a stockholder of record, you may vote your shares (1) electronically at the meeting, (2) by telephone, (3) through the Internet, or (4) by completing and mailing a proxy card if you receive your proxy materials by mail. Specific instructions for voting by telephone or through


Table of Contents

the Internet are included in the Notice and in the Proxy Statement. If you virtually attend and vote at the meeting electronically, your vote at the meeting will replace any earlier vote you cast.

By Order of the Board of Directors

Cherée H. Johnson

Senior Vice President - Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary

13320 Ballantyne Corporate Place

Charlotte, NC 28277

April 15, 2022

 

Even though you may plan to attend the meeting virtually, please vote by telephone or the Internet, or execute the enclosed proxy card and mail it promptly (if you receive your proxy materials by mail), in which case a return envelope which requires no postage if mailed in the United States is enclosed for your convenience. Telephone and Internet voting information are also provided on your proxy card. Should you attend the meeting virtually, you may revoke your proxy and vote at the virtual meeting.


Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PROXY STATEMENT

    1  

2022 PROXY SUMMARY

    2  

ABOUT THE MEETING

    4  

PROXY ITEM NO. 1:
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

    8  

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

    22  

Corporate Governance Highlights

    22  

The Board of Directors and its Committees

    22  

Leadership Structure of the Board of Directors

    24  

Governance Practices and Policies

    25  

Selection of Nominees for the Board of Directors

    26  

Directors’ Compensation

    27  

Stock Ownership Guidelines for Directors

    29  

Communicating with the Board of Directors

    29  

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

    30  

Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions

    30  

Executive Officers of the Company

    32  

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

    34  

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

    34  

Named Executive Officers

    34  

Executive Summary

 

Pay for Performance

    37  

Say-on-Pay Vote in 2021 and Investor Outreach

    38  

Compensation Philosophy and Objectives

    39  

Compensation Governance Best Practices

    40  

Review of Pay Relative to Peer Groups

    40  

Determination of 2021 Executive Compensation

    41  

Other Compensation Matters

    52  

Human Resources Committee Report on Executive Compensation

    56  

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES

    57  

CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

    75  

PRINCIPAL BENEFICIAL OWNERS OF SHARES

    76  

REPORT OF THE AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

    79  

PROXY ITEM NO. 2: RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

    80  

PROXY ITEM NO. 3: NON-BINDING VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

    82  

PROXY ITEM NO. 4: APPROVAL OF THE AMENDMENT TO THE FIFTH AMENDED AND RESTATED BY-LAWS TO DESIGNATE THE EXCLUSIVE FORUM FOR THE ADJUDICATION OF CERTAIN LEGAL MATTERS

    84  

SECURITIES AUTHORIZED FOR ISSUANCE UNDER EQUITY COMPENSATION PLANS

    86  

OTHER MATTERS

    87  

APPENDIX A—Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Information to GAAP Information

    A-1  

APPENDIX B—Amendment to Article VI of the Fifth Amended and Restated By-Laws to Designate the Exclusive Forum for the Adjudication of Certain Legal Matters

    B-1  
 

 


Table of Contents
    

LOGO

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC.

13320 Ballantyne Corporate Place

Charlotte, NC 28277

2022 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

PROXY STATEMENT

PROXY STATEMENT

This Proxy Statement is being provided to stockholders in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (“Dentsply Sirona,” the “Company,” “we,” “us” or “our”) to be voted at our 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). On or about April 15, 2022, a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Notice”) is first being mailed to our stockholders of record as of March 28, 2022, the Record Date, and our notice of annual meeting, proxy materials, and 2021 Annual Report are first being posted on the website referenced in the Notice (www.proxyvote.com). All website addresses given in this document are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be an active link or to incorporate any website information into this document.

Stockholders as of the Record Date are invited to attend our Annual Meeting virtually, which will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, beginning at 8:00 a.m., Eastern Time. This year’s meeting will be held virtually via live webcast. You will be able to attend and listen to the Annual Meeting online and submit your questions during the meeting by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/XRAY2022. You will also be able to cast your vote electronically at the Annual Meeting.

To participate in the Annual Meeting, visit http://www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/XRAY2022. You will need the 16-digit control number included on your Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, on your proxy card or on the instructions that accompanied your proxy materials.

Whether or not you are able to attend the Annual Meeting, you are urged to vote your proxy, either by mail (if you receive your proxy materials by mail), telephone or the Internet. Specific instructions for voting by telephone or through the Internet are included in the Notice and in this Proxy Statement. If you attend and vote at the meeting, your vote at the meeting will replace any earlier vote you cast. Proxies may also be voted at any adjournment or postponement of the Annual Meeting.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     1


Table of Contents

2022 PROXY SUMMARY

This summary highlights information contained in this Proxy Statement. This summary does not contain all of the information that you should consider, and you should carefully read the entire Proxy Statement before voting.

ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

 

Time and Date:

  

8:00 a.m., Eastern Time, Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Record Date:

  

March 28, 2022

Voting:

  

Stockholders as of the Record Date are entitled to vote. Each share of common stock is entitled to one vote for each director nominee and one vote for each of the other proposals to be voted on.

VOTING MATTERS AND BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Matter

   Board
Recommendation

1.

 

Election of the ten director nominees named in this Proxy Statement

   FOR EACH NOMINEE

2.

 

Ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for 2022

   FOR

3.

 

Approval, by non-binding vote, of the Company’s executive compensation

   FOR

4.

 

Approval of the Amendment to the Fifth Amended and Restated By-Laws to designate the exclusive forum for the adjudication of certain legal matters

   FOR
          

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS: BOARD NOMINEES

 

Name

  Age   Director
Since
  Committee Memberships   Other Current Public Company
Boards

Eric K. Brandt

Independent

  59   2004  

Executive (Chair)

Governance

 

LAM Research Corporation

The Macerich Company

NortonLifeLock Inc.

Donald M. Casey Jr.

  62   2018  

Executive

Science and Technology

 

Willie A. Deese

Independent

  66   2011   HR (Chair)  

CDK Global Inc.

G1 Therapeutics, Inc.

Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc.

Betsy D. Holden

Independent

  66   2018  

Governance (Chair)

Executive

HR

 

The Western Union Company

National Retail Properties, Inc.

Clyde R. Hosein

Independent

  62   2020  

Audit and Finance

Science and Technology

  Wolfspeed, Inc.

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr.

Independent

  67   2016   Governance  

Leidos Holdings, Inc.

Option Care Health, Inc.

Gregory T. Lucier

Independent

  57   2019  

Executive

HR

 

Berkeley Lights, Inc.

Catalent, Inc.

Maravai LifeSciences Holdings, Inc.

Leslie F. Varon

Independent

  65   2018   Audit and Finance (Chair)  

Hamilton Lane Inc.

LAM Research Corporation

Janet S. Vergis

Independent

  57   2019  

Audit and Finance

Science and Technology (Chair)

 

Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Dorothea Wenzel

Independent

  53   2022   Audit and Finance   Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA

 

2    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

2022 PROXY SUMMARY

 

 

BOARD AGE AND TENURE

 

   

LOGO

 

 

LOGO

 

ADVISORY VOTE: INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

Although not required, we are asking stockholders to vote FOR the ratification of the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accountants for 2022.

ADVISORY VOTE: APPROVAL OF EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION: NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Our named executive officers as of the end of 2021 were:

 

 

Donald M. Casey Jr., Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Jorge M. Gomez, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Walter Petersohn, Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer

 

 

Keith J. Ebling, Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary(1)

 

 

Daniel P. Key, Former Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer(2)

We are asking our stockholders to approve on an advisory basis the Company’s executive compensation. Our Board recommends a FOR vote because we believe our compensation program aligns the interests of our named executive officers with those of our stockholders and achieves our compensation objective of rewarding management based upon individual and Company performance and the creation of stockholder value over the long term. Although stockholder votes on executive compensation are non-binding, the Board and the Human Resources Committee consider the results when reviewing whether any changes should be made to our compensation program and policies.

 

(1) 

Mr. Ebling served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from October 2017 up to and until January 1, 2022, at which time he transitioned to the role of an advisor to the Chief Executive Officer in connection with the relocation of his position to the Company’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Ebling will leave the Company on April 1, 2022.

(2) 

Mr. Key served as Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer from December 2018 until he left the Company on January 21, 2022.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     3


Table of Contents

      

 

 

ABOUT THE MEETING

Q. Why Did I Receive this Proxy Statement?

Our Board is soliciting your proxy to vote at the meeting because you were a stockholder of our Company as of March 28, 2022, the Record Date, and are entitled to vote.

This Proxy Statement summarizes the information you need to know in order to cast a vote at the meeting.

Q. What Am I Voting On?

You are voting on four items:

 

 

election of director nominees named in this Proxy Statement (see page 8);

 

 

ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accountants for 2022 (see page 80);

 

 

approval, by non-binding vote, of the Company’s executive compensation (see page 82); and

 

 

approval of the Amendment to the Fifth Amended and Restated By-Laws to designate the exclusive forum for the adjudication of certain legal matters (see page 84).

Q. How Do I Vote?

 

Stockholders of record

If you are a stockholder of record, there are four ways to vote:

 

LOGO

  

BY TELEPHONE

toll-free 1-800-690-6903*

  

LOGO

  

BY INTERNET

www.proxyvote.com*

  

LOGO

  

BY MAIL

completing and returning your proxy card

  

LOGO

  

AT THE VIRTUAL MEETING

by electronic vote at the virtual meeting

 

*

The deadline to vote by telephone or Internet is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 24, 2022.

Street name holders

Shares of our common stock that are held in a brokerage account in the name of the broker or by a bank, trustee, or other nominee are held in “street name.” If your shares are held in street name, you should follow the voting instructions provided by your broker, bank, trustee, or other nominee. If you hold your shares in street name and wish to vote at the meeting electronically, you must first obtain a legal proxy issued in your name from your broker, bank, trustee or other nominee.

 

 

Q. What Are the Voting Recommendations of the Board of Directors?

 

Matter

   Board
Recommendation

Election of the ten director nominees named in this Proxy Statement

   FOR EACH NOMINEE

Ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for 2022

   FOR

Approval, by non-binding vote, of the Company’s executive compensation

   FOR

Approval of the Amendment to the Fifth Amended and Restated By-Laws to designate the exclusive forum for the adjudication of certain legal matters

   FOR

 

4    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

ABOUT THE MEETING

 

 

If you return a properly executed proxy card without instructions, the persons named as proxy holders will vote your shares in accordance with the recommendations of our Board.

Q. Will Any Other Matters Be Voted On?

We do not know of any other matters that will be brought before the stockholders for a vote at the Annual Meeting. If any other matter is properly brought before the meeting, your signed or electronic proxy card gives authority to Donald M. Casey, Jr. and Cherée H. Johnson, or either of them, to vote your shares at their discretion.

Q. Who Is Entitled to Vote at the Meeting?

Only stockholders of record at the close of business on the Record Date of March 28, 2022 are entitled to receive notice of and to participate virtually in the annual meeting. If you were a stockholder of record on that date, you will be entitled to vote all of the shares you held on that date at the meeting, or at any postponement or adjournment thereof.

Q. How Many Votes Do I Have?

You will have one vote for each share of our common stock you owned at the close of business on the Record Date.

Q. How Many Votes Can Be Cast by All Stockholders?

On the Record Date there were 215,451,556 outstanding shares of our common stock, each of which is entitled to one vote at the meeting. There is no cumulative voting.

Q. How Many Votes Must Be Present to Hold the Meeting?

The holders of a majority of the aggregate voting power of our common stock outstanding and entitled to vote on the Record Date, or approximately 107,725,778 votes, must be present virtually, or by proxy, at the meeting in order to constitute a quorum necessary to conduct the meeting.

If you vote or abstain on any matter, your shares will be part of the quorum. If you hold your shares in street name and do not provide voting instructions to your broker, bank, trustee or other nominee but your broker, bank, trustee or other nominee has, and exercises, its discretionary authority to vote on at least one matter to be voted on at the meeting, your shares will be counted in determining the quorum for all matters to be voted on at the meeting. Brokers have discretionary authority with respect to the ratification of the appointment of independent registered public accountants, but do not have discretionary authority with respect to the other proposals.

We urge you to vote by proxy even if you plan to attend the meeting virtually so that we will know as soon as possible that a quorum has been achieved.

Q. What Vote Is Required to Approve Each Proposal?

With respect to Item 1, the election of directors, the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast is required to elect a director in an uncontested election when a quorum is present. A “majority of the votes cast” means the number of votes cast “for” a director exceeds the number of votes cast “against” that director. “Votes cast” excludes abstentions and any broker non-votes. Accordingly, abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on the election of directors. Brokers do not have discretionary authority with respect to the election of directors. Under Delaware law, if an incumbent director-nominee is not elected at the meeting, the director will continue to serve on the Board as a “holdover director.” As required by our By-Laws, each director-nominee has submitted an irrevocable conditional letter of resignation which becomes effective if he or she is not elected by a majority of the votes cast by stockholders. If a director-nominee is not elected by a majority of the votes cast, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee will consider the director’s conditional resignation and recommend to the Board whether to accept or reject such resignation. The Board will decide whether to accept or reject the resignation and will publicly disclose its decision within 90 days after the date of the certification of the election results.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     5


Table of Contents

ABOUT THE MEETING

 

 

With respect to Items 2, 3 and 4, the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast is required for approval, assuming a quorum is present. With respect to Item 3, because your vote is advisory, it will not be binding upon the Board; however, the Human Resources Committee and the Board have in the past considered and will continue to consider the outcome of the vote when making decisions for future executive compensation arrangements.

Brokers have discretionary authority to vote with respect to the ratification of the appointment of independent registered public accountants. Brokers do not have discretionary authority to vote with respect to the other proposals. Abstentions and broker non-votes will therefore have no effect on Items 2, 3 and 4.

Q. What is a Broker Non-Vote?

If you are a beneficial owner whose shares are held in “street name” (i.e., of record by a broker, bank, trustee, or other nominee), you must instruct the broker, bank, trustee or other nominee how to vote your shares. If you do not provide voting instructions, your shares will not be voted on any proposal on which the broker, bank, trustee or other nominee does not have discretionary authority to vote. This is called a “broker non-vote.” In these cases, the nominee can register your shares as being present at the Annual Meeting for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum but will not be able to vote on those matters for which specific authorization is required. For the 2022 meeting, your broker does not have discretionary authority to vote on the election of directors, on the advisory vote to approve the Company’s executive compensation (or, “Say-on-Pay” vote) or on the approval of the amendment to our By-Laws, without instructions from you, in which case a broker non-vote will occur and your shares will not be voted on these matters. Accordingly, it is particularly important that beneficial owners instruct their brokers how they wish to vote their shares.

Q. Can I Change My Vote or Revoke My Proxy?

Yes. You may change or revoke your proxy by sending in a new proxy card with a later date, or cast a new vote by telephone or Internet (not later than the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 24, 2022), or send a written notice of revocation to our Corporate Secretary at Dentsply Sirona’s Corporate Headquarters, 13320 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Charlotte, NC 28277. If you attend the meeting in-person and wish to vote at the meeting, you may request that your previously submitted proxy be revoked and cast a vote at the meeting.

Q. What is the Deadline to Submit a Proposal for the 2023 Annual Meeting?

The Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders was released on April 15, 2022. Accordingly, stockholder proposals that are intended to be presented at the Company’s Annual Meeting to be held in 2023 must be received by the Company no later than December 15, 2022, and must otherwise comply with Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), in order to be included in the Proxy Statement and proxy relating to that meeting. See “Other Matters – Nominating Candidates for Election to the Board or Proposing Other Business to be Brought before the Annual Meeting” for more information regarding procedures for stockholders seeking to nominate persons for election to the Board, or to propose other business to be brought before an Annual Meeting of Stockholders outside of Rule 14a-8.

Q. Why Haven’t I Received a Printed Copy of the Proxy Statement or Annual Report?

We are taking advantage of Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rules that allow companies to furnish proxy materials to stockholders via the Internet. This allows us to avoid printing and mailing proxy materials to stockholders who prefer to review the materials online. If you received a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, or “Notice,” by mail, you will not receive a printed copy of the proxy materials, unless you submit a specific request.

The Notice instructs you on how to access and review all of the important information contained in the Proxy Statement and annual report as well as how to submit your proxy over the Internet. If you received the Notice and would still like to receive a printed copy of the proxy materials, you should follow the instructions for requesting these materials included in the Notice. We plan to mail the Notice to stockholders by April 15, 2022.

 

6    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

ABOUT THE MEETING

 

 

Q. Who Can Attend the Annual Meeting Virtually?

Any Dentsply Sirona stockholder as of the close of business on the Record Date may attend the virtual meeting. To participate in the Annual Meeting, visit http://www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/XRAY2022. You will need the 16-digit control number included on your Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, on your proxy card or on the instructions that accompanied your proxy materials. You may begin to log into the meeting platform beginning at 7:45 a.m. Eastern Time on May 25, 2022. The meeting will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on May 25, 2022.

If you hold your shares in street name and wish to attend and vote at the meeting virtually, please obtain instructions on how to attend and vote at the meeting virtually from your broker, bank, trustee or other nominee.

Q. How Will My Shares Be Voted if I Submit a Proxy Without Indicating My Vote?

If you submit a properly executed proxy without indicating your vote, your shares will be voted as follows:

 

 

FOR each director nominee named in this Proxy Statement;

 

 

FOR ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accountants for 2022;

 

 

FOR the approval, by non-binding vote, of the Company’s executive compensation; and

 

 

FOR the approval of the Amendment to the Fifth Amended and Restated By-Laws to designate the exclusive forum for the adjudication of certain legal matters.

Q. What if I participate in the DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. 401(k) Savings and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”)?

If you participate in a Company stock fund under the ESOP and had shares of our common stock associated with your account on the record, you will receive an electronic notice unless you opted to receive paper copies of the proxy materials. The electronic notice will contain voting instructions for all shares registered in the same name, whether inside or outside of the ESOP. If your accounts inside and outside of the ESOP are not registered in the same name, you will receive a separate electronic notice for the shares associated with your ESOP account.

Shares of common stock in the ESOP will be voted by T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services, Inc., as trustee of the ESOP. ESOP participants in a Company stock fund should submit their voting instructions to T. Rowe Price by using the toll-free telephone number or indicating their instructions over the Internet, in each case pursuant to the instructions in the notice provided by T. Rowe Price, or by submitting an executed proxy card. Voting instructions regarding ESOP shares must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, and all telephone and Internet voting facilities for plan shares will close at that time. You can revoke your voting instructions for shares held in our ESOP prior to such time by timely delivery of a properly executed, later-dated voting instruction card (or an Internet or telephone vote), or by delivering a written revocation of your voting instructions to T. Rowe Price.

All voting instructions from ESOP participants will be kept confidential. If you do not timely submit voting instructions, the shares allocated to you, together with unallocated shares, will be voted in accordance with the instructions of the Company.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     7


Table of Contents

      

 

 

PROXY ITEM NO. 1:

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

The current term of office of all of our directors expires at the meeting or when their successors are duly elected and qualified. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee recommended and our Board has nominated ten directors to be elected to serve until the next annual meeting of stockholders or until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Arthur D. Kowaloff, who has served on our Board with distinction since 2016, and on the Board of Directors of Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. since 2004, is not standing for election to the Board as he has reached the mandatory retirement age in accordance with the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines/Policies. Accordingly, Mr. Kowaloff will no longer be serving on our Board following the Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 25, 2022. The Company is grateful for the many years of service of Mr. Kowaloff. Dr. Wenzel was identified as a potential director candidate by a third-party director search firm engaged by the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and was appointed as a director on February 22, 2022.

All nominees are currently directors of our Company and all nominees have agreed to serve if elected. Unless otherwise specified, all proxies will be voted in favor of each nominee as a director of our Company.

Included in each director nominee’s biography is a description of select key qualifications and experience that led the Board to conclude that each nominee is qualified to serve as a member of the Board. All biographical information below is as of the Record Date.

Our Board has no reason to expect that any of the nominees will be unable to stand for election on the date of the meeting or will otherwise not serve. If a vacancy occurs among the original nominees prior to the meeting, the proxies may be voted for a substitute nominee named by our Board as well as for the remaining nominees. Because this election is not a contested election, directors are elected by a majority of the votes cast when a quorum is present. A “majority of the votes cast” means that the number of votes cast “for” a director exceeds the number of votes cast “against” that director. “Votes cast” excludes abstentions and any broker non-votes.

Our Board has determined that, in its judgment, with the exception of Mr. Casey, our current CEO, all of the current members of, and nominees for, our Board are independent, as defined by the listing standards of The Nasdaq Global Select Market, as of the date of this Proxy Statement.

For a full discussion on the criteria and process for the nomination of directors, see “Selection of Nominees for the Board of Directors” on page 26.

 

8    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

PROXY ITEM NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

 

Board Diversity, Tenure and Independence

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines/Policies provide that the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee will recommend candidates for our Board who possess the highest personal and professional ethics, integrity and values, and who are committed to representing the long-term interests of stockholders. The Board believes that having directors of diverse race, ethnicity, global perspectives and gender, along with varied skills and experiences, contributes to a balanced and effective Board. The Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines/Policies further emphasize our policy of inclusiveness and ensure that the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, in performing its responsibilities to review director candidates and recommend candidates to the Board for election, ensures that candidates with a diversity of race, ethnicity and gender, as well as global perspectives, are included in each pool of candidates from which Board nominees are chosen and actively considers for selection as directors persons who meet such criteria. Additionally, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee seeks to ensure periodic Board refreshment by maintaining an appropriate mix of short, medium and long tenured Directors.

 

 

 

 

LOGO

 

 

 

LOGO

 

 

LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

 

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     9


Table of Contents

PROXY ITEM NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

 

 
Board Diversity Matrix  

Total Number of Director Nominees

                                                       10  
      Female      Male      Non-Binary      Did Not
Disclose
 

Part I: Gender Identity

 

Directors

     4        6        0        0  

Part II: Demographic Background

 

African American or Black

     0        1        0        0  

Alaskan Native or Native American

     0        0        0        0  

Asian

     0        1        0        0  

Hispanic or Latinx

     0        0        0        0  

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

     0        0        0        0  

White

     4        4        0        0  

Two or More Races or Ethnicities

     0        0        0        0  

LGBTQ+

                                                      0  

Did Not Disclose Demographic Background

                                                      0  

Director Biographies

Set forth below are the biographies of our Director nominees up for reelection at our Annual Meeting.

 

10    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

PROXY ITEM NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

 

Eric K. Brandt

   

 

LOGO

 

Director since 2004

(Non-Executive Chairman since 2017)

 

Independent

 

Age: 59

 

Board Committees:

•  Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

•  Executive Committee (Chair)

 

Other Public Company Boards:

•  LAM Research Corporation

•  The Macerich Company

•  NortonLifeLock Inc.

 

  

Mr. Brandt has served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board since September 28, 2017. Mr. Brandt has previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Broadcom Corporation, a Fortune 500 high-tech company, from 2007 to 2009 and then as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with Broadcom from 2010 to 2016. From September 2005 until March 2007, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Avanir Pharmaceuticals. Beginning in 1999, he held various positions at Allergan, Inc., including Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer until 2001, President of Consumer Eye Care from 2001 to 2002, and 2005 until his departure, Executive Vice President of Finance and Technical Operations and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Allergan, he was Vice President and Partner at Boston Consulting Group (‘‘BCG’’), and a senior member of the BCG Health Care and Operations practices. He serves on the Board of Directors for LAM Research Corporation as the Chair of its Compensation and Human Resources Committee and as a member of its Nominating and Governance Committee, on the Board of Directors of The Macerich Company as a member of its Compensation Committee and as Chair of its Capital Allocation Committee, and on the Board of Directors of NortonLifeLock Inc. as Chair of its Audit Committee. Mr. Brandt also served as a director of Yahoo! Inc. from 2016 to 2017 and served as a director of Altaba Inc. (formerly Yahoo! Inc.), as chairman of the Board of Directors from January 2017 through its delisting in 2019.

Selected Key Qualifications and

Experience:

   

                        

 

Large Company Experience as Executive or Board Member

Mr. Brandt has significant business experience, including leadership roles as an executive and board member of public companies.

 

Public Company Governance Experience

Mr. Brandt serves and has served on boards of directors of several public companies, including as chairman, having obtained valuable experience in public company governance matters.

 

Business Development Experience

Mr. Brandt’s executive leadership positions and tenure on various boards has given him general business skills, expertise and experience including in business development and corporate strategy development.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     11


Table of Contents

PROXY ITEM NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

 

Donald M. Casey Jr.

   

 

LOGO

 

Director since 2018

 

Age: 62

 

Board Committees:

•  Executive Committee

•  Science and Technology
Committee

 

Other Public Company Boards:

•  None

 

  

Mr. Casey has served as our Chief Executive Officer since February 2018. Mr. Casey served from 2012 through 2018 as the Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Segment of Cardinal Health, a manufacturer and provider of medical products and supply chain services. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Casey served as Chief Executive Officer of the Gary and Mary West Wireless Health Institute, a non-profit research organization focused on lowering the cost of health care through novel technology solutions. Prior to that, Mr. Casey served from 2007 to 2010 as Worldwide Chairman for Johnson & Johnson’s Comprehensive Care group and as a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to that, from 2003 to 2006, Mr. Casey served as Company Group Chairman with Vistakon, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., and from 1985 to 2003, Mr. Casey held various executive positions throughout Johnson & Johnson’s consumer, pharmaceutical and medical device franchises. Mr. Casey also served as a director of West Corporation from 2015 to 2017.

Selected Key Qualifications and

Experience:

   

                        

 

Large Company Experience as Executive or Board Member

Also serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Mr. Casey possesses a wide range of business and development skills, with significant history of success in large companies.

 

Medical Device or Industry Experience

Mr. Casey has worked over three decades in the global health care field, in various key and executive positions.

 

Capital Allocation/Deployment Experience

Mr. Casey has a deep understanding of growth and management of Company assets, and he has a strong record of corporate success and development.

 

12    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

PROXY ITEM NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

 

Willie A. Deese

    

 

LOGO

 

Director since 2011

 

Independent

 

Age: 66

 

Board Committees:

•  Human Resources Committee (Chair)

 

Other Public Company Boards:

•  CDK Global Inc.

•  G1 Therapeutics, Inc.

•  Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc.

 

  

Mr. Deese retired from Merck & Co., Inc., a global pharmaceutical company, on June 1, 2016 after serving as Executive Vice President since 2008 and President of the Merck Manufacturing Division since 2005. He was also a member of Merck’s Executive Committee. Mr. Deese originally joined Merck in 2004 as the company’s Senior Vice President of Global Procurement. Formerly, Mr. Deese served as a member of the Board of Trustees of North Carolina A&T State University from 2007 to 2015. In addition, Mr. Deese served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of North Carolina A&T State University from 2011 to 2013. Previously, Mr. Deese served as Senior Vice President of Global Procurement and Logistics at GlaxoSmithKline and as Senior Vice President of Procurement at SmithKlineBeecham. He serves on the Board of Directors for CDK Global Inc. as Chair of its Compensation Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc. as Chair of its Corporate Governance Committee, a member of its Compensation Committee and as a member of its Audit Committee and on the Board of Directors of G1 Therapeutics, Inc. as a member of its Audit Committee.

Selected Key Qualifications and

Experience:

    

                        

 

Large Company Experience as Executive or Board Member

Mr. Deese has significant business experience, including leadership roles as an executive and board member of public companies.

 

Medical Device or Industry Experience

Mr. Deese’s leadership roles have included executive positions in companies involved with regulated medical products.

 

Manufacturing Experience

In his role as Executive Vice President and President of the Merck Manufacturing Division, Mr. Deese was responsible for the company’s global manufacturing, procurement, and distribution and logistics functions.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     13


Table of Contents

PROXY ITEM NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

 

Betsy D. Holden

    

 

LOGO

 

Director since 2018

 

Independent

 

Age: 66

 

Board Committees:

•  Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee (Chair)

•  Executive Committee

•  Human Resources Committee

 

Other Public Company Boards:

•  National Retail Properties, Inc.

•  The Western Union Company

 

  

Ms. Holden serves on the Food Chain Advisory Board and several private portfolio company boards for Paine Schwartz Partners, a private equity firm focused on sustainable agriculture and food products. She previously served as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting company, from April 2007 to December 2020, leading strategy, marketing and board effectiveness initiatives for clients in consumer goods, pharma, medical products and financial services. Prior to that, Ms. Holden spent 25 years in marketing and line positions in consumer goods. From 2001 to 2003, she was Co-Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods and from 2000 to 2003, she was Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods North America. Additional positions at Kraft included President, Global Marketing and Category Development and Executive Vice President, with oversight of operations, IT, procurement, research and development, and marketing services, as well as multiple business unit President and line management assignments. Under her leadership, Kraft was a food industry leader in sales force excellence, new product successes and marketing and digital innovation. While at Kraft, Ms. Holden led the successful acquisition and integration of Nabisco Group Holdings and the subsequent initial public offering of the company. Ms. Holden was selected as a 2015 NACD Directorship 100 honoree and was inducted into the Chicago Business Hall of Fame in 2016. Ms. Holden serves on the executive committees of the Duke University Board of Trustees and the Global Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management. She serves on the Board of Directors for Western Union Company as member of its Compensation Committee and Audit Committee and on the Board of Directors of National Retail Properties, Inc. as the Chair of its Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Ms. Holden is also President of the Off the Street Club Board. Ms. Holden previously served on the boards of Diageo plc, Catamaran Corporation, Kraft Foods, Tupperware, Tribune Company and Time Inc.

Selected Key Qualifications and

Experience:

    

                        

 

Large Company Experience as Executive and Board Member

Ms. Holden has served as Chief Executive Officer of a large public company and as a board member and consultant to multiple large, international, public companies.

 

Experience in Marketing/Sales

Ms. Holden has held numerous leadership roles in marketing and product management, both as an executive and in her current role as consultant, successfully implementing growth strategies, novel ideas and marketing plans to win in competitive industries.

 

Public Company Governance Experience

Ms. Holden has extensive corporate governance experience serving on nine public boards over the last 20 years and on multiple audit, compensation and nominating committees.

 

14    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

PROXY ITEM NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

 

Clyde R. Hosein

    

 

LOGO

 

Director since 2020

 

Independent

 

Age: 62

 

Board Committees:

•  Audit and Finance Committee

•  Science and Technology Committee

 

Other Public Company Boards:

•  Wolfspeed, Inc.

 

  

Mr. Hosein has served as Chief Financial Officer of AliveCor Inc., a medical device and AI company producing ECG hardware and software for consumer mobile devices, since March 2021. Prior to AliveCor, Mr. Hosein served as Chief Financial Officer of Automation Anywhere, Inc., an enterprise software provider of robotic process automation, from December 2017 to March 2021. From August 2013 to May 2017, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RingCentral, Inc., a publicly traded provider of software-as-a-service cloud-based business communications solutions. Prior to this, Mr. Hosein served from June 2008 to October 2012 as Chief Financial Officer of Marvell Technology Group Ltd., a publicly traded semiconductor provider of high-performance analog, mixed-signal, digital signal processing and embedded microprocessor integrated circuits, and he also served as its Interim Chief Operating Officer and Secretary from October 2008 to March 2010. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Integrated Device Technology, Inc., a provider of mixed-signal semiconductor solutions. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Advanced Interconnect Technologies, a semiconductor assembly and test company. He has also held other senior level financial positions, including the role of Chief Financial Officer at Candescent Technologies, a developer of flat panel display technology. Early in his career he spent 14 years in financial and engineering roles at IBM Corporation. Mr. Hosein has been a member of the Board of Directors of Wolfspeed, Inc. (formerly Cree, Inc.) since December 2005.

Selected Key Qualifications and

Experience:

    

                        

 

Large Company Experience as Executive or Board Member

Mr. Hosein has significant business experience, including leadership roles as an executive and board member of an international public company.

 

Understanding and Previous Work with Information Technology

Mr. Hosein has extensive business experience with information technology and management within large global organizations

 

Financial Literacy

In his various leadership roles, Mr. Hosein has obtained extensive knowledge of accounting and financial matters.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     15


Table of Contents

PROXY ITEM NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

 

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr.

    

 

LOGO

 

Director since 2016

(Sirona Director since 2006)

 

Independent

 

Age: 67

 

Board Committees:

•  Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

 

Other Public Company Boards:

•  Leidos Holdings, Inc.

•  Option Care Health, Inc.

 

  

Mr. Kraemer has served as an Executive Partner of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm based in Chicago that invests in management buyout and other private equity transactions across a broad spectrum of industries, since April 2005, and serves as Clinical Professor of Management & Strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Mr. Kraemer was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Baxter International Inc. until April 2004. Mr. Kraemer had been a Director of Baxter International since 1995, Chairman of the Board since January 1, 2000, President since 1997 and Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 1999. Mr. Kraemer is active in business, education and civic affairs. He serves on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, the Conference Board and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Economics Club of Chicago. He is a past member of the Business Roundtable, the Business Council and the Healthcare Leadership Council. He previously served on the board of directors of VWR Corporation.

Selected Key Qualifications and

Experience:

    

                        

 

Experience with Governance of Public Companies

Mr. Kraemer serves and has served on boards of directors of several public companies, having obtained valuable experience in public company governance matters.

 

Capital Allocation/Deployment Experience

Mr. Kraemer has actively participated in decisions concerning investing and capital allocation in his prior and current roles.

 

Business Development Experience

Mr. Kraemer has significant experience with complex transactions, both as a former executive of large companies and in his current role at a private equity firm.

 

16    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

PROXY ITEM NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

 

Gregory T. Lucier

    

 

LOGO

 

Director since 2019

 

Independent

 

Age: 57

 

Board Committees:

•  Executive Committee

•  Human Resources Committee

 

Other Public Company Boards:

•  Berkeley Lights, Inc.

•  Catalent, Inc.

•  Maravai LifeSciences Holdings, Inc.

 

  

Mr. Lucier most recently served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NuVasive from 2015 to 2018. Prior to this role, Mr. Lucier served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Life Technologies – formerly Invitrogen – for eleven years. Mr. Lucier was heading Life Technologies during the acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2013 for $15.6 billion – one of the largest Life Sciences acquisitions to date. Before that Mr. Lucier served as President, Medical Information Technologies, GE Healthcare, overseeing the networking of medical electronic devices, digital imaging and clinical information systems with revenues of almost $2 billion. He was promoted by the GE Board to an officer of General Electric Corporation to serve as Vice President Global Services, GE Healthcare, the company’s $2 billion healthcare services business. Mr. Lucier serves on several public and private company boards, including Catalent, Berkeley Lights, Maravai LifeSciences, and Epic Sciences. He holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Selected Key Qualifications and

Experience:

    

                        

 

Large Company Experience as Executive and as a Board Member

Mr. Lucier has significant business experience, including leadership roles as an executive and board member of public companies.

 

Medical Device or Industry Experience

Mr. Lucier has held numerous leadership roles, including as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, with a significant history of success for several medical device and life science businesses.

 

Business Development Experience

Mr. Lucier’s executive leadership positions and tenure on various boards has given him general business skills, expertise and experience including in business development and corporate strategy development.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     17


Table of Contents

PROXY ITEM NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

 

Leslie F. Varon

    

 

LOGO

 

Director since 2018

 

Independent

 

Age: 65

 

Board Committees:

•  Audit and Finance Committee (Chair)

 

Other Public Company Boards:

•  Hamilton Lane Inc.

•  LAM Research Corporation

 

  

Ms. Varon served as Chief Financial Officer of Xerox Corporation, a document solutions company, from November 2015 through December 2016 during which time she led the restructuring of the $18 billion business process services, printing equipment, software and solutions company, including the successful spin-off of its $7 billion services business. After that transaction, she became Special Advisor to the new Xerox Chief Executive Officer until March 2017 when she retired from the company. Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer at Xerox, she was briefly VP Investor Relations from March 2015 through October 2015. Previously she served Xerox as VP Finance & Corporate Controller from July 2006 to February 2015, where she oversaw global financial operating executives and had responsibility for corporate financial planning and analysis, accounting, internal audit, risk management, global real estate and worldwide shared services centers. Earlier in her career, Ms. Varon was Vice President Finance & Operations support for Xerox’s North American business, Vice President Xerox Investor Relations and Corporate Secretary and Director of Corporate Audit. From 2006 to 2017 she served on the board of Xerox International Partners, a joint venture between Xerox Corporation and Fuji Xerox Corporation, representing Xerox Corporation’s ownership stake. Ms. Varon serves on the Board of Directors for Hamilton Lane Inc. and LAM Research Corporation.

Selected Key Qualifications and

Experience:

    

                        

 

Large Company Experience as Executive or Board Member

Ms. Varon has significant business experience, including leadership roles as an executive.

 

Capital Allocation/Deployment Experience

Ms. Varon has a substantial record of financial experience and the proper maintenance of a large corporation, including as a chief financial officer.

 

Business Development Experience

Ms. Varon has had an extensive history working with large transactions and business transformation in a public company, and has a deep understanding of business deals and growth.

 

18    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

PROXY ITEM NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

 

Janet S. Vergis

    

 

LOGO

 

Director since 2019

 

Independent

 

Age: 57

 

Board Committees:

•  Audit and Finance Committee

•  Science and Technology Committee (Chair)

 

Other Public Company Boards:

•  Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

•  Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.

 

  

Ms. Vergis has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and recently served as an executive advisor to private equity firms from 2013 to 2019. Prior to her advisory role she was the Chief Executive Officer of OraPharma,lnc., a privately held, specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on oral health. In that role she led the turnaround of the business and its subsequent successful sale. Preceding her role at OraPharma, Ms. Vergis managed a $6 billion portfolio at Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) as President of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, McNeil Pediatrics, and Ortho-McNeil Neurologies. Ms. Vergis contributed to a number of Johnson & Johnson companies during her career, serving as a member of company management boards for over 10 years and holding positions of increasing responsibility in research and development, new product development, sales, and marketing. Ms. Vergis serves on the Board of Directors for Church and Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD), Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and on the Board of Directors of SGS SA. And previously served on the Board of Directors of Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She is also Chair of The Biotechnology Advisory Board and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Counsel for the Eberly College of Science as well as Vice-Chair of the Corporate and Foundation Relations Advisory Board at Penn State. Ms. Vergis earned a B.S. degree in Biology and an M.S. degree in Physiology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Selected Key Qualifications and

Experience:

    

                        

 

Large Company Experience as Executive or Board Member

Ms. Vergis has significant business experience, including leadership roles as an executive.

 

Medical Device or Industry Experience

Ms. Vergis has worked over three decades in the global healthcare field, including in various key advisory and executive positions.

 

Capital Allocation/Deployment Experience

Ms. Vergis has a substantial record of financial experience and the proper maintenance of a large corporation, including an extensive history working with large transactions and business transformations.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     19


Table of Contents

PROXY ITEM NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

 

Dorothea Wenzel

    

 

LOGO

 

Director since 2022

 

Independent

 

Age: 53

 

Board Committees:

•  Audit and Finance Committee

 

Other Public Company Boards:

•  Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA

 

  

Dr. Dorothea Wenzel served for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany, from June 2004 to August 2021, most recently since 2019 as Executive Vice President and Head of the Surface Solutions Business Unit. Previously, in 2018, she was CFO of the Performance Materials Division and from 2014 to 2018 Dr. Wenzel headed the Fertility Franchise in the Healthcare division and, prior to that, from 2006 to 2013, she was the CFO of the Healthcare Division. Prior to joining Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany, Dr. Wenzel held a number of finance and business positions in the health care industry at AXA Krankenversicherung AG and Medvantis Holding AG and worked for several years as consultant and engagement manager at McKinsey & Comp. Dr. Wenzel was also a Member of the Staff of the Committee for the Sustainability of the Financing of the Social Security Systems of the Federal Ministry of Health (Germany). Dr. Wenzel serves on the Board of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA as Lead Independent Director and on the Board of H. Lundbeck S/A as Chair of the Audit Committee. Dr. Wenzel holds a doctorate in Health Economics and a diploma in business & computer sciences from the Technical University of Darmstadt.

Selected Key Qualifications and

Experience:

    

                        

 

Large Company Experience as Executive or Board Member

Dr. Wenzel has significant business experience, including leadership roles as an executive.

 

Medical Device or Industry Experience

Dr. Wenzel has worked over three decades in the global healthcare field, including in various key advisory and executive positions.

 

Capital Allocation/Deployment Experience

Dr. Wenzel has a deep understanding of growth and management of Company assets, and he has a strong record of corporate success and development.

 

20    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

PROXY ITEM NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

 

Summary of Director

 

Qualifications and Experience

 

    LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

 

LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

Large Company Experience as Executive or Board Member is important because of the complex and unique management requirements for a large, public company.

 

      ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·     ·    ·    ·    ·    10

Extensive Knowledge of DENTSPLY SIRONA History and Industry allows our Board of Directors to learn from our history and what works for our company.

 

      ·    ·     ·    ·         ·        ·            6

Medical Device or Industry Experience is important in understanding innovation and developments in the larger field.

 

      ·    ·            ·    ·     ·        ·    ·    7

International Business Experience is important because of our global reach and the growing interconnectivity of people and industry.

 

      ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    10

Financial Literacy is necessary to understand our financial reports, internal controls, and the complex transactions we conduct regularly.

 

      ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    10

Public Company Governance Experience assists directors with diligent management of accountability, transparency and protection of stockholder interests.

 

      ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    10

Experience in Marketing and Sales is crucial in understanding how to most effectively sell our products in existing markets and to expand to new ones.

 

      ·    ·     ·    ·        ·    ·         ·    ·    8

Manufacturing Experience helps in understanding the balance between efficiency and the highest level of quality controls.

 

      ·     ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·                7

Experience in HR and Talent Management allows directors to help us hire, motivate, and retain the best employees.

 

      ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    10

Understanding of and Previous Work with Information Technology will allow our company to innovate and thrive in a world that relies more heavily than ever on interconnectivity of systems and tech.

 

      ·         ·    ·    ·    ·    ·        ·    ·    8

Experience in Capital Allocation and Deployment allows directors to decide on the proper placement of assets and funds, manage risks, and invest smartly in upcoming and lucrative avenues.

 

      ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    10

Business Development Experience (including M&A) is important because of the board’s role in strategic planning of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

 

      ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    10

Quality and Regulatory Experience allows our directors to provide oversight of our regulated activities and risk management.

 

          ·     ·    ·        ·    ·        ·        6

Prior Work in Research and Development allows directors to understand the potential for new and innovative technologies and how to facilitate them.

 

              ·    ·        ·    ·        ·    ·    6

Qualified Financial Experts have met Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements meant to improve disclosures and prevent improper financial practice.

 

      ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·        ·    9

Enterprise Risk Management, including business continuity and cyber security, allows our company to thrive in a rapid-paced and tech-driven market.

 

      ·    ·    ·    ·    ·    ·     ·    ·    ·    ·    10

 

Recommendation of the Board

The Board unanimously recommends a vote FOR

the election of each director nominee listed above.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     21


Table of Contents

      

 

 

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Corporate Governance Highlights

We are committed to high standards of corporate governance as an essential element of delivering long-term stockholder value. We have implemented many governance best practices, including the following:

 

Board Structure and Independence  

•  All Directors are independent except for the Chief Executive Officer

•  Independent Non-Executive Chair

•  Diverse and highly skilled Board that provides a range of viewpoints

•  Consideration of optimal Board leadership structure for the Company

•  Periodically rotating the chairs of the Board committees

•  Executive sessions held by the Chair at each regular Board and Committee meeting without management present

•  Perform regular Board, Committee and Board member evaluations

Stockholder Rights  

•  3%, 3-year proxy access bylaw

•  Annual election of all Directors

•  Majority voting for all Directors in uncontested elections, coupled with irrevocable conditional resignations of directors memorialized in the Company’s By-Laws

•  No supermajority voting provisions

•  No “poison pill” rights plan

Board Oversight  

•  Board oversight of enterprise risk management

•  Monitors the Company’s workplace culture and values

•  Reviews key talent and succession on an at least annual basis

Board Education  

•  New Directors participate in introductory meetings with business and functional leaders and senior management

•  Directors are encouraged to enroll in director continuing education programs at the Company’s expense

•  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Directors periodically participated in site visits to facilities

•  Directors received unconscious bias training in 2021 and participated in educational sessions concerning various critical issues and topics such as ESG, cybersecurity, talent oversight, digital platforms and solutions, and strategy

•  Various key stakeholders, including customers and investors, met with the Board of Directors in 2021

•  The Company is in the process of creating an independent Dental and Scientific Advisory Board, which will be composed of leading experts, to support the Science and Technology Committee’s mandate and ensure it receives the best external insights related to R&D activities

Corporate Governance Practices  

•  No hedging or pledging transactions in our securities

•  Policy on public company board service

•  Regular Board and Committee refreshment

•  Code of Conduct for Directors with an annual certification requirement

•  Mandatory retirement age of 75 for all Directors

•  Annual Board and Committee performance assessments

•  Clawback policy allowing recoupment of compensation

•  Stock ownership guidelines for Executives and Directors

•  Director orientation and continuing educational programs

•  Pay for performance compensation policies

The Board of Directors and its Committees

Our Board is responsible for establishing broad corporate policies and for overseeing the overall management of the Company. In addition to considering various matters which require its approval, our Board provides advice and counsel to, and ultimately monitors the performance of, our senior executives. The following table provides information about the anticipated composition of the Board committees following the annual meeting.

 

22    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

 

Committees of the

 

Board of Directors

 

    LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

 

LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

  LOGO

 

Audit and Finance Committee

                                      C        

Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

                      C                        

Executive Committee

          C                                    

Human Resources Committee

                  C                            

Science and Technology Committee

                                          C    

Our Board currently has five standing committees, the Audit and Finance Committee, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, the Executive Committee, the Human Resources Committee, and the Science and Technology Committee. Each of the committees has a written charter which is reviewed at least annually to reflect the activities of each of the respective committees, changes in applicable law or other relevant considerations, with any changes approved by the full Board. Each of these committees, with the exceptions of the Executive Committee and the Science and Technology Committee, is composed entirely of directors deemed to be, in the judgment of our Board, independent in accordance with the listing standards of The Nasdaq Global Select Market. Our Board met six times in 2021. Each director attended at least 75% of the total number of meetings of the Board and the Board committees of which he or she was a member in 2021. While we do not have a formal policy requiring members of the Board to attend the annual meeting of stockholders, we encourage all directors to attend the virtual meeting, and all of our directors attended the last annual meeting of stockholders.

The following table lists the members, primary functions, and number of meetings held with respect to each committee.

 

Members

 

Primary Functions

      

  Meetings  

in 2021

Audit and Finance Committee

 

Leslie F. Varon (Chair)(1)

Clyde R. Hosein(1)

Francis J. Lunger(1)(2)

Janet S. Vergis

Dorothea Wenzel(1)(3)

 

•   Selecting and retaining the independent registered public accounting firm setting that firm’s compensation.

•   Managing and overseeing the Company’s financial reporting, including annual and quarterly financial statements and earnings releases, significant financial reporting issues and judgments, and any major issues regarding the adequacy of internal controls.

•   Pre-approving all auditing and permitted non-audit services by the independent registered public accounting firm.

 

      7

Corporate Governance and

Nominating Committee

 

Betsy D. Holden (Chair)

Eric K. Brandt

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr.

 

•   Identifying and recommending individuals as nominees to serve on the Board.

•   Reviewing and recommending Board policies and governance practices and appraising the performance of the Board and its individual members.

•   Managing risks associated with the independence of the Board, potential conflicts of interest and overall corporate governance.

•   Overseeing and coordinating the Company’s management of environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) matters, including identifying ESG trends and issues and overseeing the development of metrics related to ESG performance.

 

      5

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     23


Table of Contents

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

 

Members

 

Primary Functions

      

  Meetings  

in 2021

Human Resources Committee

 

Willie A. Deese (Chair)

Betsy D. Holden

Arthur D. Kowaloff

Gregory T. Lucier

 

•   Evaluating and administering compensation levels for all senior officers of the Company.

•   Reviewing and evaluating employee compensation generally and employee benefit plans.

•   Overseeing and evaluating the risks associated with the Company’s compensation philosophy and programs.

•   Reviewing the Company’s talent management and succession to help the Company hire, motivate, and retain the best employees.

•   Overseeing, in coordination with the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, ESG matters with respect to human capital management and executive compensation, including by overseeing the development of metrics relating to ESG performance.

 

      5

Executive Committee

 

Eric K. Brandt (Chair)

Donald M. Casey Jr.

Betsy D. Holden

Gregory T. Lucier

 

 

•   Acting on behalf of the Board when the full Board is not in session, including by overseeing the restructuring of the Company and its business and associated matters and reviewing the Company’s financial performance.

 

      9

Science and Technology Committee

 

Janet S. Vergis (Chair)

Michael C. Alfano(4)

Donald M. Casey Jr.

Clyde R. Hosein

 

•   Assisting the Board in its oversight of the Company’s scientific and technological direction.

•   Providing advice and feedback to the Board and senior management on scientific and technological matters affecting the Company.

•   Periodically reviewing and examining the Company’s research and development activities, investments, portfolio and technological initiatives.

•   Will be supported by a new independent Dental and Scientific Advisory Board which will be composed of leading experts.

 

      4

 

(1)

Each of Ms. Varon, Mr. Lunger, Mr. Hosein and Dr. Wenzel has been determined by the Board, in its judgment, to be an audit committee financial expert, as defined under applicable SEC rules.

 

(2)

Mr. Lunger served on the Audit and Finance Committee until the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders at which time he did not stand for re-election due to reaching the mandatory retirement age in accordance with the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines/Procedures.

 

(3)

Dr. Wenzel was appointed as a Director and a member of the Audit and Finance Committee on February 22, 2022.

 

(4)

Dr. Alfano served on the Science and Technology Committee until the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders at which time he did not stand for re-election.

Leadership Structure of the Board of Directors

Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

The roles of non-executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer are currently held by separate individuals. We believe that having a non-executive Chairman is in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders at this time. The separation of the roles of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer allows Mr. Casey to focus on managing the Company’s business and operations, and allows Mr. Brandt to focus on Board matters. Further, we believe that the separation of these roles ensures the independence of the Board in its oversight role of evaluating and assessing the Chief Executive Officer and management generally.

 

24    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

 

We believe that our governance structure provides effective oversight of the Board because:

 

 

we have an appropriate balance between the two roles of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer;

 

 

the Board has established and follows robust Corporate Governance Guidelines/Policies, as discussed below;

 

 

each member of the Board, other than Mr. Casey, is independent pursuant to the listing standards of The Nasdaq Global Select Market; and

 

 

each of the Audit and Finance Committee, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and the Human Resources Committee are composed solely of independent directors.

Governance Practices and Policies

Our Company is committed to the values of effective corporate governance and high ethical standards. These values are conducive to long-term performance and the Board reevaluates our policies on an ongoing basis to ensure they sufficiently meet the Company’s needs. We believe our key corporate governance and ethics policies enable us to manage our business in accordance with the highest standards of business practice and in the best interests of our stockholders.

Corporate Governance Guidelines/Policies and Committee Charters

We have adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines/Policies to outline our corporate governance structure and address significant corporate governance issues. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee reviews our Corporate Governance Guidelines/Policies at least annually. Copies of these Guidelines as well as the Charter for each standing committee of our Board can be found at the “Investors — Corporate Governance — Documents & Charters” section of our website at www.dentsplysirona.com.

Code of Ethics

We have adopted a Code of Ethics which applies to all of our directors, executive officers, and employees. A copy of the Code of Ethics is available at the “Investors — Corporate Governance — Documents & Charters — Governance Documents — Documents & Charters” section of our website at www.dentsplysirona.com.

Risk Oversight

The Board oversees the management of risks inherent in the operation of our businesses and the implementation of our strategic plan. In this regard, the Board seeks to understand and oversee the most critical risks relating to the Company’s business, allocate responsibilities for the oversight of risks amongst the full Board and its committees, and see that management has in place effective systems and processes for managing risks facing the Company. Risks falling within this area include but are not limited to general business and industry risks, operating risks, business continuity risks, cyber-security risks, financial risks including infrastructure, talent management and human capital and workforce related risks and compliance and regulatory risks. Overseeing risk is an ongoing process and is inherently tied to our operations and overall strategy. Accordingly, the Board considers risk throughout the year and with respect to specific proposed actions. While the Board oversees risk, our management is charged with identifying and managing risk. The Company has robust internal processes and a strong internal control environment to identify and manage risks and to communicate information about risk to the Board. Risk management is not allocated to a single risk management officer within the Company, but rather is administered by management in an approach that is designed to ensure that the most significant risks to the Company, on a consolidated basis, are being managed and monitored appropriately. This process includes:

 

 

identifying the material risks that the Company may face;

 

 

establishing and assessing processes for managing those risks;

 

 

determining the Company’s risk appetite and mitigation strategies and responsibilities; and

 

 

making regular reports to the Board on management’s assessment of exposure to risk and steps management has taken to monitor and manage such exposure.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     25


Table of Contents

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

 

The Board implements its risk oversight function both as a whole and through delegation to the Board committees. Specifically, the Audit and Finance Committee, pursuant to its charter, regularly assesses and discusses with management the Company’s major enterprise risk exposures and the steps that have been taken to monitor and control such exposures. The Audit and Finance Committee and the other committees meet regularly and report back to the full Board. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee is responsible for overseeing management of risks related to our environmental and governance practices, and coordinates with the Human Resources Committee on overseeing management of risks related to our social practices. The full Board regularly reviews reports from management on various aspects of our business, including related risks and tactics and strategies for addressing them. At least annually, the Board reviews our CEO succession planning. In performing these functions, each committee has full access to management, as well as the ability to engage advisors. See “The Board of Directors and its Committees” above for more information regarding the roles and responsibilities of the Board committees.

The Board and the Audit and Finance Committee, pursuant to its Charter, oversee the Company’s management of cybersecurity risk. The Audit and Finance Committee regularly briefs the full Board on these matters, and the full Board and the Audit and Finance Committee receive updates multiple times throughout the year and ad-hoc briefings from the Chief Information Officer on the Company’s cybersecurity program, including information about cyber risk management governance and the status of projects to strengthen cybersecurity controls

Also, the Company’s leadership structure, discussed in “Leadership Structure of the Board of Directors” above, supports the risk oversight function of the Board. In addition, independent directors chair the Board committees involved with risk oversight and there is open communication between senior management and directors.

Selection of Nominees for the Board of Directors

Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee Recommendation Process

The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee is responsible for evaluating potential candidates to serve on our Board and for recommending nominees to be presented for election or reelection to the Board at our annual meeting of stockholders. In evaluating potential director candidates, including incumbent directors, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee considers the skills and characteristics possessed by each candidate in the context of the perceived needs of the Board in an effort to ensure there is a blend of skills and experience that will enhance the effectiveness of the Board. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee actively considers for selection as directors those persons:

 

 

who possess a diversity of experience, gender, race, ethnicity and/or global perspective;

 

 

who possess strong personal and professional ethics, and high standards of integrity and values;

 

 

who have the proven ability and experience to bring informed, thoughtful and well-considered opinions to corporate management and the Board;

 

 

who have the competence, maturity and integrity to monitor and evaluate the Company’s management, performance and policies, including as it relates to enterprise risk management;

 

 

who have the willingness, commitment and ability to devote the necessary time and effort required for service on the Board;

 

 

who have the capacity to provide additional strength and diversity of view and new perceptions to the Board and its activities, including, among other items, through experience in marketing and sales, human resources and talent management, information technology, cyber security and quality and regulatory fields, medical or dental devices, e-commerce or digital technologies, research and development, business development, or through international business experience;

 

 

who have the necessary measure of communication skills and self-confidence to ensure ease of participation in Board discussion;

 

 

who hold or have held a senior executive position with a significant business enterprise, including large public companies, or a position of senior leadership in an educational, medical, or other non-profit institution or foundation of significance or otherwise have significant financial and/or business experience with complex or global entities;

 

26    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

 

 

who have professional or academic experience relevant to the Company’s industry, particularly as it relates to medical devices, dental devices, and/or general manufacturing;

 

 

who have experience in public company governance, including as a board member of another large publicly held company; and

 

 

who maintain the strong level of financial literacy needed to understand the Company’s financial reports, internal controls and complex transactions, including any experience in capital allocation and deployment, or who specifically qualify as financial experts under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines/Policies provide that the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee will recommend candidates for our Board who possess the highest personal and professional ethics, integrity and values, and who are committed to representing the long-term interests of stockholders. The Board believes that having directors of diverse race, ethnicity, global perspectives and gender, along with varied skills and experiences, contributes to a balanced and effective Board. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, in performing its responsibilities to review director candidates and recommend candidates to the Board for election, ensures that candidates with a diversity of race, ethnicity and gender, as well as global perspectives, are included in each pool of candidates from which Board nominees are chosen and actively considers for selection as directors persons who meet such criteria.

In identifying potential candidates for the Board, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee relies on recommendations from a number of possible sources, including current directors and officers. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee may also retain outside consultants or search firms to help identify potential candidates for membership on the Board.

The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee will also consider candidates recommended by stockholders on the same basis as other candidates. Stockholder recommendations for director candidates should be submitted in writing to the Corporate Secretary at DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc., 13320 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Charlotte, NC 28277, along with the name of the candidate and all biographical and other information about the candidate that would be required to be included in a Proxy Statement under the rules of the SEC, a description of the relationship between the candidate and the recommending stockholder, the proposed candidate’s consent to serve as a director if elected and proof of the number of shares of our common stock owned by the recommending stockholder and the length of time such stockholder has owned those shares. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee may request additional information and will then evaluate the proposed candidate based on the criteria described above. These procedures relate only to stockholder recommendations for director candidates to be considered by the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Any stockholder who wishes to formally nominate a candidate must follow the procedures set forth in our By-Laws. See “Other Matters—Nominating Candidates for Election to the Board or Proposing Other Business to be Brought before the Annual Meeting.”

Pursuant to the proxy access provisions of our By-Laws, a holder (or a group of not more than 20 holders) of at least 3% of our outstanding common stock continuously for at least three years is entitled to nominate and include in our proxy materials director nominees constituting up to the greater of two individuals or 20% of our Board of Directors, provided that the nominating holder(s) and the nominee(s) satisfy the requirements specified in our By-Laws, including by providing us with advance notice of the nomination. For more detailed information on how to submit a nominee for inclusion in our proxy materials pursuant to the proxy access provisions, see “Other Matters—Nominating Candidates for Election to the Board or Proposing Other Business to be Brought before the Annual Meeting.” Any stockholder who wishes to formally nominate a candidate without seeking access to our proxy materials must follow the procedures set forth in our By-Laws. See “Other Matters—Nominating Candidates for Election to the Board or Proposing Other Business to be Brought before the Annual Meeting.”

Directors’ Compensation

Our Human Resources Committee reviews non-employee director compensation annually, and recommends changes to the Board for approval as it deems appropriate. In recommending non-employee director compensation, the Human Resources Committee may request the input of Company management or an independent compensation consultant of its choosing, and may consider relevant factors, including director compensation of the Company’s peer group companies. No changes to the Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy were recommended by the Human Resources Committee or approved by the Board of Directors in 2021.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     27


Table of Contents

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

 

2021 Director Compensation

Directors who held such positions at the beginning of 2021 and who are not employees of our Company were entitled to receive:

Cash Compensation

 

 

An annual cash retainer of $100,000 for all directors, paid quarterly in advance.

 

 

An annual cash retainer of $75,000 for the Non-Executive Chairman, if any, $30,000 for the Lead Director, if any, $25,000 for the Audit and Finance Committee Chair, $20,000 for the Human Resources Committee Chair, $15,000 for the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee Chair, and $15,000 for the Science and Technology Committee Chair, each paid quarterly in advance. The Executive Committee Chair is not entitled to any additional compensation.

Equity Compensation

 

 

An annual grant of restricted stock units (“RSUs”) for all non-employee directors, the number of which is determined by dividing $200,000 by the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant. The RSUs vest on the earliest of (1) the date of the next year’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders, (2) the date that is one year from the date of the grant, and (3) the date that a director attains the age of mandatory retirement pursuant to the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines/Policies, and are payable to non-employee directors in shares of common stock upon vesting unless the director elects to defer settlement of the RSUs to a future date. Non-employee directors are entitled to receive dividend equivalents on the RSUs in the event the Company pays a regular cash dividend on its common stock.

 

 

An annual grant of RSUs for the Non-Executive Chairman, the number of which is determined by dividing $100,000 by the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant. The RSUs vest on the earliest of (1) the date of the next year’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders, (2) the date that is one year from the date of the grant, and (3) the date that a director attains the age of mandatory retirement pursuant to the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines/Policies, and are payable to the Non-Executive Chairman in shares of common stock upon vesting unless Non-Executive Chairman elects to defer settlement of the RSUs to a future date. The Non-Executive Chairman is entitled to receive dividend equivalents on the RSUs in the event the Company pays a regular cash dividend on its common stock.

The following table provides information regarding the compensation of our non-employee directors for 2021.

 

Name

  

Fees Earned or
Paid in Cash

($)(1)

  

Stock
Awards

($)(2)

  

Total

($)

Michael C. Alfano(3)

       25,000        200,000        225,000  

Eric K. Brandt(4)

       175,000        300,000        475,000  

Willie A. Deese(5)

       120,000        200,000        320,000  

Betsy D. Holden(6)

       115,000        200,000        315,000  

Clyde R. Hosein(7)

       100,000        200,000        300,000  

Arthur D. Kowaloff(8)

       100,000        200,000        300,000  

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr.(9)

       100,000        200,000        300,000  

Gregory T. Lucier(10)

       100,000        200,000        300,000  

Francis J. Lunger(11)

       25,000        200,000        225,000  

Leslie F. Varon(12)

       125,000        200,000        325,000  

Janet S. Vergis(13)

       115,000        200,000        315,000  

 

(1)

This column reports the amount of cash compensation earned for 2021 service on our Board and its committees.

 

(2)

Represents the aggregate grant date fair value for RSUs, as computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. Messrs. Alfano, Brandt, Deese, Hosein, Kowaloff, Kraemer and Lunger, and Ms. Holden, Ms. Varon and Ms. Vergis

 

28    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

 

 

each received an award of 3,008 restricted stock units on May 27, 2021 which vest in full (unless deferred) on the earliest of (1) the date of the next year’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders, (2) the date that is one year from the date of the grant, and (3) the date that a director attains the age of mandatory retirement pursuant to the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines/Policies. Grant date fair value was $66.48 (each grant had a notional award value of $200,000 rounded down to the nearest whole share). Mr. Brandt received an additional award of 1,504 restricted stock units for serving as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.

 

(3)

At the date of the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, Dr. Alfano held 47,900 vested stock options, 0 unvested stock options and 0 unvested restricted stock units. Dr. Alfano did not seek re-election to the Board at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and left the Board on May 26, 2021.

 

(4)

At year end, Mr. Brandt held 51,100 vested stock options, 0 unvested stock options, 4,528 unvested restricted stock units and 6,616 deferred restricted stock units.

 

(5)

At year end, Mr. Deese held 47,900 vested stock options, 0 unvested stock options and 3,019 unvested restricted stock units.

 

(6)

At year end, Ms. Holden held 10,300 vested stock options, 0 unvested stock options, 3,019 unvested restricted stock units and 11,454 deferred restricted stock units.

 

(7)

At year end, Mr. Hosein held 0 vested stock options, 0 unvested stock options and 3,019 unvested restricted stock units.

 

(8)

At year end, Mr. Kowaloff held 21,600 vested stock options, 0 unvested stock options and 3,019 unvested restricted stock units.

 

(9)

At year end, Mr. Kraemer held 21,600 vested stock options, 0 unvested stock options, 3,019 unvested restricted stock units, and 11,362 deferred restricted stock units.

 

(10)

At year end, Mr. Lucier held 0 vested stock options, 0 unvested stock options and 3,019 unvested restricted stock units.

 

(11)

At the date of the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, Mr. Lunger held 47,900 vested stock options, 0 unvested stock options, 0 unvested restricted stock units and 12,245 deferred restricted stock units. Mr. Lunger served on the Board of Directors until the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders at which time he did not stand for re-election due to reaching the mandatory retirement age in accordance with the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines/Procedures.

 

(12)

At year end, Ms. Varon held 10,300 vested stock options, 0 unvested stock options, 3,019 unvested restricted stock units and 2,364 deferred restricted stock units.

 

(13)

At year end, Ms. Vergis held 0 vested stock options, 0 unvested stock options and 3,019 unvested restricted stock units.

Stock Ownership Guidelines for Directors

It is the policy of the Board that all Directors hold an equity interest in the Company. Toward this end, the Board expects that all Directors own, or acquire within five years of first becoming a Director, shares of common stock of the Company (including share units held under the Company’s Board of Directors Deferred Compensation Plan, or any successor plan, and restricted stock units, but not including stock options) having a market value of at least five times the annual retainer paid to Board members. The Board recognizes that exceptions to this policy may be necessary or appropriate in individual cases, and may approve such exceptions from time to time as it deems appropriate.

All Directors were in compliance with the stock ownership guidelines as of the end of 2021.

Communicating with the Board of Directors

Stockholders who wish to communicate with the Board as a group, the non-management directors as a group, or any individual director, including the Chairman, may do so by writing to the Corporate Secretary at DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc., 13320 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Charlotte, NC 28277. All mail received will be opened and screened for security purposes and mail determined to be appropriate and within the purview of the Board will be forwarded to the respective

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     29


Table of Contents

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

 

Board member to which the communication is addressed. Mail addressed to “Outside Directors” or “Non-Management Directors” will be forwarded or delivered to the Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Mail addressed to the “Board of Directors” will be forwarded or delivered to the Chairman of the Board.

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

During the last completed fiscal year, Willie A. Deese, Betsy D. Holden, Arthur D. Kowaloff, and Gregory T. Lucier each served as members of the Human Resources Committee. None of the current or 2021 members of the Human Resources Committee has ever been an officer or employee of the Company or had a relationship during the last fiscal year requiring disclosure pursuant to Item 404 of Regulation S-K. None of our current or 2021 executive officers served as a member of the board or compensation committee of any entity that has one or more executive officers serving on our Board or Human Resources Committee.

Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions

One Related Person Transaction (as defined below) was originally noted for the year ended December 31, 2020 and continued until March 2021 as described below. No other Related Person Transactions were noted for the year ended December 31, 2021.

In 2019, the Company began an enterprise modernization program to improve the Company’s customer and employee experience, enable data-driven decision making, provide a lower cost-to-serve and ensure that the Company operates at scale to support future growth. One of the transformative workstreams of the enterprise modernization program relates to the digitization of operations. The Company, with the assistance of an independent third-party consultant, conducted a rigorous sourcing process for software to facilitate the digitization or operations workstream. As a result of that process, the Company received recommendations for various products and determined that one of Automation Anywhere, Inc.’s products would be the best solution for various reasons, including technical quality, customer service, versatility and economics. Mr. Clyde Hosein served as the Chief Financial Officer of Automation Anywhere, Inc. until March 2021, at which time he resigned his position. The enterprise modernization program and the digitization of operations workstream and the sourcing process were each initiated prior to Mr. Hosein’s appointment to the Board of Directors and were conducted without any involvement of Mr. Hosein. Mr. Hosein was not involved in the recommendation or selection of either the Company’s third-party consultant or their recommendation for the Company’s licensing of Automation Anywhere, Inc.’s software. In accordance with the Company’s Related Person Transaction Policy, in December 2020, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee reviewed and approved the terms of the proposed licensing of an Automation Anywhere, Inc. software product at an annual cost of $169,800.

Related Person Transaction Policy

The Company has a written policy and procedures with respect to the review and approval of Related Person Transactions. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee reviews the material facts of all Related Person Transactions that require the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee’s approval and either approves or disapproves of the entry into the Related Person Transaction, subject to certain identified exceptions described below. In determining whether to approve or ratify a Related Person Transaction, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee takes into account, among other factors it deems appropriate, whether the Related Person Transaction is on terms no less favorable than terms generally available to an unaffiliated third-party under the same or similar circumstances and the extent of the interest of the Related Person (as defined by Item 404 of SEC Regulation S-K) in the Related Person Transaction. The Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee is delegated the authority by the Board to approve Related Person Transactions that, because of timing or scheduling, are not feasible to be approved by the full Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

The policy applies to any transaction, arrangement or relationship in which the Company (including any of its subsidiaries) will be a participant and in which any Related Person will have a direct or indirect material interest, and the amount involved exceeds $120,000 (a “Related Person Transaction”).

 

30    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

 

The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee has pre-approved, under the policy, the following Related Person Transactions without regard to the amount involved:

 

1.

any Related Person Transaction involving the compensation, employment and/or benefits of an executive officer of the Company if the compensation arising from the Related Person Transaction is required to be reported in the Company’s Proxy Statement;

 

2.

any Related Person Transaction involving the compensation, employment and/or benefits of an executive officer of the Company that is not a “Named Executive Officer” (as that term is defined in Item 402(a)(3) of SEC Regulation S-K) if (a) the executive officer is not an immediate family member of another executive officer or director of the Company, (b) the compensation arising from the Related Person Transaction would have been reported under Item 402 as compensation earned for services to the Company if the executive officer was a Named Executive Officer, and (c) such compensation has been approved, or recommended to the Board for approval, by the Human Resources Committee of the Board;

 

3.

any Related Person Transaction involving the compensation, services and/or benefits of a director if the compensation arising from the Related Person Transaction is required to be reported in the Company’s Proxy Statement;

 

4.

any Related Person Transaction where the Related Person’s interest arises solely from the ownership of the Company’s common stock and all holders of the Company’s common stock received the same benefit on a pro-rata basis;

 

5.

any Related Person Transaction with a Related Person involving the rendering of services as a common or contract carrier, or public utility, at rates or charges fixed in conformity with law or governmental authority;

 

6.

any Related Person Transaction with a Related Person involving services as a bank depository of funds, transfer agent, registrar, trustee under a trust indenture, or similar services; and

 

7.

any Related Person Transaction in which the interest of the Related Person arises solely from such person’s position as a director of another firm, corporation or other entity that is a party to the Related Person Transaction.

Except to the extent pre-approved, as noted above, Related Person Transactions are subject to the following procedures:

The Related Person notifies the General Counsel of the Company of any proposed Related Person Transaction, including the Related Person’s relationship to the Company and interest in the proposed Related Person Transaction; the material terms of the proposed Related Person Transaction; the benefits to the Company of the proposed Related Person Transaction; and the availability from alternative sources of the products or services that are the subject of the proposed Related Person Transaction.

The proposed Related Person Transaction is submitted to the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee for consideration at the next Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee meeting or, if the General Counsel, after consultation with the CEO or the CFO, determines that the Company should not wait until the next Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee meeting, to the Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, acting pursuant to authority delegated by the Board. Any Related Person Transactions approved pursuant to delegated authority by the Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee is reported to the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee at the next Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee meeting.

To the extent the Company becomes aware of a Related Person Transaction that was not previously approved under this policy, it shall be promptly reviewed as described above and be ratified, amended or terminated, as determined appropriate by the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     31


Table of Contents

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

 

Executive Officers of the Company

In addition to Mr. Casey, our current executive officers include Erania Brackett, Ranjit S. Chadha, Chidam A. Chidambaram, Matthew M. Coggin, Andreas G. Frank, Jorge M. Gomez, Cherée H. Johnson, Walter Petersohn, Cord F. Staehler and Lisa M. Yankie. Information concerning our executive officers, other than Mr. Casey, whose information can be found under “Proxy Item No. 1: Election of Directors” above, follows.

Erania Brackett, age 47. Ms. Brackett joined the company on August 2, 2021 and she currently serves as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. Before joining Dentsply Sirona, Ms. Brackett served with Medtronic, a medical technology company, as its Vice President, Global Commercial Marketing, Patient Management, CRHF since December 2017. Before joining Medtronic, she worked at GE Healthcare, a medical technology subsidiary of General Electric, for 15 years and held various commercial and operational leadership roles. Before joining GE Healthcare, Ms. Brackett worked for Procter and Gamble, a consumer goods company, and held several engineering, operations management, and continuous improvement positions. Ms. Brackett holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Tuskegee University.

Ranjit S. Chadha, age 52. Mr. Chadha has served as Chief Accounting Officer and Principal Accounting Officer of the Company since August 31, 2020. From April 2016 to March 2020, Mr. Chadha served at Leidos, a defense sector IT services company, most recently as Senior Vice President (SVP), Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (June 2019-March 2020) and prior to that as SVP-Corporate Controller (April 2016-May 2019). Prior to Leidos, Mr. Chadha spent six years at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) (now DXC Technology), a global IT services company, most recently as an Assistant Controller. Prior to CSC, he spent 17 years at PwC, including two years at the firm’s National Office Assurance Quality Group. Mr. Chadha is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Accountant from India. He received his Bachelor of Science from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, India.

Chidam A. Chidambaram, age 55. Mr. Chidambaram joined the Company in October 2018 and has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer since May 2019. He was named Chief Marketing Officer in April of 2019. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Chidambaram served as interim Chief Revenue Officer and Consultant at Venminder, a risk management solutions company, from August 2017 to September 2018. Prior to Venminder, from April 2016 to March 2017, Mr. Chidambaram served as Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of Bluestem Brands with P&L responsibility for the company’s entire portfolio of brands, and from May 2009 to April 2016, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. In 2014, Bluestem Brands was #62 in the Internet Retailers Top 100 ranking for the USA. Mr. Chidambaram has more than 25 years of leadership experience in marketing and general management and a track record of successfully growing revenue and profit for businesses at Bluestem Brands, HSBC, T-Mobile USA, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola and Capital One. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Matthew M. Coggin, age 43. Mr. Coggin joined the Company in March 2019 and has served as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy Officer since May 2019. He has close to two decades of experience in the dental space and corporate development. With more than 18 years of experience in the medical industry, Mr. Coggin’s experience ranges from the investment side to the commercialization of medical device and pharmaceutical products. For the greater part of his career, he has worked with specialized drug delivery and diagnostic opportunities ranging from microsphere technology to dynamic radiology and imaging. From 2010 to March 2019, he held various sales and leadership positions within OraPharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on the dental industry within the Bausch Health organization. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Coggin, served as Vice President and General Manager of OraPharma from August 2016 to April 2019 and was responsible for all commercialization, strategy and business development for the U.S. and international business. Prior to joining OraPharma, he served as an associate in private equity and venture capital focusing on healthcare. Mr. Coggin holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Jorge M. Gomez, age 54. Mr. Gomez joined the Company in August 2019 and has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since that time. Mr. Gomez previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Cardinal Health, a multinational healthcare services company, from January 2018 to August 2019. At Cardinal, he was responsible for financial activities across the enterprise, including financial strategy, capital deployment, treasury, investor relations, tax, accounting and external reporting. From July 2015 to December 2017, he was Chief Financial Officer of the Medical segment and from February 2012 to June 2015, he was Chief Financial Officer of the Pharmaceutical segment. Prior to

 

32    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

 

that, Mr. Gomez served as treasurer and corporate controller at Cardinal Health. Before joining Cardinal Health, Mr. Gomez held multiple executive and leadership roles at General Motors, including assignments in New York, Singapore, Belgium, and Brazil. He began his career with the Smurfit-Kappa Group in the company’s finance development program. Currently, he also serves on the Board of Directors and as a member of both the Audit & Finance Committee and the Nominating & Governance Committee of for Xylem, Inc., a global water management company, and on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Pear Therapeutics, Inc., a leading prescription digital therapeutic company.

Cherée H. Johnson, age 46. Ms. Johnson joined Dentsply Sirona in February 2022 and currently serves as the Company’s Senior Vice President – Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Secretary. Prior to joining Dentsply Sirona, Ms. Johnson served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at W.R. Grace, a chemical products company, from January to September 2021. Before joining W.R. Grace, Ms. Johnson served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary, at McCormick & Company, a public, multinational food company, since 2015. Prior to her tenure with McCormick, Ms. Johnson worked with H.J. Heinz Company and Cargill, the largest privately held company in the U.S., leading intellectual property matters. She held a similar role at 3M Company, where she began her legal career. Ms. Johnson also worked at 3M as a product development lead and chemical engineer. She earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Florida A&M University. Currently, she serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is a board member of several nonprofit organizations.

Walter Petersohn, age 54. Mr. Petersohn has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer of the Company since August 2018. Formerly, Mr. Petersohn served as Executive Vice President of Sales from September 2010 to August 2018. From 2003 through September 2010, Mr. Petersohn was Vice President Sales for Sirona Dental Systems, where he oversaw the expansion of Sirona’s international presence into markets including China, Italy and Korea. Between 1999 and 2003, he served as Vice President Sales for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and was responsible for the Sirona’s expansion into Japan and Australia. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Petersohn was a Product Manager and Director of Marketing for Sirona’s Treatment Center Division. Mr. Petersohn received a Master’s degree in history from the University of Würzburg, Germany and an MBA from the State University of New York at Albany.

Cord F. Staehler, age 52. Dr. Staehler joined the Company on May 1, 2019 and has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer since May 22, 2019. Prior to joining the Company, Dr. Staehler was with Merck KGaA, a multinational pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences company, where for nearly four years, he was Senior Vice President & Head of the Global Medical Device & Service Business based in Geneva, Switzerland. In this capacity, he led global business operations, including product development, key account management, supply chain, field service, call centers, customer training, complaints handling and quality assurance in 48 countries. Additionally, he oversaw the Merck Healthcare strategic initiative to build and expand digital capabilities, ranging from R&D to digital-go-to-market, including governance, organization, process setup and implementation. Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer for five years at Siemens Healthcare, a global leader in diagnostics, where he was based in Erlangen, Germany and Berkeley, California. He was the founding CTO and CEO for a diverse set of companies ranging from instrumentation and software for gene analysis and NGS to synthetic biology, molecular biomarkers and Genetic IVD. He led all stages of a venture from initiation to launch and growth with sales and operations in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Dr. Staehler earned an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe and holds a master’s degree in Theoretical Mechanical Engineering from the University of Siegen and a PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Saarland.

Lisa M. Yankie, age 53. Ms. Yankie has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Communications of the Company since October 2019. Prior to joining Dentsply Sirona, Ms. Yankie served as Vice President of Human Resources for the Corporate & Pulp & Paper division of Domtar Corporation, a global producer of paper products, from September 2016 to October 2019. Before that, she was the HR business leader for the multi-industry manufacturing and engineering organization SPX Corporation from 2010 to August 2016. Prior to that, she served in various executive roles at Dana Incorporated, Bank of America and the Ford Motor Company. Ms. Yankie holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources both from Michigan State University.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     33


Table of Contents

      

 

 

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

Named Executive Officers

In this Compensation Discussion and Analysis, we provide an analysis and explanation of our executive compensation program and the compensation derived from this program by our executive officers, including our named executive officers (“NEOs”). Our NEOs for 2021 include our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer serving at fiscal year-end and the next three highest compensated executive officers serving as such at fiscal year-end:

 

  LOGO   LOGO   LOGO  
 

 

Donald M. Casey Jr.

Chief Executive
Officer since

February 2018

 

 

Jorge M. Gomez

Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial
Officer since
August 2019

 

 

Walter Petersohn

Senior Vice President,
Chief Commercial
Officer since
August 2018

 

Additionally, Mr. Keith J. Ebling, our former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and Mr. Daniel P. Key, are designated as NEOs for 2021. Mr. Ebling ceased serving as an executive officer of the Company on January 1, 2022 and Mr. Key ceased serving as an executive officer of the Company on January 21, 2022.

2021 Performance and Compensation Actions

Continued Impact of COVID-19 through 2021

In 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting variants continued to cause significant volatility and uncertainty in the dental market, which resulted in changes in consumer behavior and significant disruptions to supply and demand. Despite the resurgence of cases late in 2021 due to variants of the COVID-19 virus, the Company has seen customer demand and dental patient traffic normalize in major markets, particularly in the second half of the year.

2021 Key Business Highlights

Despite the continued impact of and the uncertainty arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company delivered strong results in 2021 with double-digit adjusted earnings per share growth and solid cash flow generation. The Company also launched new products, as a result, drove meaningful growth in demand across all strategic growth areas, including CAD/CAM, Implants, Orthodontics and Endodontics/Restorative.

 

34    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

The following table reflects the Company’s sales, earnings, operating income margin, organic sales growth and organic sales growth in fiscal year 2021 and 2020.

 

$ in millions, except EPS, Operating Income %

and Organic Sales Growth %

   2021      2020    

Change

(%)

 

Net Sales

   $ 4,251      $ 3,342       27.2

Gain or (Loss) Per Basic Common Share (EPS)

   $ 1.91      $ (0.38     NM  

Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Common Share (EPS)(1)

   $ 2.87      $ 1.79       60.3

Operating Income Margin

     20.5      16.1  

Organic Sales Growth(1)

     24.6      (3.3 %)         

 

(1)

In this table, the Company is providing GAAP information for “Net Sales” and “Gain or (Loss) Per Basic Common Share” and non-GAAP information for the other measures, as it believes that this presentation of non-GAAP information, for purposes of this Compensation Discussion and Analysis section, provides a better measure of performance for comparison purposes. Please see Appendix A to this Proxy Statement for a reconciliation of non-GAAP information to GAAP information.

The following are a few of the highlights from the Company’s strategic investments and new product launches in 2021:

 

 

Datum Dental, Ltd. Acquisition – This January 2021 acquisition is part of our commitment to prioritizing deploying clinical innovations to our customers. Datum Dental is an Israel-based company known for its innovative dental regeneration products. The acquisition adds the clinically superior proprietary technology GLYMATRIX® and its strong OSSIX® biomaterial to our portfolio. Datum Dental complements Dentsply Sirona’s existing implant dentistry strategy around Ankylos, Astra Tech Implant System, Xive and Atlantis, focusing on established quality and meaningful innovation. In addition, Datum Dental has a strong R&D pipeline with many promising products with differentiated value propositions and Dentsply Sirona has the capacity to further invest in its future development.

 

 

DS Implants launched – With a digital base, historical product strength and signature workflows supported by ongoing education and training, DS Implants was launched. Successful brands like Simplant, OSSIX, Atlantis and MIS will be harmonized as part of the implants restage. Three completely connected, seamless signature workflows will take full advantage of digital dentistry for excellent outcomes and patient satisfaction. DS Implants also include new innovation with PrimeTaper, a self-tapping implant with a tapered design that can be inserted safely and easily with a unique double thread, enabling long-term bone stability.

 

 

ProTaper Ultimate launched – In September 2021, the Company launched ProTaper Ultimate, the first major endodontic platform innovation launched in the Endodontic business in more than 5 years. ProTaper Ultimate is a solution combining the latest generation of ProTaper files, enhanced disinfection, and dedicated obturation along with a new bioceramic sealer that work seamlessly together. This new endodontic system is designed for Endodontic specialists and General Practitioners who frequently perform both complex and routine procedures and need a system that can handle all types of anatomies.

 

 

Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) Impact – As a global leader in the dental health sector, we are striving to become an ESG leader. In September 2021, we launched our new Sustainability strategy titled ‘Beyond. Taking Action for a Brighter World’ and published our inaugural Sustainability Report.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     35


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

Summary of 2021 Compensation Actions

The primary elements of our total direct compensation program for the NEOs and a summary of the actions taken by the Human Resources Committee during 2021 are set forth below.

 

COMPENSATION COMPONENTS

   

Component

  

Link to Business

and Talent Strategies

   2021 Compensation Actions

Base Annual Salary

  

Attract and retain quality management

 

Competitive with the market

 

Recognize executive’s level of responsibility and experience in position

  

•  Base salary increases were 3%

Annual Incentive Plan

  

Cash award based on accomplishment of annual financial objectives

 

Motivate and reward performance relative to annual objectives and priorities that are linked to long-term success

 

Competitive with market to attract and retain executive management

 

Based on performance of the Company to align with stockholder interest

  

•  The 2021 annual incentive plan was split into two half-year plans due to the continued uncertainty brought on by the impact of COVID-19. EBITDA was chosen as the sole financial metric due to the consistency with which the metric could be measured with the impact of COVID-19.

 

•  The first-half and second-half bonuses were funded at 104.6% and paid at 50% of target, in the aggregate, as recommended by management and approved by the Human Resources Committee to recognize the performance not reflected in the financial and strategic metrics of the plan, specifically the Company’s increased expenses in 2021 and the fourth quarter results.

Equity Incentive Compensation

  

Equity incentive awards for all NEOs other than Mr. Casey consisting of:

 

•  performance based-vesting restricted stock units (PRSUs), weighted 50%;

 

•  time based-vesting restricted stock units, weighted 25%; and

 

•  time based-vesting stock options, weighted 25%.

 

Equity incentive awards for Mr. Casey consisting of:

 

•  performance based-vesting restricted stock units (PRSUs), weighted 75%; and

  

•  The 2019-2021 PRSUs were earned at a total of 16.5% of target:

 

  The cumulative adjusted EPS for 2019 through 2021 excluded the impact of the 2021 AIP reduction and, as a result, was $7.06, which fell below the threshold for payout of $7.09.

 

  The Total Shareholder Return portion of the 2019-2021 paid out 82.7%.

 

•  PRSUs granted in 2019 and 2020 incorporate 3-year non-GAAP EPS and relative Total Shareholder Return (TSR) metrics.

 

36    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

COMPENSATION COMPONENTS

   

Component

  

Link to Business

and Talent Strategies

   2021 Compensation Actions
    

 

•  time based-vesting stock options, weighted 25%.

 

Reward for improving and sustaining long-term performance

 

Align directly with stockholders’ interest

 

Enhancement of long-term stockholder value

 

Retention

  

 

•  PRSUs granted in 2021 incorporate non-GAAP EPS, organic growth and 3-year relative (TSR) metrics.

 

•  Cliff vesting of 2019 and 2020 PRSUs after 3 years dependent upon the achievement of pre-established cumulative financial targets over 3-year period.

 

•  Cliff vesting of 2021 PRSUs after 3 years dependent upon achievement of pre-established financial growth targets, measured over individual 1-year periods.

Pay for Performance

Pay for performance has been and continues to be an important component of our compensation philosophy. Our compensation approach, which is described in greater detail below, is designed to motivate officers, including the NEOs, to substantially contribute individually and collaboratively to the Company’s long-term, sustainable growth. The annual and equity incentive components are tied directly to the performance of the Company and stockholder value. The Company has designed its executive compensation programs such that our senior executives have the majority of variable pay opportunity subject to individual performance, financial performance and stock price. Target total compensation for our CEO in 2021 was 89% “at risk,” meaning that it is contingent upon and based on Company performance and stock price performance, and target total compensation for our other NEOs was on average 74% “at risk.”

 

LOGO

*Incentive compensation for these purposes is based on “at target” compensation, which reflects compensation that would be earned if we achieve the financial and strategic goals set within our incentive plans.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     37


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

LOGO

“Granted Pay Opportunity” equals the sum of, for all of the three prior fiscal years (i.e., 2019-2021): (i) salary (excludes salary reduction in 2020), (ii) target value of short-term cash incentives, and (iii) the grant date fair-value of long-term incentive awards (i.e., Performance RSUs, stock options, previously disclosed one-time 2019 long-term incentive awards).

“Realized Pay” equals the sum of, for all of the three prior fiscal years: (i) salary (as disclosed in Summary Compensation Table), (ii) short-term cash incentives earned, and (iii) the value of all earned long-term incentive awards based on our stock price as of December 31, 2021 (last trading day of our last fiscal year). The previously disclosed one-time 2019 performance-based operating margin award reflects the payout at 200% of target.

Say-on-Pay Vote in 2021 and Investor Outreach

In 2021, the Company proactively engaged in a governance outreach effort to its major stockholders with respect to its compensation programs for its named executive officers and environmental, social and governance matters. At our 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, 92.63% voted affirmatively on an advisory basis to approve the Company’s 2020 executive compensation program. The Human Resources Committee viewed this as strong support of its approach to the determination and setting of executive compensation and continued to apply the same effective principles and philosophies that have been applied in prior years when making compensation decisions for 2021. These principles and philosophies are highlighted and described more fully below.

To ensure that the Human Resources Committee considers stockholder views on compensation matters, we maintain an active investor relations program. Throughout the year, we are engaged with our actively-managed stockholders, which represent in the aggregate a majority of our shares. The Human Resources Committee receives regular updates on investor feedback and understands that stockholders remain focused on the alignment of pay and performance and are generally supportive of the Company’s executive compensation.

 

38    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

Compensation Philosophy and Objectives

The Human Resources Committee’s compensation philosophy, when determining NEO compensation at the beginning of 2021, was to provide a compensation package designed to generally satisfy and balance the following principal objectives:

 

 

to align executive compensation with corporate performance and stockholder interests and experience. This is accomplished by rewarding performance that is directly linked to achievement of the Company’s business plans, financial objectives and strategic goals, as well as changes in the Company’s stock price;

 

 

to tie components of executives’ compensation to the Company’s performance by providing incentives and rewarding individual, team and collective performance, such as through the execution of actions that contribute to the achievement of the Company’s strategies and goals, including accomplishments within assigned functional areas and successfully managing their respective organizations;

 

 

to both attract and retain executives and key contributors with the skills, capabilities and experience necessary for the Company to achieve its business objectives. This requires that the Company’s compensation programs be competitive with market compensation practices and performance-based, and that we maintain flexibility in order to respond to the changing needs of our business;

 

 

to balance risk and reward to motivate and incentivize business performance without encouraging inappropriate risk taking; and

 

 

targeting compensation to the 50th percentile of compensation paid by the Company’s peers for comparable executive roles.

The Human Resources Committee believes that the compensation opportunity offered to the Company’s executive officers should be competitive with the market, actual compensation should be aligned with the performance of the Company on both a short-term and long-term basis, take into consideration individual performance of the executive, and assist the Company in attracting and retaining key executives critical to the Company’s long-term success. The Company’s executive compensation program balanced a level of fixed compensation with incentive compensation, that varied with the performance of the Company and the performance of the individual executive’s areas of responsibility. The Company’s base pay and benefit programs for executives provided fixed compensation that was competitive with the market for companies of similar size and scope. The annual incentive compensation plan rewarded performance measured against goals and standards established by the Human Resources Committee, with specific focus on the accomplishment of annual financial objectives related to organic sales growth, adjusted income, adjusted cash flow, and strategic objectives, and the long-term incentive compensation was designed to encourage executives to increase stockholder value by focusing on growth in earnings and total shareholder return relative to S&P 500 companies.

Other objectives of the total compensation program are to provide: the ability for executives to accumulate capital, predominantly in the form of equity in the Company, in order to align executive interests with those of the stockholders; a competitive level of retirement income; and, in the event of certain circumstances, such as termination of employment in connection with a change-in-control of the Company, special severance protection to help ensure executive retention during the process and to ensure executive focus on serving the Company and stockholder interests without the distraction of possible job and income loss.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     39


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

Compensation Governance Best Practices

 

           
     WHAT WE DO           WHAT WE DON’T DO     
   

•   Rigorous goal setting aligned to our externally disclosed annual and multi-year financial targets.

 

•   Impose stock ownership and holding requirements that provide that each NEO must own a multiple of his or her annual base salary in our common stock, and we have instituted holding requirements prohibiting our NEOs from selling shares vested from RSUs and PRSUs (net of tax) until their stock ownership requirements have been met.

 

•   Closely monitor risks associated with our compensation program and individual compensation decisions to ensure they do not encourage excessive risk taking.

 

•   Retain an independent compensation consultant to assess the market for the determination of our executive compensation elements and targets on an annual and ongoing basis.

 

•   Seek stockholder feedback on compensation of named executive officers, including consideration of the annual Say-on-Pay vote.

 

•   Compensation recoupment policy that allows our Board to seek reimbursement in certain circumstances, including a restatement of the Company’s financial statements due to material noncompliance with applicable financial reporting requirements, or material financial, operation or reputational harm to the Company caused by an executive officer’s breach of law or the Company’s policies or his or her failure, in violation of his or her duties, to manage or monitor conduct or risks.

 

•   Restrictive covenants in executive employment agreements.

 

         

•   No tax gross-ups, including no excise tax “gross-ups” upon change in control.

 

•   No discounting, reloading or re-pricing of stock options without stockholder approval.

 

•   No “single-trigger” accelerated vesting of equity-based awards upon change in control.

 

•   No multi-year guaranteed incentive awards for senior executives.

 

•   No director or employee hedging or pledging of Company securities permitted.

 

•   No excessive perquisites.

 

•   No dividends or equivalents paid on unvested RSUs or PRSUs.

 

•   No “liberal share recycling” of shares used for taxes or option exercises.

   

Review of Pay Relative to Peer Groups

In determining 2021 compensation opportunities, the Human Resources Committee adopted a peer group of sixteen companies intended to be closely aligned with the size and nature of operations of the Company’s business (the “Peer Group”). The Peer Group is identified below (at the time, the median revenue approximated $3.5 billion; Dentsply Sirona revenue approximated $4.3 billion):

 

Peer Group
   
Agilent Technologies, Inc.   Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.   ResMed Inc.
   
Align Technology, Inc.   Hologic, Inc.   STERIS plc
   
Avantor, Inc.   Illumina, Inc.   Teleflex Incorporated
   
Edwards Lifesciences Corp.   Intuitive Surgical, Inc.   The Cooper Companies, Inc.
   
Envista Holdings Corporation   Mettler-Toledo International Inc.   Varian Medical Systems Inc.
   
Henry Schein, Inc.   PerkinElmer, Inc.   Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc.

 

40    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

For 2021, the Human Resources Committee made various changes to the Company’s peer group in order to better align with the Company from a business mix and strategy perspective. Specifically, the Human Resources Committee approved adding the following companies to the Company’s peer group: Agilent Technologies, Inc., Avantor, Inc., Envista Holdings Corporation, Illumina, Inc. Mettler-Toledo International Inc. and PerkinElmer, Inc., and removing the following companies from the Company’s peer group: Baxter International Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. and West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. The compensation levels for the NEOs were determined using the Peer Group and a customized selection of companies of similar size, industry and complexity, from a broad compensation survey provided by Aon Radford’s 2020 Global Technology Survey (the “Radford Survey Peer Group“), (together with the Peer Group, the “Peer Groups”).

Data from the Peer Groups were considered by the Human Resources Committee in evaluating the amount and proportions of base pay, annual incentive pay and long-term compensation, as well as the targeted total compensation value for Mr. Casey as our Chief Executive Officer. The same Peer Groups were considered in evaluating the compensation of Mr. Gomez as our Chief Financial Officer, and Mr. Ebling as our General Counsel. The Radford Survey Peer Group was considered in evaluating the compensation of Mr. Petersohn as our Chief Commercial Officer, and Mr. Key as our Chief Supply Chain Officer.

The analysis by the Independent Compensation Consultant reflected that in general, the targeted total direct compensation (base salary, annual incentive targets and equity awards, and one-time awards) of the Company’s executive officers was typically around the 50th percentile of the market, as reflected in the Peer Group data. This is affected by the performance and experience of each executive officer and the performance of the Company relative to the performance targets established in the annual and PRSU incentive plans and actual payout can be higher or lower than the expected percentile depending on performance.

The Human Resources Committee did not consider the overall wealth accumulation of executives in establishing the 2021 levels of compensation, except as it relates to meeting the Company’s stock ownership guidelines for officers, to the extent the prior year’s compensation is considered in the comparative analysis described above, and in recognition that the Company’s compensation program provides the opportunity over time for executives to build additional wealth that is aligned with stockholders.

Determination of 2021 Executive Compensation

The Company’s intention in developing total annual compensation for executives is to balance creating value for our stockholders with providing meaningful compensation to our NEOs that recognizes their contributions to the organization and supports their value creation initiatives. Salary ranges, annual incentive plan targets and equity compensation targets were developed using a “total direct compensation” perspective which considers all components of compensation.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     41


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

Overview

The table below outlines each of the principal elements of the Company’s executive compensation program:

 

     Pay Element
     Base Salary    Annual Cash
Incentive
   PRSU    RSU   Stock Options
   

Who Receives

   All NEOs   LOGO
   

When Granted

   Annually    LOGO
   

Form of Delivery

   Cash   LOGO   

Equity   LOGO

   

Type of Performance

   Short-term
emphasis (fixed)
   Short-term
emphasis
(variable)
  

Long-term emphasis (variable)

   

Performance Period

   1 year    1 year    3 years    3 years
(ratable annual
vesting)
  3 years
(ratable annual
vesting)
   

How Payout Determined

   Human
Resources
Committee
determination
   Pre-established
formula
   Pre-established
formula
   Stock price at
vesting dates
multiplied by
number of
shares vesting
  Stock price
appreciation
between grant
and exercise
   

2021 Performance Measures

   Individual    First Half of
2021 – Adjusted
EBITDA for Q1
and Q2

 

Second Half of
2021 – Adjusted
EBITDA for Q3
and Q4

   Relative TSR

 

Adjusted EPS
(measured
over three
one-year
periods and
cliff vesting
after three
years)

   Stock price   Stock price

Determination of 2021 Compensation for Named Executive Officers

For our NEOs, the Human Resources Committee adopted the annual compensation program structure based on an annual review, described in more detail below, that targets overall NEO total compensation at the 50th percentile of the Peer Group while allowing for the opportunity to earn more or less based on experience and actual performance. Mr. Ebling served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary up to and until January 1, 2022, at which time he transitioned to the role of an advisor to the Chief Executive Officer in connection with the relocation of his position to the Company’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Ebling will leave the Company on April 1, 2022. Mr. Key served as Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer from December 2018 until he left the Company on January 21, 2022.

 

42    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

Roles in Executive Compensation

The Human Resources Committee established 2021 compensation for the NEOs and the full Board of Directors approved the 2021 compensation for Mr. Casey, our CEO. The Human Resources Committee was assisted in its work regarding executive compensation by the Company’s Corporate Human Resources Department and considered recommendations from the CEO regarding compensation for the NEOs other than himself. In addition, with respect to the compensation established for the NEOs in 2021, the Human Resources Committee engaged an independent compensation consultant, Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. (the “Independent Compensation Consultant”), to advise on matters related to the compensation of the CEO and other executives.

After consideration of the independence assessment factors provided under the listing standards of The Nasdaq Global Select Market, the Human Resources Committee determined that the Independent Compensation Consultant is independent and that the work that it performed in 2021 did not raise any conflicts of interest.

Determination of Annual Base Salaries

In establishing 2021 base salaries of the Company’s executives, the Human Resources Committee strived to reflect the external market value of a particular role as well as the experience and qualifications that each incumbent executive brings to the role. The primary purpose of the Company’s base salaries is to pay a fair, market competitive rate in order to attract and retain key executives. Base salary adjustments generally are considered annually and are awarded based on individual performance, level of responsibilities, competitive data from the Peer Group reviews, employee retention efforts, annual salary budget guidelines and the Company’s overall compensation philosophies discussed above. Base salaries are targeted to the 50th percentile of the salaries paid by the Peer Groups for a comparable role in order to ensure that the Company is able to compete in the market for outstanding employees without unduly emphasizing fixed compensation, but may be higher or lower based on individual performance, experience, additional responsibilities and other factors.

The starting point for the Human Resources Committee in establishing 2021 base salaries and annual incentive awards at the beginning of 2021 was to review the salaries, target annual cash (at 100% achievement) and total direct compensation of the executive officers against these same compensation levels for comparable positions in the Peer Groups. Once the Human Resources Committee established the appropriate range for base salaries, the Human Resources Committee adjusted the base salary of the individual executive officer based on consideration of several factors, including individual performance, Company performance, the experience level of the executive, the nature and breadth of the executive’s responsibilities, and retention considerations.

The approved annual base salaries which were effective as of May 1, 2021 and January 1, 2020 for the NEOs, other than as noted below, are as follows:

 

Name

   2021
Annual
Base Salary
     2020
Annual
Base Salary
     Change
(%)
 

Donald M. Casey Jr.

   $ 1,030,000      $ 1,000,000        3

Jorge M. Gomez

   $ 769,400      $ 747,000        3

Walter Petersohn(1)

   $ 458,500      $ 445,100        3

Keith J. Ebling(2)

   $ 721,500      $ 700,500        3

Daniel P. Key(3)

   $ 562,400        N/A (4)       N/A  

 

(1)

Amounts shown have been converted from Euros using the rate of $1.137 to 1.

 

(2)

Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.

 

(3)

Former Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer.

 

(4)

Mr. Key was not a NEO in 2020.

Please see the “Summary Compensation Table” below for actual base salaries paid to the NEOs during 2021.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     43


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

Determination of Annual Incentive Award Opportunities

Rationale

As discussed above under “Compensation Philosophy and Objectives,” the Human Resources Committee believes in the importance of having a significant portion of an executive’s total annual cash compensation tied to the annual performance of the Company and its businesses. It was intended that this component of the total compensation opportunity be competitive with the market, but that it would also reward executives with above-market pay for exceptional performance and similarly, pay would fall below market for performance that fails to meet the objectives established by the Human Resources Committee. The Human Resources Committee believes that employees in higher level positions should have a higher proportion of their total compensation delivered through pay-for-performance cash incentives in order for their total annual compensation to be more significantly correlated, both upward and downward, to the Company’s performance. The Human Resources Committee believes this approach helps to align the compensation and objectives of the executives with the Company and its stockholders.

Process

The Human Resources Committee annually reviews and establishes compensation threshold, target and maximum performance and payout levels for annual incentive opportunities applicable for the performance year. These levels generally are established at the beginning of the performance year in connection with the approval of the Company’s budget for such year. In 2021, the targets were again reviewed. In establishing the target payouts, the Human Resources Committee evaluated the compensation levels in the Peer Groups. The Human Resources Committee established performance targets for the executive officers, which if achieved at the 100% level, would result in annual incentive payouts that, in combination with base salary, would be competitive in the 50th percentile range of the total annual cash compensation of comparable positions in the Peer Groups. If the Company exceeds the targets established by the Human Resources Committee, the executives are rewarded with higher annual incentive payouts and if the Company falls below the targets, the executives’ bonuses are reduced below the 100% target level, including possibly to zero. The general principle in setting targets and measuring performance is that management is responsible and accountable for achieving the annual financial results and strategic priorities of the Company.

2021 Annual Incentive Targets

Consistent with the principles outlined above, for 2021, the annual incentive targets for the NEOs for the combination of both the 2021 First Half Annual Incentive Plan and the 2021 Second Half Annual Incentive Plan (both as further described below), in the aggregate, ranged from 65% to 125% of base salary depending on the executive’s position, as set forth below.

 

Name

  

Target Annual Incentive Payout   

as Percent of Salary

Donald M. Casey Jr.

       125 %

Jorge M. Gomez

       75 %

Walter Petersohn

       65 %

Keith J. Ebling(1)

       75 %

Daniel P. Key(2)

       65 %

 

(1)

Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.

 

(2)

Former Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer.

2021 First Half and Second Half Annual Incentive Performance Measures

The Human Resources Committee, and the independent members of the Board in the case of the CEO, due to the remaining uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, at the beginning of 2021 approved the implementation of two six-month Annual Incentive Plans.

 

44    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

The 2021 First Half Annual Incentive Plan and the 2021 Second Half Annual Incentive Plan each provided for potential cash incentive payments based on achievement of performance criteria during the first two and the last two quarters of 2021, respectively. The funding levels for the each of the 2021 First Half and 2021 Second Half Incentive Plans were dependent upon the Company’s earnings before interest, tax, debt and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the applicable half of 2021, adjusted for restructuring activities, with a minimum specified EBITDA required for any funding of such plan. Upon achievement of the EBITDA objectives that result in funding of either or both of the plans at any level, the Human Resources Committee then evaluated strategic objectives related to environmental, social and governance factors, Company culture and objectives related to certain specified businesses, retaining the ability to use its negative discretion to pay the cash incentive at a level that is lower than the payout based solely on the EBITDA objectives to the extent that all of the strategic objectives are not achieved. As each of the 2021 First Half Annual Incentive Plan and the 2021 Second Half Annual Incentive Plan represented only half of the year, the target payouts for each were set to 50% of the full target Annual Incentive Payout as a percentage of the NEOs’ salary.

Financial Objective and Funding Mechanism/Determination

The funding levels for the 2021 First Half Annual Incentive Plan for the achievement of the performance criteria range from 0% to 125% of the half year target payout, depending on the achievement of such criteria.

 

     Adjusted EBITDA(1)    Funding Level   

Threshold

     $ 380 million        50 %

Target

     $ 422 million        100 %

Stretch

     $ 443 million        125 %

 

(1)

Adjusted EBITDA means earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for restructuring activities, for the period from January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021. Adjusted EBITDA as calculated for purposes of the AIP differs from the Adjusted EBITDA we report in our quarterly earnings release materials. Funding levels associated with Adjusted EBITDA outcomes between the Threshold and Target levels, and between the Target and Stretch levels, will be calculated using straight line interpolation. Below the Threshold level, the pool will not be funded and the funding of the pool is capped at 125%. Please see Appendix A – “Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation – AIP Measurement” for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the corresponding GAAP information.

The funding levels for the 2021 Second Half Annual Incentive Plan for the achievement of the performance criteria range from 0% to 125% of the half year target payout, depending on the achievement of such criteria.

 

     Adjusted EBITDA(1)    Funding Level   

Threshold

     $ 461 million        50 %

Target

     $ 512 million        100 %

Stretch

     $ 538 million        125 %

 

(1)

Adjusted EBITDA means earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for restructuring activities, for the period from July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. Adjusted EBITDA as calculated for purposes of the AIP differs from the Adjusted EBITDA we report in our quarterly earnings release materials. Funding levels associated with Adjusted EBITDA outcomes between the Threshold and Target levels, and between the Target and Stretch levels, will be calculated using straight line interpolation. Below the Threshold level, the pool will not be funded and the funding of the pool is capped at 125%. Please see Appendix A – “Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation – AIP Measurement” for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the corresponding GAAP information.

Strategic Objectives for Consideration After Funding is Determined

The strategic objectives for both of the 2021 First Half Annual Incentive Plan and 2021 Second Half Annual Incentive Plan, after the financial objective determines the quantitative funding of the bonus pool, are:

 

(1)

Environmental, social and governance data collection, verification and disclosure and top investor engagement plans.

 

(2)

Company culture summits, employee engagement surveys and development plans.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     45


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

(3)

Other strategic objectives related to certain of the Company’s businesses, the disclosure of which, the Human Resources Committee believes could result in competitive harm to the Company.

2021 Financial Objective Achievement and Funding Mechanism/Determination

The financial objective achievement for the 2021 First Half Annual Incentive Plan was as follows.

 

     Target    Actual    Funding Level   

Adjusted EBITDA

     $ 430 million      $ 499.5 million        125 %

The financial objective achievement for the 2021 Second Half Annual Incentive Plan was as follows.

 

     Target    Actual    Funding Level   

Adjusted EBITDA

     $ 512 million      $ 495.8 million        84.1 %

Following the above-described financial objective achievements and the subsequent quantitative funding of the bonus pool at 104.6%, management and the Human Resources Committee reviewed each plans’ strategic objectives and other factors and, at its February 2022 meeting, Company management recommended, and the Human Resources Committee approved, the decision to exercise negative discretion to reduce the payout to 50% in the aggregate to the Management Committee, including the NEOs, to recognize the performance not reflected in the financial and strategic metrics of the plan, specifically the Company’s increased expenses in 2021 and the fourth quarter results. As a result, the following actual payouts were made for the combined 2021 First and Second Half Annual Incentive Plans.

 

   

Bonus Plan

Target ($ or €)

  Funding
Level
  Actual
Payout
Level
  Actual
Payout
Amount
 

Payout as % of   

Base Salary

Donald M. Casey Jr.

    $ 1,287,500       104.6 %       50 %     $ 643,750       63 %

Jorge M. Gomez

    $ 577,058       104.6 %       50 %     $ 288,529       38 %

Walter Petersohn(1)

    $ 298,018       104.6 %       50 %     $ 149,009       37 %

Keith J. Ebling(2)

    $ 541,136       104.6 %       50 %     $ 270,568       38 %

Daniel P. Key(3)

    $ 365,547       104.6 %       50 %     $ 182,774       33 %

 

(1)

Amounts shown have been converted from Euros to U.S. dollars using the rate of $1.137 to 1.

 

(2)

Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.

 

(3)

Former Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer.

Determination of Annual Equity Incentive Compensation

The third principal component in the 2021 annual total compensation for the Company’s executives was the award of equity incentives designed to reward long-term performance.

Our annual long-term incentive program for all NEOs, other than Mr. Casey, is comprised of three components in 2021:

 

 

Performance-based restricted stock unit (“PRSU”) awards based on accomplishment of specific three-year performance objectives;

 

 

Stock option awards designed to reward stock price growth; and

 

 

Time-based restricted stock unit (“RSU”) awards.

Our annual long-term incentive program for Mr. Casey is comprised of two components in 2021:

 

 

Performance-based restricted stock unit (“PRSU”) awards based on accomplishment of three specific one-year performance objectives; and

 

 

Stock option awards designed to reward stock price growth.

 

46    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

The Human Resources Committee believes that equity incentive compensation serves an essential purpose in: (i) attracting and retaining senior executives, (ii) providing them with long-term incentives to maximize stockholder value, (iii) aligning the interests of the executive officers with those of our stockholders, and (iv) incentivizing the ongoing efforts required by the executive team to achieve the successful execution of the strategic plan and the restructuring of the Company and to further link the compensation of executives to the value created for stockholders. A strong performance-based link is created between stockholder value and executive pay through (i) the long-term performance objectives and stock price performance of the PRSUs, (ii) the fact that stock options gain value to the executive only when and to the extent that share price exceeds the exercise price of the option, and (iii) RSUs gain and lose value in the same way and extent as experienced by the stockholders.

Equity Award Grant Practices

Long-term incentive awards for executive officers generally are made annually, as part of the total remuneration approach to executive compensation. In 2021, the annual awards were made in March and were made pursuant to the DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. 2016 Omnibus Incentive Plan (as amended, the “Omnibus Plan”).

Annual Equity Award Guidelines and Grant Allocations

Guidelines for the size and type of awards were developed based upon, among other factors, the review of the Peer Group data, input from the Independent Compensation Consultant, shares available for grant under the Equity Incentive Plans, the executive’s position in the Company, his or her contributions to the Company’s objectives, and total direct compensation, as compared to the Peer Groups. Equity awards comprised a larger portion of the NEOs’ compensation to more closely align their compensation and interests with the interests of stockholders. The Human Resources Committee also took into consideration the Company’s performance against its business and financial objectives and its strategic plan, and individual performance, as well as the allocation of overall share usage under the Company’s equity incentive plans.

With the exception of Mr. Casey, annual equity grants to all NEOs made in 2021 were allocated, assuming annualized expected value of total equity incentive compensation at target performance attainment, as follows:

 

 

LOGO

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     47


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

In February 2021, the Human Resources Committee approved, and the Board of Directors ratified, an increase in Mr. Casey’s target annual equity incentive award from $5.5 million to $6.7 million with a revised grant allocation of 75% in PRSUs and 25% in stock options.

 

 

LOGO

The splits for Mr. Casey and the other NEOs between stock options, RSUs, and PRSUs were based both on comparisons to the market and the overall risk/reward tradeoff. As the Peer Group data varies somewhat by position, the Human Resources Committee generally targeted the equity incentive compensation at or near the median of the Peer Group at target performance, with an opportunity for incentive compensation to exceed the median if performance is above target.

Annual Equity Compensation

PRSUs (75% of target total annual equity value for Mr. Casey; 50% of target total annual equity value for the other NEOs)

Annual PRSUs awarded in 2021 will result in the issuance of actual shares of Dentsply Sirona common stock provided the Company achieves certain financial targets over the years 2021, 2022, and 2023. The number of shares issued will be linked to the Company’s performance as measured by non-GAAP EPS (40% weighting), Organic Sales Growth (40% weighting), and Total Shareholder Return (“TSR”) relative to the S&P 500 index (20% weighting). These performance criteria were selected because they align with Dentsply Sirona’s financial objectives communicated to stockholders, and the Human Resources Committee believes that they are important drivers of long-term stockholder value. Attainment of non-GAAP EPS and Organic Sales performance criteria is measured separately for each calendar year during the three-year performance period, with each year weighted as follows: 2021 (50%), 2022 (30%) and 2023 (20%). Each year’s target is established by multiplying the actual results from the prior calendar year by a growth percentage defined and approved by the Human Resources Committee prior to the granting of the award.

Excluding shares issued pursuant to dividend equivalent rights, the number of shares delivered at the end of the three-year performance period, ending December 31, 2023, may be anywhere from 0% to 250% of the target number of shares awarded, depending on the performance of the Company during the performance period. However, an executive may forfeit all or a portion of such shares if he or she does not remain employed by the Company throughout the three-year performance period. The change in design for the 2021 award was made to increase the short-term retentive value of the award while keeping the 3-year cliff vesting approach in order to maintain focus on our longer-term performance.

 

48    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

The following table sets forth the Non-GAAP EPS and Revenue metrics in the 2021 PRSUs and the Company’s actual results:

 

2021-2023 Performance Restricted Stock Units

Performance Metric

  Metric
Weight
  Threshold

(50%)

  Target

(100%)

  Maximum

(250%)

  Result   Achievement

%

  Weighted
Result

Non-GAAP EPS

  40%   $2.45   $2.70   $2.95   $2.87   202%   101%

Performance Metric

  Metric
Weight
  Threshold

(50%)

  Target

(100%)

  Maximum

(250%)

  Result   Achievement

%

  Weighted
Result

Revenue

  40%   $3,945M   $4,175M   $4,405   $4,251   150%   74.8%

 

(1)

Cumulative Non-GAAP EPS is a non-GAAP financial measure which excludes certain items. Please see Appendix A – “Cumulative Non-GAAP EPS Reconciliation – 2019-2021 PRSU Awards” for a reconciliation of Cumulative Non-GAAP EPS to the corresponding GAAP information.

The SEC rules provide that the Company does not have to disclose confidential financial information if doing so would result in competitive harm to the Company. The specified non-GAAP EPS targets for 2022 and 2023 are maintained by the Company as confidential and proprietary information and, therefore, the Human Resources Committee believes that disclosure of such information prior to completion of the performance period would result in competitive harm to the Company.

The following table sets forth the Company’s TSR performance and payout range for 2020 grants measured over the period of January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023, relative to the TSR of the S&P 500 companies:

 

TSR(1)(2)

   Threshold    Target    Maximum   

Percentile of Peer Group

       25 th         50 th         75 th 

Payout

       50 %        100 %        200 %

 

(1)

TSR is defined to include stock price appreciation and dividends paid over the relevant period.

 

(2)

Measurement period of January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023.

The actual number of shares awarded is calculated by interpolating the actual performance between the various target levels on a straight-line basis. PRSUs were granted with dividend equivalent rights subject to the same conditions and vesting periods as the PRSUs. Further details regarding PRSU grants to the 2021 NEOs are provided below under “Executive Compensation Tables – 2021 Grants of Plan-Based Awards.”

Options (25% of target total annual equity value)

Stock options were granted at the closing price on the day of the grant and accordingly, will have value only if the market price of the Company’s common stock increases after the grant date. The 2021 stock option grants vest and become exercisable over three years—one-third on each of the first three anniversaries following grant—and are exercisable for a maximum of ten years from the grant date, subject to earlier expiration in the event of certain terminations of employment. The Company’s stock options are typically approved at the Board meeting in February each year (in 2021, the grant was made in March), with a grant date that is generally three trading days after the Company’s report of financial results for the prior year. Any grants for newly hired executive officers are approved by the Human Resources Committee generally occur on the executive officer’s employment date, if such date is during the Company’s open trading window, or, if such date is not during the Company’s open trading window, three trading days after the Company’s report of quarterly or annual financial results. Further details regarding option grants to the 2021 NEOs are provided below under “Executive Compensation Tables Grants of Plan-Based Awards.”

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     49


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

RSUs (0% of target total annual equity value for Mr. Casey; 25% of target total annual equity value for the other NEOs)

RSUs awarded in 2021 vest over three years—one-third on each of the first three anniversaries following grant. RSUs were granted with dividend equivalent rights subject to the same conditions and vesting periods as the RSUs. Further details regarding RSU grants to the 2020 NEOs are provided below under “Executive Compensation Tables” — “2021 Grants of Plan-Based Awards.”

The following table sets forth the individual and target total values of annual equity awards for each Named Executive Officer:

 

Named Executive Officer

   PRSU
Target Value
   Stock
Option Value
   RSU Value    Total
Target Value   

Donald M. Casey Jr.

     $ 5,719,466      $ 1,675,483             $ 7,394,949

Jorge M. Gomez

     $ 1,280,465      $ 562,733      $ 562,501      $ 2,405,699

Walter Petersohn

     $ 497,956      $ 219,371      $ 218,753      $ 936,080

Keith J. Ebling(1)

     $ 853,677      $ 375,156      $ 374,981      $ 1,603,813

Daniel P. Key(2)

     $ 426,789      $ 187,578      $ 187,520      $ 801,886

 

(1)

Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.

 

(2)

Former Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer.

 

2019-2021 PRSU Awards

The 2019-2021 PRSUs paid out based on three (3) year cumulative performance measures.

 

2019-2021 Performance Restricted Stock Units

Performance Metric

  Metric
Weight
  Threshold

(70%)

  Target

(100%)

  Maximum

(200%)

  Result   Achievement

%

  Weighted
Result

Cumulative Non-GAAP EPS

  80%   $7.09   $8.28   $8.92   $7.11   70.5%   56.4%

Performance Metric

  Metric
Weight
  Threshold

(50%)

  Target

(100%)

  Maximum

(200%)

  Result   Achievement

%

  Weighted
Result

Total Shareholder Return

  20%   25th   50th   75th   41st percentile   82.7%   16.5%

 

(2)

Cumulative Non-GAAP EPS is a non-GAAP financial measure which excludes certain items. Please see Appendix A – “Cumulative Non-GAAP EPS Reconciliation – 2019-2021 PRSU Awards” for a reconciliation of Cumulative Non-GAAP EPS to the corresponding GAAP information.

The Company’s cumulative adjusted EPS for 2019 through 2021 was $7.11, however, at its February 2022 meeting, the Human Resources Committee excluded the impact of the 2021 AIP reduction from the EPS calculation. As a result, the cumulative non-GAAP EPS for the period of 2019 through 2021 was $7.06 and, therefore, below the threshold of $7.09. The Total Shareholder Return portion of the 2019-2021 paid out at the weighted result of 16.5% as described above.

 

50    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

The following table sets forth the 2019-2021 PRSUs granted to NEOs and the resulting earned number of shares.

 

Named Executive Officer

  

2019-2021

PRSUs
Granted

   2019-2021 PRSUs
with Dividend
Equivalent Rights
  

Earned Shares

with Dividend
Equivalent Rights   

Donald M. Casey Jr.

       40,576        41,448        6,856

Jorge M. Gomez

       20,301        20,670        3,419

Walter Petersohn

       6,594        6,736        1,114

Keith J. Ebling(1)

       14,709        15,025        2,485

Daniel P. Key(2)

       3,550        3,626        600

 

(1)

Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.

 

(2)

Former Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer.

One-Time Compensation Awards

The Board and the Human Resources Committee retain the discretion to approve, and from time to time make, awards of compensation to executives outside of the typical annual cycle or otherwise on a one-time basis, such as new hire arrangements, promotional awards, and other one-time special awards and compensation arrangements for retention and incentive purposes.

No one-time compensation awards were made in 2021.

One-Time 2019 Operating Margin Transformation Incentive Plan PRSU Awards

As a result of the successful implementation of the Company’s ongoing restructuring plan and the 2019 Operating Margin Transformation Incentive Plan, for the four-quarter period ended June 30, 2021 and, subsequently, for the four quarter period ended September 30, 2021, the Company achieved an adjusted operating margin greater than 21%. Consequently, an additional 150% of the performance restricted stock units granted in connection with the 2019 Operating Margin Transformation Incentive Plan vested in November 2021.

The following table sets forth the 2019 Operating Margin Transformation Incentive Plan PRSU targets, payout levels and status.

 

2019 Operating Margin Transformation Incentive Plan PRSU Award Payouts

Operating Margin Targets

   18.0%    19.0%   20.0%    21.0%    22.0%    23.0%

Payout Levels

   50%    100%   150%    200%    250%    300%

Status

   Vested Q2 2020        Vested Q4 2021         N/A    N/A

Subject to the performance conditions being met, the One-Time 2019 Operating Margin Transformation Incentive Plan PRSU Awards may continue to vest at incrementally higher payout levels through the end of the applicable performance period as previously disclosed.

The increased operating margin significantly contributed to cash flows and the Company’s improved 2021 Non-GAAP Operating income of $871 million as compared to a Non-GAAP Operating Income of $537 million in 2020.

We view this as strong evidence that the 2019 Operating Margin Transformation Incentive Plan demonstrates pay for performance in action and is working to support our comprehensive approach to improving our performance and overcoming historical challenges. We continue to believe that the 2019 Operating Margin Transformation Plan is an integral part of ensuring that our leadership team is focused on the objectives of our transformation and that they are rewarded for its achievement.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     51


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

The Human Resources Committee believes that the 2019 Operating Margin Transformation Incentive Plan PRSU Awards properly and sufficiently incentivizes the ongoing efforts required by the executive team to achieve successful execution of the strategic plans of the Company and provides compensation to the executive team only to the extent that value is created for stockholders. Given the unique nature of the restructuring plan and Company priorities, the Human Resources Committee does not currently intend to grant a similar one-time equity award in the future.

Other Compensation Matters

Post-Termination Arrangements

Termination of Employment

The Company has entered into employment agreements or offer letters with all of the 2021 NEOs, which include certain post-termination arrangements. The Human Resources Committee determined that this is in the best interest of the Company in order to ensure executives focus on serving the Company and stockholder interests without the distraction of possible job and income loss. Details regarding the post-termination arrangements are set forth below under “Employment Agreements/Offer Letters and Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control.”

Details regarding potential payment adjustments in the event that payments or benefits to a NEO would be considered an “excess parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Internal Revenue Code”), are provided below under “Employment Agreements/Offer Letters and Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control Certain Adjustments in Payments to Executive Officers.”

Details regarding the estimated amounts that each NEO would receive in the event of a termination are set forth below under “Estimated Payments Payable to a NEO Upon Termination or Change in Control.”

Termination following Change in Control

The Human Resources Committee believes that certain executive officers, including certain NEOs, who are terminated without “Cause” (as defined in the employment agreements or offer letters, as applicable) or elect to resign with “Good Reason” (as defined in the employment agreements) within two years of a change in control (as defined in the employment agreements) of the Company should be provided separation benefits. These benefits are intended to ensure that those executives focus on serving the Company and stockholders during the pendency of a potential change in control transaction or activity without the distraction of possible job and income loss.

The Company’s change in control benefits were viewed as consistent with the practices of companies with whom the Company competes for talent, and are intended to assist in retaining executives and recruiting new executives to the Company. As of the close of a transaction that results in a change in control of the Company, in accordance with the Equity Incentive Plans, all outstanding equity grants awarded as part of the Company’s equity incentive compensation program become available to executives – that is, restrictions on all outstanding restricted stock units lapse, any performance conditions imposed with respect to such awards are deemed to be achieved at the target level of performance, and all non-exercisable stock options become exercisable – in the event of a termination as described in the preceding paragraph, or in the event any outstanding award is not assumed or substituted in connection with the change in control.

Details regarding arrangements in the event of termination following a change in control are set forth below under “Employment Agreements/Offer Letters and Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control” “–Payments Made Upon Termination of Employment within Two (2) Years after a Change in Control by the Executive Officer with Good Reason or by the Company without Cause” and under the heading “Estimated Payments Payable to a NEO Upon Termination or Change in Control.”

Retirement and Other Benefits

The Company also maintained standard benefits consistent with those offered by other major corporations and which are generally available to all of the Company’s full-time employees (subject to meeting basic eligibility requirements). The benefits described below are for U.S. employees, however, similar benefits are provided to non-U.S. employees based on local law and benefit programs.

 

52    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

Employee Stock Ownership Plan and 401(k) Plans

Dentsply Sirona offered retirement benefits to its eligible U.S. employees through tax-qualified plans, including an employee and employer-funded 401(k) Savings Plan known as the Dentsply Sirona Inc. 401(k) Savings and Employee Stock Ownership Plan. In 2021, the NEOs, who met the eligibility requirements, participated in these plans, and the terms governing the retirement benefits under these plans for them were the same as those applicable to other eligible employees in the U.S. Similarly situated employees, including our executive officers, may have materially different account balances because of a combination of factors: the number of years that the person has participated in the plan; the amount of money contributed; and the investments chosen by the participant with regard to those plans providing for participant investment direction. These plans do not involve any guaranteed minimum returns or above-market returns as the investment returns are dependent upon actual investment results. Employees direct their own investments in the 401(k) Savings Plan.

Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan and Supplemental Savings Plan

The Company maintained a very limited number of benefit programs that were only available to the NEOs and other senior U.S. employees qualifying for eligibility based on level in the organization and time in role. Such benefits include a Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (“SERP”) and the Supplemental Savings Plan (“SSP”). The purpose of the SERP is to provide additional retirement benefits for a limited group of management employees, including the NEOs, whom the Human Resources Committee concluded were not receiving competitive retirement benefits. Credits equal to 11.7% of total annual cash compensation (base salary and any annual incentive awards), reduced by Company contributions to the 401(k) Savings and ESOP, are allocated to the participants’ accounts. No actual funds are put aside for participants in the SERP and the participants are general creditors of the Company for payment of the benefits upon retirement or termination of employment from the Company. Participants can elect to have these benefits administered as savings with interest or stock unit accounts with dividends, with stock units being distributed in the form of common stock at the time of distribution. Upon retirement or termination for any reason, participants in the SERP are paid the benefits in their account based on an earlier distribution election.

The SSP is a deferred compensation plan that allows management employees of the Company to elect to defer a portion of their base salary and annual incentive bonus for payment at a future time. Deferred amounts are not funded by the Company but are a general obligation of the Company to administer and pay as set forth in the SSP. The SSP is administered by T. Rowe Price, the Administrator of the Company’s retirement plans, and participants have the right to elect investment options for the deferred funds (except that executive officers may not defer into Company stock because of implications under Section 16 of the Exchange Act), which are tracked by the Administrator.

Healthcare and Welfare Benefits

Company healthcare, life insurance and other employee welfare benefits are similar for all eligible employees, including the NEOs. Typically, the Company has shared the cost of health and welfare benefits with its employees, a cost that is dependent on the level of benefits coverage that each employee elects. The Company also provides other benefits such as medical, dental and life insurance to each NEO, in a similar fashion to those provided to other U.S. based Dentsply Sirona employees.

Executive Stock Ownership Guidelines

Because the Human Resources Committee believes in further linking the interests of management and the stockholders, the Company maintains stock ownership guidelines for its executives. The guidelines specify the number of shares that the Company’s executive management are required to accumulate and hold until the stock ownership guidelines are met. Once in the position, the executive has five (5) years to meet the requirement. During such time, and until the guidelines are met, the executive will be required to hold 100% of the shares vested from RSUs and PRSUs (net of tax). “Stock ownership” is defined to include stock owned by the officer directly, stock owned indirectly through the Company’s retirement plans, including the 401(k) Savings and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”), SERP and salary and/or bonus deferral into the SSP, and equity awards pursuant to the equity incentive program. Unearned performance awards and unexercised options (or any portion thereof) do not count towards “stock ownership”.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     53


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

Under the current guidelines established by the Human Resources Committee, executives are required to own Company common stock equal in value to a multiple of their base salary, as set forth below:

 

Executive Chairman (if applicable) and Chief Executive Officer

     5X  

Executive Vice Presidents

     3X  

Senior Vice Presidents

     2X  

Group Vice Presidents and Vice Presidents

     1X  

All NEOs for 2021 were in compliance with the stock ownership guidelines as of the end of 2021.

Hedging and Pledging of Company Stock

Short sales of Company securities (a sale of securities which are not then owned) and derivative or speculative transactions in Company securities are prohibited under the Company’s insider trading policy. No director, officer or other designated insider is permitted to purchase financial instruments (including prepaid variable forward contracts, equity swaps, collars, and exchange funds) or otherwise engage in transactions, that speculate on, hedge or offset, or are designed to speculate on, hedge or offset, any increase or decrease in the market value of the Company securities. In addition, directors, officers, and other designated insiders are prohibited from holding Company securities in margin accounts or pledging Company securities.

Compensation Recoupment Policy

In the event of either (1) a restatement of the Company’s financial statements due to material noncompliance with applicable financial reporting requirements, or (2) material financial, operation or reputational harm to the Company caused by an executive officer’s breach of law or the Company’s policies or his or her failure, in violation of his or her duties, to manage or monitor conduct or risks, the Board will consider whether any executive officer received compensation based on the original financial statements because it appeared he or she achieved financial performance targets which in fact were not achieved based on the restatement. The Board will also consider the accountability of any executive officer whose acts or omissions were responsible in whole or in part for the events that led to the restatement and whether such acts or omissions constituted misconduct.

Possible actions of the Board may include the following: (i) the recoupment of all or part of any bonus or other compensation paid to the executive officer that was based upon the achievement of financial results that were subsequently restated, (ii) disciplinary actions, up to and including termination, and/or (iii) the pursuit of other available remedies.

The Board plans to amend this policy to account for any requirements imposed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, or other applicable law.

Assessment of Risk

We do not believe that our compensation program, including the executive compensation program, encourages excessive or inappropriate risk-taking. A significant portion of our executive compensation program is performance-based, and, while appropriate risk-taking is a necessary component of growing a business, the Human Resources Committee and management have focused on aligning our compensation policies with our long-term interests and avoiding short-term rewards that could incentivize actions with undue long-term risks. Examples of such features of our compensation program include:

 

 

Emphasis on Long-Term Equity Incentive Compensation; Overlapping Vesting Periods. The largest percentage of total target direct compensation for our NEOs is provided through long-term equity incentive compensation, which vests over a period of years. This vesting period encourages our senior executives to focus on sustaining and enhancing our Company’s long-term performance. Long-term equity incentive awards are also made annually so that our senior executives always have unvested equity awards that could significantly decrease in value if our business is not appropriately managed for the long-term.

 

54    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

 

Performance-Based Restricted Stock Units. A significant portion of the long-term equity incentive compensation of our named executive officers consists of PRSUs. PRSU payouts are tied to the achievement of certain performance measures, which encourages focus on sustaining our long-term performance. These awards also have overlapping performance periods, so that any risks taken to increase the payout under one award could jeopardize the potential payout under other awards.

 

 

Performance Measures. A significant portion of awards are made based on the achievement of a variety of balanced performance measures, including financial, strategic objectives and relative total shareholder returns measured over varying timeframes which diversifies the risks associated with any single indicator of performance. We believe these measures are affected by management decisions and correlate to the creation of stockholder value over the long-term.

 

 

Performance Goals. Tied to both annual and longer-term strategic plans that are approved by the Board of Directors.

 

 

Role of Human Resources Committee. Members of the Human Resources Committee approve the final payout of the annual incentive awards for our NEOs following a review of executive and Company performance. Final payout for the CEO is ratified by the Board.

The Human Resources Committee also reviews certain of the Company’s compensation and incentive plans available to employees other than our NEOs to, among other things, prevent unnecessary risk taking under such plans.

 

 

Stock Ownership Guidelines. Our stock ownership guidelines require our executive management to hold a certain amount of Company stock. This requirement ensures that they will have a significant amount of personal wealth tied to the long-term performance of our stock.

 

 

Compensation Recoupment Policy. We have a compensation recoupment policy applicable to our executive officers. In the event of (1) a restatement of the Company’s financial statements due to material noncompliance with applicable financial reporting requirements, or (2) material financial, operation or reputational harm to the Company caused by an executive officer’s breach of law or the Company’s policies or his or her failure, in violation of his or her duties, to manage or monitor conduct or risks, the Board will consider whether any executive officer received compensation based on the original financial statements because it appeared he or she achieved financial performance targets which in fact were not achieved based on the restatement. The Board will also consider the accountability of any executive officer whose acts or omissions were responsible in whole or in part for the events that led to the restatement and whether such acts or omissions constituted misconduct. Possible actions of the Board may include the recoupment of all or part of any bonus or other compensation tied to such financial results; disciplinary actions; and/or the pursuit of other available remedies

In summary, we have structured our compensation program so that a considerable amount of the wealth of our senior executives is tied to the long-term health and performance of our Company. We seek to provide incentives for our senior executives to manage for long-term performance while safeguarding our stockholders from inappropriate incentive-based compensation payments in the event of financial restatement. We also seek to avoid the type of disproportionately large short-term incentives that could encourage senior executives to take risks that may not be in the best interests of our stockholders. We believe this combination of factors encourages our senior executives to manage our Company in a prudent manner

Tax Deductibility of Executive Compensation

In light of the repeal of the performance-based compensation exemption under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code, the Human Resources Committee may authorize compensation that is not deductible if it is determined to be appropriate and in the best interests of the Company and our shareholders.

Termination Benefits for Former NEOs

Mr. Ebling first joined the Company in October 2017 and served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary until January 1, 2022. For a summary of termination benefits for Mr. Ebling, see “Employment Agreements/Offer Letters and Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control — Payments Made to Mr. Ebling” beginning on page 74.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     55


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

 

Human Resources Committee Report on Executive Compensation

The Human Resources Committee has reviewed and discussed with management the Company’s Compensation Discussion and Analysis section of this Proxy Statement. Based on such review and discussions, the Human Resources Committee has recommended to the Board that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this Proxy Statement.

THE HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Willie A. Deese, Chair

Betsy D. Holden

Arthur D. Kowaloff

Gregory T. Lucier

 

56    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

      

 

 

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES

The following table sets forth the compensation earned by the NEOs for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021:

 

Name and

Principal Position(1)

  Fiscal
Year
  Salary(3)
($)
 

Bonus(4)

($)

  Stock
Awards(5)
($)
  Option
Awards(6)
($)
  Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation(7)
($)
  All Other
Compensation(8)
($)
  Total ($)

Donald M. Casey, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer

      2021       1,020,630             5,719,466       1,675,483       643,750       192,555       9,251,885  
      2020       777,439             4,157,311       1,382,024       625,000       225,094       7,166,868  
      2019       925,000             8,222,964       1,000,054       1,110,000       108,225       11,366,243  

Jorge M. Gomez

Executive Vice President,

Chief Financial Officer

      2021       762,411             1,842,966       562,733       288,529       137,348       3,593,986  
      2020       703,904             1,587,324       527,536       280,100       438,226       3,537,090  
      2019       254,247       1,100,000       8,171,764       524,632       190,700       56,699       10,298,042  

Walter Petersohn

Senior Vice President,

Chief Commercial Officer

      2021       449,587             716,710       219,371       149,009       79,297       1,613,973  
      2020       536,927             491,308       163,476       145,898       221,392       1,559,001  
      2019       595,281             2,023,767       162,139       272,108       57,115       3,110,410  

Keith J. Ebling

Executive Vice President,

General Counsel & Secretary

      2021       714,951             1,228,657       375,156       270,568       114,397       2,703,730  
      2020       660,087             1,096,016       364,060       262,700       139,988       2,522,851  
      2019       680,000             2,980,823       362,150       510,000       79,560       4,612,533  

Daniel P. Key(2)

Senior Vice President,

Chief Supply Chain Officer

      2021       557,264             614,308       187,578       182,774       85,976       1,627,900  
      2020                            
      2019                                                                      

 

(1)

Principal positions are the positions held at the end of 2021.

 

(2)

Mr. Key joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer effective January 21, 2019. His last day with the Company was January 21, 2022.

 

(3)

The Amount for Mr. Petersohn has been converted from Euros to U.S. dollars using the rate of $1.137 to 1.

 

(4)

Bonus amount for Mr. Gomez in 2019 is for a one-time cash payment at the start of his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

 

(5)

Represents the aggregate grant date fair value for PRSUs at target and RSUs granted in each respective year as computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. Mr. Casey’s stock awards of $5,719,466 include an annual grant of $5,719,466 PRSUs at target. In 2021, the number of shares that could be granted upon the conversion of the annual grant of PRSUs ranges from zero to a maximum of 2.5 times the target amount. The value of PRSUs assuming the highest level of performance conditions are achieved is as follows: Mr. Casey: $14,298,665; Mr. Gomez: $3,201,163; Mr. Petersohn: $1,244,891; Mr. Ebling: $2,134,192; and Mr. Key: $1,066,972.

 

(6)

Represents the grant date full fair value of compensation costs of stock options granted during the respective year for financial statement reporting purposes, using the Black-Scholes option pricing model as computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. Assumptions used in the calculation of these amounts are similar to those included in Note 14, Equity, to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

(7)

Amounts shown represent the Company’s Annual Incentive Plan awards for services provided in 2021, 2020, 2019 that were paid in cash in 2022, 2021, 2020, respectively. The amount for Mr. Petersohn has been converted from Euros to U.S. dollars using the rate of $1.137 to 1

 

(8)

Amounts shown are described in the “All Other Compensation” table that follows.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     57


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES

 

 

All Other Compensation

 

    401(k) Savings
& ESOP
Contributions(1)
  SERP
Contribution(2)
  Relocation(3)   Car
Allowance(4)
  Pension(5)   Severance   Total Other
Compensation   

Donald M. Casey, Jr.

    $ 18,850     $ 173,705     $     $     $     $     $ 192,555

Jorge M. Gomez

    $ 18,850     $ 103,136     $ 15,362     $     $     $     $ 137,348

Walter Petersohn

    $     $     $     $ 19,784     $ 59,513     $     $ 79,297

Keith J. Ebling

    $ 18,850     $ 95,547     $     $     $     $     $ 114,397

Daniel P. Key

    $ 18,850     $ 67,126     $     $     $     $     $ 85,976

 

(1)

Represents the 3% non-elective cash contributions and up to 3.5% of matching cash contributions by the Company into a 401(k) Savings Plan for U.S. NEOs up to the allowable statutory limit. For every dollar an employee contributes up to 6%, the employer will match 100% on the first 1% and 50% on the next 5%, for a total employer contribution opportunity of 6.5%.

 

(2)

Represents Company credits for the 2021 plan year to the U.S. SERP, a non-contributory retirement plan for a select group of management and/or highly compensated employees. Additional information is provided below under “Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation.”

 

(3)

Represents amounts for relocation expenses incurred in 2021. The relocation amount for Mr. Gomez is related to his move from Dublin, OH to Charlotte, NC.

 

(4)

Amount for Mr. Petersohn represents payment for car leases. Amounts have been converted from Euros to U.S. dollars using the rate of $1.137 to 1.

 

(5)

Amount for Mr. Petersohn represents Company credits for the 2021 year to the German pension program, which is a defined contribution plan. Amounts have been converted from Euros to U.S. dollars using the rate of $1.137 to 1.

 

58    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES

 

 

2021 Grants of Plan-Based Awards

The following table reflects the terms of compensation plan-based awards granted to the NEOs in 2021:

 

                 

Name

  

Grant
Date

    Estimated Future Payouts
Under Non-Equity
Incentive Plan Awards
(1)
           Estimated Future Stock Unit
Payouts Under Equity
Incentive Plan Awards
(2)
   

All Other Stock
Awards:
Number

of Stock Units
(3) (#)

   

All Other
Option Awards:
Number of
Securities

Underlying
Options
(#)

   

Exercise
or Base
Price of
Option

Awards
($/Share)

   

Grant Date
Fair Value of
Stock and
Option

Awards
(4) ($)

 
      
      
  Threshold
($)
    Target
($)
    Maximum
($)
           Threshold
(#)
    Target
(#)
    Maximum*
(#)
 

Donald M. Casey, Jr.

 

                   

Incentive Compensation

 

    643,750       1,287,500       1,609,375                                              

Annual Equity Grant

 

                     

RSUs

     3/4/2021                                                                

PRSUs

     3/4/2021                           42,795       85,590       213,975                         5,719,466  

Options

     3/4/2021                                                   105,400       58.71       1,675,483  

Jorge M. Gomez

 

                     

Incentive Compensation

 

    288,529       577,058       721,322                                              

Annual Equity Grant

 

                     

RSUs

     3/4/2021                                             9,581                   562,501  

PRSUs

     3/4/2021                           9,581       19,162       47,905                         1,280,465  

Options

     3/4/2021                                                   35,400       58.71       562,733  

Walter Petersohn

 

                   

Incentive Compensation

 

    149,009       298,018       372,523                                              

Annual Equity Grant

 

                     

RSUs

     3/4/2021                                             3,726                   218,753  

PRSUs

     3/4/2021                           3,726       7,452       18,630                         497,956  

Options

     3/4/2021                                                   13,800       58.71       219,371  

Keith J. Ebling

 

                     

Incentive Compensation

 

    270,568       541,136       676,420                                              

Annual Equity Grant

 

                     

RSUs

     3/4/2021                                             6,387                   374,981  

PRSUs

     3/4/2021                           6,388       12,775       31,938                         853,677  

Options

     3/4/2021                                                   23,600       58.71       375,156  

Daniel P. Key

 

                   

Incentive Compensation

 

    182,774       365,547       456,934                                              

Annual Equity Grant

 

                     

RSUs

     3/4/2021                                             3,194                   187,520  

PRSUs

     3/4/2021                           3,194       6,387       15,968                         426,789  

Options

     3/4/2021                                                         11,800       58.71       187,578  

 

(1)

Amounts shown represent threshold, target and maximum amounts for the 2021 Annual Incentive Plan reflecting the Bonus Plan. The maximum award under the 2021 Annual Incentive Plan reflecting the Bonus Plan is base salary, multiplied by the target incentive compensation percentage, multiplied by 1.25. The amount in the “Threshold” column assumes the Company achieves the minimum performance levels required for a payout for each metric. Payments or deferrals made under the Annual Incentive Plan for 2021 are shown in the “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” column of the “Summary Compensation Table For Fiscal Year ended December 31, 2021.” Refer to the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Determination of Annual Incentive Awards” for a description of the performance measures and criteria for payment of Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation. The amounts for Mr. Petersohn have been converted from Euros to U.S. dollars using the rate of $1.137 to 1.

 

(2)

These amounts represent the number of PRSUs that may vest depending on attainment of performance targets. The amount in the “Threshold” column shows the number of shares that will be paid out, assuming the Company achieves the minimum performance levels required for a payment of shares for each metric. Performance targets and target awards are described under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Determination of Equity Incentive Compensation.” RSUs are credited with dividend equivalents and upon vesting are included in the stock distributed to recipients.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     59


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES

 

 

(3)

These amounts represent time based-vesting RSUs. RSUs are credited with dividend equivalents and upon vesting are included in the stock distributed to recipients. The terms of these grants are described under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Determination of Equity Incentive Compensation.”

 

(4)

The grant date fair value of RSUs and PRSUs, with the cumulative non-GAAP EPS metric, is the closing stock price on the date of grant of $55.79. The grant date fair value of PRSUs with the market-based metric of relative TSR uses the Monte Carlo Simulation method with a value $99.28. The grant date fair value of options uses the Black-Scholes option pricing model with a value of $15.896426. Assumptions used in the calculation of these amounts are similar to those included in Note 14, Equity, to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

60    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES

 

 

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End

 

    Option Awards           Stock Awards  

Name

  Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(Exercisable)
(#)
    Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(Unexercisable)
(1) (#)
    Total
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
    Option
Exercise
Price
(2) ($)
    Option
Expiration
Date
(3)
          Number of
Stock
Units That
Have Not
Vested
(4) (#)
    Market
Value of
Stock
Units
That
Have Not
Vested
(5) ($)
    Equity
Incentive Plan
Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Stock Units
That Have Not
Vested
(6) (#)
    Equity
Incentive Plan
Awards:
Market Value
of Stock Units
That Have Not
Vested
(7) ($)
 

Donald M. Casey, Jr.

                   

Annual Equity Grants

    81,500             81,500       56.37       3/6/2028            
    56,334       28,166       84,500       49.29       3/12/2029            
    45,934       91,866       137,800       47.84       3/4/2030            
          105,400       105,400       58.71       3/4/2031            
                           
                           
                           
                    33,159        
                    8,289       6,855  
                6,908       385,392      
                    46,651       2,602,652  
                    11,663       650,691  
                19,438       1,084,468      
                    68,827       3,839,870  
                    17,207       959,968  

One-Time Equity Grants

    40,800             40,800       56.37       3/6/2028            
                           
                           
                           
                    51,810       2,890,494  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

         

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
    224,568       225,432       450,000             26,346       1,469,860       237,606       10,950,531  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

         

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Jorge M. Gomez

                   

Annual Equity Grants

    31,000       15,500       46,500       51.72       8/28/2029            
    17,534       35,066       52,600       47.84       3/4/2030            
          35,400       35,400       58.71       3/4/2031            
                    16,536        
                    4,134       3,419  
                3,445       192,187      
                    17,812       993,724  
                    4,453       248,459  
                7,423       414,102      
                    15,410       859,698  
                    3,852       214,896  
                9,631       537,297      

One-Time Equity Grants

                19,503       1,088,048      
                    34,451       1,922,009  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

         

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
    48,534       85,966       134,500             40,001       2,231,634       96,647       4,242,205  
   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

                           

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     61


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES

 

 

    Option Awards           Stock Awards  

Name

  Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(Exercisable)
(#)
    Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(Unexercisable)
(1) (#)
    Total
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
    Option
Exercise
Price
(2) ($)
    Option
Expiration
Date
(3)
          Number of
Stock
Units That
Have Not
Vested
(4) (#)
    Market
Value of
Stock
Units
That
Have Not
Vested
(5) ($)
    Equity
Incentive Plan
Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Stock Units
That Have Not
Vested
(6) (#)
    Equity
Incentive Plan
Awards:
Market Value
of Stock Units
That Have Not
Vested
(7) ($)
 

Walter Petersohn

                   

Annual Equity Grants

    31,748             31,748       34.29       11/20/2022            
    18,972             18,972       37.26       11/26/2023            
    17,748             17,748       47.41       11/25/2024            
    15,000             15,000       60.43       3/1/2026            
    18,600             18,600       62.34       2/22/2027            
    9,300             9,300       40.12       8/9/2028            
    9,134       4,566       13,700       49.29       3/12/2029            
    5,434       10,866       16,300       47.84       3/4/2030            
    13,800       13,800       27,600       58.71       3/4/2031            
                           
                           
                           
                    5,388        
                    1,347       1,114  
                1,123       62,656      
                    5,513       307,546  
                    1,379       76,915  
                2,297       128,160      
                    5,993       334,346  
                    1,498       83,558  
                3,745       208,952      

One-Time Equity Grants

                    15,544       867,193  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

         

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
    139,736       29,232       168,968             7,166       399,768       36,661       1,670,672  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

         

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Keith J. Ebling

                   

Annual Equity Grants

    38,100             38,100       57.57       10/10/2027            
    29,600             29,600       56.37       3/6/2028            
    20,400       10,200       30,600       49.29       3/12/2029            
    12,100       24,200       36,300       47.84       3/4/2030            
          23,600       23,600       58.71       3/4/2031            
                           
                           
                           
                    12,020        
                    3,005       2,485  
                2,504       139,722      
                    12,299       686,178  
                    3,075       171,544  
                5,124       285,886      
                    10,273       573,132  
                    2,568       143,283  
                6,420       358,179      

One-Time Equity Grants

                    18,781       1,047,814  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

         

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
    100,200       58,000       158,200             14,049       783,788       62,022       2,624,436  
   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

                           

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

62    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES

 

 

    Option Awards           Stock Awards  

Name

  Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(Exercisable)
(#)
    Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(Unexercisable)
(1) (#)
    Total
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
    Option
Exercise
Price
(2) ($)
    Option
Expiration
Date
(3)
          Number of
Stock
Units That
Have Not
Vested
(4) (#)
    Market
Value of
Stock
Units
That
Have Not
Vested
(5) ($)
    Equity
Incentive Plan
Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Stock Units
That Have Not
Vested
(6) (#)
    Equity
Incentive Plan
Awards:
Market Value
of Stock Units
That Have Not
Vested
(7) ($)
 

Daniel P. Key

                   

Annual Equity Grants

    4,934       2,466       7,400       49.29       3/12/2029            
    2,934       5,866       8,800       47.84       3/4/2030            
          11,800       11,800       58.71       3/4/2031            
                    2,901        
                    725       600  
                604       33,720      
                    2,968       165,602  
                    743       41,429  
                1,237       69,026      
                    5,137       286,566  
                    1,284       71,613  
                3,211       179,118      

One-Time Equity Grants

                2,452       136,807      
                    9,067       505,839  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

         

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
    7,868       20,132       28,000             7,504       418,671       22,824       1,071,649  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

         

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

                           

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1)

Except for Mr. Casey’s starting equity stock option grant, options granted become exercisable over a period of three years after the date of grant at the rate of one-third per year, except that they become immediately exercisable upon death, disability or qualified retirement. The non-exercisable stock options with the following expiration dates will vest as indicated below:

 

  

Mr. Casey’s one-time equity stock option grant of 40,800 had cliff vesting and is exercisable three years after the date of grant.

 

Expiration Date

   Vesting Schedules
3/6/2028    Vested on March 6, 2021.

 

  

Other options granted to Messrs. Casey, Gomez, Petersohn, Ebling,, and Key vest as follows, as applicable:

 

Expiration Date

   Vesting Schedules
3/6/2028    The remaining one-third vested March 6, 2021.
8/9/2028    The remaining one-third vested August 9, 2021.
3/12/2029    One-third vested March 12, 2021 and the remaining one-third will vest March 12, 2022.
8/28/2029    One-third vested August 28, 2021 and the remaining one-third will vest August 28, 2022.
11/11/2029    One-third vested November 11, 2021 and the remaining one-third will vest November 11, 2022.
3/4/2030    One-third vested March 4, 2021, one-third will vest March 4, 2022 and the remaining one-third will vest March 4, 2023.
3/4/2031    One-third will vest March 4, 2022, one-third will vest March 4, 2023 and the remaining one-third will vest March 4, 2024.

 

(2)

The Company’s stock options are typically approved at the Board meeting in February each year, with a grant date that is generally three trading days after the Company’s report of financial results on Form 10-K for the prior year.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     63


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES

 

 

(3)

Stock options generally expire ten years after the grant date.

 

(4)

RSUs restrictions lapse and the units convert to shares of stock based on the schedules below, except that they become immediately vested upon death, disability or qualified retirement, as applicable. The number of RSUs include dividend equivalent rights that have accrued for dividends payable and are subject to the same conditions and vesting periods as the RSUs originally granted.

 

  

For Mr. Casey, both the annual and one-time PRSUs granted on March 6, 2018 and March 12, 2019 are included at the actual amounts based on performance attainment. RSUs with the following grant dates will vest as indicated below:

 

Grant Date

   Vesting Schedules
3/6/2018    Annual equity grant of RSUs the remaining one-third vested on March 6, 2021.
3/12/2019    Annual equity grant of RSUs vested one-third March 12, 2021 and the remaining one-third will vest March 12, 2022.
3/4/2020    Annual equity grant of RSUs vested one-third March 4, 2021, one-third will vest March 4, 2022 and the remaining one-third will vest March 4, 2023.
3/4/2021    Annual equity grant of RSUs will vest one-third March 4, 2022, one-third will vest March 4, 2023 and the remaining one-third will vest March 4, 2024.
3/6/2018    One-time equity grant of RSUs the remaining 50% vested on March 6, 2021.

 

  

For Mr. Gomez, both the annual and one-time PRSUs granted on August 28, 2019 are included at the actual amounts based on performance attainment. RSUs with the following grant dates will vest as indicated below:

 

Grant Date

   Vesting Schedules
8/28/2019    Equity grant of RSUs vested one-third August 28, 2021 and the remaining one-third will vest August 28, 2022.
3/4/2020    Annual equity grant of RSUs vested one-third March 4, 2021, one-third will vest March 4, 2022 and the remaining one-third will vest March 4, 2023.
3/4/2021    Annual equity grant of RSUs will vest one-third March 4, 2022, one-third will vest March 4, 2023 and the remaining one-third will vest March 4, 2024.
8/28/2019    One-time equity grant of RSUs vested one-third August 28, 2021 and the remaining one-third will vest August 28, 2022.

 

  

For Mr. Petersohn, PRSUs granted on August 9, 2018 and March 12, 2019 are included at the actual amounts based on performance attainment. RSUs with the following grant dates will vest as indicated below:

 

Grant Date

   Vesting Schedules
8/9/2018    Annual equity grant of RSUs the remaining one-third vested on August 9, 2021.
3/12/2019    Annual equity grant of RSUs vested one-third March 12, 2021 and the remaining one-third will vest March 12, 2022.
3/4/2020    Annual equity grant of RSUs vested one-third March 4, 2021, one-third will vest March 4, 2022 and the remaining one-third will vest March 4, 2023.
3/4/2021    Annual equity grant of RSUs will vest one-third March 4, 2022, one-third will vest March 4, 2023 and the remaining one-third will vest March 4, 2024.

 

64    DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES

 

 

  

For Mr. Ebling, PRSUs granted on March 6, 2018 and March 12, 2019 are included at the actual amounts based on performance attainment. Per his severance agreement, RSU with the following grant dates will vest as indicated below:

 

Grant Date

   Vesting Schedules
3/6/2018    Annual equity grant of RSUs the remaining one-third vested on March 6, 2021.
3/12/2019    Annual equity grant of RSUs vested one-third March 12, 2021 and the remaining one-third will vest March 12, 2022.
3/4/2020    Annual equity grant of RSUs vested one-third March 4, 2021, one-third will vest March 4, 2022 and the remaining one-third will vest March 4, 2023.
3/4/2021    Annual equity grant of RSUs will vest one-third March 4, 2022, one-third will vest March 4, 2023 and the remaining one-third will vest March 4, 2024.

 

  

For Mr. Key, PRSUs granted on March 12, 2019 are included at the actual amounts based on performance attainment. RSUs with the following grant dates will not continue to vest based on Mr. Key’s voluntary separation effective January 21, 2022:

 

Grant Date

   Vesting Schedules
3/12/2019    Annual equity grant of RSUs vested one-third March 12, 2021 and the remaining one-third will not vest.
3/4/2020    Annual equity grant of RSUs vested one-third March 4, 2021 and the remaining two-thirds will not vest.
3/4/2021    Annual equity grant of RSUs will not vest.

 

(5)

The market value represents the number of RSUs granted and the associated dividend equivalent rights, multiplied by the December 31, 2021 stock closing market price of $55.79.

 

(6)

Includes annual PRSU grants at target (prior to attainment), which are subject to three (3) year cliff vesting. Restrictions lapse and the units convert to shares of stock three years after the date of grant or when attainment is known, and that a performance objective is met, except that they become immediately vested upon death or disability. The number of PRSUs include dividend equivalent rights that have accrued for dividends payable and are subject to the same conditions and vesting periods as the PRSUs originally granted. PRSUs are shown at the target amount including the accrued dividend equivalent rights for the grants made March 12, 2019 and August 28, 2019, November 11, 2019, March 4, 2020 and March 4, 2021 as applicable.

 

  

The other one-time PRSU grants are based on the achievement of certain adjusted operating margin targets during a performance period commencing on January 1, 2019 and ending on December 31, 2022 (“2019 Operating Margin Transformation Incentive Plan PRSU Awards”). These PRSU amounts include dividend equivalent rights that have accrued for dividends payable and are subject to the same conditions and vesting periods as the PRSUs originally granted.

 

(7)

The market value represents the number of PRSUs granted at the target amount and the associated dividend equivalent rights, multiplied by the December 31, 2021 stock closing market price of $55.79.

 

DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. – Proxy Statement     65


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES

 

 

Options Exercises and Stock Vested

The following table sets forth the actual value received by the NEOs upon exercise of stock options or vesting of stock awards in 2021.