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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 14A
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June 19, 2020
Dear Xilinx Stockholder:
You are cordially invited to attend the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, at the headquarters of Xilinx, Inc. (Xilinx or the Company) located at 2050 Logic Drive, San Jose, California 95124. We look forward to your attendance either in person or by proxy. At this meeting, the agenda includes:
the annual election of directors;
an advisory vote on executive compensation, as described in the attached proxy statement; and
a proposal to ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending April 3, 2021.
The agenda will also include any other business that may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement of the meeting. The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR the election of each of the director nominees; FOR the approval of the compensation of our named executive officers; and FOR the ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young. Please refer to the proxy statement for detailed information on each of the proposals.
The 2020 Annual Meeting will be held solely to tabulate the votes cast and report the results of voting on the matters described in the attached proxy statement and any other business that may properly come before the meeting. Certain senior executives of Xilinx will be in attendance to answer questions following the Annual Meeting; however, there will be no formal presentation concerning the business of Xilinx.
Whether or not you plan to attend, please take a few minutes now to vote online or via telephone or, alternatively, request a paper proxy card and mark, sign and date your proxy and return it by mail so that your shares will be represented.
Thank you for your continuing interest in Xilinx.
Very truly yours,
 
/s/ Victor Peng
Victor Peng
President and Chief Executive Officer
IMPORTANT: WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE MEETING, YOU ARE REQUESTED TO VOTE YOUR PROXY ONLINE OR BY TELEPHONE, OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, REQUEST, COMPLETE AND MAIL IN A PAPER PROXY CARD.


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XILINX, INC.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
TO OUR STOCKHOLDERS:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Xilinx, Inc., a Delaware corporation (Xilinx or the Company), will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, at the Company’s headquarters located at 2050 Logic Drive, San Jose, California 95124. The items of business are:
1.
Election of the following nine nominees for director to serve on the Board of Directors for the ensuing year and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified: Dennis Segers, Raman K. Chitkara, Saar Gillai, Ronald S. Jankov, Mary Louise Krakauer, Thomas H. Lee, Jon A. Olson, Victor Peng and Elizabeth W. Vanderslice;
2.
An advisory vote on executive compensation, as described in the attached proxy statement;
3.
Ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending April 3, 2021; and
4.
Transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.
The foregoing items of business are more fully described in the proxy statement accompanying this notice. Only stockholders of record at the close of business on June 10, 2020, are entitled to notice of and to vote at the meeting.
All stockholders are cordially invited to attend the meeting in person. Certain senior executives of Xilinx will be in attendance to answer questions following the Annual Meeting; however, there will be no formal presentation concerning the business of Xilinx.
In order to ensure your representation at the meeting, you are urged to vote as soon as possible. You may vote your shares in one of the following ways: (1) by visiting the website shown on the Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on August 5, 2020 (Internet Notice) or proxy card and following the instructions; (2) by calling the telephone number shown in the Internet Notice or proxy card; (3) by voting in person at the Annual Meeting; or (4) by requesting, completing and mailing in a paper proxy card, as outlined in the Internet Notice. If you have internet access, we encourage you to record your vote on the internet.
FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
/s/ Catia Hagopian
Catia Hagopian
Secretary
San Jose, California
June 19, 2020
THIS PROXY STATEMENT AND THE ACCOMPANYING PROXY CARD ARE BEING PROVIDED ON OR ABOUT JUNE 19, 2020 IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOLICITATION OF PROXIES ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF XILINX, INC. IMPORTANT: WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE MEETING, YOU ARE REQUESTED TO VOTE YOUR PROXY ONLINE OR BY TELEPHONE, OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, REQUEST, COMPLETE AND MAIL IN A PAPER PROXY CARD.
The Company is actively monitoring COVID-19 developments and following applicable government guidelines. The health and well-being of employees and stockholders are important to the Company. If it is determined that a change in the date, time or location of the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or a change to a virtual meeting format is advisable or required, an announcement of such changes will be made through a press release and additional proxy materials filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and on the Investor Relations page at www.xilinx.com. Please check this website in advance of the meeting date if you are planning to attend in person.


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XILINX, INC.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FOR THE
2020 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS PROXY STATEMENT
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XILINX, INC.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FOR THE
2020 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS PROXY STATEMENT
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PROXY STATEMENT SUMMARY
Meeting Information
 
 
 
Date:
 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Time:
 
11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Location:
 
2050 Logic Drive, San Jose, California 95124
Shareholder Voting Matters
 
 
 
Proposal One
 
Election of Directors
Proposal Two
 
Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation
Proposal Three
 
Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Director Nominees
 
 
 
Director Name
 
Independent
Committee Membership
Dennis Segers
 
Yes
None (Chairman of the Board)
Raman K. Chitkara
 
Yes
Audit (Chair)
Saar Gillai
 
Yes
Nominating and Governance
Ronald S. Jankov
 
Yes
Compensation
Mary Louise Krakauer
 
Yes
Compensation
Thomas H. Lee
 
Yes
Nominating and Governance
Jon A. Olson
 
Yes
None
Victor Peng
 
No
None (President and CEO)
Elizabeth W. Vanderslice
 
Yes
Nominating and Governance (Chair); Compensation
Corporate Governance Practices
 
 
 
We regularly review and evaluate our corporate governance principles and practices, which include the following:
• Independent chairperson
 
• Proxy access for investors
• Majority voting for all directors and resignation policy
 
• Stock ownership guidelines for executive officers and directors
• Board service limits and terms
 
• Limits on number of outside boards on which directors may serve
• Annual advisory vote on executive compensation (say-on-pay)
 
• Continuing education program for senior leadership development and succession planning
Executive Compensation Philosophy
Xilinx maintains policies and practices to help ensure that our overall executive compensation program reflects sound governance standards and drives financial performance. These policies and practices include the following:
• Fully independent Compensation Committee
 
• Annual executive compensation review
• Independent compensation advisor reporting directly to the Compensation Committee
 
• Clawback policy that covers all elements of our incentive compensation program
• Pay-for-performance philosophy based on the Company’s and individual executive’s performance
 
• Double-trigger change-of-control benefits
• At-risk compensation for our executives
 
 


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XILINX, INC.

PROXY STATEMENT FOR THE 2020 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING
Q:    Who is soliciting my vote?
A:
The Board of Directors of Xilinx (Board) is soliciting your vote at the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (Annual Meeting).
Q:    When is the Annual Meeting?
A:
The Annual Meeting will take place on August 5, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
Q:    Where will the Annual Meeting be held?
A:
The Annual Meeting, including any adjournment or postponement of the meeting, will be held at our corporate headquarters located at 2050 Logic Drive, San Jose, California 95124.
We are actively monitoring COVID-19 developments and following applicable government guidelines. The health and well-being of our employees and stockholders are important to us. If it is determined that a change in the date, time or location of the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or a change to a virtual meeting format is advisable or required, an announcement of such changes will be made through a press release and additional proxy materials filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and on the Investor Relations page at www.xilinx.com. Please check this website in advance of the meeting date if you are planning to attend in person.
Q:    How do I gain admittance to the Annual Meeting?
A:
Each stockholder must present valid picture identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, and proof of stock ownership as of the record date for entrance to the Annual Meeting.
Q:    What proposals are being presented for my vote?
A:
You will be asked to vote on:
1.
election of the following nine nominees to serve as a director on the Board for the ensuing year: Dennis Segers, Raman K. Chitkara, Saar Gillai, Ronald S. Jankov, Mary Louise Krakauer, Thomas H. Lee, Jon A. Olson, Victor Peng, and Elizabeth W. Vanderslice;
2.
an advisory vote on the compensation for our named executive officers;
3.
ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP (EY) to serve as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending April 3, 2021; and
4.
any other business that may properly come before the Annual Meeting.
Q:    What are the Board’s recommendations?
A:
The Board recommends that you vote your shares:
1.
FOR each of the Board’s nine nominees for director, who are Dennis Segers, Raman K. Chitkara, Saar Gillai, Ronald S. Jankov, Mary Louise Krakauer, Thomas H. Lee, Jon A. Olson, Victor Peng and Elizabeth W. Vanderslice;
2.
FOR the advisory vote on the compensation for our named executive officers; and
3.
FOR the ratification of the appointment of EY to serve as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending April 3, 2021.

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Q:    What is the quorum requirement for the Annual Meeting?
A:
The required quorum to transact business at the Annual Meeting is a majority of the shares of our common stock outstanding on the record date. Shares of common stock entitled to vote and represented at the Annual Meeting by proxy or in person, as well as shares represented by abstentions and broker non-votes (see the answer to “What is a ‘broker non-vote’ and what is its effect?” below), will be counted towards the quorum. If there is a quorum, the stockholders present at the Annual Meeting may continue to do business, notwithstanding the withdrawal of enough stockholders to leave less than a quorum, if any action (other than adjournment) is approved by at least a majority of the shares required to constitute a quorum. If there is no quorum, a majority of the votes present at the meeting may adjourn the Annual Meeting to another date.
Q:    What is the record date?
A:
The record date for determining shares outstanding and eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting was June 10, 2020.
Q:    How many shares of common stock are outstanding?
A:
As of the close of business on the record date, June 10, 2020, there were 243,194,363 shares of our common stock outstanding.
ABOUT PROXY MATERIALS AND VOTING
Q:
Why did I receive a one-page notice in the mail regarding internet availability of proxy materials instead of a full set of proxy materials?
A:
Instead of mailing a printed copy of our proxy materials to stockholders, we mailed an Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on August 5, 2020 (Internet Notice) to all stockholders entitled to vote at the meeting, as permitted by the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). We believe that it is in the best interests of our stockholders to take advantage of these rules and reduce the expenses associated with printing and mailing proxy materials to all of our stockholders. In addition, as a corporate citizen, we seek to reduce the use of natural resources and the environmental impact of printing and mailing the proxy materials. As a result, you will not receive paper copies of the proxy materials unless you specifically request them.
The Internet Notice provides instructions on how you can (1) access the proxy materials on the internet, (2) access your proxy and (3) vote on the internet. If you would like to receive paper copies of the proxy materials, please follow the instructions on the Internet Notice. If you share an address with another stockholder and received only one Internet Notice, you may write or call us to request a separate copy of the proxy materials at no cost to you. We anticipate that the Internet Notice will be mailed on or about June 19, 2020 to all stockholders entitled to vote at the meeting.
Q:
How many copies of the proxy materials will be delivered to stockholders sharing the same address?
A:
Stockholders who have the same address and last name will receive only one copy of the Internet Notice (or one copy of the printed proxy materials) unless one or more of these stockholders notifies us that they wish to continue receiving individual copies. We adopted this “householding” practice, which is permitted under SEC rules, in an effort to conserve natural resources and reduce printing costs and postage fees.
If you share an address with another stockholder and received only one Internet Notice and would like to request a copy of the proxy materials, please send your request to: Xilinx, Inc., 2100 Logic Drive, San Jose, CA 95124, Attn: Investor Relations; call Investor Relations at (408) 879-6558; or visit the Company’s website at www.investor.xilinx.com. We will deliver a separate copy of these materials promptly upon receipt of your written or verbal request. Similarly, you may also contact us if you received multiple copies of the proxy materials and would prefer to receive a single copy in the future.
Q:
How do I vote?
A:
The way in which you may vote by proxy depends on how you hold your shares.
If your shares were registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company, N.A., then you hold your shares directly and are a registered stockholder or a stockholder of record. In this case, you may vote by proxy in one of three ways:
Vote by telephone (instructions are on the Internet Notice and proxy card);
Vote over the internet (instructions are on the Internet Notice and proxy card); or
Fill out the enclosed proxy card, date and sign it, and return it in the enclosed postage pre-paid envelope. You may request a proxy card as outlined in the Internet Notice.

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If you hold your Xilinx stock through a brokerage firm, bank, broker-dealer, trust or other similar organization (that is, in street name), you are a beneficial owner of your shares and should have received an Internet Notice from the broker or other nominee holding your shares. You should follow the instructions in the Internet Notice or voting instructions provided by your broker or nominee in order to instruct your broker or other nominee on how to vote your shares. The availability of telephone and internet voting will depend on the voting process of the broker or nominee.
Regardless how you hold your Xilinx stock, you may vote in person at the Annual Meeting; however, if you hold your Xilinx stock in street name, i.e., through a brokerage firm, bank, broker-dealer, trust or other similar organization, you must obtain a legal proxy from your broker or nominee and bring that proxy to the Annual Meeting.
Q:
How many votes do I have?
A:
You have one vote for every share of Xilinx common stock you owned as of the close of business on the record date, which is June 10, 2020.
Q:
Who will count my votes?
A:
The inspector of elections appointed for the Annual Meeting will separately count “FOR” and “AGAINST” votes, abstentions and broker non-votes.
Q:
How will my shares be voted and what happens if I do not give specific voting instructions?
A:
Shares of common stock for which proxy cards are properly voted via the internet or by telephone, or are properly executed and returned, will be voted at the Annual Meeting in accordance with the directions given or, in the absence of directions, will be voted “FOR” the election of each of the nominees to the Board named herein, “FOR” the approval of the advisory vote on compensation of our named executive officers, and “FOR” the ratification of the appointment of EY as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2021. It is not expected that any other matters will be brought before the Annual Meeting. If, however, other matters are properly presented, the persons named as proxy holders on the proxy card will vote in accordance with their discretion with respect to such matters.
Any stockholder entitled to vote on any matter may vote a portion of their shares in favor of the proposal and refrain from voting the remaining shares or, except when the matter is the election of directors, may vote the remaining shares against the proposal, provided that if the stockholder fails to specify the number of shares which the stockholder is voting affirmatively, it will be conclusively presumed that the stockholder’s approving vote is with respect to all shares that the stockholder is entitled to vote.
Q:
What is a “broker non-vote” and what is its effect?
A:
A “broker non-vote” occurs when a nominee holding shares for a beneficial owner does not vote on a particular proposal because the nominee does not have discretionary voting power with respect to that proposal and has not received instructions with respect to that proposal from the beneficial owner, despite voting on at least one other proposal for which it does have discretionary authority or for which it has received instructions. Broker non-votes will not be counted towards the vote total for any non-routine proposal and will have no effect except where the affirmative votes with respect to such proposal, though a majority of the votes represented and voting, do not constitute a majority of the required quorum.

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Q:
Which ballot measures are considered “non-routine” or “routine”?
A:
Brokers that do not receive voting instructions from their clients have the discretion to vote uninstructed shares on “routine” matters but have no discretion to vote them on “non-routine” matters. Therefore, if you hold your shares through a broker or nominee, it is critical that you cast your vote if you want it to count for non-routine matters.
Proposal One (election of directors) and Proposal Two (advisory vote on executive compensation) are non-routine matters. If you hold your shares through a broker or nominee and you do not instruct your broker or nominee how to vote on “non-routine” matters, such as Proposals One and Two, no votes will be cast on your behalf.
Proposal Three (ratification of independent registered public accounting firm) is a routine matter. Brokers or nominees may generally vote on routine matters, and therefore no broker non-votes are expected in connection with Proposal Three.
Q:
How are abstentions treated?
A:
Abstentions are treated as represented and entitled to vote for purposes of determining a quorum, but have no effect on the outcome except where the affirmative votes with respect to a proposal, though a majority of the votes represented and voting, do not constitute a majority of the required quorum.
Q:
How many votes are needed to approve each proposal?
A:
The following table sets forth the voting requirement with respect to each of the proposals:
PROPOSAL
 
VOTE REQUIRED
 
BROKER
DISCRETIONARY
VOTE ALLOWED
Proposal One:
Election of nine directors
 
Majority of votes cast, except that in contested elections, directors will be elected by the plurality standard whereby those directors with the highest number of votes cast are elected
 
No
 
 
 
 
Proposal Two:
Annual advisory vote to approve the compensation of our named executive officers
 
Advisory vote; majority of shares represented and voting on such matter, so long as the shares voting affirmatively constitute a majority of a quorum
 
No
 
 
 
 
 
 
Proposal Three:
Ratification of EY as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2021
 
Majority of shares represented and voting on such matter, so long as the shares voting affirmatively constitute a majority of a quorum
 
Yes
In the absence of instructions, shares of common stock represented by valid proxies will be voted in accordance with the recommendations of the Board as shown on the proxy and in this proxy statement.
Q:
What is the advisory vote to approve the compensation of our named executive officers?
A:
The non-binding advisory vote on the compensation of our named executive officers in Proposal Two will provide us insight into our stockholders’ views on our compensation practices pertaining to our named executive officers.
Q:
How can I change my vote or revoke my proxy?
A:
A stockholder of record giving a proxy may revoke it at any time before it is voted by delivering to the Secretary of the Company at 2100 Logic Drive, San Jose, CA 95124, a written notice of revocation or a duly executed proxy bearing a later date, or by appearing at the Annual Meeting and voting in person. Attendance at the Annual Meeting will not, by itself, be sufficient to revoke a proxy. Any beneficial stockholder wishing to revoke his or her voting instructions must contact the bank, brokerage firm or other custodian who holds his or her shares and obtain a legal proxy from such bank or brokerage firm to vote such shares in person at the Annual Meeting.
Q:
How much did this proxy solicitation cost and who will pay for the cost?
A:
We have retained the services of Alliance Advisors, LLC to assist in obtaining proxies from brokers and nominees of stockholders for the Annual Meeting. We will pay the cost of these services and other proxy management services, which is estimated to be approximately $10,000 plus out-of-pocket expenses. We will also pay brokers or other persons holding stock in their names or the names of their nominees for costs to forward soliciting materials to their principals. In addition, we pay the cost of preparing, assembling and delivering the notice of Annual Meeting, proxy statement and form of proxy. Proxies

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may also be solicited in person, by telephone or electronically by Xilinx personnel, who will not receive any additional compensation for such solicitation.
Q:
May I nominate a director for inclusion in next year’s proxy materials?
A:
Our Bylaws permit eligible stockholders to make use of proxy access to nominate director candidates, subject to all the requirements set forth in our Bylaws, a summary of which is as follows. In order to be eligible to nominate a director candidate, the stockholder must hold at least 3% of our outstanding shares of common stock continuously for three years at the time the nomination notice is received by us and the stockholder must continue to hold those shares through the date of the annual meeting. A group of up to 20 stockholders, each of whom meets the requirements of the Bylaws, may form a group to reach the 3% ownership threshold. Eligible stockholders who meet the proxy access requirements set forth in our Bylaws may nominate up to the greater of two candidates or 20% of the directors in office as of the last date on which a nomination notice may be received by us. Such nominations must meet the notice and other requirements set forth in our Bylaws. In order for a proxy access nomination to be timely, it must be received by the Secretary of the Company at our principal executive offices not less than 120 days nor more than 150 days prior to the anniversary of the date when we first distributed our proxy statement to stockholders for the immediately preceding annual meeting of stockholders. To be considered timely for next year’s annual meeting of stockholders, proxy access nominations would need to be received by the Secretary of the Company at our principal executive offices at 2100 Logic Drive, San Jose, CA 95124 no earlier than January 20, 2021 and no later than February 19, 2021.
Q:
How and when may I submit proposals for consideration at next year’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders?
A:
Pursuant to Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act), to be eligible for inclusion in the Company’s proxy materials for the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, stockholder proposals must be received by the Secretary of the Company at our principal executive offices at 2100 Logic Drive, San Jose, CA 95124 no later than February 19, 2021. Pursuant to Rule 14a-4(c) under the Exchange Act, if a stockholder proposal submitted outside of Rule 14a-8 is not received by the Secretary at our principal executive offices by the close of business on May 5, 2021, the Company may exercise discretionary voting authority under proxies it solicits to vote in accordance with its best judgment on any such stockholder proposal submitted by a stockholder. In addition, under the advance notice provision in our Bylaws, stockholder proposals made outside of Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act and director nominations that are not intended for inclusion in our proxy materials must be submitted in accordance with the requirements of the Company’s Bylaws, not later than April 7, 2021, and not earlier than March 8, 2021; provided, however, that if our 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders is called for a date that is not within 25 days before or after the anniversary of the Annual Meeting, then, to be considered timely, stockholder proposals must be received by the Secretary of the Company at our principal executive offices not later than the close of business on the tenth day following the day on which notice of the date of our 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders was mailed or publicly disclosed, whichever occurs first. The full text of the Company’s Prior Notice for Inclusion on Agenda Bylaw provision described above may be obtained by writing to the Secretary of the Company.


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DIRECTORS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Board Leadership
The Company’s Board of Directors currently consists of 11 individuals who are elected at each annual meeting and hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until his or her successor has been elected and qualified. Two such individuals, J. Michael Patterson and Marshall C. Turner, will not be standing for election at the Annual Meeting. In addition, Jon A. Olson was appointed to the Board in May 2020. Mr. Olson had previously served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and was well known to several of the Company’s independent directors, who recommended him as a candidate for the Board. His election was subsequently recommended by the Nominating and Governance Committee and approved by the Board.
The Board seeks to have members with a variety of background and experiences. Set forth below are the names and a brief description of the experience, qualifications, attributes or skills of each of our director nominees that led the Board to conclude that the individual should serve on the Board. There are no family relationships among any of our director nominees or executive officers. Each of the following is a nominee for election or reelection at the Annual Meeting:
Name: Dennis Segers
 
 
Age: 67
Chairman of the Board
 
 
Director Since: 2015
 
 
 
Mr. Segers joined the Board in October 2015 and was named Chairman of the Board in November 2015. He works as a technology consultant and strategy advisor to companies in a variety of technology markets. Mr. Segers currently also serves on the board of Parade Technologies, Ltd., a publicly-traded fabless semiconductor company. Previously, he was CEO of Tabula, Inc., an innovative programmable logic solutions provider, delivering breakthrough capabilities for challenging systems applications. Prior to Tabula, he served as president, CEO and a director of Matrix Semiconductor, a pioneer of three-dimensional integrated circuits, a first in the history of semiconductor technology. At Matrix, Mr. Segers oversaw the transition of the company from the early technology feasibility phase to high volume production, culminating in the acquisition of the company by SanDisk in January 2006. From 1994 through 2001, Mr. Segers was an employee of Xilinx, serving in a variety of leadership roles including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the FPGA product groups.
Mr. Segers has extensive experience serving in executive management and on boards of directors of companies in the semiconductor industry. As a result of his experience, Mr. Segers is able to provide important strategic perspectives on the semiconductor industry and issues facing semiconductor companies.
Skills & Qualifications:

•    Leadership Experience
•    Technology / Industry Experience
•    Finance / Financial Literacy
•    Marketing / Sales Experience
•    Strategic Growth
•    Entrepreneurial Experience
•    Board of Directors Experience
•    Corporate Governance
•    Risk Management
•    International Experience
•    Investor Experience
•    Human Capital Management / Compensation

 
 
Name: Raman K. Chitkara
 
 
Age: 61
Committee Membership:
 
 
Director Since: 2018
•    Audit (Chair)
 
 
Mr. Chitkara joined the Board in August 2018. From 1984 until his retirement in June 2018, Mr. Chitkara worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), a public accounting firm, where he served as its Global Technology Industry Leader and previously served as the firm’s Global Semiconductor Industry Leader. During his tenure at PwC, he held a number of additional leadership positions, including membership of the Audit Quality Board and Leader of the Global Assurance TICE (Technology, Information, Communication, Entertainment and Media) Practice. Mr. Chitkara also serves on the board of SiTime Corporation, a supplier of silicon timing solutions.
Mr. Chitkara’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his extensive experience with public and financial accounting matters for complex global organizations. His financial experience enables Mr. Chitkara to contribute meaningfully to the Board’s role in the oversight of our financial reporting, accounting and executive compensation practices. In addition, Mr. Chitkara’s extensive knowledge of the technology sector and semiconductor industry bring valuable insight to the Company’s strategic plans and investments.
Skills & Qualifications:

•    Leadership Experience
•    Technology / Industry Experience
•    Finance / Financial Literacy
•    Strategic Growth
•    Board of Directors Experience
•    Corporate Governance
•    Risk Management
•    International Experience
•    Investor Experience
•    Human Capital Management / Compensation
 
 

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Name: Saar Gillai
 
 
Age: 54
Committee Membership:
 
 
Director Since: 2016
•    Nominating and Governance
 
 
Mr. Gillai joined the Board in May 2016. He has over 25 years of experience in the technology sector and currently advises startups focused on the communications and enterprise space. Mr. Gillai was the Chief Executive Officer of Teridion Inc., a cloud routing optimization company, from October 2017 through December 2019. From September 2015 until November 2016, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s Communications Solutions Business. From October 2012 until September 2015, Mr. Gillai served as Senior Vice President, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the Cloud business of Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). From May 2010 until October 2012, Mr. Gillai served as Vice President, Advanced Technology Group and Chief Technology Officer of HP Networking. Prior to HP, Mr. Gillai was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Products and Solutions for 3Com Corporation, which was acquired by HP in 2010. Mr. Gillai also has held senior management positions in engineering with Tropos Networks Inc., a provider of wireless mesh products, and senior management positions in product development and operations with Enfora, Inc., a wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) company. In addition, Mr. Gillai served for seven years in a variety of leadership positions with Cisco Systems, Inc., including as Vice President of Engineering for Cisco’s Wireless Networking business unit. Mr. Gillai also serves on the boards of Semtech Corporation, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, and SpaceIQ, a privately-held provider of a cloud-based workplace management platform.
Mr. Gillai brings to the Board over 20 years of leadership and management experience in product development, engineering, operations and general management with a variety of technology companies. Through this experience, he has gained both technical expertise and strategic insights into a variety of key markets and applications which the Company serves, as well as in-depth understanding of the evolution and adoption of cloud technologies and processes in the enterprise and service provider market.
Skills & Qualifications:

•    Leadership Experience
•    Technology / Industry Experience
•    Finance / Financial Literacy
•    Marketing / Sales Experience
•    Strategic Growth
•    Entrepreneurial Experience
•     Board of Directors Experience
•    Risk Management
•    International Experience
•    Investor Experience
 
 
Name: Ronald S. Jankov
 
 
Age: 61
Committee Membership:
 
 
Director Since: 2016
•    Compensation
 
 
Mr. Jankov joined the Board in May 2016. He is Chief Executive Officer of GlobalLink1 Capital, an investment firm he founded in 2014. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Jankov served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Processors and Wireless Infrastructure for Broadcom Corporation. From 2000 to 2012, Mr. Jankov was President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of NetLogic Microsystems, Inc., a fabless provider of semiconductors for networking applications. Under Mr. Jankov’s leadership, NetLogic grew from start-up, through an IPO to market leadership in network processing devices, culminating in the company’s acquisition by Broadcom for $3.7 billion. Mr. Jankov has also held executive management positions with NeoMagic Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company, Cyrix Corporation, a developer of microprocessors, and Accell Technology, a semiconductor company he founded that was later acquired by Cyrix. Mr. Jankov also served in senior management at LSI Logic and began his career at Texas Instruments Inc. Mr. Jankov serves on the boards of Knowles Corporation and several private companies.
Mr. Jankov brings to the Board over 35 years of leadership experience in the semiconductor industry and a track record of success growing a business through both organic and inorganic strategies. He has served in senior management roles and on the boards of directors of public and private semiconductor companies. Through his extensive knowledge of the industry, Mr. Jankov brings unique insights that are valuable when evaluating the Company’s product technology, markets and strategic plans and investments.
Skills & Qualifications:

•    Leadership Experience
•    Technology / Industry Experience
•    Finance / Financial Literacy
•    Marketing / Sales Experience
•    Strategic Growth
•     Entrepreneurial Experience
•     Board of Directors Experience
•     Risk Management
•     Corporate Governance
•    International Experience
•    Investor Experience
•    Human Capital Management / Compensation
 
 

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Name: Mary Louise Krakauer
 
 
Age: 63
Committee Membership:
 
 
Director Since: 2017
•    Compensation
 
 
Ms. Krakauer joined the Company’s Board in October 2017. From September 2016 to December 2016, she served as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Dell Corporation, where she was responsible for global IT, including all operations and integration activity. From January 2016 to September 2016, she served as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of EMC Corporation. Prior to that she served as Executive Vice President, Business Development, Global Enterprise Services for EMC Corporation from June 2015 to December 2015, and as Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources for EMC Corporation from April 2012 to June 2015, where she was responsible for executive, leadership and employee development, compensation and benefits, staffing and all the people-related aspects of acquisition integration. She joined EMC Corporation in 2008 to lead the global Technology Services & Solutions Business, and also subsequently assumed leadership of the global Managed Services Business. Ms. Krakauer has also held executive general management roles at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Compaq Computer Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Ms. Krakauer also serves on the boards of Mercury Systems, Inc., a commercial provider of secure sensor and safety critical mission processing subsystems, and DXC Technology, a leading independent, end-to-end IT services company.
Ms. Krakauer brings to the Board senior leadership, management and operational expertise from her extensive experience gained from serving as an executive at multi-national technology companies. Her knowledge helps the Board shape the Company’s operations and strategic growth plans. Ms. Krakauer also plays a meaningful role in the oversight of the Company’s executive compensation practices.
Skills & Qualifications:

•    Leadership Experience
•    Technology / Industry Experience
•    Finance / Financial Literacy
•    Marketing / Sales Experience
•    Strategic Growth
•    Board of Directors Experience
•     Risk Management
•    International Experience
•    Human Capital Management / Compensation

 
 
Name: Thomas H. Lee
 
 
Age: 60
Committee Membership:
 
 
Director Since: 2016
•    Nominating and Governance
 
 
Dr. Lee joined the Board in May 2016. Dr. Lee is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1994 and founded the Stanford Microwave Integrated Circuits Laboratory. From April 2011 through October 2012, he served as the Director of the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He has also co-founded three startups: Matrix Semiconductor, Inc. (acquired by SanDisk), ZeroG Wireless (acquired by Microchip Technology) and Ayla Networks. Dr. Lee received his S.B., S.M. and doctorate of Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has written and co-authored numerous books and papers and is widely recognized for his expertise in high performance analog circuit designs and wireless communications technology. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has been the recipient of many honors and awards including the United States Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service for his service at DARPA. He was also awarded the 2011 Ho-Am Prize in Engineering. He has been granted 65 patents. Dr. Lee also serves on the board of directors of Humatics Corporation, a privately-held company focusing on microlocation technology.
Dr. Lee brings to the Board a unique blend of technical expertise pertaining to many of the technology trends shaping the growth of the markets the Company serves, along with entrepreneurial experience and senior leadership capabilities in creating innovative programs in a variety of defense and military communication markets. His extensive knowledge helps the Board shape the Company’s strategic research and development plans and provides valuable insights into the driving technology trends within the Company’s industry and target markets.
Skills & Qualifications:

Leadership Experience
Technology / Industry Experience
Entrepreneurial Experience
 Board of Directors Experience
 Corporate Governance
International Experience
Investor Experience
Government Experience
Academia

 
 

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Name: Jon A. Olson
 
 
Age: 66
 
 
 
Director Since: 2020
 
 
 
Mr. Olson joined the Board in May 2020. Mr. Olson previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company from June 2005 until his retirement in July 2016. While serving as Chief Financial Officer, he also held a variety of other senior management positions at the Company, including most recently as Executive Vice President from May 2014 to July 2016 and, prior to that, Senior Vice President of Finance from August 2006 to May 2014 and Vice President of Finance from June 2005 to August 2006. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Olson spent more than 25 years at Intel Corporation (Intel), serving in a variety of positions from 1979 to 2005, including Vice President of Finance and Enterprise Services and Director of Finance. Mr. Olson served on the board of directors of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (Mellanox), a supplier of computer networking products, from June 2018 until April 2020 when Mellanox was acquired by Nvidia Corporation. He also served on the board of directors of HomeUnion, Inc. (HomeUnion), an online investment management platform dedicated to the residential real estate market, from November 2018 until November 2019 when HomeUnion was acquired by Mynd Property Management. From August 2016 to November 2018, he was an advisor to HomeUnion’s board of directors. Mr. Olson also served on the board of directors of InvenSense, Inc. (InvenSense), a provider of MEMS sensor platforms, from October 2011 until May 2017 when InvenSense was acquired by TDK Corporation.
Mr. Olson’s qualifications include his more than 30 years of experience in senior roles of financial responsibility in the semiconductor industry, together with his track record of growing profitable businesses and his experience at various semiconductor and technology companies.
Skills & Qualifications:

•    Leadership Experience
•    Technology / Industry Experience
•    Finance / Financial Literacy
•    Strategic Growth
•    Entrepreneurial Experience
•    Board of Directors Experience
•     Risk Management
•    Corporate Governance
•    International Experience
•    Investor Experience
•    Human Capital Management / Compensation
•    Government Experience
 
 
Name: Victor Peng
 
 
Age: 60
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
 
Director Since: 2017
 
 
 
Mr. Peng joined the Company in April 2008 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since January 2018. He joined the Board in October 2017. From April 2017 to January 2018, Mr. Peng served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer. From July 2014 to April 2017, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Products. From May 2013 through July 2014, Mr. Peng served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Programmable Platforms Group. From May 2012 through April 2013, he served as Senior Vice President of the Programmable Platforms Group. From November 2008 through April 2012, he served as Senior Vice President of the Programmable Platforms Development Group. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Peng served as Corporate Vice President, Graphics Products Group at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), a provider of processing solutions, from November 2005 to April 2008. Prior to joining AMD, Mr. Peng served in a variety of executive engineering positions at companies in the semiconductor and processor industries. Mr. Peng also serves on the board of directors of KLA Corporation, a provider of process control and yield management systems for semiconductor manufacturing.
As CEO, Mr. Peng offers his strategic vision for the Company and provides an important link between management and the Board, enabling the Board to perform its oversight function with the benefit of management’s perspective. Mr. Peng brings extensive experience in management and engineering with semiconductor companies and a deep understanding of the Company’s technology, business, customers and key business drivers, as well as the competitive landscape. As a result, Mr. Peng brings a broad range of skills to the Board, particularly in the area of developing and growing semiconductor and software businesses.
Skills & Qualifications:

•    Leadership Experience
•    Technology / Industry Experience
•    Marketing / Sales Experience
•    Strategic Growth
•    Entrepreneurial Experience
•    Board of Directors Experience
•    Risk Management
•    International Experience
•    Investor Experience
•    Human Capital Management / Compensation
•    Government Experience
 
 

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Name: Elizabeth W. Vanderslice
 
 
Age: 56
Committee Memberships:
 
 
Director Since: 2000
•    Nominating and Governance (Chair)
•    Compensation
 
 
Ms. Vanderslice joined the Board in December 2000. Since February 2019, she has served as a partner at Trewstar Corporate Board Services, a search firm specializing in placing women on corporate boards. From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Vanderslice served as a general manager of Lycos, Inc. through its acquisition and subsequent reorganization. From 1996 to 1999, Ms. Vanderslice was CEO of Wired Digital, Inc., the online-media division of Wired Ventures, Inc., and a member of the boards of both Wired Digital, Inc. and Wired Ventures, Inc. before leading the company’s acquisition by Lycos, Inc. Prior to joining Wired Digital in early 1995, Ms. Vanderslice served as a principal in the investment banking firm Sterling Payot Company, where she helped raise the capital to launch Wired Magazine, and as Vice President at H.W. Jesse & Co., a San Francisco investment banking firm. She also worked for the IBM Corporation before earning her MBA from the Harvard Business School. Ms. Vanderslice is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and was a member and officer of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the World Presidents’ Organization. She also serves as a Trustee of Boston College.
Ms. Vanderslice brings a broad range of skills to the Board from her experience as the CEO and board member of an innovative internet access and original content provider and an investment banker. In addition to her academic and professional background in computer science and systems engineering, Ms. Vanderslice contributes to the Board’s understanding of the Company’s sales and marketing efforts and engineering management, and her experience in mergers and acquisitions is valuable to the Board in evaluating strategic transactions.
Skills & Qualifications:

Leadership Experience
Technology / Industry Experience
Finance / Financial Literacy
Marketing / Sales Experience
Strategic Growth
Entrepreneurial Experience
Board of Directors Experience
Risk Management
Corporate Governance
Investor Experience
Human Capital Management / Compensation
 
 
Director Qualifications, Skills and Experience
The Nominating and Governance Committee has determined that it is important for an effective Board to have directors with a balance of the qualifications, skills and experience set forth in the table below.
Skills and Experience
Dennis Segers
Raman K. Chitkara
Saar Gillai
Ronald S. Jankov
Mary Louise Krakauer
Thomas H. Lee
Jon A. Olson
Victor Peng
Elizabeth W. Vanderslice
Leadership Experience(1)
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
Technology / Industry Experience(2)
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
Finance /Financial Literacy(3)
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
 
ü
 
ü
Marketing / Sales Experience(4)
ü
 
ü
ü
ü
 
 
ü
ü
Strategic Growth(5)
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
 
ü
ü
ü
Entrepreneurial Experience(6)
ü
 
ü
ü
 
ü
ü
ü
ü
Board of Directors Experience(7)
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
Risk Management(8)
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
 
ü
ü
ü
Corporate Governance(9)
ü
ü
 
ü
 
ü
ü
 
ü
International Experience(10)
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
 
Investor Experience(11)
ü
ü
ü
ü
 
ü
ü
ü
ü
Human Capital Management / Compensation(12)
ü
ü
 
ü
ü
 
ü
ü
ü
Government
Experience (13)
 
 
 
 
 
ü
ü
ü
 
Academia(14)
 
 
 
 
 
ü
 
 
 
Diversity and Board Tenure
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diversity of Gender, Race, Ethnicity, National
Origin (15)
 
ü
ü
 
ü
ü
 
ü
ü

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Skills and Experience
Dennis Segers
Raman K. Chitkara
Saar Gillai
Ronald S. Jankov
Mary Louise Krakauer
Thomas H. Lee
Jon A. Olson
Victor Peng
Elizabeth W. Vanderslice
Board Tenure (no. of years as of June 19, 2020)
4
1
4
4
2
4
2
19
 
 
(1)
Leadership Experience: Has held senior leadership position(s), including C-level positions, over an extended period and possesses leadership qualities or the ability to identify such qualities in others, or otherwise demonstrated practical understanding of organizations, processes, strategy and risk management.
(2)
Technology/Industry Experience: Experience in technology, computer or semiconductor industries, or the industries of the Company’s customers and suppliers; or engineering experience, offering greater insight into the technology that underlies the Company’s products.
(3)
Finance/Financial Literacy: Knowledge of financial markets, financing and funding operations, tax, investments and capital allocation; or knowledge of accounting, financial reporting and internal control processes.
(4)
Marketing/Sales Experience: Proven track record of identifying and developing new customers and markets, or brand marketing experience.
(5)
Strategic Growth: Experience and success in growing a business or establishing businesses, whether organically or through acquisitions.
(6)
Entrepreneurial Experience: Experience in successfully creating new businesses with products and services based on breakthrough technologies or succeeding in emerging or developing markets.
(7)
Board of Directors Experience: Prior experience serving on company boards and understanding of the role, dynamics and operation of a corporate board, the relationship of a board to the CEO and other members of the management team and how to oversee an evolving and complex mix of strategic, operational and compliance-related matters.
(8)
Risk Management: Experience in understanding and reviewing business risks and corporate strategy.
(9)
Corporate Governance: Experience that supports strong board and management accountability, transparency and protecting stockholder interests.
(10)
International Experience: International and global perspective contributing to guiding the Company’s business outside the U.S.
(11)
Investor Experience: Experience engaging with investors and demonstrated understanding of the stockholders’ perspective on key Company issues and strategy.
(12)
Human Capital Management / Compensation: Experience attracting, motivating and retaining top candidates for positions at the Company, evaluating performance and compensation of senior management, and overseeing strategic human capital planning.
(13)
Government Experience: Experience operating in an industry requiring compliance with regulatory requirements across numerous countries and governmental and non-governmental entities.
(14)
Academia: Academic research and organizational management useful to the Company.
(15)
Diversity of Gender, Race, Ethnicity, National Origin: This director has self-identified as bringing diversity to the Board by way of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin or other characteristics supporting the Company’s diversity initiative.
Board Independence
The Nasdaq listing standards require that a majority of the members of a listed company’s board of directors must qualify as “independent” as affirmatively determined by its board of directors. The Board annually reviews information relating to the members of the Board to ensure that a majority of the Board is independent under the Nasdaq listing requirements and the rules of the SEC.
After review of all relevant transactions and relationships between each director or nominee, his or her family members and entities affiliated with each director or nominee and Xilinx, our senior management and our independent registered public accounting firm, the Board has determined that 10 of our 11 directors are independent directors as defined in the Nasdaq listing standards and SEC rules. Victor Peng, our President and CEO, is not an independent director because he is a current employee of Xilinx.
In making a determination of the independence of each director or nominee, the Board reviewed relationships and transactions occurring since the beginning of fiscal 2018 between each such individual, his or her family members and entities affiliated with each director or nominee and Xilinx, our senior management and our independent registered public accounting firm, as well as, in the case of Mr. Olson, prior service as a Xilinx executive officer. In making its determination, the Board applied the standards for independence adopted by Nasdaq and the SEC. Based on those standards, the Board has determined that, because of the nature of the relationship or the amount involved in the transaction, the relationship or transaction did not impair the director’s independence.
Board Meetings and Committees
The Board held a total of nine meetings during the fiscal year ended March 28, 2020. All directors are expected to attend each meeting of the Board and the committees on which he or she serves and are also expected to attend the Annual Meeting. All of the 10 directors then serving on the Board attended the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders held in August 2019 or participated via teleconference. Each incumbent director attended at least 75% of the aggregate of all meetings of the Board or its committees on which such director served during the fiscal year. The Board holds four pre-scheduled meetings per fiscal year.

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The Board has four standing committees, consisting of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee, and Committee of Independent Directors. The Board and its committees have authority to engage independent advisors and consultants and have used such services. The primary responsibilities of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee are set forth in the respective committee charters approved by the Board, which are posted on the investor relations page of our website located at www.investor.xilinx.com under “Corporate Governance.”
Set forth below are the directors currently serving on each of the Board’s four standing committees as well as a description of each committee.
 
 
Audit
Committee
 
Compensation
Committee
 
Nominating and
Governance
Committee
 
Committee of
Independent
Directors
Non-Employee Directors:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis Segers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Raman K. Chitkara
 
Chair
 
 
 
 
 
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Saar Gillai
 
 
 
 
 
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Ronald S. Jankov
 
 
 
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Mary Louise Krakauer
 
 
 
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Thomas H. Lee
 
 
 
 
 
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Jon A. Olson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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J. Michael Patterson
 
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Chair
 
 
 
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Marshall C. Turner
 
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Elizabeth W. Vanderslice
 
 
 
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Chair
 
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Employee Director:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Victor Peng
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Audit Committee
The current members of the Audit Committee are Raman K. Chitkara, J. Michael Patterson and Marshall C. Turner. Messrs. Patterson and Turner will not be standing for election at the Annual Meeting and will be replaced on the committee by Saar Gillai and Dennis Segers. During fiscal 2020, the Audit Committee held seven meetings. The Audit Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities to the stockholders relating to the Company’s financial statements and the financial reporting process, the systems of internal accounting and financial controls and the audit process. The Board has determined that each Audit Committee member meets the independence and financial knowledge requirements under the SEC rules and the corporate governance listing standards of Nasdaq. The Audit Committee operates in accordance with a written charter adopted by the Board, which complies with Nasdaq listing standards and SEC rules.
The Board has further determined that each member of the Audit Committee qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by SEC rules. Stockholders should understand that this designation is a disclosure requirement of the SEC related to the Audit Committee members’ individual experience and understanding with respect to certain accounting and auditing matters and does not impose upon any of the Audit Committee members any duties, obligations or liabilities that are greater than those generally imposed on each of them as members of the Board, nor does it alter the duties, obligations or liability of any other member of the Board.
Compensation Committee
The current members of the Compensation Committee are J. Michael Patterson, Ronald S. Jankov, Mary Louise Krakauer and Elizabeth W. Vanderslice. Mr. Patterson, the chairperson of the committee, will not be standing for election at the Annual Meeting. Following the Annual Meeting, Mr. Jankov will serve as chairperson of the committee. The Board has determined that each member of the Compensation Committee meets the independence requirements under the SEC rules and the Nasdaq listing standards. During fiscal 2020, the Compensation Committee held eight meetings. The Compensation Committee has responsibility for establishing our compensation policies. The Compensation Committee determines the compensation for our Board members and executive officers and has exclusive authority to grant equity-based awards, including options and restricted stock units (RSUs), to our executive officers under our 2007 Equity Incentive Plan (2007 Equity Plan). The Compensation Committee evaluates the CEO’s performance and determines CEO compensation, including base salary, incentive pay and equity awards. The CEO is not present during the Compensation Committee’s deliberations or voting on CEO compensation, but may be present during voting and deliberations related to compensation of other executive officers. For further information about the processes and procedures

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for the consideration and determination of executive compensation, please refer to the section of this proxy statement entitled “EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION—Compensation Discussion and Analysis.”
Nominating and Governance Committee
The current members of the Nominating and Governance Committee are Elizabeth W. Vanderslice, Saar Gillai and Thomas H. Lee. During fiscal 2020, the Nominating and Governance Committee held four meetings. The Nominating and Governance Committee has responsibility for identifying, evaluating and recommending individuals to serve as members of the Board and establishing policies affecting corporate governance. The Nominating and Governance Committee, among other things, makes suggestions regarding the size and composition of the Board and ensures that the Board reviews our management organization, including management succession plans.
Committee of Independent Directors
All independent directors are members of the Committee of Independent Directors. This Committee met four times during fiscal 2020. The Committee’s principal focus is succession planning, but it also addresses other topics as deemed necessary and appropriate. The Committee of Independent Directors typically meets outside the presence of management.
Nomination Criteria and Board Diversity
The Board believes in bringing a diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints to the Board and desires that its directors and nominees possess critical skills and experience in the areas of semiconductor design and marketing, manufacturing, software and finance. The Board also believes having directors of diverse gender, race and ethnicity, along with varied skills and experiences, contributes to a balanced and effective Board. Our Significant Corporate Governance Principles affirm our commitment to a policy of inclusiveness. To further that commitment, in any director candidate search, the Nominating and Governance Committee commits to actively seek out director candidates reflecting a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, genders, races and ethnicities.
These factors, and any other qualifications considered useful by the Board, are reviewed in the context of an assessment of the perceived needs of the Board at a particular point in time. As a result, the priorities and focus of the Nominating and Governance Committee may change from time to time to take into account changes in business and other trends, as well as the portfolio of skills and experience of current and prospective Board members. Therefore, while focused on the achievement and the ability of potential candidates to make a positive contribution with respect to such factors, the Nominating and Governance Committee has not established any specific minimum criteria or qualifications that a director or nominee must possess.
As part of the annual evaluation of current Board members, and as otherwise deemed appropriate, the Nominating and Governance Committee considers each director’s skills, experience, viewpoints previously mentioned as desirable director qualifications, independence, job changes, if any, amount of time spent on Xilinx matters and to what extent, if any, other commitments the director may have outside of Xilinx impact the director’s service to Xilinx. In connection with its evaluation of Board composition, the Nominating and Governance Committee also considers rotating directors’ positions on the Committees.
Consideration of new Board candidates typically involves a series of internal discussions, review of information concerning candidates and interviews with selected candidates. The Board has engaged search firms to assist the Nominating and Governance Committee in identifying and assessing director candidates with a specific focus on potential qualified candidates who are women or from underrepresented minorities. The Nominating and Governance Committee will also consider candidates proposed by stockholders using the same process it uses for a candidate recommended by a member of the Board, an employee or a search firm. A stockholder seeking to recommend a prospective nominee for the Nominating and Governance Committee’s consideration should submit the candidate’s name and qualifications by mail addressed to the Corporate Secretary, Xilinx, Inc., 2100 Logic Drive, San Jose, CA 95124, by email to corporate.secretary@xilinx.com or by fax to (408) 377-6137.
Board’s Role in Risk Oversight
The Board has overall responsibility for risk oversight at the Company and may delegate particular risk areas to the appropriate committees of the Board. The Board’s role in risk oversight builds upon management’s risk management process. The Company conducts a formal annual risk assessment, as well as coordinating ongoing risk management activities throughout the year, to identify, analyze, respond to, monitor and report on risks. Risks reviewed by the Company include operational risks, financial risks, legal and compliance risks, IT and cybersecurity risks and strategic risks. The management team then reviews with the Board any significant risks identified during the process, together with plans to mitigate such risks. In response, the Board or the relevant committee may request that management conduct additional review of or reporting on select enterprise risks. The process and risks are reviewed at least annually with the Board, and additional review or reporting of significant enterprise risks will be conducted as needed or as requested by the Board or any of its committees.

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Corporate Governance Principles
The Company and the Board, through the Nominating and Governance Committee, regularly review and evaluate our corporate governance principles and practices. Our Significant Corporate Governance Principles, Code of Conduct, Directors’ Code of Ethics and charters for the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee are posted on our website at www.investor.xilinx.com. Printed copies of these documents are also available upon written request addressed to the Corporate Secretary, Xilinx, Inc., 2100 Logic Drive, San Jose, CA 95124 or by email to corporate.secretary@xilinx.com.
Board Leadership Structure and Independence
The Board believes there should be a substantial majority of independent directors on the Board. The Board also believes that it is useful and appropriate to have members of management as directors, including the CEO. Independent directors are given an opportunity to meet outside the presence of members of management, and hold such meetings regularly.
It is the policy of the Board that if the Chairman is not an “independent director” as defined in the Nasdaq listing standards, the Board will designate an independent director to serve as Lead Independent Director. We believe that having an independent Chairman or a Lead Independent Director, either of whom is responsible for coordinating the activities of the independent directors and chairing the meetings of the Committee of Independent Directors, among other duties, allows the Company’s CEO to better focus on the day-to-day management and leadership of the Company, while better enabling the Board to advise and oversee the performance of the CEO. Our Chairman, Dennis Segers, is an independent director, so we currently do not have a Lead Independent Director.
Majority Vote Standard
All directors are elected annually at the annual stockholder meeting. As set forth in our Bylaws, directors are elected based on the majority of votes cast for each nominee, except in the case of a contested election in which the number of nominees exceeds the number of directors to be elected. In such contested elections, directors are elected by the plurality standard, which means those directors with the highest number of votes cast are elected. For the purposes of this paragraph, the majority of votes cast means that the number of shares voted “FOR” a director must exceed the number of shares voted “AGAINST” that director. Any director who receives more “AGAINST” votes than “FOR” votes is required to tender his or her resignation to the Board, which will announce its decision whether to accept such resignation within 120 days following the certification of election results.
Board Evaluation
The Board conducts an annual evaluation of its performance, which is overseen by the Nominating and Governance Committee. The process varies from year-to-year, including self-evaluations and/or one-on-one meetings with each Board member and the chairperson of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Results of the evaluation are formally presented to the Board. The Board has made changes in Board procedures based on feedback from the process.
Board Service Limits and Terms
The Board has set a limit on the number of public company boards on which a director may serve to three for our Chief Executive Officer and four for all other directors, including service on the Xilinx Board.
The Board believes that term limits on directors’ service and a mandatory retirement age do not serve the best interests of the Company. While such policies could help ensure that fresh ideas and new viewpoints are addressed by the Board, such limits have the disadvantage of losing the contribution of directors who over time have developed increased insight and knowledge into the Company’s operations and who remain active and contributing members of the Board. The Board evaluation process plays a significant role in determining our Nominating and Governance Committee’s recommendation regarding Board tenure.
Change of Principal Occupation or Association
When a director’s principal occupation or business association changes substantially during his or her tenure as director, that director is required to tender his or her resignation for consideration by the Nominating and Governance Committee. The Nominating and Governance Committee will recommend to the Board the action, if any, to be taken with respect to the resignation.
Director Education
The Company offers internal and external course selections for new-director orientation as well as continuing education. Directors attend director education programs and report back to the entire Board on key learnings.
Stock Ownership Requirements
Directors
The Board has established minimum stock ownership guidelines for non-employee directors. Under these guidelines, non-employee directors are required to own Xilinx common stock having a value equal to at least five times the base annual cash retainer offered equally to all non-employee directors for service as a director (excluding any retainers paid for service as Chairman of the Board

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or on a committee). The base annual cash retainer for directors is currently $72,500, and therefore directors are currently required to own common stock with a value of at least $362,500. Based on a price of $86.59, the closing price of our common stock on May 22, 2020, $362,500 would purchase 4,186 shares of our common stock.
Directors are required to retain half of the shares of our common stock derived from awards of RSUs until this ownership requirement is met. Half of the RSUs that are vested but are not settled pursuant to a pre-arranged deferral program will count toward the ownership requirement. To date, nine of our ten non-employee directors have met the stock ownership requirements. Mr. Chitkara, who joined the Board in August 2018, has not yet met the stock ownership requirements.
Executive Officers
The Board has also established minimum stock ownership guidelines for executive officers. Our CEO is required to own shares of our common stock having a value of at least $4.5 million. Any person serving as Chief Operating Officer is required to own shares of our common stock having a value of at least $1.5 million. Executive vice presidents are required to own shares of our common stock having a value of at least $1.0 million. Senior vice presidents who are Section 16 officers (i.e., any such individual who is deemed to be an officer under SEC rules for purposes of Section 16 of the Exchange Act) are required to own shares of our common stock having a value of at least $750,000, and corporate vice presidents who are Section 16 officers are required to own shares of our common stock having a value of at least $500,000. Until their stock ownership requirements are met, the CEO and all other Section 16 officers must retain 45% of the shares of our common stock derived from RSU awards. To date, of our named executive officers, Messrs. Madden and Boppana have not yet met the stock ownership requirements.
Succession Planning
The Board plans for succession to the position of the Chairman of the Board, the position of CEO and other senior management positions to help ensure continuity of leadership. To assist the Board, the CEO provides the Board with an assessment of other senior managers and their potential as a suitable successor. The CEO also provides the Board with an assessment of persons considered potential successors to certain senior management positions.
Codes of Conduct and Ethics
The Board has adopted a Code of Conduct applicable to our directors, officers, employees and contractors. The Code of Conduct includes a Non-Retaliation Policy that prohibits retaliation against any person for providing information in good faith or otherwise assisting in an investigation concerning conduct that may constitute a violation of law, regulation, the Code of Conduct, or other Company policies. The Company also provides an anonymous reporting system for reports of perceived violations. Independent directors receive complaints and reports of violations regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, auditing, legal and other matters reported through the anonymous reporting process. Our Chief Compliance Officer provides a quarterly report to the Audit Committee of incident reports identified through the anonymous reporting process or otherwise.
The Board has adopted a separate Code of Ethics that applies specifically to the Board, which covers matters including insider trading, confidentiality, conflicts of interests and compliance with other laws.
The Code of Conduct and the Code of Ethics are available on the investor relations page of our website at www.investor.xilinx.com. Printed copies of these documents are also available to stockholders upon written request directed to Corporate Secretary, Xilinx, Inc., 2100 Logic Drive, San Jose, CA 95124.
A waiver of any violation of the Code of Conduct by an executive officer or director and a waiver of any violation of the Directors’ Code of Ethics may only be granted by the Board. The Company will post any such waivers, as well as amendments to the Code of Conduct, on our website under the Corporate Governance page at www.investor.xilinx.com.
Anonymous Reporting and Whistleblower Protection
Our Code of Conduct includes protections for employees who report violations of the Code of Conduct, other policies, laws, rules and regulations. We have implemented an internet-based anonymous reporting process for employees to report violations they do not otherwise bring directly to management. The site can be accessed from our intranet as well as from the internet.
Stockholder Value
The Board recognizes the interests of stockholders and, accordingly, as related to the Company’s equity plans:
All employee stock plans are submitted to the stockholders for approval prior to adoption;
The 2007 Equity Plan includes a provision that prohibits repricing of options, whether through direct reduction of exercise prices, cancellation of the option or stock appreciation right (SAR) in exchange for a new option or SAR having a lower exercise price, or replacement of options or SARs with full value awards (i.e., awards of restricted stock or RSUs);
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The Company is committed to keeping dilution under its stock plans for employees below industry standards.
Stockholder Communications to the Board
Stockholders may initiate any communication with the Board in writing sent in care of the Company’s Corporate Secretary to Xilinx, Inc., 2100 Logic Drive, San Jose, CA 95124, by email to corporate.secretary@xilinx.com, or by fax to the Corporate Secretary at (408) 377-6137. The name of any specific intended recipient, group, or committee should be noted in the communication. The Board has instructed the Corporate Secretary to forward such correspondence only to the intended recipients; however, the Board has also instructed the Corporate Secretary, prior to forwarding any correspondence, to review such correspondence and, in her discretion, not to forward certain items if they are deemed of a commercial or frivolous nature or otherwise inappropriate for the Board’s consideration. In such cases, and as necessary for follow up at the Board’s direction, correspondence may be forwarded elsewhere in the Company for review and possible response. This centralized process will assist the Board in reviewing and responding to stockholder communications in an appropriate manner.
Compensation of Directors
Directors who are not actively employed as employees of the Company receive compensation for their service as directors. Directors who are actively employed as employees by the Company receive no additional compensation for their service as directors. Mr. Peng is currently the only employee director of the Company.
Cash Compensation
Our non-employee directors are paid in installments on a quarterly and pro-rated basis depending on such director’s service during the quarter. The following is a schedule of annual cash compensation for service on the Board:
Director Position
 
Annual Cash Retainer
Chairpersons:
 
 
 
Board
 
$115,000
 
Audit Committee
 
$30,000
 
Compensation Committee
 
$20,000
 
Nominating and Governance Committee
 
$15,000
 
 
 
 
Members:
 
 
 
Board
 
$72,500
 
Audit Committee
 
$12,500
 
Compensation Committee
 
$10,000
 
Nominating and Governance Committee
 
$7,500
 
 
 
 
Lead Independent Director
 
$10,000
For fiscal 2020, we did not have a Lead Independent Director, because Dennis Segers, an independent director, served as Chairman of the Board.
Equity Compensation
Non-employee directors participate in an equity compensation program under our 2007 Equity Plan. Under this program, non-employee directors are eligible to receive automatic restricted stock unit awards (RSUs). The terms of those automatic RSU grants are as follows:
Annual Grant
Each non-employee director is eligible for an RSU award having a target value of $210,000 on the date of each annual stockholders’ meeting, provided the director continues in office following the meeting. The number of shares subject to such RSUs is based on the average of the closing prices on each of the trading days occurring during the three calendar months immediately prior to the month in which the grant occurs, rounded up to the next 100 shares. The annual RSU awards vest on the day immediately preceding the subsequent annual meeting, subject to the director’s continuous service on the Board through that date. On August 8, 2019, the date of the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, each non-employee director continuing in office after the meeting was automatically granted RSUs having a value of $210,000. On that date, the average of the closing prices during the three preceding calendar months was $112.92; accordingly, each non-employee director received a grant of 1,900 RSUs that will vest in full on August 4, 2020, the day immediately preceding the Annual Meeting.

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Initial Grant
A non-employee director who is joining the Board between annual meetings of stockholders, and who has not previously served as an employee director, will receive a grant of RSUs on or about the tenth day of the month following the director’s initial appointment or election to the Board. The new director will receive RSUs having a value of $210,000 on the date of grant, prorated based on the number of days from the initial appointment or election until the anniversary of the most recently-held annual meeting. The RSUs vest in full on the day immediately preceding the subsequent annual meeting of stockholders.
Limit on Non-Employee Director Compensation
Our 2007 Equity Plan limits cash and equity compensation for each non-employee director to no more than $750,000 per fiscal year.
Stock Ownership Guidelines
Under our stock ownership guidelines, each non-employee director is required to own shares of Xilinx common stock having a value equal to at least $362,500, which is equal to five times his or her base annual cash retainer. Non-employee directors are required to retain half of the shares of common stock derived from awards of RSUs until their ownership requirements are met. Half of the RSUs that are vested but are not settled pursuant to a pre-arranged deferral program will count toward the ownership requirement. For more information about stock ownership guidelines for directors, please see “DIRECTORS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE—Corporate Governance Principles—Stock Ownership Requirements.”
Deferred Compensation
We also maintain a nonqualified deferred compensation plan which allows each director as well as eligible employees to voluntarily defer receipt of a portion or all of their cash compensation until the date or dates elected by the participant, thereby allowing the participating director or employee to defer taxation on such amounts. For a discussion of this plan, please see “EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION—Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan.” In addition, pursuant to the 2007 Equity Plan, non-employee directors may elect to defer the receipt of shares issuable pursuant to RSUs that are automatically granted to them each year.
Director Compensation for Fiscal 2020
The following table provides information on director compensation in fiscal 2020:
Name
 
Fees Earned
or Paid
in Cash
($)
 
Stock
Awards
($) (1)
 
Change in
Pension
Value and
Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings
($)
 
All Other
Compensation
($) (2)
 
Total
($)
Dennis Segers (Chairman)
 
187,500

 
205,933

 
 
 
 
393,433

Raman K. Chitkara
 
102,500

 
205,933

 
 
 
 
308,433

Saar Gillai
 
80,000

 
205,933

 
 
 
 
285,933

Ronald S. Jankov
 
82,500

 
205,933

 
 
 
 
288,433

Mary Louise Krakauer
 
82,500

 
205,933

 
 
 
 
288,433

Thomas H. Lee
 
80,000

 
205,933

 
 
 
 
285,933

J. Michael Patterson
 
105,000

 
205,933

 
 
 
1,000
 
311,933

Marshall C. Turner
 
85,000

 
205,933

 
 
(3)
 
 
290,933

Elizabeth W. Vanderslice
 
97,500

 
205,933

 
 
(3)
 
 
303,433

(1)
The amount represents the grant date fair value for stock awards granted in fiscal 2020 as determined pursuant to FASB ASC Topic 718. The assumptions used to calculate the value of the awards are set forth in Note 6 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2020 filed with the SEC on May 8, 2020. On the date of the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders, each director was granted an RSU for 1,900 shares of our Common Stock. These RSUs will vest in full on August 4, 2020, the day immediately preceding the Annual Meeting. These RSUs represent the only outstanding stock awards held by each of our directors as of the end of fiscal 2020.
(2)
Represents charitable contributions made by the Company on the director’s behalf.
(3)
This director participated in the Company’s nonqualified deferred compensation plan in fiscal 2020. For more information about this plan see the section below entitled “EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION—Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan.”

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
The following table sets forth the number of shares of our common stock beneficially owned as of May 22, 2020 by (i) each stockholder known to the Company to be a beneficial owner of more than 5% of our common stock, (ii) each of the Company’s directors and director nominees, (iii) each of the named executive officers identified in the section entitled “Executive Compensation” and (iv) all current directors and executive officers as a group, including shares that such beneficial owners have the right to acquire within 60 days after May 22, 2020. We believe that each of the beneficial owners of our common stock listed below, based on information furnished by such beneficial owners, has sole voting power and sole investment power with respect to such shares, except as otherwise set forth in the footnotes below and subject to applicable community property laws.
Beneficial Owners
 
Amount and Nature of
Beneficial Ownership
 
Percent of
Class (1)
Greater-than-5% Stockholders
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Vanguard Group, Inc.
 
30,343,864

(2)
 
12.5
%
 
100 Vanguard Boulevard
Malvern, PA 19355
 
 
 
 
 
 
BlackRock, Inc.
 
24,336,561

(3)
 
10.0
%
 
55 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-Employee Directors
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis Segers
 
10,304

 
 
*

 
Raman K. Chitkara
 
3,400

 
 
*

 
Saar Gillai
 
7,712

 
 
*

 
Ronald S. Jankov
 
11,112

 
 
*

 
Mary Louise Krakauer
 
5,165

 
 
*

 
Thomas H. Lee
 
8,112

 
 
*

 
Jon A. Olson
 
4,467

(4)
 
*

 
J. Michael Patterson
 
28,470

(5)
 
*

 
Marshall C. Turner
 
45,440

(6)
 
*

 
Elizabeth W. Vanderslice
 
35,089

 
 
*

 
Named Executive Officers
 
 
 
 
 
 
Victor Peng
 
130,740

(7)
 
*

 
Lorenzo A. Flores
 
60,828

(8)
 
*

 
William Madden
 
30,106

(9)
 
*

 
Salil Raje
 
46,129

(10)
 
*

 
Vamsi Boppana
 
17,479

(11)
 
*

 
All current directors and executive officers as a group (19 persons)
 
474,927

(12)
 
*

 
*    Less than 1%
(1)
The beneficial ownership percentage of each stockholder is calculated on the basis of 243,194,363 shares of common stock outstanding as of May 22, 2020. Any additional shares of common stock that a stockholder has the right to acquire within 60 days after May 22, 2020 that are not already outstanding at such time are deemed to be outstanding and beneficially owned for the purpose of calculating that stockholder’s percentage beneficial ownership. They are not, however, deemed to be outstanding and beneficially owned for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person. Unless otherwise indicated, the address of each of the individuals and entities named below is c/o Xilinx, Inc., 2100 Logic Drive, San Jose, California 95124.
(2)
Based on information contained in a Schedule 13G, reflecting stock ownership information as of December 31, 2019, which was filed by this stockholder on February 11, 2020, reporting beneficial ownership of 33,343,864 shares of common stock, consisting of 393,144 shares as to which it has sole voting power, 67,671 shares as to which it has shared voting power, 29,909,928 shares as to which it has sole dispositive power and 433,936 shares as to which it has shared dispositive power.
(3)
Based on information contained in a Schedule 13G, reflecting stock ownership information as of December 31, 2019, which was filed by this stockholder on February 10, 2020, reporting beneficial ownership of 24,336,561 shares of common stock,

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consisting of shares as to which it has sole dispositive power, and including 21,520,115 shares as to which it has sole voting power and no shares as to which it has shared dispositive or voting power.
(4)
The shares are held in the Jon A. Olson and Annette L. Olson Revocable Trust dated 12/28/1994, of which Mr. Olson and his wife are co-trustees and as to which Mr. Olson exercises shared voting and investment power.
(5)
Consists of 26,470 shares held directly and 2,000 shares held by Mr. Patterson’s spouse.
(6)
Consists of 44,690 shares held directly and 750 shares held by Mr. Turner’s spouse.
(7)
Consists of 69,519 shares held directly and 61,221 shares issuable upon vesting of RSUs within 60 days after May 22, 2020.
(8)
Mr. Flores resigned as an executive officer effective October 25, 2019. The information in this table relating to Mr. Flores is based on beneficial ownership reports filed by Mr. Flores pursuant to Section 16 of the Exchange Act.
(9)
Consists of 8,690 shares held directly and 21,416 shares issuable upon vesting of RSUs within 60 days after May 22, 2020.
(10)
Consists of 24,713 shares held directly and 21,416 shares issuable upon vesting of RSUs within 60 days after May 22, 2020.
(11)
Consists of 5,378 shares held directly and 12,101 shares issuable upon vesting of RSUs within 60 days after May 22, 2020.
(12)
Includes an aggregate of 147,661 shares issuable upon exercise of options or vesting of RSUs within 60 days after May 22, 2020.
For certain information concerning our Executive Officers, see “Information about our Executive Officers” in Item 1 of Part I of our Form 10-K.

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EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN INFORMATION AT FISCAL YEAR-END 2020
The table below sets forth certain information, as of March 28, 2020, about our common stock that may be issued upon the exercise of options, RSUs, warrants and rights under all of our existing equity compensation plans including the Employee Stock Purchase Plan:
(Shares in thousands)
 
A
 
B
 
C
Plan Category
 
Number of Securities
to be Issued upon
Exercise of
Outstanding Options,
Warrants and Rights
 
Weighted-average
Exercise Price of
Outstanding Options,
Warrants and Rights
 
Number of Securities
Remaining Available for
Future Issuance under
Equity Compensation
Plans (excluding securities
reflected in Column A)
Equity Compensation Plans Approved by Security Holders
2007 Equity Plan
 
6,668

(1)
 
$

(2)
 
15,049

(3)
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
 
N/A

  
 
N/A

  
 
12,644

  
Total - Approved Plans
 
6,668

  
 
$

  
 
27,693

  
Equity Compensation Plans Not Approved by Security Holders
 

 
 
$

 
 

 
Total - All Plans
 
6,668

 
 
$

 
 
27,693

 
 
(1)
Includes approximately 6.7 million shares issuable upon vesting of RSUs that were granted under the 2007 Equity Plan, and assumes 100% performance achievement for performance-based RSUs granted in fiscal 2020. In May 2020, the Compensation Committee determined the actual number of RSUs earned based on performance achievement for performance-based RSUs awarded in fiscal 2020. For more information on the number of RSUs at 100% performance achievement and the actual performance achievement for performance-based RSUs awarded in fiscal 2020, see the table under “EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION—Compensation Discussion and Analysis—Compensation Elements—Long-Term Equity Incentive Compensation.”
(2)
No outstanding options, warrants and rights exist as of fiscal ended as of March 28, 2020.
(3)
On July 26, 2006, our stockholders approved the adoption of the 2007 Equity Plan and authorized 10.0 million shares to be reserved for issuance thereunder. The 2007 Equity Plan became effective on January 1, 2007. It replaced both the Company’s 1997 Stock Plan (which expired on May 8, 2007) and the Supplemental Stock Option Plan. On August 9, 2007, August 14, 2008, August 12, 2009, August 11, 2010, August 10, 2011, August 8, 2012, August 14, 2013, August 13, 2014, August 10, 2016, August 9, 2017, August 1, 2018 and August 8, 2019, our stockholders authorized the reserve of an additional 5.0 million shares, 4.0 million shares, 5.0 million shares, 4.5 million shares, 4.5 million shares, 3.5 million shares, 2.0 million shares, 3.0 million shares, 2.5 million shares, 1.9 million shares, 3.0 million shares and 6.0 million shares, respectively. All of the shares reserved for issuance under the 2007 Equity Plan may be granted as stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock or RSUs.

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Compensation Discussion and Analysis
This section of the proxy statement explains our executive compensation program in general and how it operates with respect to our executive officers and, in particular, our named executive officers. For fiscal 2020, our named executive officers consisted of our Chief Executive Officer, each individual who served as our Chief Financial Officer at any time during fiscal 2020 and our three other most highly-compensated executive officers serving at the end of fiscal 2020.
These named executive officers are as follows:
Victor Peng, President and Chief Executive Officer;
William Madden, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Wired and Wireless Group;
Salil R. Raje, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Data Center Group;
Vamsi Boppana, our Senior Vice President, Central Products Group; and
Lorenzo Flores, our former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, who served in that role until October 25, 2019.
Management Transition
In September 2019, Mr. Flores resigned as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in order to pursue another executive opportunity, effective immediately following the filing of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q on October 25, 2019. Following Mr. Flores’s departure, Mr. Peng, our President and Chief Executive Officer, assumed the responsibilities of principal financial officer while we conducted a search for a new chief financial officer.
On April 9, 2020, our Board of Directors appointed Brice Hill as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. For more information about Mr. Hill, please see our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 9, 2020.
Executive Summary
Fiscal 2020 Business Highlights
We achieved success on many fronts during fiscal 2020, including increased net revenues over the prior fiscal year. Our key financial and product highlights from fiscal 2020 were as follows:
Overall net revenues were $3.16 billion, up 3% from the prior fiscal year, despite material impacts from U.S. export restrictions affecting sales to a large customer early in our fiscal year, as well as the overall challenging global trade environment and general weakness in the semiconductor market in 2019.
Operating cash flow was $1.2 billion, due to both solid profitability and working capital management.
Driven by increased adoption with hyperscale customers, Data Center Group revenues increased 22% compared to the prior fiscal year. We continued to demonstrate strong design-win momentum across compute, networking and storage workloads, and the Xilinx software ecosystem continues to expand with over 10,000 developers trained, nearly 1,000 independent software vendor partners and over 130 applications published for Alveo.
Wired and Wireless Group revenue declined 1% compared to the prior fiscal year, despite trade restrictions and slower-than-expected 5G ramp. We continue to maintain strong engagements with global OEMs across a variety of deployments and applications across all major regions.
Core Markets grew 6%, with strength across all markets, reflecting the strength and stability of Xilinx’s broad and robust end markets. Aerospace & Defense, Industrial and Test & Measurement revenue grew 5% over the prior fiscal year, driven by solid A&D business, while Automotive, Broadcast and Consumer revenue grew 8% over the prior fiscal year, with growth in all markets.
We acquired Solarflare Communications, Inc., to enable new converged SmartNIC solutions, accelerating our “data center first” strategy and accelerate our transition to a platform company. Solarflare was a leading provider of high-performance, low latency networking solutions for customers spanning FinTech to cloud computing. We also completed an acquisition of NGCodec Inc., a provider of hardware-accelerated video encoding technology, to provide differentiated video solutions to cloud customers. In addition to our acquisitions, we continued to support our Alveo ecosystem through our corporate venture initiatives, significantly increasing our investments to more than 25 portfolio companies across a variety of key applications including data analytics, networking, machine learning and video streaming acceleration.

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We released Vitis, a unified software platform that enables a broad new range of developers—including software engineers and AI scientists—to take advantage of the power of hardware adaptability. The Vitis platform tailors Xilinx hardware architecture to the software or algorithmic code without the need for hardware expertise, enabling developers to focus on their algorithms in familiar software environments.
We continued to expand our Alveo product offerings, including Alveo U25, the first SmartNIC platform delivering true convergence of network, storage and compute acceleration functions on a single device.
We paid our stockholders a record $371.8 million in dividends and repurchased 12.9 million shares of our stock.
Fiscal 2020 Compensation Highlights
Fiscal 2020 was a significant year for us with respect to compensation actions and decisions. The Compensation Committee took the following compensation actions with respect to our named executive officers:
Base salaries - Increased the annual base salaries of certain of our named executive officers (other than Mr. Peng, our CEO) in amounts ranging from 7.3% to 14.1% and increased the annual base salary of Mr. Peng to $950,000, an increase of approximately 35.7% from its fiscal 2019 level.
Target annual cash incentive opportunities - Maintained the target annual cash incentive compensation of our named executive officers at their fiscal 2019 levels.
Annual cash incentive payments - Based on the performance outcomes with respect to revenue growth, operating profit and individual performance during fiscal 2020, Mr. Peng earned an annual cash incentive payment in an amount equal to to 71% of his target amount, and our other named executive officers earned annual cash incentive payments in amounts ranging from 75% to 76% of their target amounts.
Long-term incentive compensation - Granted our named executive officers long-term incentive compensation in the form of performance-based and time-based restricted stock unit (RSU) awards effective in July 2019, which are settled for shares of our common stock as they vest. Mr. Peng received a performance-based RSU award and a time-based RSU award with an aggregate target value of $9,500,000, while our other named executive officers received performance-based and time-based RSU awards with aggregate target values ranging from $1,500,000 to $2,500,000.
The performance-based RSU awards granted to our named executive officers were to be earned based on the achievement of pre-established financial and operational performance goals at the end of a one-year performance period corresponding to our fiscal year, with any earned shares subject to vesting in three equal annual installments, beginning on the first anniversary of the date of grant.
In determining the incentive awards earned by our executive officers during fiscal 2020, the Compensation Committee made certain adjustments to our financial results to offset the effects of U.S. government actions that, in the Committee’s view, represented a change in the circumstances underlying the performance targets on which these awards were based. In 2018, escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China led to some uncertainty regarding our ability to sell our products to key Chinese customers in the near future. Notwithstanding such developments, we did not adjust our performance targets to account for such potential trade risks for fear that, if those risks did not materialize, we would be locked into a compensation plan that could be viewed as over-rewarding the performance we achieved during the fiscal year. In May 2019, however, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed export restrictions that severely restricted sales of our products to one of our largest customers in China, which had a significant adverse impact on our revenues during fiscal 2020. As a result, our financial performance applicable to our annual cash incentive compensation program and performance-based RSU awards fell below the thresholds applicable to some of the components that determine award eligibility. The Compensation Committee determined that to hold our executive officers to our original financial performance goals would unfairly penalize them for developments that were outside their control and, more importantly, would be inconsistent with our pay-for-performance philosophy. The Committee sought the advice of its compensation consultant as to what types of discretionary adjustments might be reasonable in light of the BIS action and its effects on our financial performance. Based on the foregoing factors and the advice of the compensation consultant, for the purpose of determining the amount of annual cash incentive compensation and performance-based RSUs earned by our executive officers during fiscal 2020, the Committee adjusted certain financial results to include the projected revenue that was lost as a result of the BIS action, as discussed in greater detail below.
Pay-for-Performance Analysis
Our executive compensation program is designed to motivate, engage and retain a talented leadership team and to appropriately reward them for their contributions to our business. Our performance measurement framework consists of a combination of financial, operational and strategic/individual performance measures that provide a balance between short-term results and drivers of long-term value.

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We provide our executive officers with three primary elements of pay: base salary, annual cash incentive compensation and long-term incentive compensation in the form of equity awards. The variable compensation components, consisting of an annual cash incentive and annual equity awards, together constitute the largest portion of the target total direct compensation for our executive officers.
Base salary - Base salary accounts for approximately 8.0% of our Chief Executive Officer’s target total compensation and, on average, approximately 16.8% of our other named executive officers’ target total compensation.
Annual cash incentive compensation - Annual short-term cash incentive compensation accounts for approximately 12.0% of our Chief Executive Officer’s target total compensation and, on average, approximately 15.9% of our other named executive officers’ target total compensation. Annual cash incentive compensation awards are based on corporate performance relative to pre-established financial objectives selected by the Compensation Committee and an evaluation of each named executive officer’s individual performance.
Long-term incentive compensation - Long-term incentive compensation consists of performance-based RSU awards and time-based RSU awards, and accounts for approximately 80.0% of our Chief Executive Officer’s target total compensation and, on average, approximately 67.3% of our other named executive officers’ target total compensation.
The following charts show the fiscal 2020 pay mix for (i) Mr. Peng and (ii) our other named executive officers, in the aggregate:

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The foregoing percentages were calculated using annual base salary, target annual cash incentive compensation, the grant date fair value of equity awards and all other compensation as reported for fiscal 2020 in the Summary Compensation Table below. As shown in the above charts, our named executive officers’ compensation is weighted heavily toward “at-risk” compensation, which consists of (1) performance-based cash and equity awards that align each named executive officer’s interests with those of the Company and our stockholders and (2) time-based equity awards whose value is tied to the creation of long-term stockholder value.
Governance Policies and Practices
We maintain several policies and practices to help ensure that our overall executive compensation program reflects sound governance standards and drives financial performance. We have also made the decision not to implement some practices that many companies have historically followed because we believe they would not serve the long-term interests of our stockholders.

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What We Do
 
What We Don't Do
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Fully-Independent Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee determines our compensation strategy for executive officers and consists solely of independent directors.
 
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Excise Tax Gross-Ups Related to a Change of Control. We do not provide excise tax gross-ups related to a change of control of the Company.
 
 
 
 
 
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Independent Compensation Advisor. The Compensation Committee engages an independent compensation consultant to provide independent analysis, advice and guidance on executive compensation.
 
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Hedging. We prohibit employees, including our executive officers, from engaging in transactions or arrangements that are intended to increase in value based on a decrease in value of Company securities.
 
 
 
 
 
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Annual Executive Compensation Review. The Compensation Committee performs an annual review of our executive compensation strategy, including a review of our compensation peer group and a review of our compensation-related risk profile.
 
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Perquisites. We do not generally provide perquisites to officers other than benefits with broad-based employee participation that are standard in the technology sector, except when specifically determined to be appropriate in light of the executive officer’s circumstances.
 
 
 
 
 
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Pay-for-Performance Philosophy. Our cash incentive compensation and long-term equity programs for executives are based on the Company’s and individual executive’s performance.
 
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Option Repricing. Our 2007 Equity Plan prohibits repricing of out-of-the-money options or stock appreciation rights to a lower exercise or strike price without approval of our stockholders.
 
 
 
 
 
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At-Risk Compensation. A significant portion of compensation for our executives is based on the performance of both the Company and the individual executive.
 
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Dividends or Dividend Equivalents Payable on Unvested Equity Awards. We do not pay dividends or dividend equivalents on unvested equity awards.
 
 
 
 
 
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Robust Stock Ownership Guidelines. We have executive stock ownership guidelines and holding requirements that cover our executive officers.
 
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Pledging. We prohibit our employees, including executive officers, from pledging Company stock or holding it in a margin account.
 
 
 
 
 
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Clawback Policy. We have a clawback, or recoupment, policy that covers all elements of our incentive compensation program.
 
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SERP or Defined Benefit Plans. We do not provide a Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (SERP) or a defined benefit plan.
 
 
 
 
 
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Annual Stockholder Advisory Votes on Executive Compensation. We conduct an annual stockholder advisory vote on our executive compensation program.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Double-Trigger Change-of-Control Benefits. Change-of control benefits require a change in control and termination of employment (double trigger) rather than benefits triggered solely on the change of control (single trigger).
 
 
 
2019 Stockholder Advisory Vote on Named Executive Officer Compensation
At our 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the most recent non-binding stockholder vote on the compensation of our named executive officers (the Say-on-Pay vote), approximately 96% of the votes cast by our stockholders were voted in favor of the compensation of our named executive officers. The Compensation Committee was mindful of this strong stockholder support of our compensation philosophy and objectives when evaluating our executive compensation policies and practices throughout fiscal 2020. Accordingly, and as a result of the favorable Say-on-Pay vote, the Committee continued its general approach to executive compensation, emphasizing both annual and long-term performance-based compensation.
We value the opinions of our stockholders and will continue to consider the outcome of future Say-on-Pay votes, as well as feedback received throughout the year, when making compensation decisions for our executive officers.

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Our Board of Directors has adopted a policy providing for an annual Say-on-Pay vote. This policy is consistent with our stockholders’ preference as expressed at our 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders in August 2017 on the frequency of future advisory votes on the compensation of our named executive officers. Following the Annual Meeting to which this proxy statement relates, our next Say-on-Pay vote will be held at our 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
Compensation Objectives and Decision-Making Process
Role of the Compensation Committee
The Compensation Committee is responsible for establishing our compensation and benefits philosophy and strategy, working in consultation with our Chief Executive Officer for our executive officers (other than himself). The Committee also oversees our general compensation policies and sets specific compensation levels for our Chief Executive Officer and other executive officers. In determining our compensation strategy, the Committee reviews competitive market data to ensure that we are able to attract, motivate, reward and retain talented executive officers and other employees. The Committee engages its own independent advisors to assist in carrying out its responsibilities, but is not permitted to delegate its authority to such advisors.
The primary objectives of the Compensation Committee with respect to determining executive compensation are to attract, motivate and retain talented employees and to align the interests of our executive officers with those of our stockholders, with the ultimate objective of enhancing stockholder value. It is the philosophy of the Committee that the best way to achieve this is to provide our executive officers with compensation that is based on their level of performance against specific goals, which are aligned with our overall strategy, thereby compensating executives on a “pay-for-performance” basis.
To achieve these objectives, the Compensation Committee has implemented compensation plans that tie a significant portion of our executive officers’ overall compensation to our financial and product-related performance, including revenue growth, operating profit, product revenue, product leadership and strategic objectives. Overall, the total compensation opportunity of our executive officers is intended to create an executive compensation program that is competitive with comparable companies.
Role of the Compensation Consultant
In fiscal 2020, the Compensation Committee retained Compensia, a national compensation consulting firm, to serve as its compensation consultant. Compensia reported directly to the Committee. Compensia provided the Committee with general advice on compensation matters, including reviewing the composition of the compensation peer group, providing compensation data related to executives at the selected companies in the peer group and providing advice on our executive officers’ compensation generally.
Compensia did not provide any additional services to us other than the services for which it was retained by the Committee, and the Committee is not aware of any conflict of interest that exists that would otherwise prevent Compensia from having been independent during fiscal 2020. We pay the costs for Compensia’s services. Based on the above and its review of the factors set forth under SEC rules and in the Nasdaq listing requirements, the Committee assessed the independence of Compensia and concluded that no conflict of interest exists that would prevent Compensia from independently advising the Committee during fiscal 2020.
In fiscal 2020, the Committee met regularly in executive session with Compensia without management present.
Use of Compensation Peer Group
Each year, the Compensation Committee directs its compensation consultant to develop a group of peer companies for purposes of evaluating, determining and setting compensation for our executive officers. The criteria for determining which companies to include in the peer group include some or all of the following criteria: (i) they operate in a similar industry to ours; (ii) they are of approximately similar size (as measured by revenues and aggregate market capitalization); (iii) they have profitability similar to ours; and (iv) they are companies with whom we compete for executive talent.
After receiving and discussing the compensation consultant’s report, the Committee approved the peer group companies for fiscal 2020 in the third quarter of fiscal 2019. For fiscal 2020, the Committee removed Brocade Communications and Microsemi Corporation from the peer group because they had been acquired. No additional companies were added at that time.
The compensation peer group for fiscal 2020 consisted of the following companies:

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•  Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
 
•  Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
 
•  Nvidia Corporation
•  Analog Devices, Inc.
 
• Juniper Networks Inc.
 
•  ON Semiconductor Corporation
•  Arista Networks
 
•  Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
 
•  Palo Alto Networks Inc.
•  Autodesk, Inc.
 
•  Maxim Integrated Products Inc.
 
• Qorvo, Inc.
•  Broadcom Limited
 
• Microchip Technology Inc.
 
•  Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
•  Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
 
•  NetApp, Inc.
 
•  Synopsys, Inc.
This compensation peer group was used by the Compensation Committee during fiscal 2020 as a reference for understanding the competitive market for executive positions in our industry sector.
A summary of the four-quarter trailing revenue by quartile and market capitalization of the peer companies at the time the Compensation Committee approved the compensation peer group for use in fiscal 2020 is as follows:
Peer Group Four-Quarter Revenue and Market Capitalization for Fiscal Year 2020 Compensation Decisions
 
 
Peer Group Financials (1)
Quartile
 
Four-Quarter Trailing Revenue
($ in millions)
 
Market Capitalization
($ in millions)
75th Percentile
 
5,945
 
26,567
50th Percentile
 
3,435
 
16,739
25th Percentile
 
2,426
 
12,220
Xilinx, Inc.
 
2,608
 
19,249
(1) Data is based on available market information as of December 2018.
Based on the foregoing, our revenue was approximately in the 36th percentile of the peer group companies and our market capitalization was approximately in the 60th percentile of the peer group companies at the time the peer group was approved.
Data on the compensation practices of the peer group was generally gathered through searches of publicly available information, including publicly available databases. In preparing its report, the compensation consultant reviewed data from the Radford Global Technology Survey, including a custom analysis of the companies in the compensation peer group, as well as the proxy statements filed by each of the peer group companies. Peer group data was gathered with respect to base salary, bonus targets and equity awards. When the peer group data yielded insufficient data, the compensation consultant used a custom data analysis of the companies in the compensation peer group and/or a cross-section of broad technology companies with revenue between $1 billion and $6 billion and market capitalization of more than $6 billion.
In determining adjustments to executive compensation, the Compensation Committee not only considers the compensation advice and analysis provided by its compensation consultant and publicly available information of compensation offered by the applicable comparative market data, but also reviews the Radford survey data and takes into consideration other relevant factors as described in this Compensation Discussion and Analysis. While the Committee considers external market data (both the Radford survey data and peer company data), it does not target any specific pay percentile within those companies for purposes of setting cash and equity compensation levels. Rather, the Committee uses this information merely as a guide to determine whether we are generally competitive in the market.
Compensation Determination for Chief Executive Officer
Each year, the Compensation Committee reviews the performance of our Chief Executive Officer and approves his compensation in light of the goals and objectives of our executive compensation program. The review of the performance and compensation of our CEO and our other executive officers is conducted annually during the period that usually commences in mid-May, which we call our Focal Review Period. The Committee uses both objective data from peer group companies and subjective policies and practices, including an assessment of our CEO’s achievements and contribution, to determine his compensation. In determining the long-term equity incentive component of our CEO’s compensation, the Committee considers a number of factors, including our performance and relative stockholder return, the value of similar awards to CEOs at the companies in the compensation peer group, the equity awards granted to our CEO in prior years and feedback from the independent members of our Board of Directors.
To provide further assurance of independence, the Compensation Committee’s compensation consultant provides its own recommendation regarding CEO compensation. The compensation consultant prepares an analysis showing competitive CEO

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compensation at the companies in the compensation peer group for the individual elements of compensation and total direct compensation. Next, the compensation consultant provides the Committee with a range of recommendations for any change in our CEO’s base salary, target annual cash incentive compensation and equity award value. These recommendations take into account the peer group competitive pay analysis, expected future pay trends and, importantly, the position of our CEO in relation to other senior executives and proposed pay actions for all our other key employees. The range allows the Committee to exercise its discretion based on our CEO’s individual performance and other factors.
Compensation Determination for Other Executive Officers
Our Chief Executive Officer works with the Compensation Committee in establishing the compensation and benefits philosophy and strategy for our other executive officers and makes specific recommendations to the Committee with respect to the individual compensation for each of such executive officers. Each year, the Committee reviews with our CEO each executive officer’s performance in light of our goals and objectives and approves their compensation. The Committee also considers other relevant factors in approving the level of such compensation, including the executive officer’s performance during the year, focusing on his or her accomplishments, areas of strength and areas of development, scope of responsibility and contributions, and experience and tenure in the position.
During the Focal Review Period, our CEO evaluates each executive officer’s performance during the year based on a review of his or her performance, an individual self-assessment and feedback provided by his or her peers, direct reports and other employees. Our CEO also reviews compensation data gathered from Radford and from other publicly-available information and identifies trends and competitive factors to consider in adjusting compensation levels of our executive officers. Our CEO then makes a recommendation to the Compensation Committee as to each element of each executive officer’s compensation.


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Compensation Elements
Our executive compensation program consists of three principal elements: base salary, performance-based cash incentive compensation and long-term incentive compensation in the form of equity awards. The following table summarizes these elements of compensation:
 
 
Objectives
 
Key Features
 
 
 
 
 
Base Salary
 
Provides a fixed baseline level of compensation earned during the fiscal year.
 
Fixed cash compensation is based on scope of responsibility, breadth of knowledge, experience and tenure in the position and individual performance.
 
 
 
 
 
Performance-Based Incentive Cash Compensation
 
Rewards achievement of corporate and individual performance objectives and serves to attract and retain highly-qualified executives.
 
Calculated as a percentage of the executive officer’s annual base earnings. Payouts are based on achievement of pre-established corporate objectives and individual performance goals.
 
 
 
 
 
Long-Term Equity Incentive Awards
 
Establishes a corporate culture that supports strong long-term corporate performance and provides an important retention tool through vesting of equity awards over several years.
 
Performance-based RSUs are granted in amounts that reflect company performance against pre-established goals, and vest over a three-year period. Time-based RSUs are granted in fixed amounts and vest over a four-year period.
Base Salary
In May 2019, the Compensation Committee reviewed the base salaries of our executive officers, focusing on the competitiveness of their salaries. After comparing their current salaries to the base salary levels based on the data drawn from the companies in our compensation peer group and the applicable Radford survey data, as well as considering the roles and responsibilities and potential performance of our executive officers and the recommendations of our Chief Executive Officer (with respect to our executive officers other than himself), the Committee determined to increase the base salaries of our named executive officers.
In the case of our Chief Executive Officer, the Compensation Committee determined to increase his base salary to bring it into line with the competitive market as reflected by the base salaries of the chief executive officers at the companies in the compensation peer group, to address the shortfall in his base salary when he was promoted to the CEO position in 2018 and to acknowledge our outstanding performance in fiscal 2019 under his leadership, including our record revenue growth. As a result of the increase, our CEO’s base salary rose from the 15th percentile relative to our peer group to above the 60th percentile. With respect to our other named executive officers, the Committee determined to increase their base salaries in response to its review of competitive market data for individuals in comparable positions at other technology companies, including companies in our peer group, to recognize the increase in each individual’s scope of responsibilities and expected deliverables in the current year and to acknowledge their individual contributions to our outstanding performance in fiscal 2019.
The fiscal 2019 and 2020 base salaries of our named executive officers were as follows:
Named Executive Officer Fiscal 2019 and 2020 Base Salaries
Named Executive Officer
 
Fiscal Year 2019 Base Salary ($)
 
Fiscal Year 2020 Base Salary ($)
 
Percentage Increase (%)
Victor Peng
 
700,000
 
950,000
 
35.7
Lorenzo A. Flores (1)
 
440,000
 
490,000
 
11.4
William Madden
 
460,000
 
525,000
 
14.1
Salil Raje
 
460,000
 
525,000
 
14.1
Vamsi Boppana
 
410,000
 
440,000
 
7.3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1) Mr. Flores resigned as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective October 25, 2019 and received salary only through October 31, 2019.
These base salary adjustments were effective July 1, 2019.

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Annual Cash Incentive Compensation
In May 2019, our Board of Directors approved the Xilinx, Inc. Executive Incentive Plan for fiscal 2020 (the 2020 Incentive Plan). The 2020 Incentive Plan was designed to link the annual cash incentives of our executive officers to the company-wide achievement of pre-established financial objectives involving annual revenue growth and operating profit and their achievement of individual performance goals. The way these components factor into the annual cash incentive compensation is illustrated in the following chart:
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Target Annual Cash Incentives
In connection with the adoption of the 2020 Incentive Plan, the Compensation Committee reviewed the target annual cash incentives of our executive officers, focusing on the competitiveness of their target total cash compensation opportunities. After comparing their current target annual cash incentives to the target cash incentive levels at the companies in our compensation peer group and the Radford survey data, as well as considering the roles and responsibilities and potential performance of our executive officers and the recommendations of our CEO (with respect to our executive officers other than himself), the Committee determined to maintain the target annual cash incentives of our executive officers for fiscal 2020 at their fiscal 2019 levels.
The fiscal 2019 and 2020 target annual cash incentives of our named executive officer were as follows:

Named Executive Officer Fiscal 2019 and 2020 Target Annual Cash Incentive
Named Executive Officer
 
Fiscal 2019 Target Annual Cash Incentive (as % of base salary)
 
Fiscal 2020 Target Annual Cash Incentive (as % of base salary)
Victor Peng
 
150%
 
150%
Lorenzo A. Flores (1)
 
100%
 
100%
William Madden
 
100%
 
100%
Salil Raje
 
100%
 
100%
Vamsi Boppana
 
80%
 
80%
(1) Mr. Flores resigned as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective October 25, 2019 and, accordingly, did not earn a cash incentive payment for the second half of fiscal 2020.
Performance Components
Under the 2020 Incentive Plan, annual cash incentive payments for our executive officers were determined using three components, each with a different weighting:
annual revenue growth (Growth Component), weighted at 40%;

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operating profit margin, determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, excluding accrued compensation expense for estimated incentive compensation (Operating Profit Component), weighted at 35%; and
individual performance, based on the achievement of performance goals pertaining to each executive officer’s position and responsibilities (Individual Performance Component), weighted at 25%.
These components and their respective weightings were the same as those used for fiscal 2019.
For each of our executive officers other than our Chief Executive Officer, the Operating Profit Component and the Individual Performance Component were to be paid on a semi-annual basis and the Growth Component was to be paid on an annual basis. For our CEO, the Operating Profit Component was to be paid on a semi-annual basis and the Growth Component and the Individual Performance Component were to be paid on an annual basis. The Compensation Committee generally has discretion to exclude extraordinary or one-time charges for purposes of calculating annual cash incentive payments under the 2020 Incentive Plan, but no such exclusions were made in fiscal 2020. However, as discussed above under “Executive Summary—Fiscal 2020 Compensation Highlights,” in considering our financial performance for purposes of determining the incentive awards earned in fiscal 2020, the Compensation Committee, with the advice of its compensation consultant, made certain adjustments to offset the effects of the export restrictions imposed by the BIS in May 2019.
For purposes of the 2020 Incentive Plan, the Growth Component, Operating Profit Component and Individual Performance Component were designed as follows:
Growth Component. The Growth Component was designed to reward our year-over-year revenue growth. In light of the continued importance of achieving our revenue goal for fiscal 2020, the weighting of the Growth Component was maintained at 40%. The Growth Component was subject to a threshold performance level for any payout and a multiplier that increased the target payout depending on our actual performance. For fiscal 2020, the threshold revenue growth was 5.0% and the target revenue growth was 14.0% to 15.0%. The Growth Component multiplier was 0.10 if the threshold revenue growth percentage was met and 1.00 if the target revenue growth percentage was met. If revenue growth exceeded the threshold, the multiplier generally increased in increments of 0.05 to 0.20 for every percentage point in increased revenue growth, up to 22.0%, at which point the multiplier reached the maximum of 2.00. The Growth Component was measured and paid on an annual basis.
The following table summarizes the general progression of the Growth Component multiplier for fiscal 2020:
Growth Component Scale
Revenue Growth
(Year-over-Year in FY2020)
 
Growth Component
Multiplier
< 5.0%
 
5.0%
 
0.10
6.0%
 
0.20
7.0%
 
0.30
8.0%
 
0.40
9.0%
 
0.50
10.0%
 
0.60
11.0%
 
0.70
12.0%
 
0.80
13.0%
 
0.90
13.5%
 
0.95
14.0%
 
1.00
15.0%
 
1.00
16.0%
 
1.05
17.0%
 
1.10
18.0%
 
1.20
19.0%
 
1.40
20.0%
 
1.60
21.0%
 
1.80
22.0%
 
2.00

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In fiscal 2020, we did not achieve our threshold revenue growth of 5%, and thus the nominal multiplier for the Growth Component was 0.00. As adjusted to offset the effects of the export restrictions imposed by the BIS in May 2019, our adjusted revenue growth was determined to be 8%, resulting in a Growth Component multiplier of 0.40.
Operating Profit Component. The Operating Profit Component was determined by a formula that rewarded our achievement of targeted operating profit margins. For purposes of the 2020 Incentive Plan, the Operating Profit Component was calculated on a semi-annual basis using the financial results for each fiscal six-month period. The Operating Profit Component was designed to emphasize the importance of continually managing costs, increasing efficiencies and enhancing profitability. The Operating Profit Component was subject to a threshold performance level for any payout and a multiplier that increased the target payout depending on our actual performance. For the Operating Profit Component, achievement of the threshold performance level resulted in a multiplier of 0.10, and the multiplier increased to 1.00 when the target range of operating profit margins was met. Thereafter, the multiplier increased incrementally until it reached the maximum of 2.00 for each semi-annual measurement period.
The following table shows the progression of the Operating Profit Component multiplier for fiscal 2020:
Operating Profit Component Scale
Operating Profit
(FY2020)
 
Operating Profit Component
Multiplier
<21%
 
21%
 
0.10
22%
 
0.20
23%
 
0.30
24%
 
0.40
25%
 
0.50
26%
 
0.65
27%
 
0.75
28%
 
0.85
29%
 
0.95
30%
 
1.00
31%
 
1.05
32%
 
1.10
33%
 
1.15
34%
 
1.20
35%
 
1.30
36%
 
1.40
37%
 
1.50
38%
 
1.60
39%
 
1.70
40%
 
1.80
41%
 
1.90
42%
 
2.00
In fiscal 2020, we achieved an operating profit margin of 31% in the first half of the year, resulting in an Operating Profit Component multiplier of 1.05, while in the second half of the year we achieved an operating profit percentage of 28%, resulting in an Operating Profit Component multiplier of 0.85.
Individual Performance Component. Under the Individual Performance Component, each of our executive officers is evaluated against up to ten individual performance goals, measured over the full annual performance period in the case of our Chief Executive Officer and over two semi-annual performance periods in the case of each other executive officer. Each goal was assigned a weighting depending on the value of the goal as recommended by each executive officer and approved by our CEO. For each executive officer, the threshold performance level to earn a payout of the Individual Performance Component was 50% for overall achievement, and the maximum payout was capped at 150%.

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Each individual goal under the Individual Performance Component was directly related to our business objectives and corresponded to each executive officer’s position and responsibilities. The goals for our executive officers related to the broader corporate goals generally within the following categories:
Operational excellence and quality of results. This category consisted of goals related to adherence to product development plans and schedules, product delivery timeliness, product sales and gross margin achievement and sales achievement by geographic region.
Strategic initiatives and performance. This category consisted of goals related to product and portfolio assessment, including customer and end market sub-segment identification.
Leadership effectiveness. This category consisted of goals related to strategic leadership, responding to changes in the market and economic environment, organizational effectiveness and managing our relationship with stockholders.
For each executive officer, our Chief Executive Officer, in consultation with the individual, assigned a weight to each goal that reflected the importance of the business objective involved. These goals and assigned weightings were submitted to the Compensation Committee for its review at the beginning of each semi-annual period. At the end of each such period, each executive officer prepared a self-assessment of his or her level of achievement of each goal on a scale of 0% to 150%. Our CEO then reviewed with such executive officer his or her performance for the period and determined his or her level of achievement for each goal on the same scale. Based on our CEO’s determination of the level of achievement, he then recommended to the Committee an overall Individual Performance multiplier, on a scale of 0.00 to 1.50 (subject to a threshold of 0.50). After reviewing our CEO’s semi-annual assessment and recommendation, the Committee determined and approved the multiplier and semi-annual payout for each executive officer.
For our Chief Executive Officer, the Compensation Committee, in consultation with him, determined each of his goals, which were measured in proportion to the importance of that goal to our business. After the end of the fiscal year, our CEO prepared a self-assessment of his level of achievement of each goal on the same 0.00 to 1.50 scale and submitted this self-assessment to the Committee. After reviewing the self-assessment and making its own evaluation of our CEO’s performance, the Committee determined the final multiplier. In assessing our CEO’s achievements and determining and approving his compensation, the Committee, in consultation with independent members of our Board of Directors, considered his achievements within a broader set of expectations including strategic leadership, organizational quality and effectiveness, management abilities and responsiveness to economic conditions.
The payout relating to the Individual Performance Component was paid annually for our Chief Executive Officer and semi-annually for each of our other executive officers in fiscal 2020. A summary of each named executive officer’s individual performance goals is set forth in the footnotes to the table below titled “Named Executive Officer Incentive Cash Awards for Fiscal 2020.”
Payment Calculations for Executive Officers
Under the 2020 Incentive Plan, annual cash incentive payments were calculated slightly differently for our Chief Executive Officer compared to our other executive officers, given that the Individual Performance Component was determined on an annual basis for our CEO and on a semi-annual basis for all other executive officers.
Annual Cash Incentive Payment for Chief Executive Officer. The calculation to determine the annual cash incentive payment for our Chief Executive Officer was as follows:

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Annual Cash Incentive Payments for Other Named Executive Officers. The calculation to determine the annual cash incentive payments for our named executive officers, other than our Chief Executive Officer, was as follows:
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Annual Cash Incentive Payments for Fiscal 2020
We did not achieve our threshold revenue growth objective for fiscal 2020, and thus, the nominal multiplier for the fiscal year under the Growth Component was 0.00. As adjusted to offset the effects of the export restrictions adopted in May 2019, however, our revenue growth resulted in a multiplier of 0.40.
We achieved the operating profit margin objective in both the first half and the second half of fiscal 2020, resulting in multipliers of 1.05 and 0.85, respectively, for these two periods under the Operating Profit Component.
The performance of our named executive officers (other than our Chief Executive Officer) with respect to the Individual Performance Component for the first half of the fiscal year resulted in multipliers ranging from 0.94 to 1.05. In the second half of the fiscal year, the performance of our incumbent named executive officers resulted in multipliers ranging from 1.05 to 1.10. The performance of our CEO with respect to the Individual Performance Component for the full fiscal year resulted in a multiplier of 1.06.
The target and actual annual cash incentive payments for fiscal 2020 for our named executive officers, based on their achievement against our financial goals and their individual performance goals, were as follows:

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Named Executive Officer Incentive Cash Awards for Fiscal 2020

Named
Executive
Officer
 
Annual Base
Salary (1)
($)
 
Target Annual Cash Incentive (as a percentage of base salary)
 
Target Annual Cash Incentive Payment (1)
($)
 
Cash Incentive Actually Paid (1) ($)
First-Half
Financial Metrics (2)
($)
 
First-Half
Individual
Performance
($)
 
Second-Half
Financial Metrics (3)
($)
 
Second-Half Individual Performance
($)
 
Actual Annual Cash Incentive Payment
($)
Victor Peng
 
887,500

 
150
 
1,331,250


227,391

 
N/A

 
 
424,969

 
352,781

(4)
 
1,005,141

Lorenzo A. Flores
 
477,500

 
100
 
477,500

 
85,444

 
54,638

(5)
 
N/A

 
N/A

(6)
 
140,082

William Madden
 
508,750

 
100
 
508,750

 
90,497

 
64,641

(7)
 
159,494

 
68,906

(8)
 
383,538

Salil Raje
 
508,750

 
100
 
508,750

 
90,497

 
64,641

(9)
 
159,494

 
68,906

(10)
 
383,538

Vamsi Boppana
 
432,500

 
80
 
346,000

 
62,475

 
44,625

(11)
 
107,720

 
48,400

(12)
 
263,220

(1)
Target payments and amounts paid are based on percentages of actual base salaries earned during fiscal 2020, except in the case of Mr. Flores, whose base salary and target cash incentive payments, as shown in this table, represent annualized amounts based on his remaining employed through the end of the fiscal year. For purposes of determining cash incentive payouts, salaries are split between the first half and the second half of fiscal 2020 as follows: Mr. Peng - 1H: $412,500, 2H: $475,000; Mr. Flores - 1H: $232,500, 2H: N/A; Mr. Madden - 1H: $246,250, 2H: $262,500; Mr. Raje - 1H: $246,250, 2H: $262,500; and Mr. Boppana - 1H: $212,500, 2H: $220,000.
(2)
The first-half financial metric included only the Operating Profit Component, which was scored at 31% and resulted in a multiplier of 1.05. For more information on the Operating Profit Component, see the section above titled “Performance Components—Operating Profit Component,” and for more information on the calculation of the annual cash incentive payments for the first half of fiscal 2020, see the section above titled “Payment Calculations for Executive Officers.”
(3)
The second-half financial metrics included both the Growth Component and the Operating Profit Component. We did not achieve our revenue growth objective for fiscal 2020 and, thus, the nominal multiplier for the fiscal year under the Growth Component was 0.00. As adjusted to offset the effects of the export restrictions adopted in May 2019, however, our revenue growth resulted in a multiplier of 0.40. The Operating Profit Component for the second half was scored at 28% and resulted in a multiplier of 0.85. For more information on the Growth Component and the Operating Profit Component, see the sections above titled “Performance Components—Growth Component” and “Performance Components—Operating Profit Component.” For more information on the calculation of the annual cash incentive payments for the second half of fiscal 2020, see the section above titled “Payment Calculations for Executive Officers.”
(4)
Represents the actual cash incentive paid to Mr. Peng for fiscal 2020 based on achievement against his specific individual performance goals. For fiscal 2020, Mr. Peng earned 106% of his target bonus attributable to the Individual Performance Component based on: (1) refinement of growth plans with an operating margin and defining a new long-term financial model; (2) achievement of the fiscal 2020 operating plan and completion of the transition to a new organizational structure; (3) execution on corporate development, investor relations and integration goals; and (4) leadership with respect to building, developing and retaining talent and increased focus on company culture, including diversity and workforce productivity.
(5)
Represents the actual cash incentive paid to Mr. Flores for the first half of fiscal 2020 based on achievement against his specific individual performance goals. For the first half of fiscal 2020, Mr. Flores earned 94% of his target annual cash incentive attributable to the Individual Performance Component based on achievement of certain goals relating to: (1) ensuring readiness to achieve financial growth goals; (2) effectively integrating inorganic activities, including systems, financial reporting and relevant operations (e.g. purchasing) as measured by execution to integration plans including IP/Legal entity structure; (3) developing capital strategy for fiscal 2020 and beyond, including debt, capital allocation and share repurchase method; (4) re-architecting ongoing information support infrastructure for maximum speed, efficiency and value; and (5) achieving goals related to organizational alignment and development.
(6)
Mr. Flores resigned as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective October 25, 2019 and did not participate in the 2020 Incentive Plan for the second half of fiscal 2020.
(7)
Represents the actual cash incentive paid to Mr. Madden for the first half of fiscal 2020 based on achievement against his specific individual performance goals. For the first half of fiscal 2020, Mr. Madden earned 105% of his target annual cash incentive attributable to the Individual Performance Component based on: (1) drafting and execution of a comprehensive growth plan for all end markets, sales and marketing strategies and operating plans, including gross margin improvement; (2) drafting and execution on the revenue road map, including account, margin and key customer strategy; (3) delivery of products and intellectual property specific to the Wired and Wireless Group; (4) engagement with customers and product planning for ACAP; and (5) team alignment and development activities, including enhanced communication, surveys and training.
(8)
Represents the actual cash incentive paid to Mr. Madden for the second half of fiscal 2020 based on achievement against his specific individual performance goals. For the second half of fiscal 2020, Mr. Madden earned 105% of his target annual cash incentive attributable to the Individual Performance Component based on: (1) drafting and execution on a comprehensive growth plan for all end markets, sales and marketing strategies and operating plans, including gross margin improvement; (2) drafting and execution on the revenue road map, including account, margin and key customer strategy; (3) delivery of products and intellectual property specific to the Wired and Wireless Group; (4) engagement with customers and product planning for ACAP; and (5) team alignment and development activities, including enhanced communication, surveys and training.
(9)
Represents the actual cash incentive paid to Mr. Raje for the first half of fiscal 2020 based on achievement against his specific individual performance goals. For the first half of fiscal 2020, Mr. Raje earned 105% of his target annual cash incentive attributable to the Individual Performance Component based on achievement of certain goals relating to: (1) drafting and execution on a comprehensive growth plan for all end markets, sales and marketing strategies and operating plans, including gross margin improvement; (2) delivery of key sales initiatives across hyperscalers and proliferation of Alveo board; (3) delivering new product beta in first quarter and production launch in second quarter of fiscal 2020 per release criteria including specific support capabilities; (4) completing planning reviews for various new products and preparing marketing deliverables; and (5) strengthening his organizational capabilities and enhancing workforce strategy.

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(10)
Represents the actual cash incentive paid to Mr. Raje for the second half of fiscal 2020 based on achievement against his specific individual performance goals. For the second half of fiscal 2020, Mr. Raje earned 105% of his target annual cash incentive attributable to the Individual Performance Component based on achievement of certain goals relating to: (1) drafting and execution on a comprehensive growth plan for all end markets, sales and marketing strategies and operating plans, including gross margin improvement; (2) delivery of key sales initiatives across hyperscalers, and driving revenue target and proliferation of Alveo boards; (3) execution on engineering deliverables for key data center group projects; (4) completion of product planning reviews and execution for key data center group projects; and (5) driving organizational excellence and workforce strategy, including greater management ownership, alignment, efficiencies and collaboration.
(11)
Represents the actual cash incentive paid to Mr. Boppana for the first half of fiscal 2020 based on achievement against his specific individual performance goals. For the first half of fiscal 2020, Mr. Boppana earned 105% of his target annual cash incentive attributable to the Individual Performance Component based on: (1) drafting and execution on a comprehensive growth plan for all end markets, sales and marketing strategies and operating plans, including gross margin improvement; (2) driving innovation, ease-of-use, expansion of user-base, agility and productivity; (3) extending product leadership with 16nm, software and AI program execution; (4) driving the Versal program to production and support for customer engagements for competitive positioning and future product planning; and (5) increasing employee productivity and driving diversity, hiring and cross-functional initiatives, including employee development and learning.
(12)
Represents the actual cash incentive paid to Mr. Boppana for the second half of fiscal 2020 based on achievement against his specific individual performance goals. For the second half of fiscal 2020, Mr. Boppana earned 110% of his target annual cash incentive attributable to the Individual Performance Component based on achievement of certain goals relating to: (1) drafting and execution on a comprehensive growth plan for all end markets, sales and marketing strategies and operating plans, including gross margin improvement; (2) driving innovation, ease-of-use, expansion of user-base, agility and productivity; (3) extending product leadership with 16nm, software and AI program execution; (4) driving the Versal program to production and support for customer engagements for competitive positioning and future product planning; and (5) increasing employee productivity and driving diversity, hiring and cross-functional initiatives, including employee development and learning.
Long-Term Equity Incentive Compensation
The Compensation Committee regularly monitors the environment in which we operate and reviews and makes changes to our long-term equity incentive compensation program as necessary to help us meet our goals, including generating long-term stockholder value and attracting, motivating and retaining talent. For fiscal 2020, the Committee granted a mix of performance-based and time-based RSUs to our executive officers, with performance-based RSUs making up the bulk of the equity awards granted to our named executive officers; for fiscal 2020, the mix consisted of 70% performance-based RSUs and 30% time-based RSUs for our Chief Executive Officer and 60% performance-based RSUs and 40% time-based RSUs for our other executive officers. The Committee believes that performance-based RSUs are an important means of aligning pay with performance, but also believes that time-based RSUs serve as a retention tool while still aligning the interests of our executive officers with the interests of our stockholders. For this reason, in fiscal 2020 we began granting time-based RSUs to our CEO, as we did the previous year with respect to our other named executive officers. In general, we prefer to grant our executive officers RSUs rather than stock options, as the higher value of RSU awards allows us to issue fewer shares of our common stock, thereby reducing dilution to our stockholders.
The total value of each RSU award granted to our executive officers during the Focal Review Period (including the value of performance-based RSUs at target) was determined by the Compensation Committee based on an evaluation of corporate and individual performance, internal parity for executive officers at certain levels, a review of compensation peer group data, the pay mix between cash and equity compensation, the Committee’s assessment of the retention value of existing and new equity awards and the recommendations of our Chief Executive Officer (except with respect to his own equity award). The awards granted to our named executive officers during fiscal 2019 had fallen significantly below the 50th percentile relative to awards granted by our peer group companies to officers in comparable positions. The awards granted for fiscal 2020 were above the 60th percentile. Our CEO received the largest target RSU award based on his overall responsibility for our performance and success. His award was in the 75th percentile compared to similar awards granted to other CEOs in our peer group. The size of this award reflected our financial performance in fiscal 2019 compared to other companies in our peer group and the fact that Mr. Peng’s award for the previous year was only in the 15th percentile. For fiscal 2019, our financial performance was near or above the 75th percentile of our peer group on several key metrics, including operating margin, growth in operating income, and total shareholder return, and close to the 70th percentile with respect to revenue growth. Further differentiation was made among our executive officers based on the Committee’s review of the competitive market data for the compensation peer group for their respective positions and its assessment of each individual’s potential future contributions to the Company.

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Focal Review Equity Awards
In May 2019, the Compensation Committee established the total award value of the RSU awards granted to each our executive officers for fiscal 2020, with the value of performance-based RSUs reflecting performance at target. The number of units subject to each award, including performance-based RSUs reflecting target performance, was to be determined based on the total award value divided by the average closing price of our common stock as reported on the Nasdaq Stock Market during the three-month period starting on April 1, 2019 and ending on June 30, 2019, rounded up to the nearest 500 shares. For fiscal 2020, the tentative total award value of the performance-based RSU awards at target and time-based RSU awards granted effective July 10, 2019 for each of our named executive officers was as follows:
Named Executive Officer Fiscal 2020 Tentative Total RSU Share Amounts

Named Executive Officer
 
Tentative Total Award Value ($)
 
Tentative Total Share Amount (1)
Victor Peng
 
9,500,000

 
 
81,500

 
Lorenzo A. Flores (2)
 
1,500,000

 
 
13,000

 
William Madden
 
2,500,000

 
 
21,500

 
Salil Raje
 
2,500,000

 
 
21,500

 
Vamsi Boppana
 
1,500,000

 
 
13,000

 
 
 
(1)
Based on an average closing price of our common stock of $116.58 per share over the three-month period beginning on April 1, 2019 and ending on June 30, 2019. Mr. Peng’s award consisted of both performance-based awards, which made up 70% of his award (based on achievement of performance goals at 100% of target), and time-based awards, which made up 30% of his award. The awards for the other named executive officers consisted of both performance-based awards, which made up 60% of each award (based on achievement of performance goals at 100% of target), and time-based awards, which made up 40% of each award. The amount of each time-based award is shown in the table below titled “Named Executive Officer Fiscal 2020 Time-Based RSU Awards.” The target value of each performance-based award, as well as the final value determined on the basis of actual performance, is shown in the table below titled “Named Executive Officer Fiscal 2020 Performance-Based RSU Awards.”
(2)
Mr. Flores’s employment terminated on October 31, 2019, at which time he forfeited the RSU awards granted to him effective July 10, 2019.
Fiscal 2020 Time-Based RSU Awards
In May 2019, the Compensation Committee approved the grant of time-based RSU awards to our executive officers, effective July 10, 2019. The following table sets forth the number of units that may be settled for shares of our common stock awarded to each of our named executive officers in fiscal 2020 with respect to their time-based RSU awards based on the above criteria:
Named Executive Officer Fiscal 2020 Time-Based RSU Awards
Named Executive Officer
 
Shares Subject to Time-Based RSU Award (1)
Victor Peng
 
24,450

 
Lorenzo A. Flores (2)
 
5,200

 
William Madden
 
8,600

 
Salil Raje
 
8,600

 
Vamsi Boppana
 
5,200

 
 
 
(1)
Represents 30% of the tentative total share amount shown for Mr. Peng and 40% of the tentative total share amount shown for each of the other named executive officers in the table above titled “Named Executive Officer Fiscal 2020 Tentative Total RSU Share Amounts.”
(2)
Mr. Flores’s employment terminated on October 31, 2019, at which time he forfeited the RSU awards granted to him effective July 10, 2019.
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common stock. Our executive officers are required to retain 45% of the shares of our common stock issued in settlement of these RSU awards until their respective stock ownership requirements are satisfied.
Fiscal 2020 Performance-Based RSU Awards
In May 2019, the Compensation Committee also approved grants of performance-based RSU awards to our executive officers, effective July 10, 2019. The units subject to the performance-based RSU awards were to be earned based on our achievement of pre-established financial and operational goals over a one-year performance period corresponding with our 2020 fiscal year. The number of earned units could increase with over-achievement of the applicable performance goals, to an aggregate maximum of 187.5% of the target number of units subject to the awards, or could decrease for under-achievement of the performance goals, with the possibility of no units being earned. Once the number of earned units is determined, they vest in three equal annual installments, the first of which occurs on the first anniversary of the effective date of the grant, subject to the officer’s continuous service over the vesting period. Upon vesting, they are settled for shares of our common stock.
The four performance components applicable to the fiscal 2020 performance-based RSU awards were:
Overall revenue, weighted at 25% (the Overall Revenue Component);
New product revenue, weighted at 25% (the New Product Revenue Component);
EBITDA growth, weighted at 25% (the EBITDA Growth Component); and
Strategic Market and Product Execution, weighted at 25% (the Strategic Market and Product Execution Component).
As discussed above under “Executive Summary—Fiscal 2020 Compensation Highlights,” in considering our financial performance for purposes of determining the incentive awards earned in fiscal 2020, the Compensation Committee, with the advice of its compensation consultant, made certain adjustments to offset the effects of the export restrictions imposed by the BIS in May 2019. For purposes of determining the amounts of performance-based RSU awards earned during fiscal 2020, these adjustments affected the Overall Revenue Component, the New Product Revenue Component and the EBITDA Growth Component.
The four performance components operated as follows:
Overall Revenue Component. The Overall Revenue Component was designed to measure and reward achievement of certain levels of our total overall revenue from all sources. The Overall Revenue Component was selected as a metric because of its importance to achieving our overall financial results and driving stockholder value.
The Overall Revenue Component was subject to a revenue threshold requirement and a multiplier that increased to a maximum of 2.00 depending on the revenue attainment for our overall total revenue for fiscal 2020. For fiscal 2020, the Overall Revenue Component threshold was $3.185 billion, at which point the payout multiplier was 0.10, with any revenue level below this threshold resulting in a payout multiplier of 0.00. At the target total revenue level of $3.5 billion or above, but less than $3.555 billion, the Overall Revenue Component payout multiplier was 1.00. Then, at total revenue of $3.735 billion or above, the Overall Revenue Component multiplier was 2.00. In fiscal 2020, we did not achieve our threshold of $3.185 billion in total revenue, and thus the nominal multiplier for the Overall Revenue Component was 0.00. As adjusted to offset the effects of the export restrictions described above, our total revenue was determined to be $3.305 billion, resulting in an Overall Revenue Component multiplier of 0.50.
New Product Revenue Component. The New Product Revenue Component was designed to measure and reward achievement of certain levels from new products as identified by management and approved by the Compensation Committee, including Ultrascale, Ultrascale+, XBB and Versal. The New Product Revenue Component was selected as a metric because of the importance of these products to our overall technology and product strategy.
The New Product Revenue Component was subject to a revenue threshold requirement and a multiplier that increased to a maximum of 2.00 depending on the revenue attainment for our identified new products for fiscal 2020. For fiscal 2020, the New Product Revenue Component threshold was $1.535 billion, at which point the payout multiplier was 0.10, with any product revenue level below this threshold resulting in a payout multiplier of 0.00. At the target product revenue level of $1.7 billion, the New Product Revenue Component payout multiplier was 1.00. Then, at product revenue of $1.895 billion or above, the New Product Revenue Component multiplier was 2.00. In fiscal 2020, we did not achieve our threshold of $1.535 million in product revenue for the New Product Revenue Component, and thus the nominal multiplier for the New Product Revenue Component was 0.00. As adjusted to offset the effects of the export restrictions described above, our new product revenue was determined to be $1.55 billion, resulting in a New Product Revenue Component multiplier of 0.20.
EBITDA Growth Component. The EBITDA Growth Component was designed to measure and reward improvement in the growth of the Company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The EBITDA Growth Component was selected as a metric because it was considered an efficient way to measure the Company’s operating performance.
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point the payout multiplier was 0.10, with any EBITDA growth level below this threshold resulting in a payout multiplier of 0.00. At the target EBITDA growth level of 7.50%, the EBITDA Growth Component payout multiplier was 1.00. Then, at EBITDA growth of 15.00% or above, the EBITDA Growth Component multiplier was 2.00. In fiscal 2020, we did not achieve our threshold EBITDA growth, and thus the nominal multiplier for the EBITDA Growth Component was 0.00. As adjusted to offset the effects of the export restrictions described above, our EBITDA growth was determined to be 3.25%, resulting in an EBITDA Growth Component multiplier of 0.50.
Strategic Market and Product Execution Component. The Strategic Market and Product Execution Component was designed to measure and reward significant achievements in four distinct categories: product leadership, core vertical markets, data center group and wired and wireless group. These categories were equally weighted. For the product leadership category, this involved enhancing our software leadership as measured by various third party scorecards, increasing our efficiency in executing on various timelines against product schedules and growing adoption of our Versal platform based on designated metrics. For the core vertical markets category, this involved achieving strategic design wins in several designated categories, executing on test, measurement and emulation goals for a key partner and growing adoption for our Versal platform based on designated metrics. For the data center group category, this involved recording strategic wins in three designated market areas, successfully executing on various software and hardware milestones against schedule and successfully completing a variety of marketing deliverables. For the wired and wireless group category, this involved achieving one targeted and several additional strategic design wins, successfully executing on various software and hardware milestones against schedule and furthering the adoption of a new technology by launching production on various new components.
At the end of the fiscal year, we evaluated the Company’s performance in each category according to a scale that reflected the targeted outcome and the range of outcomes we considered achievable and assigned a numeric score based on this evaluation. The Strategic Market and Product Execution Component was subject to a threshold score requirement and a multiplier that increased to a maximum of 1.50 depending on the level of achievement of the desired outcomes for fiscal 2020. For fiscal 2020, the Strategic Market and Product Execution Component threshold score was 40 points, at which point the payout multiplier was 0.50, with any score below this threshold resulting in a payout multiplier of 0.00. At the target score of 80 points, the Strategic Market and Product Execution Component payout multiplier was 1.00. Then, at any score above 112 points, the Strategic Market and Product Execution Component multiplier was 1.50. For fiscal 2020, we achieved a score of 64 for the Strategic Market and Product Execution Component, and thus the multiplier for this component was 0.80.
The long-term incentive compensation framework as described above is illustrated in the following chart:
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The following table sets forth the long-term incentive compensation performance goals, their percentage weightings and achievements, and the total multiplier for fiscal 2020, based on the nominal performance levels achieved during the fiscal year and the performance levels as adjusted to offset the effects of the export restrictions that took effect in May 2019:

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Long-Term Equity Incentive Performance Goals for Fiscal 2020
 
 
 
 
Nominal
 
Adjusted
Metric
 
Weight
 
Achievement
 
Multiplier
 
Achievement
 
Multiplier
Overall Revenue
 
25%
 
0.00
 
0.00
 
0.50
 
0.125
 
New Product Revenue
 
25%
 
0.00
 
0.00
 
0.20
 
0.05
 
EBITDA Growth
 
25%
 
0.00
 
0.00
 
0.50
 
0.125
 
Strategic Market and Product Execution
 
25%
 
0.80
 
0.20
 
0.80
 
0.20
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 
0.20
 
 
 
0.50
 
The following table sets forth the target and actual number of shares of our common stock awarded to each of our named executive officers in fiscal 2020 with respect to their performance-based RSU awards, based on the considerations described above:
Named Executive Officer Fiscal 2020 Performance-Based RSU Awards
Name
 
Shares Subject to Performance-Based RSU Award (Target) (1)
 
Shares Subject to Performance-Based RSU Award (Actual) (2)
 
Actual Value at Fiscal Year-End (3)
Victor Peng
 
57,050

 
 
28,525

 
 
$2,145,651
 
Lorenzo Flores (4)
 
7,800

 
 
3,900

 
 
$293,358
 
William Madden
 
12,900

 
 
6,450

 
 
$485,169
 
Salil Raje
 
12,900

 
 
6,450

 
 
$485,169
 
Vamsi Boppana
 
7,800

 
 
3,900

 
 
$293,358
 
 
 
 
(1)
This column represents the number of shares of common stock subject to the performance-based RSU awards for fiscal 2020 based on achievement of the performance goals at 100% of target. The amount shown for Mr. Peng represents 70% of the amount shown for Mr. Peng in the table above titled “Named Executive Officer Fiscal 2020 Tentative Total RSU Share Amounts,” and the amount shown for each of the other named executive officers represents 60% of the amount shown for such named executive officer in that table. Actual earned shares for fiscal 2020 may range from 0% to 187.5% of target depending on the level of performance.

(2)
This column represents the actual number of shares of our common stock subject to each award earned, based on an adjusted multiplier for performance achievement of 0.50.
(3)
This column represents the value of the shares subject to each award at March 27, 2020, the last trading day of our fiscal year, based on the closing price of our common stock of $75.22 per share.
(4)
Mr. Flores’s employment terminated prior to the end of fiscal 2020 and, as a result, he did not receive any of the shares subject to his performance-based RSU awards.
These RSU awards vest in three equal annual installments for periods ending on the first three anniversaries of July 10, 2019, subject to the officer’s continuous service over the vesting period. Our executive officers are required to retain 45% of the shares of our common stock issued in settlement of these RSU awards until their respective stock ownership requirements are satisfied.
Generally Available Benefit Plans
We maintain generally available benefit programs in which our executive officers may participate. Under our employee stock purchase plan, employees are able to purchase shares of our common stock at a discounted price. We also maintain a tax-qualified 401(k) plan for employees in the U.S., which provides for broad-based employee participation. Under the 401(k) plan, we match up to 50% of an employee’s first 8% of compensation that the employee contributes to his or her 401(k) account, up to a maximum per calendar year of $4,500 per employee. We also provide a “true-up” for participants who did not receive their maximum matching contribution during a 401(k) plan year as a result of meeting their contribution limits early in the year. We make matching contributions to help attract and retain employees, and to provide an additional incentive for our employees to save for their retirement in a tax-favored manner. We do not maintain any guaranteed pension plan or other defined benefit plan.
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programs, health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, educational assistance, employee assistance and certain other benefits. The terms of these benefits are essentially the same for all eligible employees.
Deferred Compensation Plan
We maintain an unfunded, nonqualified deferred compensation plan which allows eligible participants, including our executive officers and members of the Board, to voluntarily defer receipt of a portion or all of their base salary, annual cash incentive payment or director fees, as the case may be, until the date or dates elected by the participants, thereby allowing the participating employees and directors to defer taxation on such amounts. For more information about this plan, see the section below entitled “Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan.” We do not maintain a supplemental executive retirement plan (SERP) or similar defined benefit deferred compensation plan for any of our employees.
Perquisites and Other Personal Benefits
We generally do not provide perquisites or other personal benefits to our executive officers except in situations where we believe it is appropriate to assist an individual in the performance of his or her duties, to make him or her more efficient and effective and for recruitment and retention purposes.
Consistent with our compensation philosophy, we intend to continue to maintain market-competitive benefits for all employees, including our executive officers, provided that the Compensation Committee may revise, amend or augment an executive officer’s perquisites or other personal benefits if it deems it advisable in order to remain competitive with comparable companies or retain an individual whose services are critical to us. We believe the benefits we offer are currently at competitive levels with comparable companies.
Employment and Change of Control Severance Arrangements
We have entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Peng, our CEO. This agreement governs the terms of his compensation and, in addition, provides for certain payments and benefits in the event of certain qualifying terminations of employment, including a termination of employment in connection with a change in control of the Company. The terms of Mr. Peng’s employment agreement are discussed in greater detail below in the section entitled “Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control.”
In filling each of our executive positions, we have recognized the need to develop competitive compensation packages to attract qualified candidates in a dynamic labor market. At the same time, in formulating these compensation packages, we have been sensitive to the need to integrate new executive officers into the executive compensation structure that we have developed, balancing both competitive and internal equity considerations. Each of these arrangements provides for “at will” employment.
We have approved post-employment compensation arrangements for each of our executive officers in the event of a change of control. We believe that having in place reasonable and competitive post-employment compensation arrangements are essential to attracting and retaining highly-qualified executive officers. These arrangements are designed to provide reasonable compensation to executive officers whose employment terminates under certain circumstances following a change of control.
Under our post-employment compensation arrangements with our CEO and our other executive officers, payments and benefits in the event of a change in control of the Company are payable only if there is a subsequent qualifying loss of employment by a named executive officer (commonly referred to as a “double-trigger” arrangement). In the case of the acceleration of vesting of outstanding equity awards, we use this double-trigger arrangement to protect against the loss of retention value following a change in control of the Company and to avoid windfalls, both of which could occur if vesting of either equity or cash-based awards accelerated automatically as a result of the transaction.
We believe that these arrangements are designed to offer compensation packages that are competitive and to align the interests of our executive officers and our stockholders when considering our long-term future. The primary purpose of these arrangements is to keep our most senior executive officers focused on pursuing all corporate transaction activity that is in the best interests of our stockholders regardless of whether those transactions may result in their own job loss. Reasonable post-acquisition payments and benefits should serve the interests of both the executive officer and our stockholders.
Historically, we have avoided the use of excise tax payments (or “gross-ups”) relating to a change in control of the Company and have no such obligations in place with respect to any of our named executive officers. Consistent with our historical practice, we intend to continue to refrain from providing excise tax payments relating to a change in control of the Company.
For detailed descriptions of the post-employment compensation arrangements we maintained with our named executive officers for fiscal 2020, as well as an estimate of the potential payments and benefits payable under these arrangements, see the section below entitled “Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control.”

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Equity Award Grant Guidelines
We have adopted written procedures for the grant of equity awards. With respect to grants to executive officers and other employees, the Compensation Committee reserves the authority to make grants at such time and with such terms as it deems appropriate in its discretion, subject to the terms of our 2007 Equity Plan. The 2007 Equity Plan requires that all awards be subject to either time-based vesting (with no portion of the award vesting earlier than one year after the date of grant) or performance-based vesting. Generally, grants of equity awards are made to our executive officers based on and in connection with the annual review during the Focal Review Period.
The Compensation Committee determines individual grants to each executive officer based on a variety of factors that it determines to be relevant and appropriate at the time of grant. These factors typically have included the executive officer’s job performance, skill set, prior experience and time in the position, as well as external market data, internal equity, the size and value of the individual’s unvested equity awards, the desire to attract and retain talent, dilutive effect of grant size and business conditions. The Committee also periodically grants equity awards for new hires and promotions.
We have not granted, nor do we intend to grant in the future, equity awards to executive officers in anticipation of the release of material nonpublic information that is likely to result in changes to the price of our common stock, such as a significant positive or negative earnings announcement. Similarly, the Compensation Committee has not timed, nor does it intend to time in the future, the release of material non-public information based on equity grant dates. In any event, because equity compensation awards typically vest over three or four-year periods, the effect of any immediate increase in the price of our common stock following grant is minimal.
The Board has delegated to our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer limited authority to approve equity award grants to non-officer employees pursuant to the terms of the 2007 Equity Plan, subject to pre-determined guidelines. The Compensation Committee is responsible for determining and granting all equity awards to executive officers.
Other Compensation Policies
Stock Ownership Guidelines
We have adopted stock ownership guidelines for our executive officers to align more closely their interests with those of our stockholders. Under these guidelines:
our Chief Executive Officer is required to own shares of our stock having a value of at least $4.5 million;
executive vice presidents are required to own shares of our common stock having a value of at least $1.0 million; and
senior vice presidents who are executive officers for purposes of Section 16 of the Exchange Act are required to own shares of our common stock having a value of at least $750,000.
All such executive officers must retain 45% of the shares issued in settlement of their RSU awards until their respective stock ownership requirements are met. To date, of our named executive officers (other than Mr. Flores, who is no longer with the Company), Messrs. Peng and Raje have satisfied the applicable stock ownership guidelines and Messrs. Boppana and Madden have not yet satisfied the applicable guidelines.
Clawback Policy
The Board has adopted a policy for seeking the return (clawback) from our executive officers of compensation to the extent such amounts were paid due to financial results that later had to be restated, subject to the terms described below. The policy provides that to the extent the Board (or any committee thereof) and the Company determine appropriate, we may require reimbursement of all or a portion of any bonus, incentive payment, commission, equity-based award or other compensation granted to and received by or for an executive officer beginning in fiscal 2009, where:
the compensation was predicated upon achieving certain financial results that were subsequently the subject of a substantial restatement of financial statements filed with the SEC;
the Board (or a committee thereof) determines that the executive officer engaged in intentional misconduct that was directly responsible for the substantial restatement; and
a reduced amount of compensation would have been paid to the executive officer based upon the restated financial results.
We intend for such policy to comply with the requirements of Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 pertaining to the recovery of executive compensation once the SEC adopts final rules implementing this provision.

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Policy Against Hedging and Pledging Transactions
All employees, including our executive officers, as well as all directors, are subject to our Insider Trading Policy. Our Insider Trading Policy prohibits any employee or director from hedging, engaging in short sales, participating in exchange funds or entering into any transaction, investment or arrangement that is intended or may be expected to increase in value if the market value of our common stock falls (such as buying “put” options). In addition, our Insider Trading Policy prohibits any employee, including any executive officer, from holding shares of our common stock in a margin account or pledging shares of our common stock.
Trading Plans
We have a corporate policy regarding Exchange Act Rule 10b5-1 trading plans, pursuant to which key terms of the 10b5-1 trading plans adopted by any of our executive officers or members of the Board are disclosed on our website at www.investor.xilinx.com.
Tax and Accounting Treatment of Compensation
Generally, Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code disallows a federal income tax deduction for public corporations with respect to remuneration in excess of $1 million paid in any fiscal year to “covered employees.” Under Section 162(m), “covered employees” are any individuals who served as the principal executive officer or principal financial officer at any time during the taxable year, each of the three other most highly-compensated executive officers whose compensation may be required to be disclosed to stockholders under the Exchange Act in any taxable year, and each person who was a covered employee for any taxable year beginning after December 31, 2016.
Prior to the effectiveness of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the limitation on deductibility pursuant to Section 162(m) did not apply to compensation that qualified under applicable regulations as “performance-based compensation.” Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the performance-based compensation exception to Section 162(m) was repealed, effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Accordingly, commencing with our fiscal year ended March 30, 2019, compensation to our covered employees in excess of $1 million is generally not deductible. Remuneration in excess of $1 million will remain exempt from this deduction limit if it qualifies as “performance-based compensation” within the meaning of Section 162(m) as in effect prior to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and is payable pursuant to a binding written agreement in effect on November 2, 2017 that has not been modified in any material respect on or after that date. Also, all remuneration paid to our principal financial officer pursuant to a binding written agreement in effect on November 2, 2017 that has not been modified in any material respect on or after that date is exempt from the deduction limitation of Section 162(m). Because of the technical nature of the application and interpretation of Section 162(m) and the regulations and guidance issued thereunder, there is no assurance that any compensation granted in the past that was intended to satisfy the requirements for deductibility under Section 162(m) actually was or will ultimately be deductible.
In designing our executive compensation program and determining the compensation of our executive officers, the Compensation Committee considers a variety of factors, including the possibility that certain forms of compensation may be deductible for tax purposes. However, interpretations of and changes in the tax law and other factors beyond the Committee’s control also affect the deductibility of compensation.
To maintain flexibility to compensate our executive officers in a manner designed to promote our short-term and long-term corporate goals, the Compensation Committee has not adopted a policy that all compensation must be deductible. The Committee believes that our stockholders’ interests are best served if its discretion and flexibility in awarding compensation is not restricted, even though some compensation awards may result in non-deductible compensation expense. From time to time, the Committee may approve compensation for our named executive officers that is not deductible when it believes that such compensation is consistent with the goals of our executive compensation program and is in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders.
Accounting Considerations
We account for the equity awards granted to our employees, including executive officers, and the non-employee members of our Board of Directors in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, which requires us to estimate and record expense for each award of equity compensation over the service period of the award.
Compensation-Related Risks
The Compensation Committee considers potential risks when reviewing and approving our executive and general employee compensation programs. The Committee, in cooperation with management, has reviewed our existing compensation programs and believes that the mix and design of the elements of such programs does not encourage management to assume excessive risks and accordingly are not reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. Our programs have been balanced to focus on both short-term and long-term financial and operational performance through prudent business judgment and appropriate, measured risk-taking.
Our annual cash incentive plans are designed to reward financial and operational performance in areas we consider critical to our short-term and long-term success. The annual cash incentive plan for our executive officers is based on a combination of corporate

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financial performance and individual strategic and operational goals. The financial performance component is based on multiple financial metrics that counterbalance each other, decreasing the likelihood that our executive officers will pursue any one metric to the detriment of overall financial performance. The Operating Profit Component is designed to reward improvements in our operating profit, and the Growth Component is designed to measure and reward increases in our revenue growth year over year. These metrics limit the likelihood that an executive officer may be rewarded for taking excessive risk on our behalf by, for example, seeking revenue-enhancing opportunities at the expense of profitability. In addition, there are caps on annual cash incentive payments in all the components of the annual cash incentive plan; for fiscal 2020, the Operating Profit Component and Growth Component multipliers were each capped at 2.00, and the Individual Performance Component multiplier was capped at 1.50. These limitations and caps eliminate the risk of compensation windfalls resulting from uncapped annual cash incentives.
The individual strategic and operational goals established at the beginning of the fiscal year for our Chief Executive Officer are reviewed and discussed with the Board and approved by the Compensation Committee, and the individual strategic and operational goals established at the beginning of the fiscal year for each of our other executive officers are reviewed and discussed with the Committee and approved by our CEO.
Further, annual cash incentive payments for our executive officers are approved by the Compensation Committee. This multi-layer approval process in the goal-setting and payment approval process reduces the risk of improper awards.
The annual cash incentive plan for employees other than executive officers is based on our corporate financial performance using operating profit margin, weighted at 80%, and revenue growth, weighted at 20%. This measure is intended to align the interests of participating employees with enhancement of profitability and revenue growth. For each period, participating employees establish individual goals that support key company objectives and are assigned a bonus multiplier. They earn cash awards from the available incentive pool based on the extent of their goal achievement and the applicable multipliers for financial and individual performance. Individual bonus award opportunities are expressed as a percentage of an employee’s eligible earnings (ranging from 8% up to 30% of eligible earnings), and payments are capped at 150% of the employee’s bonus target for the applicable performance period. The modest size of the potential bonuses, the fact that bonuses are funded solely by actual financial performance, and the overall cap eliminate the risk of compensation windfalls resulting from uncapped annual cash incentives.
Our equity incentive program is designed to promote long-term performance. During fiscal 2020, our equity incentive program contained a mix of time-based RSU awards and performance-based RSU awards. Time-based RSU awards vest annually over a four-year vesting period. Performance-based RSU awards granted to our executive officers are earned over a one-year performance period, and the earned shares then vest in three equal annual installments, beginning on the first anniversary of the grant date.
We have also adopted stock ownership guidelines that further align the interests of our executive officers and stockholders and promote long-term focus on our growth since these guidelines ensure that our executive officers retain the downside risk of stock ownership for an extended period of time. Therefore, the Compensation Committee believes that our equity incentive program does not encourage unnecessary or excessive risk taking by our executive officers since their equity awards are subject to long-term vesting schedules and the ultimate value of the awards is tied to the changes in value of our common stock. The stock ownership guidelines combined with our long-term vesting schedules help to ensure that our executive officers and other employees have significant value tied to long-term stock price performance.
Our Board of Directors has also adopted a clawback policy (as described above) whereby we may seek a return from our executive officers of compensation to the extent such compensation was paid due to financial results that later had to be restated.
We have also adopted corporate policies to encourage diligence, prudent decision-making and oversight during the goal-setting and review process. The processes that are in place to manage and control risk include the following:
The Compensation Committee approves the payment scale for the Operating Profit Component and Growth Component.
The Compensation Committee sets the financial metrics at reasonable levels in light of past performance and market conditions.
Payments under the annual cash incentive plan for our executive officers are subject to approval of the Compensation Committee.
The Compensation Committee retains discretion in administering all awards and in determining performance achievement.
We also have implemented a number of controls such as our Code of Conduct, our clawback policy and quarterly sub-certification process for all executive officers in order to mitigate the risk of unethical behavior.


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Summary Compensation Table
The following table provides compensation information for the named executive officers:
Name and Position
 
Year
 
Salary (1)
($)
 
Stock
Awards (2)
($)
 
Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
(3) ($)
 
All Other
Compensation (4) ($)
 
Total
($)
Victor Peng (5)(6)
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
2020
 
887,500

 
 
9,324,173

 
 
1,005,141

 
 
5,438

 
 
11,222,252

 
2019
 
700,000

 
 
4,181,520

 
 
1,703,625

 
 
4,662

 
 
6,589,807

 
2018
 
576,731

 
 
2,664,235

 
 
861,116

 
 
7,588

 
 
4,109,670

Lorenzo A. Flores (7)
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
 
2020
 
275,218

 
 
1,486,386

 
 
140,081

 
 
100

 
 
1,901,785

 
2019
 
440,000

 
 
1,127,160

 
 
675,400

 
 
4,584

 
 
2,247,144

 
2018
 
415,417

 
 
917,270

 
 
390,587

 
 
4,817

 
 
1,728,091

William Madden
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Wired and Wireless Group
 
2020
 
508,750

 
 
2,458,254

 
 
383,538

 
 
6,488

 
 
3,357,030

 
2019
 
445,000

 
 
1,471,570

 
 
699,688

 
 
4,950

 
 
2,621,208

 
2018
 
398,750

 
 
917,270

 
 
375,640

 
 
4,538

 
 
1,696,198

Salil Raje (6)(8)
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Data Center Group
 
2020
 
508,750

 
 
2,458,254

 
 
383,538

 
 
5,708

 
 
3,356,250

 
2019
 
445,000

 
 
1,471,570

 
 
699,688

 
 
5,829

 
 
2,622,087

Vamsi Boppana (8)
Senior Vice President, Central Products Group