2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Message From Our Board of Directors

Dear Shareholders,

We take seriously the trust you place in us by your purchase of Service Corporation International shares, and we are honored to be stewards of your Company. Below we share with you a few key highlights for 2017.

2017 Company Performance and Compensation Alignment

We are fully committed to helping SCI deliver excellent operating results and create attractive shareholder returns. The Company’s performance in 2017 resulted in increased adjusted earnings per share, cash flows, and continued growth in return on equity. During 2017, we delivered total shareholder return of 34%, which exceeded the S&P 500 return of 22%. Over the medium to long term (3 to 10 years), we continue to significantly outperform the major indices. As we look ahead to 2018, our focus continues to be on enhancing shareholder value.

The Compensation Committee understands the focus on aligning executive pay with performance and strongly believes the Company currently aligns pay and performance. At last year’s annual meeting, our advisory “say-on-pay” proposal received the support of over 90% of the votes cast.

Effective in 2018, we made changes to the performance unit plan to add return on equity as a modifier to the total shareholder return metric in response to shareholder feedback. Additionally, we changed the performance units to be denominated in SCI shares rather than units, which we believe will further link share performance of the Company with the payouts from of the plan.

We believe these changes are responsive to your feedback and reinforce the link between our executive team and our shareholders.

Board Refreshment

Self-Assessment Process

As part of the regular self-assessment process, we consider the current composition and the unique contributions of each current or prospective Director. We attempt to recruit Directors with specialized experience, such as in technology or financial services, as well as Directors whose experience is not represented or is underrepresented on the Board. Mixing new and longer-tenured Directors with different skill sets adds valuable perspectives and knowledge to the Board.

Succession Planning

Succession planning is a vitally important concern. We strategically focus on Board composition and make the most of the opportunities to refresh the Board with desired experience and diversity.

Shareholder Engagement

The Company maintains dialogue with large institutional investors and proxy advisory firms. Key shareholders have a vested interest and valuable insight into the competency and contribution of the Board members.

As a part of the succession planning process, we considered shareholder feedback and our commitment to tenure and diversity. We strengthened our Lead Director’s responsibilities by making revisions to the Company's Bylaws to permit the Lead Director to call a special meeting of the Board and preside over Board meetings in the absence of the Board Chair. We have enhanced our policies, specifically our Corporate Governance Guidelines, to clearly outline our policies and expectations for diversity and inclusion.

Board Tenure, Diversity, and Corporate Governance Guidelines

Board recruitment and diversity are priorities for us. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee strives to maintain an engaged, independent Board with broad and diverse experience and judgment that is committed to representing the long-term interests of our shareholders. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is charged with reviewing the composition of the Board and refreshing the members as appropriate. With this in mind, the Committee continuously reviews potential candidates and recommends nominees to the Board for approval.

The majority of the Board of Directors of SCI will be comprised of independent Directors, meaning Directors who have no material relationship with SCI (either directly or as a partner, shareholder, or officer of an organization that has a material relationship with SCI). In addition, the Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees of SCI will be composed entirely of independent Directors.

As part of our succession planning efforts, we have considered shareholder feedback on the tenure and diversity of Directors. In response, we have two new Director nominees; Ms. Jakki Haussler and Ms. Sara Martinez Tucker. After 56 years of meaningful contributions, in order to recruit the next generation of leaders for our Board, Mr. R.L. Waltrip has decided not to seek another term as an elected member of our Board of Directors. As Mr. Waltrip is an icon and pioneer in our industry he will continue to serve in his capacity as Founder and Chairman Emeritus for the Company. Citing the same reasons as Mr. Waltrip, and after over 35 years of service, Mr. John W. Mecom, Jr. has also informed the Board of his intention not to seek reelection once his term ends in May 2019. Therefore, the Board will temporarily increase its size to twelve members for one year.

Service Corporation International believes in a strong corporate culture that invests in diversity and inclusion, creating one of the greatest competitive advantages a company can maintain. In no area of business is corporate leadership more essential to generating progress than in guiding our Company through the culture shift of embracing diversity and inspiring inclusiveness. We are creating a Board that is a direct reflection of our Company’s values.

Lead Independent Director - Tony Coelho

Key Duties and Responsibilities of Lead Independent Director:

  • Preside over independent executive sessions held on a regular basis
  • Serve as liaison to the Chairperson
  • Engage in performance evaluation of directors and CEO
  • Interview Director candidates
  • Communicate with shareholders
  • Consult with committee chairpersons
  • Authorized to call a special meeting of the Directors*
*Enhanced Lead Director responsibilities effective in 2018.

Communicating Your Viewpoints with the Board

We value dialogue with our shareholders. We believe our ongoing shareholder outreach efforts have allowed us to better understand the viewpoints of our shareholders as well as providing an opportunity to communicate with transparency about what the Board is doing and why our decisions are aligned with business goals.

Shareholders and other interested parties may communicate with any of the independent Directors, including Committee Chairs and the Lead Independent Director, by using the following address: 

Service Corporation International Lead Independent Director c/o
Office of Corporate Secretary
1929 Allen Parkway
Houston, TX 77019
Email: leaddirector@sci-us.com

Thank you for the trust you place in us and for your continued investment in Service Corporation International.


Anthony L. Coelho

Lead Independent Director

Thomas L. Ryan

Chairman and CEO

Alan R. Buckwalter, III

Victor L. Lund

John W. Mecom, Jr.


Clifton H. Morris, Jr.

Ellen Ochoa


Robert L. Waltrip

W. Blair Waltrip


Marcus A. Watts

Edward E. Williams