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

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NOTICE OF 2018 ANNUAL MEETING
OF SHAREHOLDERS AND
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Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
22 Sylvan Way
Parsippany, New Jersey 07054

April 6, 2018

Dear Fellow Shareholder:

On behalf of the entire Board I would like to start by thanking you for the trust you have placed in us to act as stewards of your Company. As your Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, I am proud to lead a Board that is dedicated to serving you. You are cordially invited to attend the 2018 annual meeting of shareholders to be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. local time at Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, 22 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054.

Our Planned Spin-Off & Other Transactions*

We have been busy here at Wyndham Worldwide seeking to execute strategies designed to unlock shareholder value and enable strong growth across our businesses.

In August 2017, we announced plans to spin-off our hotel business, which is expected to result in two separate, publicly traded companies. As a result of the planned transaction, our Hotel Group business will become a new, publicly traded hotel franchising and management company, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (Wyndham Hotels). Our Vacation Ownership business, the largest timeshare company in the world, will be combined with our Destination Network business, home to RCI, the world's largest timeshare exchange company. The combined timeshare and vacation exchange company will be renamed Wyndham Destinations Inc. (Wyndham Destinations). The transaction will be effected through a pro-rata distribution of Wyndham Hotels' common stock to existing Wyndham Worldwide shareholders, which we expect to be completed in the second quarter of 2018. We believe the spin-off is in the best interests of our shareholders, Wyndham Worldwide and our other constituents, as it will result in two publicly traded companies, each with increased strategic flexibility and an enhanced ability to maintain its focus on its core business and growth opportunities, facilitate future capital raising as needed and make the changes necessary to respond to developments in their respective markets.

In connection with the announcement of the planned spin-off, we also announced our intention to explore strategic alternatives for our European vacation rental business. In February 2018, we announced entry into an agreement for the sale of our European vacation rental business to Platinum Equity for approximately $1.3 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018, subject to closing conditions.

In January 2018, we announced that we entered into an agreement to acquire La Quinta Holdings Inc.'s hotel franchising and management businesses for $1.95 billion in cash. This acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018, subject to closing conditions.

For more than a decade, Wyndham Worldwide has focused on providing great experiences for our millions of guests around the world and delivering value and returning capital to our shareholders. Throughout this journey, we have remained guided by a fundamental commitment to deliver reliable growth in a disciplined and responsible way. These shareholder-focused principles will also guide Wyndham Destinations and Wyndham Hotels in the years to come. We thank you for supporting our

   


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mission to welcome people to experience travel the way they want, and look forward to your continued support in the future.

2017 Company Performance and Return of Capital

2017 was a solid year for our Company, with earnings growth and free cash flow generation both in line with our commitments. We continued to return capital to you in 2017 by repurchasing approximately $600 million of our shares under our share repurchase program and paying cash dividends of over $242 million. In February 2017 we increased our dividend by 16% and in February 2018 we further increased it by 14%.

Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation

Our Board is made up of diverse, talented and committed individuals who bring both organizational knowledge and a broad range of perspectives and experiences. In connection with and subject to our planned spin-off and as discussed in this proxy statement, following the 2018 annual meeting our Board and Wyndham Hotels expect to appoint newly constituted boards for Wyndham Destinations and Wyndham Hotels, each comprising certain members of our current Board as well as new appointees. I will serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the boards of both companies and will continue to seek to deliver exceptional shareholder value to you.

Our Compensation Committee works to ensure that executive pay and Company performance are appropriately aligned and continues to incentivize management with the goal of increasing shareholder value. The Committee approved an executive compensation program in 2017 that utilized profitability-based targets to focus our executives on short-term performance and equity awards to promote retention and long-term share price appreciation to drive shareholder value.

For 2017, our Compensation Committee revised the peer group we use for compensation benchmarking and, to further align my interests with yours, we modified my compensation structure in my role as CEO to increase the percentage that was performance-based and at-risk.

I appreciate the opportunity to provide you with our 2017 highlights, most notably the announcement of our planned spin-off and our proposed transactions with La Quinta and Platinum Equity, and encourage you to read the proxy statement carefully for more information. Your vote is very important. Whether or not you plan to attend the 2018 annual meeting, please cast your vote as soon as possible. I look forward to continuing our dialogue in the future and I, along with our outstanding executive team and 38,000 associates worldwide, remain committed to creating even greater shareholder value for you.

Very truly yours,

GRAPHIC

Stephen P. Holmes
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


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WYNDHAM WORLDWIDE CORPORATION

NOTICE OF 2018 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

April 6, 2018

Date:   Thursday, May 17, 2018
Time:   11:30 a.m. local time
Place:   Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
22 Sylvan Way
Parsippany, New Jersey 07054

Purposes of the meeting:

to elect eight Directors for a term expiring at the 2019 annual meeting, with each Director to serve until such Director's successor is elected and qualified or until such Director's earlier resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal. As discussed in the proxy statement under Election of Directors – Expected Composition of our Board Following the Planned Spin-Off, subject to completion of the spin-off, our Board and Wyndham Hotels expect to appoint newly constituted boards for Wyndham Destinations and Wyndham Hotels, each comprising certain members of our current Board as well as new appointees.

to vote on an advisory resolution to approve executive compensation

to vote on a proposal to ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP to serve as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2018

to vote on a proposal to approve the amendment and restatement of the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation 2006 Equity and Incentive Plan (approval of additional shares is not being requested)

to vote on a shareholder proposal regarding political contributions disclosure if properly presented at the meeting

to transact any other business that may be properly brought before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement of the meeting.

The matters specified for voting above are more fully described in the attached proxy statement. Only our shareholders of record at the close of business on March 23, 2018 will be entitled to notice of and to vote at the meeting and any adjournments or postponements for which no new record date is set.

Who may attend the meeting:

Only shareholders, persons holding proxies from shareholders, invited representatives of the media and financial community and other guests of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation may attend the meeting.

What to bring:

If you received (or requested and received) a printed copy of the proxy materials you should bring the enclosed Admission Ticket to gain admission to the meeting. If you received a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (Notice) or voting instructions and will not be requesting a printed copy of the proxy materials please bring the Notice or voting instructions with you as your Admission Ticket.


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All persons attending the meeting must bring photo identification such as a valid driver's license or passport for purposes of personal identification.

If your shares are held in the name of a broker, trust, bank or other nominee, you will also need to bring a proxy, letter or recent account statement from that broker, trust, bank or nominee that confirms that you are the beneficial owner of those shares.

Record Date:

March 23, 2018 is the record date for the meeting. This means that owners of Wyndham Worldwide common stock at the close of business on that date are entitled to:

receive notice of the meeting and

vote at the meeting and any adjournments or postponements of the meeting for which no new record date is set.

Information About the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials:

Instead of mailing a printed copy of our proxy materials, including our Annual Report, to all of our shareholders, we provide access to these materials in a fast and efficient manner via the Internet. This reduces the amount of paper necessary to produce these materials as well as the costs associated with mailing these materials to all shareholders. Accordingly, on or about April 6, 2018, we will begin mailing a Notice to all shareholders as of March 23, 2018, and will post our proxy materials on the website referenced in the Notice. As more fully described in the Notice, shareholders may choose to access our proxy materials on the website referred to in the Notice or may request to receive a printed set of our proxy materials. In addition, the Notice and website provide information regarding how you may request to receive proxy materials in printed form by mail or electronically by email on an ongoing basis.

Householding Information:

We have adopted a procedure approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission called householding. Under this procedure, shareholders of record who have the same address and last name and have not previously requested electronic delivery of proxy materials will receive a single envelope containing the Notices for all shareholders having that address. The Notice for each shareholder will include that shareholder's unique control number needed to vote his or her shares. This procedure will reduce our printing costs and postage fees.

If you do not wish to participate in householding and prefer to receive your Notice in a separate envelope, please contact Broadridge Financial Solutions by calling their toll-free number at (866) 540-7095 or through Broadridge Financial Solutions, Attn.: Householding Department, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, New York 11717.

For those shareholders who have the same address and last name and who request to receive a printed copy of the proxy materials by mail, we will send only one copy of such materials to each address unless one or more of those shareholders notifies us, in the same manner described above, that they wish to receive a printed copy for each shareholder at that address.

Beneficial shareholders may request information about householding from their banks, brokers or other holders of record.

Proxy Voting:

Your vote is important. Please vote your proxy promptly so your shares are represented, even if you plan to attend the annual meeting. You may vote by Internet, by telephone, by requesting a printed copy of the proxy materials and using the enclosed proxy card or in person at the annual meeting.

Our proxy tabulator, Broadridge Financial Solutions, must receive any proxy that will not be delivered in person at the annual meeting by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

    By order of the Board of Directors,

 

 

GRAPHIC
    Scott G. McLester
Corporate Secretary

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PROXY STATEMENT

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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When and where will the annual meeting be held?

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What am I being asked to vote on at the meeting?

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What is the planned spin-off?

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Who may vote and how many votes does a shareholder have?

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How many votes must be present to hold the meeting?

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How do I vote?

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What if I am a participant in the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation Employee Savings Plan?

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How does the Board recommend that I vote?

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How many votes are required to approve each proposal?

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How do I attend the meeting?

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Can I change or revoke my vote?

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How are proxies solicited?

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How do I make a shareholder proposal for the 2019 meeting?

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GOVERNANCE OF THE COMPANY

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Corporate Governance Guidelines

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Director Independence Criteria

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Guidelines for Determining Director Independence

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Committees of the Board

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Committee Membership

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Board Leadership Structure

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Lead Director

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Oversight of Risk Management

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Executive Sessions of Non-Management Directors

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Communications with the Board and Directors

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Director Attendance at Annual Meeting of Shareholders

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Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

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Director Nomination Process

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Compensation of Directors

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2017 Director Compensation Table

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Non-Management Director Stock Ownership Guidelines

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Ownership of Company Stock

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Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

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ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

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Voting Standard and Majority Vote Policy

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Nominees for Election to the Board

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

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Compensation Discussion and Analysis

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Compensation Committee Report

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2017 Summary Compensation Table

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2017 All Other Compensation Table

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2017 Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table

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Outstanding Equity Awards at 2017 Fiscal Year-End Table

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2017 Option Exercises and Stock Vested Table

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2017 Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Table

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Agreements with Named Executive Officers

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Potential Payments on Termination or Change-in-Control

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2017 Pay Ratio Disclosure

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Related Party Transactions

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WYNDHAM WORLDWIDE CORPORATION


PROXY STATEMENT

The enclosed proxy materials are provided to you at the request of the Board of Directors of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (Board) to encourage you to vote your shares at our 2018 annual meeting of shareholders. This proxy statement contains information on matters that will be presented at the meeting and is provided to assist you in voting your shares. References in this proxy statement to "we," "us," "our" and "Wyndham Worldwide" refer to Wyndham Worldwide Corporation and our consolidated subsidiaries.

Our Board made these materials available to you over the Internet or, upon your request, mailed you printed versions of these materials in connection with our 2018 annual meeting. We will mail a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (Notice) to our shareholders beginning on or about April 6, 2018 and will post our proxy materials on our website referenced in the Notice on that same date. We are, on behalf of our Board, soliciting your proxy to vote your shares at our 2018 annual meeting. We solicit proxies to give all shareholders of record an opportunity to vote on matters that will be presented at the annual meeting.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When and where will the annual meeting be held?

The annual meeting will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. local time at Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, 22 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054.

What am I being asked to vote on at the meeting?

You are being asked to vote on the following:

the election of eight Directors for a one-year term, with each Director to serve until such Director's successor is elected and qualified or until such Director's earlier resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal. As discussed below under Election of Directors – Expected Composition of our Board Following the Planned Spin-Off, subject to completion of the spin-off, our Board and Wyndham Hotels expect to appoint newly constituted boards for Wyndham Destinations and Wyndham Hotels, each comprising certain members of our current Board as well as new appointees.

the approval of our executive compensation program

the ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP to serve as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2018

the approval of the amendment and restatement of the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation 2006 Equity and Incentive Plan

a shareholder proposal regarding political contributions disclosure if properly presented at the meeting

to transact any other business that may be properly brought before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement of the meeting

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We are not aware of any other matters that will be brought before the shareholders for a vote at the annual meeting. If any other matters are properly presented for a vote the individuals named as proxies will have discretionary authority to the extent permitted by law to vote on such matters according to their best judgment.

What is the planned spin-off?

In August 2017, we announced plans to spin-off our hotel business, which is expected to result in two separate, publicly traded companies. As a result of the planned transaction, our Hotel Group business will become a new, publicly traded hotel franchising and management company, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (Wyndham Hotels). Our Vacation Ownership business, the largest timeshare company in the world, will be combined with the Destination Network business, home to RCI, the world's largest timeshare exchange company. The combined timeshare and vacation exchange company will be renamed Wyndham Destinations Inc. (Wyndham Destinations). The transaction will be effected through a pro-rata distribution of Wyndham Hotels' common stock to existing Wyndham Worldwide shareholders, which we expect to be completed in the second quarter of 2018. We believe the spin-off is in the best interests of our shareholders, Wyndham Worldwide and our other constituents, as it will result in two publicly traded companies, each with increased strategic flexibility and an enhanced ability to maintain its focus on its core business and growth opportunities, facilitate future capital raising as needed and make the changes necessary to respond to developments in their respective markets. This proxy statement includes disclosure regarding certain determinations made with respect to our executive compensation program, named executive officer matters and our corporate governance structure in connection with the planned spin-off.

Who may vote and how many votes does a shareholder have?

All holders of record of our common stock as of the close of business on March 23, 2018 (record date) are entitled to vote at the meeting. Each shareholder will have one vote for each share of our common stock held as of the close of business on the record date. As of the record date 99,868,337 shares of our common stock were outstanding. There is no cumulative voting and the holders of our common stock vote together as a single class.

How many votes must be present to hold the meeting?

The holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of our common stock entitled to vote at the meeting, or 49,934,169 shares, also known as a quorum, must be present in person or by proxy at the meeting in order to constitute a quorum necessary to conduct the meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted for the purposes of establishing a quorum at the meeting.

A broker non-vote occurs when a broker or other nominee submits a proxy that states that the broker does not vote for some or all of the proposals because the broker has not received instructions from the beneficial owner on how to vote on the proposals and does not have discretionary authority to vote in the absence of instructions.

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

How do I vote?

Even if you plan to attend the meeting you are encouraged to vote by proxy.

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If you are a shareholder of record, also known as a registered shareholder, you may vote in one of the following ways:

by telephone by calling the toll-free number (800) 690-6903 (have your Notice or proxy card in hand when you call)

by Internet at http://www.proxyvote.com (have your Notice or proxy card in hand when you access the website)

if you received (or requested and received) a printed copy of the annual meeting materials, by returning the enclosed proxy card (signed and dated) in the envelope provided or

in person at the annual meeting (please see below under How do I attend the meeting?).

If your shares are registered in the name of a bank, broker or other nominee, follow the proxy instructions on the form you receive from the bank, broker or other nominee. You may also vote in person at the annual meeting – please see below under How do I attend the meeting?

When you vote by proxy your shares will be voted according to your instructions. If you sign your proxy card or vote by Internet or by telephone but do not specify how you want your shares to be voted they will be voted as the Board recommends.

What if I am a participant in the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation Employee Savings Plan?

For participants in the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation Employee Savings Plan with shares of our common stock credited to their accounts, voting instructions for the trustees of the plan are also being solicited through this proxy statement. In accordance with the provisions of the plan the trustee will vote shares of our common stock in accordance with instructions received from the participants to whose accounts the shares are credited. If you do not instruct the plan trustee on how to vote the shares of our common stock credited to your account the trustee will vote those shares in proportion to the shares for which instructions are received.

How does the Board recommend that I vote?

The Board recommends the following votes:

FOR the election of each of the Director nominees

FOR the approval of our executive compensation program

FOR the ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP to serve as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2018

FOR approval of the amendment and restatement of our 2006 Equity and Incentive Plan

AGAINST the shareholder proposal regarding political contributions disclosure

How many votes are required to approve each proposal?

In the election of Directors the affirmative vote of a plurality of the votes present in person or by proxy and entitled to vote at the meeting is required. This means the Director nominees receiving the greatest number of votes will be elected and abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of the vote. However, as further described under Election of Directors, under the Board's

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Corporate Governance Guidelines any nominee for Director who receives a greater number of votes withheld than votes for election is required to tender his or her resignation for consideration by the Corporate Governance Committee.

For all other proposals, the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares represented at the meeting in person or by proxy and entitled to vote on the proposal will be required for approval. Abstentions will have the effect of a vote against any of these proposals. Broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of these proposals.

If your shares are registered in the name of a bank, broker or other financial institution and you do not give your broker or other nominee specific voting instructions for your shares, under rules of the New York Stock Exchange, your record holder has discretion to vote your shares on the ratification of auditor proposal but does not have discretion to vote your shares on any of the other proposals. Your broker, bank or other financial institution will not be permitted to vote on your behalf on the election of Director nominees, the advisory vote on executive compensation, the amendment and restatement of the 2006 Equity and Incentive Plan or the shareholder proposal regarding political contributions disclosure unless you provide specific instructions before the date of the annual meeting by completing and returning the voting instruction or proxy card or following the instructions provided to you to vote your shares by telephone or the Internet.

How do I attend the meeting?

If you received (or requested and received) a printed copy of the proxy materials, you should bring the enclosed Admission Ticket to gain admission to the meeting. If you received a Notice or voting instructions and will not be requesting a printed copy of the proxy materials please bring the Notice or voting instructions with you as your Admission Ticket. You must bring with you a photo identification such as a valid driver's license or passport for personal identification.

If your shares are held in the name of a broker, trust, bank or other nominee, you will also need to bring a proxy, letter or recent account statement from that broker, trust, bank or nominee that confirms that you are the beneficial owner of those shares.

Can I change or revoke my vote?

You may change or revoke your proxy at any time prior to voting at the meeting by submitting a later dated proxy, by entering new instructions by Internet or telephone, by giving timely written notice of such change or revocation to the Corporate Secretary or by attending the meeting and voting in person and requesting that your prior proxy not be used.

How are proxies solicited?

We retained D.F. King & Co., Inc. to advise and assist us in soliciting proxies at a cost of $9,000 plus reasonable expenses. Proxies may also be solicited by our Directors, officers and employees personally, by mail, telephone or other electronic means. We will pay all costs relating to the solicitation of proxies. We will also reimburse brokers, custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for reasonable expenses in forwarding proxy materials to beneficial owners of our common stock.

How do I make a shareholder proposal for the 2019 meeting?

Shareholders interested in presenting a proposal for inclusion in our proxy statement and proxy relating to our 2019 annual meeting may do so by following the procedures prescribed in Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act). To be eligible for inclusion in next year's proxy statement, shareholder proposals must be received by the Corporate Secretary at our principal executive offices no later than the close of business on December 7, 2018.

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In general, any shareholder proposal to be considered at next year's annual meeting but not included in the proxy statement must be submitted in accordance with the procedures set forth in our By-Laws. Notice of any such proposal must be submitted in writing to and received by the Corporate Secretary at our principal executive offices not earlier than January 17, 2019 and not later than February 16, 2019. However, if the date of the 2019 annual meeting is not within 30 days before or after May 17, 2019 then a shareholder will be able to submit a proposal for consideration at the annual meeting not later than the close of business on the 10th day following the day on which public disclosure of the date of the annual meeting is made or such notice of the date of such annual meeting was mailed whichever occurs first. Our By-Laws require that such notice be updated as necessary as of specified dates prior to the annual meeting. Any notification to bring any proposal before an annual meeting must comply with the requirements of our By-Laws as to proper form. A shareholder may obtain a copy of our By-Laws on our website, www.wyndhamworldwide.com under the Investors/Corporate Governance page, or by writing to our Corporate Secretary.

Shareholders may also nominate directors for election at an annual meeting. To nominate a Director shareholders must comply with provisions of applicable law and our By-Laws. The Corporate Governance Committee will also consider shareholder recommendations for candidates to the Board sent to the Committee c/o the Corporate Secretary. See below under Director Nomination Process for information regarding nomination or recommendation of a Director.

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GOVERNANCE OF THE COMPANY

Strong corporate governance is an integral part of our core values. Our Board is committed to having sound corporate governance principles and practices. Please visit our website at www.wyndhamworldwide.com under the Investors/Corporate Governance page, which can be reached by clicking on the Investors link followed by the Corporate Governance link, for the Board's Corporate Governance Guidelines and Director Independence Criteria, the Board-approved charters for the Audit, Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees and related information. These guidelines and charters may be obtained by writing to our Corporate Secretary at Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, 22 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ 07054.


Corporate Governance Guidelines

Our Board adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines that along with the charters of the Board Committees, Director Independence Criteria and Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for Directors, provide the framework for our governance. The governance rules for companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and those contained in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules and regulations are reflected in the guidelines. The Board reviews these principles and other aspects of governance periodically. The Corporate Governance Guidelines are available on the Investors/Corporate Governance page of our website at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.


Director Independence Criteria

The Board adopted the Director Independence Criteria set out below for its evaluation of the materiality of Director relationships with us. The Director Independence Criteria contain independence standards that exceed the independence standards specified in the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange. The Director Independence Criteria are available on the Investors/Corporate Governance page of our website at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

A Director who satisfies all of the following criteria shall be presumed to be independent under our Director Independence Criteria:

Wyndham Worldwide does not currently employ and has not within the last three years employed the Director or any of his or her immediate family members (except in the case of immediate family members, in a non-executive officer capacity).

The Director is not currently and has not within the last three years been employed by Wyndham Worldwide's present auditors nor has any of his or her immediate family members been so employed (except in a non-professional capacity not involving Wyndham Worldwide business).

Neither the Director nor any of his or her immediate family members is or has been within the last three years part of an interlocking directorate in which an executive officer of Wyndham Worldwide serves on the compensation or equivalent committee of another company that employs the Director or his or her immediate family member as an executive officer.

The Director is not a current employee nor is an immediate family member a current executive officer of a company that has made payments to or received payments from Wyndham Worldwide for property or services in an amount in any of the last three fiscal years exceeding the greater of $750,000 or 1% of such other company's consolidated gross revenues.

The Director currently does not have or has not had within the past three years a personal services contract with Wyndham Worldwide or its executive officers.

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The Director has not received and the Director's immediate family member has not received during any twelve-month period within the last three years more than $100,000 in direct compensation from Wyndham Worldwide other than Board fees.

The Director is not currently an officer or director of a foundation, university or other non-profit organization to which Wyndham Worldwide within the last three years gave directly or indirectly through the provision of services more than the greater of 1% of the consolidated gross revenues of such organization during any single fiscal year or $100,000.


Guidelines for Determining Director Independence

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines and Director Independence Criteria provide for director independence standards that meet or exceed those of the New York Stock Exchange. Our Board is required under New York Stock Exchange rules to affirmatively determine that each independent Director has no material relationship with Wyndham Worldwide other than as a Director.

In accordance with these standards and criteria the Board undertook its annual review of the independence of its Directors. During this review the Board considered whether there are any relationships or related party transactions between each Director, any member of his or her immediate family or other affiliated entities and us and our subsidiaries and affiliates. The purpose of this review was to determine whether any such relationships or transactions existed that were inconsistent with a determination that the Director is independent.

The Board follows a number of procedures to review related party transactions. We maintain a written policy governing related party transactions that requires Board approval of related party transactions exceeding $120,000. Each Board member answers a questionnaire designed to disclose conflicts and related party transactions. We also review our internal records for related party transactions. Based on a review of these standards and materials, none of our non-management Directors had or has any relationship with us other than as a Director.

As a result of its review the Board affirmatively determined that the following Directors are independent of us and our management as required by the New York Stock Exchange listing standards and the Director Independence Criteria: Myra J. Biblowit, Louise F. Brady, James E. Buckman, George Herrera, The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Pauline D.E. Richards and Michael H. Wargotz. All members of the Audit, Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees are independent Directors under the New York Stock Exchange listing standards, SEC rules and the Director Independence Criteria.


Committees of the Board

The following describes our Board Committees and related matters. The composition of the Committees is provided immediately after.

Audit Committee

Responsibilities include:

Appoints our independent registered public accounting firm to perform an integrated audit of our consolidated financial statements and internal control over financial reporting.

Pre-approves all services performed by our independent registered public accounting firm.

Provides oversight on the external reporting process and the adequacy of our internal controls.

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Reviews the scope, planning, staffing and budgets of the audit activities of the independent registered public accounting firm and our internal auditors.

Reviews services provided by our independent registered public accounting firm and other disclosed relationships as they bear on the independence of our independent registered public accounting firm and provides oversight on hiring policies with respect to employees or former employees of the independent auditor.

Maintains procedures for the receipt, retention and resolution of complaints regarding accounting, internal controls and auditing matters.

All members of the Audit Committee are independent Directors under the Board's Director Independence Criteria and applicable regulatory and listing standards. The Board in its business judgment determined that each member of the Audit Committee is financially literate, knowledgeable and qualified to review financial statements in accordance with applicable listing standards. The Board also determined that both Pauline D.E. Richards and Michael H. Wargotz are audit committee financial experts within the meaning of applicable SEC rules.

The Audit Committee Charter is available on the Investors/Corporate Governance page of our website at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

Audit Committee Report

The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for the external financial reporting process and the adequacy of Wyndham Worldwide's internal controls. Specific responsibilities of the Audit Committee are set forth in the Audit Committee Charter adopted by the Board. The Charter is available on the Investors/Corporate Governance page of our website at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

The Audit Committee is comprised of four Directors, all of whom meet the standards of independence adopted by the New York Stock Exchange and the SEC. The Audit Committee appoints, compensates and oversees the services performed by Wyndham Worldwide's independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee approves in advance all services to be performed by Wyndham Worldwide's independent registered public accounting firm in accordance with SEC rules and the Audit Committee's established policy for pre-approval of all audit services and permissible non-audit services, subject to the de minimis exceptions for non-audit services.

Management is responsible for Wyndham Worldwide's financial reporting process including our system of internal controls and for the preparation of consolidated financial statements in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, applicable laws and regulations. In addition, management is responsible for establishing, maintaining and assessing the effectiveness of Wyndham Worldwide's internal control over financial reporting. Deloitte & Touche LLP (Deloitte), Wyndham Worldwide's independent registered public accounting firm, is responsible for expressing an opinion on Wyndham Worldwide's consolidated financial statements and the effectiveness of Wyndham Worldwide's internal control over financial reporting. The Audit Committee reviewed and discussed Wyndham Worldwide's 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K, including the audited consolidated financial statements of Wyndham Worldwide for the year ended December 31, 2017, with management and Deloitte. It is not the Audit Committee's duty or responsibility to conduct auditing or accounting reviews or procedures.

The Audit Committee also discussed with Deloitte matters required to be discussed by applicable standards and rules of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and the SEC. The Audit Committee also received the written disclosures and the letter from Deloitte required by applicable standards and rules of the PCAOB including those required by Auditing Standard No. 1301,

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Communications with Audit Committees, and the SEC regarding Deloitte's communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and discussed with Deloitte its independence.

The Audit Committee also considered whether the permissible non-audit services provided by Deloitte to Wyndham Worldwide are compatible with Deloitte maintaining its independence. The Audit Committee satisfied itself as to the independence of Deloitte.

Based on the Audit Committee's review and discussions described above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited consolidated financial statements be included in Wyndham Worldwide's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.

AUDIT COMMITTEE

Michael H. Wargotz (Chair)
Louise F. Brady
George Herrera
Pauline D.E. Richards

Compensation Committee

Responsibilities include:

Provides oversight on our executive compensation program consistent with corporate objectives and shareholder interests.

Reviews and approves Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and other senior management compensation.

Approves grants of long-term incentive awards and our senior executives' annual incentive compensation under our compensation plans.

Reviews and considers the independence of advisers to the Committee.

For additional information regarding the Compensation Committee's processes and procedures see below under Executive Compensation – Compensation Discussion and Analysis – Compensation Committee Matters.

All members of the Compensation Committee are independent Directors under the Board's Director Independence Criteria and applicable regulatory and listing standards.

The Compensation Committee Report is provided below under Executive Compensation. The Compensation Committee Charter is available on the Investors/Corporate Governance page on our website at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

During 2017, Mr. Mulroney, Ms. Biblowit and Ms. Richards served on our Compensation Committee. There are no compensation committee interlocks between Wyndham Worldwide and other entities involving our executive officers and Directors.

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Corporate Governance Committee

Responsibilities include:

Recommends to the Board nominees for election to the Board.

Reviews principles, policies and procedures affecting Directors and the Board's operation and effectiveness.

Provides oversight on the evaluation of the Board and its effectiveness.

Reviews and makes recommendations on Director compensation.

All members of the Corporate Governance Committee are independent Directors under the Board's Director Independence Criteria and applicable regulatory and listing standards.

The Corporate Governance Committee Charter is available on the Investors/Corporate Governance page on our website at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee may exercise all of the authority of the Board when the Board is not in session, except that the Executive Committee does not have the authority to take any action which legally or under our internal governance policies may be taken only by the full Board.


Committee Membership

The following chart provides the current committee membership and the number of meetings that each committee held during 2017.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
                   

 

 

Director


  Audit
Committee


  Compensation
Committee


  Governance
Committee


  Executive
Committee


                   

 

 

Myra J. Biblowit

              M       M            

 

 

Louise F. Brady

      M               M            

 

 

James E. Buckman

                              M    

 

 

George Herrera

      M               C            

 

 

Stephen P. Holmes

                              C    

 

 

The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney

              C       M            

 

 

Pauline D.E. Richards

      M       M                    

 

 

Michael H. Wargotz

      C                       M    

 

 

Number of Meetings in 2017

    8     6     4     7  

 C = Chair
 M = Member

The Board held four meetings during 2017. Each Director attended at least 75% of the meetings of the Board and the committees of the Board on which the Director served while in office.

Directors fulfill their responsibilities not only by attending Board and committee meetings but also through communication with the Chairman and CEO, Lead Director and other members of management relative to matters of interest and concern to Wyndham Worldwide.

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Board Leadership Structure

The Board currently believes that Wyndham Worldwide's CEO is best situated to serve as Chairman because he is the Director most familiar with our business and industry and most capable of effectively identifying strategic priorities and leading the discussion and execution of strategy. Independent Directors and management have different perspectives and roles in strategy development. Our independent Directors bring experience, oversight and expertise from outside our company and industry while the CEO brings company-specific experience and expertise. The Board believes that the combined role of Chairman and CEO promotes strategy development and execution and facilitates information flow between management and the Board all of which are essential to effective governance.

Following the planned spin-off, it is anticipated that Wyndham Destinations and Wyndham Hotels will each have a Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, with Mr. Holmes serving in this role at each company, and an independent Lead Director. See below under Election of Directors – Expected Composition of our Board Following the Planned Spin-Off for additional information.

One of the key responsibilities of the Board is to review our strategic direction and hold management accountable for the execution of strategy once it is developed. The Board believes the combined role of Chairman and CEO, together with an independent Lead Director having the duties described below, is in the best interest of shareholders at this time because it provides the appropriate balance between strategy review and independent oversight of management.


Lead Director

The Board selected James E. Buckman, an independent Director who serves as a member of the Executive Committee, to serve as the Board's Lead Director. The Lead Director serves as a key advisor to the Chairman and the Board; chairs executive sessions of the non-management Directors and provides feedback to the Chairman; chairs meetings of the Board in the absence of the Chairman; and reviews in advance and consults with the Chairman when necessary regarding the agendas for all Board and committee meetings.


Oversight of Risk Management

The Board has an active role, as a whole and at the committee level, in providing oversight with respect to management of our risks. The Board focuses on the most significant risks facing us and our general risk management strategy and seeks to ensure that risks undertaken by us are consistent with a level of risk that is appropriate for our company and aligned with the achievement of our business objectives and strategies.

The Board regularly reviews information regarding risks associated with our finances, credit and liquidity; our business, operations and strategy; legal, regulatory and compliance matters; and reputational exposure. The Audit Committee provides oversight on our programs for risk assessment and risk management, including with respect to financial accounting and reporting, internal audit, information technology, cybersecurity and compliance. The Compensation Committee provides oversight on our assessment and management of risks relating to our executive compensation. The Corporate Governance Committee provides oversight on our management of risks associated with the independence of the Board and potential conflicts of interest. While each committee is responsible for providing oversight with respect to the management of risks, the entire Board is regularly informed about our risks through committee reports and management presentations.

While the Board and the committees provide oversight with respect to our risk management, our CEO and other senior management are primarily responsible for day-to-day risk management analysis and

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mitigation and report to the full Board or the relevant committee regarding risk management. Our leadership structure, with Mr. Holmes serving as Chairman and CEO, also enhances the Board's effectiveness in risk oversight due to Mr. Holmes' extensive knowledge of our business and operations, facilitating the Board's oversight of key risks. We believe this division of responsibility and leadership structure is the most effective approach for addressing our risk management.


Executive Sessions of Non-Management Directors

The Board meets regularly without any members of management present. The Lead Director chairs these sessions.


Communications with the Board and Directors

Shareholders and other parties interested in communicating directly with the Board, an individual non-management Director or the non-management Directors as a group may do so by writing our Corporate Secretary at Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, 22 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054. The Corporate Secretary will forward the correspondence only to the intended recipients. However, prior to forwarding any correspondence, the Corporate Secretary will review it and in his discretion will not forward correspondence deemed to be of a commercial nature or otherwise not appropriate for review by the Directors.


Director Attendance at Annual Meeting of Shareholders

As provided in the Board's Corporate Governance Guidelines, Directors are expected to attend our annual meeting absent exceptional cause. All of our Directors at the time attended our 2017 annual meeting and all of our current Directors are expected to attend the 2018 annual meeting.


Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

The Board maintains a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for Directors with ethics guidelines specifically applicable to Directors. In addition, we maintain Business Principles applicable to all our associates, including our CEO, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Accounting Officer.

We will disclose on our website any amendment to or waiver from a provision of our Business Principles or Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for Directors as may be required and within the time period specified under applicable SEC and New York Stock Exchange rules. The Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for Directors and our Business Principles are available on the Investors/Corporate Governance page of our website at www.wyndhamworldwide.com. Copies of these documents may also be obtained free of charge by writing to our Corporate Secretary.


Director Nomination Process

Role of Corporate Governance Committee.    The Corporate Governance Committee is responsible for recommending the Director nominees for election to the Board. The Corporate Governance Committee considers the appropriate balance of experience, skills and characteristics required of the Board when considering potential candidates to serve on the Board. Nominees for Director are selected on the basis of their depth and breadth of experience, skills, wisdom, integrity, ability to make independent analytical inquiries, understanding of our business environment and willingness to devote adequate time to Board duties.

The Corporate Governance Committee also focuses on issues of diversity, such as diversity of gender, race and national origin, education, professional experience and differences in viewpoints and skills.

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The Corporate Governance Committee does not have a formal policy with respect to diversity, however, the Board and the Corporate Governance Committee believe that it is essential that the Board members represent diverse viewpoints. In considering candidates for the Board, the Corporate Governance Committee considers the entirety of each candidate's credentials in the context of these standards. For the nomination of continuing Directors for re-election, the Corporate Governance Committee also considers the individual's contributions to the Board.

All of our Directors bring to our Board a wealth of executive leadership experience derived from their service as senior executives of large organizations as well as extensive board experience. Certain individual qualifications, experience and skills of our Directors that led the Board to conclude that each nominee or Director should serve as our Director are described below under Election of Directors.

Identification and Evaluation Process.    The process for identifying and evaluating nominees to the Board is initiated by identifying a candidate who meets the criteria for selection as a nominee and has the specific qualities or skills being sought based on input from members of the Board and, if the Corporate Governance Committee deems appropriate, a third-party search firm. These candidates will be evaluated by the Corporate Governance Committee by reviewing the candidates' biographical information and qualifications and checking the candidates' references. Qualified nominees will be interviewed by at least one member of the Corporate Governance Committee. Using the input from the interview and other information it obtains, the Corporate Governance Committee evaluates whether the prospective candidate is qualified to serve as a Director and whether the Corporate Governance Committee should recommend to the Board that the Board nominate the prospective candidate for election by the shareholders or to fill a vacancy on the Board.

Shareholder Recommendations of Nominees.    The Corporate Governance Committee will consider written recommendations from shareholders for nominees for Director. Recommendations should be submitted to the Corporate Governance Committee, c/o the Corporate Secretary, and include at least the following: name of the shareholder and evidence of the person's ownership of our common stock, number of shares owned and the length of time of ownership, name of the candidate, the candidate's resume or a listing of his or her qualifications to be a Director and the person's consent to be named as a Director if selected by the Corporate Governance Committee and nominated by the Board. To evaluate nominees for Directors recommended by shareholders, the Corporate Governance Committee intends to use a substantially similar evaluation process as described above.

Shareholder Nominations and By-Law Procedures.    Our By-Laws establish procedures pursuant to which a shareholder may nominate a person for election to the Board. Our By-Laws are posted on our website under Investors/Corporate Governance at www.wyndhamworldwide.com. To nominate a person for election to the Board, a shareholder must submit a notice containing all information required by our By-Laws regarding the Director nominee and the shareholder and any associated persons making the nomination, including name and address, number of shares owned, a description of any additional interests of such nominee or shareholder and certain representations regarding such nomination. Our By-Laws require that such notice be updated as necessary as of specified dates prior to the annual meeting. We may require any proposed nominee to furnish such other information as we may require to determine his or her eligibility to serve as a Director. Such notice must be accompanied by the proposed nominee's consent to being named as a nominee and to serve as a Director if elected.

To nominate a person for election to the Board at our annual meeting, written notice of a shareholder nomination must be delivered to our Corporate Secretary not less than 90 nor more than 120 days prior to the anniversary date of the prior year's annual meeting. However, if our annual meeting is advanced or delayed by more than 30 days from the anniversary date of the previous year's meeting, a shareholder's written notice will be timely if it is delivered by no later than the close of business on the 10th day following the day on which public disclosure of the date of the annual meeting is made or the notice of the date of the annual meeting was mailed, whichever occurs first. Our By-Laws require

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that any such notice be updated as necessary as of specified dates prior to the annual meeting. A shareholder may make nominations of persons for election to the Board at a special meeting if the shareholder delivers written notice to our Corporate Secretary not later than the close of business on the 10th day following the day on which public disclosure of the date such special meeting was made or notice of such special meeting was mailed, whichever occurs first. At a special meeting of shareholders, only such business may be conducted as shall have been brought before the meeting under our notice of meeting.


Compensation of Directors

Non-management Directors receive compensation for Board service designed to compensate them for their Board responsibilities and align their interests with the interests of shareholders. A management Director receives no additional compensation for Board service.

The Director compensation program for 2017 remained consistent with our 2016 program.

The following table describes 2017 annual retainer and committee chair and membership fees for non-management Directors. Our Directors do not receive additional fees for attending Board or committee meetings. In addition to these fees, to further align our Directors' interests with those of our shareholders, the 2017 compensation of each of our non-management Directors included a $100,000 annual equity grant of time-vesting restricted stock units (RSUs) which vest over a four-year period. RSUs are credited with dividend equivalents subject to the same vesting restrictions as the underlying units.

 
  Cash-Based   Stock-Based   Total  

Lead Director

  $ 132,500   $ 132,500   $ 265,000  

Director

  $ 105,000   $ 105,000   $ 210,000  

Audit Committee chair

  $ 22,500   $ 22,500   $ 45,000  

Audit Committee member

  $ 12,500   $ 12,500   $ 25,000  

Compensation Committee chair

  $ 17,500   $ 17,500   $ 35,000  

Compensation Committee member

  $ 10,000   $ 10,000   $ 20,000  

Corporate Governance Committee chair

  $ 15,000   $ 15,000   $ 30,000  

Corporate Governance Committee member

  $ 8,750   $ 8,750   $ 17,500  

Executive Committee member

  $ 10,000   $ 10,000   $ 20,000  

The annual Director retainer and committee chair and membership fees are paid on a quarterly basis 50% in cash and 50% in Wyndham Worldwide stock. The requirement for Directors to receive at least 50% of their fees in our equity further aligns their interests with those of our shareholders. The number of shares of stock issued is based on our stock price on the quarterly determination date. Directors may elect to receive the stock-based portion of their fees in the form of common stock or deferred stock units (DSUs). Directors may also elect to defer any cash-based compensation or vested RSUs in the form of DSUs. A DSU entitles the Director to receive one share of common stock following the Director's retirement or termination of service from the Board for any reason and is credited with dividend equivalents during the deferral period. The Director may not sell or receive value from any DSU prior to termination of service.

In connection with the planned spin-off, in August 2017, the Corporate Governance Committee determined that, subject to completion of the spin-off, our non-employee Directors will continue to hold all of their RSUs and DSUs covering shares of Wyndham Worldwide stock (which will become Wyndham Destinations stock following completion of the spin-off) and also receive RSUs and DSUs

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covering shares of stock of Wyndham Hotels in accordance with the spin-off distribution ratio. With respect to outstanding RSUs held by our non-employee Directors:

For any such Director who serves on the board of directors of Wyndham Destinations, the RSUs covering Wyndham Destinations shares will vest upon the earliest to occur of the six-month anniversary of the completion of the spin-off, any earlier retirement or termination by Wyndham Destinations of the Director's service on the board without cause, and any earlier vesting date provided for in the existing RSU award agreement, subject to the Director's continued service through the applicable vesting date. The RSUs covering shares of Wyndham Hotels will fully vest upon completion of the spin-off, subject to the Director's continued service through that date.

For any such Director who is appointed to the board of directors of Wyndham Hotels, the RSUs covering Wyndham Destinations shares will fully vest upon completion of the spin-off, subject to the Director's continued service through that date. The RSUs covering shares of Wyndham Hotels will vest upon the earliest to occur of the six-month anniversary of the completion of the spin-off, any earlier retirement or termination by Wyndham Hotels of the Director's service on the board without cause, and any earlier vesting date provided for in the existing RSU award agreement, subject to the Director's continued service through the applicable vesting date.

We make available to each Director a term life insurance policy owned by us with a $1.1 million death benefit payable $1 million to us which benefit we will donate to a charitable beneficiary of the Director's choice and $100,000 paid directly to a personal beneficiary of the Director's choice. In the event we undergo a change-in-control or a Director retires we will pay the premiums for the policies for one year from the date of the change-in-control or retirement as applicable.

We provide up to a three-for-one company match of a non-management Director's qualifying charitable contributions up to a company contribution of $75,000 per year.

We maintain a policy to award our non-management Directors annually 500,000 Wyndham Rewards Points. These Wyndham Rewards Points have an approximate value of $2,500 and may be redeemed for numerous rewards options including stays at Wyndham properties. This benefit provides our Directors with ongoing, first-hand exposure to our properties and operations, furthering their understanding and evaluation of our businesses.


2017 Director Compensation Table

The following table describes compensation we paid our non-management Directors for 2017.

 

 

Name


 


Fees Paid
in Cash
($)



 


Stock
Awards
($)(a)(b)



 


All Other
Compensation
($)(c)



 

Total
($)


 

 

Myra J. Biblowit

        123,981         223,520         194,936         542,437    

 

 

Louise F. Brady

        0         352,468         82,737         435,205    

 

 

James E. Buckman

        142,674         242,326         198,733         583,733    

 

 

George Herrera

        132,651         232,339         104,669         469,659    

 

 

The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney

        131,410         231,082         254,514         617,006    

 

 

Pauline D.E. Richards

        127,695         227,301         159,033         514,029    

 

 

Michael H. Wargotz

        137,654         237,287         204,118         579,059    

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(a)
Represents the aggregate grant date fair value of stock awards computed in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718. Each Director was granted a time-vesting RSU award with a grant date fair value of $100,000 which vests ratably over four years. The remaining amount in each row represents the aggregate grant date fair value of retainer fees paid on a quarterly basis in the form of common stock and/or DSUs.

(b)
Total shares of our common stock issuable for DSUs at December 31, 2017 were as follows: Ms. Biblowit, 56,118; Ms. Brady, 1,201; Mr. Buckman, 51,141; Mr. Herrera, 33,584; Mr. Mulroney, 76,246; Ms. Richards, 40,767; and Mr. Wargotz, 53,330. Total shares of our common stock issuable for unvested RSUs at December 31, 2017 were as follows: Ms. Biblowit, 3,050; Ms. Brady, 3,050; Mr. Buckman, 3,050; Mr. Herrera, 3,050; Mr. Mulroney, 3,050; Ms. Richards, 3,050; and Mr. Wargotz, 3,050.

(c)
Includes amounts attributable to charitable matching contributions made on behalf of the Director, the value of DSUs credited for dividends paid on DSUs outstanding on the record date for such dividends, the value of dividends paid on vesting of RSUs, the value of Wyndham Rewards Points and life insurance premiums paid by us as applicable. For Mr. Buckman, this amount also includes an amount attributable to spousal travel. In addition, on limited occasions, Directors' spouses accompany Directors on the company aircraft when traveling for business purposes, for which there is no incremental cost to the company.

The value of DSUs credited to our Directors for dividends paid on outstanding DSUs were as follows: Ms. Biblowit, $127,337; Ms. Brady, $5,237; Mr. Buckman, $115,796; Mr. Herrera, $76,820; Mr. Mulroney, $173,315; Ms. Richards, $93,251; and Mr. Wargotz, $120,842. The value of dividends paid to our Directors on vesting of RSUs were as follows: Ms. Biblowit, $4,949; Ms. Brady, $0; Mr. Buckman, $4,949; Mr. Herrera, $4,949; Mr. Mulroney, $4,949; Ms. Richards, $4,949; and Mr. Wargotz, $4,949. The value of charitable matching contributions were as follows: Ms. Biblowit, $60,150; Ms. Brady, $75,000; Mr. Buckman, $75,000; Mr. Herrera, $20,400; Mr. Mulroney, $73,750; Ms. Richards, $53,100; and Mr. Wargotz, $73,200.


Non-Management Director Stock Ownership Guidelines

The Corporate Governance Guidelines require each non-management Director to comply with Wyndham Worldwide's Non-Management Director Stock Ownership Guidelines. These guidelines require each non-management Director to beneficially own an amount of our stock equal to the greater of a multiple of at least five times the cash portion of the annual retainer or two and one-half times the total retainer value without regard to Board committee fees. Directors have a period of five years after joining the Board to achieve compliance with this ownership requirement. DSUs and RSUs credited to a Director count towards satisfaction of the guidelines. As of December 31, 2017, all of our non-management Directors were in compliance with the stock ownership guidelines.

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Ownership of Company Stock

The following table describes the beneficial ownership of our common stock for the following persons as of December 31, 2017: each executive officer named in the Summary Compensation Table below, each Director, each person who to our knowledge beneficially owns in excess of 5% of our common stock and all of our Directors and executive officers as a group. The percentage values are based on 99,981,576 shares of our common stock outstanding as of December 31, 2017 except as noted in footnote (a). The principal address for each Director and executive officer of Wyndham Worldwide is 22 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054.

 

Name

  Number of Shares

% of Class

 

The Vanguard Group

  10,061,668 (a) 10.08%

 

FMR LLC

  7,213,600 (b) 7.21%

 

Capital Research Global Investors

  6,620,829 (c) 6.62%

 

BlackRock, Inc. 

  6,536,067 (d) 6.54%

 

Thomas Anderson

  77,857 (e) *    

 

Geoffrey A. Ballotti

  154,584 (f) *    

 

Myra J. Biblowit

  68,224 (f)(g) *    

 

Louise F. Brady

  4,026 (f)(g) *    

 

Michael Brown

  -- (f) *    

 

James E. Buckman

  59,607 (f)(g)(h) *    

 

Thomas G. Conforti

  141,901 (e)(f) *    

 

George Herrera

  35,032 (f)(g) *    

 

Stephen P. Holmes

  1,266,448 (f)(i)(j) 1.26%

 

Gail Mandel

  63,460 (f) *    

 

The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney

  82,108 (f)(g)(h) *    

 

Pauline D.E. Richards

  53,776 (f)(g) *    

 

Michael H. Wargotz

  55,510 (f)(g) *    

 

David B. Wyshner

  588 (f) *    

 

All Directors and executive officers as a group (17 persons)

  2,198,649 (k) 2.18%

*
Amount represents less than 1% of outstanding common stock.

(a)
We have been informed by Amendment No. 10 to a report on Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on March 12, 2018 by The Vanguard Group (TVG) that TVG beneficially owns, as of February 28, 2018, 10,061,668 shares of our common stock with sole voting power over 143,347 shares, shared voting power over 28,710 shares, sole dispositive power over 9,902,366 shares and shared dispositive power over 159,302 shares. The principal business address for TVG is 100 Vanguard Boulevard, Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355.

(b)
We have been informed by a report on Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 13, 2018 by FMR LLC and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates, and other companies named in such report (FMR) that FMR beneficially owns 7,213,600 shares of our common stock with sole voting power over 543,137 shares, shared voting power over no shares, sole dispositive power over 7,213,600 shares and shared dispositive power over no shares. The principal business address for FMR is 245 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210.

(c)
We have been informed by Amendment No. 3 to a report on Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 14, 2018 by Capital Research Global Investors (CRGI) that CRGI beneficially owns 6,620,829 shares of our common stock with sole voting power over 6,620,829 shares, shared voting power over no shares, sole dispositive power over 6,620,829 shares and shared dispositive power over no shares. The principal business address for CRGI is 333 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, California 90071.

(d)
We have been informed by Amendment No. 5 to a report on Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on January 23, 2018 by BlackRock, Inc. and affiliates named in such report (BlackRock) that BlackRock beneficially owns 6,536,067 shares of our common stock with sole voting power over 5,633,220 shares, shared voting power over no shares, sole dispositive power over 6,536,067 shares and shared dispositive power over no shares. The principal business address for BlackRock is 55 East 52nd Street, New York, New York 10055.

(e)
Amounts reported are based on last records available to the company.

(f)
Excludes shares of our common stock issuable upon vesting of time-vesting RSUs after 60 days from December 31, 2017 as follows: Mr. Ballotti, 53,021; Ms. Biblowit, 1,872; Ms. Brady, 901; Mr. Brown, 33,892; Mr. Buckman, 1,872; Mr. Conforti, 53,021; Mr. Herrera, 1,872; Mr. Holmes, 84,217; Ms. Mandel, 44,428; Mr. Mulroney, 1,872; Ms. Richards, 1,872;

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    Mr. Wargotz, 1,872; and Mr. Wyshner, 36,226. Excludes performance-vesting restricted stock units (PVRSUs) granted in 2016 and 2017 which vest, if at all, after 60 days from December 31, 2017 as follows: Mr. Ballotti, 36,958; Mr. Brown, 13,035; Mr. Conforti, 36,958; Mr. Holmes, 227,901; and Ms. Mandel, 30,872.

(g)
Includes shares of our common stock issuable for DSUs as of, and within 60 days following, December 31, 2017 as follows: Ms. Biblowit, 56,622; Ms. Brady, 3,726; Mr. Buckman, 51,431; Mr. Herrera, 33,584; Mr. Mulroney, 76,513; Ms. Richards, 40,767; and Mr. Wargotz, 53,610.

(h)
Includes 3,220 shares held in Mr. Buckman's IRA. Includes 4,417 shares held by holding company of which Mr. Mulroney is the sole owner.

(i)
Includes 84,021 shares of our common stock which Mr. Holmes has the right to acquire through the exercise of stock-settled stock appreciation rights (SSARs) within 60 days of December 31, 2017.

(j)
Excludes 98,263 shares of our common stock underlying SSARs held by Mr. Holmes which are not currently exercisable and are not scheduled to vest within 60 days of December 31, 2017.

(k)
Includes or excludes, as the case may be, shares of common stock as indicated in the preceding footnotes. In addition, with respect to our other executive officers who are not named executive officers, this amount excludes 76,267 shares and 50,085 shares of our common stock issuable upon vesting of RSUs and PVRSUs, respectively, after 60 days from December 31, 2017.


Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires our directors, executive officers, and persons who own more than 10% of our common stock to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership of our common stock with the SEC. Based on the information available to us during 2017, we believe that all applicable Section 16(a) filing requirements were met on a timely basis except one Form 4 for Nicola Rossi reporting one grant which was filed late due to administrative error and through no fault of the reporting person.

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ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

At the date of this proxy statement, the Board of Directors consists of eight members, seven of whom are non-management, independent Directors under applicable listing standards and our corporate governance documents.

Our Board recognizes the importance of board refreshment in terms of achieving the appropriate mix of institutional knowledge and experience that our longer-tenured Directors bring to the Board and fresh perspectives that newer Directors bring to the Board. In furtherance of this objective, in November 2016, the Board increased the number of Directors constituting the Board by one and appointed Ms. Louise F. Brady as a Director. Our Board brings diverse and extensive professional, financial and business experience while balancing independence and tenure. Our Board expects to continue to evaluate its membership and composition on an ongoing basis to optimize its ability to further shareholder interests.

At this year's meeting, our eight Directors are to be elected for terms expiring at the 2019 annual meeting, with each Director to serve until such Director's successor is elected and qualified or until such Director's earlier resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal. On the recommendation of the Corporate Governance Committee, the Board has nominated Stephen P. Holmes, Myra J. Biblowit, Louise F. Brady, James E. Buckman, George Herrera, The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Pauline D.E. Richards and Michael H. Wargotz, each of whom is presently a Director. The eight nominees are listed below with brief biographies.

We do not know of any reason why any nominee would be unable to serve as a Director. If any nominee is unable to serve, the shares represented by all valid proxies will be voted for the election of such other person as the Board may nominate.

Expected Composition of our Board Following the Planned Spin-Off.    Our current Board members whose biographies are included below are nominated for election at our 2018 annual meeting. In connection with and subject to our planned spin-off, following the annual meeting, our Board and Wyndham Hotels expect to appoint newly constituted boards for Wyndham Destinations and Wyndham Hotels, each comprising certain members of our current Board as well as new appointees.

As previously announced, following completion of the planned spin-off, our CEO Stephen P. Holmes will serve as the Non-Executive Chairman of both Wyndham Destinations and Wyndham Hotels. We expect to announce the additional board appointments at a later date.


Voting Standard and Majority Vote Policy

Our Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws provide for a plurality voting standard for the election of our Directors. Under a plurality voting standard the nominee for each Director position with the most votes is elected.

Under the Board's Corporate Governance Guidelines any nominee for Director in an uncontested election, such as this one where the number of nominees does not exceed the number of Directors to be elected, who receives a greater number of votes withheld from his or her election than votes for such election shall promptly tender his or her resignation following certification of the shareholder vote. The Corporate Governance Committee will promptly consider the tendered resignation and will recommend to the Board whether to accept the tendered resignation or to take some other action, such as rejecting the tendered resignation and addressing the apparent underlying causes of the withheld votes. In making this recommendation the Corporate Governance Committee will consider all factors deemed relevant by its members.

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The Board will act on the Corporate Governance Committee's recommendation no later than at its first regularly scheduled meeting following certification of the shareholder vote but in any case no later than 120 days following the certification of the shareholder vote. In considering the Corporate Governance Committee's recommendation, the Board will review the factors considered by the Corporate Governance Committee and such additional information and factors the Board believes to be relevant. We will promptly publicly disclose the Board's decision and process in a periodic or current report filed with the SEC. Any Director who tenders his or her resignation under this process will not participate in the Corporate Governance Committee recommendation or Board consideration regarding whether or not to accept the tendered resignation. However, such Director shall remain active and engaged in all other committee and Board activities, deliberations and decisions during this Corporate Governance Committee and Board process.

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Nominees for Election to the Board

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Stephen P. Holmes, 61, served as our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and a Director since July 2006. Effective upon the closing of our planned spin-off, Mr. Holmes will cease serving as our Chief Executive Officer and will serve as the Non-Executive Chairman of Wyndham Destinations and Wyndham Hotels.

Mr. Holmes was Vice Chairman and director of Cendant Corporation and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cendant's Travel Content Division from December 1997 to July 2006. Mr. Holmes was Vice Chairman of HFS Incorporated from September 1996 to December 1997, a director of HFS from June 1994 to December 1997 and Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of HFS from July 1990 to September 1996.

Mr. Holmes' exceptional day-to-day leadership as our CEO provides him with detailed strategic perspective and knowledge of our operations and industry that are critical to the Board's effectiveness. He possesses extensive public company management experience and is widely recognized as a visionary leader in the global hospitality industry. Under Mr. Holmes' leadership, we focused our business on, among other things, generating significant earnings and cash flow and building world-renowned hospitality brands, all of which increase shareholder value. Mr. Holmes' specific experience, qualifications, attributes and skills described above led the Board to conclude that Mr. Holmes should serve as our Director.

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Myra J. Biblowit, 69, has served as a Director since July 2006. Since April 2001, Ms. Biblowit has served as President of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. From July 1997 to March 2001, she served as Vice Dean for External Affairs for the New York University School of Medicine and Senior Vice President of the Mount Sinai-NYU Health System. From June 1991 to June 1997, Ms. Biblowit was Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Capital Campaign for the American Museum of Natural History. Ms. Biblowit served as a director of Cendant from April 2000 to August 2006.

As a director of Cendant and a Director of Wyndham Worldwide, Ms. Biblowit has gained a broad understanding of Wyndham Worldwide's business, operations and culture. Ms. Biblowit's exceptional leadership experience with iconic research, educational and cultural institutions provides a unique perspective to the Board. As President of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a dominant funder of research around the world, Ms. Biblowit brings to the Board a global perspective, marketing skills and a commitment to supporting our communities that add significant value to the Board's contribution to our success. Ms. Biblowit's specific experience, qualifications, attributes and skills described above led the Board to conclude that Ms. Biblowit should serve as our Director.

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Louise F. Brady, 53, has served as a Director since November 2016. Since March 2013 she has served as the Managing Partner and co-founder of the venture capital fund Piedmont Capital Partners, LLC, which develops innovative technologies. She also currently serves as president of Blue Current, Inc., Advanced Chemotherapy Technologies, Inc. and Faster, LLC. From September 1996 to October 2013, she served as Vice President of Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Services.

Ms. Brady has spent her career focused on leading investment strategies and unlocking growth and value through developing innovative technologies in start-up companies, commercial banking and venture capital portfolio management. Ms. Brady's exceptional background and skills contribute financial expertise and perspective on innovation to our Board in areas that are important to our business. Ms. Brady's specific experience, qualifications and skills described above led the Board to conclude that she should serve as our Director.

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James E. Buckman, 73, has served as a Director since July 2006 and Lead Director since March 2010. From May 2007 to January 2012, Mr. Buckman served as Vice Chairman of York Capital Management, a hedge fund management company headquartered in New York City. From May 1, 2010 to January 2012, Mr. Buckman also served as General Counsel of York Capital Management and from January 2007 to May 2007 he served as a Senior Consultant to York Capital Management. Mr. Buckman was General Counsel and a director of Cendant from December 1997 to August 2006, a Vice Chairman of Cendant from November 1998 to August 2006 and a Senior Executive Vice President of Cendant from December 1997 to November 1998. Mr. Buckman was Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of HFS Incorporated from May 1997 to December 1997, a director of HFS from June 1994 to December 1997 and Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of HFS from February 1992 to May 1997.

Mr. Buckman brings to the Board exceptional leadership, experience and perspective necessary to be our Lead Director. His service as a director, Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Cendant and a Director of Wyndham Worldwide affords Mr. Buckman strong experience with Wyndham Worldwide's business and operations. Mr. Buckman's experience with leading hedge fund manager York Capital Management contributes valuable cross-industry experience and depth of knowledge. Mr. Buckman's specific experience, qualifications, attributes and skills described above led the Board to conclude that Mr. Buckman should serve as our Director.

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George Herrera, 61, has served as a Director since July 2006. Since December 2003, Mr. Herrera has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Herrera-Cristina Group, Ltd., a Hispanic-owned, multidisciplinary management firm. From August 1998 to January 2004, Mr. Herrera served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Herrera served as President of David J. Burgos & Associates, Inc. from December 1979 to July 1998. Mr. Herrera served as a director of Cendant from January 2004 to August 2006.

Mr. Herrera provides the Board with exceptional leadership and management knowledge. As a Cendant director and a Director and Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of Wyndham Worldwide, Mr. Herrera has gained a broad understanding of the role of the Board in our operations. Mr. Herrera's service as chief executive officer of multidisciplinary management firm Herrera-Cristina Group, Ltd. contributes extensive and varied management, finance and corporate governance experience. His service as President and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce brings valuable government relations expertise to the Board. Mr. Herrera's specific experience, qualifications, attributes and skills described above led the Board to conclude that Mr. Herrera should serve as our Director.

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The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, 79, has served as a Director since July 2006. Mr. Mulroney is a Senior Partner in the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. He served as Prime Minister of Canada from 1984 to 1993. Mr. Mulroney has served as a director of Blackstone Group L.P. since June 2007 and Quebecor Media Inc. since January 2001. Mr. Mulroney has served as Chairman of the Board of Quebecor Media Inc. since June 2014 and as Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Barrick Gold Corporation since 1995. Mr. Mulroney served as a director of Cendant Corporation from December 1997 to August 2006, Hicks Acquisition Co. I, Inc. from September 2007 to September 2009, Archer Daniels Midland Company Inc. from December 1993 to December 2009 and Barrick Gold Corporation from November 1993 to May 2014.

Mr. Mulroney brings exceptional leadership, experience and expertise to the Board. His service as a Director of Wyndham Worldwide provides the Board with knowledge of our business and strategy as well as a historical perspective on our growth and operations. Mr. Mulroney's service as the Prime Minister of Canada brings to the Board valuable leadership and international business and government relations expertise. He is a Senior Partner of the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, contributing valuable legal experience to the Board. As a director for other public companies, Mr. Mulroney offers valuable perspectives on board operations as well. Mr. Mulroney's specific experience, qualifications, attributes and skills described above led the Board to conclude that Mr. Mulroney should serve as our Director.

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Pauline D.E. Richards, 69, has served as a Director since July 2006. Since July 2008, Ms. Richards has served as Chief Operating Officer of Trebuchet Group Holdings Limited (formerly Armour Group Holdings Limited), an investment management company. From November 2003 to July 2008, Ms. Richards served as Director of Development at the Saltus Grammar School, the largest private school in Bermuda. From January 2001 to March 2003, Ms. Richards served as Chief Financial Officer of Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch (Bermuda) Limited in Bermuda, a trust company business. From January 1999 to December 2000, she was Treasurer of Gulfstream Financial Limited, a stock brokerage company. From January 1999 to June 1999, Ms. Richards served as a consultant to Aon Group of Companies, Bermuda, an insurance brokerage company, after serving in senior positions from 1988 through 1998 including Controller, Senior Vice President and Group Financial Controller and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Richards has served as a director of Apollo Global Management, LLC since March 2011 and Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd. since December 2013. Ms. Richards served as a director of Cendant from March 2003 to August 2006.

Ms. Richards' extensive financial background and exceptional leadership experience provide the Board with financial accounting and management expertise and perspectives. Her service as a Cendant director and as a Director and member of the Audit Committee of Wyndham Worldwide brings to the Board valuable experience on financial reporting matters that are critical to the Board's oversight role. Ms. Richards' service as a chief financial officer and treasurer of leading finance companies allows her to offer important insights into the role of finance in our business and strategy. As a director for other public companies, Ms. Richards offers valuable perspectives on board operations as well. Ms. Richards' specific experience, qualifications, attributes and skills described above led the Board to conclude that Ms. Richards should serve as our Director.

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Michael H. Wargotz, 59, has served as a Director since July 2006. Since April 2017, Mr. Wargotz has served as an executive officer in residence at Axcess Worldwide, a brand experience marketing development agency, of which he co-founded in 2001. From July 2011 to June 2017, he was the Chairman of Axcess Ventures, an affiliate of Access Worldwide. From August 2010 to June 2011, Mr. Wargotz served as the Chief Financial Officer of The Milestone Aviation Group, LLC, a global aviation leasing company. From August 2009 to July 2010, Mr. Wargotz served as the Co-Chairman of Axcess Luxury and Lifestyle. From December 2006 to August 2009, Mr. Wargotz served as the Chief Financial Advisor of NetJets, Inc., a leading provider of private aviation services, and from June 2004 to November 2006, he served as a Vice President of NetJets. Mr. Wargotz is a founding partner of Axcess Solutions, LLC, a strategic alliance, brand development and partnership marketing consulting firm, which originated in 2001. From January 1998 to December 1999, Mr. Wargotz served in various leadership positions with Cendant, including President and Chief Executive Officer of its Lifestyle Division, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of its Alliance Marketing Segment and Senior Vice President, Business Development. Mr. Wargotz was a Senior Vice President with HFS Incorporated from July 1994 to December 1997. Mr. Wargotz has served as a director of Resources Connection, Inc. since May 2009 and previously served as a director of CST Brands, Inc. from May 2013 to June 2017.

Mr. Wargotz's senior management experience with Axcess Worldwide, The Milestone Aviation Group and NetJets brings to the Board financial expertise and branding knowledge. As Chair of the Audit Committee of Wyndham Worldwide, he contributes financial reporting and compliance expertise and perspective. Mr. Wargotz's experience as President and CEO of Cendant's Lifestyle Division, Chief Financial Officer of Cendant's Alliance Marketing Segment and Senior Vice President of Cendant's business development function provides the Board with exceptional leadership and branding and development expertise in areas that are critical to our business. As a director for other public companies, Mr. Wargotz offers valuable perspectives on board operations as well. Mr. Wargotz's specific experience, qualifications, attributes and skills described above led the Board to conclude that Mr. Wargotz should serve as our Director.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS
A VOTE FOR THE ELECTION OF EACH OF THE DIRECTOR NOMINEES

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

Overview

Our Compensation Discussion and Analysis provides an overview of our compensation strategy and program, the processes and procedures of our Compensation Committee of the Board (Committee) and the Committee's considerations and decisions made under those programs for our named executive officers for 2017.

In August 2017, we announced plans to spin-off our hotel business, which is expected to result in two separate, publicly traded companies. As a result of the planned transaction, our Hotel Group business will become a new, publicly traded hotel franchising and management company, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Our Vacation Ownership business, the largest timeshare company in the world, will be combined with the Destination Network business, home to RCI, the world's largest timeshare exchange company. The combined timeshare and vacation exchange company will be renamed Wyndham Destinations Inc. The transaction will be effected through a pro-rata distribution of Wyndham Hotels' common stock to existing Wyndham Worldwide shareholders, which we expect to be completed in the second quarter of 2018. We believe the spin-off is in the best interests of our shareholders, Wyndham Worldwide and our other constituents, as it will result in two publicly traded companies, each with increased strategic flexibility and an enhanced ability to maintain its focus on its core business and growth opportunities, facilitate future capital raising as needed and make the changes necessary to respond to developments in their respective markets. In 2017, the Committee made certain determinations regarding the compensation of our named executive officers in connection with the planned spin-off. These determinations are discussed below in this Compensation Discussion and Analysis and the tabular and narrative disclosures that follow.

Our Named Executive Officers.    Our named executive officers for 2017 are:

Steve Holmes, Chairman and CEO

David Wyshner, CFO

Michael Brown, CEO, Wyndham Vacation Ownership

Geoff Ballotti, CEO, Wyndham Hotel Group

Gail Mandel, CEO, Wyndham Destination Network

Tom Conforti, former CFO

Tom Anderson, former Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Development Officer

See below under Actions Related to our Planned Spin-Off for information regarding management changes that are expected to occur in connection with the planned spin-off.

Solid Financial and Operational Performance for Shareholders.    In 2017 our management team led by our named executive officers produced solid financial and operational results continuing a multi-year track record of delivering outstanding value to our shareholders. Management accomplished these results while also undertaking the substantial efforts needed to effectuate the separation of Wyndham Worldwide into two publicly traded companies and despite the impact of severe weather events occurring in 2017.

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We also continued to return capital to shareholders:

We repurchased approximately $600 million of shares of our common stock under our share repurchase program in 2017 and have repurchased $5.7 billion of our shares since our inception following our 2006 spin-off from Cendant.

In 2017, our Board approved a $1.0 billion increase in our share repurchase authorization.

Share repurchases reduced diluted shares outstanding from 111 million shares in 2016 to 104 million shares in 2017, and from 200 million to 100 million shares since our inception.

We paid dividends of over $242 million in 2017 and $1.4 billion since our inception.

In 2017, our share price appreciated 51.7%. This, together with our 2017 dividend payments, resulted in a 55% total return to shareholders during 2017 which exceeded the one-year total returns on the S&P 500 index of 22%.

We increased our dividend by 16% in February 2017 and by an additional 14% in February 2018.

Other key business and governance highlights included:

The announcement of our spin-off, which is expected to result in two separate, publicly traded companies, as discussed above.

In January 2018, we announced that we entered into an agreement to acquire the hotel franchise and hotel management businesses of La Quinta Holdings Inc. (La Quinta) for $1.95 billion in cash. This transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018 subject to satisfaction of closing conditions.

We announced our intention to explore strategic alternatives for our European vacation rental business in August 2017. In February 2018, we announced entry into an agreement to sell our European vacation rental business to Platinum Equity for approximately $1.3 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018 subject to satisfaction of closing conditions.

Our Wyndham Rewards program – one of the blue threads that tie our brands together – is redefining loyalty for our customers by eliminating confusing rewards categories and instead offering a flat, free night redemption rate. It is the first major rewards program of its kind to expand its redemption options beyond hotels to include both vacation ownership and vacation rental properties. Enrollment in our Wyndham Rewards program increased by nearly six million new members in 2017. Wyndham Rewards was also named one of the top hospitality loyalty programs by U.S. News & World Report and the most generous program by IdeaWorks in 2017.

In 2017, Wyndham Vacation Ownership grew sales to new owners by 15%. New owners accounted for 36% of Wyndham Vacation Ownership's sales volume in 2017.

We were recognized among FORTUNE'S World's Most Admired Companies and the World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere. Our holistic integration of responsible environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices continues to be an important driver of our success.

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Our 2017 performance laid a solid foundation for the two new, stand-alone public companies that will result from the completion of our planned spin-off. Following the planned spin-off, the shareholder value principles that drive Wyndham Worldwide will continue to guide our company:

A focus on fee-for-service business models that produce consistent reliable earnings growth and generate strong free cash flows

A capital structure that is efficient without taking undue risk

A capital allocation philosophy that invests in the business and returns excess cash to shareholders

A disciplined M&A approach that results in acquisitions that are both strategically and financially attractive

A fundamental belief that we work for our shareholders and that the best way to deliver for shareholders is to maintain an innovative and inclusive culture that fosters employee engagement and delivers excellent value for our partners, owners and consumers

Our Executive Compensation Program and Governance Align with Shareholder Interests.    We engage in the following practices to ensure that our executive compensation program and governance align with our shareholders' interests.

Our annual incentive compensation program requires achievement of rigorous, profitability-based performance metrics designed to incentivize high-performance and achievement of annual financial goals and thus creates value for our shareholders.

Equity awards granted to our named executive officers under our long-term incentive plan are designed to align their interests with our shareholders. Equity awards constitute approximately 75% of our executives' target annual total compensation and vest over multi-year periods.

Our incentive compensation program includes a performance-based equity incentive award, the vesting of which is contingent upon achievement of performance goals based on adjusted per share earnings measures over a cumulative three-year period, incentivizing medium-term high performance and value growth for our shareholders.

We grant our named executive officers restricted stock units subject to multi-year vesting requirements designed to retain our executives and ensure that a significant portion of their compensation is tied to long-term stock price performance.

We have implemented a shareholder outreach program to seek shareholder feedback on our governance and executive compensation practices. In 2016, in response in part to feedback from our shareholders and the major proxy advisory services, we modified the peer group we use for compensation benchmarking and added a new Director to our Board. In addition, in 2017, the Compensation Committee revised our CEO's equity-based compensation structure, increasing the percentage of his total target compensation that is performance-based to 67% to further align his interests with shareholder interests. We continue to review all of our governance and compensation practices.

Our CEO receives no tax gross-ups for personal aircraft use or other perquisites.

We have policies prohibiting our Directors and senior executives from engaging in any hedging transactions in our equity securities and from pledging, or using as collateral, our securities to secure personal loans or other obligations, including holding shares in margin accounts.

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Our named executive officers do not have the right to receive cash severance solely upon the occurrence of a change-in-control.

None of our executive officers are entitled to any tax gross-up in connection with severance payments upon termination of employment.

Consistent with our core values of acting with integrity, respecting everyone everywhere, providing individual opportunity and accountability, improving our customers' lives and supporting our communities, we are committed to strong ESG principles.

Our Board is diverse and all of our Directors, other than our Chairman and CEO, are independent Directors.

All of our Directors are accountable to shareholders through annual elections and we maintain a majority voting policy for uncontested Director elections.

We have publicly reported on ESG matters for the last seven years demonstrating our commitment to and leadership in corporate social responsibility. Our teams have collaborated to integrate the strategic priorities of sustainability, diversity, human rights, ethics, philanthropy and community support directly into our operations while at the same time consistently delivering strong performance across our businesses.

In 2016, we reduced our carbon emissions of our operationally controlled assets by 33% and reduced water consumption by 20%. We also achieved a waste diversion rate of 30%. As of December 31, 2016, 27% of suppliers were considered to be in alignment with our sustainability initiatives. In addition, we have reached our goal to plant one million trees which has helped us to improve our environmental footprint.

We continue to receive positive feedback from our shareholders and other stakeholders for our commitment to strong ESG principles. In addition, our ESG efforts are consistently honored and for the fifth consecutive year we were ranked by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as the North American hospitality leader. For the last three years, the Carbon Disclosure Project has rated our climate change program and initiatives at the A level. For a fourth consecutive year, Ethisphere Institute named us as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies in 2018, and in 2017 DiversityInc. recognized us as one of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity five years in a row. In 2017 and 2018, we received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

Compensation Actions for 2017.    As discussed in more detail below, the compensation decisions and other actions applicable to our named executive officers were as follows:

In August 2016, the Committee adopted changes to the peer group we use for compensation benchmarking purposes, as described below under Compensation Review and Benchmarking, effective for 2017.

In February 2017, to better align us with our peers, external market trends and our shareholders' interests, the Committee approved a new compensation structure for our CEO which increased the portion of his total target compensation, consisting of base salary, target annual cash incentive award and target long-term incentive awards, that is performance-based and at-risk. Under this new structure, Mr. Holmes' base salary represented 11% of his total target compensation, his target annual cash incentive award represented 23% of his total target compensation, and his target long-term equity incentive award, comprised of 67% PVRSUs and 33% RSUs, represented 66% of his total target compensation. Accordingly, for 2017, 67% of our CEO's total target compensation was performance-based and at-risk.

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In February 2017, the Committee determined not to increase our named executive officers' base salaries for 2017, with the exception of one named executive officer who received a market adjustment. For 2017, we paid our named executive officers the base salaries listed in the Summary Compensation Table below.

In February 2017, the Committee granted time-vesting restricted stock units (RSUs) and performance-vesting restricted stock units (PVRSUs) to our named executive officers in the amounts listed below in the Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table.

In February 2017, the Committee approved the factors to be used to determine any potential 2017 annual incentive compensation for our named executive officers. These factors are described below under Annual Incentive Compensation.

In February 2017, the Committee approved 2017 executive perquisites. Named executive officer compensation for 2017 attributable to perquisites is described in the All Other Compensation Table below.

In May 2017, 80% of the shares voted on our Say-on-Pay Vote at our 2017 annual meeting affirmatively voted in support of the compensation of our named executive officers as described in our 2017 proxy statement.

In February 2018, the Committee approved and we paid our named executive officers 2017 annual incentive compensation in the amounts listed in the Summary Compensation Table.

Named Executive Officer Matters.    As described in more detail below under Employment Agreements, in 2017, we entered into employment agreements with Mr. Brown in connection with his appointment as CEO, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, and with Mr. Wyshner in connection with his appointment as our CFO, and the employment agreements of Mr. Holmes, Mr. Ballotti and Ms. Mandel were amended to extend the terms of their respective agreements.

In August 2017, Mr. Conforti ceased serving as our CFO and transitioned into a senior advisory role until the completion of the planned spin-off. In connection with his transition, we entered into a separation and release agreement with Mr. Conforti which provides for his employment terms as a senior advisor and his severance entitlement upon separation from employment with the company.

In April 2017, Mr. Anderson ceased serving as our Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Development Officer. His severance was consistent with the terms of his employment agreement.

Actions Related to our Planned Spin-Off.    In addition, in anticipation of the planned spin-off, the Board and Compensation Committee made the following determinations with respect to our named executive officers and other executive compensation-related items:

In August 2017, the Committee determined that, subject to completion of the planned spin-off, outstanding Wyndham Worldwide equity awards would be treated as follows:

Unvested time-vesting RSUs covering shares of Wyndham Worldwide stock (which will become Wyndham Destinations stock following completion of the planned spin-off) will remain outstanding and the holders of such RSUs will receive additional time-vesting RSUs covering shares of stock of Wyndham Hotels in accordance with the spin-off distribution ratio.

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        earlier vesting date provided for in the existing RSU award agreement, subject to the individual's continued employment with Wyndham Destinations through the applicable vesting date. The RSUs covering shares of Wyndham Hotels will fully vest upon completion of the planned spin-off, subject to the individual's continued employment through that date.

      For individuals who become employees of Wyndham Hotels upon completion of the planned spin-off, the RSUs covering Wyndham Hotels shares will vest upon the earliest to occur of the six-month anniversary of the completion of the planned spin-off, Wyndham Hotels' termination of the individual's employment without cause, or any earlier vesting date provided for in the existing RSU award agreement, subject to the individual's continued employment with Wyndham Hotels through the applicable vesting date. The RSUs covering shares of Wyndham Destinations will fully vest upon completion of the planned spin-off, subject to the individual's continued employment through that date.

Upon the completion of the planned spin-off, unvested PVRSUs will fully time vest, without pro-ration, and performance vest based on actual performance achievement determined as of the date of the spin-off and will be settled in both Wyndham Destinations stock and Wyndham Hotels stock in accordance with the spin-off distribution ratio. It is expected that PVRSUs granted in 2016 will vest at 80% and PVRSUs granted in 2017 will vest at 100% based on performance achievement.

For individuals whose employment with Wyndham Worldwide is terminated by the company without cause on or prior to completion of the planned spin-off, their RSUs will vest upon termination. Following the completion of the planned spin-off, the shares of Wyndham Worldwide received upon vesting of such RSUs will become Wyndham Destinations stock and the individual will also receive shares of Wyndham Hotels stock in accordance with the spin-off distribution ratio. In addition, upon termination, their PVRSUs will fully time vest, without pro-ration, and will performance vest based on actual performance achievement determined as of the date of the spin-off and will be settled in both Wyndham Destinations stock and Wyndham Hotels stock in accordance with the spin-off distribution ratio.

Also in August 2017, the Board amended the 2006 Equity and Incentive Plan on the recommendation of the Committee to permit accelerated vesting of performance-based equity awards subject to Code Section 162(m).

In October 2017, in recognition of the commitment and hard work of the company's associates in a challenging environment together with the company's strong financial performance through the first half of 2017, our Board determined to provide each employee, including our named executive officers, a guaranteed minimum payout under the 2017 annual incentive program of 75% of target, with the potential to earn up to the maximum payout subject to achievement of the performance metrics under the plan.

We have also announced the following management changes in connection with the planned spin-off:

Upon completion of the planned spin-off, Mr. Holmes will cease serving as our CEO and become the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of both Wyndham Destinations and Wyndham Hotels, and Mr. Brown will assume the role of CEO of Wyndham Destinations.

Mr. Ballotti will be appointed as CEO of Wyndham Hotels upon the completion of the planned spin-off.

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Mr. Conforti ceased serving as our CFO and as an executive officer on August 4, 2017 and transitioned into a senior advisory role. He will continue in this role until the completion of the planned spin-off.

Mr. Wyshner was appointed as our CFO and was named CFO of Wyndham Hotels upon the completion of the planned spin-off.

Michael Hug, Executive Vice President and CFO of Wyndham Vacation Ownership since 2005, will be appointed as CFO of Wyndham Destinations upon the completion of the planned spin-off.

It is expected that Ms. Mandel will cease employment with Wyndham Destinations upon the later of the completion of the planned spin-off and the closing of the sale of our European vacation rental business subject to conditions to be agreed upon.

Total Compensation Strategy

We employ a Total Compensation Strategy designed to achieve the following objectives:

Attract and retain superior senior management talent. We believe that attracting and retaining superior senior managers are integral to our ongoing success. Our named executive officers possess extensive experience in our businesses and the hospitality industry segments in which we compete and demonstrate the exceptional leadership skills and commitment to excellence that we believe are critical to our company. Accordingly, our Total Compensation Strategy is designed in part to promote a long-term commitment from our named executive officers.

Provide our executives with compensation that is consistent and competitive with compensation provided by comparable hospitality, service, franchise and brand portfolio companies. We broadly target total compensation, consisting of base salary, cash-based target annual incentive compensation and equity-based target long-term incentive compensation, to be generally consistent with the market median but may approach the 75th percentile of our peer group, but as described below, the Committee does not view this benchmark as a rigid standard. We also provide our named executive officers with perquisites which we believe are consistent with our peers and health, welfare and retirements benefits which are reviewed on a company-wide basis and are deemed to be market competitive.

Support a high-performance environment by linking compensation with performance. Our key goals are to increase our earnings, cash flow and shareholder value. Consistent with these goals, we believe a significant portion of our executive compensation should be contingent on actual results. Accordingly, compensation levels are strongly influenced by corporate, business unit and individual performance.

Support a long-term focus for our executives that aligns their interests with the interests of our shareholders. Long-term incentive compensation is intended to align the interests of our named executive officers with those of our shareholders as well as support our goal of retaining our key personnel.

Compensation Committee Matters

Wyndham Worldwide Compensation Committee.    The Committee is responsible for providing oversight on executive compensation policies and programs consistent with corporate objectives and shareholder interests. The Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the Board. The Committee reviews the charter on an annual basis. The Committee's membership is determined by the Board and is composed entirely of independent Directors. The Committee Chair reports at our Board meetings on Committee actions and recommendations.

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Executive Compensation Consultant.    For 2017, Aon Hewitt was retained by the Committee as a third-party advisor to provide independent advice, research and evaluation related to executive compensation and was paid approximately $200,055 for its services during 2017. In this capacity, the Committee utilizes reports and analyses prepared by Aon Hewitt. Aon Hewitt was retained to provide the Committee with competitive market pay analyses including compensation measurement services, peer group proxy data studies and market trends.

Wyndham Worldwide has historically engaged affiliates of Aon Hewitt for insurance brokerage and actuarial services. In this capacity, management engaged Aon Risk Services, Inc., without Board involvement, to provide insurance brokerage and actuarial services to Wyndham Worldwide during 2017. We paid approximately $1,215,000 to Aon Risk Services, Inc. for these services during 2017, which amount was offset by commissions paid to Aon Risk Services, Inc. by insurance carriers for placing Wyndham Worldwide policies.

Aon Hewitt has in place policies and procedures designed to prevent conflicts of interest and safeguard the independence of its executive compensation consulting advice. These policies and procedures include segregation of executive compensation services in a separate business unit with performance results of that unit measured solely based on the executive compensation services, clearly defined engagements with compensation committees separate from any other services provided, management of multiservice client relationships by separate account executives, no incentives provided for cross-selling of services and no more favorable terms offered to companies due to the retention of Aon Risk Services, Inc. for additional services. On an annual basis, the Committee reviews the independence of Aon Hewitt in accordance with New York Stock Exchange requirements and considered this relationship as part of its review. Based on its review, the Committee concluded that no conflict of interest was raised by the services provided by Aon Risk Services, Inc. and determined that the executive compensation advice received from Aon Hewitt is objective and independent.

Management's Role.    Our management plays a significant role in our executive compensation process including evaluating executive performance and recommending base salary merit increases, performance factors for annual incentive compensation and long-term incentive compensation for the named executive officers other than our CEO. Our CEO works with the Committee to establish the agenda for Committee meetings and management prepares and distributes meeting information to Committee members. Our CEO also participates in Committee meetings at the Committee's request to provide background information regarding our strategic objectives, his evaluation of the performance of the senior executives and compensation recommendations for senior executives other than himself. Our CEO is not involved in setting his own compensation, which is the exclusive responsibility of the Committee.

Compensation Committee Discretion.    For 2017, while the Committee reviewed management's recommendations, the Committee retained discretion over all elements and levels of the named executive officers' compensation. For 2017, the Committee generally based its decisions on a combination of management's recommendations with respect to executive compensation other than for our CEO and the external market data provided by our management and compensation consultant. Named executive officers, however, do not provide recommendations to the Committee as to their own compensation.

Committee Consideration of Say-on-Pay Vote.    We currently hold an advisory vote on the compensation of our named executive officers (Say-on-Pay Vote) on an annual basis in accordance with the preference expressed by our shareholders at our 2017 annual meeting regarding the frequency of the Say-on-Pay Vote.

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Say-on-Pay Vote affirmatively voted in support of the compensation of our named executive officers as described in the 2017 proxy statement. The Committee reviewed the outcome of the 2017 advisory vote and believes that the level of support affirms our current executive compensation structure and program. In the future the Committee will continue to review our executive compensation program taking into consideration the outcome of our Say-on-Pay Votes, shareholder and proxy advisory service feedback and other relevant factors in making compensation decisions for our named executive officers.

Annual Evaluation and Compensation Risk Assessment.    An important aspect of the Committee's work relates to the annual determination of compensation for our named executive officers. The Committee meets each year to review the performance of the named executive officers and review, consider and approve any potential increases in base salaries, annual incentive compensation, grants of long-term incentive compensation and perquisites.

As part of its annual review, the Committee reviews the potential for any material risks arising from or relating to our compensation programs. Based on this review, the Committee believes that our compensation programs do not encourage excessive risk-taking by our executives or employees and are not reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on Wyndham Worldwide. In reaching its conclusion, the Committee considered the following aspects of our compensation programs believed to encourage the management of our business in a prudent manner:

The Committee reviews and compares executive compensation against our peer group to confirm that compensation is within an acceptable range relative to the external market.

Our performance-based compensation is in large part keyed to our earnings, aligning interests of shareholders and management, and designed to improve our core operating results as opposed to using leverage or other high risk strategies.

Our annual incentive compensation opportunities and PVRSUs are capped at a specified maximum as a countermeasure to excessive risk-taking.

Our commission-based sales programs are monitored by management for compliance with law and internal policies.

Employment Agreements

We have employment agreements with each of our named executive officers the terms of which form the basis of our named executive officers' compensation elements and levels. The compensation elements provided under the agreements are reviewed annually by management, our compensation consultant and the Committee against the peer group described below under Compensation Review and Benchmarking.

In 2017, the following actions were taken with respect to our named executive officers' employment agreements:

The employment agreement of Mr. Holmes, our CEO, was amended in July 2017 to extend the term of his employment agreement. Effective upon the planned spin-off, Mr. Holmes will cease his employment with the company and his agreement will no longer be in effect. He will remain on our Board as our Non-Executive Chairman. In connection with his cessation of employment as our CEO, we expect to enter into a separation and release agreement with Mr. Holmes.

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We entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Brown in April 2017 in connection with his appointment as CEO, Wyndham Vacation Ownership. In 2018, we expect to enter into a new employment agreement with Mr. Brown in connection with his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Destinations following the planned spin-off.

The employment agreement of Mr. Ballotti, CEO, Wyndham Hotel Group, was amended in February 2017 to extend the term of his employment agreement. In 2018, it is expected that Mr. Ballotti will enter into a new employment agreement in connection with his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Hotels following the planned spin-off.

We entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Wyshner in connection with his appointment as our CFO in August 2017. Mr. Wyshner's employment agreement will be assigned to Wyndham Hotels in connection with the planned spin-off.

In 2018, we expect to enter into an employment agreement with Mr. Hug in connection with his appointment as CFO of Wyndham Destinations following the planned spin-off.

We expect to enter into a separation and release agreement with Mr. Conforti in connection with his separation from employment following completion of the planned spin-off.

The employment agreement of Ms. Mandel, CEO, Wyndham Destination Network, was amended in August 2017 to extend the term of her employment agreement. It is expected that Ms. Mandel will cease employment with Wyndham Destinations upon the later of the completion of the planned spin-off and the closing of the sale of our European vacation rental business subject to conditions to be agreed upon. We expect to enter into a separation and release agreement with Ms. Mandel in connection with her cessation of employment.

The terms of the employment agreements with our named executive officers and any amendments are described below under Agreements with Named Executive Officers.

Compensation Review and Benchmarking

Management and the Committee believe that information regarding compensation practices at other companies is useful in evaluating the compensation of our named executive officers. Management and the Committee recognize that our compensation practices must be competitive in the market to attract and retain superior senior managers. In addition, this market information is a factor that management and the Committee consider in assessing the reasonableness of the compensation of our executives.

2017 Peer Group Composition.    In August 2016, the Committee reviewed our peer group composition used for executive compensation benchmarking purposes. As a result of this review, the Committee determined to make changes to our peer group, effective for 2017, based upon the review and recommendation of Aon Hewitt. The following companies were added to the peer group: Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., a direct competitor and similar in size to the company; Las Vegas Sands Corp., a global business in a related industry; and Priceline, a competitor in e-commerce. Additionally, the following companies were removed from the peer group for reasons related to size, change in structure, acquisition of the company or limited availability of data: American Express Company, The Walt Disney Company, Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc., InterContinental Hotels and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

For 2017, the Committee utilized the peer group of companies listed below, as recommended by our compensation consultant and approved by the Committee, based on one or more of the following criteria and the criteria noted above: companies or divisions within companies in generally the same industry or business as Wyndham Worldwide; companies that were similar in size to Wyndham

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Worldwide in terms of revenues and market value; companies used by analysts to compare Wyndham Worldwide's financial performance; organizations with a global presence; organizations with which we compete for executive talent; and organizations in similar markets or with a similar business model such as non-hospitality companies that have franchise and brand portfolio operations.

Our peer group for 2017 executive compensation benchmarking consisted of the following companies:

  Carnival Corporation & Plc   Las Vegas Sands Corp.
  Choice Hotels International, Inc.   Marriott International, Inc.
  Colgate Palmolive Company   MGM Mirage
  Darden Restaurants, Inc.   Priceline
  Expedia Inc.   Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
  Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.   Starbucks Corporation
  Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.   Wynn Resorts, Limited
  Hyatt Hotels Corp.   Yum Brands, Inc.

2017 Peer Review.    In February 2017, our compensation consultant conducted a competitive review of the compensation elements and levels of our named executive officers using the 2017 peer group. As part of this review, our compensation consultant prepared and management provided the Committee with total compensation summaries and tally sheets for the named executive officers together with related peer group data. The objectives of the compensation review were to compare for consistency the compensation of our executives to that of similarly-situated executives and ensure that our compensation practices and elements are consistent with our Total Compensation Strategy.

Our compensation consultant's review of peer group compensation included the following compensation elements using the most recently filed proxy statements for each peer company: base salary, annual incentive compensation, time-based long-term incentive compensation, total cash compensation and total compensation. Compensation levels were obtained for the peer group median, average, 25th and 75th percentiles for each compensation element at target level performance (excluding for this purpose premium levels of performance under our annual and long-term incentive compensation programs) to provide an understanding of our compensation practices against competitive pay practices. For certain executives, such as our former Chief Real Estate Development Officer, due to limited comparability of peer group data, this data, along with supplemental general industry survey data provided by our compensation consultant, is used only as a broad competitive reference point.

Using this competitive review and consistent with our Total Compensation Strategy, we broadly target total compensation (consisting of base salary, target annual incentive compensation and target long-term incentive compensation) to be generally consistent with the market median but may approach the 75th percentile of the peer group. However, the Committee does not view this benchmark as a rigid standard because the Committee does not believe that categorical guidelines or formulae are appropriate for determining the mix or levels of compensation for our named executive officers. The Committee views benchmarking simply as one factor in making compensation decisions for our named executive officers as it does not account for subjective factors such as challenges we face as a company, individual past and expected future performance, leadership ability, recruiting and retention needs, succession planning, experience or scope of responsibility. As a result, our named executive officers' target compensation opportunities as well as actual total compensation may be above or below targeted levels based on these factors. The Committee's review of peer group data in 2017 showed that actual total compensation paid to our named executive officers was generally consistent with or above the 75th percentile. In one instance, where one of our NEO's actual total compensation fell below our intended benchmark, the Committee approved a market adjustment to base salary as discussed below.

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On an annual basis our compensation consultant also reviews the general framework and elements of our executive compensation program. Based on this review, our compensation consultant advised management and the Committee that the elements of compensation that we provide our named executive officers are consistent with the compensation elements provided by our peer group companies. As part of this review, our compensation consultant prepared tally sheets for each named executive officer. In addition to reviewing market data, the Committee reviews these tally sheets which identify the value of each compensation element, including base salary, annual incentive compensation, long-term incentive compensation, perquisites and the value of severance and change-in-control payments under various termination and change-in-control scenarios against internal targets as well as performance of competitors, recruiting and retention pressures, internal pay equity and succession and development planning.

Reviewing the tally sheets helps the Committee to balance the various compensation elements so that no single element is too heavily weighted and there is an appropriate mix between fixed and variable compensation and short-term and long-term compensation to ensure alignment with our Total Compensation Strategy. As each compensation element has different objectives as discussed below, Committee review and determinations with respect to one element generally do not influence decisions regarding the other elements to the extent total compensation is consistent with our Total Compensation Strategy. Given the significant scope and responsibilities of our CEO, which are greater than those of our other named executive officers, the Committee believes any differences between the individual compensation elements and the total compensation of our CEO and the other named executive officers are appropriate.

Base Salary

Consistent with our Total Compensation Strategy, we provide base salaries designed to attract and retain our named executive officers and provide them with a base level of income. For consideration of 2017 base salary merit increases, management provided the Committee with a market assessment of annual salary increases utilizing external market data from World at Work, Aon Hewitt, Towers Watson and Mercer annual salary increase surveys.

Base salary merit increases are generally based on this market analysis and a review of the individual performance of the named executive officers. To review the individual performance of our named executive officers, senior management (or in the case of our CEO, the Committee) reviews the executives' individual contributions and personal leadership together with their performance on corporate or business unit strategic objectives including business development, business drivers and cost reduction initiatives.

In February 2017, although the company had solid financial results in 2016, the Committee, upon review of the market analysis and the base salaries of our named executive officers compared to their peers, determined not to provide merit increases to their 2017 base salaries. Ms. Mandel however received a 10% market adjustment.

The base salaries of Mr. Brown, appointed in April 2017, and Mr. Wyshner, appointed in August 2017, were established pursuant to the terms of their respective employment agreements based on review of market analysis provided by our compensation consultant. Following his resignation as our CFO, Mr. Conforti's annual base salary rate for the balance of the year was reduced to $100,000 for his advisory services.

For 2017, we paid our named executive officers the base salaries listed in the Summary Compensation Table below.

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Annual Incentive Compensation

Consistent with our Total Compensation Strategy, we provide cash-based annual incentive compensation designed to create incentives for the named executive officers to drive our short-term financial and operating performance and thus create value for our shareholders.

In February 2017, management recommended and the Committee approved a combination of factors to determine potential 2017 annual incentive compensation for our named executive officers including actual total company (corporate) and/or business unit Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT), as adjusted, a standard measure of our profitability, as measured against target EBIT established at the beginning of the plan year, and a target award opportunity generally expressed as a percentage of each executive's base salary. An executive's annual incentive compensation may be higher or lower than target annual incentive compensation depending on corporate and/or business unit performance. The maximum annual incentive award opportunity for our named executive officers under the annual incentive compensation program is 150% of the target award opportunity.

The EBIT targets set for the corporation and its business units are recommended by management subject to approval by the Committee and are based on operating budgets that reflect our strategic plan. EBIT may be adjusted to reflect certain items which may be recurring or non-recurring and which in our view do not necessarily reflect ongoing performance such as restructuring costs and impairments, the categories of which are specified at the outset of the performance period. Consistent with our Total Compensation Strategy, we believe that the EBIT targets set appropriate goals for our executives to achieve short-term earnings growth and create shareholder value. We further believe that using our annual incentive compensation program to provide incentives to our named executive officers to exceed the EBIT targets and accomplish our strategic objectives is an important tool to implement our Total Compensation Strategy.

Following the completion of each year, the Committee reviews the corporate and business unit operating results achieved against the pre-established EBIT targets approved by the Committee. In addition, as a threshold matter, to ensure that the performance of the individual executives is at the high level expected, senior management reviews with the Committee (or in the case of our CEO, the Committee itself reviews) each executive's individual contributions and personal leadership together with their performance on corporate or business unit strategic objectives, business drivers, business development and other initiatives as applicable. If based on this review, performance at the corporate, business unit or individual level did not meet expectations, the Committee may use its discretion to adjust downward or not provide the executive's annual incentive compensation award.

Under our 2017 annual incentive program, the pre-established performance tiers ranged from 97% up to 105.6% of the EBIT target for the corporation and each business unit, with corresponding payout levels ranging, respectively, from 25% of the target award opportunity up to a maximum of 150% of the target award opportunity. Payout level is interpolated where performance is achieved between the specified performance tiers subject to the 150% maximum payout. Performance achievement below 97% of the EBIT target for the corporation or a business unit results in no payout with respect to any portion of the award based on such corporate or specific business unit's performance. As discussed above under Actions Related to our Planned Spin-Off, in October 2017 it was determined that each employee, including our named executive officers, would receive a guaranteed minimum annual incentive payout of 75% of target, with the potential to earn up to the maximum payout subject to achievement of the performance metrics under the plan.

For 2017, EBIT targets and results were as follows: the corporate EBIT target was $1.1296 billion and actual adjusted corporate EBIT was $1.1303 billion or 100.1% of the target; the Wyndham Hotel Group EBIT target was $334.8 million and actual Wyndham Hotel Group adjusted EBIT was $339.9 million or 101.5% of the target; the Wyndham Destination Network EBIT target was $313.2 million and actual Wyndham Destination Network adjusted EBIT was $302.7 million or 96.6% of target; and the

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Wyndham Vacation Ownership EBIT target was $635.7 million and actual Wyndham Vacation Ownership adjusted EBIT was $631.8 million or 99.4% of the target.

Annual incentive compensation paid to Mr. Holmes, Mr. Wyshner and Mr. Conforti was weighted 100% on the corporate results. The Committee reviewed the corporate results together with Mr. Holmes' individual performance and determined that he receive a 2017 annual incentive compensation award at 106% of target. Management reviewed the corporate results together with Mr. Wyshner's individual performance and recommended to the Committee that he receive 2017 annual incentive compensation at 106% of target, which amount was prorated in accordance with the terms of his employment agreement. Management reviewed the corporate results together with Mr. Conforti's individual performance and recommended to the Committee that he receive 2017 annual incentive compensation at 53% of target.

Annual incentive compensation paid to Mr. Ballotti was weighted 25% on the corporate results and 75% on Wyndham Hotel Group results. Management reviewed the Wyndham Hotel Group and corporate results together with Mr. Ballotti's individual performance and recommended to the Committee that he receive 2017 annual incentive compensation at 108.3% of target.

Annual incentive compensation paid to Ms. Mandel was weighted 25% on the corporate results and 75% on Wyndham Destination Network results. Management reviewed the Wyndham Destination Network results, which would have resulted in no payout, and corporate results, which were achieved at slightly above target, together with Ms. Mandel's individual performance and recommended to the Committee that she receive 2017 annual incentive compensation at 82.8% of target, reflecting the minimum guaranteed bonus for the portion of her payout based on Wyndham Destination Network results and actual performance results for the portion of her payout based on corporate results.

For 2017, pursuant to the terms of his employment agreement, Mr. Brown was paid a guaranteed bonus equal to his target award opportunity of 100% of base salary.

Mr. Anderson ceased employment with the company in April 2017 and did not participate in our annual incentive compensation program for 2017.

The Non-Equity Incentive Plan and Bonus columns of the Summary Compensation Table below list the annual incentive compensation we paid our named executive officers for 2017.

Long-Term Incentive Compensation

Consistent with our Total Compensation Strategy, we provide our named executive officers with long-term incentive compensation to create incentives to achieve share price appreciation for the benefit of shareholders and encourage retention. Accordingly, 2017 long-term incentive compensation for our named executive officers focused on aligning their interests with those of shareholders, achieving competitiveness with the external market, rewarding key talent contributions and retention. Long-term incentive compensation is granted under our 2006 Equity and Incentive Plan. Our compensation consultant and the Committee periodically review our plan design to confirm its consistency with our peers with respect to items such as long-term incentive mix prevalence and vesting provisions. Additionally, due to the large portion of our named executive officers' total target compensation that is attributable to long-term incentive compensation, our compensation consultant and the Committee reviewed long-term incentive amounts exclusive of our long-term incentive plan (LTIP) modifier awards against peer data and confirmed general consistency with the 75th percentile.

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Committee) and granted by the Committee to the named executive officers based on individual performance review, tenure, scope of responsibility and future potential. Elements of individual performance considered by the Committee in such review include corporate or business unit results of operations, achievement of strategic objectives and leadership characteristics.

Based on these factors, annual long-term incentive awards were granted to our named executive officers in the form of RSUs and PVRSUs.

An RSU represents the right to receive a share of our common stock on a set vesting date subject to continued employment and provides the executive incentive to drive share price appreciation while encouraging retention.

A PVRSU represents the right to receive a share of our common stock on a set vesting date subject to achievement of pre-established performance goals and continued employment and provides the executive incentive to drive earnings growth and share price appreciation while encouraging retention.

Changes to our CEO's Long-Term Incentive Award for 2017.    In February 2017, to better align us with our peers, external market trends and our shareholders' interests, the Committee approved a new structure for our CEO's 2017 long-term incentive awards which increased the portion that is performance-based. Historically our CEO's long-term incentive awards were granted in the form of stock-settled stock appreciation rights (SSARs) and RSUs plus the LTIP modifier in the form of PVRSUs. For 2017, our CEO's long-term incentive awards were instead granted in the form of RSUs and PVRSUs. Approximately 67% of our CEO's 2017 target long-term incentive award was in the form of PVRSUs, 100% of which vest if target performance is achieved, and the remaining 33% in the form of RSUs. As a result, for 2017, 67% of our CEO's total target compensation was performance-based and at-risk. As designed, if we achieved premium levels of performance at maximum, Mr. Holmes' 2017 long-term equity incentive award payout would be comprised of 20% RSUs and 80% PVRSUs.

2017 PVRSU Awards.    The performance goals for our 2017 PVRSU awards were set by the Committee based on our three-year projected target EBIT per share established at the time of grant of the PVRSU award. EBIT per share is defined as earnings before interest and taxes per diluted weighted average share outstanding. Target EBIT per share represents a level of EBIT per share consistent with our projected operating budget.

For our CEO, 100% of his target PVRSUs vest if we achieve target EBIT per share performance, as adjusted, and he can earn up to 200% of his target PVRSUs for performance achievement at or above 108% of target EBIT per share performance.

For our other named executive officers, the performance goals are set at levels that exceed target EBIT per share performance such that no portion of their PVRSU awards will vest unless actual EBIT per share, as adjusted, exceeds target EBIT per share. As a result, the probable outcome with respect to these awards at the time of grant is that EBIT per share in excess of target EBIT per share will not be achieved and no PVRSUs will be earned.

The Committee believes that the PVRSU performance goals established for our CEO and our other named executive officers are consistent with the Committee's intention of making the vesting of these awards contingent upon achieving exceptional growth in EBIT per share that strongly benefits shareholders.

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Vesting of PVRSUs granted in 2017 is contingent upon achievement of the levels of performance specified below and where performance is achieved between these specified performance tiers the number of vested PVRSUs is interpolated:

 
   
   
   
   
    PVRSUs Granted to our CEO:    
    Performance Achievement
as % of Cumulative EBIT per Share Target


  Level of Vesting
as % of Target PVRSUs


       
    92%       0% of PVRSUs    
    94%     25% of PVRSUs  
    96%       50% of PVRSUs    
    98%     75% of PVRSUs  
    100%       100% of PVRSUs (target)    
    102%     125% of PVRSUs  
    104%       150% of PVRSUs    
    106%     175% of PVRSUs  
    108%       200% of PVRSUs (maximum)    

 

    PVRSUs Granted to our Other Named Executive Officers:    
    Performance Achievement
as % of Cumulative EBIT per Share Target


  Level of Vesting
as % of Total PVRSUs


       
    100%       0% of PVRSUs (target)    
       
    102%     25% of PVRSUs  
       
    104%       50% of PVRSUs    
       
    106%     75% of PVRSUs  
    108%       100% of PVRSUs (maximum)    

For our named executive officers other than our CEO, no shares vest under the terms of these awards unless our cumulative EBIT per share performance exceeds 100% of target EBIT per share at the end of the three-year performance period. The total cost of these PVRSUs is fully funded by achievement of the EBIT per share performance goals, which represent premium levels of earnings growth.

The EBIT per share results may be adjusted to reflect certain items which may be recurring or non-recurring and which in our view do not necessarily reflect ongoing performance, such as restructuring costs and impairments, the categories for which are specified at the outset of the performance period. Subject to achievement of performance tiers, vesting occurs on the third anniversary of the grant date, or if later, upon certification of results by the Committee.

Consistent with the objectives described above, in February 2017, the Committee granted RSUs and PVRSUs to each of our named executive officers in the amounts listed below in the Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table.

In 2015, PVRSU awards were granted to our named executive officers covering a three-year performance period including years 2015, 2016 and 2017. In February 2018, these PVRSU awards vested at the maximum level due to earnings per share growth that exceeded 108% of the three-year cumulative earnings per share target.

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the date of the planned spin-off. It is expected that PVRSUs granted in 2016 will vest at 80% and PVRSUs granted in 2017 will vest at 100% based on performance achievement. PVRSUs awards will be settled in shares of Wyndham Destinations and Wyndham Hotels stock in accordance with the spin-off distribution ratio.

2018 RSU Grants.    In March 2018, the Committee determined not to award its customary annual long-term incentive grants in the form of RSUs and PVRSUs in light of the planned spin-off. The Committee determined instead to grant transaction awards in the form of time-vesting RSUs to certain management and officer-level employees, including Mr. Wyshner, Mr. Ballotti and Mr. Brown who each received an award of 12,109 RSUs, in order to encourage continued employment with Wyndham Hotels or Wyndham Destinations, as applicable, after completion of the spin-off. These RSUs are not subject to acceleration upon completion of the spin-off and will fully vest upon the earlier of 30 days following the first anniversary of the completion of the spin-off and December 31, 2019, subject to certain customary conditions and the individual's continued employment through the applicable vesting date. Following completion of the planned spin-off, these RSUs will remain outstanding and become RSUs covering Wyndham Destinations stock and the holders will receive an equal number of additional time-vesting RSUs covering shares of stock of Wyndham Hotels, in each case subject to the original vesting terms.

Perquisites

We provide our named executive officers with perquisites that management and the Committee believe are reasonable, competitive and consistent with our Total Compensation Strategy. Management and the Committee believe that our perquisites help us to retain highly talented managers and allow them to operate more effectively.

In February 2017, management provided the Committee with and the Committee reviewed a market assessment of competitive perquisite practices utilizing widely available market data publications from Aon Hewitt and other compensation consultants. Based on this information, the Committee found our 2017 executive perquisites to be consistent with market practices.

In February 2017, the Committee approved perquisites for the named executive officers including a leased automobile and financial planning services. For certain perquisites, the named executive officers other than Mr. Holmes receive a tax gross-up payment, which means they receive additional compensation to reimburse them for the amount of taxes owed on the compensation imputed for the perquisite. In February 2015, Mr. Holmes requested that he no longer receive tax gross-up payments on perquisites. Mr. Brown is also expected to no longer receive tax gross-up payments on perquisites effective following the planned spin-off in his role as our new CEO. As permitted under his employment agreement, for 2017 we provided Mr. Holmes with personal use of company aircraft for which we imputed income without a tax gross-up. The All Other Compensation Table below lists compensation attributable to perquisites provided to the named executive officers for 2017.

Deferred Compensation Plans

Officer Deferred Compensation Plan.    Our nonqualified officer deferred compensation plan permits named executive officers to defer base salary and annual incentive compensation. We match executive contributions to the plan up to 6% of base salary and annual incentive compensation. The executive makes an irrevocable deferral election prior to the beginning of the calendar year. The executive may elect a single lump-sum payment of his or her account or may elect payments in annual installments up to ten years. The participant's entire account balance is 100% vested. The contributions to our officer deferred compensation plan applicable to our named executive officers are listed below in the Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Table.

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401(k) Plan.    We provide all employees, including our named executive officers, with a 401(k) plan. Our 401(k) plan permits named executive officers to defer base salary. We provide named executive officers and other participants a company match of base salary contributed up to 6% of base salary. The company match is 100% vested.

Savings Restoration Plan.    We make available to our named executive officers a savings restoration plan, which allows executives to defer compensation in excess of the amounts permitted by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (Code), but there are no matching contributions for these deferrals. None of our named executive officers have a balance under our Savings Restoration Plan.

Severance Arrangements

The employment agreements of our named executive officers provide for payments as a percentage of base salary and annual incentive compensation, as well as accelerated vesting of specified long-term equity grants, and in the case of PVRSUs, vesting based on performance during a specified period, if the executive's employment is terminated without cause or for a constructive discharge. These payments and terms are discussed more specifically below under Agreements with Named Executive Officers and Potential Payments on Termination or Change-in-Control.

The severance terms for the named executive officers were established in connection with their employment agreements consistent with peer group market practices and data provided by our compensation consultant. We believe these arrangements are necessary to attract and retain our executives and ensure the continuity of management. The primary focus of the severance terms is generally on the termination of employment and thus the value of these terms arises only in the context of imminent termination. The severance terms do not enhance an executive's current income and therefore are independent of the peer group data review.

Change-in-Control Arrangements

In the event of a change-in-control of Wyndham Worldwide, the named executive officers receive cash severance payments only if their employment is terminated without cause or for constructive discharge following the change-in-control. Our named executive officers are not entitled to any excise tax gross-up in connection with their change-in-control arrangements. Long-term equity compensation grants made to all eligible employees, including the named executive officers, fully vest on a change-in-control. The payments and terms of our named executive officers' change-in-control arrangements are discussed below under Agreements with Named Executive Officers and Potential Payments on Termination or Change-in-Control.

The change-in-control terms for the named executive officers established in connection with their employment agreements are generally consistent with peer group market practices and data provided by our compensation consultant. Since a potential change-in-control transaction generally results in increased shareholder value, the Committee believes that it is important to provide incentives to motivate the named executive officers to pursue and complete a potential transaction should it arise and ensure retention. Like the severance arrangements, the value of the change-in-control arrangements arises only in the context of an imminent change-in-control. The terms do not enhance the named executive officers' current income and therefore are independent of the peer group data review. The planned spin-off will not constitute a change-in-control under our change-in-control arrangements.

Executive Officer Stock Ownership Guidelines

Our Executive Officer Stock Ownership Guidelines are intended to align further the financial interests of executive officers with the interests of shareholders. The guidelines require our named executive

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officers to own our common stock with a market value at least equal to the following multiples: CEO: 4 times base salary, Business Unit CEO and our CFO: 2 times base salary, and all other executive officers: 1 times base salary. Named executive officers have a period of five years after first becoming an executive officer subject to the guidelines to achieve compliance with this ownership requirement. Stock ownership meeting the guidelines includes common stock and RSUs but excludes PVRSUs. As of December 31, 2017, all of the named executive officers exceeded these stock ownership requirements.

Policy Against Hedging and Pledging of Company Stock

Our insider trading policy contains restrictions on transactions in our securities by our Directors, executive officers and other employees who have regular access to material nonpublic information in the normal course of their duties. Under this policy, these parties are prohibited from directly or indirectly purchasing financial instruments or engaging in any derivative transactions that are designed to hedge, offset or eliminate the risk of any decrease in the market value of Wyndham Worldwide securities. These persons are also prohibited under this policy from pledging Wyndham Worldwide securities as collateral for personal loans, including holding Wyndham Worldwide securities in margin accounts.


Compensation Committee Report

The Compensation Committee reviewed and discussed with management the Compensation Discussion and Analysis contained in this proxy statement. Based on this review, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement for filing with the SEC.

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney (Chair)
Myra J. Biblowit
Pauline D.E. Richards

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2017 Summary Compensation Table

The following table summarizes compensation paid to our named executive officers for 2017, 2016, and 2015.

 

 

Name & Principal Position


  Year

  Salary
($)


  Bonus
($)(b)


  Stock
Awards
($)(a)



  Option
Awards
($)(a)



  Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
($)(b)




  All Other
Compensation
($)(c)



  Total
($)


                                   

 

 

Stephen P. Holmes

      2017       1,575,902       --       9,000,000       --       3,340,911       1,163,332       15,080,145    
 

 

 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

      2016       1,571,150       --       6,000,000       2,000,000       --(d)       963,898       10,535,048    
 

 

          2015       1,595,784       --       5,625,000       1,875,000       4,787,353       1,089,170       14,972,307    

 

 

David B. Wyshner (e)

      2017       257,505       --       3,500,000       --       272,955       31,377       4,061,837    
 

 

 

Executive Vice President and

      2016       --       --       --       --       --       --       --    
 

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

      2015       --       --       --       --       --       --       --    

 

 

Geoffrey A. Ballotti

      2017       744,999       --       2,900,000       --       806,834       428,721       4,880,554    
 

 

 

President and Chief Executive Officer,

      2016       740,384       --       2,800,000       --       631,548       412,940       4,584,872    
 

 

 

Wyndham Hotel Group

      2015       737,696       --       2,700,000       --       1,106,545       424,728       4,968,969    

 

 

Gail Mandel

      2017       620,780       349,189       2,700,000       --       164,817       171,248       4,006,034    
 

 

 

President and Chief Executive Officer,

      2016       565,391       --       2,100,000       --       620,800       143,181       3,429,372    
 

 

 

Wyndham Destination Network

      2015       556,935       --       2,000,000       --       835,403       134,500       3,526,838    

 

 

Michael D. Brown (f)

      2017       484,618       700,000       3,250,000       --       --       19,900       4,454,518    
 

 

 

President and Chief Executive Officer,

      2016       --       --       --       --       --       --       --    
 

 

 

Wyndham Vacation Ownership

      2015       --       --       --       --       --       --       --    

 

 

Thomas G. Conforti

      2017       472,119       --       2,900,000       --       250,000       3,491,053       7,113,172    
 

 

 

Former Executive Vice President and

      2016       740,384       --       2,800,000       --       481,250       392,846       4,414,480    
 

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

      2015       731,543       --       2,700,000       --       1,097,315       443,050       4,971,908    

 

 

Thomas Anderson

      2017       197,310       --       --       --       --       5,319,825       5,517,135    
 

 

 

Former Executive Vice President and

      2016       565,515       --       1,900,000       --       367,584       263,031       3,096,130    
 

 

 

Chief Real Estate Development Officer

      2015       557,613       --       1,800,000       --       836,420       290,883       3,484,916    

(a)
Represents the aggregate grant date fair value of equity awards computed in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718 (ASC 718). A discussion of the assumptions used in calculating the fair value of such awards may be found in Note 20 to our 2017 audited financial statements of our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 20, 2018.


For Mr. Holmes, with respect to his 2017 long-term incentive plan award, $3.0 million of this amount represents the grant date fair value of his RSU award and $6.0 million represents the grant date fair value of his PVRSU award at target. The grant date fair value of his 2017 PVRSU award assuming maximum achievement of performance goals would be $12.0 million.


For our other named executive officers, this amount represents the grant date fair value of their 2017 RSU awards. No grant date fair value is attributable to their PVRSU awards under ASC 718 due to the fact that no amount will be earned under these awards at target performance. Performance results must exceed 102% of target performance in order for any PVRSU awards granted in 2016 to vest and 100% of target performance in order for any PVRSUs granted in 2015 and 2017 to vest. Performance results must meet 108% of target performance in order for the maximum number of PVRSUs to be earned on awards granted in 2017, 2016, and 2015. The grant date fair value of PVRSU awards granted in 2017 to these named executive officers assuming maximum achievement of performance goals would be as follows: Mr. Ballotti, $1,450,000; Ms. Mandel, $1,350,000; Mr. Brown, $1,250,000; and Mr. Conforti, $1,450,000. Mr. Wyshner was granted equity in 2017 only in the form of time-based RSUs. Mr. Anderson did not participate in the long-term incentive program for 2017.


The actual value realized by each individual with respect to PVRSU awards will depend on the number of shares earned based on our actual performance over the cumulative three-year performance period measured against the performance goals established at the time of grant. The Outstanding Equity Awards at 2017 Fiscal Year-End Table below provides information on PVRSU awards made in 2015, 2016 and 2017 based on performance through December 31, 2017.

(b)
For 2017, represents annual incentive compensation for 2017 paid in 2018. For 2016, represents annual incentive compensation for 2016 paid in 2017. For 2015, represents annual incentive compensation for 2015 paid in 2016. As discussed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, 2017 annual incentive payouts were guaranteed at 75% of target for all employees, with the potential to earn up to maximum payout subject to performance results under the plan. Mr. Holmes, Mr. Ballotti and Mr. Conforti earned payouts under the 2017 annual incentive program in excess of the guaranteed minimum based on corporate and business unit results, as reflected in the Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation column. Ms. Mandel received a guaranteed bonus amount

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    based on business unit results reflected in the Bonus column and an amount based on actual performance achievement at the corporate level reflected in the Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation column. Mr. Conforti received an annual incentive compensation award for 2017 at 53% of target. Mr. Wyshner received a prorated annual incentive compensation award for 2017.

(c)
See All Other Compensation Table below for a description of compensation included in this column.

(d)
For 2016, Mr. Holmes suggested and the Compensation Committee independently determined that his annual incentive compensation award would be zero to emphasize to all stakeholders our commitment to accountability and aligning company interests with shareholder interests.

(e)
Information is not reported for Mr. Wyshner for 2015 and 2016 because he joined Wyndham Worldwide in 2017. The amount shown as base salary reflects the amount paid to Mr. Wyshner in 2017 following his commencement of employment on August 2, 2017, and the amount shown as non-equity incentive plan compensation reflects his prorated annual incentive compensation award for 2017.

(f)
Information is not reported for Mr. Brown for 2015 and 2016 because he joined Wyndham Worldwide in 2017. The amount shown as base salary reflects the amount paid to Mr. Brown in 2017 following his commencement of employment on April 27, 2017. Pursuant to the terms of his employment agreement, Mr. Brown was entitled to a guaranteed bonus for 2017 equal to 100% of his base salary, as shown in the bonus column, and a sign-on RSU grant with value of $750,000, which is included in his stock awards.

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2017 All Other Compensation Table

The All Other Compensation column in the Summary Compensation Table above includes the following for 2017.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

    Mr. Holmes
($)


  Mr. Wyshner
($)


  Mr. Ballotti
($)


  Ms. Mandel
($)


  Mr. Brown
($)


  Mr. Conforti
($)


  Mr. Anderson
($)


 

 

Personal use of company aircraft (a)

      116,759       --       --       --       --       --       --    

 

 

Company automobile (b)

      19,194       --       34,927       15,199       9,600       17,151       5,007    

 

 

Financial planning services (c)

      15,000       --       5,910       5,910       2,050       5,910       4,493    

 

 

401(k) company match

      --       --       15,473       16,200       --       16,200       11,839    

 

 

Deferred compensation company match

      295,009       31,377       93,110       37,247       --       43,327       11,839    

 

 

Dividends (d)

      707,370       --       247,086       64,254       --       244,497       220,093    

 

 

Executive medical/annual physical (e)

      10,000       --       2,000       10,000       3,945       10,000       2,000    

 

 

Aggregate tax gross-up (f)

      --       --       30,215       22,438       4,305       25,544       15,272    

 

 

Severance (g)

      --       --       --       --       --       3,128,424       5,049,282