UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS, INC.
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Letter to Stockholders

June 9, 2022

Dear Stockholder:
I cordially invite you to attend via webcast the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (the “Company,” “we” or “our”), which will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time. This year’s Annual Meeting will be a virtual meeting of stockholders, which means that you will be able to participate in the Annual Meeting, vote and submit your questions during the Annual Meeting via live webcast by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/WMS2022. You will not be able to attend the Annual Meeting in person.
Details of the business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting are provided in the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement, which you are urged to read carefully. If you participate in the Annual Meeting via the live webcast at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/WMS2022, you may revoke your proxy and vote during the Annual Meeting, even if you have previously submitted a proxy.
We have elected to take advantage of Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rules that allow us to furnish proxy materials to certain stockholders on the Internet. On or about the date of this letter, we began mailing a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) to stockholders of record at the close of business on May 27, 2022. At the same time, we provided those stockholders with access to our online proxy materials and filed our proxy materials with the SEC. We believe furnishing proxy materials to our stockholders on the Internet will allow us to provide our stockholders with the information they need, while lowering the costs of delivery and reducing the environmental impact of the Annual Meeting. If you have received the Notice, you will not receive a printed copy of the proxy materials unless you request it by following the instructions for requesting such materials contained in the Notice.
Stockholders of record at the close of business on May 27, 2022 are entitled to vote at the 2022 Annual Meeting. Regardless of the number of shares you own, your vote is important. I urge you to vote as soon as possible by telephone, the Internet or by signing, dating and returning the enclosed proxy card by mail, even if you plan to attend the meeting via webcast.
Your continuing interest in our Company is greatly appreciated.
 
    Very truly yours,
    D. Scott Barbour
    President and Chief Executive Officer
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ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS, INC.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
To Be Held on July 21, 2022
The Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (the “Company”) will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time. This year’s Annual Meeting will be a virtual meeting of stockholders.
The purposes of the meeting are:
1.To elect, as described in the proxy statement, four Class II directors and four Class III directors nominated for a term to expire at the 2023 Annual Meeting;
2.To ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2023;
3.To hold a non-binding advisory vote on the compensation for the Company’s named executive officers, as disclosed in the proxy statement;
4.To hold a non-binding advisory vote on whether a non-binding advisory vote on the compensation for the Company’s named executive officers should be held every one, two or three years;
5.To approve the Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “ESPP”); and
6.To consider and act upon such other matters as may properly be brought before the meeting, or any adjournment or postponement thereof.
These matters are more fully described in the proxy statement. The Board recommends that you vote “FOR ALL” of the nominated directors, “FOR” the ratification of the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, “FOR” the proposal to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers, “ONE YEAR” with respect to how frequently a non-binding stockholder advisory vote on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers should occur and “FOR” the proposal to approve the ESPP. The Board knows of no other matters at this time that may be properly brought before the meeting.
Stockholders of record at the close of business on May 27, 2022 are entitled to notice of, and to vote at the Annual Meeting and any subsequent adjournments or postponements. A list of these stockholders will be available for inspection for 10 days preceding the Annual Meeting at our corporate headquarters, 4640 Trueman Boulevard, Hilliard, Ohio 43026. We will begin mailing a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) on or about June 9, 2022 to stockholders of record at the close of business on May 27, 2022. The Notice contains instructions on how to access our proxy statement, our fiscal year 2022 Annual Report to Stockholders and the form of proxy on the Internet, as well as instructions on how to request a paper copy of the proxy materials.
It is important that your common shares be represented at the Annual Meeting whether or not you are personally able to attend via webcast. Our proxy tabulator, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., must receive your proxy card no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on July 20, 2022.
Please read carefully the sections in the proxy statement on attending via webcast and voting at the Annual Meeting to ensure that you comply with these requirements.
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for Stockholder Meeting to be held on July 21, 2022: The proxy statement and our annual report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2022 are available at www.proxyvote.com.

     By Order of the Board of Directors
     Scott A. Cottrill
     Corporate Secretary
Hilliard, Ohio
June 9, 2022
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Proposal Two: Ratification of the Appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company's Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for Fiscal Year 2023
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PROXY STATEMENT
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (which we refer to as “we,” “us,” “our,” “ADS” or the “Company”) is furnishing this proxy statement in connection with the solicitation by our Board of Directors (our “Board”) of proxies to vote at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, to be held via webcast on July 21, 2022 (the “Annual Meeting” or the “2022 Annual Meeting”), or at any adjournment or postponement thereof. A copy of this proxy statement, the proxy card and our Annual Report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022 can be found at the web address www.proxyvote.com. We will begin mailing a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) on or about June 9, 2022 to stockholders of record at the close of business on May 27, 2022. The Notice contains instructions on how to access our proxy statement, our fiscal year 2022 Annual Report to Stockholders and the form of proxy on the Internet, as well as instructions on how to request a paper copy of the proxy materials. We first sent these proxy materials to our stockholders on or about June 9, 2022.
References in this proxy statement to the Company’s “2022 Annual Meeting” and “2023 Annual Meeting” shall mean the annual meeting of stockholders to occur following each of the fiscal years ended March 31, 2022 and 2023, respectively.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT
THIS PROXY STATEMENT AND THE ANNUAL MEETING
Who is soliciting my proxy with this Proxy Statement?
The Company is soliciting your proxy in connection with the Company’s 2022 Annual Meeting.
Where and when will the meeting be held?
This year’s meeting will be held on July 21, 2022 and will begin at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). The 2022 Annual Meeting will be held only by means of a live webcast.
What if I wish to attend the meeting?
We will be hosting the Annual Meeting live via the Internet. You will not be able to attend the Annual Meeting in person. Any stockholder can listen to and participate in the Annual Meeting live via the Internet at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/WMS2022. The webcast will start at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time), on July 21, 2022. Stockholders may vote and submit questions while connected to the Annual Meeting on the Internet.
Instructions on how to connect and participate in the Annual Meeting, including how to demonstrate proof of ownership of our common shares, are posted at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/WMS2022. If you do not have your 16-digit control number that is printed in the box marked by the arrow on your Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or your proxy card (if you received a printed copy of the proxy materials), you will only be able to listen to the Annual Meeting.
What will be voted on at the meeting?
At the Annual Meeting, stockholders will be asked to (i) approve the election of four Class II directors (Messrs. Eversole, Fischer and Haney and Ms. Chaibi) and four Class III directors (Messrs. Jones, Perez de la Mesa and Seetharam, and Ms. Gast) nominated for terms to expire at the 2023 Annual Meeting, (ii) the ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year ending March 31, 2023, (iii) approve in a non-binding advisory capacity, the Company’s named executive officer compensation, (iv) recommend, in a non-binding advisory capacity, whether the stockholder vote to approve the compensation of our named executive officers should occur every one, two or three years (v) approve the ESPP and (vi) to transact such other business as may properly come before the 2022 Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

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Who is entitled to vote at the meeting?
The record date for this meeting is May 27, 2022. On that date, the Company had 84,896,721 shares of common stock (“Common Stock”) outstanding. Holders of our Common Stock are entitled to one vote for each share held as of the May 27, 2022 record date. Stockholders may not cumulate votes in the election of directors.
If I am a stockholder of record of Common Stock, how do I vote?
If your shares of Common Stock are registered directly in your name with the Company’s transfer agent, Computershare Investor Services, LLC, you are considered the stockholder of record with respect to those shares and you may cast your vote by any one of the following ways:
By Telephone: Call 1-800-690-6903: You can use any touch-tone telephone. Have your proxy card or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials in hand when you call and follow the instructions.
Over the Internet: Go to www.proxyvote.com: You can use the Internet 24 hours a day to transmit your voting instructions. Have your proxy card or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials in hand when you access the web site and follow the instructions.
By Mail: If you received a printed copy of the proxy materials, you may submit your vote by completing, signing and dating your proxy card and returning it in the prepaid envelope to Vote Processing, c/o Broadridge, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, New York 11717.
If I am a beneficial owner of shares of Common Stock held in street name, how do I vote?
If your shares of Common Stock are held in an account at a brokerage firm, bank, broker-dealer, or other similar organization, then you are the “beneficial owner” of shares held in “street name.” The organization holding your account is considered the stockholder of record for purposes of voting at the 2022 Annual Meeting. As a beneficial owner, you have the right to instruct that organization on how to vote the shares held in your account. If you request printed copies of these proxy materials by mail, you will receive a voting instruction form.
If I am a participant in the Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. Retirement and Stock Ownership Plan, how do I vote?
If you are a participant in the Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. Retirement and Stock Ownership Plan and its related trust (the “KSOP”), you have the right to instruct the administrative trustee of the KSOP (the “KSOP Trustee”), to vote the shares of KSOP Common Stock allocated to your KSOP account and held by the KSOP Trustee as indicated on the proxy card for the election of Directors and on the Board of Directors proposals listed; and, at their discretion, on such other matters as may properly come before the meeting. If no instructions are given or if your voting instructions are not received on or before 11:59 P.M. ET on July 15, 2022, the cut-off date for purposes of providing voting instructions for the KSOP Common Stock, the KSOP Trustee will vote the uninstructed shares of the KSOP Common Stock in proportion to the instructions received from other KSOP participants, provided that such voting is not contrary to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended.
What if I want to change my vote?
If you want to change your vote, you may revoke your proxy by:
Submitting your vote at a later time via the Internet or telephone prior to the 2022 Annual Meeting;
Submitting a properly signed proxy card with a later date that is received at or prior to the Annual Meeting; or
Providing notice in writing before the meeting to: Secretary, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., 4640 Trueman Boulevard, Hilliard, Ohio 43026 USA.

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What if I submit a proxy without giving specific voting instructions?
If you properly submit a proxy without giving specific voting instructions, the individuals named as proxies on the proxy card will vote your shares:
FOR the election of the eight nominees for Director named on page 6.
FOR the ratification of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year ending March 31, 2023.
FOR the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers.
FOR submitting the advisory vote on compensation of our named executive officers to the stockholders every year.
FOR the approval of the ESPP.
In accordance with the best judgment of the individuals named as proxies on the proxy card on any other matters properly brought before the Annual Meeting.
Will my shares be voted if I do not provide my proxy?
If you are a registered stockholder and do not submit a proxy, you must attend the meeting via webcast in order to vote your shares.
If you hold shares in “street name,” your shares may be voted on certain matters even if you do not provide voting instructions to your bank or broker. Banks and brokers have the authority under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) to vote shares for which their customers do not provide voting instructions on certain routine matters. The ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm is considered a routine matter for which banks and brokers may vote without specific instructions from their customers. You must provide voting instructions to your bank or broker for your shares to be voted on all other matters presented at the 2022 Annual Meeting.
If you are a participant in the KSOP and do not instruct the KSOP Trustee to vote the shares allocated to your KSOP account, or if your voting instructions are not received by the deadline shown on the enclosed voting instruction form, the KSOP Trustee will vote the uninstructed shares of the KSOP Common Stock in proportion to the instructions received from other KSOP participants, provided that such voting is not contrary to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended.
What should I do if I have questions?
If you have any questions or require any assistance with respect to instructing the trustee of the KSOP with respect to any shares of Common Stock held in the KSOP and allocated to your KSOP account, please contact Scott A. Cottrill, the Company’s corporate secretary, at (614) 658-0050.

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FISCAL YEAR HIGHLIGHTS
BUSINESS PERFORMANCE/FISCAL YEAR ACHIEVEMENTS
We delivered another year of record financial performance for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022. Despite several unique challenges, such as inflationary pressure, supply chain challenges and a shortage of available labor in both manufacturing and transportation, the teams remained focused on executing our plan and delivering exceptional results. We believe our accomplishments over the past year and our continued execution position us well for the future to deliver sustainable, long-term growth.
ESG STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
We are committed to integrating quality environmental, social and governance practices into our business, which we believe will increase the long-term sustainability and resiliency of our business model. In our daily operations, we are dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship through our products and solutions, creating a safe work environment for our employees and making a positive impact in the communities we serve. We also adhere to strong corporate governance principles by adopting best practices to strengthen our accountability and relationship of trust with our stakeholders.
We believe that a sound governance structure can serve as a solid foundation for a successful sustainability program. We have developed several key strategic initiatives in order to institutionalize our governance structure and enhance the oversight of our sustainability practices.
In fiscal year 2022, our Board established a sustainability committee to oversee our programs, policies and practices pertaining to sustainability and environmental issues. Prior to the establishment of the sustainability committee, Board oversight of our sustainability programs was supported by the ESG sub-committee, an informal sub-committee of the nominating and corporate governance committee.
In addition, we continued to make progress in fiscal year 2022 building our ESG program through the following initiatives:
Issuing 10-year sustainability goals, the details of which can be accessed on our website. These goals are not included as part of, or incorporated by reference into, this proxy statement.
Developing a robust Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) strategy to further develop a diverse workforce, create an inclusive workplace, engage with external partners and support our communities;
Partnering with The Ohio State University Sustainability Institute to support water management research, enhance student learning, and make their campus more sustainable;
Acquiring Jet Polymer Recycling (Jet), a recycling company based in the southeastern region of the United States, to further our recycling impact;
Joining Operation Clean Sweep®, an international program to reduce plastic resin loss into the environment;
Continue collecting and regularly tracking data related to our environmental impacts;
Increasing ESG-related disclosures, including increased and improved transparency about our sustainability practices in our sustainability report and website to better communicate our ESG efforts.

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTS

all directors and nominees are independent (excluding the CEO)
independent Board Chair at least one new Director elected each of the last 6 years five of the last six elected directors or nominees are women or ethnic minorities
diversity of skills and experiences among Board members sunsetting classified Board structure and established majority vote standard removal of all but one supermajority vote requirement Sustainability Committee of the Board established
PROPOSAL ONE: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Director Election Process
Our business and affairs are managed under the direction of our Board. We currently have twelve directors. As previously disclosed, on May 18, 2022, Mr. Kidder, a current Class III director, notified us of his intention to not stand for re-election at the 2022 Annual Meeting and to retire from the Board effective at that time, at which time his term as a Class III director will expire. On May 18, 2022, the Board nominated Kelly S. Gast to fill the newly created vacancy resulting from Mr. Kidder’s retirement, with Ms. Gast to serve as a Class III director upon her election and qualification at the 2022 Annual Meeting. Our directors hold office until their successors have been elected and qualified or until the earlier of their resignation or removal.
Our Board is presently divided into three classes of directors, Previously, directors served staggered terms of three years each. Beginning at the 2021 Annual Meeting, directors are nominated and elected for staggered one-year terms. Our directors are currently separated into the following classes:
Our Class I directors are D. Scott Barbour, Michael B. Coleman, Tanya Fratto and Carl A. Nelson, Jr.;
Our Class II directors are Anesa T. Chaibi, Robert M. Eversole, Alexander R. Fischer and M.A. (Mark) Haney; and
Our Class III directors are Ross M. Jones, C. Robert Kidder, Manuel J. Perez de la Mesa and Anil Seetharam.
The terms of our Class I directors are set to expire upon the election and qualification of successor directors at our 2023 Annual Meeting. The terms of our Class II and Class III directors are set to expire upon the election and qualification of successor directors at the 2022 Annual Meeting. At the 2023 Annual Meeting, all directors will stand for election to serve one-year terms.
Any vacancies in our classified Board will be filled by the remaining directors and the elected person will serve the remainder of the term of the class to which he or she is appointed. Any additional directorships resulting from an increase in the number of directors will be distributed among the three classes so that, as nearly as possible, each class will consist of one-third of the directors.
When considering whether directors and nominees have the experience, qualifications, attributes or skills, taken as a whole, to enable our Board to satisfy their oversight responsibilities effectively in light of our business and structure, our Board focused primarily on each person’s background and experience as reflected in the information discussed in each of the directors’ individual biographies set forth below. We believe that our directors provide an appropriate mix of experience and skills relevant to the size and nature of our business. We also value the experience that our directors bring from their service on other boards.

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2022 Nominees for Election to the Board of Directors
The Class II and III directors to be elected at the 2022 Annual Meeting will serve a term that expires at the 2023 Annual Meeting. The Board has nominated (a) Messrs. Eversole, Fischer and Haney and Ms. Chaibi for re-election as Class II directors at the 2022 Annual Meeting and (b) Messrs. Jones, Perez de la Mesa and Seetharam for re-election and Ms. Gast for election as Class III directors at the 2022 Annual Meeting. Ms. Gast's nomination as director was recommended by a third-party search firm. All of the nominees have indicated a willingness to stand for re-election and to serve if re-elected.
The following paragraphs describe the business experience and education of Messrs. Eversole, Fischer, Haney, Jones, Perez de la Mesa and Seetharam and Mses. Chaibi and Gast, who have been nominated for terms expiring at the 2023 Annual Meeting.
Anesa T. Chaibi. Anesa T. Chaibi became a director in 2020. Ms. Chaibi has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of CoolSys, Inc., a market-leading refrigeration and HVAC service provider since October 2021. Prior to joining CoolSys, Ms. Chaibi served as an industry advisor in the Industrial and Business Services Group with Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing from 2019 to 2021. Prior to that role, Ms. Chaibi was the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Optimas OE Solutions, LLC a global provider of integrated supply chain solutions and engineering support, from 2016-2019. Previously, Ms. Chaibi served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, a division of HD Supply Holdings, Inc. (an industrial supplier), from 2005–2015. Prior to this role, Ms. Chaibi held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility within several business units at General Electric from 1989–2005. Ms. Chaibi has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University and an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Additionally, Ms. Chaibi is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. Ms. Chaibi has served as a director of Regal Rexnord Corporation (a global leader in the engineering and manufacturing of industrial powertrain solutions, power transmission components, electric motors and electronic controls, air moving products, and specialty electronics) since 2014. We believe that Ms. Chaibi's executive leadership experience, experience in manufacturing and corporate governance knowledge make her qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Robert M. Eversole. Robert M. Eversole became a director in 2008. Mr. Eversole is a Managing Partner of Stonehenge Partners, Inc., a private investment capital firm and has been continuously employed as such since 2007. Prior to joining Stonehenge Partners, Mr. Eversole spent 22 years with Fifth Third Bank, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fifth Third Bank, Central Ohio, and additionally served as Regional President for Fifth Third Bancorp affiliate banks in Western Ohio, Central Florida and Ohio Valley. He also served as a member of the Fifth Third Bancorp Operating Committee. Mr. Eversole currently serves on the boards of directors for certain privately-held companies. Mr. Eversole previously served on the boards of Fifth Third Bank, Central Ohio, Fifth Third Bank, South Florida, United Retirement Plan Consultants, Inc., Red Capital Group, and currently serves in other board representation/observation roles including Davlyn Group and True North Asphalt. Mr. Eversole is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has completed a number of executive education programs. We believe that Mr. Eversole’s extensive background in private equity and commercial banking, his expertise on financial matters and his extensive leadership and management experience make him qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Alexander R. Fischer. Alexander R. Fischer became a director in 2014. Mr. Fischer is the founder of Alex R. Fischer and Company, which offers strategic advisory services on corporate strategy, real estate development and economic development. From 2009-2021 he was the President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, an organization of CEOs focused on civic, philanthropic, education, diversity and inclusion and economic development opportunities in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to his role at the Columbus Partnership, Mr. Fischer worked at Battelle Memorial Institute, a science and technology company, from 2002 to 2009, where he served as Senior Vice President for Business and Economic Development, Vice President of Commercialization, and Director of Technology Transfer and Economic Development. Mr. Fischer has also worked in the public sector, as Commissioner of Economic Development, Deputy Governor and the Chief of Staff for the State of Tennessee from 1997 to 2002. In the past, he has served on the boards of directors for a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and currently serves on the boards of Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Chairman), The Ohio State University, White Oak Partners (Valuation Committee), Andelyn Biosciences and the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (Treasurer). Mr. Fischer graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Economics and Public Administration and also received a Master’s of Science in Urban Planning and Economic Development from the University of Tennessee. We believe that Mr. Fischer’s executive management experience, his

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knowledge of economic development and commercialization and the knowledge he has gained from his extensive involvement in the public policy sectors make him qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Kelly S. Gast. Kelly Gast is director nominee in 2022. Ms. Gast is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer for Bayer Crop Science, a division of Bayer AG, a multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company, and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Prior to her current role, Ms. Gast served as the Vice President of Commercial Finance for Monsanto Company from 2011 to 2018. Previously, Ms. Gast held a variety of roles in increasing responsibility within several business units at Monsanto Company, beginning in 1995. Ms. Gast has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and received a certified public accountant certificate. We believe that Ms. Gast’s executive leadership experience and her expertise on financial accounting matters make her qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
M.A. (Mark) Haney. M.A. (Mark) Haney became a director in 2014. Mr. Haney retired in December 2011 from Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, a chemical producer, where he served as Executive Vice President of Olefins and Polyolefins from January 2011 until his retirement. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Haney served as Senior Vice President, Specialties, Aromatics and Styrenics. He also served as Vice President of Polyethylene and President of Performance Pipe. Prior to joining Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Mr. Haney held numerous management positions with Phillips Petroleum Company. Mr. Haney attended West Texas University and majored in chemistry. We believe that Mr. Haney’s extensive executive and management experience and his understanding of the petro-chemicals industry and the raw materials used in our products make him qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Ross M. Jones. Ross M. Jones became a director in 2018. Mr. Jones, a Managing Director at Berkshire Partners since 2000, has over 25 years of private equity experience. During Mr. Jones’ career at Berkshire, he has worked with many companies across a wide range of industries, including advising the Company over a 10-year period prior to its public offering. His prior board experience also includes serving as Chairman of the Board and Nominating & Governance Committee at Bare Escentuals, Inc. and serving as Lead Director and Chairman of the Nominating & Governance and Compensation Committees at Carter’s, Inc., as well as current or former board positions on private companies Asurion Corp., CrossFit, LLC, Melissa & Doug and Torres Unidas. Before joining Berkshire Partners, Mr. Jones worked at a start-up merchant bank, Bain & Co. and in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Jones has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. We believe that Mr. Jones’ substantial business experience and extensive knowledge of financial services make him qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Anil Seetharam. Anil Seetharam became a director in 2021. Mr. Seetharam is a Managing Director of Berkshire Partners LLC (“Berkshire”) and Stockbridge Partners LLC (“Stockbridge”), a specialized investment group affiliated with Berkshire focused on marketable securities. Mr. Seetharam joined Stockbridge in February 2007 as a member of the Stockbridge investment team and became a Managing Director in December 2014. Prior to joining Stockbridge in 2007, Mr. Seetharam was previously an associate at Berkshire, a business analyst at McKinsey & Co., a consulting firm, and a vice president at Reservoir Capital, an investment firm. We believe that Mr. Seetharam’s knowledge of public markets and private company dynamics based on his years of experience in investing in the public and private equity markets make him qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Manuel Perez de la Mesa. Manuel J. “Manny” Perez de la Mesa became a director in 2019. Mr. Perez de la Mesa was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pool Corporation (NASDAQ “POOL”) from 2001 until his retirement in 2018, from 1999 to 2001 he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer. Pool Corporation is global wholesale distributor of swimming pool equipment, parts and supplies, and related outdoor living products. He now serves as Vice Chairman on the board of directors. Prior to leading Pool Corporation, he gained extensive general, financial and operations management experience with a number of companies, including Watsco, Inc., Fresh Del Monte Produce B.V., International Business Machines Corp., and Sea-Land Service Inc./R.J. Reynolds, Inc. Mr. Perez de la Mesa is also Lead Director of BCPE Empire Topco, Inc., the parent company of Imperial Dade; Lead Director of BCPE Ulysses Investor L.P., the parent company of USLBM; Chairman of Bution Holdings 1, LLC, the parent company of ORS Medco; and a board member of Hamilton HoldCo, LLC, the U.S. subsidiary of the Reece Ltd. (“REH.AX”). He served on ARC Document Solutions, Inc.'s board of directors from 2004 until 2018. Mr. Perez de la Mesa holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Florida International University, a Master of Business Administration from St. John's University (NY), was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant, and also was a Certified Management Accountant. We believe Mr. Perez de la Mesa's

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strong industrial distribution background, strategic planning, international operations and extensive general, financial and executive management experience make him qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Although it is anticipated that each nominee will be available to serve as a director, should any nominee be unable to serve, the proxies will be voted by the proxy holders in their discretion for another person properly designated. Each nominee recommended by the Board to stockholders was recommended to the Board by the nominating and corporate governance committee.
Recommendation of the Board
The Board unanimously recommends that you vote “FOR” the election of each of Messrs. Eversole, Fischer, Haney, Jones, Perez de la Mesa and Seetharam and Mses. Chaibi and Gast.
Vote Required
The election of directors is by majority vote of the votes cast in such election. Brokers non-votes and abstentions are not counted toward the election of directors or toward the election of individual nominees specified on the proxy and therefore, broker non-votes and abstentions shall have no effect on this proposal.
If you return a proxy card without giving specific voting instructions, then your shares will be voted “FOR” the election of Messrs. Eversole, Fischer, Haney, Jones, Perez de la Mesa and Seetharam and Messes. Chaibi and Gast.
If you hold your shares in “street name” and do not provide specific voting instructions to the bank or broker or do not obtain a proxy from such bank or broker to vote those shares, then your shares will not be voted in the election of Directors.
DIRECTORS NOT UP FOR RE-ELECTION
The following paragraphs describe the business experience and education of our Class I directors (not standing for re-election).
D. Scott Barbour. D. Scott Barbour joined us as a director, Chief Executive Officer and President in 2017. Mr. Barbour has over 25 years of experience in the industrials sector. From 1989 until 2016, he worked for Emerson Electric, a global technology and engineering company that provides solutions for customers in industrial, residential and commercial markets as President and CEO of its $4.5 billion Network Power business. Mr. Barbour was responsible for managing major multi-million dollar contract negotiations, leading and implementing a global profitability optimization program, expanding Emerson’s geographic footprint, introducing new product lines, and managing the spin-off and subsequent sale of the Network Power business, now Vertiv. During his tenure at Emerson, Mr. Barbour also held several leadership positions including Group Vice President of Emerson Climate Technologies Group, President, Emerson Climate Technologies Asia Pacific Division, and President, Emerson Climate Technologies Air Conditioning Division. In these roles, Mr. Barbour drove significant technology initiatives, increased profitability and led new product development. Mr. Barbour began his career at Colt Industries, where he worked as a product engineer. Mr. Barbour serves on the board of directors of Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of vehicle propulsion solutions. Mr. Barbour is also a board member of Recreation Unlimited Farm and Fun (Recreation Unlimited) a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization serving individuals with physical and developmental disabilities and health concerns. Mr. Barbour received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and his Master of Business Administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University. We believe that Mr. Barbour’s extensive leadership experience and substantial business qualifications make him qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Michael B. Coleman. Michael B. Coleman became a director in 2018. Mr. Coleman is a partner at Ice Miller and serves as Partner in Charge of the firm's Government Law Group. Mr. Coleman served as Mayor of Columbus, Ohio from 2000 to 2015, the first African-American mayor and the longest-serving mayor in Columbus history. Mr. Coleman’s 25 plus years of experience in public service also includes serving as City Council President for Columbus, Ohio from 1997 to 1999 and as a member of City Council from 1992 to 1999. Prior to his term as Mayor, Mr. Coleman was a partner with the law firm of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn LLP. Mr. Coleman has received numerous national awards and is a frequent public speaker on

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issues involving economic development, neighborhood revitalization and environmental stewardship. Mr. Coleman has a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law. We believe that Mr. Coleman’s significant legal background, his knowledge of economic development, familiarity with state and local contracting matters and his extensive involvement in the public policy sectors make him qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Tanya D. Fratto. Tanya D. Fratto became a director in 2013. Prior to that, Ms. Fratto spent over 30 years with global industrial companies and private equity. She was Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Innovations, Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of industrial diamonds and cubic boron nitride used in oil and gas, infrastructure, automotive, aerospace, and electronics industries. In addition, she enjoyed a successful 20-year career with General Electric. Her experience has ranged from profit and loss ownership, product management and operations, to Six Sigma and supply chain management, spending time in GE Aerospace, GE Plastics, Corporate Sourcing, GE Appliances, and GE Consumer Service. Ms. Fratto holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Alabama. She currently sits on the board of Smiths Global Plc, a global technology company; Mondi Group Plc, an international paper and packaging company; and Ashtead Group Plc, an international equipment rental company. We believe that Ms. Fratto’s extensive executive and management experience as well as her experience managing global operations and the insights gained from those experiences make her qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Carl A. Nelson, Jr. Carl A. Nelson was appointed as a director on August 4, 2016. Mr. Nelson serves on the board of Worthington Industries, a $3 billion diversified metal processing company, where he has been the audit committee chair since 2004 and a member of the executive committee. Mr. Nelson became a director of ADS in 2016 and chairs the Compensation Committee. Mr. Nelson served on the board of Star Leasing Company, a $115 million ESOP owned company that leases semi trailers through nine facilities across seven states. His term of service on that board ended on March 19, 2018. Prior to his retirement in 2002 after 31 years of service, Mr. Nelson was a partner with Arthur Andersen, LLP, where he served as Managing Partner of the Columbus, Ohio office and was the leader of the firm’s consulting services for the products industry in the United States. Mr. Nelson has taught in the MBA and executive education programs at The Ohio State University and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Mr. Nelson received his B.S. in Accounting from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin and is a Certified Public Accountant (retired). We believe that Mr. Nelson’s public company accounting expertise and his years of experience as a business consultant on a variety of projects involving strategic planning, acquisitions, financial matters and executive coaching make him qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
BOARD OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES
The entire Board is engaged in risk management oversight. At the present time, our Board has not established a separate committee to facilitate its risk oversight responsibilities. Our Board expects to continue to monitor and assess whether such a committee would be appropriate. The audit committee assists our Board in its oversight of our risk management and the process established to identify, measure, monitor, and manage risks, in particular major financial risks. Our Board will receive regular reports from management, as well as from the audit committee, regarding relevant risks and the actions taken by management to address those risks.
BOARD INDEPENDENCE
Our common stock has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange, or NYSE, under the symbol “WMS” since July 25, 2014. Under the rules of the NYSE, independent directors must comprise a majority of our Board. In addition, the rules of the NYSE require that, subject to specified exceptions, each member of a listed company’s audit, compensation, and nominating and governance committees be independent. Audit committee members must also satisfy the independence criteria set forth in Rule 10A-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Under the rules of the NYSE, a director will only qualify as an “independent director” if, in the opinion of that company’s board of directors, that person does not have a relationship that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director.
In order to be considered to be independent for purposes of Rule 10A-3, a member of an audit committee of a listed company may not, other than in his or her capacity as a member of the audit committee, our Board, or any other board

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committee: (i) accept, directly or indirectly, any consulting, advisory, or other compensatory fee from the listed company or any of its subsidiaries or (ii) be an affiliated person of the listed company or any of its subsidiaries.
In fiscal year 2022, our Board undertook a review of its composition, the composition of its committees, and the independence of each director. Based upon information requested from and provided by each director concerning his or her background, employment, and affiliations, including family relationships, our Board has determined that none of our directors except for Mr. Barbour has a relationship that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director and that each of these directors, other than Mr. Barbour, is “independent” as that term is defined under the rules of the NYSE.
Except as otherwise described below, our Board has determined that those directors who serve on our audit committee, compensation and management development committee and nominating and corporate governance committee satisfy the independence standards for those committees established by the rules of the NYSE and (in the case of the audit committee) the applicable SEC rules. In making this determination, our Board considered the relationships that each non- employee director has with us and all other facts and circumstances our Board deemed relevant in determining their independence, including the beneficial ownership of our capital stock by each non-employee director.
DIRECTOR SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
In our process for assessing the composition of the Board, we strive to maintain a diverse and dynamic Board that combines an appropriate mix in business, strategic, and financial skills, as well as independence, integrity and time availability.
Our directors bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Board, including skills and experiences that are relevant for our strategy development and long-term sustainable performance. As illustrated in the biographical information for each of our directors, many of them have extensive leadership experience, with several of having served as CEOs of public companies and experiences in mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, and operations. Further, several of our Board members have direct knowledge and related experience in the industrial sector both in terms of technical knowledge and in relation to the markets we operate. Additional skills and backgrounds of our directors that bring significant value to our Board include legal expertise, audit and accounting, public policy and government contracting, and international operations.
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BOARD DIVERSITY RENEWAL
The nominating and corporate governance committee considers Board diversity and Board renewal as two fundamental components for ensuring dynamism and quality in the composition of the Board. We believe that diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds and experiences can improve the Board's ability to engage with management, while regular renewal and a balance of tenure at the Board can help revitalize this diversity. The nominating and corporate governance committee considers multiple aspects of diversity among directors, including professional skills and experiences, industry knowledge, subject matter expertise, gender, ethnicity and age. The director nomination process allows for the Board to design recruitment procedures that meet the Board's and the Company's strategic priorities at a given point in time. Our annual Board self-evaluation process serves as an effective mechanism for monitoring the need for Board refreshment.
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BOARD AND DIRECTOR EVALUATION PROCESS
We believe that a robust Board evaluation process is critical to maintaining an effective and dynamic Board. Our nominating and corporate governance committee authorizes our Board Chair to conduct an annual evaluation of the overall performance and effectiveness of the Board and each of its members in fulfilling its duties and responsibilities, as well as to report those findings to the Board each year. In addition, each committee conducts an annual performance evaluation.
REVIEW OF DIRECTOR NOMINEES
Our nominating and corporate governance committee maintains a rigorous director nomination process, which allows us to identify potential nominees based on a set of criteria developed in accordance with our strategic needs at the time of recruitment. In identifying and evaluating director candidates, the nominating and corporate governance committee first considers the Company’s developing needs and desired characteristics of a new director, as determined from time to time by the nominating and corporate governance committee.
In the recruitment process, the nominating and corporate governance committee, with the assistance of independent advisers as needed, assesses the strategic needs of the Board in terms of backgrounds and qualifications, including the following: business, strategic, and financial skills; independence, integrity, and time availability; diversity of gender, race, and other personal characteristics; and overall experience in the context of the Board’s needs. This process is supplemental to the annual Board evaluation process and helps our Board make recruitment and succession planning decisions that sustain and improve its capacity, diversity, and independence.

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BOARD MEETINGS AND ATTENDANCE
During fiscal year 2022, the Board met four times. Each Director attended at least 75% of the total number of meetings of the Board and the committees on which he or she served. In accordance with the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines, the Directors are encouraged to attend the annual meetings of stockholders. 75% of our directors as of the 2021 Annual Meeting were in attendance.
COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD
Our Board has established an audit committee, a compensation and management development committee, a nominating and corporate governance committee, and an executive committee, each of which has the composition and responsibilities described below. During fiscal year 2022, the Board established a sustainability committee, which has the composition and responsibilities described below. In May of 2022 the stock repurchase committee was dissolved with authority related to stock repurchase program matters delegated to the executive committee. Our Board has adopted written charters for the audit committee, the compensation and management development committee, nominating and corporate governance committee and sustainability committee that comply with current federal law and applicable NYSE rules relating to corporate governance matters, which charters are available on our website (www.adspipe.com). Our Board may also establish from time to time any other committees that it deems necessary or desirable.
Audit Committee
Our audit committee is comprised of Messrs. Coleman, Eversole, Fischer and Mses. Chaibi and Fratto, with Mr. Eversole serving as the chairperson of the audit committee. Our audit committee met five times in fiscal year 2022. All of the members of the audit committee are financially literate and have accounting or related financial management expertise within the meaning of the rules of the NYSE. Our Board has determined that Mr. Eversole qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert,” as that term is defined under the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rules implementing Section 407 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Our audit committee is responsible for, among other things:
reviewing and approving the selection of our independent auditors, and approving the audit and non-audit services to be performed by our independent auditors;
monitoring the integrity of our financial statements and our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements as they relate to financial statements or accounting matters;
reviewing the adequacy and effectiveness of our internal control policies and procedures;
discussing the scope and results of the audit with the independent auditors and reviewing with management and the independent auditors our interim and year-end operating results; and
preparing the audit committee report that the SEC requires in our annual proxy statement.
Compensation and Management Development Committee
Our compensation and management development committee is comprised of Messrs. Haney, Jones, Kidder, Nelson, and Perez de la Mesa and met five times in fiscal year 2022. Mr. Nelson is the chairperson of our compensation and management development committee. Our compensation and management development committee is responsible for, among other things:
overseeing our compensation policies, plans, and benefit programs;
reviewing and approving for our executive officers: the annual base salary, the annual incentive bonus, including the specific goals and amount, equity compensation, employment agreements, severance

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arrangements and change in control arrangements, and any other benefits, compensations or arrangements;
reviewing the succession planning for our executive officers;
preparing the compensation committee report that the SEC requires to be included in our annual proxy statement; and
administrating our equity compensation plans.
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Our nominating and corporate governance committee is comprised of Messrs. Fischer, Seetharam and Kidder and Ms. Fratto and met six times in fiscal year 2022. Mr. Fischer is the chairperson of our nominating and corporate governance committee. Our nominating and corporate governance committee is responsible for, among other things:
assisting our Board in identifying prospective director nominees and recommending nominees for each annual meeting of stockholders to our Board;
reviewing developments in corporate governance practices and developing and recommending governance principles applicable to our Board;
overseeing the evaluation of our Board and management; and
recommending members for each Board committee to our Board.
In identifying and evaluating director candidates, the nominating and corporate governance committee first considers the Company’s developing needs and desired characteristics of a new director, as determined from time to time by the nominating and corporate governance committee. The nominating and corporate governance committee then considers various candidate attributes, including the following: business, strategic, and financial skills; independence, integrity, and time availability; diversity of gender, race, and other personal characteristics; and overall experience in the context of the Board’s needs.
The nominating and corporate governance committee will also consider director candidates recommended by Company security holders. The nominating and corporate governance committee does not intend to alter the manner in which it evaluates a candidate for nomination to the Board based on whether or not the candidate was recommended by a Company security holder.
Security holders who wish to recommend individuals for consideration by the nominating and corporate governance committee to become nominees for election to the Board at an annual meeting of stockholders must do so by delivering not less than ninety nor more than one hundred twenty calendar days prior to the first anniversary date of the preceding year’s annual meeting a written recommendation to the nominating and corporate governance committee c/o Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., 4640 Trueman Boulevard, Hilliard, OH 43026, Attn: Chief Executive Officer and must meet the deadlines and other requirements set forth in the Company’s Bylaws and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Based on the current date of the 2022 Annual Meeting, a proposal for the 2023 Annual Meeting must be delivered no earlier than March 23, 2023 or later than April 22, 2023 to be timely. Each written recommendation must set forth, among other information as described more fully in the Company’s Bylaws:
the name and address of the Company security holder(s) on whose behalf the recommendation is being made;
the class or series and number of shares of Company stock that are, directly or indirectly, owned of record or beneficially owned by such security holder(s) on whose behalf the recommendation is being made as of the date of the written recommendation;

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the proposed director candidate’s full legal name, age, business address and residential address;
a description of the proposed director candidate’s principal occupation or employment and business experience for at least the previous five years;
complete biographical information for the proposed director candidate;
a description of the proposed candidate’s qualifications as a director;
the class and number of shares of Company stock that are beneficially owned by the proposed director candidate as of the date of the written recommendation; and
any other information relating to the proposed director candidate that is required to be disclosed in solicitations for proxies for election of directors pursuant to Regulation 14A promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
Each submission must be accompanied by the written consent of the proposed candidate to be named as a nominee and to serve as a director if elected.
If a proposed director candidate is recommended by a security holder in accordance with the procedural requirements discussed above, the Chief Executive Officer will provide the foregoing information to the nominating and corporate governance committee. The nominating and corporate governance committee will evaluate the proposed director’s candidacy and recommend whether the Board should nominate the proposed director candidate for election by the Company’s stockholders.
Sustainability Committee
In February 2022, our Board established a sustainability committee. Prior to the establishment of the sustainability committee, Board oversight of our sustainability programs was supported by the ESG sub-committee which was an informal sub-committee of the nominating and corporate governance committee.
Our sustainability committee is comprised of Messrs. Coleman and Seetharam and Ms. Chaibi and did not meet in fiscal year 2022, with oversight of sustainability matters supported in fiscal year 2022 by the ESG sub-committee prior to the sustainability committee’s formation. Mr. Coleman is the chairperson of our sustainability committee. Our sustainability committee is responsible for, among other things:
Reviewing and overseeing our programs, policies, and practices pertaining to sustainability and environmental issues;
Maintaining oversight with all applicable laws and regulations as well as voluntary reporting of our sustainability and environmental policies and programs;
Monitoring sustainability and environmental trends and risks impacting our business activities; and
Reviewing our annual Corporate Sustainability Report and performance against relevant external sustainability indices.
Executive Committee
Our executive committee is comprised of the Chair of the Board and the Chairperson of each of the audit, compensation and management development, nominating and corporate governance and sustainability committees. The executive committee meets between meetings of our Board, as needed, and has the power to exercise all the powers and authority of our Board with respect to matters delegated to the executive committee by our Board, except for the limitations under Section 141(c) of the Delaware General Corporation Law and/or applicable limitations under our organizational

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documents. The responsibilities of the former stock repurchase committee were consolidated under the executive committee in fiscal year 2022.
Stock Repurchase Committee
Our stock repurchase committee was previously comprised of Messrs. Kidder and Eversole. During fiscal 2022 the stock repurchase committee did not convene, with matters related to stock repurchases and the Company’s stock repurchase program were addressed by the full Board. In May of 2022 the stock repurchase committee was dissolved, with oversight for the Company’s stock repurchase program delegated to the Executive Committee.
BOARD LEADERSHIP
Our Board does not have a formal policy on whether the roles of Chair of our Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company should be separate or combined and has the flexibility to decide which structure is in the best interests of our stockholders. We believe at this time that our stockholders are best served by separate Chair and CEO roles. D. Scott Barbour serves as the Chief Executive Officer, and C. Robert Kidder currently serves as the Chair of the Board. Assuming his re-election at the Annual Meeting, as previously disclosed, Robert M. Eversole will serve as Chair of the Board upon the conclusion of Mr. Kidder’s term as a director following the Annual Meeting.
A number of factors support the separate leadership structure chosen by the Board. Separate Chair and CEO roles promote balance between the Board’s independent authority to oversee the Company’s business and the CEO’s management team, which manages the business on a day-to-day basis. Separation of the Chair and CEO roles allows Mr. Barbour to focus his time and energy on operating and managing the Company and leverages the experience and perspectives of Mr. Kidder, who previously served as Lead Independent Director of the Board and currently presides over executive sessions of the Board. Separating the Chair and CEO roles fosters accountability, creates an environment that is more conducive to objective evaluation of management’s performance and enhances the effectiveness of the Board as a whole. Separating these positions allows the Chair to focus on the general policy of the Company and lead the Board in its fundamental role of providing oversight and advice while also allowing Mr. Barbour to streamline his duties as CEO and attain a comprehensive focus on the Company’s day-to-day business operations. For these reasons, having two separate positions is the appropriate leadership structure for the Company at this time.
Our Board recognizes that depending on future circumstances, other leadership models may become more suitable in addressing the interests of our stockholders. Accordingly, our Board will periodically review its leadership structure.
DIRECTOR COMPENSATION
In fiscal year 2022, with the assistance of WTW, we revised the structure of our Board compensation. Below is a summary of the structure of our Board compensation program design.
Cash Retainer
Each non-employee director receives an $85,000 annual cash retainer for their service on the Board and committees.
The chair of each committee of our Board receives an additional cash retainer. The chair of the compensation and management development committee and sustainability committee each receives an annual cash retainer of $20,000 annually and the chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee receives an annual cash retainer of $20,000. The annual cash retainer for the chair of our audit committee for serving in that capacity is $35,000. For his service as Chair of the Board and lead independent director during fiscal year 2022, Mr. Kidder was paid $90,000. None of our directors receive meeting fees in addition to these retainers.
Stock Awards and Stock in Lieu of Cash Retainer
Each non-employee director receives shares of restricted stock in an amount equal to $125,000 at the date of grant that will vest on the one-year anniversary of the grant date, subject to cancellation and forfeiture of unvested shares upon

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termination of service with our Board (the “Director Stock Awards”). Such shares would be issued pursuant to the 2017 Omnibus Incentive Plan.
For his service as Chair of the Board, Mr. Kidder received an amount equal to $30,000 at the date of the grant that will vest on the one-year anniversary of the grant date.
Each non-employee director is also provided the option to receive their annual cash retainer of $85,000 in the form of shares of restricted stock under the 2017 Omnibus Incentive Plan in an amount equal to $85,000 (“Stock in Lieu of Cash Awards”), subject to the same vesting parameters as the Director Stock Awards. For fiscal year 2022, Messrs. Nelson, Jones, Eversole, Fratto, Seetharam and Perez de la Mesa elected to receive Stock in Lieu of Cash Awards.
Director Stock Awards and Stock in Lieu of Cash Awards are to be made on the date of the annual meeting of the Company’s stockholders, are valued as of the grant date and are subject to forfeiture in the event that the Director ceases to serve as a Director during the one-year vesting period.
Expense Reimbursement
Non-employee directors will also continue to receive reimbursement of all reasonable travel and other expenses for attending meetings of our Board or other Company-related functions.
Fiscal Year 2022 Director Compensation
The following table summarizes the total compensation earned by each of our directors for fiscal year 2022.
Name
Fees Earned or
Paid in Cash
($)
Stock Awards
($)(6)
All Other
Compensation
($)
Total
($)
D. Scott Barbour
Robert M. Eversole (1)
35,000 216,081 251,081
Tanya Fratto (2)
216,081 216,081
Alexander R. Fischer (3)
105,000 128,668 233,668
M.A. (Mark) Haney (2)
85,000 128,668 213,668
C. Robert Kidder (4)
175,000 159,520 334,520
Anesa T. Chaibi (2)
85,000 128,668 213,668
Carl A. Nelson, Jr. (5)
20,000 216,081 236,081
Michael B. Coleman (2)
88,333 128,668 217,001
Anil Seetharam (2)
216,081 216,081
Ross M. Jones (2)
216,081 216,081
Manuel J. Perez de la Mesa (2)
216,081 216,081

(1)    Represents quarterly payments of annual retainer for membership on our Board as well as chairperson of the audit committee.
(2)    Represents quarterly payments of annual retainer for membership on our Board, as well as (with respect to Mr. Coleman) a payment for his service as chairperson of the sustainability committee during February and March of 2022.
(3)    Represents quarterly payment of annual retainer for membership on our Board and for serving as chairperson of the nominating and corporate governance committee.
(4)    Represents quarterly payment of annual retainer for serving as Chair and member of our Board and serving as our lead independent director.
(5)    Represents quarterly payments of annual retainer for membership on our Board, as well as for serving as chairperson of compensation and management development committee.
(6)    Each of Messrs. Nelson, Jones, Perez de la Mesa, Seetharam and Eversole, and Ms. Fratto elected to receive shares of restricted stock in lieu of their $85,000 annual retainer paid in cash for membership on our board of directors. See above under "— Stock Awards and Stock in Lieu of Cash Retainer." The number of shares of common stock granted in lieu of cash compensation will be based on the aggregate grant date fair value of our common stock computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, Compensation — Stock Compensation. These awards will be made on the date of the annual meeting of the Company's stockholders. The awards will be valued as of the grant date and will vest on the one-year anniversary of the grant date.

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Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
There are no interlocking relationships between any member of our compensation and management development committee and any of our executive officers that require disclosure under the applicable rules promulgated under the federal securities laws.
DIRECTOR STOCK OWNERSHIP POLICY
To encourage equity ownership among non-employee directors, our Board has adopted stock ownership guidelines applicable to all non-employee directors. Under the stock ownership guidelines, each non-employee director is expected to own Common Stock having a value of at least three times their annual cash retainer. The non-employee directors have five years from the later of the completion of our IPO or the date of their election to fulfill this ownership requirement. The stock ownership guidelines require each non-employee director to retain all shares received, net of shares sold for tax purposes, until the ownership requirements are met.
DIRECTORS' SERVICE ON OTHER PUBLIC BOARDS
After first becoming a director of the Company, without the specific approval from the Board, no director may accept an invitation to serve on another public company board or any committee thereof. No director may sit on the board of any competitor of the Company in its principal lines of business to the extent that any such service would constitute a violation of U.S. antitrust law.
As part of our annual Board evaluation process described above, we regularly review each director's ability to continue to contribute to the Board considering other commitments. Based on our assessment, we believe that our directors’ other commitments do not prevent them from sufficiently fulfilling their duties at our Board.
ENGAGEMENT WITH STOCKHOLDERS AND GOVERNANCE IMPROVEMENTS
Our commitment to good governance practices extends to building trusting relationships and partnerships with our stockholders through continued engagement and accountability.
Our engagement with our stockholders serves a crucial role in preserving a robust and effective corporate governance program that serves their long-term interests and positions us for sustainable growth. We engage with our stockholders regularly to understand their perspective and to ensure that our practices are aligned with expectations. Over the past year, we continued to engage with investors around the effectiveness and development of our corporate governance program and our sustainability efforts.
As a result of our internal review of our governance practices and the feedback we received during outreach to investors, we implemented enhancements to our corporate governance program, including declassification of the Board and reducing the supermajority vote requirements for certain charter and bylaws changes. We also adopted a majority vote standard for uncontested director elections (with a plurality carve-out for contested elections). We continue to value the views of our stockholders as we strive for continuous improvement across our corporate governance practices and processes.
SUSTAINABILITY OVERSIGHT
We previously established an informal sub-committee of the nominating and corporate governance committee that was referred to as the ESG sub-committee, chaired by Mr. Fischer and with participation from other members of the Board, including Messrs. Coleman and Barbour, to develop and review ADS’ corporate citizenship and sustainability programs as well as our environmental, employee health & safety, and business ethics policies. In fiscal 2022, the ESG sub-committee conducted quarterly reviews of the Company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) strategy, actions, and metrics. In February of 2022 the Board established a separate sustainability committee as described above under “COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD – Sustainability Committee.” The sustainability committee periodically reviews the Company’s sustainability strategy and performance, including, but not limited to, material environmental and social trends and related

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long- and short-term Company impacts, as well as the Company’s environmental and sustainability reporting and disclosure practices.
As discussed above, with the support and guidance of the ESG sub-committee, and commencing in fiscal year 2023 the sustainability committee, we have taken important steps to set the foundation for an effective oversight of our sustainability practices, including the establishment of processes for collecting and regularly tracking data related to our environmental impacts, our review and selection of sustainability reporting standards, and the creation of business-oriented key performance indicators in alignment with best practice standards.
CERTAIN INFORMATION REGARDING OUR DIRECTORS AND NOMINEES
The name and age of each director and nominee and the positions held by each of them as of the date of this proxy statement are as follows:
 
  Name
Age
Class
   Position(s)
D. Scott Barbour 60 Class I Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Anesa T. Chaibi
56 Class II Director
Michael B. Coleman
67 Class I Director
Robert M. Eversole
60 Class II Director
Alexander R. Fischer
55 Class II Director
Tanya Fratto
61 Class I Director
Kelly S. Gast (1)
55 Class III Director
M.A. (Mark) Haney
67 Class II Director
Ross M. Jones
57 Class III Director
C. Robert Kidder (2)
77 Class III Chair of the Board of Directors, Director
Carl A. Nelson, Jr.
77 Class I Director
Manuel J. Perez de la Mesa
65 Class III Director
Anil Seetharam
43 Class III Director

(1)    Ms. Gast is a nominee for election at the Annual Meeting and is not a current member of our Board.
(2)    Mr. Kidder will not stand for re-election at the Annual Meeting.
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE GUIDELINES
The Board has adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines, which provide the framework for the governance of our Company. Our Board reviews our Corporate Governance Guidelines at least annually. From time to time, the Board may revise our Corporate Governance Guidelines to reflect new regulatory requirements and evolving corporate governance practices. A copy of our Corporate Governance Guidelines is available on our website at www.adspipe.com.
MAJORITY VOTING STANDARD FOR DIRECTORS
In response to growing investor concern about the lack of accountability inherent in plurality voting, and in an effort to increase the accountability of each director to the Company’s stockholders, the Company’s Bylaws were amended in 2020 to implement a majority voting standard for director elections, effective immediately following the 2021 Annual Meeting. Accordingly, in uncontested elections, an incumbent director nominee that receives more votes “AGAINST” than “FOR” his or her election must promptly tender a resignation to the Board. Upon receipt of a tendered resignation, the Board will decide whether to accept or reject the resignation, and must publicly disclose its decision within ninety (90) days of the date of the election. If a director’s resignation is not accepted by the Board, such director will continue to serve on the Board until the next annual meeting and until his or her successor is duly elected or until his or her earlier resignation, removal or death. Under our majority voting standard, a director nominee in an uncontested election that is not an incumbent director and that receives more “AGAINST” votes than “FOR” votes will not be elected as a director of the Company (with abstentions and broker non-votes not counted as a vote cast either for or against that director’s election).
In contested elections, where the number of nominees exceeds the number of seats on the Board up for election, the plurality voting standard will continue to apply and the nominees receiving the most “FOR” votes will be elected as directors.

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CODES OF BUSINESS CONDUCT AND ETHICS
Our Board has established a Code of Ethics for Senior Executive and Financial Officers that applies to our senior executive and financial officers, including our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, or persons performing similar functions. We also maintain a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that governs all of our directors, officers and employees. A copy of the Code of Ethics for Senior Executive and Financial Officers and the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics are available on our website at www.adspipe.com. We will promptly disclose any future amendments to these codes on our website, as well as any waivers from these codes for executive officers and directors. Copies of these codes will also be available in print from our Corporate Secretary, without charge, upon request.
HOW YOU MAY COMMUNICATE WITH DIRECTORS
Security holders and other interested parties wishing to communicate with the Board or an individual director may send a written communication to the Board or such director, c/o Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., 4640 Trueman Boulevard, Hilliard, OH 43026, Attn: Chief Executive Officer.
Each communication will be screened by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer to determine whether it is appropriate for presentation to the Board or such director. Communications determined by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer to be appropriate for presentation to the Board or such director will be submitted to the Board or such director on a periodic basis. Any communications that concern questionable accounting or auditing matters involving the Company will be handled in accordance with the terms of the Company’s code of ethics.

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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
CERTAIN INFORMATION REGARDING OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
The name and age of each non-director executive officer and the positions held by each of them as of the date of this proxy statement are as follows:
 
Name
Age
Position(s)
Scott A. Cottrill
56 Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Robert M. Klein
59 Executive Vice President, Market Management
Roy E. Moore, Jr.
65 Executive Vice President
Kevin C. Talley
50 Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Darin S. Harvey
52 Executive Vice President, Supply Chain
Brian W. King
53 Executive Vice President, Product Management and Marketing
Thomas J. Waun, Sr.
55 Senior Vice President, International
Michael G. Huebert
50 Senior Vice President, Sales
Executive Officers who are not Directors
Scott A. Cottrill joined us in November 2015 and serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary. Mr. Cottrill came to the Company with extensive financial reporting, accounting and corporate finance experience. He currently oversees our finance, business development, and information technology functions. From 2012 to November 2014, Mr. Cottrill served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Jeld-Wen, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of windows, doors and treated composite trim and panels, and from November 2014 to February 2015 as an Executive Vice President of Jeld-Wen, Inc. From 1998 to 2012, Mr. Cottrill held various finance and accounting positions with Goodrich Corporation, including from 2005 to 2012 the position of Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer and from 2002 to 2005 the position of Vice President, Internal Audit. Prior to joining Goodrich, Mr. Cottrill worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1987 to 1998. Mr. Cottrill holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Robert M. Klein joined us in June 1992 and has served as Executive Vice President, Market Management since September 1, 2020. Upon joining us, Mr. Klein held several leadership positions in operations including Manager, Regional Manufacturing, Manager, Distribution Yards, Director, Purchasing and was named Vice President, Manufacturing Services in January 1999. In July 2001, he was named Vice President, Sales and Marketing and began providing leadership to our field sales, corporate account sales, marketing, customer service, and market analysis functions. In February 2006, he was named Executive Vice President, Sales. Prior to joining us, he spent seven years at The Gerstenslager Company in manufacturing management positions. Mr. Klein holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ashland College.
Roy E. Moore, Jr. joined us in August 2019 and serves as Executive Vice President. Mr. Moore came to the Company with 39 years’ experience in the plastics industry. From 2005 to 2019, Mr. Moore served as Chief Executive Officer of Infiltrator. He joined Infiltrator Water Technologies in 1987, and, during his tenure with the company, he led, at various times, manufacturing, sales, marketing, engineering, research and development, and government affairs. Prior to his time at Infiltrator, Mr. Moore led the manufacturing operations of a major building products supplier and has specialized in the molding of plastic products since 1979. Mr. Moore attended Georgia Tech, majoring in Industrial Management with course work in Civil Engineering.
Kevin C. Talley joined us in October 2011 and has served as Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer since August 2016. Mr. Talley joined us as Vice President, Human Resources providing overall leadership to our compensation, benefit, and talent management programs. He currently oversees our human resources, legal, office services and aviation functions. Effective February 2019, Mr. Talley joined the Advisory Board for Kimball Midwest, a family-owned distributor of maintenance and repair operating supplies. Prior to joining us, he spent seventeen years at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in increasingly responsible human resources leadership positions, most recently as Vice President, Human Resources. Mr. Talley holds a bachelor’s degree in Employment Relations and Organizational Behavior from Miami University.

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Darin S. Harvey joined us in October 2018 and serves as Executive Vice President, Supply Chain. Mr. Harvey came to the Company with over 20 years of experience in leading complex global supply chains, delivering results in continuous improvement, driving lean manufacturing and delivering change management. From 2014 to October 2018, Mr. Harvey served as Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain at Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., a Houston, Texas-based company that designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and solutions for the oil and gas industry. Prior to Mr. Harvey’s role at Forum, he held global supply chain leadership positions at Honeywell, Foster Wheeler and Danaher Corporation. He holds an MBA in Global Supply Chain from the University of Tennessee and a BS in Marketing and Supply Chain Management from Florida State University. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Expert.
Brian W. King joined us in September 2020 and serves as Executive Vice President, Product Management and Marketing. Mr. King came to the Company with over 25 years of product management and marketing experience in both consumer and commercial businesses. From 2013 to September 2020, Mr. King worked at Owens Corning, a Toledo, Ohio-based company that develops and produces insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites and related materials, serving as Vice President, Strategic Marketing from 2016 to 2020 and Director of Strategic Marketing from 2015 to 2016. Prior to Mr. King’s role at Owens Corning, he held leadership positions at The Stanley Works, Elmer’s Products Inc., and Avery Dennison Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University. He has received certifications in Marketing Management and Executive Education from York University and the University of North Carolina respectively.
Thomas J. Waun, Sr. joined us in June 2020 and serves as Senior Vice President, International. Mr. Waun came to the Company with over 30 years of management experience. From 2017 to 2020, Mr. Waun served as Vice President and General Manager, Consulting, at Emerson Electric Corporation, a St. Louis, Missouri-based company that designs and manufactures a wide range of electrical equipment and software. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Waun served as President, Power Management at Emerson. Prior to 2015, Mr. Waun held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility at Emerson. Prior to Mr. Waun’s time at Emerson, he held leadership positions at IBM Corporation. Mr. Waun holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Michael G. Huebert joined us in September 1998 and has served as Senior Vice President, Sales since September 2020. Mr. Huebert currently oversees field sales and engineering, national accounts and retail sales teams. Mr. Huebert previously served as Vice President of Field Sales from 2018 to 2020, and Vice President of Allied Products and Stormwater Management from 2013 to 2018. Prior to these roles, Mr. Huebert served in a variety of leadership positions within the Company, including Director of Strategic Markets, Director of Retail, Onsite and Turf and Irrigation and Director of Logistics and Molded Products. Mr. Huebert holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) Degree in Marketing from Fresno State University.
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION HIGHLIGHTS – FISCAL YEAR 2022
Our growth has been driven, in part, by the continued success of our material conversion and water management solutions strategies as well as a favorable demand environment throughout the year. Another record year of financial performance at ADS.
Business Performance Highlights:
Total Net sales increased 39.7% to $2,769 million, driven by favorable pricing, successful execution of our material conversion strategy, complete water management solutions package and focus on key sales programs.
Adjusted EBITDA increased 19.2% to $676 million, primarily driven by an increase in sales volume and favorable pricing on pipe, on-site septic and allied products. These increases were partially offset by inflationary cost pressure on materials, transportation and labor, as well as an increase in the use of third-party logistics services. In addition, shortages of available labor and absenteeism related to the COVID-19 pandemic were a challenge in both manufacturing and transportation operations.
The following summarizes our strong performance over the past several years:

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(1) EBITDA adjustments exclude one-time transaction costs and certain non-cash items
We continue to believe our compensation practices and our overall level of executive compensation are competitive when compared to our peer group and reflect our commitment to shareholder alignment and performance-based pay. The majority of each NEO’s target compensation has been and continues to be at-risk. Consistent with this policy, the compensation delivered to our executives in fiscal 2022 is indicative of our strong performance in the market and as compared to our peer group.
Record Setting Financial Performance Aligned with Above Target Executive Compensation in Fiscal 2022
Base salary increases for NEO’s in fiscal 2022 averaged 6.6%, following no increases in fiscal 2021 in response to the COVID pandemic.
Cash payments to the NEO’s from the fiscal 2022 Annual Cash Incentive Plans ranged from 150% to 168% of target due to the performance exceeding established targets.
Performance based awards to the participating NEO’s under the ADS Long Term Incentive Plan (April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2022) were paid at 200% of target, which is the maximum possible attainment under our program.
Performance based awards to the participating NEO’s from 2019 based on performance following the acquisition of Infiltrator Water Technologies were also 200% of target, which is the maximum possible attainment under our program.
Stockholder Feedback:
“Say on Pay” received majority support (97%).
The Board and our Compensation Committee appreciate and value the views of our stockholders. Going forward, the Committee will continue to review stockholder advisory votes on executive compensation and take them into consideration when making future executive compensation decisions.

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NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
The Compensation Discussion and Analysis provides information regarding our compensation philosophy and the material elements of our fiscal year 2022 compensation program for our “named executive officers,” also referred to as the “NEOs.” Our NEOs for fiscal year 2022 are:
 
 
NEO Name
 
Primary Position
D. Scott Barbour
 
President & Chief Executive Officer
 
Scott A. Cottrill
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
 
Roy E. Moore, Jr.
 
Executive Vice President
Darin S. Harvey
Executive Vice President, Supply Chain
Kevin C. Talley
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The following pages summarize the design and components of the executive compensation programs in place during fiscal 2022.
Linking Pay to Stockholder Value Creation
Aligning executive compensation to stockholder value creation as well as attracting and retaining top talent are core to the design of our executive pay programs. Through our short-term and long-term compensation plans, the Compensation Committee strives to achieve these objectives. We believe that stockholder value is foundationally created by sales and profitability growth as well as delivering strong cash flow and returns on invested capital through the leadership of our NEO’s. Accordingly, our incentive compensation programs for fiscal year 2022 continued the combined use of these metrics, directly linking the pay of our executive team to these critical drivers of stockholder value creation over both the short-term and long-term. Our NEO’s are therefore aligned and invested in the delivery of the success of the business, as most of their compensation is impacted in a similar manner to which stockholders are impacted through their return on investment.
Executive Compensation Philosophy and Objectives
 Philosophy
 
Link the equity compensation of our executives to the sustained value they create for our stockholders
Place greater emphasis on variable pay versus fixed pay
Performance should predominantly drive compensation
In establishing compensation levels, we consider the competitive range for similar executive roles and largely view the competitive market range as between the 25th percentile and the 75th percentile of our Compensation Peer Group. As a general rule, we strive to position total compensation levels within this market range while also recognizing the individual performance, experience, and skills of our NEO’s drive our compensation decisions
 


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 Objectives
 
Attract, retain, and motivate top talent
Drive the performance culture as well as Company values
Reward sustained performance
Align compensation with stockholders’ interests
Link compensation to company, functional, and individual accomplishment
 
Key Groups in Determining Executive Compensation
The following key groups are involved in making executive compensation decisions:
 
Compensation & Management Development Committee
Responsible for the design and implementation of our executive compensation policies and programs
Annually reviews and approves the corporate goals and objectives relevant to CEO compensation
Reviews CEO’s performance, and with insight from our executive compensation consultant, recommends CEO’s compensation package to the Board for approval
Determines the compensation (base salary, incentives, etc.) and mix for the other NEO’s consistent with the terms of their employment agreements
Administers the annual and long-term incentive plans and equity program
 
Outside Executive Compensation Consultant
 
During fiscal year 2022, with the consent of the Committee, management continued to engage the services of WTW, an independent executive compensation consultant
WTW consulted with the Committee regarding: competitive pay levels for management and the Board; trends, regulatory developments, and incentive plan design
WTW provided limited "other services" to the Company for global benefits support
WTW has been consulting with the Committee since the Company went public in 2014. The Committee has considered the factors cited by the SEC as key determinants of an advisor’s independence and determined that the work performed does not present any conflicts of interest.

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ADS Management
 
Our human resources department, in partnership with the Committee, supports the design and implementation of all executive compensation programs
Our finance department supports the process by providing financial analysis as part of the review of program design
Except with respect to his own compensation, our CEO has final management-level review of any compensation program before it is sent to the Committee for consideration and approval
Management frequently consults with the Committee during the design process to provide direction and feedback on how the design of our executive compensation programs supports our overall strategy
 
Executive Compensation Benchmarking Peer Group
The Company uses a customized compensation peer group, developed in collaboration with its executive compensation consultant, to provide insight into prevalent program design and compensation levels. Each year, the peer group is reviewed by the Committee. For fiscal year 2022, the Committee determined the existing peer group was appropriate and continues to be a reasonable group for informing compensation decisions.
Tables below summarize our updated customized peer group.
 
A. O. Smith Corporation
American Woodmark Corporation
Apogee Enterprises, Inc.
Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
Atkore International Group Inc.
Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc.
Forterra, Inc.
Graco Inc.
Griffon Corporation
JELD-WEN Holding, Inc.
 
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
Masonite International Corporation
Mueller Water Products, Inc.
Patrick Industries, Inc.
Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Summit Materials, Inc.
Trex Company, Inc.
U.S. Concrete, Inc.
Watts Water Technologies, Inc.
In general, these companies come from the building products, machinery, or construction materials industries and are likely to be attracting and retaining talent with similar experience and skills to that of our Company. The median annual revenue of these companies ($1.6 billion) reflects a range of $0.8 billion to $4.7 billion.
Components of Executive Compensation – Fiscal Year 2022
The Committee has responsibility for determining all elements of compensation granted to the NEOs and reviews each element of compensation, as well as the relative mix and weighting of elements, on an annual basis.

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Key Executive Pay Elements – Fiscal Year 2022
The chart below summarizes the key pay elements for our NEOs during fiscal year 2022. Each element is described in further detail below on the following pages.
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Base Pay
The base salary element of our compensation program is designed to be competitive with compensation paid to similarly- situated, competent, and skilled executives. This element of pay serves as the foundation for the executive compensation program. Our NEOs are covered by employment agreements and, accordingly, we pay annual base salaries initially as set forth in these agreements.
On an annual basis, the Committee reviews base salaries for the NEOs using the following factors in its determination of changes:
Performance relative to the pre-established goals and objectives in the executive’s areas of responsibility;
Competitive base salary levels of similar positions in the compensation peer group;
Trends in base salary increases in the compensation peer group;
Executive’s overall contribution to the business strategy and our growth objectives, individual performance and potential for future contributions; and
Current economic environment.
The CEO, with input from the human resources department, proposes base salary increases, if any, for all NEOs, excluding himself, based on the above criteria. His proposal is subject to review and approval (with or without modifications) by the Committee. Changes to the CEO’s base salary are initiated and approved by the Committee directly, subject to the review and final approval of our Board.

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The base salaries of each of our NEO’s for fiscal 2022 were changed effective June 1, 2021. Salary levels as follows as of March 31, 2022:
 
 
Named Executive Officer
Annual Salary
March 31, 2021
Annual Salary
March 31, 2022
Annual Salary
Increase ($)
Annual Salary
Increase (%)
D. Scott Barbour $870,000 $900,000 $30,000 3%
Scott A. Cottrill $520,000 $550,000 $30,000 6%
Roy E. Moore, Jr. $495,591 $510,000 $14,409 3%
Darin S. Harvey $375,000 $425,000 $50,000 13%
Kevin C. Talley $385,000 $415,000 $30,000 8%
ADS Annual Incentive Compensation
Our annual incentive program provides cash incentive opportunities for our NEOs based on the Company’s financial performance as well as individual performance. The Committee believes the following measures and weighting reflect key value drivers for purposes of establishing payouts under the Annual Incentive Plan:
Messrs. Barbour, Cottrill, Harvey, Talley
Mr. Moore
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Adjusted EBITDA - EBITDA before stock based compensation expense, non-cash charges and certain other expenses
Total Net Sales - Sales after cash discounts, product returns, and freight rebills
Individual Performance - Performance of the executives in relation to their annual performance objectives and demonstrated leadership
By tying a significant portion of the executive’s total annual cash compensation to annual variable pay we believe we are further reinforcing our pay for performance culture and focusing our executives on critical short-term financial and operational objectives, which also supports our long-term financial goals.
Establishing Annual Incentive Target Payouts
Under the Annual Incentive Plan, target payouts for each NEO are reviewed on an annual basis and compared against the compensation peer group. The CEO, with input from the human resources department, proposes annual targets for all NEOs, excluding himself, based on the performance measures. His proposal is subject to review and approval (with or without modifications) by the Committee. Changes to Mr. Barbour’s targeted payout from the Annual Incentive Plan are initiated and approved by the Committee directly, subject to the review and final approval of our Board.

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Our established targets enhance the alignment of our pay-for-performance and stockholder alignment principles. The annual incentive targets for fiscal year 2022 as a percentage of salary are as follows:
 
Named Executive Officer
Target Incentive Opportunity
(% of Base Salary)
D. Scott Barbour 111%
Scott A. Cottrill 85%
Roy E. Moore, Jr. 65%
Darin S. Harvey 65%
Kevin C. Talley 65%
Business Performance Levels in Annual Incentive Plan – Messrs. Barbour, Cottrill, Harvey & Talley
As reflected in the table below, threshold, target, and maximum performance levels were established based on the Committee’s assessment of performance targets that appropriately drive and reward achievement of growth versus our prior year performance levels. The performance levels established for the non-individual metrics in the Plan for fiscal 2022 were as follows:
Target performance levels, which earn a 100% payout, reflect a 15% improvement versus fiscal year 2021 actual results for Adjusted EBITDA and total net sales.
Threshold performance levels, which earn a 50% payout, reflect a 1% improvement over fiscal year 2021 actual results for Adjusted EBITDA and total net sales.
Maximum performance levels, which earn a 200% payout, reflect a 28% improvement versus fiscal year 2021 actual results for Adjusted EBITDA and total net sales.
 
Business Performance Levels – FY22 (000’s)
Business
Performance Measures
Measure
Weighting
Threshold Target Max
Adjusted EBITDA 60% $575,000 $650,000 $725,000
Total Net Sales 20% $2,010,731 $2,273,000 $2,535,000
Payout %’s 50% 100% 200%
Business Performance Levels in Annual Incentive Plan – Mr. Moore
As reflected in the table below, threshold, target, and maximum performance levels were established for the Infiltrator Adjusted EBITDA metric based on national housing statistics provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. While this relational incentive feature is unique to Infiltrator, the Committee believes this plan design, in place at the time of the acquisition, continues to reflect a key value driver for purposes of establishing annual cash incentive opportunity for Mr. Moore.

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Business Performance Levels – FY22 (000’s)
Business
Performance Measures
Measure
Weighting
Threshold Target Max
Infiltrator EBITDA 70%
Market Decline 0% - 5% $166,000 $186,750 $205,000
Market Outlook 6% - 10% $175,000 $198,000 $215,000
Market Growth > 10% $185,000 $210,000 $225,000
ADS Adjusted EBITDA 10% $575,000 $650,000 $725,000
Payout %’s 50% 100% 200%
Role of Individual Performance in Annual Incentive
Individual performance is measured through a combination of objective and subjective performance assessments of each NEO as compared to the annual performance objectives, as well as demonstrated leadership. It represents 20% of an executive’s incentive opportunity. This incentive design provides the CEO, the Committee, and our Board the opportunity to distinguish individual performance.
Listed below are the performance objectives of each NEO in fiscal year 2022. No specific weightings are attached to any of the following individual objectives. These performance objectives serve as a general guide for the Committee in determining whether the individual goals for each NEO have been achieved.

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D. Scott Barbour
President & CEO
     
Safety performance and culture;
Strategic growth plan development;
Capital allocation strategy and execution;
Organization and talent;
Execution of operational priorities

         
 
Scott A. Cottrill
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
     
Capital allocation strategy;
Capital allocation execution;
Strategic growth plan development;
Business analysis and decision support;
Organization and talent

         


Roy E. Moore, Jr.
Executive Vice President
     
Safety performance and culture;
Capital allocation execution;
Execution of operational priorities;
Innovation strategy and performance;
Financial performance;
Organization and talent

         
 
Darin S. Harvey
Executive Vice President, Supply Chain
     
Safety performance and culture;
Customer service operational priorities;
Capital allocation execution;
Manufacturing operational priorities;
Logistics and transportation operational priorities;
Organization and talent

         
 
Kevin C. Talley
Executive Vice President, Administration
Safety performance and culture;
Talent management operational priorities;
Operational network staffing and retention;
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion operational priorities;
Benefits and retirement planning operational priorities;
Organization and talent


Annual Incentive Performance Payouts – Messrs. Barbour, Cottrill, Harvey, Talley
Fiscal year 2022 included record financial performance in both the legacy ADS business and Infiltrator Water Technologies. The performance levels for the non-individual metrics in the ADS Annual Incentive Plan for fiscal year 2022 are listed below.
 
Business Performance – FY22 (000’s)
Business
Performance
Measures
Measure
Weighting
Threshold Target Max
Fiscal
Year 2022
Payout % of
Target
Adjusted EBITDA 60% $575,000 $650,000 $725,000 $676,042 135%
Total Net Sales 20% $2,010,731 $2,273,000 $2,535,000 $2,769,315 200%
Payout %’s 50% 100% 200%
Annual Incentive Performance Payouts – Mr. Moore
The national housing completion statistics provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development were up 4%. The chart below reflects the applicable performance levels and financial performance for the Infiltrator Adjusted EBITDA metric in the Plan.

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Business Performance – FY22 (000’s)
Business
Performance
Measures
Measure
Weighting
Threshold Target Max
Fiscal
Year 2022
Payout % of
Target
Infiltrator Adjusted EBITDA 70% $166,000 $186,750 $205,000 $200,850 177%
ADS Adjusted EBITDA 10% $575,000 $650,000 $725,000 $676,042 135%
Payout %’s 50% 100% 200%
The table below summarizes the approved annual incentive payouts paid to the NEOs based upon the overall business/financial performance and the assessment of their individual performance during fiscal year 2022.
Named Executive
Officer
Overall
Target
Annual
Incentive
Award ($)
FY22
Business
Performance
Payout ($)
FY22
Individual
Performance
Payout ($)
FY22 Total
Annual
Incentive
Payout ($)
Approved
Payout %
vs.
Target
D. Scott Barbour $1,000,000 $1,208,336 $340,000 $1,548,336 155%
Scott A. Cottrill $467,500 $564,897 $149,600 $714,497 154%
Roy E. Moore, Jr. $331,500 $455,993 $101,439 $557,432 168%
Darin S. Harvey $276,250 $333,803 $80,665 $414,468 150%
Kevin C. Talley $269,750 $325,949 $78,767 $404,716 150%
Long-Term Incentive Compensation
Our long-term incentive compensation program is an integral part of an executive’s total compensation and provides awards for creating and delivering long-term value for our stockholders.
Ensure NEOs’ financial interests are aligned with our stockholders’ interests;
Motivate decision-making that drives long-term value;
Recognize and reward superior financial performance of our company; and
Provide a retention element to our compensation program.
Since fiscal year 2019, the long-term incentive program design has included three equity components; performance- based award, non-qualified stock options and time-based restricted stock. The table below outlines the weighting of these three design elements.

Long-Term Equity Component Weighting
Performance-Based Award 50%
Restricted Stock 25%
Non-Qualified Stock Options 25%
The Compensation Committee believes the blend of performance and time-based awards represents a balanced method of motivating and rewarding executives and further strengthens the alignment with the market and our stockholders.
Establishing Long-Term Incentive Target Payouts
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each NEO’s overall contribution to the business performance, strategic importance to our growth objectives, and individual performance and potential for future contributions.
The CEO, with input from the human resources department, proposes long-term incentives, if any, for our NEOs, excluding himself, based on the criteria described above. His proposal is subject to review and approval (with or without modifications) by the Committee. The long-term incentive, if any, for the CEO is initiated and approved by the Committee directly, subject to the review and final approval of our Board.
The value of long-term incentive awards granted in fiscal year 2022 are included in the Summary Compensation Table.
Long-Term Incentive Plan - Performance Based Awards
The performance-based awards under the long-term incentive plan are based upon the company’s actual financial business performance for the designated three-year performance period versus the performance targets approved by the Compensation Committee. The business performance targets are structured with a threshold, target and maximum level.
The incentive opportunities for the participant under the long-term incentive performance-based awards are outlined below.
Target performance earns a 100% payout; and
Threshold performance earns a 50% payout; and
Maximum performance earns a 200% payout
If the performance level falls between threshold and target or between target and maximum, the award is linearly interpolated. Earned incentives, if any, are made in a reasonable time following the approval by the Compensation Committee. Calculation of company results and attainment of performance measures are made solely by the Compensation Committee based upon the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
The Compensation Committee determines appropriate changes and adjustments and may make adjustments for other unusual or non-recurring events, including, without limitation, changes in tax and accounting rules and regulations, extraordinary gains and losses, one-time mergers and acquisitions, and purchases or sales of substantial assets, etc.
For the three-year performance period ending on March 31, 2024, the Compensation Committee approved Cash Flow from Operations and Return on Invested Capital as the performance measures. These are two key measures of the company’s long-term value creation strategy.
Cash Flow from Operations – For the three-year performance period ending March 31, 2024, performance in Cash Flow from Operations will be based upon actual cumulative Cash Flow from Operations over the three-year performance period against the targets approved by the Compensation Committee.
Return on Invested Capital – For the three-year performance period ending March 31, 2024, performance in Return on Invested Capital will be based upon the average Return on Invested Capital over the three-year performance period against the targets approved by the Compensation Committee.
At the beginning of each fiscal year, the Compensation Committee reviews whether to change the performance-based incentive component (e.g., transition from performance share units to performance cash) and/or the business performance measures (e.g., Cash Flow from Operations, etc.) used under the long-term incentive performance award with input from management and the compensation consultant. For fiscal year 2022, Cash Flow from Operations replaced Free Cash Flow ("FCF") as a performance measure in the plan.

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Long-Term Incentive Plan - Performance Based Awards for Three-Year Period Ending March 31, 2022
The period spanning April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022 was the company’s second three-year performance period under the Long-Term Incentive Plan implemented in fiscal 2019. The earned awards were approved by the Committee on May 17, 2022. Target and actual performance levels for the two measures for the three-year period ending on March 31, 2022 are summarized below.
Business Performance – FY20-FY22 (000’s)
Business
Performance Measures
Measure
Weighting
Threshold Target Max
FY20-22
Payout % of
Target
Free Cash Flow 50% $530,750 $571,004 $609,766 $737,776 200%
Return on Invested Capital 50% 9.9% 10.6% 11.4% 17.2% 200%
Payout %’s 50% 100% 200%
The table below outlines the approved performance equity awarded to the eligible NEOs based upon the performance vs. targets for the three-year period ending March 31, 2022.
Named Executive Officer
Overall Target
Performance
Share Unit Award
(Shares)
FY20-22
Performance
Award Earned (Shares)
Approved
Payout %
vs.
Target
Dividend Equivalent Shares
FY20-22
Total Equity Awarded (Shares)
D. Scott Barbour 50,110 100,220 200% 5,319 105,539
Scott A. Cottrill 13,439 26,878 200% 1,427 28,305
Darin S. Harvey 6,834 13,668 200% 726 14,394
Kevin C. Talley 6,150 12,300 200% 652 12,952
Long-Term Incentive Plan – Infiltrator Leadership Retention & Infiltrator Synergy Performance Based Awards for Three-Year Period Ending March 31, 2022    
Central objectives of the Infiltrator acquisition were the retention of Mr. Moore and key members of the Infiltrator executive management team, along with incentivizing key members of both the Infiltrator and ADS team to identify and maximize acquisition related synergy opportunities. To achieve these goals, multifaceted equity-based incentive programs were implemented in fiscal year 2020.
Two of these equity based programs included performance based equity awards covering the period from acquisition date to March 31, 2022; the Leadership Retention and Synergy Incentive programs.
Leadership Retention Incentive: Designed with two equally weighted components; time based restricted stock and performance based equity. Time based restricted stock grant had cliff vesting on March 31, 2022. Performance based equity award was based upon achievement of cumulative financial goals for Infiltrator performance in adjusted EBITDA (75% weighting) and free cash flow (25% weighting) through March 31, 2022. The performance equity opportunity was a range of 0% - 200% of the target award. Mr. Moore was a participant in this program.
Synergy Incentive: Performance based equity award based upon achievement of the cumulative acquisition synergies through March 31, 2022. The performance equity opportunity is a range of 0% - 200% of the target award. Messrs. Moore and Harvey were participants in this program.
Long-Term Incentive Plan – Infiltrator Leadership Retention Program Performance Based Equity Awards for Period Ending March 31, 2022

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Table below reflects the threshold, target, and maximum cumulative business performance levels under the Infiltrator Leadership Retention Program for the period ending March 31, 2022.
Business Performance Levels – FY20-22 (000’s)
Business
Performance Measures
Measure
Weighting
Threshold Target Max
Infiltrator Adjusted EBITDA 75% $320,191 $344,475 $367,860
Infiltrator Adjusted FCF 25% $156,252 $168,103 $179,514
Payout %’s 50% 100% 200%
Target and actual performance levels for the two measures for the period ending on March 31, 2022 are summarized below.
Business Performance – FY20-22 (000’s)
Business
Performance Measures
Measure
Weighting
Threshold Target Max
FY20-22
Payout % of
Target
Infiltrator Adjusted EBITDA 75% $320,191 $344,475 $367,860 $441,006 200%
Infiltrator Adjusted FCF 25% $156,252 $168,103 $179,514 $239,066 200%
Payout %’s 50% 100% 200%
The table below outlines the approved performance equity awarded to the eligible NEOs based upon the performance vs. targets for the three-year period ending March 31, 2022.
Named Executive Officer
Overall Target
Performance
Share Unit Award
(Shares)
FY20-22
Performance
Award Earned (Shares)
Approved
Payout %
vs.
Target
Dividend Equivalent Shares
FY20-22
Total Equity Awarded (Shares)
Roy E. Moore J. 11,282 22,564 200% 334 22,898
Long-Term Incentive Plan – Infiltrator Synergy Incentive Performance Based Equity Awards for Period Ending March 31, 2022
The table below reflects the threshold, target, and maximum cumulative business performance metric under the Infiltrator Synergy Incentive program for the period ending March 31, 2022.
Business Performance Levels – FY20-22 (000’s)
Business
Performance Measures
Measure
Weighting
Threshold Target Max
Infiltrator Adjusted EBITDA 100% $40,000 $48,000 $58,000
Payout %’s 50% 100% 200%

Through alignment on clear objectives, effective governance and communication and focused execution, the maximum performance level was achieved.
Target and actual performance for the incentive measure for the period ending on March 31, 2022 are summarized below.
Business Performance – FY20-22 (000’s)
Business
Performance Measures
Measure
Weighting
Threshold Target Max
FY20-22
Payout % of
Target
Infiltrator Adjusted EBITDA 100% $40,000 $48,000 $58,000 $62,800 200%
Payout %’s 50% 100% 200%

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The table below outlines the approved performance equity awarded to the eligible NEOs based upon the performance vs. targets for the three-year period ending March 31, 2022.
Named Executive Officer
Overall Target
Performance
Share Unit Award
(Shares)
FY20-22
Performance
Award Earned (Shares)
Approved
Payout %
vs.
Target
Dividend Equivalent Shares
FY20-22
Total Equity Awarded (Shares)
Roy E. Moore Jr. 15,050 30,100 200% 445 30,545
Darin S. Harvey 4,556 9,111 200% 136 9,247
Executive Stock Ownership Guidelines
The Company has defined stock ownership guidelines in place for executives. These guidelines are intended to further align the interests of our executives with stockholders’ interests and represent another opportunity to promote a long-term focus for our senior leaders. The guidelines listed below specify the value of stock the participants are expected to own.
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Each covered executive is expected to attain the target level of stock ownership within five years from the later of July 1, 2018 or the date he or she is appointed or elected to a position covered by these guidelines.
Stock ownership will be reviewed by the Compensation Committee on an annual basis. Ownership levels will be assessed using the trailing 12-month average stock price as of the annual assessment date or such other method of valuing ownership in the discretion of the Compensation Committee.
Once an individual subject to these Guidelines satisfies the guideline for his or her current role as of the annual review date, so long as the shares held at that review date are retained and the individual remains subject to the same guideline level, there is generally no obligation under these Guidelines to purchase additional shares of common stock as a result of short-term fluctuations in the Company’s stock price, absent an affirmative determination by the Compensation Committee otherwise.
The Compensation Committee shall have the authority to interpret, develop, oversee and administer the implementation of and compliance with these Guidelines, as well as determine any action necessary to address any noncompliance with these Guidelines.
The minimum stock ownership requirement may be waived or otherwise modified, at the discretion of the Compensation Committee, if compliance would create hardship based upon individual circumstances.
As of March 31, 2022, the majority of the covered executives have achieved their target ownership level, while the others are on a trajectory to achieve their target level within the required timeframe.
BENEFITS AND EXECUTIVE PERQUISITES
The benefits provided to our NEOs are generally the same as those provided to our other salaried associates and include:
Medical, dental and vision benefits;
Life, accidental death and disability insurance;

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Retirement plan; and
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
Messrs. Barbour, Cottrill, Harvey and Talley participate in our tax-qualified ESOP that covers employees who meet certain service requirements. Mr. Moore does not participate in the ESOP. See “Equity-Based Incentive Plans Employee Stock Ownership Plan” and “Employee Stock Ownership Plan” for additional information regarding the ESOP.
Mr. Moore’s Retirement Program
During fiscal year 2022, Mr. Moore and all eligible Infiltrator employees participated in the Infiltrator Water Technologies, LLC 401(k) Plan and Trust, which effective January 1, 2021, was merged with the Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. Profit Sharing Retirement Plan. The plan merger maintained the Infiltrator legacy employer matching contribution benefit that is discretionary and reviewed on an annual basis. Mr. Moore’s employer match earnings are included in the Other Compensation category in the “Summary Compensation Table for Fiscal Year 2022”.
Executive Perquisites
We provide certain ADS NEOs with select perquisites. These perquisites are summarized below.
Reimbursement of country club or fitness membership dues; and
Pre-approved personal use of the Company aircraft when it is not being used for business purposes at the cost to the executive as described below.
In determining the total compensation payable to our NEOs, the Committee considers perquisites in the context of the total compensation which our NEOs are eligible to receive. However, given the fact that perquisites represent a relatively small portion of the NEO’s total compensation, the availability of these perquisites does not materially influence the decisions made by the Committee with respect to other elements of the total compensation to which our NEOs are entitled or to which they are awarded.
Personal Use of Company Aircraft
Certain NEOs are also permitted to make pre-approved personal use of Company aircraft when not required for business travel. Consistent with guidance issued in 2010 from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Company may be up to the pro rata cost of owning, operating, and maintaining the aircraft when used for routine personal travel by certain individuals whose position with the Company requires them to routinely change travel plans within a short time period. Accordingly, personal use of the Company aircraft by NEOs is subject to reimbursement to the Company by multiplying the aircraft flight time (hours) by the variable cost of the aircraft for all eligible occupied flight hours associated with routine personal usage.
The incremental cost of personal use of Company aircraft is calculated based on the variable operating cost per hour flown, which includes actual aircraft fuel expense, crew travel expenses, hangar and parking fees, per-flight landing fees, average hourly aircraft maintenance expense and other actual incremental costs. Fixed costs that do not change based on usage such as hangar rental, aircraft lease payments, insurance and certain administrative expenses are excluded from the incremental cost calculation. If an aircraft flies empty before picking up or after dropping off a passenger flying for personal reasons, this “deadhead” segment is included in the incremental cost of the personal use and reported in the “All Other Compensation” column of our Summary Compensation Table below. If a NEO is traveling on business utilizing Company aircraft and there is otherwise room available on the aircraft for the NEO’s spouse and/or child(ren) to accompany the NEO, the spouse and/or child(ren) are permitted to do so in accordance with IRS rules. To the extent any use of corporate aircraft results in imputed income to an executive, the Company does not provide tax gross-ups on such income.

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For a description of the perquisites received by the NEOs during fiscal year 2022, see the “All Other Compensation” column of our Summary Compensation Table.
OTHER EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION POLICIES AND PRACTICES
Risk in Relation to Compensation Programs
Our compensation programs do not reward employees, including our NEOs and executive officers, for taking excessive or unnecessary risks that would have an adverse effect on the Company. Our management team assessed the program carefully to make this determination. They reached this conclusion in part due to the balance of fixed and variable compensation, balance of short and long-term incentives, design features of the plans, and the oversight and administration of the Committee.
Recoupment of Incentive Compensation Policy
Under our Recoupment of Incentive Compensation policy, if, in the opinion of the independent directors of the Board, financial results are materially mis-stated due in whole or in part to intentional fraud or misconduct by one of more of the Company’s executive officers, the independent directors have the discretion to use their best efforts to remedy the fraud or misconduct and prevent its recurrence, by enforcing the clawback described herein. The independent directors may, for up to five years following such mis-statement, direct that the Company recover all or a portion of any bonus or incentive compensation paid, or cancel any stock-based awards granted, to the executive officer(s). In addition, the independent directors may, for up to five years following such mis-statement, also seek to recoup any gains realized with respect to equity-based awards, including stock options and restricted stock units.
The independent directors are entitled to exercise remedies pursuant to this policy, including the clawbacks described above, if each of the following conditions have been met:
Bonus or incentive compensation to be recouped was calculated based upon the financial results that were restated;
One or more executive officers engaged in the intentional misconduct, and
Bonus or incentive compensation calculated under the restated financial results is less than amount actually paid or awarded.
Annual Stockholder “Say-on-Pay” Vote
In accordance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Company provides stockholders with the opportunity to cast an annual advisory vote to approve the compensation of the NEOs. At the Company’s 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, approximately 97% of the votes cast on the “say-on-pay” resolution were in favor of the compensation of the NEOs for fiscal year 2021 as disclosed in the Company’s 2021 proxy statement. Consistent with the Company’s commitment to have the executive compensation programs serve the best interests of the Company and its stockholders, the Compensation and Management Development Committee will continue to review the design of the executive compensation program considering future “say-on-pay” votes and developments in executive compensation.
Insider Trading Policy
The Board has adopted a Policy Regarding Insider Trading, Tipping and Other Wrongful Disclosures and Guidelines with Respect to Certain Transactions in Securities of Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. to assist the Company’s employees and directors in complying with certain securities laws and avoiding even the appearance of improper conduct. Under this policy, employees, officers, directors, consultants and contractors of the Company (collectively, “Covered Persons”) are prohibited from engaging in certain transactions relating to Company securities held by them, including any short sales and hedging transactions, short-term trading, and transactions in publicly traded options. Covered Persons are also required to obtain prior written approval from the Chief Financial Officer before holding securities issued by the Company in a margin account or pledging them as collateral for a loan. To date, there have been no requests by, and thus no

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approvals for, Covered Persons to hold Company securities in a margin account or to pledge Company securities as collateral for a loan.
ACCOUNTING AND TAX CONSIDERATIONS
While the accounting and tax treatment of compensation generally has not been a consideration in determining the amounts of compensation for our executive officers, the Committee and management have taken into account the accounting and tax impact of various program designs to balance the potential cost to us with the value to the executive.
Federal income tax law prohibits publicly held companies, such as the Company, from deducting certain compensation paid to a NEO that exceeds $1 million during the tax year. Prior to the adoption of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“Tax Act”), to the extent that compensation was based upon the attainment of performance goals set by the Committee pursuant to plans approved by the stockholders, the compensation was not included in the $1 million limit. The Tax Act repealed this exemption, and now compensation paid to NEOs in excess of $1 million in tax years commencing on and after April 1, 2018, is no longer be deductible, even if performance-based. The Compensation Committee intends to continue to use performance metrics in compensation when it is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders.
The expenses associated with executive compensation issued to our executive officers and other key associates are reflected in our financial statements. We account for stock-based programs in accordance with the requirements of ASC Topic 718, which requires companies to recognize in the income statement the grant date value of equity-based compensation issued to associates over the vesting period of such awards.
COMPENSATION AND MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE REPORT
The Compensation and Management Development Committee has reviewed and discussed with the Company’s management the Compensation Discussion & Analysis set forth above. Based on such review and discussions, the Compensation and Management Development Committee has recommended to the Board that the Compensation Discussion & Analysis be included in this proxy statement and incorporated into the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2022.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Carl A. Nelson, Jr. (Chair)
C. Robert Kidder
M.A. (Mark) Mark Haney
Manuel J. Perez de la Mesa
Ross M. Jones

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COMPENSATION OUTCOMES FOR 2022
Summary Compensation Table for Fiscal Year 2022
The following table summarizes the total compensation earned by each of our NEOs for fiscal years noted:
Name and
Principal Position
Fiscal
Year
Salary
$(1)
Bonus
$(2)
Stock
Awards
$(3)
Option
Awards
$(4)
Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
$(5)
All Other
Compensation
$(6)
Total
$
D. Scott Barbour 2022 900,000 2,842,748 947,194 1,548,336 150,422 6,388,700
President & Chief Executive Officer 2021 870,000 2,604,423 782,175 1,700,000 122,266 6,078,864
2020 870,000 2,062,528 687,504 1,700,000 454,991 5,775,023
Scott A. Cottrill 2022 550,000 710,793 236,799 714,497 139,534 2,351,623
Chief Financial Officer, Executive
Vice President, and Secretary
2021 520,000 718,481 215,778 722,280 107,499 2,284,038
2020 520,000 125,000 553,163 184,376 738,623 430,769 2,551,931
Darin S. Harvey 2022 425,000 348,254 116,062 414,468 113,322 1,417,106
Executive Vice President,
Supply Chain
Kevin C. Talley 2022 415,000 337,672 112,505 404,716 130,325 1,400,218
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Roy E. Moore, Jr. 2022 510,000 426,560 142,079 557,432 32,899 1,668,970
Executive Vice President 2021 495,591 445,095 133,679 600,458 9,068 1,683,891
2020 330,394 50,000 2,516,113 557,540 2,263 3,456,310
 
(1)    Amounts reported for fiscal year 2022 reflect adjustment to NEO salaries that went into effect on June 1, 2021. Amounts reported for fiscal year 2021 reflect NEO salaries effective on March 31, 2021. Amounts reported for fiscal year 2020 reflect adjustment to NEO salaries that went into effect on June 1, 2019. With respect Mr. Moore, the amount reported for fiscal year 2020 represents the base salary paid by ADS for the period from the acquisition transaction through March 31, 2020.
(2)    With respect to Mr. Cottrill, the amount reported for fiscal year 2020 consists of a cash bonus awarded to Mr. Cottrill in recognition of his efforts with respect to the Company’s Infiltrator acquisition. With respect to Mr. Moore, the amount reported for fiscal year 2020 consists of a cash bonus paid to Mr. Moore in connection with his annual performance objectives in place at the time of the Infiltrator acquisition (as disclosed above under “— Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Components of Executive Compensation — Fiscal Year 2022 — ADS Annual Incentive Compensation”) and Mr. Moore’s leadership efforts with respect to the integration of Infiltrator.
(3)    With respect to restricted stock awards, amounts reported for fiscal year 2022 are based on the aggregate grant date fair value of restricted stock awarded, computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, Compensation — Stock Compensation. We calculated the estimated fair value of each share of restricted stock on the date of grant as described in Note 14 (Stock-Based Compensation) in the audited financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022. With respect to performance-based restricted stock units, amounts reported for fiscal year 2022 are based on the aggregate grant date fair value based on the probable outcome of the performance conditions. With respect to performance-based restricted stock units, the value of the award at the grant date assuming that the highest level of performance conditions achieved would be $3,790,260 with respect to Mr. Barbour, $947,724 with respect to Mr. Cottrill, $464,338 with respect to Mr. Harvey, $450,158 with respect to Mr. Talley and $568,676 with respect to Mr. Moore.
(4)    The amounts reported in this column are based on the aggregate grant date fair value of stock options awarded, computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. We calculated the estimated fair value of each option award on the date of grant using a Black-Scholes option pricing model as described in Note 14 (Stock-Based Compensation) in the audited financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022.
(5)    The amounts reported in this column consist of amounts to be paid under the Cash Incentive Plan for services rendered in fiscal years 2020, 2021 and 2022, as discussed above under “— Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Components of Executive Compensation — Fiscal Year 2022— ADS Annual Incentive Compensation.”
(6)    The All Other Compensation column is made up of the following amounts for fiscal year 2022:

 
Name
401(k) Match
Contribution
$(a)
Perquisites
$(b)
ESOP Share
Allocation
$(c)
Dividends on
Unallocated
ESOP Shares
$(d)
Total
$
D. Scott Barbour 64,268 86,154 150,422
Scott A. Cottrill 53,363 86,171 139,534
Darin S. Harvey 27,208 86,114 113,322
Kevin C. Talley 44,057 86,268 130,325
Roy E. Moore, Jr. 15,853 17,046 32,899

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(a)    The amounts shown in this column represent payments made to Mr. Moore by the Company pursuant to The Infiltrator Water Technologies, LLC 401(k) Plan and Trust and the Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. Profit Sharing Retirement Plan.
(b)    The amounts shown in this column include the value of perquisites and other personal benefits to a NEO only if the aggregate value exceeded
$10,000. Where we do report perquisites and other personal benefits for a NEO, we have separately quantified each perquisite or personal benefit only if it exceeds the greater of $25,000 or 10% of the total amount of perquisites and personal benefits for that individual. The amount reported for Mr. Barbour includes (i) the cost associated with an enriched Supplemental Individual Disability Insurance Plan available to Mr. Barbour, (ii) Mr. Barbour’s personal use of Company aircraft and (iii) reimbursement for social membership dues, which amounts are not quantified since they do not exceed the greater of $25,000 or 10% of the total amount of Mr. Barbour's perquisites and personal benefits. The amount reported for Mr. Cottrill includes (i) the cost associated with an enriched Supplemental Individual Disability Insurance Plan available to Mr. Cottrill, and (ii) reimbursement for social membership dues, which amounts are not quantified since they do not exceed the greater of $25,000 or 10% of the total amount of Mr. Cottrill's perquisites and personal benefits. The amount reported for Mr. Harvey includes the cost associated with an enriched Supplemental Individual Disability Insurance Plan available to Mr. Harvey. The amount reported for Mr. Talley includes (i) the cost associated with an enriched Supplemental Individual Disability Insurance Plan available to Mr. Talley, and (ii) reimbursement for social membership dues, which amounts are not quantified since they do not exceed the greater of $25,000 or 10% of the total amount of Mr. Talley's perquisites and personal benefits.
(c)    The amounts shown in this column represent the dollar value of Company preferred stock released from the ESOP’s unallocated loan suspense account and allocated to the individual’s ESOP account in accordance with the ESOP’s terms. For fiscal year 2022, the amount reflects the annual ESOP allocation.
(d)    The amounts shown in this column represent payment of cash dividends on unallocated shares of ESOP preferred stock, which are paid in cash to the ESOP and allocated to the individual’s ESOP cash account.
Grants of Plan-Based Awards for Fiscal Year 2022
The following table provides information concerning awards granted to the NEOs in the last fiscal year under any plan:
Estimated Possible Payouts Under
Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards(1)
Estimated Possible Payouts Under
Equity Incentive Plan Awards(2)
Name Grant Date
Threshold
$
Target
$
Maximum
$
Threshold
Target
Maximum
All Other
Stock
Awards:
Number
of
Shares
of Stock
(#)
All Other
Option
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Options (#)
Exercise
or Base
Price
Of Option
Awards
($/sh)
Grant Date
Fair Value
of Stock
and
Option
Awards
($)(3)
D. Scott Barbour
Restricted Stock 5/19/2021 —  —  —  —  —  —  8,955  —  —  947,618 
Restricted Stock Units 5/19/2021 —  —  —  8,955  17,909  35,818  —  —  —  1,895,130 
Stock Options 5/19/2021 —  —  —  —  —  —  —  22,900  105.82  947,194 
Cash Incentive Awards N/A 500,000  1,000,000  2,000,000  —  —  —  —  —  —  — 
Scott A. Cottrill — 
Restricted Stock 5/19/2021 —  —  —  —  —  2,239  —  —  236,931 
Restricted Stock Units 5/19/2021 —  —  —  2,239  4,478  8,956  —  —  —  473,862 
Stock Options 5/19/2021 —  —  —  —  —  —  —  5,725  105.82  236,799 
Cash Incentive Awards N/A 233,750  467,500  935,000  —  —  —  —  —  —  — 
Darin S. Harvey
Restricted Stock 5/19/2021 —  —  —  —  —  —  1,097  —  —  116,085 
Restricted Stock Units 5/19/2021 —  —  —  1,097  2,194  4,388  —  —  —  232,169 
Stock Options 5/19/2021 —  —  —  —  —  —  —  2,806  105.82  116,062 
Cash Incentive Awards N/A 138,125  276,250  552,500  —  —  —  —  —  —  — 
Kevin C. Talley
Restricted Stock 5/19/2021 —  —  —  —  —  —  1,064  —  —  112,592 
Restricted Stock Units 5/19/2021 —  —  —  1,064  2,127  4,254  —  —  —  225,079 
Stock Options 5/19/2021 —  —  —  —  —  —  —  2,720  105.82  112,505 
Cash Incentive Awards N/A 134,875  269,750  539,500  —  —  —  —  —  —  — 
Roy E. Moore, Jr.
Restricted Stock 5/19/2021 —  —  —  —  —  —  1,344  —  —  142,222 
Restricted Stock Units 5/19/2021 —  —  —  1,344  2,687  5,374  —  —  —  284,338 
Stock Options 5/19/2021 —  —  —  —  —  —  —  3,435  105.82  142,079 
Cash Incentive Awards N/A 165,750  331,500  663,000  —  —  —  —  —  —  — 

(1)       The amounts shown reflect the estimated payouts for fiscal year 2022 under the Cash Incentive Plan that the respective NEO would be eligible for assuming no use of discretion by the Committee in authorizing such payments. Actual amounts awarded are reflected in the Non-Equity Incentive

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Plan Compensation column of the Summary Compensation Table above. For additional information, see discussion above under “— Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Components of Executive Compensation – Fiscal Year 2022— ADS Annual Incentive Compensation.”
 (2)   Amounts in these columns represent the possible range (threshold to target to maximum) of performance-based restricted stock units, which will be settled in shares of Common Stock, that would be earned based on the achievement of pre-established goals for the April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2024 performance period. The number of performance-based restricted stock units earned could be zero if performance is below threshold.
(3)   The amounts shown are based on the aggregate grant date fair value of restricted stock, performance-based restricted stock units and stock options awarded, computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. We calculated the estimated fair value of each option award on the date of grant using a Black-Scholes option pricing model as described in Note 14 (Stock-Based Compensation) in the audited financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022.

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Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2022
The following table sets forth the unexercised and unvested stock options and restricted stock held by NEOs at fiscal year-end. Each equity grant is shown separately for each NEO.
Option Awards Stock Awards
Name
Option
Grant
Date
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
That Are
Exercisable
Shares
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
That Are
Not
Exercisable
Shares
Option
Exercise
Price
$
Option
Expiration
Date
Stock
Award
Grant Date
Number of
Shares or
Units
of Stock
That
Have Not
Vested
Shares
Market
Value of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested (5)
$
Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights That
Have Not
Vested(#)
Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Market or
Payout
Value of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights That
Have Not
Vested(7)($)
D. Scott Barbour
Stock Options (1)
9/1/2017 185,827 19.75 9/1/2027
Stock Options (2)
5/24/2018 80,030 25.75 5/23/2028
Stock Options (2)
5/22/2019 57,292 28,646 27.44 5/21/2029
Stock Options (2)
5/20/2020 19,966 39,932 41.97 5/19/2030
Stock Options (2)
5/19/2021 22,900 105.82 5/18/2031
Restricted Stock (4)
5/19 8,351 992,182
Restricted Stock (4)
5/20 12,248 1,455,185
Restricted Stock (4)
5/21 8,955 1,063,944
Restricted Stock Units (6)
50,110 5,953,569
Restricted Stock Units (6)
36,747 4,365,911
Restricted Stock Units (6)
17,909 2,127,768
Scott A. Cottrill
Stock Options (2)
2/8/2017 29,398 24.20 3/31/2026
Stock Options (2)
2/8/2017 43,809 24.20 3/31/2026
Stock Options (2)
5/24/2018 22,408 25.75 5/23/2028
Stock Options (2)
5/22/2019 15,365 7,682 27.44 5/21/2029
Stock Options (2)
5/20/2020 5,508 11,016 41.97 5/19/2030
Stock Options (2)
5/19/2021 5,725 105.82 5/18/2031
Restricted Stock (4)
5/19 2,240 266,134
Restricted Stock (4)
5/20 3,379 401,459
Restricted Stock (4)
5/21 2,239 266,016
Restricted Stock Units (6)
13,439 1,596,688
Restricted Stock Units (6)
10,137 1,204,377
Restricted Stock Units (6)
4,478 532,031
Darin S. Harvey
Stock Options (2)
10/15/2018 2,079 27.99 10/14/2028
Stock Options (2)
5/22/2019 3,906 27.44 5/21/2029
Stock Options (2)
5/20/2020 4,647 41.97 5/19/2030
Stock Options (2)
5/19/2021 2,806 105.82 5/18/2021
Restricted Stock (4)
5/19 1,139 135,325
Restricted Stock (4)
5/20 1,426 169,423
Restricted Stock (4)
5/21 1,097 130,335
Restricted Stock Units (6)
6,834 811,948
Restricted Stock Units (6)
4,556 541,298
Restricted Stock Units (6)
4,277 508,150
Restricted Stock Units (6)
2,194 260,669
Kevin C. Talley
Stock Options (3)
9/1/2013 46,972 13.64 3/31/2023
Stock Options (2)
2/8/2017 15,646 24.20 3/31/2026
Stock Options (2)
5/24/2018 8,643 25.75 5/23/2028
Stock Options (2)
5/22/2019 7,032 3,515 27.44 5/21/2029
Stock Options (2)
5/20/2020 2,754 5,508 41.97 5/19/2030
Stock Options (2)
5/19/2021 2,720 105.82 5/18/2031
Restricted Stock (4)
5/19 1,025 121,780
Restricted Stock (4)
5/20 1,690 200,789
Restricted Stock (4)
5/21 1,064 126,414
Restricted Stock Units (6)
6,150 730,682
Restricted Stock Units (6)
5,069 602,248
Restricted Stock Units (6)
2,127 252,709
Roy E. Moore, Jr.
Stock Options (2)
5/20/2020 3,413 6,824 41.97 5/19/2030
Stock Options (2)
5/19/2021 3,435 105.82 5/18/2031
Restricted Stock (4)
12/19 30,367 3,607,903
Restricted Stock (4)
5/20 2,093 248,669
Restricted Stock (4)
5/21 1,344 159,681
Restricted Stock Units (6)
15,050 1,788,091
Restricted Stock Units (6)
11,282 1,340,414
Restricted Stock Units (6)
6,280 746,127
Restricted Stock Units (6)
2,687 319,242

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(1)    Stock options issued in 2017 pursuant to the 2017 Incentive Plan, which vested over a three-year period in 33% installments beginning with the first anniversary following the grant date of September 1, 2017.
(2)    Stock options issued in 2018 pursuant to the 2017 Incentive Plan, which vested over a three-year period in 33% installments beginning with the first anniversary following the grant date of May 24, 2018. Stock options issued in 2019 pursuant to the 2017 Incentive Plan, which vest over a three-year period in 33% installments beginning with the first anniversary following the grant date of May 22, 2019. Stock options issued in 2020 pursuant to the 2017 Incentive Plan, which vest over a three-year period in 33% installments beginning with the first anniversary following the grant date of May 20, 2020. Stock options issued in 2021 pursuant to the 2017 Incentive Plan, which vest over a three-year period in 33% installments beginning with the first anniversary following the grant date of May 19, 2021.
(3)    With respect to Mr. Cottrill, stock options issued in 2017 pursuant to the 2013 Plan, which vest over a three-year period in 33% installments each year, beginning with the first anniversary following the grant date. With respect to Mr. Talley, stock options issued in 2013 pursuant to the 2013 Plan, which vest over a five-year period in 20% installments each year, beginning with the first anniversary following the grant date. The vesting terms of these options did not accelerate upon completion of our IPO.
(4)    Restricted stock in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 grants, which vests over a three-year period in 33% installments beginning with the first anniversary following the grant date.
(5)    The market value is the product of $118.81, the closing price of our common shares on the NYSE on March 31, 2022, and the number of unvested stock awards.
(6)    This column includes the restricted stock units as if they were earned at the target level for the April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2022, April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2023 or April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2024 performance period, as applicable (except in the case the Synergy Incentive Award and the IWT Leadership Incentive Award granted to Mr. Moore, which have a performance period of August 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022). The number of restricted stock units earned for this open performance period will be determined at the end of the performance period.
(7)    The market value of the equity awards that have not vested is calculated by multiplying the number of units of stock that have not vested by the closing price of our common stock on March 31, 2022, which was $118.81.
Option Exercises and Stock Vested for Fiscal Year 2022
The following table sets forth for each NEO the exercises of stock options and the vesting of stock awards during fiscal year 2022:

Option Awards Stock Awards
Name
Number of
Shares
Acquired on
Exercise
#
Value Realized
on
Exercise (1)
$
Number of
Shares
Acquired on
Vesting (2)
#
Value Realized
on
Vesting (1)
$
D. Scott Barbour 125,611 13,395,254
Scott A. Cottrill 35,048 3,737,032
Darin S. Harvey 6,230 504,431 10,808 1,155,698
Roy E. Moore, Jr. 12,335 1,451,921
Kevin C. Talley 70,703 7,889,556 13,871 1,479,736
 
(1)    Amounts shown represent (i) with respect to option awards, the difference between the closing price of our common shares on the NYSE on the date of the options’ exercise and the option exercise price, and (ii) with respect to stock awards, the value of the restricted shares that vest based on the closing price of our common shares on the NYSE on the date (or the closing price of our common shares on the NYSE on the next business day in the event the NYSE was closed on the vesting date) the shares vested. The foregoing values do not necessarily equate to cash realized from the sale of shares acquired upon the exercise of options or vesting of restricted stock as shares were not sold on exercise or upon vesting but continue to be held by the NEO.
(2)    Restricted stock other than the 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 grants vests over a five-year period in 20% installments each year, beginning with the first anniversary following the grant date. Restricted stock in the 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 grants vests over a three-year period in 33% installments beginning with the first anniversary following the grant date. The number of shares listed in this column reflects the total number of shares of restricted stock that vested during fiscal year 2022.
Pension Benefits and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation for Fiscal Year 2022
We do not provide any defined benefit plans or nonqualified deferred compensation plans to our NEOs.
CEO Pay Ratio
As required by Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K, we are required to disclose the ratio of the total annual compensation of our CEO to that of our median employee.
In fiscal year 2022, the median employee at Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. identified through the prescribed eligibility methodology remained employed for the entire fiscal year. The Company believes that there have been no changes to our employee population or employee compensation arrangements that would significantly impact the CEO pay ratio disclosure.

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Mr. Barbour served in the capacity of Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. CEO for the entire period of April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 (fiscal year 2022).
In fiscal year 2022, Mr. Barbour’s annual total compensation was $6,388,700, while the median employee’s earnings were $75,407. As a result, the calculated ratio of the CEO’s annual total compensation to the median employee annual total compensation is 85 to 1. The ratio is a reasonable estimate calculated in a manner consistent with Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K.
Employment Agreements
Messrs. Barbour, Cottrill, Harvey and Talley have each entered into employment agreement with us, which were negotiated between each NEO and us at arms-length. Certain elements of the compensation payable to our NEOs are set forth in these employment agreements, including initial base salary (subject to periodic adjustment) and scope of incentive compensation and benefits. These employment agreements also require us to make certain payments upon termination or change in control, as set forth below in “— Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control.” Mr. Moore's employment is governed by his employment agreement with Infiltrator Water Technologies, LLC, which entity we acquired during fiscal year 2020. A summary of Mr. Moore's employment agreement is set forth below.
D. Scott Barbour. On September 1, 2017, we entered into an executive employment agreement with Mr. Barbour, our President and Chief Executive Officer. The terms of Mr. Barbour’s employment agreement provide for an annual base salary of $900,000 for fiscal year 2022, effective June 1, 2021, an annual incentive plan target goal of 100% of base salary and initial equity awards of restricted stock with a value of $1,100,000 and non-qualified stock options with a value of $1,100,000. Under the agreement, Mr. Barbour is entitled to certain standard benefits, including vacation, sick leave, and life and long and short term disability insurance. Mr. Barbour will also receive certain perquisites consistent with those provided to other senior executive officers, including reimbursement for pre-approved country club or fitness membership dues. Mr. Barbour is also eligible for pre-approved personal use of Company-owned or leased aircraft, subject to reimbursement to the Company of the variable cost of the aircraft for all occupied flight hours associated with routine personal usage. The employment agreement continues until terminated by Mr. Barbour or the Company. The employment agreement also contains customary non-competition and non-solicitation covenants of Mr. Barbour that apply during his employment and within a period of two years following the termination of his employment with us and a confidentiality covenant of indefinite duration.
Scott A. Cottrill. On November 9, 2015, we entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Cottrill, our Chief Financial Officer. The employment agreement provided for an initial employment period ending March 31, 2018. Beginning on January 1, 2018 and each January 1 thereafter, the then remaining term of the employment agreement will be extended automatically for an additional one-year period until termination pursuant to its terms, including termination by either party through notice prior to the January 1 renewal date. Mr. Cottrill’s annual base salary for fiscal year 2022, effective June 1, 2021 was $550,000, and he is entitled to receive annual incentive compensation. The employment agreement also contains customary non-competition and non-solicitation covenants of Mr. Cottrill that apply during his employment and within a period of two years following the termination of his employment with us and a confidentiality covenant of indefinite duration.
Darin S. Harvey. On October 15, 2018, we entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Harvey, our Executive Vice President, Supply Chain. The employment agreement provides for an employment period until termination pursuant to its terms. Mr. Harvey’s annual base salary for fiscal year 2022, effective June 1, 2021 was $425,000, and he is entitled to receive annual incentive compensation. The employment agreement also contains customary non-competition and non-solicitation covenants of Mr. Harvey that apply during his employment and within a period of two years following the termination of his employment with us and a confidentiality covenant of indefinite duration.
Kevin C. Talley. On November 10, 2016, we entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Talley, our Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer. The employment agreement provides for an initial employment period ending March 31, 2019. Beginning on January 1, 2019 and each January 1 thereafter, the then remaining term of the employment agreement will be extended automatically for an additional one-year period until termination pursuant to its terms, including termination by either party through notice prior to the January 1 renewal date. Mr. Talley’s annual base salary for fiscal year 2022, effective June 1, 2021 was $415,000, and he is entitled to receive annual incentive compensation. The

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employment agreement also contains customary non-competition and non-solicitation covenants of Mr. Talley that apply during his employment and within a period of two years following the termination of his employment with us. It also includes a confidentiality covenant of indefinite duration.
Roy E. Moore, Jr. On May 27, 2015, Mr. Moore entered into an amended and restated employment agreement with Infiltrator Water Technologies, LLC. This agreement was assigned to us in connection with the acquisition of Infiltrator. The employment agreement provides for an initial employment period of one year, ending on May 27, 2016. Beginning at the termination of the initial term, the employment agreement will be extended automatically for an additional one year period, and shall continue until termination pursuant to its terms, including termination by either party through notice at least ninety days prior to the applicable expiration date. Mr. Moore’s annual base salary for fiscal year 2022, effective June 1, 2021, was $510,000, and he is entitled to receive incentive compensation in accordance with plans and arrangements set forth under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis— Components of Executive Compensation.” The employment agreement also contains customary non-competition covenants of Mr. Moore that apply during his employment and within a period of two years following the termination of his employment with us. It also includes a confidentiality covenant of indefinite duration.
Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control
We have outstanding employment agreements with each of our NEOs as described above under “— Employment Agreements” which require the payment of certain benefits to each NEO under certain circumstances.
Our employment agreement with Messrs. Barbour and Harvey provide that in the event either executive terminates his employment for good reason or such executive is terminated by the Company for no reason or any reason other than cause, death or disability, the executive shall be entitled to receive payments and benefits as follows:
For a period of time following the termination date (24 months in the case of Mr. Barbour and 18 months in the case of Mr. Harvey), we will continue to pay the executive’s base salary, and
after the conclusion of our fiscal year in which the termination occurs, we will make a lump sum cash payment in an amount equal to the executive’s prorated bonus for the fiscal year.
For the purpose of each executive’s employment agreement, “good reason” includes (i) a material reduction in salary; (ii) our action which would adversely affect the executive’s participation in, or materially reduce his benefits under, any material benefit plan or equity incentive plan; (iii) our action which would adversely affect or reduce the executive’s participation in, or materially reduces the maximum potential incentive compensation available to him under any of our material incentive compensation plan or program; (iv) the assignment of the executive to a position of a materially lesser status or degree of responsibility; (v) the assignment of the executive to a primary work location (A) outside the United States or (B) at which (I) neither we nor any of our affiliates maintain a significant manufacturing facility or significant office or (II) by virtue of such location, the ability of the executive to perform his duties and responsibilities to the Company is materially impaired; or a breach by us of any of our material covenants or agreements contained in the executive’s employment agreement. The term “cause” includes (i) substantial and material non-performance of his duties, continued, willful insubordination or other willful and material failure to adhere to any policy of the Company or any of its affiliates; (ii) the willful misappropriation (or attempted willful misappropriation) of any of the funds or property of the Company or any of its affiliates; or (iii) the conviction of, or the entering of a guilty plea or plea of no contest with respect to, (A) a felony, (B) the equivalent thereof, (C) any other crime with respect to which active imprisonment is imposed, or (D) any other crime involving theft, willful misappropriation, embezzlement, fraud or dishonesty.
Our employment agreements with Messrs. Cottrill and Talley identify the following as specified circumstances that would require the payment of certain benefits:
termination by us at the end of the executive’s initial employment period or renewal period by giving three-month notice,
termination by us for cause by notice to the executive. “Cause” includes the executive’s non-performance of duties, failure to adhere to our policies, misappropriation of our property, conviction of a felony or equivalent, or

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other crimes subject to possible imprisonment or involving theft, misappropriation, embezzlement, fraud or dishonesty,
death or disability,
termination by the executive at the end of the executive’s initial employment period or renewal period by giving three-month notice, if the executive will have attained the age of 65 years on the employment termination date,
termination by the executive upon our breach of a material covenant in the employment agreement and failure to cure after receiving notice of such breach,
termination by the executive for good reason, which includes the following without the executive’s consent: (i) a reduction in base salary; (ii) our action which would adversely affect the executive’s participation in, or materially reduce his benefits under, any material benefit plan or equity incentive plan; (iii) our action which would adversely affect or reduce the executive’s participation in, or materially reduces the target potential incentive compensation available to the executive under any of our material incentive compensation plan or program; (iv) the assignment of the executive to a position of a materially lesser status or degree of responsibility; or (v) the assignment of the executive to a primary work location (A) outside the United States or (B) at which (I) neither we nor our affiliates maintain a significant manufacturing facility or significant office or (II) by virtue of such location, the ability of the executive to perform his duties is materially impaired, and
termination by us for no reason or for any reason other than mutual agreement for termination or termination for cause.
In the event of termination as a result of the specified circumstances described above, each of Messrs. Cottrill and Talley shall be entitled to receive payments and benefits as follows:
for the 18 months following the termination date, we will continue to pay the executive’s base salary, subject to reduction by the proceeds actually paid to the executive under any disability insurance policies maintained by us if the termination is due to the executive’s disability, and
after the conclusion of our fiscal year in which the termination occurs, we will make a lump sum cash payment in an amount equal to the executive’s prorated bonus for the fiscal year.
Our employment agreement with Mr. Moore provides that in the event of termination of Mr. Moore’s employment due to his death or disability, he shall be entitled to a pro-rata portion of his annual bonus under the applicable annual incentive bonus plan for the calendar year in which his termination occurred, payable at the same time bonuses for such year are paid to other senior executives pursuant to such annual incentive bonus plan. If Mr. Moore’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause or due to a non-renewal of the term of his employment agreement by the Company, Mr. Moore shall be entitled to receive payments and benefits as follows:
we will continue to pay his then-current base salary for 12 months,
to the extent Mr. Moore elects continuation coverage for health, dental or vision under COBRA, we will pay him an amount equal to the portion of the applicable premium or contribution under COBRA for health, dental and vision coverage that exceeds the amount of the premium or contribution Mr. Moore paid for such coverage as an active employee immediately prior to his termination date, and
we will pay him an annual bonus under the applicable annual incentive bonus plan for the calendar year in which his termination occurs, payable as if such termination had not occurred.
For the purpose of Mr. Moore’s employment agreement, “cause” includes (i) Mr. Moore’s having been convicted of any crime which involves fraud, embezzlement, theft or dishonesty, or (ii) any substantial failure, inability or refusal to perform, or breach of, his duties as an employee of the Company which remains uncured 30 days after written notice from the

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Company, provided that if the breach is of a type which cannot be cured within 30 days despite Mr. Moore’s best efforts to do so, Mr. Moore shall not be in breach if he diligently pursues the cure to completion.
For each of our NEOs, the payment of the above 24, 18 or 12 months base salary is conditioned upon the executive’s release of claims against us.
Our stock option agreements with each NEO under the 2000 Plan and the 2013 Plan provide that (i) upon death or disability of the executive, all the options may be exercised during the one-year period commencing on the date of the executive’s death or disability and (ii) upon termination of employment of the executive for any reason other than for death, disability or for cause, all the vested options may be exercised during the three-month period commencing on the employment termination date. Our stock option agreements with each NEO under the 2017 Incentive Plan provide that (i) upon death or disability of the executive, all the options may be exercised during the one-year period commencing on the date of the executive’s death or disability and (ii) upon termination of employment of the executive for any reason other than for cause, (a) the Compensation Committee may, in its discretion, vest any unvested options and (b) all vested options may be exercised during the three-month period commencing on the employment termination date. Our restricted stock agreements with each NEO under the 2008 Plan provide for the vesting of restricted shares upon death or disability and upon termination by the Company of employment of the executive for any reason other than for death, disability or for cause. The restricted shares, options and time-based portion of performance-based restricted stock units granted to our NEOs under the 2017 Incentive Plan will vest upon death or disability and may, in the Compensation Committee’s discretion, vest upon termination by the Company other than for cause.
Change in Control. Under the 2000 Plan, our stock option agreements with the executives provide that all the options may be exercised by the executives commencing at the time of a “change in control.” A “change in control” for this purpose refers to: (i) our entry into an agreement to merge, consolidate or reorganize into or with another corporation or other legal person, and as a result less than 51% of the combined voting power of the then-outstanding securities of such corporation or person immediately after such transaction will be held in the aggregate by officers, directors and holders of a beneficial interest in our voting securities immediately prior to such transaction; (ii) our entry into an agreement to sell or otherwise transfer all or substantially all of its assets to any other corporation or other legal person, and as a result a beneficial interest in less than 51% of the combined voting power of the then-outstanding securities of such corporation or person immediately after such sale or transfer is held in the aggregate by officers, directors and holders of a beneficial interest in our voting securities immediately prior to such sale or transfer; or (iii) during any continuous 12-month period our stockholders’ sale of or entry into an agreement or agreements to sell to anyone other than us our securities representing 50% or more of our combined voting power at the beginning of such 12-month period.
Under the 2008 Plan, our restricted stock agreements with the executives provide that the restricted shares will vest effective at the time of a “change in control.” A “change in control” for this purpose refers to the occurrence of a transaction or series of transactions following which less than a majority of the voting power of us a successor entity is held by the persons who hold the same with respect to us immediately prior to such transaction or series of transactions.
Under the 2013 Plan, our stock option agreements with the executives provide that all the options may be exercised by the executives commencing at the time of a “change in control.” A “change in control” for this purpose refers to the occurrence of a transaction or series of transactions following which less than a majority of the voting power of us a successor entity is held by the persons who hold the same with respect to us immediately prior to such transaction or series of transactions.
Equity awards made pursuant to the 2017 Incentive Plan are subject to “double-trigger” acceleration upon a “change in control.” Specifically, the 2017 Incentive Plan provides that in the event stock options, restricted shares or restricted stock units are assumed or continued in connection with a change in control transaction and employment is terminated without cause or for good reason within twenty-four (24) months of such change in control, (i) all stock options and restricted shares will vest and become exercisable and (ii) with respect to restricted stock units, all performance goals and/or other vesting criteria shall be deemed achieved at one hundred percent of target levels. In the event of a change in control transaction in which stock options, restricted shares and restricted stock units are not assumed or continued, all such awards may, in the Compensation Committee’s discretion, vest and become exercisable.

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Potential Payment. The following table sets forth the payments and benefits that would be received by each NEO in the event a termination of employment or a change-in-control of the Company had occurred on March 31, 2022, over and above any payments or benefits he otherwise would already have been entitled to or vested in on such date under any employment contract or other plan of the Company. The NEO would receive other payments and benefits as well upon termination of employment to which he was already entitled or vested in on such date. The actual amounts to be paid can only be determined at the time of such NEO’s separation from us and could therefore be more or less than the amounts set forth below. For the purposes of the calculations in the table, payments that would be made over time have been presented as a lump sum value.
 
Name
Severance
Payment
$
Bonus
Payment (4)
$
Value of
Accelerated
Equity (5)
$
Total
$
D. Scott Barbour
Specified Circumstances (1)
$ 1,800,000  $ 1,548,336  $ 21,941,790  $ 25,290,126 
Other Terminations (2)
$ —  $ —  $ 21,941,790  $ 21,941,790 
Change in Control (3)
$ —  $ —  $ 21,941,790  $ 21,941,790 
Scott A. Cottrill
Specified Circumstances (1)
$ 825,000  $ 714,497  $ 5,889,446  $ 7,428,943 
Other Terminations (2)
$ 825,000  $ 714,497  $ —  $ 1,539,497 
Change in Control (3)
$ —  $ —  $ 5,889,446  $ 5,889,446 
Darin S. Harvey
Specified Circumstances (1)
$ 637,500  $ 414,468  $ 3,307,564  $ 4,359,532 
Other Terminations (2)
$ —  $ —  $ 3,307,564  $ 3,307,564 
Change in Control (3)
$ —  $ —  $ 3,307,564  $ 3,307,564 
Kevin C. Talley
Specified Circumstances (1)
$ 622,500  $ 404,716  $ 2,814,354  $ 3,841,570 
Other Terminations (2)
$ 622,500  $ 404,716  $ —  $ 1,027,216 
Change in Control (3)
$ —  $ —  $ 2,814,354  $ 2,814,354 
Roy E. Moore Jr.
Specified Circumstances (1)
$ 510,000  $ 557,432  $ 8,779,104  $ 9,846,536 
Other Terminations (2)
$ —  $ 557,432  $ 8,779,104  $ 9,336,536 
Change in Control (3)
$ —  $ —  $ 8,779,104  $ 8,779,104 

(1)    In the case of Messrs. Barbour and Harvey, Specified Circumstances include termination by the executive of his employment for good reason or termination by the Company for no reason or any reason other than cause, death or disability (as all such terms are defined in the executive’s employment agreement); provided that the executive’s equity awards will not accelerate if he elects to terminate his employment for good reason. In the case of Messrs. Cottrill and Talley, Specified Circumstances include termination (i) by the Company at the end of the respective employment period, (ii) upon the death of the respective NEO, (iii) upon the disability of the respective NEO, and (iv) by the Company for no reason or any other reason other than mutual agreement or termination for cause. In the case of Mr. Moore, Specified Circumstances include termination (i) by the Company at the end of the respective employment period and (ii) by the Company without cause.
(2)    In the case of Messrs. Barbour, Harvey and Moore, Other Terminations include termination upon death or disability. In the case of Messrs. Cottrill and Talley, Other Terminations include termination (i) by the NEO at the end of the respective employment period if such NEO has obtained the age of sixty-five (65), (ii) by the NEO following a breach by the Company of any of its material covenants or agreements contained in the NEO’s employment agreement not otherwise cured and (iii) by the NEO for good reason (as such term is described above).
(3)    The Company does not provide special change-in-control benefits to NEOs. The Company’s only change-in-control arrangement is accelerated vesting of certain equity awards. No NEO is entitled to any payment or accelerated benefit in connection with a change-in-control of the Company, except for accelerated vesting of stock options granted, restricted stock granted and restricted stock units granted under the (i) 2000 Stock Option Plan, (ii) the 2008 Restricted Stock Plan (iii) the 2013 Stock Option Plan or (iv) 2017 Stock Incentive Plan. Change-in-Control is defined above. The stock options, restricted shares and restricted stock units granted to Mr. Barbour under the 2017 Incentive Plan may, in the Compensation Committee’s discretion, vest and become exercisable in the event such awards are not assumed or continued or, if the stock options are assumed or continued, in the event Mr. Barbour’s employment is terminated without cause or for good reason within twenty-four (24) months of such change in control.
(4)    Amount reflects accrued bonus for fiscal year 2022.
(5)    Amounts include the acceleration of stock options, calculated by multiplying the number of shares underlying each stock option whose vesting would be accelerated or that would vest during the notice period, as the case may be, by the difference between $118.81, the closing price of our common shares on the NYSE on March 31, 2022, and the exercise price of the in-the-money accelerated stock options. Acceleration of restricted stock are also included and were calculated by multiplying the number of shares underlying each unit of restricted stock whose vesting would be accelerated by $118.81. Acceleration of restricted stock units are also included and were calculated by multiplying the number of RSUs held by the NEO, assuming achievement of the applicable performance goal at 100% of the target, by $118.81.

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Equity-Based Incentive Plans
Prior Plans
Equity awards made by the Company prior to fiscal year 2018 are governed by the 2000 Incentive Stock Option Plan, the 2008 Restricted Stock Plan or the 2013 Stock Option Plan, as applicable (collectively, the “Prior Plans”). The Prior Plans are described below. No further awards will be made under the Prior Plans.
2000 Incentive Stock Option Plan
Options granted pursuant to the 2000 Plan constitute incentive stock options for federal income tax purposes. Any option granted pursuant to the 2000 Plan must be granted within 10 years from the effective date of its adoption. As of September 2008, further grants under the 2000 Plan were discontinued, although existing stock option grants continue to vest.
Shares Under the Plan. The maximum aggregate number of shares available to be issued under the 2000 Plan was 4,707,000, subject to adjustment in the event of changes in our capitalization. As of March 31, 2022, options to purchase 13,414 shares of our common stock were still outstanding and no shares of our common stock were available for future grant under the 2000 Plan. The maximum aggregate fair market value (determined as of the time the option is granted) of all stock with respect to which incentive stock options may be exercisable by an optionee for the first time in any calendar year under the 2000 Plan and any of our other incentive stock option plans cannot exceed $100,000. Shares issued under the 2000 Plan may be authorized and unissued shares or shares held by us in our treasury.
Eligibility. Officers and other key employees of the Company and its subsidiaries, as selected from time to time by the Board, shall be eligible to be granted options under the 2000 Plan.
Terms and Conditions of Options. Each option will be evidenced by a written option agreement in such form as approved by our Board. The option agreement may contain conditions for grant of options (such as an employee’s entry into an employment agreement with us or such employee’s agreement on continued employment with us) and adjustment of the underlying shares upon changes in our capitalization. The option agreement shall set forth the number of underlying shares, option price no less than 100% of the fair market value of the underlying share as of the date of grant, period of exercise no longer than 10 years after the date of grant, and dates and conditions for exercise of the option. The option price may be paid in cash, shares of our common stock, a combination of cash and shares or such other consideration as determined by our Board. Prior to August 12, 2014, when our Board terminated the reload feature of the 2000 Plan, if an optionee exercised an option and paid some or all of the option price with shares of our common stock, such optionee was granted a reload option to purchase the number of shares equal to the number of shares used as payment of the option price, subject to adjustment made pursuant to the limitations on the number of shares available for grant under the 2000 Plan. Pursuant to the terms of each incentive stock option award agreement, the vesting for all option awards accelerated and became fully vested upon completion of our IPO.
2008 Restricted Stock Plan
The purpose of the 2008 Plan is to afford an incentive to, and encourage stock ownership by, our key employees so that such employees may acquire or increase their proprietary interest in our success and be encouraged to remain in our employ. Awards under the 2008 Plan must have been made before September 15, 2018.
Administration. Our Board supervises the administration of the 2008 Plan. Subject to the provisions of the 2008 Plan, the Board has conclusive authority to construe the 2008