comScore, Inc
COMSCORE, INC. (Form: DEF 14A, Received: 05/09/2008 16:23:28)
 

 
 
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11465 Sunset Hills Road
Suite 200
Reston, Virginia 20190
 
 
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON JUNE 4, 2008
 
 
To the Stockholders of comScore, Inc.:
 
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of comScore, Inc. (the “Company”) will be held at 1700 K Street, NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20006 on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. EDT for the following purposes:
 
  •  to elect three Class I members of the board of directors to serve until the 2011 annual meeting of stockholders;
 
  •  to ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2008; and
 
  •  to transact any other business that is properly brought before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.
 
Please refer to the attached proxy statement, which forms a part of this Notice and is incorporated herein by reference, for further information with respect to the business to be transacted at the annual meeting.
 
Stockholders of record at the close of business on April 7, 2008 are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the annual meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. The presence, in person or by proxy, of shares of the Company’s common stock representing a majority of shares of the Company’s common stock issued and outstanding on the record date will be required to establish a quorum at the annual meeting.
 
Your vote is important. Please sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card as soon as possible to make sure that your shares are represented at the annual meeting. If you are a stockholder of record of the Company’s common stock, you may cast your vote by proxy or in person at the annual meeting. If your shares are held in an account at a brokerage firm or bank, you should instruct it on how to vote your shares.
 
By Order of the Board of Directors,
 
   
/s/  Christiana L. Lin
Christiana L. Lin
General Counsel and Secretary
 
Reston, Virginia
May 9, 2008


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON JUNE 4, 2008
INFORMATION CONCERNING SOLICITATION AND VOTING
PROPOSAL NO. 1 ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS
PROPOSAL NO. 2 RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT
COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
 
 
COMSCORE, INC.
 
 
PROXY STATEMENT
FOR
ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

JUNE 4, 2008
 
 
INFORMATION CONCERNING SOLICITATION AND VOTING
 
General
 
This proxy statement is furnished to our stockholders in connection with the solicitation of proxies for use at our annual meeting of stockholders to be held on June 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. EDT at 1700 K Street, NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20006, for the purposes set forth in the accompanying “Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders.”
 
A copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, together with this proxy statement and accompanying proxy card and notice, will be first mailed on or about May 12, 2008 to our stockholders of record.
 
This solicitation is made on behalf of our board of directors, and we will pay the costs of solicitation. Our directors, officers and employees may also solicit proxies by telephone, fax or personal interview without additional consideration. We will reimburse banks, brokerage firms and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for reasonable expenses incurred by them in sending proxy material to our stockholders. We have retained American Stock Transfer & Trust Company to assist in the solicitation of proxies with respect to shares of our common stock held of record by brokers, nominees and institutions for a customary fee.
 
Our principal executive offices are located at 11465 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 200, Reston, Virginia 20190, and our telephone number is (703) 438-2000.
 
Shares Entitled to Vote and Quorum Requirement
 
Our outstanding common stock constitutes the only class of securities entitled to vote at the annual meeting. Stockholders of record of our common stock at the close of business on April 7, 2008 are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, our 2008 annual meeting of stockholders. A list of our stockholders will be available for review at our principal executive offices during regular business hours for a period of ten days prior to the annual meeting. As of April 7, 2008, 28,556,222 shares of our common stock were issued and outstanding. The presence at the meeting, in person or by proxy, of a majority of the shares of the common stock issued and outstanding on April 7, 2008 will constitute a quorum. Each share of common stock is entitled to one vote.
 
Voting Procedures
 
A proxy card is enclosed for your use. We ask that you carefully review, complete, sign, date and return the proxy card in the accompanying envelope, which is postage prepaid if you mail it in the United States.
 
Unless there are different instructions on the proxy, all shares represented by valid proxies (and not revoked before they are voted) will be voted at the meeting FOR the election of all of the director nominees listed in Proposal No. 1 and FOR the ratification of the appointment of our independent public registered


 

accounting firm in Proposal No. 2. With respect to any other business that may properly come before the annual meeting and be submitted to a vote of stockholders, proxies will be voted in accordance with the best judgment of the designated proxy holders.
 
The persons named as attorneys-in-fact to vote the proxies, Magid M. Abraham and John M. Green, were selected by the board of directors and are executive officers of the company. All properly executed proxies returned in time to be counted at the annual meeting will be voted.
 
Shares represented by proxies that reflect abstentions or “broker non-votes” ( i.e. , shares held by a broker or nominee that are represented at the meeting, but with respect to which the broker or nominee is not empowered to vote on a particular proposal) will be counted as shares that are present and entitled to vote for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum. Broker non-votes are not deemed to be entitled to vote for purposes of determining whether stockholder approval of a matter has been obtained. As a result, broker non-votes are not included in the tabulation of voting results on any proposal. The director nominees listed in Proposal No. 1 will be elected by a plurality of the votes of the shares present or represented by proxy at the meeting and entitled to vote on the election of directors. The appointment of our independent registered public accounting firm listed in Proposal No. 2 will be ratified if a majority of shares present or represented by proxy at the meeting and entitled to vote thereon vote FOR such proposal.
 
Stockholders of record may vote by (i) completing and returning the enclosed proxy card prior to the meeting, (ii) voting in person at the meeting or (iii) submitting a signed proxy card at the meeting.
 
Your vote is important. Accordingly, please carefully review, complete, sign, date and return the accompanying proxy card whether or not you plan to attend the annual meeting in person.
 
You may revoke your proxy at any time before it is actually voted at the meeting either by signing and submitting a new proxy card with a later date or by attending the meeting and voting in person. However, merely attending the meeting will not revoke your submitted proxy unless you specifically request your proxy be revoked. If you hold shares through a bank or brokerage firm, you must contact that bank or firm directly to revoke any prior voting instructions.
 
All votes cast at the meeting will be tabulated by the persons appointed by our board of directors to act as inspectors of election for the meeting.
 
PROPOSAL NO. 1
 
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
 
General Information
 
Our board of directors has eight authorized seats. The board of directors is divided into three classes (Class I, Class II and Class III) with staggered three-year terms. Three Class I directors are to be elected at the 2008 annual meeting of stockholders to serve a three-year term expiring at the 2011 annual meeting of stockholders or until their respective successors have been elected and qualified. The Class II and Class III directors will continue to serve their respective terms. Proxies cannot be voted for more than the three named nominees.
 
Our board of directors has nominated Magid M. Abraham, William Katz and Jarl Mohn to serve as Class I directors. There are no family relationships among our directors or executive officers.
 
Shares represented by the accompanying proxy will be voted for the election of the nominees recommended by the board of directors unless the proxy is marked in such a manner so as to withhold authority to vote. If any nominee is unable or unexpectedly declines to serve as a director, the board of directors may designate another nominee to fill the vacancy, and the proxy will be voted for that nominee. Each person nominated for election has agreed to serve if elected, and we have no reason to believe that any nominee will be unable to serve.


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The names of the nominees and our other directors, their ages as of April 7, 2008 and certain other information about them are set forth below:
 
                 
Name of Nominee or Director
 
Age
 
Position
 
Director Since
 
Class I Directors with term expiring at the 2008 Annual Meeting:
Magid M. Abraham
    49     President, Chief Executive Officer and Director   1999
William Katz
    53     Director   New Nominee
Jarl Mohn
    56     Director   New Nominee
 
Class II Directors with term expiring at the 2009 Annual Meeting:
William J. Henderson(2)(3)
    60     Director   2001
Ronald J. Korn(1)(3)
    68     Director   2005
 
Class III Directors with term expiring at the 2010 Annual Meeting:
Gian M. Fulgoni
    60     Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director   1999
Jeffrey Ganek
    55     Director   2008
Bruce Golden(3)
    49     Director   2002
 
 
(1) member of audit committee
 
(2) member of compensation committee
 
(3) member of nominating and governance committee
 
The principal occupations and positions for at least the past five years of our director nominees and directors are described below.
 
Class I Director Nominees for Election for a Three-Year Term Expiring at the 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders
 
Magid M. Abraham, Ph.D. , one of our co-founders, has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director since September 1999. In 1995, Dr. Abraham founded Paragren Technologies, Inc., which specialized in delivering large scale Customer Relationship Marketing systems for strategic and target marketing, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to 1999. Prior to founding Paragren, Dr. Abraham was employed by Information Resources, Inc. from 1985 until 1995, where he was President and Chief Operating Officer from 1993 to 1994 and later Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1994 until 1995. Since May 2006, Dr. Abraham has also been a member of the board of directors of ES3, LLC, a privately held storage and logistics services company. Dr. Abraham holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research and an M.B.A. from MIT and an Engineering degree from the École Polytechnique in France.
 
William Katz is a nominee for election to our board of directors and has not previously served on our board of directors. Since June 2004, Mr. Katz has also served as the chairman of the board of directors of Visible World Inc., a privately-held multimedia marketing services provider. From 1996 to 2004, Mr. Katz served as President and Chief Executive Officer of BBDO New York, the flagship office of BBDO Worldwide, the world’s third largest global agency network. Mr. Katz also currently serves on the board of directors of Papaya King, a privately-held restaurant chain. Mr. Katz holds a B.A. in Business and Psychology from American University.
 
Jarl Mohn, also known as Lee Masters from his radio career, is a nominee for election to our board of directors and has not previously served on our board of directors. Since December 2003, Mr. Mohn has served on the board of directors of CNET Networks, Inc., where he has also served as non-executive chairman since October 2006. Mr. Mohn has also served on the board of directors of E.W. Scripps Company since 2002 and XM Satellite Radio, Inc. since May 2004. Mr. Mohn was the founding President of Liberty Digital Inc., a publicly traded subsidiary of Liberty Media Group involved in interactive television, cable television networks


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and Internet enterprises, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from June 1999 to March 2002. Prior to founding Liberty Digital, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of E! Entertainment Television. From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Mohn was Executive Vice President and General Manager of MTV and VH1. His professional career also includes 20 years in radio. Mr. Mohn attended Temple University, where he studied Mathematics and Philosophy.
 
The three nominees receiving the largest number of affirmative votes cast representing shares of our common stock present at the 2008 annual meeting of stockholders in person or by proxy and entitled to vote will be elected as the Class I directors. Abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on this proposal.
 
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS YOU VOTE “FOR” EACH OF THE THREE NAMED DIRECTOR NOMINEES IN PROPOSAL NUMBER 1.
 
Class II Directors Continuing in Office until the 2009 Annual Meeting of Stockholders
 
William J. Henderson has served as a director since August 2001. Mr. Henderson was the 71st Postmaster General of the United States. He served in that position from May 1998 until his retirement in May 2001. Mr. Henderson also served as the Chief Operations Officer of Netflix, Inc. from January 2006 until February 2007. Mr. Henderson also currently serves on the board of directors of Acxiom Corporation, where he has been a director since June 2001. Mr. Henderson holds a B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served in the U.S. Army.
 
Ronald J. Korn has served as a director since November 2005. Since 1991, he has served as the President of Ronald Korn Consulting, which provides business and marketing services. Mr. Korn served as a director, chairman of the audit committee, and member of the loan committee of Equinox Financial Corporation from 1999 until its acquisition in October 2005. Since 2002, he has served as a director, chairman of the audit committee and a member of the compensation and nominating and governance committees of PetMed Express, Inc., and since July 2003, he has served as a director, chairman of the audit committee and a member of the compensation committee of Ocwen Financial Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Korn was a partner and employee of KPMG, LLP, from 1961 to 1991, where he was the managing partner of KPMG’s Miami office from 1985 until 1991. Mr. Korn holds a B.S. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from New York University Law School.
 
Class III Directors Continuing in Office until the 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders
 
Gian M. Fulgoni , one of our co-founders, has served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since September 1999. Prior to co-founding comScore, Mr. Fulgoni was employed by Information Resources, Inc., where he served as President from 1981 to 1989, Chief Executive Officer from 1986 to 1998 and Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1991 until 1995. Mr. Fulgoni has served on the board of directors of PetMed Express, Inc. since 2002 and previously served on that board of directors from August 1999 through November 2000. Mr. Fulgoni has also served on the board of directors of the Advertising Research Foundation since 2008 and INXPO, LLC, an Illinois-based provider of virtual events, since July 2005. He also served on the board of directors of Platinum Technology, Inc. from 1990 to 1999, U.S. Robotics, Inc. from 1991 to 1994, and Yesmail.com, Inc. from 1999 to 2000. Mr. Fulgoni holds an M.A. in Marketing from the University of Lancaster and a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Manchester.
 
Bruce Golden has served as a director since June 2002.  He is a partner at Accel Partners, which he joined in 1997. Mr. Golden has led a number of investments in enterprise software and Internet-related companies while at Accel and currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of several private companies. Mr. Golden holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Columbia University.
 
Jeffrey Ganek has served as a director since May 2008. Since December 1999, Mr. Ganek has also served as chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of NeuStar, Inc. From December 1995 to December 1999, Mr. Ganek was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Communications Industry Services at Lockheed Martin, an advanced technology company. The Communications Industry Services group of Lockheed Martin, which was acquired from Lockheed Martin in 1999 to form NeuStar, provided


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clearinghouse services to the telecommunications industry. From 1993 to 1995, he was Vice President — Asia Operations for Global TeleSystems Group, a communications service provider in Europe and Asia. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Ganek was Vice President of Marketing at GTE Spacenet, a satellite communications service provider. From 1985 to 1991, he was Director of Marketing and Corporate Development at MCI Communications Corporation, a telecommunications company. From 1976 to 1985, he held management positions at AT&T, a telecommunications company, in Corporate Development, Marketing and Finance. Mr. Ganek holds an M.S. in Public Policy and Management and a B.S. in Economics from Carnegie-Mellon University.
 
Standing Committees of the Board of Directors
 
Our board of directors has established an audit committee, a compensation committee and a nominating and governance committee. Our board of directors and its committees meet regularly throughout the year and also hold special meetings and act by written consent from time to time as appropriate. Our board of directors has delegated various responsibilities and authority to its committees as generally described below. The committees regularly report on their activities and actions to the full board of directors. Each committee of our board of directors has a written charter approved by our board of directors.
 
Audit Committee
 
The audit committee of our board of directors recommends the appointment of our independent registered public accountant, reviews our internal accounting procedures and financial statements, and consults with and reviews the services provided by our independent registered public accountant, including the results and scope of their audit. The audit committee met twelve times (including telephonic meetings) during 2007.
 
The audit committee is currently comprised of Ronald J. Korn (chair), Thomas D. Berman and Frederick R. Wilson, each of whom is independent within the meaning of the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and applicable SEC and NASDAQ rules. Ronald J. Korn is chairman of our audit committee as well as our audit committee financial expert, as currently defined under the SEC rules implementing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Messrs. Berman and Wilson are not standing for re-election following the expiration of their terms at our 2008 annual meeting. We believe that the composition and functioning of our audit committee complies with all applicable requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, The NASDAQ Global Market, and SEC rules and regulations.
 
The audit committee operates under a written charter adopted by the board of directors, a copy of which is available under the “Investor Relations” section of our website, http://www.comscore.com.
 
Compensation Committee
 
The compensation committee of our board of directors reviews and recommends to our board of directors the compensation and benefits for our executive officers, administers our stock plans, and establishes and reviews general policies relating to compensation and benefits for our employees. The compensation committee met one time (including telephonic meetings) during 2007.
 
The compensation committee is currently comprised of William J. Henderson (chair), Thomas D. Berman and Frederick R. Wilson, each of whom is independent within the meaning of applicable NASDAQ rules. Messrs. Berman and Wilson are not standing for re-election following the expiration of their terms at our 2008 annual meeting. We believe that the composition and functioning of our compensation committee complies with all applicable requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, The NASDAQ Global Market, and SEC rules and regulations.
 
The compensation committee operates under a written charter adopted by the board of directors, a current copy of which is available under the “Investor Relations” section of our website, http://www.comscore.com.
 
Nominating and Governance Committee
 
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evaluating and selecting new members of our board of directors, subject to board of directors approval thereof; identifying and recommending to our board of directors for approval individuals qualified to become members of the board of directors; and monitoring and making recommendations to the board of directors on matters relating to corporate governance. The nominating and governance committee did not meet during 2007.
 
The nominating and governance committee currently consists of Bruce Golden (chair), William J. Henderson and Ronald J. Korn. We believe that the composition and functioning of our nominating and governance committee complies with all applicable requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, The NASDAQ Global Market and SEC rules and regulations.
 
The nominating and governance committee operates under a written charter adopted by the board of directors, a current copy of which is available under the “Investor Relations” section of our website, http://www.comscore.com.
 
Board of Directors and Committee Meeting Attendance
 
Our board of directors met ten times (including telephonic meetings) during the year ended December 31, 2007. Each of our directors has attended at least 75% of the aggregate number of meetings held by the board of directors (during the period in 2007 for which he was a director) and by the committees of the board of directors on which such individual served (during the period in 2007 for which he served as a committee member). Independent members of the board of directors regularly meet in executive session without management present.
 
Annual Meeting Attendance
 
The policy of the board of directors is that all directors should attend the annual meeting of stockholders if possible.
 
Director Nomination Process
 
Our nominating and governance committee identifies director nominees by first evaluating the current members of the board of directors willing to continue in service. Current members with skills and experience that are relevant to our business and who are willing to continue in service are considered for nomination. If any member of the board of directors does not wish to continue in service, or the committee or board of directors decides not to nominate a member for re-election, the committee identifies the desired skills and experience of a new nominee. Current members of the board of directors and senior management are then polled for their recommendations. To date, we have not engaged third parties to identify or evaluate potential nominees; however, the committee may do so in the future.
 
The nominating and governance committee will also consider nominees recommended by stockholders, and any such recommendations should be forwarded to our Corporate Secretary in writing at our executive offices as identified in this proxy statement. In accordance with our bylaws, such recommendations should include the following information:
 
  •  the name, age, business address and residence address of the proposed candidate;
 
  •  the principal occupation or employment of the proposed candidate;
 
  •  the class and number of shares of our stock that the proposed candidate beneficially owns;
 
  •  a description of all arrangements or understandings between the stockholder making the recommendations and each director nominee and any other person or persons (naming such person or persons) pursuant to which the nominations are to be made by the stockholder; and
 
  •  any other information relating to such director candidate that is required to be disclosed in solicitations of proxies for elections of directors or is otherwise required pursuant to Regulation 14A under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (including without limitation such nominee’s written consent to being named in any proxy statement as a nominee and to serve as a director if elected).


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The nominating and governance committee evaluates individual director candidates based upon a number of criteria, including:
 
  •  a high degree of personal and professional integrity;
 
  •  commitment to promoting the long term interests of our stockholders;
 
  •  broad general business experience and acumen, which may include experience in management, finance, marketing and accounting, with particular emphasis on technology companies;
 
  •  adequate time to devote attention to the affairs of our company;
 
  •  an ability to bring balance to our board of directors in light of our company’s current and anticipated needs and in light of the skills and attributes of the other board members; and
 
  •  other attributes relevant to satisfying the requirements imposed by the SEC and NASDAQ.
 
Director Compensation
 
The following table sets forth certain information concerning cash and non-cash compensation earned by the non-employee members of our board of directors in 2007:
 
                         
    Fees Earned or
    Stock
       
Name
  Paid in Cash     Awards(1)     Total  
 
Thomas D. Berman(2)
  $ 12,500     $ 24,703 (3)   $ 37,203  
Jeffrey Ganek(4)
                 
Bruce Golden
    12,500       24,703 (3)     37,203  
William J. Henderson
    16,250       24,703 (3)     40,953  
Ronald J. Korn
    17,500       24,703 (3)     42,203  
Frederick R. Wilson(5)
    12,500       24,703 (3)     37,203  
 
 
(1) Amounts represent stock-based compensation expense for the corresponding fiscal year for stock-based award granted in the fiscal year as calculated in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123R, Share-Based Compensation (SFAS No. 123R), and as further described in Note 9 of the Notes to our Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.
 
(2) All compensation paid to Mr. Berman was assigned to BVCF IV, L.P. Mr. Berman is not standing for re-election following the expiration of his term at our 2008 annual meeting.
 
(3) Represents shares of restricted common stock subject to a right of repurchase by comScore until the earlier of (i) the date that is one (1) day prior to the date of the 2008 annual meeting of our stockholders or (ii) the one (1) year anniversary of such director’s service as a director since our initial public offering, subject to such director continuing to serve on our board of directors at such date.
 
(4) Mr. Ganek joined our board of directors in May 2008. Accordingly, he did not receive any compensation for 2007.
 
(5) Mr. Wilson is not standing for re-election following the expiration of his term at our 2008 annual meeting.
 
We reimburse our non-employee directors for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as directors. Such expense reimbursements are less than $10,000 in the aggregate for any non-employee director during fiscal 2007 and are not included in the immediately preceding table. Employee directors are not compensated for board of director or committee service in addition to their regular employee compensation.
 
Retainers and Meeting Fees:   During fiscal 2007, our non-employee directors were eligible to receive an annual cash retainer of $25,000 for service on our board of directors, and the chairs of certain of the standing committees of our board of directors were eligible to receive annual cash retainers as follows: $10,000 per year for the chair of our audit committee and $7,500 per year for the chair of our compensation committee.


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Such fees became effective at the beginning of the third quarter of 2007, following our initial public offering, and the amounts paid were accordingly prorated for that portion of the year.
 
Other Equity-Based Compensation:   Outside directors are also eligible to receive stock awards and option grants under our 2007 Equity Incentive Plan. Following our initial public offering, our non-employee directors became entitled to an annual grant of restricted stock having a value of $50,000 at the time of grant. The total amount of each annual grant of restricted stock shall remain unvested until the earlier of (i) the date of the respective director’s first anniversary of joining our board of directors, (ii) the date of the first annual stockholders’ meeting following the date of grant or (iii) a change of control. The board of directors has discretion to accelerate or modify such vesting schedule due to special circumstances. Upon the closing of our initial public offering on July 2, 2007, each of our non-employee directors was granted restricted stock having a value of $50,000 at the time of the grant, which resulted in grants of 2,231 shares of common stock to each of Messrs. Berman, Golden, Henderson, Korn and Wilson.
 
Director Independence
 
Our board of directors has determined that each of Messrs. Berman, Ganek, Golden, Henderson, Katz, Korn, Mohn and Wilson is independent under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the listing standards of the NASDAQ Stock Market; therefore, every member of the audit committee, compensation committee and nominating and governance committee is an independent director in accordance with those standards. There were no related person transactions considered in the last fiscal year in the determination of the independence of the directors.
 
Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
 
During 2007, William J. Henderson, Thomas D. Berman and Frederick R. Wilson served on our compensation committee. None of the members of our compensation committee in 2007 was a present or former officer or employee of our company. In addition, during 2007, none of our officers had an “interlock” relationship, as that term is defined by the SEC.
 
Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
 
We have adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that applies to all directors and employees of the company, including our principal executive officer, principal financial officer and principal accounting officer or controller. The full text of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics is posted under the “Investor Relations” section on our website at http://www.comscore.com.
 
CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS
 
Policies and Procedures for Transactions with Related Persons
 
Related person transactions, which we define as all transactions involving an executive officer, director or a holder of more than five percent of our common stock, including any of their immediate family members and any entity owned or controlled by such persons, are reviewed and approved by the audit committee of our board of directors and a majority of disinterested directors on our board of directors. Prior to our initial public offering, related party transactions were not reviewed by our audit committee, however, such transactions were reviewed and approved by a majority of disinterested directors on our board of directors.
 
In any transaction involving a related person, our audit committee and board of directors consider all of the available material facts and circumstances of the transaction, including: the direct and indirect interests of the related persons; in the event the related person is a director (or immediate family member of a director or an entity with which a director is affiliated), the impact that the transaction will have on a director’s independence; the risks, costs and benefits of the transaction to us; and whether any alternative transactions or sources for comparable services or products are available.


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After considering all such facts and circumstances, our audit committee and board of directors determine whether approval or ratification of the related person transaction is in our best interests. For example, if our audit committee determines that the proposed terms of a related person transaction are reasonable and at least as favorable as could have been obtained from unrelated third parties, it will recommend to our board of directors that such transaction be approved or ratified. In addition, if a related person transaction will compromise the independence of one of our directors, our audit committee may recommend that our board of directors reject the transaction if it could affect our ability to comply with securities laws and regulations or NASDAQ listing requirements.
 
Each transaction described below was entered into prior to the adoption of our audit committee charter. Accordingly, each was approved by disinterested members of our board of directors after making a determination that the transaction was executed on terms no less favorable than those we could have obtained from unrelated third parties.
 
The policies and procedures described above for reviewing and approving related person transactions are not in writing. However, the charter for our audit committee provides that one of the committee’s responsibilities is to review and approve in advance any proposed related person transactions.
 
Transactions and Relationships with Directors, Officers and Five Percent Stockholders
 
We believe that there has not been any other transaction or series of transactions during 2007 to which we were or are to be a participant in which the amount involved exceeds $120,000 and in which any director, executive officer or holder of more than five percent of our common stock, or members of any such person’s immediate family, had or will have a direct or indirect material interest, other than compensation described in “Executive Compensation” elsewhere in this proxy statement and as described below.
 
Linda Abraham
 
Since 2006, Linda Abraham, the spouse of our President and Chief Executive Officer, Magid Abraham, has held the positions of acting Executive Vice President for Finance, Telecom and Pharmaceuticals and Executive Vice President for Product Management. Ms. Abraham remains employed as our Executive Vice President for Product Management. In this position, Ms. Abraham earned approximately $208,000 in salary in 2007 and received an award of restricted stock with a value at the time of grant of approximately $236,250 in 2007.
 
Indemnification Agreements
 
We have entered into an indemnification agreement with each of our directors and executive officers. The indemnification agreements and our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws require us to indemnify our directors and officers to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware law.
 
PROPOSAL NO. 2
 
RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
 
Our audit committee has appointed Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2008. Ernst & Young LLP has served as our independent audit firm since 2000 and has audited our financial statements for fiscal years 2000 through 2007. A representative of Ernst & Young LLP is expected to be present at our 2008 annual meeting of stockholders and will have an opportunity to make a statement and respond to appropriate questions from stockholders.
 
Ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm is not required by our bylaws or other applicable legal requirements. However, our board of directors is submitting the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP to the stockholders for ratification as a matter of good corporate practice. If our stockholders fail to ratify the appointment, the audit committee will reconsider whether to retain the firm. Even if the appointment is ratified, the audit committee at its discretion may direct


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the appointment of a different independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the year if it determines that such a change would be in our best interests and the best interests of our stockholders.
 
The affirmative vote of a majority of shares of our common stock present at the 2008 annual meeting of stockholders in person or by proxy and entitled to vote is required to ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2008. Abstentions will have the same effect as a vote against this proposal.
 
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS YOU VOTE “FOR” PROPOSAL NUMBER 2.
 
Audit and Related Fees for Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007
 
The following table sets forth a summary of the fees billed to us by Ernst & Young LLP for professional services for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2006 and 2007, respectively. All of the services described in the following fee table were approved by the audit committee.
 
                 
Name
  2006     2007  
 
Audit Fees(1)
  $ 660,000 (2)   $ 1,850,125 (3)
Audit-Related Fees(4)
          67,170  
Tax Fees(5)
    129,895       116,637  
All Other Fees
    169,346       177,056  
                 
Total Fees
  $ 959,241     $ 2,210,988  
 
 
(1) Audit fees represent fees for professional services relating to the audit of our financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our registration statements on Form S-1 and the review of the financial statements included in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.
 
(2) Audit fees billed related to our registration statements on Form S-1 and to the audit of our financial statements for the period ended December 31, 2006.
 
(3) Audit fees billed with respect to the audit of our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2007, reviews of our 2007 quarterly interim financial statements and our registration statements on Form S-1.
 
(4) Audit-related fees represent fees for assurance and related services that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of financial statements and not reported under “Audit Fees.”
 
(5) Tax fees principally represent fees for professional services for tax compliance and tax advice.
 
The audit committee meets regularly with Ernst & Young LLP throughout the year and reviews both audit and non-audit services performed by Ernst & Young LLP as well as fees charged for such services. The audit committee has determined that the provision of the services described above is compatible with maintaining Ernst & Young LLP’s independence in the conduct of its audit functions.
 
Pre-Approval Policies and Procedures
 
Our audit committee has adopted and our board of directors has approved a policy that sets forth the procedures and the conditions pursuant to which services proposed to be performed by the independent auditor may be pre-approved. Pursuant to its audit, audit-related and non-audit services pre-approval policy, our audit committee may delegate either type of pre-approval authority to one or more of its members. The member to whom such authority is delegated must report, for informational purposes only, any pre-approval decisions to the audit committee at its next scheduled meeting. During 2006 and 2007, all services provided by Ernst & Young LLP were pre-approved by our audit committee in accordance with this policy.


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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT
 
The audit committee is comprised of “independent” directors, as determined in accordance with Rule 4200(a)(15) of the Nasdaq Marketplace Rules and Rule 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The audit committee operates pursuant to a written charter adopted by the board of directors, a copy of which is available under the “Investor Relations” section of our website, http://www.comscore.com.
 
As described more fully in its charter, the purpose of the audit committee is to assist the board of directors with its oversight responsibilities regarding the integrity of our financial statements, our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, assessing our independent registered public accounting firm’s qualifications and independence and, if applicable, the performance of the persons performing internal audit duties for our company.
 
Company management is responsible for preparation, presentation and integrity of our financial statements as well as our financial reporting process, accounting policies, internal audit function, internal accounting controls and disclosure controls and procedures. Our independent registered public accounting firm is responsible for performing an independent audit of our consolidated financial statements in accordance with standards of the public company accounting oversight board (United States) and to issue a report thereon. The audit committee’s responsibility is to monitor and oversee these processes. The following is the audit committee’s report submitted to the board of directors for 2007.
 
The audit committee has:
 
  •  reviewed and discussed the company’s audited financial statements with management and Ernst & Young LLP, the company’s independent registered public accounting firm;
 
  •  discussed with Ernst & Young LLP the matters required to be discussed by Statement of Auditing Standards No. 61, Communications with Audit Committees , as currently in effect; and
 
  •  received from Ernst & Young LLP, disclosures and a letter regarding their independence as required by Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1, Independence Discussions with Audit Committees , as may be modified or supplemented, and discussed the auditors’ independence with them.
 
In addition, the audit committee has met separately with company management and with Ernst & Young LLP.
 
Based on the review and discussions referred to above, the audit committee recommended to the board of directors that the audited 2007 financial statements be included in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
AUDIT COMMITTEE
 
Ronald J. Korn, Chairman
Thomas D. Berman
Frederick R. Wilson
 
The foregoing audit committee report shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and shall not otherwise be deemed filed under these acts, except to the extent we specifically incorporate by reference into such filings.


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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
 
The following discussion and analysis of compensation arrangements of our named executive officers should be read together with the compensation tables and related disclosures set forth elsewhere in this proxy statement. Our named executive officers for the year ended December 31, 2007 are Magid M. Abraham, John M. Green, Gian M. Fulgoni, Gregory T. Dale and Christiana L. Lin. This discussion contains forward-looking statements that are based on our current plans and expectations regarding future compensation programs. Actual compensation programs that we adopt may differ materially from currently planned programs as summarized in this discussion.
 
Our Philosophy
 
The objective of our compensation programs for employees is to attract and retain top talent. Our compensation plans are designed to motivate and reward employees for achievement of positive business results and also to promote and enforce accountability. In determining the compensation arrangement of our senior executives, we are guided by the following key principles:
 
  •  Attract and Retain Top Talent.   Our compensation arrangements should be sufficient to allow us to attract, retain and motivate executives with the necessary skills and talent to successfully manage our business. We recognize that the marketplace for our executives is not necessarily the same as for our business. For example, the marketplace for a chief financial officer may include all public companies, while the marketplace for a chief operating officer would be further focused on digital marketing intelligence providers. In order to attract, motivate and retain such executives, we seek to compensate our executives at levels that are consistent with or more attractive than other available opportunities in the respective executive’s marketplace.
 
  •  Promote Business Performance Accountability.   Compensation should be tied, in part, to financial performance of our business so that executives are held accountable through their compensation for contributions to our performance as a whole through the performance of the businesses for which they are responsible.
 
  •  Promote Individual Performance Accountability.   Compensation should be tied, in part, to the individual executive’s performance to encourage and reflect individual contributions to our performance. Our board of directors considers individual performance as well as performance of the businesses and responsibility areas that an individual oversees and weights these factors as appropriate in assessing a particular individual’s performance.
 
  •  Align Stockholder Interests.   Compensation should be tied, in part, to our financial performance through equity awards, which help to align our executives’ interests with those of our stockholders.
 
  •  Maintain an Independent Process.   Compensation should be assessed with independence and objectivity to protect the interests of the business and its stockholders while also providing fair compensation to our executives. An independent committee of our board of directors should be, and is, responsible for reviewing and establishing the compensation for our Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman, and for reviewing and approving the compensation recommendations made by our Chief Executive Officer for all of our other named executive officers.
 
Application of our Philosophy
 
Our executive compensation and benefit program aims to encourage our management team to continually pursue our strategic opportunities while effectively managing the risks and challenges inherent to our business. Specifically, we have created an executive compensation package that we believe balances short-term and long-term components, cash and equity elements, and fixed and contingent payments, in ways that are appropriate to incentivize our senior management and reward them for achieving the following goals:
 
  •  develop a culture that embodies a passion for our business, creative contribution and a drive to achieve established goals and objectives;


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  •  provide leadership to the organization in such a way as to maximize the results of our business operations;
 
  •  lead us by demonstrating forward thinking in the operation, development and expansion of our business;
 
  •  effectively manage organizational resources to derive the greatest value possible from each dollar invested; and
 
  •  take strategic advantage of the market opportunity to expand and grow our business.
 
Our executive compensation structure aims not only to compensate top talent at levels that our board of directors believes are consistent with or more attractive than other opportunities in an executive’s marketplace, but also to be fair relative to compensation paid to other professionals within our organization, relative to our short- and long-term performance results and relative to the value we deliver to our stockholders. We seek to maintain a performance-oriented culture with a compensation approach that rewards our executive officers when we achieve our goals and objectives, while putting at risk an appropriate portion of their compensation against the possibility that our goals and objectives may not be achieved. Overall, our approach is designed to relate the compensation of our executive officers to: the achievement of short- and long-term goals and objectives; their willingness to challenge and improve existing policies and structures; and their capability to take advantage of unique opportunities and overcome difficult challenges within our business.
 
Role of Our Compensation Committee
 
Our compensation committee approves, administers and interprets our executive compensation and benefit policies, including our 1999 Stock Plan, our 2007 Equity Incentive Plan and our short-term compensation, long-term incentives and benefits programs. Our compensation committee is appointed by our board of directors, and consists entirely of directors who are “outside directors” for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code and “non-employee directors” for purposes of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act. Our compensation committee is comprised of Messrs. Berman, Henderson and Wilson, and is chaired by Mr. Henderson. Messrs. Berman and Wilson are not standing for re-election at the expiration of their terms at our 2008 annual meeting.
 
Our compensation committee reviews and approves our executive compensation and benefit program to ensure that it is consistent with our compensation philosophy and corporate governance guidelines. Our compensation committee also is responsible for establishing the executive compensation packages offered to our executive officers.
 
Prior to our initial public offering in 2007, our compensation committee had not previously conducted formal surveys or analyses of compensation levels in various marketplaces or engaged compensation consultants to do so on our behalf. However, we believe our executives’ base salary, target annual bonus levels and long-term incentive award values were set at levels that compensate top talent at levels that our board of directors believed were consistent with or more attractive than other opportunities in an executive’s marketplace. This belief is based on the collective experience and knowledge of our board of directors and executive management, as well as an informal review of compensation information gained through marketplace contacts and service providers.
 
Beginning in December 2007, in addition to utilizing the collective experience and knowledge of our board of directors and executive management and informal reviews of compensation information gained through marketplace contacts and service providers, our compensation committee also selected and directly engaged the services of an independent executive compensation consulting firm, Towers Perrin, to complement the information and guidance provided by our internal resources. No member of the compensation committee or any named executive officer has any affiliation with Towers Perrin. Towers Perrin did not perform any other work for us, and it reported directly to the chairman of the compensation committee.
 
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executive compensation programs, and it provided recommendations as to the amount or form of compensation for our named executive officers.
 
Based on the collective inputs from these sources, our compensation committee set our executives’ base salary, target annual bonus levels and long-term incentive award values at levels for our 2008 fiscal year that we believe will be consistent with or more attractive than other opportunities in an executive’s marketplace. As part of their December 2007 study, our compensation committee worked with management to refine our compensation philosophy so that it would target compensation to fall within the 50th percentile range of an identified peer group each of the following compensation categories: executive base salary, target annual bonus levels and long-term incentive awards. The refined compensation philosophy also retains the flexibility of allowing potential cash compensation to fall within the 75th percentile range of the identified peer group for superior performance. In addition, the compensation philosophy employs a long-term incentive program that has as its goal the retention of key employees, the alignment of employee interests with those of stockholders, and adequate simplicity of both comprehension and administration.
 
The December 2007 study referenced both published compensation survey data of comparably-sized companies and a valuation peer group determined based on inputs from investment banks as well as management input as to companies with whom we compete for executive talent, with median annual revenues of $100 million. Specifically, the peer group consisted of the following companies: Arbitron Inc., Forrester Research, Inc., Greenfield Online, Inc., Harris Interactive Inc., Ipsos Group S.A., MIVA, Inc., Marchex, Inc., Morningstar, Inc., Omniture, Inc., National Research Corporation, Rainmaker Systems, Inc., Taylor Nelson Sofres plc, Think Partnership Inc., Traffix, Inc., ValueClick, Inc. and Website Pros, Inc.
 
Our compensation committee has taken the following steps to ensure that our executive compensation and benefit program is consistent with both our compensation philosophy and our corporate governance guidelines:
 
  •  regularly reviewed the performance of and the total compensation earned by or awarded to our Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman independent of input from them;
 
  •  examined on an annual basis the performance of our other named executive officers and other key employees with assistance from our Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman, and approved compensation packages that are believed to be consistent with or more attractive than those generally found in the executive’s marketplace;
 
  •  regularly held executive sessions of compensation committee meetings without management present; and
 
  •  engaged an outside compensation consultant beginning in mid-2007 to review our executive compensation practices and provide comparison to other opportunities in the marketplaces for our executives in connection with setting compensation for our 2007 bonus target levels and 2008 fiscal year base salaries and equity-award levels.
 
Components of our Executive Compensation Program.
 
Our executive compensation program consists of three components: short-term compensation (including base salary and annual performance bonuses), long-term incentives (including equity awards in the form of stock options, restricted stock units and/or restricted stock awards) and benefits.
 
Our compensation committee evaluates executive compensation and strives to apply the mix of these components in a manner that implements our philosophy while meeting our objectives to attract and retain top talent using compensation that is consistent with or more attractive than other opportunities while also adjusting for individual relative performance and responsibilities as well as our business goals. Our compensation committee has no formal policy or target for allocating compensation among the compensation components described above. However, the compensation committee generally assigns a portion of our executives’ total compensation to performance-based bonuses and equity compensation, in order to focus our executives on achievements that will enhance stockholder value and based on the results of its December 2007 study.


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Short-term Compensation
 
We utilize short-term compensation, including base salary, annual adjustments to base salary and annual performance bonuses, to motivate and reward our key executives in accordance with our performance-based program. Each individual’s short-term compensation components are tied to an annual assessment of his or her progress against established objectives.
 
Base Salary
 
Base salary is used to recognize the experience, skills, knowledge and responsibilities required of each executive officer, as well as to reflect market conditions as indicated by reference to the company’s peer group. As we considered our executives’ compensation for 2007, base salary determinations were guided primarily by our objective to provide compensation at levels to attract and retain top talent. In establishing the 2007 base salaries of the executive officers, our compensation committee and management took into account a number of factors, including the executive’s seniority, position and functional role, level of responsibility and, to the extent such individual was employed by us for at least the prior six months, his or her accomplishments against personal and group objectives. In 2007, none of our named executive officers were newly hired. In addition, we consider the market for corresponding positions within comparable geographic areas and industries as well as the state of our business and our cash flows. For newly hired executives, we have historically considered the base salary of the individual at his or her prior employment, any unique personal circumstances that motivated the executive to leave that prior position to join us and the particular role being filled.
 
The base salary of our executive officer group is reviewed on an annual basis, and adjustments are made to reflect performance-based factors, as well as marketplace conditions and the overall performance of our business. Increases are considered within the context of our overall annual merit increase structure as well as individual and marketplace factors. We do not apply specific formulas to determine increases. Generally, executive officer salaries are adjusted effective the first quarter of each year based on a review of:
 
  •  their achievement of specific objectives established during the prior review;
 
  •  an assessment of their professional effectiveness, consisting of a portfolio of competencies that include leadership, commitment, creativity and organizational accomplishment; and
 
  •  their knowledge, skills and attitude, focusing on capabilities, capacity and the ability to drive results.
 
Magid M. Abraham, our Chief Executive Officer, periodically reviews the performance of our executive officers on the bases noted above and recommends to the compensation committee any base salary changes or bonuses deemed appropriate.
 
In late 2007, based on its December 2007 study, our compensation committee approved an increase of the base salaries of our executive officers beginning in our 2008 fiscal year in order to be in line with our company’s compensation philosophy of providing executive base salaries at the 50th percentile range of our company’s peer group. The changes in base salary for each named executive officer were as follows:
 
                         
    2007 Base
  2008 Base
  Percentage
Name and Principal Position
  Salary   Salary(1)   Increase
 
Magid M. Abraham, Ph.D. 
  $ 325,000     $ 425,000       30.8 %
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
                       
John M. Green
    270,000       302,400       12.0  
Chief Financial Officer
                       
Gian M. Fulgoni
    300,000       375,000       25.0  
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
                       
Gregory T. Dale
    260,000       275,600       6.0  
Chief Technology Officer
                       
Christiana L. Lin
    200,000       250,000       25.0  
General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
                       
 
 
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Annual Performance Bonuses
 
Annual performance bonuses for our executive officers are tied to the achievement of our annual company goals and objectives, functional area goals, and/or individual performance objectives. Annual performance bonuses are primarily guided by our objectives of accountability for individual and business performance. We set clearly defined goals for each executive officer, with an emphasis on quantifiable and achievable targets. A portion of each executive officer’s bonus is clearly tied to the achievement of specific targets relative to the performance of the particular business segment or functional area for which they are responsible, with the remainder tied to similar targets relative to our overall financial performance. Individual awards under the program are based on a thorough review of the applicable performance results of our company, business, function or individual as compared to the applicable goals.
 
Target bonuses are set at a percentage of actual full-year salary. Our compensation committee approves these percentages for our executive officers based on a determination of the appropriate portion of total compensation that should be at risk for a particular executive officer. Generally, target bonuses for our most senior executive officers are set at a higher percentage of salary than for our other executive officers, so as to recognize their broader responsibility for company-wide results and to place a greater portion of their total compensation at risk against the achievement of overall goals and objectives. The 2007 target bonus and actual bonus award levels for our executive officers were as follows:
 
                 
    2007 Actual
  2007 Bonus Target
    Bonus Level as a
  Level as a % of
    % of 2007 Full-Year
  2007 Full-Year
Name and Principal Position
  Salary(1)   Salary
 
Magid M. Abraham, Ph.D. 
    29 %     45 %
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
               
John M. Green
    23       35  
Chief Financial Officer
               
Gian M. Fulgoni
    29       45  
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
               
Gregory T. Dale
    23       35  
Chief Technology Officer
               
Christiana L. Lin
    21       30  
General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
               
 
 
(1) Payments were made on February 25, 2008.
 
In order to further improve our company’s retention objectives and alignment of executive compensation with stockholder interests, a portion of each named executive officer’s bonus was issued in shares of restricted common stock. The stock-based portion of each named executive officer’s bonus represented 25% of each executive’s target bonus for 2007. The restricted common stock includes a right of repurchase by the Company that lapses following the one (1) year anniversary of the grant. The grants were based on the dollar amount of the stock-based portion of the bonuses plus a premium of 25% of the stock-based portion of the bonus, made in recognition of delay in receipt of payment and constraints on liquidity due to inherent and regulatory restrictions on trading by insiders. The number of shares underlying the grants was calculated using the closing price of our common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Market on February 25, 2008, the date we paid 2007 bonuses to our named executive officers.
 
Magid M. Abraham, our Chief Executive Officer, and Gian M. Fulgoni, our Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, were our only named executive officers that earned annual performance bonuses for the 2007 fiscal year that were tied solely to quantitative factors. Both Dr. Abraham and Mr. Fulgoni’s respective bonuses for the 2007 fiscal year, paid in the first quarter of 2008, were based on a combination of total revenue and EBITDA achieved by the Company in 2007. Dr. Abraham earned $95,317 in bonus for the year ended December 31, 2007, which amount represented 65% of his target bonus of $146,985. Mr. Fulgoni earned $88,931 for the year ended December 31, 2007, which amount also represented 65% of his target


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bonus of $136,350. We established these revenue and EBITDA targets such that, if the Company and the officer performed as expected, he will have achieved 50% to 75% of the target bonus.
 
The annual performance bonuses established for the 2007 fiscal year were based on a mix of quantitative and qualitative factors several of which were the satisfactory completion of specific projects or initiatives. At the end of each fiscal year, each executive officer completes a self-assessment of his or her performance in the context of their bonus criteria. Dr. Abraham reviews these self-assessments and makes a recommendation to our compensation committee on the achievement of the target bonus amounts. Messrs. Green and Dale and Ms. Lin earned 66%, 66% and 69% of their respective target bonus amounts for fiscal year 2007, which amounts were $62,819, $59,879 and $32,775, respectively, and were paid in the first quarter of 2008. Twenty-five percent of the bonus payments made to Messrs. Green and Dale and Ms. Lin were based on our EBITDA achievement in 2007. The remaining 75% of the bonus payments made to Messrs. Green and Dale and Ms. Lin, were not driven by formulas. Instead, targets were based on qualitative factors, such as preparation for our initial public offering, development of new technology or expansion into new markets.
 
Based on its review of its December 2007 study, our compensation committee also approved a change to bonus targets for 2008 fiscal year bonuses so that the target bonus in conjunction with the salary compensation would be in line with our compensation philosophy of falling within the 50th percentile range of our company’s peer group. The bonus targets for each executive for the 2008 fiscal year bonuses were as follows:
 
         
    2008 Bonus Target
    Level as a % of
    2008 Full-Year
Name and Principal Position
  Salary
 
Magid M. Abraham, Ph.D. 
    80 %
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
       
John M. Green
    50  
Chief Financial Officer
       
Gian M. Fulgoni
    80  
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
       
Gregory T. Dale
    35  
Chief Technology Officer
       
Christiana L. Lin
    35  
General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
       
 
Long-term Compensation
 
Long-term equity based incentives are primarily guided by our objective of aligning executive compensation with the interests of our stockholders. Grants of stock options, restricted stock units and restricted stock made to executive officers are designed to provide them with incentive to execute their responsibilities in such a way as to generate long-term benefit to us and our stockholders. Through possession of stock options, restricted stock units and shares of restricted stock, our executives participate in the long-term results of their efforts, whether by appreciation of our company’s value or the impact of business setbacks, either company-specific or industry based. Additionally, stock options, restricted stock units and shares of restricted stock provide a means of ensuring the retention of key executives, in that they are in almost all cases subject to vesting over an extended period of time.
 
Stock options, restricted stock units and shares of restricted stock are granted periodically, and are typically subject to vesting based on the executive’s continued employment. Most of these grants vest evenly over four years, beginning on the date of the grant. In addition to time-based vesting, a portion of certain options granted to Dr. Abraham and Mr. Fulgoni in December 2003 vested according to defined EBITDA, Net Income and Revenue performance milestones, rather than based solely on length of service. However, all such performance milestones have been achieved as of December 31, 2007, with the final milestones having been met during 2007. Other than the granting of these options in December 2003, we have not used performance milestone-based vesting for any of our employees.


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Prior to 2007, our long-term compensation equity grants consisted solely of stock options granted by our board of directors based upon the recommendations of our compensation committee. Prior to the pricing of our initial public offering on June 26, 2007, the exercise price of options was determined by our board of directors after taking into account a variety of factors, including the quality and growth of our management team and specific and general market comparables within our industry. In addition, our board of directors took into account the valuation opinion of an outside consultant, who provided valuations of our common stock at periodic intervals, and often at times when significant grants were expected to be made. Beginning in 2007, we began to use shares of restricted common stock as a form of long-term compensation. Such grants have been made by our board of directors upon the recommendations of our compensation committee. Prior to the pricing of our initial public offering on June 26, 2007, the value of our restricted stock was determined by our board of directors after taking into account a variety of factors, including the quality and growth of our management team and specific and general market comparables within our industry. We expect to continue to predominantly use restricted stock awards in favor of stock options as a form of long-term, stock-based compensation in the foreseeable future. Following our initial public offering on June 26, 2007, the value of restricted stock has been based on the closing price of our common stock as reported by the NASDAQ Global Market on the date of the grant.
 
Historically, upon joining us, each executive was granted an initial option award that was primarily based on competitive conditions applicable to the executive’s specific position. After our initial public offering, upon joining us, each executive is granted an initial restricted stock award that is primarily based on competitive conditions applicable to the executive’s specific position. In addition, the compensation committee considers the number of shares subject to options or shares of restricted stock owned by other executives in comparable positions within our company when determining the number of shares to grant to each executive, as well as the number of shares that remain unvested. Based upon the findings of the December 2007 study conducted by our compensation committee, we believe this strategy is consistent with the approach of our peer group and, in our compensation committee’s view, is appropriate for aligning the interests of our executives with those of our stockholders over the long term.
 
Periodic awards to executive officers are made based on an assessment of their sustained performance over time, their ability to impact results that drive value to our stockholders and their organization level. Equity awards are not granted automatically to our executives on an annual basis. Magid M. Abraham, our Chief Executive Officer, periodically reviews the performance of our executive officers on the basis noted above and recommends to the compensation committee any equity awards deemed appropriate. The compensation committee reviews any such recommendations and presents them to our board of directors for approval, if appropriate.
 
Based upon the recommendations of our compensation committee our board of directors granted 242,000 shares of restricted common stock to our named executive officers during 2007. These grants were generally made during regularly scheduled board meetings. Additionally, in connection with its December 2007 study, our compensation committee approved guidelines for restricted stock awards to be granted in the first quarter of 2008 based on each executive’s respective 2007 base salary as well as the number of shares that remain unvested. The target percentages for each executive are as follows:
 
         
    Restricted Stock
    Award Value as a %
Name and Principal Position
  of Base Salary
 
Magid M. Abraham, Ph.D. 
    200 %
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
       
John M. Green
    100  
Chief Financial Officer
       
Gian M. Fulgoni
    150  
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
       
Gregory T. Dale
    60  
Chief Technology Officer
       
Christiana L. Lin
    50  
General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
       


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On February 18, 2008, our compensation committee approved specific restricted common stock awards for our executives using the targets established as part of its December 2007 study, as well as factors such as the number of unvested shares remaining from option grants previously awarded to the executive and the amount of restricted common stock awarded to an executive that remains subject to a right of repurchase. The 2008 restricted common stock awards made to our executive officers are as follows:
 
         
    2008 Restricted
Name and Principal Position
  Stock Award(1)
 
Magid M. Abraham, Ph.D. 
    37,594  
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
       
John M. Green
    26,749  
Chief Financial Officer
       
Gian M. Fulgoni
    24,878  
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
       
Gregory T. Dale
    8,846  
Chief Technology Officer
       
Christiana L. Lin
    8,846  
General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
       
 
 
(1) comScore’s right of repurchase lapses for 25% of the total number shares subject to the original grant each year following the anniversary of the grant
 
Benefits and Perquisites
 
We provide the following benefits to our executive officers on the same basis as the benefits provided to all our employees:
 
  •  health and dental insurance;
 
  •  life insurance;
 
  •  short-and long-term disability; and
 
  •  401(k) plan.
 
These benefits are consistent with those offered by other companies and specifically with those companies with which we compete for employees.
 
In general, we do not view perquisites as a significant component of our executive compensation structure. However, the compensation committee has the authority to approve perquisites, primarily for retention purposes or to accommodate specific, and usually temporary, circumstances of executives who do not reside near their work locations.
 
Total Compensation
 
We intend to continue our strategy of compensating our named executive officers at levels consistent with or more attractive than other opportunities for each type of executive, with the opportunity to impact their total annual compensation through performance-based incentive programs that include both cash and equity elements. Our approach to total executive compensation is designed to drive results that maximize our financial performance and deliver value to our stockholders. In light of our compensation philosophy, we believe that the total compensation package for our executives should continue to consist of base salary, annual cash performance bonus and long-term equity-based incentives, reflecting our key compensation principles of compensation to attract and retain top talent, accountability for individual and business performance, and alignment with stockholder interests, respectively. We do not consider benefits to be a key element in attracting executive officers, and we typically offer largely the same benefits to our executive officers as to our other employees. Historically, we have typically offered a combination of short-term and long-term compensation to suit our executives’ preferences. Certain of our executives who joined us earlier in our history preferred to accept more long-term compensation in the form of stock options, as the potential return was


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higher at that stage and our ability to fund short-term cash compensation was more limited. At the same time, certain of our executives have preferred greater short-term compensation and reduced long-term compensation. As we have become more profitable and our common stock has become publicly traded, our ability to attract executives through short-term compensation has increased. Accordingly, we expect that our decisions regarding the relationship among our elements of compensation will become less dependent upon our stage as a growing company and more dependent upon our key compensation principles.
 
Evolution of our Compensation Approach
 
Our compensation approach is necessarily tied to our stage of development as a company. Accordingly, the specific direction, emphasis and components of our executive compensation program will continue to evolve as our company and its underlying business strategy continue to grow and develop. For example, we have reduced our executive compensation program’s emphasis on stock options as a long-term incentive component in favor of other forms of equity compensation such as restricted stock awards. Similarly, we continue to revise how we measure senior executive performance to take into account the unique requirements of being a public company, including, but not limited to, strict compliance with the standards of the Sarbanes Oxley Act. In addition, we undertook the study in December 2007, to assist our compensation committee in continuing to evolve our executive compensation program, and we may look to programs implemented by comparable public companies in refining our compensation approach.
 
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT
 
The compensation committee has reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis contained in this proxy statement with company management. Based on the compensation committee’s review of, and the discussions with management with respect to, the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the compensation committee recommended to the board of directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement and, by reference, in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007 for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
 
William J. Henderson, Chairman
Thomas D. Berman
Frederick R. Wilson
 
The foregoing compensation committee report shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and shall not otherwise be deemed filed under these acts, except to the extent we specifically incorporate by reference into such filings.


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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
 
The following table sets forth summary information concerning compensation for the following persons: (i) our chief executive officer, (ii) our chief financial officer and (iii) the three most highly compensated of our other executive officers who received compensation during 2007 of at least $100,000 and who were executive officers on December 31, 2007. We refer to these persons as our “named executive officers” elsewhere in this proxy. The following table includes all compensation earned by the named executive officers for the respective periods, regardless of whether such amounts were actually paid during the period.
 
                                                         
                Stock
  Option
  All Other
   
Name and Principal
              Awards
  Awards ($)
  Compensation
   
Position
  Year   Salary ($)   Bonus ($)   ($)(1)   (1)   ($)   Total ($)
 
Magid M. Abraham, Ph.D. 
    2007       326,635       95,317 (2)     209,209             3,178 (3)     634,339  
President, Chief
    2006       297,612       117,273                   3,072 (4)     417,957  
Executive Officer and
Director
                                                       
John M. Green
    2007       271,500       62,819 (5)     219,264             3,900 (6)     557,483  
Chief Financial Officer
    2006 (7)     156,731       47,019             87,366 (7)     42 (8)     291,158  
Gian M. Fulgoni
    2007       303,000       88,931 (9)     156,907             4,178 (10)     553,016  
Executive Chairman of
    2006       281,635       111,409                   3,072 (4)     396,116  
the Board of Directors
                                                       
Gregory T. Dale
    2007       258,538       59,879 (11)     37,658             3,178 (3)     359,253  
Chief Technology
    2006       222,115       44,423                   3,072 (4)     269,610  
Officer
                                                       
Christiana L. Lin
    2007       158,958       32,775 (12)     39,750             2,482 (13)     233,965  
General Counsel and
    2006       149,077       29,815                   2,173 (14)     181,065  
Chief Privacy Officer
                                                       
 
 
(1) Amounts represent stock-based compensation expense for the corresponding fiscal year for stock-based awards granted in the fiscal year as calculated in accordance with SFAS No. 123R, and as further described in Note 9 of the Notes to our Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.
 
(2) Includes an award of 1,996 shares of restricted stock with the value at the time of grant of approximately $36,097 which amounts reflect a 25% premium in addition to the stock-based bonus earned in recognition of compensation delay and constraints on liquidity associated with receiving shares in lieu of cash. comScore’s right of repurchase shall lapse for 100% of the total number shares subject to the original grant following the one (1) year anniversary of the grant.
 
(3) Includes discretionary matching contributions of $3,100 by us to the officer’s 401(k) plan account and payment of life insurance premiums on behalf of the officer.
 
(4) Includes discretionary matching contributions of $3,000 by us to the officer’s 401(k) plan account and payment of life insurance premiums on behalf of the officer.
 
(5) Includes an award of 1,290 shares of restricted stock with the value at the time of grant of approximately $23,336 which amounts reflect a 25% premium in addition to the stock-based bonus earned in recognition of compensation delay and constraints on liquidity associated with receiving shares in lieu of cash. comScore’s right of repurchase shall lapse for 100% of the total number shares subject to the original grant following the one (1) year anniversary of the grant.
 
(6) Includes discretionary matching contributions of $3,822 by us to the officer’s 401(k) plan account and payment of life insurance premiums on behalf of the officer.
 
(7) Mr. Green was hired in May 2006 and was granted an option award in connection with his initial employment.
 
(8) Represents life insurance premium paid by us on behalf of Mr. Green.
 
(9) Includes an award of 1,850 shares of restricted stock with the value at the time of grant of approximately $33,471 which amounts reflect a 25% premium in addition to the stock-based bonus earned in


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recognition of compensation delay and constraints on liquidity associated with receiving shares in lieu of cash. comScore’s right of repurchase shall lapse for 100% of the total number shares subject to the original grant following the one (1) year anniversary of the grant.
 
(10) Includes discretionary matching contributions of $4,100 by us to the officer’s 401(k) plan account and payment of life insurance premiums on behalf of the officer.
 
(11) Includes an award of 1,230 shares of restricted stock with the value at the time of grant of approximately $22,244 which amounts reflect a 25% premium in addition to the stock-based bonus earned in recognition of compensation delay and constraints on liquidity associated with receiving shares in lieu of cash. comScore’s right of repurchase shall lapse for 100% of the total number shares subject to the original grant following the one (1) year anniversary of the grant.
 
(12) Includes an award of 647 shares of restricted stock with the value at the time of grant of approximately $11,705 which amounts reflect a 25% premium in addition to the stock-based bonus earned in recognition of compensation delay and constraints on liquidity associated with receiving shares in lieu of cash. comScore’s right of repurchase shall lapse for 100% of the total number shares subject to the original grant following the one (1) year anniversary of the grant.
 
(13) Includes discretionary matching contributions of $2,400 by us to the officer’s 401(k) plan account and payment of life insurance premiums on behalf of the officer.
 
(14) Includes discretionary matching contributions of $2,000 by us to the officer’s 401(k) plan account and payment of life insurance premiums on behalf of the officer.
 
Grants of Plan-Based Awards
 
The following table sets forth certain information concerning grants of plan-based awards to named executive officers in 2007:
 
                         
        All Other Stock
   
        Awards: Number
  Grant Date Fair
    Grant
  of Shares of Stock
  Value of Stock and
Name
  Date   (#)   Option Awards(1)
 
Magid M. Abraham, Ph.D. 
    3/25/07       100,000 (2)   $ 1,125,000  
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
                       
John M. Green
    3/25/07       30,000 (2)     337,500  
Chief Financial Officer
                       
Gian M. Fulgoni
    3/25/07       75,000 (2)     843,750  
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
                       
Gregory T. Dale
    3/25/07       18,000 (2)     205,500  
Chief Technology Officer
                       
Christiana L. Lin
    3/25/07       19,000 (2)     213,750  
General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
                       
 
 
(1) Amounts represent stock-based compensation expense for fiscal year 2007 for stock-based awards granted in the fiscal year as calculated in accordance with SFAS No. 123R and as further described in Note 9 of the Notes to our Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.
 
(2) comScore’s right of repurchase shall lapse for 25% of the total number shares subject to the original grant each year following the anniversary of the grant.
 
In addition, on February 18, 2008, we issued grants of restricted common stock in lieu of cash representing 25% of each named executive officer’s target bonus plus a 25% premium in recognition of the compensation delay and constraints on liquidity due to inherent and regulatory restrictions on trading by insiders.


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Outstanding Equity Awards at December 31, 2007
 
The following table shows all outstanding equity awards held by the named executive officers as of December 31, 2007.
 
                                                 
                    Stock Awards
    Option Awards   Number of Shares of
  Market Value of
    Number of Securities Underlying
  Option
  Option
  Stock That
  Shares of Stock That
    Unexercised Options (#)   Exercise
  Expiration
  Have Not Vested
  Have Not Vested
Name
  Exercisable   Unexercisable   Price ($)   Date   (#)   ($)(1)
 
Magid M. Abraham, Ph.D. 
    541,099           $ 0.25       12/16/2013       100,000(3 )   $ 3,263,000  
President, Chief
Executive Officer and
Director
                                               
John M. Green
    16,250       81,250(2 )     7.50       5/9/2016       30,000(3 )     978,900  
Chief Financial Officer
                                               
Gian M. Fulgoni
    233,345             0.25       12/16/2013       75,000(3 )     2,447,250  
Executive Chairman of
the Board of Directors
                                               
Gregory T. Dale
    34,127             0.25       4/28/2014       18,000(3 )     587,340  
Chief Technology Officer
    25             0.25       4/28/2014                  
      11,979             0.25       4/28/2014                  
      70             0.25       4/28/2014                  
      18,125             0.25       4/28/2014                  
      27,500       2,500(2 )     0.25       4/28/2014                  
      28,333       11,667(2 )     2.45       2/2/2015                  
      7,500       7,500(2 )     4.50       12/28/2015                  
Christiana L. Lin
    208             0.25       4/28/2014       19,000(3 )     619,970  
General Counsel and
    1,693       968(2 )     0.25       4/28/2014                  
Chief Privacy Officer
    5,000       5,000(2 )     4.50       12/28/2015                  
 
 
(1) Market value of shares of stock that have not vested is computed based on $32.63 per share, which was the closing price of our common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Market on December 31, 2007.
 
(2) 1/48 th of the total number shares subject to the original option vest monthly.
 
(3) comScore’s right of repurchase lapses for 25% of the total number shares subject to the original grant each year following the anniversary of the grant.


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Option Exercises and Stock Vested Table
 
The following table shows all stock options exercised and value received upon exercise for the named executive officers for the year ended December 31, 2007. No stock awards held by our named executive officers vested during the year ended December 31, 2007.
 
                 
    Option Awards
    Number of Shares
  Value Realized on
Name
  Acquired on Exercise (#)   Exercise ($)(1)
 
Magid M. Abraham, Ph.D. 
           
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
               
John M. Green
    32,501       128,379  
Chief Financial Officer
               
Gian M. Fulgoni
           
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
               
Gregory T. Dale
           
Chief Technology Officer
               
Christiana L. Lin
    13,959       156,341  
General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
               
 
 
(1) Reflects the difference between the market price of our common stock at exercise and the exercise price of the option.
 
Employment Agreements and Potential Payments upon Termination or Change-In-Control
 
We currently do not have an employment agreement with any of our named executive officers. We have offer letter agreements with Gregory T. Dale, our Chief Technology Officer, Christiana L. Lin, our General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, and John M. Green, our Chief Financial Officer. We do not have offer letter agreements or employment agreements with Magid M. Abraham, our President and Chief Executive Officer, or Gian M. Fulgoni, our Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.
 
In September 1999, we entered into an offer letter agreement with Gregory T. Dale. The letter agreement set forth Mr. Dale’s base salary of $105,000 per year, an annual performance bonus of up to 15% of Mr. Dale’s base salary and a grant of options for the purchase of 50,000 shares of our common stock. Mr. Dale’s current annual base salary is $275,600. Mr. Dale is entitled to receive all normal benefits provided to our employees including health insurance and three weeks paid vacation. In December 1999, Mr. Dale was granted a stock option to purchase an aggregate of 55,000 shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.50 per share pursuant to this agreement. The shares subject to the options vested over the next four years in equal monthly installments.
 
In December 2003, we entered into an offer letter agreement with Christiana L. Lin. The letter agreement set forth Ms. Lin’s base salary of $106,000 per year. Ms. Lin’s current annual base salary is $250,000. Ms. Lin is entitled to receive all normal benefits provided to our employees including health insurance and twelve days paid vacation. The offer letter agreement provides that our employment relationship with Ms. Lin’s employment is at will, and we or Ms. Lin may terminate the relationship at anytime.
 
In May 2006, we entered into an offer letter agreement with John M. Green. The letter agreement set forth Mr. Green’s base salary of $250,000 per year, an annual performance bonus of up to 30% of Mr. Green’s base salary and a grant of options for the purchase of 130,000 shares of our common stock. Mr. Green’s current annual base salary is $302,400. In May 2006, Mr. Green was granted a stock option to purchase an aggregate of 130,000 shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $7.50 per share pursuant to this agreement. The shares subject to the options vest over the four years following the start of Mr. Green’s employment in equal monthly installments. Upon a change of control, if Mr. Green loses his position as Chief Financial Officer or is not provided an equivalent position, any remaining unvested shares under this option shall fully vest. Also, upon a change of control, if Mr. Green is provided with an alternative but diminished position, the lesser of either (i) any remaining unvested shares under this option or (ii) 32,500 shares under


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this option shall fully vest. The offer letter agreement provides that we may terminate Mr. Green’s employment at any time with or without cause. In the event we terminate Mr. Green without cause, Mr. Green is entitled to severance for six pay periods. If we terminate his employment or he resigns, he is entitled to receive any unpaid prorated base salary along with all benefits and expense reimbursements to which he is entitled by virtue of his past employment with us.
 
If Mr. Green is terminated by us without cause, he will receive a severance payment of $57,692.40. Other than the severance payment to Mr. Green, our named executive officers are not otherwise entitled to additional payments or benefits upon a change in control or termination of their respective employment.
 
Upon a change of control, the options held by Mr. Green at December 31, 2007 would immediately vest as indicated in the table below. Furthermore, assuming a fair market value of our common stock of $32.63 per share, which represents the closing market price of our common stock as reported on the Nasdaq Global Market on December 31, 2007, Mr. Green would obtain an immediate increase in the value of his option holdings as indicated in the table below.
 
                         
    Stock Option Shares
             
    Vesting Upon a
             
    Change of Control if
             
    Mr. Green Loses His
             
    Position as Chief
             
    Financial Officer or
             
    is Not Provided an
          Increase in Fair
 
Name
  Equivalent Position     Exercise Price     Value  
 
John M. Green
Chief Financial Officer
    97,500     $ 7.50     $ 2,450,175  
 
                         
    Stock Option Shares
             
    Vesting Upon a
             
    Change of Control
             
    and Mr. Green is
             
    Provided with an
             
    Alternative but
          Increase in Fair
 
Name
  Diminished Position     Exercise Price     Value  
 
John M. Green
Chief Financial Officer
    32,500     $ 7.50     $ 816,725  
 
Additionally, certain shares of the restricted common stock held by Dr. Abraham, Mr. Fulgoni and Mr. Green at December 31, 2007 for which the Company has a right of repurchase are subject to “single trigger” acceleration, which results in the repurchase right fully lapsing upon the occurrence of a “change of control” event. In general terms, the restricted stock agreements for Dr. Abraham, Mr. Fulgoni and Mr. Green define a “change of control” event as an acquisition of at least 50% of the voting control of the Company, a sale or merger of the Company or the sale of substantially all the assets of the Company.
 
         
    Restricted Common
 
    Stock Shares Vesting
 
    Upon a Change of
 
Name
  Control  
 
Magid M. Abraham, Ph.D.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
    100,000  
John M. Green
Chief Financial Officer
    30,000  
Gian M. Fulgoni
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
    75,000  


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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
 
The following table sets forth certain information with respect to beneficial ownership of our common stock, as of March 31, 2008, by:
 
  •  each beneficial owner of 5% or more of the outstanding shares of our common stock;
 
  •  each of our directors;
 
  •  each of our named executive officers; and
 
  •  all of our executive officers and directors as a group.
 
Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as indicated by the footnotes below, we believe, based on the information furnished to us, that the persons and entities named in the table below have sole voting and investment power with respect to all shares of the common stock that they beneficially own, subject to applicable community property laws. In computing the number of shares beneficially owned by a person and the percentage ownership of that person, shares of common stock subject to options or warrants held by that person that are currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2008 are deemed outstanding, but are not deemed outstanding for purposes of computing the percentage ownership of any other person. Unless otherwise indicated, these shares do not include any stock or options awarded after March 31, 2008. A total of 28,551,389 shares of our common stock were outstanding as of March 31, 2008.
 
Except as otherwise indicated, the address of each of the persons in this table is c/o comScore, Inc., 11465 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 200, Reston, Virginia 20190.
 
                 
    Amount
       
    and Nature of
    Percentage of
 
    Beneficial
    Common Stock
 
Name and Address of Beneficial Owner
  Ownership(1)     Outstanding  
 
5% Stockholders:
               
Accel Partners(2)
    5,902,859       20.7 %
CVCA, LLC and related entities(3)
    1,744,338       6.0 %
Lehman Brothers Inc.(4)
    1,699,157       6.0 %
Adams Street Partners LLC(5)
    1,703,387       6.0 %
T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.(6)
    1,701,156       6.0 %
Directors and Named Executive Officers:
               
Magid M. Abraham, Ph.D.(7)
    1,840,234       6.3 %
Gian M. Fulgoni(8)
    1,518,987       5.3 %
Gregory T. Dale(9)
    112,343       *  
John M. Green(10)
    117,710       *  
Christiana L. Lin(11)
    62,089       *  
Thomas D. Berman(12)
    1,703,387       6.0 %
Jeffrey Ganek(13)
          *  
Bruce Golden(13)(13)
    5,905,090       20.7 %
William J. Henderson(14)
    34,272       *  
Ronald J. Korn(15)
    15,897       *  
Frederick R. Wilson(16)
    578,229       2.0 %
All directors and executive officers as a group (eleven persons)(17)
    11,888,238       40.3  
 
 
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(1) The information provided in this table is based on our records, information supplied to us by our executive officers, directors and principal stockholders and information contained in Schedules 13D and 13G filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
(2) Includes shares held by Accel VII L.P., Accel Internet Fund III L.P. and Accel Investors ’99 L.P. (together, the “Accel Funds”). Accel VII Associates L.L.C. is a general partner of Accel VII L.P. and has sole voting and dispositive power with respect to the shares held by Accel VII L.P. Accel Internet Fund III Associates L.L.C. is a general partner of Accel Internet Fund III L.P. and has sole voting and dispositive power with respect to the shares held by Accel Internet Fund III L.P. James W. Breyer, Arthur C. Patterson, Theresia Gouw Ranzetta, James R. Swartz, and J. Peter Wagner are managing members of Accel VII Associates L.L.C. and Accel Internet Fund III Associates L.L.C. and share voting and dispositive powers. They are also the General Partners of Accel Investors ’99 L.P. and share voting and dispositive power with respect to the shares held by Accel Investors ’99 L.P. The general partners and managing members disclaim beneficial ownership of the shares owned by the Accel Funds except to the extent of their proportionate pecuniary interest therein. The address for Accel Partners is 428 University Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94301.
 
(3) Includes shares held by CVCA, LLC (“CVCA”) and J.P. Morgan Partners (BHCA), L.P. (“BHCA”). The sole member of CVCA is BHCA. Pursuant to Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act, BHCA may be deemed to beneficially own the shares held by CVCA; however, the foregoing shall not be construed as an admission that BHCA is the beneficial owner of such shares. The general partner of BHCA is JPMP Master Fund Manager, L.P. (“JPMP MFM”). The general partner of JPMP MFM is JPMP Capital Corp. (“JPMP Capital”), a wholly owned subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Each of JPMP MFM and JPMP Capital may be deemed, pursuant to Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act, to beneficially own the shares held by JPMP MFM and BHCA; however, the foregoing shall not be construed as an admission that CVCA or JPMP Capital is the beneficial owner of such shares. JPMP Capital exercises voting and dispositive power over the securities held by CVCA and BHCA. Voting and disposition decisions at JPMP Capital are made by an investment committee of three or more of its officers, and therefore no individual officer of JPMP Capital is the beneficial owner of the securities. The address for each of CVCA, BHCA, JPMP MFM and JPMP Capital is c/o J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC, 270 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10017.
 
(4) Shares which may deemed to be beneficially owned by Lehman Brothers Inc. include shares held by the following wholly owned subsidiaries and affiliates of Lehman Brothers Inc.: LB I Group Inc., Lehman Brothers Venture Partners L.P. and Lehman Brothers Venture Capital Partners I, L.P. Lehman Brothers Inc. is a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Holding Inc., a reporting company under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which has voting and investment control over the shares held by these entities. No individual officer of Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. has voting or investment control over these shares. The address for Lehman Brothers Inc. is 3000 Sand Hill Road, Building 3, Suite 190, Menlo Park, CA 94025.
 
(5) BVCF IV, L.P., the entity that holds these shares, is managed by its general partner, Adams Street Partners, LLC. Adams Street Partners, LLC is an investment advisor registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and is responsible for voting these shares. Adams Street Partners, LLC disclaims beneficial ownership of these shares except to the extent of its proportionate pecuniary interest therein. Mr. Thomas D. Berman is a partner and member of the direct investment sub-committee of Adams Street Partners, LLC and disclaims beneficial ownership of these shares except to the extent of his proportionate pecuniary interest therein. Mr. Berman holds 2,231 (these shares are held in the name of BVCF IV, LP) shares of common stock granted to him pursuant to a restricted stock sale agreement with a right of repurchase held by the Company. Mr. Berman has assigned all of his interest in these shares to BVCF IV, L.P. and disclaims beneficial ownership of these shares except to the extent of his proportion or pecuniary interest therein. See also footnote (12).
 
(6) These securities are owned by various individual and institutional investors which T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. (Price Associates) serves as investment adviser with power to direct investments and/or sole power to vote the securities. For the purposes of the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Price Associates is deemed to be a beneficial owner of such securities; however, Price Associates expressly disclaims that it is, in fact, the beneficial owner of such securities. The address for T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. is 100 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.


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(7) Includes 541,099 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2008. Also includes 581,876 shares held by the Abraham Family Trust, of which Mr. Abraham and his wife, Linda Abraham, are co-trustees and share voting and investment control. Mr. and Mrs. Abraham disclaim beneficial ownership of such shares except to the extent of their respective pecuniary interests. Also includes 27,940 shares subject to options held by Mrs. Abraham that are immediately exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2008. Also includes 114,590 shares held directly by Mr. Abraham and 23,673 shares held by Mrs. Abraham subject to a right of repurchase held by the Company pursuant to restricted stock sale agreements.
 
(8) Includes 233,345 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2008. Also includes 82,978 shares subject to a right of repurchase held by the Company pursuant to a restricted stock sale agreement.
 
(9) Includes 63,561 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2008. Also includes 23,576 shares subject to a right of repurchase held by the Company pursuant to a restricted stock sale agreement.
 
(10) Includes 29,791 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2008. Also includes 50,539 shares subject to a right of repurchase held by the Company pursuant to a restricted stock sale agreement.
 
(11) Includes 8,910 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2008. Also includes 23,743 shares subject to a right of repurchase held by the Company pursuant to a restricted stock sale agreement.
 
(12) This total includes 1,701,156 shares held by JP Morgan Chase Bank as custodian for BVCF IV, L.P. Mr. Berman is a partner of Adams Street Partners, LLC, the administrative member of BVCF IV, L.P., and is deemed to have voting and investment control over these shares. Mr. Berman disclaims beneficial ownership of these shares except to the extent of his proportionate pecuniary interest therein. See footnote (5) of this table for further details of ownership by Adams Street Partners, LLC. Additionally, includes 2,231 issued to BVCF IV, L.P. subject to a right of repurchase held by the Company pursuant to restricted stock sale agreements. Such right of repurchase shall lapse on the earlier of the (i) next annual meeting of the Company or (ii) July 2, 2008.
 
(13) This total includes 5,902,859 shares owned by the Accel Funds. Bruce Golden is a partner of Accel Partners. Mr. Golden disclaims beneficial ownership of any of the Accel Funds’ shares except to the extent of his proportionate pecuniary interest therein. See footnote (2) of this table for further details of ownership by Accel Funds. Additionally, includes 2,231 shares held directly by Mr. Golden that are subject to a right of repurchase held by the Company pursuant to restricted stock sale agreements. Such right of repurchase shall lapse on the earliest of the (i) next annual meeting of the Company or (ii) July 2, 2008.
 
(14) Includes 12,041 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2008. Additionally, includes 2,231 shares held directly by Mr. Henderson that are subject to a right of repurchase held by the Company pursuant to restricted stock sale agreements. Such right of repurchase shall lapse on the earliest of the (i) next annual meeting of the Company or (ii) July 2, 2008.
 
(15) Includes 4,916 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of March 31, 2008. Additionally, includes 2,231 shares held directly by Mr. Korn that are subject to a right of repurchase held by the Company pursuant to restricted stock sale agreements. Such right of repurchase shall lapse on the earliest of the (i) next annual meeting of the Company or (ii) July 2, 2008.
 
(16) Includes 575,998 shares held by entities affiliated with Flatiron Partners. Frederick Wilson, who served as a member of our board of directors until the expiration of his term at our 2008 annual meeting and a managing member of Flatiron Partners, shares voting and investment power with Jerry Colonna, and Bob Greene over the shares of common stock owned by the Flatiron Funds and Flatiron Associates entities. Such individuals disclaim beneficial ownership of these shares except to the extent of their respective proportionate pecuniary interest therein. Additionally, includes 2,231 shares held directly by Mr. Wilson that are subject to a right of repurchase held by the Company pursuant to restricted stock sale


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agreements. Such right of repurchase shall lapse on the earliest of the (i) next annual meeting of the Company or (ii) July 2, 2008.
 
(17) Includes 921,603 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of the March 31, 2008. Also includes 330,254 shares subject to a right of repurchase held by the Company pursuant to restricted stock sale agreements.
 
Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance
 
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires that certain of our executive officers and directors, and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of our equity securities, file reports of ownership and changes in ownership (Forms 3, 4 and 5) with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such executive officers, directors and greater than 10% holders are required to furnish us with copies of all of these forms that they file. Certain executives of our company hold a power of attorney to enable such individuals to file ownership and change in ownership forms on behalf of the reporting persons.
 
Based solely on our review of these reports or written representations from certain reporting persons, we believe that during 2007, all filing requirements applicable to our officers, directors, greater-than-10% beneficial owners and other persons subject to Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act were met.
 
OTHER INFORMATION
 
Other Matters to be Presented at the Annual Meeting
 
We do not know of any matters to be presented at our 2008 annual meeting of stockholders other than those described in this proxy statement. If any other matters are properly brought before the annual meeting, proxies will be voted in accordance with the best judgment of the person or persons voting the proxies.
 
Security Holder Communication with Board Members
 
Any holder of our common stock may contact the board of directors or a specified individual director by writing to the attention of the board of directors (or a specified individual director) and sending such communication to the attention of our Corporate Secretary at our executive offices as identified in this proxy statement. Each communication from a stockholder should include the following information in order to permit us to confirm your status as a security holder and enable us to send a response if deemed appropriate:
 
  •  the name, mailing address and telephone number of the security holder sending the communication;
 
  •  the number and type of our securities owned by such security holder; and
 
  •  if the security holder is not a record owner of our securities, the name of the record owner of our securities beneficially owned by the security holder.
 
Our Corporate Secretary will forward all appropriate communications to the board of directors or individual members of the board of directors as specified in the communication. Our Corporate Secretary may, but is not required to, review all correspondence addressed to the board of directors, or any individual member of the board of directors, for any inappropriate correspondence more suitably directed to management.


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Stockholder Proposals for 2009 Annual Meeting
 
Our bylaws provide for advance notice procedures to recommend a person for nomination as a director or to propose business to be considered by stockholders at a meeting. For the 2009 annual meeting of stockholders, such nominations or proposals, other than those made by or at the direction of the board of directors, must be submitted in writing and received by our Corporate Secretary at our offices no later than February 14, 2009, which is 90 days prior to the anniversary of the mailing date of this proxy statement. If our 2009 annual meeting of stockholders is moved more than 30 days before or after the anniversary date of our 2008 annual meeting of stockholders, then the deadline is the close of business on the tenth day following the day notice of the date of the meeting was mailed or made public, whichever occurs first. Such proposals also must comply with all applicable requirements of the rules and regulations of the SEC. The chairperson of the stockholder meeting may refuse to acknowledge the introduction of your proposal if it is not made in compliance with the foregoing procedures or the applicable provisions of our bylaws.
 
In addition, for a stockholder proposal to be considered for inclusion in our proxy statement for the 2009 annual meeting of stockholders, the proposal must be submitted in writing and received by our Corporate Secretary at our offices at 11465 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 200, Reston, Virginia 20190 no later than January 15, 2009, which is 120 days prior to the anniversary of the mailing date of this proxy statement.


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THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
COMSCORE, INC.
FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON JUNE 4, 2008
      The undersigned stockholder of comScore, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), hereby acknowledges receipt of the Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders and accompanying Proxy Statement each dated May 9, 2008 and hereby appoints Magid M. Abraham and John M. Green, or one of them, proxies and attorneys-in-fact, each with full power of substitution, to represent the undersigned at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of comScore, Inc. to be held on June 4, 2008 at 2:00 p.m., local time at 1700 K Street NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20006 and at any adjournment thereof, and to vote all shares of Common Stock of the Company held of record by the undersigned on April 7, 2008 as hereinafter specified upon the proposals listed, and with discretionary authority upon such other matters as may properly come before the meeting.
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ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS OF
COMSCORE, INC.
June  4, 2008
Please sign, date and mail
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envelope provided as soon
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THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE ELECTION OF DIRECTORS AND “FOR” PROPOSAL 2.
PLEASE SIGN, DATE AND RETURN PROMPTLY IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE. PLEASE MARK YOUR VOTE IN BLUE OR BLACK INK AS SHOWN HERE 
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                              FOR   AGAINST   ABSTAIN
   1. To elect three (3) Class I members of the board of directors to serve until the 2011 annual meeting of stockholders:     2.  
To ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2008:
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    NOMINEES:                
  FOR ALL NOMINEES ¡ Magid M. Abraham              
    ¡ William Katz            
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FOR ALL NOMINEES
¡ Jarl Mohn        
THIS PROXY WHEN PROPERLY EXECUTED WILL BE VOTED IN THE MANNER DIRECTED HEREIN. IF NO SPECIFICATION IS MADE, THIS PROXY WILL BE VOTED "FOR" THE PROPOSALS HEREIN AND AS SAID PROXIES DEEM ADVISABLE IN THEIR DISCRETION ON SUCH OTHER MATTERS AS MAY PROPERLY COME BEFORE THE MEETING OR MAY OTHERWISE BE ALLOWED TO BE CONSIDERED AT THE MEETING. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE "FOR" THE PROPOSALS HEREIN.
               
                 
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  FOR ALL EXCEPT
(See Instructions below)
             
                 
                     
                     
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