Compensation Committee Charter

The Compensation Committee (the "Committee") is appointed by the Board of Directors (the "Board") of Diamondback Energy, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), for the purposes of (a) discharging the Board's responsibilities relating to the compensation of the Company's chief executive officer (the "CEO"),(b) making recommendations to the Board relating to director compensation, (c) making recommendations to the Board with respect to compensation plans, policies and benefit programs for employees generally, (d) administering the Company’s equity-based compensation plans, (e) determining stock ownership guidelines for the CEO and other executive officers and directors, and (f) reviewing the disclosures in Compensation Discussion and Analysis (the “CD&A”) and producing an annual compensation committee report, in each case for inclusion in the Company’s proxy statement for the annual meeting of its stockholders (the “Proxy Statement”).

In addition to such other duties as the Board may from time to time assign, the Committee shall:

  • in consultation with senior management, establish the Company's general compensation philosophy and objectives;
  • determine the compensation, including salary, bonus, incentive and equity compensation, for the CEO and other executive officers; the CEO may not be present during voting or deliberations on his or her compensation;
  • review and approve all employment agreements, severance arrangements, change in control provisions and agreements and any special supplemental benefits applicable to the Company's CEO and other executive officers;
  • review and approve incentive compensation and equity-based plans, which includes the ability to adopt, amend and terminate such plans;
  • where appropriate or required, make recommendations to the stockholders of the Company with respect to incentive compensation and equity-based plans;
  • review and make recommendations to the Board with respect to compensation plans and policies for employees generally;
  • oversee the risk assessment of the Company's compensation arrangements applicable to the Company's executive officers and other employees and review and discuss at least annually the relationship between risk management policies and practices and compensation;
  • review and make recommendations to the Board with respect to director compensation;
  • review and approve any additional services to be performed for the Company or its affiliates by a compensation consultant or its affiliates during a fiscal year in which the Committee has retained such compensation consultant to provide advice or recommendations on the form or amount of executive and director compensation;
  • when applicable, review and discuss with management the disclosures made in the CD&A prior to the filing of the Company's annual report on Form 10-K or the Proxy Statement, as the case may be, and recommend to the Board whether the CD&A should be included in the Company’s Form 10-K or Proxy Statement;
  • when applicable, prepare an annual compensation committee report for inclusion in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K or the Proxy Statement, as the case may be, in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”);
  • advise the Board regarding the stockholder advisory votes that are required by applicable SEC rules on executive compensation and golden parachutes, including the frequency of such votes;
  • review and consider, when applicable, the stockholders’ advisory votes on executive compensation required by Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), when determining policies and making decisions on executive compensation;
  • conduct a periodic performance evaluation of the Committee;
  • determine stock ownership guidelines, if any, for the CEO and other executive officers and directors and monitor compliance with such guidelines;
  • review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter on an annual basis and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval;
  • administer the Company's incentive compensation and equity-based plans, including the grant of stock options and other equity awards under such plans; and
  • perform such other functions as the Board may assign to the Committee from time to time.

The Committee shall be comprised of two or more members (including a Chairperson), all of whom shall be "independent directors," as such term is defined in the rules and regulations of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC.  In addition, at least two Committee members shall be a "Non-Employee Director" as defined by Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act (with each member's status in reference to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K being determined pursuant to Note (4) to Rule 16b-3), and an "outside director" as defined by Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The members of the Committee and the Chairperson shall be selected not less frequently than annually by the Board and serve at the pleasure of the Board.  A Committee member (including the Chairperson) may be removed at any time, with or without cause, by the Board.  The Board may designate one or more independent directors as alternate members of the Committee, who may replace any absent or disqualified member or members at any meetings of the Committee.

The Committee shall meet as often as necessary, but at least once each year, to enable it to fulfill its responsibilities. The Committee shall meet at the call of its Chairperson. The Committee may meet by telephone conference call or by any other means permitted by law or the Company's bylaws. A majority of the members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. The Committee shall act on the affirmative vote of a majority of members present at a meeting at which a quorum is present. Subject to the Company's bylaws, the Committee may act by unanimous written consent of all members in lieu of a meeting.  The Committee shall determine its own rules and procedures, including designation of a chairperson pro tempore in the absence of the Chairperson, and designation of a secretary. The secretary need not be a member of the Committee and shall attend Committee meetings and prepare minutes. The Secretary of the Company shall be the Secretary of the Compensation Committee unless the Committee designates otherwise. The Committee shall keep written minutes of its meetings, which shall be recorded or filed with the books and records of the Company. Any member of the Board shall be provided with copies of such Committee minutes if requested.

The Committee may ask members of management, employees, outside counsel or others whose advice and counsel are relevant to the issues then being considered by the Committee to attend any meetings and to provide such pertinent information as the Committee may request.  The Committee shall have authority to delegate any of its responsibilities to one or more subcommittees as the Committee may from time to time deem appropriate.

The Chairperson of the Committee shall be responsible for leadership of the Committee, including preparing the agenda, presiding over Committee meetings, making Committee assignments and reporting the Committee's actions to the Board from time to time but at least once each year as requested by the Board.

The Committee has the authority, in its sole discretion, to retain or obtain the advice of one or more compensation consultants, outside counsel and other advisors as it deems necessary to assist with the execution of its duties and responsibilities as set forth in this Charter. The Committee shall have the sole authority to appoint, compensate and oversee the work of any such compensation consultant, outside counsel and other advisors, and terminate any such advisor. Prior to selecting or receiving advice from compensation consultants, outside counsel and other advisors, the Committee must consider the factors specified in Rule 10C-1(b)(4) under the Exchange Act and applicable rules and regulations of the Nasdaq Stock Market. The Committee shall theevaluate whether any compensation consultant retained or to be retained by it has any conflict of interest in accordance with Item 407(e)(3)(iv) of Regulation S-K. The Company will provide appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee, for payment of reasonable compensation to any firmcompensation consultant, outside counsel or other advisors retained by the Committee.


Revised by the Compensation Committee and approved
by the Board of Directors on April 21, 2016

Committee Members

Chair Michael Cross
Michael Cross

Mr. Cross is President and owner of Michael P. Cross, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas producer, a position he has held since July 1994. Mr. Cross also currently serves as a director of Warren Equipment Company, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Cross has also served as a member of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board since February 2005 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2007. Mr. Cross also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association for over 15 years. Mr. Cross served on the Board of Directors for OGE Energy GP LLC from October 2007 to October 2008. Mr. Cross also served as CEO and President of Windsor Energy Resources, Inc. from December 2005 until December 2006. Mr. Cross served as President and Manager of Twister Gas Services, L.L.C., an oil and gas exploration, production and marketing company, from its inception in 1996 until June 2003 and served as President of its predecessor, Twister Transmission Company, from 1990 to 1996. Mr. Cross graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1973 with a BS in Business Administration. We believe that Mr. Cross’s strong oil and gas background and executive management experience qualify him for service on our board of directors.

Committee Member David Houston
David Houston
Lead Director

Since 1991, Mr. Houston has been the principal of Houston & Associates, a firm that offers life and disability insurance, compensation and benefits plans and estate planning. Prior to 1991, Mr. Houston was President and Chief Executive Officer of Equity Bank for Savings, F.A., an Oklahoma-based savings bank. Mr. Houston served on the board of directors and executive committee of Deaconess Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from January 1993 until December 2008 and is the former chair of the Oklahoma State Ethics Commission and the Oklahoma League of Savings Institutions. Mr. Houston has served as a director of Gulfport since July 1998 and is the chairman of its audit committee. He also served as a director of Bronco Drilling Company from May 2005 until December 2010 and was a member of its audit committee. Mr. Houston received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oklahoma State University and a graduate degree in banking from Louisiana State University. We believe that Mr. Houston’s financial background and his executive management experience qualify him for service on our board of directors.

Committee Member Mark Plaumann
Mark Plaumann

Mr. Plaumann is currently a Managing Member of Greyhawke Capital Advisors LLC, or Greyhawke, which he co-founded in 1998. Prior to founding Greyhawke, Mr. Plaumann was a Senior Vice President of Wexford. Mr. Plaumann was formerly a Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal, Inc. and the President of American Healthcare Management, Inc. He also was Senior Manager at Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Plaumann served as a director and audit committee chairman for ICx Technologies, Inc. until October 2010 and currently serves as a director and audit committee chairman of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc., and a director of one private company. Mr. Plaumann also has served as a director, an audit committee chairman and a member of the conflicts committee of the general partner of Rhino Resource Partners LP, a coal operating company, since October 2010. Mr. Plaumann holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. in Business from the University of Central Florida. We believe that Mr. Plaumann’s service on the boards of other public companies and his executive management experience, including previous experience as chairman of audit committees, qualifies him for service on our board of directors.