Letter of Agreement with Douglas L. Foshee

Amendment to Letter of Agreement with Douglas L. Foshee

2004 Key Executive Severance Protection Plan

Amendment to Key Executive Severance Protection Plan

 

 

 

July 15, 2003

 

 

PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL

 

Mr. Douglas L. Foshee

3111 University Boulevard

Houston, Texas  77005

 

Dear Doug:

 

I have been authorized by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors

to make you the following offer to become President, Chief Executive Officer and

a Director of El Paso Corporation, effective September 1, 2003

 

     o    Salary: $900,000 per annum

 

     o    Annual bonus opportunity: Target 100% of salary; maximum 200% of

          salary

 

     o    Stock Options: a grant of 1,000,000 options effective on the start

          date of your employment. The options will time vest pro-rata over a

          five-year period.

 

     o    Restricted Stock: A grant of restricted common stock will be made to

          you effective on the start date of your employment, which shall have

          both time and performance vesting provisions. Specifically, you will

          be granted 200,000 shares of restricted stock on your start date. On

          October 1, 2004, the number of shares of restricted stock may be

          adjusted based upon a performance vesting criteria. The performance

          vesting criteria and the number of shares of restricted stock to which

          you will be entitled will be based upon a comparison of the Company's

          performance to a peer group for the period from October 1, 2003

          through September 30, 2004 (the Performance Period) as follows:

 

               1st quartile - 300,000 shares

 

               2nd quartile - 200,000 shares

 

               3rd quartile - 100,000 shares

 

               4th quartile - Committee discretion

 

          The time vesting of the restricted stock which has vested based upon

performance will be prorated over a five-year period beginning on September 30,

2004 and continuing for the next four years from that date. You will receive

dividends and have voting rights on the number of shares of restricted stock as

indicated above. However, in the event that El Paso's performance is in the

first quartile at the end of the Performance Period, then you will also receive

a payment equal to the dividends payable on the additional 100,000 shares that

would have been paid during that time.

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Sign-on Bonus. Effective on the start date of your employment, El Paso will

grant to you common stock with a value of $875,000 (with the number of shares to

be determined based on the closing price on your start date) and an equivalent

value in cash as an incentive for your agreement to the terms of this letter.

The common stock may not be sold or pledged by you for a period of two years

from the grant date.

 

Severance Policy. You will be covered under the provisions of the Senior

Executive Severance Policy which provides a lump sum payment of two years base

pay and target bonus for involuntary termination not for cause.

 

Change of Control. You will be covered by the Key Executive Severance Protection

Plan which provides for a lump sum payment of three years base pay and maximum

bonus upon a change of control as defined in the plan.

 

Employee Benefits. You will be eligible to receive the additional El Paso

employee benefits which are available to senior executive officers, except the

current practice regarding perquisites, which the Company has under review. This

includes, but is not limited to, participation in the Supplemental Benefits Plan

which provides for benefits and contributions in excess of the limitations (met

in any calendar year with any employer) imposed by Internal Revenue Code that

cannot be made on your behalf under El Paso's Cash Balance Plan and Retirement

Savings Plan.

 

Home Security. El Paso will pay for the installation, monthly monitoring, and

service fees for a home security system, which will be administered by the

Company's Security Department.

 

Life Insurance. El Paso provides basic employee life insurance of $50,000, and

you will qualify for the Senior Executive Survivor Plan which provides for the

continued payment of monthly salary for 30 months (the aggregate of which is

reduced by the $50,000 basic life insurance) grossed up at the maximum federal

tax rate in the event of your death while employed by El Paso.

 

Doug, we look forward to you joining El Paso on a full time basis. Please

indicate your acceptance of this offer by signing the enclosed copy at your

earliest convenience.

 

Sincerely,

 

El Paso Corporation

 

     /s/ RONALD L. KUEHN, JR.

 

By:  Ronald L. Kuehn, Jr.

     Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

     On Behalf of the Board of Directors

 

 

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Accepted :

 

 

         /s/ Douglas L. Foshee

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         Douglas L. Foshee

         Date:        07/15/03

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December 18, 2003

 

Mr. Douglas L. Foshee

President & Chief Executive Officer

El Paso Corporation

 

Dear Doug:

 

      As you know, your letter agreement dated July 15, 2003, provides for a

base salary to be paid to you in the amount of $900,000 per annum. You have

decided that your base salary will be reduced by $270,000 (to $630,000), and you

will give up the right to this amount for a period of one year beginning January

1, 2004. Although you will give up the right to this amount, the Company will

continue to record your base salary in the amount of $900,000 for purposes of

measuring and calculating all other compensation and benefits under any Company

plans and arrangements to which you remain entitled. The Compensation Committee

will also continue to review your annual salary level for increases in the

ordinary course.

 

      This letter confirms that $270,000 of your base salary will not be paid to

you for a period of one year beginning January 1, 2004, but shall be recorded

for purposes of determining other amounts owing to you under the terms of

Company benefit plans and arrangements in which you participate. Please indicate

your understanding of, and agreement to, this letter in the space provided

below.

 

                                              Sincerely,

 

                                              /s/ SUSAN B. ORTENSTONE

                                              ----------------------------

 

 

Understood and Agreed:

 

  /s/ DOUGLAS L. FOSHEE

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    Douglas L. Foshee

 

 
 
 
EXHIBIT 10.P
 
 
                               EL PASO CORPORATION
 
                          2004 KEY EXECUTIVE SEVERANCE
                                 PROTECTION PLAN
 
 
 
                          EFFECTIVE AS OF MARCH 9, 2004
 
 
                                TABLE OF CONTENTS
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SECTION 1     ESTABLISHMENT OF PLAN..............................................................................1
 
SECTION 2    DEFINITIONS.........................................................................................1
         2.1      Base Salary....................................................................................1
         2.2      Benefits Protection Trust......................................................................1
         2.3      Board    ......................................................................................1
         2.4      Bonus Amount...................................................................................2
         2.5      Cause    ......................................................................................2
         2.6      Change in Control..............................................................................2
         2.7      Company  ......................................................................................4
         2.8      Effective Date.................................................................................4
         2.9      Employer.......................................................................................5
         2.10     Executive Employee.............................................................................5
         2.11     Good Reason....................................................................................5
         2.12     Notice of Termination..........................................................................6
         2.13     Operating Companies............................................................................6
         2.14     Participant....................................................................................6
         2.15     Permanent Disability...........................................................................6
         2.16     Plan     ......................................................................................6
         2.17     Severance Benefit..............................................................................6
 
SECTION 3         ELIGIBILITY....................................................................................6
         3.1      Participation..................................................................................6
         3.2      Duration of Participation......................................................................7
 
SECTION 4         SEVERANCE BENEFITS.............................................................................7
         4.1      Right to Severance Benefit.....................................................................7
         4.2      Amount of Severance Benefit....................................................................8
 
SECTION 5         TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT......................................................................9
         5.1      Written Notice Required........................................................................9
         5.2      Termination Date...............................................................................9
 
SECTION 6         ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS BY THE COMPANY............................................................10
         6.1      Gross-Up Payment..............................................................................10
         6.2      Determination By Accountant...................................................................10
         6.3      Notification Required.........................................................................11
         6.4      Repayment.....................................................................................12
 
SECTION 7         SUCCESSORS TO COMPANY.........................................................................12
         7.1      Successors....................................................................................12
         7.2      Sale of Operating Companies...................................................................13
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SECTION 8         AMENDMENT AND PLAN TERMINATION................................................................13
         8.1      Amendment and Termination.....................................................................13
         8.2      Form of Amendment.............................................................................14
 
SECTION 9         MISCELLANEOUS.................................................................................14
         9.1      Indemnification...............................................................................14
         9.2      Employment Status.............................................................................14
         9.3      Validity and Severability.....................................................................14
         9.4      Governing Law; Choice of Forum................................................................15
         9.5      Payment to Benefits Protection Trust..........................................................15
 
APPENDIX I                 .....................................................................................16
 
APPENDIX II                .....................................................................................17
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                               EL PASO CORPORATION
                  2004 KEY EXECUTIVE SEVERANCE PROTECTION PLAN
 
                          EFFECTIVE AS OF MARCH 9, 2004
 
         WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of El Paso Corporation recognizes that
the threat of a change in ownership or control of the Company may occur which
can result in significant distractions of its key executive personnel because of
the uncertainties inherent in such a situation; and
 
         WHEREAS, the Board has determined that it is essential and in the best
interest of the Company and its stockholders to retain the services of its key
executive personnel in the event of a threat of a Change in Control of the
Company and to ensure their continued dedication and efforts in such event
without undue concern for their personal financial and employment security.
 
         NOW, THEREFORE, in order to fulfill the above purposes, the following
plan has been developed and is hereby adopted.
 
                         SECTION 1 ESTABLISHMENT OF PLAN
 
         As of the Effective Date, the Company hereby establishes a severance
compensation plan known as the El Paso Corporation 2004 Key Executive Severance
Protection Plan as set forth in this document.
 
                              SECTION 2 DEFINITIONS
 
         As used herein the following words and phrases shall have the following
respective meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
 
2.1 BASE SALARY
 
         As to any Participant the amount that the Participant is entitled to
receive as wages or salary from his or her Employer on an annualized basis, as
in effect immediately prior to a Change in Control or, if greater, at any time
following the Change in Control.
 
2.2 BENEFITS PROTECTION TRUST
 
         The El Paso Corporation Benefits Protection Trust.
 
2.3 BOARD
 
         The Board of Directors of the Company.
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2.4 BONUS AMOUNT
 
         The term "Bonus Amount" shall mean, as to any Participant, an amount
equal to the Participant's target bonus opportunity that becomes payable to the
Participant in the event of a "qualifying change in control" under the Company's
2001 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan (or under the same or similar terms of
any successor bonus plan or program thereto) for the fiscal year in which a
Change in Control occurs, determined as if the Participant had continued in
employment until the end of such fiscal year and as if the Company and the
Participant had fully met all performance targets and goals (if applicable) for
such year, but excluding any single or one time "spot" award.
 
2.5 CAUSE
 
         A termination of a Participant by his or her Employer shall be for
"Cause" if evidenced by a resolution adopted in good faith by two-thirds (2/3)
of the Board that the Participant (i) willfully and continually failed to
substantially perform his or her duties with his or her Employer (other than a
failure resulting from the Participant's incapacity due to physical or mental
illness) which failure continued for a period of at least thirty (30) days after
a written notice of demand for substantial performance has been delivered to the
Participant specifying the manner in which the Participant has failed to
substantially perform, or (ii) willfully engaged in conduct which is
demonstrably and materially injurious to the Company or any of its affiliates,
monetarily or otherwise; provided, however, that no termination of the
Participant's employment shall be for Cause as set forth in clause (ii) above
until (A) there shall have been delivered to the Participant a copy of a written
notice setting forth that the Participant was guilty of the conduct set forth in
clause (ii) and specifying the particulars thereof in detail, and (B) the
Participant shall have been provided an opportunity to be heard by the Board
(with the assistance of the Participant's counsel if the Participant so
desires). No act, nor failure to act, on the Participant's part shall be
considered "willful" unless he or she has acted, or failed to act, with an
absence of good faith and without a reasonable belief that his or her action or
failure to act was in the best interest of the Company or any of its affiliates.
Notwithstanding anything contained in this Plan to the contrary, no failure to
perform by the Participant after Notice of Termination is given by the
Participant shall constitute Cause.
 
2.6 CHANGE IN CONTROL
 
         A "Change in Control" shall mean the occurrence of any of the following
after the Effective Date:
 
         (a) An acquisition (other than directly from the Company) of any voting
securities of the Company (the "Voting Securities") by any "Person" (as the term
"person" is used for purposes of Section 13(d) or 14(d) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act")), immediately after which
such Person has "Beneficial Ownership" (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3
promulgated under the Exchange Act) of more than twenty percent (20%) of (1) the
then-outstanding shares of
 
 
 
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common stock of the Company (or any other securities into which such shares of
common stock are changed or for which such shares of common stock are exchanged)
(the "Shares") or (2) the combined voting power of the Company's
then-outstanding Voting Securities; provided, however, that in determining
whether a Change in Control has occurred pursuant to this paragraph (a), the
acquisition of Shares or Voting Securities in a "Non-Control Acquisition" (as
hereinafter defined) shall not constitute a Change in Control. A "Non-Control
Acquisition" shall mean an acquisition by (i) an employee benefit plan (or a
trust forming a part thereof) maintained by (A) the Company or (B) any
corporation or other Person the majority of the voting power, voting equity
securities or equity interest of which is owned, directly or indirectly, by the
Company (for purposes of this definition, a "Related Entity"), (ii) the Company
or any Related Entity, or (iii) any Person in connection with a "Non-Control
Transaction" (as hereinafter defined);
 
         (b) The individuals who, as of the Effective Date, are members of the
board of directors of the Company (the "Incumbent Board"), cease for any reason
to constitute at least a majority of the members of the board of directors of
the Company or, following a Merger (as hereinafter defined), the board of
directors of (x) the corporation resulting from such Merger (the "Surviving
Corporation"), if fifty percent (50%) or more of the combined voting power of
the then-outstanding voting securities of the Surviving Corporation is not
Beneficially Owned, directly or indirectly, by another Person (a "Parent
Corporation") or (y) if there is one or more than one Parent Corporation, the
ultimate Parent Corporation; provided, however, that, if the election, or
nomination for election by the Company's common stockholders, of any new
director was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds of the Incumbent Board,
such new director shall, for purposes of the Plan, be considered a member of the
Incumbent Board; and provided, further, however, that no individual shall be
considered a member of the Incumbent Board if such individual initially assumed
office of an actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on
behalf of a Person other than the board of directors of the Company (a "Proxy
Contest"), including by reason of any agreement intended to avoid or settle any
Proxy Contest; or
 
         (c) The consummation of:
 
                  (i) A merger, consolidation or reorganization (1) with or into
the Company or (2) in which securities of the Company are issued (a "Merger"),
unless such Merger is a "Non-Control Transaction." A "Non-Control Transaction"
shall mean a Merger in which:
 
                  (A) the stockholders of the Company immediately before such
         Merger own directly or indirectly immediately following such Merger at
         least fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the
         outstanding voting securities of (x) the Surviving Corporation, if
         there is no Parent Corporation or (y) if there is one or more than one
         Parent Corporation, the ultimate Parent Corporation;
 
                  (B) the individuals who were members of the Incumbent Board
         immediately prior to the execution of the agreement providing for such
         Merger
 
 
 
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         constitute at least a majority of the members of the board of directors
         of (x) the Surviving Corporation, if there is no Parent Corporation, or
         (y) if there is one or more than one Parent Corporation, the ultimate
         Parent Corporation; and
 
                  (C) no Person other than (1) the Company, (2) any Related
         Entity, or (3) any employee benefit plan (or any trust forming a part
         thereof) that, immediately prior to the Merger, was maintained by the
         Company or any Related Entity, or (4) any Person who, immediately prior
         to the Merger had Beneficial Ownership of twenty percent (20%) or more
         of the then outstanding Shares or Voting Securities, has Beneficial
         Ownership, directly or indirectly, of twenty percent (20%) or more of
         the combined voting power of the outstanding voting securities or
         common stock of (x) the Surviving Corporation, if fifty percent (50%)
         or more of the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting
         securities of the Surviving Corporation is not Beneficially Owned,
         directly or indirectly by a Parent Corporation, or (y) if there is one
         or more than one Parent Corporation, the ultimate Parent Corporation;
 
                  (ii) A complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company; or
 
                  (iii) The sale or other disposition of all or substantially
all of the assets of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole to any
Person (other than (x) a transfer to a Related Entity, (y) a transfer under
conditions that would constitute a Non-Control Transaction, with the disposition
of assets being regarded as a Merger for this purpose or (z) the distribution to
the Company's stockholders of the stock of a Related Entity or any other
assets).
 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Change in Control shall not be deemed to occur
solely because any Person (the "Subject Person") acquired Beneficial Ownership
of more than the permitted amount of the then outstanding Shares or Voting
Securities as a result of the acquisition of Shares or Voting Securities by the
Company which, by reducing the number of Shares or Voting Securities then
outstanding, increases the proportional number of shares Beneficially Owned by
the Subject Persons; provided, that if a Change in Control would occur (but for
the operation of this sentence) as a result of the acquisition of Shares or
Voting Securities by the Company and, after such share acquisition by the
Company, the Subject Person becomes the Beneficial Owner of any additional
Shares or Voting Securities and such Beneficial Ownership increases the
percentage of the then outstanding Shares or Voting Securities Beneficially
Owned by the Subject Person, then a Change in Control shall occur.
 
2.7 COMPANY
 
         "Company" shall mean El Paso Corporation.
 
2.8 EFFECTIVE DATE
 
         The "Effective Date" of this Plan is March 9, 2004.
 
 
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2.9 EMPLOYER
 
         "Employer" shall mean, as to any Participant on any date, the Company
or the affiliate of the Company that employs the Participant on such date.
 
2.10 EXECUTIVE EMPLOYEE
 
         All employees of the Employer employed in an Executive Salary Grade
Position.
 
2.11 GOOD REASON
 
         "Good Reason" shall mean, as to any Participant, the occurrence of any
of the following events or conditions following a Change in Control:
 
         (a) a change in the Participant's status, title, position or
responsibilities (including reporting responsibilities) which, in his or her
reasonable judgment, represents a substantial reduction of his or her status,
title, position or responsibilities as in effect immediately prior thereto; the
assignment to the Participant of any duties or responsibilities which, in the
Participant's reasonable judgment, are inconsistent with such status, title,
position or responsibilities; or any removal of the Participant from or failure
to reappoint or reelect him or her to any of such positions, except in
connection with the termination of his or her employment for Cause, Permanent
Disability, as a result of his or her death, or by the Participant other than
for Good Reason;
 
         (b) a reduction in the Participant's annual base salary;
 
         (c) the requirement by the Participant's Employer (without the consent
of the Participant) that he or she have a principal place of employment which is
outside a thirty-five (35) mile radius of his or her principal place of
employment immediately prior to a Change in Control, except for reasonably
required travel on the Employer's business which is not materially greater than
such travel requirements prior to the Change in Control;
 
         (d) the failure by the Company or any of its affiliates to (i) continue
in effect any material compensation or benefit plan, program or practice in
which the Participant was participating immediately prior to the Change in
Control, including, without limitation, the Company's 2001 Omnibus Incentive
Compensation Plan, Pension Plan, Supplemental Benefits Plan and Retirement
Savings Plan, with any amendments and restatements of such plans made prior to
such Change in Control, or (ii) provide the Participant with compensation and
benefits at least equal (in terms of benefit levels and/or reward opportunities)
to those provided for under each compensation or employee benefit plan, program
and practice of the Company and its affiliates as in effect immediately prior to
the Change in Control (or as in effect following the Change in Control, if
greater);
 
         (e) any material breach by the Company of any provision of this Plan;
or
 
 
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         (f) any purported termination of the Participant's employment for Cause
by the Employer which does not otherwise comply with the terms of this Plan.
 
2.12 NOTICE OF TERMINATION
 
         "Notice of Termination" shall mean a notice which indicates the
specific provisions in this Plan relied upon as the basis for any termination of
employment and which sets forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances
claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Participant's employment under
the provision so indicated. No purported termination of employment shall be
effective without such Notice of Termination.
 
2.13 OPERATING COMPANIES
 
         Subsidiary companies of the Company designated by the Company on
Appendix I of the Plan.
 
2.14 PARTICIPANT
 
         An Executive Employee who meets the eligibility requirements of Section
3.
 
2.15 PERMANENT DISABILITY
 
         A Participant shall be deemed to have become permanently disabled for
purposes of this Plan if the Chief Executive Officer of the Company (or, in the
case of a determination with respect to the Chief Executive Officer, the Board)
finds, upon the basis of medical evidence satisfactory to him or her, that the
Participant is totally disabled, whether due to physical or mental condition, so
as to be prevented from engaging in further employment by the Employer and that
such disability will be permanent and continuous during the remainder of his or
her life.
 
2.16 PLAN
 
         This El Paso Corporation 2004 Key Executive Severance Protection Plan.
 
2.17 SEVERANCE BENEFIT
 
         The benefit payable in accordance with Section 4 of the Plan.
 
                              SECTION 3 ELIGIBILITY
 
3.1 PARTICIPATION
 
         Executive Employees shall become Participants in the Plan if they are
designated by the Board or Compensation Committee thereof as Participants;
provided, however, that an Executive Employee who is a participant in the
Company's Key Executive Severance Protection Plan or Employee Severance
Protection Plan must waive participation therein (in form satisfactory to the
Company) as a condition to becoming a
 
 
 
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Participant in this Plan. Participants shall be identified on Appendix II of the
Plan. The Company shall amend Appendix II from time to time as necessary to
include new Participants in the Plan or remove Participants from the Plan who
are no longer eligible to participate in the Plan, in each case in accordance
with the terms and conditions of the Plan.
 
3.2 DURATION OF PARTICIPATION
 
         A Participant shall cease to be a Participant in the Plan if he or she
ceases to be an Executive Employee at any time prior to a Change in Control (but
subject to Section 4.1(b)) or if his or her employment is terminated following a
Change in Control under circumstances where he or she is not entitled to a
Severance Benefit under the terms of this Plan. A Participant whose termination
of employment entitles him or her to payment of a Severance Benefit shall remain
a Participant in the Plan until the full amount of the Severance Benefit has
been paid to him or her.
 
                          SECTION 4 SEVERANCE BENEFITS
 
4.1 RIGHT TO SEVERANCE BENEFIT
 
         (a) A Participant shall be entitled to receive from the Company a
Severance Benefit in the amount provided in Section 4.2 if (i) a Change in
Control has occurred and (ii) within two years thereafter, the Participant's
employment with the Employer terminates for any reason, except that
notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 4.1(a), no benefits under this
Plan will be payable should the Participant's termination of employment be (A)
by the Employer for Cause, (B) by reason of Permanent Disability, (C)
voluntarily initiated by the Participant other than for Good Reason, or (D) by
reason of the Participant's death.
 
         (b) If (i) a Participant's employment is terminated by the Employer
without Cause prior to the date of a Change in Control or (ii) an action is
taken with respect to the Participant prior to the date of a Change in Control
that would constitute Good Reason if taken after a Change in Control, and the
Participant reasonably demonstrates that such termination or action (A) was at
the request of a third party that has indicated an intention or taken steps
reasonably calculated to effect a Change in Control or (B) otherwise arose in
connection with, or in anticipation of, a Change in Control that has been
threatened or proposed, such termination or action shall be deemed to have
occurred after such Change in Control for purposes of the Plan, so long as such
Change in Control actually occurs.
 
         (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, the sale,
divestiture or other disposition of an Operating Company (or part thereof)
before the execution of an agreement providing for a transaction or transactions
which, if consummated, would constitute a Change in Control or before a Change
in Control shall not be deemed to be a termination of employment of Participants
employed by such Operating Company (or whose employment relates to such
Operating Company, if applicable), and such Participants shall not be entitled
to benefits from the Company under this Plan as a result
 
 
 
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of such sale, divestiture or other disposition. The sale, divestiture or other
disposition of an Operating Company (or part thereof) after the execution of an
agreement providing for a transaction or transactions which, if consummated,
would constitute a Change in Control or after a Change in Control shall not be
deemed to be a termination of employment of Participants employed by such
Operating Company (or whose employment relates to such Operating Company, if
applicable), and such Participants shall not be entitled to benefits from the
Company under this Plan as a result of such sale, divestiture or other
disposition, in each case so long as the provisions of Section 7.2 have been
satisfied.
 
4.2 AMOUNT OF SEVERANCE BENEFIT
 
         If a Participant's employment is terminated in circumstances entitling
him or her to a Severance Benefit as provided in Section 4.1, such Participant
shall be entitled to the following benefits:
 
         (a) the Company shall pay to the Participant, as severance pay and in
lieu of any further salary for periods subsequent to the Termination Date (as
specified in Section 5.2), in a single payment (without any discount for
accelerated payment), an amount in cash equal to a formula, as described below,
and based upon a multiplier, as assigned in the table below to the Participant
according to the Participant's salary grade level ("Executive Grade Level"):
 
 
 
               Executive                    Corporate Title
Multiplier     Grade Level      (or Equivalent Position at Subsidiary Level)
----------     -----------      --------------------------------------------
3 X            XA                           President and
                                            Chief Executive Officer
2 X            XB - XE; XF                  Executive Vice President and
                                            Senior Vice President
1 X            XG - XI                      Vice President
 
(X) times the sum of (A) the Participant's Base Salary and (B) the Bonus Amount.
The Company shall also pay to the Participant the prorated portion of the
Participant's Bonus Amount for the year in which the Participant's employment is
terminated;
 
         (b) for the period of months, as specified for each Executive Grade
Level in the table below, subsequent to the Participant's termination of
employment, the Company shall at its expense continue on behalf of the
Participant and his or her dependents and beneficiaries, the basic life
insurance, flexible spending account, medical and dental benefits which were
being provided to the Participant immediately prior to the Change in Control
(or, if greater, at any time thereafter). The benefits provided in this
Subsection 4.2(b) shall be no less favorable to the Participant, in terms of
amounts and deductibles and costs to him or her, than the coverage provided the
Participant under the plans providing such benefits at the time Notice of
Termination is given. The Company's obligation hereunder to provide the
foregoing benefits shall terminate to the extent the Participant obtains
replacement coverage under a subsequent employer's benefit plans at
 
 
 
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an equal or higher level. The Company also shall pay a lump sum equal to the
amount of any additional income tax payable by the Participant and attributable
to the benefits provided under this subparagraph (b) at the time such tax is
imposed upon the Participant;
 
Number of Months of   Executive                        Corporate Title
Continued Coverage    Grade Level   (or Equivalent Position at Subsidiary Level)
------------------    -----------   --------------------------------------------
36 months             XA                      President and
                                              Chief Executive Officer
24 months             XB - XE; XF             Executive Vice President and
                                              Senior Vice President
12 months             XG - XI                 Vice President
 
         The amounts provided for in Section 4.2(a) shall be paid or transferred
within thirty (30) days after the Participant's termination of employment (or,
if Section 4.1(b) applies to the termination, then within 30 days after the
Change in Control). The Participant shall not be required to mitigate the amount
of any payment provided for in this Plan by seeking other employment or
otherwise and no such payment shall be offset or reduced by the amount of any
compensation or benefits provided to the Participant in any subsequent
employment.
 
                       SECTION 5 TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT
 
5.1 WRITTEN NOTICE REQUIRED
 
         Any purported termination of employment, either by the Employer or by
the Participant, shall be communicated by written Notice of Termination to the
other.
 
5.2 TERMINATION DATE
 
         In the case of the Participant's death, the Participant's Termination
Date shall be his or her date of death. In all other cases, the Participant's
Termination Date shall be the date specified in the Notice of Termination
subject to the following:
 
         (a) If the Participant's employment is terminated by the Employer for
Cause or due to Permanent Disability, the date specified in the Notice of
Termination shall be at least thirty (30) days from the date the Notice of
Termination is given to the Participant, provided that in the case of Permanent
Disability the Participant shall not have returned to the full-time performance
of his or her duties during such period of at least thirty (30) days; and
 
         (b) If the Participant terminates his or her employment for Good
Reason, the date specified in the Notice of Termination shall not be more than
sixty (60) days from the date the Notice of Termination is given to the
Employer.
 
 
 
 
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                  SECTION 6 ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS BY THE COMPANY
 
6.1 GROSS-UP PAYMENT
 
         (a) Subject only to Section 6.1(b) hereof, in the event it shall be
determined that any payment or distribution of any type by the Company or any of
its affiliates to or for the benefit of the Participant, whether paid or payable
or distributed or distributable pursuant to the terms of this Plan or otherwise
(the "Payments"), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), or any interest or
penalties with respect to such excise tax (such excise tax, together with any
such interest and penalties, are collectively referred to as the "Excise Tax"),
then the Participant shall be entitled to receive an additional payment (a
"Gross-Up Payment") in an amount such that after payment by the Participant of
all taxes (including any interest or penalties imposed with respect to such
taxes), including any income taxes, employment taxes and Excise Tax, imposed
upon the Gross-Up Payment, the Participant retains an amount of the Gross-Up
Payment equal to the Excise Tax imposed upon the Payments. Payment of the
Gross-Up Payment shall be made in accordance with Section 6.3.
 
         (b) Notwithstanding Section 6.1(a), in the event that a reduction to
the Payments in respect of a Participant of 10% or less would cause no Excise
Tax to be payable, the Participant will not be entitled to a Gross-Up Payment
and the Payments shall be reduced (but not below zero) to the extent necessary
so that the Payments shall not be subject to the Excise Tax. Unless the
Participant shall have given prior written notice specifying a different order
to the Company to effectuate the foregoing, the Company shall reduce or
eliminate the Payments, by first reducing or eliminating the portion of the
Payments which are not payable in cash and then by reducing or eliminating cash
payments, in each case in reverse order beginning with payments or benefits
which are to be paid the farthest in time from the date of the Change in
Control. Any notice given by the Participant pursuant to the preceding sentence
shall take precedence over the provisions of any other plan, arrangement or
agreement governing the Participant's rights and entitlements to any benefits or
compensation.
 
6.2 DETERMINATION BY ACCOUNTANT
 
         All determinations required to be made under this Section 6, including
whether a Gross-Up Payment is required and the amount of such Gross-Up Payment,
shall be made by the independent accounting firm retained by the Company on the
date of Change in Control (the "Accounting Firm"), which shall provide detailed
supporting calculations both to the Company and the Participant within 15
business days of the date of termination, if applicable, or such earlier time as
is requested by the Company. If the Accounting Firm determines that no Excise
Tax is payable by the Participant, it shall furnish the Participant with an
opinion that he or she has substantial authority not to report any Excise Tax on
his or her federal income tax return. Any determination by the Accounting Firm
shall be binding upon the Company and the Participant. As a result of
 
 
 
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the uncertainty in the application of Section 4999 of the Code at the time of
the initial determination by the Accounting Firm hereunder, it is possible that
Gross-Up payments which will not have been made by the Company should have been
made ("Underpayment"), consistent with the calculations required to be made
hereunder. In the event that the Company exhausts its remedies pursuant to
Section 6.3 and the Participant thereafter is required to make a payment of any
Excise Tax, the Accounting Firm shall determine the amount of the Underpayment
that has occurred and any such Underpayment shall be promptly paid by the
Company to or for the benefit of the Participant.
 
6.3 NOTIFICATION REQUIRED
 
         The Participant shall notify the Company in writing of any claim by the
Internal Revenue Service that, if successful, would require the payment by the
Company of the Gross-Up Payment. Such notification shall be given as soon as
practicable but no later than ten (10) business days after the Participant knows
of such claim and shall apprise the Company of the nature of such claim and the
date on which such claim is requested to be paid. The Participant shall not pay
such claim prior to the expiration of the thirty (30) day period following the
date on which it gives such notice to the Company (or such shorter period ending
on the date that any payment of taxes with respect to such claim is due). If the
Company notifies the Participant in writing prior to the expiration of such
period that it desires to contest such claim, the Participant shall:
 
         (a) give the Company any information reasonably requested by the
         Company relating to such claim,
 
         (b) take such action in connection with contesting such claim as the
         Company shall reasonably request in writing from time to time,
         including, without limitation, accepting legal representation with
         respect to such claim by an attorney reasonably selected by the
         Company,
 
         (c) cooperate with the Company in good faith in order to effectively
         contest such claim, and
 
         (d) permit the Company to participate in any proceedings relating to
         such claim; provided, however, that the Company shall bear and pay
         directly all costs and expenses (including additional interest and
         penalties) incurred in connection with such contest and shall indemnify
         and hold the Participant harmless, on an after-tax basis, for any
         Excise Tax or income tax, including interest and penalties with respect
         thereto, imposed as a result of such representation and payment of
         costs and expenses. Without limitation on the foregoing provisions of
         this Section 6.3, the Company shall control all proceedings taken in
         connection with such contest and, at its sole option, may pursue or
         forgo any and all administrative appeals, proceedings, hearings and
         conferences with the taxing authority in respect of such claim and may,
         at its sole option, either direct the Participant to pay the tax
         claimed and sue for a refund, or contest the claim in any permissible
 
 
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         manner, and the Participant agrees to prosecute such contest to a
         determination before any administrative tribunal, in a court of initial
         jurisdiction and in one or more appellate courts, as the Company shall
         determine; provided, however, that if the Company directs the
         Participant to pay such claim and sue for a refund, the Company shall
         advance the amount of such payment to the Participant (unless otherwise
         prohibited by applicable law), on an interest-free basis and shall
         indemnify and hold the Participant harmless, on an after-tax basis,
         from any Excise Tax or income tax, including interest or penalties with
         respect thereto, imposed with respect to such advance or with respect
         to any imputed income with respect to such advance; and provided,
         further, that any extension of the statute of limitations relating to
         payment of taxes for the taxable year of the Participant with respect
         to which such contested amount is claimed to be due is limited solely
         to such contested amount. Furthermore, the Company's control of the
         contest shall be limited to issues with respect to which a Gross-Up
         Payment would be payable hereunder and the Participant shall be
         entitled to settle or contest, as the case may be, any other issue
         raised by the Internal Revenue Service or any other taxing authority.
 
6.4 REPAYMENT
 
         If, after the receipt by the Participant of an amount advanced by the
Company pursuant to Section 6.3, the Participant becomes entitled to receive any
refund with respect to such claim, the Participant shall (subject to the
Company's complying with the requirements of Section 6.3) promptly pay to the
Company the amount of such refund (together with any interest paid or credited
thereon after taxes applicable thereto). If, after the receipt by the
Participant of an amount advanced by the Company pursuant to Section 6.3, a
determination is made that the Participant shall not be entitled to any refund
with respect to such claim and the Company does not notify the Participant in
writing of its intent to contest such denial of refund prior to the expiration
of thirty (30) days after such determination, then such advance shall be
forgiven and shall not be required to be repaid and the amount of such advance
shall offset, to the extent thereof the amount of Gross-Up Payment required to
be paid.
 
                         SECTION 7 SUCCESSORS TO COMPANY
 
7.1 SUCCESSORS
 
         This Plan shall bind any successor (whether direct or indirect, by
purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the
business and/or assets of the Company, in the same manner and to the same extent
that the Company would be obligated under this Plan if no succession had taken
place. In the case of any transaction in which a successor would not by the
foregoing provision or by operation of law be bound by this Plan, the Company
shall require such successor expressly and unconditionally to assume and agree
to perform the Company's obligations under this Plan, in the same manner and to
the same extent that the Company would be required to perform if no such
succession had taken place.
 
 
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7.2 SALES OF OPERATING COMPANIES
 
         If a Participant's employment with his or her Employer terminates in
connection with the sale, divestiture or other disposition of the stock or
assets of any Operating Company (or part thereof) (a "Transaction") after the
execution of an agreement providing for a transaction or transactions which, if
consummated, would constitute a Change in Control or after a Change in Control,
such termination shall not be a termination of employment of the Participant for
purposes of the Plan, and (notwithstanding the rights provided to the
Participant by Section 4.1(a)) the Participant shall not be entitled to a
Severance Benefit as a result of such termination of employment if (i) the
Participant is offered continued employment, or continues in employment, with
the divested Operating Company (or part thereof) or the purchaser of the stock
or assets of the Operating Company (or part thereof), as the case may be, or one
of their respective affiliates (the "Post-Transaction Employer") on terms and
conditions that would not constitute Good Reason and (ii) the Company obtains an
agreement from the acquiror of the stock or assets of the divested Operating
Company (or part thereof), enforceable by the Participant, to provide or cause
the Post-Transaction Employer to provide severance pay and benefits, if the
Participant accepts the offered employment or continues in employment with the
Post-Transaction Employer or its affiliates following the Transaction, (A) at
least equal to the Severance Benefit and (B) payable upon a termination of the
Participant's employment with the Post-Transaction Employer and its affiliates
within the period described in Section 4.1(a)(ii) (or such part of it as is then
remaining) for any reason other than Cause, Permanent Disability, the
Participant's death or a termination by the Participant without Good Reason. For
purposes of this Section 7.2, the terms Cause, Good Reason and Permanent
Disability shall have the meanings ascribed to them in Sections 2.5, 2.11 and
2.15 respectively, but the term Employer as it is used in those Sections shall
be deemed to refer to the entity employing the Participant after the
Transaction, the term Company shall mean such employer or, if there is an
ultimate parent corporation of such employer, such ultimate parent corporation,
and the terms Board and Chief Executive Officer as used in those Sections shall
be deemed to refer to the individuals or bodies serving those functions for such
employer or, if applicable, such ultimate parent corporation.
 
                    SECTION 8 AMENDMENT AND PLAN TERMINATION
 
8.1 AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION
 
         Prior to a Change in Control, the Plan may be amended or modified in
any respect, and may be terminated, in any such case, by resolution adopted by
two-thirds of the Board; provided, however, that no such amendment, modification
or termination which would adversely affect the benefits or protections
hereunder of any individual who is a Participant as of the date such amendment,
modification or termination is adopted shall be effective as it relates to such
individual unless no Change in Control occurs within one year after such
adoption, any such attempted amendment, modification or termination adopted
within one year prior to a Change in Control being null and void ab initio as it
relates to all such individuals who were Participants prior to such adoption (it
 
 
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being understood that the removal of Participants from participation in the Plan
shall, for purposes of this proviso, constitute an adverse action for the
Participants so removed); provided, further, however, that the Plan may not be
amended, modified or terminated, (i) at the request of a third party who has
indicated an intention or taken steps to effect a Change in Control and who
effectuates a Change in Control or (ii) otherwise in connection with, or in
anticipation of, a Change in Control which actually occurs, any such attempted
amendment, modification or termination being null and void ab initio. Any action
taken to amend, modify or terminate the Plan which is taken after the execution
of an agreement providing for a transaction or transactions which, if
consummated, would constitute a Change in Control shall conclusively be presumed
to have been taken in connection with a Change in Control. From and after the
occurrence of a Change in Control, the Plan may not be amended or modified in
any manner that would in any way adversely affect the benefits or protections
provided hereunder to any individual who is a Participant in the Plan on the
date the Change in Control occurs.
 
8.2 FORM OF AMENDMENT
 
         The form of any amendment or termination of the Plan shall be a written
instrument signed by a duly authorized officer or officers of the Company,
certifying that the amendment or termination has been approved by the Board.
 
                             SECTION 9 MISCELLANEOUS
 
9.1 INDEMNIFICATION
 
         If, after a Change in Control, a Participant institutes any legal
action in seeking to obtain or enforce, or is required to defend in any legal
action the validity or enforceability of, any right or benefit provided by this
Plan, the Company will pay for all actual legal fees and expenses (including,
without limitation, attorneys' fees, filing fees and the costs of experts) as
they are incurred by such Participant.
 
9.2 EMPLOYMENT STATUS
 
         This Plan does not constitute a contract of employment or impose on any
Employer any obligation to retain the Participant as an employee, to change the
status of the Participant's employment as an Executive Employee, or to change
any employment policies of any Employer. Without limiting the generality of the
immediately preceding sentence, the Employer of a Participant may terminate the
employment of the Participant at any time following a Change in Control, with or
without Cause, subject to Section 5 hereof.
 
9.3 VALIDITY AND SEVERABILITY
 
         The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of the Plan shall
not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of the Plan,
which shall remain in full force and effect, and any prohibition or
unenforceability in any jurisdiction shall not invalidate or render
unenforceable such provision in any other jurisdiction.
 
 
 
 
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9.4 GOVERNING LAW; CHOICE OF FORUM
 
         The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of the Plan
shall in all respects be governed by the laws of the State of Texas. A
Participant shall be entitled to enforce the provisions of this Plan in any
state or federal court located in the State of Texas, in addition to any other
appropriate forum.
 
9.5 PAYMENT TO BENEFITS PROTECTION TRUST
 
         Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, the Company shall not
be required to make any payment to a Participant under the terms of this Plan if
such payment is otherwise made to the Participant by the Benefits Protection
Trust in accordance with the provisions of said Benefits Protection Trust.
 
         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused the Plan to be effective as
of the Effective Date.
 
                                            EL PASO CORPORATION
 
 
 
 
 
                                            By
                                              ----------------------------------
                                            Title:   Senior Vice President,
                                                     Human Resources
 
 
 
ATTEST:
 
 
 
By
  -----------------------------
         Corporate Secretary
 
 
 
 
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                                   APPENDIX I
 
                          OPERATING COMPANIES UNDER THE
                               EL PASO CORPORATION
                  2004 KEY EXECUTIVE SEVERANCE PROTECTION PLAN
 
 
"Operating Companies" as defined in Section 2.13 shall include the following
subsidiaries during the specified time periods.
 
<Table>
<Caption>
 
Employer                                             Beginning                  Ending
--------                                             ---------                  ------
 
<S>                                                  <C>                        <C>
ANR Pipeline Company                                 03/09/2004
 
Colorado Interstate Gas Company                      03/09/2004
 
El Paso Energy Service Company                       03/09/2004
 
El Paso Global Networks                              03/09/2004
 
El Paso Merchant Energy North America                03/09/2004
 
El Paso Merchant Energy-Petroleum                    03/09/2004
 
El Paso Natural Gas Company                          03/09/2004
 
El Paso Power Operations Company                     03/09/2004
 
El Paso Production Company                           03/09/2004
 
Sandbar Petroleum Company                            03/09/2004
 
Southern Natural Gas Company                         03/09/2004
 
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company                       03/09/2004
</Table>
 
 
 
Acknowledged and Accepted this 9th day of March, 2004.
 
 
By:
         ---------------------------
         Susan B. Ortenstone
         Senior Vice President,
         Human Resources
 
 
 
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                                   APPENDIX II
 
                        ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES COVERED BY THE
                               EL PASO CORPORATION
                  2004 KEY EXECUTIVE SEVERANCE PROTECTION PLAN
                              (AS OF MARCH 9, 2004)
 
 
Executive Employees in Executive Grade Levels XA - XI as of the effective date
of the Plan shall be eligible to become Participants in the Plan; provided,
however, that an Executive Employee who is a participant in the Company's Key
Executive Severance Protection Plan or Employee Severance Protection Plan must
waive participation therein as a condition to becoming a Participant in this
Plan.
 
 
 
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EX-10.J.1 21 h53583exv10wjw1.htm AMENDMENT NO.1 TO 2004 KEY EXECUTIVE SEVERANCE PROTECTION PLAN

 

EXHIBIT 10.J.1.

AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO THE

EL PASO CORPORATION

2004 KEY EXECUTIVE SEVERANCE PROTECTION PLAN

     WHEREAS, El Paso Corporation (the “Company”) maintains the El Paso Corporation 2004 Key Executive Severance Protection Plan (the “Plan”), effective as of March 9, 2004;

     WHEREAS, Section 8.1 of the Plan permits the Board of Directors from time to time to amend the Plan, in whole or in part;

     WHEREAS, it is intended hereby to amend the Plan to comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

     NOW, THEREFORE, the Plan is amended as follows:

     1. Section 4.2 is hereby amended in its entirety to read as follows:

     “4.2 Amount of Severance Benefit

     If a Participant’s employment is terminated in circumstances entitling him or her to a Severance Benefit as provided in Section 4.1, such Participant shall be entitled to the following benefits:

     (a) the Company shall pay to the Participant, as severance pay and in lieu of any further salary for periods subsequent to the Termination Date (as specified in Section 5.2), in a single payment (without any discount for accelerated payment), an amount in cash equal to a formula, as described below, and based upon a multiplier, as assigned in the table below to the Participant according to the Participant’s salary grade level (“Executive Grade Level”):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive

 

Corporate Title

Multiplier

 

Grade Level

 

(or Equivalent Position at Subsidiary Level)

3 X

 

XA

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

2 X

 

XB — XE; XF

 

Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President

1 X

 

XG — XI

 

Vice President

(X) times the sum of (A) the Participant’s Base Salary and (B) the Bonus Amount. The Company shall also pay to the Participant the prorated portion of the Participant’s Bonus Amount for the year in which the Participant’s employment is terminated;

 

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     The amounts provided for in this Section 4.2(a) shall be paid or transferred within thirty (30) days after the Participant’s termination of employment (or, if Section 4.1(b) applies to the termination, then within 30 days after the Change in Control). The Participant shall not be required to mitigate the amount of any payment provided for in this Plan by seeking other employment or otherwise and no such payment shall be offset or reduced by the amount of any compensation or benefits provided to the Participant in any subsequent employment. If a Participant is a “specified employee” as defined in Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Code”) (“Specified Employee”), then any severance pay which is not otherwise exempt from Section 409A of the Code shall be paid during a 30-day period which commences on the date which is the day after the six-month anniversary of such Specified Employee’s Termination Date.

     (b) for the period of months, as specified for each Executive Grade Level in the table below, subsequent to the Participant’s termination of employment, the Company shall at its expense continue on behalf of the Participant and his or her dependents and beneficiaries, the basic life insurance, flexible spending account, medical and dental benefits which were being provided to the Participant immediately prior to the Change in Control (or, if greater, at any time thereafter). The benefits provided in this Subsection 4.2(b) shall be no less favorable to the Participant, in terms of amounts and deductibles and costs to him or her, than the coverage provided the Participant under the plans providing such benefits at the time Notice of Termination is given. The Company’s obligation hereunder to provide the foregoing benefits shall terminate to the extent the Participant obtains replacement coverage under a subsequent employer’s benefit plans at an equal or higher level. The Company also shall pay a lump sum equal to the amount of any additional income tax payable by the Participant and attributable to the benefits provided under this subparagraph (b) at the time such tax is imposed upon the Participant;

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Months of

 

Executive

 

Corporate Title

Continued Coverage

 

Grade Level

 

(or Equivalent Position at Subsidiary Level)

36 months

 

XA

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

24 months

 

XB — XE; XF

 

Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President

12 months

 

XG — XI

 

Vice President

     Except as provided below with respect to a Specified Employee, the payment of any health or medical claims for the health and medical coverage provided in this Section 4.2(b) shall be made to a Participant as soon as administratively practicable after a Participant has provided the appropriate claim documentation, but in no event shall the payment for any such health or medical claim be paid later than the last day of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the expense was incurred. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, to the extent required by Section 409A of the Code: (1) the amount of medical claims eligible for reimbursement or to be provided as an in-kind benefit under this Plan during a calendar year may not affect the medical claims eligible for reimbursement or to be provided as an in-kind benefit in any other calendar year, and (2) the right to reimbursement or in-kind benefits under this Plan

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shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit. With respect to a Specified Employee, during the six-month period commencing the date after the Specified Employee’s Termination Date, the cost of any health or medical claims for health and medical coverage provided in this Section 4.2(b) which are not otherwise exempt from Section 409A of the Code shall be paid by the Specified Employee to the health and medical service provider and reimbursed by the Company after the completion of such six-month period but no later than the last day of the calendar year following the calendar year in which such health and medical expenses were incurred.”

     2. Section 6.1(a) is hereby amended in its entirety to read as follows:

     “6.1 Gross-Up Payment

     (a) Subject only to Section 6.1(b) hereof, in the event it shall be determined that any payment or distribution of any type by the Company or any of its affiliates to or for the benefit of the Participant, whether paid or payable or distributed or distributable pursuant to the terms of this Plan or otherwise (the “Payments”), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, or any interest or penalties with respect to such excise tax (such excise tax, together with any such interest and penalties, are collectively referred to as the “Excise Tax”), then the Participant shall be entitled to receive an additional payment (a “Gross-Up Payment”) in an amount such that after payment by the Participant of all taxes (including any interest or penalties imposed with respect to such taxes), including any income taxes, employment taxes and Excise Tax, imposed upon the Gross-Up Payment, the Participant retains an amount of the Gross-Up Payment equal to the Excise Tax imposed upon the Payments. Payment of the Gross-Up Payment shall be made in accordance with Section 6.3, provided that the payment of any Gross-Up Payment shall be made prior to the date the Participant is to remit the Excise Tax as provided under the Code or pursuant to any judgment or agreement with any taxing authority.”

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this amendment has been executed by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, effective as of January 1, 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EL PASO CORPORATION
 

 

 

By:  

     /s/ Susan B. Ortenstone  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Marguerite Woung-Chapman

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Secretary                    

 

 

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