Employment Agreement

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EX-10.1 2 c94413exv10w1.htm EXHIBIT 10.1

Exhibit 10.1

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

P R E A M B L E

This Employment Agreement defines the essential terms and conditions of our employment relationship with you. The subject covered in the Agreement are vitally important to you and to the Company. Thus, you should read the document carefully and ask any questions before signing the Agreement.

This EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT between John J. Greisch (“Executive”) and Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (“Company”) is dated this 6th day of January, 2010 and effective on the 8th day of January, 2010.

W I T N E S S E T H:

WHEREAS, the Company and its affiliated entities are engaged in the healthcare industry throughout the United States and abroad including, but not limited to, the design, manufacture, sale, service and rental of hospital beds and stretchers, hospital furniture, medical-related architectural products, specialty sleep surfaces (including therapeutic surfaces), air clearing devices, biomedical and asset management services, as well as other medical-related accessories, devices, products and services;

 

 


 

WHEREAS, the Company is willing to employ Executive in an executive or managerial position and Executive desires to be employed by the Company in such capacity based upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement;

WHEREAS, in the course of the employment contemplated under this Agreement, it will be necessary for Executive to acquire and maintain knowledge of certain trade secrets and other confidential and proprietary information regarding the Company as well as any of its parent, subsidiary and/or affiliated entities (hereinafter jointly referred to as the “Companies”); and

WHEREAS, the Company and Executive (collectively referred to as the “Parties”) acknowledge and agree that the execution of this Agreement is necessary to memorialize the terms and conditions of their employment relationship as well as safeguard against the unauthorized disclosure or use of the Company’s confidential information and to otherwise preserve the goodwill and ongoing business value of the Company;

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of Executive’s employment, the Company’s willingness to disclose certain confidential and proprietary information to Executive and the mutual covenants contained herein as well as other good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the Parties agree as follows:

1.

 

Employment. As of January 8, 2010, Executive’s first date of employment with the Company as determined by, and reflected in a resolution approved by, the Board of Directors of the Company (“Start Date”), the Executive agrees to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, reporting to the Board of Directors of the Company. Executive agrees to perform all duties and responsibilities traditionally assigned to, or falling within the normal responsibilities of, an individual employed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Executive also agrees to perform any and all additional duties or responsibilities consistent with such position as may be assigned by the Board of Directors of the Company in its sole discretion.

 

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2.

 

Best Efforts and Duty of Loyalty. During the term of employment with the Company, Executive covenants and agrees to exercise reasonable efforts to perform all assigned duties in a diligent and professional manner and in the best interest of the Company. Executive agrees to devote his full working time, attention, talents, skills and best efforts to further the Company’s business interests. Executive agrees not to engage in any outside business activity, whether or not pursued for gain, profit or other pecuniary advantage, without the express written consent of the Company. Executive shall act at all times in accordance with the Company’s Code of Ethical Business Conduct, and all other applicable policies which may exist or be adopted by the Company from time to time. The Executive may serve on other boards of directors as shall not interfere with the proper performance of his duties and obligations hereunder consistent with the Company’s Corporate Governance Standards for Board of Directors and applicable laws, with the prior consent of the Company. The Company’s Board of Directors (“Board”), has appointed the Executive to the Board on the date of this Agreement subject to the requirement that he stand for re-election at the next annual meeting of shareholders of the Company at which he otherwise would have been required under the Company’s Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws to stand for re-election. Executive shall not be entitled to receive compensation for his service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company.

 

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3.

 

At-Will Employment. Subject to the terms and conditions set forth below, Executive specifically acknowledges and accepts such employment on an “at-will” basis and agrees that both Executive and the Company retain the right to terminate this relationship at any time, with or without cause, for any reason not prohibited by applicable law upon notice as required by this Agreement. Executive acknowledges that nothing in this Agreement is intended to create, nor should be interpreted to create, an employment contract for any specified length of time between the Company and Executive.

4.

 

Compensation. For all services rendered by Executive on behalf of, or at the request of, the Company, in his capacity as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Executive shall be compensated as follows from and after the Start Date, subject to withholding for payment of any and all applicable federal, state and local payroll and withholding taxes.

 

 

(a)

 

Base Salary. For the services performed by him under this Agreement, the Company shall pay Executive a base salary of Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($800,000) per year, pro rated for the period which Executive serves (“Base Salary”). The Base Salary shall be paid in the same increments as the Company’s normal payroll, but no less frequently than monthly and prorated for any period less than a full month. Executive’s Base Salary shall be reviewed at least annually, with the initial review taking place during the fourth quarter of 2010.

 

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(b)

 

STIC Bonus. Incentive compensation, payable solely at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Company, pursuant to the Company’s existing Incentive Compensation Program or any other program as the Company may establish from time to time in its sole discretion. For each fiscal year, the annual performance bonus target will be not less than 100% of base salary earned during such fiscal year. Bonus will be based upon the performance measure and objectives established by the Board from time to time, in consultation with the Executive, but ultimately subject to the Compensation and Management Development Committee’s (“CMDC”) discretion. Minimum bonus will be 0% of target and maximum bonus will be 200% of target. Solely for fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, guaranteed minimum payout will be 60% of base salary earned during the performance year, or whatever is earned under the plan program, whichever is greater, subject to Executive’s employment not having been terminated by the Company or by the Executive, for any reason, prior to the end of the Company’s 2010 fiscal year.

 

 

(c)

 

Sign-On Restricted Stock Units. On the Start Date, Executive will receive an award with a value on the date of grant of $800,000 of restricted stock units (otherwise known as deferred stock awards) (“RSUs”) under the terms and conditions of a Stock Award Agreement and the related Company Stock Incentive Plan. Such RSUs shall vest in twenty percent, thirty percent, and fifty percent increments on the day after the dates of each of the second, third, and fourth year anniversaries of the Start Date, respectively.

 

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(d)

 

Stock Options. On the Start Date, Executive will receive a grant of stock options, with a value on the date of grant of $2,000,000 on such date using the Black-Scholes valuation method, under the terms and conditions of a Stock Option Agreement and the related Company Stock Incentive Plan. Each option will terminate in ten years, have an exercise price per share equal to the average of the high and low prices of the Common Stock on the Start Date in accordance with Company practice and vest in one-quarter increments over a four-year period from the Start Date.

 

 

(e)

 

Long-Term Incentive Plan. The Executive will be eligible to participate in the long-term incentive plan in place at the time and as authorized by the CMDC, at the time of the normal equity grant, with the first year’s value of 350% of base salary. The Award is expected to be comprised of stock options and performance shares, in combination or exclusively, realizing the proportional mix may change over time in consultation with the Executive and the Board. It is expected that the first year grant will consist of stock options and performance shares with each comprising 50% of the overall value with the number of options based upon the Black-Scholes value of such options. These guidelines may change from time to time as determined by the CMDC in its sole discretion.

 

(f)

 

Retirement Plans. Commencing on the Start Date, Executive will be entitled to participate in Company retirement plans (e.g., 401(k) Savings Plan and Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan) consistent with plans, programs or policies available to other senior executive officers of the Company and subject to satisfaction of any applicable eligibility requirements.

 

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(g)

 

Other Benefits. Commencing on the Start Date, Executive will be entitled to participate in and receive such additional benefits and perquisites, including health and welfare benefits, as are available to other senior executives of the Company and as the Board of Directors of Company may deem appropriate and as pre-approved by the Compensation and Management Development Committee of the Board.

 

 

(h)

 

Relocation. Executive will be paid a flat fee of $200,000 to cover all relocation costs once a residence is purchased by him within 75 miles of Batesville, IN. Up to $50,000 of this amount may be used during the first 6 months of his employment to obtain temporary housing.

5.

 

Changes to Compensation. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, Executive acknowledges that the Company specifically reserves the right to make changes to Executive’s compensation in its sole discretion including, but not limited to, modifying or eliminating a compensation component. The Parties agree that such changes shall be deemed effective immediately and a modification of this Agreement unless, within thirty (30) days after receiving notice of such change, Executive exercises his right to terminate this Agreement without cause or for “Good Reason” in the event Executive is not treated in a manner that is commensurate with the treatment of other senior executives of the Company, if applicable, as provided below in Paragraphs Nos. 9 and 11.

 

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6.

 

Direct Deposit. As a condition of employment, and within thirty (30) days of the Start Date of this Agreement, Executive agrees to make all necessary arrangements to have all sums paid pursuant to this Agreement direct deposited into one or more bank accounts as designated by Executive.

 

7.

 

Predecessor Employers. Except as otherwise disclosed in writing to the Compensation Committee of the Board prior to the date hereof Executive warrants that he is not a party to any contract, restrictive covenant, or other agreement purporting to limit or otherwise adversely affecting his ability to secure employment with any third party. Alternatively, should any such agreement exist, Executive warrants that the contemplated services to be performed hereunder will not violate the terms and conditions of any such agreement.

8.

 

Restricted Duties. Executive agrees not to disclose, or use for the benefit of the Company, any confidential or proprietary information belonging to any predecessor employer(s) that otherwise has not been made public and further acknowledges that the Company has specifically instructed him not to disclose or use such confidential or proprietary information. Based on his understanding of the anticipated duties and responsibilities hereunder, Executive acknowledges that such duties and responsibilities will not compel the disclosure or use of any such confidential and proprietary information.

 

9.

 

Termination Without Cause. The Parties agree that either party may terminate this employment relationship at any time, without cause, upon sixty (60) days’ advance written notice or, if terminated by the Company, pay in lieu of notice (hereinafter referred to as “notice pay”). In such event, Executive shall only be entitled to such compensation, benefits and perquisites that have been paid or fully accrued as of the effective date of his separation and as otherwise explicitly set forth in this Agreement. However, in no event shall Employee be entitled to notice pay if Employee is eligible for and accepts severance payments pursuant to the provisions of Paragraphs 16 and 17, below.

 

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10.

 

Termination With Cause. Executive’s employment may be terminated by the Company at any time “for cause” without notice or prior warning. For purposes of this Agreement, “cause” shall mean the Company’s good faith determination that Executive has:

 

 

(a)

 

Acted with gross neglect or willful misconduct in the discharge of his duties and responsibilities, or refused to follow or comply with the lawful direction of the Board of Directors of the Company or the terms and conditions of this Agreement providing such refusal is not based primarily on Employee’s good faith compliance with applicable legal or ethical standards.

 

(b)

 

Acquiesced or participated in any conduct that is dishonest, fraudulent, illegal, unethical, involves moral turpitude or is otherwise illegal and involves conduct that has the potential, in the Board of Directors’ reasonable opinion, to cause the Company, its officers or its directors significant embarrassment or ridicule;

 

 

(c)

 

Violated a material requirement of any Company policy or procedure, specifically including a violation of the Company’s Code of Ethics or Associate Policy Manual;

 

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(d)

 

Disclosed without proper authorization any trade secrets or other Confidential Information (as defined herein);

 

(e)

 

Engaged in any act that, in the reasonable opinion of the Board of Directors of the Company would hold the Company, its officers or directors up to probable civil or criminal liability, provided that, if Executive acts in good faith for compliance with applicable legal or ethical standards, such actions shall not be grounds for termination for cause;

 

 

(f)

 

Breached the warranties of Executive set forth in Paragraph 7 herein; or

 

(g)

 

Engaged in such other conduct recognized at law as constituting cause.

Upon the occurrence or discovery of any event specified above, the Company shall have the right to terminate Executive’s employment, effective immediately, by providing notice thereof to Executive without further obligation to him other than accrued wages or other accrued wages, deferred compensation or other accrued benefits of employment (collectively refereed to herein as “Accrued Obligations”), which shall be paid in accordance with the Company’s past practice and applicable law. To the extent any violation of this Paragraph is capable of being promptly cured by Executive (or cured within a reasonable period to the Company’s satisfaction), the Company agrees to provide Executive with a reasonable opportunity to so cure such defect. Absent written mutual agreement otherwise, the Parties agree in advance that it is not possible for Executive to cure any violations of sub-paragraphs (b), (d) or (f) and, therefore, no opportunity for cure need be provided in those circumstances. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may not terminate the Executive’s employment for cause unless (A) a determination that cause exists is made and approved by a majority of the Company’s Board, (B) if the circumstance giving rise to the issue are capable of being cured the Executive is given at least ten (10) days’ written notice of the Board meeting called to make such determination, and (C) the Executive is given the opportunity to address such meeting.

 

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11.

 

Termination by Executive for Good Reason. Executive may terminate his employment and declare this Agreement to have been terminated “without cause” by the Company (and, therefore, for “Good Reason”) upon the occurrence, without Executive’s consent, of any of the following circumstances:

 

(a)

 

The assignment to Executives of duties that are materially inconsistent with Executive’s position as President and Chief Executive Officer;

 

 

(b)

 

The failure to elect or reelect Executive as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company or as a member of the Board of Directors (unless such failure is related in any way to the Company’s decision to terminate Executive for cause or Executive’s failure to run for reelection to the Board);

 

(c)

 

A reduction by the Company in the amount of Executive’s base salary or the discontinuation or reduction by the Company of Executive’s participation at previously existing levels of eligibility in any incentive compensation, additional compensation or equity programs, benefits, policies or perquisites; provided, however, that the Company may make such changes and/or reductions without implicating the provisions of this subsection (c) so long as Executive is treated in a manner that is commensurate with the treatment of other senior executives of the Company;

 

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(d)

 

A failure by the Company to perform its obligations under this Employment Agreement,

which, in each of subsections (a) through (d) above, is not remedied by the Company within 30 days of receipt of written notice of such event or breach delivered by Executive to the Company.

12.

 

Termination Due to Death or Disability. In the event Executive dies or suffers a disability (as defined herein) during the term of employment, this Agreement shall automatically be terminated on the date of such death or disability without further obligation on the part of the Company other than the Accrued Obligations (as defined in Section 10) except that Executive will be immediately vested in the Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan, which shall be paid in accordance with the award agreements, benefits plans, past practice and applicable law. For purposes of this Agreement, Executive shall be considered to have suffered a “disability”: (i) upon a good faith determination by Company that, as a result of any mental or physical impairment, Executive is and will likely remain unable to perform the essential functions of his duties or responsibilities hereunder on a full-time basis for one hundred eighty (180) days, with or without reasonable accommodation, or (ii) Executive becomes eligible for or receives any benefits pursuant to the Company’s long-term disability policy. Notwithstanding anything expressed or implied above to the contrary, the Company agrees to fully comply with its obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as any other applicable federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance governing the provision of leave to individuals with serious health conditions or the protection of individuals with disabilities as well as the Company’s obligation to provide reasonable accommodation thereunder.

 

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13.

 

Reaffirmation. Upon termination of Executive’s employment for any reason, Executive agrees, if requested to reaffirm in writing his post-employment obligation as set forth in this Agreement.

 

14.

 

Section 409A Notification. Employee acknowledges that he has been advised of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which added Section 409A to the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”), and significantly changed the taxation of nonqualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements. Under proposed and final regulations as of the date of this Agreement, Employee has been advised that his severance pay and other termination benefits may be treated by the Internal Revenue Service as providing “nonqualified deferred compensation,” and therefore subject to Section 409A. In that event, several provisions in Section 409A may affect Employee’s receipt of severance compensation, including the timing thereof. These include, but are not limited to, a provision which requires that distributions to “specified employees” of public companies on account of separation from service may not be made earlier than six (6) months after the effective date of such separation. If applicable, failure to comply with Section 409A can lead to immediate taxation of such deferrals, with interest calculated at a penalty rate and a 20% penalty. As a result of the requirements imposed by the American Jobs

 

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Creation Act of 2004, Employee agrees if he is a “specified employee” at the time of his termination of employment and if payments in connection with such termination of employment are subject to Section 409A and not otherwise exempt, such payments (and other benefits to the extent applicable) due Employee at the time of termination of employment shall not be paid until a date at least six (6) months after the effective date of Employee’s termination of employment (“Employee’s Effective Termination Date”). Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, to the extent that any payment under the terms of this Agreement would constitute an impermissible acceleration of payments under Section 409A or any regulations or Treasury guidance promulgated thereunder, such payments shall be made no earlier than at such times allowed under Section 409A. If any provision of this Agreement (or of any award of compensation) would cause Employee to incur any additional tax or interest under Section 409A or any regulations or Treasury guidance promulgated thereunder, the Company or its successor may reform such provision; provided that it will (i) maintain, to the maximum extent practicable, the original intent of the applicable provision without violating the provisions of Section 409A and (ii) notify and consult with Employee regarding such amendments or modifications prior to the effective date of any such change.

15.

 

Section 409A Acknowledgement. Executive acknowledges that, notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, both Parties shall be independently responsible for assessing their own risks and liabilities under Section 409A that may be associated with any payment made under the terms of this Agreement or any other arrangement which may be deemed to trigger Section 409A. Further, the Parties agree that each shall independently bear responsibility for any and all taxes, penalties or other tax obligations as may be imposed upon them in their individual capacity as a matter or law.

 

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16.

 

Severance Payments. In the event Executive’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause (including by Employee for Good Reason), and subject to the normal terms and conditions imposed by the Company as set forth herein and in the attached Separation and Release Agreement (Exhibit A), Executive shall be eligible to receive severance pay based upon his base salary at the time of termination for a period of twenty four (24) months and the Sign-On RSUs set forth in paragraph 4(c) herein, to the extent not previously vested, will be deemed to have been 50% vested in the event Executive’s employment is terminated after the second anniversary of the Start Date and 75% vested if the Executive is terminated after the third anniversary of his Start Date, and such shares shall be delivered to Executive as soon thereafter as will not cause Executive adverse tax consequences under Code Section 409A. Executive will be immediately vested in the Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan. Additionally, the Company shall arrange for the Executive to continue to participate (through COBRA or otherwise), on substantially the same terms and conditions as in effect for the Executive (including any required active employee contribution) immediately prior to such termination, in the health and similar welfare benefits provided to the Executive until the earlier of (i) the end of the 12 month period beginning on the effective date of the termination of Executive’s employment hereunder, or (ii) such time as the Executive is eligible to be covered by comparable benefits of a subsequent employer. The Executive agrees to notify the Company promptly if and when he begins employment with another employer and if and when he becomes eligible to participate in any health or welfare plans of another employer. The foregoing severance rights and obligations shall not exist if Executive voluntarily leaves the Company’s employ without “Good Reason” (as defined above) or is terminated for “cause” (as defined above).

 

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17.

 

Severance Payment Terms and Conditions. No severance pay shall be paid if Executive voluntarily leaves the Company’s employ without Good Reason, as defined above, or is terminated for cause. Any severance pay made payable under this Agreement shall be paid in lieu of, and not in addition to, any other contractual, notice or statutory pay or other accrued compensation obligation (excluding accrued wages and deferred compensation). Additionally, such severance pay is contingent upon Executive fully complying with the restrictive covenants contained herein and executing a Separation and Release Agreement in a form not substantially different from that attached as Exhibit A. Further, the Company’s obligation to provide severance hereunder shall be deemed null and void should Executive fail or refuse to execute and deliver to the Company the Company’s then-standard Separation and Release Agreement (without modification) within any time period as may be prescribed by law or, in absence thereof, twenty-one (21) days after the Employee’s Effective Termination Date. Conditioned upon the execution and delivery of the Separation and Release Agreement as set forth in the prior sentence, severance pay benefits shall be paid as follows: (i) in one lump sum equivalent to six (6) months’ salary on the day following the date which is six (6) months following Employee’s Effective Termination Date with any remainder to be paid in bi-weekly installments equivalent to the Employee’s salary commencing upon the next regularly scheduled payroll date, if both the severance pay benefit is subject to Section 409A and if Employee is a “specified employee” under Section 409A or (ii) for any severance pay benefits not subject to clause (i), begin upon the next regularly scheduled payroll following the earlier to occur of fifteen (15) days from the Company’s receipt of an executed Separation and Release Agreement or the expiration of sixty (60) days after Employee’s Effective Termination Date and shall be paid on the Company’s regularly scheduled pay dates; provided, however, that if the before-stated sixty (60) day period ends in a calendar year following the calendar year in which the sixty (60) day period commenced, then any benefits not subject to clause (i) shall only begin on the next regularly scheduled payroll following the expiration of sixty (60) days after the Employee’s Effective Termination Date.

 

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18.

 

Assignment of Rights.

 

 

(a)

 

Copyrights.  Executive agrees that all works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression by him during the term of this Agreement relating to the Company’s business (“Works”), either solely or jointly with others, shall be and remain exclusively the property of the Company. Each such Work created by Executive is a “work made for hire” under the copyright law and the Company may file applications to register copyright in such Works as author and copyright owner thereof. If, for any reason, a Work created by Executive is excluded from the definition of a “work made for hire” under the copyright law, then Executive does hereby assign, sell, and convey to the Company the entire rights, title, and interests in and to such Work, including the copyright therein, to the Company. Executive will execute any documents that the Company deems necessary in connection with the assignment of such Work and copyright therein. Executive will take whatever steps and do whatever acts the Company requests, including, but not limited to, placement of the Company’s proper copyright notice on Works created by Executive to secure or aid in securing copyright protection in such Works and will assist the Company or its nominees in filing applications to register claims of copyright in such Works. The Company shall have free and unlimited access at all times to all Works and all copies thereof and shall have the right to claim and take possession on demand of such Works and copies.

 

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(b)

 

Inventions.  Executive agrees that all discoveries, concepts, and ideas, whether patentable or not, including, but not limited to, apparatus, processes, methods, compositions of matter, techniques, and formulae, as well as improvements thereof or know-how related thereto, relating to any present or prospective product, process, or service of the Company (“Inventions”) that Executive conceives or makes during the term of this Agreement relating to the Company’s business, shall become and remain the exclusive property of the Company, whether patentable or not, and Executive will, without royalty or any other consideration:

 

 

(i)

 

Inform the Company promptly and fully of such Inventions by written reports, setting forth in detail the procedures employed and the results achieved;

 

(ii)

 

Assign to the Company all of his rights, title, and interests in and to such Inventions, any applications for United States and foreign Letters Patent, any United States and foreign Letters Patent, and any renewals thereof granted upon such Inventions;

 

 

(iii)

 

Assist the Company or its nominees, at the expense of the Company, to obtain such United States and foreign Letters Patent for such Inventions as the Company may elect; and

 

(iv)

 

Execute, acknowledge, and deliver to the Company at the Company’s expense such written documents and instruments, and do such other acts, such as giving testimony in support of his inventorship, as may be necessary in the opinion of the Company, to obtain and maintain United States and foreign Letters Patent upon such Inventions and to vest the entire rights and title thereto in the Company and to confirm the complete ownership by the Company of such Inventions, patent applications, and patents.

 

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19.

 

Company Property.  All records, files, drawings, documents, data in whatever form, business equipment (including computers, PDAs, cell phones, etc.), and the like relating to, or provided by, the Company shall be and remain the sole property of the Company. Upon termination of employment, Executive shall immediately return to the Company all such items without retention of any copies and without additional request by the Company. De minimis items such as pay stubs, 401(k) plan summaries, employee bulletins, and the like are excluded from this requirement.

 

20.

 

Confidential Information.  Executive acknowledges that the Company and its affiliated entities (herein collectively referred to as “Companies”) possess certain trade secrets as well as other confidential and proprietary information which they have acquired or will acquire at great effort and expense. Such information may include, without limitation, confidential information, whether in tangible or intangible form, regarding the Companies’ products and services, marketing strategies, business plans, operations, costs, current or prospective customer information (including customer identities, contacts, requirements, creditworthiness, preferences, and like matters), product concepts, designs, prototypes or specifications, research and development efforts, technical data and know-how, sales information, including pricing and other terms and conditions of sale, financial information, internal procedures, techniques, forecasts, methods, trade information, trade secrets, software programs, project requirements, inventions, trademarks, trade names, and similar information regarding the Companies’ business(es) (collectively referred to herein as “Confidential Information”). Executive further acknowledges that, as a result of his employment with the Company, Executive will have access to, will become acquainted with, and/or may help develop, such Confidential Information. Confidential Information shall not include information readily available in the public so long as such information was not made available through fault of Executive or wrong doing by any other individual.

 

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21.

 

Restricted Use of Confidential Information.  Executive agrees that all Confidential Information is and shall remain the sole and exclusive property of the Company and/or its affiliated entities. Except as may be expressly authorized by the Company in writing, or other than in the course of the Executive’s employment and for the benefit of the Company, Executive agrees not to disclose, or cause any other person or entity to disclose, any Confidential Information to any third party while employed by the Company and for as long thereafter as such information remains confidential (or as limited by applicable law). Further, Executive agrees to use such Confidential Information only in the course of Executive’s duties in furtherance of the Company’s business and agrees not to make use of any such Confidential Information for Executive’s own purposes or for the benefit of any other entity or person.

 

22.

 

Acknowledged Need for Limited Restrictive Covenants.  Executive acknowledges that the Companies have spent and will continue to expend substantial amounts of time, money and effort to develop their business strategies, Confidential Information, customer identities and relationships, goodwill and Executive relationships, and that Executive will benefit from these efforts. Further, Executive acknowledges the inevitable use of, or near-certain influence by his knowledge of, the Confidential Information disclosed to Executive during the course of employment if allowed to compete against the Company in an unrestricted manner and that such use would be unfair and extremely detrimental to the Company. Accordingly, based on these legitimate business reasons, Executive acknowledges each of the Companies’ need to protect their legitimate business interests by reasonably restricting Executive’s ability to compete with the Company on a limited basis.

 

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23.

 

Non-Solicitation.  During Executive’s employment and for a period of twenty-four (24) months thereafter, Executive agrees not to directly or indirectly engage in the following prohibited conduct:

 

 

(a)

 

Solicit, offer products or services to, or accept orders for, any Competitive Products or otherwise transact any competitive business on behalf of the Company (or any Affiliate thereof) during the eighteen (18) month period preceding Executive’s date of separation or about whom Executive possessed, or had access to, confidential and proprietary information;

 

(b)

 

Attempt to entice or otherwise cause any third party to withdraw, curtail or cease doing business with the Company (or any Affiliate thereof), specifically including customers, vendors, independent contractors and other third party entities;

 

 

(c)

 

Except in the course of the Executive’s employment and for the benefit of the Company, disclose to any person or entity the identities, contacts or preferences of any customers of the Company (or any Affiliate thereof), or the identity of any other persons or entities having business dealings with the Company (or any Affiliate thereof);

 

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(d)

 

Induce any individual who has been employed by or had provided services to the Company (or any Affiliate thereof) within the six (6) month period immediately preceding the effective date of Executive’s separation to terminate such relationship with the Company (or any Affiliate thereof);

 

 

(e)

 

Assist, coordinate or otherwise offer employment to, accept employment inquiries from, or employ any individual who is or had been employed by the Company (or any Affiliate thereof) at any time within the six (6) month period immediately preceding such offer, or inquiry;

 

(f)

 

Communicate or indicate in any way to any customer of the Company (or any Affiliate thereof), prior to formal separation from the Company, any interest, desire, plan, or decision to separate from the Company; other than by way of long term retirement plans; or

 

 

(g)

 

Otherwise attempt to directly or indirectly interfere with the Company’s business, the business of any of the Companies or their relationship with their employees, consultants, independent contractors or customers.

24.

 

Limited Non-Compete.  For the above-stated reasons, and as a condition of employment to the fullest extent permitted by law, Executive agrees during the Relevant Non-Compete Period not to directly or indirectly engage in the following competitive activities:

 

 

(a)

 

Executive shall not have any ownership interest in, work for, advise, consult, or have any business connection or business or employment relationship in any competitive capacity with any Competitor unless Executive provides written notice to the Company of such relationship prior to entering into such relationship and, further, provides sufficient written assurances to the Company’s satisfaction that such relationship will not, jeopardize the Company’s legitimate interests or otherwise violate the terms of this Agreement;

 

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(b)

 

Executive shall not engage in any research, development, production, sale or distribution of any Competitive Products;

 

 

(c)

 

Executive shall not market, sell, or otherwise offer or provide any Competitive Products within any Geographic Territory;

 

(d)

 

Executive shall not distribute, market, sell or otherwise offer or provide any Competitive Products to any customer of the Company.

 

25.

 

Non-Compete Definitions.  For purposes of this Agreement, the Parties agree that the following terms shall apply:

 

(a)

 

“Affiliate” includes any parent, subsidiary, joint venture, sister company, or other entity controlled, owned, managed or otherwise associated with the Company;

 

 

(b)

 

“Assigned Customer Base” shall include all accounts or customers formally assigned to Executive within a given territory or geographical area or contacted by him at any time during the eighteen (18) month period preceding Executive’s date of separation;

 

(c)

 

“Competitive Products” shall include any product or service that directly or indirectly competes with, is substantially similar to, or serves as a reasonable substitute for, any product or service in research, development or design, or manufactured, produced, sold or distributed by the Company;

 

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(d)

 

“Competitor” shall include any person or entity that offers or is actively planning to offer any Competitive Products and may include (but not be limited to) any entity identified on the Company’s Illustrative Competitor List attached hereto as Exhibit B, which shall be amended from time to time to reflect changes in the Company’s business and competitive environment (updated competitor lists will be provided to Executive upon reasonable request).

 

 

(e)

 

“Geographic Territory” shall include any territory in which the Company has provided any services or sold any products at any time during the twenty-four (24) month period preceding Executive’s date of separation;

 

(f)

 

“Relevant Non-Compete Period” shall include the period of Executive’s employment with the Company as well as a period of twenty-four (24) months after such employment is terminated, regardless of the reason for such termination provided, however, that this period shall be reduced to the greater of (i) twelve (12) months or (ii) the total length of Executive’s employment with the Company, including employment with any parent, subsidiary or affiliated entity, if such employment is less than twenty-four (24) months;

 

 

(g)

 

“Directly or indirectly” shall be construed such that the foregoing restrictions shall apply equally to Executive whether performed individually or as a partner, shareholder, officer, director, manager, Executive, salesperson, independent contractor, broker, agent, or consultant for any other individual, partnership, firm, corporation, company, or other entity engaged in such conduct.

 

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26.

 

Consent to Reasonableness.  In light of the above-referenced concerns, including Executive’s knowledge of and access to the Companies’ Confidential Information, Executive acknowledges that the terms of the foregoing restrictive covenants are reasonable and necessary to protect the Company’s legitimate business interests and will not unreasonably interfere with Executive’s ability to obtain alternate employment. As such, Executive hereby agrees that such restrictions are valid and enforceable, and affirmatively waives any argument or defense to the contrary. Executive acknowledges that this limited non-competition provision is not an attempt to prevent Executive from obtaining other employment in violation of IC § 22-5-3-1 or any other similar statute. Executive further acknowledges that the Company may need to take action, including litigation, to enforce this limited non-competition provision, which efforts the Parties stipulate shall not be deemed an attempt to prevent Executive from obtaining other employment.

 

27.

 

Survival of Restrictive Covenants.  Executive acknowledges that the above restrictive covenants shall survive the termination of this Agreement and the termination of Executive’s employment for any reason. Executive further acknowledges that any alleged breach by the Company of any contractual, statutory or other obligation shall not excuse or terminate the obligations hereunder or otherwise preclude the Company from seeking injunctive or other relief. Rather, Executive acknowledges that such obligations are independent and separate covenants undertaken by Executive for the benefit of the Company.

28.

 

[Intentionally Omitted]

 

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29.

 

Post-Termination Notification.  For the duration of his Relevant Non-compete Period or other restrictive covenant period, which ever is longer, Executive agrees to promptly notify the Company no later than five (5) business days of his acceptance of any employment or consulting engagement. Such notice shall include sufficient information to ensure Executive compliance with his non-compete obligations and must include at a minimum the following information:  (i) the name of the employer or entity for which he is providing any consulting services; (ii) a description of his intended duties as well as (iii) the anticipated start date. Such information is required to ensure Executive’s compliance with his non-compete obligations as well as all other applicable restrictive covenants. Such notice shall be provided in writing to the Office of Vice President and General Counsel of the Company at 1069 State Road 46 E, Batesville, Indiana 47006. Failure to timely provide such notice shall be deemed a material breach of this Agreement and entitle the Company to return of any severance paid to Executive plus attorneys’ fees. Executive further consents to the Company’s notification to any new employer of Executive’s rights and obligations under this Agreement.

 

30.

 

Scope of Restrictions.  If the scope of any restriction contained in any preceding paragraphs of this Agreement is deemed too broad to permit enforcement of such restriction to its fullest extent, then such restriction shall be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law, and Executive hereby consents and agrees that such scope may be judicially modified accordingly in any proceeding brought to enforce such restriction.

 

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31.

 

Specific Enforcement/Injunctive Relief.  Executive agrees that it would be difficult to measure any damages to the Company from a breach of the above-referenced restrictive covenants, but acknowledges that the potential for such damages would be great, incalculable and irremediable, and that monetary damages alone would be an inadequate remedy. Accordingly, Executive agrees that the Company shall be entitled to immediate injunctive relief against such breach, or threatened breach, in any court having jurisdiction. In addition, if Executive violates any such restrictive covenant, Executive agrees that the period of such violation shall be added to the term of the restriction. In determining the period of any violation, the Parties stipulate that in any calendar month in which Executive engages in any activity in violation of such provisions, Executive shall be deemed to have violated such provision for the entire month, and that month shall be added to the duration of the non-competition provision. Executive acknowledges that the remedies described above shall not be the exclusive remedies, and the Company may seek any other remedy available to it either in law or in equity, including, by way of example only, statutory remedies for misappropriation of trade secrets, and including the recovery of compensatory or punitive damages. Executive further agrees that the Company shall be entitled to an award of all costs and attorneys’ fees incurred by it in any attempt to enforce the terms of this Agreement if the Company prevails.

 

32.

 

Publicly Traded Stock.  The Parties agree that nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed to prohibit Executive from investing his personal assets in any stock or corporate security traded or quoted on a national securities exchange or national market system provided, however, such investments do not require any services on the part of Executive in the operation or the affairs of the business or otherwise violate the Company’s Code of Ethics.

 

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33.

 

Notice of Claim and Contractual Limitations Period.  Executive acknowledges the Company’s need for prompt notice, investigation, and resolution of any claims that may be filed against it due to the number of relationships it has with employees and others (and due to the turnover among such individuals with knowledge relevant to any underlying claim). Accordingly, Executive agrees prior to initiating any litigation of any type (including, but not limited to, employment discrimination litigation, wage litigation, defamation, or any other claim) to notify the Company, within One Hundred and Eighty (180) days after the claim accrued, by sending a certified letter addressed to the Company’s General Counsel setting forth:  (i) claimant’s name, address, and phone; (ii) the name of any attorney representing Executive; (iii) the nature of the claim; (iv) the date the claim arose; and (v) the relief requested. This provision is in addition to any other notice and exhaustion requirements that might apply. For any dispute or claim of any type against the Company (including but not limited to employment discrimination litigation, wage litigation, defamation, or any other claim), Executive must commence legal action within the shorter of one (1) year of accrual of the cause of action or such shorter period that may be specified by law.

 

34.

 

Non-Jury Trials. Notwithstanding any right to a jury trial for any claims, Executive waives any such right to a jury trial, and agrees that any claim of any type (including but not limited to employment discrimination litigation, wage litigation, defamation, or any other claim) lodged in any court will be tried, if at all, without a jury.

35.

 

Choice of Forum.  Executive acknowledges that the Company is primarily based in Indiana, and Executive understands and acknowledges the Company’s desire and need to defend any litigation against it in Indiana. Accordingly, the Parties agree that any claim of any type brought by Executive against the Company or any of its employees or agents must be maintained only in a court sitting in Marion County, Indiana, or Ripley County, Indiana, or, if a federal court, the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Executive further understands and acknowledges that in the event the Company initiates litigation against Executive, the Company may need to prosecute such litigation in such state where the Executive is subject to personal jurisdiction. Accordingly, for purposes of enforcement of this Agreement, Executive specifically consents to personal jurisdiction in the State of Indiana.

 

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36.

 

Choice of Law.  This Agreement shall be deemed to have been made within the County of Ripley, State of Indiana and shall be interpreted and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Indiana. Any and all matters of dispute of any nature whatsoever arising out of, or in any way connected with the interpretation of this Agreement, any disputes arising out of the Agreement or the employment relationship between the Parties hereto, shall be governed by, construed by and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Indiana without regard to any applicable state’s choice of law provisions.

 

37.

 

Titles.  Titles are used for the purpose of convenience in this Agreement and shall be ignored in any construction of it.

38.

 

Severability.  The Parties agree that each and every paragraph, sentence, clause, term and provision of this Agreement is severable and that, in the event any portion of this Agreement is adjudged to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining portions thereof shall remain in effect and be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, should any particular clause, covenant, or provision of this Agreement be held unreasonable or contrary to public policy for any reason, the Parties acknowledge and agree that such covenant, provision or clause shall automatically be deemed modified such that the contested covenant, provision or clause will have the closest effect permitted by applicable law to the original form and shall be given effect and enforced as so modified to whatever extent would be reasonable and enforceable under applicable law.

 

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39.

 

Assignment-Notices.  The rights and obligations of the Company under this Agreement shall inure to its benefit, as well as the benefit of its parent, subsidiary, successor and affiliated entities, and shall be binding upon the successors and assigns of the Company. This Agreement, being personal to Executive, cannot be assigned by Executive, but his personal representative shall be bound by all its terms and conditions. Any notice required hereunder shall be sufficient if in writing and mailed to the last known residence of Executive or to the Company at its principal office with a copy mailed to the Office of the General Counsel.

 

40.

 

Amendments and Modifications.  Except as specifically provided herein, no modification, amendment, extension or waiver of this Agreement or any provision hereof shall be binding upon the Company or Executive unless in writing and signed by both Parties. The waiver by the Company or Executive of a breach of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as a limitation upon the Company’s right to modify or amend any of its manuals or policies in its sole discretion and any such modification or amendment which pertains to matters addressed herein shall be deemed to be incorporated herein and made a part of this Agreement.

41.

 

Outside Representations.  Executive represents and acknowledges that in signing this Agreement he does not rely, and has not relied, upon any representation or statement made by the Company or by any of the Company’s employees, officers, agents, stockholders, directors or attorneys with regard to the subject matter, basis or effect of this Agreement other than those specifically contained herein.

 

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42.

 

Other Remedies. The Executive agrees to execute and be bound by the terms and conditions of the Company’s Limited Recapture Agreement, and any applicable laws, rules and regulations.

 

43.

 

Voluntary and Knowing Execution.  Executive acknowledges that he has been offered a reasonable amount of time within which to consider and review this Agreement; that he has carefully read and fully understands all of the provisions of this Agreement; and that he has entered into this Agreement knowingly and voluntarily, with the assistance of counsel.

44.

 

Liability Insurance. The Company shall cover the Executive under directors and officers liability insurance both during and, while potential liability exists, after the term of this Agreement in the same amount and to the same extent as the Company covers its other officers and non independent director.

 

45.

 

Attorney’s Fees. The Company shall promptly pay the Executive’s reasonable costs of entering into this Agreement, including the reasonable fees and expenses of the Executive’s counsel and other professionals, up to a maximum of $15,000.

46.

 

Entire Agreement.  This Agreement constitutes the entire employment agreement between the Parties hereto concerning the subject matter hereof and shall supersede all prior and contemporaneous agreements between the Parties in connection with the subject matter of this Agreement. Any pre-existing Employment Agreements shall be deemed null and void. Nothing in this Agreement, however, shall affect any separately-executed written agreement addressing any other issues.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have signed this Agreement effective as of the day and year first above written.

“EXECUTIVE”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HILL-ROM HOLDINGS, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed:

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printed:

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dated:

 

 

 

 

 

Dated:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAUTION: READ BEFORE SIGNING

 

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Exhibit A

SAMPLE SEPARATION AND RELEASE AGREEMENT

THIS SEPARATION and RELEASE AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) is entered into by and between EMPLOYEE’S FULL NAME(“Executive”) and Hillenbrand Industries, Inc. (to be renamed Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.) (together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, the “Company”). To wit, the Parties agree as follows:

1.

 

Executive’s active employment by the Company shall terminate effective [date of termination](Executive’s “Effective Termination Date”). Except as specifically provided by this Agreement, or in any other non-employment agreement that may exist between the Company and Executive, Executive agrees that the Company shall have no other obligations or liabilities to him/her following his/her Effective Termination Date and that his/her receipt of the Severance Benefits provided herein shall constitute a complete settlement, satisfaction and waiver of any and all claims he/she may have against the Company.

2.

 

Executive further submits, and the Company hereby accepts, his resignation as an Executive, officer and director, as of his Effective Termination Date for any position he may hold. The Parties agree that this resignation shall apply to all such positions Executive may hold with the Company or any parent, subsidiary or affiliated entity thereof. Executive agrees to execute any documents needed to effectuate such resignation. Executive further agrees to take whatever steps are necessary to facilitate and ensure the smooth transition of his duties and responsibilities to others.

 

 


 

3.

 

Executive acknowledges that he has been advised of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which added Section 409A (“Section 409A”) to the Internal Revenue Code, and significantly changed the taxation of nonqualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements. Under proposed and final regulations as of the date of this Agreement, Executive has been advised that if he is a “key Executive” covered by Section 409A or any similar law, his severance pay may be treated by the Internal Revenue Service as providing “nonqualified deferred compensation,” and therefore subject to Section 409A. In that event, several provisions in Section 409A may affect Executive’s receipt of severance compensation. These include, but are not limited to, a provision which requires that distributions to “specified employees” of public companies on account of separation from service may not be made earlier than six (6) months after the effective date of such separation. If applicable, failure to comply with Section 409A can lead to immediate taxation of deferrals, with interest calculated at a penalty rate and a 20% penalty. As a result of the requirements imposed by the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, Employee agrees if he/she is a “specified employee” at the time of his/her termination of employment and if severance payments are covered as “non-qualified deferred compensation” or otherwise not exempt, the severance pay benefits shall not be paid until a date at least six (6) months after Executive’s Effective Termination Date from Company, as more fully explained by Paragraph 4, below.

 

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4.

 

In consideration of the promises contained in this Agreement and contingent upon Executive’s compliance with such promises, the Company agrees to provide Executive the following:

 

(a)

 

Severance pay, in lieu of, and not in addition to any other contractual, notice or statutory pay obligations (other than accrued wages and deferred compensation) in the maximum total amount of [Insert Amount] Dollars and [_____] Cents ($[_____]), less applicable deductions or other set offs, payable as follows:

[For 409A Severance Pay for Specified Employees Only]

 

(i)

 

A lump payment in the gross amount of [INSERT AMOUNT EQUAL TO 6 MONTHS’ PAY] Dollars and [  ] Cents ($[_____]) payable the day following the sixth (6th) month anniversary of Employee’s Effective Termination Date, with any remaining amount to be paid in bi-weekly installments equivalent to Employee’s base salary (i.e., _____Dollars and _____Cents ($_____), less applicable deductions or other setoffs) commencing upon the next regularly scheduled payroll date after the payment of the lump sum for a period of up to _____ weeks or until the Employee becomes reemployed, whichever comes first.

[For Non-409A Severance Pay or 409A Severance Pay for Non-Specified Employees Only]

 

(i)

 

Commencing on the next regularly scheduled payroll immediately following the earlier to occur of fifteen (15) days from the Company’s receipt of an executed Separation and Release Agreement or the expiration of sixty (60) days after Employee’s Effective Termination Date, Employee shall be paid severance equivalent to his bi-weekly base salary (i.e._____Dollars and _____Cents ($_____), less applicable deductions or other set-offs), for a period up to [insert weeks] (_____) weeks following Employee’s Effective Termination Date or until Employee becomes reemployed, whichever occurs first; provided, however, that if the before-stated sixty (60) day period ends in a calendar year following the calendar year in which the sixty (60) day period commenced, then this severance pay shall only begin on the next regularly scheduled payroll following the expiration of sixty (60) days after the Employee’s Effective Termination Date.

 

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(b)

 

Payment for any earned but unused vacation as of Executive’s Effective Termination Date, less applicable deductions permitted or required by law payable in one lump sum within fifteen (15) days after the Employee’s Effective Termination Date; and

 

 

(c)

 

Group Life Insurance coverage until the above-referenced Severance Pay terminates.

5.

 

Except as may be required by Section 409A, the above Severance Pay shall be paid in accordance with the Company’s standard payroll practices (e.g. bi-weekly). The Parties agree that the initial two (2) weeks of the foregoing Severance Pay shall be allocated as consideration provided to Executive in exchange for his execution of a release in compliance with the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act. The balance of the severance benefits and other obligations undertaken by the Company pursuant to this Agreement shall be allocated as consideration for all other promises and obligations undertaken by Executive, including execution of a general release of claims.

 

6.

 

The Company further agrees to provide Executive with limited out-placement counseling with a company of its choice provided that Executive participates in such counseling immediately following termination of employment. Notwithstanding anything in this Section 6 to the contrary, the out-placement counseling shall not be provided after the last day of the second calendar year following the calendar year in which termination of employment occurs.

 

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7.

 

As of his/her Effective Termination Date, Executive will become ineligible to participate in the Company’s health insurance program and continuation of coverage requirements under COBRA (if any) will be triggered at that time. However, as additional consideration for the promises and obligations contained herein (and except as may be prohibited by law), the Company agrees to continue to pay the employer’s share of such coverage as provided under the health care program selected by Executive as of his/her Effective Termination Date, subject to any approved changes in coverage based on a qualified election, until the above-referenced Severance Pay terminates, Executive accepts other employment or Executive becomes eligible for alternative healthcare coverage, which ever comes first, provided Executive (i) timely completes the applicable election of coverage forms and (ii) continues to pay the Executive portion of the applicable premium(s). Thereafter, if applicable, coverage will be made available to Executive at his sole expense (i.e., Executive will be responsible for the full COBRA premium) for the remaining months of the COBRA coverage period made available pursuant to applicable law. The medical insurance provided herein does not include any disability coverage.

 

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8.

 

Should Executive become employed before the above-referenced Severance Benefits are exhausted or terminated, Executive agrees to so notify the Company in writing within five (5) business days of Executive’s acceptance of such employment, providing the name of such employer (or entity to whom Executive may be providing consulting services), his/her intended duties as well as the anticipated start date. Such information is required to ensure Executive’s compliance with his/her non-compete obligations as well as all other applicable restrictive covenants. This notice will also serve to trigger the Company’s right to terminate all the above-referenced severance pay benefits (specifically excluding any lump sum payment due) as well as all Company-paid or Company-provided benefits consistent with the above paragraphs. Failure to timely provide such notice shall be deemed a material breach of this Agreement entitling the Company to recover as damages the value of all benefits provided to Executive hereunder plus attorneys fees. All other severance benefits however, shall terminate upon reemployment.

 

9.

 

Intentionally omitted

10.

 

In exchange for the foregoing Severance Benefits, EMPLOYEE FULL NAME on behalf of himself/herself, his/her heirs, representatives, agents and assigns hereby RELEASES, INDEMNIFIES, HOLDS HARMLESS, and FOREVER DISCHARGES (i) Company Name. (ii) its parent, subsidiary or affiliated entities, (iii) all of their present or former directors, officers, Executives, shareholders, and agents, as well as, (iv) all predecessors, successors and assigns thereof from any and all actions, charges, claims, demands, damages or liabilities of any kind or character whatsoever, known or unknown, which Executive now has or may have had through the effective date of this Agreement.

 

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11.

 

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing release, it shall include:  (i) all claims or potential claims arising under any federal, state or local laws relating to the Parties’ employment relationship, including any claims Executive may have under the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 2000(e) et seq.; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as amended, 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, 42 U.S.C §§ 12,101 et seq.; the Fair Labor Standards Act 29 U.S.C. §§ 201 et seq.; the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 2101, et seq.; the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, specifically including the Corporate and Criminal Fraud Accountability Act, 18 U.S.C. §1514,A et seq.; and any other federal, state or local law governing the Parties’ employment relationship; (ii) any claims on account of, arising out of or in any way connected with Executive’s employment with the Company or leaving of that employment; (iii) any claims alleged or which could have been alleged in any charge or complaint against the Company; (iv) any claims relating to the conduct of any Executive, officer, director, agent or other representative of the Company; (v) any claims of discrimination, harassment or retaliation on any basis; (vi) any claims arising from any legal restrictions on an employer’s right to separate its Executives; (vii) any claims for personal injury, compensatory or punitive damages or other forms of relief; and (viii) all other causes of action sounding in contract, tort or other common law basis, including (a) the breach of any alleged oral or written contract, (b) negligent or intentional misrepresentations, (c) wrongful discharge, (d) just cause dismissal, (e) defamation, (f) interference with contract or business relationship or (g) negligent or intentional infliction of emotional distress.

 

12.

 

Executive further agrees and covenants not to sue the Company or any entity or individual subject to the foregoing General Release with respect to any claims, demands, liabilities or obligations release by this Agreement provided, however, that nothing contained in this Agreement shall:

 

(a)

 

prevent Executive from filing an administrative charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or any other federal state or local agency; or

 

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(b)

 

prevent employee from challenging, under the Older Worker’s Benefit Protection Act (29 U.S.C. § 626), the knowing and voluntary nature of his/her release of any age claims in this Agreement in court or before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. [INCLUDE THIS SUBPARAGRAPH (b) IF EMPLOYEE IS AGE 40 OR OLDER]

 

13.

 

Notwithstanding his/her right to file an administrative charge with the EEOC or any other federal, state, or local agency, Executive agrees that with his/her release of claims in this Agreement, he/she has waived any right he/she may have to recover monetary or other personal relief in any proceeding based in whole or in part on claims released by him/her in this Agreement. For example, Executive waives any right to monetary damages or reinstatement if an administrative charge is brought against the Company whether by Employee, the EEOC, or any other person or entity, including but not limited to any federal, state, or local agency. Further, with his/her release of claims in this Agreement, Employee specifically assigns to the Company his/her right to any recovery arising from any such proceeding.

14.

 

[INCLUDE THIS LANGUAGE IF THE EMPLOYEE IS AGE 40 OR OLDER] The Parties acknowledge that it is their mutual and specific intent that the above waiver fully complies with the requirements of the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (29 U.S.C. § 626) and any similar law governing release of claims. Accordingly, Executive hereby acknowledges that:

 

 

(a)

 

He/she has carefully read and fully understands all of the provisions of this Agreement and that He/she has entered into this Agreement knowingly and voluntarily;

 

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(b)

 

The Severance Benefits offered in exchange for Executive’s release of claims exceed in kind and scope that to which he/she would have otherwise been legally entitled absent the execution of this Agreement;

 

 

(c)

 

Prior to signing this Agreement, Executive had been advised, and is being advised by this Agreement, to consult with an attorney of his/her choice concerning its terms and conditions; and

 

(d)

 

He/she has been offered at least [twenty-one (21)/forty-five (45)] days within which to review and consider this Agreement.

 

15.

 

[ADD THIS LANGUAGE IF THE EMLOYEE IS AGE 40 OR OLDER] The Parties agree that this Agreement shall not become effective and enforceable until the date this Agreement is signed by both Parties or seven (7) calendar days after its execution by Executive, whichever is later. Executive may revoke this Agreement for any reason by providing written notice of such intent to the Company within seven (7) days after he/she has signed this Agreement, thereby forfeiting Executive’s right to receive any Severance Benefits provided hereunder and rendering this Agreement null and void in its entirety.

16.

 

[ADD THIS LANGUAGE IF THE EMPLOYEE IS IN CALIFORNIA] Executive specifically acknowledges that, as a condition of this Agreement, he/she expressly releases all rights and claims that he/she knows about as well as those he/she may not know about. Executive expressly waives all rights under Section 1542 of the Civil Code of the State of California, which reads as follows:

“A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release which if known, must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.”

 

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Notwithstanding the provision by Section 1542, and for the purpose of implementing a full and complete release and discharge of the Company as set forth above, Executive expressly acknowledges that this Agreement is intended to include and does in its effect, without limitation, include all claims which Executive does not know or suspect to exist in his/her favor at the time of signing this Agreement and that this Agreement expressly contemplates the extinguishment of all such claims.

17.

 

The Parties agree that nothing contained herein shall purport to waive or otherwise affect any of Executive’s rights or claims that may arise after he/she signs this Agreement. It is further understood by the Parties that nothing in this Agreement shall affect any rights Executive may have under any Company sponsored Deferred Compensation Program, Executive Life Insurance Bonus Plan, Stock Grant Award, Stock Option Grant, Restricted Stock Unit Award, Pension Plan and/or Savings Plan (i.e., 401(k) plan) provided by the Company as of the date of his/her termination, such items to be governed exclusively by the terms of the applicable agreements or plan documents.

18.

 

Similarly, notwithstanding any provision contained herein to the contrary, this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver or release or otherwise affect Executive’s rights with respect to any vested benefits, any rights he/she has to benefits which can not be waived by law, any coverage provided under any Directors and Officers (“D&O”) policy, any rights Executive may have under any indemnification agreement he/she has with the Company prior to the date hereof, any rights he/she has as a shareholder, or any claim for breach of this Agreement, including, but not limited to the benefits promised by the terms of this Agreement.

 

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19.

 

[Optional Provision for Equity Eligible Employees: Except as provided herein, Executive acknowledges that he/she will not be eligible to receive or vest in any additional stock options, stock awards or restricted stock units (“RSUs”) as of [his/her] Effective Termination Date. Failure to exercise any vested options within the applicable period as set for in the plan and/or grant will result in their forfeiture. Executive acknowledges that any stock options, stock awards or RSUs held for less than the required period shall be deemed forfeited as of the effective date of this Agreement. All terms and conditions of such stock options, stock awards or RSUs shall not be affected by this Agreement, shall remain in full force and effect, and shall govern the Parties’ rights with respect to such equity based awards.]

 

20.

 

[Option A] Executive acknowledges that his/her termination and the Severance Benefits offered hereunder were based on an individual determination and were not offered in conjunction with any group termination or group severance program and waives any claim to the contrary.

[Option B] Executive represents and agrees that he/she has been provided relevant cohort information based on the information available to the Company as of the date this Agreement was tendered to Executive. This information is attached hereto as Exhibit A. The Parties acknowledge that simply providing such information does not mean and should not be interpreted to mean that the Company was obligated to comply with 29 C.F.R. § 1625.22(f).

 

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21.

 

Executive hereby affirms and acknowledges his/her continued obligations to comply with the post-termination covenants contained in his/her Employment Agreement, including but not limited to, the non-compete, trade secret and confidentiality provisions. Executive acknowledges that a copy of the Employment Agreement has been attached to this Agreement as Exhibit A [B] or has otherwise been provided to him/her and, to the extent not inconsistent with the terms of this Agreement or applicable law, the terms thereof shall be incorporated herein by reference. Executive acknowledges that the restrictions contained therein are valid and reasonable in every respect and are necessary to protect the Company’s legitimate business interests. Executive hereby affirmatively waives any claim or defense to the contrary. Executive hereby acknowledges that the definition of Competitor, as provided in his/her Employment Agreement shall include but not be limited to those entities specifically identified in the updated Competitor List, attached hereto as Exhibit B [C].

22.

 

Executive acknowledges that the Company as well as its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies (“Companies” herein) possess, and he/she has been granted access to, certain trade secrets as well as other confidential and proprietary information that they have acquired at great effort and expense. Such information includes, without limitation, confidential information regarding products and services, marketing strategies, business plans, operations, costs, current or, prospective customer information (including customer contacts, requirements, creditworthiness and like matters), product concepts, designs, prototypes or specifications, regulatory compliance issues, research and development efforts, technical data and know-how, sales information, including pricing and other terms and conditions of sale, financial information, internal procedures, techniques, forecasts, methods, trade information, trade secrets, software programs, project requirements, inventions, trademarks, trade names, and similar information regarding the Companies’ business (collectively referred to herein as “Confidential Information”).

 

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23.

 

Executive agrees that all such Confidential Information is and shall remain the sole and exclusive property of the Company. Except as may be expressly authorized by the Company in writing, or as may be required by law after providing due notice thereof to the Company, Executive agrees not to disclose, or cause any other person or entity to disclose, any Confidential Information to any third party for as long thereafter as such information remains confidential (or as limited by applicable law) and agrees not to make use of any such Confidential Information for Executive’s own purposes or for the benefit of any other entity or person. The Parties acknowledge that Confidential Information shall not include any information that is otherwise made public through no fault of Executive or other wrong doing.

 

24.

 

On or before Executive’s Effective Termination Date or per the Company’s request, Executive agrees to return the original and all copies of all things in his/her possession or control relating to the Company or its business, including but not limited to any and all contracts, reports, memoranda, correspondence, manuals, forms, records, designs, budgets, contact information or lists (including customer, vendor or supplier lists), ledger sheets or other financial information, drawings, plans (including, but not limited to, business, marketing and strategic plans), personnel or other business files, computer hardware, software, or access codes, door and file keys, identification, credit cards, pager, phone, and any and all other physical, intellectual, or personal property of any nature that he/she received, prepared, helped prepare, or directed preparation of in connection with his/her employment with the Company. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to require the return of any non-confidential and de minimis items regarding Executive’s pay, benefits or other rights of employment such as pay stubs, W-2 forms, 401(k) plan summaries, benefit statements, etc.

 

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25.

 

Executive hereby consents and authorizes the Company to deduct as an offset from the above-referenced severance payments the value of any Company property not returned or returned in a damaged condition as well as any monies paid by the Company on Executive’s behalf (e.g., payment of any outstanding American Express bill).

 

26.

 

Executive agrees to cooperate with the Company in connection with any pending or future litigation, proceeding or other matter which has been or may be brought against or by the Company before any agency, court, or other tribunal and concerning or relating in any way to any matter falling within Executive’s knowledge or former area of responsibility. Executive agrees to immediately notify the Company, through the Office of the General Counsel, in the event he/she is contacted by any outside attorney (including paralegals or other affiliated parties) unless (i) the Company is represented by the attorney, (ii) Executive is represented by the attorney for the purpose of protecting his/her personal interests or (iii) the Company has been advised of and has approved such contact. Executive agrees to provide reasonable assistance and completely truthful testimony in such matters including, without limitation, facilitating and assisting in the preparation of any underlying defense, responding to discovery requests, preparing for and attending deposition(s) as well as appearing in court to provide truthful testimony. The Company agrees to reimburse Executive for all reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred at the request of the Company associated with such assistance and testimony.

 

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27.

 

Executive agrees not to make any written or oral statement that may defame, disparage or cast in a negative light so as to do harm to the personal or professional reputation of (a) the Company, (b) its Executives, officers, directors or trustees or (c) the services and/or products provided by the Company and its subsidiaries or affiliate entities. Similarly, in response to any written inquiry from any prospective employer or in connection with a written inquiry in connection with any future business relationship involving Executive, the Company agrees not to provide any information that may defame, disparage or cast in a negative light so as to do harm to the personal or professional reputation of Executive. The Parties acknowledge, however, that nothing contained herein shall be construed to prevent or prohibit the Company or the Executive from providing truthful information in response to any court order, discovery request, subpoena or other lawful request.

 

28.

 

EXECUTIVE SPECIFICALLY AGREES AND UNDERSTANDS THAT THE EXISTENCE AND TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT ARE STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND THAT SUCH CONFIDENTIALITY IS A MATERIAL TERM OF THIS AGREEMENT. Accordingly, except as required by law or unless authorized to do so by the Company in writing, Executive agrees that he/she shall not communicate, display or otherwise reveal any of the contents of this Agreement to anyone other than his/her spouse, legal counsel or financial advisor provided, however, that they are first advised of the confidential nature of this Agreement and Executive obtains their agreement to be bound by the same. The Company agrees that Executive may respond to legitimate inquiries regarding the termination of his/her employment by stating that the Parties have terminated their relationship on an amicable basis and that the Parties have entered into a Confidential Separation and Release Agreement that prohibits him/her from further discussing the specifics of his/her separation. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to prevent Executive from discussing or otherwise advising subsequent employers of the existence of any obligations as set forth in his/her Employment Agreement. Further, nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit or otherwise restrict the Company’s ability to disclose the terms and conditions of this Agreement as may be required by business necessity.

 

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29.

 

In the event that Executive breaches or threatens to breach any provision of this Agreement, he/she agrees that the Company shall be entitled to seek any and all equitable and legal relief provided by law, specifically including immediate and permanent injunctive relief. Executive hereby waives any claim that the Company has an adequate remedy at law. In addition, and to the extent not prohibited by law, Executive agrees that the Company shall be entitled to discontinue providing any additional Severance Benefits upon such breach or threatened breach as well as an award of all costs and attorneys’ fees incurred by the Company in any successful effort to enforce the terms of this Agreement. Executive agrees that the foregoing relief shall not be construed to limit or otherwise restrict the Company’s ability to pursue any other remedy provided by law, including the recovery of any actual, compensatory or punitive damages. Moreover, if Executive pursues any claims against the Company subject to the foregoing General Release, or breaches the above confidentiality provision, Executive agrees to immediately reimburse the Company for the value of all benefits received under this Agreement to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

30.

 

Similarly, in the event that the Company breaches or threatens to breach any provision of this Agreement, Executive shall be entitled to seek any and all equitable or other available relief provided by law, specifically including immediate and permanent injunctive relief. In the event Executive is required to file suit to enforce the terms of this Agreement, the Company agrees that Executive shall be entitled to an award of all costs and attorneys’ fees incurred by him/her in any wholly successful effort (i.e. entry of a judgment in his/her favor) to enforce the terms of this Agreement. In the event Executive is wholly unsuccessful, the Company shall be entitled to an award of its costs and attorneys’ fees.

 

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31.

 

Both Parties acknowledge that this Agreement is entered into solely for the purpose of terminating Executive’s employment relationship with the Company on an amicable basis and shall not be construed as an admission of liability or wrongdoing by the Company or Executive, both Parties having expressly denied any such liability or wrongdoing.

 

32.

 

Each of the promises and obligations shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors, administrators, assigns and successors in interest of each of the Parties.

33.

 

The Parties agree that each and every paragraph, sentence, clause, term and provision of this Agreement is severable and that, if any portion of this Agreement should be deemed not enforceable for any reason, such portion shall be stricken and the remaining portion or portions thereof should continue to be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

 

34.

 

This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Indiana without regard to any applicable state’s choice of law provisions.

35.

 

[USE THIS LANGUAGE IF OWBPA LANGUAGE (FOR EMPLOYEES AGE 40 OR OVER) IS NOT INCLUDED]Employee acknowledges that he/she has been offered a period of twenty-one (21) days within which to consider and review this Agreement; that he/she has carefully read and fully understands all of the provisions of this Agreement; and that he/she has entered into this Agreement knowingly and voluntarily.

 

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36.

 

Executive represents and acknowledges that in signing this Agreement he/she does not rely, and has not relied, upon any representation or statement made by the Company or by any of the Company’s Executives, officers, agents, stockholders, directors or attorneys with regard to the subject matter, basis or effect of this Agreement other than those specifically contained herein.

 

37.

 

This Agreement represents the entire agreement between the Parties concerning the subject matter hereof, shall supersede any and all prior agreements which may otherwise exist between them concerning the subject matter hereof (specifically excluding, however, the post-termination obligations contained in an Executive’s Employment Agreement, any obligations contained in an existing and valid Indemnity Agreement of Change in Control or any obligation contained in any other legally-binding document), and shall not be altered, amended, modified or otherwise changed except by a writing executed by both Parties.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. THIS SEPARATION AND RELEASE
AGREEMENT INCLUDES A COMPLETE RELEASE OF ALL
KNOWN AND UNKNOWN CLAIMS.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have themselves signed, or caused a duly authorized agent thereof to sign, this Agreement on their behalf and thereby acknowledge their intent to be bound by its terms and conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[EXECUTIVE]

 

 

 

COMPANY NAME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed:

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printed:

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dated:

 

 

 

 

 

Dated:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exhibit B

ILLUSTRATIVE COMPETITOR LIST

The following is an illustrative, non-exhaustive list of Competitors with whom Executive may not, during his relevant non-compete period, directly or indirectly engage in any of the competitive activities proscribed by the terms of his Employment Agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amico Corporation

 

 

Anodyne Medical Device, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APEX Medical Corp.

 

 

Apria Healthcare Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aramark Corporation

 

 

Ascom (Ascom US, Inc.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barton Medical Corporation

 

 

B.G. Industries, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CareMed Supply, Inc.

 

 

Comfortex, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corona Medical SAS

 

 

Custom Medical Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dukane Communication Systems, a division of Edwards Systems Technology, Inc.

 

 

Freedom Medical, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaymar Holding Company, LLC (Gaymar Industries, Inc.)

 

 

GF Health Products, Inc. (Graham Field)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getinge Group (Arjo; Getinge; Maquet; Pegasus; Huntleigh Technology Plc (Huntleigh Healthcare, LLC))

 

 

Intego Systems, Inc. (formerly known as Wescom Products, Inc.)

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industrie Guido Malvestio S.P.A.

 

 

Invacare Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joerns Healthcare, Inc.

 

 

Joh. Stiegelmeyer & Co., GmbH (Stiegelmeyer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI)

 

 

Linet (Linet France, Linet Far East)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MedaSTAT, LLC

 

 

Medline Industries, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merivaara Corporation

 

 

Modular Services Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nemschoff Chairs, Inc.

 

 

Nurture by Steelcase, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paramount Bed Company, Ltd.

 

 

Pardo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pegasus Airwave, Inc.

 

 

Premise Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radianse, Inc.

 

 

Rauland-Borg Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recovercare, LLC (Stenbar)

 

 

SIZEwise Rentals, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statcom (Jackson Healthcare Solutions)

 

 

Stryker Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tele-Tracking Technologies, Inc.

 

 

Tempur-Pedic Medical, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Universal Hospital Services, Inc.

 

 

Voelker AG

While the above list is intended to identify the Company’s primary competitors, it should not be construed as all encompassing so as to exclude other potential competitors falling within the Non-Compete definitions of “Competitor.” The Company reserves the right to amend this list at any time in its sole discretion to identify other or additional Competitors based on changes in the products and services offered, changes in its business or industry as well as changes in the duties and responsibilities of the individual Executive. An updated list will be provided to Executive upon reasonable request. Executives are encouraged to consult with the Company prior to accepting any position with any potential competitor.

(Revised list 1-1-2008)

 

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EX-10.59 12 c07135exv10w59.htm EXHIBIT 10.59

EXHIBIT 10.59

AMENDED CHANGE IN CONTROL AGREEMENT

This Change in Control Agreement (the “Agreement”) is made and entered into on September, 30, 2010, by and between Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., an Indiana corporation (the “Company”), and John J. Greisch (the “Executive”).

WHEREAS, the Company considers it essential to the best interests of its shareholders to foster continuous employment by the Company and its subsidiaries of their key management personnel;

WHEREAS, the Compensation and Management Development Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company has recommended, and the Board has approved, that the Company enter into Change in Control Agreements with key executives of the Company and its subsidiaries who are from time to time designated by the management of the Company and approved by the Committee;

WHEREAS, the Committee and the Board believe that Executive has made valuable contributions to the productivity and profitability of the Company and consider it essential to the best interests of the Company and its shareholders that Executive be encouraged to remain with the Company;

WHEREAS, the Board believes it is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders that Executive continue in employment with the Company in the event of any proposed Change in Control (as defined below) and be in a position to provide assessment and advice to the Board regarding any proposed Change in Control without concern that Executive might be unduly distracted by the personal uncertainties and risks created by any proposed Change in Control; and

WHEREAS, the Company and Executive have previously entered into a Change in Control Agreement and now consider it desirable to update the prior agreement in consideration for the benefits provided herein;

NOW, THEREFORE, the Company and Executive agree as follows:

1. Termination following a Change in Control. After the occurrence of a Change in Control, the Company will provide or cause to be provided to Executive the rights and benefits described in Section 2 hereof in the event that Executive’s employment with the Company and its subsidiaries is terminated:

(a) by the Company for any reason other than on account of his death, permanent disability, retirement or for Cause at any time prior to the third anniversary of a Change in Control; or

 

 


 

(b) by Executive for Good Reason at any time prior to the third anniversary of a Change in Control.

Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, if a Change in Control occurs and if the Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated by the Company, without Cause, prior to the date on which the Change in Control occurs, and if it is reasonably demonstrated by Executive that such termination of employment (i) was at the request of a third party who has taken steps reasonably calculated to effect a Change in Control or (ii) otherwise arose in connection with or anticipation of a Change in Control which subsequently occurs within 3 months of such termination, then for purposes of this Agreement a Change in Control shall be deemed to have occurred on the day immediately prior to such termination of employment and all references in Section 2 to payments within a specified period as allowed by law following “Termination” shall instead be references to the specified period following the Change in Control.

The rights and benefits described in Section 2 hereof shall be in lieu of any severance payments otherwise payable to Executive under any employment agreement or severance plan or program of the Company or any of its subsidiaries but shall not otherwise affect Executive’s rights to compensation or benefits under the Company’s compensation and benefit programs except to the extent expressly provided herein.

2. Rights and Benefits Upon Termination.

In the event of the termination of Executive’s employment under any of the circumstances set forth in Section 1 hereof (“Termination”), the Company shall provide or cause to be provided to Executive the following rights and benefits, which, with the exception of Section 2(d) below, will only be provided if Executive executes and delivers to the Company within 45 days of the Termination a Release in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (“Release”) and such Release has not been revoked:

(a) an amount equal to three times Executive’s Annual Base Salary (as defined below) payable as follows:

(i) if the Termination occurs within two years following the Change in Control, in a lump sum payment (1) on the date which is six (6) months following Termination, if the Executive is a “specified employee” as defined in Code Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Code”) (Section 409A of the Code is hereunder referred to as “Section 409A”) and the Treasury Regulations promulgated thereunder and such payment is not otherwise exempt from Section 409A, or (2) on the next regularly scheduled payroll following the earlier to occur of fifteen (15) days from the Company’s receipt of an executed Release or the expiration of sixty (60) days after Executive’s Termination, if Executive is not such a “specified employee” (or such payment is exempt from Section 409A); provided, however, that if the before-stated sixty (60) day period ends in a calendar year following the calendar year in which the sixty (60) day period commenced, then any benefits not subject to clause (1) shall only begin on the next regularly scheduled payroll following the expiration of sixty (60) days after the Executive’s Termination; or

 

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(ii) if the Termination occurs more than two years following the Change in Control, the amount determined under this Section 2(a) shall be paid over a 24-month period pursuant to applicable provisions of Executive’s Employment Agreement.

(b) for the 36 months following Termination, continued health and medical insurance coverage for Executive and his dependents substantially comparable (with regard to both benefits and employee contributions) to the coverage provided by the Company immediately prior to the Change in Control for active employees of equivalent rank. From the end of such 36-month period until Executive attains Social Security Retirement Age, Executive shall have the right to purchase (at COBRA rates applicable to such coverage) continued coverage for himself and his dependents under one or more plans maintained by the Company for its active employees, to the extent Executive would have been eligible to purchase continued coverage under the plan in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control had his employment terminated 36 months following Termination. The payment of any health or medical claims for the health and medical coverage provided in this subparagraph (b) shall be made to the Executive as soon as administratively practicable after the Executive 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: (1) the amount of medical claims eligible for reimbursement or to be provided as an in-kind benefit under this Agreement 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 Agreement shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit;

(c) continuation for Executive, for a period of three years following Termination, of the Executive Life Insurance Bonus Plan (if any) provided for Executive by the Company immediately prior to the Change in Control and the group term life insurance program provided for executive immediately prior to the Change in Control. The payment of any claim for death benefits provided under this subparagraph (c) shall be paid in accordance with the appropriate program, provided, however that if the death benefit is subject to Section 409A, then the death benefit shall be paid, as determined by the Company in its complete and absolute discretion, no later than the later to occur of (i) the last day of calendar year in which the death of the Executive occurs or (ii) the 90th day following the Executive’s death;

(d) a lump sum payment in cash, payable within 30 days after Termination, equal to all accrued and unpaid vacation, reimbursable business expenses, and similar miscellaneous benefits as of the Termination, provided, however, that to the extent that any such miscellaneous benefits are subject to Section 409A, such benefits shall be paid in one lump sum (i) on the date which is six months following Termination, if the Executive is a “specified employee” as defined in Code Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) and such payment is not otherwise exempt from Section 409A or (ii) on the next regularly scheduled payroll following the earlier to occur of fifteen (15) days from the Company’s receipt of an executed Release or the expiration of sixty (60) days after Executive’s Termination, if Executive is not such a “specified employee;” provided, however, that if the before-stated sixty (60) day period ends in a calendar year following the calendar year in which the sixty (60) day period commenced, then any benefits not subject to clause (i) shall only begin on the next regularly scheduled payroll following the expiration of sixty (60) days after the Executive’s Termination; and

 

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(e) a lump sum payment in cash for amounts accrued as of Termination under the Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan for the payment of benefits under such plan and an additional amount equal to three (3) times the amounts accrued for the last 12 months immediately prior to Termination in any of the Defined Contribution, Matching Account and/or Supplemental Contribution Account under the Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan, payable (i) on the date which is six (6) months following Termination, if the Executive is a “specified employee“ as defined in Code Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) or (ii) on the next regularly scheduled payroll following the earlier to occur of fifteen (15) days from the Company’s receipt of an executed Release or the expiration of sixty (60) days after Executive’s Termination, if Executive is not such a “specified employee” (or such payment is exempt from Section 409A); provided, however, that if the before-stated sixty (60) day period ends in a calendar year following the calendar year in which the sixty (60) day period commenced, then any benefits not subject to clause (i) shall only begin on the next regularly scheduled payroll following the expiration of sixty (60) days after the Executive’s Termination.

(f) a lump sum payment in cash equal to the amount of Short-Term Incentive Compensation which would be payable to Executive if the Company performance targets (at 100%) with respect to such incentive compensation in effect for the entire year in which the Termination occurred had been achieved, payable with the next regularly scheduled payroll date following the earlier to occur of fifteen (15) days from the Company’s receipt of an executed Separation and Release Agreement or the expiration of sixty (60) days after Executive’s Termination and shall be paid on the Company’s regularly scheduled payroll dates thereafter, provided, however, that if the before-stated sixty (60) day period ends in a calendar year following the calendar year in which the sixty (60) day period commenced, then benefits shall only begin on the next regularly scheduled payroll following the expiration of sixty (60) days after Executive’s Termination; and

(g) the number of shares of common stock of the Company that would be payable to Executive under the Company’s Stock Incentive Plan provided, however, that if the Change in Control involves a merger, acquisition or other corporate restructuring where the Company is not the surviving entity (or survives as a wholly-owned subsidiary of another entity), then, in lieu of such shares of common stock of the Company, Executive shall be entitled to receive the consideration he would have received in such transaction in exchange for such shares of common stock; and provided, further, that the Company shall in any case have the right to substitute cash for such shares of common stock of the Company or merger consideration in an amount equal to the fair market value of such shares or merger consideration as determined by the Company including:

 

(i)

 

immediate vesting of all Bonus Stock Awards (as defined in the Company’s Stock Incentive Plan) awarded to Executive after the date of this Agreement;

 

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(ii)

 

immediate vesting of all outstanding Stock Options awarded to Executive after the date of this Agreement under the Company’s Stock Incentive Plan;

 

 

(iii)

 

immediate vesting of all awards of Restricted Stock awarded to Executive after the date of this Agreement under any Stock Award Agreements (as defined in the Company’s Stock Incentive Plan) with Executive and Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.;

 

(iv)

 

immediate vesting of all awards of Deferred Stock (as defined in the Company’s Stock Incentive Plan) (also known as Restricted Stock Units) awarded to Executive after the date of this Agreement under the Company’s Stock Incentive Plan; and

 

 

(v)

 

the exercise of any Stock Appreciation Right (as defined in the Company’s Stock Incentive Plan) within 60 days of a Change in Control as provided by section 7.2 of the Stock Incentive Plan.

Any awards of the type described in Paragraphs (i)-(v) above which were issued prior to the date of this Agreement shall be governed by the terms of the applicable award agreements at the time such awards were issued, and shall not be affected by this Agreement. Shares or cash payments in lieu of shares shall be paid at the time specified in the Stock Incentive Plan and the applicable award, subject to Executive’s delivery of a Release to the extent required by this Agreement or the applicable awards within 45 days of Executive’s Termination which Release has not been revoked.

3. Payment Adjustment Due to Excise Tax.

In the event that any payment or benefits received or to be received by Executive pursuant to Section 2 of this Agreement would, but for this paragraph, be subject to the excise tax imposed by Internal Revenue Code Section 4999, or any comparable successor provisions, then such payment shall be either: (i) provided to Executive in full, or (ii) provided to Executive as to such lesser extent which would result in no portion of such payment being subject to such excise tax, whichever of the foregoing amounts, when taking into account applicable federal, state, local and foreign income and employment taxes, such excise tax, and any other applicable taxes, results in the receipt by Executive, on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of the payment, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such payment may be taxable under such excise tax. To the extent such payment needs to be reduced pursuant to the preceding sentence, reductions shall come from taxable amounts before non-taxable amounts and beginning with the payments otherwise scheduled to occur soonest. Executive agrees to cooperate fully with the Company to determine the benefits applicable under this paragraph.

 

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4. Confidentiality; Non-Competition.

(a) Executive shall not at any time without the prior approval of the Company disclose to any person, firm, corporation or other entity any trade secret, confidential customer information, or other proprietary information not known within the industry or by the public generally regarding the business then being conducted by the Company, including, without limitation, financial information, marketing and sales information and business and strategic plans.

(b) Executive shall not at any time during the term of this Agreement and within three years following the termination of his employment with the Company, (i) solicit any persons who are employed by the Company to terminate their employment with the Company, and (ii) directly or indirectly (either individually or as an agent, employee, director, officer, stockholder, partner or individual proprietor, consultant or as an investor who has made advances of loan capital or contributions to equity capital), engage in any activity which he knows (or reasonably should have known) to be competitive with the business of the Company as then being carried on. Nothing in this Agreement, however, shall prevent Executive from owning, as an investment, up to two percent (2%) of the outstanding equity capital of any competitor of the Company, shares of which are regularly traded on a national securities exchange or in over-the-counter markets. The restrictions set forth in this Section 4 shall not apply in the event of a termination of Executive’s employment pursuant to Section 1.

5. Section 409A Acknowledgement.

Executive acknowledges that he has been advised of Section 409A, which has significantly changed the taxation of nonqualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements. Under proposed and final regulations as of the date of this Agreement, Executive has been advised that Executive’s severance pay and other Termination benefits may be treated by the Internal Revenue Service as “nonqualified deferred compensation,” subject to Section 409A. In that event, several provisions in Section 409A may affect Executive’s receipt of severance compensation, including the timing thereof. These include, but are not limited to, a provision which requires that distributions to “specified employees” (as defined in Section 409A) on account of separation from service may not be made earlier than six (6) months after such separation. If applicable, failure to comply with Section 409A can lead to immediate taxation of such deferrals, with interest calculated at a penalty rate and a 20% excise tax. As a result of the requirements imposed by the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, Executive agrees that if Executive is a “specified employee” at the time of Executive’s termination and if severance payments are covered as “nonqualified deferred compensation” or otherwise not exempt, such severance pay (and other benefits to the extent applicable) due Executive at time of termination shall not be paid until a date at least six (6) months after Executive’s separation from service (as defined in Section 409A and applicable regulations issued thereunder). Executive acknowledges that, notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, both Executive and the Company shall each be independently responsible for accessing their own risks and liabilities under Section 409A that may be associated with any payment made under the terms of this Agreement which may be deemed to trigger Section 409A. To the extent applicable, Executive understands and agrees that Executive shall have the responsibility for, and Executive agrees to pay, any and all appropriate income tax or other tax obligations for which Executive is individually responsible and/or related to receipt of any benefits provided in this Agreement. Executive agrees to fully indemnify and hold the Company harmless for any taxes, penalties, interest, cost or attorneys’

 

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fee assessed against or incurred by the Company on account of such benefits having been provided to Executive or based on any alleged failure to withhold taxes or satisfy any claimed obligation. Executive understands and acknowledges that neither the Company, nor any of its employees, attorneys, or other representatives has provided or will provide Executive with any legal or financial advice concerning taxes or any other matter, and that Executive has not relied on any such advice in deciding whether to enter into this Agreement. Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, to the extent that any payment under the terms of this Agreement would constitute an impermissible acceleration of payments under Section 409A or any regulations or Treasury guidance promulgated thereunder, such payments shall be made no earlier than at such times allowed under Section 409A. If any provision of this Agreement (or of any award of compensation) would cause Executive to incur any additional tax or interest under Section 409A or any regulations or Treasury guidance promulgated thereunder, the Company or its successor may reform such provision; provided that it will (i) maintain, to the maximum extent practicable, the original intent of the applicable provision without violating the provisions of Section 409A and (ii) notify and consult with Executive regarding such amendments or modifications prior to the effective date of any such change. Each amount to be paid or benefit to be provided to Executive pursuant to this Agreement shall be construed as a separate identified payment for purposes of Section 409A. To the extent required to avoid an accelerated or additional tax under Section 409A, amounts reimbursable to Employee under this Agreement shall be paid to Employee on or before the last day of the year following the year in which the expense was incurred, the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement (and in-kind benefits provided to Employee) during any one year may not effect amounts reimbursable or provided in any subsequent year, and the right to reimbursement (and in-kind benefits provided to Employee) under this Agreement shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit.

6. Definitions. As used in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

 

(a)

 

Annual Base Salary” means the annualized amount of Executive’s rate of base salary in effect immediately before the Change in Control or immediately before the date of Termination, whichever is greater.

 

(b)

 

Cause” shall have the same meaning set forth in any current employment agreement that the Executive has with the Company or any of its subsidiaries.

 

 

(c)

 

A “Change in Control” shall be deemed to occur on:

 

(i)

 

the date that any person, corporation, partnership, syndicate, trust, estate or other group acting with a view to the acquisition, holding or disposition of securities of the Company, becomes, directly or indirectly, the beneficial owner, as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Beneficial Owner”), of securities of the Company representing 35% or more of the voting power of all securities of the Company having the right under ordinary circumstances to vote at an election of the Board (“Voting Securities”), other than by reason of (x) the acquisition of securities of the Company by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or any employee benefit plan of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (y) the acquisition of securities of the Company directly from the Company, or (z) the acquisition of Company securities by one or more members of the Hillenbrand Family (which term shall mean descendants of John A. Hillenbrand and their spouses, trusts primarily for their benefit or entities controlled by them);

 

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(ii)

 

the consummation of a merger or consolidation of the Company with another corporation unless

(A) the shareholders of the Company, immediately prior to the merger or consolidation, beneficially own, immediately after the merger or consolidation, shares entitling such shareholders to 50% or more of the voting power of all securities of the corporation surviving the merger or consolidation having the right under ordinary circumstances to vote at an election of directors in substantially the same proportions as their ownership, immediately prior to such merger or consolidation, of Voting Securities of the Company;

(B) no person, corporation, partnership, syndicate, trust, estate or other group beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, 35% or more of the voting power of the outstanding voting securities of the corporation resulting from such merger or consolidation except to the extent that such ownership existed prior to such merger or consolidation; and

(C) the members of the Company’s Board, immediately prior to the merger or consolidation, constitute, immediately after the merger or consolidation, a majority of the board of directors of the corporation issuing cash or securities in the merger;

 

(iii)

 

the date on which a majority of the members of the Board consist of persons other than Current Directors (which term shall mean any member of the Board on the date hereof and any member whose nomination or election has been approved by a majority of Current Directors then on the Board);

 

(iv)

 

the consummation of a sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company; or

 

 

(v)

 

the date of approval by the shareholders of the Company of a plan of complete liquidation of the Company.

 

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Notwithstanding the foregoing, for benefits payable upon or in relation to a Change in Control which are not otherwise exempt from Section 409A, any of the events listed above must be a change in the ownership or effective control of the Company or in the ownership of a substantial portion of the assets of the Company as described in Section 409A and any regulations or other applicable guidance promulgated thereunder.

 

(d)

 

Good Reason” shall have the same meaning set forth in any current employment agreement that the Executive has with the Company or any of its subsidiaries.

 

(e)

 

Normal Retirement Benefit” shall have the meaning set forth in the Pension Plan.

 

 

(f)

 

Pension Plan” means the Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. Pension Plan as amended from time to time.

 

(g)

 

Section 409A” means Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

(h)

 

Short-Term Incentive Compensation” means the Incentive Compensation payable under the Short-Term Incentive Compensation Program, or any successor or other short-term incentive plan or program.

 

(i)

 

Early Retirement Benefits” early retirement benefits shall have the meaning set forth in the Pension Plan which defines the age at which full, unreduced benefits are available without any early retirement reduction being applied.

 

 

(j)

 

Executive Life Insurance Bonus Program” shall mean a program under which the Company pays the annual premium for a whole life insurance policy on the life of Executive.

 

(k)

 

Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan” shall mean the Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan, as amended from time to time.

 

 

(l)

 

Defined Contribution Accounts”, “Matching Accounts”, and “Supplemental Contribution Accounts” shall have the meanings set forth in the Company’s Supplemental Executive Retirement Program (“SERP”).

 

(m)

 

Stock Incentive Plan” shall mean the Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. Stock Incentive Plan maintained by the Company, as amended from time to time.

 

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7. Notice.

(a) Any discharge or termination of Executive’s employment pursuant to Section 1 shall be communicated in a written notice to the other party hereto setting forth the effective date of such discharge or termination (which date shall not be more than 30 days after the date such notice is delivered) and, in the case of a discharge for Cause or a termination for Good Reason the basis for such discharge or termination.

(b) For purposes of this Agreement, notices and all other communications provided for in this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered or mailed by United States certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed to 1069 Highway 46 East, Batesville, Indiana 47006 provided that all notices to the Company shall be directed to the attention of the Board with a copy to Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, or to such other address as either party may have furnished to the other in writing in accordance herewith, except that notice of change of address shall be effective only upon receipt.

8. No Duty to Mitigate. Executive is not required to seek other employment or otherwise mitigate the amount of any payments to be made by the Company pursuant to this Agreement.

9. Assignment.

(a) This Agreement is personal to Executive and shall not be assignable by Executive other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by Executive’s legal representatives.

(b) This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Company and its successors. The Company shall require any successor to all or substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company, whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation, acquisition of stock, or otherwise, to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent as the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place.

10. Arbitration. Any dispute or controversy arising under, related to or in connection with this Agreement shall be settled exclusively by arbitration before a single arbitrator in Cincinnati, Ohio, in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitrator’s award shall be final and binding on all parties to this Agreement. Judgment may be entered on an arbitrator’s award in any court having competent jurisdiction.

11. Integration. This Agreement supersedes and replaces any prior oral or written agreements or understandings in respect of the matters addressed hereby.

12. Amendment. This Agreement may not be amended or modified otherwise than by a written agreement executed by the parties hereto or their respective successors and legal representatives.

13. Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement.

 

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14. Withholding. The Company may withhold from any amounts payable under this Agreement such federal, state, local or foreign taxes as shall be required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.

15. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the State of Indiana without reference to principles of conflict of laws.

16. Attorney’s Fees. If any legal proceeding (whether in arbitration, at trial or on appeal) is brought under or in connection with this Agreement, each party shall pay its own expenses, including attorneys’ fees.

17. Term of Agreement. The term of this Agreement shall be one (1) year commencing on the date hereof; provided however, that this Agreement shall be automatically renewed for successive one-year terms commencing on each anniversary of the date of this Agreement unless the Company shall have given notice of non-renewal to Executive at least 30 days prior to the scheduled termination date; and further provided that notwithstanding the foregoing, this Agreement shall not terminate (i) within three years after a Change in Control or (ii) during any period of time when a transaction which would result in a Change in Control is pending or under consideration by the Board. The termination of this Agreement shall not adversely affect any rights to which Executive has become entitled prior to such termination. In addition, Section 5(a) shall survive the termination of this Agreement.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed and delivered as of the day and year first above set forth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HILL-ROM HOLDINGS, INC.
 

 

 

By:  

/s/ Susan Lichtenstein  

 

 

 

Title:  

Susan Lichtenstein 

 

 

 

 

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs
and Chief Legal Officer 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ John J. Greisch  

 

 

Executive 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CAUTION: READ BEFORE SIGNING

Exhibit A

SAMPLE SEPARATION AND RELEASE AGREEMENT

THIS SEPARATION and RELEASE AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) is entered into by and between John J. Greisch (“Executive”) and Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, the “Company”). To wit, the Parties agree as follows:

 

1.

 

Executive and the Company have entered into an Amended Change in Control Agreement, attached hereto, effective as of September 30, 2010 (the “Change in Control Agreement”).

 

2.

 

Executive’s employment by the Company has been terminated following a Change in Control as described in the Change in Control Agreement. Executive shall terminate employment effective [INSERT DATE OF TERMINATION] (Executive’s “Effective Termination Date”). Except as specifically provided by this Agreement, the Change in Control Agreement, or any other non-employment agreement that may exist between the Company and Executive, Executive agrees that the Company shall have no other obligations or liabilities to Executive following Executive’s Effective Termination Date and that Executive’s receipt of the benefits as outlined in the Change in Control Agreement shall constitute a complete settlement, satisfaction and waiver of any and all claims Executive may have against the Company.

 

 

3.

 

Executive acknowledges that Executive has been advised of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which added Section 409A (“Section 409A”) to the Internal Revenue Code, and significantly changed the taxation of nonqualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements. Under proposed and final regulations as of the date of this Agreement, Executive has been advised that if Executive is a “key Executive” covered by Section 409A or any similar law, Executive’s severance pay may be treated by the Internal Revenue Service as providing “nonqualified deferred compensation,” and therefore subject to Section 409A. In that event, several provisions in Section 409A may affect Executive’s receipt of severance compensation. These include, but are not limited to, a provision which requires that distributions to “specified employees” of public companies on account of separation from service may not be made earlier than six (6) months after the effective date of such separation. If applicable, failure to comply with Section 409A can lead to immediate taxation of deferrals, with interest calculated at a penalty rate and a 20% penalty. As a result of the requirements imposed by the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, Executive agrees if Executive is a “specified employee” at the time of Executive’s termination of employment and if severance payments are covered as “non-qualified deferred compensation” or otherwise not exempt, the severance pay benefits shall not be paid until a date at least six (6) months after Executive’s Effective Termination Date from Company, as more fully explained in the Change in Control Agreement.

 

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4.

 

In consideration of the promises contained in this Agreement and contingent upon Executive’s compliance with such promises, the Company agrees to provide Executive the benefits outlined in the Change in Control Agreement (the “Severance Benefits”).

 

 

5.

 

The Company further agrees to provide Executive with limited out-placement counseling with a company of its choice provided that Executive participates in such counseling immediately following termination of employment. Notwithstanding anything in this Section 5 to the contrary, the out-placement counseling shall not be provided after the last day of the second calendar year following the calendar year in which termination of employment occurs.

 

6.

 

In exchange for the foregoing Severance Benefits, John J. Greisch on behalf of himself, Executive’s heirs, representatives, agents and assigns hereby RELEASES, INDEMNIFIES, HOLDS HARMLESS, and FOREVER DISCHARGES (i) Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., (ii) its subsidiary or affiliated entities, (iii) all of their present or former directors, officers, Executives, shareholders, and agents, as well as, (iv) all predecessors, successors and assigns thereof from any and all actions, charges, claims, demands, damages or liabilities of any kind or character whatsoever, known or unknown, which Executive now has or may have had through the effective date of this Agreement.

 

 

7.

 

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing release, it shall include: (i) all claims or potential claims arising under any federal, state or local laws relating to the Parties’ employment relationship, including any claims Executive may have under the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 2000(e) et seq.; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as amended, 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, 42 U.S.C §§ 12,101 et seq.; the Fair Labor Standards Act 29 U.S.C. §§ 201 et seq.; the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 2101, et seq.; the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, specifically including the Corporate and Criminal Fraud Accountability Act, 18 U.S.C. §1514,A et seq.; and any other federal, state or local law governing the Parties’ employment relationship; (ii) any claims on account of, arising out of or in any way connected with Executive’s employment with the Company or leaving of that employment; (iii) any claims alleged or which could have been alleged in any charge or complaint against the Company; (iv) any claims relating to the conduct of any Executive, officer, director, agent or other representative of the Company; (v) any claims of discrimination, harassment or retaliation on any basis; (vi) any claims arising from any legal restrictions on an employer’s right to separate its Executives; (vii) any claims for personal injury, compensatory or punitive damages or other forms of relief; and (viii) all other causes of action sounding in contract, tort or other common law basis, including (a) the breach of any alleged oral or written contract, (b) negligent or intentional misrepresentations, (c) wrongful discharge, (d) just cause dismissal, (e) defamation, (f) interference with contract or business relationship or (g) negligent or intentional infliction of emotional distress.

 

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8.

 

Executive further agrees and covenants not to sue the Company or any entity or individual subject to the foregoing General Release with respect to any claims, demands, liabilities or obligations release by this Agreement provided, however, that nothing contained in this Agreement shall:

 

 

(a)

 

prevent Executive from filing an administrative charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or any other federal state or local agency; or

 

(b)

 

prevent employee from challenging, under the Older Worker’s Benefit Protection Act (29 U.S.C. § 626), the knowing and voluntary nature of Executive’s release of any age claims in this Agreement in court or before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

 

 

9.

 

Notwithstanding Executive’s right to file an administrative charge with the EEOC or any other federal, state, or local agency, Executive agrees that with Executive’s release of claims in this Agreement, Executive has waived any right Executive may have to recover monetary or other personal relief in any proceeding based in whole or in part on claims released by Executive in this Agreement. For example, Executive waives any right to monetary damages or reinstatement if an administrative charge is brought against the Company whether by Executive, the EEOC, or any other person or entity, including but not limited to any federal, state, or local agency. Further, with Executive’s release of claims in this Agreement, Executive specifically assigns to the Company Executive’s right to any recovery arising from any such proceeding.

 

10.

 

The Parties acknowledge that it is their mutual and specific intent that the above waiver fully complies with the requirements of the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (29 U.S.C. § 626) and any similar law governing release of claims. Accordingly, Executive hereby acknowledges that:

 

 

(a)

 

Executive has carefully read and fully understands all of the provisions of this Agreement and that Executive has entered into this Agreement knowingly and voluntarily;

 

(b)

 

The Severance Benefits offered in exchange for Executive’s release of claims exceed in kind and scope that to which Executive would have otherwise been legally entitled absent the execution of this Agreement;

 

 

(c)

 

Prior to signing this Agreement, Executive had been advised, and is being advised by this Agreement, to consult with an attorney of Executive’s choice concerning its terms and conditions; and

 

(d)

 

Executive has been offered at least [twenty-one (21)/forty-five (45)] days within which to review and consider this Agreement.

 

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11.

 

The Parties agree that this Agreement shall not become effective and enforceable until the date this Agreement is signed by both Parties or seven (7) calendar days after its execution by Executive, whichever is later. Executive may revoke this Agreement for any reason by providing written notice of such intent to the Company within seven (7) days after Executive has signed this Agreement, thereby forfeiting Executive’s right to receive any Severance Benefits provided hereunder and rendering this Agreement null and void in its entirety. This revocation must be sent to the Executive’s HR representative with a copy sent to the Hill-Rom Office of Chief Legal Officer and must be received by the end of the seventh day after the Executive signs this Agreement to be effective.

 

 

12.

 

The Parties agree that nothing contained herein shall purport to waive or otherwise affect any of Executive’s rights or claims that may arise after Executive signs this Agreement. It is further understood by the Parties that nothing in this Agreement shall affect any rights Executive may have under any Company sponsored Deferred Compensation Program, Executive Life Insurance Bonus Plan, Stock Grant Award, Stock Option Grant, Restricted Stock Unit Award, Pension Plan and/or Savings Plan (i.e., 401(k) plan) provided by the Company as of the date of Executive’s termination, such items to be governed exclusively by the terms of the applicable agreements or plan documents.

 

13.

 

Similarly, notwithstanding any provision contained herein to the contrary, this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver or release or otherwise affect Executive’s rights with respect to any vested benefits, any rights Executive has to benefits which can not be waived by law, any coverage provided under any Directors and Officers (“D&O”) policy, any rights Executive may have under any indemnification agreement Executive has with the Company prior to the date hereof, any rights Executive has as a shareholder, or any claim for breach of this Agreement, including, but not limited to the benefits promised by the terms of this Agreement.

 

 

14.

 

Except as provided in the Change in Control Agreement, Executive acknowledges that Executive will not be eligible to receive or vest in any additional stock options, stock awards or restricted stock units (“RSUs”) as of Executive’s Effective Termination Date. Failure to exercise any vested options within the applicable period as set for in the plan and/or grant will result in their forfeiture. Executive acknowledges that any stock options, stock awards or RSUs held for less than the required period shall be deemed forfeited as of the effective date of this Agreement. All terms and conditions of such stock options, stock awards or RSUs shall not be affected by this Agreement, shall remain in full force and effect, and shall govern the Parties’ rights with respect to such equity based awards.

 

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15.

 

Executive acknowledges that Executive’s termination and the Severance Benefits offered hereunder were based on an individual determination and were not offered in conjunction with any group termination or group severance program and waives any claim to the contrary.

 

 

16.

 

Executive hereby affirms and acknowledges Executive’s continued obligations to comply with the post-termination covenants contained in Executive’s Employment Agreement, including but not limited to, the non-compete, trade secret and confidentiality provisions. Executive acknowledges that a copy of the Employment Agreement has otherwise been provided to Executive and, to the extent not inconsistent with the terms of this Agreement or applicable law, the terms thereof shall be incorporated herein by reference. Executive acknowledges that the restrictions contained therein are valid and reasonable in every respect and are necessary to protect the Company’s legitimate business interests. Executive hereby affirmatively waives any claim or defense to the contrary. Executive hereby acknowledges that the definition of Competitor, as provided in Executive’s Employment Agreement shall include but not be limited to those entities specifically identified in the updated Competitor List, attached hereto as Exhibit B.

 

17.

 

Executive acknowledges that the Company as well as its subsidiary and affiliated companies (“Companies” herein) possess, and Executive has been granted access to, certain trade secrets as well as other confidential and proprietary information that they have acquired at great effort and expense. Such information includes, without limitation, confidential information regarding products and services, marketing strategies, business plans, operations, costs, current or, prospective customer information (including customer contacts, requirements, creditworthiness and like matters), product concepts, designs, prototypes or specifications, regulatory compliance issues, research and development efforts, technical data and know-how, sales information, including pricing and other terms and conditions of sale, financial information, internal procedures, techniques, forecasts, methods, trade information, trade secrets, software programs, project requirements, inventions, trademarks, trade names, and similar information regarding the Companies’ business (collectively referred to herein as “Confidential Information”).

 

 

18.

 

Executive agrees that all such Confidential Information is and shall remain the sole and exclusive property of the Company. Except as may be expressly authorized by the Company in writing, or as may be required by law after providing due notice thereof to the Company, Executive agrees not to disclose, or cause any other person or entity to disclose, any Confidential Information to any third party for as long thereafter as such information remains confidential (or as limited by applicable law) and agrees not to make use of any such Confidential Information for Executive’s own purposes or for the benefit of any other entity or person. The Parties acknowledge that Confidential Information shall not include any information that is otherwise made public through no fault of Executive or other wrong doing.

 

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19.

 

On or before Executive’s Effective Termination Date or per the Company’s request, Executive agrees to return the original and all copies of all things in Executive’s possession or control relating to the Company or its business, including but not limited to any and all contracts, reports, memoranda, correspondence, manuals, forms, records, designs, budgets, contact information or lists (including customer, vendor or supplier lists), ledger sheets or other financial information, drawings, plans (including, but not limited to, business, marketing and strategic plans), personnel or other business files, computer hardware, software, or access codes, door and file keys, identification, credit cards, pager, phone, and any and all other physical, intellectual, or personal property of any nature that Executive received, prepared, helped prepare, or directed preparation of in connection with Executive’s employment with the Company. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to require the return of any non-confidential and de minimis items regarding Executive’s pay, benefits or other rights of employment such as pay stubs, W-2 forms, 401(k) plan summaries, benefit statements, etc.

 

 

20.

 

Executive hereby consents and authorizes the Company to deduct as an offset from the above-referenced severance payments the value of any Company property not returned or returned in a damaged condition as well as any monies paid by the Company on Executive’s behalf (e.g., payment of any outstanding JPMorgan Chase Corporate MasterCard bill) to the extent permitted by Section 409A.

 

21.

 

Executive agrees to cooperate with the Company in connection with any pending or future litigation, proceeding or other matter which has been or may be brought against or by the Company before any agency, court, or other tribunal and concerning or relating in any way to any matter falling within Executive’s knowledge or former area of responsibility. Executive agrees to immediately notify the Company, through the Office of the Chief Legal Officer, in the event Executive is contacted by any outside attorney (including paralegals or other affiliated parties) unless (i) the Company is represented by the attorney, (ii) Executive is represented by the attorney for the purpose of protecting Executive’s personal interests or (iii) the Company has been advised of and has approved such contact. Executive agrees to provide reasonable assistance and completely truthful testimony in such matters including, without limitation, facilitating and assisting in the preparation of any underlying defense, responding to discovery requests, preparing for and attending deposition(s) as well as appearing in court to provide truthful testimony. The Company agrees to reimburse Executive for all reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred at the request of the Company associated with such assistance and testimony.

 

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22.

 

Executive agrees not to make any written or oral statement that may defame, disparage or cast in a negative light so as to do harm to the personal or professional reputation of (a) the Company, (b) its Executives, officers, directors or trustees or (c) the services and/or products provided by the Company and its subsidiaries or affiliate entities. Similarly, in response to any written inquiry from any prospective employer or in connection with a written inquiry in connection with any future business relationship involving Executive, the Company agrees not to provide any information that may defame, disparage or cast in a negative light so as to do harm to the personal or professional reputation of Executive. The Parties acknowledge, however, that nothing contained herein shall be construed to prevent or prohibit the Company or the Executive from providing truthful information in response to any court order, discovery request, subpoena or other lawful request.

 

 

23.

 

EXECUTIVE SPECIFICALLY AGREES AND UNDERSTANDS THAT THE EXISTENCE AND TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT ARE STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND THAT SUCH CONFIDENTIALITY IS A MATERIAL TERM OF THIS AGREEMENT. Accordingly, except as required by law or unless authorized to do so by the Company in writing, Executive agrees that Executive shall not communicate, display or otherwise reveal any of the contents of this Agreement to anyone other than Executive’s spouse, legal counsel or financial advisor provided, however, that they are first advised of the confidential nature of this Agreement and Executive obtains their agreement to be bound by the same. The Company agrees that Executive may respond to legitimate inquiries regarding the termination of Executive’s employment by stating that the Parties have terminated their relationship on an amicable basis and that the Parties have entered into a Confidential Separation and Release Agreement that prohibits Executive’s from further discussing the specifics of Executive’s separation. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to prevent Executive from discussing or otherwise advising subsequent employers of the existence of any obligations as set forth in Executive’s Employment Agreement. Further, nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit or otherwise restrict the Company’s ability to disclose the terms and conditions of this Agreement as may be required by business necessity.

 

24.

 

In the event that Executive breaches or threatens to breach any provision of this Agreement, Executive agrees that the Company shall be entitled to seek any and all equitable and legal relief provided by law, specifically including immediate and permanent injunctive relief. Executive hereby waives any claim that the Company has an adequate remedy at law. In addition, and to the extent not prohibited by law, Executive agrees that the Company shall be entitled to discontinue providing any additional Severance Benefits upon such breach or threatened breach as well as an award of all costs and attorneys’ fees incurred by the Company in any successful effort to enforce the terms of this Agreement. Executive agrees that the foregoing relief shall not be construed to limit or otherwise restrict the Company’s ability to pursue any other remedy provided by law, including the recovery of any actual, compensatory or punitive damages. Moreover, if Executive pursues any claims against the Company subject to the foregoing General Release, or breaches the above confidentiality provision, Executive agrees to immediately reimburse the Company for the value of all benefits received under this Agreement to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

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25.

 

Similarly, in the event that the Company breaches or threatens to breach any provision of this Agreement, Executive shall be entitled to seek any and all equitable or other available relief provided by law, specifically including immediate and permanent injunctive relief. In the event Executive is required to file suit to enforce the terms of this Agreement, the Company agrees that Executive shall be entitled to an award of all costs and attorneys’ fees incurred by Executive’s in any wholly successful effort (i.e. entry of a judgment in Executive’s favor) to enforce the terms of this Agreement. In the event Executive is wholly unsuccessful, the Company shall be entitled to an award of its costs and attorneys’ fees.

 

26.

 

Both Parties acknowledge that this Agreement is entered into solely for the purpose of terminating Executive’s employment relationship with the Company on an amicable basis and shall not be construed as an admission of liability or wrongdoing by the Company or Executive, both Parties having expressly denied any such liability or wrongdoing.

 

 

27.

 

Each of the promises and obligations shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors, administrators, assigns and successors in interest of each of the Parties.

 

28.

 

The Parties agree that each and every paragraph, sentence, clause, term and provision of this Agreement is severable and that, if any portion of this Agreement should be deemed not enforceable for any reason, such portion shall be stricken and the remaining portion or portions thereof should continue to be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

 

 

29.

 

This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Indiana without regard to any applicable state’s choice of law provisions.

 

30.

 

Executive represents and acknowledges that in signing this Agreement Executive does not rely, and has not relied, upon any representation or statement made by the Company or by any of the Company’s Executives, officers, agents, stockholders, directors or attorneys with regard to the subject matter, basis or effect of this Agreement other than those specifically contained herein.

 

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31.

 

This Agreement represents the entire agreement between the Parties concerning the subject matter hereof, shall supersede any and all prior agreements which may otherwise exist between them concerning the subject matter hereof (specifically excluding, however, the post-termination obligations contained in an Executive’s Employment Agreement, any obligations contained in an existing and valid Indemnity Agreement of Change in Control, or any obligation contained in any other legally-binding document), and shall not be altered, amended, modified or otherwise changed except by a writing executed by both Parties.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. THIS SEPARATION AND RELEASE 
AGREEMENT INCLUDES A COMPLETE RELEASE OF ALL
KNOWN AND UNKNOWN CLAIMS.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have themselves signed, or caused a duly authorized agent thereof to sign, this Agreement on their behalf and thereby acknowledge their intent to be bound by its terms and conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN J. GREISCH

 

 

 

HILL-ROM HOLDINGS, INC.

 

 

 

 

Signed:

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printed:

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dated:

 

 

 

 

 

Dated:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exhibit B
ILLUSTRATIVE COMPETITOR LIST

The following is an illustrative, non-exhaustive list of Competitors with whom Employee may not, during Executive’s relevant non-compete period, directly or indirectly engage in any of the competitive activities proscribed by the terms of Executive’s Employment Agreement.

 

 

 

    Amico Corporation

 

    Anodyne Medical Device, Inc.

 

 

 

    APEX Medical Corp.

 

    Apria Healthcare Inc.

 

 

 

    Aramark Corporation

 

    Ascom (Ascom US, Inc.)

 

 

 

    Barton Medical Corporation

 

    B.G. Industries, Inc.

 

 

 

    CareMed Supply, Inc.

 

    Comfortex, Inc.

 

 

 

    Corona Medical SAS

 

    Custom Medical Solutions

 

 

 

    Dukane Communication Systems, a division of Edwards Systems Technology, Inc.

 

    Encompass Group, LLC

 

 

 

    Fitzsimmons Home Medical Equipment, Inc.

 

    Freedom Medical, Inc.

 

 

 

    Gaymar Holding Company, LLC (Gaymar Industries, Inc.)

 

    GF Health Products, Inc. (Graham Field)

 

 

 

    Getinge Group (Arjo; Getinge; Maquet; Pegasus; Huntleigh Technology Plc (Huntleigh Healthcare, LLC))

 

    Handicare AS (Romedic, Inc.)

 

 

 

    Human Care HC AB

 

    Horcher GmbH

 

 

 

    Industrie Guido Malvestio S.P.A.

 

    Intego Systems, Inc. (formerly known as Wescom Products, Inc.)

 

 

 

    Invacare Corporation

 

    Joerns Healthcare, Inc.

 

 

 

    Joh. Stiegelmeyer & Co., GmbH (Stiegelmeyer)

 

    Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI)

 

 

 

    Linak Group

 

    Linet (Linet France, Linet Far East)

 

 

 

    MedaSTAT, LLC

 

    Medical Specialties Distributors, LLC

 

 

 

    Medline Industries, Inc.

 

    Merivaara Corporation

 

 

 

    MIZUOSI

 

    Modular Service Company

 

 

 

    Molift

 

    Nemschoff Chairs, Inc.

 

 

 

    Paramount Bed Company, Ltd.

 

    Nurture by Steelcase, Inc.

 

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    Pardo

 

    Pegasus Airwave, Inc.

 

 

 

    Premise Corporation

 

    Prism Medical Ltd (Waverly Glen)

 

 

 

    Radianse, Inc.

 

    Rauland-Borg Corporation

 

 

 

    Recovercare, LLC (Stenbar, T.H.E. Medical)

 

    Sentech Medical Systems, Inc.

 

 

 

    SimplexGrinnell, LP

 

    SIZEwise Rentals, LLC

 

 

 

    Span America Medical Systems, Inc.

 

    Statcom (Jackson Healthcare Solutions)

 

 

 

    Stryker Corporation

 

    Sunrise Medical (Ted Hoyer and Company)

 

 

 

    Tempur-Pedic Medical, Inc.

 

    Tele-Tracking Technologies, Inc.

 

 

 

    Universal Hospital Services, Inc.

 

    V. Guldmann A/S

 

 

 

    Voelker AG

 

    West-Com Nurse Call Systems, Inc.

While the above list is intended to identify the Company’s primary competitors, it should not be construed as all encompassing so as to exclude other potential competitors falling within the Non-Compete definitions of “Competitor.” The Company reserves the right to amend this list at any time in its sole discretion to identify other or additional Competitors based on changes in the products and services offered, changes in its business or industry as well as changes in the duties and responsibilities of the individual employee. An updated list will be provided to Employee upon reasonable request. Employees are encouraged to consult with the Company prior to accepting any position with any potential competitor.

(Revised list April 2010)

 

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