Employment Agreement

Change In Control Severance Agreement

 

EX-10.2 3 exhibit102to8-kxemployment.htm EXHIBIT 10.2

 

 

Exhibit 10.2

 

[Aegion Corporation Letterhead]

 

October 6, 2014

 

Charles R. Gordon

104 Audubon Road

Sewickley, PA 15143

 

Dear Chuck:

 

We are pleased to offer you the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Aegion Corporation (“Aegion” or the “Company”). The principal terms and conditions of the offer are as follows:

 

1.    Base Salary. You will be compensated on a salaried basis for your services as President and Chief Executive Officer at an annual rate of $625,000. Your base salary will be reviewed on an annual basis by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Aegion.

 

2.    Annual Incentive Bonus. During 2014, you will be eligible to earn an annual incentive bonus in an amount calculated as a percentage of your base salary determined by reference to: (i) a range of percentages identified by the Compensation Committee based upon a center point objective of 100% (intended to provide an opportunity of up to two times such center point) and (ii) actual corporate financial performance of Aegion as compared against the metrics set forth in Aegion’s 2014 Annual Incentive Plan (the “2014 AIP”) on the same terms as are applicable to participants in the 2014 AIP. The Compensation Committee will review the amount of and criteria for your annual incentive bonus annually. Your 2014 award will be pro-rated to reflect that portion of 2014 that you are either employed with us or engaged by us as an independent contractor (i.e., from May 5, 2014 through December 31, 2014). You must be employed on the date the incentive bonus is paid to be eligible to receive any such payment, and in case of a termination of employment there is no pro-ration of the incentive for that year. An annual incentive that is earned will be paid out no later than March 15, 2015. All bonus determinations and payments will be made in a manner that complies with “qualified performance-based compensation” requirements of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and, in determining the amount of your bonus, the Compensation Committee shall have the right to exercise “negative discretion” and reduce the amount of the bonus for any year in the manner contemplated by Section 162(m) of the Code.

 

3.    Long-Term Incentive Compensation. You are eligible to participate in the Aegion Corporation 2013 Employee Equity Incentive Plan (the “LTIP”). The Compensation Committee on an annual basis determines LTIP awards for officers, and you will be eligible for a new award each year. Your 2014 award will have a nominal value of approximately $1.5 million, and be comprised of performance units (50% or $750,000) and restricted stock (50% or $750,000):

 

(a)    Performance units (number of performance units to be awarded shall equal $750,000 divided by the greater of (1) closing market price of the Common Stock on October 8, 2014 (the “Award Date”) and (2) the average of the closing market price of the Common Stock for the 60 consecutive trading days commencing on October 8, 2014 (the greater of (1) and (2) is hereafter the “Award Price”)). The performance units will be subject to the terms of a performance unit agreement, with customary terms and conditions and additional performance criteria and other terms that the Compensation Committee determines to be necessary or advisable to permit the award to constitute “qualified performance-based compensation” for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code, including the right to exercise negative discretion with respect to the amount of the award. The performance units will be awarded by the Compensation Committee, with such award to occur on the Award Date.

 

 

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(b)    Restricted stock (number of shares to be awarded shall equal $750,000 divided by the Award Price). The restricted stock awarded pursuant to this Section 3 (the “Annual Restricted Stock”) will be subject to the terms of a restricted stock agreement, with customary terms and conditions and additional performance criteria and other terms that the Compensation Committee determines to be necessary or advisable to permit the award to constitute “qualified performance-based compensation” for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code, including the right to exercise negative discretion with respect to the amount of the award. The Restricted Stock will be awarded by the Compensation Committee, with such award to occur on the Award Date.

 

4.    One Time Inducement Award. In connection with your commencement of employment you will be: (a) paid a cash inducement bonus of $100,000, to be paid concurrent with your hiring; and (b) awarded shares of restricted stock (the “Inducement Restricted Stock”) with a nominal value of approximately $1.4 million (number of shares to be awarded shall equal $1.4 million divided by the Award Price). Vesting of the Inducement Restricted Stock will be subject to the following: (y) achievement by the Company of positive aggregate Net Income (as defined in the 2014 AIP) for the year ending December 31, 2015; and (z) your continued employment with the Company through the fifth anniversary of the date of the award. In addition to the above terms, the Inducement Restricted Stock will be subject to the terms of a restricted stock agreement, with customary terms and conditions and additional performance criteria and other terms that the Compensation Committee determines to be necessary or advisable to permit the award to constitute “qualified performance-based compensation” for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code, including the right to exercise negative discretion with respect to the amount of the award. The Inducement Restricted Stock will be awarded by the Compensation Committee, with such award to occur on the Award Date.

 

5.    Deferred Compensation. You are eligible to participate in the Company’s Senior Management Voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan upon, and subject to, the terms and conditions of that plan.

 

6.    Additional Benefits.

 

(a)    You are eligible to participate in the Company’s health, dental, vision, life, long-term disability and accident insurance plans on the same terms as are applicable to other participants generally (provided that the amount of life insurance shall be $1.0 million and you shall be eligible to participate in the Company’s supplemental disability insurance plan for executives), and any future plans and programs implemented by Aegion for its employees generally or by the Compensation Committee for you or executives specifically, and in the Aegion 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan and any future plans or programs supplemental to the Aegion 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan. Details about specific benefits will be provided to you in benefit plan documents. All such plans and benefits are subject to cancellation and change from time to time in the Company’s discretion.

 

(b)    You will receive holidays in accordance with Aegion’s policy. During 2014, you will receive four weeks of vacation, pro-rated to reflect the portion of 2014 that you are employed by us. For 2015 and beyond, you will receive four weeks of vacation.

 

(c)    For a period of up to four months from the date hereof, you will be reimbursed for:

 

(i)

the documented cost of travel (one time per week) between your current residence in Pennsylvania and Chesterfield, Missouri;

 

(ii)

documented temporary lodging expenses while in Chesterfield, Missouri;

 

(iii)

the documented cost of renting, in St. Louis, Missouri, a non-luxury vehicle commensurate with your status; and

 

(iv)

the documented cost of meals.

 

 

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7.    Relocation. You agree that you will establish a residence in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area on or before March 31, 2015 and, further, that you will establish your permanent residence in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area on or before June 30, 2016. In connection with establishing a permanent residence in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area, you will be provided relocation assistance as provided for in Aegion’s relocation policy. Your relocation, including the sale of your home, must be handled through Aegion’s relocation coordinator. For the avoidance of doubt, after the four-month period set forth in in Section 6(c), you will bear any temporary housing expense in St. Louis, travel costs between your current residence and St. Louis (until such time as you establish your permanent residence in the St. Louis metropolitan area) and the cost associated with meals and transportation (e.g., a rental car) in St. Louis.

 

8.    Severance. As President and Chief Executive Officer, you will report to the Board of Directors of the Company. Your employment is for no definite term and you will serve at the pleasure of Aegion’s Board of Directors; however, if your employment is terminated by Aegion for reasons other than “Cause” during your employment, you will receive, upon the terms described below, a severance payment equal to twenty-four (24) months’ of your then current base salary and twenty-four (24) months of the monthly cost the Company then was paying for health, dental, vision, life, long-term disability and accident insurance coverage for you. This amount will (subject to the provisions described below) be paid out in forty-eight (48) equal semi-monthly installments commencing on the Company’s first semi-monthly payday following your termination date; provided, however, that no payment will be paid to you prior to the first semi-monthly payday following the 60th day after your termination date (the “First Severance Payment Date) and on the First Severance Payment Date, you will receive a catch-up payment equal to the sum of the payments that have accrued from your termination date to the First Severance Payment Date. In all instances, any such payment is conditioned upon (i) your entering into an enforceable separation agreement in form and substance satisfactory to the Company containing a release of all claims you may have against the Company, its subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, employees and agents, cooperation, non-disparagement and confidentiality clauses, and such other terms as are customarily requested by employers in executive separation agreements, and (ii) your resignation of all employment and offices and positions, including all directorships, you hold with the Company and any of its subsidiaries and affiliates within thirty (30) days after your employment terminates. A form of separation agreement will be delivered to you within thirty (30) days after your employment terminates (and if this does not occur then the provision will be deemed waived), and you must sign and deliver the agreement within twenty-two (22) days after it is delivered. In order to avoid any tax consequences of Section 409A of the Code, payment of any installments may be deferred until the releases and the separation agreement are enforceable and until the first day following the six (6) month anniversary of the date you have a separation from service within the meaning of Section 409A (in which case any deferred installments will be paid the first payday after the six (6) month and one (1) day period expires). Any termination of employment will also constitute an automatic resignation from all offices and directorships you may hold with the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates.

 

References to “termination of employment” (and corollary terms) means “separation from service” (as determined under Treas. Reg. Section 1.409A-l(h)). For purposes of Section 409A, your right to receive installment payments will be treated as a right to receive a series of separate and distinct payments. Whenever there is a payment period with reference to a number of days, the actual date of payment within the specified period shall be within the sole discretion of the Company. You are not obligated to seek other employment or otherwise mitigate the amounts payable to you per this Section 8 and such amounts are not subject to offset unless required by law. In the event of your death prior to full payment of such amounts, any remaining payment will be made to your surviving spouse or, if none, to your estate.

 

In the event that the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors approves a severance plan for your position that provides greater benefits than those listed in this section, that plan in its entirety shall supersede this provision.

 

 

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9.    Definition of “Cause”.

 

For purposes of this letter, “Cause” shall be defined as:

 

(i)

breaching any employment, confidentiality, noncompete, nonsolicitation or other agreement with the Company, any written Company policy relating to compliance with laws (during employment) or any general undertaking or legal obligation to the Company;

 

(ii)

causing, inducing, requesting or advising, or attempting to cause, induce, request or advise, any employee, representative, consultant or other similar person to terminate his/her relationship, or breach any agreement, with the Company;

 

(iii)

causing, inducing, requesting or advising, or attempting to cause, induce, request or advise, any customer, supplier or other Company business contact to withdraw, curtail or cancel its business with the Company; or

 

(iv)

failing or refusing to perform any stated duty or assignment, misconduct, disloyalty, violating any Company policy or work rule, engaging in criminal conduct in connection with your employment, being indicted or charged with any crime constituting a felony or involving dishonesty or moral turpitude, violating any term in this Agreement, unsatisfactory job performance, or any other reason constituting cause within the meaning of Missouri common law.    

 

The cessation of employment shall not be deemed to be for “Cause” unless and until there shall have been delivered to you an affirmation signed by a majority of the independent members of the Board of Directors finding that, in the good faith opinion of such individuals, your conduct has met one or more of the above-described criteria constituting “Cause”.

 

10.    Confidentiality and Non-Competition; Code of Conduct; Drug Testing. Prior to commencing and as a condition to employment you must sign Aegion’s standard employee confidentiality, work product and non-competition agreement, Aegion’s business code of conduct, Aegion’s Code of Ethics (for CEO, CFO and senior financial employees), Aegion’s recoupment policy, Aegion’s Employee Policy Acknowledgement, Aegion’s Acknowledgement of Insider Trading Policy and Aegion’s Acknowledgement of ITS Corporate Policies. These policies and agreements are not superseded or cancelled by this letter, and you agree to comply with all such agreements and policies. You also must successfully pass Aegion’s standard drug screen.

 

11.     Duties.    You will perform your duties and such executive and administrative duties as

may be assigned to you from time to time by the Board of Directors or the Chairman of the Board in accordance with applicable law and all written policies and Codes of Conduct of the Company, and will devote your entire business time and attention to the performance of your duties (excluding any passive investments). You will carry out and comply with all lawful directives of the Board of Directors or the Chairman of the Board and all Company Codes of Conduct and written policies established from time to time.

 

12.    Miscellaneous Provisions.

 

(a)    The Company may withhold from any payments and benefits described in this letter such Federal, state and local taxes as may be required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation. In no event shall the Company be required to make, or you be required to receive, any payment called for by this letter at a particular time if such payment at that time shall result in the application of the tax consequences spelled out in Section 409A of the Code. In that case, payment will be made at such time as will not result in the imposition of any adverse tax consequences spelled out in Section 409A of the Code. To the extent that reimbursements or in-kind benefits due to you under this Agreement constitute “deferred compensation” under Section 409A of the Code, any such reimbursements or in-kind benefits shall be paid to you in a manner consistent with Treasury Regulations Section 1.409A 3(i)(1)(iv), including the requirement that any reimbursement amounts shall be paid to you 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 you) during any one year may not effect amounts reimbursable or

 

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provided in any subsequent year. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you shall be solely responsible and liable for the satisfaction of all taxes and penalties that may be imposed on you or for your account in connection with this Agreement (including any taxes and penalties under Section 409A), and the Company shall have any obligation to indemnify or otherwise hold you (or any beneficiary) harmless from any or all of such taxes or penalties. Each payment (including, without limitation, any severance payment) under this Agreement that constitutes deferred compensation for purposes of Section 409A shall be treated as a separate payment from all other payments of deferred compensation for purposes of Section 409A compliance.

 

(b)    Except as set forth herein, this letter (and the terms of the plans, documents and standard agreements referred to herein) contains the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes any and all prior oral or written communications, commitments and agreements with respect thereto, including, for the avoidance of doubt and without limitation, Section 4(a)(2) of that certain Independent Contractor Agreement, dated May 4, 2014, between you and the Company, which Section 4(a)(2) relates to the payment of a bonus for calendar year 2014 for the time you are engaged and serving as Acting Chief Executive Officer (as defined in such Independent Contractor Agreement). It is deemed to be entered into and accepted in the State of Missouri and will be governed by the laws of the State of Missouri applicable to contracts fully executed and performed in such state. The terms of this letter (but not the standard agreements referred to herein) will expire when the severance provisions expire.

 

(c)    Your appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer will not be effective until your first day of active employment with Aegion at its executive offices in Chesterfield, Missouri, which must occur on or before October 10, 2014. This offer will expire if it is not accepted and returned to me by October 10, 2014.

 

(d)    The Company and you agree that in the event either party shall incur any costs to enforce the terms of this letter, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, then the prevailing party in such action shall be entitled to recover all such costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, from the other party.

 

(e)    This letter does not constitute an employment agreement. You shall be an at-will employee of the Company and your employment may be terminated by the Company at any time and for any reason.

 

If the above terms accurately reflect your understanding and agreement, please sign this letter where indicated below and return it to me acknowledging your acceptance.

 

Very truly yours,

 

AEGION CORPORATION

 

 

By:    /s/ Alfred L. Woods                    

Alfred L. Woods

Chairman of the Board of Directors

 

ACCEPTED AND AGREED

TO AS OF THE DATE OF

THIS LETTER:

 

 

/s/ Charles R. Gordon                    

Charles R. Gordon

 

Date 10/06/2014                     

 

 

 

 

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EX-10.6 7 exhibit106to8-kxformcontin.htm EXHIBIT 10.6

 

 

 

Exhibit 10.6

 

AEGION CORPORATION

EXECUTIVE CHANGE IN CONTROL SEVERANCE AGREEMENT

 

THIS EXECUTIVE CHANGE IN CONTROL SEVERANCE AGREEMENT is made, entered into, and is effective this ___ day of ___________, 20___ (hereinafter referred to as the “Effective Date”), by and between Aegion Corporation (the “Company”), a Delaware corporation, and _______________ (the “Executive”).

WHEREAS, the Executive is employed by the Company (as defined in Article 1) and has and will develop considerable experience and knowledge of the business and affairs of the Company concerning its policies, methods, personnel, and operations; and

WHEREAS, the Company is desirous of assuring insofar as possible, that it will continue to have the benefit of the Executive’s services, and the Executive is desirous of having such assurances; and

WHEREAS, the Company recognizes that circumstances may arise in which a Change in Control (as defined in Article 1) of the Company occurs, through acquisition or otherwise, thereby causing uncertainty of employment without regard to the Executive’s competence or past contributions. Such uncertainty may result in the loss of the valuable services of the Executive to the detriment of the Company and its stockholders; and

WHEREAS, both the Company and the Executive are desirous that any proposal for a Change in Control will be executed by the Executive objectively and with reference only to the business interests of the Company and its stockholders; and

WHEREAS, the Executive will be in a better position to consider the Company’s best interests if the Executive is afforded reasonable security, as provided in this Agreement, against altered conditions of employment which could result from any such Change in Control.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and of the mutual covenants and agreements of the parties set forth in this Agreement, and of other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound, agree as follows:

Article 1. Definitions

 

Wherever used in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below and, when the meaning is intended, the initial letter of the word is capitalized:

(a)

Agreement” means this Executive Change in Control Severance Agreement, as it may be amended from time to time.

 

(b)

Base Salary” means, at any time, the then regular annual rate of pay which the Executive is receiving as annual salary, excluding amounts: (i) received under short-term or long-term incentive or other bonus plans, regardless of whether or not the amounts are deferred, or (ii) designated by the Company as payment toward reimbursement of expenses.

 

(c)

Beneficial Owner” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Rule 13d-3 of the General Rules and Regulations under the Exchange Act.

 

(d)

Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company.

 

(e)

Cause” shall be determined solely by the Board in the exercise of good faith and reasonable judgment, and shall mean the occurrence of any one or more of the following:

 

(i)

breaching any employment, confidentiality, noncompete, nonsolicitation or other agreement with the Company, any written Company policy relating to compliance with laws (during employment); or

 

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(ii)

causing, inducing, requesting or advising, or attempting to cause, induce, request or advise, any employee, representative, consultant or other similar person to terminate his/her relationship, or breach any agreement, with the Company; or

 

(iii)

causing, inducing, requesting or advising, or attempting to cause, induce, request or advise, any customer, supplier or other Company business contact to withdraw, curtail or cancel its business with the Company; or

 

(iv)

    the Executive’s willful and continued failure to substantially perform the Executive’s duties with the Company (other than any such failure resulting from the Executive’s Disability), after a written demand for substantial performance is delivered to the Executive that specifically identifies the manner in which the Board believes that the Executive has not substantially performed his duties, and the Executive has failed to remedy the situation within fifteen (15) business days of such written notice from the Company; or

 

(v)

    the Executive’s conviction of a felony; or

 

(vi)

    the Executive’s willful engagement in conduct that is demonstrably and materially injurious to the Company, monetarily or otherwise. Under this standard, no act or failure to act on the Executive’s part shall be deemed “willful” unless done, or omitted to be done, by the Executive not in good faith and without reasonable belief that the action or omission was in the best interests of the Company.

 

(f)

Change in Control” of the Company shall mean the occurrence of any one (1) or more of the following events:

 

(i)

the acquisition by any “person” or “group” (as defined pursuant to Section 13(d) under the Exchange Act) of “beneficial ownership” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act) of in excess of 30% of the combined voting power of the outstanding voting securities (the “Voting Securities”) of the Company entitled to vote generally in the election of directors; and/or

 

(ii)

the replacement of 50% or more of the members of the Board (excluding, for purposes of such calculation, the Chairman of the Board) over a one-year period from the directors who constituted the Board at the beginning of such period, where such replacement shall not have been approved by a vote including at least a majority of the directors who were members of the Board at the beginning of such one-year period or whose election as members of the Board was previously so approved; and/or

 

(iii)

the consummation of a merger, statutory share exchange or consolidation involving the Company or sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company, unless following such transaction: (a) all or substantially all of the individuals and entities who were the “beneficial owners” (as hereinabove defined), respectively, of the outstanding Voting Securities immediately prior to such transaction “beneficially owned”, directly or indirectly, more than 50% of the combined voting power of the then outstanding Voting Securities of the corporation resulting from such transaction in substantially the same proportion as their ownership immediately prior to such transaction of the outstanding Voting Securities of the Company, (b) no “person” or “group” (as hereinabove defined) “beneficially owns”, directly or indirectly, 30% or more of the combined voting power of the then outstanding Voting Securities of such corporation except to the extent that such ownership existed prior to such transaction and (c) at least a majority of the members of the board of directors resulting from such transaction were members of the Board immediately prior to such transaction or were nominated by at least a majority of the members of the Board at the time of the execution of the initial agreement for such transaction, or by the action of the Board providing for such transaction; and/or

 

(iv)

the approval by the stockholders of the Company of a complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company.

 

(g)

Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

(h)

Committee” means the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company, or, if no Compensation Committee exists, then the full Board of Directors of the Company, or a committee of Board members, as appointed by the full Board to administer this Agreement.

 

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(i)

Company” means Aegion Corporation, a Delaware corporation (including any and all subsidiaries and affiliates), or any successor thereto as provided in Section 8.1 herein.

 

(j)

Disability” or “Disabled” shall mean that the Executive is, by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months, receiving income replacement benefits for a period of not less than three months under an accident and health plan covering employees of the Company.

 

(k)

Effective Date” means the date this Agreement is approved by the Committee, or such other date as the Committee shall designate in its resolution approving this Agreement, and as specified in the opening sentence of this Agreement.

 

(l)

Effective Date of Termination” means the date on which a Qualifying Termination occurs, as provided in Section 2.2 herein, which triggers the payment of Severance Benefits hereunder.

 

(m)

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

(n)

Good Reason” means, without the Executive’s express written consent, the occurrence after a Change in Control of the Company of any one (1) or more of the following:

 

(i)

a material reduction or alteration in the nature or status of the Executive’s authorities, duties, or responsibilities from those in effect as of 90 calendar days prior to the Change in Control, other than an insubstantial and inadvertent act that is remedied by the Company or the acquiring company promptly after receipt of notice thereof given by the Executive;

 

(ii)

the Company’s or the acquiring company’s requiring the Executive to be based at a location in excess of 50 miles from the location of the Executive’s principal job location or office in effect as of 90 calendar days prior to the Change in Control, except for required travel on the Company’s business to an extent substantially consistent with the Executive’s then present business travel obligations;

 

(iii)

a reduction by the Company or the acquiring company of the Executive’s base salary in effect as of 90 calendar days prior to the Change in Control that is greater than the lesser of: (A) ten percent (10%) of such base salary; and (B) the average percentage reduction applicable to all other executives of the Company;

 

(iv)

the failure of the Company or the acquiring company to continue in effect any of the Company’s short- and long-term incentive compensation plans, or employee benefit or retirement plans, policies, practices, or other compensation arrangements in which the Executive participates taken as a whole unless such failure to continue the plan, policy, practice, or arrangement pertains to all plan participants generally; or the failure by the Company or the acquiring company to continue the Executive’s participation therein on substantially the same basis, both in terms of the amount of benefits provided and the level of the Executive’s participation relative to other participants, as existed 90 calendar days prior to the Change in Control;

 

(v)

the failure of the Company to obtain a satisfactory agreement from any successor to the Company to assume and agree to perform the Company’s obligations under this Agreement, as contemplated in Section 8.1 herein; and

 

(vi)

a material breach of this Agreement by the Company which is not remedied by the Company within thirty (30) business days of receipt of written notice of such breach delivered by the Executive to the Company.

 

The Executive must notify the Company within ninety (90) days of its first occurrence of the existence of the Good Reason condition, and the Company shall have thirty (30) days to remedy the conditions. Unless the Executive becomes Disabled, the Executive’s right to terminate employment for Good Reason shall not be affected by the Executive’s incapacity due to physical or mental illness.

 

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(o)

Notice of Termination” shall mean a written notice which shall indicate the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon, and shall set forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Executive’s employment under the provision so indicated.

 

(p)

Person” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Section 3(a)(9) of the Exchange Act and used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) thereof, including a “group” as defined in Section 13(d).

 

(q)

Potential Change in Control” shall be deemed to have occurred if the event set forth in any one of the following paragraphs shall have occurred:

 

(i)

the Company enters into an agreement, the consummation of which would result in the occurrence of a Change in Control;

 

(ii)

the Company or any Person publicly announces an intention to take or to consider taking actions which, if consummated, would constitute a Change in Control;

 

(iii)

any Person becomes the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 15% or more of either the then outstanding shares of common stock of the Company or the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities (not including in the securities beneficially owned by such Person any securities acquired directly from the Company); or

 

(iv)

the Board adopts a resolution to the effect that, for purposes of this Agreement, a Potential Change in Control has occurred.

 

(r)

Qualifying Termination” means the Executive’s separation from service (as defined in Section 409A of the Code and the applicable regulations) with the Company due to any of the events described in Section 2.2 herein, the occurrence of which triggers the payment of Severance Benefits hereunder.

 

(s)

Severance Benefits” means the payment of amounts and benefits upon the Executive’s separation from service (as defined in Section 409A of the Code and applicable regulations) as provided in Section 2.3 herein.

Article 2. Severance Benefits

 

2.1        Right to Severance Benefits. The Executive shall be entitled to receive from the Company Severance Benefits as described in Section 2.3 herein, if there has been a Change in Control of the Company and, if within twenty-four (24) calendar months thereafter the Executive’s employment with the Company shall end for any reason specified in Section 2.2 herein as being a Qualifying Termination.

The Executive shall not be entitled to receive Severance Benefits if the Executive is terminated for Cause, or if the Executive’s employment with the Company ends due to death, Disability, or a voluntary termination of employment by the Executive for reasons other than Good Reason.

The Executive shall not be entitled to receive severance benefits under any other Company-related plans or programs that are duplicative of the Severance Benefits payable under this Agreement, if additional benefits are triggered under such other Company-related plans or programs.

2.2        Qualifying Termination. The separation from service (as defined in Section 409A of the Code and applicable regulations) of the Executive with the Company within twenty-four (24) calendar months after a Change in Control of the Company shall constitute a Qualifying Termination and shall trigger the payment of Severance Benefits to the Executive under this Agreement under the following circumstances:

(a)

The Company’s involuntary termination of the Executive’s employment without Cause; and

 

(b)

The Executive’s voluntary termination of the Executive’s employment for Good Reason.

 

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For purposes of this Agreement, a Qualifying Termination shall not include a termination of employment by reason of death, Disability, or the Executive’s voluntary termination of employment for reasons other than Good Reason, or the Company’s involuntary termination for Cause.

2.3        Description of Severance Benefits. In the event the Executive becomes entitled to receive Severance Benefits upon a Qualifying Termination, as provided in Sections 2.1 and 2.2 herein, the Company shall pay to the Executive and provide the Executive with the following Severance Benefits, subject to the limitations set forth in Section 3.3 herein:

(a)

    A lump-sum amount equal to the Executive’s accrued but unpaid Base Salary, accrued vacation pay, unreimbursed business expenses, and all other items earned by and owed to the Executive through and including the Effective Date of Termination.

 

(b)

    A lump-sum amount: (i) if the Effective Date of Termination is between January 1 and June 30, equal to the Executive’s then current annual target bonus opportunity; or (ii) if the Effective Date of Termination is between July 1 and December 31, equal to the greater of (A) the Executive’s then current annual target bonus opportunity or (B) the actual annual bonus payable to the Executive based on the Company’s performance up to and including the Effective Date of Termination, as such target and actual amounts are established or computed under the annual bonus plan in which the Executive is then participating, for the bonus plan year in which the Executive’s Effective Date of Termination occurs, and multiplied by a fraction the numerator of which is the number of days in the year from January 1 through the Effective Date of Termination, and the denominator of which is three hundred sixty-five (365). This payment will be in lieu of any other payment to be made to the Executive under the annual bonus plan in which the Executive is then participating for the plan year in which the Effective Date of Termination occurs.

 

(c)

    A lump-sum amount equal to _____ multiplied by the sum of the following: (i) the higher of: (A) the Executive’s annual rate of Base Salary in effect upon the Effective Date of Termination, or (B) the Executive’s annual rate of Base Salary in effect on the date of the Change in Control; and (ii) the higher of: (A) the Executive’s annual target bonus opportunity established under the annual bonus plan in which the Executive is then participating for the bonus plan year in which the Executive’s Effective Date of Termination occurs, or (B) the Executive’s annual target bonus opportunity established under the annual bonus plan in which the Executive is participating for the bonus plan year in which the Change in Control occurs.

 

(d)

    Continuation for _________ months of the Executive’s health, dental and vision insurance coverage. The benefit shall be provided by the Company to the Executive beginning immediately upon the Effective Date of Termination. Such benefit shall be provided to the Executive at the same coverage level as in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control and the Company (or the acquirer as the case may be) shall pay the amounts that the Company would have been required to pay for health, dental and vision benefits for Executive and Executive’s eligible family members had Executive remained an employee of the Company following the Effective Date of Termination (Executive shall be responsible for the portion of health, dental and vision premiums that would be paid by an employee of the Company receiving comparable benefits). Any COBRA health benefit continuation coverage provided to Executive shall run concurrently with the aforementioned __________ month period.

 

The value of such health insurance coverage shall be treated as taxable income to Executive to the extent necessary to comply with Sections 105(h) and 409A of the Code. For purposes of 409A of the Code, any payments of continued health benefits that are made during the applicable COBRA continuation period (even if the Executive does not actually receive COBRA coverage for the entire applicable period), are exempt from the requirements of Code Section 409A pursuant to Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9)(v)(B). The right to continue coverage beyond the applicable COBRA continuation period is not subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit. Notwithstanding the above, this health insurance benefit shall be discontinued prior to the end of the stated continuation period in the event the Executive receives a substantially similar benefit from a subsequent employer, as determined solely by the Committee in good faith. For purposes of enforcing this offset provision, the Executive shall be deemed to have a duty to keep the Company informed as to the terms and conditions of any subsequent employment and any corresponding benefit earned from such employment, and shall provide, or cause to provide, to the Company in writing correct, complete, and timely information concerning the same.

 

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(e)

The Company agrees to pay on the Employee’s behalf up to $15,000 in executive outplacement services to one or more firms chosen by Executive and acceptable to the Company, provided that such services are incurred no later the first anniversary of the Executive’s Effective Date of Termination. Such expenses shall be reimbursed by the Company as soon as practical after an expense report is completed and submitted to the Company for approval, provided such expense report must be received by the Company no later than the second anniversary of the Executive’s Effective Date of Termination.    

 

2.4        Termination for Total and Permanent Disability. Following a Change in Control, if the Executive has a separation from service (as defined in Section 409A of the Code and the applicable regulations) with the Company due to Disability, the Executive’s benefits shall be determined in accordance with the Company’s retirement, insurance, and other applicable plans and programs relating to Disability then in effect.

2.5        Termination for Death. Following a Change in Control, if the Executive has a separation from service (as defined in Section 409A of the Code and the applicable regulations) with the Company due to the Executive’s death, the Executive’s benefits shall be determined in accordance with the Company’s retirement, survivor’s benefits, insurance, and other applicable programs relating to an employee’s death then in effect.

2.6        Termination for Cause or by the Executive Other Than for Good Reason. Following a Change in Control, if the Executive has a separation from service (as defined in Section 409A of the Code and the applicable regulations) with the Company either due to: (i) termination by the Company for Cause; or (ii) voluntary termination by the Executive for reasons other than for Good Reason, the Company shall pay the Executive the Executive’s accrued but unpaid Base Salary at the rate then in effect, accrued vacation, and other items earned by and owed to the Executive through the Executive’s separation from service, plus all other amounts to which the Executive is entitled under any compensation plans of the Company at the time such payments are due, and the Company shall have no further obligations to the Executive under this Agreement.

2.7        Notice of Termination. Any termination of the Executive’s employment by the Company for Cause or by the Executive for Good Reason shall be communicated by Notice of Termination to the other party.

Article 3. Terms and Conditions for Payment of Severance Benefits;

Alternative Payments in Event of Excise Tax

 

3.1        Form and Timing of Severance Benefits. The Severance Benefits described in Sections 2.3(a), 2.3(b), and 2.3(c) herein shall be paid in cash to the Executive in a single lump sum as soon as practicable following the Effective Date of Termination.

3.2        Internal Revenue Code Section 409A. This Agreement is intended to comply with the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, Code Section 409A, and related guidance.

(a)

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in this Agreement, any Severance Benefits paid (i) within 2-½ months of the end of the Company’s taxable year containing the Executive’s separation from service with the Company, or (ii) within 2-½ months of the Executive’s taxable year containing the separation from service from employment by the Company shall be exempt from the requirements of Section 409A of the Code, and shall be paid in accordance with this Article 3. Severance Benefits subject to this Section 3.2(a) shall be treated and shall be deemed to be an entitlement to a separate payment within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code and the regulations thereunder.

 

(b)

To the extent Severance Benefits are not exempt from Section 409A under Section 3.2(a) above, any Severance Benefits paid in the first six (6) months following the Executive’s separation from service with the Company that are equal to or less than the lesser of the amounts described in Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9)(iii)(A)(1) and (2) shall be exempt from Section 409A and shall be paid in accordance with this Article 3. Severance Benefits subject to this Section 3.2(b) shall be treated and shall be deemed to be an entitlement to a separate payment within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code and the regulations thereunder.

 

(c)

To the extent Severance Benefits are not exempt from Section 409A under Sections 3.2(a) or (b) above, any Severance Benefits paid equal to or less than the applicable dollar amount under Section 402(g)(1)(B) of the Code for the year of separation from service with the Company shall be exempt from Section 409A

 

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in accordance with Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9)(v)(D) and shall be paid in accordance with this Article 3. Severance Benefits subject to this Section 3.2(c) shall be treated and shall be deemed to be an entitlement to a separate payment within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code and the regulations thereunder.

 

(d)

To the extent Severance Benefits are not exempt from Section 409A pursuant to Sections 3.2(a), (b) or (c) above, and to the extent the Executive is a “specified employee” (as defined below), payments due to the Executive under Section 3 shall begin no sooner than six (6) months after the Executive’s separation from service with the Company (other than for death); provided, however, that any payments not made during the six (6) month period described in this Section 3.2(d) due to the six (6) month delay period required under Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-3(i)(2) shall be made in a single lump sum as soon as administratively practicable after the expiration of such six (6) month period and the balance of all other payments required under this Agreement shall be made as otherwise scheduled in this Agreement. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, and subject to Code Section 409A, to the extent the following rules should apply to the Executive in connection with a payment made hereunder, such payment shall not be made or commence as a result of the Executive’s Effective Date of Termination if the Executive is a key employee (as set forth below) before the date that is not less than six (6) months after the Executive’s Effective Date of Termination. For this purpose, a key employee includes a “specified employee” (as defined in Code Section 409A(a)(2)(B)) during the entire twelve (12) month period determined by the Company ending with the annual date upon which key employees are identified by the Company, and also includes any executive identified by the Company in good faith with respect to any distribution as belonging to the group of identified key employees, to a maximum of 200 such key employees, regardless of whether such Executive is subsequently determined by the Company, any governmental agency, or a court not to be a key employee. The identification date for determining key employees shall be each December 31 (and the new key employee list shall be updated and effective each subsequent April 1).

 

(e)

For purposes of this Agreement, the term “specified employee” shall have the meaning set forth in Treasury Reg. Section 1.409A-1(i). The determination of whether the Executive is a “specified employee” shall be made by the Company in good faith applying the applicable Treasury regulations.

 

3.3        Best Net Determination in Event of Total Payments Exceeding Excise Tax Limits. In the event that the vesting of Severance Benefits along with all other payments and the value of any benefits received or to be received by the Executive (including the acceleration of vesting or exercisability of any equity- or cash-based long-term incentive awards) (the “Total Payments”) would result in all or a portion of such Total Payments being subject to the excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code (the “Excise Tax”), then the Executive’s Total Payments shall be either: (i) the full amount of such Total Payments, or (ii) such lesser amount that would result in no portion of the Total Payments being subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code; whichever of the foregoing alternatives, taking into account the applicable federal, state and local employment taxes, income taxes and the Excise Tax, results in the receipt by the Executive, on an after-tax basis, of the largest value of payments and benefits notwithstanding that all or some portion of the payments and benefits may be subject to the Excise Tax under Section 4999 of the Code. Solely to the extent that the Executive is placed in a better after-tax position as a result of the reduction of the Total Payments, such benefits shall be reduced or eliminated, as determined by the Company, in the following order: (i) any cash payments, (ii) any taxable benefits, (iii) any nontaxable benefits, and (iv) any vesting or accelerated delivery of equity awards in each case in reverse order beginning with the payments or benefits that are to be paid the farthest in time from the date that triggers the applicable Excise Tax.

All determinations required to be made under this Section 3.3 shall be made by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, or any other nationally recognized outside auditor immediately prior to the event triggering the payments that are subject to the Excise Tax (the “Accounting Firm”). The Company shall cause the Accounting Firm to provide detailed supporting calculations of its determinations to the Company and the Executive. All fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm in making the determinations required to be made under this Section 3.3 shall be borne solely by the Company. The Accounting Firm’s determinations must be made with substantial authority (within the meaning of Section 6662 of the Code). For purposes of all calculations under Section 280G of the Code and the application of this Section 3.3, all determinations as to present value shall be made using 120 percent of the applicable federal rate (determined under Section 1274(d) of the Code) compounded semiannually, as in effect of the date of the Change in Control of the Company.

3.4        Withholding of Taxes. The Company shall withhold from any amounts payable under this Agreement all federal, state, city, or other taxes as legally shall be required.

 

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3.5        Conditions to Payment of Severance Benefits. Within 45 days after the Executive’s Effective Date of Termination, to be eligible to receive (and continue to receive) and retain the payments and benefits described in Sections 2.3 (b), (c), (d) and (e), the Executive must comply with the terms of Article 4, and must execute and deliver to the Company (without subsequent revocation) a mutually acceptable agreement, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to both the Executive and the Company, effectively releasing and giving up all claims the Executive may have against the Company and its subsidiaries, stockholders, successors and affiliates (and each of their respective employees, officers, plans and agents) arising out of or based upon any facts or conduct occurring prior to that date with the exception of (i) all payment of Severance Benefits, vested stock, deferred compensation and other benefits provided under the terms of this Agreement, (ii) the Executive’s right to continued indemnification to the fullest extent provided under the Company By-laws by reason of any act or omission performed or omitted by the Executive during the Executive’s employment, and (iii) the Executive’s rights to enforce the terms of this Agreement and sue for its breach. Such agreement will also require the Executive to reaffirm and agree to comply with the terms of this Agreement and any other agreement signed by the Executive in favor of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates that is still in effect. To the extent that any severance benefits described in Section 2.3(b) or (c) are not exempt from Section 409A of the Code, payment of such benefit shall not be made until the 60th day following the Executive’s Effective Date of Termination.

Article 4. Noncompetition and Confidentiality

 

In the event of a Change in Control, the following shall apply:

4.1        Noncompetition. During the term of this Agreement and, if longer, for a period of twenty-four (24) months after the Effective Date of Termination, the Executive shall not: (i) directly or indirectly act in concert or conspire with any person employed by the Company in order to engage in or prepare to engage in or to have a financial or other interest in any business or any activity which the Executive knows (or reasonably should have known) to be directly competitive with any business of the Company as then being carried on, or (ii) serve as an employee, agent, partner, stockholder, director or consultant for, or in any other capacity participate, engage, or have a financial or other interest in any business or any activity which the Executive knows (or reasonably should have known) to be directly competitive with the business of the Company as then being carried on (provided, however, that notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, the Executive may own up to two percent (2%) of the outstanding shares of the capital stock of a company whose securities are registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act).

4.2        Confidentiality. The Company has advised the Executive and the Executive acknowledges that it is the policy of the Company to maintain as secret and confidential all Protected Information (as defined below), and that Protected Information has been and will be developed at substantial cost and effort to the Company. All Protected Information shall remain confidential permanently and the Executive shall not at any time, directly or indirectly, divulge, furnish, or make accessible to any person, firm, corporation, association, or other entity (otherwise than as may be required in the regular course of the Executive’s employment with the Company), nor use in any manner, either during the term of employment or after termination, at any time, for any reason, any Protected Information, or cause any such information of the Company to enter the public domain.

For purposes of this Agreement, “Protected Information” means trade secrets, confidential and proprietary business information of the Company, and any other information of the Company, including, but not limited to, customer lists (including potential customers), sources of supply, processes, plans, materials, pricing information, internal memoranda, marketing plans, internal policies, and products and services which may be developed from time to time by the Company and its agents or employees, including the Executive; provided, however, that information that is in the public domain (other than as a result of a breach of this Agreement), approved for release by the Company or lawfully obtained from third parties who are not bound by a confidentiality agreement with the Company is not Protected Information.

4.3        Nonsolicitation. During the term of this Agreement and, if longer, for a period of twenty-four (24) months after the Effective Date of Termination, the Executive shall not: (a) employ or retain or solicit for employment or arrange to have any other person, firm, or other entity employ or retain or solicit for employment or otherwise participate in the employment or retention of any person who is an employee or consultant of the Company; or (b) solicit customers of the Company for a venture or business of any kind that competes with, or is a competitor of, the Company.

4.4        Cooperation. The Executive agrees to cooperate with the Company and its attorneys in connection with any and all lawsuits, claims, investigations, or similar proceedings that have been or could be asserted at any time arising out of or related in any way to the Executive’s employment by the Company.

 

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4.5     Nondisparagement. At all times, the Executive agrees not to disparage the Company, its directors, officers or other representatives or otherwise make comments harmful to any of the foregoing party’s reputation.

4.6        Judicial Interpretation. It is expressly understood and agreed that although the Executive and the Company consider the restrictions contained in this Article 4 to be reasonable, if a final judicial determination is made by a court of competent jurisdiction that any restriction contained in this Agreement is an unenforceable restriction against the Executive, the provisions of this Agreement shall not be rendered void but shall be deemed amended to apply to the maximum extent as such court may judicially determine or indicate to be enforceable. Alternatively, if any court of competent jurisdiction finds that any restriction contained in this Agreement is unenforceable, and such restriction cannot be amended so as to make it enforceable, such finding shall not affect the enforceability of any of the other restrictions contained herein.

4.7        Injunctive Relief and Additional Remedy. The covenants in this Article 4 are in addition to and not in lieu of covenants and agreements in any other agreement signed or delivered by Executive in connection with Executive’s employment with the Company, including, without limitation, any agreement signed or delivered in connection with any incentive plans, equity grants or other compensatory arrangements. The Executive acknowledges that the injury that would be suffered by the Company as a result of a breach of the provisions of this Agreement would be irreparable and that an award of monetary damages to the Company for such a breach would be an inadequate remedy. Consequently, the Company will have the right, in addition to any other rights it may have, to obtain injunctive relief to restrain any breach or threatened breach or otherwise to specifically enforce any provision of this Agreement, and the Company will not be obligated to post bond or other security in seeking such relief. Without limiting the Company’s rights under this Article 4 or any other remedies of the Company, if the Executive breaches any of the provisions of this Article, the Company will have the right to recover any amounts paid to the Executive under Section 2.3(c) of this Agreement.

Article 5. The Company’s Payment Obligation

 

5.1        Payment Obligations Absolute. Except as set forth in Sections 2.3(d), 3.3, 4.7 and 9.6 or otherwise required by law, the Company’s obligation to make the payments and the arrangements provided for herein shall be absolute and unconditional, and shall not be affected by any circumstances including, without limitation, any offset, counterclaim, recoupment, defense, or other right which the Company may have against the Executive or anyone else. All amounts payable by the Company hereunder shall be paid without notice or demand. Each and every payment made hereunder by the Company shall be final, and the Company shall not seek to recover all or any part of such payment from the Executive or from whomsoever may be entitled thereto, for any reasons whatsoever.

The Executive shall not be obligated to seek other employment in mitigation of the amounts payable or arrangements made under any provision of this Agreement, and the obtaining of any such other employment shall in no event effect any reduction of the Company’s obligations to make the payments and arrangements required to be made under this Agreement, except to the extent provided in Section 2.3(d) herein.

5.2        Contractual Rights to Benefits. This Agreement establishes and vests in the Executive a contractual right to the benefits to which the Executive is entitled hereunder. However, nothing herein contained shall require or be deemed to require, or prohibit or be deemed to prohibit, the Company to segregate, earmark, or otherwise set aside any funds or other assets, in trust or otherwise, to provide for any payments to be made or required hereunder.

 

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Article 6. Term of Agreement

 

The Company reserves the right, except as hereinafter provided, at any time and from time to time, to amend, modify, change or terminate this Agreement; provided, however, that upon the earlier to occur of (i) a Change in Control or (ii) a Potential Change in Control, no such amendment, modification, change or termination that adversely affects the rights of the Executive under this Agreement may be made without the written consent of the Executive for a period of not less than twenty-four (24) months beyond the month in whichthe triggering Change in Control or Potential Change in Control occured.

Article 7. Dispute Resolution

 

Any dispute or controversy between the parties arising under or in connection with this Agreement shall be settled by arbitration.

The arbitration proceeding shall be conducted before a panel of three (3) arbitrators sitting in a location selected by the Executive within fifty (50) miles from the location of the Executive’s principal place of employment, in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect. Judgment may be entered on the award of the arbitrators in any court having competent jurisdiction.

Each party shall be responsible for (i) its own expenses of such arbitration, including the reasonable fees and expenses of its legal representative(s), and necessary costs and disbursements incurred as a result of such dispute or legal proceeding and (ii) one-half of the fees and expenses of the arbitrators and the fees associated with arbitration filing; provided, however, that in the event the Executive prevails with respect to at least a majority of the issues in dispute, the Company shall bear all such expenses (including the fees and expense of Executive’s legal representative(s)), costs, disbursements and prejudgment interest.

Article 8. Successors

 

8.1        Successors to the Company. The Company shall require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, reorganization (including the formation of a holding company structure), consolidation, acquisition of property or stock, liquidation, or otherwise) of all or a significant portion of the business or assets of the Company, including, without limitation, a successor resulting from a Change in Control, by agreement, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Executive, to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform if no such succession had taken place. Regardless of whether such agreement is executed, this Agreement shall be binding upon any successor in accordance with the operation of law and such successor shall be deemed the “Company” for purposes of this Agreement.

8.2        Assignment by the Executive. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executive’s personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees, and legatees. If the Executive dies while any amount would still be payable to the Executive hereunder had the Executive continued to live, all such amounts, unless otherwise provided herein, shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to the Executive’s devisee, legatee, or other designee, or if there is no such designee, to the Executive’s beneficiary designated under the Company’s life insurance plan, or, if there is no such beneficiary, to the Executive’s estate.

Article 9. Miscellaneous

 

9.1        Employment Status. This Agreement is not, and nothing herein shall be deemed to create, an employment contract between the Executive and the Company or any of its subsidiaries. The Executive acknowledges that the rights of the Company remain wholly intact to change or reduce at any time and from time to time the Executive’s compensation, title, responsibilities, location, and all other aspects of the employment relationship, or to discharge the Executive, prior to a Change in Control.

9.2        Entire Agreement. Except as provided in the first sentence of Section 4.7 and the first sentence of Section 9.5, this Agreement contains the entire understanding of the Company and the Executive with respect to the subject matter hereof. In addition, the payments provided for under this Agreement in the event of the Executive’s separation from service with the Company shall be in lieu of any severance benefits payable under any severance plan, program, or policy of the Company to which the Executive might otherwise be entitled.

 

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9.3        Notices. All notices, requests, demands, and other communications hereunder shall be sufficient if in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if delivered by hand or if sent by registered or certified mail to the Executive at the last address the Executive has filed in writing with the Company or, in the case of the Company, at its principal offices.

9.4        Execution in Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed by the parties hereto in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be original, but all such counterparts shall constitute one and the same instrument, and all signatures need not appear on any one counterpart.

9.5        Conflicting Agreements. Except as may be provided in any award agreement between the Company and Executive relating to any equity- or cash-based long-term incentive award, this Agreement completely supersedes any and all prior change in control agreements, provisions or understandings, oral or written, entered into by and between the Company and the Executive, with respect to the subject matter hereof, and all amendments thereto, in their entirety. Further, the Executive hereby represents and warrants to the Company that the Executive’s entering into this Agreement, and the obligations and duties undertaken by the Executive hereunder, will not conflict with, constitute a breach of, or otherwise violate the terms of, any other employment or other agreement to which the Executive is a party, except to the extent any such conflict, breach, or violation under any such agreement has been disclosed to the Board in writing in advance of the signing of this Agreement.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Agreement to the contrary, if there is any inconsistency between the terms and provisions of this Agreement and the terms and provisions of Company-sponsored compensation and welfare plans and programs, this Agreement’s terms and provisions shall completely supersede and replace the conflicting terms of the Company-sponsored compensation and welfare plans and programs, where applicable.

9.6        Severability. Except as provided in Section 4.6, in the event any provision of this Agreement shall be held illegal or invalid for any reason, the illegality or invalidity shall not affect the remaining parts of the Agreement, and the Agreement shall be construed and enforced as if the illegal or invalid provision had not been included. Further, the captions of this Agreement are not part of the provisions hereof and shall have no force and effect.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Agreement to the contrary, the Company shall have no obligation to make any payment to the Executive hereunder to the extent, but only to the extent, that such payment is prohibited by the terms of any final order of a federal or state court or regulatory agency of competent jurisdiction; provided, however, that such an order shall not affect, impair, or invalidate any provision of this Agreement not expressly subject to such order.

9.7        Modification. No provision of this Agreement may be modified, waived, or discharged unless such modification, waiver, or discharge is agreed to in writing and signed by the Executive and by a member of the Board, as applicable, or by the respective parties’ legal representatives or successors.

9.8        Applicable Law. To the extent not preempted by the laws of the United States, the laws of Missouri shall be the controlling law in all matters relating to this Agreement without giving effect to principles of conflicts of laws.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement on this ___ day of _______, 20______.

 

ATTEST

AEGION CORPORATION

 

___________________________

By:    

 

 

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[Name of Executive]

 

 

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