Severance Agreement
Amendment to the Agreement Amendment 2005-1 Ex 10.18

Amendment to Severance Agreement  Amendment 2008 Exhibit 10.10

 
 
 
 
 

EX-10.28 2 f26782exv10w28.htm EXHIBIT 10.28

 

EXHIBIT 10.28

Jack Messman
Chairman and CEO

Novell

May 27, 2003

Mr. Ronald W. Hovsepian
195 Underwood Street
Holliston, MA 01748

Dear Ron,

On behalf of Novell, Inc. (“Novell”), I am pleased to offer you the position of President of North America Operations. In this position, you will be reporting directly to me, as Chief Executive Officer of Novell. We are eager to see the results of your contribution to Novell as you offer your considerable talents and abilities—and hope that we in turn enrich your career and contribute to the fulfillment of your professional goals.

Your base salary will be no less then $20,833.33 per pay period (less applicable tax withholding), which is $500,000.00 annualized (less applicable tax withholding). In addition to your base salary, you will be eligible to participate in Novell’s annual bonus plan. Your bonus will be based on the attainment of certain performance goals by Novell, you, and other team members. These goals will be established between us, and your annualized target bonus will represent 100% of your annual base salary and the company will guarantee 50% of your first year target bonus.

Subject to the approval of Novell’s Compensation Committee, in connection with the commencement of your employment with Novell, you will be granted a non-qualified stock option to purchase 500,000 shares of Novell common stock under one of Novell’s stock option plans, and the first 25% shall vest upon the first day of employment. The exercise price per share for your option will be equal to the fair market value of Novell’s common stock on the day prior to the date of grant, which is expected to be on or about June 2, 2003. In addition, you will be granted 100,000 shares of non-restricted stock which will vest one third on the first year anniversary, one third on the second anniversary and the remaining one third on the third anniversary of employment. The terms and conditions of the stock option grant and the restricted stock grant will be as provided in Novell’s standard agreements for awards of stock options and restricted stock grants. Novell’s Shareholder Services Department will issue you documentation confirming the approval of these grants by the Compensation Committee approximately eight weeks following the grant date. You will also receive your grant instrument evidencing the terms and conditions of the grants at this time. In addition to your initial stock option and restricted stock grants, you will be

 

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eligible to participate in Novell’s discretionary executive Long Term Incentive Equity Plan, which will provide you with the opportunity to receive annual stock option grants to purchase Novell common stock.

In the event your employment with Novell is terminated on account of a covered termination, you will be eligible to receive certain severance benefits. In order to receive such severance benefits, you are required to execute the severance agreement that is attached to this offer letter as Exhibit A (the “Severance Agreement”) and to comply with the terms and conditions of the Severance Agreement. Among the requirements of the Severance Agreement is that you comply with its confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation obligations and limitations. The Severance Agreement provides severance benefits in the event your employment is terminated in connection with a change in control of Novell or unrelated to a change in control. Your employment with Novell is expressly conditioned on your execution of the attached Severance Agreement prior to your commencement of employment with Novell.

In addition to the foregoing benefits, Novell offers an outstanding benefit package, which we view as an important part of our compensation program. The full range of benefits include: four weeks of vacation, life, medical, dental and disability insurance, and financial planning up to a maximum cost of $20,000 per year.

This offer of employment is conditioned on your express agreement to the covenants described in the attached Acceptance and Acknowledgment document and satisfactory completion of your employment references.

The above terms of this offer letter supersede all prior or contemporaneous agreements, representations or understandings, written or oral, by or between Novell and you concerning the subject matter set forth in this offer letter, and shall constitute the only agreement between the parties concerning such subject matter. This offer letter may only be modified by a court of competent jurisdiction or a written agreement signed by you and an executive vice president of Novell. Novell’s waiver of any default of you shall not constitute a waiver of its rights under this offer letter with respect to any subsequent default by you.

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Your expected start date will be on or before June 2, 2003. Federal employment law requires that you provide verification of your eligibility to work in the United States before you start employment. Please review the I-9 instructions and bring the appropriate identification necessary to complete the form on your first day of employment.

This offer will remain valid through May 29, 2003. Please signify acceptance of this offer by signing the “Acceptance and Acknowledgment” attached to this offer letter. In addition, please signify your acceptance to the terms and conditions of the Severance Agreement by signing the Severance Agreement

 

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attached as Exhibit A. Return the signed copy of this document, along with the Severance Agreement, to Novell Human Resources c/o Alan Friedman (at 404 Wyman St., Suite 500, Waltham, MA 02451) in the enclosed pre-addressed envelope, and retain any copies for your files. Please understand that your employment with Novell constitutes at-will employment.

Again, we look forward to your joining Novell. If you have questions or wish to discuss this offer, please contact me.

Sincerely,

/s/ Jack L. Messman

Jack L. Messman
Chairman and CEO

 

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ACCEPTANCE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

I accept the offer of employment from Novell as set forth in the offer letter. I understand and acknowledge that my employment with Novell is for no particular duration and is at-will, meaning that Novell or I may terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause and with or without prior notice. Additionally, I acknowledge that this offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check which is currently in progress and, if applicable, upon authorization in the form of an export license from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Export Administration, Office of Export Licensing or the U.S. Department of State, Office of Defense Trade Controls.

I understand and agree that the terms and conditions set forth in the offer letter represent the entire agreement between Novell and me superseding all prior negotiations and agreements, whether written or oral. I understand that the terms and conditions described in the offer letter are the terms and conditions of my employment. No one other than Novell’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources or the CEO of Novell is authorized to enter into any employment or other agreement which modifies the terms of the offer letter, and any such modification must be in writing and signed by either such executive. In addition, I understand that any promotions, increases in compensation and/or offers regarding other positions must be in writing and signed by my manager and the appropriate individual in the Human Resources Department. I understand that Novell may modify benefits as well as other plans and programs from time to time as it deems necessary. As an employee of Novell I understand and agree that I will be bound to abide by the company’s policies and procedures.

I understand that the offer of employment contained in my offer letter is conditioned on my express agreement to the following terms (which are in addition to the terms described in my offer letter) and I agree to the following:

Novell Property: I agree that all Novell Property (defined below) shall be and remain the sole and exclusive property of Novell. I agree that during my employment I shall not make, use or permit to be used any Novell Property except for the benefit of Novell. I further agree that after termination of my employment with Novell for any reason, I will not use, or permit others to use, any Novell Property. Upon termination of my employment with Novell for any reason, I will immediately surrender to Novell all Novell Property in my possession, custody or control.

Disclosure and Assignment of Inventions: I will fully and promptly disclose to Novell and no one else all Inventions (defined below) generated, authored, conceived, discovered, developed or reduced to practice or learned by me, either alone or jointly with others, while I am employed by Novell. I agree that all Inventions are and will be the sole and absolute property of Novell (and its assigns), as works made for hire or otherwise. To the extent any Inventions are not or are deemed not to be works made for hire, I hereby assign to Novell any and all rights, title and interest (including, but not limited to, tangible and intangible rights such as patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, licensing and publishing rights) that I now have or may acquire in and to all Inventions, benefits and rights relating thereto. I hereby waive all claims to moral rights I may have in Inventions. I agree that I will sign all papers, including, without limitation, copyright applications, patent applications, declarations, oaths, formal assignments, assignment of priority rights, and powers of attorney, which Novell may deem necessary or desirable in order to protect its rights and interests in any Invention. I further agree to assist Novell in every reasonable way, both during and after my employment with Novell (at Novell’s expense), to obtain,

 

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maintain and from time to time enforce patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, mask work, and other rights and protections relating to Inventions.

Prior Inventions: If, before my employment with Novell, I created any Inventions that I wish not to be subject to this offer letter, all such Inventions are identified in the attached Exhibit B. My failure to attach such Exhibit B to this offer letter and to sign this Acceptance and Acknowledgment constitutes my representation that I have made no such Inventions by the time I signed this offer letter.

No Conflicting Obligations: I represent that I have no interest or obligation that is inconsistent or in conflict with this offer letter, or that may prevent, limit or impair my performance of any part of this offer letter. I agree to notify Novell immediately if any such interest or obligation arises. I also represent that I will not bring with me or disclose to Novell, or use in the performance of my responsibilities at Novell, any confidential information not generally available to the public of a former employer or any other party, unless I have obtained written authorization for its possession and use. I also agree that, during my employment by Novell, I shall abide by any confidentiality obligations I may owe to any former employer or other party. I also agree and represent that I am not bound by any valid agreement or obligation of non-competition or non-solicitation to any former employers or other parties.

Employee At-Will: I understand that my employment is “at-will” and, as such, Novell or I may terminate my employment for any reason at any time. There are no representations or promises that my employment will continue for a specific period.

Continuation of Offer Letter Following Termination: The rights and obligations under this offer letter shall survive the termination of my employment with Novell for any reason and shall be binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and legal representatives. This offer letter is binding on Novell’s successors and assigns, and all covenants in this offer letter shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by said successors or assigns.

Interpretation: The interpretation, performance and enforcement of this offer letter shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without reference to conflicts of laws principles. In addition, I agree that any dispute, claim or proceeding arising out of or relating to this offer letter shall be commenced and maintained in any state or federal court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and I submit to the exclusive venue and jurisdiction of such court. The language of all parts of this offer letter shall be construed as a whole according to its fair meaning and shall not be construed strictly either for or against either party. Moreover, the terms “and,” and “or” shall both mean “and/or.”

Enforcement: I acknowledge and agree that my agreement to the provisions set forth herein were a material inducement to Novell’s agreement to offer me the position of President of North America Operations. I agree that the representations contained in this offer letter are necessary for the protection of the business and goodwill of Novell and I consider them to be reasonable for such purpose. I agree that any breach or threatened breach of any provision of this offer letter (including, but not limited to, the confidentiality, non-competition, and non-solicitation provisions contained in the Severance Agreement attached as Exhibit A) will cause Novell substantial and irrevocable damage and monetary damages would be inadequate to compensate Novell and, in addition to any other remedies or rights it may have, Novell shall be entitled to seek an injunction and all other available equitable relief to enforce the terms of this offer letter. I agree that the provisions in this offer letter are necessary to protect Novell’s interests and are reasonable under the circumstances, given that Novell conducts business worldwide and that a competitive business may be carried out anywhere in the world as a result of advanced communications technology. Each provision herein shall be treated as a separate and independent clause, and the

 

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unenforceability of any one clause shall in no way impair the enforceability of any of the other clauses of the offer letter. If any provision of this offer letter shall for any reason be held to be excessively broad as to length of time, scope, range of activities, geographic area or otherwise so as to be unenforceable at law, such provision(s) shall be reformed and construed by the appropriate judicial body to the fullest extent enforceable, and the remaining provisions of this offer letter will not be affected.

Definitions: The terms used in this Acceptance and Acknowledgment have the following meaning:

(a) “Novell Property” includes, but is not limited to, the following: all originals and copies (in whatever form) of confidential information and Inventions, and any and all notes, data, notebooks, memoranda, lists, records, reports, drawings, sketches, specifications, computer programs, designs, graphics, architectures, frameworks, devices and models (or portions of any of them), passwords, codes, personal computers, laptops, fax machines, scanners, copiers, printers, tools, cd-roms, diskettes, intangible information stored on diskettes, pagers, cellular phones, credit cards, telephone charge cards, manuals, building keys and passes, access cards, parking passes, and any documentation or other materials of any nature, whether written, printed, electronic or in digital format or otherwise, relating to any matter concerning Novell’s business and any other Novell Property in my possession, custody or control.

(b) “Inventions” includes, but is not limited to, the following: all discoveries, developments, designs, improvements, inventions, formulae, processes, methods, works of authorship, articles, books, manuals, techniques, computer software or hardware programs, strategies, know-how and data, whether or not patentable or registerable, and all work product (by me or anyone else) relating thereto, that (i) relate to research or development activities or the business of Novell or any actual or potential customer, partner or supplier of Novell; (ii) result from tasks assigned to me by Novell; or (iii) result from use of premises or personal property (whether tangible or intangible) owned, leased, contracted for or controlled by Novell.

 

 

 

  /s/ Ronald W. Hovsepian

 

 

 

 

 

Signature

 

 

 

 

 

  Ronald W. Hovsepian

 

 

 

 

 

Printed Name

 

 

 

 

 

  May 27, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

Date

 

 

 

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Exhibit A

Severance Agreement

 

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Exhibit B

Prior Inventions

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Severance Agreement for Ronald W. Hovsepian
 
                               SEVERANCE AGREEMENT
 
         THIS SEVERANCE AGREEMENT (this "Agreement"), dated as of May 29, 2003,
is made and entered by and between Novell, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the
"Company"), and Ronald W. Hovsepian (the "Executive").
 
                                   WITNESSETH:
 
         WHEREAS, the Executive is a senior executive of the Company and has
made and is expected to continue to make major contributions to the short- and
long-term profitability, growth and financial strength of the Company;
 
         WHEREAS, the Company currently maintains the Novell, Inc. Senior
Management Severance Plan (the "Severance Plan") which provides severance
benefits to participants on account of a termination of employment with the
Company related to, and unrelated to, a change in control;
 
         WHEREAS, the Executive is a participant in the Severance Plan and is
eligible to receive severance benefits under the Severance Plan;
 
         WHEREAS, the Board (as defined below) has taken action to terminate the
Severance Plan as of November 1, 2003;
 
         WHEREAS, the Board has determined that appropriate alternative
arrangements should be taken to encourage the continued attention and dedication
of Executive to his assigned duties without distraction;
 
         WHEREAS, as a result of the termination of the Severance Plan and in
consideration of the Executive's continued employment with the Company and the
Executive's agreement to waive any rights he may have to receive severance
compensation and benefits under the Severance Plan, the Company desires to
provide Executive with certain compensation and benefits set forth in this
Agreement in order to ameliorate the financial and career impact on Executive in
the event the Executive's employment with the Company is terminated for a reason
related to, or unrelated to, a Change in Control (as defined below) of the
Company; and
 
         WHEREAS, the Executive agrees to waive any rights he may have under the
Severance Plan.
 
         NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual
covenants and agreements hereinafter set forth and intending to be legally bound
hereby, the Company and the Executive agree as follows:
 
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1.       Certain Defined Terms. In addition to terms defined elsewhere herein,
the following terms have the following meanings when used in this Agreement with
initial capital letters:
 
         (a)      "Base Pay" means the greater of (i) Executive's annual base
salary rate, exclusive of bonuses, commissions and other Incentive Pay, as in
effect immediately preceding Executive's Termination Date, or (ii) Executive's
highest annual base salary rate, exclusive of bonuses, commissions and other
Incentive Pay, as in effect in any of the three (3) full calendar years
preceding Executive's Termination Date.
 
         (b)      "Board" means the Board of Directors of the Company.
 
         (c)      "Cause":
 
                  (i)      For purposes of Involuntary Termination Prior to a
Change in Control, means a determination by the Company's Chief Executive
Officer or Senior Vice President-People, in either case with legal advice and
consultation of the Company's Senior Vice President - General Counsel, acting in
his authority as the Company's general counsel, that Executive has committed any
of the following acts:
 
                           (A)      continued violations of the Executive's
obligations which are demonstrably willful or deliberate on the Executive's part
after there has been delivered to the Executive a written demand for performance
from the Company which describes the basis for the Company's belief that the
Executive has willfully or deliberately violated his obligations to the Company;
 
                           (B)      engaging in willful misconduct which is
injurious to the Company or any Subsidiary;
 
                           (C)      committing a felony, an act of fraud against
or the misappropriation of property belonging to the Company or any Subsidiary;
 
                           (D)      breaching, in any material respect, terms of
any confidentiality or proprietary information agreement between the Executive
and the Company; or
 
                           (E)      committing a material violation of the
Company's Code of Business Ethics or Employee Conduct and Standards Policy, as
either or both are in effect from time to time by the Company.
 
                  (ii)     For purposes of Involuntary Termination Associated
With a Change in Control, means a determination by the Board that Executive has
committed any of the following acts:
 
                           (A)      the Executive has been convicted of a
criminal violation involving fraud, embezzlement or theft in connection with his
duties or in the course of his employment with the Company or any Subsidiary; or
 
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                           (B)      the Executive has committed intentional
wrongful disclosure of secret processes or confidential information of the
Company or any Subsidiary; and any such act has been demonstrably and materially
harmful to the Company. For purposes of this subparagraph (B), no act on the
part of the Executive will be deemed "intentional" if it was due primarily to an
error in judgment or negligence, but will be deemed "intentional" if done by the
Executive not in good faith and without reasonable belief that the Executive's
action was in the best interest of the Company.
 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Executive will not be deemed to have been
terminated for "Cause" under this subsection (ii) unless and until there has
been delivered to the Executive a copy of a resolution duly adopted by the
affirmative vote of not less than three-quarters of the members of the Board
then in office at a meeting of the Board, finding that, in the good faith
opinion of the Board, the Executive has committed an act constituting "Cause,"
as herein defined, and specifying the particulars thereof in detail. Prior to
any such determination, Executive shall be provided with reasonable notice of
such pending determination and Executive, together with his counsel (if the
Executive chooses to have counsel present at such meeting), shall be provided
with the opportunity to be heard before the Board makes any such determination.
Nothing herein will limit the right of the Executive or his beneficiaries to
contest the validity or propriety of any such determination.
 
         (d)      "Change in Control" means the occurrence of any of the
following events:
 
                  (i)      the acquisition by any individual, entity or group
(within the meaning of section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act) (a
"Person") of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated
under the Exchange Act) of 25% or more of the combined voting power of the then
outstanding Voting Stock of the Company; provided, however, that for purposes of
this Section 1(d)(i), the following acquisitions will not constitute a Change in
Control: (A) any issuance of Voting Stock of the Company directly from the
Company that is approved by the Incumbent Board (as defined in Section 1(d)(ii),
below), (B) any acquisition by the Company of Voting Stock of the Company, (C)
any acquisition of Voting Stock of the Company by any employee benefit plan (or
related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any Subsidiary, or (D)
any acquisition of Voting Stock of the Company by any Person pursuant to a
Business Combination that complies with clauses (A), (B) and (C) of Section
1(d)(iii), below; and provided, further, that a Change in Control will not occur
if any Person becomes the beneficial owner of 25% or more of the combined voting
power of the Voting Stock of the Company solely as a result of an issuance of
Voting Stock described in clause (A) of this Section 1(d)(i) or an acquisition
of Voting Stock described in clause (B) of this Section 1(d)(i) unless and until
such Person thereafter acquires beneficial ownership of Voting Stock of the
Company that causes the aggregate percent of the combined voting power of the
Voting Stock of the Company then owned beneficially by such Person to exceed the
percent of the combined voting power of Voting Stock of the Company owned
beneficially by such Person immediately after such issuance or acquisition
described in clause (A) or (B) of this Section 1(d)(i);
 
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                  (ii)     individuals who, as of the date hereof, constitute
the Board (the "Incumbent Board," as modified by this Section 1(d)(ii)), cease
for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board; provided,
however, that any individual becoming a Director subsequent to the date hereof
whose election, or nomination for election by the Company's stockholders, was
approved by a vote of at least two-thirds of the Directors then comprising the
Incumbent Board (either by a specific vote or by approval of the proxy statement
of the Company in which such person is named as a nominee for director, without
objection to such nomination) will be deemed to have then been a member of the
Incumbent Board, but excluding, for this purpose, any such individual whose
initial assumption of office occurs as a result of an actual or threatened
election contest (within the meaning of Rule 14a-11 of the Exchange Act) with
respect to the election or removal of Directors or other actual or threatened
solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of a Person other than the
Board;
 
                  (iii)    consummation of a reorganization, merger or
consolidation, a sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the
assets of the Company, or other transaction (each, a "Business Combination"),
unless, in each case, immediately following such Business Combination, (A) all
or substantially all of the individuals and entities who were the beneficial
owners of Voting Stock of the Company immediately prior to such Business
Combination beneficially own, directly or indirectly, more than 50% of the
combined voting power of the then outstanding shares of Voting Stock of the
entity resulting from such Business Combination (including, without limitation,
an entity which as a result of such transaction owns the Company or all or
substantially all of the Company's assets either directly or through one or more
subsidiaries), (B) no Person (other than the Company; such entity resulting from
such Business Combination; any employee benefit plan (or related trust)
sponsored or maintained by the Company, any Subsidiary or such entity resulting
from such Business Combination; or any Person who immediately prior to such
Business Combination beneficially owned directly or indirectly 25% or more of
the combined voting power of the voting stock of the Company and whose ownership
of such Voting Stock did not result in a Change in Control under Section
1(d)(i)) beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, 25% or more of the combined
voting power of the then outstanding shares of Voting Stock of the entity
resulting from such Business Combination, and (C) at least a majority of the
members of the Board of Directors of the entity resulting from such Business
Combination were members of the Incumbent Board at the time of the execution of
the initial agreement or of the action of the Board providing for such Business
Combination; or
 
                  (iv)     approval by the stockholders of the Company of a
complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company, except pursuant to a
Business Combination that complies with clauses (A), (B) and (C) of Section
1(d)(iii).
 
         (e)      "COBRA" means the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation
Act of 1986, as amended.
 
         (f)      "Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
 
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         (g)      "Constructive Termination Associated With a Change in Control"
means the termination of the Executive's employment with the Company by
Executive as a result of the occurrence of one of the following events as a
result of a Change in Control:
 
                  (i)      without the Executive's express written consent, the
failure to elect or reelect or otherwise to maintain the Executive in the office
or the position, or an equivalent office or position, of or with the Company
and/or a Subsidiary (or any successor thereto by operation of law of or
otherwise), as the case may be, which the Executive held immediately prior to a
Change in Control, or the removal of the Executive as a Director of the Company
and/or a Subsidiary (or any successor thereto) if the Executive has been a
Director of the Company and/or a Subsidiary immediately prior to the Change in
Control;
 
                  (ii)     without the Executive's express written consent, the
failure of the Company to remedy any of the following within ten (10) business
days after receipt by the Company of written notice thereof from the Executive:
(A) an adverse change in the nature or scope of the authorities, powers,
functions, responsibilities or duties attached to the position with the Company
and any Subsidiary which the Executive held immediately prior to the Change in
Control, (B) a reduction in the aggregate of the Executive's Base Pay and
Incentive Pay, or (C) the termination or denial of the Executive's rights to
Employee Benefits or a reduction in the scope or value thereof;
 
                  (iii)    without the Executive's express written consent, a
determination by the Executive (which determination will be conclusive and
binding upon the parties hereto provided it has been made in good faith and in
all events will be presumed to have been made in good faith unless otherwise
shown by the Company by clear and convincing evidence) that a change in
circumstances has occurred following a Change in Control, including, without
limitation, a change in the scope of the business or other activities for which
the Executive was responsible immediately prior to the Change in Control, which
has rendered the Executive unable to carry out, has hindered the Executive's
performance of, or has caused the Executive to suffer a reduction in, any of the
authorities, powers, functions, responsibilities or duties attached to the
position held by the Executive immediately prior to the Change in Control, which
situation is not remedied within ten (10) business days after written notice to
the Company from the Executive of such determination;
 
                  (iv)     without the Executive's express written consent, the
liquidation, dissolution, merger, consolidation or reorganization of the Company
or transfer of all or substantially all of its business and/or assets, unless
the successor or successors (by liquidation, merger, consolidation,
reorganization, transfer or otherwise) to which all or substantially all of its
business and/or assets have been transferred (by operation of law or otherwise)
assumes all duties and obligations of the Company under this Agreement pursuant
to Section 15(a);
 
                  (v)      without the Executive's express written consent, a
requirement by the Company that the Executive have his principal location of
work changed to any location that is in excess of thirty-five (35) miles from
the location thereof immediately
 
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prior to the Change in Control, or that the Executive travel away from his
office in the course of discharging his responsibilities or duties hereunder at
least 20% more (in terms of aggregate days in any calendar year or in any
calendar quarter when annualized for purposes of comparison to any prior year)
than was required of the Executive in any of the three (3) full years
immediately prior to the Change in Control; or
 
                  (vi)     without limiting the generality or effect of the
foregoing, without the Executive's express written consent, any material breach
of this Agreement by the Company or any successor thereto which is not remedied
by the Company within ten (10) business days after receipt by the Company of
written notice from the Executive of such breach.
 
In no event shall the termination of Executive's employment with the Company on
account of the Executive's death or Disability or because the Executive engaged
in conduct constituting Cause be deemed to be a Constructive Termination
Associated With a Change in Control.
 
         (h)      "Constructive Termination Prior to a Change in Control" means
the termination of Executive's employment with the Company by the Executive as a
result of:
 
                  (i)      without the Executive's express written consent, a
comprehensive and substantial reduction in all or most of the Executive's
primary duties, authority and responsibilities compared to the Executive's
duties, authority and responsibilities immediately prior to such reduction;
 
                  (ii)     without the Executive's express written consent, a
significant reduction in the Executive's Base Pay compared to the Executive's
Base Pay in effect immediately prior to such reduction; provided, however, that
a reduction in the Executive's Base Pay of less than twenty percent (20%) or a
reduction in the Executive's Base Pay that is part of an overall reduction in
compensation also applied to other senior executives of the Company as a result
of decreased business performance by the Company or one of its business units,
shall not constitute a Constructive Termination Prior to a Change in Control; or
 
                  (iii)    without the Executive's express written consent, the
failure of the Company to obtain the assumption of this Agreement by any
successors.
 
In no event shall the termination of Executive's employment with the Company on
account of the Executive's death or Disability or because the Executive engaged
in conduct constituting Cause be deemed to be a Constructive Termination Prior
to a Change in Control.
 
         (i)      "Disability" means the Executive becomes permanently disabled
within the meaning of, and begins actually to receive disability benefits
pursuant to, the long-term disability plan in effect for, or applicable to, the
Executive.
 
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         (j)      "Employee Benefits" means the perquisites, benefits and
service credit for benefits as provided under any and all employee retirement
income and welfare benefit policies, plans, programs or arrangements in which
the Executive is entitled to participate, including, without limitation, any
stock option, performance share, performance unit, stock purchase, stock
appreciation, savings, pension, supplemental executive retirement, or other
retirement income or welfare benefit, deferred compensation, incentive
compensation, group or other life, health, medical/hospital or other insurance
(whether funded by actual insurance or self-insured by the Company or a
Subsidiary), disability, salary continuation, expense reimbursement and other
employee benefit policies, plans, programs or arrangements that may now exist or
any equivalent successor policies, plans, programs or arrangements that may be
adopted hereafter by the Company or a Subsidiary, providing perquisites,
benefits and service credit for benefits at least as great in the aggregate as
are payable thereunder.
 
         (k)      "Exchange Act" means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended.
 
         (l)      "Incentive Pay" means the greater of: (i) Executive's maximum
Target Bonus for which Executive was eligible during the period that includes
the Termination Date, or (ii) the highest aggregate bonus or incentive payment
paid to Executive during any of the three (3) full calendar years prior to his
Termination Date. For purposes of this definition, "Target Bonus" means the
annual bonus, incentive, commission or other sales incentive compensation, or
comparable incentive payment opportunity which, in the sole discretion of the
Company, is deemed to constitute a Target Bonus, in addition to Base Pay, for
which Executive was eligible to receive, but did not receive prior to his
Termination Date, in regard to services rendered in the year covered by
Executive's Termination Date and is to be made pursuant to any bonus, incentive,
profit-sharing, performance, discretionary pay or similar agreement, policy,
plan, program or arrangement (whether or not funded) of the Company or a
Subsidiary, or any successor thereto. For purposes of this definition,
"Incentive Pay" does not include any stock option, stock appreciation, stock
purchase, restricted stock or similar plan, program, arrangement or grant, one
time bonus or payment (including, but not limited to, any sign-on bonus), any
amounts contributed by the Company for the benefit of Executive to any qualified
or nonqualified deferred compensation plan, whether or not provided under an
arrangement described in the prior sentence, or any amounts designated by the
parties as amounts other than Incentive Pay.
 
         (m)      "Involuntary Termination Associated With a Change in Control"
means the termination of Executive's employment related to a Change in Control:
(i) by the Company for any reason other than Cause, the Executive's death or the
Executive's Disability, or (ii) on account of a Constructive Termination
Associated with a Change in Control.
 
         (n)      "Involuntary Termination Prior to a Change in Control" means
the termination of Executive's employment unrelated to a Change in Control: (i)
by the Company for any reason other than Cause, the Executive's death or the
Executive's Disability, or (ii) on account of a Constructive Termination Prior
to a Change in Control.
 
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         (o)      "Restricted Business" means,
 
                  (i)      if the Executive is entitled to severance benefits
under this Agreement on account of an Involuntary Termination Prior to a Change
in Control, (A) the design, development, manufacture, marketing or support of
local or wide area network products, computer operating systems, applications
products, software products or services that enable organizations to more
effectively conduct business using the Web, or any other software products of
the type designed, developed, manufactured, sold or supported by the Company or
as proposed to be designed, developed, manufactured, sold or supported by the
Company pursuant to a development project that is actually being pursued during
the term of this Agreement; (B) any business that performs technology and
consulting services that help businesses develop and accelerate their transition
to Internet-based e-business solutions and processes, or management services
that assist businesses in improving their operating processes; or (C) any
business that competes directly or indirectly with the hardware, software or
consulting businesses of the Company.
 
                  (ii)     if the Executive is entitled to severance benefits
under this Agreement on account of an Involuntary Termination Associated With a
Change in Control, any business function with a direct competitor of the Company
that is substantially similar to the business function performed by the
Executive with the Company immediately prior to his Termination Date.
 
         (p)      "Restricted Territory" means the counties, towns, cities or
states of any country in which the Company operates or does business.
 
         (q)      "Severance Period" means the twelve (12) month period after
the Executive's Termination Date.
 
         (r)      "Subsidiary" means any Company controlled affiliate.
 
         (s)      "Termination Date" means the last day of Executive's
employment with the Company.
 
         (t)      "Termination of Employment" means, except as provided in the
following sentence, the termination of Executive's active employment
relationship with the Company on account of an Involuntary Termination Prior to
a Change in Control or an Involuntary Termination Associated With a Change in
Control. For purposes of the non-solicitation provision of Section 11 of the
Agreement, the term "Termination of Employment" shall mean the termination of
Executive's employment relationship with the Company for any reason, including,
but not limited to, the Executive's Involuntary Termination Prior to a Change in
Control, Involuntary Termination Associated With a Change in Control, voluntary
termination, termination on account of Disability, or termination by the Company
for Cause.
 
         (u)      "Voting Stock" means securities entitled to vote generally in
the election of directors.
 
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2.       Termination Prior to a Change in Control.
 
         (a)      Involuntary Termination Prior to a Change in Control. In the
event Executive's employment is terminated on account of an Involuntary
Termination Prior to a Change in Control, Executive shall be entitled to the
benefits provided in subsection (b) of this Section 2.
 
         (b)      Compensation and Benefits Upon Involuntary Termination Prior
to a Change in Control. Subject to the provisions of Section 5 hereof, in the
event a termination described in subsection (a) of this Section 2 occurs, the
Company shall pay and provide to the Executive after his Termination Date:
 
                  (i)      150% of his Base Pay, payable in equal installments
over the Severance Period, consistent with the Company's past payroll practices,
commencing with the first payroll period that occurs after the period during
which Executive's right to revoke his acceptance to the terms of the Release has
expired. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may determine, in its sole
discretion and at any time, to provide that the amounts payable under this
subsection (i) shall be paid to Executive in a lump sum, as opposed to
installments over the Severance Period.
 
                  (ii)     Executive shall receive his pro rated Incentive Pay
for the year in which his Termination of Employment occurs. The pro rated
Incentive Pay shall be based on the Executive's Incentive Pay for the year in
which Executive's Termination Date occurs, multiplied by a fraction, the
numerator of which is the number of days during which Executive was employed by
the Company in the year of his termination and the denominator of which is 365.
Such pro rated Incentive Pay shall be paid to Executive in equal installments
over the Severance Period, consistent with the Company's past payroll practices,
commencing with the first payroll period that occurs after the period during
which Executive's right to revoke his acceptance to the terms of the Release has
expired. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may determine, in its sole
discretion and at any time, to provide that the amounts payable under this
subsection (ii) shall be paid to Executive in a lump sum, as opposed to
installments over the Severance Period.
 
                  (iii)    For a period of twelve (12) months following his
Termination Date, Executive shall continue to receive the medical and dental
coverage in effect on his Termination Date (or generally comparable coverage)
for himself and, where applicable, his spouse and dependents, as the same may be
changed from time to time for employees generally, as if Executive had continued
in employment during such period; or, as an alternative, the Company may elect
to pay Executive cash in lieu of such coverage in an amount equal to Executive's
after-tax cost of continuing comparable coverage, where such coverage may not be
continued by the Company (or where such continuation would adversely affect the
tax status of the plan pursuant to which the coverage is provided). If the
Executive does not receive the cash payment described in the preceding sentence,
the Company shall take all commercially reasonable efforts to provide that the
COBRA health care continuation coverage period under section 4980B of the Code,
shall commence immediately after the foregoing twelve (12) month benefit period,
with such
 
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continuation coverage continuing until the earlier of (i) the end of the
applicable COBRA health care continuation coverage period or (ii) the date on
which Executive is covered by the medical and dental coverage of his successor
employer, if any.
 
                  (iv)     With respect to any Company stock options held by the
Executive as of the date of such Involuntary Termination Prior to a Change in
Control, the Company shall accelerate the vesting of that portion of the
Executive's stock options, if any, which would have vested and become
exercisable within the one (1) year period after the Executive's Termination
Date, such options, plus any other options that previously became exercisable
and have not expired or been exercised, to remain exercisable, notwithstanding
anything in any other agreement governing such options, for the longer of (A) a
period of six (6) months after the Executive's Termination Date, or (B) the
period set forth in the award agreement covering the option; provided, however,
that in no event will the option be exercisable beyond its original term.
 
                  (v)      With respect to any shares of Company common stock
held by the Executive that are, at the time of such Involuntary Termination
Prior to a Change in Control, subject to the Company's repurchase right upon
termination of the Executive's employment ("Restricted Stock"), the Company
shall waive such repurchase right as to the number of shares of Restricted Stock
that would have vested within the one (1) year period after the Executive's
Termination Date.
 
                  (vi)     To cover the cost of outplacement assistance services
for Executive that are actually provided by an outplacement agency selected by
Executive, for which the Company provides prior approval, with such approval not
to be unreasonably withheld, in an amount not to exceed twenty percent (20%) of
the Executive's Base Pay.
 
                  (vii)    Executive shall receive any amounts earned, accrued
or owing but not yet paid to Executive as of his Termination Date, payable in a
lump sum, and any benefits accrued or earned in accordance with the terms of any
applicable benefit plans and programs of the Company.
 
3.       Termination Associated With a Change in Control.
 
         (a)      Involuntary Termination Associated With a Change in Control.
In the event Executive's employment is terminated after, or in connection with,
a Change in Control, on account of (i) an Involuntary Termination Associated
With a Change in Control within the two year period after the Change in Control,
or (ii) an Involuntary Termination Associated With a Change in Control that
occurs (A) not more than six (6) months prior to the date on which a Change in
Control occurs or (B) following the commencement of any discussion with a third
person that ultimately results in a Change in Control, Executive shall be
entitled to the benefits provided in subsection (b) of this Section 3. If
Executive is entitled to benefits described in this Section 3 by reason of
clause (a)(ii) above, Executive shall receive the compensation and benefits
described in Section 2(b) above after his Termination of Employment, in
accordance with the provisions of Section 2(b), regardless of whether the Change
in Control actually occurs,
 
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and Executive shall receive the additional compensation and benefits described
in Section 3(b) below only if the Change in Control is consummated and shall
receive such additional amounts after the consummation of the Change in Control,
in accordance with the provisions of Section 3(b) below. For purposes of
subsection 3(a)(ii)(B) above, to be eligible to receive amounts described in
Section 3(b) below, the Change in Control must be consummated within the twelve
(12) month period following Executive's Termination Date, except in
circumstances pursuant to which the consummation of the Change in Control is
delayed, through no failure of the Company or the third person, by a
governmental or regulatory authority or agency with jurisdiction over the
matter, or as a result of other similar circumstances. In such a circumstance,
the remaining of the twelve (12) month period shall be tolled and shall
recommence upon termination of the delaying event.
 
         (b)      Compensation and Benefits Upon Involuntary Termination
Associated With a Change in Control. Subject to the provisions of Section 5
hereof, in the event a termination described in subsection (a) of this Section 3
occurs, the Company shall pay and provide to the Executive after his Termination
Date:
 
                  (i)      Lump sum payment equal to (A) 2 times Base Pay, plus
(B) 2 times Incentive Pay. Payment shall be made within thirty (30) days after
Executive's Termination Date (or the end of the revocation period for the
Release, if later).
 
                  (ii)     Executive shall receive his pro rated Incentive Pay
for the year in which his Termination of Employment occurs. The pro rated
Incentive Pay shall be based on the Executive's Incentive Pay for the year in
which Executive's Termination Date occurs, multiplied by a fraction, the
numerator of which is the number of days during which Executive was employed by
the Company in the year of his termination and the denominator of which is 365.
Such pro rated Incentive Pay shall be paid to Executive in a lump sum within
thirty (30) days after the effective date of the termination (or the end of the
revocation period for the Release, if later).
 
                  (iii)    For a period of twenty-four (24) months following his
Termination Date, Executive shall continue to receive the medical and dental
coverage in effect on his Termination Date (or generally comparable coverage)
for himself and, where applicable, his spouse and dependents, as the same may be
changed from time to time for employees generally, as if Executive had continued
in employment during such period; or, as an alternative, the Company may elect
to pay Executive cash in lieu of such coverage in an amount equal to Executive's
after-tax cost of continuing comparable coverage, where such coverage may not be
continued by the Company (or where such continuation would adversely affect the
tax status of the plan pursuant to which the coverage is provided). If the
Executive does not receive the cash payment described in the preceding sentence,
the Company shall take all commercially reasonable efforts to provide that the
COBRA health care continuation coverage period under section 4980B of the Code,
shall commence immediately after the foregoing twenty-four (24) month benefit
period, with such continuation coverage continuing until the earlier of (i) the
end of the applicable COBRA health care continuation coverage period or (ii) the
date on which Executive is covered by the medical and dental coverage of his
successor employer, if any.
 
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                  (iv)     Lump sum payment equal to the total amount that
Executive would have received under the Company's 401(k) plan as a Company match
if Executive was eligible to participate in the Company's 401(k) plan for the
twenty-four (24) month period after his Termination Date and he contributed the
maximum amount to the plan for the match. Payment shall be made within thirty
(30) days after Executive's Termination Date (or the end of the revocation
period for the Release, if later).
 
                  (v)      Lump sum payment equal to the total premiums that the
Company would have paid under Executive's split-dollar life insurance policy, if
any, that is in effect immediately prior to his Termination Date, if Executive
was employed by the Company for the twenty-four (24) month period following
Executive's Termination Date; provided, however, that if the remaining length of
the term of the split-dollar arrangement pursuant to which the Company must make
premium payments is less than the foregoing twenty-four (24) month period,
Executive shall only receive a lump sum payment equal to the remaining Company
premiums for the term of the arrangement. Payment shall be made within thirty
(30) days after Executive's Termination Date (or the end of the revocation
period for the Release, if later). Notwithstanding the foregoing, no payment
shall be made to Executive pursuant to this subsection (v) if on the Executive's
Termination Date, either Executive does not have a split-dollar life insurance
policy with the Company or the Company has no obligations to make premium
contributions to Executive's split-dollar life insurance policy.
 
                  (vi)     Lump sum payment equal to twenty percent (20%) of the
Executive's Base Pay in order to cover the cost of outplacement assistance
services for Executive. Payment shall be made within thirty (30) days after
Executive's Termination Date (or the end of the revocation period for the
Release, if later).
 
                  (vii)    Executive shall receive any amounts earned, accrued
or owing but not yet paid to Executive as of his Termination Date, payable in a
lump sum, and any benefits accrued or earned in accordance with the terms of any
applicable benefit plans and programs of the Company.
 
         (c)      Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in any
applicable plan, program or agreement, upon the occurrence of a Change in
Control, all stock options, Restricted Stock and other equity rights held by the
Executive will become fully vested and/or exercisable, as the case may be, on
the date on which the Change in Control occurs, and all stock options held by
the Executive shall remain exercisable, notwithstanding anything in any other
agreement governing such options, for the longer of (i) a period of twenty-four
(24) months after the Executive's Termination Date, or (ii) the period set forth
in the award agreement covering the option; provided, however, that in no event
will the option be exercisable beyond its original term.
 
4.       Termination of Employment on Account of Disability, Cause or Death.
Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, if Executive's
employment terminates on account of Disability, Executive shall be entitled to
receive disability benefits under any disability program maintained by the
Company that covers Executive, and Executive shall not be considered to have
terminated employment under this
 
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Agreement and shall not receive benefits pursuant to Sections 2 and 3 hereof. If
Executive's employment terminates on account of Cause or because of his death,
Executive shall not be considered to have terminated employment under this
Agreement and shall not receive benefits pursuant to Sections 2 and 3 hereof.
 
5.       Release. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no such payments shall be made
or benefits provided unless Executive executes, and does not revoke, the
Company's standard written release, substantially in the form as attached hereto
as Annex A, (the "Release"), of any and all claims against the Company and all
related parties with respect to all matters arising out of Executive's
employment by the Company (other than entitlements under the terms of this
Agreement or under any other plans or programs of the Company in which Executive
participated and under which Executive has accrued or become entitled to a
benefit) or a termination thereof.
 
6.       Enforcement. Without limiting the rights of the Executive at law or in
equity, if the Company fails to make any payment or provide any benefit required
to be made or provided hereunder on a timely basis, the Company will pay
interest on the amount or value thereof at an annualized rate of interest equal
to the so-called composite "prime rate" as quoted from time to time during the
relevant period in the Eastern Edition of The Wall Street Journal. Such interest
will be payable as it accrues on demand. Any change in such prime rate will be
effective on and as of the date of such change.
 
7.       Certain Additional Payments by the Company.
 
         (a)      The provisions of this Section 7 shall apply notwithstanding
anything in this Agreement to the contrary. Subject to subsection (b) below, in
the event that it shall be determined that any payment or distribution by the
Company to or for the benefit of Executive, whether paid or payable or
distributed or distributable pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or
otherwise (a "Payment"), would constitute an "excess parachute payment" within
the meaning of section 280G of the Code, the Company shall pay Executive an
additional amount (the "Gross-Up Payment") such that the net amount retained by
Executive after deduction of any excise tax imposed under section 4999 of the
Code, and any federal, state and local income tax, employment tax, excise tax
and other tax imposed upon the Gross-Up Payment, shall be equal to the Payment.
 
         (b)      Notwithstanding subsection (a), and notwithstanding any other
provisions of this Agreement to the contrary, if the net after-tax benefit to
Executive of receiving the Gross-Up Payment does not exceed the Safe Harbor
Amount (as defined below) by more than 10% (as compared to the net-after tax
benefit to Executive resulting from elimination of the Gross-Up Payment and
reduction of the Payments to the Safe Harbor Amount), then (i) the Company shall
not pay Executive the Gross-Up Payment and (ii) the provisions of subsection (c)
below shall apply. The term "Safe Harbor Amount" means the maximum dollar amount
of parachute payments that may be paid under section 280G of the Code without
imposition of an excise tax under section 4999 of the Code.
 
         (c)      The provisions of this subsection (c) shall apply only if the
Company is not required to pay Executive a Gross-Up Payment as a result of
subsection (b) above. If
 
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the Company is not required to pay Executive a Gross-Up Payment as a result of
the provisions of subsection (b), the Company will apply a limitation on the
Payment amount as set forth in subsection (i) below (a "Parachute Cap") if the
application of the Parachute Cap is beneficial to Executive, according to the
following provisions:
 
                  (i)      If subsection (ii) does not apply, the aggregate
present value of the Payments under Section 3 of this Agreement ("Agreement
Payments") shall be reduced (but not below zero) to the Reduced Amount. The
"Reduced Amount" shall be an amount expressed in present value which maximizes
the aggregate present value of Agreement Payments without causing any Payment to
be subject to the limitation of deduction under section 280G of the Code. For
purposes of this Section 7, "present value" shall be determined in accordance
with section 280G(d)(4) of the Code.
 
                  (ii)     It is the intention of the parties that the Parachute
Cap apply only if application of the Parachute Cap is beneficial to Executive.
Therefore, if the net amount that would be retained by Executive under this
Agreement without the Parachute Cap, after payment of any excise tax under
section 4999 of the Code, exceeds the net amount that would be retained by
Executive with the Parachute Cap, then the Company shall not apply the Parachute
Cap to Executive's payments. In that event, neither the Parachute Cap nor the
Gross-Up Payment will apply to Executive.
 
         (d)      All determinations to be made under this Section 7 shall be
made by the nationally recognized independent public accounting firm used by the
Company immediately prior to the Change in Control ("Accounting Firm"), which
Accounting Firm shall provide its determinations and any supporting calculations
to the Company and Executive within ten days of Executive's termination date. If
any Gross-Up Payment is required to be made, the Company shall make the Gross-Up
Payment within ten days after receiving the Accounting Firm's calculations. Any
such determination by the Accounting Firm shall be binding upon the Company and
Executive.
 
         (e)      All of the fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm in
performing the determinations referred to in this Section 7 shall be borne
solely by the Company.
 
8.       No Mitigation Obligation. The Company hereby acknowledges that it will
be difficult and may be impossible for the Executive to find reasonably
comparable employment following the Termination Date. Accordingly, the payment
of the severance compensation by the Company to the Executive in accordance with
the terms of this Agreement is hereby acknowledged by the Company to be
reasonable, and the Executive will not be required to mitigate the amount of any
payment provided for in this Agreement by seeking other employment or otherwise,
nor will any profits, income, earnings or other benefits from any source
whatsoever create any mitigation, offset, reduction or any other obligation on
the part of the Executive hereunder or otherwise.
 
9.       Legal Fees and Expenses. In the event of a Change in Control, it is the
intent of the Company that the Executive not be required to incur legal fees and
the related expenses associated with the interpretation, enforcement or defense
of the Executive's rights under this Agreement by litigation or otherwise
because the cost and expense
 
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thereof would detract from the benefits intended to be extended to the Executive
hereunder. Accordingly, if a Change in Control occurs and it should appear to
the Executive that the Company has failed to comply with any of its obligations
under this Agreement or in the event that the Company or any other person takes
or threatens to take any action to declare this Agreement void or unenforceable,
or institutes any litigation or other action or proceeding designed to deny, or
to recover from, the Executive the benefits provided or intended to be provided
to the Executive under Section 3(b) of the Agreement, the Company irrevocably
authorizes the Executive from time to time to retain counsel of the Executive's
choice, at the expense of the Company as hereafter provided, to advise and
represent the Executive in connection with any such interpretation, enforcement
or defense, including without limitation the initiation or defense of any
litigation or other legal action, whether by or against the Company or any
Director, officer, stockholder or other person affiliated with the Company, in
any jurisdiction. Notwithstanding any existing or prior attorney-client
relationship between the Company and such counsel, the Company irrevocably
consents to the Executive's entering into an attorney-client relationship with
such counsel, and in that connection the Company and the Executive agree that a
confidential relationship will exist between the Executive and such counsel.
Without respect to whether the Executive prevails, in whole or in part, in
connection with any of the foregoing, the Company will pay and be solely
financially responsible for any and all attorneys' and related fees and expenses
incurred by the Executive in connection with any of the foregoing; provided
that, in regard to such matters, the Executive has not acted frivolously, in bad
faith or with no colorable claim of success. Such expenses will be paid by the
Company as they are incurred by Executive.
 
10.      Confidentiality. The Executive hereby covenants and agrees that he will
not disclose to any person not employed by the Company, or use in connection
with engaging in competition with the Company, any confidential or proprietary
information (as defined below) of the Company. For purposes of this Agreement,
the term "confidential or proprietary information" will include all information
of any nature and in any form that is owned by the Company and that is not
publicly available (other than by the Executive's breach of this Section 10) or
generally known to persons engaged in businesses similar or related to those of
the Company. Confidential or proprietary information will include, without
limitation, the Company's financial matters, customers, employees, industry
contracts, strategic business plans, product development (or other proprietary
product data), marketing plans, consulting solutions and processes, and all
other secrets and all other information of a confidential or proprietary nature
which is protected by the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. For purposes of the
preceding two sentences, the term "Company" will also include any Subsidiary
(collectively, the "Restricted Group"). The foregoing obligations imposed by
this Section 10 will not apply (i) in the course of the business of and for the
benefit of the Company, (ii) if such confidential or proprietary information has
become, through no fault of the Executive, generally known to the public, or
(iii) if the Executive is required by law to make disclosure (after giving the
Company notice and an opportunity to contest such requirement).
 
11.      Covenants Not to Compete and Not to Solicit. In the event of
Executive's Termination of Employment, the Company's obligations to provide
severance pay as provided in Sections 2 and 3 shall be expressly conditioned
upon the Executive's
 
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covenants not to compete and not to solicit as provided herein. In the event the
Executive breaches his obligations to the Company as provided herein, the
Company's obligations to make severance payments to Executive pursuant to
Sections 2 and 3 shall cease, without prejudice to any other remedies that may
be available to the Company.
 
         (a)      Covenant Not to Compete.
 
                  (i)      If Executive is receiving compensation and benefits
under Section 2(b) above, then for a period of nine (9) months following
Executive's Termination Date, the Executive shall not directly or indirectly,
engage in (whether as employee, consultant, proprietor, partner, director or
otherwise), or have any ownership interest in, or participate in a financing,
operation, management or control of, any person, firm, corporation or business
that is a Restricted Business in a Restricted Territory without the prior
written consent of the Board. For this purpose, ownership of no more than 5% of
the outstanding Voting Stock of a publicly traded corporation shall not
constitute a violation of this provision.
 
                  (ii)     If Executive is receiving compensation and benefits
under Section 3(b) above (or subsequently becomes entitled to severance under
Section 3(b) above because of a termination described in Section 3(a)(ii)), then
for a period of one (1) year following Executive's Termination Date, the
Executive shall not directly or indirectly, engage in (whether as employee,
consultant, proprietor, partner, director or otherwise), or have any ownership
interest in, or participate in a financing, operation, management or control of,
any person, firm, corporation or business that is a Restricted Business in a
Restricted Territory without the prior written consent of the Board. For this
purpose, ownership of no more than 5% of the outstanding Voting Stock of a
publicly traded corporation shall not constitute a violation of this provision.
 
         (b)      Covenant Not to Solicit. The Executive shall not, for a period
of two (2) years after the Executive's Termination Date for any reason: (i)
solicit, encourage or take any other action which is intended to induce any
other employee of the Company to terminate his employment with the Company; or
(ii) interfere in any manner with the contractual or employment relationship
between the Company and any such employee of the Company. The foregoing shall
not prohibit Executive or any entity with which Executive may be affiliated from
hiring a former employee of the Company, provided that such hiring results
exclusively from such former employee's affirmative response to a general
recruitment effort.
 
         (c)      Interpretation. The covenants contained herein are intended to
be construed as a series of separate covenants, one for each county, town, city
and state or other political subdivision of a Restricted Territory. Except for
geographic coverage, each such separate covenant shall be deemed identical in
terms to the covenant contained in the preceding subsections. If, in any
judicial proceeding, the court shall refuse to enforce any of the separate
covenants (or any part thereof) deemed included in such subsections, then such
unenforceable covenant (or such part) shall be deemed to be eliminated from this
Agreement for the purpose of those proceedings to the extent necessary to permit
the remaining separate covenants (or portions thereof) to be enforced.
 
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         (d)      Reasonableness. In the event that the provisions of this
Section 11 shall ever be deemed to exceed the time, scope or geographic
limitations permitted by applicable laws, then such provisions shall be reformed
to the maximum time, scope or geographic limitations, as the case may be,
permitted by applicable laws.
 
12.      Employment Rights. Nothing expressed or implied in this Agreement will
create any right or duty on the part of the Company or the Executive to have the
Executive remain in the employment of the Company or any Subsidiary prior to or
following any Change in Control.
 
13.      Withholding of Taxes. The Company may withhold from any amounts payable
under this Agreement all federal, state, city or other taxes as the Company is
required to withhold pursuant to any applicable law, regulation or ruling.
 
14.      Term of Agreement. This Agreement shall continue in full force and
effect for the duration of Executive's employment with the Company; provided,
however, that after the termination of Executive's employment during the term of
this Agreement, this Agreement shall remain in effect until all of the
obligations of the parties hereunder are satisfied or have expired.
 
15.      Successors and Binding Agreement.
 
         (a)      The Company will require any successor (whether direct or
indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation, reorganization or otherwise) to
all or substantially all of the business or assets of the Company, by agreement
in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Executive, expressly to
assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same
extent the Company would be required to perform if no such succession had taken
place. This Agreement will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the
Company and any successor to the Company, including without limitation any
persons acquiring directly or indirectly all or substantially all of the
business or assets of the Company whether by purchase, merger, consolidation,
reorganization or otherwise (and such successor will thereafter be deemed the
"Company" for the purposes of this Agreement), but will not otherwise be
assignable, transferable or delegable by the Company.
 
         (b)      This Agreement will inure to the benefit of and be enforceable
by the Executive's personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators,
successors, heirs, distributees and legatees. This Agreement will supersede the
provisions of any employment or other agreement between the Executive and the
Company that relate to any matter that is also the subject of this Agreement,
and such provisions in such other agreements will be null and void.
 
         (c)      This Agreement is personal in nature and neither of the
parties hereto will, without the consent of the other, assign, transfer or
delegate this Agreement or any rights or obligations hereunder except as
expressly provided in Sections 15(a) and 15(b). Without limiting the generality
or effect of the foregoing, the Executive's right to receive payments hereunder
will not be assignable, transferable or delegable, whether by pledge,
 
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creation of a security interest, or otherwise, other than by a transfer by the
Executive's will or by the laws of descent and distribution and, in the event of
any attempted assignment or transfer contrary to this Section 15(c), the Company
will have no liability to pay any amount so attempted to be assigned,
transferred or delegated.
 
16.      Notices. For all purposes of this Agreement, all communications,
including without limitation notices, consents, requests or approvals, required
or permitted to be given hereunder will be in writing and will be deemed to have
been duly given when hand delivered or dispatched by electronic facsimile
transmission (with receipt thereof orally confirmed by the recipient), or five
(5) business days after having been mailed by United States registered or
certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, or three (3) business
days after having been sent by a nationally recognized courier service for
overnight/next-day delivery, such as FedEx, UPS, or the United States Postal
Service, addressed to the Company (to the attention of the Secretary of the
Company) at its principal executive office and to the Executive at his principal
residence, or to such other address as any party may have furnished to the other
in writing and in accordance herewith, except that notices of changes of address
will be effective only upon receipt.
 
17.      Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and
performance of this Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance
with the substantive laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without giving
effect to the principles of conflict of laws of such Commonwealth.
 
18.      Validity. If any provision of this Agreement or the application of any
provision hereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, unenforceable
or otherwise illegal, the remainder of this Agreement and the application of
such provision to any other person or circumstances will not be affected, and
the provision so held to be invalid, unenforceable or otherwise illegal will be
reformed to the extent (and only to the extent) necessary to make it
enforceable, valid or legal.
 
19.      Miscellaneous. No provision of this Agreement may be modified, waived
or discharged unless such waiver, modification or discharge is agreed to in
writing signed by the Executive and the Company. No waiver by either party
hereto at any time of any breach by the other party hereto or compliance with
any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other party
will be deemed a waiver of similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the
same or at any prior or subsequent time. No agreements or representations, oral
or otherwise, expressed or implied with respect to the subject matter hereof
have been made by either party that are not set forth expressly in this
Agreement. References to Sections are to references to Sections of this
Agreement. Any reference in this Agreement to a provision of a statute, rule or
regulation will also include any successor provision thereto. Whenever used
herein, the masculine includes the feminine.
 
20.      Survival. Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the
contrary, the parties' respective rights and obligations under Sections 2, 3, 7,
9, 10, and 11 will survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement or
the termination of the Executive's employment for any reason whatsoever.
 
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21.      Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more
counterparts, each of which will be deemed to be an original but all of which
together will constitute one and the same agreement.
 
                            [SIGNATURE PAGE FOLLOWS]
 
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         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Agreement to be duly
executed and delivered as of the date first above written.
 
NOVELL, INC.
 
By:
/s/ Jack L. Messman
-------------------
Name:  Jack L. Messman
Title: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
 
EXECUTIVE
 
/s/ Ronald W. Hovsepian
-----------------------
Ronald W. Hovsepian
 
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                                                                         Annex A
 
             SEPARATION OF EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT AND GENERAL RELEASE
 
         THIS SEPARATION OF EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT AND GENERAL RELEASE (the
"Agreement") is made as of this ___ day of __________, ____, by and between
Novell, Inc. (the "Company") and _______________ ("Executive").
 
         WHEREAS, Executive formerly was employed by the Company as ________;
 
         WHEREAS, Executive and Company entered into the Severance Agreement,
dated ____ ____, 200_, (the "Severance Agreement") which provides for certain
benefits in the event that Executive's employment is terminated on account of a
reason set forth in the Severance Agreement;
 
         WHEREAS, Executive and the Company mutually desire to terminate
Executive's employment on an amicable basis, such termination to be effective
_________ ____, ____ ("Date of Resignation"); and
 
         WHEREAS, in connection with the termination of Executive's employment,
the parties have agreed to a separation package and the resolution of any and
all disputes between them.
 
         NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY AGREED by and between Executive and the
Company as follows:
 
         1.       (a) Executive, for and in consideration of the commitments of
the Company as set forth in paragraph 6 of this Agreement, and intending to be
legally bound, does hereby REMISE, RELEASE AND FOREVER DISCHARGE the Company,
its affiliates, subsidiaries and parents, and its officers, directors,
employees, and agents, and its and their respective successors and assigns,
heirs, executors, and administrators (collectively, "Releasees") from all causes
of action, suits, debts, claims and demands whatsoever in law or in equity,
which Executive ever had, now has, or hereafter may have, whether known or
unknown, or which Executive's heirs, executors, or administrators may have, by
reason of any matter, cause or thing whatsoever, from the beginning of
Executive's employment to the date of this Agreement, and particularly, but
without limitation of the foregoing general terms, any claims arising from or
relating in any way to Executive's employment relationship with the Company, the
terms and conditions of that employment relationship, and the termination of
that employment relationship, including, but not limited to, any claims arising
under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Older Workers Benefit
Protection Act, Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with
Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the Employee
Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, [STATE FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE LAW],
and any other claims under any federal, state or local common law, statutory, or
regulatory provision, now or hereafter recognized, and
 
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any claims for attorneys' fees and costs. This Agreement is effective without
regard to the legal nature of the claims raised and without regard to whether
any such claims are based upon tort, equity, implied or express contract or
discrimination of any sort.
 
                  (b)      To the fullest extent permitted by law, and subject
to the provisions of paragraph 11 below, Executive represents and affirms that
(i) [OTHER THAN _______,] Executive has not filed or caused to be filed on
Executive's behalf any claim for relief against the Company or any Releasee and,
to the best of Executive's knowledge and belief, no outstanding claims for
relief have been filed or asserted against the Company or any Releasee on
Executive's behalf; (ii) [OTHER THAN _______,] Executive has not reported any
improper, unethical or illegal conduct or activities to any supervisor, manager,
department head, human resources representative, agent or other representative
of the Company, to any member of the Company's legal or compliance departments,
or to the ethics hotline, and has no knowledge of any such improper, unethical
or illegal conduct or activities; and (iii) Executive will not file, commence,
prosecute or participate in any judicial or arbitral action or proceeding
against the Company or any Releasee based upon or arising out of any act,
omission, transaction, occurrence, contract, claim or event existing or
occurring on or before the date of this Agreement.
 
         2.       [THE COMPANY, FOR AND IN CONSIDERATION OF THE COMMITMENTS OF
THE EXECUTIVE AS SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, AND INTENDING TO BE LEGALLY BOUND,
DOES HEREBY REMISE, RELEASE AND FOREVER DISCHARGE THE EXECUTIVE FROM ALL CLAIMS,
DEMANDS OR CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF FACTS OR OCCURRENCES PRIOR TO THE
DATE OF THIS AGREEMENT, BUT ONLY TO THE EXTENT THE COMPANY KNOWS OR REASONABLY
SHOULD KNOW OF SUCH FACTS OR OCCURRENCE AND ONLY TO THE EXTENT SUCH CLAIM,
DEMAND OR CAUSE OF ACTION RELATES TO A VIOLATION OF APPLICABLE LAW OR THE
PERFORMANCE OF EXECUTIVE'S DUTIES WITH THE COMPANY; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THIS
RELEASE OF CLAIMS SHALL NOT IN ANY CASE BE EFFECTIVE WITH RESPECT TO ANY CLAIM
BY THE COMPANY ALLEGING A BREACH OF THE EXECUTIVE'S OBLIGATIONS UNDER THIS
AGREEMENT.]
 
[NOTE: PARAGRAPH 2 ONLY APPLIES IF EXECUTIVE IS RECEIVING SEVERANCE BENEFITS ON
ACCOUNT OF AN INVOLUNTARY TERMINATION ASSOCIATED WITH A CHANGE IN CONTROL.]
 
         3.       In consideration of the Company's agreements as set forth in
paragraph 6 herein, Executive agrees to be comply with the limitations described
in Sections 10 and 11 of the Severance Agreement.
 
         4.       Executive further agrees and recognizes that Executive has
permanently and irrevocably severed Executive's employment relationship with the
Company, that Executive shall not seek employment with the Company or any
affiliated entity at any time in the future, and that the Company has no
obligation to employ him in the future.
 
         5.       Executive further agrees that Executive will not disparage or
subvert the Company, or make any statement reflecting negatively on the Company,
its affiliated corporations or entities, or any of their officers, directors,
employees, agents or representatives, including, but not limited to, any matters
relating to the operation or
 
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management of the Company, Executive's employment and the termination of
Executive's employment, irrespective of the truthfulness or falsity of such
statement.
 
         6.       In consideration for Executive's agreement as set forth
herein, the Company agrees:
 
[NOTE: THE FOLLOWING SEVERANCE BENEFITS WOULD APPLY IF THE EXECUTIVE HAS AN
INVOLUNTARY TERMINATION PRIOR TO A CHANGE IN CONTROL.]
 
                  (i)      [TO PAY EXECUTIVE 150% OF EXECUTIVE'S BASE PAY (AS
DEFINED IN THE SEVERANCE AGREEMENT) [FOR THE SEVERANCE PERIOD (AS DEFINED IN THE
SEVERANCE AGREEMENT), PAYABLE IN EQUAL INSTALLMENTS, CONSISTENT WITH THE
COMPANY'S PAST PAYROLL PRACTICES, COMMENCING WITH THE FIRST PAYROLL PERIOD THAT
OCCURS AFTER THE PERIOD DURING WHICH EXECUTIVE'S RIGHT TO REVOKE EXECUTIVE'S
ACCEPTANCE TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT HAVE EXPIRED.] OR [, PAYABLE IN A LUMP
SUM, WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION (OR THE END
OF THE REVOCATION PERIOD SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, IF LATER).]
 
                  (ii)     TO PAY EXECUTIVE EXECUTIVE'S PRO RATED INCENTIVE PAY
(AS DEFINED IN THE SEVERANCE AGREEMENT) FOR THE YEAR IN WHICH EXECUTIVE'S DATE
OF RESIGNATION OCCURS. SUCH PRO RATED INCENTIVE PAY SHALL BE PAID TO EXECUTIVE
[FOR THE SEVERANCE PERIOD PAYABLE IN EQUAL INSTALLMENTS, CONSISTENT WITH THE
COMPANY'S PAST PAYROLL PRACTICES, COMMENCING WITH THE FIRST PAYROLL PERIOD THAT
OCCURS AFTER THE PERIOD DURING WHICH EXECUTIVE'S RIGHT TO REVOKE EXECUTIVE'S
ACCEPTANCE TO THE TERMS OF THE RELEASE HAS EXPIRED.] OR [PAID IN A LUMP SUM,
WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION (OR THE END OF THE
REVOCATION PERIOD SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, IF LATER).]
 
                  (iii)    [FOR A PERIOD OF TWELVE (12) MONTHS FOLLOWING
EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION, EXECUTIVE SHALL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THE MEDICAL
AND DENTAL COVERAGE IN EFFECT ON EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION (OR GENERALLY
COMPARABLE COVERAGE) FOR EXECUTIVE AND, WHERE APPLICABLE, EXECUTIVE'S SPOUSE AND
DEPENDENTS, AS THE SAME MAY BE CHANGED FROM TIME TO TIME FOR EMPLOYEES
GENERALLY, AS IF EXECUTIVE HAD CONTINUED IN EMPLOYMENT DURING SUCH PERIOD.] OR
[PAY EXECUTIVE CASH IN A LUMP SUM PAYMENT EQUAL TO EXECUTIVE'S AFTER-TAX COST OF
CONTINUING COMPARABLE MEDICAL AND DENTAL COVERAGE FOR THE TWELVE (12) MONTH
PERIOD FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION]. [THE COMPANY SHALL TAKE ALL
COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE EFFORTS TO PROVIDE THAT THE COBRA HEALTH CARE
CONTINUATION COVERAGE PERIOD UNDER SECTION 4980B OF THE CODE, SHALL COMMENCE
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FOREGOING TWELVE (12) MONTH BENEFIT PERIOD, WITH SUCH
CONTINUATION COVERAGE CONTINUING UNTIL THE EARLIER OF (I) THE END OF THE
APPLICABLE COBRA HEALTH CARE CONTINUATION COVERAGE PERIOD OR (II) THE DATE ON
WHICH EXECUTIVE IS COVERED BY THE MEDICAL AND DENTAL COVERAGE OF EXECUTIVE'S
SUCCESSOR EMPLOYER, IF ANY.]
 
                  (iv)     WITH RESPECT TO ANY COMPANY STOCK OPTIONS HELD BY THE
EXECUTIVE AS OF EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION, THE PORTION OF EXECUTIVE'S
STOCK OPTIONS, IF ANY, WHICH WOULD HAVE VESTED AND BECOME EXERCISABLE WITHIN THE
ONE (1) YEAR PERIOD AFTER THE EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION SHALL BECOME
VESTED AND
 
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EXERCISABLE AS OF EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION, SUCH OPTIONS, PLUS ANY OTHER
OPTIONS THAT PREVIOUSLY BECAME EXERCISABLE AND HAVE NOT EXPIRED OR BEEN
EXERCISED, TO REMAIN EXERCISABLE, NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING IN ANY OTHER
AGREEMENT GOVERNING SUCH OPTIONS, FOR THE LONGER OF (A) A PERIOD OF SIX (6)
MONTHS AFTER THE EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION, OR (B) THE PERIOD SET FORTH IN
THE AWARD AGREEMENT COVERING THE OPTION, SUBJECT IN EITHER CASE ONLY TO THE
ORIGINAL TERM OF THE OPTION. ANY STOCK OPTIONS HELD BY EXECUTIVE THAT ARE NOT
EXERCISABLE AS OF THE EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION SHALL TERMINATE AS OF THE
EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION.
 
                  (v)      WITH RESPECT TO ANY SHARES OF COMPANY COMMON STOCK
THAT ARE HELD BY THE EXECUTIVE THAT ARE, AT THE TIME OF EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF
RESIGNATION, SUBJECT TO THE COMPANY'S REPURCHASE RIGHT UPON TERMINATION OF THE
EXECUTIVE'S EMPLOYMENT ("RESTRICTED STOCK"), TO WAIVE SUCH REPURCHASE RIGHT AS
TO THE NUMBER OF SHARES OF RESTRICTED STOCK THAT WOULD HAVE BECOME NO LONGER
SUBJECT TO THE COMPANY'S REPURCHASE RIGHT WITHIN THE ONE (1) YEAR PERIOD AFTER
THE EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION.
 
                  (vi)     PAY THE COST OF OUTPLACEMENT ASSISTANCE SERVICES FOR
EXECUTIVE THAT ARE ACTUALLY PROVIDED BY AN OUTPLACEMENT AGENCY SELECTED BY
EXECUTIVE, WHICH THE COMPANY PROVIDES PRIOR APPROVAL, WITH SUCH APPROVAL NOT TO
BE UNREASONABLY WITHHELD, IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED TWENTY PERCENT (20%) OF THE
EXECUTIVE'S BASE PAY.
 
                  (vii)    EXECUTIVE SHALL RECEIVE ANY AMOUNTS EARNED, ACCRUED
OR OWING BUT NOT YET PAID TO EXECUTIVE AS OF EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION,
PAYABLE IN A LUMP SUM, AND ANY BENEFITS ACCRUED OR EARNED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
TERMS OF ANY APPLICABLE BENEFIT PLANS AND PROGRAMS OF THE COMPANY.
 
EXCEPT AS SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, IT IS EXPRESSLY AGREED AND UNDERSTOOD
THAT RELEASEES DO NOT HAVE, AND WILL NOT HAVE, ANY OBLIGATIONS TO PROVIDE
EXECUTIVE AT ANY TIME IN THE FUTURE WITH ANY PAYMENTS, BENEFITS OR
CONSIDERATIONS OTHER THAN THOSE RECITED IN THIS PARAGRAPH, OR THOSE REQUIRED BY
LAW, OTHER THAN UNDER THE TERMS OF ANY BENEFIT PLANS WHICH PROVIDE BENEFITS OR
PAYMENTS TO FORMER EMPLOYEES ACCORDING TO THEIR TERMS.]
 
[NOTE: THE FOLLOWING SEVERANCE BENEFITS WOULD APPLY IF THE EXECUTIVE HAS AN
INVOLUNTARY TERMINATION ASSOCIATED WITH A CHANGE IN CONTROL.]
 
                  (i)      [TO PAY TO EXECUTIVE A LUMP SUM PAYMENT EQUAL TO (A)
2 TIMES BASE PAY (AS DEFINED IN THE SEVERANCE AGREEMENT), PLUS (B) 2 TIMES
INCENTIVE PAY (AS DEFINED IN THE SEVERANCE AGREEMENT). PAYMENT SHALL BE MADE
WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF
RESIGNATION (OR THE END OF THE REVOCATION PERIOD SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, IF
LATER).
 
                  (ii)     TO PAY EXECUTIVE EXECUTIVE'S PRO RATED INCENTIVE PAY
(AS DEFINED IN THE SEVERANCE AGREEMENT) FOR THE YEAR IN WHICH EXECUTIVE'S DATE
OF
 
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RESIGNATION OCCURS. SUCH PRO RATED INCENTIVE PAY SHALL BE PAID TO EXECUTIVE IN A
LUMP SUM WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE TERMINATION (OR
THE END OF THE REVOCATION PERIOD SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, IF LATER).
 
                  (iii)    [FOR A PERIOD OF TWENTY-FOUR (24) MONTHS FOLLOWING
EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION, EXECUTIVE SHALL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THE MEDICAL
AND DENTAL COVERAGE IN EFFECT ON EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION (OR GENERALLY
COMPARABLE COVERAGE) FOR EXECUTIVE AND, WHERE APPLICABLE, EXECUTIVE'S SPOUSE AND
DEPENDENTS, AS THE SAME MAY BE CHANGED FROM TIME TO TIME FOR EMPLOYEES
GENERALLY, AS IF EXECUTIVE HAD CONTINUED IN EMPLOYMENT DURING SUCH PERIOD] OR
[PAY EXECUTIVE CASH IN A LUMP SUM PAYMENT EQUAL TO EXECUTIVE'S AFTER-TAX COST OF
CONTINUING COMPARABLE MEDICAL AND DENTAL COVERAGE FOR THE TWENTY-FOUR (24) MONTH
PERIOD FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION.] [THE COMPANY SHALL TAKE ALL
COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE EFFORTS TO PROVIDE THAT THE COBRA HEALTH CARE
CONTINUATION COVERAGE PERIOD UNDER SECTION 4980B OF THE CODE, SHALL COMMENCE
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FOREGOING TWENTY-FOUR (24) MONTH BENEFIT PERIOD, WITH SUCH
CONTINUATION COVERAGE CONTINUING UNTIL THE EARLIER OF (I) THE END OF THE
APPLICABLE COBRA HEALTH CARE CONTINUATION COVERAGE PERIOD OR (II) THE DATE ON
WHICH EXECUTIVE IS COVERED BY THE MEDICAL AND DENTAL COVERAGE OF EXECUTIVE'S
SUCCESSOR EMPLOYER, IF ANY.]
 
                  (iv)     TO PAY TO EXECUTIVE A LUMP SUM PAYMENT EQUAL TO THE
TOTAL AMOUNT THAT EXECUTIVE WOULD HAVE RECEIVED UNDER THE COMPANY'S 401(k) PLAN
AS A COMPANY MATCH IF EXECUTIVE WAS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPANY'S
401(k) PLAN FOR THE TWENTY-FOUR (24) MONTH PERIOD AFTER EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF
RESIGNATION AND EXECUTIVE CONTRIBUTED THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT TO THE PLAN FOR THE
MATCH. PAYMENT SHALL BE MADE WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE EXECUTIVE'S DATE
OF RESIGNATION (OR THE END OF THE REVOCATION PERIOD SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT,
IF LATER).
 
                  (v)      [TO PAY TO EXECUTIVE A LUMP SUM PAYMENT EQUAL TO THE
TOTAL PREMIUMS THAT THE COMPANY WOULD HAVE PAID UNDER EXECUTIVE'S SPLIT-DOLLAR
LIFE INSURANCE POLICY, IF ANY, THAT IS IN EFFECT IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO
EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION, IF EXECUTIVE WAS EMPLOYED BY THE COMPANY FOR
THE TWENTY-FOUR (24) MONTH PERIOD FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION.
PAYMENT SHALL BE MADE WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF
EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION (OR THE END OF THE REVOCATION PERIOD SET FORTH
IN THIS AGREEMENT, IF LATER)]. [NOTE: THE FOREGOING ONLY APPLIES IF EXECUTIVE
HAS A SPLIT-DOLLAR ARRANGEMENT WITH THE COMPANY AND THE COMPANY IS REQUIRED TO
MAKE PREMIUM CONTRIBUTIONS ON EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION. THE TOTAL MONTHS
COVERED BY THE PREMIUMS WILL BE REDUCED IF THE TERM OF THE POLICY IS SHORTER
THAN THAT PROVIDED FOR EXECUTIVE.]
 
                  (vi)     TO PAY TO EXECUTIVE A LUMP SUM PAYMENT EQUAL TO
TWENTY PERCENT (20%) OF THE EXECUTIVE'S BASE PAY IN ORDER TO COVER THE COST OF
OUTPLACEMENT ASSISTANCE SERVICES FOR EXECUTIVE. PAYMENT SHALL BE MADE WITHIN
THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION (OR
THE END OF THE REVOCATION PERIOD SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, IF LATER).
 
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                  (vii)    EXECUTIVE SHALL RECEIVE ANY AMOUNTS EARNED, ACCRUED
OR OWING BUT NOT YET PAID TO EXECUTIVE AS OF EXECUTIVE'S DATE OF RESIGNATION,
PAYABLE IN A LUMP SUM, AND ANY BENEFITS ACCRUED OR EARNED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
TERMS OF ANY APPLICABLE BENEFIT PLANS AND PROGRAMS OF THE COMPANY.
 
EXCEPT AS SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, IT IS EXPRESSLY AGREED AND UNDERSTOOD
THAT RELEASEES DO NOT HAVE, AND WILL NOT HAVE, ANY OBLIGATIONS TO PROVIDE
EXECUTIVE AT ANY TIME IN THE FUTURE WITH ANY PAYMENTS, BENEFITS OR
CONSIDERATIONS OTHER THAN THOSE RECITED IN THIS PARAGRAPH, OR THOSE REQUIRED BY
LAW, OTHER THAN UNDER THE TERMS OF ANY BENEFIT PLANS WHICH PROVIDE BENEFITS OR
PAYMENTS TO FORMER EMPLOYEES ACCORDING TO THEIR TERMS.]
 
         7.       Executive understands and agrees that the payments, benefits
and agreements provided in this Agreement are being provided to him in
consideration for Executive's acceptance and execution of, and in reliance upon
Executive's representations in, this Agreement. Executive acknowledges that if
Executive had not executed this Agreement containing a release of all claims
against the Company, Executive would only have been entitled to the payments
provided in the Company's standard severance pay plan for employees.
 
         8.       Executive acknowledges and agrees that the Company previously
has satisfied any and all obligations owed to him under any employment agreement
or offer letter Executive has with the Company and, further, that this Agreement
supersedes any employment agreement or offer letter Executive has with the
Company, and any and all prior agreements or understandings, whether written or
oral, between the parties shall remain in full force and effect to the extent
not inconsistent with this Agreement, and further, that, except as set forth
expressly herein, no promises or representations have been made to him in
connection with the termination of Executive's employment agreement, if any, or
offer letter, if any, with the Company, or the terms of this Agreement.
 
         9.       Executive agrees not to disclose the terms of this Agreement
to anyone, except Executive's spouse, attorney and, as necessary, tax/financial
advisor. Likewise, the Company agrees that the terms of this Agreement will not
be disclosed except as may be necessary to obtain approval or authorization to
fulfill its obligations hereunder or as required by law. It is expressly
understood that any violation of the confidentiality obligation imposed
hereunder constitutes a material breach of this Agreement.
 
         10.      Executive represents that Executive does not presently have in
Executive's possession any records and business documents, whether on computer
or hard copy, and other materials (including but not limited to computer disks
and tapes, computer programs and software, office keys, correspondence, files,
customer lists, technical information, customer information, pricing
information, business strategies and plans, sales records and all copies
thereof) (collectively, the "Corporate Records") provided by the Company and/or
its predecessors, subsidiaries or affiliates or obtained as a result of
Executive's prior employment with the Company and/or its predecessors,
subsidiaries or affiliates, or created by Executive while employed by or
rendering services to the
 
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Company and/or its predecessors, subsidiaries or affiliates. Executive
acknowledges that all such Corporate Records are the property of the Company. In
addition, Executive shall promptly return in good condition any and all Company
owned equipment or property, including, but not limited to, automobiles,
personal data assistants, facsimile machines, copy machines, pagers, credit
cards, cellular telephone equipment, business cards, laptops and computers. As
of the Date of Resignation, the Company will make arrangements to remove,
terminate or transfer any and all business communication lines including network
access, cellular phone, fax line and other business numbers.
 
         11.      Nothing in this Agreement shall prohibit or restrict Executive
from: (i) making any disclosure of information required by law; (ii) providing
information to, or testifying or otherwise assisting in any investigation or
proceeding brought by, any federal regulatory or law enforcement agency or
legislative body, any self-regulatory organization, or the Company's [DESIGNATED
LEGAL, COMPLIANCE OR HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICERS]; or (iii) filing, testifying,
participating in or otherwise assisting in a proceeding relating to an alleged
violation of any federal, state or municipal law relating to fraud, or any rule
or regulation of the Securities and Exchange Commission or any self-regulatory
organization.
 
         12.      The parties agree and acknowledge that the agreement by the
Company described herein, and the settlement and termination of any asserted or
unasserted claims against the Releasees, are not and shall not be construed to
be an admission of any violation of any federal, state or local statute or
regulation, or of any duty owed by any of the Releasees to Executive.
 
         13.      Executive agrees and recognizes that should Executive breach
any of the obligations or covenants set forth in this Agreement, the Company
will have no further obligation to provide Executive with the consideration set
forth herein, and will have the right to seek repayment of all consideration
paid up to the time of any such breach. Further, Executive acknowledges in the
event of a breach of this Agreement, Releasees may seek any and all appropriate
relief for any such breach, including equitable relief and/or money damages,
attorney's fees and costs.
 
         14.      Executive further agrees that the Company shall be entitled to
preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, without the necessity of proving
actual damages, as well as to an equitable accounting of all earnings, profits
and other benefits arising from any violations of this Agreement, which rights
shall be cumulative and in addition to any other rights or remedies to which the
Company may be entitled.
 
         15.      This Agreement and the obligations of the parties hereunder
shall be construed, interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
 
         16.      Executive certifies and acknowledges as follows:
 
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                  (a)      That Executive has read the terms of this Agreement,
and that Executive understands its terms and effects, including the fact that
Executive has agreed to RELEASE AND FOREVER DISCHARGE the Company and each and
everyone of its affiliated entities from any legal action arising out of
Executive's employment relationship with the Company and the termination of that
employment relationship;
 
                  (b)      That Executive has signed this Agreement voluntarily
and knowingly in exchange for the consideration described herein, which
Executive acknowledges is adequate and satisfactory to him and which Executive
acknowledges is in addition to any other benefits to which Executive is
otherwise entitled;
 
                  (c)      That Executive has been and is hereby advised in
writing to consult with an attorney prior to signing this Agreement;
 
                  (d)      That Executive does not waive rights or claims that
may arise after the date this Agreement is executed;
 
                  (e)      That the Company has provided him with a period of
[TWENTY-ONE (21)] or [FORTY-FIVE (45)] days within which to consider this
Agreement, and that Executive has signed on the date indicated below after
concluding that this Separation of Employment Agreement and General Release is
satisfactory to him; and
 
                  (f)      Executive acknowledges that this Agreement may be
revoked by him within seven (7) days after execution, and it shall not become
effective until the expiration of such seven (7) day revocation period. In the
event of a timely revocation by Executive, this Agreement will be deemed null
and void and the Company will have no obligations hereunder.
 
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         Intending to be legally bound hereby, Executive and the Company
executed the foregoing Separation of Employment Agreement and General Release
this ______ day of _______, ____.
 
_____________________________       Witness:________________________
[EXECUTIVE]
 
NOVELL, INC.
 
By:___________________________      Witness:________________________
Name:
Title:
 
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Exhibit 10.18

Novell, Inc.

Amendment 2005-1
to Severance Agreement

     THIS AMENDMENT 2005-1 (the “Amendment”) to the Severance Agreement (the “Agreement”) entered into on May 29, 2003 between Novell, Inc. (the “Company”) and Ronald W. Hovsepian (the “Executive”) is dated as of October 31, 2005.

     WHEREAS, the parties entered into the Agreement in order to provide the Executive with appropriate severance payment rights in the event of his termination from the service of the Company;

     WHEREAS, the parties have now agreed that the Agreement shall be amended in relevant part to provide certain additional separation benefits to the Executive;

     WHEREAS, in connection with, and contingent upon, the execution of this Amendment, the Company has granted to the Executive (i) 300,000 non-qualified stock options with respect to the Company’s common stock (half of which are to vest with reference to the Executive’s continued service with the Company (“Service Vesting”), and the other half to vest with reference to the attainment of certain performance goals (“Performance Vesting”)), and (ii) 300,000 shares of restricted common stock of the Company (half of which restricted common stock shares are to vest subject to Service Vesting, and the other half to vest subject to Performance Vesting), with all such grants subject to the terms and conditions as set forth in the grant documents.

     NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual covenants and agreements hereinafter set forth and intending to be legally bound, the Company and the Executive agree as follows:

     1. Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, all provisions of the Agreement are ratified and confirmed, and shall continue to apply in accordance with their terms.

     2. A new Section 2(c) is added to the Agreement as follows:

     (c) Termination in the Event of Separation from Service of Current CEO. In the event of a Qualifying Termination (as described in Section 2(c)(i) below), the Executive shall be provided the Separation Benefits (as described in Section 2(c)(ii)).

          (i) Qualifying Termination: A Qualifying Termination shall be deemed to have occurred if (A) the individual occupying the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Company as of the date of this Amendment is no longer the Chief Executive Officer of the Company; (B) the Executive is not named Chief Executive Officer of the Company following the occurrence described in Section 2(c)(i)(A); and (C) the Executive resigns

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his position voluntarily within one year of the date of the occurrence described in Section 2(c)(i)(A) following his provision of written notice to the Company of the asserted occurrence of a Qualifying Termination at least 120 days prior to his date of resignation.

          (ii) Separation Benefits: The Separation Benefits shall consist of:

          (1) 150% of Executive’s Base Pay, payable as follows: (x) 50% of such aggregate amount shall be payable to him in a lump sum in the seventh month following his Termination Date; and (y) the remaining 50% shall be payable in equal monthly installments following the month in which the lump sum payment is made, consistent with the Company’s past payroll practices.

          (2) Executive’s pro rated Incentive Pay for the year in which his Termination of Employment occurs. The pro rated Incentive Pay shall be based on the Executive’s Incentive Pay for the year in which Executive’s Termination Date occurs, multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days during which Executive was employed by the Company in the year of his termination and the denominator of which is 365. Such pro rated Incentive Pay shall be aggregated with the amount payable pursuant to subsection (1) above and paid in the same form and over the same period as described in that subsection.

          (3) For a period of twelve (12) months following Executive’s his Termination Date, Executive shall continue to receive the medical and dental coverage in effect on his Termination Date (or generally comparable coverage) for himself and, where applicable, his spouse and dependents, as the same may be changed from time to time for employees generally, as if Executive had continued in employment during such period; or, as an alternative, the Company may elect to pay Executive cash in lieu of such coverage in an amount equal to Executive’s after-tax cost of continuing comparable coverage, where such coverage may not be continued by the Company (or where such continuation would adversely affect the tax status of the plan pursuant to which the coverage is provided). If the Executive does not receive the cash payment described in the preceding sentence, the Company shall take all commercially reasonable efforts to provide that the COBRA health care continuation coverage period under section 4980B of the Code, shall commence immediately after the foregoing twelve (12) month benefit period, with such continuation coverage continuing until the earlier of (i) the end of the applicable COBRA health care continuation coverage period or (ii) the date on which Executive is covered by the medical and dental coverage of his successor employer, if any.

          (4) With respect to any Company unvested stock options held by the Executive as of the date of such Qualifying Termination which options, by their terms, are subject to Service Vesting, and which were granted on or before the date hereof, the Company shall fully accelerate the vesting of such stock options. Such options, plus any other options that previously became exercisable and have not expired or been exercised, shall remain exercisable, notwithstanding anything in any other agreement governing such options, until the latest of (A) December 31 of the calendar year in which his Termination Date occurs; (B) the 15th day of the third month following his

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Termination Date; or (C) the date of termination of the options originally set forth in the relevant grant agreement. Executive’s options that are subject to Performance Vesting shall continue in effect subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the relevant grant agreement.

          (5) With respect to any shares of Company common stock held by the Executive that are, at the time of Qualifying Termination, subject to the Company’s repurchase right upon termination of the Executive’s employment (“Restricted Stock”) and subject to Service Vesting, and which were granted on or before the date hereof, the Company shall waive such repurchase right as to all such shares and the shares shall be fully vested and nonforfeitable. Any Restricted Stock held by the Executive that is subject to Performance Vesting shall continue in effect subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the relevant grant agreement.

          (6) Executive shall receive any amounts earned, accrued or owing but not yet paid to Executive as of his Termination Date, payable in a lump sum, and any benefits accrued or earned in accordance with the terms of any applicable benefit plans and programs of the Company.

          (iii) Effect of Election. In the event that the Executive experiences a Qualifying Termination and elects to receive the Separation Benefits, he shall be deemed to have waived any right to severance benefits under any other provisions of this Agreement. All other provisions of the Agreement, including, but not limited to Section 10 of the Agreement, shall continue to apply. With respect to Section 11, subsection 11(a) shall not apply in the event the Executive experiences a Qualifying Termination and elects to receive the Separation Benefits under this Section 2(c).

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     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Amendment to be executed and delivered as of the date first written above.

 

 

 

 

 

NOVELL, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: /s/ Jack L. Messman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Jack L. Messman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE

 

 

 

 

/s/ Ronald W. Hovsepian

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald W. Hovsepian

 

 

 

 

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EX-10.10 9 dex1010.htm AMENDMENT TO SEVERANCE AGREEMENT

Exhibit 10.10

Page 1

 

To:

  

Ronald Hovsepian

From:

  

Alan Friedman

Date:

  

September 15, 2008

Re:

  

Personal and Confidential: Effect of IRC §409A and §105(h) on Your Severance Agreement

Background – 409A in general and potential penalties:

As you have heard, Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code prescribes detailed rules that focus on when “deferred compensation” can be paid. “Deferred Compensation” is defined by the Tax Code to include any contractual promise made in one year to make a payment in a later year, such as any payments you are eligible to receive under your Severance Agreement. Section 409A was added to the Tax Code in 2004 but will become fully effective as of January 1, 2009, so we are taking steps to align Novell’s plans and agreements that are subject to section 409A with the Tax Code requirements.

The Tax Code imposes a 20% federal tax penalty for violations of 409A, in addition to imposing federal income tax at the regular rate (which together can lead to a combined rate as high as 55%), plus potential penalty and interest charges. Certain states also impose penalties for failing to comply with 409A (e.g., California), which are in addition to the increased taxable income subject to state and local taxation that results from noncompliance under federal law.

Effect on your Severance Agreement:

Several exceptions under 409A protect the various payments you are eligible to receive during your employment, but in order for your Severance Agreement to comply with 409A, you will need to choose Option One, which modifies its terms by imposing a six-month delay on most of the cash severance payments you are eligible to receive following termination.

If you choose not to modify your agreement by selecting Option Two, the severance payments you are eligible to receive bear a significant risk of subjecting you to the adverse tax consequences described above. While this option is present to give you the flexibility to leave your Agreement as is and take on the risk of a 20%+ tax penalty, this option is not recommended and you will be required to indemnify Novell for any consequential liability or losses to which it may be subjected.

Impact on Health Insurance Coverage:

Please also understand that Section 105(h) of the Tax Code requires that, because Novell’s plan is self-insured, continued health coverage following termination will result in significantly adverse tax consequences to highly-compensated employees, unless paid for with after-tax dollars. Therefore, to make your continued health coverage provisions compliant with both Sections 409A and 105(h), we have also specified a modified process for providing the health benefits coverage under your Severance Agreement. This change does not impact the extent or duration of your continued health benefits coverage.

As you review this, feel free to consult with your financial advisor(s) or me for more information about 409A or these changes. In order for us to meet a deadline imposed by the Tax Code, we need you to select on option on the next page, initial each page, sign this document and return it to me by no later than December 15, 2008.

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[Selected] Option 1 < Should any event occur that triggers my right to any payment or benefit described in my Severance Agreement with Novell, Inc. dated 05/29/2003. as amended (the “Agreement”), I elect to have all cash payments described in the Agreement deferred for 6 months following the date I am eligible to receive such payments to the extent that such delay is required under Section 409A. My right to continued health insurance following the termination of my employment, as set forth in the Agreement, will be modified so as to require that I will pay for the cost of such coverage using after-tax dollars, and will be reimbursed for such payment by Novell. I understand and acknowledge that these revisions are being included in order to bring the Agreement into compliance with Internal Revenue Code Sections 409A and 105(h).

Option 2 < I do not agree to any modifications to my Severance Agreement with Novell, Inc. dated 05/29/2003, as amended (the “Agreement”) that will bring it into compliance with Internal Revenue Code Section 409A and 105(h). I agree to accept all responsibility and consequences associated with a determination that the payments I am eligible to receive pursuant to my severance agreement are subject to the 20% tax penalty imposed by Section 409A and other applicable tax penalty. I further agree to indemnify the Company for any liability or loss associated with my selection of this option.

The option I have selected above shall be an amendment to and become part of the Agreement. Except as specified above, the remaining terms, conditions and provisions of such agreement will remain unchanged.

 

/s/ Ronald W. Hovsepian

Signature

Ronald Hovsepian

9/15/08

Date

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