Change in Control Agreement

Change in Control Amendment

Retention Agreement

 

 

 

 

EX-10.I 8 ppl10qexhibit10i.htm EXHIBIT 10(I)

Exhibit 10(i)

 

 

 

AGREEMENT

 

THIS AGREEMENT, effective as of _______________, ____, is made by and between PPL Corporation, a Pennsylvania corporation and _______________ (the "Executive").

 

WHEREAS, the Company considers it essential to the best interests of its shareowners to foster the continued employment of key management personnel; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board") recognizes that, as is the case with many publicly-held corporations, the possibility of a Change in Control (as defined in the last Section hereof) exists and that such possibility, and the uncertainty and questions which it may raise among management, may result in the departure or distraction of management personnel to the detriment of the Company and its shareowners; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board has determined that appropriate steps should be taken to reinforce and encourage the continued attention and dedication of members of management, including the Executive, to their assigned duties without distraction in the face of potentially disturbing circumstances arising from the possibility of a Change in Control;

 

WHEREAS, the Executive and the Company have entered into a Severance Agreement effective as of __________________ (the “Prior Severance Agreement”), which the Executive and the Company desire to terminate, in its entirety, effective as of the date hereof, and in lieu thereof enter into this Agreement;

 

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants herein contained, the Company and the Executive hereby agree as follows:

 

1. Defined Terms. The definitions of capitalized terms used in this Agreement are provided in the last Section hereof.

 

2. Term of Agreement. The Term of this Agreement shall commence on the date hereof and shall continue in effect through December 31, 2008; provided, however, that commencing on January 1, 2008 and each January 1 thereafter, the Term shall automatically be extended for one additional year unless, either the Company or the Executive gives at least 15 months advance notice of termination by, not later than September 30 of the year preceding the year in which the Term is then scheduled to expire, giving notice not to extend the Term; and further provided, however, that if a Change in Control shall have occurred during the Term, the Term shall expire no earlier than thirty-six (36) months beyond the month in which such Change in Control occurred. Notwithstanding the foregoing, and subject to any extensions pursuant to Section 7.3, in the event that prior to the occurrence of a Change in Control or Potential Change in Control, the Executive's employment is terminated for any reason then this Agreement shall terminate as of the date that the Executive's employment is terminated.

 

3. Company's Covenants Summarized. In order to induce the Executive to remain in the employ of the Company and in consideration of the Executive's covenants set forth in Section 4 hereof, the Company agrees, under the conditions described herein, to pay the Executive the Severance Payments and the other payments and benefits described herein. Except as provided in Section 9.1 hereof, no Severance Payments shall be payable under this Agreement unless there shall have been (or, under the terms of the second sentence of Section 6.1 hereof, there shall be deemed to have been) a termination of the Executive's employment with the Company following a Change in Control and during the Term. This Agreement shall not be construed as creating an express or implied contract of employment and, except as otherwise agreed to in writing between the Executive and the Company, the Executive shall not have any right to be retained in the employ of the Company.

 

4. The Executive's Covenants. The Executive agrees that, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, in the event of a Potential Change in Control during the Term, the Executive will remain in the employ of the Company until the earliest of (i) the last day of the Potential Change in Control Period, (ii) the date of a Change in Control, (iii) the date of termination by the Executive of the Executive's employment for Good Reason or by reason of death, Disability or Retirement, or (iv) the termination by the Company of the Executive's employment for any reason.

 

5. Compensation Other Than Severance Payments.

 

5.1 Following a Change in Control and during the Term, during any period that the Executive fails to perform the Executive's full-time duties with the Company as a result of incapacity due to physical or mental illness, the Company shall pay the Executive's full salary to the Executive at the rate in effect at the commencement of any such period, together with all compensation and benefits payable to the Executive under the terms of any compensation or benefit plan, program or arrangement maintained by the Company during such period (other than any disability plan), until the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company for Disability.

 

5.2 If the Executive's employment shall be terminated for any reason following a Change in Control and during the Term, the Company shall pay to the Executive (i) the Executive's full base salary through the Date of Termination at the rate in effect immediately prior to the Date of Termination, or if higher, the rate in effect immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason, together with all compensation and benefits payable to the Executive through the Date of Termination under the terms of the Company's compensation or benefit plans, programs or arrangements as in effect immediately prior to the Date of Termination, or if more favorable to the Executive, as in effect immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason, (ii) the value of any annual bonus or cash incentive plan payment that would have been paid for service in the final calendar year of employment, as if 100% of target goals were achieved, but prorated by multiplying by a fraction equal to the number of full calendar months of service completed divided by 12, and (iii) the value of any Restricted Stock Units that would have been awarded for service in the final calendar year of employment, as if 100% of target goals were achieved, but prorated by multiplying by a fraction equal to the number of full calendar months of service completed divided by 12.

 

5.3 If the Executive's employment shall be terminated for any reason following a Change in Control and during the Term, the Company shall pay to the Executive the Executive's normal post-termination compensation and benefits due the Executive as such payments become due. Such post-termination compensation and benefits shall be determined under, and paid in accordance with, the Company's retirement, insurance and other compensation or benefit plans, programs and arrangements as in effect immediately prior to the Date of Termination or, if more favorable to the Executive, as in effect immediately prior to the occurrence of the first event or circumstance constituting Good Reason.

 

6. Severance Payments.

 

6.1 The Company shall pay the Executive the payments, and provide the Executive the benefits, described in this Section 6.1 (the "Severance Payments") upon the termination of the Executive's employment following a Change in Control and during the Term, in addition to the payments and benefits described in Section 5 hereof, unless such termination is (i) by the Company for Cause, (ii) by reason of death, Disability or Retirement, or (iii) by the Executive without Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement, the Executive's employment shall be deemed to have been terminated following a Change in Control by the Company without Cause or by the Executive with Good Reason if (A) the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company without Cause prior to a Change in Control (whether or not a Change in Control ever occurs) and such termination was at the request or direction of a Person who has entered into an agreement with the Company the consummation of which would constitute a Change in Control or (B) if the Executive terminates his employment for Good Reason prior to a Change in Control (whether or not a Change in Control ever occurs) and the circumstance or event which constitutes Good Reason occurs at the request or direction of such Person, or (C) the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company without Cause or by the Executive for Good Reason and such termination or the circumstance or event which constitutes Good Reason is otherwise in connection with or in anticipation of a Change in Control (whether or not a Change in Control ever occurs). For purposes of any determination regarding the applicability of the immediately preceding sentence, any position taken by the Executive shall be presumed to be correct unless the Company establishes to the Board by clear and convincing evidence that such position is not correct.

 

(A) In lieu of any further salary payments to the Executive for periods subsequent to the Date of Termination and in lieu of any severance benefit otherwise payable to the Executive including any payments under the Separation Policy (GP401) or any similar plan, policy or procedure or arrangement, if eligible, or the Executive’s Prior Severance Agreement or any employment agreement or arrangement between the Executive and the Company, to the extent provided in Section 11 of this Agreement, the Company shall pay to the Executive a lump sum severance payment, in cash, equal to three times the sum of (i) the Executive's base salary as in effect immediately prior to the Date of Termination or, if higher, in effect immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason, and (ii) the highest annual bonus earned by the Executive pursuant to any annual bonus or incentive plan maintained by the Company in respect of any of the last three fiscal years ending immediately prior to the fiscal year in which occurs the Date of Termination or, if higher, immediately prior to the fiscal year in which occurs the first event or circumstance constituting Good Reason (including as an amount so paid any amount that would have been so paid but for the Executive's request that the amount not be paid), less (iii) the sum of the values on the date of the termination of Executive's employment, of the shares subject to the Retention Agreement entered into between the parties effective [enter date] ("Retention Agreement") that become nonforfeitable as a result of such termination of employment and any amounts designated under any other agreement or agreements with Executive as "Retention Agreement Amounts" for purposes of this Agreement. For purposes of determining the value of the annual bonus earned by the Executive in any calendar year, the value of any restricted stock awards or stock options earned by the Executive in any such year shall not be included in the value of the annual bonus for such year;

 

(B) For the thirty-six (36) month period immediately following the Date of Termination, the Company shall arrange to provide the Executive and his dependents, life, disability, accident and health insurance benefits substantially similar to those provided to the Executive and his dependents immediately prior to the Date of Termination (without giving effect to any reduction in such benefits subsequent to a Change in Control which reduction constitutes Good Reason) or, if more favorable to the Executive, those provided to the Executive and his dependents immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason, at no greater after-tax cost to the Executive than the after-tax cost to the Executive immediately prior to such date or occurrence; provided, however, that, unless the Executive consents to a different method (after taking into account the effect of such method on the calculation of "parachute payments" pursuant to Section 6.2 hereof), such health insurance benefits shall be provided through a third-party insurer. Benefits otherwise receivable by the Executive pursuant to this Section 6.1(B) shall be reduced to the extent benefits of the same type are received by or made available to the Executive during the thirty-six (36) month period following the Date of Termination (and any such benefits received by or made available to the Executive shall be reported to the Company by the Executive); provided, however, that the Company shall reimburse the Executive for the excess, if any, of the cost of such benefits to the Executive over such cost immediately prior to the Date of Termination or, if more favorable to the Executive, the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason.

 

(C) Notwithstanding any provision of any annual or long-term incentive plan to the contrary, the Company shall pay to the Executive a lump sum amount, in cash, equal to the sum of (i) any unpaid incentive compensation that has been allocated or awarded to the Executive for a completed fiscal year or other measuring period preceding the Date of Termination under any such plan and which, as of the Date of Termination, is contingent only upon the continued employment of the Executive to a subsequent date, and (ii) to the extent not otherwise paid or deferred at the Executive's election, pursuant to the terms of the applicable plan, a pro rata portion to the Date of Termination of the aggregate value of all contingent incentive compensation awards to the Executive for all then uncompleted periods under any such plan, calculated as to each such award by multiplying the award that the Executive would have earned on the last day of the performance award period, assuming the achievement, at the level that would produce the maximum award, of the individual and corporate performance goals established with respect to such award, by the fraction obtained by dividing the number of full months and any fractional portion of a month during such performance award period through the Date of Termination by the total number of months contained in such performance award period.

 

(D) In addition to the retirement benefits to which the Executive may be entitled under each Pension Plan, if any, or any successor plan thereto, the Company shall pay the Executive a lump sum amount, in cash, equal to the excess of (i) the actuarial equivalent of the aggregate retirement pension (taking into account any early retirement subsidies associated therewith and determined as a straight life annuity commencing at the date (but in no event earlier than the third anniversary of the Date of Termination) as of which the actuarial equivalent of such annuity is greatest) which the Executive would have accrued under the terms of all Pension Plans (without regard to any amendment to any Pension Plan made subsequent to a Change in Control and on or prior to the Date of Termination, which amendment adversely affects in any manner the computation of retirement benefits thereunder), determined as if the Executive were fully vested thereunder and had accumulated after the Date of Termination thirty-six (36) additional months of service credit thereunder (and if any Pension Plan imposes a maximum number of months for purposes of accrual of benefits thereunder, such thirty-six (36) additional months shall be reduced, but not below zero, to the extent necessary so that the total number of months of service credited thereunder, including the number of months credited pursuant to this Section 6.1(D), does not exceed such maximum number of months) and had been credited under each Pension Plan during such period with compensation equal to the Executive's compensation (as defined in such Pension Plan) during the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the Date of Termination or, if higher, during the twelve months immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason, over (ii) the actuarial equivalent of the aggregate retirement pension (taking into account any early retirement subsidies associated therewith and determined as a straight life annuity commencing at the date (but in no event earlier than the Date of Termination) as of which the actuarial equivalent of such annuity is greatest) which the Executive had accrued pursuant to the provisions of the Pension Plans as of the Date of Termination. For purposes of this Section 6.1(D), "actuarial equivalent" shall be determined using the same assumptions utilized under the PPL Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan or any successor plan, immediately prior to the Date of Termination, or, if more favorable to the Executive, immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason.

 

(E) If the Executive would have become entitled to benefits under the Company's post-retirement health care or life insurance plans, as in effect immediately prior to the Date of Termination or, if more favorable to the Executive, as in effect immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason, had the Executive's employment terminated at any time during the period of thirty-six (36) months after the Date of Termination, the Company shall provide such post-retirement health care or life insurance benefits to the Executive and the Executive's dependents commencing on the later of (i) the date on which such coverage would have first become available and (ii) the date on which benefits described in subsection (B) of this Section 6.1 terminate.

 

(F) The Company shall provide the Executive with outplacement services suitable to the Executive's position for a period of three years or, if earlier, until the first acceptance by the Executive of an offer of employment.

 

6.2 (A) Whether or not the Executive becomes entitled to the Severance Payments, if any of the payments or benefits received or to be received by the Executive in connection with a Change in Control or the Executive's termination of employment (whether pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, the Retention Agreement, or any other plan, arrangement or agreement with the Company, any Person whose actions result in a Change in Control or any Person affiliated with the Company or such Person) (such payments or benefits, excluding the Gross-Up Payment, being hereinafter referred to as the "Total Payments") will be subject to the Excise Tax, the Company shall pay to the Executive an additional amount (the "Gross-Up Payment") such that the net amount retained by the Executive, after deduction of any Excise Tax on the Total Payments and any federal, state and local income and employment taxes and Excise Tax upon the Gross-Up Payment, and after taking into account the phase out of itemized deductions and personal exemptions attributable to the Gross-Up Payment, shall be equal to the Total Payments.

 

(B) For purposes of determining whether any of the Total Payments will be subject to the Excise Tax and the amount of such Excise Tax, (i) all of the Total Payments shall be treated as "parachute payments" (within the meaning of section 280G(b)(2) of the Code) unless, in the opinion of tax counsel ("Tax Counsel") reasonably acceptable to the Executive and selected by the accounting firm which was, immediately prior to the Change in Control, the Company's independent auditor (the "Auditor"), such payments or benefits (in whole or in part) do not constitute parachute payments, including by reason of section 280G(b)(4)(A) of the Code, (ii) all "excess parachute payments" within the meaning of section 280G(b)(l) of the Code shall be treated as subject to the Excise Tax unless, in the opinion of Tax Counsel, such excess parachute payments (in whole or in part) represent reasonable compensation for services actually rendered (within the meaning of section 280G(b)(4)(B) of the Code) in excess of the Base Amount (within the meaning of Section 280G(b)(3) of the Code) allocable to such reasonable compensation, or are otherwise not subject to the Excise Tax, and (iii) the value of any noncash benefits or any deferred payment or benefit shall be determined by the Auditor in accordance with the principles of sections 280G(d)(3) and (4) of the Code. For purposes of determining the amount of the Gross-Up Payment, (x) the Executive shall be deemed to pay federal income tax at the highest marginal rate of federal income taxation in the calendar year in which the Gross-Up Payment is to be made and state and local income taxes at the highest marginal rate of taxation in the state and locality of the Executive's residence on the Date of Termination (or if there is no Date of Termination, then the date on which the Gross-Up Payment is calculated for purposes of this Section 6.2), net of the maximum reduction in federal income taxes which could be obtained from deduction of such state and local taxes, and (y) the Executive shall be deemed to be subject to the loss of itemized deductions and personal exemptions to the maximum extent provided by the Code for each dollar of incremental income.

 

(C) In the event that the Excise Tax is finally determined to be less than the amount taken into account hereunder in calculating the Gross-Up Payment, the Executive shall repay to the Company, within five (5) business days following the time that the amount of such reduction in the Excise Tax is finally determined, the portion of the Gross-Up Payment attributable to such reduction (plus that portion of the Gross-Up Payment attributable to the Excise Tax and federal, state and local income and employment taxes imposed on the Gross-Up Payment being repaid by the Executive, to the extent that such repayment results in a reduction in the Excise Tax and a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the Executive's taxable income and wages for purposes of federal, state and local income and employment taxes, plus interest on the amount of such repayment at 120% of the rate provided in section 1274(b)(2)(B) of the Code). In the event that the Excise Tax is determined to exceed the amount taken into account hereunder in calculating the Gross-Up Payment (including by reason of any payment the existence or amount of which cannot be determined at the time of the Gross-Up Payment), the Company shall make an additional Gross-Up Payment in respect of such excess (plus any interest, penalties or additions payable by the Executive with respect to such excess) within five (5) business days following the time that the amount of such excess is finally determined. The Executive and the Company shall each reasonably cooperate with the other in connection with any administrative or judicial proceedings concerning the existence or amount of liability for Excise Tax with respect to the Total Payments.

 

6.3 The payments provided in subsection 6.1(A), (C) and (D) hereof and Section 6.2 hereof shall be made not later than the fifth day following the Date of Termination (or if there is no Date of Termination, then the date on which the Gross-Up Payment is calculated for purposes of Section 6.1 hereof); provided, however, that if the amounts of such payments cannot be finally determined on or before such day, the Company shall pay to the Executive on such day an estimate, as determined in good faith by the Executive, or, in the case of payments under Section 6.2 hereof, in accordance with Section 6.2 hereof, of the minimum amount of such payments to which the Executive is clearly entitled and shall pay the remainder of such payments (together with interest on the unpaid remainder (or on all such payments to the extent the Company fails to make such payments when due) at 120% of the rate provided in section 1274(b)(2)(B) of the Code) as soon as the amount thereof can be determined but in no event later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the Date of Termination. In the event that the amount of the estimated payments exceeds the amount subsequently determined to have been due, such excess shall constitute a loan by the Company to the Executive, payable on the fifth (5th) business day after demand by the Company (together with interest at 120% of the rate provided in section 1274(b)(2)(B) of the Code). At the time that payments are made under this Agreement, the Company shall provide the Executive with a written statement setting forth the manner in which such payments were calculated and the basis for such calculations including, without limitation, any opinions or other advice the Company has received from Tax Counsel, the Auditor or other advisors or consultants (and any such opinions or advice which are in writing shall be attached to the statement).

 

6.4 The Company also shall pay to the Executive all legal fees and expenses incurred by the Executive in disputing in good faith any issue hereunder relating to the termination of the Executive's employment hereunder or in seeking in good faith to obtain or enforce any benefit or right provided by this Agreement or in connection with any tax audit or proceeding to the extent attributable to the application of section 4999 of the Code to any payment or benefit provided hereunder. Such payments shall be made within five (5) business days after delivery of the Executive's written requests for payment accompanied with such evidence of fees and expenses incurred as the Company reasonably may require.

 

7. Termination Procedures and Compensation During Dispute.

 

7.1 Notice of Termination. After a Change in Control and during the Term, any purported termination of the Executive's employment (other than by reason of death) shall be communicated by written Notice of Termination from one party hereto to the other party hereto in accordance with Section 10 hereof. For purposes of this Agreement, a "Notice of Termination" shall mean a notice which shall indicate the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon and shall set forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Executive's employment under the provision so indicated. Further, a Notice of Termination for Cause is required to include a copy of a resolution duly adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than three-quarters (3/4) of the entire membership of the Board at a meeting of the Board which was called and held for the purpose of considering such termination (after reasonable notice to the Executive and an opportunity for the Executive, together with the Executive's counsel, to be heard before the Board) finding that, in the good faith opinion of the Board, the Executive was guilty of conduct set forth in clause (i) or (ii) of the definition of Cause herein, and specifying the particulars thereof in detail.

 

7.2 Date of Termination. "Date of Termination", with respect to any purported termination of the Executive's employment after a Change in Control and during the Term, shall mean (i) if the Executive's employment is terminated for Disability, thirty (30) days after Notice of Termination is given (provided that the Executive shall not have returned to the full-time performance of the Executive's duties during such thirty (30) day period), and (ii) if the Executive's employment is terminated for any other reason, the date specified in the Notice of Termination (which, in the case of a termination by the Company, shall not be less than thirty (30) days (except in the case of a termination for Cause) and, in the case of a termination by the Executive, shall not be less than fifteen (15) days nor more than sixty (60) days, respectively, from the date such Notice of Termination is given).

 

7.3 Dispute Concerning Termination. If within fifteen (15) days after any Notice of Termination is given, or, if later, prior to the Date of Termination (as determined without regard to this Section 7.3), the party receiving such Notice of Termination notifies the other party that a dispute exists concerning the termination, the Date of Termination shall be extended until the earlier of (i) the date on which the Term ends or (ii) the date on which the dispute is finally resolved, either by mutual written agreement of the parties or by a final judgment, order or decree of an arbitrator or a court of competent jurisdiction (which is not appealable or with respect to which the time for appeal therefrom has expired and no appeal has been perfected); provided, however, that the Date of Termination shall be extended by a notice of dispute given by the Executive only if such notice is given in good faith and the Executive pursues the resolution of such dispute with reasonable diligence.

 

7.4 Compensation During Dispute. If a purported termination occurs following a Change in Control and during the Term and the Date of Termination is extended in accordance with Section 7.3 hereof, the Company shall continue to pay the Executive the full compensation in effect when the notice giving rise to the dispute was given (including, but not limited to, salary) and continue the Executive as a participant in all compensation, benefit and insurance plans in which the Executive was participating when the notice giving rise to the dispute was given, until the Date of Termination, as determined in accordance with Section 7.3 hereof. Amounts paid under this Section 7.4 are in addition to all other amounts due under this Agreement (other than those due under Section 5.2 hereof) and shall not be offset against or reduce any other amounts due under this Agreement.

 

8. No Mitigation. The Company agrees that, if the Executive's employment with the Company terminates during the Term, the Executive is not required to seek other employment or to attempt in any way to reduce any amounts payable to the Executive by the Company pursuant to Section 6 or Section 7.4 hereof. Further, the amount of any payment or benefit provided for in this Agreement (other than in Section 6.1(B) hereof) shall not be reduced by any compensation earned by the Executive as the result of employment by another employer, by retirement benefits, by offset against any amount claimed to be owed by the Executive to the Company, or otherwise.

 

9. Successors; Binding Agreement.

 

9.1 In addition to any obligations imposed by law upon any successor to the Company, the Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place. Failure of the Company to obtain such assumption and agreement prior to the effectiveness of any such succession shall be a breach of this Agreement and shall entitle the Executive to compensation from the Company in the same amount and on the same terms as the Executive would be entitled to hereunder if the Executive were to terminate the Executive's employment for Good Reason after a Change in Control, except that, for purposes of implementing the foregoing, the date on which any such succession becomes effective shall be deemed the Date of Termination.

 

9.2 This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executive's personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees. If the Executive shall die while any amount would still be payable to the Executive hereunder (other than amounts which, by their terms, terminate upon the death of the Executive) if the Executive had continued to live, all such amounts, unless otherwise provided herein, shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to the executors, personal representatives or administrators of the Executive's estate.

 

10. Notices. For the purpose of this Agreement, notices and all other communications provided for in the Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered or mailed by United States registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed, to the Executive at the last known address maintained in the Company's personnel records, and to the Company, to the address set forth below, or to such other address as either party may have furnished to the other in writing in accordance herewith, except that notice of change of address shall be effective only upon actual receipt:

 

To the Company:

 

PPL Corporation

Two North Ninth Street

Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101

Attention: Corporate Secretary

 

11. Miscellaneous. No provision of this Agreement may be modified, waived or discharged unless such waiver, modification or discharge is agreed to in writing and signed by the Executive and such officer as may be specifically designated by the Board. No waiver by either party hereto at any time of any breach by the other party hereto of, or any lack of compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other party shall be deemed a waiver of similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the same or at any prior or subsequent time. This Agreement supersedes any other agreements or representations, oral or otherwise, express or implied, with respect to the subject matter hereof, which have been made by either party, including but not limited to, the Prior Severance Agreement; provided, however, that this Agreement shall supersede any agreement setting forth the terms and conditions of the Executive's employment with the Company only in the event that the Executive's employment with the Company is terminated on or following a Change in Control, by the Company other than for Cause or by the Executive for Good Reason. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. All references to sections of the Exchange Act or the Code shall be deemed also to refer to any successor provisions to such sections. Any payments provided for hereunder shall be paid net of any applicable withholding required under federal, state or local law and any additional withholding to which the Executive has agreed. The obligations of the Company and the Executive under this Agreement that by their nature may require either partial or total performance after the expiration of the Term (including, without limitation, those under Sections 6 and 7 hereof) shall survive such expiration.

 

12. Validity. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.

 

13. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together will constitute one and the same instrument.

 

14. Settlement of Disputes; Arbitration. The Board shall make all determinations as to the Executive's right to benefits under this Agreement. Any denial by the Board of a claim for benefits under this Agreement shall be stated in writing and delivered or mailed to the Executive and such notice shall set forth the specific reasons for the denial and the specific provisions of this Agreement relied upon, and shall be written in a manner that may be understood without legal or actuarial counsel. In addition, the Board shall afford a reasonable opportunity to the Executive for a review of the decision denying the Executive's claim and, in the event of continued disagreement, the Executive may appeal within a period of 60 days after receipt of notification of denial. Failure to perfect an appeal within the 60-day period shall make the decision conclusive. Any further dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this Agreement shall be settled exclusively by arbitration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect; provided, however, that the evidentiary standards set forth in this Agreement shall apply. Judgment may be entered on the arbitrator's award in any court having jurisdiction. Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, the Executive shall be entitled to seek specific performance of the Executive's right to be paid until the Date of Termination during the pendency of any dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this Agreement.

 

15. Definitions. For purposes of this Agreement, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated below:

 

(A) "Affiliate" shall have the meaning set forth in Rule 12b-2 promulgated under Section 12 of the Exchange Act.

 

(B) "Base Amount" shall have the meaning set forth in section 280G(b)(3) of the Code.

 

(C) "Beneficial Owner" shall have the meaning set forth in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act.

 

(D) "Board" shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.

 

(E) "Cause" for termination by the Company of the Executive's employment shall mean (i) the willful and continued failure by the Executive to substantially perform the Executive's duties with the Company (other than any such failure resulting from the Executive's incapacity due to physical or mental illness or any such actual or anticipated failure after the issuance of a Notice of Termination for Good Reason by the Executive pursuant to Section 7.1 hereof) after a written demand for substantial performance is delivered to the Executive by the Board, which demand specifically identifies the manner in which the Board believes that the Executive has not substantially performed the Executive's duties, or (ii) the willful engaging by the Executive in conduct which is demonstrably and materially injurious to the Company or its subsidiaries, monetarily or otherwise. For purposes of clauses (i) and (ii) of this definition, (a) no act, or failure to act, on the Executive's part shall be deemed "willful" unless done, or omitted to be done, by the Executive not in good faith and without reasonable belief that the Executive's act, or failure to act, was in the best interest of the Company, and (b) in the event of a dispute concerning the application of this provision, no claim by the Company that Cause exists shall be given effect unless the Company establishes to the Board by clear and convincing evidence that Cause exists.

 

(F) "Change in Control" means the occurrence of any one of the following events:

 

(I) the following individuals cease for any reason to constitute a majority of the number of directors then serving: individ-uals who, on the date hereof, constitute the Board and any new direc-tor (other than a director whose initial assumption of office is in connection with an actual or threatened election contest, including but not limited to a consent solicitation, relating to the election of direc-tors of the Company) whose appointment or election by the Board or nomination for election by the Company's shareowners was approved or recommended by a vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the directors then still in office who either were directors on the date hereof or whose appointment, election or nomination for election was previ-ously so approved or recommended;

 

(II) any Person becomes the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 20% or more of the combined voting power of the Company's then outstanding securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors;

 

(III) there is consummated a merger or consolidation of the Company or any direct or indirect subsidiary of the Company with any other corporation or other entity, other than (I) a merger or con-solidation which would result in the voting securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior to such merger or consolidation contin-uing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being con-verted into voting securities of the surviving entity or any parent thereof), in combination with the ownership of any trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company or any subsidiary of the Company, at least 60% of the combined voting power of the securities of the Company or at least 60% of the combined voting power of the securities of such surviving entity or any parent thereof outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation; or (II) a merger or consolidation effected to implement a recapitalization of the Company (or similar transaction) in which no Person is or becomes the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company (excluding in the securities Beneficially Owned by such Person any securities acquired directly from the Company or its Affiliates) representing 20% or more of the combined voting power of the Company's then outstanding securities;

 

(IV) the shareowners of the Company approve a plan of complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company; or

 

(V) the Board adopts a resolution to the effect that a "Change in Control" has occurred or is anticipated to occur.

 

(G) "Code" shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time.

 

(H) "Company" shall mean PPL Corporation and, except in determining, under Section 15(E) hereof, whether or not any Change in Control of the Company has occurred in connection with such succession, shall include its subsidiaries and any successor to its business and/or assets which assumes and agrees to perform this Agreement by operation of law, or otherwise. For purposes of this Agreement, the Executive's employment by (including termination of such employment) and compensation from any subsidiary of the Company shall be deemed employment by and compensation from the Company.

 

(I) "Date of Termination" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7.2 hereof.

 

(J) "Disability" shall be deemed the reason for the termination by the Company of the Executive's employment, if, as a result of the Executive's incapacity due to physical or mental illness, the Executive shall have been absent from the full-time performance of the Executive's duties with the Company for a period of six (6) consecutive months, the Company shall have given the Executive a Notice of Termination for Disability, and, within thirty (30) days after such Notice of Termination is given, the Executive shall not have returned to the full-time performance of the Executive's duties.

 

(K) "Exchange Act" shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time.

 

(L) "Excise Tax" shall mean any excise tax imposed under section 4999 of the Code.

 

(M) "Executive" shall mean the individual named in the first paragraph of this Agreement.

 

(N) "Good Reason" for termination of the Executive's employment with the Company by such Executive shall mean the occurrence (without the Executive's express written consent which specifically references this Agreement) after a Change in Control, or prior to a Change in Control under the circumstances described in clauses (B) and (C) of the second sentence of Section 6.1 hereof (treating all references in paragraphs (I) through (VII) below to a "Change in Control" as references to a "Potential Change in Control"), of any one of the following acts by the Company, or failures by the Company to act, unless, in the case of any act or failure to act described in paragraph (I), (V), (VI), or (VII) below, such act or failure to act is corrected prior to the Date of Termination specified in the Notice of Termination given in respect thereof:

 

(I) the assignment to the Executive of any duties inconsistent with the Executive's status as an executive officer or key employee of the Company or a substantial adverse alteration in the nature or status of the Executive's responsibilities from those in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control;

 

(II) a reduction by the Company of the Executive's annual base salary as in effect on the date of this Agreement, or as the same may be increased from time to time, except for across-the-board decreases uniformly affecting management, key employees and salaried employees of the Company or the business unit in which the Executive is then employed;

 

(III) the relocation of the Executive's principal work location to a location more than 30 miles from the vicinity of such work location immediately prior to a Change in Control or the Company's requiring the Executive to be based anywhere other than such principal place of employment (or permitted relocation thereof) except for required travel on the Company's business to an extent substantially consistent with the Executive's present business travel obligations;

 

(IV) the failure by the Company to pay to the Executive any portion of the Executive's current compensation or to pay to the Executive any portion of an installment of deferred compensation under any deferred compensation program of the Company, within seven (7) days of the date such compensation is due, except for across-the-board compensation deferrals uniformly affecting management, key employees and salaried employees of the Company or the business unit in which the Executive is then employed;

 

(V) the failure by the Company to continue in effect any compensation or benefit plan in which the Executive participates immediately prior to a Change in Control which is material to the Executive's total compensation, or any substitute plans adopted prior to a Change in Control, unless an equitable arrangement (embodied in an ongoing substitute or alternative plan) has been made with respect to such plan, or the failure by the Company to continue the Executive's participation therein (or in such substitute or alternative plan) on a basis not materially less favorable, both in terms of the amount or timing of payment of benefits provided and the level of the Executive's participation relative to other participants, as existed immediately prior to the Change in Control;

 

(VI) the failure by the Company to continue to provide the Executive with benefits substantially similar to those enjoyed by the Executive under any of the Company's pension, savings, life insurance, medical, health and accident, or disability plans in which the Executive was participating immediately prior to a Change in Control, except for across-the-board changes to any such plans uniformly affecting all participants in such plans, the taking of any other action by the Company which would directly or indirectly materially reduce any of such benefits or deprive the Executive of any material fringe benefit enjoyed by the Executive at the time of the Change in Control, or the failure by the Company to provide the Executive with the number of paid vacation days to which the Executive is entitled on the basis of years of service with the Company in accordance with the Company's normal vacation policy at the time of the Change in Control; or

 

(VII) any purported termination of the Executive's employment which is not effected pursuant to a Notice of Termination satisfying the requirements of Section 7.1 hereof. For purposes of this Agreement, no such purported termination shall be effective.

 

The Executive's right to terminate his or her employment with the Company for Good Reason shall not be affected by the Executive's incapacity due to physical or mental illness. The Executive's continued employment shall not constitute consent to, or a waiver of rights with respect to, any act or failure to act constituting Good Reason hereunder.

 

For purposes of any determination regarding the existence of Good Reason, any claim by the Executive that Good Reason exists shall be presumed correct unless the Company established to the Board by clear and convincing evidence that Good Reason does not exist.

 

(O) "Notice of Termination" shall have the meaning stated in Section 7.1 hereof.

 

(P) "Pension Plan" shall mean any tax-qualified, supplemental or excess defined benefit pension plan maintained by the Company and any other agreement entered into between the Executive and the Company which is designed to provide the Executive with supplemental retirement benefits.

 

(Q) "Person" shall have the meaning given in Section 3(a)(9) of the Exchange Act, as modified and used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) thereof; provided, however, a Person shall not include (i) the Company or any of its Affiliates, (ii) a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company or any of its Affiliates, (iii) an underwriter temporarily holding securities pursuant to an offering of such securities, or (iv) a corporation owned, directly or indirectly, by the shareowners of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of stock of the Company.

 

(R) "Potential Change in Control" shall be deemed to have occurred if the conditions or events set forth in any one of the following paragraphs shall have been satisfied or shall have occurred:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(IV) any Person is or becomes the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 5% or more of the combined voting power of the Company's then outstanding securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, a "Potential Change of Control" shall not be deemed to occur if (i) a Person acquired such beneficial ownership of 5% or more of the Company's outstanding common shares but less than 20% and such Person has reported or is required to report such ownership on Schedule 13G under the Exchange Act (or any comparable or successor report); (ii) a Person acquired such beneficial ownership of 5% or more of the Company's outstanding common shares and such Person has reported or is required to report such ownership under Schedule 13D under the Exchange Act (or any comparable or successor report), which Schedule 13D does not state any intention to or reserve the right to control or influence the management or policies of the Company or engage in any of the actions specified in Item 4 of such Schedule (other than the disposition of the common shares) and, within 10 business days of being requested by the Company to advise it regarding the same, certifies to the Company that such Person acquired common shares amounting to 5% or more of the Company's outstanding common shares inadvertently and who or which, together with all Affiliates thereof, thereafter does not acquire additional common shares while the Beneficial Owner, as such term is defined in or used by Regulation 13D-G as promulgated under the Exchange Act, of 5% or more of the common shares then outstanding; provided, however, that if the Person requested to so certify fails to do so within 10 business days, then a Potential Change of Control shall be deemed to have occurred immediately after such 10-Business-Day period; or (iii) any Person who becomes the Beneficial Owner of 5% or more of the common shares then outstanding due to the repurchase of common shares by the Company unless and until such Person, after becoming aware that such Person has become the Beneficial Owner of 5% or more of the common shares then outstanding, acquires beneficial ownership of additional common shares representing 1% or more of the common shares then outstanding.

 

(S) "Potential Change in Control Period" shall mean the period commencing on the occurrence of a Potential Change in Control and ending upon the occurrence of a Change in Control or, if earlier (i) with respect to a Potential Change in Control occurring pursuant to Section 15(R)(I), immediately upon the abandonment or termination of the applicable agreement, (ii) with respect to a Potential Change in Control occurring pursuant to Section 15(R)(II), immediately upon a public announcement by the applicable party that such party has abandoned its intention to take or consider taking actions which if consummated would result in a Change in Control or (iii) with respect to a Potential Change in Control occurring pursuant to Section 15(R)(III) or (IV), upon the one year anniversary of the occurrence of such Potential Change in Control (or such earlier date as may be determined by the Board).

 

(T) "Retirement" shall be deemed the reason for the termination by the Executive of the Executive's employment if such employment is terminated in accordance with the Company's retirement policy, including early retirement, generally applicable to its salaried employees.

 

(U) "Severance Payments" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 6.1 hereof.

 

(V) "Term" shall mean the period of time described in Section 2 hereof (including any extension, continuation or termination described therein).

 

(W) "Total Payments" shall mean those payments described in Section 6.2 hereof.

 

PPL CORPORATION

 

 

 

 

 

By:

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James H. Miller

Chairman/President and CEO

 

 

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Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[Name of Executive]

 

 

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EX-10.A 3 exhibit10a.htm EXHIBIT 10(A)

 

 

Exhibit 10(a)

 

AGREEMENT

 

 

THIS AGREEMENT, effective as of _______________, ____, is made by and between PPL Corporation, a Pennsylvania corporation and _______________ (the "Executive").

 

WHEREAS, the Company considers it essential to the best interests of its shareowners to foster the continued employment of key management personnel; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board") recognizes that, as is the case with many publicly-held corporations, the possibility of a Change in Control (as defined in the last Section hereof) exists and that such possibility, and the uncertainty and questions which it may raise among management, may result in the departure or distraction of management personnel to the detriment of the Company and its shareowners; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board has determined that appropriate steps should be taken to reinforce and encourage the continued attention and dedication of members of management, including the Executive, to their assigned duties without distraction in the face of potentially disturbing circumstances arising from the possibility of a Change in Control;

 

WHEREAS, the Executive and the Company have entered into a Severance Agreement effective as of __________________ (the “Prior Severance Agreement”), which the Executive and the Company desire to terminate, in its entirety, effective as of the date hereof, and in lieu thereof enter into this Agreement;

 

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants herein contained, the Company and the Executive hereby agree as follows:

 

1.  Defined Terms.  The definitions of capitalized terms used in this Agreement are provided in the last Section hereof.

 

2.  Term of Agreement.  The Term of this Agreement shall commence on the date hereof and shall continue in effect through December 31, ____; provided, however, that commencing on January 1, ____ and each January 1 thereafter, the Term shall automatically be extended for one additional year unless, either the Company or the Executive gives at least 15 months advance notice of termination by, not later than September 30 of the year preceding the year in which the Term is then scheduled to expire, giving notice not to extend the Term; and further provided, however, that if a Change in Control shall have occurred during the Term, the Term shall expire no earlier than thirty-six (36) months beyond the month in which such Change in Control occurred.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, and subject to any extensions pursuant to Section 7.3, in the event that prior to the occurrence of a Change in Control or Potential Change in Control, the Executive's employment is terminated for any reason then this Agreement shall terminate as of the date that the Executive's employment is terminated.

 

3.  Company's Covenants Summarized.  In order to induce the Executive to remain in the employ of the Company and in consideration of the Executive's covenants set forth in Section 4 hereof, the Company agrees, under the conditions described herein, to pay the Executive the Severance Payments and the other payments and benefits described herein.  Except as provided in Section 9.1 hereof, no Severance Payments shall be payable under this Agreement unless there shall have been (or, under the terms of the second sentence of Section 6.1 hereof, there shall be deemed to have been) a termination of the Executive's employment with the Company following a Change in Control and during the Term.  This Agreement shall not be construed as creating an express or implied contract of employment and, except as otherwise agreed to in writing between the Executive and the Company, the Executive shall not have any right to be retained in the employ of the Company.

 

4.  The Executive's Covenants.  The Executive agrees that, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, in the event of a Potential Change in Control during the Term, the Executive will remain in the employ of the Company until the earliest of (i) the last day of the Potential Change in Control Period, (ii) the date of a Change in Control, (iii) the date of termination by the Executive of the Executive's employment for Good Reason or by reason of death, Disability or Retirement, or (iv) the termination by the Company of the Executive's employment for any reason.

 

5.  Compensation Other Than Severance Payments.

 

5.1  Following a Change in Control and during the Term, during any period that the Executive fails to perform the Executive's full-time duties with the Company as a result of incapacity due to physical or mental illness, the Company shall pay the Executive's full salary to the Executive at the rate in effect at the commencement of any such period, together with all compensation and benefits payable to the Executive under the terms of any compensation or benefit plan, program or arrangement maintained by the Company during such period (other than any disability plan), until the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company for Disability.

 

5.2  If the Executive's employment shall be terminated for any reason following a Change in Control and during the Term, the Company shall pay to the Executive (i) the Executive's full base salary through the Date of Termination at the rate in effect immediately prior to the Date of Termination, or if higher, the rate in effect immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason, together with all compensation and benefits payable to the Executive through the Date of Termination under the terms of the Company's compensation or benefit plans, programs or arrangements as in effect immediately prior to the Date of Termination, or if more favorable to the Executive, as in effect immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason, (ii) the value of any annual bonus or cash incentive plan payment that would have been paid for service in the final calendar year of employment, as if 100% of target goals were achieved, but prorated by multiplying by a fraction equal to the number of full calendar months of service completed divided by 12, and (iii) the value of any Restricted Stock Units that would have been awarded for service in the final calendar year of employment, as if 100% of target goals were achieved, but prorated by multiplying by a fraction equal to the number of full calendar months of service completed divided by 12.

 

5.3  If the Executive's employment shall be terminated for any reason following a Change in Control and during the Term, the Company shall pay to the Executive the Executive's normal post-termination compensation and benefits due the Executive as such payments become due.  Such post-termination compensation and benefits shall be determined under, and paid in accordance with, the Company's retirement, insurance and other compensation or benefit plans, programs and arrangements as in effect immediately prior to the Date of Termination or, if more favorable to the Executive, as in effect immediately prior to the occurrence of the first event or circumstance constituting Good Reason.

 

6.  Severance Payments.

 

6.1  The Company shall pay the Executive the payments, and provide the Executive the benefits, described in Section 6.2 (the "Severance Payments") upon the termination of the Executive's employment following a Change in Control and during the Term, in addition to the payments and benefits described in Section 5 hereof, unless such termination is (i) by the Company for Cause, (ii) by reason of death, Disability or Retirement, or (iii) by the Executive without Good Reason.  For purposes of this Agreement, the Executive's employment shall be deemed to have been terminated following a Change in Control by the Company without Cause or by the Executive with Good Reason if (A) the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company without Cause prior to a Change in Control (whether or not a Change in Control ever occurs) and such termination was at the request or direction of a Person who has entered into an agreement with the Company the consummation of which would constitute a Change in Control or (B) if the Executive terminates his employment for Good Reason prior to a Change in Control (whether or not a Change in Control ever occurs) and the circumstance or event which constitutes Good Reason occurs at the request or direction of such Person, or (C) the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company without Cause or by the Executive for Good Reason and such termination or the circumstance or event which constitutes Good Reason is otherwise in connection with or in anticipation of a Change in Control (whether or not a Change in Control ever occurs).  For purposes of any determination regarding the applicability of the immediately preceding sentence, any position taken by the Executive shall be presumed to be correct unless the Company establishes to the Board by clear and convincing evidence that such position is not correct.

 

6.2  The following shall constitute the Severance Payments under this Agreement:

 

(A)  In lieu of any further salary payments to the Executive for periods subsequent to the Date of Termination and in lieu of any severance benefit otherwise payable to the Executive including any payments under the Separation Policy (GP401) or any similar plan, policy or procedure or arrangement, if eligible, or the Executive’s Prior Severance Agreement or any employment agreement or arrangement between the Executive and the Company, to the extent provided in Section 11 of this Agreement, the Company shall pay to the Executive a lump sum severance payment, in cash, equal to three times the sum of (i) the Executive's base salary as in effect immediately prior to the Date of Termination or, if higher, in effect immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason, and (ii) the highest annual bonus earned by the Executive pursuant to any annual bonus or incentive plan maintained by the Company in respect of any of the last three fiscal years ending immediately prior to the fiscal year in which occurs the Date of Termination or, if higher, immediately prior to the fiscal year in which occurs the first event or circumstance constituting Good Reason (including as an amount so paid any amount that would have been so paid but for the Executive's request that the amount not be paid).  For purposes of determining the value of the annual bonus earned by the Executive in any calendar year, the value of any restricted stock awards or stock options earned by the Executive in any such year shall not be included in the value of the annual bonus for such year;

 

(B)  For the thirty-six (36) month period immediately following the Date of Termination, the Company shall arrange to provide the Executive and his dependents, life, disability, accident and health insurance benefits substantially similar to those provided to the Executive and his dependents immediately prior to the Date of Termination (without giving effect to any reduction in such benefits subsequent to a Change in Control which reduction constitutes Good Reason) or, if more favorable to the Executive, those provided to the Executive and his dependents immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason, at no greater after-tax cost to the Executive than the after-tax cost to the Executive immediately prior to such date or occurrence; provided, however, that, unless the Executive consents to a different method (after taking into account the effect of such method on the calculation of "parachute payments" pursuant to Section 6.3 hereof), such health insurance benefits shall be provided through a third-party insurer.  Benefits otherwise receivable by the Executive pursuant to this Section 6.2(B) shall be reduced to the extent benefits of the same type are received by or made available to the Executive during the thirty-six (36) month period following the Date of Termination (and any such benefits received by or made available to the Executive shall be reported to the Company by the Executive); provided, however, that the Company shall reimburse the Executive for the excess, if any, of the cost of such benefits to the Executive over such cost immediately prior to the Date of Termination or, if more favorable to the Executive, the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason.

 

(C)  Notwithstanding any provision of any annual or long-term incentive plan to the contrary, the Company shall pay to the Executive a lump sum amount, in cash, equal to the sum of (i) any unpaid incentive compensation that has been allocated or awarded to the Executive for a completed fiscal year or other measuring period preceding the Date of Termination under any such plan and which, as of the Date of Termination, is contingent only upon the continued employment of the Executive to a subsequent date, and (ii) to the extent not otherwise paid or deferred at the Executive's election, pursuant to the terms of the applicable plan, a pro rata portion to the Date of Termination of the aggregate value of all contingent incentive compensation awards to the Executive for all then uncompleted periods under any such plan, calculated as to each such award by multiplying the award that the Executive would have earned on the last day of the performance award period, assuming the achievement, at the level that would produce the maximum award, of the individual and corporate performance goals established with respect to such award, by the fraction obtained by dividing the number of full months and any fractional portion of a month during such performance award period through the Date of Termination by the total number of months contained in such performance award period.

 

(D)  In addition to the retirement benefits to which the Executive may be entitled under each Pension Plan, if any, or any successor plan thereto, the Company shall pay the Executive a lump sum amount, in cash, equal to the excess of (i) the actuarial equivalent of the aggregate retirement pension (taking into account any early retirement subsidies associated therewith and determined as a straight life annuity commencing at the date (but in no event earlier than the third anniversary of the Date of Termination) as of which the actuarial equivalent of such annuity is greatest) which the Executive would have accrued under the terms of all Pension Plans (without regard to any amendment to any Pension Plan made subsequent to a Change in Control and on or prior to the Date of Termination, which amendment adversely affects in any manner the computation of retirement benefits thereunder), determined as if the Executive were fully vested thereunder and had accumulated after the Date of Termination thirty-six (36) additional months of service credit thereunder (and if any Pension Plan imposes a maximum number of months for purposes of accrual of benefits thereunder, such thirty-six (36) additional months shall be reduced, but not below zero, to the extent necessary so that the total number of months of service credited thereunder, including the number of months credited pursuant to this Section 6.2(D), does not exceed such maximum number of months) and had been credited under each Pension Plan during such period with compensation equal to the Executive's compensation (as defined in such Pension Plan) during the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the Date of Termination or, if higher, during the twelve months immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason, over (ii) the actuarial equivalent of the aggregate retirement pension (taking into account any early retirement subsidies associated therewith and determined as a straight life annuity commencing at the date (but in no event earlier than the Date of Termination) as of which the actuarial equivalent of such annuity is greatest) which the Executive had accrued pursuant to the provisions of the Pension Plans as of the Date of Termination.  For purposes of this Section 6.2(D), "actuarial equivalent" shall be determined using the same assumptions utilized under the PPL Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan or any successor plan, immediately prior to the Date of Termination, or, if more favorable to the Executive, immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason.

 

(E)  If the Executive would have become entitled to benefits under the Company's post-retirement health care or life insurance plans, as in effect immediately prior to the Date of Termination or, if more favorable to the Executive, as in effect immediately prior to the first occurrence of an event or circumstance constituting Good Reason, had the Executive's employment terminated at any time during the period of thirty-six (36) months after the Date of Termination, the Company shall provide such post-retirement health care or life insurance benefits to the Executive and the Executive's dependents commencing on the later of (i) the date on which such coverage would have first become available and (ii) the date on which benefits described in subsection (B) of this Section 6.2 terminate.

 

(F)  The Company shall provide the Executive with outplacement services suitable to the Executive's position for a period of three years or, if earlier, until the first acceptance by the Executive of an offer of employment.

 

6.3         (A) Whether or not the Executive becomes entitled to the Severance Payments, if any of the payments or benefits received or to be received by the Executive in connection with a Change in Control or the Executive's termination of employment (whether pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or any other plan, arrangement or agreement with the Company, any Person whose actions result in a Change in Control or any Person affiliated with the Company or such Person) (such payments or benefits, excluding the Gross-Up Payment, being hereinafter referred to as the "Total Payments") will be subject to the Excise Tax, the Company shall pay to the Executive an additional amount (the "Gross-Up Payment") such that the net amount retained by the Executive, after deduction of any Excise Tax on the Total Payments and any federal, state and local income and employment taxes and Excise Tax upon the Gross-Up Payment, and after taking into account the phase out of itemized deductions and personal exemptions attributable to the Gross-Up Payment, shall be equal to the Total Payments.

 

(B)  For purposes of determining whether any of the Total Payments will be subject to the Excise Tax and the amount of such Excise Tax, (i) all of the Total Payments shall be treated as "parachute payments" (within the meaning of section 280G(b)(2) of the Code) unless, in the opinion of tax counsel ("Tax Counsel") reasonably acceptable to the Executive and selected by the accounting firm which was, immediately prior to the Change in Control, the Company's independent auditor (the "Auditor"), such payments or benefits (in whole or in part) do not constitute parachute payments, including by reason of section 280G(b)(4)(A) of the Code, (ii) all "excess parachute payments" within the meaning of section 280G(b)(l) of the Code shall be treated as subject to the Excise Tax unless, in the opinion of Tax Counsel, such excess parachute payments (in whole or in part) represent reasonable compensation for services actually rendered (within the meaning of section 280G(b)(4)(B) of the Code) in excess of the Base Amount (within the meaning of Section 280G(b)(3) of the Code) allocable to such reasonable compensation, or are otherwise not subject to the Excise Tax, and (iii) the value of any noncash benefits or any deferred payment or benefit shall be determined by the Auditor in accordance with the principles of sections 280G(d)(3) and (4) of the Code.  For purposes of determining the amount of the Gross-Up Payment, (x) the Executive shall be deemed to pay federal income tax at the highest marginal rate of federal income taxation in the calendar year in which the Gross-Up Payment is to be made and state and local income taxes at the highest marginal rate of taxation in the state and locality of the Executive's residence on the Date of Termination (or if there is no Date of Termination, then the date on which the Gross-Up Payment is calculated for purposes of this Section 6.2), net of the maximum reduction in federal income taxes which could be obtained from deduction of such state and local taxes, and (y) the Executive shall be deemed to be subject to the loss of itemized deductions and personal exemptions to the maximum extent provided by the Code for each dollar of incremental income.

 

(C)  In the event that the Excise Tax is finally determined to be less than the amount taken into account hereunder in calculating the Gross-Up Payment, the Executive shall repay to the Company, within five (5) business days following the time that the amount of such reduction in the Excise Tax is finally determined, the portion of the Gross-Up Payment attributable to such reduction (plus that portion of the Gross-Up Payment attributable to the Excise Tax and federal, state and local income and employment taxes imposed on the Gross-Up Payment being repaid by the Executive, to the extent that such repayment results in a reduction in the Excise Tax and a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the Executive's taxable income and wages for purposes of federal, state and local income and employment taxes, plus interest on the amount of such repayment at 120% of the rate provided in section 1274(b)(2)(B) of the Code).  In the event that the Excise Tax is determined to exceed the amount taken into account hereunder in calculating the Gross-Up Payment (including by reason of any payment the existence or amount of which cannot be determined at the time of the Gross-Up Payment), the Company shall make an additional Gross-Up Payment in respect of such excess (plus any interest, penalties or additions payable by the Executive with respect to such excess) within five (5) business days following the time that the amount of such excess is finally determined.  The Executive and the Company shall each reasonably cooperate with the other in connection with any administrative or judicial proceedings concerning the existence or amount of liability for Excise Tax with respect to the Total Payments.

 

6.4  The payments provided in subsection 6.2(A), (C) and (D) hereof and Section 6.3 hereof shall be made on the last day of the sixth month following the Date of Termination (or if there is no Date of Termination, then the date on which the Gross-Up Payment is calculated for purposes of Section 6.2 hereof); provided, however, that if the amounts of such payments cannot be finally determined on or before such day, the Company shall pay to the Executive on such day an estimate, as determined in good faith by the Executive, or, in the case of payments under Section 6.2 hereof, in accordance with Section 6.2 hereof, of the minimum amount of such payments to which the Executive is clearly entitled and shall pay the remainder of such payments (together with interest on the unpaid remainder (or on all such payments to the extent the Company fails to make such payments when due) at 120% of the rate provided in section 1274(b)(2)(B) of the Code) as soon as the amount thereof can be determined but in no event later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the last day of the sixth month following the Date of Termination.  In the event that the amount of the estimated payments exceeds the amount subsequently determined to have been due, such excess shall constitute a loan by the Company to the Executive, payable on the fifth (5th) business day after demand by the Company (together with interest at 120% of the rate provided in section 1274(b)(2)(B) of the Code).  At the time that payments are made under this Agreement, the Company shall provide the Executive with a written statement setting forth the manner in which such payments were calculated and the basis for such calculations including, without limitation, any opinions or other advice the Company has received from Tax Counsel, the Auditor or other advisors or consultants (and any such opinions or advice which are in writing shall be attached to the statement).

 

6.5  The Company also shall pay to the Executive all legal fees and expenses incurred by the Executive in disputing in good faith any issue hereunder relating to the termination of the Executive's employment hereunder or in seeking in good faith to obtain or enforce any benefit or right provided by this Agreement or in connection with any tax audit or proceeding to the extent attributable to the application of section 4999 of the Code to any payment or benefit provided hereunder.  Such payments shall be made within five (5) business days after delivery of the Executive's written requests for payment accompanied with such evidence of fees and expenses incurred as the Company reasonably may require.

 

7.  Termination Procedures and Compensation During Dispute.

 

7.1  Notice of Termination.  After a Change in Control and during the Term, any purported termination of the Executive's employment (other than by reason of death) shall be communicated by written Notice of Termination from one party hereto to the other party hereto in accordance with Section 10 hereof.  For purposes of this Agreement, a "Notice of Termination" shall mean a notice which shall indicate the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon and shall set forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Executive's employment under the provision so indicated.  Further, a Notice of Termination for Cause is required to include a copy of a resolution duly adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than three-quarters (3/4) of the entire membership of the Board at a meeting of the Board which was called and held for the purpose of considering such termination (after reasonable notice to the Executive and an opportunity for the Executive, together with the Executive's counsel, to be heard before the Board) finding that, in the good faith opinion of the Board, the Executive was guilty of conduct set forth in clause (i) or (ii) of the definition of Cause herein, and specifying the particulars thereof in detail.

 

7.2  Date of Termination.  "Date of Termination", with respect to any purported termination of the Executive's employment after a Change in Control and during the Term, shall mean (i) if the Executive's employment is terminated for Disability, thirty (30) days after Notice of Termination is given (provided that the Executive shall not have returned to the full-time performance of the Executive's duties during such thirty (30) day period), and (ii) if the Executive's employment is terminated for any other reason, the date specified in the Notice of Termination (which, in the case of a termination by the Company, shall not be less than thirty (30) days (except in the case of a termination for Cause) and, in the case of a termination by the Executive, shall not be less than fifteen (15) days nor more than sixty (60) days, respectively, from the date such Notice of Termination is given).

 

7.3  Dispute Concerning Termination.  If within fifteen (15) days after any Notice of Termination is given, or, if later, prior to the Date of Termination (as determined without regard to this Section 7.3), the party receiving such Notice of Termination notifies the other party that a dispute exists concerning the termination, the Date of Termination shall be extended until the earlier of (i) the date on which the Term ends or (ii) the date on which the dispute is finally resolved, either by mutual written agreement of the parties or by a final judgment, order or decree of an arbitrator or a court of competent jurisdiction (which is not appealable or with respect to which the time for appeal therefrom has expired and no appeal has been perfected); provided, however, that the Date of Termination shall be extended by a notice of dispute given by the Executive only if such notice is given in good faith and the Executive pursues the resolution of such dispute with reasonable diligence.

 

7.4  Compensation During Dispute.  If a purported termination occurs following a Change in Control and during the Term and the Date of Termination is extended in accordance with Section 7.3 hereof, the Company shall continue to pay the Executive the full compensation in effect when the notice giving rise to the dispute was given (including, but not limited to, salary) and continue the Executive as a participant in all compensation, benefit and insurance plans in which the Executive was participating when the notice giving rise to the dispute was given, until the Date of Termination, as determined in accordance with Section 7.3 hereof.  Amounts paid under this Section 7.4 are in addition to all other amounts due under this Agreement (other than those due under Section 5.2 hereof) and shall not be offset against or reduce any other amounts due under this Agreement.

 

8.  No Mitigation.  The Company agrees that, if the Executive's employment with the Company terminates during the Term, the Executive is not required to seek other employment or to attempt in any way to reduce any amounts payable to the Executive by the Company pursuant to Section 6 or Section 7.4 hereof.  Further, the amount of any payment or benefit provided for in this Agreement (other than in Section 6.1(B) hereof) shall not be reduced by any compensation earned by the Executive as the result of employment by another employer, by retirement benefits, by offset against any amount claimed to be owed by the Executive to the Company, or otherwise.

 

9.  Successors; Binding Agreement.

 

9.1  In addition to any obligations imposed by law upon any successor to the Company, the Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place.  Failure of the Company to obtain such assumption and agreement prior to the effectiveness of any such succession shall be a breach of this Agreement and shall entitle the Executive to compensation from the Company in the same amount and on the same terms as the Executive would be entitled to hereunder if the Executive were to terminate the Executive's employment for Good Reason after a Change in Control, except that, for purposes of implementing the foregoing, the date on which any such succession becomes effective shall be deemed the Date of Termination.

 

9.2  This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executive's personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees.  If the Executive shall die while any amount would still be payable to the Executive hereunder (other than amounts which, by their terms, terminate upon the death of the Executive) if the Executive had continued to live, all such amounts, unless otherwise provided herein, shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to the executors, personal representatives or administrators of the Executive's estate.

 

10.  Notices.  For the purpose of this Agreement, notices and all other communications provided for in the Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered or mailed by United States registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed, to the Executive at the last known address maintained in the Company's personnel records, and to the Company, to the address set forth below, or to such other address as either party may have furnished to the other in writing in accordance herewith, except that notice of change of address shall be effective only upon actual receipt:

 

To the Company:

 

PPL Corporation

Two North Ninth Street

Allentown, Pennsylvania  18101

Attention:  Corporate Secretary

 

11.  Miscellaneous.  No provision of this Agreement may be modified, waived or discharged unless such waiver, modification or discharge is agreed to in writing and signed by the Executive and such officer as may be specifically designated by the Board.  No waiver by either party hereto at any time of any breach by the other party hereto of, or any lack of compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other party shall be deemed a waiver of similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the same or at any prior or subsequent time.  This Agreement supersedes any other agreements or representations, oral or otherwise, express or implied, with respect to the subject matter hereof, which have been made by either party, including but not limited to, the Prior Severance Agreement; provided, however, that this Agreement shall supersede any agreement setting forth the terms and conditions of the Executive's employment with the Company only in the event that the Executive's employment with the Company is terminated on or following a Change in Control, by the Company other than for Cause or by the Executive for Good Reason.  The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  All references to sections of the Exchange Act or the Code shall be deemed also to refer to any successor provisions to such sections.  Any payments provided for hereunder shall be paid net of any applicable withholding required under federal, state or local law and any additional withholding to which the Executive has agreed.  The obligations of the Company and the Executive under this Agreement that by their nature may require either partial or total performance after the expiration of the Term (including, without limitation, those under Sections 6 and 7 hereof) shall survive such expiration.

 

12.  Validity.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.

 

13.  Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together will constitute one and the same instrument.

 

14.  Settlement of Disputes; Arbitration.  The Board shall make all determinations as to the Executive's right to benefits under this Agreement.  Any denial by the Board of a claim for benefits under this Agreement shall be stated in writing and delivered or mailed to the Executive and such notice shall set forth the specific reasons for the denial and the specific provisions of this Agreement relied upon, and shall be written in a manner that may be understood without legal or actuarial counsel.  In addition, the Board shall afford a reasonable opportunity to the Executive for a review of the decision denying the Executive's claim and, in the event of continued disagreement, the Executive may appeal within a period of 60 days after receipt of notification of denial.  Failure to perfect an appeal within the 60-day period shall make the decision conclusive.  Any further dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this Agreement shall be settled exclusively by arbitration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect; provided, however, that the evidentiary standards set forth in this Agreement shall apply. Judgment may be entered on the arbitrator's award in any court having jurisdiction.  Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, the Executive shall be entitled to seek specific performance of the Executive's right to be paid until the Date of Termination during the pendency of any dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this Agreement.

 

15.  Definitions.  For purposes of this Agreement, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated below:

 

(A)           "Affiliate" shall have the meaning set forth in Rule 12b-2 promulgated under Section 12 of the Exchange Act.

 

(B)           "Base Amount" shall have the meaning set forth in section 280G(b)(3) of the Code.

 

(C)           "Beneficial Owner" shall have the meaning set forth in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act.

 

(D)           "Board" shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.

 

(E)           "Cause" for termination by the Company of the Executive's employment shall mean (i) the willful and continued failure by the Executive to substantially perform the Executive's duties with the Company (other than any such failure resulting from the Executive's incapacity due to physical or mental illness or any such actual or anticipated failure after the issuance of a Notice of Termination for Good Reason by the Executive pursuant to Section 7.1 hereof) after a written demand for substantial performance is delivered to the Executive by the Board, which demand specifically identifies the manner in which the Board believes that the Executive has not substantially performed the Executive's duties, or (ii) the willful engaging by the Executive in conduct which is demonstrably and materially injurious to the Company or its subsidiaries, monetarily or otherwise.  For purposes of clauses (i) and (ii) of this definition, (a) no act, or failure to act, on the Executive's part shall be deemed "willful" unless done, or omitted to be done, by the Executive not in good faith and without reasonable belief that the Executive's act, or failure to act, was in the best interest of the Company, and (b) in the event of a dispute concerning the application of this provision, no claim by the Company that Cause exists shall be given effect unless the Company establishes to the Board by clear and convincing evidence that Cause exists.

 

(F)           "Change in Control" means the occurrence of any one of the following events:

 

(I)  the following individuals cease for any reason to constitute a majority of the number of directors then serving: individ­uals who, on the date hereof, constitute the Board and any new direc­tor (other than a director whose initial assumption of office is in connection with an actual or threatened election contest, including but not limited to a consent solicitation, relating to the election of direc­tors of the Company) whose appointment or election by the Board or nomination for election by the Company's shareowners was approved or recommended by a vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the directors then still in office who either were directors on the date hereof or whose appointment, election or nomination for election was previ­ously so approved or recommended;

 

(II)  any Person becomes the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 20% or more of the combined voting power of the Company's then outstanding securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors;

 

(III)  there is consummated a merger or consolidation of the Company or any direct or indirect subsidiary of the Company with any other corporation or other entity, other than (I) a merger or con­solidation which would result in the voting securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior to such merger or consolidation contin­uing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being con­verted into voting securities of the surviving entity or any parent thereof), in combination with the ownership of any trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company or any subsidiary of the Company, at least 60% of the combined voting power of the securities of the Company or at least 60% of the combined voting power of the securities of such surviving entity or any parent thereof outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation; or (II) a merger or consolidation effected to implement a recapitalization of the Company (or similar transaction) in which no Person is or becomes the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company (excluding in the securities Beneficially Owned by such Person any securities acquired directly from the Company or its Affiliates) representing 20% or more of the combined voting power of the Company's then outstanding securities;

 

(IV)  the shareowners of the Company approve a plan of complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company; or

 

(V)  the Board adopts a resolution to the effect that a "Change in Control" has occurred or is anticipated to occur.

 

(G)           "Code" shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time.

 

(H)           "Company" shall mean PPL Corporation and, except in determining, under Section 15(E) hereof, whether or not any Change in Control of the Company has occurred in connection with such succession, shall include its subsidiaries and any successor to its business and/or assets which assumes and agrees to perform this Agreement by operation of law, or otherwise.  For purposes of this Agreement, the Executive's employment by (including termination of such employment) and compensation from any subsidiary of the Company shall be deemed employment by and compensation from the Company.

 

(I)           "Date of Termination" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7.2 hereof.

 

(J)           "Disability" shall be deemed the reason for the termination by the Company of the Executive's employment, if, as a result of the Executive's incapacity due to physical or mental illness, the Executive shall have been absent from the full-time performance of the Executive's duties with the Company for a period of six (6) consecutive months, the Company shall have given the Executive a Notice of Termination for Disability, and, within thirty (30) days after such Notice of Termination is given, the Executive shall not have returned to the full-time performance of the Executive's duties.

 

(K)           "Exchange Act" shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time.

 

(L)           "Excise Tax" shall mean any excise tax imposed under section 4999 of the Code.

 

(M)           "Executive" shall mean the individual named in the first paragraph of this Agreement.

 

(N)           "Good Reason" for termination of the Executive's employment with the Company by such Executive shall mean the occurrence (without the Executive's express written consent which specifically references this Agreement) after a Change in Control, or prior to a Change in Control under the circumstances described in clauses (B) and (C) of the second sentence of Section 6.1 hereof (treating all references in paragraphs (I) through (VII) below to a "Change in Control" as references to a "Potential Change in Control"), of any one of the following acts by the Company, or failures by the Company to act, unless, in the case of any act or failure to act described in paragraph (I), (V), (VI), or (VII) below, such act or failure to act is corrected prior to the Date of Termination specified in the Notice of Termination given in respect thereof:

 

(I)  the assignment to the Executive of any duties inconsistent with the Executive's status as an executive officer or key employee of the Company or a substantial adverse alteration in the nature or status of the Executive's responsibilities from those in effect immediately prior to a Change in Control;

 

(II)  a reduction by the Company of the Executive's annual base salary as in effect on the date of this Agreement, or as the same may be increased from time to time, except for across-the-board decreases uniformly affecting management, key employees and salaried employees of the Company or the business unit in which the Executive is then employed;

 

(III)  the relocation of the Executive's principal work location to a location more than 30 miles from the vicinity of such work location immediately prior to a Change in Control or the Company's requiring the Executive to be based anywhere other than such principal place of employment (or permitted relocation thereof) except for required travel on the Company's business to an extent substantially consistent with the Executive's present business travel obligations;

 

(IV)  the failure by the Company to pay to the Executive any portion of the Executive's current compensation or to pay to the Executive any portion of an installment of deferred compensation under any deferred compensation program of the Company, within seven (7) days of the date such compensation is due, except for across-the-board compensation deferrals uniformly affecting management, key employees and salaried employees of the Company or the business unit in which the Executive is then employed;

 

(V)  the failure by the Company to continue in effect any compensation or benefit plan in which the Executive participates immediately prior to a Change in Control which is material to the Executive's total compensation, or any substitute plans adopted prior to a Change in Control, unless an equitable arrangement (embodied in an ongoing substitute or alternative plan) has been made with respect to such plan, or the failure by the Company to continue the Executive's participation therein (or in such substitute or alternative plan) on a basis not materially less favorable, both in terms of the amount or timing of payment of benefits provided and the level of the Executive's participation relative to other participants, as existed immediately prior to the Change in Control;

 

(VI)  the failure by the Company to continue to provide the Executive with benefits substantially similar to those enjoyed by the Executive under any of the Company's pension, savings, life insurance, medical, health and accident, or disability plans in which the Executive was participating immediately prior to a Change in Control, except for across-the-board changes to any such plans uniformly affecting all participants in such plans, the taking of any other action by the Company which would directly or indirectly materially reduce any of such benefits or deprive the Executive of any material fringe benefit enjoyed by the Executive at the time of the Change in Control, or the failure by the Company to provide the Executive with the number of paid vacation days to which the Executive is entitled on the basis of years of service with the Company in accordance with the Company's normal vacation policy at the time of the Change in Control; or

 

(VII)  any purported termination of the Executive's employment which is not effected pursuant to a Notice of Termination satisfying the requirements of Section 7.1 hereof.  For purposes of this Agreement, no such purported termination shall be effective.

 

The Executive's right to terminate his or her employment with the Company for Good Reason shall not be affected by the Executive's incapacity due to physical or mental illness.  The Executive's continued employment shall not constitute consent to, or a waiver of rights with respect to, any act or failure to act constituting Good Reason hereunder.

 

For purposes of any determination regarding the existence of Good Reason, any claim by the Executive that Good Reason exists shall be presumed correct unless the Company established to the Board by clear and convincing evidence that Good Reason does not exist.

 

(O)           "Notice of Termination" shall have the meaning stated in Section 7.1 hereof.

 

(P)           "Pension Plan" shall mean any tax-qualified, supplemental or excess defined benefit pension plan maintained by the Company and any other agreement entered into between the Executive and the Company which is designed to provide the Executive with supplemental retirement benefits.

 

(Q)           "Person" shall have the meaning given in Section 3(a)(9) of the Exchange Act, as modified and used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) thereof; provided, however, a Person shall not include (i) the Company or any of its Affiliates, (ii) a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company or any of its Affiliates, (iii) an underwriter temporarily holding securities pursuant to an offering of such securities, or (iv) a corporation owned, directly or indirectly, by the shareowners of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of stock of the Company.

 

(R)           "Potential Change in Control" shall be deemed to have occurred if the conditions or events set forth in any one of the following paragraphs shall have been satisfied or shall have occurred:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(IV)  any Person is or becomes the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 5% or more of the combined voting power of the Company's then outstanding securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, a "Potential Change of Control" shall not be deemed to occur if (i) a Person acquired such beneficial ownership of 5% or more of the Company's outstanding common shares but less than 20% and such Person has reported or is required to report such ownership on Schedule 13G under the Exchange Act (or any comparable or successor report); (ii) a Person acquired such beneficial ownership of 5% or more of the Company's outstanding common shares and such Person has reported or is required to report such ownership under Schedule 13D under the Exchange Act (or any comparable or successor report), which Schedule 13D does not state any intention to or reserve the right to control or influence the management or policies of the Company or engage in any of the actions specified in Item 4 of such Schedule (other than the disposition of the common shares) and, within 10 business days of being requested by the Company to advise it regarding the same, certifies to the Company that such Person acquired common shares amounting to 5% or more of the Company's outstanding common shares inadvertently and who or which, together with all Affiliates thereof, thereafter does not acquire additional common shares while the Beneficial Owner, as such term is defined in or used by Regulation 13D-G as promulgated under the Exchange Act, of 5% or more of the common shares then outstanding; provided, however, that if the Person requested to so certify fails to do so within 10 business days, then a Potential Change of Control shall be deemed to have occurred immediately after such 10-Business-Day period; or (iii) any Person who becomes the Beneficial Owner of 5% or more of the common shares then outstanding due to the repurchase of common shares by the Company unless and until such Person, after becoming aware that such Person has become the Beneficial Owner of 5% or more of the common shares then outstanding, acquires beneficial ownership of additional common shares representing 1% or more of the common shares then outstanding.

 

(S)           "Potential Change in Control Period" shall mean the period commencing on the occurrence of a Potential Change in Control and ending upon the occurrence of a Change in Control or, if earlier (i) with respect to a Potential Change in Control occurring pursuant to Section 15(R)(I), immediately upon the abandonment or termination of the applicable agreement, (ii) with respect to a Potential Change in Control occurring pursuant to Section 15(R)(II), immediately upon a public announcement by the applicable party that such party has abandoned its intention to take or consider taking actions which if consummated would result in a Change in Control or (iii) with respect to a Potential Change in Control occurring pursuant to Section 15(R)(III) or (IV), upon the one year anniversary of the occurrence of such Potential Change in Control (or such earlier date as may be determined by the Board).

 

(T)           "Retirement" shall be deemed the reason for the termination by the Executive of the Executive's employment if such employment is terminated in accordance with the Company's retirement policy, including early retirement, generally applicable to its salaried employees.

 

(U)           "Severance Payments" shall have the meaning set forth in Section

 

6.1 hereof.

(V)           "Term" shall mean the period of time described in Section 2 hereof (including any extension, continuation or termination described therein).

 

(W)           "Total Payments" shall mean those payments described in Section

6.3 hereof.

 

PPL CORPORATION

 

 

By __________________________

James H. Miller

Chairman/President and CEO

 

 

 

____________________________

[Name of Executive]

__________________________

Date

 

 

 

 

__________________________

Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

EX-10.H 7 ppl10qexhibit10h.htm EXHIBIT 10(H)

Exhibit 10(h)

 

 

RETENTION AGREEMENT


 

THIS RETENTION AGREEMENT, effective as of _________, is made and entered into between PPL Corporation ("PPL") and ______________ (the "Executive").

 

WHEREAS, PPL recognizes the need to develop and retain the Executive; and

 

WHEREAS, PPL has determined that certain steps should be taken to encourage the Executive to remain with PPL;

 

WHEREAS, the Executive and PPL have entered into a Retention Agreement effective as of _______________ (the prior Retention Agreement), which the Executive and PPL desire to terminate, in its entirety, effective as of the date hereof, and in lieu thereof, enter into this Retention Agreement;

 

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants herein contained and intending to be legally bound, PPL and the Executive agree as follows:

 

 

SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS.

 

The following definitions are applicable to this Retention Agreement:

 

1.1 “Affiliated Company” or “Affiliated Companies” means any parent or majority or 50% owned subsidiaries of PPL (or companies, limited liability companies or other legal entities under common control with PPL) including entities that are members of the same controlled group of corporations (within the meaning of Section 1563(a) of the Code) as PPL.

 

1.2 “Board” means the Board of Directors of PPL.

 

 

1.3 “Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as may be amended from time to time.

 

1.4 “Committee” means two or more non-employee directors, unless otherwise determined by the Board, who have been designated by the Board to act as the Committee and qualify as non-employee directors under the Exchange Act.

 

1.5 “Common Stock” means the common stock of PPL.

 

1.6 “Disability” or “Disabled” means the inability of the Executive to perform each and every duty pertaining to the Executive's regular occupation by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than six months.

 

1.7 “Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time. Reference in this Retention Agreement to any section of the Exchange Act shall be deemed to include any amendments or successor provisions to such section and any rules promulgated thereunder.

 

1.8 “Fair Market Value” means the average of the high and low sale prices of the Common Stock as reflected in the New York Stock Exchange Composite Transactions on the date as of which Fair Market Value is being determined or, if no Common Stock is traded on the date as of which Fair Market Value is being determined, Fair Market Value shall be the average of the high and low sale prices of the Common Stock as reflected in the New York Stock Exchange Composite Transactions on the next preceding day on which the Common Stock was traded.

 

1.9 "Person" shall have the meaning given in Section 3(a)(9) of the Exchange Act, as modified and used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) thereof; provided, however, a Person shall not include (i) PPL or any of its subsidiaries, (ii) a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of PPL or any of its subsidiaries, (iii) an underwriter temporarily holding securities pursuant to an offering of such securities, or (iv) a corporation owned, directly or indirectly, by the stockholders of PPL in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of stock of PPL.

 

1.10 “Termination for Cause” means the termination by PPL or an Affiliated Company of the Executive’s employment due to the willful violation of any PPL or an Affiliated Company policy (including PPL’s Standards of Conduct and Integrity or any successor thereto), violation of any lawful direction of PPL or an Affiliated Company, gross negligence in the performance of duties, or commission of a felony.

 

 

SECTION 2. RESTRICTED STOCK AWARDS

 

2.1 In order to induce the Executive to remain in the employ of PPL or an Affiliated Company, the Committee has authorized an award under Section 11 of the PPL Corporation Incentive Compensation Plan [for Key Employees] (the “Award”) to the Executive of _0,000 shares of Common Stock (“Shares”) with a restriction period that will lapse, unless the restrictions lapse sooner or later pursuant to Section 2.2 or 2.3 of this Retention Agreement, on [_date______] (the “Lapse Date”), provided the Executive has remained in continuous employment with PPL or an Affiliated Company until such date. Such Award shall constitute a "retention agreement amount" in the Executive's Severance Agreement concerning change in control.

 

2.2 In the event of the Executive's death or Disability while in the employ of PPL or an Affiliated Company prior to the Lapse Date, the Award will be prorated by multiplying the amount of shares that would have been free of restriction at the Lapse Date by a fraction, the numerator of which will be the years of actual service of the Executive from the date of the Award up to the date of death or Disability, and the denominator of which will be the number of years of service the Executive would have had if the Executive had maintained active employment from the date of the Award until the Lapse Date.

 

2.3 The restrictions on the Award shall lapse and the Shares underlying the Award will become nonforfeitable if PPL has a "Change in Control," as defined in the Executive's Severance Agreement concerning change in control, and, on or subsequent to such "Change in Control," the Executive's employment is terminated involuntarily but not as a Termination for Cause.

2.4 As a condition of receiving the Award, the Executive shall agree in writing to notify PPL within 30 days of the date of execution of this Retention Agreement whether the Executive has made an election under Section 83(b) of the Code to report the value of the Shares as income on the date of the grant. An Award of Shares shall be restricted as provided herein. The Shares shall be issued without the payment of consideration by the Executive. The certificates for the Shares shall be issued in the name of the Executive to whom the Award is made, shall be retained by PPL on behalf of the Executive (together with a stock power endorsed in blank) and shall bear a restrictive legend prohibiting the sale, transfer, pledge or hypothecation of the Shares until the Lapse Date. The Committee may also impose such other restrictions and conditions on the Shares as it deems appropriate.

 

On the Lapse Date, if all conditions in this Retention Agreement have been met, all restrictions on the Award will expire and new certificates representing the Shares will be issued without the restrictive legend described in Section 5.11. As a condition precedent to the receipt of these new certificates, the Executive (or the Executive's designated beneficiary or personal representative) will agree to make payment to PPL or an Affiliated Company of the amount of any federal, state or local taxes, payable by the Executive, which are required to be withheld by PPL or an Affiliated Company with respect to the Award.

 

 

SECTION 3. FORFEITURE OF AWARD

 

3.1 The Executive shall forfeit all rights to the Award if the Executive retires or resigns employment with PPL or an Affiliated Company prior to the Lapse Date, unless, in the case of a resignation, the Executive resigns to immediately assume, and does assume, another position with PPL or an Affiliated Company.

 

3.2 If the Executive's employment ends as a result of a Termination for Cause, the Executive shall forfeit all rights to the Award.

 

3.3 Any Shares which are forfeited hereunder will be transferred to PPL.

 

 

SECTION 4. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.

 

4.1  Nontransferability. No benefit or right provided under this Retention Agreement shall be subject to alienation or assignment by an Executive (or by any person entitled to such benefit pursuant to the terms of the Retention Agreement) or subject to attachment or other legal process of whatever nature. Any attempted alienation, assignment or attachment shall be void and of no effect. Payment shall be made only to the Executive entitled to receive the same or to the Executive's authorized legal representative. PPL and all Affiliated Companies will observe the terms of this Retention Agreement unless and until ordered to do otherwise by a state or federal court. As a condition of participation, each Executive agrees to hold PPL and all Affiliated Companies harmless from any claim that arises out of PPL's or an Affiliated Company's obeying any such order whether such order affects a judgment of such court or is issued to enforce a judgment or order of another court.

 

4.2 No Employment Right. Neither this Retention Agreement nor any action taken hereunder shall be construed as giving any right to be retained as an employee of PPL or any Affiliated Company.

 

4.3 Tax Withholding. PPL may require, as a condition of delivery of the Award, that the Executive remit an amount sufficient to satisfy all federal, state and local tax withholding requirements related thereto. In addition, PPL may deduct from any salary or other payment due to such Executive, an amount sufficient to satisfy all federal, state and local tax withholding requirements related to the Award. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Executive may elect to satisfy all or part of the foregoing withholding requirements by delivery of unrestricted shares of Common Stock owned by the Executive for at least six months (or such other period as PPL may determine), having a Fair Market Value (determined as of the date of such delivery by Executive) equal to all or part of the amounts to be so withheld. As a condition of accepting such delivery, PPL may require the Executive to furnish an opinion of counsel acceptable to PPL to the effect that such delivery will not result in the Executive incurring any liability under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act. Alternatively, PPL may permit any such delivery to be made by withholding certain shares of the Award from the shares otherwise issuable pursuant to the Award giving rise to the tax withholding obligation (in which event the shares shall be valued at their Fair Market Value on the date when the withholding taxes are otherwise due).

 

4.4 Government and Other Regulations. The obligation of PPL to make payment for the Award shall be subject to all applicable laws, rules and regulations, and to such approvals by any government agencies.

 

4.5 Changes in Capital Structure. In the event of any change in the outstanding shares of Common Stock by reason of any stock dividend or split, recapitalization, combination or exchange of shares or other similar changes in the Common Stock, appropriate adjustments shall be made to the number and/or kind of shares awarded under the Award, as may be determined by the Committee in its sole discretion. Such adjustments shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes. Additional Shares issued to the Executive as the result of any such change shall bear the same restrictions as the shares of Common Stock to which they relate. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in connection with a change in capital structure, the Committee may provide, in its sole discretion, for the cancellation of any outstanding Awards in exchange for payment in cash or other property of the Fair Market Value (on the date of such exchange) of the Shares covered by such Awards.

 

4.6 Company Successors. In the event PPL becomes a party to a merger, consolidation, sale of substantially all of its assets or any other corporate reorganization in which PPL will not be the surviving corporation or in which the holders of the Common Stock will receive securities of another corporation, then such other corporation shall assume the rights and obligations of PPL under this Retention Agreement.

 

4.7  Governing Law. All matters relating to this Retention Agreement and to the Award granted hereunder shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania without regard to its conflict of laws principles.

 

4.8 Relationship to Other Benefits. The Award shall not be taken into account in determining any benefits under any pension, retirement, profit sharing, disability or group insurance plan of PPL or any Affiliated Company except as may be required by federal tax law and regulation or to meet other applicable legal requirements.

 

4.9 Dividends and Voting Rights. Subject to the restrictions set forth in this Retention Agreement, the Executive shall possess all incidents of ownership of the Shares granted hereunder, including the right to receive dividends with respect to such Shares and the right to vote such Shares.

 

4.10 Administration. The Committee shall have final authority to interpret and construe this Retention Agreement and to make any and all determinations thereunder, and its decision shall be binding and conclusive upon the Executive and his legal representative in respect of any questions arising under this Retention Agreement. The Committee shall have the authority to delegate any and all of its authority under this Retention Agreement to any employee or group of employees of PPL or an Affiliated Company.

 

4.11 Certificate; Restrictive Legend. The Executive agrees that any certificate issued for Shares prior to the lapse of any outstanding restrictions relating thereto shall be inscribed with the following legend:

 

This certificate and the shares of stock represented hereby are subject to the terms and conditions, including forfeiture provisions and restrictions against transfer (the "Restrictions"), contained in the Retention Agreement entered into between the registered owner and PPL. Any attempt to dispose of these shares in contravention of the Restrictions, including by way of sale, assignment, transfer, pledge, hypothecation or otherwise, shall be null and void and without effect.

 

4.12 Entire Agreement. [The prior Retention Agreement effective as of __________________ is hereby terminated and void.] This Retention Agreement contains the entire agreement and understanding of the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter contained herein and therein and supersedes all prior communications, representations and negotiations in respect thereto.

 

4.13 Titles and Headings. The titles and headings of the sections in this Retention Agreement are for convenience of reference only, and in the event of any conflict, the text of the Retention Agreement, rather than such titles or headings, shall control.

 

PPL CORPORATION

 

 

 

 

 

By:

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James H. Miller

Chairman/President and CEO

 

 

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Executive

 

 

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Individual Information for Named Executive Officers under Retention Agreements

 

Named Executive Officer

Retention Share Amount

Restriction Lapse Date

 

 

 

James H. Miller

60,000 Shares

October 1, 2008

 

 

 

Paul T. Champagne

60,000 Shares

May 23, 2018

 

 

 

Bryce L. Shriver

52,500 Shares

January 28, 2008

 

 

 

Paul A. Farr

40,000 Shares

April 27, 2027