This Agreement (this Agreement), is effective as of the Effective Date (as defined below) by and between PRIMUS THERAPEUTICS, INC., a Delaware corporation with offices at 4390 U.S. Route 1, Suite 200, Princeton, NJ 08540 (the Company), and DENNIS M. ODONNELL, with an address at 66 South Stone Hedge Drive, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 (the Executive and, together with Primus, collectively the Parties and each a Party).
W I T N E S S E T H:
WHEREAS, the Company desires to employ the Executive as its President and Chief Executive Officer, and the Executive is willing to accept such employment, upon the terms and subject to the conditions contained in this Agreement;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained, the parties hereto hereby agree as follows:
(a) Services. The Company shall employ the Executive as its President and Chief Executive Officer. The Executive shall report to the Board of Directors of the Company (the Board) and shall perform such duties as are consistent with his position as President and Chief Executive Officer, as the Board may from time to time define. The Executive shall perform such duties faithfully, devote all of his working time, attention and energies to the business of the Company and, while he remains employed by the Company, shall not undertake or engage in any other business activity that is in conflict with his duties and obligations to the Company or otherwise adversely affects his ability to comply with his obligations under this Agreement.
(b) Acceptance. The Executive hereby accepts such employment as of the Effective Date, as defined in Section 2 below, and agrees to render the services described herein.
2. Term. The Executives employment under this Agreement (the Term) shall
commence on a date to be selected by the Executive, which date (the Effective Date) shall not
be later than thirty (30) days after the closing of a bridge financing or private placement in an
aggregate amount of not less than Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000), provided,
however, that such closing shall occur no later than July 30, 2010 (the Financing Condition),
and shall continue for a term of three (3) years (the Initial Term), unless sooner terminated
pursuant to Section 9 of this Agreement. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained
herein, Sections 6, 7, 10, and 11 of this Agreement shall survive the expiration or termination
hereof. Upon termination of the Initial Term, this Agreement shall automatically renew for
additional one (1) year terms (each, a Renewal Term); provided, however, that (a) if, at least
three (3) months prior to the end of the Initial Term or any Renewal Term, as the case may be,
the Company gives written notice to the Executive that the Company elects that this Agreement
not be renewed, then this Agreement shall end and expire as of the end of the Initial Term or
such Renewal Term, as the case may be, or (b) if, at least three (3) months prior to the end of the
Initial Term or any Renewal Term, as the case may be, the Executive gives written notice to the
Company that the Executive elects that this Agreement not be renewed, then this Agreement shall end and expire as of the end of the Initial Term or such Renewal Term, as the case may be.
3. Best Efforts; Place of Performance.
(a) The Executive shall devote substantially all of his business time, attention and energies to the business and affairs of the Company and shall use his best efforts to advance the best interests of the Company. The Executive shall not during the Term undertake or engage in any other business activity, whether or not such business activity is pursued for gain, profit or other pecuniary advantage, if and to the extent such other business activity interferes, or could reasonably be expected to interfere, with the performance by the Executive of his duties hereunder or the Executives availability to perform such duties or that could adversely affect, or negatively reflect upon, the Company, except as set forth above in Section 1(a).
(b) The duties to be performed by the Executive hereunder shall be performed primarily at the office of the Company that shall be established in or around Bridgewater, New Jersey, or such other place as the Board may reasonably designate. The Executive shall, from time to time undertake such travel as may be reasonably necessary to promote and sustain the business interests of the Company.
4. Directorship. The Company shall use its best efforts to cause the Executive to be elected as a member of its Board of Directors throughout the Term and shall include the Executive in the management slate for election as a director at every Annual General Meeting of stockholders convened during the Term at which the Executives term as a director would otherwise expire. The Executive agrees to accept election as a director and to serve during the Term as a director of the Company without any additional compensation, subject to the Companys obligation to reimburse the Executive for all out-of-pocket costs and expenses reasonably incurred by the Executive in fulfilling his responsibilities as a director, in accordance with such guidelines or policies as the Board may from time to time adopt.
5. Compensation. As full compensation for the performance by the Executive of his duties under this Agreement, the Company shall pay the Executive as follows:
(a) Base Salary. The Company shall pay the Executive an annualized salary (the Base Salary) of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000). Payment shall be made in accordance with the Companys normal payroll practices. The Executives Base Salary shall be reviewed no less than annually by the Board.
(b) Bonus. Provided that the Company is operating profitably, the Board may, in its sole discretion, grand the Executive an annual bonus of up to one hundred percent (100%) of the Base Salary (the Bonus), based on the Boards evaluation of the Executives attainment of individual and corporate goals and in light of the Companys overall performance.
(c) Withholding. The Company shall withhold all applicable federal, state and local taxes and social security and such other amounts as may be required by law from all amounts payable to the Executive under this Section 5.
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(d) Management Incentive Options. In order to properly attract, maintain and incentivize highly qualified senior managers and key talent, the Company shall set aside a pool of equity securities, commensurate with industry standards, for distribution to such employees, including the Executive, as the Board, upon recommendation of its Compensation Committee, may determine.
(e) Expenses. The Company shall reimburse the Executive for all normal, usual and necessary expenses incurred by the Executive in furtherance of the business and affairs of the Company, including reasonable travel and entertainment, upon timely receipt by the Company of appropriate vouchers or other proof of the Executives expenditures and otherwise in accordance with any expense reimbursement policy as may from time to time be adopted by the Company.
(f) Other Benefits. The Executive shall be entitled to all rights and benefits for which he may be eligible under any corporate benefit or other plans (including, without limitation, dental, medical, medical reimbursement and hospital plans, pension plans, employee stock purchase plans, profit sharing plans, bonus plans, prescription drug reimbursement plans, short and long term disability plans, life insurance and other so-called fringe benefits) as the Company may make available to its senior executives from time to time.
(g) Vacation. The Executive shall be entitled to a vacation of twenty (20) days per annum, not more than ten (10) of which shall be taken in succession, in addition to public holidays observed by the Company. Commencing with the calendar year ending December 31, 2011, the Executive shall forfeit any annual vacation days not utilized with fifteen (15) months following the start of such calendar year.
(h) Expense Reimbursement and Benefits. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, any expense reimbursement or benefit provided pursuant to Section 5(e), Section 5(f) or Section 10 shall be subject to the following: (i) the amount of any such expense reimbursement or benefit provided during the Executives taxable year shall not affect any expenses eligible for reimbursement or benefit to be provided in any other taxable year; (ii) the reimbursement of any eligible expense shall be made no later than the last day of the Executives taxable year that immediately follows the taxable year in which the expense was incurred; and (iii) the right to any such expense reimbursement or benefit shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit.
6. Confidential Information and Inventions.
(a) The Executive recognizes and acknowledges that in the course of his duties he is likely to receive confidential or proprietary information of the Company, its affiliates or third parties with whom the Company or any such affiliates has an obligation of confidentiality. Accordingly, during and after the Term, the Executive agrees to keep confidential and not disclose or make accessible to any other person or use for any other purpose other than in connection with the fulfillment of his duties under this Agreement, any Confidential Information owned by, or received by or on behalf of the Company or any of its affiliates. Confidential Information means all technical, financial and business information of any kind whatsoever of or relating to the Company (whether written, oral, in electronic format, whether gathered by inspection or observation and whether disclosed prior to or after the date of this Agreement) including without limitation the following: business plans and projections; financial statements and projections or forecasts of financial results; product specifications; production and development processes, techniques, formulae, know-how and operating instructions; training manuals; computer programs; raw material, selling and logistics costs; production schedules; customer lists, purchasing history and other customer-related records; names and addresses of suppliers and vendors; tax information; mailing lists; product sales records; marketing data and plans and results of market surveys; personnel lists, data and salary information; contracts; correspondence (including e-mail communications); and any copies, summaries or annotation of any of the foregoing; provided, however, that the term Confidential Information shall not include any information (i) that the Executive can document was lawfully in its possession prior to any disclosure thereof by the Company; or (ii) is obtained on a non-confidential basis from a source other than the Company, but only if such source has a lawful right to disclose such Confidential Material; or (iii) is or becomes in the public domain.
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The Executive agrees to return immediately to the Company all Confidential Information in his possession upon request and in any event immediately upon termination of employment.
(b) Except with prior written authorization by the Company, the Executive agrees for a period of five (5) years from the termination of his employment with the Company not to disclose or publish:
(c) The Executive agrees that all inventions, discoveries, improvements and patentable or copyrightable works initiated, conceived or made by him, either alone or in conjunction with others, during the Term (Inventions) shall be the sole property of the Company to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law and, to the extent permitted by law, shall be works made for hire as that term is defined in the United States Copyright Act (17 U.S.C.A., Section 101). The Company shall be the sole owner of all patents, copyrights, trade secret rights, and other intellectual property or other rights in connection therewith. The Executive hereby assigns to the Company all right, title and interest he may have or acquire in all such Inventions. The Executive further agrees to assist the Company in every proper way (but at the Companys expense) to obtain and from time to time enforce patents, copyrights or other rights on such Inventions in any and all countries, and to that end the Executive shall execute all documents necessary:
(i) to apply for, obtain and vest in the name of the Company alone (unless the Company otherwise directs) letters patent, copyrights or other analogous protection in any country throughout the world and when so obtained or vested to renew and restore the same; and
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(ii) to defend any opposition proceedings in respect of such applications and any opposition proceedings or petitions or applications for revocation of such letters patent, copyright or other analogous protection.
(d) The Executive acknowledges that while performing his duties hereunder, the Executive may locate, identify and/or evaluate patented or patentable inventions having commercial potential in fields that may be of potential interest to the Company or one of its affiliates (the Third Party Inventions). The Executive understands, acknowledges and agrees that all rights to, interests in or opportunities regarding, all Third-Party Inventions identified by the Company, any of its affiliates or either of the foregoing persons officers, directors, employees (including the Executive), agents or consultants during the Term shall be and remain the sole and exclusive property of the Company or such affiliate and the Executive shall have no rights whatsoever to such Third-Party Inventions and will not pursue for himself or for others any transaction relating to the Third-Party Inventions which is not on behalf of the Company unless the Company has expressly abandoned its interest in such Third Party Inventions in writing.
(e) The Executive agrees that he will promptly disclose to the Company all Inventions initiated, made or conceived or reduced to practice, either alone or jointly with others, during the Term.
(f) The provisions of this Section 6 shall survive any termination of this
7. Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation and Non-Disparagement.
(a) The Executive understands and recognizes that his services to the Company are special and unique and that in the course of performing such services the Executive will have access to and knowledge of Confidential Information. The Executive agrees that, during the Term and during such period of time after the Term that the Executive continues to receive his salary and benefits without interruption from the Company during the Termination Benefits Period (as defined hereinafter), other than in the event that the Executive is terminated for Cause, in which case he will remain subject to this provision even in the absence of receiving any further salary or benefits, he shall not in any manner, directly or indirectly, on behalf of himself or any person, firm, partnership, joint venture, corporation or other business entity (Person), enter into or engage in any business which is engaged in any business directly competitive with the business of the Company, either as an individual for his own account, or as a partner, joint venturer, owner, executive, employee, independent contractor, principal, agent, consultant, salesperson, officer, director or shareholder of a Person in a business competitive with the Company within the geographic area of in which the Company does business. The Executive acknowledges that, due to the nature of the Companys business, the loss of any of its clients or the improper use of its Confidential Information could create significant instability and cause substantial damage to the Company and therefore the Company has a strong legitimate business interest in protecting the continuity of its business interests and the restriction herein agreed to by the Executive narrowly and fairly serves such an important and critical business interest of the Company. For purposes of this Agreement, the Company shall be deemed to be actively engaged on the date hereof in the development, marketing and sale of over-the-counter, homeopathic and dietary supplement products. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing contained in this Section 7(a) shall be deemed to prohibit the Executive from acquiring or holding, solely for investment, publicly traded securities of any corporation, some or all of the activities of which are competitive with the business of the Company so long as such securities do not, in the aggregate, constitute more than four percent (4%) of any class or series of outstanding securities of such corporation.
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(b) The Executive hereby acknowledges and agrees that the covenant against competition provided for pursuant to Section 7(a) is reasonable with respect to duration, geographic area and scope. If, at the time of enforcement of this Section 7, a court holds that the restrictions stated herein are unreasonable under the circumstances then existing, the parties hereto agree that the maximum duration, scope or geographic area legally permissible under such circumstances will be substituted for the duration, scope or area state herein.
(c) During the Term and the Termination Benefits Period (as defined hereinafter), the Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, without the prior written consent of the Company:
(i) solicit or induce any employee of the Company or any of its affiliates to leave the employ of the Company or any such affiliate (as the term affiliate is defined in Paragraph 12(o)); or hire for any purpose any employee of the Company or any affiliate; or hire any former employee who has left the employment of the Company or any affiliate of the Company within twelve (12) months of the termination of such employees employment with the Company or any such affiliate; or hire any former employee of the Company in violation of such employees non-competition agreement with the Company or any such affiliate; or
(ii) solicit or accept the business of any agent, client or customer of the Company or any of its affiliates with respect to products, services or investments similar to those provided or supplied by the Company or any of its affiliates; or
(iii) solicit or accept employment or be retained by any Person who, at any time during the Term, was an agent, client or customer of the Company or any of its affiliates where his position will be related to the business of the Company or any such affiliate.
(d) The Company and the Executive each agree that both during the Term and for a period of five (5) years thereafter, neither party shall directly or indirectly make any disparaging statement, whether or not true, with respect to the name or reputation of the other party or any of its affiliates, including but not limited to, any officer, director, employee or shareholder of the Company or any of its affiliates (as defined above). Notwithstanding this Section, nothing contained herein shall limit or impair the ability of the Executive to provide truthful testimony in response to any validly issued subpoena.
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(e) In the event that the Executive breaches any provisions of Section 6 or this Section 7 or there is a threatened breach, then, in addition to any other rights which the Company may have, the Company shall (i) be entitled, without the posting of a bond or other security, to seek injunctive relief to enforce the restrictions contained in such Sections and (ii) to the extent permitted by law, have the right to require the Executive to account to the Company all compensation, profits, monies, accruals, increments and other benefits (collectively Benefits) derived or received by the Executive as a result of any transaction constituting a breach of any of the provisions of Sections 6 or 7 and the Executive hereby agrees to account for and pay over such Benefits to the Company. The Company and the Executive agree that any such action for injunctive relief shall be heard in any of the courts set forth in Section 12(c) below, and each of the parties hereto agrees to accept service of process by registered or certified mail and to otherwise consent to the jurisdiction of such courts.
(f) Each of the rights and remedies enumerated in Section 7(e) shall be independent of the others and shall be in addition to and not in lieu of any other rights and remedies available to the Company at law or in equity. If any of the covenants contained in this Section 7, or any part of any of them, is hereafter construed or adjudicated to be invalid or unenforceable, the same shall not affect the remainder of the covenant or covenants or rights or remedies which shall be given full effect without regard to the invalid portions. If any of the covenants contained in this Section 7 is held to be invalid or unenforceable because of the duration of such provision or the area covered thereby, the parties agree that the court or arbitrator making such determination shall have the power to reduce the duration and/or area of such provision and in its reduced form such provision shall then be enforceable. No such holding of invalidity or unenforceability in one jurisdiction shall bar or in any way affect the Companys right to the relief provided in this Section 7 or otherwise in the courts of any other state or jurisdiction within the geographical scope of such covenants as to breaches of such covenants in such other respective states or jurisdictions, such covenants being, for this purpose, severable into diverse and independent covenants.
(g) In the event that an actual proceeding is brought in equity to enforce the provisions of Section 6 or this Section 7, the Executive shall not urge as a defense that there is an adequate remedy at law nor shall the Company be prevented from seeking any other remedies which may be available. The Executive agrees that he shall not raise in any proceeding brought to enforce the provisions of Section 6 or this Section 7 that the covenants contained in such Sections limit his ability to earn a living during the Termination Benefit Period (as defined hereinafter).
(h) The provisions of this Section 7 shall survive any termination of this Agreement.
8. Representations and Warranties. The Executive hereby represents and warrants to the Company as follows:
(a) Neither the execution or delivery of this Agreement nor the performance by the Executive of his duties and other obligations hereunder violate or will violate any statute, law, determination or award, or conflict with or constitute a default or breach of any covenant or obligation under (whether immediately, upon the giving of notice or lapse of time or both) any prior employment agreement, contract, or other instrument to which the Executive is a party or by which he is bound.
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(b) The Executive has the full right, power and legal capacity to enter and deliver this Agreement and to perform his duties and other obligations hereunder. This Agreement constitutes the legal, valid and binding obligation of the Executive enforceable against him in accordance with its terms. No approvals or consents of any persons or entities are required for the Executive to execute and deliver this Agreement or perform his duties and other obligations hereunder.
9. Termination. The Executives employment hereunder shall be terminated upon the Executives death and may be terminated as follows:
(a) The Executives employment hereunder may be terminated by the Board for Cause. Any of the following actions by the Executive shall constitute Cause:
(i) The willful failure, disregard or refusal by the Executive to perform his material duties or obligations under this Agreement, which shall require affirmative or intentional improper actions or omissions by the Executive and not simply actions that result in the performance of the Company overall or in certain respects that falls below levels expected by, or acceptable to, the Board;
(ii) Any willful, intentional or grossly negligent act by the Executive having the effect of materially injuring (whether financial or otherwise and as determined in good-faith by a majority of the members of the Board) the business or reputation of the Company or any of its affiliates, including but not limited to, any officer, director, executive or shareholder of the Company or any of its affiliates;
(iii) Willful misconduct by the Executive in respect of the material duties or obligations of the Executive under this Agreement, including, without limitation, willful insubordination with respect to lawful and reasonable directions received by the Executive from the Board;
(iv) The Executives indictment of any felony involving moral turpitude (including entry of a plea of nolo contendere);
(v) The determination by the Company, after a reasonable and good-faith investigation by the Company following a written allegation by another employee of the Company, (which investigation, among other actions, shall include the Executives opportunity to respond fully to any such allegation) that the Executive engaged in some form of harassment prohibited by law (including, without limitation, age, sex or race discrimination), unless the Executives actions were specifically directed by the Board;
(vi) Any material misappropriation or embezzlement of the property of the Company or its affiliates (whether or not a misdemeanor or felony);
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(vii) Breach by the Executive of any of the provisions of Sections 6, 7 or 8 of this Agreement, which is not cured by the Executive within thirty (30) days after notice thereof is given to the Executive by the Company; and
(viii) Breach by the Executive of any material provision of this Agreement other than those contained in Sections 6, 7 or 8 which, to the extent it is reasonably subject to notice and cure, is not cured by the Executive within thirty (30) days after notice thereof is given to the Executive by the Company.
(b) The Executives employment hereunder may be terminated by the Board due to the Executives Disability. For purposes of this Agreement, a termination for Disability shall occur (i) when the Board has provided a written termination notice to the Executive supported by a written statement from a reputable independent physician to the effect that the Executive shall have become so physically or mentally incapacitated as to be unable to resume, within the ensuing six (6) months, his employment under this Agreement by reason of physical or mental illness or injury or (ii) upon rendering of a written termination notice by the Board after the Executive has been unable to substantially perform his duties hereunder for 60 or more consecutive days, or more than 120 days in any consecutive twelve month period, by reason of any physical or mental illness or injury. For purposes of this Section 9(b), the Executive agrees to make himself available and to cooperate in a reasonable examination by a reputable independent physician retained by the Company.
(c) The Executives employment hereunder may be terminated by the Board (or its successor) upon the occurrence of a Change of Control. For purposes of this Agreement, Change of Control means (i) the acquisition, directly or indirectly, following the date hereof by any person (as such term is defined in Section 13(d) and 14(d)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended), in one transaction or a series of related transactions, of securities of the Company representing in excess of fifty percent (50%) or more of the combined voting power of the Companys then outstanding securities if such person or his or its affiliate(s) do not own in excess of 50% of such voting power on the date of this Agreement, or (ii) the future disposition by the Company (whether direct or indirect, by sale of assets or stock, merger, consolidation or otherwise) of all or substantially all of its business and/or assets in one transaction or series of related transactions (other than a merger effected exclusively for the purpose of changing the domicile of the Company).
(d) The Executives employment hereunder may be terminated by the Executive for Good Reason.
(i) For purposes of this Agreement, Good Reason shall mean (any of which shall constitute a Good Reason Condition):
(A) any material breach of this Agreement by the Company;
(B) without the Executives express written consent, a material reduction by the Company of the Executives duties, responsibilities, or authority as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company which causes his position with the Company to become of less responsibility or authority than his position as of immediately following the Commencement Date; or
(C) a relocation of the Companys principal place of business of the Executive more than thirty (30) miles from Executives residence in Basking Ridge, New Jersey without the Executives written consent.
(ii) The Executive may terminate his employment for Good Reason for any of the reasons stated above only if (A) the Executive has provided the Company with written notice of the asserted Good Reason Condition within ninety (90) days after its initial existence; (B) the Company fails to cure the condition within thirty (30) days after receiving such written notice; and (C) the Executive terminates this employment within one hundred and eighty (180) days following the initial existence of the Good Reason condition.
(e) The Executives employment may be terminated by the Company or by the Executive with or without Cause or Good Reason.
10. Compensation upon Termination.
(a) If the Executives employment is terminated as a result of his death or Disability, the Company shall pay to the Executive or to the Executives estate, as applicable, (i) his Base Salary through the date of his termination, benefits (if disabled), and any expense reimbursement amounts owed the Executive, and (ii) any accrued but unpaid bonuses earned by the Executive prior to the date of the Executives death or Disability. Subject to Section 10(f), any such payments of Base Salary and/or bonuses shall be made to the Executive or to the Executives estate, as applicable, within ninety (90) days after his death or Disability. Any stock options granted under any stock incentive plan that are scheduled to vest on the next succeeding anniversary of the Commencement Date shall be accelerated and deemed to have vested as of the termination date, and all others shall be terminated as of such date. Stock options that have vested as of the Executives termination shall remain exercisable for ninety (90) days following such termination.
(b) If the Executives employment is terminated by the Board for Cause, then the Company shall pay to the Executive his Base Salary through the date of his termination and any expense reimbursement amounts owed the Executive. The Executive shall have no further entitlement hereunder to any other compensation or benefits from the Company except to the extent otherwise provided by law. Any stock options that have not vested as of the date of termination shall be terminated as of such date. Stock options that have vested as of the Executives termination shall remain exercisable for ninety (90) days following such termination.
(c) If the Executives employment is terminated by the Company other than as a result of the Executives death or Disability and other than for reasons specified in Section 10(b) or 10(d), or if the Executive terminates his employment for Good Reason, then the Company shall (i) continue to pay to the Executive his Base Salary and benefits for a period of eighteen (18) months following the termination of the Term (the Section 10(c) Termination Benefits Period); (ii) pay any accrued but unpaid bonuses earned by the Executive; (iii) pay any accrued and unused vacation days earned by the Executive; and (iv) pay any expense reimbursement amounts owed the Executive. Subject to Section 10(f), (i) any such payments of Base Salary and unused vacation days shall be made to the Executive on the Companys normal payroll dates during the Section 10(c) Termination Benefits Period, and (ii) any bonus payments shall be made to the Executive by the date that is no later than ninety (90) days following the Executives termination. In addition, in the event of any such termination, all employee stock options that are scheduled to vest during the twelve (12) month period following such termination shall be accelerated and deemed to have vested as of the termination date. All employee stock options that have vested (or been deemed pursuant to the immediately preceding sentence to have vested) as of the date of the Executives termination shall remain exercisable for a period of ninety (90) days.
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(d) If the Executives employment is terminated by the Company (or its successor) upon the occurrence of a Change of Control, and on the date of termination pursuant to this Section 10(d), then the Company (or its successor, as applicable) shall continue to pay to the Executive his Base Salary and benefits for a period of six (6) months following the termination of the Term (the Section 10(d) Termination Benefits Period, referred to along with the Section 10(c) Termination Benefits Period as the Termination Benefits Period). In addition, in the event of any such termination, the Company shall pay the Executive any accrued but unpaid bonus; and (ii) any accrued and unused vacation days; and (iii) any expense reimbursement amounts owed the Executive. Subject to Section 10(f), (i) any such payments of Base Salary and unused vacation days shall be made to the Executive on the Companys normal payroll dates during the Section 10(d) Termination Benefits Period, and (ii) any such payments of any accrued but unpaid bonus shall be made to the Executive by the date that is no later than ninety (90) days following the Executives termination. Vesting of all Stock Benefits shall be accelerated in full and deemed to have fully vested as of the termination date. Stock Benefits that have vested as of, or that vest in consequence of, the Executives termination shall remain exercisable for ninety (90) days following such termination. Any stock options granted to Executive under any stock incentive plan that are unvested shall be accelerated and deemed to have vested as of the date of any Change in Control and shall remain exercisable for ninety (90) days following such Change in Control.
(e) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, the following shall apply to any benefits provided under Section 10 that constitute deferred compensation within the meaning of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code) and the regulations and other guidance thereunder and any state law of similar effect (collectively Section 409A):
(i) Any payment of such benefits shall not commence in connection with the Executives termination of employment unless and until the Executive has also incurred a separation from service, (as defined in Treasury Regulations Section 1.409A -1(h)) (Separation from Service) or such termination of employment is due to the Executives death, unless the Company reasonably determines that such amounts may be provided to the Executive without causing the Executive to incur the adverse personal tax consequences under Section 409A.
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(ii) It is intended that (A) each installment of any such benefits be regarded as a separate payment for purposes of Treasury Regulations Section 1.409A -2(b)(2)(i), (B) all payments of any such benefits satisfy, to the greatest extent possible, the exemptions from the application of Section 409A provided under Treasury Regulations Sections 1.409A -1(b)(4) and 1.409A -1(b)(9)(iii), and (C) any such benefits consisting of premiums payable under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) also satisfy, to the greatest extent possible, the exemption from the application of Section 409A provided under Treasury Regulations Section 1.409A -1(b)(9)(v). However, if the Company determines that any such benefits constitute deferred compensation under Section 409A and the Executive is a specified employee of the Company, as such term is defined in Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i), then, solely to the extent necessary to avoid the imposition of the adverse personal tax consequences under Section 409A, (i) the timing of such benefit payments shall be delayed until the earlier of (a) the date that is six (6) months and one (1) day after the Executives Separation from Service and (b) the date of the Executives death (such applicable date, the Delayed Initial Payment Date), and (ii) the Company shall (a) pay the Executive a lump sum amount equal to the sum of the benefit payments that the Executive would otherwise have received through the Delayed Initial Payment Date if the commencement of the payment of the benefits had not been delayed pursuant to this paragraph and (b) commence paying the balance, if any, of the benefits in accordance with the applicable payment schedule.
(g) This Section 10 sets forth the only obligations of the Company with respect to the termination of the Executives employment with the Company, and the Executive acknowledges that, upon the termination of his employment, he shall not be entitled to any payments or benefits which are not explicitly provided in Section 10.
(h) Upon termination of the Executives employment hereunder for any reason, the Executive shall be deemed to have resigned as director of the Company, effective as of the date of such termination.
(i) The obligations of the Company that arise under this Section 10 shall survive the expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement.
11. Indemnification. The Company shall defend and indemnify the Executive in his capacity as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company to the fullest extent permitted under to the Delaware General Corporate Law (the DGCL) and in accordance with the Companys Bylaws and Certificate of Insurance. The Company shall also establish a policy for indemnifying its officers and directors, including but not limited to the Executive, for all actions permitted under the DGCL taken in good faith pursuit of their duties for the Company, including but not limited to the obtaining of an appropriate level of Directors and Officers Liability coverage and including such provisions in the Companys by-laws or certificate of incorporation, as applicable and customary. The rights to indemnification shall survive any termination of this Agreement.
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(a) This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed and interpreted in accordance with, the laws of the State of Delaware, without giving effect to its principles of conflicts of laws.
(b) Executive and Company agree that any and all controversies or claims (whether contract, tort or statutory) between Executive and the Company arising out of Executives employment, the termination of that employment, and any agreements previously or hereafter entered into by Executive and Company in connection with such employment relationship, that could have been filed in a court of law (or an administrative agency) shall be settled by final and binding arbitration. The claims covered by this Agreement include, but are not limited to, claims for wrongful termination, wages or other compensation due, breach of contract, tort, discrimination or harassment (including race, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, medical condition or disability), violation of any public policies, and claims for violation of federal, state or other governmental law, statute, regulation or ordinance.
(c) The arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with the National Rules for the Resolution of Employment Disputes of the American Arbitration Association then in effect before a single arbitrator mutually selected by the Executive and the Company. For the purpose of any judicial proceeding to enforce such award or incidental to such arbitration or to compel arbitration and for purposes of Sections 6 and 7 hereof, the parties hereby submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the state of New Jersey, or the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Service of process in such arbitration or court proceedings shall be satisfactorily made upon a Party if sent by registered mail addressed to it at the address referred to below in paragraph (m) of this Section 12.
(d) The Arbitrator shall be empowered to award any party any remedy at law or in equity that the prevailing party would otherwise have been entitled to had the matter been litigated or pursued in a civil court or administrative forum including, but not limited to, general, special, and punitive damages, and injunctive relief. However, the Arbitrators authority to award any remedy is subject to whatever limitations, if any, exist in the applicable law on such remedies. Any award pursuant to arbitration hereunder shall be included in a written decision that will state the legal and factual basis for the award and shall set forth the basis for calculating any damages award. The arbitrators award, order or judgment shall be deemed final and binding upon the parties, except to the extent that it is shown to be violative of the law.
(e) A demand for arbitration must be submitted within the limitations period that would be applicable in court. If either party does not submit and serve a written demand for arbitration within the applicable statute of limitations, such failure shall constitute an absolute bar to the institution of any proceedings in any forum, and shall constitute a waiver of any rights regarding that claim.
(f) Neither Party nor the arbitrator may disclose the existence, content or results of any arbitrations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of all parties hereto.
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(g) Pending such resolution of any claim, the Executive shall be entitled to continue to receive all payments and benefits due under this Agreement or otherwise, unless the arbitration panel determines otherwise. Judgment on the arbitration award may be entered by any court of competent jurisdiction.
(h) Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent the parties from agreeing voluntarily after a claim or controversy has arisen to submit such claim or controversy to mediation or other informal settlement process. However, if the dispute is not resolved through mediation or such other process, it shall be submitted to binding arbitration pursuant to this Agreement.
(i) This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto, and their respective heirs, legal representatives, successors and assigns.
(j) This Agreement, and the Executives rights and obligations hereunder, may not be assigned by the Executive. The Company may assign its rights, together with its obligations, hereunder in connection with any sale, transfer or other disposition of all or substantially all of its business or assets.
(k) This Agreement cannot be amended orally, or by any course of conduct or dealing, but only by a written agreement signed by the parties hereto.
(l) The failure of either party to insist upon the strict performance of any of the terms, conditions and provisions of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver or relinquishment of future compliance therewith, and such terms, conditions and provisions shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any term or condition of this Agreement on the part of either party shall be effective for any purpose whatsoever unless such waiver is in writing and signed by such party.
(m) All notices, requests, consents and other communications, required or permitted to be given hereunder, shall be in writing and shall be delivered personally or by an overnight courier service or sent by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested, to the parties at the addresses set forth on the first page of this Agreement, and shall be deemed given when so delivered personally or by overnight courier or when actually received if sent by registered or certified mail. Each party may designate another address, for receipt of notices hereunder by giving notice to the other party in accordance with this paragraph (m) of this Section 12.
(n) This Agreement sets forth the entire agreement and understanding of the parties relating to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all prior agreements, arrangements and understandings, written or oral, relating to the subject matter hereof. No representation, promise or inducement has been made by either party that is not embodied in this Agreement, and neither party shall be bound by or liable for any alleged representation, promise or inducement not so set forth.
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(o) As used in this Agreement, affiliate of a specified Person shall mean and include any Person controlling, controlled by or under common control with the specified Person.
(p) The section headings contained herein are for reference purposes only and shall not in any way affect the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.
(q) This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall constitute an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
(r) As used in this Agreement, the masculine, feminine or neuter gender, and the singular or plural, shall be deemed to include the others whenever and wherever the context so requires. Additionally, unless the context requires otherwise, or is not exclusive.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement, which shall be deemed effective as of the Commencement Date set forth herein.
Primus Therapeutics, Inc.
By: /s/ Joseph A. Falsetti
Dennis M. ODonnell
By: /s/ Dennis M. ODonnell
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