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Amended and Restated Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy

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EX-10.10 2 akro-20211231xex10d10.htm EX-10.10

Exhibit 10.10

AKERO THERAPEUTICS, INC.

AMENDED AND RESTATED

NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTOR COMPENSATION POLICY

The purpose of this Amended and Restated Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy of Akero Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”), is to provide a total compensation package that enables the Company to attract and retain, on a long-term basis, high-caliber directors who are not employees or officers of the Company or its subsidiaries.

In furtherance of the purpose stated above, the Company shall pay cash retainers to the members of its Board of Directors (the “Board”) and the committees thereof as set forth below, such retainers to be (i) paid for the directors’ general availability and participation in meetings and conference calls, (ii) paid quarterly in arrears and (iii) pro-rated based on the number of actual days served by the director on the Board or applicable committee during such calendar quarter or year.

Cash Retainers

Annual Retainer for Board Membership: $40,000

Annual Retainer for Non-Executive Chair of the Board:  $70,000

Annual Committee Chair Compensation:

Audit Committee Chair:$20,000

Compensation Committee Chair:$15,000

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair:$10,000

Annual Committee Member Compensation:

Audit Committee member:$10,000

Compensation Committee member:$7,500

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee member:$5,000

Note: Chair and committee member retainers are in addition to retainers for members of the Board of Directors.

Each non-employee director may elect to receive all or a portion of her or his cash compensation in the form of unrestricted shares having a grant date fair value equal to the amount (or portion thereof) of such compensation. Any such election (i) shall be made (x) for any continuing non-employee director, before the start of the calendar year with respect to any cash compensation for such calendar year and (y) for any new non-employee director, within 30 days of her or his election to the Board, (ii) shall be irrevocable with respect to such calendar year and (iii) shall

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automatically apply to the cash compensation for each subsequent calendar year unless otherwise revoked prior to the start of such calendar year.

Equity Retainers

Initial Award: An initial, one-time stock option award (the “Initial Award”) of 31,000 shares will be granted to each new non-employee director upon his or her election to the Board of Directors, which shall vest in equal monthly installments over three years, provided, however, that all vesting shall cease if the director resigns from the Board of Directors or otherwise ceases to serve as a director of the Company. The Initial Award shall expire ten years from the date of grant, and shall have a per share exercise price equal to the Fair Market Value (as defined in the Company’s 2019 Stock Option and Incentive Plan) of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant. This Initial Award applies only to non-employee directors who are first elected to the Board of Directors subsequent to the Company’s initial public offering.

Annual Award: On each date of the Company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders following the completion of the Company’s initial public offering (the “Annual Meeting”), each continuing non-employee member of the Board of Directors, other than a director receiving an Initial Award, will receive an annual stock option award (the “Annual Award”) of 15,000 shares, which shall vest in full upon the earlier to occur of the first anniversary of the date of grant or the date of the next Annual Meeting; provided, however, that all vesting shall cease if the director resigns from the Board of Directors or otherwise ceases to serve as a director, unless the Board of Directors determines that the circumstances warrant continuation of vesting. Such Annual Award shall expire ten years from the date of grant, and shall have a per share exercise price equal to the Fair Market Value (as defined in the Company’s 2019 Stock Option and Incentive Plan) of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant.

Expenses

The Company will reimburse all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by non-employee directors in attending meetings of the Board or any Committee.

Adopted May 3, 2019; effective as of June 19, 2019.

As amended on November 8, 2019; as further amended on December 8, 2021.

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