Offer Letter, dated

EX-10.65 9 exhibit1065_202010k.htm EX-10.65 Document

Exhibit 10.65
February 6, 2020
Hermanus “Han” Kieftenbeld
15 Heather Lane
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Dear Han:
On behalf of Amyris, Inc. (“Amyris” or the “Company”), I am delighted to offer to you employment with Amyris. If you accept this offer and satisfy the conditions of acceptance set forth herein, your employment with Amyris will commence on March 16, 2020, or on a different date mutually agreed to by both parties, under the following terms:

You will be employed full-time by Amyris as Chief Financial Officer reporting to John Melo, CEO.

Your base salary will be $420,000 per year ($35,000 per month) payable in accordance with Amyris’ regular payroll schedule which is currently semi-monthly. Your salary will be subject to adjustment from time to time pursuant to the Company’s employee compensation policies then in effect.

You will be eligible for a discretionary performance-based bonus, with your initial aggregate annual bonus target being 90% of base salary. Such bonus shall be earned and paid out in accordance with the applicable executive bonus plan adopted by the Company for each year.
You will also receive a one-time signing bonus in the amount of $125,000 which will be payable at the time you receive your first regular pay check. This entire amount will be repayable by you to Amyris in full in the event you voluntarily terminate your employment prior to the completion of one (1) year of service with Amyris. This is taxable income. Amyris will reimburse you for temporary housing, not to exceed $5,000 per month for up to 120 days. Amyris will reimburse you for a rental car for up to 120 days. There will be no additional expenses or services provided by Amyris for your relocation to Northern California.
You will be eligible to participate in the employee benefits and benefit plans that are available to full-time employees of Amyris. Currently, these include (i) 12 paid holidays, (ii) open vacation policy, in which, eligible employees are afforded the flexibility to take planned vacations as needed (iii) 10 days of paid sick leave per year, (iv) medical insurance, (v) dental insurance, (vi) vision insurance, (vii) supplemental health and flexible spending accounts, (viii) group term life insurance, (ix) accidental death & disability insurance, (x) long-term disability insurance, and (xi) 401K plan. The terms of your benefits will be governed by the applicable plan documents and Amyris’ company policies. Enclosed is an Employee Benefits Overview.
Amyris will recommend to its Board of Directors or the relevant committee of the Board of Directors that you be granted (i) an option to purchase 22,500 shares of common stock of Amyris; and (ii) an award of 67,500 restricted stock units (“RSUs”). The option would have an exercise price per share equal to the fair market value of a share of Amyris common stock on the date of grant (generally the closing price of Amyris common

stock on NASDAQ as of the date of grant) and vest as follows: (i) 50% of the shares subject to the option upon completion of your twelfth month of employment, and (ii) the balance of the shares subject to the option in a series of 24 equal monthly instalments upon completion of each additional month of employment with Amyris thereafter. The 67,500 share RSU awards would vest in equal annual instalments over two years from the vesting commencement date. Any option(s) or RSU award(s) granted to you will be granted as of a date set in accordance with Amyris’ standard equity award granting policy and subject to the then-current terms and conditions of the relevant Amyris equity plan and agreements.
Amyris’ Company Policies
As an employee of Amyris, you will be subject to, and expected to comply with its policies and procedures, personnel and otherwise, as such policies are developed and communicated to you.
“At-Will” Employment
Employment with Amyris is “at-will”. This means that it is not for any specified period of time and can be terminated by you or by Amyris at any time, with or without advance notice, and for any or no particular reason or cause. It also means that your job duties, title and responsibility and reporting level, compensation and benefits, as well as Amyris’ personnel policies and procedures, may be changed at any time in the sole discretion of Amyris. However, the “at-will” nature of your employment shall remain unchanged during your tenure as an employee of Amyris and may not be changed, except in an express writing signed by you and by an authorized Amyris executive officer signing on behalf of Amyris.
Termination and Change in Control Benefits
As an executive of Amyris, you will be eligible to participate in the Company’s Executive Severance Plan (the “Severance Plan”), a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit A. In order to participate in the Severance Plan, you will be required to execute the “Participation Agreement” in the form attached to the Severance Plan and to comply with the other terms of the Severance Plan.
Full-Time Service to Amyris
Amyris requires that, as a full-time employee, you devote your full business time, attention, skills and efforts to the tasks and duties of your position as assigned by Amyris. If you wish to request consent to provide services (for any or no form of compensation) to any other person or business entity while employed by Amyris, you must first receive permission from an officer of Amyris.
Conditions of Offer
In order to accept this offer, and for your acceptance to be effective, you must satisfy the following conditions:

You must provide satisfactory documentary proof of your identity and right to work in the United States of America on your first day of employment.
You must agree in writing to the terms of the enclosed Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement (“PIIA”) without modification.
You must consent to, and Amyris must obtain satisfactory results from, reference and background checks. Until you have been informed in writing by Amyris that such checks have been completed and the results satisfactory, you may wish to defer reliance on this offer.

You must agree in writing to the terms of the enclosed Mutual Agreement to Binding Arbitration (“Arbitration Agreement”) without modification.

By signing and accepting this offer, you represent and warrant that: (i) you are not subject to any pre-existing contractual or other legal obligation with any person, company or business enterprise which may be an impediment to your employment with, or your providing services to, Amyris as its employee; and (ii) you have not and shall not bring onto Amyris’ premises, or use in the course of your employment with Amyris, any confidential or proprietary information of another person, company or business enterprise to whom you previously provided services.

Entire Agreement
Provided that the conditions of this offer and your acceptance are satisfied, this letter together with the enclosed PIIA and Arbitration Agreement (collectively, the “Offer Documents”) shall constitute the full and complete agreement between you and Amyris regarding the terms and conditions of your employment. The Offer Documents cancel, supersede and replace any and all prior negotiations, representations or agreements, written and oral, between you and Amyris or any representative or agent of Amyris regarding any aspect of your employment. Any change to the terms of your employment with Amyris, as set forth in this letter, must be in an individualized writing to you, signed by Amyris to be effective.
Please confirm your acceptance of this offer, by signing and returning the enclosed copy of this letter as well as the PIIA and Arbitration Agreement to Christine Ofori, Chief People Officer by February 10, 2020. If not accepted by you as of that date, this offer will expire. We look forward to having you join Amyris. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at .
/s/ Christine Ofori
Christine Ofori
Chief People Officer
/s/ Han Kieftenbeld             2/11/2020
Hermanus “Han” Kieftenbeld     Date
Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement
Mutual Agreement to Arbitrate
Executive Severance Plan (Exhibit A)