lapses upon consummation of a Corporate Transaction and such award is not vested and non-forfeitable or the exercise price with respect to any outstanding Option or Stock Appreciation Right exceeds the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock immediately prior to the consummation of the Corporation Transaction, such Incentive Awards shall be cancelled without any payment to the Participant.
(b)Liquidation or Dissolution of the Company. In the event of the proposed dissolution or liquidation of the Company, each Incentive Award will terminate immediately upon consummation of such proposed action, unless otherwise provided by the Committee. Any Incentive Awards that is not vested and non-forfeitable as of the consummation of such proposed action and any Options or Stock Appreciation Rights that remain unexercised upon consummation of such proposed action shall be cancelled without any payment to the Participant.
(c) Special Provisions for Incentive Awards Subject to Section 409A of the Code. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section 14.3, if an Incentive Award is subject to Section 409A of the Code, no payment of cash or other property shall be made with respect to such Incentive Award until the earlier of a Change in Control within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code or such time as such Incentive Award would have otherwise settled in the absence of a Corporate Transaction.
15.Rights of Eligible Recipients and Participants; Transferability.
15.1Employment or Service. Nothing in the Plan will interfere with or limit in any way the right of the Company or any
Subsidiary to terminate the employment or service of any Eligible Recipient or Participant at any time, nor confer upon any Eligible Recipient or Participant any right to continue in the employ or service of the Company or any Subsidiary.
15.2Rights as a Stockholder; Dividends. As a holder of Incentive Awards (other than Restricted Stock Awards), a Participant will have no rights as a stockholder unless and until such Incentive Awards are exercised for, or paid in the form of, shares of Common Stock and the Participant becomes the holder of record of such shares. Except as otherwise provided in the Plan or otherwise provided by the Committee, no adjustment will be made in the amount of cash payable or in the number of shares of Common Stock issuable under Incentive Awards denominated in or based on the value of shares of Common Stock as a result of cash dividends or distributions paid to holders of Common Stock prior to the payment of, or issuance of shares of Common Stock under, such Incentive Awards.
15.3Restrictions on Transfer.
(a)Except pursuant to testamentary will or the laws of descent and distribution or as otherwise expressly permitted by subsections (b) and (c) below, no right or interest of any Participant in an Incentive Award prior to the exercise (in the case of Options) or vesting or issuance (in the case of Restricted Stock Awards and Performance Awards) of such Incentive Award will be assignable or transferable, or subjected to any lien, during the lifetime of the Participant, either voluntarily or involuntarily, directly or indirectly, by operation of law or otherwise.
(b)A Participant will be entitled to designate a beneficiary to receive an Incentive Award upon such Participant’s death, and in the event of such Participant’s death, payment of any amounts due under the Plan will be made to, and exercise of any Options or Stock Appreciation Rights (to the extent permitted pursuant to Section 12 of the Plan) may be made by, such beneficiary. If a deceased Participant has failed to designate a beneficiary, or if a beneficiary designated by the Participant fails to survive the Participant, payment of any amounts due under the Plan will be made to, and exercise of any Options or Stock Appreciation Rights (to the extent permitted pursuant to Section 12 of the Plan) may be made by, the Participant’s legal representatives, heirs and legatees. If a deceased Participant has designated a beneficiary and such beneficiary survives the Participant but dies before complete payment of all amounts due under the Plan or exercise of all exercisable Options or Stock Appreciation Rights, then such payments will be made to, and the exercise of such Options or Stock Appreciation Rights may be made by, the legal representatives, heirs and legatees of the beneficiary.
(c)Upon a Participant’s request, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, permit a transfer of all or a portion of a Non-Statutory Stock Option, other than for value, to such Participant’s child, stepchild, grandchild, parent, stepparent, grandparent, spouse, former spouse, sibling, niece, nephew, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law, any person sharing such Participant’s household (other than a