that during my employment and for a period of 12 months following the termination of my employment for any reason, without first notifying the Company in writing and obtaining its prior written consent (which may be withheld, delayed or conditioned for any reason or for no reason in the Company’s sole and absolute discretion), I (i) will not, directly or indirectly, whether as owner, partner, shareholder, consultant, agent, employee, co-venturer or otherwise, engage, participate, assist or invest in any Competing Business (as hereinafter defined); (ii) will refrain from directly or indirectly retaining, employing, attempting to employ or recruiting any person who is an employee or independent contractor of any member of the Company Group, or otherwise soliciting, inducing or influencing any person to leave employment with any member of the Company Group (other than terminations of employment of subordinate employees undertaken in the course of my employment with any member of the Company Group); and (iii) will refrain from soliciting or encouraging any customer or supplier to terminate or otherwise modify adversely its business relationship with any member of the Company Group. I understand that the restrictions set forth in this Section (j) are intended to protect the interests of the Company Group in its secret* or confidential* information or data and established employee, independent contractor, customer and supplier relationships and goodwill, and I agree that such restrictions are reasonable and appropriate for this purpose. For purposes of this agreement, the term “Competing Business” shall mean a business that is (x) competitive with any business which any member of the Company Group has conducted, or has invested significant resources in evaluating or preparing to conduct, at any time during my employment with any member of the Company Group, and (y) is conducted in any country in the world in which any member of the Company Group has conducted, or has invested significant resources in evaluating or preparing to conduct, at any time during my employment with any member of the Company Group. Notwithstanding the foregoing, I may own up to two percent (2%) of the outstanding securities of a publicly held Person which constitutes or is affiliated with a Competing Business (each, a “Permitted Investments”). I acknowledge and agree that if I violate any of the provisions of this Section (j), the running of the period during which the provisions of this Section (j) will apply will be extended by the time during which I engage in such violation(s).