Agreement Relating to Employment and Post-Employment Competition dated November 26, 2013 between Aramark Corporation and Keith Bethel

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This Agreement is between the undersigned individual (“Employee”) and ARAMARK CORPORATION (“ARAMARK”).

WHEREAS, ARAMARK is a leading provider of managed services to business and industry, private and public institutions, and the general public, in the following business groups: food and support services; uniform and career apparel;
WHEREAS, ARAMARK has a proprietary interest in its business and financial plans and systems, methods of operation and other secret and confidential information, knowledge and data (“Proprietary Information”) which includes, but is not limited to, all confidential, proprietary or non-public information, ideas and concepts; annual and strategic business plans; financial plans, reports and systems including, profit and loss statements, sales, accounting forms and procedures and other information regarding costs, pricing and the financial condition of ARAMARK and its business segments and groups; management development reviews, including information regarding the capabilities and experience of ARAMARK employees; intellectual property, including patents, inventions, discoveries, research and development, compounds, recipes, formulae, reports, protocols, computer software and databases; information regarding ARAMARK’s relationships with its clients, customers, and suppliers and prospective clients, partners, customers and suppliers; policy and procedure manuals, information regarding materials and documents in any form or medium (including oral, written, tangible, intangible, or electronic) concerning any of the above, or any past, current or future business activities of ARAMARK that is not publicly available; compensation, recruiting

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and training, and human resource policies and procedures; and data compilations, research, reports, structures, compounds, techniques, methods, processes, know-how;
WHEREAS, all such Proprietary Information is developed at great expense to ARAMARK and is considered by ARAMARK to be confidential trade secrets;
WHEREAS, Employee, as a senior manager, will have access to ARAMARK’s Proprietary Information, directly in the course of Employee’s employment, and indirectly through interaction with and presentations by other ARAMARK senior managers at the Executive Leadership Institute, Executive Leadership Council meetings, Presidents’ Council meetings and the like;
WHEREAS, ARAMARK will introduce Employee to ARAMARK clients, customers, suppliers and others, and will encourage, and provide resources for, Employee to develop personal relationships with ARAMARK’s clients, customers, suppliers and others;
WHEREAS, ARAMARK will provide specialized training and skills to Employee in connection with the performance of Employee’s duties at ARAMARK which training involves the disclosure by ARAMARK to Employee of Proprietary Information;
WHEREAS, ARAMARK will be vulnerable to unfair post-employment competition by Employee because Employee will have access to and knowledge of ARAMARK’s Proprietary Information, will have a personal relationship with ARAMARK’s clients, customers, suppliers and others, and will generate good will which Employee acknowledges belongs to ARAMARK;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of Employee’s employment with ARAMARK, the opportunity to receive the grant of options to purchase the common stock of ARAMARK Holdings Corporation, the severance and other post-employment benefits provided


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for herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, Employee agrees to enter into this Agreement with ARAMARK as a condition of employment pursuant to which ARAMARK will limit Employee’s right to compete against ARAMARK and right to solicit ARAMARK’s employees, customers, clients or suppliers during and following termination of employment on the terms set forth in this Agreement. Intending to be legally bound, the parties agree as follows:
ARTICLE 1. NON-DISCLOSURE AND NON-DISPARAGEMENT: Employee shall not, during or after termination of employment, directly or indirectly, in any manner utilize or disclose to any person, firm, corporation, association or other entity, except where required by law, any Proprietary Information which is not generally known to the public, or has not otherwise been disclosed or recognized as standard practice in the industries in which ARAMARK is engaged. Employee shall, during and after termination of employment, refrain from making any statements or comments of a defamatory or disparaging nature to any third party regarding ARAMARK, or any of ARAMARK’s officers, directors, personnel, other service providers, policies or products or services, other than to comply with law.
Subject to Article 2. B. below, Employee, during Employee’s period of employment with ARAMARK, and for a period of two years following the voluntary or involuntary termination of employment, shall not, without ARAMARK’s written permission, which shall be granted or denied in ARAMARK’s sole discretion, directly or indirectly, associate with (including, but not limited to, association as a sole proprietor, owner, employer, partner, principal, investor, joint venturer, shareholder, associate, employee, member, consultant, contractor or otherwise), or acquire or maintain ownership interest


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in, any Business which is competitive with that conducted by or developed for later implementation by ARAMARK at any time during the term of Employee’s employment, provided, however, if Employee’s employment is involuntarily terminated by ARAMARK for any reason other than Cause (as defined herein), then the term of the non-competition provision set forth herein will be modified to be one year following such termination of employment. For purposes of this Agreement, “Business” shall be defined as a person, corporation, firm, LLC, partnership, joint venture or other entity. Nothing in the foregoing shall prevent Employee from investing in a Business that is or becomes publicly traded, if Employee’s ownership is as a passive investor of less than 1% of the outstanding publicly traded stock of the Business.
The provision set forth in Article 2.A above, shall apply to the full extent permitted by law (i) in all fifty states, and (ii) in each foreign country, possession or territory in which ARAMARK may be engaged in, or have plans to engage in, business (x) during Employee’s period of employment, or (y) in the case of a termination of employment, as of the effective date of such termination or at any time during the twenty-four month period prior thereto.
Employee acknowledges that these restrictions are reasonable and necessary to protect the business interests of ARAMARK, and that enforcement of the provisions set forth in this Article 2 will not unnecessarily or unreasonably impair Employee’s ability to obtain other employment following the termination (voluntary or involuntary) of Employee’s employment with ARAMARK. Further, Employee acknowledges that the provisions set forth in this Article 2 shall apply if Employee’s employment is involuntarily terminated


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by ARAMARK for Cause; as a result of the elimination of employee’s position; for performance-related issues; or for any other reason or no reason at all.
ARTICLE 3. NON-SOLICITATION: During the period of Employee’s employment with ARAMARK and for a period of two years following the termination of Employee’s employment, regardless of the reason for termination, Employee shall not, directly or indirectly: (i) induce or encourage any employee of ARAMARK to leave the employ of ARAMARK, (ii) hire any individual who was an employee of ARAMARK as of the date of Employee’s termination of employment or within a six month period prior to such date, or (iii) induce or encourage any customer, client, supplier or other business relation of ARAMARK to cease or reduce doing business with ARAMARK or in any way interfere with the relationship between any such customer, client, supplier or other business relation and ARAMARK.
ARTICLE 4. DISCOVERIES AND WORKS: Employee hereby irrevocably assigns, transfers, and conveys to ARAMARK to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law Employee’s right, title and interest now or hereinafter acquired, in and to all Discoveries and Works (as defined below) created, invented, designed, developed, improved or contributed to by Employee, either alone or jointly with others, while employed by ARAMARK and within the scope of Employee’s employment and/or with the use of ARAMARK’s resources. The terms “Discoveries and Works” include all works of authorship, inventions, intellectual property, materials, documents, or other work product (including, without limitation, Proprietary Information, patents and patent applications, patentable inventions, research, reports, software, code, databases, systems, applications, presentations, textual works, graphics and audiovisual materials). Employee shall have the burden of proving that any materials or works created, invented, designed, developed, contributed to or improved by Employee that are implicated by or


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relevant to employment by ARAMARK are not implicated by this provision. Employee agrees to (i) keep accurate records and promptly notify, make full disclosure to, and execute and deliver any documents and to take any further actions requested by ARAMARK to assist it in validating, effectuating, maintaining, protecting, enforcing, perfecting, recording, patenting or registering any of its rights hereunder, and (ii) renounce any and all claims, including, without limitation, claims of ownership and royalty, with respect to all Discoveries and Works and all other property owned or licensed by ARAMARK. Any Discoveries and Works that, within six months after the termination of Employee’s employment with ARAMARK, are made, disclosed, reduced to a tangible or written form or description, or are reduced to practice by Employee and which pertain to the business carried on or products or services being sold or developed by ARAMARK at the time of such termination shall, as between Employee and ARAMARK, be presumed to have been made during such employment with ARAMARK. Employee acknowledges that, to the fullest extent permitted by law, all Discoveries and Works shall be deemed “works made for hire” under the Copyright Act of 1976, as amended, 17 U.S.C. Section 101. Employee hereby grants ARAMARK a perpetual, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, assignable, sublicensable license under all rights and intellectual property rights (including patent, industrial property, copyright, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition and related laws) in any Works and Discoveries, for all purposes in connection with ARAMARK’s current and future business, that Employee has created, invented, designed, developed, improved or contributed to prior to Employee’s employment with ARAMARK that are relevant to or implicated by such employment (“Prior Works”). Any Prior Works are disclosed by Employee in Schedule 1.
ARTICLE 5. REMEDIES: Employee acknowledges that in the event of any violation by Employee of the provisions set forth in Articles 1, 2, 3 or 4 above, ARAMARK will sustain


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serious, irreparable and substantial harm to its business, the extent of which will be difficult to determine and impossible to fully remedy by an action at law for money damages. Accordingly, Employee agrees that, in the event of such violation or threatened violation by Employee, ARAMARK shall be entitled to an injunction before trial before any court of competent jurisdiction as a matter of course upon the posting of not more than a nominal bond, in addition to all such other legal and equitable remedies as may be available to ARAMARK. If ARAMARK is required to enforce the provisions set forth in Articles 2 and 3 above by seeking an injunction, Employee agrees that the relevant time periods set forth in Articles 2 and 3 shall commence with the entry of the injunction. Employee further agrees that, in the event any of the provisions of this Agreement are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or for any reason unenforceable as written, such court shall substitute a valid provision which most closely approximates the intent and purpose of the invalid provision and which would be enforceable to the maximum extent permitted by law.
If Employee’s employment is terminated by ARAMARK for any reason other than Cause, Employee shall be entitled to the following post-employment benefits:
Severance Pay: Employee shall receive severance payments equivalent to Employee’s weekly base salary as of the effective date of termination for the number of weeks set forth on the following schedule:


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Years of Continuous Service with ARAMARK (or with any of its Predecessor Corporations or its Parent) Completed from Last Hire Date
Weeks of Severance Pay
Less than 2
5 or More
Severance payments shall commence with the Employee’s effective date of termination and shall be made in accordance with ARAMARK’s normal payroll cycle. The period during which Employee receives severance payments shall be referred to as the “Severance Pay Period.”
2.    Other Post-Employment Benefits
Basic Group medical and life insurance coverages shall continue under then prevailing terms during the Severance Pay Period; provided, however, that if Employee becomes employed by a new employer during that period, continuing coverage from ARAMARK will become secondary to any coverage afforded by the new employer. Employee’s share of the premiums will be deducted from Employee’s severance payments. Basic Group medical coverage provided during such period shall be applied against ARAMARK’s obligation to continue group medical coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”). Upon termination of basic group medical and life coverages, Employee may convert such coverages to individual policies to the extent allowable under the terms of the plans providing such coverages.


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If, at the time of termination, ARAMARK is providing Employee with a leased vehicle, then ARAMARK will continue to provide the leased vehicle through the Severance Pay Period under the same terms and conditions as in effect at the time of the Employee’s termination. At the expiration of the Severance Pay Period, Employee must return the leased vehicle to ARAMARK unless the Employee elects to purchase the vehicle in accordance with the Executive Leadership Council policy then in effect. If Employee is receiving a car allowance at the time of the Employee’s termination, such car allowance will continue to be paid through the Severance Pay Period. At the expiration of the Severance Pay Period, the Employee will cease being paid a car allowance.
Employee’s eligibility to participate in all other benefit and compensation plans, including, but not limited to the Management Incentive Bonus, Long Term Disability, any nonqualified retirement plans and any stock option or ownership plans, shall terminate as of the effective date of Employee’s termination unless provided otherwise under the terms of a particular plan, provided, however, that participation in plans and programs made available solely to Executive Leadership Council members, including, but not limited to the Executive Leadership Council Medical Plan, shall cease as of the effective date of termination or the date Employee’s Executive Leadership Council membership ceases, whichever occurs first. Employee, however, shall have certain rights to continue the Executive Leadership Council Medical Plan under COBRA.


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Termination for “Cause” shall be defined as termination of employment due to: (i) conviction of or entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to a felony (or any similar crime for purposes of laws outside the United States), (ii) fraud or dishonesty, (iii) willful failure to perform assigned duties, (iv) willful violation of ARAMARK’s Business Conduct Policy, or (v) intentionally working against the best interests of ARAMARK.
If Employee is terminated by ARAMARK for reasons other than Cause, Employee will receive the severance payments and other post-employment benefits during the Severance Pay Period even if Employee commences other employment during such period provided such employment does not violate the terms of Article 2.
In addition to the remedies set forth in Article 5, ARAMARK reserves the right to terminate all severance payments and other post-employment benefits if Employee violates the covenants set forth in Articles 1, 2, 3 or 4 above.
Employee’s receipt of severance and other post-employment benefits under this Agreement is contingent on (i) Employee’s compliance with the provisions of Articles 1, 2, 3 and 4 and (ii) Employee’s execution of a release in a form reasonably acceptable to ARAMARK, except that such release shall not include any claims by Employee to enforce Employee’s rights under, or with respect to, this Agreement or any ARAMARK benefit plan pursuant to its terms, and (ii) the expiration of the applicable Age Discrimination in Employment Act revocation period without such release being revoked by Employee. For the avoidance of doubt, notwithstanding anything else contained in this Article 6 to the contrary, ARAMARK may choose not to commence (or may choose to discontinue) providing any payment or benefit hereunder unless and until Employee executes and delivers, without revocation, the foregoing release within 60 days following


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Employee’s termination of employment; provided, however, that subject to receipt of such executed release, ARAMARK shall commence providing such payments and benefits within 75 days following the date of termination of Employee’s employment.
ARTICLE 7. TERM OF EMPLOYMENT: Employee acknowledges that ARAMARK has the right to terminate Employee’s employment at any time for any reason whatsoever, provided, however, that any termination by ARAMARK for reasons other than Cause shall result in the severance and the post-employment benefits described in Article 6 above, to become due in accordance with the terms of this Agreement subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement. Employee further acknowledges that the severance payments made and other benefits provided by ARAMARK are in full satisfaction of any obligations ARAMARK may have resulting from ARAMARK’s exercise of its right to terminate Employee’s employment, except for those obligations which are intended to survive termination such as the payments to be made pursuant to retirement plans, deferred compensation plans and conversion of insurance.
As used throughout this Agreement, ARAMARK includes ARAMARK Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates or any corporation, joint venture, or other entity in which ARAMARK Corporation or its subsidiaries or affiliates have an equity interest in excess of ten percent (10%).
This Agreement shall supersede and substitute for any previous post-employment or severance agreement between Employee and ARAMARK.
If Employee’s employment with ARAMARK terminates solely by reason of a transfer of stock or assets of, or a merger or other disposition of, a subsidiary of ARAMARK (whether direct or indirect), such termination shall not be deemed a termination of


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employment by ARAMARK for purposes of this Agreement, provided that ARAMARK requires the subsequent employer, by agreement, to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that ARAMARK would be required to perform it if no such transaction had taken place. Employee acknowledges and agrees that ARAMARK may assign this Agreement and ARAMARK’s rights hereunder, and particularly Articles 1, 2, 3 and 4, in its sole discretion and without advance approval by Employee. In such case, Employee agrees that ARAMARK may assign this Agreement and all references to “ARAMARK” contained in this Agreement shall thereafter be deemed to refer to the subsequent employer.
Employee shall not be required to mitigate damages or the amount of any payment provided for under this Agreement by seeking other employment or otherwise.
In the event any one or more of the provisions of this Agreement shall be or become invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall not be affected thereby.
In the event that it is reasonably determined by ARAMARK that, as a result of the new deferred compensation tax rules under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (and any related regulations or other pronouncements thereunder) (“the Deferred Compensation Tax Rules”), any of the payments or benefits that Employee is entitled to under the terms of this Agreement (or any other nonqualified deferred compensation plan or arrangement maintained by ARAMARK in which Employee participates) may not be made at the time contemplated by the terms hereof or thereof, as the case may be, without causing Employee to be subject to tax under the Deferred Compensation Tax Rules, ARAMARK shall, in lieu of providing such payment or benefit


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when otherwise due under this Agreement (or any other nonqualified deferred compensation plan or arrangement maintained by ARAMARK in which Employee participates), instead provide such payment or benefit on the first day on which such provision would not result in Employee incurring any tax liability under the Deferred Compensation Tax Rules; which day, if Employee is a “specified employee” within the meaning of the Deferred Compensation Tax Rules, shall be the first day following the six-month period beginning on the date of Employee’s termination of employment; provided, further, that to the extent that the amount of payments due under Article 6.A are not subject to the Deferred Compensation Tax Rules by virtue of the application of Treas. Reg. Sec. 1.409A-1(b)(9)(iii)(A), such payments may be made prior to the expiration of such six-month period. In the event that any payments or benefits that ARAMARK would otherwise be required to provide under this Agreement (or any other nonqualified deferred compensation plan or arrangement maintained by ARAMARK in which Employee participates) cannot be provided in the manner contemplated herein without subjecting Employee to tax under the Deferred Tax Rules, ARAMARK shall provide such intended payments or benefits to Employee in an alternative manner that conveys an equivalent economic benefit to Employee as soon as practicable as may otherwise be permitted under the Deferred Compensation Tax Rules. In addition to the foregoing, for purposes of the Deferred Compensation Tax Rules, each payment made under this Agreement (including, without limitation, each installment payment due under Article 6.A) shall be designated as a “separate payment” within the meaning of the Deferred Compensation Tax Rules.


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Employee hereby represents to ARAMARK that the execution and delivery of this Agreement by Employee and ARAMARK and the performance by Employee of Employee’s duties hereunder shall not constitute a breach of, or otherwise contravene, the terms of any employment agreement or other agreement or policy to which Employee is a party or is otherwise bound.
The terms of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without regard to conflicts of laws principles thereof. For purposes of any action or proceeding, Employee irrevocably submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Pennsylvania and the courts of the United States of America located in Pennsylvania for the purpose of any judicial proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement, and acknowledges that the designated fora have a reasonable relation to the Agreement and to the parties’ relationship with one another. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Article 8.H, ARAMARK may, in its discretion, bring an action or special proceeding in any court of competent jurisdiction for the purpose of seeking temporary or preliminary relief pending resolution of a dispute.
Employee expressly consents to the application of Article 8.H to any judicial action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement. ARAMARK shall have the right to serve legal process upon Employee in any manner permitted by law. In addition, Employee irrevocably appoints the General Counsel of ARAMARK Corporation (or any successor) as Employee’s agent for service of legal process in connection with any such action or proceeding and Employee agrees that service of legal process upon such agent, who shall promptly advise Employee of any such service of legal process at the address


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of Employee then in the records of ARAMARK, shall be deemed in every respect effective service of legal process upon Employee in any such action or proceeding.
Employee hereby waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any objection that Employee now or hereafter may have to personal jurisdiction or to the laying of venue of any action or proceeding brought in any court referenced in Article 8.H and hereby agrees not to plead or claim the same.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, ARAMARK may, to the extent required by law, withhold applicable federal, state and local income and other taxes from any payments due to Employee hereunder.
Employee and ARAMARK acknowledge that for purposes of Article 6, Employee’s last hire date with ARAMARK is October 13, 1990.
This Agreement shall be binding upon, inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Company and Employee, and their respective heirs, legal representatives, successors and assigns. Employee acknowledges and agrees that this Agreement, including its provisions on post-employment restrictions, is specifically assignable by ARAMARK. Employee hereby consents to such future assignment and agrees not to challenge the validity of such future assignment.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, and intending to be legally bound, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be signed.
Date:        November 26, 2013            By:    /s/ Lynn B. McKee            
Lynn B. McKee

Date:        October 18, 2013            By:    /s/ Keith Bethel            
Keith Bethel


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Schedule 1
Prior Works* 

* If no Prior Works are listed, Employee certifies that there are none.