shall be credited, as of the dividend payment date, with dividend equivalents equal to the amount of the dividends which would have been payable to such holder if the holder held a number of shares of Common Stock equal to the number of vested Restricted Stock Units so deferred. Such dividend equivalents shall be deemed reinvested in the Common Stock on the dividend payment date and shall be paid by the Company in shares of Common Stock on the Deferred Payment Date. Such dividend equivalents shall constitute Dividend Equivalents under Section 9.1 of the Plan.
4.1Administration of the Program. The Program shall be administered by the Committee.
4.2Application of Plan. The Program is subject to all the provisions of the Plan, including Section 13.2 thereof (relating to adjustments upon changes in the Common Stock), and its provisions are hereby made a part of the Program, and is further subject to all interpretations, amendments, rules and regulations which may from time to time be promulgated and adopted pursuant to the Plan. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of this Program and those of the Plan, the provisions of the Plan shall control.
4.3Amendment and Termination. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Committee may, at any time, terminate, modify or suspend the Program; provided, however, that, without the prior consent of the Non-Employee Directors affected, no such action may adversely affect any rights or obligations with respect to any Awards theretofore earned but unpaid, whether or not the amounts of such Awards have been computed and whether or not such Awards are then payable. Any amendment of this Program may, in the sole discretion of the Committee, be accomplished in a manner calculated to cause such amendment not to constitute an “extension,” “renewal” or “modification” (each within the meaning of Code Section 409A) of any Restricted Stock Units that would cause such Restricted Stock Units to be considered “nonqualified deferred compensation” (within the meaning of Code Section 409A).
4.4No Contract for Service. Nothing contained in the Program or in any document related to the Program or to any Award shall confer upon any Non-Employee Director any right to continue as a Director or in the service of the Company or an Affiliate or constitute any contract or agreement of service for a specific term or interfere in any way with the right of the Company or an Affiliate to reduce such person’s compensation, to change the position held by such person or to terminate the service of such person, with or without Cause.
(a)No benefit payable under, or interest in, this Program shall be subject in any manner to anticipation, alienation, sale, transfer, assignment, pledge, encumbrance or charge and any such attempted action shall be void and no such benefit or interest shall be, in any manner, liable for, or subject to, debts, contracts, liabilities or torts of any Non-Employee Director or beneficiary; provided, however, that, nothing in this Section 4.5 shall prevent transfer (i) by will,
(ii) by applicable laws of descent and distribution, (iii) pursuant to a DRO.