Amended and Restated Employment Agreement, dated July 12, 2019, by and between Keane Group, Inc. and Kevin M. McDonald
AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
This AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this Agreement), dated as of July 12, 2019, by and between Keane Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), and Kevin M. McDonald, an individual resident of the State of Texas (the Executive) (each, a Party and, together, the Parties). The Effective Date of this Agreement shall be the Closing Date as defined in the Agreement and Plan of Merger by and among C&J Energy Services, Inc., a Delaware corporation (Crown), the Company, and King Merger Sub Corp., a Delaware corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, dated as of June 16, 2019 (as amended, the Merger Agreement). This Agreement is expressly conditioned upon the consummation of the Closing (as defined in the Merger Agreement). Should the Closing not occur, this Agreement shall be null and void and of no force and effect and the Prior Employment Agreement, as defined below, shall remain in effect.
WHEREAS, the Executive is currently employed by the Company pursuant to an employment agreement entered into between the Executive and Keane Group Holdings, LLC, dated as of October 20, 2016 (the Prior Employment Agreement); and
WHEREAS, the Parties desire to amend and restate the Prior Employment Agreement in its entirety as set forth herein and supersede the Prior Employment Agreement effective on the Effective Date, conditioned upon the consummation of the Closing of the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and conditions herein set forth, the parties hereto agree as follows:
1. Employment and Acceptance; Effective Date. The Company shall continue to employ the Executive, and the Executive shall accept such continued employment, subject to the terms of this Agreement, commencing on the Effective Date.
2. Term. Subject to earlier termination pursuant to Section 5 of this Agreement, this Agreement and the employment relationship hereunder shall continue until November 7, 2020 (the Initial Term) and shall automatically renew for one-year intervals thereafter (each, an Extended Term) unless either Party shall have given written notice to the other at least 90 days prior to the end of the Initial Term or an Extended Term, as applicable, that it does not wish to extend the Term. As used in this Agreement, the Term shall refer to the period beginning on the Effective Date and ending on the date the Executives employment terminates in accordance with this Section 2 or Section 5 (the date the Executives employment terminates, the Termination Date). In the event that the Executives employment with the Company terminates, the Companys obligation to continue to pay, after the Termination Date, Base Salary (as defined below), Bonus (as defined below) and other unaccrued benefits shall terminate except as may be provided for in Section 5 below.
3. Duties, Title and Location.
3.1 Title. The Company shall employ the Executive to render exclusive and full-time services to the Company; provided that the Executive may, and it shall not be considered a violation of this Agreement for the Executive to, (a) engage in or serve such professional, civic, trade association, charitable, community, educational, religious or similar types of organizations
or speaking engagements, as the Executive may select; (b) subject to the prior approval of the Board of Directors of the Company (the Board), serve on the boards of directors or advisory committees of any entities, or engage in other business activities; and (c) attend to the Executives personal matters and/or the Executives and/or his familys personal finances, investments and business affairs, so long as such service or activities described in clauses (a), (b) and (c) immediately preceding do not significantly interfere with the performance of the Executives responsibilities as an employee of the Company in accordance with this Agreement. The Executive shall serve in the capacity of Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and shall report to the Chief Executive Officer of the Company (the CEO).
3.2 Duties. The Executive shall have such powers and duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the CEO; provided that such duties are consistent with the Executives position with respect to the business of the Company.
3.3 Location. The Executive shall provide Executives services to the Company at the Companys office in Houston, Texas; provided, however, that the Executive shall be expected to engage in reasonable business travel to other locations in the performance of his duties.
4. Compensation and Benefits by the Company. As compensation for all services rendered pursuant to this Agreement, the Company shall provide the Executive the following during the Term:
4.1 Base Salary. The Company will pay to the Executive an annual base salary of $400,000, payable in accordance with the general payroll practices of the Company (Base Salary). The Base Salary will be subject to review at least annually by the Board for increase, but not decrease.
4.2 Bonuses and Incentives.
(a) Annual Bonus. The Executive shall receive an annual bonus (the Bonus) in respect of each calendar year during the Term, targeted at 100% of annual Base Salary at the rate in effect at the end of the relevant calendar year (the Target Bonus), based on the achievement of specific annual performance criteria established by the Compensation Committee of the Board (the Compensation Committee) in consultation with the Executive no later than 90 days after the commencement of the relevant bonus period. The Bonus will not be subject to any cap and may exceed the Target Bonus, based on the achievement of stretch goals to be determined by the Compensation Committee no later than 90 days after the commencement of the relevant bonus period. The Bonus awarded for a calendar year, if any, shall be payable as soon as practicable following the completion of the Companys audited financial statements for the calendar year in which such Bonus is earned but in no event later than March 15 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which such Bonus is earned. Subject to the provisions of Section 5 hereof, the Bonus shall be payable only if the Executive is employed by the Company on the date the Bonus is paid.
(b) Long-Term Incentive. The Executive shall be eligible to participate in any long-term incentive plan adopted by the Company for its senior management team (each, an Incentive Plan) subject to the terms of the Incentive Plan and any applicable award agreements between the Executive and the Company. Unless otherwise agreed by the Board and the Executive, the Executive will annually receive an award or awards under an Incentive Plan having a grant date target value (calculated in accordance with the Companys normal annual equity award valuation methodology) consistent with the long-term incentives granted under the Incentive Plan to the other Company senior executives in respect of the applicable year as determined by the Compensation Committee after consultation with the Executive.
(c) Management Incentive Plan. The Executive acknowledges that the Executive received an equity award in the form of a profits interest granted under the terms of the Keane Management Holdings LLC Management Incentive Plan (MIP) and award agreement. From the management pool, the Executive received 5,294.12 Series 2 Class B Units representing an interest equal to 0.45% of the value of the Company above the base value at the Effective Date of the Prior Employment Agreement, subject to time-based vesting under the terms of the Award Agreement and MIP plan document.
(a) Participation in Benefits Plans. During the Term, the Executive shall be entitled, if and to the extent eligible, to participate in all of the applicable benefit plans and perquisite programs of the Company, which are available to other senior executives of the Company, on the same terms as such other senior executives; provided, however, that the Executive shall be eligible for five weeks of vacation annually. The Company may at any time or from time to time amend, modify, suspend or terminate any employee benefit plan, program or arrangement for any reason without the Executives consent if such amendment, modification, suspension or termination is consistent with the amendment, modification, suspension or termination for other senior executives of the Company.
(b) Car Allowance. During the Term, the Executive will be provided with a car allowance of $1,700.00 per month, subject to the Companys policies regarding automobile use in effect from time to time.
4.4 Expense Reimbursement. The Executive shall be entitled to receive reimbursement for all appropriate business expenses incurred by him in connection with his duties under this Agreement in accordance with the policies of the Company as in effect from time to time, subject to the Companys requirements with respect to reporting and documentation of such expenses.
5. Termination of Employment.
5.1 By the Company for Cause, by the Executive without Good Reason, Non-Renewal by the Executive.
(a) If during the Term: (i) the Company terminates the Executives employment with the Company for Cause (as defined below) upon written notice from the Board; (ii) the Executive terminates employment without Good Reason upon 60 days advance written notice; or (iii) the Executives employment terminates due to the Executive giving the Company written notice of his election not to renew the Term pursuant to Section 2 of this Agreement, the
Executive shall be entitled to receive the following in a lump sum within 30 days following such termination, or as soon as practicable under the terms and conditions of the applicable plan:
(A) the Executives accrued but unpaid Base Salary through the date of the Executives termination;
(B) any employee benefits that the Executive is entitled to receive upon termination pursuant to the terms of any benefit, compensation, incentive, equity or fringe benefit plans of the Company (other than any severance plan) in accordance with the terms of the applicable plans;
(C) the unpaid portion of the Bonus, if any, relating to any calendar year prior to the calendar year of the Executives termination, payable in accordance with Section 4.2(b);
(D) expenses reimbursable under Section 4.4 incurred but not yet reimbursed to the Executive as of the date of termination (such payments, rights and benefits referred to in clauses (A)-(D) of this Section 5.1(a) are collectively referred to hereinafter as the Accrued Benefits).
(b) For purposes of this Agreement, Cause means: (a) the Executives indictment, conviction or plea of nolo contendere for a felony or conviction or plea of nolo contendere of any crime involving dishonesty or theft; (b) the Executives conduct in connection with the Executives employment duties or responsibilities that is fraudulent, unlawful or grossly negligent; (c) the Executives willful misconduct in the performance of his employment duties or responsibilities; (d) the Executives contravention of specific lawful directions related to a material duty or responsibility which is directed to be undertaken from the Board; (e) the Executives material breach of the Executives obligations under this Agreement, including, but not limited to, breach of the Executives restrictive covenants set forth in Section 6 hereof; (f) any acts of dishonesty by the Executive resulting or intending to result in personal gain or enrichment at the expense of the Company, its subsidiaries or affiliates; or (g) the Executives failure to comply with a material written policy of the Company, its subsidiaries or affiliates; provided, however, that none of the events described in clauses (d), (e) or (g) of this sentence shall constitute Cause unless and until (x) the Board reasonably determines in good faith that a Cause event has occurred, (y) the Board notifies the Executive in writing describing in reasonable detail the event which constitutes Cause within five days of its occurrence, and (z) if the grounds for Cause are reasonably curable, the Executive fails to cure such event within five days after the Executives receipt of such written notice. For purposes of clause (c) of the prior sentence, no act or failure to act by the Executive shall be considered willful unless it is done, or omitted to be done, in bad faith or without a reasonable belief that the Executives action or omission was in the best interests of the Company.
(c) For purposes of this Agreement, Good Reason means the occurrence, without the Executives prior written consent, of any of the following events: (a) a material reduction in Executives Base Salary or Target Bonus, other than an across the board reduction for all Executives; (b) a material diminution in the Executives authority, duties or responsibilities; (c) a relocation of the Executives principal place of employment to a location more than 50 miles from its location as of the Effective Date; (d) any material breach by the
Company of its obligations under this Agreement; or (e) in connection with a Change in Control (as defined below), the failure of any successor to the Company or any acquiror of substantially all of the business and assets of the Company to assume this Agreement pursuant to Section 8.7 herein. Any event will cease to constitute Good Reason unless Executive gives the Company notice of Executives intention to resign his position with the Company within 90 days after Executives knowledge of the occurrence of such event and describes in reasonable specificity the details of such breach, and the Company shall have 30 days from its receipt of such notice to cure any condition that constitutes Good Reason (such period, the Cure Period).
(d) For purposes of this Agreement, a Change in Control shall have the same meaning as provided under the Keane Group, Inc. Equity and Incentive Award Plan.
(e) For purposes of this Agreement, Protected Period means the period beginning 30 days prior to the date a Change in Control is consummated and ending on the two-year anniversary of the date a Change in Control is consummated.
(f) For purposes of this Agreement, Disability means that, as a result of a physical or mental injury or illness, the Executive is unable to perform the essential functions of his job with or without reasonable accommodation for a period of (i) 90 consecutive days or (ii) 120 days in any one-year period.
5.2 By the Company Without Cause; Non-Renewal by the Company or by the Executive with Good Reason.
(a) If during the Term, (i) the Company terminates the Executives employment without Cause (which may be done at any time without prior notice), (ii) the Executives employment terminates due to the Company giving the Executive written notice of its election not to renew the Term pursuant to Section 2 or (iii) the Executive terminates employment with Good Reason, the Executive will be entitled to the Accrued Benefits, and, beginning on the 60th day after such termination of employment, subject to Section 8.13(b), but only if Executive has executed and not revoked within the revocation period a valid and reasonable release agreement consistent with the terms of this Agreement prior to such date, the Executive shall also be entitled to:
(A) a cash severance payment equal, in the aggregate, to the sum of (i) two) years (or three years if the Termination Date occurs during a Protected Period) of the Executives Base Salary (disregarding any reduction therein that may constitute Good Reason), plus (ii) two years (or three years if the Termination Date occurs during a Protected Period) of the Executives Target Bonus for the calendar year in which the Termination Date occurs, payable in a lump sum on the 60th day following the Termination Date;
(B) a lump-sum cash payment equal to the Target Bonus for the calendar year in which the Termination Date occurs, payable on the 60th day following the Termination Date;
(C) any awards of stock options, restricted share units, restricted stock units, restricted stock, stock appreciation rights, deferred stock and other equity-based incentives (collectively referred to as Equity-Based Awards) held by the Executive which have
not vested prior to the Termination Date shall become immediately vested as of the Termination Date; provided that with respect to any Equity-Based Award that is subject to performance-based vesting conditions, (1) to the extent that the Termination Date occurs within the first half of the applicable performance period for such Equity-Based Award, then the Equity-Based Award shall become fully vested and shall be calculated, settled and delivered at the target level without regard to any performance goal otherwise applicable thereto; and (2) to the extent that the Termination Date occurs within the latter half of the applicable performance period for such Equity-Based Award, then the Equity-Based Award shall become fully vested and will be calculated, settled and delivered (if at all) subject to and based on the actual performance and achievement of the applicable performance metrics calculated as of the Termination Date; provided, however, that, if the Termination Date occurs during a Protected Period, any Equity-Based Award that is subject to performance-based vesting conditions shall be calculated, paid and delivered at the target level without regard to any performance goal otherwise applicable;
(D) a lump-sum payment of an amount equal to all Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended (COBRA), premiums that would be payable during the period beginning on the Termination Date and ending on the date that is 18 months (or, if the Termination Date occurs during a Protected Period, ending on the date that is 36 months) after the Termination Date, assuming the Executive and the Executives eligible dependents who were enrolled in the group health plans of the Company as of the Termination Date elected continuation coverage under such group health plans, as in effect, and at the applicable COBRA rates, as of the Termination Date, without regard to whether the Executive and the Executives dependents actually elected such coverage or whether actual COBRA coverage is applicable for the above-referenced time period, payable on the 60th day following the Termination Date; and
(E) a lump-sum payment equal to (as applicable): (A) 100% of the value of the Executives paid time off days (which, for purposes of this Agreement, shall be calculated as 1/365th of the Executives annualized Base Salary multiplied by each applicable day of paid time off for which Executive is being paid) for the year in which the Termination Date occurs if the Termination Date occurs on or prior to March 30 of such calendar year; (B) 75% of the value of the Executives paid time off days for the year in which the Termination Date occurs if the Termination Date occurs between April 1 and June 30 of such calendar year; (C) 50% of the value of the Executives paid time off days for the year in which the Termination Date occurs if the Termination Date occurs between July 1 and September 30 of such calendar year; or (D) 25% of the value of the Executives paid time off days for the year in which the Termination Date occurs if the Termination Date occurs on or after October 1 of such calendar year, payable on the 60th day following the Termination Date.
(b) The Company shall have no obligation to provide the benefits set forth in Section 5.2(a) (other than the Accrued Benefits) in the event that the Executive has breached any of the provisions of Section 6. Subject to Section 8.13(b), payments pursuant to Section 5.2(a) that would otherwise have been owed to the Executive prior to the 60th day after termination of employment shall be made to the Executive on the 60th day after such termination of employment.
5.3 Due to Executives Death or Disability.
(a) If during the Term: the Executives employment terminates due to the Executives death or Disability, the Executive shall be entitled to the Accrued Benefits, and, beginning on the 60th day after such termination of employment, but only if prior to such date, the Executive, or the Executives estate, as applicable, has executed and not revoked within the revocation period a valid and reasonable release agreement consistent with the terms of this Agreement prior to such date, the Executive, or the Executives estate, shall also be entitled to:
(A) a lump-sum cash payment equal to the Target Bonus for the calendar year in which the Termination Date occurs, payable on the 60th day following the Termination Date;
(B) any awards of stock options, restricted share units, restricted stock units, restricted stock, stock appreciation rights, deferred stock and other equity-based incentives (collectively referred to as Equity-Based Awards) held by the Executive which have not vested prior to the Termination Date shall become immediately vested as of the Termination Date; provided that any Equity-Based Award that is subject to performance-based vesting conditions shall be calculated, paid and delivered at the target level without regard to any performance goal otherwise applicable;
(C) a lump-sum payment equal to (as applicable): (A) 100% of the value of the Executives paid time off days (which, for purposes of this Agreement, shall be calculated as 1/365th of the Executives annualized Base Salary multiplied by each applicable day of paid time off for which Executive is being paid) for the year in which the Termination Date occurs if the Termination Date occurs on or prior to March 30 of such calendar year; (B) 75% of the value of the Executives paid time off days for the year in which the Termination Date occurs if the Termination Date occurs between April 1 and June 30 of such calendar year; (C) 50% of the value of the Executives paid time off days for the year in which the Termination Date occurs if the Termination Date occurs between July 1 and September 30 of such calendar year; or (D) 25% of the value of the Executives paid time off days for the year in which the Termination Date occurs if the Termination Date occurs on or after October 1 of such calendar year, payable on the 60th day following the Termination Date.
(b) The Company shall have no obligation to provide the benefits set forth in Section 5.3(b) (other than the Accrued Benefits) in the event that the Executive has breached any of the provisions of Section 6. Subject to Section 8.13(b), payments pursuant to Section 5.3(b) that would otherwise have been owed to the Executive prior to the 60th day after termination of employment shall be made to the Executive on the 60th day after such termination of employment.
5.4 Removal from any Boards and Position. If the Executives employment terminates for any reason, the Executive shall be deemed to resign (i) if a member, from the Board or the board of managers of any other Keane Companies (as defined below) or any other board to which he has been appointed or nominated by or on behalf of the Company; and (ii) from any position with any of the Keane Companies.
For purposes of this Agreement, Keane Companies means the Company and all of its subsidiaries, successors and assigns.
6. Restrictions and Obligations of the Executive.
6.1 Confidentiality. (a) During the course of the Executives employment by the Company, the Executive will have access to certain trade secrets and confidential information relating to the Company and affiliates (the Protected Parties) which is not readily available from sources outside the Company. The confidential and proprietary information and, in any material respect, trade secrets of the Protected Parties are among their most valuable assets, including, but not limited to, their customer, supplier and vendor lists, databases, competitive strategies, computer programs, frameworks, or models, their marketing programs, their sales, financial, marketing, training and technical information, and any other information, whether communicated orally, electronically, in writing or in other tangible forms concerning how the Protected Parties create, develop, acquire or maintain their products and marketing plans, target their potential customers and operate their drilling and hydraulic fracturing services and other businesses. The Protected Parties invested, and continue to invest, considerable amounts of time and money in their process, technology, know-how and obtaining and developing the goodwill of their customers, their other external relationships, their data systems and data bases, and all the information described above (hereinafter collectively referred to as Confidential Information), and any misappropriation or unauthorized disclosure of Confidential Information in any form would irreparably harm the Protected Parties. The Executive acknowledges that such Confidential Information constitutes valuable, highly confidential, special and unique property of the Protected Parties. The Executive shall hold in a fiduciary capacity for the benefit of the Protected Parties all Confidential Information relating to the Protected Parties and their businesses, which shall have been obtained by the Executive during the Executives employment by the Company and which shall not be or become public knowledge (other than by acts by the Executive or representatives of the Executive in violation of this Agreement). The Executive shall not, during the period the Executive is employed by the Company or at any time thereafter, disclose any Confidential Information, directly or indirectly, to any person or entity for any reason or purpose whatsoever, nor shall the Executive use it in any way, except (i) in the course of the Executives employment with, and for the benefit of, the Protected Parties; (ii) to enforce any rights or defend any claims hereunder or under any other agreement to which the Executive is a party; provided that such disclosure is relevant to the enforcement of such rights or defense of such claims and is only disclosed in the formal proceedings related thereto; (iii) when required to do so by a court of law, by any governmental agency having supervisory authority over the business of any of the Keane Companies or by any administrative or legislative body (including a committee thereof) with jurisdiction to order him to divulge, disclose or make accessible such information, provided that the Executive shall give prompt written notice to the Company of such requirement, disclose no more information than is so required, and cooperate with any attempts by the Company to obtain a protective order or similar treatment; (iv) as to such Confidential Information that becomes generally known to the public or trade without his violation of this Section 6.1(a); or (v) to the Executives spouse, attorney and/or his personal tax and financial advisors as reasonably necessary or appropriate to advance the Executives tax, financial and other personal planning (each, an Exempt Person), provided, however, that any disclosure or use of Confidential Information by an Exempt Person shall be deemed to be a breach of this Section 6.1(a) by the Executive. The Executive shall take all reasonable steps to safeguard the Confidential Information and to protect
it against disclosure, misuse, espionage, loss and theft. The Executive understands and agrees that the Executive shall acquire no rights to any such Confidential Information. Nothing in this Section 6.1(a) is to be construed as restricting in any way the right of the Executive to engage in the practice of law following the date of termination of the Executives employment.
(b) All files, records, documents, drawings, specifications, data, computer programs, evaluation mechanisms and analytics and similar items relating thereto or to the business engaged in by the Keane Companies (the Business), as well as all customer lists, specific customer information, compilations of product research and marketing techniques of any of the Keane Companies, whether prepared by the Executive or otherwise coming into the Executives possession, shall remain the exclusive property of the Keane Companies.
(c) It is understood that while employed by the Company, the Executive will promptly disclose to it, and assign to it the Executives interest in any invention, improvement or discovery made or conceived by the Executive, either alone or jointly with others, which arises out of the Executives employment. At the Companys request, the Executive will assist any of the Keane Companies during the period of the Executives employment by the Company and thereafter (but subject to reasonable notice and taking into account the Executives schedule) in connection with any controversy or legal proceeding relating to such invention, improvement or discovery and in obtaining domestic and foreign patent or other protection covering the same, subject to Section 6.2(b).
(a) During the Term and thereafter, the Executive shall cooperate fully with any investigation or inquiry by the Company or any governmental or regulatory agency or body that relates to the Company or its subsidiaries or affiliates operations during the Term.
(b) To the extent that, following the date of termination of the Executives employment, (i) the Company requests the Executives assistance pursuant to Section 6.1(c), and/or (ii) the Executives cooperation is requested pursuant to Section 6.2(a), then (x) the Company shall make reasonable efforts to minimize disruption of the Executives other activities, (y) the Company shall reimburse the Executive for all reasonable expenses incurred in connection with such cooperation, and (z) to the extent that more than incidental cooperation is required, the Company shall compensate the Executive at an hourly rate based on the Executives Base Salary as in effect immediately prior to the date of termination of the Executives employment.
6.3 Non-Solicitation or Hire. During the Term and for a period of 12 months following the Executives termination of employment for any reason, the Executive shall not (a) directly or indirectly solicit, attempt to solicit or induce (x) any party who is a customer of any of the Keane Companies, who was a customer of any of the Keane Companies at any time during the 12-month period immediately prior to the date the Executives employment terminates or who was a prospective customer that has been identified and targeted by the Keane Companies immediately prior to the date the Executives employment terminates, for the purpose of marketing, selling or providing to any such party any services or products offered by or available from any of the Keane Companies on the date the Executives employment terminates, or (y) any supplier or prospective supplier to any of the Keane Companies to terminate, reduce or alter negatively its relationship
with any of the Keane Companies or in any manner interfere with any agreement or contract between any of the Keane Companies and such supplier or (b) hire any employee of any of the Keane Companies (a Current Employee) or any person who was an employee of any of the Keane Companies during the twelve (12) month period immediately prior to the date the Executives employment terminates (a Former Employee), or directly or indirectly solicit or induce a Current or Former Employee to terminate such employees employment relationship with any of the Keane Companies in order, in either case, to enter into a similar relationship with the Executive, or any other person or any entity; provided, however, that it shall not be a violation of the covenants set forth in clause (b) of this sentence for the Executive to make good faith, generalized solicitations for employees (not specifically targeted at Current Employees or Former Employees) through advertisements or search firms.
6.4 Non-Competition. During the Term and for a period of 12 months following the Executives termination of employment for any reason (Restricted Period), except to the extent that the Executive engages in the practice of law during the Restricted Period, the Executive shall not, without the companys prior written consent, whether individually, as a director, manager, member, stockholder, partner, owner, employee, consultant or agent of any business, or in any other capacity, other than on behalf of any of the Keane Companies, organize, establish, own, operate, manage, control, engage in, participate in, invest in, permit his name to be used by, act as a consultant or advisor to, render services (other than the practice of law) for (alone or in association with any person, firm, corporation or business organization), or otherwise assist any person or entity that engages in or owns, invests in, operates, manages or controls any venture or enterprise which engages or proposes to engage in any business conducted by any of the Keane Companies, or any business of which the Keane Companies has specific plans to engage in, on the date of the Executives termination of employment (the Business). Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Agreement shall prevent the Executive from (x) owning for passive investment purposes not intended to circumvent this Agreement, less than 1% of the publicly traded common equity securities of any company engaged in the Business (so long as the Executive has no power to manage, operate, advise, consult with or control the competing enterprise and no power, alone or in conjunction with other affiliated parties, to select a director, manager, general partner, or similar governing official of the competing enterprise other than in connection with the normal and customary voting powers afforded the Executive in connection with any permissible equity ownership) or (y) restrict in any way the right of the Executive to engage in the practice of law during the Restricted Period.
6.5 Property. The Executive acknowledges that all originals and copies of materials, records and documents generated by him or coming into his possession during his employment by the Company (prior to or during the Term) are the sole property of the Company (Company Property). During the Term, and at all times thereafter, the Executive shall not remove, or cause to be removed, from the premises of the Company, copies of any record, file, memorandum, document, computer-related information or equipment, or any other item relating to the business of the Company, except in furtherance of his duties under the Agreement. When the Executives employment with the Company terminates, or upon request of the Company at any time, the Executive shall promptly deliver to the Company all copies of Company Property in his possession or control.
6.6 Nondisparagement. The Executive agrees that he will not, during the Term and at any time thereafter, publish or communicate to any person or entity any Disparaging (as defined below) remarks, comments or statements concerning the Keane Companies or Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. The Company agrees that it will not, during the duration of the Term and at any time thereafter, publish or communicate to any person or entity any Disparaging remarks, comments or statements concerning the Executive. Disparaging remarks, comments or statements are those that are intended to impugn the character, honesty, integrity or morality or business acumen or abilities in connection with any aspect of the operation of the business of the individual or entity being disparaged. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to preclude truthful disclosures in response to lawful process as required by applicable law, regulation, or order or directive of a court, governmental agency or regulatory organization.
7. Remedies; Specific Performance. The Parties acknowledge and agree that the Executives breach or threatened breach of any of the restrictions set forth in Section 6 will result in irreparable and continuing damage to the Protected Parties for which there may be no adequate remedy at law and that the Protected Parties shall be entitled to seek equitable relief, including specific performance and injunctive relief as remedies for any such breach or threatened or attempted breach, without requiring the posting of a bond. The Executive hereby consents to the grant of an injunction (temporary or otherwise) against the Executive or the entry of any other court order against the Executive prohibiting and enjoining him from violating, or directing him to comply with any provision of Section 6. The Executive also agrees that such remedies shall be in addition to any and all remedies, including damages, available to the Protected Parties against him for such breaches or threatened or attempted breaches. In addition, without limiting the Protected Parties remedies for any breach of any restriction on the Executive set forth in Section 6, except as required by law, in the event a court of competent jurisdiction determines that the Executive has breached the covenants applicable to the Executive contained in Section 6, the Executive will immediately return to the Protected Parties any payments previously paid to the Executive pursuant to Section 5.2 or 5.3 (other than the Accrued Benefits), and the Protected Parties will have no obligation to pay any of the amounts that remain payable by the Company under Section 5.2 or 5.3 (other than the Accrued Benefits).
8. Other Provisions.
8.1 Directors and Officers Insurance. During the Term and thereafter, the Company shall provide the Executive with coverage under its current directors and officers liability policy that is no less favorable in any respect than the coverage then provided to any other similarly situated executive or former executive of the Company.
8.2 Notices. Any notice or other communication required or which may be given hereunder shall be in writing and shall be delivered personally, sent by facsimile transmission or sent by certified, registered or express mail, postage prepaid or overnight mail and shall be deemed given when so delivered personally, or sent by facsimile transmission or, if mailed, four business days after the date of mailing or one business day after overnight mail, as follows:
(a) If the Company, to the Companys headquarters as it may be from time-to-time (attention: Chief Executive Officer).
(b) If the Executive, to the Executives home address reflected in the Companys records.
8.3 Entire Agreement. This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the Parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior agreements, written or oral, with respect thereto.
8.4 Representations and Warranties. The Executive represents and warrants that he is not a party to or subject to any restrictive covenants, legal restrictions or other agreements in favor of any entity or person which could arguably, in any way, preclude, inhibit, impair or limit the Executives ability to perform his obligations under this Agreement, including, but not limited to, non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements or confidentiality agreements.
8.5 Waiver and Amendments. This Agreement may be amended, modified, superseded, canceled, renewed or extended, and the terms and conditions hereof may be waived, only by a written instrument signed by the Parties or, in the case of a waiver, by the party waiving compliance. No delay on the part of any party in exercising any right, power or privilege hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any waiver on the part of any right, power or privilege hereunder, nor any single or partial exercise of any right, power or privilege hereunder, preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right, power or privilege hereunder.
8.6 Governing Law, Dispute Resolution and Venue.
(a) This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Texas applicable to agreements made and not to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflicts of laws principles, unless superseded by federal law.
(b) The Parties irrevocably agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal courts or, if no federal jurisdiction exists, the state courts, located in Harris County, Texas, for the purposes of any suit, action or other proceeding brought by any party arising out of any breach of any of the provisions of this Agreement and hereby waive, and agree not to assert by way of motion, as a defense or otherwise, in any such suit, action, or proceeding, any claim that it is not personally subject to the jurisdiction of the above-named courts, that the suit, action or proceeding is brought in an inconvenient forum, that the venue of the suit, action or proceeding is improper, or that the provisions of this Agreement may not be enforced in or by such courts. IN ADDITION, THE PARTIES AGREE TO WAIVE TRIAL BY JURY.
8.7 Assignability by the Company and the Executive. This Agreement, and the rights and obligations hereunder, may not be assigned by the Company or the Executive without written consent signed by the other party; provided that the Company shall cause this Agreement to be assumed by any successor that continues the business of the Company, including any person or entity that acquires all or substantially all of the assets of the Company.
8.8 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but all of which shall constitute one and the same instrument.
8.9 Headings, Sections. The headings in this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall not limit or otherwise affect the meaning of terms contained herein. References to Sections are to Sections of this Agreement unless otherwise specified.
8.10 Severability. If any term, provision, covenant or restriction of this Agreement, or any part thereof, is held by a court of competent jurisdiction of any foreign, federal, state, county or local government or any other governmental, regulatory or administrative agency or authority to be invalid, void, unenforceable or against public policy for any reason, the remainder of the terms, provisions, covenants and restrictions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected or impaired or invalidated. The Executive acknowledges that the restrictive covenants contained in Section 6 are a condition of this Agreement and are reasonable and valid in temporal scope and in all other respects.
8.11 Judicial Modification. If any court determines that any of the covenants in Section 6, or any part of any of them, is invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of such covenants and parts thereof shall not thereby be affected and shall be given full effect, without regard to the invalid portion. If any court determines that any of such covenants, or any part thereof, is invalid or unenforceable because of the geographic or temporal scope of such provision, such court shall reduce such scope to the minimum extent necessary to make such covenants valid and enforceable.
8.12 Tax Withholding. The Company or other payor is authorized to withhold from any benefit provided or payment due hereunder the amount of withholding taxes due any federal, state or local authority in respect of such benefit or payment and to take such other action as may be necessary in the opinion of the Board to satisfy all obligations for the payment of such withholding taxes.
8.13 Section 409A. (a) The intent of the parties is that payments and benefits under this Agreement comply with or be exempt from Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), and, accordingly, to the maximum extent permitted, this Agreement shall be interpreted and administered to be in compliance with Code Section 409A. Any term used in this Agreement which is defined in Code Section 409A or the regulations promulgated thereunder (the Regulations) shall have the meaning set forth therein unless otherwise specifically defined herein. Any obligations under this Agreement that arise in connection with Executives termination of employment, termination or other similar references shall only be triggered if the termination of employment or termination qualifies as a separation from service within the meaning of § 1.409A-1(h) of the Regulations.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, if at the time of the termination of the Executives employment, the Executive is a specified employee, as defined in Section 409A or the Regulations, and any payments upon such termination under this Agreement hereof will result in additional tax or interest to the Executive under Code Section 409A, he will not be entitled to receive such payments until the date which is the earlier of (i) six months and one day after such separation from service and (ii) the date of the Executives death (the Delay Period). Upon the expiration of the Delay Period, all payments and benefits delayed pursuant to this Section 8.13(b) (whether they would have otherwise been payable in a single sum or in installments in the absence of such delay) shall be paid or provided to the Executive in a lump-sum and any remaining payments and benefits due under this Agreement shall be paid or provided in accordance with the normal payment dates specified for them herein.
(c) If any expense reimbursement or in-kind benefit provided to the Executive under this Agreement is determined to be deferred compensation within the meaning of Section 409A, then such reimbursement or in-kind benefit shall be made or provided in accordance with the requirements of Code Section 409A, including that (i) in no event shall any fees, expenses or other amounts eligible to be reimbursed by the Company under this Agreement be paid later than December 31 of the year following the year during which the applicable fees, expenses or other amounts were incurred; (ii) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement, or in-kind benefits that the Company is obligated to pay or provide, in any given calendar year shall not affect the expenses that the Company is obligated to reimburse, or the in-kind benefits that the Company is obligated to pay or provide, in any other calendar year; provided that the foregoing clause (ii) shall not be violated with regard to expenses reimbursed under any arrangement covered by Section 105(b) of the Code solely because such expenses are subject to a limit related to the period the arrangement is in effect; (iii) the Executives right to have the Company pay or provide such reimbursements and in-kind benefits may not be liquidated or exchanged for any other benefit; and (iv) in no event shall the Companys obligations to make such reimbursements or to provide such in-kind benefits apply later than the Executives remaining lifetime (or if longer, through the tenth anniversary of the Effective Date).
(d) For purposes of Code Section 409A, the Executives right to receive any installment payments shall be treated as a right to receive a series of separate and distinct payments. Whenever a payment under this Agreement specifies a payment period with reference to a number of days (for example, payment shall be made within 30 days following the date of termination), the actual date of payment within the specified period shall be within the sole discretion of the Company. In no event may the Executive, directly or indirectly, designate the calendar year of any payment to be made under this Agreement, to the extent such payment is subject to Code Section 409A.
(e) In addition, if any provision of this Agreement (or of any award of compensation, including equity compensation or benefits) would subject the Executive to any additional tax or interest under Code Section 409A, then the Company shall, after consulting with and receiving the approval of the Executive, reform such provision in a manner intended to avoid the incurrence by the Executive of any such additional tax or interest; provided that the Company shall maintain, to the maximum extent practicable, the original intent of the applicable provision without subjecting the Executive to such additional tax or interest.
8.14 Protected Rights.
(a) The Executive understands that this Agreement does not limit the Executives ability to communicate with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission or any other federal, state or local governmental agency or commission (Government Agencies), including to report possible violations of federal law or regulation or making other disclosures that are protected under the whistleblower provisions of federal law or regulation, or otherwise participate in any investigation or proceeding that may be conducted by any Government Agency, including providing documents or other information, without notice to the Company.
(b) Executive shall not be criminally or civilly liable under any federal or state trade secret law for the disclosure of a trade secret that (i) is made (A) in confidence to a federal, state, or local government official, either directly or indirectly, or to an attorney; and (B) solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law; or (ii) is made in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if such filing is made under seal.
8.15 No Mitigation; No Set-off. In the event of any termination of the Executives employment, he shall be under no obligation to seek other employment or take any other action by way of mitigation of the amounts payable, or benefits provided, to the Executive under any of the provisions of this Agreement. The Companys obligation to make the payments, and provide the benefits, provided for in this Agreement and otherwise to perform its obligations hereunder shall not be affected by (i) any set-off, counterclaim, recoupment, defense or other claim, right or action that the Company may have against the Executive or others, or (ii) except as provided in Section 5.2(a)(B), any remuneration or benefits attributable to any subsequent employment with an unrelated person, or any self-employment, that the Executive may obtain. Any amounts due under Section 5.2 are considered reasonable by the Company and are not in the nature of a penalty.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto, intending to be legally bound hereby, have executed this Agreement as of the day and year first above mentioned.
|Name:||Kevin M. McDonald|
|Keane Group, Inc.|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|