Employment Agreement by and between the registrant and Keith Regnante, dated as of March 31, 2020, to be effective upon the closing of this offering
EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
THIS EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this Agreement), by and between Keros Therapeutics, Inc. (the Company), and Keith Regnante (Executive) (collectively referred to as the Parties or individually referred to as a Party), is effective as of the date the Company consummates an initial public offering (the Effective Date).
R E C I T A L S
WHEREAS, on February 24, 2020, the Executive was employed as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, pursuant to the terms of the February 7, 2020 offer letter (the Offer Letter);
WHEREAS, the Company desires to continue to employ Executive as its Chief Financial Officer following the Effective Date pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, which shall amend and restate the Offer Letter in its entirety; and
WHEREAS, Executive desires to accept such employment and enter into such an agreement.
A G R E E M E N T
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual covenants herein and for other good and valuable consideration, the Parties agree as follows:
1. Duties and Scope of Employment.
(a) Positions and Duties. As of the Effective Date, Executive will serve as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Executive will render such business and professional services in the performance of Executives duties, consistent with Executives position within the Company, as shall reasonably be assigned to Executive by the Companys Chief Executive Officer. The period of Executives at-will employment under the terms of this Agreement is referred to herein as the Employment Term.
(b) Obligations. During the Employment Term, Executive will perform Executives duties faithfully and to the best of Executives ability and will devote Executives full business efforts and time to the Company. For the duration of the Employment Term, Executive agrees not to actively engage in any other employment, occupation or consulting activity for any direct or indirect remuneration without the prior approval of the Companys Board of Directors (the Board).
2. At-Will Employment. Subject to Sections 7, 8, and 9 below, the parties agree that Executives employment with the Company will be at-will employment and may be terminated at any time with or without cause or notice, for any reason or no reason. Executive understands and agrees that neither Executives job performance nor promotions, commendations, bonuses or the like from the Company give rise to or in any way serve as the basis for modification, amendment, or extension, by implication or otherwise, of Executives employment with the Company.
(a) Base Salary. During the Employment Term, the Company will pay Executive as compensation for Executives services a base salary of $382,200 per year, as modified from time to time at the discretion of the Board or a duly constituted committee of the Board (the Base Salary). The Base Salary will be paid in regular installments in accordance with the Companys normal payroll practices (subject to required withholding). Any increase or decrease in Base Salary (together with the then existing Base Salary) shall serve as the Base Salary for future employment under this Agreement. The first and last payment will be adjusted, if necessary, to reflect a commencement or termination date other than the first or last working day of a pay period.
(b) Annual Bonus. Executive will also be eligible to earn an annual discretionary bonus with a target amount equal to 40% of the Base Salary (Target Bonus). The amount of this bonus, if any, will be determined in the sole discretion of the Board and based, in part, on Executives performance and the performance of the Company during the calendar year. The Company will pay Executive this bonus, if any, by no later than March 1st of the following calendar year. The bonus is not earned until paid and no pro-rated amount will be paid if Executives employment terminates for any reason prior to the payment date.
(c) Stock Option. The Executive acknowledges that as of the Effective Date, he is entitled to the equity awards set forth on Exhibit A hereto, under, and subject to the terms and conditions of the Companys 2020 Equity Incentive Plan, (2020 Plan), which will become effective immediately prior to the execution of the underwriting agreement to be entered into in connection with the Companys initial public offering, and applicable award agreements thereunder. The Executive acknowledges and agrees that from and after the Effective Date, such equity awards shall only be subject to accelerated vesting in accordance with Section 9 of this Agreement.
(i) Executive will be eligible to receive awards of stock options, restricted stock or other equity awards pursuant to any plans or arrangements the Company may have in effect from time to time. The Board or a committee of the Board shall determine in its discretion whether Executive shall be granted any such equity awards and the terms of any such award in accordance with the terms of any applicable plan or arrangement that may be in effect from time to time.
4. Employee Benefits. During the Employment Term, Executive will be eligible to participate in the employee benefit plans currently and hereafter maintained by the Company of general applicability to other senior executives of the Company, including, without limitation, the Companys group medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, and flexible-spending account plans. The Company reserves the right to cancel or change the benefit plans and programs it offers to its employees at any time.
5. Vacation. Executive will be eligible to accrue a maximum of three (3) weeks paid vacation per year, in accordance with the Companys vacation policy, which shall be taken subject to the demands of the Companys business and Executives obligations as an employee of the Company with a substantial degree of responsibility.
6. Business Expenses. During the Employment Term, the Company will reimburse Executive for reasonable business travel, entertainment or other business expenses incurred by Executive in the furtherance of or in connection with the performance of Executives duties hereunder, in accordance with the Companys expense reimbursement policy as in effect from time to time.
7. Termination on Death or Disability.
(a) Effectiveness. Executives employment will terminate automatically upon Executives Death or, upon fourteen (14) days prior written notice from the Company, in the event of Disability.
(b) Effect of Termination. Upon any termination for death or Disability, Executive shall be entitled to: (i) Executives Base Salary through the effective date of termination; (ii) the right to continue health care benefits under Title X of the Consolidated Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended (COBRA), at Executives cost, to the extent required and available by law; (iii) reimbursement of expenses for which Executive is entitled to be reimbursed pursuant to Section 6 above, but for which Executive has not yet been reimbursed; and (iv) no other severance or benefits of any kind, unless required by law or pursuant to any other written Company plans or policies, as then in effect.
8. Involuntary Termination for Cause; Resignation Without Good Reason.
(a) Effectiveness. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Company may terminate Executives employment at any time for Cause or Executive may resign from Executives employment with the Company at any time without Good Reason. Termination for Cause, or Executives resignation without Good Reason, shall be effective on the date either Party gives notice to the other Party of such termination in accordance with this Agreement unless otherwise agreed by the Parties. In the event that the Company accelerates the effective date of a resignation, such acceleration shall not be construed as a termination of Executives employment by the Company or deemed Good Reason for such resignation.
(b) Effect of Termination. In the case of the Companys termination of Executives employment for Cause, or Executives resignation without Good Reason, Executive shall be entitled to receive: (i) Base Salary through the effective date of the termination or resignation, as applicable; (ii) reimbursement of all business expenses for which Executive is entitled to be reimbursed pursuant to Section 6 above, but for which Executive has not yet been reimbursed; (iii) the right to continue health care benefits under COBRA, at Executives cost, to the extent required and available by law; and (iv) no other severance or benefits of any kind, unless required by law or pursuant to any other written Company plans or policies, as then in effect.
9. Involuntary Termination Without Cause and Resignation for Good Reason.
(a) Effect of Termination. The Company shall be entitled to terminate Executive with or without Cause at any time, subject to the following:
(i) Involuntary Termination by Company without Cause or by Executive for Good Reason not in Connection with a Change in Control. If Executive is terminated by the Company involuntarily without Cause (excluding any termination due to death or Disability) or Executive resigns for Good Reason, then, subject to the limitations of Sections 9(b) and 25 below, Executive shall be entitled to receive:
(1) Executives Base Salary through the effective date of the termination or resignation.
(2) continuing severance pay at a rate equal to one hundred percent (100%) of Executives Base Salary, as then in effect (less applicable withholding), for a period of nine (9) months from the date of such termination, to be paid periodically in accordance with the Companys normal payroll practices.
(3) reimbursement of all business expenses for which Executive is entitled to be reimbursed pursuant to Section 6 above, but for which Executive has not yet been reimbursed.
(4) if Executive is eligible for and timely elects to continue health insurance coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 or the state equivalent (COBRA), the Company will pay, on Executives behalf, on a monthly basis, the total cost of COBRA premiums for Executive and Executives eligible dependents, if any, until the earlier of (i) nine (9) months from Separation Date, (ii) the expiration of Executives eligibility for the continuation coverage under COBRA, or (iii) such time as Executive becomes employed by another employer or self-employed through which you are eligible for health insurance (thereafter, Executive will be responsible for all COBRA premium payments, if any). Executive will be required to notify the Company immediately if Executive becomes eligible to enroll for health coverage under an insurance plan of a subsequent employer. For purposes of this Section, any applicable insurance premiums that are paid by the Company will not include any amounts payable by Executive under an Internal Revenue Code Section 125 health care reimbursement plan, which amounts, if any, are the sole responsibility of Executive.
(5) no other severance or benefits of any kind, unless required by law or pursuant to any written Company plans or policies, as then in effect.
(ii) Involuntary Termination by Company without Cause or by Executive for Good Reason in Connection with a Change of Control. If immediately before or within twelve (12) months following a Change of Control (as defined below), Executive is involuntarily terminated by the Company or successor corporation for other than Cause, death or Disability, or Executive resigns for Good Reason, then, subject to the limitations of Sections 9(b) and 25 below, Executive shall be entitled to receive:
(1) Executives Base Salary through the effective date of the termination or resignation for Good Reason.
(2) continuing severance pay at a rate equal to one hundred percent (100%) of Executives Base Salary, as then in effect (less applicable withholding), for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of such termination, to be paid periodically in accordance with the Companys normal payroll practices.
(3) a payment equal to 100% of the Target Bonus for the year in which Executives employment is terminated. The Company shall pay the Target Bonus, subject to standard deductions and withholdings, in a lump sum on the first regularly scheduled payroll date following the later of the date the Release becomes effective and can no longer be revoked provided that, if the release execution period begins in one taxable year and ends in another taxable year, payment shall not be made until the beginning of the second taxable year.
(4) reimbursement of all business expenses for which Executive is entitled to be reimbursed pursuant to Section 6 above, but for which Executive has not yet been reimbursed.
(5) if Executive is eligible for and timely elects to continue health insurance coverage under COBRA, the Company will pay, on Executives behalf, on a monthly basis, the total cost of COBRA premiums for Executive and Executives eligible dependents, if any, until the earlier of (i) twelve (12) months from Separation Date, (ii) the expiration of Executives eligibility for the continuation coverage under COBRA, or (iii) such time as Executive becomes employed by another employer or self-employed through which you are eligible for health insurance (thereafter, Executive will be responsible for all COBRA premium payments, if any). Executive will be required to notify the Company immediately if Executive becomes eligible to enroll for health coverage under an insurance plan of a subsequent employer. For purposes of this Section, any applicable insurance premiums that are paid by the Company will not include any amounts payable by Executive under an Internal Revenue Code Section 125 health care reimbursement plan, which amounts, if any, are the sole responsibility of Executive.
(6) Executive shall be entitled to acceleration of 100% of Executives then-unvested and outstanding equity awards.
(7) No other severance or benefits of any kind, unless required by law or pursuant to any written Company plans or policies, as then in effect.
(b) Conditions Precedent. Any severance payments contemplated by Section 9(a) above are conditional on Executive: (i) continuing to comply with the terms of this Agreement and the Confidential Information Agreement; and (ii) signing and not revoking a separation agreement and release of known and unknown claims in the form provided by the Company (including non-competition, nondisparagement and a cooperation provisions) (the Release) and which will be provided by the Company no later than ten (10) days after the termination date and provided that such Release becomes effective and irrevocable no later than forty-five (45) days following the termination date or such earlier date required by the release (such deadline, the Release Deadline). If the Release does not become effective by the Release Deadline, Executive will forfeit
any rights to severance or benefits under this Section 9 or elsewhere in this Agreement. Any severance payments or other benefits under this Agreement that would be considered Deferred Compensation Separation Benefits (as defined in Section 25) will be paid on, or, in the case of installments, will not commence until, the forty-fifth (45th) day following Executives separation from service, or, if later, such time as required by Section 25(b). Except as required by Section 25(b), any installment payments that would have been made to Employee during the forty-five (45) day period immediately following Executives separation from service but for the preceding sentence will be paid to Executive on the forty-fifth (45th) day following Executives separation from service and the remaining payments will be made as provided in this Agreement, unless subject to the 6-month payment delay described herein. Any severance payments under this Agreement that would not be considered Deferred Compensation Separation Benefits will be paid on, or, in the case of installments, will not commence until, the first payroll date that occurs on or after the date the Release becomes effective and any installment payments that would have been made to Executive during the period prior to the date the Release becomes effective following Executives separation from service but for the preceding sentence will be paid to Executive on the first payroll date that occurs on or after the date the Release becomes effective. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this Section 9(b) shall not limit Executives ability to obtain expense reimbursements under Section 6 or any other compensation or benefits otherwise required by law or in accordance with written Company plans or policies, as then in effect.
10. Indemnification. Regardless of the manner of Executives termination, Executive will be indemnified to the extent permitted by law, for claims brought against Executive during or after Executives employment for the Company. The Company will indemnify Executive to the extent permitted by its charter and bylaws and by applicable law against all costs, charges and expenses, including, without limitation, attorneys fees, incurred or sustained by me in connection with any action, suit or proceeding to which Executive may be made a party by reason of being an officer, director or employee of the Company. In connection with the foregoing, Executive will be covered under any liability insurance policy that protects other officers of the Company. The Company will provide Executive its standard indemnification agreement, which is subject to approval by the Board of Directors and is consistent with the agreement for the other directors and officers of the Company.
(a) Cause. For purposes of this Agreement, Cause shall mean: (i) Executives continued failure to substantially perform the material duties and obligations under this Agreement (for reasons other than death or Disability), which failure, if curable within the discretion of the Company, is not cured to the reasonable satisfaction of the Company within thirty (30) days after receipt of written notice from the Company of such failure; (ii) Executives failure or refusal to comply with the policies, standards and regulations established by the Company from time to time which failure, if curable in the discretion of the Company, is not cured to the reasonable satisfaction of the Company within thirty (30) days after receipt of written notice of such failure from the Company; (iii) any act of personal dishonesty, fraud, embezzlement, misrepresentation, or other unlawful act committed by Executive that benefits Executive at the expense of the Company; (iv) the Executives violation of a federal or state law or regulation applicable to the Companys business; (v) the Executives violation of, or a plea of nolo contendre or guilty to, a felony under the laws of the United States or any state; or (vi) the Executives material breach of the terms of this Agreement or the Confidential Information Agreement (defined below).
(b) Change of Control. For purposes of this Agreement, Change of Control shall have the meaning attributed to such term in the 2020 Plan.
(c) Disability. For purposes of this Agreement, Disability means that Executive, at the time notice is given, has been unable to substantially perform Executives duties under this Agreement for not less than one-hundred and twenty (120) work days within a twelve (12) consecutive month period as a result of Executives incapacity due to a physical or mental condition and, if reasonable accommodation is required by law, after any reasonable accommodation.
(d) Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement, Good Reason means Executives written notice of Executives intent to resign for Good Reason with a reasonable description of the grounds therefor within 30 days after the occurrence of one or more of the following without Executives consent, and subsequent resignation within 30 days following the expiration of any Company cure period (discussed below): (i) a material reduction of Executives duties, position or responsibilities; (ii) a material reduction in Executives Base Salary (other than a reduction of not more than 10% that is applicable to similarly situated executives of the Company); (iii) a material breach of this Agreement by the Company; or (iv) a material change in the geographic location of Executives primary work facility or location; provided, that a relocation of less than 50 miles from Executives then present location will not be considered a material change in geographic location. Executive will not resign for Good Reason without first providing the Company with written notice of the acts or omissions constituting the grounds for Good Reason within 30 days of the initial existence of the grounds for Good Reason and a reasonable cure period of not less than 30 days following the date of such notice if such act or omission is capable of cure.
12. Company Matters.
(a) Proprietary Information and Inventions. In connection with Executives employment with the Company, Executive will receive and have access to Company confidential information and trade secrets. Accordingly, enclosed with this Agreement is an Employee Confidential Information and Inventions Assignment Agreement (the Confidential Information Agreement) which contains restrictive covenants and prohibits unauthorized use or disclosure of the Companys confidential information and trade secrets, among other obligations. Executive agrees to review the Confidential Information Agreement and only sign it after careful consideration.
(b) Resignation on Termination. On termination of Executives employment, regardless of the reason for such termination, Executive shall immediately (and with contemporaneous effect) resign any directorships, offices or other positions that Executive may hold in the Company or any affiliate, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Parties.
(c) Notification of New Employer. In the event that Executive leaves the employ of the Company, Executive grants consent to notification by the Company to Executives new employer about Executives rights and obligations under this Agreement and the Confidential Information Agreement.
13. Arbitration. To ensure the timely and economical resolution of disputes that may arise in connection with Executives employment with the Company, Executive and the Company agree that any and all disputes, claims, or causes of action arising from or relating to the enforcement, breach, performance, negotiation, execution, or interpretation of this Agreement, Confidential Information Agreement, or Executives employment, or the termination of Executives employment, including but not limited to all statutory claims (including, but not limited to, the Massachusetts Antidiscrimination Act, Mass. Gen. Laws ch.151B and the Massachusetts Wage Act, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149), will be resolved pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §1-16, and to the fullest extent permitted by law, by final, binding and confidential arbitration by a single arbitrator conducted in Boston, Massachusetts by Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services Inc. (JAMS) under the then applicable JAMS rules (at the following web address: https://www.jamsadr.com/rules-employment-arbitration/); provided, however, this arbitration provision shall not apply to sexual harassment claims to the extent prohibited by applicable law. A hard copy of the rules will be provided to you upon request. A hard copy of the rules will be provided to Executive upon request. By agreeing to this arbitration procedure, both Executive and the Company waive the right to resolve any such dispute through a trial by jury or judge or administrative proceeding. In addition, all claims,
disputes, or causes of action under this section, whether by Executive or the Company, must be brought in an individual capacity, and shall not be brought as a plaintiff (or claimant) or class member in any purported class or representative proceeding, nor joined or consolidated with the claims of any other person or entity. The Arbitrator may not consolidate the claims of more than one person or entity, and may not preside over any form of representative or class proceeding. To the extent that the preceding sentences regarding class claims or proceedings are found to violate applicable law or are otherwise found unenforceable, any claim(s) alleged or brought on behalf of a class shall proceed in a court of law rather than by arbitration. The Company acknowledges that Executive will have the right to be represented by legal counsel at any arbitration proceeding. Questions of whether a claim is subject to arbitration under this Agreement) shall be decided by the arbitrator. Likewise, procedural questions which grow out of the dispute and bear on the final disposition are also matters for the arbitrator. The arbitrator shall: (a) have the authority to compel adequate discovery for the resolution of the dispute and to award such relief as would otherwise be permitted by law; (b) issue a written arbitration decision, to include the arbitrators essential findings and conclusions and a statement of the award; and (c) be authorized to award any or all remedies that Executive or the Company would be entitled to seek in a court of law. Executive and the Company shall equally share all JAMS arbitration fees. Except as modified in the Confidential Information Agreement, each party is responsible for its own attorneys fees. Nothing in this Agreement is intended to prevent either Executive or the Company from obtaining injunctive relief in court to prevent irreparable harm pending the conclusion of any such arbitration. Any awards or orders in such arbitrations may be entered and enforced as judgments in the federal and state courts of any competent jurisdiction.
14. Assignment. This Agreement will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of (a) the heirs, executors and legal representatives of Executive upon Executives death and (b) any successor of the Company. Any such successor of the Company will be deemed substituted for the Company under the terms of this Agreement for all purposes. For this purpose, successor means any person, firm, corporation or other business entity which at any time, whether by purchase, merger or otherwise, directly or indirectly acquires all or substantially all of the assets or business of the Company. None of the rights of Executive to receive any form of compensation payable pursuant to this Agreement may be assigned or transferred except by will or the laws of descent and distribution. Any other attempted assignment, transfer, conveyance or other disposition of Executives right to compensation or other benefits will be null and void.
15. Notices. All notices, requests, demands and other communications called for under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be delivered via e-mail, personally by hand or by courier, mailed by United States first-class mail, postage prepaid, or sent by facsimile directed to the Party to be notified at the address or facsimile number indicated for such Party on the signature page to this Agreement, or at such other address or facsimile number as such Party may designate by ten (10) days advance written notice to the other Parties hereto. All such notices and other communications shall be deemed given upon personal delivery, three (3) days after the date of mailing, or upon confirmation of facsimile transfer or e-mail. Notices sent via e-mail under this Section shall be sent to either the e-mail address in this Agreement, or for e-mails sent by the Company to Executive, to the last e-mail address on file with the Company.
16. Severability. In the event that any provision hereof becomes or is declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, unenforceable or void, this Agreement will continue in full force and effect without said provision.
17. Integration. This Agreement, together with the 2020 Plan, applicable award agreements and the Confidential Information Agreement represents the entire agreement and understanding between the parties as to the subject matter herein and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous agreements whether written or oral. No waiver, alteration, or modification of any of the provisions of this Agreement will be binding unless in writing and signed by duly authorized representatives of the parties hereto.
18. Tax Withholding. All payments made pursuant to this Agreement will be subject to withholding of applicable taxes.
19. Waiver. No Party shall be deemed to have waived any right, power or privilege under this Agreement or any provisions hereof unless such waiver shall have been duly executed in writing and acknowledged by the Party to be charged with such waiver. The failure of any Party at any time to insist on performance of any of the provisions of this Agreement shall in no way be construed to be a waiver of such provisions, nor in any way to affect the validity of this Agreement or any part hereof. No waiver of any breach of this Agreement shall be held to be a waiver of any other subsequent breach
20. Governing Law. This Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of Massachusetts (with the exception of its conflict of laws provisions).
21. Acknowledgment. Executive acknowledges that Executive has had the opportunity to discuss this matter with and obtain advice from Executives legal counsel, has had sufficient time to, and has carefully read and fully understands all the provisions of this Agreement, and is knowingly and voluntarily entering into this Agreement.
22. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in multiple counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, and all such counterparts shall constitute but one instrument.
23. Effect of Headings. The section and subsection headings contained herein are for convenience only and shall not affect the construction hereof.
24. Construction of Agreement. This Agreement has been negotiated by the respective Parties, and the language shall not be construed for or against either Party.
25. Section 409A.
(a) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, no severance pay or benefits to be paid or provided to Executive, if any, pursuant to this Agreement, when considered together with any other severance payments or separation benefits that are considered deferred compensation under Section 409A (Section 409A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended and the regulations and other guidance thereunder or any state law of similar effect (together, the Deferred Compensation Separation Benefits) will be paid or otherwise provided until Executive has a separation from service within the meaning of Section 409A.
(b) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, if Executive is a specified employee within the meaning of Section 409A at the time of Executives termination (other than due to death), then the Deferred Compensation Separation Benefits that are payable within the first six (6) months following Executives separation from service, will become payable on the first payroll date that occurs on or after the date six (6) months and one (1) day following the date of Executives separation from service. All subsequent Deferred Compensation Separation Benefits, if any, will be payable in accordance with the payment schedule applicable to each payment or benefit. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, if Executive dies following Executives separation from service, but prior to the six (6) month anniversary of the separation from service, then any payments delayed in accordance with this paragraph will be payable in a lump sum as soon as administratively practicable after the date of Executives death and all other Deferred Compensation Separation Benefits will be payable in accordance with the payment schedule applicable to each payment or benefit. Each payment and benefit payable under this Agreement is intended to constitute separate payments for purposes of Section 1.409A-2(b)(2) of the Treasury Regulations.
(c) Any amount paid under this Agreement that satisfies the requirements of the short-term deferral rule set forth in Section 1.409A-1(b)(4) of the Treasury Regulations will not constitute Deferred Compensation Separation Benefits for purposes of clause (a) above.
(d) Any amount paid under this Agreement that qualifies as a payment made as a result of an involuntary separation from service pursuant to Section 1.409A-1(b)(9)(iii) of the Treasury Regulations that does not exceed the Section 409A Limit will not constitute Deferred Compensation Separation Benefits for purposes of clause (a) above. For purposes of this Agreement, Section 409A Limit will mean the lesser of two (2) times: (i) Executives annualized compensation based upon the annual rate of pay paid to Executive during the Executives taxable year preceding Executives taxable year of Executives termination of employment as determined under Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9)(iii)(A)(1) and any Internal Revenue Service guidance issued with respect thereto; or (ii) the maximum amount that may be taken into account under a qualified plan pursuant to Section 401(a)(17) of the Code for the year in which Executives employment is terminated.
(e) The foregoing provisions are intended to be exempt from or comply with the requirements of Section 409A so that none of the severance payments and benefits to be provided hereunder will be subject to the additional tax imposed under Section 409A, and any ambiguities herein will be interpreted to so comply. The Company and Executive agree to work together in good faith to consider amendments to this Agreement and to take such reasonable actions which are necessary, appropriate or desirable to avoid imposition of any additional tax or income recognition prior to actual payment to Executive under Section 409A.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the Parties has executed this Agreement as of the day and year first above written.
|KEROS THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|99 Hayden Avenue|
|Lexington, MA 02421|
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Employee Confidential Information and Inventions Assignment Agreement
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EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
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Share numbers and exercise prices adjusted to give effect to the Companys one-for-2.1703 reverse stock split.
Pursuant to the terms of the Offer Letter, Mr. Regnante was eligible to receive this option, subject to the approval of the Board, in connection with the commencement of his employment with the Company. The option was approved by the Board in March 2020 and will be granted contingent and effective upon the execution of the underwriting agreement for the Companys initial public offering (the IPO Effective Time), provided that the IPO Effective Time occurs prior to December 31, 2020 and that Mr. Regnante remains in Continuous Service (as defined in the 2020 Plan) as of such date.
The Exercise Price per share will be the initial price per share that the Companys common stock is first sold to the public in connection with its initial public offering at the IPO Effective Time.