Employment Agreement by and between Brian Gephart and Leaf Group Ltd., dated as of May 15, 2019
THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this Agreement), dated as of May 15, 2019, is entered into by and between Leaf Group Ltd., a Delaware corporation (the Company), and Brian Gephart (the Executive).
WHEREAS, the Company desires to employ the Executive as Chief Accounting Officer and to enter into an agreement embodying the terms of such employment; and
WHEREAS, the Executive desires to accept such employment with the Company, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS:
1. Employment Period. Subject to the provisions for earlier termination hereinafter provided, the Executives employment hereunder shall be for a term (the Employment Period) commencing on June 3, 2019 (the Effective Date) and ending on the third (3rd) anniversary of the Effective Date. The Executives employment hereunder is terminable at will by the Company or by the Executive at any time (for any reason or for no reason), subject to the provisions of Section 4 hereof. This Agreement is effective as of the Effective Date.
2. Terms of Employment.
(a) Position and Duties.
(i) During the Employment Period, the Executive shall serve as Chief Accounting Officer, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer or his or her designee, and shall perform such duties as are usual and customary for such position. At the Companys request, the Executive shall serve the Company and/or its subsidiaries and affiliates in other capacities in addition to the foregoing consistent with the Executives role as Chief Accounting Officer of the Company. In the event that the Executive, during the Employment Period, serves in any one or more of such additional capacities, the Executives compensation shall not be increased beyond that specified in Section 2(b) hereof. In addition, in the event the Executives service in one or more of such additional capacities is terminated, the Executives compensation, as specified in Section 2(b) hereof, shall not be diminished or reduced in any manner as a result of such termination provided that the Executive otherwise remains employed under the terms of this Agreement.
(ii) During the Employment Period, and excluding any periods of vacation and sick leave to which the Executive may be entitled, the Executive agrees to devote the Executives full business time and attention to the business and affairs of the Company.
(iii) During the Employment Period, the Executive shall perform the services required by this Agreement at the Companys principal offices located in Santa Monica, California (the Principal Location), except for travel to other locations as may be necessary to fulfill the Executives duties and responsibilities hereunder.
(b) Compensation, Benefits, etc.
(i) Base Salary. During the Employment Period, the Executive shall receive a base salary equal to two hundred sixty-five thousand dollars ($265,000) per annum (the Base Salary). The Base Salary shall be reviewed annually by the Compensation Committee (the Compensation Committee) of the Companys Board of Directors (the Board) and may be increased from time to time by the Compensation Committee in its sole discretion. The Base Salary shall be paid in installments in accordance with the Companys applicable payroll practices, as in effect from time to time, but no less often than monthly.
(ii) Annual Bonus. In addition to the Base Salary, the Executive shall be eligible to earn, for each fiscal year of the Company ending during the Employment Period, a discretionary cash performance bonus (an Annual Bonus) under the Companys bonus plan or program applicable to senior Executives. The Executives target Annual Bonus (the Target Bonus) shall initially be set at thirty percent (30%) of the Base Salary actually paid for such year. The actual amount of the Annual Bonus shall be determined on the basis of the attainment of Company performance metrics and/or individual performance objectives, in each case, as established and approved by the Board or the Compensation Committee (or their designee) in its sole discretion. Payment of any Annual Bonus(es), to the extent any Annual Bonus(es) become payable, will be contingent upon the Executives continued employment through the applicable payment date, which shall occur on the date on which annual bonuses are paid generally to the Companys similarly situated executives.
(iii) Equity Awards.
(A) Restricted Stock Unit Award. Subject to approval by the Compensation Committee, the Company agrees to grant to Executive thirty thousand (30,000) restricted stock units with respect to the Companys common stock (the RSUs) under the Companys Amended & Restated 2010 Incentive Award Plan, as amended from time to time (the Plan), following Executives start date. Subject to Section 4(c) hereof and the Executives continued employment with the Company through the applicable vesting dates, such RSU award shall vest over three (3) years with one-third (1/3) vesting on the first anniversary of the date on which such RSUs are granted and the remaining two-thirds (2/3) vesting in twenty-four (24) substantially equal monthly installments commencing on each monthly anniversary thereafter.
(B) Agreements. The RSUs shall be granted to Executive under the Plan, and shall collectively constitute the Equity Awards. The terms and conditions of the Equity Awards, including the vesting commencement dates and any restrictions thereon, shall be set forth in separate award agreements entered into by the Company and Executive which shall evidence the grant of the Equity Awards (the Equity Award Agreements). The RSUs shall be governed in all respects by the terms and conditions of the Plan.
(iv) Incentive, Savings and Retirement Plans. During the Employment Period, the Executive shall be eligible to participate in all other incentive plans, practices, policies and programs, and all savings and retirement plans, practices, policies and programs, in each case that are available generally to similarly-situated executives of the Company. In addition, during the Employment Period the Executive shall be eligible, at the Companys discretion, to receive periodic equity incentive awards from the Company, including under any annual equity incentive program that may be established by the Company for its senior executives, as may be in effect from time to time.
(v) Welfare Benefit Plans. During the Employment Period, the Executive and the Executives dependents shall be eligible to participate in the welfare benefit plans, practices, policies and programs (including, as applicable, medical, dental, disability, employee life, group life and accidental death insurance plans and programs) maintained by the Company for its similarly-situated executives.
(vi) Expenses. During the Employment Period, the Executive shall be entitled to receive prompt reimbursement for all reasonable business expenses incurred by the Executive in accordance with the policies, practices and procedures of the Company provided to similarly-situated executives of the Company.
(vii) Fringe Benefits. During the Employment Period, the Executive shall be entitled to such fringe benefits and perquisites as are provided by the Company to its similarly-situated executives from time to time, in accordance with the policies, practices and procedures of the Company, and shall receive such additional fringe benefits and perquisites as the Company may, in its discretion, from time-to-time provide. Nothing contained in Sections 2(b)(iv)-(v) hereof or this Section 2(b)(vii) shall, or shall be construed to, obligate the Company to adopt or maintain any incentive, savings, retirement, welfare, fringe benefit or other plan(s) or program(s) at any time.
(viii) Vacation, Personal or Sick Days. During the Employment Period, the Executive shall not be entitled to a fixed number of paid vacation, personal or sick days per year. As a salaried employee, the Company expects the Executive to use the Executives judgment to take time off from work for vacation or other personal time in a manner consistent with getting the Executives work done in a timely fashion, providing excellent service to the Companys customers and partners and avoiding inconveniencing the Executives co-workers.
3. Termination of Employment.
(a) Death or Disability. The Executives employment shall terminate automatically upon the Executives death during the Employment Period. Either the Company or the Executive may terminate the Executives employment in the event of the Executives Disability during the Employment Period. For purposes of this Agreement, Disability shall mean a disability as determined under the Companys applicable long-term disability plan that prevents the Executive from performing the Executives duties under this Agreement (even with a reasonable accommodation by the Company) for a period of six (6) months or more or, if no such plan applies, as determined in the reasonable discretion of the Company.
(b) Cause. The Company may terminate the Executives employment during the Employment Period for Cause or without Cause. For purposes of this Agreement, Cause shall have the meaning set forth in the Plan.
(c) Termination by the Executive. The Executives employment may be terminated by the Executive for any reason, including with Good Reason in connection with a Change in Control (as defined in the Plan). For purposes of this Agreement, Good Reason shall mean the occurrence of any one or more of the following events in connection with a Change in Control, in any case, without the Executives prior written consent, unless the Company fully corrects the circumstances constituting Good Reason (provided such circumstances are capable of correction) as provided below:
(i) a demotion or material diminution of the Executives position, authority, duties or responsibilities (other than any insubstantial action not taken in bad faith and which is promptly remedied by the Company upon notice by the Executive); provided that Good Reason does not include a change in title, authority, duties and/or responsibilities following a Change in Control (as defined in the Plan) if (A) the Executives new title is that of a senior officer of the entity surviving such Change in Control (or, if applicable, its parent company if such entity has a parent company) reporting directly to an executive officer of the entity surviving such Change in Control (or, if applicable, its parent company, if such entity has a parent company), and the Executives authority, duties and responsibilities are commensurate with such title or (B) (1) the entity surviving such Change in Control (or, if applicable, its parent company if such entity has a parent company) continues to operate the Companys principal businesses as a separate unit, division or subsidiary or combines the Companys principal businesses with one of its existing units, divisions or subsidiaries and (2) the Executives new title is that of a senior officer of such unit, division or subsidiary reporting directly to an executive officer of such unit, division or subsidiary (or to an executive officer of the entity surviving the Change in Control or parent company thereof) and (in either case) the Executives authority, duties and responsibilities are commensurate with such title and similar in scope (with respect to such unit, division or subsidiary) to the authority, duties and responsibilities of the Executive prior to the Change in Control;
(ii) a requirement that the Executive report to work more than thirty (30) miles from the Companys Principal Location (not including normal business travel required of the Executives position) or, to the extent such requirement would not constitute a material change in the geographic location at which the Executive must perform services under this Agreement within the meaning of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), such higher number of miles from the Companys Principal Location as would constitute a material change in the geographic location at which the Executive must perform services under this Agreement within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code;
(iii) a material reduction in the Executives base salary; or
(iv) a material breach by the Company of its obligations hereunder.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Executive will not be deemed to have resigned for Good Reason unless (1) the Executive provides the Company with written notice setting forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed by the Executive to constitute Good Reason within sixty (60) days after the date of the occurrence of any event that the Executive knows or should reasonably have known to constitute Good Reason, (2) the Company fails to cure such acts or omissions within thirty (30) days following its receipt of such notice, and (3) the effective date of the Executives termination for Good Reason occurs no later than sixty (60) days after the expiration of the Companys cure period.
(d) Notice of Termination. Any termination by the Company for Cause, or by the Executive for Good Reason, shall be communicated by a Notice of Termination to the other parties hereto given in accordance with Section 10(b) hereof. For purposes of this Agreement, a Notice of Termination means a written notice which (i) indicates the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon, (ii) to the extent applicable, sets forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Executives employment under the provision so indicated and (iii) if the Date of Termination (as defined below) is other than the date of receipt of such notice, specifies the termination date (which date shall be not more than sixty (60) days after the giving of such notice). The failure by the Executive or the Company to set forth in the Notice of Termination any fact or circumstance which contributes to a showing of Good Reason or Cause shall not waive any right of the Executive or the Company, respectively, hereunder or preclude the Executive or the Company, respectively, from asserting such fact or circumstance in enforcing the Executives or the Companys rights hereunder.
(e) Termination of Offices and Directorships. Upon termination of the Executives employment for any reason, unless otherwise specified in a written agreement between the Executive and the Company, the Executive shall be deemed to have resigned from all offices, directorships, and other employment positions if any, then held with the Company, and shall take all actions reasonably requested by the Company to effectuate the foregoing.
4. Obligations of the Company upon Termination.
(a) Without Cause, For Good Reason, Death or Disability. Subject to Section 4(d) hereof, if the Executive incurs a separation from service from the Company (within the meaning of Section 409A(a)(2)(A)(i) of the Code, and Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(h)) (a Separation from Service) during the Employment Period (such date, the Date of Termination) by reason of (1) a termination of the Executives employment by the Company without Cause; (2) a termination of the Executives employment by the Executive for Good Reason; or (3) a termination of the Executives employment by reason of the Executives death or Disability (each of (1), (2) and (3), a Qualifying Termination):
(i) The Executive (or the Executives estate or beneficiaries, if applicable) shall be paid, in a single lump-sum payment on the date of the Executives termination of employment, the aggregate amount of the Executives earned but unpaid Base Salary and accrued but unpaid vacation pay (if any) through the date of such termination (the Accrued Obligations), in each case, to the extent not previously paid.
(ii) In addition, subject to Section 4(d) hereof and the Executives (or the Executives estates or beneficiaries, if applicable) timely execution and non-revocation of a Release (as described below), the Executive (or the Executives estate or beneficiaries, if applicable) shall be paid:
(A) an amount equal to six (6) months of the Base Salary in effect on the Date of Termination, payable on the sixtieth (60th) day following the Date of Termination; and
(B) any unpaid Annual Bonus to which the Executive would have become entitled for any fiscal year of the Company that ends on or before the Date of Termination had the Executive remained employed through the payment date, payable in a single lump-sum payment on the date on which annual bonuses are paid to the Companys senior executives generally for such calendar year, but in no event later than March 15th of the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which the Date of Termination occurs, with the actual date within such period determined by the Company in its sole discretion.
(iii) In addition, subject to Section 4(d) hereof and conditioned upon the Executives timely execution and non-revocation of a Release, during the period commencing on the Date of Termination and ending on the six (6)-month anniversary of the Date of Termination or, if earlier, the date on which the Executive becomes eligible for coverage under the group health plan of a subsequent employer (of which eligibility the Executive hereby agrees to give prompt notice to the Company) (in any case, the COBRA Period), subject to the Executives valid election to continue healthcare coverage under Section 4980B of the Code and the regulations thereunder, the Company shall continue to provide the Executive and the Executives eligible dependents with coverage under its group health plans at the same levels and the same cost to the Executive as would have applied if the Executives employment had not been terminated based on the Executives elections in effect on the Date of Termination, provided, however, that (1) if any plan pursuant to which such benefits are provided is not, or ceases prior to the expiration of the period of continuation coverage to be, exempt from the application of Section 409A of the Code under Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(a)(5), or (2) the Company is otherwise unable to continue to cover the Executive under its group health plans (including without limitation, Section 2716 of the Public Health Service Act), then, in either case, an amount equal to each remaining Company subsidy shall thereafter be paid to the Executive as currently taxable compensation in substantially equal monthly installments over the continuation coverage period (or the remaining portion thereof).
The payments and benefits described in the preceding Sections 4(a)(ii) and (iii) are referred to herein as the Severance. Notwithstanding the foregoing, it shall be a condition to the Executives (or the Executives estates or beneficiaries, if applicable) right to receive the Severance that the Executive (or the Executives estate or beneficiaries, if applicable) execute and deliver to the Company an effective release of claims in the form then used by the Company (the Release) within any applicable review period following the Date of Termination and that the Executive (or the Executives estate or beneficiaries, if applicable) not revoke such Release during any applicable revocation period.
(b) For Cause, Without Good Reason or Other Terminations. If the Company terminates the Executives employment for Cause, the Executive terminates the Executives employment without Good Reason, or the Executives employment terminates for any other reason not enumerated in this Section 4, in any case, during the Employment Period, the Company shall pay to the Executive the Accrued Obligations in cash within thirty (30) days after the Date of Termination (or by such earlier date as may be required by applicable law).
(c) Equity Vesting in Connection with a Change in Control. In addition to any payments or benefits due to the Executive under Section 4(a) above (if any), subject to and conditioned upon the Executives timely execution and non-revocation of a Release, if the Executives employment is terminated by reason of a Qualifying Termination and a Change in Control (A) occurs on or within ninety (90) days after the Date of Termination or (B) has occurred within one (1) year before the Date of Termination, all outstanding compensatory equity awards that have not yet vested shall conditionally vest and, as applicable, become exercisable on the later of the Date of Termination and the date of such Change in Control (and such vesting shall become unconditional upon such execution and non-revocation of a Release); provided, however, that if the Executive fails to timely execute or revokes the Release, all such conditionally vested awards (and any shares received in respect of such awards) shall be forfeited upon such failure or revocation (subject to repayment by the Company to the Executive of any amounts (if any) paid by the Executive with respect to shares underlying such conditionally vested awards). For the avoidance of doubt, if a Qualifying Termination occurs prior to a Change in Control, all outstanding, unvested compensatory equity awards that would otherwise terminate on the Date of Termination shall remain outstanding and eligible to vest solely upon a Change in Control occurring within ninety (90) days after the Date of Termination (but shall not otherwise vest following the Date of Termination) and shall terminate on the ninetieth (90th) day following the Date of Termination if a Change in Control has not occurred on or prior to such ninetieth (90th) day (or such earlier expiration date applicable to the award (other than due to a termination of employment)).
(d) Six-Month Delay. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, no compensation or benefits, including without limitation any severance payments or benefits payable under Section 4 hereof, shall be paid to the Executive during the six (6)-month period following the Executives separation from service (within the meaning of Section 409A(a)(2)(A)(i) of the Code) if the Company determines that paying such amounts at the time or times indicated in this Agreement would be a prohibited distribution under Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code. If the payment of any such amounts is delayed as a result of the previous sentence, then on the first business day following the end of such six (6)-month period (or such earlier date upon which such amount can be paid under Section 409A of the Code without resulting in a prohibited distribution, including as a result of the Executives death), the Company shall pay the Executive a lump-sum amount equal to the cumulative amount that would have otherwise been payable to the Executive during such period.
(e) Exclusive Benefits. Except as expressly provided in this Section 4 and subject to Section 5 hereof, the Executive shall not be entitled to any additional payments or benefits upon or in connection with the Executives termination of employment.
(f) Equity Award Agreements. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing contained in this Agreement is intended to result in any vesting terms that are less favorable to the Executive than those contained in any applicable equity award agreement and, to the extent that the vesting terms contained in any such award agreement are more favorable to the Executive than those provided herein, including, without limitation, this Section 4, the terms of such award agreement shall control.
5. Non-Exclusivity of Rights. Amounts which are vested benefits or which the Executive is otherwise entitled to receive under any plan, policy, practice or program of or any contract or agreement with the Company at or subsequent to the Date of Termination shall be payable in accordance with such plan, policy, practice or program or contract or agreement except as explicitly modified by this Agreement.
6. Excess Parachute Payments, Limitations on Payments.
(a) Best Pay Cap. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, in the event that any payment or benefit received or to be received by the Executive (including any payment or benefit received in connection with a termination of the Executives employment, whether pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or any other plan, arrangement or agreement) (all such payments and benefits, including the payments and benefits under Section 4 hereof, being hereinafter referred to as the Total Payments) would be subject (in whole or part), to excise tax imposed under Section 4999 of the Code (the Excise Tax), then, after taking into account any reduction in the Total Payments provided by reason of Section 280G of the Code in such other plan, arrangement or agreement, the cash severance payments under this Agreement shall first be reduced, and the noncash severance payments hereunder shall thereafter be reduced, to the extent necessary so that no portion of the Total Payments is subject to the Excise Tax but only if (i) the net amount of such Total Payments, as so reduced (and after subtracting the net amount of federal, state and local income taxes on such reduced Total Payments and after taking into account the phase out of itemized deductions and personal exemptions attributable to such reduced Total Payments) is greater than or equal to (ii) the net amount of such Total Payments without such reduction (but after subtracting the net amount of federal, state and local income taxes on such Total Payments and the amount of Excise Tax to which the Executive would be subject in respect of such unreduced Total Payments and after taking into account the phase out of itemized deductions and personal exemptions attributable to such unreduced Total Payments). The Total Payments shall be reduced in the following order: (A) reduction of any cash severance payments otherwise payable to the Executive that are exempt from Section 409A of the Code; (B) reduction of any other cash payments or benefits otherwise payable to the Executive that are exempt from Section 409A of the Code, but excluding any payments attributable to any acceleration of vesting or payments with respect to any equity award that are exempt from Section 409A of the Code; (C) reduction of any other payments or benefits otherwise payable to the Executive on a pro-rata basis or such other manner that complies with Section 409A of the Code, but excluding any payments attributable to any acceleration of vesting and payments with respect to any equity award that are exempt from Section 409A of the Code; and (D) reduction of any payments attributable to any acceleration of vesting or payments with respect to any equity award that are exempt from Section 409A of the Code, in each case beginning with payments that would otherwise be made last in time.
(b) Certain Exclusions. For purposes of determining whether and the extent to which the Total Payments will be subject to the Excise Tax, (i) no portion of the Total Payments the receipt or enjoyment of which the Executive shall have waived at such time and in such manner as not to constitute a payment within the meaning of Section 280G(b) of the Code shall be taken into account; (ii) no portion of the Total Payments shall be taken into account which, in the written opinion of an independent, nationally recognized accounting firm (the Accounting Firm), does not constitute a parachute payment within the meaning of Section 280G(b)(2) of the Code (including by reason of Section 280G(b)(4)(A) of the Code) and, in calculating the Excise Tax, no portion of such Total Payments shall be taken into account which, in the opinion of the Accounting Firm, constitutes reasonable compensation for services actually rendered, within the meaning of Section 280G(b)(4)(B) of the Code, in excess of the base amount (as defined in Section 280G(b)(3) of the Code) allocable to such reasonable compensation; and (iii) the value of any non-cash benefit or any deferred payment or benefit included in the Total Payments shall be determined by the Accounting Firm in accordance with the principles of Sections 280G(d)(3) and (4) of the Code.
7. Confidential Information and Non-Solicitation. The Executive also hereby acknowledges that, as a condition of employment with the Company under the terms of this Agreement, Executive must, concurrently herewith, enter into the Leaf Group Confidential Information and Development Agreement, containing confidentiality and other protective covenants (the Confidentiality Agreement).
8. Representations. The Executive hereby represents and warrants to the Company that (a) the Executive is entering into this Agreement voluntarily and that the performance of the Executives obligations hereunder will not violate any agreement between the Executive and any other person, firm, organization or other entity, and (b) the Executive is not bound by the terms of any agreement with any previous employer or other party to refrain from competing, directly or indirectly, with the business of such previous employer or other party that would be violated by the Executives entering into this Agreement and/or providing services to the Company pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.
(a) This Agreement is personal to the Executive and, without the prior written consent of the Company, shall not be assignable by the Executive otherwise than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executives legal representatives.
(b) This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Company and its successors and assigns.
(c) The Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company to assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place. As used in this Agreement, Company shall mean the Company as hereinbefore defined and any successor to its business and/or assets as aforesaid which assumes and agrees to perform this Agreement by operation of law, or otherwise.
(a) Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without reference to principles of conflict of laws. The captions of this Agreement are not part of the provisions hereof and shall have no force or effect.
(b) Notices. All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be given by hand delivery to the other party or by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed as follows:
If to the Executive: at the Executives most recent address on the records of the Company.
If to the Company:
Leaf Group Ltd.
1655 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Attn: General Counsel
or to such other address as either party shall have furnished to the other in writing in accordance herewith. Notice and communications shall be effective when actually received by the addressee.
(c) Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, if the Company determines, in its good faith judgment, that any transfer or deemed transfer of funds hereunder is likely to be construed as a personal loan prohibited by Section 13(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act) and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, then such transfer or deemed transfer shall not be made to the extent necessary or appropriate so as not to violate the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
(d) Section 409A of the Code.
(i) To the extent applicable, this Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with Section 409A of the Code and Department of Treasury regulations and other interpretive guidance issued thereunder. Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, if the Company determines that any compensation or benefits payable under this Agreement may be subject to Section 409A of the Code and related Department of Treasury guidance, the Company shall work in good faith with the Executive to adopt such amendments to this Agreement or adopt other policies and procedures (including amendments, policies and procedures with retroactive effect), or take any other actions, that the Company determines are necessary or appropriate to avoid the imposition of taxes under Section 409A of the Code, including without limitation, actions intended to (i) exempt the compensation and benefits payable under this Agreement from Section 409A of the Code, and/or (ii) comply with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code and related Department of Treasury guidance; provided, however, that this Section 10(d) shall not create an obligation on the part of the Company to adopt any such amendment, policy or procedure or take any such other action, nor shall the Company have any liability for failing to do so.
(ii) Any right to a series of installment payments pursuant to this Agreement is to be treated as a right to a series of separate payments. To the extent permitted under Section 409A of the Code, any separate payment or benefit under this Agreement or otherwise shall not be deemed nonqualified deferred compensation subject to Section 409A of the Code and Section 4(d) hereof to the extent provided in the exceptions in Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(4), Section 1.409A-1(b)(9) or any other applicable exception or provision of Section 409A of the Code.
(iii) To the extent that any payments or reimbursements provided to the Executive under this Agreement, including, without limitation, pursuant to Section 2(b)(vii) hereof, are deemed to constitute compensation to the Executive to which Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-3(i)(1)(iv) would apply, such amounts shall be paid or reimbursed reasonably promptly, but not later than December 31 of the year following the year in which the expense was incurred. The amount of any such payments eligible for reimbursement in one year shall not affect the payments or expenses that are eligible for payment or reimbursement in any other taxable year, and the Executives right to such payments or reimbursement of any such expenses shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for any other benefit.
(e) Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement.
(f) Withholding. The Company may withhold from any amounts payable under this Agreement such Federal, state, local or foreign taxes as shall be required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.
(g) No Waiver. The Executives or the Companys failure to insist upon strict compliance with any provision of this Agreement or the failure to assert any right the Executive or the Company may have hereunder, including, without limitation, the right of the Executive to terminate employment for Good Reason pursuant to Section 3(c) hereof, shall not be deemed to be a waiver of such provision or right or any other provision or right of this Agreement.
(h) Entire Agreement. As of the Effective Date, this Agreement, together with the Confidentiality Agreement, any arbitration agreement, and the Equity Award Agreements and any prior equity award agreements constitutes the final, complete and exclusive agreement between the Executive and the Company with respect to the subject matter hereof and replaces and supersedes any and all other agreements, offers or promises, whether oral or written, by any member of the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates, or representative thereof.
(i) Amendment. No amendment or other modification of this Agreement shall be effective unless made in writing and signed by the parties hereto.
(j) Counterparts. This Agreement and any agreement referenced herein may be executed simultaneously in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Executive has hereunto set the Executives hand and, pursuant to the authorization from the Board, the Company has caused these presents to be executed in its name on its behalf, all as of the day and year first above written.
LEAF GROUP LTD.,
a Delaware corporation
/s/ Jill Angel
Executive Vice President, People
/s/ Brian Gephart