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Executive Employment Agreement, effective September 20, 2021, between lululemon athletica inc. and Nicole Neuburger
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EX-10.1 2 lulu-20211031xex101.htm N. NEUBURGER EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT Document
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This Agreement is dated for reference as of September 20, 2021.
To: Nicole Neuburger
Re: Executive Employment Agreement
This Agreement contains the terms and conditions of our offer of continued employment in the position of Chief Brand Officer with lululemon athletica inc. (the “Company” or “lululemon”). This Agreement will take effect as of the Effective Date and will continue until terminated in accordance with its terms.
It is a condition of this offer that you remain eligible to work in the United States for the duration of your employment with the Company, including, if applicable, approval of your authorization to work in the United States. This offer is also contingent on your agreement to the terms and conditions set forth herein, including execution and the enclosed Schedules.
If you accept employment on the terms and conditions set out below, please execute this Agreement where indicated.
ARTICLE 1- INTERPRETATION
In this Agreement, unless something in the subject matter or context is inconsistent therewith:
“Affiliate” in this Agreement shall mean lululemon athletica canada inc. and lululemon usa inc., each direct and indirect subsidiary of the Company and any other entities identified, including joint ventures and franchises, in which the Company has an interest.
“Agreement” means this agreement, including its recitals and schedules, as amended in writing from time to time in accordance with Section 6.05.
“Base Salary” has the meaning attributed to such term in Section 3.01.
“Board” means the board of directors of the Company or its Affiliates.
“Bonus Plan” means the Company's Executive Bonus Plan as amended by the Company from year to year.
“Cause” shall mean: (a) conviction or entry of a plea of nolo contendere for embezzlement, misappropriation, fraud, dishonesty, unethical business conduct, breach of fiduciary duty, or moral turpitude, or any other felony or serious misdemeanor crime; (b) your inability (other than due to a Disability) or refusal to perform your duties hereunder; (c) your failure to follow reasonable directions from the persons to whom you report; (d) your use of alcohol or use of illegal drugs, interfering with performance of your obligations under this Agreement; (e) your commission of any willful or intentional act which injures or could reasonably be expected to injure the reputation, business or business relationships of Company, its Affiliates, or yourself or other employees of Company or its Affiliates; (f) your willful disregard or violation of Company’s written policies regarding harassment or discrimination, or any other material violation of Company’s written policies as in effect from time to time; (g) your gross negligence or willful misconduct in the performance of the your duties or with regard to the assets, business or employees of Company, including without limitation theft or embezzlement by you with respect to Company or any Affiliate; (h) your material breach of this Agreement; (i) your unauthorized use or disclosure of Proprietary
Information or Confidential Information; or (j) your breach of any confidentiality agreement, fiduciary duties or duty of loyalty.
“Company” means lululemon athletica inc.
“Compensation Committee” means the compensation committee of the Board.
“Confidential Information” means information disclosed to or known by the Executive as a consequence of or through the Executive’s employment with the Company about the Company’s or any of its Affiliates’ products, operations, research, processes or services, including but not limited to all information relating to research, development, inventions, copyrights, patents, industrial designs, licenses, manufacture, production, distribution, purchasing, accounting, financing, engineering, marketing, merchandising, selling, and other technical or business information or trade secrets of the Company or any of its Affiliates, or about any of the Company’s or any of its Affiliates’ customers, suppliers, vendors or business affiliates and also includes any information that the Company has received from others that the Company is obligated to treat as confidential or proprietary, but Confidential Information does not include information which is or becomes generally available to the public through no fault of the Executive or which the Executive can establish, through written records, was in the Executive’s possession prior to its disclosure to the Executive as a result of the Executive’s work for the Company.
“Effective Date” of this Agreement means September 20, 2021.
“Executive” means Nicole Neuburger
“Plan” means the Company’s Equity Incentive Plan, if applicable and as amended or replaced from time to time.
“Restrictive Covenant Agreement” has the meaning attributed to such term in Section 4.06.
“Termination Date” shall be the Executive’s last day of employment unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Company and the Executive.
ARTICLE 2 - EMPLOYMENT
(1)Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Company will, commencing on the Effective Date, employ the Executive in the position of Chief Brand Officer on the terms and conditions set out herein.
(2)The Executive will report to Chief Executive Officer.
(3)The Executive shall perform duties and responsibilities as are normally provided by a Chief Brand Officer of a corporation in a business and of a size similar to the Company and such other duties and responsibilities as may reasonably be assigned from time to time by the Chief Executive Officer, subject always to the control and direction of the Chief Executive Officer.
The term of this Agreement and the Executive’s employment under this Agreement is at-will, which means that either the Company or the Executive may terminate this Agreement with or without notice, at any time, with or without reason, subject to termination in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
2.03Place of Employment
(1)The Executive will perform the Executive’s duties and responsibilities for the Company in Los Angeles, California.
(2)The Executive acknowledges that the performance of the Executive’s duties and responsibilities will necessitate frequent travel to other places, including travel to the Company’s Store Support Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.
ARTICLE 3 - REMUNERATION AND BENEFITS
The Company will pay the Executive a base salary (the “Base Salary”) in the amount of USD $600,000 per annum, payable in accordance with the Company’s usual payroll practices and dates, and subject to applicable withholdings and deductions.
The Executive will be eligible to receive an annual bonus pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Bonus Plan. The Executive’s bonus target under the Bonus Plan shall be seventy-five percent (75%) of Base Salary. The Executive will not earn the Bonus until the date such Bonus is paid out. For the sake of clarity, if Executive’s employment with the Company separates any time before Bonuses are paid out, Executive is not entitled to such Bonus. The Bonus shall be subject to the Company’s sole discretion.
As an employee of the Company, you will be eligible for annual equity awards as determined by the Compensation Committee of the Board, in its sole discretion. These potential equity awards currently consist of stock options, restricted share units, and performance share units.
The Executive will be entitled to participate in applicable employee benefit plans as are in effect from time to time, subject to and in accordance with the terms and conditions of such plans.
3.05Fund Your Future Program
The Company offers opportunities to contribute to a long term savings plan and to purchase Company stock via payroll deduction. If you are eligible to participate, the Company matches employee contributions in accordance with the plan provisions. Please review the applicable plans as eligibility and enrollment requirements vary. The Company reserves the right to alter these programs in whole or in part at any time without advance notice.
3.06Plan documents and right to change
(1)Some of the compensation and benefit plans and programs referred to in this offer are governed by insurance contracts and other plan or policy documents, which will in all cases govern.
(2)The Company reserves the right to amend, change or terminate any or all of its plans, programs, policies and benefits at any time for any reason without notice to the Executive, including without limitation bonus, commission, benefit, or compensation plans and programs.
Please refer to the Company’s Employee Handbook and youlu for details regarding the Executive’s annual paid time off (“PTO”) entitlement. The Executive will take such PTO at times having regard to
the best interests of the Company. The Executive’s eligibility to earn PTO shall be capped at 1.5 times of the Executive’s annual PTO accrual rate, after which the Executive shall not accrue any additional PTO until the Executive uses some PTO.
Executive agrees that any unearned advanced PTO may be deducted from the Executive’s final pay should the Executive’s employment with the Company end for any reason. The Executive will be paid for any accrued and unused PTO upon separation of employment for any reason.
The Company will reimburse the Executive for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses properly incurred by the Executive in the course of the Executive’s employment with the Company, in accordance with the Company’s expense reimbursement policy in effect as at the date the Executive incurs any such expenses. The Executive will provide the Company with appropriate statements and receipts verifying such expenses as the Company may require.
Any reimbursement of expenses or in kind benefits the Executive is entitled to receive shall, to the extent subject to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, be subject to the following: (a) such reimbursements be paid no later than the last day of Executive’s taxable year following the taxable year in which the expense was incurred, (b) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement, or in-kind benefits to be provided, during any taxable year of Executive shall not affect the expenses eligible for reimbursement, or in-kind benefits to be provided, in any other taxable year of Executive and (c) the right to reimbursement or in-kind benefits shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit. The Company shall pay any “Gross Up Amounts” to which the Executive is entitled pursuant to the Executive Relocation Addendum no later than the last day of Executive’s taxable year following the taxable year in which Executive remits the applicable tax.
ARTICLE 4 - EXECUTIVE’S COVENANTS
4.01Full Time Service
The Executive will devote all of the Executive’s time, attention and effort to the business and affairs of the Company, will well and faithfully serve the Company and will use the Executive’s best efforts to promote the interests of the Company and its Affiliates. The Executive will not engage in other employment or consulting work while employed by the Company.
4.02Duties and Responsibilities
In the performance of the Executive’s duties, the Executive agrees to give the Company the full benefit of the Executive’s knowledge, expertise, skill and ingenuity and to exercise the degree of care, diligence and skill that a prudent executive would exercise in comparable circumstances. The Executive shall fulfill all fiduciary obligations.
4.03Policies, Rules and Regulations
The Executive will be bound by and will faithfully observe and abide by all of the policies, rules and regulations of the Company from time to time in force which are applicable to senior executives of the Company and which are brought to the Executive’s notice or of which the Executive should reasonably be aware including but not limited to the Company’s Code of Business Conduct.
4.04Conflict of Interest
(1)The Executive will not, during the Executive’s employment with the Company, engage in any business, enterprise or activity that is contrary to or detracts from the due performance of the business of the Company or the Executive’s duties.
(2)The Executive will refrain from any situation in which the Executive’s personal interest conflicts or may appear to conflict with the Executive’s duties to the Company or the interests of the Company. The Executive agrees that if there is any doubt in this respect, the Executive will inform the CEO and obtain written authorization.
(3)During the executive’s employment including any Notice Period, the Executive will not compete with the Company, directly or indirectly, including providing services whatsoever to any competitor, including but not limited to, any business engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution or sale of athletic apparel or accessories similar to or competitive with the products of the Company or any of its affiliates. For illustration only, as of the date of this Agreement, this includes but is not limited to Athleta, Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, Lucy, Zhoba, Kit & Ace, Gymshark, Sweaty Betty and Outdoor Voices.
During the Executive’s employment, the Executive will communicate to the Company all knowledge, business and customer contacts and any other information that could concern or be in any way beneficial to the business of the Company so long as Executive does not violate any agreement with a prior employer and subject to Section 4.07. Any such information communicated to the Company as aforesaid will be and remain the property of the Company notwithstanding any subsequent termination of the Executive’s employment.
The Executive agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Restrictive Covenant Agreement (the “Restrictive Covenant Agreement”) between the Company and the Executive, a copy of which is attached to this Agreement as Schedule A and is incorporated by reference and deemed to be a part of this Agreement.
The Executive is hereby requested and directed by the Company not to disclose confidential or proprietary information of any kind belonging to the Executive’s former employer or any other person. The Company is not employing the Executive to obtain the confidential information business information, intellectual property or business opportunities of the Executive’s former employer or any other person. The Executive also affirms that the Executive is not subject to any pre-existing obligations, contracts or agreements that would prevent or detract from the Executive’s ability to comply with this Agreement.
During the Executive’s on-boarding and as a condition of employment, the Executive will be required to read and comply with the Company’s Handbook. The Handbook provides additional details regarding the Executive’s employment, employee discounts, personal accountability, integrity (regarding hours worked), yoga benefits, the Code of Business Conduct (including policies related to gifts and entertainment and prohibiting bribes) and other benefits and time off programs. Failure to follow any of the Company’ policies may lead to immediate termination of employment. Additional information and resources are on youlu, which is available following the Executive’s first day of work.
4.09Stock Ownership Guidelines
The Executive acknowledges that she has received a copy of the Company’s Stock Ownership Guidelines and acknowledges and agrees to the Guidelines, as currently stated and as they may be amended from time to time.
(1)The Executive acknowledges and agrees that the Executive shall not acquire any right, title or interest in or to the Confidential Information. The Executive also acknowledges that the Company has taken great precautions to maintain the confidentiality of the Confidential Information and that but for Executive’s employment with the Company, Executive would not be privy to such Confidential Information.
(2)At all times during and subsequent to the termination of the Executive’s employment with the Company, the Executive:
(a)will not use, copy or reproduce the Confidential Information except as may be reasonably required for the Executive to perform the Executive’s duties for the Company, and the Executive will not directly or indirectly use, disseminate or disclose any Confidential Information for the Executive’s own benefit or the benefit of any other person or entity;
(b)will take all necessary precautions against unauthorized disclosure of the Confidential Information; and
(c)will not utilize the Confidential Information in a subsequent position with another employer.
(3)If the Executive is requested or ordered by law to disclose any Confidential Information, the Executive will advise the Company forthwith of such request or order in writing and provide to the Company all information concerning such request or order and the opportunity for the Company to object or intervene, prior to making any disclosure of Confidential Information.
ARTICLE 5 - TERMINATION
5.01Termination by the Company or the Executive
Both the Company and the Executive agree to provide each other twelve (12) months' advance written notice ("Notice Period") before separation of employment unless the Company terminates Executive's employment for Cause in which case no Notice Period by the Company is required. The Company may, in its sole discretion, pay Executive during the Notice Period without requiring the Executive to perform any services for, or report to, the Company. During the Notice Period, regardless of whether the Executive provides any services for, or reports to, the Company, the Executive shall remain an employee on payroll and shall fulfill all obligations and duties required and expected of an employee. The Company shall also have sole discretion to pay the Executive in lieu of the Notice Period and advance the Termination Date, in exchange for a general release and separation agreement. The Executive understands that by virtue of the Executive’s role, this is a material term of the Agreement, failure to comply with this provision is a breach of the Agreement and but for the Executive agreeing to comply with the Notice Period, the Executive would not be offered employment.
5.02Payments on Termination With or Without Cause
(1)Subject to Section 5.01, If the Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated by the Company without Cause, the Executive will only be entitled to the following payments and benefits:
(a)Accrued Compensation. The Company will pay all wages owed to the Executive including the Executive’s Base Salary up to the Termination Date, and any accrued and unused vacation pay, at the Executive’s Base Salary rate in effect at the time notice of termination is given by the Company.
(b)Accrued Expenses. The Company will reimburse the Executive for any business expenses reasonably incurred by the Executive up to and including the Termination Date in accordance with the Company's normal expenses policy applicable to the Executive at that time.
(c)Bonus Compensation. Pursuant to Section 3.02, the Executive shall only receive a bonus payment if Executive is employed upon date the Bonus is paid out; otherwise, the Executive has not earned the Bonus and will not be paid for any Bonus.
(d)Restricted Share Units, Performance Share Units and Stock Options. The Executive’s rights regarding any Restricted Share Units, Performance Share Units or stock options from the Company will be governed by the terms of the Plan and the applicable plans, agreements policies of the Company, including without limitation the Plan.
(e)No Other Payments or Benefits. The terms and conditions of this Section 5.02 and the amounts paid and the benefits provided to the Executive hereunder are all of the amounts owed to the Executive. For the sake of clarity, the Company has no further obligations to the Executive; however the Company and the Executive may agree to other payments and benefits in writing. The terms and conditions of this Section 5.02 are in full satisfaction of any payments or benefits which the Executive may otherwise have been entitled to receive in relation to the termination of this Agreement and the Executive’s employment hereunder pursuant to the common law and any applicable laws, including, without limitation, any of the Company’s programs, policies, plans, contracts or agreements, whether written or verbal.
5.03Termination Due to Disability or Death
(a)Disability. If you are prevented from performing your duties as called for by this Agreement because of physical or mental incapacity or other disability (a “Disability”) after you have been provided all legally required leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations, then Company shall have the right to terminate your employment Without Cause. It is contemplated that such termination Without Cause would generally occur if you are unable to work for more than a continuous period of twelve (12) weeks, or for shorter periods aggregating more than ninety (90) days in any consecutive twelve (12) month period.
(b)Death. If your employment shall terminate due to death, the payments and benefits provided for in Section 5.02 shall be paid to your surviving spouse, if any, or otherwise to your estate, in a single lump sum payment within thirty (30) days of your death, or, if otherwise provided in an applicable employee benefit plan, in accordance with the time and form of payment provisions of such plan, in accordance with applicable law.
5.04Return of Property
Upon separation of the Executive’s employment with the Company for any reason, the Executive will deliver or cause to be delivered to the Company promptly all books, documents, money, electronic devices, securities or other property of the Company that are in the possession, charge, control or custody of the Executive, without retaining any copies or records of any Confidential Information whatsoever. The Executive will sign a certificate attesting to the return of all Company property upon request by the Company.
5.05Resignation as Director and Officer
Upon termination of the Executive’s employment under this Agreement for any reason, the Executive will be deemed to have resigned as a director and officer of all Affiliates of the Company contemporaneously with the date of termination of the Executive’s employment for any reason and will immediately, on request of the Company, sign forms of resignation indicating – the Executive’s resignation as a director and officer of the Company and any Affiliates of the Company and of any other entities of which the Executive occupies similar positions as part of or in connection with the performance by the Executive of the duties under this Agreement, if applicable.
5.06Provisions which Operate Following Termination
Notwithstanding any termination of the Executive’s employment under this Agreement for any reason whatsoever and with or without cause, all provisions of this Agreement necessary to give efficacy thereto, including without limitation the Restrictive Covenant Agreement attached as Schedule A and Section 4.10, will continue in full force and effect following such termination.
ARTICLE 6 - MISCELLANEOUS
The Executive shall indemnify, defend, protect and hold harmless the Company from liability, loss, claim, cause of action, cost or expense (including, without limitation, attorneys fees and costs) arising out of the gross negligence or intentional misconduct of the Executive.
The Company will deduct all statutory deductions and any amounts authorized by the Executive from any amounts to be paid to the Executive under this Agreement.
This Agreement, including the Schedules to this Agreement, constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement and cancels and supersedes any prior understandings and agreements between the parties, whether oral or written, with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement and any rights which the Executive may have by reason of any such prior agreements. There are no representations, warranties, forms, conditions, undertakings or collateral agreements, express, implied or statutory between the parties other than as expressly set forth in this Agreement.
If any provision of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, such invalidity or unenforceability will attach only to such provision or part of such provision and the remaining part of such provision and all other provisions of this Agreement will continue in full force and effect.
6.05Amendments and Waivers
No amendment to this Agreement will be valid or binding unless set forth in writing and duly executed by both of the parties. No waiver of any breach of any provision of this Agreement will be effective or binding unless made in writing and signed by the party purporting to give the same and, unless otherwise provided in the written waiver, will be limited to the specific breach waived. No failure or neglect of either party hereto in any instance to exercise any right, power or privilege hereunder or under law shall constitute a waiver of any other right, power or privilege or of the same right, power or privilege in any other instance. The rights and remedies provided by this Agreement are cumulative, and the exercise of any right or remedy by either party hereto (or by its successor), whether pursuant to this Agreement, to any other agreement, or to law, shall not preclude or waive its right to exercise any or all other rights and remedies.
Any demand, notice or other communication to be given in connection with this Agreement must be given in writing and will be given by personal delivery, by registered mail, or by electronic means of communication addressed to the recipient as follows:
To the Company:
lululemon athletica canada inc.
1818 Cornwall Avenue
Attention: VP, Legal, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
To the Executive:
or such other address, individual or electronic communication number as may be designated by notice given by either party to the other.
6.07Equitable Remedies/Injunctive Relief
The Executive acknowledges that the services to be furnished hereunder and the rights granted to the Company herein are of a special, unique, extraordinary, artistic, and intellectual character which gives them a peculiar value, the loss of which cannot reasonably be compensated for in damages in an action at law; accordingly, the breach by the Executive of any of the provisions of this Agreement will cause the Company irreparable injury and damage, that could not be adequately compensated for solely by monetary award. The Company shall be entitled, as a matter of right and without further notice to the Executive, to seek and obtain an injunction, temporary restraining order, or other equitable relief in connection with any breach of this Agreement by the Executive, without the posting of bond or any other security, or without the need to prove monetary damages. This right to seek and obtain injunctive relief shall be in addition to and not in lieu of any other rights and remedies which the Company may have, whether at law or in equity, or for damages or otherwise. The Company shall be entitled to seek preliminary injunctive relief pursuant to the rights in this Section in any court of competent jurisdiction. The parties agree that the provisions of this Agreement, which includes the Schedules to this Agreement, shall be specifically enforceable, and that in addition to any other rights which the Company may have at law or in equity, the Company shall be entitled to obtain a restraining order and/or an injunction to prevent violation by the Executive of any provision of this Agreement. If the Company prevails at obtaining any preliminary or permanent injunctive or equitable relief, the Executive shall indemnify the Company for all attorneys’ fees and costs related with seeking such injunctive or equitable relief. The provisions of this Agreement and the Schedules are of tremendous value to the business of the Company, and were and are a material consideration to the continued employment of the Executive; and without the protection of this Agreement, the Company would be unable to divulge to the Executive the information necessary to enable the Executive to perform the Executive’s duties hereunder and otherwise create the opportunity for the Executive to enhance the Executive’s career.
The Executive agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Arbitration Agreement (the “Arbitration Agreement”) between the Company and the Executive, a copy of which is attached to this Agreement as Schedule C and is incorporated by reference and deemed to be a part of this Agreement.
6.09Successors and Assigns.
This Agreement will be binding upon the Executive’s heirs, executors, administrators and other legal representatives and will be for the benefit of the Company, its successors and its assigns. The Company may assign this Agreement in its discretion, including all licenses granted to the Company hereunder.
6.10Governing Law and Venue
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without regard to conflicts of laws. Each party consents to the jurisdiction and venue of the state or federal courts in Los Angeles, California, if applicable, in any action, suit, or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement. The Company and the Executive each irrevocably consent to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of the federal courts located in Los Angeles, California, as applicable, for any matter arising out of or relating to this Agreement, except that in actions seeking to enforce any order or any judgment of the federal or state courts located in Los Angeles, California, or with respect to matters arising out of Section 6.07, personal jurisdiction will be nonexclusive. Executive further agrees and understands that the State of California has a substantial relationship to the parties and to the transaction. The terms of this Agreement and my employment will be based in California and I am a resident of the State of California. Further, the Parties have chosen California as the exclusive forum to decide all matters arising from this Agreement.
6.11Voluntary and Knowing
The Executive acknowledges that the Executive has had the opportunity to negotiate this Agreement and is entering this Agreement voluntarily. The Executive also acknowledges that it was recommended to the Executive by the Company that the Executive obtain independent legal advice before executing this Agreement and that the Executive has been afforded an opportunity to do so.
lululemon athletica inc
|By:||/s/ CALVIN MCDONALD|
|Calvin McDonald, Chief Executive Officer|
SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED in the presence of:
|/s/ NICOLE NEUBURGER|
|Witness Signature||Nicole Neuburger|