Form of Covenant Not to Compete and Non-Disclosure Agreement

EX-10.3 4 nkeex103.htm EXHIBIT 10.3 Exhibit



John J. Donahoe II (“Employee”)

NIKE, Inc., and its parent, divisions, subsidiaries and affiliates (“NIKE” or the “Company”, and together with Employee, the “Parties”)

DATE: October 17, 2019


A.    This Covenant Not to Compete and Non-Disclosure Agreement (the “Agreement”) is executed upon Employee’s bona fide advancement with NIKE and is a condition of such advancement and is effective as of January 13, 2020. Employee acknowledges that he was informed in a written job offer at least two weeks before starting work in his new position that this Covenant Not to Compete and Non-Disclosure Agreement is required and is a condition of advancement.

B.    Over the course of Employee’s employment with NIKE, Employee will be or has been exposed to and is in a position to develop confidential information particular to NIKE’s business and not generally known to the public as defined below (“Protected Information”). It is anticipated that Employee will continue to be exposed to Protected Information of greater sensitivity, and this Agreement will remain in effect until Employee leaves the Company or it is superseded by a new written agreement executed by the Parties.

C.    The nature of NIKE’s business is highly competitive and disclosure of any Protected Information would result in severe damage to NIKE and be difficult to measure.

D.    NIKE makes use of its Protected Information throughout the world. Protected Information of NIKE can be used to NIKE’s detriment anywhere in the world.


In consideration of the foregoing, and the terms and conditions set forth below, the Parties agree as follows:

1.    Covenant Not to Compete.

1.1 Competition Restriction. During Employee’s employment by NIKE, under the terms of any offer letter, employment contract or otherwise, and for eighteen (18) months thereafter (the “Restriction Period”), Employee will not directly or indirectly own, manage, control, or participate in the ownership, management or control of, or be employed by, consult for, or be connected in any manner with, any business engaged anywhere in the world in the athletic footwear, athletic apparel or sports equipment, sports electronics/technology and sports accessories business, or any other business that directly competes with NIKE or any of its parent, subsidiary or affiliated corporations (“Competitor”). This provision is subject to NIKE’s option to waive all or any portion of the Restriction Period as more specifically provided below.

1.2 Extension of Time. In the event that Employee breaches this covenant not to compete, the Restriction Period shall automatically toll from the date of the first breach, and all subsequent breaches, until the resolution of the breach through private settlement, judicial or other action, including all appeals. The Restriction Period shall continue upon the effective date of any such settlement, judicial or other resolution. NIKE shall not be obligated to pay Employee the additional compensation described in paragraph 1.5 below for any period of time in which this Agreement is tolled due to Employee's breach. In the event Employee receives such additional compensation for any such breach, Employee shall immediately reimburse NIKE in the amount of all such compensation upon the receipt of a written request by NIKE.

1.3 Waiver of Non-Compete. NIKE has the option, in its sole discretion, to elect to waive all or a portion of the Restriction Period or to limit the definition of Competitor by giving Employee seven (7) days’ prior written notice of such election; provided, however, unless Employee is terminated for Cause (as defined below), any waiver of the Restriction Period must be with the consent of Employee. In the event all or a portion of the Restriction Period is waived or the definition of Competitor is limited, NIKE shall not be obligated to pay Employee for any period of time as to which the covenant not to compete has been waived.

1.4 Definition of “Cause”. For purposes of this Agreement, the Company will have “Cause” to terminate Employee’s employment upon Employee’s:

conviction or plea of guilty or no contest to (i) any felony or (ii) a misdemeanor charge involving fraud, false statements or misleading omissions, wrongful taking, embezzlement, bribery, forgery, counterfeiting or extortion;

willful conduct that is or may reasonably be expected to cause material financial or reputational harm to the Company (regardless of whether such conduct occurred during or prior to Employee’s employment with the Company);

continued failure to substantially perform Employee’s duties that Employee fails to remedy to the reasonable satisfaction of the Company within thirty (30) days after written notice is delivered by the Company to Employee that sets forth in reasonable detail the basis of Employee’s failure to substantially perform Employee’s duties;

violation of the Company’s material policies (including, but not limited to, the Company’s policies pertaining to non-discrimination, anti-harassment and insider trading);

(i) obstruction, (ii) attempts to influence, obstruct or impede or (iii) failure to materially cooperate with an investigation authorized by the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”), a self-regulatory organization empowered with self-regulatory responsibilities under federal or state laws or a governmental department or agency (an “Investigation”); or

willful withholding, removal, concealment, destruction, alteration or falsification of any material which is requested in connection with an Investigation, or attempt to do so or solicitation of another to do so.

1.5 Additional Consideration.

As additional consideration for the covenant not to compete described above, should NIKE terminate Employee’s employment without Cause and elect to enforce the non-competition agreement, NIKE shall (subject to subparagraph (b) below) pay Employee a monthly payment equal to one-twelfth (1/12) of Employee’s then current Annual NIKE Income (defined herein to mean base salary and annual Performance Sharing Plan bonus calculated at 100% of


Employee’s last targeted rate) while the Restriction Period is in effect. Except where prohibited by law, if NIKE terminates Employee for Cause, no additional consideration will be owed to Employee under this Agreement, and the covenant not to compete will remain enforceable. Nothing in this paragraph or Agreement alters the employment-at-will relationship between NIKE and Employee.

If Employee voluntarily terminates employment and NIKE elects to enforce the non-competition agreement, NIKE shall (subject to subparagraph (b) below) pay Employee a monthly payment equal to one-twenty-fourth (1/24) of Employee’s then-current Annual NIKE Income while the Restriction Period is in effect.

Subject to subparagraph (b) below, payments during the Restriction Period shall be payable monthly on the last business day of the month in accordance with NIKE’s payroll practices.

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code requires that the monthly payments to Employee set forth in subparagraph (a) above may not commence until six months after Employee’s “separation from service” as defined in Treasury Regulations § 1.409A-1(h). Failure to follow this requirement will result in substantial tax penalties to Employee. Accordingly, the commencement of these payments will be delayed until after the six-month period following Employee’s separation from service in order to comply with Section 409A and avoid tax penalties for Employee. All payments that Employee would otherwise have received before the date that is six months after Employee’s separation from service will be accumulated by NIKE and paid to Employee in a lump sum promptly following the end of the six-month period, together with interest at a fluctuating rate per annum equal to the prime rate as published from time to time in The Wall Street Journal on these delayed payments from the date otherwise payable under subparagraph (a) until the date actually paid.

1.6 Withholding and Offset. NIKE reserves the right to withhold from additional consideration payable to Employee all federal, state and local taxes as shall be required, as well as any other amounts authorized or required by NIKE policy. NIKE reserves the right, exercisable in its sole discretion, to reduce the amount of additional consideration by amounts that Employee owes NIKE, including but not limited to any payments due to NIKE in accordance with the NIKE Tax Equalization Policy if Employee is employed as a transferee during his employment with NIKE. Employee agrees that notwithstanding the amount of any withholding and/or offset, even in an amount that reduces payments of additional consideration to zero dollars ($0.00), the covenant not to compete will remain enforceable. To the extent withholding or offset does not extinguish amounts that Employee owes to NIKE, Employee remains obligated for the balance of the amounts owed.

2.    Subsequent Employer. Employee agrees to notify NIKE at the time of separation of employment of the name of Employee’s new employer, if known. Employee further agrees to disclose to NIKE the name of any subsequent employer during the Restriction Period, wherever located and regardless of whether such employer is a competitor of NIKE.

3.    Non-Disclosure Agreement.

3.1 Protectable Information Defined. “Protected Information” shall mean all proprietary information, in whatever form and format, of NIKE and all information provided to NIKE by third parties that NIKE is obligated to keep confidential. Employee agrees that any and all information to which Employee has access concerning NIKE projects and internal NIKE information is Protected Information, whether in verbal form, machine-readable form, written or other tangible form, and whether designated as confidential or unmarked. Without limiting the foregoing, Protected Information includes trade secrets and competitively sensitive


business or professional information (regardless of whether such information constitutes a trade secret) relating to NIKE’s research and development activities, its intellectual property and the filing or pendency of patent applications, trade secrets, confidential techniques, methods, styles, designs, design concepts and ideas, customer and vendor lists, contract factory lists, pricing information, manufacturing plans, business and marketing plans or strategy, product development plans, product launch plans, financial information, sales information, methods of operation, manufacturing processes and methods, products, and personnel information.

3.2 Excluded Information. Notwithstanding paragraph 3.1, Protected Information excludes any information that is or becomes part of the public domain through no act or failure to act on the part of the Employee. Specifically, Employee shall be permitted to retain as part of his personal portfolio copies of Employee’s original artwork and designs, provided the artwork or designs have become part of the public domain. In any dispute between the Parties with respect to this exclusion, the burden of proof shall be on Employee and such proof will be by clear and convincing evidence.

3.3 Employee’s Obligations. During the period of employment by NIKE and for a period of two (2) years thereafter, Employee shall hold in confidence and protect all Protected Information and shall not, at any time, directly or indirectly, use any Protected Information for any purpose outside the scope of Employee’s employment with NIKE or disclose any Protected Information to any third person or organization without the prior written consent of NIKE. Specifically, but not by way of limitation, Employee shall not ever copy, transmit, reproduce, summarize, quote, publish or make any commercial or other use whatsoever of any Protected Information without the prior written consent of NIKE. Employee shall also take reasonable security precautions and such other actions as may be necessary to ensure that there is no use or disclosure, intentional or inadvertent, of Protected Information in violation of this Agreement.

4.    Return of Protected Information. At the request of NIKE at any time, and in any event, upon termination of employment, Employee shall immediately return to NIKE all Protected Information in whatever form, including tapes, notebooks, drawings, digital files or other media containing Protected Information, and all copies thereof, then in Employee’s possession or under Employee’s control.

5.    Unauthorized Use. During the period of employment with NIKE and thereafter, Employee shall notify NIKE immediately if Employee becomes aware of the unauthorized possession, use or knowledge of any Protected Information by any person employed or not employed by NIKE at the time of such possession, use or knowledge. Employee shall cooperate with NIKE in the investigation of any such incident and will cooperate with NIKE in any litigation with third parties deemed necessary by NIKE to protect the Protected Information. NIKE shall provide reasonable reimbursement to Employee for each hour so engaged and that amount shall not be diminished by operation of any payment under paragraph 1.5 of this Agreement.

6.    Non-Recruitment. During the term of this Agreement and for a period of one (1) year thereafter, Employee shall not directly or indirectly solicit, divert or hire away (or attempt to solicit, divert or hire away) to or for himself or any other company or business organization, any NIKE employee, whether or not such employee is a full-time employee or temporary employee and whether or not such employment is pursuant to a written agreement or is at will or any independent contractor working for NIKE.

7.    Accounting of Profits. Employee agrees that, if Employee should violate any term of this Agreement, NIKE shall be entitled to an accounting and repayment of all profits, compensation, commissions, remuneration or benefits that Employee directly or indirectly has realized and/or may realize as a result of or in connection with any such violation (including return of any additional consideration paid by NIKE pursuant to paragraph 1.5 above). Such remedy shall be in addition to and not in limitation of any injunctive relief or other rights or remedies to which NIKE may be entitled at law or in equity.


8.    General Provisions.

8.1 Survival. This Agreement shall continue in effect after the termination of Employee’s employment, regardless of the reason for termination.

8.2 Waiver. No waiver, amendment, modification or cancellation of any term or condition of this Agreement shall be effective unless executed in writing by both Parties. No written waiver shall excuse the performance of any act other than the act or acts specifically referred to therein.

8.3 Severability. Each provision herein shall be treated as a separate and independent clause and unenforceability of any one clause shall in no way impact the enforceability of any other clause. Should any of the provisions in this Agreement be found to be unreasonable or invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such provision shall be enforceable to the maximum extent enforceable by the law of that jurisdiction.

8.4 Applicable Law and Jurisdiction. This Agreement, and Employee’s employment hereunder, shall be construed according to the laws of the State of Oregon. Employee further hereby submits to the jurisdiction of, and agrees that exclusive jurisdiction over and venue for any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall lie in the state and federal courts located in Oregon.

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By: _______________________________
Name: John J. Donahoe II

NIKE, Inc.

By: _______________________________
Name: Monique Matheson
Title: EVP, Global Human Resources

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