Employment Agreement by and between Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC and Simon Keeton, dated January 1, 2019
EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT, dated January 1, 2019 (the Agreement), between Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC (the Company), with offices at 5005 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85008, and Simon Keeton (the Executive).
WHEREAS, the Executive has been employed by the Company since July 16, 2007 and has been employed by the Company in a key officer position since October 11, 2010;
WHEREAS, in connection with the Executives employment, the Executive and Company executed a Key Officer and Severance and Change of Control Agreement dated June 1, 2017 (the Severance and CoC Agreement);
WHEREAS, in connection with the Executives Promotion (as defined below), the Executive and the Company will enter into this Agreement which will supersede the Severance and CoC Agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby agreed as follows:
1. Employment, Duties and Agreements.
(a) The Company hereby agrees to employ the Executive via a promotion (the Promotion) as its Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Power Solutions Group effective January 1, 2019, and the Executive hereby accepts such positions and agrees to serve the Company in such capacity during the employment period described in Section 3 hereof (the Employment Period). The Executive shall report to the Office of the Chief Executive Officer (the Office of the CEO) of the Company and shall have such duties and responsibilities as the Office of the CEO may reasonably determine from time to time as are consistent with the Executives position as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Power Solutions Group. During the Employment Period, the Executive shall be subject to, and shall act in accordance with, all reasonable instructions and directions of the Office of the CEO and all applicable policies and rules of the Company.
(b) During the Employment Period, excluding any periods of vacation and sick leave to which the Executive is entitled, the Executive shall devote his full working time, energy and attention to the performance of his duties and responsibilities hereunder and shall faithfully and diligently endeavor to promote the business and best interests of the Company.
(c) During the Employment Period, the Executive may not, without the prior written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly, operate, participate in the management, operations or control of, or act as an executive, officer, consultant, agent or representative of, any type of business or service (other than as an executive of the Company), provided that it shall not be a violation of the foregoing for the Executive to manage his personal, financial and legal affairs so long as such activities do not interfere with the performance of his duties and responsibilities to the Company as provided hereunder.
(a) As compensation for the agreements made by the Executive herein and the performance by the Executive of his obligations hereunder, during the Employment Period, the Company shall pay the Executive, pursuant to the Companys normal and customary payroll procedures, a base salary at the rate of $385,000 per annum (the Base Salary). The Board of Directors of the Company and/or its Compensation Committee (both or either herein may be referred to as the Board) shall review the Executives Base Salary from time to time.
(b) In addition to the Base Salary, during the Employment Period, the Executive shall be eligible to participate in a discretionary bonus program established and approved by the Board for employees of the Company or its affiliates in similar positions to the Executive (the Program) and, pursuant to the Program, the Executive may earn a bonus (the Bonus) on an annual or other performance period basis (a Performance Cycle) up to 70% of Base Salary earned and paid during the applicable Performance Cycle or an additional amount as approved by the Board under the Program and in each case based on certain performance criteria; provided that the Executive is actively employed by the Company on the date the Bonuses are paid under the Program, except as provided in Section 5(a) herein. The Bonus may be paid annually or more frequently depending upon the Performance Cycle, as determined by the Board and pursuant to the Program. The Bonus will be specified by the Board, and the Bonus will be reviewed at least annually by the Board.
(c) During the Employment Period: (i) except as specifically provided herein, the Executive shall be entitled to participate in all savings and retirement plans, practices, policies and programs of the Company which are made available generally to other senior executive officers of the Company; and (ii) except as specifically provided herein, the Executive and/or the Executives family, as the case may be, shall be eligible for participation in, and shall receive all benefits under, all welfare benefit plans, practices, policies and programs provided by the Company which are made available generally to other senior executive officers of the Company (for the avoidance of doubt, such plans, practices, policies or programs shall not include any plan, practice, policy or program which provides benefits in the nature of severance or continuation pay).
(d) During the Employment Period, the Company shall provide the Executive with a car allowance of $1,200 per month.
(e) During the Employment Period, the Company shall reimburse the Executive up to $10,000 annually for actual financial planning expenses, without any tax gross-ups.
(f) During the Employment Period, the Executive shall be entitled to at least four (4) weeks of paid vacation time for each calendar year in accordance with the Companys normal and customary policies and procedures now in force or as such policies and procedures may be modified with respect to senior executive officers of the Company.
(g) During the Employment Period, the Company shall reimburse the Executive for all reasonable business expenses upon the presentation of statements of such expenses in accordance with the Companys normal and customary policies and procedures now in force or as such policies and procedures may be modified with respect to senior executive officers of the Company.
3. Employment Period.
The Company shall employ Executive on the terms and subject to the conditions of this Agreement commencing as of the date of the execution of this Agreement (the Effective Date). Executive shall be considered an at-will employee, which means that Executives employment may be
terminated by the Company or by the Executive at any time for any reason or no reason at all. The period during which Executive is employed by the Company pursuant to this Agreement shall be referred to as the Employment Period. The Executives employment hereunder may be terminated during the Employment Period upon the earliest to occur of the following events (at which time the Employment Period shall be terminated):
(a) Death. The Executives employment hereunder shall terminate upon his death.
(b) Disability. The Company shall be entitled to terminate the Executives employment hereunder for Disability if, as a result of the Executives incapacity due to physical or mental illness or injury, after any accommodation required by law, the Executive shall have been unable to perform his duties hereunder for a period of ninety (90) consecutive days, and within thirty (30) days after Notice of Termination (as defined in Section 4 below) for Disability is given following such 90-day period the Executive shall not have returned to the performance of his duties on a full-time basis.
(c) Cause. The Company may terminate the Executives employment hereunder for Cause. For purposes of this Agreement, the term Cause shall mean: (i) a material breach by the Executive of this Agreement; (ii) the failure by the Executive to reasonably and substantially perform his duties hereunder (other than as a result of physical or mental illness or injury); (iii) the Executives willful misconduct or gross negligence which is materially injurious to the Company; and (iv) the commission by the Executive of a felony or other serious crime involving moral turpitude. In the case of clauses (i) and (ii) above, the Company shall provide notice to the Executive indicating in reasonable detail the events or circumstances that it believes constitute Cause hereunder and, if such breach or failure is reasonably susceptible to cure, provide the Executive with a reasonable period of time (not to exceed thirty (30) days) to cure such breach or failure. If, subsequent to the Executives termination of employment hereunder for other than Cause, it is determined in good faith by the Board that the Executives employment could have been terminated for Cause (except for a termination under (ii) of the above definition of Cause), the Executives employment shall, at the election of the Board, be deemed to have been terminated for Cause retroactively to the date the events giving rise to Cause occurred.
(d) Without Cause. The Company may terminate the Executives employment hereunder during the Employment Period without Cause.
(e) Voluntarily. The Executive may voluntarily terminate his employment hereunder (other than for Good Reason), provided that the Executive provides the Company with notice of his intent to terminate his employment at least three months in advance of the Date of Termination (as defined in Section 4 below).
(f) For Good Reason. The Executive may terminate his employment hereunder for Good Reason and any such termination shall be deemed a termination by the Company without Cause. For purposes of this Agreement, Good Reason shall mean: (i) a material breach of this Agreement by the Company; (ii) without the Executives written consent, reducing the Executives salary, as in effect immediately prior to such reduction, while at the same time not proportionately reducing the salaries of the other comparable officers of the Company; or (iii) without the Executives written consent, a material and continued diminution of the Executives duties and responsibilities hereunder, unless the Executive is provided with comparable duties and responsibilities in a comparable position (i.e., a position of equal or greater duties and responsibilities); provided that in either (i), (ii), or (iii) above, the Executive shall notify the Company within thirty (30) days after the event or events which the Executive believes constitute Good Reason hereunder and shall describe in such notice in reasonable detail such event or events and provide the Company a thirty (30) day period after delivery of such notice to cure such breach or diminution.
4. Termination Procedure.
(a) Notice of Termination. Any termination of the Executives employment by the Company or by the Executive during the Employment Period (other than a termination on account of the death of Executive) shall be communicated by written Notice of Termination to the other party hereto in accordance with Section 11(a).
(b) Date of Termination. Date of Termination shall mean: (i) if the Executives employment is terminated by his death, the date of his death; (ii) if the Executives employment is terminated pursuant to Section 3(b), thirty (30) days after Notice of Termination, provided that the Executive shall not have returned to the performance of his duties hereunder on a full-time basis within such thirty (30) day period; (iii) if the Executive voluntarily terminates his employment, the date specified in the notice given pursuant to Section 3(e) herein which shall not be less than three months after the Notice of Termination is delivered to the Company; (iv) if the Executive terminates his employment for Good Reason pursuant to Section 3(f) herein, thirty (30) days after Notice of Termination; and (v) if the Executives employment is terminated for any other reason, the date on which a Notice of Termination is given or any later date (within thirty (30) days, or any alternative time period agreed upon by the parties, after the giving of such notice) set forth in such Notice of Termination.
5. Termination Payments.
(a) Without Cause. In the event of the termination of the Executives employment during the Employment Period by the Company without Cause (including a deemed termination without Cause as provided in Section 3(f) herein), the Executive shall be entitled to: (i) any accrued but unused vacation; (ii) Base Salary through the Date of Termination (to the extent not theretofore paid); (iii) the continuation of Base Salary (as in effect immediately prior to the termination) for twelve (12) months following the Date of Termination which, subject to the restrictions set forth below, shall be paid in accordance with the Companys ordinary payroll practices in effect from time to time and which shall begin on the first payroll period immediately following the date on which the general release and waiver described below in this Section 5(a) becomes irrevocable; (iv) any earned but not paid Bonus for the Performance Cycle immediately preceding the Date of Termination; and (v) a pro-rata portion of the Bonus, if any, for the Performance Cycle in which the Date of Termination occurs (based on the achievement of the applicable performance criteria and related to the applicable Performance Cycle as described in Section 2(b)). Notwithstanding the foregoing, the amount of payment set forth in (iii) above during the six-month period following the Date of Termination shall not exceed the severance pay exception limitation amount set forth in Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9)(iii)(A) (any amount that is payable during such six-month period that is in excess of the separation pay exception limitation shall be paid in a single lump sum on the six-month anniversary of the Date of Termination). If the Company determines in good faith that the separation pay exception set forth in Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9)(iii) does not apply as of the Date of Termination, the amount set forth in (iii) above shall be paid (a) in an initial lump sum equal to six months base salary (net of applicable taxes and withholdings) on the six-month anniversary of the Date of Termination and (b) thereafter in installments in accordance with the Companys ordinary payroll practices. The amounts set forth in (i) and (ii) above, shall be paid in accordance with applicable law on the Date of Termination. The amounts set forth in (iv) and (v) above shall be paid as soon as is reasonably practicable after the close of the accounting books and records of the Company for the relevant performance period at the same time bonuses are paid to other active employees, but in no event will payment be made for any performance period ending on December 31 before January 1 or after March 15 of the year following the year in which the performance period ends. If payment by such date is administratively impracticable, payment may be made at a later date as permitted under Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(4)(ii). In addition, in the event of a termination by the Company without Cause under this Section 5(a) (including a deemed termination without Cause as provided in Section 3(f) herein): (1) if the Executive elects to continue the Companys
group health plans pursuant to his rights under COBRA, the Company shall pay the Executives COBRA continuation premiums until the earlier of (x) the date the Executive receives group health benefits from another employer or (y) the one-year anniversary of the Date of Termination; and (2) the Company will provide the Executive with outplacement services from vendors designated by the Company for a period of six (6) months following the Date of Termination, at a cost not to exceed $5,000. Notwithstanding the foregoing, to receive the termination related payments and benefits described in this Section 5, within the time periods described below, the Executive must execute (and not revoke) a general release and waiver (in a form reasonably acceptable to the Company) waiving all claims the Executive may have against the Company, its affiliates (including, without limitation, Parent (as defined below)), successors, assigns, executives, officers and directors, and others. The release shall be provided to the Executive on or before the date that is five (5) days following the Date of Termination and the Executive shall have twenty-one (21) days following the date on which the release is given to the Executive to sign and return the release to the Company. The release must be executed and returned to the Company within the time period described in the release and it must not be revoked by the Executive during the seven (7) day revocation period that will be described in the release. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, if the Company concludes that the severance payments described in Section 5(a) constitute a deferral of compensation within the meaning of the Section 409A Regulations, and if the consideration period that will be described in the release, plus the seven (7) day revocation period that will be described in the release, spans two (2) calendar years, the severance payments shall not begin until the second calendar year. Except as provided in this Section 5(a), the Company shall have no additional obligations under this Agreement.
(b) Cause, Disability, Death or Voluntarily other than for Good Reason. If the Executives employment is terminated during the Employment Period by: (i) the Company for Cause; (ii) voluntarily by the Executive other than for Good Reason; or (iii) as a result of the Executives death or Disability, the Company shall pay the Executive or the Executives estate, as the case may be, within thirty (30) days following the Date of Termination the Executives accrued but unused vacation and his Base Salary through the Date of Termination (to the extent not theretofore paid). Except as provided in this Section 5(b), the Company shall have no additional obligations under this Agreement.
(c) Change in Control. If within twenty-four (24) months following a Change in Control (as defined herein), (i) the Company terminates the Executives employment without Cause or (ii) the Executive terminates employment with the Company for Good Reason, then, in addition to all of the benefits provided to the Executive under Section 5(a) of this Agreement, notwithstanding any provision in any applicable option grant agreement or restricted stock unit award agreement where the award vests based solely on the passage of time between the Company (or Parent (as defined below)) and the Executive: (i) any outstanding but unvested options and any restricted stock units where the award vests based solely on the passage of time granted on or prior to the Effective Date and any unvested options and/or restricted stock units granted in connection with the Executives Promotion shall fully vest upon the Date of Termination; and (ii) all options (both vested and unvested) granted on or prior to the Effective Date or in connection with the Executives Promotion will remain fully exercisable until the first to occur of (1) the one-year anniversary of the Date of Termination, and (2) either the tenth anniversary or the seventh anniversary of the grant date of such options, depending upon what the relevant option grant agreement specify with regard to an options term or expiration date; provided, however, that if the Company determines in good faith that the extension of the options exercise period results in the options being considered non-qualified deferred compensation subject to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), such extension shall not take effect. In addition, the Executive shall be entitled to an amount equal to the total target Bonus (as defined above) under the Bonus Program in effect as of the Date of Termination; provided that if Bonuses are paid semi-annually as of the Date of Termination the Executive shall be entitled to an amount equal to two (2) times the total target Bonus for the Performance Cycle in which the Date of Termination occurs, with such amount paid as soon as is reasonably practicable after the close of the accounting books and records
the Company for the relevant Performance Cycle at the same time bonuses are paid to other active employees, but in no event will payment be made for any Performance Cycle ending on December 31 before January 1 or after March 15 of the year following the year in which the Performance Cycle ends. If payment by such date is administratively impracticable, payment may be made at a later date as permitted under Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(4)(ii). For purposes of this Agreement, a Change in Control shall have the meaning set forth in the ON Semiconductor Corporation Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan, as it may be amended from time-to-time. For the avoidance of doubt, the equity award vesting provisions described in this Section 5(c) do not apply to performance-based restricted stock or performance-based restricted stock unit awards and such awards shall continue to be governed by the Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan, as it may be amended from time to time and any other related equity grant or award agreement document.
6. Legal Fees.
In the event of any contest or dispute between the Company and the Executive with respect to this Agreement or the Executives employment hereunder, each of the parties shall be responsible for their respective legal fees and expenses.
The Executive recognizes that the Companys employees are a valuable asset to the Company and represent a substantial investment of Company time and resources. Accordingly, during the Employment Period and for one (1) year thereafter, the Executive hereby agrees not to, directly or indirectly, solicit or assist any other person or entity in soliciting any employee of ON Semiconductor Corporation (the Parent), the Company or any of their subsidiaries to perform services for any entity (other than the Parent, the Company or their subsidiaries), or attempt to induce any such employee to leave the employment of the Parent, the Company or their subsidiaries.
8. Confidentiality; Non-Compete; Non-Disclosure; Non-Disparagement.
(a) During the Employment Period and thereafter, the Executive shall hold in strict confidence any proprietary or Confidential Information related to the Parent, the Company and their affiliates. For purposes of this Agreement, Confidential Information shall mean all information of the Parent, the Company or any of their affiliates (in whatever form) which is not generally known to the public, including without limitation any inventions, processes, methods of distribution, customer lists or customers or trade secrets. Confidential Information does not include information that: (i) is or becomes part of the public domain through no fault of the Executive; (ii) is already known to the Executive and has been identified by the Executive to the Company in writing prior to the commencement of the Executives employment with Company; or (iii) is subsequently lawfully received by the Executive from a third party not subject to confidentiality restrictions.
(b) During the Executives employment with Company, and at all times thereafter, the Executive will (i) keep confidential and not divulge, furnish or make accessible to any person any Confidential Information; and (ii) use the Confidential Information solely for the purpose of performing the Executives duties of employment and not for the Executives own benefit or the benefit of any other Person. Promptly after the Date of Termination, or at any time upon request by Company, the Executive shall return to Company any Confidential Information (in hard copy and electronic formats) in the Executives possession.
(c) With the limited exceptions noted below, the Executive shall be permitted to disclose Confidential Information to the extent, but only to the extent, (i) Company provides its express prior written consent to such disclosure; (ii) it is necessary to perform the duties of the Executives
employment; or (iii) as required by law; provided, that prior to making any disclosure of Confidential Information required by law (whether pursuant to a subpoena, government investigative demand, or other similar process), the Executive must notify Company of the Executives intent to make such disclosure, so that Company may seek a protective order or other appropriate remedy and may participate with the Executive in determining the amount and type of Confidential Information, if any, which must be disclosed to comply with applicable law.
(d) There are limited exceptions to the above confidentiality requirement if the Executive is providing information to government agencies, including but not limited to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (or its state equivalent), and the Securities and Exchange Commission. This Agreement does not limit the Executives ability to communicate with any government agencies regarding matters within their jurisdiction or otherwise participate in any investigation or proceeding that may be conducted by any government agency, including providing documents or other information, without notice, to the government agencies. Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent the Executive from the disclosure of Confidential Information or trade secrets that: (i) is made: (A) in confidence to a federal, state, or local government official, either directly or indirectly, or to an attorney; and (B) solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law; or (ii) is made in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if such filing is made under seal. In the event that the Executive files a lawsuit alleging retaliation by Company for reporting a suspected violation of law, the Executive may disclose Confidential Information or trade secrets related to the suspected violation of law or alleged retaliation to the Executives attorney and use the Confidential Information or trade secrets in the court proceeding if the Executive or the Executives attorney: (i) files any document containing Confidential Information or trade secrets under seal; and (ii) does not disclose Confidential Information or trade secrets, except pursuant to court order. The Company provides this notice in compliance with, among other laws, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.
(e) The Executive and the Company agree that the Parent, the Company, and their affiliates would likely suffer significant harm from the Executive competing with any or all of the Parent, the Company or their affiliates for a certain period of time after the Date of Termination. Accordingly, the Executive agrees that the Executive will not, for a period of one (1) year following the Date of Termination, directly or indirectly, become employed by, engage in business with, serve as an agent or consultant to, become a partner, member, principal, stockholder or other owner (other than a holder of less than 1% of the outstanding voting shares of any publicly held company) of, or otherwise perform services for (whether or not for compensation) any Competitive Business (as defined below) in or from any location in the United States (the Restricted Territory); provided, however, that if (and only if) required by a court of competent jurisdiction for the provisions of this section to remain valid and enforceable against the Executive, the Restricted Territory means the state of Arizona. For purposes of this Agreement, Competitive Business shall mean any individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, unincorporated organization, trust or joint venture, or government agency or political subdivision thereof that is engaged in, or otherwise competes or has demonstrated a potential for competing with the Business (as defined below) for customers of the Company or its affiliates anywhere in the world. For purposes of this Agreement, Business shall mean the design, marketing and sale of semiconductors in the power, analog, digital signal processing, mixed signal, advanced logic, discrete and custom devices, data management semiconductors, memory and standard semiconductor components and integrated circuits offered by any or all of the Parent, the Company or their affiliates for use in electronic products, appliances and automobiles, computing, consumer and industrial electronics, wireless communications, networking, military and aerospace and medical end-user markets.
(f) Upon the termination of the Employment Period, the Executive shall not take, without the prior written consent of the Company, any drawing, blueprint, specification or other document (in whatever form) of the Parent, the Company or their affiliates, which is of a confidential nature relating to
the Parent, the Company or their affiliates, or, without limitation, relating to any of their methods of distribution, or any description of any formulas or secret processes and will return any such information (in whatever form) then in the Executives possession.
(g) During the Employment Period and at all times thereafter, the Executive agrees that the Executive will not make (or cause or encourage others to make) statements that unlawfully defame or disparage the Parent, the Company, their affiliates and their officers, directors, members or executives. The Executive hereby agrees to cooperate with the Company in refuting any defamatory or disparaging remarks by any third party made in respect of the Parent, the Company, their affiliates or their directors, members, officers or executives.
9. Injunctive Relief.
It is impossible to measure in money the damages that will accrue to the Company in the event that the Executive breaches any of the restrictive covenants provided in Sections 7 and 8 hereof. In the event that the Executive breaches any such restrictive covenant, the Company shall be entitled to an injunction restraining the Executive from violating such restrictive covenant (without posting any bond or other security). If the Company shall institute any action or proceeding to enforce any such restrictive covenant, the Executive hereby waives the claim or defense that the Company has an adequate remedy at law and agrees not to assert in any such action or proceeding the claim or defense that the Company has an adequate remedy at law. The foregoing shall not prejudice the Companys right to require the Executive to account for and pay over to the Company, and the Executive hereby agrees to account for and pay over, the compensation, profits, monies, accruals or other benefits derived or received by the Executive as a result of any transaction constituting a breach of any of the restrictive covenants provided in Sections 7 or 8 hereof. If the Executive is in breach of any of the provisions of Section 7 or 8 above, then the time periods set forth in Sections 7 or 8 will be extended by the length of time during which the Executive is in breach of any of such provisions.
(a) The parties hereto hereby represent that they each have the authority to enter into this Agreement, and the Executive hereby represents to the Company that the execution of, and performance of duties under, this Agreement shall not constitute a breach of or otherwise violate any other agreement to which the Executive is a party.
(b) The Executive hereby represents to the Company that he will not utilize or disclose any confidential information obtained by the Executive in connection with his former employment with respect to this duties and responsibilities hereunder.
(a) Any notice or other communication required or permitted under this Agreement shall be effective only if it is in writing and shall be deemed to be given when delivered personally or four days after it is mailed by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested or one day after it is sent by a reputable overnight courier service and, in each case, addressed as follows (or if it is sent through any other method agreed upon by the parties):
If to the Company:
Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
Attention: General Counsel
5005 East McDowell Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
If to the Executive, to the address for the Executive on file with the Company at the time of the notice,
or to such other address as any party hereto may designate by notice to the others.
(b) This Agreement shall constitute the entire agreement among the parties hereto with respect to the Executives employment hereunder, and supersedes and is in full substitution for any and all prior understandings or agreements with respect to the Executives employment including, but not limited to, the Severance and CoC Agreement (it being understood that, except as otherwise expressly stated in this Agreement, stock options and restricted stock units awards granted to the Executive shall be governed by the relevant plan and any other related grant or award agreement and any other related documents).
(c) This Agreement may be amended only by an instrument in writing signed by the parties hereto, and any provision hereof may be waived only by an instrument in writing signed by the party or parties against whom or which enforcement of such waiver is sought. The failure of any party hereto at any time to require the performance by any other party hereto of any provision hereof shall in no way affect the full right to require such performance at any time thereafter, nor shall the waiver by any party hereto of a breach of any provision hereof be taken or held to be a waiver of any succeeding breach of such provision or a waiver of the provision itself or a waiver of any other provision of this Agreement.
(d) The parties hereto acknowledge and agree that each party has reviewed and negotiated the terms and provisions of this Agreement and has had the opportunity to contribute to its revision. Accordingly, the rule of construction to the effect that ambiguities are resolved against the drafting party shall not be employed in the interpretation of this Agreement. Rather, the terms of this Agreement shall be construed fairly as to both parties hereto and not in favor or against either party.
(e) (i) This Agreement is binding on and is for the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors, assigns, heirs, executors, administrators and other legal representatives. Neither this Agreement nor any right or obligation hereunder may be assigned by the Executive.
(ii) The Company shall 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 this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would have been required to perform it if no such succession had taken place. As used in the Agreement, the Company shall mean both the Company as defined above and any such successor that assumes this Agreement, by operation of law or otherwise.
(f) Any provision of this Agreement (or portion thereof) which is deemed invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to that jurisdiction and subject to this Section, be ineffective to the extent of such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability, without affecting in any way the remaining provisions thereof in such jurisdiction or rendering that or any other provisions of this Agreement invalid, illegal, or unenforceable in any other jurisdiction. If any covenant should be deemed invalid, illegal or unenforceable because its scope is considered excessive, such covenant shall be modified so that the scope of the covenant is reduced only to the minimum extent necessary to render the modified covenant valid, legal and enforceable. No waiver of any provision or violation of this Agreement by Company shall be implied by Companys forbearance or failure to take action.
(g) The Company may withhold from any amounts payable to the Executive hereunder all federal, state, city or other taxes that the Company may reasonably determine are required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation, (it being understood, that the Executive shall be responsible for payment of all taxes in respect of the payments and benefits provided herein).
(h) The payments and other consideration to the Executive under this Agreement shall be made without right of offset.
(i) (i) Notwithstanding anything set forth herein to the contrary, no amount payable pursuant to this Agreement on account of the Executives termination of employment which constitutes a deferral of compensation within the meaning of the Treasury Regulations issued pursuant to Section 409A of the Code (Section 409A Regulations) shall be paid unless and until the Executive has incurred a separation from service within the meaning of the Section 409A Regulations. Furthermore, to the extent that the Executive is a specified employee within the meaning of the Section 409A Regulations as of the date of the Executives separation from service, no amount that constitutes a deferral of compensation that is payable on account of the Executives separation from service shall be paid to the Executive before the date (Delayed Payment Date) which is the first day of the seventh month after the date of the Executives separation from service or, if earlier, the date of the Executives death following such separation from service. All such amounts that would, but for this subsection, become payable prior to the Delayed Payment Date will be accumulated and paid on the Delayed Payment Date.
(ii) The Company intends that income provided to Executive pursuant to this Agreement will not be subject to taxation under Section 409A of the Code. The provisions of this Agreement shall be interpreted and construed in favor of satisfying any applicable requirements of Section 409A of the Code and the Section 409A Regulations. However, the Company does not guarantee any particular tax effect for income provided to Executive pursuant to this Agreement. In any event, except for the Companys responsibility to withhold applicable income and employment taxes from compensation paid or provided to the Executive, the Company shall not be responsible for the payment of any applicable taxes on compensation paid or provided to the Executive pursuant to this Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event this Agreement or any benefit paid to Executive hereunder is deemed to be subject to Section 409A of the Code, the Executive consents to the Company adopting such conforming amendments as the Company deems necessary, in its sole discretion, to comply with Section 409A, without reducing the amounts of any benefits due to the Executive hereunder.
(j) By signing this Agreement, the Executive agrees to be bound by, and comply with the terms of the compensation recovery policy or policies (and related practices) of the Company or its affiliates as such may be in effect from time-to-time.
(k) This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Arizona without reference to its principles of conflicts of law.
(l) This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which shall constitute one and the same instrument.
(m) The headings in this Agreement are inserted for convenience of reference only and shall not be a part of or control or affect the meaning of any provision hereof.
12. Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code.
(a) Sections 280G and 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code may place significant tax burdens on both the Executive and the Company if the total payments made to the Executive due to certain change in control events described in Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code (the Total Change in Control Payments) equal or exceed the Executives 280G Cap. For this purpose, the Executives 280G Cap is equal to the Executives average annual compensation in the five (5) calendar years preceding the calendar year in which the change in control event occurs (the Base Period Income Amount) times three (3). If the Total Change in Control Payments equal or exceed the 280G Cap, Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code imposes a 20% excise tax (the Excise Tax) on all amounts in excess of one (1) times the Executives Base Period Income Amount. In determining whether the Total Change in Control Payments will equal or exceed the 280G Cap and result in the imposition of an Excise Tax, the provisions of Sections 280G and 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code and the applicable Treasury Regulations will control over the general provisions of this Section 12. All determinations and calculations required to implement the rules set forth in this Section 12 shall take into account all applicable federal, state, and local income taxes and employment taxes (and for purposes of such calculations, the Executive shall be deemed to pay income taxes at the highest combined federal, state and local marginal tax rates for the calendar year in which the Total Change in Control Payments are to be made, less the maximum federal income tax deduction that could be obtained as a result of a deduction for state and local taxes (the Assumed Taxes)).
(b) Subject to the best net exception described in Section 12(c), in order to avoid the imposition of the Excise Tax, the total payments to which the Executive is entitled under this Agreement or otherwise will be reduced to the extent necessary to avoid equaling or exceeding the 280G Cap, with such reduction first applied to the cash severance payments that the Executive would otherwise be entitled to receive pursuant to this Agreement and thereafter applied in a manner that will not subject the Executive to tax and penalties under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.
(c) If the Executives Total Change in Control Payments minus the Excise Tax and the Assumed Taxes (payable with respect to the amount of the Total Change in Control Payments) exceeds the 280G Cap minus the Assumed Taxes (payable with respect to the amount of the 280G Cap), then the total payments to which the Executive is entitled under this Agreement or otherwise will not be reduced pursuant to Section 12(b). If this best net exception applies, the Executive shall be fully responsible for paying any Excise Tax (and income or other taxes) that may be imposed on the Executive pursuant to Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code or otherwise.
(d) The Company will engage a law firm, a certified public accounting firm, and/or a firm of reputable executive compensation consultants (the Consultant) to make any necessary determinations and to perform any necessary calculations required in order to implement the rules set forth in this Section 12. The Consultant shall provide detailed supporting calculations to both the Company and the Executive and all fees and expenses of the Consultant shall be borne by the Company. If the provisions of Section 280G and 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code are repealed without succession, this Section 12 shall be of no further force or effect. In addition, if this provision does not apply to the Executive for whatever reason, this Section shall be of no further force or effect.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date first above written.
|Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC|
|/s/ KEITH JACKSON|
|Name: Keith Jackson|
|Title: Chief Executive Officer|
|/s/ SIMON KEETON|