Amended and Restated Employment Agreement between Party City Holdings Inc., Party City Holdco Inc. and James M. Harrison, dated March 11, 2020
AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (Agreement), dated as of the 11th day of March, 2020, by and between Party City Holdings Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), Party City Holdco Inc., a Delaware corporation (Holdco), and James M. Harrison (the Executive) and effective as of the date hereof.
WHEREAS, the Executive has served each of the Company and Holdco as Chief Executive Officer pursuant to an Employment Agreement, which was amended and restated effective as of January 1, 2015, amended on May 8, 2017 and again on May 8, 2018 (as amended, the Prior Employment Agreement); and
WHEREAS, the Company, Holdco and the Executive desire to set forth in this new Agreement the terms and conditions under which the Executive will be employed as the Vice Chairman of each of the Company and Holdco effective as of April 1, 2020 (the Effective Date);
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS:
1. Employment Period. The Company and Holdco shall continue to employ the Executive, and the Executive agrees to, and shall, serve the Company and Holdco, on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, for the period beginning on the Effective Date and ending on December 31, 2021 unless sooner terminated as set forth hereinafter (the Initial Employment Period). At the conclusion of the Initial Employment Period or any Renewal Period (as defined below), such period may be extended for an additional one-year period (any such one-year extension, a Renewal Period) upon mutual written agreement of the Executive and Holdco. The Employment Period shall mean the period that includes the Initial Employment Period and any such mutually agreed upon Renewal Period (if applicable).
2. Position, Duties and Work Location.
(a) During the Employment Period, the Executive shall serve as Vice Chairman of the Company and of Holdco. In such role, the Executive will provide strategic advisory services to Holdco, which services are expected to include identifying and evaluating corporate development opportunities available to Holdco and the Company, conducting reviews of acquisition targets, collaborating with and assisting with the onboarding process of the Chief Financial Officer of Holdco, providing advice regarding the Companys capital structure, enabling the development or further of relationships with licensors, customers or other industry stakeholder and providing counsel and coaching on various initiatives within the consumer products business. The Executive will report to the Board of Directors of Holdco (the Board) and will also perform such duties and responsibilities as are assigned to him by the Board from time to time that are reasonably related to the services described above, with it being understood that such role will not include day-to-day operational responsibilities for managing or leading the business and will not required to attend Executive Leadership Team meetings. During the Employment Period, the Executive will be nominated in 2020 and 2021 to serve as a member of the Board.
(b) During the Employment Period, and excluding any periods of vacation and sick leave to which the Executive is entitled, the Executive shall devote his full attention and time during normal business hours to the business and affairs of the Company and Holdco and shall use his reasonable best efforts to carry out the responsibilities assigned to the Executive faithfully and efficiently. It shall not be considered a violation of the foregoing for the Executive to (i) serve on civic or charitable boards or committees, (ii) deliver lectures, fulfill speaking engagements or teach at educational institutions, (iii) serve on the board of directors of other companies, so long as the Board approves such appointments (such approval not to be unreasonably withheld), or (iv) manage personal investments, so long as such activities do not compete with and are not provided to or for any entity that competes with or intends to compete with Holdco or any of its subsidiaries and affiliates and do not interfere with the performance of the Executives responsibilities as an employee of the Company or Holdco in accordance with this Agreement.
(c) During the Employment Period, (i) the Executives principal place of employment will be the Companys offices in Elmsford, New York, with it being understood that the Executive will generally be in-office two to three days per week (or such lesser amount as is determined by the Company) and otherwise will generally work from his home and (ii) the Executive will be provided with the support of an administrative assistant and will have access to a Company car and driver, in each case, subject such reasonable terms as are determined by the Company or Holdco and, in the case of the Company car and driver, subject to the reasonable availability of such car and driver in light of other business needs.
(a) Base Salary. Effective as of the Effective Date, the Executive shall receive from the Company an annual base salary (Annual Base Salary) of $750,000, payable in regular intervals in accordance with the Companys customary payroll practices in effect during the Employment Period.
(b) 2020 Annual Bonus. In addition to the Annual Base Salary, for the Companys 2020 fiscal year only, the Executive shall be eligible to receive annual bonus compensation (the 2020 Bonus) consistent with the Companys bonus plan for key executives as in effect from time to time (the Bonus Plan) and the terms set forth herein. The 2020 Bonus, if any, shall be paid in 2021 at the time annual bonuses are paid to other senior executives of the Company. For the 2020 fiscal year, the target amount of the Annual Bonus shall be $277,169.35 and the maximum amount of the Annual Bonus shall be $554,338.70, with the actual amount of the Annual Bonus, if any, to be determined by the Board or the Compensation Committee of the Board (the Committee) in accordance with the Bonus Plan.
(c) Other Benefits. During the Employment Period: (i) the Executive shall be eligible to participate in all savings and retirement plans, practices, policies and programs of the Company, and shall be entitled to paid vacation, to the same extent and on the same terms and conditions as senior executives; (ii) the Company shall pay on the Executives behalf, disability insurance premiums up to $2,000.00 per month pursuant to which policy the Executive shall be entitled to designate the beneficiary; and (iii) 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 other
welfare benefit plans, practices, policies and programs provided by the Company (including, to the extent provided, without limitation, medical, prescription, dental, disability, employee life insurance, group life insurance, accidental death and travel accident insurance plans and programs) to the same extent and on the same terms and conditions as senior executives, subject, in each case, to the terms of the applicable welfare benefit plan; provided, however, that nothing in this Agreement shall impose on the Company any obligation to offer to the Executive participation in any stock, stock option, restricted stock, bonus or other incentive award, plan, practice, policy or program, except as expressly provided in Section 3(e)(i) below. The term senior executives means executives of the Company and Holdco at a level of Senior Vice President and above.
(d) Expenses. During the Employment Period, the Executive shall be entitled to receive reimbursement for all reasonable travel and other expenses incurred by the Executive in carrying out the Executives duties under this Agreement; provided that the Executive complies with the policies, practices and procedures of the Company for submission of expense reports, receipts, or similar documentation of such expenses.
(e) Stock Awards.
(i) On the Effective Date, the Executive shall receive a grant of 200,000 stock options with a per share exercise price equal to the greater of (A) $3.00 and (B) the closing price of a share of Holdco common stock on March 31, 2020 (the 2020 Option Grant) under Holdcos equity incentive plan, subject to Executives continued employment through the grant date. The 2020 Option Grant will be eligible to vest as follows: 50% of the 2020 Option Grant will be eligible to vest on December 31, 2020 and the remaining 50% will be eligible to vest on December 31, 2021, subject, in each case, to the Executives continued employment with Holdco and the Company through the applicable vesting date and subject to such other terms as are set forth in an award agreement evidencing such grant. For the avoidance of doubt, the Executive will not be entitled to any other equity or equity-based awards following the Effective Date.
(ii) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other award agreement:
(A) any vested stock options of Holdco that are held by the Executive as of the Effective Date (or that otherwise become vested pursuant to their terms after the Effective Date while the Executive remains employed by the Company and Holdco) shall, subject to their otherwise applicable terms, remain outstanding and exercisable until their expiration date (the Extended Vesting Period) (i.e., the date that is ten (10) years following the applicable date of grant) notwithstanding any termination of the Executives employment following the Effective Date (or, if later, the date on which such stock options vest after the Effective Date but while the Executive remains employed by the Company and Holdco); provided that such stock options will be forfeited for no consideration if the Executives employment is terminated by Holdco or the Company for Cause (or the Board determines in good faith that Cause exists at the time the Executives employment terminates) or the Executive violates the restrictive covenants that apply to him pursuant to Section 8 or 9 below at any time while such options remain outstanding; and
(B) (x) any restricted stock units (including performance stock units) of Holdco that are held by the Executive as of the Effective Date will continue to be eligible to vest during the Employment Period if the Executive remains employed by the Company and Holdco on the applicable vesting date and (y) subject to the Executives continued employment with the Company and Holdco through December 31, 2021, any restricted stock units (including performance stock units) of Holdco that are scheduled to vest after December 31, 2021, shall, subject to their otherwise applicable terms, continue to be eligible to vest in accordance with their terms as if the Executives employment with the Company and Holdco continued from December 31, 2021 through the applicable vesting date.
(iii) As a condition of the Executives continued employment with the Company pursuant to this Agreement, the Executive hereby agrees that all performance-based options granted pursuant to that certain Nonqualified Stock Option Award Agreement by and between Holdco and the Executive, dated on or about April 1, 2013 will be forfeited as of the Effective Date for no consideration.
4. Termination of Employment. Upon a termination of the Executives employment with the Company and Holdco for any reason, if the Executive is then serving on the Board or in any other capacity with Holdco or its affiliates, unless otherwise agreed in writing by Holdco, his service on the Board (and in any other applicable capacity) will automatically terminate at the time of such termination of employment. The Executive agrees to take any action requested in good faith by Holdco in connection with the foregoing to reflect such cessation of service on the Board (or in any other applicable capacity). In addition:
(a) Death or Permanent Disability. The Executives employment shall terminate automatically upon the Executives death during the Employment Period. The Company or Holdco shall be entitled to terminate the Executives employment because of the Executives Permanent Disability during the Employment Period. Permanent Disability means that the Executive (i) is unable to perform his duties under this Agreement by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months; (ii) is, by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months receiving income replacement benefits for a period of not less than three months under an accident and health plan covering employees of the Company; or (iii) has been determined to be totally disabled by the Social Security Administration. A termination of the Executives employment by the Company or Holdco for Permanent Disability shall be communicated to the Executive by written notice and shall be effective on the 30th day after receipt of such notice by the Executive (the Disability Effective Date), unless the Executive returns to full-time
performance of the Executives duties in accordance with the provisions of Section 2 before such 30th day. In the event of a dispute as to whether the Executive has suffered a Permanent Disability, the final determination shall be made by a licensed physician selected by the Board and acceptable to the Executive in the Executives reasonable judgment.
(b) Other than Death or Disability. The Company or Holdco may terminate the Executives employment at any time during the Employment Period with or without Cause upon notice to the Executive.
(c) Good Reason. The Executive may terminate his employment at any time during the Employment Period for Good Reason, upon written notice to the Company setting forth in reasonable detail the nature of such Good Reason, as set forth below. For purposes of this Agreement, Good Reason is defined as any one or more of the following: any attempt to relocate the Executive to a work location that is more than 100 miles from the Companys offices in Elmsford, New York; any material diminution in the nature or scope of the Executives responsibilities or duties as defined under this Agreement (provided that a change in reporting relationships resulting from the direct or indirect control of the Company or Holdco (or a successor corporation) by another corporation or other person(s) shall not be deemed to constitute Good Reason); any material breach by the Company or any affiliate of the Company of any provision of this Agreement or any other written agreement with the Executive, which breach is not cured within twenty (20) days following written notice by the Executive to the Company; or any material failure of the Company to provide the Executive with at least the Annual Base Salary and/or any other compensation or benefits in accordance with the terms of Section 3 hereof, other than an inadvertent failure which is cured within ten (10) business days following written notice from the Executive specifying in reasonable detail the nature of such failure. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the appointment of an interim Vice Chairman during any period of the Executives disability (which may potentially result in a Permanent Disability) will not be considered Good Reason (so long as the Executive continues to be compensated pursuant to the terms of this Agreement), until the occurrence of a Permanent Disability as defined in Section 4(a).
(d) Change in Control. If there occurs a Change in Control (as hereinafter defined) during the Employment Period, and the Executive is not offered employment on substantially similar terms by Holdco or one of its continuing affiliates immediately thereafter, then, for all purposes of this Agreement, the Executives employment shall be deemed to have been terminated by the Company effective as of the date of such Change in Control; provided, however, that neither the Company nor Holdco shall have any obligation to the Executive under this Section 4 if the Executive is hired or offered employment on substantially similar terms by the purchaser of the stock or assets of Holdco or the Company, if the Executives employment hereunder is continued by Holdco or one of its continuing affiliates, or if the Executive does not actually terminate employment. As used herein, a Change in Control shall be deemed to have occurred upon the occurrence of any of the following events:
(i) a change in the ownership of Holdco within the meaning of Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-3(i)(5)(v) as in effect on the date hereof;
(ii) a change in the effective control of Holdco within the meaning of Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-3(i)(5)(vi)(2) as in effect on the date hereof; or
(iii) a change in the ownership of all or substantially all of Holdcos assets.
(e) Date of Termination. The Date of Termination means the date of the Executives death, the Disability Effective Date or the date on which the termination of the Executives employment by the Company and Holdco, or by the Executive, is effective, as the case may be, including by reason of the expiration of the Employment Period.
5. Obligations of the Company Upon Termination.
(a) By the Company Upon the Executives Death or Permanent Disability. If the Executive dies during the Employment Period or the Company or Holdco terminates the Executives employment due to the Executives Permanent Disability, the Company shall pay the Executive or his legal representative the Executives accrued but unpaid cash compensation (the Accrued Obligations), which shall equal the sum of (1) any portion of the Executives Annual Base Salary through the Date of Termination that has not yet been paid; (2) any 2020 Bonus that the Executive has earned pursuant to Section 3(b), if not previously paid; and (3) any accrued but unpaid vacation pay.
The Accrued Obligations shall be paid in cash within thirty (30) days of the Date of Termination, except for the 2020 Bonus which, if not previously paid, shall be paid in accordance with Section 3(b).
(b) By the Company for Cause. If the Executives employment is terminated by the Company or Holdco for Cause (as hereinafter defined), then the Executive shall be entitled to only the payment of the Accrued Obligations, which shall be paid to the Executive in cash in a lump sum within thirty (30) days of the Date of Termination (except for the 2020 Bonus which, if not previously paid, shall be paid in accordance with Section 3(b)) and neither the Company nor Holdco shall have any further obligation under this Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement, Cause shall mean (1) conviction of the Executive by a court of competent jurisdiction of a felony (excluding felonies under the Vehicle and Traffic Code of the State of New York or any similar law of another state within the United States of America); (2) any act of intentional fraud in connection with his duties under this Agreement; (3) any act of gross negligence or willful misconduct with respect to the Executives duties under this Agreement; and (4) any act of willful disobedience in violation of specific reasonable directions of the Board consistent with the Executives duties.
(c) By the Company for any reason other than Cause or by the Executive for Good Reason. If the Executives employment is terminated during the Employment Period (i) by the Company or Holdco other than for Cause, death or Permanent Disability or (ii) by the Executive for Good Reason the Company shall pay to the Executive (A) the Accrued Obligations, which shall be paid to the Executive in cash in a lump sum within thirty (30) days of the Date of Termination (except for the 2020 Bonus which, if not previously paid, shall be paid in accordance with Section 3(b)), (B) the Executive will also be entitled to his then current Annual Base Salary for the remainder of the Employment Period (i.e., the Initial Employment
Period for any such termination occurring prior to December 31, 2021 or through the end of any applicable one-year Renewal Period, if the Agreement has been renewed by mutual written agreement in accordance with Section 1) paid in accordance with Section 3(a), (C) the 2020 Option Grant and any other then unvested stock options held by the Executive will, subject to their otherwise applicable terms, continue to vest as though the Executive remained employed by the Company and Holdco through each applicable vesting date (to the extent not previously vested), and (D) any restricted stock units (including performance stock units) of Holdco that are held by the Executive, subject to their otherwise applicable terms, shall remain outstanding and eligible to vest as though the Executive remained employed by the Company and Holdco through each applicable vesting date. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth herein, the Executive shall not be entitled to any payment pursuant to clause (B), (C) or (D) of this Section 5(c) unless the Executive shall have, at the written request of the Company or Holdco, executed a release of any and all legal claims in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (the Release) no later than forty-five (45) days following the Date of Termination and shall not have revoked the Release in accordance with its terms.
(d) By the Executive other than for Good Reason. If during the Employment Period the Executive terminates his employment with the Company and Holdco other than for Good Reason, (x) the Company shall pay the Accrued Obligations to the Executive in a lump sum in cash within thirty (30) days of the Date of Termination (except for the 2020 Bonus which, if not previously paid, shall be paid in accordance with Section 3(b)) and neither the Company nor Holdco shall have any further obligation under this Agreement, and (y) if such termination occurs prior to December 31, 2021, notwithstanding Section 3(e)(ii)(A) of this Agreement, the Extended Vesting Period shall not apply with respect to any stock options granted to or in respect of the Executive and such stock options will be exercisable only to the extent otherwise permitted by their terms.
(e) Expiration of the Term. Unless otherwise terminated pursuant to any of the foregoing clauses of this Section 5, the Executives employment hereunder will automatically terminate at the expiration of the Employment Period and the Company shall pay to the Executive (i) the Accrued Obligations. The Accrued Obligations shall be paid in a lump sum in cash within thirty (30) days of the Date of Termination. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth herein, the Executive shall not be entitled any payment pursuant to clause (ii) of this Section 5(e) unless the Executive shall have, at the written request of the Company, executed the Release no later than forty-five (45) days following the Date of Termination and shall not have revoked the Release in accordance with its terms. Upon expiration of the Employment Period, no Severance Payment will be due and no further Restriction Period shall apply.
(g) Continuing Rights under Benefits Programs. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth herein, upon termination of employment for any reason other than death, termination by the Company for Cause, or termination by the Executive without Good Reason, the Executive shall be entitled to receive at the Executives expense, continued coverage under the Companys health insurance policy comparable to the family coverage received by the Executive at the Date of Termination, so long as the Companys Plan at the Date of Termination and thereafter permits coverage of former employees.
6. Section 409A. The parties intend for the compensation provided under this Agreement to comply with, or be exempt from, the provisions of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code) (together with the regulations thereunder, Section 409A). Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event shall the Company, Holdco or any of their respective affiliates have any liability to the Executive or to any other person claiming rights under this Agreement relating to the failure or alleged failure of any payment or benefit under this Agreement to comply with, or be exempt from, the provisions of Section 409A.
(a) Definitions. For purposes of this Agreement, all references to termination of employment and similar or correlative phrases shall be construed to require a separation from service (as defined in Section 1.409A-1(h) of the Treasury regulations after giving effect to the presumptions contained therein), and the term specified employee means an individual determined by Holdco to be a specified employee under Treasury regulation Section 1.409A-1(i).
(b) Certain Delayed Payments. If any payment or benefit hereunder constituting nonqualified deferred compensation subject to Section 409A would be subject to subsection (a)(2)(B)(i) of Section 409A (relating to payments made to specified employees of publicly-traded companies upon separation from service), any such payment or benefit to which the Executive would otherwise be entitled during the six (6) month period following the Executives separation from service will instead be provided or paid without interest on the first business day following the expiration of such six (6) month period, or if earlier, the date of the Executives death.
(c) Separate Payments. Each payment made under this Agreement shall be treated as a separate payment.
(d) Reimbursements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, any reimbursement that constitutes or could constitute nonqualified deferred compensation subject to Section 409A will be subject to the following additional requirements: (i) the expenses eligible for reimbursement will have been incurred during the term of this Agreement, (ii) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement during any calendar year will not affect the expenses eligible for reimbursement in any other taxable year; (iii) reimbursement will be made not later than December 31 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the expense was incurred; and (iv) the right to reimbursement will not be subject to liquidation or exchange for any other benefit.
7. Full Settlement. The Companys obligations to make the payments provided for in, and otherwise to perform its obligations under, this Agreement shall not be affected by any set-off, counterclaim, recoupment, defense or other claim, right or action that the Company may have against the Executive or others. In no event shall the Executive be obligated to seek other employment or take any other action by way of mitigation of the amounts payable to the Executive under any of the provisions of this Agreement and such amounts shall not be reduced, regardless of whether the Executive obtains other employment.
8. Confidential Information. The Executive shall hold in a fiduciary capacity for the benefit of the Company and Holdco all secret or confidential information, knowledge or data relating to the Company, Holdco or any company affiliated with the Company or Holdco and their respective businesses that the Executive obtains during the Executives employment by the Company and Holdco (whether before, during or after the Employment Period) and that is not public knowledge (other than as a result of the Executives violation of this Section 8) (Confidential Information). The Executive shall not communicate, divulge or disseminate Confidential Information at any time during or after the Executives employment with the Company and Holdco, except with the prior written consent of the Company or as otherwise required by law. For the avoidance of doubt, (a) nothing contained in the Agreement or any other agreement containing confidentiality provisions or other restrictive covenants in favor of any the Company or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries shall be construed to limit, restrict or in any other way affect the Executives communicating with any governmental agency or entity, or communicating with any official or staff person of a governmental agency or entity, concerning matters relevant to the governmental agency or entity and (b) the Executive will not be held criminally or civilly liable under any federal or state trade secret law for disclosing a trade secret (i) in confidence to a federal, state, or local government official, either directly or indirectly, or to an attorney, solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law, or (ii) in a complaint or other document filed under seal in a lawsuit or other proceeding; provided that notwithstanding this immunity from liability, the Executive may be held liable if the Executive unlawfully accesses trade secrets by unauthorized means.
9. Noncompetition; Nonsolicitation.
(a) Non-Competition. During the Restriction Period (as hereinafter defined), the Executive shall not directly or indirectly participate in or permit his name directly or indirectly to be used by or become associated with (including as an advisor, representative, agent, promoter, independent contractor, provider of personal services or otherwise) any person, corporation, partnership, firm, association or other enterprise or entity (a person) that is, or intends to be, engaged in any business which is in competition with any business of the Company, Holdco or any of their respective subsidiaries or controlled affiliates in any geographic area in which the Company, Holdco or any of their respective subsidiaries or controlled affiliates operate, compete or are engaged in such business or at such time intend so to operate, compete or become engaged in such business (a Competitor); provided, however, that the foregoing will not prohibit the Executive from participating in or becoming associated with a person if (i) less than 10% of the consolidated gross revenues of such person, together with its affiliates, derive from activities or businesses that are in competition with any business of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or controlled affiliates (a Competitive Business) and (ii) the Executive does not, directly or indirectly, participate in, become associated with, or otherwise have responsibilities that relate to the conduct or operations of, any Competitive Business that is conducted by such person or a division, group, or subsidiary or affiliate of such person. For purposes of this Agreement, the term participate includes any direct or indirect interest, whether as an officer, director, employee, partner, sole proprietor, trustee, beneficiary, agent, representative, independent contractor, consultant, advisor, provider of personal services, creditor, or owner (other than by ownership of less than five percent of the stock of a publicly-held corporation whose stock is traded on a national securities exchange or in an over-the-counter market).
(b) Non-Solicitation. During the Restriction Period, the Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, encourage or solicit, or assist any other person or firm in encouraging or soliciting, any person that during the three-year period preceding such termination of the Executives employment with the Company and Holdco (or, if such action occurs during the Employment Period, on the date such action was taken) is or was engaged in a business relationship with the Company or Holdco, any of their respective subsidiaries or controlled affiliates to terminate its relationship with the Company or Holdco or any of their respective subsidiaries or controlled affiliates or to engage in a business relationship with a Competitor.
(c) No Hire. During the Restriction Period, the Executive will not, except with the prior written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly, induce any employee of the Company, Holdco or any of their respective subsidiaries or controlled affiliates to terminate employment with such entity, and will not, directly or indirectly, either individually or as owner, agent, employee, consultant or otherwise, employ, offer employment or cause employment to be offered to any person (including employment as an independent contractor) who is or was employed by the Company, Holdco or any of their respective subsidiaries or controlled affiliates unless such person shall have ceased to be employed by such entity for a period of at least twelve months. For purposes of this Section 9(c), employment shall be deemed to include rendering services as an independent contractor and employees shall be deemed to include independent contractors.
(d) Non-Disparagement. Subject to the last sentence of Section 8, during the Restriction Period, the Executive shall not disparage the Company, Holdco or any of their respective officers, directors, shareholders or any of their respective affiliates, disparage their business or professional capabilities, plans or management to any person, or do anything else to affect adversely the good will of the Company, Holdco or any of their affiliates.
(e) Restriction Period. The term Restriction Period as used herein, shall mean the period beginning on the date hereof and ending on the date that is twenty-four (24) months following the date on which the Executives employment with the Company and Holdco terminates for any reason.
(f) Return of Confidential Information. Promptly following the Executives termination of employment, including due to expiration of the Employment Period, the Executive shall return to the Company all property of the Company, Holdco and their respective subsidiaries and affiliates, and all copies thereof, in the Executives possession or under his control, including, without limitation, all Confidential Information in whatever media such Confidential Information is maintained.
(g) Injunctive Relief. The Executive acknowledges and agrees that the Restriction Period and the covenants and obligations of the Executive in Section 8 and this Section 9 with respect to non-competition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality and with respect to the property of the Company and its subsidiaries and controlled affiliates, and the territories covered thereby, are fair and reasonable and the result of negotiation. The Executive further acknowledges and agrees that the covenants and obligations of the Executive in Section 8 and this Section 9 with respect to noncompetition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality and with respect to the property of the Company, Holdco and their respective subsidiaries and controlled
affiliates, and the territories covered thereby, relate to special, unique and extraordinary matters and that a violation of any of the terms of such covenants and obligations will cause the Company, Holdco and their respective subsidiaries and affiliates irreparable injury for which adequate remedies are not available at law. Therefore, the Executive agrees that the Company and Holdco shall be entitled to an injunction, restraining order or such other equitable relief as a court of competent jurisdiction may deem necessary or appropriate to restrain the Executive from committing any violation of such covenants and obligations. These injunctive remedies are cumulative and are in addition to any other rights and remedies the Company and Holdco may have at law or in equity. If, at the time of enforcement of Section 8 and/or this Section 9, a court holds that any of the restrictions stated herein are unreasonable under circumstances then existing, the parties hereto agree that the maximum period, scope, and/or geographical area legally permissible under such circumstances will be substituted for the period, scope and/or area stated herein.
(a) This Agreement is personal to the Executive and shall not be assignable by the Executive. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executives legal representatives and heirs and successors.
(b) This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon Holdco, the Company and their respective successors and assigns.
11. Section 280G. In the event that the Company undergoes a change in control after it (or any affiliate of the Company, including Holdco, that would be treated, together with the Company, as a single corporation under Section 280G of the Code and the regulations thereunder) has stock that is readily tradeable on an established securities market (within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code and the regulations thereunder), if all, or any portion, of the payments provided under this Agreement, either alone or together with other payments or benefits which the Executive receives or is entitled to receive from the Company or an affiliate, could constitute an excess parachute payment within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code, then the Executive shall be entitled to receive (i) an amount limited so that no portion thereof shall fail to be tax deductible under Section 280G of the Code (the Limited Amount), or (ii) if the amount otherwise payable hereunder (without regard to clause (i)) reduced by the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code and all other applicable federal, state and local taxes (with income taxes all computed at the highest applicable marginal rate) is greater than the Limited Amount reduced by all taxes applicable thereto (with income taxes all computed at the highest marginal rate), the amount otherwise payable hereunder. If it is determined that the Limited Amount will maximize the Executives after-tax proceeds, payments and benefits shall be reduced to equal the Limited Amount in the following order: (i) first, by reducing cash severance payments, (ii) second, by reducing other payments and benefits to which Q&A 24(c) of Section 1.280G-1 of the Treasury Regulations does not apply, and (iii) finally, by reducing all remaining payments and benefits, with all such reductions done on a pro rata basis. All determinations made pursuant this Section 11 will be made at the Companys expense by the independent public accounting firm most recently serving as the Companys outside auditors or such other accounting or benefits consulting group or firm as the Company may designate.
(a) This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, 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. This Agreement may not be amended or modified except by a written agreement executed by the parties hereto or their respective heirs, successors and legal representatives.
(b) All notices and other communications under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be given by hand delivery to the other party or by overnight courier or by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, or by facsimile (with receipt confirmation), addressed as follows:
|If to the Executive:||James M. Harrison|
|At his most recent address|
|shown in the Companys records|
|If to the Company:||Party City Holdings Inc.|
|80 Grasslands Road|
|Elmsford, NY 10523|
|Attention: Corporate Secretary|
|Fax no.: (914) 345-2056|
or to such other address as either party furnishes to the other in writing in accordance with this Section 12(b). Notices and communications shall be effective when actually received by the addressee.
(c) The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement.
(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Company may withhold from amounts payable under this Agreement all federal, state, local and foreign taxes that are required to be withheld by applicable laws or regulations. In addition, the obligations of the Company under this Agreement shall be conditional on compliance with this Section 12(d), and the Company shall, to the extent permitted by law, have the right to deduct any such taxes from any payment otherwise due to the Executive.
(e) Any partys failure to insist upon strict compliance with any provision of, or to assert any right under, this Agreement shall not be deemed to be a waiver of such provision or right or of any other provision of or right under this Agreement.
(f) The Executive acknowledges that this Agreement, together with the Exhibit hereto (and the other agreements referred to herein and therein), supersedes, as of the Effective Date, all other agreements and understandings, both written and oral, between the Executive, on one hand, and the Company and Holdco, on the other, with respect to the subject matter hereof, including, without limitation, the Prior Employment Agreement and any amendments or restatements thereto. The Executive consents to the changes to the terms of his employment as described herein and as of immediately prior to the Effective Date, the Prior Employment Agreement shall terminate automatically and be of no further force and effect.
(g) This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all of which shall together constitute one and the same instrument.
(h) Provisions of this Agreement shall survive any termination of employment if so provided herein or if necessary or desirable to accomplish the purposes of other surviving provisions, including, without limitation, the obligations of the Executive under Sections 8 and 9 hereof.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Executive has hereunto set the Executives hand and, pursuant to the authorization of their respective boards of directors, the Company and Holdco have each caused this Agreement to be executed in its name on its behalf, all as of the day and year first above written.
|PARTY CITY HOLDINGS INC.|
|Name: Michael Correale|
|Title: Principal Accounting Officer|
|PARTY CITY HOLDCO INC.|
|Name: Todd Vogensen|
Title: Chief Financial Officer
/s/ James M. Harrison
JAMES M. HARRISON
[Signature Page to Employment Agreement]
FORM OF RELEASE OF CLAIMS
This Release of Claims is provided by me, James M. Harrison (or by my designated beneficiary, in the event of my death during my employment), pursuant to the Employment Agreement between me, Party City Holdings, Inc. (the Company) and Party City Holdco Inc. (Holdco) dated as of March 11, 2020 (the Employment Agreement).
This Release of Claims is given in consideration of the severance benefits to be provided to me (or, in the event of my death during my employment, to my designated beneficiary) in connection with the termination of my employment under Section 5 of the Employment Agreement (the Separation Payments), which are conditioned on my signing this Release of Claims and to which I am not otherwise entitled, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged. On my own behalf and that of my heirs, executors, administrators, beneficiaries, representatives and assigns, and all others connected with or claiming through me, I hereby release and forever discharge the Company from any and all causes of action, rights or claims of any type or description, known or unknown, which I have had in the past, now have or might have, through the date of my signing of this Release of Claims. This includes, without limitation, any and all causes of action, rights or claims in any way resulting from, arising out of or connected with my employment by the Company or the termination of that employment or pursuant to any federal, state or local law, regulation or other requirement, including without limitation Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the fair employment practices statutes of the state or states in which I have provided services to the Company or any other federal, state, local or foreign law, all as amended, any contracts of employment, any tort claims, or any agreements, plans or policies. Nothing in this Release of Claims shall be construed to prohibit me from filing a charge with or participating in any investigation or proceeding conducted by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or a comparable state or local agency, except that I hereby agree to waive my right to recover monetary damages or other individual relief in any charge, complaint or lawsuit filed by me or by anyone else on my behalf.
For purposes of this Release of Claims, the word Company always includes the Company, Holdco the subsidiaries and affiliates of the Company or Holdco and all of their respective past, present and future officers, directors, trustees, shareholders, employees, employee benefit plans and any of the trustees or administrators thereof, agents, general and limited partners, members, managers, investors, joint venturers, representatives, predecessors, successors and assigns, and all others connected with any of them, both individually and in their official capacities.
Excluded from the scope of this Release of Claims are any rights to benefits that were vested under the Companys employee benefit plans on the date on which my employment with the Company terminated, in accordance with the terms of such plans.
In signing this Release of Claims, I give the Company assurance that I have returned to the Company any and all documents, materials and information related to the business, whether present or otherwise, of the Company and all keys and other property of the Company that were in my possession or control, all as required by and consistent with Section 9(e) of the Employment Agreement. I agree that I will not, for any purpose, attempt to access or use any computer or computer network or system of the Company, including without limitation their electronic mail systems. I further acknowledge that I have disclosed to the Company all passwords necessary or desirable to enable the Company to access all information which I have password-protected on its computer network or system.
In signing this Release of Claims, I agree that I have been paid in full all compensation due to me, whether for services rendered by me to the Company or otherwise, through the date on which my employment with the Company terminated and that, exclusive only of the Separation Payments, no further compensation of any kind shall be due to me by the Company, whether arising under the Employment Agreement or otherwise, in connection with my employment or the termination thereof. I also agree that except for any right I and my eligible dependents may have to continue participation in the Companys health and dental plans under the federal law commonly known as COBRA, my right to participate in any employee benefit plan of the Company will be determined in accordance with the terms of such plan.
I acknowledge that my eligibility for the Separation Payments is not only contingent on my signing and returning this Release of Claims to the Company in a timely manner and not revoking it thereafter, but also is subject to my compliance with the covenants contained in the Employment Agreement.
In signing this Release of Claims, acknowledge that I have not relied on any promises or representations, express or implied, that are not set forth expressly in this Release of Claims. I further acknowledge that I am waiving and releasing any rights I may have under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended (ADEA), and that this waiver and release is knowing and voluntary and is being done with a full understanding of its terms. I agree that the consideration given for this waiver and release is in addition to anything of value to which I was already entitled. I further acknowledge that I have been advised by this writing as required by the ADEA that:
1. I have the right to and am advised by the Company to consult with an attorney prior to executing this Release of Claims; and I acknowledge that I have had sufficient time to consider this Release of Claims and to consult with an attorney, if I wished to do so, or to consult with any other person of my choosing before signing;
2. I may not sign this Release of Claims prior to the termination of my employment, but that I may consider the terms of this Release of Claims for up to twenty-one days (or, if the Company so instructs me in writing, for up to forty-five days) from the later of the date my employment with the Company terminates or the date I receive this Release of Claims;
3. I have seven (7) days following execution of this Release of Claims to revoke this Release of Claims; and
4. This Release of Claims shall not be effective until the revocation period has expired.
Intending to be legally bound, I have signed this Release of Claims under seal as of the date written below.
Signature: Date signed:
Party City Holdings Inc.
Party City Holdco Inc.