independent contractor of the Company Group, or solicit, induce, recruit or encourage any such employee or independent contractor to leave the employ of, or reduce the services provided to, the Company Group, or encourage or attempt to do any of the foregoing, either for the Employees own purposes or for any other person or entity.
(ii) During the Employment Period, including any period of automatic extension of the Employment Period, and during the Restricted Period, the Employee agrees that he shall not, and shall not permit his respective affiliates to, directly or indirectly through another person within the Geographic Area, (A) solicit, interfere with, subvert, disrupt or alter the relationship, contractual or otherwise, between the Company Group and any client, customer, contractor, vendor, supplier, licensor or licensee of the Company Group, or any prospective client, customer, contractor, vendor, supplier, licensor or licensee of the Company Group, (B) divert or take away or attempt to divert or take away the business or patronage (with respect to products or services of the kind or type developed, produced, marketed, furnished or sold by the Company) of any of the clients, customers or accounts, or prospective clients, customers or accounts, of the Company, or (C) encourage or attempt to do any of the foregoing, either for the Employees own purposes or for any other person or entity.
(c) Acknowledgments. Employee acknowledges that the restrictions set forth in Sections 5(a) and 5(b) are fair and reasonable in all respects. Without limiting the foregoing, Employee makes the following acknowledgments:
(i) Employee will, by virtue of Employees position with the Company, have and gain a high level of inside knowledge regarding the Company Group and its business, and as a result, will have the ability to harm or threaten its legitimate business interests, including without limitation, its goodwill, technologies, intellectual property, business plans, processes, methods of operation, customers, customer lists, referral sources, vendors and vendor contracts, financial and marketing information, and other trade secrets.
(ii) Employee will provide services or have significant presence or influence on behalf of the Company Group within the entire Geographic Area due to the nature of the Company Groups business, which is conducted extensively throughout the Geographic Area.
(iii) Employee has received sufficient consideration in exchange for the covenants made herein.
Section 6. Nondisclosure and Nonuse of Confidential Information.
(a) The Employee will not disclose or use at any time, either during the Employment Period or thereafter, any Confidential Information (as hereinafter defined) of which the Employee is or becomes aware, whether or not such information is developed by him, except to the extent that such disclosure or use is directly related to and required by the Employees performance in good faith of duties assigned to the Employee by the Company or has been expressly authorized by the CEO or his designee; provided, however, that this sentence shall not be deemed to prohibit the Employee from complying with any subpoena, order, judgment or decree
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