Offer letter dated January 15, 2021 between RealNetworks, Inc. and Christine Chambers

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Exhibit 10.1

January 15, 2021

Christine Chambers
Via e-mail

Dear Christine,

I am extremely pleased to offer you employment at RealNetworks, Inc. (“Real”, “RealNetworks”, the “Company” or “us”) as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, reporting directly to Mike Ensing, President & COO. Your start date as a Senior Vice President at Real will be February 22, 2021. You will officially become the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of RealNetworks on a date to be determined between your start date and March 15, 2021.

This offer is for a full-time, exempt, regular position with RealNetworks at our headquarters location in Seattle, Washington. Your responsibilities will be as directed by RealNetworks commensurate with your title. You will be paid a salary, which is equivalent on an annualized basis to $330,000 (subject to normal withholdings), payable semi-monthly in accordance with our normal payroll procedures. You are eligible to participate in the Executive MBO Plan with an annual target bonus equivalent to 75% of your base salary, or $247,500, for an annual target total cash compensation of $577,500. Specific targets will be established by the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors annually. For the 2021 plan year, your eligibility in the Executive MBO Plan will be pro-rated based on full months’ eligibility. Eligible employees hired after the first of the month will not begin pro-ration of their target bonus until the first day of the next month. Your first year bonus payout will include a guaranteed minimum payout of $126,000.

You will be eligible to receive equity awards subject to the terms of the RealNetworks 2005 Stock Incentive Plan (the “Plan”). Subject to and effective upon the commencement of your employment and the approval of the Compensation Committee, you will receive a grant of stock options for the purchase of 250,000 shares of RealNetworks common stock. These options will begin vesting on the first day of your employment and will be subject to all other provisions contained in the Plan and your stock option award agreement. These stock options will fully vest after four years of continuous employment in accordance with Real’s standard vesting practices for new employees (i.e. vesting of 25% after the first 12 months of employment and vesting of 12.5% at the expiration of each successive six months of employment). Your stock options will be granted by the Compensation Committee no later than 20 business days after your employment start date (the “Grant Date”). The exercise price of the stock options granted to you shall be equal to the fair market value of RealNetworks common stock on the Grant Date. Fair market value shall equal the closing price for a share of RealNetworks common stock on the Grant Date as reported by The NASDAQ Stock Market. Please be aware that unvested stock options are forfeited upon termination of employment, except as otherwise provided.

You will receive a sign-on bonus of $100,000.00, subject to standard withholdings, no later than the second pay date following the commencement of your employment from your start date. The sign-on bonus is subject to repayment by you on a prorated basis if you voluntarily leave RealNetworks within 24 months of your start date other than for “good reason” (as hereinafter defined).

Further, RealNetworks will provide you with $6000.00 annually for each of the next three years to cover your expenses for engaging an executive coach. This amount may be considered taxable income.

RealNetworks offers a comprehensive array of employee benefit programs. You will receive paid time off and, upon satisfying plan applicable eligibility or waiting periods, medical/ dental/vision coverage, 401(k) participation, disability and life insurance coverage and other benefits (“Benefits”) as described in the RealNetworks Employee Handbook, Benefit Plan descriptions, and RealNetworks policies. All of the Benefits are subject to change upon notice from RealNetworks.

You will be regarded as a key employee under certain federal regulations governing family and medical leave. This status will require that you work closely with us in planning should you develop a need for family or medical leave.

In the event that RealNetworks terminates your employment without “cause” or if you terminate your employment for “good reason”, and in consideration for your signing (and not revoking) a customary separation and release agreement to be provided by RealNetworks at the time of termination, RealNetworks will provide you, at its option, with either (a) a lump sum payment equal to 6 months of your then current base salary, or (b) 6 monthly payments of your then current base salary. Also, RealNetworks will cover your COBRA costs for up to 6 months until the earlier of (a) 6 months or (b) you have another employer covering your health care costs. Such severance benefits are subject to the terms set forth on Exhibit A under the section titled “Release and Section 409A.”

You agree that in the event you wish to terminate your employment at RealNetworks other than for “good reason,” you will provide us with 90 days written notice and will continue to work fulltime for RealNetworks during that 90 day period unless RealNetworks determines that it does not need your services. You will be paid for any time actually worked.

In addition to the severance benefits offered above, in the event of a “Change in Control” (“CIC”), the Company agrees to provide you certain benefits as set forth in its Change of Control and Severance Agreement to be effective as of your start date, which agreement will be provided under separate cover (the “CIC Agreement”). In the event that your employment terminates in a qualifying termination and subject to the other conditions in the CIC Agreement, you will receive 1.5 times your regular severance plus 1 year accelerated vesting of any unvested, non-performance based stock options.

It is our policy that employees may not use or disclose confidential information or trade secrets obtained from any source or during any prior employment. RealNetworks requires employees to abide by all contractual and legal obligations they may have to prior employers or others, such as limits on disclosure of information or competition. Prior to signing this letter, you must inform us if you are subject to any such obligations that would prevent you from working at RealNetworks in your intended capacity or that would otherwise restrict you in the performance of your services to RealNetworks. Violation of this requirement may result in termination of your employment with RealNetworks. By signing this letter, you further agree that you will not bring to RealNetworks any confidential documents of another, nor disclose any confidential information of another, and that you will comply fully with these requirements.

Our employment relationship will be terminable at will, which means that either you or RealNetworks may terminate your employment at any time and for any reason or no reason, subject only to our respective obligations set forth in this letter agreement. Your right to receive payments described herein are subject to and conditioned upon your signing a valid general and complete release of all claims (except those relating to RealNetworks compensation obligations described under this letter agreement) against RealNetworks (and its related entities and persons) in a form provided by RealNetworks. Notwithstanding anything in the preceding sentence or elsewhere in this letter agreement to the contrary, the release will preserve and not release (1) your rights to indemnification from RealNetworks or its insurers with respect to any claims against you and (2) your rights pursuant to the CIC Agreement in the event it is later determined that your termination occurred during a Change in Control Period (as defined in the CIC Agreement).

You represent that the execution of this letter agreement, your employment with RealNetworks, and the performance of your proposed duties to RealNetworks will not violate any agreements or obligations you may have to any former employer or third party and you are not subject to any restrictions that would prevent or limit you from carrying out your duties for RealNetworks.

This offer is contingent on (i) the approval of RealNetworks’ Compensation Committee, (ii) your providing evidence of employability as required by federal law (which includes providing RealNetworks within 3 days after your employment commences with acceptable evidence of your identity and US employment eligibility), (iii) our receiving acceptable results from any background check, credit check and/or reference check, and (iv) you signing RealNetworks' Development, Confidentiality and Noncompetition Agreement, attached hereto. You understand and agree to complete a credit, criminal, employment, and educational

background check administered by RealNetworks preferred vendor in a timely manner. Further, you understand that any false information, omissions or misrepresentations of facts called for in your application or the completion of any check may result in discharge at any time during your employment.

RealNetworks provides equal opportunity in employment and will administer its policies with regard to recruitment, training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, compensation and benefits without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable law.

This letter agreement, the Development, Confidentiality and Noncompetition Agreement, the 2005 Stock Incentive Plan, the Change of Control and Severance Agreement, and your stock option award agreements contain the entire agreement between you and RealNetworks relating to your employment and supersede all prior oral and written discussion, agreements and understandings. This letter agreement may not be modified except in writing signed by both you and RealNetworks. Any disputes regarding this letter agreement or your employment with RealNetworks shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington. If any provision of this letter agreement is deemed to be invalid or unenforceable, at RealNetworks option, the remaining terms shall continue in full force and effect.

This offer is subject to the approval of RealNetworks’ Compensation Committee and completion of a background check.
We are excited about the prospect of you joining RealNetworks and look forward to working with you. Please let me know if you have questions about this offer.


Michael Parham
SVP & General Counsel
RealNetworks, Inc.

I have read and agree to the terms of employment contained in this letter agreement and the attached Development, Confidentiality and Noncompetition Agreement, which represent a full, complete and fair statement of the offer of employment made to me by RealNetworks, Inc.

Christine Chambers:                 Date: _________________________