Restated Employment Agreement between Seaboard Corporation and Robert L. Steer dated August 27, 2020
RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
This EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is entered into as of August 27, 2020 by and between SEABOARD CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation (together with any Successor thereto, the “Company”), and Robert L. Steer (“Executive”).
WHEREAS, the Company has promoted Executive to the office of President and Chief Executive Officer and desires to employ and secure the exclusive services of Executive on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement; and
WHEREAS, Executive desires to accept such employment on such terms and conditions;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants and promises contained herein and for other good and valuable consideration, the Company and Executive hereby agree as follows:
Executive shall not have a duty to mitigate the costs to the Company under this Section 8(f)(i), nor shall any payments from the Company to Executive hereunder be reduced, offset or canceled by any compensation or fees earned by (whether or not paid currently) or offered to Executive during the remainder of the fiscal year of the Company that includes the Date of Termination by a subsequent employer or other Person (as defined below in Section 18(k) below) for which Executive performs services, including, but not limited to, consulting services. The foregoing shall not relieve Executive of the non-competition prohibitions provided in Section 10 below.
“Competitor” means any business, individual, partnership, joint venture, association, firm, corporation or other entity, other than the Company and its affiliates, that is engaging or actively planning to engage, wholly or partly, in activities (“Competitive Activities”) that directly compete or would compete with the Company or its affiliates in the Company Activities (as hereinafter defined) in the Territory (as hereinafter defined).
“Competitive Position” means (i) the direct or indirect ownership or control of all or any portion of a Competitor; or (ii) any employment or independent contractor arrangement with any Competitor whereby Executive will serve such Competitor in any managerial, sales, executive or consultant capacity with respect to Competitive Activities in the Territory.
“The Company Activities” means the businesses conducted by Seaboard Corporation, including, without limitation, (i) animal production (hogs and turkeys) and meat processing (pork and turkey); (ii) cargo transportation, whether over land or water and all related business, including, without limitation, logistics, freight forwarding, agency representation and stevedoring; (iii) commodity trading; (iv) flour milling; (v) generation and sale of electricity; and (vi) sugar production and processing.
“Non-Compete Period” or “Non-Solicitation Period” means the period beginning with the Commencement Date and ending one (1) year after the Date of Termination, no matter whether terminated by the Company or by the Executive for any reason or no reason.
“Territory” means the states, provinces and territories in the countries in which Seaboard Corporation operates with respect to each of the Company Activities.
Nothing contained in this Section 10 shall prohibit Executive from acquiring not more than five percent (5%) of any company whose common stock is publicly traded on a national securities exchange or in the over-the-counter market.
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“Affiliate” with respect to any Person, means any other Person that, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, Controls, is Controlled by, or is under common Control with the first Person, including, but not limited to, a Subsidiary of any such Person.
“Control” (including, with correlative meanings, the terms “Controlling,” “Controlled by” and “under common Control with”): with respect to any Person, shall mean the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of such Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise.
“Person” any natural person, firm, partnership, limited liability company, association, corporation, company, trust, business trust, governmental authority or other entity.
“Subsidiary” with respect to any Person, each corporation or other Person in which the first Person owns or Controls, directly or indirectly, capital stock or other ownership interests representing fifty percent (50%) or more of the combined voting power of the outstanding voting stock or other ownership interests of such corporation or other Person.
“Successor” of a Person means a Person that succeeds to the assets and liabilities of Seaboard Corporation by merger, liquidation, dissolution or otherwise by operation of law, or a Person to which all or substantially all the assets and/or business of Seaboard Corporation are transferred.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has duly executed this Agreement by its authorized representatives, and Executive has hereunto set his hand, in each case effective as of the date first above written.
THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS A PROVISION REQUIRING THAT ARBITRATION PURSUANT TO THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION NATIONAL RULES FOR THE RESOLUTION OF EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES IS THE EXCLUSIVE MEANS FOR RESOLVING ANY DISPUTE BETWEEN THE PARTIES HERETO AS TO THIS AGREEMENT.
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/s/ David M. Becker
David M. Becker
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
/s/ Robert L. Steer
Robert L. Steer
RELEASE AND DISCHARGE OF ALL CLAIMS
This Release and Discharge of All Claims (“Release”) is made and entered into by and between _________________________________ (hereinafter “You”), and Seaboard Corporation, a Delaware corporation (“Seaboard”).
For and in consideration of the following promises, the parties agree to the following:
|1.||You acknowledge that your employment with Seaboard has ended effective _______________ in accordance with the terms of the Employment Agreement between You and Seaboard (“Employment Agreement”).|
|2.||Subject to the conditions set forth in Section 8(f)8(f)(i) of the Employment Agreement, Seaboard agreed to pay You the amounts described in said Section 8(f)(i) (“Severance”) and take certain actions. The effectiveness of this Release is conditioned on Seaboard making the payments and taking the actions provided in Section 8(f)(i). If such payments are not made or such actions are not taken, this Release shall be of no effect.|
|3.||You agree to, and do, hereby remiss, release and forever discharge Seaboard, and any and all companies affiliated with Seaboard, and their respective agents, officers, employees, successors and assigns (hereinafter collectively the “Released Parties”), from and against any and all matters, claims, demands, damages, causes of action, debts, liabilities, controversies, judgments, and suits of every kind and nature whatsoever, foreseen, unforeseen, known or unknown, which You now have, or hereinafter may have against Seaboard based on any and all aspects of your employment with Seaboard or the termination of You prior to the date hereof. This release of claims includes, but is not limited to, any rights or claims You may have under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; the Equal Pay Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; the Employment Retirement Income Security Act; the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act; the Americans With Disabilities Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; the Kansas Acts Against Discrimination; the Kansas Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Fair Labor Standard Act; any claims for wrongful discharge or breach of contract; severance; claims under worker’s compensation laws; or any other federal, state or local laws or regulations relating to employment and wages arising from events occurring prior to the date of execution of this Agreement. You agree that this Agreement includes a release of all claims based on theories of contract or tort (e.g., negligent or intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, assault, battery, false imprisonment, wrongful termination, etc.), whether based on common law or otherwise. The foregoing list is meant to be illustrative rather than exhaustive. Further, You declare that as of the date of this Agreement, You have not suffered any on the job or work-related accident, injury, occupational disease or disability whether temporary, permanent, partial or total.|
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THIS RELEASE IS A FULL AND FINAL BAR TO ANY AND ALL CLAIMS OF ANY TYPE THAT YOU MAY NOW HAVE AGAINST ANY OF THE RELEASED PARTIES.
|4.||You waive the rights and claims set forth above, and also agree not to institute, or have instituted, a lawsuit against any of the Released Parties on any such claims or rights or to submit or file any charges, claims, complaints or actions with any agency, court, organization, or judicial forum. You further acknowledge and agree that with respect to the rights and claims You are waiving, You are waiving not only your right to recover money or any other relief action You might commence, but also your rights to recover any action brought on your behalf by any other party, including, but not limited to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or any other federal, state, or local governmental agency or department.|
|5.||Notwithstanding the foregoing, this Release shall not constitute any release or waiver of any claims for retirement benefits, insurance or welfare benefits or any other benefits of employment with Seaboard which accrued or arose prior to the date your employment ended and in which You are vested.|
|6.||The parties to this Agreement agree that nothing in this Agreement is an admission by any party hereto of any wrongdoing, either in violation of an applicable law or otherwise, and that nothing in this Agreement is to be construed as such by any person.|
|7.||You and Seaboard agree that neither will publicize this Agreement either directly or indirectly, either in specific or as to general content, to either the public generally, to any employee of Seaboard or to any other person.|
|8.||You hereby acknowledge that You have been advised to consult an attorney, and that You fully understand the Agreement and the effect of signing the Agreement. You further represent, declare and agree that You voluntarily accept the payment described above for the purposes of making a full and final compromise, adjustment and settlement of all claims hereinabove described.|
|9.||The foregoing Agreement, together with your Employment Agreement, constitutes the entire agreement among the parties and there are no other understandings or agreements, written or oral, between them on the subject. Separate copies of this document shall constitute original documents which may be signed separately, but which together will constitute one single agreement.|
|10.||You covenant and agree as follows:|
|a.||You shall protect and safeguard the trade secrets and confidential and proprietary information of Seaboard and its parent and subsidiaries and affiliate companies, including, but not limited to, the identity of its customers and suppliers, its arrangements with customers and suppliers, and its technical and financial data, records, compilations of information, processes and specification relating to its|
|customers, suppliers, products and services;|
|b.||You shall not disclose any of such trade secrets and confidential and proprietary information;|
|c.||You shall not use, directly or indirectly, for your own benefit or for the benefit of another, any of such trade secrets and confidential and proprietary information; and|
|d.||You agree not to make any disparaging comment in any format, whether written, electronic or oral, to any customer, employee, the press or any other individual or entity regarding Seaboard that relates to Seaboard’s business or related activities or the relationship between the parties.|
|11.||All files, records, documents, drawings, specifications, memoranda, notes, or other documents relating to the business of Seaboard, whether prepared by You or otherwise coming into your possession, shall be the exclusive property of Seaboard, and shall be delivered to Seaboard and not retained by You for any reason whatsoever. It is expressly agreed that the remedy at law for the breach of any such covenant is inadequate and injunctive relief shall be available to prevent the breach or any threatened breach thereof.|
|12.||You acknowledge that You have been given at least twenty-one (21) days within which to consider this Agreement before its execution. You agree that any changes made to this Release (whether material or not) must be made in writing, be signed and dated by both parties, and does not restart the running of the twenty-one (21) day period. This Agreement shall not become effective until seven (7) calendar days after the date of execution. During this seven (7) day period, You may revoke the Agreement. After said seven (7) day period, You acknowledge that this Agreement becomes final and binding.|
|13.||This Agreement shall be construed and governed by the laws of the State of Kansas.|
THE PARTIES HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND FULLY CONSIDERED THIS RELEASE AND DISCHARGE OF ALL CLAIMS, AND ARE MUTUALLY DESIROUS OF ENTERING INTO SUCH RELEASE AND DISCHARGE OF ALL CLAIMS. THE TERMS OF THIS RELEASE AND DISCHARGE OF ALL CLAIMS ARE THE PRODUCT OF MUTUAL NEGOTIATION AND COMPROMISE BETWEEN THE PARTIES, HAVING ELECTED TO EXECUTE THIS RELEASE AND DISCHARGE OF ALL CLAIMS, TO FULFILL THE PROMISES SET FORTH HEREIN, AND TO RECEIVE THEREBY THE COMPENSATION SET FORTH IN THE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT. THE PARTIES FREELY AND KNOWINGLY, AND AFTER DUE CONSIDERATION, VOLUNTARILY ENTER INTO THIS RELEASE AND DISCHARGE OF ALL CLAIMS.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned parties have executed this Settlement Agreement and Release.
STATE OF _________________)
COUNTY OF _______________)
On this ____ day of ___________, 20__, before me ___________, to me personally known, who, after being duly sworn, acknowledged that he/she executed the foregoing Agreement and Release as his/her free act and deed.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal the day and year first above written.
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