Executive Employment Agreement between Tiptree Inc. and Randy Maultsby dated as of July 14, 2021
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EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
This EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT is made and entered into as of July 14, 2021, by and among Tiptree Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”, “Tiptree” or “Employer”), and Randy Maultsby, an individual (“Executive”).
WHEREAS, the Employer desires to employ Executive under the terms and conditions specified herein, and Executive is willing to be so employed by the Employer and provide the services specified herein to the Company.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual covenants and promises contained herein, the parties hereto agree as follows:
2.1 For the purposes of this Executive Employment Agreement, the following terms have the meanings specified or referred to in this Article 2.
(a) Agreement” – this Executive Employment Agreement, including any and all exhibits and schedules hereto, as may be amended from time to time in accordance with its terms.
(b) “Board of Directors” – the Board of Directors of Tiptree.
(c) “Chief Executive Officer” means Jonathan Ilany, Chief Executive Officer of Tiptree and his duly elected successor.
(d) “Commencement Date” – July 14, 2021.
(e) “Company” – Employer and all of its subsidiary and affiliated entities.
(f) “Competitive Business” – a business of similar size and scope as Tiptree and its subsidiaries and affiliates that competes in any respect with the business of Tiptree or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates; provided, that a business shall be excluded from the definition of Tiptree Competitor if (A) that such entity has reported book value (or other similar measure) equal to or exceeding 120% of book value as publicly reported by Tiptree and (B) that such entity has reported EBITDA (or other similar measure) equal to or exceeding 120% of Adjusted EBITDA as publicly reported by Tiptree, in each case as most recently reported prior to the Date of Termination; provided, however, that the foregoing shall not prohibit Executive from (i) after the Employment Period, performing services for an entity that is engaged in a Competitive
Business, so long as Executive is not providing services in a material way for that part of the business that is engaged in a Competitive Business and that part of the business that constitutes a Competitive Business does not represent 20% or more of the earnings of such entity; or (ii) being a passive owner of not more than 2% of the outstanding stock of any class of a corporation or other business entity which is publicly traded.
(g) “Confidential Information” – includes any and all data and information of, or relating to, the business or affairs of the Company, its affiliates, and/or the directors, officers, employees, investors, customers, or clients of all of them, including, without limitation, the following (whether written or unwritten): trade secrets, inventions, proposals, product development, marketing, risk management, business and trading strategies, projections, strategic planning, licensing arrangements, customers, clients, investors, financial information, information pertaining to the Company’s marketing techniques, business plans, methods of doing business, operations, customer and vendor identities and agreements, any and all customer/client lists, prospective customer/client lists and any other information not generally known among the public in general and the Company’s competitors in the financial services and real estate holding company industry; provided, however that Confidential Information does not include information that was known by Executive prior to Executive’s anticipated employment with Employer.
(h) “Employment Period” – the period during which Executive is employed by Employer and ending on the Date of Termination (as defined in Section 5.1 below).
(i) “Executive Committee” means the management Executive Committee consisting of the Executive Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer.
EMPLOYMENT TERMS AND DUTIES
(a) Employer hereby employs Executive, and Executive hereby accepts employment by Employer, in the position of President of Tiptree, upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement. In addition, Executive may be asked from time to time to serve as a director or officer of one or more of the Tiptree’s subsidiaries and affiliates, without further compensation.
(b) Executive shall report to the Executive Committee.
3.2 Term. Executive's employment hereunder shall commence as of the Commencement Date. There shall be no definite term of employment. Nothing specified herein shall be construed to alter the at-will nature of the employment, and thus, Executive or Employer may terminate Executive’s employment at any time and for any reason or for no reason, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement. Termination by Employer shall require the approval of the Board of Directors with Executive abstaining if Executive is a member of the
Board of Directors at such time. Executive shall be entitled to Termination Pay in the event of certain terminations described in Article 5 hereunder.
(a) Executive shall perform services in a managerial capacity in a manner consistent with Executive’s position as President, subject to the general supervision of the Executive Committee.
(b) Executive shall have the duties and responsibilities consistent with Executive’s position as a President of a public company (provided that Executive shall not have grounds for Good Reason solely because Tiptree ceases to be a public company) as may be reasonably assigned or delegated to Executive by (i) the Executive Committee or (ii) the Board of Directors.
(c) Executive shall (i) devote substantially all of Executive’s business time, attention, skill, and energy to the business of the Company and to the performance of Executive’s duties hereunder; (ii) use Executive’s best efforts, business judgment, skills and knowledge to promote the success of the Company’s business; (iii) be employed full-time with Employer exclusively; (iv) cooperate with the reasonable and lawful directives of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee in the advancement of the best interests of the Company; (v) comply with all Company policies, practices and procedures and all codes of ethics or business conduct applicable to Executive’s position(s), including but not limited to Tiptree’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, Code of Ethical Conduct and Securities Trading Policy (and any similar policy maintained by the Company), each as in effect from time to time; and (vi) not engage in any other activity that conflicts with Executive’s duties hereunder.
(d) Notwithstanding Section 3.3(c) or anything herein to the contrary, Executive may (i) serve on the boards of directors of non-profit organizations and, with the prior written approval of the Board of Directors, other for profit companies; (ii) participate in charitable, civic, educational, professional, community or industry affairs; and (iii) manage Executive’s passive personal investments so long as such activities individually or in the aggregate do not interfere or conflict with Executive’s duties hereunder or create a potential business or fiduciary conflict. Without limiting the foregoing, Executive understands and agrees that at any time during Executive’s employment hereunder, Employer may, in its reasonable discretion, require that Executive cease engaging in any activity if Employer deems that Executive’s participation in such activity interferes in any way with Executive’s ability to perform Executive’s duties for the Company.
(e) Executive represents and warrants that the execution and delivery by Executive of this Agreement do not, and the performance by Executive of Executive’s obligations hereunder will not: (i) violate any judgment, writ, injunction, or order of any court, arbitrator, or governmental agency applicable to Executive; or (ii) conflict with, result in the breach of any provisions of or the termination of, or constitute a default under, any agreement to which Executive is a party or by which Executive is or may be bound.
4.1 Basic Compensation. During the Employment Period, Executive shall be entitled to the following basic compensation (the “Basic Compensation”):
(a) Salary. Executive shall be paid a minimum annual base salary of Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($350,000), less applicable payroll and tax deductions and subject to adjustment as provided below (the “Base Salary”), which will be payable in equal periodic installments according to Employer’s customary payroll practices, but no less frequently than monthly, and shall be prorated for partial employment during a payroll period. The Base Salary shall be reviewed by the Board of Directors or the Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board of Directors (the “CNG”) no less frequently than annually, and may be increased (but not decreased) in the sole discretion of the Board of Directors or the CNG.
(b) Benefits. Executive may, during the Employment Period, participate in such pension, profit sharing, bonus, retirement, incentives, life insurance, hospitalization, health and welfare, medical, major medical, disability, and other employee benefit plans, programs, and arrangements maintained by Employer in which employees of Employer may participate as in effect from time to time, except to the extent that such plans, programs or arrangements are duplicative of benefits otherwise provided to Executive under this Agreement (e.g., severance pay) and to the extent Executive is eligible under the terms of those plans and pursuant to such policies as Employer may prescribe from time to time, and any other restrictions imposed by law (collectively, the “Benefits”).
4.2 Incentive Compensation. Executive shall be entitled to the following incentive compensation (the “Incentive Compensation”):
(a) Annual Bonus. Subject to this Section 4.2(a) and Article 5, with respect to each calendar year during which Executive is employed hereunder, Executive shall be eligible to receive an annual bonus, paid in cash, equity or equity-based awards, or a combination thereof at the discretion of the CNG, in an amount determined by the CNG based on the Company’s achievement of specific annual corporate performance objectives determined by the CNG (each an “Annual Bonus”). Subject to the provisions of Article 5 below regarding Termination Pay, to be eligible to receive the Annual Bonus for any performance period, Executive must otherwise be actively employed with Employer for the entirety of that performance period as well as at the time that the bonus is paid. Any portion of the Annual Bonus that is paid in cash shall be paid within thirty (30) days following the completion of Tiptree’s accounting for the applicable year, but in no event later than March 15th immediately following the end of the calendar year to which the Annual Bonus relates.
(b) Other Incentives. Executive shall be eligible to participate in any stock option, restricted stock, equity compensation, or other long-term incentive plan of the Company pursuant to the terms and conditions of such plan in effect from time to time (the “Equity”).
Executive’s participation in any such plan shall be determined by the Board of Directors or the CNG in its sole discretion.
4.3 Expense Reimbursement. The Company shall pay or reimburse Executive for all ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred by Executive in the course of performing Executive’s duties under this Agreement, consistent with the Company’s policy for payment and reimbursement of executive employees’ expenses and according to such Company guidelines as may be adopted from time to time. Any reimbursements under this Section shall be made as soon as practicable after Executive’s submission of such expenses, but in no event later than the last day of Executive’s taxable year following the taxable year in which the expense was incurred.
5.1 Events of Termination. The Employment Period, the Basic Compensation under Section 4.1 above, the Incentive Compensation under Section 4.2 above, and any and all other rights of Executive under this Agreement or otherwise as an employee of Employer shall terminate (except as otherwise provided in this Article 5):
(a) upon the death of Executive;
(b) upon the Disability of Executive (as defined in Section 5.2) immediately upon notice from the Employer to Executive;
(c) upon termination of Executive's employment by Employer for any reason; or
(d) upon resignation of Executive for any reason.
The date the Employment Period ends under this Agreement in accordance with the provisions of this Article 5 is hereinafter referred to as the “Date of Termination.”
5.2 Definition of Disability. For purposes of termination under this Article 5, “Disability” means a physical or mental illness or injury suffered by Executive, (a) which causes Executive to be unable to, or to have failed to, perform the material and essential functions and responsibilities of Executive’s position as set forth in this Agreement for either ninety (90) consecutive days or one hundred eighty (180) days or more in any period of twelve (12) consecutive months; or (b) with respect to which a physician selected by Employer, and reasonably acceptable to Executive or Executive’s representative or guardian, advises Employer that Executive’s physical or mental condition will render Executive unable to perform Executive’s services required hereunder for either ninety (90) consecutive days or one hundred eighty (180) days or more in any period of twelve (12) consecutive months. Executive agrees that should Executive be unable to perform, or be deemed unable to perform, the material and essential functions and responsibilities of Executive’s position as set forth in this Agreement for
more than thirty (30) consecutive days, Employer may designate another person to act as interim President until Executive is able to return to work, unless Executive meets the definition of “Disability” as set forth in the first sentence of this Section 5.2, in which case the Employment Period, the Basic Compensation under Section 4.1, the Incentive Compensation under Section 4.2, and any and all other rights of Executive under this Agreement or otherwise as an employee of Employer or as a director on the Board of Directors shall terminate immediately upon notice from the Employer to Executive. Nothing herein shall be deemed to waive any legal requirement to reasonably accommodate a disability under applicable law.
5.3 Definition of for “Cause”. For purposes of this Agreement, the phrase for “Cause” shall mean only the occurrence of any of the following events or actions:
(a) Executive’s indictment for, conviction of, or entrance of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony under federal or state law; or
(b) Executive’s violation of Employer’s policies and procedures (to the extent such policies or procedures are not inconsistent with applicable law), which has a materially adverse effect on the business or reputation of the Company, which, if curable, is not cured by Executive within thirty (30) calendar days after written notice to Executive of same; or
(c) fraudulent conduct by Executive in connection with the business affairs of the Company which has an adverse effect on the business or reputation of the Company, which, if curable, is not cured by Executive within ten (10) business days after written notice to Executive of same; or
(d) theft, embezzlement, or criminal misappropriation of Company funds by Executive which has an adverse effect on the business or reputation of the Company, which, if curable, is not cured by Executive within ten (10) business days after written notice to Executive of same; or
(e) Executive’s misconduct, which has, or would have if generally known, a materially adverse effect on the business or reputation of Employer, which, if curable, is not cured by Executive within ten (10) business days after written notice to Executive of same; or
(f) Executive’s material breach of the performance of Executive’s duties under Section 3.3 of this Agreement, which, if curable, is not cured by Executive within thirty (30) calendar days after written notice to Executive of same.
5.4 Definition of for “Good Reason”. For purposes of this Agreement, the phrase for “Good Reason” shall mean only, and without Executive’s prior written consent, the occurrence of any of the following events or actions:
(a) a material reduction of Executive’s Base Salary or Annual Bonus target; or
(b) Executive being required to relocate Executive’s principal business location to an office that is outside of a 50 mile radius from both Executive’s then current work location and principal residence; or
(c) the Company’s material breach of this Agreement (including, without limitation, a material diminution in Executive’s authority, duties or responsibilities (other than temporarily while physically or mentally incapacitated or as required by applicable law) or a requirement that Executive report to someone other than a principal executive officer of Tiptree (or its operating company) or directly to the Board of Directors);
provided, however, that Executive has first notified the Board of Directors, in writing, of the event of Good Reason within sixty (60) days of said occurrence, and has given the Board of Directors the opportunity to cure (if curable) during the thirty (30)-day period immediately following written notification from Executive, and resigns Executive’s employment for Good Reason within ten (10) days following the last day of the applicable cure period.
5.5 Termination Pay. Effective upon the Date of Termination, Employer will be obligated to pay or provide Executive (or, in the event of Executive’s death, Executive’s designated beneficiary as defined below) only such compensation and benefits as provided for in this Section 5.5, in lieu of all other amounts otherwise owed to Executive and in settlement and complete release of all claims Executive may have against Employer and the other parties named in the Separation Agreement (as defined below), other than with respect to any rights to be indemnified. For purposes of this Section 5.5, Executive’s designated beneficiary will be such individual beneficiary or trust as Executive may designate from time to time by written notice that is provided to Employer prior to the death of Executive. If Executive fails to give written notice to Employer of such a beneficiary, the beneficiary shall be Executive’s estate. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, Employer shall have no duty, in any circumstances, to attempt to open an estate on behalf of Executive, to determine whether any beneficiary designated by Executive is alive or to ascertain the address of any such beneficiary, to determine the existence of any trust, to determine whether any person or entity purporting to act as Executive’s personal representative (or the trustee of a trust established by Executive) is duly authorized to act in that capacity, or to locate or attempt to locate any beneficiary, personal representative, or trustee.
(a) Termination by Employer for Cause or by Executive without Good Reason. Upon termination of Executive’s employment by Employer for Cause or by Executive without Good Reason, Employer shall provide Executive the following payments and benefits: (i) Executive’s earned but unpaid Base Salary up through the Date of Termination; (ii) any unreimbursed business expenses properly and reasonably incurred prior to the Date of Termination (so long as the applicable documentation reflecting such business expenses is submitted by Executive to Employer within thirty (30) days after the Date of Termination); and (iii) any rights or benefits to which Executive is entitled under the terms of any employee benefit plan, program, or arrangement (subject to the terms of such plans, including the timing of payments or reimbursements provided therein). Clauses (i) through (iii) of this Section 5.5 are
referred to collectively as the “Accrued Amounts.” The Accrued Amounts (other than the amounts described in subparagraph (ii) above, which shall be paid in accordance with the terms of Section 4.3) will be paid to Executive within thirty (30) days following the Date of Termination or such shorter period as required by law.
(b) Termination by Employer without Cause or due to the Death or Disability of Executive or by Executive for Good Reason. If Employer terminates Executive’s employment under this Agreement without Cause or due to Executive’s Disability or if Executive’s employment terminates due to Executive’s death or Executive terminates his or her employment under this Agreement for Good Reason, Executive shall be entitled to receive:
(i) the Accrued Amounts;
(ii) as severance pay, a lump sum cash payment on the sixtieth (60th) day following the Date of Termination in an amount equal to the Base Salary as of the Date of Termination and prior year Annual Bonus (without regard to any reduction in Base Salary that gave rise to an event of Good Reason); provided, however that in the event that Executive’s employment terminates due to Executive’s death or is terminated by the Company due to Executive’s Disability, Executive’s severance pay will be reduced by the amount of any life insurance or disability benefits that Executive or Executive’s estate has received, or as of the Date of Termination is eligible to receive, from an employer-sponsored plan;
(iii) Executive’s earned but unpaid Annual Bonus with respect to any performance period that ends in the calendar year preceding the calendar year in which the Date of Termination occurs, determined and paid in accordance with Section 4.2(a) of this Agreement; provided, that any such Annual Bonus will be paid solely in cash;
(iv) all of Executive's unvested Equity and (including any restricted stock units awarded as part of any Annual Bonus), shall become nonforfeitable and Executive (or in the event of Executive's death, Executive’s designated beneficiary) shall be fully vested in such Equity as of the Date of Termination; and
(v) in the event Executive timely elects to continue Executive’s health insurance coverage pursuant to COBRA, payment of the monthly cost of Executive’s (and his or her dependents’) COBRA premiums that are above the active employee rate for eighteen (18) months or until such earlier date that Executive becomes eligible for comparable coverage with a subsequent employer, which amounts shall be paid in arrears on a monthly basis; provided that if Executive becomes eligible to receive comparable coverage from a subsequent employer the payments under this subsection (vi) shall immediately stop.
Provided, however, that any payments under Sections 5.5(b) (other than the Accrued Amounts) shall be made only if Executive, or in the case of Death, the beneficiary or executor of Executive’s estate, or in the case of Disability which renders Executive unable to sign Executive’s Power of Attorney, (1) signs, and does not revoke, if applicable, a confidential
separation agreement and release of claims that contains restrictive covenants substantially similar to those contained in Article 7 hereof (the “Separation Agreement”) in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Company within sixty (60) days of the Date of Termination; and (2) complies with the restrictions set forth in Articles 6 and 7 of this Agreement. For avoidance of doubt, if Executive violates any of the restrictions set forth in Articles 6 and 7 of this Agreement, no additional severance payments shall be made from and after the point of the breach or threatened breach. Furthermore, it is expressly understood that any Separation Agreement signed by Executive shall not release Executive from Executive’s obligations under Articles 6 and 7 hereunder, which survive termination of this Agreement.
5.6 Notice and Board Resignations. If Executive terminates his or her employment hereunder other than for Good Reason, notwithstanding the at-will nature of Executive’s employment hereunder, Executive shall provide Employer with thirty (30) days’ written notice of Executive’s intention to terminate his or her employment with Employer. During any such period of required notice, Executive will continue to be an employee and will continue to be entitled to receive Basic Compensation for that period of time that Executive remains employed by the Company during the notice period. Executive’s fiduciary duties and other obligations as an employee of Employer will continue, and Executive will cooperate in the transition of Executive’s responsibilities. Employer shall, however, have the right, in its sole discretion, to direct that Executive no longer come in to work or to shorten the notice period. If Employer shortens the required notice period Executive has provided, Employer reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to not pay Executive for any remaining period of notice. Executive’s eligibility to participate in any incentive compensation plan during any period of notice shall be determined by the terms and conditions set forth in the applicable plan. If Executive’s employment with Employer is terminated for any reason (other than due to Executive’s death), Executive agrees to resign immediately from the boards of directors of any subsidiaries or affiliated entities of the Company, as applicable, and provide corresponding letters of resignation.
5.7 Tax Matters.
(a) For purposes of this Agreement, all references herein to the “IRC” are references to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time. Reference to a section of the IRC includes all rulings, regulations, notices, announcements, decisions, orders, and other pronouncements that are issued by the United States Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, or the precedents of, or applicable to, a court of competent jurisdiction authorized by this Agreement to determine issues arising under this Agreement that are lawful and pertinent to the interpretation, application, or effectiveness of such section.
(b) Withholding. Employer may withhold from any amounts payable under this Agreement such federal, state, and local taxes as may be required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.
(c) Section 409A.
(i) Full Compliance. It is the intent of the parties that all compensation and benefits payable or provided to Executive (whether under this Agreement or otherwise) shall fully comply with, or be exempt from, the requirements of IRC Section 409A, and, accordingly, to the maximum extent permitted, this Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with the foregoing. Employer and Executive agree that they shall cooperate in good faith so that Executive does not incur any tax (including interest and/or penalties) under IRC Section 409A.
(ii) Separate Payments. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement to the contrary, each and every payment made under this Agreement shall be treated as a separate payment and not as a series of payments. Whenever a payment under this Agreement may be paid within a specified period, the actual date of payment within the specified period shall be within the sole discretion of the Company.
(iii) Specified Employee. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement to the contrary, if Executive is a “specified employee” (determined in accordance with IRC Section 409A and Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-3(i)(2)) as of the Date of Termination, and if any payment, benefit, or entitlement provided for in this Agreement or otherwise both (A) constitutes a “deferral of compensation” within the meaning of IRC Section 409A (“Nonqualified Deferred Compensation”) and (B) cannot be paid or provided in a manner otherwise provided herein or otherwise without subjecting Executive to additional tax, interest, and/or penalties under IRC Section 409A, then any such payment, benefit, or entitlement that is payable during the first six (6) months following the Date of Termination shall be paid or provided to Executive in a lump sum cash payment (or, in the case of equity-based awards, in the form of payment specified in the award agreements evidencing such awards) to be made on the earlier of (1) Executive’s death or (2) the first business day of the seventh (7th) calendar month immediately following the month in which the Date of Termination occurs.
(iv) Expense Reimbursements. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement to the contrary, (A) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement or the provision of any in-kind benefit (as defined in IRC Section 409A) to Executive during any calendar year will not affect the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement or provided as in-kind benefits to Executive in any other calendar year, (B) the reimbursements for expenses for which Executive is entitled shall be made on or before the last day of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the applicable expense is incurred, and (C) the right to payment or reimbursement or in-kind benefits may not be liquidated or exchanged for any other benefit.
(v) Reimbursement of Expenses in Connection with a Separation from Service. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement to the contrary, any payment or benefit paid or provided under this Agreement or otherwise paid or provided due to a “separation from service” (as such term is described and used in IRC Section 409A and the Treasury Regulations promulgated thereunder, after giving effect to the
presumptions contained therein) that is exempt from IRC Section 409A pursuant to Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9)(v) shall be paid or provided to Executive only to the extent the expenses are not incurred or the benefits are not provided beyond the last day of the second taxable year of Executive following the taxable year of Executive in which the separation from service occurs; provided, however that Employer reimburses such expenses no later than the last day of the third taxable year following the taxable year of Executive in which the separation from service occurs.
(vi) In no event shall the Company have any liability relating to the failure or alleged failure of any payment or benefit under this Agreement to comply with, or be exempt from, the requirements of IRC Section 409A.
6.1 Agreements of Executive. In consideration of this Agreement, Executive covenants as follows:
(i) During and following the Employment Period, Executive shall hold in confidence and shall not, directly or indirectly, communicate, divulge, or disclose to any person (other than in the regular course of the Company’s business) or use for Executive’s or any other person’s benefit, except with the specific prior written consent of the Company or except as otherwise expressly permitted by the terms of this Agreement, Confidential Information of the Company.
(ii) Any trade secrets of the Company shall be entitled to all of the protections and benefits under any applicable law. If any information that the Company deems to be a trade secret is found by a court or tribunal of competent jurisdiction not to be a trade secret for purposes of this Agreement, such information shall, nevertheless, be considered Confidential Information for purposes of this Agreement. Executive hereby waives any requirement that the Company submit proof of the economic value of any trade secret or post a bond or other security.
(iii) None of the foregoing obligations and restrictions regarding Confidential Information applies to the disclosure and/or use of Confidential Information:
(A) which may be required or necessary in connection with the good faith performance of Executive’s work as an employee of Employer;
(B) subject to Section 6.2, when Executive is required to divulge such Confidential Information by a court of law, by any governmental agency having supervisory authority over the business of the Company, or by any
administrative or legislative body (including a committee thereof) with jurisdiction to order Executive to divulge, disclose, or make accessible such information;
(C) when otherwise Confidential Information becomes generally known to the public or trade without Executive’s violation of this Section 6.1(a);
(D) when Executive divulges Confidential Information to Executive’s spouse, attorney, and/or her personal tax and financial advisors as reasonably necessary or appropriate to advance Executive’s tax planning (each an “Exempt Person”), so long as each such Exempt Person agrees not to disclose or use any trade secrets or proprietary or Confidential Information of the Company.
(iv) Executive recognizes that, as between the Company and Executive, any document, record, notebook, plan, model, component, device, or computer software or code, whether embodied in a disk or in any other form (collectively, the “Proprietary Items”), whether or not developed by Executive, are the exclusive property of the Company. Upon termination of Executive’s employment under this Agreement by either party, or upon the reasonable request of Employer during the Employment Period, Executive will return to the Company all of the Proprietary Items in Executive’s possession or subject to Executive’s control, and Executive shall not retain any copies, abstracts, sketches, or other physical embodiment of any of the Proprietary Items.
(v) Executive cannot be held criminally or civilly liable under any federal, provincial or state law (including trade secret laws) for disclosing a trade secret or confidential information (i) in confidence to a federal, state, provincial 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. Notwithstanding this immunity from liability, Executive may be held liable if Executive unlawfully accesses trade secrets or confidential information by unauthorized means. Nothing in this Agreement (i) limits, restricts or in any other way affects Executive’s 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 or (ii) requires Executive to notify the Employer about such communication.
6.2 Confidentiality Despite Disputes or Controversies. Executive recognizes that should a dispute or controversy arising from or relating to this Agreement be submitted for adjudication to any court, arbitration panel, or other third party, the preservation of the secrecy of Confidential Information may be jeopardized. All pleadings, documents, testimony, and records relating to any such adjudication shall be maintained in secrecy and shall be available for inspection by the Company, Executive, and their respective attorneys and experts, who shall agree, in advance and in writing, to receive and maintain all such information in secrecy, except as may be limited by them in writing.
7.1 Acknowledgements by Executive. Executive acknowledges that: (a) the services to be performed by Executive under this Agreement are of a special, unique, unusual, extraordinary, and intellectual character; (b) the Company competes with other businesses that are or could be located in any part of the United States or elsewhere in the world; and (c) the provisions of this Article 7 are reasonable and necessary to protect the Company’s business.
7.2 Covenants of Executive. In consideration of this Agreement, Executive covenants that Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, engage in any of the following activities:
(a) Non-Competition. During the Employment Period, and for a period of one (1) year following the termination of Executive’s employment with Employer for any reason (the “Non-Competition Period”), Executive shall not engage in, participate in, carry on, own, or manage, directly or indirectly, either for himself or herself or as a partner, stockholder, officer, director, employee, agent, independent contractor, representative, co-venturer, or consultant (whether compensated or not) of/with any person, partnership, corporation, or other enterprise that is a Competitive Business in any geographic location where the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates conducts or is actively planning to conduct business at any time during the Executive’s employment with the Company or, with respect to the portion of the Non-Competition Period that follows termination of Executive’s employment with the Company, at that time of termination.
(b) Non-Solicitation of Employees. Whether on Executive’s own behalf or on behalf of any other person or entity, Executive shall not, at any time during the Employment Period and for a period of one (1) year following the termination of Executive’s employment with Employer for any reason (the “Non-Solicit Period”) directly or indirectly solicit, hire, recruit, encourage, induce, or attempt to induce any employee of the Company to terminate his or her employment with the Company, or otherwise directly or indirectly employ or engage such person as an employee, independent contractor, consultant, or otherwise; provided, however that this prohibition on solicitation shall not restrict general soliciting activity not specifically targeted at the Company (including the placement of general advertisements or the engagement of search firms that are not instructed to target the Company).
(i) Subject to Section 6.1(a)(v), Executive agrees that Executive will not, during the duration of the Term and at any time thereafter, publish or communicate to any person or entity any Disparaging (as defined below) remarks, comments or statements concerning any of the Company, its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their respective present and former members, partners, directors, officers, shareholders, employees, agents, attorneys, successors and assigns. "Disparaging" remarks, comments or statements are those that impugn the character, honesty, integrity or morality or business
acumen or abilities in connection with any aspect of the operation of business of the individual or entity being disparaged. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to preclude truthful disclosures in response to lawful process as required by applicable law, regulation, or order or directive of a court, governmental agency or regulatory organization.
(ii) The Company agrees that it shall direct its members, partners, directors and officers to not, during the duration of the Term and at any time thereafter, publish or communicate to any person or entity any comments or statements that impugn the character, honesty, integrity or morality or business acumen or abilities of Executive. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to preclude truthful disclosures in response to lawful process as required by applicable law, regulation, or order or directive of a court, governmental agency or regulatory organization.
(d) If any covenant in this Section 7.2 is held to be unreasonable or otherwise unenforceable, that should not affect the remainder of such covenants, which shall be given full effect. If any of the covenants, or any part thereof, in this Section 7.2 are held to be unenforceable due to the scope, duration, or geographic area set forth therein, the parties agree that the court or tribunal of competent jurisdiction as set forth in Section 8.1 shall determine the scope, duration and/or geographic area that is reasonable, and such covenant, in that modified form, shall be effective, binding, and enforceable against Executive. So that the Company may enjoy the full benefit of the covenants contained in this Article 7, Executive further agrees that the Non-Competition Period and the Non-Solicit Period shall be tolled, and shall not run, during the period of any breach by Executive of any of the covenants contained in this Article 7. Finally, no claimed breach of this Agreement or other violation of law attributed to the Company, or change in the nature or scope of Executive’s employment or other relationship with the Company, shall operate to excuse Executive from the performance of Executive’s obligations under Articles 6 or 7.
8.1 Injunctive Relief, Jurisdiction, Additional Remedy. Executive acknowledges that the injury that would be suffered by the Company as a result of a breach of the provisions of this Agreement (including, but not limited to, any provision of Articles 6 and 7) could cause irreparable harm to the Company and that an award of monetary damages to the Company for such a breach could be, in and of itself, an inadequate remedy. Consequently, Executive agrees that the Company shall be entitled to, in addition to any other rights it may have, (a) seek an injunction and/or specific performance, as well as to pursue any other legal or equitable remedy necessary in order to compel compliance, before a court or tribunal of competent jurisdiction, as necessary or appropriate, (b) restrain any breach or threatened breach, or (c) otherwise specifically enforce any provision of this Agreement, and the Company shall not
be obligated to post bond or other security in seeking such relief. Without limiting the Company’s rights under this Article 8 or any other remedies of the Company, if Executive breaches any of the provisions of Articles 6 or 7, Employer shall have the right to both cease making any payments otherwise due to Executive under this Agreement, and to recoup certain payments and benefits, as may be set forth in this Agreement.
8.2 Covenants of Articles 6 and 7 Are Essential and Independent Covenants.
(a) The covenants by Executive in Articles 6 and 7 are essential elements of this Agreement, and without Executive’s agreement to comply with such covenants, Employer would not have entered into this Agreement or employed or continued the employment of Executive. Employer and Executive have independently consulted their respective counsel and have been advised in all respects concerning the reasonableness and propriety of such covenants, with specific regard to the nature of the business conducted by Employer.
(b) Executive’s covenants in Articles 6 and 7 are independent covenants, and the existence of any claim by Executive against Employer under this Agreement or otherwise shall not excuse Executive’s breach of any covenants in Article 6 and 7.
(c) If Executive’s employment hereunder is terminated, this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect as is necessary or appropriate to enforce the obligations of Executive in Articles 6 and 7.
8.3 Waiver. The rights and remedies of the parties to this Agreement are cumulative and not alternative. Neither the failure nor any delay by either party in exercising any right, power, or privilege under this Agreement shall operate as a waiver of such right, power, or privilege, and no single or partial exercise of any such right, power, or privilege shall preclude any other or further exercise of such right, power, or privilege or the exercise of any other right, power, or privilege. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, (a) no claim or right arising out of this Agreement can be discharged by one party, in whole or in part, by a waiver or renunciation of the claim or right unless in writing signed by the other party; (b) no waiver that may be given by a party will be applicable except in the specific instance for which it is given; and (c) no notice to or demand on one party will be deemed to be a waiver of any obligation of such party or of the right of the party giving such notice or demand to take further action without notice or demand as provided in this Agreement.
8.4 Regulatory Issues. Employer or one or more of its affiliated entities are or will be registered as an investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as a public company registered with the Securities Exchange Act that files periodic reports pursuant to the Exchange Act. As an employee of Employer, Executive acknowledges that Executive will be subject to a the Company’s lawful rules, practices and policies applicable to the Company’s senior executive employees, including but not limited to Tiptree’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, Code of Ethical Conduct and Securities Trading Policy, copies of which have been provided to Executive. Executive must execute acknowledgement of and abide by Tiptree’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, Code of Ethical Conduct and Securities Trading Policy and the restrictions and other information contained therein. Executive
acknowledges that Executive is also required to be familiar with, and abide by, specific policies and procedures set forth in the Company’s compliance manual(s). A copy of each such policy and procedure governing Executive’s employment responsibilities in these areas will be provided to Executive or made available for Executive’s review. The Company, in its sole discretion, may at any time modify or supplement its compliance policies and procedures.
8.5 Recoupment. The Executive hereby acknowledges and agrees that the Annual Bonus under Section 4.2(a) above and all other payments of incentive-based compensation payable to the Executive by the Company (whether under this Agreement or otherwise) shall be subject to any applicable clawback or recoupment policy of the Company, as such policy may be amended and in effect from time to time, and shall be subject to recoupment as otherwise required by applicable law or applicable stock exchange listing standards, including, without limitation, Section 10D of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
8.6 Binding Effect and Assignment. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of, and shall be binding upon, the parties hereto and their respective successors, assigns, heirs, and legal representatives, including any entity with which Employer may merge or consolidate or to which all or substantially all of its assets may be transferred, except that in the event of an asset sale or transfer, in no event would the liability be greater than the amount set forth in Section 5.5(b) regarding a termination of Executive without Cause or for Good Reason. The duties and covenants of Executive under this Agreement, being personal, may not be delegated or assigned by Executive. Employer may assign this Agreement to any of its affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, or successors.
8.7 Notices. All notices, consents, waivers, and other communications under this Agreement must be in writing and will be deemed to have been duly given when (a) delivered by hand (with written confirmation of receipt), (b) sent by facsimile (with written confirmation of receipt), provided that a copy is mailed by overnight delivery service, receipt requested, or (c) when received by the addressee, if sent by a nationally recognized overnight delivery service (receipt requested), in each case to the appropriate addresses and facsimile numbers set forth below (or to such other addresses and facsimile numbers as a party may designate by notice to the other parties):
If to Employer: Chair of the Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board
299 Park Avenue, 13th Floor
New York, New York 10171
With a copy to: General Counsel
299 Park Avenue, 13th Floor
New York, New York 10171
If to Executive: To the address on file with the books
and records of Employer
and records of Employer
8.8 Entire Agreement; Amendments. This Agreement (and the documents referenced herein) and the Indemnification Agreement, dated as of February 1 2018, between Tiptree and Executive, contain the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings, oral or written, between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof. This Agreement may not be amended orally, but only by an agreement in writing signed by the parties hereto.
8.9 Governing Law, Jurisdiction, and Mandatory Mediation. This Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of New York without regard to conflict of laws principles, and Executive and Employer consent to personal jurisdiction in the state and federal courts of the State of New York in any proceeding concerning this Agreement. In the event that either party files, and is allowed by the courts to prosecute, a court action against the other, the parties in such action agree not to request, and hereby waive, any right to a trial by jury. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive and Employer agree that, prior to submitting a dispute under this Agreement to the courts, the parties shall submit, for a period of sixty (60) days, to voluntary mediation before a jointly selected neutral third party mediator under the auspices of JAMS, New York City, New York, Resolution Center (or any successor location), pursuant to the procedures of JAMS International Mediation Rules conducted in the State of New York. However, such mediation or obligation to mediate shall not suspend or otherwise delay any termination or other action of Employer or affect any other right of Employer, including the right to seek immediate injunctive relief under Article 8 of this Agreement.
8.10 Controlling Document. If any provision of any agreement, plan, program, policy, arrangement, or other written document between or relating to Employer and Executive conflicts with any provision of this Agreement, the provision of this Agreement shall control and prevail.
8.11 Section Headings, Construction. The headings of Articles and Sections in this Agreement are provided for convenience only and will not affect its construction or interpretation. All references to “Article” or “Articles” or to “Section” or “Sections” refer to the corresponding Article(s) or Section(s) of this Agreement unless otherwise specified. All words used in this Agreement will be construed to be of such gender or number as the circumstances require. Unless otherwise expressly provided, the word “including” does not limit the preceding words or terms.
8.12 Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect. Any provision of this Agreement held invalid or unenforceable only in part or degree shall remain in full force and effect to the extent not held invalid or unenforceable.
8.13 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original copy of this Agreement and all of which, when taken together, shall be deemed to constitute one and the same agreement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have duly executed this Agreement as of the day and year first above written.
|By: /s/Jonathan Ilany|
|Name: Jonathan Ilany|
|Title: Chief Executive Officer|