Offer Letter, dated as of July 31, 2019, by and between 23andMe, Inc. and Frederick Kohler
July 31, 2019
23andMe, Inc. (the Company) is pleased to offer to you employment on the following terms:
1. Position. Your title will be Vice President, People and you will report to Anne Wojcicki, CEO and Co-Founder. This is a full-time exempt position. By signing this offer letter agreement, you confirm with the Company that you are under no contractual or other legal obligations that would prohibit you from performing your duties with the Company.
2. Cash Compensation. Subject to adjustment pursuant to the Companys employment compensation policies as in effect and revised from time to time, you will be paid base salary at an annualized rate of $525,000, payable in accordance with the Companys standard payroll schedule, which is currently semi-monthly.
3. Employee Benefits. As a regular employee of the Company, you will be eligible to participate in a number of Company-sponsored benefit plans. The Company reserves the right to modify, change, or discontinue all or part of these benefits at any time at its sole discretion.
4. Stock Option. The Company will recommend to the Companys Board of Directors (the Board) that you be granted an option to purchase up to 325,000 shares of the Companys Common Stock. The grant of any option is subject to the Boards approval and the Companys promise to recommend such approval is not a promise of compensation and is not intended to create any obligation on the part of the Company. If approved, the exercise price per share will be equal to the price determined by the Board per share on the date the option is granted. The option will be subject to the terms and conditions applicable to options granted under the Companys 2006 Equity Incentive Plan (as amended) (the Plan), as described in the Plan and the applicable Stock Option Agreement (as defined in the Plan). You will vest and become exercisable in twenty-five percent (25%) of the option shares after twelve (12) months of continuous service, and the balance will vest and become exercisable in equal monthly installments over the next thirty-six (36) months of continuous service, as described in the applicable Stock Option Agreement.
5. Sign On Bonus. You will be eligible to receive a $50,000 bonus (Sign-On Bonus), subject to applicable tax withholdings. The Sign-On Bonus will be paid to you in the first payroll period after your Start Date (as defined below).
6. Bonus Repayment. In the event that you resign from employment with the Company for any reason within eighteen (18) months after your Start Date, you agree that you will repay to the Company the entire Sign-On Bonus (Repayment Amount).
7. Change in Control Severance Benefits. If you experience a Qualifying Termination (as defined below), provided that you satisfy the Conditions (as defined below) within the Deadline (as defined below), then (a) the Company will pay you severance pay for a period of six (6) months at your monthly base salary rate that was in effect at the time of the Qualifying Termination and (b) fifty percent (50%) of your then
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unvested Option shares will become fully vested and exercisable. Such severance pay will be paid in accordance with the Companys standard payroll schedule on the Companys payroll dates at your regular payroll rate immediately prior to the Qualifying Termination, commencing on the Companys first regular payroll date following the last day of the Deadline, and will be subject to all applicable withholdings. Notwithstanding anything stated herein to the contrary, the severance provided in connection with your Qualifying Termination under this section is intended to be exempt from Internal Revenue Code Section 409A pursuant to Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9)(iii) and to the extent it is exempt pursuant to such section it will in any event be paid no later than the last day of your second taxable year following the taxable year in which your Qualifying Termination has occurred.
To receive any of the severance pay or vesting acceleration described in this Section 6 or Section 7 below, (i) you must execute (and not revoke) a full and complete general release of all claims in a form provided by the Company without alteration and (ii) you must have returned all Company property (collectively, (i) and (ii) are the Conditions), in each case by the forty-fifth (45th) day (the Deadline) after your Qualifying Termination.
For the purposes of this offer letter only, you will be deemed to have incurred a Qualifying Termination if you are subject to an Involuntary Termination (as defined in this Section) that occurs in connection with or within twenty-four (24) months following a Change in Control (as defined in this Section).
For purposes of this Agreement:
(a) a Change in Control means a (i) consolidation, reorganization or merger of the Company with or into any other entity or entities in which the holders of the Companys outstanding shares immediately before such consolidation, reorganization or merger do not, immediately after such consolidation, reorganization or merger, retain stock or other ownership interests representing a majority of the voting power of the surviving entity or entities as a result of their shareholdings in the Company immediately before such consolidation, reorganization or merger; or (ii) a sale or all or substantially all of the Companys assets that is followed by a distribution of the proceeds to the Companys stockholders.
(b) an Involuntary Termination means an involuntary separation from service, as defined in Treasury Regulation 1.409A-1(n), (i) by the Company for any reason other than (A) Cause, as defined below, (B) death or (C) Permanent Disability, as defined below or (ii) by you for Good Reason (as defined below).
(c) Cause means (i) any willful, material violation by you of any law or regulation applicable to the business of the Company, your conviction for, or guilty plea to, a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude, or any willful perpetration by you of a common law fraud, (ii) your commission of an act of personal dishonesty which involves personal profit in connection with the Company or any other entity having a business relationship with the Company, (iii) any material breach by you of any provision of any agreement or understanding between the Company and you regarding the terms of your service as an employee, officer, director or consultant to the Company, including without limitation, your willful and continued failure or refusal to perform the material duties required of you as an employee, officer, director or consultant of the Company, other than as a result of having a disability, or a breach of any applicable invention assignment and confidentiality agreement or any agreement between the Company and you, (iv) your disregard of the policies of the Company so as to cause loss, damage or injury to the property, reputation or employees of the Company, (v) your violation or failure to comply with any of the Companys confidential information, privacy or similar policy or program or (vi) any other misconduct by you which is materially injurious to the financial condition or business reputation of, or is otherwise materially injurious to, the Company.
(d) Good Reason means, without your express written consent, the occurrence of any one or more of the following: (i) a change in your position with the Company that materially reduces your level of authorities, responsibilities or duties (provided that such reduction would not include remaining in the same relative position of responsibility within the Company following a Change in Control even if the Company were a subsidiary of another entity); (ii) a reduction in your base salary by more than ten percent (10%) unless (A) you consent thereto in your discretion, or (B) the annual salaries of all Company employees are similarly
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reduced; or (iii) receipt of notice that your principal workplace will be relocated to increase your commute by more than fifty (50) miles. The conditions set forth in this paragraph will be considered Good Reason only if (i) you give the Company written notice of one of the conditions described in this paragraph within thirty (30) days after the condition comes into existence; (ii) the Company fails to remedy the condition within thirty (30) days after receiving your written notice; and (iii) after the Companys failure to remedy the condition within the previously described 30-day period, you resign from the Company within ninety (90) days after one of the above conditions has come into existence without your consent.
(e) Permanent Disability means that you are unable to perform the essential functions of your position, with or without reasonable accommodation, for a period of at least 120 consecutive days because of a physical or mental impairment.
8. Severance Benefits Prior to a Change in Control. For purposes of clarity, nothing in this Section 8 will be duplicative with the payments and benefits set forth in Section 7 in connection with a Change in Control. If you are subject to an involuntary separation from service, as defined in Treasury Regulation 1.409A-1(n), by the Company for any reason other than (i) Cause, (ii) death or (iii) Permanent Disability (a Separation from Service), that occurs prior to a Change in Control, provided that you satisfy the Conditions within the Deadline, then the Company will pay you cash severance equal to six (6) months of your base salary at the rate then in effect. Your cash severance will be paid in accordance with the Companys standard payroll schedule on the Companys payroll dates at your regular payroll rate immediately prior to the Separation from Service, commencing on the Companys first regular payroll date following the last day of the Deadline, and will be subject to all applicable withholdings. Notwithstanding anything stated herein to the contrary, the severance provided in connection with your Separation from Service under this section is intended to be exempt from Internal Revenue Code Section 409A pursuant to Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9)(iii) and to the extent it is exempt pursuant to such section it will in any event be paid no later than the last day of your second taxable year following the taxable year in which your Separation from Service has occurred.
9. Code Section 409A. Notwithstanding the above, if any of the severance payments provided in connection with your Involuntary Termination does not qualify for any reason to be exempt from Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 409A and you are deemed by the Company at the time of your Involuntary Termination to be a specified employee, as defined in Code Section 409A (i.e. a key employee of a publicly traded company), each such salary continuation payment will not be made or commence until the date which is the first (1st) business day of the seventh (7th) month after your Involuntary Termination and the installments that otherwise would have been paid during the first six (6) months after your Involuntary Termination will be paid in a lump sum on the first (1st) business day of the seventh (7th) month after your Involuntary Termination, with the remaining payments (if any) to be made in accordance with the applicable schedule set forth above. Such deferral will only be effected to the extent required to avoid adverse tax treatment to you, including (without limitation) the additional twenty percent (20%) federal tax for which you would otherwise be liable under Section 409A(a)(I)(B) of the Code in the absence of such deferral.
10. Invention Assignment and Confidentiality Agreement. To protect the interests of the Company, like all Company employees, you will be required to sign the Companys standard Employee Invention Assignment and Confidentiality Agreement as a condition of your employment with the Company. A copy of this agreement is attached as Exhibit A. Please note this agreement contains many very important provisions, including (without limitation) those that require the assignment of inventions, disclosure of inventions, obligations of confidentiality, non-competition, non-solicitation, and rights to use your name and likeness, etc. Please review the agreement carefully.
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11. Third-Party Confidential Information. The Company also wants to protect the confidential information of third parties. Thus, please do not bring or disclose to the Company or use in the performance of your duties for the Company any confidential or proprietary information of a prior employer or any other third party, whether or not created or developed by you.
12. At-Will Employment. Employment with the Company is for no specific period of time. You understand that your employment with the Company will be at-will, which means that either you or the Company may terminate your employment at any time and for any reason, with or without prior notice and with or without cause. Although your job duties, title, compensation and benefits, as well as the Companys personnel policies and procedures, may change from time to time, the at-will nature of your employment may only be changed in an express written agreement signed by you and the President of the Company.
13. Proof of Authorization to Work in the United States. Please note that because of employer regulations adopted in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, your employment with the Company is contingent upon your providing legal proof of your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Attached as Exhibit B, is the I-9 document that you will be required to complete on your first day of employment. Please refer to this document and bring the correct identification with you. Failure to provide proper identification may delay placement on payroll and ultimately result in mandatory termination.
14. Representations. You represent and warrant that the credentials and information you provided to the Company related to your qualifications and ability to perform this position are true and correct.
15. Company Policies. You agree to abide by all applicable Company policies disclosed to you from time to time during the term of your employment.
16. Tax Matters and Tax Advice. All forms of compensation referred to in this letter agreement are subject to reduction to reflect applicable withholding and payroll taxes and other deductions required by law. You are encouraged to obtain your own tax advice regarding your compensation from the Company. You agree that the Company does not have a duty to design its compensation policies in a manner that minimizes your tax liabilities, and you will not make any claim against the Company or its Board of Directors related to tax liabilities arising from your compensation, including any option granted to you.
17. Interpretation, Amendment and Enforcement. This offer letter agreement and Exhibit A constitute the complete agreement between you and the Company, contain all of the terms of your employment with the Company and supersede any prior or contemporaneous agreements, representations or understandings (whether written, oral or implied) between you and the Company. This letter agreement may not be amended or modified, except by an express written agreement signed by both you and a duly authorized officer of the Company. The terms of this letter agreement and the resolution of any disputes as to the meaning, effect, performance or validity of this letter agreement or of any issues arising out of, related to, or in any way connected with, this letter agreement, your employment with the Company or any other relationship between you and the Company (the Disputes) will be governed by this letter agreement and California law, excluding, however, laws relating to conflicts or choice of law. You and the Company submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in Santa Clara County, California in connection with any Dispute or any claim related to any Dispute and to the jurisdiction of the AAA in Santa Clara County, California in connection with any Arbitrable Claims.
18. Outside Activities. While you render services to the Company, you agree that you will not engage in any other employment, consulting or other business activity without the written consent of the Company. In addition, while you render services to the company, you will not assist any person or entity in competing with the Company, in preparing to compete with the Company or in hiring any employees or consultants of the Company.
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19. Acceptance. If you decide to accept our offer of employment, and we hope that you will, please sign and date this offer letter agreement in the space indicated and return it to me. This offer letter agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which when so executed and delivered will be deemed an original, and all of which together will constitute one and the same agreement. Execution of a facsimile or pdf copy will have the same force and effect as execution of an original, and a facsimile, pdf or electronic signature will be deemed an original and valid signature. You will also be required to complete and sign the Companys standard employment application form. This offer may be withdrawn at any time prior to our receipt of your written acceptance and is contingent upon satisfactory completion of routine reference and backgrounds checks, your written acceptance by August 2, 2019 and your starting work with the Company on October 1, 2019. Please also complete and return the attached Employee Invention Assignment and Confidentiality Agreement and return with this letter agreement.
We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you to the Company.
|Very truly yours,|
|Kathy L. Hibbs|
|Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer|
I have read and understood this offer letter agreement and hereby acknowledge, accept and agree to the terms as set forth above and further acknowledge that no other commitments were made to me as part of my employment offer except as specifically set forth herein.
|Signature of Frederick Kohler|
|Date Signed: 8/1/2019|
|Start Date: October 1, 2019|
Exhibit A-Employee Invention Assignment and Confidentiality Agreement
Exhibit B-1-9 Form