Letter Agreement, dated as of December 15, 2021, by and between Thomas Shortt and Vroom, Inc

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Exhibit 10.1


December 15, 2021

Thomas Shortt

Delivered via email

Dear Tom:

Congratulations – this is where the rubber meets the road! We are pleased to extend you the following offer of employment with Vroom, Inc. (“Vroom”). We believe that you have the personal and professional qualities to contribute to Vroom’s continued success. This letter sets forth the terms of your offer.

Position: Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer of Vroom.

Start Date: Your first day of employment will be Monday, January 3, 2022 (your “Start Date”).

Location: You will primarily work remotely, subject to appropriate business travel. It is understood and expected that you will travel regularly as the requirements of the role dictate, including but not limited to Vroom offices, reconditioning centers and logistics hubs. Our normal hours of operation are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; however, your actual schedule will be determined based on the overall needs of the business.

Compensation: Your gross annual salary shall be $650,000, payable bi-weekly on Fridays. Your role is currently classified as exempt. Therefore, you are exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Your salary will be reviewed by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Vroom on an annual basis, beginning in March 2023.

Annual Incentive: You shall be entitled to participate in Vroom’s annual incentive bonus plan. This plan is based upon Vroom’s achievement of its business plan, as well as your success against personal performance goals.



Your annual target bonus is 75% of your gross annual base salary, prorated for partial years of service.



Payments in respect of annual bonuses are generally made on or before the end of the first quarter following the relevant performance year. No part of any bonus is earned unless you are actively employed by Vroom on the date the bonus is to be paid.



The details of the bonus plan will be governed and outlined in a plan document that has been provided to you.

One-Time Payments:



Sign-on Bonus. You shall be entitled to a sign-on bonus in the gross amount of $1,300,000, payable on the first administratively practical payroll date following your Start Date.



Anniversary Bonus. You shall be entitled to an anniversary bonus in the gross amount of $300,000 (the “Anniversary Bonus”), payable on the first administratively practical payroll date following your Start Date. If you voluntarily terminate employment without Good Reason (as defined in the Vroom Executive Severance Plan) or your employment is terminated by Vroom for Cause (as defined in the Vroom Executive Severance Plan) prior to January 3, 2023, you shall repay the full amount (net of applicable taxes) of the Anniversary Bonus within 30 days following the date of termination.




Initial RSU Award. You shall be granted a restricted stock unit award with a grant date fair value of $3,000,000 based on the average closing price of Vroom Common Stock over the twenty (20) trading days that precede the Start Date (the “Initial Award”) pursuant to the Vroom 2020 Incentive Award Plan (as in effect from time to time, the “Plan”). The Initial Award shall vest in 1/3 increments on the first three anniversaries of the grant date, subject to your continued employment through the applicable vesting date. The Initial Award shall be in lieu of any equity grants for 2022 under Vroom’s annual grant process.



Annual Grants. Subject to your continued employment with Vroom through the applicable grant date, commencing in 2023, you shall be entitled to participate in an annual grant process along with other senior executives of Vroom. Such grants are expected to be made in March of each year, subject to the approval of the Board or its Compensation Committee.

Benefits: You shall be entitled to participate in Vroom’s comprehensive benefits package and retirement plan starting on the first day of the month, immediately following your Start Date. For details on eligibility and our full benefits offering, please review our benefits handouts, which will be provided separately on your Start Date. You also shall be the beneficiary of a company-paid officers and directors liability insurance policy and tail on terms consistent with those applicable to other senior executives of Vroom.

Severance: You shall be designated as a participant in the Vroom Executive Severance Plan. In the event of your termination of service with Vroom, your severance benefits (if any) shall be determined in accordance with the terms of the Vroom Executive Severance Plan (or any successor plan), as in effect on the date of termination.

Time Off: You will be entitled to participate in Vroom’s comprehensive Paid Time Off Policy (“PTO Policy”), including holidays, twenty (20) days of PTO annually, and five (5) days of sick leave annually. Please review Vroom’s PTO Policy for complete details.

Next steps: In addition, as with all employees, our offer to you is contingent on the following:



Your consent to submit to a drug and alcohol screen, which may be required at any time and in Vroom’s sole discretion based upon your position. Refusal to submit to a drug and alcohol screen, or positive test results for drug(s) and/or alcohol, may result in termination.



Receipt of satisfactory proof of your identity and legal authorization to work in the United States, as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, on your Start Date.



Your execution of Vroom’s Proprietary Information and Inventions Assignment Agreement (“Vroom PIIA”), a copy of which is enclosed.



Your representation, indicated by your signature below, that: (a) your acceptance of this offer and employment with Vroom does not violate any agreement with a third party or duties to your current or former employers; and (b) you will not bring with you to Vroom any proprietary or confidential information in violation of any agreement with a third party, including current or former employers.



Your representation, indicated by your signature below, that you agree to comply with Vroom’s policies, including, without limitation, the policies set forth in Vroom’s Employee Handbook, which may be updated from time to time (“Policies”).

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Vroom may withdraw this offer of employment if any of the above conditions or representations are not met or are false. To accept this offer, please complete, sign and scan all documents included with this offer package. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call. I hope you are ready to take the wheel and help drive Vroom’s growth!



/s/ C. Denise Stott


C. Denise Stott | Vroom



Chief People and Culture Officer



I accept your offer of employment and agree to the provisions stated in this letter. I acknowledge that this letter, together with the Vroom PIIA and Policies, constitutes the entire agreement between Vroom and me and supersedes all prior verbal or written agreements, arrangements or understandings pertaining to my offer of employment. I understand that I am employed at-will and that my employment can be terminated at any time, with or without cause, at the option of either Vroom or me, but subject to the terms of this letter and the Vroom Executive Severance Plan.



/s/ Thomas Shortt       
Employee’s Signature       
Thomas Shortt     12/15/2021   
Employee’s Name     Date   

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