Amended and Restated Employment Agreement, dated April 23, 2021, by and between Waitr Holdings Inc. and Carl A. Grimstad
AMENDED AND RESTATED
This Amended and Restated Employment Agreement (this “Agreement”) is entered into on April 23, 2021, by and among Waitr Holdings Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and Carl A. Grimstad (“Executive”) and amends and restates the employment agreement dated January 3, 2020 (“Effective Date”).
WHEREAS, the Company and Executive desire to extend the employment term of Executive for three years and to provide additional consideration to Executive pursuant to this Agreement and to amend and restate Executive’s prior employment agreement pursuant to the terms of this Agreement; and
WHEREAS, the Company and Executive desire to enter into this Agreement to reflect the terms of such employment, including the rights and obligations of each party hereto.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants, representations, warranties, and agreements contained herein, and for other valuable consideration, the receipt and adequacy of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows:
1.Term of Employment. Subject to the provisions for earlier termination provided in Section 7 hereof, the term of this Agreement shall commence on the Effective Date and shall continue until January 3, 2025 (the “Term”).
2.Executive’s Duties. During the Term, Executive shall serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, reporting to the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”). In such position, Executive shall have such duties, authority, and responsibilities as shall be determined from time to time by the Board, consistent with his position (the “Services”). During the Term, Executive shall devote substantially all of his business time and attention to the performance of Executive’s duties hereunder and will not engage in any other business, profession, or occupation for compensation or otherwise which would conflict or interfere with the performance of such services either directly or indirectly without the prior written consent of the Board of Directors. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive will be permitted to (a) act or serve as a director, trustee, committee member, or principal of any type of business, civic, or charitable organization and (b) manage, purchase and/or own investments in any public or private corporation; provided that, the activities described in clauses (a) and (b) do not (i) result in any breach of Executive’s obligations under Section 5, (ii) interfere with the performance of Executive’s duties and responsibilities to the Company as provided hereunder, or (iii) conflict or compete in any way with the business of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates.
(a)Base Salary. For services rendered by Executive under this Agreement, the Company shall pay to Executive a monthly base salary of $83,333 per month, subject to applicable
withholding taxes, payable in accordance with the Company’s customary payroll practices as in effect from time to time (the “Monthly Compensation”).
(b)Bonus. In addition to the Monthly Compensation, if Executive performs the Services through January 3, 2022, the Company shall pay to Executive a bonus of $3,000,000 payable prior to January 31, 2022 (the “Bonus”); provided, however, that in the event of termination by Executive for Good Reason (as defined herein) or termination by the Company other than for Misconduct (as defined herein) on or prior to January 3, 2022, the Bonus shall be paid within 15 days of the Date of Termination (as defined in Section 7(f) herein).
(c)Acceleration of Compensation Upon Corporate Change. Upon the closing of a Corporate Change (as defined below) prior to the end of the Term, the Company shall pay Executive (i) the Monthly Compensation through the Term plus (ii) the Bonus (if not previously paid). For purposes of this Agreement, a “Corporate Change” shall occur if:
(i)the Company (A) shall not be the surviving entity in any merger or consolidation (or survives only as a subsidiary of an entity other than a previously wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company) other than a merger or consolidation (1) that results in the voting securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving entity) at least fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the voting securities of the Company (or such surviving entity or, if the Company or the entity surviving such merger is then a subsidiary, the ultimate parent thereof) outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation, and (2) immediately following which the individuals who comprise the Board immediately prior thereto constitute at least a majority of the Board of the entity surviving such merger or consolidation or, if the Company or the entity surviving such merger is then a subsidiary, the ultimate parent thereof, or (B) is to be dissolved and liquidated, and, as a result of or in connection with such transaction, the persons who were directors of the Company before such transaction shall cease to constitute a majority of the Board;
(ii)any person or entity, including a “group” as contemplated by Section 13(d)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, acquires or gains ownership or control (including, without limitation, power to vote) of 50% or more of the outstanding shares of the Company’s voting stock (based upon voting power), excluding any person, entity or group who acquires or gains such ownership or control directly from the Company; or
(iii)the Company sells all or substantially all of the assets of the Company to any other person or entity (other than a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company) in a transaction that requires shareholder approval pursuant to applicable corporate law, other than a sale by the Company of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company to an entity, at least fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the voting securities of which are owned directly or indirectly by stockholders of the Company following the completion of such transaction in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of the Company immediately prior to such sale.
(d)Prior Equity Grants. The Company issued to Executive a stock option award dated January 3, 2020 (“Option”) and a restricted stock unit award agreement, dated April
23, 2020 (“RSU”), which Option and RSU are in full force and effect and are enforceable in accordance with their terms. In each of the Option and RSU, references to the defined term “Employment Agreement” shall mean reference to this amended and restated employment agreement between the Company and Executive dated April 23, 2021.
(e)Performance Bonus Agreement. The Company issued to Executive a performance bonus agreement dated April 23, 2020 (“Performance Bonus Agreement”), which agreement is in full force and effect and enforceable in accordance with its terms. In the Performance Bonus Agreement, (i) references to the defined term “Employment Agreement” shall mean reference to this amended and restated employment agreement between the Company and Executive dated April 23, 2021, and (ii) Section 2 of the Performance Bonus Agreement is amended and restated as follows:
Vesting/Termination. In order to receive the Performance Bonus, Executive must remain continuously employed with the Company through the date of a Corporate Change; provided, however, that in the event Executive terminates his then existing employment agreement for Good Reason (as defined in his then existing employment agreement) or the Company terminates his then existing employment agreement other than for Misconduct (as defined in his then existing employment agreement), Executive will be entitled to receive the Performance Bonus provided the Corporate Change (as a result of which Executive, had he continued to be employed, would have been entitled to receive the Performance Bonus) occurs on or before the end of the term of his then existing employment agreement. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, this Agreement shall terminate automatically upon the earliest to occur of the following: (i) the date on which the Performance Bonus has been paid in full to Executive following the occurrence of a Corporate Change, as a result of which Executive becomes entitled to receive the Performance Bonus; (ii) a Corporate Change, as a result of which Executive does not become entitled to receive the Performance Bonus; and (iii) the termination of Executive’s then existing employment agreement by the Company for Misconduct or by the Executive for other than Good Reason prior to the consummation of a Corporate Change.”
(f)Equity Award. On or as soon as practicable following the date of this Agreement, Executive shall receive an award of 3,500,000 restricted stock units (the “RSU Award”) under the Waitr Holdings Inc. 2018 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “Incentive Plan”), each restricted stock unit representing the right, subject to terms and conditions of the Incentive Plan and RSU Award to one share of Company common stock if and when the underlying RSU Award vests. The RSU Award will vest in three (3) equal installments on the first, second and third anniversaries of January 3, 2022, subject to Executive’s continued employment through the applicable vesting date. The RSU Award will vest in full upon (i) a Corporate Change, subject to Executive’s continued employment through the closing of such Corporate Change, (ii) termination by Executive of this Agreement for Good Reason, or (iii) termination by the Company of this
Agreement other than for Misconduct. The RSU Award shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the Incentive Plan and become effective upon entry into a written award agreement by and between the Company and Executive. All other terms and conditions applicable to the Award shall be determined by the Board or the Compensation Committee of the Board.
4.Additional Benefits. In addition to the compensation provided for in Section 3 herein, Executive shall be entitled to the following:
(a)Expenses. The Company shall reimburse Executive for the reasonable and necessary business expenses incurred in the performance of his duties pursuant to this Agreement. It is understood that Executive is authorized to incur reasonable business expenses for travel (business class airfare), lodging, meals and business entertainment.
Fringe Benefits and Perquisites. During the Term, Executive shall be entitled to fringe benefits and perquisites consistent with the practices of the Company and governing benefit plan requirements (including plan eligibility provisions), and to the extent the Company provides similar benefits or perquisites (or both) to similarly situated executives of the Company.
Employee Benefits. During the Term, Executive shall be entitled to participate in all employee benefit plans, practices, and programs maintained by the Company, as in effect from time to time (collectively, “Employee Benefit Plans”), to the extent consistent with applicable law and the terms of the applicable Employee Benefit Plans. The Company reserves the right to amend or terminate any Employee Benefit Plans at any time in its sole discretion, subject to the terms of such Employee Benefit Plan and applicable law.
(d)Vacation; Paid Time-Off. Executive shall receive vacation and other paid time-off in accordance with the Company’s policies for executive officers as such policies may exist from time to time.
(a)Confidential Information. Executive, during the Term, may have access to and become familiar with confidential information, secrets and proprietary information concerning the business and affairs of the Company, its controlled subsidiaries and other controlled entities, including business strategies, pricing information, and other confidential and/or proprietary information (collectively, “Confidential Information”). Confidential Information shall not include any information that is or becomes generally available to the public other than as a result of Executive’s improper or unauthorized disclosure of such information in violation of this Agreement. As to such Confidential Information, Executive agrees during the Term and following the termination of this Agreement, he will not, directly or indirectly, without the prior written consent of the Company (1) disclose or permit the disclosure of any such Confidential Information, or (2) use, reproduce or distribute, or make or permit any use, reproduction or distribution of, directly or indirectly, any such Confidential Information, except for any disclosure, use, reproduction or distribution that is required in the course of the Executive’s employment with the Company.
(b)Non-Competition. Throughout the Term of this Agreement and for a period of one (1) year (the “Restricted Period”) immediately following the termination of this Agreement, Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, in any geographical area in which the Company has engaged in its business at any time during the Term (the “Restricted Area”): (i) engage in, own, manage, operate, join, control, lend money or other assistance to, or participate in or be connected with, as an officer, director, executive, partner, shareholder, employee, manager, agent, or otherwise, any person that operates in the restaurant delivery services business (a “Competitor”) at any time during the Term (other than as a holder of less than two percent of the capital stock of any publicly traded corporation); or (ii) perform for or on behalf of any Competitor the same or substantially similar services Executive performed for the Company at any time during the Term. Executive hereby acknowledges and agrees that the restrictive period of time, geographic scope and scope of the restricted activity specified herein are reasonable and necessary in view of the nature of the business in which the Company is, or will be, engaged. If the scope of any stated restriction is too broad to permit enforcement of such restriction(s) to its full extent, then the parties agree that such restriction shall be enforced and/or modified to the maximum extent permitted by law.
(c)Intellectual Property Rights. Executive hereby assigns, transfers and conveys to the Company all of his right, title and interest in and to all Work Product (as defined below). Executive agrees that all Work Product belongs in all instances to the Company. Executive will promptly disclose such Work Product to the Company and perform all actions reasonably requested by the Company (whether during or at the Company’s expense after the Term) to establish and confirm the Company’s ownership of such Work Product (including, without limitation, the execution and delivery of assignments, consents, powers of attorney and other instruments) and to provide reasonable assistance to the Company (whether during or at the Company’s expense after the Term) in connection with the prosecution of any applications for patents, trademarks, trade names, service marks or reissues thereof or in the prosecution or defense of interferences relating to any Work Product. Executive recognizes and agrees that the Work Product, to the extent copyrightable, constitutes works for hire under the copyright laws of the United States.
For purposes of this Agreement, “Work Product” means all inventions, innovations, improvements, technical information, systems, software developments, methods, designs, analyses, drawings, reports, service marks, trademarks, trade names, trade dress, logos and all similar or related information (whether patentable or unpatentable) which relates to actual or anticipated business, operations, research and development of existing or future products or services of the Company and which are conceived, developed or made by Executive (whether or not during usual business hours and whether or not alone or in conjunction with any other person) during the Term together with all patent applications, letters patent, trademark, trade name and service mark applications or registrations, copyrights and reissues thereof that may be granted for or upon any of the foregoing.
(d)Non-Solicitation and Non-Interference. During the Term and for one (1) year immediately following the termination of this Agreement, Executive will not, and will cause his respective affiliates not to, directly or indirectly through or in association with any third party, (i) call on, solicit or service, engage or contract with or take any action which may interfere with, impair, subvert, disrupt or alter the relationship, contractual or otherwise, between the Company
and any current customer, supplier, distributor, developer, service provider, licensor or licensee, or other material business relation of the Company, with whom Executive or any of his direct reports has done business or had material contact or engagement during the Term, (ii) solicit, induce, recruit or encourage any employees of or other consultants to the Company to terminate their relationship with the Company or take away or hire such employees or consultants, (iii) divert or take away the business or patronage (with respect to products or services of the kind or type developed, produced, marketed, furnished or sold by the Company) of any of the clients, customers or accounts of the Company, with whom Executive or any of his direct reports has done business or had material contact or engagement during the Term, or (iv) attempt to do any of the foregoing, either for Executive’s own purposes or for any other third party.
(a)Third Party Proceedings. The Company shall indemnify Executive if Executive is or was a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed third party action or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact that Executive serves or served as a director of the Company, by reason of the fact that Executive is or was an employee of the Company (or any subsidiary of the Company), or by reason of any action or inaction on the part of Executive while a director or an employee of the Company, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees) judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement (if such settlement is approved in advance by the Company, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld) actually and reasonably incurred by Executive in connection with such action or proceeding, provided that such indemnity shall not apply to (i) any such expenses, judgments, fines or amounts paid in settlement caused by Executive’s fraud, gross negligence or willful misconduct or (ii) any claim by the Company against Executive as to Executive’s breach of Executive’s obligations under this Agreement.
(b)Proceedings by or in the Right of the Company. The Company shall indemnify Executive if Executive was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action or proceeding by or in the right of the Company (or any subsidiary of the Company) to procure a judgment in its favor by reason of the fact that Executive is or was a director, an employee or agent of the Company (or any subsidiary of the Company), or by reason of the fact that Executive is or was serving at the request of the Company as a director, employee, consultant or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees) and, to the fullest extent permitted by law, amounts paid in settlement, in each case to the extent actually and reasonably incurred by Executive in connection with the defense or settlement of such action or proceeding provided that such indemnity shall not apply to (i) any such action, proceeding or settlement caused by Executive’s fraud, gross negligence or willful misconduct or (ii) any claim by the Company against Executive as to Executive’s breach of Executive’s obligations under this Agreement.
(c)Advancement of Expenses. The Company shall advance all expenses incurred by Executive in connection with the investigation, defense, settlement, or appeal of any civil or criminal action or proceeding referenced in Section 6(a) or (b) hereof. The advances to be made hereunder shall be paid by the Company to Executive within twenty (20) days following delivery of a written request therefor by Executive to the Company.
(d)Notice/Cooperation by Executive. Executive shall, as a condition precedent to its right to be indemnified under this Agreement, give the Company notice in writing as soon as practicable of any claim made against Executive for which indemnification will or could be sought under this Agreement, provided, however, that a delay in giving such notice shall not deprive Executive of any right to be indemnified under this Agreement unless, and then only to the extent that, such delay is materially prejudicial to the defense of such claim. Notice to the Company shall be directed to the General Counsel of the Company at the address shown on the signature page of this Agreement (or such other address as the Company shall designate in writing to Executive, in accordance with Section 11 hereof). In addition, Executive shall give the Company such information and cooperation as it may reasonably require and as shall be within Executive’s power.
(e)Procedure. Any indemnification provided for in Section 6(a) or (b) shall be made no later than forty-five (45) days after receipt of the written request of Executive. If a claim under this Agreement is not paid in full by the Company within forty-five (45) days after a written request for payment thereof has first been received by the Company, Executive may, but need not, at any time thereafter bring an action against the Company to recover the unpaid amount of the claim and Executive shall also be entitled to be paid for the expenses (including attorneys’ fees) of bringing such action.
(f)Selection of Counsel. In the event the Company shall be obligated under Section 6(c) hereof to pay the expenses of any proceeding against Executive, the Company, if appropriate, shall be entitled to assume the defense of such proceeding, with counsel approved by Executive, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld (it being understood and agreed that the fact that such counsel is representing the Company in such proceeding shall not be grounds for withholding approval except pursuant to clause (ii)(B) below), upon the delivery to Executive of written notice of its election so to do. After delivery of such notice, the Company will not be liable to Executive under this Agreement for any fees of counsel subsequently incurred by Executive with respect to the same proceeding, provided that (i) Executive shall have the right employ its counsel in any such proceeding at Executive’s expense, and (ii) if (A) the employment of counsel by Executive has been previously authorized by the Company, which authorization has not been revoked, (B) Executive shall have reasonably concluded that there may be a conflict of interest between the Company and Executive in the conduct of any such defense or (C) the Company shall not, in fact, have employed counsel to assume the defense of such proceeding, then, in the case of (A), (B), or (C) above, the fees and expenses of Executive’s counsel shall be at the expense of the Company.
7.Termination. The Term may be terminated as set forth below:
(a)By Executive (other than for Good Reason). Executive may cease providing services to the Company at any time by providing thirty (30) days written notice to the Company in accordance with Section 11 hereof. In the event of such termination, this Agreement shall terminate on the Date of Termination and Executive shall not be entitled to further compensation pursuant to Section 3 of this Agreement other than payment for (i) any unpaid Monthly Compensation through the Date of Termination, (ii) any unpaid expenses incurred prior to the Date of Termination, subject to the Company’s expense reimbursement rules and policies as in effect
from time to time, and (iii) any vested portion of equity or non-equity bonus awards through the Date of Termination pursuant to any award documentation, whether set forth in this Agreement or otherwise (the “Accrued Amounts”). Accrued Amounts, if any, shall be paid and confirmed, via email to the email address on the signature page hereof, to Executive in no event later than fifteen (15) days following the Date of Termination.
(c)By Company. The Company may terminate:
(i)in the event of Executive’s Misconduct upon written notice thereof delivered to Executive in accordance with Section 7(e) and Section 11 hereof, in which case the Company shall have no further compensation obligations pursuant to Section 3 of this Agreement other than for payment to Executive of the Accrued Amounts, if any, to be paid, and confirmed via email to the email address on the signature page hereof, to the Executive within fifteen (15) days of the Date of Termination or as otherwise provided for herein;
(ii)at any time for any reason other than for Misconduct upon 10 days’ written notice to Executive, in which case the Company shall pay Executive (A) Monthly Compensation through the Term, (B) the Bonus (if not previously paid), (C) the unvested equity and non-equity bonus awards shall accelerate and be vested in full pursuant to their respective award documentation whether set forth in this Agreement or otherwise, and (D) Accrued Amounts, if any, all to be paid, and confirmed via email to the email address on the signature page hereof, to Executive all within fifteen (15) days of the Date of Termination; or
(iii)subsequent to the closing of a Corporate Change, in which case the Company shall have no further compensation obligations pursuant to Section 3 of this Agreement other than for payment to Executive of the Accrued Amounts, if any, the amount due under Section 3(c) to be paid upon closing of the Corporate Change, and the unvested equity and non-equity bonus awards shall accelerate and be vested in full pursuant to their respective award documentation whether set forth in the Agreement or otherwise, all to be paid and confirmed to be effective upon the closing of the Corporate Change, via email to the email address on the signature page hereof, upon the closing of the Corporate Change.
As used herein, “Misconduct” means a material breach of any of Executive’s obligations under this Agreement without Company’s express written consent (including a breach of Section 5, but excluding Executive’s resignation for Good Reason), Executive’s willful misconduct or gross negligence in performing his duties under this Agreement, or conviction of (including a plea of guilty or nolo contendere) a felony or crime involving moral turpitude; provided, that the Company has provided a Notice of Termination to Executive of Company’s intention to terminate the Agreement for Misconduct, and Executive has failed to cure, to the extent curable, such circumstance within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the Notice of Termination given in respect thereof.
(d)Resignation for Good Reason. Executive shall be entitled to terminate the Term for Good Reason. If Executive terminates this Agreement for Good Reason, he shall be paid (i) the Accrued Amounts, if any, (ii) the Monthly Compensation through the Term to be paid within
fifteen (15) days of the Date of Termination, (iii) the Bonus (if not previously paid), and (iv) the unvested equity and non-equity bonus awards shall accelerate and be vested in full pursuant to their respective award documentation whether set forth in the Agreement or otherwise, all to be paid and confirmed, via email to the email address on the signature page hereof, all within fifteen (15) days following the Date of Termination;
As used herein, “Good Reason” means a material breach of any of the Company’s obligations under this Agreement without Executive’s express written consent; provided, that, Executive has provided a Notice of Termination to the Company of Executive’s intention to terminate the Agreement for Good Reason, and the Company has failed to cure, to the extent curable, such circumstance within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the Notice of Termination given in respect hereof.
(e)Notice of Termination. Any purported termination of the Term by the Company under Section 7(c) or by Executive under Section 7(d) shall be communicated by written Notice of Termination to the other party hereto in accordance with Section 11 hereof. For purposes of this Agreement, a “Notice of Termination” shall mean a notice which, if by the Company under Section 7(c), shall set forth in reasonable detail the reason for such termination of this Agreement, or in the case of termination by Executive for under Section 7(d), said notice must specify in reasonable detail the basis for such termination. A Notice of Termination given by Executive pursuant to Section 7(d) shall be effective even if given after the receipt by Executive of a Notice of Termination by the Company pursuant to Section 7(c), and a Notice of Termination given by the Company pursuant to Section 7(c) shall be effective even if given after the receipt by the Company of a Notice of Termination by Executive pursuant to Section 7(d). Any purported termination for which a Notice of Termination is required which is not effected pursuant to this Section 7(e) shall not be effective.
(f)Date of Termination. “Date of Termination” shall mean the date specified in the Notice of Termination, provided that the Date of Termination shall be at least thirty (30) days following the date the Notice of Termination is given; provided, however, that in the case of Executive’s termination for Good Reason, Date of Termination shall mean the close of business on the last day on which the Company may cure any circumstance alleged by Executive to give rise to a Good Reason termination, or in the case of Company’s termination for Misconduct, Date of Termination shall mean the close of business on the last day on which Executive may cure any circumstance alleged by the Company to give rise to a Misconduct termination.
Code Section 409A
(a)This Agreement is intended to comply with the provisions of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and shall be interpreted and construed accordingly. The Company and Executive shall have the discretion and authority to amend this Agreement at any time to satisfy any requirements of Code Section 409A or guidance published thereunder; provided, however, any such amendment shall maintain the economic terms of this Agreement for Executive.
(b)The Company shall promptly reimburse Executive for eligible expenses under this Agreement that Executive incurs and properly reports to the Company in accordance
with its expense reimbursement rules and policies. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary or otherwise, all reimbursements shall be made so as to be exempt from Section 409A of the Code and to the extent not exempt: (A) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement or in-kind benefits provided during any calendar year will not affect the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement or in-kind benefits provided in any other calendar year; (B) the reimbursements for expenses for which Executive is entitled to be reimbursed 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 hereunder may not be liquidated or exchanged for any other benefit.
9.Assignability. The obligations of Executive hereunder are personal and may not be assigned or delegated by him or transferred in any manner whatsoever, nor are such obligations subject to involuntary alienation, assignment or transfer. The Company shall have the right to assign this Agreement and to delegate all rights, duties and obligations hereunder, either in whole or in part, to any parent, affiliate, successor or subsidiary organization or company of the Company, so long as the obligations of the Company under this Agreement remain the obligations of the Company.
10.Governing Law; Arbitration. This Agreement and any claim related directly or indirectly to this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York (without regard to conflicts of law principles that would result in the application of any law other than the law of the State of New York). If any dispute should arise between Executive and Company under this Agreement, all claims, disputes, controversies, differences or other matters in question arising out of this Agreement shall be resolved by binding arbitration in New York, New York, in accordance with the rules for expedited, documents only proceedings of the American Arbitration Association.
11.Notice. Unless otherwise provided herein, for the purpose of this Agreement, notices and all other communications provided for in this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given upon satisfaction of both (i) and (ii) set forth below: (i) via email to the email address on the signature page hereof and (ii) via mail when delivered or mailed by United States registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed to the Company at its principal office address, directed to the attention of the Board with a copy to the Secretary of the Company, and to Executive at Executive’s residence address on the records of the Company or to such other address as any party may have furnished to the other in writing in accordance herewith except that notice of change of address shall be effective only upon receipt.
12.Validity. Company acknowledges that this Agreement is a binding and valid obligation of the Company. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.
13.Successors; Binding Agreement.
(a)The Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company other than in connection with a Corporate Change to expressly assume and agree
to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place. As used herein, the term “Company” shall include any successor to its business and/or assets as aforesaid which executes and delivers the Agreement provided for in this Section 13 or which otherwise becomes bound by all terms and provisions of this Agreement by operation of law.
(b)This Agreement and all rights of Executive hereunder shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by Executive’s personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees. If Executive should die while any amounts would be payable to him hereunder if he had continued to live, all such amounts, unless otherwise provided herein, shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to Executive’s devisee, legatee, or other designee or, if there be no such designee, to Executive’s estate.
14.Miscellaneous. No provision of this Agreement may be modified, waived or discharged unless such waiver, modification or discharge is agreed to in writing and signed by Executive and Company. No waiver by any party hereto at any time of any breach by another party hereto of, or in compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other party shall be deemed a waiver of similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the same or at any prior or subsequent time. This Agreement is an integration of the parties’ agreement; no agreement or representations, oral or otherwise, express or implied, with respect to the subject matter hereof have been made by either party, except those which are set forth expressly in this Agreement.
15.Withholding. The Company shall have the right to withhold from any amount payable hereunder any Federal, state, and local taxes in order for the Company to satisfy any withholding tax obligation it may have under any applicable law or regulation.
16.Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together will constitute one and the same instrument.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date set forth above.
WAITR HOLDINGS INC.
By: /s/ Thomas C. Pritchard
Name: Thomas C. Pritchard
Title: General Counsel
Email address: ***@***
CARL A. GRIMSTAD
/s/ Carl A. Grimstad
Carl A. Grimstad
Email address: ***@***