EX-10.6 5 xpo2019q210-qexx106.htm EXHIBIT 10.6 Exhibit
This Employment Agreement (this “Agreement”), effective as of the date set forth on Exhibit A (the “Effective Date”), by and between XPO Logistics, Inc., a Delaware corporation (together with its successors and assigns, the “Company”), and the individual named on Exhibit A (“Employee”).
WHEREAS, the Company desires to employ Employee and Employee desires to accept such employment with the Company, subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual covenants herein and for other good and valuable consideration, Employee and the Company agree as follows:
1. Term. The term of Employee’s employment hereunder (the “Term”) shall begin on the Effective Date and end on the fourth anniversary thereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Term may be earlier terminated by either party in accordance with the terms of Section 5 of this Agreement, and the Term shall automatically expire on the last day of the Term (the “Expiration Date”) without notice required by any party to the other.
2. Employment Duties. During the Term, Employee shall serve in the position set forth on Exhibit A (or such other positions as may be assigned by the Reporting Person (as defined below)), and, excluding any periods of paid time-off or approved sick leave to which Employee is entitled, Employee shall devote her full working time, energy and attention to the performance of her duties and responsibilities hereunder and shall faithfully and diligently endeavor to promote the business and best interests of the Company. Employee shall perform such duties as are customarily performed by an individual in Employee’s position at a public company and as assigned from time to time by the individual set forth on Exhibit A (or her successor, if she ceases to serve in her current position) or such individual’s designee (the “Reporting Person”), and Employee shall report directly to the Reporting Person. During the Term, Employee may not, without the prior written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly, operate, participate in the management, operations or control of, or act as an employee, officer, consultant, partner, member, agent or representative of, any type of business or service other than as an employee and member of the Company. It shall not, however, be a violation of the foregoing provisions of this Section 2 for Employee to (i) serve as an officer or director or otherwise participate in non-profit, educational, social welfare, religious and civic organizations or (ii) manage her personal, financial and legal affairs, in each case so long as any such activities do not unreasonably interfere with the performance of her duties and responsibilities to the Company.
(a) Base Salary. During the Term, the Company shall pay Employee, pursuant to the Company’s normal and customary payroll procedures, but not less frequently than monthly, a base salary at the rate per annum set forth on Exhibit A (the “Base Salary”).
(b) Annual Bonus. As additional compensation, Employee shall have the opportunity to earn a performance-based bonus (“Annual Bonus”) for each year during the Term of Employee’s employment commencing in the 2019 fiscal year with a target as set forth on Exhibit A (the “Target Bonus”), based upon Employee’s achievement of performance goals that will be determined in the sole discretion of the Company. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein and without limiting any other rights and remedies of the Company (including as may be required by law), if Employee has engaged in fraud or other willful misconduct that contributes materially to any financial restatements or material loss to the Company or any of its affiliates, the Company may require repayment by Employee of any cash bonus or Annual Bonus (net of any taxes paid by Employee on such payments) previously paid to Employee, or cancel any earned but unpaid cash bonus or Annual Bonus or adjust the future compensation of Employee in order to recover the amount by which any compensation paid to Employee exceeded the lower amount that would have been payable after giving effect to the restated financial results or the material loss. In addition, Employee’s Annual Bonus shall be subject to any other clawback or recoupment policy of the Company as may be in effect from time to time or any clawback or recoupment as may be required by applicable law.
(c) Benefits. During the Term, Employee shall be eligible to participate in the benefit plans and programs of the Company that are generally available to other members of the Company’s senior executive team, subject to the terms and conditions of such plans and programs.
(d) Paid-Time Off. Employee shall be entitled to 15 days paid time off, and any holidays that are generally afforded to the Company’s employees, in each case, per calendar year during the Term, prorated for the portion(s) of any partial calendar year during the Term. Employee may take paid-time off only with the consent of the Reporting Person, which consent shall not be withheld unreasonably.
(e) Business Expenses. The Company shall provide Employee a Company-owned wireless smartphone and Company-owned laptop computer during the Term and shall pay or reimburse Employee for all reasonable and necessary business expenses incurred in the performance of her duties to the Company during the Term upon the presentation of appropriate statements of such expenses.
4. Equity Compensation. Employee will remain eligible to receive equity-based incentive compensation periodically throughout the Term of this agreement, subject to the sole discretion of the Company.
5. Termination. Employee’s employment hereunder shall be terminated upon the earliest to occur of any one of the following events (in which case the Term shall terminate as of the applicable Date of Termination):
(a) Expiration of Term. Unless sooner terminated, Employee’s employment hereunder shall terminate automatically in accordance with Section 1 of this Agreement on the Expiration Date, unless otherwise agreed by the parties in writing, in which case employment hereunder will continue on an at-will basis or pursuant to the terms of any subsequent agreement between Employee and the Company.
(b) Death. Employee’s employment hereunder shall terminate upon her death.
(c) Cause. The Company may terminate Employee’s employment hereunder for Cause by written notice at any time. For purposes of this Agreement, the term “Cause” shall mean Employee’s (i) gross negligence or willful failure to perform her duties hereunder or willful refusal to follow any lawful directive of the Company; (ii) abuse of or dependency on alcohol or drugs (illicit or otherwise) that adversely affects Employee’s performance of duties hereunder; (iii) commission of any fraud, embezzlement, theft or dishonesty, or any deliberate misappropriation of money or other assets of the Company; (iv) breach of any term of this Agreement, including, without limitation, by virtue of failing to provide at least 30 days’ advanced written notice of resignation as required by Section 5(f), or any agreement governing any of the long-term incentive compensation or equity compensation awards granted to Employee by the Company, its affiliates or any of their respective predecessors (the “Equity Compensation”), or breach of her fiduciary duties to the Company; (v) any willful act, or failure to act, in bad faith to the detriment of the Company; (vi) willful failure to cooperate in good faith with a governmental or internal investigation of the Company or any of its directors, managers, officers or employees, if the Company requests her cooperation; (vii) failure to follow the Company’s code of conduct or ethics policy; and (viii) conviction of, or plea of nolo contendere to, a felony or any serious crime; provided that, the Company will provide Employee with written notice describing the facts and circumstances that the Company believes constitutes Cause and, in cases where cure is possible, Employee shall first be provided a 15-day cure period. If, subsequent to Employee’s termination of employment hereunder for any reason other than by the Company for Cause, it is determined in good faith by the Reporting Person that Employee’s employment could have been terminated by the Company for Cause pursuant to this Section 5(c), Employee’s employment shall, at the election of the Reporting Person at any time up to two years after Employee’s termination of employment but in no event more than six months after the Reporting Person learns of the facts or events that could give rise to the termination for Cause, be deemed to have been terminated for Cause retroactively to the date the events giving rise to Cause occurred, provided that the Company’s ability to deem an Employee’s employment under this sentence to be terminated for Cause shall lapse upon a Change of Control (as defined in the Company’s 2016 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan).
(d) Without Cause. The Company may terminate Employee’s employment hereunder without Cause by written notice at any time.
(e) Good Reason. Upon or during the two-year period following a Change of Control, Employee may terminate her employment hereunder for Good Reason in accordance with the terms of this Section 5(e). For purposes of this Agreement, “Good Reason” shall mean, without first obtaining Employee’s written consent: (i) the Company materially breaches the terms of this Agreement; (ii) the Company materially diminishes Employee’s title, duties, authorities, reporting relationship(s), responsibilities or position from any of those in effect immediately preceding the Change of Control (including by virtue of Employee not having duties of a senior executive of a publicly-traded company) or as subsequently increased or enhanced; (iii) the Company reduces the Base Salary or Target Bonus; or (iv) the Company requires that Employee be based in a location that is more than 50 miles from the location of Employee’s employment immediately prior to a Change of Control; provided that, the Company shall first be provided a 30-day cure period (the “Cure Period”), following receipt of written
notice setting forth in reasonable detail the specific event, circumstance or conduct of the Company that constitutes Good Reason, to cease, and to cure, any event, circumstance or conduct specified in such written notice, if curable; provided further, that such notice shall be provided to the Company within 45 days of the occurrence of the event, circumstance or conduct constituting Good Reason. If, at the end of the Cure Period, the event, circumstance or conduct that constitutes Good Reason has not been remedied, Employee will be entitled to terminate employment for Good Reason during the 30-day period that follows the end of the Cure Period. If Employee does not terminate employment during such 30-day period, Employee will not be permitted to terminate employment for Good Reason as a result of such event, circumstance or conduct.
(f) Resignation. Employee may terminate her employment hereunder at any time upon at least 30 days’ advance written notice to the Company.
(g) Disability. Employee’s employment hereunder shall terminate in the event of Employee’s Disability. For purposes of this Agreement, “Disability” shall mean the inability of Employee, due to illness, accident or any other physical or mental incapacity, to perform Employee’s duties for the Company for an aggregate of 180 days within any period of 12 consecutive months, which inability is determined to be total and permanent by a board-certified physician selected by the Company, and the determination of such physician shall be binding upon Employee and the Company.
(h) “Date of Termination” shall mean: (i) the scheduled expiration of the Term in the event of termination of Employee’s employment pursuant to Section 5(a) of this Agreement; (ii) the date of Employee’s death in the event of termination of Employee’s employment pursuant to Section 5(b) of this Agreement; (iii) the date of the Company’s delivery of a notice of termination to Employee or such later date as specified in such notice in the event of termination by the Company pursuant to Section 5(c) or 5(d) of this Agreement; (iv) the 30th day following delivery of Employee’s notice to the Company of her resignation in accordance with Section 5(f) (or such earlier date as selected by the Company); (v) the date specified in accordance with Section 5(e) in the event of Employee’s resignation for Good Reason upon or during the two years following a Change of Control; and (vi) the date of a determination of Employee’s Disability in the event of a termination of Employee’s employment pursuant to Section 5(g) of this Agreement.
6. Termination Payments. (a) General. Except as otherwise set forth in this Section 6, following any termination of Employee’s employment hereunder, the obligations of the Company to pay or provide Employee with compensation and benefits under Section 3 of this Agreement shall cease, and the Company shall have no further obligations to provide compensation or benefits to Employee hereunder except for payment of (i) any unpaid Base Salary accrued through the Date of Termination; (ii) to the extent required by law, any unused vacation accrued through the Date of Termination, and (iii) any unpaid or unreimbursed obligations and expenses under Section 3(e) of this Agreement accrued or incurred through the Date of Termination (collectively items 6(a)(i) through 6(a)(iii) above, the “Accrued Benefits”). The payments referred to in Sections 6(a)(i) and 6(a)(ii) of this Agreement shall be paid within 30 days following the Date of Termination, subject to compliance with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Section 409A”). The payments referred to in
Section 6(a)(iii) of this Agreement shall be paid at the times such amounts would otherwise be paid had Employee’s services hereunder not terminated. The payments and benefits to be provided to Employee under Sections 6(c) and 6(d) of this Agreement, if any, shall in all events be subject to the satisfaction of the conditions of Section 6(e) of this Agreement.
(b) Automatic Expiration of the Term, Resignation, Cause, or Disability. If Employee’s employment is terminated pursuant to Section 5(a), 5(c), 5(f) or 5(g) of this Agreement (excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, a resignation for Good Reason upon or within two years following a Change of Control as described in Section 6(d)), the Company shall have no obligation to Employee other than with respect to the Accrued Benefits.
(c) Death, Without Cause. In the event of a termination by reason of Employee’s death or in the event that, either prior to a Change of Control or more than two years following a Change of Control, the Company terminates Employee’s employment hereunder without Cause, Employee (or her estate) shall be entitled to:
(i) the Accrued Benefits;
(ii) solely in the case of a termination by the Company without Cause, a cash payment (the “Severance Payment”) equal to six months’ Base Salary, as in effect on the Date of Termination (payable subject to the terms of Section 6(e) of this Agreement), plus any Annual Bonus that the Company has notified Employee in writing that Employee has earned prior to the Date of Termination but is unpaid as of the Date of Termination, and, except in the case of a termination by reason of Employee’s death, medical and dental coverage for a period of six months from the Date of Termination; provided that (x) any monies Employee earns from any other work, whether as an employee or as an independent contractor, while Employee is receiving any Severance Payments shall reduce, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, the amount that the Company is obligated to pay Employee under this Section 6(c)(ii) and (y) if Employee secures other employment, any medical or dental benefits provided under this Section 6(c)(ii) shall cease as of the commencement of such employment; and
(iii) vesting of equity based or other long-term incentive compensation awards solely to the extent set forth in the applicable award agreement.
(d) Without Cause or for Good Reason Following a Change of Control. In the event that, upon or within two years following a Change of Control, the Company terminates Employee’s employment hereunder without Cause or Employee resigns for Good Reason, Employee shall be entitled to:
(i) the Accrued Benefits;
(ii) a cash payment (the “CIC Severance Payment”) equal to two times the sum of (A) the Base Salary and (B) the Target Bonus;
(iii) a cash payment equal to the product of (A) the Target Bonus and (B) a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days from January 1 in the year in which the Date of Termination occurs through the Date of Termination and the denominator of which is 365;
(iv) a cash payment equal to the amount of any Annual Bonus that the Company has notified Employee in writing that Employee has earned prior to the Date of Termination but is unpaid as of the Date of Termination; and
(v) medical and dental coverage for a period of 24 months from the Date of Termination.
(e) Conditions Precedent and Subsequent. The payments and benefits provided under Sections 6(c) and 6(d) of this Agreement (other than the Accrued Benefits and other than in the event of termination by reason of Employee’s death or Disability) are subject to and conditioned upon (i) Employee having provided, within 60 days after the Date of Termination (or such greater period as required by law), a waiver and general release agreement in a form satisfactory to the Company that has become effective and irrevocable in accordance with its terms, and (ii) Employee’s compliance with Sections 7 and 8 of this Agreement. Employee shall, upon request by the Company, be required to repay to the Company (net of any taxes paid by Employee on such payments), and the Company shall have no further obligation to pay, the Severance Payment or CIC Severance Payment, as applicable, in the event Employee receives, within six months after the occurrence of the breach, written notice from the Company that, in the reasonable judgment of the Company, Employee has materially breached her obligations under Section 7 or 8 of this Agreement; provided, however, that, in cases where cure is possible, Employee shall first be provided a 15-day cure period to cease, and to cure, such conduct. The Severance Payment if any, payable hereunder shall be paid in substantially equal installments over the 6-month period, following the Date of Termination, consistent with the Company’s payroll practices, with the first installment to be paid within 65 days after the Date of Termination and with any installments that would otherwise have been paid prior to such date accumulated and paid in a lump sum on the first date on which payments are made in accordance with the terms of this sentence. The CIC Severance Payment, if any, payable hereunder shall be paid in one lump sum within 65 days after the Date of Termination; provided, however, that, unless the CIC Severance Payment relates to a transaction that satisfies the requirements of Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(i)(5), any portion of the CIC Severance Payment that constitutes deferred compensation within the meaning of Section 409A, will be paid at the earliest date that is permitted in accordance with the schedule that is applicable to the Severance Payment.
(f) Forfeiture of Equity Compensation Awards. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein and without limiting any rights and remedies available to the Company under the terms of this Agreement or otherwise at law or in equity (including as may be required by law or pursuant to policies of the Company as may be in effect from time to time), in the event the Company terminates Employee’s employment for Cause or if Employee violates the restrictive covenants set forth in Sections 7 and 8 of this Agreement or engages in fraud or willful misconduct that contributes materially to any financial restatement or material loss to the Company or any of its affiliates, the Company may (i) in the case of a termination for Cause, at any time up to six months after such termination, or (ii) in the case of a violation of the restrictive covenants or engaging in fraud or willful misconduct, at any time up to six months after learning of such conduct, but in no event more than two years after Employee engages in such conduct, (x) terminate or cancel any Equity Compensation that are unvested or vested and unexercised, (y) require Employee to forfeit or remit to the Company any amount payable, or the after-tax net amount paid or received by Employee, in respect of any Equity Compensation the
vesting of which was accelerated upon termination of Employee’s employment for any reason and (z) require Employee to forfeit or remit to the Company any shares (or the equivalent value in cash) that were issued to Employee (or cash that was paid to Employee) upon vesting, settlement or exercise, as applicable, of any Equity Compensation; provided, however, that, in cases where cure is possible, Employee shall first be provided a 15-day cure period to cease, and to cure, such conduct. In addition, Employee’s Equity Compensation shall be subject to any other clawback or recoupment policy of the Company as may be in effect from time to time or any clawback or recoupment as may be required by applicable law.
(g) Section 280G. In the event that any payments, distributions, benefits or entitlements of any type payable to Employee (“CIC Benefits”) (i) constitute “parachute payments” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code, and (ii) but for this paragraph would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code (the “Excise Tax”), then Employee’s CIC Benefits shall be reduced to such lesser amount (the “Reduced Amount”) that would result in no portion of such benefits being subject to the Excise Tax; provided that such amounts shall not be so reduced if the Company determines, based on the advice of a nationally recognized accounting firm selected by the Company prior to a Change of Control (the “Accountants”), that without such reduction Employee would be entitled to receive and retain, on a net after tax basis (including, without limitation, any excise taxes payable under Section 4999 of the Code), an amount that is greater than the amount, on a net after tax basis, that Employee would be entitled to retain upon receipt of the Reduced Amount. Unless the Company and Employee otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 6(g) shall be made in writing in good faith by the Accountants. In the event of a reduction of benefits hereunder, benefits shall be reduced by first reducing or eliminating the portion of the CIC Benefits that are payable in cash under Section 6(d)(ii) and 6(d)(iii) and then by reducing or eliminating any amounts that are payable with respect to long-term incentives including any equity-based or equity-related awards (whether payable in cash or in kind). For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 6(g), the Accountants may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of the Code, and other applicable legal authority. The Company and Employee shall furnish to the Accountants such information and documents as the Accountants may reasonably require in order to make a determination under this Section 6(g), and the Company shall bear the cost of all fees the Accountants charge in connection with any calculations contemplated by this Section 6(g).
7. Non-Solicitation. (a) During the Term and during the Restricted Period, Employee hereby agrees not to, directly or indirectly, solicit or hire or assist any other person or entity in soliciting or hiring any employee of the Company, or any of its affiliates (the “Company Entities”), to perform services for any entity (other than a Company Entity) or attempt to induce any such employee to leave the service of a Company Entity, or solicit, hire, employ or engage on behalf of herself or any other person, any employee of a Company Entity, or anyone who was employed by a Company Entity, during the twelve-month period preceding such hiring, employment or engagement. “Restricted Period” means three years following termination of Employee’s employment for any reason and, for the avoidance of doubt, regardless of whether such termination is before, upon or after expiration of the Term.
(b) During the Term and during the Restricted Period, Employee hereby agrees not to, directly or indirectly, solicit, encourage, advise or influence any individuals, partnerships, corporations, professional associations or other business organizations that have a business relationship with any Company Entity during the Term or for the three years thereafter and about which business relationship Employee was aware (the “Company’s Clients”) or to discontinue or reduce the extent of the relationship between the Company Entities and the Company’s Clients or to obtain or seek products or services the same as or similar to those offered by the Company Entities from any source not affiliated with the Company Entities.
8. Confidentiality; Non-Compete; Non-Disclosure; Non-Disparagement; Cooperation. (a) Confidentiality. (i) Employee hereby agrees that, during the Term and thereafter, she will hold in strict confidence any Confidential Information related to any of the Company Entities. For purposes of this Agreement, “Confidential Information” shall mean all confidential or proprietary information of any of the Company Entities (in whatever form), whether or not that information rises to the level of a protectable trade secret, including, without limitation: any information, observations and data concerning the business or affairs or operation of the Company Entities developed or learned by Employee during the Term or which any Company Entity or any of their respective members, directors, officers, managers, partners, employees, agents, advisors, attorneys, accountants, consultants, investment bankers, investment advisors or financing sources at any time furnishes or has furnished to Employee in connection with the business of any of the Company Entities; the Company’s (and any of its respective affiliates’) investment methodologies or models, investment advisory contracts, fees and fee schedules or investment performance (“Track Records”); technical information or reports; brand names, trademarks, formulas; trade secrets; unwritten knowledge and “know-how”; operating instructions; training manuals; customer lists and related customer information; customer buying records and habits; product sales records and documents, and product development, marketing and sales strategies; market surveys; marketing plans; profitability analyses; product cost; long-range plans; information relating to pricing, competitive strategies and new product development; information relating to any forms of compensation or other personnel-related information of the Company Entities; contracts and supplier lists and any information relating to financial data, strategic business plans; information about any third parties with which any Company Entity has a business relationship or owes a duty of confidentiality; and all notes, analyses, compilations, forecasts, studies or other documents prepared by Employee or obtained by Employee in the course of her work for a Company Entity that contain or reflect any such information and, in each case, which is not known to the public generally other than as a result of Employee’s breach of this Agreement. Without limiting the foregoing, Employee acknowledges and agrees that the Track Records shall not be the work of any one individual (including Employee) and are the exclusive property of the Company and its affiliates, as applicable, and agrees that she shall in no event claim the Track Records as her own following termination of her employment with the Company. Nothing in this Agreement shall prohibit or restrict any person from (1) testifying truthfully to the extent required by applicable law or legal process, (2) communicating with any governmental, administrative or regulatory agency or authority, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, (3) disclosing information in confidence to an attorney for the purpose of obtaining legal advice so long as such
attorney agrees not to use or disclose such information, (4) disclosing information with the prior written consent of the Board so long as such consent specifically references this provision and/or (5) disclosing information that is publicly known other than by reason of Employee’s violation of this Section 8(a). In the event Employee or her legal representative is requested or required to disclose any Confidential Information, Employee shall provide the Company with prompt notice of such request or requirement so that the Company may seek an appropriate protective order (in which Employee will cooperate). If the Company fails to obtain a protective order or provides a waiver hereunder, and Employee is, in the opinion of counsel, compelled to disclose Confidential Information, Employee may disclose only that portion of the Confidential Information that Employee’s counsel advises is reasonably required by law to disclose.
(ii) Except as expressly set forth otherwise in this Agreement, Employee agrees that Employee shall not disclose the terms of this Agreement, except to her immediate family and her financial and legal advisors, or as may be required by law or ordered by a court. Employee further agrees that any disclosure to her financial and legal advisors will only be made after such advisors acknowledge and agree to maintain the confidentiality of this Agreement and its terms.
(iii) Employee further agrees that she will not improperly use or disclose any Confidential Information or trade secrets, if any, of any former employers of Employee or any other person to whom Employee has an obligation of confidentiality, and will not bring onto the premises of the Company or its affiliates any unpublished documents or any property belonging to any such former employer or other person to whom Employee has an obligation of confidentiality unless consented to in writing by the former employer or such other person.
(b) Non-Competition. Employee agrees that Employee will not, during the Term and during the Non-Compete Period, within the Restricted Area, directly or indirectly (whether or not for compensation) become employed by, engage in business with, serve as an agent or consultant to, become an employee, partner, member, principal, stockholder or other owner (other than a holder of less than 1% of the outstanding voting shares of any publicly held company) of, any Competitive Business. Nor shall Employee, during the Term and during the Non-Compete Period, within the Restricted Area, otherwise compete with, or perform services relating to the business of, any of the Company Entities for any business other than a Company Entity, in any business in which the Company Entities participate, or businesses they are actively considering, at the time of termination of Employee’s employment or during the one year prior to such termination (the “Business”). For purposes of this Agreement, “Competitive Business” shall mean any individual, employeeship, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, unincorporated organization, trust, joint venture or other entity (i) that engages in or may engage in acquisition related or mergers and acquisition activities related to the transportation or third-party logistics industry, including, without limitation, researching, analyzing and evaluating companies for possible investment in or acquisition of, for itself or clients, (ii) that engages in or may engage in transportation or logistics services, including asset-based, asset-light or non-asset, supply chain services, including only by way of illustration, freight brokerage or freight transportation, freight management, freight forwarding, expediting, internet load boards, last-mile delivery logistics, contract logistics or intermodal providers, or firms such as Amazon, CH Robinson, Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., Echo Global Logistics Inc., Total Quality Logistics, TransCor, DHL, FedEx Corporation, United Parcel Service, Inc., J.B. Hunt
Transport Services, Inc., Kühne + Nagel International AG, syncreon, Neovia Logistics, Hub Group Inc., TPG and its affiliate investment companies, Uber, and Walmart Inc., or (iii) that otherwise competes with the Company Entities anywhere in which the Company Entities engage in or intend to engage in the Business or where any of the Company Entities’ customers are located. For the avoidance of doubt, it shall be a violation of this Section 8(b) for Employee to provide any services whatsoever to any private equity firm, hedge fund or similar firm or fund that invests in a company engaged in any Competitive Business, any investment bank or similar firm that advises companies engaged in any Competitive Business or any business intelligence or similar research or consulting organization that services private equity firms, hedge funds or similar firms or funds that invest in companies engaged in any Competitive Business (such as the Third Bridge Group, the Gerson Lehrman Group, Alphasights and Coleman Research), in each case, in the Restricted Area during the Term or the Restricted Period. “Restricted Area” means Canada, Mexico, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and any State of the United States and any other country in which the Company or any Company Entity does business or any other country in which any Company client is located during the Term or the Restricted Period. “Non-Compete Period” shall mean, subject to Section 8(c) below, two years following termination of Employee’s employment for any reason and, for the avoidance of doubt, regardless of whether such termination is before, upon or after expiration of the Term.
(c) Extended Non-Competition. The Company shall have the right to extend the Non-Compete Period for up to an additional 12-month period (the “Extended Non-Compete Period”) beyond the completion of the Non-Compete Period. If the Company elects to extend the Non-Compete Period, it will notify Employee in writing of such fact not later than the 90th day prior to the expiration of the Non-Compete Period. By signing this Agreement, Employee agrees to accept and abide by the Company’s election. If the Company elects to extend the Non-Compete Period, Employee agrees that, during the Extended Non-Compete Period, Employee shall be bound by the restrictions set forth in Section 8(b) in the same manner applicable during the Non-Compete Period, and the Company agrees to pay Employee subject to Section 6(e) of this Agreement during each month of the Extended Non-Compete Period, in an amount equal to her monthly Base Salary as in effect on the Date of Termination. Payment for any partial month will be prorated. Payment of Employee’s Base Salary during the Extended Non-Compete Period will be made pursuant to the Company’s normal and customary payroll procedures. If the Company elects to extend the Non-Compete Period, any monies Employee earns from any other work during such periods, whether as an employee or as an independent contractor, will reduce, dollar for dollar, the amount that the Company is obligated to pay Employee under this Section 8(c). Payments made by the Company under this Section 8(c) are made solely for the extension of the non-compete covenant and do not render Employee either an employee of, or a consultant to, the Company. Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, the right of the Company to extend the Non-Compete Period hereunder and any related payment of Base Salary for the Extended Non-Compete Period hereunder shall lapse upon a Change of Control.
(d) Competitive Opportunity. If, at any time during the Term, Employee (i) acquires knowledge of a potential investment, investment opportunity or business venture which may be an appropriate investment by the Company, or in which the Company could otherwise have an interest or expectancy (a “Competitive Opportunity”), or (ii) otherwise is then exploiting any Competitive Opportunity, Employee shall promptly bring such Competitive
Opportunity to the Company. In such event, Employee shall not have the right to hold any such Competitive Opportunity for her (and her agents’, employees’ or affiliates’) own account and benefit or to recommend, assign or otherwise transfer or deal in such Competitive Opportunity with persons other than the Company.
(e) Return of Company Property. All documents, data, recordings, or other property, including, without limitation, smartphones, computers and other business equipment, whether tangible or intangible, including all information stored in electronic form, obtained or prepared by or for Employee and utilized by Employee in the course of her employment with the Company shall remain the exclusive property of the Company and Employee shall return all copies of such property upon any termination of her employment and as otherwise requested by the Company during the Term. Employee further agrees not to alter, delete or destroy any Company property, documents, records, data contained in any location, including but not limited to any information contained on any Company-provided computer or electronic device. Such devices shall not be wiped, scrubbed, or reset to original factory condition prior to surrender.
(f) Non-Disparagement. Employee hereby agrees not to defame or disparage any of the Company Entities or any of their respective officers, directors, members, partners or employees (collectively, the “Company Parties”), and to cooperate with the Company upon reasonable request, in refuting any defamatory or disparaging remarks by any third party made in respect of any of the Company Parties. Employee shall not, directly or indirectly, make (or cause to be made) any comment or statement, oral or written, including, without limitation, in the media or to the press or to any individual or entity, that could reasonably be expected to adversely affect the reputation of any of the Company Parties or the conduct of its, her or their business. The Company shall request that its directors and executive officers not defame or disparage Employee; provided, however, that the failure of any director, executive officer or employee of the Company to comply with such request shall in no way constitute a breach or violation of the Company’s obligations hereunder or otherwise subject the Company to any liability.
(g) Cooperation. During the Term and thereafter (including, without limitation, following the Date of Termination), Employee shall, upon reasonable notice and without the necessity of any Company Entity obtaining a subpoena or court order, provide Employee’s reasonable cooperation in connection with any suit, action or proceeding (or any appeal from any suit, action or proceeding), and any investigation and/or defense of any claims asserted against any Company Entity that relates to events occurring during Employee’s employment with any Company Entity as to which Employee may have relevant information (including furnishing relevant information and materials to the relevant Company Entity or its designee and/or providing testimony at depositions and at trial), provided that the Company shall reimburse Employee for expenses reasonably incurred in connection with any such cooperation occurring after the termination of Employee’s employment and provided that any such cooperation occurring after the Date of Termination shall be scheduled to the extent reasonably practicable so as not to unreasonably interfere with Employee’s business or personal affairs.
9. Notification of Subsequent Employer. Employee hereby agrees that, prior to accepting employment with any other person during any period during which Employee remains subject to any of the covenants set forth in Section 7, 8(b) or 8(c) of this Agreement,
Employee shall provide such prospective employer with written notice of such provisions of this Agreement, with a copy of such notice delivered simultaneously to the Company.
10. Injunctive Relief. Employee and the Company agree that Employee will occupy a high-level and unique position of trust and confidence with the Company Entities and will have access to their Confidential Information, and that the Company would likely suffer significant harm to its protectable confidential information and business goodwill from Employee’s breach of any of the covenants set forth in Sections 7 and 8. Employee acknowledges that it is impossible to measure in money the damages that will accrue to the Company Parties in the event that Employee breaches any of the restrictive covenants provided in Sections 7 and 8 of this Agreement. In the event that Employee breaches any such restrictive covenant, the Company Parties shall be entitled to an injunction restraining Employee from violating such restrictive covenant (without posting any bond). If any of the Company Parties shall institute any action or proceeding to enforce any such restrictive covenant, Employee hereby waives the claim or defense that such Company Party has an adequate remedy at law and agrees not to assert in any such action or proceeding the claim or defense that there is an adequate remedy at law. The foregoing shall not prejudice the Company’s right to require Employee to account for and pay over to the Company, and Employee hereby agrees to account for and pay over, the compensation, profits, monies, accruals or other benefits derived or received by Employee as a result of any transaction constituting a breach of any of the restrictive covenants provided in Sections 7 and 8 of this Agreement or to seek any other relief to which it may be entitled.
11. Miscellaneous. (a) Notices. Any notice or other communication required or permitted under this Agreement shall be effective only if it is in writing and shall be deemed to be given when delivered personally, or four days after it is mailed by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested or one day after it is sent by overnight courier service via UPS or FedEx and, in each case, addressed as follows (or if it is sent through any other method agreed upon by the parties):
If to the Company, to each of:
XPO Logistics, Inc.
Five American Lane
Greenwich, CT 06831
Attention: Chief Human Resources Officer
If to Employee:
During the Term, to her principal residence as listed in the records of the Company
or to such other address as any party may designate by notice to the other.
(b) Entire Agreement. This Agreement shall constitute the entire agreement and understanding among the parties hereto with respect to Employee’s employment hereunder and supersedes and is in full substitution for any and all prior understandings or agreements
(whether written or oral) with respect to Employee’s employment including without limitation the Prior Agreement; provided that the section entitled “Relocation Plan” of the offer letter agreement between the Company and Employee dated April 23, 2018 shall survive and continue in full force and effect. The Company does not make and has not made, and Employee does not rely and has not relied on any statement, omission, representation or warranty, written or oral, of any kind or nature whatsoever, regarding the Company or the Equity Compensation, including, without limitation, its or their present, future, prospective or potential value, worth, prospects, performance, soundness, profit or loss potential, or any other matter or thing whatsoever relating to whether Employee should purchase or accept any Equity Compensation and/or the consideration therefor.
(c) Amendment; No Waiver. Except as expressly set forth otherwise in this Agreement (including, without limitation, pursuant to Sections 11(l)(iv) and 11(m) of this Agreement), this Agreement may be amended only by an instrument in writing signed by the parties, and the application of any provision hereof may be waived only by an instrument in writing that specifically identifies the provision whose application is being waived and that is signed by the party against whom or which enforcement of such waiver is sought. The failure of any party at any time to insist upon strict adherence to any provision hereof shall in no way affect the full right to insist upon strict adherence at any time thereafter, nor shall the waiver by any party of a breach of any provision hereof be taken or held to be a waiver of any succeeding breach of such provision or a waiver of the provision itself or a waiver of any other provision of this Agreement. No failure or delay by either party in exercising any right or power hereunder will operate as a waiver thereof, nor will any single or partial exercise of any such right or power, or any abandonment of any steps to enforce such a right or power, preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right or power. Termination of this Agreement shall not relieve any party of liability for any breach of this Agreement occurring prior to such termination.
(d) No Construction Against Drafter. The parties acknowledge and agree that each party has reviewed and negotiated the terms and provisions of this Agreement and has had the opportunity to contribute to its revision. Accordingly, any rule of construction to the effect that ambiguities are resolved against the drafting party shall not be employed in the interpretation of this Agreement.
(e) Clawbacks. Employee hereby acknowledges and agrees that, notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, Employee will be subject to any legally mandated policy relating to the recovery of compensation, solely to the extent that the Company is required to implement such policy pursuant to applicable law, whether pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 or otherwise.
(f) Employee Representations and Acknowledgements. Employee represents, warrants and covenants that as of the date that the Company and Employee have executed this Agreement as set forth on the signature page hereto: (i) she has the full right, authority and capacity to enter into this Agreement, (ii) she is ready, willing and able to perform her obligations hereunder and, to her knowledge, no reason exists that would prevent her from performing her obligations hereunder, (iii) she has provided the Company true, correct and
complete copies of any agreement to which she is subject containing non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure or similar restrictions or covenants in favor of any prior employer or other party, (iv) she is not bound by any agreement that conflicts with or prevents or restricts the full performance of her duties and obligations to the Company hereunder during or after the Term, (v) the execution and delivery of this Agreement shall not result in any breach or violation of, or a default under, any existing obligation, commitment or agreement to which Employee is subject and (vi) she has searched for and deleted any emails, documents or files prepared, generated, obtained or used by Employee that contain any confidential or proprietary information of a prior employer. Employee acknowledges and agrees that nothing in this Agreement shall (x) entitle Employee to any compensation or other interest in respect of any activity of Jacobs Private Equity, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“JPE”) or Bradley S. Jacobs other than with respect to the Company; (y) restrict or prohibit the Company, Bradley S. Jacobs or any of her affiliates from having business interests and engaging in business activities in addition to those relating to the Company; or (z) restrict the investments which the Company, Bradley S. Jacobs or JPE or any of her or its affiliates may make, regardless of whether such investment opportunity or investment may be deemed to be a Competitive Opportunity. Employee acknowledges that she has carefully read this Agreement and has given careful consideration to the restraints imposed upon Employee by this Agreement, and is in full accord as to the necessity of such restraints for the reasonable and proper protection of the Confidential Information, business strategies, employee and customer relationships and goodwill of the Company Entities now existing or to be developed in the future. Employee expressly acknowledges and agrees that each and every restraint imposed by this Agreement is reasonable with respect to subject matter, industry scope, time period and geographic area. Employee agrees to comply with each of the covenants contained in Sections 7 and 8 of this Agreement in accordance with their terms, and Employee shall not, and hereby agrees to waive and release any right or claim to, challenge the reasonableness, validity or enforceability of any of the covenants contained in Section 7 or 8 of this Agreement. Employee further acknowledges that although Employee’s compliance with the covenants contained in Sections 7 and 8 of this Agreement may prevent Employee from earning a livelihood in a business similar to the business of the Company Entities, Employee’s experience and capabilities are such that Employee has other opportunities to earn a livelihood and adequate means of support for Employee and Employee’s dependents. Employee acknowledges that the Company has advised her that it is in her best interest to consult with an attorney prior to executing this Agreement.
(g) Survival. Employee’s obligations under Sections 7 and 8 of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect for the entire period provided therein notwithstanding any termination of employment or other expiration of the Term or termination of this Agreement. The terms and conditions of Sections 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 of this Agreement shall survive the Term and termination of Employee’s employment.
(h) Assignment. This Agreement is binding on and is for the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors, assigns, heirs, executors, administrators and other legal representatives. This Agreement is personal to Employee; and neither this Agreement nor any right or obligation hereunder may be assigned by Employee without the prior written consent of the Company (or except by will or the laws of descent and distribution), and any purported assignment in violation of this Section 11(h) shall be void.
(i) Severability. If any provision of this Agreement or the application thereof is held invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this Agreement which can be given effect without the invalid provisions or applications and to this end the provisions of this Agreement are declared to be severable. If any term or provision of this Agreement is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced by any applicable law or public policy, all other conditions and provisions of this Agreement shall nonetheless remain in full force and effect so long as the economic and legal substance of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement is not affected in any manner materially adverse; provided, however, that in the event of a final, non-reviewable, non-appealable determination that any provision of Section 7 or 8 of this Agreement (whether in whole or in part) is void or constitutes an unreasonable restriction against Employee, such provision shall not be rendered void but shall be deemed to be modified to the minimum extent necessary to make such provision enforceable for the longest duration and the greatest scope as may constitute a reasonable restriction under the circumstances. Subject to the foregoing, upon such determination that any term or other provision is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced, the parties shall negotiate in good faith to modify this Agreement so as to effect the original intent of the parties as closely as possible in a mutually acceptable manner in order that the transactions contemplated hereby be consummated as originally contemplated to the fullest extent possible.
(j) Tax Withholding. The Company may withhold from any amounts payable to Employee hereunder all federal, state, city, foreign or other taxes that the Company may reasonably determine are required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation (it being understood that Employee shall be responsible for payment of all taxes in respect of the payments and benefits provided herein).
(k) Cooperation Regarding Equity Compensation. Employee expressly agrees that she shall execute such other documents as reasonably requested by the Company to effect the terms of this Agreement and the issuance of the Equity Compensation as contemplated hereunder in compliance with applicable law.
(l) Governing Law; Arbitration; Consent to Jurisdiction; Waiver of Jury Trial. (i) This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with its express terms, and otherwise in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware without reference to its principles of conflicts of law.
(ii) Any claim initiated by Employee arising out of or relating to this Agreement, or the breach thereof, or Employee’s employment, or the termination thereof, shall be resolved by binding arbitration before a single arbitrator in the State of Delaware administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Rules, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.
(iii) Except the extent that the Company seeks injunctive relief pursuant to Section 10 of this Agreement, any claim initiated by the Company arising out of or relating to this Agreement, or the breach thereof, or Employee’s employment, or the termination thereof, shall, at the election of the Company be resolved in accordance with Section 11(l)(ii) or (iv) of this Agreement.
(iv) Employee hereby irrevocably submits to the jurisdiction of any state or federal court located in the State of Delaware; provided, however, that nothing herein shall preclude the Company from bringing any suit, action or proceeding in any other court for the purposes of enforcing the provisions of this Section 11(l) or enforcing any judgment or award obtained by the Company. Employee waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any objection which she now or hereafter has to personal jurisdiction or to the laying of venue of any such suit, action or proceeding brought in an applicable court described in this Section 11(l)(iv), and agrees that she shall not attempt to deny or defeat such personal jurisdiction by motion or other request for leave from any court. Employee agrees that, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, a final and non-appealable judgment in any suit, action or proceeding brought in any applicable court described in this Section 11(l)(iv) shall be conclusive and binding upon Employee and may be enforced in any other jurisdiction. EMPLOYEE EXPRESSLY AND KNOWINGLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL IN THE EVENT THAT ANY ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE BREACH THEROF, OR EMPLOYEE’S EMPLOYMENT, OR THE TERMINATION THEREOF, IS LITIGATED OR HEARD IN ANY COURT.
(v) The prevailing party shall be entitled to recover all legal fees and costs (including reasonable attorney’s fees and the fees of experts) from the losing party in connection with any claim arising under this Agreement or Employee’s employment hereunder.
(m) Section 409A. (i) It is intended that the provisions of this Agreement comply with Section 409A, and all provisions of this Agreement shall be construed and interpreted in a manner consistent with the requirements for avoiding taxes or penalties under Section 409A.
(ii) Neither Employee nor any of her creditors or beneficiaries shall have the right to subject any deferred compensation (within the meaning of Section 409A) payable under this Agreement or under any other plan, policy, arrangement or agreement of or with the Company or any of its affiliates (this Agreement and such other plans, policies, arrangements and agreements, the “Company Plans”) to any anticipation, alienation, sale, transfer, assignment, pledge, encumbrance, attachment or garnishment. Except as permitted under Section 409A, any deferred compensation (within the meaning of Section 409A) payable to Employee or for Employee’s benefit under any Company Plan may not be reduced by, or offset against, any amount owing by Employee to the Company or any of its affiliates.
(iii) If, at the time of Employee’s separation from service (within the meaning of Section 409A), (i) Employee shall be a specified employee (within the meaning of Section 409A and using the identification methodology selected by the Company from time to time) and (ii) the Company shall make a good faith determination that an amount payable under a Company Plan constitutes deferred compensation (within the meaning of Section 409A) the payment of which is required to be delayed pursuant to the six-month delay rule set forth in Section 409A in order to avoid taxes or penalties under Section 409A, then the Company (or its affiliate, as applicable) shall not pay such amount on the otherwise scheduled payment date but shall instead accumulate such amount and pay it on the first business day after such six-month period. To the extent required in order to avoid accelerated taxation and/or tax penalties under Section 409A, Employee shall not be considered to have terminated employment with the
Company for purposes of this Agreement and no payment shall be due to Employee under this Agreement until Employee would be considered to have incurred a “separation from service” from the Company within the meaning of Section 409A.
(iv) Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement or any Company Plan to the contrary, in light of the uncertainty with respect to the proper application of Section 409A, the Company reserves the right to make amendments to any Company Plan as the Company deems necessary or desirable to avoid the imposition of taxes or penalties under Section 409A. In any case, Employee is solely responsible and liable for the satisfaction of all taxes and penalties that may be imposed on Employee or for Employee’s account in connection with any Company Plan (including any taxes and penalties under Section 409A), and neither the Company nor any affiliate shall have any obligation to indemnify or otherwise hold Employee harmless from any or all of such taxes or penalties.
(v) For purposes of Section 409A, each payment hereunder will be deemed to be a separate payment as permitted under Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-2(b)(2)(iii).
(vi) Except as specifically permitted by Section 409A, any benefits and reimbursements provided to Employee under this Agreement during any calendar year shall not affect any benefits and reimbursements to be provided to Employee under this Agreement in any other calendar year, and the right to such benefits and reimbursements cannot be liquidated or exchanged for any other benefit. Furthermore, reimbursement payments shall be made to Employee as soon as practicable following the date that the applicable expense is incurred, but in no event later than the last day of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the underlying expense is incurred.
(n) Section 105(h). Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, to the extent necessary to satisfy Section 105(h) of the Code, the Company will be permitted to alter the manner in which medical benefits are provided to Employee following termination of Employee’s employment, provided that the after-tax cost to Employee of such benefits shall not be greater than the cost applicable to similarly situated executives of the Company who have not terminated employment.
(o) Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which shall constitute one and the same instrument. Signatures delivered by facsimile or electronic means (including by “pdf”) shall be deemed effective for all purposes.
(p) Headings. The headings in this Agreement are inserted for convenience of reference only and shall not be a part of or control or affect the meaning of any provision hereof.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the date first written above.
XPO LOGISTICS, INC.
/s/ Meghan Henson
Name: Meghan Henson
Title: Chief Human Resources Officer
/s/ Sarah J.S. Glickman
Date: June 5, 2019
June 5, 2019
Sarah J.S. Glickman
Acting Chief Financial Officer, it being understood and agreed that the Company may modify such position upon appointment of a permanent Chief Financial Officer and such modification (including any associated modification to the Reporting Person below) shall not be considered a breach of this Agreement, so long as Employee continues to serve at the Senior Vice President (or higher) level.
Chief Executive Officer of the Company or the Chief Executive Officer’s designee, it being understood and agreed that the Chief Executive Officer may designate a new Reporting Person upon appointment of a permanent Chief Financial Officer.
100% of Base Salary