Letter Agreement between Xylem Inc. and Sandra E. Rowland

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July 7, 2020

Sandra Rowland

Dear Sandra:

We are pleased to present you with this offer of employment with Xylem Inc. (“Xylem”) for the position of Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer reporting directly to Patrick Decker, Xylem’s President and Chief Executive Officer. You will be based at our headquarters location in Rye Brook, NY. This offer is contingent upon the Board of Directors’ appointment of you as Chief Financial Officer which we expect to occur on or about July 22, 2020. Your start date will as mutually agreed thereafter.

Base Salary: You will be compensated on a bi-weekly basis in the amount of $26,923.08 which is equivalent to $700,000 annually. Annual merit increases are normally scheduled for March of each year and are at the discretion of the Leadership Development and Compensation Committee of the Board (“LDCC”). You will be able to participate in the merit increase program beginning in 2021. This position is considered Exempt and not entitled to overtime compensation as provided by Federal Law.

Incentive Plan: You will be eligible for participation in the Annual Incentive Plan (AIP) beginning with performance year 2020 according to the approved parameters of the plan and provided targets are met and approved by the LDCC. Your incentive target will be 80% of base salary. For 2020, you will be eligible for the full year (i.e. not pro-rated) incentive; approved incentive awards are typically paid in March based on performance from the previous calendar year.

Annual Long-Term Incentive Plan: You will be eligible to participate in the Xylem Long-Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) and will have an annual target award of $1,700,000 to be provided as 50% Performance Share Units (PSUs), 25% Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) and 25% Stock Options. RSUs and Stock Options vest one-third after each year and the PSUs vest 100% after three years and payable based on the Company’s performance. Subsequent annual grants may vary based on individual performance and market competitiveness and are subject to approval by the LDCC.

Your first annual LTIP award will be made effective on the date of hire. In the event the date of hire is within a trading restriction period (e.g. insider black-out period), the RSU grant will be made on the first trading day following the lapse of the trading restriction. The vesting terms, performance targets and grant agreement will be consistent as other senior executives’ most recent annual LTIP award granted on February 27, 2020.

Benefit Plans: A complete benefits package will be made available to you and your eligible dependents, which includes immediate enrollment in medical plans and subject to any enrollment waiting periods as defined by certain life insurance coverage plans. You will also be required to bring in the original birth certificate(s) for your dependent children (if applicable) and your marriage certificate (if applicable) if you wish to cover your dependents under any Xylem sponsored benefit program (i.e., health insurance). A benefits summary is attached for your reference. You will be scheduled for a comprehensive benefit orientation during your first week of employment.


For purposes of our benefit plans, you will be considered a Band A Executive, including under the Xylem Senior Executive Severance Pay Plan and the Xylem Special Senior Executive Severance Pay Plan.

Paid Time Off (PTO): Xylem provides Paid Time off (PTO) to benefits-eligible employees to enable time off from work for rest and relaxation and to balance their lives. Paid Time Off provides a single bank of hours employees can use for sick, vacation and/or other personal reasons. You will accrue paid time off at the bi-weekly accrual rate of 7.08 hours per pay period (equivalent to 23 days annually) beginning on your date of hire and is based on total eligible hours worked and/or utilized during each pay period. Below is the PTO accrual schedule for completed years of service.

Completed Years of ServiceBi-Weekly
Accrual Rate
Equivalent Days Annually
Hourly Accrual Rates
Senior Exec, New Hire7.08 hours23 days (184 hours)0.089
157.70 hours25 days (200 hours)0.097
259.24 hours30 days (240 hours)0.116

Holidays: Xylem recognizes twelve paid holidays per calendar year for eligible employees. Some of these are floating holidays, which may be assigned and are pro-rated based upon date of hire.

As with all new hires, this offer is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information, including the completion of a criminal history check and, if applicable a credit history check. Your employment is also dependent upon a satisfactory pre-employment drug screening, yet in light of the current COVID-19 circumstances, we are suspending the drug screening requirement. Your employment is also contingent upon satisfactory completion of a customary directors and officers questionnaire. We also require presentation of documentation verifying your identity and legal ability to work in the United States (I-9). A form describing the verification requirements and information needed for documentation is enclosed. The information must be provided within three (3) days of your hire date.

Additionally, your employment is contingent on your not having entered into a signed agreement with a previous employer that contains a non-competition clause that might affect your ability to accept employment with Xylem. If you have entered into such an agreement, please forward a copy of it to me so we can do a legal review from our side. Your employment and compensation with Xylem are “at will” in that they can be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, at the option of either the Company or yourself. This offer does not constitute a contract of employment or an agreement for a definite or specified period of employment.

At Xylem, our corporate compass is our Code of Conduct. We are committed to conducting business according to the highest ethical standards, treating all employees with respect, creating fair workplaces, and ensuring that our co-workers help us strengthen and protect our reputation as a great employer, business partner and community member. Our Code of Conduct sets the rules that outline the appropriate business conduct and expected behaviors of all our employees. Each employee will take a required training within three (3) days of their hire date.

Enclosed with this offer is our Business Proprietary Information Agreement, please review this document carefully, and sign and return a copy along with your acceptance of our offer.

Sandra, we are confident you will contribute a great deal to our organization and look forward to having you join the team. Please acknowledge your acceptance of our offer as per terms above, by signing a copy of this letter and sending a scanned copy back to me at Kairus.Tarapore@xyleminc.com no later than July 17, 2020.


/s/ Kairus Tarapore
Kairus Tarapore
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

The above offer is accepted subject to the foregoing conditions.

/s/ Sandra RowlandJuly 13, 2020
Sandra RowlandDate

Cc: Patrick Decker

Business Proprietary Information Agreement
Xylem 2020 Employee Benefits Summary
Xylem Retirement Savings Plan and Supplemental Retirement Savings Plan Quick Reference
Xylem Stock Ownership Guidelines
Xylem Senior Executive Severance Pay Plan
Xylem Special Senior Executive Severance Pay Plan
Xylem 2020 Executive Compensation Brochure
2020 Equity Grant Agreements