(b)Non-Competition. The Executive agrees that, during his or her employment with the Company, he or she shall not engage in any other employment, consulting or other business activity (whether full-time or part-time) that would create a conflict of interest with the Company.
(c)Cooperation and Non-Disparagement. The Executive agrees that, during the twelve-month period following his or her cessation of employment, he or she shall cooperate with the Company in every reasonable respect and shall use his or her best efforts to assist the Company with the transition of Executive’s duties to his or her successor. The Executive further agrees that, during this twelve-month period, he or she shall not in any way or by any means disparage the Company, the members of the Company’s Board of Directors or the Company’s officers and employees.
(a)Definition of “Cause.” For all purposes under this Agreement, “Cause” shall mean the Executive’s unauthorized use or disclosure of trade secrets which causes material harm to the Company, the Executive’s conviction of, or a plea of “guilty” or “no contest” to, a felony, or the Executive’s gross misconduct.
(b)Definition of “Change in Control.” For all purposes under this Agreement, “Change in Control” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Section 19.4 of the Company’s 2000 Equity Incentive Plan.
(c)Definition of “Good Reason.” For all purposes under this Agreement, “Good Reason” shall mean (i) a material diminution in the Executive’s authority, duties or responsibilities, provided, however, if by virtue of the Company being acquired and made a division or business unit of a larger entity following a Change in Control, Executive retains substantially similar authority, duties or responsibilities for such division or business unit of the acquiring corporation but not for the entire acquiring corporation, such reduction in authority, duties or responsibilities shall not constitute Good Reason for purposes of this sub clause (c)(i); (ii) a 10% or greater reduction in his or her level of compensation, which will be determined based on an average of the Executive’s annual Total Direct Compensation for the prior three calendar years or, if less, the number of years the Executive has been employed by the Company (referred to below as the “look-back years”); or (iii) a relocation of Executive’s place of employment by more than 30 miles, provided and only if such change, reduction or relocation is effected by the Company without Executive’s consent. For purposes of the foregoing, Total Direct Compensation means total target cash compensation (annual base salary plus target annual cash incentives) plus the grant value of equity awards, determined at the time of grant, based on the total stock compensation (FAS 123R) expense associated with that award; provided, however, that if the Executive commenced employment with the Company during the look-back years, only one-third of the grant value of the equity grant attributable to commencement of employment shall be counted. For the Executive to receive the benefits under this Agreement as a result of a voluntary resignation under this subsection (c), all of the following requirements must be satisfied: (1) the Executive must provide notice to the Company of his or her intent to assert Good Reason within 120 days of the initial existence of one or more of the conditions set forth in subclauses (i) through (iii); (2) the Company will have 30 days from the date of such notice to remedy the condition and, if it does so, the Executive may withdraw his or her resignation or may resign with no benefits; and (3) any termination of employment under this provision must occur within 18 months of the initial existence of one or more of the conditions set forth in subclauses (i) through (iii). Should the Company remedy the condition as set forth above and then one or more of the conditions arises again within twelve (12) months following the occurrence of a Change in Control, the Executive may assert Good Reason again subject to all of the conditions set forth herein.
(d)Definition of “Qualifying Termination.” For all purposes under this Agreement, “Qualifying Termination” shall mean a Separation resulting from (i) the Company terminates the Executive’s employment for any reason other than Cause within twelve (12) months after a Change in Control or (ii) the Executive voluntarily resigns his or her employment for Good Reason between the date that is four (4) months following a Change in Control and the date that is twelve (12) months following a Change in Control, provided however, that the grounds for Good Reason may arise at anytime within the twelve (12) months following the Change in Control.
(e)Definition of Separation. For all purposes under this Agreement, “Separation” shall mean a “separation from service,” as defined in the regulations under Section 409A of the Code.
(a)Company’s Successors. The Company shall require any successor (whether direct or indirect and whether by purchase, lease, merger, consolidation, liquidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the Company’s business and/or assets, by an agreement in substance and form satisfactory to the Executive, to assume this Agreement and to agree expressly to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent as the Company would be required to perform it in the absence of a succession. For all purposes under this Agreement, the term “Company” shall include any successor to the Company’s business and/or assets or which becomes bound by this Agreement by operation of law.
(b)Executive’s Successors. This Agreement and all rights of the Executive hereunder shall inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable by, the Executive’s personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees.
6.Golden Parachute Taxes
(a)Best After-Tax Result. In the event that any payment or benefit received or to be received by Executive pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise (“Payments”) would (i) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code and (ii) but for this subsection (a), be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, any successor provisions, or any comparable federal, state, local or foreign excise tax (“Excise Tax”), then, subject to the provisions