Change Of Control Agreement

Change of Control Agreement


 
 

 


THIS CHANGE OF CONTROL AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) is hereby entered
into on this 16th day of May, 2012, by and between CHEMUNG CANAL TRUST
COMPANY, a trust company chartered under the laws of the State of New York with its
principal office located at One Chemung Canal Plaza, Elmira, New York 14902 (“Bank”),
and Mark A. Severson, of 2554 Mountain Lake Road, Asheboro, NC  27205 (“Executive”).

WHEREAS, Executive serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer; and

WHEREAS, the Bank desires to set forth the severance benefits Executive would
receive in the event of a termination of Executive’s employment with the Bank following
the occurrence of a Change of Control;

NOW THEREFORE, to ensure Executive’s continued dedication to the Bank and
to induce Executive to remain and continue in the employ of the Bank, and for other good
and valuable consideration, the receipt and adequacy of which is hereby acknowledged, the
parties hereby agree as follows:

1.  CHANGE OF CONTROL.  This Agreement shall become operative only if and
when there has occurred a “Change of Control” of the Bank.  A “Change of Control” shall
mean (1) any merger, consolidation or other corporate reorganization in which the Bank is
not the surviving corporation, (2) the event that any “person” (as that term is used in
Sections 13(d) and 14(d)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) becomes the
beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Bank representing thirty percent
(30%) or more of the combined voting power of the Bank’s then outstanding securities,
provided that the acquisition of additional securities or voting power by a person who, as
of the date of this Agreement, already is the direct or indirect beneficial owner of twenty
percent (20%) of such combined voting power, shall not constitute a Change of Control, or
(3) the event in which a majority of the members of the Bank’s Board of Directors is
replaced during any twenty-four (24) month period by Directors whose appointment or
election is not endorsed by two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Bank’s Board of
Directors prior to the date of appointment or election.

2.  TERMINATION.

(a)           If, after the occurrence of a Change of Control, Executive’s employment is
terminated by the Bank without Cause within the twelve (12) month period immediately
following the effective date of the Change of Control or if the Executive terminates his or
her employment with the Bank for any reason, within such period, the Bank shall pay to
Executive, in addition to any other compensation, remuneration, or benefits due to
Executive under any other plan, contract, or arrangement with the Bank, the Severance Pay
described in Section 3 of this Agreement in equal monthly installments for the twenty-four
(24) months immediately following the effective date of the termination of Executive’s
employment, with the first such installment to be paid on the first day of the first month
 
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immediately following the month in which Executive’s employment is terminated.

(b)           For the purposes of this section, the Bank shall have “Cause” to terminate
Executive’s employment if Executive engages in personal dishonesty, willful misconduct,
breach of fiduciary duty, willful violation of any law, rule, or regulation (other than traffic
violations or similar offenses), gross insubordination, or gross negligence.  For the
purposes of this paragraph, no act or failure to act shall be considered “willful” unless done
or omitted to be done, by the Executive not in good faith and without a reasonable belief
that Executive’s action or omission is in the best interests of the Bank.  In no event shall
Executive be deemed to have been terminated for Cause unless and until there shall have
been delivered to Executive a copy of a certification by a majority of the non-officer
members of the Board of Directors finding that the Executive was guilty of conduct
deemed to be Cause within the meaning of this paragraph.

3.  SEVERANCE PAY.  Except as provided in Section 4 of this Agreement,
Severance Pay payable to the Executive pursuant to this Agreement shall mean two (2.0)
times the highest annual compensation (including only salary and bonuses) paid by the
Bank to Executive for any of the two (2) calendar years ending with the year in which
Executive’s employment is terminated.  Severance Pay shall be reduced by all amounts
that are required to be withheld or deducted under federal, state or municipal law.

4.  LIMITATIONS ON SEVERANCE PAY.

(a)           Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, in no event shall
the Bank be required to pay to Executive any amount under this Agreement which would,
 in the opinion of counsel to the Bank, constitute an “excess parachute payment” as that
term is defined by Section 280G and/or Section 4999 of the Code.  The Bank shall not be
required to make any payment under this Agreement if, in the opinion of counsel to the
Bank, such payment or the amount thereof would violate any applicable Federal, state or
local law or regulation.

(b)            In the event that the Bank is notified of any determination by counsel to the
Bank that the Bank’s payment of any amount under this Agreement would violate
paragraph 4(a), the Bank shall provide Executive written notice of such determination
within five (5) business days of the date of such determination, which notice shall indicate
the amount by which any payment will be reduced as a result of such determination.

(c)           All payments of Severance Pay pursuant to this Agreement shall be reduced
by the Bank as may be necessary to avoid violation of this Section 4.  In the event that any
government or other authority of competent jurisdiction determines that any amount
received by Executive pursuant to this Agreement constitutes an “excess parachute
payment,” or unreasonable compensation for the services performed or to be performed by
Executive for the Bank, Executive agrees to immediately repay to the Bank the amount
determined to be an “excess parachute payment” or unreasonable compensation.  In the
event that any such authority determines that any aspect of the transactions between
Executive and the Bank pursuant to this Agreement violates any federal, state or local law
 
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or regulation, the parties hereto agree to cooperate to take all steps necessary to cure such
violation.

5.  REGULATORY LIMITS.  The provisions of this Section 5 shall control as to
continuing rights and obligations under this agreement notwithstanding any other provision
of this Agreement, for so long as the Bank shall be regulated by the Board of Governors of
the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the New York
State Banking Department or any other federal or state banking agency (each a “Regulator”).

(a)           All obligations under this Agreement shall be terminated, except to the
extent determined by any Regulator that continuation thereof is necessary for the continued
operation of the Bank at the time the Regulator enters into an agreement to provide
assistance to or on behalf of the Bank, or approves a supervisory merger to resolve
problems related to the operation of the Bank, or when the Bank is determined by a
Regulator to be in an unsafe or unsound condition, notwithstanding the vesting of any
rights of the parties.

(b)           All obligations under this Agreement shall be subject to and conditioned
upon the Bank’s satisfaction of and compliance with all state and federal laws, rules, and
regulations applicable to the Bank, notwithstanding the vesting of any rights hereunder.  
The Bank shall be relieved of all obligations under this Agreement to the extent that
performance or satisfaction of such obligations would violate or be inconsistent with any
federal or state law, rule, or regulation (including, without limitation, safety and soundness
standards and related regulatory guidance), any order, directive or notice from a Regulator,
or any formal or informal agreement, safety and soundness compliance plan, or other
agreement or plan entered into by and between the Bank and any Regulator.  Whether
the obligations of this Agreement are inconsistent with any law, rule, regulation, order,
directive, notice, agreement, or plan just described shall be deemed determined if so found
by any Regulator or by an opinion of the Bank’s counsel, a copy or written summary of
which finding or opinion of counsel shall be provided by the Bank to Executive within five
(5) business days of the Bank’s notice of such a determination.

(c)           The payment, accrual and/or vesting of any Severance Pay shall be
suspended in the event the Bank receives any notice from any Regulator indicating an
intent to issue an order or directive requiring the Bank to take prompt corrective action or
to take or refrain from taking any other action.

(d)           In the event that any Regulator terminates or requires the Bank by order or
directive to terminate Executive, Bank shall be relieved of all obligations under this
Agreement and this Agreement shall be terminated and shall have no further force and
effect.

(e)           In the event that the Bank is relieved of any or all of its obligations under
this Agreement as a result of the application of this Section 5 or that any or all of such
obligations is suspended, the Bank shall provide, within five (5) business days of the
Bank’s notice of relief or suspension, written notice to Executive describing the extent to
which the Bank has been relieved of its obligations under this Agreement or to which such
obligations have been suspended and the reason(s) therefor.
 
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6.  SUCCESSORS.  This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be
enforceable by Executive’s personal representatives and heirs.  In the event that Executive
dies while any amounts remain payable to Executive hereunder, all such amounts shall be
paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to designee(s) or, if there is no such
designee, to Executive’s estate.

7.  SEVERABILITY.  In the event that any court or other authority of competent
jurisdiction determines that any provision of this Agreement is invalid, illegal or
unenforceable, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall be limited to such
provision and shall not affect the validity, legality, or enforceability of any other provision.  
Any provision in this Agreement which is invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any
jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, only to the
extent required by such jurisdiction and without rendering such provision invalid, illegal,
or unenforceable in any other jurisdiction.

8.  NO RIGHT TO CONTINUE EMPLOYMENT.  This Agreement shall not give
Executive any right to remain in the employ of the Bank. Subject to the severance
provisions in this Agreement or in any other written agreement between the Bank and
Executive, the Bank reserves the right to terminate Executive’s employment at any time.

9.  AMENDMENT; WAIVER.  No provision of this Agreement may be modified
or waived except by a written instrument executed by Executive and on behalf of the Bank
by an authorized representative, which instrument specifically refers to this Section 9.  No
waiver of compliance with any condition or provision of this Agreement shall be deemed
or constitute a waiver of any other provision or condition of this Agreement and shall not
operate to preclude or limit any future waivers or modifications of the Agreement.

10.  NOTICES.  For the purposes of this Agreement, notices and all other
communications provided for in the Agreement shall be in writing ands shall be deemed to
have been duly given when delivered or mailed by United States first-class registered or
certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed as follows:

 
If to Executive:                                  Mark A. Severson
   2554 Mountain Lake Road
        Asheboro, NC  27205

    If to the Bank                                        Chemung Canal Trust Company
                                                                    One Chemung Canal Plaza
                                                                P.O. Box 1522
                                                                Elmira, New York 14902-1522

or at such other address as any party may furnish to the other in writing.  Notices of change
 
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of address shall be effective only upon receipt.

11.  ENTIRE AGREEMENT.  This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement
between the parties and supersedes all current and prior agreements and understandings,
whether written or oral, between the parties, with respect to the subject matter hereof.

12.  GOVERNING LAW.  This Agreement shall be interpreted and construed in
accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without regard to any conflicts of law
rules or principles.

13.  JURISDICTION; VENUE; WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL.  The Bank and
Executive agree that any action or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based
on any claim arising out of, or otherwise relating to this Agreement shall be brought in the
courts of the State of New York, or, if it has or can acquire jurisdiction, in the United
States District Court for the Western District of new York.  The Bank and Executive each
give their consent to the jurisdiction of these courts in any such action or proceeding and
hereby waive any object to venue being laid in such courts.  The Bank and Executive
further agree to waive their respective rights to a trial by jury in any such action or
proceeding.

14.  SECTION HEADINGS.  All Section headings herein are included for the
purposes of convenience only and shall not be deemed to have any effect on the
construction or interpretation of any provision of this Agreement.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have hereby executed this Agreement
as of the date set forth above.

CHEMUNG CANAL TRUST COMPANY,


By: /s/Ronald M. Bentley

Its: President & CEO


EXECUTIVE







 
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