March 7, 2006
Dear Mr. Stevens,
On behalf of Chordiant Software, Inc. ("Company"), I am pleased to have you join the Company's Board of Directors. This letter sets forth the terms of the Director Agreement (the "Agreement") that the Company is offering to you.
1. APPOINTMENT TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
1.1 Title, Term and Responsibilities. Subject to terms set forth herein, the Company agrees to appoint you to serve as a Director on the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board"), and you hereby accept such appointment effective as of March 7, 2006 (the "Effective Date"). You will serve as a Director of the Board from the Effective Date until you voluntarily resign, are removed from the Board or are not reelected (the "Term"). Your rights, duties and obligations as a Director shall be governed by the Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws of the Company, each as amended from time to time (collectively, the "Governing Documents"), except that where the Governing Documents conflict with this Agreement, this Agreement shall control.
Mandatory Board Meeting Attendance. As a Director, you agree to apply
all reasonable efforts to attend each regular meeting of the Board and no fewer
than seventy-five percent (75%) of these meetings of the Board in person, and no
more than twenty-five percent (25%) of such meetings by telephone or
1.3 Independent Contractor. Under this Agreement, your relationship with the Company will be that of an independent contractor as you will not be an employee of the Company nor eligible to participate in regular employee benefit and compensation plans of the Company.
Retainer. The Company will pay you a quarterly retainer for each
quarter you serve on the Board (the "Retainer") to be paid in quarterly
installments of Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($7,500), payable after the
regular Board meeting in each calendar quarter (i.e., January, April, July and
October). The Company's obligation to pay the Retainer will cease upon the
termination of the Term. You agree to attend at least 3 out of the 4 regularly
scheduled Board meetings for the Retainer. The Company will also pay you $1,500
for each meeting of the Audit Committee that you attend, not to exceed $6,000
per quarter and will pay you $3,000 per quarter ($12,000 annually) to act as the
Chair of the Audit Committee. The Company's obligation to pay these Committee
fees will cease when you no longer serve on the Committee.
Options. Upon the Effective Date, the Company will grant you an
initial option to purchase twenty-five thousand (25,000) shares of the common
stock of the Company under the Non-Employee Director's Stock Option Plan. Under
the terms of this plan, you may be granted an additional option for seven
thousand five hundred (7,500) shares of common stock for each year of
participation as a Director, and an additional option for five thousand (5,000)
shares of common stock for each year of participation as a member of a committee
of the Board provided however that the first such grants will be pro-rated based
on the length of your service to the Board at such time. The options shall have
an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the shares as of the date of
Business Expense Reimbursement. The Company will reimburse you for all
reasonable travel, entertainment or other expenses incurred by you in connection
with your services hereunder, in accordance with the Company's expense
reimbursement policy as in effect from time to time.
Indemnification. You shall receive indemnification as a Director of
the Company to the maximum extent extended to directors and certain executives
of the Company generally, as provided by the Governing Documents.
Tax Indemnification. You acknowledge that the Company will not be
responsible for the payment of any federal or state taxes that might be assessed
with respect to the Retainer and the options and you agree to be responsible for
all such taxes.
Proprietary Information. You agree that during the Term and thereafter
that you will take all steps reasonably necessary to hold all information of the
Company, which a reasonable person would believe to be confidential or
proprietary information, in trust and confidence, and not disclose any such
confidential or proprietary information to any third party without first
obtaining the Company's express written consent on a case-by-case basis.
Third Party Information. The Company has received and will in the
future receive from third parties confidential or proprietary information
("Third Party Information") subject to a duty on the Company's part to maintain
the confidentiality of such information and to use it only for certain limited
purposes. You agree to hold such Third Party Information in confidence and not
to disclose to anyone (other than Company personnel who need to know such
information in connection with their work for Company) or to use, except in
connection with your services for Company under this Agreement, Third Party
Information unless expressly authorized in writing by the Company.
Return of Company Property. Upon the end of the Term or upon the
Company's earlier request, you agree to deliver to the Company any and all
notes, materials and documents, together with any copies thereof, which contain
or disclose any confidential or proprietary information or Third Party
Investments and Interests. Except as permitted by Sections 4.2, you
agree not to participate in, directly or indirectly, any position or investment
known by you to be materially adverse to the Company.
Activities. Except with the prior written consent of the Board, you
will not during your tenure as a member of the Company's Board undertake or
engage in any other directorship, employment or business enterprise in direct
competition with the Company, other than ones in which you are a passive
investor or other activities in which you were a participant prior to your
appointment to the Board as disclosed to the Company.
Other Agreements. You agree that you will not disclose to the Company
or use on behalf of the Company any confidential information governed by any
agreement between you and any third party except in accordance with such
5. TERMINATION Of
Resignation, Removal Pursuant to Bylaws and Stockholder Action. You may resign
from the Board at any time with or without advance notice, with or without
reason. You may be removed from the Board at any time, for any reason, in any
manner provided by the Governing Documents and applicable law. You also may be
removed from the Board at any time, by an affirmative vote of a majority of the
stockholders of the Company.
Severability. Whenever possible, each provision of this Agreement will
be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law.
If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid, illegal or
unenforceable such provision will be reformed, construed and enforced to render
it valid, legal, and enforceable consistent with the intent of the parties
insofar as possible.
Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement
between you and the Company with respect to your service as a Director and
supersedes any prior agreement, promise, representation or statement written
between you and the Company with regard to this subject matter. It is entered
into without reliance on any promise, representation, statement or agreement
other than those expressly contained or incorporated herein, and it cannot be
modified or amended except in a writing signed by the party or parties affected
by such modification or amendment.
Successors and Assigns. This Agreement is intended to bind and inure
to the benefit of and be enforceable by you and the Company and our respective
successors, assigns, heirs, executors and administrators, except that you may
not assign any of your rights or duties hereunder without the written consent of
Governing Law. This Agreement will be governed by the law of the State
of Delaware as applied to contracts made and performed entirely within Delaware.
We are all delighted
to be able to extend you this offer and look forward to working with you. To
indicate your acceptance of the Company's offer, please sign and date this
ACCEPTED AND AGREED: