This Non-Executive Chairman Agreement
(the Agreement) is made and entered into as of the
day of July, 2009, by and between ORIENTAL FINANCIAL GROUP INC.
, a financial holding
company which has its principal office in San Juan, Puerto Rico (the Company) and JOSÉ J. GIL DE
(the Chairman or Mr. Gil de Lamadrid, and together with the Company, the Parties or,
individually, a Party).
WHEREAS, Mr. Gil de Lamadrid has served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of
the Company since
November 1, 2006;
WHEREAS, the retention of Mr. Gil de Lamadrids services as non-executive Chairman of the
Companys Board of Directors is of material importance to the enhancement of the value of the
Companys business; and
, the Company and Mr. Gil de la Lamadrid both want to terminate the 2006 Agreement and
enter into a new non-executive chairman agreement
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants set forth herein, the Company and the
Chairman hereby agree as follows:
1. TERM OF ENGAGEMENT
1.1 The Company hereby retains the services of Mr. Gil de Lamadrid as non-executive Chairman
of the Companys board of directors (the Board of Directors or the Board) and he hereby accepts
such retention and agrees to render such services to the Company on the terms and conditions set
forth in this Agreement for a term of three (3) years commencing on July 1, 2009 and ending on June
30, 2012, unless further extended or sooner terminated in accordance with the terms and conditions
hereinafter set forth. Not less than one hundred twenty (120) days in advance of the expiration of
the term of this Agreement the Parties will determine whether to extend the term and, if extended,
under which terms and conditions.
1.2 During the term of this Agreement, the Chairman shall devote his best efforts to
performing such services for the Company as may be consistent with his title of non-executive
Chairman of the Companys Board of Directors.
1.3 The services of the Chairman to the Company shall be rendered principally in the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, but he shall do such traveling on behalf of the Company as may be
reasonably required by his duties.
1.4 The Chairman shall continue to occupy his position as a director of the Company and the
Bank. Furthermore, during the term of this Agreement or any extension thereof, and for any
election of directors of the Company in which his term as director will expire, the Board of
Directors shall nominate and recommend to the stockholders his election as a director and, if
elected, the Board, as well as the board of directors of the Companys banking subsidiary, Oriental
Bank and Trust (the Bank), shall, respectively, name him to the positions of Chairman of the
Board and Chairman of the Banks board of directors. If before the expiration of the term of this
Agreement or any extension thereof, a new agreement has not been entered into with the Chairman,
the Chairman shall continue to act as such until the earlier of: (a) the date a new written
agreement is entered into between the Company and him; (b) the date his successor is duly elected
and qualified; or (c) the date he ceases to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for any
reason (including, without limitation, retirement, death, disability, resignation, or removal).
During the time that Mr. Gil de Lamadrid serves as Chairman of the Board without a written
non-executive chairman agreement
with the Company, he shall be paid, in lieu of any other
compensation or benefit, a total cash compensation of Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) per
calendar month. The amount of such compensation payable for any period shorter than a calendar
month will be computed and prorated on the basis of the actual number of days elapsed in that
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1.5 For purposes of this Agreement, it is understood that Mr. Gil de Lamadrid is a member of
the Board of Directors, but he is not an officer or employee of the Company or any of its
2. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
2.1 Mr. Gil de Lamadrid shall have the following duties and responsibilities during the term
of this Agreement and/or any other duties which the Board of Directors may assign to him from time
(a) Preside at annual or special meetings of the Companys shareholders;
(b) Preside at each meeting of the Board of Directors, including meetings of independent
directors, and oversee the procedures to govern the work of the Board of Directors.
(c) Be responsible for setting the agenda for each meeting of the Board of Directors and
consult as necessary with the CEO and the chairpersons of the Board committees.
(d) Attend and participate as a non-voting ex officio member in meetings of all committees of
the Board of Directors, except to the extent that any such committee desires to meet in executive
session only with its voting members.
(e) Facilitate communications and information flow among directors and between the Board of
Directors and management; provided, however, that this is not intended to limit or restrict free
and open communications among directors or between the Board of Directors and management.
(f) Assign tasks and other responsibilities to particular committees of the Board of Directors
to the extent not otherwise provided in such committee charters.
(g) In coordination with the CEO, review the preparation and distribution of proxy materials
to the Companys shareholders.
(h) In consultation with the standing committees of the Board of Directors, recommend to the
Board of Directors committee membership and committee chair assignments.
(i) Oversee the full and effective discharge of the duties of the Board of Directors.
(j) Provide for adequate lead time for effective study and discussion of matters to be
considered by the Board of Directors.
(k) Consult periodically with the CEO to obtain such information concerning the Companys
business, subsidiaries, operations and strategic plans as may be necessary for the Board of
Directors to discharge its duties.
(l) Facilitate and lead discussions of the Board of Directors regarding corporate strategy and
critical issues facing the Company.
(m) Along with the CEO and other directors, represent the Company before its shareholders.
(n) Serve as Chairman of the board of directors of each subsidiary of the Company.
(o) Carry out such other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time by
the Board of Directors.
2.2 The Chairman shall devote reasonable time and efforts in the discharge of his duties and
responsibilities and, among other things, shall use his best efforts to attend each and every
meeting of the Board of Directors (including the meetings of the board of directors of each of the
Companys subsidiaries) and of any Board committee on which he serves as an ex officio member, and
shall faithfully perform such duties and responsibilities to the best of his abilities in a
diligent, trustworthy, businesslike and efficient manner.
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3. COMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES:
3.1 The Chairman agrees that during the term of this Agreement, except with the prior approval
by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the full Board of Directors, he will not, directly or
indirectly, engage or participate in, become an officer or director of, or render advisory or other
services for, or in connection with, or become interested in, or make a financial investment in,
any entity competitive with the Company or any of its lines of business or subsidiaries; provided,
however, that the Chairman shall not thereby be precluded or prohibited from owning passive
investments, including investments in the securities of other financial institutions, so long as
(a) the Chairman beneficially owns (after making such investment) less than five percent (5%) of
the outstanding equity securities of such entity, or, in the case of derivative or convertible
securities of such entity, would beneficially own upon exercise or conversion less than five
percent (5%) of the underlying equity securities; and (b) he is not required to devote substantial
time or attention to the management or control of the business or activities in which he has
3.2 The Chairman agrees and acknowledges that during the term of this Agreement, he will
maintain an intimate knowledge of the activities and affairs of the Company and its subsidiaries,
including, without limitation, trade secrets and other confidential matters. As a result, and also
because of the special, unique, and extraordinary services that the Chairman is capable of
performing for the Company or one of its competitors, the Chairman recognizes that the services to
be rendered by him hereunder are of a character giving them a peculiar value, the loss of which
cannot be adequately or reasonably compensated for by damages. Therefore, if during the time he is
rendering services to the Company, the Chairman renders services to a competitor of the Company,
other than as authorized pursuant to Section 3.1 hereof, the Company shall be entitled to immediate
injunctive or other equitable relief to restrain the Chairman from rendering his services to the
Companys competitor, in addition to any other remedies which the Company may be entitled under
4. COMPENSATION AND REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES:
4.1 Compensation. For services as Chairman of the Board of Directors, including
services as Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the board of directors of each of the Companys
subsidiaries, during the term of this Agreement, the Company will pay Mr. Gil de Lamadrid an annual
base fee of Two Hundred Eighty Thousand Dollars ($280,000), of which Two Hundred Twenty Thousand
Dollars ($220,000) shall be payable in equal monthly installments of Eighteen Thousand Three
Hundred Thirty-Three Dollars and Thirty-Three Cents ($18,333.33), and the remaining Sixty Thousand
Dollars ($60,000) shall be payable on or before July 15 of each year, commencing on July 15, 2009
and ending July 15, 2011. The compensation set forth in this Section 4.1 shall be in lieu of and
not in addition to any fees and other compensation paid by the Company or the Bank to its
4.2 Allowance for Expenses. The Company shall pay the Chairman an allowance of Fifty
Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) per year during the term of this Agreement to cover costs and
expenses reasonably incurred by the Chairman at his sole discretion in providing the services
hereunder, including without limitation, (i) automobile related costs and expenses, (ii) membership
fees and dues incurred in obtaining and/or maintaining memberships in social and business clubs, as
well as expenses incurred by the Chairman at such clubs, and (iii) any other general representation
costs and expenses.
4.3 Reimbursement of Expenses. In addition to the allowance provided in Section 4.2
above, not less frequently than monthly, the Company shall pay for or reimburse the Chairman for
all reasonable out-of-state travel and other business-related expenses incurred by the Chairman in
the performance of his duties under this Agreement. The Chairman shall timely submit reimbursement
requests to the Company together with receipts for such expenses.
4.4 Administrative Support. During the term of this Agreement, the Company shall
furnish the Chairman with office space at the Companys principal offices and provide all necessary
secretarial support and such other reasonable assistance and accommodations as shall be suitable to
the Chairmans position and adequate for the performance of his duties hereunder.
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4.5 Restricted Units.
(a) Pursuant to terms and conditions of the Companys Amended and Restated 2007 Omnibus
Performance Incentive Plan (the Omnibus Plan), the Chairman shall be awarded (i) Five Thousand
(5,000) Restricted Units (as such term is defined in the Omnibus Plan) on January 1, 2010; (ii)
Five Thousand (5,000) Restricted Units on January 1, 2011; and (iii) Five Thousand (5,000)
Restricted Units on January 1, 2012; provided, however, that if on the date of each award of
Restricted Units the value of such award (measured by the closing market price of the Companys
common stock on the trading day immediately prior to the date of the award) exceeds One Hundred
Thousand Dollars ($100,000) or is less than Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000), the number of
Restricted Units to be awarded to the Chairman on such date shall be reduced or increased, as
appropriate, so that the value of such Restricted Units on the date of the award is not more than
One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) nor less than Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000).
(b) The Restricted Units shall fully vest to the Chairman three (3) years after the effective
date of each award. Subject to the approval of an amendment to the Omnibus Plan in order to allow
the Compensation Committee of the Board to accelerate the vesting of awards to non-executive
directors in certain cases, the Restricted Units will become fully vested if the Chairman dies or
becomes totally and permanently disabled or in case of an early termination of this Agreement,
except if the termination of this Agreement is pursuant to Section 6.1 or 6.5 hereof in which case
the Restricted Units shall be forfeited as of the date of termination. In the event of any
conflict between this paragraph and the Omnibus Plan, as may be further amended, the provisions of
the Omnibus Plan shall be paramount and prevail.
(c) In addition to the awards of Restricted Units set forth in Section 4.5(a) above, the
Chairman may receive additional incentive awards under the Omnibus Plan, as determined from time to
time by the Compensation Committee of the Board; provided, however, that the Chairman will not be
entitled to participate in (or otherwise receive) routine annual incentive awards under the Omnibus
Plan generally made by the Boards Compensation Committee to the non-employee directors of the
4.6 Deferred Compensation. Subject to any and all applicable requirements and unless
prohibited by applicable law or plan document, the Chairman shall have the right to designate, at
his sole discretion, any portion of the compensation payable by the Company hereunder for
contribution to a deferred compensation plan.
4.7 Insurance. The Company shall pay the Chairman an allowance of Five Thousand
Dollars ($5,000) in each year of the term of this Agreement to cover the cost incurred by the
Chairman, at his sole discretion, in securing medical and life insurance coverage. Payments under
the allowance shall be made to the Chairman as a reimbursement of premiums paid or, at the
Chairmans election and instructions, as direct payment for premiums due to the insurance company
5. DEATH OR DISABILITY
5.1 This Agreement shall terminate upon the Chairman becoming disabled; provided, however,
that the Company shall pay him a disability benefit of Three Hundred Forty Thousand Dollars
($340,000) payable in twelve equal monthly installments of Twenty Eight Thousand Thirty-Three
Dollars and Thirty-Three Cents ($28,333.33) commencing on the month subsequent to the termination
of this Agreement for disability. Such disability benefit payable by the Company to the Chairman
shall be in lieu of any and all compensation or other benefits under this Agreement. For purposes
hereof, the term disabled refers to the Chairmans inability to perform his duties and
responsibilities under this Agreement with reasonable continuity by reason of any medically
determined physical or mental impairment, which inability to perform has lasted for a consecutive
or non-consecutive period of not less than ninety (90) days in any six (6)-month period; provided,
however, that a termination of this Agreement for disability may be effected only upon sixty (60)
days prior written notice by the Company to the Chairman and provided that he does not return to
perform his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement with reasonable continuity during such
sixty (60)-day period after the Companys notice.
5.2 If the Chairman dies during the term of this Agreement, the Company shall pay his heirs or
beneficiaries a lump sum death benefit of Three Hundred Forty Thousand Dollars ($340,000) in lieu
of any and all compensation or other benefits under this Agreement.
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6.1 The Board of Directors shall have the right to immediately terminate this Agreement for
cause at any time upon written Notice of Termination (as defined below) to the Chairman. For the
purpose of this Agreement, termination for cause shall mean termination for the willful and
continued failure of the Chairman to perform any of his duties and responsibilities under this
Agreement or the Chairman willfully engaging in any illegal conduct or gross misconduct materially
injurious to the Company, as determined by a two-thirds vote of the full Board of Directors. For
purposes of this paragraph, no act, or failure to act, on the Chairmans part shall be considered
willful if any such act or omission to act on the Chairmans behalf is in reliance upon an
opinion of counsel to the Company or special counsel to the Board.
6.2 In the event this Agreement is terminated for cause pursuant to Section 6.1 hereof, the
Chairman shall have no right to any and all compensation or other benefits for any period after
such date of termination. If this Agreement is terminated by the Company, other than for death or
disability under Section 5 hereof or for cause under Section 6.1 hereof, the Chairman shall be
entitled to a lump sum payment from the Company, in lieu of any and all compensation or other
benefits under this Agreement, equal to the sum of the annual base fee and allowance provided in
Sections 4.1 and 4.2 hereof for the term of the Agreement remaining after such termination,
multiplied by two (2).
6.3 The Chairman shall have the right to terminate this Agreement upon at least thirty (30)
days prior written Notice of Termination to the Company, in which case the Chairman shall have the
right as of the date of termination to receive all accrued compensation and other benefits provided
for in this Agreement up to the date of termination.
6.4 If the Chairman is suspended from office and/or temporarily prohibited from participating
in the conduct of the Companys or the Banks affairs pursuant to an order or notice served under
the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, as amended (the FDIC Act), the Puerto Rico Banking Act, as
amended (the Banking Act), the Act of the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions of
Puerto Rico, as amended (the OCFI Act), or any other federal or state law applicable to the
Company or the Bank, the Companys obligations under this Agreement shall be suspended as of the
date of the Chairmans suspension from service unless stayed by appropriate proceedings. If the
order or notice is dismissed, the Company shall: (i) pay the Chairman all the compensation withheld
while the Companys obligations under this Agreement were suspended, and (ii) reinstate any and all
of such obligations which were suspended; provided, however, that any such suspension shall not
suspend or otherwise extend the term of this Agreement.
6.5 If the Chairman is removed from office and/or permanently prohibited from participating in
the conduct of the Companys or the Banks affairs by an order issued under the FDIC Act, the
Banking Act, the OCFI Act, or any other federal or state law applicable to the Company or the Bank,
all obligations of the Company under this Agreement shall terminate, as of the effective date of
the order, but the rights of the Chairman to compensation earned under this Agreement up to the
date of such termination shall not be affected.
6.6 In the event that this Agreement is terminated by either Party in violation of the
provisions of this Section 6, the non-terminating Party shall be entitled to reimbursement for all
costs and expenses, including attorneys fees, reasonably incurred in challenging such termination.
Such reimbursement shall be in addition to any and all rights to which the non-terminating Party
is otherwise entitled under this Agreement and/or applicable law.
6.8 Except for a termination of this Agreement under Section 5 hereof, any termination thereof
by either Party shall be communicated by a written Notice of Termination to the other Party. For
purposes of this Agreement, a Notice of Termination shall mean a written and duly dated notice
which shall (i) indicate the specific termination provision in the Agreement relied upon; (ii) set
forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination
of this Agreement under the provision so indicated; (iii) specify a date of termination, which
shall be not less than thirty (30) nor more than ninety (90) days after such Notice of Termination
is given, except in the case of the Companys termination of this Agreement for cause pursuant to
Section 6.1 hereof, in which case the Notice of Termination may specify a date of termination as of
the date such Notice of Termination is given; and (iv) be given in the manner specified in Section
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6.9 Upon termination of this Agreement, the Chairman shall not disclose to any third party
confidential and proprietary information of the Company or any of its subsidiaries, unless required
by applicable law, subpoena or court order, and shall promptly deliver to the Company any and all
documents and materials of any nature containing or pertaining to the Companys or any such
subsidiarys confidential and proprietary information, and the Chairman shall not retain any such
documents and materials or any reproductions or copies thereof, except for those documents and
materials that are necessary for him to discharge competently any continuing duties or
responsibilities that he may have as a Board member or as a member of any of the Companys board of
directors, which documents and materials he shall promptly return to the Company or any such
subsidiary, as the case may be, at the time that he is no longer a member of the Board or such
subsidiarys board of directors.
7.1 All notices required by this Agreement to be given by one Party to the other shall be in
writing and shall be deemed to have been delivered either: (a) when personally delivered to the
office of the Secretary of the Board of Directors or to the office of the Chairman of the Board; or
(b) five days after depositing such notice in the United States postal mail, certified mail with
return receipt requested, and postage prepaid to:
||José J. Gil de Lamadrid
XXX (address omitted for confidentiality purpose)
||Oriental Financial Group Inc.
P.O. Box 195115
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00919-5115
Attention: Secretary of the Board of Directors
or such other address as either Party may designate and notify in writing to the other Party in
accordance with the terms hereof.
8. DISPUTE RESOLUTION
8.1 In the event that the Parties have any dispute or controversy under this Agreement, the
Parties shall first attempt in good faith amicably to settle the matter by mutual negotiations or
mediation. If such negotiations are unsuccessful, the Parties agree that all disputes that may
arise between them with respect to, relating to, or in connection with this Agreement, or the
interpretation, validity, construction, performance, breach or termination thereof shall be settled
by binding arbitration to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, or such other location agreed in
writing by the Parties, in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules then in effect of the
American Arbitration Association (AAA). The arbitrator may grant injunctions or other relief in
such dispute or controversy. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on the
Parties. Judgment may be entered on the arbitrators decision in any court having jurisdiction.
Each Party consents to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Puerto
Rico for any action or proceeding arising from or relating to this Agreement or relating to any
arbitration in which the Parties are participants. The arbitrator shall apply the laws of the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, except to the extent such laws may be preempted by Federal Law (as
defined below). The Party who files for arbitration shall be responsible for all fees and expenses
payable to the AAA, including the arbitrators fees and expenses. Each Party shall be responsible
for its legal fees and expenses. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the arbitrator may, but need not,
award the prevailing Party in any dispute or controversy its legal fees and expenses.
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9.1 The provisions of the Companys certificate of incorporation and by-laws, as amended from
time to time, regarding the release from liability for monetary damages and the right to
indemnification, respectively, are incorporated herein by reference. This provision shall survive
the termination or expiration of this Agreement.
9.2 No course of conduct between the Company and the Chairman to exercise any right or power
given under this Agreement shall: (i) impair the subsequent exercise of any right or power, or (ii)
be construed to be a waiver of any default or any acquiescence in or consent to the curing of any
default while any other default shall continue to exist, or be construed to be a waiver of such
continuing default or of any other right or power that shall theretofore have arisen; and, every
power and remedy granted by law and by this Agreement to either Party may be exercised from time to
time, and as often as may be deemed expedient. All such rights and powers shall be cumulative to
the fullest extent permitted by law.
9.3 This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Chairman, and, to the
extent applicable, his heirs, beneficiaries, executors and personal representatives, and the
Company, its successors and permitted assigns, including, without limitation, any entity that may
acquire all or substantially all of the Companys assets and business, or with or into which the
Company may be consolidated or merged, and this provision shall apply in the event of any
subsequent merger, consolidation or transfer.
9.4 This Agreement is personal to each of the Parties and neither Party may assign or delegate
any of his or its duties, rights or obligations hereunder without first obtaining the written
consent of the other Party.
9.5 No amendments or additions to this Agreement shall be binding unless in writing and signed
by both Parties. The prior approval by the affirmative vote of a majority of the full Board of
Directors shall be required in order for the Company to authorize any amendments or additions to
this Agreement, to give any consent or waivers of provisions of this Agreement, or to take any
other action under this Agreement except in the case of any termination of this Agreement with or
without cause under Section 6.1 hereof which shall require a two-third vote of the full Board of
9.6 The provisions of this Agreement shall be deemed severable and the invalidity or
unenforceability of any provision shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the other
9.7 This Agreement embodies the complete agreement and understanding among the Parties and
supersedes and preempts any prior understandings, agreements (including, without limitation, the
2006 Agreement) or representations by or among the Parties, written or oral, which may be related
to the subject matter hereof in any way.
9.8 This Agreement shall be governed in all respects and be interpreted by and under the laws
of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, except to the extent that such law may be preempted by
applicable federal law, including, without limitation, regulations, opinions or orders duly issued
by the FDIC, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, or any other federal regulator
with jurisdiction over the Company or the Bank (collectively, Federal Law), in which event this
Agreement shall be governed and be interpreted by and under Federal Law.
9.9 This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an
original and all of which shall constitute one and the same document.
9.10 The section headings contained herein are for reference purposes only and shall not in
any way affect the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have duly executed and delivered this Agreement in San Juan,
Puerto Rico, as of the date first above written.
|JOSÉ J. GIL DE LAMADRID
||/s/José J. Gil de Lamadrid
|ORIENTAL FINANCIAL GROUP INC.
||/s/ Pedro Morazzani
||/s/ Mari Carmen Aponte
Mari Carmen Aponte
||Vice Chairperson-Compensation Committee
||/s/ Rafael Machargo
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