THIS SEVERANCE AGREEMENT
) is made as of this __ day of November 2011,
between Progress Software Corporation, a Massachusetts
corporation (the Company), and
R E C I T A L S
A. Executive presently serves as an executive officer of the Company.
B. Executive and the Company are parties to an Employee Retention and Motivation Agreement
amended, the ERMA), which provides Executive with certain benefits following a Change in Control
(as defined in the ERMA) and certain severance benefits upon the Executives termination of
employment within twelve (12) months following a Change in Control.
C. The Board of Directors of the Company (the Board) has determined that it is in the best
interest of the Company and its stockholders to provide Executive with certain severance benefits
upon Executives termination of employment in circumstances other than following a Change in
D. In order to accomplish the foregoing objectives, the Board has directed the Company, upon
execution of the Agreement
by Executive, to commit to the terms provided herein.
E. The Executive accepts the terms of the Agreement
F. Certain capitalized terms used in this Agreement
are defined in Section 4 below.
In consideration of the mutual covenants herein contained and in consideration of the
continuing employment of Executive by the Company, the parties agree as follows:
. This Agreement
shall be applicable in the event an Involuntary Termination
occurs during the Term (as defined in Section 2 below) in circumstances other than those
circumstances in which the ERMA shall be applicable. In the event an Involuntary Termination
occurs during the Term in circumstances in which the ERMA shall be applicable, any and all
severance and other benefits to be paid to the Executive shall be governed by the terms and
conditions of the ERMA and not this Agreement
. This Agreement
shall take effect as of the date first set forth above and
shall terminate on August 1, 2013 (the Term); provided
, that the expiration of the Term
and termination of this Agreement shall not affect the obligations of the parties hereunder on
account of a termination of employment occurring prior to the expiration of the Term. Upon
expiration of the Term and termination of this Agreement, Executive shall thereafter be subject to
the severance plan, if any, then applicable to members of the Companys Executive
Committee upon an Involuntary Termination, and Executive acknowledges that (i) such severance
plan may provide lesser benefits upon an Involuntary Termination than those provided in this
Agreement, (ii) the fact that such severance plan may provide lesser benefits upon an Involuntary
Termination than those provided in this Agreement shall not constitute an event giving rise to an
Involuntary Termination hereunder or under any other agreement or plan to which Executive is
subject, and (iii) Executive shall not be entitled to claim that the severance benefits provided
under this Agreement apply to any termination of employment occurring after expiration of the Term.
3. Termination Benefits; Severance.
(a) If Executives employment is terminated by the Company or Executive for any reason or no
reason, then Executive shall be entitled to the following (the Mandatory Payments):
(i) All accrued but unpaid base salary through the Termination Date, to be paid in a lump sum
cash payment within thirty (30) days following the Termination Date or sooner if required by law;
(ii) Pay for any vacation time earned but not used through the Termination Date, to be paid in
a lump sum cash payment within thirty (30) days following the Termination Date or sooner if
required by law;
(iii) Any unpaid or unreimbursed business expenses incurred and documented by Executive in
accordance with the Companys expense reimbursement policy then in effect, to the extent incurred
during the Employment Period, to be paid in a lump sum cash payment within thirty (30) days
following the Termination Date; and
(iv) Any accrued but unpaid benefits provided under the Companys employee benefit plans,
be paid and provided in accordance with the terms of the applicable plan.
(b) Involuntary Termination. Subject to Sections 1 and 2 above, if Executives
employment is terminated as a result of an Involuntary Termination and such termination also
constitutes a separation from service within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, then
Executive shall be entitled to the following:
(i) For a period of twelve (12) months after the Termination Date (the Severance
the Company will pay an amount equal to Executives total Target Compensation in equal installments
over such 12 months in accordance with the Companys normal payroll practices and procedures and
subject to all applicable deductions and withholdings. Such payments shall commence on the first
payroll date that occurs thirty (30) days or more after the Termination Date. Solely for purposes
of Section 409A of the Code, each installment payment is considered a separate payment. No
service will be required of during the Severance Period. No vacation or floating holidays will
accrue during the Severance Period.
(ii) The Company will pay the COBRA premiums (less the amount Executive would have otherwise
been required to contribute for health benefits if he had continued on the Companys medical and
dental plans with his coverage elections as of the Termination Date) until (in each case, the
COBRA Premium Payment Period) the earlier of (A) expiration of the Severance Period, or (B) the
date when Executive becomes eligible for substantially equivalent health insurance coverage in
connection with new employment or self-employment.
(iii) Executive will remain eligible to receive a pro-rata portion (based on the number of
days employed with the Company during the fiscal year in which the Termination Date occurs) of
Executives bonus for the fiscal year in which the Termination Date occurs pursuant to the
Companys Corporate Incentive Compensation Plan then in effect, such payment, if any, to be made in
accordance with the terms of, and at the time provided in, such incentive compensation plan.
(iv) All unvested stock options held by the Executive which were granted prior to the
Termination Date under the Companys stock option or equity incentive plans which would otherwise
vest and become fully exercisable during the twenty-four (24) month period following the
Termination Date shall instead accelerate and become fully exercisable as of the Termination Date.
The vesting of all other outstanding stock options shall cease immediately as of the Termination
Date. Unvested options will be cancelled on the Termination Date. Vested options must be
exercised on or before the date that is ninety (90) days following the Termination Date. Vested
but unexercised options will be cancelled on the date that is ninety (90) days following the
Termination Date, or ten (10) days after the end of the blackout period in effect during such
ninety (90) day period, if later, if Executive is subject to such blackout, but in no event beyond
the expiration date(s) applicable to such vested options.
(v) All shares of restricted equity held by Executive which were granted prior to the
Termination Date under the Companys stock option or equity incentive plans which would otherwise
become nonforfeitable and not subject to any restrictions during the twenty-four (24) month period
following the Termination Date shall instead become nonforfeitable and not subject to any
restrictions as of the Termination Date.
(vi) Executive will be entitled to seek outplacement services, at the Companys expense,
described in materials to be provided to Executive on the Termination Date. The maximum expense to
be provided by the Company directly to the third party providing such outplacement services is
(vii) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, if at the time of
Executives separation from service (within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code), Executive is
considered a specified employee within the meaning of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code, and
if any payment that Executive becomes entitled to under this Agreement is considered deferred
compensation subject to interest and additional tax imposed pursuant to Section 409A(a) of the Code
as a result of the application of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i)
of the Code, then no such payment shall be payable prior to the date that is the earliest of
(A) six months after Executives separation from service (within the meaning of Section 409A of
the Code), (B) Executives death, or (C) such other date as will cause such payment not to be
subject to such interest and additional tax. If any such delayed cash payment is otherwise payable
on an installment basis, the first payment shall include a catch-up payment covering amounts that
would otherwise have been paid during the six-month period but for the application of this
provision, and the balance of the installments shall be payable in accordance with their original
schedule. The parties agree that this Agreement may be amended, as reasonably requested by either
party and as may be necessary to comply fully with Section 409A of the Code and all related rules
and regulations in order to preserve the payments and benefits provided hereunder without
additional cost to either party.
(c) Voluntary Resignation. If Executives employment terminates by reason of
Executives voluntary resignation (which is not an Involuntary Termination), then Executive shall
not be entitled to receive any severance payments or other benefits except for the Mandatory
Payments or as specifically required by applicable law, and the Company shall have no obligation to
provide for the continuation of any health and medical benefit or life insurance plans in effect on
the date of such termination, other than as specifically required by applicable law.
(d) Disability; Death. If the Company terminates Executives employment as a result
of Executives Disability, or Executives employment is terminated due to the death of Executive,
then Executive shall not be entitled to receive any severance payments or other benefits except for
the Mandatory Payments and those (if any) as may then be established under the Companys severance
guidelines and benefit plans in effect at the time of such Disability or death.
(e) Termination for Cause. If the Company terminates Executives employment for
Cause, then Executive shall not be entitled to receive any severance payments, bonus payments, or
other benefits following the date of such termination except for the Mandatory Payments or as
specifically required by applicable law, and the Company shall have no obligation to provide for
the continuation of any health and medical benefit or life insurance plans in effect on the date of
such termination, other than as specifically required by applicable law.
4. Definition of Terms. The following terms referred to in this Agreement shall have
the following meanings:
(a) Cause Cause shall mean intentional conduct by Executive involving any of the
following: (i) substantial and continuing violations by Executive of his obligations as an employee
of the Company; (ii) Executives material violation of the Companys workplace policies; (iii)
Executives breach of any material provision of a written agreement between Executive and the
Company; or (iv) Executives disloyalty, gross negligence, willful misconduct, dishonesty, fraud or
breach of fiduciary duty to the Company: provided, however, that prior to any termination for Cause
under subsections (i), (ii) and (iii) above, the Company must (y)
provide Executive with a written notice, which describes in reasonable detail the basis for
the Companys belief that Executive has engaged in conduct giving rise to a potential Cause
termination, and (z) except in those circumstances where Executives conduct has resulted or
reasonably could result in harm to the Company, provide Executive with a period of at least ten
(10) calendar days after Executives receipt of the Companys written notice in which to cure the
conduct described therein unless such conduct is not reasonably capable of cure within such time
frame or at all, in which case, no cure period shall be provided.
(b) Code. Code shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
(c) Disability. Disability shall mean that the Executive has been unable to perform
his duties as an employee of the Company as the result of incapacity due to physical or mental
illness, and such inability, at least twenty-six (26) weeks after its commencement, is determined
to be total and permanent by a physician selected by the Company or its insurers and acceptable to
the Executive or the Executives legal representative (such agreement as to acceptability not to be
unreasonably withheld). Termination resulting from Disability may only be effected after at least
thirty (30) days written notice by the Company of its intention to terminate the Executives
employment. In the event that the Executive resumes the performance of substantially all of his
duties as an employee of the Company before termination of his employment becomes effective, the
notice of intent to terminate shall automatically be deemed to have been revoked.
(d) Involuntary Termination Involuntary Termination shall mean that either (i) that
the Company has terminated Executives employment other than for Cause, Disability or Executives
death, or (ii) that the conditions set forth in of subsections (i), (ii) and (iii) below have all
(i) Any of the following Events occurs without Executives prior written
consent during the
term of this Agreement:
||the assignment to Executive of any duties which are
materially inconsistent with Executives position with the
Company and duties in effect immediately prior to such
assignment, the significant reduction of Executives duties,
or the removal of Executive from Executives position and
responsibilities, in each case, which is not effected for
Disability or for Cause;
||a material reduction by the Company in the base salary
and/or target bonus of the Executive as in effect immediately
prior to such reduction;
||the relocation of the Executive to a facility or a
location more than fifty (50) miles from the Executives then
present location, without the Executives express written
||any purported termination of the Executive by the Company
for Cause for which the grounds relied upon are not valid; or
||A material breach of this Agreement by the Company.
(ii) Within sixty (60) days after the first occurrence of any such Event, the Executive
provides written notice to the Company describing with reasonable specificity the Event and stating
his intention to resign from employment due to such Event; and
(iii) Either the Company does not cure, or cause to be cured, such Event within thirty (30)
days after receipt of Executives notice or the Company in its sole discretion concedes the
occurrence of such Event and gives notice that it does not intend to cure such Event.
(e) Target Compensation. Target Compensation shall mean the sum of Executives base
salary and target bonus then in effect as of the Termination Date.
(f) Termination Date. Termination Date shall mean the date the Executives
employment with the Company terminates.
5. Conditions to Receipt of Severance. The Companys obligation to pay any severance
pursuant to Section 3(b) will be subject to the performance by Executive of his obligations as
(a) Separation Agreement and Release of Claims. Executive shall sign and return to
the Company (without revoking) a standard separation agreement and release of claims by the
deadline specified therein, which shall in all events be no later than the thirtieth (30th) day
following the Termination Date. The Company will have no obligation to make any payment under
Section 3(b) or otherwise except as specifically required by law until it has received an effective
separation and release of claims agreement, and the return of all Company property under Section
(b) Return and Protection of Company Property. Executive agrees to return to the
Company all Company documents and property (except as set forth above) no later than five (5) days
after the Termination Date and to abide by the terms of his Employee Proprietary Information and
Confidentiality Agreement signed as of _______ (the Proprietary Information Agreement).
(c) Cooperation. Executive agrees to make himself available to the Company after the
Termination Date either by telephone or in person upon reasonable notice and with reasonable
accommodation to the Executives personal and business affairs, to assist the
Company in connection with any matter relating to services performed by Executive on behalf of
the Company prior to the Termination Date. The Executive, also upon reasonable notice and with
reasonable accommodation to his personal and business affairs, further agrees to cooperate with the
Company in the defense or prosecution of any claims or actions now in existence or which may be
brought or threatened in the future against or on behalf of the Company, its directors,
shareholders, officers, or employees and which relates to the aforesaid services, including without
limitation, by meeting with the Companys counsel and appearing to testify truthfully in any
proceeding without the necessity of a subpoena. The Company shall reimburse the Executive for his
reasonable documented travel expenses incurred in connection with such cooperation.
Notwithstanding the aforesaid, the Executives obligations set forth above shall not apply to any
matter in which the Executives interests are materially adverse to those of the Company.
Reimbursements of expenses shall be paid within thirty (30) days of the Companys receipt of an
invoice from the Executive or his designee for the same. Any reimbursement in one calendar year
shall not affect the amount that may be reimbursed in any other calendar year and a reimbursement
(or right thereto) may not be exchanged or liquidated for another benefit or payment. Any business
expense reimbursements subject to Section 409A of the Code shall be made no later than the end of
the calendar year following the calendar year in which such business expense is incurred by
Executive. The Executive shall submit any such expense requests in a sufficiently timely manner so
as to permit the Company to comply with the previous sentence.
(i) Executive recognizes the highly competitive nature of the Companys business and that
Executives position with the Company and access to and use of the Companys confidential records
and proprietary information renders the Executive special and unique. Executive hereby agrees that
for a period of one (1) year from the Termination Date (the Restricted Period), he shall not,
directly or indirectly, own, manage, operate, join, control, participate in, invest in or otherwise
be connected or associated with, in any manner, including as an officer, director, employee,
independent contractor, stockholder, member, partner, consultant, advisor, agent, proprietor,
trustee or investor, any Competing Business with operations in the United States; provided,
however, that (i) ownership of two percent (2%) or less of the stock or other securities of a
publicly traded corporation and (ii) passive ownership of less than a five percent (5%) interest as
a limited partner of a venture capital fund, private equity fund or similar investment vehicle or
ownership of shares in a mutual fund shall not constitute a breach of this Section 5(d), in each
case under this clause (ii), with respect to which the Executive has no role in the review,
selection or management of any investments. For purposes hereof, the term, Competing Business,
shall mean IBM/WebSphere Unit, Tibco, Informatica, Software AG and Oracle and, in each case, their
(ii) Executive acknowledges that the business of the Company is worldwide in scope and
therefore understands and agrees that there is no geographic limitation on the scope of this
Section 5(d). Executive further agrees that the nature of the
Companys confidential information and the goodwill relationship that were developed for the
Company during the Executives employment support the continuation of the restrictions pursuant to
this Section for one (1) year. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a court determines that the
geographic scope of this Section or the length of the Restricted Period is excessive, the parties
agree that this Section should be enforced to the maximum extent that the court determines to be
(iii) The parties agree that, throughout his employment with the Company, the Executive has
been obligated to render personal services of a special, unique, unusual, extraordinary and
intellectual character, thereby giving this Agreement special value, and, in the event of a breach
or threatened breach of the covenants of the Executive in this Section 5, the injury or imminent
injury to the value and the goodwill of the Companys business could not be reasonably or
adequately compensated in damages in an action at law. Accordingly, the Executive acknowledges
that, in addition to any other remedies that may be awarded, the Company shall be entitled to
specific performance, injunctive relief or any other equitable remedy against the Executive,
without the posting of a bond, in the event of any breach or threatened breach of any provision of
this Agreement by the Executive. In addition, in the event the Executive breaches or threatens to
breach this Section 5 of this Agreement, such breach or threatened breach will entitle the Company,
without posting of a bond, to an injunction prohibiting the Executive from violating the terms of
this Section 5.
(e) Non-Disparagement. Executive agrees that during the Restricted Period, except as
required by law or to enforce the terms of this Agreement, the Executive shall not make any
disparaging statements about the Company (including for these purposes any subsidiary or
affiliate), its officers, directors, employees, products or services. For purposes of this
Agreement, statements in the course of testimony in a legal or regulatory proceeding or in response
to an inquiry by a governmental or other regulatory entity shall be considered to be required by
(f) Breach of Obligations. Anything to the contrary contained herein notwithstanding,
but except solely as specifically required by applicable law, in the event that Executive
materially breaches the separation agreement and release of claims or the Proprietary Information
Agreement or Executives obligations under this Section 5(a), (b), (d) or (e) above, the Company:
(i) shall have no obligations to make any further payments under Section 3(b) above, or to
otherwise pay any severance or benefits otherwise owed under this Agreement following the
termination of Executives employment (and all such obligations shall be terminated), and (ii)
shall have the full and unfettered right to recover from Executive all payments that may have been
made under Section 3(b) above, and all severance or severance benefits otherwise paid under this
Agreement following the termination of Executives employment. The termination under this
paragraph of the Companys payment obligations or its recovery of amounts paid shall have no effect
on Executives continuing obligations under this Agreement.
(a) Companys Successors Any successor to the Company (whether direct or indirect and
whether by purchase, lease, merger, consolidation, liquidation or otherwise) or to all or
substantially all of the Companys business and/or assets shall assume the obligations under this
Agreement and agree expressly to perform the obligations under this Agreement in the same manner
and to the same extent as the Company would be required to perform such obligations in the absence
of a succession. For all purposes under this Agreement, the term Company shall include any
successor to the Companys business and/or assets which executes and delivers the assumption
agreement described in this subsection (a) which becomes bound by the terms of this Agreement by
operation of law.
(b) Executives Successors The terms of this Agreement and all rights of the
Executives hereunder shall inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable by, the Executives
personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributes,
devisees and legatees.
(a) General. Notices and all other communications contemplated by this Agreement
shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when personally delivered or when
mailed by U.S. registered or certified mail, return receipt requested and postage prepaid. In the
case of the Executive, mailed notices shall be addressed to him or her at the home address which he
or she most recently communicated to the Company in writing. In the case of the Company, mailed
notices shall be addressed to its corporate headquarters, and all notices shall be directed to the
attention of its General Counsel.
(b) Notice of Termination by the Company. Any termination by the Company of the
Executives employment with the Company shall be communicated by notice of termination to the
Executive at least five (5) days prior to the date of such termination, given in accordance with
Section 7(a) of this Agreement. Such notice shall specify the termination date and whether the
termination is considered by the Company to be for Cause as defined in Section 4(a) in which case
the Company shall identify the specific subsection(s) of Section 4(a) asserted by the Company as
the basis for the termination and shall set forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances
relied upon by the Company in categorizing the termination as for Cause.
8. Miscellaneous Provisions
(a) No Duty to Mitigate The Executive shall not be required to mitigate the amount of
any payment contemplated by this Agreement (whether by seeking new employment or in any other
manner), nor shall any such payment be reduced by any earnings that the Executive may receive from
any other source.
(b) Waiver. No provision of this Agreement shall be modified, waived or discharged
unless the modification, waiver or discharge is agreed in writing and signed by the Executive and
by an authorized officer of the Company (other than the Executive). No waiver by either party of
any breach of, or compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement by the other party
shall be considered a waiver of any other condition or provision of the same condition or provision
at another time.
(c) Entire Agreement. This Agreement, the ERMA and the Proprietary Information
Agreement represent the entire agreement of the Company and Executive with respect to the subject
matter covered hereby and supersede any and all previous term sheets, negotiations, memoranda,
contracts, arrangements, discussions or understandings between the Company and Executive.
(d) Choice of Law
. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this
Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
. The parties each
hereby (i) agree that all legal proceedings arising out of or in connection with this Agreement
shall be brought, and (ii) irrevocably consent and agree to the exercise of personal jurisdiction,
exclusively in the appropriate state and federal courts within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
(e) Severability. The invalidity or enforceability of any provisions or provisions of
this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision hereof, which
shall remain in full force and effect.
. Any dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this
Agreement shall be settled exclusively by final and binding arbitration in Massachusetts
accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect. Judgment may be
entered on the arbitrators award in any court having jurisdiction. In the event the Executive
prevails in an action or proceeding brought to enforce the terms of this Agreement or to enforce
and collect on any non-de minimis judgment entered pursuant to this Agreement, the Executive shall
be entitled to recover all costs and reasonable attorneys fees.
(g) No Assignment of Benefits. The rights of any person to payments or benefits under
this Agreement shall not be made subject to option or assignment, either by voluntary or
involuntary assignment or by operation of law, including (without limitation) bankruptcy,
garnishment, attachment or other creditors process, and any action in violation of this subsection
(g) shall be void.
(h) Employment Taxes. All payments made pursuant to this Agreement will be subject to
withholding of applicable income and employment taxes.
(i) Counterparts This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall
be deemed an original, but all of which together will constitute one and the same instrument.
(j) Acknowledgment. Executive acknowledges that he has had the opportunity to
discuss this matter with and obtain advice from his private attorney, has had sufficient time to,
and has carefully read and fully understands all the provisions of this Agreement, and is knowingly
and voluntarily entering into this Agreement.
(k) No Oral Modification, Waiver, Cancellation or Discharge. This Agreement may only
be amended, canceled or discharged or any obligations thereunder waived through a writing signed by
Executive and the Company.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the parties has executed this Agreement, in the case of the
Company by its duly authorized officer, as of the date first above written.
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