This Employment Agreement (the “Agreement”), entered into on February 5, 2016 (the “Effective Date”),
is made by and between Tyson Marshall (the “Executive”) and Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., a corporation existing under the federal laws of Canada (together with any of its subsidiaries and affiliates as may employ the Executive from
time to time, and any successor(s) thereto, the “Company”).
A. The Company desires to assure itself of the continued services of the Executive by engaging the Executive to perform services under the
B. The Executive desires to continue to provide services to the Company on the terms herein provided.
THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and of the respective covenants and agreements set forth below the parties hereto agree as follows:
1. Certain Definitions.
(a) “Affiliate” shall mean, with respect to any Person, any other Person directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or under
common control with, such Person where “control” shall have the meaning given such term under Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended from time to time.
(b) “Agreement” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble hereto.
(c) “Annual Base Salary” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3(a).
(d) “Board” shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company or any successor governing body.
(e) The Company shall have “Cause” to terminate the Executive’s employment hereunder upon: (i) the Executive’s
willful failure to substantially perform the duties set forth herein (other than any such failure resulting from the Executive’s Disability); (ii) the Executive’s willful failure to carry out, or comply with, in any material respect,
any lawful directive of the Board; (iii) the Executive’s commission at any time of any act or omission that results in, or may reasonably be expected to result in, a conviction, plea of no contest, plea of nolo contendere, or imposition of
unadjudicated probation for any felony or crime involving moral turpitude; (iv) the Executive’s unlawful use (including being under the influence) or possession of illegal drugs on the Company’s premises or while performing the
Executive’s duties and responsibilities hereunder; (v) the Executive’s commission at any time of any act of fraud, embezzlement, misappropriation, material misconduct, conversion of assets of the Company, or breach of fiduciary duty
against the Company (or any predecessor thereto or successor thereof); or (vi) the Executive’s material breach of this Agreement or other agreements with the Company (including,
without limitation, any breach of the restrictive covenants of any such agreement); and which, in the case of clauses (i), (ii) and (vi), continues beyond fourteen (14) days after the
Company has provided the Executive written notice of such failure or breach (to the extent that, in the reasonable judgment of the Board, such failure or breach can be cured by the Executive).
(f) “Change of Control” shall mean:
(i) The members of the Board at the beginning of any consecutive 12-calendar-month period (the “Incumbent Directors”) cease for any
reason other than due to death to constitute at least a majority of the members of the Board; provided that any director whose election, or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of
the members of the Board then still in office who were members of the Board at the beginning of such 12-calendar-month period, shall be deemed to be an Incumbent Director.
(ii) The acquisition by any Person of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d–3 promulgated under the Exchange Act) of
fifty percent (50%) or more of the stock of any class or classes having by the terms thereof ordinary voting power to elect a majority of the directors of the Company (irrespective of whether at the time stock of any class or classes of the
Company shall have or might have voting power by reason of the happening of any contingency); provided, however, that for purposes of this subsection (f), the following acquisitions will not constitute a Change of Control: (A) any
acquisition directly from the Company; (B) any acquisition by the Company or a subsidiary of the Company; or (C) any acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any corporation
controlled by the Company.
(iii) The consummation of a merger or consolidation involving the Company if the stockholders owning the
capital and profits (“ownership interests”) of the Company immediately before such merger or consolidation do not, as a result of such merger or consolidation, own, directly or indirectly, more than fifty percent (50%) of the
combined voting power or ownership interests of the Company, or the entity resulting from such merger or consolidation, in substantially the same proportion as their ownership of the combined voting power or ownership interests outstanding
immediately before such merger or consolidation.
(iv) There shall occur (A) any sale, lease, exchange or other transfer (in one
transaction or a series of transactions contemplated or arranged by any party as a single plan) of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company, other than a sale or disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of the
Company’s assets to an entity, at least 50% of the combined voting power of the voting securities of which are owned by Persons in substantially the same proportion as their ownership of the Company immediately prior to such sale or
(B) the approval by stockholders of the Company of any plan or proposal for the liquidation or dissolution of the Company.
dissolution or the complete or partial liquidation of the Company.
In all cases, the determination of whether a Change of Control has occurred shall be
made in accordance with Section 409A.
(g) “Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
(h) “Company” shall, except as otherwise provided in Section 7(j), have the meaning set forth in the preamble hereto.
(i) “Date of Termination” shall mean (i) if the Executive’s employment is terminated due to the Executive’s death,
the date of the Executive’s death; (ii) if the Executive’s employment is terminated for any other reason, the date indicated in the Notice of Termination (or the date specified by the Company pursuant to Section 4(b) in
connection with a termination by the Executive).
(j) “Disability” shall mean any medically determinable physical or mental
impairment that renders the Executive physically or mentally unable regularly to perform his or her duties hereunder for a period in excess of one hundred twenty (120) consecutive days or more than one hundred eighty (180) days in any
consecutive twelve (12) month period, as determined by a physician jointly selected by the Company and the Executive.
“Effective Date” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble hereto.
(l) “Exchange Act” shall mean the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
(m) “Executive” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble hereto.
(n) “Extension Term” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2(b).
(o) “First Payment Date” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(b)(ii).
(p) The Executive shall have “Good Reason” to terminate the Executive’s employment hereunder after the occurrence of one or
more of the following conditions without the Executive’s written consent: (i) a material diminution in the Executive’s authority, duties, or responsibilities, as described herein. For the avoidance of any doubt, being asked to
assume the duties of a CEO, CFO or General Counsel in a privately held company shall constitute a material diminution of the Executive’s authority, duties or responsibilities having had that authority, duties or responsibilities in a publicly
traded company; (ii) a material diminution in the Executive’s Annual Base Salary as described herein; (iii) a material reduction in the package of benefits and incentives, taken as a whole, provided to the Executive (except that
employee contributions may be raised to the extent of any cost increases imposed by third parties) or any action by the Company which would materially and adversely affect the Executive’s participation or reduce the Executive’s benefits
under any such plans, except to the extent that such benefits and incentives of all other executive officers of the Company are similarly reduced (iv) a material change in the geographic location at which the Executive must perform the
Executive’s services hereunder. For the avoidance of any doubt, an increases in the Executive’s one-way commute distance by more than fifty (50) miles from his or her then principal residence shall constitute a material change in the
geographic location at which the Executive must perform the Executive’s services hereunder; or (v) any other action or inaction that constitutes a material breach of this Agreement by the Company; and which, in the case of any of the
foregoing, continues beyond thirty (30) days
after the Executive has provided the Company written notice that the Executive believes in good faith that such condition giving rise to such claim of Good Reason has occurred, so long as such
notice is provided within ninety (90) days after the initial existence of such condition.
(q) “Independent Directors”
shall mean the independent members of the Board.
(r) “Installment Payments” shall have the meaning set forth in
(s) “Notice of Termination” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(b).
(t) “Person” shall mean any individual, natural person, corporation (including any non-profit corporation), general partnership,
limited partnership, limited liability partnership, joint venture, estate, trust, company (including any company limited by shares, limited liability company or joint stock company), incorporated or unincorporated association, governmental
authority, firm, society or other enterprise, organization or other entity of any nature.
(u) “Proprietary Information” shall
have the meaning set forth in Section 7(d).
(v) “Release” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(b)(ii).
(w) “Restricted Period” shall mean the period from the Effective Date through the end of the Severance Period.
(x) “Section 409A” shall mean Section 409A of the Code and the Department of Treasury regulations and other interpretive
guidance issued thereunder, including without limitation any such regulations or other guidance that may be issued after the Effective Date.
(y) “Severance Payment” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(b)(i).
(z) “Severance Period” shall mean if the Executive’s employment shall be terminated by the Company without Cause or by the
Executive’s resignation for Good Reason, the period beginning on the Date of Termination and ending on the first (1st) anniversary of the Date of Termination.
(aa) “Term” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2(b).
General. The Company shall employ the Executive and the Executive shall enter the employ of the Company, for the period set forth in Section 2(b), in the position set forth in Section 2(c), and upon the other terms and conditions
herein provided. The terms and conditions herein provided supersede in their entirety any contradictory terms and conditions in any employee manual, plan, policy, program or other arrangement maintained by the Company. To the extent a term or
condition is not detailed herein, the employee manuals, plans, policies, programs or other arrangements maintained by the Company shall govern.
(b) Term of Employment. The term of employment under this Agreement (the “Term”) shall be for the period beginning on the
Effective Date and ending on the first (1st)
anniversary of the Effective Date, unless earlier terminated as provided in Section 4. The Term shall automatically be extended for successive one (1) year periods (each, an
“Extension Term” and, collectively with the Term, the “Term”), unless earlier terminated as provided in Section 4.
(c) Position and Duties. During the Term, the Executive: (i) shall serve as General Counsel and Secretary of the Company, with
responsibilities, duties and authority customary for such position, subject to direction by the CEO of the Company; (ii) shall report directly to the CEO of the Company; (iii) shall devote substantially all the Executive’s working
time and efforts to the business and affairs of the Company and its subsidiaries, provided that the Executive may (i) serve on corporate, civic, charitable, industry or professional association boards or committees, subject to the Board’s
prior written consent in the case of any such board or committee that relates directly or indirectly to the business of the Company or its subsidiaries (which consent shall not unreasonably be withheld), (ii) deliver lectures, fulfill speaking
engagements or teach at educational institutions and (iii) manage his personal investments, so long as none of such activities meaningfully interferes with the performance of the Executive’s duties and responsibilities hereunder, or
involves a conflict of interest with the Executive’s duties or responsibilities hereunder or a breach of the covenants contained in Section 7; and (iv) agrees to observe and comply with the Company’s rules and policies as adopted
by the Company from time to time, which have been made available to the Executive.
(a) Annual Base Salary. During the Term, the Executive shall receive a base salary at a rate of $200,000 per annum, which shall be paid
in accordance with the customary payroll practices of the Company, subject to review and adjustment by the Board in its reasonable discretion (the “Annual Base Salary”).
(b) Other Incentive Plans, Benefits and Perquisites. The Executive shall be offered additional employee benefits and perquisites the Company
and the Executive negotiate in good faith. The Executive also shall be eligible to participate in such other incentive compensation programs in accordance with their terms as the Company may have in effect from time to time for its senior executive
officers and all compensation and other entitlements earned thereunder shall be in addition to, and shall not in any way reduce, the amount payable to the Executive as Annual Base Salary.
(c) Health, Welfare and Retirement Plans; Vacation. To the extent the Executive meets the eligibility requirements for such arrangements,
plans or programs, the Executive shall be entitled to:
(i) participate in such health (medical, hospital and/or dental) insurance
(“Medical and Health Benefits”), retirement, life insurance, disability insurance, flexible benefits arrangements and accident insurance plans and programs as are maintained in effect from time to time by the Company for its senior
(ii) participate in other non-duplicative benefit programs which the Company may from time to time offer generally
to senior executive officers of the Company; and
(iii) take vacations and be entitled to sick leave in accordance with the Company’s Paid
Time Off (“PTO”) policy, except that Executive will accrue 160 hours of PTO per year for his or her first five (5) years of service with the Company. Thereafter, the Executive will receive 40 additional hours of PTO for every
additional 5 years of service; provided however, that the total amount of PTO that Executive can accrue during one year shall be capped at 240 hours.
(d) For the sake of clarity, the Company may modify its health, welfare, retirement and other benefit plans and vacation and sick leave
policies from time to time and the Executive’s rights under these plans are subject to change in the event of any such modifications, provided that he will receive the benefits generally provided to other senior executive officers of the
(e) Business Expenses. During the Term, the Company shall reimburse the Executive for all reasonable travel and other
business expenses incurred by the Executive in the performance of the Executive’s duties to the Company in accordance with the Company’s applicable expense reimbursement policies and procedures.
Basis for Termination. The Executive’s employment hereunder is “at-will” and may be terminated by the Company or the Executive, as applicable, without any breach of this Agreement upon the death or Disability of the Executive, with or
without Cause, and with or without Good Reason. Executive’s “at-will” status cannot be modified by oral agreement; any modification to this Agreement must be in writing.
(b) Notice of Termination. Any termination of the Executive’s employment by the Company or by the Executive under this
Section 4 (other than a termination by reason of the Executive’s death) shall be communicated by a written notice to the other party hereto: (i) indicating in reasonable detail the basis for the termination, and (ii) specifying a
Date of Termination which, if submitted by the Executive, shall be at least thirty (30) days following the date of such notice (a “Notice of Termination”); provided, however, that in the event that the Executive delivers a Notice of
Termination to the Company, the Company may, in its sole discretion, accelerate the Date of Termination to any date that occurs following the date of Company’s receipt of such Notice of Termination (even if such date is prior to the date
specified in such Notice of Termination). A Notice of Termination submitted by the Company may provide for a Date of Termination on the date the Executive receives the Notice of Termination, or any date thereafter elected by the Company in its
sole discretion. The failure by the Company or the Executive to set forth in the Notice of Termination any fact or circumstance which contributes to a showing of Cause or Good Reason shall not waive any right of the Company or the Executive
hereunder or preclude the Company or the Executive from asserting such fact or circumstance in enforcing the Company’s or the Executive’s rights hereunder.
5. Company Obligations upon Termination of Employment.
(a) In General. Upon a termination of the Executive’s employment for any reason, the Executive (or the Executive’s estate)
shall be entitled to receive: (i) any portion of the
Executive’s Annual Base Salary through the Date of Termination not theretofore paid, (ii) any expenses owed to the Executive under Section 3(e), and (iii) any amount arising
from the Executive’s participation in, or benefits under, any incentive compensation plans, employee benefit plans, programs or arrangements under Section 3(b) or 3(c), which amounts shall be payable in accordance with the terms and
conditions of any such incentive compensation plans, employee benefit plans, programs or arrangements. Except as otherwise set forth in Section 5(b) or 6(a) below, the payments and benefits described in this Section 5(a) shall be the
only payments and benefits payable in the event of the Executive’s termination of employment for any reason.
(b) Severance Payment.
(i) In the event the Executive’s employment shall be terminated by the Company without Cause or by the Executive’s resignation
for Good Reason, then, in addition to the payments and benefits described in Section 5(a) above, the Company shall, during the Severance Period, pay to the Executive in equal installments, an amount equal to 18 months of Executive’s
Annual Base Salary in effect at the Date of Termination (the “Severance Payment”); and (2) to the extent that bonuses are paid to other Senior Executives for the fiscal year in which the Date of Termination occurs, then
Executive shall be entitled to a pro-rata share of his or her bonus; and (3) for a period of two years following the Date of Termination, the Company shall continue to provide or pay the cost of Medical and Health benefits to Executive and/or
Executive’s family. If the Executive becomes reemployed with another employer during such period and is eligible to receive employee medical and health benefits under another employer provided plan, the Company shall not be obligated to
continue to provide the Medical and Health benefits, to the extent that reasonably similar medical and health benefits are available to the Executive pursuant to such employer-provided plan. The Company may satisfy its obligations under this
Section 5(b)(i), by paying the applicable premiums for continuation coverage pursuant to COBRA for Executive and/or his family, for as long as such COBRA coverage is available under the law; provided however, that if any COBRA coverage
cannot be extended the full two years required by Section 5(b)(i)(3), the Company shall pay for reasonably similar medical and health benefits during the period beginning when COBRA coverage ceases and the end of the two year period as
set forth in Section 5(b)(i)(3).
(ii) The Severance Payment shall be in lieu of notice or any other severance benefits to
which the Executive might otherwise be entitled. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, (A) no portion of the Severance Payment shall be paid unless, on or prior to the thirtieth
(30th) day following the Date of Termination, the Executive timely executes a general waiver and release of claims agreement substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (the
“Release”), which Release shall not have been revoked by the Executive prior to the expiration of the period (if any) during which any portion of such Release is revocable under applicable law, and (B) as of the first date on
which the Executive violates any covenant contained in Section 7, any remaining unpaid portion of the Severance Payment shall thereupon be forfeited. Subject to the provisions of Section 9, the Severance Payment shall be
paid in equal installments during the Severance Period, at the same time and in the same manner as the Annual Base Salary would have been paid had the Executive remained in active employment during the Severance Period, in accordance with the
Company’s normal payroll practices in effect on the Date of Termination; provided that any installment that would otherwise have been paid prior to the first normal payroll payment date occurring on or after the thirtieth (30th) day following the Date of Termination (such
payroll date, the “First Payment Date”) shall instead be paid on the First Payment Date. In no event shall any Severance Payment be made prior to the thirtieth (30th) day following the Date of Termination. For purposes of Section 409A (including, without limitation, for purposes of Section 1.409A-2(b)(2)(iii) of the Department of Treasury
Regulations), the Executive’s right to receive the Severance Payment in the form of installment payments (the “Installment Payments”) shall be treated as a right to receive a series of separate payments and, accordingly, each
Installment Payment shall at all times be considered a separate and distinct payment.
(c) The provisions of this Section 5 shall
supersede in their entirety any severance payment provisions in any severance plan, policy, program or other arrangement maintained by the Company.
6. Change of Control.
(a) Termination in the Event of a Change of Control. If, during the fifteen (15) month period beginning three (3) months prior to a
Change of Control and ending twelve (12) months after such Change of Control, the Company terminates Executive’s employment without Cause, or Executive terminates his or her employment for Good Reason, then the Company shall pay or provide
the benefits set forth in Section 5(a) and subsections (i), (ii), and (iii) below.
(i) The Company shall pay to Executive in a
lump sum in cash, within thirty days after the Date of Termination, the aggregate of the following amounts: (1) one and one half times the Executive’s Annual Base Salary in effect on the Date of Termination plus (2) the
Executive’s target bonus for the fiscal year in which the Date of Termination occurs.
(ii) For a period of two years following the
Date of Termination, the Company shall continue to provide or pay the cost of all employee Medical and Health Benefits to Executive and/or Executive’s family. If the Executive becomes reemployed with another employer during such period and is
eligible to receive employee medical and health benefits under another employer provided plan, the Company shall not be obligated to continue to provide the Medical and Health benefits to the extent that new employer’s plan provides reasonably
similar medical and health benefits. If applicable, the Company may satisfy its obligations under this Section 6(a)(ii), in part, by paying the applicable premiums for continuation coverage pursuant to COBRA for Executive and/or his
family, for as long as such COBRA coverage is available under the law; provided however, that if any COBRA coverage cannot be extended the full two years required by this Section 6(a)(ii), the Company shall pay for reasonably similar
medical and health benefits during the period beginning when COBRA coverage ceases and the end of the two year period as set forth in this Section 6(a)(ii).
(iii) As of the Date of Termination, all unvested stock options held by Executive shall become fully vested and exercisable and shall remain
exercisable until the earlier of: (A) first anniversary of the Date of Termination; or (B) the date on which the option would have expired by its original terms (disregarding any early termination due to Executive’s separation from
service). All restricted stock awards held by Executive, if applicable, shall become fully vested and no longer subject to repurchase or forfeiture; and restricted stock units held by Executive, if applicable, shall become fully vested. Any
performance-based equity awards shall vest at the target performance level.
(b) Limitation on Change of Control Payments and Benefits. Notwithstanding anything in this
Agreement to the contrary, if any of the payments or benefits to be made or provided in connection with the Agreement, together with any other payments or benefits which the Executive has the right to receive from the Company or any entity which is
a member of an “affiliated group” (as defined in section 1504(a) of the Code without regard to section 1504(b) of the Code) of which the Company is a member constitute an “excess parachute payment” (as defined in section 280G(b)
of the Code), the payments or benefits to be made or provided in connection with this Agreement will be reduced to the extent necessary to prevent any portion of such payments or benefits from becoming nondeductible by the Company pursuant to
section 280G of the Code or subject to the excise tax imposed under section 4999 of the Code. The determination as to whether any such decrease in the payments or benefits to be made or provided in connection with this Agreement is necessary must be
made in good faith by a nationally recognized accounting firm (the “Accounting Firm”), and such determination will be conclusive and binding upon Executive and the Company. In the event that the Accounting Firm is serving as accountant or
auditor for the individual, entity or group effecting the Change of Control, the Company shall appoint another nationally recognized accounting firm to make the determinations required hereunder (which accounting firm shall then be referred to as
the Accounting Firm hereunder). All fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm shall be borne solely by the Company. Executive will have the right to review and comment on any calculations prepared by the Accounting Firm. In addition, if and to the
extent such right would not cause any payment or benefit to be subject to any adverse tax consequences under section 409A of the Code (including as a result of any “substitution” within the meaning of Treas. Reg. §1.409A-3(f)),
Executive will have the right to designate the particular payments or benefits that are to be reduced or eliminated.
(c) Treatment of
Unvested Stock in Stock Acquisition. For avoidance of doubt, in the event the Executive is terminated in connection with a Change of Control transaction in which the Company’s stock is acquired for cash or cash equivalents, Executive shall have
the same right to participate in the Change of Control transaction with respect to any unvested shares held by Executive as the Company’s stockholders have generally with respect to shares of stock that are not subject to vesting.
7. Restrictive Covenants. In consideration of the Executive’s employment or continued employment with the Company and the
Severance Payment, the Executive agrees to comply with the following restrictive covenants:
(a) The Executive shall not, at any time
during the Restricted Period, directly or indirectly engage in, have any equity interest in, or manage or operate any person, firm, corporation, partnership, business or entity (whether as director, officer, employee, agent, representative, partner,
security holder, consultant or otherwise) that engages in (either directly or through any subsidiary or Affiliate thereof) any business or activity (i) relating to (A) the design, manufacture, marketing, sale or distribution of video game
platforms and accessories for videogame platforms, personal computer, Mac, iPod or other mobile devices or (B) the development of flight simulation hardware, which competes with the business of the Company or any entity owned by the Company, or
(ii) which the Company or any of its Affiliates has taken active steps to engage in or acquire, but only if the Executive directly or indirectly engages in, has any equity interest in, or manages or operates, such business or activity (whether
as director, officer, employee, agent, representative, partner, security holder, consultant or
otherwise). Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Executive shall be permitted to acquire a passive stock or equity interest in such a business; provided that such stock or other equity
interest acquired is not more than five percent (5%) of the outstanding interest in such business.
(b) The Executive shall not, at
any time during the Restricted Period, directly or indirectly, either for himself or on behalf of any other entity, (i) recruit or otherwise solicit or induce any employee, customer, subscriber or supplier of the Company to terminate its
employment or arrangement with the Company, or otherwise change its relationship with the Company, or (ii) hire, or cause to be hired, any person who was employed by the Company at any time during the twelve (12)-month period immediately prior
to the Date of Termination or who thereafter becomes employed by the Company.
(c) The provisions contained in Sections 7(a) and 7(b) may
be altered and/or waived to be made less restrictive on the Executive with the prior written consent of the Board or the Independent Directors.
(d) Except as the Executive reasonably and in good faith determines to be required in the faithful performance of the Executive’s duties
hereunder or in accordance with Section 7(f), the Executive shall, during the Term and after the Date of Termination, maintain in confidence and shall not directly or indirectly, use, disseminate, disclose or publish, or use for the
Executive’s benefit or the benefit of any person, firm, corporation or other entity, any confidential or proprietary information or trade secrets of or relating to the Company, including, without limitation, information with respect to the
Company’s operations, processes, protocols, products, inventions, business practices, finances, principals, vendors, suppliers, customers, potential customers, marketing methods, costs, prices, contractual relationships, regulatory status,
compensation paid to employees or other terms of employment (“Proprietary Information”), or deliver to any person, firm, corporation or other entity, any document, record, notebook, computer program or similar repository of or containing
any such Proprietary Information. The Executive’s obligation to maintain and not use, disseminate, disclose or publish, or use for the Executive’s benefit or the benefit of any person, firm, corporation or other entity, any
Proprietary Information after the Date of Termination will continue so long as such Proprietary Information is not, or has not by legitimate means become, generally known and in the public domain (other than by means of the Executive’s direct
or indirect disclosure of such Proprietary Information) and continues to be maintained as Proprietary Information by the Company. The parties hereby stipulate and agree that as between them, the Proprietary Information identified herein is
important, material and affects the successful conduct of the businesses of the Company (and any successor or assignee of the Company).
(e) Upon termination of the Executive’s employment with the Company for any reason, the Executive will promptly deliver to the Company
all correspondence, drawings, manuals, letters, notes, notebooks, reports, programs, plans, proposals, financial documents, or any other documents concerning the Company’s customers, business plans, marketing strategies, products or processes.
(f) The Executive may respond to a lawful and valid subpoena or other legal process but shall give the Company (if lawfully permitted to
do so) the earliest possible notice thereof, and shall, as much in advance of the return date as possible, make available to the
Company and its counsel the documents and other information sought, and shall assist such counsel in resisting or otherwise responding to such process. The Executive may also disclose
Proprietary Information if: (i) in the reasonable written opinion of counsel for the Executive furnished to the Company, such information is required to be disclosed for the Executive not to be in violation of any applicable law or regulation
or (ii) the Executive is required to disclose such information in connection with the enforcement of any rights under this Agreement or any other agreements between the Executive and the Company.
(g) The Executive agrees not to disparage the Company, any of its products or practices, or any of its directors, officers, agents,
representatives, equity holders or Affiliates, either orally or in writing, at any time; provided that the Executive may confer in confidence with the Executive’s legal representatives, make truthful statements to any government agency in sworn
testimony, or make truthful statements as otherwise required by law. The Company agrees that, upon the termination of the Executive’s employment hereunder, it shall advise its directors and executive officers not to disparage the
Executive, either orally or in writing, at any time; provided that they may confer in confidence with the Company’s and their legal representatives and make truthful statements as required by law.
(h) Prior to accepting other employment or any other service relationship during the Restricted Period, the Executive shall provide a copy of
this Section 7 to any recruiter who assists the Executive in obtaining other employment or any other service relationship and to any employer or person with which the Executive discusses potential employment or any other service relationship.
(i) In the event the terms of this Section 7 shall be determined by any court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable by
reason of its extending for too great a period of time or over too great a geographical area or by reason of its being too extensive in any other respect, it will be interpreted to extend only over the maximum period of time for which it may be
enforceable, over the maximum geographical area as to which it may be enforceable, or to the maximum extent in all other respects as to which it may be enforceable, all as determined by such court in such action.
(j) As used in this Section 7, the term “Company” shall include the Company, its parent, related entities, and any of its
direct or indirect subsidiaries.
8. Injunctive Relief. The Executive recognizes and acknowledges that a breach of the
covenants contained in Section 7 will cause irreparable damage to the Company and its goodwill, the exact amount of which will be difficult or impossible to ascertain, and that the remedies at law for any such breach will be
inadequate. Accordingly, the Executive agrees that in the event of a breach of any of the covenants contained in Section 7, in addition to any other remedy which may be available at law or in equity, the Company will be entitled to
specific performance and injunctive relief.
9. Section 409A.
(a) General. The parties hereto acknowledge and agree that, to the extent applicable, this Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance
with, and incorporate the terms and
conditions required by, Section 409A. Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, in the event that the Company determines that any amounts payable hereunder will
be immediately taxable to the Executive under Section 409A, the Company reserves the right to (without any obligation to do so or to indemnify the Executive for failure to do so) (i) adopt such amendments to this Agreement or adopt such
other policies and procedures (including amendments, policies and procedures with retroactive effect) that it determines to be necessary or appropriate to preserve the intended tax treatment of the benefits provided by this Agreement, to preserve
the economic benefits of this Agreement and to avoid less favorable accounting or tax consequences for the Company and/or (ii) take such other actions it determines to be necessary or appropriate to exempt the amounts payable hereunder from
Section 409A or to comply with the requirements of Section 409A and thereby avoid the application of penalty taxes thereunder. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, no provision of this Agreement shall be interpreted or
construed to transfer any liability for failure to comply with the requirements of Section 409A from the Executive or any other individual to the Company or any of its Affiliates, employees or agents.
(b) Separation from Service under Section 409A; Section 409A Compliance. Notwithstanding anything herein to the
contrary: (i) no termination or other similar payments and benefits hereunder shall be payable unless the Executive’s termination of employment constitutes a “separation from service” within the meaning of
Section 1.409A-1(h) of the Department of Treasury Regulations; (ii) if the Executive is deemed at the time of the Executive’s separation from service to be a “specified employee” for purposes of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i)
of the Code, to the extent delayed commencement of any portion of any termination or other similar payments and benefits to which the Executive may be entitled hereunder (after taking into account all exclusions applicable to such payments or
benefits under Section 409A) is required in order to avoid a prohibited distribution under Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code, such portion of such payments and benefits shall not be provided to the Executive prior to the earlier of
(x) the expiration of the six (6)-month period measured from the date of the Executive’s “separation from service” with the Company (as such term is defined in the Department of Treasury Regulations issued under
Section 409A) or (y) the date of the Executive’s death; provided that upon the earlier of such dates, all payments and benefits deferred pursuant to this Section 9(b)(ii) shall be paid in a lump sum to the Executive, and any
remaining payments and benefits due hereunder shall be provided as otherwise specified herein; (iii) the determination of whether the Executive is a “specified employee” for purposes of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code as of
the time of the Executive’s separation from service shall be made by the Company in accordance with the terms of Section 409A (including, without limitation, Section 1.409A-1(i) of the Department of Treasury Regulations and any
successor provision thereto); (iv) to the extent that any Installment Payments under this Agreement are deemed to constitute “nonqualified deferred compensation” within the meaning of Section 409A, for purposes of
Section 409A (including, without limitation, for purposes of Section 1.409A-2(b)(2)(iii) of the Department of Treasury Regulations), each such payment that the Executive may be eligible to receive under this Agreement shall be treated as a
separate and distinct payment; (v) to the extent that any reimbursements or corresponding in-kind benefits provided to the Executive under this Agreement are deemed to constitute “deferred compensation” under Section 409A, such
reimbursements or benefits shall be provided reasonably promptly, but in no event later than December 31 of the year following the year in which the expense was incurred, and in any event in accordance with Section 1.409A-3(i)(1)(iv) of
the Department of
Treasury Regulations; and (vi) the amount of any such payments or expense reimbursements in one calendar year shall not affect the expenses or in-kind benefits eligible for payment or
reimbursement in any other calendar year, other than an arrangement providing for the reimbursement of medical expenses referred to in Section 105(b) of the Code, and the Executive’s right to such payments or reimbursement of any such
expenses shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for any other benefit.
10. Assignment and Successors. The Company may
assign its rights and obligations under this Agreement to any entity, including any successor to all or substantially all the assets of the Company, by merger or otherwise, and may assign or encumber this Agreement and its rights hereunder as
security for indebtedness of the Company and its Affiliates. The Executive may not assign the Executive’s rights or obligations under this Agreement to any individual or entity. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the
benefit of the Company, the Executive and their respective successors, assigns, personnel and legal representatives, executors, administrators, heirs, distributees, devisees, and legatees, as applicable.
11. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed, construed, interpreted and enforced in accordance with the substantive laws
of the State of California, without reference to the principles of conflicts of law of California or any other jurisdiction, and where applicable, the laws of the United States.
12. Validity. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision or provisions of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or
enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.
13. Notices. Any
notice, request, claim, demand, document and other communication hereunder to any party hereto shall be effective upon receipt (or refusal of receipt) and shall be in writing and delivered personally or sent by telex, telecopy, or certified or
registered mail, postage prepaid, to the following address (or at any other address as any party hereto shall have specified by notice in writing to the other party hereto):
If to the Company:
10680 Treena Street, Suite 500
San Diego, California 92131
Attn: General Counsel
Facsimile: (858) 790-5018
If to the Executive, at the address set forth on the signature page hereto.
14. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all
of which together will constitute one and the same Agreement.
15. Entire Agreement. This Agreement (together with any other
agreements and instruments contemplated hereby or referred to herein) is intended by the parties hereto to be the final expression of their agreement with respect to the employment of the Executive by the
Company and may not be contradicted by evidence of any prior or contemporaneous agreement (including, without limitation, any term sheet or offer letter). The parties hereto further intend
that this Agreement shall constitute the complete and exclusive statement of its terms and that no extrinsic evidence whatsoever may be introduced in any judicial, administrative, or other legal proceeding to vary the terms of this Agreement.
16. Amendments; Waivers. This Agreement may not be modified, amended, or terminated except by an instrument in writing, signed by
the Executive and a duly authorized officer of the Company and approved by the Board, which expressly identifies the amended provision of this Agreement. By an instrument in writing similarly executed and approved by the Board, the Executive or a
duly authorized officer of the Company may waive compliance by the other party or parties hereto with any provision of this Agreement that such other party was or is obligated to comply with or perform; provided, however, that such waiver shall not
operate as a waiver of, or estoppel with respect to, any other or subsequent failure to comply or perform. No failure to exercise and no delay in exercising any right, remedy, or power hereunder shall preclude any other or further exercise of
any other right, remedy, or power provided herein or by law or in equity.
17. No Inconsistent Actions. The parties hereto
shall not voluntarily undertake or fail to undertake any action or course of action inconsistent with the provisions or essential intent of this Agreement. Furthermore, it is the intent of the parties hereto to act in a fair and reasonable
manner with respect to the interpretation and application of the provisions of this Agreement.
18. Construction. This
Agreement shall be deemed drafted equally by both of the parties hereto. Its language shall be construed as a whole and according to its fair meaning. Any presumption or principle that the language is to be construed against any party
hereto shall not apply. The headings in this Agreement are only for convenience and are not intended to affect construction or interpretation. Any references to paragraphs, subparagraphs, sections or subsections are to those parts of this
Agreement, unless the context clearly indicates to the contrary. Also, unless the context clearly indicates to the contrary, (a) the plural includes the singular and the singular includes the plural; (b) “and” and
“or” are each used both conjunctively and disjunctively; (c) “any,” “all,” “each,” or “every” means “any and all,” and “each and every”; (d) “includes” and
“including” are each “without limitation”; (e) “herein,” “hereof,” “hereunder” and other similar compounds of the word “here” refer to the entire Agreement and not to any particular
paragraph, subparagraph, section or subsection; and (f) all pronouns and any variations thereof shall be deemed to refer to the masculine, feminine, neuter, singular or plural as the identity of the entities or persons referred to may require.
19. Arbitration. Any dispute or controversy based on, arising under or relating to this Agreement shall be settled
exclusively by final and binding arbitration, conducted before a single neutral arbitrator in San Diego, California in accordance with the rules and procedures of JAMS, by a neutral arbitrator who is mutually agreeable to the parties hereto, or
appointed by JAMS if the parties cannot agree. Arbitration may be compelled, and judgment may be entered on the arbitration award in any court having jurisdiction; provided, however, that the Company shall be entitled to seek a restraining
order or injunction in any court of competent jurisdiction to prevent any continuation of any violation of the provisions of Section 7, and the Executive hereby consents that such restraining order or injunction may be granted without
requiring the Company to post a
bond. The arbitrator shall be entitled to award any relief available in a court of law. Each party shall bear its own costs and attorneys’ fees in connection with arbitration;
provided that the parties shall bear equally the cost of the arbitrator and JAMS’ administrative fees.
Enforcement. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable under present or future laws effective during the term of this Agreement, such provision shall be fully severable; this Agreement shall be
construed and enforced as if such illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision had never comprised a portion of this Agreement; and the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and shall not be affected by the
illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision or by its severance from this Agreement. Furthermore, in lieu of such illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision there shall be added automatically as part of this Agreement a provision as similar in
terms to such illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision as may be possible and be legal, valid and enforceable.
Withholding. The Company shall be entitled to withhold from any amounts payable under this Agreement, any federal, state, local or foreign withholding or other taxes or charges which the Company is required to withhold. The Company
shall be entitled to rely on an opinion of counsel if any questions as to the amount or requirement of withholding shall arise.
Absence of Conflicts; Executive Acknowledgement. The Executive hereby represents that from and after the Effective Date the performance of the Executive’s duties hereunder will not breach any other agreement to which the Executive
is a party. The Executive acknowledges that the Executive has read and understands this Agreement, is fully aware of its legal effect, has not acted in reliance upon any representations or promises made by the Company other than those contained
in writing herein, and has entered into this Agreement freely based on the Executive’s own judgment.
23. Survival. The
expiration or termination of the Term shall not impair the rights or obligations of any party hereto which shall have accrued prior to such expiration or termination.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement on the date and year first
Tyson Marshall (the
“Executive”) agrees for the Executive, the Executive’s spouse and child or children (if any), the Executive’s heirs, beneficiaries, devisees, executors, administrators, attorneys, personal representatives, successors and
assigns, hereby forever to release, discharge, and covenant not to sue Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., a corporation existing under the federal laws of Canada (the “Company”), and any of its past, present, or future parent, affiliated,
related, and/or subsidiary entities, and all of the past and present directors, shareholders, officers, general or limited partners, employees, agents, and attorneys, and agents and representatives of such entities, and employee benefit plans in
which the Executive is or has been a participant by virtue of his employment with the Company (collectively, the “Releasees”), from any and all claims, debts, demands, accounts, judgments, rights, causes of action, equitable relief,
damages, costs, charges, complaints, obligations, promises, agreements, controversies, suits, expenses, compensation, responsibility and liability of every kind and character whatsoever (including attorneys’ fees and costs), whether in law or
equity, known or unknown, asserted or unasserted, suspected or unsuspected, which the Executive has or may have had against such Releasees based on any events or circumstances arising or occurring on or prior to the date this release (the
“Release”) is executed, arising directly or indirectly out of, relating to, or in any other way involving in any manner whatsoever, (a) the Executive’s employment with the Company or its subsidiaries or the termination
thereof or (b) the Executive’s status at any time as a holder of any securities of the Company, and any and all claims arising under federal, state, or local laws relating to employment, or securities, including without limitation claims
of wrongful discharge, breach of express or implied contract, fraud, misrepresentation, defamation, or liability in tort, claims of any kind that may be brought in any court or administrative agency, any claims arising under Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Securities Act of 1933, the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and similar state or local statutes, ordinances, and regulations; provided, however, notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth herein, that this Release shall not extend to
(i) benefit claims under employee pension or welfare benefit plans in which the Executive is a participant by virtue of his employment with the Company or its subsidiaries, (ii) any rights under that certain Employment Agreement, dated as
of February 5, 2016, by and between the Company and the Executive, (iii) any rights of indemnification the Executive may have under any written agreement between the Executive and the Company (or its affiliates), the Company’s
Articles of Incorporation, its Bylaws, any applicable statute or common law, or pursuant to any applicable insurance policy, (iv) unemployment compensation, (v) contractual rights to vested equity awards, (vi) COBRA benefits and
(viii) any rights that may not be waived as a matter of law.
The Executive understands that this Release includes a release of
claims arising under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The Executive understands and warrants that he has been given a period of 21 days to review and consider this Release. The Executive further warrants that he understands
that he may use as much or all of his 21-day period as he wishes before signing, and warrants that he has done so. The Executive further warrants that he understands that, with respect to the release of age discrimination claims only, he has a
seven days after executing on the second signature line below to revoke the release of age discrimination claims by notice in writing to the Company.
The Executive is hereby advised to consult with an attorney prior to executing this Release. By his signature below, the Executive
warrants that he has had the opportunity to do so and to be fully and fairly advised by that legal counsel as to the terms of this Release.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT (AS TO ALL CLAIMS
OTHER THAN AGE DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS)
The undersigned, having had full opportunity to review this Release with counsel of his choosing, signifies his agreement to the terms of this
Release (other than as it relates to age discrimination claims) by his signature below.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT (AGE DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS)
The undersigned, having had full opportunity to review this Release with counsel of his choosing, signifies his agreement to the terms of this
Release (as it relates to age discrimination claims) by his signature below.