The parties agree as follows:
1. Employment. The Company hereby continues to employ Executive, and Executive hereby
accepts such continued employment, upon the terms and conditions set forth herein.
2.1 Position. Executive is employed as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and
shall have the duties and responsibilities assigned by the Board of Directors (the Board of
Directors). Executive shall perform faithfully and diligently all duties assigned to Executive.
Executive shall also continue to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors.
2.2 Best Efforts/Full-time. Executive will expend his best efforts on behalf of the
Company, and will abide by all policies and decisions made by the Company, as well as all
applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations or ordinances. Executive will act in the
best interest of the Company at all times. Executive shall devote his full business time and
efforts to the performance of Executives assigned duties for the Company, unless Executive
notifies the Board of Directors in advance of Executives intent to engage in other paid work and
receives the Board of Directors express written consent to do so. Prior to commencing service as
member of any public board of directors, Executive shall provide notice of his intention to
accept such a position to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of
Directors (which shall have the authority to approve or disapprove Executives service as an
outside board member). Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive will be permitted to continue to
serve as an outside director on the board of directors for the entities for whom he is currently
serving as an outside director as of the Effective Date.
3.1 Initial Term. The employment relationship pursuant to this Agreement shall be for
an initial term commencing on the Effective Date set forth above and continuing for a period of
three (3) years following such date (the Initial Term), unless sooner terminated in accordance
with section 7 below.
3.2 Renewal. On expiration of the Initial Term specified in subsection 3.1 above,
this Agreement will automatically renew for subsequent one (1) year terms unless either party
provides thirty (30) days advance written notice to the other that the Company/Executive does not
wish to renew the Agreement for a subsequent period of one (1) year. In the event either party
gives notice of nonrenewal pursuant to this subsection 3.2, this Agreement will expire at the end
of the current term. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the maximum number of renewals permitted under
this Agreement shall be ten (10), such that the maximum term shall be thirteen (13) years. Failure
to renew this Agreement following either the Initial Term or any subsequent term shall not give
rise to any severance benefits described in section 7.
4.1 Base Salary. As compensation for Executives performance of Executives duties
hereunder, the Company shall pay to Executive an initial Base Salary of nine hundred thousand
dollars ($900,000) per year, payable in accordance with the normal payroll practices of the
Company, less required deductions for local, state, federal, and foreign withholding tax, social
security and all other employment taxes and payroll deductions. In the event Executives
employment under this Agreement is terminated by either party, for any reason, Executive will earn
the Base Salary prorated to the date of termination.
4.2 Incentive Compensation. Executive will be eligible to earn incentive compensation
in accordance with the provisions of the Companys performance bonus program as determined by the
Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the Compensation Committee) with a target bonus
equal to one hundred percent (100%) of Executives Base Salary (Target Bonus). No amount of the
incentive bonus shall be guaranteed and future increases in the target opportunity shall be at the
discretion of the Compensation Committee. The performance bonus, if any, that is payable to
Executive shall be paid in the calendar year following the calendar year in which it is earned, but
no later than March 15th of that year.
4.3 Equity Compensation
. With respect to the 2011 calendar year, subject to the
Compensation Committees approval, Executive will be granted a stock option to purchase three
hundred thousand (300,000) shares of the Companys Common Stock at an exercise price equal to the
fair market value of that stock on the date of the grant (the Option), as well as thirty-three
thousand three hundred and thirty-three (33,333) restricted stock units (RSUs), each under the
Companys 2004 Equity Incentive Plan of NuVasive, Inc.
(the 2004 EIP) and
subject to the terms and conditions of the standard stock option or restricted stock unit
agreements provided pursuant to the 2004 EIP.
4.4 Performance and Salary Review. The Compensation Committee will periodically
review Executives performance on no less than an annual basis. Adjustments to salary or other
compensation, if any, will be made by the Compensation Committee in its sole and absolute
5. Customary Employee Benefits. Executive will be eligible for all customary and
usual employee benefits generally available to executives of the Company including, without
limitation, the Companys group medical, dental, disability, life insurance and flexible spending
arrangements, subject to the terms and conditions of the Companys benefit plan documents. The
Company reserves the right to change or eliminate its employee benefits on a prospective basis, at
any time, effective upon notice to Executive.
6. Business Expenses. Executive will be reimbursed for all reasonable, out-of-pocket
business expenses incurred in the performance of Executives duties on behalf of the Company. To
obtain reimbursement, expenses must be submitted promptly with appropriate supporting documentation
and will be reimbursed in accordance with the Companys policies. Any reimbursement Executive is
entitled to receive shall (a) be paid no later than the last day of Executives tax year following
the tax year in which the expense was incurred, (b) not be affected by any other expenses that are
eligible for reimbursement in any tax year and (c) not be subject to liquidation or exchange for
7. Termination of Executives Employment.
7.1 Termination for Cause by the Company. Although the Company anticipates a mutually
rewarding employment relationship with Executive, the Company may terminate Executives employment
immediately at any time for Cause. For purposes of this Agreement, Cause is defined as: (a)
Executives repeated failure to satisfactorily perform Executives job duties; (b) Executives
refusal or failure to follow lawful directions of the Board of Directors; (c) Executives
conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude; or (d) Executive engaging or in any manner
participating in any activity which is directly competitive or injurious to the Company. In the
event Executives employment is terminated in accordance with this subsection 7.1, Executive shall
be entitled to receive only Executives Base Salary then in effect, prorated to the date of
termination and all benefits accrued through the date of termination (the Accrued Benefits). All
other Company obligations to Executive pursuant to this Agreement will become automatically
terminated and completely extinguished. Executive will not be entitled to receive any severance
benefits described in this section 7.
7.2 Termination Without Cause by the Company/Severance. The Company may terminate
Executives employment under this Agreement without Cause at any time on thirty (30) days advance
written notice to Executive. In the event of such termination, Executive will receive Executives
Base Salary then in effect, prorated to the date of termination, and Accrued Benefits. Subject to
the provisions set forth in section 13 relating to compliance with Section 409A of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), Executive will receive a Severance Package that
shall include (a) a Severance Payment equivalent to twenty-four (24) months of Executives Base
Salary in effect on the date of termination, plus two
(2) times Executives Target Bonus, payable in a lump sum beginning on the first regular
payday occurring forty-five (45) days following the termination date; (b) payment by the Company of
the premiums required to continue Executives group health care coverage for a period of
twenty-four (24) months following Executives termination, provided Executive does not become
eligible for health coverage through another employer during this period; (c) in addition to the
Severance Payments, a pro-rated bonus for the year of termination based on actual performance
results versus the bonus plan goals (and based on the actual bonus funding under the bonus formula
in effect), which shall be payable in accordance with the normal pay period for such bonus (i.e.,
after the performance period is complete); and (d) all equity awards with only time-based vesting
shall vest to the extent the awards are scheduled to vest within twenty four (24) months of the
termination. Accelerated vesting, if any, applicable to equity awards with performance based
vesting shall be governed by the terms of the applicable equity award agreement.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Executives employment is terminated by the Company
without Cause in connection with (or during the twenty-four (24) month period following) a Change
of Control (as defined below), then the Severance Package shall be calculated as set forth in (a)
and (b) above, and the bonus for the year of termination shall be based on the pro-rata Target
Bonus for the period of time worked. Accelerated vesting of equity awards, if any, relating to a
termination without Cause following (or in connection with) a Change of Control shall be governed
by subsection 7.6(a) below. The Severance Package, if any, payable following (or in connection
with) a Change of Control shall be paid in accordance with the same time periods provided above
(subject to the provisions of section 13), except that if the Change of Control also constitutes a
change in ownership or effective control of the
Company or a change in the ownership of a substantial portion of the assets of the
Company within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, then the portion of the Severance Package
consisting of the payment of Executives pro-rata Target Bonus shall be paid at the same time as
the Severance Payment.
Executive will only receive a Severance Package if Executive: (i) complies with all surviving
provisions of this Agreement as specified in subsection 14.8 below; and (ii) executes a full
general release in a form acceptable to the Company, releasing all claims, known or unknown, that
Executive may have against the Company arising out of or any way related to Executives employment
or termination of employment with the Company, and such release has become effective in accordance
with its terms prior to the forty-fifth (45th) day following the termination date. Any Severance
Package shall also be subject to: (i) recoupment for a violation of Sections 9-11 of this
Agreement; and (ii) the terms of any Dodd-Frank compliant recoupment policy adopted by the Company.
Except as described above, all other Company obligations to Executive will be automatically
terminated and completely extinguished.
7.3 Voluntary Resignation by Executive for Good Reason/Severance. Executive may
voluntarily resign Executives position with the Company for Good Reason, at any time on thirty
(30) days advance written notice. In the event of Executives resignation for Good Reason,
Executive will be entitled to receive Executives Base Salary then in effect, prorated to the date
of termination, Accrued Benefits, and the Severance Package described in subsection 7.2 above as if
Executive were terminated by the Company without cause; provided Executive complies with all of the
conditions in the last paragraph of subsection 7.2 above. All
other Company obligations to Executive pursuant to this Agreement will become automatically
terminated and completely extinguished. Executive will be deemed to have resigned for Good
Reason if Executive voluntarily terminates Executives employment with the Company within sixty
(60) days after the occurrence of one or more of the following circumstances: (a) a material
reduction in Base Salary or Target Bonus (as a percentage of Base Salary), or a material reduction
in core benefits; (b) a material diminution of Executives overall duties, authority or scope of
responsibility (provided, however, that separation of the Chair of the Board of Directors from
Executives other duties shall not constitute Good Reason if it is legally required); or (c) the
Company relocates Executives principal place of work (the Companys headquarters) by more than
thirty (30) miles, without Executives prior written approval; provided, however, that the Company
has been provided with written notice of the circumstance and twenty (20) days from receipt of
written notice in which to cure such circumstance.
7.4 Termination Upon Death or Disability. In the event Executives employment is
terminated due to death or Disability, Executive, or Executives estate, as applicable, will be
entitled to receive Executives Base Salary then in effect, prorated to the date of termination,
Accrued Benefits, and the Severance Package described in subsection 7.2 above as if Executive were
terminated by the Company without cause; provided Executive complies with all of the conditions in
the last paragraph of subsection 7.2 above. However, if the Company maintains a term life
insurance that pays equivalent value as the cash compensation portion of the Severance Package in
7.2, then the Company shall not be liable for the cash portion of the payment upon the executives
death. And, if the Company maintains disability insurance providing for a cash payment or cash
payment stream with equivalent present value as the cash portion of the Severance Package (using
reasonable risk free investment rate
assumptions), then the Companys obligation to pay the cash
severance package shall be satisfied. In the event that third-party insurance does not satisfy the cash compensation
obligations of the Severance Package, then the Company shall only be liable for the difference
between the gross insurance payment proceeds and the full amount of the cash portion of the
Severance Package. For this purpose, Disability means the Executive is unable to perform the
essential functions of his position by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental
condition which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous
period of not less than twelve (12) months. The Board shall have the discretion to replace the
value of the benefits described in this Section 7.4 with an insurance policy that would pay
substantially equivalent sums in the event of Executives death or Disability.
7.5 Voluntary Resignation by Executive Without Good Reason. Executive may voluntarily
resign Executives position with the Company without Good Reason, at any time on thirty (30) days
advance written notice. In the event of Executives resignation without Good Reason, Executive
will be entitled to receive only Executives Base Salary and benefits for the thirty-day notice
period and no other amount. All other Company obligations to Executive pursuant to this Agreement
will become automatically terminated and completely extinguished. In addition, Executive will not
be entitled to receive any severance benefits described in this section 7.
7.6 Change of Control Provisions.
(a) Equity Awards. Following the consummation of a Change of Control (as that term is
defined below), all unvested equity awards with only time based vesting conditions shall become
fifty percent (50%) vested effective upon the consummation of the
Change of Control. The remainder
of such equity awards shall vest in equal monthly installments over the twelve (12) month period following the consummation of the Change of
Control; provided that if a termination of employment occurs which gives rise to the payment of a
Severance Package, then such awards shall become fully vested. Accelerated vesting, if any,
applicable to equity awards with performance based vesting shall be governed by the terms of the
applicable equity award agreement.
(b) Severance Package. If Executives employment is terminated (i) by the Company in
connection with or within twenty-four (24) months after a Change of Control, other than for Cause
(as defined in subsection 7.1 above); (ii) by the Executive for Good Reason (as defined in
subsection 7.3 above); or (iii) as a result of Executives death or Disability, Executive shall be
entitled to receive the Severance Package described in subsection 7.2 above, as modified by the
second paragraph of that subsection and subsection 7.6(a) above. To receive a Severance Package
under these circumstances, Executive must comply with all of the conditions in the last paragraph
of subsection 7.2 above. All other Company obligations to Executive pursuant to this Agreement
will become automatically terminated and completely extinguished.
(c) Section 280G of the Code. In the event that any payment or benefit received or to
be received by Executive pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise (collectively, the Payments)
would result in a parachute payment as described in section 280G of the Code, notwithstanding the
other provisions of this Agreement, the amount of such Payments will not exceed the amount which
produces the greatest after-tax benefit to Executive. In the event that the Payments are to be
reduced, such reductions will first be made from cash
payments in reverse chronological order and
then the cancellation of the acceleration of vesting on equity awards in reverse chronological order from the date the awards would have vested
under their original terms. The foregoing determination will be made by an accounting firm of
national standing reasonably selected by the Company, which shall provide detailed supporting
calculations to both the Company and Executive.
(d) Change of Control. For purposes of this Agreement, a Change of Control is defined
as a Fundamental Transaction (as that term is defined in the 2004 EIP) as well as any of the
(i) Any person (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act)), other than a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities of
the Company under an employee benefit plan of the Company, acquires securities holding thirty
percent (30%) or more of the total combined voting power or value of the Company; or
(ii) As a result of or in connection with a contested election of the Companys members of its
Board of Directors, the persons who were the Company Directors immediately before the election
cease to constitute a majority of the Board of Directors.
8. No Conflict of Interest. During the term of Executives employment with the
Company, Executive must not engage in any work, paid or unpaid, or other activities that create a
conflict of interest which materially and substantially disrupt the operations of the Company.
Such work and/or activities shall include, but is not limited to, directly or indirectly competing
with the Company in any way, or acting as an officer, director, employee, consultant,
volunteer, lender, or agent of any business enterprise of the same nature as, or which is in direct competition with, the business in which the Company is now engaged or in
which the Company becomes engaged during the term of Executives employment with the Company.
9. Confidentiality and Proprietary Rights. As a condition of continuing employment,
Executive agrees to continue to abide by the Companys Proprietary Information and Inventions
Agreement executed by Executive on August 2, 1999, which is provided with this Agreement and
incorporated herein by reference.
10. Non-Disparagement. Executive agrees that during the term of this Agreement and
for a period of two (2) years after termination of this Agreement, Executive will not make any
voluntary statements, written or oral, or cause or encourage others to make any such statements
that defame, disparage or in any way criticize the personal and/or business reputations, practices
or conduct of the Company.
11. Nonsolicitation of the Companys Employees. Executive agrees that during the term
of this Agreement and for a period of two (2) years after the termination of this Agreement, in
addition to the obligations imposed under the Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement
described above, Executive will not, either directly or indirectly, separately or in association
with others, interfere with, impair, disrupt or damage the Companys business by soliciting,
encouraging or recruiting any of the Companys employees or causing others to solicit or encourage
any of the Companys employees to discontinue their employment with the Company.
12. Injunctive Relief. Executive acknowledges that Executives breach of the
covenants contained in sections 8-11 would cause irreparable injury to the Company and agrees that
in the event of any such breach, the Company shall be entitled to seek temporary, preliminary and
permanent injunctive relief.
13. Application of Section 409A.
13.1 Notwithstanding anything set forth in this Agreement to the contrary, no amount payable
pursuant to this Agreement which constitutes a deferral of compensation within the meaning of
Section 409A of the Code and the regulations and guidance promulgated thereunder (collectively, the
Section 409A Regulations) shall be paid unless and until Executive has incurred a separation
from service within the meaning of the Section 409A Regulations. Furthermore, to the extent that
Executive is a specified employee within the meaning of the Section 409A Regulations as of the
date of Executives separation from service, no amount that constitutes a deferral of compensation
which is payable on account of Executives separation from service shall be paid to Executive
before the date (the Delayed Payment Date) which is the first day of the seventh month after the
date of Executives separation from service or, if earlier, the date of Executives death following
such separation from service. All such amounts that would, but for this subsection 13.1, become
payable prior to the Delayed Payment Date will be accumulated and paid on the Delayed Payment Date.
13.2 The Company intends that income provided to Executive pursuant to this Agreement will not
be subject to taxation under Section 409A of the Code. If an amount or benefit is payable under
this Agreement in lieu of a right to an amount or benefit under any arrangement, to the extent the
rights under such arrangement are subject to (and not exempt
from) Section 409A of the Code, then the payments and benefits provided through this Agreement
shall be made at the same time and in the same form as under such arrangement to the extent
required to avoid a violation of Section 409A of the Code. The provisions of this Agreement shall
be interpreted and construed in favor of satisfying any applicable requirements of Section 409A of
the Code. However, the Company does not guarantee any particular tax effect for income provided to
Executive pursuant to this Agreement. In any event, except for the Companys responsibility to
withhold applicable income and employment taxes from compensation paid or provided to Executive,
the Company shall not be responsible for the payment of any applicable taxes on compensation paid
or provided to Executive pursuant to this Agreement.
13.3 For purposes of Section 409A of the Code, the right to a series of installment
payments under this Agreement shall be treated as a right to a series of separate payments.
13.4 Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the reimbursement of expenses or
in-kind benefits provided pursuant to this Agreement shall be subject to the following conditions:
(a) the expenses eligible for reimbursement or in-kind benefits in one taxable year shall not
affect the expenses eligible for reimbursement or in-kind benefits in any other taxable year; (b)
the reimbursement of eligible expenses or in-kind benefits shall be made promptly, subject to
Companys applicable policies, but in no event later than the end of the year after the year in
which such expense was incurred; and (c) the right to reimbursement or in-kind benefits shall not
be subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit.
14. General Provisions.
14.1 Successors and Assigns. The rights and obligations of the Company under this
Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and shall be binding upon the successors and assigns of the
Company. Executive shall not be entitled to assign any of Executives rights or obligations under
14.2 Waiver. Either partys failure to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall
not in any way be construed as a waiver of any such provision, or prevent that party thereafter
from enforcing each and every other provision of this Agreement.
14.3 Attorneys Fees. Each side will bear its own attorneys fees in any dispute
unless a statutory section at issue, if any, authorizes the award of attorneys fees to the
prevailing party. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of any dispute, the Company shall
pay Executives reasonable legal fees upfront with no recoupment if Executive prevails on at least
one (1) material claim or defense. If Executive does not prevail on at least one (1) material
claim or defense, the Company may recoup any fees paid by the Company on behalf of Executive.
14.4 Severability. In the event any provision of this Agreement is found to be
unenforceable by an arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction, such provision shall be deemed
modified to the extent necessary to allow enforceability of the provision as so limited, it being
intended that the parties shall receive the benefit contemplated herein to the fullest extent
permitted by law. If a deemed modification is not satisfactory in the judgment of such arbitrator
or court, the unenforceable provision shall be deemed deleted, and the validity and enforceability
of the remaining provisions shall not be affected thereby.
14.5 Interpretation; Construction. The headings set forth in this Agreement are for
convenience only and shall not be used in interpreting this Agreement. This Agreement has been
drafted by legal counsel representing the Company, but Executive has participated in the
negotiation of its terms. Furthermore, Executive acknowledges that Executive has had an
opportunity to review and revise the Agreement and have it reviewed by legal counsel, if desired,
and, therefore, the normal rule of construction to the effect that any ambiguities are to be
resolved against the drafting party shall not be employed in the interpretation of this Agreement.
14.6 Governing Law. This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance
with the laws of the United States and the State of California. Each party consents to the
jurisdiction and venue of the state or federal courts in San Diego, California, if applicable, in
any action, suit, or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement.
14.7 Notices. Any notice required or permitted by this Agreement shall be in writing
and shall be delivered as follows with notice deemed given as indicated: (a) by personal delivery
when delivered personally; (b) by overnight courier upon written verification of receipt; (c) by
telecopy or facsimile transmission upon acknowledgment of receipt of electronic transmission; or
(d) by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, upon verification of receipt.
Notice shall be sent to the addresses set forth below, or such other address as either party may
specify in writing.
14.8 Survival. Sections 8 (No Conflict of Interest), 9 (the Confidentiality and
Proprietary Rights), 10 (Non-Disparagement), 11 (Nonsolicitation), 12 (Injunctive Relief),
13 (General Provisions) and 14 (Entire Agreement) of this Agreement shall survive Executives
employment by the Company.
15. Entire Agreement. This Agreement, including the Proprietary Information and
Inventors Agreement incorporated herein by reference and the 2004 EIP and related option documents
described in subsection 4.3 of this Agreement, constitutes the entire agreement between the parties
relating to this subject matter and supersedes all prior or simultaneous representations,
discussions, negotiations, and agreements, whether written or oral. This agreement may be amended
or modified only with the written consent of Executive and the Board of Directors of the Company.
No oral waiver, amendment or modification will be effective under any circumstances whatsoever.
THE PARTIES TO THIS AGREEMENT HAVE READ THE FOREGOING AGREEMENT AND FULLY UNDERSTAND EACH AND EVERY
PROVISION CONTAINED HEREIN. WHEREFORE, THE PARTIES HAVE EXECUTED THIS AGREEMENT ON THE DATES SHOWN
||ALEXIS V. LUKIANOV
||/s/ Alexis V. Lukianov
||/s/ Eileen M. More
||Eileen M. More
||Chairperson, Compensation Committee of
the Board of Directors of NuVasive, Inc.