KeyW Corporation
KEYW HOLDING CORP (Form: 8-K, Received: 05/15/2017 17:12:25)

  

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 9, 2017

 

THE KEYW HOLDING CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Maryland

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation)

 

001-34891

(Commission File Number)

 

27-1594952

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

7740 Milestone Parkway, Suite 400

Hanover, Maryland 21076

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

 

(443) 733-1600

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

 

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions ( see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

 

 

  

Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

The information provided in Item 5.02 below regarding the Sutton Employment Agreement is incorporated by reference.

 

Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

 

On May 10, 2017, The KEYW Holding Corporation (the “Company”) announced that Mark A. Willard, Chief Operating Officer, and Kimberly J. DeChello, Chief Administrative Officer, would be stepping down from their positions and transitioning to a part-time on-call (“PTOC”) status effective June 1, 2017. Both Mr. Willard and Ms. DeChello are expected to remain in a PTOC status for a period of three years and will serve as strategic advisors to the Chief Executive Officer.

 

In connection with Mr. Willard’s departure, The KeyW Corporation (“KeyW”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, and Mr. Willard have entered into a transition agreement effective May 31, 2017 (the “Willard Agreement”). Pursuant to the Willard Agreement, Mr. Willard will receive: (i) $1,433,500.00 in cash, of which 50% will be paid on or before June 15, 2017, and the remaining 50% will be paid on May 31, 2018; and (ii) 35,000 shares of common stock of the Company, which will vest in equal increments on each of the first, second and third anniversary of the effective date of Mr. Willard’s PTOC commencement date, subject to certain conditions set forth in the Willard Agreement. In addition, subject to certain conditions set forth in the Willard Agreement, (i) options to purchase common stock granted to Mr. Willard on October 16, 2009, February 8, 2012, and August 15, 2012 will remain exercisable for a period of three years from the effective date of the Willard Agreement and (ii) subject to certain conditions set forth in the Willard Agreement, any restricted stock held by Mr. Willard prior to May 31, 2017 will continue to vest in accordance with its terms. The Willard Agreement also includes (i) a customary release of the Company and its affiliates, and (ii) customary non-competition restrictions and employee and customer non-solicitation restrictions, for a period of two (2) years from May 31, 2017, or for such time that Mr. Willard remains on PTOC status, whichever is longer.

 

In connection with Ms. DeChello’s departure, KeyW and Ms. DeChello have entered into transition agreement effective May 31, 2017 (the “DeChello Agreement”). Pursuant to the DeChello Agreement, Ms. DeChello will receive: (i) $972,000.00 in cash, of which 50% will be paid on or before June 15, 2017, and the remaining 50% will be paid on March 15, 2018; and (ii) 33,333 shares of common stock of the Company, which will vest in equal increments on each of the first, second and third anniversary of the effective date of Ms. DeChello’s PTOC commencement date, subject to certain conditions set forth in the DeChello Agreement. In addition, subject to certain conditions set forth in the DeChello Agreement, (i) options to purchase common stock granted to Ms. DeChello on October 16, 2009 and February 8, 2012 shall remain exercisable for a period of three years from the effective date of the DeChello Agreement and (ii) any restricted stock held by Ms. DeChello prior to May 31, 2017 will continue to vest in accordance with its terms. The DeChello Agreement also includes (i) a customary release of the Company and its affiliates, (ii) customary non-competition restrictions for a period of two (2) years from May 31, 2017, and (iii) customary employee and customer non-solicitation restrictions, for a period of two (2) years from May 31, 2017, or for such time that Ms. DeChello remains on PTOC status, whichever is longer.

 

The foregoing description of Ms. DeChello and Mr. Willard’s transition agreements is qualified in its entirety by reference to the DeChello Agreement and the Willard Agreement filed as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2, respectively, to this Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.

 

The Company also announced on May 10, 2017, the appointment of John Sutton as Chief Operating Officer effective May 15, 2017.

 

With more than 30 years of corporate management experience, Mr. Sutton, 58 years old, served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for QinetiQ North America (“QinetiQ”) from April 2011 until November 2011, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Mission Solutions Group of QinetiQ from November 2011 until December 2014, and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Civilian and Defense Group of Vencore, Inc. from January 2015 until December 2016.

 

 

 

  

In connection with Mr. Sutton’s appointment, KeyW entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Sutton, dated May 9, 2017 (the “Sutton Employment Agreement”). Under the terms of the Sutton Employment Agreement, Mr. Sutton will receive the following compensation in connection with his service as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of the Company: (i) annual base salary of $370,000.00; (ii) an annual cash bonus of up to 75% of his annual base salary, subject to the achievement of performance targets and other criteria as set forth in the Company’s Annual Incentive Plan (“AIP”), which may be adjusted by the Board of Directors of the Company from time to time; and (iii) other benefits including, but not limited to, personal time off, health insurance and officers and directors liability insurance coverage.

 

Additionally, the Sutton Employment Agreement provides for grants to Mr. Sutton of inducement equity awards outside of the Company’s Amended and Restated 2013 Stock Incentive Plan in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4). Such inducement grants are issuable upon the commencement of Mr. Sutton’s employment, and consist of up to an aggregate of 200,000 shares of the Company’s common stock as a long-term incentive inducement that will be granted during the five year period following commencement of Mr. Sutton’s employment, in the amounts set forth below, provided the Company’s stock price exceeds the applicable target share prices set forth below for at least 30 consecutive trading days:

 

Target Price Per Share     Long-Term Incentive Shares  
         
$ 13.00       25,000  
             
$ 16.00       25,000  
             
$ 20.00       50,000  
             
$ 25.00       50,000  
             
$ 30.00       50,000  

 

The granting and vesting of the inducement shares will be contingent upon Mr. Sutton’s continued employment with the Company, subject to acceleration upon certain events.

 

If Mr. Sutton’s employment is terminated without cause, for disability or if he terminates his employment for good reason (each as defined in the Sutton Employment Agreement), Mr. Sutton will be entitled to (i) severance equal to one times his then current base salary plus the product of 75% of his then current base salary multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days that have elapsed between the first day of such calendar year and the termination date and the denominator of which is 365, such payments payable in equal installments over the period of one year provided that Mr. Sutton signs and does not revoke a general release of the Company and its affiliates; (ii) certain unpaid and/or pro-rated bonuses and incentive plan payments; and (iii) reimbursement of health and dental insurance premiums for the lesser of the maximum COBRA period or 12 months following the termination date.

 

The Sutton Employment Agreement also provides that if within one year following a change of control (as defined in the Sutton Employment Agreement), Mr. Sutton’s employment is terminated without cause or if he terminates his employment for good reason, then Mr. Sutton will be entitled to receive (i) his then current base salary for a period of 12 months, payable in equal installments and in accordance with the Company’s normal payroll practices; (ii) an amount equal to the maximum AIP bonus available to Mr. Sutton for the year in which the termination occurs; and (iii) reimbursement of health and dental insurance premiums for the lesser of the maximum COBRA period or 12 months following the termination date. In the event of a change of control, any stock options Mr. Sutton holds will remain exercisable for one year following termination (unless such options have been terminated or been cashed out in connection with the change of control) and any outstanding equity awards shall vest on the earlier of the one year anniversary of the date of the change of control or the date of termination of Mr. Sutton’s employment without cause within one year of the date of the change of control. The Sutton Employment Agreement also contains customary non-competition restrictions and employee and customer non-solicitation restrictions that extend for a one year period following termination of Mr. Sutton’s employment, as well as customary confidentiality restrictions.

 

The foregoing description of the Sutton Employment Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Sutton Employment Agreement filed as Exhibit 10.3 to this Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

 

  

There are no family relationships between Mr. Sutton and any director or executive officer of the Company and there are no transactions between Mr. Sutton and the Company that would be reportable under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

 

Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

 

The Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of The KeyW Holding Corporation (“KeyW” or the “Company”) was held on May 10, 2017. Of the 49,496,577 shares of common stock eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting, 42,346,477 shares were represented in person or by proxy, representing approximately 85.55% of the outstanding shares. At the Meeting, the stockholders voted on the following four proposals and cast their votes as follows:

 

1. Election of Directors.

 

NOMINEE   FOR     AGAINST     ABSTAIN     BROKER NON-
VOTES
 
Deborah Bonanni     36,196,440       296,232       8,927       5,844,878  
William Campbell     36,189,279       302,792       9,528       5,844,878  
Shephard Hill     36,150,705       302,954       47,940       5,844,878  
Chris Inglis     36,192,181       300,528       8,890       5,844,878  
Kenneth Minihan     36,186,763       305,912       8,924       5,844,878  
Arthur Money     36,183,395       308,792       9,412       5,844,878  
Caroline Pisano     36,193,746       298,676       9,177       5,844,878  
Mark Sopp     36,152,635       301,024       47,940       5,844,878  
William Weber     36,196,228       300,396       4,975       5,844,878  

 

2. Ratification of the Appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2017.

 

FOR     AGAINST     ABSTAINED     BROKER NON-VOTES  
  42,262,566       74,954       8,957       0  

 

3. Approval, on a Non-Binding Advisory Basis, the Compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers.

 

FOR     AGAINST     ABSTAINED     BROKER NON-VOTES  
  32,838,865       3,622,880       39,854       5,844,878  

 

 

 

  

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

Exhibit
Number
  Description
     
10.1   Transition Agreement, dated May 9, 2017, between The KeyW Corporation and Kim DeChello.
10.2   Transition Agreement, dated May 9, 2017, between The KeyW Corporation and Mark Willard.
10.3   Employment Agreement, dated May 9, 2017, between The KeyW Corporation and John Sutton.
99.1   Press Release, dated May 10, 2017, announcing the departure of Mark Willard, Chief Operating Officer, and Kim DeChello, Chief Administrative Officer; and the appointment of John Sutton as Chief Operating Officer and Marion Ruzecki as Chief People Officer.

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  THE KEYW HOLDING CORPORATION
  (Registrant)
   
  /s/ Philip Luci, Jr.
DATE: May 15, 2017 Name: Philip Luci, Jr.
  Title: Executive Vice President and General Counsel

 

 

 

  

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit
Number
  Description
     
10.1   Transition Agreement, dated May 9, 2017, between The KeyW Corporation and Kim DeChello.
10.2   Transition Agreement, dated May 9, 2017, between The KeyW Corporation and Mark Willard.
10.3   Employment Agreement, dated May 9, 2017, between The KeyW Corporation and John Sutton.
99.1   Press Release, dated May 10, 2017, announcing the departure of Mark Willard, Chief Operating Officer, and Kim DeChello, Chief Administrative Officer; and the appointment of John Sutton as Chief Operating Officer and Marion Ruzecki as Chief People Officer.

 

 

 

Exhibit 10.1

 

TRANSITION AGREEMENT

 

THIS TRANSITION AGREEMENT (this “ Agreement ”) is entered into as of May_____, 2017, between The KeyW Corporation, a Maryland corporation, including all entities now or hereafter controlling, controlled by or under common control with The KEYW Corporation, including but not limited to The KEYW Holding Corporation, The KEYW Corporation and all direct and indirect subsidiaries of each such entity (the “ Company ”) and Kimberly J. DeChello (“ Executive ”) (individually a “ Party ” and together the “ Parties ”).

 

WHEREAS, as consideration for Executive’s signing of this Agreement, the Company will provide Executive the Severance (as defined herein); and

 

WHEREAS, the Company recognizes Executive’s value to the Company and acknowledges that Executive’s services will play an integral role in the Company’s growth strategy, and therefore the Company shall retain the Executive to serve as a special advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of the Company in a Part-Time-On-Call (“ PTOC ”) status, in accordance with the Company’s standard policies, for three (3) years from the PTOC Commencement Date (as defined below); and

 

WHEREAS, Executive and the Company intend that this Agreement shall be in full satisfaction of any obligations described in this Agreement owed to the Executive by the Company.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained, the Company and Executive agree as follows:

 

1.            Employment .

 

(a)          Executive’s employment with the Company shall be terminated as May 31, 2017 (the “ Effective Date ”).

 

(b)          Thereafter, on June 1, 2017, Executive shall be hired by the Company as a Part-Time-On-Call (“ PTOC ”) employee (the “ PTOC Commencement Date ”), in accordance with the Company’s standard policies, and shall remain on such PTOC status for a period ending three (3) years from the PTOC Commencement Date.

 

2.            Severance .          In consideration of Executive’s signing of this Agreement, the Company shall provide the below severance payments, equity, and benefits (collectively referred to herein as the “ Severance ”). In exchange for Executive’s execution of this Release, the Company shall:

 

(a)          pay to Executive an amount equal to Nine Hundred Seventy-Two Thousand Dollars ($972,000.00), such sum to be paid fifty percent (50%) within fifteen (15) days after the Effective Date of this Agreement and fifty percent (50%) on March 15, 2018; and

 

(b)          in consideration for Executive accepting PTOC employment, pursuant to Section 1(b) of this Agreement, grant, the Executive, within thirty (30) days after the PTOC Commencement Date, Thirty Three Thousand Three Hundred and Thirty-Three (33,333) shares of common stock in The KeyW Holding Corporation, which such common stock shall be subject to the vesting requirements and schedule provided in Section 4(a) of this Agreement; and

 

 

 

 

(c)          provided the Executive remains on PTOC status, and subject to the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement, Executive shall be eligible to participate in the Company’s then-current medical, dental and vision insurance plans for three (3) years from the Effective Date; provided, however that, subject to any overriding laws, the Company shall not be required to reimburse Executive for medical, dental or vision insurance premiums if Executive is actually covered or becomes covered by an equivalent benefit (at the same or lesser cost to Executive, if any) from another source, and Executive shall be obligated to inform Company of any such benefit made available to Executive.

 

3.            Options.

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or any non-qualified stock option agreements, all outstanding options granted to the Executive on October 16, 2009 and February 8, 2012 shall remain exercisable for a period of three (3) years from the Effective Date.

 

4.            Stock .

 

(a)          Provided the Executive remains on PTOC status with the Company, the shares granted to Executive pursuant to Section 2(b) of this Agreement shall vest as follows:

 

Shares   Vesting Date
     
11,111   First anniversary of the PTOC Commencement Date
     
11,111   Second anniversary of the PTOC Commencement Date
     
11,111   Third anniversary of the PTOC Commencement Date

 

(b)          Provided the Executive remains on PTOC status with the Company, any restricted stock held by the Executive as of the Effective Date shall vest in accordance with the terms of the applicable Restricted Stock Award Agreements.

 

(c)          Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in the event the Company terminates Executive from PTOC status without cause or in the event of a Change of Control (as defined below), the shares granted to Executive pursuant to Section 2(b) shall immediately vest on the termination date or closing date of the transaction. For the purpose of this Section 4, “Change of Control” shall mean occurrence of any of (i) an acquisition after the Effective Date by an individual or legal entity or “group” (as described in Rule 13d-5(b)(1) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) of in excess of 50% of the voting securities of the Company, (ii) the dissolution or liquidation of the Company or a merger, consolidation, or reorganization of the Company with one or more other entities in which the Company is not the surviving entity, unless the holders of the Company’s voting securities immediately prior to such transaction continue to hold at least 51% of such securities following such transaction, (iii) the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company in one or a series of related transactions, or (iv) the “completion” or closing by the Company of an agreement to which the Company is a party or by which it is bound, providing for any of the events set forth above in clauses (i), (ii) or (iii).

 

5.            Death . In the event Executive’s PTOC status is terminated as a result of Executive’s death, the Company shall have no further obligations under this Agreement other than to:

 

 

 

 

(a)          pay to the Executive’s estate any amounts unpaid under Section 2(a) of this Agreement in a lump sum; and

 

(b)          accelerate the vesting of all outstanding restricted stock held by Executive as of the date of Executive’s death, including without limitation the shares granted pursuant to Section 2(b) of this Agreement, and release all such shares from any applicable sale restrictions and deposit same with Executive’s estate.

 

6.            Waiver and Release .

 

(a)          Executive, for himself, Executive’s spouse, heirs, administrators, children, representatives, executors, successors, assigns, and all other persons claiming through Executive, if any (collectively, “ Releasers ”), does hereby release, waive, and forever discharge the Company and each of its respective agents, subsidiaries, parents, affiliates, related organizations, and all of their employees, officers, directors, managers, attorneys, successors, and assigns (collectively, the “ Releasees ”) from, and does fully waive any obligations of Releasees to Releasers for, any and all liability, actions, charges, causes of action, demands, damages, or claims for relief, remuneration, sums of money, accounts or expenses (including attorneys’ fees and costs) of any kind whatsoever, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, or contingent or absolute, which heretofore through the date of this Agreement has been or may be suffered or sustained, directly or indirectly, by Releasers in consequence of, arising out of, or in any way relating to: (a) Executive’s employment with the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates; (b) the transition of Executive’s employment to PTOC status; (c) violation of any law including but not limited to federal, state or local statutes, or the common law of any jurisdiction; or (d) any events occurring on or prior to the date of this Agreement. Notwithstanding the above, this Agreement and waiver does not apply to: (i) any right to indemnification now existing under the Company’s governing documents or applicable law; (ii) any rights to the receipt of employee benefits which vested on or prior to the date of this Agreement; and (iii) the right to continuation coverage pursuant to COBRA.

 

(b)          Executive understands that by signing this Agreement, she is not waiving any claims or administrative charges which cannot be waived by law. She is waiving, however, any right to monetary recovery or individual relief should any federal, state or local agency (including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) pursue any claim on her behalf arising out of or related to her employment with and/or transition to PTOC status with the Company (except as prohibited by 17 C.F.R. § 240.21F, et seq. ).

 

(c)          Executive shall have twenty-one (21) calendar days to consider this Agreement and seven (7) calendar days from the date the Executive executes this Agreement to revoke the Executive’s waiver of any Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ ADEA ”) claims by providing written notice of the revocation to the Company. In the event of such revocation, the Executive acknowledges that the Company will not provide any Severance, and Executive will be terminated from PTOC status. Once signed, in the absence of revocation of this Agreement, the Agreement will become effective on the day following the seventh and final day of the revocation period.         

 

(d)          Except with regard to individual stock and option award agreements by and between the Company and Executive, the Company does hereby release, waive, and forever discharge the Executive from any and all liability, actions, charges, causes of action, demands, damages, or claims for relief, remuneration, sums of money, accounts or expenses (including attorneys’ fees and costs) of any kind whatsoever, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, or contingent or absolute, which heretofore through the date of this Agreement has been or may be suffered or sustained, directly or indirectly, by the Company.

 

 

 

 

7.            Non-Compete .          For a period of two (2) years from the Effective Date, Executive shall not, whether on Executive’s own account or for the account of another individual, partnership, firm, corporation or other entity (each, a “ Person ”), directly or indirectly: (i) compete with or be engaged in the same business as or (ii) be a consultant to, or a director, officer, employee, owner or partner of, any Person that is competitive with or engaged in the same Business (as defined herein), in either case in any geographic area in which the Business was carried on (or actively under consideration by the Company for entry into) during the twelve (12) months immediately prior to the termination of Executive’s employment. For the purposes of this Section 7, “ Business ” shall mean any business actively engaged in by the Company (or actively under consideration by the Company for entry into) during the twelve (12) months immediately prior to the termination of Executive’s employment, if Executive directly or indirectly (x) was involved in, (y) supervised or (z) had access to Confidential Information (as defined in Section 11 of this Agreement) relating to, such business. Executive’s passive ownership of less than 1% of the outstanding class of any equity securities of any publicly traded entity will not violate this Section 7. In the event of a conflict between any of the Company’s standard corporate policies and this Section 7 of this Agreement, this Section 7 shall control.

 

8.            Non-Solicitation of Employees .          For a period of two (2) years from the Effective Date or for such time that Executive remains on PTOC status, whichever is longer, Executive shall not, for Executive’s own account or for the account of any other person or entity, directly or indirectly: (i) recruit, solicit, offer to hire, induce or attempt to induce, encourage to terminate or otherwise adversely affect or interfere with the relationship between the Company and any person who was employed by, or otherwise engaged to perform services for, the Company or its affiliates within the twelve-month period prior to the Effective Date (a “ Covered Employee ”) for employment or retention as a consultant or service provider or (ii) hire a Covered Employee, participate in the process of hire of any Covered Employee, or permit the hire of any Covered Employee where such Covered Employee would report directly or indirectly to Executive, or provide names or other information about a Covered Employee to any Person under circumstances which could lead to the use of that information for the purposes of recruiting or hiring.

 

9.            Non-Solicitation of Customers or Suppliers .           For a period of two (2) years from the Effective Date or for such time that Executive remains on PTOC status, whichever is longer, Executive shall not, whether for Executive’s own account or for the account of any other Person, directly or indirectly: (i) induce or attempt to induce, solicit or encourage any person or entity who is, or was within the then-most recent 12-month period from the Effective Date, a customer, supplier, licensor or other business relation of the Company to cease doing business, or to reduce its relationship, with, the Company, or (ii) otherwise adversely affect or interfere with the relationship between the Company and any such person or entity.

 

10.          Non-Disparagement .          Each Party expressly agrees that, except to the extent required by law, neither Party will disclose or cause to be disclosed any negative, adverse or derogatory comments or information about the other Party, and will not make any such comments or provide such information to any customer of the Company, to any person associated with the media, to the general public, or to any other person or entity. Nothing in this Agreement prohibits a Party from reporting possible violations of federal laws or regulations to any governmental agency or entity, including but not limited to the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Congress, any Inspector General, or making other disclosures that are protected under the whistleblower provisions of federal law or regulation.

 

 

 

 

11.          Company Confidential Information .           Executive agrees that Executive will keep entirely secret and confidential, and shall not use or disclose to any person or entity, in any manner or for any purpose whatsoever, any information of the Company that is not available to the general public and/or not generally known outside the Company and to which Executive has had access during the course of Executive’s employment by the Company, including, without limitation, the Company's confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information and any information relating to: the Company's business or operations; its plans, strategies, prospects or objectives; its products, technology, processes or specifications; its research and development operations or plans; its customers and customer lists; its manufacturing, distribution, sales, service, support and marketing practices and operations; its financial conditions and results of operations; its pricing, pricing strategies and costs; its operational strengths and weaknesses; its personnel and compensation policies, procedures and transactions; its plans for any strategic exit and all information of third parties for which the Company has an obligation to maintain as confidential (collectively referred to herein as “ Confidential Information ”). Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event Executive is subpoenaed or ordered by a court, state or federal agency to disclose any Confidential Information, the Executive shall provide the Company with prompt written notice of any such requirement prior to disclosure so that the Company may seek a protective order or other appropriate remedy and/or waive compliance with the provisions of this Section 11. If, in the absence of a protective order or other remedy or the receipt of a waiver by the Company, the Executive is nonetheless legally required to disclose Confidential Information, the Executive may, without liability hereunder, disclose to such tribunal only that portion of Confidential Information which counsel advises Executive, in writing, that the Executive is legally required to disclose, provided that Executive shall use her best efforts to preserve the confidentiality of the Confidential Information, including without limitation, cooperation with the Company in its efforts to obtain a protective order.

 

12.          Return of Company Materials .          Within five (5) business days of the Effective Date of this Agreement, Executive will return to the Company: (i) all documents, data, material, details and copies thereof in any form (electronic or hard copy) and wherever located (including in personally owned computers, storage media or accounts) that are the property of the Company or were created using the Company's resources or during any hours worked for the Company, including, without limitation, any data referred to in Paragraphs 10 and 11 herein; and (ii) all other property belonging to the Company, including, without limitation, all computer equipment and associated passwords, property passes, keys, credit cards, business cards, and identification badges. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive shall be permitted to retain any such company material required to perform Executive’s required duties while under PTOC status. Upon the expiration of Executive’s PTOC status, Executive shall return all remaining company materials pursuant to this Section 12 of the Agreement.

 

13.          Acknowledgments . Executive is signing this Agreement knowingly and voluntarily. Executive acknowledges that:

 

(a)          Executive has executed this Agreement knowingly and voluntarily;

 

(b)          Executive has read and understands this Agreement in its entirety;

 

(c)          Executive has been advised and directed orally and in writing (and this subparagraph (c) constitutes such written direction) to seek legal counsel and any other advice Executive wishes with respect to the terms of this Agreement before executing it; and

 

(d)          Executive’s execution of this Agreement has not been forced by any employee, director, officer or agent of the Company.

 

 

 

 

14.          Injunctive Relief; Remedies . A breach of this Agreement by Executive will result in irreparable injury to the Company for which there is no adequate remedy at law, and it will not be possible to measure damages for such injuries precisely. Accordingly, in the event of such breach or threat thereof of the foregoing provisions, without limiting the legal or equitable remedies available to the Company, the Company shall be entitled to obtain from any court of competent jurisdiction a temporary restraining order or a preliminary or permanent injunction restraining Executive from engaging in activities prohibited by this Agreement or such other relief as may be required to specifically enforce this Agreement without the necessity of posting a bond or having to prove special damages.

 

15.          No Admission of Liability . Executive agrees that neither this Agreement, nor the furnishing of the consideration for this Agreement, shall be deemed or construed at any time to be an admission by the Company, any Releasees, or Executive of any improper or unlawful conduct.

 

16.          Entire Agreement . There are no other agreements of any nature between the Employer and Executive with respect to the matters discussed in this Agreement, except as expressly stated herein, and in signing this Agreement, Executive is not relying on any agreements or representations, except those expressly contained in this Agreement. Except for individual stock and option award agreements, all prior employment agreements and amendments to employment agreements, if any, are hereby rendered null and void.

 

17.          Modifications; Waivers . This Agreement may be amended or modified only by a written instrument executed by both the Company and the Executive. No delay or omission by the Company or Executive in exercising any right under this Agreement shall operate as a waiver of that or any other right. A waiver or consent given by the Company or Executive on any one occasion shall be effective only in that instance and shall not be construed as a bar or waiver of any right on any other occasion.

 

18.          Survival; Severability . The Parties agree that the above restrictions on competition are completely severable and independent agreements supported by good and valuable consideration and, as such, shall survive the termination of this Agreement for whatever reason. The Parties further agree that any invalidity or unenforceability of any one or more of such restrictions on competition shall not render invalid or unenforceable any remaining restrictions on competition. Additionally, should a court of competent jurisdiction determine that the scope of any provision of Sections 7, 8 or 9 is too broad to be enforced as written, the Parties intend that the court reform the provision to such narrower scope as it determines to be reasonable and enforceable. Executive acknowledges and agrees that the non-competition and non-solicitation provisions herein are expressly assignable to any successor of the Company or any other permitted assign of the Company.

 

19.          Governing Law; Venue . This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Maryland, excluding the choice of law rules thereof. The jurisdiction and venue for actions related to the subject matter hereof shall be the Maryland state and federal courts located in Maryland, and both parties hereby submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts.

 

20.          Headings . Section and subsection headings contained in this Agreement are inserted for the convenience of reference only. Section and subsection headings shall not be deemed to be a part of this Agreement for any purpose, and they shall not in any way define or affect the meaning, construction or scope of any of the provisions hereof.

 

 

 

 

21.          Reasonableness .           Executive understands that the nature of the Company’s business is highly competitive. Accordingly, the duration and scope applicable to the restrictions set forth in this Agreement are fair, reasonable and necessary.

 

22.          Attorneys’ Fees .           The prevailing party in any action to enforce this Agreement will be entitled to recover its attorneys’ fees and costs in connection with such action.         

 

23.          Counterparts . This Agreement may be executed by facsimile transmission (including by exchange of copies in pdf) in counterparts, each and all of which shall be deemed an original, and both of which together shall constitute but the same instrument.

 

24.          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 that it from time to time is required to withhold. The Company shall be entitled to rely on the opinion of counsel if any questions as to the amount or requirement of such withholding shall arise.

 

25.          BOTH PARTIES UNDERSTAND THAT THIS AGREEMENT INCLUDES A RELEASE OF ALL KNOWN AND UNKOWN CLAIMS.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the Effective Date.

 

  The KeyW Corporation
   
  By:  
  Name:  William J. Weber
  Title: President & Chief Executive Officer
   
  Executive:
   
  By:  
  Name:  Kimberly J. DeChello

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 10.2

 

TRANSITION AGREEMENT

 

THIS TRANSITION AGREEMENT (this “ Agreement ”) is entered into as of May_____, 2017, between The KeyW Corporation, a Maryland corporation, including all entities now or hereafter controlling, controlled by or under common control with The KEYW Corporation, including but not limited to The KEYW Holding Corporation, The KEYW Corporation and all direct and indirect subsidiaries of each such entity (the “ Company ”) and Mark A. Willard (“ Executive ”) (individually a “ Party ” and together the “ Parties ”).

 

WHEREAS, as consideration for Executive’s signing of this Agreement, the Company will provide Executive the Severance (as defined herein); and

 

WHEREAS, the Company recognizes Executive’s value to the Company and acknowledges that Executive’s services will play an integral role in the Company’s growth strategy, and therefore the Company shall retain the Executive to serve as a special advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of the Company in a Part-Time-On-Call (“ PTOC ”) status, in accordance with the Company’s standard policies, for three (3) years from the Effective Date of this Agreement; and

 

WHEREAS, Executive and the Company intend that this Agreement shall be in full satisfaction of any obligations described in this Agreement owed to the Executive by the Company.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained, the Company and Executive agree as follows:

 

1.            Employment .

 

(a)          Executive’s employment with the Company shall be terminated as of May 31, 2017 (the “ Effective Date ”).

 

(b)          Thereafter, on June 1, 2017, Executive shall be hired by the Company as a Part-Time-On-Call (“ PTOC ”) employee (the “ PTOC Commencement Date ”), in accordance with the Company’s standard policies, and shall remain on such PTOC status for a period ending three (3) years from the PTOC Commencement Date.

 

2.            Severance .          In consideration of Executive’s signing of this Agreement, the Company shall provide the below severance payments, equity, and benefits (collectively referred to herein as the “ Severance ”). In exchange for Executive’s execution of this Release, the Company shall:

 

(a)          pay to Executive an amount equal to One Million Four Hundred Thirty Three Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,433,500), such sum to be paid fifty percent (50%) within fifteen (15) days after the Effective Date of this Agreement and fifty percent (50%) on the first anniversary of the Effective Date; and

 

(b)          in consideration for Executive accepting PTOC employment, pursuant to Section 1(b) of this Agreement, grant, the Executive, within thirty (30) days after the PTOC Commencement Date, Thirty Five Thousand (35,000) shares of common stock in The KeyW Holding Corporation, which such common stock shall be subject to the vesting requirements and schedule provided in Section 4(a) of this Agreement; and

 

 

 

  

(c)          provided the Executive remains on PTOC status, and subject to the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement, Executive shall be eligible to participate in the Company’s then-current medical, dental and vision insurance plans for three (3) years from the Effective Date; provided, however that, subject to any overriding laws, the Company shall not be required to reimburse Executive for medical, dental or vision insurance premiums if Executive is actually covered or becomes covered by an equivalent benefit (at the same or lesser cost to Executive, if any) from another source, and Executive shall be obligated to inform Company of any such benefit made available to Executive.

 

3.            Options.

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or any non-qualified stock option agreements, all outstanding options granted to the Executive on October 16, 2009, February 8, 2012, and August 15, 2012 shall remain exercisable for a period of three (3) years from the Effective Date.

 

4.            Stock .

 

(a)          Provided the Executive remains on PTOC status with the Company, the shares granted to Executive pursuant to Section 2(b) of this Agreement shall vest as follows:

 

Shares   Vesting Date
     
11,666   First anniversary of PTOC Commencement Date
     
11,667   Second anniversary of PTOC Commencement Date
     
11,667   Third anniversary of PTOC Commencement Date

 

(b)          Provided the Executive remains on PTOC status with the Company, any restricted stock held by the Executive as of the Effective Date shall vest in accordance with the terms of the applicable Restricted Stock Award Agreements.

 

 

 

  

(c)          Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in the event the Company terminates Executive from PTOC status without cause or in the event of a Change of Control (as defined below), the shares granted to Executive pursuant to Section 2(b) shall immediately vest on the termination date or closing date of the transaction. For the purpose of this Section 4, “Change of Control” shall mean occurrence of any of (i) an acquisition after the Effective Date by an individual or legal entity or “group” (as described in Rule 13d-5(b)(1) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) of in excess of 50% of the voting securities of the Company, (ii) the dissolution or liquidation of the Company or a merger, consolidation, or reorganization of the Company with one or more other entities in which the Company is not the surviving entity, unless the holders of the Company’s voting securities immediately prior to such transaction continue to hold at least 51% of such securities following such transaction, (iii) the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company in one or a series of related transactions, or (iv) the “completion” or closing by the Company of an agreement to which the Company is a party or by which it is bound, providing for any of the events set forth above in clauses (i), (ii) or (iii).

 

5.            Death . In the event Executive’s PTOC status is terminated as a result of Executive’s death, the Company shall have no further obligations under this Agreement other than to:

 

(a)          pay to the Executive’s estate any amounts unpaid under Section 2(a) of this Agreement in a lump sum; and

 

(b)          accelerate the vesting of all outstanding restricted stock held by Executive as of the date of Executive’s death, including without limitation the shares granted pursuant to Section 2(b) of this Agreement, and release all such shares from any applicable sale restrictions and deposit same with Executive’s estate.

 

6.            Waiver and Release .

 

(a)          Executive, for himself, Executive’s spouse, heirs, administrators, children, representatives, executors, successors, assigns, and all other persons claiming through Executive, if any (collectively, “ Releasers ”), does hereby release, waive, and forever discharge the Company and each of its respective agents, subsidiaries, parents, affiliates, related organizations, and all of their employees, officers, directors, managers, attorneys, successors, and assigns (collectively, the “ Releasees ”) from, and does fully waive any obligations of Releasees to Releasers for, any and all liability, actions, charges, causes of action, demands, damages, or claims for relief, remuneration, sums of money, accounts or expenses (including attorneys’ fees and costs) of any kind whatsoever, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, or contingent or absolute, which heretofore through the date of this Agreement has been or may be suffered or sustained, directly or indirectly, by Releasers in consequence of, arising out of, or in any way relating to: (a) Executive’s employment with the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates; (b) the transition of Executive’s employment to PTOC status; (c) violation of any law including but not limited to federal, state or local statutes, or the common law of any jurisdiction; or (d) any events occurring on or prior to the date of this Agreement. Notwithstanding the above, this Agreement and waiver does not apply to: (i) any right to indemnification now existing under the Company’s governing documents or applicable law; (ii) any rights to the receipt of employee benefits which vested on or prior to the date of this Agreement; and (iii) the right to continuation coverage pursuant to COBRA.

 

(b)          Executive understands that by signing this Agreement, he is not waiving any claims or administrative charges which cannot be waived by law. He is waiving, however, any right to monetary recovery or individual relief should any federal, state or local agency (including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) pursue any claim on his behalf arising out of or related to his employment with and/or transition to PTOC status with the Company (except as prohibited by 17 C.F.R. § 240.21F, et seq. ).

 

 

 

  

(c)          Executive shall have twenty-one (21) calendar days to consider this Agreement and seven (7) calendar days from the date the Executive executes this Agreement to revoke the Executive’s waiver of any Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ ADEA ”) claims by providing written notice of the revocation to the Company. In the event of such revocation, the Executive acknowledges that the Company will not provide any Severance, and Executive will be terminated from PTOC status. Once signed, in the absence of revocation of this Agreement, the Agreement will become effective on the day following the seventh and final day of the revocation period.         

 

7.           Non-Compete .          For a period of two (2) years from the Effective Date or for such time that the Executive remains on PTOC status, whichever is longer, Executive shall not, whether on Executive’s own account or for the account of another individual, partnership, firm, corporation or other entity (each, a “ Person ”), directly or indirectly: (i) compete with or be engaged in the same business as or (ii) be a consultant to, or a director, officer, employee, owner or partner of, any Person that is competitive with or engaged in the same Business (as defined herein), in either case in any geographic area in which the Business was carried on (or actively under consideration by the Company for entry into) during the twelve (12) months immediately prior to the termination of Executive’s employment. For the purposes of this Section 7, “ Business ” shall mean any business actively engaged in by the Company (or actively under consideration by the Company for entry into) during the twelve (12) months immediately prior to the termination of Executive’s employment, if Executive directly or indirectly (x) was involved in, (y) supervised or (z) had access to Confidential Information (as defined in Section 11 of this Agreement) relating to, such business. Executive’s passive ownership of less than 1% of the outstanding class of any equity securities of any publicly traded entity will not violate this Section 7.

 

8.           Non-Solicitation of Employees .          For a period of two (2) years from the Effective Date or for such time that Executive remains on PTOC status, whichever is longer, Executive shall not, for Executive’s own account or for the account of any other person or entity, directly or indirectly: (i) recruit, solicit, offer to hire, induce or attempt to induce, encourage to terminate or otherwise adversely affect or interfere with the relationship between the Company and any person who was employed by, or otherwise engaged to perform services for, the Company or its affiliates within the twelve-month period prior to the Effective Date (a “ Covered Employee ”) for employment or retention as a consultant or service provider or (ii) hire a Covered Employee, participate in the process of hire of any Covered Employee, or permit the hire of any Covered Employee where such Covered Employee would report directly or indirectly to Executive, or provide names or other information about a Covered Employee to any Person under circumstances which could lead to the use of that information for the purposes of recruiting or hiring.

 

9.           Non-Solicitation of Customers or Suppliers .           For a period of two (2) years from the Effective Date or for such time that period Executive remains on PTOC status, whichever is longer, Executive shall not, whether for Executive’s own account or for the account of any other Person, directly or indirectly: (i) induce or attempt to induce, solicit or encourage any person or entity who is, or was within the then-most recent 12-month period from the Effective Date, a customer, supplier, licensor or other business relation of the Company to cease doing business, or to reduce its relationship, with, the Company, or (ii) otherwise adversely affect or interfere with the relationship between the Company and any such person or entity.

 

 

 

 

10.          Non-Disparagement .          Each Party expressly agrees that, except to the extent required by law, neither Party will disclose or cause to be disclosed any negative, adverse or derogatory comments or information about the other Party, and will not make any such comments or provide such information to any customer of the Company, to any person associated with the media, to the general public, or to any other person or entity. Nothing in this Agreement prohibits a Party from reporting possible violations of federal laws or regulations to any governmental agency or entity, including but not limited to the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Congress, any Inspector General, or making other disclosures that are protected under the whistleblower provisions of federal law or regulation.

 

11.          Company Confidential Information .           Executive agrees that Executive will keep entirely secret and confidential, and shall not use or disclose to any person or entity, in any manner or for any purpose whatsoever, any information of the Company that is not available to the general public and/or not generally known outside the Company and to which Executive has had access during the course of Executive’s employment by the Company, including, without limitation, the Company's confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information and any information relating to: the Company's business or operations; its plans, strategies, prospects or objectives; its products, technology, processes or specifications; its research and development operations or plans; its customers and customer lists; its manufacturing, distribution, sales, service, support and marketing practices and operations; its financial conditions and results of operations; its pricing, pricing strategies and costs; its operational strengths and weaknesses; its personnel and compensation policies, procedures and transactions; its plans for any strategic exit and all information of third parties for which the Company has an obligation to maintain as confidential (collectively referred to herein as “ Confidential Information ”).

 

12.          Return of Company Materials .          Within five (5) business days of the Effective Date of this Agreement, Executive will return to the Company: (i) all documents, data, material, details and copies thereof in any form (electronic or hard copy) and wherever located (including in personally owned computers, storage media or accounts) that are the property of the Company or were created using the Company's resources or during any hours worked for the Company, including, without limitation, any data referred to in Paragraphs 10 and 11 herein; and (ii) all other property belonging to the Company, including, without limitation, all computer equipment and associated passwords, property passes, keys, credit cards, business cards, and identification badges. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive shall be permitted to retain any such company material required to perform Executive’s required duties while under PTOC status. Upon the expiration of Executive’s PTOC status, Executive shall return all remaining company materials pursuant to this Section 12 of the Agreement.

 

13.          Acknowledgments . Executive is signing this Agreement knowingly and voluntarily. Executive acknowledges that:

 

(a)          Executive has executed this Agreement knowingly and voluntarily;

 

 

 

 

(b)          Executive has read and understands this Agreement in its entirety;

 

(c)          Executive has been advised and directed orally and in writing (and this subparagraph (c) constitutes such written direction) to seek legal counsel and any other advice Executive wishes with respect to the terms of this Agreement before executing it; and

 

(d)          Executive’s execution of this Agreement has not been forced by any employee, director, officer or agent of the Company.

 

14.          Injunctive Relief; Remedies . A breach of this Agreement by Executive will result in irreparable injury to the Company for which there is no adequate remedy at law, and it will not be possible to measure damages for such injuries precisely. Accordingly, in the event of such breach or threat thereof of the foregoing provisions, without limiting the legal or equitable remedies available to the Company, the Company shall be entitled to obtain from any court of competent jurisdiction a temporary restraining order or a preliminary or permanent injunction restraining Executive from engaging in activities prohibited by this Agreement or such other relief as may be required to specifically enforce this Agreement without the necessity of posting a bond or having to prove special damages.

 

15.          No Admission of Liability . Executive agrees that neither this Agreement, nor the furnishing of the consideration for this Agreement, shall be deemed or construed at any time to be an admission by the Company, any Releasees, or Executive of any improper or unlawful conduct.

 

16.          Entire Agreement . There are no other agreements of any nature between the Employer and Executive with respect to the matters discussed in this Agreement, except as expressly stated herein, and in signing this Agreement, Executive is not relying on any agreements or representations, except those expressly contained in this Agreement.

 

17.          Modifications; Waivers . This Agreement may be amended or modified only by a written instrument executed by both the Company and the Executive. No delay or omission by the Company or Executive in exercising any right under this Agreement shall operate as a waiver of that or any other right. A waiver or consent given by the Company or Executive on any one occasion shall be effective only in that instance and shall not be construed as a bar or waiver of any right on any other occasion.

 

18.          Survival; Severability . The Parties agree that the above restrictions on competition are completely severable and independent agreements supported by good and valuable consideration and, as such, shall survive the termination of this Agreement for whatever reason. The Parties further agree that any invalidity or unenforceability of any one or more of such restrictions on competition shall not render invalid or unenforceable any remaining restrictions on competition. Additionally, should a court of competent jurisdiction determine that the scope of any provision of Sections 7, 8 or 9 is too broad to be enforced as written, the Parties intend that the court reform the provision to such narrower scope as it determines to be reasonable and enforceable. Executive acknowledges and agrees that the non-competition and non-solicitation provisions herein are expressly assignable to any successor of the Company or any other permitted assign of the Company.

 

 

 

 

19.          Governing Law; Venue . This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Maryland, excluding the choice of law rules thereof. The jurisdiction and venue for actions related to the subject matter hereof shall be the Maryland state and federal courts located in Maryland, and both parties hereby submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts.

 

20.          Headings . Section and subsection headings contained in this Agreement are inserted for the convenience of reference only. Section and subsection headings shall not be deemed to be a part of this Agreement for any purpose, and they shall not in any way define or affect the meaning, construction or scope of any of the provisions hereof.

 

21.          Reasonableness .           Executive understands that the nature of the Company’s business is highly competitive. Accordingly, the duration and scope applicable to the restrictions set forth in this Agreement are fair, reasonable and necessary.

 

22.          Attorneys’ Fees .           The prevailing party in any action to enforce this Agreement will be entitled to recover its attorneys’ fees and costs in connection with such action.         

 

23.         Counterparts . This Agreement may be executed by facsimile transmission (including by exchange of copies in pdf) in counterparts, each and all of which shall be deemed an original, and both of which together shall constitute but the same instrument.

 

24.         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 that it from time to time is required to withhold. The Company shall be entitled to rely on the opinion of counsel if any questions as to the amount or requirement of such withholding shall arise.

 

25.          EXECUTIVE UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS AGREEMENT INCLUDES A RELEASE OF ALL KNOWN AND UNKOWN CLAIMS.

 

[Signatures on the following page]

 

 

 

  

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the Effective Date.

 

  The KeyW Corporation
   
  By:  
  Name:  William J. Weber
  Title: President & Chief Executive Officer
   
  Executive:
   
  By:  
  Name:  Mark A. Willard

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 10.3

 

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

 

THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”), effective this 9th day of May, 2017 (the “ Effective Date ”), is entered into by and between The KEYW Corporation, a Maryland corporation with its principal place of business at 7740 Milestone Parkway, Suite 150, Hanover, Maryland 21076 (the “ Company ”), and John Sutton , residing at 1576 Brass Lantern Way, Reston, Virginia 20194 (the “ Employee ”).

 

WHEREAS, the Company desires to retain the Employee’s services as provided herein, and the Employee desires to be employed by the Company. As used herein, the term “ KEYW ” shall include the Company and all entities now or hereafter controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Company, such term to include The KEYW Holding Corporation, a Maryland corporation (“ HoldCo ”).

 

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and promises contained herein the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged by the parties hereto, the parties agree as follows:

 

1.           Term of Employment .The Company hereby agrees to employ the Employee, and the Employee hereby accepts employment with the Company, upon the terms set forth in this Agreement, unless employment is terminated in accordance with the provisions of Section 3, commencing on May 15, 2017 (the “ Commencement Date ”).

 

2.           Title; Capacity; Compensation .

 

2.1           The Employee will serve as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of the Company starting on the Commencement Date and continuing until this Agreement is terminated in accordance with Section 3, with such customary duties and responsibilities associated with such title, and such other duties commensurate with such title as may, from time to time, be designated by the Company.

 

(a)           Compensation. In exchange for such performance, the Company agrees to pay the Employee a base salary of Three Hundred Seventy Thousand Dollars ($370,000.00) per year, which shall be paid in accordance with the customary payroll practices of the Company, which may be adjusted by the Company from time to time. Payments of base salary will begin with the Company’s first payroll cycle following the Commencement Date. The Employee shall be eligible to receive an annual bonus of up to seventy-five percent (75%) of the Employee’s annual base salary if the Company determines that the Employee achieved the performance targets and other criteria set in the Annual Incentive Plan (“ AIP ”). The target bonus pursuant to the AIP may be adjusted by the Company from time to time. The Employee shall also be eligible for other benefits provided to employees of the Company, including but not limited to, personal time off (accrued at the rate of twenty-five (25) days per year), health insurance and officers and directors liability insurance pursuant to the terms of the applicable benefit plans or arrangements. In addition, the Company shall reimburse the Employee for all reasonable, ordinary and necessary business, travel or other expenses incurred by Employee in the performance of Employee’s services hereunder in accordance with the policies of the Company as they are from time to time in effect.

 

 

 

 

(b)           Long-Term Incentive.          If at any time prior to the fifth (5th) anniversary of the Commencement Date, the closing market price of HoldCo’s registered common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Market (or any other market or exchange on which shares of HoldCo’s common stock are listed or registered, if not on the NASDAQ Global Market) over any thirty (30) consecutive trading days is at or greater than the target price set forth in this Section 2.1(b) (the “ Target Price Per Share ”) for each day in such thirty (30)-consecutive trading day period, the Company will award the Employee shares of Stock (as defined in Exhibit A) in an amount equal to the sum of (A) the number of shares listed next to the Target Price Per Share and (B) the number of shares listed next to any lower Target Price Per Share (“ Long-Term Incentive Shares ”) that have not already been awarded . Once the Long-Term Incentive Shares applicable to a Target Price Per Share have been awarded, the Company shall make no future awards of Long- Term Incentive Shares with respect to the applicable Target Price(s) Per Share, but the Employee shall be eligible for one or more additional grants with respect to the remaining Target Price Per Share that were not previously achieved or exceeded. In no event will the Employee receive more than Two Hundred Thousand (200,000) Long-Term Incentive Shares.

 

Target Price Per Share     Long-Term Incentive Shares  
         
$ 13.00       25,000  
$ 16.00 `     25,000  
$ 20.00       50,000  
$ 25.00       50,000  
$ 30.00       50,000  

 

For purposes of clarity and by way of example, if the closing market price of HoldCo’s registered common stock is reported at $20.00 for thirty (30) consecutive trading days, the Company shall award the Employee 100,000 Long-Term Incentive Shares (50,000 next to the $20 Target Price Per Share plus another 50,000 for the Target Price Per Share for $13 and $16). If prior to the fifth (5th) anniversary of the Commencement Date, the closing market price of HoldCo’s registered common stock is reported at $30.00 for thirty (30) consecutive trading days, the Company shall award the Employee an additional 100,000 shares (50,000 for $30 and 50,000 for $25). Because the Employee previously received Long-Term Incentive Shares with respect to the $13, $16 and $20 Target Price Per Share, Employee is not entitled to a second award with respect to such amounts.

 

(d)          The Long-Term Incentive Shares shall vest immediately upon the Award (as such term is defined in Exhibit A) of such shares, subject to Section 2.1(f) of the Agreement.

 

 

 

 

(e)          In all events, the holding and disposition of any shares of Stock acquired hereunder shall be subject to the provisions in Exhibit A hereof, any applicable policies of the Company, and the terms of applicable law.

 

(f)          Employee shall forfeit Employee’s right to any Long-Term Incentive Shares if Employee terminates this Agreement with or without Good Reason at any time prior to the second anniversary of the Commencement Date.

 

(g)          Upon the occurrence of a Change of Control, to the extent that provision is made in writing in connection with such Change of Control for the assumption or continuation of the Long-Term Incentive Shares theretofore not granted, or for the substitution for such Long-Term Incentive Shares for the stock of a successor entity, or a parent or subsidiary thereof, with appropriate adjustments as to the number of shares (disregarding any consideration that is not common stock), in which event the Long-Term Incentive Shares theretofore not granted shall automatically convert on the date of Change of Control to Restricted Stock, and such shares shall fully vest upon the earlier of (i) the first anniversary of the date of Change of Control or (ii) the termination by Company of Employee’s employment without Cause within one (1) year following the date of Change of Control.

 

(h)          If the Company shall be the surviving entity in any reorganization, merger or consolidation of the Company with one or more other entities and in which no Change of Control occurs, Long- Term Shares shall be adjusted so as to apply to the securities that a holder of the number of shares of Stock (as defined in Exhibit A) subject to the Long- Term Shares would have been entitled to receive immediately following such transaction.

 

(i)          Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, upon the termination of Employee’s Service (as defined in Exhibit A) with the Company or an Affiliate (as defined in Exhibit A) thereof, any Long-Term Incentive Shares that have not been awarded, or with respect to which all applicable restrictions and conditions have not lapsed, shall immediately be deemed forfeited.

 

2.2            Clawback . Notwithstanding any other provisions in this Agreement, any performance-based compensation paid or payable to the Employee pursuant to this Agreement or any other agreement or arrangement with the Company that is subject to recovery under any law, government regulation, order, or stock exchange listing requirement, will be subject to adjustment and recovery by the Company.

 

(a)          If the financial statements of KEYW are restated for any reason other than for accounting changes that require retrospective treatment or other external reasons not attributable to KEYW and its compilation of the financial statements, any performance-based compensation paid to the Employee that was calculated based on the financial statements will be recalculated based on the restated financial statements (“ Restatement ”). If the performance-based compensation is reduced as a result of the Restatement, Employee shall repay the Company the difference between the amount of performance-based compensation actually paid and the recalculated performance-based compensation that the Employee should have been paid. If the performance-based compensation is increased as a result of Restatement, the Company will pay the Employee the difference between the amount of performance-based compensation actually paid and the recalculated performance-based compensation that the Employee should have been paid.

 

 

 

 

(b)          If the Employee received equity awards (excluding Long-Term Incentive Shares) as performance-based compensation and the Employee continues to own the shares on the date of Restatement, Employee shall return to the Company any shares issued in excess of the amount that the Employee should have received, as recalculated in the Restatement. If the excess shares have already been disposed of at the time of the Restatement, Employee shall return the proceeds from the sale of the excess shares to the Company. If the excess shares have been gifted or otherwise transferred, Employee shall return to the Company a number of shares equal to the excess shares or the equivalent fair market value of the excess shares at the time of gifting or transfer. If a Restatement reveals that an Employee should have received an equity award (excluding Long-Term Incentive Shares) as performance-based compensation, the Company shall issue the number of shares that the Employee should have received based on the Restatement.

 

(c)          Except as otherwise required under any law, government regulation, order, or stock exchange listing requirement, the adjustment period under this Section 2.2 shall extend for three (3) years from the date of receipt of any performance-based compensation. This Section 2.2 shall survive termination of this Agreement for a period of two (2) years, except that this Section 2.2 shall terminate immediately upon a Change of Control, as defined by Section 4.3(b) of this Agreement or the cessation of the KEYW as a publicly-traded corporation.

 

(d)          Employee authorizes the Company to withhold from Employee’s future wages any amounts that may become due under this Section 2.2.

 

3.           Termination of Employment . The employment of the Employee by the Company shall terminate upon the occurrence of any of the following:

 

3.1          By the Company without Cause (as defined below), on sixty (60) days’ prior written notice to the Employee;

 

3.2          At the election of the Company, for Cause (as defined below), immediately upon written notice by the Company to the Employee, which notice shall identify the Cause upon which the termination is based. For the purposes of this Agreement, “ Cause ” shall mean (a) a good faith finding by the Company, that (i) the Employee has failed to perform Employee’s reasonably assigned duties in any material respect and has failed to remedy such failure within ten (10) days following written notice from the Company to the Employee notifying Employee of such failure, or (ii) the Employee has engaged in dishonesty, gross negligence or misconduct; (b) the conviction of the Employee of, or the entry of a pleading of guilty or nolo contendere by the Employee to any crime involving any felony; (c) the Employee has breached fiduciary duties owed to KEYW or has materially breached the terms of this Agreement or any other agreement between the Employee and KEYW; or (d) the failure of the Employee to maintain Employee’s security clearance as a result, directly or indirectly, of any act or omission by Employee if such clearance is necessary to perform the duties assigned hereunder;

 

 

 

 

3.3          At the election of the Employee, on sixty (60) days’ prior written notice to the Company, or immediately upon written notice to the Company in the event the Company fails to remedy any material breach of this Agreement within ten (10) days following written notice from the Employee to the Company notifying it of such breach;

 

3.4          Upon the death or disability of the Employee. As used in this Agreement, the term “disability” shall mean “disability” as defined under the Company’s or HoldCo’s long- term disability plan for purposes of determining a participant’s eligibility for benefits. The determination of whether the Employee has a disability shall be made by the person or persons required to make a disability determination under the long-term disability plan. If at any time neither the Company nor HoldCo sponsor a long-term disability plan, disability shall mean the inability of the Employee, due to a physical or mental disability, for a period of ninety (90) days, whether or not consecutive, during any 360-day period to perform with or without reasonable accommodation the essential functions of Employee’s position contemplated under this Agreement as determined by a physician satisfactory to both the Employee (or Employee’s representative, guardian or conservator) and the Company, provided that if the Employee (or Employee’s representative, guardian or conservator) and the Company do not agree on a physician, the Employee (or Employee’s representative, guardian or conservator) and the Company shall each select a physician and these two together shall select a third physician, whose determination as to disability shall be binding on all parties; or

 

3.5           Upon the mutual written agreement of the Employee and the Company to terminate Employee’s employment.

 

4.           Effect of Termination .

 

4.1            Termination for Cause, Upon Mutual Election or at the Election of the Employee, or at Death . In the event that Employee’s employment is terminated for Cause, upon Employee’s death, at the election of the Employee, or upon mutual election by Employee and the Company, KEYW shall have no further obligations under this Agreement other than to pay to Employee (or Employee’s estate) salary and accrued but unused paid time off through the last day of the Employee’s actual employment by the Company (the “ Termination Date ”).

 

 

 

 

4.2            Termination by the Company without Cause, or for Disability or by the Employee for Good Reason. In the event the Employee’s employment is terminated solely by the Company without Cause, or due to the Employee’s disability, or by the Employee for Good Reason (as defined below), the Company shall: (i) pay to the Employee on the first pay date following the Termination Date any salary earned with respect to services performed prior to the Termination Date, any paid time off accrued, but unused, through the Termination Date, and any bonus that the Employee earned under the terms of the AIP with respect to an annual period ending prior to the Termination Date, and for which any performance targets or other criteria were achieved prior to the Termination Date (notwithstanding any requirement of continuous service), but which have not been paid to the Employee; (ii) provided the Employee (or Employee’s representative, guardian or conservator on behalf of Employee) executes and does not revoke a waiver and release agreement substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit B (the “ Release ”), unless the payment is subject to the Delay Period described in Section 8.3, pay to the Employee in equal installments over a period of one (1) year after the Termination Date an aggregate amount equal to the sum of (A) and (B) where (A) equals the product of (x) Employee’s then current base salary multiplied by (y) one, and (B) equals an amount equal to the product of (x) seventy-five percent (75%) of Employee’s then current base salary multiplied by (y) a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days that have elapsed between the first day of the calendar year in which the Termination Date occurs and the Termination Date and the denominator of which is 365, with the first payment, which will cover the first two (2) installments, to be paid on the sixtieth (60th) day following the Termination Date and the remaining installments to be paid in accordance with the Company’s normal payroll practices; and (iii) provided the Employee elects continued health coverage under section 4980B(f) of the Code (“ COBRA ”), for each month that the Employee pays to the Company 100% of the applicable premium (as defined within section 4980B(f)(4) of the Code) for such continued health and dental coverage, the Company shall reimburse the Employee, for a period equal to the lesser of the maximum COBRA period or twelve (12) months, on the first pay date of each month the Employee portion of applicable premium; and (iv) make such other payments as expressly provided herein or in any written policy of the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company shall not be required to make payments or reimbursements under this Section 4.2 if the Employee has breached any of the provisions of Sections 5 or 6, inclusive of all subsections. Further, subject to any overriding laws, the Company shall not be required to reimburse healthcare or dental insurance premiums if Employee is actually covered or becomes covered by an equivalent benefit (at the same or lesser cost to Employee, if any) from another source, which must be reported to the Company within thirty (30) days of first becoming eligible, or if such reimbursement arrangement causes the Company’s group health plan to fail any non- discrimination testing or to be subjected to a fine or penalty under the Affordable Care Act. If Employee (or Employee’s representative, guardian or conservator on behalf of Employee) fails to execute and deliver the Release within twenty-one (21) days thereafter, or if Employee (or Employee’s representative, guardian or conservator on behalf of Employee) revokes such Release as provided therein, the Company shall have no obligation to provide the severance payment described above. In any case in which the Release (and the expiration of any revocation rights provided therein) could only become effective in a particular tax year of Employee, any payment(s) conditioned on execution of the release shall be made within ten (10) days after the Release becomes effective and such revocation rights have lapsed. In any case in which the Release (and the expiration of any revocation rights provided therein) could become effective in one of two (2) of the Employee’s taxable years, depending on when the Employee (or Employee’s representative, guardian or conservator on behalf of Employee) executes and delivers the Release, any payment conditioned on execution of the Release shall be made in the later taxable year.

 

 

 

 

4.3            Termination On or Following a Change of Control . If at any time prior to the one-year anniversary of the consummation of a Change of Control, the Company terminates the Employee’s employment without Cause or the Employee terminates Employee’s employment with the Company for Good Reason (as defined below), the Employee will be entitled to receive: (i) the Employee’s then current base salary for a period of twelve (12) months payable in equal installments paid in accordance with the Company’s normal payroll practices, with the first installment beginning on the first regular pay date following the Employee’s Termination Date; (ii) compensation and benefits set forth in Sections 4.2(i) and 4.2(iv), and (iii) to the extent not included in the compensation and severance benefits made under Section 4.2(i), an amount equal to the maximum AIP bonus available to Employee for the year in which the termination occurs. In addition, provided the Employee elects continued health coverage under section 4980B(f) of the Code, for each month that the Employee pays to the Company 100% of the applicable premium (as defined within section 4980B(f)(4) of the Code) for such continued health and dental coverage, the Company shall reimburse the Employee, for a period equal to the lesser of the maximum COBRA period or twelve (12) months, on the first pay date of each month the after-tax cost of the applicable premium. Further, subject to any overriding laws, the Company shall not be required to reimburse healthcare and dental insurance premiums if Employee is actually covered or becomes covered by an equivalent benefit (at the same or lesser cost to Employee, if any) from another source, which must be reported to the Company within thirty (30) days of first becoming eligible, or if such reimbursement arrangement causes the Company’s group health plan to fail any non-discrimination testing or to be subjected to a fine or penalty under the Affordable Care Act. Stock options will remain exercisable for a period of one (1) year following termination (unless such options have terminated or been cashed out in connection with the Change of Control).

 

(a)          In the event that it is determined that any payment or distribution of any type to or for the benefit of the Employee made by the Company, by any of its affiliates, by any person who acquires ownership or effective control or ownership of a substantial portion of the Company’s assets (within the meaning of Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the regulations thereunder (the “ Code ”)) or by any affiliate of such person, whether paid or payable or distributed or distributable pursuant to the terms of an employment agreement (and the attached Exhibit A) or otherwise (the “ Total Payments ”), such that the Total Payments would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code or any interest or penalties with respect to such excise tax (such excise tax, together with any such interest or penalties, are collectively referred to as the “ Excise Tax ”) then (i) if the Total Payments exceed the safe harbor threshold by less than 10%, the payments will be reduced to the safe harbor amount or (ii) if the Total Payments exceed the safe harbor threshold by more than 10%, then Employee shall be entitled to receive the “ Best Net ” for the Employee’s aggregate severance payments and benefits such that aggregate severance payments and benefits that Employee receives will be either (A) the full amount of severance payments and benefits or (B) an amount of severance payments and benefits reduced to the extent necessary so that Employee incurs no excise tax, whichever results in Employee receiving the greater amount, taking into account applicable federal, state, and local income, employment, and other applicable taxes, as well as the excise tax.

 

(b)          For the purposes of this Agreement, “ Change of Control ” means the occurrence of any of (i) an acquisition after the Commencement Date by an individual or legal entity or “group” (as described in Rule 13d-5(b)(1) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) of in excess of 50% of the voting securities of the Company or HoldCo, (ii) the dissolution or liquidation of the Company or HoldCo or a merger, consolidation, or reorganization of the Company or HoldCo with one or more other entities in which neither the Company nor HoldCo is the surviving entity, unless the holders of the Company or HoldCo’s voting securities immediately prior to such transaction continue to hold at least 51% of such securities following such transaction, (iii) the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company and/or HoldCo in one or a series of related transactions, or (iv) the “completion” or closing by the Company or HoldCo of an agreement to which the Company or HoldCo is a party or by which it is bound, providing for any of the events set forth above in clauses (i), (ii) or (iii). In the event that any payment triggered upon a Change of Control is deferred compensation subject to section 409A of the Code, any Change of Control must satisfy the requirements of Treasury regulation section 1.409A-3(i)(5).

 

 

 

 

(c)          For purposes of this Agreement, “ Good Reason ” means, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by Employee, (i) a reduction in Employee’s base salary; (ii) a material diminution in Employee’s authority, responsibilities or duties; (iii) a relocation of Employee’s primary place of employment to a location more than twenty (20) miles farther from Employee’s primary residence than the current location of the Company’s offices; or (iv) any other material breach by the Company of the terms of this Agreement or any other agreement between the Employee and the Company. In order to invoke a termination for Good Reason, Employee must deliver a written notice of such breach to the Company within sixty (60) days of the occurrence of the breach, and the Company shall have thirty (30) days to cure the breach (unless such breach is not capable of being cured, in which case this Agreement will terminate fifteen (15) days after notice thereof). In order to terminate Employee’s employment, if at all, for Good Reason, Employee must terminate employment within thirty (30) days of the end of the cure period, if applicable, if the breach has not been cured.

 

4.4            No Mitigation . The Company agrees that, if the Employee’s employment is terminated, the Employee is not required to seek other employment or to attempt in any way to reduce any amounts payable to the Employee by the Company. Further, the amount of any payment provided hereunder shall not be reduced by any compensation earned by the Employee from any other sources.

 

4.5            Survival . The provisions of Sections 2.2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9 shall survive the termination of this Agreement.

 

5.           Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation .

 

5.1            Restricted Activities . Beginning on the Commencement Date and continuing for one (1) year following termination of employment with KEYW, Employee shall not, directly or indirectly, on Employee’s own behalf or as an individual proprietor, partner, stockholder, owner, officer, employee, director, consultant, agent, joint venturer, investor, lender, or in any other capacity whatsoever (other than through investments of Employee in the stock of a publicly-held company where such investment does not exceed three percent (3%) of the total outstanding stock (“ Permitted Investments ”)) do any of the following:

 

(a)          In any state, province or similar political subdivision, in which KEYW provides services or to which KEYW’s products are delivered during the term of Employee’s employment with KEYW, offer to provide or provide to any Customer or Prospective Customer products or services which compete with the products and services offered by KEYW;

 

 

 

 

(b)          Interfere with or disrupt, or attempt to interfere with or disrupt, the relationship of KEYW with any Customer, vendor, supplier, prime contractor, subcontractor or partner;

 

(c)          Solicit, offer to hire or hire any current or former employee, consultant, contractor or agent of KEYW (each a “ Restricted Person ”), or otherwise induce any Restricted Person to discontinue their employment or business relationship with KEYW; or

 

(d)          Solicit or divert, or attempt to solicit or divert, the business or patronage (with respect to products or services of the kind or type developed, produced, marketed, furnished, or sold by KEYW) of any Customer or Prospective Customer of KEYW.

 

The foregoing restriction in Section 5.1(c) shall not apply to: (i) any Restricted Person whose employment or business relationship was terminated without cause by KEYW, (ii) any Restricted Person whose employment or business relationship was terminated more than twelve (12) months prior to the date of hire of such person by Employee, or (iii) any solicitation, offer to hire or hiring of a Restricted Person pursuant to any general advertisement not specifically directed to such Restricted Person.

 

For purposes of this Section 5.1, the term “ Customer ” shall mean any person, firm, organization, entity, state or local government or governmental division, or department or agency of the United States Government to which KEYW provided products or services at any time during the Employee’s employment with KEYW.

 

For purposes of this Section 5.1, the term “ Prospective Customer ” shall mean any person, firm, organization, entity, government or governmental division, department or agency which has an outstanding bid or proposal from KEYW, or which was contacted by an employee of KEYW for purposes of soliciting business concerning products or services offered by KEYW, during the six (6) months preceding termination of the Employee’s employment with KEYW.

 

For purposes of this Section 5.1, the term “ KEYW ” shall mean (i) during the Employee’s employment, those affiliated entities as described in the recitals to this Agreement that comprise KEYW at any time during the Employee’s employment, and (ii) upon any termination of employment, those affiliated entities as described in the recitals to this Agreement that comprise KEYW as of the Employee’s Termination Date.

 

5.2            External Employment . During the period of Employee’s employment with KEYW, Employee shall be prohibited from engaging in external employment without express permission from KEYW. By way of example, and not limitation, such external employment shall include self-employment, consulting, and engagement by firms conducting business unrelated to the business of KEYW.

 

5.3            Interpretation . If any restriction set forth in this Section 5 is found by any court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable because it extends for too long a period of time or over too great a range of activities or in too broad a geographic area, it shall be interpreted to extend only over the maximum period of time, range of activities or geographic area as to which it may be enforceable.

 

 

 

 

6.           Proprietary Information and Developments .

 

6.1           Proprietary Information .

 

(a)          The Employee agrees that all information, whether or not in writing, of a private, secret or confidential nature concerning KEYW’s business, business relationships or financial affairs (collectively, “ Proprietary Information ”) is and shall be the exclusive property of KEYW. By way of illustration, but not limitation, Proprietary Information may include inventions, products, processes, methods, techniques, formulas, compositions, compounds, projects, developments, plans, research data, clinical data, financial data, personnel data, hardware, software and related designs, product costs, specifications and pricing, bid practices and procedures, contract costs and pricing, the terms and conditions of any joint venture, strategic partnership and other contractual arrangements, customer and supplier lists, and contacts at or knowledge of customers or prospective customers of KEYW. The Employee will not disclose any Proprietary Information to any person or entity other than employees of KEYW or use the same for any purposes (other than in the performance of Employee’s duties as an employee of KEYW) without written approval by an officer of the Company, either during or after Employee’s employment with the Company, unless and until such Proprietary Information has become public knowledge without fault by the Employee.

 

(b)          The Employee agrees that all files, letters, memoranda, reports, records, data, sketches, drawings, laboratory notebooks, program listings, or other written, photographic, or other tangible material containing Proprietary Information, whether created by the Employee or others, which shall come into Employee’s custody or possession, shall be and are the exclusive property of KEYW to be used by the Employee only in the performance of Employee’s duties for KEYW. All such materials or copies thereof and all tangible property of KEYW in the custody or possession of the Employee shall be delivered to the Company, upon the earlier of (i) a request by KEYW or (ii) termination of Employee’s employment. After such delivery, the Employee shall not retain any such materials or copies thereof or any such tangible property.

 

(c)          The Employee agrees that Employee’s obligation not to disclose or to use information and materials of the types set forth in paragraphs (a) and (b) above, and Employee’s obligation to return materials and tangible property, set forth in paragraph (b) above, also extends to such types of information, materials and tangible property of customers of KEYW or suppliers to KEYW or other third parties who may have disclosed or entrusted the same to KEYW or to the Employee.

 

6.2           Developments .

 

(a)          The Employee will make full and prompt disclosure to the Company of all inventions, improvements, discoveries, methods, processes, developments, software, and works of authorship, whether copyrightable, patentable or not, which are or have been created, made, conceived or reduced to practice by Employee or under Employee’s direction or jointly with others during Employee’s employment by KEYW, whether or not during normal working hours or on the premises of KEYW (all of which are collectively referred to in this Agreement as “ Developments ”).

 

 

 

 

(b)          To the extent that any Developments do not qualify as works made for hire, the Employee hereby irrevocably assigns to the Company (or any Affiliate, person or entity designated by the Company) all of Employee’s right, title and interest in and to all Developments and all related patents, patent applications, copyrights and copyright applications, trade secrets, trademarks and all other proprietary rights existing now, previously during Employee’s employment with the Company or hereafter. However, this paragraph (b) shall not apply to Developments which do not relate to the present or planned business or research and development of KEYW and which are made and conceived by the Employee outside the scope of Employee’s employment, not during normal working hours, not on KEYW’s premises and not using KEYW’s tools, devices, equipment or Proprietary Information. The Employee understands that, to the extent this Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of any state which precludes a requirement in an employee agreement to assign certain classes of inventions made by an employee, this paragraph (b) shall be interpreted not to apply to any invention which a court rules and/or the Company agrees falls within such classes. The Employee also hereby waives all claims to moral rights in any Developments.

 

(c)          The Employee agrees to cooperate fully with KEYW, both during and after Employee’s employment, with respect to the procurement, maintenance and enforcement of copyrights, patents and other intellectual property rights (both in the United States and foreign countries) relating to Developments. The Employee shall sign all papers, including, without limitation, copyright applications, patent applications, declarations, oaths, formal assignments, assignments of priority rights, and powers of attorney, which KEYW may deem necessary or desirable in order to protect its rights and interests in any Development. The Employee further agrees that if KEYW is unable, after reasonable effort, to secure the signature of the Employee on any such papers, any executive officer of the Company shall be entitled to execute any such papers as the agent and the attorney-in-fact of the Employee, and the Employee hereby irrevocably designates and appoints each executive officer of the Company as Employee’s agent and attorney- in-fact to execute any such papers on Employee’s behalf, and to take any and all actions as KEYW may deem necessary or desirable in order to protect its rights and interests in any Development, under the conditions described in this sentence.

 

6.3           United States Government Obligations . The Employee acknowledges that KEYW from time to time may have agreements with other parties or with the United States Government, or agencies thereof, which impose obligations or restrictions on KEYW regarding inventions made during the course of work under such agreements or regarding the confidential nature of such work. The Employee agrees to be bound by all such obligations and restrictions which are made known to the Employee and to take all appropriate action necessary to discharge the obligations of KEYW under such agreements.

 

 

 

 

7.           Other Agreements . The Employee represents that there are no contracts to assign inventions between any person or entity and the Employee. The Employee further represents that (a) the Employee is not obligated under any consulting, employment or other agreement which would affect KEYW’s rights under this Agreement, (b) there is no action, investigation or proceeding, pending or threatened, or any basis therefore known to Employee involving the Employee’s prior employment or any consultancy or the use of any information or techniques alleged to be proprietary to any former employer, and (c) the performance of the Employee’s duties as an employee of the Company will not breach or constitute a default under any agreement to which the Employee is bound, including, without limitation, any agreement limiting the use or disclosure of proprietary information during the Employee’s employment by the Company. The Employee will not, in connection with the Employee’s employment by the Company, use or disclose to the Company any confidential, trade secret or other proprietary information of any previous employer or other person to which the Employee is not lawfully entitled. Any agreement to which the Employee is a party with any prior employer or relating to nondisclosure, non- competition or non-solicitation of employees, customers, prospective customers, vendors or other parties is listed on Exhibit C attached hereto.

 

8.           Section 409A . This Agreement is intended to comply with section 409A of the Code and its corresponding regulations, or an exemption, and payments may only be made under this Agreement upon an event or in a manner permitted by section 409A of the Code, to the extent applicable. Any benefits that qualify for the “short-term deferral” exemption, separation pay exemption, or any other exemption shall be paid under the applicable exemption. To the extent Employee would be subject to the additional twenty percent (20%) tax imposed on certain deferred compensation arrangements pursuant to section 409A of the Code as a result of any provision of this Agreement, such provision shall be deemed amended to the minimum extent necessary to avoid application of such tax and preserve to the maximum extent possible the original intent and economic benefit to the Employee and the Company, and the parties shall promptly execute any amendment reasonably necessary to implement this Section 8. In no event may the Employee directly or indirectly designate a calendar year of payment.

 

8.1           For purposes of section 409A of the Code, Employee’s right to receive installment payments pursuant to this Agreement including, without limitation, each severance payment and COBRA continuation reimbursement shall be treated as a right to receive a series of separate and distinct payments.

 

8.2           Employee will be deemed to have a date of termination for purposes of determining the timing of any payments or benefits hereunder that are classified as deferred compensation only upon a “separation from service” within the meaning of section 409A of the Code.

 

 

 

 

8.3           Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, if at the time of Employee’s separation from service, (i) Employee is a specified employee (within the meaning of section 409A of the Code and using the identification methodology selected by the Company from time to time), and (ii) the Company makes a good faith determination that an amount payable on account of such separation from service to Employee constitutes deferred compensation (within the meaning of section 409A of the Code) the payment of which is required to be delayed pursuant to the six-month delay rule set forth in section 409A of the Code in order to avoid taxes or penalties under section 409A of the Code (the “ Delay Period ”), then the Company will not pay such amount on the otherwise scheduled payment date but will instead pay it in a lump sum on the first business day after such six-month period (or upon Employee’s death, if earlier), together with interest for the period of delay, compounded annually, equal to the applicable Federal rate for short-term instruments) in effect as of the dates the payments should otherwise have been provided. To the extent that any benefits to be provided during the Delay Period are considered deferred compensation under section 409A of the Code provided on account of a “separation from service”, and such benefits are not otherwise exempt from Section 409A of the Code, Employee shall pay the cost of such benefit during the Delay Period, and the Company shall reimburse Employee, to the extent that such costs would otherwise have been paid by the Company or to the extent that such benefits would otherwise have been provided by the Company at no cost to Employee, the Company’s share of the cost of such benefits upon expiration of the Delay Period, and any remaining benefits shall be reimbursed or provided by the Company in accordance with the procedures specified herein.

 

8.4 (A) Any amount that Employee is entitled to be reimbursed under this Agreement will be reimbursed to Employee as promptly as practical and in any event not later than the last day of the calendar year after the calendar year in which expenses are incurred, (B) any right to reimbursement or in kind benefits will not be subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit, and (C) the amount of the expenses eligible for reimbursement during any taxable year will not affect the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursements in any other taxable year.

 

8.5           Whenever a payment under this Agreement specifies a payment period with reference to a number of days (e.g., “payment shall be made within thirty (30) days following the date of termination”), the actual date of payment within the specified period shall be within the sole discretion of the Company.

 

9.           Miscellaneous .

 

9.1            Equitable Remedies . The restrictions contained in Sections 5 and 6 are necessary for the protection of the business and goodwill of KEYW and are considered by the Employee to be reasonable for such purpose. The Employee agrees that any breach of Sections 5 or 6 is likely to cause KEYW substantial and irreparable harm for which there is no adequate remedy at law and therefore, in the event of any such breach, the Employee agrees that KEYW, in addition to such other remedies which may be available, shall be entitled to specific performance and other injunctive relief without the need to post a bond. The Company shall be entitled to recover its reasonable attorney’s fees in the event that it prevails in such action.

 

9.2            Notices . Any notices delivered under this Agreement shall be deemed duly delivered four business days after it is sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, or one business day after it is sent for next-business day delivery via a reputable nationwide overnight courier service, in each case to the address of the recipient set forth in the introductory paragraph hereto (in the case of the Company, addressed c/o General Counsel). Either party may change the address to which notices are to be delivered by giving notice of such change to the other party in the manner set forth in this Section 9.2.

 

 

 

 

9.3            Pronouns . Whenever the context may require, any pronouns used in this Agreement shall include the corresponding masculine, feminine or neuter forms, and the singular forms of nouns and pronouns shall include the plural, and vice versa.

 

9.4            Entire Agreement . This Agreement (including the Exhibits hereto) constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and cancels and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings, whether written or oral, relating to the subject matter of this Agreement.

 

9.5            Amendment . This Agreement may be amended or modified only by a written instrument executed by both KEYW and the Employee.

 

9.6            Governing Law . This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland. Any action, suit or other legal matter arising under or relating to any provision of this Agreement shall be commenced only in a court of the State of Maryland (or, if appropriate, a federal court located within Maryland), and the Company and the Employee each consents to the jurisdiction of such a court. THE COMPANY AND THE EMPLOYEE EACH HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION, SUIT OR OTHER LEGAL PROCEEDING ARISING UNDER OR RELATING TO ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT.

 

9.7            Successors and Assigns . This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of both parties and their respective heirs, legal representatives, successors and permitted assigns. The Company may assign this Agreement to any Affiliate or to any business or entity with which or into which the Company may be merged or which may succeed to its assets or business. The obligations of the Employee are personal and may not be assigned by Employee.

 

9.8            Waivers . No delay or omission by KEYW or Employee in exercising any right under this Agreement shall operate as a waiver of that or any other right. A waiver or consent given by KEYW or Employee on any one occasion shall be effective only in that instance and shall not be construed as a bar or waiver of any right on any other occasion.

 

9.9            Captions . The captions of the sections of this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and in no way define, limit or affect the scope or substance of any section of this Agreement.

 

9.10          Severability . In case any provision of this Agreement shall be invalid, illegal or otherwise unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall in no way be affected or impaired thereby.

 

9.11          Counterparts . This Agreement may be executed by facsimile transmission (including by exchange of copies in pdf) in counterparts, each and all of which shall be deemed an original, and both of which together shall constitute but the same instrument.

 

 

 

 

9.12          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 that it from time to time is required to withhold. The Company shall be entitled to rely on the opinion of counsel if any questions as to the amount or requirement of such withholding shall arise.

 

THE EMPLOYEE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT EMPLOYEE HAS CAREFULLY READ THIS AGREEMENT AND UNDERSTANDS AND AGREES TO ALL OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS AGREEMENT.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the Effective Date.

 

  The KeyW Corporation
   
  By:  
  Name:  William J. Weber
  Title: President & Chief Executive Officer
   
  EMPLOYEE:
     
  By:  
  Name:  John Sutton
  Title: Chief Operating Officer

 

 

 

 

Exhibit A

 

STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN

 

1.            DEFINITIONS

 

Capitalized terms not defined in this Exhibit A shall have the meaning set forth in the that certain employment agreement between the Company and John Sutton, dated May 9, 2017 (the “ Agreement ”).

 

1.1            Affiliate ” means, with respect to a Person, any company or other trade or business that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with such Person within the meaning of Rule 405 of Regulation C under the Securities Act, including, without limitation, any Subsidiary, provided that an entity may not be considered an Affiliate if it results in noncompliance with section 409A of the Code.

 

1.2            Award means a grant of Stock or Restricted Stock under the Plan.

 

1.3            Board ” means the Board of Directors of The KEYW Holding Corporation.

 

1.4            Exchange Act ” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as now in effect or as hereafter amended.

 

1.5            Fair Market Value ” means the value of a share of Stock, determined as follows: if on the Grant Date or other determination date the Stock is listed on an established national or regional stock exchange, or is publicly traded on an established securities market, the Fair Market Value of a share of Stock shall be the closing price of the Stock on such exchange or in such market (if there is more than one such exchange or market the Board shall determine the appropriate exchange or market) on the Grant Date or such other determination date (or if there is no such reported closing price, the Fair Market Value shall be the mean between the highest bid and lowest asked prices or between the high and low sale prices on such trading day) or, if no sale of Stock is reported for such trading day, on the next preceding day on which any sale shall have been reported. If the Stock is not listed on such an exchange, quoted on such system or traded on such a market, Fair Market Value shall be the value of the Stock as determined by the Board in good faith in a manner consistent with section 409A of the Code.

 

1.6            Grantee ” means John Sutton.

 

1.7            Grant Date ” means the date on which the Board of HoldCo adopts a resolution or takes other appropriate action expressly granting an Award to the Grantee that specifies the key terms of the Award, or if a later date is set forth in such resolutions, then such later date.

 

1.8            Person ” means a natural person, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, business trust, joint stock company, trust, unincorporated association, joint venture or other entity or organization.

 

 

 

 

1.9            Plan ” means this Stock Incentive Plan.

 

1.10          Restricted Stock ” means shares of Stock, awarded to the Grantee pursuant to the Agreement, that are subject to restrictions and to a risk of forfeiture.

 

1.11          Securities Act ” means the Securities Act of 1933, as now in effect or as hereafter amended.

 

1.12          Service ” means service as an employee, officer, director or other Service Provider of the Company or an Affiliate thereof. A Grantee’s change in position or duties shall not result in interrupted or terminated Service, so long as such Grantee continues to be an employee, officer, director or other Service Provider of the Company or an Affiliate thereof. Subject to the preceding sentence, whether a termination of Service shall have occurred for purposes of the Plan shall be determined by the Board, which determination shall be final, binding and conclusive.

 

1.13          Service Provider means an employee, officer or director of the Company or an Affiliate thereof, or a consultant or adviser currently providing services to the Company or an Affiliate thereof.

 

1.14          Stock ” means unregistered common stock, $0.001 par value per share, of HoldCo.

 

1.15          Subsidiary ” means any “subsidiary corporation” of the Company within the meaning of section 424(f) of the Code.

 

2.            ADMINISTRATION OF THE PLAN

 

2.1           Terms of Awards.

 

The Company retains the right to cause a forfeiture of the gain realized by the Grantee on account of actions taken by the Grantee in violation or breach of or in conflict with any employment agreement, non-competition agreement, any agreement prohibiting solicitation of employees or clients of the Company or any Affiliate thereof or any confidentiality obligation with respect to the Company or any Affiliate thereof or otherwise in competition with the Company or any Affiliate thereof. In addition, the Company may annul an Award if the Grantee is terminated for Cause as defined in the Agreement or the Plan, as applicable.

 

2.2           Share Issuance/Book Entry.

 

Notwithstanding any provision of this Plan to the contrary, the issuance of the Stock under the Plan may be evidenced in such a manner as the Board, in its discretion, deems appropriate, including, without limitation, book-entry registration or issuance of one or more Stock certificates.

 

 

 

 

3.            terms and conditions of RESTRICTED STOCK

 

3.1           Restricted Stock Certificates.

 

The Company shall issue, in the name of the Grantee, stock certificates representing the total number of shares of Stock or Restricted Stock granted to the Grantee, as soon as reasonably practicable after the applicable Grant Date. The Board may provide that either (i) the Secretary of the Company shall hold such certificates for the Grantee’s benefit until such time as the Restricted Stock is forfeited to the Company, or the restrictions lapse, or (ii) such certificates shall be delivered to the Grantee; provided , however , that such certificates shall bear a legend or legends that complies with the applicable securities laws and regulations and makes appropriate reference to the restrictions imposed under this Plan and the Agreement.

 

3.2           Rights in Restricted Stock.

 

The Grantee shall have the right to vote Restricted Stock and to receive any dividends declared or paid with respect to such Stock. The Board may provide that any dividends paid on Restricted Stock must be reinvested in shares of Stock, which may or may not be subject to the same or other vesting conditions and restrictions applicable to such Restricted Stock. All distributions, if any, received by a Grantee with respect to Restricted Stock as a result of any stock split, stock dividend, combination of shares, or other similar transaction shall be subject to the restrictions applicable to the original Award.

 

3.3           Termination of Service.

 

Except as otherwise provided in the Agreement, upon the termination of a Grantee’s Service with the Company or an Affiliate thereof, any shares of Restricted Stock held by such Grantee that have not vested and any Long-Term Incentive Shares that have not been Awarded, or with respect to which all applicable restrictions and conditions have not lapsed, shall immediately be deemed forfeited. Upon forfeiture of Restricted Stock, the Grantee shall have no further rights with respect to such Award, including, but not limited to, the right to vote Restricted Stock and any right to receive dividends with respect to shares of Restricted Stock.

 

 

 

 

4.            WITHHOLDING TAXES

 

The Company or an Affiliate thereof, as the case may be, shall have the right to deduct from payments of any kind otherwise due to the Grantee any federal, state, or local taxes of any kind required by law to be withheld with respect to the vesting of or other lapse of restrictions applicable to an Award or upon the issuance of any shares of Stock. At the time of such vesting or lapse, the Grantee shall pay to the Company or the Affiliate thereof, as the case may be, any amount that the Company or the Affiliate thereof may reasonably determine to be necessary to satisfy such withholding obligation. Subject to the prior approval of the Company or the Affiliate thereof, which may be withheld by the Company or the Affiliate thereof, as the case may be, in its sole discretion, the Grantee may elect to satisfy such obligations, in whole or in part, (i) by causing the Company or the Affiliate thereof to withhold shares of Stock otherwise issuable to the Grantee or (ii) by delivering to the Company or the Affiliate shares of Stock already owned by the Grantee. The shares of Stock so delivered or withheld shall have an aggregate Fair Market Value equal to such withholding obligations. The Fair Market Value of the shares of Stock used to satisfy such withholding obligation shall be determined by the Board as of the date that the amount of tax to be withheld is to be determined. A Grantee who has made an election pursuant to this Section 4 may satisfy his or her withholding obligation only with shares of Stock that are not subject to any repurchase, forfeiture, unfulfilled vesting, or other similar requirements. The maximum number of shares of Stock that may be withheld from any Award to satisfy any federal, state or local tax withholding requirements upon the exercise, vesting, lapse of restrictions applicable to such Award or payment of shares pursuant to such Award, as applicable, cannot exceed such number of shares having a Fair Market Value equal to the minimum statutory amount required by the Company to be withheld and paid to any such federal, state or local taxing authority with respect to such exercise, vesting, lapse of restrictions or payment of shares.

 

5.            RESTRICTIONS ON TRANSFER OF SHARES OF STOCK

 

5.1           Repurchase and Other Rights.

 

Stock issued pursuant to an Award of Restricted Stock may be subject to such right of repurchase upon termination of Service or other transfer restrictions as the Board may determine, consistent with applicable law.

 

5.2           Installment Payments.

 

In the case of any repurchase of shares of Stock acquired by the Grantee under an Award of Restricted Stock subject to any Sale Restrictions, as defined in Section 2.1(c) of the Agreement, the Company or its permitted assignee may pay the Grantee, transferee, or other registered owner of the Stock the purchase price in three (3) or fewer annual installments. Interest shall be credited on the installments at the applicable federal rate (as determined for purposes of the Code) in effect on the date on which the purchase is made. The Company or its permitted assignee shall pay at least one-third of the total purchase price each year, plus interest on the unpaid balance, with the first payment being made on or before the 60th day after the purchase.

 

5.3           Legend.

 

In order to enforce the restrictions imposed upon shares of Stock under this Plan, the Board may cause a legend or legends to be placed on any certificate representing shares issued pursuant to this Plan that complies with the applicable securities laws and regulations and makes appropriate reference to the restrictions imposed under it.

 

 

 

 

6.            REQUIREMENTS OF LAW

 

6.1           General.

 

The Company shall not be required to issue any shares of Stock under any Award if the issuance of such shares would constitute a violation by the Grantee, any other individual exercising a right emanating from such Award, or the Company of any provision of any law or regulation of any governmental authority, including without limitation any federal or state securities laws or regulations. If at any time the Company shall determine, in its discretion, that the listing, registration or qualification of any shares subject to an Award upon any securities exchange or under any governmental regulatory body is necessary or desirable as a condition of, or in connection with, the issuance or purchase of shares hereunder, no shares of Stock may be issued to the Grantee or any other individual unless such listing, registration, qualification, consent or approval shall have been effected or obtained free of any conditions not acceptable to the Company, and any delay caused thereby shall in no way affect the date of termination of the Award. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in connection with the Securities Act, upon the exercise of any right emanating from such Award or the delivery of any shares of Restricted Stock, unless a registration statement under the Securities Act is in effect with respect to the shares of Stock covered by such Award, the Company shall not be required to issue such shares unless the Board has received evidence satisfactory to it that the Grantee or any other individual may acquire such shares pursuant to an exemption from registration under the Securities Act. Any determination in this connection by the Board shall be final, binding, and conclusive. The Company may, but shall in no event be obligated to, register any securities covered hereby pursuant to the Securities Act. The Company shall not be obligated to take any affirmative action in order to cause the issuance of shares of Stock pursuant to the Plan to comply with any law or regulation of any governmental authority.

 

6.2           Securities Representations .

 

The shares of Stock being issued to the Grantee are being made by the Company in reliance upon the following express representations and warranties of the Grantee. The Grantee acknowledges, represents and warrants that:

 

(a) The Grantee has been advised that he may be an “affiliate” within the meaning of Rule 144 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”) and in this connection the Company is relying in part on his or her representations set forth in this Section.

 

(b) If the Grantee is deemed an affiliate within the meaning of Rule 144 of the Act, the Stock issued under this Plan must be held indefinitely unless an exemption from any applicable resale restrictions is available or the Company files an additional registration statement (or a “re-offer prospectus”) with regard to such shares of Stock and the Company is under no obligation to register the shares (or to file a “re-offer prospectus”).

 

 

 

 

(c) If the Grantee is deemed an affiliate within the meaning of Rule 144 of the Act, the Grantee understands that the exemption from registration under Rule 144 will not be available unless (i) a public trading market then exists for the Stock of the Company, (ii) adequate information concerning the Company is then available to the public, and (iii) other terms and conditions of Rule 144 or any exemption therefrom are complied with; and that any sales of the shares of Stock may be made only in limited amounts in accordance with such terms and conditions.

 

6.4           409A .

 

(a) The Plan shall be unfunded. Neither the Company nor the Board shall be required to establish any special or separate fund or to segregate any assets to assure the performance of its obligations under the Plan. The Plan is intended to comply with section 409A of the Code to the extent subject thereto, and, accordingly, to the maximum extent permitted, the Plan shall be interpreted and administered to be in compliance therewith. Any payments described in the Plan that are due within the “short-term deferral period” as defined in section 409A of the Code shall not be treated as deferred compensation unless applicable laws require otherwise. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Plan, to the extent required to avoid accelerated taxation and tax penalties under section 409A of the Code, amounts that would otherwise be payable and benefits that would otherwise be provided pursuant to the Plan during the six (6) month period immediately following the Grantee’s termination of continuous service shall instead be paid on the first payroll date after the six-month anniversary of the Grantee’s separation from service (or the Grantee’s death, if earlier). In furtherance of this interest, to the extent that any Treasury Regulations or other guidance issued under section 409A of the Code after the date of this Agreement would result in payment of interest or tax penalty under section 409A of the Code, the Company and the Grantee agree, to the extent permissible, to amend this Plan, in order to bring this Plan into compliance with the provisions of section 409A of the Code. In no event shall the Company or any successor to the Company or their respective affiliates, successors, shareholders, employees, officers or agents have any liability relating to the failure or alleged failure of any payment or benefit under this Agreement to comply with, or be exempt from, the requirements of section 409A. If the Company, for any reason, does not timely withhold the full amount of payroll tax, withholding or other taxes necessary to satisfy the Company’s withholding obligation to the U.S. Treasury or state taxing authority hereunder and the Recipient receives amounts in excess of the amounts he would otherwise be entitled to under this Agreement after taking into account such legal withholding obligations, Recipient agrees to return such excess amounts to the Company within thirty (30) days of the Company’s request to do so. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT, NONE OF THE COMPANY OR ANY SUCCESSOR TO THE COMPANY OR THEIR RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES, SUCCESSORS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS OR AGENTS MAKE ANY GUARANTEE OF TAX CONSEQUENCES WITH RESPECT TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY BENEFITS OR PAYMENTS PROVIDED FOR HEREIN.

 

 

 

 

7.            EFFECT OF CHANGES IN CAPITALIZATION

 

7.1           Changes in Stock.

 

If the number of outstanding shares of Stock is increased or decreased or the shares of Stock are changed into or exchanged for a different number or kind of shares or other securities of the Company on account of any recapitalization, reclassification, stock split, reverse split, combination of shares, exchange of shares, stock dividend or other distribution payable in capital stock, or other increase or decrease in such shares effected without receipt of consideration by the Company occurring after the Commencement Date, the number and kinds of shares for which Awards may be made under the Plan shall be adjusted proportionately and accordingly by the Board. In addition, the number and kind of shares for which Awards are outstanding shall be adjusted proportionately and accordingly so that the proportionate interest of the Grantee immediately following such event shall, to the extent practicable, be the same as immediately before such event. The conversion of any convertible securities of the Company shall not be treated as an increase in shares effected without receipt of consideration. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of any distribution to the Company’s stockholders of securities of any other entity or other assets (including an extraordinary dividend but excluding a non-extraordinary dividend of the Company) without receipt of consideration by the Company, the Company shall, in such manner as the Company deems appropriate, adjust the number and kind of shares subject to outstanding Awards to reflect such distribution.

 

7.2           Reorganization in Which the Company Is the Surviving Entity and in Which No Change of Control Occurs.

 

If the Company shall be the surviving entity in any reorganization, merger, or consolidation of the Company with one or more other entities and in which no Change of Control occurs, any Award theretofore made pursuant to this Plan shall pertain to and apply to the securities to which a holder of the number of shares of Stock subject to such Award would have been entitled immediately following such reorganization, merger, or consolidation. In the event of a transaction described in this Section 7.2 , Long-Term Incentive Shares shall be adjusted so as to apply to the securities that a holder of the number of shares of Stock subject to the Long-Term Incentive Shares would have been entitled to receive immediately following such transaction.

 

7.3           Change of Control.

 

Upon the occurrence of a Change of Control, to the extent that provision is made in writing in connection with such Change of Control for the assumption or continuation of the Long-Term Shares theretofore not granted, or for the substitution for such Long-Term Shares for the stock of a successor entity, or a parent or subsidiary thereof, with appropriate adjustments as to the number of shares (disregarding any consideration that is not common stock), in which event the Long-Term Shares theretofore not granted shall automatically convert on the date of Change of Control to Restricted Stock, and such shares shall fully vest upon the earlier of (i) the first anniversary of the date of Change of Control or (ii) the termination by Company of Employee’s employment without Cause within one (1) year following the date of Change of Control.

 

 

 

 

7.4           No Limitations on Company.

 

The making of Awards pursuant to the Plan shall not affect or limit in any way the right or power of the Company to make adjustments, reclassifications, reorganizations, or changes of its capital or business structure or to merge, consolidate, dissolve, or liquidate, or to sell or transfer all or any part of its business or assets.

 

Exhibit B

 

FORM OF GENERAL RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS

 

This General Release of All Claims is made as of            (“ General Release ”), by and between [] (“ Employee ”) and The KEYW Corporation (the “ Company ”).

 

WHEREAS, the Company and Employee are parties to an Employment Agreement dated as of [     ] (the “ Employment Agreement ”);

 

WHEREAS, the execution of this General Release is a condition precedent to the Company’s obligation to pay the severance payments as set forth in the Employment Agreement;

 

WHEREAS, in consideration for Employee’s signing of this General Release, the Company will pay Employee the severance payments pursuant the Employment Agreement, as applicable; and

 

WHEREAS, Employee and the Company intend that this General Release shall be in full satisfaction of the obligations described in this General Release owed to the Employee by the Company, including those under the Employment Agreement.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained, the Company and Employee agree as follows:

 

1.            Employee, for himself, Employee’s spouse, heirs, administrators, children, representatives, executors, successors, assigns, and all other persons claiming through Employee, if any (collectively, “ Releasers ”), does hereby release, waive, and forever discharge the Company and each of its respective agents, subsidiaries, parents, Affiliates, related organizations, and all of their employees, officers, directors, managers, attorneys, successors, and assigns (collectively, the “ Releasees ”) from, and does fully waive any obligations of Releasees to Releasers for, any and all liability, actions, charges, causes of action, demands, damages, or claims for relief, remuneration, sums of money, accounts or expenses (including attorneys’ fees and costs) of any kind whatsoever, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, or contingent or absolute, which heretofore has been or which hereafter may be suffered or sustained, directly or indirectly, by Releasers in consequence of, arising out of, or in any way relating to: (a) Employee’s employment with the Company or any of its subsidiaries or Affiliates; (b) the termination of Employee’s employment with the Company and any of its subsidiaries or Affiliates; (c) the Employment Agreement; (d) violation of any law including but not limited to federal, state or local statutes, or the common law of any jurisdiction; or (e) any events occurring on or prior to the date of this General Release. Notwithstanding the above, this release and waiver does not apply to: (i) any right to indemnification now existing under the Company’s governing documents or applicable law; (ii) any rights to the receipt of employee benefits which vested on or prior to the date of this General Release; (iii) the right to receive severance payments in accordance with Section 4.2 of the Employment Agreement; and (iv) right to continuation coverage pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.

 

 

 

 

2.           Excluded from this General Release and waiver are any claims which cannot be waived by law, including but not limited to the right to participate in an investigation conducted by certain government agencies. Employee does, however, waive Employee’s right to any monetary recovery should any agency (such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) pursue any claims on Employee’s behalf. Employee represents and warrants that Employee has not filed any complaint, charge, or lawsuit against the Releasees with any government agency or any court.

 

3.            Employee agrees that neither this General Release, nor the furnishing of the consideration for this General Release, shall be deemed or construed at any time to be an admission by the Company, any Releasees, or Employee of any improper or unlawful conduct.

 

4.           Employee acknowledges and recites that:

 

(a)          Employee has executed this General Release knowingly and voluntarily;

 

(b)          Employee has read and understands this General Release in its entirety;

 

(c)          Employee has been advised and directed orally and in writing (and this subparagraph (c) constitutes such written direction) to seek legal counsel and any other advice Employee wishes with respect to the terms of this General Release before executing it; and

 

(d)          Employee’s execution of this General Release has not been forced by any employee or agent of the Company.

 

5.           This General Release shall be governed by the internal laws (and not the choice of laws) of the State of Maryland, except for the application of preemptive Federal law.

 

6.            Employee shall have 21 calendar days to consider this General Release and 7 calendar days from the date Employee executes this General Release to revoke Employee’s waiver of any Age Discrimination in Employment Act claims by providing written notice of the revocation to the Company, as provided in Section 4.2 of the Employment Agreement. In the event of such revocation, the terms of Section 4.2 of the Employment Agreement shall govern. Once signed, in the absence of your revocation of this General Release, the General Release will become effective on the day following the seventh and final day of the revocation period.

 

7.            Employee expressly agrees that, except to the extent required by law, Employee will not disclose or cause to be disclosed any negative, adverse or derogatory comments or information about the Company, and will not make any such comments or provide such information to any customer of the Company, to any person associated with any media, to the general public, or to any other person or entity. Nothing in this General Release prohibits Employee from reporting possible violations of federal laws or regulations to any governmental agency or entity, including but not limited to the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Congress, and any agency Inspector General, or making other disclosures that are protected under the whistleblower provisions of federal law or regulation.8.

 

 

 

 

8.            Employee agrees that Employee will keep entirely secret and confidential, and shall not use or disclose to any person or entity, in any manner or for any purpose whatsoever, any information of the Company that is not available to the general public and/or not generally known outside the Company and to which Employee has had access during the course of Employee’s employment by the Company, including, without limitation, the Company's confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information and any information relating to: the Company's business or operations; its plans, strategies, prospects or objectives; its products, technology, processes or specifications; its research and development operations or plans; its customers and customer lists; its manufacturing, distribution, sales, service, support and marketing practices and operations; its financial conditions and results of operations; its pricing, pricing strategies and costs; its operational strengths and weaknesses; its personnel and compensation policies, procedures and transactions; its plans for any strategic exit and all information of third parties for which the Company has an obligation to maintain as confidential.

 

9.            Employee further agrees that within five (5) business days after the Commencement Date of this Agreement, Employee will return to the Company: (i) all documents, data, material, details and copies thereof in any form (electronic or hard copy) and wherever located (including in personally owned computers, storage media or accounts) that are the property of the Company or were created using the Company's resources or during any hours worked for the Company, including, without limitation, any data referred to in Paragraph 10 herein; and (ii) all other property belonging to the Company, wherever located, including, without limitation, all computer equipment and associated passwords, property passes, keys, credit cards, business cards, and identification badges.

 

10.          In consideration for the Company's promises and undertakings set forth in this Agreement, Employee, on behalf of himself, and Employee’s heirs, representatives, and assigns, hereby agrees and covenants, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, not to commence, maintain, prosecute or participate in any action or proceeding of any kind against Releasees based on any of the claims waived and released in Paragraph 1 of this General Release.

 

11.          Capitalized terms not defined in this General Release have the meanings given in the Employment Agreement.

 

PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY. IT CONTAINS A RELEASE OF ALL KNOWN AND UNKNOWN CLAIMS.

 

 

Date:      
    John Sutton

 

 

 

 

Date:      
      By:  
      Title:  

 

 

 

 

Exhibit C

Prior Agreements

 

Release of Claims between John Sutton and Vencore, Inc, dated January 1, 2017

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

Contact:

Heather Williams

Corporate Media Relations

443.733.1613

communications@keywcorp.com

 

Chris Donaghey

Investor Relations

investors@keywcorp.com

443.733.1600

 

KeyW Announces Changes to Executive Leadership Team

Chief Operating Officer, Mark Willard, and Chief Administrative Officer, Kim DeChello, Step Down; John Sutton Joins as Chief Operating Officer; Marion Ruzecki Joins as Chief People Officer

 

HANOVER, Md., May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The KeyW Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:KEYW) announced today that the company's chief operating officer (COO), Mark Willard, and chief administrative officer, Kim DeChello (CAO), will step down from their current roles. Both leaders will actively support the business through the end of the quarter and then transition to strategic advisory roles.

 

“As founders and shareholders of the company, Kim and I are excited for KeyW’s future. The company has a solid strategy for growth and the time is right to transition as the company enters the next phase of its transformation,” said Mark Willard, departing COO. “We’re committed to supporting a smooth transition and look forward to continued success in the longer term.”

 

“I want to personally thank Mark and Kim for their leadership and ongoing commitment to KeyW. We’re grateful for the work they’ve done to establish and nurture the business—and to help make KeyW the great company it is today,” said Bill Weber, KeyW’s chief executive officer.

 

KeyW also announced the appointment of John Sutton as COO, effective May 15, 2017, and Marion Ruzecki as Chief People Officer, effective June 12, 2017.

 

“John has extensive experience with growth and mergers and acquisitions, and he brings an operational discipline that aligns well with our go-forward strategy,” said Mr. Weber. “The timing couldn’t be better, especially as we continue our integration with Sotera Defense Solutions .”

 

With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Sutton joins KeyW from Vencore Inc. where he led the operations and growth of the Defense, Civilian and Homeland Security Group. He also played a critical role in more than 25 merger and acquisition (M&A) processes and 13 transactions, including PRC to Litton, GRC to AT&T, McDonald Bradley to ManTech, and QinetiQ NA to Vencore—and has extensive experience capturing and delivering technology programs in the federal market.

 

Ms. Ruzecki has more than 22 years of experience developing and implementing the people strategy for technology firms in both the federal and commercial sectors. She joins KeyW from Novetta where she served as the senior vice president for Employee Care and Development. In this role, she oversaw all aspects of the employment experience from recruiting to benefits, career development and company culture; and played a critical role in post M&A integrations. Before Novetta, she served as a strategic advisor for several industry-leading technology firms; and prior to that, she held direct leadership positions such as recruiting director for ManTech.

 

 

 

  

“KeyW’s business is built on the strength of our people. It’s not enough to be good at people-related matters—we have to be the best,” said Bill. “And Marion brings this.”

 

The employment agreements with each of Mr. Sutton and Ms. Ruzecki provide for grants of inducement equity awards outside of KeyW’s Amended and Restated 2013 Stock Incentive Plan, in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4). The agreements and grants were authorized by the Compensation Committee of Holdings' Board of Directors, and approved by the full Board of Directors, as inducements material to the two individuals entering into employment with KeyW. The inducement grants consist of up to (i) up to 200,000 shares of KeyW’s common stock for Mr. Sutton, and (ii) up to 100,000 shares of KeyW’s common stock for Ms. Ruzecki, each as a long-term incentive inducement that will be granted during the five-year period following commencement of their respective employment, in the amounts set forth below, provided KeyW’s stock price exceeds the applicable target share prices set forth below for at least 30 consecutive trading days:

 

John Sutton

 

Target Price Per Share     Long-Term Incentive Shares  
$ 13.00       25,000  
$ 16.00       25,000  
$ 20.00       50,000  
$ 25.00       50,000  
$ 30.00       50,000  

 

Marion Ruzecki

 

Target Price Per Share     Long-Term Incentive Shares  
$ 13.00       12,500  
$ 16.00       12,500  
$ 20.00       25,000  
$ 25.00       25,000  
$ 30.00       25,000  

 

The issuance and vesting of the inducement shares will be contingent upon the individuals' continued employment with KeyW, subject to acceleration upon certain events.

 

About KeyW

 

KeyW  is a pure-play national security solutions provider for the Intelligence, Cyber and Counterterrorism Communities' toughest challenges. We support the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of information across the full spectrum of their missions. We employ and challenge more than 2,000 of the most talented professionals in the industry with solving such complex problems as preventing cyber threats, transforming data into intelligence and combating global terrorism.

 

 

 

  

Forward-Looking Statements: Statements made in this press release that are not historical facts constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include but are not limited to: statements about our future expectations, plans and prospects; and other statements containing the words "estimates," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," "potential," "opportunities," and similar expressions. Our actual results, performance or achievements or industry results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. These statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to, those risk factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 filed with the SEC on March 15, 2017, our prospectus supplement, dated and filed with the SEC on January 27, 2017, with respect to our prospectus, dated December 22, 2016 included in our registration statement amendment on Form S-3/A (Registration No. 333-215115) filed with the SEC on December 21, 2016, and other filings that we make with the SEC from time to time. In addition, our acquisition of Sotera Defense Solutions, completed on April 4, 2017, involves risks and uncertainties, including (i) the inability to successfully implement integration strategies or realize the anticipated benefits of the acquisition, including the possibility that the expected synergies and cost reductions from the acquisition will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period; (ii) the increased leverage and interest expense of the combined company and our ability to comply with debt covenants under our secured credit facility entered into on April 4, 2017; (iii) changes in future business conditions that could cause our goodwill, which will increase as a result of the Sotera acquisition, to become impaired, requiring substantial write-downs. (iv) areas of Sotera's internal controls that may need to be remediated or improved; (v) general economic conditions and/or conditions affecting the parties' current and prospective customers; and (vi) other risk factors with respect to acquisitions contained in section captioned "Risk Factors" contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other filings that we make with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. KeyW is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by law.