Employment Agreement - Novavax Inc. and James R. Mirto
This Employment Agreement (this Agreement) dated as of January 1, 2002, between Novavax, Inc., a Delaware corporation having its principal office at 8320 Guilford Road, Columbia, Maryland 21046 (the Company), and James R. Mirto, an individual residing at 203 Fritillary Court, Edgewater, Maryland 21037 (Employee).
The Company and Employee hereby agree as follows:
1. Employment. The Company hereby employs Employee and Employee hereby accepts employment upon the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth. (As used throughout this Agreement, Company shall mean and include any and all of its present and future subsidiaries and any and all subsidiaries of a subsidiary.) Employee warrants and represents that he is free to enter into and perform this Agreement and is not subject to any employment, confidentiality, non-competition or other agreement which prohibits, restricts, or would be breached by either his acceptance of or his performance under this Agreement.
2. Duties. Employee shall devote his full business time to the performance of services as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer or such other senior management services as may from time to time be designated by the Companys Chief Executive Officer or the Board of Directors. During the Term (as defined below) of this Agreement, Employees services shall be completely exclusive to the Company and he shall devote his entire business time, attention and energies to the business of the Company and the duties which the Company shall assign to him from time to time. Employee agrees to perform his services faithfully and to the best of his ability and to carry out the policies and directives of the Company. Employee agrees to take no action which is in bad faith and prejudicial to the interests of the Company during his employment hereunder. Employee shall be based in Columbia, Maryland but he also may be required from time to time to perform duties hereunder for reasonably short periods of time outside of said area.
3. Term. The term of this Agreement shall be a period beginning on the date hereof and shall continue until terminated in accordance with Section 7 hereof (the Term).
(a) Base Compensation. For all Employees services and covenants under this Agreement, the Company shall pay Employee an initial annual salary of $215,000, subject to annual review by the Board of Directors of the Company and payable in accordance with the Companys payroll policy as constituted from time to time.
(b) Bonus Program. During the Term, the Employee shall be entitled to participate in a bonus program, if any, maintained from time to time by the Company for the benefit of senior executives and other employees of the Company under which award payments, if any, are based on performance criteria and milestones to be mutually determined by the Employee and the Company.
5. Reimbursable Expenses. Employee shall be entitled to reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred by Employee in connection with the performance of his duties hereunder upon receipt of vouchers therefor in accordance with such procedures as the Company has heretofore or may hereafter establish.
6. Employee Benefits.
(a) Employee shall be entitled to four weeks of paid vacation time per year starting from date of hire, calculated on a monthly basis in accordance with Company policies in effect from time to time.
(b) Employee shall be entitled to participate in all group insurance programs, stock option plans or other fringe benefit plans which the Company may now or hereafter in its sole and absolute discretion make available generally to its employees, but the Company shall not be required to establish any such program or plan.
7. Termination of Employment. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, Employees employment may be terminated:
(a) By the Company, in the event of Employees willful failure or refusal to perform in all material respects the services required of him hereby, after a specific written warning with regard thereto, which shall include a statement of corrective actions and a 30 day period for the Employee to respond and implement such actions, has been given to Employee by the Chief Executive Officer of the Company or its Board of Directors, his willful failure or refusal to carry out any proper direction by the Chief Executive Officer or the Board of Directors with respect to the services to be rendered by him hereunder or the manner of rendering such services, his willful misconduct in the performance of his duties hereunder or his commission of a felony involving moral turpitude;
(b) By the Company, upon 30 days notice to Employee, if he should be prevented by illness, accident or other disability (mental or physical) from discharging his duties hereunder for one or more periods totaling three months during any twelve-month period;
(c) By the Company, without cause, or by Employee with Good Reason (as hereinafter defined), provided that if Employees employment is terminated pursuant to this Section 7(c), then in addition to any unpaid bonus with respect to the prior year, Employee shall be entitled to receive his then current salary for one year from the date of termination, together with a performance bonus equal to a fraction the numerator of which is the number of weeks of employment of Employee at the Company during the then current calendar year and the denominator of which is 52, times the amount of performance bonus, if any, paid to the Employee with respect to the prior year, all of which shall be payable in accordance with the Companys payroll policy as constituted from time to time, together with any accrued vacation pay at his then current salary. The Employee shall be entitled to terminate his employment for Good Reason if his responsibilities and authority are reduced or diluted in any material way (other than for cause) without his consent or if he is relocated to another Company office or facility more than 50 miles from Columbia, Maryland without his consent.
(d) By the event of Employees death during the term of his employment; whereupon the Companys obligation to pay further compensation hereunder shall cease forthwith, except that Employees legal representative shall be entitled to receive his fixed compensation for the period up to the last day of the month in which such death shall have occurred.
8. All Business to be Property of the Company; Assignment of Intellectual Property.
(a) Employee agrees that any and all presently existing business of the Company and all business developed by him or any other employee of the Company including without limitation all contracts, fees, commissions, compensation, records, customer or client lists, agreements and any other incident of any business developed, earned or carried on by Employee for the Company is and shall be the exclusive property of the Company, and (where applicable) shall be payable directly to the Company.
(b) Employee hereby grants to the Company (without any separate remuneration or compensation other than that received by him from time to time in the course of his employment) his entire right, title and interest throughout the world in and to, all research, information, procedures, developments, all inventions and improvements whether patentable or nonpatentable, patents and applications therefor, trademarks and applications therefor, copyrights and applications therefor, programs, trade secrets, plans, methods, and all other data and know-how (herein sometimes collectively referred to as Intellectual Property) made, conceived, developed and/or acquired by him solely or jointly with others during the period of his employment with the Company, which are either (i) made, conceived, developed or acquired during regular business hours or on the premises of, or using properties of, the Company or in the regular scope of Employees employment by the Company or (ii) if related to the Companys business, whether or not made, conceived, developed or acquired during regular business hours or on the premises of, or using properties of, the Company or in the regular scope of Employees employment by the Company.
9. Confidentiality. Except as necessary in performance of services for the Company or if required by law and except for such information that becomes generally available to the public through no fault of Employee, Employee shall not, either during the period of his employment with the Company or thereafter, use for his own benefit or disclose to or use for the benefit of any person outside the Company, any information concerning any Intellectual Property, or other confidential or proprietary information of the Company, including without limitation any of the materials listed in Section 8(a), whether Employee has such information in his memory or embodied in writing or other tangible form. All originals and copies of any of the foregoing, however and whenever produced, shall be the sole property of the Company, not to be removed from the premises or custody of the Company without in each instance first obtaining authorization of the Company, which authorization may be revoked by the Company at any time. Upon the termination of Employees employment in any manner or for any reason, Employee shall promptly surrender to the Company all copies of any of the foregoing, together with any documents, materials, data, information and equipment belonging to or relating to the Companys business and in his possession, custody or control, and Employee shall not thereafter
retain or deliver to any other person any of the foregoing or any summary or memorandum thereof.
10. Non-Competition Covenant. As the Employee has been granted options to purchase stock in the Company and as such has a financial interest in the success of the Companys business and as Employee recognizes that the Company would be substantially injured by Employee competing with the Company, Employee agrees and warrants that within the United States, he will not, unless acting with the Companys express prior written consent, directly or indirectly, while an employee of the Company and during the Non-Competition Period, as defined below, own, operate, join, control, participate in, or be connected as an officer, director, employee, partner, stockholder, consultant, or otherwise with, any business or entity which competes with the business of the Company (or its successors or assigns) as such business is now constituted or as it may be constituted at any time during the term of this Agreement; provided, however, that Employee may own less than one percent of the equity of a publicly traded company. The Non-Competition Period shall be a period of one year following termination of employment.
Employee and the Company are of the belief that the period of time and the area herein specified are reasonable in view of the nature of the business in which the Company is engaged and proposes to engage, the state of its business development and Employees knowledge of this business. However, if such period or such area should be adjudged unreasonable in any judicial proceeding, then the period of time shall be reduced by such number of months or such area shall be reduced by elimination of such portion of such area, or both, as are deemed unreasonable, so that this covenant may be enforced in such area and during such period of time as is adjudged to be reasonable.
11. Non-Solicitation Agreement. Employee agrees and covenants that he will not, unless acting with the Companys express written consent, directly or indirectly, during the term of this Agreement or for a period of one year thereafter solicit, entice away or interfere with the Companys contractual relationships with any customer, officer or employee of the Company.
12. Notices. All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been given upon the earlier of actual receipt or three days after having been mailed by first class mail, postage prepaid, or 24 hours after having been sent by Federal Express or similar overnight delivery services, as follows: (a) if to Employee, at the address shown at the head of this Agreement, or to such other person(s) or address(es) as Employee shall have furnished to the Company in writing; and (b) if to the Company, at the address shown at the head of this Agreement, Attention: John A. Spears, with a copy to David A. White, Esq., White & McDermott, P.C., 65 William Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481, or to such other person(s) or address(es) as the Company shall have furnished to Employee in writing.
13. Assignability. In the event that the Company shall be merged with, or consolidated into, any other corporation, or in the event that it shall sell and transfer substantially all of its assets to another corporation, the terms of this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of, and be assumed by, the corporation resulting from such merger or consolidation, or to which the Companys assets shall be sold and transferred. This Agreement shall not be assignable by
Employee, but it shall be binding upon, and to the extent provided in Section 7 shall inure to the benefit of, his heirs, executors, administrators and legal representatives.
14. Entire Agreement. This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the Company and Employee with respect to the subject matter hereof and there have been no oral or other prior agreements of any kind whatsoever as a condition precedent or inducement to the signing of this Agreement or otherwise concerning this Agreement or the subject matter hereof.
15. Equitable Relief. Employee recognizes and agrees that the Companys remedy at law for any breach of the provisions of Sections 8, 9, 10 or 11 hereof would be inadequate, and he agrees that for breach of such provisions, the Company shall, in addition to such other remedies as may be available to it at law or in equity or as provided in this Agreement, be entitled to injunctive relief and to enforce its rights by an action for specific performance. Should Employee engage in any activities prohibited by this Agreement, he agrees to pay over to the Company all compensation, remuneration or monies or property of any sort received in connection with such activities; such payment shall not impair any rights or remedies of the Company or obligations or liabilities of Employee which such parties may have under this Agreement or applicable law.
16. Amendments. This Agreement may not be amended, nor shall any change, waiver, modification, consent or discharge be effected except by written instrument executed by the Company and Employee.
17. Severability. If any part of any term or provision of this Agreement shall be held or deemed to be invalid, inoperative or unenforceable to any extent by a court of competent jurisdiction, such circumstances shall in no way affect any other term or provision of this Agreement, the application of such term or provision in any other circumstances, or the validity or enforceability of this Agreement.
18. Paragraph Headings. The paragraph headings used in this Agreement are included solely for convenience and shall not affect, or be used in connection with, the interpretation hereof.
19. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the law of the State of Delaware, without regard to the principles of conflict of laws thereof.
20. Resolution of Disputes. With the exception of proceedings for equitable relief brought pursuant to Section 15 of this Agreement, any disputes arising under or in connection with this Agreement including, without limitation, any assertion by any party hereto that the other party has breached any provision of this Agreement, shall be resolved by arbitration, to be conducted in Baltimore, Maryland, in accordance with the rules and procedures of the American Arbitration Association. The parties shall bear equally the cost of such arbitration, excluding attorneys fees and disbursements which shall be borne solely by the party incurring the same; provided, however, that if the arbitrator rules in favor of Employee, Company shall be solely responsible for the payment of all costs, fees and expenses (including without limitation
reasonable attorneys fees and disbursements) of such arbitration. The provisions of this Section 20 shall survive the termination for any reason of the Term (whether such termination is by the Company, by Employee or upon the expiration of the Term).
21. Indemnification. The Employee shall be entitled to liability and expense indemnification to the fullest extent permitted by the Companys current By-laws and Certificate of Incorporation, whether or not the same are subsequently amended.
22. Survivorship. The respective rights and obligations of the parties to this Agreement shall survive any termination of this Agreement or Employees employment hereunder for any reason to the extent necessary to the intended preservation of such rights and obligations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed or caused to be executed this Agreement as of the date first above written.
|John A. Spears|
President and Chief Executive Officer
James R. Mirto