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     This Amendment to Employment Agreement and Release of Claims (“Agreement”) is made by and between Critical Path, Inc. (the “Company”), and Robert A. Shipp (“Executive”) (collectively referred to herein as the “Parties”) and dated as of August 16 2003 (the “Effective Date”).

     WHEREAS, Executive has been employed by the Company pursuant to a signed Offer Letter dated October 9, 2002 (“Employment Agreement”);

     WHEREAS, Executive and Company hereby agree to amend and/or terminate certain terms and conditions of such Employment Agreement; and

     WHEREAS, Executive and Company hereby agree to the terms and conditions of a modified employment relationship going forward;

     NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises made herein, the Company and Executive hereby agree as follows:

1.      Modification of Employment. Executive shall remain President of the Company and report to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (the “CEO”). However, Executive’s duties shall consist of managing and closing certain key customer accounts and prospects and other strategic relationships at the direction of the CEO. Executive’s employment shall continue to be an at-will relationship as provided under the Employment Agreement.

2.       Consideration. As of the Effective Date, the Company agrees to pay Executive the sum of two-hundred sixty-two thousand five hundred dollars and zero cents ($262,500.00), less all applicable withholdings in accordance with the Company’s standard payroll practices (the “Employment Agreement Amount”). No other amounts are due or payable to the Executive now or at any future time, except as specifically contemplated or described in this agreement.

3.      Payment of Salary; Reimbursement of Expenses. As of the Effective Date, all payment of regular base salary and eligibility for bonuses will terminate, except as specifically contemplated and described in this Agreement. Executive shall be compensated in accordance with a new Compensation Plan (“Plan”), as mutually identified, agreed and determined by the Parties, no later than August 30, 2003. Such Plan shall be appended to this Agreement in the form of Exhibit A hereto, as soon as such Plan is finalized and shall thereafter be incorporated by reference and form a part of this Agreement. The failure for any reason to finalize the plan shall not affect any provision of this Agreement or the validity of any release given hereunder. In the event that the Plan is not agreed upon, Executive shall have no claim for salary, wages or any other amounts due other than as expressly set forth in this Agreement.



On the Effective Date, Company shall pay Executive for final earned but unpaid salary through the Effective Date. Company will continue to reimburse Executive for approved business related expenses incurred in accordance with the current Company travel and expense policies applicable to Executive and properly submitted.

4.      Vesting of Stock Options. As of the Effective Date, Executive shall continue to vest in all previously granted options to purchase shares of Company common stock in accordance with the applicable vesting schedules found in each Stock Option Agreement and as provided in the Employment Agreement. Except as provided below, nothing in this Agreement is intended to otherwise supersede or modify the terms and conditions of the Company’s Stock Option Plans or any agreements issued in connection with those plans including any provision contained in any agreement (including the Employment Agreement) for accelerated vesting and/or any change of control arrangement.

5.       Benefits. Executive shall continue to be covered by all employee health and welfare benefit plans pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Employment Agreement, other than Paid Time Off which ceased accruing as of January 2003. Nothing in this Agreement is intended to supercede or modify the terms and conditions of the Company’s health and benefits plans.

6.      Amendment of Employment Agreement. The following provisions of the Employment Agreement and all obligations of either party thereunder shall immediately terminate and be of no further force or effect: Bonus, Review, Paid Time Off, and Severance. The following provisions of the Employment Agreement shall be modified as provided hereunder: Position and Compensation. In the event of any conflict between the terms of the Employment Agreement and this Amendment, this Amendment shall control. In addition, there shall be added to the definition of “Good Reason” in Appendix A of the Employment Agreement, the following additional item (a) (6) as follows: “employee’s compensation hereunder in any quarter following a Change of Control is less than $25,000.”

7.      Release of Claims.

     a.      Civil Code Section 1542. In connection with all releases given under this Agreement (“Release”), Executive expressly waives any rights or benefits under Section 1542 of the California Civil Code, or any other equivalent statute, which provides as follows:




     b.      Release. Executive agrees that the Employment Agreement Amount constitutes settlement in full of all outstanding obligations owed to Executive by the Company under the Employment Agreement. Except for the promises or obligations made or undertaken in this Agreement and in exchange for the payments and other consideration provided hereunder, Executive, on behalf of himself, and his respective heirs, family members, executors, and assigns, hereby fully and forever releases, acquits, and discharges the Company and its respective officers, directors, employees, investors, shareholders, affiliates, divisions, subsidiaries, predecessor and successor corporations, and assigns, from, and agrees not to sue concerning, any claim, duty, obligation or cause of action relating to any matters of any kind, whether presently known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, that he or she may possess arising from any omissions, acts or facts that have occurred up until the Effective Date. The foregoing release shall include, without limitation, any and all claims relating to or arising from Executive’s employment relationship with the Company and the termination or modification of that relationship; any and all claims relating to, or arising from, Executive’s right to purchase, or actual purchase of shares of stock of the Company, including, without limitation, any claims for rights of rescission, personal tax liabilities, fraud, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of duty under applicable state corporate law, and securities fraud under any state or federal law; any and all claims for wrongful discharge of employment, wages or other compensation, including but not limited to bonuses and commissions; breach of contract, both express and implied; breach of a covenant of good faith and fair dealing, both express and implied; negligent or intentional infliction of emotional distress; negligent or intentional misrepresentation; negligent or intentional interference with contract or prospective economic advantage; defamation; negligence; personal injury; discrimination, disability discrimination; violation of public policy; retaliation; harassment; any tort claims, including wrongful discharge, assault; battery; harassment; invasion of privacy; false imprisonment; and conversion; any and all claims for violation of any federal, state or municipal statute, including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, and Labor Code section 201, et seq., and all as may be amended from time to time; any and all claims arising out of any other laws and regulations relating to employment or employment discrimination; and any and all claims for attorneys’ fees and costs. This release extends to any and all administrative or criminal charges whether before the Division of Labor Standards, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Department of Fair Employment and Housing or any other court or agency to which Executive currently is or shall later become a party. Should Executive ever become a party to any such proceeding, he shall immediately ask any such administrative agency or court to withdraw any such charge as to him.

     The parties acknowledge and agree that all potential or actual disputes between them with respect to the Employment Agreement have been fully and finally settled to their complete satisfaction, leaving no disputes, controversies, claims or grievances of any kind between them. The parties therefore covenant and agree that, except as may be compelled by legal process, they will not raise or in any way pursue any claims which are



being released and discharged in this Agreement in any forum of any kind, including, without limitation, the federal, state or local courts, or federal, state or local agencies or offices of any kind, be they administrative, regulatory, judicial, quasi-judicial, or otherwise. The parties further agree that, except as compelled by legal process, they will not aid, assist, abet or in any way encourage any third party to in any way pursue any claims which are being released and discharged in this Agreement.

     Executive agrees that the release set forth in this section shall be and remain in effect in all respects as a complete general release as to the matters released. Executive understands and agrees that this Release extinguishes all claims by the Executive as of the Effective Date whether known or unknown and foreseen or unforeseen.

     c.      Acknowledgment of Waiver of Claims under ADEA. To the extent applicable, Executive further acknowledges that he is waiving and releasing any rights he may have under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (“ADEA”) and that this waiver and release is knowing and voluntary. Executive and the Company agree that this waiver and release does not apply to any rights or claims that may arise under ADEA after the Effective Date. Executive acknowledges that the consideration given for this waiver and release Agreement is in addition to anything of value to which Executive was already entitled. To the extent the ADEA is applicable to Executive, Executive further acknowledges that he or she has been advised by this writing, as required by the ADEA, that (a) he or she has the right to and should consult with an attorney prior to executing this Agreement (although he or she may execute this Agreement voluntarily earlier); (b) he or she has at least forty-five (45) days within which to consider this Agreement; (c) he or she has seven (7) days following the execution of this Agreement to revoke the Agreement by sending a written notice to the Company to the attention of General Counsel, Critical Path, Inc., 350 The Embarcadero, 6th Floor, San Francisco, California 94105-1204; and (d) this Agreement shall not be effective until the revocation period has expired, which shall be the eighth day after it is signed by Executive and Company.

8.       Confidentiality. Executive understands and agrees that the terms of this Agreement are highly confidential and the Parties hereto each agree to use their best efforts to maintain in confidence the existence of this Agreement, the contents and terms of this Agreement, and the consideration for this Agreement (hereinafter collectively referred to as “Settlement Information”). Each Party hereto agrees to take every reasonable precaution to prevent disclosure of any Settlement Information to third parties, and each agrees that there will be no publicity, directly or indirectly, concerning any Settlement Information, except where such disclosure is required by law and as required by the regulations promulgated under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Parties hereto agree to take every precaution to disclose Settlement Information only to those employees, officers, directors, attorneys, accountants, governmental entities, and family members who have a reasonable need to know of such Settlement Information.



9.       No Representations. Neither party has relied upon any representations or statements made by the other party hereto which are not specifically set forth in this Agreement.

10.       Severability. In the event that any provision hereof becomes or is declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, unenforceable or void, this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect without said provision. Such provision shall be modified by the court so as to be rendered enforceable insofar as possible consistent with the intent of the Parties to all remaining portions of the Agreement.

11.      Entire Agreement. This Agreement represents the entire agreement and understanding between the Company and Executive concerning Executive’s employment with the Company, and supersedes and replaces any and all prior agreements and understandings, whether oral or written, concerning Executive’s relationship with the Company and his or her compensation by the Company, except for (i) the Employment Agreement, to the extent not expressly modified hereunder, (ii) any prior agreement or understanding to indemnify Executive as against third party claims which may arise in connection with Executive’s service as an executive officer, including but not limited to employee’s Indemnification Agreement and (iii) employee’s stock option agreements and the provisions of any other agreement related to such stock option agreements. This Agreement may only be amended in writing signed by Executive and the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer of the Company.

12.      Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California.

13.       Voluntary Execution of Agreement. This Agreement is executed voluntarily and without any duress or undue influence on the part or behalf of the Parties hereto, with the full intent of releasing all claims. Executive acknowledges that: (a) he or she has read this Agreement; (b) has been represented in the preparation, negotiation, and execution of this Agreement by legal counsel of his or her own choice or that he or she has voluntarily declined to seek such counsel; (c) understands the terms and consequences of this Agreement and of the releases it contains; (d) is fully aware of the legal and binding effect of this Agreement.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have executed this Agreement as of the date set forth on the first page of this Agreement.

Dated: As of August 16, 2003  By /s/ William E. McGlashan, Jr.
    Name:  William E. McGlashan, Jr.
   Title:  Chairman and CEO
Dated: As of August 16, 2003  By /s/ Robert Allen Shipp
    Robert Allen Shipp




Compensation Plan

Critical Path will pay you commissions on any transactions which you are substantially materially and principally involved in closing (such determination to be in the sole reasonable discretion of the Chairman and CEO), provided that 1) such transaction is not yet completed or substantially completed as of the date of this agreement, and 2) such transaction is listed below, or otherwise approved in writing by an email exchange between you and the CEO:

State Farm
State of North Carolina

Commissions payable on the above deals shall be as follows:

 i. License transactions 10% of the realized and collected net revenue received by CP in connection with these deals.

 ii. Hosted Transactions — 10% of the first months MRR, multiplied by 12.

 iii. 3.5% on net Professional Services revenue. An additional 3.5% “profitability kicker” will be paid on deals that achieve over 38% margin billing.

 iv. Commissions will be payable on first year SUSS in accordance with and at the rate provided in CP’s standard SUSS commission policy.

Any dispute as to payments and policies surrounding payment will be resolved with reference to CP’s 2003 Sales Incentive Plan Guidelines.