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Severance Agreement and General Release - NaviSite Inc. and Barbara Fortier

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          NaviSite, Inc. ("NaviSite" or the "Company") and Barbara Fortier, (the
"Employee") agree as of November 8, 1999 that the following sets out their
understanding regarding the Employee's separation from the Company.


          Whereas the parties to this Agreement wish to set out the terms and
conditions under which the Employee will sever her employment relationship with

          For purposes of this Agreement, whenever the name Company is used, it
includes all parent, subsidiary, and affiliated entities, including but not
limited to NaviNet, Engage Technologies and CMG Information Services, Inc.
("CMGI"), as well as all current and former agents, employees, attorneys,
insurers, shareholders, officers and directors, all successors and assigns and
all other persons and entities for whose acts and omissions the Company may be
held liable.

          In consideration of the promises and conditions set forth below, the
sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the Company and the Employee agree
as follows:

1.        TERMINATION DATE - The Employee's effective date of termination from
the Company shall be November 30, 1999 (the "Termination Date").

2.        SEVERANCE PAY - To receive the stated severance benefits you must sign
this Agreement and return it to NaviSite no sooner than your Termination Date
and no later than 21 calendar days after your termination date.  Within 15 days
after the receipt by NaviSite of the executed Agreement, the Company will pay
the Employee A LUMP SUM PAYMENT equivalent to sixteen (16) weeks of her current
base salary less applicable state and federal taxes.

3.        BENEFITS - Effective as of the Termination Date, you shall be
considered to have elected to continue receiving group medical insurance
pursuant to the federal "COBRA" law, 29 U.S.C. (S)1161 et seq.  For the first
two months after the termination date, the Company shall pay the full premium
for such coverage. All premium costs after the two month period shall be paid by
you on a monthly basis for as long as, and to the extent that, you remain
eligible for COBRA continuation. All other benefits, including life insurance
and longterm disability, will cease upon the termination date.

4.        STOCK OPTIONS - The Company will request on Employee's behalf that
BancBoston Robertson Stephens Inc., on behalf of itself and as the
representatives for the underwriters, releases Employee from the Lock-Up
Agreement she executed on August 13, 1999. Employee will then have the right to
exercise all vested options that she has in CMGI, NaviSite, and NaviNet in
accordance with the applicable plans and agreements.

5.        OUTPLACEMENT - NaviSite agrees to provide you executive outplacement
services with a provider to be identified. The value of these services shall not
exceed a cost of $10,000.


6.        VACATION PAY - The Employee will receive payment on the Termination
Date for any unused vacation time accrued through the Termination Date.

7.        RELEASE - For the purpose of implementing a full and complete
settlement and release and in consideration of the above payments and benefits,
to which the Employee acknowledges that she would not otherwise be entitled, the
Employee hereby fully, forever, irrevocably and unconditionally releases,
remises and discharges the Company, its officers, directors, stockholders,
agents, employees, corporate affiliates and attorneys, from any and all claims,
charges, complaints, demands, actions, causes of action, suits, rights, debts,
sums of money, costs, accounts, reckonings, covenants, contracts, agreements,
promises, doings, omissions, damages, executions, obligations, liabilities, and
expenses (including attorneys' fees and costs), of every kind and nature which
she ever had or now has against the Company, its officers, directors,
stockholders, corporate affiliates, agents, employees and attorneys, including,
but not limited to, all claims arising out of her employment, all employment
discrimination claims under any state, federal, or local law, including but not
limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. (S)2000 et
seq.; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. (S)621 et seq.; the
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Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C., (S)12101 et seq.; the
Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act, M.G.L. c. 151B (S)1 et seq.; the
Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, M.G.L. c. 12 (S)(S)11H and 11I, the
Massachusetts Equal Rights Act, c. 93 (S)102 and M.G.L. c. 214, (S)1C, as well
as any common law tort claims, wrongful discharge claims, and all other claims
brought under any other federal, state or local statutes or ordinances not
expressly referenced above.

8.        NON-DISCLOSURE AND NON-COMPETITION - The Employee acknowledges her
obligation to keep confidential all non-public information concerning the
Company which Employee has acquired during the course of employment with the
Company. As stated more fully in the CMG Information Services, Inc.,
Nondisclosure and Developments Agreement, including all attachments thereto,
signed by Employee on July 3, 1997 (which remain in full force and effect), the
Employee will not disclose any such information to, or use such information for
the benefit of, any third party, including competitors of the Company. The
Employee further acknowledges and reaffirms her obligations under the non-
competition agreement previously signed by Employee. The Employee further
acknowledges that the obligations pursuant to the non-competition agreement will
remain in full force and effect.

9.        COMPANY EQUIPMENT - The Employee confirms that she has returned to the
Company all files, records, equipment and any other Company-owned property in
her possession, including, without limitation, all equipment, tangible
proprietary information, documents, books, records, reports, contracts, lists,
computer disks (or other computer-generated files or data), or copies thereof,
created on any medium, prepared or obtained by the Employee in the course of or
incident to her employment with the Company.

10.       AMENDMENTS; WAIVERS - This Agreement may not be amended except by an
instrument in writing, signed by each of the parties. No failure to exercise and
no delay in exercising any right, remedy, or power under this Agreement shall
operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any single or partial exercise thereof,
or the exercise of any other right, remedy, or power provided herein or by law
or in equity.



11.       SEVERABILITY - Should any provision of this Agreement be declared or
be determined by any court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal or invalid,
the validity of the remaining parts, terms or provisions shall not be affected
thereby and said illegal and invalid part, term or provision shall be deemed not
to be a part of this Agreement.

12.       CONFIDENTIALITY - The Employee understands and agrees that the
existence and terms of this Agreement and release are confidential and shall not
be disclosed to any third party without the written consent of the Company,
except as required by federal or state law.

13.       NATURE OF AGREEMENT - The parties understand and agree that this
Agreement is a severance agreement and does not constitute an admission of
liability or wrong doing on the part of the Company.

14.       AGE DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS - The Employee understands and agrees that,
by entering this Agreement, (a) she is waiving any rights or claims she might
have under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as amended by the Older
Workers Benefit Protection Act; (b) she has received consideration beyond that
to which she was previously entitled; (c) she is advised to consult with an
attorney before signing this Agreement; and (d) she has been offered the
opportunity to evaluate the terms of this Agreement for not less than twenty-one
(21) days prior to her execution of the Agreement. The Employee understands that
she may revoke this Agreement (by written notice to the Company) for a period of
seven (7) days after the execution of this Agreement, and the Agreement shall
not be effective or enforceable until the expiration of this seven (7) day
revocation period.

15.       VOLUNTARY ASSENT - The Employee affirms that no other promises or
agreements of any kind have been made to or with her by any person or entity
whatsoever to cause the Employee to sign this Agreement, and that she fully
understands the meaning and intent of this Agreement. The Employee further
states and represents that she has carefully read this Agreement, understands
the contents herein, freely and voluntarily assents to all of the terms and
conditions hereof, and signs her name of her own free act.

16.       NON-DISPARAGEMENT - The Employee understands and agrees that she shall
not make any false, disparaging or derogatory statements in public or private
regarding the Company or any of its directors, officers, employees, agents or
representatives or the Company's business affairs and financial condition.

17.       APPLICABLE LAW - This Agreement shall be interpreted and construed by
the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard to conflicts of
laws provisions. The Employee hereby irrevocably submits to, and acknowledges
and recognizes the jurisdiction of the courts of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts (which courts, together with all applicable appellate courts, for
purposes of this Agreement, are the only courts of competent jurisdiction) over
any suit, action or other proceeding arising out of, under or in connection with
this Agreement or the subject matter hereof.

18.       ENTIRE AGREEMENT - The parties understand and agree that the preceding
paragraphs recite the sole consideration for this Agreement, and that all
agreements and understandings between the Employee and the Company on any
subject are embodied and expressed in this Agreement. This Agreement shall
supersede all prior or contemporaneous agreements and



understandings between the Employee and the Company, whether written or oral,
express or implied, with respect to any subject whatsoever, except to the extent
that the provisions of any such agreement have been expressly referred to in
this Agreement as having continued effect.

       IN WITNESS WHEREOF, all parties have set their hand and seal to this
Agreement as of the date written above.

NaviSite, Inc.
By its authorized representative,

Name:   /s/ Jeanne Knight

Title:  Director, Human Resources

Date:   11/9/99


         /s/ Barbara Fortier

Date:   12/2/99



        In accordance with the Company's letter to the Employee dated November
19, 1999, and pursuant to paragraph 17 of the Severance Agreement and General
Release (the "Agreement") between the parties dated November 8, 1999, paragraph
1 of the Agreement is hereby amended to read:

        "TERMINATION DATE - The Employee's effective date of termination from
        the Company shall be December 10, 1999."

NaviSite, Inc.
By its authorized representative,

Name:   /s/ Jeanne Knight

Title:  Director, Human Resources

Date:   12/2/99


        /s/ Barbara Fortier

Date:   12/2/99

100 Brickstone Square
5th Floor
Anodover, MA 01810

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