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Severance Agreement - Phoenix Technologies Ltd. and David A. Everett

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                               SEVERANCE AGREEMENT

This Severance Agreement (the "Agreement") is effective as of February 19, 1999,
by and between David A. Everett (the "Executive") and Phoenix Technologies Ltd.,
a Delaware corporation (the "Company").


A.   Management of the Company believes that it is in the best interest of
     the Company and its stockholders to provide the Executive with certain
     severance benefits should Executive's employment with the Company
     terminate under certain circumstances. Such benefits will provide
     Executive with enhanced financial security and with sufficient
     incentive and encouragement for Executive to remain with the Company.

B.   To accomplish the foregoing objectives, the Company will, upon
     execution of this Agreement by the parties, agree to the terms
     provided herein.

C.   Certain capitalized terms used in the Agreement are defined in Section
     7 below.


     In consideration of the mutual covenants herein contained, and in
consideration of the continuing employment of Executive by the Company, the
parties agree as follows:

     1.   Duties and Scope of Employment. The Company currently employs
          Executive as Senior Vice President. The Executive shall comply with
          and be bound by the Company's operating policies, procedures and
          practices from time to time in effect during his employment. Executive
          shall continue to devote his full time, skill and attention to her
          duties and responsibilities, and shall perform them faithfully,
          diligently and competently, and the Executive shall use his best
          efforts to further the business of the Company and its affiliated

     2.   Base Compensation. The Company shall continue to pay Executive as
          compensation for his services a base salary in accordance with normal
          Company payroll practices ("Base Compensation"). The Base Compensation
          may be increased from time to time, in which case the "Base
          Compensation" will refer to the base salary earned by Executive at the
          time in question.

     3.   Executive Benefits. The Executive shall be eligible to participate in
          the employee benefit plans and executive compensation programs
          maintained by the Company applicable to other key executives of the
          Company, including (without limitation) retirement plans, savings or
          profit-sharing plans, stock options, incentive or other bonus plans,
          life, disability, health, accident and other insurance programs, paid
          vacations, and similar plans or programs, subject in each case to the
          generally applicable terms and conditions of the applicable plan or
          program in question and to the sole determination of the Board or any
          committee administering such plan or program.


     (a)  Stock Option Grants. Executive will receive an annual grant of stock
          options during the term of this Agreement in a manner and under terms
          that are consistent with grants made to other executives of the

     (b)  Bonus Eligibility and Payment. Executive is currently eligible to
          receive a bonus based on application of the terms of the executive
          bonus plan (i.e. if the Company fails to meet minimum financial
          objectives or Executive fails to complete personal objectives under
          the plan, no bonus will be paid). Such bonus, if any, will be paid to
          Executive at approximately the same time other Company Executives
          receive their bonuses.

4.   Term of Agreement. The terms of this Agreement shall terminate on the date
     that all obligations of the parties hereunder have been satisfied. A
     termination of the terms of this Agreement pursuant to this Section shall
     be effective for all purposes.

5.   Severance Benefits.

     (a)  Termination Not for Cause. If the Company terminates Executive's
          employment for any reason other than Cause, or terminates Executive by
          Constructive Termination as defined in this Agreement, the Executive
          shall be entitled to receive the following severance benefits:

          (i)  Severance Payments.

               (1)  Guaranteed Severance Payments. Subject to Executive entering
                    into a Release of Claims (in a form substantially similar to
                    the release of claims attached as Exhibit A), Executive
                    shall be entitled to receive severance payments for twelve
                    (12) months from the date of termination at Executive's then
                    current base salary, which may be greater than, but will not
                    be less than the Base Compensation (the "Guaranteed
                    Severance Payment"). The Guaranteed Severance Payment will
                    be paid to Executive in accordance with the Company's
                    standard payroll practices. Upon termination, Executive will
                    also be entitled to receive a pro rate portion of his then
                    current targeted bonus for the fiscal year following his
                    termination as described in Section 3(b)(ii).

               (2)  Contingent Severance Payments. If Executive has not secured
                    Reemployment as of the end of the twelve (12) month period,
                    Executive shall be eligible to receive an additional six (6)
                    months of Base Compensation, also paid in accordance with
                    the Company's standard payroll practices ("Contingent
                    Severance Payments"). The Contingent Severance Payments
                    shall discontinue upon Executive notifying Company of


     (ii) Medical Benefits. The Company, at the Company's sole expense, shall
          provide Executive (and, if applicable, his eligible depdents) with the
          same level of health coverage and benefits as in effect for Executive
          (and, if applicable, his eligible dependents) on the day immediately
          preceding the day of the Executive's termination of employment (the
          "Company-Paid Coverage"); provided, however, that (i) Executive and
          each eligible dependent constitutes a qualified beneficiary, as
          defined in Section 4980B(g)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986,
          as amended (collectively, "Qualified Beneficiaries"); (ii) each
          Qualified Beneficiary elects continuation coverage under the
          Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended
          ("COBRA"), within the time period prescribed pursuant to COBRA; and
          (iii) if the health coverage is no longer offered by the Company to
          its current employees, then the Company shall be under no obligation
          to continue the existing coverage for Executive (and, if applicable,
          his eligible dependents). Such Company-Paid Coverage shall continue in
          effect for each Qualified Beneficiary until the earlier of (i) the
          Qualified Beneficiary is no longer eligible to receive continuation
          coverage under COBRA, or (ii) eighteen (18) months following
          termination of employment pursuant to Section 5(a).

    (iii) Change in Control. In the event the Company undergoes a Change in
          Control, or other material event in that the Company or Key
          Executive's position undergoes a material change as a result of the
          material event, Key Executive's stock options will accelerate vesting
          such that fifty percent (50%) of the options will vest at the
          completion of the Change in Control, or material event, and the
          remaining fifty percent (50%) will vest 90 days thereafter. If there
          is an inconsistency between this Agreement and the Company's Stock
          Option Plan or a Stock Option Agreement, the terms of this Agreement
          shall prevail.

(b)  Voluntary Resignation; Termination For Cause. If the Executive voluntarily
     resigns from the Company, or if the Company terminates the Executive's
     employment for Cause, then the Executive shall not be entitled to receive
     severance or other benefits pursuant to this Agreement. However, Executive
     shall remain eligible for the severance and other benefits (if any) as may
     then be available under the Company's then existing severance and benefits
     plans and policies at the time of Executive's termination.

(c)  Disability; Death. If the Company terminates the Executive's employment as
     a result of the Executive's Disability or if the Executive's employment
     terminates due to the death of the Executive, then the Executive shall not
     be entitled to receive severance or other benefits pursuant to this
     Agreement. However, Executive shall remain eligible for those severance and
     other benefits (if any) as may be available under the Company's then
     existing severance and benefit plans and policies at the time of
     Executive's termination or death.


6.   Covenants Not to Compete and Not to Solicit.

     (a)  Upon the termination of the Executive's employment with the Company
          pursuant to Section 5(a) and for a period of eighteen (18) months
          thereafter, Executive agrees that he shall not, on his own behalf, or
          as owner, manager, advisor, principal, agent, partner, consultant,
          director, officer, stockholder, or employee of any business entity, or
          otherwise in any territory in which the Company is actively engaged in
          business (i) open or operate any business which is in competition with
          any business of the Company, (ii) act as an employee, agent, advisor
          or consultant or any competitor of the Company, (iii) solicit or
          accept business from any of the Company's competitors, (iv) take any
          action to or do anything reasonably intended to divert business from
          the Company or influence or attempt to influence any existing
          customers of the Company to cease doing business with the Company or
          to alter its business relationship with the Company, or (v) take any
          action or do anything reasonably intended to influence any suppliers
          of the Company to cease doing business with the Company or to alter
          its business relationship with the Company. Executive further
          covenants and agrees that he will not for himself or on behalf of any
          other person, partnership, firm, association or corporation in any
          territory served by the Company, directly or indirectly solicit or
          accept business from any of the Company's existing customers for the
          purchase or sale of products or services of a like kind to those sold
          or provided the Company. The foregoing covenant shall not be deemed to
          prohibit Executive from acquiring an investment not more than one
          percent (1%) of the capital stock of a competing business, whose stock
          is traded on a national securities exchange or through the automated
          quotation system of a registered securities association.

     (b)  Upon the termination of the Executive's employment with the Company
          pursuant to Section 5(a) and for a period of eighteen (18) months
          thereafter, Executive agrees that he shall not either directly or
          indirectly solicit, induce, attempt to hire, recruit, encourage, take
          away, hire any employee of the Company or cause any employee of the
          Company to leave his or her employment either for Executive or for any
          other entity or person.

     (c)  Executive represents that he (i) is familiar with the foregoing
          covenants not to compete and not to solicit, and (ii) is fully aware
          of his obligations hereunder, including, without limitation, the
          reasonableness of the length of time, scope and geographic coverage of
          these covenants.

     (d)  Company will respond within two weeks to any written request by
          Executive to exclude a particular company or business entity from the
          scope of this Section 6. Company will not unreasonably deny such a
          request. The parties agree that a passive financial investment by
          Executive in a third party will not constitute competition within the
          scope of this Section 6.


7.   Definition of Certain Terms. The following terms referred to in the
     Agreement shall have the following meanings for the purposes of this
     Agreement only:

     (a)  Cause. "Cause" shall mean (i) any act of personal dishonesty taken by
          the Executive in connection with his responsibilities as an Executive
          and intended to result in substantial personal enrichment of the
          Executive, (ii) conviction of a felony that is injurious to the
          Company, (iii) a willful act by the Executive which constitutes gross
          misconduct and which results in material injury to the Company, and
          (iv) continued violations by the Executive of the Executive's
          obligations under Section 1 of this Agreement that are demonstrably
          willful and deliberate on the Executive's part after which describes
          the basis for the Company's belief that the Executive has not
          substantially performed his duties.

     (b)  Constructive Termination. "Constructive Termination" shall mean any of
          the following: (i) any material reduction in compensation, including
          bonus, unless such a reduction is applied to all members of the
          Company's executive officers or members of the Chief Executive's
          staff; (ii) reduction of Executive's title or (iii) material reduction
          in Executive's responsibilities.

     (c)  Disability. "Disability" shall mean that Executive has been unable to
          perform his duties under this Agreement as the result of his
          incapacity due to physical or mental illness, and such inability, at
          least ninety (90) days after its commencement, is determined to be
          total and permanent by a physician selected by the Company or its
          insurers and acceptable to the Executive or the Executive's legal
          representative (such Agreement as to acceptability not to be
          unreasonably withheld). Termination resulting from Disability may only
          be effected after at least 30 days' written notice by the Company of
          its intention to terminate the Executive's employment. In the event
          that the Executive resumes the performance of substantially all of her
          duties hereunder before the termination of his employment becomes
          effective, the notice of intent to terminate shall automatically be
          deemed to have been revoked.

     (d)  Re-employment. "Re-employment" shall mean that the Executive has
          obtained work for compensation from any single employer or client, or
          any group of employers or clients in a cumulative amount greater than
          twenty-four (24) hours per week, or one hundred (100) hours per month.

     (e)  Change in Control. "Change in Control" means the occurrence of any of
          the following:

          (i)  The consummation of a merger or consolidation of the Company with
               or into another entity or any other corporate reorganization, if
               more than 50% of the combined voting power of the continuing or
               surviving entity's securities outstanding immediately after such
               merger, consolidation or other reorganization is owned by persons
               who were not stockholders of the Company immediately prior to
               such merger, consolidation or other reorganization;


               (ii)  The sale, transfer or other disposition of all or
                     substantially all of the Company's assets:

               (iii) Any transaction as a result of which any person becomes the
                     "beneficial owner" (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the
                     Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the
                     Company representing at least 20% of the total voting power
                     represented by the Company's then outstanding voting
                     securities. For purposes of this Paragraph (iii), the term
                     "person" shall have the same meaning as when used in
                     sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act but shall

                     (A)  A trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under
                          an employee benefit plan of the Company or a
                          subsidiary of the Company;

                     (B)  A corporation owned directly or indirectly by the
                          stockholders of the Company in substantially the same
                          proportions as their ownership of the common stock of
                          the Company.

8.   Successors.

     (a)  Company's Successors. Any successor to the Company (whether direct or
          indirect and whether by purchase. Lease, merger, consolidation,
          liquidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the Company's
          business and assets shall assume the obligations under this Agreement
          and agree expressly to perform the obligations under this Agreement in
          the same manner and to the same extent as the Company would be
          required to perform such obligations in the absence of a succession.
          For all purposes under this Agreement, the term "Company" shall
          include any successor to the Company's business and assets which
          executes and delivers the assumption agreement described in this
          Section or which becomes bound by the terms of this Agreement by
          operation of law.

     (b)  Executive's Successors. The terms of this Agreement and all rights of
          the Executive hereunder shall inure to the benefit of, and be
          enforceable by, the Executive's personal or legal representatives,
          executors, administrators, successors, heirs, devisees and legatees.

9.   Notice.

     (a)  General. Notices and all other communications contemplated by this
          Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly
          given when personally delivered or when mailed by U.S. registered or
          certified mail, return receipt requested and postage prepaid. In the
          case of the Executive, mailed notices shall be addressed to him at the
          home address that he most recently communicated to the Company in
          writing. In the case of the Company, mailed notices shall be addressed
          to its corporate headquarters, and all notices shall be directed to
          the attention of its Secretary.


     (b)  Notice of Termination. Any termination by the Company for Cause shall
          be communicated by a notice of termination to the Executive given in
          accordance with Section 9(a) of this Agreement. Such notice shall
          indicate the specific termination provision in the Agreement relied
          upon, shall set forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances
          claimed to provide a basis for termination under the provision so
          indicated, and shall specify the termination date (which shall be not
          more than 15 days after the giving of such notice).

10.  Arbitration.

     (a)  The Company and Executive agree that any dispute or controversy
          arising out of, relating to, or in connection with this Agreement, the
          interpretation, validity, construction, performance, breach, or
          termination hereof, or any of the matters herein released shall be
          settled by binding arbitration to be held in Santa Clara County,
          California in accordance with the national Rules for the Resolution of
          Employment Disputes then in effect of the American Arbitration
          Association (the "Rules"). The arbitrator may grant injunctions or
          other relief in such dispute or controversy. The decision of the
          arbitrator shall be final, conclusive and binding on the parties to
          the arbitration. Judgment may be entered on the arbitrator's decision
          in any court having jurisdiction.

     (b)  The arbitrator(s) shall apply California law to the merits of any
          dispute or claim, without reference to conflicts of law rules.
          Executive hereby consents to the personal jurisdiction of the state
          and federal courts located in California for any action or proceeding
          arising from or relating to this Agreement or relating to any
          arbitration in which the Parties are participants.


11.  Miscellaneous Provisions.

     (a)  Waiver. No provision of this Agreement shall be modified, waived or
          discharged unless the modification, waiver or discharge is agreed to
          in writing and signed by the Executive and by an authorized officer of
          the Company (other than the Executive). No waiver by either party of
          any breach of, or of compliance with, any condition or provision of
          this Agreement by the other party shall be considered a waiver of any
          other condition or provision or of the same condition or provision at
          another time.


     (b)  Whole Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement of
          the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes
          in its entirety any and all prior undertakings and agreements of the
          Company and Executive with respect to the subject matter hereof.

     (c)  Choice of Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and
          performance of this Agreement shall be governed by the internal
          substantive laws but not the choice of law rules of the State of

     (d)  Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision or
          provisions of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or
          enforceability of any other provision hereof, which shall remain in
          full force and effect.

     (e)  No Assignment of Benefits. The rights of any person to payments or
          benefits under this Agreement shall not be made subject to option or
          assignment, either by voluntary or involuntary assignment or by
          operation of law, including (without limitation) bankruptcy,
          garnishment, attachment or other creditor's process, and any action in
          violation of this Section 11(e) shall be void.

     (f)  Employment Taxes. All payments made pursuant to this Agreement will be
          subject to withholding of applicable income and employment taxes.

     (g)  Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of
          which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together will
          constitute one and the same instrument.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the parties has executed this Agreement, in the
case of the Company by its duly authorized officer, as of the day and year first
above written.


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By:  Albert E. Sisto                     David A. Everett
President and CEO


                                    Exhibit A

In consideration for Executive accepting the benefits under his Severance
Agreement dated January 4, 2001, Executive agrees to release Company of all
claims arising from his employment as set forth below.

Employee hereby forever waives for himself, his attorneys, heirs, executors,
administrators, successors and assigns any claims against Phoenix, including its
subsidiaries, affiliates, insurers, shareholders, officers, directors and
employees (the "Parties Released"), for any action, loss, expense or any damages
arising from any occurrence from the beginning of time until the date of the
signing of this Agreement and arising or in any way resulting from Employee's
employment with Phoenix or the termination thereof. The only exceptions to the
above waiver are claims by Employee under any worker's compensation or
unemployment statutes and any right arising under this Agreement. Employee
represents that he has no current intention to assert any claim on any basis
against the Parties Released. Phoenix releases its claims on intellectual
property created by Employee after the date of execution of this Agreement.

In the event of breach of this Agreement by Phoenix, Employee's exclusive remedy
for such breach shall be limited to the enforcement of the terms of this

COMPANY:                                 PHOENIX TECHNOLOGIES LTD.

                                         By:      Albert E. Sisto
                                         Title:   President and CEO

EXECUTIVE:                               David A. Everett