Employment Agreement - Ralph Lauren Corp. and Mitchell Kosh
POLO RALPH LAUREN CORPORATION
AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (the Agreement), is made effective as of the 8th day of September, 2003 (the Effective Date), by and between POLO RALPH LAUREN CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation (the Corporation), and Mitchell Kosh (the Executive).
WHEREAS, the Executive has been employed with the Corporation pursuant to an Employment Agreement dated July 1, 2001 (the 2001 Employment Agreement); and
WHEREAS, the Corporation and Executive wish to amend and restate such 2001 Employment Agreement effective as of the date hereof;
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and premises contained herein, the parties hereby agree as follows:
1.1 Employment Term. The Corporation hereby agrees to employ the Executive, and the Executive hereby agrees to serve the Corporation, on the terms and conditions set forth herein. The employment of the Executive by the Corporation shall be effective as of the date hereof and continue until the close of business on the third anniversary of the Effective Date of this Agreement (the Term), unless terminated earlier in accordance with Article II hereof.
1.2 Position and Duties. During the Term the Executive shall faithfully, and in conformity with the directions of the Board of Directors of the Corporation (the Board) or the management of the Corporation (Management), perform the duties of his employment, and shall devote to the performance of such duties his full time and attention. During the Term the Executive shall serve in such position as the Board or Management may from time to time direct. During the Term, the Executive may engage in outside activities provided those activities do not conflict with the duties and responsibilities enumerated hereunder, and provided further that the Executive gives written notice to the Board of any outside business activity that may require significant expenditure of the Executives time in which the Executive plans to become involved, whether or not such activity is pursued for profit. The Executive shall be excused from performing any services hereunder during periods of temporary incapacity and during vacations in accordance with the Corporations disability and vacation policies.
1.3 Place of Performance. The Executive shall be employed at the principal offices of the Corporation located in New York, New York, except for required travel on the Corporations business.
1.4 Compensation and Related Matters.
(a) Base Compensation. In consideration of his services during the Term, the Corporation shall pay the Executive cash compensation at an annual rate not less than the base salary as set forth on Exhibit A hereto (Base Compensation). Executives Base Compensation shall be subject to such increases as may be approved by the Board or Management. The Base Compensation shall be payable as current salary, in installments not less frequently than monthly, and at the same rate for any fraction of a month unexpired at the end of the Term.
(b) Bonus. During the Term, the Executive shall have the opportunity to earn an annual bonus in accordance with any annual bonus program the Corporation maintains that would be applicable to the Executive.
(c) Options. During the Term, the Executive shall be eligible to participate in the Polo Ralph Lauren stock option program. Stock options are granted annually in June of each year and are subject to ratification by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. Stock options will vest one third each year from the date of the grant and will be fully vested after three years in accordance with the terms of the Companys stock option program.
(d) Car Allowance. During the Term, the Corporation shall pay Executive a car allowance of $1,500 per month.
(e) Expenses. During the Term, the Executive shall be entitled to receive prompt reimbursement for all reasonable expenses incurred by the Executive in performing services hereunder, including all reasonable expenses of travel and living while away from home, provided that such expenses are incurred and accounted for in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Corporation.
(f) Vacations. During the Term, the Executive shall be entitled to the number of vacation days in each calendar year, and to compensation in respect of earned but unused vacation days, determined in accordance with the Corporations vacation program. The Executive shall also be entitled to all paid holidays given by the Corporation to its employees.
(g) Other Benefits. The Executive shall be entitled to participate in all of the Corporations employee benefit plans and programs in effect during the Term as would by their terms be applicable to the Executive, including, without limitation, any pension and retirement plan, supplemental pension and retirement plan, deferred compensation plan, incentive plan, stock option plan, life insurance plan, medical insurance plan, dental care plan, accidental death and disability plan, and vacation, sick leave or personal leave program. After the Executive becomes employed, the Corporation shall not make any changes in such plans or programs that would adversely affect the Executives benefits thereunder, unless such change occurs pursuant to a program applicable to other similarly situated employees of the Corporation and does not result in a proportionately greater reduction in the rights or benefits of the Executive as compared with other similarly situated employees of the Corporation. Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, nothing paid to the Executive under any plan or program
presently in effect or made available in the future shall be in lieu of the Base Compensation or any bonus payable under Sections 1.4(a) and 1.4(b) hereof.
TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT
2.1 Termination of Employment. The Executives employment may terminate prior to the expiration of the Term under the following circumstances:
(a) Without Cause. The Executives employment shall terminate upon the Corporations notifying the Executive that his services will no longer be required.
(b) Death. The Executives employment shall terminate upon the Executives death.
(c) Disability. If, as a result of the Executives incapacity due to physical or mental illness, the Executive shall have been absent and unable to perform the duties hereunder on a full-time basis for an entire period of six consecutive months, the Executives employment may be terminated by the Corporation following such six-month period.
(d) Cause. The Corporation may terminate the Executives employment for Cause. For purposes hereof, Cause shall mean:
(i) deliberate or intentional failure by the Executive to substantially perform the material duties of the Executive hereunder (other than due to Disability);
(ii) an intentional act of fraud, embezzlement, theft or any other material violation of law;
(iii) intentional wrongful damage to material assets of the Corporation;
(iv) intentional wrongful disclosure of material confidential information of the Corporation;
(v) intentional wrongful engagement in any competitive activity which would constitute a breach of this Agreement and/or of the Executives duty of loyalty; or
(vi) intentional breach of any material employment policy of the Corporation.
No act, or failure to act, on the part of the Executive shall be deemed intentional if it was due primarily to an error in judgment or negligence, but shall be deemed intentional only if done, or omitted to be done, by the Executive not in good faith and without reasonable belief that his action or omission was in, or not opposed to, the best interest of the Corporation. Failure to meet
performance standards or objectives of the Corporation shall not constitute Cause for purposes hereof.
(e) Voluntary Termination. The Executive may voluntarily terminate the Executives employment with the Corporation at any time, with or without Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement, Good Reason shall mean (A) a material diminution in or adverse alteration to Executives title, base salary, position or duties, (B) the relocation of the Executives principal office outside the area which comprises a fifty (50) mile radius from New York City, or (C) a failure of the Corporation to comply with any material provision of this Agreement provided that the events described in clauses (A), (B), and (C) above shall not constitute Good Reason unless and until such diminution, change, reduction or failure (as applicable) has not been cured within thirty (30) days after notice of such noncompliance has been given by the Executive to the Corporation.
2.2 Date of Termination. The date of termination shall be:
(a) if the Executives employment is terminated by the Executives death, the date of the Executives death;
(b) if the Executives employment is terminated by reason of Executives Disability or by the Corporation pursuant to Sections 2.1(a) or 2.1(d), the date specified by the Corporation; and
(c) if the Executives employment is terminated by the Executive, the date on which the Executive notifies the Corporation of his termination.
2.3 Effect of Termination of Employment.
(a) If the Executives employment is terminated by the Corporation, pursuant to Section 2.1(a), or if the Executive resigns for Good Reason pursuant to Section 2.1(e), the Executive shall only be entitled to the following:
(i) Severance. Subject to Section 4.1(a) hereof, the Corporation shall: (a) continue to pay the Executive, in accordance with the Corporations normal payroll practice, his Base Compensation, as in effect immediately prior to such termination of employment, for the longer of the balance of the Term or the one-year period commencing on the date of such termination (whichever period is applicable shall be referred to herein as the Severance Period); and (b) pay to the Executive, on the last business day of the Severance Period, an amount equal to the bonus paid to the Executive for the calendar year prior to the year in which his employment is terminated. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in order to receive any severance benefits under this Section 2.3(a)(i), the Executive must sign and not timely revoke a release and waiver of claims against the Corporation, its successors, affiliates, and assigns, substantially in the form attached to this Agreement as Exhibit C.
(ii) Stock Options. The Executives rights with respect to any stock options granted to the Executive by the Corporation shall be governed by the provisions of the respective award agreements under which such stock options were granted, except as provided in Section 4.1(a).
(iii) Welfare Plan Coverages. The Executive shall continue to participate during the Severance Period in any group medical, dental or life insurance plan he participated in prior to the date of his termination, under substantially similar terms and conditions as an active employee; provided that participation in such group medical, dental and life insurance plan shall correspondingly cease at such time as the Executive (a) becomes eligible for a future employers medical, dental and/or life insurance coverage (or would become eligible if the Executive did not waive coverage) or (b) violates any of the provisions of Article III as determined by the Corporation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Executive may not continue to participate in such plans on a pre-tax or tax-favored basis.
(iv) Retirement Plans. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, it is specifically provided that the Executive shall not accrue additional benefits under any pension plan of the Corporation (whether or not qualified under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended) during the Severance Period.
(b) If the Executives employment is terminated by reason of the Executives death or Disability, pursuant to Sections 2.1(b) and 2.1(c), the Executive (or the Executives designee or estate) shall only be entitled to whatever welfare plans benefits are available to the Executive pursuant to the welfare plans the Executive participated in prior to such termination, and whatever stock options may have been granted to the Executive by the Corporation the terms of which shall be governed by the provisions of the respective award agreements under which such stock options were granted.
(c) If the Executives employment is terminated by either the Corporation for Cause or by the Executive for other than Good Reason pursuant to Section 2.1(e) hereof, the Executive shall receive only that portion of the Executives then current Base Compensation payable through the Executives termination date. The Executives rights with respect to any stock options granted to the Executive by the Corporation shall be governed by the provisions of the respective award agreements under which such stock options were granted. The Corporation shall have no further obligations to the Executive as a result of the termination of the Executives employment.
COVENANTS OF THE EXECUTIVE
(a) The Corporation and the Executive acknowledge that: (i) the Corporation has a special interest in and derives significant benefit from the unique skills and experience of the Executive; (ii) the Executive will use and have access to proprietary and valuable Confidential Information (as defined in Section 3.2 hereof) during the course of the Executives employment; and (iii) the agreements and covenants contained herein are essential to protect the business and goodwill of the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries, affiliates or licensees. Accordingly, except as hereinafter noted, the Executive covenants and agrees that during the Term, and for the remainder of such Term following the termination of Executives employment, the Executive shall not provide any labor, work, services or assistance (whether as an officer, director, employee, partner, agent, owner, independent contractor, stockholder or
otherwise) to a Competing Business. For purposes hereof, Competing Business shall mean any business engaged in the designing, marketing or distribution of premium lifestyle products, including but not limited to apparel, home, accessories and fragrance products, which competes in any material respects with the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries, affiliates or licensees, and shall include, without limitation, those brands and companies that the Corporation and the Executive have jointly designated in writing on the date hereof, which is incorporated herein by reference and which is attached as Exhibit B, as being in competition with the Corporation as of the date hereof. Thus, Executive specifically acknowledges that Executive understands that, except as provided in Section 3.1(b) he may not become employed by any Competing Business in any capacity during the Term.
(b) The non-compete provisions of this Section shall no longer be applicable to Executive if he has been notified pursuant to Section 2.1(a) hereof that his services will no longer be required during the Term or if the Executive has terminated his employment for Good Reason pursuant to Section 2.1(e).
(c) It is acknowledged by the Executive that the Corporation has determined to relieve the Executive from any obligation of non-competition for periods after the Term, and/or if the Corporation terminates the Executives employment under Section 2.1(a) or if the Executive has terminated his employment for Good Reason pursuant to Section 2.1(e). In consideration of that, and in consideration of all of the compensation provisions in this Agreement (including the potential for the award of stock options that may be made to the Executive), Executive agrees to the provisions of Section 3.1 and also agrees that the non-competition obligations imposed herein, are fair and reasonable under all the circumstances.
3.2 Confidential Information.
(a) The Corporation owns and has developed and compiled, and will own, develop and compile, certain proprietary techniques and confidential information as described below which have great value to its business (referred to in this Agreement, collectively, as Confidential Information). Confidential Information includes not only information disclosed by the Corporation and/or its affiliates and licensees to Executive, but also information developed or learned by Executive during the course of, or as a result of, employment hereunder, which information Executive acknowledges is and shall be the sole and exclusive property of the Corporation. Confidential Information includes all proprietary information that has or could have commercial value or other utility in the business in which the Corporation is engaged or contemplates engaging, and all proprietary information the unauthorized disclosure of which could be detrimental to the interests of the Corporation. Whether or not such information is specifically labeled as Confidential Information by the Corporation is not determinative. By way of example and without limitation, Confidential Information includes any and all information developed, obtained or owned by the Corporation and/or its affiliates and licensees concerning trade secrets, techniques, know-how (including designs, plans, procedures, processes and research records), software, computer programs, innovations, discoveries, improvements, research, development, test results, reports, specifications, data, formats, marketing data and plans, business plans, strategies, forecasts, unpublished financial information, orders, agreements and other forms of documents, price and cost information, merchandising opportunities, expansion plans, designs, store plans, budgets, projections, customer, supplier and subcontractor
identities, characteristics and agreements, and salary, staffing and employment information. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Confidential Information shall not in any event include (A) Executives personal knowledge and know-how relating to merchandising and business techniques which Executive has developed over his career in the apparel business and of which Executive was aware prior to his employment, or (B) information which (i) was generally known or generally available to the public prior to its disclosure to Executive; (ii) becomes generally known or generally available to the public subsequent to disclosure to Executive through no wrongful act of any person or (iii) which Executive is required to disclose by applicable law or regulation (provided that Executive provides the Corporation with prior notice of the contemplated disclosure and reasonably cooperates with the Corporation at the Corporations expense in seeking a protective order or other appropriate protection of such information).
(b) Executive acknowledges and agrees that in the performance of his duties hereunder the Corporation will from time to time disclose to Executive and entrust Executive with Confidential Information. Executive also acknowledges and agrees that the unauthorized disclosure of Confidential Information, among other things, may be prejudicial to the Corporations interests, and an improper disclosure of trade secrets. Executive agrees that he shall not, directly or indirectly, use, make available, sell, disclose or otherwise communicate to any corporation, partnership, individual or other third party, other than in the course of his assigned duties and for the benefit of the Corporation, any Confidential Information, either during his term of employment or thereafter.
(c) The Executive agrees that upon leaving the Corporations employ, the Executive shall not take with the Executive any software, computer programs, disks, tapes, research, development, strategies, designs, reports, study, memoranda, books, papers, plans, information, letters, e-mails, or other documents or data reflecting any Confidential Information of the Corporation, its subsidiaries, affiliates or licensees.
(d) During Executives term of employment, Executive will disclose to the Corporation all designs, inventions and business strategies or plans developed for the Corporation, including without limitation any process, operation, product or improvement. Executive agrees that all of the foregoing are and will be the sole and exclusive property of the Corporation and that Executive will at the Corporations request and cost do whatever is necessary to secure the rights thereto, by patent, copyright or otherwise, to the Corporation
3.3 Non-Solicitation of Employees. The Executive covenants and agrees that during the Term, and for the remainder of such Term following the termination of Executives employment for any reason whatsoever hereunder, the Executive shall not directly or indirectly solicit or influence any other employee of the Corporation, or any of its subsidiaries, affiliates or licensees, to terminate such employees employment with the Corporation, or any of its subsidiaries, affiliates or licensees, as the case may be, or to become employed by a Competing Business.
3.4 Nondisparagement. The Executive agrees that during the Term and thereafter whether or not he is receiving any amounts pursuant to Sections 2.3 and 4.1, the Executive shall not make any statements or comments that reasonably could be considered to shed an adverse light on the business or reputation of the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries, affiliates or
licensees, the Board or any officer of the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries, affiliates or licensees; provided, however, the foregoing limitation shall not apply to (i) compliance with legal process or subpoena, or (ii) statements in response to inquiry from a court or regulatory body.
(a) The Executive acknowledges and agrees that in the event the Corporation reasonably determines that the Executive has breached any provision of this Article III, that such conduct will constitute a failure of the consideration for which stock options had been awarded, and notwithstanding the terms of any stock option award agreement, plan document, or other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, the Corporation may notify the Executive that he may not exercise any unexercised stock options and the Executive shall immediately forfeit the right to exercise any stock option of the Corporation that remains unexercised at the time of such notice and Executive waives any right to assert that any such conduct by the Corporation violates any federal or state statute, case law or policy.
(b) If the Corporation reasonably determines that the Executive has breached any provision contained in this Article III, the Corporation shall have no further obligation to make any payment or provide any benefit whatsoever to the Executive pursuant to this Agreement, and may also recover from the Executive all such damages as it may be entitled to at law or in equity. In addition, the Executive acknowledges that any such breach is likely to result in immediate and irreparable harm to the Corporation for which money damages are likely to be inadequate. Accordingly, the Executive consents to injunctive and other appropriate equitable relief upon the institution of proceedings therefor by the Corporation in order to protect the Corporations rights hereunder. Such relief may include, without limitation, an injunction to prevent: (i) the breach or continuation of Executives breach; (ii) the Executive from disclosing any trade secrets or Confidential Information (as defined in Section 3.2); (iii) any Competing Business from receiving from the Executive or using any such trade secrets or Confidential Information; and/or (iv) any such Competing Business from retaining or seeking to retain any employees of the Corporation.
3.6 The provisions of this Article III shall survive the termination of this Agreement and Executives Term of employment.
CHANGE IN CONTROL
4.1 Change in Control.
(a) Effect of a Change in Control. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, if the Executives employment is terminated within 12 months following a Change in Control (as defined in Section 4.1(b) hereof) during the Term by the Corporation for any reason other than Cause, then:
(i) Severance. The Corporation shall pay to the Executive, in lieu of any amounts otherwise due him under Section 2.3(a) hereof, within 15 days of the Executives termination of employment, a lump sum amount equal to two times the sum of:
(A) the Executives Base Compensation, as in effect immediately prior to such termination of employment; and (B) the bonus actually paid to the Executive during the year prior to the Executives termination.
(ii) Stock Options. The Executive shall immediately become vested in any unvested stock options granted to the Executive by the Corporation prior to the Change in Control and Executive will have six (6) months from the date of termination under this circumstance to exercise all vested options.
(b) Definition. For purposes hereof, a Change in Control shall mean the occurrence of any of the following: (i) the sale, lease, transfer, conveyance or other disposition, in one or a series of related transactions, of all or substantially all of the assets of the Corporation to any person or group (as such terms are used in Sections 13(d)(3) and 14(d)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Act)) other than Permitted Holders; (ii) any person or group, other than Permitted Holders, is or becomes the beneficial owner (as defined in Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Act, except that a person shall be deemed to have beneficial ownership of all shares that any such person has the right to acquire, whether such right is exercisable immediately or only after the passage of time), directly or indirectly, of more than 50 percent of the total voting power of the voting stock of the Corporation, including by way of merger, consolidation or otherwise; (iii) during any period of two consecutive years, Present and/or New Directors cease for any reason to constitute a majority of the Board; or (iv) the Permitted Holders beneficial ownership of the total voting power of the voting stock of the Corporation falls below 30 percent and either Ralph Lauren is not nominated for a position on the Board of Directors, or he stands for election to the Board of Directors and is not elected. For purposes of this Section 4.1(b), the following terms have the meanings indicated: Permitted Holders shall mean, as of the date of determination: (A) any and all of Ralph Lauren, his spouse, his siblings and their spouses, and descendants of them (whether natural or adopted) (collectively, the Lauren Group); and (B) any trust established and maintained primarily for the benefit of any member of the Lauren Group and any entity controlled by any member of the Lauren Group. Present Directors shall mean individuals who at the beginning of any such two consecutive year period were members of the Board. New Directors shall mean any directors whose election by the Board or whose nomination for election by the shareholders of the Corporation was approved by a vote of a majority of the directors of the Corporation who, at the time of such vote, were either Present Directors or New Directors.
(c) Excise Tax Gross-Up. If the Executive becomes entitled to one or more payments (with a payment including the vesting of restricted stock, a stock option, or other non-cash benefit or property), whether pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or any other plan or agreement with the Corporation or any affiliated company (collectively, Change of Control Payments), which are or become subject to the tax (Excise Tax) imposed by Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), the Corporation shall pay to the Executive at the time specified below such amount (the Gross-up Payment) as may be necessary to place the Executive in the same after-tax position as if no portion of the Change of Control Payments and any amounts paid to the Executive pursuant to this paragraph 4(c) had been subject to the Excise Tax. The Gross-up Payment shall include, without limitation, reimbursement for any penalties and interest that may accrue in respect of such Excise Tax. For purposes of determining the amount of the Gross-up Payment, the Executive shall be deemed:
(A) to pay federal income taxes at the highest marginal rate of federal income taxation for the year in which the Gross-up Payment is to be made; and (B) to pay any applicable state and local income taxes at the highest marginal rate of taxation for the calendar year in which the Gross-up Payment is to be made, net of the maximum reduction in federal income taxes which could be obtained from deduction of such state and local taxes if paid in such year. If the Excise Tax is subsequently determined to be less than the amount taken into account hereunder at the time the Gross-up Payment is made, the Executive shall repay to the Corporation at the time that the amount of such reduction in Excise Tax is finally determined (but, if previously paid to the taxing authorities, not prior to the time the amount of such reduction is refunded to the Executive or otherwise realized as a benefit by the Executive) the portion of the Gross-up Payment that would not have been paid if such Excise Tax had been used in initially calculating the Gross-up Payment, plus interest on the amount of such repayment at the rate provided in Section 1274(b)(2)(B) of the Code. In the event that the Excise Tax is determined to exceed the amount taken into account hereunder at the time the Gross-up Payment is made, the Corporation shall make an additional Gross-up Payment in respect of such excess (plus any interest and penalties payable with respect to such excess) at the time that the amount of such excess is finally determined.
The Gross-up Payment provided for above shall be paid on the 30th day (or such earlier date as the Excise Tax becomes due and payable to the taxing authorities) after it has been determined that the Change of Control Payments (or any portion thereof) are subject to the Excise Tax; provided, however, that if the amount of such Gross-up Payment or portion thereof cannot be finally determined on or before such day, the Corporation shall pay to the Executive on such day an estimate, as determined by counsel or auditors selected by the Corporation and reasonably acceptable to the Executive, of the minimum amount of such payments. The Corporation shall pay to the Executive the remainder of such payments (together with interest at the rate provided in Section 1274(b)(2)(B) of the Code) as soon as the amount thereof can be determined. In the event that the amount of the estimated payments exceeds the amount subsequently determined to have been due, such excess shall constitute a loan by the Corporation to the Executive, payable on the fifth day after demand by the Corporation (together with interest at the rate provided in Section 1274(b)(2)(B) of the Code). The Corporation shall have the right to control all proceedings with the Internal Revenue Service that may arise in connection with the determination and assessment of any Excise Tax and, at its sole option, the Corporation may pursue or forego any and all administrative appeals, proceedings, hearings, and conferences with any taxing authority in respect of such Excise Tax (including any interest or penalties thereon); provided, however, that the Corporations control over any such proceedings shall be limited to issues with respect to which a Gross-up Payment would be payable hereunder, and the Executive shall be entitled to settle or contest any other issue raised by the Internal Revenue Service or any other taxing authority. The Executive shall cooperate with the Corporation in any proceedings relating to the determination and assessment of any Excise Tax and shall not take any position or action that would materially increase the amount of any Gross-up Payment hereunder.
5.1 Notice. For the purposes of this Agreement, notices, demands and all other communications provided for in the Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have
been duly given when delivered by hand or by facsimile or mailed by United States registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed as follows:
|If to the Executive:|| Mitchell Kosh|
8 Mark Twain Drive
Morris Township, NJ 07960
|If to the Corporation:|| Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation|
650 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10022
Attn: Roger Farah
President & Chief Operating Officer
Fax: (212) 318-7529
or to such other address as any party may have furnished to the other in writing in accordance herewith, except that notices of change of address shall be effective only upon receipt.
5.2 Modification or Waiver; Entire Agreement. No provision of this Agreement may be modified or waived except in a document signed by the Executive and the Corporation. This Agreement, along with any documents incorporated herein by reference, constitute the entire agreement between the parties regarding their employment relationship and supersede all prior agreements, promises, covenants, representations or warranties, including the Executives July 1, 2001 Employment Agreement with the Corporation. To the extent that this Agreement is in any way inconsistent with any prior or contemporaneous stock option agreements between the parties, this Agreement shall control. No agreements or representations, oral or otherwise, with respect to the subject matter hereof have been made by either party that are not set forth expressly in this Agreement.
5.3 Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction, performance, and enforcement of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York without reference to New Yorks choice of law rules. In the event of any dispute, the Executive agrees to submit to the jurisdiction of any court sitting in New York State.
5.4 No Mitigation or Offset. In the event the Executives employment with the Corporation terminates for any reason, the Executive shall not be obligated to seek other employment following such termination and there shall be no offset of the payments or benefits set forth herein.
5.5 Withholding. All payments required to be made by the Corporation hereunder to the Executive or the Executives estate or beneficiaries shall be subject to the withholding of such amounts as the Corporation may reasonably determine it should withhold pursuant to any applicable law.
5.6 Attorneys Fees. Each party shall bear its own attorneys fees and costs incurred in any action or dispute arising out of this Agreement and/or the employment relationship.
5.7 No Conflict. Executive represents and warrants that he is not party to any agreement, contract, understanding, covenant, judgment or decree or under any obligation, contractual or otherwise, in any way restricting or adversely affecting his ability to act for the Corporation in all of the respects contemplated hereby.
5.8 Enforceability. Each of the covenants and agreements set forth in this Agreement are separate and independent covenants, each of which has been separately bargained for and the parties hereto intend that the provisions of each such covenant shall be enforced to the fullest extent permissible. Should the whole or any part or provision of any such separate covenant be held or declared invalid, such invalidity shall not in any way affect the validity of any other such covenant or of any part or provision of the same covenant not also held or declared invalid. If any covenant shall be found to be invalid but would be valid if some part thereof were deleted or the period or area of application reduced, then such covenant shall apply with such minimum modification as may be necessary to make it valid and effective. The failure of either party at any time to require performance by the other party of any provision hereunder will in no way affect the right of that party thereafter to enforce the same, nor will it affect any other partys right to enforce the same, or to enforce any of the other provisions in this Agreement; nor will the waiver by either party of the breach of any provision hereof be taken or held to be a waiver of any prior or subsequent breach of such provision or as a waiver of the provision itself.
5.9 Miscellaneous. No right or interest to, or in, any payments shall be assignable by the Executive; provided, however, that this provision shall not preclude the Executive from designating in writing one or more beneficiaries to receive any amount that may be payable after the Executives death and shall not preclude the legal representative of the Executives estate from assigning any right hereunder to the person or persons entitled thereto. If the Executive should die while any amounts would still be payable to the Executive hereunder, all such amounts shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to the Executives written designee or, if there be no such designee, to the Executives estate. This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of, and shall be enforceable by, the Executive, the Executives heirs and legal representatives and the Corporation and its successors. The section headings shall not be taken into account for purposes of the construction of any provision of this Agreement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement effective as of the date and year first above written.
|POLO RALPH LAUREN CORPORATION|
|/s/ Roger Farah||/s/ Mitchell Kosh|
|By: Roger Farah|
Title: President & Chief Operating Officer
Effective September 8, 2003, annual base compensation is $425,000.
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SEVERANCE AGREEMENT AND RELEASE
This document is an Agreement between the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation (the Company) and myself for me to receive severance pay and other benefits from the Company in exchange for a complete release.
1. Severance Payment
I understand that the Company is not required to provide me with severance and that such payments and other benefits are being offered by the Company in exchange for my release of any and all claims against the Company and its Related Persons (defined below). I understand that I am not required to sign this Agreement and I may choose not to sign it. Even if I do not sign the Agreement, I will receive the benefits I am entitled to under all established Company benefit plans, excluding the severance payment and benefits described herein.
In exchange for the severance benefits described in Section 2.3(a)(i) of my employment contract with the Company dated (Employment Contract), which I acknowledge is sufficient consideration to support this Agreement, I hereby release and forever discharge Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates, predecessors, and assigns and their respective benefit and severance plans, plan administrators and fiduciaries, representatives, present and former officers, directors, stockholders, attorneys, agents and employees, and their heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns (collectively, the Company and its Related Persons), from any and all rights, claims, causes of action, damages and liabilities of every kind whatsoever, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, which against them I or any of my executors, administrators, successors or assigns ever had, now have or hereafter can, shall or may have by reason of any matter, cause or thing whatsoever arising from the beginning of time to the time I sign this Agreement.
This release includes, but is not limited to:
|(i)||Any rights or claims relating in any way to my employment relationship with the Company or any of its Related Persons, or the termination of my employment, or any rights or claims arising under any tort, employment contract (express or implied), public policy, whistleblower law, wrongful discharge or any other obligation including any claims arising under|
|||the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, by the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act;|
|||Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended;|
|||the Civil Rights Act of 1991, as amended;|
|||the Civil Rights Act of 1866;|
|||the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended;|
|||the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended;|
|||the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993;|
|||the Fair Labor Standards Act;|
|||the Equal Pay Act;|
|||the Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act;|
|||the National Labor Relations Act;|
|||the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1964; or|
|||any other federal, state or local law or ordinance (including, without limitation, the New York State Human Rights Law, the New York City Human Rights Law, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, and the California Labor Code); or|
|or(ii)||any other rights or claims which might have been asserted by me including, but not limited to, any claims for wages, severance, bonuses, monetary or equitable relief or other damages of any kind, other employee fringe benefits or attorneys fees, and any claims arising under Company policies, welfare or benefit plans, or other employment practices. This release, however, will not affect my vested profit sharing savings plan benefits or other vested benefits.|
I also expressly waive all rights afforded by Section 1542 of the Civil Code of the State of California (Section 1542), or any similar law in any other jurisdiction. Section 1542 provides that A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE RELEASOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, AND WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS SETTLEMENT.
I understand that any payments or benefits provided to me under the terms of this Agreement do not constitute an admission by the Company or any of its Related Persons that they have violated any law or legal obligation with respect to any aspect of my employment or termination therefrom.
4. Covenant Not to Sue
I also agree, to the extent consistent with applicable law, not to initiate any legal action, charge or complaint (Action) against the Company or any of its Related Persons in any forum whatsoever and to immediately discontinue any such Action previously commenced. Further, to the extent any such Action has been or is brought, I expressly waive any claim to any form of monetary or other damages or any form of recovery or relief in connection with any such Action, or in connection with any Action brought by a third party.
I also agree that I will not issue any communication, written or oral, that disparages, criticizes or otherwise reflects adversely or encourages any adverse action against the Company or any of
its Related Persons. I also agree that I will not divulge, communicate, or in any way make use of any confidential or proprietary information acquired during my employment with the Company.
In addition, I agree that I will not disclose, or cause to be disclosed in any way, the terms of this Agreement, the facts and circumstances underlying this Agreement or the fact that such Agreement exists, except to my spouse or significant other, attorney or accountant, or for the purpose of enforcing this Agreement, should that ever become necessary.
I further agree that I will cooperate fully with the Company in connection with any existing or future litigation involving the Company, whether administrative, civil or criminal in nature, in which and to the extent the Company deems my cooperation necessary.
8. Return of Property/Payment of Invoices
I agree that all files, papers, memoranda, letters, handbooks and manuals, facsimile or other communications that were written, authorized, signed, received or transmitted during my employment and any Company property (including, without limitation, any computer hardware or software, or communications equipment) in my possession are and remain the property of the Company and, as such, are not to be removed from the Companys offices. In addition, any such materials or property that I possess, but which are not in the Companys offices, will be returned immediately.
Further, I agree that the Company may deduct from my severance payment any amounts that I owe to the Company for personal expenses, loans or other obligations due to the Company.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 1542, or any similar laws in another jurisdiction, if I sign this Agreement, I understand and agree that the release in this Agreement is intended to be a full and complete waiver of all claims, if any, which I may have and which I do not now know or suspect to exist in my favor against the Company or any of its Related Persons and that this Agreement extinguishes those claims. By signing, below, I am making a knowing and voluntary decision to waive and release any and all claims in exchange for the severance pay and other benefits offered by the Company. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Company and me concerning my employment and the termination of my employment, and supersedes all prior discussions, agreements and understandings of every kind between the Company and me.
The Company recommends that I consult with an attorney prior to signing this Agreement. The Company also advises me that I have twenty-one (21) days to consider the terms of this Agreement, although I may sign it sooner if I wish. Furthermore, I understand that even after I have signed this Agreement, I will have an additional seven (7) days to revoke my consent by
notifying in writing Barbara Maddock, Vice President of HR Operations and Administration, at 9 Polito Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071, by the close of business on the 7th day following execution of this Agreement. This Agreement shall not become effective or enforceable until this seven (7) day revocation period has expired. If I revoke my consent during this seven (7) day period, I will not be entitled to receive any severance pay or other benefits described in this Agreement.
I understand that my employment with the Company is permanently and irrevocably severed and that I am not eligible for rehire with the Company or any of its Related Persons. In the event I attempt to reapply for any position with the Company or any of its Related Persons or seek any form of independent contractor or consultant relationship with them, I acknowledge that the denial of my re-application would not be unlawful or improper in any way.
11. Commencement of Payment
I further understand that the Company will commence payment of severance, less applicable withholdings, on the first regular payroll date after expiration of the seven (7) day revocation period after the Company receives the signed Release documents, provided that I do not revoke my consent during the revocation period, as described above.
12. Other Information
This Agreement may not be modified or amended unless authorized and agreed to in writing, and signed by me and approved by an authorized Company Officer. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its choice of law rules. If any clause of this Agreement should ever be determined to be unenforceable, it is agreed that this will not affect the enforceability of any other clause or the remainder of this Agreement.
I acknowledge that (i) I have carefully read and fully understand all of the provisions of this Agreement; (ii) I have had an opportunity to have the terms and conditions of this Agreement explained to me by an attorney of my choice; and (iii) I am entering into this Agreement freely, knowingly and voluntarily in exchange for valuable consideration.
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