Offer Letter - Zipcar Inc. and Chief Marketing Officer Robert Weisberg
|December 4, 2009
4317 North Verona Circle
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Congratulations! On behalf of Zipcar, Inc. (the "Company"), I am pleased to extend to you an offer of employment as Chief Marketing Officer, subject to successful completion of the pre-employment check. This is a full time position, with employment commencing on January 4, 2010. In this position you will report to the Chief Executive Officer.
Your annual salary will be two hundred and seventy five thousand dollars ($275,000) per year, to be paid in bi-weekly installments, in the amount of $10,576.92, in accordance with Zipcar's usual payroll practices. All compensation shall be subject to the customary withholding tax and other employment taxes and deductions as required by law.
You will receive a fifty thousand dollar ($50,000) sign-on bonus that will be paid on the first paycheck following the start of employment. Should you voluntarily leave Zipcar, or are terminated by Zipcar for "Cause" within the first year following your first date of employment, the entire amount of the sign-on bonus shall be repayable to the Company.
You will receive a relocation stipend of up to thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) with qualified receipts. Should you voluntarily leave Zipcar within the first year following your first date of employment, the entire amount of the relocation stipend shall be repayable to the Company.
You are also eligible to receive a discretionary annual bonus of up to forty percent (40%) of your annualized base salary. This bonus, if any, will be based on mutually agreed upon performance and company objectives. Payment of this bonus is based upon a recommendation by the CEO and is subject to the discretion of and approval by the Company's compensation committee of its Board of Directors (the "Board"). This bonus will be pro-rated for your partial year of employment in 2010. The bonus, if any, will be payable in the calendar year following the close of the calendar year in which the services are provided to which the annual bonus applies (the "Bonus Payment Date"); provided that you must be employed in good standing by the Company on a Bonus Payment Date in order to be eligible for payment. You understand that you will not be eligible to receive any bonus payment if your employment with the Company has terminated for any reason prior to the Bonus Payment Date. All compensation shall be subject to the customary withholding tax and other employment taxes and deductions as required by law.
Subject to approval by the Company's Board of Directors, the Company will grant to you an option to purchase 250,000 shares of the Company's Common Stock which will vest (i.e., become exercisable) as to 25% of the shares on the first anniversary of your first day of employment. The remaining options will vest in equal share amounts per month for 36 months beginning on your first anniversary of employment subject to your continued employment by the Company. The option exercise price will be equal to the fair market value of a share of Common Stock on the date of grant of the option as determined by the Company's Board of Directors. The option will be issued pursuant to the 2000 stock option plan and will be subject to all of the terms
and conditions set forth in the 2000 stock option plan and the stock option agreements covering the option, which must be executed to affect the grant of any option. The applicable stock option agreements shall include a change in control (CIC) provision that will provide, upon the occurrence of certain circumstances and events as described therein, accelerated vesting as to 25% of the unvested shares in the event of a CIC and accelerated vesting of an additional 25% of the unvested shares in the event your employment is terminated under certain conditions within twelve (12) months of a CIC. The specific details and requirements for accelerated vesting shall be as set forth in the stock option agreements.
Should you accept Zipcar's offer, you will be eligible to participate in the company's group health insurance plan and 401(k) plan, as was all other benefit arrangements offered to similarly situated employees of the Company. Your participation in any employee benefit plan or arrangement will be in accordance with and subject to the terms of each such plan or arrangement.
You will be eligible for a maximum of fifteen (15) days of vacation per calendar year to be taken at such times as may be approved by the Company. The number of vacation days for which you are eligible shall accrue monthly, and shall be subject to the Company's general rules and requirements.
You will be entitled to two (2) paid personal days and two (2) paid sick days after completing six (6) months of employment. Thereafter, you will be entitled to two (2) paid personal days and two (2) paid sick days each calendar year.
As a condition of employment, you will be required to execute the Company's Invention and Non-Disclosure Agreement, Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreement and Comprehensive Security Policy.
In the event that the Company terminates your employment without "Cause," or you terminate your employment with the Company for "Good Reason," then, provided you enter into and do not revoke a binding release of claims in favor of the Company within 30 days of the date of your termination, which is reasonably acceptable to the Company, the Company shall pay to you, in accordance with the Company's regular payroll practices, six (6) months of severance pay at your then applicable base salary. Your severance pay will commence 30 days following the date of termination, provided that the release has been properly executed and not revoked as of such date, or, if the release has been executed and the applicable revocation period has expired prior to the 30th day following your termination of employment, then the severance payments may commence on such earlier date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the 30th day following your termination occurs in the calendar year following your termination, then the payments may commence no earlier than January 1 of such subsequent calendar year. The payment of any severance is subject to the terms set forth in Appendix A.
For purposes of this Agreement, "Cause" shall mean your failure to substantially perform your services hereunder or a material breach of any provisions of this Agreement; your commission of any act of fraud, misappropriation, conversion, disloyalty or embezzlement; your commission of a felony or any crime involving an act of dishonesty; or your incompetence, insubordination or gross negligence or willful misconduct.
For purposes of this Agreement, "Good Reason" means the occurrence of one of the following:
(i) a material diminution or other material adverse change in your office, duties, salary, benefits or responsibilities made without your prior written consent;
(ii) a material breach by the Company of this Agreement; or
(iii) a requirement by the Company that your principal place of work be moved to a location more than fifty (50) miles away from its then current location.
Good Reason shall not exist hereunder unless you provide the Company with written notice of the occurrence of one of the above within ninety (90) days of it first occurring, which notice will set forth in specific detail the facts supporting the occurrence of one of the aforementioned events. Notwithstanding the foregoing, however, you shall not have the ability to terminate this Agreement if the facts alleged in such written notice have been cured by the Company prior to the expiration of such thirty (30) day notice period.
All severance payments are subject to withholding of such amounts, if any, relating to tax and other payroll deductions as the Company reasonably determines are required pursuant to any applicable law or regulations.
You represent that you are not bound by any employment contract, restrictive covenant or other restriction preventing you from entering into employment with or carrying out your responsibilities for the Company, or which is in any way inconsistent with the terms of this letter.
This letter shall not be construed as an agreement, either expressed or implied, to employ you for any stated term, and shall in no way alter the Company's policy of employment at will, under which both you and the Company remain free to terminate the employment relationship, with or without cause, at any time, with or without notice. Similarly, nothing in this letter shall be construed as an agreement, either express or implied, to pay you any compensation or grant you any benefit beyond the end of your employment with the Company.
Rob, we are excited at the prospect of you joining the Zipcar team. Please review the information contained in this letter carefully. If you agree with the employment provisions of this letter, please sign the enclosed duplicate of this letter in the space provided below and return it to me.
|Very Truly Yours,
|Scott W. Griffith
|Chief Executive Officer
|The foregoing correctly sets forth the terms of my employment by Zipcar, Inc.
Compliance with Section 409A
Subject to the provisions in this Appendix A, any severance payments under your offer letter shall begin only upon the date of your "separation from service" (determined as set forth below) which occurs on or after the date of termination of your employment. The following rules shall apply with respect to distribution of the payments, if any, to be provided to you under your offer letter.
1. It is intended that each installment of the severance payments provided under your offer letter shall be treated as a separate "payment" for purposes of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code and the guidance issued thereunder ("Section 409A"). Neither you nor the Company shall have the right to accelerate or defer the delivery of any such payments except to the extent specifically permitted or required by Section 409A.
2. If, as of the date of your "separation from service" from the Company, you are not a "specified employee" (within the meaning of Section 409A), then each installment of the severance payments shall be made on the dates and terms set forth in your offer letter.
3. If, as of the date of your "separation from service" from the Company, you are a "specified employee" (within the meaning of Section 409A), then:
a. Each installment of the severance payments due under your offer letter that, in accordance with the dates and terms set forth herein, will in all circumstances, regardless of when the separation from service occurs, be paid within the Short-Term Deferral Period (as hereinafter defined) shall be treated as a short-term deferral within the meaning of Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(4) to the maximum extent permissible under Section 409A. For purposes of your offer letter, the "Short-Term Deferral Period" means the period ending on the later of the fifteenth day of the third month following the end of your tax year in which the separation from service occurs and the fifteenth day of the third month following the end of the Company's tax year in which the separation from service occurs; and
b. Each installment of the severance payments due under your offer letter that is not described in paragraph 3(a) above and that would, absent this subsection, be paid within the six-month period following your "separation from service" from the Company shall not be paid until the date that is six months and one day after such separation from service (or, if earlier, your death), with any such installments that are required to be delayed being accumulated during the six-month period and paid in a lump sum on the date that is six months and one day following your separation from service and any subsequent installments, if any, being paid in accordance with the dates and terms set forth herein; provided, however, that the preceding provisions of this sentence shall not apply to any installment of severance payments if and to the maximum extent that such installment is deemed to be paid under a separation pay plan that does not provide for a deferral of compensation by reason of the application of Treasury Regulation 1.409A-1(b)(9)(iii) (relating to separation pay upon an involuntary separation from service). Any installments that qualify for the exception under Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9)(iii) must be paid no later than the last day of the second taxable year following the taxable year in which the separation from service occurs.
4. The determination of whether and when your separation from service from the Company has occurred shall be made and in a manner consistent with, and based on the presumptions set forth in, Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(h). Solely for purposes of this paragraph 4, "Company" shall include all persons with whom the Company would be considered a single employer under Section 414(b) and 414(c) of the Code.
5. All reimbursements and in-kind benefits provided under your offer letter shall be made or provided in accordance with the requirements of Section 409A to the extent that such reimbursements or in-kind benefits are subject to Section 409A, including, where applicable, the requirements that (i) any reimbursement is for expenses incurred during your lifetime (or during a shorter period of time specified in your offer letter), (ii) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement during a calendar year may not affect the expenses eligible for reimbursement in any other calendar year, (iii) the reimbursement of an eligible expense will be made on or before the last day of the calendar year following the year in which the expense is incurred and (iv) the right to reimbursement is not subject to set off or liquidation or exchange for any other benefit.
6. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Company shall have no liability to you or to any other person if the payments provided in your offer letter that are intended to be exempt from or compliant with Section 409A are not so exempt or compliant.