|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2016
12. Employment Agreement
On September 30, 2016, the Company entered into an employment agreement (the “Employment Agreement”) with Katherine Butkevich, the Company’s former Chief Executive Officer. The Employment Agreement provides for an initial term of two years, and is subject to extension upon agreement of the Company and Ms. Butkevich unless either party provides advance written notice of its or her intention not to extend. Under the Employment Agreement, Ms. Butkevich will receive an annual base salary of $300,000, subject to increase, but not decrease, in the sole discretion of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) or the Compensation Committee of the Board (the “Compensation Committee”). Ms. Butkevich will be eligible to receive an annual incentive bonus, at a target amount of not less than her base salary, based upon the achievement of one or more performance goals, targets, measurements and other factors, established for such year by the Compensation Committee. Ms. Butkevich will also participate in all benefit plans and programs, subject to certain conditions and exceptions, as are generally provided by the Company to its other senior executive employees.
Under the terms of Employment Agreement, Ms. Butkevich is subject to non-solicitation, non-competition and non-interference restrictive covenants during her employment and for the 12-month period following her last day of employment with the Company. The Employment Agreement also contains customary confidentiality, work product and return of Company property covenants.
In addition, Ms. Butkevich is entitled to severance pay if she is terminated without “cause” or resigns for “good reason,” each as defined in the Employment Agreement. Upon such termination, provided that she executes a release and waiver agreement, Ms. Butkevich will be entitled to receive an amount equal to the sum of her base salary, any earned but unpaid bonus for the year prior to the year of termination, and the pro rata portion of any bonus earned for the year in which termination occurs, as well as continuation of applicable benefits for a period of 12 months following her termination.
In connection with the approval of the Employment Agreement, Ms. Butkevich also received a non-qualified stock option to purchase 57,500 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $8.19 per share. The option will vest in accordance with the following schedule: (i) 1/3 of the shares underlying the option will vest immediately upon award, (ii) 1/3 of the shares underlying the option will vest on March 31, 2017, and (iii) 1/3 of the shares underlying the option will vest on March 31, 2018.
On December 22, 2016, the Company appointed Maoji (Michael) Wang to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Ms. Butkevich became the Company’s Chief Executive Officer of NAPW.