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Section 1: 8-K (FORM 8-K)


 
 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549 

 
FORM 8-K

 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 21, 2019
 

 
THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 

 
Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 
001-34856
(Commission File Number)
 
36-4673192
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
One Galleria Tower
13355 Noel Road, 22nd Floor
Dallas, Texas 75240
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (214) 741-7744 

 
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock $0.01 par value per share
HHC
New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
 
Emerging growth company ☐
 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐


Item 2.05 Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.

On October 21, 2019, The Howard Hughes Corporation (the “Company”) announced that, following a thorough review of strategic alternatives by the board of directors of the Company, the Company intends to execute a Transformation Plan, which plan contemplates the appointment of Paul Layne as Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company and the departures of David R. Weinreb as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Grant Herlitz as President of the Company, each effective immediately.  The Transformation Plan also contemplates the relocation of the Company’s headquarters from Dallas, Texas to The Woodlands regional office in Houston, Texas.

As a result of the Transformation Plan, the Company estimates one-time charges associated with relocation expenses, retention and severance payments to be approximately between $38 million to $40 million to be predominantly expensed in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

Appointment of Paul Layne as Chief Executive Officer; Employment Agreement with Mr. Layne

On October 21, 2019, The Howard Hughes Corporation (the “Company”) entered into a new employment agreement with Paul Layne, in connection with Mr. Layne’s appointment by the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (the “Layne Employment Agreement”), effective as of October 21, 2019.  As of such date, Mr. Layne was also appointed as a director on the Board.

Most recently, Mr. Layne served as President – Central Region of the Company, and from May 2012 through December 2017, Mr. Layne was the Company’s Executive Vice President, Master Planned Communities, where he was responsible for overseeing the operation of the master planned communities of The Woodlands, Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills in Houston, Texas, and the 110 N. Wacker office development in Chicago, Illinois.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Layne was Executive Vice President at Brookfield Properties Corporation where he oversaw a 9.7 million square-foot portfolio in Houston’s Central Business District.  There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Layne and any other persons, other than the Layne Employment Agreement, pursuant to which Mr. Layne was appointed to the offices described above, and Mr. Layne has no family relationships with any of the Company’s directors or other executive officers and is not a party to any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

The Layne Employment Agreement has an initial term of five years, subject to earlier termination events described below.  Upon the expiration of the initial term, the Layne Employment Agreement will automatically renew for additional one-year periods, unless either party provides the other party with at least 60 days’ prior written notice that it does not wish to automatically renew the term.

Under the Layne Employment Agreement, Mr. Layne is entitled to an annual base salary of $750,000 and, commencing in 2020, eligible to earn a target annual cash bonus in the amount of $1,000,000 (the “Target Bonus Amount”) which is based upon the achievement of certain performance goals that will be established annually by the Compensation Committee (the “Compensation Committee”) of the Board of Directors of the Company.  If the Compensation Committee establishes a minimum overall performance goal that is required to be achieved for Mr. Layne to be eligible to receive an annual bonus in respect of a calendar year, and that minimum overall goal is achieved for such calendar year, then the annual bonus for such year will be equal to at least 80%, but not more than 120%, of the Target Bonus Amount.  For calendar year 2019, Mr. Layne shall be eligible to receive an annual bonus in accordance with the terms of the bonus program established by the Company for Mr. Layne prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, but with his target bonus for 2019 prorated between his target bonus in effect as of immediately prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer ($460,000) and the Target Bonus Amount.

Commencing in 2020, and continuing during each subsequent calendar year of his employment, Mr. Layne will also be eligible to receive an annual equity award (the “Annual LTIP Award”), which will be awarded each year by the Compensation Committee based upon its evaluation of performance measures and objectives established by the Compensation Committee from time to time.  The Annual LTIP Award will be a long-term equity or equity-based incentive award with an aggregate grant value (based on the achievement of the applicable performance metrics that cause the award to vest at the level of 100%) on the date of grant equal to $2,250,000 (except that the aggregate grant value for the 2020 Annual LTIP Award shall be prorated between Mr. Layne’s long-term incentive target in effect immediately prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer and the new Annual LTIP Award amount), with the number of shares of the
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Company’s common stock (“Common Stock”) subject to such Annual LTIP Award determined by dividing the aggregate grant value by the closing price per share of the Common Stock on the date of grant.  Under the terms of the Layne Employment Agreement, 50% of each Annual LTIP Award granted to Mr. Layne will provide for pro rata time-based vesting over five years, and the remaining 50% shall be subject to performance-based vesting based on performance metrics established by the Compensation Committee.  Each Annual LTIP Award will be subject to the terms and conditions of The Howard Hughes Corporation Amended and Restated 2010 Incentive Plan (the “Incentive Plan”) and any applicable award agreements thereunder.

The Layne Employment Agreement provides that, if Mr. Layne’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause (and other than due to non-renewal, death or permanent disability) or by Mr. Layne for good reason, in each case, subject to his execution and non-revocation of a mutual release of claims, the Company will pay and provide Mr. Layne, in addition to his previously accrued benefits and compensation, the following:  (1) a prorated portion of the Target Bonus Amount, based upon the number of days elapsed during the applicable calendar year in which Mr. Layne was employed (the “Prorated Bonus”), (2) an amount equal to the sum of Mr. Layne’s annual base salary and the Target Bonus Amount and (3) (x) all equity awards granted to Mr. Layne under the Incentive Plan pursuant to any agreements entered into prior to October 21, 2019 shall fully vest (except that any such awards subject to performance-based vesting conditions shall be treated in accordance with clause (z) below), (y) all outstanding time-based Annual LTIP Awards will fully vest, and (z) all performance-based Annual LTIP Awards shall remain outstanding and eligible to vest based on actual achievement (the “Continued Eligibility for Vesting”).  Additionally, if Mr. Layne’s employment terminates due to the Company’s non-renewal of the Layne Employment Agreement after the expiration of the initial five-year term or any subsequent one-year renewal period, the Company will pay and provide Mr. Layne, in addition to his previously accrued benefits and compensation, the following:  (1) the Prorated Bonus, and (2) (x) full vesting of any time-based Annual LTIP Award, and (y) the Continued Eligibility for Vesting.  If Mr. Layne’s employment terminates because of death or as a result of permanent disability, the Company will pay and provide Mr. Layne (or his estate), in addition to previously accrued benefits and compensation, the following:  (1) the Prorated Bonus, and (2) the Continued Eligibility for Vesting.  If Mr. Layne’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause (and other than upon death or permanent disability) or by Mr. Layne for good reason, in either case, in connection with, or within twelve months following, a change in control, the Company will pay and provide Mr. Layne, in addition to his previously accrued benefits and compensation, the following:  (1) the Prorated Bonus, (2) an amount equal to two times the sum of Mr. Layne’s annual base salary and the Target Bonus Amount and (3) (x) all equity awards granted to Mr. Layne under the Incentive Plan pursuant to any agreements entered into prior to October 21, 2019 shall fully vest (except that any such awards subject to performance-based vesting conditions shall be treated in accordance with clause (z) below), (y) any time-based Annual LTIP Awards will fully vest, and (z) all outstanding performance-based Annual LTIP Awards will vest at the greater of (a) 100% of the number of shares of Common Stock granted pursuant to each such award and (b) the performance level achieved as of the date of termination.

The Layne Employment Agreement also provides that if Mr. Layne becomes entitled to receive or if he receives any payments and benefits that would become subject to the excise tax under Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, the payments and benefits will be reduced such that the excise tax does not apply, unless he would be better off on an after-tax basis receiving all of the payments and benefits (and paying the excise tax).

The Layne Employment Agreement requires Mr. Layne to maintain confidentiality of the Company’s proprietary information and includes a non-disparagement covenant.  The Layne Employment Agreement also includes customary non-solicit of employees and non-competition covenants, in each case, applicable during the term of Mr. Layne’s employment with the Company and for a 12-month period following his termination for any reason. 

The foregoing summary of the Layne Employment Agreement is not intended to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Layne Employment Agreement filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.

Departure of Executive Officers

Also on October 21, 2019, Mr. Weinreb and Mr. Herlitz stepped down from their roles as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company, respectively.  Mr. Weinreb has also stepped down as a director on the Board.  The Company and each of Mr. Weinreb and Mr. Herlitz have agreed to treat their terminations of employment as terminations without “cause” under their respective Employment Agreements with the Company and the outstanding warrants to purchase Company stock that each of Mr. Weinreb and Mr. Herlitz hold.

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In lieu of a 60-day notice period required under the terms of each Employment Agreement, the Company will continue to pay each of Mr. Weinreb and Mr. Herlitz his respective base salary, and permit each to continue participating in the Company’s health, medical, and dental plans, through December 31, 2019.  In accordance with each of Mr. Weinreb’s and Mr. Herlitz’s Employment Agreements with the Company, each of Mr. Weinreb and Mr. Herlitz will be entitled to the following severance payments and benefits:  (i) a lump sum amount equal to the sum of (two times the sum of, for Mr. Herlitz) annual base salary and target annual cash bonus, (ii) a prorated target bonus for calendar year 2019 (except that, for this purpose, each of Mr. Weinreb and Mr. Herlitz will be treated as continuing employment through December 31, 2019), and (iii) (A) for Mr. Weinreb, all outstanding shares of performance-based restricted stock will remain outstanding and eligible to vest in accordance with their terms, and (B) for Mr. Herlitz, (x) 50% of his time-based restricted stock award granted on October 2, 2017, will vest, (y) all other outstanding time-based restricted stock awards will vest in full, and (z) all outstanding shares of performance-based restricted stock will remain outstanding and eligible to vest in accordance with their terms.  Each of Mr. Weinreb and Mr. Herlitz, in accordance with their respective Employment Agreements, have entered into a Separation and Release Agreement with the Company (each, a “Release Agreement”), evidencing the above and which provides for, among other things, a mutual release of claims.  Under Mr. Herlitz’s Release Agreement, the Company has further agreed to reimburse up to $5,000 of Mr. Herlitz’s legal fees incurred in connection with negotiating the Release Agreement.

The foregoing summary of each Release Agreement is not intended to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of each Release Agreement, filed as Exhibits 10.2 and 10.3, respectively, to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
(d)                                 Exhibits
 
Exhibit No.
 
Description
 
 
 
 
 
 



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SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION
 
 
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ Peter F. Riley  
 
 
 
Peter F. Riley
 
 
 
 
Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
 
 
 
 
 
 
Date: October 21, 2019
 
 
 
 




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Section 2: EX-10.1 (PAUL LAYNE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT)


Exhibit 10.1


EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
This Employment Agreement (this “Agreement”), dated October 21, 2019 (the “Effective Date”), is entered into by and between The Howard Hughes Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and Paul Layne (the “Executive”).
RECITALS
WHEREAS, the Company desires to employ the Executive upon and subject to the terms, conditions, rights and obligations set forth in this Agreement;
WHEREAS, the Executive desires to accept such employment upon and subject to the terms, conditions, rights and obligations set forth in this Agreement; and
WHEREAS, the parties desire to enter into and be bound by this Agreement.
NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS:
1. Employment Period.  The Company hereby agrees to employ the Executive, and the Executive hereby agrees to work in the employ of the Company, subject to the terms and conditions, rights and obligations of this Agreement, for the period commencing on the Effective Date and ending, unless terminated earlier pursuant to Section 3 hereof, on the fifth (5th) anniversary of the Effective Date (the “Employment Period”).  Thereafter, the Employment Period shall renew automatically for additional periods of one (1) year, unless either party provides the other party with written notice of non-renewal at least sixty (60) days prior to the date of automatic renewal.
2.Terms of Employment.
(a)         Position and Duties.
(i)         During the Employment Period, the Executive shall serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, with such authority, duties and responsibilities as are normally attendant to such position and such other duties commensurate with this position that may be reasonably assigned by the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”).  The Executive shall report to the Board.  On the Effective Date, the Executive shall be appointed as a director on the Board, and the Company shall nominate the Executive for election to the Board at each annual stockholders’ meeting of the Company that occurs during the Employment Period.
(ii)        During the Employment Period, and excluding any periods of vacation and sick leave to which the Executive is entitled, the Executive agrees to devote all of his business attention and time to the business and affairs of the Company, and to use his reasonable best efforts to perform such responsibilities.  During the Employment Period, it shall not be a violation of this Agreement for the Executive to (A) consistent with Company governance policies, serve on corporate boards or committees of businesses that are not competitors of the Company, with prior written approval of the

Board or an authorized committee thereof, (B) serve on civic or charitable boards or committees, (C) manage personal and family investments, and (D) engage in lectures or teaching, so long as any such activities referenced in Sections 3(a)(ii)(A)-(D) do not, individually or in the aggregate, interfere with the discharge of the Executive’s responsibilities pursuant to this Agreement; provided, however, for the avoidance of doubt, during the Employment Period, the Executive shall not hold any other management positions at other companies or any other entities.
(iii)        Place of Performance.  The principal place of employment of the Executive as of the Effective Date will be in the Dallas, Texas metropolitan area; however, such principal place of employment will be in the Houston, Texas metropolitan area commencing upon the Company’s relocation of its corporate headquarters to such area (as applicable, the “Principal Location”).  The Executive understands that he shall regularly be required to travel in connection with the performance of his duties hereunder.
(b)         Compensation.
(i)         Annual Base Salary.  During the Employment Period, unless increased by the Board in its sole discretion, the Executive shall receive an annual base salary of SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($750,000) (the “Annual Base Salary”), payable in equal installments in accordance with the Company’s normal payroll practice for its senior executives, subject to the Executive’s continued employment with the Company.
(ii)        Annual Bonus.  Commencing in 2020, and continuing during each subsequent calendar year of the Employment Period, the Executive shall be eligible for an annual cash bonus (the “Annual Bonus”) in the targeted amount of ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000) (the “Target Bonus Amount”), which shall be awarded each year during the Employment Period by the Compensation Committee of the Board (the “Compensation Committee”) based upon its evaluation of such performance measures and objectives as may be established by the Compensation Committee from time to time (the “Annual Bonus Performance Metrics”).  The amount of the Annual Bonus that shall be paid to Executive each year shall be determined by the Compensation Committee based on the achievement of the Annual Bonus Performance Metrics; provided, however, that, if the Compensation Committee establishes a minimum overall performance goal that is required to be achieved for the Executive to be eligible to receive any Annual Bonus in respect of a calendar year, and that minimum overall goal is achieved for such calendar year, then the Annual Bonus for such calendar year shall be equal to at least EIGHTY PERCENT (80%) of the Target Bonus Amount, but not more than ONE-HUNDRED TWENTY PERCENT (120%) of the Target Bonus Amount. For calendar year 2019, the Executive shall be eligible to receive an Annual Bonus in accordance with the terms of the bonus program established by the Company for the Executive prior to the Effective Date, based on actual performance in accordance with such program; provided, that the Executive’s target bonus under such program for 2019 shall be prorated among the Target Bonus Amount (based on the period of time commencing on the Effective Date and ending on December 31, 2019) and the Executive’s target bonus under such

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program ($460,000) in effect prior to the Effective Date (based on the period of time commencing on January 1, 2019 and ending on the date immediately prior to the Effective Date).  The Annual Bonus for each year shall be paid to the Executive as soon as reasonably practicable following the end of such year and at the same time that other senior executives of the Company receive bonus payments, but in no event later than March 15 following the end of the calendar year to which such Annual Bonus relates.
(iii)        Annual Equity or Equity-Based Incentive Awards.  Commencing in 2020, and continuing during each subsequent calendar year of the Employment Period, the Executive shall be eligible to receive an annual equity award (the “Annual LTIP Award”), which shall be awarded each year during the Employment Period by the Compensation Committee based upon its evaluation of such performance measures and objectives as may be established by the Compensation Committee from time to time.  The Annual LTIP Award shall be a long-term equity or equity-based incentive award with an aggregate targeted grant value (with respect to the portion of the Annual LTIP Award that is subject to performance metrics, based on the achievement of the applicable performance metrics that cause the award to vest at the level of 100%, and without taking into account the probability of the award vesting at that level on the date of grant) on the date of grant equal to TWO MILLION AND TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($2,250,000) (the “Target LTIP Award Amount”), with the number of shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”) subject to such Annual LTIP Award determined by dividing the aggregate grant value by the closing price per share of the Common Stock on a nationally recognized exchange or as otherwise provided for in the Incentive Plan on the date of grant, which shall be awarded each year by the Compensation Committee based on the achievement of the Annual Bonus Performance Metrics for the applicable year; provided, that the Target LTIP Award Amount for 2020 shall be prorated among the Target LTIP Award Amount (based on the period of time commencing on the Effective Date and ending on December 31, 2019) and the Executive’s annual target long-term incentive award in effect prior to the Effective Date (based on the period of time commencing on January 1, 2019 and ending on the date immediately prior to the Effective Date).  The determination as to whether the performance goals have been achieved shall be made in the sole discretion of the Compensation Committee. The Annual LTIP Award shall be granted to the Executive at the same time that other senior executives of the Company are granted their annual equity or equity-based incentive awards but in no event later than March 15 following the end of the calendar year to which such Annual LTIP Award relates.  Fifty percent (50%) of each Annual LTIP Award granted to the Executive shall provide for pro rata time vesting over five years in accordance with the terms of the applicable award agreement (the “Time Vesting LTIP Award”) and the other fifty percent (50%) of such award shall provide for performance-based vesting (the “Performance Vesting LTIP Award”).  All Annual LTIP Awards shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the Incentive Plan and any applicable award agreements thereunder. For purposes of this Agreement, “Incentive Plan” shall mean The Howard Hughes Corporation Amended and Restated 2010 Incentive Plan, as in effect from time to time (and any successor plan thereto).
(iv)        Relocation.  If the Board requests, and the Executive agrees, to relocate from the Principal Location during the Employment Period, then the Company
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shall provide the Executive with (A) home sale services (at market price and with no reimbursement for any loss on home price) and (B) reimbursement in accordance with Company policy for the Executive’s reasonable and properly documented moving expenses, which shall include the costs of moving the Executive, his family and possessions from the Principal Location to the location requested by the Board.
(v)        Indemnification.  Simultaneously herewith, or as promptly as practicable hereafter, the Company and the Executive will enter into an indemnification agreement on substantially the same terms as the indemnification agreements entered into by the Company and each of its directors prior to the Effective Date.
(c)         Benefits.  During the Employment Period, except as otherwise expressly provided herein, the Executive shall be entitled to participate in all employee welfare benefit plans, practices, policies and programs and fringe benefits to the extent applicable generally and on a basis no less favorable than that provided to other senior officers of the Company, including, without limitation, health, medical, dental, long-term disability and life insurance plans.  The Executive shall be entitled to paid annual vacation totaling four (4) weeks per calendar year in accordance with the Company’s vacation policy in effect from time to time.
(d)         Expenses.  The Company shall reimburse the Executive for all reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred by the Executive in connection with the business affairs of the Company and the performance of the Executive’s duties hereunder, in accordance with Company policy as in effect from time to time.
(e)         Business Travel.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent that the Executive is required to travel during the Employment Period in connection with the Executive’s duties and responsibilities hereunder, the Company shall, in accordance with Company policy as in effect from time to time, reimburse the Executive as follows:  (i) for first class commercial air travel for the Executive (and the Executive’s spouse, if the Executive’s spouse’s presence is required for Company events, consistent with the Company’s general policies); and (ii) for first-class hotel accommodations.
3. Termination of Employment.
(a)        Death or Permanent Disability.  The Executive’s employment shall terminate automatically upon the Executive’s death or if the Executive suffers a Permanent Disability.  For purposes of this Agreement, “Permanent Disability” means the inability of the Executive to perform the essential functions of his job with the Company by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to last for sixty (60) or more consecutive days or more than ninety (90) days during any three hundred sixty-five (365) day period, as determined by a duly licensed physician.  If the Executive suffers a Permanent Disability during the Employment Period, the Company may give to the Executive written notice, in accordance with Section 12(b), of its intention to terminate the Executive’s employment.  In such event, the Executive’s employment with the Company shall terminate effective on the thirtieth (30th) day after the Executive’s receipt of such notice by the Company (the “Disability Effective Date”), provided that, within the thirty (30) days after such receipt, the Executive shall not have returned to full-time performance of the Executive’s duties.  The
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Executive shall fully cooperate in connection with the determination of whether a Permanent Disability exists.
(b)         Cause.  The Company may terminate the Executive’s employment during the Employment Period for Cause.  For purposes of this Agreement, “Cause” shall mean, as determined in good faith by a unanimous vote (excluding the Executive if he is then a member of the Board) of the Board at a meeting of the Board held for such purpose, and where the Executive and the Executive’s counsel had an opportunity (on at least 15 days prior notice) to be heard before the Board, the Executive’s:
(i)        conviction, plea of guilty or no contest to any felony;
(ii)       gross negligence or willful misconduct in the performance of the Executive’s duties;
(iii)      drug addiction or habitual intoxication;
(iv)     commission of fraud, embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, breach of fiduciary duty, material violation of law or a material act of dishonesty against the Company, in each case that the Board determines was willful;
(v)       material and continued breach of this Agreement, after notice for substantial performance is delivered by the Company in writing that identifies in reasonable detail the manner in which the Company believes the Executive is in breach of this Agreement;
(vi)       willful material breach of Company policy or code of conduct; or
(vii)      willful and continued failure to substantially perform his duties hereunder (other than such failure resulting from the Executive’s incapacity due to physical or mental illness);
provided, however, that in each case the Company shall provide the Executive with written notice that an event constituting Cause has occurred (such notice to be provided within sixty (60) days of the initial occurrence of such event) and specifying the details of such event.  With respect to any events described under Sections 3(b)(ii),(v),(vi) or (vii) above, the Executive shall be given thirty (30) days from his receipt of written notice to cure such events.  If the Executive cures an event during such period that would otherwise constitute Cause, then the Company will have no right to terminate the Executive’s employment for Cause. For purposes of this provision, no act or omission on the part of the Executive shall be considered “willful” unless it is done or omitted not in good faith or without reasonable belief that the act or omission was in the best interests of the Company.  Any act or omission by the Executive based upon a resolution duly adopted by the Board or advice of counsel for the Company shall be conclusively presumed to have been done or omitted in good faith and in the best interests of the Company.  This Section 3(b) shall not prevent the Executive from challenging whether the Board acted in good faith in determining that Cause exists or that the Executive has failed to cure any act (or failure to act) that purportedly formed the basis for the Board’s determination in accordance with the
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procedures set forth in Section 10.  In addition, and for the avoidance of doubt, the burden of proof regarding the existence of Cause shall be on the Company.
(c) Good Reason.  The Executive may terminate the Executive’s employment during the Employment Period for Good Reason.  For purposes of this Agreement, “Good Reason” shall mean the occurrence of any of the following events without the Executive’s written consent:
(i)        a material diminution in the Executive’s base compensation;
(ii)       a material diminution in the Executive’s authority, duties or responsibilities;
(iii)      the Executive no longer reports directly to the Board;
(iv)      any other action or inaction that constitutes a material breach by the Company of this Agreement; or
(v)       any requirement that the Executive relocate or maintain his Principal Location more than fifty (50) miles from Dallas, Texas (or, following the relocation described in Section 2(a)(iii), which shall not constitute Good Reason, Houston, Texas).
provided, however, that in each case the Executive must provide the Company with written notice that an that an event constituting Good Reason has occurred (such notice to be provided within sixty (60) days of the initial occurrence of such event) and specifying the details of such event.  With respect to any events described under Section 3(c)(i), (ii), (iv) or (v) above, the Company shall be given thirty (30) days from its receipt of written notice to cure such events.  If the Company cures an event during such period that would otherwise constitute Good Reason, then the Executive will have no right to terminate his employment for Good Reason.  Following the occurrence of a Change in Control (as defined below), any claim by the Executive that Good Reason exists shall be presumed to be valid and correct unless an AAA arbitrator determines, in accordance with Section 10, that the Company has established by clear and convincing evidence that Good Reason does not exist.  A termination of the Executive’s employment for Good Reason in accordance with this Section 3(c) is intended to be treated as an involuntary separation from service for purposes of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).
(d)         Without Cause.  Subject to the provisions of this Agreement, the Company shall have the right to terminate the Executive’s employment hereunder without Cause by providing the Executive with sixty (60) days’ prior written Notice of Termination, and such termination shall not in and of itself be, nor shall it be deemed to be, a breach of this Agreement.
(e)         Without Good Reason.  The Executive will have the right to voluntarily terminate his employment hereunder without Good Reason by providing the Company with sixty (60) days’ prior written Notice of Termination, and such voluntary termination shall not in and of itself be, nor shall it be deemed to be, a breach of this Agreement.
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(f)         Notice of Termination.  Any termination by the Company or by the Executive shall be communicated by providing Notice of Termination to the other party hereto given in accordance with Section 12(b).  For purposes of this Agreement, a “Notice of Termination” means a written notice which (i) indicates the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon, (ii) to the extent applicable, sets forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Executive’s employment under the provision so indicated, and (iii) the contemplated date of termination.
4. Obligations of the Company upon Termination.
(a)         Non-Change in Control Termination (Other than Non-Renewal).  If (1) during the Employment Period, the Company shall terminate the Executive’s employment without Cause (and other than upon the Executive’s death or Permanent Disability) or (2) during the Employment Period, the Executive shall terminate his employment for Good Reason,  the Company shall have no further obligations to the Executive except as follows:
(i)        the Company shall pay or provide the Executive, to the extent not theretofore paid, as soon as practicable after the date of termination (but in no event later than 60 days after the date of termination):  (A) accrued Annual Base Salary and vacation pay through the date of termination;  (B) any reimbursement to which the Executive is entitled pursuant to Company policy, but which was not reimbursed prior to the date of termination; and (C) any other earned but unpaid outstanding compensatory arrangements ((A), (B) and (C)), together, the “Accrued Benefits”);
(ii)       the Company shall pay the Executive at the normally scheduled time an amount equal to the product of (x) the Target Bonus Amount multiplied by (y) a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days of during such calendar year that the Executive was employed by the Company and the denominator of which is 365 (the “Prorated Bonus”);
(iii)      the Company shall pay the Executive, on the 60th day following the date of termination, a lump sum amount equal to the product of one times (1x) the sum of (A) the Annual Base Salary (which shall be the Annual Base Salary prior to any reduction if the termination is for Good Reason because of a reduction in the Annual Base Salary) plus (B) the Target Bonus Amount; and
(iv)     (A) all prior share Awards (as defined in the Incentive Plan), granted to Executive pursuant to any agreement(s) entered into prior to the Effective Date between Executive and the Company to the extent outstanding as of the date of termination that are subject to forfeiture on the date of termination shall fully vest and become non-forfeitable; provided, that any such Awards that are subject to performance-based vesting restrictions or conditions shall instead be treated in accordance with clause (C) of this Section 4(a)(iv), (B) all outstanding Time Vesting LTIP Awards, if any, that are subject to forfeiture on the date of termination shall fully vest and become non-forfeitable, and (C) all outstanding Performance Vesting LTIP Awards, if any, that are subject to forfeiture on the date of termination shall remain outstanding and continue to vest in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant of the applicable equity
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award as if Executive’s employment had continued through the date on which the performance metrics are measured (and the Company shall take any action that is necessary to ensure that such equity awards remain outstanding under the Incentive Plan), and at such time such equity awards shall either be vested or forfeited based on the achievement of the applicable performance metrics (the “Continued Eligibility for Vesting”).
The amounts payable or to be provided under this Section 4(a) shall be in lieu of any amounts that would otherwise be paid or provided under Section 4(b), Section 4(c) and Section 4(d).
(b)         Non-Renewal.  If the Executive’s employment is terminated based on the Company electing to not renew or extend the Employment Period on the fifth (5th) anniversary, or any subsequent anniversary, of the Effective Date, the Company shall have no further obligations to the Executive except as follows:
(i)        the Accrued Benefits;
(ii)       the Prorated Bonus; and
(iii)      (A) all outstanding Time Vesting LTIP Awards, if any, that are subject to forfeiture on the date of termination shall fully vest and become non-forfeitable, and (B) the Continued Eligibility for Vesting.
The amounts payable or to be provided under this Section 4(b) shall be in lieu of any amounts that would otherwise be paid or provided under Section 4(a), Section 4(c) and Section 4(d).
(c)         Termination Because of Death or Permanent Disability.  If, during the Employment Period, the Executive’s employment terminates because the Executive dies or as a result of Permanent Disability, the Company shall have no further obligations to the Executive except as follows:
(i)        the Accrued Benefits;
(ii)       the Prorated Bonus; and
(iii)      the Continued Eligibility for Vesting.
The amounts payable or to be provided under this Section 4(c) shall be in lieu of any amounts that would otherwise be paid or provided under Section 4(a), Section 4(b) and Section 4(d).
(d)         Change in Control Termination.  If, during the Employment Period, the Company shall terminate the Executive’s employment without Cause (and other than upon the Executive’s death or Permanent Disability), or if the Executive shall terminate his employment for Good Reason, in either case, in connection with, or within twelve (12) months following, a Change in Control (any such termination of employment, a “Change in Control Termination”), the Company shall have no further obligations to the Executive except as follows:
(i)        the Accrued Benefits;
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(ii)       the Prorated Bonus;
(iii)      the Company shall pay the Executive, on the 60th day following the date of termination, a lump sum amount equal to the product of two times (2x) the sum of (A) the Annual Base Salary (which shall be the Annual Base Salary prior to any reduction if the termination is for Good Reason because of a reduction in the Annual Base Salary) plus (B) the Target Bonus Amount; and
(iv)     (A) all prior share Awards granted to Executive pursuant to any agreement(s) entered into prior to the Effective Date between Executive and the Company to the extent outstanding as of the date of termination that are subject to forfeiture on the date of termination shall fully vest and become non-forfeitable; provided, that any such Awards that are subject to performance-based vesting restrictions or conditions shall instead be treated in accordance with clause (C) of this Section 4(d)(iv); (B) all outstanding Time Vesting LTIP Awards, if any, that are subject to forfeiture on the date of termination shall fully vest and become non-forfeitable, and (C) all outstanding Performance Vesting LTIP Awards, if any, that are subject to forfeiture on the date of termination shall fully and immediately vest and become non-forfeitable at the greater of (1) one hundred percent (100%) of the number of shares of Common Stock granted pursuant to each such award, or (2) the performance level that has been achieved as of the date of termination.
The amounts payable or to be provided under this Section 4(d) shall be in lieu of any amounts that would otherwise be paid or provided under Section 4(a), Section 4(b) and Section 4(c).
(e)         Condition.  The Company shall not be required to make the payments and provide the benefits specified in Sections 4(a)(ii), 4(a)(iii), 4(a)(iv), 4(b)(ii), 4(b)(iii), 4(c)(ii), 4(c)(iii), 4(d)(ii), 4(d)(iii) or 4(d)(iv) hereof unless, prior to payment, the parties hereto (or the Executive’s estate in the event of Executive’s death) have entered into a release substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (for which the applicable seven-day revocation period has expired), prior to the 60th day following the date of termination, under which the Executive releases the Company, its Affiliates and their officers, directors and employees from all liability (other than the payments and benefits under this Agreement); provided, that if the time period for executing and returning the release begins in one taxable year and ends in a second taxable year, any payments shall not commence until the second taxable year.  In the event that such release is not executed and delivered to the Company in accordance with this Section 4(e) prior to the 60th day following the date of termination (with the applicable seven-day revocation period having expired), the Executive shall forfeit the payments and benefits specified in Sections 4(a)(ii), 4(a)(iii), 4(a)(iv), 4(b)(ii), 4(b)(iii), 4(c)(ii), 4(c)(iii), 4(d)(ii), 4(d)(iii) or 4(d)(iv) hereof, as applicable.
(f)         Resignation from Certain Directorships.  Following the Employment Period or the termination of the Executive’s employment for any reason, if and to the extent requested by the Board, the Executive agrees to resign from the Board, all fiduciary positions (including as trustee) and from all other offices and positions he holds with the Company and any of its Affiliates; provided, however, that if the Executive refuses to tender his resignation
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after the Board has made such request, then the Board shall be empowered to tender the Executive’s resignation from such offices and positions.
5. Change in Control.
(a)         For purposes of this Agreement, “Change in Control” means the occurrence of any of the following events:
(i)        A “change in the ownership of the Company” which shall occur on the date that any one person, or more than one person acting as a group acquires ownership of stock in the Company that, together with stock held by such person or group, constitutes more than 50% of the total fair market value or total voting power of the stock of the Company; however, if any one person or more than one person acting as a group, is considered to own more than 50% of the total fair market value or total voting power of the stock of the Company, the acquisition of additional stock by the same person or persons will not be considered a “change in the ownership of the Company” (or to cause a “change in the effective control of the Company” within the meaning of Section 5(a)(ii) below) and an increase of the effective percentage of stock owned by any one person, or persons acting as a group, as a result of a transaction in which the Company acquires its stock in exchange for property will be treated as an acquisition of stock for purposes of this paragraph; provided further, however, that for purposes of this Section 5(a)(i), the following acquisitions shall not constitute a Change in Control:  (A) any acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any entity controlled by the Company, or (B) any acquisition by investors (immediately prior to such acquisition) in the Company for financing purposes, as determined by the Board in its sole discretion.  This Section 5(a)(i) applies only when there is a transfer of the stock of the Company (or issuance of stock) and stock in the Company remains outstanding after the transaction.
(ii)        A “change in the effective control of the Company” which shall occur on the date that either (A) any one person, or more than one person acting as a group acquires (or has acquired during the twelve-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition by such person or persons) ownership of stock of the Company possessing 35% or more of the total voting power of the stock of the Company, except for (1) any acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any entity controlled by the Company or (2) any acquisition by investors (immediately prior to such acquisition) in the Company for financing purposes, as determined by the Board in its sole discretion; or (B) a majority of the members of the Board are replaced during any twelve-month period by directors whose appointment or election is not endorsed by a majority of the members of the Board prior to the date of the appointment or election.  For purposes of a “change in the effective control of the Company,” if any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, is considered to effectively control the Company within the meaning of this Section 5(a)(ii), the acquisition of additional control of the Company by the same person or persons is not considered a “change in the effective control of the Company,” or to cause a “change in the ownership of the Company” within the meaning of Section 5(a)(i) above.
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(iii)        The occurrence of any of the transactions contemplated by Section 5(a)(i) or 5(a)(ii) above in connection with which the stock of the Company ceases to be publicly traded on a national securities exchange.
(iv)        A “change in the ownership of a substantial portion of the Company’s assets” which shall occur on the date that any one person, or more than one person acting as a group acquires (or has acquired during the twelve-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition by such person or persons) assets of the Company that have a total gross fair market value equal to or more than 60% of the total gross fair market value of all the assets of the Company immediately prior to such acquisition or acquisitions; provided that the proceeds of such acquisition or acquisitions are distributed to the shareholders of the Company in connection with such acquisition or acquisitions.  For this purpose, gross fair market value means the value of the assets of the Company, or the value of the assets being disposed of, determined without regard to any liabilities associated with such assets.  Any transfer of assets to an entity that is controlled by the shareholders of the Company immediately after the transfer, as provided in guidance issued pursuant to Section 409A of the Code, shall not constitute a Change in Control.
(v)       For purposes of this Section 5(a), the provisions of Section 318(a) of the Code regarding the constructive ownership of stock will apply to determine stock ownership; provided, that stock underlying unvested options (including options exercisable for stock that is not substantially vested) will not be treated as owned by the individual who holds the option.  In addition, for purposes of this Section 5(a), “Company” includes (A) the Company and (B) an entity that is a stockholder owning more than 50% of the total fair market value and total voting power (a “Majority Shareholder”) of the Company, or any entity in a chain of entities in which each entity is a Majority Shareholder of another entity in the chain, ending in the Company.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 5(a), any transaction with Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. or any of its Affiliates shall not be deemed to be Change in Control, unless otherwise determined by the Board.  For purposes of this Agreement, “Affiliate” means, with respect to any Person, (A) if such Person is not an individual, any Person directly or indirectly controlling or controlled by or under direct or indirect common control with such Person, where “control” means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct the management and policies of a Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise or any entity in which such Person has a substantial equity interest, and (B) if such Person is an individual, a spouse of such Person, or any child or parent of such Person.  For purposes of this Agreement, “Person” means any individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, association, business trust, joint venture, business entity or other entity of any kind or nature, including any business unit of such Person.
6. No Mitigation.
  In no event shall the Executive be obligated to seek or obtain other employment after the date of termination, or take any other action by way of mitigation of the amounts payable to the Executive under any of the provisions of this Agreement, and such amounts shall not be reduced, whether or not the Executive obtains other employment.  The Company may offset any amounts that it owes to the Executive by any amounts that the
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Executive owes to the Company or its Affiliates; provided that, in no event, shall any payment under this Agreement that constitutes “nonqualified deferred compensation” for purposes of Section 409A of the Code be subject to offset by any amount unless such offset is expressly permitted under Section 409A of the Code.
7. Potential Reductions.
(a)         Notwithstanding any other provisions in this Agreement, in the event that any payment or benefit received or to be received by the Executive (including, without limitation, any payment or benefit received in connection with a Change in Control or the termination of the Executive’s employment, whether pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or any other plan, program, arrangement or agreement) (all such payments and benefits, together, the “Total Payments”) would be subject (in whole or part), to any excise tax imposed under Section 4999 of the Code, or any successor provision thereto (the “Excise Tax”), then, after taking into account any reduction in the Total Payments provided by reason of Section 280G of the Code in such other plan, program, arrangement or agreement, the Company will reduce the Executive’s payments and/or benefits under this Agreement, to the extent necessary so that no portion of the Total Payments is subject to the Excise Tax (but in no event to less than zero), in the following order:  (i) any cash severance amount, as described in Sections 4(d)(ii) and 4(d)(iii); and (ii) any acceleration of outstanding equity compensation, as described in Section 4(d)(iv) hereof (the payments and benefits set forth in clauses (i) through (ii) of this Section 7(a), together, the “Potential Payments”); provided, however, that the Potential Payments shall only be reduced if (A) the net amount of such Total Payments, as so reduced (and after subtracting the net amount of federal, state and local income taxes on such reduced Total Payments and after taking into account the phase out of itemized deductions and personal exemptions attributable to such reduced Total Payments), is greater than or equal to (B) the net amount of such Total Payments without such reduction (but after subtracting the net amount of federal, state and local income taxes on such Total Payments and the amount of Excise Tax to which the Executive would be subject in respect of such unreduced Total Payments and after taking into account the phase out of itemized deductions and personal exemptions attributable to such unreduced Total Payments).  For purposes of determining whether and the extent to which the Total Payments will be subject to the Excise Tax:  (i) no portion of the Total Payments the receipt or enjoyment of which the Executive shall have waived at such time and in such manner as not to constitute a “payment” within the meaning of Section 280G(b) of the Code shall be taken into account; (ii) no portion of the Total Payments shall be taken into account which does not constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G(b)(2) of the Code (including, without limitation, by reason of Section 280G(b)(4)(A) of the Code) and, in calculating the Excise Tax, no portion of such Total Payments shall be taken into account which constitutes reasonable compensation for services actually rendered, within the meaning of Section 280G(b)(4)(B) of the Code, in excess of the “base amount” (as set forth in Section 280G(b)(3) of the Code) that is allocable to such reasonable compensation; and (iii) the value of any non-cash benefit or any deferred payment or benefit included in the Total Payments shall be determined by in accordance with the principles of Sections 280G(d)(3) and (4) of the Code.
(b)         All determinations required to be made under this Section 7, including whether an Excise Tax would otherwise be imposed, whether the Total Payments shall be reduced, the amount of any such reduction and the assumptions to be utilized in arriving at such
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determinations not expressly provided for herein, shall be made by an independent, nationally recognized accounting firm or compensation consulting firm mutually acceptable to the Company and Executive (the “Determination Firm”) which shall provide detailed supporting calculations both to the Company and Executive within 15 business days of the receipt of notice from the Company that a payment is due to be made hereunder, or such earlier time as is requested by the Executive.  All reasonable fees and expenses of the Determination Firm shall be borne solely by the Company.  Any determination by the Determination Firm shall be binding upon the Company and Executive, absent manifest error.  As a result of the uncertainty in the application of Section 4999 of the Code at the time of the initial determination by the Determination Firm hereunder, it is possible that payments which Executive was entitled to, but did not receive as a result of application of Section 7, could have been made without the imposition of the Excise Tax (“Underpayment”), consistent with the calculations required to be made hereunder.  In such event, the Determination Firm shall determine the amount of the Underpayment that has occurred and any such Underpayment shall be promptly paid by the Company to or for the benefit of Executive but no later than March 15 of the year after the year in which the Underpayment is determined to exist, which is when the legally binding right to such Underpayment arises.
(c)         The fact that the Executive’s right to payments or benefits may be reduced by reason of the limitations contained in this Section 7 shall not of itself limit or otherwise affect any other rights of the Executive under this Agreement.
8. Restrictive Covenants.
(a)         Non-Solicit.  During the Employment Period, and for a twelve (12) month period after the Executive’s employment is terminated for any reason, the Executive shall not (except in connection with the performance of his duties for the Company) in any manner, directly or indirectly (without the prior written consent of the Company) Solicit (as defined below) anyone who is then an employee or independent contractor of the Company or its Affiliates (or who was an employee or independent contractor of the Company or its Affiliates within the prior twelve (12) months to resign from the Company or its Affiliates or to apply for or accept employment with any other business or enterprise.  For purposes of this Agreement, “Solicit” means any direct or indirect communication of any kind, regardless of who initiates it, that in any way invites, advises, encourages or requests any person to take or refrain from taking any action.
(b)         Confidential Information.  The Executive hereby acknowledges that, as an employee of the Company, he will be making use of, acquiring and adding to confidential information of a special and unique nature and value relating to the Company and its Affiliates and their strategic plan and financial operations.  The Executive further recognizes and acknowledges that all confidential information is the exclusive property of the Company and its Affiliates, is material and confidential, and is critical to the successful conduct of the business of the Company and its Affiliates.  Accordingly, the Executive hereby covenants and agrees that he will use confidential information for the benefit of the Company and its Affiliates only and shall not at any time, directly or indirectly, during the term of this Agreement and thereafter divulge, reveal or communicate any confidential information to any person, firm, corporation or entity whatsoever, or use any confidential information for his own benefit or for the benefit of
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others.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Executive shall be authorized to disclose confidential information (i) as may be required by law or legal process after providing the Company with prior written notice and an opportunity to respond to such disclosure (unless such notice is prohibited by law), or (ii) with the prior written consent of the Company. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, the Executive shall not be prohibited from: (i) filing and, as provided for under Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) maintaining the confidentiality of a claim with a government agency that is responsible for enforcing a law; (ii) providing confidential information to the extent required by law or legal process or permitted by Section 21F of the Exchange Act; (iii) cooperating, participating or assisting in any government or regulatory entity investigation or proceeding; or (iv) receiving an award for information provided to any government agency that is responsible for enforcing the law.
(c)         Non-Competition.  During the Employment Period, and for a twelve (12) month period after the Executive’s employment is terminated for any reason, the Executive shall not directly or indirectly (whether for compensation or otherwise) own or hold any interest in, manage, operate, control, consult with, render services for, or in any manner participate in any business that is directly competitive with the business of the Company, either as a general or limited partner, proprietor, shareholder, officer, director, agent, employee, consultant, trustee, Affiliate or otherwise.  Nothing herein shall prohibit the Executive from being a passive owner of not more than 2% of the outstanding securities of any publicly traded company engaged in the business of the Company. 
(d)         Survival.  Any termination of the Executive’s employment or of this Agreement shall have no effect on the continuing operation of this Section 8.
(e)         Non-Disparagement.  During the Employment Period and thereafter, the Executive shall not, in any manner, directly or indirectly through another person or entity, knowingly make any false or any disparaging or derogatory statements about the Company, any of its Affiliates or any of their employees, officers or directors.  The Company, in turn, agrees that it will not make, in any authorized corporate communications to third parties, and it will direct the members of the Board and the executive officers of the Company, not to in any manner, directly or indirectly through another person or entity, knowingly make any false or any disparaging or derogatory statements about the Executive; provided, however, that nothing herein shall prevent either party from giving truthful testimony or from otherwise making good faith statements in connection with legal investigations or other proceedings.
(f)        Enforcement.  If, at the time of enforcement of this Section 8, a court of competent jurisdiction holds that the restrictions stated herein are unreasonable under circumstances then existing, the parties hereto agree that the maximum period, scope or geographical area reasonable under such circumstances shall be substituted for the stated period, scope or area.  Because the Executive’s services are unique and because the Executive has access to confidential information, the parties hereto agree that money damages would be an inadequate remedy for any breach of this Section 8.  Therefore, in the event of a breach or threatened breach of this Agreement, the Company or its successors or assigns may, in addition to other rights and remedies existing in their favor, apply to any court of competent jurisdiction
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for specific performance and/or injunctive or other relief in order to enforce, or prevent any violations of, the provisions hereof.
9. Successors.
(a)         This Agreement is personal to the Executive and without the prior written consent of the Company shall not be assignable by the Executive otherwise than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executive’s legal representatives.
(b)         This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Company and its successors and assigns.
(c)         The Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company to assume expressly and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place.  Upon the occurrence of a Change in Control, the Company will similarly require the acquiring entity to assume the Company’s obligations under this Agreement.  As used in this Agreement, “Company” shall mean the Company as defined above and any successor to its business and/or assets (or the acquiring entity upon the occurrence of a Change in Control as described and defined above).
10. Disputes.
(a)         Jurisdiction and Choice of Forum.  Except as set forth in Section 8(f), all disputes directly or indirectly arising under or related to the employment of the Executive or the provisions of this Agreement shall be settled by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) then in effect, such arbitration shall be held in Dallas, Texas, as the sole and exclusive remedy of the parties.  The arbitration shall be heard by one (1) AAA arbitrator who shall be selected by AAA.  The arbitrator shall have the authority to order expedited discovery and shall set a hearing within ninety (90) days following the arbitrator’s appointment as arbitrator by the AAA.  The arbitrator shall render an award and decision not later than thirty (30) days following the closing of arbitration hearing.  Judgment on any arbitration award may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.  The prevailing party in any arbitration hearing shall also be entitled to recover his/its costs and attorneys’ fees.
(b)         Governing Law.  This Agreement and any disputes, claims or defenses arising under it will be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the State of Delaware applicable to contracts made and to be performed entirely within that State.
11. Section 409A of the Code.
(a)         Compliance.  The intent of the parties is that payments and benefits under this Agreement are either exempt from or comply with Section 409A of the Code (“Section 409A”) and, accordingly, to the maximum extent permitted, this Agreement shall be interpreted to that end.  The parties acknowledge and agree that the interpretation of Section 409A and its application to the terms of this Agreement is uncertain and may be subject to change as
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additional guidance and interpretations become available.  In no event whatsoever shall the Company be liable for any tax, interest or penalties that may be imposed on the Executive by Section 409A or any damages for failing to comply with Section 409A.
(b)         Six Month Delay for Specified Employees.  If any payment, compensation or other benefit provided to the Executive in connection with his employment termination is determined, in whole or in part, to constitute “nonqualified deferred compensation” within the meaning of Section 409A and the Executive is a “specified employee” as defined in Section 409A, no part of such payments shall be paid before the day that is six months plus one day after the Executive’s date of termination or, if earlier, the Executive’s death (the “New Payment Date”).  The aggregate of any payments that otherwise would have been paid to the Executive during the period between the date of termination and the New Payment Date shall be paid to the Executive in a lump sum on such New Payment Date.  Thereafter, any payments that remain outstanding as of the day immediately following the New Payment Date shall be paid without delay over the time period originally scheduled, in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
(c)         Termination as a Separation from Service.  A termination of employment shall not be deemed to have occurred for purposes of any provision of this Agreement providing for the payment of any amounts or benefits subject to Section 409A upon or following a termination of employment until such termination is also a “separation from service” within the meaning of Section 409A and for purposes of any such provision of this Agreement, references to a “resignation,” “termination,” “terminate,” “termination of employment” or like terms shall mean separation from service.
(d)         Payments for Reimbursements and In-Kind Benefits.  All reimbursements for costs and expenses under this Agreement shall be paid in no event later than the end of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the Executive incurs such expense.  With regard to any provision herein that provides for reimbursement of costs and expenses or in-kind benefits, except as permitted by Section 409A, (i) the right to reimbursement or in-kind benefits shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit, and (ii) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement or in-kind benefits provided during any taxable year shall not affect the expenses eligible for reimbursement or in-kind benefits to be provided in any other taxable year.
(e)         Payments within Specified Number of Days.  Whenever a payment under this Agreement specifies a payment period with reference to a number of days (e.g., “payment shall be made within 30 days following the date of termination”), the actual date of payment within the specified period shall be within the sole discretion of the Company.
(f)         Installments as Separate Payment.  If under this Agreement, an amount is paid in two or more installments, for purposes of Section 409A, each installment shall be treated as a separate payment.
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12. Miscellaneous.
(a)         Amendment.  This Agreement may not be amended or modified otherwise than by a written agreement executed by the parties hereto or their respective successors and legal representatives.
(b)         Notices.  Whenever any notice is required or permitted hereunder, such notice must be in writing and personally delivered, mailed by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, or by email transmission.  The parties agree that any notices shall be given at the following addresses; provided that the parties may change, at any time and from time to time, by written notice to the other, the address which it or he had previously specified for receiving notices:
If to the Executive:

at the Executive’s primary residential address
as shown on the records of the Company
If to the Company:

at the Company’s corporate headquarters
Attention:  Office of the General Counsel
with a copy to:

William A. Ackman, Chairman of the Board
888 Seventh Avenue, 42nd Floor
New York, NY 10019
or to such other address as either party shall have furnished to the other in writing in accordance herewith.  Notice and communications shall be effective when actually received by the addressee.
(c)         Severability.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement.
(d)        Tax Withholding.  The Company may withhold from any amounts payable under this Agreement such federal, state, local or foreign taxes as shall be required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.
(e)        Compliance with Dodd-Frank.  All payments under this Agreement, if and to the extent they are subject to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), shall be subject to any incentive compensation policy established from time to time by the Company to comply with the Dodd-Frank Act. The Executive acknowledges and agrees that the Company may from time to time establish incentive compensation policies that may apply to this Agreement and the awards contemplated hereunder.
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(f)         No Waiver.  The Executive’s or the Company’s failure to insist upon strict compliance with any provision of this Agreement or the failure to assert any right the Executive or the Company may have hereunder, including, without limitation, the Company’s right to terminate the Executive for Cause pursuant to Section 3 (subject to Executive’s right to challenge such determination in accordance with the provisions set forth in Section 3), shall not be deemed to be a waiver of such provision or right or any other provision or right of this Agreement.
(g)         No Strict Construction.  It is the parties’ intention that this Agreement not be construed more strictly with regard to the Executive or the Company.
(h)         Entire Agreement.  This Agreement shall supersede any other employment or severance agreement or similar arrangements between the parties, and shall supersede any prior understandings, agreements or representations by or among the parties, written or oral, whether in term sheets, presentations or otherwise, relating to the subject matter hereof.  In the event of any inconsistency or conflict between any terms, definitions or conditions of this Agreement and the terms, definitions or conditions of any other agreement, the terms, definitions and conditions of this Agreement shall govern and control.
(i)         Counterparts.  This Agreement may be signed in counterparts, each of which shall be an original, with the same effect as if the signatures thereto and hereto were upon the same instrument.
(j)         Section References; Captions.  Any reference to a “Section” herein is a reference to a section of this Agreement unless otherwise stated.  The captions of this Agreement are not part of the provisions hereof and shall have no force or effect.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Executive has hereunto set the Executive’s hand and, pursuant to the authorization from the Board or other duly authorized governing body, the Company has caused these presents to be executed in its name on its behalf, all as of the Effective Date.

 
 
    EXECUTIVE  
       
    /s/ Paul Layne  
    Paul Layne  
       
       
    THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION  
       

By:
/s/ Peter F. Riley
 
   Name:   Peter F. Riley  
   Title:      Secretary
 
       

[Signature Page to Layne Employment Agreement]



EXHIBIT A

WAIVER AND RELEASE AGREEMENT
This Waiver and Release Agreement (hereinafter “Release”) is entered into among Paul Layne (hereinafter “Executive”) and The Howard Hughes Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”).
The parties previously entered into an employment agreement dated October 21, 2019 (the “Employment Agreement”), pursuant to which Executive is entitled to certain payments and benefits upon termination of employment subject to the execution and nonrevocation of this Release. Executive has had a termination of employment pursuant to the Employment Agreement.
 NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of certain payments and benefits under the Employment Agreement, Executive and the Company agree as follows:
1. Executive expressly waives and releases the Company, its affiliates and related entities, parent corporations and subsidiaries, and all current and former directors, administrators, supervisors, managers, agents, officers, partners, stockholders, attorneys, insurers and employees of the Company and its affiliates, related entities, parent corporations and subsidiaries, and their successors and assigns (the “Company Released Entities”), from any and all claims, actions and causes of action, at law or in equity, known or unknown, including, without limitation, those directly or indirectly relating to or connected with Executive’s employment with the Company or termination of such employment, including but not limited to any and all claims under the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, the Texas Payday Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as such Acts have been amended, and all other forms of employment discrimination whether under federal, state or local statute or ordinance, wrongful termination, retaliatory discharge, breach of express, implied, or oral contract, interference with contractual relations, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and any other tort or contract claim under common law of any state or for attorneys’ fees, based on any act, transaction, circumstance or event arising up to and including the date of Executive’s execution of this Release; provided, however, that (i) nothing herein shall limit or impede Executive’s right to file or pursue an administrative charge with, or participate in, any investigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or any similar local, state or federal agency, or to file a claim for unemployment compensation benefits, and/or any causes of action which by law Executive may not legally waive, (ii) Executive does not release the Company Released Entities from any rights and/or claims (a) Executive may have that arise after the date Executive signs this Release, (b) that by law cannot be waived by private agreement, (c) to enforce the Employment Agreement in accordance with its terms (including the severance provisions set forth in the Employment Agreement), subject to the terms of this Release or (d) to enforce this Release.  Executive agrees, however, that if Executive or anyone acting on Executive’s behalf, brings any action concerning or related to any cause of action or liability released in this Release, Executive waives any right to, and will not accept, any payments, monies, damages, or other relief, awarded in connection therewith. Notwithstanding anything to
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the contrary in this Release, Executive shall not be prohibited from: (i) filing and, as provided for under Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, maintaining the confidentiality of a claim with a government agency that is responsible for enforcing a law; (ii) providing confidential information to the extent required by law or legal process or permitted by Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; (iii) cooperating, participating or assisting in any government or regulatory entity investigation or proceeding; or (iv) receiving an award for information provided to any government agency that is responsible for enforcing the law. The Company expressly waives and releases Executive from any and all claims, actions and causes of action, at law or in equity, known or unknown, arising prior to the Effective Date; provided, however, the Company does not release Executive from any of the following rights and/or claims:  (i) any rights and/or claims the Company may have that arise after the date Executive signs this Release; (ii) any rights and/or claims that by law cannot be waived by private agreement; (iii) any rights and/or claims which are based upon any acts or omissions of Executive that involve fraud or arising out of acts that constitute a violation of criminal laws; (iv) any rights and/or claims to enforce the Employment Agreement in accordance with its terms (including the restrictive covenants set forth in the Employment Agreement), subject to the terms of this Release; or (v) any rights and/or claims to enforce this Release.
2. Executive acknowledges:  (a) that Executive has been advised in writing hereby to consult with an attorney before signing this Release, and (b) that Executive has had at least [twenty-one (21)][forty-five (45)] days after receipt of this information and Release to consider whether to accept or reject this Release.  Executive understands that Executive may sign this Release prior to the end of such [twenty-one (21)][forty-five (45)] day period, but is not required to do so.  In addition, Executive has seven (7) days after Executive signs this Release to revoke it.  Such revocation must be in writing and delivered either by hand or mailed and postmarked within the seven (7) day revocation period.  If sent by mail, it is requested that it be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested to the Company, in care of the office of the General Counsel.  If Executive revokes this Release as provided herein, it shall be null and void.  If Executive does not revoke this Release within seven (7) days after signing it, this Release shall become enforceable and effective on the eighth (8th) day after the Executive signs this Release (the “Effective Date”).
3. Executive and the Company agree that neither this Release nor the performance hereunder constitutes an admission by the Company or any of its affiliates of any violation of any federal, state or local law, regulation, or common law, or any breach of any contract or any other wrongdoing of any type.
4. This Release shall be construed and enforced pursuant to the laws of the State of Delaware as to substance and procedure, including all questions of conflicts of laws.
5. This Release constitutes the entire agreement between the parties concerning the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous agreements, if any, between the parties relating to the subject matter thereof; provided that this Release does not apply to:  (a) any claims under employee benefit plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 in accordance with the terms of the applicable employee benefit plan, or any option agreement or other agreement pursuant to which Executive may exercise rights after termination of employment to acquire stock or other equity of the Company, (b) any claim under
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or based on a breach of this Release or Sections 4 or 8 of the Employment Agreement after the date that Executive signs this Release; (c) rights or claims that may arise under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act or otherwise after the date that Executive signs this Release; or (d) any right to indemnification or directors and officers liability insurance coverage to with Executive is otherwise entitled in accordance with the Employment Agreement.
6. EXECUTIVE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT EXECUTIVE HAS FULLY READ AND FULLY UNDERSTANDS THIS RELEASE; AND THAT EXECUTIVE ENTERED INTO IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY AND WITHOUT COERCION OR PROMISES NOT CONTAINED IN THIS RELEASE.

EXECUTIVE
       
         
         
Paul Layne
       
         
         
THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION
       
         
By:      
 
  Name:
   

 
  Title:
   
 




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Section 3: EX-10.2 (DAVID R. WEINREB SEPARATION AND RELEASE AGREEMENT.)

Exhibit 10.2


SEPARATION AND RELEASE AGREEMENT
This Separation and Release Agreement (hereinafter “Release”) is entered into among David R. Weinreb (hereinafter “Executive”) and The Howard Hughes Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”).
The parties previously entered into an employment agreement dated August 29, 2017 (the “Employment Agreement”), pursuant to which Executive is entitled to certain payments and benefits upon termination of employment subject to the execution and nonrevocation of this Release. Executive has resigned from his employment, which the Executive and the Company mutually agree shall be treated as a termination without Cause pursuant to Sections 3(d) and 4(a) of the Employment Agreement.  Capitalized terms used but not defined in this Release shall have the meanings set forth in the Employment Agreement.

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of certain payments and benefits under the Employment Agreement, Executive and the Company agree as follows:
1. Waiver of Notice Period.  Notwithstanding Section 3(d) of the Employment Agreement, in exchange for the Company’s agreements in paragraph 2 of this Release, Executive hereby waives the sixty (60) day notice period described therein and agrees that his termination date shall be October 21, 2019 (the “Termination Date”).
2. Continuation of Salary and Benefits.  Notwithstanding the fact that Executive’s date of termination of employment with the Company is on the Termination Date, the Company acknowledges and agrees that, through and including December 31, 2019, the Company shall continue to pay or provide to Executive (i) the Annual Base Salary, paid in accordance with the Company’s normal payroll practices, and (ii) continued participation in the Company’s health, medical, and dental insurance plans that Executive was participating in immediately prior to the Termination Date in accordance with their terms; provided, however, that if such continuation of coverage is not allowed under the terms of the applicable plan or by the applicable plan provider, or to the extent necessary to comply with the nondiscrimination requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, as amended, and/or the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, as amended, the Company may instead provide Executive with a lump sum payment (no later than March 15, 2020) equal to the aggregate COBRA premiums that Executive pays to continue his participation for himself and his dependents in such plans through December 31, 2019.
3. Severance Pay and Benefits.  The Company and Executive acknowledge and agree that the following constitutes the severance pay and benefits to which Executive is entitled under Section 4(a) of the Employment Agreement (in addition to the Accrued Benefits and the payments described in paragraph 2 of this Release), subject to Executive’s timely execution, delivery, and nonrevocation of this Release:

Employment Agreement Section
Payment or Benefit
Amount or Description
Payment or Benefit Date
4(a)(ii)
2019 Target Bonus Payment
$5,000,000
On or before December 20, 2019
4(a)(iii)
Cash Severance
$6,000,000
On or before December 20, 2019
4(a)(iv)
Continued Equity Vesting
Performance-based equity awards (copies of which shall be provided by the Company within 10 days following Executive’s execution of this Release) eligible to vest in accordance with their terms
Potential vesting dates governed by Section 4(a)(iv) of the Employment Agreement and applicable award documentation

In addition, the Company and Executive acknowledge and agree that the warrant issued to Executive pursuant to that certain Warrant Grant Agreement, by and between Executive and the Company, dated as of June 16, 2017, shall become fully exercisable and transferable in accordance with its terms on the Termination Date, shall remain outstanding in accordance with its terms until the Expiration Date thereunder (June 15, 2023) and any Company stock ownership requirements applicable to Executive (including those under Section 2(b)(v) of the Employment Agreement) shall cease to apply. For the avoidance of doubt, there shall be no restrictions after the Termination Date on Executive’s ability to pledge Company stock or the warrant held by Executive (or sell such stock or such warrant), and the Company shall reasonably cooperate with Executive to timely respond to any requests from third parties to confirm the foregoing.
4. Withholding.  The Company shall withhold from any amounts paid or provided to Executive under this Release such federal, state, local, or non-U.S. taxes as shall be required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.
5. Releases.  Executive expressly waives and releases the Company, its affiliates and related entities, parent corporations and subsidiaries, and all current and former directors, administrators, supervisors, managers, agents, officers, partners, stockholders, attorneys, insurers and employees of the Company and its affiliates, related entities, parent corporations and subsidiaries, and their successors and assigns (the “Company Released Entities”), from any and all claims, actions and causes of action, at law or in equity, known or unknown, including, without limitation, those directly or indirectly relating to or connected with Executive’s employment with the Company or termination of such employment, including but not limited to any and all claims under the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, the Texas Payday Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as such Acts have been amended, and all other forms of employment discrimination whether under federal, state or local statute or ordinance, wrongful termination, retaliatory discharge, breach of express, implied, or oral contract, interference with contractual relations, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and any other tort or contract claim under common law of any state or for attorneys’ fees, based on any act, transaction, circumstance or event arising up to and including the date of Executive’s execution of this Release; provided, however, that (i) nothing herein shall limit or impede Executive’s right to file or pursue an administrative charge with, or participate in, any investigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or any similar local, state or federal agency, or to file a claim for unemployment compensation benefits, and/or any causes of action which by law Executive may not legally waive, (ii) Executive does not release the Company Released Entities from any rights and/or claims (a) Executive may have that arise after the date Executive signs this Release, (b) that by law cannot be waived by private agreement, (c) to enforce the Employment Agreement in accordance with its terms (including the severance provisions set
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forth in the Employment Agreement), subject to the terms of this Release, (d) with respect to indemnification, advancement of expenses, reimbursement, or directors and officers insurance liability coverage arising under the charter, bylaws, other organizational documents, and insurance policies of, or maintained by, the Company and its subsidiaries and other affiliates, or (e) to enforce this Release.  Executive agrees, however, that if Executive or anyone acting on Executive’s behalf, brings any action concerning or related to any cause of action or liability released in this Release, Executive waives any right to, and will not accept, any payments, monies, damages, or other relief, awarded in connection therewith. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Release, Executive shall not be prohibited from: (i) filing and, as provided for under Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, maintaining the confidentiality of a claim with a government agency that is responsible for enforcing a law; (ii) providing confidential information to the extent required by law or legal process or permitted by Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; (iii) cooperating, participating or assisting in any government or regulatory entity investigation or proceeding; or (iv) receiving an award for information provided to any government agency that is responsible for enforcing the law. The Company expressly waives and releases Executive from any and all claims, actions and causes of action, at law or in equity, known or unknown, arising prior to the Effective Date; provided, however, the Company does not release Executive from any of the following rights and/or claims:  (i) any rights and/or claims the Company may have that arise after the date Executive signs this Release; (ii) any rights and/or claims that by law cannot be waived by private agreement; (iii) any rights and/or claims which are based upon any acts or omissions of Executive that involve fraud or arising out of acts that constitute a violation of criminal laws; (iv) any rights and/or claims to enforce the Employment Agreement in accordance with its terms (including the restrictive covenants set forth in the Employment Agreement), subject to the terms of this Release; or (v) any rights and/or claims to enforce this Release.  Notwithstanding the foregoing or any other term or provision hereof, in no event does Executive waive any claims, causes of action, rights, or privileges arising under Federal, state or other securities, corporate, or other laws by virtue of his status as a stockholder, warrant holder or other security holder of the Company.
6. Effectiveness; Revocation.  Executive acknowledges:  (a) that Executive has been advised in writing hereby to consult with an attorney before signing this Release, and (b) that Executive has had at least forty-five (45) days after receipt of this information and Release to consider whether to accept or reject this Release.  Executive understands that Executive may sign this Release prior to the end of such forty-five (45) day period, but is not required to do so.  In addition, Executive has seven (7) days after Executive signs this Release to revoke it.  Such revocation must be in writing and delivered either by hand or mailed and postmarked within the seven (7) day revocation period.  If sent by mail, it is requested that it be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested to the Company, in care of the office of the General Counsel.  If Executive revokes this Release as provided herein, it shall be null and void.  If Executive does not revoke this Release within seven (7) days after signing it, this Release shall become enforceable and effective on the eighth (8th) day after the Executive signs this Release (the “Effective Date”).
7. No Admission.  Executive and the Company agree that neither this Release nor the performance hereunder constitutes an admission by the Company or any of its affiliates of any violation of any federal, state or local law, regulation, or common law, or any breach of any contract or any other wrongdoing of any type.
8. Governing Law.  This Release shall be construed and enforced pursuant to the laws of the State of Delaware as to substance and procedure, including all questions of conflicts of laws.
9. Entire Agreement. This Release constitutes the entire agreement between the parties concerning the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous agreements, if any, between the parties relating to the subject matter thereof; provided that this Release does not apply to:  (a) any claims under employee benefit plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of
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1974 in accordance with the terms of the applicable employee benefit plan, or any option agreement or other agreement pursuant to which Executive may exercise rights after termination of employment to acquire stock or other equity of the Company, (b) any claim under or based on a breach of this Release or Sections 4 or 8 of the Employment Agreement after the date that Executive signs this Release; (c) rights or claims that may arise under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act or otherwise after the date that Executive signs this Release; or (d) any right to indemnification or directors and officers liability insurance coverage to with Executive is otherwise entitled in accordance with the Employment Agreement.  The captions to each paragraph of this Release are inserted for convenience only, are not part of the provisions hereof and shall have no force or effect.
10. Certain Specific Acknowledgments.  Executive expressly acknowledges and agrees that, as of and following the date of Executive’s termination of employment with the Company, Executive has no further right to, and the Company shall not pay or provide to Executive, any Company-provided perquisites or fringe benefits (except as expressly provided in paragraph 2 of this Release, or any continuation of benefits required under the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1985 (commonly known as “COBRA”) at Executive’s sole cost and expense).  Executive shall have until November 20, 2019 to collect his personal effects (at his expense) from Company-owned or Company-leased premises in Dallas, Texas, and New York, New York (after which period Executive acknowledges and agrees that the Company may dispose of any such personal effects at its discretion).  Executive shall provide to the Company a list of Executive’s property and personal effects, and the Company and Executive agree to review such list in good faith following the execution of this Release and to use reasonable best efforts to mutually agree on the final contents of such list following a review of the items in such Company-owned or Company-leased premises; provided, however, that Executive expressly acknowledges and agrees that no proprietary or confidential information of the Company or its Affiliates (as described in Section 8(b) of the Employment Agreement) shall constitute Executive’s personal property, and that Executive shall return all such proprietary or confidential information to the Company (or, in the case of such information stored on Executive’s electronic devices, delete such information). The Company expressly acknowledges and agrees that Executive shall be entitled to retain the Company owned electronic devices Executive currently uses, subject to removal of any proprietary and confidential information of the Company or its Affiliates (as described in Section 8(b) of the Employment Agreement) from such devices.  The Company expressly acknowledges and agrees that, within 30 days following the Termination Date (provided that, in the case of (iii) this may be transferred within 30 days following the closure of its office in Dallas, Texas), it shall take all necessary steps to transfer ownership of the following Dallas, Texas numbers (which Executive owned prior to his employment with the Company) back to Executive: (i) XXX-XXX-XXXX, (ii) XXX-XXX-XXXX, and (iii) XXX-XXX-XXXX.  As of the Termination Date, Executive hereby resigns from his position as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company, and from all fiduciary positions (including as trustee) and from all other offices and positions he holds with the Company and any of its affiliates.
11. EXECUTIVE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT EXECUTIVE HAS FULLY READ AND FULLY UNDERSTANDS THIS RELEASE; AND THAT EXECUTIVE ENTERED INTO IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY AND WITHOUT COERCION OR PROMISES NOT CONTAINED IN THIS RELEASE.

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EXECUTIVE
       
         
/s/ David R. Weinreb        
David R. Weinreb
       
         
         
THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION
       
         
By:  /s/ Peter F. Riley
   
 
  Name:  Peter F. Riley
   

 
  Title:    Secretary
   
 


 

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Section 4: EX-10.3 (GRANT HERLITZ SEPARATION AND RELEASE AGREEMENT)

Exhibit 10.3


SEPARATION AND RELEASE AGREEMENT
This Separation and Release Agreement (hereinafter “Release”) is entered into among Grant Herlitz (hereinafter “Executive”) and The Howard Hughes Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”).
The parties previously entered into an employment agreement dated October 2, 2017 (the “Employment Agreement”), pursuant to which Executive is entitled to certain payments and benefits upon termination of employment subject to the execution and nonrevocation of this Release. Executive’s employment shall end on October 21, 2019.  Executive and the Company mutually agree Executive’s separation shall be treated as a termination without Cause pursuant to Sections 3(d) and 4(a) of the Employment Agreement.  Capitalized terms used but not defined in this Release shall have the meanings set forth in the Employment Agreement.

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of certain payments and benefits under the Employment Agreement, Executive and the Company agree as follows:
1. Waiver of Notice Period.  Notwithstanding Section 3(d) of the Employment Agreement, in exchange for the Company’s agreements in paragraph 2 of this Release, Executive hereby waives the sixty (60) day notice period described therein and agrees that his termination date shall be October 21, 2019 (the “Termination Date”).
2. Continuation of Salary and Benefits.  Notwithstanding the fact that Executive’s date of termination of employment with the Company is on the Termination Date, the Company acknowledges and agrees that, through and including December 31, 2019, the Company shall continue to pay or provide to Executive (i) the Annual Base Salary, paid in accordance with the Company’s normal payroll practices, and (ii) continued participation in the Company’s health, medical, and dental insurance plans that Executive was participating in immediately prior to the Termination Date in accordance with their terms; provided, however, that if such continuation of coverage is not allowed under the terms of the applicable plan or by the applicable plan provider, or to the extent necessary to comply with the nondiscrimination requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, as amended, and/or the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, as amended, the Company may instead provide Executive with a lump sum payment (no later than March 15, 2020) equal to the aggregate COBRA premiums that Executive pays to continue his participation in such plans through December 31, 2019.
3. Severance Pay and Benefits.  The Company and Executive acknowledge and agree that the following constitutes the severance pay and benefits to which Executive is entitled under Section 4(a) of the Employment Agreement (in addition to the Accrued Benefits), subject to Executive’s timely execution, delivery, and nonrevocation of this Release:


Employment Agreement Section
Payment or Benefit
Amount or Description
Payment or Benefit Date
4(a)(ii)
2019 Target Bonus Payment
$2,625,000
On or before December 20, 2019
4(a)(iii)
Cash Severance
$6,750,000
On or before December 20, 2019
4(a)(iv)
Equity Vesting
50% of Initial LTIP Award eligible for vesting (i.e., 21,382 shares of Common Stock)
Outstanding Time Vesting LTIP Awards eligible for full vesting
 

Outstanding Performance Vesting LTIP Awards eligible to vest in accordance with their terms based on actual performance
50% of Initial LTIP Award and all other outstanding Time Vesting LTIP Awards shall vest without further action on the Termination Date


 
Continued eligibility for vesting of Performance Vesting LTIP Awards shall be governed by Section 4(a)(iv) of the Employment Agreement and the applicable equity award
In addition, the Company and Executive acknowledge and agree that the warrant issued to Executive pursuant to that certain Warrant Grant Agreement, by and between Executive and the Company, dated as of October 4, 2017, shall become fully exercisable and transferable in accordance with its terms on the Termination Date, and shall remain outstanding in accordance with its terms until the Expiration Date thereunder (October 3, 2023).
Executive shall be permitted to keep his iPhone and iPad following the Termination Date; provided, that Executive expressly agrees to delete all Company confidential and proprietary information described in Section 8(b) of the Employment Agreement.
4. Withholding.  The Company shall withhold from any amounts paid or provided to Executive under this Release such federal, state, local, or non-U.S. taxes as shall be required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.
5. Releases.  Executive expressly waives and releases the Company, its affiliates and related entities, parent corporations and subsidiaries, and all current and former directors, administrators, supervisors, managers, agents, officers, partners, stockholders, attorneys, insurers and employees of the Company and its affiliates, related entities, parent corporations and subsidiaries, and their successors and assigns (the “Company Released Entities”), from any and all claims, actions and causes of action, at law or in equity, known or unknown, including, without limitation, those directly or indirectly relating to or connected with Executive’s employment with the Company or termination of such employment, including but not limited to any and all claims under the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, the Texas Payday Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as such Acts have been amended, and all other forms of employment discrimination whether under federal, state or local statute or ordinance, wrongful termination, retaliatory discharge, breach of express, implied, or oral contract,
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interference with contractual relations, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and any other tort or contract claim under common law of any state or for attorneys’ fees, based on any act, transaction, circumstance or event arising up to and including the date of Executive’s execution of this Release; provided, however, that (i) nothing herein shall limit or impede Executive’s right to file or pursue an administrative charge with, or participate in, any investigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or any similar local, state or federal agency, or to file a claim for unemployment compensation benefits, and/or any causes of action which by law Executive may not legally waive, (ii) Executive does not release the Company Released Entities from any rights and/or claims (a) Executive may have that arise after the date Executive signs this Release, (b) that by law cannot be waived by private agreement, (c) to enforce the Employment Agreement in accordance with its terms (including the severance provisions set forth in the Employment Agreement), subject to the terms of this Release or (d) to enforce this Release.  Executive agrees, however, that if Executive or anyone acting on Executive’s behalf, brings any action concerning or related to any cause of action or liability released in this Release, Executive waives any right to, and will not accept, any payments, monies, damages, or other relief, awarded in connection therewith. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Release, Executive shall not be prohibited from: (i) filing and, as provided for under Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, maintaining the confidentiality of a claim with a government agency that is responsible for enforcing a law; (ii) providing confidential information to the extent required by law or legal process or permitted by Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; (iii) cooperating, participating or assisting in any government or regulatory entity investigation or proceeding; or (iv) receiving an award for information provided to any government agency that is responsible for enforcing the law. The Company expressly waives and releases Executive from any and all claims, actions and causes of action, at law or in equity, known or unknown, arising prior to the Effective Date; provided, however, the Company does not release Executive from any of the following rights and/or claims:  (i) any rights and/or claims the Company may have that arise after the date Executive signs this Release; (ii) any rights and/or claims that by law cannot be waived by private agreement; (iii) any rights and/or claims which are based upon any acts or omissions of Executive that involve fraud or arising out of acts that constitute a violation of criminal laws; (iv) any rights and/or claims to enforce the restrictive covenants set forth in Section 8 of the Employment Agreement, subject to the terms of this Release; or (v) any rights and/or claims to enforce this Release.
6. Effectiveness; Revocation.  Executive acknowledges:  (a) that Executive has been advised in writing hereby to consult with an attorney before signing this Release, and (b) that Executive has had at least forty-five (45) days after receipt of this information and Release to consider whether to accept or reject this Release.  Executive understands that Executive may sign this Release prior to the end of such forty-five (45) day period, but is not required to do so.  In addition, Executive has seven (7) days after Executive signs this Release to revoke it.  Such revocation must be in writing and delivered either by hand or mailed and postmarked within the seven (7) day revocation period.  If sent by mail, it is requested that it be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested to the Company, in care of the office of the General Counsel.  If Executive revokes this Release as provided herein, it shall be null and void.  If Executive does not revoke this Release within seven (7) days after signing it, this Release shall become enforceable and effective on the eighth (8th) day after the Executive signs this Release (the “Effective Date”).
7. No Admission.  Executive and the Company agree that neither this Release nor the performance hereunder constitutes an admission by Executive and the Company or any of its affiliates of any violation of any federal, state or local law, regulation, or common law, or any breach of any contract or any other wrongdoing of any type.
8. Governing Law.  This Release shall be construed and enforced pursuant to the laws of the State of Delaware as to substance and procedure, including all questions of conflicts of laws.
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9. Entire Agreement. This Release constitutes the entire agreement between the parties concerning the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous agreements, if any, between the parties relating to the subject matter thereof; provided that this Release does not apply to:  (a) any claims under employee benefit plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 in accordance with the terms of the applicable employee benefit plan, or any option agreement or other agreement pursuant to which Executive may exercise rights after termination of employment to acquire stock or other equity of the Company, (b) any claim under or based on a breach of this Release or Sections 4 or 8 of the Employment Agreement after the date that Executive signs this Release; (c) rights or claims that may arise under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act or otherwise after the date that Executive signs this Release; or (d) any right to indemnification or directors and officers liability insurance coverage to with Executive is otherwise entitled in accordance with the Employment Agreement.  The captions to each paragraph of this Release are inserted for convenience only, are not part of the provisions hereof and shall have no force or effect.
10. Certain Specific Acknowledgments.  Executive expressly acknowledges and agrees that, as of and following the date of Executive’s termination of employment with the Company, Executive has no further right to, and the Company shall not pay or provide to Executive, any Company-provided perquisites or fringe benefits (except as expressly provided in paragraph 2 of this Release, or any continuation of benefits required under the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1985 (commonly known as “COBRA”) at Executive’s sole cost and expense after December 31, 2019).  Executive shall have until November 20, 2019 to collect his personal effects (at his expense) from Company-owned or Company-leased premises in Dallas, Texas, and New York, New York (after which period Executive acknowledges and agrees that the Company may dispose of any such personal effects at its discretion).  In addition, Executive acknowledges and agrees that the Company shall remove (or cause to be removed) his name from all liquor licenses and liquor license applications pertaining to properties owned or managed by the Company or any of its affiliates and that Executive was requested or required to allow his name to appear thereon in connection with his employment with the Company (the “Liquor Licenses”), and to reasonably cooperate with the Company in connection with such removal.  The Company further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Executive from any costs or damages arising out of or in connection with Executive’s name appearing on such Liquor Licenses or the removal therefrom.
11. Attorneys’ Fees.  The Company hereby agrees to reimburse Executive for his out-of-pocket, documented attorneys’ fees incurred in connection with the negotiation of this Release, up to a maximum of $5,000; provided, that Executive has signed this Release, which has become irrevocable in accordance with its terms.  The Company shall pay such amount to Executive within thirty (30) days of Executive’s providing the Company with his attorney’s invoice for any such fees.
12. EXECUTIVE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT EXECUTIVE HAS FULLY READ AND FULLY UNDERSTANDS THIS RELEASE; AND THAT EXECUTIVE ENTERED INTO IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY AND WITHOUT COERCION OR PROMISES NOT CONTAINED IN THIS RELEASE.

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EXECUTIVE
       
         
/s/ Grant Herlitz        
Grant Herlitz        
         
         
THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION
       
         
By: /s/ Peter F. Riley
   
 
  Name:  Peter F. Riley
   

 
  Title:    Secretary
   
 


 

[Signature Page to Separation and Release Agreement]


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