Employment Agreement - ChinaMallUSA.com Inc. and Max P. Chen
EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT, dated as of October 22, 1999, by and between
ChinaMallUSA.com, Inc., a Utah corporation (the "Company"), and Max P. Chen, an
individual residing at 108-31 66 Rd. Forest Hills, NY 11375 (the "Executive").
W I T N E S S E T H:
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WHEREAS, the Company desires to secure the services of the Executive
upon the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth; and
WHEREAS, the Executive desires to render services to the Company upon
the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.
NOW, THEREFORE, the parties mutually agree as follows:
Section 1. EMPLOYMENT. The Company hereby employs Executive and the
Executive hereby accepts such employment, as the Chief Executive Officer and
Director of the Company, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this
Section 2. DUTIES. The Executive shall serve as the Chief Executive
Officer and Director and shall properly perform the duties of Chief Executive
Officer of the Company and duties as may be lawfully assigned to him from time
to time by the Board of Directors of the Company. If requested by the Company,
the Executive shall serve on the Board of Directors or any committee thereof
without additional compensation. During the term of this Agreement, the
Executive shall devote all of his business time to the performance of his duties
hereunder unless otherwise authorized by the Board of Directors.
Section 3. TERM OF EMPLOYMENT; VACATION.
The term of the Executives employment shall be commencing on
the date hereof and end on December 31, 2002 (the "Term"), subject to earlier
termination in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. The Executive shall
be entitled to four (4) weeks vacation during each year of the Term.
Section 4. COMPENSATION OF EXECUTIVE
4.1 SALARY. The Company shall pay the Executive a base salary (the
"Base Salary") during the time periods and in the amounts set forth opposite
such time period, less such deductions as shall be required to be withheld by
applicable law and regulations, as set forth below:
TIME PERIOD ANNUAL SALARY RATE
6/1/99 - 11/30/99 $60,000
12/1/99 - 5/31/00 $96,000
6/1/01 - 5/31/02 $192,000
6/1/02 - 12/31/02 $384,000
The Base Salary payable to Employee shall be paid at such regular
weekly, biweekly or semi-monthly time or times as the Company makes payment of
its regular payroll in the regular course of business. Commencing on the first
anniversary of the date hereof, and on each anniversary thereafter during the
term of this Agreement, the Base Salary may be increased in the sole discretion
of the Company's Board of Directors.
4.2 PERFORMANCE BONUS. During each year of the Term, the Executive
shall be entitled to receive a performance bonus (the "Performance Bonus") based
upon the Company's financial performance and the Executive's performance of his
duties all as
determined by the Company's Board of Directors (or the Compensation Committee
thereof). Executive understands and acknowledges that the Board of Directors (or
the Compensation committee, as the case may be) may conclude that a Performance
Bonus has not been earned by the Executive, and therefore, no Performance Bonus
will be paid.
4.3 STOCK OPTIONS. Upon the execution of this Agreement, the Executive
shall be granted options to purchase a total of Three million (3,000,000) shares
of the Company's Common Stock at an exercise price equal to $0.56250 per share.
The price is close market on 10.22.1999. The options shall be exercisable in
three traunches and shall expire three years after the Effective Date. The
options shall vest with respect to 30% of the shares or (900,000 shares) within
the first year of the employment; with respect to an additional 35% of the
shares (or 1,050,000 shares within the second year of the employment; and with
respect to the remaining 35% of the shares (or 1,050,000 shares) within the last
year of the employment.
Exercise of any of the Options by Executive shall be by written notice
to Company accompanied by Executive's certified or bank check for the purchase
price of the shares being purchased. Upon receipt of such notice and payment,
Company shall cause to be issued the number of shares for which the Option has
been exercised, registered in the name of Executive. Such shares, when issued,
shall be fully paid and non-assessable.
4.4 EXPENSES. During the Term, the Company shall reimburse the
Executive for all reasonable and necessary travel expenses and other
disbursements incurred by the Executive on behalf of the Company, in performance
of the Executive's duties hereunder, assuming Executive has received prior
approval for such travel expenses and disbursements by the Company's President
to the extent possible.
4.5 BENEFITS. The Executive shall be permitted during the Term to
participate in any hospitalization or disability insurance plans, D&O insurance,
3 million life insurance health programs, pension plans, bonus plans or similar
benefits that may be available to other executives of the Company to the extent
the Executive is eligible under the terms of such plans or programs. The Company
agrees to provide the Executive with a paid health insurance plan comparable to
insurance coverage granted to the other Company Executives. In the event that
the Executive elects not be covered the benefit plans provided by the Company to
its other executives, the Company shall pay to the Executive an amount equal to
the amount the Company would have paid on the Executive's behalf of such
benefits, less customary withholding.
Section 5. DISABILITY OF THE EXECUTIVE. If the Executive is
incapacitated or disabled by accident, sickness or otherwise so as to render the
Executive mentally or physically incapable of performing the services required
to be performed under this Agreement for a period of sixty (60) consecutive
days, or for a period of 180 days during any period of 360 consecutive days (a
"Disability"), the Company may, at the time or any time thereafter, at its
option, terminate the employment of the Executive under this Agreement
immediately upon giving the Executive written notice to that effect.
Section 6. TERMINATION.
(a) The Company may terminate the employment of the Executive and all
of the Company's obligations under this Agreement at any time for Cause (as
hereinafter defined) by giving the Executive notice of such termination, with
reasonable specificity of the details thereof. "Cause" shall mean (i) the
Executive's misconduct that could reasonably be expected to have a material
adverse effect on the business and affairs of the Company, (ii) the Executive's
disregard of lawful instructions of the Company's Board of Directors, or neglect
of duties or
failure to act, which, in each case, could reasonably be expected to have a
material adverse effect on the business and affairs of the Company, (iii) the
Executive engages in conduct which, in the opinion of management, is subordinate
or abusive to the Company's management or executive officers, (iv) the
commission by the Executive of an act constituting common law fraud, or a
felony, or criminal act against the Company or any affiliate thereof or any of
the assets of any of them, (v) the Executive's abuse of alcohol or other drugs
or controlled substances, or conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude,
(vi) the Executive's material breach of any of the agreements contained herein
provided Executive shall have the right to cure such breach during the sixty
(60) day period after receiving written notification of such breach or (vii) the
Executive's death or resignation hereunder. A termination pursuant to Section
6(a)(i), (ii), (iv) (other than as a result of a conviction of a crime involving
moral turpitude) or (v) shall take effect 10 days after the giving of the notice
contemplated hereby unless the Executive shall, during such 10-day period,
remedy to the reasonable satisfaction of the Board of Directors of the Company
the misconduct, disregard, abuse or breach specified in such notice; provided,
however, that such termination shall take effect immediately upon the giving of
such notice if the Board of Directors of the Company shall, in its sole
discretion, have determined that such misconduct, disregard, abuse or breach is
not remediable (which determination shall be stated in such notice). A
termination pursuant to Section (6)(iii), (iv) (as result of a conviction of a
crime involving moral turpitude) or (vi) shall take effect immediately upon the
giving of the notice contemplated hereby.
(b) The Company may terminate the employment of the Executive and all
of the Company's obligations under this Agreement (except as hereinafter
provided) at any time during the Employment Period without Cause by giving the
Executive written notice of such
termination, to be effective 15 days following the giving of such written
notice. For convenience of reference, the date upon which any termination of the
employment of the Executive pursuant to Sections 5 or 6 shall be effective shall
be hereinafter referred to as the "Termination Date".
Section 7. EFFECT OF TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT.
(a) Upon the termination of the Executive's employment for (i) Cause or
(ii) a Disability, neither the Executive nor the Executive's beneficiaries or
estate shall have any further rights under this Agreement or any claims against
the Company arising out of this Agreement, except the right to receive (i) the
unpaid portion of the Base Salary provided for in Section 4.1, computed on a pro
rata basis to the Termination Date (the "Unpaid Salary Amount"), (ii)
reimbursement for any expenses for which the Executive shall not have therefore
been reimbursed, (the "Expense Reimbursement Amount") and (iii) unpaid amounts
owed to the Executive for accrued an unused vacation days through the
Termination Date, (iv) stock option of 1,000,000 shares fully vested on the
Termination Date and exercisable with 6 months of the Termination Date in the
case of Executive being terminated for causes under Section b(i), (ii), and
(b) Upon the termination of the Executive's employment for other than
Cause or a Disability, neither the Executive nor the Executive's beneficiaries
or estate shall have any further rights under this Agreement or any claims
against the Company arising out of this Agreement, except the right to receive
(i) the Unpaid Salary Amount, (ii) the Expense Reimbursement Amount, and (iii)
severance compensation equal to the Base Salary for the lesser of (i) the
remainder of the Term (as if this Agreement was not terminated) or (ii) six (6)
months, 50% of which is payable on the Termination Date and 50% of which is
payable in equal monthly
installments during the period commencing sixty (60) days following the
Termination Date and continuing for a period of twelve (12) months thereafter.
Section 8. DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. Executive recognizes
that he has had and will continue to have access to secret and confidential
information regarding the Company, including but not limited to its customer
list, products, know-how, and business plans. Executive acknowledges that such
information is of great value to the Company, is the sole property of the
Company, and has been and will be acquired by him in confidence. In
consideration of the obligations undertaken by the Company herein, Executive
will not, at any time, during or after his employment hereunder, reveal, divulge
or make known to any person, any information acquired by Executive during the
course of her employment, which is treated as confidential by the Company. The
provisions of this Section 8 shall survive Executive's employment hereunder.
Section 9. COVENANT NOT TO COMPETE.
(a) Executive recognizes that the services to be performed by him
hereunder are special, unique and extraordinary. The parties confirm that it is
reasonably necessary for the protection of the Company that Executive agree, and
accordingly, Executive does hereby agree, that he shall not, directly or
indirectly, at any time during the term of the Agreement and the "Restricted
Period" (as defined in Section 9(e) below):
(i) except as provided in Subsection (c) below, be engaged in
the sale, marketing or distribution of __________ products or provide
technical assistance, advice or counseling regarding the
________________ industry in any state in the United States in which
the Company or any affiliate thereof is engaged in business, either on
her own behalf or as an officer, director, stockholder, partner,
consultant, associate, employee, owner, agent, creditor, independent
contractor, or co-venturer of any third party; or
(ii) employ or engage, or cause or authorize, directly or
indirectly, to be employed or engaged, for or on behalf of herself or
any third party, any employee or agent of the Company or any affiliate
(b) Executive hereby agrees that he will not, directly or indirectly,
for or on behalf of herself or any third party, at any time during the term of
the Agreement and during the Restricted Period solicit any customers of the
Company or any affiliate thereof.
(c) If any of the restrictions contained in this Section 9 shall be
deemed to be unenforceable by reason of the extent, duration or geographical
scope thereof, or otherwise, then the court making such determination shall have
the right to reduce such extent, duration, geographical scope, or other
provisions hereof, and in its reduced form this Section shall then enforceable
in the manner contemplated hereby.
(d) This Section 9 shall not be construed to prevent Executive from
owning, directly or indirectly, in the aggregate, an amount not exceeding five
percent (5%) of the issued and outstanding voting securities of any class of any
company whose voting capital stock is traded on a national securities exchange
or on the over-the-counter market other than securities of the Company.
(e) The term "Restricted Period," as used in this Section 9, shall mean
the period of Executive's actual employment hereunder plus twelve (12) months
after the Termination Date.
(f) The provisions of this Section 9 shall survive the end of the Term
as provided in Section 9(e) hereof.
Section 10. MISCELLANEOUS.
10.1 INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. Executive acknowledges that the services to be
rendered under the provisions of this Agreement are of a special, unique and
extraordinary character and that it would be difficult or impossible to replace
such services. Accordingly, Executive agrees that any Breach or threatened
breach by him of Sections 8 or 9 of this Agreement shall entitle Company, in
addition to all other legal remedies available to it, to apply to any court of
competent jurisdiction to seek to enjoin such breach or threatened breach. The
parties understand and intend that each restriction agreed to by Executive
hereinabove shall be construed as separable and divisible from every other
restriction, that the unenforceability of any restriction shall not limit the
enforceability, in whole or in part, of any other restriction, and that one or
more or all of such restrictions may be enforced in whole or in part as the
circumstances warrant. In the event that any restriction in this Agreement is
more restrictive than permitted by law in the jurisdiction in which Company
seeks enforcement thereof, such restriction shall be limited to the extent
permitted by law.
10.2 ASSIGNMENTS. Neither Executive nor the Company may assign or
delegate any of their rights or duties under this Agreement without the express
written consent of the other.
10.3 ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Agreement constitutes and embodies the full
and complete understanding and agreement of the parties with respect to
Executive's employment by Company, supersedes all prior understandings and
agreements, whether oral or written, between Executive and Company, and shall
not be amended, modified or changed
except by an instrument in writing executed by the party to be charged. The
invalidity or partial invalidity of one or more provisions of this Agreement
shall not invalidate any other provision of this Agreement. No waiver by either
party of any provision or condition to be performed shall be deemed a waiver of
similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the same time or any prior or
10.4 BINDING EFFECT. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of, be
binding upon and enforceable against, the parties hereto and their respective
such successors, heirs, beneficiaries and permitted assigns.
10.5 HEADINGS. The headings contained in this Agreement are for
convenience of reference only and shall not affect in any way the meaning or
interpretation of this Agreement.
10.6 NOTICES. All notices, requests, demands and other communications
required or permitted to be given hereunder shall be in writing and shall be
deemed to have been duly given when personally delivered, sent by registered or
certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, or by private
overnight mail service (e.g., Federal Express) to the party at the address set
forth above or to such other address as either party may hereafter give notice
of in accordance with the provisions hereof. Notices shall be deemed given on
the sooner of the date actually received or the third business day after
10.7 GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed
in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to
such State's conflicts of laws provisions and each of the parties hereto
irrevocably consents to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal and state
courts located in the State of New York, County of New York.
10.8 COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed simultaneously in two
or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of
which together shall constitute one of the same instrument.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as
of the date set forth above.
By:/s/ Kristy Ye
/s/ Max P. Chen