December 10, 2001
Mr. Thomas Major
637 Hinsdale Drive
Ft. Collins, CO 80526
I am pleased to offer you the position of Vice President, Disk Business Unit, reporting directly to Patrick Martin, Chief Executive Officer. Your annualized base salary will be $240,000.00, payable bi-weekly. Other benefits being offered with this position are outlined below. We are sensitive to your need to manage your departure from your current position and would like to recommend that your start date with StorageTek will be on or before January 2, 2002. We encourage a start date as early as you are able to arrange it with your current employer.
You will be eligible to participate in the 2002 StorageTek Pay for Performance Management Bonus Plan. The target level incentive for your position will be 50% of your base salary. Incentive payout is based on achievement of corporate and individual goals.
Subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, you will receive 4,000 shares of StorageTek restricted common stock at par value, $0.10 per share. These shares will vest in four equal annual installments on the anniversary dates of the grant beginning with the first anniversary in 2003.
Further, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, StorageTek will grant to you a stock option to purchase 20,000 shares of StorageTek common stock, at a price to be determined on the day the option is granted. The option will be granted pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Company's 1995 Equity Participation Plan, which is attached for your review. These options will also vest in increments of 25% on the first through the fourth anniversaries of the grant.
Subject to Board of Directors approval, you will participate in LEAP (Leveraged Equity Acquisition Program), an equity program recently implemented for the most senior managers at StorageTek. Annual grants of options and/or restricted stock will be made to LEAP participants, with the amount and type of grant being based on corporate performance. The options and/or restricted stock will vest in equal annual installments over a four-year period after the grant date. LEAP, requires participants to purchase shares of StorageTek common stock, equivalent to a multiple of their salary. For your position you will be required to acquire StorageTek stock with a purchase price equal to 1 times your annual base salary. Your participation in StorageTek's LEAP Program is subject to the terms and conditions of the plan documents, as these plan documents may be amended from time to time. See attached summary of the Plan and benefits.
As a member of our team, you will be eligible to participate in our flexible benefit program that currently includes: medical, dental, life, short- and long-term disability coverage, 401(k), employee stock purchase plan and many other employee benefits and services as outlined below.
enroll in a universal life policy (for coverage above $50,000) that you will own and that will provide cash surrender value.
All employment offers are subject to successfully passing a drug-screening test, background check, signing of our propriety rights and Non-Compete agreement and your ability to accept employment in the United States.
Your employment with StorageTek will be "at-will." This means that either you or StorageTek may terminate your employment at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, and for any reason or no reason.
Here at StorageTek, we are passionate about our work. Our culture is energizing, innovative and challenging. We realize that talented people like you help make us more successful in our rapidly expanding world markets. StorageTek is an Equal Opportunity employer that embraces and encourages diversity. Our goal is to hire the right person into the right job at the right timeso that we together can put the power of information into our customers' hands. We hope you will help us meet this challenge and become part of the StorageTek team.
Tom, we look forward to having you join our executive team. Please sign both copies of this offer letter; return one copy of this letter and completed attachments by Friday, December 14, 2001 to indicate your acceptance of the terms of this offer. This offer will expire after that date.
If you have any questions regarding this offer, please call me directly at (303) 661-2500. Or, you may call Roger Gaston, Corporate Vice President, Human Resources at 303-673-3977.
Chief Executive Officer
I have read this offer and I understand and accept its terms.
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Assuming that I have received notification that I have successfully passed all components of StorageTek's pre-employment screening process before such date*, I would like to start work on the following date:
*Please note: We typically receive the background check in five to seven business days from when you fax it in. We typically receive the drug test results in three to four business days from when you take the test.