Alan R. Ewalt
Executive Vice President
Dir Tel 805.563.7038
Dir Fax 805.563.7091
February 18, 2000
PERSONAL & CONFIDENTIAL
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Dear Mr. Dennis:
I am pleased to confirm the offer for you to become Vice Chairman, Chief
Corporate Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Tenet Healthcare
Corporation in the Office of the President in Santa Barbara, effective
March 1, 2000. You will report directly to Jeffrey Barbakow, Chairman and Chief
1. COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: You will be entitled to compensation and
benefits as follows:
a. BASE COMPENSATION: Your base salary will be at the rate of
$600,000 per year, payable bi-weekly.
b. ANNUAL INCENTIVE PLAN: You will participate in the Annual
Incentive Plan (AIP) with your target award percentage for the balance of
Fiscal Year 2000 to be 60% with a maximum award of 90% of target and a growth
award level to be determined. Fiscal Year 2001 you will be designated a
162(m) executive and the target award percentage will be increased to 78%.
c. CAR ALLOWANCE: You will receive a car allowance in the amount of
$23,500 per year paid bi-weekly.
d. BENEFIT: You will be eligible to participate in all other
standard employee benefits, including health, life, dental, vision, long-term
disability, 401(K) retirement savings, Executive Deferred Compensation (EDC)
and Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). Your health plan coverage begins on
the first of the month following ninety (90) days of employment. Tenet will
reimburse you for COBRA premiums during that ninety (90) day period to ensure
continuity of coverage. You will participate in the Tenet health plan with no
limitations on pre-existing conditions. You may enroll in the Tenet 401(K)
plan on the first of the month following ninety (90) days of employment.
Tenet will match dollar-for-dollar the first 3% of salary contribution you
make to the plan beginning one year from your date of hire. Until you are
eligible for that match, you may participate in the Executive Deferred
Compensation Plan and receive the 3% match in this non-qualified plan.
e. COUNTRY CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: You will receive reimbursement for
annual membership fees for the Regency Club, Jonathan Club, your Los Angeles
country club, and an appropriate Santa Barbara club.
f. EXECUTIVE MEDICAL: You will participate in Tenet's ExecuPlan
which provides reimbursement for out of pocket health and dental expenses and
premiums up to an annual level of $10,000.
g. STOCK OPTIONS: You will receive a multi-year grant of 450,000
Tenet non-qualified options vesting 1/3 each year with the first third
vesting one year from February 18, 2000 (the date of grant). The options will
be priced at market closing on the grant date. The next scheduled option
grant will be three years from this initial grant.
h. TENDEX: You will be given the opportunity to buy into Tendex at
the next round at the same level as Tenet's former CFO but at the then
Mr. David Dennis
February 18, 2000
i. SUPPLEMENTAL EXECUTIVE RETIREMENT PLAN (SERP): You will be named
a participant in the SERP. On an exception basis, the Compensation and Stock
Option Committee has approved granting you an additional year of service
credit for each year of actual service with Tenet for your first five years
of employment. Enclosed is a brochure describing the plan in more detail.
Under separate cover, I will be sending you enrollment materials.
j. SEVERANCE PROTECTION AGREEMENT: You will participate in the Tenet
Severance Protection Plan at the same level provided to our current Chairman
and President which provides acceleration of stock option vesting, severance
equal to two times base salary plus target bonus, benefits continuation and
legal fees reimbursement for a qualifying termination following a change of
control of Tenet. No severance is due in the event of a termination for
"cause" described below or voluntary termination except as provided under the
Plan for "good reason".
Absent of a change of control, should your employment with Tenet
be terminated by the company without cause within three years from this date,
you shall receive severance benefits of two years' salary and benefits
continuation (excluding AIP). You may not receive benefits both under this
severance arrangement and any other severance program, plan or arrangement
with Tenet. You will be paid under the plan, program or arrangement for which
you are eligible which provides the greatest benefit.
2. EMPLOYMENT STATUS: As a condition of employment, you agree to abide by all
of Tenet's Human Resources policies including Tenet's Fair Treatment process
which includes final and binding Arbitration as a resolution of any grievance
that results from your employment or termination of employment with Tenet
Your employment with the company will be on an at-will basis
which means that either you or the company may terminate the employment
relationship with or without notice or with or without cause at any time. The
term "cause" as used above shall include, but not be limited to, dishonesty,
fraud, willful misconduct, self dealing or violation of the company's
Standards of Conduct, breach of fiduciary duty (whether or not involving
personal profit), failure, neglect or refusal to perform your duties in any
material respect, violation of law (except traffic violations or similar
minor infractions), violation of the company's Human Resources Operations or
other Policies, or any material breach of this agreement; provided, however,
that a failure to achieve or meet business objectives as defined by the
company shall not be considered "cause" so long as you have devoted your best
and good faith efforts and full attention to the achievement of those
As with all prospective Tenet employees, this offer is contingent
upon satisfactory background checks and your successfully passing a standard
drug screening examination prior to beginning work.
David, assuming these terms are agreeable, please sign this
letter indicating your acceptance and return to me.
We are enthusiastic about you accepting this new assignment.
Please call me if you have any questions.
Sincerely, ACCEPTED AND AGREED TO:
/s/ Alan R. Ewalt /s/ David Dennis 2/23/00
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Alan R. Ewalt David Dennis Date
EVP, Human Resources
c: Jeffrey Barbakow
Name: David Dennis
Position: Vice Chairman, Chief Corporate Officer and
Chief Financial Officer
Reports to: Chairman and CEO
Start Date: March 1, 2000
Base Salary: $600,000
Next Salary Review: June 1, 2001
Annual Incentive Plan
Target Award: 60% (78% if 162(m) executive for FY 2001)
Award will be pro rated for balance of FY 2000.
Stock Options: Multi-year grant of 450,000 non-qualified options
vesting 1/3 each year with the first third vesting
one year from the date of grant. The next scheduled
grant to be three years from initial grant.
Tendex: Will be given opportunity to buy into Tendex at next
round at same level as former CFO but at then current
Auto Allowance: $23,500 per year
Executive Medical Plan: $10,000 annual maximum benefit
SERP: Will receive two years of service credit for each
year of actual service during first five years in SERP.
Change of Control: Will be eligible for benefit of two times base salary
plus target bonus for qualifying termination following
a change of control of Tenet. All Tenet options will
vest on change of control.
Benefits: Will be eligible to participate in all other standard
employee benefits, including health, life, dental,
vision, long-term disability, 401(K) retirement
savings, Executive Deferred Compensation (EDC) and
Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP).
Club Memberships: Will receive reimbursement for annual membership fee
for country club, Regency Club, Jonathan Club and
appropriate Santa Barbara club.
Relocation: To be determined based upon need.