Executive Transition Program
EXECUTIVE TRANSITION PROGRAM
PURPOSE, ESTABLISHMENT AND APPLICABILITY OF PLAN
A. Purposes. On March 2, 1999, Hewlett-Packard Company (the 'Company')
announced its plans for a strategic realignment of the Company creating two
independent companies (the 'Realignment'). The Company's Board of Directors
(the 'Board') recognizes that the Realignment is a distraction to key Employees
and may cause such Employees to consider alternative employment opportunities.
The Board has determined that it is in the best interests of the Company and its
stockholders to assure that the Company will have the continued dedication of
these Employees, notwithstanding the uncertainty created by the Realignment, and
that it is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders to provide
these Employees with financial security and encouragement to remain with the
Company and to maximize the value of the Company following completion of the
B. Establishment of Plan. As of the Effective Date, the Company hereby
establishes the Plan, as set forth in this document.
C. Applicability of Plan. Subject to the terms of this Plan, the
benefits provided by this Plan shall be available to those Employees who, on or
after the Effective Date, receive a Notice of Participation.
DEFINITIONS AND CONSTRUCTION
Whenever used in the Plan, the following terms shall have the meanings set
A. Board. 'Board' means the Board of Directors of the Company.
B. Cause. 'Cause' means (i) the Participant's willful failure to
substantially perform his or her material duties (other than as a failure
resulting from the Participant's complete or partial incapacity due to physical
or mental illness or impairment) for a period of thirty (30) days after a
written demand for substantial performance is delivered to the Participant by
the Plan Administrator that specifically identifies the manner in which the Plan
Administrator believes that the Participant has not substantially performed his
or her duties, (ii) a material and willful violation of a federal or state law
or regulation applicable to the business of the Company, and (iii) a willful act
by the Participant that constitutes gross misconduct and that is injurious to
the Company. No act, or failure
to act, by the Participant shall be considered 'willful' unless committed
without good faith and without a reasonable belief that the act or omission was
in the Company's best interests.
C. Code. 'Code' means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
D. Company. 'Company' means Hewlett-Packard Company, any subsidiary
corporations, any successor entities as provided in Article XI hereof, and any
parent or subsidiaries of such successor entities.
E. Constructive Termination. The Participant's employment may be
terminated by reason of Constructive Termination. For purposes of this Plan,
'Constructive Termination' means the Participant terminates his or her
employment with the Company as a result of one or more of the following events
(unless such event(s) applies generally to all officers of the Company): (i)
without the Participant's express written consent, a reduction by the Company in
the Participant's annualized Target Pay relative to his or her annualized Target
Pay as in effect immediately prior to such reduction; (ii) a reduction in the
Participant's annualized base salary relative to his or her annualized base
salary as in effect immediately prior to such reduction (other than a reduction
under the Variable Pay Plan in accordance with its terms as consistently
applied); and (iii) without the Participant's express written consent, a
material reduction by the Company in the kind or level of employee benefits to
which the Participant is entitled immediately prior to such reduction with the
result that the Participant's overall benefits package is significantly reduced.
F. Disability. 'Disability' means a disability under the Company's
Income Protection Plan that entitles the Participant to benefits under such Plan
for a period of at least twenty-six (26) weeks.
G. Effective Date. 'Effective Date' means the date this Plan is approved
by the Board.
H. Employee. 'Employee' means an employee of the Company.
I. ERISA. 'ERISA' means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of
1974, as amended.
J. Non-Qualified Retirement Plans. 'Non-Qualified Retirement Plans'
means the following Company plans as in effect as of the Effective Date:
(i) the Excess Benefit Retirement Plan;
(ii) the Officers Early Retirement Plan; and
(iii) the International Retirement Guarantee.
K. Notice of Participation. 'Notice of Participation' means an
individualized written notice of participation in the Plan from an authorized
officer of the Company.
L. Participant. 'Participant' means an individual who meets the
eligibility requirements of Article III.
M. Plan. 'Plan' means this Hewlett-Packard Company Executive Transition
N. Plan Administrator. 'Plan Administrator' means the Board or its
committee or designate, as shall be administering the Plan.
O. Release Agreement. 'Release Agreement' means the form of general
waiver, release and agreement a Participant must execute as a condition to
receiving severance and other benefits pursuant to Article V.
P. Retirement. 'Retirement' means the Participant's resignation from the
Company after attaining age fifty-five (55) years of age with fifteen (15) or
more 'full-time equivalent years of service' (within the meaning of the
Company's Continued Group Medical and SeniorMed Program as in effect on the
Effective Date) or as defined by local country laws.
Q. Severance Payment Factor. 'Severance Payment Factor' means, for each
Participant, the Severance Payment Factor set forth in such Participant's Notice
R. Severance Payment Period. 'Severance Payment Period' means the period
of time, expressed as a number of whole months, over which a Participant's
severance payments are scheduled to be made pursuant to Article V.A(i).
S. Target Pay. 'Target Pay' means the Participant's base salary and
variable amount for a fiscal period of the Company determined in accordance with
the Variable Pay Plan.
T. Termination Date. 'Termination Date' means (i) the date on which the
Company delivers notice of termination to the Participant or such later date,
not to exceed ninety (90) days, specified in the notice of termination, (ii) in
the event the term of employment ends by reason of the Participant's death, the
date of death, or (iii) if the Participant terminates his or her employment with
the Company, the date on which the Participant delivers notice of termination to
U. Transition Period. 'Transition Period' means the period beginning on
the Effective Date and continuing until the second anniversary date of the
Effective Date, or (ii) such later date as the Board may specify pursuant to its
authority under Article XII.
V. Variable Pay Plan. 'Variable Pay Plan' means the Hewlett-Packard
Company 1999 Variable Pay Plan as in effect as of the Effective Date, as
amended, or any successor plan.
A. Waiver. As a condition of receiving benefits under the Plan, an
Employee must sign the Release Agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit A.
B. Participation in Plan. Each Employee who is designated by the Board
and who signs and timely returns to the Company a Notice of Participation shall
be a Participant in the Plan. A Participant shall cease to be a Participant in
the Plan upon ceasing to be an Employee unless such Participant is entitled to
benefits hereunder. A Participant entitled to benefits hereunder shall remain a
Participant in the Plan until the full amount of the benefits have been
delivered to the Participant.
TRANSITION PERIOD COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
During the Transition Period, the Company shall maintain compensation and
benefit programs for the benefit of Plan Participants as follows:
A. Cash Compensation. Participants shall receive a base salary and shall
be eligible to receive additional variable compensation. During the Transition
Period, a Participant's Target Pay shall be determined in accordance with the
Variable Pay Plan. During the Transition Period, the Plan Administrator shall
review the Participant's base salary and variable compensation then in effect at
least annually and shall increase such amounts as the Company may approve. The
Participant's base salary and variable compensation shall be payable in
accordance with the Company's normal payroll practices and, in the case of the
variable compensation, in accordance with the terms of the Variable Pay Plan.
B. Equity Compensation. During the Transition Period, Participants shall
be eligible to receive stock options, stock and other equity-based compensation
awards under the Company's equity compensation plans and programs, subject in
each case to the generally applicable terms and conditions of the applicable
plan or program in question and to the sole determination of the Board or any
committee administering such plan or program.
C. Employee Benefits. During the Transition Period, Participants shall
be eligible to participate in the employee benefit plans and executive compensa
tion programs maintained by the Company applicable to other senior executives of
the Company, including (without limitation) the Company's Executive Deferred
Compensation Plan, retirement plans, savings or profit-sharing plans, incentive
or other bonus plans, life, disability, health, accident and other insurance
programs, vacation, sick leave, personal time off and similar plans or programs,
subject in each case to the generally applicable terms and conditions of the
applicable plan or program in question and to the sole determination of the
Board or any committee administering such plan or program.
D. Retirement Benefits. Certain of the Participants are covered under
one or more of the Non-Qualified Retirement Programs, in addition to the
Company's Retirement Plan and its Deferred Profit-Sharing Plan. With respect to
such Participants, except as provided below with respect to the Officers Early
Retirement Plan, during the Transition Period the Company shall continue to
maintain such Non-Qualified Retirement Plans (or such comparable alternative
non-qualified retirement arrangements as the Company may, in its discretion,
determine to be sufficient to satisfy its obligations to the Participants under
this Article IV.D, so as to provide benefits to the Participants that are no
less favorable than those available to the Participants under such Plans as of
the Effective Date, it being the Company's intention to deliver benefits to the
Participants at a level that is not less than that currently provided under the
Non-Qualified Retirement Plans. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, on
March 18, 1999 the Compensation Committee of the Board (the 'Compensation
Committee') terminated the Officers Early Retirement Plan effective November 1,
1999. In connection with such termination, the Company will calculate a lump
sum equivalent benefit for eligible Officers Early Retirement Plan participants,
and will credit such amounts to the participants' accounts under the Company's
Executive Deferred Compensation Plan, subject to the terms and conditions of
that Plan. Except as otherwise provided herein, the amount so credited to
the Executive Deferred Compensation Plan shall be subject to a vesting condition
based on the Participant's continued employment with the Company.
E. Other Benefits. The Participant shall be entitled to such other
benefits, if any, as may be specified by the Plan Administrator on the
Participant's Notice of Participation.
TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT
If a Participant's employment with the Company terminates for any reason
during the Transition Period, he or she may be entitled to severance and other
benefits as follows:
A. Involuntary or Constructive Termination; Disability. If the Company
terminates a Participant's employment other than for Cause, or if the
Participant terminates his or her employment as a result of Constructive
Termination, or if the Participant's employment terminates by reason of
Disability, then, subject to the Participant's obligations under the Release
Agreement, the Participant shall be entitled to receive the following severance
and other benefits:
(i) Cash Payments. The Participant shall be entitled to severance
equal to the product obtained by multiplying the Participant's annualized Target
Pay for the Company's fiscal period then in effect times the Participant's
Severance Payment Factor; provided, however, that in the event that the
Participant's termination is by reason of the Participant's Disability, any cash
payment to which the Participant is entitled herein shall be offset by any cash
disability payments to which the Participant is entitled under the Company's
disability plans and programs. Such severance shall be paid to the Participant
in substantially equal installments in accordance with the Company's normal
payroll over the Severance Payment Period, beginning within fifteen (15)
calendar days of the Participant's Termination Date.
(ii) Options. The unvested portion of any stock option(s) held by
the Participant under the Company's stock plans shall vest and become
exercisable in full.
(iii) Restricted Stock. Except as otherwise provided below with
respect to 'performance-based' restricted stock, the unvested portion of any
restricted stock granted to the Participant under the Company's stock plans
shall vest in full on the Termination Date; with respect to restricted stock
awarded to the Participant that is subject to vesting based upon the attainment
of performance targets, the Participant shall vest in a portion of the unvested
shares of such restricted stock and shall receive a number of unrestricted
shares, such portion and such number to be determined by the Company in
accordance with past practices consistently applied with respect to unvested
shares of restricted stock in the case of an employee whose employment
terminates by reason of retirement or permanent and total disability.
(iv) Retiree Benefits. If specified on the Participant's Notice of
Participation, the Participant shall be credited with additional service for
eligibility purposes under the Company's Continued Group Medical and SeniorMed
Program. In addition, any employment or other similar requirement applicable to
the Officers Early Retirement Plan termination amount (as credited to the
Participant's account under the Company's Executive Deferred Compensation Plan,
together with any earnings credited thereto) shall be waived.
(v) Health Plan Coverage and Financial Counseling. The Participant
may elect, to the extent eligible, to continue his or her group health insurance
benefits pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985,
as amended (COBRA). The Company shall also provide to the Participant for one
year after the Termination Date professional financial counseling services
comparable in scope and value to the financial counseling services made
available to the Participant immediately prior to the Termination Date.
(vi) Other Benefits. The Participant shall be entitled to such other
benefits, if any, as may be specified by the Plan Administrator on the
Participant's Notice of Participation.
B. Other Termination. If (i) the Participant voluntarily resigns from
the Company (other than as a Constructive Termination), (ii) the Company
terminates the Participant's employment for Cause, or (iii) the Participant's
employment terminates by reason of his or her Retirement or death, then the
Participant shall not be entitled to receive severance or other benefits under
this Plan and shall be entitled to benefits (if any) only as may then be
established under the Company's then existing benefit plans and policies at the
time of such resignation or termination.
GOLDEN PARACHUTE EXCISE TAX AND NON-DEDUCTIBILITY LIMITATIONS
In the event that the benefits provided for in this Plan otherwise
constitute 'parachute payments' within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code
and would, but for this Article VI, be subject to the excise tax imposed by
Section 4999 of the Code (the 'Excise Tax'), then the Participant's benefits
under Article V shall be either:
(i) delivered in full, or
(ii) delivered as to such lesser extent as would result in no portion
of such benefits being subject to the Excise Tax,
whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal,
state and local income taxes and the Excise Tax, results in the receipt by
Participant on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of benefits,
notwithstanding that all or some portion of such benefits may be taxable under
Section 4999 of the Code. Unless the Company and the Participant otherwise
agree in writing, all determinations required to be made under this Article,
including the manner and amount of any reduction in the Participant's benefits
under Article V, and the assumptions to be utilized in arriving at such
determinations, shall be made in writing in good faith by the accounting firm
serving as the Company's independent public accountants immediately prior to the
event giving rise to such Payment (the 'Accountants'). For purposes of making
the calculations required by this Article VI, the Accountants may make
reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning the application of Sections
280G and 4999 of the Code. The Company and the Participant shall furnish to the
Accountants such information and documents as the Accountants may reasonably
request to make a determination under this Article. The Company shall bear all
costs the Accountants may reasonably incur in connection with any calculations
contemplated by this Article.
FUNDING POLICY AND METHOD
Benefits and any administrative expenses arising in connection with the
Plan shall be paid as needed solely from the general assets of the Company. No
contributions are required from any Participant. This Plan shall not be
construed to require the Company to fund any of the benefits provided hereunder
nor to establish a trust for such purpose. Participants' rights against the
Company with respect to severance and other benefits provided under this Plan
shall be those of general unsecured creditors. No Participant has an interest
in his or her severance or other benefits under this Plan until the Participant
actually receives a payment.
In the event any claim for benefits is denied, in whole or in part, the
Company shall notify the claimant of such denial in writing and shall advise the
claimant of his or her right to appeal the denial. Such written notice shall
set forth the specific reasons for the denial and shall be given to the claimant
within ninety (90) days after the Company receives his or her claim.
A. Review Panel. The Review Panel appointed for the Hewlett-Packard
Company Deferred Profit Sharing and Retirement Plan shall be named fiduciary
that shall have discretionary authority to act with respect to appeals from
denials of claims for benefits under the Plan.
B. Right to Appeal. Any person whose claim for benefits is denied, in
whole or in part, may appeal from the denial by submitting a written request for
review of the claim to the Review Panel within sixty (60) days after receiving
written notice of the denial from the Company.
C. Form of Request for Review. A request for review must be made in
writing and shall be addressed as follows: 'Review Panel Under the Hewlett-
Packard Company Executive Transition Program; 3000 Hanover St., Palo Alto,
California 94304.' A request for review shall set forth all of the grounds upon
which it is based, all facts and support thereof and any other matters that the
claimant deems pertinent.
D. Review Panel Decision. Within sixty (60) days after receipt of a
request for review, the Review Panel shall give written notice of its decision
to the claimant and the Company. In the event the Review Panel confirms the
denial of the claim for benefits, in whole or in part, such notice shall set
forth, in a manner calculated to be understood by the claimant, specific reasons
for such denial and specific references to the Plan provisions on which the
decision was based. In the event that the Review Panel determines that the
claim for benefits should not have been denied, in whole or in part, the Company
shall take appropriate remedial action as soon as reasonably practicable after
receiving notice of the Review Panel's decision.
EMPLOYMENT STATUS; WITHHOLDING
A. Employment Status. This Plan does not constitute a contract of
employment or impose on the Participant or the Company any obligation to retain
the Participant as an Employee, to change the status of the Participant's
employment, or to change the Company's policies regarding termination of
employment. The Participant's employment is and shall continue to be at-will,
as defined under applicable law. If the Participant's employment with the
Company or a successor entity terminates for any reason, the Participant shall
not be entitled to any payments, benefits, damages, awards or compensation other
than as provided by this Plan, or as may otherwise be available in accordance
with the Company's established employee plans and practices or other agreements
with the Company at the time of termination.
B. Taxes. All payments made pursuant to this Plan shall be subject to
all applicable reporting obligations and any tax or other contributions required
to be withheld under Federal, state or local law, or the applicable laws of any
non-U.S. taxing authority as interpreted by the Company.
SUCCESSORS TO COMPANY AND PARTICIPANTS
A. Company's Successors. Any successor to the Company (whether direct or
indirect and whether by purchase, lease, merger, consolidation, liquidation or
otherwise) to all or substantially all of the Company's business and/or assets
shall assume the obligations under this Plan and agree expressly to perform the
obligations under this Plan by executing a written agreement. For all purposes
under this Plan, the term 'Company' shall include any successor to the Company's
business and/or assets which executes and delivers the assumption agreement
described in this subsection or which becomes bound by the terms of this Plan by
operation of law.
B. Participant's Successors. All rights of the Participant hereunder
shall inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable by, the Participant's personal
or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs,
distributees, devisees and legatees.
DURATION, AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION
A. Duration. This Plan shall terminate on the second anniversary of the
Effective Date, unless this Plan is extended by the Board.
B. Plan Amendment. The Board shall have the discretionary authority to
amend the Plan in any respect by resolution adopted by a majority of the Board;
provided, however, that the Board may not amend the Plan in any way that is
adverse to a Plan Participant without the Participant's written consent.
A. General. Notices and all other communications contemplated by this
Plan shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when
personally delivered or when mailed by U.S. registered or certified mail, return
receipt requested and postage prepaid. In the case of the Participant, mailed
notices shall be addressed to him or her at the home address which he or she
most recently communicated to the Company in writing. In the case of the
Company, mailed notices shall be addressed to its corporate headquarters, and
all notices shall be directed to the attention of its General Counsel.
B. Notice of Termination by the Company. Any termination by the Company
of the Participant's employment with the Company during the Transition Period
shall be communicated by a notice of termination to the Participant at least
five (5) days prior to the date of such termination (or at least thirty (30)
days prior to the date of a termination by reason of the Participant's
Disability). Such notice shall indicate the specific termination provision or
provisions in this Plan relied upon (if any), shall set forth in reasonable
detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination
under the provision or provisions so indicated, and shall specify the
C. Notice by the Participant of Constructive Termination by the Company.
In the event that the Participant determines that a Constructive Termination has
occurred at any time during the Transition Period, the Participant shall give
written notice to the Company that such Constructive Termination has occurred.
Such notice shall be delivered by the Participant to the Company within ninety
(90) days following the date on which such Constructive Termination occurred,
shall indicate the specific provision or provisions in this Plan upon which the
Participant relied to make such determination and shall set forth in reasonable
detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for such
determination. The failure by the Participant to include in the notice any fact
or circumstance which contributes to a showing of Constructive Termination shall
not waive any right of the Participant hereunder or preclude the Participant
from asserting such fact or circumstance in enforcing his or her rights
A. No Duty to Mitigate. The Participant shall not be required to
mitigate the amount of any benefits contemplated by this Plan, nor shall any
such benefits be reduced by any earnings or benefits that the Participant may
receive from any other source, except as provided in Article V.A(i).
B. Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision or
provisions of this Plan shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any
other provision hereof, which shall remain in full force and effect.
C. No Assignment of Benefits. The rights of any person to payments or
benefits under this Plan shall not be made subject to option or assignment,
either by voluntary or involuntary assignment or by operation of law, including
(without limitation) bankruptcy, garnishment, attachment or other creditor's
process, and any action in violation of this subsection shall be void.
ERISA REQUIRED INFORMATION
A. Plan Sponsor. The Plan sponsor and administrator is:
3000 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304
B. Designated Agent. Designated agent for service of process:
3000 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94303
C. Plan Records. Plan records are kept on a fiscal year basis.
D. Plan Funding. The Plan is funded from the Company's general assets.
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY EXECUTIVE TRANSITION PROGRAM
NOTICE OF PARTICIPATION
The Board has designated you as a Participant in the Hewlett-Packard
Company Executive Transition Program (the 'Plan'), a copy of which is attached
hereto. The terms and conditions of your participation in the Plan are as set
forth in the Plan and in this Notice of Participation. As a condition to
receiving benefits under the Plan you agree (i) to sign a general waiver,
release and agreement, substantially in the form attached to the Plan as Exhibit
A, and (ii) to maintain in complete confidence your participation in the Plan as
well as the contents and terms of this Notice of Participation. The variables
relating to your Plan participation are as follows:
Severance Payment Factor: [__________]
Severance Payment Period: [_______ months]
Additional Credited Service (Retiree Medical) [________months]
[Retention Bonus (payable to Participant
on [date] as a single lump sum amount (cash)
or stock), provided the Participant remains
employed by the Company through such date;
the accelerated vesting provision of Article
V.A(iii) shall not apply to the Retention Bonus: $_______________]
[Other Benefits: e.g., relocation]
If you agree to participate in the Plan on these terms and conditions,
please acknowledge your acceptance by signing below. Please return the signed
copy of this Notice of Participation within ten (10) days of the date set forth
3000 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, California 94304
Your failure to timely remit this signed Notice of Participation will
result in your removal from the Plan. Please retain a copy of this Notice of
Participation, along with the Plan, for your records.