Avid Tech (AVID) CEO Greenfield Resigns; Louis Hernandez Named to Role

February 11, 2013 9:05 AM EST
Effective February 11, 2013, Gary G. Greenfield, the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Avid Technology, Inc. (Nadaq: AVID) voluntarily resigned as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Greenfield will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

In connection with Mr. Greenfield's resignation, the Company and Mr. Greenfield entered into a separation agreement, dated as of February 6, 2013 (the "Greenfield Agreement"). The Greenfield Agreement provides that following Mr. Greenfield’s execution of a release of claims against the Company, he will be entitled, in connection with his existing employment agreement with the Company, to payment of his accrued benefits, salary continuation for twelve months in the aggregate amount of $1,014,000, a payment in respect of annual bonus of $1,123,200, payment in respect of COBRA premiums, outplacement services and thirteen months additional vesting on his outstanding time-vesting equity awards. All other unvested equity awards will be forfeited upon Mr. Greenfield’s separation from the Company.

Appointment of Mr. Hernandez

Effective upon Mr. Greenfield's resignation, the Board of Directors appointed Louis Hernandez, Jr., a director of the Company, to also serve as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and President. In connection with his appointment, Mr. Hernandez resigned from his position as chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board of Directors and as a member of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors and will no longer serve as the Company's lead independent director. There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Hernandez and any other persons pursuant to which he was selected as Chief Executive Officer and President. There are also no family relationships between Mr. Hernandez and any director or executive officer of the Company and he has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

Mr. Hernandez, 46, became a director in February 2008. Most recently, Mr. Hernandez served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Open Solutions Inc., a provider of enterprise-wide enabling technologies for the financial services marketplace ("Open Solutions"), positions he had held since 2000 and 1999, respectively. Prior to Open Solutions, he worked at several public and private growth-oriented technology-based companies. Mr. Hernandez also currently serves as a director of HSBC North America Holdings Inc., HSBC USA Inc. and HSBC Bank USA, N.A. and had previously served as a director of Unica Corporation and Mobius Management Systems, Inc., prior to their respective acquisitions. He also serves as an advisor to other technology-based companies and is a speaker and author on technology-related topics.

Effective as of February 11, 2013, Mr. Hernandez entered into an employment agreement with the Company in connection with his appointment, the Hernandez Agreement. The Hernandez Agreement provides for an annual base salary of $650,000, an annual incentive bonus target equal to 100% of annual base salary and a long term equity award consisting of time vesting stock options and restricted stock unit awards and performance vesting options (which vest upon attainment of specified targets relating to the Company’s return on equity). Mr. Hernandez received 100,000 time vesting options and 100,000 time vesting restricted stock unit awards, as well as 625,000 performance vesting options.

The agreement has a term of five years and will automatically renew for one-year periods so long as neither the Company nor Mr. Hernandez provides 180 days' prior written notice of intent to terminate. The term of the agreement will also be extended for an additional twelve months in the event of a change-in control of the Company or a potential change-in-control of the Company occurring within twelve months prior to the end of the then-current term. The agreement also provides that if Mr. Hernandez’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause or by the executive for good reason other than in connection with a change-in-control of the Company, the executive will be entitled to receive, along with other payments set forth in the agreements, 12 months base salary, a bonus equal to the executive's target bonus and an amount equal to the company's portion of the executive's COBRA premiums for twelve months. In addition, any time-based vesting awards held by the Mr. Hernandez will vest as to an additional number of shares equal to the number of shares that would have been vested as of the end of the twelve-month period following the date of termination. Mr. Hernandez will also generally be entitled to exercise any options for twelve months after the termination of his employment.

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