Form 8-K

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): September 21, 2018

 

 

CBS CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   001-09553   04-2949533

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification Number)

 

51 West 52nd Street, New York, New York   10019
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 975-4321

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company  ☐

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐

 

 

 


Item 5.02

Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

(e) On September 27, 2018, CBS Corporation (the “Company” or “CBS”) entered into a letter agreement, effective as of September 9, 2018 (the “Letter Agreement”), with Joseph R. Ianniello, the Company’s President and Acting Chief Executive Officer (“Acting CEO”), which includes the following modifications to Mr. Ianniello’s existing employment agreement dated as of July 1, 2017:

 

   

Mr. Ianniello will serve as Acting CEO until the appointment by the CBS Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Mr. Ianniello or another individual as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer on a permanent basis; the Company acknowledges and agrees to conclude its formal search process for a permanent Chief Executive Officer in a timely manner and that Mr. Ianniello will be a candidate and will be afforded good faith consideration.

 

   

For so long as Mr. Ianniello is serving as Acting CEO, he shall be the highest-ranking executive of CBS (i.e., there shall be no executive of equal or higher ranking), and he shall have the right, subject to Board approval, to name a successor Chief Financial Officer.

 

   

Mr. Ianniello will receive no additional compensation for his services as Acting CEO; if Mr. Ianniello is selected to become the Company’s permanent Chief Executive Officer, CBS will renegotiate his employment agreement in good faith.

 

   

Mr. Ianniello continues to be entitled to receive severance payments and benefits upon a resignation for “good reason”; the “good reason” definition has been updated to reflect Mr. Ianniello’s new role as Acting CEO and has been modified to include the failure of CBS to appoint a permanent Chief Executive Officer on or before June 30, 2019 or the appointment of a person other than Mr. Ianniello as Chief Executive Officer of CBS.

The foregoing description of the Letter Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of the Letter Agreement, a copy of which is filed herewith as Exhibit 10(a) to this Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference herein.

(b)(e) On September 21, 2018, the Company entered into a separation agreement (the “Separation Agreement”) with Gil Schwartz, the Company’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, which provides for Mr. Schwartz’s separation from the Company, effective November 1, 2018. The Separation Agreement specifies that Mr. Schwartz’s separation shall be deemed to be pursuant to paragraph 7(b)(i) of Mr. Schwartz’s employment agreement with the Company dated as of July 1, 2016, as amended (the “GS Employment Agreement”), and provides for substantially the same severance payments and benefits as the GS Employment Agreement, except that the calculation of Mr. Schwartz’s bonus for 2018 will be based on the same amount as the bonus he received for fiscal 2017, prorated through November 1, 2018.

The foregoing description of the Separation Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of the Separation Agreement, a copy of which is filed herewith as Exhibit 10(b) to this Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference herein.

 

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Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits. The following Exhibits are filed as part of this Report on Form 8-K:

 

Exhibit Number

  Description of Exhibit
10(a)   Letter Agreement dated as of September 9, 2018
10(b)   Separation Agreement dated September 21, 2018

 

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SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

CBS CORPORATION

(Registrant)

By:

 

/s/ Lawrence P. Tu

 

Name:

 

Lawrence P. Tu

 

Title:

 

Senior Executive Vice President

and Chief Legal Officer

Date: September 27, 2018

 

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EX-10.A

Exhibit 10(a)

EXECUTION COPY

 

LOGO     

51 West 52nd Street

New York, NY 10019                    

Joseph R. Ianniello

c/o CBS Corporation

51 W. 52nd Street

New York, NY 10019

 

Dear Joe:    Dated as of September 9, 2018        

Reference is made to your employment agreement with CBS Corporation (“CBS”), dated as of July 1, 2017 (the “Agreement”). All defined terms used without being defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Agreement. This letter agreement confirms and memorializes our understanding of the additional role you have assumed, notwithstanding any provision in the Agreement to the contrary, beginning on September 9, 2018, the date on which the CBS Board of Directors (the “Board”) determined that Mr. Moonves would cease to perform services as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS (the “Start Date”). The provisions of this letter agreement shall be effective as of the Start Date.

 

  1.

Acting CEO. Notwithstanding anything in paragraph 2(a) of the Agreement to the contrary, you have been appointed to serve as the President and Acting Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation (the “Acting CEO”) as ratified by the Board until the Board’s appointment of you or another individual as the Chief Executive Officer on a permanent basis. For so long as you are serving as Acting CEO, you shall be the highest-ranking executive of CBS (i.e., there shall be no executive of equal or higher ranking) and you will report directly and exclusively to the Board. You will have the authority, duties and responsibilities customary for the chief executive officer of a public company of the type and nature of CBS and shall perform such additional duties reasonable and consistent with that office as may be assigned to you from time to time by the Board. You shall have the right, subject to the approval of the Board, to name a successor Chief Financial Officer.

 

  2.

CEO Search. You acknowledge that CBS has indicated its intent to conduct a formal search process before electing a permanent Chief Executive Officer. CBS acknowledges and agrees that this process must be concluded in a timely manner and that you will be a candidate and be afforded good faith consideration. If you become the permanent Chief Executive Officer, CBS will renegotiate your employment agreement in good faith.

 

  3.

No Additional Compensation. You will receive no additional compensation under paragraph 3 of the Agreement for the incremental duties and responsibilities associated with your performance of services as Acting CEO.


Joseph R. Ianniello

As of September 9, 2018

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  4.

Benefits. With respect to benefit plans and programs as set forth in paragraph 4 of the Agreement, (i) the parenthetical phrase in the first sentence thereof shall be removed, (ii) the reference at the end of the first sentence thereof to “the Chairman & CEO” shall be modified by replacing it with “senior executives of CBS generally,” and (iii) the parenthetical phrase at the end of the last sentence thereof shall be modified by replacing “second priority” with “first priority” and deleting the requirement for approval by the Chairman & CEO.

 

  5.

Business Expenses. With respect to reimbursement of business expenses set forth in paragraph 5 of the Agreement, (i) the reference in the first sentence thereof to “the Chairman & CEO” shall be modified by replacing it with “senior executives of CBS generally,” and (ii) the parenthetical at the end of the first sentence thereof shall be deleted in its entirety.

 

  6.

Non-Competition. The second sentence of paragraph 6(a) of the Agreement is amended to read as follows: “You further agree that, during the Non-Compete Period (as defined below), you shall not, without the written consent of CBS, directly or indirectly engage in or participate in (or negotiate or sign any agreement to engage in or participate in), whether as an owner, partner, stockholder, officer, employee, director, agent of or consultant for, any business enterprise that is engaged in the business conducted by CBS, or any of its subsidiaries, either (i) during the period of your employment or (ii) following your termination of employment, provided that CBS was actively planning to engage in such business at the time of your termination of employment; provided, however, that this provision shall not prevent you from investing as less than a one (1%) percent stockholder in the securities of any company listed on a national securities exchange or quoted on an automated quotation system.

 

  7.

Books, Articles, Etc. Paragraph 6(f) of the Agreement is amended to read as follows: “While employed by CBS and for two (2) years thereafter, but not beyond the end of the Term (June 30, 2022), except in the course of the performance of your duties and responsibilities or otherwise as authorized by the Board, you shall not prepare (other than personal notes and/or a diary) or assist any person or entity in the preparation of any books, articles, radio broadcasts, television or motion picture productions or other similar creations, concerning CBS or any of its affiliates or predecessors or any of their officers, directors, agents, employees, suppliers or customers.”

 

  8.

Cause. The three references to the “Chairman & CEO” in paragraph 7(a)(i) of the Agreement shall be modified by replacing them with “the Board.”

 

  9.

Good Reason. The second paragraph of paragraph 7(c)(i) of the Agreement is amended to read as follows: “For purposes of this Agreement (and any other agreement that expressly incorporates the definition of Good Reason hereunder),


Joseph R. Ianniello

As of September 9, 2018

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  Good Reason” shall mean the occurrence of any of the following without your consent (other than in connection with the termination or suspension of your employment or duties for Cause or in connection with physical and mental incapacity): (A) the failure of CBS to appoint a permanent Chief Executive Officer on or before June 30, 2019; (B) the appointment of a person other than yourself as Chief Executive Officer of CBS; (C) a material reduction in your position, titles, offices, reporting relationships, authorities, duties or responsibilities from those in effect with your appointment as President and Acting CEO on the Start Date, including any such reduction effected through any arrangement involving the sharing of your position, titles, offices reporting relationships, authorities, duties or responsibilities (for the avoidance of doubt, (i) a material reduction shall include and be deemed to have occurred if either (x) you cease to be the highest ranking executive of CBS (provided that no cessation shall be deemed to have occurred if CBS has an ultimate parent company that is a public company and you are the highest ranking executive of the ultimate public parent company), or (y) neither CBS nor its ultimate parent company (if any) is a public company; and (ii) neither the assignment of another individual (or any successor(s) to such individual) to serve in the CFO position in accordance with paragraph 2 nor such individual’s performance of duties customary to that of a CFO of a public company shall be considered a material reduction or otherwise constitute “Good Reason” so long as such CFO position reports exclusively to you); (D) a reduction in your base Salary or target compensation in effect immediately prior to such reduction, including your annual Target Bonus or long term incentive targets; (E) the assignment to you of duties or responsibilities that are materially inconsistent with the usual and customary duties associated with a President and Chief Executive Officer of a publicly traded company or that materially impair your ability to function as the President and Acting CEO of CBS; (F) the material breach by CBS of any of its obligations under this Agreement (it being understood that a breach by CBS of its obligations under paragraph 3(c)(ii) shall constitute a material breach of an obligation under this Agreement); or (G) CBS requiring you to be based anywhere other than the New York or Los Angeles metropolitan area, except for required travel on CBS business. CBS shall have thirty (30) days from the receipt of your notice within which to cure, and, in the event of such cure, your notice shall be of no further force or effect. If no cure is effected, your resignation will be effective as of the date specified in your written notice to CBS or such earlier effective date set by CBS following receipt of your notice.”

 

  10.

No Waiver of Rights. For purposes of clarity and avoidance of doubt, your acceptance of the arrangements described in this letter agreement shall in no way constitute a waiver of any existing or future rights you may have under the Agreement, including, without limitation, your right to resign with Good Reason if the Board appoints another individual to serve as Chief Executive Officer of CBS and receive the payments and benefits described in paragraph 7(c)(ii) or 7(j)(ii) of the Agreement, as applicable.


Joseph R. Ianniello

As of September 9, 2018

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  11.

Released Claims. CBS hereby acknowledges and agrees that the claims released in the Settlement and Release Agreement entered into and effective as of September 9, 2018, among CBS, National Amusements, Inc., the directors of CBS, you and certain others, cannot serve as the basis for a termination of your employment for Cause under paragraph 7(a) of the Agreement.

 

  12.

Representations. CBS hereby represents that (i) this letter agreement has been duly authorized and executed, (ii) the Agreement, as modified by this letter agreement, is a legal, valid and binding obligation of CBS enforceable against CBS in accordance with its terms, and (iii) the Committee has unanimously adopted resolutions approving this letter agreement and affirming that the Agreement, as modified by this letter agreement, constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of CBS enforceable against CBS in accordance with its terms and has advised the Board of the key terms of this letter agreement, without objection. CBS further agrees that you will be entitled to indemnification under paragraph 18 of the Agreement with respect to any claim that the Agreement, as modified by this letter agreement, is not a legal, valid and binding obligation of CBS. You represent that you are free to enter into this letter agreement without restriction.

 

  13.

Legal Fees. This letter agreement also confirms our understanding that, notwithstanding any provision in the Agreement, CBS shall promptly, upon submission of an appropriately detailed invoice, pay your legal fees reasonably incurred in connection with your promotion; provided, however, that such payment shall in no event exceed Eighty-Five Thousand Dollars ($85,000).

 

  14.

Counterparts. This letter agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, including by facsimile, and all of the counterparts shall constitute one fully executed agreement. The signature of any party to any counterpart shall be deemed a signature to, and may be appended to, any other counterpart. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, the Agreement shall continue in full force and effect in accordance with its terms.

[signature page to follow]


Joseph R. Ianniello

As of September 9, 2018

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If the foregoing correctly sets forth our understanding, please sign, date, and return this letter agreement to the undersigned for execution on behalf of CBS.

 

Very truly yours,
CBS CORPORATION
  By:  

/s/ Anthony G. Ambrosio

  Name:   Anthony G. Ambrosio
  Title:  

Senior Executive Vice President,

Chief Administrative Officer &

Chief Human Resources Officer

 

ACCEPTED AND AGREED:
/s/ Joseph R. Ianniello
Joseph R. Ianniello

Dated:

 

9/27/18                                                                       

EX-10.B

Exhibit 10(b)

EXECUTION COPY

September 21, 2018

Gil D. Schwartz

c/o CBS Corporation

51 W. 52nd Street

New York, NY 10019

Dear Gil:

This letter (“Separation Agreement”) is to confirm the terms of your separation from CBS Corporation (“CBS”), effective November 1, 2018 (the “Separation Date”).

 

1.

Separation Date. You recognize and agree that your employment with CBS ceases on the Separation Date. You will be relieved of your job duties and responsibilities as of the Separation Date. For purposes of this Separation Agreement, your employment shall be deemed to be terminated pursuant to paragraph 7(b)(i) of the Employment Agreement between you and CBS, dated as of July 1, 2016 and as subsequently amended by letter agreements dated August 4, 2017 and January 11, 2018 (collectively, the “Employment Agreement”).

 

2.

Receipt of All Monies Owed. You acknowledge that you are entitled to receive the following, all subject to necessary withholdings and deductions:

 

  (a)

all salary, wages, or other compensation accrued to your Separation Date; and

 

  (b)

payment for all accrued and unused vacation and/or personal days in accordance with company policy; and

In addition, CBS will reimburse you for any outstanding bona fide business expenses that are incurred on or prior to the Separation Date and properly documented and submitted no later than November 30, 2018. CBS will reimburse you within sixty (60) calendar days following the date on which CBS receives appropriate documentation with respect to such expenses, but in no event later than December 31st of the year following the year in which such expenses are incurred.

If you and/or your eligible dependents participated in the CBS Medical, Dental and/or Vision Plans at the Separation Date, you and/or your eligible dependents will be covered under those plans for thirty (30) calendar days immediately following the Separation Date, at no cost to you, and you will receive such benefit whether or not you sign this Separation Agreement. Thereafter, you will be eligible to enroll in the CBS Retiree Medical Plan and will be offered temporary


Gil D. Schwartz

September 21, 2018

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continuation of your CBS Dental coverage under COBRA (see Section 3(d) below).

Your receipt of the payments and benefits set forth in this Section 2 is not contingent upon your signature to this Separation Agreement. You also acknowledge that (i) prior to execution of this Separation Agreement, you have at all times been properly compensated in accordance with applicable laws; (ii) except as provided by this Separation Agreement, no other monies are owed to you and CBS has paid to you all wages that it concedes are owed to you; and (iii) CBS is not requiring that you execute this Separation Agreement in order to obtain any wages concededly owed to you.

 

3.

Severance Payments and Benefits. In consideration of your signing and not revoking the General Release attached as Exhibit A to this Separation Agreement, which contains a general release and discharge of legal claims (“Release of Claims”), CBS will provide you with the compensation and benefits described in paragraph 7(b)(ii) of the Employment Agreement that you would otherwise not be entitled to receive, as follows:

 

  (a)

Severance Payment: Severance pay in an amount of 1.5 times your annual base salary of $1,000,000, an amount that totals $1,500,000 (the “Severance Payment”). The Severance Payment shall be paid out over time in accordance with the normal payroll cycles of CBS in the manner described in paragraph 7(b)(ii)(A) of the Employment Agreement, beginning on the next regular payroll date which follows the “Release Effective Date” as defined in Section 4 below.

 

  (b)

2018 Pro-Rated Bonus: A pro-rated bonus for 2018 in the amount of $1,466,667 (which amount reflects a bonus payable at the same level that you received for fiscal year 2017, and prorated through the Separation Date), payable between January 1, 2019 and March 15, 2019 at the same time that bonuses are paid to other similarly situated executives of CBS in accordance with paragraph 3(b)(iv) of the Employment Agreement.

 

  (c)

Bonus Severance: Additional severance pay in an amount of 1.5 times your target annual bonus, an amount that totals $1,875,000 (the “Bonus Severance”). Bonus Severance shall be paid out over time in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 7(b)(ii)(B) of the Employment Agreement (i.e., 2/12 of your target annual bonus paid out in 2019, 12/12 of your target annual bonus paid out in 2020, and 4/12 of your target annual bonus paid out in 2021).

 

  (d)

Health Benefit Coverage: Medical and dental insurance coverage for you and your eligible dependents at no cost to you (except as hereafter described) pursuant to the CBS medical and dental benefit plans in which you participated on the Separation Date for a period of eighteen (18)


Gil D. Schwartz

September 21, 2018

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  months following the Separation Date, or if earlier, the date on which you become eligible for medical or dental coverage, as the case may be, from a third party, which period of coverage shall be considered to run concurrently with the COBRA continuation period. During the period that CBS provides you with this coverage, the cost of such coverage will be treated as taxable income to you and CBS may withhold taxes from your compensation for this purpose.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, as described in Section 2 above you are entitled to free coverage under the CBS medical, dental and/or vision plans in which you were participating on the Separation Date for a period of thirty (30) days, and after that period you are eligible to enroll in the CBS Retiree Medical Plan. If you elect to continue medical coverage under the immediately preceding provision and not the CBS Retiree Medical Plan, you must complete a CBS Retiree Medical Coverage Waiver Form in order to commence continuation of your CBS medical coverage under COBRA. This form may be requested from CBS Human Resources and should be returned to the CBS Corporate Benefits Department at the address provided on the form before your COBRA election period expires.

Please note that if you do not elect to enroll in the CBS Retiree Medical Plan when you are first eligible to do so, you will not be able to enroll in that plan at a later date.

 

  (e)

Life Insurance Coverage: Life insurance coverage under CBS’s policy in effect on the Separation Date in the amount then furnished to CBS employees at no cost until June 30, 2020.

 

  (f)

Vesting of Equity Awards: your previous CBS LTMIP equity grants shall vest as set forth in paragraph 7(b)(ii)(E) of the Employment Agreement, as follows:

 

  (i)

all outstanding stock option awards (or portions thereof) that have not vested and become exercisable on or before the Separation Date, but which would otherwise have vested on or before the 18th month anniversary of the Separation Date, shall accelerate, vest and become exercisable on the Release Effective Date;

 

  (ii)

all outstanding stock option awards (or portions thereof) that have not vested and become exercisable on or before the Separation Date, but which would otherwise have vested during the period beginning immediately following the 18th month anniversary of the Separation Date and ending on the 36th month anniversary of the Separation Date, shall vest and become exercisable in accordance with their established vesting schedule, subject to your continued compliance with the obligations set forth in paragraphs 6(a) and


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September 21, 2018

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  6 (b) of the Employment Agreement during such 18-month continued vesting period;

 

  (iii)

all stock options (or portions thereof), including those vesting pursuant to Sections 3(f)(i) or (ii), shall remain exercisable until their expiration dates;

 

  (iv)

all outstanding restricted share units (or portions thereof) that would have vested on or before the 18th month anniversary of the Separation Date shall immediately vest on the Release Effective Date, but delivery of shares in settlement of such awards shall occur in accordance with the established vesting and settlement schedule for such awards as though their vesting were not accelerated on the Release Effective Date (and with respect to the performance-based restricted share units granted on February 22, 2018, those units will be deemed to have been earned at target level performance); and

 

  (v)

all outstanding restricted share units (or portions thereof) that would have vested during the period beginning immediately following the 18th month anniversary of the Separation Date and ending on the 36th month anniversary of the Separation Date, shall continue to vest and be settled in accordance with their established vesting schedule, subject to your continued compliance with the obligations set forth in paragraphs 6(a) and 6(b) of the Employment Agreement during such 18-month continued vesting period.

Mitigation of CBS’s severance obligation will be required as set forth in paragraph 7(b)(iii) of the Employment Agreement; provided, however, that your obligation to mitigate will not begin until twelve (12) months after the Separation Date. For the avoidance of doubt, the term self-employment as used in paragraph 7(b)(iii) of the Employment Agreement shall include your pursuit of professional literary activities (as described in that certain letter dated July 1, 2013) (your “Professional Literary Activities”).

 

4.

Release Effective Date. As set forth in paragraph 7(j) of the Employment Agreement, the payments and benefits set forth in Section 3 of this Separation Agreement are expressly conditioned upon (x) your execution and delivery to CBS of the general release attached hereto as Exhibit A and (y) such general release becoming effective and irrevocable in its entirety (i.e., the expiration of the seven (7) day revocation period), within sixty (60) days following the Separation Date (i.e., on or before December 31, 2018) (the “Release Effective Date”). If at the time within such 60-day period any cash severance payments are scheduled to be paid to you pursuant Section 3 of this Separation Agreement, and you have not executed the general release and/or it has not become effective and irrevocable in its entirety, then any such cash severance payments shall be held


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September 21, 2018

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  and accumulated without interest and shall be paid to you on the first regular payroll date following the Release Effective Date. Similarly, vesting of any outstanding equity awards shall be suspended until the Release Effective Date. Your failure or refusal to timely sign and deliver the release or your revocation of an executed and delivered release in accordance with applicable laws, whether intentionally or unintentionally, will result in the forfeiture of the payments and benefits under Section 3 (also described in paragraph 7(b)(ii) of the Employment Agreement).

 

5.

Continued Application of Certain Covenants. (a) You acknowledge and agree that all restrictive covenants set forth in your Employment Agreement, including, without limitation, the covenants set forth in paragraphs 6(a) (Non-Compete); 6(b) (Non-Disclosure of Confidential Information); 6(c) (Non-Solicitation); 6(d) (Ownership of Work Product) (subject to your Professional Literary Activities); 6(e) (Litigation); 6(f) (Interviews and Speeches, etc.); and 6(g) (Company Property) shall each continue to apply for the time period following the Separation Date as set forth in the terms of such provisions.

(b) Paragraph 6(h) (Non-Disparagement) of the Employment Agreement is hereby superceded by the following:

(i) Each of you and the CBS Parties (as defined in subsection (b) below) mutually agree that you will not, directly or indirectly, publicly criticize, ridicule or make any statement or announcement that disparages or is derogatory of the other party. For purposes of clarity and avoidance of doubt, you agree not to criticize the results of the internal investigation contemplated by the Settlement and Release Agreement, dated as of September 9, 2018, by and among CBS, National Amusements, Inc., et al. (the “Settlement Agreement”), the manner in which such internal investigation was conducted and the timeliness of the commencement or conclusion of the internal investigation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, neither party shall be prohibited from (A) making statements in response to statements made by the other party that criticize, ridicule or which are disparaging or derogatory, provided that the responsive statements do not criticize or ridicule and are not disparaging or derogatory; (B) cooperating with the internal investigation; or (C) complying with or responding to any subpoena, regulatory inquiry or other legal process that is not initiated by the other party, provided that the parties remain subject to the provisions of paragraph 6(e) of the Employment Agreement regarding any litigation or other proceedings concerning CBS.

(ii) For purposes of subsection (b)(i), references to “you” shall include your agents, attorneys and representatives, and the term “CBS Parties” shall mean the persons included within the definition of “Parties” within the Settlement Agreement, CBS’s related entities and any of CBS and its related entities’ respective attorneys, officers, directors and employees at the level of


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Senior Vice President and above. Additionally, the term “statement” as used in the previous subsection (b)(i) includes, without limitation, comments or statements, written or oral, to the press, media or any third-party (including online social media websites and platforms administered by you or a third-party), about the CBS Parties that would reasonably be expected to adversely affect in any manner the conduct of business (or prospective business) or the reputation of the other party.

(iii) For purposes of clarity and avoidance of doubt, CBS acknowledges your Professional Literary Activities shall not be prohibited by the terms of this Section 5(b) so long as you do not publicly write, publish, publicly speak on, or collaborate in the writing, publication, or presentation of any book, article, essay, speech or lecture concerning any aspect of your employment with the CBS that criticizes, ridicules, disparages or is derogatory of the CBS Parties.

 

6.

Preservation of Certain Rights. Nothing in Exhibit A or elsewhere in this Separation Agreement shall prevent or prohibit you from filing any claim that cannot be waived and/or relinquished pursuant to applicable laws, including but not limited to the right to file a charge or participate in any investigation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or any other governmental or administrative agency that is responsible for enforcing a law on behalf of the government. However, you also acknowledge and understand that because you are waiving and releasing all claims for monetary damages and any other form of personal relief, you may only seek and receive non-personal forms of relief through any such claim.

 

7.

Reference Inquiries. In response to any reference inquiries, consistent with current CBS policy, CBS will only release your dates of employment and last position held. You agree to direct any such inquiries to the Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer (or equivalent position).

 

8.

Return of Company Property. You will return to CBS, as soon as practicable, all copies of all files, materials and all other documents in your possession, whether or not prepared by or for you, relating to the business or affairs of CBS or any of its officers, directors, or employees. Additionally, on or before the Separation Date, you must return all CBS-owned property, including but not limited to identification cards, credit cards, purchasing cards, keys, and equipment. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you shall be permitted to keep the phone, computer and ipad issued to you by the Company provided that you provide the equipment to the Company for screening.

 

9.

Passwords. You agree that at CBS’s request, you will disclose to CBS all passwords to all password protected files, software and hardware which have been created or protected by you and which are on CBS’s computers.


Gil D. Schwartz

September 21, 2018

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10.

Section 409A (Tax Implications). To the extent applicable, it is intended that the compensation arrangements under the Separation Agreement be in full compliance with Section 409A. The Separation Agreement shall be construed in a manner to give effect to such intention. In no event whatsoever (including, but not limited to, as a result of this section or otherwise) shall CBS, CBS Corporation or any of CBS Corporation’s affiliated companies be liable for any tax, interest or penalties that may be imposed on you under Section 409A. Neither CBS, CBS Corporation nor any of CBS Corporation’s affiliated companies shall have any obligation to indemnify or otherwise hold you harmless from any or all such taxes, interest or penalties, or liability for any damages related thereto. Each payment made pursuant to any provision of this Separation Agreement shall be considered a separate payment and not one of a series of payments for purposes of Section 409A. You acknowledge that you have been advised to obtain independent legal, tax or other counsel in connection with Section 409A.

 

11.

Dispute Resolution and Governing Law. You and CBS agree that any disputes arising out of or relating to this Separation Agreement or to a breach or alleged breach thereof will be resolved in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 17 of the Employment Agreement. This Separation Agreement and all matters and issues collateral related thereto shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York applicable to contracts performed entirely therein.

 

12.

Severability. This Separation Agreement has several distinct provisions. The parties have attempted to create an agreement that is lawful and enforceable in all respects. Should any part, term, or provision of this Separation Agreement be declared or determined by any Court or other tribunal of appropriate jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, any such invalid or unenforceable part, term, or provision shall be automatically deemed amended to give the fullest effect possible to the original intent of the affected provision (and if not capable of being so amended, only the provision so affected shall be deemed stricken or severed) and any and all of the other terms of the Separation Agreement, as so amended, or in the absence of the affected provision, shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

13.

The Effect on Your Employment Agreement. This Separation Agreement contains the entire understanding between you and CBS with respect to the subject matter thereof. This Separation Agreement will supersede your Employment Agreement to the extent that any provisions of this Separation Agreement are inconsistent with those of the Employment Agreement. You and CBS hereby acknowledge our mutual intent that the provisions of the Employment Agreement intended to survive its termination and not superseded by this Separation Agreement shall remain in effect as written. Either party’s failure to insist upon strict adherence to any term of this Separation Agreement shall not be considered a waiver, or deprive either party of the right thereafter to insist on strict adherence to that or any other term of this Separation Agreement.


Gil D. Schwartz

September 21, 2018

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14.

Paragraph Captions. All paragraph captions in this Separation Agreement are inserted for convenience of reference only and shall not be considered in construing this Separation Agreement.

 

15.

Time to Consider the General Release. You understand and agree that by executing the general release attached hereto as Exhibit A you are waiving and releasing any rights or claims that you may have under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”). You understand that you are not waiving rights or claims that may arise after the date the release of claims is executed. You further represent that you understand you may revoke the general release within seven (7) calendar days of signing it. You understand that to revoke the general release, you must put the revocation in writing and deliver it by hand or mail or email to Anthony G. Ambrosio, Sr. EVP, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer, 51 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019. For such revocation to be effective, written notice must be received by CBS no later than the seventh (7) calendar day after you sign the general release. If you revoke the general release (or you fail or refuse to sign the general release) such that the general release does not become effective and irrevocable within the prescribed 60-day period described in Section 4 above, then your employment will still be terminated but you shall not be entitled to receive any of the payments or benefits described in Section 3 above.

 

16.

Counterparts and Electronic Transmission. This Separation Agreement may be executed in counterpart originals, each of which shall be an original, with the same effect as if the signatures were upon the same instrument. Delivery of an executed counterpart of this Separation Agreement by facsimile or by electronic transmission (e.g., .pdf or .tif file) shall be effective as delivery of an original executed counterpart of this Separation Agreement, but each party hereto shall then each deliver to the other party hereto within a reasonable time after execution of this Separation Agreement an original signature on the Separation Agreement.

 

17.

Review of this Agreement Prior to Signing. You represent and agree that:

 

  (a)

You have been advised in writing by CBS in this Separation Agreement that you should consult an attorney prior to signing this Separation Agreement and that you have been given an adequate opportunity to seek the advice of an attorney;

 

  (b)

You have carefully read this Separation Agreement in its entirety, fully understand all of its terms, and are fully aware of the legal effect of this Separation Agreement; and

 

  (c)

You are voluntarily and knowingly entering into this Separation Agreement without the threat of coercion or duress and with the intent to be legally bound by its terms.


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September 21, 2018

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  (d)

You acknowledge that you have been given not less than twenty-one (21) calendar days to review and consider signing the general release attached as Exhibit A to this Separation Agreement, and understand that you have seven (7) calendar days to revoke it after signing.

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Please indicate your understanding and acceptance of the foregoing by signing in the space provided below and returning this Separation Agreement signed by you to the undersigned.

 

CBS CORPORATION
By:   /s/ Anthony G. Ambrosio
      Anthony G. Ambrosio
 

    Senior Executive Vice President,

    Chief Administrative Officer and

    Chief Human Resources Officer

ACCEPTED AND AGREED TO:

 

/s/ Gil D. Schwartz
Gil D. Schwartz
September 21, 2018
Date


Exhibit A

GENERAL RELEASE AND DISCHARGE OF LEGAL CLAIMS

I acknowledge, understand and agree that in consideration of CBS Corporation’s (“CBS”) agreement to pay me the payments and benefits described in Section 3 of the Separation Agreement between CBS and me dated September 21, 2018 (which payments and benefits are also described in paragraph 7 (b) (ii) of the Employment Agreement between CBS and me dated as of July 1, 2016 and as subsequently amended on August 4, 2017 and January 11, 2018 (the “Employment Agreement”)), l have no claim against CBS or any predecessor, or any subsidiaries and other related entities, and/or their respective officers, directors and employees (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Company”) and I HEREBY WAIVE (GIVE UP) ANY CLAIMS WHICH I MAY NOW HAVE, WHETHER KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, AGAINST the Company, and will not now, or in the future, accept any recovery in any forum, nor will I pursue or institute any claim, suit or legal action against the Company or their successors and assigns, which is based upon or arises out of any aspect of my employment with or separation from the Company including, but not limited to, any claims for attorneys’ fees, any claims which l may have under any contract or policy, whether such contract or policy is written or oral, express or implied, and any claims which I may have based upon any Federal, State or Local statutes, orders or regulations, including but not limited to those concerning leaves of absence (including the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, as amended) and those concerning discrimination on any basis including, but not limited to, race, color, creed or religion, sex, sexual harassment, national origin, age (including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended), handicap or disability, marital status, height, weight, sexual orientation or genetic information.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, I have not waived and/or relinquished any rights I may have to file any claim that cannot be waived and/or relinquished pursuant to applicable laws, including the right to file a charge or participate in any investigation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or any other governmental or administrative agency. In addition, I have not waived and/or relinquished any rights I may have to enforce the terms of the Separation Agreement (or the Employment Agreement, to the extent not superseded by the Separation Agreement), or any rights I may have to vested benefits under employee benefit plans (such as 401(k)) or the Company’s deferral plans; to indemnification under the Company’s articles of incorporation, by-laws or state law, to unemployment benefits (application for which CBS shall not contest) or workers’ compensation benefits.

I hereby expressly waive and release any and all rights, causes of action, liabilities, demands, and claims of any kind or nature under Section 1542 of the California Civil Code or any analogous state, local or federal law, and do so understanding and acknowledging the significance and consequence of such specific waiver of Section 1542, which provides: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF

 

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KNOWN TO HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”

This release is not intended to apply to insured or vested benefits, if any, for which I am eligible, pursuant to the terms of any employee benefit plan in which I am, or have been, a participant.

I HAVE CAREFULLY READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS. I UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE THE RIGHT TO AND CONFIRM THAT I HAVE CONSULTED AN ATTORNEY BEFORE SIGNING THIS ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS. I UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE NOT LESS THAN 21 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF RECEIVING THIS ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS TO CONSIDER IT AND TO CONSULT FURTHER WITH AN ATTORNEY. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT IF I SIGN THIS RELEASE, I HAVE SEVEN (7) DAYS TO REVOKE IT. I UNDERSTAND THAT TO REVOKE THIS RELEASE, I MUST PUT THE REVOCATION IN WRITING AND DELIVER IT BY HAND OR BY MAIL TO ANTHONY G. AMBROSIO, SENIOR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AND CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER, CBS CORPORATION, 51 WEST 52ND STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10019 (IT MUST BE RECEIVED) WITHIN SEVEN (7) CALENDAR DAYS OF THE DATE I SIGNED IT. I FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT PAYMENTS TO WHICH I MAY BECOME ENTITLED BY SIGNING THIS RELEASE WILL NOT BE PAID UNTIL AFTER THE 7 DAYS DURING WHICH I MAY REVOKE IT, OR AFTER THE TERMINATION DATE, WHICHEVER IS LATER I AM SIGNING THIS RELEASE VOLUNTARILY.

 

 

 

GIL D. SCHWARTZ
 

 

DATE

 

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