According to a press release issued today by Quiksilver, Global Brand President and Chief Operating Officer Craig Stevenson is leaving the company as of October 31, 2013. Stevenson was appointed to the position in November 2011. Here’s the release:
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
(b) and (e) On February 16, 2013, Craig Stevenson, the Global Brand President and Chief Operating Officer of Quiksilver, Inc., (together with its subsidiaries, the “Company”) announced that he would be leaving the Company on October 31, 2013, the end of the Company’s fiscal year.
On February 22, 2013, Ug Manufacturing Co. Pty Ltd (“Ug”), a wholly-owned Australian subsidiary of the Company which is a party to an employment agreement with Mr. Stevenson dated March 6, 2012 (the “Employment Agreement”), entered into a deed of separation with Mr. Stevenson (the “Separation Agreement”) setting forth the terms of his separation from the Company on October 31, 2013. The terms of the Separation Agreement are summarized below. This summary is not complete and reference should be made to the complete text of the Separation Agreement, which is filed herewith as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
Pursuant to the terms of the Separation Agreement, Mr. Stevenson will continue to hold the offices of Global Brand President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company until October 31, 2013 (the “Separation Date”), at which time his employment with the Company will terminate. However, as of February 22, 2013, Mr. Stevenson’s duties as the Company’s principal operating officer were reallocated among several other officers of the Company, including the Chief Executive Officer, and his duties through the Separation Date will consist of the transition of his responsibilities. The Separation Agreement provides that Mr. Stevenson will continue to receive his base salary and other benefits under the Employment Agreement through the Separation Date. In addition, should Mr. Stevenson’s employment with the Company terminate prior to the Separation Date, the Employment Agreement, and not the Separation Agreement, will govern the terms of his separation. For a summary of the terms of the Employment Agreement, see the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 12, 2012.
The Separation Agreement provides for severance benefits upon Mr. Stevenson’s termination on the Separation Date consisting of (i) an AUD $712,500 severance payment payable in eighteen consecutive equal monthly payments, beginning with the payroll period immediately following the Separation Date, (ii) payment of AUD $36,538 in statutory benefits (pay in lieu of accrued annual leave) within ten days of the Separation Date and (iii) a bonus award pursuant to the Company’s Incentive Compensation Plan for fiscal 2013, assuming the performance criteria with respect to such award are achieved, payable at the same time as annual bonuses are paid to other executives (if at all), but in any event no later than March 15, 2014. It also provides for a release of claims against the Company by Mr. Stevenson. Under the Separation Agreement, Mr. Stevenson’s stock options and restricted stock units will be treated in accordance with the Company’s 2000 Stock Incentive Plan and applicable award agreements.