This excerpt taken from the CHK 10-K filed Feb 29, 2008.
Establishment and Purpose
Chesapeake Energy Corporation (the Company) established the Chesapeake Energy Corporation Deferred Compensation Plan, effective as of January 1, 2003, and the Chesapeake Energy Corporation 401(k) Make-Up Plan, also effective as of January 1, 2003 (the Prior Plans). The Company hereby amends and restates the Prior Plans, effective January 1, 2008, into a single plan, to be hereafter known as the Chesapeake Energy Corporation Amended and Restated Deferred Compensation Plan (the Plan).
This amendment and restatement applies only to amounts deferred under the Prior Plans on or after January 1, 2005, and to amounts deferred prior to January 1, 2005 that were not vested as of December 31, 2004. Amounts deferred under the Prior Plans prior to January 1, 2005 that were vested as of December 31, 2004 (the Grandfathered Accounts) shall be subject to the provisions of the Prior Plans as in effect on October 3, 2004, as the same may be amended from time to time by the Company without material modification, it being expressly intended that such Grandfathered Accounts are to remain exempt from the requirements of Code Section 409A. The provisions of the Plan applicable to Grandfathered Accounts are reflected in this document for ease of reference.
The purpose of the Plan continues to be to attract and retain key employees and Directors by providing each Participant with an opportunity to defer receipt of a portion of their salary, bonus, and other specified compensation. The Plan is not intended to meet the qualification requirements of Code Section 401(a), but is intended to meet the requirements of Code Section 409A, and shall be operated and interpreted consistent with that intent.
The Plan constitutes an unsecured promise by a Participating Employer to pay benefits in the future. Participants in the Plan shall have the status of general unsecured creditors of the Company or the Adopting Employer, as applicable. Each Participating Employer shall be solely responsible for payment of the benefits of its employees and their beneficiaries. The Plan is unfunded for Federal tax purposes and is intended to be an unfunded arrangement for eligible employees who are part of a select group of management or highly compensated employees of the Employer within the meaning of Sections 201(2), 301(a)(3) and 401(a)(1) of ERISA. Any amounts set aside to defray the liabilities assumed by the Company or an Adopting Employer will remain the general assets of the Company or the Adopting Employer and shall remain subject to the claims of the Companys or the Adopting Employer's creditors until such amounts are distributed to the Participants.