This excerpt taken from the MRO DEF 14A filed Mar 10, 2005.
Change in Control Arrangements and Employment Contracts
We believe that if a change in control of Marathon becomes possible our key officers should be encouraged to continue their dedication to their assigned duties. For that reason, we have entered into agreements with each of the current officers named in the Summary Compensation Table on page 31 that provide, if an officer's employment is terminated under certain circumstances following a change in control or during a potential change in control period, the officer will be entitled to the following severance benefits:
In addition, immediately upon a change in control or upon an officer's termination of employment during a potential change in control, the officer's outstanding stock options and stock appreciation rights will be fully vested and exercisable, and the officer's restricted stock will be fully vested.
Each agreement is automatically extended each year unless we notify the officer that we do not wish it extended. In any event, however, each agreement continues during a potential change in control period and for two years after a change in control. The severance benefits are payable if, any time after a change in control or during a potential change in control period, the officer's employment is terminated for good reason or is terminated for other than cause or disability. The severance benefits are not payable if termination is due to the officer's death or disability, is by Marathon for cause, is by the officer for other than good reason, or occurs after the officer reaches age 65.
The definition of a change in control for purposes of these agreements is complex but is summarized as follows. It includes any change in control required to be reported in response to Item 6(e) of Schedule 14A under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and provides that a change in control will have occurred if:
In addition, if any person takes certain actions or enters into an agreement that could effectuate a change in control, a potential change in control will have occurred.
In March 2000, Marathon entered into an employment contract with Mr. Cazalot. Pursuant to the terms and conditions of the contract that remain applicable, Mr. Cazalot is entitled to an annual performance-based bonus award; a retention bonus of $200,000 on the first, second, third, fourth and fifth anniversaries of his employment date (which was March 3, 2000); an initial stock option grant for 300,000 shares of Marathon common stock with an option price to be determined in accordance with the 1990 Stock Plan and exercisable as follows: 100,000 shares three years from the date of grant (which was March 3, 2000), 100,000 shares four years from the date of grant, and 100,000 shares five years from the date of grant; eligibility for all of Marathon's existing and future employee benefit programs applicable to executive officers; a comprehensive physical examination at Marathon's expense each calendar year in accordance with Marathon's policy covering physical examinations for its executive officers; tax preparation and financial planning advice under terms and conditions comparable to those applicable to Marathon executive management; a change-in-control agreement such as those described above; coverage for his family and himself under Marathon's medical care plan; reimbursement of the cost of membership fees and dues for one country club; and five weeks of paid vacation per year or the number of weeks to which he would be entitled under Marathon's vacation plan, whichever is longer.
In December 2003, Marathon entered into an employment contract with Ms. Clark. The terms and conditions of the contract provide for Ms. Clark to receive an annual salary of $400,000; a signing bonus of $300,000, one half to be paid within forty-five days of her starting date of employment (which was January 5, 2004) and one half to be paid on the one-year anniversary; an initial stock option grant for 20,000 shares of Marathon common stock, with an option price equal to the average of the high and low prices of the stock on the date of grant (January 16, 2004) and exercisable in one-third increments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date; a grant of 15,000 shares of time-based restricted stock that will vest on the third anniversary of her date of grant (January 16, 2004); and four weeks of paid vacation per year. Pursuant to the contract, Ms. Clark is also entitled to receive the same additional benefits that other Marathon executives at her level receive. The second half of the bonus referred to above was paid in December 2004.