This excerpt taken from the ROST 8-K filed May 23, 2005.
Second Amendment to Employment Agreement of Michael Balmuth
On May 18, 2005, Ross Stores, Inc. (the Company) entered into a Second Amendment to the employment agreement with Michael Balmuth, the Companys Vice Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer (the Second Amendment). Mr. Balmuth and the Company had previously entered into an Employment Agreement effective May 31, 2001 and a First Amendment to the Employment Agreement effective January 30, 2003 (together, the original Agreement and First Amendment to the Employment Agreement are the Original Agreement).
The Second Amendment (a) extends the term of Mr. Balmuths employment to January 29, 2009, subject to further extension or termination as provided therein, (b) establishes his position as Vice Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, (c) establishes his base salary at $938,000 per year, subject to adjustment as provided therein, (d) provides for payment to Mr. Balmuth each year of an amount sufficient to cover the total premiums on certain life insurance policies on Mr. Balmuths life with an aggregate face value of $12 million, plus the amount necessary to cover any federal, state and local income tax liability of Mr. Balmuth attributable to the premium amounts, and (e) adds provisions pertaining to compliance with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (concerning the treatment of nonqualified deferred compensation plans), including provision for further modifications to be made at the election of Mr. Balmuth to the extent he determines that compliance with Section 409A will benefit him, and provision for payment of interest to Mr. Balmuth on the principal amount of any payments or benefits for which payment is delayed to a date six months or more following the date of termination of Mr. Balmuths employment. The Second Amendment also provides that Mr. Balmuth is solely responsible for any additional tax or interest imposed by Section 409A as a result of his failure to elect any modification to his employment agreement.
Other terms and conditions of the Original Agreement were left unchanged. A description of the terms of the Original Agreement can be found under the heading Employment Contracts, Termination of Employment and Change in Control Arrangements in the Companys definitive Proxy Statement for its 2005 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, filed with the SEC on April 14, 2005.