SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): August 5, 2011
CONEXANT SYSTEMS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction
||(Commission File Number)
|4000 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, California
|(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (949) 483-4600
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On August 5, 2011, Conexant Systems, Inc. (the Company) and Sailesh Chittipeddi entered into
an Employment Agreement (the Employment Agreement) pursuant to which Mr. Chittipeddi was promoted
to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. The Employment Agreement was made
effective retroactive to April 20, 2011. The term of the Employment Agreement is one year from the
effective date and shall be renewable for successive one year periods unless either party gives
written notice to the other party at least sixty days before the end of the relevant employment
period. The Employment Agreement supersedes and terminates the Employment Agreement entered into
by the Company and Mr. Chittipeddi on April 28, 2008, which provided for the employment of Mr.
Chittipeddi as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company.
The Employment Agreement provides for the payment of a base salary of $400,000 per year, which
amount will be reviewed by the Board of Directors of the Company (the Board) no less frequently
than annually and may be increased at the discretion of the Board. The Employment Agreement also
provides for the payment of an annual performance bonus in an amount determined at the discretion
of the Board for each fiscal year during the term of the Employment Agreement. It is intended that
the Company shall establish an annual target bonus for each fiscal year during the term of the
Employment Agreement based upon the overall performance of the Company (calculated with reference
to the EBITDA of the Company) for such fiscal year. The target bonus for the 2012 fiscal year is
$320,000 (80% of the base salary for the fiscal year). To be eligible to receive any bonuses, Mr.
Chittipeddi must be employed by the Company at the time the bonus is actually paid. The Employment
Agreement also entitles Mr. Chittipeddi to participate in all employee benefit programs and
perquisites that are generally made available to other senior executives of the Company.
Employment Agreement further provides that if Mr. Chittipeddis employment is terminated (i) by
the Company for Cause (as defined in the Employment Agreement), (ii) by the Company because of Mr.
Chittipeddis Disability (as defined in the Employment Agreement), (iii) by Mr. Chittipeddi without
Good Reason (as defined in the Employment Agreement), or (iv) upon Mr. Chittipeddis death, the
Company shall only be obligated to pay the amount of any unpaid base salary accrued through the
date of termination and any unpaid amounts that have accrued under any fringe benefit or bonus
plans on the terms set forth in those plans (except in the case of a termination by the Company
upon Mr. Chittipeddis Disability in which case the Company shall also pay an additional cash
payment in the amount of $25,000). The Employment Agreement further provides that if Mr.
Chittipeddis employment is terminated (i) by the Company other than for Cause, Disability or
death, or (ii) by Mr. Chittipeddi for Good Reason, the Company shall be obligated to pay Mr.
Chittipeddi a lump sum payment equal to (x) $425,000, plus (y) the pro-rata portion of the target
bonus amount for the fiscal year in which the termination of employment occurs, calculated in
accordance with the terms of the Employment Agreement, plus (z) any unpaid base salary accrued
through the date of termination and any unpaid amounts that have accrued under any fringe benefit
or bonus plans on the terms set forth in those plans.
The Employment Agreement also contains customary confidentiality, assignment of invention,
non-competition and non-solicitation provisions.
On August 5, 2011, Mr. Chittipeddi and Conexant Holdings, Inc., the parent of the Company
(Parent), entered into an Indemnification Agreement pursuant to which Parent agreed to hold
harmless and indemnify Mr. Chittipeddi, in connection with his role as an officer of the Company,
to the fullest extent permitted by the Delaware General Corporation Law and to advance expenses on
behalf of Mr. Chittipeddi in certain circumstances.
foregoing descriptions of the Employment Agreement and the Indemnification Agreement do
not purport to be complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the Employment
Agreement and the Indemnification Agreement, copies of which are attached as Exhibit 10.1 and
Exhibit 10.2, respectively, to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Item 5.02 Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
The disclosure set forth in Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K that relates to the
Employment Agreement, including Exhibit 10.1 attached hereto, is incorporated by reference into
this Item 5.02.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
||Employment Agreement, dated August 5, 2011, by and between the
Company and Sailesh Chittipeddi.
||Indemnification Agreement, dated August 5, 2011, by and
between Parent and Sailesh Chittipeddi.