BARNES Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

BARNES Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

Employment Agreements with Timothy Mantel, William E. Wood and Mary Ellen Keating

Effective as of March 4, 2019 (the “Effective Date”), Barnes & Noble, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an employment agreement with each of Timothy Mantel, William E. Wood and Mary Ellen Keating (each, an “Agreement”), with the term of each Agreement beginning on the Effective Dateand ending on the third anniversary thereof. The term of each Agreement will automatically renew for additional one‑year periods, unless either party gives the other party 90 days written notice.

to the Agreements, Mr. Mantel agrees to continue to serve as Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Mr. Wood agrees to serve as Executive Vice President, President Digital, and Ms. Keating agrees to continue to serve as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, and each executive will report to the Company’s chief executive officer or, in the absence of an individual serving in such role, the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Messrs. Mantel and Wood and Ms. Keating will be entitled to an annual base salary of $600,000, $600,000 and $640,000, respectively, or such higher amount as determined by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Committee”). For fiscal year 2020, Messrs. Mantel and Wood and Ms. Keating will receive equity-based awards to the Company’s long-term equity incentive program, with 50% of such awards granted in the form of time-based restricted stock units and 50% of such awards granted in the form of performance-based restricted stock units, and in each subsequent fiscal year the executives will be eligible to participate in the Company’s long-term equity incentive program, as determined by the Committee.

During each fiscal year following the Effective Date, Messrs. Mantel and Wood and Ms. Keating will receive an annual bonus determined by the Committee with a target bonus amount of no less than 60%, 60% and 40%, respectively, of their annual base salaries. The Agreements also provide that each executive will receive any benefits to which he or she is entitled under the employee benefits plans that the Company provides for its employees and executive officers generally.

to the Agreements, Messrs. Mantel and Wood and Ms. Keating will be entitled to severance benefits in connection with certain terminations of employment. In the event that the executive’s employment is terminated by the Company without “cause” or if the executive terminates for “good reason”, subject to the execution of a release of claims against the Company, the executive will be entitled to a lump-sum payment of an amount equal to his or her annual base salary. The Agreements additionally entitle each executive to participate in the Company’s Change in Control Severance Plan, dated as of December 4, 2018, or any successor plan thereto (the “Change in Control Severance Plan”).

The Agreements additionally provide that Messrs. Mantel and Wood and Ms. Keating will be subject to certain restrictive covenants regarding competition, solicitation, confidentiality and disparagement. The non-competition and non-solicitation covenants apply during the term of the Agreement and for the one-year period following termination of employment, and the confidentiality and non‑disparagement covenants apply during the term of the Agreement and at all times thereafter.

The foregoing description of each Agreement is a summary of its material terms, does not purport to be complete, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to each Agreement filed as Exhibits 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3 to this report and incorporated by reference herein.

Amendment to the Employment Agreement with Allen W. Lindstrom

Effective as of March 4, 2019, Mr. Lindstrom and the Company entered into an amendment to Mr. Lindstrom’s employment agreement with the Company dated as of December 23, 2013 (such agreement, the “Lindstrom Agreement” and such amendment, the “Amendment”), which provides that the term of the Lindstrom Agreement, as amended, will begin on the Effective Date and end on the third anniversary thereof, subject to automatic renewal for additional one-year periods in accordance with the Lindstrom Agreement. to the Amendment, Mr. Lindstrom agrees to serve as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and will report to the Company’s chief executive officer or, in the absence of an individual serving in such role, the Chairman of the Board of Directors. In addition, the Amendment provides that Mr. Lindstrom is entitled to: (i) an annual base salary of $600,000; (ii) for fiscal year 2020, equity-based awards to the Company’s long-term equity incentive program, with 50% of such awards granted in the form of time-based restricted stock units and 50% of such awards granted in the form of performance-based restricted stock units, and, in each subsequent fiscal year, eligibility to participate in the Company’s long-term equity incentive program, as determined by the Committee; and (iii) the greater of the enhanced severance payments and benefits payable in connection with a qualifying termination of employment following a “change in control” to the Lindstrom Agreement and such payments and benefits payable to the Change in Control Severance Plan, as in effect as of the Effective Date. In addition, the Amendment includes certain changes to the restrictive covenants regarding competition and confidentiality, which generally are intended to align such restrictions with those generally applicable to the Company’s executives in accordance with the Agreements and the Change in Control Severance Plan.

The foregoing description of the Amendment is a summary of its material terms, does not purport to be complete, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Amendment filed as Exhibit 10.4 to this report and incorporated by reference herein.

Retention Award

Effective as of March 4, 2019, each of Messrs. Lindstrom, Mantel and Wood and Ms. Keating was granted a cash retention award equal to $1.05 million, $960,000, $960,000 and $896,000, respectively, in connection with each executive’s entering into an Agreement or Amendment, as applicable, and in recognition of each executive’s efforts and to encourage continued dedication to the Company (each, a “Retention Award”). Each Retention Award was made to an agreement (a “Retention Award Agreement”), which provides that the Retention Award will be payable upon the earlier of (i) March 4, 2022 and (ii) the first anniversary of a “change in control”, subject to the continued employment of each executive as of the applicable date, and will be payable in addition to any payments the executive may become entitled to under the Change in Control Severance Plan. In the event the executive’s employment is terminated without “cause” at any time, or, following a “change in control”, by the executive for “good reason,” the executive will be entitled to receive the Retention Award (subject to the execution of a release of claims).

The foregoing description of the Retention Award Agreement is a summary of its material terms, does not purport to be complete, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Form of Retention Award Agreement filed as Exhibit 10.5 to this report and incorporated by reference herein.

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Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits

BARNES & NOBLE INC Exhibit
EX-10.1 2 ex10-1.htm EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT Exhibit 10.1         March 4,…
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About BARNES & NOBLE, INC. (NYSE:BKS)

Barnes & Noble, Inc. is a bookseller. The Company is a content and commerce company, which provides access to trade books and other content across its multi-channel distribution platform. It operates in two segments: Barnes & Noble Retail (B&N Retail) and NOOK. The Company is engaged in the sale of trade books (generally hardcover and paperback consumer titles), mass market paperbacks (such as mystery, romance, science fiction and other fiction), children’s books, eBooks and other digital content, textbooks and course-related materials, NOOK and related accessories, bargain books, magazines, gifts, cafe products and services, educational toys and games, music and movies direct to customers through its bookstores or on www.barnesandnoble.com. The Company also offers a textbook rental option to its customers through barnesandnoble.com. The Company offers its customers a suite of textbook options-new, used, digital and rental.

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