Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc (OTCMKTS:DFFN) Files An 8-K

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc (OTCMKTS:DFFN) and Ben L. Shealy entered into an employment agreement (the “Employment Agreement”) whereby Mr. Shealy will serve as the Company’s Senior Vice President – Finance and Treasurer. The Employment Agreement has an indefinite term. Under the Employment Agreement, Mr. Shealy will receive an annual salary of $231,000 and has a target bonus opportunity equal to 25% of his base salary. Mr. Shealy’s annual salary is subject to increase at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”). The Board may, in its discretion, pay a portion of Mr. Shealy’s annual salary and annual bonus in the form of equity or equity-based compensation, provided that commencing with the year following the year in which a Change of Control (as defined in the Employment Agreement) occurs, Mr. Shealy’s entire base salary and annual bonus will be paid in cash. For 2016, the cash portion of Mr. Shealy’s base salary is $145,000.

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In the event that Mr. Shealy’s employment is terminated by the Company other than for Cause, death or Disability or upon his resignation for Good Reason (as such terms are defined in the Employment Agreement), Mr. Shealy will be entitled to any unpaid bonus earned in the year prior to the termination, a pro-rata portion of the bonus earned during the year of termination, continuation of base salary for 9 months, plus 12 months of COBRA premium reimbursement, provided that if such termination occurs within 60 days before or within 24 months following a Change of Control, then Mr. Shealy will be entitled to receive the same severance benefits as provided above except he will receive (a) a payment equal to 1.5 times the sum of his base salary and the higher of his target annual bonus opportunity and the bonus payment he received for the year immediately preceding the year in which the termination occurred instead of 9 months of base salary continuation and (b) 18 times the monthly COBRA premium for Mr. Shealy and his eligible dependents instead of 12 months of COBRA reimbursements (the payments in clauses (a) and (b) are paid in a lump sum in some cases and in installments over 12 months in other cases). In addition, if Mr. Shealy’s employment is terminated by the Company without Cause or by Mr. Shealy for Good Reason, in either case, upon or within 24 months following a Change of Control, then Mr. Shealy will be entitled to full vesting of all equity awards received by Mr. Shealy from the Company (with any equity awards that are subject to the satisfaction of performance goals deemed earned at not less than target performance).

In the event that Mr. Shealy’s employment is terminated due to his death or Disability, Mr. Shealy (or his estate) will be entitled to any unpaid bonus earned in the year prior to the termination, a pro-rata portion of the bonus earned during the year of termination, 12 months of COBRA premium reimbursement and accelerated vesting of (a) all equity awards received in payment of base salary or an annual bonus and (b) with respect to any other equity award, the greater of the portion of the unvested equity award that would have become vested within 12 months after the termination date had no termination occurred and the portion of the unvested equity award that is subject to accelerated vesting (if any) upon such termination under the applicable equity plan or award agreement (with performance goals deemed earned at not less than target performance, and with any equity award that is in the form of a stock option or stock appreciation right to remain outstanding and exercisable for 12 months following the termination date or, if longer, such period as provided under the applicable equity plan or award agreement (but in no event beyond the expiration date of the applicable option or stock appreciation right)).

All severance is subject to the execution and non-revocation of a release of claims by Mr. Shealy or his estate, as applicable.

Mr. Shealy is also subject to certain restrictive covenants, including a non-competition, customer non-solicitation and employee and independent contractor non-solicitation (each applicable during employment and for 18 months thereafter), as well as confidentiality and non-disparagement restrictions (each applicable during employment and at all times thereafter).

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