Subject to the satisfaction of any tax withholding obligations described in Section 6 below, Participant may elect to defer the receipt of any of the shares of Common Stock underlying the Performance Shares by submitting to the Company a deferral election in the form provided by the Company. In the event Participant intends to defer the receipt of Performance Shares, Participant must submit to the Company a completed deferral election form no later than the Final Election Date (as defined below). By submitting such deferral election, Participant represents that he/she understands the effect of any such deferral under relevant federal, state and local tax and social security laws, including, but not limited to, the fact that social security contributions may be due upon the Vesting Date notwithstanding the deferral election. Any deferral election may be amended or terminated prior to the Final Election Date. A deferral election shall become irrevocable on the Final Election Date and any deferral election or revision of a deferral election submitted after the Final Election Date shall be void and of no force or effect. The “Final Election Date” shall be the last business day occurring on or before the date that is six months prior to the final day of the Performance Period, provided that in no circumstances will the Final Election Date be later than the date Participant ceases to provide services to the Company or the date that the making of such election causes the Performance Shares to become subject to the excise tax pursuant to Code Section 409A.
Termination of Employment. Subject to the provisions that follow in this Section 2 and Section 3, if at any time prior to the expiration of the Performance Period Participant’s service with the Company terminates, then notwithstanding any contrary provision of this Agreement, the Performance Shares subject to this Agreement will be forfeited and cancelled automatically as of the date of such termination, and no shares of Common Stock will be issued hereunder.
Notwithstanding the foregoing or any contrary provision in the Plan, if Participant’s employment terminates prior to the Vesting Date as a result of Participant’s death, or the Committee determines that such termination is in connection with Participant’s Retirement (as defined below), or is as a result of Participant’s medically diagnosed permanent physical or mental inability to perform his or her job duties, then the award evidenced by this Agreement will continue in force following the date of such termination, and, subject to any then effective deferral election, a pro-rata portion of the shares of Common Stock underlying the Performance Shares will be issued to Participant (or if applicable his or her estate, heirs or beneficiaries) reflecting the period of Participant’s continued service to the Company from and after the Grant Date through the date of termination of Participant’s service, will be issued to Participant on the Payout Date. The Committee will determine the pro-rata portion of the Performance Shares to be paid out under the following formula: Total number of shares of Common Stock issuable on account of attaining the Performance Goals based upon the actual performance results during the Performance Period multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days of service following Grant Date and the denominator of which is the number of days following the Grant Date through the final day of the Performance Period).
For purposes of this Section 2, “Retirement” means that a Participant having a combined Age and Years of Service (as those terms are defined below) of at least 70 (a) has given the Chief Executive Officer of the Company or his or her designee at least six months prior written notice
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