d.Section 409A. It is intended that the Award, the Plan, and this Award Agreement are exempt from Section 409A of the Code and the interpretive guidance thereunder (“Section 409A”), and this Award Agreement shall be administered accordingly, and interpreted and construed on a basis consistent with such intent. To the extent that any provision of this Award Agreement would fail to comply with applicable requirements of Section 409A, the Company may, in its sole and absolute discretion and without requiring the Participant’s consent, make such modifications to this Award Agreement and/or payments to be made thereunder to the extent it determines necessary or advisable to comply with the requirements of Section 409A. Nothing in this Award Agreement shall be construed as a guarantee of any particular tax effect for the Award, and the Company does not guarantee that any compensation or benefits provided under this Award Agreement will satisfy Section 409A.
7.Representations and Warranties.
By accepting the Award, the Participant hereby represents, warrants, acknowledges and agrees as follows:
a.The Participant has received a copy of the Plan, has reviewed the Plan and this Award Agreement in their entirety, and has had an opportunity to obtain the advice of independent counsel prior to accepting the Award;
b.The Participant has had the opportunity to consult with a tax advisor concerning the tax consequences of accepting the Award, and understands that the Company makes no representation regarding the tax treatment as to any aspect of the Award, including the grant, vesting, settlement, or conversion of the Award;
c.The Participant’s participation in the Plan and acceptance of the Award is voluntary and without expectation of employment or service, or continued employment or service, with the Company, and the Participant understands that neither the grant of this discretionary Award nor the Participant’s participation in the Plan confers any right to continue in the service of the Company or to receive any other award or amount of compensation, whether under the Plan or otherwise, and no payment of any award under the Plan will be taken into account in determining any benefits under any pension, retirement, profit sharing, group insurance, or other benefit plan of the Company except as otherwise specifically provided in such other plan;
d.The Participant consents to the collection, use, and transfer, in electronic or other form, of the Participant’s personal data by the Company, the Committee, and any third party retained to administer the Plan for the exclusive purpose of administering the Award and Participant’s participation in the Plan; provided, that the Participant agrees to promptly notify the Committee of any changes in the Participant’s name, address, or contact information during the entire period of Plan participation; and
e.Notices and other documents related to the Award or the Plan may be delivered by electronic means, and the Participant hereby consents to receive such documents by electronic delivery and to participate in the Plan through an online or electronic system authorized by the Committee.
a.Conformity with Plan. This Agreement is intended to conform in all respects with, and is subject to all applicable provisions of, the Plan; provided, however, inconsistencies between this Award Agreement and the Plan shall be resolved in accordance with the terms of this Award Agreement in all respects; provided further, with respect to any ambiguities in this Award Agreement or any matters as to which this Award Agreement is silent, the Plan shall govern.