THIS AGREEMENT is dated as of the 20th day of August, 2017 by and between Cenntro Automotive Corporation, a Delaware
corporation (the “Company”), and, Mr. Tony Wen Tsai (“Executive”).
W I T N E S S E T H:
WHEREAS, the Company is desirous of engaging Mr. Tony Wen Tsai as its VP of Corporate Affairs and he is agreeable to being so appointed on the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises set forth in this Agreement, the parties agree as follows:
1. Effective Date of Agreement. This Agreement and the obligations of the parties to adhere to the terms and
conditions contained herein shall not be deemed effective until (i) the earlier of 30 days from the date of this Agreement, or (ii) the date that the Executive has resolved any prior conflicts with his ability to assume his duties under the terms of
2. Employment and Duties.
(a) Subject to the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, the Company hereby employs Tony Wen Tsai as its VP of Corporate Affairs. During the Term, as hereinafter
defined, Executive shall report to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. Executive shall also perform such other duties and responsibilities as may be determined by the Company’s board of directors and Chief Executive Officer, as long as such
duties and responsibilities are consistent with those of the Company’s VP of Corporate Affairs.
(b) Unless terminated earlier as provided in Section 5 of this Agreement, this Agreement shall have an initial term (the “Initial Term”) commencing as of (i) the
earlier of 30 days from the date of this Agreement, or (ii) the date that the Executive has resolved any prior conflicts with his ability to assume his duties under the terms of this Agreement, and expiring on July 11, 2019, and continuing on a
year-to-year basis thereafter unless terminated by either party on not less than thirty (30) days notice prior to the expiration of the Initial Term or any one-year extension. The Initial Term and the one-year extensions are collectively referred to
as the “Term.”
3. Performance. Executive hereby accepts the employment contemplated by this Agreement.
During the Term, he shall devote substantially all of his business time to the performance of his duties under this Agreement, and shall perform such duties diligently, in good faith and in a manner consistent with the best interests of the Company.
4. Compensation and Other Benefits.
For his services to the Company during the Term, the Company shall (a) pay Executive an annual salary (“Salary”), and (b) grant to Executive an option (“Option”) to purchase the Company’s common
stock. Executive’s Salary and terms of the Option will be discussed and determined separately.
All Salary payments shall be payable in equal monthly installments at the end of each calendar month, as the Company regularly pays its employees in accordance with normal payroll practices.
The Company shall reimburse Executive, upon presentation of proper expense statements, for all authorized, ordinary and necessary out-of-pocket expenses reasonably incurred by Executive during the
Term in connection with the performance of his services pursuant to this Agreement hereunder in accordance with the Company’s expense reimbursement policy.
5. Termination of Employment.
(a) This Agreement and Executive’s employment hereunder shall terminate immediately upon his death.
(b) This Agreement and Executive’s employment pursuant to this Agreement, may be terminated by him or the Company on not less than thirty (30) days’ written notice in
the event of Executive’s Disability. The term “Disability” shall mean any illness, disability or incapacity of Executive which prevents him from substantially performing his regular duties for a period of two (2) consecutive months or three (3)
months, even though not consecutive, in any twelve (12) month period.
(c) The Company may terminate this Agreement and Executive’s employment pursuant to this Agreement for cause with no notice. The term “cause” shall mean:
(i) Repeated failure to perform material instructions from the Company’s board of directors and/or Chief Executive Office, provided that such instructions are reasonable and consistent with
his duties as set forth in Section 1 of this Agreement or any other failure or refusal by Executive to perform his duties required by said Section 1; provided, however, that Executive shall have received notice from the Board specifying the nature of
such failure in reasonable detail and he shall have failed to cure the failure within ten (10) business days after receipt of such notice:
(ii) a breach of Section 6 or 7 of this Agreement;
(iii) a breach of trust whereby Executive obtains personal gain or benefit at the expense of or to the detriment of the Company;
(iv) his use of illegal substances;
(v) his abuse of alcohol continuing after written notice from the board of directors or the Company’s Chief Executive Officer or;
(vi) any fraudulent or dishonest conduct by Executive or any other conduct by him, which damages the Company or any of its affiliates or their property, business or reputation;
(vii) a conviction of or plea of nolo contendere by Executive of (A) any felony or (B) any other crime involving fraud, theft, embezzlement or use or possession of illegal substances; or
(viii) the admission by Executive of any matters set forth in Section 5(c)(vii) of this Agreement.
(d) Executive’s resignation prior to the expiration of the Term, other than for Good Reason shall be treated in the same manner as a termination for cause. The term
“Good Reason” shall mean:
(i) Any material breach by the Company of its obligations under this Agreement which are not cured within ten (10) business days after notice from Executive which sets forth in reasonable
detail the nature of the breach.
(ii) Any change in Executive’s duties such that Executive is no longer the Company’s VP of Corporate Affairs, unless such change was made with his consent.
(iii) Any action on the part of the Company which impairs Executive’s ability to exercise his duties as the Company’s VP of Corporate Affairs.
6. Trade Secrets and Proprietary Information. Executive recognizes and acknowledges that the Company, through
the expenditure of considerable time and money, has developed and will continue to develop in the future information concerning customers, clients, marketing, products, services, business, research and development activities and operational methods
of the Company and its customers or clients, contracts, financial or other data, technical data or any other confidential or proprietary information possessed, owned or used by the Company, the disclosure of which could or does have a material
adverse effect on the Company, its business, any business it proposes to engage in, its operations, financial condition or prospects and that the same are confidential and proprietary and considered “confidential information” of the Company for the
purposes of this Agreement. In consideration of his employment and engagement as VP of Corporate Affairs, Executive agrees that he will not, during or after the Term, without the consent of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, make any disclosure
of confidential information now or hereafter possessed by the Company, to any person, partnership, corporation or entity either during or after the term here of, except that nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to prohibit him from using or
disclosing such information (a) if such disclosure is necessary in the normal course of the Company’s business in accordance with Company policies or instructions or authorization from the board of directors or executive committee, (b) such
information shall become public knowledge other than by or as a result of disclosure by a person not having a right to make such disclosure, (c) complying with legal process; provided, that in the event he is required to make disclosure pursuant to
legal process, he shall give the Company prompt notice thereof and the opportunity to object to the disclosure, or (d) subsequent to the Term, if such information shall have either (i) been developed by him independent of any of the Company’s
confidential or proprietary information or (ii) been disclosed to him by a person not subject to a confidentiality agreement with or other obligation of confidentiality to the Company. For the purposes of Sections 6 and 7 of this Agreement, the term
“Company” shall include the Company, its parent, its subsidiaries and its affiliates.
7. Covenant Not To Solicit or Compete.
(a) During the period from the date of this Agreement until two (2) years following the date on which Executive’s employment is terminated, he will not, directly or
(i) Be employed by or otherwise serve (including but not limited to as a director of the board, a founder or co-founder) in any other entities in the industry or business of electric
(ii) Persuade or attempt to persuade any person or entity which is or was a customer, client or supplier of the Company to cease doing business with the Company, or to reduce the amount of
business it does with the Company (the terms “customer” and “client” as used in this Section 7 to include any potential customer or client to whom the Company submitted bids or proposals, or with whom the Company conducted negotiations, during the
term of Executive’s employment hereunder or during the twelve (12) months preceding the termination of his employment);
(iii) solicit for himself or any other person or entity other than the Company the business of any person or entity which is a customer or client of the Company, or was a customer or client
of the Company within one (1) year prior to the termination of his employment; or
(iv) persuade or attempt to persuade any employee of the Company, or any individual who was an employee of the Company during the two (2) year period prior to the lawful and proper
termination of this Agreement, to leave the Company’s employ, or to become employed by any person or entity other than the Company.
(b) Executive acknowledges that the restrictive covenants (the “Restrictive Covenants”) contained in Sections 6 and 7 of this Agreement are a condition of his
employment are reasonable and valid in geographical and temporal scope and in all other respects. If any court determines that any of the Restrictive Covenants, or any part of any of the Restrictive Covenants, is invalid or unenforceable, the
remainder of the Restrictive Covenants and parts thereof shall not thereby be affected and shall remain in full force and effect, without regard to the invalid portion. If any court determines that any of the Restrictive Covenants, or any part
thereof, is invalid or unenforceable because of the geographic or temporal scope of such provision, such court shall have the power to reduce the geographic or temporal scope of such provision, as the case may be, and, in its reduced form, such
provision shall then be enforceable.
(a) Executive represents, warrants, covenants and agrees that he has a right to enter into this Agreement, that he is not a party to any agreement or understanding,
oral or written, which would prohibit performance of his obligations under this Agreement, and that he will not use in the performance of his obligations hereunder any proprietary information of any other party which he is legally prohibited from
(b) This Agreement shall in all respects be construed and interpreted in accordance with, and the rights of the parties shall be governed by, the laws of the State of
Delaware applicable to contracts executed and to be performed wholly within such State, without regard to principles of conflicts of laws.
(c) If any term, covenant or condition of this Agreement or the application thereof to any party or circumstance shall, to any extent, be determined to be invalid or
unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement, or the application of such term, covenant or condition to parties or circumstances other than those as to which it is held invalid or unenforceable, shall not be affected thereby and each term, covenant
or condition of this Agreement shall be valid and be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law, and any court having jurisdiction may reduce the scope of any provision of this Agreement, including the geographic and temporal restrictions set
forth in Section 7 of this Agreement, so that it complies with applicable law.
(d) This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement of the Company and Executive as to the subject matter hereof, superseding all prior or contemporaneous written or
oral understandings or agreements, including any and all previous employment agreements or understandings, all of which are hereby terminated, with respect to the subject matter covered in this Agreement. This Agreement may not be modified or
amended, nor may any right be waived, except by a writing which expressly refers to this Agreement, states that it is intended to be a modification, amendment or waiver and is signed by both parties in the case of a modification or amendment or by
the party granting the waiver. No course of conduct or dealing between the parties and no custom or trade usage shall be relied upon to vary the terms of this Agreement. The failure of a party to insist upon strict adherence to any term of this
Agreement on any occasion shall not be considered a waiver or deprive that party of the right thereafter to insist upon strict adherence to that term or any other term of this Agreement.
(e) This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective heirs, successors, executors, administrators and permitted
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date first above written.
CENNTRO AUTOMOTIVE CORPORATION
/s/ Peter Zuguang Wang
Peter Zuguang Wang
/s/ Tony Wen Tsai
Tony Wen Tsai