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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On June 15, 2022, the Compensation and Talent Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors of Western Digital Corporation (the “Company”) approved an amendment to David Goeckeler’s sign-on performance stock unit award, which was granted effective as of March 9, 2020, for a target number of 432,489 performance stock units (the “CEO Sign-On Award”) as part of a retention program that consisted of one-time equity retention awards to certain members of the Company’s management team, including Mr. Goeckeler, and this amendment, in order to foster key employee retention as the Company explores strategic alternatives and to support corporate performance.
Amendment to CEO Sign-On Award
The amendment provides that the CEO Sign-On Award’s performance conditions have been removed and the award shall vest at the applicable “target” level (i.e., attainment of 100% of the applicable performance goal resulting in a 100% payout or vesting percentage as to that goal) on the last day of the performance period under the CEO-Sign On Award, which began March 9, 2020 and ends March 8, 2023, subject to Mr. Goeckeler’s continued employment or service with the Company or one of its subsidiaries through the last day of the performance period, provided that any vesting provisions applicable upon a change in control event or the termination of his employment shall continue to apply as set forth in the CEO Sign-On Award. The CEO Sign-On Award may not vest at a level greater than target following the effective date of the amendment. Except as expressly amended by the amendment, all the terms and conditions of the CEO Sign-On Award shall remain in full force and effect. The amendment became effective on June 15, 2022.
The above summary of the amendment does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the terms of the amendment, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.
Mr. Goeckeler’s retention award is for a number of restricted stock units of the Company equal in value to $5,000,000 in the aggregate (the “CEO Retention Award”). The first 30% of the CEO Retention Award will vest on June 15, 2023, and the remaining 70% will vest on June 15, 2024, in each case subject to Mr. Goeckeler’s continuous service from the grant date through each applicable vesting date. The Committee approved the grant of one-time retention awards to the other named executive officers of the Company for a number of restricted stock units equal in aggregate value to the following amounts: Wissam G. Jabre ($4,000,000), Srinivasan Sivaram ($4,000,000), Michael C. Ray ($3,000,000) and Robert W. Soderbery ($1,000,000). The retention awards granted to these named executive officers will vest in two equal annual installments on June 15, 2023 and June 15, 2024, respectively, in each case subject to the applicable executive’s continuous service from the grant date through each applicable vesting date.
The foregoing description of the one-time retention awards is a summary of certain terms only and is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the Company’s Form of Grant Notice for Restricted Stock Unit Award – Vice President and Above, under the Western Digital Corporation 2021 Long-Term Incentive Plan, which is incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.4 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended December 31, 2021, as filed on February 3, 2022.
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Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|First Amendment to the Notice of Grant of Performance Stock Units and Performance Stock Unit Award – TSR Measure (CEO Sign-On Award).|
|Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).|
Denotes a management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|Western Digital Corporation|
|Michael C. Ray|
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer
Date: June 17, 2022
FIRST AMENDMENT TO
THE NOTICE OF GRANT OF PERFORMANCE STOCK UNITS AND PERFORMANCE STOCK UNIT AWARD TSR MEASURE (CEO SIGN-ON AWARD)
THIS FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE NOTICE OF GRANT OF PERFORMANCE STOCK UNITS AND PERFORMANCE STOCK UNIT AWARD TSR MEASURE (CEO SIGN-ON AWARD) (this Amendment), is adopted and approved by the Compensation Committee and Talent Committee (the Committee) of the Board of Directors of Western Digital Corporation (the Corporation), effective as of June 15, 2022. Capitalized terms used and not otherwise defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to such terms in that certain Notice of Grant of Performance Stock Units and Performance Stock Unit Award Agreement between the Corporation and David Goeckeler (the Executive), effective as of March 9, 2020 (the Award Agreement).
The paragraph captioned Measurement Period covered by grant: of the Award Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:
Measurement Period covered by grant: The Measurement Period applicable to the Performance Stock Units subject to the award is the performance measurement period that begins March 9, 2020 and ends March 8, 2023. The number of Performance Stock Units that may become eligible to vest on the Vesting Date is 100% of the Total Target Number of Performance Stock Units subject to the award, subject to forfeiture under Section 8 of the attached Terms and Conditions for Performance Stock Unit Award TSR Measure (CEO Sign-On Award) (the Terms).
Section 4 of the Award Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:
Except as otherwise provided in this Award Agreement, and subject to Section 8 below, a number of Stock Units that would be eligible to vest at target level performance (i.e., attainment of 100% of the applicable performance goal resulting in a 100% payout or vesting percentage as to that goal) shall vest on the Vesting Date (including any related Stock Units credited as dividend equivalents pursuant to Section 5).
Except as expressly provided in Sections 7 and 8 below, vesting requires continued employment or service with the Corporation or one of its Subsidiaries through the Vesting Date as a condition to the vesting of any Stock Units subject to the Award and the rights and benefits under this Award Agreement. Except as expressly provided in Sections 7 and 8 below, employment or service for only a portion of the vesting period, even if a substantial portion, will not entitle the Participant to any proportionate vesting, or avoid or mitigate a termination of rights and benefits upon or following a termination of employment or services as provided in Section 8 below or under the Plan.
Exhibit A to the Award Agreement is hereby deleted in its entirety.
Effect on the Sign-On Award. This shall be and hereby is incorporated in and forms a part of the CEO Sign-On Award. All other terms and provisions of the CEO Sign-On Award shall remain unchanged except as specifically modified herein.
Governing Law. This Amendment shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the State of Delaware.
Executives Review, Acknowledgment and Consent. The Executive agrees and acknowledges he has received and has had an opportunity to review the Amendment. By signing below, the Executive agrees and consents to the application of the Amendment and the term set forth herein.
|Acknowledged and agreed as of June 15, 2022:|
|David Goeckeler, as Executive|