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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 6, 2021

 

 

THE TRADE DESK, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

001-37879

27-1887399

(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)

(Commission
File Number)

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

42 N. Chestnut Street

Ventura, CA 93001

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(805) 585-3434

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425) 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12) 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

 

Trading Symbol

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Class A Common Stock, par value $0.000001 per share

 

TTD

 

The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).

 

 

 

Emerging growth company   

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

 


 

Item 5.02

Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On October 6, 2021, upon the recommendation of the compensation committee (the “Compensation Committee”) of the board of directors (the “Board”) of The Trade Desk, Inc. (the “Company”), the Board approved the grant of a performance-based stock option (the “Performance Option”) to Jeff Green, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board. Mr. Green recused himself from the vote. Under the Performance Option, if specified target goals for the per share price of the Company’s Class A Common Stock (the “Class A Common Stock”) are achieved (the goals range from $90.00 per share to $340.00 per share, as discussed below) and certain other vesting conditions are satisfied, Mr. Green may purchase up to 16,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock, subject to adjustment as discussed below. The exercise price for the option is $68.29 per share, which was the closing price of the Class A Common Stock on October 6, 2021, the grant date of the Performance Option. Assuming achievement of the share price goals, the number of shares otherwise purchasable under the Performance Option may be decreased or increased by up to 20% based on the relative total shareholder return (“TSR”) of the Class A Common Stock as compared to the TSR of the Nasdaq-100 Index.

In considering the Performance Option, the Board recognized the pivotal role Mr. Green has played in the Company’s success since its initial public offering, which has translated into best-in-class stockholder returns, and wanted to create a long-term, stockholder-aligned incentive to further align his interests with stockholder interests. As a result, the Performance Option has absolute stock price goals and also a TSR modifier to measure the Company performance against the Nasdaq-100 Index. The Performance Option only vests if the Company’s stock reaches the price goals, while the number of shares that will vest at each tranche will be impacted by the stock’s performance relative to the Nasdaq-100 Index.

The Performance Option was granted under the Company’s 2016 Incentive Award Plan (the “Plan”). Shares subject to the Performance Option become exercisable and vested (the “Eligible Option Shares”) in eight tranches over a ten-year term to the extent that the average closing price per share of the Class A Common Stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market measured over any 30-consecutive-trading-day period equals or exceeds the applicable per-share stock price following certification by the Board, as set forth in the following table, subject to adjustment for dividends, stock splits, combinations, reorganizations, reclassifications, or similar events (the “Stock Price Achievements”):

 

Vesting Tranche

Stock Price Achievement Vesting Condition

Number of Shares Subject to Option

<50th Percentile against Nasdaq‑100 Index

Target Shares*

>75th Percentile against Nasdaq‑100 Index

1

$90.00

1,600,000

2,000,000

2,400,000

2

$115.00

1,600,000

2,000,000

2,400,000

3

$145.00

1,600,000

2,000,000

2,400,000

4

$185.00

1,600,000

2,000,000

2,400,000

5

$225.00

1,600,000

2,000,000

2,400,000

6

$260.00

1,600,000

2,000,000

2,400,000

7

$300.00

1,600,000

2,000,000

2,400,000

8

$340.00

1,600,000

2,000,000

2,400,000

 

* – subject to adjustment in accordance with the following paragraph.

The number of Target Shares shown in the table above may be increased or decreased, based on the greatest result of three tests tied to the Company’s stock price performance relative to performance of the companies comprising the Nasdaq‑100 Index as of the grant date. The Target Shares that will vest at each Vesting Tranche if the applicable Stock Price Achievement is met will be 2,000,000 shares, with the possibility of upward or downward adjustment of up to 400,000 shares for each respective Vesting Tranche. If the applicable Stock Price Achievement falls above the 75th percentile, the number of Target Shares earned will be adjusted upward by 400,000 shares. If the applicable Stock Price Achievement falls below the 50th percentile, the number of Target Shares earned will be adjusted downward by 400,000 shares. If the applicable Stock Price Achievement falls between the 50th and 75th percentile, the number of shares earned will be linearly interpolated between 0% and +20% from the number of Target Shares.

For the first four years following the date of the Performance Option grant, the Eligible Option Shares vest at each Vesting Tranche subject to Mr. Green’s continued service as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer as of the applicable

 


 

vesting date; thereafter, the Eligible Option Shares vest at each Vesting Tranche subject to Mr. Green’s continued service as of the applicable vesting date as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer or in another role to be determined by the Board. In the event of a Change in Control (as defined in the Plan) that occurs prior to the full vesting of the Performance Option, that number of Eligible Option Shares shall vest based on the per-share consideration for Class A Common Stock received in such Change in Control determined as set forth in the table above, as determined by the Compensation Committee and with linear interpolation in the event such per-share consideration is between the levels in the table above, and any remaining unvested Eligible Option Shares shall be forfeited as of immediately prior to such Change in Control. In the event of a Qualifying Termination (as defined in the Performance Stock Option Award Agreement for the Performance Option (the “Award Agreement”)) that occurs prior to the full vesting of the Performance Option, the applicable vesting period shall continue for nine months from the date of the Qualifying Termination, with the Eligible Option Shares being eligible to vest in the event the applicable Stock Price goal is achieved during such extended vesting period, and any remaining unvested Eligible Option Shares shall be forfeited as of nine months following the Qualifying Termination. In the event of a material restatement of the Company’s financial statements during the Performance Option period, Eligible Option Shares shall be subject to a clawback at the Board’s discretion if then applicable law or the rules of the applicable listing exchange have clawback provisions and Mr. Green knowingly and intentionally engaged in gross misconduct that led to such restatement and if, as a result of such restatement, one or more Stock Price Achievements was achieved that otherwise would not have been achieved. All shares acquired upon exercise of the Eligible Option Shares are subject to a one-year holding period that begins on the date that the underlying options vested (the “Holding Period”), subject to exceptions for dispositions of shares in connection with an exercise of the Eligible Option Shares solely to cover withholding tax obligations in connection with such exercise and transfers to Mr. Green’s immediate family (as defined in the Award Agreement), for estate planning purposes, or in connection with charitable or philanthropic activities. The term of the applicable Holding Period shall continue to apply following such permitted transfers.

The Board currently anticipates that the Performance Option will be the exclusive equity award granted to Mr. Green through the performance period for the grant, but the Board has discretion (but not the obligation) to make additional grants if the Board determines such action to be appropriate.

In connection with the Performance Option, on October 6, 2021, the Company and Mr. Green entered into an Amendment No. 1 to Employment Agreement (the “Amendment”), which amended the Employment Agreement dated May 11, 2017 (the “Employment Agreement”). The Amendment amends the Employment Agreement to, among other things, modify the terms “Cause” and “Good Reason” to have the respective meaning as set forth in the Award Agreement.

The foregoing descriptions of the Performance Option and Amendment are only summaries and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the full text of the Award Agreement and the Amendment, which are filed as Exhibit 10.1 and Exhibit 10.2, respectively, to this Current Report on Form 8‑K.

Forward-looking Statements and Incorporation by Reference

This Current Report on Form 8-K contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements relating to the Company’s executive compensation strategies, expectations, and intentions, the Company’s future performance, and general business conditions. Any forward-looking statements contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K are based upon the Company’s historical performance and its current plans, estimates, and expectations, and are not a representation that such plans, estimates, or expectations will be achieved. These forward-looking statements represent the Company’s expectations as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K, and involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. The actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, including risks that the Company’s executive compensation strategies, expectations, and intentions may not have the expected results, risks regarding the Company’s future operating results and results of operations, and the risks and uncertainties disclosed in the Company’s reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Form 10‑K and any subsequent filings on Forms 10-Q or 8-K, available at www.sec.gov. The Company does not intend to update any forward-looking statement contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date hereof.

 


 

Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)

Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

10.1

 

Performance Stock Option Award Agreement under The Trade Desk, Inc. 2016 Incentive Award Plan, dated as of October 6, 2021, between The Trade Desk, Inc. and Jeff T. Green.

10.2

 

Amendment No. 1 to Employment Agreement, dated as of October 6, 2021, between The Trade Desk, Inc. and Jeff T. Green.

104

 

Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL).

 

 


 

 

SIGNATURES

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 hereunto duly authorized. 

 

 

THE TRADE DESK, INC.

(Registrant)

 

 

 

 

Date: October 8, 2021

 

 

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Blake J. Grayson

 

 

 

Blake J. Grayson

 

 

 

Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

 

 

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Exhibit 10.1

THE TRADE DESK, INC.

2016 INCENTIVE AWARD PLAN

PERFORMANCE STOCK OPTION AWARD AGREEMENT

 

STOCK OPTION GRANT NOTICE

 

The Trade Desk, Inc. (the “Company”) has granted to the individual specified below (the “Optionee”) an option to purchase shares of Class A Common Stock of the Company, par value $0.000001 per share (the “Option”), pursuant to the terms and conditions of this Stock Option Grant Notice (the “Grant Notice”), the Terms and Conditions of Stock Option Grant (the “Option Terms”), attached hereto as Exhibit A, the Consent of Spouse or Registered Domestic Partner, attached hereto as Exhibit B, and the Certain Definitions attached hereto as Appendix I (together, the “Agreement”) and The Trade Desk, Inc. 2016 Incentive Award Plan (the “Plan”).  Unless otherwise defined herein, capitalized terms used in the Agreement will have the same meaning that is ascribed to such term under the Plan.  

 

Optionee:

 

Jeff Green

 

 

 

Grant Date:

 

October 6, 2021

 

 

 

Exercise Price per Share:

 

$68.29 / Share

 

 

 

Target Number of Shares Subject to the Option:

 

16,000,000 Shares

 

 

 

Maximum Number of Shares Subject to the Option:

 

19,200,000 Shares

 

 

 

Expiration Date:

 

The date ten (10) years after the Grant Date set forth above.  This Option is subject to earlier expiration as provided below or in Sections II. and III. of the Grant Notice or Section 13.2 of the Plan (except as modified pursuant to the Grant Notice).

 

 

 

Tax Status of Option:

 

Non-Qualified Stock Option

 

 

I.

Exercise Schedule

 

This Option will be exercisable during its term with respect to any Shares subject to the Option that vest in accordance with the Vesting Requirements set forth below.

 

 

II.

Vesting Requirements  

 

This Option is a performance-based stock option award and, subject to the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service through the applicable vesting date or as otherwise set forth in Sections II.D., II.E. or II.F., shall vest upon the satisfaction of the Stock Price Goal and Relative TSR Modifier as described in more detail below (the “Performance Goals”).

 

A.Tranches.  This Option is divided into eight (8) vesting tranches (each, a “Tranche”).  Each Tranche is numbered from 1 through 8, as set forth in Table 1 below, with each Tranche representing a portion of this Option covering a target number of Shares specified next to the applicable Tranche number in Table 1 below (with respect to each Tranche, the “Target Tranche Shares”).

 

 

 


 

Table 1

Tranche Number

Target Number of Shares Subject to the Applicable Tranche Under the Option

Stock Price Goals

1

2,000,000 Shares

$90

2

2,000,000 Shares

$115.00

3

2,000,000 Shares

$145.00

4

2,000,000 Shares

$185.00

5

2,000,000 Shares

$225.00

6

2,000,000 Shares

$260.00

7

2,000,000 Shares

$300.00

8

2,000,000 Shares

$340.00

(the “Maximum Price”)

 

B.Maximum Number of Shares That May Vest.  Subject to any adjustments pursuant to Section 13.2(a) of the Plan, the maximum number of Shares subject to a Tranche that may vest is equal to one hundred twenty percent (120%) of such Tranche’s Target Tranche Shares, and the maximum number of Shares subject to this Option that may vest is equal to the Maximum Number of Shares Subject to the Option as set forth above in this Grant Notice.

 

C.Vesting.  The vesting of the Tranches will be subject to both the achievement of the Performance Goals and the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service through the specified date, as described in this Section II.C., subject to Section II.D. in connection with a Qualifying Termination, Section II.E in connection with the Optionee’s death or Disability, and Section II.F. in connection with a Change in Control.

 

1.Performance Period.  The period during which the Performance Goals applicable to a Tranche may be achieved begins with the Grant Date and ends on the Expiration Date, subject to earlier termination as set forth in this Grant Notice (the “Performance Period”).  If the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service terminates before the Expiration Date, then except to the extent provided in Sections II.D., II.E. and II.F. below, the Performance Period will terminate as of the date of termination of the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service and no Shares subject to this Option may vest based on any achievement of the Performance Goals that occurs after the date that the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service terminates.  Further, for clarity, Shares subject to this Option may become eligible to vest, and may vest, only while the Option (or applicable portion thereof) remains outstanding.

2.Stock Price Goals.  For a Tranche to become eligible to vest, the Company must achieve an Average Price equal to at least the Stock Price Goal amount set forth opposite such Tranche in Table 1 above (each, a “Stock Price Goal”).  If the Company achieves the Stock Price Goal applicable to a Tranche (an “Achieved Tranche”), then the number of Shares that become eligible to vest will equal the Target Tranche Shares (and any Target Tranche Shares for a lower-numbered Tranche that did not previously vest), as adjusted by the Relative TSR Modifier set forth below.  The Stock Price Goal applicable to a Tranche may be achieved only once during the Performance Period, and accordingly, any achievement of an Achieved Tranche’s Stock Price Goal after such Stock Price Goal already has been achieved during the Performance Period will not result in any additional Shares becoming Eligible Shares, or vesting, with respect to such Achieved Tranche. For the avoidance of doubt, more than one Tranche may be achieved in connection with an Achieved Tranche, if the applicable Stock Price Goals for those Tranches (to the extent not previously achieved) are less than the Stock Price Goal for the Achieved Tranche that is the subject of the performance determination.

(a)Certain Adjustments.  In the event that any dividend or other distribution (whether in the form of cash, Shares, other securities, or other property), recapitalization, stock split, reverse stock split, reorganization, merger, consolidation, split-up, spin-off, combination, reclassification, repurchase, or exchange of Shares or other securities of the Company, or other change in the corporate structure of the Company affecting the Shares occurs (other than any ordinary dividends or other ordinary distributions), the Administrator, in order to prevent diminution or enlargement of the benefits or potential benefits intended to be made available under this Option, will make appropriate adjustments to the Stock Price Goal(s) set forth in Table 1 above to the extent such Stock Price Goal(s) have not yet been achieved.

3.Relative TSR Modifier.  Depending on the performance of the Company’s TSR relative to the TSR of the Index Companies, the number of Shares subject to a Tranche that can vest may be increased or decreased in accordance

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with the terms of this Section II.C.3. (the “Relative TSR Modifier”).  The resulting number of Shares as so adjusted by the Relative TSR Modifier are referred to herein as “Eligible Shares”).

(a)TSR of the Company.  With respect to any Achieved Tranche, the TSR of the Company will be determined by comparing (x) the Average Price that ends with, and is inclusive of, the date that the Company achieves the Stock Price Goal for such Achieved Tranche (the “Stock Price Achievement Date”), to (y) the Company Base Price (that is, the difference between the quotient of (y) divided by (x), minus one (1)).  The Company’s TSR will be expressed as a percent of increase (i.e., a positive percent) or decrease (i.e., a negative percent) as compared to the Company Base Price.

(b)TSR of Index Companies.  The TSR of each Index Company will be determined by comparing (x) the Index Company Price of such Index Company that ends with, and is inclusive of, the Stock Price Achievement Date for the applicable Achieved Tranche, to (y) the Index Base Price of such Index Company (that is, the difference between the quotient of (y) divided by (x), minus one (1)).  Each Index Company’s TSR will be expressed as a percent of increase (i.e., a positive percent) or decrease (i.e., a negative percent) as compared to the Index Base Price for such Index Company.

(c)Dividends.  For purposes of determining the prices under clauses (x) and (y) in the TSR of each of the Company and the Index Companies, the value of any dividends and other distributions will be treated as reinvested in additional shares of the applicable traded stock at the closing sales price on the applicable ex-dividend date (or if there was no closing sales price on such date, the closing sales price on the last date on which a closing sales price occurred).

(d)Relative TSR.  The Company’s TSR will be ranked against the TSRs of the Index Companies as of the Stock Price Achievement Date applicable to such Achieved Tranche, with the highest positive TSR ranked the highest and the highest negative TSR ranked the lowest, as provided in this Section II.C.3(d). For each Stock Price Achievement Date, a total of three calculations under the preceding sentence shall be performed, with each of such calculations assessing the Index Base Price using a different of the three potential Measurement Base Dates applicable to the relevant Stock Price Achievement Date. The calculated result (of the three calculations) that results in the highest percentile ranking for the Company will be used for purposes of the Relative TSR Modifier. If the Company achieves the percentile achievement of TSR relative to the Index Companies’ TSRs (“Relative TSR”) set forth in Table 2 below, then the Target Tranche Shares will be adjusted by the percentage set forth next to the applicable percentile achievement set forth in Table 2:

Table 2

If the Company’s Percentile Achievement of

Relative TSR is:

…Then the Target Tranche Shares Will Be Adjusted by the Following Percentage

Less Than the 50th Percentile

-20%

Equal to or Greater Than the 50th Percentile

0%

Equal to or Greater Than the 75th Percentile

+20%

 

If the Company achieves Relative TSR that is greater than the 50th percentile but less than the 75th percentile, then the percentage adjustment will be made based on linear interpolation between a 0% adjustment (at the 50th percentile) and a +20% adjustment (at the 75th percentile).  As an example, if the Company achieves Relative TSR at the 70th percentile, then the Target Tranche Shares will be adjusted by +16%, to equal 2,320,000 Shares (i.e., 2,000,000 Shares * (1+0.16)).  As another example, if the Company achieves Relative TSR at the 65th percentile, then the Target Tranche Shares will be adjusted by +12%, to equal 2,224,000 Shares (i.e., 2,000,000 Shares * (1+0.12)).  The resulting number of Shares as adjusted based on such Relative TSR will become Eligible Shares as of the Certification Date (as defined below) for such Achieved Tranche.

 

(e)Reported Stock Prices.  For purposes of this Option, any Closing Price or price of the stock of any Index Company that is listed on The Nasdaq Stock Market or such other applicable established securities exchange, national market system, or trading platform, referenced in the Agreement for any applicable date or dates will be as reported on The Wall Street Journal or such other source as the Administrator deems reliable.

4.Certification of Performance.  The Administrator periodically will determine and certify in writing (a “Certification”) whether the Company has achieved any of the Stock Price Goals, the applicable Stock Price Achievement Date, and the applicable Relative TSR Modifier as of each Stock Price Achievement Date, any adjustments pursuant to the

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Relative TSR Modifier, and any Eligible Shares.  The date of each such certification is a “Certification Date.”  In addition, the Optionee, from time to time (but not more than twice per fiscal quarter of the Company) during the Performance Period, also may make requests that the Administrator complete a Certification.  Upon such written request by the Optionee, the Administrator will complete a Certification within fifteen (15) days of the date of receipt of the Optionee’s written request.  Without limiting the foregoing and to the extent any Tranche is then outstanding and unvested, the Administrator will complete a Certification on or within thirty (30) days following the date of cessation of the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service (but in no event later than the Expiration Date), and additionally, in the case of a Qualifying Termination, the Administrator will complete a final Certification on or within thirty (30) days following the completion of the Adjusted Performance Period (as defined below).  Without limiting the foregoing and to the extent any Tranche is then outstanding and unvested, the Administrator will complete at least one Certification within the thirty (30) day period beginning sixty (60) days prior to the Expiration Date and further, to the extent reasonably possible that the Company may achieve any Stock Price Goals not yet achieved by such time, in each of the last ten (10) consecutive Trading Days ending with the Expiration Date.

5.Continued Eligible Service.  Subject to Sections II.D., II.E, and II.F., upon any Shares subject to a Tranche becoming Eligible Shares on a Certification Date, such Eligible Shares will vest on such Certification Date provided that the Optionee remains in Continued Eligible Service through such Certification Date.  

6.Forfeiture.  Subject to Section II.F., any Shares subject to an Achieved Tranche that have not vested as of the Certification Date applicable to such Tranche will be forfeited immediately and the Optionee no longer will have any rights to vest in or to acquire such Shares under this Option.

D.Qualifying Termination.  Notwithstanding Sections II.C.1. and II.C.5. above, in the event of a Qualifying Termination, the Performance Period will be adjusted to end on the date nine (9) months following the date of the Qualifying Termination (but in no event later than the Expiration Date) (the “Adjusted Performance Period”).  To the extent that the Company achieves any of the Stock Price Goals with respect to any Tranche that has not yet become an Achieved Tranche during the Adjusted Performance Period, then the Target Tranche Shares subject to such Tranche, as adjusted by the Relative TSR Modifier, will vest as of the applicable Certification Date (notwithstanding cessation of Eligible Continued Service).  

E.Death or Disability.  Notwithstanding Sections II.C.1. and II.C.5. above, in the event of the cessation of the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service due to the Optionee’s death or Disability during the Performance Period, the rules of this Section II.C.E. shall apply.  If such cessation occurs on or before the four (4) year anniversary of the Grant Date, and as of the date of such cessation, (i) the Company achieves an Average Price that is less than a Stock Price Goal applicable to a Tranche that has not yet become an Achieved Tranche, but (ii) the Average Price is greater than the highest Stock Price Goal that is less than the Stock Price Goal described in clause (i), then a number of Shares subject to the Tranche subject to the Stock Price Goal described in clause (i) (the “Incrementally Achieved Goal”) nonetheless will be considered to have achieved the Incrementally Achieved Goal by applying linear interpolation between the Incrementally Achieved Goal and the Stock Price Goal described in clause (ii).  Such resulting number of Shares under such Tranche will be considered the Target Tranche Shares for purposes of applying the Relative TSR Modifier under Section II.C.3, which will be measured by treating the date of cessation of the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service as the Stock Price Achievement Date.  Such number of Shares, as adjusted by the Relative TSR Modifier, will become Eligible Shares under such Tranche and will vest as of the Certification Date.  For purposes of clarity, the remaining Target Tranche Shares subject to such Tranche that were not eligible to become Eligible Shares (determined by disregarding any adjustments made by the Relative TSR Modifier) will remain Target Tranche Shares eligible to become Eligible Shares pursuant to Section II.D. above.  If the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service ceases due to the Optionee’s death or Disability and such cessation occurs after the four (4) year anniversary of the Grant Date but within the Performance Period, then as of the date of such cessation, the Optionee will vest in 100% of the Target Tranche Shares for the lowest numbered Tranche (if any, of Tranches 1 through 8 inclusive) that is not an Achieved Tranche on the date of cessation.  The Optionee will fully vest in those Target Tranche Shares and the Relative TSR Modifier will not be applied to such Shares.  Following application of the preceding sentence to a particular Tranche, no additional shares under that particular Tranche can become Eligible Shares due to subsequent achievement of the Stock Price Goal for that particular Tranche.  In all cases under this Section II.E., (a) any Shares that vested before the date of the Optionee’s cessation of Continued Eligible Service due to death or Disability (for a reason other than application of this Section II.E.) will remain vested and unaffected by this Section II.E., and (b) any Tranches for which the Stock Price Goal had not been achieved as of the date of such cessation, will remain Target Tranche Shares eligible to become Eligible Shares during the Adjusted Performance Period pursuant to Section II.D. above.

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1.Example of Linear Interpolation for Death or Disability.  As an example of the linear interpolation described in this Section II.E., if after Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 have become Achieved Tranches, but prior to any other Tranches having become an Achieved Tranche, the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service ceases due to the Optionee’s death or Disability on or prior to the four (4) year anniversary of the Grant Date (but within the Performance Period) and, on the date of such cessation, the Average Price is $130, then 1,000,000 Target Tranche Shares subject to Tranche 3 will be considered to have satisfied the Incrementally Achieved Goal, subject to further adjustment by the Relative TSR Modifier under Section II.C.3, which will be measured by treating the date of cessation of the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service as the Stock Price Achievement Date.  The resulting number of Shares after such adjustment will become Eligible Shares and vest as of the Certification Date.  The remaining 1,000,000 Target Tranche Shares, and Tranches 4 through 8 inclusive, will remain eligible to become Eligible Shares pursuant to Section II.D. above.

2.Example of Death or Disability without Linear Interpolation.  As an example of the effect of the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service ceasing due to the Optionee’s death or Disability within the Performance Period but after the four (4) year anniversary of the Grant Date, assume the following. Before the date of such cessation, Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 became Achieved Tranches and no other Tranche has become an Achieved Tranche.  On the date of such cessation due to the Optionee’s death or Disability, Tranche 3 will fully vest and the Relative TSR Modifier will not be applied to Tranche 3. Tranches 1 and 2 will remain Achieved Tranches. Tranches 4 through 8 inclusive, will remain eligible to become Eligible Shares pursuant to Section II.D. above.

F.Change in Control.  In the event of the first Change in Control to occur following the Grant Date and that occurs during the Performance Period (disregarding the shortening described below), the following terms of this Section II.F. will apply.  

1.Final Certifications.  The Performance Period (including any Adjusted Performance Period) will be shortened to end on a date determined by the Administrator, in its sole discretion, that is estimated to occur within the ten (10) day period prior to the date of completion of the Change in Control (the “Shortened Performance Period”).  Prior to the Change in Control, the Administrator will complete a final Certification for such Shortened Performance Period.  Additionally, the final Certification will include a determination with respect to whether the Company will have achieved, upon the completion of the Change in Control, any Stock Price Goals based on the CIC Price (the “CIC Certification”).

(a)Linear Interpolation for CIC Certification.  If (i) the Company achieves a CIC Price that is less than a Stock Price Goal applicable to a Tranche that has not yet become an Achieved Tranche, but (ii) the CIC Price is greater than the highest Stock Price Goal that is less than the Stock Price Goal described in clause (i), then a number of Shares subject to the Tranche subject to the Stock Price Goal described in clause (i) (the “Partially Achieved Goal”) nonetheless will be considered to have achieved the Partially Achieved Goal by applying linear interpolation between the Partially Achieved Goal and the Stock Price Goal described in clause (ii).  Such resulting number of Shares under such Tranche will be considered the Target Tranche Shares for purposes of applying the Relative TSR Modifier described in Section II.F.2. below.

(b)Linear Interpolation Example.  As an example, assume that a Change in Control occurs both while this Option remains outstanding and the Optionee remains in Continued Eligible Service, the Company achieves a CIC Price of $280.00, and the Company previously achieved the Stock Price Goals for Tranches 1 through 6 but not the Stock Price Goal for Tranche 7 pursuant to the Certifications through and inclusive of the final Certification.  Pursuant to the CIC Certification, the Stock Price Goal for Tranche 7 will be considered a Partially Achieved Goal and 1,000,000 Shares subject to Tranche 7, but subject to further adjustment by the Relative TSR Modifier, as described in Section II.F.2. below, may become Eligible Shares.

2.CIC Relative TSR Modifier; CIC Vesting.  Any Tranche, that is not yet an Achieved Tranche, for which the Company achieves the applicable Stock Price Goal (or Partially Achieved Goal, as applicable) based on the CIC Price will be adjusted as follows.  The Target Tranche Shares subject to such Tranche will be adjusted in accordance with Section II.C.3. except that TSR for each of the Company and the Index Companies, which will be measured by treating the last day of the Shortened Performance Period as the Stock Price Achievement Date.  Such number of Shares as so adjusted will become Eligible Shares under such Tranche and will vest as of immediately prior to the Change in Control, subject to either the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service through the date of completion of the Change in Control or the Qualifying Termination having occurred no later than nine (9) months prior to the date of completion of the Change in Control.

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3.Forfeiture.  Any Shares subject to this Option that have not vested as of immediately prior to the Change in Control will be forfeited as of immediately prior to the Change in Control and will not be eligible for any vesting or payment of any consideration in respect thereof as a result of the completion of the Change in Control. For the avoidance of doubt, the Administrator’s authority under Section 5.2 of the Plan to reduce or eliminate the amount payable under an Award does not apply to this Option because this Option is not subject to Article 5 of the Plan.

G.Certain Other Transactions. In exercising the Administrator’s powers under Section 13.2 of the Plan, the Administrator shall take an action (including refraining from taking action) only if the Administrator in its good faith reasonable judgement, believes that such action will preserve the material economic benefits and rights of this Option (determined without regard to actions otherwise permissible under Section 13.2 of the Plan). Notwithstanding the preceding, the Administrator, to the extent permitted by Section 13.2 of the Plan, may provide for the termination of the Option after giving the Optionee a reasonable opportunity to exercise all Shares subject to the Option prior to such termination.  Notwithstanding any contrary provision of Section 13.2 of the Plan, the Administrator will not require the Optionee to execute a release of claims, nor will the Administrator bar exercise of the Option for a period exceeding five (5) business days (and only after advance written notice to the Optionee of not less than five (5) business days).

III.

Termination Period

This Option will be exercisable, to the extent vested (or vests pursuant to Section II.D. or II.E. above), for one (1) year after the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service ceases.  Notwithstanding the foregoing sentence, in no event may this Option be exercised after the Expiration Date as provided above and this Option may be subject to earlier termination as provided in Section 13.2 of the Plan.

 

IV.

Clawback.  

The Option and the Shares covered by the Option will be subject only to any specific clawback requirements mandated by applicable statute or listing requirements (and only to the limited extent that the detailed operative terms of the clawback (including, but not limited to, the specific circumstances in which a clawback may be applied) are explicitly mandated by the applicable statute or listing requirement and (a) only if it is determined, reasonably and in good faith, that the Optionee intentionally and knowingly engaged in gross misconduct that led to material restatement of the Company’s financial statements, and (b) as a result of the restatement, one or more Stock Price Goals were achieved that otherwise would not have been achieved, in which case (c) the Board, in it its discretion, may recover from the Optionee the vested Shares received by the Optionee on account of the Stock Price Goals that would not otherwise have been achieved.  Notwithstanding Section 11.5 of the Plan, no clawback policy may be applied retroactively to this Option or the Shares acquired under this Option.

 

 

V.

Holding Period.  

In addition to any other restrictions on the transfer of any Shares acquired under this Option, any Shares acquired upon exercise of this Option will not be transferrable, subject to next succeeding sentence, for a period of one (1) year following the date on which such Shares vested (the “Holding Period”), with the exception that Shares may be transferred (including, without limitation, sales of Shares in the public market) during the Holding Period to the extent necessary to satisfy the exercise price of the Option and any applicable tax obligations that may arise in connection with such exercise, and the Optionee will be permitted to transfer any exercised Shares during the Holding Period to the Optionee’s immediate family, estate planning vehicle or in connection with charitable or philanthropic activities undertaken by Optionee (including, but not limited to, gifts to foundations, non-profits or other charitable organizations), provided that such Shares transferred to such transferee will be subject to the transfer restriction set forth in this Section V for the remainder of the Holding Period.  If the Optionee experiences a Qualifying Termination, the Holding Period will be six (6) months rather than one (1) year.  For purposes of this Section V, the Optionee’s “immediate family” will mean any of the Optionee’s child, stepchild, grandchild, parent, stepparent, grandparent, spouse, sibling, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law. The Optionee shall be permitted to adopt and implement a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan with respect to all Shares acquired under this Option, subject to this Section V.

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By his or her signature below, the Optionee agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Plan and the Agreement.  The Optionee has reviewed the Agreement and the Plan in their entirety, has had an opportunity to obtain the advice of counsel prior to executing this Agreement and fully understands all provisions of this Agreement and the Plan.  If the Optionee either is married or in a registered domestic partnership, his or her spouse or registered domestic partner has signed the Consent of Spouse or Registered Domestic Partner attached to this Grant Notice as Exhibit B.

 

 

THE TRADE DESK, INC.

OPTIONEE

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Blake J. Grayson 

 

By:

/s/ Jeff Green 

Print Name:

Blake J. Grayson 

 

Print Name:

Jeff Green 

Title:

Chief Financial Officer 

 

Address:

 

Address:

42 N. Chestnut St.

 

 

 

 

Ventura, CA 93001

 

Email:

 

 

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APPENDIX I

THE TRADE DESK, INC.

2016 INCENTIVE AWARD PLAN

PERFORMANCE STOCK OPTION AWARD AGREEMENT

 

CERTAIN DEFINITIONS

 

This Appendix I to the Stock Option Grant Notice (the “Grant Notice”) to which the Appendix I is attached contains the definitions of certain capitalized terms used in the Grant Notice not otherwise defined therein, as follows.  Capitalized terms not defined in this Appendix I will have the meanings ascribed to them under the Agreement (as defined in the Grant Notice) and The Trade Desk, Inc. 2016 Incentive Award Plan.

 

(a)Average Price” means the simple average of the Closing Prices for each of thirty (30) consecutive Trading Days, with each Trading Day in such period occurring during the Performance Period.  

(b)Cause” means (i) the Optionee’s conviction of or plea of no contest to a felony or a crime involving any financial dishonesty against the Company; (ii) the Optionee’s willful misconduct (other than due to the Optionee’s disability) that causes material harm or loss to the Company, including, but not limited to, misappropriation or conversion of material Company assets; (iii) the Optionee’s willful refusal (other than due to death or the Optionee’s disability) to act in accordance with any specific lawful and reasonable direction or order of the Company (or a parent or subsidiary of the Company) which causes material harm or loss to the Company, excluding any failure (A) resulting from the Optionee’s death or disability, or (B) to achieve a lawful and reasonable directive or objective following the expenditure by the Optionee of commercially reasonable best efforts, (other than due to death or the Optionee’s disability (and the Optionee’s failure to cure the same, to the extent capable of cure, within thirty (30) days of receiving written notice from the Company (or any acquirer or successor)); (iv) the Optionee’s material breach of any agreement with the Company (or a parent or subsidiary of the Company) regarding any matter not covered by clause (v) below, which causes material harm or loss to the Company (and the Optionee’s failure to cure the same, to the extent capable of cure, within thirty (30) days of receiving written notice from the Company (or any acquirer or successor)); (v) the Optionee’s willful unauthorized use or disclosure of the Company’s confidential information or trade secrets, which use or disclosure causes material harm to the Company (excluding conduct or activities undertaken in the good faith reasonable judgement of the Optionee in the ordinary course of the Optionee performing the Optionee’s duties or promoting the Company); or (vi) the Optionee’s willful refusal (other than due to death or the Optionee’s disability) to cooperate with a bona fide internal investigation or an investigation by regulatory or law enforcement authorities, after being instructed by the Company to cooperate, or the willful destruction or failure to preserve documents or other materials known to the Optionee to be relevant to such investigation or the inducement of others to fail to cooperate or to produce documents or other materials known to the Optionee to be relevant to such investigation. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of the Plan, the final determination of the existence of Cause is subject to the jurisdiction of a court with appropriate authority and is not within the discretion of the Administrator.

(c)CIC Price” means the amount of cash and the value of any securities or other property paid to the holders of Shares as consideration in a Change in Control, on a per Share basis (and in the case of a Change in Control that is described in clause (y) of Section 2.8(c) of the Plan, any additional consideration paid to the Company but not to the holders of Shares, on a per Share basis, had such amounts been paid to the holders of Shares), as reasonably determined in good faith by the Administrator, in its sole discretion.

(d)Closing Price” means the closing sales price of a Share during regular trading hours on the Primary Exchange on a Trading Day.

(e)Company Base Price” means, the Closing Price on the (x) Grant Date, (y) date that is seven (7) months prior to the date of the applicable Stock Price Achievement Date (and if there is no corresponding day in such preceding seventh (7th) month, then the last day of such month), and (z) date that is fourteen (14) months prior to the date of the applicable Stock Price Achievement Date (and if there is no corresponding day in such preceding fourteenth (14th) month, then the last day of such month), whichever is applicable. For purposes of the preceding sentence, if any date for determination is not a Trading Day, the date for determination shall be the immediately preceding Trading Day.

(f)Continued Eligible Service” means, (i) with respect to the period beginning on the Grant Date through the four (4) year anniversary of the Grant Date, the Optionee’s continued status as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, and (ii) after

 

 


the four (4) year anniversary of the Grant Date, the Optionee’s continued status as any of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Executive Chair, President or other strategic position approved by the Company’s Board of Directors.

(g)Disability” means the Optionee is disabled and unable to perform the essential functions of the Optionee’s then existing position or positions under the Employment Agreement with or without reasonable accommodation for a period of one hundred eighty (180) days (which need not be consecutive) in any twelve (12)-month period.  If any question shall arise as to whether during any period the Optionee is disabled so as to be unable to perform the essential functions of the Optionee’s then existing position or positions with or without reasonable accommodation, the Optionee may, and at the request of the Company shall, submit to the Company a certification in reasonable detail by a physician selected by the Company to whom the Optionee or the Optionee’s guardian has no reasonable objection as to whether the Optionee is so disabled or how long such disability is expected to continue, and such certification shall for the purposes of this Option be conclusive of the issue.  The Optionee shall cooperate with any reasonable request of the physician in connection with such certification.  If such question shall arise and the Optionee shall fail to submit such certification, the Company’s determination of such issue shall be binding on the Optionee.  Nothing in this definition shall be construed to waive the Optionee’s rights, if any, under existing law including, without limitation, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 29 U.S.C. §2601 et seq. and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.  

(h)Employment Agreement” means the Optionee’s Employment Agreement with the Company dated May 11, 2017, as may be amended from time to time, or any successor agreement thereto. For the avoidance of doubt, the Employment Agreement affects this Agreement only to the extent specifically provided under this Agreement.

(i)Good Reason” means that the Optionee has complied with the “Good Reason Process” (hereinafter defined) following the occurrence of any of the following events (whether through a single action or a series of actions, in each case without the Optionee’s written consent):  (i) a material diminution in the Optionee’s responsibilities, authority, title or duties, including (A) the Optionee no longer holding the position of Chief Executive Officer of a publicly traded Company; (B) removal from or failure to be elected to the Company’s Board of Directors (or ultimate parent’s board of directors) or any change in any reporting other than to the Company’s (or ultimate parent’s) Board of Directors; (ii) a material diminution in the Optionee’s base salary except for across-the-board salary reductions based on the Company’s financial performance similarly affecting all or substantially all senior management employees of the Company not to exceed 10%; (iii) a non-consensual material change in the geographic location at which the Optionee currently provides services to the Company; or (iv) any action or inaction that constitutes a material breach of any provision by the Company of the Employment Agreement or any other agreement between the Optionee and the Company including, without limitation, this Agreement or other any equity or performance plan agreements.  “Good Reason Process” shall mean that (1) the Optionee reasonably determines in good faith that a “Good Reason” condition has occurred; (2) the Optionee notifies the Company in writing of the occurrence of the Good Reason condition within sixty (60) days of the occurrence of such condition; (3) the Company fails to remedy such condition within thirty (30) days following such notice (the “Cure Period”); and (4) the Optionee terminates his employment within sixty (60) days after the end of the Cure Period. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of the Plan, the final determination of the existence of Good Reason is subject to the jurisdiction of a court with appropriate authority and is not within the discretion of the Administrator.

(j)Index” means the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX).

(k)Index Base Price” means, with respect to an Index Company, the simple average of the closing sales prices of a share of such Index Company’s stock that is primarily listed and regularly trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market or such other applicable established securities exchange, national market system, or trading platform, for the trailing, ninety (90) consecutive trading days ending with and inclusive of the applicable Measurement Base Date.  

(l)Index Companies” means the companies comprising the Index as of the Grant Date. A company will be considered an Index Company only if the company (i) is a member of the Index on the Grant Date, (ii) was publicly traded for at least ninety (90) consecutive trading days through and inclusive of the Grant Date, and (iii) is publicly traded (regardless of whether such company is then in the Index) on the applicable Stock Price Achievement Date, Base Measurement Date or date on which the Company achieves an Incrementally Achieved Goal or Partially Achieved Goal, as applicable.

(m)Index Company Price” means, with respect to an Index Company, the simple average of the closing sales prices of a share of such Index Company’s stock that is primarily listed and regularly trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market or such other

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applicable established securities exchange, national market system, or trading platform, for the consecutive trading days over the same period that the corresponding Average Price is determined with respect to the Company.

(n)Measurement Base Date” means, with respect to an Index Company and as related to a given Stock Price Achievement Date, (i) the Grant Date, (ii) the date that is seven (7) months prior to such Stock Price Achievement Date (and if there is no corresponding day in such preceding seventh (7th) month, then the last day of such month), or (iii) the date that is fourteen (14) months prior to such Stock Price Achievement Date (and if there is no corresponding day in such preceding fourteenth (14th) month, then the last day of such month), whichever is applicable. If any such date described in the preceding sentence is not a Trading Day, the Measurement Base Date shall be the Trading Day that immediately precedes such date.  For example, if a Stock Price Achievement Date is August 15, 2023, the date under clause (ii) is January 15, 2023, and the date under clause (iii) is June 15, 2022, subject to the Trading-Day adjustment described in the immediately preceding sentence.

(o)Primary Exchange” means The Nasdaq Stock Market or such other established securities exchange, national market system, or other trading platform, on which Shares primarily are listed and regularly trade.

(p)Qualifying Termination” means, while this Option remains outstanding, the Optionee’s Continued Eligible Service is terminated (x) by the Company without Cause, (y) due to the Optionee’s death or Disability, or (z) by the Optionee for Good Reason.

(q)Trading Day” means a day that both (i) the Primary Exchange is open for trading and (ii) Shares are traded during the Primary Exchange’s regular trading hours on such day.

(r)TSR” means total shareholder return.

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EXHIBIT A
THE TRADE DESK, INC.

2016 INCENTIVE AWARD PLAN

PERFORMANCE STOCK OPTION AWARD AGREEMENT

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF STOCK OPTION GRANT

 

Pursuant to this Terms and Conditions of Stock Option Grant (the “Option Agreement”), the Stock Option Grant Notice to which this Option Agreement is attached (the “Grant Notice”), the Consent of Spouse or Registered Domestic Partner, attached to the Grant Notice as Exhibit B, and the Certain Definitions attached to the Grant Notice as Appendix I (together, the “Agreement”), the Company has granted to the Optionee under the Plan an Option to purchase the number of Shares indicated in the Grant Notice at the exercise price per share set forth in the Grant Notice (the “Exercise Price”).

 

ARTICLE I.

 

GENERAL

 

1.1Plan Incorporated by Reference.  Subject to Section 13.1 of the Plan and notwithstanding anything to the contrary anywhere else in this Option Agreement, this grant of an Option is subject to the terms, definitions and provisions of the Plan, which is incorporated herein by reference and which shall control in the event of any inconsistency between this Option Agreement and the Plan.

 

ARTICLE II.

 

GRANT OF OPTION

 

2.1Grant of Option.  In consideration of the Optionee’s past and/or continued employment with or service to the Company or any Subsidiary and for other good and valuable consideration, effective as of the Grant Date set forth in the Grant Notice (the “Grant Date”), the Company irrevocably grants to the Optionee the Option to purchase any part or all of the aggregate number of Shares set forth in the Grant Notice, upon the terms and conditions set forth in the Plan and this Option Agreement.  The Option shall be a Non‑Qualified Stock Option.

 

2.2Exercise Price.  The exercise price of the Shares subject to the Option shall be as set forth in the Grant Notice, without commission or other charge.

 

2.3Consideration to the Company.  In consideration of the grant of the Option by the Company, the Optionee agrees to render faithful and efficient services to the Company or any Subsidiary.

 

ARTICLE III.

 

PERIOD OF EXERCISABILITY

 

3.1Commencement of Exercisability.

 

(a)Subject to this ARTICLE III, the Option shall become vested and exercisable in such amounts and at such times as are set forth in the Grant Notice.

 

(b)No portion of the Option which has not become vested and exercisable as of the date of the Optionee’s Termination of Service shall thereafter become vested and exercisable, except as may be otherwise provided by the Administrator or as set forth in the Grant Notice or a written agreement between the Company and the Optionee.

 

3.2Duration of Exercisability.  Any installments provided for in the vesting schedule set forth in the Grant Notice are cumulative.  Each such installment which becomes vested and exercisable pursuant to the vesting schedule set forth in the Grant Notice shall remain vested and exercisable until it becomes unexercisable under Section 3.3 hereof.

 

 

 


 

3.3Expiration of Option.  The Option may not be exercised to any extent by anyone after the first to occur of the Expiration Date or such earlier date set forth in the Grant Notice.

 

ARTICLE IV.

 

EXERCISE OF OPTION

 

4.1Person Eligible to Exercise.  Subject to Section 5.2 hereof and Section 11.3(c) of the Plan, during the lifetime of the Optionee, only the Optionee may exercise the Option or any portion thereof.  After the death or disability of the Optionee, any exercisable portion of the Option may, prior to the time when the Option becomes unexercisable under Section 3.3 hereof, be exercised by the deceased Optionee’s beneficiary or by any person empowered to do so under the deceased Optionee’s will or under the then-applicable laws of descent and distribution or any legal guardian of Optionee in the event of disability, subject to Section 11.3(c) of the Plan.

 

4.2Partial Exercise.  Any exercisable portion of the Option or the entire Option, if then wholly exercisable, may be exercised in whole or in part at any time prior to the time when the Option or portion thereof becomes unexercisable under Section 3.3 hereof.  However, the Option shall not be exercisable with respect to fractional shares.

 

4.3Manner of Exercise.  The Option, or any exercisable portion thereof, may be exercised solely by delivery to the stock administrator of the Company (or any other person or entity designated by the Company) of all of the following prior to the time when the Option or such portion thereof becomes unexercisable under Section 3.3 hereof:

 

(a)A written or, if so determined by the Administrator, electronic notice complying with the applicable rules established by the Administrator stating that the Option, or a portion thereof, is exercised.  The notice shall be signed by the Optionee or other person then-entitled to exercise the Option or such portion of the Option;

 

(b)Full payment of the exercise price and applicable withholding taxes for the Shares with respect to which the Option, or portion thereof, is exercised, in a manner permitted by Section 4.4 hereof;

 

(c)Any other representations or documents as may be reasonably required in the Administrator’s sole discretion to effect compliance with all applicable provisions of the Securities Act, the Exchange Act, any other federal, state or foreign securities laws or regulations, the rules of any securities exchange, national market system or automated quotation system on which the Shares are listed, quoted or traded or any other applicable law; and

 

(d)In the event the Option or portion thereof shall be exercised pursuant to Section 4.1 hereof by any person or persons other than the Optionee, appropriate proof of the right of such person or persons to exercise the Option (as determined by the Administrator in its sole discretion).

 

Notwithstanding any of the foregoing, the Company shall have the right to specify all conditions of the manner of exercise, which conditions may vary by country and which may be subject to change from time to time.

 

4.4Method of Payment.  Payment of the exercise price and any tax withholding shall be by any of the following, or a combination thereof, at the election of the Optionee:

 

(a)Cash;

 

(b)Check;

 

(c)if the Shares are listed and regularly traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market or other established securities exchange, national market system, or other trading platform, and subject to compliance with applicable law, delivery of a written or electronic notice that the Optionee has placed a market sell order with a broker with respect to Shares then issuable upon exercise of the Option, and that the broker has been directed to pay a sufficient portion of the net proceeds of the sale to the Company in satisfaction of the aggregate exercise price and/or applicable tax withholding; provided, that payment of such proceeds is then made to the Company upon settlement of such sale;

 

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(d)surrender of other Shares which have been held by the Optionee for such period of time as may be required by the Administrator in order to avoid adverse accounting consequences and having a Fair Market Value on the date of surrender equal to the aggregate exercise price, and/or applicable tax withholding, of the Shares with respect to which the Option or portion thereof is being exercised, provided, however, that any applicable tax withholding may be satisfied pursuant to this clause (d) only to the extent permitted by the Administrator, which shall not be unreasonably withheld;

 

(e)surrender of Shares issuable upon the exercise of the Option having a Fair Market Value on the date of exercise equal to the aggregate exercise price, and/or applicable tax withholding, of the Shares with respect to which the Option or portion thereof is being exercised, provided, however, that any applicable tax withholding may be satisfied pursuant to this clause (e) only to the extent permitted by the Administrator, which shall not be unreasonably withheld; or

 

(f)With the consent of the Administrator, such other form of legal consideration as may be acceptable to the Administrator.

 

4.5Conditions to Issuance of Stock Certificates.  The Shares deliverable upon the exercise of the Option, or any portion thereof, may be either previously authorized but unissued Shares, treasury Shares or issued Shares which have been purchased on the open market.  Such Shares shall be fully paid and nonassessable.  The Company shall not be required to issue or deliver any certificates or make any book entries evidencing Shares purchased upon the exercise of the Option or portion thereof prior to fulfillment of the conditions set forth in Section 11.4 of the Plan.

 

4.6Rights as Stockholder.  The holder of the Option (or any person claiming under or through such holder) shall not be, nor have any of the rights or privileges of, a stockholder of the Company, including, without limitation, voting rights and rights to dividends, in respect of any Shares purchasable upon the exercise of any part of the Option unless and until such Shares shall have been issued by the Company to such holder (as evidenced by the appropriate entry on the books of the Company or of a duly authorized transfer agent of the Company).  No adjustment shall be made for a dividend or other right for which the record date is prior to the date the Shares are issued, except as provided in Section 13.2 of the Plan.

 

ARTICLE V.

 

OTHER PROVISIONS

 

5.1Administration.  The Administrator shall have the power to interpret the Plan and this Option Agreement as provided in the Plan (but subject in all cases to the provisions of this Option Agreement). 

 

5.2Transferability of Option.  Without limiting the generality of any other provision hereof, the Option shall be subject to the restrictions on transferability set forth in Section 11.3 of the Plan.

 

5.3Adjustments.  The Optionee acknowledges that the Option is subject to modification and termination in certain events as expressly limited and as provided in this Option Agreement.

 

5.4Tax Consultation.  The Optionee understands that the Optionee may suffer adverse tax consequences as a result of the grant, vesting and/or exercise of the Option, and/or with the purchase or disposition of the Shares subject to the Option.  The Optionee represents that the Optionee has consulted with any tax consultants the Optionee deems advisable in connection with the purchase or disposition of such shares and that the Optionee is not relying on the Company for any tax advice.

 

5.5Optionee’s Representations.  The Optionee shall, if required by the Company, concurrently with the exercise of all or any portion of this Option, make such written representations as are deemed reasonably necessary or appropriate by the Company and/or the Company’s counsel.

 

5.6Section 409A.  This Option Agreement and the Grant Notice shall be interpreted in accordance with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code.  The Administrator may, in its discretion, adopt such amendments to the Plan or the Agreement or adopt other policies and procedures (including amendments, policies and procedures with retroactive effect), or take any other actions, as the Administrator determines are necessary or appropriate to comply with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code or an available exemption thereof; providedhowever, that the Administrator shall have no obligation to take any such action(s) or to indemnify any person from failing to do so. Any action taken under this Section 5.6 or

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Section 13.10 of the Plan shall be intended to preserve for the Optionee the rights and benefits of this Option Agreement (determined without regard to the other provisions of this Section 5.6).

 

5.7Amendment, Suspension and Termination.  No amendment, modification, suspension or termination of this Option Agreement shall adversely affect the Option or Optionee without the prior written consent of the Optionee, and, in no event, shall the Administrator, in exercising its discretion under the Plan or this Option Agreement, undertake or permit any amendment, modification, suspension or termination that, in any manner, adversely affects the Option or Optionee without the prior written consent of the Optionee. Any action described in the preceding sentence that is implemented without the prior written consent of the Optionee shall be presumed to adversely affect the Optionee if the Optionee, in the Optionees’ good faith determination, notifies the Company in writing that Optionee believes such action violates this Section 5.7.  In that case, the Company shall have the affirmative burden to prove to Optionee’s satisfaction (or the satisfaction of a court with jurisdiction) that Optionee’s determination was unreasonable.  Otherwise, that action to which the Optionee objects shall be of no force or effect. For the avoidance of doubt, Section 11.7 and Section 12.5 of the Plan do not apply to this Option Agreement. 

 

5.8Not a Contract of Service Relationship.  Nothing in the Agreement or in the Plan shall confer upon the Optionee any right to continue to serve as an Employee, Director, Consultant or other service provider of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or shall interfere with or restrict in any way the rights of the Company and its Subsidiaries, which rights are hereby expressly reserved, to discharge or terminate the services of the Optionee at any time for any reason whatsoever, with or without cause, except to the extent expressly provided otherwise in a written agreement between the Company or a Subsidiary and the Optionee.

 

5.9Limitations Applicable to Section 16 Persons.  Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan or the Agreement, if the Optionee is subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act, then the Plan, the Option and the Agreement shall be subject to any additional limitations set forth in any applicable exemptive rule under Section 16 of the Exchange Act (including any amendment to Rule 16b-3 of the Exchange Act) that are requirements for the application of such exemptive rule.  To the extent permitted by applicable law, the Agreement shall be deemed amended to the extent necessary to conform to such applicable exemptive rule.

 

5.10Conformity to Securities Laws.  The Optionee acknowledges that the Plan and the Agreement are intended to conform to the extent necessary with all provisions of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, and any and all regulations and rules promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission thereunder, as well as all applicable state securities laws and regulations.  Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Plan shall be administered, and the Option is granted and may be exercised, only in such a manner as to conform to such laws, rules and regulations.  To the extent permitted by applicable law, the Plan and the Agreement shall be deemed amended to the extent necessary to conform to such laws, rules and regulations.  The Company, at all times, shall use its commercially reasonable best efforts to satisfy all conditions specified in Section 11.4 of the Plan so that the Optionee will be able to receive all rights and benefits of this Option Agreement. The Company at all times shall maintain sufficient Shares under the Plan to meet its obligations under this Option Agreement.

 

5.11Limitation on the Optionee’s Rights.  Participation in the Plan confers no rights or interests other than as herein provided.  The Agreement creates only a contractual obligation on the part of the Company as to amounts payable and shall not be construed as creating a trust.  The Plan, in and of itself, has no assets.  The Optionee shall have only the rights of a general unsecured creditor of the Company and its Subsidiaries with respect to amounts credited and benefits payable, if any, with respect to the Option, and rights no greater than the right to receive the Common Stock as a general unsecured creditor with respect to Options, as and when payable hereunder.

 

5.12No Advice Regarding Grant.  The Company is not providing any tax, legal or financial advice, nor is the Company making any recommendations regarding the Optionee’s participation in the Plan, or the Optionee’s acquisition or sale of the Shares underlying the Option.  The Optionee is hereby advised to consult with his or her own personal tax, legal and financial advisers regarding his or her participation in the Plan before taking any action related to the Plan.

 

5.13Successors and Assigns.  Subject to the restrictions on transfer set forth in this Article 5, the Agreement shall be binding upon the Optionee and his or her heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns.

 

5.14Entire Agreement.  The Plan and the Agreement constitute the entire agreement of the parties and supersede in their entirety all prior undertakings and agreements of the Company and its Subsidiaries and the Optionee with respect to the subject matter hereof.  In the event that any provision in the Agreement will be held invalid or unenforceable, such provision

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will be severable from, and such invalidity or unenforceability will not be construed to have any effect on, the remaining provisions of the Agreement.

 

5.15Notices.  Any notice to be given under the terms of the Agreement to the Company shall be addressed to the Company in care of the Secretary of the Company at the Company’s principal office, and any notice to be given to the Optionee shall be addressed to the Optionee at the Optionee’s last address reflected on the Company’s records. Any notice shall be deemed duly given when sent via email or when sent by reputable overnight courier or by certified mail (return receipt requested) through the United States Postal Service.

 

5.16Governing Law.  The laws of the State of Delaware shall govern the interpretation, validity, administration, enforcement and performance of the terms of the Agreement regardless of the law that might be applied under principles of conflicts of laws.

 

5.17Titles.  Titles are provided herein for convenience only and are not to serve as a basis for interpretation or construction of the Agreement.

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EXHIBIT B
THE TRADE DESK, INC.

2016 INCENTIVE AWARD PLAN

PERFORMANCE STOCK OPTION AWARD AGREEMENT

 

CONSENT OF SPOUSE OR REGISTERED DOMESTIC PARTNER

 

I, _______________, spouse or registered domestic partner of _______________, have read and approve the Stock Option Grant Notice (the “Grant Notice”) to which this Consent of Spouse or Registered Domestic Partner is attached and the Stock Option Agreement (the “Option Agreement”) attached to the Grant Notice.  In consideration of issuing to my spouse or registered domestic partner the shares of the Class A common stock of The Trade Desk, Inc. set forth in the Grant Notice, I hereby appoint my spouse or registered domestic partner as my attorney-in-fact in respect to the exercise of any rights under the Option Agreement and agree to be bound by the provisions of the Option Agreement insofar as I may have any rights in said Option Agreement or any shares of the Class A common stock of The Trade Desk, Inc. issued pursuant thereto under the community property laws or similar laws relating to marital property in effect in the state of our residence as of the date of the signing of the foregoing Option Agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

Dated:

 

 

 

 

 

Signature of Spouse or Registered Domestic Partner

 

 

 

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Exhibit 10.2

October 6, 2021

 

 

Mr. Jeff Green

 

 

Re:

Amendment No. 1 to Employment Agreement

Dear Jeff:

This letter will confirm our agreement to amend certain terms of your Employment Agreement dated May 11, 2017 (the “Employment Agreement”) with The Trade Desk, Inc. (the “Company”). The Employment Agreement is being amended in connection with the stock option grant agreement dated October 6, 2021 between you and the Company (the “Option Agreement”). You and the Company have agreed that it is desirable to coordinate certain provisions of the Employment Agreement to reflect the Option Agreement and otherwise to update the Employment Agreement. Therefore, effective as of the date of this letter agreement, the Employment Agreement is amended as follows.

1.Cause.  Notwithstanding any contrary provision of Section 2(c) of the Employment Agreement, “Cause” shall have the same meaning as under the stock option grant agreement dated October 6, 2021 between you and the Company (the “Option Agreement”).

2.Good Reason.  Notwithstanding any contrary provision of Section 2(e) of the Employment Agreement, “Good Reason” shall have the same meaning as under the Option Agreement.

3.Equity Compensation.  Section 2 of the Employment Agreement is amended by adding the following new Section 2(f):

(f) Equity Compensation. The Board or a committee of the Board (each in its discretion) may, but is not obligated to, grant equity awards to the Executive from time to time.  The Board or a committee of the Board periodically (in good faith and generally annually) shall consider granting such awards (which may be performance-based awards, as determined by the Board or a committee thereof) in light of the Executive’s continuing contributions to the Company’s operational and strategic performance.

4.Arbitration of Disputes.  Section 8 of the Employment Agreement is amended in its entirety to read as follows:

(8) Arbitration of Disputes.

A.Arbitration. IN CONSIDERATION OF THE EXECUTIVE’S EMPLOYMENT WITH THE COMPANY, ITS PROMISE TO ARBITRATE ALL EMPLOYMENT-RELATED DISPUTES WITH THE EXECUTIVE, AND THE EXECUTIVE’S RECEIPT OF COMPENSATION AND OTHER COMPANY BENEFITS, AT PRESENT AND IN THE FUTURE, THE EXECUTIVE AGREES THAT ANY AND ALL CONTROVERSIES, CLAIMS, OR DISPUTES THAT THE EXECUTIVE MAY HAVE WITH THE COMPANY (INCLUDING ANY COMPANY EMPLOYEE, OFFICER, DIRECTOR, TRUSTEE, OR BENEFIT PLAN OF THE COMPANY, IN THEIR CAPACITY AS SUCH OR OTHERWISE), ARISING OUT OF, RELATING TO, OR RESULTING FROM THE EXECUTIVE’S EMPLOYMENT OR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMPANY OR THE TERMINATION OF THE EXECUTIVE’S EMPLOYMENT OR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMPANY, INCLUDING ANY BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT OR OF THE OPTION AGREEMENT, SHALL BE SUBJECT TO BINDING ARBITRATION PURSUANT TO THE FEDERAL ARBITRATION ACT (9 U.S.C. SEC. 1 ET SEQ.) (THE “FAA”).  THE FAA’S SUBSTANTIVE AND PROCEDURAL PROVISIONS SHALL EXCLUSIVELY GOVERN AND APPLY WITH FULL FORCE AND EFFECT TO THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT, INCLUDING ITS ENFORCEMENT, AND ANY STATE COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION SHALL COMPEL ARBITRATION IN THE SAME MANNER AS A FEDERAL COURT UNDER THE FAA. THE EXECUTIVE FURTHER AGREES THAT, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW,


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THE EXECUTIVE MAY BRING ANY ARBITRATION PROCEEDING ONLY IN THE EXECUTIVE’S INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF, REPRESENTATIVE, OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS, COLLECTIVE, OR REPRESENTATIVE LAWSUIT OR PROCEEDING. THE EXECUTIVE UNDERSTANDS, HOWEVER, THAT NOTHING IN THIS AGREEMENT PREVENTS THE EXECUTIVE FROM BRINGING A REPRESENTATIVE LAWSUIT OR PROCEEDING AS PERMITTED BY THE CALIFORNIA LABOR CODE’S PRIVATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL ACT OF 2004. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW THE EXECUTIVE AGREES TO ARBITRATE ANY AND ALL COMMON LAW AND/OR STATUTORY CLAIMS UNDER LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL LAW, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CLAIMS UNDER TITLE VII OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, THE AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT ACT OF 1967, THE OLDER WORKERS BENEFIT PROTECTION ACT, THE WORKER ADJUSTMENT AND RETRAINING NOTIFICATION ACT, THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT, THE CALIFORNIA FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING ACT, THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT, THE CALIFORNIA FAMILY RIGHTS ACT, THE CALIFORNIA LABOR CODE, CLAIMS RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT STATUS, CLAIMS RELATING TO COMPENSATION (CASH, EQUITY, BONUS, OR OTHERWISE), CLAIMS RELATING TO CLASSIFICATION, AND CLAIMS OF HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION, WRONGFUL TERMINATION, AND BREACH OF CONTRACT. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE EXECUTIVE ALSO AGREES TO ARBITRATE ANY AND ALL DISPUTES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE INTERPRETATION OR APPLICATION OF THIS AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE, BUT NOT DISPUTES ABOUT THE ENFORCEABILITY, REVOCABILITY, OR VALIDITY OF THIS AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE OR THE CLASS, COLLECTIVE, AND REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING WAIVER HEREIN. WITH RESPECT TO ALL SUCH CLAIMS AND DISPUTES THAT THE EXECUTIVE AGREES TO ARBITRATE, THE EXECUTIVE HEREBY EXPRESSLY AGREES TO WAIVE, AND DOES WAIVE, ANY RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY. THE EXECUTIVE FURTHER UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE ALSO APPLIES TO ANY DISPUTES THAT THE COMPANY MAY HAVE WITH THE EXECUTIVE. THE EXECUTIVE UNDERSTANDS THAT NOTHING IN THIS AGREEMENT REQUIRES THE EXECUTIVE TO ARBITRATE CLAIMS THAT CANNOT BE ARBITRATED UNDER THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OR OTHER LAW THAT EXPRESSLY PROHIBITS ARBITRATION OF A CLAIM NOTWITHSTANDING THE APPLICATION OF THE FAA.

B.Administration of Arbitration. THE EXECUTIVE AGREES THAT ANY ARBITRATION WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY JAMS PURSUANT TO ITS EMPLOYMENT ARBITRATION RULES & PROCEDURES (THE “JAMS RULES”), WHICH ARE AVAILABLE AT http://www.jamsadr.com/rules-employment-arbitration/. IF THE JAMS RULES CANNOT BE ENFORCED AS TO THE ARBITRATION, THEN THE PARTIES AGREE THAT THEY WILL ARBITRATE THIS DISPUTE UTILIZING JAMS COMPREHENSIVE ARBITRATION RULES AND PROCEDURES OR SUCH RULES AS THE ARBITRATOR MAY DEEM MOST APPROPRIATE FOR THE DISPUTE. THE EXECUTIVE AGREES THAT THE ARBITRATOR SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO DECIDE ANY MOTIONS BROUGHT BY ANY PARTY TO THE ARBITRATION, INCLUDING MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND/OR ADJUDICATION, AND MOTIONS TO DISMISS AND DEMURRERS, APPLYING THE STANDARDS SET FORTH FOR SUCH MOTIONS UNDER THE CALIFORNIA CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE. THE EXECUTIVE AGREES that the arbitrator shall issue a written decision on the merits. THE EXECUTIVE ALSO AGREES THAT THE ARBITRATOR SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO AWARD ANY REMEDIES AVAILABLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, AND THAT THE ARBITRATOR MAY AWARD ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND COSTS TO THE PREVAILING PARTY, WHERE PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. THE EXECUTIVE agreeS that the decree or award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered as a final and binding judgment in any court having jurisdiction thereof. THE EXECUTIVE UNDERSTANDS THAT THE COMPANY WILL PAY FOR ANY ADMINISTRATIVE OR HEARING FEES CHARGED BY THE ARBITRATOR OR JAMS EXCEPT THAT THE EXECUTIVE SHALL PAY ANY FILING FEES ASSOCIATED WITH ANY ARBITRATION THAT THE EXECUTIVE INITIATES, BUT ONLY SO MUCH OF THE FILING FEES AS THE EXECUTIVE WOULD HAVE INSTEAD PAID HAD THE EXECUTIVE FILED A COMPLAINT IN A COURT OF LAW THAT WOULD HAVE HAD JURISDICTION OVER SUCH COMPLAINT. SUBJECT TO THE FAA’S EXCLUSIVE APPLICABILITY TO THE ENFORCEMENT OF THIS AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE, THE EXECUTIVE AGREES THAT THE


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ARBITRATOR SHALL ADMINISTER AND CONDUCT ANY ARBITRATION HEARING OR PROCEEDING APPLYING CALIFORNIA SUBSTANTIVE AND DECISIONAL LAW AND THE CALIFORNIA CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE, INCLUDING THE CALIFORNIA CIVIL DISCOVERY ACT.  THE EXECUTIVE agreeS that any arbitration under this Agreement shall be conducted in LOS ANGELES COUNTY, California.

C.Remedy. FOR PURPOSES OF SEEKING PROVISIONAL REMEDIES ONLY, THE EXECUTIVE AGREES THAT THE COMPANY AND THE EXECUTIVE SHALL BE ENTITLED TO PURSUE ANY PROVISIONAL REMEDY PERMITTED BY THE CALIFORNIA ARBITRATION ACT (CALIFORNIA CODE CIV. PROC. § 1281.8), OR OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY THIS AGREEMENT. EXCEPT FOR SUCH PROVISIONAL RELIEF, THE EXECUTIVE AGREES THAT ANY RELIEF OTHERWISE AVAILABLE TO THE COMPANY OR THE EXECUTIVE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW SHALL BE PURSUED SOLELY AND EXCLUSIVELY IN ARBITRATION PURSUANT TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT.

D.Administrative Relief. THE EXECUTIVE UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS AGREEMENT DOES NOT PROHIBIT THE EXECUTIVE FROM PURSUING AN ADMINISTRATIVE CLAIM WITH A LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE BODY OR GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT IS AUTHORIZED TO ENFORCE OR ADMINISTER LAWS RELATED TO EMPLOYMENT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE DEPARTMENT OF FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING, THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD, THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, OR THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BOARD. THIS AGREEMENT DOES, HOWEVER, PRECLUDE THE EXECUTIVE FROM PURSUING A COURT ACTION REGARDING ANY SUCH CLAIM, EXCEPT AS PERMITTED BY LAW.

E.Voluntary Nature of Agreement. THE EXECUTIVE ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT THE EXECUTIVE IS EXECUTING THIS AGREEMENT VOLUNTARILY AND WITHOUT ANY DURESS OR UNDUE INFLUENCE BY THE COMPANY OR ANYONE ELSE. THE EXECUTIVE FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT THE EXECUTIVE HAS CAREFULLY READ THIS AGREEMENT AND THAT THE EXECUTIVE HAS ASKED ANY QUESTIONS NEEDED FOR THE EXECUTIVE TO UNDERSTAND THE TERMS, CONSEQUENCES, AND BINDING EFFECT OF THIS AGREEMENT AND FULLY UNDERSTAND IT, INCLUDING THAT THE EXECUTIVE IS WAIVING THE EXECUTIVE’S RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL. THE EXECUTIVE AGREES THAT THE EXECUTIVE HAS BEEN PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK THE ADVICE OF AN ATTORNEY OF THE EXECUTIVE’S CHOICE BEFORE SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT.  

5.Attorney Fees.  The Employment Agreement is amended by adding the following new Section 22:

(f) Attorney Fees. Except with regard to a legal action challenging or seeking a determination in good faith of the validity of the waiver herein under the ADEA, in the event that either party brings an action to enforce or effect its rights under this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its costs and expenses, including the costs of mediation, arbitration, litigation, court fees, and reasonable attorneys' fees incurred in connection with such an action.

6.Additional Terms.  Except as provided in this letter agreement, the Employment Agreement remains in full force and effect. This letter agreement will be governed by and construed under the laws of the State of California (except for its conflict of laws provisions).  This letter agreement (together with the Option Agreement and the Employment Agreement) contain the entire agreement of you and the Company with the matters described therein.  This letter agreement may not be modified or changed except by a writing duly executed by you and an authorized officer or director of the Company.  


Mr. Jeff Green

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Sincerely,

 

THE TRADE DESK, INC.

 

By:

/s/ Blake J. Grayson

Name:

Blake J. Grayson

Title:

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

I (the Executive) agree to all of the terms of this letter agreement.

 

Dated:  October 6, 2021

/s/ Jeff Green

 

Jeff Green