Zuckerberg can’t create a rival to his own Facebook

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will get millions of dollars in salary, bonuses and stock options, but cannot work on creating a rival to the social networking giant. This has been disclosed in Facebook’s amended registration document for its upcoming IPO, filed with the US market regulator Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) .

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According to Zuckerberg’s employment agreement with Facebook, his job can be terminated “at any time for any reason or no reason”, either by him or by the company.
Besides, the company’s employment agreement does not allow Zuckerberg to “assist any person or entity in competing with the company, in preparing to compete with the company or in hiring any employees or consultants of the company”.

Similar clauses apply to Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman and Vice-President (Engineering) Mike Schroepfer for the period they render their services to Facebook.
The agreements are silent on whether these people, including Zuckerberg, can help create a rival of Facebook after leaving the company. In addition to the cash salary and bonus, the pay package of the top four Facebook executives includes millions of dollars in the form of stock options, performance pay and other payments.

Besides, the value of shares owned by Zuckerberg and many others in the company could also make them billionaires after the listing of Facebook, which is currently in the process of its $5 billion IPO (initial public offer).

The company said Zuckerberg, as President and CEO, would get $500,000 base salary and up to 45 per cent of the amount as bonus every year. While the basic wage would be paid in two equal payments a month, he can “over-achieve” the bonus target pursuant to the company’s bonus plan.
Sandberg and Ebersman would get an annual base salary of $300,000 each, while the same for Schroepfer would be $275,000. All the three executives would be entitled to a bonus payment of up to 45 per cent of their base earnings.

The collective base salary and bonus of the four executives stand at $1.99 million (roughly Rs 10 crore). In addition to the generally common no-conflict obligations, Zuckerberg cannot bring with him to Facebook, or disclose to any person associated with the company, any confidential or proprietary information belonging to any former employer or any other third party.

Noting that his job at Facebook is not for any specific period, the agreement says the employment would be on an “at will” basis, meaning either Zuckerberg or Facebook can terminate the employment at any time for any reason or no reason.

While the job duties, title, compensation and benefits, as well as the company’s personnel policies and procedures, might change from time to time, the ‘at will’ nature of Zuckerberg’s employment can be changed only after a written agreement approved by the Facebook board.

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