Luxottica Details Guerra’s Exit Agreement


Andrea Guerra.

MILAN—With reference to the agreement to terminate the employment and administration relationship between Andrea Guerra and Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE: LUX), as reported earlier today by VMail, Luxottica acknowledged in a statement posted to its website, that at its board meeting today it had resolved that Andrea Guerra is to be paid a redundancy incentive equal to the gross total amount of €10,000,000 in addition to the severance pay linked to the consensual termination of the employment relationship and inseparably linked to the administration relationship, which has also been terminated, effective immediately.

This conclusion was reached in compliance with the company’s remuneration policy and in accordance with the obligations established pursuant to the employment relationship between Guerra and the company assumed in 2004. The treatment was increased and rounded up in consideration of Guerra’s 10-year contribution to the company’s development and in light of his availability to search for a common solution for the definition of each relationship with the Luxottica Group, the statement noted. This resolution also includes the assumption by Guerra of a set of obligations to protect the company and the entire Group.

Added to this incentive payment is the gross total amount of €592,294 which will be paid as part of the settlement and novation agreement in consideration for Guerra waiving, toward Luxottica Group S.p.A. and every other entity included in the Group, any claim or right in any case connected or related to the employment and administration relationships and their resolution. The abovementioned amounts shall be paid within 60 days.

Guerra is prohibited from soliciting employees and associates of Luxottica Group S.p.A. or other entities within the Group, and shall abide by a non-competition agreement which refers to the Company’s main competitors, valid globally, both lasting 24 months from the date of termination of the employment relationship with Luxottica. In consideration of these obligations and their ongoing fulfillment, Guerra will be due gross overall remuneration of €800,000 which shall be paid in equal quarterly installments starting from the date of termination of the employment relationship.

Guerra will retain the PSP Units granted on May 7, 2012, April 29, 2013 and April 29, 2014, under the terms and methodology set forth in the Performance Shares Plans approved by the company, on the condition that there is no breach, in whole or in part, by Guerra of the non-solicitation prohibition related to employees and associates and the non-competition agreement referred to above. In addition, in the event there are any criminal proceedings based on facts related to the exercise of functions held by Guerra and in the interests of the Company, the legal costs incurred by him at all judicial levels shall be borne by Luxottica Group S.p.A., provided that the attorney chosen by Guerra is previously approved by the Company.

The terms and provisions of this transaction, prior to approval by the Luxottica board, were reviewed by the Human Resource Committee of Luxottica Group S.p.A., exclusively consisting of independent and unrelated directors. The Human Resource Committee, which is charged with carrying out the functions assigned by the procedure to an internal committee of the Board with regard to remuneration and economic benefits to the directors and executive officers with key responsibilities, expressed its reasoned favorable opinion on the conclusion of the agreement.

The company likewise acknowledges that the appointment of Enrico Cavatorta as CEO, was in accordance with a succession plan previously shared with the Human Resource Committee.

In addition to the abovementioned agreement, it was agreed that the sale of 813,500 shares of Luxottica Group S.p.A. currently held by Guerra previously received under Incentive plans would be made to the controlling shareholder of the Company in an off-market transaction at a price of €41.50 per share.