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AVIAT NETWORKS, INC.
200 Parker Drive, Suite C100A
Austin, TX 78728
Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders for Fiscal Year 2023
to be held on November 8, 2023
TO THE HOLDERS OF COMMON STOCK OF AVIAT NETWORKS, INC.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Stockholders for fiscal year 2023 (the “Annual Meeting”) of Aviat Networks, Inc. (the “Company”) will be held online only on November 8, 2023, at 12:30 p.m. Central Time. You may attend the Annual Meeting online via webcast by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/AVNW2023 and entering your 16-digit control number included with the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or proxy card. You will be able to vote your shares and submit questions while attending the Annual Meeting online for the following purposes:
1.    To elect six directors to serve until the Company’s 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until their successors have been elected and qualified;
2.    To vote on the ratification of the appointment by our Audit Committee of Deloitte & Touche LLP (“Deloitte”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2024;
3.    To hold an advisory, non-binding vote to approve the Company’s named executive officer compensation (“Say-on-Pay”)
4.    To approve Amendment No. 1 to the Amended and Restated Tax Benefit Preservation Plan (the “Amendment to the Plan”) dated as of February 28, 2023, by and between the Company and Computershare Inc., as Rights Agent;
5.    To approve the amendment of the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the “Current Certificate”) to reflect new Delaware law provisions regarding officer exculpation (the “Exculpation Amendment”);
6.    To approve the amendment and restatement of the Current Certificate to make certain additional, non-substantive amendments (the “Non-Substantive Amendments”);
7.    To transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement or other delay thereof.
Only holders of common stock at the close of business on September 14, 2023 are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting or any adjournment, postponement or other delay thereof.
Whether or not you expect to attend the Annual Meeting online, we urge you to submit a proxy to vote your shares. This will help ensure the presence of a quorum at the Annual Meeting.

By Order of the Board of Directors
September 25, 2023
/s/ Peter A. Smith    
President and Chief Executive Officer


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IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE STOCKHOLDER MEETING TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 8, 2023
This Proxy Statement for the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and our Annual Report to Stockholders for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2023 are available at www.proxyvote.com
Your vote is important regardless of the number of shares you own. The Board of Directors urges you to sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card by mail (using the enclosed postage-paid envelope) as promptly as possible, or vote electronically or by telephone as described in the attached proxy statement. If you have any questions or need assistance in voting your shares, please contact Broadridge toll-free at 1-800-690-6903.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING    1
What is the purpose of the Annual Meeting?    1
What is the record date, and who is entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting?    1
What are the voting rights of the holders of common stock at the Annual Meeting?    1
Who may attend the Annual Meeting?    2
How do I vote?    2
Why did I receive a one-page notice in the mail regarding the internet availability of proxy materials this year instead of a full set of proxy materials?    2
How can I access the proxy materials and annual report on the internet?    2
Why is Aviat soliciting proxies?    2
How do I revoke my proxy?    3
What vote is required to approve each item?    3
What happens if a director does not receive a sufficient number of votes?    3
What constitutes a quorum, abstention and broker “non-vote”?    4
Who pays for the cost of solicitation?    4
What is the deadline for submitting proposals and director nominations for the 2024 Annual Meeting?    4
Who will count the votes?    4
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE    5
Board Members    5
Director Selection Process    6
Director Nominees    6
Board and Committee Meetings and Attendance    6
Board Member Qualifications    6
Directors’ Biographies    7
Board Leadership    8
The Board’s Role in Risk Oversight    9
Principles of Corporate Governance, Bylaws and Other Governance Documents    9
Environmental, Social, and Governance    10
Board Committees    10
Audit Committee    12
Compensation Committee    12
Governance and Nominating Committee    12
Stockholder Communications with the Board    13
Code of Conduct    13
TRANSACTIONS WITH RELATED PERSONS    13
DIRECTOR COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS    14
Fiscal Year 2023 Compensation of Non-Employee Directors    14
Indemnification    15
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT    16
REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS    16
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
(continued)
INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM FEES    17
Audit Committee Pre-Approval Policy    18
Change in Accountants    18
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS    18
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION    19
Compensation Discussion and Analysis    19
Overview and Summary    19
Compensation Governance Best Practices    20
Compensation Philosophy and Objectives    21
Executive Compensation Process    21
Independent Compensation Consultant for Compensation Committee    21
Compensation Committee Advisor Independence    21
Consideration of Say-on-Pay Results    22
Competitive Positioning    22
Total Compensation Elements    22
Base Salary    23
Annual Incentive Plan    23
Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Incentive Plan – Minimum, Target and Maximum Thresholds    23
Long Term Incentive Compensation    24
Perquisites    24
Generally Available Benefit Programs    24
Post-Termination Compensation    25
Recovery of Executive Compensation    25
Tax and Accounting Considerations    25
Hedging and Pledging Prohibition    26
Stock Ownership Guidelines    26
Risk Considerations in Our Compensation Program    26
Compensation Committee Report    27
Summary Compensation Table    27
Fiscal Year 2023 Grants of Plan-Based Awards    28
Fiscal Year 2023 Outstanding Equity Awards    29
Fiscal Year 2023 Option Exercised and Stock Vested Table    29
Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change of Control    30
Employment Agreement Terms    31
Post Termination Guidelines    34
CEO Pay Ratio    34
Equity Compensation Plan Summary    34
Pay v. Performance    35
PROPOSAL NO. 1    39
PROPOSAL NO. 2    40
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
(continued)
PROPOSAL NO. 3    41
PROPOSAL NO. 4    42
PROPOSAL NO. 5    48
PROPOSAL NO. 6    50
OTHER MATTERS    52
2023 Annual Report    52
Form 10-K    52
Other Business    52
Householding of Proxy Materials    52
Proxy Card    53
ANNEX A-1    55
ANNEX A-2    59
ANNEX B    128
ANNEX C    129


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AVIAT NETWORKS, INC.
PROXY STATEMENT
FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 8, 2023
This proxy statement (this “Proxy Statement”) applies to the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Aviat Networks, Inc. (which we refer to as “Aviat,” the “Company,” “we,” “our,” and “ours”) for use at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders for fiscal year 2023 and any adjournment, postponement or other delay thereof (the “Annual Meeting”), to be held at 12:30 p.m., Central Time, on November 8, 2023. The Annual Meeting will be held online via webcast, at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/AVNW2023 (“Meeting Website”). Stockholders attending the meeting online via webcast will be able to submit questions and vote their shares electronically at the meeting. These proxy materials are being made available on or about September 25, 2023, to our stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting.
To participate in the Annual Meeting, you will need the 16-digit control number included on your proxy card, voting instruction form or notice of internet availability. The Annual Meeting will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m., Central Time. Online access and check-in will begin at 12:15 p.m., Central Time. We encourage you to access the Meeting Website prior to the start time to allow ample time for login procedures and so you may address any technical difficulties before the Annual Meeting begins. If you encounter any difficulties accessing the webcast Annual Meeting during login or in the course of the meeting, please contact the phone number found on the login page at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/AVNW2023.
You may vote and ask questions during the Annual Meeting by following the instructions available on the Meeting Website at the time of the Annual Meeting. Stockholders may submit questions electronically, in real-time during the meeting. A list of stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting will be available for ten days prior to the Annual Meeting for examination by any stockholder for any purpose germane to the Annual Meeting by emailing our Investor Relations team at investorinfo@aviatnet.com.
ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING
What is the purpose of the Annual Meeting?
The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to obtain stockholder action on the matters outlined in the notice of meeting included with this Proxy Statement. All holders of shares of common stock at the close of business on September 14, 2023, are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting. At the Annual Meeting, our stockholders will vote (i) to elect six directors, (ii) on the ratification of the appointment by our Audit Committee of Deloitte & Touche LLP (“Deloitte”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2024, (iii) on an advisory, non-binding resolution to approve the Company’s named executive officer compensation (“Say-on-Pay”), (iv) to approve Amendment No. 1 to the Amended and Restated Tax Benefit Preservation Plan (the “Amendment to the Plan”) dated as of February 28, 2023, by and between the Company and Computershare Inc., as Rights Agent, (v) to approve the amendment of the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the “Current Certificate”) to reflect new Delaware law provisions regarding officer exculpation, (vi) to approve the amendment and restatement of the Current Certificate to include certain additional, non-substantive amendments, and (vii) to transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement or other delay thereof.
What is the record date, and who is entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting?
The record date for the stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting is September 14, 2023 (the “Record Date”). The Record Date was established by the Board as required by the Delaware General Corporation Law and the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company (the “Bylaws”). Owners of shares of our common stock at the close of business on the Record Date are entitled to receive notice of the Annual Meeting and to vote at the Annual Meeting. You may vote all shares that you owned as of the Record Date.
What are the voting rights of the holders of common stock at the Annual Meeting?
Each outstanding share of our common stock is entitled to one vote on each matter considered at the Annual Meeting. As of the Record Date, there were 11,715,073 shares of our common stock outstanding.
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Who may attend the Annual Meeting?
All stockholders as of the Record Date, or their duly appointed proxies, may attend the Annual Meeting. Stockholders will be able to participate in the Annual Meeting online via webcast by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/AVNW2023 and entering the 16-digit control number included in your Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, or on your proxy card or in the instructions that accompanied your proxy materials.
The Annual Meeting will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Central time. Online check-in will be available beginning at 12:15 p.m. Central time. Please allow ample time for online check-in procedures. If you encounter any difficulties accessing the webcast Annual Meeting during login or in the course of the meeting, please contact the phone number found on the login page at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/AVNW2023.
If your shares are held in “street name” (that is, through a bank, broker or other holder of record) and you wish to attend the Annual Meeting but did not receive a 16-digit control number from your bank or brokerage firm, please follow the instructions from your bank or brokerage firm, including any requirement to obtain a legal proxy. Most banks or brokerage firms allow a shareholder to obtain a legal proxy either online or by mail.
You may contact us by calling 512-265-3680 for more information or directions on how to attend the Annual Meeting online.
How do I vote?
Stockholders of record can vote by proxy as follows:
•    Via the Internet: Stockholders may submit voting instructions through the Internet by following the instructions included with the proxy card;
•    By Telephone: Stockholders may submit voting instructions by telephone by following the instructions included with the proxy card;
•    By Mail: Stockholders may sign, date and return their proxy card in the pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope provided; or
•    At the Annual Meeting: You may attend the Annual Meeting online via webcast, vote, and submit a question during the Annual Meeting online by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/AVNW2023 and using your 16-digit control number to enter the meeting even if you have previously returned a proxy card.
Why did I receive a one-page notice in the mail regarding the internet availability of proxy materials this year instead of a full set of proxy materials?
Pursuant to SEC rules, we have provided access to our proxy materials over the Internet. Accordingly, we are sending a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) to our stockholders of record and beneficial owners of shares held in “street name.” All stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting will have the ability to access the proxy materials on a website referred to in the Notice or request a printed set of the proxy materials. Instructions on how to access the proxy materials over the Internet or to request a printed copy may be found in the Notice. In addition, the Notice contains information on how stockholders of record may request delivery of proxy materials in printed form by mail or electronically by email on an ongoing basis. Please note that, while our proxy materials are available at the website referenced in the Notice and on our website, no other information contained on either website is incorporated by reference into or considered to be a part of this document.
How can I access the proxy materials and annual report on the internet?
This Proxy Statement, the form of proxy card, the Notice and our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2023 are available at www.Proxyvote.com.
Why is Aviat soliciting proxies?
In lieu of personally attending and voting at the Annual Meeting, you may appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf. The Board has designated proxy holders to whom you may submit your voting instructions. The proxy holders for
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the Annual Meeting are John Mutch, Chairman of the Board, and Peter A. Smith, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”).
How do I revoke my proxy?
If you are a stockholder of record, you may revoke your proxy at any time before your shares are voted at the Annual Meeting by:
•    delivering a written notice of revocation to the Company’s Secretary, at 200 Parker Drive, Suite C100A, Austin, TX 78728;
•    signing, dating and returning a proxy card bearing a later date;
•    submitting another proxy by Internet or telephone (the latest dated proxy will control); or
•    attending the Annual Meeting and voting online by ballot.
If you hold your shares in “street name,” you should follow the directions provided by the bank, broker or other holder of record to revoke your proxy. Regardless of how you hold your shares, your online attendance at the Annual Meeting after having executed and delivered a valid proxy card will not in and of itself constitute a revocation of your proxy.
What vote is required to approve each item?
•    Proposal No. 1 (election of directors): the director nominees will be elected by a majority of the votes cast. Stockholders may not cumulate votes in the election of directors. The Board recommends a vote “FOR” all nominees.
•    Proposal No. 2 (ratification of appointment of independent registered public accounting firm): the affirmative vote by the holders of a majority of the voting power of the common stock present online or represented by proxy at the Annual Meeting and entitled to vote on the proposal is necessary for approval of Proposal No. 2. The Board recommends a vote “FOR” Proposal No. 2.
•    Proposal No. 3 (advisory, non-binding vote on named executive officer compensation): the affirmative vote by the holders of a majority of the voting power of the common stock present online or represented by proxy at the Annual Meeting and entitled to vote on the proposal is necessary for approval of Proposal No. 3. The Board recommends a vote “FOR” Proposal No. 3.
•    Proposal No. 4 (Amendment to the Plan): the affirmative vote by the holders of a majority of the voting power of the common stock present online or represented by proxy at the Annual Meeting and entitled to vote on the proposal is necessary for approval of Proposal No. 4.. The Board recommends a vote “FOR” Proposal No. 4.
•    Proposal No. 5 (Exculpation Amendment): the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding common stock entitled to vote thereon is necessary for approval of Proposal No. 5. The Board recommends a vote “FOR” Proposal No. 5.
•    Proposal No. 6 (Non-Substantive Amendments): the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding common stock entitled to vote thereon is necessary for approval of Proposal No. 6. The Board recommends a vote “FOR” Proposal No. 6.
What happens if a director does not receive a sufficient number of votes?
Aviat’s Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that a director nominee who receives a greater number of votes “AGAINST” his or her election than votes “FOR” his or her election must promptly offer his or her resignation to the Board. The Board will determine whether to accept the nominee’s resignation. See “Policy on Majority Voting for Directors” for additional information.
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What constitutes a quorum, abstention and broker “non-vote”?
The presence at the Annual Meeting virtually through the webcast, or by proxy of the holders of common stock entitled to cast a majority of the voting power of all of the common stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business at the Annual Meeting.
Abstentions and broker “non-votes” are counted as present and are, therefore, included for purposes of determining whether a quorum is present at the Annual Meeting. An abstention occurs when a stockholder does not vote for or against a proposal but specifically abstains from voting. A broker “non-vote” occurs when a bank, broker or other holder of record holding shares in street name for a beneficial owner signs and submits a proxy or votes with respect to shares of common stock held in a fiduciary capacity, but does not vote on a particular matter because the bank, broker or other holder of record does not have discretionary voting power with respect to that matter and has not received instructions from the beneficial owner or because the bank, broker or other holder of record elects not to vote on a matter as to which it does have discretionary voting power. Under the rules governing banks, brokers and other holders of record who are voting with respect to shares held in street name, such entities have the discretion to vote such shares on routine matters but not on non-routine matters. Only Proposal No. 2 is a routine matter.
For Proposal No. 1, abstentions and broker “non-votes”, if any, will be disregarded and have no effect on the outcome of the vote. For Proposals No. 2 through No. 4, abstentions will have the same effect as voting against the proposal, and broker “non-votes”, if any, will be disregarded and have no effect on the outcome of the vote. For Proposals No. 5 and No. 6, abstentions and broker “non-votes” will have the same effect as voting against the proposal.
Who pays for the cost of solicitation?
We will bear the entire cost of solicitation, including the preparation, assembly, printing, and mailing of this Proxy Statement, the proxy card, the Notice and any additional solicitation materials that may be furnished to our stockholders and the maintenance and operation of the website providing Internet access to these proxy materials. We will reimburse banks, brokers and other holders of record for reasonable expenses incurred in sending proxy materials to beneficial owners of our common stock and maintaining Internet access for such materials and the submission of proxies. We may supplement the original solicitation of proxies by mail through solicitation by telephone, email, over the Internet or by other means by our directors, officers and other employees. No additional compensation will be paid to these individuals for any such services.
What is the deadline for submitting proposals and director nominations for the 2024 Annual Meeting?
For stockholder proposals that are not intended to be included in next year’s proxy statement and for director nominations that are intended to be included in next year’s proxy statement, a stockholder of record must submit a written notice thereof, which notice must be received by our Corporate Secretary at our principal executive offices not earlier than August 10, 2024, or later than September 11, 2024. The full requirements for the submission of proposals of business not intended to be included in the Company’s proxy and of nominations of directors are contained in Article II, Sections 13 and 14, respectively, of our Bylaws, which are available for review at our website, www.aviatnetworks.com.
Stockholder proposals intended for inclusion in next year’s proxy statement pursuant to Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) must be directed to the Corporate Secretary, Aviat Networks, Inc., at our principal executive offices, and must be received by May 31, 2024.
In accordance with the rules of the SEC, the proxies solicited by the Board for the 2024 Annual Meeting will confer discretionary authority on the proxy holders to vote on any director nomination or stockholder proposal properly presented at the 2024 Annual Meeting if the Company fails to receive notice of such matter in accordance with the periods specified above.
Who will count the votes?
Broadridge will tabulate the votes cast by proxy. The Company has retained an independent inspector of elections in connection with Aviat’s solicitation of proxies for the Annual Meeting. Aviat intends to notify stockholders of the results of the Annual Meeting by filing a Form 8-K with the SEC.
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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
We believe in and are committed to sound corporate governance principles. Consistent with our commitment to and continuing evolution of corporate governance principles, we adopted a Code of Conduct, Corporate Governance Guidelines and written charters for the Governance and Nominating Committee, Audit Committee and Compensation Committee which are available in the Governance subsection of the Investors page of our website at https://aviatnetworks.com. Each of our Board committees is required to conduct an annual review of its charter and applicable guidelines.
Board Members
The authorized size of the Board is currently up to seven. Our Bylaws require that the Board have a minimum of three directors. Directors are nominated by the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board. The following are the members of the Board as of the date of this Proxy Statement.

Name
Title and Positions
John Mutch
Director, Chairman of the Board
Bryan Ingram
Director
Michele Klein
Director
Peter A. Smith
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. James C. Stoffel
Director
Bruce Taten
Director

The Board has determined that each of our current directors other than Mr. Smith has no relationship that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director and is otherwise independent in accordance with listing rules of the NASDAQ Stock Market (the “NASDAQ Listing Rules”). Our independent directors regularly meet in executive session without members of management present.
All of our directors are requested to attend our annual meetings of stockholders. All of our directors attended our 2022 Annual Meeting either in-person or via telephone.

Board Diversity Matrix (as of September 25, 2023)(1)
Board Size:
Total Number of Directors6
FemaleMaleNon-BinaryDid not Disclose Gender
Part I: Gender:
Directors15
Part II: Demographic Background
African American or Black
Alaskan Native
Asian
Hispanic or Latinx
Native American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
White15
Two or More Races or Ethnicities
LGBTQ+
        
(1) Our new director nominee, Ms. Akkaraju, is a diverse female.
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Director Selection Process
The Governance and Nominating Committee is responsible for leading the search for qualified individuals for election as directors to ensure the Board has an optimal mix of skills, expertise and diversity of background. The Governance and Nominating Committee recommends candidates to the full Board for election. Any formal invitation to a director candidate is authorized by the full Board. The Governance and Nominating Committee identifies candidates through a variety of means, including through organizations focused on increasing under-represented groups on public company boards, recommendations from members of the Board, suggestions from Company management and, from time to time, a third-party search firm. The Governance and Nominating Committee also considers candidates recommended by stockholders. Stockholders wishing to recommend director candidates for consideration by the Governance and Nominating Committee may do so by writing to the Secretary of the Company, giving the recommended candidate’s name, biographical data and qualifications.
Director Nominees
Our Board selected a new director nominee, Laxmi Akkaraju, through a recommendation of a current director based upon her industry experience, diverse mix of skills, background (including her work with mobile network operators) and employment experience. This nominee has vast experience leading teams and has consistently demonstrated her integrity, good judgment and intelligence. Based upon these qualifications and the recommendation of the Governance and Nominating Committee, our Board proposes that Laxmi Akkaraju, who has not previously served on the Company’s Board, be elected as a Director alongside existing Directors Mr. Mutch, Mr. Ingram, Ms. Klein, Mr. Smith and Mr. Taten. The Board has determined that Ms. Akkaraju has no relationship that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgement in carrying out the responsibilities of a director and is otherwise independent in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rules.
We expect each nominee standing for election as a director to be able to serve if elected. If any nominee is not able to serve, proxies will be voted in favor of the remainder of those nominated. There are no family relationships between or among any of our executive officers, directors, or director nominees.
There are no material legal proceedings in which any director, director nominee, officer, or affiliate of the Company or any owner of record or beneficial owner of more than five percent of any class of voting securities of the Company or any, associate of such director, officer, affiliate of the Company or security holder, is a party adverse to us or has a material interest adverse to us.
Board and Committee Meetings and Attendance
In fiscal year 2023, the Board held five regularly scheduled meetings and seven special meetings. Each of the Board members attended 100% of the Board meetings and at least 75% of the total number of meetings of the committee or committees on which the member served, in each case, with respect to Board and committee meetings that took place while such director was a member of the Board.
Board Member Qualifications
Our Board believes that its members should encompass a range of talents, skills and expertise, which enables the Board to provide sound guidance with respect to the Company’s operations and interests. Each director shall have the ability to apply good business judgement and must be able to exercise his or her duties of loyalty and care. Candidates for the position of director should exhibit proven leadership capabilities, high integrity, exercise high level responsibilities within their chosen careers, and have an ability to quickly grasp complex principles of business, finance, international transactions, and communication technologies. Our Board prefers a variety of professional experiences and backgrounds among its members. The Board has chosen not to impose term limits or mandatory retirement age with regard to service on the Board in the belief that continuity of service and the past contributions of the members of the Board who have developed an in-depth understanding of the Company and its business over time bring a seasoned approach to the Company’s governance. In addition to considering a candidate’s experiences and background, candidates are reviewed in the context of the current composition of the Board and evolving needs of our businesses. In particular, the Board has sought to include members that have experience in establishing, growing and leading communications companies in senior management positions and serving on the board of directors of other companies. In determining that each of the members of the Board is qualified to be a director, the Board has relied on the attributes listed below and, where applicable, on the direct personal knowledge of each of the members’ prior service on the Board.
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Directors’ Biographies
The following is a brief description of the business experience and background of each nominee for director, including the capacities in which each has served during at least the past five years:
Mr. John Mutch, age 67, currently serves as Chairman of the Board and has served on the Board since January 2015. Mr. Mutch is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served on the Board of Directors of Steel Excel Inc., a provider of drilling and production services to the oil and gas industry and a provider of event-based sports services and other health-related services, from 2007 to 2016. From December 2008 to January 2014, he served as Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer of Beyondtrust Software, a privately-held security software company. During this time, Mr. Mutch co-authored the book “Preventing Good People from Doing Bad Things: Implementing Least Privilege” which focuses on enterprise security. Mr. Mutch is the founder and has been the managing partner of MV Advisors LLC, a strategic block investment firm that provides focused investment and strategic guidance to small and mid-cap technology companies, since December 2005. Prior to founding MV Advisors LLC, in March 2003, Mr. Mutch was appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy court to the board of directors of Peregrine Systems, Inc., a provider of enterprise asset and service management solutions. He assisted that company in a bankruptcy work-out proceeding and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2003. Previous to running Peregrine Systems, Inc., Mr. Mutch served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of HNC Software, an enterprise analytics software provider. Before HNC Software, Mr. Mutch spent seven years at Microsoft Corporation in a variety of executive sales and marketing positions. Mr. Mutch previously served on the boards of directors of Phoenix Technologies Ltd., a leader in core systems software products, services and embedded technologies, Edgar Online, Inc., a provider of financial data, analytics and disclosure management solutions, Aspyra, Inc., a provider of clinical and diagnostic information systems for the healthcare industry, Overland Storage, Inc., a provider of unified data management and data protection solutions, and Brio Software, Inc., a provider of business intelligence software. He has served as a director at Agilysys, Inc., a provider of information technology solutions, since March 2009. From April 2017 to May 2019, Mr. Mutch served as a director at Maxwell Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of energy storage and power delivery solutions for automotive, heavy transportation, renewable energy, backup power, wireless communications and industrial and consumer electronics applications. From July 2017 to March 2018, he served as a director at YuMe, Inc., a provider of digital video brand advertising solutions, at which time YuMe was acquired by RhythmOne plc, a technology-enabled digital media company, and Mr. Mutch continued serving as a director on the RhythmOne board until January 2019. Mr. Mutch holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Mutch brings to the Board extensive experience as an executive in the technology sector. He also has experience as a director at several public companies in the technology sector. He is or has been a member of the audit committee of various public and private companies and brings valuable financial expertise to the Board. For these reasons, we believe Mr. Mutch is qualified to continue serving on the Board.
Ms. Laxmi Akkaraju, age 54, has been the Chief Delivery Officer for Cognite, a global leader in industrial software, since April 2021, having previously served in Senior Vice President roles for Strategy and Customer Services since 2021. She is also a Board Member for the Moller Mobility Group and sits on the Advisory Boards for Digital Norway and BI Norwegian Business School. Prior to Cognite, Ms. Akkaraju was Chief Strategy Officer from 2017 to 2020 for the GSM Association (GSMA), a non-profit industry organization that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide. From 2008 to 2017 Ms. Akkaraju was an acting Executive Vice President at EVRY, and prior to that held senior positions Mu Dynamics (now Spirent) and Holte Consulting. Ms Akkaraju holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of New Mexico and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. We believe Ms. Akkaraju’s experience and success in the wireless industry qualifies her to serve as a member of the Board.
Mr. Bryan Ingram, age 59, has served on the Board since November 2021. Mr. Ingram is a senior corporate executive and advisor whose technology career spans 35 years in executive management roles with industry leaders Broadcom, Avago, Agilent, HP, and Westinghouse. He has a proven record in the global semiconductor industry for delivering highly differentiated product performance, cost improvements, resilient supply chains, and driving growth through the wireless ecosystem. Mr. Ingram presently serves as a director for SGH (formerly Smart Global Holdings), where he was elected in October 2018 and serves on the nominating and governance committee as well as the compensation committee. Mr. Ingram has also been a director for Anokiwave since June 2020. Most recently, from November 2019 to March 2020, Mr. Ingram served as a consultant for Broadcom, and he previously served as senior vice president and general manager of Broadcom’s Wireless Semiconductor Division, from November 2015 to October 2019, where he oversaw the development, production, and marketing of RF components for handsets and other wireless devices. Prior to Broadcom, Mr. Ingram served as the Chief Operating Officer for Avago Technologies from April 2013 to October 2015. From October of 2015 until May 2016, Mr. Ingram served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless Semiconductor Division of Avago Technologies. Mr.
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Ingram holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. We believe Mr. Ingram’s experience and success in the semiconductor industry, as well as supply chain expertise, qualify him to serve as a member of the Board.
Ms. Michele Klein, age 74, was appointed to the Board in May 2021. She is an experienced public company director, venture capital investor and CEO. Ms. Klein chairs our Governance and Nominating committee and serves on the Compensation committee. In 2019 Michele Klein was elected a director of Intevac, a manufacturer of vacuum deposition systems, where she serves on the Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees. From 2021-2023 Ms. Klein was a director of Rockley Photonics, a chipset developer and module supplier, where she chaired the Nominating and Governance committee and served on Compensation. In 2017 she was elected a director of Photon Control, a provider of optical sensors and systems to the semiconductor industry, where she served on Audit and chaired the M&A Committee until the Company’s acquisition in July 2021. She is also a director of Gridtential Energy, a private energy storage company. From 2005 until 2010 Ms. Klein served as Sr. Director of Applied Ventures LLC, the venture capital arm of Applied Materials, where she recommended and managed investments in energy storage and solar energy and represented Applied Materials on the boards of energy technology companies. Ms. Klein co-founded Boxer Cross, a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, and served as Chief Executive Officer and Director from 1997 until its acquisition by Applied Materials in 2003. She previously co-founded and led High Yield Technology, a semiconductor metrology company, from 1986 until its acquisition by public Pacific Scientific in 1996. Ms. Klein earned a BS degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. We believe Ms. Klein’s investment and capital markets experience, and leadership roles in both public and private manufacturing companies in semiconductor, communications infrastructure, wireless and tech-enabled services, qualifies her to continue to serve as a director of the Company.
Mr. Peter A. Smith, age 57, has been our President and CEO since January 2020 and a member of the Board since February 2020. Mr. Smith has more than 25 years of leadership experience in business management and a proven track record of creating value for companies. He most recently served as Senior Vice President, US Windows and Canada for Jeld-Wen from March 2017 to December 2019, where he had full profit and loss responsibility for Jeld-Wen’s $1B+ windows business, implementing lean manufacturing principles and strategic development programs to deliver growth and improved profitability. Prior to Jeld-Wen, from October 2013 to March 2017, he served as President of Polypore International’s Transportation and Industrial segment and oversaw transformative initiatives that helped prepare the former public company for sale to the Asahi Kasei Group. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Voltaix Inc., until its sale to Air Liquide.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Smith held various executive leadership positions at Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, including Cooper Industries, Dover Knowles Electronics and Honeywell Specialty Materials. In these roles, his responsibilities ran the gamut of operations, sales and marketing, business development, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Smith also served on the boards of Adaptive 3D from 2020 to 2021 and Soleras Advanced Coatings from 2015 to 2018. He has both a Bachelor of Science degree in Material (Ceramics) Engineering and PhD in Material Science and Engineering from Rutgers University, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Arizona State University. We believe Mr. Smith’s executive leadership experience and position as the Company’s CEO qualify him to continue serving on the Board.
Mr. Bruce Taten, age 67, was appointed to the Board on March 2022. Mr. Taten served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Cooper Industries, plc from 2008 until its merger with Eaton Corporation in October 2012. Previously, Mr. Taten was Vice President and General Counsel at Nabors Industries from 2003 until 2008 and earlier practiced law with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. Before attending law school, he practiced as a C.P.A. with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co., which is now KPMG, in New York. From 2015 to date, Mr. Taten is a practicing attorney and private investor. He is admitted to practice law in the states of Texas and New York. Mr. Taten earned his FSA Credential from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) in 2020. Mr. Taten holds a B.S. and Masters degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Taten has served on board of directors of Jeld-Wen Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: JELD), since 2014 and currently serves as chair of the compensation committee and on the governance and nominating committee. The Board believes Mr. Taten’s qualifications to sit on our Board include his environmental, social and governance knowledge, and his experience in mergers and acquisitions, compliance, financial, tax and corporate governance expertise working on other companies’ boards of directors and as a general counsel and chief compliance officer.
Board Leadership
The Board does not have a policy regarding the separation of the roles of CEO and Chairman of the Board as the Board believes that it is in the best interests of the Company for the Board to make that determination based on the position and direction of the Company and the membership of the Board. The members of the Board possess considerable experience and unique knowledge of the challenges and opportunities that the Company faces and are
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in the best position to evaluate the needs of the Company and how to best organize the capabilities of the directors and management to meet those needs.
When the CEO also serves as Chairman of the Board, our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide for the appointment of a lead independent director.
The Board has determined that having Mr. Mutch serve as Chairman is in the best interest of the Company at this time. This structure ensures a greater role for the independent directors in the oversight of the Company and active participation of the independent directors in setting agendas and establishing Board priorities and procedures and is useful in establishing a system of corporate checks and balances. Separating the Chairman position from the CEO position allows the CEO to focus on setting the strategic direction of the Company and the day-to-day leadership and performance of the Company, while the Chairman leads the Board in its role of, among other things, providing advice to, and overseeing the performance of, the CEO. In addition, managing the Board can be a time-intensive responsibility, and this structure permits our CEO to focus on the management of the Company’s day-to-day operations.
The Board’s Role in Risk Oversight
Assessing and managing risk is the responsibility of the management of the Company. The Board’s oversight of major risks occurs at both the full Board level and at the Board committee level. The Board oversees and reviews certain aspects of the Company’s risk management efforts, focusing on the adequacy of the Company’s risk management and risk mitigation processes. Management is responsible for establishing the Company’s business strategy, identifying and assessing the related risks and implementing appropriate risk management practices. At the Board’s request, management proposed a process for identifying, evaluating and monitoring material risks and such process has been approved by the Board and is currently in effect. This risk management program is overseen by senior management who, in connection with their regular review of the overall business, identify and prioritize a broad range of material risks (e.g., financial, strategic, compliance and operational). Senior management also discusses mitigation plans to address such material risks. Prioritized risks and management’s plans for mitigating such risks are regularly presented to the full Board for discussion and in order to ensure monitoring. In addition to the risk management program, the Board encourages management to promote a corporate culture that incorporates risk management into the Company’s corporate strategy and day-to-day business operations.
In addition, each of our Board committees also oversees the management of risks that fall within the committee’s areas of responsibility. In performing this function, each committee has full access to management, as well as the ability to engage advisors. The Audit Committee oversees the Company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements as well as the Company’s cybersecurity risk. The Governance and Nominating Committee assists the Board in shaping the corporate governance of the Company and has oversight over the Company’s climate risks. The Compensation Committee oversees the management of risks relating to the Company’s executive compensation plans, incentive structure and succession planning.
A discussion of risk factors in the Company’s compensation design can be found below under the heading “Risk Considerations in Our Compensation Program.”
Principles of Corporate Governance, Bylaws and Other Governance Documents
The Board has adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines and other corporate governance documents that supplement certain provisions of our Bylaws and relate to, among other things, the composition, structure, interaction and operation of the Board. Some of the key governance features of our Corporate Governance Guidelines, Bylaws and other governance documents are summarized below.
Majority Voting in Director Elections. In an uncontested election of directors, to be elected to the Board, each nominee must receive the affirmative vote of shares representing a majority of the votes cast, meaning that the number of votes “FOR” a director nominee must exceed the number of votes “AGAINST” that director nominee.
Aviat’s Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that any director nominee in an uncontested election who does not receive a greater number of votes “FOR” his or her election than votes “AGAINST” such election must, promptly following certification of the stockholder vote, offer his or resignation to the Board for consideration in accordance with the following procedures.
The Board will evaluate the best interests of the Company and its stockholders and decide the action to be taken with respect to such offered resignation. In reaching their decision, the Board will consider all factors
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they deem relevant. Following the Board’s determination, the Company will, within four business days, disclose publicly in a document furnished or filed with the SEC the Board’s decision as to whether or not to accept the resignation offer. The disclosure will also include a description of the process by which the decision was reached, including, if applicable, the reason or reasons for rejecting the offered resignation.
All nominees for election as a director in an uncontested election are deemed to have agreed to abide by this policy and will offer to resign and will resign if requested to do so in accordance with this policy (and will if requested submit an irrevocable resignation letter, subject to this majority voting policy, as a condition to being nominated for election).
Prohibition Against Pledging Aviat Securities and Hedging Transactions. In accordance with Aviat’s Insider Trading Policy, directors and executive officers are prohibited from short sales of Aviat securities, entering into puts, calls or other derivative securities, pledging Aviat securities and engaging in hedging transactions with respect to Aviat securities. Aviat specifically prohibits directors and executive officers from holding Aviat securities in any margin account for investment purposes or otherwise using Aviat securities as collateral for a loan. Insiders are also prohibited from purchasing certain instruments (including prepaid variable forward contracts, equity swaps, and collars) and engaging in transactions designed to hedge or offset any decrease in the value of Aviat securities.
Environmental, Social, and Governance
In fiscal year 2023, the Board continued to develop an Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) framework that the Company can build on, implement, and report on in more detail in the future. The ESG framework aligns with the Company’s corporate values and links them to ESG factors, such as board diversity, safety, and employee equity ownership. On the environmental side of the framework, the Company began analyzing its energy resource consumption and ensuring its compliance with the Company’s Global Environmental Policy which can be found at https://aviatnetworks.com/about-us/responsible-sourcing. Also in fiscal year 2023, the Company maintained its International Organization for Standardization (“ISO”) 14001 certification, which relates to the Company’s environmental management system, for its corporate office in Austin, Texas as well as its management system in the United Kingdom under its subsidiary there. The Company’s subsidiary in the United Kingdom also maintains an ISO 45001 certification for its management system. The Company is also a member of the Responsible Business Alliance and EcoVadis which assists Aviat in maintaining best practices in its global supply chain as well as providing a rating of our compliance.
To increase employee ownership in the Company, in fiscal year 2022, the Company established a stock ownership program for employees not eligible for the Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “Employee Ownership Program”). The Employee Ownership Program provided employees with a direct ownership stake in the Company in the form of restricted stock units (RSUs). In countries where awarding RSUs would not be possible, the Company provided those employees the equivalent in a cash bonus. The grant value was equal to the employee’s two-months' salary and vests ratably over 3 years. The first vesting under the Employee Ownership Program was May 2023, second will be May 2024, and the final vesting date will be May 2025.
In fiscal year 2023, there have been zero work-related fatalities and only one work-related injury. In furtherance of its engagement with employees, the Company is committed to a safe and welcoming workplace. The Company expanded its tracking of work-related injuries and fatalities throughout its global workforce and will report that information to the Board of Directors annually. The Company also worked to incorporate greater employee engagement in fiscal year 2023 through a variety of processes. Approximately 71% of all employees held equity in the Company in fiscal year 2023.
Many of the Company’s products may assist Aviat customers with their own sustainability goals and initiatives. For example, in many parts of the world, the locations where our equipment is deployed are rural and off of the traditional electric grid, often relying a large percentage of time on diesel generator for power. The Company offers products that can reduce diesel consumption and thus the carbon dioxide emissions of Aviat customers over time. We estimate Aviat solutions, when compared with our competitors, can reduce diesel fuel consumption by 5.7 million liters annually which results in 15,000 metric tons of avoided carbon dioxide emissions annually. Aviat also assists its customers in closing the digital divide around the globe by providing communication equipment which may easily be deployed in rural or hard to reach locations.
Board Committees
The Board maintains an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee and a Governance and Nominating Committee as its regular committees. Copies of the charters for the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee
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and the Governance and Nominating Committee are available on our website at https://investors.aviatnetworks.com/corporate-governance/documents-charters.
The following table shows, at the conclusion of fiscal year 2023, the Chairman and members of each committee, the number of committee meetings held, and the principal functions performed by each committee as described in such committee’s charter:

CommitteeNumber of Meetings in Fiscal Year 2023MembersPrincipal Functions
Audit
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John Mutch (Chairperson)
Bryan Ingram
Dr. James C. Stoffel
• Selects our independent registered public accounting firm
• Reviews reports of our independent registered public accounting firm
• Reviews and pre-approves the scope and cost of all services, including all non-audit services, provided by the firm selected to conduct the audit
• Monitors the effectiveness of the audit process
• Reviews independent registered public accounting firm’s and management’s assessment of the adequacy of financial reporting and operating controls
• Monitors corporate compliance program
• Monitors corporate data and information security
• Reviews the process by which management identifies and mitigates key areas of risk
• Reviews the Company’s audited and unaudited financial results in the Company’s annual and quarterly reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and earnings releases
• Reviews the scope and responsibilities of the internal audit program and on the appointment of the individual or firm serving in such capacity
• Reviews and approves all related party transactions
Compensation
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Dr. James C. Stoffel (Chairperson)
Bryan Ingram
Michele Klein
Bruce Taten
• Reviews our executive compensation policies and strategies
• Oversees and evaluates our overall compensation structure and programs
• Ensures that an executive performance evaluation is in place
• Reviews and overseas management’s continuity planning processes
• Annually reviews incentive compensation arrangements and their contribution to the desired risk management policy and practices
Governance and Nominating6
Michele Klein (Chairperson)
John Mutch
Bruce Taten
• Develops and implements policies and practices relating to corporate governance and ESG initiatives
• Reviews and monitors implementation of our governance policies and procedures
• Establish, implement, and monitor the processes for (a) effective communication with stockholders and (b) consideration of stockholder proposals
• Assists in developing criteria for open positions on the Board
• Reviews and recommends nominees for election of directors to the Board
• Reviews and recommends policies, if needed, for selection of candidates for directors
• Develops, recommends, and oversees an annual self-evaluation process of the Board and its committees

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Audit Committee
The Audit Committee is primarily responsible for selecting and approving the services performed by our independent registered public accounting firm, as well as reviewing our accounting practices, internal audit program, related party transactions, corporate financial reporting, data and information security, and system of internal controls over financial reporting. No material amendments to the Audit Committee Charter were made during fiscal year 2023. During fiscal year 2023, the Audit Committee was comprised of independent, non-employee members of our Board who were “financially sophisticated” under the NASDAQ Listing Rules.
The Board has determined that Mr. Mutch qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert,” as defined under Item 407(d)(5)(i) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Exchange Act. Such status does not impose on any director duties, liabilities or obligations that are greater than the duties, liabilities or obligations otherwise imposed on a director as members of our Audit Committee and the Board.
Following the Annual Meeting, it is expected that Messrs. Mutch, Ingram, and Akkaraju will serve on the Audit Committee for fiscal year 2024 with Mr. Mutch remaining as chair. Each of Messrs. Mutch, Ingram and Akkaraju are independent under NASDAQ listing standards and Rule 10A-3(b)(1) of the Exchange Act.
Compensation Committee
The Compensation Committee has the authority and responsibility to approve our overall executive compensation strategy, to ensure that performance evaluation processes are in place for the Company’s executives, to administer our annual and long-term compensation plans, to annually review the incentive compensation arrangements and their contribution to desired risk management policy and practices, and to review and make recommendations to the Board regarding executive compensation. The Compensation Committee is comprised of independent, non-employee members of the Board in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rules. During fiscal year 2023, the Compensation Committee utilized Compensia, Inc. (“Compensia”) as an independent, third-party consulting firm.
Following the Annual Meeting, it is expected that Messrs. Ingram, Klein, and Taten will serve on the Compensation Committee for fiscal year 2024 with Mr. Taten serving as chair. All the expected members of the Compensation Committee for fiscal year 2024 are independent under the NASDAQ Listing Rules.
Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
No member or nominee of the Compensation Committee was an officer or employee or former officer of the Company. None of our executive officers currently serves or in the past year has served as a member of the Board of Directors or Compensation Committee of any entity that has one or more executive officers serving on our Board or Compensation Committee. For a description of transactions between us and members of our Compensation Committee and affiliates of such members, if any, please see “Transactions with Related Persons.”
Governance and Nominating Committee
Each member of the Governance and Nominating Committee met the independence requirements of the NASDAQ Listing Rules.
The Governance and Nominating Committee develops and implements policies and practices related to corporate governance consistent with sound corporate governance principles. The Governance and Nominating Committee also has oversight to the Company’s ESG initiatives. The Governance and Nominating Committee establishes, implements, and monitors the processes for (a) effective communication with stockholders and (b) consideration of stockholder proposals. The Governance and Nominating Committee also reviews the process by which management identifies and mitigates key areas of risk and reviews and oversees management’s continuity planning processes.
The Governance and Nominating Committee also recommends candidates to the Board and periodically reviews whether a more formal selection policy should be adopted. The Governance and Nominating Committee does not have a specific policy with regard to the consideration of any director candidates recommended by security holders, and there is no difference in the manner in which the committee members evaluate nominees for director based on whether the nominee is recommended by a stockholder.
In reviewing potential candidates for the Board, the Governance and Nominating Committee considers the individual’s experience and background. Candidates for the position of director should exhibit proven leadership capabilities, high integrity, exercise high level responsibilities within their chosen career, and possess an ability to quickly grasp complex principles of business, finance, international transactions and communications technologies.
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In general, candidates who have held an established executive level position in business, finance, law, education, research, government or civic activity will be preferred. The Governance and Nominating Committee utilizes a skills matrix to review the strengths of current board members and identify gaps in attributes or skills to emphasize in recruiting new directors.
Although the Governance and Nominating Committee has not adopted a formal diversity policy with regard to the selection of director nominees, diversity is one of the factors that the committee considers in identifying director nominees. When identifying and recommending director nominees, the Governance and Nominating Committee views diversity expansively to include, without limitation, concepts such as race, gender, national origin, traditionally under-represented minority groups, differences of viewpoint, professional experience, education, skill and other qualities or attributes that contribute to board diversity. As part of this process, the Governance and Nominating Committee evaluates how a particular candidate would strengthen and increase the diversity of the Board in terms of how that candidate may contribute to the Board’s overall balance of perspectives, backgrounds, knowledge, experience, skill sets and expertise in substantive matters pertaining to the Company’s business.
In making its recommendations, the Governance and Nominating Committee bears in mind that the foremost responsibility of a director of a corporation is to represent the interests of the stockholders as a whole. The Governance and Nominating Committee intends to continue to evaluate candidates for election to the Board on the basis of the foregoing criteria.
Following the Annual Meeting, it is expected that Messrs. Klein, Mutch, and Taten will continue to serve on the Governance and Nominating Committee with Ms. Klein continuing as chair for fiscal year 2024. All the expected members of the Governance and Nominating Committee for fiscal year 2024 are independent under the NASDAQ Listing Rules.
Stockholder Communications with the Board
Stockholders who wish to communicate directly with the Board may do so by submitting a comment via the Company’s website at https://investors.aviatnetworks.com/investor-resources/contact-us or by sending a letter addressed to: Aviat Networks, Inc., c/o Corporate Secretary, 200 Parker Drive, Suite C100A, Austin, TX 78728. The Corporate Secretary monitors these communications and provides a summary of all received messages to the Board at its regularly scheduled meetings. When warranted by the nature of communications, the Corporate Secretary will request prompt attention by the appropriate committee or independent director of the Board, independent advisors or management. The Corporate Secretary may decide in her judgment whether a response to any stockholder communication is appropriate.
Code of Conduct
We implemented our Code of Conduct effective January 26, 2007 and as amended on February 9, 2023. All of our employees, including the CEO and CFO, are required to abide by the Code of Conduct to help ensure that our business is conducted in a consistently ethical and legal manner. The Company has adopted a written policy, and management has implemented a reporting system, intended to encourage our employees to bring to the attention of management and the Audit Committee any complaints regarding the integrity of our internal system of controls over financial reporting, or the accuracy or completeness of financial or other information related to our financial statements.
TRANSACTIONS WITH RELATED PERSONS
During fiscal year 2023 and 2022, we believe there were no transactions, or series of similar transactions, to which we were or are to be a party in which the amount exceeded $120,000, and in which any of our directors, director nominees, or executive officers, any holders of more than 5% of our common stock or any members of any such person’s immediate family, had or will have a direct or indirect material interest, other than compensation described in the sections titled “Director Compensation and Benefits” and “Executive Compensation.”
The Company does not have a formal written policy with respect to the review, approval, or ratification of transactions with related persons other than the Audit Committee’s responsibility to review such transactions as described in its charter. The Company has established procedures to identify these transactions, if any, and bring them to the attention of the Audit Committee of the Board for consideration. These procedures include a quarterly assessment in connection with our quarterly financial risk assessments. The Audit Committee of the Board considers the following regulatory guidance: (i) Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (Transactions with Related Persons); (ii) Accounting Standards Codification Topic 850 (Related Party Disclosures);
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(iii) Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Auditing Standard No. 18 (Related Parties); and (iv) the NASDAQ’s governance standards related to independence determinations.
Our Code of Conduct prohibits all employees, including our executive officers, from benefiting personally from any transactions with us other than approved compensation benefits.
DIRECTOR COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The Board has delegated responsibility to the Compensation Committee to determine the form and amount of director compensation, which reviewed and assessed from time to time by the Compensation Committee with changes, if any, recommended to the Board for action. Director compensation may take the form of cash, equity, and other benefits ordinarily available to directors.
Directors who are not employees of ours received the following fees, as applicable, for their services on our Board during fiscal year 2023:
•    $50,000 basic annual cash retainer, payable on a quarterly basis, which a director may elect to receive in the form of shares of common stock;
•    $40,000 annual cash retainer, payable on a quarterly basis, for service as Chairman of the Board;
•    $20,000 annual cash retainer, payable on a quarterly basis, for service as Chairman of the Audit Committee;
•    $10,000 annual cash retainer, payable on a quarterly basis, for service as Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee;
•    $15,000 annual cash retainer, payable on a quarterly basis, for service as Chairman of the Compensation Committee;
•    $10,000 annual cash retainer, payable on a quarterly basis, for service on the Audit Committee other than Chairman of the Audit Committee;
•    $5,000 annual cash retainer, payable on a quarterly basis, for service on the Governance and Nominating Committee other than Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee;
•    $5,000 annual cash retainer, payable on a quarterly basis, for service on the Compensation Committee other than Chairman of the Compensation Committee; and
•    Annual grant of restricted stock units (“RSUs”) under our Amended and Restated 2018 Incentive Plan (the “2018 Plan”) valued at $115,000, with 100% vesting at the earlier of (1) the day before the date of the Annual Meeting, or (2) the first anniversary of the 2023 annual stockholders’ meeting, subject to continuing service as a director through such earlier date.
We reimburse each non-employee director for reasonable travel expenses incurred and in connection with attendance at Board and committee meetings on our behalf, and for expenses such as supplies and continuing director education costs. Employee directors are not compensated for their service as a director.
As adopted by the Company’s Board of Directors in November 2019, members of the Board shall achieve ownership of three times (3x) such director’s annual cash retainer (exclusive of chairperson or committee fees). A director is required to achieve compliance with the foregoing ownership requirement by the later of (a) five years from the date of adoption of the guidelines, or (b) five years from the start of such director’s directorship with the Company. All vested RSUs or Company shares purchased by a director in the open market shall be counted toward a director’s ownership requirement.
Fiscal Year 2023 Compensation of Non-Employee Directors
Our non-employee directors received the following aggregate amounts of compensation in respect of fiscal year 2023:

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Fees Earned in Cash(1)
Stock Awards(2)
Total
($)($)($)
Bryan Ingram63,750122,503186,253
Michele Klein91,250122,503213,753
John Mutch141,250122,503263,753
Somesh Singh30,00030,000
Dr. James C. Stoffel75,000122,503197,503
Bruce Taten85,000122,503207,503
        
(1) The amounts shown in this column include fees paid to Messrs. Klein, Mutch and Taten for work on a temporary, special committee in fiscal year 2023.
(2) The amounts shown in this column reflect the aggregate grant date fair value of RSUs granted to our non-employee directors computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, determined without regard to estimated forfeitures. The assumptions made in determining the fair values of our stock awards and option awards are set forth in Notes 1 and 9 to our Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2023, as filed with the SEC on August 30, 2023.

Our non-employee directors are also reimbursed for all reasonable travel and expenses occurred as a result of their work as a director.

As of June 30, 2023, our non-employee directors held the following numbers of unvested RSUs, all of which were granted under the 2018 Plan:
NameUnvested Stock Awards
Bryan Ingram4,078
Michele Klein4,078
John Mutch4,078
Dr. James C. Stoffel4,078
Bruce Taten4,078

Indemnification
Our Bylaws require us to indemnify each of our directors and officers with respect to their activities as a director, officer, or employee of ours, or when serving at our request as a director, officer, or trustee of another corporation, trust, or other enterprise, against losses and expenses (including attorney fees, judgments, fines, and amounts paid in settlement) incurred by them in any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative, to which they are, or are threatened to be made, a party as a result of their service to us. In addition, we carry directors’ and officers’ liability insurance, which includes similar coverage for our directors and executive officers. We will indemnify each such director or officer for any one or a combination of the following, whichever is most advantageous to such director or officer:
•    The benefits provided by our Bylaws in effect on the date of the indemnification agreement or at the time expenses are incurred by the director or officer;
•    The benefits allowable under Delaware law in effect on the date the indemnification bylaw was adopted, or as such law may be amended;
•    The benefits available under liability insurance obtained by us; and
•    Such benefits as may otherwise be available to the director or officer under our existing practices.
Under our Bylaws, each director or officer will continue to be indemnified even after ceasing to occupy a position as an officer, director, employee or agent of ours with respect to suits or proceedings arising from his or her service with us.
In addition, the Company has entered into an indemnification agreement with each director and officer.
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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
Except as noted below, the following table sets forth information with respect to the beneficial ownership of our common stock as of September 14, 2023, by each person or entity known by us to beneficially own more than five percent of our common stock, by our directors, by our nominees for director, by our Named Executive Officers and by all our directors, nominees for director and executive officers as a group. Except as indicated in the footnotes to this table, and subject to applicable community property laws, the persons listed in the table below have sole voting and investment power with respect to all shares of our common stock shown as beneficially owned by them. Unless otherwise indicated, the address of each of the beneficial owners identified is c/o Aviat Networks, Inc., 200 Parker Drive, Suite C100A, Austin, TX 78728. As of September 14, 2023, there were 11,715,073 shares of our common stock outstanding.

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner
Number of Shares of Common Stock(1)
Percentage of Voting Power of Common Stock
Paradigm Capital Management, Inc.
9 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207
751,711
(2)
6.4 %
Royce and Associates, LP
745 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10151
606,470
(3)
5.2 %
        
(1) Beneficial ownership is determined under the rules and regulations of the SEC, and generally includes voting or dispositive power with respect to such shares.
(2) Based solely on a review of Form 13F filed with the SEC on August 14, 2023 by Paradigm Capital Management, Inc.
(3) Based solely on a review of Form 13F filed with the SEC on August 7, 2023 by Royce and Associates LP.

Named Executive Officers and DirectorsCommon Shares Currently Held
Common Shares that May be Acquired within 60 Days of the Record Date(1)
Total Beneficial OwnershipPercentage Beneficially Owned
Erin Boase17,44913,24230,691*
Gary Croke24,85026,86551,715*
David Gray11,5913,60115,192*
Bryan Ingram7,2974,07811,375*
Michele Klein8,6264,07812,704*
John Mutch77,7534,07881,831*
Peter A. Smith203,25284,367287,6192.4%
Dr. James C. Stoffel83,8554,07887,933*
Bruce Taten7,4134,07811,491*
Bryan Tucker42,51040,65783,167*
All directors, nominees for director, and executive officers as a group (10 persons)
484,596189,122673,7185.7%
        
* Less than 1 %
(1) Shares of common stock that a person has the right to acquire within 60 days are deemed to be outstanding and beneficially owned by that person for the purpose of computing the total number of shares beneficially owned by that person and the percentage ownership of that person, but are not deemed to be outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person or group. Accordingly, the amounts in the table include shares of common stock that such person has the right to acquire within 60 days of the Record Date by the exercise of stock options.

REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
For fiscal year 2023, the Audit Committee consisted of three members of the Board, each of whom was independent of the Company and its management, as defined in the NASDAQ Listing Rules. The Board has adopted, and periodically reviews, the Audit Committee charter. The charter specifies the scope of the Audit Committee’s responsibilities and how it carries out those responsibilities.
The Audit Committee reviews management’s procedures for the design, implementation, and maintenance of a comprehensive system of internal controls over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures focused on the accuracy of our financial statements and the integrity of our financial reporting systems. The Audit Committee provides the Board with the results of its examinations and recommendations, and reports to the Board as it may deem necessary to make the Board aware of significant financial matters requiring the attention of the Board.
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The Audit Committee does not conduct auditing reviews or procedures. The Audit Committee monitors management’s activities and discusses with management the appropriateness and sufficiency of our financial statements and system of internal control over financial reporting. Management has primary responsibility for the Company’s financial statements, the overall reporting process and our system of internal control over financial reporting. Our independent registered public accounting firm audits the financial statements prepared by management and the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting, expresses an opinion as to whether those financial statements fairly present our financial position, results of operations and cash flows in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”) and discusses with the Audit Committee any issues they believe should be raised with us.
The Audit Committee reviews reports from our independent registered public accounting firm with respect to their annual audit and the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting and approves in advance all audit and non-audit services provided by our independent auditors in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements. The Audit Committee also considers, in advance of the provision of any non-audit services by our independent registered public accounting firm, whether the provision of such services is compatible with maintaining their independence.
In accordance with its responsibilities, the Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed with management the audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2023 and the process designed to achieve compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The Audit Committee has also discussed with our independent registered public accounting firm for such financial statements, Deloitte, the matters required to be discussed by the applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) and the SEC. The Audit Committee has received the written disclosures and letter from Deloitte required by applicable requirements of the PCAOB regarding the communications of Deloitte with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and has discussed with Deloitte its independence, including whether the provision by Deloitte of non-audit services, as applicable, is compatible with its independence.
Based on these reviews and discussions, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board that the Company’s audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2023 be included in Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Audit Committee Board of Directors
John Mutch, Chairman
Bryan Ingram
Dr. James C. Stoffel
INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM FEES
Deloitte was our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2023. Representatives of Deloitte will be present at the Annual Meeting, will have an opportunity to make a statement should they so desire, and will be available to respond to appropriate questions.
BDO USA, LLP (“BDO”) was our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal years ending July 1, 2022 and July 2, 2021.
The following table sets forth the fees billed for services rendered by our auditors, Deloitte and BDO, for each of our last two fiscal years:

Fiscal Year 2023Fiscal Year 2022
Audit fees (1)
$1,043,000$1,333,000
Audit-related fees
Tax fees (2)
117,000319,000
All other fees
$1,160,000$1,652,000
        
(1) Audit fees include fees associated with the annual audit of our consolidated financial statements, internal control over financial reporting, and reviews of our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, SEC registration statements, accounting and reporting consultations and statutory audits required for our international subsidiaries.
(2) Tax fees were for services related to tax compliance, tax advice, tax planning services and transfer pricing.

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Neither Deloitte nor BDO performed any professional services related to financial information systems design and implementation for us in fiscal year 2023, fiscal year 2022, or fiscal year 2021.
The Audit Committee has determined in its business judgment that the provision of non-audit services described above is compatible with maintaining Deloitte’s independence.
Audit Committee Pre-Approval Policy
Section 10A(i)(1) of the Exchange Act and related SEC rules require that all auditing and permissible non-audit services to be performed by a company’s principal accountants be approved in advance by the Audit Committee of the Board, subject to a “de minimis” exception set forth in the SEC rules (the “De Minimis Exception”). Pursuant to Section 10A(i)(3) of the Exchange Act and related SEC rules, the Audit Committee has established procedures by which the Chairperson of the Audit Committee may pre-approve such services provided the pre-approval is detailed as to the particular service or category of services to be rendered and the Chairperson reports the details of the services to the full Audit Committee at its next regularly scheduled meeting. All audit-related and non-audit services in fiscal years 2023, 2022, and 2021, if any, were pre-approved by the Audit Committee at regularly scheduled meetings of the Audit Committee, or through the process described in this paragraph, and none of such services was performed pursuant to the De Minimis Exception.
Change in Accountants
On September 22, 2022, the Audit Committee approved dismissal of BDO as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, effective on and as of September 22, 2022, and appointed Deloitte as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. At the Company’s 2022 annual meeting held on November 9, 2022, the stockholders ratified the appointment of Deloitte as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2023.
This change was not a result of any disagreement between the Company and BDO and was a result of the geographic change in the Company’s corporate headquarters in 2019 and the Company’s desire to have an independent registered public accounting firm in Austin, Texas.
BDO’s report on Company’s financial statements for each of the fiscal years ended July 1, 2022, and July 2, 2021, did not contain an adverse opinion, disclaimer of opinion, nor was it qualified, modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles. In connection with the audits of the Company's financial statements for each of the fiscal years ended July 1, 2022, and July 2, 2021, and in the subsequent interim period through September 22, 2022, there were no disagreements with BDO on any matters of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope and procedures which, if not resolved to the satisfaction of BDO, would have caused BDO to make reference to the matter in their reports.
During the fiscal years ended July 1, 2022, and July 2, 2021, and in the subsequent interim period through September 22, 2022, there were no “reportable events” as that term is described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.
During the fiscal years ended July 1, 2022, and July 2, 2021, and in the subsequent interim period through September 22, 2022, neither the Company, nor anyone acting on its behalf, consulted with Deloitte with respect to (1) the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either completed or proposed, or the type of audit opinion that would have been rendered on the Company’s financial statements, and neither a written report nor oral advice was provided that Deloitte concluded was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to the accounting, auditing, or financial reporting issue; or (2) any matter that was either the subject of a “disagreement” (as that term is used in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions to Item 304 of Regulation S-K) or a “reportable event” (as described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).
The Company provided BDO with a copy of this disclosure and requested that BDO furnish the Company with a letter addressed to the US Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether it agrees with the statements contained herein. A copy of BDO’s letter was filed as Exhibit 16.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on September 26, 2022.
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Information about our Executive Officers is included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.
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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Compensation Discussion and Analysis
Overview and Summary
This Compensation Discussion and Analysis, which has been prepared by management, is intended to help our stockholders understand our executive compensation philosophy, objectives, policies, practices, and decisions. It is also intended to provide context for the compensation awarded to, earned by, or paid to each of our named executive officers (our “Named Executive Officers” or “NEOs”) during fiscal 2023 (defined as July 2, 2022 through June 30, 2023) as detailed in the Summary Compensation Table below and in the other tables and narrative discussion that follow.

Named Executive Officer
Position
Peter A. Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer
David Gray
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Bryan Tucker
Senior Vice President, Americas Sales and Services
Erin Boase
General Counsel, Vice President Legal Affairs
Gary CrokeVice President, Marketing and Product Line Management

The executive team successfully led the Company to achieve 14.4% revenue growth and record profitability with adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) margin at 13.6%. The executive team’s accomplishments during fiscal year 2023 led to the third consecutive year of meaningful topline growth and operating margin expansion. The executive team also continued to develop and implement an operating model that serves as the basis for continuous improvement and organic and acquisition led growth enablement, as evidenced by the successful integration of the Redline acquisition during fiscal 2023.
To understand our approach to executive compensation, you should read the entire Compensation Discussion and Analysis that follows. The following brief summary introduces the major topics covered:
•    The cornerstone of our executive compensation program is pay for performance. Accordingly, while we pay competitive compensation and other benefits, our Named Executive Officers’ compensation opportunity is weighted toward variable pay.
•    The objectives of our executive compensation program are to reward superior performance, motivate our executives to achieve our goals and attract and retain a strong management team. We believe that our emphasis on long-term stockholder value creation results in an executive compensation program structure that is beneficial to our Company and our stockholders.
•    The Compensation Committee is made up of independent, non-employee members of the Board and oversees the executive compensation program for our Named Executive Officers. The Compensation Committee works closely with its independent compensation consultant and management to evaluate the effectiveness of the Company’s executive compensation program throughout the year. The Compensation Committee’s specific responsibilities are set forth in its charter, which can be found on the Company’s website at http://investors.aviatnetworks.com/committee-details/compensation-committee. In reviewing the elements of our executive compensation program - base salary, annual cash incentives, long-term incentives and post-termination compensation - our Compensation Committee reviews market data from similar companies.
•    Our competitive positioning philosophy is to set compensation fairly, as compared to the compensation of our peer group companies, with allowances for internal factors such as tenure, individual performance and the nature of the relative scope and complexity of the role.
•    Our annual incentive program is based on specific Company financial performance goals for the fiscal year and includes provisions to “clawback” any excess amounts paid in the event of a later correction or restatement of our financial statements.
•    We conducted our annual pay review of executive compensation in August of 2022. Our CEO’s base pay was not adjusted with the August modifications that were made to other Named Executive Officers’ base salaries in connection with that annual review.
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•    We believe the compensation program for the Named Executive Officers supported our strategic priorities and aligned compensation earned with the Company’s financial performance in fiscal year 2023.
Compensation Governance Best Practices
The Compensation Committee believes that a demonstrated commitment to best practices in compensation governance is itself an essential component of our approach to executive compensation. The following practices are some examples of this commitment:
•    Pay for performance: A substantial portion of our executives’ compensation opportunity is tied to achieving specified corporate objectives. In fiscal year 2023, 100% of the annual cash bonuses granted pursuant to the Annual Incentive Plan (the “AIP”) was performance-based and at-risk, subject to the Company’s achievement of certain financial objectives. Under the 2018 Plan, one-third of the equity awards value granted to the Named Executive Officers during the fiscal year 2023 were performance-based restricted stock units (which, if based on the Company’s stock price are referred to herein as market share units (“MSUs”) and if based on other performance criteria as described herein are referred to as performance share units (“PSUs”)), the vesting of which is subject to achievement of a targeted financial measure. In past years we made the distinction between MSUs and PSUs, however, we decided that going forward it is appropriate to simplify discussion for all awards that vest based on any type of performance measure as PSUs. With respect to the remaining discussions, references to PSUs include references to MSUs, where applicable. All equity grants are subject to the 2018 Plan.
•    Mix of short-term and long-term compensation: Short-term compensation for our Named Executive Officers is comprised of base salaries and bonuses payable pursuant to the AIP, which pays out only to the extent that the Company achieves its financial targets. Long-term compensation, granted under the 2018 Plan was comprised of PSUs, stock options and time-based RSUs for fiscal year 2023. PSUs are earned, if the performance or market-based criteria, as applicable, are met, at the end of a three-year plan cycle, while stock options and RSUs vest annually 1/3 at the end of each successive anniversary of the date of grant.
•    Independent compensation consultant: The Compensation Committee directly retains the services of Compensia, an independent compensation consultant, to advise it in determining reasonable and market-based compensation policies and practices.
•    Prohibition on hedging and pledging: Our Named Executive Officers, together with all other employees, are prohibited from engaging in hedging, pledging or similar transactions with respect to our securities.
•    No perquisites: Our Named Executive Officers are not provided any perquisites other than our occasional provision of relocation expense reimbursement.
•    No single trigger change of control acceleration: Change of control arrangements in the employment agreements with applicable Named Executive Officers include “double trigger” vesting provisions providing for acceleration of vesting of outstanding unvested equity awards only in the event that both a change of control occurs, and the Named Executive Officer’s employment terminates thereafter for reasons specified in the employment agreements. The executive officers without employment agreements specifying otherwise are generally subject to the Company’s post-termination compensation policies that the Compensation Committee has historically applied to executive officers including those that are not otherwise subject to individual arrangements (the “Post Termination Guidelines”). While the Post Termination Guidelines are not a formally adopted policy, historically the Compensation Committee has considered it to be appropriate to apply only “double trigger” vesting provisions to executive officers, which means that acceleration of vesting of outstanding unvested equity awards occur only in the event that both a change of control occurs, and the executive officer incurs an involuntary termination. The Post Termination Guidelines are described in more detail below.
•    No tax gross-ups: We do not provide gross-up payments to cover our Named Executive Officers’ personal income taxes that may pertain to any of the compensation or benefits paid or provided by the Company.
•    Clawback: We have a clawback policy that entitles us to recover all or a portion of any performance-based compensation, including cash and equity components, if our financial statements are restated as a result of errors, omissions or fraud.
•    Compensation risk management: The Compensation Committee reviews and analyzes the risk profile of our compensation programs and practices on an annual basis.
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Compensation Philosophy and Objectives
The primary objectives of our total executive compensation program are to use compensation as a tool to recruit and retain outstanding executives and incentivize them to create longer-term value for our stockholders. The following principles guide our overall compensation program:
•    reward superior performance;
•    motivate our executives to achieve strategic, operational, and financial goals;
•    enable us to attract and retain a world-class management team; and
•    align outcomes and rewards with stockholder expectations.
Each year, the Compensation Committee reviews the executive compensation program to ensure its design and policies remain appropriately aligned with our evolving business needs and to consider best compensation practices. Our executive compensation program is also reviewed to ensure that it achieves a balance between providing meaningful retention and performance incentives to our executives while managing both the Company’s share burn rate and the dilutive effects of equity awards to the Company’s stockholders.
Executive Compensation Process
The Compensation Committee is responsible for establishing and implementing executive compensation policies in a manner consistent with our compensation objectives and principles. The Compensation Committee reviews and approves the features and design of our executive compensation program, and approves the compensation levels, individual AIP objectives and total compensation targets for our Named Executive Officers other than our CEO. The independent members of the full Board approve the compensation level, individual AIP objectives, and financial targets for our CEO, based on recommendations from the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee also monitors executive succession planning and monitors our performance as it relates to overall compensation policies for employees, including benefit and savings plans.
In discharging its responsibilities, the Compensation Committee may engage outside consultants and consult with our Human Resources Department, as well as internal and external legal or accounting advisors, as the Compensation Committee determines to be appropriate. The Compensation Committee considers recommendations from our CEO and senior management when making decisions regarding our executive compensation program and compensation of our Named Executive Officers. Following each fiscal year end, our CEO, assisted by our Human Resources Department, assesses the performance of all executives other than the CEO. Following this annual performance review process, our CEO recommends base salary and incentive awards for executives (other than himself) to the Compensation Committee. The CEO, with the help of management and the independent consultant, makes recommendations to the Compensation Committee regarding the plan design of the overall executive compensation program for review, discussion and approval. The Compensation Committee is also responsible for developing pay recommendations for the CEO and in securing the full Board’s approval of these recommendations annually.
Independent Compensation Consultant for Compensation Committee
The Compensation Committee has the authority under its charter to engage the services of outside advisors, experts and others for assistance. Accordingly, the Compensation Committee retained Compensia as an independent consultant to advise the Compensation Committee on matters related to the compensation of the Company’s executive officers. All services that Compensia provided to Aviat in fiscal year 2023 were approved by the Compensation Committee and were related to executive or Board compensation. Compensia provides an annual review of the Company’s compensation practices, reviews and makes recommendations regarding Aviat’s compensation peer groups and provides independent input to the Compensation Committee on programs and practices.
Compensation Committee Advisor Independence
The Compensation Committee has considered the independence of Compensia pursuant to NASDAQ Listing Rules and related SEC rules and found no conflict of interest in Compensia providing advice to the Compensation Committee during fiscal year 2023. The Compensation Committee reassesses the independence of its advisors annually.
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Consideration of Say-on-Pay Results
Each year at our annual meeting, we conduct an advisory vote of our stockholders on our executive compensation program. Although this vote is not binding on the Board or us, we believe that it is important for our stockholders to have an opportunity to express their views regarding our executive compensation philosophy, program and practices as disclosed in our proxy statement on an annual basis. The Board and our Compensation Committee value stockholders’ opinions and, to the extent there is any significant vote against the compensation of our Named Executive Officers, the Compensation Committee evaluates whether any actions are warranted or appropriate.
At our 2022 Annual Meeting, 97.9% of the votes cast on the advisory vote on executive compensation supported our Named Executive Officers’ compensation as disclosed in the proxy statement. Our Compensation Committee evaluated these results and took into account many other factors in evaluating our executive compensation programs as discussed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis. Although none of our Compensation Committee’s subsequent actions or decisions with respect to the compensation of our Named Executive Officers were directly attributable to the results of the vote, our Compensation Committee took the vote outcome into consideration in the course of its deliberations. Our Compensation Committee believes that concerns on executive compensation matters should be considered as part of its deliberations and intends to consider the results of future advisory votes in its compensation review process.
Competitive Positioning
Our management and Compensation Committee consider external data to assist in evaluating and setting target total direct compensation. Our compensation policy and practice is to target total compensation levels for all executive officers, including our Named Executive Officers, at competitive levels for similar positions as derived from the market composite data, factoring in experience in the position and competent performance. The Compensation Committee may decide to target total direct compensation above or below the 50th percentile of the market data for similar positions in unique circumstances based on an individual’s background, experience, and relative complexity and scope of the applicable role. Though compensation levels may differ among our Named Executive Officers based upon competitive factors and the role, responsibilities and performance of each Named Executive Officer, there are no material differences in our compensation policies or in the way target total direct compensation opportunity is determined for any of our executive officers.
For fiscal year 2023, targets for total cash and cash-based compensation (base salary and short-term incentive compensation pursuant to the AIP), long-term incentives and total direct compensation (base salary, and short- and long-term incentive compensation) for our Named Executive Officers were set based on data collected by Compensia from our proxy peer group companies and from a proprietary survey source, using results for technology companies with median annual revenue of $309 million. The peer group companies selected and used for compensation comparisons are reflective of our market for executive talent and business line competitors. Also, the overall composition of the peer group reflects companies of similar complexity and size to us.
For fiscal year 2023, these peer group companies included:

ADTRAN, Inc.
Airspan Networks
Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.
Bel Fuse
CalAmp
Cambium Networks Corporation
Casa Systems, Inc.
Clearfield, Inc.
Comtech Telecommunications Corp.
Digi International, Inc.
DZS, Inc.
EMCORE Corp.
Harmonic, Inc.
Inseego Corp.
Iteris
KVH Industries
Ribbon Communications, Inc.
Richardson Electronics Ltd.
Wayside Technology



Each year, the Compensation Committee with the compensation consultant reviews the appropriateness of the comparison group used for assessing the compensation of our CEO and other Named Executive Officers. For fiscal year 2023, we removed PCTEL due to their decreased revenue. We added Airspan Networks, CalAmp, Iteris, KVH Industries and Wayside as they met our size and industry criteria for inclusion and their business descriptions fit in our peer group.
The fiscal year 2023 peer group consists of 19 companies located throughout the U.S. with Aviat positioned at or near the medial revenue and other financial metrics.
Total Compensation Elements
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Our executive compensation program includes four primary elements:
•    base salary
•    annual incentive compensation pursuant to the AIP
•    long-term compensation (equity incentives)
•    post-termination compensation
Each Named Executive Officer’s performance is measured against factors such as short- and long-term strategic goals and financial measures of our performance, including revenue, total shareholder return (“TSR”), AIP expenses and other non-GAAP items namely non-GAAP gross adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“Gross Adjusted EBITDA”). Details regarding the applicable financial targets for incentive awards are described below.
Base Salary
Base salaries are provided as compensation for day-to-day responsibilities and services. Executive salaries are reviewed annually. Our CEO generally makes recommendations to the Compensation Committee in August of each year regarding the base salary of each executive officer, other than himself. The Compensation Committee considers each executive officer’s responsibilities, as well as the Company’s performance and recommended increases in base salary for select Named Executive Officers and other executives. For the beginning of fiscal year 2023, the CEO recommended, and the Compensation Committee approved, base salary increases for our Named Executive Officers (other than the CEO) as part of our annual compensation review. Effective October 1, 2022, Mr. Gray’s base salary was increased from $340,000 to $353,600, Mr. Tucker’s base salary was increased from $324,450 to $337,428, Ms. Boase’s base salary was increased from $231,441 to $266,157 and Mr. Croke’s base salary was increased from $236,900 to $246,376. Mr. Smith did not receive a base salary increase during the 2023 fiscal year.
Annual Incentive Plan
Our AIP is designed to motivate our executives to focus on the achievement of our short-term financial goals. The CEO reviews his recommendations for each Named Executive Officer with the Compensation Committee, taking into account market data obtained from its independent compensation consultant. Based on recommendations by the CEO, and as specified in any applicable employment agreement, the Compensation Committee recommends to the Board an annual incentive compensation target, expressed as a percentage of base salary, for each executive.
The Compensation Committee also recommends to the Board specific Company financial performance measures and targets including the relative weighting and payout thresholds for the AIP. The financial targets are aligned with our Board-approved annual operating plan, and during the year periodic reports are made to the Board about our performance compared with the targets. Under the AIP, a significant portion of the executive’s annual compensation is tied directly to our financial performance. The target amount of annual incentive compensation under our AIP, expressed as a percentage of base salary or, solely with respect to our CEO, a target dollar amount, generally increases with an executive’s level of management responsibility and is paid in the form of cash. For fiscal year 2023, individual AIP target incentives were set at $925,000 for Mr. Smith, 50% of base salary for Messrs. Gray and Tucker, and 40% for Ms. Boase and Mr. Croke in each case prorated for the number of days employed by the Company and salary adjustments during fiscal year 2023. Executives can earn more or less than target if minimum or maximum performance levels are achieved. No incentive can be earned if the Company does not achieve the minimum performance thresholds.
For fiscal year 2023, the AIP provided for an all-cash payout. The performance metric was 75% based on Gross Adjusted EBITDA and 25% based on revenue. The following table outlines the minimum, target and maximum performance and payout levels approved by the Compensation Committee for fiscal year 2023.
Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Incentive Plan – Minimum, Target and Maximum Thresholds

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Minimum
Target
Maximum
Fiscal Year 2023 AIP (75%)
Earn 80%
Earn 100%
Earn 200%
Gross Adjusted EBITDA(1)
$39,400,000
$49,300,000
$69,000,000
Fiscal Year 2023 AIP (25%)
Earn 90%
Earn 100%
Earn 200%
Revenue
$302,900,000
$336,600,000
$403,900,000
        
(1) For a reconciliation of Gross Adjusted EBITDA to its corresponding GAAP measure, refer to our Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on August 23, 2023.

In fiscal year 2023, the AIP met the Gross Adjusted EBITDA target at 104% and the Revenue target at 115%. During fiscal year 2023, the Company experienced significant events that could have impacted achievement of the targeted Gross Adjusted EBITDA metric and revenue metric including the integration of the Redline acquisition, continuing supply chain shortages and inflationary pressures. No adjustments were made to the performance objectives, the target performance or the actual results for these significant events. During the 2023 fiscal year we achieved above target performance for both the Gross Adjusted EBITDA metric and the Revenue metric. All Named Executive Officers earned a payout as shown in the Summary Compensation Table below.
Long Term Incentive Compensation
Our equity awards under our 2018 Plan are designed to motivate our executives to focus on the achievement of our long-term financial goals. Equity awards motivate our executives to achieve our long-term goals and to the extent our results affect our stock price, link such results with the performance of our stock over a longer period. Using equity awards helps us to retain executives, encourage share ownership and maintain a direct link between our executive compensation program and stockholder value creation. The Company utilizes stock options as a component of executive compensation because they have value only if the Company’s share price increases and, therefore, motivate our executives to drive sustained, long-term stockholder value creation. Time-vesting RSUs are a component of executive compensation to further align our executives’ interests with those of stockholders. Because these awards typically vest after a specified period following the grant date, they also incentivize our executives to remain in our employ. PSUs are a component of executive compensation to ensure our executives’ incentives are tied directly to key drivers of stockholder value growth. PSUs also play a role in executive retention, as a named executive officer is required to remain employed through the applicable vesting date in order to receive the shares underlying the PSUs as applicable.
For fiscal year 2023, the Named Executive Officers were eligible to receive equity incentive awards. As has historically been the Company’s practice, these equity incentive awards were granted in September 2023 following the filing of the Annual Report on Form 10-K using a combination of PSUs, stock options, and RSUs. Performance metrics and payout levels for the three-year performance period applicable to the PSUs granted during fiscal year 2023 were established at the beginning of fiscal year 2023.

Equity Vehicle
Weighting
Purpose / Description
PSUs
1/3
The PSUs are subject to three-year cliff vesting from the issuance date assuming achievement of TSR and revenue growth targets over a three-year performance period starting fiscal year 2023 and continued employment through the vesting date in September 2025.
Stock Options
1/3
Strike price: Determined based on the closing stock price on the date of grant.
Vesting: One-third annually for a three-year period from the issuance date assuming continued employment through the vesting date.
Expiration: Seven years from date of grant if not exercised.
RSUs
1/3
One-third annually for a three-year period from the issuance date assuming continued employment through the vesting date.

Perquisites
Our Named Executive Officers participate in the same group insurance and employee benefit plans as our other full-time U.S. employees. We do not provide special benefits or other perquisites to our executive officers other than occasional relocation expense reimbursement.
Generally Available Benefit Programs
In fiscal year 2023, our Named Executive Officers were eligible to participate in the health and welfare programs that are generally available to all full-time U.S.-based employees, including medical, dental, vision, life, short-term
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and long-term disability insurance, employee counseling assistance, flexible spending accounts and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.
The Named Executive Officers and all other eligible U.S.-based employees participate in our tax-qualified 401(k) Plan. From July 2, 2022 until December 31, 2022, all eligible employees could receive matching contributions from the Company of 2.5% of eligible compensation contributed. Effective January 1, 2023, the matching contribution from the Company increased to 100% of up to 3% contributions and 50% of the next 2% of contributions. Each employee under the age of 50 could contribute a maximum of $22,500 during each calendar year, and each employee over the age of 50 can contribute a maximum of $30,000.
From July 2, 2022 until December 31, 2022, the Named Executive Officers and all other eligible U.S.-based employees could elect, on a quarterly basis, to apply a portion of their cash compensation to purchase shares of our common stock at a 5% discount under our employee stock purchase plan. An employee’s total purchases in any year could not exceed $25,000 in value or 15% of his or her salary, whichever is less. Furthermore, an employee could not purchase more than 48 shares of common stock annually under the employee stock purchase plan. The Company closed the employee stock purchase plan effective December 31, 2022 and the final purchase date for contributions was January 3, 2023.
The 401(k) Plan, employee stock purchase plan and the other benefits generally available to all other U.S.-based employees allow us to remain competitive and enhance employee loyalty and productivity. These benefit programs are primarily intended to provide all eligible employees with competitive and quality healthcare, financial contributions for retirement and to enhance hiring and retention.
Post-Termination Compensation
Employment agreements have been established with certain of our Named Executive Officers. The Named Executive Officers without employment agreements specifying different terms are generally subject to the Company’s Post Termination Guidelines noted above. The Post Termination Guidelines are currently being reviewed and formalized by the Compensation Committee, and the description of the Post Termination Guidelines within this document solely reflect the current historical practices followed by the Compensation Committee with respect to Named Executive Officers that are not otherwise subject to an individual employment agreement providing for differing terms. These terms are subject to change prospectively as the Compensation Committee finalizes these Post Termination Guidelines.
The employment agreements and the Company’s Post Termination Guidelines provide for certain payments and benefits to the employee if his or her employment is terminated, but neither arrangement provides for change in control benefits without an accompanying involuntary termination. We have determined that such payments and benefits are an integral part of a competitive compensation package for our Named Executive Officers.
Neither the employment agreements nor the Post Termination Guidelines provide any tax-related gross-up payments to our Named Executive Officers in connection with a termination or a “Change in Control” transaction. For a detailed discussion of the amounts and benefits that could become payable to the Named Executive Officers upon a termination and/or a “Change in Control” transaction, please see the section below titled “Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change of Control.”
Recovery of Executive Compensation
Our executive compensation program permits us to recover or “clawback” all or a portion of any performance-based compensation, including equity awards, if our financial statements are restated as a result of errors, omissions, or fraud. The amount which may be recovered will be the amount by which the affected compensation exceeded the amount that would have been payable had the financial statements been initially filed as restated, or any greater or lesser amount that the Compensation Committee or our Board shall determine. In no case will the amount to be recovered by us be less than the amount required to be repaid or recovered as a matter of law. Recovery of such amounts by us would be in addition to any actions imposed by law, enforcement agencies, regulators, or other authorities.
Tax and Accounting Considerations
Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, generally imposes a $1 million limit on the amount of compensation paid to “covered employees” (as defined in Section 162(m)) that a public corporation may deduct for federal income tax purposes in any year. Compensation paid to certain of our Named Executive Officers will be subject to the $1 million per year deduction limitation imposed by Section 162(m). While we will continue to
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monitor our compensation programs in light of the deduction limitation imposed by Section 162(m), our Compensation Committee considers it important to retain the flexibility to design compensation programs that are in the best long-term interests of the Company and our stockholders. As a result, we have not adopted a policy requiring that all compensation be fully deductible. The Compensation Committee has concluded that paying compensation at levels in excess of the limits under Section 162(m) is in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders in certain circumstances.
Hedging and Pledging Prohibition
Our Named Executive Officers, as well as all other employees, directors and their designees are prohibited from engaging in hedging, pledging or similar transactions with respect to our securities where the transaction is designed or intended to decrease the risks associated with holding our securities. This prohibition includes transactions involving puts, calls, collars or other derivative securities, whether granted pursuant to the 2018 Plan, or held directly or indirectly by the covered individual.
Stock Ownership Guidelines
To encourage the alignment between the Board, Management and stockholders, the Board adopted stock ownership guidelines for Named Executive Officers in November 2021 which remain in place today. Each Named Executive Officer is expected to acquire and continue to hold company stock during his or her employment with the Company at the following multiples of base salary: five times for the CEO and one time for executive officers. The executive officers have five years to satisfy these guidelines after the date of adoption of these guidelines or the date of being designated an executive officer, whichever is later.
Risk Considerations in Our Compensation Program
The Compensation Committee, pursuant to its charter, is responsible for reviewing and overseeing the compensation and benefits structure applicable to our employees, generally. We do not believe that our compensation policies and practices for our employees encourage excessive risk-taking or create risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on our company. In reaching this conclusion, we considered the following factors:
•    Our compensation program is designed to provide a mix of both fixed and “at risk” incentive compensation.
•    Our Compensation Committee and management team have responsibility for managing the administration, determination and approval of total and, in the case of the Named Executive Officers, the Compensation Committee is responsible for individual approval of payouts under the incentive plans.
•    The incentive elements of our compensation program (annual incentives and multi-year equity awards) are designed to reward both annual performance (under the AIP) and longer-term performance (under the 2018 Plan). We believe this design mitigates any incentive for short-term risk-taking that could be detrimental to our company’s long-term best interests.
•    The performance periods for our PSUs overlap, and our time-vested RSUs vest one-third annually for a three-year period from the issuance date. This mitigates the motivation to maximize performance in any one period at the expense of others.
•    Maximum payouts under our AIP are currently capped at no more than 200% for all applicable employees of the target award opportunity set by the Compensation Committee. We believe these limits mitigate excessive risk-taking, since the maximum amount that can be earned is limited.
•    Finally, our AIP and our 2018 Plan both contain provisions under which awards may be recouped or forfeited if the recipient has not complied with our policies. In addition, our performance-based plans (cash incentive and performance shares) both contain provisions under which awards may be recouped or forfeited if the financial results for a period affecting the calculation of an award are later restated.
•    The Compensation Committee retains an independent compensation consultant.
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Compensation Committee Report
The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed with management the Compensation Discussion and Analysis included in this Proxy Statement. Based on this review and discussion, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this Proxy Statement.
Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors
Dr. James C. Stoffel, Chairman
Bryan Ingram
Michele Klein
Bruce Taten
Summary Compensation Table
The following table summarizes the total compensation for each of our fiscal years ended June 30, 2023, July 1, 2022, July 2, 2021, of our Named Executive Officers for the applicable years in which they were serving in their respective Named Executive Officer positions.
Name,
Principal Position
Fiscal Year
Salary(1)
Stock Awards(2)
Option Awards(3)
Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation(4)
All Other Compensation(5)
Total
($)($)($)($)($)($)
Peter A. Smith,
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
2023650,0001,717,443785,338987,43812,6124,152,831
2022650,0001,640,498766,3691,113,16819,5094,189,544
2021444,2311,202,16094,715458,32516,7612,216,192
David Gray,
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
2023349,939132,02660,366186,9199,257738,507
2022235,385200,193153,437108,937697,952
Bryan Tucker,
Senior Vice President Americas Sales and Services
2023333,934125,99157,615178,37010,981706,891
2022324,450146,01767,661193,80416,402748,334
2021315,000140,36070,191229,16319,328774,042
Erin Boase,
General Counsel, Vice President Legal Affairs
2023256,811149,34968,291109,9439,825594,219
2022231,44187,64540,593110,5989,435479,712
Gary Croke,
Vice President Marketing and Product Line Management
2023243,82573,62333,654104,1915,420460,713
2022236,900109,53550,742113,20610,466520,849
        
(1) Base salary amounts reflect a combination of the salary levels set at different times during the year. With respect to the 2023 year, the amounts reflect increases effective October 1, 2022 in connection with the annual merit review process discussed within the Compensation Discussion and Analysis.
(2) The “Stock Awards” column shows the fair value of the equity-based awards as of the grant date for fiscal 2023, 2022, and 2021. The grant date fair value of PSUs and RSUs was determined under FASB ASC Topic 718 and represents the amount we would expense in our financial statements over the entire vesting schedule for the awards. The award value for PSUs included in the table above is based on the grant date fair value assuming target level achievement, which we have determined to be the probable level of achievement of the performance metrics underlying the awards as of the grant date. The assumptions used for determining values are set forth in Notes 1 and 9 to our audited consolidated financial statements in Part II, Item 8 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2023. These amounts reflect our accounting for these grants and do not correspond to the actual values that may be recognized by the Named Executive Officers.
(3) The “Option Awards” column shows the aggregate grant date fair value of the stock options granted in fiscal 2023 and other applicable years as determined under FASB ASC Topic 718 (using Black-Scholes values). The assumptions used for determining values are set forth in Notes 1 and 9 to our audited consolidated financial statements in Part II, Item 8 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2023.
(4) The “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” column shows the cash bonus earned under the fiscal year 2023, 2022 and 2021 annual incentive plan.
(5) The following table describes the components of the “All Other Compensation” column.

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Name
Year
Life Insurance(a)
Company Matching Contributions Under 401(k) Plan(b)
Total All Other Compensation
($)($)($)
Peter A. Smith
2023
3,6129,00012,612
David Gray
2023
1,3107,9479,257
Bryan Tucker
2023
2,3278,63110,958
Erin Boase
2023
402
9,4239,825
Gary Croke
2023
872
4,5485,420
        
(a) Represents premiums paid for life insurance that represent taxable income for the Named Executive Officer.
(b) Represents matching contributions made by us to the 401(k) account of the respective named executive.

Fiscal Year 2023 Grants of Plan-Based Awards
The following table lists our grants and incentives made to the Named Executive Officers during our fiscal year ended June 30, 2023, of plan-based awards, both equity and non-equity based under our AIP and 2018 Plan. There is no assurance that the grant date fair value of stock and option awards will ever be realized.


Estimated Possible Payouts Under Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards(1)
Estimated Future Payments Under Equity Incentive Plan Awards(2)
All Other Stock Awards: Number or Shares of Stock or Units(3)

(#)
All Other Option Awards: Number of Securities Underlying Options(4)

(#)
Grant Date, Fair Value of Stock and Option Awards(5)

($)
NameType of AwardGrant DateThreshold
($)
Target
($)
Maximum
($)
Threshold
(#)
Target
(#)
Maximum
(#)
Peter A. SmithOptions9/1/202255,096785,338
RSU9/1/202224,494786,257
PSU9/1/202212,24724,49448,988931,185
AIP462,500925,0001,850,000
David GrayOptions9/1/20224,23560,366
RSU9/1/20221,88360,444
PSU9/1/20229421,8833,76671,582
AIP87,550175,100350,200
Bryan TuckerOptions9/1/20224,04257,615
RSU9/1/20221,79757,684
PSU9/1/20228991,7973,59468,308
AIP83,546167,092334,184
Erin BoaseOptions9/1/20224,79168,291
RSU9/1/20222,13068,373
PSU9/1/20221,0652,1304,26080,976
AIP51,496102,991205,982
Gary CrokeOptions9/1/20222,36133,654
RSU9/1/20221,05033,705
PSU9/1/20225251,0502,10039,918
AIP48,80297,603195,206
        
(1) The amounts shown under Estimated Possible Payouts Under Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards reflect possible payouts under our fiscal 2023 AIP. Actual amounts earned for the year are reflected above within the Summary Compensation Table.
(2) PSUs vest 100% on the third anniversary of the grant date based on the achievement of performance criteria.
(3) These amounts represent the number of RSUs granted to the Named Executive Officers during fiscal year 2023, which vest annually over three years from the data of grant, subject to the Named Executive Officer’s continued employment through such vesting date.
(4) These amounts represent the number of stock options granted to the Named Executive Officers during fiscal year 2023, which vest annually over three years from the date of grant, subject to the Named Executive Officer’s continued employment through such vesting date.
(5) The “Fair Value of Stock and Option Awards” column shows the full grant date fair value of the stock options and other equity-based awards granted in fiscal year 2023. The grant date fair value of the awards were determined under FASB ASC Topic 718 and represents the amount we would expense in our financial statements over the entire vesting schedule for the awards in the event the vesting provisions are achieved.

The assumptions used for determining values are set forth in Notes 1 and 9 to our audited consolidated financial statements in Part II, Item 8 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal 2023. These amounts reflect our
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accounting for these grants and do not correspond to the actual values that may be recognized by the Named Executive Officers.
Fiscal Year 2023 Outstanding Equity Awards
The following table provides information regarding outstanding unexercised stock options and unvested stock awards held by each of our Named Executive officers as of June 30, 2023. Each grant of options or unvested stock awards is shown separately for each Named Executive Officer. The vesting schedule for each award of options and unvested stock awards is shown in the footnotes following this table based on the grant date. The material terms of the awards, other than exercise price and vesting schedules described below, are generally described in the 2018 Plan.


Option Awards
Stock Awards
Equity Incentive Plan Awards
Name
Grant Date
Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options Exercisable
Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options Unexercisable
Option Exercise Price
Option Expiration Date
Number of Shares or Units of Stock that have not Vested
Market Value of Shares or Units of Stock that have not Vested(5)
Number of Unearned Shares, Units or Other Rights that have not Vested
Market or Payout Value of Unearned Shares, Units or Other Rights that have not Vested(5)(9)
(#)(#)($)(#)($)(#)($)
Peter A. Smith9/1/202255,096
(1)
32.109/1/202924,494
(2)
817,36524,494
(6)
817,365
7/3/202119,80839,614
(1)
31.887/3/202816,032
(2)
534,98824,049
(7)
802,515
1/20/20211/20/202842,000
(3)
1,401,540
9/1/202017,5928,794
(1)
11.009/1/20278,610
(4)
287,3168,610
(8)
287,316
David Gray9/1/20224,235
(1)
32.109/1/20291,883
(2)
62,8361,883
(6)
62,836
10/18/202110/18/20284,378
(2)
146,094
Bryan Tucker9/1/20224,042
(1)
32.109/1/20291,797
(2)
59,9661,797
(6)
59,966
9/1/20211,5233,044
(1)
35.979/1/20281,254
(2)
41,8461,881
(7)
62,769
9/1/202013,3066,518
(1)
11.009/1/20276,380
(4)
212,9016,380
(8)
212,901
Erin Boase9/1/20224,791
(1)
32.109/1/20292,130
(2)
71,0782,130
(6)
71,078
9/1/20219141,826
(1)
35.979/1/2028752
(2)
25,0941,129
(7)
37,675
Gary Croke9/1/20222,361
(1)
32.109/1/20291,050
(2)
35,0391,050
(6)
35,039
9/1/20211,1422,283
(1)
35.979/1/2028940
(2)
31,3681,411
(7)
47,085
        
(1) Stock options that vest annually over three years from date of grant.
(2) RSUs that vest annually over three years from date of grant.
(3) Market-based conditions applicable to the PSUs granted to Mr. Smith in January 2021 were achieved in fiscal 2021 and will vest on December 31, 2023, subject to the Named Executive Officer’s continued employment through such vesting date. In accordance with SEC rules, because such market-based conditions have been achieved and the PSUs only remain subject to time-based vesting conditions, the number of PSUs earned are reported in the “Number of Shares or Units of Stock that have not Vested” column.
(4) RSUs subject to three-year cliff vesting from date of grant.
(5) Market value is based on the $33.37 closing price of a share of our common stock as of June 30, 2023.
(6) PSUs subject to three-year cliff vesting from date of grant assuming achievement of TSR and revenue growth targets over a three-year performance period starting fiscal 2023 to fiscal 2025. From 50% to 200% of the target PSUs will vest after the Compensation Committee certifies the achievement of the performance measure. Vesting of these PSUs is dependent on continuous employment through the vesting date in September 2025.
(7) PSUs subject to three-year cliff vesting from date of grant assuming achievement of TSR and revenue growth targets over a three-year performance period starting fiscal 2022 to fiscal 2024. From 50% to 200% of the target PSUs will vest after the Compensation Committee certifies the achievement of the performance measure. Vesting of these PSUs is dependent on continuous employment through the vesting date in September 2024.
(8) PSUs subject to vest based on the Company’s annual average return on invested capital (“ROIC”) from fiscal 2021 to fiscal 2023 and revenue growth for fiscal 2023. From 50% to 200% of the target PSUs will vest after the Compensation Committee certifies the achievement of the performance measure. Vesting of these PSUs is dependent on continuous employment through the vesting date in September 2023.
(9) The award value for PSUs included in the table above is based on the grant date fair value assuming target level achievement, which we have determined to be the probable level of achievement of the performance metrics underlying the awards as of the grant date.

Fiscal Year 2023 Option Exercised and Stock Vested Table
The following table provides information for each of our Named Executive Officers regarding the number of shares of our common stock acquired upon exercising vested options or release of stock awards during fiscal year 2023.

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Option Awards
Stock Awards
Name
Number of Shares Acquired on Exercise
(#)
Value Realized on Exercise
($)
Number of Shares Acquired on Vesting(1)
(#)
Value Received on Vesting
($)
Peter A. Smith
38,0171,136,847
David Gray
2,19063,006
Bryan Tucker
16,615517,513
Erin Boase
377
12,102
Gary Croke
7,083220,818
        
(1) Vested number of shares of RSUs and PSUs.
Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change of Control
Employment agreements and the Company’s Post Termination Guidelines provide for such executive officers to receive certain payments and benefits if their employment with us is terminated. These arrangements are set forth in more detail below and assume an applicable termination event (and Change of Control event, as defined in the corresponding employment agreements) on June 30, 2023 (the last business day of our fiscal year) and refer to our stock price on that date. The Board has determined that such payments and benefits are an integral part of a competitive compensation package for our executive officers.
The table below reflects the compensation and benefits due to each of Messrs. Smith, Gray and Tucker in the event of termination of employment by us without Cause (as defined below) or termination by the executive for Good Reason (as defined below) (other than within 12 or 18 months after a Change of Control, as defined below) and, with respect to Messrs. Smith and Tucker, in the event of death or disability. The table further reflects compensation and benefits due to Messrs. Smith, Gray and Tucker in the event of termination of employment by us without Cause or, in the case of Messrs. Smith and Tucker, a termination by the executive for Good Reason within 12 or 18 months after a Change of Control (depending on individual employment agreements). The amounts shown in the table are estimates of the amounts that would be paid upon termination of employment. There are currently no compensation and benefits due to any Named Executive Officer under his employment agreement in the event of a termination of employment by us for Cause (as defined below) or voluntary termination (except in the case of Good Reason). In the event of a death of Messrs. Smith and Tucker, there are no severance benefits payable pursuant to the employment agreements that should be reflected in the table below, but the executive’s estate would receive the pro-rata portion of the executive’s annual bonus for the year in which the death occurred. The actual amounts would be determined only at the time of the termination of employment.

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Name
Conditions for Payouts
Base Salary Component(1)
Cash Incentive Component(2)
Accelerated Equity Vesting(3)
Insurance Benefit(4)
Out-Placement Services(5)
Total
($)($)($)($)($)($)
Peter A. Smith
Termination without cause or for good reason, or due to disability.
650,000987,4382,172,89340,07930,0003,880,410
Within 12 months after Change of Control
1,300,000925,0005,274,12260,11830,0007,589,240
David Gray
Termination without cause.353,600186,91995,78517,76530,000684,069
Within 18 months after Change of Control
353,600176,800277,14426,64730,000864,191
Bryan Tucker
Termination without cause or for good reason, or due to disability.
337,428178,370571,60932,11930,0001,149,526
Within 18 months after Change of Control
337,428168,714801,28948,17830,0001,385,609
        
(1) The base salary component represents the total gross monthly payments to each Named Executive Officer at the base salary in effect as of the last day of fiscal 2023.
(2) The cash incentive component represents the cash bonus due under the fiscal year 2023 AIP. The pro-rata portion of the AIP bonus for the year in which a termination occurs is not applicable in all circumstances; please see narrative description below for more details.
(3) Reflects acceleration of outstanding equity awards, including pro-rata vesting of the equity awards granted during fiscal year 2023, 2022 and 2021 and outstanding as of June 30, 2023
(4) The insurance benefit provided is paid directly to the insurer benefit provider and includes amounts for COBRA.
(5) The estimated dollar amounts for outplacement services would be paid directly to an outplacement provider selected by us.

Employment Agreement Terms
We currently maintain individual employment agreements with Messrs. Smith, Gray and Tucker. The employment agreements with our applicable Named Executive Officers generally define a “Change of Control” as follows:
•    with respect to Messrs. Smith and Tucker, any merger, consolidation, share exchange or acquisition, unless immediately following such merger, consolidation, share exchange or acquisition, at least 50% of the total voting power (in respect of the election of directors, or similar officials in the case of an entity other than a corporation) of (i) the entity resulting from such merger, consolidation or share exchange, or the entity which has acquired all or substantially all of our assets (in the case of an asset sale that satisfies the criteria of an acquisition) (in either case, the “Surviving Entity”) or (ii) if applicable, the ultimate parent entity that directly or indirectly has beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act, (“Rule 13d-3”)) of 50% or more of the total voting power (in respect of the election of directors, or similar officials in the case of an entity other than a corporation) of the Surviving Entity is represented by our securities that were outstanding immediately prior to such merger, consolidation, share exchange or acquisition (or, if applicable, is represented by shares into which such Company securities were converted pursuant to such merger, consolidation, share exchange or acquisition);
•    with respect to Mr. Gray, any merger, consolidation, share exchange or acquisition of substantially all of the assets of the Company;
•    any person or group of persons (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3) directly or indirectly acquires beneficial ownership (determined pursuant to Rule 13d-3) of securities possessing more than 30% (50% in the case of
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Messrs. Smith and Gray) of the total combined voting power of our outstanding securities other than: (i) an employee benefit plan of ours or any of our affiliates; (ii) a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of our or any of our affiliates; or (iii) an underwriter temporarily holding securities pursuant to an offering of such securities;
•    Mr. Tucker’s contract also provides for a change of control in the event of over a period of 36 consecutive months or less, there is a change in the composition of the Board such that a majority of the Board members (rounded up to the next whole number, if a fraction) ceases, by reason of one or more proxy contests for the election of Board members, to be composed of individuals each of whom meet one of the following criteria: (i) have been a Board member continuously since the adoption of this plan or the beginning of such 36-month period; or (ii) have been elected or nominated during such 36-month period by at least a majority of the Board members and satisfied the criteria of this bullet when they were elected or nominated;
•    Mr. Gray’s contract also provides for a change of control in the event a majority of the Board are replaced during any 12-month period by directors whose appointment or election is not endorsed by a majority of the Board before the date of appointment or election;
•    a majority of the Board determines that a Change of Control has occurred; or
•    the complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company.
The employment agreements for Messrs. Smith and Tucker define “Cause” as follows:
•    theft, dishonesty, misconduct or falsification of any employment or Company records;
•    improper disclosure of the Company’s confidential or proprietary information;
•    any action which as material detrimental effect on the Company’s reputation or business;
•    refusal or inability to perform any assigned duties (other than as a result of disability) after written notice and a 30-day opportunity to cure such refusal or inability;
•    material breach of an employment agreement or of the proprietary information, confidentiality, assignment of inventions agreement, after written notice and a 30-day opportunity to cure such breach; or
•    conviction (including any plea of guilty or no contest) for any criminal act that impairs the ability to perform duties under an employment agreement; and
•    violation of the Company’s Code of Conduct or other written policies (in the case of Mr. Smith). The employment agreement for Mr. Gray defines a “Cause” termination as follows:
•    willful failure to perform duties (other than from incapacity from physical or mental illness);
•    willful engagement in dishonesty, illegal conduct, or misconduct, which injures the Company
•    violation of Company’s Code of Conduct or written policies;
•    breach of material obligation under employment or other agreement between Gray and the Company.
The employment agreement with Mr. Smith generally defines a “Good Reason” termination as follows:
•    a reduction in base salary, other than a reduction that is similarly applicable to all members of the Company’s executive staff;
•    a material diminution in his authority, duties and responsibilities (including a dismissal from the Board except in connection with a termination of employment);
•    a relocation of his workplace more than 75 miles from Austin, TX.
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If Mr. Smith’s “Good Reason” termination occurs in connection with a Change of Control, it would be modified slightly to reflect a material and adverse change in his position, duties or responsibilities as in effect immediately prior to the Change of Control and to include a material reduction in his employee benefits, other than a reduction that is similarly applicable to all members of the Company’s executive staff.
The employment agreement with Mr. Tucker generally defines a “Good Reason” termination as follows:
•    a reduction of at least 20% to the base salary in effect at the start date of the employment agreement, other than a reduction that is similarly applicable to all members of the Company’s executive staff;
•    a material reduction in employee benefits, other than a reduction that is similarly applicable to all members of the Company’s executive staff;
•    a material breach of the employment agreement by the Company; or
•    a relocation of his workplace more than 75 miles from San Antonio, TX.
If Mr. Tucker’s “Good Reason” occurs following a Change of Control the definition is modified slightly to include any reduction of salary against the base salary in effect prior to the Change of Control, and to add a material and adverse change in his position, duties or responsibilities as in effect immediately prior to the Change of Control.
The employment agreements generally provide that if they are terminated without cause or should they resign for Good Reason or, in the case of Mr. Tucker become disabled, and they sign a general release they will be entitled to receive the following severance benefits:
•    severance payments at their final base salary for a period of 12 months payable in accordance with the Company’s normal payroll practices;
•    payment of premiums necessary to continue their group health insurance under COBRA when applicable (or to purchase other comparable health coverage on an individual basis if the employee is no longer eligible for COBRA coverage) until the earlier of (i) 12 months (depending on individual employment agreements), or (ii) the date on which they first became eligible to participate in another employer’s group health insurance plan;
•    the prorated portion of any incentive bonus they would have earned during the incentive bonus period in which their employment was terminated (which is also applicable in the event of Mr. Smith’s disability);
•    for Messrs. Smith and Tucker any equity compensation subject to service-based vesting granted to the executive officer will stop vesting as of their termination date; however, they will be entitled to exercise any vested stock options until the earlier of: (i) 12 months; or (ii) the date on which the applicable option(s) expire; and for Mr. Gray, time-based equity will accelerate up to 12 months and unvested performance share units will be forfeited, and;
•    reasonable outplacement assistance in addition, these agreements provide that if there is a Change of Control, and the executive’s employment is terminated by us without Cause or by the employee for Good Reason within a specific period after the Change of Control (12 months for Messrs. Smith and Tucker or 18 months for Mr. Gray), and they sign a general release of known and unknown claims in a form satisfactory to us, they will receive the following:
•    Mr. Tucker’s base salary payment will be increased to 24 months and Mr. Smith will be entitled to a lump sum payment equal to two times the sum of his base salary and target bonus under the annual incentive plan for the year of termination;
•    Mr. Smith’s COBRA coverage will be extended to the earlier of 18 months and the date that he becomes eligible to participate in another employer’s group health insurance plan, and Mr. Tucker’s COBRA coverage period will be extended to the earlier of 24 months and the date that he becomes eligible to participate in another employer’s group health insurance plan;
•    Mr. Tucker will receive (i) rather than a pro-rata bonus for the year, he will receive a payment equal to the greater of (a) the average of the annual actual incentive bonus payments received by him, if any, for the previous three years, or (b) his target incentive bonus for the year in which his employment terminates, and
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(ii) accelerated vesting of all unvested stock option(s), RSUs, and PSUs (assuming performance criteria previously met or pro rata vesting at target) for the period of time worked during the performance period based on individual guidelines under the 2018 Plan;
•    Mr. Smith will receive accelerated vesting for all time-based equity awards granted under the second amendment to his employment agreement and for all other grants, accelerated vesting of all unvested stock option(s), RSUs, and PSUs (assuming performance criteria previously met or pro rata vesting at target) for the period of time worked during the performance period based on individual guidelines under the 2018 Plan; and
•    Mr. Gray will receive (i) a prorated annual incentive bonus payment, and (ii) accelerated vesting of all time-based unvested equity, with unvested performance-based equity awards vesting at target.
The acceleration provisions within the individual awards agreements may differ from the terms set forth within the employment agreements.
Post Termination Guidelines
Ms. Boase and Mr. Croke have not been included within the table above, as the potential severance payments and benefits that they could receive upon an applicable termination of employment are not currently finalized or quantifiable. Pursuant to the Post Termination Guidelines that have historically been applied by the Company to executive officers, they could each receive the following benefits upon an involuntary termination without cause under the Post Termination Guidelines: (i) one year of base salary; (ii) a pro-rata bonus for the year in which the termination occurred; (iii) payment of premiums necessary to continue their group health insurance under COBRA when applicable (or to purchase other comparable health coverage on an individual basis if the employee is no longer eligible for COBRA coverage) until the earlier of (a) 12 months (depending on individual employment agreements), or (b) the date on which they first became eligible to participate in another employer’s group health insurance plan; and (iv) time-based equity awards could receive accelerated vesting solely for the portion of the equity awards that would have vested within the twelve month period immediately following the termination, although all performance-based awards would be forfeited. In the event that the involuntary termination occurred within the 12-month period following a change in control event, the COBRA benefits continuation period could be increased to an 18-month period, and all outstanding equity-based compensation awards would receive full vesting acceleration, with performance-based awards accelerated at target levels.
CEO Pay Ratio
Pursuant to Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K, the Company is required to provide the following information with respect to the year ended June 30, 2023:
•    The median of the annual total compensation of all employees of the Company (other than Mr. Smith’s the Company’s Chief Executive Officer) was $69,571.
•    The annualized total compensation of Mr. Smith, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, was $4,140,218.
•    Based on this information, the ratio of the annual total compensation of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer to the median of the annual total compensation of all employees was 59.51:1.
To identify the median paid employee and determine such employee’s annual total compensation in the last fiscal year, the Company assessed its employee population as of June 30, 2023, and determined employee compensation using the 12-month period ending June 30, 2023. On this date, the Company’s employee population consisted of 704 individuals. The Company does not feel that there have been any material changes to the employee population or compensation arrangements to necessitate needing to recalculate this number.
The Company determined its median employee by: (i) calculating total target cash compensation as the sum of salary and target variable compensation, including target sales bonus, for each of the Company’s employees; (ii) ranking the total target cash compensation of all employees except for the Chief Executive Officer from lowest to highest; and (iii) picking the employee who was in the middle of the list.
Equity Compensation Plan Summary
The following table provides information as of June 30, 2023, relating to our equity compensation plan:

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Plan Category
Number of Securities to be Issued Upon Exercise of Outstanding Options, Warrants and Rights(2)
Weighted-Average Exercise Price of Outstanding Options(3)
Number of Securities Remaining Available for Further Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans (Excluding Securities Reflected in the First Column)
(#)($)(#)
Equity Compensation plans approved by security holders(1)
865,40721.771,822,810
Equity Compensation plans not approved by security holders
865,40721.771,822,810
        
(1) Consists of the 2018 Plan.
(2) Includes 414,092 shares to be issued upon exercise of options and 451,315 shares to be issued upon vesting of restricted stock and performance share awards.
(3) Excludes the weighted-average fair market value of restricted stock and performance share awards
Pay v. Performance
Value of Initial Fixed $100 Investment Based on:
Fiscal Year
Summary Compensation Table Total for PEO (1)
($)
Compensation Actually Paid to PEO (1)(2)
($)
Average Summary Compensation Table Total for non-PEO NEOs (1)
($)
Average Compensation Actually Paid to non-PEO NEOs (1)(2)
($)
Total Shareholder Return
($)
Peer Group Total Shareholder Return (3)
($)
Net Income (Thousands)
($)
Revenue (Thousands)
($)
20234,152,8315,902,667625,083861,007359.0194.3311,528346,593
20224,189,5443,143,082513,71931,178269.9392.6921,160302,959
20212,216,1926,480,169752,4882,074,311342.98127.04110,139274,911
        
(1) The principal executive officer (“PEO”) and the non-PEO named executive officers (“non-PEO NEOs”) for each year are as follows:
a. 2023: Peter A. Smith, David Gray, Bryan Tucker, Erin Boase, and Gary Croke;
b. 2022: Peter A. Smith, Eric Chang, David Gray, Bryan Tucker, Erin Boase, and Gary Croke;
c. 2021: Peter A. Smith, Eric Chang, and Bryan Tucker.
(2) The Company deducted from and added to the Summary Compensation Table total compensation the amounts detailed in the following tables to calculate compensation actually paid, in accordance with Item 402(v) of Regulation S-K as discussed in columns (c) and (e) for each PEO and Non-PEO NEOs in each respective year. As the Company’s PEO and non-PEO NEO’s do not participate in any defined benefit plans, no adjustments were required to amounts reported in the Summary Compensation Table totals related to the value of benefits under such plans.
(3) The peer group used for Peer Group TSR is the same peer group the Company uses for its Item 201(e) of Regulation S-K.


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PEO
Prior FYE
Current FYE
Fiscal Year
07/03/2020
07/02/2021
2021
07/02/2021
07/01/2022
2022
07/01/2022
06/30/2023
2023
($)($)($)
SCT Total2,216,1924,189,5444,152,831
- Grant Date Fair Value of Option Awards and Stock Awards Granted in Fiscal Year(1,296,875)(2,406,867)(2,502,781)
+ Fair Value at Fiscal Year-End of Outstanding and Unvested Option Awards and Stock Awards Granted in Fiscal Year3,649,7022,084,2832,780,656
+ Change in Fair Value of Outstanding and Unvested Option Awards and Stock Awards Granted in Prior Fiscal Years
(758,079)1,231,065
+ Fair Value at Vesting of Option Awards and Stock Awards Granted in Fiscal Year That Vested During Fiscal Year
+ Change in Fair Value as of Vesting Date of Option Awards and Stock Awards Granted in Prior Fiscal Years For Which Applicable Vesting Conditions Were Satisfied During Fiscal Year
1,911,14934,200240,896
- Fair Value as of Prior Fiscal Year-End of Option Awards and Stock Awards Granted in Prior Fiscal Years That Failed to Meet Applicable Vesting Conditions During Fiscal Year
Compensation Actually Paid6,480,1693,143,0825,902,667


Non-PEO NEOs
Prior FYE
Current FYE
Fiscal Year
07/03/2020
07/02/2021
2021
07/02/2021
07/01/2022
2022
07/01/2022
06/30/2023
2023
($)($)($)
SCT Total752,488513,719625,083
- Grant Date Fair Value of Option Awards and Stock Awards Granted in Fiscal Year(181,379)(140,477)(175,229)
+ Fair Value at Fiscal Year-End of Outstanding and Unvested Option Awards and Stock Awards Granted in Fiscal Year864,562107,671194,686
+ Change in Fair Value of Outstanding and Unvested Option Awards and Stock Awards Granted in Prior Fiscal Years
596,466(137,064)119,121
+ Fair Value at Vesting of Option Awards and Stock Awards Granted in Fiscal Year That Vested During Fiscal Year
+ Change in Fair Value as of Vesting Date of Option Awards and Stock Awards Granted in Prior Fiscal Years For Which Applicable Vesting Conditions Were Satisfied During Fiscal Year
42,17427,27697,351
- Fair Value as of Prior Fiscal Year-End of Option Awards and Stock Awards Granted in Prior Fiscal Years That Failed to Meet Applicable Vesting Conditions During Fiscal Year
(339,947)(5)
Compensation Actually Paid2,074,31131,178861,007

The illustrations below provide a graphical description of compensation actually paid and the following measures:
•    the Company’s cumulative TSR and the peer group’s cumulative TSR;
•    the Company’s net income; and
•    the Company selected measure, which is revenue.

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132883



132888



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132893


The following is a list of financial performance measures, which in the Company’s assessment represents the most important financial performance measures used by the Company to link compensation actually paid to the Named Executive Officers for fiscal year 2023. Please see the Compensation Discussion and Analysis for further information regarding each of the measures and their use in the Company’s executive compensation program.
•    Gross Adjusted EBITDA;
•    revenue;
•    TSR; and
•    net income.


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PROPOSAL NO. 1
Election of Directors
At the Annual Meeting, directors are being nominated for election to serve until the 2024 Annual Meeting or until their successors are elected and qualified.
In the unanticipated event that a nominee is unable or declines to serve as a director at the time of the Annual Meeting, all proxies received by the proxy holders will be voted for any subsequent nominee named by the Board to fill the vacancy created by the earlier nominee’s withdrawal from the election. As of the date of this Proxy Statement, the Board is not aware of any director nominee who is unable or will decline to serve as a director. Each of the nominees has consented to being named in this Proxy Statement and to serve as a director if elected. Ages are as of the date of this Proxy Statement.
Director Nominees
NameTitleAgeTenure
John Mutch
Chairman of the Board
678 years, 8 months
Laxmi AkkarajuDirector540 years
Bryan IngramDirector591 year, 10 months
Michele KleinDirector742 years, 4 months
Peter A. SmithDirector573 years, 7 months
Bruce TatenDirector671 year, 6 months

RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors unanimously approved the election of each of the Director Nominees and unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” each of the Director Nominees.

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PROPOSAL NO. 2
Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
The Audit Committee has appointed Deloitte as our independent registered public accounting firm to audit our consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 28, 2024, and our Board has ratified such appointment. See “Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm Fees.”
Notwithstanding its selection, the Audit Committee, in its discretion, may appoint another independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the year if the Audit Committee believes that such a change would be in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. If the appointment is not ratified by our stockholders, the Audit Committee may reconsider whether it should appoint another independent registered public accounting firm.
RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” the ratification of the Audit Committee’s appointment of Deloitte as the Company’s Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for Fiscal Year 2024.

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PROPOSAL NO. 3
Advisory, Non-Binding Vote on Named Executive Officer Compensation
A “say-on-pay” advisory vote is required for all U.S. public companies under Section 14A of the Exchange Act which we request annually during our Annual Meeting of Stockholders. We are asking stockholders to approve, on an advisory, non-binding basis, the compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers disclosed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section, and the related compensation tables, notes and narrative, in this Proxy Statement.
The Board recommends that you vote “FOR” approval of the advisory, non-binding vote on executive compensation because it believes that the policies and practices described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section are effective in achieving the Company’s goals of rewarding sustained financial and operating performance and leadership excellence, aligning the executives’ long-term interests with those of the stockholders and motivating the executives to remain with the Company for long and productive careers. Named executive officer compensation of the past three years reflects amounts of cash and long-term equity awards consistent with periods of economic stress and lower earnings, and equity incentives aligning with our actions to stabilize the Company and to position it for a continued recovery.
We urge stockholders to read the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section of this Proxy Statement, as well as the Summary Compensation Table and related compensation tables, notes and narrative, which provide detailed information on the Company’s compensation policies and practices and the compensation of our Named Executive Officers.
As this vote is advisory, it will not be binding on our Board or our Compensation Committee, and neither our Board nor our Compensation Committee will be required to take any action as a result of the outcome of the vote. However, our Compensation Committee will carefully consider the outcome of this vote when considering future executive compensation policies and decisions.
Based on the voting results at the Company’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders with respect to the frequency (the “Frequency Vote”) of future stockholder advisory votes to approve the compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers, the Company includes an advisory, non-binding vote to approve the compensation of its Named Executive Officers in its proxy materials on an annual basis. The next required Frequency Vote is scheduled for the Company’s 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” the approval of the advisory, non-binding vote on Named Executive Officer compensation.

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PROPOSAL NO. 4
Approval of Amendment No. 1 to the Tax Benefit Preservation Plan
Background
Our business operations have generated significant net operating losses (“NOLs”), credit carry-forwards and other tax attributes (collectively, the “Tax Benefits”), and we may generate additional Tax Benefits in future years. Under federal tax laws, subject to certain Tax Benefits expiring, we generally can use the Tax Benefits to reduce our future federal income tax obligations. As of June 30, 2023, we had approximately $303.5 million in federal NOLs, approximately $6.9 million of federal and state tax credit carryforwards, approximately $186 million of foreign tax loss carryforwards, and approximately $3.1 million of foreign tax credit carryfowards. Although we cannot estimate the exact amount of Tax Benefits that we can use to reduce our future income tax obligations because we cannot predict the amount and timing of our future taxable income, we believe the Tax Benefits are very valuable assets.
Our ability to utilize the Tax Benefits may be significantly limited if we experience an “ownership change,” as determined under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). Under Section 382 of the Code, a corporation generally will experience an “ownership change” if the percentage of the corporation’s stock owned by its “5-percent shareholders,” as defined in Section 382 of the Code, increases by more than 50 percentage points over their lowest ownership percentage within a rolling three-year period. If an “ownership change” occurs, the Tax Benefits would be subject to an annual limitation.
If an ownership change were to occur, the limitations imposed by Section 382 could result in a material amount of our Tax Benefits expiring unused and, therefore, significantly impairing the value of the Tax Benefits. Although the complexity of Section 382 of the Code and the limited knowledge any public company has about the ownership of its publicly traded stock make it difficult to determine whether an ownership change has occurred, we currently believe that an ownership change has not occurred. However, if no action is taken, we believe it is possible that we could experience an ownership change in the future.
After careful consideration, the Board determined that the most effective way to protect the Tax Benefits for long-term stockholder value was to adopt the Amended and Restated Tax Benefit Preservation Plan, dated as of August 27, 2020 (as amended, the “Plan”).
On February 28, 2023, the Board approved, and the Company and Computershare Inc., as Rights Agent, entered into Amendment No. 1 to the Plan (the “Amendment to the Plan”) which extends the final expiration date from March 3, 2023 to March 3, 2026. The Amendment to the Plan is described below and the full terms of the Amendment to the Plan and the Plan can be found in Annex A-1 and Annex A-2 to this Proxy Statement, respectively. Subject to certain limited exceptions, the Plan is designed to reduce the likelihood that the Company will experience an ownership change under Section 382 of the Code by (i) discouraging any person or group of persons from acquiring beneficial ownership of 4.9% or more of our then-outstanding common stock and (ii) discouraging any existing person or groups of persons currently beneficially holding 4.9% or more of our then-outstanding common stock from acquiring additional shares of the common stock, in each, without approval of the Board.
The Company anticipates terminating the Plan at the close of business on the date that the Annual Meeting voting results are certified, if stockholder approval of the Amendment to the Plan is not received at the Annual Meeting.
The Board urges our stockholders to carefully read the proposal, the discussion below under the heading “Considerations,” the full terms of the Amendment to the Plan attached as Annex A-1 to this Proxy Statement, and the full terms of the Plan attached as Annex A-2 to this Proxy Statement. It is important to note this measure does not offer a complete solution, and an ownership change may occur even if the Plan remains in place. The Plan may deter, but ultimately cannot block, transfers of our common stock that might result in an ownership change. The limitation of this measure is described in more detail below. The Board believes the Plan should continue until March 3, 2026, to serve as an important tool to help prevent an ownership change that could substantially reduce or eliminate the significant long-term potential value of the Tax Benefits. Accordingly, the Board recommends that stockholders approve the Amendment to the Plan.
Proposal
The Board adopted the Plan on August 27, 2020. The Amendment to the Plan was approved by the Board on February 28, 2023 which extends the final expiration date of the Plan from March 3, 2023 to March 3, 2026. The Company anticipates terminating the Plan at the close of business on the date that the Annual Meeting voting results are certified if stockholder approval of the Amendment to the Plan is not received at the Annual Meeting. Subject to
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certain limited exceptions, the Plan is designed to reduce the likelihood that the Company will experience an ownership change under Section 382 of the Code by (i) discouraging any person or group of persons from acquiring beneficial ownership of 4.9% or more of our then-outstanding common stock and (ii) discouraging any existing person or groups of persons currently beneficially holding 4.9% or more of our then-outstanding common stock from acquiring additional shares of the common stock, in each, without approval of the Board.
The Plan is intended to protect stockholder value by attempting to preserve our ability to use the Tax Benefits to reduce our future income tax obligations. By adopting the Amendment to the Plan, the Board seeks to continue to protect the Company’s ability to use the Tax Benefits. We view our Tax Benefits as highly valuable assets of the Company that are likely to inure to the benefit of the Company and our stockholders.
THE COMPANY ANTICIPATES TERMINATING THE PLAN IF IT FAILS TO OBTAIN STOCKHOLDER APPROVAL FOR THIS PROPOSAL, WHICH WILL RESULT IN THE POTENTIAL FOR SUBSTANTIAL IMPAIRMENT OF THE TAX BENEFITS, AND WHICH COULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE COMPANY, AND, CONSEQUENTLY, OUR STOCKHOLDERS.
The following descriptions of the Amendment to the Plan and the Plan are qualified in their entirety by reference to the texts of the Amendment to the Plan and the Plan, which can be found in Annex A-1 and A-2 to this Proxy Statement. Please read the Amendment to the Plan and the Plan in their entirety, as the discussion below is only a summary.
Description of the Amendment to the Plan
The Amendment to the Plan extends the final expiration date of the Plan from March 3, 2023 to March 3, 2026. No other changes to the Plan were made or contemplated in the Amendment to the Plan.
Description of the Plan
Distribution and Transfer of Rights; Rights Certificates
The Board has declared a dividend of one Right (“Right”) for each outstanding share of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (each, a “Common Share” and collectively, the “Common Shares”). Prior to the Distribution Date (as defined below):
•    the Rights will be evidenced by and trade with the certificates for the Common Shares (or, with respect to any uncertificated Common Shares registered in book entry form, by notation in book entry), and no separate rights certificates will be distributed;
•    new Common Shares certificates issued after the close of business on March 13, 2020 (the “Rights Record Date”) will contain a legend incorporating the Plan by reference (for uncertificated Common Shares registered in book entry form, this legend will be contained in a notation in book entry); and
•    the surrender for transfer of any certificates for Common Shares (or the surrender for transfer of any uncertificated Common Shares registered in book entry form) will also constitute the transfer of the Rights associated with such Common Shares.
Rights will accompany any new Common Shares that are issued after the Rights Record Date.
Distribution Date
Subject to certain exceptions specified in the Plan, the Rights will separate from the Common Shares and become exercisable following (1) the 10th business day (or such later date as may be determined by the Board) after the public announcement that a person or group of affiliated or associated persons (an “Acquiring Person”) has acquired beneficial ownership of 4.9% or more of the Common Shares or (2) the 10th business day (or such later date as may be determined by the Board) after a person or group announces a tender or exchange offer that would result in ownership by a person or group of 4.9% or more of the Common Shares. For purposes of the Plan, beneficial ownership is defined to include the ownership of derivative securities. Any person or group of affiliated or associated persons who beneficially owns 4.9% or more of the outstanding Common Shares as of the announcement of the Plan will not be an Acquiring Person, but only for
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so long as such person or group does not become the beneficial owner of any additional Common Shares.
The date on which the Rights separate from the Common Shares and become exercisable is referred to as the “Distribution Date.”
After the Distribution Date, the Company will mail Rights certificates to the Company’s stockholders as of the close of business on the Distribution Date and the Rights will become transferable apart from the Common Shares. Thereafter, such Rights certificates alone will represent the Rights.
Preferred Shares Purchasable Upon Exercise of Rights
Subject to the terms of the Plan, each Right entitles the registered holder to purchase from the Company one one-thousandth of a share of Series A Participating Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Preferred Shares”), of the Company for an exercise price of $35.00 (the “Exercise Price”) per one one-thousandth of a Preferred Share, subject to adjustment. This portion of a Preferred Share is intended to give the stockholder approximately the same dividend, voting and liquidation rights as would one Common Share and should approximate the value of one Common Share.
More specifically, each one one-thousandth of a Preferred Share, if issued, will:
•    not be redeemable;
•    entitle holders to quarterly dividend payments of $0.01 per share, or an amount equal to the dividend paid on one Common Share, whichever is greater;
•    entitle holders upon liquidation either to receive $1.00 per share or an amount equal to the payment made on one Common Share, whichever is greater;
•    have the same voting power as one Common Share; and
•    entitle holders to a per share payment equal to the payment made on one Common Share if the Common Shares are exchanged via merger, consolidation or a similar transaction.
Flip-In Trigger
If an Acquiring Person obtains beneficial ownership of 4.9% or more of the Common Shares, except pursuant to an offer for all outstanding Common Shares that the independent members of the Board determine to be fair and not inadequate and to otherwise be in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders after receiving advice from one or more investment banking firms, then each Right will entitle the holder thereof to purchase, for the Exercise Price, a number of Common Shares (or, in certain circumstances, cash, property or other securities of the Company) having a then-current market value of twice the Exercise Price. However, the Rights are not exercisable following the occurrence of the foregoing event until such time as the Rights are no longer redeemable by the Company, as further described below.
Following the occurrence of an event set forth in preceding paragraph, all Rights that are or, under certain circumstances specified in the Plan, were beneficially owned by an Acquiring Person or certain of its transferees will be null and void.
Flip-Over Trigger
If, after an Acquiring Person obtains 4.9% or more of the Common Shares, (1) the Company merges into another entity, (2) an acquiring entity merges into the Company or (3) the Company sells or transfers more than 50% of its assets, cash flow or earning power, then each Right (except for Rights that have previously been voided as set forth above) will entitle the holder thereof to purchase, for the Exercise Price, a number of shares of common stock of the person engaging in the transaction having a then-current market value of twice the Exercise Price.
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Redemption of the Rights
The Rights will be redeemable at the Company’s option for $0.01 per Right (payable in cash, Common Shares or other consideration deemed appropriate by the Board) at any time on or prior to the 10th business day (or such later date as may be determined by the Board) after the public announcement that an Acquiring Person has acquired beneficial ownership of 4.9% or more of the Common Shares. Immediately upon the action of the Board ordering redemption, the Rights will terminate and the only right of the holders of the Rights will be to receive the $0.01 redemption price. The redemption price will be adjusted if the Company undertakes a stock dividend or a stock split.
Exchange Provision
At any time after the date on which an Acquiring Person beneficially owns 4.9% or more of the Common Shares and prior to the acquisition by the Acquiring Person of 50% of the Common Shares, the Board may exchange the Rights (except for Rights that have previously been voided as set forth above), in whole or in part, for Common Shares at an exchange ratio of one Common Share per Right (subject to adjustment). In certain circumstances, the Company may elect to exchange the Rights for cash or other securities of the Company having a value approximately equal to one Common Share.
Expiration of the Rights
The Rights expire on the earliest of (1) 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on March 3, 2023 (which has been extended to March 3, 2026, under the Amendment to the Plan); (2) the redemption or exchange of the Rights as described above; (3) following (a) the first annual meeting of the stockholders of the Company after the adoption of the Plan if stockholders do not approve the Plan or (b) the first anniversary of the adoption of the Plan if the stockholders have not otherwise approved the Plan; (4) the repeal of Section 382 of the Code or any other change if the Board determines that the Plan is no longer necessary or desirable for the preservation of the Tax Benefits; (5) the time at which the Board determines that the Tax Benefits are fully utilized or no longer available pursuant to Section 382 of the Code or that an ownership change pursuant to Section 382 of the Code would not adversely impact in any material respect the time period in which the Company could use the Tax Benefits, or materially impair the amount of the Tax Benefits that could be used by the Company in any particular time period, for applicable tax purposes; or (6) a determination by the Board that the Plan is no longer in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders.
Amendment of the Terms of the Rights and the Plan
The terms of the Rights and the Plan may be amended in any respect without the consent of the holders of the Rights on or prior to the Distribution Date. Thereafter, the terms of the Rights and the Plan may be amended without the consent of the holders of Rights in order to (1) cure any ambiguities, (2) shorten or lengthen any time period pursuant to the Plan or (3) make changes that do not adversely affect the interests of holders of the Rights.
Voting Rights; Other Stockholder Rights
The Rights will not have any voting rights. Until a Right is exercised, the holder thereof, as such, will have no separate rights as stockholder of the Company.
Anti-Dilution Provisions
The Board may adjust the Exercise Price, the number of Preferred Shares issuable and the number of outstanding Rights to prevent dilution that may occur from a stock dividend, a stock split or a reclassification of the Preferred Shares or Common Shares.
With certain exceptions, no adjustments to the Exercise Price will be made until the cumulative adjustments amount to at least 1% of the Exercise Price. No fractional Preferred Shares will be issued and, in lieu thereof, an adjustment in cash will be made based on the current market price of the Preferred Shares.
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Considerations
The Board believes that continuing to attempt to protect the Tax Benefits as described above under “Background” is in and the best interests of the Company and our stockholders. However, we cannot eliminate the possibility that an ownership change will occur even if the Amendment to the Plan is approved. Please consider the items discussed below in voting on Proposal 4.
The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) could challenge the amount of the Tax Benefits or claim we experienced an ownership change, which could reduce the amount of the Tax Benefits that we can use or eliminate our ability to use them altogether.
The IRS has not audited or otherwise validated the amount of the Tax Benefits. The IRS could challenge the amount of the Tax Benefits, which could limit our ability to use the Tax Benefits to reduce our future income tax obligations. In addition, the complexity of Section 382 of the Code and the limited knowledge any public company has about the ownership of its publicly traded stock make it difficult to determine whether an ownership change has occurred. Therefore, we cannot assure you that the IRS will not claim that we experienced an ownership change and attempt to reduce or eliminate the benefit of the Tax Benefits even if the Plan remains in place.
Continued Risk of Ownership Change
Although the Plan is intended to reduce the likelihood of an ownership change, we cannot assure you that it would prevent all transfers of our common stock that could result in such an ownership change.
Potential Effects on Liquidity
The Plan restricts a stockholder’s ability to acquire, directly or indirectly, additional shares of our common stock in excess of the specified limitations. Stockholders are advised to carefully monitor their ownership of our stock and consult their own legal advisors and/or us to determine whether their ownership of our stock approaches the restricted levels.
Potential Impact on Value
Because certain buyers, may object to holding our common stock subject to the terms of the Plan, some persons who wish to acquire more than 5% of our common stock and certain institutional holders who may not be comfortable holding our common stock with restrictions in place, may not choose to purchase our common stock, the Plan could depress the value of our common stock in an amount that could more than offset any value preserved from protecting the Tax Benefits.
Potential Anti-Takeover Impact
The Board approved the Amendment to the Plan and the Plan to preserve the long-term value of the Tax Benefits. The Plan is not intended to prevent a takeover of the Company. However, the Plan could be deemed to have a potential anti-takeover effect because an Acquiring Person may be diluted upon the occurrence of a triggering event. Accordingly, the overall effects of the Plan, if approved by our stockholders, may be to render more difficult, or discourage, a merger, tender offer, proxy contest or assumption of control by a substantial holder of our securities. The Plan and the Amendment to the Plan are not the result of any potential takeover transaction known to us and are not part of a plan by us to adopt a series of anti-takeover measures.
Stockholders should be aware that we are subject to Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, which provides, in general, that a transaction constituting a “business combination” within the meaning of Section 203 involving a person owning 15% or more of our outstanding voting stock (referred to as an “interested stockholder”) cannot be completed for a period of three years after the time the person became an interested stockholder unless (i) prior to such time, our Board approved either the business combination or the transaction that resulted in the person becoming an interested stockholder, (ii) upon consummation of the transaction that resulted in the person becoming an interested stockholder, that person owned at least 85% of our outstanding voting stock (excluding shares owned by persons who are both directors and officers of the Company and shares owned by certain of our employee benefit plans), or (iii) the business combination was approved by our Board and by the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 66-2/3% of our outstanding voting stock not owned by the interested stockholder.
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Our Current Certificate and our Bylaws contain certain provisions that may also be deemed to have a potential anti-takeover effect, including:
•    Stockholders have no preemptive right to acquire our securities.
•    Our Bylaws contain advance notice requirements for any stockholder to present a nomination for director or other proposal at an annual or special meeting of stockholders.
•    Our authorized but unissued shares of common stock and preferred stock may be issued without additional stockholder approval and may be utilized for a variety of corporate purposes.

RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” the approval of the Amendment to the Plan

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PROPOSAL NO. 5
Amendment of the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to Reflect New Delaware Law Provisions Regarding Officer Exculpation
Background
The State of Delaware, which is the Company’s state of incorporation, recently enacted legislation that enables Delaware companies to limit the liability of certain officers in limited circumstances under Section 102(b)(7) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”). The new Delaware legislation only permits, and, if our Exculpation Amendment is adopted, our Certificate of Incorporation would only permit, exculpation for direct claims brought by stockholders for breach of an officer’s fiduciary duty of care, including class actions, but would not eliminate officers’ monetary liability for breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by the Company itself or for derivative claims brought by stockholders in the name of the Company. Furthermore, the limitation on liability would not apply to breaches of the duty of loyalty, acts or omissions not in good faith or that involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law, or any transaction in which the officer derived an improper personal benefit. The rationale for limiting the scope of liability, as further described below, is to strike a balance between stockholders’ interest in officer accountability and their interest in the Company being able to attract and retain quality officers to work on its behalf.
The Board has unanimously approved the Exculpation Amendment, subject to stockholder approval. The Board has unanimously determined that the Exculpation Amendment is advisable and in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders, and, in accordance with the DGCL, hereby seeks approval of the Exculpation Amendment by our stockholders.
Proposed Exculpation Amendment
The Board is asking our stockholders to approve the addition of officers to Article VI of our Current Certificate. The text of the Exculpation Amendment is attached hereto as Annex B, with additions marked with bold, underlined text and deletions indicated by strike-out text.
Reasons for the Exculpation Amendment
The Governance and Nominating Committee believes that there is a need for directors and officers to remain free of the risk of financial ruin as a result of an unintentional misstep. Furthermore, adopting the Exculpation Amendment would ensure that the Company remains able to attract and retain the most qualified officers. The Governance and Nominating Committee has determined that the proposed provision would not negatively impact stockholder rights. Thus, in light of (i) the narrow class and type of claims for which officers’ liability would be exculpated, and (ii) the benefits that the Governance and Nominating Committee believe would accrue to the Company and its stockholders in the form of an enhanced ability to attract and retain quality officers, the Governance and Nominating Committee recommended to the Board the Exculpation Amendment.
Frequently, directors and officers must make decisions in response to time-sensitive opportunities and challenges, which can create substantial risk of investigations, claims, actions, suits or proceedings seeking to impose liability on the basis of hindsight, especially in the current litigious environment and regardless of merit. Limiting concern about personal risk would empower both directors and officers to best exercise their business judgment in furtherance of stockholder interests. Furthermore, the Company expects its peers to adopt exculpation clauses that limit the personal liability of officers in their respective certificates of incorporation; failing to adopt the amendment could impact our recruitment and retention of exceptional officer candidates who might conclude that the potential exposure to liabilities, costs of defense and other risks of proceedings exceed the benefits of serving as an officer of the Company.
Adopting the Exculpation Amendment would better position the Company to attract top officer candidates and retain our current officers and enable the officers to exercise their business judgment in furtherance of the interests of the stockholders without the potential for distraction posed by the risk of personal liability. This Exculpation Amendment will also more generally align the protections available to our directors with those available to our officers. In view of the above considerations, our Board has unanimously determined it would be in the best interest of the Company to provide for the exculpation of officers as proposed herein.
Effect of the Exculpation Amendment
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If the Exculpation Amendment is approved by our stockholders, the Exculpation Amendment will become effective upon the filing of an amendment to our Current Certificate, or if Proposal No. 6 is also approved, a Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation with the Delaware Secretary of State, which filing is expected to occur as soon as reasonably practicable after the 2023 Annual Meeting. If the Exculpation Amendment is not approved by our stockholders, the Current Certificate will not be amended to include (or if Proposal No. 6 is approved, the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation will not include) the provision discussed in this Proposal No. 5, and no exculpation will be provided for our officers in our Current Certificate or in the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation.
Vote Required
Approval of the Exculpation Amendment requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding common stock of the Company entitled to vote thereon. As a result, abstentions and broker non-votes will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” this proposal.
This Proposal No. 5 is separate from, and is not conditioned on, the approval of Proposal No. 6 (the Non-Substantive Amendments). Your vote on Proposal No. 6 does not affect your vote on Proposal No. 5. You can vote FOR, AGAINST, or ABSTAIN from voting on any of these proposals.
RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” the approval of the amendment to our Current Certificate to reflect new Delaware law provisions regarding officer exculpation.

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PROPOSAL NO. 6
Amendment and Restatement of the Company’s Current Certificate to Make Certain Additional, Non-Substantive Amendments
Background
Our Current Certificate was last substantively amended in 2017 and the Board believes various changes are in order to update the Current Certificate to conform to the provisions of the Current Certificate as filed with the Delaware Secretary of State. We therefore propose to amend and restate our Current Certificate to enact these Non-Substantive Amendments.
The Board has unanimously approved the Non-Substantive Amendments, subject to stockholder approval. The Board has unanimously determined that the Non-Substantive Amendments are advisable and in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders, and, in accordance with the DGCL, hereby seeks approval of the Non-Substantive Amendments by our stockholders.
Proposed Non-Substantive Amendments
The Board is asking our stockholders to amend and restate the Company’s Current Certificate and approve the following changes:
1.Deletion of obsolete references, including:
a.amending the name on the Current Certificate to replace Harris Stratex with Aviat Networks, Inc. and including Harris Stratex as the former name in the history of the Company in the preamble.
b.eliminating clause 4 of the preamble referencing Class B common stock, which is no longer authorized.
c.eliminating references to the “Reverse Stock Split” and “Old Certificate” as unnecessary in Article IV(a).
d.eliminating references to expired transfer restrictions that are no longer in effect in Article IX.
2.Other administrative amendments, including:
a.Including a reference to the Series A Participating Preferred Stock in the preamble and in Article IV to reflect the date of the Certificate of Designation.
b.various other conforming and administrative amendments, made as a result of integrating such changes.
This description of the proposed amendments to our Current Certificate is a summary and is qualified by the complete text of the proposed amendments addressed by Proposal No. 6 which are set forth in Annex C to this Proxy Statement. In Annex C, additions are marked with bold, underlined text and deletions indicated by strike-out text.
Reasons for the Non-Substantive Amendments
The Board of Directors believes that the Current Certificate should be updated to remove obsolete provisions and incorporate other administrative modifications that the Board of Directors believes will simplify and streamline the document for stockholders. The amendments set forth in this Proposal No. 6 are administrative and will not have a substantive impact on your rights as a stockholder of the Company. These amendments are not being proposed as a result of pending litigation.
Effect of the Non-Substantive Amendments
The amendments contemplated in this Proposal No. 6 would be made by way of amending and restating our Current Certificate as set forth in the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation attached as Annex C to this Proxy Statement. The amendments described in this Proposal No. 6 are interdependent so that the stockholders are approving all or none of the revisions described. If the Non-Substantive Amendments are approved by our stockholders, the Non-Substantive Amendments will become effective upon the filing of a Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation with the Delaware Secretary of State, which filing is expected to occur as soon as reasonably practicable after the 2023 Annual Meeting. If the Non-Substantive Amendments are not approved by our stockholders, the Current Certificate will not be amended and restated to include the revisions discussed in this Proposal No. 6.
Vote Required
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The affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding common stock of the Company entitled to vote thereon will be required to approve the amendment and restatement of our Current Certificate to include the additional edits and Non-Substantive Amendments described in this Proposal No. 6. Abstentions and broker non-votes will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” this proposal.
This Proposal No. 6 is separate from, and is not conditioned on, the approval of Proposal No. 5 (the Exculpation Amendment). Your vote on Proposal No. 5 does not affect your vote on Proposal No. 6. You can vote FOR, AGAINST, or ABSTAIN from voting on any of these proposals.
RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” the approval of the amendment and restatement of the Current Certificate to include additional edits and Non-Substantive Amendments.

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OTHER MATTERS
2023 Annual Report
Our annual report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2023, including audited financial statements, will be available over the Internet through our website at www.aviatnetworks.com and is being mailed with this Proxy Statement.
Form 10-K
We filed an annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2023 with the SEC on August 30, 2023. Stockholders may obtain a copy of the Annual Report on Form 10-K, without charge, by writing to our Corporate Secretary, at the address of our offices located at 200 Parker Drive, Suite C100A, Austin, TX 78728, or through our website at www.aviatnetworks.com.
Other Business
The Board is not aware of any other matter that may be presented for consideration at the Annual Meeting or any adjournment thereof. Should any other matter properly come before the Annual Meeting, your shares of common stock will be voted in accordance with the discretion of the proxy holders.
Householding of Proxy Materials
To reduce costs and the environmental impact of the Annual Meeting, a single proxy statement and annual report, along with individual proxy cards, will be delivered in one envelope to certain stockholders having the same last name and address, and to individuals with more than one account registered with our transfer agent with the same address, unless contrary instructions have been received from an affected stockholder. Stockholders participating in householding will continue to receive separate proxy cards. If you are a registered stockholder and would like to enroll in this service or receive individual copies of this year's and/or future proxy materials, please contact Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, New York 11717; or contact our Corporate Secretary at 512-265-3680 or at our headquarters at 200 Parker Drive, Suite C100A, Austin, TX 78728. If you are a beneficial stockholder, you may contact the broker or bank where you hold the account.


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ANNEX A-1
The Amendment to the Plan

AMENDMENT NO. 1
TO THE AMENDED AND RESTATED TAX BENEFIT PRESERVATION PLAN
This AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO THE AMENDED AND RESTATED TAX BENEFIT PRESERVATION PLAN (this “Amendment”), dated as of February 28, 2023, is by and between Aviat Networks, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and Computershare Inc., a Delaware corporation, as rights agent (the “Rights Agent”).
RECITALS
WHEREAS, on August 27, 2020, the Company and the Rights Agent entered into that certain Amended and Restated Tax Benefit Preservation Plan (the “Plan”);
WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 28 (Supplements and Amendments) of the Plan, the Company desires to amend the Plan to extend the Final Expiration Date; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 28 of the Plan, the Company hereby delivers a certificate from its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, attached hereto as Exhibit A, stating that this Amendment is in compliance with the terms of Section 28 of the Plan.
AGREEMENT
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual agreements herein set forth, the parties hereto agree as follows:
1.    Definitions. Capitalized terms used and not defined in this Amendment have the respective meanings assigned to them in the Plan.
2.    Amendments to the Plan. As of the Effective Date (defined below), the Plan is hereby amended as follows:
A.    Section 1(aa) of the Plan is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
“(aa)    “Final Expiration Date” means March 3, 2026.”
B.    Exhibit B to the Plan is hereby amended by deleting the first sentence in the Legend and replacing it with the following:
“NOT EXERCISABLE AFTER THE FINAL EXPIRATION DATE (AS DEFINED IN THE PLAN (AS DEFINED BELOW)) OR SUCH EARLIER DATE AS THE RIGHTS ARE REDEEMED, EXCHANGED OR TERMINATED.”
3.    Ratification of the Plan. This Amendment will be deemed effective as of the date first written above (the “Effective Date”). Except as expressly provided in this Amendment, all terms and provisions of the Plan are and will remain in full force and effect and are hereby ratified and confirmed by the parties hereto. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the amendments contained herein will not be construed as an amendment to or waiver of any other provision of the Plan or as a waiver of or consent to any further or future action on the part of either party hereto that would require the waiver or consent of the other party. On and after the Effective Date, each reference in the Plan to “this Plan”, “the Plan”, “hereunder”, “hereof”, “herein”, or words of like import will mean and be a reference to the Plan as amended by this Amendment.
4.    Counterparts. This Amendment and any supplements or further amendments hereto may be executed in any number of counterparts and each of such counterparts will for all purposes be deemed to be an original,
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and all such counterparts will together constitute one and the same instrument, it being understood that all parties need not sign the same counterpart. A signature to this Amendment executed and/or transmitted electronically (including by fax and .pdf) will have the same authority, effect, and enforceability as an original signature. No party hereto may raise the use of such electronic transmission to deliver a signature, or the fact that any signature or agreement or instrument was transmitted or communicated through such electronic transmission, as a defense to the formation of a contract.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Amendment to be duly executed as of the date first written above.

COMPANY
Aviat Networks, Inc.
By:     /s/ David Gray                
    David Gray
    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
RIGHTS AGENT
Computershare Inc.
By:     /s/ Patrick Hayes            
    Name:    Patrick Hayes    
    Title:    Manager, Client Management


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EXHIBIT A
Certificate of Company
The undersigned, David Gray, hereby certifies he is a duly elected and acting Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Aviat Networks, Inc. (the “Company”), and that as such, he is duly authorized to execute and deliver this Certificate on behalf of the Company.
He hereby further certifies on behalf of the Company that the foregoing Amendment No. 1 to the Amended and Restated Tax Benefit Preservation Plan is in compliance with the terms of Section 28 of the Amended and Restated Tax Benefit Preservation Plan dated as of August 27, 2020, by and between the Company and Computershare Inc.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has executed this Certificate on behalf of the Company as of this 28th day of February, 2023.

Aviat Networks, Inc.
By:        /s/ David Gray            
    David Gray
    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer


The undersigned hereby certifies that the person named above is the duly elected, qualified and acting Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of the Company, and that the signature appearing above is his true and valid signature.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has executed this Certificate on behalf of the Company as of this 28th day of February, 2023.

Aviat Networks, Inc.
By:        /s/ Erin Boase            
    Erin Boase
    General Counsel, Vice President Legal Affairs

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ANNEX A-2
The Plan


AMENDED AND RESTATED
TAX BENEFIT PRESERVATION PLAN
Dated as of August 27, 2020
by and between
AVIAT NETWORKS, INC.
and
COMPUTERSHARE INC.,
as Rights Agent



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Page
Section 1. Certain Definitions
1
Section 2. Appointment of Rights Agent
8
Section 3. Issuance of Rights Certificates
8
Section 4. Form of Rights Certificates
10
Section 5. Countersignature and Registration
11
Section 6. Transfer, Split Up, Combination and Exchange of Rights Certificates; Mutilated, Destroyed, Lost or Stolen Rights Certificates
11
Section 7. Exercise of Rights; Exercise Price; Expiration Date of Rights
12
Section 8. Cancellation and Destruction of Rights Certificates
14
Section 9. Reservation and Availability of Preferred Shares
14
Section 10. Record Date for Securities Issued
15
Section 11. Adjustment of Exercise Price, Number and Kind of Shares or Number of Rights
16
Section 12. Certificate of Adjusted Exercise Price or Number of Shares
20
Section 13. Consolidation, Merger or Sale or Transfer of Assets, Cash Flow or Earning Power
21
Section 14. Fractional Rights and Fractional Shares
23
Section 15. Rights of Action
24
Section 16. Agreement of Rights Holders
24
Section 17. Holder of Rights Certificate Not Deemed to be a Stockholder
25
Section 18. Concerning the Rights Agent
25
Section 19. Merger, Consolidation or Change of Name of Rights Agent
26
Section 20. Duties of Rights Agent
26
Section 21. Change of Rights Agent
29
Section 22. Issuance of New Rights Certificates
30
Section 23. Redemption
30
Section 24. Exchange
31
Section 25. Process to Seek Exemption Prior to Trigger Event
32
Section 26. Notice of Certain Events
34
Section 27. Notices
34
Section 28. Supplements and Amendments
35
Section 29. Successors
35
Section 30. Determinations and Actions by the Board
35
Section 31. Benefits of this Plan
36
Section 32. Severability
36
Section 33. Governing Law; Exclusive Jurisdiction
36
Section 34. Counterparts
37
Section 35. Descriptive Headings; Interpretation
37
Section 36. Costs of Enforcement
37
Section 37. Force Majeure
37
Section 38. USA PATRIOT Act
38


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EXHIBITS

Exhibit A    Form of Certificate of Designation of Rights, Preferences, and Privileges of Series A
        Participating Preferred Stock...................................................................................................A-1
Exhibit B    Form of Rights Certificate.......................................................................................................B-1
Exhibit C    Form of Summary of Rights....................................................................................................C-1


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TAX BENEFIT PRESERVATION PLAN
This AMENDED AND RESTATED TAX BENEFIT PRESERVATION PLAN (this “Plan”), dated as of August 27, 2020, is by and between Aviat Networks, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and Computershare Inc., a Delaware corporation, as rights agent (the “Rights Agent”). All capitalized terms used in this Plan have the meanings given thereto in Section 1.
RECITALS
WHEREAS, on March 3, 2020 (the “Rights Dividend Declaration Date”), the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) adopted the Tax Benefit Preservation Plan, dated as of March 3, 2020 (the “Original Plan”);
WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 28 of the Original Plan, the Company and the Rights Agent desire to amend and restate the Original Plan in its entirety with this Plan to, among other things, amend the defined term “Exempt Person” pursuant to Section 25, add the defined term “Excluded Person” and correct certain section references;
WHEREAS, the Board previously authorized and declared a dividend of one preferred share purchase right (a “Right”) for each Common Share outstanding as of the Close of Business on March 13, 2020 (the “Record Date”), each Right initially representing the right to purchase one one-thousandth of a Preferred Share (as such number may be adjusted pursuant to the provisions of this Plan) and having the rights, preferences and privileges set forth in the form of Certificate of Designation of Rights, Preferences and Privileges of Series A Participating Preferred Stock attached hereto as Exhibit A, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein;
WHEREAS, the Board further authorized and directed the issuance of one Right (as such number may be adjusted pursuant to the provisions of this Plan) with respect to each Common Share that becomes outstanding (whether as an original issuance or from the Company’s treasury) between the Record Date and the earlier of the (a) Distribution Date and (b) Expiration Date, and in certain circumstances after the Distribution Date;
WHEREAS, if the Company experiences an “ownership change,” as defined in Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any successor statute (the “Code”), its ability to use Tax Benefits (as defined below) for income tax purposes could be substantially limited or lost altogether; and
WHEREAS, the Company views the Tax Benefits as highly valuable assets of the Company that are likely to inure to the benefit of the Company and its stockholders, and the Company believes that it is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders that the Company provide for the protection of the Tax Benefits on the terms and conditions set forth herein.
AGREEMENT
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual agreements herein set forth, the parties hereby agree as follows:
Section 1.Certain Definitions. For purposes of this Plan, the following terms have the meanings indicated:
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(a)Acquiring Person” means any Person who or that, together with all Affiliates and Associates of such Person, is the Beneficial Owner of 4.9% or more of the Common Shares then outstanding, but not including (i) any Exempt Person, (ii) any Excluded Person or (iii) any Existing Holder, unless and until such time as such Existing Holder becomes the Beneficial Owner of one or more additional Common Shares (other than pursuant to a dividend or distribution paid or made by the Company on the outstanding Common Shares in Common Shares or pursuant to a split or subdivision of the outstanding Common Shares), unless upon becoming the Beneficial Owner of such additional Common Shares, such Existing Holder does not Beneficially Own 4.9% or more of the Common Shares then outstanding. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Person will be deemed to be an Acquiring Person as the result of an acquisition of Common Shares by an Excluded Person that, by reducing the number of Common Shares then outstanding, increases the proportionate number of Common Shares that are Beneficially Owned by such Person to 4.9% or more of the Common Shares then outstanding; provided, however, that if a Person becomes the Beneficial Owner of 4.9% or more of the Common Shares then outstanding solely as the result of a reduction in the number of Common Shares then outstanding due to an acquisition of Common Shares by an Excluded Person and, after such acquisition by such Excluded Person, becomes the Beneficial Owner of one or more additional Common Shares (other than pursuant to a dividend or distribution paid or made by the Company on the outstanding Common Shares in Common Shares or pursuant to a split or subdivision of the outstanding Common Shares), then such Person will be deemed to be an Acquiring Person unless, upon becoming the Beneficial Owner of such additional Common Shares, such Person does not Beneficially Own 4.9% or more of the Common Shares then outstanding. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Board determines in good faith that a Person who would otherwise be an Acquiring Person has become such inadvertently (including because (A) such Person was unaware that it Beneficially Owned a percentage of the Common Shares that would otherwise cause such Person to be an Acquiring Person or (B) such Person was aware of the extent of the Common Shares that it Beneficially Owned but had no actual knowledge of the consequences of such Beneficial Ownership pursuant to this Plan) and without any intention of changing or influencing control of the Company, and if such Person divested or divests (including by entering into an agreement with the Company, which agreement is satisfactory to the Board in its sole discretion, to divest and subsequently divests in accordance with the terms of such agreement, without exercising or retaining any power, including voting power, with respect to such Common Shares) as promptly as practicable a sufficient number of Common Shares so that such Person would no longer be an Acquiring Person, then such Person will not be deemed to be or to have become an Acquiring Person at any time for any purposes of this Plan. For all purposes of this Plan, any calculation of the number of Common Shares outstanding at any particular time, including for purposes of determining the particular percentage of the outstanding Common Shares of which any Person is the Beneficial Owner, will be calculated in accordance with Section 382 and the Treasury Regulations promulgated thereunder.
(b)Adjustment Shares” has the meaning set forth in Section 11(a)(ii).
(c)Affiliate” and “Associate” have the respective meanings ascribed to such terms in Rule 12b-2 of the General Rules and Regulations promulgated under the Exchange Act, as in effect on the Rights Dividend Declaration Date and, to the extent not included within the foregoing, will also include, with respect to any Person, any other Person (other than an Exempt Person, an Excluded Person or an Existing Holder) whose Stock or other securities (i) would be deemed owned constructively or indirectly by such first Person for purposes of Section 382; (ii) would be deemed owned by a single “entity” as defined in Treasury Regulations § 1.382-3(a)(1) in which both such first Person and such other Person are included; or (iii) otherwise would be deemed aggregated with the Stock or other securities owned by such first Person pursuant to the provisions of Section 382; provided, however, that a Person will not be deemed to be an Affiliate or Associate of another Person solely because either or both such Persons are or were directors of the Company.
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(d)A Person will be deemed to be the “Beneficial Owner” of, and will be deemed to “Beneficially Own” and have “Beneficial Ownership” of, any securities:    
(i)    that such Person or any of such Person’s Affiliates or Associates, directly or indirectly, owns or has the legal, equitable or contractual right or obligation to acquire (whether directly or indirectly and whether exercisable immediately or only after the passage of time, compliance with regulatory requirements, satisfaction of one or more conditions (whether or not within the control of such Person) or otherwise) (A) pursuant to any agreement, arrangement or understanding whether or not in writing (other than customary agreements with and between underwriters and selling group members with respect to a bona fide public offering of securities); (B) upon the exercise of any conversion rights, exchange rights, rights (other than the Rights), warrants or options, or otherwise; (C) pursuant to the power to revoke a trust, discretionary account or similar arrangement; (D) pursuant to the power to terminate a repurchase or similar so-called “stock borrowing” agreement, arrangement or understanding; (E) pursuant to the automatic termination of a trust, discretionary account or similar arrangement; or (F) any securities (including rights, options or warrants) that are convertible or exchangeable into, or exercisable for, Common Shares until such time as such securities are converted, exchanged or exercised, except to the extent that the acquisition or transfer of securities (including rights, options or warrants) would be treated as exercised on the date of its acquisition or transfer pursuant to Treasury Regulations § 1.382-4(d); provided, however, that a Person will not be deemed pursuant to this Section 1(d)(i) to be the Beneficial Owner of, or to Beneficially Own, securities (1) tendered pursuant to a tender or exchange offer made by or on behalf of such Person or any of such Person’s Affiliates or Associates until such tendered securities are accepted for purchase or exchange; (2) issuable upon the exercise of Rights at any time prior to the occurrence of a Triggering Event; (3) issuable upon the exercise of Rights from and after the occurrence of a Triggering Event if such Rights were acquired by such Person or any of such Person’s Affiliates or Associates prior to the Distribution Date or pursuant to Section 3(a) or Section 22 (the “Original Rights”) or pursuant to Section 11(g) in connection with an adjustment made with respect to any Original Rights; or (4) that a Person or any of such Person’s Affiliates or Associates may be deemed to have the right to acquire pursuant to any merger or other acquisition agreement between the Company and such Person (or one or more of its Affiliates or Associates), or any tender, voting or support agreement entered into by such Person (or one or more of its Affiliates or Associates) in connection therewith, if such agreement has been approved by the Board prior to there being an Acquiring Person;
(ii)    that such Person or any of such Person’s Affiliates or Associates, directly or indirectly, has the right to vote (including the power to vote or to direct the voting of) or dispose (or direct the disposition) of or has “beneficial ownership” of (as determined pursuant to Rule 13d-3 of the General Rules and Regulations promulgated under the Exchange Act, as in effect on the Rights Dividend Declaration Date), including pursuant to any agreement, arrangement or understanding whether or not in writing; provided, however, that a Person will not be deemed the Beneficial Owner of, or to Beneficially Own, any security pursuant to this Section 1(d)(ii) as a result of an agreement, arrangement or understanding whether or not in writing to vote such security if such agreement, arrangement or understanding (A) arises solely from a revocable proxy or consent given to such Person in response to a public proxy or consent solicitation made pursuant to, and in accordance with, the applicable provisions of the General Rules and Regulations promulgated under the Exchange Act; and (B) is not also then reportable by such Person on Schedule 13D pursuant to the Exchange Act (or any comparable or successor report);
(iii)    that are Beneficially Owned, directly or indirectly, by any other Person (or any of such Person’s Affiliates or Associates) with which such first Person (or any of such first Person’s Affiliates or Associates) has any agreement, arrangement or understanding whether or not in writing (other than customary agreements with and between underwriters and selling group members with respect to a bona fide public
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offering of securities) for the purpose of acquiring, holding, voting (except pursuant to a revocable proxy to the extent contemplated by the proviso to Section 1(d)(ii)) or disposing of any securities of the Company, but only if the effect of such agreement, arrangement or understanding is to treat such Persons as an “entity” pursuant to Treasury Regulations § 1.382-3(a)(1); provided, however, that no person who is an officer, director or employee of an Excluded Person will be deemed, solely by reason of such person’s status or authority as such, to be a Beneficial Owner of, to have Beneficial Ownership of or to Beneficially Own any securities of the Company that are Beneficially Owned (including in a fiduciary capacity) by an Excluded Person or by any other such officer, director or employee of an Excluded Person; provided further, however, that any stockholder of the Company, together with any Affiliate, Associate or other person who may be deemed to be a representative of such stockholder then serving as a director of the Company, will not be deemed to be the Beneficial Owner of, to have Beneficial Ownership of or to Beneficially Own any securities of the Company held by any other Person as a result of any Person affiliated or otherwise associated with such stockholder serving as a director of the Company or taking any action in connection therewith; or
(iv)    that are the subject of a derivative transaction entered into by such Person or any of such Person’s Affiliates or Associates, including, for these purposes, any derivative security acquired by such Person or any of such Person’s Affiliates or Associates that gives such Person or any of such Person’s Affiliates or Associates the economic equivalent of ownership of an amount of securities due to the fact that the value of the derivative security is explicitly determined by reference to the price or value of such securities, or that provides such Person or any of such Person’s Affiliates or Associates an opportunity, directly or indirectly, to profit or to share in any profit derived from any change in the value of such securities, in any case without regard to whether (A) the derivative security conveys any voting rights in such securities to such Person or any of such Person’s Affiliates or Associates; (B) the derivative security is required to be, or capable of being, settled through delivery of such securities; or (C) such Person or any of such Person’s Affiliates or Associates may have entered into other transactions that hedge the economic effect of the derivative security. In determining the number of Common Shares that are Beneficially Owned by virtue of the operation of this Section 1(d)(iv), the subject Person will be deemed to Beneficially Own (without duplication) the notional or other number of Common Shares that, pursuant to the documentation evidencing the derivative security, may be acquired upon the exercise or settlement of the applicable derivative security or as the basis upon which the value or settlement amount of such derivative security, or the opportunity of the holder of such derivative security to profit or share in any profit, is to be calculated, in whole or in part, and in any case (or if no such number of Common Shares is specified in such documentation or otherwise) as determined by the Board in good faith to be the number of Common Shares to which the derivative security relates. Notwithstanding anything in this Plan to the contrary, to the extent not within the foregoing provisions of this Section 1(d), a Person will be deemed to be the Beneficial Owner of, and will be deemed to Beneficially Own or have Beneficial Ownership of, Stock held by any other Person that such Person would be deemed to own constructively or indirectly or otherwise would be aggregated with Stock owned by such Person pursuant to Section 382.
(e)Board” has the meaning set forth in the recitals at the beginning of this Plan.
(f)Book Entry Shares” has the meaning set forth in Section 3(a).
(g)Business Day” means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or a day on which the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is closed.
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(h)Close of Business” on any given date means 5:00 p. m., New York City time, on such date; provided, however, that if such date is not a Business Day, it means 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the next succeeding Business Day.
(i)Code” has the meaning set forth in the recitals at the beginning of this Plan.
(j)Common Shares” means, unless otherwise specified, the shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Company. When used with reference to any Person other than the Company, Common Shares means the capital stock with the greatest voting power, or the equity securities or other equity interest having power to control or direct the management, of such Person or, if such Person is a Subsidiary of another Person, of the Person that ultimately controls such first-mentioned Person.
(k)Common Share Equivalents” has the meaning set forth in Section 11(a)(iii).
(l)Company” has the meaning set forth in the preamble hereto, subject to the terms of Section 13(a).
(m)Current Per Share Market Price” of any security (a “Security” for purposes of this definition), for all computations other than those made pursuant to Section 11(a)(iii), means the average of the daily closing prices per share of such Security for the 30 consecutive Trading Days immediately prior to but not including such date, and for purposes of computations made pursuant to Section 11(a)(iii), the Current Per Share Market Price of any Security on any date will be deemed to be the average of the daily closing prices per share of such Security for the 10 consecutive Trading Days immediately following but not including such date; provided, however, that in the event that the Current Per Share Market Price of the Security is determined during any period following the announcement by the issuer of such Security of (i) a dividend or distribution on such Security payable in shares of such Security or securities convertible into such shares (other than the Rights); or (ii) any subdivision, combination, consolidation, reverse stock split or reclassification of such Security, and the ex-dividend date for such dividend or distribution, or the record date for such subdivision, combination, consolidation, reverse stock split or reclassification, has not occurred prior to the commencement of the requisite 30 Trading Day or 10 Trading Day period as set forth above, then, and in each such case, the Current Per Share Market Price will be appropriately adjusted to take into account ex-dividend trading. The closing price for each day will be the last sale price, regular way, reported at or prior to 4:00 p.m., New York City time, or, if no such sale takes place on such day, the average of the bid and asked prices, regular way, reported as of 4:00 p.m. New York City time, in either case as reported in the principal consolidated transaction reporting system with respect to securities listed or admitted to trading on NASDAQ or, if the Security is not listed or admitted to trading on NASDAQ, as reported in the principal consolidated transaction reporting system with respect to securities listed on the principal national securities exchange on which the Security is listed or admitted to trading or, if the Security is not listed or admitted to trading on any national securities exchange, the last quoted price reported at or prior to 4:00 p.m., New York City time, or, if on such date the Security is not so quoted, the average of the high bid and low asked prices in the over-the-counter market, as reported as of 4:00 p.m., New York City time, by NASDAQ or such other system then in use, or, if on any such date the Security is not quoted by any such organization, the average of the closing bid and asked prices as furnished by a professional market maker making a market in the Security selected by the Board. If on any such date no market maker is making a market in the Security, the fair value of the Security on such date as determined in good faith by the Board will be used, which determination will be described in a statement filed with the Rights Agent and will be conclusive and binding on the Rights Agent and the holders of the Rights. If the Current Per Share Market Price of the Preferred Shares cannot be determined in the manner provided above or if the Preferred Shares are not publicly held or not listed or traded in a manner described above, then the Current Per Share Market Price of
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the Preferred Shares will be conclusively deemed to be (x) the Current Per Share Market Price of the Common Shares as determined pursuant to this Section 1(m) multiplied by (y) 1,000 (as such number may be appropriately adjusted to reflect any subdivision, combination, consolidation, reverse stock split or reclassification of Common Shares occurring after the Rights Dividend Declaration Date). If the Security (other than the Preferred Shares) is not publicly held or not so listed or traded, or if on any such date the Security is not so quoted and no such market maker is making a market in the Security, then the Current Per Share Market Price means the fair value per Security as determined in good faith by the Board, after consultation with a nationally recognized investment banking firm, whose determination will be described in a statement filed with the Rights Agent and will be conclusive and binding on the Rights Agent and the holders of the Rights.
(n)Current Exchange Value” means the product of the Current Per Share Market Price of Common Shares on the date of the occurrence of an Exchange Determination (or the next Business Day, if such date is not a Business Day) multiplied by the number of Common Shares for which the Right would otherwise be exchangeable (without regard to whether there were sufficient Common Shares available therefor).
(o)Current Value” has the meaning set forth in Section 11(a)(iii).
(p)Distribution Date” means the earlier of (i) the Close of Business on the 10th Business Day (or such later date as may be determined by action of the Board, which action must be taken prior to the Distribution Date that otherwise would have occurred) after the Shares Acquisition Date (or, if the 10th Business Day after the Shares Acquisition Date occurs before the Record Date, then the Record Date); or (ii) the Close of Business on the 10th Business Day (or such later date as may be determined by the Board) after the date that a tender or exchange offer by any Person (other than an Exempt Person or an Excluded Person) is first published, sent or given within the meaning of Rule 14d-2(a) of the General Rules and Regulations promulgated under the Exchange Act if, assuming the successful consummation thereof, such Person would be an Acquiring Person; provided, however, that if any tender or exchange offer referred to in clause (ii) of this Section 1(p) is cancelled, terminated or otherwise withdrawn prior to the Distribution Date without the purchase or exchange of any Common Shares pursuant thereto, then such offer will be deemed, for purposes of this paragraph, never to have been made.
(q)Equivalent Shares” means any class or series of capital stock of the Company having the same rights, privileges and preferences as the Preferred Shares.
(r)Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
(s)Exchange Determination” has the meaning set forth in Section 24(a).
(t)Exchange Ratio” has the meaning set forth in Section 24(a).
(u)Excluded Person” means (i) the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company, in each case including the officers and members of the board of directors thereof acting in their fiduciary capacities; or (ii) any employee benefit plan of the Company or of any Subsidiary of the Company, or any entity or trustee holding (or acting in a fiduciary capacity in respect of) shares of capital stock of the Company for or pursuant to the terms of any such plan or for the purpose of funding other employee benefits for employees of the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company.
(v)Exempt Person” means any Person determined by the Board to be an “Exempt Person” in accordance with the requirements set forth in Section 25 hereof for so long as such Person complies with any limitations or conditions required by the Board in making such determination.
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(w)Exemption Request” has the meaning set forth in Section 25(a).
(x)Exercise Price” is initially $35.00 for each one one-thousandth of a Preferred Share issuable pursuant to the exercise of a Right and is subject to adjustment from time to time as provided in Section 11 or Section 13.
(y)Existing Holder” means any Person who or that, together with all Affiliates and Associates of such Person, is, immediately prior to the first public announcement of the adoption of this Plan, the Beneficial Owner of 4.9% or more of the Common Shares then outstanding. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Plan, any Existing Holder who, together with all Affiliates and Associates of such Person, becomes at any time the Beneficial Owner of less than 4.9% of the Common Shares then outstanding will cease to be an Existing Holder and will be subject to all the provisions of this Plan in the same manner as any Person who is not and was not an Existing Holder.
(z)Expiration Date” means the earliest to occur of (i) the Close of Business on the Final Expiration Date; (ii) the Redemption Date; (iii) the time at which the Board orders the exchange of the Rights as provided in Section 24; (iv) if Stockholder Approval is not obtained at the first annual meeting of the stockholders of the Company following the date of this Plan, the Close of Business on the date of such stockholder meeting, or the Close of Business on first anniversary of the date of this Plan, if Stockholder Approval has not otherwise been obtained by that date; (v) the close of business on the effective date of the repeal of Section 382 or any other change if the Board, in its sole discretion, determines that this Plan is no longer necessary or desirable for the preservation of the Tax Benefits; (vi) the time at which the Board determines that the Tax Benefits are fully utilized or no longer available pursuant to Section 382 or that an ownership change pursuant to Section 382 would not adversely impact in any material respect the time period in which the Company could use the Tax Benefits, or materially impair the amount of the Tax Benefits that could be used by the Company in any particular time period, for applicable tax purposes; or (vii) a determination by the Board, in its sole discretion and prior to the Distribution Date, that this Plan and the Rights are no longer in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders.
(aa)Final Expiration Date” means March 3, 2023.
(bb)    “NASDAQ” means The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC.
(cc)    “Original Rights” has the meaning set forth in Section 1(d)(i).
(dd)    “Person” means any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, business trust, trust, association, syndicate, group (as such term is used in Rule 13d-5 of the General Rules and Regulations promulgated under the Exchange Act, as in effect on the Rights Dividend Declaration Date), other entity or any group of Persons making a “coordinated acquisition” of Common Shares within the meaning of Treasury Regulations § 1.382-3(a)(1) or who are otherwise treated as an “entity” within the meaning of Treasury Regulations § 1.382-3(a)(1), and, in each case, will include any successor (by merger or otherwise) of any such Person, but will not include a Public Group (as defined in Treasury Regulations § 1.382-2T(f) (13)).
(ee)    “Plan” has the meaning set forth in the preamble at the beginning of this Plan.
(ff)    “Post-Event Transferee” has the meaning set forth in Section 7(e).
(gg)    “Pre-Event Transferee” has the meaning set forth in Section 7(e).
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(hh)    “Preferred Shares” means shares of Series A Participating Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Company and, to the extent that there are not a sufficient number of shares of Preferred Shares authorized to permit the full exercise of the Rights, any other series of preferred stock of the Company designated for such purpose containing terms substantially similar to the terms of the Preferred Shares.
(ii)    “Principal Party” has the meaning set forth in Section 13(b).
(jj)    “Record Date” has the meaning set forth in the recitals at the beginning of this Plan.
(kk)    “Redemption Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 23(a).
(ll)    “Redemption Price” has the meaning set forth in Section 23(a).
(mm)    “Requesting Person” has the meaning set forth in Section 25(a).
(nn)    “Right” has the meaning set forth in the recitals at the beginning of this Plan.
(oo)    “Rights Agent” has the meaning set forth in the preamble hereto.
(pp)    “Rights Certificate” means a certificate substantially in the form attached as Exhibit B.
(qq)    “Rights Dividend Declaration Date” has the meaning set forth in the recitals at the beginning of this Plan.
(rr)    “Section 11(a)(ii) Event” means any event described in Section 11(a)(ii).
(ss)    “Section 11(a)(ii) Trigger Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 11(a)(iii).
(tt)    “Section 13 Event” means any event described in clause (i), (ii) or (iii) of Section 13(a).
(uu)    “Section 382” means Section 382 of the Code or any successor or replacement provision and the Treasury Regulations promulgated
(vv)    “Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
(ww)    “Security” has the meaning set forth in Section 1(m).
(xx)    “Shares Acquisition Date” means the first date of public announcement (which, for purposes of this definition, includes the filing or amending of a report pursuant to Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act or pursuant to a comparable successor statute) by the Company or an Acquiring Person that an Acquiring Person has become such or that discloses information that reveals the existence of an Acquiring Person.
(yy)    “Spread” means the excess of (i) the Current Value over (ii) the Exercise Price.
(zz)    “Stock” means with respect to any Person, such Person’s (i) common shares; (ii) preferred shares (other than preferred shares described in Section 1504(a)(4) of the Code); and (iii) any other interest that would be treated as “stock” of such Person pursuant to Treasury Regulations § 1.382-2T(f) (18).
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(aaa)    “Stockholder Approval” means the approval of this Plan by the affirmative vote of the majority of shares of Common Stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the proposal at a meeting of the stockholders of the Company (or any adjournment or postponement thereof) duly held in accordance with the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended, the Company’s Amended and Restated Bylaws, and applicable law.
(bbb)    “Subsequent Transferee” has the meaning set forth in Section 7(e).
(ccc)    “Subsidiary” of any Person means any firm, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, business trust, trust, association, syndicate or other entity (whether or not incorporated) of which an amount of voting securities sufficient to elect a majority of the directors or Persons having similar authority, or a majority of the equity or ownership interests, is Beneficially Owned, directly or indirectly, by such Person, or any firm, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, business trust, trust, association, syndicate or other entity (whether or not incorporated) otherwise controlled by such Person.
(ddd)    “Substitution Period” has the meaning set forth in Section 11(a)(iii).
(eee)    “Summary of Rights” means a summary of this Plan substantially in the form attached as Exhibit C.
(fff)    “Tax Benefits” means net operating losses, capital loss carryovers, general business credit carryovers, alternative minimum tax credit carryovers, foreign tax credit carryovers or any loss or deduction attributable to a “net unrealized built-in loss” within the meaning of Section 382, in each case of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, and any other tax attribute the benefit of which is subject to possible limitation pursuant to Section 382.
(ggg)    “Trading Day” means a day on which the principal national securities exchange on which a referenced security is listed or admitted to trading is open for the transaction of business or, if a referenced security is not listed or admitted to trading on any national securities exchange, a Business Day.
(hhh)    “Treasury Regulations” means the final, temporary and proposed income tax regulations promulgated by the United States Department of the Treasury pursuant to the Code, as amended or superseded from time to time.
(iii)    “Triggering Event” means any Section 11(a)(ii) Event or Section 13 Event.
(jjj)    “Trust” has the meaning set forth in Section 24(b)(ii).
(kkk)    “Trust Agreement” has the meaning set forth in Section 24(b)(ii).
(lll)    “Waiver Request” has the meaning set forth in Section 25(b).
Section 2.Appointment of Rights Agent
. The Company hereby appoints the Rights Agent to act as rights agent for the Company and the holders of the Rights (who, in accordance with Section 3, will prior to the Distribution Date also be the holders of the Common Shares) in accordance with the express terms and conditions hereof, and the Rights Agent hereby accepts such appointment. Upon 10 days’ prior written notice to the Rights Agent, the Company may from time to time appoint
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such co-rights agents as it may deem necessary or desirable. If the Company appoints one or more co-rights agents, then the respective duties of the Rights Agent and such co-rights agents will be as the Company determines, and the Company will promptly notify each rights agent of its respective duties. The Rights Agent will have no duty to supervise and will in no event be liable for the acts or omissions of, any co-rights agent.
Section 3.Issuance of Rights Certificates.
(a)Rights Evidenced by Certificates for Common Shares and Book Entry Shares. Until the Distribution Date, (i) the Rights (unless earlier expired, redeemed or terminated) will be evidenced (subject to the provisions of Section 3(b) and Section 3(c)) by the certificates for Common Shares registered in the names of the holders thereof or, in the case of uncertificated Common Shares registered in book entry form (“Book Entry Shares”), by notation in book entry accounts reflecting the ownership of such Common Shares (which certificates and Book Entry Shares, as applicable, will also be deemed to be Rights Certificates) and not by separate Rights Certificates; and (ii) the Rights (and the right to receive Rights Certificates) will be transferable only in connection with the transfer of the underlying Common Shares (including a transfer to the Company). As soon as practicable after the Distribution Date, the Company will prepare and execute, the Rights Agent will countersign, by manual or facsimile signature, and the Company will send or cause to be sent (and the Rights Agent will, if so requested and provided with all necessary information and documents, at the Company’s expense send) (by mailing, in accordance with Section 27 or by such reasonable means as may be selected by the Company) to each record holder of Common Shares as of the Close of Business on the Distribution Date (other than any Acquiring Person or any of its Affiliates or Associates), at the address of such holder shown on the transfer books of the Company or the transfer agent for the Common Shares, one or more Rights Certificates evidencing one Right for each Common Share so held, subject to adjustment as provided herein. Receipt of a Rights Certificate by any Person will not preclude a later determination that all or part of the Rights represented thereby are null and void pursuant to Section 7(e). To the extent that a Section 11(a)(ii) Event has also occurred, the Company may implement such procedures as it deems appropriate in its sole discretion to minimize the possibility that Rights are received by any Person whose Rights are null and void pursuant to Section 7(e). In the event that an adjustment in the number of Rights per Common Share has been made pursuant to Section 11, then at the time of distribution of the Rights Certificates, the Company will make the necessary and appropriate rounding adjustments (in accordance with Section 14(a)) so that Rights Certificates representing only whole numbers of Rights are distributed and cash is paid in lieu of any fractional Rights (in accordance with Section 14(a)). As of and after the Distribution Date, the Rights will be evidenced solely by the Rights Certificates and may be transferred by the transfer of the Rights Certificates as permitted hereby, separately and apart from any transfer of Common Shares, and the holders of such Rights Certificates as shown on the transfer books of the Company or the transfer agent for the Rights (which may be the Rights Agent) will be the record holders thereof. The Company will promptly notify the Rights Agent in writing upon the occurrence of the Distribution Date. Until such notice is provided to the Rights Agent, it may presume conclusively for all purposes that the Distribution Date has not occurred.
(b)Summary of Rights; Outstanding Common Shares. The Company will make available, or cause to be made available, promptly after the Record Date, a copy of the Summary of Rights to any holder of Rights who may so request from time to time prior to the Expiration Date. With respect to certificates for Common Shares and Book Entry Shares, as applicable, outstanding as of the Record Date or issued subsequent to the Record Date, until the earlier of the Distribution Date or the Expiration Date, the Rights will be evidenced by such certificates or Book Entry Shares, and the registered holders of the Common Shares will also be the registered holders of the associated Rights. Until the earlier of the Distribution Date or the Expiration Date, the surrender for transfer of any Common Shares in respect of which Rights have been issued (with or without a copy of the Summary of Rights) will also constitute the transfer of the Rights associated with such Common Shares. Notwithstanding
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anything to the contrary in this Plan, upon the effectiveness of a redemption pursuant to Section 23 or an exchange pursuant to Section 24, the Company will not thereafter issue any additional Rights and, for the avoidance of doubt, no Rights will be attached to or will be issued with any Common Shares (including any Common Shares issued pursuant to an exchange) at any time thereafter.
(c)Legend. Rights will be issued in respect of all Common Shares that are issued (whether as an original issuance or from the Company’s treasury) after the Record Date but prior to the earlier of the Distribution Date or the Expiration Date. Certificates representing such Common Shares will also be deemed to be certificates for Rights, and will bear substantially the following legend if such certificates are issued after the Record Date but prior to the earlier of the Distribution Date or the Expiration Date:
THIS CERTIFICATE ALSO EVIDENCES AND ENTITLES THE HOLDER HEREOF TO CERTAIN RIGHTS AS SET FORTH IN AN AMENDED AND RESTATED TAX BENEFIT PRESERVATION PLAN, DATED AS OF AUGUST 27, 2020, BETWEEN AVIAT NETWORKS, INC. (THE “COMPANY”) AND COMPUTERSHARE INC., AS RIGHTS AGENT (OR ANY SUCCESSOR RIGHTS AGENT THEREUNDER), AS THE SAME MAY BE AMENDED OR SUPPLEMENTED FROM TIME TO TIME (THE “PLAN”), THE TERMS OF WHICH ARE HEREBY INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE AND A COPY OF WHICH IS ON FILE AT THE PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES OF THE COMPANY. UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, AS SET FORTH IN THE PLAN, SUCH RIGHTS (AS DEFINED IN THE PLAN) MAY BE REDEEMED, MAY BECOME EXERCISABLE FOR SECURITIES OR ASSETS OF THE COMPANY OR SECURITIES OF ANOTHER ENTITY, MAY BE EXCHANGED FOR SHARES OF COMMON STOCK OR OTHER SECURITIES OR ASSETS OF THE COMPANY, MAY EXPIRE OR MAY BE EVIDENCED BY SEPARATE CERTIFICATES AND MAY NO LONGER BE EVIDENCED BY THIS CERTIFICATE. THE COMPANY WILL MAIL TO THE HOLDER OF THIS CERTIFICATE A COPY OF THE PLAN AS IN EFFECT ON THE DATE OF MAILING WITHOUT CHARGE AFTER RECEIPT OF A WRITTEN REQUEST THEREFOR. UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES AS SET FORTH IN THE PLAN, RIGHTS THAT ARE BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY, TRANSFERRED TO OR HAVE BEEN OWNED BY AN ACQUIRING PERSON (AS DEFINED IN THE PLAN) OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES (AS DEFINED IN THE PLAN) OR ASSOCIATES (AS DEFINED IN THE PLAN) WILL BE NULL AND VOID AND WILL NO LONGER BE TRANSFERABLE.
With respect to any Book Entry Shares, a legend in substantially similar form will be included in a notice to the record holder of such shares in accordance with applicable law. With respect to such certificates for Common Shares or Book Entry Shares, as applicable, containing the foregoing legend, until the earlier of the Distribution Date or the Expiration Date, (i) the Rights associated with the Common Shares represented by such certificates or Book Entry Shares will be evidenced solely by such certificates or Book Entry Shares; (ii) the registered holders of the Common Shares will also be the registered holders of the associated Rights; and (iii) the surrender for transfer of any such certificates or Book Entry Shares (with or without a copy of the Summary of Rights) will also constitute the transfer of the Rights associated with the Common Shares represented thereby. Notwithstanding this Section 3(c), the omission of the legend required hereby, the inclusion of a legend that makes reference to a rights agreement or tax benefit preservation plan other than this Plan or the failure to provide notice thereof will not affect the enforceability of any part of this Plan or the rights of any holder of Rights.
(d)Acquisitions of Rights by the Company. In the event that the Company purchases or acquires any Common Shares after the Record Date but prior to the earlier of the Distribution Date or the Expiration
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Date, any Rights associated with such Common Shares will be deemed cancelled and retired so that the Company will not be entitled to exercise any Rights associated with the Common Shares that are no longer outstanding.
Section 4.Form of Rights Certificates.
(a)Rights Certificates. The Rights Certificates (and the form of election to purchase and form of assignment, including the certifications therein, to be printed on the reverse thereof) will be substantially in the form of Exhibit B, and may have such marks of identification or designation and such legends, summaries or endorsements printed thereon as the Company may deem appropriate (but which do not affect the rights, duties, responsibilities or liabilities of the Rights Agent) and are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Plan, or as may be required to comply with any applicable law or with any rule or regulation made pursuant thereto, with any applicable rule or regulation of any applicable stock exchange or trading system or the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or to conform to customary usage. Subject to the provisions of Section 11 and Section 22, the Rights Certificates, whenever distributed, will be dated as of the Record Date (or in the case of Rights issued with respect to Common Shares issued by the Company after the Record Date, as of the date of issuance of such Common Shares) and on their face will entitle the holders thereof to purchase such number of one one-thousandths of a Preferred Share as will be set forth therein at the Exercise Price, but the number and type of securities purchasable upon the exercise of each Right and the Exercise Price will be subject to adjustment as provided herein.
(b)Certain Legends. Any Rights Certificate issued pursuant to Section 3(a), Section 11(g) or Section 22 that represents Rights that are Beneficially Owned by an Acquiring Person, an Affiliate or Associate of an Acquiring Person, a Post-Event Transferee, a Pre-Event Transferee, a Subsequent Transferee or any nominee of any of the foregoing, and any Rights Certificate issued pursuant to Section 6 or Section 11 upon transfer, exchange, replacement or adjustment of any other Rights Certificate referred to in this sentence, will contain (to the extent that the Rights Agent has notice thereof and to the extent feasible) substantially the following legend:
THE RIGHTS REPRESENTED BY THIS RIGHTS CERTIFICATE ARE OR WERE BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY A PERSON WHO WAS OR BECAME AN ACQUIRING PERSON OR AN AFFILIATE OR ASSOCIATE OF AN ACQUIRING PERSON (AS SUCH TERMS ARE DEFINED IN THE PLAN). ACCORDINGLY, THIS RIGHTS CERTIFICATE AND THE RIGHTS (AS SUCH TERMS ARE DEFINED IN THE PLAN) REPRESENTED HEREBY MAY BECOME NULL AND VOID IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES SPECIFIED IN SECTION 7(e) OF THE PLAN.
(c)Uncertificated Rights. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Plan, the Company and the Rights Agent may amend this Plan to provide for uncertificated Rights in addition to or in place of Rights evidenced by Rights Certificates.
Section 5.Countersignature and Registration.
(a)Countersignature. The Rights Certificates will be executed on behalf of the Company by its Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, Assistant Secretary or any Senior Vice President, which execution will be attested to by the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary of the Company, in each case either manually or by facsimile signature, and will have affixed thereto the Company’s seal (if any) or a facsimile thereof. The Rights Certificates will be countersigned, either manually or by facsimile signature, by an authorized signatory of the Rights Agent, but it will not be necessary for the same signatory to countersign all of the Rights Certificates. No Rights Certificate will be valid for any purpose unless countersigned by the Rights Agent. If any director or officer of the Company who has signed or attested to any of
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the Rights Certificates ceases to be such director or officer of the Company before countersignature by the Rights Agent and issuance and delivery by the Company, such Rights Certificates nevertheless may be countersigned by the Rights Agent and issued and delivered by the Company with the same force and effect as though the person who signed or attested to such Rights Certificates on behalf of the Company had not ceased to be a director or officer of the Company. Any Rights Certificate may be signed or attested to on behalf of the Company by any person who, as of the actual date of the execution of such Rights Certificate, is a proper director or officer of the Company to sign such Rights Certificate, although at the date of the execution of this Plan any such person was not such a director or officer.
(b)Transfer Books. Following the Distribution Date, the Rights Agent will keep or cause to be kept, at its office designated for such purposes, books for registration and transfer of the Rights Certificates issued hereunder. Such books will show the names and addresses of the respective holders of the Rights Certificates, the number of Rights evidenced on its face by each of the Rights Certificates, the certificate number of each of the Rights Certificates and the date of each of the Rights Certificates. The Rights Agent will not register, or permit to be registered, any transfer or exchange of any Rights Certificates (or the underlying Rights) that have become null and void pursuant to Section 7(e), have been redeemed pursuant to Section 23 or have been exchanged pursuant to Section 24.
Section 6.Transfer, Split Up, Combination and Exchange of Rights Certificates; Mutilated, Destroyed, Lost or Stolen Rights Certificates.
(a)Transfer, Split Up, Combination and Exchange of Rights Certificates. Subject to the provisions of Section 4(b), Section 7(e), Section 14 and Section 24, at any time after the Close of Business on the Distribution Date, and at or prior to the Close of Business on the Expiration Date, any Rights Certificate (other than any Rights Certificate representing Rights that have become null and void pursuant to Section 7(e), that have been redeemed pursuant to Section 23 or that have been exchanged pursuant to Section 24) may be transferred, split up, combined or exchanged for another Rights Certificate entitling the registered holder to purchase a like number of one one-thousandths of a Preferred Share (or, following a Triggering Event, other securities, cash or other assets, as the case may be) as the Rights Certificate surrendered then entitled such holder (or former holder in the case of a transfer) to purchase. Any registered holder desiring to transfer, split up, combine or exchange any Rights Certificate will make such request in writing delivered to the Rights Agent, and will surrender the Rights Certificate, together with any required form of assignment duly executed and properly completed, to be transferred, split up, combined or exchanged at the office of the Rights Agent designated for such purpose accompanied by a signature guarantee from an eligible guarantor institution participating in a signature guarantee program approved by the Securities Transfer Association. The Rights Certificates are transferable only on the books and records of the Rights Agent. Notwithstanding anything in this Plan to the contrary, neither the Rights Agent nor the Company will be obligated to take any action whatsoever with respect to the transfer of any such surrendered Rights Certificate until the registered holder has properly completed and duly executed the certificate contained in the form of assignment on the reverse side of such Rights Certificate and has provided such additional evidence of the identity of the Beneficial Owner (or former Beneficial Owner) or Affiliates or Associates thereof, in each case as the Company or the Rights Agent reasonably requests. Thereupon, subject to Section 4(b), Section 7(e), Section 14 and Section 24, the Rights Agent will countersign (by manual or facsimile signature) and deliver to the Person entitled thereto a Rights Certificate as so requested. The Company or the Rights Agent may require payment from the holder of a Rights Certificate of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or governmental charge that may be imposed in connection with any transfer, split up, combination or exchange of any Rights Certificate. If and to the extent that the Company does require payment of any such tax or charge, the Company will provide the Rights Agent prompt written notice thereof and the Rights Agent will not deliver any Right Certificate unless and until the Rights Agent is satisfied that all such payments have
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been made, and the Rights Agent will forward any such sum collected by it to the Company or to such Person as the Company specifies by written notice. The Rights Agent will not have any duty or obligation to take any action pursuant to any Section of this Plan related to the issuance or delivery of Rights Certificates unless and until it is satisfied that all such taxes or charges have been paid.
(b)Mutilated, Destroyed, Lost or Stolen Rights Certificates. Subject to the provisions of Section 7(e), Section 11(a)(ii) and Section 24, at any time after the Distribution Date and prior to the Expiration Date, upon receipt by the Company and the Rights Agent of evidence reasonably satisfactory to them of the loss, theft, destruction or mutilation of a Rights Certificate and such additional evidence of the identity of the Beneficial Owner (or former Beneficial Owner) or Affiliates or Associates thereof as the Company or the Rights Agent may request, and, in case of loss, theft or destruction, of indemnity or security reasonably satisfactory to them, and reimbursement to the Company and the Rights Agent of all reasonable expenses incidental thereto, and upon surrender to the Rights Agent and cancellation of the Rights Certificate if mutilated, the Company will make and deliver a new Rights Certificate of like tenor to the Rights Agent for countersignature and delivery to the registered holder in lieu of the Rights Certificate so lost, stolen, destroyed or mutilated. Every new Rights Certificate issued pursuant to this Section 6(b) in lieu of any lost, stolen, destroyed or mutilated Rights Certificate will evidence an original additional contractual obligation of the Company, whether or not the lost, stolen, destroyed or mutilated Rights Certificate will be at any time enforceable by anyone, and, subject to Section 7(e) will be entitled to all the benefits of this Plan equally and proportionately with any and all other Rights duly issued hereunder.
Section 7.Exercise of Rights; Exercise Price; Expiration Date of Rights.
(a)Exercise of Rights. Subject to Section 7(e), Section 23(b) and Section 24(a), the registered holder of any Rights Certificate may exercise the Rights evidenced thereby (except as otherwise provided herein) in whole or in part on any Business Day at or after the Distribution Date and prior to the Close of Business on the Expiration Date by surrender of the Rights Certificate, with the form of election to purchase and certificate on the reverse side thereof properly completed and duly executed, to the Rights Agent at the office of the Rights Agent designated for such purpose, together with payment of the Exercise Price for each one one-thousandth of a Preferred Share (or, following a Triggering Event, other securities, cash or other assets, as the case may be) as to which the Rights are exercised.
(b)Exercise Price. The Exercise Price is payable in accordance with Section 7(c).
(c)Payment. Except as otherwise provided in this Plan, upon receipt of a Rights Certificate representing exercisable Rights, with the form of election to purchase and certification properly completed and duly executed, accompanied by payment of the aggregate Exercise Price for the total number of one one-thousandths of a Preferred Share (or, following a Triggering Event, other securities, cash or other assets, as the case may be) to be purchased and an amount equal to any applicable transfer tax or governmental charge required to be paid by the holder of such Rights Certificate in accordance with Section 9(e), the Rights Agent will, subject to Section 7(f) and Section 20(j), thereupon promptly (i) (A) requisition from any transfer agent of the Preferred Shares (or make available, if the Rights Agent is the transfer agent for the Preferred Shares) a certificate for the total number of one one-thousandths of a Preferred Share (or, following a Triggering Event, other securities, cash or other assets, as the case may be) to be purchased (or, in the case of uncertificated shares or other securities, requisition from the transfer agent a notice setting forth such number of shares or other securities to be purchased for which registration will be made on the transfer books of the Company), and the Company hereby irrevocably authorizes its transfer agent to comply with all such requests; or (B) if the Company has elected to deposit the total number of one one-thousandths of a Preferred Share (or, following a Triggering Event, other securities, cash or other assets, as the case may be)
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issuable upon exercise of the Rights hereunder with a depositary agent, requisition from such depositary agent depositary receipts representing interests in such number of one one-thousandths of a Preferred Share (or, following a Triggering Event, other securities, cash or other assets, as the case may be) as are to be purchased (in which case certificates for the Preferred Shares (or, following a Triggering Event, other securities, cash or other assets, as the case may be) represented by such receipts will be deposited by the transfer agent with such depositary agent) and the Company hereby irrevocably directs such depositary agent to comply with such request; (ii) when necessary to comply with the terms of this Plan, requisition from the Company the amount of cash, if any, to be paid in lieu of the issuance of fractional shares in accordance with Section 14; (iii) after receipt of such certificates, notices, or depositary receipts, cause the same to be delivered to or upon the order of the registered holder of such Rights Certificate, registered in such name or names as may be designated by such holder; and (iv) when necessary to comply with the terms of this Plan, after receipt thereof, deliver such cash to or upon the order of the registered holder of such Rights Certificate. The payment of the Exercise Price (as such amount may be reduced (including to zero) pursuant to Section 11(a)(iii)), and an amount equal to any applicable transfer tax or governmental charge required to be paid by the holder of such Rights Certificate in accordance with Section 9(e), may be made by certified bank check, money order, cashier’s check or bank draft payable to the order of the Company. In the event that the Company is obligated to issue securities of the Company other than Preferred Shares, pay cash or distribute other property pursuant to Section 11(a), then the Company will make all arrangements necessary so that such other securities, cash or other property are available for distribution by the Rights Agent, if and when necessary to comply with the terms of this Plan. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Plan, the Company reserves the right to require that prior to the occurrence of a Triggering Event, upon any exercise of Rights, a number of Rights be exercised so that only whole Preferred Shares would be issued.
(d)Partial Exercise. If the registered holder of any Rights Certificate exercises less than all the Rights evidenced thereby, then a new Rights Certificate evidencing Rights equivalent to the Rights remaining unexercised will be issued by the Rights Agent and delivered to or upon the order of the registered holder of such Rights Certificate, registered in such name as may be designated by such holder, subject to the provisions of Section 14.
(e)Prohibited Issuances. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Plan, from and after the first occurrence of a Triggering Event, any Rights that are or were acquired or Beneficially Owned by (i) an Acquiring Person or an Affiliate or Associate of an Acquiring Person, (ii) a transferee of an Acquiring Person (or an Affiliate or Associate of an Acquiring Person) who becomes a transferee after the Acquiring Person becomes such (a “Post-Event Transferee”), (iii) a transferee of an Acquiring Person (or an Affiliate or Associate of an Acquiring Person) who becomes a transferee prior to or concurrently with the Acquiring Person becoming such and receives such Rights pursuant to either (A) a transfer (whether or not for consideration) from the Acquiring Person (or an Affiliate or Associate of the Acquiring Person) to holders of equity interests in such Acquiring Person (or an Affiliate or Associate of such Acquiring Person) or to any Person with whom the Acquiring Person (or an Affiliate or Associate of the Acquiring Person) has any continuing agreement, arrangement or understanding whether or not in writing regarding the transferred Rights or (B) a transfer that the Board has determined is part of a plan, arrangement or understanding that has as a primary purpose or effect the avoidance of this Section 7(e) (a “Pre-Event Transferee”), (iv) any subsequent transferee receiving transferred Rights from a Post-Event Transferee or a Pre-Event Transferee, either directly or through one or more intermediate transferees (a “Subsequent Transferee”), or (v) any nominee of any of the foregoing will, in each case, become null and void without any further action, and no holder (whether or not such holder is an Acquiring Person or an Affiliate or Associate of an Acquiring Person) of such Rights will have any rights whatsoever (including the right to exercise) with respect to such Rights or any Rights Certificates that formerly evidenced such Rights, whether pursuant to any provision of this Plan or otherwise. From and after the first occurrence of a Triggering Event, no Rights Certificate will be issued pursuant to this Plan
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(including to an Acquiring Person, an Affiliate or Associate of an Acquiring Person, a Post-Event Transferee, a Pre-Event Transferee, a Subsequent Transferee or any nominee of any of the foregoing) that represents one or more Rights that are or have become null and void pursuant to this Section 7(e) or with respect to any Common Shares otherwise deemed to be Beneficially Owned by any of the foregoing, and any Rights Certificate delivered to the Rights Agent that represents Rights that are or have become null and void pursuant to this Section 7(e) will be cancelled. The Company will use all reasonable efforts to ensure that the provisions of this Section 7(e) and Section 4(b) are complied with, but neither the Company nor the Rights Agent will have any liability to any holder of Rights Certificates or to any other Person as a result of the Company’s failure to make any determinations with respect to an Acquiring Person, an Affiliate or Associate of an Acquiring Person, a Post-Event Transferee, a Pre-Event Transferee, a Subsequent Transferee or any nominee of any of the foregoing. The Company will provide the Rights Agent with written notice of the identity of any such Acquiring Person, Affiliate or Associate of an Acquiring Person, Post-Event Transferee, Pre-Event Transferee, Subsequent Transferee or any nominee of any of the foregoing, and the Rights Agent may rely on such notice in carrying out its duties pursuant to this Plan and will be deemed not to have any knowledge of the identity of any such Person unless and until it has received such notice.
(f)Information Concerning Ownership. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Plan or any Rights Certificate, neither the Rights Agent nor the Company is obligated to undertake any action with respect to a registered holder of Rights upon the occurrence of any purported exercise or transfer of Rights as set forth in this Section 7 unless such registered holder, in addition to having complied with the requirements of Section 7(a), has (i) properly completed and duly executed the certificate contained in the form of election to purchase or form of assignment, as applicable, set forth on the reverse side of the Rights Certificate surrendered for such exercise or assignment; and (ii) provided such additional evidence (including the identity of the Beneficial Owner (or former Beneficial Owner) thereof and of the Rights evidenced thereby, and the Affiliates or Associates of such Beneficial Owner or former Beneficial Owner) as the Company or the Rights Agent may reasonably request. If such registered holder does not comply with the foregoing requirements, then the Company will be entitled to conclusively deem such Rights to be Beneficially Owned by an Acquiring Person (or an Affiliate or Associate of an Acquiring Person, a Post-Event Transferee, a Pre-Event Transferee, a Subsequent Transferee or any nominee of any of the foregoing, as applicable) and, accordingly, such Rights will be null and void and not exercisable or transferable.
Section 8.Cancellation and Destruction of Rights Certificates. All Rights Certificates surrendered for the purpose of exercise, transfer, split up, combination, redemption or exchange will, if surrendered to the Company or to any of its agents, be delivered to the Rights Agent for cancellation or in cancelled form, or, if surrendered to the Rights Agent, will be cancelled by it, and no Rights Certificates will be issued in lieu thereof except as expressly permitted by any of the provisions of this Plan. The Company will deliver to the Rights Agent for cancellation and retirement, and the Rights Agent will so cancel and retire, any Rights Certificate purchased or acquired by the Company otherwise than upon the exercise thereof. Subject to applicable law, the Rights Agent will maintain electronic or physical records of all Rights Certificates that have been cancelled or destroyed by the Rights Agent. At the Company’s expense, the Rights Agent must maintain such electronic or physical records for the time period required by applicable law. The Rights Agent must deliver all cancelled Rights Certificates to the Company or, at the written request of the Company, must destroy, or cause to be destroyed, such cancelled Rights Certificates, and in such case must deliver a certificate evidencing the destruction thereof to the Company (or, at the Company’s option, appropriate copies of the electronic or physical records relating to Rights Certificates so cancelled or destroyed by the Rights Agent).
Section 9.Reservation and Availability of Preferred Shares.
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(a)Reservation. The Company covenants and agrees that it will use all reasonable efforts to cause to be reserved and kept available out of its authorized and unissued Preferred Shares not reserved for another purpose (and, following the occurrence of a Triggering Event, out of its authorized and unissued Common Shares or other securities, or out of its authorized and issued shares held in treasury), the number of Preferred Shares (and, following the occurrence of a Triggering Event, Common Shares or other securities) that will be sufficient to permit the exercise in full of all outstanding Rights.
(b)Listing. So long as the Preferred Shares (and, following the occurrence of a Triggering Event, Common Shares or other securities) issuable and deliverable upon the exercise of the Rights may be listed on any national securities exchange, the Company must use all reasonable efforts to cause, from and after such time as the Rights become exercisable (but only to the extent that it is reasonably likely that the Rights will be exercised), all shares reserved for such issuance to be listed on such exchange upon official notice of issuance upon such exercise.
(c)Registration. The Company must use all reasonable efforts to (i) file, as soon as practicable following the earliest date after the first occurrence of a Section 11(a)(ii) Event in which the consideration to be delivered by the Company upon exercise of the Rights is described in Section 11(a)(ii) or Section 11(a)(iii), or as soon as is required by law following the Distribution Date, as the case may be, a registration statement pursuant to the Securities Act with respect to the securities purchasable upon exercise of the Rights on an appropriate form; (ii) cause such registration statement to become effective as soon as practicable after such filing; and (iii) cause such registration statement to remain effective (with a prospectus at all times meeting the requirements of the Securities Act) until the earlier of (A) the date as of which the Rights are no longer exercisable for such securities and (B) the Expiration Date. The Company may temporarily suspend (with prompt written notice of any suspension provided to the Rights Agent), from time to time for a period not to excee