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Dear Experts, I am involved in hiring top management employees for the first time, say, Vice president and CEO levels of hiring. While framing the employment agreement, should the appointment letter and the work agreement be the same as those I give for executive roles?

Or is there any major difference in the formation and conditions?

I would recommend that any of you share a sample of a detailed work agreement for VPBPO business operations with all mandatory and necessary clauses covered so that I can understand it better.

Dinesh Divekar

Dear Raveena Murali,

The appointment letter for the VP will remain the same. A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and ESOP will be separate agreements.

For the CEO, the appointment letter will remain the same but there will be additional perks. So the perks need to be mentioned accordingly. NDA and ESOP agreement also will be over and above the appointment letter.


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore
Thanks Mr. Dinesh!

Is this ESOP mandatory - First of all, there is no shares listed as far as my knowledge. Secondly, I don't think, the board will share some stocks with these positions.

Non-disclosure Agreement - Any specific conditions to cover, or do we need to follow anything specifically for BPO operations.


Apptt.order or agreement. Both may be possible. First and foremost, pl.clarify your's is a Regd.Co.? whether these postings are going to be Board level appointments or below board level? Are they share holders? Full time Executives at the top level? Tenure bound postings or regular postings? Might require approval of the AGM or Board, pl.check your Memorandum & Articles of Association about the requirements. Required to consult your Co.Secretary also. If you have a full time or part time Co.Secretary he must be in a position to draft a detailed may be required.
-Will they have 'Managerial Remuneration' as defined in the Companies Act? No doubt they will be entitled to various types of emoluments, perks & privileges and each one will have to shoulder varied duties & responsibilities. And both of them technocrats ? To whom they'll report, to the Board directly or to the President/Chairman & MD.
It all depends on your corporate goals, requirements & future plans. If you describe these details then it may be helpful to draft necessary documents.

From India, Bangalore

Congratulations on your first senior-level hiring experience!

For Vice President and CEO-level hires, the employment agreement should be more comprehensive and tailored to their seniority and responsibilities. While some clauses may be similar to those for executive roles, others will require more nuanced considerations. Here are key differences to consider:

1. Compensation and Benefits:

* Senior-level hires often negotiate more complex compensation packages, including performance-based bonuses, stock options, or equity.

* Benefits like health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off may be more comprehensive.

2. Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs):

* These clauses are crucial for senior-level hires, as they'll have access to sensitive company information.

* Ensure the NDA is robust and includes provisions for post-employment obligations.

3. Intellectual Property (IP) Assignment:

* Senior-level hires may be involved in strategic decision-making, innovation, and idea generation.

* Include clear IP assignment clauses to protect the company's interests.

4. Termination and Severance:

* Senior-level hires often have more extensive termination and severance provisions, including notice periods, severance packages, and post-employment restrictions.

5. Performance Metrics and Goals:

* Clearly define performance expectations, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and goals for the Vice President and CEO roles.

* Ensure these metrics align with the company's overall strategy and objectives.

6. Governance and Fiduciary Duties:

* Senior-level hires have a fiduciary duty to act in the company's best interests.

* Include clauses that outline their governance responsibilities and duties.

7. Dispute Resolution:

* Consider including arbitration or mediation clauses to resolve disputes efficiently and confidentially.

8. Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Clauses:

* These clauses may be more restrictive for senior-level hires to protect the company's interests and confidential information.

9. Indemnification:

* Senior-level hires may require indemnification for their actions and decisions made in good faith.

10. Legal Review:

* Have a legal expert review the employment agreement to ensure it complies with relevant laws and regulations.

Remember, the appointment letter and work agreement should be tailored to the specific needs and requirements of the Vice President and CEO roles. Seek legal advice to ensure you're adequately protecting your company's interests while also attracting top talent.

From India, Pune
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