Section 5 Corporate Governance and Management
Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of
Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Appointment of Derek McCandless
On February 8, 2011, CoreSite Realty Corporation (CoreSite) announced the appointment of
Derek McCandless to the position of General Counsel, effective March 14, 2011. Mr. McCandless,
age 39, joins CoreSite from Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco) (NYSE: AIV),
where he served as Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, and which he joined in
2003. Prior to his tenure with Aimco, Mr. McCandless was in private practice with the law firms
of Holme Roberts & Owen LLP and Cooley LLP.
In connection with his appointment, Mr. McCandless entered into an executive employment
agreement (the Employment Agreement). The Employment Agreement has an initial one-year term,
subject to automatic annual renewal, unless either party elects to terminate the agreement by
providing at least 90 days notice prior to the applicable anniversary date. The Employment
Agreement provides for an initial annual base salary of $250,000 and contains other customary
employment terms including eligibility for bonuses and other incentive compensation and other
benefits. The Employment Agreement provides for an initial target annual performance bonus amount
of $160,000. Under the Employment Agreement, Mr. McCandless will also receive, subject to
approval by CoreSites Board of Directors, one or more awards under CoreSites 2010 Equity
Incentive Award Plan having an aggregate value of $200,000 vesting over a three-year period, with
$30,000 in the form of stock options and $170,000 in restricted stock.
The Employment Agreement also provides for, among other things, severance payments and the
continuation of certain benefits following certain terminations of employment by CoreSite or the
termination of employment for Good Reason (as defined in the Employment Agreement) by Mr.
McCandless. Under these provisions, if Mr. McCandlesss employment is terminated by CoreSite
without Cause (as defined in the Employment Agreement), or in connection with CoreSites
non-renewal of the Employment Agreement, or Mr. McCandless resigns for Good Reason, Mr.
McCandless will have the right to receive continued payment of his base salary and the
continuation of health benefits at CoreSites expense for a period of 12 months following
termination. In addition, Mr. McCandless would receive a pro-rated lump sum payment upon
termination based on his performance bonus amount for the year of termination. Mr. McCandless
would also be entitled to accelerated vesting of any outstanding unvested equity awards that
would have vested based on the passage of time had he remained employed for 12 months after
termination, and his stock options would remain exercisable for at least a year following
The Employment Agreement further provides that if Mr. McCandless is terminated by CoreSite
without Cause, or in connection with CoreSites non-renewal of the Employment Agreement, or he
resigns for Good Reason, in each case within 60 days prior to or 12 months following a change in
control of CoreSite, then in addition to the payments and benefits described above, he would also
receive an additional payment equal to his target performance bonus amount for the year of
termination. In addition, Mr. McCandless would receive accelerated vesting of all of his
outstanding unvested equity awards, as well as a cash payment equal to one and one-fourth (1.25)
times his annual base salary in effect on the date of termination.
All of the foregoing severance benefits are conditioned on Mr. McCandless executing a
release of claims in favor of CoreSite following his termination. The Employment Agreement also
provides that if Mr. McCandless employment is terminated by CoreSite due to his disability, he
will receive accelerated vesting of any of his outstanding unvested equity awards that would have
vested based on the passage of time if he had remained employed with CoreSite for 12 months
following his termination for disability.
Cause is defined in the Employment Agreement as Mr. McCandless having (i) failed to
substantially perform his duties or carry out a reasonable directive from the chief executive
officer, (ii) materially breached the Employment Agreement, or (iii) been convicted of certain
crimes, unlawfully used illegal drugs during the performance of his duties, or committed an act
of fraud, embezzlement, misappropriation, willful misconduct or breach of fiduciary duty against
CoreSite, in each case subject to certain cure rights (other than with respect to clause (iii) in
the foregoing). Good Reason is defined in Mr. McCandless Employment Agreement as (i)
CoreSites material breach of the Employment Agreement, (ii) CoreSites reduction of Mr.
McCandless base salary by more than 10% or outside of a broad-based based reduction for all
executives, (iii) a material relocation of CoreSites executive offices, (iv) a requirement that
Mr. McCandless report to anyone other than CoreSites chief executive officer, or (v) a material
reduction in Mr. McCandless position, duties or responsibilities, in each case subject to
certain cure rights.
The Employment Agreement also contains certain confidentiality covenants prohibiting Mr.
McCandless from, among other things, disclosing confidential information relating to CoreSite.
The Employment Agreement also contains non-competition and non-solicitation restrictions,
pursuant to which Mr. McCandless will not be permitted to compete with CoreSite in certain
circumstances for a period of 12 months following his termination of employment for any reason.
There are no family relationships between any of CoreSites directors or executive officers,
including Mr. McCandless. Other than the Employment Agreement, there have been no transactions
between CoreSite and Mr. McCandless since the beginning of CoreSites last fiscal year which
would be required to be reported herein.