Kelly Services, Inc.
KELLY SERVICES INC (Form: 8-K, Received: 03/31/2017 15:57:28)












Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934



Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): March 27, 2017




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)




DELAWARE   0-1088   38-1510762

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification Number)


(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

(Zip Code)

(248) 362-4444

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)



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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

Effective as of March 27, 2017, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Kelly Services, Inc. (the “Company”) adopted the Kelly Services, Inc. Senior Executive Severance Plan (the “Severance Plan”).

The Severance Plan provides for the payment of severance benefits to the Chief Executive Officer and other participating executive officers of the Company upon a termination of their employment with the Company under certain circumstances. The Compensation Committee authorized participation in the Severance Plan by the following executive officers of the Company:


Officer Name    Title    Qualifying
Termination Not
Related to Change
in Control

Qualifying Termination

Relating to Change in


Carl T. Camden    President and Chief Executive Officer    200% of Salary      200% of Salary and STIP (1)
George S. Corona    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer    150% of Salary      150% of Salary and STIP
Teresa S. Carroll    Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Talent Solutions    150% of Salary      150% of Salary and STIP
Peter W. Quigley    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer    150% of Salary      150% of Salary and STIP
Olivier G. Thirot    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer    150% of Salary      150% of Salary and STIP


(1) The applicable participant’s annual target incentive opportunity under the Kelly Services, Inc. Short-Term Incentive Plan for the fiscal year in which the participant’s qualified termination of employment occurs or in effect immediately prior to a change in control of the Company.

A “qualified termination” under the Severance Plan is defined as any termination of a participant’s employment (i) by the Company other than for “cause,” “disability” or death or (ii) for “good reason” by a participant in connection with a change in control of the Company. The Severance Plan also provides that, upon the occurrence of a qualified termination in connection with a change in control of the Company, the affected participant will be treated as involuntarily terminated without cause for purposes of the Kelly Services, Inc. Equity Incentive Plan. A qualified termination is deemed to have occurred in connection with a change in control of the Company if the termination occurs within two years after a change in control or within six months prior to a change in control, if the affected participant can demonstrate that his or her qualified termination occurred at the request of a third party that had taken steps reasonably calculated to effect a change in control.

Severance amounts other than in connection with a change in control of the Company are payable in monthly installments over the applicable 18 or 24-month severance period. Severance amounts payable in connection with a change in control of the Company are payable in a lump sum.

Following a qualified termination, participants are also entitled to continuation of group healthcare benefits at the Company’s expense for the applicable severance period and reimbursement for outplacement services in an amount not to exceed $10,000.

The Severance Plan does not provide for any “gross up” of excise taxes that may be imposed on participants pursuant to Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. If a participant becomes subject to excise taxes, the Severance Plan provides for a reduction in the severance payments to be made to the participant in order to avoid such excise taxes, unless the net amount to be received by the participant after payment of the applicable excise taxes would exceed the reduced payment amount required to avoid such taxes.

In order to receive benefits under the Severance Plan following a qualified termination, each participant is required to provide a general release of claims and to comply with certain non-competition and other obligations during the applicable severance period.

In connection with its adoption of the Severance Plan, the Compensation Committee provided notice of the Company’s determination not to renew the term of the Kelly Services, Inc. Executive Severance Plan (the “ESP”). Delivery of such notice will result in the termination of the ESP effective April 3, 2018. The two executive officers of the Company who currently participate under the ESP may waive such notice period and participate in the Severance Plan. The executive officers may also elect to continue to participate in the ESP until its termination date, after which they will participate under the Severance Plan.

The Compensation Committee also determined that all other Senior Vice Presidents of the Company will be eligible to participate in the Company’s General Severance Plan.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.


Date: March 31, 2017      

/s/ James M. Polehna

      James M. Polehna
      Vice President and Secretary