Employment Agreement (2009)Full Document 

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     This Employment Agreement (this “Agreement”) is entered into as of March 30, 2009 (the “Effective Date”), by and between Weatherford International Ltd., a corporation incorporated under the laws of Switzerland (the “Company”), and William B. Jacobson (the “Executive”).
W I T N E S S E T H:
     WHEREAS, the Board has previously determined that it is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders to retain the Executive and to induce the employment of the Executive for the long-term benefit of the Company;
     WHEREAS, the Company desires to employ the Executive on the terms set forth below to provide services to the Company and its affiliated companies, and the Executive is willing to accept such employment and provide such services on the terms set forth in this Agreement; and
     NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and for other good and valuable consideration, the parties hereto do hereby agree as follows:
1. Certain Definitions.
     (a) “Affiliate” shall have the meaning set forth in Rule 12b-2 promulgated under Section 12 of the Exchange Act.
     (b) “Beneficial Owner” shall have the meaning set forth in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act
     (c) “Board” shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.
     (d) “Cause” shall mean:
          (i) the willful and continued failure of the Executive to substantially perform the Executive’s duties with the Company (other than any such failure resulting from incapacity due to physical or mental illness or anticipated failure after the issuance of a Notice of Termination for Good Reason by the Executive pursuant to Section 4(c)), after a written demand for substantial performance is delivered to the Executive by the Board which specifically identifies the manner in which the Executive has not substantially performed the Executive’s duties,
          (ii) the willful engaging by the Executive in illegal conduct or gross misconduct which is materially and demonstrably injurious to the Company, or
          (iii) the Executive’s refusal to resign from the Company on the first anniversary of the Effective Date following the Board’s good faith written determination (provided to the Executive no later than thirty (30) days before such anniversary) that Executive is unable to devote sufficient time to the Company due to his remaining a partner of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. (“Fulbright”).
     No act, or failure to act, on the part of the Executive shall be considered “willful” unless it is done, or omitted to be done, by the Executive in bad faith or without reasonable belief that the Executive’s action or omission was in the best interests of the Company. Any act, or failure to act, based upon authority given pursuant to a resolution duly adopted by the Board or upon the instructions of the Chief Executive Officer or of a more senior officer of the Company or based upon the advice of counsel for the



Company (which may be the General Counsel or other counsel employed by the Company or its subsidiaries) shall be conclusively presumed to be done, or omitted to be done, by the Executive in good faith and in the best interests of the Company. The cessation of employment of the Executive shall not be deemed to be for Cause unless and until there shall have been delivered to the Executive a copy of a resolution duly adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than three-quarters of the entire membership of the Board at a meeting of the Board called and held for such purpose (after reasonable notice is provided to the Executive, and the Executive is given an opportunity, together with counsel, to be heard before the Board), finding that, in the good faith opinion of the Board, the Executive is guilty of the conduct described in subparagraph (i) or (ii) above, or that subparagraph (iii) applies, and specifying the particulars thereof in detail.
     (e) “Change of Control” shall be deemed to have occurred if any event set forth in any one of the following paragraphs shall have occurred:

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