MATERIAL CONTRACTS

 

                                 EXHIBIT 10(d)

                          CYPRUS AMAX MINERALS COMPANY

                               MATERIAL CONTRACTS

                     CONTRACTS REGARDING EMPLOYMENT BETWEEN
                    CYPRUS AMAX MINERALS COMPANY AND CERTAIN
                               EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

                                                                   EXHIBIT 10(d)

                                   AGREEMENT

     This Agreement (the "Agreement") is entered into as of this 26th day of
October, 1998, by and between Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, a Delaware
corporation (the "Company"), and Garold R. Spindler (the "Employee").

     WHEREAS, the Employee is a principal officer of the Company and an integral
part of its management; and

     WHEREAS, the Company wishes to encourage Employee's continued employment
with the Company by providing incentive compensation in the event his employment
with the Company is terminated under certain circumstances as hereinafter set
forth;

     NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the undertakings and the payments
herein set forth, the Company and the Employee mutually agree as follows:

     1.  Definitions.  For purposes of this Agreement, the following words shall
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have the following meanings:

         "Annual Bonus" means the target bonus payable to the Employee for the
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year in question under the Annual Incentive Plan for executive officers and
designated senior management, or any successor plan of similar purpose.

         "Base Salary" means as of any date of determination, the annual rate of
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compensation being paid to the Employee for services performed by the Employee
for the Company, excluding amounts payable to the Employee for the account of
the Employee under Company benefit plans or programs (including, without
limitation, retirement, savings, vacation, life insurance, medical, dental and
disability plans or programs) or under Company special compensation plans or
programs (including, without limitation, bonus and stock option or stock grant
plans or programs).

         "Cause" means:
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         (a) The willful and continued failure of the Employee to perform
substantially the Employee's duties with the Company or one of its affiliates
(other than any such failure resulting from incapacity due to physical or mental
illness), after a written demand for substantial performance is delivered to the
Employee by the Board of Directors of the Company or the Chief Executive Officer
of the Company which specifically identifies the manner in which the Board or
Chief Executive Officer believes that the Employee has not substantially
performed the Employee's duties; or

         (b) The willful engaging by the Employee in illegal conduct or gross
misconduct which is materially and demonstrably injurious to the Company.

         "Change of Control" means any of the following events:
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         (a) The acquisition by any individual, entity or group (within the
meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14 (d)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
as

amended (the "Exchange Act")) (a "Person") of beneficial ownership (within the
meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act) of twenty percent
(20%) or more of either (i) the then outstanding shares of Common Stock of the
Company (the "Outstanding Company Common Stock") or (ii) the combined voting
power of the then outstanding voting securities of the Company entitled to vote
generally in the election of directors (the "Outstanding Company Voting
Securities"); provided, however, that for purposes of this Subsection (a), the
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following acquisitions shall not constitute a Change of Control: (i) any
acquisition directly from the Company, (ii) any acquisition by the Company,
(iii) any acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored
or maintained by the Company or any corporation controlled by the Company, or
(iv) any acquisition by any corporation pursuant to a transaction which complies
with clauses (i) and (ii) of Subsection (c) below; or

           (b) Individuals who, as of the date hereof, constitute the Board (the
"Incumbent Board") cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the
Board; provided, however, that any individual becoming a director subsequent to
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the date hereof whose election, or nomination for election by the Company's
shareholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the directors
then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be considered as though such
individual were a member of the Incumbent Board, but excluding, for this
purpose, any such individual whose initial assumption of office occurs as a
result of an actual or threatened election contest with respect to the election
or removal of directors or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or
consents by or on behalf of a Person other than the Board; or

           (c) Consummation of a reorganization, merger or consolidation or sale
or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company (a
"Business Combination"), in each case, unless, following such Business
Combination, either (i)(A) all or substantially all of the individuals and
entities who were the beneficial owners, respectively, of the Outstanding
Company Common Stock and Outstanding Company Voting Securities immediately prior
to such Business Combination beneficially own, directly or indirectly, more than
fifty percent (50%) of, respectively, the then outstanding shares of common
stock and the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities
entitled to vote generally in the election of directors, as the case may be, of
the corporation resulting from such Business Combination (including, without
limitation, a corporation which as a result of such transaction owns the Company
or all or substantially all of the Company's assets either directly or through
one or more subsidiaries) in substantially the same proportions as their
ownership, immediately prior to such Business Combination of the Outstanding
Company Common Stock and Outstanding Company Voting Securities, as the case may
be or (B) at least a majority of the members of the board of directors of the
corporation resulting from such Business Combination were members of the
Incumbent Board at the time of the execution of the initial agreement, or of the
action of the Board, providing for such Business Combination, and (ii) no Person
(excluding such corporation resulting from such Business Combination, any
employee benefit plan (or related trust) of the Company or such corporation
resulting from such Business Combination) beneficially owns, directly or
indirectly, twenty percent (20%) or more of, respectively, the then outstanding
shares of common stock of the corporation resulting from such Business
Combination or the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting
securities of such corporation except to the extent that such ownership existed
with respect to the Company prior to the Business Combination; or

         (d) A complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company.

         "Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
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         "Disability" means an incapacitating condition which in the Company's
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reasonable judgment will materially and adversely interfere with the Employee's
performance of assigned duties for a period in excess of six (6) months.

         "Full Benefit Plan" means the Full Retirement Benefit Plan for Certain
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Salaried Employees of Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, as amended from time to
time.

         "Good Reason" means any of the following:
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         (a) A material diminution in the Employee's position, authority, duties
or responsibilities;

         (b) The Company requires the Employee to relocate more than fifty (50)
miles; or

         (c) A reduction in Base Salary of more than ten percent (10%) or a
material reduction in employee benefits unless such a reduction is generally
applicable to all other officers of the Company.

         "Retirement" means the termination of an Employee's employment in a
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manner entitling the Employee to an immediate early or normal retirement benefit
under the Retirement Plan.

         "Retirement Plan" means the Retirement Plan for Salaried Employees of
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Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, as amended from time to time.

         "SERP" means the Cyprus Amax Minerals Company Supplemental Executive
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Retirement Plan, as amended from time to time.

     2.  Benefits upon Termination.  In the event the Employee's employment with
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the Company is terminated by the Company due to death or Disability; or by the
Company without Cause or in the event that the Employee terminated employment
for Good Reason:

         (a)  Retirement Benefits.
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              (i) The Company shall pay the Employee, immediately upon
termination of the Employee's employment, a lump sum amount which shall be
computed on the basis of the definition of actuarial equivalent specified in the
Retirement Plan, equal to:

                  (A) the additional retirement benefit that would have been
received by the Employee under the Retirement Plan, and

                  (B) the full benefit that would have been received by the
Employee under the Full Benefit Plan and the SERP, or such similar benefits
under successor plans, if applicable, in each case calculated for all purposes
as if the Employee had remained in the employment of the Company for an
additional eighteen (18) months following the date of termination plus a period
extending until said Employee would first have been eligible to retire and
receive an immediately payable benefit under the Retirement Plan as if the
Employee retired as of that date and elected to receive payment immediately upon
termination (provided that if the Employee is already eligible to retire under
the Retirement Plan and receive an immediately payable benefit, no additional
age or years of service beyond the eighteen (18) month period will be included
for purposes of calculating this payment). Such calculation of benefit shall be
based on the higher of the average of the final five (5) complete calendar years
of the Employee's compensation preceding termination or the Employee's
compensation for the calendar year preceding the year of termination, as the
term "compensation" is defined in the applicable plans, but regardless of when
such amounts are actually paid to the Employee. For purposes of computing the
additional benefit under the Full Benefit Plan, the additional Full Benefit Plan
credited service computation will include the additional period of Benefit
Service deemed to have been credited under the Retirement Plan for purposes of
computing the additional benefits under the Retirement Plan.

             (ii) The following procedure shall be used to calculate the lump
sum payment under this Section 2(a):

                  (A) (1) If the Employee terminates from employment with the
Company at a time he is eligible for a future benefit from the Retirement Plan
because he has not yet attained the earliest retirement age under the Retirement
Plan, the Company shall make an "interim" payment to the Employee. This interim
payment shall be based on an estimate of the projected benefits the Employee
will receive from the Retirement Plan and the related estimated additional
benefits under the Agreement based on the facts and circumstances at the time
the estimates are made.

                      (2) When the Employee attains the earliest retirement age
(or would have attained such age but for death) which had been used to calculate
the interim payment, the Company shall recalculate all portions of the benefits
under Section 2(a) of the Agreement, but such recalculation shall use the
benefit actually paid, if any, from the Retirement Plan. In making such
recalculation, the actual amount of the interim payment, which had been
previously paid to Employee shall be used, however, such payment shall not be
actuarially adjusted for the period of time between the interim payment and the
recalculation. If such recalculation results in an amount under the Agreement
that is larger than the interim payment previously paid to the Employee, the
Company shall make an additional payment under the Agreement to make up the
difference between the interim payment and the recalculated amount.

                  (B) If the Employee terminates from employment with the
Company at a time he is eligible for an immediate benefit from the Retirement
Plan, the Company shall make to the Employee a single lump sum cash payment of
the benefit due to the Employee under Section 2(a) of this Agreement, which
payment shall be in full satisfaction of the Company's obligations under Section
2(a) of this Agreement.

             (iii) In the event that benefits are paid to the Employee under
Section 2(a)(i)(B) of this Agreement, this Agreement shall, effective as of the
date payment is made to the Employee under this Agreement, operate as an
amendment of each of the Full Benefit Plan and the SERP, which amendment
provides that payment of such benefits under this Agreement, to the extent such
payments are equal to or in excess of the benefits accrued and payable under the
respective plan as of the date of the Employee's termination of employment
triggering such payment of benefits under this Agreement, constitute payment and
satisfaction in full of any obligation the Company may have to pay benefits
under the respective plan.

             (iv) (A) Subject to the rules of this Section 2(a)(iv), the
Employee may designate the beneficiary or beneficiaries who shall receive, on or
after the Employee's death, the benefits payable under Section 2(a) of the
Agreement. Such designation shall be made by executing and filing with the
Company a written instrument in such form as may be prescribed by the Company
for that purpose. The Employee may revoke or change, at any time and from time
to time, any beneficiary designation previously made. Such revocations and/or
changes shall be made by executing and filing with the Company a written
instrument in such form as may be prescribed by the Company for that purpose.

                  (B) No designation, revocation, or change of beneficiary made
by the Employee shall be valid and effective unless and until it is received by
the Company.

                  (C) Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 2(a)(iv)(A),
unless the Employee establishes to the satisfaction of the Company that he has
no spouse, he may not designate a beneficiary other than his spouse unless his
spouse executes a written instrument whereby such spouse consents not to receive
such benefit. If the Employee later marries or remarries before the benefit
becomes payable under Section 2(a) of the Agreement, such spouse automatically
shall become the beneficiary hereunder, unless the Employee, subsequent to such
marriage or remarriage, designates a non-spouse beneficiary with such new
spouse's consent.

                  (D) If the Employee has no beneficiary, if the Employee's
beneficiary(ies) predecease the Employee, or if the beneficiary(ies) cannot be
located by the Company, the interest of the deceased Employee shall be paid to
the Employee's estate.

         (b) Outplacement Services. The Employee shall be entitled to
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outplacement services provided by a firm of Employee's choice at a cost to the
Company of up to fifteen percent (15%) of the Employee's then current Base
Salary plus Annual Bonus.

         (c) Welfare Benefits. Commencing upon the Employee's termination of
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employment with the Company, the Employee shall be entitled to receive any and
all welfare benefits applicable to Company retirees, as though the Employee had
been eligible to retire and had retired as of the termination date at the age
and with the years of service used to calculate the additional retirement
benefit, pursuant to Section 2(a) above.

         (d) Non-duplication of Benefits.  This Section 2 shall not in any way
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duplicate any benefit, or alter the manner in which or the time at which
benefits are paid, pursuant to any qualified plans maintained by the Company.

     3.  Certain Additional Payments.  While the Employee and the Company intend
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that no payments made under this Agreement will be subject to Section 280G and
Section 4999 of the Code, in the event it shall be determined that any payment
or distribution by the Company to or for the benefit of the Employee (whether
paid or payable or distributed or distributable pursuant to the terms of this
Agreement or otherwise, but determined without regard to any additional payments
required under this Section 3) (a "Payment") would be subject to the excise tax
imposed by Section 4999 of the Code or any interest or penalties are incurred by
the Employee with respect to such excise tax (such excise tax, together with any
such interest and penalties, are hereinafter collectively referred to as the
"Excise Tax"), then the Employee shall be entitled to receive an additional
payment (a "Gross-Up Payment") in an amount such that after payment by the
Employee of all taxes (including any interest or penalties imposed with respect
to such taxes), including, without limitation, any income taxes (and any
interest and penalties imposed with respect thereto) and Excise Tax imposed upon
the Gross-Up Payment, the Employee retains an amount of the Gross-Up Payment
equal to the Excise Tax imposed upon the Payments.  All determinations under
this Section 3 shall be made by PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

     4.  Successors.  This Agreement, and the rights and obligations created
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hereby, shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of Cyprus Amax
Minerals Company and all of its successors and assigns (whether by merger or
otherwise).

     5.  Attorney's Fees and Interest.  The Company shall reimburse the Employee
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for any and all reasonable attorney's fees and expenses reasonably incurred by
the Employee in asserting the Employee's rights under this Agreement (other than
any such fees incurred with respect to a claim brought in bad faith), and shall
pay to the Employee any and all prejudgment interest awarded for delayed
payments by the Company under the Agreement.

     6.  Miscellaneous.
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         (a) Amendment of Agreement. This Agreement may be rescinded, revoked,
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or amended only by a written instrument signed by both parties. The failure of
either party to insist upon strict compliance with any of the terms, conditions,
and covenants hereof shall not be deemed a waiver of that or any similar right
or power at any subsequent time.

         (b) Withholding. The Company may withhold from any amounts payable
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under this Agreement such federal, state or local taxes as shall be required to
be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.

         (c) Amendment of Plans. Nothing in this Agreement shall be interpreted
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to limit the right of the Company to amend or terminate any existing or future
benefit plan or program.

        (d) Notice. Any written notice required or permitted to be given
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hereunder is sufficient if sent by registered mail or delivered by hand, to the
Company at its main place of business, or to the Employee at the home address of
the Employee as reflected in Company records.

        (e) Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of
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this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other
provision of this Agreement.

        (f) Governing Law. This Agreement is to be governed and construed in
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accordance with the laws of the state of Colorado, excluding any conflict of
laws or provisions thereof which would cause the laws of any other state to be
applicable hereto.

        (g) Successor Plans. Any reference to any plan or arrangement of the
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Company or its subsidiaries shall include any successor plan or arrangement.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Employee has signed this Agreement, and the Company
has caused its duly authorized representative to sign this Agreement, in each
case as of the date first written above.

                                     CYPRUS AMAX MINERALS COMPANY

                                     By:  /s/Milton H. Ward
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                                     EMPLOYEE

                                     /s/Garold R. Spindler
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                                     Garold R. Spindler

                             EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
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          AGREEMENT by and between Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, a Delaware
corporation (the "Company"), and Farokh S. Hakimi (the "Executive"), dated as of
the 12th day of February, 1999.

          The Compensation and Benefits Committee (the "Committee") of the Board
of Directors of the Company (the "Board") has determined that it is in the best
interests of the Company and its shareholders to assure that the Company will
have the continued dedication of the Executive, notwithstanding the possibility,
threat or occurrence of a Change of Control (as defined below) of the Company.
The Committee believes it is imperative to diminish the inevitable distraction
of the Executive by virtue of the personal uncertainties and risks created by a
pending or threatened Change of Control and to encourage the Executive's full
attention and dedication to the Company currently and in the event of any
threatened or pending Change of Control, and to provide the Executive with
compensation and benefits arrangements upon a Change of Control which ensure
that the compensation and benefits expectations of the Executive will be
satisfied and which are competitive with those of other corporations.
Therefore, in order to accomplish these objectives, the Committee has caused the
Company to enter into this Agreement.

          NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

          1. Certain Definitions.
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             (a) The "Effective Date" shall mean the first date during the
Change of Control Period (as defined in Section 1(b)) on which a Change of
Control (as defined in Section 2) occurs. Anything in this Agreement to the
contrary notwithstanding, if a Change of Control occurs and if the Executive's
employment with the Company is terminated prior to the date on which the Change
of Control occurs, and if it is reasonably demonstrated by the Executive that
such termination of employment (i) was at the request of a third party who has
taken steps reasonably calculated to effect a Change of Control or (ii)
otherwise arose in connection with or in anticipation of a Change of Control,
then for all purposes of this Agreement the "Effective Date" shall mean the date
immediately prior to the date of such termination of employment.

             (b) The "Change of Control Period" shall mean the period commencing
on the date hereof and ending on the second anniversary of the date hereof;
provided, however, that commencing on the date one year after the date hereof,
and on each annual anniversary of such date (such date and each annual
anniversary thereof shall be hereinafter referred to as the "Renewal Date"),
unless previously terminated, the Change of Control Period shall be
automatically extended so as to terminate two years from such Renewal Date,
unless at least 60 days prior to the Renewal Date the Company shall give notice
to the Executive that the Change of Control Period shall not be so extended.

          2. Change of Control.  For the purpose of this Agreement, a "Change
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of Control" shall mean:

             (a) The acquisition by any individual, entity or group (within the
meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
as amended (the "Exchange Act")) (a "Person") of beneficial ownership (within
the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act) of 35% or more of
either (i) the then outstanding shares of common stock of the Company (the
"Outstanding Company Common Stock") or (ii) the combined voting power of the
then outstanding voting securities of the Company entitled to vote generally in
the election of directors (the "Outstanding Company Voting Securities");
provided, however, that for purposes of this Section 2(a), the following
acquisitions shall not constitute a Change of Control: (A) any acquisition
directly from the Company, (B) any acquisition by the Company directly or
indirectly through one or more of the Company's subsidiaries or its affiliates,
(C) any acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or
maintained by the Company or any corporation controlled by the Company or (D)
any acquisition by any corporation pursuant to a transaction which complies with
clauses (i) and (ii) of Section 2(c); or

             (b) IndividuaIs who, as of the date hereof, constitute the Board
(the "Incumbent Board") cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority
of the Board; provided, however, that any individual becoming a director
subsequent to the date hereof whose election, or nomination for election by the
Company's shareholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the
directors then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be considered as though such
individual were a member of the Incumbent Board, but excluding, for this
purpose, any such individual whose initial assumption of office occurs as a
result of an actual or threatened election contest with respect to the election
or removal of directors or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or
consents by or on behalf of a Person other than the Board; or

             (c) Consummation of a reorganization, merger or consolidation
involving the Company or any subsidiary of the Company or sale or other
disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company (a
"Business Combination"), in each case, unless, following such Business
Combination, either (i) (A) all or substantially all of the individuals and
entities who were the beneficial owners, respectively, of the Outstanding
Company Common Stock and Outstanding Company Voting Securities immediately prior
to such Business Combination beneficially own, directly or indirectly, more than
50% of, respectively, the then outstanding shares of common stock and the
combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities entitled to vote
generally in the election of directors, as the case may be, of the corporation
resulting from such Business Combination (including, without limitation, a
corporation which as a result of such transaction owns the Company or all or
substantially all of the Company's assets either directly or through one or more
subsidiaries) in substantially the same proportions as their ownership,
immediately prior to such Business Combination of the Outstanding Company Common
Stock and Outstanding Company Voting Securities, as the case may be, or (B) at
least a majority of the members of the board of directors of the corporation
resulting from such Business Combination were members of the Incumbent Board at
the time of the execution of the initial agreement, or of the action of the
Board, providing for such Business Combination and (ii) no Person (excluding any
corporation resulting from such Business Combination or

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any employee benefit plan (or related trust) of the Company or such corporation
resulting from such Business Combination) beneficially owns, directly or
indirectly, 35% or more of, respectively, the then outstanding shares of common
stock of the corporation resulting from such Business Combination or the
combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of such
corporation except to the extent that such ownership existed prior to the
Business Combination; or

             (d) A complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company.

          3. Employment Period.  The Company hereby agrees to continue the
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Executive in its employ, and the Executive hereby agrees to remain in the employ
of the Company subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, for the
period commencing on the Effective Date and ending on the second anniversary of
such date (the "Employment Period"), unless terminated earlier pursuant to this
Agreement.

          4. Terms of Employment.
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             (a)  Position and Duties.
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                     (i)     During the Employment Period, the Executive's
position (including status, offices, titles and reporting requirements),
authority, duties and responsibilities shall be at least commensurate in all
material respects with the most significant of those held, exercised and
assigned at any time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the
Effective Date.

                     (ii)    During the Employment Period, and excluding any
periods of vacation and sick leave to which the Executive is entitled, the
Executive agrees to devote reasonable attention and time during normal business
hours to the business and affairs of the Company and, to the extent necessary to
discharge the responsibilities assigned to the Executive hereunder, to use the
Executive's reasonable best efforts to perform faithfully and efficiently such
responsibilities. During the Employment Period it shall not be a violation of
this Agreement for the Executive to (A) serve on corporate, civic or charitable
boards or committees, (B) deliver lectures, fulfill speaking engagements or
teach at educational institutions and (C) manage personal investments, so long
as such activities do not significantly interfere with the performance of the
Executive's responsibilities as an employee of the Company in accordance with
this Agreement. It is expressly understood and agreed that to the extent that
any such activities have been conducted by the Executive prior to the Effective
Date, the continued conduct of such activities (or the conduct of activities
similar in nature and scope thereto) subsequent to the Effective Date shall not
thereafter be deemed to interfere with the performance of the Executive's
responsibilities to the Company.

             (b)  Compensation.
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                     (i)     Base Salary.  During the Employment Period, the 
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Executive shall receive an annual base salary ("Annual Base Salary"), which
shall be paid at a monthly rate, at least equal to twelve times the highest
monthly base salary paid or payable, including any base salary which has been
earned but deferred, to the Executive by the Company and its affiliated
companies in respect of the twelve-month period

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immediately preceding the month in which the Effective Date occurs. During the
Employment Period, the Annual Base Salary shall be reviewed no more than 12
months after the last salary increase awarded to the Executive prior to the
Effective Date and thereafter at least annually. Any increase in Annual Base
Salary shall not serve to limit or reduce any other obligation to the Executive
under this Agreement. Annual Base Salary shall not be reduced after any such
increase and the term Annual Base Salary as utilized in this Agreement shall
refer to Annual Base Salary as so increased. As used in this Agreement, the term
"affiliated companies" shall include any company controlled by, controlling or
under common control with the Company.

                     (ii)   Annual Target Bonus.  In addition to Annual Base 
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Salary, the Executive shall be awarded, for each fiscal year ending during the
Employment Period, an annual target bonus (the "Annual Target Bonus") at least
equal to the Executive's highest target bonus guideline established as a
percentage of the Executive's Annual Base Salary under the Company's Annual
Incentive Plan, or any predecessor or successor plan, for the last fiscal year
prior to the Effective Date (annualized in the event that the Executive was not
employed by the Company for the whole of such fiscal year). Each such Annual
Target Bonus shall be paid no later than the end of the third month of the
fiscal year next following the fiscal year for which the Annual Target Bonus is
applicable, unless the Executive shall elect to defer the receipt of such Annual
Target Bonus.

                     (iii)  Incentive, Savings and Retirement Plans.  During 
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the Employment Period, the Executive shall be entitled to participate in all
incentive, savings and retirement plans, practices, policies and programs
applicable generally to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies, but in no event shall such plans, practices, policies and programs
provide the Executive with incentive opportunities (measured with respect to
both regular and special incentive opportunities, to the extent, if any, that
such distinction is applicable), savings opportunities and retirement benefit
opportunities, in each case, less favorable, in the aggregate, than the most
favorable of those provided by the Company and its affiliated companies for the
Executive under such plans, practices, policies and programs as in effect at any
time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if
more favorable to the Executive, those provided generally at any time after the
Effective Date to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies.

                     (iv)   Welfare Benefit Plans.  During the Employment 
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Period, the Executive and/or the Executive's family, as the case may be, shall
be eligible for participation in and shall receive all benefits under welfare
benefit plans, practices, policies and programs provided by the Company and its
affiliated companies (including, without limitation, medical, prescription,
dental, disability, salary continuance, employee life, group life, accidental
death and travel accident insurance plans and programs) to the extent applicable
generally to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies,
but in no event shall such plans, practices, policies and programs provide the
Executive with benefits which are less favorable, in the aggregate, than the
most favorable of such plans, practices, policies and programs in effect for the
Executive at any time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the
Effective Date or, if more favorable to the Executive, those provided generally
at any time after the Effective Date to other peer executives of the Company and
its affiliated companies.

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                     (v)   Expenses.  During the Employment Period, the 
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Executive shall be entitled to receive prompt reimbursement for all reasonable
expenses incurred by the Executive in accordance with the most favorable
policies, practices and procedures of the Company and its affiliated companies
in effect for the Executive at any time during the 120-day period immediately
preceding the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the Executive, as in
effect generally at any time thereafter with respect to other peer executives of
the Company and its affiliated companies.

                     (vi)  Fringe Benefits.  During the Employment Period, the 
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Executive shall be entitled to fringe benefits in accordance with the most
favorable plans, practices, programs and policies of the Company and its
affiliated companies in effect for the Executive at any time during the 120-day
period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the
Executive, as in effect generally at any time thereafter with respect to other
peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.

                     (vii) Vacation.  During the Employment Period, the 
                           --------                               
Executive shall be entitled to paid vacation in accordance with the most
favorable plans, policies, programs and practices of the Company and its
affiliated companies as in effect for the Executive at any time during the 120-
day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the
Executive, as in effect generally at any time thereafter with respect to other
peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.

          5. Termination of Employment.
             ------------------------- 

             (a)     Death or Disability.  The Executive's employment shall 
                     -------------------    
terminate automatically upon the Executive's death during the Employment Period.
If the Company determines in good faith that the Disability of the Executive has
occurred during the Employment Period (pursuant to the definition of Disability
set forth below), it may give to the Executive written notice in accordance with
Section 13(b) of this Agreement of its intention to terminate the Executive's
employment. In such event, the Executive's employment with the Company shall
terminate effective on the 30th day after receipt of such notice by the
Executive (the "Disability Effective Date"), provided that, within the 30 days
after such receipt, the Executive shall not have returned to full-time
performance of the Executive's duties. For purposes of this Agreement,
"Disability" shall mean the absence of the Executive from the Executive's duties
with the Company on a full-time basis for 180 consecutive business days as a
result of incapacity due to mental or physical illness which is determined to be
total and permanent by a physician selected by the Company or its insurers and
acceptable to the Executive or the Executive's legal representative.

             (b)     Cause.  The Company may terminate the Executive's 
                     ----- 
employment during the Employment Period for Cause. For purposes of this
Agreement, "Cause" shall mean:

                     (i)  the willful and continued failure of the Executive to
perform substantially the Executive's duties with the Company or one of its
affiliated companies (other than any such failure resulting from incapacity due
to physical or mental illness), after a written demand for substantial
performance is delivered to the Executive by

                                      -5-

the Board or the Chief Executive Officer of the Company which specifically
identifies the manner in which the Board or Chief Executive Officer believes
that the Executive has not substantially performed the Executive's duties, or

                     (ii) the willful engaging by the Executive in illegal
conduct or gross misconduct which is materially and demonstrably injurious to
the Company.

For purposes of this provision, 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
a senior officer of the Company or based upon the advice of counsel for the
Company 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, and
specifying the particulars thereof in detail.

                     (c) Good Reason.  The Executive's employment may be 
                         -----------    
terminated by the Executive for Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement,
"Good Reason" shall mean:

                         (i)     the assignment to the Executive of any duties
inconsistent in any respect with the Executive's position (including status,
offices, titles and reporting requirements), authority, duties or
responsibilities as contemplated by Section 4(a) of this Agreement, or any other
action by the Company which results in a material, adverse diminution in such
position, authority, duties or responsibilities, excluding for this purpose an
isolated, insubstantial and inadvertent action not taken in bad faith and which
is remedied by the Company promptly after receipt of notice thereof given by the
Executive;

                         (ii)    any failure by the Company to comply with any
of the provisions of Section 4(b) of this Agreement, other than an isolated,
insubstantial and inadvertent failure not occurring in bad faith and which is
remedied by the Company promptly after receipt of notice thereof given by the
Executive;

                         (iii)   the Company requires the Executive to travel on
Company business to a substantially greater extent than required immediately
prior to the Effective Date, except if such increase is due to a relocation of
the corporate headquarters and/or the relocation of the Executive's work
location within the contiguous 48 States of the United States;

                                      -6-

                     (iv) any purported termination by the Company of the
Executive's employment otherwise than as expressly permitted by this Agreement;
or

                     (v)  any failure by the Company to comply with and satisfy
Section 12(c) of this Agreement.

Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, a relocation of the corporate
headquarters and/or the relocation of the Executive's work location within the
contiguous 48 States of the United States shall not constitute "Good Reason."

             (d) Notice of Termination.  Any termination by the Company for 
                 ---------------------
Cause, or by the Executive for Good Reason, shall be communicated by Notice of
Termination to the other party hereto given in accordance with Section 13(b) of
this Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement, "Notice of Termination" shall
mean a written notice which (i) indicates the specific termination provision in
this Agreement relied upon, (ii) to the extent applicable, sets forth in
reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for
termination of the Executive's employment under the provision so indicated and
(iii) if the Date of Termination (as defined below) is other than the date of
receipt of such notice, specifies the termination date (which date shall be not
more than 30 days after the giving of such notice). The failure by the Executive
or the Company to set forth in the Notice of Termination any fact or
circumstance which contributes to a showing of Good Reason or Cause shall not
waive any right of the Executive or the Company, respectively, hereunder or
preclude the Executive or the Company, respectively, from asserting such fact or
circumstance in enforcing the Executive's or the Company's rights hereunder.

                     (e) Date of Termination.  "Date of Termination" shall 
                         -------------------            
mean (i) if the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company for Cause,
or by the Executive for Good Reason, the date of receipt of the Notice of
Termination or any later date specified therein, as the case may be, (ii) if the
Executive's employment is terminated by the Company other than for Cause or
Disability, the Date of Termination shall be the date on which the Company
notifies the Executive of such termination and (iii) if the Executive's
employment is terminated by reason of death or Disability, the Date of
Termination shall be the date of death of the Executive or the Disability
Effective Date, as the case may be.

                  6.  Obligations of the Company upon Termination.
                      ------------------------------------------- 

                     (a) Good Reason; Other Than for Cause, Death or Disability.
                         -------------------------------------------------------
If, during the Employment Period, the Company shall terminate the Executive's
employment other than for Cause or Disability or the Executive shall terminate
employment for Good Reason:

                         (i) the Company shall pay to the Executive in a lump
sum in cash within 30 days after the Date of Termination the aggregate of the
following amounts:

                             (A) the sum of (1) the Executive's Annual Base
Salary through the Date of Termination to the extent not theretofore paid, (2)
the Annual Target Bonus, if accrued as of the Date of Termination, and (3) any
compensation

                                      -7-

previously deferred by the Executive (together with any accrued interest or
earnings thereon) and any accrued vacation pay, in each case to the extent not
theretofore paid (the sum of the amounts described in clauses (1), (2), and (3)
shall be hereinafter referred to as the "Accrued Obligations"); and

                             (B) the amount equal to the product of (1) two and
(2) the Executive's Annual Base Salary and the Annual Target Bonus to which the
Executive may have been eligible; and

                     (ii) to the extent not theretofore paid or provided, the
Company shall timely pay or provide to the Executive any other amounts or
benefits required to be paid or provided or which the Executive is eligible to
receive under any plan, program, policy or practice or contract or agreement of
the Company and its affiliated companies (such other amounts and benefits shall
be hereinafter referred to as the "Other Benefits").

             (b) Death.  If the Executive's employment is terminated by reason 
                 ----- 
of the Executive's death during the Employment Period, this Agreement shall
terminate without further obligations to the Executive's legal representatives
under this Agreement, other than for payment of Accrued Obligations and the
timely payment or provision of Other Benefits. Accrued Obligations shall be paid
to the Executive's estate or beneficiary, as applicable, in a lump sum in cash
within 30 days of the Date of Termination. With respect to the provision of
Other Benefits, the term Other Benefits as utilized in this Section 6(b) shall
include, without limitation, and the Executive's estate and/or beneficiaries
shall be entitled to receive, benefits at least equal to the most favorable
benefits provided by the Company and its affiliated companies to the estates and
beneficiaries of peer executives of the Company and such affiliated companies
under such plans, programs, practices and policies relating to death benefits,
if any, as in effect with respect to other peer executives and their
beneficiaries at any time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the
Effective Date or, if more favorable to the Executive's estate and/or the
Executive's beneficiaries, as in effect on the date of the Executive's death
with respect to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies and their beneficiaries.

             (c) Disability.  If the Executive's employment is terminated by 
                 ----------      
reason of the Executive's Disability during the Employment Period, this
Agreement shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive, other
than for payment of Accrued Obligations and the timely payment or provision of
Other Benefits. Accrued Obligations shall be paid to the Executive in a lump sum
in cash within 30 days of the Date of Termination. With respect to the provision
of Other Benefits, the term Other Benefits as utilized in this Section 6(c)
shall include, and the Executive shall be entitled after the Disability
Effective Date to receive, disability and other benefits at least equal to the
most favorable of those generally provided by the Company and its affiliated
companies to disabled executives and/or their families in accordance with such
plans, programs, practices and policies relating to disability, if any, as in
effect generally with respect to other peer executives and their families at any
time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if
more favorable to the Executive and/or the Executive's family, as in effect at
any time thereafter generally with respect to other peer executives of the
Company and its affiliated companies and their families.

                                      -8-

                     (d) Cause; Other than for Good Reason.  If the Executive's 
                         ---------------------------------          
employment shall be terminated for Cause during the Employment Period, this
Agreement shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive other
than the obligation to pay to the Executive (x) his Annual Base Salary through
the Date of Termination, (y) the amount of any compensation previously deferred
by the Executive, and (z) Other Benefits, in each case to the extent theretofore
unpaid. If the Executive voluntarily terminates employment during the Employment
Period, excluding a termination for Good Reason, this Agreement shall terminate
without further obligations to the Executive, other than for Accrued Obligations
and the timely payment or provision of Other Benefits. In such case, all Accrued
Obligations shall be paid to the Executive in a lump sum in cash within 30 days
of the Date of Termination.

                  7.  Non-exclusivity of Rights.  Nothing in this Agreement 
                      -------------------------   
shall prevent or limit the Executive's continuing or future participation in any
plan, program, policy or practice provided by the Company or any of its
affiliated companies and for which the Executive may qualify, nor, subject to
Section 13(f), shall anything herein limit or otherwise affect such rights as
the Executive may have under any contract or agreement with the Company or any
of its affiliated companies. Subject to the provisions of Section 8, amounts
which are vested benefits or which the Executive is otherwise entitled to
receive under any plan, policy, practice or program of or any contract or
agreement with the Company or any of its affiliated companies at or subsequent
to the Date of Termination shall be payable in accordance with such plan,
policy, practice or program or contract or agreement except as explicitly
modified by this Agreement.

                  8.  Non-Duplication of Benefits.  Notwithstanding anything 
                      ---------------------------   
in this Agreement to the contrary, nothing contained in Section 4(b) or Section
6 shall in any way require the payment of any amounts or the provision of any
benefits which would result in the duplication of any such payment or the
provision of any such benefits pursuant to any practice, policy or benefit plan
sponsored or maintained by the Company and its affiliated companies, or which
would alter the manner in which or the time at which benefits are paid pursuant
to any tax-qualified retirement plans maintained by the Company and its
affiliated companies.

                  9.  Full Settlement.  The Company's obligation to make the 
                      ---------------   
payments provided for in this Agreement and otherwise to perform its obligations
hereunder shall not be affected by any set-off, counterclaim, recoupment,
defense or other claim, right or action which the Company may have against the
Executive or others. In no event shall the Executive be obligated to seek other
employment or take any other action by way of mitigation of the amounts payable
to the Executive under any of the provisions of this Agreement and such amounts
shall not be reduced whether or not the Executive obtains other employment. The
Company agrees to pay as incurred, to the full extent permitted by law, all
legal fees and expenses which the Executive may reasonably incur as a result of
any contest (regardless of the outcome thereof but not in the case of fees
incurred with respect to a claim brought in bad faith) by the Company, the
Executive or others of the validity or enforceability of, or liability under,
any provision of this Agreement or any guarantee of performance thereof
(including as a result of any contest by the Executive about the amount of any
payment pursuant to this Agreement), plus in each case interest

                                      -9-

on any delayed payment at the applicable Federal rate provided for in Section
7872(f)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code").

                 10. Certain Additional Payments by the Company.
                     ------------------------------------------ 

                     (a) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary
notwithstanding and except as set forth below, in the event it shall be
determined that any payment or distribution by the Company to or for the benefit
of the Executive (whether paid or payable or distributed or distributable
pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or otherwise, but determined without
regard to any additional payments required under this Section 10) (a "Payment")
would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code or any
interest or penalties are incurred by the Executive with respect to such excise
tax (such excise tax, together with any such interest and penalties, are
hereinafter collectively referred to as the "Excise Tax"), then the Executive
shall be entitled to receive an additional payment (a "Gross-Up Payment") in an
amount such that after payment by the Executive of all taxes (including any
interest or penalties imposed with respect to such taxes), including, without
limitation, any income taxes (and any interest and penalties imposed with
respect thereto) and Excise Tax imposed upon the Gross-Up Payment, the Executive
retains an amount of the Gross-Up Payment equal to the Excise Tax imposed upon
the Payments. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section 10(a), if
it shall be determined that the Executive is entitled to a Gross-Up Payment, but
that the Executive, after taking into account the Payments and the Gross-Up
Payment, would not receive a net after-tax benefit of at least $50,000 (taking
into account both income taxes and any Excise Tax), as compared to the net 
after-tax proceeds to the Executive resulting from an elimination of the Gross-
Up Payment and a reduction of the Payments, in the aggregate, to an amount (the
"Reduced Amount") such that the receipt of Payments would not give rise to any
Excise Tax, then no Gross-Up Payment-shall be made to the Executive and the
Payments, in the aggregate, shall be reduced to the Reduced Amount.

                     (b) Subject to the provisions of Section 10(c), all
determinations required to be made under this Section 10, including whether and
when a Gross-Up Payment is required and the amount of such Gross-Up Payment and
the assumptions to be utilized in arriving at such determination, shall be made
by PricewaterhouseCoopers, L.L.P., or such other certified public accounting
firm as may be designated by the Executive (the "Accounting Firm") which shall
provide detailed supporting calculations both to the Company and the Executive
within 15 business days of the receipt of notice from the Executive that there
has been a Payment, or such earlier time as is requested by the Company. In the
event that the Accounting Firm is serving as accountant or auditor for the
individual, entity or group effecting the Change of Control, the Executive shall
appoint another nationally recognized accounting firm to make the determinations
required hereunder (which accounting firm shall then be referred to as the
Accounting Firm hereunder). All fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm shall
be borne solely by the Company. Any Gross-Up Payment, as determined pursuant to
this Section 10, shall be paid by the Company to the Executive within five days
of the receipt of the Accounting Firm's determination. Any determination by the
Accounting Firm shall be binding upon the Company and the Executive. As a result
of the uncertainty in the application of Section 4999 of the Code at the time of
the initial determination by the Accounting Firm hereunder, it is possible that
Gross-Up Payments which will not have been made by the Company should have been
made ("Underpayment"), consistent with the calculations required to be

                                     -10-

made hereunder. In the event that the Company exhausts its remedies pursuant to
Section 10(c) and the Executive thereafter is required to make a payment of any
Excise Tax, the Accounting Firm shall determine the amount of the Underpayment
that has occurred and any such Underpayment shall be promptly paid by the
Company to or for the benefit of the Executive.

                (c) The Executive shall notify the Company in writing of any
claim by the Internal Revenue Service that, if successful, would require the
payment by the Company of the Gross-Up Payment. Such notification shall be given
as soon as practicable but no later than 10 business days after the Executive is
informed in writing of such claim and shall apprise the Company of the nature of
such claim and the date on which such claim is requested to be paid. The
Executive shall not pay such claim prior to the expiration of the 30-day period
following the date on which it gives such notice to the Company (or such shorter
period ending on the date that any payment of taxes with respect to such claim
is due). If the Company notifies the Executive in writing prior to the
expiration of such period that it desires to contest such claim, the Executive
shall:

                    (i)   give the Company any information reasonably requested
by the Company relating to such claim,

                    (ii)  take such action in connection with contesting such
claim as the Company shall reasonably request in writing from time to time,
including, without limitation, accepting legal representation with respect to
such claim by an attorney reasonably selected by the Company,

                    (iii) cooperate with the Company in good faith in order
effectively to contest such claim, and

                    (iv)  permit the Company to participate in any proceedings
relating to such claim;

provided, however, that the Company shall bear and pay directly all costs and
expenses (including additional interest and penalties) incurred in connection
with such contest and shall indemnify and hold the Executive harmless, on an
after-tax basis, for any Excise Tax or income tax (including interest and
penalties with respect thereto) imposed as a result of such representation and
payment of costs and expenses.  Without limitation on the foregoing provisions
of this Section 10(c), the Company shall control all proceedings taken in
connection with such contest and, at its sole option, may pursue or forgo any
and all administrative appeals, proceedings, hearings and conferences with the
taxing authority in respect of such claim and may, at its sole option, either
direct the Executive to pay the tax claimed and sue for a refund or contest the
claim in any permissible manner, and the Executive agrees to prosecute such
contest to a determination before any administrative tribunal, in a court of
initial jurisdiction and in one or more appellate courts, as the Company shall
determine; provided, however, that if the Company directs the Executive to pay
such claim and sue for a refund, the Company shall advance the amount of such
payment to the Executive, on an interest-free basis and shall indemnify and hold
the Executive harmless, on an after-tax basis, from any Excise Tax or income tax
(including interest or penalties with respect thereto) imposed with respect to
such advance or with respect to any imputed income with respect to such advance;
and further provided that any 

                                     -11-

extension of the statute of limitations relating to payment of taxes for the
taxable year of the Executive with respect to which such contested amount is
claimed to be due is limited solely to such contested amount. Furthermore, the
Company's control of the contest shall be limited to issues with respect to
which a Gross-Up Payment would be payable hereunder and the Executive shall be
entitled to settle or contest, as the case may be, any other issue raised by the
Internal Revenue Service or any other taxing authority.

                     (d) If, after the receipt by the Executive of an amount
advanced by the Company pursuant to Section 10(c), the Executive becomes
entitled to receive any refund with respect to such claim, the Executive shall
(subject to the Company's complying with the requirements of Section 10(c))
promptly pay to the Company the amount of such refund (together with any
interest paid or credited thereon after taxes applicable thereto). If, after the
receipt by the Executive of an amount advanced by the Company pursuant to
Section 10(c), a determination is made that the Executive shall not be entitled
to any refund with respect to such claim and the Company does not notify the
Executive in writing of its intent to contest such denial of refund prior to the
expiration of 30 days after such determination, then such advance shall be
forgiven and shall not be required to be repaid and the amount of such advance
shall offset, to the extent thereof, the amount of Gross-Up Payment required to
be paid.

                 11. Confidential Information.  The Executive shall hold in a
                     ------------------------                                
fiduciary capacity for the benefit of the Company all secret or confidential
information, knowledge or data affiliated relating to the Company or any of its
affiliated companies, and their respective businesses, which shall have been
obtained by the Executive during the Executive's employment by the Company or
any of its affiliated companies and which shall not be or become public
knowledge (other than by acts by the Executive or representatives of the
Executive in violation of this Agreement).  After termination of the Executive's
employment with the Company, the Executive shall not, without the prior written
consent of the Company or as may otherwise be required by law or legal process,
communicate or divulge any such information, knowledge or data to anyone other
than the Company and those designated by it.  In no event shall an asserted
violation of the provisions of this Section 11 constitute a basis for deferring
or withholding any amounts otherwise payable to the Executive under this
Agreement.

                12.  Successors.
                     ---------- 

                     (a) This Agreement is personal to the Executive and without
the prior written consent of the Company shall not be assignable by the
Executive otherwise than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. This
Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executive's
legal representatives.

                     (b) This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be
binding upon the Company and its successors and assigns.

                     (c) The Company will require any successor (whether direct
or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or
substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company to assume
expressly and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same
extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession
had taken place. As used in this Agreement,

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"Company" shall mean the Company as hereinbefore defined and any
successor to its business and/or assets as aforesaid which assumes and agrees to
perform this Agreement by operation of law, or otherwise.

                 13. Miscellaneous.
                     ------------- 

                     (a)  This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in
accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without reference to
principles of conflict of laws. The captions of this Agreement are not part of
the provisions hereof and shall have no force or effect. This Agreement may not
be amended or modified otherwise than by a written agreement executed by the
parties hereto or their respective successors and legal representatives.

                     (b)  All notices and other communications hereunder shall
be in writing and shall be given by hand delivery to the other party or by
registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid,
addressed as follows:

                     If to the Executive:
                     ------------------- 
 
                             Farokh S. Hakimi
                             215 South Krameria
                             Denver, Colorado 80224

                     If to the Company:
                     ----------------- 

                             Cyprus Amax Minerals Company
                             9100 East Mineral Circle
                             Englewood, Colorado 80112

                             Attention:  General Counsel

or to such other address as either party shall have furnished to the other in
writing in accordance herewith.  Notice and communications shall be effective
when actually received by the addressee.

                     (c)  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of
this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other
provision of this Agreement.

                     (d)  The Company may withhold from any amounts payable
under this Agreement such Federal, state, local or foreign taxes as shall be
required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.

                     (e)  The Executive's or the Company's failure to insist
upon strict compliance with any provision of this Agreement or the failure to
assert any right the Executive or the Company may have hereunder, including
without limitation, the right of the Executive to terminate employment for Good
Reason pursuant to Section 5(c)(i) - (v) of this Agreement, shall not be deemed
to be a waiver of such provision or right or any other provision or right of
this Agreement.

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                     (f)  The Executive and the Company acknowledge that, except
as may otherwise be provided under any other written agreement between the
Executive and the Company, the employment of the Executive by the Company is "at
will" and, subject to Section 1(a) hereof, prior to the Effective Date, the
Executive's employment and/or this Agreement may be terminated by either the
Executive or the Company at any time prior to the Effective Date, in which case
the Executive shall have no further rights under this Agreement.

                     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Executive has hereunto set the
Executive's hand and, pursuant to the authorization from the Board, the Company
has caused these presents to be executed in its name on its behalf, all as of
the day and year first above written.

                                                /s/ Farokh S. Hakimi
                                                --------------------
                                                [Executive]

                                                CYPRUS AMAX MINERALS COMPANY

                                                By:  /s/ Milton H. Ward
                                                   --------------------

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                             EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
                             --------------------

          AGREEMENT by and between Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, a Delaware
corporation (the "Company"), and Robin J. Hickson (the "Executive"), dated as of
the 1st day of February, 1999.

          The Compensation and Benefits Committee (the "Committee") of the Board
of Directors of the Company (the "Board") has determined that it is in the best
interests of the Company and its shareholders to assure that the Company will
have the continued dedication of the Executive, notwithstanding the possibility,
threat or occurrence of a Change of Control (as defined below) of the Company.
The Committee believes it is imperative to diminish the inevitable distraction
of the Executive by virtue of the personal uncertainties and risks created by a
pending or threatened Change of Control and to encourage the Executive's full
attention and dedication to the Company currently and in the event of any
threatened or pending Change of Control, and to provide the Executive with
compensation and benefits arrangements upon a Change of Control which ensure
that the compensation and benefits expectations of the Executive will be
satisfied and which are competitive with those of other corporations.
Therefore, in order to accomplish these objectives, the Committee has caused the
Company to enter into this Agreement.

          NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

          1.  Certain Definitions.
              ------------------- 

              (a)  The "Effective Date" shall mean the first date during the
Change of Control Period (as defined in Section 1(b)) on which a Change of
Control (as defined in Section 2) occurs. Anything in this Agreement to the
contrary notwithstanding, if a Change of Control occurs and if the Executive's
employment with the Company is terminated prior to the date on which the Change
of Control occurs, and if it is reasonably demonstrated by the Executive that
such termination of employment (i) was at the request of a third party who has
taken steps reasonably calculated to effect a Change of Control or (ii)
otherwise arose in connection with or in anticipation of a Change of Control,
then for all purposes of this Agreement the "Effective Date" shall mean the date
immediately prior to the date of such termination of employment.

              (b) The "Change of Control Period" shall mean the period
commencing on the date hereof and ending on the second anniversary of the date
hereof; provided, however, that commencing on the date one year after the date
hereof, and on each annual anniversary of such date (such date and each annual
anniversary thereof shall be hereinafter referred to as the "Renewal Date"),
unless previously terminated, the Change of Control Period shall be
automatically extended so as to terminate two years from such Renewal Date,
unless at least 60 days prior to the Renewal Date the Company shall give notice
to the Executive that the Change of Control Period shall not be so extended.

          2.  Change of Control.  For the purpose of this Agreement, a "Change
              -----------------                                               
of Control" shall mean:

                (a)   The acquisition by any individual, entity or group (within
the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act")) (a "Person") of beneficial ownership
(within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act) of 35% or
more of either (i) the then outstanding shares of common stock of the Company
(the "Outstanding Company Common Stock") or (ii) the combined voting power of
the then outstanding voting securities of the Company entitled to vote generally
in the election of directors (the "Outstanding Company Voting Securities");
provided, however, that for purposes of this Section 2(a), the following
acquisitions shall not constitute a Change of Control: (A) any acquisition
directly from the Company, (B) any acquisition by the Company directly or
indirectly through one or more of the Company's subsidiaries or its affiliates,
(C) any acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or
maintained by the Company or any corporation controlled by the Company or (D)
any acquisition by any corporation pursuant to a transaction which complies with
clauses (i) and (ii) of Section 2(c); or

                (b)   Individuals who, as of the date hereof, constitute the
Board (the "Incumbent Board") cease for any reason to constitute at least a
majority of the Board; provided, however, that any individual becoming a
director subsequent to the date hereof whose election, or nomination for
election by the Company's shareholders, was approved by a vote of at least a
majority of the directors then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be
considered as though such individual were a member of the Incumbent Board, but
excluding, for this purpose, any such individual whose initial assumption of
office occurs as a result of an actual or threatened election contest with
respect to the election or removal of directors or other actual or threatened
solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of a Person other than the
Board; or

                (c)     Consummation of a reorganization, merger or
consolidation involving the Company or any subsidiary of the Company or sale or
other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company (a
"Business Combination"), in each case, unless, following such Business
Combination, either (i) (A) all or substantially all of the individuals and
entities who were the beneficial owners, respectively, of the Outstanding
Company Common Stock and Outstanding Company Voting Securities immediately prior
to such Business Combination beneficially own, directly or indirectly, more than
50% of, respectively, the then outstanding shares of common stock and the
combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities entitled to vote
generally in the election of directors, as the case may be, of the corporation
resulting from such Business Combination (including, without limitation, a
corporation which as a result of such transaction owns the Company or all or
substantially all of the Company's assets either directly or through one or more
subsidiaries) in substantially the same proportions as their ownership,
immediately prior to such Business Combination of the Outstanding Company Common
Stock and Outstanding Company Voting Securities, as the case may be, or (B) at
least a majority of the members of the board of directors of the corporation
resulting from such Business Combination were members of the Incumbent Board at
the time of the execution of the initial agreement, or of the action of the
Board, providing for such Business Combination and (ii) no Person (excluding any
corporation resulting from such Business Combination or any employee benefit
plan (or related trust) of the Company or such corporation resulting from such
Business Combination) beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, 35% or more of,
respectively, the then outstanding shares of common stock of the corporation
resulting
         
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from such Business Combination or the combined voting power of the then
outstanding voting securities of such corporation except to the extent that such
ownership existed prior to the Business Combination; or

                (d)  A complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company.

          3.  Employment Period.  The Company hereby agrees to continue the
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Executive in its employ, and the Executive hereby agrees to remain in the employ
of the Company subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, for the
period commencing on the Effective Date and ending on the second anniversary of
such date (the "Employment Period"), unless terminated earlier pursuant to this
Agreement.

          4.  Terms of Employment.
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              (a)  Position and Duties.
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                   (i)  During the Employment Period, the Executive's position
(including status, offices, titles and reporting requirements), authority,
duties and responsibilities shall be at least commensurate in all material
respects with the most significant of those held, exercised and assigned at any
time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date.

                   (ii) During the Employment Period, and excluding any periods
of vacation and sick leave to which the Executive is entitled, the Executive
agrees to devote reasonable attention and time during normal business hours to
the business and affairs of the Company and, to the extent necessary to
discharge the responsibilities assigned to the Executive hereunder, to use the
Executive's reasonable best efforts to perform faithfully and efficiently such
responsibilities. During the Employment Period it shall not be a violation of
this Agreement for the Executive to (A) serve on corporate, civic or charitable
boards or committees, (B) deliver lectures, fulfill speaking engagements or
teach at educational institutions and (C) manage personal investments, so long
as such activities do not significantly interfere with the performance of the
Executive's responsibilities as an employee of the Company in accordance with
this Agreement. It is expressly understood and agreed that to the extent that
any such activities have been conducted by the Executive prior to the Effective
Date, the continued conduct of such activities (or the conduct of activities
similar in nature and scope thereto) subsequent to the Effective Date shall not
thereafter be deemed to interfere with the performance of the Executive's
responsibilities to the Company.

              (b)  Compensation.
                   ------------ 

                   (i)  Base Salary. During the Employment Period, the Executive
shall receive an annual base salary ("Annual Base Salary"), which shall be paid
at a monthly rate, at least equal to twelve times the highest monthly base
salary paid or payable, including any base salary which has been earned but
deferred, to the Executive by the Company and its affiliated companies in
respect of the twelve-month period immediately preceding the month in which the
Effective Date occurs. During the Employment Period, the Annual Base Salary
shall be reviewed no more than 12 months after the last salary increase awarded
to the Executive prior to the Effective Date and

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thereafter at least annually. Any increase in Annual Base Salary shall not serve
to limit or reduce any other obligation to the Executive under this Agreement.
Annual Base Salary shall not be reduced after any such increase and the term
Annual Base Salary as utilized in this Agreement shall refer to Annual Base
Salary as so increased. As used in this Agreement, the term "affiliated
companies" shall include any company controlled by, controlling or under common
control with the Company.

                        (ii)   Annual Target Bonus. In addition to Annual Base
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Salary, the Executive shall be awarded, for each fiscal year ending during the
Employment Period, an annual target bonus (the "Annual Target Bonus") at least
equal to the Executive's highest target bonus guideline established as a
percentage of the Executive's Annual Base Salary under the Company's Annual
Incentive Plan, or any predecessor or successor plan, for the last fiscal year
prior to the Effective Date (annualized in the event that the Executive was not
employed by the Company for the whole of such fiscal year). Each such Annual
Target Bonus shall be paid no later than the end of the third month of the
fiscal year next following the fiscal year for which the Annual Target Bonus is
applicable, unless the Executive shall elect to defer the receipt of such Annual
Target Bonus.

                        (iii)  Incentive, Savings and Retirement Plans. During
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the Employment Period, the Executive shall be entitled to participate in all
incentive, savings and retirement plans, practices, policies and programs
applicable generally to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies, but in no event shall such plans, practices, policies and programs
provide the Executive with incentive opportunities (measured with respect to
both regular and special incentive opportunities, to the extent, if any, that
such distinction is applicable), savings opportunities and retirement benefit
opportunities, in each case, less favorable, in the aggregate, than the most
favorable of those provided by the Company and its affiliated companies for the
Executive under such plans, practices, policies and programs as in effect at any
time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if
more favorable to the Executive, those provided generally at any time after the
Effective Date to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies.

                        (iv)   Welfare Benefit Plans. During the Employment
                               ---------------------
Period, the Executive and/or the Executive's family, as the case may be, shall
be eligible for participation in and shall receive all benefits under welfare
benefit plans, practices, policies and programs provided by the Company and its
affiliated companies (including, without limitation, medical, prescription,
dental, disability, salary continuance, employee life, group life, accidental
death and travel accident insurance plans and programs) to the extent applicable
generally to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies,
but in no event shall such plans, practices, policies and programs provide the
Executive with benefits which are less favorable, in the aggregate, than the
most favorable of such plans, practices, policies and programs in effect for the
Executive at any time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the
Effective Date or, if more favorable to the Executive, those provided generally
at any time after the Effective Date to other peer executives of the Company and
its affiliated companies.

                        (v)    Expenses. During the Employment Period, the
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Executive shall be entitled to receive prompt reimbursement for all reasonable
expenses

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incurred by the Executive in accordance with the most favorable policies,
practices and procedures of the Company and its affiliated companies in effect
for the Executive at any time during the 120-day period immediately preceding
the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the Executive, as in effect
generally at any time thereafter with respect to other peer executives of the
Company and its affiliated companies.

                      (vi)  Fringe Benefits. During the Employment Period, the
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Executive shall be entitled to fringe benefits in accordance with the most
favorable plans, practices, programs and policies of the Company and its
affiliated companies in effect for the Executive at any time during the 120-day
period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the
Executive, as in effect generally at any time thereafter with respect to other
peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.

                      (vii) Vacation. During the Employment Period, the
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Executive shall be entitled to paid vacation in accordance with the most
favorable plans, policies, programs and practices of the Company and its
affiliated companies as in effect for the Executive at any time during the 120-
day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the
Executive, as in effect generally at any time thereafter with respect to other
peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.

          5.  Termination of Employment.
              ------------------------- 

              (a)     Death or Disability. The Executive's employment shall
                      -------------------
terminate automatically upon the Executive's death during the Employment Period.
If the Company determines in good faith that the Disability of the Executive has
occurred during the Employment Period (pursuant to the definition of Disability
set forth below), it may give to the Executive written notice in accordance with
Section 13(b) of this Agreement of its intention to terminate the Executive's
employment. In such event, the Executive's employment with the Company shall
terminate effective on the 30th day after receipt of such notice by the
Executive (the "Disability Effective Date"), provided that, within the 30 days
after such receipt, the Executive shall not have returned to full-time
performance of the Executive's duties. For purposes of this Agreement,
"Disability" shall mean the absence of the Executive from the Executive's duties
with the Company on a full-time basis for 180 consecutive business days as a
result of incapacity due to mental or physical illness which is determined to be
total and permanent by a physician selected by the Company or its insurers and
acceptable to the Executive or the Executive's legal representative.

              (b)     Cause. The Company may terminate the Executive's
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employment during the Employment Period for Cause. For purposes of this
Agreement, "Cause" shall mean:

                      (i)   the willful and continued failure of the Executive
to perform substantially the Executive's duties with the Company or one of its
affiliated companies (other than any such failure resulting from incapacity due
to physical or mental illness), after a written demand for substantial
performance is delivered to the Executive by the Board or the Chief Executive
Officer of the Company which specifically identifies the manner in which the
Board or Chief Executive Officer believes that the Executive has not
substantially performed the Executive's duties, or

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                        (ii)    the willful engaging by the Executive in illegal
conduct or gross misconduct which is materially and demonstrably injurious to
the Company.

For purposes of this provision, 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
a senior officer of the Company or based upon the advice of counsel for the
Company 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, and
specifying the particulars thereof in detail.

                (c)     Good Reason. The Executive's employment may be
                        -----------
terminated by the Executive for Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement,
"Good Reason" shall mean:

                        (i)     the assignment to the Executive of any duties
inconsistent in any respect with the Executive's position (including status,
offices, titles and reporting requirements), authority, duties or
responsibilities as contemplated by Section 4(a) of this Agreement, or any other
action by the Company which results in a material, adverse diminution in such
position, authority, duties or responsibilities, excluding for this purpose an
isolated, insubstantial and inadvertent action not taken in bad faith and which
is remedied by the Company promptly after receipt of notice thereof given by the
Executive;

                        (ii)    any failure by the Company to comply with any of
the provisions of Section 4(b) of this Agreement, other than an isolated,
insubstantial and inadvertent failure not occurring in bad faith and which is
remedied by the Company promptly after receipt of notice thereof given by the
Executive;

                        (iii)   the Company requires the Executive to travel on
Company business to a substantially greater extent than required immediately
prior to the Effective Date, except if such increase is due to a relocation of
the corporate headquarters and/or the relocation of the Executive's work
location within the contiguous 48 States of the United States;

                        (iv)    any purported termination by the Company of the
Executive's employment otherwise than as expressly permitted by this Agreement;
or

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                        (v)     any failure by the Company to comply with and
satisfy Section 12(c) of this Agreement.

Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, a relocation of the corporate
headquarters and/or the relocation of the Executive's work location within the
contiguous 48 States of the United States shall not constitute "Good Reason."

                (d)     Notice of Termination. Any termination by the Company
                        ---------------------
for Cause, or by the Executive for Good Reason, shall be communicated by Notice
of Termination to the other party hereto given in accordance with Section 13(b)
of this Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement, "Notice of Termination" shall
mean a written notice which (i) indicates the specific termination provision in
this Agreement relied upon, (ii) to the extent applicable, sets forth in
reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for
termination of the Executive's employment under the provision so indicated and
(iii) if the Date of Termination (as defined below) is other than the date of
receipt of such notice, specifies the termination date (which date shall be not
more than 30 days after the giving of such notice). The failure by the Executive
or the Company to set forth in the Notice of Termination any fact or
circumstance which contributes to a showing of Good Reason or Cause shall not
waive any right of the Executive or the Company, respectively, hereunder or
preclude the Executive or the Company, respectively, from asserting such fact or
circumstance in enforcing the Executive's or the Company's rights hereunder.

                (e)     Date of Termination. "Date of Termination" shall mean
                        -------------------
(i) if the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company for Cause, or by
the Executive for Good Reason, the date of receipt of the Notice of Termination
or any later date specified therein, as the case may be, (ii) if the Executive's
employment is terminated by the Company other than for Cause or Disability, the
Date of Termination shall be the date on which the Company notifies the
Executive of such termination and (iii) if the Executive's employment is
terminated by reason of death or Disability, the Date of Termination shall be
the date of death of the Executive or the Disability Effective Date, as the case
may be.

          6.  Obligations of the Company upon Termination.
              ------------------------------------------- 

                (a)     Good Reason; Other Than for Cause, Death or Disability.
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If, during the Employment Period, the Company shall terminate the Executive's
employment other than for Cause or Disability or the Executive shall terminate
employment for Good Reason:

                        (i)     the Company shall pay to the Executive in a lump
sum in cash within 30 days after the Date of Termination the aggregate of the
following amounts:

                                (A)     the sum of (1) the Executive's Annual
Base Salary through the Date of Termination to the extent not theretofore paid,
(2) the Annual Target Bonus, if accrued as of the Date of Termination, and (3)
any compensation previously deferred by the Executive (together with any accrued
interest or earnings thereon) and any accrued vacation pay, in each case to the
extent not theretofore paid (the

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sum of the amounts described in clauses (1), (2), and (3) shall be hereinafter
referred to as the "Accrued Obligations"); and

                                (B)     the amount equal to the product of (1)
two and (2) the Executive's Annual Base Salary and the Annual Target Bonus to
which the Executive may have been eligible; and

                        (ii)    to the extent not theretofore paid or provided,
the Company shall timely pay or provide to the Executive any other amounts or
benefits required to be paid or provided or which the Executive is eligible to
receive under any plan, program, policy or practice or contract or agreement of
the Company and its affiliated companies (such other amounts and benefits shall
be hereinafter referred to as the "Other Benefits").

                (b)     Death. If the Executive's employment is terminated by
                        -----
reason of the Executive's death during the Employment Period, this Agreement
shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive's legal
representatives under this Agreement, other than for payment of Accrued
Obligations and the timely payment or provision of Other Benefits. Accrued
Obligations shall be paid to the Executive's estate or beneficiary, as
applicable, in a lump sum in cash within 30 days of the Date of Termination.
With respect to the provision of Other Benefits, the term Other Benefits as
utilized in this Section 6(b) shall include, without limitation, and the
Executive's estate and/or beneficiaries shall be entitled to receive, benefits
at least equal to the most favorable benefits provided by the Company and its
affiliated companies to the estates and beneficiaries of peer executives of the
Company and such affiliated companies under such plans, programs, practices and
policies relating to death benefits, if any, as in effect with respect to other
peer executives and their beneficiaries at any time during the 120-day period
immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the
Executive's estate and/or the Executive's beneficiaries, as in effect on the
date of the Executive's death with respect to other peer executives of the
Company and its affiliated companies and their beneficiaries.

                (c)     Disability. If the Executive's employment is terminated
                        ----------
by reason of the Executive's Disability during the Employment Period, this
Agreement shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive, other
than for payment of Accrued Obligations and the timely payment or provision of
Other Benefits. Accrued Obligations shall be paid to the Executive in a lump sum
in cash within 30 days of the Date of Termination. With respect to the provision
of Other Benefits, the term Other Benefits as utilized in this Section 6(c)
shall include, and the Executive shall be entitled after the Disability
Effective Date to receive, disability and other benefits at least equal to the
most favorable of those generally provided by the Company and its affiliated
companies to disabled executives and/or their families in accordance with such
plans, programs, practices and policies relating to disability, if any, as in
effect generally with respect to other peer executives and their families at any
time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if
more favorable to the Executive and/or the Executive's family, as in effect at
any time thereafter generally with respect to other peer executives of the
Company and its affiliated companies and their families.

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                (d)     Cause; Other than for Good Reason. If the Executive's
                        ---------------------------------
employment shall be terminated for Cause during the Employment Period, this
Agreement shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive other
than the obligation to pay to the Executive (x) his Annual Base Salary through
the Date of Termination, (y) the amount of any compensation previously deferred
by the Executive, and (z) Other Benefits, in each case to the extent theretofore
unpaid. If the Executive voluntarily terminates employment during the Employment
Period, excluding a termination for Good Reason, this Agreement shall terminate
without further obligations to the Executive, other than for Accrued Obligations
and the timely payment or provision of Other Benefits. In such case, all Accrued
Obligations shall be paid to the Executive in a lump sum in cash within 30 days
of the Date of Termination.

          7.    Non-exclusivity of Rights. Nothing in this Agreement shall
                -------------------------
prevent or limit the Executive's continuing or future participation in any plan,
program, policy or practice provided by the Company or any of its affiliated
companies and for which the Executive may qualify, nor, subject to Section
13(f), shall anything herein limit or otherwise affect such rights as the
Executive may have under any contract or agreement with the Company or any of
its affiliated companies. Subject to the provisions of Section 8, amounts which
are vested benefits or which the Executive is otherwise entitled to receive
under any plan, policy, practice or program of or any contract or agreement with
the Company or any of its affiliated companies at or subsequent to the Date of
Termination shall be payable in accordance with such plan, policy, practice or
program or contract or agreement except as explicitly modified by this
Agreement.

          8.    Non-Duplication of Benefits. Notwithstanding anything in this
                ---------------------------
Agreement to the contrary, nothing contained in Section 4(b) or Section 6 shall
in any way require the payment of any amounts or the provision of any benefits
which would result in the duplication of any such payment or the provision of
any such benefits pursuant to any practice, policy or benefit plan sponsored or
maintained by the Company and its affiliated companies, or which would alter the
manner in which or the time at which benefits are paid pursuant to any tax-
qualified retirement plans maintained by the Company and its affiliated
companies.

          9.    Full Settlement. The Company's obligation to make the payments
                ---------------
provided for in this Agreement and otherwise to perform its obligations
hereunder shall not be affected by any set-off, counterclaim, recoupment,
defense or other claim, right or action which the Company may have against the
Executive or others. In no event shall the Executive be obligated to seek other
employment or take any other action by way of mitigation of the amounts payable
to the Executive under any of the provisions of this Agreement and such amounts
shall not be reduced whether or not the Executive obtains other employment. The
Company agrees to pay as incurred, to the full extent permitted by law, all
legal fees and expenses which the Executive may reasonably incur as a result of
any contest (regardless of the outcome thereof but not in the case of fees
incurred with respect to a claim brought in bad faith) by the Company, the
Executive or others of the validity or enforceability of, or liability under,
any provision of this Agreement or any guarantee of performance thereof
(including as a result of any contest by the Executive about the amount of any
payment pursuant to this Agreement), plus in each case interest on any delayed
payment at the applicable Federal rate provided for in Section 7872(f)(2)(A) of
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code").

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          10.  Certain Additional Payments by the Company.
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                (a)     Anything in this Agreement to the contrary
notwithstanding and except as set forth below, in the event it shall be
determined that any payment or distribution by the Company to or for the benefit
of the Executive (whether paid or payable or distributed or distributable
pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or otherwise, but determined without
regard to any additional payments required under this Section 10) (a "Payment")
would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code or any
interest or penalties are incurred by the Executive with respect to such excise
tax (such excise tax, together with any such interest and penalties, are
hereinafter collectively referred to as the "Excise Tax"), then the Executive
shall be entitled to receive an additional payment (a "Gross-Up Payment") in an
amount such that after payment by the Executive of all taxes (including any
interest or penalties imposed with respect to such taxes), including, without
limitation, any income taxes (and any interest and penalties imposed with
respect thereto) and Excise Tax imposed upon the Gross-Up Payment, the Executive
retains an amount of the Gross-Up Payment equal to the Excise Tax imposed upon
the Payments. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section 10(a), if
it shall be determined that the Executive is entitled to a Gross-Up Payment, but
that the Executive, after taking into account the Payments and the Gross-Up
Payment, would not receive a net after-tax benefit of at least $50,000 (taking
into account both income taxes and any Excise Tax), as compared to the net 
after-tax proceeds to the Executive resulting from an elimination of the Gross-
Up Payment and a reduction of the Payments, in the aggregate, to an amount (the
"Reduced Amount") such that the receipt of Payments would not give rise to any
Excise Tax, then no Gross-Up Payment-shall be made to the Executive and the
Payments, in the aggregate, shall be reduced to the Reduced Amount.

                (b)     Subject to the provisions of Section 10(c), all
determinations required to be made under this Section 10, including whether and
when a Gross-Up Payment is required and the amount of such Gross-Up Payment and
the assumptions to be utilized in arriving at such determination, shall be made
by PricewaterhouseCoopers, L.L.P., or such other certified public accounting
firm as may be designated by the Executive (the "Accounting Firm") which shall
provide detailed supporting calculations both to the Company and the Executive
within 15 business days of the receipt of notice from the Executive that there
has been a Payment, or such earlier time as is requested by the Company. In the
event that the Accounting Firm is serving as accountant or auditor for the
individual, entity or group effecting the Change of Control, the Executive shall
appoint another nationally recognized accounting firm to make the determinations
required hereunder (which accounting firm shall then be referred to as the
Accounting Firm hereunder). All fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm shall
be borne solely by the Company. Any Gross-Up Payment, as determined pursuant to
this Section 10, shall be paid by the Company to the Executive within five days
of the receipt of the Accounting Firm's determination. Any determination by the
Accounting Firm shall be binding upon the Company and the Executive. As a result
of the uncertainty in the application of Section 4999 of the Code at the time of
the initial determination by the Accounting Firm hereunder, it is possible that
Gross-Up Payments which will not have been made by the Company should have been
made ("Underpayment"), consistent with the calculations required to be made
hereunder. In the event that the Company exhausts its remedies pursuant to
Section 10(c) and the Executive thereafter is required to make a payment of any
Excise Tax, the
               
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Accounting Firm shall determine the amount of the Underpayment that has occurred
and any such Underpayment shall be promptly paid by the Company to or for the
benefit of the Executive.

                (c)     The Executive shall notify the Company in writing of any
claim by the Internal Revenue Service that, if successful, would require the
payment by the Company of the Gross-Up Payment. Such notification shall be given
as soon as practicable but no later than 10 business days after the Executive is
informed in writing of such claim and shall apprise the Company of the nature of
such claim and the date on which such claim is requested to be paid. The
Executive shall not pay such claim prior to the expiration of the 30-day period
following the date on which it gives such notice to the Company (or such shorter
period ending on the date that any payment of taxes with respect to such claim
is due). If the Company notifies the Executive in writing prior to the
expiration of such period that it desires to contest such claim, the Executive
shall:

                        (i)     give the Company any information reasonably
requested by the Company relating to such claim,

                        (ii)    take such action in connection with contesting
such claim as the Company shall reasonably request in writing from time to time,
including, without limitation, accepting legal representation with respect to
such claim by an attorney reasonably selected by the Company,

                        (iii)   cooperate with the Company in good faith in
order effectively to contest such claim, and

                        (iv)    permit the Company to participate in any
proceedings relating to such claim;

provided, however, that the Company shall bear and pay directly all costs and
expenses (including additional interest and penalties) incurred in connection
with such contest and shall indemnify and hold the Executive harmless, on an
after-tax basis, for any Excise Tax or income tax (including interest and
penalties with respect thereto) imposed as a result of such representation and
payment of costs and expenses.  Without limitation on the foregoing provisions
of this Section 10(c), the Company shall control all proceedings taken in
connection with such contest and, at its sole option, may pursue or forgo any
and all administrative appeals, proceedings, hearings and conferences with the
taxing authority in respect of such claim and may, at its sole option, either
direct the Executive to pay the tax claimed and sue for a refund or contest the
claim in any permissible manner, and the Executive agrees to prosecute such
contest to a determination before any administrative tribunal, in a court of
initial jurisdiction and in one or more appellate courts, as the Company shall
determine; provided, however, that if the Company directs the Executive to pay
such claim and sue for a refund, the Company shall advance the amount of such
payment to the Executive, on an interest-free basis and shall indemnify and hold
the Executive harmless, on an after-tax basis, from any Excise Tax or income tax
(including interest or penalties with respect thereto) imposed with respect to
such advance or with respect to any imputed income with respect to such advance;
and further provided that any extension of the statute of limitations relating
to payment of taxes for the taxable year of the Executive with respect to which
such contested amount is claimed to be due is limited 

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solely to such contested amount. Furthermore, the Company's control of the
contest shall be limited to issues with respect to which a Gross-Up Payment
would be payable hereunder and the Executive shall be entitled to settle or
contest, as the case may be, any other issue raised by the Internal Revenue
Service or any other taxing authority.

                (d)     If, after the receipt by the Executive of an amount
advanced by the Company pursuant to Section 10(c), the Executive becomes
entitled to receive any refund with respect to such claim, the Executive shall
(subject to the Company's complying with the requirements of Section 10(c))
promptly pay to the Company the amount of such refund (together with any
interest paid or credited thereon after taxes applicable thereto). If, after the
receipt by the Executive of an amount advanced by the Company pursuant to
Section 10(c), a determination is made that the Executive shall not be entitled
to any refund with respect to such claim and the Company does not notify the
Executive in writing of its intent to contest such denial of refund prior to the
expiration of 30 days after such determination, then such advance shall be
forgiven and shall not be required to be repaid and the amount of such advance
shall offset, to the extent thereof, the amount of Gross-Up Payment required to
be paid.

        11.  Confidential Information. The Executive shall hold in a fiduciary
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capacity for the benefit of the Company all secret or confidential information,
knowledge or data affiliated relating to the Company or any of its affiliated
companies, and their respective businesses, which shall have been obtained by
the Executive during the Executive's employment by the Company or any of its
affiliated companies and which shall not be or become public knowledge (other
than by acts by the Executive or representatives of the Executive in violation
of this Agreement). After termination of the Executive's employment with the
Company, the Executive shall not, without the prior written consent of the
Company or as may otherwise be required by law or legal process, communicate or
divulge any such information, knowledge or data to anyone other than the Company
and those designated by it. In no event shall an asserted violation of the
provisions of this Section 11 constitute a basis for deferring or withholding
any amounts otherwise payable to the Executive under this Agreement.

          12.  Successors.
               ---------- 

                (a)     This Agreement is personal to the Executive and without
the prior written consent of the Company shall not be assignable by the
Executive otherwise than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. This
Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executive's
legal representatives.

                (b)     This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be
binding upon the Company and its successors and assigns.

                (c)     The Company will require any successor (whether direct
or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or
substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company to assume
expressly and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same
extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession
had taken place. As used in this Agreement, "Company" shall mean the Company as
hereinbefore defined and any successor to its

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business and/or assets as aforesaid which assumes and agrees to perform this
Agreement by operation of law, or otherwise.

          13.  Miscellaneous.
               ------------- 

                (a)     This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in
accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without reference to
principles of conflict of laws. The captions of this Agreement are not part of
the provisions hereof and shall have no force or effect. This Agreement may not
be amended or modified otherwise than by a written agreement executed by the
parties hereto or their respective successors and legal representatives.

                (b)     All notices and other communications hereunder shall be
in writing and shall be given by hand delivery to the other party or by
registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid,
addressed as follows:

                        If to the Executive:
                        ------------------- 

                                Robin J. Hickson
                                12246 S. Honah Lee Ct.
                                Phoenix, AZ  85044

                        If to the Company:
                        ----------------- 

                                Cyprus Amax Minerals Company
                                9100 East Mineral Circle
                                Englewood, Colorado 80112

                                Attention:  General Counsel

or to such other address as either party shall have furnished to the other in
writing in accordance herewith.  Notice and communications shall be effective
when actually received by the addressee.

                (c)     The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of
this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other
provision of this Agreement.

                (d)     The Company may withhold from any amounts payable under
this Agreement such Federal, state, local or foreign taxes as shall be required
to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.

                (e)     The Executive's or the Company's failure to insist upon
strict compliance with any provision of this Agreement or the failure to assert
any right the Executive or the Company may have hereunder, including without
limitation, the right of the Executive to terminate employment for Good Reason
pursuant to Section 5(c)(i) - (v) of this Agreement, shall not be deemed to be a
waiver of such provision or right or any other provision or right of this
Agreement.

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                (f)     The Executive and the Company acknowledge that, except
as may otherwise be provided under any other written agreement between the
Executive and the Company, the employment of the Executive by the Company is "at
will" and, subject to Section 1(a) hereof, prior to the Effective Date, the
Executive's employment and/or this Agreement may be terminated by either the
Executive or the Company at any time prior to the Effective Date, in which case
the Executive shall have no further rights under this Agreement.

          IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Executive has hereunto set the Executive's
hand and, pursuant to the authorization from the Board, the Company has caused
these presents to be executed in its name on its behalf, all as of the day and
year first above written.

                                               /s/ Robin J. Hickson
                                               -----------------------------
                                               [Executive]

                                                CYPRUS AMAX MINERALS COMPANY

                                                By:  /s/ Milton H. Ward
                                                   -------------------------

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                             EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
                             --------------------

          AGREEMENT by and between Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, a Delaware
corporation (the "Company"), and John Taraba (the "Executive"), dated as of the
27th day of January, 1999.

          The Compensation and Benefits Committee (the "Committee") of the Board
of Directors of the Company (the "Board") has determined that it is in the best
interests of the Company and its shareholders to assure that the Company will
have the continued dedication of the Executive, notwithstanding the possibility,
threat or occurrence of a Change of Control (as defined below) of the Company.
The Committee believes it is imperative to diminish the inevitable distraction
of the Executive by virtue of the personal uncertainties and risks created by a
pending or threatened Change of Control and to encourage the Executive's full
attention and dedication to the Company currently and in the event of any
threatened or pending Change of Control, and to provide the Executive with
compensation and benefits arrangements upon a Change of Control which ensure
that the compensation and benefits expectations of the Executive will be
satisfied and which are competitive with those of other corporations.
Therefore, in order to accomplish these objectives, the Committee has caused the
Company to enter into this Agreement.

          NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

          1.  Certain Definitions.
              ------------------- 

              (a) The "Effective Date" shall mean the first date during the
Change of Control Period (as defined in Section 1(b)) on which a Change of
Control (as defined in Section 2) occurs. Anything in this Agreement to the
contrary notwithstanding, if a Change of Control occurs and if the Executive's
employment with the Company is terminated prior to the date on which the Change
of Control occurs, and if it is reasonably demonstrated by the Executive that
such termination of employment (i) was at the request of a third party who has
taken steps reasonably calculated to effect a Change of Control or (ii)
otherwise arose in connection with or in anticipation of a Change of Control,
then for all purposes of this Agreement the "Effective Date" shall mean the date
immediately prior to the date of such termination of employment.

              (b) The "Change of Control Period" shall mean the period
commencing on the date hereof and ending on the second anniversary of the date
hereof; provided, however, that commencing on the date one year after the date
hereof, and on each annual anniversary of such date (such date and each annual
anniversary thereof shall be hereinafter referred to as the "Renewal Date"),
unless previously terminated, the Change of Control Period shall be
automatically extended so as to terminate two years from such Renewal Date,
unless at least 60 days prior to the Renewal Date the Company shall give notice
to the Executive that the Change of Control Period shall not be so extended.

          2.  Change of Control.  For the purpose of this Agreement, a "Change
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of Control" shall mean:

              (a) The acquisition by any individual, entity or group (within the
meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
as amended (the "Exchange Act")) (a "Person") of beneficial ownership (within
the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act) of 35% or more of
either (i) the then outstanding shares of common stock of the Company (the
"Outstanding Company Common Stock") or (ii) the combined voting power of the
then outstanding voting securities of the Company entitled to vote generally in
the election of directors (the "Outstanding Company Voting Securities");
provided, however, that for purposes of this Section 2(a), the following
acquisitions shall not constitute a Change of Control: (A) any acquisition
directly from the Company, (B) any acquisition by the Company directly or
indirectly through one or more of the Company's subsidiaries or its affiliates,
(C) any acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or
maintained by the Company or any corporation controlled by the Company or (D)
any acquisition by any corporation pursuant to a transaction which complies with
clauses (i) and (ii) of Section 2(c); or

              (b) IndividuaIs who, as of the date hereof, constitute the Board
(the "Incumbent Board") cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority
of the Board; provided, however, that any individual becoming a director
subsequent to the date hereof whose election, or nomination for election by the
Company's shareholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the
directors then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be considered as though such
individual were a member of the Incumbent Board, but excluding, for this
purpose, any such individual whose initial assumption of office occurs as a
result of an actual or threatened election contest with respect to the election
or removal of directors or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or
consents by or on behalf of a Person other than the Board; or

              (c) Consummation of a reorganization, merger or consolidation
involving the Company or any subsidiary of the Company or sale or other
disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company (a
"Business Combination"), in each case, unless, following such Business
Combination, either (i) (A) all or substantially all of the individuals and
entities who were the beneficial owners, respectively, of the Outstanding
Company Common Stock and Outstanding Company Voting Securities immediately prior
to such Business Combination beneficially own, directly or indirectly, more than
50% of, respectively, the then outstanding shares of common stock and the
combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities entitled to vote
generally in the election of directors, as the case may be, of the corporation
resulting from such Business Combination (including, without limitation, a
corporation which as a result of such transaction owns the Company or all or
substantially all of the Company's assets either directly or through one or more
subsidiaries) in substantially the same proportions as their ownership,
immediately prior to such Business Combination of the Outstanding Company Common
Stock and Outstanding Company Voting Securities, as the case may be, or (B) at
least a majority of the members of the board of directors of the corporation
resulting from such Business Combination were members of the Incumbent Board at
the time of the execution of the initial agreement, or of the action of the
Board, providing for such Business Combination and (ii) no Person (excluding any
corporation resulting from such Business Combination or any employee benefit
plan (or related trust) of the Company or such corporation resulting

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from such Business Combination) beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, 35%
or more of, respectively, the then outstanding shares of common stock of the
corporation resulting from such Business Combination or the combined voting
power of the then outstanding voting securities of such corporation except to
the extent that such ownership existed prior to the Business Combination; or

              (d) A complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company.

          3.  Employment Period.  The Company hereby agrees to continue the
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Executive in its employ, and the Executive hereby agrees to remain in the employ
of the Company subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, for the
period commencing on the Effective Date and ending on the second anniversary of
such date (the "Employment Period"), unless terminated earlier pursuant to this
Agreement.

          4.  Terms of Employment.
              ------------------- 

              (a)  Position and Duties.
                   ------------------- 

                   (i)  During the Employment Period, the Executive's position
(including status, offices, titles and reporting requirements), authority,
duties and responsibilities shall be at least commensurate in all material
respects with the most significant of those held, exercised and assigned at any
time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date.

                   (ii) During the Employment Period, and excluding any periods
of vacation and sick leave to which the Executive is entitled, the Executive
agrees to devote reasonable attention and time during normal business hours to
the business and affairs of the Company and, to the extent necessary to
discharge the responsibilities assigned to the Executive hereunder, to use the
Executive's reasonable best efforts to perform faithfully and efficiently such
responsibilities. During the Employment Period it shall not be a violation of
this Agreement for the Executive to (A) serve on corporate, civic or charitable
boards or committees, (B) deliver lectures, fulfill speaking engagements or
teach at educational institutions and (C) manage personal investments, so long
as such activities do not significantly interfere with the performance of the
Executive's responsibilities as an employee of the Company in accordance with
this Agreement. It is expressly understood and agreed that to the extent that
any such activities have been conducted by the Executive prior to the Effective
Date, the continued conduct of such activities (or the conduct of activities
similar in nature and scope thereto) subsequent to the Effective Date shall not
thereafter be deemed to interfere with the performance of the Executive's
responsibilities to the Company.

              (b)  Compensation.
                   ------------ 

                   (i) Base Salary.  During the Employment Period, the 
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Executive shall receive an annual base salary ("Annual Base Salary"), which
shall be paid at a monthly rate, at least equal to twelve times the highest
monthly base salary paid or payable, including any base salary which has been
earned but deferred, to the Executive by the Company and its affiliated
companies in respect of the twelve-month period immediately preceding the month
in which the Effective Date occurs. During the Employment Period, the Annual
Base Salary shall be reviewed no more than 12 months after the last salary
increase awarded to the Executive prior to the Effective Date and

                                      -3-

thereafter at least annually. Any increase in Annual Base Salary shall not serve
to limit or reduce any other obligation to the Executive under this Agreement.
Annual Base Salary shall not be reduced after any such increase and the term
Annual Base Salary as utilized in this Agreement shall refer to Annual Base
Salary as so increased. As used in this Agreement, the term "affiliated
companies" shall include any company controlled by, controlling or under common
control with the Company.

             (ii)   Annual Target Bonus.  In addition to Annual Base Salary, 
                    -------------------      
the Executive shall be awarded, for each fiscal year ending during the
Employment Period, an annual target bonus (the "Annual Target Bonus") at least
equal to the Executive's highest target bonus guideline established as a
percentage of the Executive's Annual Base Salary under the Company's Annual
Incentive Plan, or any predecessor or successor plan, for the last fiscal year
prior to the Effective Date (annualized in the event that the Executive was not
employed by the Company for the whole of such fiscal year). Each such Annual
Target Bonus shall be paid no later than the end of the third month of the
fiscal year next following the fiscal year for which the Annual Target Bonus is
applicable, unless the Executive shall elect to defer the receipt of such Annual
Target Bonus.

             (iii)  Incentive, Savings and Retirement Plans.  During the 
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Employment Period, the Executive shall be entitled to participate in all
incentive, savings and retirement plans, practices, policies and programs
applicable generally to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies, but in no event shall such plans, practices, policies and programs
provide the Executive with incentive opportunities (measured with respect to
both regular and special incentive opportunities, to the extent, if any, that
such distinction is applicable), savings opportunities and retirement benefit
opportunities, in each case, less favorable, in the aggregate, than the most
favorable of those provided by the Company and its affiliated companies for the
Executive under such plans, practices, policies and programs as in effect at any
time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if
more favorable to the Executive, those provided generally at any time after the
Effective Date to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies.

             (iv)   Welfare Benefit Plans.  During the Employment Period, the 
                    ---------------------          
Executive and/or the Executive's family, as the case may be, shall be eligible
for participation in and shall receive all benefits under welfare benefit plans,
practices, policies and programs provided by the Company and its affiliated
companies (including, without limitation, medical, prescription, dental,
disability, salary continuance, employee life, group life, accidental death and
travel accident insurance plans and programs) to the extent applicable generally
to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies, but in no
event shall such plans, practices, policies and programs provide the Executive
with benefits which are less favorable, in the aggregate, than the most
favorable of such plans, practices, policies and programs in effect for the
Executive at any time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the
Effective Date or, if more favorable to the Executive, those provided generally
at any time after the Effective Date to other peer executives of the Company and
its affiliated companies.

              (v)   Expenses.  During the Employment Period, the Executive 
                    -------- 
shall be entitled to receive prompt reimbursement for all reasonable expenses

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incurred by the Executive in accordance with the most favorable policies,
practices and procedures of the Company and its affiliated companies in effect
for the Executive at any time during the 120-day period immediately preceding
the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the Executive, as in effect
generally at any time thereafter with respect to other peer executives of the
Company and its affiliated companies.

              (vi)   Fringe Benefits. During the Employment Period, the 
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Executive shall be entitled to fringe benefits in accordance with the most
favorable plans, practices, programs and policies of the Company and its
affiliated companies in effect for the Executive at any time during the 120-day
period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the
Executive, as in effect generally at any time thereafter with respect to other
peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.

              (vii)  Vacation.  During the Employment Period, the Executive 
                     --------   
shall be entitled to paid vacation in accordance with the most favorable plans,
policies, programs and practices of the Company and its affiliated companies as
in effect for the Executive at any time during the 120-day period immediately
preceding the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the Executive, as in
effect generally at any time thereafter with respect to other peer executives of
the Company and its affiliated companies.

          5.  Termination of Employment.
              ------------------------- 

              (a) Death or Disability.  The Executive's employment shall 
                  -------------------                   
terminate automatically upon the Executive's death during the Employment Period.
If the Company determines in good faith that the Disability of the Executive has
occurred during the Employment Period (pursuant to the definition of Disability
set forth below), it may give to the Executive written notice in accordance with
Section 13(b) of this Agreement of its intention to terminate the Executive's
employment. In such event, the Executive's employment with the Company shall
terminate effective on the 30th day after receipt of such notice by the
Executive (the "Disability Effective Date"), provided that, within the 30 days
after such receipt, the Executive shall not have returned to full-time
performance of the Executive's duties. For purposes of this Agreement,
"Disability" shall mean the absence of the Executive from the Executive's duties
with the Company on a full-time basis for 180 consecutive business days as a
result of incapacity due to mental or physical illness which is determined to be
total and permanent by a physician selected by the Company or its insurers and
acceptable to the Executive or the Executive's legal representative.

              (b) Cause.  The Company may terminate the Executive's employment 
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during the Employment Period for Cause. For purposes of this Agreement, "Cause"
shall mean:

                  (i) the willful and continued failure of the Executive to
perform substantially the Executive's duties with the Company or one of its
affiliated companies (other than any such failure resulting from incapacity due
to physical or mental illness), after a written demand for substantial
performance is delivered to the Executive by the Board or the Chief Executive
Officer of the Company which specifically identifies the manner in which the
Board or Chief Executive Officer believes that the Executive has not
substantially performed the Executive's duties, or

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                (ii) the willful engaging by the Executive in illegal conduct or
gross misconduct which is materially and demonstrably injurious to the Company.

For purposes of this provision, 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
a senior officer of the Company or based upon the advice of counsel for the
Company 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, and
specifying the particulars thereof in detail.

              (c) Good Reason.  The Executive's employment may be terminated by 
                  -----------  
the Executive for Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement, "Good Reason"
shall mean:

                  (i)   the assignment to the Executive of any duties
inconsistent in any respect with the Executive's position (including status,
offices, titles and reporting requirements), authority, duties or
responsibilities as contemplated by Section 4(a) of this Agreement, or any other
action by the Company which results in a material, adverse diminution in such
position, authority, duties or responsibilities, excluding for this purpose an
isolated, insubstantial and inadvertent action not taken in bad faith and which
is remedied by the Company promptly after receipt of notice thereof given by the
Executive;

                  (ii)  any failure by the Company to comply with any of the
provisions of Section 4(b) of this Agreement, other than an isolated,
insubstantial and inadvertent failure not occurring in bad faith and which is
remedied by the Company promptly after receipt of notice thereof given by the
Executive;

                  (iii) the Company requires the Executive to travel on Company
business to a substantially greater extent than required immediately prior to
the Effective Date, except if such increase is due to a relocation of the
corporate headquarters and/or the relocation of the Executive's work location
within the contiguous 48 States of the United States;

                  (iv)  any purported termination by the Company of the
Executive's employment otherwise than as expressly permitted by this Agreement;
or

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                 (v) any failure by the Company to comply with and satisfy
Section 12(c) of this Agreement.

Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, a relocation of the corporate
headquarters and/or the relocation of the Executive's work location within the
contiguous 48 States of the United States shall not constitute "Good Reason."

             (d) Notice of Termination.  Any termination by the Company for 
                 ---------------------
Cause, or by the Executive for Good Reason, shall be communicated by Notice of
Termination to the other party hereto given in accordance with Section 13(b) of
this Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement, "Notice of Termination" shall
mean a written notice which (i) indicates the specific termination provision in
this Agreement relied upon, (ii) to the extent applicable, sets forth in
reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for
termination of the Executive's employment under the provision so indicated and
(iii) if the Date of Termination (as defined below) is other than the date of
receipt of such notice, specifies the termination date (which date shall be not
more than 30 days after the giving of such notice). The failure by the Executive
or the Company to set forth in the Notice of Termination any fact or
circumstance which contributes to a showing of Good Reason or Cause shall not
waive any right of the Executive or the Company, respectively, hereunder or
preclude the Executive or the Company, respectively, from asserting such fact or
circumstance in enforcing the Executive's or the Company's rights hereunder.

             (e) Date of Termination.  "Date of Termination" shall mean (i) if 
                 ------------------- 
the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company for Cause, or by the
Executive for Good Reason, the date of receipt of the Notice of Termination or
any later date specified therein, as the case may be, (ii) if the Executive's
employment is terminated by the Company other than for Cause or Disability, the
Date of Termination shall be the date on which the Company notifies the
Executive of such termination and (iii) if the Executive's employment is
terminated by reason of death or Disability, the Date of Termination shall be
the date of death of the Executive or the Disability Effective Date, as the case
may be.

          6. Obligations of the Company upon Termination.
             ------------------------------------------- 

             (a) Good Reason; Other Than for Cause, Death or Disability.  If, 
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during the Employment Period, the Company shall terminate the Executive's
employment other than for Cause or Disability or the Executive shall terminate
employment for Good Reason:

                 (i) the Company shall pay to the Executive in a lump sum in
cash within 30 days after the Date of Termination the aggregate of the following
amounts:

                     (A) the sum of (1) the Executive's Annual Base Salary
through the Date of Termination to the extent not theretofore paid, (2) the
Annual Target Bonus, if accrued as of the Date of Termination, and (3) any
compensation previously deferred by the Executive (together with any accrued
interest or earnings thereon) and any accrued vacation pay, in each case to the
extent not theretofore paid (the

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sum of the amounts described in clauses (1), (2), and (3) shall be hereinafter
referred to as the "Accrued Obligations"); and

                     (B) the amount equal to the product of (1) two and (2) the
Executive's Annual Base Salary and the Annual Target Bonus to which the
Executive may have been eligible; and

         (ii) to the extent not theretofore paid or provided, the Company shall
timely pay or provide to the Executive any other amounts or benefits required to
be paid or provided or which the Executive is eligible to receive under any
plan, program, policy or practice or contract or agreement of the Company and
its affiliated companies, including, without limitation, the benefits provided
by the Agreement between the Executive and the Company dated November 1, 1993
(the "Existing Agreement") (such other amounts and benefits shall be hereinafter
referred to as the "Other Benefits").

     (b) Death.  If the Executive's employment is terminated by reason of the
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Executive's death during the Employment Period, this Agreement shall terminate
without further obligations to the Executive's legal representatives under this
Agreement, other than for payment of Accrued Obligations and the timely payment
or provision of Other Benefits.  Accrued Obligations shall be paid to the
Executive's estate or beneficiary, as applicable, in a lump sum in cash within
30 days of the Date of Termination.  With respect to the provision of Other
Benefits, the term Other Benefits as utilized in this Section 6(b) shall
include, without limitation, and the Executive's estate and/or beneficiaries
shall be entitled to receive, benefits at least equal to the most favorable
benefits provided by the Company and its affiliated companies to the estates and
beneficiaries of peer executives of the Company and such affiliated companies
under such plans, programs, practices and policies relating to death benefits,
if any, as in effect with respect to other peer executives and their
beneficiaries at any time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the
Effective Date or, if more favorable to the Executive's estate and/or the
Executive's beneficiaries, as in effect on the date of the Executive's death
with respect to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies and their beneficiaries.

     (c) Disability.  If the Executive's employment is terminated by reason of
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the Executive's Disability during the Employment Period, this Agreement shall
terminate without further obligations to the Executive, other than for payment
of Accrued Obligations and the timely payment or provision of Other Benefits.
Accrued Obligations shall be paid to the Executive in a lump sum in cash within
30 days of the Date of Termination.  With respect to the provision of Other
Benefits, the term Other Benefits as utilized in this Section 6(c) shall
include, and the Executive shall be entitled after the Disability Effective Date
to receive, disability and other benefits at least equal to the most favorable
of those generally provided by the Company and its affiliated companies to
disabled executives and/or their families in accordance with such plans,
programs, practices and policies relating to disability, if any, as in effect
generally with respect to other peer executives and their families at any time
during the 120-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if more
favorable to the Executive and/or the Executive's family, as in effect at any
time thereafter generally with respect to other peer executives of the Company
and its affiliated companies and their families.

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              (d) Cause; Other than for Good Reason.  If the Executive's 
                  --------------------------------- 
employment shall be terminated for Cause during the Employment Period, this
Agreement shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive other
than the obligation to pay to the Executive (x) his Annual Base Salary through
the Date of Termination, (y) the amount of any compensation previously deferred
by the Executive, and (z) Other Benefits, in each case to the extent theretofore
unpaid. If the Executive voluntarily terminates employment during the Employment
Period, excluding a termination for Good Reason, this Agreement shall terminate
without further obligations to the Executive, other than for Accrued Obligations
and the timely payment or provision of Other Benefits. In such case, all Accrued
Obligations shall be paid to the Executive in a lump sum in cash within 30 days
of the Date of Termination.

          7.  Non-exclusivity of Rights.  Nothing in this Agreement shall
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prevent or limit the Executive's continuing or future participation in any plan,
program, policy or practice provided by the Company or any of its affiliated
companies and for which the Executive may qualify, nor, subject to Section
13(f), shall anything herein limit or otherwise affect such rights as the
Executive may have under any contract or agreement with the Company or any of
its affiliated companies.  Subject to the provisions of Section 8, amounts which
are vested benefits or which the Executive is otherwise entitled to receive
under any plan, policy, practice or program of or any contract or agreement with
the Company or any of its affiliated companies at or subsequent to the Date of
Termination shall be payable in accordance with such plan, policy, practice or
program or contract or agreement except as explicitly modified by this
Agreement.

          8.  Non-Duplication of Benefits.  Notwithstanding anything in this
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Agreement to the contrary, nothing contained in Section 4(b) or Section 6 shall
in any way require the payment of any amounts or the provision of any benefits
which would result in the duplication of any such payment or the provision of
any such benefits pursuant to any practice, policy or benefit plan sponsored or
maintained by the Company and its affiliated companies, or which would alter the
manner in which or the time at which benefits are paid pursuant to any tax-
qualified retirement plans maintained by the Company and its affiliated
companies.

          9.  Full Settlement.  The Company's obligation to make the payments
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provided for in this Agreement and otherwise to perform its obligations
hereunder shall not be affected by any set-off, counterclaim, recoupment,
defense or other claim, right or action which the Company may have against the
Executive or others.  In no event shall the Executive be obligated to seek other
employment or take any other action by way of mitigation of the amounts payable
to the Executive under any of the provisions of this Agreement and such amounts
shall not be reduced whether or not the Executive obtains other employment.  The
Company agrees to pay as incurred, to the full extent permitted by law, all
legal fees and expenses which the Executive may reasonably incur as a result of
any contest (regardless of the outcome thereof but not in the case of fees
incurred with respect to a claim brought in bad faith) by the Company, the
Executive or others of the validity or enforceability of, or liability under,
any provision of this Agreement or any guarantee of performance thereof
(including as a result of any contest by the Executive about the amount of any
payment pursuant to this Agreement), plus in each case interest on any delayed
payment at the applicable Federal rate provided for in Section 7872(f)(2)(A) of
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code").

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          10.  Certain Additional Payments by the Company.
               ------------------------------------------ 

              (a) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding and
except as set forth below, in the event it shall be determined that any payment
or distribution by the Company to or for the benefit of the Executive (whether
paid or payable or distributed or distributable pursuant to the terms of this
Agreement or otherwise, but determined without regard to any additional payments
required under this Section 10) (a "Payment") would be subject to the excise tax
imposed by Section 4999 of the Code or any interest or penalties are incurred by
the Executive with respect to such excise tax (such excise tax, together with
any such interest and penalties, are hereinafter collectively referred to as the
"Excise Tax"), then the Executive shall be entitled to receive an additional
payment (a "Gross-Up Payment") in an amount such that after payment by the
Executive of all taxes (including any interest or penalties imposed with respect
to such taxes), including, without limitation, any income taxes (and any
interest and penalties imposed with respect thereto) and Excise Tax imposed upon
the Gross-Up Payment, the Executive retains an amount of the Gross-Up Payment
equal to the Excise Tax imposed upon the Payments. Notwithstanding the foregoing
provisions of this Section 10(a), if it shall be determined that the Executive
is entitled to a Gross-Up Payment, but that the Executive, after taking into
account the Payments and the Gross-Up Payment, would not receive a net after-tax
benefit of at least $50,000 (taking into account both income taxes and any
Excise Tax), as compared to the net after-tax proceeds to the Executive
resulting from an elimination of the Gross-Up Payment and a reduction of the
Payments, in the aggregate, to an amount (the "Reduced Amount") such that the
receipt of Payments would not give rise to any Excise Tax, then no Gross-Up
Payment-shall be made to the Executive and the Payments, in the aggregate, shall
be reduced to the Reduced Amount.

              (b) Subject to the provisions of Section 10(c), all determinations
required to be made under this Section 10, including whether and when a Gross-Up
Payment is required and the amount of such Gross-Up Payment and the assumptions
to be utilized in arriving at such determination, shall be made by
PricewaterhouseCoopers, L.L.P., or such other certified public accounting firm
as may be designated by the Executive (the "Accounting Firm") which shall
provide detailed supporting calculations both to the Company and the Executive
within 15 business days of the receipt of notice from the Executive that there
has been a Payment, or such earlier time as is requested by the Company. In the
event that the Accounting Firm is serving as accountant or auditor for the
individual, entity or group effecting the Change of Control, the Executive shall
appoint another nationally recognized accounting firm to make the determinations
required hereunder (which accounting firm shall then be referred to as the
Accounting Firm hereunder). All fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm shall
be borne solely by the Company. Any Gross-Up Payment, as determined pursuant to
this Section 10, shall be paid by the Company to the Executive within five days
of the receipt of the Accounting Firm's determination. Any determination by the
Accounting Firm shall be binding upon the Company and the Executive. As a result
of the uncertainty in the application of Section 4999 of the Code at the time of
the initial determination by the Accounting Firm hereunder, it is possible that
Gross-Up Payments which will not have been made by the Company should have been
made ("Underpayment"), consistent with the calculations required to be made
hereunder. In the event that the Company exhausts its remedies pursuant to
Section 10(c) and the Executive thereafter is required to make a payment of any
Excise Tax, the

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Accounting Firm shall determine the amount of the Underpayment that has occurred
and any such Underpayment shall be promptly paid by the Company to or for the
benefit of the Executive.

              (c) The Executive shall notify the Company in writing of any claim
by the Internal Revenue Service that, if successful, would require the payment
by the Company of the Gross-Up Payment. Such notification shall be given as soon
as practicable but no later than 10 business days after the Executive is
informed in writing of such claim and shall apprise the Company of the nature of
such claim and the date on which such claim is requested to be paid. The
Executive shall not pay such claim prior to the expiration of the 30-day period
following the date on which it gives such notice to the Company (or such shorter
period ending on the date that any payment of taxes with respect to such claim
is due). If the Company notifies the Executive in writing prior to the
expiration of such period that it desires to contest such claim, the Executive
shall:

                  (i)   give the Company any information reasonably requested by
the Company relating to such claim,

                  (ii)  take such action in connection with contesting such
claim as the Company shall reasonably request in writing from time to time,
including, without limitation, accepting legal representation with respect to
such claim by an attorney reasonably selected by the Company,

                  (iii) cooperate with the Company in good faith in order
effectively to contest such claim, and

                  (iv)  permit the Company to participate in any proceedings
relating to such claim;

provided, however, that the Company shall bear and pay directly all costs and
expenses (including additional interest and penalties) incurred in connection
with such contest and shall indemnify and hold the Executive harmless, on an
after-tax basis, for any Excise Tax or income tax (including interest and
penalties with respect thereto) imposed as a result of such representation and
payment of costs and expenses.  Without limitation on the foregoing provisions
of this Section 10(c), the Company shall control all proceedings taken in
connection with such contest and, at its sole option, may pursue or forgo any
and all administrative appeals, proceedings, hearings and conferences with the
taxing authority in respect of such claim and may, at its sole option, either
direct the Executive to pay the tax claimed and sue for a refund or contest the
claim in any permissible manner, and the Executive agrees to prosecute such
contest to a determination before any administrative tribunal, in a court of
initial jurisdiction and in one or more appellate courts, as the Company shall
determine; provided, however, that if the Company directs the Executive to pay
such claim and sue for a refund, the Company shall advance the amount of such
payment to the Executive, on an interest-free basis and shall indemnify and hold
the Executive harmless, on an after-tax basis, from any Excise Tax or income tax
(including interest or penalties with respect thereto) imposed with respect to
such advance or with respect to any imputed income with respect to such advance;
and further provided that any extension of the statute of limitations relating
to payment of taxes for the taxable year of the Executive with respect to which
such contested amount is claimed to be due is limited 

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solely to such contested amount. Furthermore, the Company's control of the
contest shall be limited to issues with respect to which a Gross-Up Payment
would be payable hereunder and the Executive shall be entitled to settle or
contest, as the case may be, any other issue raised by the Internal Revenue
Service or any other taxing authority.

               (d) If, after the receipt by the Executive of an amount advanced
by the Company pursuant to Section 10(c), the Executive becomes entitled to
receive any refund with respect to such claim, the Executive shall (subject to
the Company's complying with the requirements of Section 10(c)) promptly pay to
the Company the amount of such refund (together with any interest paid or
credited thereon after taxes applicable thereto). If, after the receipt by the
Executive of an amount advanced by the Company pursuant to Section 10(c), a
determination is made that the Executive shall not be entitled to any refund
with respect to such claim and the Company does not notify the Executive in
writing of its intent to contest such denial of refund prior to the expiration
of 30 days after such determination, then such advance shall be forgiven and
shall not be required to be repaid and the amount of such advance shall offset,
to the extent thereof, the amount of Gross-Up Payment required to be paid.

          11.  Confidential Information.  The Executive shall hold in a
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fiduciary capacity for the benefit of the Company all secret or confidential
information, knowledge or data affiliated relating to the Company or any of its
affiliated companies, and their respective businesses, which shall have been
obtained by the Executive during the Executive's employment by the Company or
any of its affiliated companies and which shall not be or become public
knowledge (other than by acts by the Executive or representatives of the
Executive in violation of this Agreement).  After termination of the Executive's
employment with the Company, the Executive shall not, without the prior written
consent of the Company or as may otherwise be required by law or legal process,
communicate or divulge any such information, knowledge or data to anyone other
than the Company and those designated by it.  In no event shall an asserted
violation of the provisions of this Section 11 constitute a basis for deferring
or withholding any amounts otherwise payable to the Executive under this
Agreement.

          12.  Successors.
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               (a) This Agreement is personal to the Executive and without the
prior written consent of the Company shall not be assignable by the Executive
otherwise than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. This Agreement
shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executive's legal
representatives.

               (b) This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding
upon the Company and its successors and assigns.

               (c) The Company will require any successor (whether direct or
indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or
substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company to assume
expressly and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same
extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession
had taken place. As used in this Agreement, "Company" shall mean the Company as
hereinbefore defined and any successor to its

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business and/or assets as aforesaid which assumes and agrees to perform this
Agreement by operation of law, or otherwise.

          13.  Miscellaneous.
               ------------- 

               (a) This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in
accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without reference to
principles of conflict of laws. The captions of this Agreement are not part of
the provisions hereof and shall have no force or effect. This Agreement may not
be amended or modified otherwise than by a written agreement executed by the
parties hereto or their respective successors and legal representatives.

               (b) All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in
writing and shall be given by hand delivery to the other party or by registered
or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed as
follows:

                    If to the Executive:
                    ------------------- 

                             John Taraba
                             108 Falcon Hills Drive
                             Highlands Ranch, CO  80126

                    If to the Company:
                    ----------------- 

                             Cyprus Amax Minerals Company
                             9100 East Mineral Circle
                             Englewood, Colorado 80112

                             Attention:  General Counsel

or to such other address as either party shall have furnished to the other in
writing in accordance herewith.  Notice and communications shall be effective
when actually received by the addressee.

               (c) The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this
Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision
of this Agreement.

               (d) The Company may withhold from any amounts payable under this
Agreement such Federal, state, local or foreign taxes as shall be required to be
withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.

               (e) The Executive's or the Company's failure to insist upon
strict compliance with any provision of this Agreement or the failure to assert
any right the Executive or the Company may have hereunder, including without
limitation, the right of the Executive to terminate employment for Good Reason
pursuant to Section 5(c)(i) - (v) of this Agreement, shall not be deemed to be a
waiver of such provision or right or any other provision or right of this
Agreement.

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               (f) The Executive and the Company acknowledge that, except as may
otherwise be provided under any other written agreement between the Executive
and the Company, the employment of the Executive by the Company is "at will"
and, subject to Section 1(a) hereof, prior to the Effective Date, the
Executive's employment and/or this Agreement may be terminated by either the
Executive or the Company at any time prior to the Effective Date, in which case
the Executive shall have no further rights under this Agreement. Except as
provided herein with respect to benefits under the Existing Agreement, from and
after the Effective Date this Agreement shall supersede any other agreement
between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof.

          IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Executive has hereunto set the Executive's
hand and, pursuant to the authorization from the Board, the Company has caused
these presents to be executed in its name on its behalf, all as of the day and
year first above written.

                                                /s/ John Taraba
                                                -----------------------
                                                [Executive]

                                                CYPRUS AMAX MINERALS COMPANY

                                                By:  /s/ Milton H. Ward
                                                   --------------------

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Basic Info X:

Name: MATERIAL CONTRACTS
Type: Material Contracts
Date: March 23, 1999
Company: CYPRUS AMAX MINERALS CO
State: Delaware

Other info:

Date:

  • 26th day of October , 1998
  • 12th day of February , 1999
  • 1st day of February , 1999
  • January , 1999
  • November 1 , 1993

Organization:

  • Board of Directors of the Company
  • Cyprus Amax Minerals Company Supplemental Executive
  • b Outplacement Services
  • Change of Control Period
  • Outstanding Company Common Stock and Outstanding Company Voting Securities
  • Executive 's Annual Base Salary
  • Savings and Retirement Plans
  • Welfare Benefit Plans
  • Employment Period for Cause
  • Notice of Termination
  • e Date of Termination
  • Company for Cause
  • Disability Effective Date
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • the State of Delaware
  • Falcon Hills Drive Highlands Ranch
  • Cyprus Amax Minerals Company 9100 East Mineral Circle Englewood

Location:

  • South Krameria Denver
  • Ct. Phoenix
  • AZ
  • Delaware
  • United States
  • Colorado
  • John Taraba

Money:

  • $ 50,000

Person:

  • sMilton H. Ward
  • Garold R. Spindler
  • Farokh S. Hakimi
  • Robin J. Hickson 12246 S. Honah Lee
  • John Taraba

Percent:

  • fifty percent
  • twenty percent
  • 20 %
  • ten percent
  • 10 %
  • fifteen percent 15 %
  • 50 %
  • 35 %