This letter confirms our Agreement

 

                                                                   Exhibit 10.57
                                                                                

October 16, 1998

Mr. Harold S. "Pete" Wills
1047 Walker Mill Road
Great Falls, VA  22124

Dear Pete:

     This letter confirms our Agreement concerning your continued employment by
PSINet Inc. (the "Company"), and sets forth the terms and conditions which shall
govern such employment as outlined below.  This agreement amends the terms of
your employment agreement dated April 3, 1996.

1.  EMPLOYMENT.

     a)  The Company hereby employs you as President and Chief Operating Officer
for the Company, although you may serve in other executive capacities within the
Company and/or its subsidiaries as the Board of Directors of the Company shall
determine is appropriate over time.  This is a corporate officer position and as
an officer of the Company you must stand for election by the Board of Directors
each year.  You accept the employment and agree to remain in the employ of the
Company, and, except during vacations or periods of illness, to provide
management services to the Company, as determined by and under the direction of
the Chairman of the Company.

     With respect to the provisions of said services, the parties agree to
observe and to abide by the terms and conditions set forth herein.

     b)  In connection with your employment by the Company, your principal place
of employment shall be the greater Washington, D.C. area and you shall not be
required permanently to relocate to a principal place of business outside the
greater Washington, D.C. area during the term of your employment hereunder.

     c)  During your employment, you will, except during vacations, periods of
illness, and other absences beyond your reasonable control, devote your best
efforts, skill and attention to the performance of your duties on behalf of the
Company.

2.  TERM OF EMPLOYMENT.  The term of the employment under this Agreement shall
commence on October 16, 1998, and shall continue for a period of four (4) years.

3.  COMPENSATION.

     a)  BASE SALARY.  The Company shall pay you a base salary at the rate of
$425,000 per annum beginning October 16, 1998.  Beginning on January 1, 2000 and
on January 1st of each succeeding year during the term of this Agreement, your
base salary shall be increased at a minimum by an amount equal to five percent
(5%) of your then current base salary.  Your base salary shall be subject to
additional increases at the discretion of the Compensation Committee of the
Company's Board of Directors.  Your base salary shall be payable in such
installments as the Company regularly pays its other salaried employees, subject
to such deductions and withholdings as may be required by law or by further
agreement with you.

     b)  PERFORMANCE BONUS.  The Company will pay you a bonus upon the
successful completion of the objectives established for your performance for the
applicable year.  The performance criteria will be issued separately by the
Chairman, at the beginning of each year, and may be changed, with mutual
fairness, from time to time as situations develop.  The performance bonus for
the period ending December 31, 1998 will be $150,000.  The performance bonus for
subsequent years will be $150,000 or greater, as determined by the Compensation
Committee of the Company's Board of Directors.

     c)  INCENTIVE STOCK OPTIONS.  In the event of a Change of Control, as
defined in Section 8  below, or upon the occasion of your death during the term
of this Agreement while you are in compliance with the requirements hereof, the
Company shall: (i) vest immediately all of the unvested stock options you have
received pursuant to the terms of your employment agreement dated April 3, 1996,
as well as any unvested stock options you may receive during the period of your
employment hereunder, (ii) in the event that your employment is terminated or
continued under conditions not substantially the same as those called for in
this Agreement, the Company shall provide a loan sufficient to exercise all
vested stock options and pay any required taxes to which you may be subjected as
a result, with the terms of the loan to be no less favorable than installment
free for the duration, interest charged at the IRS minimum rate, with a five (5)
year balloon payment for interest and principal.

4.  EMPLOYEE BENEFITS.  You shall be provided employee benefits, including
(without limitation) 401(k) and related plans, revenue bonus plan participation,
four weeks' paid vacation which can accumulate to a maximum of two (2) years
(eight (8) weeks), and life, health, accident and disability insurance under the
Company's standard plans, policies and programs available to employees in
accordance with the provisions of such plans, policies, and programs.

5.  TERMINATION.

     a)  Your employment with the Company may be terminated by the Company at
any time for "Cause" as defined in Section 5(c) hereof.  In the event of a
termination for "Cause", all salary and benefits otherwise payable to you shall
cease immediately upon such termination.  Upon such termination, the Company
will provide written notice whether it has elected to use the non-competition
restrictions set forth in Section 6(a) hereof. Termination by the Company or its
successors in interest for any reason other than Cause shall be deemed a breach
hereof. In addition, your employment may be terminated by you at any time for
any reason, provided you shall have given the Company at least thirty (30) days'
prior written notice of such termination.  

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In the event of termination by you, your salary and benefits shall continue
during the thirty (30) day notice period and shall cease thereafter, subject to
the provisions of Section 5(b) hereof. By the thirtieth (30th) day the Company
must notify you in writing whether it has elected to use the non-Competition
restriction. Such decision may not be rescinded. Failure of the Company to so
notify you shall result in the non-Competition restriction not being in place.

     b)  Subject to your compliance with your obligations under Section 6
hereof, in the event that your employment terminates or is terminated by you or
the Company for any reason, and the Company has elected to use the non-
Competition restriction, you shall be entitled, for a period of twenty-four (24)
months after termination of employment, to the following (collectively, the
"Termination Payments"): (i) your then current rate of base salary as provided
in Section 3; (ii) all life insurance and health benefits, disability insurance
and benefits and reimbursement theretofore being provided to you; and (iii)
Company contributions, to the extent permitted by applicable law, to a SEP-IRA,
Keogh or other retirement mechanism selected by you sufficient to provide the
same level of retirement benefits you would have received if you had remained
employed by the Company during such twenty-four (24) month period.  The Company
shall make up the difference in cash payments directly to you to the extent that
applicable law would not permit it to make such contributions.

     c)  The Company shall have "Cause" for your termination of your employment
by reason of any breach of your agreement not to compete pursuant to Section 6
hereof, your committing an act materially adversely affecting the Company which
constitutes wanton or willful misconduct, your conviction of a felony, your
voluntary resignation, or any material breach by you of this Agreement.

6.  AGREEMENT NOT TO COMPETE.

     a)  In consideration of your employment pursuant to this Agreement and for
other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and adequacy of which is
hereby acknowledged, you covenant to and agree with the Company that, so long as
you are employed by the Company under this Agreement and for a period of twenty-
four (24) months following the termination of such employment (but only if the
Company has elected to enforce the restriction), you shall not, without the
prior written consent of the Company, either for yourself or for any other
person, firm or corporation, manage, operate, control, participate in the
management, operation or control of or be employed by any other person or entity
which is engaged in providing Internet-related network or communications
services competitive with the Internet-related network or communication services
offered to customers by the Company as of the date of termination or within six
(6) months thereafter.  The foregoing shall in no event restrict you from: (i)
writing or teaching, whether on behalf of for-profit, or not-for-profit
institution(s); (ii) investing (without participating in management or
operation) in the securities of any private or publicly traded corporation or
entity; or (iii) after termination of employment, becoming employed by a
hardware, software or other vendor to the Company, provided that such vendor
does not offer network or communication services that are competitive with the
Internet-related network or communications services offered by the Company as of
the date of termination of employment or within six (6) months thereafter.

     b)  You may request permission from the Company's Board of Directors to
engage in activities which would otherwise be prohibited by Section 6(a).  The
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such request within thirty (30) days after receipt. The Company will notify you
in writing if it becomes aware of any breach or threatened breach of any of the
provisions in Section 6(a), and you shall have thirty (30) days after receipt of
such notice in which to cure or prevent the breach, to the extent that you are
able to do so. You and the Company acknowledge that any breach or threatened
breach by you of any of the provisions in Section 6(a) above cannot be remedied
by the recovery of damages, and agree that in the event of any such breach or
threatened breach which is not cured with such thirty (30) day period, the
Company may pursue injunctive relief for any such breach or threatened breach.
If a court of competent jurisdiction determines that you breached any of such
provisions, you shall not be entitled to any Termination Payments from and after
date of the breach. In such event, you shall promptly repay any Termination
Payments previously made plus interest thereon from the date of such payment(s)
at twelve percent (12%) per annum. If, however, the Company has suspended making
such Termination Payments and a court of competent jurisdiction finally
determines that you did not breach such provision or determines such provision
to be unenforceable as applied to your conduct, you shall be entitled to receive
any suspended Termination Payment, plus interest thereon from the date when due
at twelve percent (12%) per annum. The Company may elect (once) to continue
paying the Termination Payments before a final decision has been made by the
court.

7.  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY; OWNERSHIP OF WORK PRODUCT.  All copyrights, patents,
trade secrets, or other intellectual property rights associated with any ideas,
concepts, techniques, inventions, processes, or works of authorship developed or
created by you during the course of performing the Company's work (collectively
the "Work Product") shall belong exclusively to the Company and shall, to the
extent possible, be considered a work made for hire for the Company within the
meaning of Title 17 of the United States Code.  You automatically assign, and
shall assign at the time of creation of the Work Product, without any
requirement of further consideration, any right, title, or interest you may have
in such Work Product, including any copyrights or other intellectual property
rights pertaining thereto.  Upon request of the Company, you shall take such
further actions, including execution and delivery of instruments of conveyance,
as may be appropriate to give full and proper effect to such assignment.

8.  TRANSFERABILITY.

     a)  As used in this Agreement, the term "Company" shall include any
successor to all or part of the business or assets of the Company.  This
Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by you and your
personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, heirs,
distributees, devisees and legatees.

     b)  Except as provided under paragraph (a) of this Section 8, neither this
Agreement nor any of the rights or obligations hereunder shall be assigned or
delegated by any party hereto without the prior written consent of the other
party.

     c)  As used in this Agreement, "Change in Control" shall mean: (i) the
shareholders of the Company approve an agreement for the sale of all or
substantially all of the assets of the Company; or (ii) the shareholders of the
Company approve a merger or consolidation of the Company with any other
corporation (and the Company implements it), other than (A) a merger or
consolidation which would result in the voting securities of the Company
outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent more than eighty
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combined voting power of the voting securities of the Company, or such surviving
entity, outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation, or (B) a
merger or consolidation effected to implement a recapitalization of the Company
(or similar transaction) in which no "person" (as defined below) acquires more
than thirty percent (30%) of the combined voting power of the Company's then-
outstanding securities; or (iii) any "person," as such term is used in Sections
13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the
"Exchange Act") (other than (A) the Company, (B) any corporation owned, directly
or indirectly, by the Company or the shareholders of the Company in
substantially the same proportions as their ownership of stock of the Company is
or becomes the "beneficial owner" (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange
Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing thirty
percent (30%) or more of the combined voting power of the Company's then
outstanding securities.

9.  SEVERABILITY.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any particular
provision of this Agreement shall not affect the other provisions hereof, and
this Agreement shall be construed in all respects as if such invalid or
unenforceable provision were omitted.  If a court of competent jurisdiction
determines that any particular provision of this Agreement is invalid or
unenforceable, the court shall restrict the provision so as to be enforceable.
However, if the provisions of Section 6 shall be restricted, a proportional
reduction shall be made in the payments under Section 5(b).

10.  ENTIRE AGREEMENT; WAIVERS.  This letter Agreement contains the entire
agreement of the parties concerning the subject matter hereof and supersedes and
cancels all prior agreements, negotiations, correspondence, undertakings and
communications of the parties, oral or written.  No waiver or modification of
any provision of this Agreement shall be effective unless in writing and signed
by both parties.

11.  NOTICES.  Any notices, requests, instruction or other document to be given
hereunder shall be in writing and shall be sent certified mail, return receipt
requested, addressed to the party intended to be notified at the address of such
party as set for at the head of this agreement or such other address as such
party may designate in writing to the other.

12.  GOVERNING LAW.  THIS LETTER AGREEMENT SHALL BE SUBJECT TO, GOVERNED BY AND
CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT REFERENCE
TO ITS PRINCIPLES OF CONFLICTS OF LAW.

13.  COUNTERPARTS.  This letter Agreement may be executed in one or more
counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original and all of which shall
be one and the same instrument.

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     Please confirm your agreement with the forgoing by signing and returning
one copy of this letter Agreement to the undersigned, whereupon this letter
agreement shall become a binding agreement between you and the Company.

Sincerely,

PSINet Inc.

By:  /s/ William L. Schrader
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     William L. Schrader, Chairman & CEO

Accepted and Agreed to as of             , 1998:
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By:  /s/ Harold S. Wills
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     Harold S. Wills

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Basic Info X:

Name: This letter confirms our Agreement
Type: Our Agreement
Date: March 31, 1999
Company: PSINET INC
State: New York

Other info:

Date:

  • October 16 , 1998
  • January 1 , 2000
  • January 1st
  • December 31 , 1998
  • April 3 , 1996

Organization:

  • Board of Directors of the Company
  • Compensation Committee of the Company 's Board of Directors
  • Change of Control

Location:

  • VA
  • Washington
  • D.C.
  • United States
  • NEW YORK

Money:

  • $ 425,000
  • $ 150,000

Person:

  • Keogh
  • William L. Schrader
  • Harold S. Wills

Percent:

  • five percent 5 %
  • twelve percent
  • 12 %
  • eighty percent
  • 80 %
  • thirty percent
  • 30 %