Black Box Corporation
BLACK BOX CORP (Form: 8-K, Received: 04/24/2017 16:59:09)

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549



FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): April 24, 2017



Black Box Corporation
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

   Delaware
0-18706
95-3086563
   (State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
   (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

   1000 Park Drive
   Lawrence, Pennsylvania
 

   15055
   (Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (724) 746-5500

N/A
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

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

On April 24, 2017, Black Box Corporation (the “Company”) announced that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) appointed Mr. David J. Russo as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company, effective immediately (and, in those roles, he will serve as the Company's principal financial officer and principal accounting officer). Mr. Russo succeeds Mr. Anthony J. Massetti in these positions. The Company previously announced Mr. Massetti’s intention to depart the Company.

Mr. Russo, age 58, most recently served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of L. B. Foster Company (a manufacturer and distributor of products and services for transportation and energy infrastructure) since 2002. He previously served as Corporate Controller of WESCO International Inc. from 1999 to 2002. Mr. Russo holds a B.B.A. in accounting from Notre Dame University.

In connection with Mr. Russo’s appointment as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company, the Company entered into an offer letter and the Company’s standard executive officer agreement with Mr. Russo.

Pursuant to the offer letter, Mr. Russo will be paid an annual base salary of $370,000. It is expected that, subject to Board approval, he will be eligible to receive an annual bonus with a target bonus equal to 60% of his annual base salary and a long-term incentive with a target payout of 150% of his base salary. As an officer, he will be entitled to the benefit of the Company’s directors’ and officers’ insurance.

The standard executive officer agreement provides for certain benefits in the event of a qualifying termination of his employment following a change-in-control of the Company (a so-called “double trigger” agreement). The agreement does not provide any severance benefits prior to a change-in-control of the Company and does not provide for any tax gross-up of severance payments. The agreement contains provisions regarding non-competition, confidentiality and intellectual property. The original term of the agreement is five (5) years with an automatic renewal on a one-year basis thereafter absent notice of non-renewal six (6) months prior to the renewal date; provided, however, that if a change-in-control occurs during the initial or any renewal period, the agreement will survive until the second anniversary of the date of the change-in-control.

Mr. Russo will receive an initial equity grant of time-based restricted stock units with a grant date value of $200,000. These restricted stock units vest in three (3) equal annual installments.

These summaries are qualified in their entirety by reference to the offer letter and agreement with Mr. Russo attached hereto as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2 and incorporated herein by reference thereto.



















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Item 9.01    Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

Exhibit No.
Description
10.1
Offer Letter between the Company and David J. Russo dated March 20, 2017
10.2
Agreement between the Company and David J. Russo dated April 24, 2017
99.1
Press release dated April 24, 2017














































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SIGNATURES

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


Black Box Corporation


Date: April 24, 2017    By: /s/ Ronald Basso                                     
Ronald Basso
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary












































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Exhibit Index

Exhibit No.
Description
10.1
Offer Letter between the Company and David J. Russo dated March 20, 2017
10.2
Agreement between the Company and David J. Russo dated April 24, 2017
99.1
Press release dated April 24, 2017

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Exhibit 10.1
RUSSOOFFERLETTERFINAL_IMAGE1.JPG

March 20, 2017
STRICTLY PRIVATE
David J. Russo
3018 Hilltop Drive
Murrysville, PA 15668

Dear David:
I am pleased to offer you the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer with Black Box Corporation (“Black Box”), reporting to E.C. Sykes. Your position will be located in Lawrence, Pennsylvania. Should you accept this offer, your annual salary as an exempt team member will be $370,000 paid on a bi-weekly basis. Your projected start date with Black Box is April 24, 2017.
In addition, you are eligible for a Black Box Bonus Plan beginning with fiscal year 2018 (April 1, 2017). Upon 100% achievement of your Plan's objectives, and in accordance with your Plan's requirements, you are eligible to receive a prorated target bonus payout of 60% of your annual eligible earnings after the close of the fiscal year-end. Details of the Plan’s objectives and requirements will be provided in a separate communication.
Subject to approval by Black Box’s Board of Directors, you will be recommended for participation in the Black Box Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) for a value of approximately 150% of your base salary. The Board typically makes decisions about LTIP participation and amounts in May of each year. This amount normally consists of restricted stock, stock options and performance shares.
You will receive additional financial consideration in the form of a signing bonus. The signing bonus will consist of a Restricted Stock Unit grant for $200,000 of Black Box Common Stock (RSUs), ratably vesting over a three-year period based on your grant date, with additional details of the RSU grant provided separately. The RSUs will be granted at or near your start date, subject to Compensation Committee approval.
This offer is made contingent on you passing the Company’s pre-employment screening process, which includes a background check, education verification and drug screening.

Background Check and Drug Screen
In order to perform a background check and drug screen, the Company requires your authorization. Enclosed is a background check Disclosure and Release of Information Authorization form for your review and signature. Please complete both forms and return them to Jillian Petras via fax or e-mail as listed below. It is important that you return these as quickly as possible since your employment is contingent on your successful completion of the background check and drug screen.
Once Jillian receives your authorization, she will notify First Advantage, our background check vendor, to send you the drug test order form along with an address for a drug testing facility in your area. This will be sent via email to the email address provided on your employment application. You must complete the drug screening within the timeframe specified on the form. If you fail to do so, our offer for employment may be withdrawn.

Jillian Petras, Talent Acquisition Leader
Fax: (724) 873-6510
Jillian.Petras@BlackBox.com


Black Box Corporation
1000 Park Drive
Lawrence, PA 15055

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


Benefits
As a full-time team member, you will be eligible to participate in Black Box’s comprehensive benefits plan. These benefits plans are comprised of various insurance plans, including medical, dental, vision, life, short & long term disability, flexible spending accounts, Paid Time Off, and holidays. The benefits, their effective dates, eligibility requirements and cost sharing features are summarized in the attached benefits documentation and will be explained at the time of your new team member orientation.
You will be automatically enrolled in the Charles Schwab 401K plan at a 6% deferral rate unless you opt out within 45 days of your hire date.

Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification
To be eligible for employment with Black Box, Federal law requires that you provide proof of citizenship or resident alien status by completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. You will be required to complete Form I-9 in front of your hiring manager or a Company representative on your first day of employment.
Once we receive your acceptance of this offer, you will receive additional documents for completion by, or on, your first day of employment, including Form I-9. Please review Form I-9 to ensure you bring valid documents for review on your first day of employment.

Executive Agreement
As an executive officer of Black Box, you will be entitled to an Executive Agreement providing certain severance benefits in the event that you are terminated following a change in control of Black Box, a copy of which in enclosed with this offer letter. Due to the nature of our business and the commitment that is required of our team members having access to proprietary information, including our customer base, this Executive Agreement includes certain confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation provisions. Our offer is contingent on your signing and complying with this Executive Agreement. In accepting this offer, you are also acknowledging that you are not currently under a non-compete or other agreement which would prevent you from fulfilling the duties of the position being offered. Please sign, date and return the Executive Agreement with your acceptance of this offer.
Dave, we are excited about you joining our team and believe this employment relationship will be mutually beneficial and rewarding. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Welcome to Black Box.


Sincerely,
/s/ David M. Pasternak
David M. Pasternak
Vice President of Human Resources
724-873-6521








Black Box Corporation
1000 Park Drive
Lawrence, PA 15055

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


If you agree and accept the terms outlined in this letter, please sign this letter and the Executive Agreement and return no to HR Shared Services. I understand that nothing contained in this Employment Offer Document, or in any policies, procedures or handbooks that I might receive, is intended by the Company to create an employment contract between itself and me. I understand that no promise or guarantee is binding upon the Company unless made in writing and signed by an Officer of the Company. I understand that I have the right to terminate my employment at any time, with or without any reason, and the Company retains the identical right regarding the discontinuation of my employment. I acknowledge and agree that this Offer Letter and the Executive Agreement may be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and therefore will be publicly available when filed.

Accepted by:

/s/ David J. Russo                March 27, 2017              

David J. Russo                                   Date Signed

Black Box Corporation
1000 Park Drive
Lawrence, PA 15055

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
Exhibit 10.2

CONFIDENTIAL

AGREEMENT
This Agreement (this "Agreement") is made as of this 24 th day of April, 2017 by and between Black Box Corporation , a Delaware corporation (the "Corporation"), and David J. Russo, an individual residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and, as of the hire date, an executive officer of the Corporation (the "Executive").
WITNESSETH:
WHEREAS, Black Box (as defined in Section 1(e) below), by and thru one of its Affiliates, desires to employ Executive, and Executive desires to be so employed by Black Box, as its Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer; and
WHEREAS, Black Box has determined that it is in the best interests of Black Box to enter into an agreement with the Executive providing for certain payments and benefits to the Executive, and the Executive desires to enter into such an Agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, the parties hereto, each intending to be legally bound hereby, agree as follows:
1.
Definition of Terms . The following terms when used in this Agreement shall have the meaning hereafter set forth:
(a)
" Affiliate " shall mean, with respect to any person or legal entity, any other person or legal entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with such person or legal entity, which includes any and all direct and indirect subsidiaries of Black Box, including those that employ or have an employment relationship with Executive. For purposes of this Agreement, Black Box and its Affiliates shall be collectively referred to as "Black Box."
(b)
"Cause for Termination" shall mean:
(i)
the deliberate and intentional failure by the Executive to devote substantially the Executive's entire business time and best efforts to the performance of the Executive's duties (other than any such failure resulting from the Executive's incapacity due to physical or mental illness or disability);
or
(ii)
engaging by the Executive in gross misconduct materially and demonstrably injurious to Black Box;
or
(iii)
the conviction of the Executive of, or the entry of a plea of guilty or Nolo Contendre by the Executive to, a crime involving an act of fraud or

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embezzlement against Black Box or the conviction of the Executive of, or the entry of a plea of Nolo Contendre by the Executive to, any felony involving moral turpitude;
or
(iv)
either the Executive's material breach of Section 4 or Section 8 hereof which continues for ten (10) days after receiving written notice thereof from Black Box; or the Executive's willful failure to comply with instructions of the Board of Directors of the Corporation provided that such instructions would not give rise to Good Reason for Termination.
For purposes of this definition, no act, or failure to act, on the Executive's part shall be considered "deliberate and intentional" or to constitute gross misconduct unless done, or omitted to be done, by the Executive not in good faith and without reasonable belief that the Executive's action or omission was in the best interests of Black Box.
(c)
"Change-in-Control" shall mean a change in control of the Corporation of such a nature that it would be required to be reported by the Corporation in response to Item 6(e) of Schedule 14A of Regulation 14A promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as in effect on the date hereof ("Exchange Act"); provided, however, that:
(i)
without respect to the foregoing, such a change in control shall be deemed to have occurred if any "person" (as such term is used in sections 13(d) and 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act) or any "group" (as such term is defined in Rule 13d-5(b) promulgated under the Exchange Act), is or becomes the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Corporation representing twenty percent (20%) or more of the combined voting power of the Corporation's then outstanding securities coupled with or followed by the existence of a majority of the Board of Directors of the Corporation consisting of individuals other than individuals who either were directors of the Corporation at least one year prior to or were nominated by those individuals who were directors of the Corporation at least one year prior to such person or group becoming a beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Corporation representing 20% or more of the combined voting power of the Corporation's then outstanding securities;
and
(ii)
without respect to the foregoing, if the Corporation shall sell all or substantially all of its assets or shall merge, consolidate or reorganize with another company, then such a change in control shall be deemed to have occurred if (x) upon conclusion of the transaction less than fifty-one percent (51%) of the outstanding securities entitled to vote generally in the

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election of directors of the acquiring company or resulting company are owned by persons who were the stockholders of the Corporation generally prior to the transaction and following the transaction a majority of the board of directors of the acquiring company or resulting company consists of individuals other than individuals who either were directors of the Corporation at least one year prior to or were nominated by those individuals who were directors of the Corporation at least one year prior to such sale, merger, consolidation or reorganization or (y) following the transaction a person or group (as described in subclause (i) above) would be a beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the acquiring company or resulting company representing 20% or more of the combined voting power of the acquiring company's or resulting company's then outstanding securities as described in subclause (i) above and a majority of the board of directors of the acquiring company or resulting company consists of individuals other than individuals who either were directors of the Corporation at least one year prior to or were nominated by those individuals who were directors of the Corporation at least one year prior to such sale, merger, consolidation or reorganization.
(d)
"Date of Termination" shall mean:
(i)
if the Executive's employment is terminated for Disability, the date that a Notice of Termination is given to the Executive;
(ii)
if the Executive's employment terminates due to the Executive's death or Retirement, the date of death or Retirement, respectively;
(iii)
if the Executive decides to terminate employment upon Good Reason for Termination, the date specified by the Executive in a Notice of Termination, which date must be within sixty (60) days after the expiration of the Notice Period (as defined in Section 3(c) below); or
(iv)
if the Executive's employment is terminated for any other reason, the date on which a termination becomes effective pursuant to a Notice of Termination or, if no Notice of Termination is provided, the date that the Executive's employment was terminated.
(e)
"Disability" shall mean such incapacity due to physical or mental illness or injury as causes the Executive to be unable to perform the Executive's duties with Black Box during 90 consecutive days or 120 days during any six month period.
(f)
"Good Reason for Termination" shall mean a material negative change in the Executive's service relationship with Black Box and any Affiliate (as defined in this Section 1(f) below) of Black Box, taken as a whole, without Executive's consent, on account of one or more of the following conditions:

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(i)
A material diminution in Executive's base compensation;
(ii)
A material diminution in Executive's authority, duties or responsibilities; or
(iii)
A change in the geographic location at which Executive must report to and perform the majority of Executive's services of more than fifty (50) miles. Any concerns?
(g)
"LTIP Plan" shall mean an incentive compensation plan of Black Box which would pay bonuses to the Executive based upon the achievement of specified goals during or at the end of an award period of more than one year (such as a three year incentive compensation plan).
(h)
"Notice of Termination" shall mean a written statement which sets forth the specific reason for termination and, if such is claimed to be Cause for Termination or Good Reason for Termination, in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances thereof.
(i)
"Options" shall mean any stock options issued pursuant to any present or future stock option plan of Black Box.
(j)
"Retirement" shall mean a termination of the Executive's employment after age 65 or in accordance with any mandatory retirement arrangement with respect to an earlier age agreed to by the Executive.
(k)
"Stock Awards" shall mean any stock-based awards, other than Options, including any stock appreciation rights, restricted stock awards, or performance stock awards, issued pursuant to any present or future stock plan of Black Box.
2.
Termination by Black Box Due to Cause for Termination . Should the Board of Directors of the Corporation determine that Cause for Termination exists, the Board of Directors of the Corporation by resolution duly adopted may at that time or during a period of two months thereafter terminate the Executive's employment due to Cause for Termination by delivering a Notice of Termination. If the Board of Directors of the Corporation fails to duly adopt within such two month period a resolution terminating the Executive's employment, then Black Box shall be deemed to have waived its right to terminate the Executive due to those circumstances which constituted the Cause for Termination previously found to exist by the Board.
3.
Payments Following Termination of Employment After Change-in-Control .
(a)
If during the term of this Agreement the Executive's employment with Black Box shall be terminated:
(i)
due to the Executive's death or Disability,

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(ii)
by the Executive at any time prior to a Change-in-Control,
(iii)
by the Executive following a Change-in-Control other than the Executive's having terminated for Good Reason for Termination,
(iv)
by Black Box at any time prior to a Change-in-Control, or
(v)
by Black Box following a Change-in-Control in accordance with Section 2 hereof or in accordance with Retirement,
then Black Box shall have no obligations hereunder to the Executive from and after the Date of Termination and the only obligations of Black Box to the Executive shall be in accordance with any other employment agreement applicable to the Executive and the then various policies, practices and benefit plans of Black Box.
(b)
If during the term of this Agreement a Change-in-Control shall have occurred and the Executive's employment shall have been involuntarily terminated on or before the second anniversary of the date of the Change-in-Control other than under the circumstances above described in subsection 3(a) (for example, a termination by the Executive for Good Reason for Termination within the foregoing period following a Change-in-Control shall entitle the Executive to the payments set forth in this subsection), then Black Box shall pay the Executive on or before the sixtieth (60th) day following the Date of Termination the following sums:
(i)
in cash any unpaid portion of the Executive's full base salary for the period from the last period for which the Executive was paid to the Date of Termination; and
(ii)
an amount in cash as liquidated damages for lost future remuneration equal to the sum of
(A)
the product obtained by multiplying:
(1)
the lesser of
(i)
two (2.0), or
(ii)
a number equal to the number of calendar months remaining from the Date of Termination to the date on which the Executive is 65 years of age (or, if earlier, the age agreed to by the Executive pursuant to any prior arrangement) divided by twelve,
times
(2)
the sum of

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(i)
the greater of
(x)
the Executive's annual base salary for the year in effect on the Date of Termination,
(y)
in the case of termination by the Executive for Good Reason for Termination, the Executive's annual base salary in effect on the date immediately preceding the date of the earliest event which gave rise to the termination by the Executive for Good Reason for Termination,
or
(z)
the Executive's annual base salary for the year in effect on the date of the Change-in-Control,
plus
(ii)
the greater of
(x)
one third (1/3) of the aggregate cash bonuses or awards (including any payments under an LTIP Plan) received by the Executive as incentive compensation or bonus during the three calendar years immediately preceding the Date of Termination,
(y)
in the case of termination by the Executive for Good Reason for Termination, one third (1/3) of the aggregate cash bonuses or awards (including any payments under an LTIP Plan) received by the Executive as incentive compensation or bonus during the three calendar years immediately preceding the date of the earliest event which gave rise to the termination by the Executive for Good Reason for Termination,
or
(z)
one third (1/3) of the aggregate cash bonuses or awards (including any payments under an LTIP Plan) received by the Executive as

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incentive compensation or bonus for the three calendar years immediately preceding the date of the Change-in-Control,
plus
(B)
if the Executive immediately preceding the date of the Change-in-Control is a participant in an LTIP Plan and the award period has not been completed prior to the date of the Change-in-Control, an amount equal to
(1)
the total cash award or bonus which would have been received by the Executive under such LTIP Plan assuming that, in addition to any goals met on or before the date of the Change-in-Control, all goals that were to be measured after the date of the Change-in-Control were achieved and the Executive remained in the employ of Black Box at all relevant times under the LTIP Plan,
less
(2)
any portion of the cash award or bonus for that award period previously paid to the Executive pursuant to such LTIP Plan.
(c)
In order for the Executive to terminate for Good Reason for Termination under this Agreement, (i) the Executive must deliver a Notice of Termination to Black Box at 1000 Park Drive, Lawrence, PA 15055, Attn: General Counsel, and within ninety (90) days of the event constituting Good Reason for Termination, (ii) the event must remain uncorrected during the Notice Period and (iii) the Date of Termination must occur within sixty (60) days after the expiration of the Notice Period, "Notice Period" means the thirty (30) days following the date that Executive notifies Black Box in writing of Executive's intent to terminate employment for Good Reason for Termination.
(d)
All payments under this Agreement are subject to all applicable withholdings.

4.
Nondisclosure of Information .
(a)
Executive acknowledges that Black Box has invested and will continue to invest considerable resources in the research, development and advancement of Black Box's business, which investment has or may result in the generation of proprietary, confidential and/or trade secret data, information, techniques and materials, tangible and intangible, which properly belong to Black Box or in which Black Box has an interest. Executive acknowledges and agrees that it

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would be unlawful for Executive to appropriate, to attempt to appropriate, or to disclose to anyone or use for a third party's benefit such data, information, techniques or materials, subject to the following:
(i)
Executive acknowledges that the following constitute protectable confidential, trade secret or otherwise proprietary information of Black Box or of a third party: all computer software and firmware and computer aided mechanisms related to the foregoing, files, programs, data or information received by Black Box from a customer or prospective customer of Black Box if such is confidential or proprietary to the customer, data base management systems or other instrumentations, any proposals for development, any reports on findings of tests, investigative studies, consultations or the like, pricing policies, budgets, customer lists, strategic plans (whether or not communicated in writing), marketing and sales information, all written documents not generally in the public domain, any and all copies or imitations of the foregoing, and all other confidential, trade secret or proprietary information, whether or not copyrighted or patented and whether created solely by Executive, jointly with others, or solely by others.
(ii)
For purposes of this Section 4, all confidential, proprietary, or trade secret information enumerated or mentioned in Section 4(a)(i) is hereinafter referred to as "Information". Any restrictions on disclosure and use of the Information will apply to all copies of the Information, whether in whole or in part.
(iii)
During the term of this Agreement and at all times after termination of this Agreement, unless authorized in writing by Black Box, the Executive will not:
(1)
use for the Executive's benefit or advantage the Information, or
(2)
use the Information for the benefit or advantage of any third party, or
(3)
disclose or cause to be disclosed the Information or authorize or permit such disclosure of the Information to any unauthorized third party, or
(4)
use the Information in any manner which is intended to injure or cause loss, whether directly or indirectly, to Black Box.
(iv)
The Executive will not be liable for the disclosure of Information which:
(1)
is in the public domain generally and as such becomes known to Executive through no wrongful act or breach of this Agreement; or

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(2)
is received rightfully by Executive from a third party having a lawful right to possess and to release the Information, provided the Executive agrees to promptly notify Black Box if the Executive suspects that the information possessed by the third party is within the meaning of Information under this Agreement.
(v)
In any judicial proceeding, it will be presumed that the Information constitutes protectable trade secrets, and the Executive will bear the burden of proving that any Information is publicly or rightfully known by the Executive.
(vi)
The Executive will surrender to Black Box at any time upon request, and upon termination of the Executive's employment with Black Box for any reason, all written or otherwise tangible documentation representing or embodying the Information, in whatever form, whether or not copyrighted, patented, or protected as a mask work, and any copies or imitations of the Information, whether or not made by the Executive.
(vii)
The Executive agrees to be available upon request for consultation after termination of employment to provide information and details with respect to any work or activity performed or materials created by the Executive alone or with others during the Executive's employment by Black Box. The Executive will be reimbursed for these services.
(b)
Any and all creations, developments, discoveries, inventions, works of authorship, enhancements, modifications and improvements, including without limitation computer programs, data bases, data files and the like, (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Development" or "Developments"), whether or not the Developments are copyrightable, patentable, protectable as mask works or otherwise protectable (such as by contract or implied duty), and whether published or unpublished, conceived, invented, developed, created or produced by the Executive alone or with others during the term of the Executive's employment, whether or not during working hours and whether on Black Box's premises or elsewhere, will be the sole and exclusive property of Black Box if the Development is:
(i)
connected with Black Box in any way, or
(ii)
within the scope of the Executive's duties assigned or implied in accordance with the Executive's position, or
(iii)
a product, service, or other item which would be in competition with the products or services offered by Black Box or which is related to Black Box's products or services, whether presently existing, under development, or under active consideration, or

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(iv)
in whole or in part, the result of the Executive's use of Black Box's resources, including without limitation personnel, computers, data bases, communications facilities, word processing systems, programs, office facilities or otherwise.
During the term of the Executive's employment with Black Box and, if Black Box should then so request, after termination of such employment, the Executive agrees to assign and does hereby assign to Black Box all rights in the Developments created by the Executive alone or with others during the term of the Executive's employment, and all rights in any trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets and analogous intellectual property rights and any applications for registration for same, of the United States and such foreign countries as Black Box may designate which are related to the Developments, including without limitation all accompanying goodwill and the right to sue for infringement or misappropriation and to receive all proceeds related to any judgment or settlement of same. The Executive agrees to execute and deliver to Black Box any instruments Black Box deems necessary to vest in Black Box sole title to and all exclusive rights in the Developments created by the Executive alone or with others during the term of the Executive's employment, and in all related trademarks, copyrights, mask work protection rights, and/or patent rights so created during the term of employment. The Executive agrees to execute and deliver to Black Box all proper papers for use in applying for, obtaining, maintaining, amending and enforcing all such trademarks, copyrights, patents or such other legal protections as Black Box may desire. The Executive further agrees to assist fully Black Box or its nominees in the preparation and prosecution of any trademark, copyright, mask work protection, patent, or trade secret arbitration or litigation. The Executive shall be reimbursed on a reasonable hourly basis consistent with the compensation provided for herein for the Executive's services rendered following termination of employment.
(c)
The Executive's obligations and covenants in this Section 4 will be binding upon the Executive's heirs, legal representatives, successors and assigns.
(d)
Black Box and the Executive agree that the rights conveyed by this Agreement are of a unique and special nature. The Executive and Black Box agree that any violation of this Section 4 will result in immediate and irreparable harm to Black Box and that in the event of any actual or threatened breach or violation of any of the provisions of this Section 4, Black Box will be entitled as a matter of right to an injunction or a decree of specific performance without bond from any equity court of competent jurisdiction. The Executive waives the right to assert the defense that such breach or violation can be compensated adequately in damages in an action at law. Nothing in this Agreement will be construed as prohibiting Black Box from pursuing any other remedies at law or in equity available to it for such breach or violation or threatened violation.

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(e)
Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Agreement prohibits Executive from reporting possible violations of law or regulation to any government agency or entity or making other disclosures that are protected under the whistleblower provisions of federal, state, or local law or regulation.  Executive may provide information to the government, participate in investigations, file a complaint, testify in proceedings regarding Executive’s past or future conduct, engage in any future activities protected under the whistleblower statutes and may receive and fully retain a monetary award from a government-administered whistleblower award program for providing information directly to a government agency. Solely in connection with such whistleblowing activities, Executive may disclose Information, in confidence, to a government official or to an attorney to address possible violations of law; provided, however, any such disclosure of Information must be in good faith and effectuated in a manner that prevents the dissemination of Information beyond those persons necessary to make the report or filing, such as filing the Information under seal and otherwise preventing it from being publicly disclosed.  Any permitted disclosure of trade secrets must be made in compliance with 18 U.S.C. §1833, as amended.
5.
Medical Insurance or Similar Benefit Plans . If the Executive's employment should terminate under such circumstance as entitles the Executive to receive payments pursuant to Section 3(b) hereof, then, to the extent permitted by applicable law and the medical insurance and benefits policies to which Executive is entitled to participate, Employer shall maintain Executive's paid coverage for health insurance (through the payment of Executive's COBRA (as defined below) premiums) until the earlier to occur of: (a) Executive attaining the age of 65, (b) the date Executive is provided by another employer benefits substantially comparable to the benefits provided by the above-referenced medical plan (which Executive must provide prompt notice with respect thereto to the Employer) or (c) the expiration of the COBRA Continuation Period (as defined below). During the applicable period of coverage described in the foregoing sentence, Executive shall be entitled to benefits, on substantially the same basis as would have otherwise been provided had Executive not been terminated and Employer will have no obligation to pay any benefits to, or premiums on behalf of Executive after such period ends. To the extent that such benefits are available under the above-referenced medical plan and Executive had such coverage immediately prior to termination of employment, such continuation of benefits for Executive shall also cover Executive's dependents for so long as Executive is receiving benefits under this section. The COBRA Continuation Period for medical insurance under this section shall be deemed to run concurrently with the continuation period federally mandated by COBRA (generally 18 months), or any other legally mandated and applicable federal, state, or local coverage period for benefits provided to terminated employees under the medical plan. For purposes of this Agreement, (a) "COBRA" means the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended, and (b) "COBRA Continuation Period" shall mean the continuation period for medical insurance to be provided under the terms of this Agreement which shall commence on the first day of the calendar month following the

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month in which the date of termination falls and generally shall continue for an 18 month period.
6.
Other Employment . In the event of a termination of employment under the circumstances above described in Section 3(b) hereof, the Executive shall have no duty to seek any other employment after termination of the Executive's employment with Black Box and Black Box hereby waives and agrees not to raise or use any defense based on the position that the Executive had a duty to mitigate or reduce the amounts due the Executive hereunder by seeking other employment whether suitable or unsuitable and should the Executive obtain other employment, then the only effect of such on the obligations of Black Box hereunder shall be that Black Box shall be entitled to credit against any payments which would otherwise be made pursuant to Sections 5(a) or 5(b) hereof, any comparable payments to which the Executive is entitled under the employee benefit plans maintained by the Executive's other employer or employers in connection with services to such employer or employers after termination of the Executive's employment with Black Box.
7.
Stock Awards and Options . If the Executive's employment should terminate under the circumstances described in Section 3(a) hereof, the Executive's rights, if any, with respect to any outstanding Stock Awards and/or Options shall be governed by the plans and any related agreements pursuant to which such Stock Awards and/or Options were granted. If the Executive's employment should terminate under such circumstances as entitle the Executive to receive payments pursuant to Section 3(b) hereof, then, with respect to each outstanding Option or Stock Award which did not immediately vest and/or become exercisable upon the occurrence of a Change-in-Control, such Stock Award or Option shall remain outstanding in accordance with its terms provided that in any event it shall automatically vest upon termination of employment and/or become and remain exercisable at any time after termination of employment until the stated expiration date contained in the grant for such Stock Award or Option, provided that the expiration date of any such Option or Stock Award may not exceed ten years from the date of grant.
8.
Restrictive Covenants .
(a)
Non-Compete .
(i)
During the period of Executive’s employment by Black Box and for six (6) months after the termination of Executive’s employment from Black Box for any reason, except for Job Elimination, Executive will not, for himself, as an agent, consultant, employee or otherwise, or on behalf of any person, association, partnership, corporation or other entity, directly or indirectly, own, manage, operate, control, invest in, be employed or retained by, participate in or with or be connected in any manner with any Competitive Business in a Restricted Territory and perform a Restricted Activity, as hereinafter defined.

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(ii)
A "Competitive Business" means any person, business, entity or venture engaged in designing, selling, implementing, installing and/or maintaining, in whole or in part, communication systems including, but not limited to, the sale of products used in connection with such communication systems and/or services related thereto.
(iii)
"Job Elimination" means a determination by Black Box that Executive’s specific position is no longer required and that Executive employment is not a Cause for Termination.
(iv)
"Restricted Territory" means any geographic area in which Black Box does business and in which Executive had responsibility for, or Information about, such business within the twenty-four (24) months prior to Executive’s termination of employment from Black Box.
(v)
"Restricted Activity" means any activity or type of activity for which Executive had actual, assigned or supervisory responsibility for Black Box within the twenty-four (24) months prior to Executive’s termination of employment from Black Box or about which Executive had Information.
(b)
Non-solicitation of Black Box Customers or Suppliers .
(i)
During the period of Executive’s employment by Black Box and for two (2) years after the termination of Executive’s employment from Black Box, for any reason, Executive will not, for himself, as an agent, consultant, individual or otherwise, or on behalf of any person, association, partnership, corporation or other entity, directly or indirectly, for a Competitive Business solicit or attempt to obtain business from, accept business from, or do business with or service, or indirectly aid or assist anyone else in the solicitation of business or acceptance of business from any Black Box Customer and/or Supplier (as defined below) for the purpose of doing any kind of business that Black Box does.
(ii)
For purposes of this Agreement, a "Black Box Customer and/or Supplier" means any person or entity that (A) is a current customer of or supplier to Black Box or was a customer of or supplier to Black Box within one (1) year prior to the termination of Executive’s employment with Black Box and (B) Executive had contact with, had responsibility for or gained knowledge of within the twenty-four (24) months prior to Executive’s termination of employment from Black Box.
(c)
Non-solicitation of Black Box’s Employees.
(i)
During the period of Executive’s employment by Black Box and for two (2) years after the termination of Executive’s employment from Black Box, for any reason, Executive will not, without the advance written

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consent of Black Box, directly or indirectly, induce or attempt to induce any Black Box Employee to terminate employment; nor will Executive hire or participate in the hiring or interviewing of any Black Box Employee for or on behalf of a Competitive Business; nor will Executive provide names or other information about Black Box's Employees for the purpose of assisting a Competitive Business to hire any such Black Box Employee; nor will Executive provide information to a Black Box Employee about any other Competitive Business for the purpose of assisting that Black Box Employee in finding and/or securing employment with such entity.
(ii)
For purposes of this Agreement, a Black Box Employee means any person who is a current Black Box employee at the time of Executive’s termination of employment from Black Box or was employed by Black Box within one (1) year prior to Executive’s termination of employment from Black Box.
9.
Terms . This Agreement shall be for an initial term of five years commencing on the date hereof. This Agreement shall automatically renew for an additional term of one year commencing on the fifth anniversary of the date hereof and for succeeding additional terms each of one year on each succeeding anniversary thereof until and unless either party sends written notice of non-renewal to the other party at least six months prior to a renewal date; provided, however, that if a Change-in-Control shall occur during the initial or renewed term of this Agreement, then this Agreement shall remain in effect until the second anniversary of the date of the Change-in-Control.
10.
Miscellaneous .
(a)
This Agreement shall be construed under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
(b)
This Agreement replaces only the previous oral agreements, but is in addition to all previous written agreements, relevant to the topics covered herein, if any, between Black Box and Executive. If a previous written agreement exists, this Agreement will control in the event of any conflict with the provisions of this Agreement.
(c)
The Corporation 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 Corporation, by agreement in form and substance satisfactory to the Executive, to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner required of Black Box and to perform it as if no such succession had taken place. Failure of the Corporation to obtain such agreement prior to the effectiveness of any such succession shall be a breach of this Agreement and shall entitle the Executive to terminate employment due to Good Reason for Termination. As used in this Agreement, "Corporation" shall

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mean the Corporation as hereinbefore defined and any successor to its business and/or assets as aforesaid which executes and delivers the agreement provided for in this subsection (c) or which otherwise becomes bound by all the terms and provisions of this Agreement by operation of law.
(d)
This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executive and Black Box and their respective legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees. If the Executive should die while any amounts would still be payable to the Executive hereunder if the Executive had continued to live, all such amounts, unless otherwise provided herein, shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to the Executive's devisee, legatee or other designee or, if there be no such designee, to the Executive's estate.
(e)
Any notice or other communication provided for in this Agreement shall be in writing and, unless otherwise expressly stated herein, shall be deemed to have been duly given if mailed by United States registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed in the case of the Executive to the Executive's office at Black Box with a copy to the Executive's residence and in the case of Black Box to its principal executive offices, attention of the Chief Executive Officer.
(f)
No provisions of this Agreement may be modified, waived or discharged unless such waiver, modification or discharge is agreed to in writing signed by the Executive and approved by resolution of the Board of Directors of the Corporation. No waiver by either party hereto at any time of any breach by the other party hereto of, or compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other party shall be deemed a waiver of similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the same or at any prior or subsequent time. No agreements or representations, oral or otherwise, express or implied, with respect to the subject matter hereof have been made by either party which are not set forth expressly in this Agreement. Nothing contained herein shall impair the right of Black Box to terminate the Executive's employment, subject to making any payments required to be made hereunder.
(g)
The invalidity or unenforceability of any provisions of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.
(h)
This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together will constitute one and the same instrument.
(i)
If litigation should be brought to enforce interpret or challenge any provision contained herein, the prevailing party in such litigation, if any, shall be entitled to its reasonable attorney's fees and disbursements and other costs incurred in such

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litigation and to interest on any money judgment obtained calculated at the prime rate of interest in effect from time to time at Citizen's Bank, N.A. (or its successor), from the date that the payment should have been made under this Agreement.
(j)
Excise Taxes .
(i)
For purposes of this subsection 10(j), (1) a Payment shall mean any payment or distribution in the nature of compensation to or for the benefit of the Executive, whether paid or payable pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise; (2) Agreement Payment shall mean a Payment paid or payable pursuant to this Agreement (disregarding this subsection 10(j)); (3) Net After Tax Receipts shall mean the Present Value of a Payment net of all taxes imposed on the Executive with respect thereto under Sections 1 and 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), determined by applying the highest marginal rate under Section 1 of the Code applicable to the Executive's taxable income for such year; (4) "Present Value" shall mean such value determined in accordance with Section 280G(d)(4) of the Code; and (5) "Reduced Amount" shall mean the greatest aggregate amount of Payments, if any, which (x) is less than the sum of all Payments and (y) results in aggregate Net After Tax Receipts which are greater than the Net After Tax Receipts which would result if the aggregate Payments were made.
(ii)
Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, in the event PriceWaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. (or if PriceWaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. is the audit firm for Black Box at the time, another accounting firm of nationally recognized standing selected by Executive) (the "Accounting Firm") shall determine that receipt of all Payments would subject the Executive to tax under Section 4999 of the Code, it shall determine whether some amount of Payments would meet the definition of a "Reduced Amount." If the Accounting Firm determines that there is a Reduced Amount, the aggregate Agreement Payments shall be reduced to such Reduced Amount; provided, however, that if the Reduced Amount exceeds the aggregate Agreement Payments, the aggregate Payments shall, after the reduction of all Agreement Payments, be reduced (but not below zero) in the amount of such excess. All determinations made by the Accounting Firm under this Section shall be binding upon Black Box and the Executive and shall be made within 60 days of the occurrence of an event which requires Black Box to make payments to the Executive under this Agreement. No later than two business days following the making of this determination by the Accounting Firm, Black Box shall pay to or distribute for the benefit of the Executive such Payments as are then due to the Executive under this Agreement and shall promptly pay to or distribute for the benefit of the Executive in the future such Payments as become due

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to the Executive under this Agreement. Black Box or its successor shall pay for the work done by the Accounting Firm. In the event that the Accounting Firm is unable or unwilling to make the determinations to be made under this subsection 10(j) or for any reason such determinations are not made within 60 days of the occurrence of the event which requires Black Box to make payments to the Executive under this Agreement, Black Box shall make all Payments as are then due to the Executive without reduction no later than two business days following the 60th day after the occurrence of the event which required Black Box to make payments to the Executive under this Agreement.
(iii)
While it is the intention of Black Box and the Executive to reduce the amounts payable or distributable to the Executive hereunder only if the aggregate Net After Tax Receipts to the Executive would thereby be increased, 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 amounts will have been paid or distributed by Black Box to or for the benefit of the Executive pursuant to this Agreement which should not have been so paid or distributed ("Overpayments") or that additional amounts which will not have been paid or distributed by Black Box to or for the benefit of the Executive pursuant to this Agreement could have been so paid or distributed ("Underpayment"), in each case, consistent with the calculation of the Reduced Amount hereunder. In the event that the Accounting Firm, based either upon the assertion of a deficiency by the Internal Revenue Service against Black Box or the Executive which the Accounting Firm believes has a high probability of success or controlling precedent or other substantial authority, determines that an Overpayment has been made, any such Overpayment paid or distributed by Black Box to or for the benefit of the Executive shall be treated for all purposes as a loan ab initio to the Executive which the Executive shall repay to Black Box together with interest at the applicable federal rate provided for in Section 7872(f)(2) of the Code; provided, however, that no such loan shall be deemed to have been made and no amount shall be payable by the Executive to Black Box if and to the extent such deemed loan and payment would not either reduce the amount on which the Executive is subject to tax under Section 1 and Section 4999 of the Code or generate a refund of such taxes. In the event that the Accounting Finn, based upon controlling precedent or other substantial authority, determines that an Underpayment has occurred, any such Underpayment shall be promptly paid by Black Box to or for the benefit of the Executive together with interest at the applicable federal rate provided for in Section 7872(f)(2) of the Code.
(k)
The payments to be made under this Agreement are intended to be excepted from coverage under Section 409A ("Section 409A") of the Code and the regulations

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promulgated thereunder and shall be construed accordingly. If Black Box determines in good faith that any amounts to be paid to Executive under this Agreement are subject to Section 409A, Black Box shall adjust or cause its Affiliate to adjust the form and/or the timing of such payments as determined to be necessary or advisable to be in compliance with Section 409A. If any payment must be delayed to comply with Section 409A, such payment will be paid at the earliest practicable date permitted by Section 409A. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, to the extent that any amounts payable hereunder are subject to the requirements of Section 409A and are payable on account of termination of employment, the payment of said amounts will be delayed for a period of six (6) months after the termination date (or, if earlier, the death of the Participant) for any Participant that is a "specified employee" (as defined in Section 409A). Any payment that would otherwise have been due or owing during such six-month period will be paid immediately following the end of the six-month period. Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, Executive acknowledges and agrees that Black Box and any Affiliate of Black Box shall not be liable for, and nothing provided or contained in this Agreement will be construed to obligate or cause Black Box or any Affiliate of Black Box to be liable for, any tax, interest or penalties imposed on Executive related to or arising with respect to any violation of Section 409A.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been executed on the date(s) set forth below to be effective as of the date first above written.
WITNESS:
BLACK BOX CORPORATION


/s/ Ronald Basso         By     /s/ E.C. Sykes    
Ronald Basso        Name: E.C. Sykes
Title: President & CEO

Date: April 24, 2017

WITNESS:


/s/ David M. Pasternak              /s/ David J. Russo    
David M. Pasternak        David J. Russo

Date: April 24, 2017

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Exhibit 99.1


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Contact:     Ronald Basso
724-873-6788
        Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
        pr@blackbox.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    
Black Box Appoints David J. Russo as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, March 24, 2017 -- Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), a leading digital solutions provider, announced today that David J. Russo has joined the Company as its Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.
Mr. Russo brings diverse financial acumen and experience building world-class finance organizations that will assist Black Box position itself as The Trusted Digital Partner. He was previously the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for L.B. Foster. At L.B. Foster, he was an integral part of the leadership team that transformed the company and improved its business model through expanding margins, driving working capital efficiency and effecting strategic investments. Prior to joining L.B. Foster, he was Corporate Controller at Wesco International. At Wesco, he was responsible for daily accounting and reporting oversight for an international network of 360 branch locations, five distribution centers and several larger acquired businesses. Prior to joining Wesco, Mr. Russo held several financial leadership roles for Life Fitness and Bally Manufacturing Corporation. He started his career with Grant Thornton as an Auditor. Mr. Russo holds a B.B.A. in accounting from Notre Dame University.
E.C. Sykes, President and CEO, stated, “David’s seasoned experience as a public company CFO, extensive financial background, and leadership experience will be an important asset to accelerate our path to continuing and improving our financial performance. We feel very fortunate to bring a talented executive with established relationships with our financial partners and his depth of financial experience to our team. Under his guidance and oversight, our disciplined financial accounting culture will expand its capabilities and continue to serve the Company well in the years to come.”
About Black Box
Black Box is a leading digital solutions provider dedicated to helping customers build, manage, optimize, and secure their IT infrastructure. Black Box delivers high-value products and services through its global presence and more than 3,500 team members. To learn more, visit the Black Box website at http://www.blackbox.com.
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