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KOPPERS HOLDINGS INC. filed this Form DEF 14A on 04/04/2017
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Koppers Holdings Inc.

Employee Stock Purchase Plan



Purpose of the Plan. Koppers Holdings Inc. (the “Company”) believes that ownership of shares of its common stock by employees of the Company and its Participating Subsidiaries (as defined below) is desirable as an incentive to better performance and improvement of profits, and as a means by which employees may share in the rewards of growth and success. The purpose of the Company’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “Plan”) is to provide a convenient means by which employees of the Company and Participating Subsidiaries may purchase the Company’s shares through payroll deductions and a method by which the Company may assist and encourage such employees to become shareholders.



Definitions. Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following terms have the meaning set forth below:



Board of Directors” or “Board” shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.



A “Change of Control” shall be deemed to have occurred in the event that:



a person, partnership, joint venture, corporation or other entity, or two or more of any of the foregoing acting as a “person” within the meaning of Sections 13(d)(3) of the 1934 Act, other than the Company, a majority-owned subsidiary of the Company or an employee benefit plan of the Company or such subsidiary (or such plan’s related trust), become(s) the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Act) of 50% or more of the then outstanding voting stock of the Company;



during any period of two consecutive years, individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board (together with any new Board member whose election by the Company’s Board or whose nomination for election by the Company’s shareholders, was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds of the Board members then still in office who either were Board members at the beginning of such period or whose election or nomination for election was previously so approved, but excluding any Board member whose election was approved (A) in connection with an actual or threatened proxy contest or threatened solicitation of proxies or (B) through the use of any proxy access procedures set forth in the Company’s organizational documents) cease for any reason to constitute a majority of the Board members then in office;



all or substantially all of the business of the Company is disposed of pursuant to a merger, consolidation or other transaction in which the Company is not the surviving corporation or the Company combines with another company and is the surviving corporation (unless the Company’s shareholders immediately following such merger, consolidation, combination, or other transaction beneficially own, directly or indirectly, and in substantially the same proportion as owned immediately prior to the transaction, more than 50% of the aggregate voting stock or other ownership interests of (x) the entity or entities, if any, that succeed to the business of the Company or (y) the combined company;



the closing of a shareholder-approved sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company;



the consummation of a liquidation or dissolution of the Company; or



the acquisition, directly or indirectly, by any person or related group of persons (other than the Company or a person that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, the Company) of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 of the Act) of securities possessing more than 20% of the total combined voting power of the Company’s outstanding securities pursuant to a tender or exchange offer made directly to the Company’s shareholders which the Board does not recommend such shareholders to accept.



Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.



Common Stock” means shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share.



Compensation” shall mean amounts received by a Participant from the Company or Participating Subsidiary, to the extent that the amounts are subject to federal income tax withholding on wages under Section 3401(a) of the Code, determined without regard to any limitations based on the nature or location of the employment or the services performed, and adjusted as follows:



Before-tax contributions to a non-qualified deferred compensation arrangement, contributions to a plan qualified under Section 401(k) of the Code, and any amounts set aside by the


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